China trip!

Wow, tis been a long time since I’ve blogged. This place gathering dust! *sweep sweep* Anyway shall blog about my China trip!

I went to China from the 17th to 24th of March 2010. My mom, dad, grandma and I visited Nanning, Guilin and Yang Shuo. They’re very far south almost at Vietnam. In fact, the waterfall we visited, called De Tian waterfall, crosses over to Vietnam! Haha, so China and Vietnam co-own the waterfall, but the China side is bigger lol. These places aren’t very developed, I mean they’re cities and have city stuff but not as fast-paced as Shang Hai or Beijing. Pace of life here is relatively slow. And it’s really very scenic. There’re little mountains EVERYWHERE! Around the city, in the city, near the city. Hence the locals say that Guilin is 8 parts mountain, 1 part water and 1 part land. We came during the wrong time. China’s facing a terrible drought and all the rivers have more or less dried up. Ok less talking more pictures!

Ethereal mountains with foggy tops!

Detian Waterfall

Dad and I at the waterfall

Touching the water, Man this water's cold!

Honestly I was quite disappointed with the waterfall, we spent 4 hours travelling TO the waterfall. I know there’s drought and there’re people suffering, but sucks to see such a piss waterfall..

Me compared to the waterfall

What on earth is NO STRIDING?

Elephant mountain, yes it's supposed to look like an elephant. The portion to the left of the hole is its trunk.

Cherry blossoms!

Crazy Ass Friday

True enough,  Friday was indeed crazy ass..

First up was fishing in the morning with Yenreil. Sa was supposed to come but she woke up late. Not much luck with the Taman fish. Apparently the rain on wednesday scared them all off. In total we only caught two. Lols… But here’s the catch (mind the pun), this guy at the jetty caught the monster of a fish. Who cares if we didn’t catch anything. Watching how he caught the fish made it all worthwhile.

First we saw this huge white shimmer flip out of the water. All of us at the jetty was going.. WHOAAAA!!! TUA HE LAI LIAO!! (meaning, the big fish is here in hokkien) And everybody crowded at that part of the jetty. The man who caught the fish was playing the fish till it was tired before someone helped him scoop it out. When the fish surfaced, it was MOTHER-BIG!!! I cannot stress how big it is. It’s just that HUGE. Eerie how we sail over these kind of fish weekly..

The fisherman was kind enough to let us take photos with it. So here they are!

Me with the fish. The line I was holding snapped shortly afterwards, the fish was too heavy for the line

Yen Riel and I with the fish. It's HUGE!!!

So after that I went with Tammy to see a back surgeon or sth like that. Turns out she really had a slipped disc. One portion of the disc is pressing against a nerve controlling her right leg. She doesn’t feel pain any more but she experiences weakness in the calf. Meaning she can’t tiptoe nor jump. So Mr Danny (the surgeon) explained the medical procedures and gave her a month to consider surgery. We decided that she should try exercising and see if the strength returns after a month since some people can apparently live with it. So after that we went to submit her scholarship form and encountered a very nasty receptionist. Nasty in the patronising and condescending way. *Bitch slap*

Haha, so after our exhausting day we went to do facial mask at her house!

Face mask duo!

Haha, the point was to look like Avatar, but apparently we failed. Lol, Na Vi fail!!

Till next time!

A level Results Day

It all happened on the 5th of March.

I wasn’t really very tense or anxious on friday or on any other day before that. Maybe it’s because I wasn’t really thinking about it but I think it’s because of God’s peace. I’ve been praying for Tammy’s and my results for a pretty long time and whatever that turns up is God’s will and will be what’s best for us.

So anyway, anxiety levels did go up on friday but nothing serious. I’ve been trained all my life to believe that I did like shit and always got scolded if I dared to dream too big. Straight As were for people much smarter than me. I’d be damned lucky to get that straight As. Anyway I didn’t get any call from VJ since I was told they only called straight A students.

Over at school, it was more of a happy than nervous and tense atmosphere for me. I was really happy to see everyone together again. Everyone is fine and well. It’s so good to see my juniors again too. Ju Lian somehow knew my results and he told me that my hard work has paid off. Ju Lian is probably the only non-classmate and non-bahnep member that knows how friggin hard i worked and how much I’ve sacrificed for the A levels. I didn’t really want him to tell me how I did, I really wanted to see it for myself.

I have been following some of the winter olympics and I wanted the winning moment. The moment in time when all you feel is euphoria. Happiness simply overwhelms you and that’s what I dream of having. Not the olympic gold moment, but my A level “gold” moment.

Now I shall fast forward to the point where I received my results. Mrs Koh said that “looks like your study methods served you well” or something along those lines. That made me feel better but my other classmates were getting Bs and Cs. My other classmates who were much smarter than me were getting 3 As but GP not too good. It was making me a little tense but I was prepared to just get maybe one or two As, enough to go to a local uni.

I took a deep breath, flipped over my results sheet and there it was. My A level gold moment. I broke down immediately. It was simply too overwhelming. Words cannot describe how I felt. Tears flowed and I just kept crying. Daniel was kind enough to offer a shoulder. The feeling of hard work paying off is really worth the effort. All my forbidden dreams have come true. My fears have not materialised. I’m not the dredge of the IP!

Most importantly, thank the Lord!!! I will put what he has given me to good use.

Tammy soon called to tell me she did pretty well. I am so proud of her. If anyone were to criticise her, they’ll face my angry wrath. RAWR! She did very well considering the kind of environment she’s in and I couldn’t be any more proud of her. We’ve pulled through my darling!!! We’ve proved to everybody that we can juggle love and studies! We are the king and queen of the world!!!

After talking to bahnep, sailors and classmates, Tammy and I went off to celebrate. We wanted to go to this place called Blue Sago in chinatown but apparently it moved. So we trekked over to Clarke Quay and ate at Pasta de Waraku. It was simply sumptuous. I recall my comment that Japanese food and pasta don’t go together. The food was savoury and tasty without being too salty. Portions were generous but not too much such that you’ll feel bloated or too full. Prices were reasonable for a restaurant. Ok, enough talk, photos!

On the way to Clarke QUay

Scallop and chicken baked rice. OISHII!!!

Tammy's Hambug spaghetti!

Never let people take photos of you talking

Nose armour, you'll never know when you'll need it