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.


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, December 31, 2007

New Year's Eve

I can't believe it. 2008 is almost here and all I have in my mind is PDQ Bach, the 2nd movement of Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat K. 364, how great the oboe sounds when played properly with the orchestra, the desire for a Perfect Pitch, and the desire to satisfy my sweet tooth.

Music lessons have sure gotten to me this year.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Random Thoughts

I wish I could come up with a much more meaningful post than this, but I've been a bit out of touch with blogging for so long that it almost feels weird sitting down in front of the computer listening to The Boy Who Drank Stars (the latest National Anthem as of 30th Dec 2007 GMT+8 time) play over and over again while firing away at the keyboard.

Anyway, I just thought it would be nice to mention some of my recent (random) thoughts that have not stopped bugging me.

Yung Hui, my old crush, has not stopped popping up in my dreams since the holidays started. And as I have mentioned before, she always seems to disappear after a while, resulting with me desperately trying to find her. I keep wondering what it means but nothing comes to my mind except the fact that I can never stop liking a girl no matter how much I think I've gotten over her. The last time I talked to her was in some random conversation over MSN where she revealed her tiny ambition of learning English in Singapore and then becoming a translator. It seemed rather far-fetched when I heard (read, really) it, but who am I to judge? I've always known her English skills have been very lacking, but who knows, when you put your will to it, you can accomplish anything. It would be interesting to see her succeed though XD As a side note, while I was reflecting on those strange dreams, I realized that she gave me presents twice last year and I only gave her one after she gave me the first one. I feel really really bad now. She gave me a Valentine's Day gift and a Birthday gift and what did I give her? A homemade School Blues pop-up card to thank her for the Valentine's Day gift. If there was some practical exam on dealing with crushes, I would have faaaaaiiilllleeeeed terribly.

The next random thought is about what the teachers are up to. The movie "V for Vendetta" has been screened multiple times by the Humanities subject teachers in my school this year, as well as some teachers at other schools as I found out upon inquiry. If you know what the movie was about, then it might be funny to wonder what suspicious activities the teachers are up to XD

Isn't it weird how you think about something and then trash the idea, and then someone else suggests the exact same thing and you rush to your mental rubbish bin and empty all the contents excitedly to bring back the idea and try it. I am specifically referring to my idea of selling homemade School Blues cards such as birthday cards. I talked to Mom about it, but scrapped the idea initially until Jon Poh came along (with no knowledge whatsoever of that idea) and offered me 5 Dollars a card for a Birthday Card and a Christmas Card. I am already prepared to sell more. Funny isn't it?

My infatuation with the awesome musical Les Miserables has reached an all-time high. Just today at Church I couldn't help but sing/hum extracts from The Thenardier Waltz of Treachery, I Dreamed a Dream, Empty Chairs at Empty Tables, and On My Own. This craze is currently shared with my brothers, Mom, and Poh Yi's family who actually watched the special anniversary video during his surprise birthday celebration last year (Hao Ran, Chern Hui, Zi Xian and I were the surprise). But it is only recently that I have begun to fully appreciate the story (wonderful job, Victor Hugo) and the marvellous musical version of it. The emotions invoked throughout the musical is so powerful and so abundant. Bravery, love, excitement, disappointment, despair, hope. The battle between Justice and Mercy, the love triangle ending with the ultimate sacrifice, the bloody sacrifice for a Revolution that they may never see, and the struggle to live just One Day More. It's a pity I only know Les Miserables through constant listening to the musical recording on CD and a plot summary which came with it. Mom guesses it may come to Singapore in the next couple of years, and it will so beat The Phantom of the Opera in my opinion.

2007 is also coming to a close with the sad realization that I am growing up! Going back to KL reminded me that I am now 17 and my friends are beginning to move out of their homes, get jobs or enter college/university. Gone are the days when the only thing that mattered was having enough fun until the exams arrived. I have friends who have gotten together to rent their own place, friends who are finally beginning to pursue their big ambitions which were only mere dreams as they were children, friends who have begun to realize what they think they truly want and have begun their search for it. And where am I? Just about to start preparing for 'O' Levels, enjoying the fun-filled company of those two years my junior. It is an interesting experience not many are lucky to try.

Singapore has indeed opened my eyes in several ways this year. It is no fun at all to live under the constant manipulation of a certain organisation who claim to be doing what's best for you. Those who know what I mean would do well to not quote me =P There are times when we really need to take a stand and not get pushed around. The recent protests in Malaysia are a healthy sign of Malaysians' awareness of their own rights, although I do hope they do not get violent. Perhaps one day, the upset, highly political taxi drivers in Singpaore will rise up, Les Miserables style. Of course, that's not exactly ideal. But the fact that someone is standing up should be a sign good enough.

I have spoken enough.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Kuala Lumpur in Photos

Jian Shan learning how to make that thingy before his trip to a camp in China which Poh Yi and Poh Mi attended as well.

A group of us students, ex-student, and teacher at a new restaurant which opened near the school.

Wai Ming and Fang Soe in the room where they set up for the Harmonica Society (which Fang Soe is now the Chairman of) during the new students' orientation.

Kit Yue and Yi Fei, advocates of peace V (-.-) V

A demonstration of harmonica playing

The nice evening view from the apartment where Fang Soe, Yu Ren and V Yang are renting having moved out of the school hostel.

Cleaning their new house (I spent 2 nights at their place and helped them clean it). We decided to give it a good wash, hence the water. But the stupid design ensured that the water flowed to the wrong places or just stayed somewhere annoying. The house was flooded for a while =) But it was fun.

Their room while we were cleaning the living room. It stayed quite junky for the next few days (owing to Fang Soe's mammoth collection of japanese comics and his general untidyness) and I have a feeling it might stay that way for a while.

The morning view from their apartment.

Tsun Jin High School under the next great upgrading scheme - a whole new building replacing the miniscule field and basketball courts. The "bomb shelter" that used to be the stage during assembly has disappeared into all that rubble

Zhan Hao fooling around at Band.

V Yang, Kit Yue (the new Chinese Orchestra chairman) and I. He manages to look crazy in all the photos we took...

I was walking around the school when I came across this. The joker who got Gold happens to be someone very familiar. I laughed at his photo. Many other familiar names filled the Bronze and consolation prize sections

Me and Wei Shern who has finally graduated an is leaving Band. Sigh.

Fooling around after a sleepover (and videogaming marathon plus a 2-night dinner feast) at Zi Jien's place.

No trip back to KL is relaxing without a healthy overdose of Simba-lovin'

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Kuala Lumpur, Day One and Two

Okay, let's take this one step at a time. Ten days in KL... many things happened. The first day doesn't really count, since I was mainly in the bus going back to KL. I sat next to a Sri Lankan man heading to KL for a Chess tournament. It was fun getting to know him.

My second day was spent mostly with Bryan. We had FRISBEE in the morning! Earlier this year my school taught Frisbee for PE, and I enjoyed it. There's a certain grace to the way the frisbee cuts through the air... and that perfect catch or toss is just supremely satisfying. I played with my white school shoes. They now have a gradient of black and brown. Battle scars? 2 blisters that have turned black on my toes. That hasn't happened before, and I assume it's a blood clot. Looks very weird though. Ter Yi was with us. It was great fun, even getting whacked between the eyes by a frisbee that bounced off my outstretched hand =)
After several matches I went to Bryan's place for lunch and washing up, before heading over to Mid Valley to supposedly meet up with the crew from our online pirates game (all Bryan's schoolmates) Well, that was the general idea. Only Crays showed up in the end XD It was still a good time. They followed me window shop for the Star Wars Original Trilogy RISK and we eventually played pool. After much eating Bryan's Mom took us home. If only I had all my board games with me... we wouldn't have wasted so much time walking around and nearly getting lost XD Oh well. It was great to meet up with old friends, as well as make new ones.

Bryan and Crays at Secret Recipe.

I'll blog about Day Three and Four another time.

Back From KL Again

What a week. I feel extremely lazy to Blog about what I did, because I met up with so many people.

Heh heh. Got to drive for about an hour on the highway on the trip back to Singapore today. I dread driving side by side with motorcyclists.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Going Back To KL Again!

Leaving tomorrow... once again I'll get to spend time with Dad, my old friends, and my darling Simba!

Dancing lessons will be sorely missed.