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Sunday, September 18, 2005

Long long long post to make up for many missing short posts

This time next week, i'll just have boarded the plane. Where did all the days go?! The 9 months that were supposed to last forever? Shrunk to just under 170 hours. 17ohours to do everything i love here at home one last time. How can that be enough?

In a way, i wish i was already there. The awkwardness of final farewells, the sadness of eating a favourite dish knowing it'll be at least two months before i have it again (barring the miracle that i learn to cook non-poisonous food), the regret of all the things i meant to do but now have so little time to, they makes me want to skip this bit and just plunge myself into life there. I'm torn, between excitement over the whole new experience, and just wanting to stay in this happy cocoon forever. And at this point, the latter probably has a stronger pull.

Still, no reason to complain :) Just came back from HK with dad, another bonding trip! Shenzhen is truly shoppers' paradise, especially the tailors! Forget waiting till in the UK to buy warm weather clothes, this is the place. For three hundred bucks, i got two jackets, two overcoats, two pairs of pants, a skirt and an evening gown! Poop even got his own tailored shirts. I got to choose the cloth, the design, the fit, down to every little detail. And everything was done overnight. Unbelievable.

Took some tries getting there though! Dad, always the commander of passports and all things administrative, realized at the trainstop just before Shenzhen, that he had done the unthinkable and forgot the passports. Naturally, i thought he was joking (he keeps going for dinner parties and coming home pretending he's accidentally left mom behind, can you blame me?). Ah, the irony. So we ended up taking three hours to make the 45 minute journey, just about the time we took to fly over from Singapore! After that he got paranoid and checked his bag for passports every other hour :)

Got my costume for the freshers' bop Carnival too. Was gonna get a typical mardi gras feather mask and boa- until jac planted the idea of going as a lion dance lion in my head, and i couldn't get rid of the image. Of course, lion dance costumes cost a king's ransom, and i would need someone willing to be my ass to boot, so going as some Chinese pantomine character seemed a good compromise. Enter- my emperor's headdress! At 10 bucks, not only a bargain i can be proud of, but very obiang and unique :)

Best part of these trips though, is getting dad away from the buzz of Singapore life, where there's always something going on. Overseas, all there is are his barely lubricated kness which can bounce only occasionally (you should see him bounding down half a staircase just to show he can, then limp down the next half wincing every step of the way =P), his propensity to walk way way way too fast and over-order at every single meal, his delight at buying something as small as a phone wire, and the fire in his eyes as he negotiates for a 20cent drop in price. All the things that make our "bonding trips" such great fun.

Just a warning now, this will be a long post. It takes me this long to sit down and write an entry, might as well do it thoroughly :) So, working backwards...

Guitar festival this week! Holding the not-so-proud distinction of being thomas' worst student, it was a real undeserved privilege to get to help out, and i'll treasure the memories. For one, don't think i'll forget the utter embarrassment of completely mispronouncing 36 songs titles worth of italian, spanish, german, and for all i know, greek, in front of an audience :) (For future reference, fugue is feug and not fu-gu and sarabande is not sarabandy but sarabund, ahhh...) More importantly, the competitors were amazing! Some of them were really young- the winner turned out to be a sixteen year old from taiwan- and the way they played, one can only imagine how much dedication and practice they've put in. Inspired me to practice! (Only until they stopped playing, unfortunately)

And and and, i got to ride to the concert with oscar herrero, the performer! It was so cool sitting there thinking that he was the star of the show, and he was right there in the front passenger seat! There was a catch of course- he didn't speak a word of English, and three of us cumulatively had one spanish word (jessy remembered "Hola!") :) So it was a quiet journey, and all the way i rued not learning spanish like i'd meant to so many times. Hablando del Papa de Roma, por la puerto asoma, only phrase i remember, and i couldn't quite say "speak of the devil" to an international flamenco star!

Yup, fantastic music, hilarious camera-wielding jugdes like miro, missing performers that slip under our very noses, call operator syndrome (derek nearly told a caller "thank you for calling starhub!"), my first ever parallel park (with a line of cars blocked up behind me, no less =P), a foiled sibling con job, searching for the inner meaning of songs with disastrous results (read: dinosaurs, cowboys, circles and suicidal squares), walking down singapore river- two great days!

Monday- the adoption of Norman Horace. Cartoon snail rug, ikea variety :) Nothing like a random purchase to make your day. Also split a packet of coloured bowls with amanda, they'll barely fit 2 spoonfuls of rice each but are oh-so-colourful :) Now to hide my new purchases before mom gives me another lecture on my luggage weight limit!

I'm getting tired, so i'll just say there's also been quidam, where the clown acts nearly made me choke, maf, where it was great seeing everyone and eating at prince for old times sake, watching wens do super cool flips at her gym competition, visiting teachers, lots of squash, supper and basic grade one bumming. Yay my blogging obligation must be fulfilled for at least a week, wouldn't you say? :)

Saturday, September 03, 2005

The joys of bumming

Guess the point of having a blog is posting on it, something i haven't exactly been doing lately. But the days have been so happily eventless! They just slip past so quickly and enjoyably, yet if you ask me what i've been doing (stock question at fresher's gatherings!), the best i can muster is, "Oh, just bumming". And it's true! Waking up after 11, squash, meeting up with friends, eating, watching tv, going on msn, sometimes- rarely- dragging myself out of bed to crash nus- that is the story of my existence :) And, I'm loving every minute of it.

Especially the priceless anecdotes that innocuously bury themselves in run-of-the-mill experiences. Like herman's "i have never not liked someone who i did not think i would like before", or watching diane and jac play ballet squash, or the speed-showering competition (sheesh when guys shower fast they're efficient but when girls do they're dirty?! The injustice =P). Not to mention apple picking scams, airport canteen expeditions, banoffee pies, perfectly roasted marshmellows, and nat's various, um, taste issues.

Haha ok the last paragraph was pretty incoherent, but i just had to have it down so i can look back and laugh :) In short, i'm enjoying my last month in Singapore, and not doing any of the things i'm supposed to, like packing or going for medical checkups.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Die, evilmosquitoes, die!

I HATE MOSQUITOES. Something i definitely definitely won't miss in England. Must've been bitten 20 times last night, and everytime i finally got back to sleep another finger or toe would start itching! Grrr... Apparently America is home to a strain of evilmosquito-eating goodmosquitoes, they should introduce them to Singapore; this is getting out of hand.

Under the overhanging grouchiness of the last two days, product of the last two mosquito-interrupted nights, i only remember two things. The first- and this is a milestone- i listened throughout a WHOLE lecture! Took notes and everything! Something that all my empty lecture notes from jc will prove has never happened before. Woohoo! Haha i'm hoping it's because the long break has somehow rewired my brain to being attentive; that it's not just the novelty of crashing a lecture and studying after more than 8 months. Worrying signs, however, point to the latter- i spent the next two lectures playing (and winning, muahahahaha) Connect 4! In my defence, embryology's miles more interesting than proteins! I even read an embryology textbook while waiting for chris and hazel to finish their prac, and then read (ie. looked at pictures) the whole thing while chris was getting her powerbook configured. Then i felt smart :)

Naturally, it would take food to pierce my grumpy stupor a second time. Dessert buffet at Ritz Carlton! I've never been much of a dessert person, but then i've never ever seen such an amazing spread either; i was honestly floored. Just looking at it made the dressing up worth it, let alone the eating bit. When we got there, there were all these tiered glass shelves and large glass bowls outside the ballroom, which we didn't really take notice of (save for dav, who nearly walked into one). Then halfway through the dinner, i decided to escape the strain of sitting at a table with mostly complete strangers by visiting the warm, sofa-adorned bathroom, and poof! The outside was transformed! There was a chocolate fountain, the shelves were covered in little glasses of mousse, there was tiramisu, all manners of cake, an ice-cream booth, warm chocolate souffles, platters of chocolate, marshmellows, cookies and more chocolate in the jars... Just thinking about it makes me drool again... The sad part is, by the time we got to dessert, it was 1130 and i was half-asleep so didn't come close to eating everything i'd planned to so carefully on my subsequent, frequent sightseeing expeditions! :( Still, it's a sight i'll never forget. What a perfect way to celebrate a golden wedding anniversary, amongst friends, good music, balloons and chocolate.

Off to fix my ipod now, stupid battery drains for no reason.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Two-Lunch Day!

My third-favourite kind of day, after three-lunch day and eat-all-day day :) A game of squash at NUS wedged in between (and really acting as inadequate justification for) the two lunches, and today was a happy day!

Can't really believe we're all of university-going age though. Walking around the campus today, it felt quite surreal, like we were just kids in a play, pretending to live the lives of young medical students. [Ok in my case i actually was, till October 1st i am officially a bum :)] I mean, the hazel i played squash with today is, to me, the same person who used to be bugs bunny in our p5 looney tunes club! (Lol i was road runner) Haha probably something she wouldn't want people reading this to know. Can you imagine that in not too long we'll be grown-up colleagues? I completely can't; wonder when it'll actually sink in.

Anyway, I met chris and hazel ouside the co-op at 12, fresh off a first-aid test. Cue Lunch No. 1: plate of pesto. Learnt the lesson that pesto is not a tomato-based sauce, but a sort of greenish muck that nevertheless is reasonably edible. Then it was off to the squash courts, where hazel and i were given full and aching proof of our age- our attempt at boast-drives ended after two minutes with us clutching our chests and wishing hazel had studied her first-aid and cpr better. Doubles with jon and baorong and later saleem was also super fun, even though it consisted mostly of tripping over each other's feet and ducking balls!

Herein comes the second lunch :) Exercising makes me hungry! Our stomachs led hazel and i to a seafood place at holland v, and i had another pasta! I won't go into the details for fear of this blog becoming the next makansutra, but it was chicken and it was yummy. Lunches 1 & 2 and squash also reminded me how enjoyable it is to spout rubbish with hazel, from laced lab-coat sewing to erm, certain basketball incidences. And my personal favourite: different expressions to use when someone uses a chinese phrase you don't understand :) Smile and nod, baby, just smile and nod.

NUS feels so comfortable, it makes me all the more reluctant to leave. I know that ship has sailed, but i can't help thinking this could've been my life if i wanted it. Ahhh, guess i'll enjoy it while it lasts. Yay i'm crashing on tuesday! Man, never thought i'd ever get excited about school, must be indigestion :)

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Greetings, Earthlings

After much procrastinating and even longer trying to get an approved blog address (grrr, wonder who took hungry monster and hungry-monster), i now have a blog! Whee! And yes, to all those skeptics out there with the question on the tips of their tongues (don't look away, diane =P), i set it up all by myself without exploding the computer! Anyway i figured that since i'm leaving soon this might just be the best way to keep in touch with everyone, given that my slower-than-snail's pace typing (which is getting better by the way) and inability to juggle conversations without breaking into a sweat somewhat dilutes the pleasure of MSN.

Yikes i just realized that while i keep griping about how Oliver Sacks' long sentences and liberal use of commas make for a nice splitting headache, mine are just as bad! Lol. Ok. Short and sharp. From now on. Let's see. How long. I can. Keep this up.

In translation:
Greetings, Earthlings! After much procrastinating and even longer trying to get an approved blog address (grrr, wonder who took hungry monster and hungry-monster), i now have a blog! Whee! And yes, to all those skeptics out there with the question on the tips of their tongues (don't look away, diane =P), i set it up all by myself without exploding the computer! Anyway i figured that since i'm leaving soon this might just be the best way to keep in touch with everyone, given that my slower-than-snail's pace typing (which is getting better by the way) and inability to juggle conversations without breaking into a sweat somewhat dilutes the pleasure of MSN.

Yikes i just realized that while i keep griping about how Oliver Sacks' long sentences and liberal use of commas make for a nice splitting headache, mine are just as bad! Lol. Ok. Short and sharp. From now on. Let's see. How long. I can. Keep this up.