Archive for August, 2007

Optimism vs Pessimism

Teachers’ Day celebrations! Yes, that was what today was all about. As usual, I went to school at around the same time. Today, Desmond Khoo was early and he took the same bus as me. He told me that there was a plan to decorate the  classroom for Mr Tong. I went to class and ended up writing a card for Mrs Lim. She’s the only teacher that received a card from me cause she’s my favourite teacher. (:

In the end, I didn’t get to help in anything cause I had to do my council duty before the balloons arrived. After duty and the flag raising ceremony, we were asked to put our bags aside to do the ACES day wushu exercise. Somehow, after I put my bag, I talked to Mr Teo, who is leaving the school for further studies. I wanted to wish him all the best for the future. But we ended up in a 30-minute plus inspirational talk. He was trying to motivate me and encourage me for my academics. He was really good at it, bringing up wonderful analogies and Chinese proverbs [which I needed him to explain to me], as well as talking about current issues in Singapore. He’s good.

After talking to him, I joined in the wushu exercise when they were doing it halfway. After the exercise, Shi Min, Gena, Amanda Ting, Vivian and I went to change into our performance outfits and assemble in the hall for a very quick walk-in and walk-out run through before the actual show.

Later, during the actual performance, I felt great on stage. I was the first to sing and step out to the stage. I walked out and grab the wired microphone which was placed on the stage, then I started singing my verse. I don’t know why, but I thought I sounded better than the other times. I really want to thank the audience [students] for their cheers and support. As all of us sang, we received random cheers from people and clappings as well.

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US! With the paper tulips in our mouths. xD

After the performance, we went out from the backstage. The first 2 people we saw were the principal Miss Chong and vice-principal Mrs Yao. They praised us for doing a great job and singing well. Miss Chong shook my hands, held on the my hand and said that she didn’t know I could sing so well and said we can sing for graduation night. Well, I’m flattered. The teachers were smiling when they saw us. They were holding on to the paper tulips we made and were given out by Amanda Ting and Vivian during our performance. They were all saying that we did a wonderful job. Thanks teachers! We’re glad that you enjoyed it. Then Miss Jas told me that rehearsal at the kindergarten today was cancelled [was overjoyed by that] and we have to be at Compass Point on Sunday by 09:00.

We sat at the back of the hall, being really high. When Darren sang a Chinese song solo, we held the papper tulip in our hand, stood up and waved it in the air. After that, some teachers ‘copied’ us and held out the paper tulips that were issued to them previously, and waved. It was a great sight to see. Then Amanda came up with a crazy idea — run to the stage and each of us give him a paper tulip [we had some extras]. In the end, when he finished his song, we ran up, except Gena. I thought it was crazy and was reluctant to go but I was pushed to the stage by Amanda Ting. What a crazy thing to do. Darren said he likes the paper tulips. (:

After the whole concert, I proceeded to the library to give out the teachers’ day presents by Shi Min and I, as well as cards made by the student council. And then, I passed the card to Miss Chong. She shook my hand again, looking really impressed by me. She said that when she saw me on stage performing just now, she saw the huishan in the opening ceremony, the investiture whereby I was appointted the head councillor position, and she said she could see the future of me standing there with my friends, with wonderful ‘O’ level results and performing on the graduation day. WOAH. Cool. haha.

After everything, I left school for Rosyth School. Leon, Boon Kiat, Cheris, Lynn, Shu Xian, and Dunya were at the school canteen already. I was still on the way there. When I was there, they didn’t allow me to go in. They said that we can only go in at 14:00. My friends managed to get in as they were there before the order was given by the OM. I was there at 12:30. ZOMG. I had to wait 1 hour and 30 minutes in that kind of hot weather??

I sat at the bus stop and read my book for an hour. It was hot and noisy, but I tried to read, feeling very drowsy every now and then. Later, when we could enter, I rushed to find my friends at the library. We went around and I felt rather awkward with them cause I haven’t seen them for a long time. I never could make it for the gatherings and whenever I visit Rosyth, it was either they were not going or I was there too late and they’ve left. Whatever it is, it was just a bit odd to be back there again. =X

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We, in our old classroom. (:
Front row: Nicholas, Leon
Middle row: Cheris, Lynn, Jocelyn, Leon
Last row: me, Yi Lin, Dun Ya, Shu Xian

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I wasn’t in the photo cause I was the photographer.

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Rosyth School: spiral staircase

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Painting along the spiral staircase

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Painting along the spiral staircase

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Painting along the spiral staircase

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Pond in between 2 blocks. Photo shot from level 5.

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View from level 5.

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View down the main staircase from Level 5.

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Parade square on level 3. The one on the left with a staircase that led to a shelter, that’s the canteen on Level 4.

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The Indoor Basketball Court [IBC] 

We hang around the school until 15:05 when they decided to go for movies. I couldn’t join them as I have an appointment at IMH at 16:00. So, I walked them to somewhere and walked to the bus stop which was like quite far away. I was early at IMH, 40 minutes earlier. I sat at the foyer and read my book again. At 15:45, I made my way to the Child Guidance Clinic to report to them. I sat there and read the book again, finishing it in 15 minutes. It was boring after I’ve finished reading the book and I had to wait for 20 more minutes before Miss Sharon arrived.

Today, I felt that I didn’t say much. I didn’t explain what I intended to explain cause I forgot. It was awkward with many pauses between the talk. I was just telling her what happened lately. It was a 35 minutes session today and cost me 10 bucks again. She asked if I needed to see her again cause I sounded quite good to her. I said I have good times and very bad times, so I wasn’t sure whether I need to see her again. So, she put me on another appointment with her 4 weeks later and she’ll see how I am.

I went home then and I was informed by Miss Jas that there will be a rehearsal at the kindergarten tomorrow at 15:00. We have to meet her at 14:30 at Compass Point. DANG. That’s such a bad timing, mid-afternoon?? It spoils my whole study plan!! ARGH.

I thought about a lot of things as I walked home from IMH. I tried to make myself optimistic. I told myself that no matter what, I MUST be optimistic. Maybe things will be better. But I don’t know now. I was really very determined that I can do it this time and eliminate the pessimism. I was thinking of getting someone to motivate me by reminding me that I must be optimistic as it was what I request of myself. If I really do this, that person will be Daryl, the one who acts like an elder brother to me.

That’s all.

love,
jaslyn.

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Bad day. =/

I had a bad day today. In the morning, somehow, I felt really terrible by what Huiling said. I felt like I’ve been ordered around by my junior. It sucks. I know what I was doing. =/

Then the last 3 periods, we went to the dialysis centre at Hougang. Somehow, I wasn’t in a good mood. Probably there were too many things going through my mind. I was afraid that I’ll get scolded by Miss Jas for not being able to be at the PAP kindergarten at 14:00 when I’ll only be able to reach school at 14:30.

I called her on the bus and she was fine with 14:30. I was bus sick. After that, I felt really nauseous and dizzy. I was enduring it when I was in the dialysis centre, trying to absorb things. But words just made me more dizzy. I was pissed off afterwards when Wendy called me 4 times at the dialysis centre. Okay. I was at the dialysis centre on a learning journey for Biology during curriculum time. Hence, it’s almost like answering the call in class. I felt really embarassed by it cause the nurses were explaining things halfway and I had to answer the call. In addition, I dislike to use my phone in front of people from the school. My phone is only used for emergency. I don’t want to show people that I’ve got a phone and I bring it to school. But I must apologise that I was really harsh on my tone. But I was helpless all right.

I didn’t have a great time there, unfortunately. On the way back to school, I’ve received 4 calls on the bus regarding the same issue. In that one hour plus, I’ve received about 8 calls. Annoying, eh? When I was back at school, I didn’t have the mood to talk to anyone else. I dashed straight back to class and packed up. I waited to receive my Biology paper and asked Shi Min to take care of my bag while I leave the school for the kindergarten.

When I rushed down to the foyer, there was no sign of Wendy or Nicholas. I walked around like an insane woman, looking for them and don’t know what to do. I was really mad. I stomped out of school later after Miss Jas asked me to make my way to the kindergarten with Jon, taking a cab. Jon bought me a packet of apple juice to try to cool me down. Thanks. We managed to get a cab later on and asked him to drive us ahead. It wasn’t too far. I paid the $2.80 for the cab and rushed into the kindergarten.

I had to play Wendy’s role! ARGH. After everything, Mr Ong from the kindergarten offered to send me back to school. It was rather late by then. Late for Teachers’ Day rehearsal definitely. He asked me to give him a minute. In the end, it was really long, like 15 – 30 minutes. In the end, they called me into the office and discussed certain things. They came to a conclusion that we need one more rehearsal before Sunday and they made it TOMORROW 10:00 to 11:00. I explained to them that I will be involved in the concert, as well as Wendy. They called Miss Jas and she actually told them that it’s okay, she can talk to the principal. WHAT IS THAT?! She’s making decisions for us?? We practised and rehearsed so hard and now you’re trying to take that away from us?? You took away our rehearsal on  Tuesday, took away our time today, and now, you’re taking away our concert?? This is too unreasonable! I told the people at the kindergarten that I can’t do that and they said that Miss Jas said that we can. =/

Mr Ong sent me back to school then. I was about to cry already. It’s too crazy. I ran up to the hall and told Gena, Amanda Ting, Shi Min and Vivian about what happened. Apparently, when I spoke halfway, I broke into tears, and ran out of the hall. I cried even more at the washroom and felt embarassed when I came out of the cubicle with people at the basin. Then I went to the hall.

After that, Wendy found me after awhile, apparently not understand what happened. But we argued about what happened at NKF and why she wasn’t at the foyer. We were sitting near to the speaker. It was above us. We were practically shouting at each other due to the loud speaker. But I was the first to stop the arguement. We talked to Miss Tan about Miss Jas trying to get us out of the concert. She said that Mr lim wil call Miss Jas.

Later, I performed and felt better after that. No choice, I had to smile on stage. Moreover, I was the first to enter the stage. Oh wells. Tomorrow better be good. I’m going to the social worker at IMH at 16:00. I may be going back to Rosyth.

Just now, Shi Min and I made Teachers’ Day presents together. We had lots of fun. Today, she has been rather evil, flaming me and stuff. I was crazy too.

Today was just too much. By the way, I scored 37/40 for my Biology test. ((: 2nd or 3rd in class. I know I could’ve scored full marks. I KNOW.

love,
huishan.

September ‘holidays’ eh?

September Holidays? No way. You mean ‘holidays’ huh? Now, I’ve been receiving homework for the ‘holidays’ and also dates to return to school during the one week ‘holidays’ for supplementary classes.

Sometimes I wonder, are teachers really asking me to get a break? They asked me to take a break but they are giving lots of homework at the same time. Doesn’t link, does it?

Here are the supplementary classes I have to attend so far:

  • 5 Septmeber [Wednesday] – Social Studies Class [09:00 – 12:00]
  • 5 September [Wednesday] – English Class [13:00 – 15:00]
  • 6 September [Thursday] – Chemistry Class [09:30 – 12:30]
  • 6 September [Thursday] – Social Studies Class [13:00 – 16:00]

Here are the holiday homework I have so far:

  • E. Math worksheet
  • A. Math worksheet
  • 5 newspaper cuttings
  • English comprehension full paper
  • 2 picture discussions
  • Read Bonding of Singapore and Governance

Yup. That’s what I’ve got so far. I bet there will be more tomorrow. WOAH. It’s 01:30 now! I guess I better stop here. See? Really short entry.

LOVE the RAIN.

Today is such a good day, for the weather. I has been raining since 09:00, stopping every now and then. The wind was strong and I enjoyed the rain being blown on my face. I just enjoy the rain. I just wish I could lie down in the rain.

I was told in the morning by Miss Jas that I have to attend a rehearsal for some kind of performance this coming Sunday. I’m one of the four who have been selected to perform with the K2 kids. I’m going to do puppeting on Goldilocks and the Three Bears. It’s quite crappy cause I was suppose to go for rehearsal for Teachers’ Day celebrations! I didn’t go for the storytelling thingum after school so that I could go for the teachers’ day rehearsal. In the end, I still can’t. =/

Anyway, I sent the stuff I bought for my Ukraine friend, Jake, after the rehearsal with the K2 kids. It was my first time sending items to overseas, so I was rather noob. It cost me a total of 8 bucks plus, including the envelope. Postal fee was 7 bucks plus. I thought it’ll be more expensive actually, but thank goodness, it was less than 10 bucks. I was afraid that I couldn’t afford it.

I’ve been so drowsy and lethargic recently that I’ve been sleeping really soundly in class! I can sleep for like 25 minutes during lessons without waking up! Deep into sleep. And I got back my Physics test today. 16/30. EXTREMELY BAD. But I wasn’t that disappointed, knowing that I suck at Physics plus I didn’t really get to revise everything for this test. I scored 30/50 for English common test. The highest was 34/50. Hope to do better next time.

That’s about it. I’ll sleep early today. tata!

LOVE the RAIN.

Today is such a good day, for the weather. I has been raining since 09:00, stopping every now and then. The wind was strong and I enjoyed the rain being blown on my face. I just enjoy the rain. I just wish I could lie down in the rain.

I was told in the morning by Miss Jas that I have to attend a rehearsal for some kind of performance this coming Sunday. I’m one of the four who have been selected to perform with the K2 kids. I’m going to do puppeting on Goldilocks and the Three Bears. It’s quite crappy cause I was suppose to go for rehearsal for Teachers’ Day celebrations! I didn’t go for the storytelling thingum after school so that I could go for the teachers’ day rehearsal. In the end, I still can’t. =/

Anyway, I sent the stuff I bought for my Ukraine friend, Jake, after the rehearsal with the K2 kids. It was my first time sending items to overseas, so I was rather noob. It cost me a total of 8 bucks plus, including the envelope. Postal fee was 7 bucks plus. I thought it’ll be more expensive actually, but thank goodness, it was less than 10 bucks. I was afraid that I couldn’t afford it.

I’ve been so drowsy and lethargic recently that I’ve been sleeping really soundly in class! I can sleep for like 25 minutes during lessons without waking up! Deep into sleep. And I got back my Physics test today. 16/30. EXTREMELY BAD. But I wasn’t that disappointed, knowing that I suck at Physics plus I didn’t really get to revise everything for this test. I scored 30/50 for English common test. The highest was 34/50. Hope to do better next time.

That’s about it. I’ll sleep early today. tata!

Photos for CIP and BBQ.

CIP photos! My buddies:

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Desmond Khoo

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Desmond Lim

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Chad Marcellus Francis Jr Ko Chun Yuen

 

BBQ on 25 August:

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Tanah Merah Reserve Country Club – Lobby

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View from 2nd storey

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Tanah Merah Reserve Cuontry Club – Golf Course

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Tanah Merah Reserve Country Club – Swimming Pool

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Tanah Merah Country Club – nice water ‘fountain’

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Lamp steak!! DELICIOUS!

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Chocolate jelly? Mmmm…

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More jelly! YUMMY!

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Tanah Merah Reserve Country Club – playground

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Another playground

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Leg ‘swing’. Was sitting there to relax.

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DANGER: Causes you to feel dizzy and nauseous.

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Me on top of the world! MUAHAHA!

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Yi Qian on top of the world too! But I’m still higher!

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Me ‘surfing’

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Yi Qian ‘surfing’

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Yi Qian on the dangerous thingum with me. The thing was spinning when I shot this!

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Little boy with Yi Qian.

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Little Boy LOVES to be taken on the camera!

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Little boy and eldest sister.

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Yi Qian together with Little Boy, Eldest Sister and Youngest Sister.
[Trust me, we don’t know these kids. They just happen to be at the playground without their parents. So, we played with them.]

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This was actually an aeroplane. But due to low light conditions, the shutter speed was too slow. So, this was what I ended up capturing. Quite cool.

 

That’s all folks’!

CIP – Wildlife Conservation Singapore Fund.

Actually, nothing much happened today. I just danced a lot after meeting Mr larry after school with Shi Min. We’re suppose to perform the dance tomorrow!! Then I went to the library at Compass Point with Shi Min. She borrowed books on studying skills so that we can work on it together. She also borrowed her area of interest, the brain, and I borrowed my area of interest, gastroenterology. ((: I got a little high after borrowing the books. haha.

Since there isn’t much to talk about today [I scored 19/30 for A. Math test. how sucky], I’ll just retype what I blogged about yesterday before it was gone. But I guess this will be a shorter version since I’ve lost some memory after almost 24 hours.

I was called up in the morning yesterday by my elder sister. She told me it was 11:00 and I didn’t believe. True enough, when I checked the clock, it was 11:00. I was suppose to meet Desmond Khoo at Heartland Mall at 10:45 then we intended to get lost together as we look for the Paya Lebar Kovan Community Club [PLKCC]. I didn’t wake up on time cause my hand phone was charging in mom’s room, which means, no alarm clock. When i went to mom’s room to retrieve my hand phone, there was 6 miss calls and 8 unread messages. I ignored everything and gave Desmond Khoo a call to inform him that I just woke up. I felt so bad and horrible there cause, first time, in my whole life, I overslept!

I grabbed my uniform and ironned it briefly before I went for a quick bath. I gobbled down breakfast and rushed out. Desmond Khoo called me again when I was in the lift. It was 11:30 by then and he told me to wait at Kovan with pei Yi while him and the rest go to Compass Point. I told him that I can go straight to Compass Point, and I did. On bus 159, I slowly replied to the messages and read a bit of my book.

When I reached Compass Point, I was rather early cause they just arrived there. I met up with Chad and Desmond Lim and we headed to PLKCC by MRT to collect my donation tin. After I collected it, Desmond Khoo, Desmond Lim, Chad and I went to Dhoby Ghaut by MRT. From there, we split into two teams and walked along the two sides along the road. I paired up with Desmond Khoo while Desmond Lim paired up with Desmond Lim.

I was the hardworking one who went up to people, greeting them with a smile and asked politely if they could donate some money for the Wildlife Conservation Singapore Fund. Desmond Khoo didn’t ask people but sometimes, people went up to him personally to donate some money. I met 3 people who totally ignored me. Of course, there are some who are really nice. One filipino grabbed a handful of coins and dispensed them into the tin. When I thanked her profusely, and wanted to leave, she asked me to wait and grabbed another handful of coins. WOAH.

Anyway, Desmond Khoo treated my to donut. I got a Vanilla Cream donut and he got a Coco Crunch donut. We walked from Dhoby Ghaut to Orchard MRT and then back to Dhoby Ghaut, then to Bugis, and then Suntec City, all by walking. ((: Desmond Khoo and I talked a lot. We talked quite a lot about schoolwork though.

Desmond Lim, Chad, met up with the both of us at Suntec City. We had a meal at KFC before we headed to MPH at City Link Mall for Desmond Khoo to buy his books. After Desmond bought his book, we returned to PLKCC to return our tins at 17:00. I can conclude that Caucasians are very generous. ((:

After the tiring day, I went home. There wasn’t family dinner last night. It was quite fun with the guys. They were really funny and nice to be with. Thanks Desmond for the donut!

Photos in the next entry!