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!

Monday, July 31, 2006

Tsun Jin Idol 2006

Well, 2 days ago was the finals for Tsun Jin Idol. I got past the audition nearly going off key with "A Whole New World". After a week of hardly any practicing, disaster struck on Saturday when I realized I didn't have enough practice. Oh well.

I had decided to play the piano and sing at the same time. Obviously because it turned out to be a good gimmick. Plus, it kind of hides the fact that I'm not the best at singing in the first place. When I was asked why I chose to do that, I used the excuse that it would save me the trouble of having to practice with a pianist, which is kind of the truth. But the truth is, it was a gimmick. Yes, a gimmick.

Anyway, after school on Saturday I was freakingly nervous. It was so bad that I didn't have an appetite to eat lunch, eventhough I clearly knew I was hungry. Poh Mi had to tell me to calm down the whole time.

Speaking of Poh Mi... she got permission from her mom to skip her tuition that day to watch me. Her mom agreed because I'm a "good boy". Poh Mi had to hold back a laugh when her mom said that heh heh.

After lunch, or more like buying lunch for Poh Mi, we went to the hall where I told her I had to go to the bathroom to wash my face.

I washed my face about 10 times before my performance that day.

I watched the Juniors compete first. I'm not sure if it was just me, but it was freaking cold in the hall. Poh Mi agreed it was cold, but she seemed to be able to stand it a lot better than I did. I eventually went out to get my sweater from my bag. I guess she didn't really feel it because... ahem... I've learnt in Biology class that girls generally have more lipids than guys.... heheheh

When the Junior Soloists finished it was the Junior Groups, which was when I had to go to the waiting room to prepare for my performance.

I was the first of the Senior Soloists.

D'oh!

I think I did well enough. I didn't sing with any feeling of course. Hey come on, my singing is still a work in progress. It's interesting how my anxiety builds up to a boiling point whenever I have a performance or an exam, right until I get out there then POOF it's all gone and I'm almost fully relaxed and I end up having tons of fun. It's the same whether it's the exam, a gymnastics competition, a speech, an act, whatever. And I'd do it all over again for the "adrenalin rush" hahaha.

After my performance I washed my face one final time and joined the audience to watch the rest of the performances. Below are some of the photos. Please excuse the bad quality. Dark lighting meant slower shutter speed and that means the camera needs to be held very very very still....


Suzanne from the Junior Soloists. She won second place with the song "Because of You". She was "mad" at me because I showed her some of the Disney songs (my sisters left behind) 2 days before the competition, and after singing some of the songs, she lost interest in her own... At least she sang with feeling... I didn't =P

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Me. Duh.

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Lloyd. He was last year's Junior Tsun Jin Idol.

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Wei Quan and Yi Von.

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Weng Sam, Keat Eng and erm.... big guy... I haven't quite caught his name yet.

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The group from S1S2! The four from the left are in my English class, IA. Jokers all of them. But then again, I don't think I've met anyone in my English class who's not a joker.

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The girls from S1S3. The leftiest is Keng How(foul-mouthed and rude mathematical genius who brings a smile to my face when I think of him)'s latest love interest. She was also my fellow MC during the Aussie Exchange.

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A guest performance by an English teacher. She was one of the audition judges. She played the Simon Cowell part hehehe

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After watching all the performances, including a few guests performances by the school Choir, the teacher picture above as well as a student, it was prize giving time.

Nobody from Senior One won anything. Oh well. At least we enjoyed ourselves. I'd do it all over again next year for that "adrenalin rush" hehehe. I must be some sort of drug addict now. Woohoo.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

FRIM Park revisited

This time, we're here for a Biology Project. We basically did the exact same thing as I did with J3B last year, minus the little building with exhibits. So I'll just put up pictures. And videos :)

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The briefing before our field trip to FRIM Park

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The class

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An experiment with shutter speed. Learnt it from Hao Ran

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See that little bee hive? The little round things are the bees.

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Our tour guide from FRIM is the one in white and red and black on the left, while the one in green is a teacher who doesn't work in our school but was hired by the school to lead us on this trip. He's an outdoorsy person

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See ~0.0~'s expression on the right?

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Some of our classmates on the other side of the pond trying to catch a glimpse of the Arapaimas Gigas.

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The Arapaimas Gigas. Quite aggresive. I mean very. I've already been able to get a good look at it on my visit last year.

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Tongkak Ali compared to my index finger.

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Fungi compared to my index finger

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The Elephant tree. See the trunk, tusk and eye? I think I took this picture last year too.

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Again, the view that was once on the cover of an issue of National Geographic

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Yes, it's the toilet tree again. Last year that little plant on the left was a lot smaller than it is now.... the land must be pretty fertile.........

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Some of my classmates. They tried to block Zhe Ying's face with that plastic bag

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When it came to the Canopy Walk part, our guide asked for someone to help him. I offered. I was to hike up the hill ahead of everyone to unlock the Canopy Walk. Jun Liang joined me. Our guide handed us the keys and we climbed the hill. On the way we stopped to see...


A nice little caterpillar. When Jun Liang and I got out our standard-issue magnifying glasses, it didn't look so nice anymore...

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Me unlocking the door to the Canopy Walk.

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Jun Liang

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In total I got to travel on the Canopy Walk 4 times because of my offer to help. The first trip was opening the entrance and then the exit, then coming back, then going to the exit after everyone else to lock it (it has to be locked from the inside), then going back to the entrance to lock it from the outside. The guide was waiting for me there and then we took the jungle trail to meet up with the others. Below are the pictures of the Canopy Walk.


A little bit crowded waiting for their turns on the canopy walk
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The Canopy Walk

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Yu Jing, Shan and Kai Wen

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~0.0~

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Bio Teacher with a funny face on

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Zhe Ying crossing the bridge

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A view of the Canopy Walk

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Another view

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The strait and narrow path.... walking anywhere else requires the ability to walk on air...

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Wai Ming, Wei Wern and Teacher

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Me and Teacher

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A hazy view

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Wai Ming climbing down the third platform of the Canopy Walk

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Looking down at "Little Boy" and "Little Ming"

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The mind-boggling structure of the canopy walk. It makes you worry how long will the trees be able to hold all of this together.

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Teacher walking down the steps of the third platform.

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Now where does this dark staircase lead to?

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A video. Notice Wei Wern's facial expression that split second after the camera shows ~0.0~ crossing the bridge.



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After the Canopy Walk we came down to a "waterfall". Not a very convincing waterfall... more like a "downhill stream of water". We were coming down from uphill and while the rest of us took the track down to the bottom of the "waterfall", Sie Yi was at the top of it...


Don't jump!

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IBM decided to climb down the "waterfall", and ended up half stuck. Our friend Turtle started hurling stones into the water around IBM, attempting to mantain a constant splash to get him nice and wet. Before long more and more of the guys from our class were enjoying this new sport.



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Back down on flat ground.... aahhh...

We had our pre-packed potluck lunch, as well as lots of ice cream thanks to the presence of an ice-cream man :)

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Me on the tree I climbed. We heard from our guide that if you don't know how to climb a tree, you suddenly will when you're being chased by wild animals in the jungle.

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We had a brief photo session at a huge rock afer lunch.


The first few who scrambled up the rock. It got a lot more crowded after I put down the camera to join them.

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Turtle and Sie Yie on the rock

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After a wild shuffle to pack 30 students onto the rock for a photo, everyone swarmed off... except Turtle... and Sie Yie...



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Finally we were back on the bus and heading back to school... for a Bio test. NOOOOO!!!


Jun Liang and Chern Hui exhausted

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The bus ride back. On the way to FRIM Park everyone was jumping and walking around having fun. On the way back to school everyone was sleeping

Everyone was hoping that there would be rain and a big traffic jam to slow down our trip back to school, so that we could miss the last 3 periods which included Math, Sejarah and Bio. It did rain, but without much traffic jam... Teacher was nice enough to let us dilly dally until we skipped our Math Class hehehe


Back in the classroom... exhausted

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Well that was fun. The only problem is that we're expected to hand in a report... aaargh...