Monday, December 3, 2012
I am in the UK, well and absolutely enjoying myself. So happy that sometimes it makes me sad to think that I'll graduate next year. But (shhh...) let's not talk about that.
At the moment, my life revolves around Concrete, the student newspaper, consuming chocolate while doing coursework, finding some spare time to read and making loads of online accounts when procrastinating.
I'm not even joking. I now have a Twitter account, a new Portfolio, Linkedin account, Goodreads account and am seriously contemplating a new blog to replace this, even after I once promised myself that this one won't be abandoned. Sometimes it just has to be that way.
Part of it is due to my inability to make the layout look as good as I want it to be. And I already have a general idea. It just wouldn't work. More importantly, I've looked through all the posts I'd written, blushing at how I used to fiddle with fonts and colours. And the content. I had a different style of writing then. Not that it's any less me; it's just a different version.
I don't want to stop blogging, 'cause I love it. I can't bring myself to update this particular site, yet I have no intention of deleting this. Too many memories.
You can probably tell where this is going. I'm going to tie up the loose bits here (because I can't leave things hanging or it will bother me), pack up and head off to a whole new blogging adventure. It'll be a fresh new start. I'll be happy and contented. And you'll be glad that I'm that way too, I hope.
Monday, September 10, 2012
|Lasagna for family|
Monday, July 30, 2012
1. I'm going to be an intern at The Star, an English-language tabloid newspaper in Malaysia.
2. I've planned out most of what I want to write for my first attempt at Camp NaNoWriMo. Half-expecting to break down mid-way (as seemed the common case) but those voices in my head are still convincing me otherwise.
3. I've been taking classes for Basic Sign Language with Mei Shan. I jumped at the opportunity the moment she asked. Why? (Popular question) It's something I've wanted to check off my list for a long time. Learning languages is an absolute joy and it's fascinating when people communicate in signs and gestures that make all the sense in the world once you understand them.
That's all in the meantime. Now for a Snickers bar.
Monday, July 23, 2012
|Leaning Tower of Pisa, taken in January 2012|
Saturday, July 21, 2012
People ask me why anyone would inflict it on themselves. I admit that being someone who had always been daunted by the idea of writing 1667 words a day, I'd imagine getting through NaNoWriMo would feel pretty awesome.
Plus, it will be my first time in August. When I first heard about it, it only ran in November. That is without doubt the worst time for university students to be thinking about writing novels. I wasn't keen on adding 50,000 more words on top of what I already had to write for my degree. I would have had to give up on one eventually and it would never have been the latter. Earlier last month, I was told that there are now NaNoWriMos in June and August. How could I refuse!
Also, today I did more research for my project. One of the documentaries on it made me tear up. Got me both horrified and excited.
It's a good thing.
Monday, July 9, 2012
Before I go on, you should know that I'm not good with flights. It seems to worsen each time, as if it's this dark passenger that ages with me. Symptoms include migraines, being incapable of proper speech, lack of sleep and a facial expression that says, "Please don't ask me to direct you to your transfer terminal in an airport I've never even seen."
Well, no one catches the last symptom, really. I still help them whilst in my stupor.
|Disclaimer: This photo does not belong to me,|
Upon reaching KLIA, I approached the payphones to make a call; all were out of order. I walked around to check the rest. After inspecting 3 rows of unfixed payphones, I found 2 phones that worked. Got my bags, got outside and totally emptied my insides out. Way to detox, eh?
At least my jetlag's gone. No more staring at blank walls at 4am, or having no appetite until 2am or having a facial expression in the morning that says, "Please don't ask me to 'just force yourself to sleep'. It doesn't work that way."
Monday, July 2, 2012
I am bunking with a friend until tomorrow, which is when I will be going down to London and back to Malaysia on two 8-hour flights. I'll have a book of short stories, a writing pad, air sick pills and lots of in-flight movies to accompany me.
No one enjoys being locked in a pressurized container for extended periods of time.
Friday, June 29, 2012
|Frankie and Benny's|
Saturday, June 23, 2012
One of the essays I wrote about in my Shakespeare exam was on festivity. It was a concept we studied about in class, one that explored how carnivals were associated to general disorderliness.
While I was reading up on it, many times I associated it to a prominent aspect of Italy - the Venetian masks. Made from paper mache, beautifully crafted, decked in stalls and sold in the markets of Florence.
During the 12th century, masquerades were a part of the festive culture of Venice. People dressed up in disguises and wore masks during Carnival or other holidays. Social ranks dissolved, hidden, equalized during that period of Carnival. Only during that period. Otherwise people must act normal, look normal, and adhere to law and order.
I have one. Haven't found a reason to wear it yet but it'd be nice to have one when I do.
Florence was lovely. I want to go travelling again.
Friday, June 22, 2012
|Melissa and I at the 02 arena|
|Singing Seasons in the Sun|
That's another thing off my list.
Credits to Melissa Ling for allowing me to use her photos.
Friday, June 15, 2012
I'm done with my exams and hopefully that will be the last of it. The sensation of never having enough time doesn't really sit well with me.
At the moment I'm spending time with people in Norwich, enjoying my final weeks under this roof, applying for internships, settling bills and packing up. Oh how I despise packing up - but at least half of it is gone.
I'm also watching a number of TV series, including Game of Thrones and Revenge. Will finish the former quite soon.
Next plan: Play the theme song on the piano. Fingers crossed.
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Most friends are done with their exams. Some lazing about. Some leaving. Some left. It's the end of the year for them. It's not officially over for me until next Friday.
And because I'm feeling more and more guilty with each word I type, I'll list this down and make this as quick as possible.
1. I'll be going home this summer. As in, Malaysian home.
2. I'm feeling good about my second Creative Writing piece.
3. I am determined to get an internship. By hook, crook but most probably by the book. Cringe-worthy? I'm a little tired.
4. TV Sitcoms are the bane of my life.
5. Our Monopoly Game lasted 6 hours.
Monday, May 28, 2012
It had been a while since I last cooked Malaysian food. I have lots of spice mixes, but the only time I seem to be able to find any use for them is if (a) I have the same dishes for the next few days; perfect for exam period, or (b) I cook for a big group of people.
When Charlene, John, Michael and Derald came over the other day, we had chicken curry (spicy as spicy should be), fried long beans with carrots, stir-fry beef and "bak kut teh" (also known as pork ribs and tea soup). All served with rice. Also, John baked a raspberry cheesecake for dessert.
Speaking of Malaysian food, I've decided to fly back for the summer. There will be a lot of that when I'm home.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
|Spring at UEA|
Friday, May 18, 2012
|An artist at work|
|An ice cream parlour|
|The Royal Pavilion|
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
|There are two levels worth of these.|
|So that's how you read it.|
|Macaron Ice Cream|
Did I mention the ice cream?
I leave you to drool in peace.
PS. My first paper is on this Friday and it's making my head turn into slush. I think a dessert should cure this. I ought to stop my rambling. And waffling. Mmm... Belgian waffles. Should be doing work. And revision. And having some sleep.
Did I mention that I want a dessert?