CBS Commerce BBQ Night

As a continuation of events from Thursday afternoon, we left Kelvin’s party halfway through (I guess) to make it all the way over to Lindfield, to Steph Chung’s house, where she was happily opening her place to us for a BBQ dinner. We accompanied Eric all the way to Chatswood and then changed trains to Lindfield. The social was meant to start at 5pm but by the time we got there, not everyone had arrived. Most certainly Ronnie hadn’t (not that he ever does haha!)

 

Steph’s dog, Coby, is rather cute, and funny. I rang Steph’s doorbell and her dog went full crazy barking and such. For the people that were there, we helped set up the rest of the things for the evening. Most of the girls, Jess, Mandy, Angelina, helped with food preparation (as they should!), while Bec, Chalrie, Jono and Chloe helped make water balloons. Bec and Chloe were completely new to these instruments of mayhem and had heaps of trouble, and failures at filling up water balloons; not to mention they were crammed into like a small toilet with only one small tap, the other one had hot water, which is instant “gg” for filling water balloons.

 

The rest of us helped around a bit, but talked mostly. More people arrived and eventually we helped set up the small barbeque thingy, lighting it up, and moving tables and chairs. After a while we went over to the pool to muck around. Didn’t bring any swimmers, didn’t recall seeing the word “pool” in the Facebook message that we got but I’ve gone into a pool with just the clothes on my back before. It’s not very comfortable afterwards T.T” Some of the girls went in, while our water balloon team returned with just one bucketful of them. Then we realized there was a hose outdoor, which was so much easier to use to fill up more balloons T.T” waste of effort.

 

The girls took advantage of the balloons we made and started chucking them at us. Being Asian, me, Jono and Charlie sought to not only avoid getting wet, but rather to catch the balloons, to conserve the total stockpile we made, and then return fire. We, the guys, were more accurate in throwing but the girls were a bit more tactical. Eventually they all went into the pool and fired from there, but then there was no point in throwing them back because they were already wet, which just defeats the purpose. Primary targets at times were Charlie, Andy and Ronnie. Although was smart enough to stay at a safe distance, Charlie was happy to stand and tank any barrage, while Andy walked around carefree and got hit a couple of times haha!

 

We eventually moved the barbeque back behind the house next to the pool because the sky threatened to pour, though it didn’t. This provided a safe zone for us, just huddle around the fire since it was clearly off limits to water bombardment. Things started getting a bit more dangerous, with point-blank shots, them throwing at a close distance, us running up and just dunking the balloons on their heads; and even capitalizing on the hose and just spraying them with it. Of course we had access to the tap directly so we mucked around with it whenever they were trying to use it.

 

Eventually we moved onto bigger weapons of damage, such as filling up a large bucket with water; looked just like what happened at our year 12 picnic last year. At the end Andy capitalised on it and dunked Steph with it after she came out of the pool and dried herself up; cruel. Although the water was really meant for Ronnie, perhaps to make up for our failed attempt at karaoke last time.

 

Afterwards we began cooking dinner on that small barbeque we lit earlier. Everyone grabbed a pitch-fork tong thingy and skewered some hot pot food on it, then roasted them over the coal flames. There was a bit of pushing and shoving since the surface was little and there were quite a number of people trying to sit around it. It became tedious and slow to cook our food over such a small flame so some people changed and just ate food that was already cooked. Others preferred to camp around and just chat and stuff while waiting. Most of our conversations around the barbeque were centered along making Chinese jokes, and mucking around between Cantonese and Mandarin, huh?

 

Later that night, after like two more hours of cooking, most people parked themselves in front of the TV to watch those Thursday night programs; they’re sort of funny, and random. Don’t really know why I never had time to watch shows like “Beauty and the Geek”, etc. Oh well. And even later during the night we moved over to play Mahjong, because we didn’t want to watch Australian TV. And there Ronnie came and brought his “trash talk” to the table. Just like at MYC it was just playfully dissing everyone else in Chinese, but keeping it as friendly as possible (or as one wishes). Highlight of the night was Yeno? who said he didn’t really know how to play. Andy had just asked what was the minimum farn (which we always keep at 3), and immediately after that Yeno adds a chow of a suit different to a pung he already had, ie chicken hand. And we were like: “What did we just say?"!” He’s like “yeah I don’t know how to play”. We told him he could still win although it’d be heaps harder. Later on the game he draws and goes “so I can’t finish right?” He reveals his hand, it was completely, and to our amazement he had this:

 

Pung of East Wind (1 farn for being East, 1 farn for East round)
Self draw

 

Instant 3 farn, what the hell?! The rest of us got so mad at him, chicken hand and he still won with something as lame as that oh mi gosh! Ronnie counted as 4 farn, being generous enough to count chicken hands as 1 farn; I personally think you don’t deserve even 1 farn for finishing. But anyway yeah that was a really shocking round. Another game Ronnie had 12 completed tiles like after his 5th go so it was a really dangerous game after that. He already had his 3 farn and could’ve finished with any set of eyes. He did say repeatedly that he was being greedy; but I was cautious nonetheless. Eventually I was fortunate enough to catch up; I was aiming for 2 pungs of dragons plus mini-flush for a 5 farn hand. I was waiting on the White Dragon which I swore I would never discard, for fear Ronnie needed it. I was right, and at the very end when it was a stalemate me and Ronnie revealed to see that we were both holding the same thing. And Yeno opens his hand to show us the other 2. Poor Ronnie for sitting there the entire game waiting for that one tile, but I was close too, not to winning, but to actually paying up.

 

It was about 11pm by then, and everyone got together to play Taboo; first years against second years. Well it was really first years versus anyone older; that’s how many of us there are in CBS Commerce. It was good playing with 20+ people, a nice fun game. A nice loud game rather; I hope we didn’t wake Steph’s parents up and such. Cody the dog was wandering around our circle as we were playing. Funny though because Cody stayed completely away from Bec the entire night, even though she was trying so hard to be nice to the dog and such. Cody just wouldn’t go near her which was rather funny. Even at one point where someone made a good play, I don’t know, whether it was from a guess of a description, we all started clapping and I guess that noise must’ve freaked Cody who started barking madly at that point, awww. Just as a random fact that I was told tonight, last time when Nat actually came to Steph’s house (I wasn’t there which was why I was only told tonight), she made Cody pee, somehow…which is just…yeah…

 

We played two rounds of Taboo, the older people won, only by 2 points the first time, and 1 the second. We weren’t that far behind, whatever! We left at like 12:30am, Brandon drove me, Jess, Jono, Bec and Cherie home; a rather long drive, going through backstreets to get us all home safely; good on you Brandon! And I guess next up is Commquip next Tuesday; a swimming leg of the race they’re going to have…oh dearz…

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MLM Guy’s Night In

Well last Tuesday (12th November) we took a break from our regular Bible studies and had a night in at Ken’s place. I say “guy’s night in” because in the end only guys turned up…and Nat. It was pretty “lol” for her, being the only girl there. Anyway we had dinner first. Ken made Japanese beef curry, which was pretty good; managed to feed a number of mouths. I would’ve liked to eat his turtle haha, nah just kidding; can’t remember the last time I saw a live turtle up close, nor a dead one in case anyone was wondering.

 

Afterwards we simply gamed the night away. I brought my Wii and so some people were playing Wii sports. The rest of us played Mahjong. Highlights/clowns of the night include Nat (as per usual) and Billy. Nat and her funny Mahjong antics, and Billy and his overly competitive nature, in all the Wii sports: tennis, bowling, baseball, boxing. Would be funny to see how he would’ve gone at golf. Some of the videos can be found on my facebook.

 

As the night went on, most people left; only me, Jacky, Nat and Ken (cos it’s his place obviously) stayed and played Brawl till midnight. More “lawl”s there. I haven’t played Brawl in ages, still pretty rusty, don’t know why I got bored of the game at home; can’t even beat level 9 CPUs yet; oh well. I still need to finish Fire Emblem.

 

Hmm I thought I could blog more about the night; it was long, it was fun, it was random; and perhaps too many funny moments which you can’t really put into words. But yeah maybe they’ll be more of this in the holidays since there isn’t anything better to do now.

MYC Day Four – Thursday

Well on Wednesday night I had like 4 hours of sleep; you can already begin to see how my sleeping patterns are deteriorating haha. So anyway I felt really dead for Thursday morning, which was why I woke up at like 7:45am, closer to 8:00 am really. I was a tad groggy so I dragged my way down for breakfast; it’s Monday now and I really can’t remember what we had for breakfast on Thursday; probably the same as usual?

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MYC Day Two – Tuesday

Well Tuesday came relatively quickly, considering I only had like six hours to sleep. Breakfast was at 7:30am but others wanted to wake up even earlier for say exercise or morning prayer. I was simply too tired to do any early morning activities; I only barely managed to wake up for breakfast. But as usual I had my morning shower; only at camps, and fair enough because it was really cold in the mornings; it’s just complete hell having to wake up early on a Winter’s morning.

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MYC Day One – Monday

Hey guys, relatively tired at the moment but because I was smart (or foolish) enough to bring my laptop to camp; who knows I think it might come in handy. Anyway there is no Internet at Merroo so I’ll type it up and then I’ll post it when I come back; still I’d have a pretty big job blogging all this up if I start when I get back so I’ll opt to type everything up now, but then also forego my sleep; oh well.

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Semester Break Weekend 2

Well okay nothing happened this weekend, but stuff certainly did happen a few days after it:

 

Monday – Crossfire Leaders’ Meeting

Kenny asked us to go to his house on the Monday to plan for our youth group. He figured that it would be better to use like half a day to plan something like in Soul Purpose rather than try and meet up some time during the week or prior to youth group, in order to plan for that week. We spent quite a while there, part of the time watching him and his sister’s kids play; so many children =.=”

 

Apart from planning for our series on Jonah, we also started on making a big paper mache fish. I have done this level of craftwork for a really long time, and it’s been a while since I last soaked my fingers in icky glue. We used a cardboard box and some wire mesh to make the outline of the fish and then we just slobbed on newspaper to make the surface; we only spent a bit of time on it but already the fish was taken form really nicely. Kenny made glue by mixing water with…starch? Cheap method but he said that’s how they did it back in Malaysia.

 

Also there was this stray cat the entire afternoon, who hung around us. At first when I arrived I noticed some blob on top of Kenny’s car; I thought it was like two birds because the mass was too large for a single bird. But then when we all arrived and went down to the garage; someone noticed that a cat was inside Kenny’s car, someone even asked the typical question: “Oh, Kenny, when did you get a cat?” I never realised the thing on top of Kenny’s car back then was in fact the cat. Kenny opened the door and the cat solemnly came back out. But after that it hung around us as we made a paper mache fish; Jess L lured the cat over by meowing at it, and the cat meowed back haha! It then sort of walked around us as we made paper mache. At one point it wanted to see what was inside the pot which held the glue, and we had to stop it from drinking it. Not sure what the cat wanted but it kept following us until we decided to let the fish dry and went back inside the house. The cat wanted to come in too; but we didn’t let it so it ran off elsewhere I think. Jess said something about the cat not having a microchip; and so then it won’t have an owner? o.0” I don’t know, but it was like Kenny had a chance at that point to own that cat haha!

 

We had dinner there at a really small table, where Kenny made us share deep stuff about our lives. I know that something we should be able to do as Christians; but I for one wasn’t entirely comfortable with sharing personal stuff about myself with those people. I don’t know why; I mean I’ve known them for quite a while, I guess perhaps I never really got to get close to them so it is uncomfortable to tell them personal stuff. My fear was they’d laugh at me for being a weak pussy, and sure enough they did, sort of. I don’t trust them any less though, I just know that I can’t go to them with my problems because they just can’t be trusted with them. It’s just setting a personal boundary away from other people, it’s not like super bad but yeah, setting your basic limits I guess; had to happen at some point.

 

Tuesday – Chris’ 18th

Oh man I got home at like 9pm thank God any later and I’d be too tired. I slept as early as I could on Monday but had to wake up early for Tuesday to get down to the city. Ah I haven’t had to wake up this early since uni haha; and that’s still heaps far away sort of. Jono called me and managed to meet up in the right car in the train. Chris and Tim then found us like in the same carriage by chance haha and the four of us travelled to the city. Matthew was going to be late because 1) He misread the date and thought the party was on Thursday, and 2) He misread the times and thought to catch the train at 9:30am when in fact we were to meet up down at Town Hall at that time.

 

We all met up at Town Hall as planned; good on Chris since he had like 3 days to plan this up and get it running. Only Matthew was going to be late so we just moved off. Chris took us to Star City Casino; my first time at that place; it’s mediocre, nothing that posh or special. We spent a while getting our member cards; man they are kick ass! Discount food at the food bar and also 3 free drinks each day, from like those coffee vending machines; now that is cool haha!

 

There weren’t many people when we got there, obviously; who comes and gambles at such an early time in the morning? Jono showed us to the 1c slot machines where we just spent a couple of dollars gambling and just having fun. Kelvin was a pre-emptive on experimenting and bet his whole dollar on one turn and lost it in mere seconds haha! Jono showed us how to use our dollar to get a bunch of goes and he then made like $3 profit; what the?! My first dollar didn’t go too well and I lost it after a few minutes. Slot machines aren’t that fun, it’s more mechanical, just press the button and see if money comes out. The only thrill is when you actually win something, but most of the time you’re doomed to losing your earnings within a few minutes.

 

My second dollar lasted a but longer and I had fun for a good 10 minutes, winning a bit and losing a bit. Eventually my luck gave out and that was my dollar again. Tim was lucky enough to make $7 in one go and pulled out. But the addiction of gambling kicked in and he kept going until his total earnings had dropped to like $4, or was it less? Chris wanted to play real blackjack, where the buy in was $10; we stood around waiting but no-one at those tables actually left so that was no good. Eventually Chris blew it on some other game in one go. But I reckon that losing money isn’t all too bad as long as you had a thrill earning some and then losing it, my two dollars was worth the thrill I got out of it haha! I don’t regret losing it.

 

Afterwards we had lunch and then moved off for laser tag. Again my first time at laser tag. Well we played pool before that; maybe I should continue playing pool at uni, I made a couple of fluke shots but my partner Jono made a lot of bad shots which let Kelvin and Matthew win, by technicality. Man I managed to knock one of their balls and the black ball close together and near one of the corner holes; they were screwed from finishing and yet Jono managed to noob shot it and it nudged the black bal into the hole T.T”

 

Laser tag was really fun; shame it costs so much and only lasts such a short time. Chris shouted us laser tag which was really nice of him! He was trying for some 2 for 1 deal, but I overheard at the counter that the offer is only for school holidays, what a jip! And so Chris could only shout us one game. That’s still okay. The place wasn’t that great as Matthew said; I’m sure there must’ve been a better laser tag place. The play field was too small and wasn’t dark enough haha. Unfortunately we played an FFA game with a bunch of random white kids. They were kids; they should be in school geez! All of us did rather well, we were all grouped from third place onwards, with two people like at the bottom of the board, out of about 15 people? Some uber small kid came first in score; I remember him, stupid midget came and blasted me and then ran off. There was no way to get him before he got me; he’s so small it’s unpredictable. Why the hell would I be aiming at crouch level of our group to hit this midget kid? That’s why he won, none of us expected a short thing to come out of nowhere, so we didn’t have enough time to readjust our aim. My accuracy was fairly good; snapped a lot of people, those damn white kids who would noobishly camp in those holes; I outplayed a lot of them haha, they just walked away, bleh!

 

We were full sweating after the game and then proceeded to train back to Chris’ house. Back there we played Guitar Hero World. My first time at that too T.T” Now I can say I’ve played Guitar Hero. It’s not that hard obviously since I play DDR, just need more time to coordinate my hands, never had to use my pinky before that’s why. Other people played Poker. Oh we bought Buzz for Chris, I’ll go to that later. We swapped after an hour or so, when Andy and Brandon showed up. I moved off to Poker and cleaned up Kelvin and his bluffs; Matthew also is a pretty bad BS artist haha, it’s clear when his hand matches the flop well and you know not to play on. Kelvin is a bit more trickier with his psychological spurring. But it wasn’t a complete bluff for him, I just had the better hand funnily enough. Haha I love shutting people up; but I fairly don’t rub it in afterwards.

 

We bought pizza as usual. Thank God we had Brandon’s car to pick up pizzas. It was a really cold night since it had just rained and it’d be hell trying to walk through the streets the way we were dressed haha! I honestly didn’t see the logic in getting 9 pizzas for 9 people; well the nine who were able to eat, minus Andy. Honestly not everyone can stomach a pizza, I did 6-7 slices, can’t remember now. I know some can more than 8 slices but on average everyone does less than one. So now Chris has a lot of pizza left over for breakfast and lunch, etc. Oh well. I was a 2 for 1 deal on Tuesday so yeah!

 

We played a bit longer into the night and then left before it got too late. A nice long day, really tiring especially for me because…

 

 

Wednesday – Mahjong

Why did I organise Mahjong at 10am in the morning?! I guess Chris’ party thing only popped up after I set down the Mahjong date and time; and my mum preferred the day time. I groggily woke up at 9:30am, knowing that I had half an hour to set myself up with breakfast and regular hygiene processes before my guests came. Again I invited Sharon, Matthew and Jacky for Mahjong; I guess they warmed up to the last time we met at my house where my mum unexpectedly let them stay for dinner and we ended up playing Mahjong on that Sunday night till 10pm.

 

Sharon was the first to come; she brought her table and set with her (thank you!). Again I am surprised that she’s willing to come and play with people that she didn’t know all too well, guys at that fact. But oh well I’m Mahjong gave her a really strong motivation huh? The guys were running a bit late so we had time to set the table up and the set. Matthew drove his way here, which explains a lot haha! And Jacky walked over. We got started at about 10:30am.

 

Luckily Sharon’s family set up a system to count money with those weird chips that come with every set; it was a fairly balanced system and for once made point-scoring actually worth it. I think I learned heaps today; I think I’ve learned to play heaps better and there’s no point going out with small 3-farn hands anymore, they earn you jack squat! I felt like I benefited heaps today. Sharon on the other hand we could all see had the worst day out of all of us. She ended up last in terms of money; which is rather strange because she’s meant to be the most experienced out of all of us; bad luck I suppose. She kept feeding me and Matt and the only times she managed to compensate her losses were through like a 7-farn and 8-farn hand plus a desperate 3-farn all-pung hand.

 

Funniest moment of the day was Matthew trying to get something else other than 3-farn all-pung hand (which he did every single round and was getting rather lame because he kept sort of leeching small amounts of cash off us). Anyway he was trying for a flush; we knew what he needed and obviously we all refrained from giving it to him. But he was oh so confident in drawing the tile himself, which seemed very unlikely because the wall was nearly gone and the game was going to end in a stalemate. Jacky boldly made the statement: “If Matthew manages to self-draw then I’m Mickey Mouse.” And today Jacky is now known as Mickey Mouse, that’s just how “WTH?!” the moment was, and truly was funny; as funny as his reaction as well.

 

I thought having Sharon there would help keep Matt from bursting with energy and trashing my house, but her presence didn’t have a big impact. Not until his mum came over to pick him up, and my mum invited her to come in and have a chat, that Matthew started behaving: “Oh mum is here. Must be a good little boy now…” Well guys, I think we’ve found the solution to Matthew spazzing out and everyone’s party, thinking especially to the night before at Chris’ party.

 

Our mum’s chatted for a really long time so we played for like another hour past 5pm; her mum was spilling goss about Matthew, mine was spilling goss about me, and we all just sat there in the living room eavesdropping; so embarrassing :S. The day ended with Mathew coming first with the most money (how did that happen, honestly?), then me coming very close behind; then Jacky with a loss compared to the beginning, and poor Sharon dead last with a huge loss but not out for the count haha! Poor girl got passively frustrated every time she’d hit out and then suddenly owed money to someone else; for instance that one time where I was calling a flush, she kept discarding my suit and the first two times she was really lucky; yet on the third she luck broke and she owed me for 7-farn. Matthew had the biggest hand at the Mickey Mouse round, at 9-farn after counting the flower and the self-draw.

 

Man what another long day, but heaps of fun; I know me and Matt got heaps out of it. Don’t feel bad Sharon, we still respect you as our Sempai! haha! Maybe Mahjong again in the mid-sem break; I’ll see.

 

And that brings us to the end of three days worth of constant fun; and I was so dead tired afterwards. Stuff still happened on Thursday and Friday. I’ll go onto Friday next; Thursday was a miscellaneous fun day so yeah.

Eric’s Belated Birthday Party

Well just like our gRACE last week, we managed to organise a party for Eric within a week as well; funny how there was so much success from trying to get things sorted out within the span of a few days. Our event coordinator team, me and Kelvin, usually, managed to get the job done relatively quickly but of course our magic is in being able to compensate for last minute things.

 

We had trouble finding a location for the party; we couldn’t use Eric’s house so we tried Chris, who said no. And our last hope was really Charlie, who at first said no but eventually managed to find a way to fit Eric’s party into this schedule. And then after mass mailing and phone calling, we had a pretty good turn up, nearly everyone came; albeit two people, one who was having “marital issues” and the other who was too embarrassed by his puffer fish face.

 

We all met up rather early at Parramatta and at the last minute decided to get Eric a present; it wasn’t something me and Kelvin were trying to figure out beforehand but it didn’t take long to figure out what to get him: Sims 3 haha! One thing we forgot at this point was the amount of money we all had combined; we wanted to get a cake too, and also buy lunch. I guess we just had faith that everyone would’ve just brought enough money for al of this; I mean we’re old now so naturally we should be able to pool together a fair amount of money.

 

I brought my Mahjong set to Charlie’s house where we played for a while; man I actually dragged that thing such a far distance, it was really heavy, especially when I also had to walk around Parramatta Westfield dragging it along, Charlie didn’t want us to go to his apartment just yet as we looked for Eric’s present. Joseph was a bit gobsmacked again because he failed to heed our instructions; it’s not our fault if we try so hard to deliver updates and he just simply hears wrong. I phoned him up this morning to tell him to bring his PS2 console and Gamecube controllers; I knew he wouldn’t have read the e-mails from the night before. Of course I accidentally woke him up to tell him this but when he finally came, he actually brought his Gamecube console and PS2 controllers. *Sigh*

 

We played Smash Melee for a bit while everyone else was into Poker. I was glad not to be part of the brawl; I mean what do you make of something like this:

 

 

Yeah Sharon if you’re reading this, I need you for Mahjong for this very reason: Matthew won’t act like this and turn my house inside out as long as a girl is nearby haha! Frankly last time he was behaving rather well. There were many more times when Matthew acted in those weird “horny” way of his, such as ass spanking Kelvin, or hip thrusting the chair or whatever haha! Med people T.T”

 

Oh and in the background it was Tim and Kelvin having verbal wars, just ignore that. We went off for lunch afterwards and came back to have cake. Well I think the cake is my bad because of bad funding or whatever. Our budget was $20 for the cake, which is relatively hard you have to admit. The cheapest decent-sized cake was $20.90, and the choice was between a cheesecake or a small mudcake. So much chocolate! But then if everyone was willing to chip in $1 more, we’d have like $30 and then we could get a larger cake. But Kelvin decided that it’d be better not to have other people pay up and set the limit there. Maybe I should’ve gone with the chocolate mudcake because the cheesecake tasted rather…yeah, not used to it. Lots of people didn’t want their slice which was really funny, and Jono ended up eating like a quarter of the cake. I slammed down my slice but felt a bit queesy afterwards; yeah cheesecake was a bad idea, my bad haha!

 

We gamed a bit more afterwards until about 4:30pm where we all left, and that was our party for Eric, fairly successful, considering how much we actually achieved in the last minute, oh yeah!

 

       

   

End of Mid-Sem Break

Well the end of the mid-semester break is finally here, but I’ve enjoyed my week sort of. It’s been fairly productive and tiring, just typing up notes for accounting and microeconomics. Also went ahead in some homework, but not by too much. Other than that I gamed for a fair bit; which is probably why I’ve been sleeping late every night and hence also why with me blogging on today at 10:30pm is not a good idea >.<”

 

Still had some church duties today, quite another busy day today. Kenny called me out to speak to the year 11s and 12s from our youth group with tips regarding staying healthy as a Christian for HSC; I had some strong tips prepared and when Jess interviewed me she never really asked me for those Christ-related tips  So ultimately I never did anything there, oh well. We had toasted croissants from Coles, stuffed with cheese and ham, quite a nice breakfast thingy haha. Not many young-uns came either which was too bad; wouldn’t be much point in sharing with only a few people anyway. Donna and her friend (bah I forgot her name) came cosplaying. They were going for some private cosplay picnic thing in the city; whatever, not interested, and hopefully if I manage to get on the coordinating team for SMASH, things’ll get interesting (ie karaoke judge, and screw over those who screwed me over last year at Animania!)

 

We saw Sharon walk past several times during the morning, she looked oddly older and frankly more “teacher-like”. Like honestly, she had the image of a kindergarten teacher if you lookat her from behind, obviously her face looks too young for a teacher hehe ^^ That’s a good thing, Sharon! Yeah okay no more random things for the morning.

 

In the afternoon, the packing up for after SMAC took ages, not sure what was going on. There was some food which was good (I’ll have to somewhat live off this stuff as my lu nch every Sunday since I have Crossfire leader meetings soon thereafter). Quentin made some nice mini cupcakes; it’s okay Shaz if he followed a recipe from a box, it was still good xD And after a long long time, after everyone had left; when it was like 1:30pm, only then did we get Kenny to start our leaders meeting; we were meant to start at 1 T.T” It was then we realized that the meetings were beginning to fall apart, since Jess had to leave at 1:45pm for her QMA assignment. Obviously we really need to work out when we can meet, and make it productive; gonna be some hard work huh? And more from my part since Kenny knows I’m ahead so he’s gonna expect a bit more from me >.<” well I had that coming huh?

 

In the afternoon (okay Sharon here’s the full story), our group was planning to have a get-together at my house; we tried to organise one for Tuesday but that died after much hardwork from my part; I got so frustrated when things didn’t work out. So we tried to reconcile by having one at my house. I was already nervous at having more people come over to my house; never know what t he parents would feel. But today had a strangely good turn out, one I never expected; and it fills me with bliss at seeing the way today turned out. Anyway Matthew and other friends, from primary school were going to play basketball at Penno High; they have rally nice courts, I wouldn’t mind going there for Bball in the future. But of course I’m fairly noob at Bball so I made a fool out of myself in front of Jacky, Matt and Jeremy. The plan was they would come over to my house afterwards, along with anyone else who wanted to come. Well that plan failed and no-one else wanted to come so in the end it was just Matthew and Jacky. Jeremy had to go off elsewhere so it was only two.

 

Now to entertain them, there’s not much you can do with three people. I only had tow Wii remotes left after Friday so that was not a good idea ; and yeah I’m out of options there. One other bizarre idea was Mahjong, but where would I get my fourth player? I originally intended like 5-6 people to come and never thought about what we would do; so by  last night I thought that Mahjong was the best option. The only other Mahjong-crazed person I know who lived around was Sharon, and funny as it is to say, I never thought she’d at first consider coming to my house for Mahjong, and th en later the fact that she did actually come. I don’t know, I always thought she was inclined to come to my house (she did dog my 18th last year =.=”) but I suppose this time round, she does know Jacky and Matthew (from MLM and next gen respectively) so it should’ve been easier for her to handle. Sharon is the second girl to have come to my house; honour that well Shaz!

 

Anyway we walked back from Penno High after Bball and coincidentally Sharon got to my place about the same time as when we walked all t he way back.  Jacky and Matt were intent in playing Magic (again!) so we watched them play for half an hour. Jacky’s cousin keeps giving him new cards; and they’re all hacked, over-powered and such. That’s another reason why I quit the game, the developers have lost their creativity.

 

By 4:30pm we started playing Mahjong; first time I’ve used that new set of mine properly which was cool ^^ Might as well break into it before I bring it to church camp; gosh I am so scared that some parent is going to lop my head for bringing it, we’re not gambling with it geez! I’m crap at Mahjong too but playing more  means I keep getting better which is good; learnt a bit more tonight. Actually I only intended everyone to stay till 5:30pm; but then mum came and offered everyone to stay for dinner, which was something I never expected her to do, and so they all stayed for dinner and we kept playing till 7:30pm.

 

Had dinner then. Mum harassed Matthew about medicine. She kept going on about how hard it is to get a proper job once you graduate because of all the competition and stuff; just to sum her half hour speech haha! But yeah it actually sounded quite bad I reckon, so  if Matt does drop medicine I’m gonna feel really bad about it haha!  Haven’t ever had friends over for dinner before either, so it was nice to have these guys over haha!

 

We kept playing till 9:30pm, man what a long day, Mahjong really do es kill time VERY QUICKLY! In fact I didn’t get any work done today, I was planning on getting more notes written up, but oh well; friends come first xD In summary Sharon kicked us all hard…just too pro T.T”  she won about 9 times, most of them legit (hear me out first Shaz!) since for some games Mat just fed her like crazy, and one time I missed a beautiful flush because I was tired and wasn’t paying attention, bah! My beautiful 7 fan hand! And yeah.  The rest of us won 3 times each, sort of. That’s how badly we got owned by Shaz. Matthew was funny because he was always last to finish his wall, every single time. And you could see that he was becoming more and more high as the night went on, such as flicking tiles at us, then singing random songs; mostly “What About Me?” by Shannon Noll, and then also occasionally losing one tile from his hand, so he couldn’t finish for a few rounds haha! Jacky kept a fairly decent pace throughout the night but always seemed to hold the key winning tile, which most of the time went to Shaz; looks like he owes her a lot of money.

 

But yes it was a really fun night, I was really glad for the four of us ^^ a fairly happy and enjoyable night and good way to end our mid-sem break. Well it’s back to work now, that is, until church camp this  Friday! RICE meeting tomorrow night at Moore College, really excited, albeit the fact I’ll have a 7am to 11pm day tomorrow outside of the house…that’s a 16 hour day T.T” Going to be really dead tomorrow unless I sleep now, which is what I shall do. Thank you for reading. Love your friends!

New Year’s Eve and Day

Well it’s that time of year again and for once I spent it better than in front of my computer playing Warcraft at night. The last 40 or so hours have been hectic as well as without rest, ie. I am dead tired at the moment so I’ll try to blog as best as I can.

 

Starting the morning at 5am; woke up because I was unable to sleep, which is not a good thing considering I only went to bed at 2am; giving me a mere 3-hour sleep in the last two days. Anyway I got up at 8am to have a light breakfast and left the house to get out to Parramatta. Charlie invited us all to his place to watch the fireworks and do a bunch of various things throughout the day.

 

I got there at 10am, the time appointed by Charlie; the day was beginning to grow hot at this point. Yitian came soon after followed by Tim, Joseph, Matthew and Fred. Eric dropped out at the last minute for some reason or another and so in the morning it was just us 7. We went off to a Net Cafe just for one hour at $3, although I do highly doubt much can be done in an hour. We spent 45 minutes playing DotA since it’s been a while since we’ve all played together. I’m no longer going to make commentaries on the match but I guess it was good to have everyone playing against each other again. We spent the last 10 minutes trying to start a game of Castle Fight but that didn’t go far so we let that go.

 

After that it was about 11:40am so we went up to Greater Union to pick up our tickets to see “The Day the Earth Stood Still” with Keanu Reeves, that Charlie has ordered online. I didn’t see the point of ordering online because I never thought that any movie is ever going to be sold out, especially when it’s not the first screening. A lesson to be learned next year, this year. I’ll write my review after this maybe but bottom line is: “Crap movie, don’t bother considering watching it, unless you really love Keanu Reeves”.

 

Jack Ding met up with us for the movie and Matthew decided to take Eric’s place to watch the movie. Charlie had booked too many tickets and Matt had already seen it with Kelvin in Hong Kong. He agreed to pay half the price of the ticket. Is it right to ask Eric for $7 because he cancelled at such late notice?

 

Went for lunch at about 2pm and here’s something that was very strange. I’m not sure whether to call it fortune or not. Anyway I ordered take away Udon at some Japanese noodle shop because they didn’t have any ramen =.=” and also a small bottle of Sprite. But when it came to paying I gave her $20 in two $10 notes. She handed me back one of the $10 notes and then also gave me $7.50 change. So essentially I had paid $2.50 only. Yet, isn’t that just the price of the Sprite? She had clearly forgotten to charge me the $9.20 for my Udon. In fact, I don’t think she even charged the other woman who she was serving; and I kind of saw a puzzled look on the customer’s face when she didn’t pay I think. So yeah, very strange moment then; wasn’t exactly guilt-free myself but somehow I couldn’t bring myself to say: “No, sorry you’ve made a mistake…”

 

After lunch Charlie tried to take us over to the local high school to use their basketball courts. They call this “trespassing” nowadays; which therefore means I can’t do the same with Penno High, oh well. Bad luck was that the gates to the school were locked so no trespassing. Instead Charlie’ back up plan was to take us to the primary school where they had smaller courts. That school had those kiddie fences which you can easily walk over so we just used those courts, only half because another group of people were already there.

 

We played for a while but because it was extremely hot by this time in the afternoon, it was just too tiring to so we decided to give it up like about 40 minutes later. Went back to Charlie’s apartment and set up the Cube to play Melee, ie. set up the Nintendo GameCube to play Super Smash Bros. Melee. Again no need to go into detail for any of this.

 

But later on some of us got bored so we started playing Mahjong. Bah I really need to buy a set T.T” We actually spent a lot of time playing Mahjong throughout the night. Kelvin showed up at about 5pm with his new highly acclaimed uber thick black-rimmed glasses *cough* fob *cough*, along with a few other accessories he bought in Hong Kong. Personally I shall be going to Hong Kong in February, not the best time to go but my mum wanted to go then and I guess I wanted to follow just for buying stuff yeah. Not exactly going to be a good two weeks because we don’t really any place to stay and the obvious fact that everyone is back from HK, so I’m just there to pick up the pieces.

 

I’m getting better at Mahjong, being self-taught is somewhat rewarding at times. I can usually make about 5 farn with decent hands, otherwise I don’t even bother finishing. But hey, there’s still a lot of experience that I need. Sharon! Mebbe this is where you can come in >.<” ah the heat is getting to me, typing deliriously.

 

Anyway, we had dinner around 6pm: fish fillets, crumbled chicken sticks, sushi and good salad. Charlie provided ample diner for all of us which was great of him. The sushi in particular belongs to the sushi shop like opposite his parents’ coffee shop in Westfield. Dinner was great albeit the weird topic of conversation which was me and my love story for this period of time. Had a pretty bad night because of all the pressure those sooks gave me but fair enough I deserved it.

 

But it did sort of make me realise that our group aren’t very “in-tune” with women (now that most of us are over 18, the term “women” seems more applicable than “girls”). It’s like everyone seems everyone has trouble relating to women in that they don’t have close friends who are chicks. I mean for example, thinking back to the time when I invited Grace to RICE Rally, first response from the group: “Oooh Jason, is she your girlfriend?” Totally absurd hypothesis to raise considering the lack of evidence to support it. It wasn’t sound judgement. Ah well I guess it’s their time to properly grow. I’m not looking down at them but the fact that they still make such ridiculous comments just makes them seem slightly immature; as if every girl you talk to automatically becomes your girlfriend.

 

As night began to come full circle, we started playing more of Melee as well as Soul Calibre II (or however it’s spelt). We played like team matches against each other and I remember my beautiful soloing of a 5-man team; managed to take down 5 fighters in a row, which was very scary and obviously my only moment to shine in the night. Everyone else had similar sprees. Some of us went back to Mahjong and others to poker. We wanted to actually do something fun and interesting. But when Tim suggested “dares” we know things can get a bit messy. And yet even when being nice, we ended up with rather lame ideas. We were playing penalty poker where you can use your chips to make someone else do push-ups. Would’ve liked to have increased the number of push-ups per chip, it was at 2 chips for 1 push-up, kid of lame and un-manly haha!

 

We ended up making Kelvin do most of the push-ups, also because he was hasty enough to lose all of his chips first, that’s gambling I guess. We were trying to find like some other interesting challenges to impose on losers but I guess we didn’t manage to come up with any strange ideas. But that’s okay, the objective was to have fun rather than humiliate someone else.

 

The night went on for a very long time. And at 12am we went up to the rooftop of Charlie’s apartment. We spent a fair 20 minutes up there, including a rather lame and loud countdown where we all just screamed off the top of a Parramatta apartment building to whoever was actually listening. Of course we were off, and sort of by like a minute but oh well. We could actually see the fireworks on the Harbour Bridge from so far away, but unfortunately I’d have to say that I was largely unimpressed by it; wasn’t anything special and frankly I would’ve rather watched it on TV than trying to in real person like 20 Km away. Actually if you think about it, if we could actually hear the fireworks from the Harbour Bridge then scientifically the explosions should take 60 seconds to reach us. Sound travels at 330 m/s so 3 seconds for 1 Km and we’re about 20 Km away. I think I heard faint rumbles in the background but meh, whatever. The show seemed to last a mere 15 minutes. I thought it was meant to be better this year, and frankly I didn’t even see much of it. Well, I guess fireworks wasn’t a strong start to the new year for me anyway.

 

We went back down once the fireworks died down and proceeded to more gaming and such. Fred, Joseph and Jack left soon after because they weren’t going to stay the night, leaving us with 6 people plus Charlie. Kind of hard to fit everyone within an apartment so that’s why some of us didn’t sleep. Nick passed off with a mere 5 minutes of sleep around 6:30am because “he was bored”. I gave in to 2 x 30 minute sleeping periods, which weren’t too comfortable but oh well. Everyone else slept at 5am till 9am, all over the floor, the couches, even Yitian decided to sleep under the table.

 

On that note about sleeping; last time we did a sleepover of the sort, it was me, Tim, Kelvin and Jono at Chris’ house and in fact none of slept at all, not a bit. Well Chris did but the four of us played Mario Kart 64 the whole night; that was good memories. Man we were so wasted the next morning. But  thinking back then I was fine. And yet come Friday morning and I was hit with a terrible fever which screwed me over the entire day. it’s Saturday now, and I’m glad I’m getting better, but like Friday was so horrible for me. I never thought I’d ever get sick but then I suppose if I abused my body in such as a way then I suppose any illness is imminent. Had a think about it and realized that I only had 3 hours of sleep over the last 3 days, that’s 1 hour a day; definitely not good. It was 2am – 5am on Wednesday morning; was gaming at night and sort of got excited for the day so I woke up early and couldn’t get any more sleep. Didn’t sleep the entire Wednesday night; those 2 x 30 minute periods don’t count as proper sleep. And then went to sleep on Thursday at midnight because it was so hot it was impossible to sleep.

 

Well that’s one lesson I’ve learned. 3 hours of sleep in 72 hours is asking for trouble. But I’m surprised that I managed to recover fairly quickly today, Saturday. I feel like the fever is only affecting me at about 10% whereas it was hitting me at 70%+ on Friday; just trying to judge how severe it was. One thing I’ve learned over the years is that getting better and maintaining health doesn’t require medication or crap. You can find all your “medical” needs from the food around you. Fruits and vegetables really are good for you. But my mum keeps stressing to me that the most valuable “healing” substance is in fact just plain water. What tends to happen is that as water passes through your system, it picks up all the toxins in your body; the crap that’s making you sick. And thinking of a cell in biology, the water tends to carry waste products out of your body, in the form of urine. Now this might get a bit gross but next time you go to the toilet do check the colour of your urine. The more yellow it is, the more toxins that have been carried out. Now that’s a good thing but this just simply means that your body had a lot of toxins to begin with, which means you need to drink more water. Please don’t get confused with yellow urine as a sign that you’re dehydrated; the technical interpretation is that you have not had enough water to wash out all the toxins in your body. So a healthy 8 glasses of water a day is recommended in order to keep your system clean from these toxins that make you sick. And frankly that’s all I did on Friday, just drank water and I’m feeling heaps better today. So yeah, just a simple note to everyone for future reference.

 

Breakfast was muffins from another shop in Westfield. Had a few myself even though I was still wasted from the night. We played more Mahjong and GameCube and I left at 11am to do a bit more travelling and potential shopping. But that was our New Year’s celebrations, rather interesting and nostalgic since the last time we all did something together. Ah, but on other notes none of this really matters, New Year’s is just another day; it seems foolish to get bogged down by a day the world calls to be special, a day is a day, it has no special significance. It may be a  symbol that points to something , such as Christmas to Jesus, but that’s all it really is. Let that be a reminder to everyone. I’m really tired at the moment. I’ll see if I can do another blog tonight.

 

As promised here are some random photos during the night/morning: