“In Search of the Divine”

“In Search of the Divine”

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. "In Search of the Divine" by Glenn A. Bautista
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In Search of the Divine
by Glenn A. Bautista

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This early morning, I was wakened up by a pelvic pain and, although it got lower a bit after meditation, my blood pressure was still high. So, since it was still dark, I decided to have longer meditation exercises which I learned from my ‘guru’ in the ‘70s – a Brahmin who lived with the wild animals in the Himalayas for three years.

I stopped meditating for some time now since my experience doing it almost made me transform into a ‘Buddhist monk’. I was willing to give up everything just so I could pursue such a path. This reminds me of a ‘Buddhist gown’ Betsy Romualdez Francia gave to me which I wore for some time. Too bad, I don’t have any photo of it.

As I am writing now, my blood pressure is almost normal and the pelvic pain is gone.

My guru, whose name I never got to know, for he never gave ‘us’  his name, taught me how to meditate using ‘light’. (“us” -> meditation group pulled together by Betsy after meeting our ‘guru’ picking up garbage in front of her house).

This morning, I noticed the tiny security monitoring light was just in front of me for it was the only thing I could see, not turning on the light so as not to waken Lorna up. I was so focused on this light that I started my meditation using it. Sitting in meditation stance imagining I was on top of mother Earth, while my tongue pushed against my ‘upper palate’, and focused on the light for ten seconds,  I slowly closed my eyes and directed the light towards my tail bone through my spine until I stopped breathing out-down. From my tail bone while breathing in-up, I made it travel up my spine again making a stopover on my brain for ten seconds, then, as I open my eyes, I stared back at the light source which is the monitoring light. Then, I breathed out-down my spine again to my tail bone. This I had done repeatedly making variations until I was one with the universe, literally viewing the light in front of me as if it was another planet together with other smaller lights around it.

Where it hurt, I would zoom in and out of the pain area for ten seconds, not only to the pelvic area, but to my ‘appendectomy and drain’ areas where a cut and a hole were made during my past and recent surgeries. The long vertical cut from my chest down the pelvic area was not an issue for, somehow, the light passed that way down and up, via my spine, on the way to my brain and to the source.

During “satsangs”, I was always arguing with my Brahmin guru, to which he would say with his praying hands in front, “forgive me”; I did not mean to offend you”. So, eventually, together with Betsy and the rest (the Philippines’ crème of the crop), we had several “satsangs” to eventually get initiated with a mantra.

I entered an almost empty room where my guru was seated at the center, meditating. About an arm’s length, I sat before him, likewise, in meditation stance. He asked, me, “what have you got to offer me?” I couldn’t think of anything else, so I thought of saying, “myself”?  Right then and there, he slapped me, left and right, repeatedly and embraced me, and said, “you don’t just offer yourself?” I felt a burst of energy inside me right after he embraced me. Some serious talk between us transpired after which a “mantra” was whispered to my ears. When I got out, our meditation group reacted saying, “Glenn, what happened to you, you look like Moses coming down from mountain? Since then, I went on meditating until I achieved what Betsy called, “sanyasi”. Betsy told me that a ‘guru’ never touches or does not get touched – – much like Christ who was surprised and said, “who touched me?”, when somebody touched Him.

This resulted in a lot of things: I could drink almost a bottle of Johnny Walker without getting drunk, achieved some degree of clairvoyance, one of which was the downfall of the Marcos regime to which everybody laughed at me, at that time. I could tell ahead what a person would tell me and knew right away about his character. This experience made me fearful and feel uncomfortable with myself. So, I stopped. This decision crystallized when I met a missionary from the BF Homes tennis courts named, Ron Mangin. He knew right away something was bothering me. In short, he brought me back to Christ by giving Lorna and myself a regular Bible study at our place in BF Homes.

But, as you can see, I still meditate. I do meditate for I know how it works to use it for its other benefits. I now use it without a “mantra” not addressed to any other “gods”, but to and from a light source. I now believe in the health benefits of meditation.

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 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. 

Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

(NIV – John 8:12)

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. "Water Temple" an etching by Glenn A. Bautista based on Betsy  Romualdez Francia's poem.

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“Water Temple” an etching by Glenn A. Bautista based on Betsy Romualdez Francia’s poem.

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“WATER TEMPLE”
by Glenn A. Bautista
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January 1977 / Size:8″x10″ – An etching I did with Rey Rodriguez based on 

Betsy Francias poem, “Water Temple”

during the 1976 meditation years.
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A reply to a blog to Betsy’s son, Enrique:
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Making the Most of It
“In Celebration of
Beatriz Romualdez Francia’s Life” 

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Blogger glenlorndave said…

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Hi Enrique (you must be Elfie?
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Perhaps, you don’t remember me for you were still in your knee pants when I used to spend time with your dad, Henry and mom Betsy at your place in Mariposa and with other friends like Lynn Erba, Bobby Cuenca, Jorge Ortoll, Ramon Faustmann, Gina Camus, etc.
I am not sure you were around when we were all after a huge rat which we eventually caught using a “palangana” and a “sako”, which your dad Henry eliminated using his “bolo” outside the house.
Anyway, here’s a link to a print, entitled,”Water Temple” which I titled after your mom’s poem. She had a copy of this, and I hope you can find it at your place somewhere: https://glenlorndav.wordpress.com/2013/09/08/glenlorndave-bf-homes-gallery-studio-renovation-sept-2012/
Also, how do I get a copy of the book, “Imelda and the Clan”. I was the one who enhanced and printed all the photos featured in that book. Your dad helped complete my darkroom so I could work on this project in BF Homes.
Can I link your blog site to this etching so that people can read about your stories about your mom Betsy? Missing your Mom Betsy and Dad Henry too. Take care, God bless. – Tito Glenn (Bautista)
October 22, 2013 at 11:15 AM

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. http://ffrancia.blogspot.com/search?updated-min=2008-01-01T00:00:00-08:00&updated-max=2009-01-01T00:00:00-08:00&max-results=7

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On the Way to India Consciousness
I Reached China –
a film by Henry Francia
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c/o Enrique’s Blog
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The movie camera Henry is holding with his right hand looks like the same 16mm Bolex camera he gave to me. I lent it to Sonny Barros who used to work with Nonoy Marcelo for the latter’s cartoon animation project. I never got it back so, I treat the issue as if I had given it to Nonoy. Sonny has already crossed over, not too long when his wife joined her Maker when she was on a company tour in Europe. Sonny was my college and golf mate at UP. I miss his silly grin.

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 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

(NIV – John 8:12)

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10-23-13 - 5-30 to 1-48pm -sml bc

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My 10/22/2013 Health Report:

The somehow cool room temperature of 74F woke me up around 3 AM so I adjusted it to warm up a bit to 77F. As usual, I woke up shortly before 5:30 AM but right away decided to take my blood pressure reading – – instead of sitting and resting before taking one. Anyway, of the two BP readers, the old instrument read 156/101 and the new instrument read 157/94. Now which one should I believe? Of course, many factors contribute in between readings. For one, although I do a bit of walking, pitching and stretching, I have not been doing gym work and have missed golfing for two days now.

After repeating the same process of meditation I did yesterday morning  – from a little after 5:30AM until around 6:00 AM, the old instrument gave me the reading of 153/89 (from 156/101), and the new instrument 145/92 (from 157/94). Not much difference, really but a decrease in blood pressure is quite apparent.

The culprit, perhaps – – yesterday, from breakfast to dinner, somehow I indulged a bit in eating meat. I had three pieces of “pork w/ veggies lumpiang shanghai” for breakfast, tuna sandwich with a lot of mayonnaise for lunch, and bacon & ham w/ veggies “Subway” sandwich for dinner – that was after a long drive from Lorna’s work to the shopping area of Houston, TX, and back to our place. On top of that, I did not take any of the usual supplements I used to take. This is Glenn, reporting live from my San Melia room / 4th floor. (6:51 AM, Wednesday, October 23, 2013)

10/23/2013 – It is now 9:19 AM and I have not had breakfast.  After repairing my “orthotics” for my feet, perhaps for an hour since I came in from Ben Taub hospital where Lorna works, I did a bit of pitching, walking and stretching exercises. My “neuroma” on my left foot seems to manifest a bit more since I have been practicing that past days and pitching at the living room. It’s not that bad but it’s better to do something before it worsens. After the repair, I took 4 drops of Magnascent Iodine mixed with 2 oz. of water. Now, I am here in front of my laptop reporting to you whiling away time in preparation for breakfast. Although it is not really good to take frequent BP readings, I will do one now while not rested, out of curiosity.

Wow, 156/94 –pulse, 60 using the old instrument. I will take the next reading with the new instrument after a while, or perhaps after I have breakfast since I have been feeling hungry since I came in. Okay, I’ll prepare for breakfast.

I had Honey-strawberry Greek yoghurt with seedless grapes from “Whole Foods”. Just yesterday, Lorna chose, for the first time a kind of sausage that is supposed to be good for the health. It has less meat but more’ veggies’ and herbs. I liked its taste and ate it with chili sauce, tomato sauce with garlic and basil, and of course, with Japanese rice. Now, I will take my BP reading again with my new reader.

Oops, now the new BP reader doesn’t work. Perhaps, I placed two old batteries the other day. Well, I’d settle for the old reader. Here’s its read:

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Glenn A. Bautista: Please ignore the date and time of the BP reader, I never got to set them properly.
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Juan Riingen: Glenn, Have you tried taking garlic tablets? I know some friends in San Diego with HBP taking the tablets, and they say it’s helping lower their BPs. They don’t even go to the gym. We care for your health. The world needs your artworks.
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Glenn A. Bautista: Thanks, Tata Juan . . I have garlic tabs (2nd row from top) but I forget to take them . . I will, starting today. Thanks for the reminder.

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Howard Borja: Glenn, your 139/85 reading is nothing for your Dr. to worry about. My BP varies widely depending on the clinic, the cuff width, time of day, sitting/standing and other factors. Btw, your heart rate is good. I tend to ave. 80 bpm resting. My doc advises an hour of brisk walking everyday and not to sit more than 2 hours straight. Stay active and you’ll be ok!
Glenn A. Bautista: Oh yes, Howard, I have been sitting quite longer than usual because of my blogs. I will either resume my brisk walking at the gym or walk the path around the golf course, whichever is more convenient. Thanks.

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Well, since it is still quite high, I have decided to take my usual BP medication. I normally take my BP medication every other day, for If daily, my BP reading gets too low. On to golf, much later – – perhaps, with Wendell.

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. Glenn’s Good BP Read: https://glenlorndav.wordpress.com/2013/10/19/in-search-of-the-divine/ . Woke up with 46F (at the balcony), but the room temp, as I configured it last night stayed at 75F, the ideal temp for my health and so for Lorna. Drank “calamansi juice”, did my stretching exercises then meditated for 20 minutes. Did my gym workout after bringing Lorna to her work. By then, it was 50F as I walked to the gym. I have not been taking my BP med for three days now but have maintained a good BP read. So, eat healthy, exercise and meditate. I am now drinking my “lemon ginger tea” that contains: ginger root, lemongrass, safflower and hibiscus, all good vs inflammation and pain, among other health benefits.

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Glenn’s Good BP Read
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Woke up with 46F (at the balcony), but the room temp, as I configured it last night stayed at 75F, the ideal temp for my health and so for Lorna. Drank “calamansi juice”, did my stretching exercises then meditated for 20 minutes. Did my gym workout after bringing Lorna to her work. By then, it was 50F as I walked to the gym. I have not been taking my BP med for three days now but have maintained a good BP read. So, eat healthy, exercise and meditate. I am now drinking my “lemon ginger tea” that contains: ginger root, lemongrass, safflower and hibiscus, all good vs inflammation and pain, among other health benefits.

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October 28, 2013

Since I have resumed gym work or brisk walking either around the compound or at the Hermann Park earth path/trail, my blood pressure has completely normalized. Well, I guess, I will just continue to regularly eat healthy, exercise and meditate. Stay healthy!

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Hi Byron,
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Yes, with the Lord’s guidance and blessing, I continue to stay healthy, stronger and always mindful of the things I do to maintain my physical body which is, as the Bible says, God’s temple.
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I have been occupied and entertained writing my blogs merely by departing from the photos my son, David has been sending to me. I never realized that writing about the past – relating it to the present is such a good therapy. The day passes without noticing it. While I continue to pour everything via my blogs, I take my fruit and veggie smoothie, eat light meals, take a few dietary supplements, stretch, exercise, pitch golf balls in trickles and do everything in a very relax, slow pace. Nothing rushed.
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Among many others, you and my elder sister, Eunice continue to keep me well and at peace with myself. As I said before, my ailment which could have been a curse, has become a blessing to me and to others. I am sure, you are experiencing the same for you have always been on the right path.
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I continue to believe that I am healthy and that the good Lord – the greatest Physician, continues to keep me well. I will continue to pray for you and your family.
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Blessings,
glenn
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On Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 11:07 AM, Byron King wrote:
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FYI..  What a sweet comment on your interview below.  Just wanted to share it with you.  I hope you are doing well.  How is your health?  Have you seen a doctor lately?  Wondering how your bloodwork is doing with no chemo.  I want you to beat it naturally. I want to beat m
y thing also so please keep me updated.
 Sending our love….
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My Dear Glenn,

I’m speechless and tearful right now – with unspeakable joy – after reading and digesting every word in your priceless, treasure-filled gems of truth interview with Byron.  What great spiritual insights! What deep and steady faith!  God is rejoicing in heaven. You have finally discovered His life plan for you and you are fulfilling it.  More so, God is enabling you to do it.  Isn’t He so wonderful???

Adversities, trials in life sometimes God does allow to come into our lives to strengthen our spiritual muscles and to draw us closer to Him.  You have become God’s agent wherever He has planted you.  God is smiling down on you. Tatay and Nanay too!  And of course, the whole family too!!!You have truly evolved into a beautiful butterfly – your wings always flapping spreading the seeds of God’s love, grace and salvation for all.  Keep it up, keep faith dear brother.  You’re very safe in God’s loving hands!!!!With Kuya Fil, Willy and Carol, we love you very much!  Same to Lorna and David.Always praying for you and our family daily,Ate Necy
On Thu, Oct 17, 2013 at 11:49 AM, Byron King wrote:

Thanks for the inspiration.  I compiled these thoughts into:
I responded on my comments for the post.  Really makes me think.
I am still befuddled by sacred geometry.  I is indeed all I need to know there is a God.
Best to you my friend.
Be well.  So glad you have shared with me while we both find our way from point a to b.
cheers,
bk

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Hi Byron,
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Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and materials.
I am learning a lot from you.
Yes, God’s watermark is all found in nature, His creation.
His Laws likewise govern nature too, and that includes us.
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This, I somehow know about when I used to shoot insects, bugs close-up, watching every move (locomotion) they make, how they breathe and react to the opposite sex and other insects:
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 I particularly enjoyed as was amazed why dropping a flower in water can really manifest in the cells of its frozen properties and be revealed visually.
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“Be here now”, as you have hinted a while ago.
God continues to smile on you and your family.
 
glenn
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On His Way Out ' 82 by Glenn - sml
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On His Way Out – by Glenn A. Bautista
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Hi Byron,
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Interesting thoughts you just expressed.
 I mentioned to you before that I wrote a short line about this – ->
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“BEING” – 
 “In is out, out is in, in and out IS = being.”
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 But you expressed its essence in a more concrete way.
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It just makes sense that anything within a space is likely to influence each other,  depend on each other and possibly result in another form but originating from their sources, ‘ad infinitum’. A good example in nature is the “Birds of Paradise” where adaptation, natural selection and evolution are very apparent.
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I can visualize what you meant when describing earth being seen as an offshoot of things happening around it, but may have resulted in what is the “NOW” – because of human intervention, discoveries or creativity. But all along, they have always been there, only waiting to be tapped, explored and transformed. The speed of the internet for example has gone way fast compared to how it was before, and most recently from ‘fiber optics’ to ‘microwave’, traveling in a straight line.
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There is a spark of the “GOD” in all of us, if we only submit to the “Source of it All” which in abstract terms we call, Almighty God, Creator, All Seeing Eye, etc. In specific and human term, Jesus Christ, as revealed in human history and called and professed by Christians.
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Christians take a greater gamble or risk by believing in Christ, for they refer to a specific Savior – God. But those who deal with the essence, referring to the Source as God, All Seeing Eye, Light, etc . . have a safer role in their expressed beliefs.
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Thanks, Byron for thinking that I may have something to share about your inquiry. I know very little and many times, I am only guessing.
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Praying for your healing, always,
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glenn
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. Christ, Center of All Things - by Glenn A. Bautista

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by Glenn A. Bautista

Christ, Center of All Things 

by Glenn A. Bautista

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. Here are Alex and Alan, two of my younger friends from Pearland. Quite regularly, the three of us used to do a 20-minute walk to the lake to relax from our activites at home. At the lake we would share the most recent jokes, play games with words, learn more about the golf swing, do a bit of photography and most of all do our regular meditation sessions. Being with Alex and Alan is always a delight. We could do just about anything we could think of: bowling, play chess, swim, go shopping, play the guitar and many others. Recently, I have chatted with Alex to remind them to meditate more regularly. I am sure they have not forgotten how to meditate.

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Alex & Alan Millspaugh
Pearland, Texas
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Here are Alex and Alan, two of my younger friends from Pearland. Quite regularly, the three of us used to do a 20-minute walk to the lake to relax from our activities at home.  At the lake we would share the most recent jokes, play games with words, learn more about the golf swing, do a bit of photography and most of all do our regular “meditation sessions“. Being with Alex and Alan is always a delight. We could do just about anything we could think of: bowling, play chess, swim, go shopping, play the guitar and many others. Recently, I have chatted with Alex to remind them to meditate more regularly. I am sure they have not forgotten how to meditate, play the guitar, swing the golf club and eat healthy.

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. Alex and Alan at home, either busy with school homework or computer games.

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Alex and Alan at home, either busy with
school homework, or computer games.

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. The three of us visiting their family-owned grocery in Anahuac, Texas - about an hour and a half drive via the freeways.

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The three of us visiting their family-owned grocery in Anahuac, Texas – about an hour and a half drive via the freeways.

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. Together with Alex and Alan shopping, eating or just taking a walk outdoors.

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Together with Alex and Alan shopping,
eating or just taking a walk outdoors.

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. Millspaugh-Dao Family Chinese NY Reunion / Pearland, Texas -  (Images from my Motorola Droid CP and Canon Powershot G11) - Well, it has been eight months now since we moved in (end of June ’09) to Pearland, Texas with the Millspaugh-Dao Vietnamese family. Lorna and I were desperate looking for a two-bedroom apartment that would allow us to stay for three months - - the minimum stay in a facility required by her present employer. Of those we had inquired from, a six-month minimum was required. In my desperation, I searched further over the internet for other options when I came across a post from Huong Dao about renting an entire house not too far from Lorna’s facility. To cut the story short, we got to stay there briefly when the same house got sold. So, Huong offered if we wanted to stay with them right in the heart of Pearland where Lorna works.      This is why I now have these photos of a family reunion coming from Kansas, New Jersey and South Vietnam.

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Millspaugh-Dao Family Chinese NY Reunion
Pearland, Texas(Images-Motorola Droid CP & Canon Powershot G11)
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Well, it has been eight months now since we moved in (end of June ’09) to Pearland, Texas with the Millspaugh-Dao Vietnamese family. Lorna and I were desperate looking for a two-bedroom apartment that would allow us to stay for three months – – the minimum stay in a facility required by her present employer. Of those we had inquired from, a six-month minimum was required. In my desperation, I searched further over the internet for other options when I came across a post from Huong Dao about renting an entire house not too far from Lorna’s facility. To cut the story short, we got to stay there briefly when the same house got sold. So, Huong offered if we wanted to stay with them right in the heart of Pearland where Lorna works. This is why I now have these photos of a family reunion coming from Kansas, New Jersey and South Vietnam.Of the two-year and more stay here in the US, this is one big family Lorna and I have been very close to, not to mention Dick and Marilyn Turingan of Bobtown, Garland, Texas who had helped us a lot getting adjusted living in Garland, Texas. Lorna and I will always be indebted to a lot of people who have been a part of us in places like Weatherford (Ralph, Janet Ragsdale, Len & Joyce, Larry & Barbara & the Pathfinders), South Houston (Romy & Rori), Katy (Pastor Butch Ramirez), Sugarland (Noel & Elvie Ferrer) and Pearland (Anh & Huong Millspaugh) – – all in Texas. Of course, we have not forgotten those people who continue to care for us who live in the states of California (Bautista families), Colorado (Joy Zafra & Bill, Jim, Jon, Tere, Mike & Cece) and Canada (Pastor isagani Lazaro). Life could have been otherwise for Lorna and myself, but the good Lord through his angels has always done good things for us. We will continue to be grateful to Him for his guidance, protection and wisdom. 

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' Millspaugh-Dao Family Chinese New Year Reunion . February 4, 2011 / Pearland, TX


Millspaugh-Dao Family Chinese New Year Reunion
February 4, 2011 / Pearland, TX

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