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Back from vacation!

Been on vacation for two weeks now, the first week I went to the SCCC Summer Camp, then I went to Stockholm to visit some friends, and finally to Denmark for a family vacation.

The camp was quite all right, although this year I felt like I had stuff to do all the time, so I didn’t have so much time to talk to people… I was in charge of selling books, which took up a chunk of the free time I was supposed to have. And I was also in charge of recording stuff (sermons actually), so most of the sessions I just sat next to the mixing board… At least it made it a little easier to focus on the God rather than being distracted by people! Oh well.

Ming Ming and Jacky (Yao) got baptized this year! I think they are one of the people I’ve known for the longest at the camp. Many other people that I got to know the first years have stopped coming to the camp… Oh well. Anyways, I really didn’t take so many photos this year, but the photo I got with Ming Ming was good at least. Tried to get one with Jacky, but he was too busy running around. Got the whole camp photo from Maggie though, check it out!

Me with Ming Ming and, uh, eh, Rebecca I think?

On the last day of the camp I finally decided I’d go to Stockholm to visit friends there and to see the mission team and Jim and Ho-Ming one last time. Luckily Choi Wing let me stay at his house and also go with him in his car, even though I didn’t ask before now! Went to IKEA for “sightseeing” with the mission team, Jim and Ho-Ming, and ate dinner in Heron City. Then on Monday, after seeing the mission team off, I walked around town with Jim and Ho-Ming, and Yann and Joe. Also met shortly with Apple, it was fun talking with her a bit! Took a morning train 7 o’clock to get to Gothenburg in time to meet up with my family for the Denmark trip.

How to have fun in Stockholm

My family drove from Oslo (they went back to Oslo after camp), and fetched me at the train station in Gothenburg. We ate at Connie‘s parents’ restaurant, although Connie and Evy were still in Asia somewhere so we didn’t get to see them… (And their brother was apparently upstairs playing computer games or so.) We then took a cruiseboat to Denmark, where we mostly just relaxed, except for the one day we went to Legoland. Legoland was quite fun, although I didn’t get enough time to take the most exciting rides, since I spent some time walking around and taking kiddie rides with my small cousins.

Me and Marcus, also Sean in the back

I did take the Power Builder twice though, it was a little interesting. Basically you could pick any moves you wanted, and then you went and sat in a chair that is connected to a robotic arm, and it does the movements you selected! You could select the level of intensity, from pretty simple turning from side to side, to wild swinging with upside down rotations. It was actually pretty fun being thrown around upside down! I also watched two 3D shows, but Bob the Builder 3D was pretty boring. 😛 Lego Racers was passable.

Ate a bunch of buffets in Denmark, first one was a grilled fish buffet, which was quite delicious! You could pick any fish pieces you wanted, then some guys would grill it for you. Kind of like Mongolian BBQ! Some fish types were more juicy than others, although I don’t really know which one was what, since they didn’t label the fish… The other buffet was an pizza/pasta buffet, which was all right. The pizza was pretty oily, and the pasta was kind of soft. But it was tasty enough! Last buffet was on the cruise ship back to Gothenburg. It wasn’t quite as good, since the fish and the chicken meat was pretty dry… but the meatballs were juicy enough. Also drinks and dessert was included in this buffet, which was nice!

Grilling our fishes! Fish! Also steak.

That asides, we were staying at a vacation house that we rented in a place called Bork Havn. It’s a pretty far-away place, one hour drive away from Legoland. The place had some smaller shops and some activities, like a tiny kids pool, a tiny beach, a mini-golf court and some activity centers and restaurants. We went to the beach once, it was actually quite nice, and the water was very shallow (half a meter or so) even 10-20 meters out from the beach! First time I went to that kind of beach. Couldn’t even swim, but relaxing in the water was nice. Except for going to Legoland, we pretty much only relaxed, ate, and went shopping in the closest cities we could find.

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Got back home on Sunday 19th July, then went to work the day after that… Still trying to work through the todo list that my boss left me before he went on his vacation. At least it’s pretty quiet at work now, but as I said, a lot of things I need to try and do before summer ends and students start coming back. And there’s a bunch of stuff I need to fix on the sccc.no website too! Ah well… One day at a time!

 

Posted by on 2009-07-22 in Uncategorized

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Prep camp, wedding

So high...Went to prep camp last week, to prepare for the summer camp. Had some planning for the tech team (I’m not in charge this year, Jenny and Willy are in charge instead. But I’m in charge of the bookselling.) Also listened to some of the teachings for the group leaders, since the tech team doesn’t really have any own teachings or anything.

Also, it was pretty hot in the Malmö church, I think they said they turned off the A/C since it was summer vacation…? We were sweating every time we sat in the dining area (with all the big windows and the sun shining through them). We tried to pull the curtains in the meeting hall at least, but even Leon needed two levels of chairs to reach the curtain line.

Anyway, besides teaching and planning we also had prayer and worship, it was nice! Many new songs too. I really feel that I need to focus more on God during camp, I tend to just focus on tasks (and people) rather than God… This year the leaders will have to do their own devotions, instead of having “leader devotion”. I guess it could mean that I can get up later, but I’ll have to try and keep having devotions. Very often I skip devotions when I’m travelling… Better make some better devotion habits!

Ice cream buffet! Ice cream buffét yay!

Leon and I left the prep camp a day earlier in order to go to Lorna’s wedding! She’s now married to Patrick. Congratulations! I gave them a bathrobe each as a wedding present, not sure if they think it’s too weird… Well I did give them the receipts too, so they could just exchange them if they really don’t want them. Actually I wanted to buy the Guitar Hero: World Tour complete set with drums, two guitars and a mic. But the box was too heavy for me to carry all the way home and/or to the wedding, so I ended up buying something simpler. I bet if they knew, they’d be really disappointed! (Or not.) Ah well. Uploaded some videos from the wedding banquet on Facebook. (You need to log in and be my FB friend in order to watch them.)

Drinking round

Lorna changed dresses several time during the dinner. First she changed it from the wedding dress to this blue one, and then to a red China dress later. Don’t remember if she used any more. Are the brides always supposed to do that? I’m glad I’m not a girl. Seems so bothersome. Patrick changed from the black suit he used at the wedding ceremony to a white dress, but that’s it. Oh, by the way, it was incredibly hot inside the restaurant! Especially where we sat (furthest in)! I’m glad I used a short-sleeved shirt, but even then I had to go out for fresh air several times during the dinner. The food was good though, and we got food before most other people (except the wedded pair’s family, I think).

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Dessert was wedding cake, obviously! Not Super Mario themed though. When I get married, I want a Super Mario themed wedding cake! Although I guess it might be hard to find a girl who would agree to that. Hmm. Maybe a gigantic Wiimote cake is a bit less flashy, since at least it’s mostly white instead of brightly colored with dangerous food colors? Okay, enough about cakes.

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Anyways, best of luck to Lorna and Patrick!

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Posted by on 2009-07-03 in Uncategorized

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