It’s amazing how many people we can fit around the table despite having to edge it up near the built-in “chair”. 10 was our record so far, and we had 9 for dinner just now.

Dinner time conversations has always been interesting. We have fleeting moments of everyone at the table staying on the same topic, but very naturally and quickly those at the north of the table will find themselves talking about something entirely different from those in the south! But all’s good because eventually we have someone at the border lean over and ask: “So what are we talking about?”

After a scrumptious meal of spaghetti and meatballs topped with spicy pork and eggplant stir fry from our dear guest Felix, some decided to play with rhythms:

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Just before most of us headed off for Easter weekend, Elaine decided that the flatties should have an Easter egg hunt. Here are a couple of pics!:)

James tearing up his bed looking for his Easter eggJames finally finding itElaine found her Easter eggs pretty easily!Jordan on the verge of finding hersJordan lending Ruth two handsRuth found her Easter eggs!And so has Andrew!Josiah receiving his from the teddy bearA nice one with the egg and teddybearPeter and his invisible eggThe lovely Rongopai Easter bunny

My first post! whoop whoop! This post is loooooong overdue but yet it’s kinda updated. It’s been about 2 months since the first few of us moved in and it’s been a whirldwind of activity ever since in Rongopai!:) I have to admit, living in a HUGE flat with 7 other people has pretty exciting yet daunting at times. I’ve had a couple of people come up to me and tell me that if they were in my position, they don’t think they would be able to handle living with 7 others. Learning about each others’ habits and quirks have ensured bundles of laughs and occasional voice raising. Well, all part of the bonding process, right? 🙂

But I have to say, I’ve been really blessed by my flatmates. The late night heart to heart chats no longer are just confined to the night but happen anytime of the day. The sharing of life-our joys,stresses, struggles, disappointments, hopes, dreams,passions,enthusiasm for life and most of all our love for God and passion for reaching others for God and impacting our generation for Him constantly remind and encourage me of the purposes God has for our lives. It was not by chance or coincidence that the 8 of us ended up staying in Rongopai; it was divine planning. Each of us bring a set of strengths and weaknesses to the table but I know that God is using each one of us to sharpen the other(iron sharpens iron). Looking forward to the awesome journey ahead of us 🙂

Just a quick update(if you didn’t know already :P) the 7 in Rongopai have become 8.Here’s the newest addition to the flat!

WELCOME JAMES TO THE FLAT!!!

James

With eight people we are fortunate to agree on so much of what we do eat. But this is not the case with peanut butter. Two flatmates love their peanut butter to contain sugar and two flatmates lamented that their peanut butter be tarnished in this way. The other half of the flat aren’t fussy enough to care, and are happy enough watching the row unfold. Not surprisingly, it was unanimously decided upon that peanut butter of each sort would be purchased. However, after an extensive search of supermarket shelves was made, sweetened peanut butter could not be found, and so sugarless peanut butter was bought in a double portion. The sweetened peanut butter connoisseurs were horrified to learn that they have to sprinkle sugar on top.

More food disputes and tales of compromise as they unfold…

mid trimester (spring ;-)) break priorities:

NCIS marathon

apple deserts

field day

munchkin

Mt. Vic for breakfast/sunrise

…and heaps and heaps of work but anyway this list will spice it up a bit and should be added to in the spirit of letting the dream of a relaxing vacation run and jump and play about in our heads.

Yesterday was π day, and tonight (thanks to Jordan) we ate pie. It was good:
Pies

We finally got an Internet connection installed on Monday 25th February, and for a while had Ethernet cables running through the hallway (covered by left-over carpet in the doorways to prevent against tripping to some extent). On Sunday 2nd March, however, we installed some proper network cabling. We now have cables running from wall jacks in Josiah’s room (where the cable modem and router is) to similar jacks in Jordan’s and my room. It took longer than I expected, mostly due to difficulty drilling a hole through the wall beside my wardrobe door.

It ended up being quite a flat affair, as you can see in these photos:
Jordan and Peter trying to make a hole past my wardrobe doorJosiah and Elaine spectatingRuth was happyJanice in her usual pose

The end result (at my end):
An ethernet jack with a cable plugged into it