As we come to the end of a busy week filled with classes, assignments, and life in general, we decided to end the week with FRESHOUT. It is a picnic organised by PKA to help integrate the first year students into PKA and to also allow the seniors to associate themselves with the first year students and vice versa. This year, we went to Youth Park aka Penang Municipal Park for FRESHOUT. Our journey to Youth Park began at 8am and it took us roughly around 30 minutes to reach there. THANK GOD FOR THE CLEAR ROADS and the smooth journey.
When we arrived at Youth Park, we unpacked our personal belongings, food, drinks and bag packs. We started our session of FRESHOUT with games organised by Marianna Tan and Deborah Ooi. The games we played were the Shoe ID and Zombie. The objective of the Shoe ID game was to break the ice between the members especially for the first year students. How the game was played was by throwing a slipper or shoe into a big pile. After that, everyone has to grab a random shoe or slipper and find out 3 new facts about the owner of the shoe or slipper. So after returning everyone’s smelly shoes and slipper, we moved on to the next game which was the Zombie game. The objective of the Zombie game was to get everyone up and running. It is also to act as a warm up session for the Captain Ball session we were planning to have later on. So how the game was played is by dividing our members into 3 groups that consist of zombies, survivors and assistants. The zombies were supposed to catch the survivors while the assistants were tasked with guiding the survivors to a safe house (tree) while the survivors, well they had to survive obviously. So after a good 10 minutes of running and chasing one another, the zombies emerged victorious.
Next, we went on to have our picnic at a shaded location with tables and chairs. We had a wide array of food that consist of nasi lemak, sandwiches, an assortment of fried fish balls, biscuits and many more. My initial concern was there was not going to be enough food to feed all 50 of us but by the grace of God we had more than enough and this is all thanks to the members who so kindly brought food along with them to add to the amount that we already have and to also fill our hungry tummies. As we were eating, we had a great time of fellowship with one another especially with getting to know our juniors better. Just sitting down with one another and catching up with one another especially after such a busy week allowed us to learn more about one another and to also encourage each other through the struggles we were facing, to continue striving and pursuing God in everything we do.
After we had our fill of food, some of the members went to have a dip at the nearby swimming pool while some went to take photos of the scenic views at Youth Park. The rest of us went to play Captain Ball and it was good to see everyone taking part and adding to the joy and laughter but sadly all good moments have to come to an end and we had to depart back for USM at 12pm but not before taking loads of group pictures to commemorate the moment.
All in all, it was a successful event and everyone who attended it had a great time together.
By: Matthew Wong!