Sunday, October 29, 2006

Such a gem

With the Sunday School kids after church service.
I asked Eric (the one on the right) if I could
pose for a photo holding his gameboy advance sp.
For the record, the gameboy
*was turned off*. ;) A gem of a photo though.
I started teaching the 3rd and 4th graders
at Sunday School. Going through Genesis.
It's a joy to be teaching these lovely kids,
and I thank God for this opportunity.
Although, they do have an attention span of less
than a minute..

Friday, October 27, 2006

The Citations @ The Mory's

Afterwards. Note the Tithall Scarf.

Before. With Chris, in front of the Mory's.

With Molly and Lauren, at the 'A Cappella' Table.
The deal is that Mory's feeds us (3 course meal), and
between each course we sing for the others in the restaurant.

The famous 'Mory's Cup', where we pass around
a trophy cup of mixed alcohol and drink from
it in turn. Of course I opted out of this, but
they kindly allowed this cheeky photo-shot with it. ;)

It was while singing 'Scarbourough Fair'
in the upstairs room to a group of Old Yalies
when it suddendly struck me that at that moment
one of my dreams (of becoming a part of an American
School A Cappella and performing with them) was being
realised. I nearly cried. TYG!

And what's special is that I was able
to share this with the group afterwards.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Hope


(thought I'd break from the 'big face shots in yer face' pattern a bit. A wee warning: this ain't your typical 'tyg' light reading)

Ivan Klima, a Czech writer and a native of Prague, on Hope:
Hope is always connected with the future. It is the capacity of a person to imagine himself in a situation different from the one he finds himself in. What, therefore, can be more human than hope?

Death too is connected with the future. And what can be more antithetical to hope than death? In this light, hope can be seen as a vain attempt by man to avoid an awareness of the end, as temporality resisting timelessness, as a desperate attempt to drown out the silence of the universe.

Because death appears to be the only absolute in human life, all hope is relative, an illusion that helps man make it to the gallows.

Looked at absolutely, true hope can only be offered to man by someone able to invest that final necessity with hope, by someone capable of guiding man through the valley of the shadow of death.

And just who, I hear some of you ask, is this 'someone'? The favourite Sunday School answer, complete with the exclamation mark, once again comes to the rescue here.

I listened (for the fifth time?) to the sermon by Jonathan Lamb, 'Reasons for Rejoicing' on 1 Peter 1:3-12. It was a sermon I first heard at the 2002-3 CICCU Houseparty. If you go to the website, you can search for the talk (serial number 'C03BT1'), or for that matter many other great talks on all kind of subjects, and download it for free.

God sent me to Yale for a reason. And listening to that sermon I could see a little more clearly what that might mean for me today, this week, and for the rest of my days this side of glory.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

The Citations

(No, we're not a bunch of homeless people..)
A break during a rehearsal.

The Citations--Yale's only mixed
A cappella group for the graduate school community.
We meet for pracise for two hours on Tuesday evenings.

But lately I haven't really been enjoying it..
the songs are not to my taste,
(a Beatles song done a cappella? Hello?!)
and I know that I'm the weakest link in the group..
(well, they did make the mistake of picking me..)
plus I find it hard to learn all the lyrics.

But today it was much better. I like Paper Moon.
(More like the typical campus a cappella song)
We're performing at Mory's a week today.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

THE Group

Jihye, Soomin, Sunmi, Jangwon, and Hyunchul

So 'THE Group' '더조' had our first meeting.

A small group of the New Haven Korean Church
Young Adult Group.

Looking forward to how God will lead us!
Cue lots of memory-making experiences! Exciting.

Friday, October 06, 2006

A capella, TA'ing, and Bargain huntin'

With Andre, fellow bass in
the Yale Citations, the mixed A Capella.
A cheeky Thai meal with the group after rehearsal.

I always wanted to sing in an American School
A Capella group. TYG!

Grading the General Physics 150a
Midterm papers with Avanthi.

Alec looking properly Russkian
with that hat on, in Urban Outfitters.

Today they had this 'Broadway Avenue
College Night' where all the shops
on Broadway Ave had a huge sale on.

Alec and I thought we'd check it out.
We didn't get anything as the queue
(that would be the 'line') was so long.

Just capturing little snippets of my everyday life!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

dig, v.
6. c. slang (orig. U.S.). (a) To understand, appreciate, like, admire; (b) to look at or listen to; to experience. Cf. sense 1c.
(from Oxford English Dictionary Second Edition © 1989 OUP)


The other day a professor,
in the middle of his presentation
on the current research topics in Cosmology,
stopped for a second and asked,

"You guys dig stars, right?"

None of us knew what to say to that.

It was one of those moments
of paradigm-shifting significance.

(I still remember back in 1996 when
I was watching the TV and witnessed Björk
give her famous awards speech:
'Grateful grapefruit.')

I love Americanim sometimes.

So the question is: do I dig stars? In an ideal world,
would I be willing to spend 4-6 years on
Dark Matter and Dark Energy? ;)

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Return of the big face shots

This selfshot with Hwan-young hyung,
one of my favourite hyungs this side of the Atlantic by far ;)

At the end of a long and a blessed Sunday!

Sunday, October 01, 2006

IKEA

A timed-shot with
Hyunchul hyung, Sukjin hyung, and Jiwon nuna.

This could definitely make an album cover;
A Coldplay-esque Korean quartet?!

Or an Asian take on the Friends?
(wait, that's been done already with 남셋여셋..)

It was my first time to the New Haven IKEA store;
I didn't know it could be so much fun!

A winning place to be on a Saturday afternoon.
Thank you Sukjin hyung for the ride!

As well as taking some timed shots with my digicam,
we also bought some furniture at the store--
two trolley-full of them, in fact.

I bought some much-needed chairs and lamps,
(see gimchi blue for a cheeky shot of results)
and also a soap box.

TYG for a really wonderful memory-making time
in the most unlikely places!