Saturday, October 22, 2011

Life: College, books, and music

Hello, everyone! I'm in between papers right now, which has lulled me into a false sense of security, so here's a little bit about my going ons and such.


I think I can safely say that as far as the trials are concerned, the worst is over. Have you ever sat through an entire paper going 'WTF IS THIS'? Yeah, that was me all throughout Chem 3. The stupid thing is, I honestly really did study, but I couldn't do it anyway.


Bone-crushing reality.
(From this album.)


You know how some papers, they take what's in the syllabus, make it a million times harder and more complicated, and then question you on it? Chem 3 in a nutshell. It is technically in the syllabus, but then they do things like throw an extra double bond into an aldehyde, and you don't know the reaction mechanism because there are two double bonds, and you think maybe you just ignore that other double bond, but with that other double bond, is it even still an aldehyde any more?!


Sigh.


In other, college-related news, the AUSMAT people just finished their last week in college. Now, I don't talk to the AUSMAT people much, but one person I really will miss is Kelvin. Because Kelvin is awesome. Everybody likes Kelvin. Everybody who doesn't like Kelvin is nobody. He is our Nyan Kiat.


Mooncake festival at Ying's place! Kelvin, Trishi, me, and Ying Ying.
(Photo credit: Ying Hui)


It took only mere months, but I've come to see Kelvin as a sort of staple of college; as with the cult, I miss him when I don't see him for a while. And now, after the AUSMAT people catch up with their extra Malaysian Studies classes, he'll be...gone. Well, not completely, since we'll be seeing him at rehearsals for the year end musical, but still. Look at me sadfacing here. Big sigh.


It seems this year has just flown by, in a blur of qualifying tests/assessment tests/trials/Edexcel examinations, birthdays, camps (twice a year is unusual for me), new friendships, reunions, trips to Port Dickson (again, twice a year is unusual for me), and other things along the way. I think it's a bit like cupping sand in your hands and then letting it flow out through the gaps between your fingers -- it goes really fast and it feels nice, but towards the end you have to wonder what you're going to do once the sand runs out.


Confession: I picked this picture because I love coral nail polish.


On a less depressing note, I've started reading again. Finished Just Here Trying to Save a Few Lives: Tales of Life and Death From the ER by Pamela Grim, MD a few days ago and just started To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. (Ironic how this is supposed to be less depressing yet both books have words like 'death' and 'kill' in their titles, and one is written by someone named Grim.) I really liked the former. It isn't by any means a light-hearted read, but what I like about it is that it's real. Everything in there is Dr. Grim's life experiences, and if there's one thing I've learned, it's to never, ever work in the ER.


My booty from Book Tree. Will start on the Mark Haddon
one once I'm done with To Kill a Mockingbird.


Also, I'm currently checking out Oasis. If you remember, in this post, I said that their song Stay Young was my number one song at the moment. Well, I found out that the album it was from, The Masterplan, is a compilation of B-sides. B-sides are songs that for whatever reason did not make it onto an album (usually because they were deemed not good enough, or because they didn't quite fit in with the other songs on an album). This made me sit up and start looking for a greatest hits album or something of the like.


See, if a B-side from them is so frickin' awesome, imagine their singles! Their songs! Their full-length albums! It got me all excited for sure. Stop the Clocks as well as The Masterplan have just finished downloading; I can't wait to listen to them while doing S1 past year papers.


Stop the Clocks


So that's what's been going on with me as of late. I think I should do more posts like these -- they're easier to write, and almost relaxing besides. What say you?


A short promo before I go. Come visit CoY! We have our own domain now, and everything looks super cool. Also, if you'd like, read my article on the generation gap! I wrote it in the dead of the night, two days before deadline, in between video editing for our Malaysian Studies project. Interested? Of course you are. Have a look at the end result!

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