Friday, January 30, 2009

7 Habits (to break) of Highly Effective People

I get weekly newsletters from MedScape and there are always interesting articles to read like how studies show that a person with warm hands have a warm heart etc. It was just yesterday that I checked my mailbox and there it was in front of me, the title of an article 'Seven Habits (to Break) of Highly Effective People'. For workaholics or pseudo-workaholics (like me), take some time out to read this.

The 7 worst habits of these workaholics include:

1. Forgetting to relax: Some stress can be good because it keeps you alert and motivated; too much stress, however, will take its toll on your body.

I admit that sometimes, I do forget to relax but I've got constant reminders from Benedict. I think stress can be channeled in different ways for different people. For me, it would be through dancing and chess! Yeah, I know, a non-nerd method and a nerdy method. Heck, it works for me. I also watch series show to relax but not all are relaxing because when there's conflict, I've got to wait till it is resolved before I can carry on with my work. Sometimes, two episodes are related like Part 1 and 2. I remember the time when I watched Heroes Season 3. It was nerve wrecking! I had to wait and 1 week was a long time!

2. Eating on the go:
Who has time to sit down for a healthy lunch? But beware of frozen meals, fast, and processed food that can be high in sodium, calories, and fat.

I only do this when I'm late for class and if I've been procrastinating on some things and need it to be done on that day itself. It happens to many people, right?

3. Putting off sleep for work: Lack of sleep can cause irritability, difficulty concentrating, memory problems, poor judgment, and obesity.

Obesity?!?! It's weird really, because sometimes, when I have only a couple hours of sleep, I'll be wide awake the next day but of course as the day comes to an end, I'll be exhausted to the max. In Semester 2, I slept at 3 or 4 am just to finish what I haven't covered. It's not a good thing but I think as long as we have adequate sleep, it should be enough like an afternoon nap or something after the work's completed.

4. Not making time for exercise:
Humans were not designed to sit at desks for 8 hours a day. Exercise has been shown to reduce the risk for nearly every major disease and to help fight anxiety and depression.

^^ Do you exercise? It's been weeks already since Lydia and Arthur asked me to hit the gym with them or Chia Sin asking me to run with her in the evenings and I always turn them down with the excuse that I've got to finish revising lectures for the day. In the end, I would be playing Taboo with Benedict and Navin or perhaps Cluedo with Jae Ric as well. After the CNY holidays, there will be cheerleading practices, dance practices, dance classes etc. That would be my exercise. =)

5. Working when sick: 3 common-sense reasons to stay home: avoid spreading the infection, you'll be less productive, and you need your rest to get better.

Sandip + Chia Sin = Super Spreader. It only took one week before a lot of people in my batch fell sick last sem. Still, it's unavoidable under certain circumstances. Like me, I wouldn't skip CSU, PBLs or lectures. Like many, there's a lot of revision, a lot of research and a lot of activity. Maybe working is okay, but not too much.

6. Drinking (too much): Moderate alcohol consumption has some proven health benefits , but excessive drinking can lead to alcoholism, liver disease, and some forms of cancer.

I don't drink but yeah. I'd just think about the pictures from the Pathology classes. :S

7. Skipping annual medical checkups:
Depending on age, family history, and lifestyle, a comprehensive medical checkup and special screenings is recommended every 1 to 5 years.

Ladidudida~~~ When was the last time you had a comprehensive medical checkup and special screenings?

So, start breaking these habits... =)

CNY updates

Just a short one.. not that long.. =)

Well, the jam was horrible from KL to Bkt Mertajam on the Saturday afternoon. I reached at night and before I knew it when I woke up the next day, it was already the eve! As usual, for the past 20 years (gosh, 20 already?) my mum will prepare steamboat. Actually, it's tradition since even before I was born.

As you can see, that was just part of the food that we add in. The eggs are my favourite and I've been having it since I was a kid because that was the only thing I dared to consume. I didn't like fish back then, nor vege.

This is a better view I think. On the 2nd day, my mum made tomyam steamboat instead of the clear soup. It was AWESOME! Sour and nice~

One thing that was tradition I think its to take bathes with flowers and oranges in it. I'm not very sure about why we do it but I think it's for 'ping an'. Correct me if I'm wrong.
What happens to the oranges after that? I think it's kept away while the flowers are thrown away.
On the first day of CNY, as always, I would go to the temple and offer prayers with my family. I only go to the temple once a year and that is only during CNY.

Anyway, like always as well, I would light up a candle. Every colour has a different meaning. White for good luck, purple for knowledge and studies, pink for career, red for health and yellow for something which I don't remember already.
And you could probably guess which one I got. There were many red ones. It kind of means, there are many people praying for good health this year.
Other than that, I didn't do a lot of camwhoring because my brother wouldn't accompany me. And of all the pictures that I took, it's always the ones the hand gestures that turn out nice. I need to get a camera!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Going back...

weeeeeeeeeeeee..... HOLIDAY~~ HOLIDAYS~~

So, I think I've finished packing, now, I'm just waiting.

I hope I can find wireless there!!! T.T

Milk Teddies

Step 1. Pour the milk into a cup you like
Step 2. Open the packet of biscuits containing the teddies
Step 3. Drown the teddies but not for too long
Step 4. Scoop them up one by one or at most, 2
Step 5. Start munching!

It's something that I'm craving for now. I've ran out of teddies for the month. hehe.

I've been packing and somehow I feel like something is missing but I just can't figure out what it is yet. As usual, when I go back to Bukit Mertajam, I'm hoping to get wireless somewhere. :D Happy Chinese New Year to you guys!

Yes, as I've told so many people and would mention it here, I'm really glad because it's the holidays yet once again. It's a time to destress and relax. =)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Retard?!

Jae Ric, Benedict, Navin, Chia Sin and I were playing 'Taboo' today. 3 vs 2. Jae Ric, Chia Sin and I were in the same group. So, what happens is that there is a word that you have to describe to your group member but there is a list of words that you can't use to describe that word.

So, one thing that I would never forget was how I tried to make Jae Ric guess 'Easter'.

"My name is Esther. When I tell people my name, what is the first thing that they would think of?"

"RETARD"

*Benedict and Navin laughs. The three of them 'high fives'* They gave all sorts of name as

"Fine... Think of a day then which rhymes to my name. Esther = ? It's a day that you would celebrate."

It was only after a few guesses of other names which I don't remember except for retard that he got this:

"Ooh.. oh.. Easter!"

=.= I bet that was not that difficult but Retard? Ha-ha. BLUEK >.<

I'm not very good in the game because there are a lot of words that I either haven't heard before or do not understand the meaning. There was a name of an actress, Bridget Jones and I have no idea who that is. Sure, I've heard of her and all I could tell Jae Ric was...

"In Penang, there is something, a structure. Relate it to an actress you know."

Navin and Benedict made a very good team. I think the next time we're playing Taboo is going to be after CNY.

Letter writing...


It is something which has always come naturally for me when I want to tell someone something or leave a memory behind. I used to write a lot of letters back when I was in secondary school. It is usually when my friend and I have no time for each other, so, we'll leave notes/letters on each other's tables. Back then, we'd even wrap our desk and put all sorts of decoration on it.

Just recently, I received a letter from a friend... a handwritten one, and is by far one of the longest letter that I've ever received. As I read the contents, I laughed here and there because what he mentioned was so true and is like a recollection of things we have been doing for the past 1 year. It was after I finished reading the letter that I felt like I'm going to miss his company a lot. But, it's not like we're not going to talk or anything anymore... there's always Facebook and MSN, right? Not to mention my BLOG!!! That is if he has the time to read it or remembers to check it. =)

It is one of the friendships that I treasured most and is one of the quickest ones to build up too. I wanted to write a letter too but I didn't know what to write and I didn't want to be more emo. But in a way, I already was emo when I realised that the time he has left to spend in Malaysia is getting lesser and lesser. Friends come and go but they always leave footprints in our lives. I'll never forget the little chats we had, the topics we talk about, the lunches and support... I remember calling him right after I had my first car accident and I freaked out soooo much during that time. Back then, he was having cheerleading practice. hehe.

So, hopefully, I'd be able to maintain this one and see him again when he comes back at the end of this year... along with my buddy! I really hope that they'd do well there and tell me interesting stories.

Tonight, that very good friend of mine is leaving for Nottingham because that is where he's continuing the phase 2 of his studies. Would things change after this? I don't really know. But what I do know is that I'm not the only one who would be missing his company but his orientation groupmates as well. (",)

Monday, January 19, 2009

I've never had SPs like them before. XD

Fell asleep in class today. Again. =.= But, I know why. Thanks Chris for helping me out. Seriously, I don't think I would be this calm had it not been for your help. Sorry I kept you up!

SP 2: Eh, I room 2 larr... Why are you here?
SP 1: No larr, I room 2... You room 3...
SP 2: No... I very sure I room 2! You move there lar.
SP 1: I came here already. You room 2 to 3 or 3 to 2? I think you forgot already.
SP 2: No.. I where got forget wan?
SP 1: Nvm nvm... later also we switch mah. So, I do room 2 to 3 then you do 3 to 2. Okay?
SP 2: *makes face* Okay lar okay lar...

Arthur, Joo Hor and I were just giggling at the side looking at the 2 uncles. XD In a way, they were amusing. I've always had that picture of strict SPs. This is the first I've got an older one. XD

In the last CSU (Clinical Skills Unit) session, there was a change in what we were going to do from History Taking to Physical Examination. Back then, I was unprepared due to the change and didn't perform as well as I thought I would. But this time, I took the liberty of reading ahead a couple of times and trying to practice. Today's CSU session was a good one. My lecturer did not scold me or anything when I forgotten the two main key components to taking the Drug/Allergies History. I totally forgotten about Allergies because in the paper, it was printed as Drug History only. Still, I shouldn't have a reason to forget.

Anyway, moving on to the interesting part. There will be a simulated patient (SP) who has already memorised their scripts and they would then convey the information to us if we ask them. In my group of 8, we were further broken down to 2 groups as we had 2 simulated patients and we can always ask if we're in doubt. The key to History Taking is asking 'Why?' OR 'How?' which leads us to the other Ws- what, when where etc. This was what happened between my friends, me and the SP after the doctor asked if we have anymore questions...

Friend: So, have you had any weight gain or weight loss?
SP : Oh, no, I don't have. I tried to lose weight but I didn't manage to lose weight. I wanted to lose about 10-15 kg.
Friend:"Mmm.. Okay. Then, is this your first time here to see the doctor? Previously, have you seen the doctor before for other things?
SP :"Yes, it is my first time. No, I haven't seen the doctor before. This is my first time. Last time, I didn't see also. Last time, I got no problem. Still okay."

***When session is open to others***

Me : Uncle, you said you wanted to lose weight. 10-15 kg... O.o Why did you want to do so?
SP : That's because my doctor told me that I'm overweight. Now, I'm 92 kg. I'm supposed to be around 82 kg liddat.
Me : Oh, so your doctor told you that ah? During that time, why did you go and see the doctor ah?
SP : Oh... no no no... This is my first time seeing the doctor. When I have chest pain, only then did I come. Before this, I didn't see the doctor.
Me : Yeah yeah, I know. This is your first time seeing the doctor. I meant LAST time, you see the doctor as well. That's why he asked you to lose weight. *grins* Why did you see him then?
SP : Oh... no no no... Last time I didn't see. Now only I see. Really... This is my first time seeing the doctor. If not, before this, I was taking the multivitamins that my friend recommended to me for my heart."
Me : =.=lll *Speechless*

*Buzzer goes off* The SP left hurriedly and my friends and I started wondering if he forgotten his lines. XD

Well, it's funny really because when I arrived in the morning and walked past a group of uncles, I overheard one of them saying... "So, we all got this one month ago?" Sometimes, the SPs are nice... The one I had in the last session was not that nice. He was okay. I heard that soon in Sem 4, we'll have a session where we learn to deal with angry patients. O.o

Saturday, January 17, 2009

A childhood memory- Oranges and me

Indeed, it is that time of year again where we celebrate with our family members. As kids/teenagers/singles, we are still eligible to receive the red packets. Besides the red packets, there's also the firecrackers, good food and oranges! Mandarin oranges, tangerines... which we bring along to our relatives/friends' house and have them exchanged.

Usually, my mum would get the oranges like a few weeks before CNY. I guess I must have been too busy with my own stuff that I did not realise that CNY is near. Otherwise, every time when I open the refridgerator, I'd wonder 'Why arr got oranges wan? So many summore...' Then, I'd just walk away after taking what I need. How blur could I be? I just remembered 2 days ago when I saw all the snacks which my mum stocked up. Hello pandas, Oreos, honeyed cookies, baked chinese cookies, potato chips etc. It is mouth-watering for me because they're all my favourite! It's always a habit for me to munch a couple pieces of biscuits after dinner. :D

Anyway, back to the oranges... I remember something when I was a kid. Usually, when we eat fruits, our parents would tell us to be careful of the seeds, right? Well, one day, while eating oranges, I accidentally swallowed one of the seeds and I ran to my brother.

"Koko! Koko! I swallowed a seed! How??? What's going to happen?"

"Oh.. Don't worry... You'll soon grow an orange tree on your head." *smiles*

"HARR??? ORANGE TREE? I don't want!" *runs to mummy* "MUMMY!!!! KOKO SAID I WILL GROW ORANGE TREE ON MY HEAD!!" *starts to tear*

"He said that ar? Why? Did you swallow a seed? That's why *pause*, I told you to be careful right. So, what are we going to do with that orange tree when it grows?"

Then, I'll start feeling my head making sure that there's nothing on my head yet. But soon, after a day... would my brother then tell me that nothing will grow on my head. That's only because I WOULDN'T stop bugging him the next day. And do you know what he told me after that?

"If you accidentally swallow orange seeds, it's okay... but if you accidentally swallow apple seeds, then, it will grow." *smiles*

My mum would come and hit my brother after that telling him to not teach me the wrong things. Haha... Hey, I was a kid. I think I was 4 or 5. But it didn't take me long to figure out that nothing will grow from my head if I swallow anything else by accident though because if it did take me that long, something must be wrong with me now. :D

Thursday, January 15, 2009

My 1st Clinic Visit- jam and trouble

My group was assigned to Klinik Kesihatan Dato' Keramat. Since we were unsure of where it was, my dad suggested that my friends who are car pooling with me that we meet at 6.30 am. Yeap, it was that early... in front of IMU and I fell back asleep after I got up. It took us 1 1/2 hours to reach there due to the jam near that area.

The jam was horrible. Can you imagine on a normal road with 4 lanes- 2 lanes 'going' and 2 lanes 'coming' was packed with 3 lanes 'coming' and 1 lane 'going'. It was really difficult to drive through because these people just kept moving forward and blocked the 'going' lane. The motorcyclists also had a hard time. Some motorcyclists would force their way through and hit the side mirror which makes me mad. Then, this uncle whose car is perpendicular to our car (well, he was trying to make a turn which was why we were blocked) told us to take a left turn and go the other way. He even assured us that there is no problem.

So, my dad took the left turn, hoping that there would be a way out. As we drove further in (2 lanes), we could see more cars stuck! =.= But the lane that we were on was free. However, something didn't seem right because we couldn't find the road that the uncle mentioned. We stopped over and asked a couple of people and to our surprise, they told us that there is no such shortcut. There is only one road to Dato' Keramat from there. If we want to use the other road, it would take a much longer time and we could probably get lost. He added that usually people just use this road. So, a U-turn was made and we waited in the queue of the horrible jam.

We got there on time though. Lucky thing we met at 6.30am. My other group members who took the train said that it was really packed in the morning. The clinic visit as a whole was okay. The main challenge yet, was to translate all the questions that we want to ask to Malay. Suddenly, I'll be asking my friends, 'Hey, how do you say information in Malay?' 'How about allergies?' It was one interesting experience which is better than the first day of my Nursing Week in Hospital Tunku Jaafar.

However, one of the lock of the blood pressure set broke. It was already broken when given to us. I found out on the night I took back the bag. Every group is assigned to one actually with 2 BP sets and a thermometer. I should not have been that reluctant to check the sets when the CSU nurses showed it to us. But, I was. All Teck Han and I had was a peak. I guess we should be reminded to check them next time because now, I'm in a little bit of trouble. The nurses insisted that it is our fault that it's broken and that one of us must have dropped it or hit it hard because it was no way that they did it. Why? According to them, those NEW BP sets were checked thoroughly by the nurses before it was given to the students.

Who knows, right? It could be that when they put it in the bags, they didn't secure it properly or something. But one thing is for sure, none of us dropped the thing or hit it hard. What kind of BP set would chip at the 'door' lock especially when it's NEW? Enough of drama for 2 days now. I don't know why I even volunteered to carry the bag there. So, there is a possibility that we could get away with this and if we don't, we might need to pay RM 300 - 350, shared by 9 of us. Still, for a lock?! I mean, the 'door' just tilts a little when it's closed. Why not put a rubber band around it? After all, everything else is working well like it's NEW.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Her mind...

Procrastination always come to every student. Even though not often, but it does. It's already night and the moon seem to be shining brightly tonight. What is going on this mind of this girl with vast imagination? Lecture notes that has just started piling from the beginning of this week; pieces of information that she tries not to forget; questions that she needs to ask in taking patient history tomorrow. She shrugs knowing that there are just so many things and that there is not enough time. She just wants to be motivated a little bit more. Still, she is yet to find that thing which inspires her.

Peeking at the moon through the slits of the curtain, she curiously walks closer. She opens the sliding door slowly and made sure that the noise made was minimal. Aaah... the cold breeze blows. She opens the sliding door a little wider, wide enough for her to put her head out while standing in. 'What a wonderful night it is...,' she thinks. As she glances past the buildings and bright lights, she starts thinking of alien spaceships which starts invading the city. 'Zap! Zap!' The lasers are zapping humans into zombies! They can be seen running all over town. Some cars crash into the lamp post while some hit the zombies. Moaning, dreadful looking zombies. They look harmless. So, why are these people hurting them?

From the 12th floor, many things can be observed. Suddenly, she hears something. It is an undescribable sound. 'Whoosh.... whoosh...' It could be heard more and more. It seems like something is getting closer but what could it be? 'Oh no! Who is there to save us?!' The tide of wave hits the city but no one was swept away. Not the humans nor the zombies. What are they made of? Metal? They didn't move an inch! The wave washes away nothing but it protected the people from being zapped into zombies by the evil aliens. Muahaha... There is hope!

The aliens had no choice but to retreat before the dawn. But, it was too late! The very first ray of sun that very day blinded the aliens and dehydrated them to the extent that they turned to cosmic dust. As for the zombies, they returned to normal but when it is night time and only during that day of the year, they turn back into zombies for one day. Stupid laser. The people of the city finally lives in peace, free from aliens for many years.

But all that... was just in her mind. She closes the sliding door and walks back to her room. She gets started on PBL and blogged about what a day it has been. She went for lunch with a good friend today to a place she's never been to and a place of which the name has been forgotten. She had a good time conversing with this friend of hers and it is probably one of the last lunches she'll ever have with this friend because he will be leaving soon to another country in less than a week. Still, a memory worth remembering...

Monday, January 12, 2009

It was a good day...

I'm back from Singapore and the Sem 5s finished their exams already. I had my first CSU session of the semester. I slept during the break. I sat beside Azra for the first time in PBL. I actually went early to class today. I didn't have a good beginning to the day. But, I had a great end to this day. Despite forgetting to bring my ID which is attached to my locker key, the sudden change in CSU, printing out the wrong lecture notes, it was still a good day. It wasn't the best, but it was good...

As the days pass by, I realise that I have many more things to do and I have been procrastinating a little, otherwise, forgotten about them. The time spent with friends are getting lesser unless it's PBL, CSU, lectures blablabla... I'm feeling more into my own world now. That is partly why I'm so glad when I'm home. The first thing I always ask my aunt is 'Has Fishy came home?' because I love bugging him soooo much! In fact, I realise that as much as I love spending time in uni, I also love to be at home. I never really liked it last year, but I guess I could organize my time better now to even slack and do some art stuff.

=) A friend once told me... that when you set something and say that you're going to do it, God will come in and give you a trial/obstacle. So, that is how you're tested in your determination and willpower. Today, I was tested in many things. Since morning till early evening. Partly, I'm glad I know what I wanted and what I could do but sadly, I didn't do my best. Tomorrow's another day, hopefully, I'll be given another chance in something else.

Friday, January 09, 2009

A tablespoon of 'Personal' feelings

Yesterday was an emo day for me. The first emo day in the year. hehe.

I guess today, I'll add a tablespoon of personal feelings instead of the casual random ramblings about studies. As the new year started, I've seen changes in some of my friends. Some are adaptable but for some, I'm not yet ready. Some of them have moved on. Some seem to be the same to me. Some are striving while some are taking things slow. Some things appeal more to me while some things don't seem so appealing anymore.

It was just a couple days ago that out of something unpleasant, I've found a side of my friend that I never knew. It was because of that feeling that I realised that I could also talk to her about anything. Who would have known that the two of us with different personalities, approaches and ways of doing things would be talking over things that neither of us had imagined. I'm glad that I can open up to her. But on the other side of the story, I was feeling hurt. It's not because I think too much and it's not because of what I know... rather, it was because I was not opened enough to accept my friends for who they are.

And I'm glad that I can accept it now because someone gave me a very valuable piece of advice. But upon reflecting, I feel like I haven't been a good friend because I couldn't accept others for who they are after the holidays. Perhaps it's because it's still early and it's been nearly 5 days that we're back in classes. So, to adapt to a new routine and seeing the same group of people everyday seems different. Maybe I've been holding on to some feelings for too long a time and finally, I was able to let go of it yesterday.

It is a pity that sometimes, things might never be the same although those were the best times and happiest times. I guess I would just accept it along the way and do my best to be a good friend; to me, that's what defines a good friend. Like every one else, I'm only human and I do make mistakes. What matters more is whether you can handle the situation to your preference. And, I would say, I did. I have. I'm glad.

Sometimes, I don't like it when people make assumptions and when it is forced out of my system to do something that I'm either not ready or don't like. But, we all have our flaws. I'm probably like one of those people who ask people too many questions without realising it or talking too much without giving a chance to others to speak up. Yet, at the end of the day, when I step out and imagined that I'm looking at myself speak to my friends, I see what I didn't like about myself and I realise a couple of things that I need to improve on. It's not easy, but I'm trying.

Anyway, I woke up after 3 hours nap because I got this phone call. Someone asked me if I'd like to dance for IMU Ball. Hip hop and Latin. I was glad that I can learn more from those who are more experienced. I hope that I can juggle my time well so that I can excel both ways. Oh, after lectures today, I played Cluedo with Benedict and Jae Ric of which none of us won. It was a crazy game because to move the pieces, you've got to answer a question. If you don't want to answer, you lose the turn. I lost one turn. That's because the questions that Benedict asked me were really ridiculous and I was just speechless most of the time because guys will be guys. What more is there to ask by Benedict if it's not related to something dirty? :P

I promised myself that I would never play another game of Cluedo with them ever again. Not even Monopoly. But, I guess I'll see about that later.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Just one of those days...

It's one of those days where I can't sleep and end up blogging. So, it's 5 am and classes are at 1.30pm. What have I been doing? PBL...

I really need to reverse my time but I don't know how because if I sleep too early, I'll wake up and after that, I can't sleep anymore. I actually dozed off at 10pm but I woke up an hour later. It must have been a super power nap considering that I'm not tired. Not now at least because usually at this time, my eyes would be tired.

Yesterday was an interesting day because I got to learn about ECG. XD Other than that, well, nothing interesting has been happening. Oh wait, the pharmacy P109 started their orientation already. So, they had to collect signatures from every batches. Sandip, Kyan and I gave our signatures. Well, Sandip asked both groups to do something that they think the other groups can't do. One group presented the chicken dance in all 4 directions (as requested by Kyan) while the other group did the "banana" dance.

I suppose there will be more things to see in M109 orientation. I'm still wondering if I should be an OO. After all, it's close to Summatives. Hmmm, I guess I'll see then. Chia Sin, if you're reading, I want to be in your group!!! :)

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

PBL PBL.... O.O

In the previous semester, we didn't have a fasci for one session in PBL 2. This time, it was otherwise. Dr. Nyunt Wai's lecture was far better than I imagined it would be. Today was the first PBL of the week and the new sem, not to mention, the new year and my fascilitator did not turn up. I wonder why... Although someone did go and call him, he was no where to be found around that area. Perhaps he has forgotten. But anyway, my group was a little lost today but we managed to get through the day.

One of the major change that we have to accept is the appearance of the cd that was given to us on the very first day itself. It seems that everything important is in it such as Part 1 of PBL 1, Study Manual etc. For the first 40 minutes, our discussion didn't really lead us far. One of my groupmates went to another group and asked if they would let us join them for Part 2. And, we joined group 4. :) We got our Part 2, we had a temporary fasci and we had our learning issues.

One thing about my group is that we would make full use of the 1 1/2 hours although we can finish early. So, after the session with Group 4, my group went back to our room and continued again. Summing it up, and did further discussions. Now that I think of it, I really appreciate my group members. I don't know why but the pbl rooms are really warm. I hope it won't be so for the whole semester...

Monday, January 05, 2009

1st day

and it's one I'll remember. Why?

... because Benedict sat beside me
... because I got a nice seat thanks to Arthur and Lydia
... because it seemed different from the previous semester. people. environment.
... because my shoe flew
... because I fell
... because I actually got to talk to my mentor who is only free at 7.30am

It was a tiring day for me. I'm still unable to reverse my biological clock :(

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Random update

Oooh, I've just read finish 'Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus'.

Interesting book, really. I knew my brother has this book when it was mentioned in the movie 'Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging'. I just didn't know where the books are placed until yesterday. I also found a few other books which I bought but didn't have the chance to read. Sometimes, at home, I feel lost when I don't know where some things are placed.

Well, this time the books found me. =)

Just yesterday as well, I was watching 'The Vampire Who Admires Me' and boy oh boy did it give me the adrenaline rush and heart palpitations. I was freaked out. I thought it would be a comedy like a funny vampire. But, it turned out to be otherwise. Well, most of the parts. Nevertheless, there will be humour in it. Then, I remembered, Chinese vampires are different from the usual ones like I've watched in Supernatural. LOL. Oh well, at least, I finished watching it alone. *woo-hooh*

Less than 2 days, and the new term starts. I wonder if it's only me or are my batchmates just as excited as I am in starting the new term. More than 2 weeks ago, I just wanted to get pass today and go back to school. Until yesterday, I was hoping for more holidays. Now, I'm just accepting things as they come my way. I keep telling myself have a little patience because it will pass. =)

As I think back upon what's been happening last year, I feel that I was foolish sometimes, and did things that were embarassing. I was confused most of the time. A confused cow. Resentful? Well, sometimes... And I guess life is just like seasons. As you move on to another season, you'll look back and realised what's been right and wrong. For me, I wouldn't realise it myself when I'm in that season.

I feel like I've done what I wanted to do most during holz. It'd be reading book(s) at night while listening to music and snacking on chocolate chip cookies. :D But it would be better if I could sit at the balcony and read instead or if I have friends to read with me. So then, I can enjoy the view and company too. Too bad I can't because the lights aren't bright enough and when it rains, the place is kind of wet. Maybe I'll find the opportunity again.

'Love Story 'by Taylor Swift

Yesterday, a friend of mine sent me this song by Taylor Swift. It's called 'Love Story'. Since then, I've listened to it for more than 30 times. Is it really that good? Well, perhaps because it is a love story that it sounded that good.

Here's the lyrics:

We were both young when I first saw you
I close my eyes
And the flashback starts
I'm standing there
On a balcony of summer air

See the lights,
See the party, the ball gowns
I see you make your way through the crowd
You say hello
Little did I know

That you were Romeo you were throwing pebbles
And my daddy said stay away from Juliet
And I was crying on the staircase
Begging you please don't go, and I said:

Romeo take me somewhere we can be alone
I'll be waiting all there's left to do is run
You'll be the prince and I'll be the princess
It's a love story baby just say yes

So I sneak out to the garden to see you
We keep quiet cause we're dead if they know
So close your eyes
Escape this town for a little while

Cause you were Romeo I was a scarlet letter
And my daddy said stay away from Juliet
But you were everything to me
And I was begging you please don't go and I said:

Romeo take me somewhere we can be alone
I'll be waiting all there's left to do is run
You'll be the prince and I'll be the princess
It's a love story baby just say yes

Romeo save me, they try to tell me how to feel
This love is difficult, but it's real,
Don't be afraid
We'll make it out of this mess
It's a love story baby just say yes, oh,

I got tired of waiting
Wondering if you were ever coming around
My faith in you was fading
When I met you on the outskirts of town and I said:

Romeo save me I've been feeling so alone
I keep waiting for you but you never come
Is this in my head, I don't know what to think

He knealt to the ground and pulled out a ring
And said:

Marry me Juliet you'll never have to be alone
I love you and that's all I really know
I talked to your dad you'll pick out a white dress
It's a love story baby just say yes

Oh, oh, oh

Oh, oh, oh, oh

Cause we were both young when I first saw you

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Addictive Chess

Slept at 2am, woke up at 6am. Attended an event and then went to MidValley. I just came back from MidValley and my legs hurt A LOT. Note to self: wearing high heels is not suitable in malls but it's okay in uni. Don't know why. Hopefully, I've enough energy to go out after dinner to SS 19 to window shop with my brother.

Do you know what's addictive? CHESS! Well, the game was installed in my laptop and I've been playing it ever since. There are 10 levels of difficulty of which you can choose and obviously, the higher you choose, the smarter the computer is. I am stuck at Level 6. It's darn difficult and boy oh boy does it make you think a lot. Anticipating your opponent's moves and figuring out which moves are the best and why... It's really not as simple as I thought I would be.

On average, I play at least 3 games a day. Before I go to bed, when I close my eyes, it is as if I can see the chess board in front of me. I don't bother to practice with the alphabets and numbers although it is a good thing especially if you want to re-learn or re-live the experience of the 'war'. Otherwise, I still really like it.

Okay, I'm gonna get back to playing chess now. ^^

I cheesed through...

the new year!

My brother's the best because he:

1. buys me a mouse so that I can DotA but unfortunately, I accidentally deleted them. T.T So, I'm getting them from Leon first thing on 5th January. XD
2. buys me cheesecake which I totally LOVE
3. helped me with the settings of my laptop (I wouldn't have a single clue)
4. teaches me stuff and always make things simple!
5. actually reads my blog and supports me with it and pretends that he has never come across TYPE 89.
6. brings me to places which has good food :D
7. gives me pocket money which I can either spend on books (buy, photostate), art stuff, accessories, nice food or just save for the rainy days
8. accepts me though I'm weird and e-mooo-ed a lot last year especially the speech after right before getting the results.

Okay, 8 reasons is enough... Brothers are meant to be praised sometimes but not in large amounts. XD So, when I mentioned 'cheese through', it's only because both of us were sharing one large piece of cheesecake :D