Where will you be my darling? Where will you be when the dark is rising?
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Wonderful. The public holiday Malaysia gets is also the same day an earthquake is triggered near Aceh. That place doesn't get a break does it? Well, I guess that's what you get when your country is on plate boundaries =/.
Anyway, it was the Easter weekend earlier! As in my previous post, on Good Friday I went drinking with Sharon and Susan, that included other people. I re-read my post, and it seems I wasn't too high. The only part I left out was that Steve the Greek dude bought us all Jagerbombs too, and he told us no worries when Ethan and I tried to pay him back. Other than that, the rest is still accurate. Although I did leave out some parts.
Saturday was a lazy day in the morning, but at night I went to chill out with Symposium at Sunway. Exchanged stories, chatted and found out someone has left the virginity club! Nikke also passed me the books I asked for. A few months back the Malaysian government gave all students RM200 worth of vouchers to be used at bookstores for stationery, books and the such. Redzuan had no use for it and offered it to me and Nikke. I asked her to get me 4 books that I've been pining for a long time. The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking, The Genesis Enigma, The Fry Chronicles (an autobiography of Stephen Fry) and lastly, I Can Read You Like a Book, a book by spies that gives pointers to look out for in discerning people. I had initially thought Nikke and I were splitting it even, so I was surprised to find out she had gotten all the books. I was like, 4 books for a hundred? That's a pretty good deal. Then I found out she was going there for supplies, and the vouchers were all spent on my books. Made me very appreciative and guilty!
This made me LOL so hard.
The next day was Easter. Last year, CHCKL had a Christmas production called Chromeheart, which was about a boy who held the key to the fountain of life or something like that. He had a group of friends since childhood and when they become teenagers, it coincides with when the banishment of the bad guys ends. Good guy gets girl and good guys win the battle. There were a few impressive fight scenes and the lead actor's mother (played by Faith) gets killed, as does the main bad guy. It sets the story for part two, called Chromeheart: Revelation which details the hero's journey to train with the heroes and be on his journey. Well, the hype for it has been pretty impressive, to the point that even the local newspapers here promoted it on the front page! Anyway, part two was much more interesting, and I was surprised with the amount of depth and betrayal they put into part 2. Part two has the main hero (Ray-an) training with the warriors, and missing life back in the village. Meanwhile his girl (Del-ia) has gotten together with another of the childhood gang (Tiqua), while the remaining person of the childhood gang (Waduda) has just become a father. The main bad guy gets resurrected in a pretty awesome scene that used levitation in the act! He gets the bad guys to rally up their forces once again. Ray-an comes back for a visit to his village and finds out his dear girl has gotten together with his friend. Del-ia accepts but later rejected Tiqua's proposal and then he gets angry, gets mad and eventually becomes one of the bad guys, finding out the main bad guy is his father. Oh lol.
Long story short. Tiqua kills Waduda. Villages gets pissed off at Ray-an for causing trouble to their village, gives him to the bad guys. Good guys come to fight. Big fight. Bad guys about to win, main bad guy about to kill Ray-an, but Tiqua kills the main bad guy and his girl. He's about to kill a cowardly villager but kills Ray-an when he jumps to protect the coward. Coward summons enough courage and kills Tiqua. End. Happy ending, despite all the deaths. And Del-ia remains the only one left alive from the childhood group. Lol.
Of course, that was a very brief summary. Watching it would be much better and informative, since there was a lot more that I left out. But like I said, the storyline impressed me a lot more than Chromeheart. Revelation was a huge step forward in acting, story, settings and effects. The guy who resurrected the bad guy in the drama is actually a performing magician, and he used actual flames in his hands and that levitation trick to great effect. In addition were the professional fight choreographers who helped make the fight scenes very realistic and well done. There were a lot more stunts too, compared to before and it was just awesome. Really proud of my church for doing this! Of course, the main point was Easter. After the drama Pastor Kevin had a short sermon talking about the drama, and why he didn't do the traditional drama of Jesus being crucified and resurrected. He talked about how he wanted to try something new, and something different that people could enjoy, yet relate to when it came to the feelings of the different characters. So Esther, his wife came up with the entire concept and script. Eitan, their 5 year old son even suggested that characters drop in from the sky, and what do you know, they even added that in Chromeheart: Revelation. Pastor Kevin then reminded us that we all feel different kinds of things like the various characters felt, and although that might have been a drama, in real life we know how it is. Then he went on to say that Easter was a reminder that although we have so much troubles and all these confusing emotions, Jesus is here and died for us 2000 years ago. That's it. It was such a simple sermon, yet when he made an altar call, a huge amount of people went. The crowd for the service was crazy anyway. I reached at 10am exactly (when the service starts) and I barely managed to squeeze into the last 2 rows at the top of the terraces. Normally when I reach at 10am I can still find plenty of space. Yeah, I guess the publicity generated by the newspapers got some of the public to attend. Yikes.
Simply amazing. My church. My home. My God.
After service I hung out with my cellgroup taking pictures and chatting up people in the church lobby, as there was a bazaar and some merchandise being sold. Chris from my band had attended, and so had Susan, who was invited by Sharon. The cellgroup wanted to eat, but so did Sharon and Susan... and since I see my cellgroup a whole lot more than Sharon and Susan (although about equal the last 4 weeks), I decided to have lunch with the girls instead. We went to Puchong and met up with Ethan and his friend Ryan, who were having dimsum. Had hilarious chats and it was nice to have a meal and conversation with the rest (minus Sharon) completely sober. 'Cause everytime I've seen them, there was always alcohol involved. That lunch was perhaps the first one where hot tea was the only drink. Lmao.
Well. That was more or less the events on my weekend. Drink on Good Friday and attend church on Sunday, to watch Chromeheart: Revelation. Well worth it!
And not forgetting to thank Jesus Christ for dying 2000+ years back. Although we ended up Christianizing a pagan festival to commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus, the fact remains that the evidence concerning the resurrection is really compelling, and therefore, so is my faith in Jesus. Well-rested on historical and scriptural evidence, I am well assured. Thank you יֵשׁוּעַ.