Friday, 31 December 2010

I suddenly remembered what I wanted to do with my blog for 2011. I wanted to give my blog a new look, as I've been using the current one for quite some time now. I did find a few potential candidates, but being home has put all thoughts of spending hours online out of my mind, which I love- it's a semblance of the social life that I actually own here.

The last movie that I watched in 2010 would be The Tourist. I found it to be entertaining in most parts, with an exciting twist I did not see coming in the end. But speaking of movies, I find it rather amusing that while most of my year was spent in Adelaide, I've watched more movies in the cinema in the short time I was back than the entire time I wasn't home.

Toy Story 3 remains my favourite movie of the year. It was very emotional, especially for me. But Salt, Inception, The Social Network and Harry Potter would be there too.

Tonight, I will be heading out to countdown to the New Year, so my next update will be next year. Till then, see ya!
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Wednesday, 29 December 2010
New Year, New Start, New Hope?

It's about time that I updated this blog again. It's been awhile, I know, but to be fair I really have been really occupied last week.

Christmas was refreshing. I do remember when I was young, back at my grandparents' home that the whole family celebrated Christmas; but after that most of the time Christmas was just an excuse to have a holiday. Which is why I felt this Christmas was different, because it was a family get-together that was really meaningful, to me at least. I got to see my nephew for the first time, and cousins whom I've not seen in years.

But it's undeniable now, that the new year is upon us. Since it is a tradition for people to talk about the passing year, here's my recap of this year.

 Blue Mountains, Sydney. Taken while in a cable car.

2010 was not a year of joy for me. Sure, there were good times, some very good times, but they did not come close to the best experiences I've had in my life thus far. 2010 for me, was the year of learning and growing. I had endured a lot, went through some unbelievable experiences, some painful, some meaningful, some insightful, some comforting. Through all that, I came out a different person. I didn't like it, but it's a part of life, so I accepted it.

In terms of learning, not only have I learned a lot about the world outside, and the different types of people out there, some of whom may just annoy you to no end. Some people ruffled me so much that I started plotting means of getting revenge.

But through all that, I also learned a lot about myself. J.K. Rowling did say that it is in times of difficulty that you learn about yourself, and I think that that was what happened with me this year.

I had the pleasure of eating this German platter meal, which was featured in the Star few weeks back.

I also find myself indifferent about the new year. I dread it to a certain degree, because of the fact that I will be leaving for Melbourne in February, but it also comes with the realisation that I have to forge ahead; I can't mope and think that everything will be fine if I stayed; circumstances change and I need to be selfish and think about myself.

 The Sydney sunset.

The new year also brings in a little fear into me. Like I said, this year has been a rough ride, so I'm just hoping that next year will be easier, and that I'll have a better time and perhaps get to actually adjust to living abroad.

2011 would also be the year when I would cease to be a teen; I would be 20. In many ways I still see myself as a kid that I simply can't imagine myself being an adult. To be called a man seems very weird to me! Perhaps, then, it's fitting that the last Harry Potter movie would be in cinemas next year. It's time to grow up, although I'm very reluctant to do so.

What about you? What is 2010 to you? What do you hope to achieve in 2011?
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Thursday, 23 December 2010
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Another movie I wanna watch. It's out in cinemas now!

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Tuesday, 21 December 2010
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I was browsing through the bookstore today when I set eyes on the usual end-of-year books- Feng Shui predictions for the coming year.

Most of the time, I read these out of curiosity, but I can never remember what I read, especially if I have to keep it in my mind for an entire year. So this year I'll do something different. I'll write out what I remembered.

I was born in the year of the sheep. And as I'm 20 next year I was categorised as a Metal Sheep. And apparently, next year will be a tumultuous year for us sheeps- there will be misfortune and minor illnesses that has the potential to become something worse, not to mention a possibility of being conned, but on the other hand, it's a good year for romance for sheeps; so I'll just have to wait and see if any of these predictions come true, won't I?

There were more specific predictions, too. Some of those stuck with me. For one thing, next year is supposed to be the year when the Metal Sheep grows up and sees the world (something I've already accomplished this year), but with a twist- love will play a role. I'm wondering what exactly will the coming year bring should the predictions be true.

The book also mentioned that for the Metal Sheep, taking a gap year would be beneficial. Why, I don't remember, or maybe it wasn't explained. I definitely found that funny, since talk of a gap year has surfaced in discussions with friends. I guess it means that we 20 year olds are at that stage in life when we begin to question what we want to do with our lives.

 My star sign- think it describes me accurately?

I've always treated these things- Feng Shui, astrology and things like that with an open mind. I find some predictions far-fetched, yet some appear to be true, so what can I say? I can't call myself a sceptic, neither can I say I'm a believer. Once again, I'm stuck in between, as with so many other things in life.

But that's not necessarily a bad thing. 
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Monday, 20 December 2010
Brilliance or Bullshit

Once, I watched an interview of two of Inception's cast members, and the interviewer had asked both of them whether they genuinely thought that the concept behind the movie was mind-blowing, or that it was so convoluted and confusing that people wouldn't realise that it doesn't make sense.

He used the phrase 'dazzled by brilliance or baffled by bullshit'. And come to think about it, it isn't easy to distinguish between the two, isn't it? Many great thinkers of today are recognised as pioneers and philosophers way ahead of their time, but at the time many merely believed these people to be crazy. Who are we to say that we are smarter than our ancestors? We don't even know how they built the pyramids.


Another example that comes to mind is the game of Survivor. A player may make a move that is unconventional, and if it works, it's brilliance, but if it's not, then it's the stupidest move ever. We really do constantly fail to acknowledge that failure is an essential part of life.

Anyway, I found that phrase intriguing and it made me wonder. Is there really a difference between brilliance and bullshit? If you've seen Inception, perhaps you would understand what I mean. It was so confusing that you can really see it as really good or really bad. Maybe there's just a fine line. Or maybe not.

Brilliance. Bullshit.

This is why I would enjoy studying something like philosophy. I still might take it up as a major next year, but who knows. How fun would a subject be when you're being asked to justify an opinion on an issue that seems logical no matter what you say?

Brilliance. Bullshit.

I've started reading Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol. It's still holding my interest so far, but I constantly wonder whether the facts that are used in the books are real. For example, is there really this painting called The Apotheosis of Washington which depicts George Washington being transformed into a god that is in the U.S. Capitol Building? It is those small details that make me wonder how much of the book is false, and how much is true.

I'm still nowhere near deciphering the connections though, unless I flip to the last few pages which I'm reluctant to do. But it is things like these that are targets- did the author take the time to research all these small details to come up with a logical alternative, or did he simply made it all up? Either way, both can be said to be good and bad moves. But as it's a book that needs you to read it while you're wide awake and requires a lot of complicated information to be digested, I'm not sure I'm following everything as closely as I would like (most of the time, I just start falling asleep).

Speaking of sleep, I'm terribly in need of a nap now (woke up really early today for a morning walk), so goodbye!
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Sunday, 19 December 2010
The Coming Year

Tomorrow, it will be the 20th of December. Just 11 more days left in 2010. It's really funny, because this year seemed really short considering all that happened.

The biggest change this year has definitely been me going abroad. I left in February, missing Chinese New Year for the very first time in my life. While it's not such a huge loss, it was weird for me at the time because CNY would mean one thing for me- balik kampung! Well, my parents' hometowns anyway. This year, I spent it in Australia, which was very different.

That, is my campus. No, I'm not joking.

Next year, I will be able to celebrate CNY (thankfully!) except that this year I will be constantly reminded that I will be leaving soon.

I guess in many ways, this year has been about growing up. Looking back, I definitely was like a child when I left, and I came back (hopefully) older (physically and mentally) and more mature (not to mention mellow).

Conversations with friends definitely made me feel as if most people my age went through something like that as well- the 20s life crisis I mentioned in the previous post. It's as if the realisation that I'm growing into an adult hit me while I'm there. I was leaving the nest and finding my own path to walk.

This year, I recalled a poem that I learned in high school, Si Tenggang's Homecoming. As I remember, it was a poem about Si Tenggang who returns to his homeland after being abroad, only to find people from home highly constricted in their thinking. But when I reread the poem, many verses definitely spoke to me.

the physical journey that i traverse
is the journey of the soul,
transport of the self from a fatherland
to a country collected by sight and mind.

i have not entirely returned, i know,
having been changed by time and place.
coarsed by problems
estranged by absence.

i've learnt
the ways of the rude,
to hold actuality in a new logic,
debate with hard and loud facts.

Get it? Taken in Melbourne.

Many people may think that I'm being ungrateful sometimes because I constantly complain about how tough life is, and how they would do almost anything for a chance to go overseas. Somehow I think that most of these people must never have had lived independently abroad before. It really is true that the grass always seems greener on the other side.

Of course, there were many fun times too- though nothing compared to what I've had experienced back home. But you've got to adapt and live with what you have.
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Saturday, 18 December 2010
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I find it harder to keep myself focused on updating this blog now that I'm home and finally having a life again.

Just yesterday I went out at night with 2 friends, and our conversation turned to talk about our lives. It seems that we are all still finding our places in the world. One of us jokingly pointed out that it's like a 20s life crisis. But it's so true when you think about it.

And today, I watched Eat Pray Love. I found it rather meaningful, although I didn't really see the changes in the character as she struggled to find herself. But I admit I very nearly fell asleep halfway through the movie.

It's really weird how these messages, if you will, come to you right when you're thinking about it, don't they?

Anyway, here's another movie trailer.

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Wednesday, 15 December 2010
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Just a trailer today. Only feeling slightly better today, and I'm watching the TV now- I'm glad that there are now ratings before a TV program starts, it's makes us seem so much more civilised and aware of the effects of the media... I stress on the 'seem'.
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Tuesday, 14 December 2010
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I'm having a cold. It's really annoying that I've fallen ill two days after my return. Most people would attribute it to the weather, that I'm just getting used to the Malaysian weather again. That could be true, considering that summer this year in Adelaide has been cool.

Anyway, did anyone read today's front page article in The Star? I find it really funny that the Malaysian politicians are demanding that Singapore explains itself. It's like what people say, you only get hurt if it is true, right? Furthermore, I remember reading about another country (definitely in Europe) who assured Hilary Clinton that they use worse words to describe American officials. So it's a two-way thing. I bet Malaysian politicians do it too. After all, Singaporeans are always stereotyped as 'kiasu'.

So far, my time back home has been not too bad. I try not to get myself excited or to do things simply because I won't be able to do them in a long time, because that thinking will only make leaving harder in February. In other words, I'm trying not to get too attached to home. Or rather trying to get rid of my huge attachment to home and everything that is at home, like family, friends and food- the three Fs.

I've also managed to play badminton, although my stamina is now so bad I only lasted 5 minutes before I needed to take a break.

Today, I also received my results for this semester- I obtained results that I'm satisfied with. Now all's left to do is to get the transfer to RMIT finalised- hopefully I'll get exemptions for all my subjects this semester. That way I won't have to do any extra subjects.

The first meal I had when I got home was a 100 Plus and thosai bawang. The meal was good, but not heavenly, probably because I wasn't really hungry.

 RMIT University- where I'll be studying at next year

Serving size is another thing. I don't know if it's me, but I don't remember roti canai being so small. It seems like it gets made smaller and smaller. I know, you'd say it's because I've gotten used to the large Australian portion, but rest assured that I do not eat out that often, although I have noticed an increase in appetite since my return.

TV has been great too. Finally I get to watch shows I miss. Malaysians do like crime shows (I thought it was just in Australia).

But the most amusing thing I've realised? I've gained 2 kilograms.
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Sunday, 12 December 2010
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P.S. I finally watched Salt. Was blown away by Angelina Jolie. She's really, really good! And she looked very masculine when she acted as a guy!

P.S.2. I also managed to watch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One. Felt it was a little draggy, but could be because I know what's going to happen already. Nonetheless, it was still awesome!
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Saturday, 11 December 2010
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I think parents have an obligation not to bring their infants on flights. Young kids should never, ever travel. By young I mean 3 years old and below. Even those under 10 I doubt should be brought on planes.

Why do I think this? Yesterday on my flight home I had the misfortune to have at least 2 mothers sitting at the row in front of mine. It was a horrible experience, for their kids were just learning to walk and could barely speak. Needless to say, they got restless very quickly and was very fussy about so many things, which meant for the whole 7 hours I had to endure a whole lot of crying and screaming. More often than not, when one cried he/she would trigger the other one and the whole plane would be drowned in their wails.

While sometimes it is really essential for making a trip, like in the case of the woman in front of me who lives in Adelaide but is travelling home to some European country (I could not remember what country she's from, I was trying to think of the peace I would get when I get out of the plane). But I managed to survive thanks to the pretty fantastic in-flight entertainment.

But in such a case, parents should really make sure that their kids have enough entertainment to last for the duration of the flight. I do remember once in a flight where the infant slept through most of the flight, and when he/she was awake he/she was very well behaved.

All right. For now the movie Salt is playing on my TV, and it's pretty entertaining. Till next time!
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Thursday, 9 December 2010
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As I'm typing this, I'm multitasking- switching the combinations of the things in my luggages. I'm awfully worried that it will be overweight, but right now I'm hoping that the combination I've chosen (books in hand luggage) would be enough to keep my check-ins within my weight limit. Pray for me!

Normally at this time, I would be downloading the newest episode of Survivor, but as it's not out yet, I have nothing else but to pack while I wait. Patience is a virtue as they say, and it is something that I have learned. For example today I could've eaten a Tom Yam noodle soup for lunch, but as I would be home soon, I decided to wait it out and have something else instead.

I guess I can safely say that it has finally hit me that I will be going home tomorrow.

Anyway, this is a rather interesting article about why Malaysians decide to move to some other country. Also, regarding one of my earlier posts about student activism, here's an interesting piece written by a pro-student activism person about the justifications for the University and University Colleges Act.

Till my next entry, ciao!
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Like I mentioned in my previous entry, through all the experiences I went through this year I've become a different person than I was before I came here. At the beginning, I didn't like my new self. But while I do not see myself liking this new me, I've slowly come to terms with my identity.

It's really funny, how when you're living abroad and alone that you do not tell someone about your problems. I, too, had thought that I was the only one who went through what I went through. Fortunately, as time passed by I began to realise that many people went through the same experiences as myself. Life was definitely easier when I had people around me who understood what I was going through.

 This book sure looks interesting!

 Then today, when I was browsing through some blogs, I came across something similar.

When I cried, it didn't feel like I was crying because I was in America, and far from home. I was crying because I realized how much I hated who I am right now, when before I had loved it. I hated how I don't need people - and dislike people. I hated how I'm such a self-important bitch. I hated how I can't do relationships. I hated how personal success is the only measure of happiness to me. I hated how I don't think humans provide any value to me.

Most of that, I went through as well. If only more people talked about this, then perhaps more would know about how living overseas is. While of course there are some people who have no problem moving to another country, for others it is extremely tough. Being on your own, in a foreign country, is not the easiest thing to do- I speak from personal experience. But it is also when you begin to see the world in a different light, and begin to comprehend how large the world is. It's life- you lose some, and you gain some.

In last week's episode of Survivor, the talk about how difficult life can be came up. As this season was old vs. young, the host asked one of the older contestants about what the younger players have yet to learn. Her reply? 'Life is not a piece of cake unless they've got an easy ride from their parents. You don't have a clue what's around the corner.... life is full of rocky roads'. While it may not sound very wise, if you watch the episode you'll understand what I mean.

In line with this post, I'll end with a movie trailer. It's one of the movies I'm waiting to watch when it comes out, for many reasons. Life lessons is just one of them.

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Wednesday, 8 December 2010
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It's really unbelievable that it is already December. Of late these things take a while to hit me. I made no plans for my recent trip to Melbourne (even nearly mistaking the day I'm supposed to come back to Adelaide) and now, I only started packing on my second last day here. Sure, I knew when I was due to go home, but I just didn't feel pressured.

Perhaps it's the whole living life a day at a time thing that I've sort of adopted here. Every day is a new day, but it's just another day. No day is special. Even though now I've started packing my things and emptying my apartment, it doesn't feel like I'm going home yet. Sure, tomorrow's my last day, but I do not feel the excitement I felt the first time I went home.

The Big Bang Theory- very funny sitcom!

The same can be said for the year ending. Last year I reflected on 2009, what I learned about myself, and the experiences I had. But that was a very different me. This time around, I only realised it was the end of the year when I saw Tweets and Facebook updates about how fast the year has come and gone. I find this new side of me rather unusual- I'm not normally this carefree.

But it's completely true that time passes too fast; just this time last year I was anxious about moving abroad; this year I've done it and will be returning home. However, even though time flies, many things can happen. Lee Chong Wei won the All-England at last. Serena Williams cut her foot and cannot compete until next year. A movie was made about Facebook. I lost a relative, but gained another while learning a lot about myself. All this happened in the span of a year.

I have to admit, even though right now I'm typing this entry out, I do not feel as if the year is ending... December just feels like yet another month. But hopefully I'll get into the mood to celebrate Christmas and the new year with awesome people. Then perhaps I'll be able to bring myself to write an entry recapping this year as well.

I'm thinking that this post has been rather enlightening if you had not been in contact with me for awhile. I'll give you time to digest all that, and leave you with this short clip taken from an episode (one of my favourite ones, in fact) of this hilarious sitcom, The Big Bang Theory.

Show me your mucus! There's actually a funnier clip, but because the person who put it together disabled the embedding function, I can't put it here. But do have a look, it explains the above clip... in a way. Enjoy! 
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Once again, I forgot to blog today. I really have to try to remember to blog more often if I want to reach my target.

Anyway, today's post is about cosmic belts. Or sour tapes, whatever you want to call it.

I remember that when I was young I took taekwondo lessons, and when I began to lose interest in it and would dread going, that would be my reward of sorts for going. And as I've always loved sour food, and I rarely got to eat them throughout the years, I always get excited when I see them being sold.

It's one of the few things in life that never fails to cheer me up. The sight of it immediately brings joy to my face. And I'm sure everyone has one of those too.

What's yours?
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Monday, 6 December 2010
Sunday, 5 December 2010
Students of Yesteryear

Today while I was reading The Star Online, I came across the articles on student activists. One particular article, 'student activists place safety on the line', chronicled Malaysian university students' struggle for their causes. Of course, those were in the past before the University and University Colleges Act came into the equation and universities became a much different environment.

That article was really insightful. I had always thought that student protests had only existed in Western countries like America, Britain (like the recent violent protests), Australia, France, and so on. I did not expect to learn that Malaysian students had their fair share of protests, too. And I had always wondered why governments, especially our own country's, want to restrict students. I mean, why would we want to protest? The typical youth of today is highly uninterested in the political developments of the world, and so would be unlikely to want to exercise their democratic rights.

But through reading that article, it hit me: government officials today used to be students themselves! Suddenly, it all made sense- they know just how much power an institution that gathers peers like a university holds, and what they can be capable of. It makes sense that they do not want to be overthrown now that they're the ones in control. They know that in a place where young people meet, mischief is bound to arise. Students used to protest about anything and everything, and perhaps that's what worries governments; as well as the fact that student protests have been successful in achieving some sort of social change before.

Then there's another article in which Professor Khoo Kay Kim brushed off these actions as not significant.

“Having observed student activists over slightly more than half a century, I notice that many of them do not pursue a cause sincerely. Ardent socialists very soon became capitalists after leaving the university,” says Prof Khoo, who has been with UM since the 1960s.

“I remember that when Tunku Abdul Rahman was the Chancellor at Universiti Malaya, many of the students were encouraged to attack him verbally. He took it lightly, saying that students tended to make a lot of noise when they were studying but soon after graduation, they would change. He was right!

The recent protests in the UK

That also got me thinking, because he has a point that makes sense. Along with everything else, university represents the transition into adulthood. It is where students enjoy the last moments of their youth, push boundaries and behave irresponsibly as they search for their own identities. It's probably why Hollywood movies about college are filled with things like pranks, hazing and rebelling- it's all part of the 'college experience', as the Americans call it (remember the '15 things to do while you're still in college' list featured in a Gossip Girl episode?). Or maybe I've just been fooled by the persuasiveness of Hollywood.

But perhaps there is reason to worry. Just look at the recent protests in the UK. While the violence was regretted, I felt a tinge of smugness that the amount of power held by students and the damage we can cause. It felt... empowering. Imagine if Malaysian students were to organise a protest. Students from different universities, united for a cause, with the government none the wiser. Of course, it would be preferable if no one got injured.

Have a read at both articles, they're pretty insightful!
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Saturday, 4 December 2010
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Today has been a typical day in summer. I never thought that I would experience this, because cool weather had still persisted until last week. And I definitely stand by my opinion- feeling warm is so much better than feeling cold.

Anyway, today's entry is going to be a short one, because I am too tired after having only a few hours' sleep. It may be only 10 pm but I am ready to lie down on my bed already.

This article had a very interesting standpoint- nowadays normal people engage in accidental spying, that is, when they stumble upon information of their friends or family that they weren't supposed to know. For example:

You grab your girlfriend’s phone to check the time — and bam, there’s a text from her ex-boyfriend. You crack open your daughter’s laptop to show her a Flickr album — kapow, there’s her friends-only Blogspot in fully accessible glory. You surf to Gmail the day after your friend used your computer, and hello, friend’s inbox.

And the second thing I have to share is a video on social media addiction.

Yes, the video's funny, but I think it has a point.

All right, I am going to sign off now before I start typing out incomprehensible junk. Till tomorrow (I hope)!
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Friday, 3 December 2010
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When I was in primary school, I was a sucker for remembering what homework I had for the day. I had to resign to using the small notebook provided by the school to jot down every day's homework the moment it's given. Then the next day when I stepped into class to hand it up, I would have to walk to the front of the class, look at all the homework then go back to my bag to search for the book. And if I had forgotten to do a certain work... oh s***. Time to begin to rush for it without teachers noticing.

Rule #1: Don't act suspicious. When writing in class, act as if you're taking notes!

Rule #2: Establish good relationships with people sitting near you so that they can cooperate and not rat you out like primary school kids do.

I have always been perplexed as to why people get caught doing their homework. I for one, do not remember being caught. I either owned up to it (if I felt my chances of completing it are slim), or completed it and handed it up without the teacher noticing (huge risk, but pays off well if I succeed).

Then in Year 6, I was forced (really, I was forced) to go for extra Chinese classes that everyone else went to (my mum had objected to me attending any, so I was spared for the most part). One of the main thing we did was memorising idioms. Basically we all had to stand up and could only sit when you've answered the meaning to 3 idioms correctly. The first row in class with everyone seated, wins (back then my teacher implemented a Hogwarts-style points system).

Knowing that I was not good at memorising blindly, or as good in Chinese as other classmates, I resorted to studying smart instead of hard. I highlighted the idioms with the shortest meaning, then put it under my desk and memorised it in class the whole day (I knew that if I did it the day before I wouldn't remember a thing after sleeping... or maybe I was just lazy). That strategy served me very well, and I was never left standing.

Come to think about it, I was pretty strategic. I wouldn't call it sneaky, but... I just had better study techniques than most classmates.

Okay the above was just an entry to vent my frustrations about primary school. I still have loads, but that's not what this entry is about. The point is, sometimes, most of the times even, the phrase 'better late than never' would be a very good principle to follow when you've forgotten to do something. So here's my better late than never entry.

December 1 was World Aids Day. While I do not know much about the disease, from a communication perspective I have found two rather interesting campaigns.

That's a campaign in Hollywood with quite a number of celebrities joining. Basically they stop using social media until the campaign has raised $1 million to donate. I found the concept interesting, but... as I follow some of these celebs on Twitter I found that they still tweeted... that they're dead. I saw Tweets like 'Ryan Seacrest is dead. Buy his digital life back!' which I found to be unjustified because they weren't supposed to be using Twitter at all. And like someone wrote:

I can't help but feel that drawing some kind of bizarre comparison between the actual death of a child and Kim Kardashian staying off freaking Twitter for a couple days is wrong.

I mean, really. Would the world be so bereft without gems like this?

The second one is a Malaysian one.

I found that pretty classic, nothing special about the concept, except for the celebrities used. I found it funny that it seems like most if not all Malaysian celebrities were on it. Either the campaign team did a good job in attracting so many stars, or Malaysia just have a limited number of celebs.

And that's the end. See you soon!
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Thursday, 2 December 2010
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I love everything about Hollywood. From the movies, to the actors, the awards, the backstage drama, they all fascinate me. Perhaps it's because I've been exposed to it from a very young age. I can even say that my wanting to visit America stems from this. It's like, a foreign immigrant returning to his ancestral land.

Yes, yes, I know, China is technically where my roots came from, but I have to say that it doesn't evoke the same kind of emotions as America does. People who know me personally would not be surprised that I do not feel a connection to the home of my ancestors. Perhaps even people I don't know well would not be surprised too. But it's not as if I'm acting like an ungrateful child or anything.

Anyway, today's post is about... movie trailers. As they seem to be a constant part of my blog now, I've even created a tag (which you can find on the left column) of posts containing movie trailers.

So here are trailers of movies that are mostly due next year:

1. Source Code

2. Restless

3. Hall Pass

4. Sucker Punch

5. And Soon The Darkness...

6. Vanishing On 7th Street


P.S. Regarding yesterday's entry, today I came across this article on the pros and cons of travelling alone versus with friends. I found it really intriguing, because I've always struggled with this when I think about my dream of travelling around the world- do I do it alone, or go with a friend / friends? What if we don't have the same goals? But what if something happens to me in some remote area and there is no one who knows about it? It's definitely something worth contemplating further.
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Wednesday, 1 December 2010
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One question that has been puzzling me recently is the distinction between a dream and an ambition. Is it considered an ambition if you actually set in motion an action to pursue a dream? This is because during my time here, I've had a lot of time to reflect on what I want in life, and whether I think I'm on the right path. While I have no definite answers for both, I do have some ideas.

For starters, I want to get a job to begin saving up, so that I can travel after I graduate. The gap year concept is now very appealing to me for some reason. I do see a possibility of me working immediately after I graduate, but I also see myself taking time off to travel, possibly for a year or so. It's something that I've thought about for quite some time, but of course as of now, it's just a dream. Perhaps when I have a job I'll call it a goal.

I definitely see myself backpacking while I'm young!

For me, travelling has always been fun. When I was younger, it was time away from my ordinary life. Now that I've had experience living in another country, I think it would be very interesting to live in other countries and experience the different cultures of the world. And it's definitely something I want to do while I'm young and healthy. When I begin working it would not be easy to just take a year off, unless I take a sabbatical or quit my job altogether.

Which is why I'm starting to really feel the urgency to get a job. If I don't get a job, then I would not be able to save money, and without money, I would not be able to travel.

Road trip!

And if you're wondering if I have a different travel plan in mind, then you will be disappointed. I would like to travel the world, just like everybody else. But my main goal is definitely to visit America and Europe. I've always been enchanted by the idea of a backpacking trip or a roadtrip across America (when I watch TV), so perhaps it'll take longer than a year for me to actually travel the world. When that day comes, maybe I'll open yet another blog to write my travel tales down. Or I might just keep it for myself till I come home, then try to get it published (another dream: get published!).

Perhaps you're not like me, and have not considered travelling. Then you should read this article on why everyone should travel while they're still in their 20s.

Of course, I fully realise that travels like these are unlikely to be glamorous or anything, and more often than not I will be stuck in weird situations. This blogger had travelled round the world, and devoted one blog entry to the uglier sides of backpacking. But like this year, I've learned from getting out of sticky situations, and it has made me a different person. So these experiences will only make me a better person.

The Australian desert

I do have other dreams, but they'll have to remain as a dream for now, locked in my head (some of them seem too far-fetched to even pursue). But perhaps one day this particular dream will become true, eh?
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