Hey everyone, hope things are well, and if they’re not then the struggles are building you up in some way, shape or form. For me it’s been up and down. I was fortunate enough to work last monday and tuesday with Geoff as a labourer. I also got to hang out with about 14 three & four year old kids at Munchkins on wednesday morning whilst the women have prayer and bible study groups and that was heaps of fun. Kids are on the most part innocent and intuitive, plus they have a great sense of freedom in thought and action. Oh to have the innocent mind of a child again, how great would it be!!! I visited my cousin a couple times in Hospital. She had some problems with Epilepsy I think, and it was pretty severe, so the doctors opened up her head and tinked around in there. She had this cool scar across her skull with staples holding it together, but she’s out of hospital now, and the doctors are pleased with her progress. I went to the engagement party of a couple at church and caught up with various people from church there, met some new ones and got to know some more people, which is always good. Tonight at church we heard Mike speak on John, and how if we believe then God adopts us as his children, even though we are scoundrels, misfits, rebels that are lowly beings when compared to God. He accepts us and brings us into his family. How amazing and wonderful is that!!! After church a fairly large contingent went to Jem’s place and I had the priviledge of talking to more people and getting to know them, and so right now I’m feeling good, even though I may not be in the best position if you look at it from ‘the worlds’ point of view, but I’m happy and satisfied.
The weekend is over, finally…. It’s been a pretty big and tiring one, but fun nonetheless. Saturday involved a long trip out to Windsor for THE housewarming of Altamira & Lisa AKA Godzprincess & MerCee. The Lino on underlay was good, could have been bigger and less kiddies would have been better, but you take what you get. In attendance from the “IdM” arena were Nebster, Son Of Thunder, Whackrhymes & Fleaster. “Ex-pats” there were Zest*One and Kinetic. I got some good video footage so when I’ve cut that all up and together, I’ll whack it up for yall to see. Saturday night saw the onslaught that was 2Tribes. Of the Internationals, I managed to see Prodigy for 1 track (before sound cut out and I didn’t bother to wait for the HOUR that it took to get it back on), Luke Chable, Signum, Grandmaster Flash, Dave Seaman, Armand Van Helden, M.I.K.E. Push and Rank 1. Most were pretty good, some were a little unexpected though. Pick of the night was Dave Seaman with his smooth flowing Progressive and enjoyable antics behind the decks. Sunday was a day of sleep for the most part and today I laboured again, my hands are really showing it though, and my back is feeling it. But my wallet and the economy is a bit happier. Well, I’m about ready to hit the sack, so off to make my lunch for tomorrow and pass out in bed. Till Next time!
I just saw ‘The Aviator‘ with James, Shaun, Rod, Amy and Big Pauly. It was an interesting film with many ups and downs. I find it amazing the calibre of mind that rich people have, when I say rich, I mean rich business people generally. They seem to be able to come up with these large scale ideas that are pretty risky, yet they have almost no qualms about it (well, nothing visible). I don’t believe I’ll be a rich businessman anytime soon, cause I have trouble deciding what to buy at the grocery store, and fearless?? well, I’m even afraid to talk to certain girls… Nuff Said!!!
This morning I was just half awake around 7 am, wanting to get some more sleep, when who should ring but a mate from church, Geoff. He asks me if I was doing anything today and if not, did I want to go and work on site with him. I said yeah, and he gave me the address and told me to be there at 8. within about 20 minutes, I had showered, dressed, eaten breakfast (well, a bowl of Kellogg’s Komplete) and out the door. The day was pretty good, moved bricks, did some ‘paving’, dug some trench, carted some sand around, swept some floors, and now I’m just a little bit more tired, perhaps a tiny bit ‘bigger’ and a bit richer as well. Plus I got to meet Geoff‘s boss, Arthur, and have a bit of a chat to Geoff about how things are going. Had a pretty nice dinner tonight, my sister cooked Minestrone, Garlic Bread, Veal, Potatoes and Peas. Went down a treat. The weekend brings on some fun and games, which should be good. I’ll be heading to a housewarming where I’ve been told there will be Lino on underlay, so plenty of bboying to be done, and then I’m heading to 2Tribes with ‘The Boys‘ to see Prodigy, Dave Seaman, Armand Van Helden, Signum, and a host of other international and local DJs. Plus on Sunday I have church, which is always good. Thinking I’ll have to get my act together and talk to a certain someone I’m interested in and see how things go from there. Off to see ‘The Aviator‘ now.
Well, it’s almost official – I’m coming down with some viruscoldsorethroat thing and my family just thinks that I’m in a bad mood, if only they read this thing (hey that sounds like a good idea actually). You know that crisis thing I was talking about not having, I think I may actually be having it, or else all the hype has brought one on. I’m having difficulties working out what my lot in life is at the moment and what I’m supposed to do, and this is affecting my happiness and some of the relationships in my life. Sure, on the outside I’m still the nice friendly guy that I am most of the time, perhaps a bit more reserved than usual, but inside I’m shrivelling up all emotional and I feel like I just want to vanish and not have to deal with anything at all. For a lot of people, the hopelessness of not having a job and therefore having limited funding, having few good friends that don’t have time for you because they have ‘better’ friends might be enough to put them six foot under, BUT I’m a bit of a trooper, AND I have something that is much much more reliable than the things of this world. I have the Assurance of Jesus that things will get better, and in the end, I will be with him in his Glorious New Jerusalem. One of the things that I heard last night in the Sermon at church was to continue doing the work of the Lord because it’s not in vein. How good is that?!?! One of the things I’m looking forward to this year (yes I know it’s March, but don’t you know that everything starts when Uni goes back?!?!) is more bible study. In bible study, I’ve made a request to go ahead and do Leviticus, which should be interesting, and I’m going ahead with PTC (despite my feeling of failure in NT4) and doing ‘Intro to the Bible’ which is where you’re supposed to start off. And I’m hoping that it’ll give me more chances to meet new people and develop relationships with more people from church. Anyhoo, sleep and liquids are supposed to get me better, so this is me signing off. Holla if you’re out there and reading this dribble.
It’s been almost 2 weeks since my last post and not a heap has happened, well kind of a lot has happened, but they’re mainly just little things that most people would find pretty insignificant. So let me just outline the things I have done, and if any spark any interest at all, there’s always the ability to expand in a comment or a post if it’s warranted.
- I celebrated my 25th Birthday. Celebrations were just a bbq and a couple of quiet beers with Geoff and Jase.
- I went ‘away‘ to Crosslands Convention Centre for a St Pauls Weekend Away. We learnt some pretty neato stuff about Psalms, and Slovenia, and I met some people and got to know some others, kind of. (I made the booklet for the weekend and subsequently after including my logo on there people asked me about CHONGLAND and said they would visit….)
- I did my PTC exam. The unit was New Testament 4. I couldn’t seem to get the words out on paper, even though I felt that I knew the stuff
So that’s some of the stuff that happened in the last fortnight… but now for things on my mind: I suppose to someone who is a bit more pessimistic or not particularly hopeful (apologies if you fall into the category) what I’m about to describe could somewhat be described as a ‘quarter-life crisis‘. I’ve been particularly aware of myself in my thinking patterns as well as how other people percieve me and it’s rather interesting, since around different people, in different situations it seems that I’m almost a different person. Sure there are some personality traits that remain the same and in tact, which I suppose you could call the core elements of Sam Law, but other traits fly straight out the window, or do a complete 180 degree turn. So which Sam do you know?? Is he the quiet, somewhat conservative, always agreeing, nice guy, or do you know the one that is outlandish, active, big mouthed, mostly sarcastic jester?? Perhaps you’re privilledged enough to have met them both, or even know a combination. If you’ve gotten this far in the post (or skipped a lot of nonsense) then you may be wondering why I am questioning myself. I’d say that the number one reason is females and the search to find a companion with whom I may be able to spend my latter years conversing and growing old with. I guess I’ve always been a fan of girls, but alas have not always been appreciated as a fan (may I refer to one such ‘stalker‘ incident). I often catch my mind wandering, you could say, in a state of ‘cerebral prowing’. Every analysing those that are around me, no matter who they are, where they come from, even whether or not I know them, AND this SCARES me!!!! because I know that I am not like that, even the jester in me would not come down there. I figure myself as a bit of a romantic, but I guess that all remains to be seen…. The other reason that I write this is because I wonder if I am alone in this ‘multi-persona’ sandwich. Do others find that amongst certain people, or at different places, they are different?? If anyone has any answers, comments, observations, don’t hesitate to hit that comment button. Enough ranting, especially at this time of night.
On the eve my my quarter century of existance I feel a great sadness, and a bit violated. You see last night whilst I was at a Wedding Reception in the city, some villan decided to break into my car (which was “valet” parked, and I use the term valet very very loosely) and steal my ‘friend and companion’ iPodius AKA my iPod. Now know that I’m not a materialistic person and I am getting over my loss. I’m almost as much to blame by leaving it in the car when I should have taken it with me, but alas I am naive. However the fact that someone has gone and taken my property is disturbing and I eagerly await the day when this world that we live in, with all the struggles, crime, and unjustice, is torn down and replaced with God’s perfect kingdom.
Happy New Year!!! It’s the year of the Rooster and with it comes a few traditions. We’re supposed to clean up things before the new year and in days of old my parents used to get new clothes and new shoes etc etc. Dad always talks about how he only ever got new shoes at the new year and this only happened a couple of times… if that… (poor chap). So I’ve cleaned my room up (somewhat), but there still some more to go… Another (good) tradition is lucky money in the form of red envelopes. I’m not sure on the whole deal, but married relatives give them out and they generally contain money. Monday is my 25th birthday, and as things roll about with New Year and my 25 years of existance on this planet, I’m trying to make a few changes in my life in terms of habits and thought patterns. It’s kinda funny, when I was studying my brain activity seemed to have an active lifestyle, but since I’ve been unemployed, my brain power is limiting itself and this is something that needs to be rectified.
Today is my 3rd (??) day back in Oz and it’s lazily good. I’m still a little jetlagged or time-shifted or something. Hong Kong and Singapore are 3 hours behind Australian time, so I’ve infact ‘stepped into the future’ somewhat. Hong Kong is especially more noisy than home and I almost even feel like I’ve gone or am going deaf becuse there’s not much noise at all. So the people that know me are maybe dying to know what I’ve done for the last little while so here goes. I’ve eaten plenty, including about 4 Buffet meals and maybe 6 or 7 Banquets. Went to my cousins (Isabelle) wedding and reception, saw my Nana’s ‘grave’ (well it’s more like a small shelf on a wall, but you geth the drift), saw my Pop in the nursing home (he devoured 2 slices of Mango cake and a bottle of Mango Nectar, but doesn’t seem to remember me. He also sings and is a bit of a clown.), travelled up Victoria Peak and had afternoon tea in a place where my Mum and Dad went on a date (how cute is that??), went to Stanley markets to look at some bargain items, but didn’t end up buying much from there. Saw a fair bit of my relatives and family friends and mum’s old classmates from like High school including a Millionaire. With this guy, we went for a trip on his ‘boat’ (read bigish yacht) to his fish farm pontoons, went to his Japanese restaurant, visited his wife’s preschool, visited his ‘Office’ which seemed more like a house (it is actually bigger than our house) and went to his ‘Mansion’, which is built into the side of a mountain , for dinner, Karaoke and to see his ‘zoo’ which has plenty of birds (including 12? peacocks, dogs and a pig. Tonight at church we heard about rest with God, and it was both reassuring and alarming. We can trust that if we have the belief and trust in God that we will get final rest with him in the end, but it’s not automatic. We need to strive for it. And another good thing is that even if your best friends dissapoint you, Jesus is always there for you. Apart from that it seems that some people from Church have been busy; In the 2 and a half weeks that I was away, 4 couples got engaged!!! I had a good chat tonight with a friend of mine – Delia. I guess I’m a bit down on being invisible and unnoticed or not respected, but she gave me some light on the things that I believe and how they affect the way that other people see me. I’m going to experiment and try to consciencously believe something different and see how people react. Now that I’m back (even though I’ve talked to many a person who didn’t even know I was away) I have to ‘catch up’ on things that I’ve missed out on, like bills and readings. I have to tidy my room, as you can see from these pictures Well that’s a fair bit of reading for you and a long yarn from me. Any thoughts, suggestions, questions, just ask away either via comment or on the forums. Nighty Night
Reporting to you from Times Square where the internet flows freely (well for half an hour at least) Still in Hong Kong and having fun. We’ve been doing a fair bit of shopping, I’ve been lookin at gadgets and such, cause they’re a fair lot cheaper over here. So far I’ve got a mini DV camera which is good and some clothing but am looking to purchase a new mobile phone (my current one has served me for at least 3 years and is about to die), some new kicks to rock in (mainly lookin at Pumas or Adidas) and then some figurines to inspire/enhance my creativity. Apart from shopping, there’s been PLENTY of eating to be had and we’ve done a few touristy things, but mainly looking at mum’s old classmates properties and possessions (he has a fairly significant empire….) Missing Australia a fair bit and I can’t seem to get over the time difference, like I’ll wake up at 4/4:30 AM here, which is around 7 AM in Oz… It’s crazy… It looks like no one’s reading this blog, but I’ll be persistant!! if anyone out there is reading this thing, let me know by posting comments or jumping on the forums.