Saturday, 31 December 2005

Last day of the year....

It's the last day of the year again... Where did my 2005 fly off to?!?

Spent most of my day watching Hallmark's "The 10th Kingdom", and it has been really interesting ^^ Nice little re-visit to the Grimm brothers' world of fairy tales.... Can't help but admire what nice calves Kimberly Williams (Virginia Lewis) has... Nice mix of a great sense of humour and a whollop of twists... Hallmark does make such nice mini-series... The next one that I would get is probably gonna be "Dinotopia", and I would REALLY love to have the 2 books written by James Gurney. The artwork is fabulous and detailed, and the style of writing the story as if some old manuscript/diary was found in a hidden corner of a large library is really appealing to me ^^ Semester starting, and with my combination of modules, can't afford to slack too much, so I guess my show/anime watching time would need to be grossly cut down... Still have "Band of Brothers" and a couple of other Japanese movies that I bought but not yet watched... Just one more week of holidays left.... Need to get back to finishing up my scrapbook and trying to pack my room, so...

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Friday, 30 December 2005

And here come the rants....

Guess the times that I post really long posts are, more often than not, rants... and this entry is gonna be abt the past 2 days, kinda in chronological order...

-St John's Island-
Went to collect the week06 batch of blocks with Wai yesterday. Met Danwei at the lab as well, so the 3 of us went to catch the ferry in Danwei's mom's car ^^ Other than the fact that Juan here only got 2.5 hours of sleep, going to NUS early in the morning was nice and peaceful... The ferry ride was pretty uneventful, other than the fact that I had my dose of seaspray and some sun after 2 weeks of being nicely bundled up, and the wonderful sight of Singapore's rather crowded seas again... The morning started out pretty nicely... Great sun, great breeze... However, Wai forgot to take weights from the dive store, so we kinda wasted a little time waiting for Danwei to come down some... This meant that we missed the 12nn TMSI ferry back, so had to catch the 14.45h Sentosa-Kusu-St John's ferry... This wasn't too bad, esp since we were also helping Danwei move his clams out onto the reef just off the breakwaters... Being the only diver, was scampering up and down the breakwater carrying giant clams of varying sizes (and weights), all the while feeling more like a mountain goat than a human... Definitely did my fair share or exercise yesterday... Had lunch, swabbed my samples, went to the jetty and slept for like 30 min on the benches since we were abt an hour early for the ferry... Boy, I really could get used to some regular island living... if not for the fact that I am still a student... Then we caught the ferry...

Here's when the day started turning crummy... The ferry ride was really long... an hour plus, since we had to stop at Kusu for a while, plus the seats weren't very comfy, making sleeping really awkward... Then there was the part that we were kinda heading 'into' the rain... Meaning that it was raining pretty badly in Singapore... Reached Sentosa, thankfully the ticket prices were still 9 bucks per person, and not the 11 bucks that Wai thought they were... With all the stuff that we were carrying, catching a cab from the ferry terminal was the best choice, so off to the taxi pickup point we went... Were overjoyed when we saw a can already there... It was a limousine one and the cabbie said he didn't wanna take us... prob the sight of us w all our 'barang' and looking very un-tourist-like in tee and shorts (snobbish bugger) Neither of us took down the can number, so no official complaint... Anyways, it being an official taxi stand, there was a location code to call when we dialed a cab, did that and cab 7408U was to arrive in 5-8 min.... 3 min later, our cabbie called saying he was at the taxi stand and he couldn't find us... On the other hand, the two of us couldn't see him at all, and he wasn't being helpful at all by going on and on and on about how cars CANNOT drive in... Aargh... we were at the taxi-pickup point next to the ferry terminal bus stop so vehicles CAN come in... Tried to tell him that, and told him to follow the signs over but he still didn't appear after another 10 min or so, thus we tried our luck again... And Wai realises that her hp is wonky... No sound at all, so she calls on my phone, this time using the operator instead of the areacode thing, and we got another cab... Same thing kinda happened since he also called... But at least this time around he had enough sense to figure out that he might be on the wrong side of the ferry terminal and he actually came over to look for us, instead of looping ard that same wrong side of the terminal (which is what I suspect the first cabbie of doing) WAsted quite a bit of time with thie cab escapade of ours, and we were both feeling kinda cranky...

Reached NUS ard 17.30h (I think)... Unloaded stuff, washed down gear etc. Went to check mail and CORS, and suddenly realised that we couldn't bid for our LSM42xxs since we are technically still in Year 3, so off go 2 emails to LSOC... Which leads on to today...

-CORS woes-
Went to NUS to hand in my form for payment as a junior mentor, as well as to check up on the appeals situation... Doesn't help that the LSOC pple send short replies that do not directly answer concerns clearly... Meaning a series of frustrating emails and a quick visit downstairs when Wai arrived... Seems like the ruling makes it impossible for me to "swap" my Year 3 Semester 2 and Year 4 Semester 1 around since I need to finish ALL my LSM32xxs BEFORE I can start on my honours project, and in order to graduate with honours, I need to graduate within 8 semesters... Kinda meaning that I 'die die' have to take a Biology concentration Level 3000 this semester... Doesn't help that almost all of them are exclusively available in Semester 1... Good thing was that my UROPS can cover 4MCs, meaning I had to squeeze one more module out, thus Comparative Animal Physiology HAS to be in my timetable... This sudden change in planning just meant that taking Marine Biology and Tropical Conservation Biology are out of the picture due to timetable clashes... Taking Japanese 5, Behavioural Biology and Comparative Animal Physiology, as well as Medical Microbiology messes my timetable up pretty badly... Not only am I totally unable to go for any TC classes, I also cannot do my collections on Thursdays... So the idea of taking Medical Microbiology is out of the window... Think it would be a rather interesting module to take but since I got a B- for Microbiology, it prob would turn out to be another CAP-puller-downer... With such, out of the other LSM42xxs that I could take, Tumour Biology turns out tobe the best choice... Catch is, it sounds really overwhelming, tho' on the bright side, I alreadyhave the textbook, meaning that wouldn't need to buy a text that I may not ever use again, plus Desmond is probably taking it as well, so I would still have company during class... However, them being classified as honours modules and me being a Year 3 who is not starting on honours yet, I can only appeal to have the in Round 2, meaning I may just be squeezed out of the class... Need to keep my fingers crossed til like Wednesday, and must remember to hand in the form to LSOC on Tuesday morning so that they can process my stuff and add the modules...

Whole thing was really frustrating, and Ifty and Linus were seeing how stressed I was getting re-working everything out... Sorry guys... Was a little intense for a while... Think I tear a little too easily; when I get real frustrated with how helpless I am in a situation I just tear real quickly... turn from pissed to teary pretty fast... Oh well, good thing the next thing I had was Narnia ^^ Made me feel so much better afterwards!

Alreay met Linus in NUS, so we headed over to Lot 1 together... Am on bus pass, so we took bus... Linus wasn't, but he still gamely led the way there. 'Old friends' are still the nicest ones to have around... But then again, the twins are always some of the nicest friends to have around ^^ Met up Harti and Joseph, and the 4 of us went to catch 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' after failing to watch it on Tues, making it my 2nd movie this week... Good seeing Joseph again after all this time, and he was nice enough to give me a Cornell shot glass ^^ Haven't seen Harti for years, tho' I wonder if she really remembers me from RJ... Other than being a truly decent adaptation of the book written by C.S. Lewis, it also gave me a number of reminders regarding my own life, as well as walk with God. Not a fab adaptation but nicely done, and it did help that the actor for Peter was rather cute ^^ Know the story more than inside out and it still strikes a chord... However, one thing I didn't really like was that the wolves and white tigers and polar bears were all on the witch's side... They are such nice animals that I like!! Hmph... Tho' the use of a phoenix to create a firewall against the witch's army was ingenious ^^ Nice person touch to this version of the book. Tho' why did the witch have to do her hair and dress/fluff in such a way that really resembles a lion's mane?!? Wait a min, or was that all from Aslan when she had him shaved?

The part about the witch's claim on all traitors, and hence Edmund, really struck a chord... Sinners that comeback are loved just as much, Jesus died in our stead... How on earth did I manage to stray so far from Him?!? Cried when Aslan went to the stone table... Knew what was gonna happen but the tears just came trickling down as images of Christ's crucifixion in 'The Passion of Christ' just appeared in my mind.... He died for us. For me. In my place for all the crap that I have ever done and might do...

-getting back on track-
Backsliding is not fun at all.... Just like on any hill/slope, going down is easy but heading back up is a crapload of work... Been kinda slipping/sliding/skidding down my own slippery road the past 6 months or so, and I feel like I need a road to help pull me up again.... Found a link to this useful online version of a RBC Discovery Series booklet "The Way Back" from today's OBD entry. Really thankful for finding it since I don't quite know where to start (other than admitting this weakness of mine to God) in the hard climb back again. ^^ Must remember the 3 Rs that I have learnt... Remember, Repent, Renew.... Really need to get back in shape... both spiritually, as well as physically. Finally gonna go back to church on New Year's Day ^^ Really must make an effort to wake up early enough... Lord, this little lostsheep is coming home~~
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I am such a sucker for quizzes...

You Were A Jaguar

A shapeshifter that understands the patterns of chaos.
You are powerful and move without fear in dark places.


You Are a Tinsel Tree

For you, Christmas is no different than the rest of the year.
And this means you do things your own way - and continue to surprise people.


What Your Sleeping Position Says

You have a passion for everything - including sleeping.
Outgoing and brash, you tend to still shock those who know you well.
You tend to be selfish. You are the most likely type to hog the covers.
You gravitate toward comfort and don't like extreme situations.


You Are 50% Weird

Normal enough to know that you're weird...
But too damn weird to do anything about it!


You Are a Henna Gaijin!

You're not Japanese, but you wish you were!
You can use chopsticks with your eyes closed, and you've memorized hundreds of Kanji.
You even answer your phone "moshi moshi."
While the number of anime videos you've seen is way higher than the number of dates you've been on, there's hope.
Play the sexy, mysterous gaijin, and you'll have plenty of Japanese meat.


Your World View

You are a cautious type, neutral, and rather insecure.
You would agree with the idea that everybody has his price...
And in your own case it would not be high.

You are ruled by an inferiority complex and not easy to assess.
How do you present yourself to the world?
An idealist, a moralist, a conformist keeping up with the Joneses?


Your Birth Month is May

Unique and creative, you seek your own path in life.
You love change and are able to adapt to any situation.

Your soul reflects: Sweetness, joy, and a complete life.

Your gemstone: Emerald

Your flower: Lily of the Valley

Your colors: Yellow, red, and green


Pesto Pizza

Adventurous and hedonistic.
You live for new experiences and tastes
And you're not the type to have your pizza the same way twice
If they can put it on pizza, you're up for trying it!


Slow and Steady

Your friends see you as painstaking and fussy.

They see you as very cautious, extremely careful, a slow and steady plodder.

It'd really surprise them if you ever did something impulsively or on the spur of the moment.

They expect you to examine everything carefully from every angle and then usually decide against it.


How You Live Your Life

You tend to deprive yourself of things you crave, for your own good.

You are always tactful and diplomatic. You let people down gently.

Your friends tend to be a as quirky as you are - which is saying a lot!

You tend to always dream of things within reach - and you usually get them.


Your Eyes Should Be Brown

Your eyes reflect: Depth and wisdom

What's hidden behind your eyes: A tender heart


You Have a Melancholic Temperament

Introspective and reflective, you think about everything and anything.
You are a soft-hearted daydreamer. You long for your ideal life.
You love silence and solitude. Everyday life is usually too chaotic for you.

Given enough time alone, it's easy for you to find inner peace.
You tend to be spiritual, having found your own meaning of life.
Wise and patient, you can help people through difficult times.

At your worst, you brood and sulk. Your negative thoughts can trap you.
You are reserved and withdrawn. This makes it hard to connect to others.
You tend to over think small things, making decisions difficult.


You Are 20% Boyish and 80% Girlish

Even if you're not a girl, you're very feminine.
You're in touch with your feelings, and your heart rules you.
A bit of a emotional roller coaster, one moment you're up and the next you're down.
But no matter what, you try to be as cute and perky as possible.


You Are Mud Pie

You're the perfect combo of flavor and depth
Those who like you give into their impulses


Your Birthdate: May 1

You are a natural born leader, even if those leadership talents haven't been developed yet.
You have the power and self confidence to succeed in life, and your power grows daily.
Besides power, you also have a great deal of creativity that enables you to innovate instead of fail.
You are a visionary, seeing the big picture instead of all of the trivial little details.

Your strength: Your supreme genius

Your weakness: Your inappropriate sensitivity

Your power color: Gold

Your power symbol: Star

Your power month: January


Your Inner Child Is Surprised

You see many things through the eyes of a child.
Meaning, you're rarely cynical or jaded.
You cherish all of the details in life.
Easily fascinated, you enjoy experiencing new things.


Your Blog Should Be Purple

You're an expressive, offbeat blogger who tends to write about anything and everything.
You tend to set blogging trends, and you're the most likely to write your own meme or survey.
You are a bit distant though. Your blog is all about you - not what anyone else has to say.


Your Animal Personality

Your Power Animal: Eagle

Animal You Were in a Past Life: Whale

You are active, a challenger, and optimistic.
Hard-working, you are always working towards a set goal.


Your Personality Profile

You are dreamy, peaceful, and young at heart.
Optimistic and caring, you tend to see the best in people.
You tend to be always smiling - and making others smile.

You are shy and intelligent... and a very hard worker.
You're also funny, but many people don't see your funny side.
Your subtle dry humor leaves your close friends in stitches.


Your Career Type: Social

You are helpful, friendly, and trustworthy.
Your talents lie in teaching, nursing, giving information, and solving social problems.

You would make an excellent:

Counselor - Dental Hygienist - Librarian
Nurse - Parole Officer - Personal Trainer
Physical Therapist - Social Worker - Teacher

The worst career options for your are realistic careers, like truck driver or farmer.


You Should Get a MFA (Masters of Fine Arts)

You're a blooming artistic talent, even if you aren't quite convinced.
You'd make an incredible artist, photographer, or film maker.


You Should Learn Japanese

You're cutting edge, and you are ready to delve into wacky Japanese culture.
From Engrish to eating contests, you're born to be a crazy gaijin. Saiko!


Your Hidden Talent

Your natural talent is interpersonal relations and dealing with people.
You communicate well and are able to bring disparate groups together.
Your calming presence helps everything go more smoothly.
People crave your praise and complements.



You are 14% Rational, 57% Extroverted, 14% Brutal, and 28% Arrogant.

You are the Hippie! Characterized by a strong sense of extroversion, irrationality, gentleness, and humility, you no doubt frolic through fields preaching peace and love to all! You are probably either very spiritual or needlessly paranoid about "the man", like most hippies, as a result of your focus on intuition and feelings over cold, brutal logic. You are also very, very social. And like any hippie who would have no qualms about hitchiking across the country just to meet some interesting people, you also love to interact with others, even complete strangers. Because we know most any hippie is peace-loving and humble, it stands to reason that you, as well, are terribly gentle and humble, almost to the point of revulsion. Your carefree attitude of peace and harmony is probably very, very sickening to realists or cynics or anyone who isn't a hippie, to tell the truth. In short, your personality is defective because you are overly emotional, extroverted, gentle, and humble--thus making you an annoying hippie. And you listen to psychadelic rock and smoke a whole lot of pot. Okay, maybe not, but I wouldn't be surprised if you did.

To put it less negatively:

1. You are more INTUITIVE than rational.

2. You are more EXTROVERTED than introverted.

3. You are more GENTLE than brutal.

4. You are more HUMBLE than arrogant.


Your exact opposite is the Sociopath.

Other personalities you would probably get along with are the Hand-Raiser, the Televangelist, and the Robot.



If you scored near fifty percent for a certain trait (42%-58%), you could very well go either way. For example, someone with 42% Extroversion is slightly leaning towards being an introvert, but is close enough to being an extrovert to be classified that way as well. Below is a list of the other personality types so that you can determine which other possible categories you may fill if you scored near fifty percent for certain traits.

The other personality types:

The Emo Kid: Intuitive, Introverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Starving Artist: Intuitive, Introverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Bitch-Slap: Intuitive, Introverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Brute: Intuitive, Introverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

The Hippie: Intuitive, Extroverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Televangelist: Intuitive, Extroverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Schoolyard Bully: Intuitive, Extroverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Class Clown: Intuitive, Extroverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

The Robot: Rational, Introverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Haughty Intellectual: Rational, Introverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Spiteful Loner: Rational, Introverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Sociopath: Rational, Introverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

The Hand-Raiser: Rational, Extroverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Braggart: Rational, Extroverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Capitalist Pig: Rational, Extroverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Smartass: Rational, Extroverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

If you like good humor, be sure to take my girlfriend's Mullet Test, because it is much more awesome than this test.

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You scored higher than 20% on Arrogance

Link: The Personality Defect Test written by saint_gasoline on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test
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Tuesday, 27 December 2005

All Muddled Up...

Narnia is just TOO popular.... Went to PS today, with the intentions of watching it but it was soldout all the way til the 6pm show (which was only left w the first 3 rows).... So went to watch King Kong instead.... Peter Jackson directed, Naomi Watts and Andrien Brody starred, and Andy Serkis was the man in the suit again!! This time as King Kong of those beautifully gorgeous golden eyes~~ *melts* If anything, Kong KNOWS how to get great views of the scenery... Both in the natural jungle and in the concrete jungle that New York is/was.... Plus had some serious discussion, that has resulted in my slightly muddled state of mind....

Juan really needs to spend time doing some thinking by herself... Feel like a boat with a spoilt compass and dislocated rudder, just set adrift in the open sea... Been backsliding too long... How on earth did I get here... No aim, no focus, lost.... Need to get back to my first love, God... Boy, oh boy.... Timing cannot be any better... Walt called to update me a little abt the 40DOP that AMC is gonna embark on, and there are no such things as coincidences when it comes to God and His timing...

First things first.... Need to REALLY sort out my walk... The at-the-moment-non-existent walk.... Then prob my room and the kinda-sticky situation I am in now.... And CORS bidding starts proper on 29th.... And to top it all off, my bag has somehow managed to swallow my stick eraser and my thumbdrive... Meaning it's prob time for me to go back to my backpack.... Hope to find them soon.....

28 Dec, 11am, EDIT: And they turn up on my chair in lab.... PHEW
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Thursday, 22 December 2005

Back to online quizzes ^^

I'm exceptionally artistic!

Virtues: You look for immense creativity and individuality in people, including yourself. You're not happy with anything less than brilliant, and you focus on being expressive. You value energy, liveliness, and upbeat personalities, but you're not supportive of moodiness when you yourself can be unreliably moody. Seeking activity, you like the bustle of business but need the secluded atmosphere of a studio or private corner.

Aspirations: You feel the need to express your talents, whether it be through writing, drawing, singing, dancing, composing, performing, or photographing. While you strive to ever improve your work, you want to display it as soon as possible when your impatience kicks in. You want to be a prodigy but you might not have the means right at your fingertips. Trust me, do NOT move to New York to do it. Yeesh!

Quirks: Conformists bother you because of their lack of individuality. You're often late or unreliable. You're showy and refuse to share the spotlight. You only tell little white lies. You worm your way into the hearts of others, but be careful; some people despise the show-offs.

Factors: Surround yourself with activity and you'll always have material to work with. Involve friends and family in your projects so they don't feel like envious outsiders.

Future: Show business or not, you'll settle down happily if you're among those who appreciate your natural talents and desire to perform. Don't stay in one place too long, and don't be too hasty in defining your relationships. Who are you to judge what only time will tell?

Find your soul type



Class: Archangel
Alliance: Light

You are a caring soul and somewhat of a people
person. You are very concerned about others and
about the world around you. You like connecting
with people and always want to be of help. As a
guardian your role would be to watch over the
human souls on earth and help them when they
are in trouble.

Your Angelic Name: Raphael

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Okies... back in nice warm sunny SG... actually been back since Tues evening, but been unpacking and sorting stuff, and getting used to perspiring and stuff... Now mainly sorting thru photos, mine are kinda done (except for some that I UL to Chin Siang's laptop and del from my comp), now grabbing photos off others....

2 movies I wanna watch: (1) NARNIA - the lion, the witch and the wardrobe, and (2) the Promise.... Any interested parties who haf yet to watch these, pls contact me ASAP! Thanks!!
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Saturday, 10 December 2005

今広島の星が丘にいる ^^

Hehz... Was checking email for a bit just now, so a quick update ^^ Quite difficult typing with a Japanese keyboard... So many extra buttons to use... Guess there goes the idea of getting an iBook in Japan.... Anyways, am using my host family's comp at the moment, and I really haf got to keep this short since I am getting pretty cold again *bleah* Quite amazing staying halfway up an actual mountain... Far from the main Hiroshima city area but great scenery and stuff (like seeing random patches of snow, and getting half frozen when I step out of the house in the morning...), so I kinda get to experience the best of both sides ^^ Doubt I can post anything while I am in Osaka since none of the 8 of us brought our laptops. Might try again before we leave Hiroshima.... Takes a bit to get used to the transportation (like when u get up on the bus, u enter by the rear and exit by the front, and their transportation is SUPER on time... not like SG's that the predicted arrival time is ALWAYS wrong....) and traffic lights here, but other than that, it really seems to be pretty similar to life back in Singapore except with more land and a diff language.... That shld be all for now, prob more stuff (including some photos) when I get back!! ^^
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Thursday, 1 December 2005

Week 02 Biofilm...

First day of December of 2005, and today was my last trip to St John's Island before I head off to Japan next week ^^ (those licky pple going for the Summer Exchange thingie to Sydney wld be leaving on Sat morning, meaning I ain't gonna see them til mid-Jan).... Since Jani left last nite (and coming back for like 3 days while I am away, meaning I won't see her for at least a month...), and Wai had plant physio this morning, Oozie and Caleb helped collect the blocks from the reef... They also went to check on the structure that was re-built during reading week, and it collapsed AGAIN..... Oh well, guess another re-contstruction effort needs to be organised soon ^^ The sea was pretty chopy when we left the Yacht Club, and the seaspray was unbelievably strong.... Was getting pretty wet before we even reach the divespot at SJI.... Then when we got there, the boatman promptly informed us that the anchor was spoilt, and since it was so choppy AND with the heavy rain rapidly heading in our direction, we had to wait it out on Mudskipper for at least 20min or so.... During this explanation, this HUGE wave just crashed against the leftside of the boat, and EVERYBODY got real wet. Wish I cld have caught Oozie's expression... But then again, since my camera ain't water-proof, it was a gd thing that I din't bring it ^^ First ride on Mudskipper w/o Jani, and the weather was weird... The choppy sea did make it really conducive for sleeping ^^ Good thing that there were only 3 of us (other than the boatmen), so we cld all kinda lie down and nap....

Rain moved on pretty fast, and the 2 of them went down to get my trays as well as check on the structure... Then on to TMSI to collect the blocks in the tanks (that were by now real icky and full of slimy algae (Wai is prob gonna get a heyday when she helps collect my blocks in 2 weeks' time ^^) Was like playing treasure hunt trying to find the 20 correct blocks in a tank containing 100 of them, well at least at first since I missed some of the blocks due to all the algae.... Really can't imagine how the tanks wld look like after 10 weeks.... The ones from the reef appeared to have more silt deposit than biofilm on them but I shall find out properly when I do the DNA extraction after I get back.... Got Oozie and Caleb to help in the swabbing of the blocks, and guess the only confusing part was probably my labelling system *lol* Thanks guys, you two were a great help today!! Everything is stored in the freezer now.... Not looking forward to doing tonnes of DNA extraction when I get back... Hope that Jani has already settled ordering of the chemicals through the Environmental Science lab @ engine...

Think I better head home soon and work out what I need to buy for the trip, as well as list out what I wanna buy ON the trip ^^ Need to remember to change money by Mon...
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Tuesday, 29 November 2005

What kind of food are you?

Yesh.... yet another one of THOSE quizzes, tho' this is like the shortest one I have ever taken so far ^^

You Are Japanese Food

Strange yet delicious.
Contrary to popular belief, you're not always eaten raw.
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Monday, 28 November 2005


Alritey, all my NUS exams are over!!! Have this bad feeling that I won't be able to score for evo, but well.... at least it's over ^^ Only JLPT left on Sunday, as well as settling of some of my UROPS stuff, as well as finalising stuff for my trip... Back to lab tmr, then St John's on Wed (*yay* boat ride!!! *bunces ard*), can collect my flight tix from Wed onwards... oh yea, also need to meet up with the other Hiroshima applicants for our skit *groan* plus it seems that our group of 7 pple have yet to settle the nightbus to Osaka.... still gonna be pretty busy til just after the trip I guess... prob gonna be busy for the rest of this yr *lol*

Ya, this is yet ANOTHER one of Juan's rants.... just to celebrate the end of exams, and to do a semi-listing of wat I gotta do for the rest of the week, month, yr? Must really remember to get more money from Dad for the air tix and travel insurance and all the sccomodation stuff.... shopping expenses wld come from me, as for the rest.... Anyways, back to making rack/shelf for the fixation of the blocks that I am collecting back on Wed....
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Sunday, 27 November 2005

More online quizzes ^^

Ya... din really feel like mugging, so....
(din feel like re-sizing every

[1] 3 Variable Funny Test
the Prankster
(28% dark, 26% spontaneous, 31% vulgar)
your humor style:

Your humor has an intellectual, even conceptual slant to it. You're not
pretentious, but you're not into what some would call 'low humor'
either. You'll laugh at a good dirty joke, but you definitely prefer
something clever to something moist.

probably like well-thought-out pranks and/or spoofs and it's highly
likely you've tried one of these things yourself. In a lot of ways,
yours is the most entertaining type of humor because it's smart without
being mean-spirited.

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You have:
The graph on the right represents your place in Intuition 2-Space. As you can see, you scored well above average on emotional intuition and above average on scientific intuition.Your emotional intuition is stronger than your scientific intuition.

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Thursday, 24 November 2005

And so the countdown finally begins....

Don't know if I shld be happy or sad.... Finally started my exams. While pple like Weisong and Ying Kai wld haf ended theirs by now..... Grrrr.... The Japanese paper was not as difficult as it could haf been, but that doesn't mean that it was easy either!! Made a couple of silly mistakes for the section on onomatopeia (did I even spell that right?) Tho' I was telling Meitoon that if I actually get at least an A-, I might not be SU-ing Japanese 05 next sem ^^ Oh well, at least that's one paper under my belt now ^^ Next up are the 9am papers @ PGP, meaning I have to go to bed by 10pm for the next 2 nights.... Haven't really studied for either, and prob can't remember most of my stuff.... Especially NOT for tomorrow's general physio!!!

Was running out of elastic bands for my hair, so dropped by JP to get some more.... Boy, has CHAMELON changed since the last time I needed to get hair accessories..... And NOT in the good way I must say. Most of the stuff is gaudy and weird now, especially the scrunchies and hair clips.... Wanted to get a hairband since the only functional one I have now is the one I bought at Metro in Sec 3 but they were all just weird or catering for the school uniformed crowd, so ya.... Took me quite a while to find the elastic bands amidst the absurd crowd and weird accessories there, and I managed to get one of those long-ish, wristband-like things that the girls ALWAYS wear in TW idol series, and it IS very useful in tying up my hair and compacting it ^^ Guess the only saving grace abt the place is that the earrings are still quite decent *yay* So Juan here blows 9 bucks on a pair of blue dangly ones ^^ My first set of dangly earrings!!! Hmmm... and in spite of the fact that I pierced my ears likea year and a third ago, I only have like 4 pairs of earrings (as of now), and the ones I use most often are the ones used for piercing... hehz.... Dawn would probably drag me to go earring shopping if she sees this ^^ Tho' I am probably long over-dued for a trip to Far East or Annex to (at least window) shop for accessories... One more thing to do after the exams I guess... Do let me know if you wanna join in!!

Better hit the books now if I don't wanna muck up on tomorow's supposed-CAP-puller-upper module...
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Tuesday, 22 November 2005

less than 48h to go...

Okies, so I FINALLY start my exams on Thu.... and pple like Weisong END on thu... can't help it, yet feel so un-motivated to actually mug properly... just hope I dun mess up my CAP such that I don't getta do honors... Actually managed to spend at least half of the day studying kanji and some of gen physio, then tried to make some sort of wire mesh thingie while reading gen physio notes.... hands hurt a little since the wire cutters in the dive store weren't too effective on the 3mm thick wire (or it cld just be that I dun haf enough strength....) Din really manage to finish it since (1) hands were starting to ache and I dun wanna risk a sprained hand during the exams (esp since just abt all my papers are essays..) and (2) was meeting Sirong for dinner and walking ard JP....

Ya, so my evening was pretty enjoyable, did break the tedium of mugging ^^ din really do much for de-stressing since FOR ONCE in my undergrad life, I am NOT freaking out near/during exam period... (must be all the boatrides and trips ard St John's and stuff) heehee.... semi-holiday mood liaoz... Ended up buying like a DVD set (Hallmark's 10th Kingdom) and some Discovery Chn VCD... That sets be back like 40 bucks for my Japan shopping fund :( [See la, Sirong, u shldn't haf gotten me into MJ...] And ya, din haf that much fun walking ard JP for a while ^^ heehee... Guess it's mainly cos hardly any of my frens wanna come all the way to walk ard.... ah well... Shld go mug a little more b4 heading to bed (hmmm... tho I kinda do EVERYTHING on my bed, well, except watch TV, tho I hardly do that nowadays, and eat)
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Monday, 21 November 2005


Okies... yet another unproductive morning :( oh well... was supposed to start on PCR purification for the trial sample of the biofilm but the env sci lab ran out of columns, so... And from this entry's title u can see that I am not gonna be too productive any time soon either...

Pretty interesting how the random things that I do ACTUALLY end up having some sort of direction... Started off doing research proj on Brassica spp., a terrestrial plant, then went on to do stuff on Avicennia alba, a mangrove plant, for SP2171 and SP2172, and at the same time help start off the Labrador Park blog, mainly for the intertidal rocky shore, and now for UROPS (and prob honours) am working on coral recruitment.... From land to marine environment ^^ Pretty interesting, eh? And all the time I was having visions of me doing some sort of forensics work, except I am NOT in chem nor pahtology... *phew* Wat a close call I had from escaping the tedium of 24/7 in the lab... Being a biologist means lab work, yea, but there's also the CHOICE of fieldwork too, as well as a bit of D & T when u need to make ur own apparatus for field experiments since nothing comes nicely packaged in a kit... Which reminds me, need to make some kinda stands to help save space when I am fixing my cement blocks.... tho' I kinda need

LUNCH!!!! *sigh* queues in the canteen are disgustingly long considering it's like exam period... Gaurav and Gerard went dn to try their luck, and if it is gd, I'll get lunch delivered ^^ heehee... The way things are gg, next sem I wld be 1/3 life sci, 1/3 Jap, 1/3 env engine student.... the biofilm element of coral recruitment is making my project more and more cross-disciplinary... Wonder wat happened to the 'specialisation' that was supposed to occur? Oh well.... I was only a purely Sci student in my very 1st sem here... then have been 1/2 sci, 1/2 arts since I started taking Jap... Still can't believe that I wld be graduating in 1.5 yrs... dunno wat I am gonna do after that... Go for JET? Apply to work at Underwater World/Dolphin Lagoon? Go NIE and end up teaching? Go do Masters? *sigh* I do know that I wld like to continue to learn more abt Marine Biology and corals, and am glad that Wai shares the same interest ^^ She wld be joining the lab from next semester, tho after that the lab wld be quite empty if no more new blood comes in.....
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Friday, 18 November 2005

Yet another bright and sunny day ^^

heehee... yet another outing for Juan ^^ this time round to Underwater World (darn... din get to go to Dolphin Lagoon) Got to meet some of the staff there who haf been looking after the coral nubiles and Pocillopora sp. for us. Thanks pple! Really won't mind working there during the hols or even after I graduate.... The crab exhibit is so funky too!! Esp the Japanese giant spider crabs(タカアシガニ)..... so cute against the nice blue BG.... even the spanner crab and arrowline yellow crabs were SO cute, holding on to that little piece of half eaten (cooked) prawn... AWWWWWW..... *glomps* Maybe I shld do a proj on marine crabs.... hmmm... oh wells, wld be travelling there quite a bit (after the exams that is... tho not sure how many times I can go dn before I am off to Japan..) to check on the coral nubiles and Pocillopora sp. and see if I can do any hol work or wateva ^^ Can get in free to see the big fat groupers too! heehee....

okies, need to go home to mug mug mug, plus wai is waiting for me too, so....

P/S. did a bit of re-org for the "friends" section, so the link outs are a little better.... will add some more marine links at a later date... prob after i do ver 2 of my blog...
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Tuesday, 15 November 2005

Raffles Lighthouse

Went to Raffles Lighthouse area yesterday after collecting my trial batch of cement cuboids fr St John's, Jani, Marco, Michelle and Wai were supposed to go screw Jani's tiles dn.... being the only non-diver, the best that I cld do was like snorkel and try my best to see stuff... First off, there was the 'leisure' dive/snorkel near the jetty area. Marco was like a kid who just got his Christmas presents when he saw the number of fishies ^^ Since I cld barely make out their shapes, can really tell wat they were, except for like angelfishies.... The boatmen were having a heyday catching loads of nicely sized fishies for cooking.... Visibility was actually pretty decent, ard 3-4m (hazarding a guess since I can't really estimate distances underwater..) Pretty exciting being able to see corals in home waters, and near islands that I have nv been to too! First thing is to get dive license, then join BWVs... Was nearer the reef crest, so mainly boulder formed ones and encrusting ones.... All the guck we haf in our waters *sigh* Was stung a couple of times on my right arm but nothing serious, tho one of those stings left a slight cut... Got some weird cuts on my left leg, and the prob w getting cuts in the sea is that (1) they dun scab over properly (2) u dun notice the cut til u are out of water and realise u are dripping blood (thank goodness that there are no shark sightings in SG) One thing that startled me was the sudden appearance of salps (Planktonic tunicates; small, transparent, barred-shaped free-swimming planktonic animals belonging to the Subphylum Urochordata [tunicates], Class Thaliaca.) that were basically sprouting out from the dark greenish SG waters below..... Little jelly like stuff nicely lined up in pairs just EVERYWHERE.... Thot they were some jellyfish spawning event or sth at first but since they din sting.... Pretty amazing seeing all those little blobby salps just floating everywhere.... They ARE actually kinda cute, once u get over the initial surprise of seeing them floating ard ^^ Salp boom!! Undergg sexual phase, so kinda colonial ^^

[Salp linkies]
(1) Salps and Ctenophores
(2) The Salps (class Thalicea)
(3) Australian Antarctic Divisions - Salps
(4) Salps

My poor knees are slightly burnt... from the boatride, as well as dangling my legs into the water when we were on the other side of Raffles Lighthouse, and waiting for the currents to die dn.... Next outing wld be to Underwater World on Friday, to go see the Pocillopora.... Wonder if I shld just go for a joyride on Sat when Jani goes dn again.... Looking at me, u prob wldn't figure out that it's actually reading week ^^ heehee.... Guess I shld head home and start on mugging Jap... Still need to continue w DNA extraction at the environmental engineering lab tmr (dun ask y I am not doing it in sci... long story... but the gd thing is that (1) the prof is SUPER nice (2) he has worked on biofilm and their relation to recruitment of marine inverts, so...)
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Sunday, 13 November 2005

reading week?

*sigh* the semester has officially ended.... and I think I just died-ed for my Japanese oral.... we had to face Okada-sensei due to the sitting arrangements *grumbles* that just makes me like dunno how many times more nervous than usu..... so pressurising... oh wells, good thing that my papers start pretty late, allowing me some time to go to TMSI and stuff (like go back to reading my non-textbook books ^^reading wk IS for reading!!).... gg dn again tmr, might even get a chance to snorkel a little ard Raffles Lighthouse while the rest dive ^^ Pretty cool that NUS has it's own dive boat, Mudskipper, and I get to ride on it!!! heehee.... wanna go get my license soon.... then can go diving w the rest of the lab pple.... feel pretty lousy being confined to snorkelling and land stuff...

been really lousy at updating stuff.. both here and in my actual diary, but then again, I nv was really gd at any kind of follow ups, be it keeping in touch w frens or constantly studying or even constant blogging/diary writing... oh wellz.... sometimes I do feel like becoming some social recluse... *darn* this is turning into one of those semi-coherent entries again.... seems like my bio clock *still* hasn't recovered from friday-saturday... Wat happened on friday? Pdus had a BBQ cum birthday celeb. Went earlier in the afternoon to help w the prep (along w another one of his frens, meaning I got to make a new fren...) Stayed over at NSRCC since it is like at the OTHER side of Singapore, and there was just no point going home, and as usu, this kinda sleepovers end up w staying up late to watch movies and random ads on Pdus' G5 (yesh, he brought that over, along w like nearly a quarter of his hse...), meaning I only had 2 hours plus of sleep that day, concussed when I got home on Saturday, slept the entire afternoon, meaning I cldn't sleep til like past midnight last night, thus my semi-coherent state of mind at the moment... and I need to be in lab like at 8.3oam tmr too.... my bio clock gets messed up pretty easily (yet another reason why I prob can't take part in any win-a-car challenges), tho because it nv can get settled in properly, I can basically condition myself to work at any hour... the BBQ was pretty gd, doubled up as a semi-gathering of ACJC pple, so we cld catch up a little w one another, tho' since it was Pdus' party at the same time, it was like a cluster of ACJC pple, a bunch of his sec school pals, and his church frens who were there w family and stuff... and today I find out that the juniors are gonna try and org another MRC gathering in early Dec to coincide w the week that Mr Loke wld be back in sunny ol' SG....

Juan must remember to start studying on Tues... mug mug mug mug mug....
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Tuesday, 8 November 2005

All I Ask (of books)

Okies... more stuff for relievig exam stress..... also a classic example of wat wld happen to ur email acc if and when u forget to logout of the Linux cluster in SPS... heehee.... at least it makes for interesting (tho still unwanted) spam...


> No more talk of darkness,
> Forget these wide-eyed fears.
> I'm here, nothing can harm you -
> my words will warm and calm you.
> Let me be your learning,
> let my light dry your tears.
> I'm here,
> with you, beside you,
> to guard you
> and to guide you
> Say you'll teach me
> for exams, tomorrow,
> turn my head
> with talk of programming,
> Say you'll show me
> the tricks, now and always,
> promise me that all
> you say is true -
> that's all I ask of you
> Let me be your shelter,
> let me be your light.
> You're safe:
> No-one will find you
> though profs aren't
> far behind you ...
> All I want is freedom,
> a world with no more labs ...
> and you always beside me
> to hold me and to hide me ...
> Then say you'll share with me one
> price, one fortune ...
> Iet me lead you
> from your solitude ...
> Say you need me
> with you
> here, beside you ...
> anywhere you go,
> let me go too -
> Oh student,
> that's all I ask
> of you . . .
> No way, jose, your price
> is too high
> I don't have so much to give
> I'll just have to,
> xerox your pages,
> or borrow you for a night
> or maybe too
> Spend your time with
> me, each
> night, each morning ...
> Say you'll buy me ...
> I'll download you, true ...
> Read me -
> that's all I ask> of you ...
> (They kiss)
> Anywhere you go
> let me go too ...
> Read me -
> that's all I ask
> of you ...
> You'd better do well these exams, or no Phantoming!
> love,
> The SPS Phantom
> -----------<---{@
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Friday, 21 October 2005

something to de-stress ^^

Gaurav and Gerard bullied me into watching this flash on my lappie yesterday, and kinda glad they did ^^ It's a really cool FF parody flash that some guy did for his/her high school Japanese project. Real good stuff! Even more so for a FF fan... Wonder if I shld recommend this to sensei to screen during class ^^ Such a pity that I *still* dunno how to do flash, or doing sth like this wld be just uber-awesome!!!

Final Fantasy A+

On another note, it seems that there are only 4 of us gg for the Japanese video conferencing thingie this afternoon. That makes me even scared-er and nervous...... Wich me luck!!
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Tuesday, 18 October 2005

few more weeks to go....

Typing this outside SPS before I need to head over to lab and whack more tiles... Doesn't help that the *stupid* NUS-VPN for the LAN just refuses to connect (just installed it again after surviving on 1 year plus w/o the Cisco client)..... So back to wireless for me while I do some sort of update for the 2 weeks of absence...

Well, semester's coming to an end :( And I am REALLY behind time for my UROPS... *bleah* The only up-side of it is that making tiles (or at least violently throwing them on the floor in a bid to get them out of the mold) sure is a great way to de-stress... Until i get TOO frustrated with them NOT coming out... Aargh.... (Let me know if anybody wants to join me in venting their anger/frustrations/ etc on my tiles ^^) Another round of tile making on Thu tho'.... Plus I really need to see tha environmental science guy (early?) next week... Being a procrastinator AND a slowpoke really doesn't help at all....

On the other hand, the cladistic report dateline got extended til next wk, meaning Chee Peng and I can breathe a little easier, and do stuff on Thu and Fri instead of rushing everything out today.... Wanna go home earlier to (1) watch Extreme Japan, (2) finish microbio reports, and (3) get enough rest before tmr's full day that includes general physio lab and a fieldtrip to MacRitchie...

Japanese classes are gonna kill me pretty soon... din SU, so need to really buck up, man... last 2 lessons on 敬語, and I dun really get them... Plus, 先生 managed to get me to go for some video conferencing in Japanese on Friday (supposed to be for intermediate Japanese language pple... and LAJ2203 is STILL elementary... help!!) *sleepy* Need to get back to lecture prep for L49....
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Monday, 3 October 2005

handphone woes....

Aargh!!! Why is it that HPs in Singapore don't last beyond the 2-year plan that they come with?!? Well, at least mine doesn't..... My nice Sony Ericsson just did what a cranky Windows machines does... Show me a BLUE screen of death.... But since it is still kinda functional, Abel was saying that it is possibly a software prob *grumbles* Meaning I need to make a visit to one of the THREE service centres ard in Singapore... Prob at the end of the week.... Thu or Sat I guess (anybody wanna come along w me?) Do the Japanese have such problems? Or do their warranties last for two years instead of the meagre one year here? There goes my watever I haf saved.... Was saving for iPod nano, as well as basic open water, but guess that wld haf to go into either my hp repair or the cost of a new one.... Esp since my hp model is old, as well as not very popular.... Meaning I prob only get $20 bucks for it if I am lucky... *growl*

At least today was not ALL gloom and doom... Microbio CA over (tho' I was kinda in a daze since my hp died-ed just before the CA, and now you know how reliant I am on my hp now...), and I got into the Hiroshima homestay ^^ Now, need to pursuit Daddy that the 1000-odd bucks spent wld be worth it... Need to reply by Thu (06 Oct) so that's quite a bit of fast talking I wld need to do... Esp since I end late on Tues and Wed, plus I haf Jap mid-term tmr *cries* I will survive........................
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Thursday, 29 September 2005

bleach 196

OMG~~~~ just read chp 196, and it rocks!!! hitsugaya, renji, matsumoto, ikkaku and yamicha on earth?!? and in ichigo's school?!? *lol* but at least there is the long awaited return of rukia ^^ and her drawings in 197 (yep, i saw some preview photos ^^) And so the fight continues on on earth... pretty amazing how kubo tite manages to come up w more and more twists and turns in the plot line to sustain interest in the series, tho' I honestly hope that it won't end up being an uber long one......

really must get to work on my urahara layout....
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Monday, 26 September 2005

Dolphin attack?!?

Things just keep getting weirder and weirder ard the world.... I thot that US of A only had to prepare (and worry) abt hurricane XXX or terrorists etc, but it seems that even their DOLPHINS can be dangerous!?! Oh boy..... Really dunno if I can really take this article seriously or not... Go read and comment if u wanna... Need to run off to class liaoz...

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Saturday, 24 September 2005

Adding to the FFVII mayhem.....

Remember how I was playing the PC ver of FFVII during the break? Well, I never finished it... stopped somewhere after the Weapons started appearing, then cldn't remember wat I was strategising, so un-installed the game.... Till the next break I guess..... Doesn't help the SQUARE is really milking the entire FFVII following for wat's it's worth. With the whole bunch of FFVII related games, as well as the occasional chara in other titles like Kingdom Hearts, not to mention HUGE fan servicing in the form of Advent Children (*drools*) and Last Order, Juan goes in search for walls and winamp skins.... Nothing like a little SQUARE to bring out the fangirl in me ^^ Guess I had better start saving for a PS3 as well as the PS3 release of FFVII... Any how, here are some quizzes from a fansite I sumbled across (ain't too difficult NOT to come across one since AC is like all the rage now.... Wanna live in Japan so I can buy the Panasonic P900iV)....

I'm Cloud!
The "Which Member of AVALANCHE are You?" quiz is brought to you by Gospel Decay

the failure
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the Ukele le Chocobo
The "Which Chcobo Theme are You" quiz is brought to you by Gospel Decay
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Wednesday, 14 September 2005

Kenshin - founded!!!

The case of the 11 missing Kenshin vol has been solved.... They were taken (w/o permission mind u!!) by my little sis.... Silly girl put back some of them yesterday, making it REAL obvious that either she or my bro was the one "borrowing" them, and my memory ain't that faulty after all ^^ Kinda glad that they haf been found, now can comcentrate better on sch stuff.. Silly sis got this BIG pep talk by mom (mainly) and a bit from me on how she shld at least let me know that she took them.... oh well.... and she was already getting a talking down from mom ab some crazy stunts that she was doing while both parents weren't ard (stuff like walking on the outer side of the stair railings, practically tempting fate to see if she wld fall and break her neck...)

Wasted enough of my lunch break on this post liao, better eat and get back to muggint general physio.... then off to evo lab and cladistics!! =^-^=
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Sunday, 11 September 2005

leaky memory

Was re-arranging some stuff on my bookshelf, and realised that the last 11 vol of my Kenshin manga are missing.... Dun recall taking them out recently (too busy to be able to read Kenshin all over again) Do hope they turn up soon... Can't believe that my memory is getting so bad that I can't even remember where I (mis)placed them... Plus it seems that this sem, the Jap dango and bunpou ONLY stays in my short term memory (aka only for like TA and TB) then I forget them all the week after.... Aargh... how am I to survive JLPT 3 at the rate I am gg?!?

Oh, and on another note, it seems that my blog works weirdly on Macs... the scroll function works find (tho' it doesn't seem to work on Windows), and the Jap charas dun appear no matter hom many times the encoding is changed... Only found out when I tried it on Ifty's laptop... The prob w the charas is prob because I am using the Windows in built IME, and iBooks may or may not have that particular equivalent....

Oh... and I still wanna sell off e first 4 vol of evangelion (chuangyi's chinese ed of course!) that I haf... any takers?
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Saturday, 10 September 2005

作文01 『ラップトップは必要と思う』



それに、私は大学でいつもラップトップを使っています。大抵音楽を聞きながら勉強しています。友達に連絡したい時、MSNも使えるし、ブログもチェックで きます。そのうえ、大切なメール(例えば、先生からのメール)も読めます。もし時間があったら、時々ラップトップで映画とアニメも見られます。


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Tuesday, 6 September 2005

Why, oh why....

Silly Juan got sick over the weekend, and sick plus rainy weather is NOT good, mainly because it makes Juan super sleepy.... Been having prob waking up in the mornings since Sunday... *sigh* Tonnes of stuff to do, no time to do, plus sick.... it seems that I have a habit of falling sick ard the middle of sem (more of less w/o fail some more!!) Hopefully can squeeze out some time to do ver 2 of my blog layout.... Not too happy w this one.... Too much redundant code floating ard, and a little cluttered wrt pics... My present sources of entertainment are prob hanting's and boonkiat's blogs... the former because of his writing style, the latter because I get to read abt dive trips and wonder if I am gonna get *another* surprise when the layout changes again... (kiat, ur tag board is now gone, and I am still waiting to see ur rukia layout lei....)

On to Jap lecture...
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Sunday, 4 September 2005

森岡浩之の 「星界の紋章」 1-3

私はバカよ。 さっき、ラップトップのファイルを整理するとき、この日本語で電子 本を見つけた。 びっくりしたね! 持つのは、本当に忘れてしまったんの... 嬉しい~ =^-^= 実は、先日、シンガポールの紀伊国屋書店 (Kinokuniya)で中国語語版も見た。 さあ、やっとラフィールとジントの経験を読みたい... でも、今忙し過ぎるので、時間がない。 ちょっ と大変だと思う。 それに、私の日本語版の「キノの旅」2-8 と「ふしぎ遊戯パーフェクトワールド」雑誌もまだ読める... うん~ 残念だね...  12月にJLPT3の試験を受けるつもりから、もっと もっと勉強しなければならない。 頑張れね!

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touch of insanity...

I am SO NOT doing this again..... achy back.... Was too lazy to pack away my work and stuff last night (FYI, I do my work on my bed since my laptop takes up the only empty spot left on my desk...) So I technically "slept" curled up on like half the bed.... Plus as usu, it was hot, and I cldn't on the aircon since I am having a runny nose.... Feeling real sleep deprived now...

What is it w blogger these few weeks? Its seems that it is also possible to receive spam in the form of comments and not only email any more.... Aargh!!!! Frustrating it is indeed, and so much for wasting time deleting crap like that... Feeling tempted make a swap to LJ or blogdrive now...
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Thursday, 1 September 2005

paleontologist for an afternoon ^^

Yesterday's evo lab was so fun ^^ Never thot that I wld haf had the chance to play w fossil casts etc. But we managed to do so. Banzai!! Oh well... the usual stuff abt evolution and how humans and primates ultimately had a common ancestor etc, and we had to describe the common/differing characteristics of present day primates and humans, then based on those charas, arrange the fossil casts into wat we thot was the chronological order. Really fun, and we did run into some prob like how the "fossils" are not really complete, with broken bits here and there. In the end, my group got the mid-age ones wrong.... the initial ones and latter ones were alright tho ^^ Even more convince that changing to a bio conc is the right choice ^^ Wanted to put up some of the photos, but can figure out how to upload them (since the pics are all in ppt, and I dun wanna go thru the hassle of needing to photoshop them...) Need to do UROPS and Jap stuff now.... Ciao~
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Tuesday, 30 August 2005

the road less travelled

This HAS got to be a record... 3 posts in a day!!! Dun think i haf ever done this but.... *deep breath* Here goes...

I used to think that I wld choose a less travelled path in the name of adventure, spontaneity, and to put it in a very Singaporean way, "garang-ness". How idealistic that sounds to me now.... basically, I'm not a terribly adventurous person, and neither am I a risk-taker. Oh no, in fact, I just love familiarity and making myself at home in my little cottony comfort zone, making me a loner of sorts. Don't ge tme wrong tho', I am by no means a social recluse or hermit, and I DO enjoy the company of friends & loved ones. Yet at the same time, I doubt I can truly confide in anybody (incl myself). Well, in terms of pooring out my woes and stuff, at the moment Mom is prob the closet person, God the closest being, & my diary (that includes portions of this blog) the closest thing...

So why wld I take the road less travelled? Not for adventure, not for discovery, but for the sweet solace that is so hard to come nowadays in the busy-ness of the world we live in. ちょっと寂しいし、つまらないし...でも、あたしはここにいることよかったね。この世界は忙しくなったり、にぎやかになったりするそうから、自分の空間 を持つたいん...今、本当にいる所はどこか、ちょっと分からない。 Amidst all the hustle and bustle of everyday life, there is just this yearning for my own niche, a personal space for me to retreat into, so that I can relax & un-wind. One can really get claustrophobic in this busy-ness of life.... 命の忙しさは怖いね!Call me an escapist or any other name you want but I relly love getting away from crowds & all (with the occasional human contact, of course! ^^)

And this "contemplation" and self-reflection began all thanks to the busride(s) home today... Trying to take 96 from arts at 1800h is near to utter madness. Crammed in like sardines in a can, pespiring in a non-aircon bus.... And to top it all off, a pretty bad jam when the bus hit Clementi *sigh* With like 6, 7 buses in a row, and the crazy jam, I WAS feeling pretty squished up and irritated, thus I joined like half of the NUS students on board when they got off 2 stops from the interchange. If I wasn't so irritated, I prob wld haf been thoroughly amused (ok, so I am now, on hindsight that is...) at the NUS "exodus" to the interchange/MRT station... Somehow, the bunch of us who got off earlier actually managed to beat the bus to the interchange... on foot too! ^^ Still, for that to take 40 min is just way too long... (えっ!40分もかかるんか!) Since the MRT wld haf been real crowded too, Juan here hopped onto yet another bus... And in between feeling irritated and stuff, "road less travelled" just came to mind.... Oh well, guess I shall just have dinner in sch on the days my lessons end at 6pm.... さあ、仕方がない...
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