CBS Commerce Year-End Socials

Now that I realize it, I haven’t really blogged on the boxing day social, so I’ll take the chance to take care of both socials we’ve had in the last week haha!


Boxing Day Social

On boxing day we had decided to go out to the beach; but due to the weather we instead went to Steph’s house to have lunch and just chill around until the afternoon. This was a fallback plan, but Steph graciously made a Pass the Parcel…parcel; so we played with it. Talk about awesome luck, there were exactly the same number of layers and people in the game; go Steph! Each layer of the parcel had a slip of post-it note, and maybe a treat. Each person had to do whatever was written on the post-it note; things ranged from simply sharing minor personal things, all the way up to Brandon having to do the Macarina. All videos on Facebook.


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There was of course more mahjong-ing to be done. We stayed until about 4pm before we decided to head off down to the city to go karaoke, and then do other stuff at night. That was just great considering that in the morning to meet up, I had gone down to Town Hall to help back up the people coming from south of Sydney. Came all the way back up to where Steph’s house, and now back down again, and soon to be back up once more T.T”


Ellen had originally planned to go to Live, but due to a potential concern for Chinese and English music, we went back to Big Echo again, as always. So we stayed the 3 hours there doing the same thing as always. I don’t think there’s much I can blog about our karaoke sessions; it’s normally the same songs over again, even the Chinese ones haha! Love Story, Backstreet Boys. I got into the room first, checked the new songs list; they have Wedding Dress now! Got so excited I sang it before everyone had come in haha!


For dinner, we were all over the place; some of us had dinner at 5pm before karaoke, the rest of us went to a Hungry Jacks at 8pm for food. Afterwards we went down to Myer to go Boxing Day night shopping. It was still pretty packed at 9:30pm. Lots of stuff was gone but heaps more was still there. I’m surprised Paul could look at a $75 shirt and say that it was cheap *shudders* Regardless of the savings made off an uber expensive shirt, it’s final net price still causes the same amount of hesitation for me. We walked around for half an hour or so. Only Liz actually bought stuff for her parents, the rest of us walked home empty; well we drove home, yeah same thing. That was a really long boxing day!



New Year’s Eve Sleepover

And so soon after a social we had another set right at the edge of the new year. A lot of things came together to bring this social to form, mostly the notion of using Nat’s house for a social while her parents were gone. What better than a “sleepover” at her place. The reigns were in my hands, right after my own birthday as well. It’s been a really tiring week for me.


Anyway I had the original plan of booking out for dinner; trying to find a mutual place for dinner. Since everyone was coming up to Nat’s house anyway, it’d be reasonable to have dinner as close as possible to Nat’s place for the convenience of those who live in the immediate area. So Eastwood it was, and after like a bit of snooping on Tuesday (29th) I just chose the Peking restaurant. In my books it’s one of the better places to have dinner in Eastwood. People would train up to Eastwood if it’s far for them, and then other who live near Nat drive down to Eastwood and there’s our transport issue solved.


Organising dinner was a slight pain because it was hard to get exact numbers. Luckily on the actual day the numbers became stable and I managed to book the exact number of seats required. We all met up for dinner and we all ordered a lot of awesome food. Everyone just had to have some of that infamous Peking duck; fine alright, though it was…what? $40.80 for like those strips of skin plus one dish of noodles it was still ordered on the basis of the occasion? We had to order so many more dishes afterwards because we were all hungry men on the table. Ordered another 8 dishes and yet still the bill only came to like $13.45 per head which was awesome compared to my party T.T”


We all carpooled back; this was the second time I had the car out, and still just a bit more than a week on my Ps. It was of course relatively risky for me to drive and all; had to pull a few strings to get the car as well. Anyway me and Jacky detoured back to Ken’s house first where we said hi to the few from our church who were left at their own NYE social. It was small, and it was missing 5 people who were now attending our CBS one haha!


The night went on with my Wii, Jie’s Xbox, Mahjong, Taboo and Poker. Everyone was involved in something which was good. Heaps of noise as well; we found out only very recently that Nat’s dad was coming back from Hong Kong that day, so much for having the house all to ourselves. But I was glad he still let us use the house, despite there was a bit of drinking going on and such.



At about 11pm we decided to have a formal thing, split off into small prayer groups so we could reflect on the year that has passed and the year that is to come. Came up with a bunch of thank points and prayer points, and then we just prayed till about 11:45pm. That was finally when things started to get hectic; we brought out the drinks; tried to use as little alcohol as possible because of the environment that we were in. There was heaps of sparkling juices and that was more than sufficient for the occasion I guess. The countdown came and we all gave a huge roar which I suspect would’ve made Nat’s go: “what the hell?!” (in a Chonny accent for added bonus)


The fireworks were really bland, I don’t see the point in watching them anymore; you can’t see the Harbour Bridge at all because of all the smoke, and I would expect that to be the case in the morning. And hence with all the smoke you can see the fireworks, fail. But afterwards we mucked around in the backyard with sparklers. We managed to get some really good photos here, especially this one, sorta:




Oh yeah we are set for next year CBS with this now!


After everything was okay, “play” resumed. Back to our normal activities. Some people started playing spin the bottle truth or dare. Me and Ronnie were just like: “Urgh guys don’t play that game…” They’ll learn next time. Everyone was still really lively throughout the night; the volume levels stayed constant, I really do wonder how much of our noise carried upstairs to where Nat’s dad was sleeping.


I guess you could probably skip everything that happened up until 4am where we started watching “A Walk to Remember”. Yes it quite a sad movie but no it wasn’t compelling enough to cry over. At 5am we left Nat’s house to try and catch the sunrise. We went out to Thompson’s corner where the Australian flag was; there was a small patch of grass which had a good view of the city. There were already traces of people being there last night to watch the fireworks. Unfortunately we didn’t manage to catch the sunrise because of the clouds. And I guess that was okay because no matter where we went (some wanted to beach) there wouldn’t have been a chance to see the sun anyway, with weather the way it was today.



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We went back to Nat’s house to have breakfast, served by Paul and Nat, who went to buy it earlier on NYE. There was pancakes, raisin toast, french toast and boiled sausages. By the time it hit 7am everyone started to die. And there were heaps of people just lying all over the place, clearly too tired to move. People slowly poured out of Nat’s house when it hit 8am, others who were still dead stayed on the sofa to try and sleep it off. The word “sleepover” is rather inaccurate to describe the event, because obviously we weren’t going to, and those that tried to sleep weren’t very successful.


I was pretty tired too, had to drive Bec and Jie back home, and it was raining. Luckily coffee kicked in and I was able to stay awake for this last bit of driving before I got home. I had to drive, with my minor skills because Jacky obviously looked more wrecked than me, playing NBA ‘07 all night long. Man, the last time we played video games (7 hours of Mario Kart 64!) we were really dead the next day.


But that was the new year. It was an epic night as they always are. But on a serious note, the actual reminiscing for me will have to come at a later time when everything settles down. Let’s make 2010 even brighter than it was last year!


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.

More Church Activities

Kenny dragged us out to the Parish Centre, formally our church but we’ve moved location now, for a another session for ministry training. We haven’t had a meeting for a long time but it’s good that us “elites” can meet together again for more discussion. Sorry if I overstepped the mark with that word; Kenny picked one “elite” from each grade for this ministry training team; we’re actually responsible for a lot of stuff at SMAC but of course we’ve forgotten our duties again haha, so we really have to get some love going around this Sunday. Kenny is slowly filling up the other grades; we’ve had two new elites chosen, for a total of  six now. All we’re missing is just year 7; can an elite spring up from such a young grade?


Don’t know why he called us out at 9:30am as well, so early T.T” but oh well. We looked at the topic of “Evangelism” today, we’re only looking at topics relevant to ministry unfortunately, so he’s never going to go through “Predestination” and stuff with them, oh well. Pretty interesting, what we learn today, and it was good to be accountable for each others’ Christian lives. I’m glad I’ve got other strong Christians to talk to, even if I am the eldest and they are all sisters, but it’s interesting to see things their way haha. I enjoy those meetings.


Afterwards, we disbanded and Kenny took me out for lunch with William; he said he’d take us out for lunch, which was what I expected, but instead he was just going to disciple William so I was reluctant to tag along, but then didn’t want to go back home for lunch since I had something else coming up at 2pm. We had fish and chips for lunch from that fish market in t he Penno market place; only $5.00 haha, same price as from 10 years ago haha, haven’t eaten from there in such a long time. We ate in the park next to the library and then Kenny began to go through a study with William; he’s still an early Christian apparently so yeah. I knew I shouldn’t bother them, feeling like the third wheel and all. So I left them after a while and just roamed around.


Went first to the library and checked the community board; there were some advertisements on tutoring, maybe I should advertise there too if I decide to tutor; that is, if I can find time to tutor T.T” Another alternative I found was working for the pre-uni that was in fact really close to me, just next to Pennant Hills train station. Well that sort of helps me in looking for work. Do I really need a resume? Isn’t a guy studying the crazy combination of Actuarial Studies with Mathematics at UNSW, and achieving a 90 average not qualified to tutor HSC mathematics? What more would they want from me in a resume?


I went to find the pre-uni, the entrance was quite of secluded and hard to find but I did, then turned back. As I stood to wait for the lights to cross back to the library, I saw this girl on t he other side who looked oddly familiar. I am really blind these days so I couldn’t really see who it was, but I sort of recognised her clothes and her bag. I was like “…Sharon?" Is that Sharon, leh?” and then I saw her glasses and I was like “wait, that can’t be Sharon…can it?” and from that point onwards I honestly thought she looked like some regular Korean chick, I honestly couldn’t tell it was her until I crossed half the street, at which point I was like: “Oh wow I am blind, it is Sharon T.T”” Yeah sorry Shaz you looked more Korean to me than Chinese haha! Obviously no mistake on my part since you are a Korean “Otaku”. Is there a Korean-equivalent for that word?


Bleh, I never get to meet up with her much since the beginning of this year. We both took our separate paths in church; she went to Children’s ministry and Sunday School haha so now I rarely see her. Actually one other reason why I didn’t think it was her was because it didn’t seem like her to hang on  anywhere in Pennant Hills anyway; what good place is there in our crappy suburb? She could’ve ben going to catch the train but that didn’t seem likely; so my logic sort of told me it wasn’t Sharon, oh well. Her friends came soon after we started talking, and oh my gosh I can’t believe I didn’t recognize Wilson when he said “Hi” to me. He clearly knew who I was, from Facebook photos. But honestly I didn’t recognize him, I don’t know why. We’ve never met before after all, it was all through Sharon haha! Bah, oh well, I’ll say hi to him once he comes back from Perth at the end of the semester.


At 2pm we went back to church where I had organised a Wii Gaming Social thingy for my Bible study group; Sean (Julz’ bro) suggested it and Kenny wanted me to do something with my Bible study group so I might as well. Getting two other Wii controllers has been my biggest challenge this week. Thanks to Kelvin for agreeing to lend me his motes without hesitation; things would’ve gone fine if we had managed to meet up during the week. But then our group got into a fuss about location and time, and with half the group not being able to make it; it got out of hand that we ended up not meeting at all and then I no longer had anyway to get Wii controllers T.T” Took a lot  of effort. I managed to salvage one from William and the other from Darwin and only at th e last minute (like literally) was everything okay.


We gamed from 2pm to 6pm, even though it was only meant to last till 4pm; whoops my bad. I don’t know, I was at least glad I managed to shove a bit of Bible study in the session; otherwise it would’ve been pretty pointless to meet as Christians huh? But yeah, we played Brawl, then Mario Kart (same old, same old), Bleach and then Wii tennis. I’ll spare the details, they were just kids after all. But yes it was a lo ng day today, another 9 to 6 day for church work haha!