Monthly Archives: August 2007

And away we go!

I’ll be off to Japan tomorrow to join Ailin (and kill the remainder of my summer holidays), with a brief two-day stopover at Bangkok first (since I’m flying by Thai Airways, the stopover was practically free).

I haven’t really planned what to do in Japan (Ailin has done more homework than me, for that), but here’s some stuff I’m hoping to do in Bangkok.

-Watch a Muay Thai match
-Get a Thai massage
-Ride a tuk-tuk
-Take a canal boat
-See, uh, Thai stuff
-Visit (and shop) at Chatuchak weekend market
-Take a peek at the red-light district
-Slack

Quite happening lah huh? Hopefully I’ve changed enough money for everything. I’m hoping to live like a king for the next 2 days =P

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My place, from space

I’ve used streetdirectory.com to navigate around Singapore for quite a few years now, and usually refer people there when asked how to get to my place, but for some reason not many seem to be making use of this excellent site.

Maybe next time I’ll link them here instead. It’s actually pretty fun (if time-wasting) locating your home on satellite imagery – I had to look for prominent landmarks around and work my way towards it. Amazingly, the windows on my attic are actually visible (which is how I identified my house from the others).

Anyone else would like to show their homes on satellite imagery? =P

Accidental effect

I took two pictures of the Bao Today signboard (check out the menu! It’s hilarious!). I’ll probably use the other one for my picture of the day, but somehow I rather like this one too! Taken on my handphone while walking with unsteady hands, the blur effect somehow ended up rather prettily, I think =P

Evolution of Louis

(Warning: Narcissistic post to follow, in case the post title hasn’t already tipped you off.)

I was seeing Ben off at the airport recently (he’s headed to Copenhagen for exchange) when his parents remarked that I have not (physically) changed since I was 15.

Now since that is more or less what Ms Florence Lee (my sec 1/2 English teacher) remarked to me at TSPC, along with the highly reassuring “you’ll look the same as your students – how’re you going to get them to listen to you?”, that’s given me some cause for worry and reflection. I guess it’s not a big issue if I’m teaching primary school kids, but I might still go for secondary school in the end, and I’ll definitely prefer to handle secondary kids for Catechism.

So today I had a bit of extra time and proceeded to investigate how my appearance has changed over the years, mostly using class photographs I had lying around nearby.

I’m hosting the pictures on Picasa, so just go ahead browse my Wall of Me album. =P


Summary Sheet

Ok fine so I have not changed that much over the years. But I don’t look the same either what! It’s not my fault I look youthful! Perhaps I am the human incarnation of the fountain of youth! Beauty product companies should pay me good money to examine my genes or something.

Maybe I need to get myself some plastic wrinkles.

Catechism

So I’ve signed up to be a Catechist.

For those who don’t know (which might well be the average reader here), Catechism is kinda like the Catholic version of Sunday school. The backstory being, two or three weeks ago there was a little speech made by a current Catechist as part of their recruitment drive, and during his little speech he’d listed some of the other Catechists and surprise – Audrey, who’d taken my class back in 1998-1999 (in preparation for Confirmation), was still there – about 8 years down the road!

That would have been it, but somehow last week thoughts of becoming a catechist started rising up in my head. I guess it’s because I’m going into my last year of study already – kinda making plans for when I come back. At the same time, I was wondering how Audrey was doing now, so I thought I should get in touch with her and ask about joining the Catechists, so I sent my church secretariat an email (asking for Audrey’s contact), to get the following reply.

What a pleasant surprise? How have you been. I have been thinking of you and wanting to touch base but don’t have your contact details. So with your email to Ester – I am glad that I am now in touch with you.

Now I’m not too sure how much of it is being polite and how much is factual, but it’s quite a nice email to get lah huh? So, long story short, I met up with Audrey earlier, observed one of her lessons, had a short chat, and filled up an application form.

Coincidentally enough, I also found out that my ex-neighbour (who moved out just last year) is currently heading the Catechists!

I don’t often fill my blog with religiousy stuff, and I don’t really consider myself a psycho fundamentalist whackjob (not that any of my more religiously-inclined friends are =P), but all this just feels… amazingly fortuitous. I have a strangely remarkable sense of ease about everything, and though I still don’t believe that God actually takes the time/effort to plan every single detail of my life for me (I believe there are better things to do, even for an omnipotent being), I’m not opposed to believing that this might be one thing he’s done for (to?) me.

The Last Kampong

Kampong Buangkok, (mainland) Singapore’s last kampong.

I hope it can be conserved, but at the same time, I almost know it won’t.

Anyone else wants to check this place out, while it still stands? =P

Cheesecake factory

I baked a cheesecake last year, and my sister wanted to do it again recently so I guided her through the process, using basically the same recipe. I think I kinda screwed up the biscuit base (I’m using digestive biscuits instead of the prescribed premade dough base), but apparently it’s quite nice (I’ve yet to try it).

I think the picture’s just pretty cute, it looks like my sis is in a home econs class or something (which I suppose it effectively is).

Karting in Singapore

Karting’s to be introduced in Singapore before F1 next September.

Woohoo! Looks like my prior karting experience (including that meaningless trophy I’d won) would be transferrable here after all. Haha. Time to pwn some n00bs!

(Or get pwned in return, given that I was only mediocre even in the York Karting Club. Haha.)

FREEDOM!

I’ve found that Freedom is often followed by its nastier brother, Boredom.

So I’m done with DPPS now, having just completed my 3-week school attachment prior to that. Unlike most of the teaching scholars there, I actually found myself quite enjoying it (I am almost ashamed to say). While I agree that it was needlessly draggy at times, I did find it interesting to be exposed to various different aspects of policy-making. Maybe it’s because I’ve always been rather interested in governance, although I think that it is not really what I am best suited for. Personally I think that even if I were to be in a leadership role, I am better suited for managing things on a micro level, probably within a school.

Anyway, now I’m essentially slacking around until September when I fly for Tokyo (with a short stopover at Bangkok), although I actually have some preliminary work to do for my final year project. Hopefully I get that done soon.