Thursday, May 14, 2009
i went for my second driving lesson yesterday so i had to wear my sport shoes. i was really sleepy and i still was when i came back. so i left my shoes outside the house and i didn't wear them the whole day. i totally forgot about them being outside which is really risky because my neighbourhood has a history of occational shoe thievery. That's why the first time bernice and freda came to my house to stay i told them to keep their shoes inside. can't risk it being sold in lorong kulit the next day...
my dear sport shoes.... just got them this year so i'm super proud of 'em XD (ignore the date. i just set it to default)
later going for my first motorbike lesson. cool yeah! but wait, i have to go to melati for that. and melati is all the way in seberang prai. have to cross the bridge and stuff. haiz.... why cannot just find a big field and learn there la. so much more easier. but still have to remember that most green land in penang island are mostly cemetries. haha. but still, i shall be able to ride the motorcycles in my house soon!
muahaha... my transportation dream....
my friend called me yesterday. she's a primary school friend who i was very close to. she was in my class since standard 4 all the way to std 6. we didn't meet again since the last day of primary school and the last time we spoke was on the phone 3 years ago. first thing she ask was "did you kena NS?" yeah, nice to hear from you too.
nah, i didn't say that to her. people hardly make me angry. i only find people annoying but soon i enjoy them being annoying. as long as its friendly and doesn't hurt me physically. good case scenario? ask that guy in my class when i was in std 6. that whole sand papering my arm was not a good thing. guess what i did. haha.
so we talked and we found out stuff about each other. she was suprised that i was a prefect due to my craziness in primary school. lets face it, a girl who defies every warning a prefect gives isn't exactly a role model to be followed. but talking to her made me realise something. i had changed. she said i was more girly in school but currently, on the phone, i sounded a lot more louder than i was last time. don't get me wrong, she's sounds more confiedent than she was last time but now i realised, i have been rough. man, secondary school did make me louder. i sounded like one of those people who would threathen for fun. gangster in the making? i hope not.
now i gotta figure out a way to be nicer to people. as in speech wise. don't worry my dear friends, i will still threathen, but u would have already known that i meant the best :D
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Mission Trip (part 12) (rehersal day)
We woke up at around 9, i think. as usual, we prepared ourselves and got dressed. we packed up most of our stuff because this is the day we go back to kk. that's right, our mission trip is over. sob. but our trip in sabah isn't. yeah!
walking to the meeting was a bit of a drag, coz we knew that this was gonna be our last meal here at this asrama. while waiting for breakfast, i got a call from 2ko, asking me for my big-e camp book.pr tom then decided to help out in the kitchen, by making a different kind of milo. while waiting for breakfast, i got a call from 2ko. from there i talked to my dad and then my mom. pr tom even talked to my 2ko. thank goodness i charged my phone to full. if not my batteries sure mati 1. then breakfast was served. halfway into breakfast, the pastor in charge of the entire kota marudu area came. he ate with us so we talked with him. the conversation topics varies a lot. from his family to the satanic bible. we even talked about the SDA beliefs and cults. he had read a satanic bible but he burned it after reading a little of it. he said that in it, wrote that love is God instead of God is love. see how the devil twists God's word?
after makan we continued to talk while matt flipped through the newspapers. i can't remember the name of it but it was a newspaper that covers mostly sabah. kinda like one of our chinese newspapers here. the day the newspaper came was the day after our SPM results day i think. the frontpage itself had students who got straight A's in SPM and stuff. Matt's school was SM Luk Yok so it was only natural that he reconised some of the ppl there on the paper. SM All-Saints, bernice's school, was also featured so she was kinda excited. i shudda bought sin chew or kuang hwa that after the SPM results came out, wanted to see if my school was featured. haha.
talking was the pastor was informative. he didn't mind explaining lots of stuff that was happening in the world and in the kota marudu area. really cool guy. then, freda's brother came to say goodbye. it was time to go to work. later a van arrived. guess who came into the meeting hall? it was none other than the pengerusi from Kg Tagaroh! it felt like a reunion after the entire mission trip. we laughed and shook hands with him. he was the one that was gonna take us back to kk in the van. him coming meant that it was time to go. so we prayed for both the head pastor and pastor jul for their work here in the area. then we went back into our rooms to take all of our stuff and gathered outside at the porch.
the van was one of those big square mercades van that u see occationally. which means, it was a really, really, really cozy van. it was fully air-conditioned, something that we were really thankful for, and the radio was playing nice songs. pr tom arranged us in such a way that some bags were on our laps while most of us had enough space to sit. we thanked pr jul and left the asrama.
we stopped by a petrol station. we were in the pekan so the area kinda looked like perlis town. motor shops and coffeeshops were the most i saw. sure there was still houses everywhere but they were mostly stilts houses. then we left. the road was like a highway with lots of trees by our side. we talked and stuff but since it was a long way, some of us fell asleep. oh ya, lavinia sms-ed her time that she could go out with us, which was the day after this day. so i confirmed with her and just enjoyed the scenary. we even went past our first village so pr tom winded down the window and all of us yelled hi to them. haha. the songs that were being played were indonesian christian bands. they had songs that we usually sang in church translated into malay and even had a song which had both english and malay verses. cool man. because the air-con was so cool and the radio was soft, soon i joined everyone in sleep land.
by the time i woke up, we were already in the outskirts of kk. some of us were already awake so i took this time to take in how kk looked like. it was quite a nice city. trees and buildings joined in harmony. there are a lot of wide rivers and bridges. one tall building even rivaled the height of komtar. they call it the wawasan-something. as freda put it, it looks like a giant battery. it did.
the plan was this, we were to drop freda and pr tom at SIB Kingfisher, where they will borrow the church van from freda's father, pastor danny limpakan. the rest of us will head over to SIB Likas to start preparing for rehersal. so we reached SIB Kingfisher first. it was a shoplot in the highest floor of the row of shoplots. the sign of the church, complete with a blue cross that will evn light up at night. when we reached there, something that was going on in the church just finished, so pr danny was waiting there, and he could see us coz he was leaning on the cement railing overlooking the road. we all waved hi to him while pr tom and freda got out of the van, taking some of their stuff along with them. then we went to SIB Likas.
we came into the Likas district, where kevin kept pointing out some wierd structures inside some houses, including dinsours and bears. wow. and to think i nearly got fooled by him... sigh... i gotta stop being so naive. soon we travelled until we could see SIB Likas by a cross on top of a red roof. that red roof was covering a big building, to which bernice said that it was their main santcuary. we drove into a place in front of some apartments. appearantly, that was where freda and her family had stayed before. the church had dorms. check it out! haha.
but that was not our destination. we were suppose to be at a place called shalom in the church. so after clearifying that mistake with the pengerusi, we drove across the road to a banglow. a sign there says "shalom." guess u can't run away from that.
since its a banglow, there was a field. the floor on the porch had nice moziac tiles on it. there was even a bar top thingy with a high chair. lockers lined the way to the office while a libary was located at the left side of the building. bernice is one of the libarians but she..... :P so we took out all our stuff and put it in front of the libary and prayed for the pengerusi. then we waved goodbye to him as he left. the church office was behind the main room. bernice went in there the first thing because she was gonna work there this year. she was all so happy so see her church people there which see considers wierd coz it was wednesday and her church office dosent open on wednesday. they changed it to monday, according to a woman who bernice introduced me to as aunty vivien. she was the first person that u see when u step inside the office. since i was desperate to go to the toilet after the 2 hour journey, i had to cut short bernice's reunion (sry bernice!) and ask her to take me to the toilet.
we went inside the banglow through what the SIB Likas ppl called the "Powerhouse Room". the youth of SIB Likas (e) is called Powerhouse, just like ours is called Frontliners. it was a room with all sorts of stuff about their youth. they had a surround sound system for watching movies, a carom board (courtasy of bernice and aaron), sketches of their youth leader by one of their members (its really good) and pictures of their events like parties and baptisms. i even found bernice's baptism pic on the wall. younger versions of kevin and matt are also there. i'm guessing when they were 15 or somewhere there. haha. they even had blue couches surrounding the walls. basically, its their hangout room. oh ya, manilla cardboards posted on the wall also stated the rules of the room. cool leh...
we then went into the place where we were to have our graduation. it was a room bigger than the powerhouse room, obviously, and it was carpeted. on the walls hung amour shapped cloths with words that lifts up a heavy soul. a table at the back was there, including a little corner for sound stuff and a adjoining room called the music room. thats where they put all their musical equipement including amps. the bathroom was beside it as well as the other bathroom which was next to the powerhouse room. oh ya, the bathroom, was so nice you could sleep in there. it felt more like your own personal bathroom rather than a public bathroom. it had blue tiles and a mini plants around and a shower corner. really nice.
matt straight away had a meeting. we had to get our stuff ready before pr tom arrived so he asked me to add the names of our lecturers and the subject that they taught into the slideshow while the rest had to do music practise.
bernice led me to the office where i was introduced to bobby, her head youth leader. he was sitting across from bernice's place which was a table with a table, along with lots of files on it. i couldnt say that it was her mess because she hadnt worked behind her desk yet. as i got started bernice began to meet up with her co-workers? as well as updating herself up on all the church events. she left soon because she had music practise. their office was big. it was air conditioned as well as the floor had tiles. u had to walk quitely because the tiles werent cemented on concrete floor, they were laid on planks. the tiles were cold as well so walking on it felt so nice. aaron came in later. he gave me his SYM calender so it was easier for me to type them out (thanks aaron!) he even taught me a better way of doing my naming and labeling the slideshows which did make it stand out more. then he also left for music practise.
halfway into my job, a girl came in. she was talking to bobby really excitedly and as i could see, sanguine type. haha. i kept on doing my stuff until bernice came in to check up on me. she was so happy to see the girl that she intro me to the girl. the girl's name was jia jun. i was like, oh... so this is the jia jun i kept hearing about in their telephone conversations... i was basically done with the powerpoint but i had to ask bernice's opinion. i needed the touch up on it. i just could'nt figure out what. leave it to the pros i guess. halfway through touch up, pr tom and benjamin came in. pr tom came to give a courtasy call and left while benjamin came to tell us to go to the shalom room.
when we got there, pr tom had already given orders to place out the chairs and we were getting ready to practice. we only had until 3 because kevin to leave by then for his JPJ scholarship interview. his mother had already arrived inside the room andjia jun was also there. so we had to posisition ourselves for the performances presentations. since there was no extra doors by the sides, we had to do a one way entrance. the music room would have to be our changing room. the programme would be the same as the grad in penang. just that the testimonies had to be done by the sabahans. it was their moment to shine and we penangnites had to do all that we can to suport them, just like they did for us when we graduated back in penang.
when we got to the worship part, bobby came in to observe us. as soon as yi lin said "pass the time to kevin wong!", he exclaimed out loud, "KEVIN WONG?!" wow. guess kevin being worship leader was a bigger thing than i thought. after the worship practise, kevin's mom was so obviously proud of her son. you could just see it on her face. kevin did change after 3 months. at 3 kevin left with his mom so we continued on with the practise.
with kevin gone, we had to improvise during the drama. it was so funny during the "blinded" drama. because kevin was one of the main leads in the drama, we were all saying his lines to make up for his body. even matt did a super exsagerated removal of his blindfolds. it was really funny. aaron and bernice's father came at this point to see them. i already met him at the airport when we came so we like, hi uncle!" oh ya, and he brought food with him. goreng pisang and fried cempedak. can u smell it? haha. so, the accepted drama was ok because juan and i could cope without him. but the best was still the heart drama. because kevin's char had to be in the scene the whole time, matt decided to play his role. it was really cute because matt had an innocent face on him and he wasn't "bad" enough to play kevin's role. it was so hillarious. heng sr. went back before he could see bernice play her role. the best is to see it with everyone. haha.
it was raining very heavily at that time. so it was only logical after practise that we stayed inside the room. pr tom had a debrief and met jia jun officially. he shortened it to jun. y? dun ask me. i dunno. jia jun was the one in charge of overseeing the grad here. she's 18, just like us. she was supposed to join sym with us but in the end she couldn't. why? again, dun ask me. i wouldn't know at all. all i know is that she's a really fun girl and she knows the best eateries of kk. that is why after debrief, we all cleared up all the chairs because there was gonna be a prayer meeting later, we ate up all the goreng pisang and cempedak (did i mention that they eat goreng pisang with cili sauce?), we took our bags and stuffed it all in the kingfisher van. juan's mother came at this point to pick him up. and since we were going for makan, she followed too. the powerhouse people went with jun while aaron sat with the rest of us in the van to provide directions to the coffeeshop.
it was traffic jam because some schools just finished class so we were caught in it. we went past many housing estates and shops before turning into 1. we saw where the place was but we couldn't find parking. we then went to the back and found a spot there. and so we had our lunch/tea. which was meat ball with noodles. the noodles looked like wan tan mee. they even taste like it too! the meat balls were pork and they served it in a soup like koay teow thng. nice right...? it tastes even better. the sabahans suggested that we even try a drink called "kit chai ping". it was their empla sui phuey or sui phuey peng. i din try it. because i was really in the mood for a hot drink. haha. we talked and pr tom said that he was going for a movie at night together with the penangnites. freda was coming along and bernice too.
we left the placing while thanking juan's mom for belanja-ing us. it was a really kind jesture considering the amount of people and food that we ordered. so we all got into the van except juan who went home with his mother. pr tom dropped us, the girls, at freda's house. we took out all our stuff and met with freda's mom and her younger brother, elroy, and her cousin, eva. she's staying with freda's family because she goes to the same school as elroy. plus, elfreda's mom teaches there too. oh ya, we even met hiro, the dog freda was so happy about. it's gray and shaggy so its cute in a way. pr tom told us that he was coming at 8 and left.
since bernice didn't have her clothes with her, she took this time to relax in freda's room. freda had 2 rooms for us. one was a big room where she shares with her cousin while another was her own personal one. i put my bags in her personal room while yi lin put hers in freda's other room. bernice's hp spoilt at this point so i borrowed her mine. in one phone call, she found out something so she then told me that she couldn't follow us to see the movie. she was gonna go home with her family that will pick her up from freda's house. sooner or later she fell asleep so i used what little time left to bathe and get ready. yi lin bathed first then me. when i came out of the bathroom, yi lin was doing something on the bed but bernice had fallen asleep. i lied down on the bed but soon i also fell asleep. i woke up hearing footsteps and saw freda's father. he was looking for her so i said that she was maybe in the kitchen. then i couldn't sleep but instead i tried by lying down and closing my eyes. again i heard footsteps but i couldn't be bothered to look so i just lied down there. i heard freda's (thats right freda! i was awake! :P) voice going "woah!" and "woah!" at both rooms. assuming that it was because all 3 of us were sleeping, i took this time to "wake up" and she told us that it was dinner time. she went to wake yi lin up while i woke bernice up.
so we went downstairs. pastor danny was leaving for class so we bid him goodbye. then we went to the dinning table with everybody. it was a really nice meal. bernice's family came and we met with the entire heng family. bernice saw her two younger brother's for the first time in 3 months and she was like, they're so tall! i must admit, for a 13 year old boy, being taller than bernice is somewhat an achievement. her other brother was more shy and didn't say much. soon they left so freda's mother prayed for the food and we began to dig in. well, we couldn't eat actually because so ngam pr tom came. pr tom, daniel and benjamin joined us for dinner so those who were going to see the movie had dinner first. pr tom talked with freda's mom after dinner for about 30 minutes and then we left.
going there, i had the chance to see the night beauty of kk. its quite lighted up, espeacially in the high end areas. the cars arent as many as in the daytime so we were quite thankful for that. in the van, pr tom told us that aaron and bernce's parents wanted to take us out for breakfast the next day. this was to the penangnites only. the breakfast was at 8 in the morning while pr tom will come pick us up at 7.30, which meant yi lin and i had to wake up at 6.30 am the next day. ok fine then.
we went to 1 Borneo, best described as the queensbay of kk, only bigger. the place was huge. with even a conceiage counter at the front. we parked in the multistory parking lots and freda led the way to the movie counter. it was gsc to the peak. we decided to watch race to witch mountain. while waiting for pr tom to buy the tickets, yi lin and freda decided to go shop for a while . i saw daniel lining up to but popcorn so i asked him to buy for me as well. manatau when he gave me my stuff, pr tom was all "that" again. oh pls, even after the mission trip, i mean c'mon! freda and yi lin came back on time so we went to the counter where they tear your tickets. we asked if we could bring the video camera in and they said we could, only if we never take it out. so we thanked the guys and happily watched our movie.
it was so nice. i mean, the action and the superpowers, that was what i was looking forward to after all this. kinda was disapointed at the ending but who cares? i got my movie fill :) we left the cinema at around 11 something. let me tell you, the whole place is creepy when they are closed. the lights are mostly off, the people are all gone, and the escalators stop moving. go to queensbay at 12 and u'll know what i mean. they even close the toilets! so we were going around looking for open toilets and thank God we found one on the way out. haha.
then we left the place at 11.45 pm. the roads were practically empty so it was a breeze to go home. when we reached the house it was almost 12 midnight but thank goodness pastor danny was sitting downstairs watching a show so he opened the door for us. pr tom then left while all of us quietly went upstairs to change. we were so tired that we zonked off within 15 minutes after setting the alarm to 6.30 am.