zumba and thanksgiving…

i was on a two week vacation in Manila, Philippines…

the highlight of my stay was the Zumba party i remotely planned while still in B.C. with the BIG help of dear friends from High School. usually for mini reunions, a dinner will be set in honor of whoever flies in from abroad.. a roll call will be posted and any high school batch member is welcome to attend.


coachbut i thought, how about getting the ladies all together and have fun doing some physical activity… since i was unofficially designated as their Biggest Loser Coach, i’d rather have a Zumba party than the usual dinner. all i needed i said were three things, venue, Zumba instructor, and at least 10 participants..

guess what,, a venue was chosen, an instructor was hired to come, and voila, almost 40 signed up and 30 showed up!!! it was a blast and a really joyful reunion!! those i never thought would do the Zumba, did! we had two who danced the first time.

call time was 8 a.m. some complained of setting it too early, but c’mon ladies, with my two week stay, i wanted to get the most of my time, plus morning exercise is still the best! our Zumba instructor gave us a big thumbs up saying we all danced like we are in our 30s hehe so 50 IS the new 30 eh??


50 is the new 30!!

after the dance session, before we started with brunch, the hostess (venue owner) shared a very inspiring thanksgiving prayer, mainly for healing/recovery for mates who underwent major surgeries, including Jonathan, a 16 yr old son of my classmate, who just had brain surgery. thanking God that we are all under His care, and what would be the best thank You we can give back is to take care of our physical bodies while we can…

brunch was served afterwards, with delicious menu of rice, eggs, boneless bangus (milkfish) with tomato and onion relish, chicken sausages, bananas, desserts of cake, crepes and waffles… oh dear,,, i hope we didnt overeat, though there were leftovers which was a good sign??


before 12 noon, we were on our way home feeling joyful…

in 2 Samuel 6:14, “Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might…” maybe it would give deeper meaning if the reason we danced was for the Lord… as our thanksgiving to His graciousness and Sovereignty, then it would not be a meaningless swaying and jumping. with thanksgiving season coming up, have you been dancing for the Lord as a thank You to Him? maybe we ought to take the first steps now. 🙂

“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men..” ~Colossians 3:23



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