Saturday, 15 December 2007
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This morning, I woke up groggily and it took awhile before I remembered that I promised Mom that I’ll go to the morning market with her and Dad.

Actually, I wouldn’t have done it if it was somewhere else, but I obliged this time because I love the chee-cheong-phan that one stall sells. I’m not good at describing, so if you don’t know what it is, you’ll just have to ask around.

Anyway, this stall has more than the usual black sauce. They have curry. And boy, it tastes out of the world! So I went to the market to savour it, while making a mental note to eat it every time opportunity strikes.

Then, it was off to the wet market. I told them that I’ll just wait outside, since I don’t fancy going there, to struggle with everyone trying to get to their desired stall. So I sat down on a nearby chair and took out the newspapers.

Not long after starting, I started to feel a little awkward. Perhaps it’s because every passer-by would look at me before going off. So I kept the newspaper, and waited.

I noticed that most people wear very casual clothes here. Just a simple T-shirt and short pants. After all, it IS a market only. Yet, there are some people who can be deemed overdressed. For example, make-up. No kidding. I saw a woman wearing it. Some people just have to look glamorous everywhere they go.

And then there’s the ‘uncles’, working men who were there accompanying their wives. Once in a while, two men will lock eyes, wave and smile, then approach the other, ask ‘Hey! How are you! Long time no see-ah!’, and then start talking about their jobs, businesses, etc.

The ladies are just slightly different. Some might talk as loud as men, whereas some will just say hi when they near the person. But when their husbands talk about jobs, the wives will ask each other what they bought, for what purpose. Then they’ll move on to ask about kids, how old the kids are, how they’re doing at school, etc.

That is what happens during a day at the morning market.
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Thursday, 13 December 2007
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When I saw The Golden Compass in a bookstore recently, I bought it with the intention of reading it before watching the movie. And I told myself I must finish the entire book before watching it.

The book was quite okay, albeit a little hard to understand. I had a better understanding of it after starting the second book. Anyway, my point is that I found the story quite interesting. They call it fantasy but it’s very different from other fantasy novels.

But when I watched the movie with my family, I was slightly dissapointed. The movie wasn’t very loyal to the book. A friend of mine pointed out that even the Harry Potter movies weren’t completely the same as the books. But I still didn’t like the movie. I think that it was less loyal compared to the Harry Potter movies. The ending was completely different, as if they simply cut off a section of the story. Perhaps they want a happy ending?

Now I regret promising my friends that I’ll watch the movie with them. But perhaps watching it a second time will give me a better impression of it.
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Saturday, 1 December 2007
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I can’t believe it!

It’s been one month since the school holidays began!

Holidays seem to be shorter and shorter these days, don’t they? Maybe it’s because we teens have so much to do- blogging, playing online games, reading, listening to music; All the leisurely pleasure that we don’t really get to enjoy during school days.

Personally, I’ve felt so busy- all the books that I had aimed to finish reading just could not be finished. I’ve even listed down things I wanted to do during the holidays, but sadly some of them won’t be able to be fulfilled.

Without realising it, it’s already December. Arrrrggghh!!! How I wish I could turn back time. I’ve always loved the holidays. When I was younger, it was because of the cartoons. These days, I still find some Disney movies watchable. But mostly, I like the holidays because of the time it provides me. I can wake up at any time, and do anything I want.

And here’s where I’m different from most people. While others hang out with friends every single day, I would hang out but also secretly hope to be home. After all, home is where the heart is. I don’t know why I feel this way, but I have a weird attachment to the place I live in. Even being able to sit down and do nothing, or pace around from the front to the back of the house never bores me.

I enjoy being able to take my time reading the newspaper, and of course, my storybooks. I just love fiction. If only I can have one whole day to read. But alas, I can’t resist turning the computer on.

Some of my friends had went out in search of a job at the start of the holidays. I had considered following them but had cold feet in the end. I reasoned that since next year’s my examination year (SPM), meaning the holidays would be affected by the exam, I would rather enjoy the last school holiday. After all, when I graduate, there won’t be as many school holidays!

Others go out with friends every single day. I’m afraid to say, I’m not one of them.

As mentioned before, I like being at home. Nothing beats being at home. Well, some things do. But still, I would like to just ‘rot’ at home. My friends have called me anti-social but I disagree. I still long to go out with them. And once I promise them, I don’t bail out. I’m just a normal teen with very different principles. Or rather, instincts.

Sometimes I would scold myself for being different from my friends. But other times, I would just be happy to be different. Sometimes the difference frustrates me.

So to overcome all those, I set up a plan for myself- I would do a little of everything. I would read and go online. I would stay at home some days and go out with friends too. This gives me the best of both worlds, only because I have the time which school holidays offer.

Isn’t it great?
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