After much preparation, the young self-proclaimed Emperor of The Han Dynastory is now serving a full-time mission to the UK with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He will return in 2014.

Hello!

Welcome to the Han Dynastory!

As I am now serving a full-time mission with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I have left this blog under the stewardship of a family member, who may post updates on how I'm doing as he/she sees fit.

Enjoy your stay!

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Falling In Love

I met her on the first day of band camp.... as each day passed I grew more and more attached to her....

She's my Bass Clarinet

Haha! What were you expecting! I had to switch to Bass Clarinet when we go to Taiwan since the person who usually plays the Bass Clarinet can't go. I guess you can't trust my titles anymore hahaha!

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Bits And Pieces Here And There

Another one of those days where I dunno what to blog about.

Last Tuesday was the day. The Day. We finally managed to film The Trade and The Fight III. We did have several problems though

1. Hsien Chun didn't show up

2. Chern Hui was wearing the wrong clothes

In the morning Mom drove me to the LRT station to pick up Zi Xian and Chern Hui. She drove us all the way to -1's house. Hao Ran went to school to take the others.

So there we were lazing around at -1's house for the 3rd time. This time I watched Les Miserables. Before long -1's Mom and Poh Mi woke up. -1's Mom came downstairs and saw me watching. She too sat down to watch. It's one of their favorite musicals.

Soon she decided to take us out for breakfast. Luckily she didn't order round after round like -1's Dad did when he took us out for supper haha. While we were eating she started saying a few thoughts about each of us. How Hao Ran seems the most matured of the 5 of us in the way he acts, how Zi Xian is an excellent cook... how Chern Hui and -1 are quite alike, and how she thinks Poh Mi and I are quite alike.

What?!?

Poh Mi and I were staring at each other, eyes wide with the "Oh No!" look on our faces. Then she spoke up. "Of course, he's my sister"

And I concurred.

Shortly after when -1's Mom was driving us back to the house -1 started talking about a part of the hills where he could find crystals and a good view of the whole of Gombak. -1's Mom drove us to the track and let the 4 of us (Fu Li Zi and me) go and explore a bit. It was quite fun. We managed to find some crystals.

We went back to the car and back to the house to see Hao Ran and the others waiting for us. We went off to film soon after.

Hao Ran and I discussed a bit on the movie. Trying to solve the problems we faced. In the end we decided to just reshoot the whole TT&TFIII, which we did. We even got sunburned in the end.

One of the highlights of the movie was that I actually did a sideariel for one scene of the show. In fact, I couldn't believe it when I was soaring in the air and had a soft landing. Whee.

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Before I forget, I promised to elaborate on something that happened on Saturday.

After school that day I had a band practice. Before that I was taking a stroll with Dong Liang discussing the movie he wanted me to make about the band for our recruition. On the way we bumped into Shir Li who was talking to Ting Yuan, our vice chairman for the band. Dong Liang and I proposed our idea to make a movie about the band to Ting Yuan, who approved. Then I started talking to Shir Li.

She has a little problem with the band. Her dad doesn't allow her to stay for practices for some weird reason. She has quite a bad reputation in that sense, so I decided to help her out. She had to sell these tickets for our upcoming band concert... so I bought one from her.

Then I said out aload I wanted some tickets. And Ting Yuan (and Hui Wen who was also there) said "get them from me!" And I told them "Oh, too late I just bought one from Shir Li here. And she gave a menancing laugh.

What fun.

Anyway, I'm getting this craving for computer games... better go before it gets worse

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Barbie Dolls And Stereotypes

You're probably wondering why the above 2 things are together, so listen to this latest misadventure of mine.

Not latest really

It was last Friday...

I had been having brief conversations with Shir Li at school for the past few weeks. Each starting with me kicking into her group of friends (usually I wait for people I know). Anyway, about a week before that I was talking to Shir Li and Yong Yu for what felt a lot unlike a brief conversation. But back to the point, Shir Li remembered how I had promised her a present for scoring the highest computer score in her entire Year (a dazzling 100). Well, more like she made me promise. I've been trying hard to add 'no' to my vocabulary when talking to girls lately, but with her I guess I could make an exception haha.

So anyway, she made her pick. It was simple at first. I promised her a comic every week, which I managed to sustain for about 3 weeks until UEC struck. After UEC we had another conversation where she wanted something else... "how about 5 meals?"

I don't know how I looked like but after taking one look at me she quickly thought of something else.

"I know. Barbie dolls. I love Barbie dolls."

This may be a little surprising for many of you. But not for me... after all, I'm the weirder one when it comes to obsessions... I mean, what kind of crazy nutcrackers would have an obsession with Bionicles, ties, and inkless pens? Besides me, of course.

Well, that's one thing I thought I could afford. After all, I have about 250 ringgit in my auxilery savings.
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Note: For those of you who don't know how my budget works, here it is. It will help you in case you ever want to borrow interest free cash from me... if you're planning to help me stick to my budget haha.

I get 5 ringgit a day

1 ringgit goes to auxilery savings (money saved up to buy bigger things in the future, like Barbie dolls)

50sen goes to Tithing

50sen goes to forced savings (or my Mission Fund, more like)

The remaining 3 ringgit can be spent.

Normally when Poh Mi borrows money she blows my budget completely. That's when I whip out my emergency cash.... or auxilery savings, actually.
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Back to the Barbie thingie, Shir Li was quite specific about what she wanted. Some sort of culinary set or the whatnot... no need the actually dolls... just the culinary thingies. Okay, I don't know what I'm talking about. I don't go around buying Barbie dolls like I do with Bionicles alright? In fact my Mom thinks I'm crazy to be able to remember all the freakin Bionicle names like 'Matau'....'Bohrok Kal'...'Ussal'...'Pohatu Nuva'...'Rakshi'... oh you get the point.

I promised her twice I'd get it for her (I bumped into her a week later). Then I went home and checked my calender... my budget. Green Light.

So this is when Stereotypes come in. Last Friday, I got out the most Gothic looking clothes I've ever had. Black, with mystical symbols forming the letter K on both sides (I joked the 'K' stood for Kanasai--my favorite joke-insult meaning eat poo). Add another Gothic looking necklace and I look like a complete gangster. Okay, now I need some friends to keep me company when I go to Parkson Grand at Sungei Wang to hunt for the Barbie Doll Culinary Set.

Hao Ran and Yoon Fatt.

2 hardworking students.

Perfect.

I wanted to see what effect stereotypism would have on people who would see me dressed up like a gangster but holding a huge Barbie Doll set in one arm.

As I predicted (or any idiot's guess really), I had a lot of people staring at me. I put on the most innocent looking face ever. Of course, nobody was stupid enough to ask me what the heck I was doing... the kind lady at the counter kept quiet with a tiny grin while she helped me wrap up the present using my favorite 2-types-of-wrappers-grafted-together style.

This is where the stereotypism problems started.

I got back to school and gave the present to Shir Li. I totally took her by surprise. She couldn't even utter a word (though she SMSed me later that night to say 'thank you'). But when I was at the other end of the canteen I could see the smile on her face already... and also the looks of her friends' faces. Oh man I wish I had a camera then.

At that moment Zi Xian and -1 walked by. Zi Xian asked why the heck was I dressed up as a gangster. Even -1 was there to add insult to injury.

I hated that simple comment! Of all darned things! I mean, I was only wearing a black shirt with half-folded sleeves, a necklace and a LIVESTRONG WRISTBAND FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!

Does that make me a gangster?

No!

How do you define a gangster? By his dresscode?

Heck no!

By his actions, fool!

And was I acting like a gangster?

Heck, what gangster would be walking around with one of the smartest guys in class, discussing mathematical problems, buying a Barbie doll set for a girl, running errands for Poh Mi and looking out for great comic strip ideas while out in the city?!?

For crying out loud! I'm supposed to have gotten over this...

I mean come on, can't I have fun at least once and dress "funny" for once? Hello! It was Halloween! Gangsters aren't always people whose clothing is dark themed!

I hate stereotypes.

And so does Bill Watterson, my idol cartoonist.

At least I can have comfort in that... or that smile that lit up on Shir Li's face... which just happened today heh heh... oop-bedtime. Looks like you'll have to wait for the next post to find out what in the world did I do this time.

Oh don't worry, I'm not being obsessed with girls again. I'm just trying to find something to think about other than that Star Wars Battlefront II game that I so badly want. If you know me, you'll know what kind of trouble I have choosing between girls and computer games. Maybe I should go to the British Council and bring back another basket of novels (my highest record of novels per borrow is still about 5).

Or maybe the ultimate choice

Make Simba turn around over and over again. I pointless trick I taught him a year ago. Sounds like fun.