~Copied the post from the CSSUPM blog once more… Lets see… I started blogging about this at 10.30pm and now its 2.15am…Close to 4 hours… Could faint again… Haha… Hope I could wake up early for church tomorrow…~
Continuing from the last post… What did happened at 2.30am in the morning….?

I remembered lying on bed around 1.30am and then being shook on the leg at 2.30am… I could see the tiredness of the other participants as they aroused from their short sleep… And the second thing I remembered about was the cold…

It was cold… Really cold I remembered… One of the girls had leg cramps due to the coldness while we are asleep… Salutations to those who helped her… And the cramps was something which happened again for the other participants throughout the few days… ~Yours truly got his leg cramped during the second night during the short Praise and Worship session… While Melynita leg got cramped minutes before the performance session… Lucky she managed it…~

It was so cold that those without any jackets wrapped themselves in their blankets and proceed down to the Nicolas Hall… ~Me included…~

There was a number of participants already there when I arrived and a small ‘altar’ was set up as shown in the above photo for the 3am Divine Mercy…

Yup… The event of the wee hours of the morning was Divine Mercy…

~Everyone settling down for the Divine Mercy…~ ~Noticed me being wrapped up in the blanket… I look a bit like an oversized out-of-place Frodo Baggins on his way to destroy the One Ring because of the blanket…~

The whole session took around half and hour to one hour and after that, everyone was allowed to continue their dreams in bed…

Fast forward to 6 a.m… The temperature must have dropped a few more degrees since 3a.m… Freezing cold… There weren’t any fans and the windows are all shut but it still felt colder than an air-conditioned room with its air conditioned set to the lowest setting applicable…

~Yup… Its really very cold~ ~Really no kidding…~
~Something is REALLY wrong with this person since the first thing he does when he woke up was to take this photo~ ~Yup… Guess who else took this…~
~Francis trying to warm up by touching the kettle with boiling water…~ ~The kettle trick didn’t really worked though… But a warm drink in that condition really help out a lot…~

Since the events of the morning started off a bit late (it was tough to pull people out of bed)… Some of us managed to go off wandering out of the camp site…

~A photo of one of the blooming flowers in front of the center…~ ~Edited already to look it’s best…~
~Posing with the signboard… Fiona blocked off the I… (Noticed that Lorna has St. Gabriel’s mascot with her)~

Speaking about mascots… Each team was also given an egg and a biscuit to keep with them till the end of the camp… Eggs and biscuits… The biscuits served at the camp was similar to the biscuit given to us… Its a wonder noone mistook the biscuits as food for breakfast and ate them…

~Egg and biscuit (The egg in this picture broke due to an accident with Gary… He stepped on it… But that was after the camp was over)~ ~We were partying a bit too hard and Gary stepped on it…~
~Washing up after breakfast… Lorna is still holding the mascot…~

It was around 8 plus when we finally finished breakfast and cleaning up and proceeded with the sessions of the second day…The first session of the morning was a talk from Dr Kenny about Vision and Mission… Its a talk which involved everyone thinking of what they think was the Vision and the Mission of CSSUPM… The session even though short managed to get everyone thinking what do they want for CSS and how and what they should do to achieve it… Each team was then given time to decide on what they want and then a short presentation session was given to each team to voice their opinions and ideas on the subject… It gave chance to everyone to say something about CSS and how they want it to be… Sort of like a training for the upcoming EXCO members…

~Dr Kenny and the teams during their discussion session~~The facilitators for the session… Each team got one to facilitate their discussion on the topic… R to L: Kevin, Lawrence, Olivia, Dominic and Clement~

Dr Kenny made a good example allowing the participants to CARRY their OWN understanding of Vision and Mission literally…

~Everyone… Meet Kevin and four smaller guys..~

Dr Kenny had the four smaller guys to carry Kevin along a small obstacle course to illustrate the Vision and the Mission of the activity… As big as Kevin is… Do not underestimate the power of these four guys…

~The obstacle course… Made out of chairs… From one end to the other… Over a bunch of chairs and around another four chairs…~
~And they are off…~~And mission accomplished… Amazing… Rite?? Power to the smaller sized people… :)~ ~It was really amazing ok?!~
I guess Kevin might have been praying that they didn’t dropped him and made him break his back or the chairs or something… And God was listening.. 🙂

~Fiona and Garrie with their points~
~Nova with her ‘misi’~~This two are Jenna and Francis… ~

Actually this was what I enjoyed seeing… A bunch of new juniors standing out to present instead of the old faces… (Sorry Fiona, Garrie and Nova… You’re not old looking ya…) Its always hard to take the first step out and express yourselves… From what I’ve seen from Jenna and Francis… Both of them are very reluctant when their team members proposed them to go up and present… But then… during the presentation, they are actually very good when discussing their points… Maybe both of them had learned something new about themselves during the session… We may have found diamonds amidst rocks… (Metaphor) ~Frankly Jenna’s arguements during the presentation really did impressed me… And truth be told I really wasn’t expecting much of them as well… But how wrong was I… Her presentation coupled with Francis’s humor created one of the better presentations during this session… Really… IMHO~

Following Dr Kenny session was another short session by Michael who talk about CSSUPM and family…

~Michael is giving us a lecture as well :)~

All in all, the morning sessions have given us an insight towards what we all want for CSSUPM…After a brief morning break with some drinks and kuih… We returned for the second session, the bible quiz…

~Sitting within teams to discuss about the answer…~

It turns out that this session may be what we all needed every once in a while… To help us remember what we really know about the bible… Questions like… Who are the 12 apostles of Christ and What are the Ten Commandments…which are quite common could even start a debate on which is wrong and which is right… Especially for the Ten Commandments at which each Christian denominations has their very own and slightly different Commandments (thanks to Nova for clearing this up…)
It seems that we must indeed punish ourselves for all the wrong answers we brought forth…. Being Catholics and all… But the bible quiz has punishments of their own… While each correct answer brings forth marks to the team… Each wrong answer will be followed by the team getting a random punishment from the box…~I cringed everytime Team Gabriel has to answer a question… Praying silently for them to get it correctly… Since comittee members cannot help to answer the quiz… But still have to be punished as well… Lucky the worst was to sing the Senyum song replacing the Senyum with Kentut…~
The sorts of punishments from the box:

~Walking like ducks around the hall~
~Dancing~ ~Laughing like a bunch of madmen and madwomen…~
~Spelling out our theme with you behinds… (I have this on vid… Be patient for the video post)~

~Singing senyum with kentut words…~

As crazy as the above punishments may seem… Most of us really had a great time… It shows that one can have fun while testing their bible knowledge at the same time… But still the outcome of the quiz basically shows that we all have to brush up on our bible knowledge… As Fiona mentioned… ‘Bible sharing anyone??’Lunch followed after that… Apparently answering question from the bible drained us all so much that most of us were starving… But lunch once again… was in abundance… And everyone could have their fill of the food…Some of the late comers becoz of business to attend to join us after lunch

~Guess who’s in the house man… Yup.. Its Gary and Geo~~And of course Gary’s introduction won’t be complete without his breakdance…~

After the two guys introduced themselves and got sorted out into the teams… The teams were given a new task… Given three songs each… They have to make up a performance that is over ten minutes for the night session… The afternoon session was more less for the teams to create their own performance and for a short session of games…

~Team Gabriel discussion in the dining hall~ ~Why so many mentions of Team Gabriel??? Because they are my team ma…~

The games held:

~Sketching out more popular advertisements commercials~
~Balloon fight… Which got really wild after a while with everyone running everywhere~

And a treasure hunt… No photos on this as I was running all over the place ‘hunting’ as well…The night session was the performance session… I’ll only upload the photos on these… Please be patient for the videos…

~Joseph pleading to Jaclyn to accept his girlfriends Nouly…~
~Team Bernadette’s dance~
~Geo must have sent sparks flying off the eyes of the girls when he got into that pose..~
~Team Jude’s love story~
~Team St Paul’s sketch of a girl betraying her guy and how the guy left her… One of the music played was ‘Apologize’ at which… Its too late to apologize… Its tooo lateeeee~~~ ~Jaclyn’s team St Theresa dance… Absolutely loved how Jaclyn danced (Wait for video post)~
~Joseph is really into the dance…~

If you would like a copy of all the videos of the camp… Can find me once I finish collecting all of em… So far I know there are still more vids out there of the camp…Everyone had a brief photo session after the performances and the results will only be out on the next day…

~Nice shots showing Victor about to bite into something…~
That’s basically what happened on the 2nd day of the camp… Most fell asleep once they reach their bed while some talk with others till they too fell asleep in the cold conditions that night… But I’m certain from how everyone was, they had really enjoyed their time in the camp so far…Finally… find out who will top the other teams as we proceed into the final session on the 3rd day alongside the prize giving ceremony and the trip around Cameron before we headed back to UPM…

~Okay lets see… I think that a blog account of what happened during the camp couldn’t convey what each and every one of us participants had experienced… But still the bottom line is: I had loads of fun there… Singing and dancing… Till today my voice hadn’t really come back after I sort of lost it during one of the Praise and Worship sessions… Another point which I had pointed out to some before this and am pointing out again now is to drop all sense of protection from oneself when joining a camp like this… Don’t care about your image or whether you are suppose to be cute… cool… manly etc… Just let your hair down and do what you want… Dance when you hear the music… Sing when there is a tune… Don’t refrain yourself from enjoying… And thru it… You will realize that even the simplest things can be fun to do… For me… Apart from losing my voice… I had… dance all of a sudden with Jenna in the dining room while they were practicing the performance (She mentioned it was fun to dance with me… Lol… Wonder how can like that… I barely know how to dance properly)… Reached out on my own to hug and to make peace with everyone else during the Praise and Worship session… Got teary eyed during Nanaq’s session… Thinking back now… I felt a bit like… ‘I can’t believe I actually did that’…  So once more… Break out of the timid you… This is the time for you to have fun… With all the other members of the family… This Catholic family of yours… And when you break out of your shell and allow others to truly experience the real you… You yourself will find that you are closer to the other members of your family as well… At least thats what I felt…~