Tuesday, June 03, 2008

A Brief Update

So what have I been up to lately?

After the mamak adventure with Kaun last week, I brought Jean and Melissa to Aquaria. We parked in the VIOBA carpark and the little gate happened to be open, so I took them for a tour of the VI.

We bumped into Mrs Lee (left) outside the Form Six Biology lab, and she was with Mrs Loo, who taught General Science in the VI in the 40s and 50s (not sure about the 60s), serving alongside such legends as Mr F. Daniel and Dr G.E.D. Lewis!

Her old classroom was where the library is now.

We took the Monorail to Raja Chulan station. It was Mel's first time on a train and it was a surprise I worked into the plan, with some rather unfortunate consequences later in the afternoon.

These are mini piranhas. They're really quite ravenous!

A gecko.

At the exit.

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Friday morning was spent, as a good number of Friday mornings have been, swimming in Sri Petaling. This time around, the company comprised Li-Shia, Ching Yeng, Li Ling and myself. When we found out the Bukit Jalil pool would be closed till 9.45 a.m. (we arrived at 8.45), we decided to storm the new Endah Puri Condo.

It was quiet and the pool was pleasant. I discovered that I could swim faster using the dog paddle than Ching Yeng could on breaststroke.

Tsu Wern then joined us all for breakfast opposite Li-Shia's house.

Li-Ying returned from college and drove Li-Shia and me to Mid Valley. We reached just in time to get tickets for Once at 2.00 p.m. It was a great movie and deservedly won the Oscar for Best Song; more evidence that the Irish are great at improvising with little resources.

There was a bit of clash between me and Li-Shia (no fault of hers) sometime after lunch, and I found myself spending the rest of the evening napping in the MRC Lounge in MPH. (More on this later.)

That night, after dinner with Mum, Di Kor, Ber Kor, Cassandra, Sara and Ian, I was sent by Mum to have Sara's watch battery replaced. In Swatch, I saw something that really caught my eye and which, I must say, is one of Swatch's most simple yet most amazing designs of late.

I then went upstairs to Rock Corner to seek the soundtrack for Once, which I promptly purchased. I reasoned thus: would I want to own it someday? And the answer was yes. And because music albums can disappear for long stretches of time, I decided I might as well get it now.

This song won the Oscar.

Falling Slowly
By Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova

I don't know you, but I want you
All the more for that
Words fall through me and always fool me
And I can't react

And games that never amount
To more than they're meant
Will play themselves out

Take this sinking boat and point it home
We've still got time
Raise your hopeful voice you have a choice
You've made it now

Falling slowly, eyes that know me
And I can't go back
Moods that take me and erase me
And I'm painted black

You have suffered enough
And warred with yourself
It's time that you won

Take this sinking boat and point it home
We've still got time
Raise your hopeful voice you had a choice
You've made it now

Falling slowly sing your melody
I'll sing along

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Met up with KCA, Mich, Mii, SooT and Teeming for lunch at Cagayan where KCA is a regular. Was introduced to the Neon Tetra fish by Mii.

Spent the evening with SooT and Teeming at the Bau Bau Café Central Market and outside St John's Cathedral, helping out with Food Not Bombs. SooT and I then headed for Sri Petaling where we had dinner with Li-Shia; well, SooT and I had dinner. ;-)

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I probably won't be blogging for a week or so. What sparked my rather impulsive behaviour on Friday was the accumulation of a number of thoughts that have been bothering me lately. It feels a bit like two years ago, when I wrote 'Evanescent Shadows'; it's as if these thoughts are also crying out to be expressed in narrative prose.

So I'll be working on that this week, as well as preparing here and there for STOMP.

Will be heading to UM and the FES office tomorrow; UM for results and FES to submit some things for STOMP. Then it's a movie in the afternoon at Mid Valley and dinner with my Form Six classmates at Chili's!

And I look forward to the adventure with Emily, planned almost spontaneously in the wee hours of this morning. More evidence that God may be behind the seeming coincidences of life.


Suit Lin said...

I loved Once immensely. And i got the soundtrack immediately as well (The day after I watched the movie.)

I am particularly fond of "The Hill" sung by Marketa. :)

Is your Soundtrack the version with the production dvd as well?

Olivia said...

hahahaha ben ! Hey it's been long. =)