Life in Hanoi, Life Updates

MY FIRSTS IN HANOI

It’s my first full week! Yes, I’ve been here in Hanoi for a week now but haven’t seen so much yet except the mart located at the second floor of our apartment building and the Thanh Cong Lake where mom and I walk around almost every night since it is only a block away from our place. And sadly, I don’t have any picture of the lake-park yet (so will be blogging about it in detail next time) since we’ve been going there at night and I think it would be better to get photos during the day but I’ve been too lazy to get up and jog around the lake early in the morning. Haha. I think it would be a great idea to make it a habit though. Right? Well, should start soon. And also, I’ve been eyeing a spot there for my quiet time! :)

Yesterday, I attended my first ever Sunday service in an international Christian community here in Hanoi. I prepared myself and expected a big change from my regular Sundays back in Manila. I would be the new girl there. I didn’t know anyone (except for my mom of course). A lot of things were really going in my mind. I was worried and excited at the same time. So the night before, I asked God to open my heart to the changes and that everything will be perfectly fine. And surely, our God never disappoints. When I stepped inside the place Sunday morning, I was greeted by the head pastor and some fellow Filipinos, too! And thinking about it now, I can’t help but smile how God welcomed me to this new home away from home and I’m looking forward to be building genuine relationships with the people there who I believe will be my family away from my family. Thank you, God :)

It’s a long weekend for the people here — liberation and labor holidays! So today we were just supposed to stay at home singing all the way to bed! yes, we spent the whole morning eating, singing and eating. Good times with mom. But late this afternoon, we decided to go out and window shop so there was another ‘first’ for me. MY FIRST BUS RIDE!

We rode bus no. 33 to BigC Supermarket, a shopping center at Tran Duy Hung Street.

Bus No. 33

We made a mistake and got off the bus a few stops before our supposed destination. hahaha.  Or maybe mom tricked me so that we can walk going there! She loves walking a lot. So yeah, we walked. But no regrets. I was able to see and start to get a feel of what it’s like to live in Hanoi. I’ve slept my whole week off so it’s my first time to go as far as this.

Contrary to what I have in mind, Hanoi is actually quite modern already — huge buildings, a lot of shops and establishments and wow, their fashion is really up-to-date! I seriously feel underdressed when going out! Hahaha.

While walking, I caught a glimpse of the sunset. It was beautiful (even with that building covering almost all of it haha)
It’s been a week. And I felt how God warmly welcomed me into this new land especially yesterday during the service. I am overwhelmed how things are going so smoothly. And it still amazes me how everything is falling into place. One confirmation after another that indeed, God has gone ahead of me on this journey.

I truly believe that God has already written our life story for us. It is well-planned. We have nothing to worry about. All we have to do is turn the pages.

…Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them.
 The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you,
as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, and in the wilderness.
There you saw how the Lord your God carried you,
as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.

— Deuteronomy 1:29-31
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