Sunday, October 28, 2007

let the pics do the talking

Study study study. Been in library. Again. Was great this morning, but it became too packed in the afternoon, everyone hiding from the sun today? (29 degrees out, yay!)
My notes and notebook

My notes. Have been getting compliments about my handwriting. Robyn, my Physiology tutor says my "skills" are wasted in Pharmacy, lol!



Everytime I'm chatting with friends online, and mention I have to go and open "shop", I always get a line something like "you have a shop in college?"
Sorry guys, no fancy place. It's just a shift I have for 15 minutes manning a hole in the wall in the Junior Common Room in IH.
Lots of customers at 7.30 pm and 9.45 pm daily coz we sell stuff cheaper than stores outside! Soft drinks, chips, Shapes, chocolate, Red Bull, MeeG, even ping pong balls!
Junior Common Room (JCR for short)

Inside the JCR. That's SHOP on the right.

Dom buying necessities from SHOP (read: MeeG)

Me and Mr. SHOP a.k.a James Downing, my soon-to-be-housemate (hopefully) in New Building!

Guess who climbed on top of a fridge and decorated the white board? ME!

James with Frances, who helps stock SHOP!


Halloween! As I am typing this now, the party downstairs has probably just ended. Or moved somewhere else. Didn't go for it, gotta STUDY!! Did sneak down for a peek though...
Marissa and Jia Pei all dressed up.

A lifeguard, a Runaway bride, a construction worker and a professional makeup artist!



Been walking through Trinity College (another residential college) on my way back from the library, everything is in full bloom there, which makes my walk so much more interesting =)

Rose bushes with blooms of every colour you can't think of! No black though, sorry Fang.

Rose up close. So pretty!!

Poppies! Love how red they are, and the contrast with it's black center.

Buildings in Trinity college.

Random statue (?) in Trinity


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counting down...

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

How I Feel - Kelly Clarkson

Looks like I made a mess again
Heartbreak everywhere I step
This fire is getting hot again
But I touch the flame ‘cause I’m a curious cat
Creeping where I don’t belong
Finding out what I knew all along
Crying all alone
And it’s all my fault, all my fault

Yeah, I did it again...again

Oh, I’m getting tired of believing
Even sicker of pretending
That it’s not so bad, just wait it out
Oh, I think you’re feeding me lies again
The only good man left wasn’t him
And that’s how I feel right now so just let me be
Let me be

It seems every time I find a good man
He’s got a good little wife
I’m not jealous but I won’t lie
I don’t want to hear about your wonderful life
And babies everywhere I look
Trophy wives with their little black books
At this rate I’m gonna end up alone
It’s probably all my fault, all my fault

Oh, another dead end…again

Oh, I’m getting tired of believing
Even sicker of pretending

That it’s not so bad, just wait it out
Oh, I think you’re feeding me lies again
The only good man left wasn’t him
And that’s how I feel right now

Bitter pill that I’ve swallowed
Just how low can my heart sink
Fairy tales from so long ago
Save them for someone that’s not smart enough to know

‘Cause I, I’m getting tired of believing
I’m through pretending
Yeah I’m broken and sad so I’ll sit this one out
Oh I think you’re feeding me lies again
The only good man left wasn’t him
And that’s how I feel right now

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Now playing: 金莎 - 不可思议
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Thursday, October 25, 2007

questions?

A question from my Physiology textbook about the respiratory system:

Scarlett O'Hara is trying to squeeze herself into a corset with an 18-inch waist. Will she be more successful by taking a deep breath and holding it or by blowing all the air out of her lungs? Why?

Answer:
Scarlett will be more successful if she exhales deeply, as this will decrease her thoracic volume and will pull her ribcage inward.

Don't you just love application-type questions?

Another one which I find amusing, which is not from my course, thank god. No idea what I would do if this came out in my paper.

Dr. Schambaugh, of the University of Oklahoma School of Chemical Engineering, Final Exam question for May of 1997. Dr. Schambaugh is known for asking questions such as, "why do airplanes fly?" on his final exams. His one and only final exam question in May 1997 for his Momentum, Heat and Mass Transfer II class was: "Is hell exothermic or endothermic? Support your answer with proof."

Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle's Law or some variant. One student, however, wrote the following:

"First, We postulate that if souls exist, then they must have some mass. If they do, then a mole of souls can also have a mass. So, at what rate are souls moving into hell and at what rate are souls leaving? I think we can safely assume that once a soul gets to hell, it will not leave.

Therefore, no souls are leaving. As for souls entering hell, let's look at the different religions that exist in the world today. Some of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, then you will go to hell. Since there are more than one of these religions and people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all people and souls go to hell. With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in hell to increase exponentially.

Now, we look at the rate of change in volume in hell. Boyle's Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in hell to stay the same, the ratio of the mass of souls and volume needs to stay constant. Two options exist:

  1. If hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter hell, then the temperature and pressure in hell will increase until all hell breaks loose.
  2. If hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until hell freezes over.

So which is it? If we accept the quote given to me by Theresa Manyan during Freshman year, "that it will be a cold night in hell before I sleep with you" and take into account the fact that I still have NOT succeeded in having sexual relations with her, then Option 2 cannot be true...Thus, hell is exothermic."

The student, Tim Graham, got the only A.



How's that for an answer?!

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

When you can't sleep at night...

Okay, little Miss Silly here just did the silliest thing she could do and read a horror comic before bedtime, fully aware that she's horribly, terribly, fantastically, insanely afraid of horror movies/shows/advertisements/stories/pictures/comics/anything. Am blogging to keep my mind of it. Mentioning it makes me remember it now. Damnit! Damn Battle Royale. Go Wiki it or something, I don't even want to start explaining it. Not actually horror, but then again...

Exams are in a week....and I feel oddly calm. Past the bullet point I say, whether I panic or not, the exams are going to come and go.

God, let me do OK on these papers and I swear I will study weekly next year! Okay, maybe fortnightly.

To be honest? My greatest wish is to find true love, marry him (maybe her :P), settle down, nice cosy home, practical but nice car, a few kids (who will adore their parents, like me!), live comfortably, work if I want to. That's more than enough for me.

Why am I studying? Partly because "everyone who's smart goes to uni so they can get a degree and get a good job" and I do like what I'm studying, even if I bitch about the subjects. And it's Plan B in case I don't get my dream. Looking at how the world is now, it's probably easier for me to climb the corporate ladder (in a pharmaceutical industry) and earn big bucks by the time I'm 30 than to be finding true love (and marrying him OR her) by then. Sad, but oh so true...

See Mum? I wasn't really kidding about my ambition being to marry a rich guy and live happily ever after... I don't mind that at all, provided he doesn't treat me like a trophy wife, and I actually love him. Yes, love's a big thing for this girl.

Have been studying in Bailleu for the past 2 days, upgraded from the dining hall since even when I'm there I hear my laptop calling out for me. How did I ever survive not having internet at home I wonder... Met lots of IH-ers on the way to the library who all seemed amused that Monash Girl was headed off to a Melb Uni library to study. Some of them might not have even spent more than an hour there before. Even managed to convince a friend that I had transferred to Melb Uni, *cough* JP *cough*

Faithful companions while studying:
(a) Textbook
(b) Notebook
(c) Another notebook which I scribble in and write out Chinese songs to relax (and learn Mandarin!)
(d) Stationery
(e) Colour pens - Mum sent these over from Malaysia! Stabilo 0.4 colour pens, to boost your retention skills due to the various colours. Stabilo makes me remember Yuan Xiang, lol! And those shiny metallic blue pencils we had for the new millennium, anyone still remember those?
(f) iPod - which keeps hanging on me now, even though I still have quite a lot of free memory. Maybe I should stop skipping songs...
(g) Coloured paper which I bought in JB which I now use to make name signs for people! Mostly for birthdays, and some just because I felt like it (good for procrastination)

Okay, I can't think of anything else to write. And I still can't sleep. Oh dear. Maybe I'll go study....

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Now playing: Dashboard Confessional - Vindicated
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Monday, October 22, 2007

GM + O-Week Auditions

Voting slips for the O-Weekers! Long time since I last used the "guillotine"!

Charlie, Peter Mendis and Ben Ben's act.

Where did they get 4 trolleys?! Dilshad, Shreenal, Lu Xian and Fraser's act. The best of the night, I reckon.

Hannah, Frances and Nat's act. Don't be fooled by their cute appearance, they later changed and performed a dance to "Buttons"!

Shannon, DJ, Fitz, Jemma and Mikhaila putting on a skit and singing to "Everyone's A Little Racist"

Monday, October 15, 2007

procrastination

本小姐今天心情特别好, 所以决定写个post给大家!

Mum's gonna be really pissed if I continue, coz Wei's and Kit's laptop can't read Chinese characters. Was just practising my han yu pin yin and my recognitions of Chinese characters.
Basically yours truly here is trying to not get her work done, hence the web surfing. Then ran out of stuff to do on Facebook (there's a limited amount of things you can do before you start to seem crazy) so here I am blogging.

Lots of stuff has been happening, might not be interesting to everyone though. No recipes and daily posts of making food (Dee), no posts about how "When it rain it pours" (Cel). Nope. Just me reporting my activities over the past weeks. I promise there'll be pictures!

First up: Ye-ye, Koo Ma and Koo Che were here 3 Fridays ago, stayed till last Sunday. Hence most of my weekends was spent in Doncaster, cept when I spend an hour and a half's journey to do self help in IH. Spending my time there made me realise how much i miss home-cooked food. Then again, my uncle's cooking is a lot above the food I eat on a daily basis.

Ashley and Edmund with Maxie. Cocker spaniel + poodle = spoodle!

FOOD!! I had second helpings earlier than anyone on the table, lol!

Second big feast!

from left: Koo Ma, Ashley, Au Beng Gnoh, her parents, Me, Ye-ye.
Sitting from left: Uncle Kok Wai, Edmund and Koo Che.

Lunch at Uncle York Wai's house in Mill Park. Uncle went to Melbourne High School with my dad 30+ years ago! Kids are now both in Melb Uni, but they're almost graduating already...


Next: Valedict's Dinner! Last formal dinner of IH for the year, so no more chances for dressing up after this. Didn't take that many pictures, since yours truly was busy studying (check it out Mum and Dad!) that she missed pre-dinner drinks. LOL. Valedicts Dinner is to honour (?) the 3rd year seniors in IH, 36 of them this year. Lots of speeches by Valedicts looking back on their years here and the changes they've witnessed, and a video of the Valedicts as well as awards, both serious and funny. The "I married a piano award?" and the "I stuck my hand up a cow's ass award?" are the ones I still remember. It's funnier if you know the people and the situation that got them into winning the award. Went out for gelati after that still wearing our formal outfits, lol!

Sook San, my old floor tutor in Scheps. Tutors can be Valedicts too! As long as you have been here for 3 years.

Amber, my neighbour in Wadham 2nd floor. Vet science student.


Rei, the ex-Secretary of Student Club and now the 1st Asian female President. And JB-ian too!! We JB girls rule!

Me, Jia Pei and Jac Kee

Me and Kimmy, the Secretary before Rei. LOL! See the pattern?

GM!! My first one as Secretary, and I was soooo nervous! Lots of preparations for GM, some starting as early as 2 weeks before. Name signs, attendance lists, Agenda, announcements (daily at dinner. OMG!) and lots more had to be done before GM, some even had a specific deadline or it would be *gasp* unconstitutional. Salute my ex-Secretary and now President, Rei, didn't know there was so much to do! Guess my job's one of those people don't really see... Made my "speech" without hitches, and got them to accept the last meeting's minutes, yay! GM went really well!!!

It was auditions for O-Week this time for GM, fun!! Didn't run for it though, rather spend the 2 weeks with my family...

Can't find my cable to upload pictures of GM. I promise to put them up soon! Will put up the video if possible too!

Feeling a little under the weather now. NOCCO is my best friend now. Only Tasha and Mum will get this joke. Cept mum won't be laughing.


Friday, October 12, 2007

My Immortal - Evanescence

I'm so tired of being here
Suppressed by all my childish fears
And if you have to leave
I wish that you would just leave
'Cause your presence still lingers here
And it won't leave me alone

These wounds won't seem to heal
This pain is just too real
There's just too much that time cannot erase

When you cried I'd wipe away all of your tears
When you'd scream I'd fight away all of your fears
And I held your hand through all of these years
But you still have
All of me

You used to captivate me
By your resonating light
Now I'm bound by the life you left behind
Your face it haunts
My once pleasant dreams
Your voice it chased away
All the sanity in me

These wounds won't seem to heal
This pain is just too real
There's just too much that time cannot erase

When you cried I'd wipe away all of your tears
When you'd scream I'd fight away all of your fears
And I held your hand through all of these years
But you still have
All of me

I've tried so hard to tell myself that you're gone
But though you're still with me
I've been alone all along

When you cried I'd wipe away all of your tears
When you'd scream I'd fight away all of your fears
And I held your hand through all of these years
But you still have
All of me

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

reasons why a shower is like a guy in the relationship

Came up with this when I was in the shower. Sounded really funny at that time, not so funny now. Damn.

1. All it wants if for you to get naked.
2. If it's hot enough, it takes your breath away.
3. It can make you hot one minute, and icy cold the next.
4. ...
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I forgot the rest. LOL!

Have a great day people.

P.S. No more classes from now on!! 2 practical tests next Wednesday though....

P.P.S. Exams are in less than 3 weeks!! O.M.G.

P.P.P.S. This is a bad habit I acquired after reading Ren Ee's blog.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

which do you prefer?

In Doncaster again. Went to Melb Uni since Au Foong Kam studied there 25 years ago. Everyone joked about how she was going to look for her Prince Charming under the tree she always sat under in South Lawn, so we went to check if the tree was still there. It was, but no Prince Charming... Told Dad about this when he called:

"Hey Dad, we're in Melb Uni now at the tree Ku-che always sits under, but Prince Charming isn't there"
"Well, it's been 25 years. Maybe you guys should DIG A LITTLE DEEPER."

-.-''

ANYWAY, walked to Victoria Market after that, 2nd there going there since coming to Melbourne. U Kok Wai picked us up, then sent us to Bourke Street Mall for shopping (duh). At the end of 2 hours, we bought......NOTHING. Everything on sale we didn't want, everything we wanted wasn't on sale. Isn't that always the case?

Went out for dinner with Au Foong Wan, AShley, and Au Foong Wan's friend Auntie Linda and her daughter Alex. Only thing I remember about Auntie Linda is that I once visited her apartment in KL which was really dark and full of her masterpieces (she paints stools and trays and stuff, really nice! Will take a picture and show you guys if I remember) and her daughter Alex was watching Lion King. Went to Pancake Parlour *drools* Most of our time there was spent listening to the 2 adults talk, mostly about Auntie Linda's ex-husband. When the conversation did include me, it was only to pass some advice to me, e.g. make sure your husband is the one supporting the family. She says she was in a give-and-take relationship, she gave, he took. I would put LOL here in response to the joke, but it honestly isn't that funny, being in that kind of relationship. I respect her for being the one to end it all, and be able to admit her mistakes.

One thing she told me, which is the point of this post really, is "Don't marry for love." Which got me thinking. Not about how I'm going to marry for something other than love, but what happens if the marriage comprises of one person loving the other, but the feeling isn't reciprocrated.

I'm speaking hypothetically here, but if everyone of you reading this post were to be married, would you rather marry someone you love or someone who loves you? Send a message to me at chowxin_yu@hotmail.com or on MSN or comment on this post, really want to hear what everyone thinks. Oh, no tagging my tagboard about it, it'll spoil the survey =(

Reply ASAP! I'll see what the results are after a week, hopefully someone would reply to this survey by then.

QUESTION: Marrying someone you love VS. Marrying someone who loves you

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

another drama

Exams in less than a month. Supposed to start studying, but have now gotten hooked on 恶魔在身边, a pretty old Taiwan drama!! Only watched 3 episodes and I love it already, even though it's so overly drama sometimes, which usually has me rolling my eyes, but not this drama.

Wednesdays are now officially my most hated day, with an 8.30 Physiology class followed by 2 practicals, which makes it 7 hours of uni! At least the people who made our timetable were kind enough to let us start at 1 pm on Thursday... To all 1st years in Monash Pharmacy, everything gets better after Wednesday, lol!

30 hours next year with 6 hour practicals. Oh. My. God.

Secretary job's going pretty well, though still a little hectic, with all the changes we have to inform the other colleges, and a lot of legal stuff to be changed to i.e. change of Public Officer and Annual Statements and change of registration details. Had first formal GC meeting last night, where yours truly had to type for 1 hour non-stop!! Have gotten comments that I have to learn to type faster to keep up...

Leaving you guys with some pictures of me in lab, just for laughs. Thanks to Matt for the pictures! My phone's camera ain't working anymore, oh no!! Wei's gonna kill me, Mum too!
That's me in my Pharmacy Practice practical.
Hair tied up? Check.
Safety goggles on at all times even though they fog up? Check.

Making capsules and indicidual satchets! The powders on top is the leftovers from 3 dilutions...

My finished product! It's a cream, I think... No macro mode so you can't read my FANTASTIC writing.