Wow. Had a busy weekend.
We were out of the house at 9 am on Saturday, and I did not come back home until 12 o'clock mid-night.
In the morning there was the Babies Expo at Sydney Superdome. We got some free tickets from the Suzuki's so we invited another couple to join us. It wasn't all that excited - there were just full of shops trying to convince you that your new born definitely needs the latest and greatest baby products, ranging from stroller, bed, clothing, nappies, formula powders, education needs... And the Superdome was packed. The place was jam packed with mothers, fathers and babies from oh-so-vulnerable new born to the ever-so-energetic toddlers. It was very difficult to move around once you are inside because of the vast amount of prams and strollers, especially when you also tried to manoeuvre one around.
At the end we only managed to buy some consumables (baby wrap) in the bargain corner, but I don't think it can be considered a bargain when you factor in the parking cost and 2 hours of stress inside.
We then visited the Suzuki's in Epping afterwards to have lunch together. The split of AABC from the University Churches was somehow brought onto the conversation table. It was announced last week that AABC will move to Malabar to become part of the Anglican parish there. They will continue to financially support the campus ministry in the future, but my question is - for how long?
I think I'll rant about it in a separate blog entry sometime.
After our quick lunch, we rushed to St. Philip Eastwood for a wedding. Saturday was the big day for M & J, who both were my university course mates. Congratulation to the new Mr and Mrs!
Service went for an hour and half, thanks to the bi-lingual sermon. Pastor from All Saints (M's church) gave the words of encouragement in English, and pastor from St. Philip (J's church) translated them into Cantonese. The overall length is much longer than two sermons combined. If anyone wants to have bilingual talks in his weddings with translations sentence by sentence, forget about it. It is slow, confusing, distracting, and will loose all the dynamics in a speech. I can prove it from my heavy eye lid...
Vivian and Anna had to go back home after the wedding service as it was close to Anna's sleeping time. I stayed for the reception. Initially we planned to get a baby sitter to look after Anna, but figured out that it was just too difficult. The place where the reception was held was absolutely gorgeous. Food was "okay", as I still don't know how to appreciate those three course meals that from entree to desert would take 2 hours. Music was done by a nice three piece Jazz band. After food, speech, presentation, chat and other activities that I cannot participate (like catching the bouquet and getting onto the dance floor) - we managed to get out of there by 11pm, and I got a lift back home on L's new Suby.
It was great to see some of my other course mates in the wedding though. Gee. 10 years, but a close group of us are still like buddies. We also got to see G's fiance for the first time, and they are getting married in July! C is probably the only guy amongst us that is still single, and G promised to arrange him sitting next to the girls in his reception. Ha!
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Arrived home on Saturday at nearly 12am, and then found out that I need to translate and format the Bible study for Sunday. Late at night plus a bit of alcohol certainly did not help - that's just my explanation why many were laughing at the Bible study questions yesterday. I'll try to do it before 12 this week :)
Sunday's talk was on marriage from Genesis 2, and Josh said a few hard words to get people challenged. Then I heard a sad story. Well, I did not really hear it from the said person, but was passed down from Vivian. We all know that Satan has been defeated, but how long O Lord, is his reign in this world?
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Well, this last part is not really weekend related. ASX has fallen below 4,000 on Friday, and going down a further 50+ points today - looks like it is not going to be a safe landing. Some said that it is just the standard correction for our over-valued bull market. Some said that we are affected by the US market. Maybe the weak resource price. Or whatever.
But I am just interested in how "burrowing" affects our stock market price. We all know that Aussies love to borrow - either use the money they haven't earned to buy consumer products on credit cards, or use the money they didn't save to buy shares on margin loans. I heard (from unreliable source, of course) that a lot of money on ASX is margin lending. And in order to avoid margin call from the banks, people who have already made the gain from the bull market previously will want to cash out fast (they don't care as long as they have already made some money). And then the next thing we know is the Dominic effect - the market tumbles and everything burns in ashes (well, not quite).
An interesting week ahead...