Archive | March 2007

Six (or Four) Weird Things about Serene

Ok, in order to satisfy Mr Harry’s craving to understand “weirdity” of the members in our Tabeem group, I’ve decided to contribute my share.

Six Weird Things about Serene

1) Whenever I’m watching some murder-related TV series (such as CSI), I always thought I can be a better murderer. [Theoretically.] The perfect plot that I can come out in my head.
2) I feel uneasy during my exchange to decide if I should “mug” or not. At times, I feel it’s easier in NUS where I’ll just have to study without going through the thinking process.
3) I love slapsticks and brainless activities. Please don bore me with IQ questions, Bridge (or other mentally challenging card game), serious conversation (politics, finance and my future) and documentaries. I love Chick Flicks and artistic program without using too much of my left brain.
4) I believe that looking at beautiful things will therefore make one looks better.
5)
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URGH. Harry, I can’t do this anymore… sat in front of my laptop for 20 minutes and I can’t think of the fifth and sixth weird things about myself. Perhaps others can fill me in on their observations of me instead. Haha.

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Sex and the City

 

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If you are wondering why is there a lack of post recently in my blog. I’ve a confession to make! I’m addicted to the TV series Sex and the City! Not for the explicit adult content but for the slamming of guys and basically life of women in New York. I’m not sure how true the show reflects the life of these women, but I guess I like the humor in the show purely for entertainment. Haha

Cherry Blossoms!

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It has been sunny for the 4th day and I can’t help snapping pictures of the cherry blossoms like a tourist!

Storm the Wall

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Took these photos 2 days ago during the Stomp the Wall event which lasted for 3 days? I’m not too sure. But it’s definitely the best event to check out cute and fit guys! Haha, they have to swim, run, cycle and finally stomp the wall!

Nitobe Memorial Garden + Wreck Beach Trail 3 [March 25]

Dawn and I decided to go for a walk around the campus today instead of staying in our room! For the very first time, I don’t have to wear my ugly black jacket! It’s so bright and sunny today! Here in Vancouver, you’ve got to suffer for 4 – 7 days of rainy days to enjoy 1-2 days of sunshine. So we’ve got to enjoy the sun while it last!

First stop, the Nitobe Memorial Garden. Walk around the small garden and sunbath on the grass patches.

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Next stop, Wreck Beach again! Head down the beach via Trail 4 [The pebble beach trail] and walk along it to explore the other parts of the beach. We walk towards the metal containers and discovered a second metal container! This time round, there is a British Flag painted on it. [Can anyone tell me the history of the war? How is it possible that the Japanese and British metal container be at the same coastal lines at such close proximity? Were they alliances? Hmm.] A family was building some sand castles of the Egyptian theme along the beach! How nice! After walking for about 30 minutes we found Trail 3! A new discovery!

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More pictures of flowers! Sorry for my obsession for flowers!

More flowers March 25

BC Sushi once again

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Went BC sushi today again! URGH!!! Costing us $25 Canadian!! I’m broke and fat and I’m still gorging myself with food!

3 reasons why I agreed to go
1) Vanier was having a prom night earlier on and there is no food for us at the café!
2) Joel has never been there before and it’s only him and Wenjing if I didn’t go. [What an odd couple.]
3) For the food of course! It’s just too tempting to resist!

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Got this from Taitong’s blog. Hmm, blogging a little too much these days…

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Canadian Home Visit

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Gone to a Canadian family’s home today! It’s a nice little cozy house with 2 little children and 1 baby! Kari, who is a Canadian we knew from Every Nation Church, invited Chelsea and I to her place! Her husband who is a pastor from the church went to North Carolina for work and thus we were invited to her home to keep her company too! We had nice dinner where she served us with butter garlic carrots, mashed potatoes and roasted chicken. After dinner, we had home-baked cookies and apple strudels with tea for desserts! It’s a very nice and young Christian family. The kids were very polite and well behaved and at the same time very active too. It’s nice seeing Kari encouraging and praising her children at every little thing they do unlike parents in an Asian family.

Her elder daughter, Emily who is 6, was very independent and a good mummy’s assistant! She went to their backyard to pick some flowers for the dinning table! She even did some colourings and presented to us as a gift after dinner! How sweet!

Her second child, a boy Kalen who is 3, was very shy. From one of the picture, you can see how much he’s into hockey! Hockey is very much a Canadian culture, where every little boy dreams to be in the hockey team! Kalen often asked politely if he can pour himself a cup of water or juice, or spread the butter on the bun himself without the help of Kari. An independent child indeed compared to our pampered little prince and princess back home.

Emily is home-schooled. Thus Kari plays an important role in the children’s life; she’s not only their mother, but also their teacher. Kari choose to home-school the children and to become a full time mother because she wants her children to learn biblical knowledge besides the usual curriculums in schools. She reads the bible to her children every morning and we held hands and said a prayer before our dinner. You can really tell the differences between kids who are brought up in a Christian family and those who are not. These children were so well-loved and obedient [because they love and respect their parents so much and not out of obligations or fears like kids in Singapore].

Looking at this loving family whose daily life is focused in God definitely makes me ponder on how my own family would be like in the future. If I’m a full time mother, I would want to read the bible to my little children very morning too.

Baby’s look alike/ not

Baby, hopefully this can cheer you up! Don’t be too stress ya! Looked!! You are sooo good looking! Gorgeous! Handsome! Charming!

The first one. You’ve bear some resemblance to some ladies. Haha. So I thought I should do you some justice by trying another picture!

The Lord will brings you comfort baby!

My Celebrity look alike / not

Recommended by Cat!

The above was my first attempt with a photo in Jan at the airport. The results were hilarious, but the worst has yet to come. I tried another photo of mine. And guess what, I looked like a man! Hahahah…

UBC Go Global Photo Contest

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UBC Go Global is having a photo contest for student on exchange at UBC or return student who went on exchange. Sharing some photos which I thought were really nice.

If you guys are interested to look at the other entries, visit http://www.students.ubc.ca/global/outgoing/events.cfm?page=contest&view=vote

Précis [Summary] of my Midterm examination results

Unimaginable, unbelievable, indescribable, incredible, beyond belief…

Intermediate Financial Accounting – I
Mid term: 58/60 [Top the class!]

E-Marketing
Mid term: 25.6/30
[Top results not released, but rumored to be approximately 85%]

Business Finance
Mid term: 99/100 [Class Average 80/100]

Consumer Behaviour
Quiz 1: 41.5/45 [Top the class!]
Quiz 2: 33.5/45
[Attempted to study briefly and yes I did much worse compared to the first paper. But guess what! Top the class again!]

This is getting a little creepy. I did try to slack and study extremely inefficiently after topping the first few papers. I don’t know how I did that. People are asking me “How do you study?” But I really don’t have the answer. “Er… study loh…” People who are getting good grades in the U.S (Val, Colin etc etc) How did you all do that despite traveling and playing so much? I have no idea.

On the side note, I did manage to slack in my project work. I guess the “slacking power” of many is greater than one. Haha. I’ve got 2 C+ so far for 2 of my group projects without feeling guilty! Haha… my group mate for one of them [Strategic Management] was soo “sian” [Not feeling too happy about it]! For the next 2 day after we got back our assignment, he just said “C+. Huh.” when he walked past me. Haha.

Push Pop giveaways!

Push pop 

Remember these “Push Pop” candies we had when we were kid? They are giving it out free at the “mama” store at Vanier!! Freebies always make my day! Haha

equity ambassadors program – Discrimination

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These postcards caught my attention when I was heading back to Vanier. It’s kind of interesting and intriguing that UBC chose to use such daring form of campaign to promote equity. It focuses on discriminatory and oppressive graffiti which many students drew to vent their anger or to even create an “aura of discrimination” among the student community.

Me [in the Generation Y cohort] who did not personally experience the war and who has limited knowledge about the true motives of Hitler [Except from the biased media, movies and the long forgotten history lessons in Secondary Education] thus had little to comment about the card on “Thanks Hitler”. The “middle finger” seems like a premature teenage venting his anger has little personal relevance to me too. [Sorry for having gender bias.]

I guess the majority of us would have personally experience the language discrimination that “Speak English Moron” tries to convey. We are either the one being discriminated for our poor English [or otherwise known for our excellent and unique Singlish] or us trying hard not to despise others of their weak capability in English. I remembered that when I’m here in my first marketing lesson, I asked [in fluent English or as I thought so] the lecturer if it is essential to purchase the textbook. She immediately replied that it’s ok if I choose to purchase from my home country in the language I’m comfortable with. Language I’m comfortable with? Despite knowing that I’m from Singapore, her ignorance of not knowing that Singapore’s first language is English made me feel that I’m from Tonkika Mountain [I obviously made that up]. Haha.

Alright, I admit that my “Engrish” is not that “powderful” and thus can understand her position in making that comment. I guess in the current society, English continues to be viewed as the “upper class language” or the “language towards success”. Perhaps it’s true to a certain extent. But it’s also true that other languages are increasingly gaining popularity and importance in today’s society. We all knew the importance of Mandarin and perhaps Indian language with increasing power from China and India. [FYI: “It was announced yesterday that China is looking into building commercial aircrafts in the future, competing heads on with Airbus and Boeing.”] Even though it may seem impossible to have Mandarin [or any other languages] as the first language [or as the main business language] in the future, we can’t simply discount the importance of other languages spoken in today’s society.

To conclude: Any discrimination against races, languages or in any other forms should be avoided. By doing so, the overall “happitability” [profitability in terms of happiness] and harmony in our already damaged planet earth will therefore increase.

Clubbing at Caprice

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Went clubbing last Friday and it was fun except that the club was kind of disappointing compared to what we have in Singapore.

Venue: Caprice
Date: 16th March 2007, Friday
Cover Charge: $10 without drinks (but we got in free thanks to Dawn’s free passes!)
Music: Techno/Mambo/R&B (All in the same night) + too loud and lousy sound system!
Crowd: Old and young (A fishing ground for guys!)
Décor: Blue and red lightings + Disco ball (Jimmy mentioned that the place looks like “Fire” which is a club set up before “Sparks” You can imagine who lousy it is)
Drinks: Bought bottle beer at $5 plus

Overall: 2.5 stars over 5! (Zouk and MOS easily score 4 or 4.5 stars! Haha)

Despite the sucky environment, we had quite a lot of fun too! Haha

17th March St Patrick’s Day

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17th March is St Patrick’s Day and we went to the St Patrick’s Day parade at Vancouver Downtown! It’s rather crowded and it’s a smaller scale of Chingay! Haha.. Here are some history of Saint Patrick.

“The person who was to become St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was born in Wales about AD 385. His given name was Maewyn, and he almost didn’t get the hob of bishop of Ireland because he lacked the required scholarship. Far from being a saint, until he was 16, he considered himself a pagan. At that age, he was sold to slavery by a group of Irish marauders that raided his village. During his captivity, he became closer to God. He escaped from slavery after 6 years and went to Gaul where he studied in the monastery under St. Germain, bishop of Auxerre for a period of 12th years. During his training he became aware that his calling was to convert the pagans to Christianity.
His wishes were to return to Ireland, to convert the native pagans to Christianity. But his superiors instead appointed St. Palladius. But 2 years later, Paladius transferred to Scotland. Patrick, having adopted that Christian name earlier, was then appointed as second bishop to Ireland.

Patrick was quite successful at winning converts. And this fact upset the Celtic Druids. Patrick was arrested several times, but escaped each time. He traveled through Ireland, establishing monasteries across the country. He also set up schools and churches which aid him in his conversion of the Irish country to Christianity.

His mission in Ireland lasted for thirty years. After that time, Patrick retired to County Down. He died on March 17 in AD 461. That day has been commemorated as St Patrick’s Day ever since.

Though originally a Catholic holy day, St. Patrick’s Dat gas evolved into more of a secular holiday.

One traditional icon of the day is the shamrock. And this stems from a more bona fide Irish tale that tells how Patrick used the three-leafed shamrock to explain the Trinity. He used it in his sermons to represent how the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit could all exist as separate elements of the same entity. “

Photo montages by Sharon

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Thank you Sharon for sharing with us your collection of photo montages!

Indoor Soccer

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The boys [Wenjing, Joel and Julian] + Dawn, decided to play indoor soccer yesterday at 8pm, and I’m “supposed” to do my research paper which is due on Monday. Joel and Dawn wanted me to go, but I totally cannot play soccer , so I did something that my sister will call me “Noob” [with an exclamation mark]! I brought my laptop with me!

We first went to the Student Recreation Centre (SRC). No luck. All the courts were fully booked with a basketball tournament going on. So we borrowed the soccer ball from SRC and we were instructed that the ball must stay within indoor premises at all times. DUH, it’s dark and raining so heavily. Then we head down to War Memorial Gym. No luck. All the courts were fully booked for volleyball training. The boys and Dawn look kind of sad and desperate. So I suggested a brilliant idea! “Let’s all play at the multi-story carpark beside Gage Residence!” Yes and they all ended up playing there instead. It was freezing cold on the third level of the carpark. The boys played with fear (of the security and the possibility of being squashed by a car) and enthusiasms! After an hour or so, the security came, and asked “Hey, you guys done for the day?” in a friendly tone. So the security knows all along? He is really nice to let us play for an hour before “implicitly” asking us to leave. Haha. So off we go to Wenjing’s place for some supper and South Park. Nice.

The beach

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Yesterday I went to the wreck beach in the late afternoon with Joel. The journey began after having decided to explore trail 7. After 20 minutes of walking, I ‘ve decided to stop the campus security patrolling (CSP) team to ask for directions.

Me: Hi. Is there a trail to the wreck beach ahead?

CSP: [They gave each other a funny look.] Yes. But you really don’t want to go there.

Me: [Okay…] Why?

CSP: It’s a gay beach. Especially during summer; you really don’t want to be there. [They gave each other a funny look again. Hmm, they must be homophobic. Haha]

Me: Hmm okay. [I gave Joel the “funny” look.]

CSP: Come on. Let us give you a ride to the main trail instead. [WoW! How friendly can Vancouverians be?!]

Of course we went with the ride and off to trail 4…

At the trail, we discovered something new, a weird looking “metal structure” [I don’t know what to call that.] with lots of graffiti on it. If you look carefully there is a Japanese flag on it. Joel then shouted “Get lost you Japanese!” [Or something similar] Er…ok, Joel relax. Relax and breathe. Haha.

God’s Creation

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Remember the fruits in the previous post? It grew little pink flowers! And there’s actually a rose tree in Vanier!! I can’t wait to go to the botanical garden and also walk around UBC in spring. It’s the real garden city, unlike Singapore’s neat green trees. Haha… I love flowers!