Simhong
20 November 2011 @ 02:29 pm
Australia'11.  
Hey guys! So the past week I've been to Australia (Blue Mountains + Sydney), and yeah, it was awesome. I think part of the reason why it was so fun was really because I had my friends with me, and even though there was times we'd walk back to the hostel with blisters on our feet it was still ridiculously fun, nonetheless.

In any case, this post is definitely not going to do the trip justice, because yours truly is too lazy to post up photos and whatnot, but I think any kind of art form or whatever will never do fun times justice. The clearest part of it all can only reside in memory, but whatever.

Day One: Touchdown in Australia and off to Blue Mountains! The feeling of being in Australia was rather surreal, by the way. It didn't feel as if I was on a school trip overseas. Even as we ate in Australia-owned places like the Red Rooster and went to Coles, it just felt like I was in some alternative-reality part of Singapore. Which definitely wasn't the case.... I think. In any case, the first day passed by like a flash. We went up the sky rail on the Blue Mountains, learnt about the history of the Three Sisters, walked to Coles from Blue Mountains YHA (which was really nice, minus the dead flies all over the window sill), and it all felt so. Westernized. I also felt like a country girl for the first time in my life and decided (for about two days) that that was the kind of life I wanted. But more on that later..

Day Two: We packed up and went off to the Jenolan Caves! THAT PLACE IS REALLY GORGEOUS, I TELL YOU. The river was a pretty shade of turquoise, and we all just about went mad with excitement. Blue, pretty rivers are not available in Singapore. And the caves themselves were absolutely fabulous. The interior was just about decorated with crystals!! And it really helped that there were so many Greek mythology references in the caves, hahah. The stream running at the bottom of the cave is called the River Styx! :) After that we had some poetry writing so this was actually really the most educational day out of it all HAHAH. After that, we were off to Sydney and we did some sight-seeing, but mostly it was all just us running around and learning how to walk back to The Rocks YHA, where we were staying (it was awesome btw, we had an en-suite bathroom and everything and it was as cool as a hotel, only way cheaper).

Day Three: Went to the third Annual Sutherland Shire Writer's Festival, which I honestly have to say was.... really, really boring. The books I bought were good, but the festival itself was.. You'd think a festival would be held outdoors right? WRONG. It was held in the Australian College of Tai Chi and Qi Gong. No joke!!! That was the sign on the door. But whatever!! After that there was a cool tour at The Rocks Discovery Museum, then we got ourselves some Starbucks and yeah.

Day Four: Day four was probably the most exciting and the most rushed day! The first place we went to in the morning was Bondi beach! Bondi beach seriously just.. shattered the illusion of the so-called "beaches" in Singapore. No "beach" in Singapore even comes close to Bondi beach, I swear!!!! The sand was so soft and everything and yeah basically it's the best beach I've been to. Yet. We saw some nice houses/apartments on the way back and that was when I decided that I am indeed a city girl. I would probably get bored of the country life really quickly.. Either way, our next stop was the NSW State Library in Sydney and being in the place was like being in Hogwarts. They gave us all library cards (which we obviously will never be able to use unless we go there again...) but yeah, I'm still in awe of the place! Oh, we went to watch a play in the Sydney Opera House that day as well! It was a play by Harold Pinter called No Man's Land, and I'm sure it was meant to be really amusing (satire...?) but being young girls we couldn't take the "delve deeper if you want to find it funny" script and the non-changing backdrop so most of us kinda, sorta, just fell asleep. It was really cool to watch though! Even though most of it made no sense to us but still. 

Day five: We had an art workshop that day! We were supposed to paint boomerangs in the Aboriginal style, but being the kind of person with completely zero artistic talent.. You can imagine how that turned out. Anyway, I got quite annoyed of painting after awhile so I got the great idea to just use my fingers and the teacher of the workshop looked over and she was like..

Teacher: Wow, this table looks like they've got very good ideas for their boomerangs! (looks at other people's boomerangs) Oh, yes, that's very good! Yep, nice! I like your design!

(looks over at my boomerang) (pauses for a long, long time)

Teacher: Oh, um, wow!! She's doing abstract art!!

EVERYONE LITERALLY JUST BURST INTO LAUGHTER :'(

But yes, that was how bad it was. Anyway, the highlight of the day had to be having high tea at the Queen Victoria Building. Like, really high tea. Like high class tea. We had Earl Grey and Peppermint and all kinds of tea, plus scones and other small treats, like a true English high tea. I would like to say I felt like a true English lady at the point of time, but truthfully? THE PORTIONS WERE WAY TOO SMALL, I WAS STILL STARVING AFTER WE WERE DONE. More museums after that, and at night we went for The Rocks Ghost Tour which initially scared the shit out of me. But not anymore. I think..

Day Six: Last day! We went to the University of New South Wales (which was really gorgeous) and that made me feel like I should study harder to get into a cool uni like that one, but since getting home I've actually done nothing but sleep. I will work harder.. soon. Then we had a picnic with pies at the royal botanic garden or something like that and we lay around on the grass and looked at pretty roses of all colours and everything and SIGH

I MISS SYDNEY ALREADY.

Either way, COALs is tomorrow, I feel really unprepared.
 
 
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Simhong
06 November 2011 @ 01:41 am
well  
I don't even know what I want to do in my life anymore. 

Not that I even care, big deal
 
 
Simhong
28 October 2011 @ 11:49 pm
teal  
Teal is my new favourite word after it being the subject of argument between Weiqi and I. I am proud to announce that yes, one of the new COALs shirt colour is indeed, teal and not turquoise. HEHEHEHE TOLD YA SO

Speaking of COALs, I'm no longer Instructor of Indigo. There was a major switch, and now I'm in Bravo with Jayne and Weiqi. I really like my campers hahah I find them really cute and amusing. And it's nice that they aren't at all awkward with each other. COALs is already shaping up to be a really fun experience..

Today's the official last day of school, though there's still one more week of extended lessons so I don't see the point. And training.. God, I'm just so sick and tired of school. The past few days being sick were horrible, but the life of a hermit was fabulous. I played Pokemon and Dissidia Duodecim again (owned Weiqi on the first day back on Pokemon btw HAHAHA) and.. yeah, but no more. At least, until Chinese O's are over.. Hanlaoshi's gone mad, I swear. This weekend I have 3 chinese papers, 3 compos and 2 letters to complete. 

The only way I'm gonna complete them is constantly questioning myself how badly I want that A1, and it's really badly.

My results SUCK. I didn't fail anything, but the only subject I actually really improved in was Literature. Gotta keep that one up and pull everything else up. Brutal honesty
 
 
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Simhong
18 September 2011 @ 11:49 pm
so tell me  


Kudos if you know this place hahah. Not so much the Plateau part, but for COALs.. ;)

I guess I'm a little disappointed. Kind of wanted a fresh change, but hey, whatever happens, happens for a reason. I'm still going to do my best, and make this group great. Don't know who's gonna be my campers, don't know how things are going go, but it'll all work out.

Although, I have to say that I'm really tearing my hair out thanks to a) printing stuff for refreshers and lecture outline for SS/GE and b) options. I swear the printer hates me and for the other thing.. I don't know know what to do or choose but OH WELL.

This school is driving me crazy hahahah but I just talked to my graduated senior about it and she says JC will be ten times the hell that this is. How nice.................

On a lighter note, Square Enix is remaking Final Fantasy X for PS3. Someone please get me a PS3 now hahahahaah.. Asked my mom about it and the conversation went something like:

Mom: No.
Me: Okay, how about after my O levels?
Mom: No.
Me: But why?
Mom: Oh whatever you want... It's your money. And I doubt you'd still want it after your O's anyway.. You'll be too old for it and you'll grow out of it eventually.

So I just shut up and laughed inwardly. No, Mother, no one is too old for a PS3.
 
 
Simhong
31 August 2011 @ 11:45 pm
one step at a time  
Hi everyone holidays are coming!!! Except not really, because they are to be holidays for self-study. And training. Oh well

In another half-hour, it'll be Teachers'/Coaches' Day! We're supposedly meant to give gifts to our teachers and coaches, but instead, Mr Chue and Ms Poon gave the OALB presents. And they're pretty cool presents to start with..

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THOSE TWO DAYS WERE NOT IN VAIN, HONG!!!




Good night hahahaha
 
 
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Simhong
25 August 2011 @ 12:16 am
In which I do what I'm best at  

Complaining.

Between having constant arguments with the mother and the aunt, the grandma saying weird stuff I would rather much like not to think about now, trying my best not to cry in frustration at my complete lack of ability to do trigo functions, losing it amongst the horrible tension in class, seeing strong people break down, having teachers who claim they would never stereotype us but still did anyway, and teachers who put unnecessary extra stress on us.....

Well this has been a shitty week and it's not even Friday yet

Oh, well.

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Simhong
14 August 2011 @ 12:16 am
amazement, wonder-ment?  
Hello friends, it's the common tests period now, and.. And it sucks. What's new? It's pretty much like exams, just without the aircon. The worst thing is after this we barely have another month to gear up for the final exams of the year.

Sometimes I wonder if the people managing the education system around here remember that we're still human..

Going to watch Voca People with Zhenrong later on tomorrow (today, rather), and I'm excited! It's like Glee with white paint. Speaking of Glee, I can't wait for Glee Live 3D to hit theatres here HAHAHAHA!! Arinah, Mansy and I are gonna prebook tickets and watch and shop at H&M which is going to open soon as well.

Sometimes we do need a breather.

I think the me in the very near future is going to scoff if I say that I'm stressed now, so no, I'm not stressed. But it's coming soon, the rest of what lies ahead... I'm excited! God, give me broader shoulders to take on all these new things coming my way.

P.S. I am a horrible QM 2nd I/C HAHAHA I just saw the Guides proposal in my email today for the compasses, and apparently they borrowed them last Thursday. LAST THURSDAY, AND I ONLY FOUND OUT TODAY!!! So much for having to keep track of everything in the QM store, I don't even know where the twine and scissors are being kept in there. Also, I think I may be allergic to dust and the store is just..... very dusty.

Fail Hong, fail.
 
 
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Simhong
06 August 2011 @ 11:48 pm
Challenge  

Today was a day of challenges and fear and generally things I would never ever have imagined I would have the guts to do. It took conquering my fear of heights to a whole new level.. And fear of darkness and being alone!

Yes, I have no guts at all actually hahahaha!

"Simhong, you are limited only by your fear." Someone was being particularly nice today, but I'll probably carry this with me forever.

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Simhong
24 July 2011 @ 09:50 pm
And so  

This weekend I had the one star kayaking course.

And it sucked HAHAHAHAHA okay it was quite fun... Quite. But most of the time it was just tiring. I feel the need to express my extreme hatred for capsizing and being rescuer for TX Raft Rescue but I can't find the words for it.........

Didn't touch my weekend homework at all and honestly I don't think I'm going to do it, because the world around me is still bobbing up and down and I feel nauseous. Also I am a very good-looking lobster right now, CAN'T WAIT FOR MY SUNBURNT SKIN TO PEEL OFF BECAUSE IT HURTS LIKE A _______ NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Simhong
13 July 2011 @ 11:22 pm
Battleground  

I think I need a backup plan because at the rate I'm going, all I'll have after the end of next year is nothing.. Apart from being completely crushed and disappointed ha ha ha

As for everything else that's been going down I only have the best two words to deal with it: OH WELL

P.S. Time to force yourself to like Boom if you want that escape to Australia hong, work hard

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Simhong
04 July 2011 @ 11:14 pm
Monte Carlo  

Monte Carlo the movie was good. The place, Monte Carlo itself, was even better.

But it wasn't as pretty as the one in my dream.

I had a kite, you know those diamond shaped ones? Someone told me to tie it to this string, and I did. Then she pushed me off the cliff, and I held on to the dark wooden handle of the kite. It was.. Kind of like zipline, but without the harness. And it was across a pretty, extremely clear lake. But the best thing was the town.

It wasn't a city I guess because you know, there were no high rise buildings and all that. The architecture reminded me of Venice but it was much nicer, much whiter. And at night, there were the northern lights over the town. Prettier than a rainbow. Prettier than a waterfall.

I don't know how a dream could be so clear, but it was. But it's too perfect to be real, right? It's been on my mind the whole day. Maybe I'm going insane.

School. I don't know what's going to happen.. Can't wait for it all to be over, and at the end of this year.. Track trip to China or Australia, and Literature trip to Australia, hopefully! I hope they take me away for a month..

P/S. I have no idea how to put the user's name while on iPhone, but thank you Mansy for always being there. Have no idea how you tolerate all my bullshit and listen to me all the time. I'll never tell you I'm okay when I'm not, promise that. And I'm not okay a lot hahaha thanks for staying up to 3am otp with me and banishing all those irrational fears.

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Simhong
02 July 2011 @ 10:56 pm
plant life  


Oddly fitting my mood these days hahaha


School has barely even started, but I feel like it's already sucking my life force away.. Can I please fly to the States and have summer holidays then come back for school? First week of school and it's hectic.

Oh, then there's Sports Day.. I think jiaolian wants us to sweep it all or something. No thank you.. Can I take a MC for 400m? I will never understand why it's compulsory to run 400m. Isn't that a middle-distance event? Last year's 400m was bad enough, and that was only relay. Not participating in any relays this year, hahah.. And for the first time ever, I am dreading Sports Day.

Have a huge feeling we're going to start planning for Coals very soon. This isn't in a pessimistic tone, but hello to long nights and long afternoons, countless proposals and probably a lot of swearing at a certain somebody and.. A whole lot of stress. That's okay though, it takes my mind of things.

isitnormaltohaveconversationsinyourheadwithyourselfeverynight?
 
 
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Simhong
24 June 2011 @ 11:18 pm
so...  
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HAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAVE A GREAT DAY GUYS!!!!
 
 
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Simhong
24 June 2011 @ 01:10 am
Don't think, just do  

So they say....

Gonna be happy

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Simhong
18 June 2011 @ 11:18 pm
story  
Once upon a time there were vampires.

But anyway they sucked blood and blahblahblah so they got degraded to mosquitoes but they are still sucking blood so one day they will degrade into nothing

MY MOSQUITO BITES ITCHES HOW CAN THERE BE SO MANY MOSQUITOES BITING ME IN A DAY ISN'T THERE SOME SORT OF RULES & REGULATIONS IN THE MOSQUITO WORLD THAT GOES LIKE, "IF VICTIM HAS BEEN ALREADY BITTEN 3 TIMES IN THE DAY THEY CANNOT BE BITTEN UNTIL THEIR BITES HAVE HEALED"

I want to do my homework but zero motivation so you know what, gonna leave it till the end of the holidays and regret it later.
 
 
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Simhong
17 June 2011 @ 01:05 am
crossroads camp!  
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Crossroads Camp 2011.

My first ever church camp. Regrettably, I had to leave on the second day and miss campfire, but even so, it was probably one of the most enjoyable camp ever.

Woke up late on the first day so I had to rush down to Sembawang! Sorry for making you wait so long at Sembawang MRT, Mel! Arrived at the campsite anyway, and woah the atmosphere was really high. It was barely even the start of the camp but everyone was already jumping around, houses were jacking each other and it was just really awesome in general.

I will never forget being in Barney. We had the funniest jacking cheers and we would rebutt the other houses relentlessly even though they weren't jacking us or anything HAHAHAHAHA. And our flag flew the highest because it was a helium balloon! I remember on the morning of the second day Barney shrank and we were all so afraid that he would flatten before campfire but amazingly he got fatter again. Kris says it's cause the heat from the sun causes the air in Barney to expand!

Anyway, I really had some cool experiences in camp. Real life Counter Strike/Left For Dead 2 in the park yo! Will never forget how we had units and how we had to be all sneaky to reach the enemy's base and bomb their medic HAHAHAHAHA. And how everyone used terms like, "WE GOT THE HOSTAGE! RETREAT RETREAT!" and "CHARGE!!!" and it was all so messy and nobody knew what was going on but we just followed through with it.

Revival night (okay, the first revival night service which was really main service which was the only one I was there for) was super powerful. I think it's the first time I've heard so much, seen so much. Still cannot get over it, but I think it'll work out eventually! No more climbing ladders alone, I'm climbiing with God's love!

Overall, it was amazing. And next year, I'll be there for the campfire. Time out.

But before that, have a picture of F61! ♥

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Simhong
01 June 2011 @ 10:36 pm
 
I

HATE

BUGS
 
 
Simhong
21 May 2011 @ 11:22 pm
things  
Today's service was a really personal one for me.

Pastor Lia talked about us being winners. And us feeling inferior, or having no confidence in ourselves.

I don't think I can exactly consider myself feeling inferior all the time, but confidence is something I have always lacked. I don't know if I myself realise it, but sometimes I give up without even trying. The word "cannot" is always there. Things like, "I can't do it." or, "No, it's okay. I don't think I can do this." They hang around my mouth all the time. It's not because I'm lazy (I guess not, most of time), but mainly it's just because I calculate things that will happen. Like, "Well, I haven't been studying/training so hard recently, so it makes no sense that I'll improve, and therefore I shouldn't waste my time trying."

I think it has all just been an excuse for me to cover up the fact that yes, I do lack confidence in myself. And as much as I hate admitting it, no, I don't try. I tell people things like, "How would you know if you won't try it?" But honestly, I don't try at all.

Main point is, today's service has told me that, from now on, I will try. God made us all to be winners, but if you don't try, you won't get it, either. The route has already been paved for me, and now it's up to me if I want to take it. And yeah, I guess I will.

P.S. Pris praying for me today almost made me cry hahahaha it was just a really really really big moment for me
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Simhong
09 May 2011 @ 03:21 am
going, going, gone  
These past few weeks have been crazy. As in, whirlwind-like crazy. I realised I haven't been posting a lot, but mainly it's just 'cause I don't feel like it. There's no urge to pen down all these precious memories, but I figure someday I will probably forget them anyway and this will be my only link to remembering everything. Did that make sense? No. This is my attempt at being mellow while in a state of light-headedness.

Welp, firstly. I remember going for Easter service at HOGC. It's ironic. I remember constantly telling everyone that I believe in being a free-thinker because then I don't have to answer to anyone. Now I look back and laugh. Maybe the reason why I'm so angsty and angry at the world all the time is because I had nothing to believe in. I think maybe everyone needs something to believe in, something much bigger than them, you know? Life is too hard to get through it on our own. That sounds really.. I don't know, wimpy, and everything, but honestly? Praying makes it all better. It's nice to know that someone up there is watching you, and someone's guiding your actions throughout this whole journey. And I do think I have changed, going to church. I've been swearing less, and everything seems a little bit clearer. Maybe it's just me, but I really do think praying did help me get through a lot of things these few weeks.

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And then, there was Express Yourself Day. I think that came before Easter service, but I don't really remember. I do remember having a lot of fun though. There was that awkward Chem replacement teacher (HAHAHAAHAHA most awkward teacher of the century I swear) and no one wanted to have class and I took a lot of pictures. And there was Arts Fest at night in which Session 2 was really quite screwed but I loved all of the performances. Days like these I really love my school because you know, how many other schools have Express Yourself Day?! Maybe it isn't much for the kids living in the states, but for us, it's a welcome change from the stifling uniforms, hahah.

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I love these people A LOT A LOT A LOT! Don't know what I'd do without you guys, thank God for giving me the chance to be in the OALB.

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I love my class too! My cowgirls. ♥

Then track finals. No, I didn't work hard enough this year, and judging by the people in B Div next year, I don't think I'll ever get a chance to be in the school team. But honestly speaking, it doesn't matter to me anymore. I think the fact that I'm in such a great team is already enough. The trainings were all tough and everything, but without Cedar Athletic Team, I wouldn't have been able to meet so many great people. Cmon guys, DOUBLE CHAMPS NEXT YEAR. We can do this. We really can. Congrats to C Div for getting champs and B Div for being first runner up! Watch out, we're coming for double champs next year.

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Finally, Cross Country! It happened only a few days ago, and yeah. One of the most memorable moments with most of the sprinters. We jogged 10 mins, walked 5 mins and jogged the rest of the way, and we still managed to complete 3.7km in 24 minutes despite slacking so badly! And us jamming up the machine, which resulted in Ms Yang getting angry. Hahah, I love you guys. Then there was Arinah, Choy and I loitering around the milo van. 12 cups of milo. I don't think I'll be having anymore milo for awhile..

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Of course, the past few weeks hasn't been all sunshine and rainbows. Sometimes I still find the drama in an all-girls school too vicious. But when it comes down to it, all my friends are here, and that's all that matters.

Good night.
 
 
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Simhong
13 April 2011 @ 11:54 pm
meh.  
Livejournal has been screwing around with me.

I feel really bad because I've been slacking for the past few days, and it sucks. Not paying attention in class. Not studying back at home. This procrastination is getting really out of hand. Even if I want to procrastinate, I think I should probably at least pay attention in class. Remember remember remember.. Sigh I miss my ex- Sec four seniors really badly.

Time scares me. It's Nationals season now, and once it's over, and everybody starts training again.. We'll be the biggest seniors. There won't be anymore seniors for us to look up to as a source of motivation during training. It'll be just us. For the first time in our lives, we'll be the walls, not the people leaning against the walls. Things are starting to get really awkward too. In a way, I guess. Does authority matter that much? Can't we all just ever have fun?

I don't think 'fun' is plausible anymore. As you grow older. As we all grow older.

Everyone tells us, "This is the time to step up. It's your turn to shine!" I don't know about everyone else, but this stepping up and shining thing doesn't really appeal to me.

Sec 2 was the best.
 
 
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