Hello everyone! I decided to use “Word Press” because I need to write articles about my daliy moments or memories on this! I’m so lazy to write down on my diary book.
“I’ve still haven’t had enough of this life, I still want to explore things around me. I still have a craving to feel new feelings I never felt. I still want to do a lot of things. I’m still always wondering what’s going to happen next. “
I will write many articles about my feelings, people I love, things I like to do, my testimonies, about everything!So you can check everything about me on my account. Sometimes, you will get strength from my articles or when you feel down, read my articles! I believe I can leave at least one impact in your life by reading my articles. That would be worth reading 😉
The first day that I arrived in Hanoi on 27th of December, the weather was so cold and it made me more stress and I don’t want to do anything on that time, but we have an excellent supervisor who very well organized on everything, this make me feel good. And unforgettable moment of the first day in Hanoi is a warmest welcome at Green house, and it is also the first day that all participants have met with other fellows from Vietnam and Cambodia.
Actually, it’s Preparatory training course of FK Norway Young Spirit Program. The course includes a lot of relevant topics to get more understanding about organizations, culture, the foundation of non-profit organization, leadership and strategic workplans for next 10 months. Furthermore, one of my expectations from this program is as we can share of what we are doing, the best practice has been done in other countries and the challenges face by our work, particularly the way that we can work together to have something change in our community. I have learnt that all the participants they have differences experiences from different backgrounds and different purposes for this Young Spirit Program. Not only to achieve our goals but also to support others to achieve their own goal in our community.
10 facts about this training
Dear Future Me
On the first day of training, everyone all have to write down our own expectations,contribution and commitments for Young Spirit program. And we put our letters on the “Dear Future Me” to open those letters at the end of training.
2. Chow Circle
I love it when we do “Chow Circle” before we have breakfast,lunch and dinner. Each day, two persons have to lead for Recap and Chow Circle. They have to say what we have learnt and shared. What do we did well and what we need to improve. If someone has announcement for the group, they can announce during Chow Circle.
3. Tentative work plans
Wahh i’m so excited for next 4 months in Hanoi. I’m going to work with two Vietnamese girls and one Cambodia girl. We know what sector we will be focusing on, what the challenge is and what needs to be changed, who are affected and who we should be serving, where is the change needed and where can we start, when can we start, how long does it need and how long does it take to achieve such change. Our tentavie workplans include teaching to disabilities, working with Childcare program, supporting international volunteers, bonding day per week, designing and organizing education for kids at Community Center, knowledge sharing session with Youth Club at the universities, monthly trip, cultural night and Vietnamese lessons.
4. Language challenge
Learning Vietnamese song is not easy. But I have to thank two Vietnanese girl for teaching me Vietnamese words and song. Never too old to learn!!!
5. City Tour
Visited three main places in Hanoi. Vietnamese’s Women Museum is my fav place! I do want to go there and explore again. Because three places in one day is not enough for me tho.
6. Training Venue in Thai Hai
After visiting Women Museum in Hanoi, I was thinking to visit one of ethnic people in Vietnam. Wahh next day, we visited Thai Hai. It’s such a peaceful and beautiful place. I love the people especially kids. They are super cute. Toured around the village and had so much fun.
When we stay, it’s just the place.When we leave, land become soul.
7. Communication training
Actually, it was memorable moment in Thai Hai. After finishing interactive discussion, we had sharing session about our feelings through the program. So that we can understand each others during this program. What i have learned from this training is that a truth for myself and my community: “Individual and community development starts from the attitude”. The good attitude only comes from understanding between the people in the community. When you didnt love someone or something just because you don’t understand them or didn’t spend enough time to try to understand or another reason, you did not have the knowledge enough to understand and then change your attitude.
8. Teamwork and leadership
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. A team is a group of people with different skills and tasks who work together on the common goal. (eg.Football match). I love it when we have to do “Mission impposible” in 30 mins. We have to apply how should we work as a team and leader has to manage different tasks.
9. Cultural Exchange Night
One of memorable moments. It was such a great honour to perform the dance with my Mom wedding traditional costume. And everyone loves that dress.
10. Mafia Game
Everyone loves to play Mafia game. The lesson i have learnt from the mafia game is that we have to listen others and convice to win the game.
At first, the purpose of my trip was seeking skills but you have taught me more than that. You have helped me see a bigger picture where all the people working together no matter if you are university student, businessmen, social worker or NGO staff, university lecturer, you can be willing put your hands to help each other to build a better community. By binding together, make the strong root.
It’s been months since I wrote anything on my blog. But while not blogging I have kept myself busy with other things. It is about challenges. It is about moving out of my comfort zone. It is about stretching myself to the max.
Being involved in community-based programs and projects for a couple of years has deepen the roots that drives me in pursuing God-given opportunities to learn and take part of nation building in the area of child & youth engagement. It all started from my experience way back in 2014.
Few years later, I found the missing piece of it all. He is the true essence why I’m doing all these today. How? Through constant seeking through worship and prayers. It made me realized that I do things on my own but without Him, nothing can give me genuine fulfillment and joy. And so I have learned to rely more on Him and die to myself everyday.
Though it’s hard to remain faithful all days of my life, God definitely not only loves me but also He makes me a better person than what I used to be.
But as I walk out my life on this crazy earth, whatever the circumstances today, I can trust GOD and it brings a perspective of hope. And yes. everything started from a HOPE and now God has answered it for me! I may have faced a lot of giants along the way, but what my God did for me is greater. I truly believe that my involvement in the program is a God-given opportunity. He opened this door not just for me but for the people that we love in each of our communities. Everything will be for the sole purpose of creating positive transformation among people in their heart, mind and soul.
And then as the year progresses I am sure I will find new challenges to keep me alive, moving and close to the GOD who seems to say: Never get too comfortable. Comfort creates complacency. Complacency creates laziness. Laziness creates dullness. Dullness creates stupidity. And it goes on and on and on. So I guess 2018 could be something like this: Busy Bee
“No matter what you see when you look at photographs of yourself and no matter how you feel others see you when they first look at you, you are fearfully and wonderfully made by God on the inside and out. He sees you as apart of His Creation and even when others overlook your beauty, that does not change what He sees when He looks at you, and what He is doing in your life from the inside out”
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. Psalm 139:14
No matter how I feel others see me when they first look at me, I am fearfully and wonderfully made by GOD on the inside and out. I am apart of His Creation and I don’t have to change my appearance in order to be accepted by who might see me as attractive or beautiful. I already know that my worth runs far beneath the surface, because my worth is in what GOD is doing in me and through me. This is what will last. I eventually realize that it is truly lasts!!!!
☘ So I put my focus on my WORTH and radiate outwardly. ☘ With Love,
This is my first YSEALI blog post. So what is YSEALI? YSEALI stands for Young Southeast Asia Leaders Initiative. The YSEALI Academic Fellowship is intensive short term academic Institute whose purpose is to provide groups of young leaders with a deeper understanding of their main theme and to enhance their leadership skills. There are three main themes in YSEALI academic fellowship programs,
Environmental Issues and
And I studied Civic Engagement at the University of Nebraska Omaha(UNO) last year September to October. I can not wait to show my feeling and experiences about YSEALI. Although it was five weeks fellowship time in the U.S, I am convinced that it is(will be) one of the best memories in my life.
When I was young, I used to dream to go to US and study before my age is 25. I remember, everytime I ask something from Ama, my Mom always tell me “Pray!Just pray“. Since I was a child, I write down my prayers on my prayer book(until now). And I started to pray to GOD everynight. He answered some prayers during a short time. But some prayers take times many years! But GOD timing is always perfect!
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21
Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive , and your joy will be complete. John 16:24
What a great GOD! I got a chance to participate as a Myanmar representative at the age of 19(the youngest in the group). I can’t thank God enough for giving me this opportunity to meet with young leaders from ASEAN who not only inspired me to achieve my dreams but also to do something for the community.
I am so thankful for the network I have built through YSEALI. This was perhaps my greatest takeaway from this trip. Spending five weeks in close proximity with the same group of people has created a really strong bond amongst us. It was a privilege for me to meet all the inspired people through YSEALI.
Stay tuned! I have many stories about YSEALI to write 🙂