Took the time off my crazy schedule and spent the last weekend at Raub, Pahang for a mission trip with my church members. 22 of us went into the woods for the purpose of blessing the Orang Asli living there, but in turn, we came back out into the city blessed instead.
Will go into the details in my next post. In the meantime, here are some pictures taken by my new Casio Exilim ZR20 in Monochrome mode. Shall let these beautiful shots speak for themselves :) Non edited!
On the road at 8.30am.
Felt so free going about without makeup and nice nice hair for the whole 3 days.
The thought of not having to think about my physical appearance at all is just liberating :)
One of our drivers/heroes whom I tried to stay awake to accompany, but failed after many attempts :P
Everyone battled with their eyelids and gave in, while these drivers had no choice at all. Hehe
This was taken when we first reached the SEMOA centre.
Camho attempt failed!
Our 4th or 5th time on a mission trip together. Lost count! But it's always nice to do mission work and serve God and people together as a couple. It's a priceless experience that we share :)
Mode of transportation up the hills of Raub- Hilux!
One of the many things that I missed about going on orang asli mission trips is this :P
It's really a money-can't-buy experience. These hilux-es brought us through the steep hills and crossed the rivers. I now have a new found respect for 4WDs!
Behind the truck ;)
Excited human beans!
Our awesome cameraman (who will also be my wedding photographer)- Vincent Cheng!
Check out his site if you haven't already. His work is awesome :)
Trees in Monochrome.
I've already started missing the fresh smell of the trees and woods. Super fresh air...I felt my lungs crying for joy in those 3 days!
Their little kitchen. Cooking with firewoods the old school, classic style, yo.
We lived in bamboo houses too. Super cooling :)
Wilson. This was how most of our guys sat at the Hilux!
Sticks and stones.
This is one of the villages we put a night at. Look at the view.
One of the houses was still under construction! :)
These dogs were super fierce! They were used by the orang aslis to hunt for wild boars! There were about 8-10 of them in the small village. Talk about phobia of dogs -.-"
We helped them to prepare for dinner too!
For most of us, it was the first time we cut vegs and cracked eggs. *shy* -.-
Their very organized kitchen area.
Their porch, below the houses.
Shall end my post here, as the rest of the photos were taken in another mode.
Was contemplating if I should bring my camera to the mission trip as I was worried I'd spoil it in the journey. But I'm really happy I did! If not, I wouldn't be able to snap so many nice shots :)
Though it was not my first time on a mission trip to the orang asli villages, but each time I visit them, I get a new sense of gratefulness. Gratefulness of what I already have in my life. I may not be rich, but I'm certainly not poor. I may not have a lot, but I do have more than enough.
Above all, I'm reminded that our Father in heaven loves everyone the same. Rich or poor, city or village, complex or simple lives, dark or fair skinned. Anybody. They can live a simple life and be extremely happy. So why can't you and I? If you have access to the Internet to read this post, you certainly lead a good enough life.
Let's be thankful and count our blessings.
More coming up in the next post!
Til' then! ;)