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!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Cannot Make It

Intelligence fails you when you need it most.

Especially when it involves girls

Monday, July 27, 2009

Things to get done this week

1. Read up on Prokofiev's music
2. Listen to Prokofiev's music
3. Research on a Classical Music composer other than Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven
4. Analyse a 12 tone composition
5. Improve my compositional techniques composition write up
6. Complete my Baroque harmony exercise
7. Familiarise myself with Carnatic terminology
8. PRACTICE THE PIANO
9. Listen to Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5
10. Analyse the first movement of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5
11. Finish my ECONnect e-assignment
12. Finish my Mac Laurin's Series tutorial
13. Finish reading my GP Government and Politics reading package
14. Hold a choir committee meeting
15. Complete the Chinese assignment on 《车票》
16. Craft a Human Geography essay outline

Economics: 1
Maths : 1
GP : 1
Chinese : 1
Geography: 1
CCA : 1
Music : 10

MEP for the win...

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Hey!

Something's up with Blogger. It's not appearing properly on my browsers, and more importantly, I can't post photos! Not that I've been wanting too lately, it's just annoying to know that I can't =P

Talk about annoying Internet Man entitlement complexes.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Beware

You probably should never trust beauty magazines or anything exaggerating the alleged superior beauty of anyone (especially if they then proceed to persuade you to buy their products),

because I just realized (from firsthand experience) how easy it is to make people look prettier with Photoshop.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

CHERN HUI IS IN SINGAPORE

Joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy joy CAN'T WAIT TO SEE HIM (and the others)

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Sains and Matematik dalam Bahasa Melayu

http://chedet.co.cc/chedetblog/2009/03/pengajaran-dan-pembelajaran-sa.html

I couldn't agree more, especially to #3, 5, 15, 21, 22, 26 (perhaps the sharpest comment of all)

Nice to know I haven't lost touch with Malay. I should come up with a regular Malay reading session XD

Disturbed

There are some dreams that are so disturbing that it changes your relationship (in one-way terms) with whoever was involved in it forever.

Fear not, I am not about to embark on yet another disastrous quasi-romantic escapade. I am merely disturbed. In both ways.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Ending the Beginning

Ends have beginnings, but do beginnings have ends?

The beginning of the end can perhaps be defined as an event which triggers off a string of subsequent events which lead to the end, but how do you define the end of the beginning? How far does the scope of the beginning extend? Is the end of the beginning nothing other than the end? Oh wait, I think I just got it. If the beginning is defined as an event which will trigger off subsequent events, then the end of the beginning is the end of the very first event.

Obviously, I'm relishing the free time of post-exams lack of homework by coming up with this sort of nonsense

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Beijing Trip 12-21st June 2009

It's been about 2 weeks since I came back from my trip to Beijing, China. I've been thinking about posting briefly about what I got to do and what I wanted to do but didn't have a chance to =)

Things I got to do:
1. Ride the bullet train from Tianjin to Beijing (330km/h)
2. Celebrate 姐姐's 25th Birthday!
3. Hang out with Su姐 and 姐姐
4. Hang out with Christopher
Quote: "Don't do anything I wouldn't do, but if you do, name it after me." XD
5. Hang out with Jeff Whitaker (he left KL in 2005)
6. Eat lots of food
7. Try the famous 北京烤鸭
8. Try Russian Borsch (cooked by 姐姐's roommate Leru)
9. Listen to the exciting violent/glorious history of a 李 village
10. Cycle, not to mention love the bicycle lanes!
11. Survive crossing a street
12. Hang out with the kids at 姐姐's workplace (a kindergarten)
13. Visit 天坛公园 (Temple of Heaven)
14. Visit 天安门 (Tiananmen Square)
15. Visit 故宫 (Forbidden City)
16. Visit 长城 (Great Wall)
17. Hang out with 姐姐's fellow gamergeek friends! (games played: Pandemic, Ticket to Ride, Acquire, Settlers of Catan etc)
18. Swing dance
19. Learn new swing dance moves (all to do with the swing out)
20. Correct my Waltz posture (thanks Su姐!)
21. Watch Star Trek
22. Buy new ties! (orange and pink are new colours in my collection of dull ties)
23. Learn more about Chinese culture (from Isaac and taxi drivers)
24. Get my baggage screened just to ride the subway -_-
25. Kiss inanimate objects
26. Take a break from studying (MUCH NEEDED)
27. Meet new YSA friends
28. Get a massage (not a full body one which I really wanted though)
29. Get a haircut
30. Eat 新疆 food (their 串儿 pwns Satay!!!)
31. Laugh at mistranslations
32. Haggle (first time in my life; it's amazingly similar to staying away from sin - "just walk away")
33. Buy gifts for the family
34. Ride an LCC XD
35. Learn what "barbers" with purple lights and 黑车 mean
36. Learn the principle of 谁买单 from Isaac
37. Take awesome photos!

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Things I wanted to do but didn't:
1. Make a reality video titled "Crossing a Street in Beijing"
2. Study -.- (stupid Term Exams)
3. Visit the Summer Palace (a bit far + no time)
4. Go to 王府井 and try some exotic food (eg Scorpion)
5. Play more board games with 姐姐's gamergeek friends
6. Buy a new shirt (lazy to haggle)
7. STAY LONGERRRRRRRRRRRR

Friday, July 03, 2009

Assumptions

A funny thought crossed my mind just as I was about to doze off at 2am last night.

Everyone likes to criticise Economics for making too many assumptions. Of course, the reason for it is not because of the fact that it makes assumptions, but simply because too many assumptions create a scenario that is non-existent in the actual world.

This brought me to wonder, don't we make assumptions in everything we do? This might be a little far-fetched, but take the example of the person criticising Economics for making too many assumptions. Did he not voice his opinion with the assumption that someone will listen to him? Obviously his assumption does not hold in the actual world, because despite all the critique about Economics (I read a very convincing article misplaced by a Knowledge Inquiry student), economists are still explaining and predicting the economy. Hence, nobody listened to him. Of course, his critique is still important to take note because bad assumptions by economists will have greater implications than bad assumptions by a critic.

But back to the point, we all make assumptions (be it consciously or subconsciously) in everything. By posting this blog, I'm assuming that it will be read, and is even worth reading such that you will continue reading even up to this point and beyond. By reading this post, you, as the reader, are assuming that this is worth reading and not a complete waste of your time. Whether or not my are your assumptions are correct depends on the outcome, and even so, the outcome is subject to interpretation through various standpoints.

What bothered me is this: Is it possible to consciously perform an action that is utterly devoid of assumptions? Even when we do random things (as in random for the sake of randomness) one can argue that we did so assuming that our actions are categorized as random.

So! Time for some serious mind stretching. Can you think of something you can do that can be argued to have no assumptions at all? I keep coming up with possible assumptions for everything I do, so I can't come up with any examples. I'd like to hear some suggestions, though.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Again

I received a call earlier today from my dance teacher Sister Judy Tan.

My ballroom dance class has been disbanded. Again. Funny how the last time that happened, it was in August last year, and it's July right now - less than a month away from August. Seems like I'm jinxed to change dance class groups every year. Might as well be a Defense against the Dark Arts teacher in Hogwarts eh.

To make the coincidence even more astonishing, I just started learning the Quickstep in my last lesson. The last time round, I was supposed to start the Quickstep in the next lesson. D'oh! This time round, my dance partner Marie had to pull out, and so our group of six dancers dissolved. We did have a great time with the Waltz, though =) It will be great to be able to dance with her again in the future.

I have slightly better luck this time, though. Sister Judy found another group I can join starting on the 24th this month. It'll be Argentine Tango! I signed up straight away. For embarrassing personal reasons, the Tango was the first dance I wanted to learn when I considered picking up dancing back in 2007. That was before I knew Sister Judy and her husband Brother Algy Tan. When Sister Lee introduced me to them through a Rock N' Roll class later that year, I was encouraged by them try the Waltz, which I agreed to. At the same time I learnt some social Salsa which I have nearly completely forgotten, owing to the scarcity of female Salsa dancers at Church dances.

At any rate, the Tango still intrigued me, especially when Brother and Sister Tan did some demonstrations, or when I watched other dancers learning it. I also happened to be a fan of the great composer for Tango music, Astor Piazzolla. I knew nothing of the system 'quick' and 'slow' steps in the Tango, and I was curious to find out. I only just figured it out in the first and only Quickstep lesson I had last Saturday, since the same system is used. It took me several laps of blundering through footwork set against music before it finally clicked, and that's why I'm all the more keen to try out the Tango now.

The first lesson will be on the 24th, which means classes will be on Friday instead of Saturday. That should ease some pressure off my Saturday social deprivation.