Saturday, December 7, 2013
Kristi told me about how Davis Art Center’s Annual Holiday Sale was one of her favorite community service events, so I decided to sign up to do the service event with her. I asked Alex to join us and somehow, we thought it was a brilliant idea to do 5.45 hours (12:30PM – 6:15PM) of community service. Mmmhmm!
So, the day started off with my 35mm lens dropping onto the street! Silly me must have forgotten to lock the lens in while rushing out of the house. Luckily, my lens filter took the greatest hit and only the auto/manual switch on my lens popped up. The lens can still function, but I’m not sure if it’s really the same anymore. I definitely plan to invest in another filter after experiencing this though!
Despite the little mishap, the service event turned out to be a lot of fun. Our roles for the day were to be “secret shoppers” for the Children’s Secret Store. The little store had items set up on tables with affordable prices. The store was for children to shop in only. Parents would give them a spending limit (with real money!) and a list of people to shop for. Our role as a secret shopper was to take them around and help them pick out gifts within their budget. The gifts were even gift wrapped for free in the end. It definitely made me miss working with children!
About halfway through, we ended up really hungry. Luckily, Cathy was around Davis since she was waiting to go eat dinner with us. She came through and delivered some McDonald’s for us to snack on! After a little while, Henry showed up with Coleen, which Alex looked like he was surprised to see. Success! 😀
After the service event ended, we went to Heat Shabu Baru for dinner. It was a place recommended by Cynthia and I didn’t know what to expect. However, the crazy cold weather made it perfect for hotpot. 🙂
Alex turned 21 years old this day. He never had an alcoholic drink in his life, but he was down to drink for his birthday. When the waitress carded him and saw it was his birthday, she told him his drink would be on the house. What was supposed to be a sake bomb turned out to be a reverse sake bomb. ;D
And the most awesome reaction of all…
Dinner came at a huge price tag, but it was delicious! We tried our best to get our money’s worth.
Alex ordered one more drink, but it turned out to be large bottle instead. Kristi and Henry accompanied in taking shots with him since I don’t prefer drinking. 😛
Dinner ended with a delicious scoop of green tea ice cream with mochi!
And then the bill came…
On the drive back to Davis, we got distracted by houses decorated for Christmas. We ended up stopping by this random house that had a lot of decorations. We also ended up taking a detour through the Fab Forties.
We went back to Alex’s house since he had another group of friends that was supposed to surprise him around 1100PM. While we waited, I managed to sneak my surprise gift to Alex by leaving it on his desk. It was a bottle of Adult Chocolate Milk and a card signed by the group. Alex decided to read everything aloud. >.>
Finally, his other friends came to surprise him! They ended up getting him a HUGE layered chocolate cake that he tried to get others to eat for him.
Before we left, we took some group photos. 🙂
Hope you had a fantastic 21st, LS Alex! 😀