Sunday, August 20, 2006

Family Trip~!

School semester has just started and studies, activities and commitments are all rushing back into my life... Things has been getting pretty busy lately, although it has just only been 2 weeks of school. However, nothing is more important than one thing ; - "Family".. This is one of the weekends that everyone in the family (well, almost) can make it for the trip, including Annie and Ashley. The last time we had a trip something like this, it was the Sabah Trip, but koko wasn't there at that time.


Anyway, back to the genting trip. I flew back to kl on friday. Had to skip 3/4 of my lessons on tht day.. The flight lasted for 45min. Only about 1/5 of my entire travelling time. Friday was more of a shop n rest day. Grace was supposed to follow me back via plane, but she last minute had to go for an interview, and can only come back via bus at night.

We left for Genting at about 9 something in the morning after they had to wait for me to get up. haha.. We went in 2 cars; Christie's car and Papa's X-trail.

I followed Christie's car and we arrived there first cause James had to pick Jessie up. Anyway, we waited at the Awana Lobby for around 1 hour and yet, they still haven't arrived. Apparently, the X-trail over-heated.. LoL.. But anyway, after all of us had finally arrived, we checked into the room, and the room was….. Well, how to put it into words… "superb".. We booked 3 rooms, 2 attached rooms and one more 'specially' for koko and jessie. But because the x-trail broke down, koko and jessie had to take the car back to KL and come back up with the Kembara. Kind of pity them though, supposedly to come for holidays, but ended up baby sitting the car. Plus, they missed all the fun that we had in the room.. We cooked lunch together; we took turns to be the 'bartender', preparing food and drinks. Grace was good with her "milo"... Haha.. There were so much food… My mum prepared like food for the entire month… haha… there was ham yuk chung, muffins, cheese cake, putu mayam, rojak, etc. etc. Then the 2 kids were happily playing with themselves, even marielle was sleeping soundly… It was a perfect weekend.

Later in the evening, we went to the theme park… Only sat a few rides though, and yi che sponsored me to ride the 'superman ride'… haha… it wasn't as scary as it looks… But it sure is fun~! Then my sisters were all so afraid to sit on the rides… Rosemary almost chickened out sitting the rolling thunder mine thingy… hahaha… and grace screamed so much in the 'cyclone' ride… so farnee… But what's worse, yi che was even afraid riding the dragon ride, that just oversees the entire Genting… hahaha…

We went back for dinner and tried to finish up all the food. Koko and jessie were already back by then… And this time, the entire family were together; cooking and eating happily together. There were more food this time, I've no idea where it came from. Then koko showed his expertise in cooking (he's always good at cooking, creative so I would say) when he prepared delicious sandwiches out of plain ingredients. He even had garnishing from seaweeds that we were feeding off for fun… haha… At night, we went to the casino… Unfortunately for me, I'm still underaged… lol… Luckily koko had to go online to do his work, so I joined him with my lappie at starbucks where they had free wireless… At a cost of a starbucks coffee… =/ By the end of the night, came out that my sisters won money from the casino… And grace was like a noob in gambling… lol…

The next morning was just alright though… Went for the complimentary breakfast together with a variety of western, Chinese and Muslim food. We went back to sleep after breakfast and checked out in the afternoon… lol… It's always like that isn't it? Sleeping till late in the afternoon when there's holidays… hahaha… but all in all, it was fun… Too bad I had to return to Singapore on that night. Otherwise, could join them longer. Spending time with the entire family is always fun… =)


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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Brief Overview of MSA FOC 2006

Well, or maybe not so brief.. Let me see what I can remember from Day 1 up to Day 5....

Before that, let me start with a "prologue" to this post, i.e. Senior Camp. Senior Camp started on the 18th till the 20th. Our major events were the test run for Amazing Race, Ghost Walk and Sentosa. Well, it's during this senior camp that Graciol (my OG) and Emora (How Run's OG) combined to become Gremora.. lol.. We sure had fun, creating new cheers, new songs.. brother-sister group they called it.

Probably, the funniest thing that ever happened was during the Amazing Race test run where Wanton, Kok Heng and Kah Weng were our 'acting-freshies'.. Wanton was alright, kept silent all the way, but the problematic was Kok Heng and Kah Weng. Kah Weng acted like some spastic kid while Kok Heng kept on asking for pretty girls and milk to drink.. lol.. So, we created cheers for Kok Heng (KokHeng Hamsap Cheer), No Cheers for Wanton and the SPASTIC Cheer for Kah Weng. Oh, it was all fun... then there was this 155 cheer where only 155cm girls (plus minus 10cm) can use that cheer.. Well, i guess i should take credit for the Kokheng and the 155 cheer.. cause i 'unshamefully' created them...

Anyway, back to the actual FOC... First day was all about admin stuff... I was stationed at hall 8 to get the freshies to their rooms when they arrive. First few person that I helped out were the Ipoh ppl cause they were the first to arrive at hall 8. I paired up with Kai Xuan temporarily to get them checked in their rooms. Later, they regrouped us again to settle the admin stuff. The day was quite hectic for me though. Met up with my family right after admin stuff was done. Took them around a bit.. Then met up with Prof Hooi, Vice Dean of NBS, cause my sis had some meeting with him before that and wanted to meet up with my parents after that. So, I kinda tagged along. Unfortunately for me, I was late for the opening ceremony in hall 15 function hall. By the time I got there, the freshies were already all splitted into their respective OGs. Luckily, Swee Moi was there to cover for me. Pei Yin was still busy with her ISC stuff.. ANyway, that night was a disaster. It was a mess... The entire function hall was like a market. Actually, it's worse than a market. More like an inaudible market. You can't hear each other even if you shout.. Oh well, that's what happens when everyone is giving cheers and stuff and you're sitting there trying to get their names into your memory cells.. Had the ice-breaking games, the main comm sketch, and that's about it for the first day...

Second day started off with admin stuff as usual. It's a more relaxing day though. We had ample free time compared to the day before. However, I was kinda MIA half of the admin time. Attended my sister's convocation late in the morning till 3pm? The convo was great. EVeryone looked so happy, excited and enthusiasted.. I was my sister's photographer. There was a slight battery problem cause i used up most of the battery during senior camp and the spare battery my father brought was faulty. Had to go to SAC to purchase new sets of battery. Fortunately the camera uses AA sized battery... I had time to take a short nap after the convo before attending the professor talk at 5pm.. After that, it was banner drawing time. I was pretty impressed with my OG freshies.. They told me that they can't draw... But upon completion, the flag was superbly well done. It was drawn and coloured very nicely... At least, they had more teamwork compared to what happened to my OG last year. After the banner drawing thingy, we had indoor games where we played "Pass It On", "Human Pinball", "Bingo", and "Hot hot Sushi".. We won 3 games out of 4.. The only thing we lost was the Bingo game.. Pretty proud of them actually.. Generally, it was more organised on the 2nd day. The freshies are more bonded together this time.. Had a slight debrief after that from Kah Weng concerning the first night... THere goes 2nd day of FOC...

On the 3rd day, all of us woke up early to have the combined games with AMCISA.. Each of the MSA OG combined with the AMCISA OG... We had 4 stations altogether, namely "name game", "amoeba", "body language" and some cardboard game played at the basketball court... After that, we had 'banner painting' where we painted the word "MALAYSIA" with the palms of our hands.. Anyway, it's during this time when i officially lost my voice, leading cheers, teaching cheers, stuff like that...We sung the Negaraku to mark the ending of the combined games. We had our FOC Theme Song teaching and the SP game later during the day. SP Game was fun.. haha... All the players are blind folded and the guys every OG will be brought to their respective partners. THe girls will be stationed in their own respetive OG.. Then, we seniors, get to listen to their conversation, sabotage them, play with them, thigns like that,... haha.. It was quite fun though... Some conversations are plain boring, and some are very interesting... Once that's over, we played Photo Hunt around NTU... Then, we gathered and wait around LT2 for the Ghost Walk.. We splitted into 2 groups. The first 4 OG was supposed to have the mass dance in LT2 while the other 4 will be discussing the sketch at SAC... Then, programmers will slowly find a pair from the former group to go for the ghost walk. After the first 4 OG is done, then it's their turn to discuss sketch.. But there was a communication breakdown somewhere on that night. One entire OG (Triadamy) literally skipped the entire ghost walk... By the time the programmers realised that, the 'ghosts' already cleaned themselves up. So, what they did was to take the entire OG for a quick tour the route of the ghost walk.. Sad right?

On the 4th day, we only had 2 events. Amazing Race and the Steamboat Buffet at Marina Bay. For amazing race, it was tiring... We went to Chinese Garden, Holland Village, Botanical Garden, Orchard Road, walked from Clarke Quay to Esplanade (for another round of photo hunt) and then proceeded to Marina Bay for Steamboat.. The timing for each group was all wrong.. with delays here to avoid clashes between OGs... haha.. and what's surprising is that GRACIOL WON the amazing race... yay!! A brief description for each station: At chinese garden, each OG is separated into 4 sub groups where they will each find a piece of puzzle that will lead them to Cold Storage @ Holland V.. At Holland Village, we had our lunch and for the game, each OG is supposed to spend exactly $2.65 on 2 items either/or on drinks and food... and must finish it right on the spot before proceeding to Botanical Gardens.. When we reached botanical gardens, there were already other groups playing.. We had to wait for our turn. So, we took photographs with the swans at the swan lake while waiting... The rope skipping was hard... for my group at least... a group of ppl have to do rope skipping at the same time while singing 3 songs... That was the task... But anyway, the next station was Orchard Road @ Paragon. By far, it's the best station to be played... We had to do charade across the street... cool eh? And the classic 'doggie style swimming' that we played over during senior camp. Me and Kok Heng were like doing the 'doggie style' on the street and then the swimming stroke... but nobody uderstood us anyway... oh well... After that, Grace (programmer in charge for amazing race) asked us to spend a 30min free and easy time around orchard... We went to Takashimaya to hang around abit... Next, it was another photo hunt time at clarke quay... We had to spot 25 different pictures with the most accurate angle as possible... We managed to get 24 out of 25.... not bad eh? Oh well, after that, it's off to marina bay after winning the amazing race... lol... We practically booked the entire place there... We even did cheers and stupid acts there... It was quite a fun day though rather more tiring...

Last and final day.... We headed off to Sentosa in the morning... Basically, we had beach games and SP games there...For beach games we had er... "beach volleyball", "floating ball", "cheerleader", "the longest line", "entangle hand" and "sandwhich game".. But the highlight for the day is the SP games... The guys had to correctly identify their SPs, then they will play the SP games.. They had the newspaper folding game, search in the dark, some balloon bursting game and filling of cups with sea water at the shoreline.. IT was clean up/bath time after that before heading back to NTU for the sketch performance and the closing ceremony... SKetch performance was quite enjoyable.. and closing ceremony.. well, it wasn't too bad... Had the mass dance, introduction of MSA main comm, a brief publicity for the merdeka night, singing of the theme song, birthday celebration for July babies... Tht's pretty much bout it.. apart from the 'mini clubbing' and the "sharing session" after it all ended... Well, just when I thought it has all ended and can finally have a good rest... Just right before i reach my room, I received a phone call, saying that my freshies wants to go for supper... and it was around 3 plus at tht time... I was stunned.. How could i refuse? I have to go to hall 4 to jemput peiyin to go supper... And i spent my night in her room... cause had to go to hall 10 area to help the freshies to shift their rooms at 8am... And supper ended at around 6am... Ain't that sweet?






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