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I've never felt so... Calm and emotion-less about the last day of the year. maybe cos, I really dun like 2009
There are some good things like getting closer to my friends and family. Have went to more places with Adel, Tiff and Noel. Meeting up with the rest of the gang. After moving to our smaller and new(?) house, I've sort of grown closer to my family. There's even talk of going overseas next year. That's good, I think.
But... There are more bad things.. Stress, work, procrastination, and overall... 事事不顺.. Haiz
It's like year 2005. Remembering chioing to the temple and pray for a better year. It worked. So, I'm hoping it'll work the same this time.
Went to Tozan trip in Japan, but I'm terribly broke now. Haiz.. Depressed mode.
I hope to be more enthu in whatever I do now. I hope my grades will continue to improve like it had in this semester. I hope the last year as a NIE student will prepare me better as a future Music and English teacher. (I'm still scared of teaching English) I hope to read more because I've been wasting too much of my time and youth in watching dramas. I've losing my eye sight and thinking process skills. I hope to read up more on traveling related stuffs. Well, 1 year is enough to prepare for 2 trips in 2011 right? Kekeke ^_^ I hope to be more caring, considerate and clever.
I just hope for a better year. Go 2010!!!
Happy New Year
I've been waking up super early to watch movies at JP. Alone. Well, there is a good thing about it. I can just buy a ticket but sit anywhere I want. Cos, it's normally less than 1/4 filled anyway especially during mornings.
Sherlock Holmes was great. Initially, I was afraid that it would turn into a paranormal story. Fortunately, it became rational and used science and logic to resolve things. Hahahaha. If.. It had turned into a paranormal storyline, I'd be cursing and swearing on the spot. Jude Law looked so much better on the poster den the character he portrayed in the movie. LoL.. Didnt noe Sherlock Holmes could fight so well sia... *Gulpz* Definitely changed all my initial impression of Sherlock Holmes
The Treasure Hunter. Storyline: Weird Characters: Weird (Some appeared out of nowhere and had no link to the story. I think there were there as fillers) Logic: Weird (ok, shan't give any spoilers. But for those who watched it will noe what the heck I'm talking about ba) The only interesting parts were out of the movie. Hahaha, an uncle slept during the movie. Not only that... He snored quite loudly. He only woke up when the gunfire scenes started. Kekekeke ^0^
I love Alvin and the Chipmunks 2 oso. Super cool! But, the songs arent that great this time round. Oh wells...
Sales are almost everywhere. Run buy Run!!!
Happy New Year once again. Cant wait for the movies next year. The Spy Next Door and The Lightning Thief =)
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Back from last night's party cum gathering
One word to describe it all ---> FUN!!!
Wait, can I add another word?
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Ahhhh.... Fate drives people crazy..
Temptation will make one go broke...............
I've been deciding if I'm buying an instant camera for a couple of months. Well and then, my surroundings started popping out "clues" to tempt me.
I see shows that start using instant cameras. And the most recently one was the past weekend. I see articles that show artistes using instant cameras and post their photos.
See, it's happening again. The things that u are focused on. The clues, insights and the little happenings that start to occur on the things that u are focused on at that moment.
First was AMX.. Now.... Instant camera ...
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Pikachu, I choose (Drive) you..
Hahaha.. Seriously, I wouldnt want to be caught dead riding in this car. But still.. It's a fun moment.
Imagine.. Chinese author's Chinese name = HORN ... Kekekeke.. I still cant decipher that out yet though.. ^ ^
Been cooped up in my room.. Everything's just too expensive.. T_T
I hate it when I have no money...
Saturday, December 19, 2009
It's a first
1. Waited for movie to start ---> 30min
Ley and I got totally bored. It's really stupid sia... All those songs, commercials, trailers.. The popcorn was 3/4 gone even before the actual movie started. (Oooh! I so wanna watch "Avatar" now. Anyone wanna watch it too?) We watched "Storm Riders". Not bad la. The storyline was ok.. The fighting scenes were excellent. The CG effects were fantastic! But the ending..... =_=''
2. Seeing my ex-student
Oh wells.. Not really a first. Saw the sleeping boy on Saturday le. But it's a first cos I know of a student who lives near me. Kinda funny.
Q: 为什么一直看到你？ A: 因为我刚搬来这里啊。 Q: 蛤。。。 Then 不是会常常看到你？
(He really dun want to see me?? ^_^'' Cos he said it in that kind of tone) (Still.. Er.. I tried to gif an answer tt he likes ba)
A: 呃。。 不会啦。。 开学后就不会唱看到了。。。 呵呵 ^^
Den I said "Bye" and let him go.. Er... Dun get it though. He didnt say bye to me. Hmmm..
I think I must haf traumatized him too much during practicum.. Kekekekeke.. Cant help it. He's too cute to bully... Oh wells.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
I is likey my new Chinese name
Introducing..... (oi! Clap! Applause! Move ur hands!)
(.......... Drum rolls............)
My new Chinese name -----> 梵妮
Hahah! Brillant! Idea credit: Haley
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
It's the Christmas season again. Spending, eating, drinking and having parties... All... Not for me >o<
Just recalled how someone once told me that...
Believing in Love is like believing in Santa Claus.... Well.. I'm quite bad at translating the exact meaning..
I wonder if it is still so....
Monday, December 14, 2009
Went to watch "The Princess and the Frog" on Saturday. Not a bad show. The music is uber nice! Mixture of Jazz and modern music. Wanna get OST soon. Anyways.. I got off the point. Watched the show at Lot1. N I saw someone unexpected before going into the cinemas. I saw my Sleeping Boy at the last practicum Cheese school. hahahaha.. It was kinda eerie. I walked past this boy who looked kinda familiar. Den I heard tt oh-so-familiar "tsk" sound that I used to hear from this boy months ago. I looked back and there he was. Hahahaha.. Talk about fate and coincidence.
And.. I saw that Uncle who dressed up as Auntie again. Last time I saw him was about half a year ago. Just recently, I saw him taking the same bus as me. *Shivers* What's so special about him? He wears a really short skirt or dress and wears this really tall heels. Big earrings and fashionable shades. He didnt even had a wig on. He just haf this really short army style hair cut and moustache..........
Anyways... A new week is coming soon. Let's all be happy
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Yeap! Phooooto updates now! I didnt take lots of photos this time round. The weather really sucked. (Boooo) Come, let me tell u how it went.. Day by Day.
Day 1: 3 December (Thursday)
My mom woke up earlier den me. Me? The time that I had set.. 3.30am Did my morning prayers, changed and set off to the airport (That's Terminal 3 for ya) I kinda reached too early. The meeting time was 5am and I reached like 20min earlier. So, not intending to wait, I went to check in immediately (Since there was no queue at the moment and I didnt want to wait once the crowd starts coming in)
Malu event 1: So there were like many uniformed officers (aka police) there and asked me where I was going. Pasted sticker den moving on to the counter. Cos I was taking the flight that made a transition at Narita, the final destination was actually Seattle. The person at the counter checked with me if I was going to Tokyo-Narita. Of cos I said yes. But he didnt seem to believe me. He raised his tone and was like "You're going to Tokyo?" ya la ya la.. Tokyo la.. Wat! I look like I going to Seattle meh? Ok, aft finishing with the checking in of baggage, ermm... I got 'lost' sia.. Not literally lost. Just that I couldnt differentiate the exit from the entrance line. It was only after like 5 long seconds that I saw the exit post sign that I started walking. Whew.. Luckily no one noticed this sia....
And so... I waited for like over an hour..... Super sianz..... It was kinda exciting for me since I went into the departure gate myself and walked around all by myself. The last time, I still had to follow some of my mom's friends even though I went alone.. Hmmm...
Malu event 2: Went into the right departure gate.. BUT!! I almost went to Hong Kong instead! How? Well, I was supposed to go to gate B6 but I kinda took it for granted that once I am in the right departure hall I'll be in the gate. So I just turned wherever I liked. Fortunately, there was a sign that showed that gate B5(Hong Kong), B6(Tokyo) so I could stop and turned to B6 just in time. Same thing, I was one of the few who went in first, so no one could question my robotic turn and laugh at it ^_^''
The rest of the trip went well.. Comment on UA flight: The plane that I took was like... Super old. And the TV programmes.. Eww.. Played only twice. It's not like JAL or SQ in which it would be replayed over and over again. My neck almost broke from sleeping in the plane. Haiz.. I was super happy when I could finally land. Oh! And my plane met a tiny turbulence.. Gosh! I was giggling like mad when the plane went up and down and did a swirling thing to my heart. Kekekekeke... Stupid reaction, I noe =P
The luxurious Bento set that we had for lunch and dinner
The salmon fish was really salty.. The siu mai and dumpling tasted kinda weird.. The rest.. Superb!
Well.. It was raining after all.. So, I couldnt resist doing it.. ~_~^
Touch down: It was raining! Brrr... So cold. Still, I only had my long sleeve knitted sweater on. Didnt really bring out my winter clothings since we had to go to the bus immediately anyways.
Question: What's the first 'immature' thing that you should do when you reach a country in the winter?
Answer: Blow air and see if 'smoke' (actually fog) comes out of course. Hahaha.. Yup.. That's the first childish thing when I came out of the airport. And I kept doing it while running to the bus in the rain. It was fun, really! Stupid (For my age), but fun ^o^
It kept raining all the way to the Head Temple. The night time was more eventful with the laying of the futons. (That's Japanese mattresses for ya) The lodging temple's priest's wife had a very systematic way of doing the laying and we had to fully and strictly follow it. Gosh... After that, everyone was like saying, wa...Japanese really very systematic sia.. (Personally, I think it's just her personality la)
Lodging Temple where I stayed
It's these little details that had me feel that the priest and his wife are 细心 detailed people who made it feel a little like home..
Basically, these are the photos that I could take. It was raining throughout, so I couldnt even take any out from the windows.. And it was already very dark when I reached the temple.
Day 2: 4 December 2009 (Friday)
Basically, nothing happened much. Just walked around, take a couple of photos, tour around the permitted premises, eat, shower and sleep. The sky was clear in the morning but became really cloudy in the afternoon so there wasn't much nice opportunities to take the Mount Fuji photos this time round. Sigh... And of course, we went shopping in the streets near the temples. Dun get me wrong. There's nothing really much to buy. Mostly like prayers beads, sutras and buddhist accessories and tidbits I think. Some ppl can shop there for 3 days sia... Where there's only like about 20 small shops there? Hmmmm.. Whatever...
The Pagoda that I didnt haf a chance to take and visit two years ago
Day 3: 5 December 2009 (Saturday)
Now this is the day where all the happening stuffs starts to appear I tell you. But then... It rained. T_T so... No photos for this day too. BUT! Something nice happened (Nice for me la) Cos there was this time from 3.30-5.30pm where the shower room is open to all but very few ppl seems to know it, I could use this time to go shower (Even though it's freaking cold in the rain) So after another short round of shopping, I went back to the lodging temple to gather my shower stuffs. As I was holding the umbrella in one hand, I took out my iPod with the other and started to listen to 七里香 and 三人行 while strolling along the rocky and slippery paths.
I felt very peaceful and satisfied. Cos I've never really done that in my past trips. (Well, the weather has always been good every time I went, so...) The sky was kinda blueish Grey, the rain drizzling in a soothing rhythmic momentum that syncs with the song. The branches of the trees drooped low and the breeze was just right. Blowing softly into my face. It was cold, but not chilling that it freezes ur bones. I was strolling slowly, humming to the song, carefully walking so that I wont slip on the stone path. The mood was really great and atmospheric. At that moment, I didnt have to think of anything. I was experiencing me.. The real self inside me that connected to the world. Kinda chim I think. It was like I was truely breathing air. I knew what I was doing and I am thankful and super grateful that I could be there, at the right time, at the perfect place to experience it all.
Of cos, I was freezing like mad when I reached the lodging temple.. So I quickly went to take a shower.
Do not underestimate the power of shower in the cold weather. After a hot shower, your whole body will feel so much better and I really feel more energised after every shower. (Nope, I didnt bring any energiser batteries to eat there)
Day 4: 6 December 2009 (Sunday) THE BEST DAY EVER!!! The weather was great! Cloudy, but great! I even had the chance to participate in the Kosenrufu chanting with the High Priest. Well, not that we dun haf tt in Singapore la.. But normally, during the one hour chanting, I'll stone for that hour and wished that it would quickly pass and finish. Well, not that day no! I wished that it would go on and on and when the hour came and passed, I was kinda sad. Cos it's not everyday that you get to chant with the High Priest and believers from other countries on the first Sunday of every month. The afternoon session of General Meeting was the best! hahaha... Super funny. We had to wait outside Kofubo before going in. Then, someone, dun ask me who, started to run around with the flags. I had a strong suspicion that it was someone from Singapore. hahahaha... We even did a Kallang wave! WOOT! And once THAT started, the other countries followed suit. Hahahahhaa... We even had kids running around with flags. Ok, pictures aint enough... Should watch the videos.. Kekekekeke.... Hahaha.. By the time it finished and we had to go in, everyone was pretty 'high' le.
During the performance (Which I couldnt take as it was strictly prohibited unless you're from the official press members), I went nutz.. Kekeke.. And after that, I was kinda exhausted already. Whatever.. I had lots of fun. That day.. Even though the shower time is limited to 10min per person (Which I think is totally impossible and crazy) I slowly took my time.. hahah. Heck care.
After the evening prayer, someone suggested taking a photo with the Chief Priest of the lodging temple. Gosh, so many ppl wanted a photo of it.. Hahaha.. In the end, we had to take like 10 over times. Well, I didnt dare to put in mine cos everyone seemed really tired already...
The Midnight prayer was memorable too. This proves that the AMX course is somehow like a curse... Ever since I've taken the course, every where I go, I see gender-bias la, racial issues la, disabilities la, equalities la... Super crazy. Ok, so there's this kid who was super excited and didnt slp til like the gathering time which was like around 1.50am. But when the prayer started, he fell asleep =_=''
During the daimoku session where the junior priests would beat the taiko drums, (I was sitting on the right side of the hall) the priest that was coming to my side had something in his ear. I was kinda puzzled and kept thinking what was it. Well.. I finally knew when he came and had his back faced me to beat the drum. (I was sitting like the 4th row so I could see really clearly) The priest had a hearing aid on his right ear. Well.. I was kinda taken back slightly cos it was my very first time seeing that I guess. Referring to a priest with a hearing aid, I mean. I wasnt really expecting that I guess..... See... It's all AMX's fault la. Arghhh.. I so hate that course now.
Day 5: 7 December 2009 (Monday) After the prayer, went back and did final packing cos we had to leave at around 7am. While waiting, a couple of us went to see the sun rise. Correction, we went to wait for the sun rise. While walking, we had chanting at the gate in front of Hoando. That caught us by surprise cos it was really dark and around 4am - ish.. Didnt expect someone to be chanting there at the wee hours of the night. But we were really touched by the believer's ichinen. She sounded as though she had a strong desparate thought that she wanted to convey..... In the end, the sun rise didnt come. Cos it was super cloudy and partly cos it was time to go back le.. Shootz.. So I missed it. While waiting for the bus.. The last eventful thing happened.. My friend was very cold (literally).. She was shivering and kept saying that her hands felt cold. Den, she knelt and crouched and her head hung low. I was comforting her cos she was crying already. Suddenly, she leaned towards me and gosh.. It was heavy cos it was the weight from her entire body. I was shocked! *o* I asked her wat was wrong. Her mum quickly hugged her and my friend said that she couldnt feel anything. She didnt haf any energy at all. Her mum panicked and screamed, "Ting! Dun scare me!!!!" (In Chinese of course) Everyone was shocked too and gathered around.
Well the thing was that it was my friend's first winter trip so lots of things kinda happened and she took it for granted. For one, she wore very little and didnt want to wear more clothes.. Vanity la I tell you. Next, she didnt sleep much which led to low body resistance. Lastly, when she was kinda sick and we could feel it, we had her to take some medicine like panadol at least. But she didnt want to... So, it all led to the burst of illness I guess. Well, it's like the pre-fever syndrome I guess. The cold got her but the fever hadnt broke out yet. But thank goodness, it happened before we boarded the bus. Hahaha. But the scene was quite funny. She had to be pushed in a wheelchair and board the bus. At the parking lot, everyone was crowding around her. And photos were taken I think. Kekekeke.. It was like as though there were paparazzi around a celebrity. After a full rest on the bus she recovered and she was able to walk and shop after wards. (Gosh, she walked faster den me sia.. Tsk tsk me) We were able to laugh at the events that happened.. Her BBF also could lecture her.. Hahahhaa...
So.. A tiny scare here and there. But nothing big I guess. Which of course, is a good thing.
On the way out of Taisekiji and Shizuoka, I didnt realise it was actually Monday until I see the junior priests in their uniforms and walking out of the temple premises and go on their way to their schools. And along the way, I see students on bicycles (white, mostly. Is that the most fashionable bike color now?) and uniforms to school. I was like.. "Wow.. It's already Monday le! Students going to school. And I'm going home." It was kinda ... hmmm, weird feeling.
Ok, now comes the bad mood event. I SO HATE THE STUPID AIRPORT! Why? Well, initially, the staffs had us go to another counter or something since we're doing a group check-in. This check-in thing ar I tell you, is USELESS! Why? Cos it's a self-automated thing whereby we haf to type particulars ourselves on this machine thing. Ergh.. It's super frustrating.. Especially since after the staffs saw that one row wasnt going to be enough and had some of us go to another row of the stupid machines. I moved my heavy stuffs here and there. What made it worse was that the push cart wasnt allowed in so many of the aunties had a difficult time moving their stuffs around. I find the whole automated thing super ridiculous. Cos there are people who dun feel comfortable using automated machines and what of those aunties who might not noe how to use it? Wouldnt it be faster if there were trained ppl behind the counters instead? Tsk tsk tsk... CHANGI AIRPORT IS STILL THE BEST! NUMBER ONE IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD! THAT'S WWW FOR YA!
I rushed to buy some stuffs back at the airport. I was searching high and low for Haley's ponyon hand puppet. Argh... I think I must have been blind or something... so the trip back was.. ordinary... oya.. The pasta on the flight was aweful. Erlack. And yet, I finished it all.. Kekeke Well.. Basically, that's about it I guess... Hope u had fun reading it ^W^
A couple of night scenes
Fireworks? Nah.. my hand just shook and it got lopsided =)
I love these colorful trucks.. Reminds me of transformers.. kekekeke ^o^ Why cant Singapore be more colorful???
Seemed like the Recorder Seminar was a big fun hit! Gosh... I missed it T_T
Cant wait to catch up with everyone... Nah.. Not tt urgent la. Cos I've only been away for 5 days? But still.. Some things haf happened while I was away, so....
Shall blog with pictures the next time round. I need to sleep again ^_^
I miss the cool weather I miss the meals I miss the early bedtimes I miss having good skin there (Cos I slept at the right times which helped to improve my skin condition) I miss eating right there I miss having many people to talk to I miss listening to many different languages from the different countries. (didnt see too many cute guys this time round though.. Wa.. One of the disappointments there) I miss looking at Mount Fuji I miss walking on those uneven stone paths with an umbrella and iPod, singing to 七里香 I miss my birdie friends I miss the better 'me' over there
It seems like back to square 1 again.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Plans for this December
1. Be nice to my Mum and help out in the housework.
2. Climb Bukit Timah Hill.
3. Practice piano more
4. Practice erhu more diligently.
Yup..Basically that's about it.
Will be taking the flight to Japan on Thursday morning 7am. Haf to reach Changi Airport by 5am. 5am!!! Can u believe that? Sigh... Will be back on Tuesday midnight. I wont be shopping much I guess. Cos there's no time for it anyways.. Still, I'll try my best ^_^
Hope u guys haf a great and safe holiday too!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Name is Yi Fan. 4 September
Still struggling, trying to figure out why I am breathing.
Today you are you, that is truer than true.
There is no one alive who is youer than you.
your current hotties and coolies
i want/i need
scuba diving lessons
mechanical pencil lead
**Guitar** (Birthday gift anyone?)