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30 November 2008
1) Good Days Bad Days - Kaiser Chiefs
28 November 2008
I will be very very choosy when it comes to watching movies from this point onwards until July-August. Saves me time and money.
Movies to catch:
I suppose all these movies are at most rated M18 (Ok Milk might be R21).
27 November 2008
I am annoyed and frustrated with how the world has been recently.
Well, on a micro-scale, i.e school life, you don't really see it. Things seem normal; Orientation preparations take place as usual, people study hard to get good results as usual, school activities are carried out as usual. I have great friends, a great education, a great family, I feel blessed with what I have now.
Yet, on a macro-scale, the world's just spiralling into the bottomless pits. The global economy's in a recession, stock markets are crashing, people are getting retrenched... More recently, you see irrational Bahts protesting on domestic grounds against political issues, inadvertantly threatening global security. Sadistic terrorists bombing the cities in Mumbai, harming innocent civilians. People dying due to all kinds of mysterious causes.
All we can do now is to pray for the better. That things would revert back to the glorious past, a period of nonviolence, of economic prosperity, of social stability. As of now, things are really bleak. Let's hope the Modernists weren't right in their postulations for the future.
Dry Run 1 went well today.
I freaked out in the morning. I couldn't differentiate my right leg from my left. Thank goodness everyone was so encouraging that I, slowly but surely, got attuned to the surroundings, and I taught as patiently and clearly as I could in the next 45 minutes.
After leaving Botanical Gardens, kay farh and i went to watch It's My Life (NABIL!!) It wasn't as happy and light-hearted as I had thought it to be. Instead I felt it was rather heavy at times because so many characters were so flooded with angst and emotion I didn't really know how to react. Then, in contrast, you had some absolutely "why-are-you-even-there?-your-problems-are-like-so-insignficant-compared-to-that-of-others!" characters whom I weren't very sympathetic with. But who cares, I went to support Nabil and YAY I'M SO PROUD OF HIM. (And Louis realizes he didn't take a single photo there which is highly retarded)
I can detect the disparity of intellectual discussion between the topics I'm talking about. But I saw the importance in raising both of them.
26 November 2008
If I were at Suvarnabhumi Airport now, I would be cursing.
Pardon the inactivity of blog posts. Laptop under repair. Getting it back tomorrow.
SongNDance has been occupying like my life this week HAHA. But seriously it's worth spending every minute with the people there, because everyone's so fabulous. In addition to the addictive dances and the lovely batch song, we also indulge in post-practice lunches. And of course, a visit to Island Creamery made today somewhat special. GO SND, LETS ROCK THE DAYS AFTER TOMORROW.
Dry run's tomorrow. Though I feel prepared teaching millions of people, I have to admit it's intimidating for me, coaching people in something which is not my niche. Looks like I've really got to JERK IT OUT. (take it in its literal entirety)
odyssey.of.the.mind.Had my first OM meeting yesterday with THE TEAM. Played fun games, did fun things with fun people. All in all, very hopeful of our chances getting into World Finals. We gotta WORK IT OUT.
Ooh, I just watched Leona Lewis' performance at X Factor. She covered Snow Patrol's 'Run', which will be her latest single. Brilliant. "Leona Lewis is like the mailman; She always delivers." How cheesy can the host get.
I'm rooting for Diana Vickers. Although she's sometimes quite off-sync with Earth, the texture of her voice is yodelish pitched at a right level. Alexandra Burke is just a clone of whatever black, oldsoul divas you can think of. That spells BORING.
I have no problems about the merger. I have problems with the name change. That's all. Every single soul I've come across has expressed their dissent. So instead of having dialogue sessions about the merger, we could perhaps change the focus and discuss the topic of the name change. S-I-M-P-L-E as that. Oh well, but what's done is done, we'll be known as...
'Lai Fo Shi Shu Yuan (Chu Ji Xue Yuan)'
Like I said, if you can't beat the system, live with it.
I'm currently reading D.H Lawrence's 'Women In Love'. It's like Heart Of Darkness + Pride And Prejudice.
23 November 2008
1) Halo - Beyonce
2) Sex On Fire - Kings Of Leon
3) Lost! - Coldplay
4) Circus - Britney Spears
5) You Are The Best Thing - Ray Lamontagne
6) You Have Been Loved - Sia
7) Crack the Shutters - Snow Patrol
8) I'd Rather Be With You - Joshua Radin
9) Magick - Ryan Adams & The Cardinals
10) The Girl You Lost To Cocaine - Sia
11) Fix it - Ryan Adams & The Cardinals
12) Wire To Wire - Razorlight
13) Mercury - Bloc Party
14) Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) - Beyonce
15) Northern Downpour - Panic at The Disco
16) Changes - Will Young
17) Reach Out - Hilary Duff
18) What Is Happening - Alphabeat
19) On My Knees - Aqualuang
20) Free Fallin' - John Mayer
21 November 2008
The thought of teaching the whole world how to dance is terrifying. I rather teach people how to sing.
We had a long long lunch with Song&Dance, mainly chitchatting about Korean and Japanese actors and deciding what OG names we're possibly going to come up with (I was thinking O'ohlala or like O'sama/O'bama). [P.S My new Co-OGL is Kuoying! I'm so glad that I have fabulous classmates.] Before that, we danced a lot, so I woke up today with aching legs. But my brain was still working, and I finally hit a 2300 for a mock SAT test. YAY. (LOL, not as though I'm going to get like 2300 for the actual one.)
*NEW* I'm co-OGL-ing with KUOYING AND SADIKIN!
America's Next Top Model: Cycle 11 Winner: McKey
The result didn't really come as a surprise, considering she's like the only sophisicated, high-fashion, edgy contestant which is what Tyra always wants to see. She also hasn't been placed in the bottom 2 if that helps.
Does anyone agree with me that Whitney was ugly? I mean, she's not just a plus-size model now, she's like FAT. Too bad I won't get to see a billboard of her in Times Square, because OM's no longer near New York. BOOHOO.
Survivor Ponderosa was exciting. Randy was super out of place with Charcus. And unsurprisingly, I found another reason for laughing at Crystal yesterday, when she was bitching so loudy about Randy as she wrote his name on the parchment that the whole world could hear the foul stanky words coming out from her trap.
This gave me nightmares, so I thought I'd share it with you.
Final details for Odyssey Of The Mind 2009 (The one and only team from RJ)
Problem 4: Shock Waves
Team Members: Brina, Louis, Luyang, Michelle, Olivia, Stacey, Valerie!
Destination: Iowa, 27th May 2009
18 November 2008
"I'm thankful that no matter how dark things might get, old friendships can still be rekindled. I'm thankful for new relationships that help us realize how far we've come from who we were, and how close we get when we can really be ourselves."
Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving in advance.
P.S I will be sending my laptop to HP for servicing, meaning I might very well not be blogging over the next 3-4 days. Hopefully, I'll get it back ASAP.
17 November 2008
She's taking on a lot of ballads in her sixth studio album Circus ("My Baby", "Out From Under", "Blur"), which is a very refreshing take, breaking away from her typical genres of disco and techno, synthesized pop. I personally like "My Baby" - it brings me back to the times where she delivered nice ballads like 'Everytime'.
'Our very own pop princess, now Queen Of Pop, has a very special announcement she would like to make'.
I can foresee 'Kill The Light' being one of those disco tracks that's going to be potentially abused in remixes.
Love me hate me
Say what you want about me
But all of the boys and all of the girls are begging to If You Seek Amy
I got to agree that this track is one of the more addictive ones, with a very nice clattering beat to it.
This is on a whole a good album, though I think having 'Circus' as the 2nd single isn't the best choice. I'd have preferred it to be another upbeat number like 'Kill The Lights' or 'Mmm Papi'.
One thing I know for sure is that, she is going to get her well-deserved Billboard #1 spot for Circus, because this time round, there is no The Eagles to stop her from doing so. WAHAHA.
SONG&DANCE Update: DANCE COMPLETED. SONG COMPLETED. What a nice update LOL.
16 November 2008
1) You Are The Best Thing - Ray Lamontagne
2) You Have Been Loved - Sia
3) Sex On Fire - Kings Of Leon
4) The Girl You Lost To Cocaine - Sia
5) Wire To Wire - Razorlight
6) Mercury - Bloc Party
7) Fix It - Ryan Adams & The Cardinals
8) Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) - Beyonce
9) Northern Downpour - Panic At The Disco
10) Reach Out - Hilary Duff
11) Free Fallin' - John Mayer
12) Changes - Will Young
13) What Is Happening - Alphabeat
14) On My Knees - Aqualung
15) Better Than This - Keane
16) If I Were A Boy - Beyonce
17) Lovers Are Losing - Keane
18) Rain On Your Parade - Duffy
19) Lovebug - Jonas Brothers
20) My Turn - Hoobastank
Two more weeks and I'll post some cool stuff.
14 November 2008
Gossip In The Grain by Ray Lamontagne
Genre: Alternative Pop/Rock
Mood: Earnest, Wistful, Yearning
Recommended Tracks: You Are The Best Thing, Gossip In The Grain, Henry Nearly Killed Me (It's A Shame)
We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things by Jason Mraz
Mood: Freewheeling, Laidback, Lively
Recommended Tracks: Details In The Fabric, I'm Yours, Love For A Child
Viva La Vida by Coldplay
Mood: Ethereal, Rousing, Atmospheric
Recommended Tracks: Viva La Vida, Lost!, Life In Technicolor
Pretty.Odd by Panic At The Disco
Genre: Pop/Rock, Punk
Mood: Angst-ridden, Exuberant, Earnest
Recommended Tracks: That Green Gentlemen (Things Have Changed), Northern Downpour, Behind The Sea
Perfect Symmetry by Keane
Mood: Uncompromising, Rollicking, Playful
Recommended Tracks: The Lovers Are Losing, Better Than This, Spiralling
The Script by The Script
Mood: Reflective, Romantic, Wistful
Recommended: We Cry, The Man Who Can't Be Moved, If You See Kay
Cardinology by Ryan Adams & The Cardinals
Genre: Country, Alternative Pop/Rock
Mood: Earthy, Searching, Mellow
Recommended Tracks: Born Into A Light, Let Us Down Easy, Stop
Narrow Stairs by Death Cab For Cutie
Genre: Indie Pop/Rock
Mood: Sentimental, Poignant, Brooding
Recommended Tracks: I Will Possess Your Heart, Cath..., No Sunlight
Elephants...Teeth Sinking Into Heart by Rachael Yamagata
Genre: Alternative Pop/Rock
Some People Have Real Problems by Sia
Genre: Alternative Pop/Rock
Do take a listen to these 10 albums. They are really great.
Kenny Rogers and Crystal Cocks"word on the street is that you're a really mean person but thats beside the point, you took out my marcus, and that makes me really mad" - charlie on crystal cocks.
Sigh, no matter how fuglily their faces can become, they are still devils intrinsically and I don't like them. I was indescribably pissed off when charlie was voted off. But the clips of Life at Ponderosa subverted that brewing hatred for the niggster-kennie-sucksie trio that I had. If not for them, I wouldn't have saw the exciting happenings at Ponderosa HAHA.
CHARLIE HERSCHEL - HERO OF SURVIVOR GABON.He would've won hands down if the people he was cohabiting with were rational creatures. Sigh.
I pity Charlie for having to choose a winner amongst those losers.
13 November 2008
People got cut.
The tragedy was inevitable.
I guessed people cheered up at the subcomm lunch, though I know they still wished to be part of O'team.
To the 4 of you great, fabulous, wonderful people, Cheeyang, Cheryl, Fads, Sharona,
SONG AND DANCE WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER AND EVER.
YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN SO GREAT AND CONTRIBUTED SO MUCH TO THE COMM.
WE'LL REALLY MISS YOU.
We promise to make you guys proud when the song and dance is completed, and always remember that you have been part of this amazing experience. We'll NEVER FORGET YOU GUYS.
12 November 2008
**(Updated 11:19pm) aww...I just watched a youtube video and it totally brightened my night.**
I realize I really can't stand it when my blog starts to get intellectual. Because random people start tagging and coming up with intellectual responses that require me to start thinking and I DON'T LIKE start getting defensive (human's fallacy) and trigger an unnecessary crossfire.
I shall be happy and let the world be as it is. Like I mentioned, change isn't always good and maybe I should just stick to posting youtube videos and talking about happy stuff and doing good things and eating good food.
Say hello to Mota Mishi.
REST ASSURED THAT IT WILL BE ALL HAPPY AND LOVEY DOVEY AGAIN TOMORROW!
PEACE OUT! KAI XIN KAI XIN!
Tomorrow, some aspiring O'teamers will get cut.
The decision is NOT based on one's attendance in meetings, NOT based on one's level of enthusiasm in his sub-committees, but is based on one's promos results.
To show you why academic results shouldn't be the sole factor in determining the O'team, let me provide an illustration.
Student A is highly passionate in serving the school. She's not a councillor, so the only way for her to directly serve the school population would be to be an O'teamer. She turns up for every meeting, and her enthusiasm lights up the whole room. She constantly throws out interesting ideas and makes meetings as fruitful as possible. Well, the only thing that's holding her back is the fact that her grades aren't as outstanding. She strongly believes, however, that pulling her out of O'team, simply because she didn't do well, would instead have adverse effects on her. She does not want to be deprived of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Student B went for the O'team interviews just out of interest. He wants something nice on his testimonial, something that is leadership-based. This adds on to his stellar academic achievements, and completes his profile as an all-rounded scholar. However, he's laidback in discussions, doesn't contribute anything, skips certain meetings without valid reasons, and is so unknown in his subcommittee that almost everyone doesn't know who he is! Yet, all thanks to the 5As which he got for promos, he's staying in Oteam for good.
Student B = In O'TEAM.
Student A = NOT in O'TEAM.
I hope this wasn't the thought process that was going through the upper authorities' minds when they came up with the final list. I REALLY HOPE NOT.
But I am darn certain that there will be many Student As when the final list of O'teamers are released tomorrow. And I'll definitely be very upset, especially when people whom I know have worked their guts out are not going to be part of this wonderful experience which they RIGHTFULLY DESERVE.
If the school is not going to consider on a case-by-case basis the students who may not have done academically well, but yet have contributed a significant amount over the past few weeks, I am going to be very very vocal about this. While I understand that ultimately results are what matters at the end of the day, you can't simply just extinguish the passion that one has for the school, deprive them of the chance they always wanted to have, and give it to someone else based on the merit that he did better academically. Furthermore, it is the student's choice whether or not he/she is willing to sacrifice time to serve the school at the expanse of their studies. It is their obligation and I don't think they should be robbed of the chance.
What's the point, then, to have preparations prior the final cut? It's similar to making use of the enthusiastic ones, and disposing them if they don't do academically well. I don't think that's a good display of gratitude. I sincerely hope the subcomm heads will be equipped with certain power to appeal for those they think have done much in steering the subcomms in the right direction. I believe students these days are empowered with a say.
To those who are not going to make the cut tomorrow, don't just sit back and resign to fate. If you know that you can offer much to Oteam, keep on fighting, and I'm sure your place will be rightful reinstated. Never give up.
What I have just said is a speculation of what will happen tomorrow. I hope it doesn't come true, and I'm praying hard for those who might get cut.
11 November 2008
[Pardon the lack of paragraphing in this post. Somehow I can't make them look more organized.]
At times, I feel change is bad. If things are good as they are now, why change? Why can't we be satisfied with what we already have? Call me cynical.
I know that a society can only progress if we make a change. That has been Obama's key word throughout his entire campaign, and I too, am an ardent supporter of change. Most of the time. The KEY ISSUE here is: Is the proposed change different from those made years before? Is it feasible and how receptive would the people be?
While it's normal for any leader to desire to create revolutions and leave their mark for future generations, we have to accept the fact that, CHANGE doesn't always denote a positive stance. We do need to question ourselves, are we genuinely keen in making a change? Or do we just want change for the sake of having change? More importantly, do we quantify our successes as leaders based on the number of initiatives we come up with? Is this ultimately the only way to reach our ideals?
Leaders have a lot of goals in mind to achieve. Some are feasible in the short run while some take time. Some goals are tangible while some are not. The latter can't be solved using tangible means. It's not something which math can solve. It's ABSTRACT and these sort of questions can NEVER BE ANSWERED because people have different views on these issues. We must understand that it takes a gradual process, a buildup of events and of collective experiences of the people within the community, to attain these intangible goals.
I mean, idioms like Practice what you preach, actions speak louder than words don't lie, do they? If a leader is going to convince everyone to think the same way like they do, to share the passion that they possess, then the only way for leaders to inspire their citizens would be to lead by example! No qualms about that.
At the end of a journey, every individual would have a different experience, despite having taken the same route. It's not for leaders to dictate the experiences that people should have; it's for individuals themselves to seek, and make their experiences the most meaningful ones. What leaders can offer to the people, however, are opportunities - Activities, events, initiatives, causes. This is the key to uniting people, making them feel part of a collective entity, and feel a sense of belonging. Regardless of the people's responses, we as leaders (in my opinion) have fulfilled our duty - To provide the people avenues to enhance their experiences, and to get the most out of what we offer.
People are smart enough now, they're not going to fall prey to propaganda. Instead, they get skeptical when it is presented to them. Leaders have to wisen up too. They have to constantly churn out fresh ideas that would engage the people. Whilst doing so, leaders should realize that as much as they want to cater to everyone and let everyone share the visions they have, it will never happen, simply based on the assumption that ideals never materialize.
Today, I learnt something: Discussions on ideals never end.
Yeah, speaking of redundant changes, a journalist called me regarding RIJC. Might very well see my name on The Straits Times. I gave a balanced viewpoint ok. I learnt that from GP.
I think Mr Tan is a super duper nice teacher! Right now, my Odyssey of the Mind team is short-handed, with only Michelle, Olly and myself! I mean, we want to do it one more time, because besides it being extremely fun and exciting, you also get to interact with a lot of Americans, and you also get to go shopping (HAHA.)
To ALL J1S THIS YEAR AND NEXT YEAR, here's a little bit about what Odyssey of The Mind exactly is.
Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the national and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.
More information about the program can be found at http://www.odysseyofthemind.com
It's ok if you're not entirely sure what OM is about, you can always ask me. I think this is one of the few things which I am so willingly to want to do again. Looking back at it, it has really been one of the most memorable experiences in my life, and I'm very fortunate to have been part of it. Thanks Michelle again for bringing OM into my life.
The problem which we're most likely to embark on is Problem 4: Tee Structure. It's a very exciting problem, because if you don't know how to do the Physics aspect (i.e people who are pathetic in Science like me), you can always help out in the Spontaneous section and the Skit section (i.e people who are more aesthetically inclined like me). THERE IS A PLACE FOR EVERYONE. SO IF YOU WANT TO HAVE..
GOODBYE TO ~65% OF THE HUMANITIES PEOPLE.
While you all are rowing sampans, eating vietnamese noodles, drinking vietnamese coffee, and visiting vietnamese places (duh.), do remember the rest of the lonely souls back in Singapore.
P.S Oh no need to get souvenirs for us! We're perfectly fine with that!
P.P.S You know Louis is rather sarcastic. He also doesn't often say the truth when he's sarcastic.
"Sometimes, the biggest surprises are the ones you spring on yourself"
I love Gossip Girl.
09 November 2008
1) Mercury - Bloc Party
Haha, I find it really interesting how everyone is asking me all of a sudden the same few questions: 1) How do you find your songs? 2) Why do you know so many songs? 3) How do you keep up updating all these?
Answer: I HAVE MY SOURCES, AND I JUST LOVE DOING THIS.
08 November 2008
Yesterday's dinner was fun, exciting, hilarious, and to top it all off, REVEALING. I'll leave the juicy details in the fabric. It's top secret so nobody else should know the content of yesterday's conversations ok. =D
---ANTM: Marjorie (right) is a major nervous wreck and I hope she leaves tomorrow.
McKey (left) takes gorgeous photos and is super cool and funky so she deserves to win.
Elina (missing because she's gone) looks 80 but in actual fact, she's 18.
Listening to the following albums now:
07 November 2008
This is for the people who are mourning over Marcus' premature elimination. And that creature as depicted below (Viewer discretion is advised) is the root cause of the world's evils.
"Me telling Marcus that I won't write his name down, that's me playing the game." - I wonder if Crystal isn't running anymore because she was caught for doping.
06 November 2008
Barack Obama - First African American elected President of the United States.
Lewis Hamilton - First driver of black heritage, as well as the younger driver, to win Formula One. Great. Mothers all over Africa are calling their newborns Barack Obama.
Pictures taken from Cindy's wedding!
Anyway, my Raffles Asia Programme group (farhanah, kuoying, valerie, michy, louis) are doing on WOMEN IN BOLLYWOOD. exciting much, as we're going to watch movies of Indian women dancing behind coconut trees. Maybe after doing this project, I'd understand the logic behind that.
04 November 2008
I do miss the times when I came back from afternoon sessions in primary school, and would rush home to watch Wheel Of Fortune, The Price is Right, The Pyramid Game, and the like. So I decided to watch some funny videos about them on Youtube. FREAKING HILARIOUS. One is a South Park spoof demonstrating the consequences of being racist; another is just plain ironic LOL.
02 November 2008
Thank you Farh, Kay, Michy, Seb, Val for coming down!
Thank you Jiawei and Yanru for being so great!
Congrats Abhinav and entire org comm for making this RS a success!
Well done Gregory and Nishanth for coming in 2nd/3rd! Wow, and I didn't know Aaron was so darn good. He pulled off a brilliant performance.
Details In The Fabric - Louis, Jiawei, Yanru on guitar
So sorry that the most exciting part wasn't inside the vid. Blame it on the memory space boohoo.
And there, one year just flew past. I shall take the holidays slowly, saviour every second of it, do the things I like, watch the things I like, visit the places I want to, and talk to the people I have yet to talk to for a long time.
Meanwhile, I'll have fun having meetings with SONG&DANCE, attending dry runs for Orientation/OpenHouse, advising Sec4s on their JC paths, attending Math remedials, preparing for SATs, watching German soap operas, compiling my favorite songs of the year and have some shopping sprees or movie sprees (BUT OF COURSE, I SHALL NOT SPLURGE.) And most importantly, I haven't really found time with someone. MYSELF.
AND KUOYING ERM WHEN ARE WE WATCHING DVDS AT YR PLACE. FARH, CAN U ASK HER TOO WOOO!!!---
Week 41 (27th Oct - 2nd Nov 2008)
1) Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) - Beyonce
2) Northern Downpour - Panic At The Disco
3) Mercury - Bloc Party
4) Free Fallin' - John Mayer
5) That Green Gentlemen (Things Have Changed) - Panic At The Disco
6) Lovebug - Jonas Brothers
7) Rain On Your Parade - Duffy
8) My Turn - Hoobastank
9) Better Than This - Keane
10) Angel - Natasha Bedingfield
11) Green Light - John Legend feat. Andre 3000
12) Cop Stop - Gavin DeGraw
13) Lovers Are Losing - Keane
14) 10,000 Nights - Alphabeat
15) Breakeven - The Script
16) Light On - David Cook
17) If I Were A Boy - Beyonce
18) Love Is Noise - The Verve
19) Hot N Cold - Katy Perry
20) Womanizer - Britney Spears
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