We where all slow to wake up. The entire family was in a bit of a daze. We were awake but exhausted from yesterdays excursion. It toke us till 12 to get our act together and leave the hotel room for lunch.
We had lunch at the small diner where we had afternoon tea the night before. I had this sub filled with a corn beef and egg omelette.
We then headed several blocks down to Times Square, which is this massive mall inside a sky scrapper. This was where we spent the majority of the day. The had a cute, Christmas themed Lego village outside.
My brother and mom where going to get some message therapy in a near by building, so my dad and I where left to wander for a few hours. My dad came with me to check out the new apple store they recently opened. It was breathtakingly huge. I’ve never seen so many apple devices in one place!
Today is my Sunday school teacher, chad’s wedding. There are lots of decorations up (some of which I helped) but what I found the most interesting are the giant books containing their pre-marriage photos. The photo shopped ones are particularly awesome.
It’s getting chilly here in Macau. It was around 25-21 ºC during the week but today its 21-15 ºC. Brrrr. At least that means I can bring in the heavy weight winter clothes, but that sadly leaves me unable to wear hoodies to often again.
Today we celebrated my grandmother’s birthday by having a family lunch at Star World. It was at a fancy all you can eat dim sum restaurant. All my grandmother’s daughters and sons showed up to celebrate. My over-punctual aunt was calling everyone to get there, when she herself wasn’t there herself! She even researched what food she wanted the night before and ticked it out on a menu she had acquired. She even brought a pencil and eraser there -,-. Despite her constant nagging we had a good meal, chatting and eating ourselves silly. My aunt has a tendency to over order at these type of restaurants, just to make sure its worth the expense.
Later that day in the afternoon Joel and Nicole came over. We met up with even more people and picked up the pizzas. My friend Joel was having his sweet sixteen party and we needed to make sure he was well stocked :).
Every year my little city, Macau is turned into a giant racing track. It easy to see the build up and the build down to the event that marks the end of the excitement of the year. The roads are paved, roads are blocked off and seats and signs are set up every year, then token down shortly after the event ends.
I’m lucky, because a long stretch of the race is visible from the my church. I spent a great deal of Sunday School leaning out the window trying to get good shots.
After church I meet with John and Joel to watch the corner leg of the race by Grand Lisboa. We were just in time to see a small race showing of the evolution of all the racing cars, showing off how the Grand Prix has changed over the years.
I was lucky to have my DSLR with me, and decided it would be a good idea to use sports mode which allows me to take lots of continues shots at once. The photos turned out to be mediocre quality, with my ipod touch faring better. I toke a 1000 photos and put some random ones up on my flickr.
It was hard to watch properly. The entire crowd liked to stand up as the cars neared our end. I was psyched for the event, and hollered wildly as the cars roared past. I ended up watching (and taking photos) of the large screens set up across from us most of the time.
Most of the time I cheer for crashes but this year two people have unfortunately died already. I’m not sure if its ethical to cheer for it anymore :/. This did nothing to hamper how glorious one of the crashes on our corner was. Two cars smashed together and spun out of control the entire length of the track!
I particularly enjoyed the victory lap of the motor cycle race where the drivers did tricks like wheelies and stopped in front of the crowd to burn some rubber ( a real crowd pleaser).
Just another year at the grand prix.
Today we had a dress up competition at school. Each class was to decide on a theme and dress accordingly. Ours, was dead students. The early morning was spent ripping shirts, applying fake blood and doing makeup to make us look like we had wounds. I had walked into school with my mom’s foundation smeared all over my face in random directions. The prize for best theme and costumes was a pizza party…on Monday.
The classes slowly lined up to be judged by panel of judges. There were some serious competitors, like one class that where all characters from an animated show like Pokemon or Jimmy Neutron. A large amount of students also had a theme similar to ours (i.e undead, vampires) so we had to change our theme to WOLO (We only lived once).
Our class was judged last. We had a good chance to win and we were crossing our fingers. The judges slowly released there anwsers. In third was a class that all dressed up as boys. In second was the animated characters and in first was..US, F5A, The Undead students of the school!
Weather is getting cooler here in Macau. The cold is at the brim, ready to spill over into a full-blown winter chill. The Sun stands strong, holding the bitter cold at bay for a while longer.
Today in P.E we played for the honor of our school houses. I was in-house yellow, and I was determined to make a difference. My friend Reginaldo had hurt his knee and couldn’t run. The solution: I ran for him. We ended up winning this round of house competitions edging into the lead by three runs.
At home I had a big talk about university and SAT with my mom. I really like Harvard, they have great financial support. But that’s not why I love them. They WANT you, that’s right WANT you to take a gap year. Once you are accepted they will hold your spot for a year so you can go on a gap year. How awesome is that.
The morning started well. I used the Internet and was able to finish the mini vacation blog posts.
After lunch at my grandma’s I went to tapia to study math with some friends at the library. We didn’t end up working.
I could have cut my loses there, but I just made the hole even deeper. We penny boarded round taipa, ate at McDonalds and checked sport shops.
I had dinner with my other grandma and spent the last few hours of the term break planning and studying math.
Written on the Itouch, edited and tagged on the PC :).
After the speech I had five hours to kill before returning for the results of the finalist. Lyka and I went to her house to pick up somethings and eat lunch and then we were off!
The orchestra (Macau’s only professional one) is almost completely comprised of Chinese instruments. We have a full range of sounds, only lacking in the big string instruments (filled by cellos) and certain drums that are filled by some Western ones.