February 27, 2007
This past weekend Rose and I went up to Tahoe with our grx small group, Immersion. The trip was mostly uneventful except for two things: a clever plot on Saturday night that demanded payback and the weather Sunday morning on our way back to the Bay Area.
First, the weather.
I checked the weather report for this weekend on Friday before we left and it said that there would be a little snow Saturday night through Sunday morning. Sounded perfect, snow overnight and fresh powder during the day. Turns out that instead of a few inches of fresh, we got dumped on! Here are a few shots Rose took from the car while we were driving Sunday morning.
So turns out that we got outta there just in time. After we got past the summit on 50 eastbound, they closed the freeway for avalanche control. We decided to hightail it outta there and it took us about 8 hours to get home. Today, we heard that it took some people 12 hours to get back yesterday, so it looks like we were actually lucky
Ok, now for the more interesting part: revenge?
On our first night up at Tahoe, Friday, we had two rooms. One for guys and one for the ladies. Since we had 6 guys, the guys room was larger – a two story unit with a bed on the top floor and a couch on the first floor. Huy, Eddie and I slept on the first floor and Alan, Jimmy, and Hugh slept on the top floor. The next morning, Alan and Jimmy complained of not getting a good night’s sleep, but didn’t really say why. We figured it was an uncomfortable mattress or something.
Then on Saturday night, Alan, Jimmy, and Hugh tried to drive home after the day up at Kirkwood. By the time they started to head out, the storm was already coming in, so they turned back around and stayed another night at Tahoe. At this point, we only had one hotel room (we checked out of the other room) and I figured we could probably all jam up in there for a night. However, Jimmy and Alan insisted on getting another hotel room. We figured they just didn’t want to cram 9 people in a standard small hotel room.
They found a room at a motel down the street and got ready to move over there. Now comes the clever part, they left Hugh behind in our room, and said they’d come pick him up in the morning. Odd, we thought, but whatever.
As most people can probably guess by now, Hugh is an awfully suspicious character in the story. Turns out, Hugh has a serious case of sleep apnea, and it was exceptionally loud. He was choking and coughing all night, basically preventing everyone but me from sleeping (I’m always passed out cold). Rose is a very light sleeper so she ended up getting basically no sleep all night!
Well, needless to say, this was a deliberate act of war. So that night after we got back, after Alan had gone to bed, we took my old foam mattress and did this:
Then we added these:
And lastly, here’s the scene this morning:
Bwahahaha! Watch out Jimmy, you’re next!
October 16, 2006
This past weekend, Rose and I went with a bunch of people from small group to the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival. As with any such event, there were of course a ton of people, lotsa traffic, and parking was a headache… soooo the Pumpkin Festival itself wasn’t so interesting. BUT, on our way home, we stopped by a massive straw maze and saw a sign for a pumpkin launcher and we knew we had to go check it out.
At first, we thought it would be a Lord of the Rings style catapult pumpkin launcher, so we were slightly disappointed when we just saw a large slingshot. But then we observed a few pumpkins being launched and we knew we had to try it. We bought some launching pumpkins…
And let ‘em fly!
Those pumpkins actually fly pretty far!
So after firing off a few pumpkins, we went to the straw maze. It was $5 / person ($18 for 4) and the lady at the door said it would take 30 minutes, so we figured it’d probably take 10. But since we were there, we decided to go in and run around.
All told, it took us about 45 minutes to get through the thing. It was much larger than we anticipated and it was actually a ton of fun. Dan, being an search engine engineer at A9, suggested a depth-first search algorithm. Clearly the people who constructed the maze were a bit smarter than that algorithm because it pretty much got us completely lost in less than 5 minutes. Eventually, we did make it out though (although we probably ran into every dead end in the entire maze).
Verdict: highly recommended!
June 22, 2006
The Creative Arts Ministry at church is doing a 40 day daily devotional series using the Rick Warren’s book, The Purpose Driven Life. I’ve decided to try it out too and I started a blog to record my progress over the next month or so.
I tried going through this book a few years ago, but I didn’t keep it up. I remember I didn’t care much for the book itself, but maybe this time it’ll be more engaging since I’ll be going through it with other people…
Anyways, now back to other random musings!
June 9, 2006
Whew, I realized today that I haven’t blogged in almost a month. So much to say!
Don’t worry, I’m still alive and kickin’; I’ve just been suffering from Mena’s Syndrome, being too busy to blog. Here’s what’s been on my mind lately:
- Got a new pair of headphones – Shure E4cs. Awesome; I’ll post up a review sometime soon.
- MacBook Pro was getting so hot, it was slowing down (and I suspect heat was causing some of the crashes); so I got a LapCool and it’s been much cooler and faster.
- Hosted some guys from the Michigan Men’s Glee Club when they were here in San Francisco. It was great to catch up with some of the other clubbers in the area at the concert too
- Lots of stuff happening at church. I’ve been helping out with graphics, production team on Sundays, and various other things for a long time and now I’m helping lead a small group too.
- Had a good time at zvents when they hosted Lunch 2.0 a few weeks ago (I’ve got a flickr photo set up). Thanks for hosting us Ethan!
Ah there’s so much more that I’m probably forgetting; but hopefully I’ll be able to post a little more often over the next few weeks.
April 15, 2006
Oops, this is a bit late, but if anyone is still up and looking for a place to go to Easter service tomorrow morning, I’d like to invite you to come visit Great Exchange. Here’s the info:
Two services in the South Bay: 9:15am and 11am. Location: Santa Clara Mariott, 2700 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara, CA
One service in San Francisco: 6:00pm. Location: Dolores Park Church, 455 Dolores St., San Francisco, CA
Here are the fliers we did up for this Sunday too
April 13, 2006
For the past few weeks, all of us on the Creative Arts Ministry at Great Exchange Covenant Church have been busting hump to get everything ready for Easter weekend. Easter is the highest attended Sunday service of the year for pretty much all churches so we wanted to make the experience a great one for all who are coming.
Starting things off tomorrow night is our Good Friday service. I designed these fliers that we distributed last week to our congregation to get the word out; we use PsPrint to create 4×6 2-sided full color club cards. If you’re in the Bay Area and are interested in checking it out tomorrow night, just come on by to the Santa Clara Mariott at 8PM.
If you do end up coming, ask around for me, I’d love to meet you!
July 17, 2005
I’m looking through my mail today and what do I see but a nice card sent to me from my friends at Seattle Chinese Alliance Church. I admit I haven’t been very good about keeping up with them one on one since I’ve moved down to San Francisco, but since at least one person is tech savvy, they subscribed to this blog and saw my baptism and testimony posts.
Well, well, well… it looks like the original purpose of my blog is being fulfilled. For those who’ve been reading for a while, you know that I originally started my blog to keep in touch with friends and family – a way to let them all know what was going on in my life now that I had moved to San Francisco and started working for Google.
Of course what actually happened was a media frenzy over my initial postings, I got fired, and then another media frenzy about that. Oh well, that’s life! At least I can’t say it hasn’t been a wild ride
But on a larger scale, this is what blogging is all about! Keeping connections vibrant, making new connections, sharing with the world… Hmmm actually kind of reminds me of Plaxo’s mission: keeping your strong ties (people you already know) stronger.
Thanks to my friends in Seattle! You guys should all start blogging so I can keep track of what’s going on in your lives too. Leave your blog URLs in my comments so I can add them to my blogroll
July 6, 2005
As promised, here’s the testimony I gave at my baptism. When I delivered it live last Sunday it didn’t come out as smooth as this, but I suppose that’s the way these things typically happen – much like TyChay’s Best Man speech.
When I look back at my life thus far, it is now readily apparent that God has been involved in every aspect and detail. I do not believe in chance; on the contrary, I believe that everything happens for a reason – that God is always carefully engineering the world for the best.
Recently, two events in my life seem to have the fingerprints of God all over them: the Lord placing my girlfriend, Rose, in my life and the Lord bringing me to San Francisco.
First, some background. I grew up in a Christian family and as such, I’d gone to church every Sunday with the family. In elementary school, I knew I believed I was a sinner, and accepted Jesus in my heart. By the time I graduated high school, I had a working knowledge of what Christianity was about, but I hadn’t integrated it into my life.
When I got to college, I took a turn for the worse. I did whatever I wanted to do, completely ignoring what God was calling me to. I blocked out any desire to fellowship with Christian friends, go to Church on Sundays or connect with the Christian community. Instead, I focused on worldly things: class work, drinking, partying… whatever I wanted, whatever felt good.
Fast forward to about 1.5 years ago. I was in Seattle, working for Microsoft and I had just met a very attractive girl named Rose. It was no coincidence that I happened to meet Rose through a colleague of mine and then proceeded to see her at church the very next day. I was spiritually weak, she was strong. I had a twisted view of God’s will, she had a far more solid one. She gave me a kickstart into really living God’s will – and we’ve never looked back.
God knew she was just what I needed. God was reaching out to me; getting me on the righteous path. His fingerprints are all over this one…
Now let’s go to the beginning of this year. God gave me a great career opportunity down here in the Bay Area. It was difficult to leave Seattle and shift into a long distance relationship with Rose, but it was a transition that had to be made – at the time, I viewed it as a once in a lifetime career opportunity. Little did I realize: God was at work again. This was one of those life altering decisions that affects you for the rest of your life.
I moved to downtown San Francisco – given that I was actually to work in Mountain View, this was again, God engineering things to guide me towards where he wanted to place me. As soon as grx:acts2 launched, I knew I had found a new home. Now, as the scriptures say, my world desires would be replaced by desires pleasing to God. I joined a small group and naturally found myself seeking to serve in other areas. One step at a time, I found God stretching me further and further. Doing outreach through JAC and helping plan, execute and improve services through CAM, I found myself ecstatic. I was bearing fruit to further God’s kingdom and it was great.
Coincidence that career opportunities brought me down to the Bay Area? Coincidence that my friend Gary told me about GRX? Coincidence that I moved to downtown San Francisco, right where acts 2 was starting and where there is huge spiritual need? I don’t think so. Break out your forensics kit, dust the evidence for prints – He has been here.
Things have changed in my life. My eyes are opened to new viewpoints, I am seeking different things, and I long to serve. I know I’m ready to be baptized.
So after all these steps in my life, I’m ready to take the next one. When I look back, I see that every step along the way, God has been faithful to me. And when I look forward, I see that there are many more steps for me to take, laid out by God. Am I blameless now? Far from it! But I am firmly rooted in the saving grace and perfection that comes through Jesus Christ alone and nothing will shake that from my core.
Hello World! I’m a Christian; I’m living my life for Him.
July 6, 2005
This past weekend, I got baptized. Attentive readers know that I’ve been attending a relatively new church in San Francisco called grx:acts 2. My testimony will follow in the next post, but I thought I’d share the ceremony with you guys first – with pictures of course!
We had the ceremony at Ocean Beach in San Francisco at around 8PM this past Sunday, July 3rd. In typical NorCal fashion, it was freezing cold. Here are some pictures of us freezing:
The latter two pictures are of when people gathered around to hear my testimony.
The ceremony was actually done in the ocean, which was a little unique and quite exhilarating. Here’s us walking into the ocean (brrrrr):
And here’s me coming out of the ocean:
Yeah… it was cold
Lastly, here’s a picture of me and my small group.
Check out the rest of the pictures from this past weekend on Flickr (the photo set includes some pictures from the rest of the weekend as well). Thanks everyone who came out and supported me!
May 13, 2005
Regular readers will notice that my blogging frequency has dropped off as of late. Instead of blogging, what do I spend my time doing nowadays? Actually, quite a bit.
I’ve been getting extremely involved at my church, Great Exchange Acts 2 (grx:acts2 for short). grx:acts2 is a new church planted by Great Exchange Covenant Church in Sunnyvale. We’re a multicultural, art based church and we just started having regular weekly services about one and a half months ago.
First, I joined up with a small group called SF Sparks that meets Friday nights in North Beach. Hanging out with the guys and gals in the group has been a blast. On Fridays we’ll typically have some food, spend some time in bible study, then share about the past week with each other. I’ve come to look forward to small group time every week.
Next, I’m also helping with the Creative Arts Ministry (CAM). Those who attentively watch my flickr account may have noticed that I posted up some random comps. I’m putting my skills (or lack of skills) to work, developing graphics and PowerPoint slides for use during service. It had been a while since I just sat down to play with Photoshop – most of the time, I’m using it for work – and it was really fun. If only I had some more skills… anyone out there want to give me some tips?
Finally, I also started volunteering through our Justice Advocacy & Compassion Ministry (JAC). This is a group that focuses to reaching out to the people in the city who have been neglected or forgotten by mainstream society. We go to 6th St. in SOMA, the Tenderloin, and Juvenile Hall and try to just connect with the people there. It’s really an eye opening experience. We’ve finally got things set up where we’re going to Juvenile Hall once a week to start building relationships with the kids in there. If there is an activity that brings purpose to my life, this is it.
Anyways, if you live in SF and you’re bored on Sunday evenings, come out and say hi! We run service at 6PM and have snacks afterwards at 455 Dolores St, SF. If you do come out, make sure to find me during snack time!