So I went back to my parent’s place to have dinner with the family for my brother’s farewell as he’s going to China for 6 months. Saw an envelope addressed to ‘Danny Ng’, with red, blue and white borders. Opened it and out came two sheets of paper. First one informed me that my scholarship application for the academic year 2005 had been granted. Second one was a check for US$7000.
Sweet! Another prayer answered. Thank you God. :)
Seems like all I do these days is attend birthday parties. There appears to be seasons where trains of birthdays come steaming through, pulling along with it empty carriages waiting to be filled up by presents. My wallet never seemed emptier these days. Parents stop mating at the same time please! Well last Tuesday was Tony’s (my housemate) 23rd birthday and he decided to celebrate quietly by shouting us dinner at Harry’s Chilli Crab (Singaporean place) with the household and his woman. As you can see from the picture above, Tony has recently acquired the love for the taste of Tiger beer. “Smooooooth…” he says.
After a massive dinner with chilli crab, black pepper crab, sambal chicken, pipi’s and fried rice, we headed back home to have some black forest cake which is Tony’s favourite. Pretty funny how Lian Shi managed to get him the cake and Anna somehow couldn’t get a blackforest cake as it was sold out where she bought it.
Before going out to Tony’s dinner, was playing soccer for 1.5 hours and then went to uni pub for some drinks with friends. This week seems like a week full of alcomohol. Went whiskey tasting the next day.
Jameson, Jameson 12 years, Glenlivet 12 years, Chivas Regal 12 years, Wild Turkey and Wild Turkey Rare Breed. After whiskey tasting, ended up in a pub with friends at Capitol Square for the next 3.5 hours. $5 pints for James Squire Golden ale! I really should give my kidney a rest the next couple of weeks.
It was that time,
When I went mine mine mine,
without you in my whole life,
Now looking back,
At all the silly things that I regret,
Now you’re with me,
Show me the way, let your will be done,
It’s your love that satisfies,
No other, that makes me smile,
Compel us, with the love of Christ,
In your name, in your name, in your name.
I stand here before you,
Obedience is your delight,
In your name I will,
Tell everyone what you’ve done in my life.
Went to the Bavarian Cafè on York street last Saturday to celebrate Darran’s 21st. As I walked in to the rather posh tavern, I soon realised they served German beer! Straight away I headed for my 500mL glass of German draught. I had no idea what they were called as I could hardly even pronounce their beer selections. Was also great to see the RF (Radio Frequency) crew that survived Godfrey Lucas again last semester! Oh what grand memories I have of our so called 3 hour labs which we ended up spending 6 hours or so every Thursday. Most of the time it was filled with mischief and socialising rather than doing work while Lauren did all the work, making sure all the lab results were attained accurately and doing her research into the theory. Thanks a bunch Lauren, you pulled us through!
Was also great to see Lauren’s sister, Rachael, all the way from California. Over the last semester, Lauren had been updating Richie and myself on how hot her sister was and that all of her friends say to her, “So what’s up with your sister, Lauren?”. Was kind of hilarious meeting Rachael for the first time, as it seems that I’ve known her for a long time already through Lauren’s stories.
Hours passed as we recalled funny stories from last semester and caught up with each other over what we all did during our holidays. The German draught tasted divine each time I held it up 45 degrees over my mouth. I think Darran would’ve been close to being pretty drunk by now.
As the night beckoned and the Bavarian closing up, we headed to Oxford street to shake our bon-bons. As we were driving there, there was a drunk girl in a blue dress with her right boobs hanging out, crossing the road with the aid of her friends. I guess her friends were also too drunk to notice her mishap. Funny how Lauren’s analytical eye spotted it first and was more excited than anyone else when she gestured to us what had happened. She even insisted that I take a picture! I didn’t though. The dance floor wasn’t too great where we were at. Darran just kept on drinking and we managed to meet up with Isabelle and Andrew. Too bad Andrew was driving, else he would’ve had a scotch and coke in his hands.
Lauren, Rachael, Richie and myself decided to leave the scene and venture elsewhere to find a nice place to boogie. Since we were in Oxford street, we were right in the heart of Sodom & Gomorrah. Richie and myself avoided gay bars/clubs, although the flamboyant venues seemed pumping with long queues. If we did end up in one, Lauren and Rachael would’ve had to “cock-block” for us all night long.
We finally ended up in Brooklyn Hotel on George street after deciding on Richie’s recommendation. By that time, the German draughts were wearing off and I had to get a couple of bourbons in me to get the grooves going. Music was better there and the floor was packed with perspiration! Went straight to the heart of the floor and started strutting our moves to the beat. You wouldn’t think we were nerdy engineers then, hehe. Lauren and Rachael made us Rich and I look good as there were quite a few random guys on the floor trying to dance with them. Couple of hours later, it was nearly 4am and was time to hit the sack.
Had a fantastic Saturday night with engineering mates and wish we could do it again! Next day my entire body was sore and tired. Guess I really need to exercise more. Just thought I’d end this post with a picture which I think why Darran chose the Bavarian Cafè to have his 21st.
So its been 3 weeks or so since mid year conference and man have I enjoyed every moment of it. Surrounded by flatlands, sheeps and cows grazing blithely on the green pastures, and the Albury breeze that gently rustles the trees as though greeting whoever that passes it, somehow reminding you what the beauty of nature is really like as though an extinct attribute within the streets of the city district. Being in Albury for a week made you forget about your routine life laden with anxiety and busyness, and spend time with God’s artistic creation called ‘Mother Nature’.
It was great to see old faces again from last year’s conference and to see the familiar surroundings of Lakehume Resort, recalling memories of laughter and joy. The 8 hour bus ride must have given me NBS (Numb Bum Syndrome) but that didn’t stop me from heading straight to the tennis courts to have a few hits. Would have been my first hit in 6 months or so.
This year’s MYC was full of new faces and definitely was bigger than last year’s. Students from Sydney University doubled from 18 to 36 and there were a lot of new Victorian faces as well, or perhaps I’ve forgotten them from last year. ::shrugs::
Free times were filled with mainly soccer as most people had the world cup fever and wanted to strut out their newly acquired soccer skills. The game of ‘Taboo’ was also rekindled as fellow Taboo fans gathered to outdo the opposing team in a heated battle of careful word assembling and guess work. As the battle got more intense, more cries of excitement could be heard followed by the blessings of holy water (ie. saliva) by Rachel upon me. I guess no one told me to wear weather protective gear during the game. Hehe, was kind of funny though :)
Once again John North’s talks was very inspiring and uplifting as his talks went straight for my heart like an arrow to a bullseye. Romans 1:14-19 was pretty much what he talked about. Things I learnt from his talks:
- Obligation – “I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish.” vs 14
God has given us the ministry of reconciliation and also are ambassadors of Christ. To experience Christ’s love in our lives and not share it with others would be outright selfish. (2 Corinthians 5:14-20)
- Eagerness – “That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are at Rome.” vs 15
To have experienced God in our lives, why wouldn’t we be eager to let people know about it and to give them this wonderful opportunity to know God?
- Not Ashamed – “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.” vs 16
Imagine if you knew of a shopping sale of 99.9% off everything. Would you be ashamed to let your friends know about it? How about if you knew what type of questions were going to be in your exam because your lecturer told you so? Would you be shy to let people know about it? Well this is God we’re talking about here, the one who created everything. We should be excited to present the gospel (good news) to others. Our roles as Christians isn’t to convert people but to share the good news. God does the converting (John 16:8). The message of the gospel has the power to change people’s heart and it is for everyone.
- God’s righteousness revealed – “For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”” vs 17
We should live our lives with the righteousness of God through our faith so that the righteousness of God may be revealed to others.
- God’s wrath revealed – “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.” vs 18-19
Sometimes do you wonder why the lives of people around you are depressing and spiraling downwards? It could be the result of sin as people decide to reject God and as a result, God gave them over to immorality, degrading passions and depraved minds which leads to a corrupt world. All the more reason why people need God and be reconciled to the creator.
People will not change if they are satisfied where they’re are. Am I satisfied where I’m at?