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!

Friday, May 30, 2008

Day Seven

Idleness is the Holiday's worst enemy, but tiredness might be the second worst.

Michael came over this morning a few minutes after I got up. Talk about surprise. I thought he wasn't coming when he didn't call the night before.

We spent the whole morning on ONE question from the Physical Geography Specimen Paper. I don't know how we managed to waste that much time, but half the time I felt like copying some of the answers to the LORMS Essay question from my Mid Year Paper. The answers were much shorter than we seemed to be writing this morning, and scored pretty well. We spent enough to to finish listening to the entire Light of The World soundtrack, as well as two CDs by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. By the time we were done it was time for lunch.

I felt like doing one more question from the specimen paper, but Michael had enough of Geography for one day. Writing one whole morning isn't the most fun thing ever I guess. We decided to do some "leisure" subjects like Physics and Chemistry. I had some fun with the 1001 MCQs book while Michael did some full Physics papers. He needed my help a couple of times, and I got stumped by one question for thinking too much -.-

Eventually we couldn't take it anymore and decided to practice probability from E Maths by playing RISK: Clone Wars edition.

"Ha! I have a 5 in 6 chance of beating you!"


He'll be back again tomorrow. Hopefully we can finish the Physical Geography paper without me feeling so drained by the end. I swear the E Math homework is insane.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Seconds After Finishing A Conversation

There are 2 friends from Church who have made my move to Singapore the best thing ever. You know who you are =)

Tuesday, May 27, 2008


Chopin's Prelude in E Minor opus 28 Number 4 for the Piano is playing in my head. And not just because I've been practicing it. That's how I would describe my feelings in my dreams lately.

I have a problem. I'm becoming addicted to dreams. I still don't get to do everything I want to in my dreams, but at least I'm a few steps closer. I really hate having to go to the bathroom all of a sudden during the night -.- By the time I'm back in bed the dream is gone.

It's a funny thing, dreams. The moment I find out it's a dream I go hysterical and can't wait to do everything I want, and almost always, something will go wrong. The last time I remember finding out I was in a dream, I shot up in the air and started flying, and suddenly a very random person appeared and I just couldn't fly anymore. Darn.

Most annoying of all, as long as the dream involves crushes it almost always involves me searching for them, or at least wondering where they disappeared to. It never ends properly. I'll be stuck in the middle of a search and it'll be time to get up. THEN whatever music I've used to describe my dreams in the past starts playing in my head, and I have to snap out of it. Usually once I wash my face it goes away and I momentarily forget about the dreams.

At least I'm able to keep myself busy during the day. Piano... Maths.... Computer... Novel.... Piano.... Walk..... Eat.... Novel.... No time to worry about anything except running out of things to do.

Chemistry SPA and Mass Geography Lecture and Institute tomorrow. I'll be so pooped by the end of this week, I wonder if going back to KL next week will grant any form of rest. I'll probably be out every day in KL. Oh well. Better enjoy myself. I probably won't see KL (or Simba, for that matter) until after O Levels after the holidays.

Monday, May 26, 2008

After O Levels Chinese Paper

Gaaaaah. I got to go through my Music Paper after taking my Chinese O Levels Paper today (which I refuse to elaborate on)

Apparently, 'trance' is not an accepted expression.

Other than that, I guess I deserve being smacked for using the term 'bigger' in terms of music. What kind of idiot writes that when describing music? Gaaaah.

That paper went horribly wrong for me. Wrong chords everywhere. Mixed up a IIIb with a Ic at one point. They both have the same bass note, but I guess my listening skills are not up to par. Mrs Ong even went as far as to point out how I could have gotten that A1 instead of A2 -.- Time to buck up.

Tomorrow is Physics SPA. Sigh. I'm starting to get weird dreams again.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Finished Labeling!

A secret project I've been working on the past few months: Labeling all my old posts.

It was a great experience, going through all my old posts and rediscovering myself. Currently, the greatest number of posts with the same label is 'Photos,' which is quite obvious. Next are 'friends' and 'thoughts' and 'silliness' and *cough cough* 'crushes'.

'Poh Mi' is my favourite haha. Those posts are fun for me to read. We always laugh at infatuated boys. I guess I'm no exception. Read at your peril.

Chinese O Level Paper tomorrow.

Sigh of Relief

It's great to get something off your chest.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Tagged by Viv

The rules are:
1. The rules of the game get posted at the beginning.
2. Each player answers the questions about themselves
3. At the end of the post the player then tags 5 people and posts their names, then go to their blogs and leaves a comment, letting them know they've been tagged and ask them to play and read your blog.

What 5 things was I doing 10 years ago?
- Drawing comics for the first time
- Gymnastics
- Practicing on the piano
- Fighting with Shuan XD
- Memorising the times table

5 things on my to-do list doay
- Start the 4A3 Blog
- Meet up for Girish to discuss Physics SPA
- Practice Rock N' Roll
- Practice on the Piano
- Go for Waltz lessons

5 Snacks I enjoy
- Fries
- Ice cream
- Chocolate
- Oyster Omelet!
- Roti Canai/Prata

5 Things I would do if I were a billionaire
- Buy lots of music CDs plus a good stereo
- Buy a supercomputer
- Buy a nice house and one each for every family member
- Donate to the Han's Savings Fund
- Donate to charitable causes

5 of my bad habits
- Blowing my nose rather loudly
- Leaving my stuff all over the house (especially when working on masterpieces =P)
- Not practicing scales on the piano before practicing pieces
- Peeling skin off my fingers
- Forgetting to turn off the bathroom lights

5 places I have lived
- Ampang Jaya, Malaysia
- Ukay Heights, Malaysia
- Singapore
- In a house
- The Chong Family's home

5 jobs I've had
- Errand boy in Dad's office
- Children's Book Illustrator
- Card maker for hire
- Tutor
- Prefect

5 people I tag
- Bryan Chong
- Marion Tan
- Benji Huang
- Charles Key
- Irfan Rais

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Thinking About School Blues

In about four month's time, School Blues will be five years old.

Much has developed over the years. It started off as a bilingual comic strip, in both Mandarin and English. I later dropped the use of Mandarin because I felt that I was not able to express myself well in that language, and it has since been in English only. As for the reason why it included Mandarin in it's first place, the reason is the origin of School Blues, which I will elaborate on when I celebrate School Blues' 5th anniversary.

There have been many developments over these five years, although I consider 2005 my peak so far, with a majority of strips from the first album being created in that year. All these little details I will mention in September.

Anyway, I've been thinking about how I get engrossed in drawing. It's a wonderful feeling sitting down, picking up the pen or pencil and putting a great idea onto paper. Often, I will have my favourite music playing in the background, giving me an energy boost when I work into the twilight hours. There aren't many things I do that can energize me the way drawing does, or painting, for that matter. The way the brush glides across the paper, each stroke adding more life to a world that doesn't exist, those are things that create sparks for me. Few things bring that kind of excitement. In terms of level of engrossment, I think doing Maths can match that. Or playing the piano. But excitement? No... nothing can match that.

Sometimes, looking back at the things I've drawn, I almost find it hard to believe that I drew all that. It makes me want to draw even more.

The poster I did last night reminded me of an incomplete project I started in 2005 (or 2006 I can't remember clearly). It was a cut-and-paste School Blues mini album. It was inspired by "The Journey of the Flowers," a three-page cut-and-paste story showing Han stealing flowers from a garden and getting chased by the gardener before handing it to Korie. The backgrounds were beautiful pictures of flower gardens taken from various magazines. The mini-album was supposed to be about the School Blues gang having a vacation around the world. I pulled out years of travel magazines we kept, cutting out photos of nice sceneries and resorts, then drawing cartoon characters and cutting and pasting them onto it. It was loads of fun, and even now, whenever I think of the ideal cartooning environment, I think of those days. The folder I kept those comics is currently lost.

This method was eventually improved to what I now do with Adobe Photoshop. Ying Er and Benji are examples of the first few who got results of this new method. Their birthday presents last year were created mostly on Photoshop. The cartoon that appeared on ACS Day poking fun at School Socks is another example. Cutting and pasting was also part of my venture creating "3D" crafts, the first being a funny 2 sided framed cartoon that transforms a caricature of Chern Hui from a school student to a superhero done either in 2003 or 2004. The framing method was heavily used in 2005 to give away drawings to *ahem* special people. The many techniques I practiced and somewhat perfected (with a lot of Mom's help) eventually combined together to form masterpieces such as Poh Mi and Poh Yi's birthday presents in 2006. I just wonder how long those pieces of work will last before they start falling apart.

Another thing I've been thinking about is parting with drawings that I give away. I start off each piece of work knowing that upon completion, it will be given away. Sometimes, when it's finished, I secretly wish I could keep it for myself. Giving these drawings away is like giving pieces of my heart away. For that reason, I often keep digital copies of presents or competition entries. I sometimes wonder what really happens to these drawings. I found several of my drawings pasted onto a huge collage of photos on the wall of Poh Mi's room when I went to her house for some filming with Hao Ran and gang in 2005, and the cupboard that eventually covered the wall in 2006 kept the very special gift I made for her during her birthday (she took it out during Poh Yi's surprise birthday celebration I organized in 2006). Whenever I visit cousin Ying Er, I find drawings placed in plastic pockets and pinned to her desk. I wonder what happened to some of the framed and hang-able drawings I gave away to Tsun Jin friends in 2004 and 2005.

The best part about drawing is creating a world I would like to be in. Especially sceneries. My latest story in School Blues is located on a hill covered by a forest, and I half wish I did have a place like that to go to any time I wanted to (my house back in KL was like that). It's a bit like looking a photos of beautiful landscapes and wishing you were there yourself.

I think I should actually get to work on the School Blues website I said I wanted to do. I just find it so hard to build a website, and get discouraged before I even start -.- Ah well. Until then I'll just draw draw draw.

Another Poster

When the YC Poster is this good, you know that you just have to go =P

And silly Kenneth isn't going!!!

Thanks Marion, for giving me this oppurtunity.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Waltz Today

I learnt a really nice step for the Waltz today. I forgot what it's called though. Stupid me.

It's a sort of pose. Something of the ilk. But it's really nice. I think one of these days I should get a picture of myself doing just that.

Sister Lee says she likes my posture during Waltz. The upper body specifically. The rise and fall. The gliding across the floor. They make me high. I have a bad feeling my stride is too broad though. I often find myself having to reduce the length of each step so as not to push my partner too far. But short strides make me feel like I might as well be walking, not Waltzing. Oh well. I guess I'll have to balance it off eventually.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Post Music Exam

Question: "In which period is this piece likely to have been composed?"

My Answer: "Romantic"

Next Question: "Suggest a suitable composer of this piece."

My Answer: "Schubert"

Correct Answers: "Classical" and "Mozart"


Of all composers, it had to be Mozart. It was a STRING QUINTET. Totally screaming Mozart in my face, and there I was thinking it was Romantic. That'll teach me a lesson about taking all "singing" melodies to be Romantic. It's just so upsetting to think that I couldn't even recognize Mozart. But seriously, that extract was beautiful. In fact, I think I was so mesmerised by it that I wasn't paying attention which is why I screwed up the question! That's the problem about taking the Music paper XD

There was a Nocturne by Chopin that kicked butt too. If I had half his skill in composing, I'd already be satisfied...

Tomorrow is going to be an intensive Mother Tongue practice day (I heard it's six periods of pure Mother Tongue). Here I am comforting myself with extensive searching for Astor Piazzolla. I first came across this composer around 2005 when my band coach in Tsun Jin played a video of Libertango performed by Nobuya Sugawa and Orchestra. It took about 2 years before I finally found out he was the composer, and began searching for other pieces. Fugay Misterio and Adios Nonino came up, which are also my current favourites, and I just discovered Milonga del Angel. If I had all the money in the world, I would build a nice room with a fantastic view of natural landscapes, with the best stereos inside, and all kinds of music recordings inside it, and then spend endless afternoons on feasts for the ears with fellow music lovers.

Maybe if I sleep early tonight, I'll get that dream.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Studying Music Again

Tomorrow is my Music paper for the Mid-Year Examinations, and I've been from Baroque to Classical to Romantic to 20th Century to World Music.

More specifically, from concerto grosso, solo concerto, trio sonata, baroque suites, to sonata form, minuet and trio, theme and variations, rondo, sonata-rondo, classical symphonies, classical concertos, operas, to art songs, German Lieder, program music, concert overtures, tone poems, Romantic operas, to impressionism, expressionism, to hindustani and carnatic, to javanese and balinese gamelan.

I've briefly read about composers from Bach to Mozart to Berlioz to Tchaikovsky to Schoenberg to Ives.

I've pulled out old CDs, new CDs, borrowed CDs, tuned in to Symphony 92.4 FM, googled, YouTube-d, YouTube-d and YouTube-d. I've listened to personal favourites like Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante K. 364, to excitingly new-to-me Balinese Gamelan, to Schoenberg's gut-wrenchingly bizarre Piano Concert op. 42. I swear 20th Century music is one of the hardest to study, because it's just deliberately disturbing, like Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms. Sounds like quite the opposite of Psalms to me. But still a good piece in itself.

Man I'm pooped.

Imagine having to answer 2 rather long calls from Ying Er asking for help with Chemistry. It was great that she helped me a bit with Music too. Like how to describe 20th Century music with words or phrases more desirable than 'twisted' or 'absurd.'

My notes are all over the house. Both printed and homemade. Music textbook on the couch. Notes on the dining table. More notes on the computer desk, and Music Dictionary right by my side. Not to mention a whole lot of browsers displaying Music-related webpages on the computer. Time to clean up and go to sleep.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

A Mother's Love Is Infinite

Just count all the stupid things you've done that hurt her but doesn't stop her from loving you.

Happy Mother's Day!

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Why Is It Good To Be Short

I just can't resist posting something as silly as this, so here goes.

1. Less inertia, hence better nimbleness
2. In Gymnastics, being short especially has the above advantage
3. Harder to hit =P
4. Less noticeable
5. *cough cough* Underestimated
6. No worries of tight clothing
7. Easier to hide behind shadows on a sunny day
8. Less likely to be hit by tree branches or other similar stationary objects
9. Less need to bend down as much as taller people
10. In serious cases, may get free bus rides XD

There's probably a lot more to such a ridiculous list, but hey, there's always room for more optimists in this world. I just need to be a bit more careful... I still keep getting "hey!"s from Firdaus whenever I misuse the word "midget" in front of him.