Trip to Hing Ling China: Part 2 (Day 50)

My Trip To Hing Ling China: Part 2

The next day started early with a crappy breakfast that would be repeated for all four days of my stay. Some watery congee and assortment of weird dishes that I don’t like. I ended eating noodles and salted peanuts for breakfast.

We then had a quick bible study after breakfast. I was spared most of it due to a sudden and painful stomach. As I returned, I noticed no one in the breakfast hall. It was time for chapel.

Before Chapel though there was a really weird dance class being held by a woman named Wendy. It started out with some basic stretches but as soon as she started these amazingly gay moves all the men left the dance.

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Day 58: Goodbye Old Friend

I came home from the date. I was exhausted in body and in wallet. My body started relax and prepare for a night of sleep. My mom was thanked for sponsoring me and I wandered over to my computer. “Dude come over, we are having a sleepover.” I had to look twice to make sure. I love my mom for being so considerate. After all off that stuff back to back she left me go. I was at home for about 2 minutes.

In Macau, normal buses stop at midnight which are then replaced by Night buses. The problem was, I didn’t know how to use the night buses. I had to sprint a hill to get to the bus stop in time. Thankfully I made it for the last round of buses. I arrived at Joel’s house sweaty and out of breath.

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My First Real Date

I was so nervous. I sat there in the lobby wondering what would happen. I fidgeted every time the lift door opened, half hoping it was her and half hoping she would just ditch me. In a short few hours I had arranged my first “proper date.” My rational behind it was summer was almost over, so I might as well do something memorable. I’m glad I toke that risk ūüôā

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The Rest of Day 57

I then spent a few good hours in the afternoon trying to edit videos from the trip. I swear that sony vegas is the bane of my existant. It loves crashing, or lets me comepletly finish editing but then refuses to render it. A hair-ripping experiance. I also had to sift through hundreds of photos and start on the China Trip Blogs.

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Trip to Hing Ling China: Part 1 (Day 49)

***Finally got around to writing these!***

My Trip To Hing Ling China: Part 1

I woke up early. It was 7:30. We had to get to the border asap or we would never cross it quickly. My mom works from home and had to stay up to finish some work. She only had one hour of sleep :(.

Our grandparents drove us to the border, along with a church friend named Annie who my mom was mentoring. Border security was tighter then before, with a mandatory check on all baggage and backpacks. It toke us nearly an hour to get past the border, and even longer for everyone to get across.

Everywhere you looked there was at least a hundred people

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Day 57: Prepartions for school

Today’s plan was to buy the school uniform and some stationary for school. I got a good nights rest again, waking up at 11 and getting a good 10 hours of sleep. I spent the majority of the morning playing Bejeweled 3. Joel was supposed to come over early, but he only ended up getting to my place at around 1. Despite having 15 hours of sleep, he was still tired.

First stop was the uniform place. I picked up the school shorts and a new trousers while Joel got 2 School Shirts and 2 shorts. Pretty boring stuff. We then stopped by a small snack shop “A DAN.” They have the most amazing curry there. We used to go there all the time when our school had a renovation, which forced us to spend half a school year in our sister school’s spare floors.

Joel then went off to dance practice. It would have been a bit of a waste time if I left so I decided to do something productive. I went to Daiso (the asian equivalent of the one dollar store) and “Zhi Fu: the most well-known stationery store in Macau. At Daiso I picked up a spray bottle for my plant, a towel for exercise, a case for my camera and a magnetic pen holder for my locker. At Zhi Fu I picked up a ocordian folder and two notebooks. Last year I had an ocordian folder and there just so damn useful!

Think I’m prepared for school? Wrong.¬† I haven’t even bought my school books yet. We have a tendency to not use half of them so I’m going to play it by ear.

Tomorrow is going to be the last Friday of Summer. My good friends Martharoot and Morgan are both leaving to other countries to study. My friends and I are going to see them off at the ferry. It’s really sad to see them go, more and more of my friends are going abroad to finish their studies. Wonder how many of us will stick around the whole way. At this point its pretty hard to jump of the boat.

My birthday (September 13th) is a pain to celebrate most of the time. This is because it is right when school starts, when parents are the most strict. I had this idea of staying the night at a hotel with a couple of friends (either Grand Lapa or The Westin). The problem is, we can only use the membership for low traffic days such as Sunday. Pity.

Day 56: The Second Leg of the last journey

After a long day out it was time to find a place to sleep (spontaneous sleepover ftw!). We decided to go to Tasha’s house but due to our poor decision¬†making Liam and I ended up without taxi. It toke us half an hour to get a taxi, with our friends arriving and showering before we even got into a taxi. Liam and Bruno had a puking¬†contest to pass the time. Eventually we got a taxi but not in the way you would expect. My friends Ivan and Cassidy where visiting a nearby friend’s house that was with us. Their taxi driver was closing up shop, but agreed to drive us to Macau. A God send.

Sleeping at Tasha’s was nice as always. I always feel a home there. Everyone got showered up (except John :P) than despite for being up for nearly twenty¬†hours we watched some movies, first Quarantine 2: The Terminal. The boy is so stupid in that movie. Next was the last half of Shark Night. Really bad CGI and highly improbable story. More comedy then horror.

Afterwards we all just drifted of to sleep. I slept around 6 and was awoken at about 1 by Joao. He slept at Joao’s (taking on for the team since there was no room) (there are two Joao’s, I shall call one Joao C. from now on to prevent confusion) and called everyone in the house multiple times. I had 10 missed calls when I finally picked up.

I was so happy. I have no idea, but when I awoke I was just so happy. I was sleeping with my green hoddy that I had the foresight to bring and was just so light and happy like. Kinda like a happiness hangover.

We all were in a bit of a state of suspended animation. We just sat there making fun of Channel V stuff. We all ate some form of Cup Noodles and got dressed and left for lunch. Guess what we had? McDonald’s.

When I finally arrived home I was greeted by great news! Logitech, without a doubt (ok, maybe Corsair) is my favourite peripheral¬†producer. They have a branch called Ultimate ear which just released their¬†first headphones and a new boombox! They all look so appealing and must sound great! I want them¬†despite buying new headphones recently. I’m such a materialist. Then I saw the trailer for the new season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It looks soo good! I’m such a nerd ūüėõ

Off to work on the China Blogs now. Wish me luck!

Day 55: Picnic Day: The Last Major Excursion of Summer 2012

A polar opposite of the day before I slept like a baby. A solid 10 hours of pure, unadulterated sleep. It prepared me well for the day ahead.

One of the first things I head in the morning was that Tata was staying full-time. Great thing to hear! Let’s me worry less about how the house isn’t going to burn down and more about studying and improving stuff.

I spent the early morning gaming and revisting an old favourite. I played a quick game of League of Legends simply to get the win of the day bonus. I couldn’t decide who to get next. Garen or Singed? One is a bruiser that swings in circles to damage people and the other runs around with chemical fumes. Perfect time to try the poll.

I also revisited one of my old favourites. Day of Defeat Source. I started straight where I left off: Mastering the M1 Garand on Donner on a server that only plays that map.

I then had the quick lunches and along with some last-minute sandwiches made by Tata and the snack from yesterday I was off to met Marilda.

We all met up by a hotel known as Altira which was near the picnic destination. It was the largest gathering of friends yet. Everyone had returned from summer holiday and it was good to have a get together. We were going to have a picnic at the top of the hill nearby Altira (we did not know the name, which would hinder a late friend from joining us). It would be apparent soon that it was a mistake.

It was so hot. The park was a good twenty minutes and the heat was killing us. When we finally reached the park, all the boys just threw their shirts off! Lyka had made some brownies with marshmallows on top which melted into a layer of white by the time we reached the top. Still tasted great though :). We didn’t do much up there, simply due to they insane heat. We listened to music using my Boombox, toke photos with a compact and fooled around. Currently we are obsessed with this song:

Eventually we couldn’t take the heat. We retreated to McDonald’s to hog up space and eat some of the food we prepared.¬†We didn’t even order anything. Soon afterwards we all split up to get showered and ready for John’s F4 Graduation Party. Joel and I went to Liam’s. We had some Mac n Cheese, watched some Youtube. Then Joel decided to start a Game in Nba 2k12 as Larry Bird. During his game, I was called repeatedly by Joao and John. I kept telling them we were at the bus stop and we ended up being about an hour late. Whoops.

When we were all gathered, it was decided that we should have something to eat before going out. The rich ones among us went to Fruitarian and the rest ended up in McDonald’s (again). While eating Liam noticed that the “rich ones” had taken a photo of them eating. We decided to counter by all posing (there were about 3 times more of us) , taking a photo and tagging them. The power of 3G!

We then bought drinks for the Party and were off!

*** For my own safety reasons (lol) I have censored this part of the story until a later time, at the discretion of my wise friend Miguel. I shall post it privately and reveal it later.***

Read tomorrow’s post on the party’s aftermath.

It’s hard writing a blog for a few days before (no idea how im going to do the China trip ones.) Hopefully I haven’t forgotten anything.

Day 54: Insomnia and Insanity

I couldn’t sleep. I had stayed up to finish my blog and now I was paying the price. Hours of tossing and turning. I tried washing my face, drinking water, turning on the aircon, listening to music, sleeping upside down and without pillow to without avail. My constant movement spurred my mother to try to help me get to bed. She sat by me quietly, gently massaging me and trying to gently lure me to sleep. Just a reminder how kind she was. By the time I got to bed it was around six and an hour later it was time for swimming.

Lyka had experienced¬†a similar problem and was running on two hours of sleep. After two cups of water for breakfast and bare bone hygiene I was out the door. Then I went to meet Lyka. I was starving so we decided to go to McDonald’s¬†for a while to get something to eat. While there we started to have doubts if we were gonna get any swimming done. We were dauntless however and trudged on to our destination.

We went to swim at a public pool at a place called Mount Carmel which is near the Cotai Casino Strip and a lake. The is where the yearly Lusofania is held aswell.

The place where the days exploits began

Lyka knew how to swim, but we went there to iron out the kinks if you will; perfect her freestyle. We made good progress, and in the end swam about 10 laps over the course of an hour. While leaving for the changing room, I unintentionally ended up in the woman changing room. Luckily I was unnoticed and made haste my escape!

Lyka was taking a shower so I had some time to play around with my new compact camera. Obviously not as good as my Nikon, but it’s so handy to just video blog and point and shoot. I got to take some photos of the surrounding areas.

Old traditional Portuguese house that is now a museum

Street Art on Mount Carmel

We then finally got to met Liam after our failed attempt on Sunday. They were chilling at Liam’s house. Man it was good to see him again! We ended up watching lots of trailers for horror movies. Also this:

We ended singing it the entire day -,-

We had a quick-lunch¬†at Liam’s¬†and then were off to dance practice. Liam wanted to start a dedicated group of dancers and it was a debut¬†practice. They made a dance to Mercy by Kanye West. You hear the same part over and over again, you just start hating the song. Lyka and I, not being dancers were quite bored but came to support anyways. We danced for a good four hours and were off for dinner.

We had dinner at Little Red Panda again. Most of the predinner time was spent taking and hiding each others things. On the way to the bus stop we stopped at US Mart to get some Laffy Taffy.

Before I could go home and rest I needed to do one last thing. We were having a Picnic tomorrow and me and Marilda were in charge of chips and utensils. We spent more time than needed, blankly looking at items and talking. Marilda crashes the cart. Alot.

Tomorow¬†there’s going to be a picnic, then John has planned this F4¬†graduation Party before school starts. Then were gonna sleep over somewhere. Better get some sleep now I suppose..

Two Random Things.

My mom got to see the Chinese Gold Medalist today, including a Ping Pong Player named Ding Ning which I cheered on and made fun off a few weeks back.

My headphones are actually sounding bad due to bad MP3’s.¬† A rewatched review alerted me to that.

Day 53: Back to the trade

Ah back to blogging! It’s been a solid half a week without using a computer so it will take some time to get out of writer’s block. O well, no use complaining let’s go straight in.

Today is the last day of what I call “The Great Ta-ta drought.” Our helper will be back on Monday to patch us up. On a side note my cockroach house has accumulated many guests over the past few days (fewer then I hoped) but it’s still a fair catch. At least we are combating them somehow, damn vermin.

Breakfast was at the normal cafe. For some reason I paid¬†more attention to today’s bible preaching. I don’t know if it was a good speaker, or that I read the english version beforehand but it’s worthy of note. Today we played a game which was basically church monopoly. First one to build 10 churches wins. There were special event cards like temptation, blessings and justice. surprisingly¬†fun. I minor annoyance is Annie (a girl in my class) is getting a bit clingy. She didn’t leave when we stayed (she could have left) and to makes matters worse my mom decided to drive her home and have lunch with her.

Then I went to meet up with Joel at his house with Joao. I haven’t seen Joao for the entire summer and it was good seeing¬†him again :). The gang was finally getting back together. We headed to the back streets¬†of Central Macau for a cheap haircut at Smart Saloon. It’s run by men with an alternative lifestyle (nothing against¬†them btw). When it was my turn I toke some time to talk to my dresser. He told me some hair tips and explained he was using a thin comb to well.. thin out my front bang. He then proceeded¬†to gel it, making me look emo¬†and a slight shade of cool. It was only temporary, since I have no how to clay hair.

We then met up with Joel’s sister Lyka and looked at some of the local shops. Some attractive stuff, but none of us had money to drop. On the way to the bus a prostitute whispered at Joao calling him to follow her. So there was that..

The Real reason we went out today was to greet our friend Liam who was coming back. He was in South Africa the entire summer. Joao in his infinite wisdom only brought enough money for the haircut so we were of to his house to get some money.

We spent a few good hours in Joao’s house watching youtube¬†on his Tv and testing out his speakers (if you remember I helped him pick a while back). We made multiple calls to Liam’s house but to no avail. I was also lucky enough to ask Lyka about the girl I met before (same school). She told me somethings that weren’t too flattering but I’ll i guess I’ll have to judge for myself.We didn’t even know what time he was coming back. Eventually our hunger drove us from our chill spot. Joao didn’t get any money.

We then waited at McDonald’s¬†even longer, waiting for a call from his house phone. After finishing our food we finally decided to go to Venetian. Venetian is always a nice place to kill an afternoon. We look at clothes we can’t buy, check out shoes etc. I was also fortunate enough to be wearing my swatch, and had it adjusted to fit even my skinny wrist. It was completely free and the guy was really nice about it! Yay swatch watch!

When we finally left and were making our way into Taipa we ran into Marilda! She decided to part ways with her parents and have dinner with us. It was already late so we ended having McDonald…again. We called one last time; still not home. Well this was a disappointment. After Mcdonalds we all just went home.

I made the mistake of not bringing my camera for anything, but today I decided not to bring my bag so no photos for this one (please don’t be mad!). I also made the mistake of playing one game of League of Legends with Joel which really dragged out the night. Liam finally called Joel at around 11.

Tomorrow¬†I’m going swimming with Lyka early in the morning and then meeting Liam for some dance stuff. Goodnight ūüôā