Week 8: Recap
Steve Chua spoke on worship and a place called Naioth. This refers to 1 Samuel 19, where Saul goes to find David and instead becomes filled with the Spirit and starts prophesying. This was definitely something new that I hadn’t heard about, and I was quite intrigued to learn that Naioth means God’s dwelling place (or something like that).
Michelle Choi’s Birthday! Wow, almost forgot about that, but the gajok managed to round up a few of the children to surprise her, and we had a white mountain birthday cake :)
Valentine’s Day Shopping began in the morning, and I hit up four stores to complete the to-do list. First off, Starmarket for steak, then CVS for body wash… (ok that was just for me, haha), Olympia Flowers for a half dozen of roses, and then Chipotle for lunch :P
So, for Valentine’s Day, Steph & I began with a steak dinner. I was a bit hesitant since I never cooked steak before, but my mom said it was easy… and I just seasoned two fat pieces of steak and then let it cook for like 20 minutes. I’m surprised it turned out well! But, there’s still room for improvement… I think I cooked it well-done, which is a bit too much for me, since I’m more of a medium guy, but I was more afraid I was going to undercook it, haha. With the sauce leftover, I added red onions & mushrooms, and then cooked some veggies as well for a well-balanced dinner :)
Next, we had plans to go to Northeastern (first time visiting!) to see Dave & Rich open for Tim Be Told! Most of the 90 boys went to the concert to support as well as Justin, Esther, Young Park, Ryan, Young Hahm, and Jin. Dave & Rich definitely blew out the other openers :P and I was quite surprised that Dave did a shout out for Steph and me… oh boy. And then, they sang hunters & cougars! They had such good stage presence, although they made it a bit awkward for the two people they asked up, one of which was Dave’s cousin! Then, Tim Be Told came up to play, and they were amazing :) Though, I was a bit bummed to hear that half the band quit… I’m so surprised that they’ve been able to continue and find new members, and I can’t wait for the new album!
The Leadership Exchange was a meeting where we gathered various leadership groups on campus, including Shaw, to mingle and to listen to a speaker, Michael Durkin, CEO of United Way of the Merrimack Valley. It was great that most people were able to come, and the Heights Room was packed! I think there was probably about 200 people, and the food was good too :) especially since it was free. Personally, I didn’t meet many new people even though I saw with other leadership groups… because Justin Feng was from ELP and I think Arthur was from Freshman Academy… and another girl was from Shaw and ALA. Win for me :)
KRUP Auction was very hilarious, although when I arrived, Justin and my service was already sold to Dan Kim… He wants good guitar lessons :) I was hoping to win something this year, and I had a couple serious bets going, but for some reason, someone else always seemed to win out. So, at the end, I didn’t get to buy anything :(
Thea Bowman Reception was amazing for the free food! That, and I went with the guys from Gate 404 and Young Jae. We just kept eating… and that was probably the most exciting thing about it :P The actual reception took so long because they called people up too slowly, but Don & Andrew made it amusing by switching names… haha.
Ended the night with Applebees with the Gajok! We had quite the scare since Rachel didn’t have her phone, so we couldn’t contact her. We kept waiting for her since she had told us she was definitely coming and we even confirmed when she left her place through friends… but she was not at the bus stop! Eventually, we left without her, and to our surprise, Rachel was waiting at the Reservoir bus stop… phew :P She told us her story/thought process, and basically she thought there was another stop after main gate, but once she arrived at Cleveland Circle, she unsuccessfully tried asking people for a phone… yet that probably wouldn’t have worked either since she didn’t know any our of numbers! Gosh… at least half-priced apps were delicious, and we were able to finish it all, especially with dessert!
Lunch with Dr. Bob was so great, as we hadn’t really talked for a couple months! I really enjoyed our conversation, and I hope the next time we meet up won’t be so long in between…
I skipped Feminisms discussion for BC IDOL preparation, and while we couldn’t sound check individually, it was good to know how the guitar would be mic’d. Neither Liz nor I could eat dinner, so we just spent most of our time just waiting around with Ryan & Shinyoung until BC IDOL started. We were up 4th, and while I didn’t feel too nervous before the performance, I think that all changed when I realized we were going up on stage! I was so glad the song went without hitch, so at least, we couldn’t regret how we did :) Then, we headed into the audience to see everyone else perform, and I cannot believe how talented people are! The acts were amazing, and there were even children from St. Columbkille performing - CRAZY GOOD :) Finally, at the end of the competition, we were waiting for the results, and when I heard who placed in 3rd and 2nd, I was a bit bummed because I hoped we were gonna place… but, it was quite stunning when it was announced that Liz Peter had won first place! I was a bit confused, especially when I walked on stage, but what a great feeling to be able to help a friend win! :) And, even cooler, she won a check for $350! And she is now the BC IDOL, yay! What an unforgettable night… I loved it! Especially with all the support from our friends :)
The ROFL Winter Retreat began with just youth from Connecticut and Boston, as NY people were in traffic and still on their way. I was taken aback at how amazing the flyers, booklets, and schedule were done because they definitely surpassed my expectations! The NY people didn’t make it until the message was over, but it was a fun night just getting to know the California team, which included Pr. James Wang along with his wife, his brother John, and two other co-workers, Brian & Grace. I mainly worked on audio and visual stuff, which was a bit new for me, but I liked the experience :P
What a tiring but fun day… the messages were great, the small group time was meaningful, and the small group competitions were awesome! While we didn’t get to really interact with either the Connecticut or NY people, it was a good time to strengthen the leadership within our youth group. But, at the same time, we realized that we had to be more missional, and we saw that being more welcoming to our brothers and sisters in Christ from other states would be good practice :D
Church was packed! Usually, service is full with the adults and kids, but with an additional 50-60 youth, there were lots of people standing! And, it was great to see the place filled because hopefully, this will happen soon with our youth :) Haha, I’m praying for it! Anyways, leading worship after/during the retreat for Sunday was really rewarding because I didn’t feel like I had to “switch” mindsets. I mean that usually I spent Saturdays at BC, so to wake up the next morning for church and all takes some time to adjust, but being at a retreat, it wasn’t needed and it just felt easier to pour out my heart during worship. After service, I decided that it would be prime time to show the other churches the circle hug :D And, while they felt awkward in the beginning, I think they liked it :P
Lunch time was fun, as there were little kids running around everywhere! Even the youth from the other churches were playing with them, haha. But, then we had to leave early, as my dad had to prepare a lobster lunch for the California team. I rested a bit, and then for dinner, we went out for Minado! Despite a long wait, it was worth it, and although I missed KRUP training, I’m glad I got to talk with the California team since I didn’t really have time during the retreat to do so. Wow, what a great weekend, although I’m definitely more tired than usual, haha.
Week 7: Recap
Oh gosh, I haven’t been keeping up to date with my recaps… and for some reason, it’s harder to do! I guess the nightly updates kept me accountable, and the worst feeling is that when I try to remember what happened last Sunday, it’s like one or two things… as compared to Saturday, when memories are so much more vivid. I’ll try to be more consistent in remembering!
Chinatown dinner for Chinese New Year’s. My parents got back home from church late because the meeting went on for so long that the superbowl had started… But, we still had to eat dinner, and to celebrate the New Year, we went to our favorite restaurant, East Ocean City, and ate around 8 or so. It was definitely late, but at least we had a large enough appetite to finish it all!
I arrived back on campus for the last 6 minutes of the Superbowl, and upon arrival, I saw so many people in the living room! That sure was great, as there were freshmen from Shaw, the girls/girlfriends from Ignacio, and of course the roommates from present and former years :) Well, I guess my mom was right because while I was reluctant to miss the Superbowl (not that I had much stake in it…), the last six minutes were the most exciting because I originally thought it was going to be a blowout. Good thing Green Bay won! I’m impressed by Aaron Rodgers…
Bought a groupon for Crazydough’s, and I decided to get dinner with Nick. Despite the ridiculously long wait for the pizza, we had a great conversation. I can’t believe so much stuff had passed by, and there was such a need to catch up! And, we practically demolished the large pizza we ordered…these are exactly the conversations I enjoy :)
Then, I rushed to the Shaw Seminar because I didn’t want to be late… wow lots of huffing and puffing, haha. The seminar was SO fun! It was all about public speaking, and Professor Rosenthal did such a great job in giving the freshmen a talk about it and then doing a fun activity involving movie quotes. My goodness, the ones who went up to give an impromptu speech were quite courageous and talented! I’m pretty sure we were all blown away by Narintohn and Reese :P
Finally, ended the night by catching up on Glee with Justin! Contrary to other people’s opinions, I enjoyed the episode… so ridiculous though, haha.
I surprised myself in that I focused a lot of my time in doing work in the library :) I think with such a different course load, I haven’t put in the same hours as I usually do. But, I’m starting to realize that my other commitments/clubs are catching up to me… I need to return to the bat cave :P Ended the night with a late-night senior dance practice at O’Connell, and I feel somewhat confident in my skills after Eric Lee simplified some of the moves :)
What a long day at lab… I decided to stay after to run some gels, but I also got to sneak into Professors & Pastries during the wait and get some snacks to go :) I had my fill, and then Young Jae and I took some pastries to go for Justin and Steph. Hehe…. Then, I finished up my lab work around 530ish…
Met up with Young Jae after lab and we ate at hillside for dinner. Today’s his birthday! Actually, Justin & I stopped by his place the night before, but it was good to chat over a hamburger at hillside :)
Lastly, Steph invited me over to a Valentine card-making party, and it was in Ruby. I saw Jules and a lot of her friends from ASTEP, and they are FREAKING creative. Wow, I’m pretty sure card stores can’t compare to how amazing these handmade cards were, and it took me the entire hour just to create one because I had no idea how I could mach up to such skill… haha. At least it turned out decent :P
A long day of run-throughs at Eagle’s Nest for the KSA/CSA Culture Show. It was a bit stressful since I felt like I was relearning half of the entire dance again… and it lasted for a good four hours, as we had to go through the acts three times. At least a lot of progress was made, and I got to see lots of people! There are tons of people that I didn’t know were participating, and it was interesting to see all the acts perform before the actual show :) Ended the night by watching the other episode of Glee with Justin :P
Three month anniversary! :) Steph decided to come to ROFL because we had a guest speaker, Steve Chua. I think for the most part, it went well though the kids were definitely having a lot of fun, saying that I had a girlfriend now… Oh, the parents were surprised too…. I think the only people I really told were the youth, so they didn’t freak out as much… I think it was better to bring her first on a Friday because there are generally less adults there, so that if she comes on a Sunday, at least some people will be like, oh that’s old news. sorta. For some reason, people at BC still don’t think so :P
100 Days… Eh. Not really thinking about it, so I guess it doesn’t affect me, hah :)
CSA/KSA Culture Show was so fun! Though ridiculously tiring after. I’m so glad it’s over because I could definitely see everyone’s hard work in making it a success! And, it was great to be able to watch most of the acts as part of the audience, especially the Music Act with David Kim :) I was a bit bummed that I couldn’t see the Fan Dance because I had to get ready, but at least I saw it during run throughs. Also, I had a bit of a scare, when I realized I lost my light before the performance, but it’s a good thing Eric Lee had spares! The senior dance went by SO quick, and after the show, people were asking whether I heard them in the crowd, but I think I zoned out so much in just making sure I wouldn’t let my nervousness get the best of me. And, looking back, I’m really glad that I did this, though I hope nobody expects me to actually dance… :P
Finally, ended the night by going to Hemali’s 21st birthday party, since she’s Steph’s roommate. This was quite interesting since this was one of the first parties I ever went to voluntarily… actually, just in general, haha. People were having a fun time, though I had to duck out early because I had to drive home and I was reallllly tired. I think I was more exhausted than I imagined because when I get to that stage, I just zone out. So, it wasn’t the most enjoyable experience as I just people-watch… and that’s also probably due to the fact that I’m very introverted when there’s lots of people, despite the fact that I knew some of them. Surprisingly, I found that I didn’t judge people when they drank… weird. And, I can’t believe I actually played Pong, except that Steph had to absorb the punishment as I had to drive soon… Funny though, the whole time I was playing, all I could think about was that I wanted to play videogames, i.e. Starcraft 2. It was the strangest feeling because I just kept analyzing the situation… that I’m in the basement. Throwing ping pong balls in cups. I’d so much rather play ping pong… So, I don’t know how well I’d fare in a party situation. I might just spend most of my time looking at people or looking at stuff. or zoning out and thinking about anything at random. I guess I know the “secret” which is to participate, and not anticipate… but, dancing’s not really my thing (contrary to what the culture show may tell you…) and I don’t really mind being awkward. Actually, it might be harder to make things awkward if people are drunk because they don’t catch the usual cues. SHOOT. This might be fun! I must now hone my awkwardness…
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 5: Recap
Overslept breakfast…and I was surprised Young didn’t wake me, Justin, or Eric up to help pack up the worship equipment! Oh well, at least everything was put away quickly, and we left Toah Nipi around 11 in the morning, and arrived back at BC at 1. On the bus ride back, Hayeon and I talked about how nostalgic ACF retreat has been, as this is (hopefully!) our last one, haha. Wow… so quick. Oh, and I somehow managed to sit in the bus that was mostly with girls… there must’ve been some sort of sexist segregation :P Back on campus, Steph and I first ate lunch, and then headed to her place to unpack and nap… Then, my dad came to BC later in the night to drop off Karen, and he picked us up so we could go grocery shopping! This was pretty fun, as we discussed about what meals we could cook (or at least we plan to…), and then we were able to finish our individual burritos at Chipotle! It was a fun day, though it didn’t feel like a Sunday at all, especially since I didn’t go to service. It did feel good to unpack and clean the kitchen and just get ready for a full week of school…
Shaw seminars were started up again, and I realized I hadn’t seen the freshmen for almost 2 months! It sure was fun seeing them again, though the house was a bit chilly because the heat wasn’t working… probably due to the unbelievably freezing conditions outside.
Went to a meeting about organizing a leadership get together with all the leadership groups including Shaw. I’m excited to see how it’ll all play out! Got to cook a new dish for Steph and me, and later the roommates also tried some since I cooked too much… good thing it was delicious :P At ACF, Shinyoung led praise! This is so awesome that new people are stepping up, though it’s kinda bittersweet that my time is up :P Anyways, tonight was time for the donations for Global Poverty Impact, and while I didn’t save up money (fail…), I decided to donate $100 to International Justice Mission because I had read the book over the summer, and now I feel like I’m finally acting upon my ideas because I am amazed at how the organization handles issues such as sex trafficking, mainly in that they will deal with the entire process from rescuing a person, to rehabilitation, to advocating laws that prevent further occurrences. Then, to end the night, I spent it at the library… I think I like it there :D
I guess just a typical day of school… perhaps the most exciting thing was helping Liz insulate her room haha. Oh, and I didn’t get to the library till midnight to accompany Dan, but I basically just watched youtube videos… oops. Ah, and I did not sleep at a reasonable time because my roommate found this new addicting game for us to play, and we started at 2AM, so obviously, we weren’t going to sleep that early. And, then we ended the night with some pillow talk :D Man, I keep owning myself in terms of sleep…
Got to meet with the director of Reslife, George Arey, to talk about the Shaw meeting next week, and he seemed like a great guy! I was able to also finish my essay for feminisms like 30 minutes before it was due because I procrastinated a bit this week, but it was pretty easy to just reflect on issues that previously, I rarely thought about… The discussion started off a bit slow, but eventually, things got going, and I was surprised how most people focused on companionship marriage. For the most part, I think it was arguing the point that it’s not a “cop out” from feminism for a woman to want to be married and have children, as long as she is equal and holds everything that entails being married and parenting to the same standard as having a job and such… I think it’d be a total waste for people who go to college and then make it their goal to just marry rich and in a sense, give up on life… (and that applies to both guys and girls :P) After discussion, I hung out at gate to see Don off before he left for his MCATs (which were the next day but since his test center was so far, it was better for him to sleep over somewhere near there). Had dinner with Eugene, Eric, & Andrew, and then I got to meet my gajok for the first time this semester along with my new wife Michelle! It was a quick but fun time, as most of the children had to go practice for the KSA/CSA Culture Show, but I’m excited to see what’s gonna happen this semester! And… wife #2 is not jealous of wife #1 or the girlfriend… whew! :P I think all three of them feel the same, but man that just feels awkward to type out… Finally, the night ended with Steph and me watching Toy Story 3 at her place. Sadly, it wasn’t as emotional the second time watching it, as in, I didn’t shed a tear :( but I guess that’s good because it’d be weird if I cried in front of the girlfriend… haha.
English was hilarious because we had a quiz to spite those who missed class. The three questions were:
- What did I (the professor) just say?
- What is this student eating?
- What don’t I have on my face?
And he talked about glitter and love, and it was both very entertaining and philosophical… sometimes, I just don’t know which level he’s on, but I’m loving every minute of it :) Got lunch with Justin, and he convinced me to go with him to the Senior Dance practice on Saturday… Then, I went home for ROFL, and I was so proud of the youth because since last Friday got cancelled due to snow, I was able to see what they would’ve done if I weren’t there. And, they did a pretty good job! I’m impressed because it’s always a bit nerve wracking never knowing how things actually go, but my heart is definitely at ease :)
Cleaned the bathroom, which felt very relieving… then headed to Higgins with Dan to check on his lab stuff. We got lunch at Lower with Justin, Eugene, Brian, and some 010 guys! Then, I headed over to practice at O’Connell House with Justin for Senior Dance, and man, did I feel so out of place! The moves seemed to go by so fast, and I was definitely at least a step behind… if not more. Now, I’m not sure if I can/want to do it… haha. I know it’d definitely be memorable and fun if I could get it all down, but I’m worried I’d have other things that would prevent me from really giving it my all. Personally, the worst thing would be to dance half-heartedly because then I’d most likely mess up and just regret it… I have to be wise in this decision!
Later, Steph & I went to the Natick mall since she needed to go shopping for boots. Hers had a hole in them, so they weren’t very useful anymore :P We did quite a bit of walking, as we soon realized the stores didn’t have many good boots. I mean, there were a lot, but not many designed for rain/snow… I’m pretty sure there were tons more for guys… but, we eventually found one, and then we had dinner at Cheesecake Factory! We felt stuffed after that, especially with a Kahlua Cocoa Coffee Cheesecake to end the dinner :) Wow, I guess this was the first date of the semester, haha…
Week 3: Recap
Worship this morning went really well! I’m just really glad that despite being in a new place with the set up a bit different, as the piano and drums are on opposite sides, which makes signaling a bit difficult…the set was great! Also, Matt played bass, and I like his style of playing though I can’t seem to put it into words…I definitely enjoyed how the music felt and mixed together, and I hope we can jam sometime :) It was a fun yet tiring day, and I’m glad I could just spend the rest of the day at home relaxing.
It’s the last week of break, but I feel as though I’ve finally caught onto what it means to be productive, haha. I finally sent emails out for Shaw, which I’ve been putting off… for like a month or so. Things just always felt so far off, but with school starting in just a week (no way!), pressure pushes me. Also, I went to the doctor’s today for a physical, found out that I’m 5’5” and 127 lbs, and got one shot. Surprisingly, it did not hurt nearly as much as I anticipated…though that’s probably because I can’t remember the last time I got one. I kept asking about immunizations because I needed a form to be filled out for Tufts, but neither of us had an idea about when I had this or that shot… Thankfully, I got a sheet of the shots I’ve taken, and hopefully, I won’t need any more, though the Tufts form may indicate otherwise :/ There was definitely a lot of waiting, but that gave me some downtime to actually read! And, dinner was great as my dad, Tiffany, and I went to H-Mart, and then we did some shopping there as well as at the supermarket. Finally, to end the night, my dad really wanted to watch Robin Hood, and giving redbox a try for just $1, I’m surprised that I really enjoyed the movie :) Yay, talk about being productive!
Well, talk about a complete turnaround… I got nothing done today! Haha. Since I got some chores done early in the morning, I spent practically the rest of the day playing video games, with a little eating and napping slipped in between that. I also got to see my sister play basketball, which was quite amusing and somewhat frustrating… but it was an enjoyable hour :) And, after slaving away at this game, Glory of Heracles, for 34 hours, I am done! At first, it was an interesting plot, but that was soon lost as things got repetitive. I will admit that I liked the story and the quirks, but it was definitely a hassle to go through all of that. And, sadly, the last epic battle was not epic at all. I think somehow I managed to be too strong, and there was no struggle to overcome, haha. At least now, I can say I’m done with a game and feel somewhat accomplished. I think I got my money’s worth as this was on sale for $12… but I realize that I fell into the trap of having to play and finish a game because I bought it. And I know I REALLY shouldn’t start another game… but I sure do love puzzles! Sadly, I know that I should avoid video games, or at least those that are single player, because I really don’t need the time suck at BC. I’ve got one last semester, and I don’t want to waste it like that… Now, all night gaming sessions with the roomies is a different matter ;)
Being snowed in felt great :) though I guess I’m used to it considering I don’t do much outside anyways… I think most people had plans and such so they were bummed… It was fun since both my dad and Tiffany stayed home too! This is the first time I’ve shoveled this year, and I actually enjoy it because the snowplow does most of the work :P It’s not as time-consuming, chilling, and strength-draining. Sadly, the snow was not very packable, so I couldn’t make a snowman. I also got to cook a bit today and learn a couple new dishes from my dad :) let’s see, an egg & tomato dish and tofu, pork, and some sort of greens…. and finally, I practiced some piano and guitar! I like it when I actually get stuff done, though I realize that only happens once I get enough sleep… I definitely need to sleep earlier/more.
Found out from the doctor’s that I need to take a couple more tests/shots tomorrow… yay… Haha. Then, I hurried over to the Burlington Mall to meet Young Park! We decided to meet basically halfway, and it was a good couple hours of strolling through the place for our man date. :) And no, we were not holding hands… And no, Steph is not jealous…. Haha. Anyways, this was the first time Young tried Chik-Fil-A and he loved it! Of course, who can resist the tenderness and goodness, especially someone like Young! :) And then, we just went into almost every store to look at what was fun. We played some Playstation Move at the Sony Store, sat in the massage chairs at Brookstone, and smelled lots of lotions at Bath & Body Works… Oh, and we got ice cream too! It was a lot of browsing and talking and just realizing, “School is almost over…” This was really fun just catching up and reflecting since break is now basically over, and we want to make this last semester count! Lastly, I got to cook again with my dad, and we made corn soup, bulgogi (pre-marinated from Hmart :P), and tofu, celery, and pork dish. I feel like I’m keeping a log so I’ll remember what I’ve learned! Now I just have to actually incorporate them into my cooking routine…wow, I just realized what a pain buying ingredients can be…
Wow, the shots were quite fun and quick today… I decided to look at the needles as they went into my skin and it was so interesting because I realized it didn’t hurt much! Haha, what a weird feeling to see the needle go into my vein and then see blood fill the container…. After the shots, I headed home to clean up the place because we were having a speaker come this weekend for our church’s 5th year anniversary! And so, I went to Logan with my mom to pick up the speaker, then waited 2 hours in traffic before we got home…. Lots of patience. I’m surprised I wasn’t upset at all! It was enjoyable for some reason, and then church at night was great because I just felt very happy despite also feeling tired. It was just a good night seeing everyone at ROFL…
Spent the day at church listening to the speaker, Donna Parachin, from Unstoppable Ministries. She used to work at Singing Waters in Canada, which is a place for that I guess many pastors go to “recharge” Haha. I guess perhaps a retreat center for pastors? :D Anyways, she has a very contagious spirit, in the sense that I know I’m not very positive all the time, but every time I have talked with her, I just feel incredibly enlivened! It’s incredible… part of me wants to just be like, I’m not as happy as you and try to dampen her spirit (funny how it seems like that’s always the case… bringing people DOWN to your level… not good.) but then, I guess I catch the disease and am happier as I talk with her :) So, I think that made listening to her talk much easier because just from my several interactions with her, I really enjoy her presence and how she is able to encourage and love and embody the love of Christ. Well, tomorrow is the 5th anniversary for the church, and it’s incredible how in just five years, we’ve gone from renting a building to buying one! (and a large one indeed…7.3 acres?! O_O)
Week 2: Recap
Slept well & ate well :). Chauffeured my grandma, mom & sister to the mall, haha. Computer parts came in! But, I ran into a problem with compatibility, doh. Got to ask my grandma for cooking tips! =)
Spent practically the entire day setting up the computers. Got tires changed for the car because I’ll be driving to NJ! This is the farthest I ever have driven, and I’m doing this by myself… oh boy, but I’m excited :) Ooh, and more good news: Tufts finally got my deposit! Whew…
The four hour drive was exciting! Aside from a couple GPS problems, getting to NJ was easy, and I got to chill (i.e videogames…) with David, Dan, Stephen & Dong. We went to Rutgers for the greasetrucks, got lost for a bit, and experienced what “dirty” jersey means :P When we got there, I ordered a Fat Cat! Delicious…. haha. Then, we went to the bowling alley, but there were just too many people, so instead, we watched Van Wilder & Coraline. Coraline is SO creepy… yet enticing to watch.
Had an AMAZING brunch prepared by Dave & his mother :) Then, I headed over to Parsippany to visit Steph, and we just hung out at her house for the day instead of exploring her town… Met Steph’s parents for a couple minutes before we headed out for dinner at a nearby restaurant, and then I made the trip back in 4 hours! Wow, I drove 610 miles for these past two days…
ROFL in the new building was fun though we decided just to hangout next to a random sofa, haha. We’re going through a period of rediscovering passion. Perhaps this is because I feel as though I’ve lost some of it… and I fear indifference has taken ahold in my heart. I really do wish I prepared more for the talk. I find that I always manage to put things off till the last second, and I regret it. I think that’s the passion I need: giving my best in everything I endeavor to do.
Wow, everybody’s gone… Let’s see, I left on Wednesday for NJ and came back Thursday. My grandma left for NorCal to visit my aunt’s family on Thursday and will be heading to Taiwan for Chinese New Year. My mom left for SoCal on Friday for a conference and won’t be back till Thursday, and Karen left today for Florida for rowing training. Gosh, so it’s just the three of us at home. Interesting… Worship practice was fun and went very smooth with Matt, who’s another bass player and filled in for Karen. Wow, this will be the first time leading worship in the new church tomorrow :)
- Eat 3 meals a day
Ask my grandma how to cook
- Read Bible daily
- Upload photos
- Read books
- Read magazines
Go to NY/NJ
- Shaw Stuff
Tufts Dental School
ROFL Worship Practice Practice guitar & piano
- Passion 2011
So, I managed to finish about half… I’d say I’ve been pretty good at sleeping by 2, though I don’t usually wake up till 11. I want to adjust that. And, I was good at eating breakfast until I started waking up too late… I’m not doing too well on reading, too much video gaming! :P And, instead of Passion 2011, I listened to the messages from Passion 2010. :/ Looks like, I know what I need to work on during my last week of break… OH NO… wow that was quick and long. Strangely enough.
I think I’ll organize my posts by weeks now, and this year, I’ll capitalize and be more grammatically correct, if possible…Well, this has been a short week. Technically, just Saturday, but I’ll include Sunday since this week has been exciting!
The highlight of New Year’s Day definitely has to be the fact that Saeyoung came and slept over! He came up to Boston to see a friend off at Logan and then came to stay night before going to Highrock the next morning. Well, we went to Toys R Us because he needed to buy some gifts for kids at church, and then we just chilled after playing video games. :P But, I guess the best part has to be the conversations, as we had our pillow talk (why does that sound so girly?…), and just caught up with life. I’m very thankful that Saeyoung has been a mentor for me because we have similar personalities, and it’s great to know someone who has gone through similar experiences (or experience/perceive things in the same way) and can give you advise about what to look out for or what to do. What a great way to start off the year :).
Sunday was very exciting as well because today was the first service at the new church! I would say things went pretty smoothly because it always takes some time to get used to the layout of a place, and with such a big building, stuff is bound to get lost. Yet, we were able to keep on schedule for the most part, and service went without hitch. Praise God! :) And, we took many photos to commemorate the occasion, and there were several new and old faces here, like John! I was really hoping Paul could’ve made it as well, but he had work… Oh well, we finished up some loose ends for secret santa because some people didn’t get their gifts till today, and then people headed home. I think with a new building and all, the youth is definitely thinking about where we’ll “fit” in because I believe we want to find a spot where we can call our own, but it takes time to get comfortable with everything. Hopefully, we’ll be able to find a room soon, and paint it and make it all awesome and ROFL-like :) Lastly, for dinner, all the co-workers who have served in the church went out to China Blossom, and it was an enjoyable night to wrap up such a momentous occasion. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for us as a church!
i am SO physically tired…but what a great day for the big move!
woke up a bit early this morning because my dad had to go pick up the u-haul truck, and realized it was snowing! oh boy…
church this morning felt a bit sparse since we started our service an hour earlier than usual and there was some snow falling…which i bet prevented some people from coming, unless they were on vacation :P but, it was great too because we got to see some old faces! namely, matt from college and julia from arizona :) and well, as announcements were being made about the big move today, i’m pretty sure everyone was getting excited!
i really liked the message this morning as my mom spoke about vision:
where there is no vision, the people perish (Prov. 29:18, KJV)
as we went over examples of how God gave visions to his people, i was reminded how as a leader as the youth group, we need to have a vision! because, this vision turns into our mission and guides our direction….and well, without vision, we have nothing to strive for. i think as of now, ROFL’s vision is pretty general: “love god, love others,” and we need to work on what our mission entails…hmm. anyways, as my mom related this to our church and how it came to be and how it has progressed till now, we realized that all of this has been done, not by our own wisdom, but by God’s leading because there have been countless events and stories that were at first glance, impossible to accomplish, but it happened by what seemed to be miracles! sometimes, it’s difficult to see what’s gonna happen next, but looking back, i cannot believe we have come so far, and well, we have a new story beginning for us!
so, things ended pretty early around noon, but by then, there was a good amount of people too since we had a LOT of things to do! immediately after the message was over, everyone kicked it into high gear, taking apart stuff, packing up boxes, taping boxes, and moving them onto dollys. it was SUCH a good idea that my dad decided to make more because we had unbelievably heavy tables and other stuff, and it just made moving things out of the church THAT much easier. also, we had a quick secret santa exchange with the last few people (matt & julia) who couldn’t do so last week, and so we wrapped it up =) some people still need to pick up their gifts…. haha.
anyways, i cannot believe how much stuff we had accumulated in these past four (almost five!) years… it took three trips of a loaded u-haul truck to finish all our moving… and that’s not including the countless vans that also brought over the more delicate stuff, like the audio visual equipment. it was stunning to see just piles of chairs, desks, drawers, and like EVERYTHING ELSE, lined up at the door despite a truck being filled…. and we had like 30 or 40 adults helping constantly, whether it was moving the heavy furniture, packing up various boxes, or cleaning up the church… and yet it still took at least 3 or 4 hours! and that’s not counting how long it took us to unload and set up again… but we worked very efficiently, so i’m VERY thankful at everyone’s efforts =) even the kids were very well behaved!
well, the blizzard set in around 3:30 or 4… so people who lived far away started heading back to avoid bad driving conditions. i stayed to work on setting up the new sanctuary with all the sound stuff, but it was getting late around 5:30, and we had to head back as well… there’s just STILL so much work to do, but i guess we’ll come back another day.
however, my dad and i weren’t done… because we had to go help julia’s family finish moving. so we took the empty uhaul truck to their house in the blizzard. it was a fun ride because i got to drive in the snow :P there were a couple times that the car was slipping, but nothing felt like it was really out of control because there were no cars to be seen! but i still drove slow… and so the trip took a long time. better safe than sorry! when we got their house, my dad and i worked with mr. ni and his son timmy in moving out bookcases, desks, and other furniture… we had to go outside a lot because some things were just too big to carry down the basement stairs! this was really tiring, and required a lot of heavy lifting… i guess i didn’t do much at the church since i was more focused on taking apart and setting up the sound stuff. gosh, i can’t imagine how tired my dad must’ve been… but eventually, we finished at 7, and drove back home exhausted.
after a well-needed dinner (i can’t believe i forgot to eat the entire day! lol…), we both felt much better, and it was so good to just relax =) i guess i won’t look over my tumblr entries tonight since i just don’t have the energy to do so… but i’ll start tomorrow! also, work may possibly be cancelled because of this blizzard… oh boy.
wow, what a fun packed day!
i am surprised i went to sleep at 1am, but it was so necessary for the day ahead… i awoke at 8am to start getting ready for the day, i.e. making my secret santa card, because i forgot the night before :P we arrived at church early around 9:45 to set up and get things ready for worship. and i cannot believe the songs went without a hitch! well, perhaps my overcriticalness would point out that joy to the world didn’t start off as well as we hoped, but we recovered pretty quick, and i’m just SO glad that the changing between english and mandarin for songs was very smooth and easy to follow. we began with our favorite song: feliz navidad =) and proceeded onwards through 5 more songs, and while this year we only had violins playing, it was great to have them because we had 7th graders participate as well =) i’m just so glad it went so well with just practice the day before.
after worship, we had children’s choir, and they were undeniably cute :) our worship team can’t really match that :P and then we had a video about retooning the nativity, which i think everyone enjoyed. i wish i was more detailed about writing this out… but right now it’s 5:00AM…. so i’m just being very general :/ then we continued with our regular service, and ended around noon. after that, it was time for secret santa! we managed to get everyone in the youth room and began with alexandra, who got a cactus! haha. at least that’s what she wanted…. interesting. anyways, we continued through the group, though some people didn’t get gifts because their secret santas weren’t there… matt’s in michigan, and julia’s in arizona :P but they’ll be getting their gifts next week! anyways, we withheld josh’s gift because he was SO worried that he’d get a bad gift since it was in a box. and he didn’t know that I had him… =) so, he built up a lot of suspense, and when it was finally his turn, everyone crowded around to see whether he’d get pwned! but he didn’t, because i got him spirit tracks & an hdmi cable! stuff he actually wanted =) and he was SO relieved, and i was happy that he actually got a good gift this time! my secret santa was deborah, and i got samurai chopsticks and another rob bell book: jesus wants to save the christians! YAY =)
after secret santa, i talked with paul and john, as paul showed me his new dog, and we spent a good amount of time just catching up since we hadn’t really seen each other since the summer… i really enjoyed our conversation because so much stuff has happened this past semester, and well now, our church is moving! next week is our last week of service in the building, and paul and john will be back to help us move too =) and it’s going to be so weird to not have to go back to this building anymore…
after our talk, i headed back to church to see everyone pack up stuff, and i’m not gonna lie, even though just a couple tables were moved to the new church, the sanctuary felt empty…. man, i really can’t believe this is happening! then, i brought my sisters, friends, and grandma home. then, karen and i headed back to BC. on our way, i filled up on gas at cumby’s, and got some peppermint hot chocolate! SO good =) and SO worth the $1, haha.
back at BC, i dropped off my stuff and then headed over to steph’s place. we decided to go watch black swan at 7 at coolidge corner, and esther decided to come with us too! however, she was unable to solve the third-wheeledness :P because she couldn’t convince nick tsaur to come along… steph and i tried too, haha. anyways, we had a light dinner, and then headed out to coolidge corner for the movie!
i braced myself for this movie, and i STILL felt so drawn into this movie… and so many parts made me cringe because it was just such a good psychological thriller. a well done movie, but it felt SO draining at the end. initially, i thought i wouldn’t want to see it again, but now i do because there’s a lot of stuff i would catch the second time around without being surprised at the major points… ugh, it still brings back chills recalling some of the scenes, but both natalie portman and mila kunis KILLED it. amazing acting and spectacular movie…. i just wish it wasn’t so dark… :/
after the movie, we headed back to 90 first to see people, and then we headed back to steph and esther’s place to clean since everyone in the house is leaving tomorrow. we cleaned the kitchen, mopped the floors, vacuumed the rug… a fun night :P then steph & i had our own little gift exchange! ah yes, during our conversation, i came to the realization that there are such things as women’s boxers…crud. i may have to re-evaluate what i wear… wow that sounds like i cross dress or something… but these boxers i got from taiwan don’t have peeholes. GREAT.