yesterday, i went for a US-China relations lecture in the morning at Buona Vista. had to reach there at 9ish, so i woke up at 7AM! had not woken up at such ungodly hours for a long long time alreadyy. throughout the entire trip, i was half asleep, and kept thinking to myself: if only the circle line were complete, then my trip would be half an hr shorter! anyway, the trip was pretty informative, but we saw many big shots attending the lecture, including MPs and colonels, so we felt like small fries in the lecture theatre.
after that, i took another 45 min ride back home, had lunch, then went out for tea with my ex-tutee's dad. had quite a long chat, and then realised i was running late for my networking session at NUS, so i rushed back, had a quick shower, and took the train again to CLEMENTI.
once again, the single thought in my mind throughout the entire trip was: why isnt the circle line complete. so for the second time in a day, i had a really long train ride. met weijun at clementi, and we both werent very certain of the directions. when we exited the train station, within seconds we were already a little lost since we couldnt find the bus that we wanted to take. we later managed to find a bus stop with the bus service which we were looking for around 400metres down. im so glad i didnt study at NUS otherwise ill die from the INSANE travelling time! finally, we reached NUS, and after some wrong turns, we managed to find the venue for our networking session. The entire building was a real maze, we actually found the venue without passing by the registration counter, so we had to backtrack to register at the counter.
finally got to meet up with my buddy and several other PSC scholars who are coming over to cambridge. seems like we have a lot less scholars coming to camb this year as compared to the last, and they are all taking pretty exotic subjects haha. after that, went to chat with my buddy and her parents, and then we went over to Udders at novena to continue talking about my camb experience. that reminded me of my internship memories last year, where we frequented the food centres around this area, and dropped by Udders for dessert (:
the next day, i went over to RJ to find some teachers and chat with my students! had a great time talking to my students whom ive not seen for either 6 months or a year! some of my teachers commented that i was very free since i had alr came back to school twice within a week LOL. after that, went to somerset 313 and shopped around there! yay now theres only orchard central left and ill be done catching up with the latest developments in town area ;) theres still helix bridge and IR on my to-visit list though :D
going kbox later today! *excited* P.S. last night i was being compared with a fangirl. this is disturbing O_O
consilio et animis
7/06/2010 08:53:00 PM
finally... after 1.5 years, my blog gets a face-lift. that must have been the longest ive ever kept a blog template ever. anyway, this new blog template features S.H.E's latest album, SHERO, so this is technically the 2nd blog template in a row that im featuring my favourite band! (the last blog was le petit prince, which was inspired by S.H.E's 612 星球) Anyway, SHERO is a nice motivational song, and i like a number of lines from this song, such as:
we will always face obstacles and difficulties in life. lets rise up to the challenge and become our own heroes and sheroes. hopefully this new blog template will renew my confidence in the year to come, and also provide me with more incentive to blog more frequently (:
blog template aside, im officially back for close to 2 weeks! still trying to adapt to the weather here though. when the sun is out, it gets really hot and humid, and when it isnt (which is the case for most afternoons now), we get freak showers, which start flooding many low-lying areas around singapore. so far ive been caught in the rain twice, and carrying an umbrella hardly helps in this kind of weather. which makes me wonder whether i would rather have the sun or the rain.
nevertheless, its great to be back, tasting delicious homecooked food AND Singaporean dishes. yummy! and i must have my fill of SEAFOOD before i go back! ive missed eating all the delicious seafood such as crabs, prawns and squid!!! time for a mega seafood meal soon (: and of course, its nice to be back in my room, which feels so much larger after staying in my tiny college room for a year. and i can now reach over to my radio and listen to 933 all day long! yes, its definitely great to be back!
anyway, i don't have any internships or major projects this summer, so im pretty free, and have been racking my brains for ideas on how to occupy myself! ive been quite successful so far haha... organised a KBOX outing last week and just had a cycling outing yesterday. we cycled from ECP to Changi Village and had lunch there! it was a nice cycle and the route was pretty shaded, so we didnt feel the full blast of the heat from the sun. it was also a good way to work out all the calories from the good food that ive been eating since i got back, though everyone will probably be quick to point out that i should be gaining more fats rather than burning them. ok hopefully all the yummy stuff in Singapore will give me a kg or two before i go back to Cambridge (:
after lunch, we wanted to cycle back from Changi V to ECP through another park connector but the weather didn't look good, and we were pretty tired, so we decided to head over to GG's house, where we spent the afternoon playing table tennis and karaoke-ing :D the table tennis session turned out to be more exhausting than cycling cos we started having a ping pong war and smacked ping pong balls towards each other. haha that was definitely a good warmup for our upcoming paintball session this hol (:
consilio et animis
7/03/2010 09:29:00 PM
Unbreakable, Impenetrable, Irredeemable
S.H.E has finally released their new album! Generally quite pleased with the songs in this album, though I was hoping there would be more. And this is one of my favourite songs from the album (:
On a side note, Joshua and I were chatting and he mentioned a quote by C.S. Lewis which I found quite interesting and checked it up:
"To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket- safe, dark, motionless, airless--it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable."
I wonder if my heart has become irredeemable.
consilio et animis
4/11/2010 06:16:00 PM
Welcome 2010 and Lent Term 09/10!
my first post of 2010! my time in singapore seemed to fly by really quickly. tomorrow at this time ill be on my way back to cambridge already... and the battle against the weather will begin. of course, not to forget the battle against the insane example sheets too. now that im more mentally prepared, hopefully this term will be a much more fruitful and satisfying one. i hope 2010 will begin on a good note (:
had a great time in singapore thanks to all my friends who arranged the outings without being able to contact me on hp! thats quite a feat haha. but come to think of it, i remarkably survived 2 weeks without a hp!
went to kbox yesterday with kai, kwanie and a few other friends. it will be a while before i get to kbox again, and then ill be trying out all the new songs once more. but quite happy that i experimented with so many new songs! i discovered genie's 一秒就好 is actually very difficult to K. but i also K-ed a number of fast / crazy songs, like lu guang zhong's OH YEAH!!, david tao's 我太傻, evan's 小乖乖 and yoga's 看见什么吃什么. haha actually i love to K hyper songs when i go kbox cos most people like to sing slow ballads which are usually very emo. so to balance things up, ill usually sing some cheerier songs :D haha... too bad never get to sing WOW!
the day before, i went to rjc. its always nice to be back in rjc. i really feel at home there, especially since ive spent a year with the math department. im really glad for that opportunity, as it made 2009 a really memorable year of my life. anyway, i got to see the math dept tutors, who just ended their meeting. the oteam were also there to do their final dry run for orientation, so i hung around to see what they were doing. then, i was walking along this corridor when this bunch of people dressed in ninja gear started charging past haha... thought it was quite amusing. apparently that was part of the war games. im glad that i managed to see a number of my students too! (:
tomorrow, i shall pop by school again to say hi to my students before i leave! and to take with me some parting memories of RJ before i return to cambridge.
cheers to the new term ahead!
P.S. this is a nice new song that im recently addicted to:
I realised I have neglected my blog since I embarked on my trip to cambridge. While it is definitely right to say that I have had a busy term, I think there are many other reasons behind this. I feel that my first term has been a very... reflective one. When term began, I found myself having to make many changes to adapt to the steep learning curve, the new environment and many other different things. 透不过气来 is an apt word to describe my situation. While I survived the term, I felt that I certainly could have done much better to start my term in cambridge on a much better note. And it made me wonder if it was because I was not mentally prepared for the challenging term in cambridge, or if I had been resting on my laurels for way too long and it is time that I am shaken back to reality. For too long have I been in a protective bubble of praises, encouragement and approval, and it is time to step out of this circle. I hope that my upcoming term will be a better one.
Anyway, Michaelmas term ended with a (not-so-enjoyable for me) christmas formal and a wonderful christmas party within the F@F-ers, with guests from the other side of cambridge - Homerton. It was a great way to end the term, and everyone of them at the party played an important role in making my term a great one.
the return trip back to SG wasnt so smooth though. thanks to gg who cursed our entire trip, we encountered luggage problems, failed bag checks and just when we thought we successfully made it through, our plane fuel compartment had problems and our flight was delayed by 3 hours. nevetheless, we made it back safely and it was an experience worth remembering, but not one which i would like to relive. its great to be back basking in the sunshine of singapore but i didnt get to stay for long because our family had a holiday trip to China shortly after.
the trip to China was a nice break, and the scenery in some places were really breathtaking. i loved the trip up one of the snow mountains. on the trip up, we could see a beautiful snow capped peak in the distant, along with some occasional snow. and once we reached the top, we could gaze at the countryside area at the bottom of the mountain. i also enjoyed some of the cultural performances, which were very lively and allowed us to learn a bit more of the culture of some tribes in China.
now that im back, its time to start on my work. i resolve to finish all my holiday homework before term ends! hopefully i will have time after that to do a new blog template... if not it will have to wait till summer hols next yr! :D
anyway, here's a new song by JJ which i like a lot:
I realised that it's been over a month since I last blogged. It had been very eventful since I arrived at cambridge and I must say that it is a totally new experience for me to be studying here.
a noticeable difference between singapore and UK is the weather. firstly, its rather cold here, even though it is only autumn. and the temperatures have taken a dip over the past week and are now in the range of single digits. the skies here are almost always gray, and you will have to be lucky to see a bright sun and blue sky. after the change in daylight saving time, it gets dark very early, at around 4ish, and so the nights here seem longer. it took me quite a while to get used to the weather, but thankfully, after getting some nice warm scarfs and gloves, im more ready to combat the adverse weather here.
the food in my college is passable but not exactly fantastic. there are some nice desserts to look out for though, which im often unable to resist :D food is generally quite expensive, especially if u want something good. an alternative to that will be to cook something on our own, and we often hold cookouts where we invite fellow singaporeans to taste our cooking (:
im glad that there are a number of singaporeans in my college (fitzwilliam college). coincidentally, 3 of the 4 singaporean freshers are living side by side in the same block along the same corridor, and its great that we have much in common to talk about. my other corridor and course mates are also very friendly, and some of them are impressively smart and really knowledgeable in their respective fields.
generally, cambridge is a nice place to stay in. the buildings and scenery here are also very beautiful, not to mention the river cam, which flows through several nice bridges such as the bridge of sighs and the mathematical bridge. the only problem about staying at fitz is that it is located at the top of a hill, so ill have to cycle up and down hill to the town centre for lectures everyday. the uphill ride was quite tiring at first, but i gradually got used to it so it became better after that.
on to my math course. the math course here has a really steep learning curve, and i really struggled to keep up with the course. a lot of new concepts and ideas are continually thrown to us to grapple with, which may be very daunting for a first year. nevertheless, im still learning to adapt to the challenging nature of the course and hopefully i will be able to keep my head above the waters :D
that pretty much sums up my life so far... which is quite different from my study experience in singapore. life certainly hasnt been a bed of roses so far. perhaps it is because i was not fully prepared for my studies as i was working right up till a few days before i flew over... i just feel that i am not mentally ready to take on, and fully benefit from all the challenges that my course has to offer. or perhaps it is because i have very high expectations of myself, but so far, i feel that i have been underachieving, and not fully maximising the opportunities here in cambridge. but im still working, learning, and adapting, and i hope that this new experience will be allow me to become mentally and intellectually stronger.
consilio et animis
11/11/2009 05:55:00 AM
Rock 'n Roll
about chorkiang. 22. pisces. email@example.com.
school [cambridge 10-12] fitzwilliam. mathmo. cumsa.
[rjc 05-06] 2S01D. shiemarrakan. jacharis. 25thcouncil. harmoc. mathssoc.
[ri 01-04] 4R. ripb. scouts. mathsclub.
[cat hi 95-00] 6K.
work MHA (Jun/Jul 09).
RJC Math Dept (Jan-Sep 09).
loves candy. chocolate. ice cream. sour stuff. kbox. silver.
singers SHE. hebe. genie. joi. fish. angela. stefanie. jolin. rainie. mayday. FIR. jay. wilber. jj. joanna.
actresses crystal liu. charmaine sheh. linda chung. jeanette aw.
favourite tv heroes. TW ou xiang ju. HK crime story shows. amazing race. survivor.