Drunken car (and my weekend reflection)

My car smelt full of alcohol. If I got pulled over by the police now, I am pretty sure that I will get busted just by winding down the window to let the in-car odour to be released. Or at least I will be having a hard time explaining what actually happened. It was actually a bottle of Champaign spilled in the boot of my car on Saturday night, and a large section of the boot carpet was soaked with alcohol. The smell now is actually not the fragrance of wine, but something much much worse. Imagine spilled wine on carpet, topped with carpet cleaning agent plus some weird odour removal, and then stayed in the boot of the car through a hot summer day - the smell is definitely alcoholic, but not of the nice kind. Yuk. May have to wait for a while to have that smell removed.

Eat Drink Man WomanSaturday night we had pot luck + dumpling at Judy's place, and we watched a video (Eat Drink Man Woman 飲食男女 directed by Ang Lee) and some people played games of Uno. Well, as of card game playing it was actually everyone except me. I actually saw that 1994 Mandarin comedy/drama quite a while ago, but watching it again on Saturday was still quite refreshing. It is more than just the food and master chef's amazing cooking skill - but relationship between an elderly retiree and his three grown-up love-seeking daughters, each with unique personality. Also the background was set in early 90's Taipei, which was the time when I left Taiwan to come to Australia. The places, like Grand Hotel, which I had breakfast there in late 2002, or Cheng Kung university mentioned in dialogues were all familiar land marks in Taiwan. Watching this movie just brings me a bit closer to that place which I once called home. CL recommended another movie that was also directed by Ang Lee, Pushing Hand 推手. Looking up the description and comments on IMDB reveals that it might be an interesting movie to watch. Might check the local video shop to see whether it is available.

And Saturday night was actually a gathering to celebrate CL's birthday. Here's my belated greeting - Happy Birthday!


The rest of weekend was quite tiring. On Saturday morning, Vivian and I rushed to the Paddy's to do some grocery shopping. I then met up with Tim at 9:30am to demolish a wardrobe in one of the room in my new house. Two pairs of hands are definitely better than one, and two hours later it was all broken down to pieces and moved to the garage. We then went shopping at Westfield East Garden. Beside picking up more grocery, I also bought myself a new toy - a 4.5 horse power, 4 stroke engined lawn mower! The GMC brand was on the cheap at Big W (AUD$328 for a brand-new 4 stroke). As Tim has suggested, the control was a bit weird - there is no parking position for throttle, but a trigger to pull to get the engine started. I only assembled it later in the afternoon, but hopefully will have my first test drive next Saturday. Maybe I will have my lawn mower review here sometime :) The irony is, I thought I could get out of mowing the lawn when I moved to Sydney - I used to hate gardening when I was in high schools in Queensland. But now I got stuck with mowing my own lawn here...

For Sunday afternoon, I went to Bunnings and bought some door handles for the garage access doors, and a 10 pack disposable respirators with dust and fume filtering. I might need to get back to the paint stripping again sometime this week. Today someone asked about our plan of moving, and I said our plan is end of January. Now all I need is just making sure reality matches with the plan - which I doubt will happen. Won't stop me hoping though...


Church on Sunday morning was once again combined with the Asian Australian Bible Church. Sam Tan did a sermon on Malachi 2:10-16, which talked about faithlessness of the Israelites, and how they broke their marriage covenant to yoke together with women that introduced foreign gods to them. It was a talk for people in all stages of relationships - married, dating, or seeking. But how does that impact those who were there listening to God's word speaking to them? Do you love God more than anything else, and voluntarily do his will? Or are you just doing it for the sake of following rules, and finding any loop hole to exploit? I know that this question is actually for myself - something that I myself need to reflect upon...

Bible study - my group looked at the 3rd study on "Cash Value", especially on the danger of money for those who are already rich, i.e. most of us today living in modernised society. I did reveal one of my weakness that seriously need prayers. I still don't sit comfortable by just thinking about it. Hmmm... Sigh.


Vivian was bored and tired tonight (she went for swimming for 2 hours in the afternoon), so she asked me to play computer games in front of her! Well, she does not play computer games herself, but she likes to watch me playing, and then along the way comments on what I should have played. However, computer games have not been appealing to me for a while (maybe it is that age thing), and I did not have any game installed on my iBook. "Which game should I play?" I asked. "Whatever..." So I downloaded MacMAME and an old arcade game and played. I am getting pretty crap on those dodging-10-million-bullets-on-the-screen kind of arcade games so I kept on getting criticism from Vivian on where I should move to. Then again she refused to take over and play. Oh well...

Video games reminded me my young and rebellious years. That wasn't in my teens, but a bit younger at around 10-12 years old. My 2-year-younger brother and I would sneak out my dad's clinic and play arcade games in the corner shop in the early hours of morning, and a few times we would be caught and brought back by my dad for some education. But after all these years I do appreciate what my parents have disciplined me. Now as I am a father-soon-to-be, sometimes I wondered about my ability to bring up disciplined godly children. That sounds much much more difficult than any software project that I have participated! Imagine providing support on the same project for 18+ years (maybe try 28+ for today's kids). I seriously doubt my ability - at least comparing to my dad I won't even know what to do in certain situations. Scary - and it will start hitting me in 6 months. But I still have sometime to cram for my preparation, hopefully.

And maybe stop blogging at 1am in the morning would be a good start.