This week has seemed fairly long, with a few things going on…
Well, I’ve been back in Australia for four days now, and I’m not quite back into the swing of things… I think that tomorrow back at work should help, but I fear that I’m going to be swamped with a tonne of work and requests…
So what happened this week??
During my time in Hong Kong I’ve subtly learnt about leadership by means of a strange method: walking…
As I’ve wandered many a street with my family, a pack of 5 people, different people have led, or directed where we were going, and the different styles have made me realise that they are a style of leadership, and that I can learn from them.
Wow, it’s hard to believe that we’re already half way through the year. I’ve felt like I’ve grown a huge amount already, but then I still have so much further to go; the growth has revealed other flaws that I’ve not previously noticed, or given enough attention to… My time in Hong Kong has been très busy, and you can see that by both the length and content of this loong Sunday Summary.
Well, I’m currently in Hong Kong where it is “summer”. Temperature is higher, but humidity is also higher. Most places you go have the air conditioning on, so the difference in temperature between inside and out is significant.
This last week has felt a lot calmer, despite there being more things to be done…
On Monday I got a good sleep-in, before spending the day relaxing and not doing particularly much. I’ve been playing Infamous on PS3, which was one of the free ‘welcome back’ games on offer after PSN was hacked. In the evening, Geoff dropped around for dinner and our final run through of Smallville. We ducked out to the shops for some ingredients to cook up a chilli flakes, thyme, lemon and mushroom risotto, topped with hot pancetta. It was pretty delicious. We watched a few episodes of Community, and ate some Mersey Valley Vintage Cheddar with cracked pepper crackers whilst cooking dinner, and then 4 episodes of Smallville. The finale put some good closure on the 10 year long series. It was pretty obvious that Clark had to become Superman, but some of the other bits were a little bit more surprising.
Tuesday being first day back at work after a long weekend, there were quite a few bits and pieces to tidy up, as well as continue to work out handover of tasks & jobs to my colleagues. At night I didn’t do much, though in retrospect there was a heap more that I could have and should have done, like pack, and organise computer files.
Wednesday I took my day-in-lieu for my Saturday server install. It wasn’t as productive as I would have liked it to have been. I got my car out for it’s 5 year service in Hornsby before slowly making my way back to Carlingford in the rain. At night for growth group, we looked at Matthew 26 with a greatly diminished group. It was a really good discussion through, especially through the Lord’s supper, and Jesus’ words in verses 26 to 29; a great culmination of old testament ideas of covenant, law, sacrifice and God’s wrath, finding their fulfilment in Jesus.
On Thursday afternoon Nicky came with me to Gary’s place so we could enlist his help in biblical theology study for our exam. It was really useful and we got to go through the history of promise diagram. After that was all done, we enjoyed a fantastic home cooked meal by Gary of roast pork, complete with crispy crispy crackling, roast potatoes, pumpkin & sweet potatoes and broccoli, with Pearl, Tomas and Annabel. Then when I got home, it was packing time; many dilemmas in figuring how much to take considering that I have a number of planned purchases on my list.
Finally Friday rocked around, and I was pretty much in holiday mode already, but still slightly aware of the need to get things completed and not leave anyone in the lurch, yet with the opinion that leaving some things up in the air would help people more, and allow them to grow, than hinder them. My last touch for 2 weeks was pretty enjoyable, though playing on the wing always comes with sorrow and delight; having to always be on in defence, and not getting many opportunities in offence. It did pay off in the end when I got across the line for a try, thanks to Tony and Nicky for the assist.
Yesterday was my flight to Hong Kong. It was a comfortable flight, with plenty of delicious food and drink to keep us comfortable. On the lunch menu for me was a carrot and celery salad with a balsamic dressing, braised chicken with a tomato and fennel sauce and roasted new potatoes, cheese and crackers, a Lindor ball, coffee, a mango & cream Weiss bar and an organic peppermint tea.
The in-flight entertainment was alright, though there were plenty of movies I’d already seen, so I ended up watching Cedar Place and The Dilemma; both comedies. Kinda funny, but nothing lol-hilarious. and then The Mechanic. As I was talking to my family today, we were discussing what films they watched as well. Dad’s answers were the best; Just Do It aka Just Go With It and a film with no title, which turned out to be Unknown.
After touching down we made our way through customs and caught the MTR into Hong Kong central. You know those moments where you think you should do something, but don’t end up doing it and then regret the fact afterwards? I had one of those in the terminal; as I was waiting in the customs line, there was this girl standing behind me. I thought that I should have talked to her, but being an introvert, just couldn’t bring myself to do it… After passing through customs and baggage claim, before jumping on the MTR, I saw her again, wandering around, kind of aimlessly, not knowing what to do/where to go… If I had of talked to her in the line, I could have helped her get where she was going…
One of the great things in Hong Kong is how cheap the price of common things is. For the three of us to catch the MTR from the airport into Hong Kong Central was HKD$210, which is roughly AUD$30, and then the taxi from there to Causeway Bay was another HKD$50. Food is another thing that can be fairly cheap, with plenty of deals and packages available. We ate dinner last night at a local restaurant, eating chicken, broccoli and fish cakes with rice.
This morning we got to church at Tsim Sha Tsui Baptist Church’s english service. When compared to graceat6, this service was an absolute mess, and made me realise how good and well oiled our church actually is, despite seeing things not happen, or go wrong so often. The service leader was not particularly organised, we sung hymns, that were played on an organ with no song leader and were out of time and slow. The bible reading was from the good news bible. The sermon was from Matthew 18:21-35, but not preached in the normal manner that I’m used to at St Paul’s; the speaker used plenty of anecdotes at the start of each point that he was trying to make, which I think detracted from the word. He got the congregation to read through the passage relevant to each ‘principle’ he was focusing on, which he wanted to have the impact of getting the congregation to focus on text more, but the reading was not done with unity, and I was distracted more than focused. He also seemed to read in and fill out what was happening in the text, referring to the greek and trying to explain to the congregation participles and imperatives. In the end he did remind us that when we look at forgiveness, we need to be reminded of the cross; the mercy that God showed to us, and to show the same to others.
After church we hung out with some of the members at Delifrance for brunch. We have some family friends, the Chows, who have 2 daughters that we’ve watched grow up. It was good to see them, and also spend time with them. We ended up driving around Kowloon and then over to Hong Kong Central, taking in lunch at a place in IFC Mall. I got a tasty curry chicken, and a lime with aloe vera to drink.
This is my first Sunday summary post since being in Hong Kong, I’ve not worked out when to post, whether I abide by Australian time, or I post according to Hong Kong time, which is currently 3 hours behind…
So the main reason that I’m over here in Hong Kong is for my cousin Calvin’s wedding. Secondary to that is some shopping. I like the shopping in Hong Kong because things tend to be more my size, the exchange rate is usually good, there are plenty of options and the styles suit me well. I hope to refresh and reinvigorate my personal bible reading and prayer, with the discipleship journal, and a couple of Christian books, as well as work on my photographic skills, developing my eye to see and shoot some great shots.
Currently I’m sitting aboard Cathay Pacific flight CX 161 in a blacked out Airbus on my laptop making my way back to Australia. The time is 5:49AM AEDT. I’ve spent the last 12 days abroad in Hong Kong and it’s been quite an enjoyable experience. I’m still to post about the majority of my time there, and will eventually get around to doing so, backdating accordingly, but I thought a summary is in order since I’m not asleep on this plane.
For the most part I ate; Yum-Cha and banquet dinners would have to top the list of meals consumed, but won-ton noodles and semi-fast foods would run a close second. I also managed to squeeze in congee, McDonalds, Szechuan food and a buffet in as well.
I also spent a fair bit of time with my family, immediate and extended. Most of it was with just the immediate, then my Dads side of the extended, with my Mums side on only 2 occasions. Immediate family time got fairly frustrating quite often, but as the trip draws to a close, I think we’re a bit closer. I also got to see a friend whom I started at NAB with, she just happened to be in Hong Kong; we met up for lunch and Ice-cream, which was good.
And then there was the shopping…. I didn’t actually buy as much as I would have expected, but then with the exchange rates lower than normal, it was difficult justifying prices. I spent most of my shopping time limited to the Causeway Bay area, but I also managed to get out to Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui, IFC Mall in Central, plus some small arcades and Garden Road around Mong Kok and Yau Ma Tei. All up there’s a few pairs of shoes, some pants, shirts & tees, watches and PS3 games.
Now in terms of the things I’d planned to do before I left for Hong Kong, I got through say 40% of them….
My CHONGLAND custom theme is still in the oven, but well underway, which I’m quite pleased about. I’ve learned a few things along the way which was one of the aims.
I got out and shot plenty of photos!!! Now it’s a matter of culling and refining the images that I did take. I’ve quite a number that I will try to stitch together to compose a larger image, kind of like panoramic shots, and then I’d also like to animate some of the shots I took as well, after being inspired by what David Hubert did in his video for his time in London. Hit the play button below to check it out, it’s très impressive!!! When/If I get around to doing mine, dependent on how I feel about the photos I took and if they’ll work together, I’ll post it up here. Also keep an eye out on my Flickr page for Hong Kong photos.
Today is the first day of my Christmas holidays. As I type, I’m on an airport shuttle off to catch a plane to Hong Kong. It’ll be the second time this year to Hong Kong and the sixth time in my life. The main purpose of the trip is to attend my cousin Bonnie’s wedding, which takes place on Saturday. I’ve not got to see Bonnie too many times throughout the years, the difficult being that she grew up in Canada and now lives in Hong Kong, but when we did get to speak earlier this year I found out that she had travelled a similar career path to me.
Apart from the wedding, there’ll be plenty of shopping and eating, but I would like to get out and shoot quite a lot of photos as well as get some design work done like editing a short film we shot at tafe years ago, designing the SALT website and re-theming CHONGLAND with a custom theme.
Do you have any extra holidays over Christmas and New Year?? And what plans or projects will you undertake??
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.
Thanks to the wonders of technology and SAMSUNG I can now update the CHONGLAND blog from Sydney International Airport. (How cool is that!!) Here’s my itenerary for those who are interested:
- 2005/01/17 12:55 PM Fly from Sydney to Singapore
- 2005/01/20 13:00 PM Fly from Singapore to Hong Kong
- 2005/02/03 ??:?? ?M Fly from Hong Kong to Sydney via Singapore
Sure enough I’ll miss people here. I’ve tried to catch up with people over the last week, with little success, but of the people I did get to catch up with, and the new people I’ve met, all the time was enjoyable and, even though I haven’t even left yet, I can’t wait to get back and catch up again… Expect some more from me in the next few days, unless I can’t get to the net by some unfortunate incident.