Where will you be my darling? Where will you be when the dark is rising?
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
The last 2 days of Emerge have been great!
Think this is gonna be a long, long post.
On Saturday, I woke up early in the morning for the morning session. Guess who I saw when I arrived? Cherrie! LOL! I was bloody shocked, 'cause I didn't know how she'd react upon seeing me. Turns out that although she ignored me a few days after the clubbing incident, she spoke to me perfectly fine, and she seemed to be more humourous than before. Okay... good, since she's alright with me again, I guess I've got no problems with Eddy already. And she looked really pretty that day also =x.
For service, Pastor Kong spoke about being a son or daughter to your leaders, and the differences between them and servanthood. He spoke about how you can always expect Christians to serve, but only few will truly be sons or daughters. The people that will go all out to sacrifice, to serve and to love and follow your vision. He gave a lot of examples of the people who've been sons to him and servants. Interestingly, for every "character" he mentioned, I knew real life examples of my own friends and people I knew. Hmmm... it was a really good and hard-hitting message. Also, the presence and atmosphere was so much better than Friday's opening. It was great!
Afterward we ate and checked out the Talentime finalists. I was impressed by a few and disappointed in a few, but one really stood out. He did something with a guitar I have never seen in my life. It was more than just plucking, but he used it like drums, used chords, plucking and all together to make a really great and catchy tune. I voted for him through SMS. But he didn't win =/. Also, there was a heavy metal band as one of the guests! Army of Three I think. Local one, and the bassist was pretty cool. He did this thing where he'd throw his bass guitar (with the strap of course) around him and he'd continue playing it when it swerved. I don't think the majority of the church liked it though, 'cause the cheers were quite soft. I was like the loudest cheerer for them? Oiiii...
We also saw the Manhunt and Beauty Pageant finalists too. The prettiest girl (who I also voted for) didn't win. Aye! Okay... the evening session was preached by Pastor Kong again, and he spoke about the cultural mandate. There were a few things that were mentioned again from when he first preached it, but he gave a lot of practical and theological teachings from it, and expanded a lot more than when he first preached it. Also, he used real life examples (Denzel Washington, Mary J. Blige, and his wife, Sun Ho) to show how they were making real life impacts, in the midst of scrutiny and controversy. He also talked about his own controversy in Singapore, and although i knew about the issues, I suppose it was an eye-opener for plenty of the people in CHC KL. Had a time where Pastor Kong prayed for people in the entertainment industry, and I went home after that.
Next morning, it was a service held by CHC KL. Like a normal service, only inside the Sunway Convention Centre instead. Pastor Kevin preached about increasing measure, both in spiritual and material aspects. He also talked about the vision of our future, and how this hall was a reflection of what we'd soon have. Very inspirational =D.
We had workshops later on. There were 4 of them to choose from. Picking the right partner, social etiquette and personal grooming, starting a childrens ministry and the dynamics of worship leading. I picked the first two, and they were very interesting. Pastor Zhuang and his wife talked about picking the right partner. I knew most of the basics, but it was interesting to learn about their personal opinions as well as some more in-depth knowledge. Also, the Q and A session had a lot of my questions answered. Later, although I initially didn't want to go for the social etiquette thing, I stayed because I figured I might as well check it out. It's a GREAT thing I didn't miss it. A lady called Jill Lowe talked about TONS of stuff involving first impressions, assumptions, and appearances. She even talked about how to take off your jacket properly (and she did it AMAZINGLY) and even how to walk properly. Don't assume it was some boring talk on improving your self-image. It was so much more. She's extremely funny, and she's very personal and engaging. She's easily one of the best speakers I've ever heard in my life. Yeah... LIFE! No kidding! She's coming down for Asia Conference too, so although I didn't want to join the social etiquette workshop, I'm changing my mind now. Also, during the talk, she needed certain people with certain traits. When she asked for a person with spiky hair, everyone around me pointed at me -.-. Along with 3 others, a person with long hair, flat hair and little hair. LOL at the last one. She made us stand on the stage with her and made a few jokes about our first impressions. So she asked the audience to vote to see which personality we were from the choices: Pop singer, nightclub owner, accountant, and dispatch writer. The guy with little hair (uncle) was voted as the accountant, and the guy with flat hair was voted as the dispatch writer. For pop singer, I had like 40% while the long hair guy got 50% of the votes. Heck, when she asked which one of us was a nightclub owner, no one put their hands up for the long hair guy, but for me the entire audience put their hands up! HAHA! I'm a nightclub owner. Geez. Free drinks for all!
She did need to end it quick, 'cause it wasn't supposed to be over an hour. But she was just so entertaining and there was so much more we could have learned. Either way, I learned some unique things. People with less hair are usually considered more trustworthy with money, but more stingy. People who have flat hair are statistically the people who earn the least money. People with spiky hair form a wild image. Interesting. You've just got to attend her talks to really see how much she knows. It's brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. Later on, we had Celest Foo, Miss Charisma of Miss Singapore Universe 2007 teach us about makeup. Eh... I listened, but I'm a guy, so most of the makeup stuff didn't apply to me. I did learn quite a bit though, and hearing about all the kinds of makeup and their effects really makes me wonder how girls can manage with all that -.-. Kudos to the female species then. LOL, species =x. Afterward I took a picture with Jill and Celest. Haha! I also got Celest's email. How many of you can brag about getting a Miss Singapore Universe Charisma's email?!
Had a meal before going for the final session. After the praise and worship, performances and such, there was the medal awards. In the end, MINT was the POS champion (no surprise there), and they performed their brilliant cheer again. They also ended up as the overall cluster champion, so congrats. VU was last. Aye! Last year's champs became this year's last. Zzz. Later on, Pastor Kevin intereviewed Petrina Fung. Better known to international audiences as Fung Bo Bo. I've heard of her, and heard that she's a legend in the Asian media. He interviewed her in Cantonese, and talked a lot about her life, how God changed her and a lot of different issues. The interview lasted for so long Pastor Kong couldn't preach! He needed to rush off to a flight, and so this was the first Emerge ever where Pastor Kong didn't preach in the finale (or any session for that matter!). But you know what? Fung Bo Bo's testimony and interview was so great and deep to an extent it was as if the interview became a preaching and testimony session. It was really that great. So for the altar call, they had the celebrities pray for the people too! Quite cool. Afterward after more praise, we ended with the traditional song to end all of our Emerge conferences. You know.
Fellowshipped with the cellgroup afterward, and it turns out that the CHC SG team actually ate in the same place as us! Celest Foo was there too. Pretty cool to have a celebrity notice you and wave. Okay, sorry for bragging =x.
It's been a great conference. Although smaller in scale compared to Singapore's, the presence was still the same. The messages were still great. The performances were entertaining and we really learned a lot. And we were all blessed.
And Cindy, you owe me a pic with you in the POS uniform!