Week 8: Recap

Sunday

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 :)

Monday

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!

Tuesday

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 :(

Wednesday

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!

Thursday

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 :)

Friday

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

Saturday

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

Sunday

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 2: Road Trip

These past two days have been so fun! Since this is my first time driving so far (4 hours), I really enjoyed it because I had a lot of time to myself to think and sing and such :D I spent a lot of my time listening to the messages from Passion 2010 because I never really had time to listen to them until now, and they’re amazing! I can’t wait to get this year’s because I really wanted to go and couldn’t… Actually, that’s probably for the better because I didn’t want to miss out on the first service at the new church :)

Sleeping over Dave’s place was so fun! Dan, Dong & Stephen came over as well, and for the most part, we just chilled… We didn’t really have plans (a bit indecisive :P), so we just played videogames until it was time for the Greasetrucks @ Rutgers. And, even after getting those, we wanted to bowl but couldn’t because of the ridiculous amount of wait time. So, we watched two movies. Yet, what I realized was that it was just really enjoyable to be able to spend time with good friends :) I didn’t really mind that we didn’t have an agenda because I think it’s more important to be able to have time to share together.

Similarly, when I went to Steph’s place, we originally planned to visit a lot of places, but since I guess I did a lot of driving the day before… we didn’t. But, I wasn’t going to argue, haha, because again, I was reminded about how fun it is to relax and not have to do this or that and just enjoy each other’s company. 

So, I’m really glad I got to see friends for these past two days because otherwise, I would’ve just bummed around at home :P And, now I’m also more confident about my driving because 4 hours seemed to go by so fast! I do wish I had more time to spend at NJ, but school’s starting soon and I still have work to do… Oh well, it was a memorable trip :)

day 57

classes went smoothly today. they were all laid back, mainly because so many students already left for spring break. of course, we learned new material, but it just wasn’t as stressful. and physics were interesting, with the demonstration of a superconductor. well, that was sort of interesting….i really wanted to see more of liquid nitrogen. now THAT looks fun. he put a flower and a rubber band in it, and they came out brittle. but the funny thing is, when they were inside the liquid nitrogen, it seemed as if they were cooking. so strange and alluring. i would love to play with liquid nitrogen. sort of like “will it blend?” but more of “will it freeze and smash into pieces?” FUN.

played a short game of starcraft with dave kim. so impulsive and exciting. actually, figuring out that we could see each other LAN was more satisfying than the game… since one of the computers didn’t do anything. oh well…this just means we have to play AGAIN. and hopefully VEERRRRRY Soon. maybe that sunday when we get back.

and as i left for home, i went with dave and esther lee since they had to take the T to South Station. its so much more interesting when you have people to talk to. like it was fun talking to nick last week since he had to go to MIT to visit his brother/cousins. and these conversations are always interesting. like today, we shared wallets on the T to see how they describe one another. hmmm. i need to find cooler things. and i need pictures of other people… or else people might think i just like looking at myself. (can’t say i disagree… = i agree?) so vain. hah! and conversations also keep me awake. a couple times i’ve fallen asleep on the T only to have the conductor wake me up because the T was going out of service. but thankfully, it always stops at Govt. Center, and I need to wait for another T to take me further into north station. but, it’s always disorienting to wake up to someone screaming at you to get off…

i passed out on the train. so exhausting. but an hour nap sitting up wasn’t too comfortable, and when i got picked up, i fell asleep again…

woke up at church. ate mcdonalds. and practiced for worship. i’m kind of bummed that i won’t get to see the famous josie chu play! she is SO talented, as she used to perform pieces on piano, and now she leads worship. i believe she’s a worship leader and a pastor. very interesting. anyways, she always leads on keys, with one responsible for bass/drum beats, and another for piano sounds. it’s so cool to see how she does it, because once it all gets going, it’s kind of hard to tell that she’s using a drum machine since it flows so well. but, she’s also AMAZING at drums. so crazy. i’m not sure if she’s better on that than piano because i dont know enough to judge drum skills. but her style seemed to convey a sense of professionalism. i heard a lot of ornamentalism, like there was just something more added to the usual snare, and bass, making it sound exciting and new.

and now, i’m back at home. i’ve finished laundry, packing, and getting various things done. i think i’ll be getting a hair cut tomorrow morning, and then i’m off to the airport and to NAWLINS!

pray for me! and i’ll be keeping a hand written journal for the days there, since i wont have any access to a computer. and hopefully, i can transfer them to here.