Monthly Archives: April 2007

Careers Day

I’m not sure why exactly I sat through every single talk at the Careers Day event today – I suppose I just wanted to know what the options were for a Psychology graduate. Just in case. It was good, though, because it made me feel more certain about my choice of the education ministry. The other jobs mentioned just didn’t interest me that much.

Also, I have actually become more interested in the prospect of a career in Educational Psychology. I’ll have to do a little more research on the options available, but perhaps someday I’ll be going for that doctorate after all…

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Easter break summary 2

Continuing where the previous post left off, here’s a brief recap on the Scotland trip that followed.


Lester did half a term of overseas attachment in London, so we arranged to go up to Scotland together, joined by Yiwen. Our first stop was Edinburgh, which I remember being really quite nice, although the major memory was probably the steep price we paid to get into Edinburgh Castle.

We did pay to get into it anyway, mainly to catch the firing of the One O’Clock Gun, but personally I think it was way too overpriced. Still, an experience, I suppose.


Scotland must be home to the most wonderfully unhealthy deep fried foods. We tried a fried Mars bar and a fried pizza, and I suspect my lifespan was reduced by at least an hour just from eating those items. Still, pretty good, at least on first bite.

We also tried climbing Arthur’s Seat, the highest (natural) point in Edinburgh. It’s an extinct volcano, and (because the path started going downhill for awhile) might not have made it to the top if we hadn’t chanced upon a middle-aged couple who told us to continue along the path.


We got a car and began touring the nearby sites, starting with Rosslyn Chapel, which I felt might have been a little overhyped with the Da Vinci Code and all.


A couple of castles and ruins later, we made it to Stirling and the Wallace Monument. At the foot of the monument is a statue which is clearly inspired by Mel Gibson in Braveheart. It is funny. Really.


We made our way up to Balloch, around Loch Lommond, and stayed in a hostel which occupied the building which was preivously the hunting lodge (I think) of some rich person.


There we basically spent our time exploring the Scottish highlands, which were really pretty. I think we did miss out on the stories behind all this, though, from what I’ve heard from Ailin about her Haggis Adventures tour. Quite possibly I’ll go back there one day (maybe with family).

And so, that’s how I spent my Easter holiday (with much slacking in between).

Easter break summary 1

Backdated post, probably gonna be very brief since it’s been months now, but just for the sake of archiving my travels, here goes!


The first trip was to Poland and Hungary, where Yiwen, Kevin and I spent about a week.


Krakow was really nice, and probably the best part about Poland would be that it was so much cheaper than the UK. Prices actually felt like back home in Singapore! The food was pretty good, too.


We did two day trips from Krakow. The first was to Wieliczka Salt Mine. Prior to the trip I’d wondered what the big fuss was over a salt mine, but apparently the workers practically lived there and actually carved out a nice little chapel down there, which was really pretty.


The second was to Auschwitz, the (in)famous concentration camp from the days of the Holocaust. The death of many may indeed be a statistic (as once commented by Stalin), but somehow being there made the tragedy more apparent.


After Krakow we headed to Warsaw. I don’t really remember much of it, since we stayed there practically as a stopover – to catch a cheap flight to our next destination. The city was practically destroyed during WWII though, so it was really quite remarkable how it stands today.


Budapest, the next stop in the trip, was a city full of beautiful architecture. I really liked the buildings there.


The one I remember best is probably Matthias Church, which somehow had the most unique (and pretty) interior of any church I’ve seen in Europe. It was undergoing restoration works when we were there, but I still remember being extremely impressed by it.

I suppose that’s the highlights of the trip already. We also went to a spa in Budapest, which was very nice with its heated pools (considering it was still quite cold when we were there), but somehow we didn’t take any pictures of the place.It might have something to do with the fact that we weren’t carrying any cameras on us while using the pools, though.

Anyway, it’s a pretty long post already so I’ll probably split the next trip into part 2.

Intermission

Isn’t it just sad when some attachments we form in this world interfere with the others?

(attachments, not worlds)

The Eeyore incident

Wow. I haven’t been blogging for some time. It’s been a nice Easter break, with no work to be completed, a good balance of travelling and slacking, although it’s all coming to an end now.

Perhaps the end-of-holiday spirit is what fuelled the madness today, or perhaps (more likely) it was the stress from studying, for the third-years. The story begins with the Disney Eeyore cake, which Ailin received from her housemate Michelle for her birthday.

We decided to eat it today, but soon discovered that the icing on the cake (including Eeyore) didn’t taste particularly good.

So we kinda peeled it off and put it aside in a pile.
(Yes we had ice cream too. It was a good meal.)

Kevin then had a thought. It involved melting the icing, because the icing seemed quite preservativeful (it was hard and plasticky, unlike the icing on fresh cake). The rest later expanded it into a plot involving creating a molten icing pool to drown Eeyore in.


I’ve already been broken into pieces and partially eaten, and now you want to melt me?

There isn’t really much of a story left to tell, save for a melted gooey mess and a lot of giggles, so I’ll just leave the two videos to illustrate the rest of it.


The actual boiling process.


Aftermath of Eeyore boiling.

I can’t believe we actually did this =P