Sunday, August 31, 2014

Brand New

Hiya

Feeling so stressed now :( Over all sorts of random things.

Tomorrow is September... damn, time flies.

Lum posted a really cute collage of us on Instagram last night, with a really sweet caption,

"Earlier on SJ said "I miss you lumpy" and that was when I realized how queer it was going to classes without them now. Come to think of it, we were rly a clingy bunch - so much so our classmate said once "If you tell one of them (something), all 3 will know. #meangirls5eva #missugirlstoo"

:((( Pack your bags kids, we're going on a feels trip...

Haha jk but really, I miss JC. Not so much the studying part, of course, but having a homeroom and the most diverse but amazing (albeit gossipy, especially the boys ironically) bunch of classmates.

I miss that feeling of stepping into a classroom and knowing every face and name and getting used to their presences after a while. Even if you're not close to everyone, you're still comfortable enough to talk nonsense and joke around in front of them.

Your teachers are kind, caring and extremely patient, some of them join you sometimes in talking rubbish, and there is this friendly atmosphere in the classroom all year round because it's always the same 24 (give or take a few) of you.

I miss yelling, "Race you there!", playing guitar in empty classrooms, 'ear-dropping' (inside joke) on classmates' conversations, literally running down to the canteen every Tuesday right after math lecture...

I will never get over the one time we ran along the corridor past this guy also heading to the canteen, and he saw us running and broke into a run too. Never. I'm cracking up as I type this.

In uni it's really a whole new world. Suddenly information is no longer spoonfed to you, you have to constantly go online and check for announcements because lecture slides can be released on the same day of the lecture itself, lecturers are distant because there's just so many of you and you almost never see the same person in more than one class. Everyone is just moving around, rushing to places in a huge, intimidating environment that is your campus.

People are self-assured, cool and confident, shaking hands and making friends like it's second nature to them, while you fumble because all people did in JC was awkwardly say their names and mumble a 'hi'.

Sigh

Oh wellz, dinnertime.

(edit: done with dinner.

I just want to go outside and find somewhere cold and lie down with a hot drink and listen to Tigers Jaw... is that too much to ask for?)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

I saw water

Listening to Tigers Jaw after a whole week of being deprived of the time to sit down and listen to some magic.

Well, not like I really have the time now actually. But too tired to care

Been feeling floaty the whole day because I came home past midnight last night. Yes, that is late for me.

Can't believe I travelled all the way to NUS for the Amplified meeting haha.

But it was pretty worth it! Almost everybody in the room liked the Chili Peppers. -insert crying emoticon here-

We had to go one round saying our names, what instrument we played and what genres we liked. Sadly, most or all of the singers were mainstream lovers, the guitarists and drummers were metalheads and the other bassists were jazz people. No rockers or punkers :(

(shit, Tigers Jaw is so damn good I want to cry)

People mostly just remembered me as the only girl bassist / only rock-lover haha. 苦笑 (LOL love how this directly translates to 'bitter laughing')

Managed to make a few acquaintances. I'm so terrible at socialising one guy even asked me if I was socially awkward. Ha ha

Someone brought their guitar and we went outside for a little acoustic jam. It was so fun :) I was the worst singer in our group of about five cause the rest were vocalists, but it was all good, I loved listening to them. Never heard such wonderful voices in my life! Heard that the vocalist turnout was pretty big so I guess those who got through are really the cream of the crop, wow.

A German guy walked past and stopped to say hi and listen a bit. I said, "Wie geht's?" and he replied me but I didn't understand his reply. Hahahahha

Abrupt end

Bye

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

And tonight will go on forever while we walk around this town like we own the streets

Sitting alone in UTown's Aud1 sippin my tea waiting for lecture to start. 

I wore a tshirt, shorts and slippers today because I expected a downpour this morning like yesterday's and my converse were still drying. 

They were totally soaked while I was trudging 'upstream' yesterday morning to the SH Building. 

I think I look like a Year 3 or a hostel student. #embracing the cui look

Hope today's lecture is interesting. Honestly, though I'm super tired and starting to feel stressed out, I really enjoy what I'm learning and I feel like 3 weeks of an arts education has kind of impacted me more than 4 years of being a science student ever really did. 

K lecture starting soon bye


Monday, August 25, 2014

I'm stuck in these metro malls and airport halls and all these schoolgirls

Hi hi

So much work to do, I'm drowning in it.

Ok actually I think my workload isn't half as bad as it could be, but it's scary cause there's a fresh pile of things to do every week and it feels like I'll miss my footing and slip if I don't buck up soon

Speaking of footing, I tripped again at school today, this time in front of a relatively substantial crowd ahahaha I remember I said something in the morning to Lianne and then I said oh crap, karma's gonna get me again, and it really happened. Hahaha plus I was holding a coffee and was gonna take a sip of it when my foot caught on a sly little slab of curb. It's a miracle I didn't spill a drop

Anyways, I GOT INTO CAC AMPLIFIED!! OMGWTFBBQZXC (haven't used this in years literally)

I suspect it might be because bass player turnout was low this year, but oh well who cares, I'm in and I'm so happy!!! It actually feels as good as the day I found out I got into NUS -insert appropriate emoticon here-

However the welcome tea is at 8pm........ this Friday........ Which just so happens to be my free day........

Me: Should I go?
Doddy: Go la make friends. You might find a hot guy who plays guitar.
Me: OR a bassist.
Doddy: Ya but just don't go for the drummers. They beat the things they love.

Listening to a random My Chemical Romance podcast I found in my iTunes now, mainly cause I just find their voices comforting. Funny how I used to hate Gerard's voice, until the band became my only solace during my difficult adolescent I-want-to-set-fire-to-everything days. #nostalgia

Today was a really long day (started classes at 9am and ended at 6pm) so I'm gonna turn in now (classes commence at 8am and finish at 4pm tomorrow, wish me luck).

Good night everyone. Sincerely hope all of you have a wonderful week ahead.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Why'd you leave the keys up on the table

Really craving for some hearty tomato sauce spaghetti with bell peppers and tomatoes. Feel like cooking it but there's homework to do. Meh

Met up with SJ on wednesday for our usual dinner. Hadn't seen her in 3 weeks! And it was funny cause we didn't even discuss where to go for dinner and just met each other at our usual Umi Sushi. 

Short and simple dinner ketching up but it was just what i needed :) 

Oh ya and let me digress a bit but on Tuesday the guy in front of me in lecture wore his shirt inside out and I tried so hard to contain myself. 

And then after that while I was walking down a slippery slope I almost tripped and landed on my bum on the hard floor, but I somehow managed to regain my balance with one foot on the ground. At first I was mortified and didn't even dare to turn around to see if anybody had witnessed my balancing act. 

But very soon I was shaking with silent laughter hahahahaha it was damn funny I hope no one saw me smiling to myself

Seriously though, karma. 

Yesterday Lianne accompanied me to school for my 8am lecture again, then I crashed her GL lecture again.

Had lunch at The Deck, then bought coffee at Humble Origins and lepak-ed. I think buying coffee and lepak-ing is really my favourite thing to do. 

Noticed that my cup was made of a white papery material so I got my pens out and we decided to get artsy... 


...by drawing each other HAHAHA is that what you think my nose looks like, Lianne? 

Met Carmen for dinner at the airport. We agreed that everytime we meet we talk about all kinds of depressing stuff hahahaha but really I am gonna miss her so much when she flies off in less than a week. 

We were close in secondary school but didn't talk that much after she went to IP and we spent most of JC busy with our own lives, so I guess we have tons to talk about. And I am definitely glad we met up again. 

Sometimes the world doesn't seem that big, probably because of media and technologies and the rate at which information can get transmitted these days, but when you think about it, it really is big. Sighpie

Anyways, tutorials commence next week! No more wearing shorts to school, at least for the time being. Hope the workload is still manageable too. And hope I manage to make nice friends :'( 


And this is just a random foto of our lunch on Monday at Science Fac's Platypus. 

Looks good don't it?! 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Professional Griefers




Today was a good dayyyyy

So I'm listening to one of the most upbeat songs. I usually don't listen to songs like this at all, but this is so wonderful. And it's Gerard Way, one of my biggest inspirations. /hearts

Learnt a lot of cool new words in German lecture, and almost fell asleep in ELL lecture but was fortunately inspired to stay awake by the interesting dude seated next to me who was over-enthusiastic about all the wonderful new things he was learning.

Also received news that tomorrow's SE Asian lecture is cancelled!! Well, it might simply have been postponed actually, since IVLE's announcement dubiously read "No lecture on 20 Aug," but hallelujah no need to spend three hours of travelling on a 1.5h lecture tomorrow! 

And finally, I plucked up the courage to tell my dad that I'm considering pursuing a Sociology degree instead of an Econs degree. I thought he would scoff at me, so I was all ready to receive a scolding, but he actually encouraged me to go for it if it's what I really want. I was so stunned and touched I almost cried. Hahaha. Yes, I have very sensitive tear glands. 

Anddd that's it for today :) 

Only downer was that I didn't get the Socio tutorial slot I wanted, but then on the bright side I got all the other slots I picked. So yay

Monday, August 18, 2014

Chop Suey




My latest song addiction. I know it's old but it's so damn good!

I'm in lesbians with this song. (movie reference you got three seconds to guess it- oh nope time's up) 

Today was a pretty eventful day

Started off Monday with the 9am three-hour Econs lecture haha it didn't feel as long as last week's, thankfully!

Had lunch at Platypus Food Bar @ the Faculty of Science during the four-hour break with Lianne :) Portions were extremely generous! We got the medium bowls and they were literally filled with food. Really worth it for $7.50, but it tasted just decent, not really anything fantastic. My hazelnut latte and Lianne's iced lemon tea were also... meh.

Would definitely go there if I were super hungry, though.

Then we went to the Engineering block to do our Socio readings. Today's travelling was extremely hectic, idk why. We nearly couldn't get on the bus to school and all the buses we took were packed to the brim.

It was also mega tiring walking from any one place to another because there's all these staircases up and down everywhere. I can't imagine doing this for the next few years haha.

After Socio lecture, Lianne accompanied me to my audition for cac Amplified. I tried so hard to not be nervous but how can you not be nervous facing your biggest fear? Which in my case, is having to play an instrument in a roomful of extremely intimidating semi-professional musicians.

Also my fault for being geh kiang despite knowing I'm a jack of all trades and master of none, and opting in the online form to audition for both bass and vox. Sang Finding Home by Saosin (everyone in the room went, "Who?" when I told them the song title and artiste) and my throat was so dry and I knew I was pitchy, plus I have insecurities with my tone. I am so sad.

Really don't think I stand a chance, but oh well. Still glad I went for it, cause I know I definitely would've regretted not going. Also managed to make a couple of new friends, yay me!

I actually don't know when I started being so socially awkward. I remember being a really noisy kid; my parents used to call me jiao gei which means 'talkative'. But nowadays it really takes time for me to start talking more in front of new people, though I guess maybe that's normal for most people? Haha

Journey-ed back to the East with Lianne (as usual, we were laughing like a pair of bananas about the most random things on the train hahaha) and bought my own dinner.

I have to wake up at 5.30am tomorrow for lectures. Wish me luck :')

Good night!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Don't mess with the French.

"French Catholic missionaries had been proselytizing in parts of Vietnam with some success for two hundred years. But by the 1830s, a reaction had developed against them and a number were arrested and executed. In 1843, the French demanded that five condemned missionaries be released and sought to obtain the guarantee of rights of French nationals in Vietnam, much as European countries were doing in China at the time. Misjudging the strength of the French (as the Burmese had the British in India), the Vietnamese continued to harrass the resident French. After their demands were rejected, the French invaded Cochin China (present-day southern Vietnam) and took over by 1867. At the same time, they also turned their attention to Cambodia and forced the Thai, who then held it, to cede control to France. The French next addressed northern Vietnam and took Hanoi in 1882. The last piece of the French Empire in Southeast Asia was the territory of Laos, gained in the form of a protectorate in 1893, partly by getting Siam to cede control in the north. Together the three countries became the Colony of French Indochina."

Purple stain

This took forever cause I had to mail the pictures from my phone to my inbox, then rotate them and finally upload. Pls appreciate efforts. Haha

Just random stuff from around late June till now. 



One of my favourite pasttimes is playing with cats at void decks



My makeshift practice area



Baybeats 2014















(This cup of coffee really sucked)




Behind the scenes

vs.


The real thang


Visited ET at her hostel at NUS CAP last Thursday with Jiams



Y so prettz


Then there's me


Found this when I was looking for a file to use for uni. 
Dem waves of nostalgia. 
I still recall Ms Padma complaining that we wasted more than half the lesson on folding this, and Lum's copy turning out horrible and her saying it looked like it was made by a boy. 


Kaffee





Pre-clubbing last night. Jiams took forever to get ready!!




Post-clubbing hahaha. We went to Mansion, cause it was free entry. 
I think my first time was much more fun. There was a better crowd, I was a lot less sober and we had our guy classmates with us, so I didn't attract any unwanted attention. 
This time was a little less safe. Maybe if I was slightly drunk it would've been ok but I was completely sober and very aware and wary of all the intoxicated males around us. 


Slept over at Jiams' house and we had prata for brunch


It was a good weekend!

Time to start preparing for next week's lectures. Lianne was right; we should've spread out our Exposure modules over a few semesters. There's tons of reading to be done :(

BYE

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Moonshine

Done with second day of school haha. It felt more tiring than the first.

Only had one lecture today which was ELL, at 10am. Reached the bus stop and it was pouring cats and dogs. I was praying someone would notice my plight and offer to share their umbrella and miraculously, my prayers were answered.

The kind soul even walked me to the audi though he was supposed to be heading in another direction. I only realised when he turned and walked in the opposite direction after we parted ways. Thank heavens for nice people.

But alas, life is full of plot twists. The lecture lasted half an hour. Yup, I came to school for a half-an-hour lecture. There wasn't even any important information at all. Everything was all in the slides.

There was a slight commotion when the lecturer said we were coming to the end of the lecture. But seriously, what a waste of time and money -__- especially for someone like me who had no other classes for the rest of the day.

Anyway, so I went to lecture alone and came out with three friends. Not new friends hahaha but people from AHS. There's quite a surprising number of people from AHS taking this module. Saw at least 10 in the audi.

It was great to see some familiar faces again. Especially Nicolaaaa I've missed her! Doncha love when you meet old friends again and they're still exactly the same :)

Separated from the rest to go buy my German books, then met with Nat again to have lunch. Well, I had lunch and she watched me eat. I've heard The Deck is the best canteen in FASS, and it's totally true.

And we had coffee after that. Ahaha, so much for 'I'm gonna cut down on my intake.'

Lepaked somewhere for a while, then she went for her Psych lecture and I went home. The ride to and fro will be the death of me sooner or later :( Fell asleep on the train.

Went to the studio for a while, then went home. Doddz is coming over later to help me repair my bass guitar cause the buzzing's getting from bad to worse. Super nice of him since he lives in Boon Lay -insert horrified emoticon here- Again, thank heavens for kind souls!

I feel like my blog is so boring hahaha but oh well

Maybe I'll upload pictures next time

BYE

Monday, August 11, 2014

As they do when they do in Sicily

Hi I survived my first day of school. 

The day kinda zoomed past, prolly because Lianne and I only had two lectures and a four-hour break in between. 

Lianne's mom gave us a lift to FASS. I almost fell asleep in the car. 

Econs was super boring and I was struggling to catch up in the second half. Not trying to find excuses but it was a 9am lecture and I haven't digested a single morsel of econs in almost nine months, so...

And I have never heard a lecturer talk so fast. She just went on like a bullet train, really reminded me of Ms Wong, my civics tutor from JC. But Ms Wong is nicer. 

I really miss JC :(( I miss being spoon-fed information and having a homeroom and a class and form teachers and at least knowing where to get my lecture notes. 

Oh well, maybe it'll be better once we get our tutorial classes. 

Lianne and I went to D' Good Cafe at Holland Village for lunch during our four-hour break. The food is average. Too rich for my liking. The coffee was good, though. 

I think I'm developing an addiction to coffee. My dad always warned me about it but I never listened. I probably should cut down on my intake :( 

It started to rain unexpectedly after we went back to campus and were checking out UTown so we knew how to get to our classes. 

After a lot of frantic speed-walking and panicking, we finally managed to get to our Socio lecture, which was located very inconveniently at the Faculty of Engineering block (of all places) and fortunately we were only ten minutes late. 

It was quite embarrassing walking into the fully-seated lecture theatre looking like drenched cats, though. But thank goodness we weren't the only ones. Hahaha

It was the other way round for me and Lianne with the Socio lecture. I thought it was really interesting and she was extremely bored. Which actually is a bad sign for me since I'm intending to major in econs. Uh-oh. 

So before we knew it (well, before I knew it), it was almost 6pm already! 

I guess I actually enjoyed myself today, even though I didn't make any friends at all- I just stuck with Lianne the entire time hahaha but it was still fun! We spent about an hour camwhoring at the cafe and the edited photos were LOL

Probably won't get to blog too often, at least not lengthy posts, for the time being. Lots of stuff to do, like buy books and get my guitar fixed and practise drums. 

Oh yeah, I signed up for the second term today. Another three hundred plus gone :( why is learning an instrument so expensive haha sighpie

Hopefully it'll be worth it and I will have time to produce something out of those lessons. 

Ok bedtime. Good night friends, hope you have a great week! 

Y

GOOD MORNING

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

BUTTERFLIES

MANY BUTTERFLIES

Technically I should be used to this since I've had so many 'first days of school' 

BUT NO

EVERY FIRST DAY FEELS LIKE THE FIRST FIRST DAY 

WEHHHHH

Sunday, August 10, 2014

And we sleep inside of this machine



It's the last day of freedom!!!!!!

It kind of just hit me when I woke up this morning, and I haven't been able to shake off that depressing notion since then.

It hit me that this is it- it's literally the end of the big break I've been waiting for my whole life. The end of the longest holiday ever, by far.

Where did all the time go? And I mean this very seriously. I didn't even realise how fast the months went by. I just thought, oh yeah I'm starting university in a couple of months... a month... couple of weeks... couple of days...

But it never really occured to me that it was so little time.

I went out on Thursday, to visit ET at her new hostel with Jiams. It looked a lot better than I'd pictured, but I don't think I'd want to move into a hostel now. You have to do a lot of cleaning up, and you have to take out the trash and wash and dry-clean your own clothes.

I can imagine myself going from slob status to downright disgusting because I reuse my clothes all the time and I probably would do so even more if I had to wash my own clothes.

Anyways, then Jiams and I went for a drink.

Spent Friday being ill at home. I think I was mildly hungover which is really weird because... is it even possible for a pint of beer containing vodka and lime juice to give you a hangover?

I wasn't feeling feverish at all, neither was I having a cold. I had all the symptoms too.

But anyway I read online that sometimes impurities such as zinc are added into your alcohol to bring out the taste more, and these can make you sick. Hmm.

Went out with my family yesterday to CCP for lunch, then after we came home I watched a bunch of bands' full concerts. John Frusciante was godly at Slane Castle.

Wasn't in a National Day mood at all this year. Every year I watch the NDP, it just gets more cringe-worthy. So many over-enthusiastic brightly-dressed people. -shudders-

Spent today printing out my new timetable, lecture notes and readings. It took forever because my printer can't print double-sided hahaha so I had to sit there and do it manually.

Print page, flip, print page, flip.

There went my afternoon~

Time to grab some edibles. Bye

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Hit em right between the eyes

(Meant to publish the following post at 12pm today)


I tried to learn Soul to Squeeze by RHCP on bass last night. First time attempting a whole song fingerstyle. I always use a pick because I listen to a lot of fast-paced stuff, and also mainly because playing with a pick is so much easier hahahaha ya I know people call it cheating.

But I've definitely gained a greater appreciation of fingerstyle bass now. It took away so much of the finger noise, and somehow the riffs sounded so much better. But they were still difficult to play. I love Flea.

At one of my favourite cafes now. Wish all the best cafes weren't so darn inaccessible. I was at Starbucks earlier for breakfast and was contemplating whether to just get my coffee there or at this place, and in the end I walked all the way here.

But it was all worth it :) saved more than two bucks, for a much better cup of coffee. YAY

Also saved even more when the barista asked me, "Are you staying here?" and I was confused for a second and thought he meant like 'having here or takeaway', so I said "Yeah" and then I remembered the cafe was connected to a backpackers' inn, so I got my coffeh at a discounted price. Hell yeah.

#perks of looking like shit all the time #no offense backpackers

So, we're almost mid-week into the last week of holidays. I am so sad.

I was gonna do this "Things I've Accomplished Over the Last Eight Months" thing, but Lianne beat me to it, and she had all these pretty pictures too. Pshhh oh well I'm still gonna do it anyway

I had a tutor during the JC days. He was a family friend in his final year of uni and he mainly taught me chemistry but he liked to gossip and chit chat a lot too, so I learnt more from him than just chemistry.

Anyways, nearer to the A level period, he told me, "The break after your A levels is going to be the best time of your life. So you better cherish it."

I take advice from elders very seriously, so I made it a point to try new stuff and do all the things I wanted to do. Well, most of the things.

I think I can safely say that I thoroughly enjoyed my break, and spent it well. I caught up with a lot of old friends, went through a lot of new experiences and did a lot of thinking.

But, I think my biggest regret is that I didn't get to go overseas with friends. I feel like it's one of those things you have to do during a long break. There was a lot of planning with different people, but nothing ever came to fruition. Oh well, next time!

I did get to go overseas with my parents though, and it was awesome :) Love my folks!

1. Took my first trip to Africa
"I just moved here from Africa." 
Morocco was beautiful and if not for Mediterranean cuisine and the slightly intimidating locals, I would want to move there already. Would love to see more of Africa when I'm older.

2. Worked three different jobs
They were my first jobs, one after the other- I tutored a girl briefly when I was in sec4, but never had a real part-time job. Worked as a cashier, a relief teacher and a receptionist. It was super tiring, but satisfying. I learnt a lot from working, although I felt more than ready to enjoy my last two months of holiday by the time I was done with the last job. Oh, and apparently two of the Little Monsters wrote me cards for Kindness Week, aw :')

3. Joined a new band
It's sad that we don't get to meet as frequently as I'd like to these days, but those couple of months were probably the best of my break. I like having things on my schedule, so though juggling work, practice and west-side meetups was tiring, I don't regret any of it. I miss that overexcited, jumpy feeling- like I would be falling asleep at work and then suddenly remember about practice later, and I would wake up instantly. Darn it now I feel like jamming :(

4. Had my first gig
Aside from school events, it was my first time performing live, what more with my favourite instrument. Awesome experience, would love to do it again, if I ever get the chance

5. Seen Mayday Parade live
Not the best live show out of the three I've seen, but it's still Mayday freaking Parade. I think people were looking at me cause I was jumping around and singing so loud but I was just so happy :') Going to gigs are basically the best thing ever. Love Mayday Parade!

6. Went clubbing
Yep, did something I never thought I'd try. And actually enjoyed it. Moral of the story, don't be afraid to try new things cause honestly you'll never know.

However, kids, the same rule does not apply to drugs.

7. Tried hard liquor
Yummerz.

8. Picked up drums
Finally, after years of contemplating I just went for it. My mom didn't even have anything to say cause she wasn't paying for it. -insert smug emoticon here-
Again, I regret nothing :)

9. Signed up to learn a new language in university
LAG1201, hell yeh.

10. Went swimming
First time in three years. Was pleasantly surprised to discover I hadn't actually forgotten how to swim like I thought, but I still didn't have the stamina to even finish one lap hahahaha.

11. Watched a horror movie
Before this, the first and last horror flick I caught in cinemas was Drag Me To Hell, and at the time it was so nasty I swore I wouldn't watch another one again. Did it this year on a dare cause I lost a board game, and fortunately it wasn't that scary. I think it was called Devil's Due. Went with 5SB and I quote Bryan, "I feel like I can just go home and sleep after this."

12. Tried cooking
Admittedly, it was just potato salad and spaghetti, but hey. Also found out that I quite enjoy cooking.


Approximately six days left!! :'(

Saturday, August 2, 2014

That time is here again / Prepare to be apart

It's a pretty saturday and I'm sitting at home waiting for Forrest Gump to show on tv at 3.30pm.

Bidding results are out andddd I got all the modules I bidded for! Most 'expensive' was Southeast Asian Studies, at 175 points :'( Heartpain but I guess I can understand the high demand since the only other Exposure modules from this division are China, Japanese, Malay and South Asian Studies...

So my modules for my very first sem ever are:
EL1011E: English Language, I think (I actually don't know the exact title of this module, is it English Language or EL and Literature or something else?)
SE1101E: Southeast Asian Studies
SC1101E: Sociology
LAG1201: German 1
EC1101E: Economics

All introductory Exposure modules. A lot of reading to be done, according to Lianne :( Oh, and trying to fit our timetables so that we could have similar schedules was in vain cause there were last min changes to hers and now we'll only get to go to school and go home together on two days I think :(

Also, I can't decide if I'm happy or not that I don't have to do any more Math and Science for the rest of my life.

Finally, for once in my life, I don't even know the definition of an atom and it doesn't matter :')

I think I will miss doing Math, though. HAHA.

Yeah I like Math. I'm Asian, wut u expect?

One week left and I'm rushing to get all my priorities straightened out. Setting lunch dates with friends I probably won't get to see that much anymore after uni starts (especially those moving into hostels nooo), making a list of the movies I want to watch, what merch to shop for online, which days I can set aside for drum and bass practice.

I think I'm most likely continuing with drums (next week is my last lesson for Beginner) though it's expensive and I'm not sure if I'll have time, but I shall make time. I've wanted to do this for too long to give it up now!

Gonna listen to Tigers Jaw and play Neopets now.

To everyone matriculating this year like me, please savour your freedom now. Hope it's not just me feeling so sad that this is the last week already. cries

Bye

Friday, August 1, 2014

Our walls remain unrectified




(The best kind of compliments.)

Currently stuck in front of my laptop. Probably will be stuck here until bidding period ends at 5pm. #stressed #idontwannagobacktoschool #onlyoneweekleft

Should I watch a movie?? 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Our hopes and expectations / Black holes and revelations

Hey ho

1. Been trying to eat more lately cause my BMI is 16.56 and the internet says I am 'at risk of developing problems such as nutritional deficiency and osteoporosis.'

Crap. (so punny lol-ol)

2. I really wish I were friends with Alex Gaskarth.

I know, I know. Everyone wishes they were friends with their favourite celebrities, right?

But really. I watch a lot of ATL interviews and he just seems so damn relatable, and the things he says sounds like the kind of weird things I'd say if I were asked the same questions, and I am just so sad that I will never meet him and get to talk to him.

3. Happened to think of some funny moments in JC and I kind of miss those times, though I definitely don't miss the other parts like studying and the stress and chemlab omg I hated chem lab more than anything.

I never know what to do during experiements and I'm clumsy so I spill and break stuff more than the average student, like one time I couldn't pour the potassium manganate properly into the burette, and KMnO4 is this really dark purple solution that is basically impossible to wash off once you've stained it on something.

I remember getting it on my hands and school skirt and the wooden stool I placed the beaker on, and our then-chemistry teacher in J1 came over with her stony face and very calmly poured it all in for me, without spilling a drop.

It was embarrassing. But funny.

4. Tomorrow is gunna be an exciting day cause bidding for modules starts tomorrow. Going over bright and early to Lianne's house (reaching there by 8.30 omg) to bid online together. Hope we both get the modules we want!

Also, there's only a week left of holidays before school starts. I am so so very sad that the holidays are coming to an end. The two years of JC felt like forever (ok they passed quicker than I expected actually, but during those days it felt like forever) and the eight months of holidays zoomed past like nothing.

Nuuuu

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

If you keep asking me, I'll melt away in the summer air

(Meant to publish the following post six hours ago but low battery so I had to get home and charge first)


Ironic title because it's raining cats and dogs now but it's from my favourite Saosin song so who cares.

I'm at Starbucks and the interior is actually really pretty and through the glass you can see the rain and it's freezing in here because I neglected to bring a jacket.

I also really need to pee, but no one here looks like they can be trusted with my laptop.

Just finished watching the movie My Girl.

(SPOILER ALERT)

It's an amazing movie. Makes me wish I grew up in the nineties. I was trying so hard not to cry when Thomas Jay died. He's played by the very talented Macaulay Culkin. I think it's really sad what happened to Culkin in real life too. Child actors never have it easy.

Anyway, I just wanted to address something that's kind of been weighing on my mind for some time now:

Phones.

Are we too attached to our mobile devices? I guess it's a touchy topic, especially since it's a habit with most of my own close friends, but I feel like people shouldn't be overly comfortable with whipping out their mobile phones when they're out with other friends.

I don't know why but I feel bad if I use my phone in front of friends. I tend to put it in my bag once we meet, and if I happen to take it out later it's just to check for texts, and if I do have texts, I just read them and then put the phone away again to reply them later.

Admittedly, I am not a phone person. I don't like texting, and I can take forever to reply the simplest texts. If you want to chat, I'd rather you called me. I find chat-texting really awkward, especially if we're not close. (probably one of the many reasons why I'm still single hahahaha)

But anyway, I guess it's just a pet peeve.

It feels like this: If you're on your phone constantly while you're out with me, then I must be boring you.

Or: If you'd rather talk to other people while you're out with me, then why go out with me in the first place?

I often find myself in a situation where everyone at the table is busy scrolling through social media pages or replying texts, so I just look elsewhere or my mind wanders off, and finally they look up and say, lol what are you doing? Ha.

Of course, there are also a handful of people I know who are polite enough to say, "wait, sorry," when they do whatever they have to do on the phone, and then put the device away so they can pay full attention to you once they're done.

It sucks when someone just seems half-with you, and their other half is somewhere else with another person or even a bunch of other people.

Even if we're just sitting in silence, there's peacefulness, which is kind of broken when people whip out their phones. It's also a lot harder to strike up a conversation if people are on their phones, rather than if you're just sitting in comfortable silence.

Call me traditional, old-fashioned or lame, but I guess I just feel if I'm forking out time to be with you physically and mentally, then maybe you should do the same for me, too.

Yeh, that's all. Hope nobody took any offense at this

Monday, July 28, 2014

From up here the city lights burn like a thousand miles of fire




Random selfie again to entertain you all. 

I've been watching Luke Holland's drum covers and he's crazy good, like crazy crazy good, like drum prodigy kind of crazy good. Easily one of the best drummers in the world today, real pity I never heard of him until the APMAs (Alternative Press Music Awards, which is a load of crap btw, but more on that later) when Mike Fuentes won Best Drummer and there was a ton of comments on youtube about how Luke should've won. 

Why I'm saying the APMAs is crap is because it really was a popularity contest- winners were determined through voting and obviously the trendcore bands would've been taking home the bulk of the awards. PTV bagged three of them- Best Drummer, Best Bassist and Best Live Band- but I honestly felt like there were bands nominated who were more deserving of those awards, and that's coming from a fan. 

But I gotta admit they were probably most deserving of Best Live Band, out of those three awards. Everyone knows they tour like crazy and it's damn hard to keep up with a life like that, especially given the kind of music they perform. And their shows are amazing. 

I felt sad that My Chemical Romance lost to Black Veil Brides for Most Dedicated Fans, but I'm also happy for BVB because though I'm not a fan, no one can deny that they've an awesome fanbase. 

Best International Band: I really really felt like Silverstein should've won instead of BMTH but I might just be biased. 

Phil Manansala did not deserve Best Guitarist and I guess he knew that because he wasn't there to receive the award. 

Song of the Year nominees were absolutely shitty. It was like they got ATL and Vic to win on purpose. 
I love All Time Low- heck, I'm more than nuts about them- but there are lots of better songs out there that weren't nominated, and A Love Like War was only that well-received because it was a catchy pop song featuring both ATL and Vic Fuentes. 

Again, the APMAs were bull. Just a smart marketing tool. (hey it rhymes har har) 

Aneeways

Just came home today from a 3D2N staycation with Lum and SJ. It was actually quite a flop, probably cause we didn't really plan our stay properly and there were unforeseen circumstances. But it's alright, we still had fun! 

Felt like a mother of two today because I came home and my parents were lepak-ing in front of their respective laptops, and I had to go down to buy groceries and make tuna sandwiches for dinner for us. 

Which reminds me, last week my parents were saying that I wouldn't last long overseas in a foreign country because I can't cook at all, so over the week I made potato salad and cooked spaghetti. 

Doesn't sound like much but it was quite a feat for someone who's only ever boiled water in the kitchen. (Upper sec dinner date days at T's house with her and L don't count because they did most of the work haha) (The salad and spaghetti tasted quite good, if I may say so myself) 

Haha abrupt end bye

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Washington

Wtf.

I just learnt that Washington D.C. is not a state.

Washington State is a state all on the way on the opposite end of the country, west coast, up north. It's full of luscious greenery and awesome scenery.

Washington D.C. is a federal district situated on land formerly belonging to the east coast states of Virginia and Maryland. It's full of city people in city clothes who smoke cigarettes and drink coffee. D.C. stands for District of Columbia.

I've been living a lie.

Edit: I just questioned my parents about this and they knew. They knew. They have conspired to deceive me. 

Ermahgerd

Monday, July 21, 2014

And if I could trade, I would




Somehow the picture looks filtered. Taken before I went out Saturday. 

My mom was more excited about it than I was and kept coming to me with her own 'face paint', since I only let her approach me with a brush once a year, during chinese new year. 

I wiped off her lipstick though, I felt a little bad about it haha ohwell

Anyways, did you know that there are natural black roses? They grow in a very small number during the summer in a small Turkish village called Halfeti, and were on the verge of extinction some time ago. They are able to grow there due to unique soil conditions and the pH levels of the groundwater. 

Was thinking about an old song I wrote and there was something about black roses in it so I googled them. 

Miss playing with my band!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

We've got guns hidden under our petticoats

Hearing is all screwed up now haha can't even listen to my favourite Skillet songs properly.

Went clubbing last night with my JC classmates. It was my first time and it was a whole lot more fun than I expected!

Met Shijia for supper at 18 chefs' in town and we met with the others at somewhere outside Zouk to drink. I remembered what Tania said about clubbing not being fun once you're over your high, so I made sure to drink more than I usually did hahaha

And ya, it was just fun, I don't even know why, but being half-drunk and dancing is just fun haha it's so weird because I used to judge people for clubbing but now I suddenly get it haha

We stuck together as a group and held hands whenever we had to go anywhere, and cause there was about ten of us, we formed a long chain and probably annoyed people (I think I almost knocked the drink out of a guy's hand, he looked rightfully pissed) passing us, it was quite funny.

The guys were also unexpectedly nice, taking care of us, forming a circle when we danced, passing around OJ, water and ice cubes because by that point no one looked like they could take anymore alcohol haha

Left around 3.40am and crashed at Bryan's house. Everyone looked so shagged in the morning hahaha.

My legs feel pretty sore now and I've bruises I've no recollection of incurring.

And I'm super sleepy. And it's only 2.32pm.

Friday, July 18, 2014

So Wrong, It's Right




Listening to this and... the feels. Much warm. Very fuzzy.

Crazy how I still remember every word.

I love this album because it makes me feel like summer all the time isn't such a bad thing at all, and it just makes me so happy, and happy, and happy.

I walk a fine line between the right and the real
They watch me closely but talk is cheap here
Like a weightless currency your words don't mean shit to me
I'm always cashing in
Take me, show me, the corners of your empty room
The trouble we could get into
Just fake it for me
Disregard the footsteps and we'll never tell a soul

Tonight I'm finding a way 
To make the things that you say just a little less obvious
I confess
Tonight I'm dressed up in gold
You've got me fucked up and sold
You talk like you're famous
You're shameless

Damnation free for all

Hi kiddies

So yesterday morning I met Lianne for Macs breakfast at Pasir Ris. Twas good satisfying my junk food craving.

Decided to meet SJ after that at Tamp, so while waiting for her to get ready, I helped Lianne carry groceries back to her block. #friendoftheyear

Had drums at 4pm as usual and it was kind of a filler lesson I think cause I didn't learn anything new and my misanthropic psychology major teacher (Don't ask me why but I keep referring to him as that in my head, it just fits his unusual personality so well) just told me to 'keep doing what you're doing.'

Ok.

Oh and, I went in early as usual to prepare, and the malay guy at the counter (I've seen at least five different people at the same counter so far and I'm starting to wonder if they actually have a receptionist or they're secretly all just teachers taking turns to sit there) said, "Zoey, right?" with his usual big smile. Don't think I've ever seen him stop smiling, but it's not creepy, just a friendly smile.

And I said yeah, and he took out the check-in form thingy that I sign every lesson, and said, "Good choice. If I were you I'd call myself Zoey too."

Pinoy lady next to him (also another dubious receptionist) laughed and said, "Why, you like the name?"

And he said, "Yeah, it's a nice name!" and after a moment of silence, "Why not Zo?"

But by then I'd already walked away into the studio, though I could still hear them, and lady said, "Zo's gone," and they both chortled, and I dumbly walked out and stood there again HAHA most awkward thing I've ever done I swear, cause I didn't know what to do since it was obvious I heard them and it would be rude to ignore them right?

But fortunately the guy didn't really realise what I did, and said, "Oh you can go ahead inside and practise first."

Hahahahaha

Anddd that's all.

Also, I just realised that our parents keep our passports to stop us from running away and not purely for the innocuous reason of safekeeping?!

Or is it just my parents hahaha. It only hit me when I collected my new passport the other day and passed it to my dad at home, and he joked, "Yeah, I better keep it so you can't run away."

Hrmmm.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

For Baby L

Woke up this morning and first thing I did was kill a baby lizard on accident. I felt so bad :(

Literally the first thing I did. I hadn't even brushed my teeth and I got up and went to the living room to open the window and there was a baby lizard on the glass, webbed feet employing van der Waals' forces to hold on to the almost frictionless glass...

Instantly I reverted back to being a kid and started opening and closing the window just to freak out the poor thing, and partly because I didn't want it to crawl into the house, and it looked like it wanted to do just that.

Then I got bored, wandered off to find some other aimless crap to do, came back again and saw Baby L was gone from where I'd last seen it, so I opened and closed the window one final time to spook it again.

There was no sickening crunch or a sinking feeling, just a flash of brown like something had fallen from the window, and I looked at the windowsill and there it was- Baby L in his final moments, his neck red, webbed toes up in the air.

Rest in peace, my friend. I'm sorry you had to go like that. May you be reborn as a more fortunate animal, where your death would mean a little something more to more than a few souls, and possibly spark a couple of eulogies or jail time for a fellow being...

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I walk along these no-name streets

It's 1.07pm and I haven't eaten anything all day. 

Was clearing my stuff just now. 

I have this chest of drawers that sits on top of my study table and there is a hierachy system: most treasured posessions go into the top drawer; meh/dontknowwhattodowiththem items into the second; junk that will probably never see daylight again into the third. 

The first drawer is actually full of stuff from my best friend from primary school, but we don't see each other anymore which is really sad. We used to exchange gifts and letters and cool stuff (well, stuff that used to be cool) all the time so I saved that drawer for all those BFF things. 

There's even a nicely-preserved leaf from a tree from the old condo we used to live in, where we met and played together as kids. We were talking about us graduating and me moving away, and she picked two leaves from a tree and gave one to me, kept the other for herself, as a memoir. 

Anyway, so all the concert ticket stubs, wristbands and polaroids go in the top drawer, and there's all kinds of gunk in the second drawer, like a thermometer, keychains, old pens that've dried up, old wallets, and various stuff that could've come in useful at some point of your life or another, that make you say, "Dang it! Could've used this for....." when you pick em up. 

There are old brochures, official letters and pamphlets, a silverfish - jesus christ - and hairties, old phone covers...

I also found an AHS class chairperson's badge which is really weird because I don't recall ever being a class chairperson. 

There was my O Level entry proof too! It stank like hell. 

Also discovered an L-shaped piece of metal in a plastic casing, pretty sure it's a tuning fork but Google gave no answers as to which instrument it might be used for. 

Starting to feel hungry now. Bye! 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The sun swallowed me




Tigers Jaw's self-titled full album. Jess said I had to listen to this so I did and it's absolutely wonderful. God bless her taste in music. And, just look at that album cover. Pizza. 

Aneeways. I haven't been blogging much mainly because there's nothing much to blog about haha life has been the same old.

Had drums last Thursday where I learned new stuff, but I felt so mad that I couldn't play the snare right like my teacher told me to. Not mad at him or anybody, just felt mad at myself, which I suppose is pretty irrational since these things take time, but I have no patience. Probably why I've never gotten very far with any instrument haha but let's not go into that

Went out on Saturday with Lum and SJ to a flea at Scape. Fleas are not my thing, but I still had a great time with the two of them :) Our crazy fun times in JC are the only reason why I'd ever miss school. Also saw a gorgeous pair of brand new denim shoes that only cost 30 and would probably go for 107 in Rockstar, but they were almost sold out and there wasn't my size. Life's a biatch.

Spent Sunday at home, half-lazing around, half-doing chores since my mom went out with my dad to his old class gathering. My dad's a smart guy and went to HC and NUS (according to him, going to the U was a pretty big thing in those days since back then there was only one U in the entire country) so all his old classmates are pretty accomplished people and have super smart kids.

Apparently one kid is my age and scored straight As for A Levels, and his subjects included 4 H2s and a H3. I hate people like that. (Well, I don't really, but you get what I mean.)

Dad kept asking me to tag along to the gathering but no way. (It was fortunate I didn't go in the end because apparently no one else brought their kids)

Random: There's an angmoh with his local friend at the next table and he's speaking better Chinese than I do, wtf.

Yesterday I rotted again at home, and went down to the music school to practise for an hour in the afternoon. Still couldn't get the thingy quite right. Dang.

Today I went to collect my passport at the ICA (I kept thinking it was called the IRA, then I realised what the IRA meant. Oops.)

Had lunch at Ajisen, and now I'm at CBTL. Again. Haha. See what I meant about life being the same old?

My Drew Perry book, Kids These Days, turned out kind of boring. Maybe it's just not my kinda book. It's about this guy called Walter who sold everything and moved down to Florida, and is expecting a child with his wife Alice, and gets tangled up with his drug-dealing brother-in-law's shady businesses.

I find Walter's character paranoid to an extent that's not even comical, or maybe it's supposed to be but I'm just not feelin it. He's so terrified of parenthood I don't know why he even agreed to it in the first place.

But I'm already almost at the end of the book so maybe I'll just finish it.

K bye

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Walking disaster

(Warning: Mostly a music-related post)

Oh gawd I've been listening to Thank You & Goodnight by Tonight Alive for ages without realising Mark Hoppus was featured in it. I just kinda assumed it was one of the TA guys singing the second verse. I am terrible.

Anyway, thoughts on Tonight Alive ahead.

TA is one of those bands that I listen to a lot but I've never really considered them one of my favourite bands. I love their stuff and all but it's just catchy. They don't really put out many deep, heartfelt songs that make me fall head over heels for them. (Like Brand New's stuff. Brand New is one of those bands that you'd want to keep very close to your heart and never let anyone hear about them)

Their songs are definitely fun, relatable and extremely likeable. But I feel like that's not always a good thing, because it makes them nothing more than just a fad, or a trend, and if they don't try to come up with something classic, they'll always be lumped in with the whole fresh-faced pop-punk band phase thing.

I think Tonight Alive's looks, in general, were what got them signed in the first place. They're all young and ridiculously good-looking, and I think the label probably recognised their marketability.

But the more I listened to TA, the more I kind of realised how talented these guys were. The drummer, Matt Best, stood out the most, for me. His drumming is so clean! I absolutely love his drumming. He's probably my favourite drummer, right after Rian Dawson and of course, Travis Barker. (Ok, I know there are tons more of great drummers out there, but let's just narrow it down to this 'scene'.) Yeah, that's how underrated I think he is.

Then I listened more, and now I kind of feel like the band's great on a whole because everyone's so talented. I just think they should try other things and not stick to pop punk, because it's a great genre- it's one of my favourite genres- but it's going to die out someday. I'm sure there must be other kinds of music they'd love to try.

I think my only problem with the band, other than the lack of originality, is Jenna's voice. I'm really sorry to say it, because I love her and I think she's super gorgeous and has an amazing personality, but she tends to be pitchy. I've seen comments and watched their live videos. Her tone is flawless and she's very cut out to do what she does, but she could use a little work on her pitch. Still, she's very charismatic and judging from their videos, I'd say she's made a lot of improvement as a frontwoman.

And yehhh. That's all.

Oh, it's 12.00am, happy 'official' birthday Lynchua!!! Love you many many, don't think you'll see this actually haha but I hope you have a really awesome year because you deserve it and I hope you liked my letter!!

It's almost mid-July already, this is so scary :(

I have so many mixed feelings about starting school again, but let's save that for another blog post.

Good night all!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Kristy, are you doing okay?

I love Dexter Holland's voice. It's like he was made for what he does, you know? I tried singing Self Esteem the other day and I was breathless by the second verse. Might've been cause I wasn't singing right but it still proves he's got a great range.

I'm at Costa now, but it's the one at 313. My coffee's gone cold :( I would be eternally grateful if someone could invent something that would keep coffee warm. Not a tumbler, just something that would keep having-here coffee warm... (wrap-round easy-to-carry styrofoam??) Alright, this is going nowhere.

I'm wearing a new top. Got it from Bangkok, and it's super light and comfy, like I'm barely wearing anything. Haha. I luv it. I think I got it because the design reminded me of something pretty I saw on Tumblr.

Anyways, I'm here to talk about the book, The Boy Who Could See Demons by Carolyn Jess-Cooke. So the story revolves around a highly intelligent, emotionally sensitive ten-year-old called Alex Connolly, who claims he can see demons, one of whom is his 'best friend', Ruen.

The story is set in Belfast, Northern Ireland, a place deeply impacted by NI's violent past, and where children take on the brunt of the psychological effects of the war. Alex lives with his dysfunctional mother, Cindy, who plunged into depression after Alex's father 'left', in one of the roughest parts of Belfast.

Cindy has attempted suicide four times, and each time was rescued by Alex. Anya Molokov is a trained child psychiatrist assigned to Alex's case. She has to work closely with Alex's social worker, Michael Jones, who is dedicated to what he does, but unlike Anya, advocates the idea of keeping Alex in his home environment with his mother, as he believes it would be beneficial to the two of them to stay together.

Anya herself has lost a young daughter, Poppy, to early-onset schizophrenia, and is haunted by memories of her and the belief that she failed her because she was unable to save Poppy despite her training. She recognises similar symptoms in Alex, and is determined to help him receive proper treatment. As the story progresses, Anya starts to wonder if Alex is truly ill, or if he really has a special gift.

(SPOILER ALERT)

In the end, after a dramatic turn of events, Anya wakes up in hospital after a blackout when Alex tries to kill her and then himself. Michael is with her, and when she asks him if Alex is alive, he reveals that Alex does not exist.

Michael is not a social worker, and is in fact a fellow child psychiatrist who noticed signs of psychosis in Anya after Poppy's death. He has been doing his best to help her recover, but despite his efforts, Anya developed delusions and created Alex in her mind, a young boy with symptoms similar to Poppy's. Cindy, a mother too wrapped up in her problems to consider the impact her illness had on Alex, is a manifestation of Anya's guilt- her belief that her own incapabilities as a mother led to her daughter's suicide.

So all in all, I'd say it was a great read cause it was pretty riveting, but I just felt so asdfghjkl in the end when I found out Alex didn't exist, especially since most of the book was narrated through his perspective, in the form of a diary. It was entirely believable. Carolyn, you have deceived me. Oh yes, it was revealed Alex's diary was written by Anya while she was having delusions.

The ending reminded me a lot of Shutter Island, though. I was half-expecting Michael to say, "Haven't you noticed Alex's full name is an anagram of yours?"

Now I'm on to another book, Kids These Days by Drew Perry.

And... abrupt end haha bye

Monday, July 7, 2014

With a thousand lies and a good disguise

Nihao

Ok I'm gonna just speed-write a quick post cause I'm meeting Lianne at 12 (TANIA it's cause we're gonna do registration online for LPP! Haha) and sooo I have approximately 40 minutes left. I haven't even showered or packed my bagggg.

I don't remember what I did from Wednesday to Friday last week. I think I just stayed home and read my book and played Neopets hahaha. I had drums on Thursday though, and it was GR8 cause I finally got to play something other than the snare heh heh

But recently I can't help worrying about how I'm gonna cope when uni starts, cause there's school and German and drums and most probably band too... Oh well, when there's a will there's a way right?

Saturday was a busy day. Went with Carmen and Haoran to this Cosplay event at E!Hub. Carmen was cosplaying as a basketball player! (crap just realised I forgot to reply her text) I know nuts about anime but I thought I'd just go to have a look and to support a dear friend.

It was pretty kool. I never realised how huge the cosplaying scene in Singapore is, but maybe like Carmen said, it's a big event so. There were so many people dressed in anime character costumes (predictably, none that I knew of hahaha) and the atmosphere was pretty overwhelming.

But I thought it was amazing to see all the various costumes, and some of them, you can just tell from a glance, were painstakingly made, with a great deal of effort put into every single minute detail. It almost felt like an art exhibition haha except that almost all the subjects and visitors were teenagers. I think most of them there were younger than us.

Left around mid-afternoon to go find Shijia at her workplace at TK Road and show some support for her too haha I had a waffle with honey milk tea ice-cream (I always tell myself to be less boring and try new ice-cream flavours but every time there's milk tea in the selection I just can't resist) and it was goood but it might've been cause I was hungry.

- It's 11.35 now, I think I'll continue this later, ciao -

- Heyho I'm back-

At Starbucks now with Lianne. We just decided on our modules and did our best to schedule our lessons together HAHA I'm really glad to say my timetable looks really awesome so let's just hope I get the lecture groups and tutorial slots I want!

Anyway, back to Saturday. Started on a new book that day, it's called The Boy Who Could See Demons, by Carolyn Jess-Cooke. I've finished it already, it's a really really good book but it made me so frustrated (I just Googled 'the proper word for ugh'), but more on that later.

After Shijia was done with work we headed to town to meet Dom, Linus and Jinx. Had dinner at Spagheddies (??) at Orchard Central which was pretty decent. Servings were generous, perhaps too generous cause most of us couldn't finish our food haha

Went to Acid Bar next to Centre Point across the road for a beer. I don't get why bars have to be so dark haha.

It was a pretty interesting night, talked about stuff and JC in general. Reached home at 12.30 and conked out.

Spent Sunday lazing around as usual. It occurs to me that I only have about three or four Sundays left to waste away :( It was a rainy day and I drank tea and watched Juno and listened to Covette. Pure bliss.

Juno the movie was not as good as I remembered. The first time I watched it I remember finding Juno cool, but now that I watch it I realise how immature she actually is. Her mom was trying to teach her that it wasn't a good idea for her to spend time alone with a married man, and all she did was flare up and say, "Do you know how hard (being pregnant) is for me?" Which was completely off-topic.

Also finished my book yesterday.

Ok bye cause Lianne's overly-eager to read this

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

I've been livin' for tomorrows all my life

At CBTL now.

Never liked CBTL because their cakes and coffee all taste like diabetes (though today I ordered a espresso vanilla latte and it was potent) but no choice because it's the closest and most convenient coffee place to my house. -cries-

And Starbucks is just shitty, so no way I'd go there unless I'm really desperate. (Ok maybe I just hold a grudge because they have a strict no-studying policy, so damn discriminatory ugh)

So lemme recap the last few days

Went to Ikea last Friday with Lianne for lunch (we always over-order when we go out hahahha) and it was, I think, the first time we didn't spam pictures at all the display rooms, we just walked past them calmly like cool, mature young adults hahahahah

I remember when the three of us would go to Ikea all the time back in our upper sec days and take the most wuliao pictures HAHA good times man

Played with the cat at her block's void deck. It's super cute!!! I love tri-coloured cats.

Then we watched 21 Jump Street at her house, I thought it was pretty lame but Lianne thought it was not bad. We laughed like crazy at some stuff, check out her latest post at catchingaeroplanes.blogspot.com

(Some angmoh just took a seat right opposite me in the virtually empty CBTL, erm.)

On Saturday I went down to NUS alone to sign up for orientation, cause Lianne was overseas with her boyfwen. The long MRT ride to Buona feels even longer without company!

The last time I went with L, I remember we were talking about LPP (more than that later!!) and she'd signed up for French LPP while I signed up for German LPP.

And somehow we started stringing together random French words to try to form a sentence and it was damn funny HAHAHA I'm laughing just thinking about it.

"Bonjour, pasta linguine deja vu luncheon, madamoiselle?" 

HAHAHA excuse our poor sense of humour

So I finally reached UTown. It was ten minutes after registration officially opened, and the queue was already a horrifying mile long omg. I expected a queue but the queue I saw... it exceeded expectations. Had to queue for a dreadful two hours. Thankfully I didn't have to queue alone cause I met Daine and Jiawen :)

(Another reason to never come to CBTL again, their wifi sucks and I keep getting disconnected every fifteen minutes.)

Went to Star Vista for lunch, then headed to Baybeats alone. It was the second day! Saw three bands: Lost Weekend, a conventional pop rock group, False Plaintiff, a metalcore band, and wyd:syd, an indie band.

My favourite was Lost Weekend, kind of surprisingly. They were really good. False Plaintiff was also great but unfortunately I'm past my metalcore phase. wyd:syd was my least favourite, just not my cup of tea. But they were probably good in a sense.

Bumped into Christine too! She was with a whole group of her friends ha ha awkward though I didn't meet them. Why don't I have any friends who like going to gigs :( (other than Jessica, my lifesaver when it comes to anything band-related)

Sunday was stay-home day, as usual.

OH and yes, yesterday Lianne and I found out we got into LPP!!! YAYY HAHA like she said, totally makes up for not getting into orientation. (Yes, queued for two hours only to be put on the waiting list hahahaha life sux) I literally jumped for joy when I saw the email hahaha. Texted my mom, "I got into LPP!" and all she replied was "Congrats!" Haha ye apathy runs in the family.

Had sinful food all day yesterday too. Fried beehoon with veggie and a chicken drumstick for brunch. The chicken was damn disgusting, it tasted weird somehow and I threw away the whole thing.

And it was frigging $4.20 wts! $2 at most for the beehoon + 50c for the vegg + a dollar for the drumstick does not add up to $4.20. The beady-eyed auntie prolly knew I was a pushover and would pay quietly and go home to sulk about not having the balls to stand up to her.

Starting to feel hungry now. Bye


(edit: just realised I forgot to remove my bullet points HAHA so embarrassing)

(oh, not bad, managed to churn out a long-ish post today)


Monday, June 30, 2014

God Gave Rock And Roll To You





GOD GAVE ROCK AND ROLLLLLL TO YOU
GAVE ROCK AND ROLLLLL TO YOU
GAVE ROCK AND ROLLLLL TO EVERYONE

GOD GAVE ROCK AND ROLLLLLL TO YOU
GAVE ROCK AND ROLLLLLL TO YOU
PUT IT IN THE SOOOOOOULS OF EVERYONE


Ich liebe dieses lied

Thursday, June 26, 2014

You're better than drugs

!

Finally watched The Breakfast Club yesterday after having it on my list of things to do for so long. It was really good! Pretty stereotypical, but, american movies. Haha. I loved all the characters, especially Brian Johnson and Andrew Clark. I thought Bender was too much of a douchebag (although he was pretty funny sometimes), Claire was spoilt and Allison was problematic.

I felt so sad when Brian cried that I felt like crying too. I don't remember the last time I saw an actor cry so convincingly. I just wanted to step into the screen and give him a big hug :(

Went to play ball with Carmen and her friends in the late evening. It was a lot more than fun than expected :) Twas a little awkward at the beginning and when they talked about anime hahaha cause I know nuts about anime.

Reached home late and slept at 1am. Woke up drowsy from the slack of sleep and the aches in, I quote Carmen, "muscles that I never knew I had."

Spent the day lazing and watching movies on tv. Had drums at 4pm, first lesson in 3 weeks. Found out I'd been practicing a stroke all wrong and now I'll have to start over haha. Anddd we are finally starting on other parts of the kit next week! Yay yay I'm so excited

Also, it somehow slipped my mind that Baybeats starts tomorrow! I thought it was the day after. Anyone wanna go with me? I might have no one to go with :(

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

You gotta keep em separated

Hey ho again

Met up with Carmen yesterday

Twas good meeting with her because I always feel like we can talk about anything in particular :) Had 18chefs at Cine, then went around running errands together. Thanks Carmen for the fun but tiring afternoon! Heh

I finished my other book today, it's called 'Up In Honey's Room' by this apparently famous writer called Elmore Leonard who's written books that were turned into movies. It was really good, a little draggy in the beginning but redeemed itself by being quite the page-turner towards the end.

I think, weirdly, one of the nicest things about the book was the names Mr. Leonard came up with. The main character is called Honey Deal, an American lady who gets herself involved with a group of Nazi loyals during the first World War. You have a Ukrainian spy called Vera Mezwa, her transvestite manservant called Bohdan Kravchenko, and also in the loop are Honey's ex-husband Walter Schoen, his crude friend Joe Aubrey and a timid doctor, Michael George Taylor.

So yeah I really liked the names, I thought they said a lot about the characters haha

In other news, Baybeats is this week!!! It's an annual three-day band festival and it's the closest thing we get to a Warped Tour down here (why do I feel like I've said this before somewhere on my blog)

So it's kind of a big thing for me. Went for the first time in J1 and I was hooked. So many great bands out there! There were a lot of stereotypical people there too, not gonna describe them here, but let's just say there were a lot of mohawks and the air was foggy with cigarette smoke. Would've been hard to pretend it was dry ice even if you plugged your nose.

Then I had to skip the one last year because of As. But yayyy I can go again this year I'm so excited

I'm at CBTL now, had Sumo Salad for lunch and it was so yumz but I'm hungry again.

Gonna find some food now bye