Monday, April 30, 2007

its beautiful, but its not reality.

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Sunday, April 29, 2007

contrary to the previous post.. i think i've found my role model!

Me, shayna and aditi went for dinner with the WHU dean last thursday. It was the most amazing family dinner, with 4 children and he had the most AMAZING wife ever. She was puerto rican, and she grew up in a society where women marry early and single women are shunned from living alone.. and she defied all that and went to the US to work and that was where she met her husband the dean (not dean yet then of course).

And she had the most amazing life philosophies and ideas of how to raise her 4 kids! she's like the funkiest mum everrrrr. She tells her sons - kiss many frogs before you settle for a prince! how funky is that lahh. haha.. and she was such a great conversationalist, the type of lady you could probably talk with about anything and everything under the sun - and she would know what she was talking about and have a worldly view at the same time. simply amazing.

i want to be like her! :)

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

of course i had dreams.

i once had them, a really long time ago when the glory flowed to us from High Olympus.

Now? I dont know. Feeling inadequate in more ways than one. Dreams, goals, life. I used to have these. Then i seem to find my way on a downward spiral..

Yes, I used to have dreams.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

ok i just wanted to upload some pictures but POOF they're all gone! angry. see facebook lah.

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Embrace me, my sweet embraceable you
Embrace me, you irreplaceable you

Just one look at you
My heart grew tipsy in me
You and you alone
Bring out the Gypsy in me

I love all the many charms about you
Above all, I want these arms about you

Don't be a naughty baby
Come to papa, come to papa do
My sweet embraceable you

I love all the many charms about you
Above all, I want my arms about you

So don't you be, a naughty baby
Come to papa do
My sweet embraceable you

Transcribed by Todd Peach


And this interesting variation is from Frank's album
"Frank Sinatra The Voice-The Columbia Years-Disc 1"

Embrace me, my sweet embraceable you
Embrace me, my silk-and-lace-able you
I'm in love with you, I am and verily so
But you're much too shy, unnecessarily so

I love all the many charms about you
Above all, I want my arms about you
Don't be a naughty baby, come to papa, do
My sweet embraceable you

I love all the many charms about you
Above all, I want these arms about you
So, don't be a naughty baby, come to papa, do
My sweet embraceable you

I think i've already posted these lyrics up but what the heck, i'll do it again because i really love this song :) especially done by ella fitzgerald.. so soothing and sweet.

Anyways i havent been up to much, have an exam on thursday to study for after which a dinner (!!) with the dean which is so weird because i've never personally met him before. I think he was supposed to be my academic advisor here but i didnt really need any academic advice so i never approached him before. Oh wells im sure it'll b a great german dinner :)

and then friday i have to head down to the post to mail back all my winter clothes, notes and unnecessary stuffs.. after which wine tour with some of the exchange students! thats gonna be pretty fun :) then sat, sun, mon - everyone starts to leave. sigh. im really sad, yesterday went to see ross off at the train station and aiya eveyrones leaving and its just sad sad sad. seems like we all got close too late. but then like they say, leave when you have the best impression, and when you've had the most fun so that you keep only the most treasured memories :)

i wonder who i'll see again in this life.. hmm. very very low chance i think. unless i really come back to europe to travel or work which would be nice, but those plans are not on the table for the moment, due to obvious financial reasons! Or, we really have a bbq reunion in Martinique in 5 years, hahahahahaahaha ;)

i think i will feel strange going back to Asia.. scully kena culture shock :P no more air kisses.. no more greeting people freely on the streets.. no more small town community. everything will just be strange and far out, people walk by each other like strangers, know what i mean?

i will miss late night movies.. will miss walking home in the dark and cold but yet feeling safe at the same time.. will miss bad english :P or english with bad french/german/spanish accents, hahaha :P will miss drinking free alcohol! will miss having a coffee/tea/beer just along the european sidewalks. quintessential european.

most of all, will miss the people. :(

want to cry already lah.

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

From a train driver on the new bullet train line in Shanghai:

"My job has become easier -- more like operating an airplane,"

haha.. the irony.

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And so...

Cooked a lovely curry dinner for my favourite CKK-ers who rarely get to eat anything delish because they live in the pathetic CKK. hurhur. So the dorm was a really crowded place tonight! And Lukasz happily decided to take us on a ghost tour cos u know, the dorm used to be a convent and a place for pilgrims...

So we went on a ghost tour and yeah the boys were hiding in the rooms trying to scare us, making creaky noises and all that and slamming the doors. I wasnt scared actually, just having a real good laugh :P but it made me think bout the things back in SG, like ghosts and stuff.

i wasnt scared at all here though, i dont know why. Partially cos i know it was the boys trying to b funny and trying to scare us but also partially cos i dont know, angmoh ghosts are just not scary lah. the stuff in SG - ki tang, boh moh, pontianaks are wayyyy scarier. and those are not a joke either.

maybe its a culture thing u know. my friends were shit scared when they were in the chapel in the dark - they were hiding in the pews. but for me it was like !! wth. give me old changi hospital or pulau tekong and it would be 100000x more scary than this lah. haha.. or maybe i duno, if u put them in changi hospital or pulau tekong maybe they wouldnt b scared at all. so.. ghosts are all cultural? I donno..

but to me the scariest is still ki tang and possession in the asian/chinese belief. i've never seen it yet but i'd much rather not in my entire life.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Spot the difference!

Picture taken - 27 January 2007
Picture taken - 17 April 2007
Its so beautiful now. :)

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hola hola hola holaaaaaa!!!

No, i've not disappeared from the face of blogger! I've merely had a killer exam, then travelled to barcelona thus explaining the brief absence on Mrs Brightside.

But now im back! Swayfully, i had to kena my period in Barcelona.. rkjflhifahiahef$#%$&&^#$ stupid thing was 1 week early. Luckily the weather was bad and the sea was cold so i didnt wanna swim anyways but if the weather had been good n the sea was warm and i couldnt swim cos of %^%$#@@ period then i would be real mad!

Anyways, i let pictures do the talking:

Bad weather on the beach! With umbrella in tow :( (cue wtf look)

The famous La Sagrada Familia - great work of Gaudi. Its really impressive and still under construction now.

Barbara and me, with the Gaudi lizard in Park Guell. Nice place!

Streets of Barcelona...

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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Really nice and sweet poem, sent to me by sim:

Anyone who's ever been in love can relate. :)

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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

For the first time in my life...

I am living all alone. Swapped apartments with Anouk and now I'm living in the Campus Krautkraemer, beautiful apartment complex just 3 minutes away from school. In my room i have my own kitchen, bathroom.. the works basically. You would think i'm completely excited (and glad to live so near school now) about fast internet and short travelling times, but somehow the feeling is different. Now i know what it feels like to be completely, completely alone. Is this how it's gonna be like in future, if I ever go overseas to work? Hmm.

Like me, I believe many of my friends have never left their parents' nest to live on their own before. Even those who have, lived with other students so it was always fun to share kitchens, bathrooms, jokes over lunch and dinner. But completely alone is a new thing for me, and it feels strange. I guess it kinda takes time to get used to but wow. The strangeness of it all.

I can imagine.. working overseas. After a long day at work, coming home to an empty (but nicely furnished) apartment. Fixing your own dinner, checking your mails, maybe watch a little tv, then sleep.

i dread that :( i want to relish every moment i have here! with friends. I want to treasure every moment in SMU, because i get to spend so much time with all my lovelies :) I want to spend time at home, with my mum especially, because you never know how much longer your parents are going to be there for. I want to spend sooo much time with the bf, because he will be the one who is there when i'm lonely.

i dont want to start working.

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Monday, April 02, 2007

My ultimate romantic/wedding dream. Described in this song:

Heaven, I’m in heaven
And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak
And I seem to find the happiness I seek
When we’re out together dancing cheek to cheek

Heaven, I’m in heaven
And the cares that hung around me through the week
Seem to vanish like a gambler’s lucky streak
When we’re out together dancing (swinging) cheek to cheek

Oh I love to climb a mountain
And reach the highest peak
But it doesn’t thrill (boot) me half as much
As dancing cheek to cheek

Oh I love to go out fishing
In a river or a creek
But I don’t enjoy it half as much
As dancing cheek to cheek

(come on and) dance with me
I want my arm(s) about you
That (those) charm(s) about you
Will carry me through...
(right up) to heaven, I’m in heaven

And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak
And I seem to find the happiness I seek
When we’re out together dancing, out together dancing (swinging)
Out together dancing cheek to cheek

-Ella Fitzgerald
I want to dance to this song when i get married!!! *melts over and dies from being swept off my feet

Update: i just realised that i cant actually dance cheek to cheek with many guys. Haha.. they have to be that short. So maybe not cheek to cheek but head-on-chest if u know what i mean. oooh.. so lang man :)

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To read list

Don Quijote by Miguel De Cervantes
East and West by Christ Patten
Hong Kong by Jan Morris
Le Peau de chagrin by Honoré de Balzac
1984 by George Orwell


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