I arrived Trinity Theological College on Monday afternoon, and quickly settled in the apartment allocated for my 4-week stay here. It is a very nice fully furnished 1-bedroom apartment with kitchenette.
Immediately after arrival, I headed straight to the library and ransacked the shelves for some of the books I need to work on my book project. I must say that I have been rather productive, and have written about 5,500 words (complete with footnotes!) in about 48 hours. This is a great achievement for me! But I am less certain if I am able to keep up with this pace in the following days to come (well - most of the stuff I have written have been swimming in my head for a while already and they form the bulk of the introductory chapter). And again, not all that has been written will see the light eventually.
It is not all work and no play for the budding NT scholar. On Monday, the first day of arrival, Tony Siew who is a faculty member of TTC and a good friend, together with his wife, took me out for dinner. Then on Tuesday, I met up briefly with Joshua Woo after his Greek exam (if you would like to know how he fared in his exam, you can read it here). Then I had lunch with a good old friend who is currently a priest at the Marine Parade Christian Centre. He has recently completed his Master of Theology at TTC. Our path first crossed more than 20 years ago in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia where we were both undergraduates in the same faculty. In the evening, I caught up with another dear friend who mentored me during my formative years in university and had dinner together with his family. On Wednesday, both Tony and I had the privilege of meeting up with blogpastor, Kenny Chee for lunch. We had a great time together.
I better get back to some writing before retiring for the night....Let's see whether I can hit 6,000 words??!!