Week 6: Recap
Got to share a bit in the morning about ACF retreat during service since my mom was in Cali again, and more importantly, we focused on prayer in order to see revival and to rediscover passion. The rest of the day after church was very hurried, and it was kind of annoying how we couldn’t really spend quality time eating dinner… what a bummer :( At the end of the night, Steph & I recorded a song for her best friend Karyn’s birthday! That sure was fun, though I had never seen Anastasia or heard any songs from that movie…
Classes were fine though a bit tiring… I think probably because I actually had to stay the entire 3 hours during lab, though we didn’t really do much… I spent most of the time on facebook haha. The Shaw seminar went really well despite some administration having to cancel… both the students and the administration seemed to love it, and that really put me at ease :)
During Feminisms, we watched a video on how music videos have denigrated women, and it’s crazy how obvious it is… I guess it wasn’t that shocking because it’s right there in front of you, but when the video is slowed down and the lyrics are also shown, it definitely made it more alarming. Well, that’ll give me a lot to talk about in my paper.
During ACF, Mako talked about Biblical Slavery, and I am really glad that he went through various passages describing what kind of slavery that was listed in OT, and it’s very different than what we would label slavery as nowadays. I think that has always been an issue for apologetics that I could not wrap my mind around since I didn’t understand the topic well enough, so I really enjoyed Mako’s talk :)
Lastly, Steph & I went to the BC vs. UNC basketball game because I wanted to go to a game at least once before I graduated! And, I wanted to see how Coach D had done with the team… Sadly, we didn’t beat UNC, as we got crushed, haha. But, it was still fun watching, and I guess that’s another thing checked off of my imaginary list of things to do :P
Really…? Huge snowstorm, and no cancellations :( TONS of ice… but at least I put my new snow boots to good use! I felt like I mastered the winter conditions with my new boots and umbrella :D
The Chinese New Year festival held by CSA was…meh. I went late, so I missed out on all the food, but at least I got to see my sister at the front table. I know I probably should be more excited about such an event, but I think all people talk about now is how much money they get in those red envelopes haha. Though, I don’t really care much for those either. I do like the food :) I really want mooncakes…
Finally, Liz & I did some practicing for her Kollaboration audition. Ooh I’m excited to see how it’s gonna go!
Feminisms discussion was more interesting as I actually participated this time haha. It does get boring at times because it feels like just a few people talk…
Right after discussion, I headed up to Kangry’s place to get my haircut! I bought his haircut services last year at the KRUP service auction, and never “cashed” it in till now. It was a fun time, as this was probably the most I’ve ever talked with a barber/hair stylist/cutter person. And, I learned that Kangry will be going on KRUP too! The haircut took about an hour long, which is the longest I’ve ever had a haircut, but it was a job well done, and I’ve gotten compliments on it :) Kangry wants me to be his “model” since he’s offering his services again for this year’s auction!
Lastly, for dinner, I experimented with cooking chicken. Somehow, this was the first time I ever had to cook raw chicken, and the only sauce I had was this Korean red pepper chili paste (gochujang?), and I’m surprised at how well it turned out. I guess I assumed there needed to be more ingredients when preparing meats and such, but I enjoyed the simplicity :D
Steph accompanied me on the T to North Station…possibly because she got jealous of my talks with Dan last semester :P Dan had to go to his service placement on the Orange Line so we would ride together. Sadly, this semester he changed his times, but since Steph didn’t have work yet, she could come with me :) Travel buddies are awesome. I know that if I don’t talk to people, I sleep… and then I sleep until the conductor has to wake me up and tell me to get off the T since it only goes until Government Center…Thankfully, that hasn’t happened this year. :P
I got another blood test, and made it just in time before it closed. I actually watched the needle go in, and I was intrigued… looks like I’m over my fears!
At church, the adults celebrated Chinese New Year’s, and there was some good food :) Then we had ROFL, and again, I’m so proud that the youth were able to lead everything again because it takes a lot of burden off of me and perhaps I’m learning how to release my role and empower others!
I sent Steph & Ryan to their small group this morning, but ended up getting lost because I what I thought was a bridge…wasn’t a bridge. And, that totally confused me as to when I should be making the next turn. So, I returned to Newton by the Mass Turnpike by accidentally turning onto it (I thought it was another street… until I had to pay a toll lol), and then I picked up Liz. The second time around I found my way there successfully with the help of Ryan’s GPS, and then Liz and I quickly headed to BU for her Kollab audition! Despite taking a wrong turn… we actually got where we wanted much quicker than expected (strange!), and we were able to get there early and practice a bit. Even though Liz was very nervous, she knew all her words, and I think we gave it our best! I didn’t notice any mess-ups, so I have no regrets about our performance :) Then again, I already knew Liz sang amazing, so it was quite amusing to see how the Kollab panel would respond. Ah, thankfully, most of them (if not all) were from BC (Eric Nam, Alex Kim, Qian, Shannon and someone else…) After the audition, we headed back, and all that stress was now over! And then I took a nap to recuperate :P
Later in the day, I went to go pick up Steph & Ryan, but there was so much traffic at BC from the basketball game (which we won against VT!) I also got to meet their friend Van.
At 8, I met up with Justin, and we headed to Eagles Nest for Senior Dance Practice, and I guess I’m committing to it! I definitely felt a lot more confident going through the moves this time because they were a bit simplified, and surprisingly, I’m not the worst there anymore :P Some people were there for the first time, but at least they were still willing to do it! I do admire Eric Lee’s teaching and dancing skills, definitely motivates me to try harder… I wonder what Synergy’s performance for Showdown is going to be like… I’m pretty sure it’ll be amazing.
Lastly, I arrived a bit late because of practice, but I made it to the SASA Culture Show! This was the first culture show I ever went to, and it was great seeing so many people I know (mostly Steph’s roommates) in the show. The girls definitely outdanced the guys :P but it was very fun to watch. It also made me realize that I’d have to go up there next week… oh great :/ Looks like I gotta practice! And, I got to sit with Steph, Jeannette, and Susan, but to my surprise, a couple of the Shaw freshmen were to my side as well, so it was a fun night indeed :) After the show, there was lots of photos, as the dancers did an amazing job, and Steph and Jules prepared flowers for all their friends! And, I finally got to eat dinner at late night, haha. What a packed day!
Week 4: Recap
The 5th year anniversary at ROLCCIB was great! But, it was also a great reminder that we can’t take this celebration for granted because if we get too comfortable as a church by looking at our past accomplishments, we will never see what God has in store for us! So, we prayed for challenges :P because challenges cause us to grow, and I think that’s what I look forward to in relationships…which is possibly not the “best” thing… but I know that’s what will lead to healthier, stronger, and deeper relationships. Haha, well I can’t wait for Donna to come back to speak on relationships because she has an uncanny way of really speaking to people’s hearts, and I love it! And, I’m also very excited to hear that possibly youth from other churches will be coming to our retreat :) The only possible bummer is that when I went to my followup for my TB shot, I was slightly positive! O_O But, they told me not to worry as it may have been just previous exposure and such since I was born in the US… oh well. I still had to take a chest x-ray, which was interesting. Made me think about radiation a lot after I read all about it on dentists misusing x-ray machines… Ok, well I’m moving into BC tomorrow, and I can’t believe I have so much stuff!
Quite the adventure in the morning. Got 4 hours of sleep and woke up at 5:30AM to send my mom to the airport. The shower did wonders in waking me up, and thankfully, I had loaded basically all my stuff on the car the night before, so there was no rushing and such. :) The ride to the airport was smooth with no traffic in sight, and after dropping my mom off to her second trip to Cali (haha ridiculous!), my dad helped me unload my stuff in my room and then we headed to star market for some groceries. As we bought ingredients, my dad helped talk me through what dishes I could make, and this helped tremendously… I think I need to start writing down recipes so when I go shopping, I know exactly what I need… Ugh, but I realize that I don’t really work like that…. looks like I have to change a bit! Took a two hour nap after heading back to school, did some unpacking, and then met Steph & her parents to help her move-in :) We ate at El Pelon, and then thankfully, they gave me a ride to Newton so I could drop off Karen’s stuff at her dorm instead of having her come to Main Campus and then going back… Then, I spent basically the rest of the day with Steph…haha, time seems to go by pretty quickly :P Good thing I didn’t have much else to do because I didn’t realize what a month long separation would do to a relationship… actually, strangely enough, I saw her just a week ago at her place, but the week long wait was more difficult than the three weeks prior to that… weird. Gosh school’s tomorrow, but I’m SO glad to have class start at noon! :D
First day of classes was tiring! I think I have to readjust to sitting in class even though I only had two… and I was really hoping there would’ve been a snow day :( In my noon class, the students stayed for 15 minutes before leaving, as stated (somewhere…), but then the professor came in right then, so she caught most of us before we left… Oh well. At least it was interesting, and she’s very passionate about this subject so I think it’ll be an alright class. Intro to Feminisms was quite intriguing, and so far, I’m surprised to say that I’m enjoying the class. It’s definitely the latest class I’ve taken at 5PM… but it kept my attention so I didn’t fall asleep :P Oh, it’s definitely going to be … entertaining having Steph there as well. I really hope I don’t make stupid comments and get owned by all the girls in the class…Thankfully, there are like 5 other guys in the class. After class, Steph and I cooked dinner and then went to ACF! Despite the snow, rain, and icy paths, I’m surprised SO many people turned out :) It was a fun night seeing so many new (abroad people!) and old faces :D
Literary Forms IS AMAZING. Wow, that shocks me how I have been so impressed by just the first day. I think I’ll get a better understanding of the class later on… but it’s made me think about what have been the best classes/professors I’ve taken, so I hope to post that up sometime. I just love how approachable my professor is, and it’s definitely enjoyable being able to take the class with so many friends :D justin, my roommate nick, andrew, and amir! I’m so looking forward to this class, especially since it’s focused on love… gotta keep learning :) Ah, and research class was relaxed, as Young and I just pipetted… I hope we get paired up because I don’t really know anyone else in the class :/ The rest of the night was spent in meetings at the Elections Committee and for Shaw… which I felt like I was just listening. Then, the night ended with Dan and I playing basketball! I hope that I’ll go more often than just the beginning of the semester and somehow keep an exercise schedule…
Classes were fun today. Lots of rhythmic hand clapping during music class, and some discussion in feminisms. Thankfully, nothing much was required of me since it’s still syllabus week :) Steph and I cooked dinner at her place, and I got to figure out how to use oyster sauce… or at least I think I know how to use it :/ And, I regret not being able to make it to prayer meeting for retreat… but it’s no use to dwell on regrets. Retreat is tomorrow! But, it looks like there’s a huge snowstorm coming in and I fear the bus ride could be somewhat treacherous… gotta pray!
English class was great today though I’m starting to realize and dislike the gap between seniors and freshmen… The comments made and questions asked are on such different levels, but I know I have to be more accepting and patient. I can’t believe the professor does it so well…After class, I prepared for retreat, whether it was making encouragement bags (not a good idea for an artistically challenged person…), packing up worship equipment, or packing my own stuff. The bus ride was enjoyable despite sitting on the wheel and radiator. Diane kept watching Steph and me, haha. As we arrived, I quickly began practicing with the group and while we didn’t feel completely ready, prayer really prepared our hearts, and the night of worship went great! I liked Young’s quote: “When we practice, we practice, but when it’s time to worship, we worship!” I think that took care of everything else… The message focused on race, and I think the discussion group went really well. Everyone was willing to share, and I’m surprised at how engaging it is! I can’t wait for tomorrow, and I’m so blessed to have such a good group :) Let’s see, the leaders are Grace Lee and Eugene Choi. And the group consists of Dora, Ji, Esther (Dan’s sister!), Justin Feng, and Jae Maeng. I think the other thing on my heart is reaching out to new people and breaking out of the comforts of friendships at this retreat… It’s already become apparent, as certain groups of friendships are in place… :/ Thankfully, I’ve been able to have a great conversation with Jacob!
The morning worship set went smoothly, and the message was engaging in that we filled out a chart that focused on intentional vs. unintentional as well as relational vs. systemic oppression/racism. The end results were surprising, as relational and intentional racism is obvious and has been kept to a minimum in society, though the unintentional and systemic problems of racism were intimidating and complex! This sense of hopelessness that individuals could solve such problems in society was connected with the hope in Christ, and this helped renew a deeper understanding of how Jesus is desiring to change the world through us. Also, I liked Mako’s talk about Zaccheus because it gave a new perspective about social justice and a transformed heart, though I guess the first thing that comes to mind is the fact that… Zaccheus was naked when he climbed the tree because they didn’t wear pants back then… hahaha.
Anyways, practice in the afternoon was a bit difficult since our energy was wearing down though singing Disney songs did help later on :P Nick and Ji seem to know most of the songs, if not all! However, the afternoon workshop and games were so difficult to sit through because I felt drained, and I realized how my mood is dictated by my energy level… and I wish it weren’t so much :( I get more irritable than I care to admit, and I didn’t really get to take a nap. Oh well, dinner did help, and Saturday night worship was our last set as ACF praise team! I can’t believe it’s over already…and I’ve enjoyed the moments of setting up/tearing down, saturday morning practices, tuesday large groups, and of course, the energy-draining yet so worth the time and effort acf retreats!
The night concluded with prayer and worship, though I decided to do my own thing and read a bit because something just bothered my heart… Honestly, I’m not sure what, but I was hoping that this year would be different. Yet, in my four years at ACF retreat, this time has always been a struggle to pay attention because it feels uncomfortable… Weirdly enough, I want to say it’s not as spiritual as I hope it would be, instead with it just being emotions and all… because I’m used to more intense things at church and conferences. So, I think my mind keeps telling me, “What gives?”
Anyways, because I did my own thing, and then found Justin Oh and went to do encouragement cards… I didn’t realize that I was needed to play later. Oops! I guess some people worried because I just seemed to have left… but I think I like praying alone. I know people aren’t looking at me when I pray, but it’s so much more relieving to have nobody else there. The rest of the night went pretty well, as I finally got to finishing the encouragement letters, and Dave and I played some guitar and sang :)
One last thing, it definitely was interesting being at the retreat for the first time as a couple… Oh boy, Steph and I got a lot of “attention” for that… and it sure was funny. I can’t wait for the commotion to die down :P because I doubt we’re all that interesting. I think it’s more because we’re one of the new couples this semester. I think we played off the awkwardness of being called cute by not responding. We’re pretty good at that… :)