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!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Troubled, But Not Hopeless

Have you ever read something so disturbing that you have to go to sleep to clear your mind, and when you wake up it's still stuck to you?

That non-fiction book that seems to be sweeping the region in a storm is lying on the couch. I'm not sure if I dare touch it again. It just felt.... wrong when I read it. Mom said she felt the same.

With the disturbance etched into an uneasy corner of my head, I went over to the Anglo-Chinese Junior College Open House to hang out. Ying Er and Marie Low where there, and we even bumped into Chrystal Yip. Once again, I was thrilled to feel the buzzing excitement that the AC Spirit is.

We went to attend the Music Elective Program Talk, since Ying Er and I are both considering Music for 'A' Levels. They will be studying Nationalism in 20th Century Music this year, to the disappointment of me and Ying Er. There goes our hope of Romanticism.

However, as the talk progressed I became more and more worried. I was acutely aware that my Musical aptitude is not exactly up to par with the many talented people out there who survive 'A' Level Music. Despite my profound interest in Music, I felt that I may not be able to bear the strain of such a technically demanding course, especially since all MEP students are expected to advance to H3 Music. Consequently, I was deeply troubled by the clash of interest and capability. Whatever disturbance from reading the book earlier was now replaced with a new turbulence.

I mentioned before that the subject combination I had in mind was Knowledge Inquiry, Geography, Mathematics, and Music. This was shot down in NJC, but when I asked the Music teacher in ACJC if it were possible to take Knowledge Inquiry and Music at the same time, she said she had nothing against it, except that I had to be aware that the workload would be significant. It was comforting to know that they were a bit more accomodating, but this time I was uncomfortable with my own decision.

I expressed my concern to Mom when I got home.

I know with a certainty that I will keep Geography and Mathematics as part of my subject combinations, which leaves two more subjects. Between KI and Music, I decided that I would have to drop one of them, and perhaps replace it with Physics.

However, after talking a bit to Rendy Marican online, I am beginning to think it would be a good idea to take up Economics instead of Knowledge Inquiry, considering my present aspirations. As for Music, Sister Eng Huey made a timely phone call to Mom to congratulate me on my results. She said that it is possible to obtain a degree in Music using my 'O' Level results after obtaining my first degree, should my interest and desire still burn at that point in time. Hearing this, I believe that it is time to put temporarily put aside my passion for Music, and plant myself on a path towards a much firmer goal. Perhaps I will expand my horizons in the world of Music through the ACJC Symphonic Band.

Which leaves me with a subject combinations of Economics, Geography, Mathematics, and Physics. Something seems lacking in this decision, but I still have some time to think and reflect on it.

On a side note, the Light of the World soundtrack works wonders on a troubled mind. It shimmers with Hope, a reminder to all that there is a silver lining to look out for.

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