Friday, December 23, 2005

As I mentioned before this has been a crazy week. Starting last Saturday a group of us began practice for an interactive Narnia show to play at one of the local malls. We spent about 6 hours practicing on Saturday, then another few hours on Monday. On Monday afternoon we did a bit of a practice show for a small audience. Then on Tuesday we began our week at the mall! We had shows at 1 and 8 at Jurong Point Mall. This meant getting to the mall at about 11 and not leaving til about 9pm. A long day! On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday we had shows at 1, 4, and 8. Christmas Eve we will have only one show at noon. It has been a fun week, but a long one! Even so, I will sad when I take my Tumnus costume off for the last time tomorrow!

I've posted a few pictures that were taken by one of the ladies from our church who came with friends and their kids to see the show.


Welcome to Narnia
Lucy meets Tumnus
It was COLD in Narnia
Trying to sneak past the witch
The White Witch
Edmund explaining the statue game
Frozen like a statue
Snow Dancers
Susan, Peter, the Witch, and Edmond
Lucy, Tumnus, and Professor (with kids from Sunday School)
Betsy with Sunday School kids
Mr. Tumnus with Gretchen from church

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Feeling Better

Thank you all for your prayers! Betsy has begun taking iron supplements to help with some weakness she has been feeling. They are helping her very much.

This week we are involved in a production with many of the students at our school put on by Focus on the Family promoting the movie "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" It is at one of the local malls with three shows a day for the rest of the week. It is a lot of fun, but also very tiring. Today we left home at 10:15am and didn't make it back til 10:30pm, it will be the same until Saturday, on Saturday we only have one show at noon, so we will make it home a bit earlier (though we may go watch the movie after the show.) If you are wondering why we are promoting the movie now, it is because the movie only opens tomorrow in Singapore. Many movies don't appear in Singapore until a couple of weeks or even months after they arrive in the US.

We will be posting pictures from the production later this week.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Uncle Danny and Aunt Betsy

I just received news that my nephew Johnathan (Jack) Wyatt Twist was born this morning

December 17, 2005 9:47 AM PST

6 lb 4oz

19 inches

He came into the world a bit early so they will stay in the hospital a couple of days to make sure, but everything looks good!

Uncle Danny, I kinda like that! (though that is what I'm already called by the kids in Sunday school here. "Uncle" or "Auntie" are the terms used for anyone older than you here in Singapore. But this time I'm a real Uncle!)

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Dragons and Christmas

Here are a few more pictures from our travels around the city. A few weeks ago while we were spending some time at Boat Quay we got a chance to watch the dragon boat races. These races are held annually on the river, close to the marina. It takes two days, and over 200 boats compete. The categories ranged from mens to womens, mixed, 20 person boats and 10 person boats. We only watched a few races, but it was amazing to see the athleticism of all the contestants. Often, the normal running of the river boat taxis was interrupted by the start of a new race. The drivers and passengers didn't seem to mind.

We had a unique opportunity this weekend to get to know our neighbors. Our community put on a Christmas party for our residence as well as some surrounding places. There were about 40 to 50 people present, and it lasted about 3 hours. There were door prizes to be won, a special talk from our government representative, lots of food, a magic show for the kids, and great games to play. We closed the party with traditional Christmas carols. It was wonderful to be singing about Jesus' birth with so many different people, Christian and non-Christian. You will see in the pictures some of the games. Betsy got to be a Christmas tree, and Danny partnered with our PE teacher's son to pop balloons. You will also see the group that lead Christmas carols. Danny and I got invited up because we love to sing.
A day at the Quay (pronounced Key); The River Taxis
Dragon boat races!
And they're off!
Three-legged balloon popping
Betsy the Christmas tree
Singing Christmas Carols