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, May 31, 2009
At last, I can take a breath. My geography teacher told me to do him a favour and take a break. I know I have a tendency to work too hard, but I don't see any point of coming all the way to Singapore and wasting my time in school.
Recently, I've been hit by the fact that live moves on, and really fast. I realized that I didn't really have a proper closure when I left KL in 2007. In my subsequent visits to KL, I could always go back to Tsun Jin and expect to see everyone. Now, just about everbody is preparing for university, while some are already there. I was informed (to my delight) that Chern Hui, Zi Xian and Yi Fei will be coming to the National University of Singapore. Others are flying to corners all over the world. Jian Shan is already in Japan. The problem about this is that from now on, whenever I'm back in KL, I won't be able to meet everyone anymore. Even though I attended their graduation night last year, I didn't really treat it as a farewell, a final gathering before our paths diverge. In many ways, the part of me I attached to KL is really attached to them. Now that most of them are leaving, I feel somewhat at a loss.
What is home, then?
The saying that "Home is where the heart is" certainly has a point. Living in the age of global citizens, one may find it hard to say where is home exactly. Personally, I suspect then when I'm older, home will just be wherever my wife is.
Moving on, I'll be going back to KL before my trip to visit 姐姐 in 北京. Last chance to meet Hao Ran before he goes to Australia for uni!
On a side note, the problem about having too many super-intellectual friends is that their blogs are almost impossible to speed read XD Couple that with barely any time to slack on the computer these days, and I'm a frog in the well. Come to think of it, almost every time I go to the computer it's for school work. Maybe that's why my computer died on me.
Choir concert tomorrow!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
We learnt the back whisk and wing, but that wasn't the reason why it was so enjoyable. In fact, I can hardly put it into words myself.
The essence of Waltz is the rise and fall, and being the most graceful ballroom dance, it takes a lot of work to pull it off nicely. Marie and I have come a long way with the Waltz now, having trained together for about half a year. We're starting to communicate better during the dance, and she's much better at following. I can't say whether my leading skills have improved or not, but at least I'm now more aware of what signals I need to send. The slightest twist at the hip, the gradual turn of the upper torso, or the descent that precedes any movement, all these things come together to let her know what I'm about to do. Miscommunication often has hilarious effects, like the two of us losing balance.
We've reached a point where we're starting to get used to each other as dance partners, which brings a whole lot more depth to the dance, since the communication barrier is slowly being eroded and we start to dance more than stumble over each other. Couple that with a superb new selection of songs, and you have a wonderful form of therapy. Therapy from the never ending destructive trail of homework, tests and PROJECT WORK.
On a side note, I'll be premiering my music timbral techniques composition soon!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
"By the way Han, can you see me after class?"
I thought she was planning to have a talk with me about sudden rule-breaking requests, but when I asked her how long it would take (I had to rush for Chinese after the Harmony lesson) she said it's just a piece of good news.
"Actually, I can just tell you now. You've gotten the MOE MEP Scholarship."
A threw my hands into the air and my head back, as a silent cheer jammed my throat. She shook my hand and reminded me to pay attention in class XD
After all the excitement however, I must say that a certain sense of inadequacy has begun to surface. I am not being humble when I say that my performance skills are nothing exceptional. I was worried that my recording for the application would have put an end to the whole thing. I thought music scholarships are given to musicians who excel at every aspect of music?
Whatever the case, I will definitely take MEP more seriously (if that's possible hehe). There's a joy in music that is a major part of me that I hope to share. Perhaps with a deeper understanding of music, I can better bring the joy of music to others.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Saturday, May 09, 2009
It turned out to be pretty accurate, although I must say that "efficient problem solver" is more of a joke to me. [words in these brackets are my replies to the results]
Your view on yourself:You are down-to-earth [*cough*] and people like you because you are so straightforward. You are an efficient problem solver because you will listen to both sides of an argument before making a decision that usually appeals to both parties. [I didn't expect this]
The type of girlfriend/boyfriend you are looking for:You are not looking merely for a girl/boyfriend - you are looking for your life partner. [hohoho] Perhaps you should be more open-minded about who you spend time with. The person you are looking for might hide their charm under their exterior. [charm is the buzzword alright]
Your readiness to commit to a relationship:You prefer to get to know a person very well before deciding whether you will commit to the relationship. [DUH. Incidentally, I've never committed to a BGR so far in my entire life]
The seriousness of your love:You are very serious about relationships and aren't interested in wasting time with people you don't really like. If you meet the right person, you will fall deeply and beautifully in love. [sigh]
Your views on educationEducation is very important in life. You want to study hard and learn as much as you can. [HAHA. I quote my awesome Geography teacher Mr Lynn: "You need to study less you knowww." I honestly do love learning actually]
The right job for you:You're a practical person and will choose a secure job with a steady income. Knowing what you like to do is important. [yesss] Find a regular job doing just that and you'll be set for life.
How do you view success:You are afraid of failure [unfortunately so] and scared to have a go at the career you would like to have in case you don't succeed. Don't give up when you haven't yet even started! Be courageous.
What are you most afraid of:You are afraid of things that you cannot control. [I can get very annoyed with last minute requests/assignments] Sometimes you show your anger to cover up how you feel.
Who is your true self:You are mature, reasonable, honest and give good advice. People ask for your comments on all sorts of different issues. [It seems to be the case] Sometimes you might find yourself in a dilemma when trapped with a problem, which your heart rather than your head needs to solve. [probably because I have a tendency to take things to heart]
Friday, May 08, 2009
2. Maths tutorial and lecture where I actually understand what's going on
3. GP lesson with student presentations filled with an overdose of lame jokes (a sizable amount of which I was responsible for)
4. Economics lecture I am able to follow despite missing the previous lecture (choir)
5. Project Work discussion with teacher-in-charge that brings us somewhere (at last)
And through it all, a generous dosage of socialising.
Payback time in catching up on assignments over the long weekend.