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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Dear all,

I'm back on blog again! Though I've been harbouring thoughts about moving from here for quite some time already. Reason for wanting a change of address? Well, part of the explicable reason is perhaps a hope that with a completely new blog, (not just a facade revamp this time) I'll be able to move on from the 'blog persona' I've self-adopted on this particular one. Also, with the new year around, I decided that it will be a good time to leave behind the past and finally begin anew.

So yups...just as my very nascent post credited the creator of this address, I'll say my thanks again to yu =) Please leave me a msg on the tagboard/comment here or email me for the new address if you're still keen to drop by once in a while...

The new blog is still non-existent now btw, but should surface in due course.

Thanks for coming by, those of you who did... even though the past posts have been more random than I'd have liked. Errmm...having said that...no promises on the new one kies, but I'll try to update whenever I can!

For now, take care everyone...


(To a friend who's leaving for home really soon... Hope the plans of doing a traditional dance together under the Mongolian skies will be realised one fine day... )

Thursday, December 21, 2006

A Christmas Dedication

My Grown Up Christmas List

Do you remember me
I sat upon your knee
I wrote to you
With childhood fantasies

Well, I'm all grown up now
And still need help somehow
I'm not a child
But my heart still can dream

So here's my lifelong wish
My grown up christmas list
Not for myself
But for a world in need

No more lives torn apart
That wars would never start
And time would heal all hearts
And everyone would have a friend
And right would always win
And love would never end
This is my grown up christmas list

As children we believed
The grandest sight to see
Was something lovely
Wrapped beneath our tree

Well heaven only knows
That packages and bows
Can never heal
A hurting human soul

No more lives torn apart
That wars would never start
And time would heal all hearts
And everyone would have a friend
And right would always win
And love would never end
This is my grown up christmas list

What is this illusion called the innocence of youth
Maybe only in our blind belief can we ever find the truth

No more lives torn apart
That wars would never start
And time would heal all hearts
And everyone would have a friend
And right would always win
And love would never end, oh
This is my grown up christmas list
This is my only lifelong wish
This is my grown up christmas list

Merry, Merry Christmas...

Monday, December 18, 2006

It's come to the end of another school term, and now the beginning of another week. There's been so so much going on during the past semester, and looking back now, it seems like they're all jumbled up in the crazy whirlwind of running around, doing things. That's why I've been craving a little personal space, to simply sit down, reflect and recollect.

My junior's just came up to visit about 3 days ago, and is heading for Toronto in a day's time. Then to New York, etc. The land of my Mega travelling plans, blueprints for castles-in-the-air that are not yet in sight. Heh. But after my papers, I'll have to sit down and plan so that the next trip can materialise soon enough. I want to go somewhere sometime...soon...There's loads of plans that I want to make, and several people saying they'll come visit (from home!) etc...but these are all mere casual 'maybes' for now. Would be great to have some of them become an eventual reality, but we'll see. There's still some time before then and now, so I guess I'll just keep the hopes alive?

Many other little bits-and-bobs that's been happening in my life and some dear frens'...Anyway, let me borrow the 'thousand words' verbal power of photos to update on some going-ons on this side of the globe, where sunlight is getting scarcer by the day...

That's my International Week teammate and fren, Kolya, who's just graduated from her Masters. And ... that's us doing one of the dance move for our item during the Welcome Week in front of the International Office. Heh.

Here's when two gals decided that they both needed a windbreaker...and decided on the very same one, confirming each other's buy. =p (It has been a nice visit and catching up session. Maybe we all need such time-out solitaires with each other sometimes!)

And yups..that's me and zj.. in Wollaton Park. A banana-in-pj fren that I'm thankful for being here with moi at Notts!

I like this photo, dunch'ya, b2? Just 'kop' this from here k. Remind me on the rest later...

And that's from me for now.

Love to hear from ya all!

(p.s. to those peeps travelling/ going to travel, have a Great time whereva u r!Skiiing, homegoing, walk-walk-see-see-ing.... And pam...here's me sending my greetings to the US, tho' u'll probably not see this till much later! =) )

Monday, December 11, 2006


斑驳的台阶 一双老旧的鞋
这无声却怀念的 气氛和对味
诗里的世界 被风翻了几页
我的妥协 却被你撕毁

冰冷的睡 像永不再醒来的离别

满园的落叶任风吹 听出沙沙的谁
你一脸的无邪 却连笑都不给
诗句语带威胁 结局要怎么完美

满园的落叶任风吹 听出沙沙的谁
我转过身背对 你远去的感觉
安静的为你 写下一首诗 再落泪

Thursday, November 23, 2006

You know how I wish that I could have more time... ...

To walk a little slower-so that I could take in the fabulous views along the way

To pay more frequent visits to friends' blogs and update my own entries- so that I can update myself on their lives (and vice versa) and not lose touch for too long

To spend more time on sending and replying mails/emails, chat on msn, talk/yak on the phone, meet people up for a cuppa coffee or tea- I crave closer interactions with people I just don't see that often anymore

To seek a better balance in life and meet all the commitments that beckons on a daily basis (for one, there's so many birthdays coming up, some clashing with one another...)

And to still have time for myself to reflect and reminisce.

It's being rather greedy, ain't it?

Time, after all, is one of the most scarce commodity around.

Friday, November 17, 2006

It's the weekends again. So far, I've not had a single weekend where I'm in my room at least 1/2 of the time, even though this year's workload inevitably demands this and certainly more. (You probably can't imagine just how much stuff there is to be covered this year, and neither can I till it became a reality=p) Then again, if that had been the way my weekends were spent, (i.e. if work had been the Sole Thing my student life revolves round) I may just have wasted my entire existence as a student in the UK altogether. After all, these years spent here will certainly be one of the most memorable ones in my life, as I am sure will be for most students too. I want to lead them in a way that will allow me to look back fondly upon them years down the road... and to be able to share my experiences with my close friends and family-animatedly and nostalgically.

Anyway, I've just returned from a good dinner at some singaporean friends' place. Didn't really get to talk to them much previously except for the occasional chit-chats when we meet on the way to school/town or back, so tonight's gathering was a warm welcome. Especially after a long day, with a late friday tutorial that began when the UK sun was just beginning its early retirement for the day, and ended when it has fully taken its leave. Winter's officially here again, and the season of long-nights-short-days is just beginning. I had so wanted to capture some final moments of the pretty fall scenery before the trees lose their leaves altogether, taking the colours with them. Alas, my camera is dysfunctional, and the weather had not been exactly kind this week for photo-shoots.

The mention of weekends brings me back to the one that had just passed, and an earlier one which I spent in London with friends, one of whom just turned 21. =) It'd been some pretty tiring and at times even preplexing time that had passed since then, but that doesn't at all negate the fun I had meanwhile. The trip down to London was enjoyable, even if I had initially felt it kind of silly for me to go all the way down with people attending the Singnight (An annual ball for UK singaporeans) when all I had wanted to do was to accompany friends, meet some others, and to catch a musical. The first two I did, but the last I had to give it a miss since the tickets then were too expensive for any of us to fulfill our matinee hopes. Still, I was glad for the chance to catch up with some pals I haven't met for a while, and even made new friends! Haha...but I accumulated so much sleep debt over the weekend that it took nearly a full week to recuperate. =p And soon after, it's the Nottingham Malaysian-Singaporean Games... and another packed weekend unfolded.

I must say that it was a really enjoyable weekend, really. Before all else, let me do a short intro on the Notts games. It's an annual Sports event for Malaysians & Singaporeans from all over the UK to gather at Notts to compete in friendly matches- we have 14 sports items this year. Each year, I volunteered in the games, so I didn't get to play. This year though, I had really wanted to play either badminton or floorball, but my commitment as sports captain in one of the segment didn't allow me the time to play either games. The training session for floorball had been fun, however, and that's enough for me for now. The same weekend, I had some friends over from London. Was really happy to have them around. Oh..and Calvin came up for Notts games too! It's so interesting to meet a S62er in a place that I've grown accustomed to being around other friends that I made here; it was just nice to be able to catch up on things with a familiar face from school.

For that sat night, I somehow ended up watching shuang1 tian1 zhi4 zhun1 series II with some Singaporeans at my friend's place. Initially the whole feeling of watching a Channel 8 show that we all grew up with in a Notts-hostel-setting felt quite surreal. But we soon settled down and began reminiscing about how we used to be so caught up with some of the now-seemingly lame plots. Heh. And how time flies by so quickly. Ended up sleeping quite late that night too, talking with one of the gals who bunked in with me for the night.

The next day the lot of us visited a windmill in Notts- Green's Mill. The picture below is taken at the site. I was really taken by the whole 'rural' feeling and felt kind of excited when we finally reached the mill... and when we were within the windmill itself, seeing the process of grains grinded and sacks of stacked flour packed. Then it was shopping in the city centre, and dinner.

So sher, the trick to that priceless weekend was not to throw away the price tag attached to the day...

But simply to be in the company of people that you find yourself being at ease with.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

It's always the company that counts. Time may be passing by all too quickly, but if it's passing by happily enough, it's worth every second of it.

The company this weekend was priceless. =)

Saturday, November 04, 2006