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Monday, October 27, 2008

I thought it was kinda peculiar when Hong Xiang told me during a break one day, that the western canteen stall lady invited us to a barbeque.. The first thing that popped into my head was church thing, and she did mention that it was organized by her and some church friends. I knew of an unfortunate friend who was surreptiously decieved into going for service, at a church I shall not name, where churchgoers there practised the habit of doing so, quite often.


But this didn't seem like it, save for my ignorance, so Brandon, Shermaine, Hong Xiang and I met on Sunday to go for it. Free food and meeting new people, seemed like a swell idea. Oh yeah, and before that I went over to Popular to get a tack board. Got too many slips of paper lying around and I throw 'em away too quickly, so it'll come in handy..




Put adhesive Wenge wood coloured covering, so it'd match with the rest of my brown furniture! Before that it was a bland shade of light brown, roughly cut. $7 after using the popular card (:

Anyway, so we met the stall vendor at Tanah Merah MRT bus stop, for her to send us to the condo. No one else who was 2nd-party invited managed to turn up, a bit odd to me. But then again I'm a paranoid person.


Being introduced to the adults there was even more wierd, like an extended family get together, and there was only one other teen there, the stall vendor's daughter. I thought I recognized her from somewhere, and it turns out she knew my previous classmates like Chee Hao, Rachel, Li Xiang and the sort, so musta seen er picture somewhere before.


The climax of the oddity was at ice-breakers, that they sat us down to play, with a bunch of primary and secondary school kids. It was orientation camp, except remotely similar. Whacko, team building and such, but at the end of it, it somehow didn't seem as unusual. Even with a small group of us and 11 others :S




Here's a shot at the end of the barbeque. The middle's Rose, the canteen vendor who's really friendly. Gives us extra food and such, but really cuz her foods mmm-good anyway! The barbeque didn't have western food that I was enticed inititally by though, but good food all the same :)





Now next to Shermaine is Caline, Rose's daughter who's our age, studying at Temasek Design school. Hong Xiang and Brandon thinks she looks a bit similar to Shermaine.. Don't think so leh :/

It was about 10pm when we decided to leave, filled and chatted. Hong Xiang suggested watching football at Simpang Bedok, of which neither the sport nor the location was of familiarity.

Don't get me wrong, I don't stray from sports entirely, just a selective preference, especially for tennis. Shermaine, Caline and I tagged along, Brandon in delight at the idea. Some important match to them, which Brandon betted for too, heh. Took this shortly after the match ended at 11.15..



Faizal also came over to watch with em, all the way from Tampines. I also found out something new, that Shermaine has extensive knowledge of soccer. Ok maybe not extensive, but wayyy more than myself. She'd be much more proficient in tennis if she knew that much too, hopefully she'll find interest?


When the match ended, but they brought out a slice of apple crumble with a candle, really surprised me. There was a birthday song, and I think they even told Caline about it. Of course, I was quite elated by everything :D








I'm sure I look darn constipated in this picture, don't know what was going on with my face, but the underlying facial expression is; whoopie! 17 by Brandon and Shermaine behind :P Got home quite late that night, eventful and interesting. The barbeque had no hidden evangilical
intentions, the people there were really friendly and didn't preach or what. So on the whole, it EE-ed. (My OP is apparently bordering ME to EE, whatta shame)


Went to school today, earlier than normal cuz I didn't manage to sleep through the resounding alarm clock. Pleasant day, presents day too! Hehe. Lotsa thanks to Cheryl, Shermaine, Sabrina, Hong Xiang, Brandon, Faizal, Dedrick, and Jun De! Uh oh, in my haste to study for chinese, did I forget anyone? Appreciated the well wishes too! Didn't get any pictures of the stuff cuz time is really tight for chinese and PW, so I'll finish off this post! Sorry for not much elaboration, heh.


Oh anyway, here's a shot of my school publications board. Had a photoshoot of the team recently for the new issue coming out. The people there are mostly from the Arts stream, some of them a bit odd though, but it's kind of a rewarding experience, and got to know more people there too. Good for SGC! (: The editor, Pamela, is second on my left, counting that dude who isn't sitting down.




Tomorrow's Chinese A levels! So screwed, like always. Will try muh best though, if I get an E I think I'll actually stick to that grade! Unlikely E though, Sub pass would make me happy already.. Cheers!

penned by joel at 9:22 AM

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arpdates
Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Ho my, I'm lovin this song, it's really catchy, and Grease seems just so retro cool! :D There's no one jumping the bandwagon on this old song, so it's safe to say it ain't gonna be a spammed thang!

Not for all genre's I guess, but I really dig it :D

Made this for a friend's birthday recently, tried a new handmade thing.. Turned out quite well, happy with myself heh.





Haven't been doing much else except making orders for the blogshop, and lots and lots and lots of PW. So intoxicating, can't wait for the end. Still, the lack of other subjects is refreshin. Intensive chinese is the exception. It's like clockwork, 30 minutes into the lesson, my head is lolling sideways :\

I had lots on my mind recently, on things other than work. It took me a while to shake out of it, only after a really dampening situation that left me.. realising how stupid I was. Got out of that grey cloud already I hope, and trying to be more optimistic.

Cheerio!

penned by joel at 8:50 PM

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action, reaction
Thursday, October 16, 2008

Lord grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

I am a free thinker, but this verse my dad imparted left a lasting impression, and I can't help but feel that right now, I need that serenity, to accept what I can't change.

I think I've encountered something immovable, and I went against my stubborn emotions to try and prod it along. It could have just snowballed though, but perhaps I need this change. I just wished I could have seen it coming, but I was too clouded by vague hopes. Now on hindsight, it would have taken a miracle to materialize.

There were two equal sides to the flawless sphere, and while I perpetually saw the ignorance of one, the other was a complete opposite. I could've glanced over before, but ignorance was bliss, and it was folly to be wise.

penned by joel at 11:01 PM

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

This is ridiculous. I've been wearing this pair of spectacles for four years now, haven't bought clothes for more than a year, and been wearing clothes out that's more than a third my age old. I'm the only one at home who's still using the same bed as before moving, despite comments like the bed being small, and everyone else having gotten a queen or super single bed. My last watch lasted more than five years, my laptop, coming to three. I barely have problems with tidyness and do my fair share of housework, plus kept all my stuff so durable.

And when I ask for a new pair of spectacles, because this is old and faded, bent and scratched, I can't. Compared to most, my pocket money of $6 a day, plus not getting any money when I go out, is a quite much smaller. I pay my own phone bills on top of my pocket money. I don't ask for a $700 gadget, and the last time I asked them for money to buy a material want was over 3 years ago. They give the excuse of the economic crisis, but way before all of this, they never ever relented anyway. What's the use of keeping all my possessions so well when others break theirs and get it replaced. Appreciate? My ass.

Now, I'm getting a part time job courtesy of Hong Xiang, and are they glad I will be finding my own money to buy my own meals rather than asking for allowance? No.

penned by joel at 8:52 PM

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whenever
Friday, October 10, 2008

Had a strong urge to go watch House Bunny, so some of my class guys and I left for E Hub to go catch the movie on tuesday. The plot twists several times, but doesn't have concrete flow that gives reason for a winding story. Plus, most of the funny bits were in the trailer. Overall though, wonder if I've become more susceptible to chick flicks. :X

The job Hong Xiang offered was like a godsend to my expenditure, but I've heard holidays are only during December, before that it's as good as normal timetable. Whoa, I don't wanna be working my whole holiday.. Then again, if some people go overseas, no harm in occupying myself.

I had to cover the pictures for Publications, of the J2 Farewell today. Come the end of next year, I wonder the sentiments. It'd be a repeat of secondary school, and I just wonder how much I've changed since then. For the better or for the worse, I can't really judge. Still, never been composed at tear jerking moments, and I doubt I'd soon be. The atmosphere of nostalgia and reminiscence in the auditorium, simply contagious..

Well, got PW tomorrow, so imma turning in now. Been yawning lots the whole day :\

penned by joel at 11:34 PM

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a little quiet
Saturday, October 4, 2008

I had no plans yesterday, and knowing Joseph had his Open House, I took a straight bus to Meridian. The day before that was pretty stale, but went by quickly, thankfully. Once I got to the Meridian gates, I met Arjunan and Leslie already. Man, it's been a while.

Met lots of other people there too, Pre U Sem SG, TKPS, Damai, PAE TPJCians.. It was kinda fun, plus the atmosphere was pretty invigorating. Coupons and such, it had similarities to last years, and sadly, seemed way better than TPJC's open house. Chatted with Joseph on the way home, it's been a while since we've had a quarrel free conversation.

So, it's been with playing online and satisfying myself with blog surfing and such. Suddenly its like the dull and monotonous periods after exams last time. Listening to Don McLean's Vincent in the background, doesn't help to dampen the mood. Something's been hogging that solitary space of my mind for several weeks, but as much as I try to quell it, it nudges a reminder. I'm glue to my habits, my interests, but somewhere, something couldn't stick..

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oh mannn
Friday, October 3, 2008

It's been a bit busy trying to update my blog, been logging on to the 'new post' page, but having not much time to write. If I'm not busy doing the several orders from the blogshop with Cheryl, I'm at home either playing BF2, out or moping. The blogshop got 6 orders within the next week it was up, two of which were quite rushed but much better done than the last time I did a card with her.

Got to get the pictures up for the next collection, but right now I'm kinda tired. I've been waking up later every morning, reluctant to go for that normal timetable of boredom. Apparently, tomorrow, there's gonna be a promotional announcement.

Last year, J1's were told to go to three different venues, each differing. These three rooms were like American Idol's deciding room. So basically, one room has those who were going to be promoted, one room had those advanced students, and the last, the retainees.

Word has it that it's going to be repeated tomorrow. I just think it's a bit too trivializing of the matter, but it sure is a more interesting way to break the news down. I'm pretty sure I met the promotional criteria, so I think I'm safe at least. Always been more or less in the middle. The advanced get funding to excel, the lousier students also get funding to push their rears, but those in the middle often are neglected. Shermaine told me something like that, and how true, ugh.

BF2 has regained more of it's fun since Yi Chen reinstalled it and squad-ed up with us again. Nice times, really reminiscent. To have the rest back, at a LAN centre would be asking to much though, I guess. Plus, I feel as if I've outgrown that excitement.

I haven't any pictures to upload this time, nothing significant. My SG wants another outing though, but I don't know if the allure is still there. Meanwhile Brandon and Cheryl may be going to Egypt on a school field trip. I was piqued by Egypt's history for a long time, watching documentaries on it's dense undergroud networks within the pyramids, their intricate
hieroglyphs and unique beliefs.

But going with the school makes education so totally dampened. For these sorta interests I think it'd be better off free and easy with guided tours on option. Doing your own research seems more satisfying, no matter how geeky that sounds :\ I've never had a fully toured holiday before, just seems to stressing rushing from place to place with a schedule to follow..

Turning in soon, cya P:

penned by joel at 12:10 AM

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