Almost A Week’s Worth of Updates

I should seriously start keeping all my lecture notes together before I forget. I’ve been making lots of extra notes, plus some extra readings for leisure (switching back and forth between fanfictions and academic resources, ha!)

Shakespeare’s Tempest & Men in Tights: Pardon the lame title, but to this day, I am still amused when I see men wearing tights. I went to see the play ‘The Tempest’ last Sunday night (the 8th of March) with a bunch of friends (namely Mira and Atie). The guy who played Ariel was so adorable, though he’s too thin to be called handsome. During then interval, Mira and I ran back to our apartment to get a warmer sweater. The weather was trying to mimick the play we were watching. Since the event was held outdoor, you can probably imagine the wind that night. You can see some shots from the play below. Sorry for the poor quality. They were only taken with my slim cybershot.

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Dress Smart & Shopping: I went shopping at Dress Smart for two weeks in a row (Thursdays). Must be a record. I just couldn’t resist all the great deals. I mean, where the hell can you get David Lawrence items for $10? The original price was $199.90, so getting it at $10 is like a bloody bargain. I got a new pair of Nike shoes for only $45 (kid’s size. Haha~), and some other items for an average of $15 per item. That’s enough supply of clothings for this year, I guess. I don’t have to worry about clothes anymore… unless winter bites REALLY badly.

Classes: I totally forgot to update about my choice of electives. I ditched Mathematics for Education (EDUC 316 – Gifted Education) and Language Teaching (LANGTCHG 310 – Literature and Language Teaching).  I’m with Atie, Hirah and a few more of my friends in 310, and with Mira, Atie and a few more in 316. I’m enjoying both classes so far. I guess I have to praise myself a little bit for daring to take Stage III papers for both electives. Go, self! You can do it. I guess the main reason I chose stage 3 papers is because stage 3 papers count towards my honours. I need to get at least B on ALL stage 3 papers to qualify for honours. Urgh. Need. To. Study. Smarter. And. Harder.

Projects: All projects are still on hold. I know. I’m darn lazy. If anyone needs to contact me, please do not bother leaving messages on my chat box. Please e-mail me directly, thanks.

Otahuhu March Trip & More About Electives

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Love this $10 skirt bought @ a random store  @ Otahuhu

Otahuhu: Went to Otahuhu with Mira and Atie today. Mira and I bought enough chicken to last us for up to one month. We’ll probably finish it sooner than 1 month, but well… That’s for later. The three of us ate vegetarian curry with rice at a restaurant there. It’s called Kamal’s something- I can’t remember it well. The curry was awesome. The meal only cost me $5 too. Yum.

Elective:
Atie has somehow convinced me to take MATH 101 just for the heck of it. Well, it’s going to be my last elective anyway, so I’ll manage.

Electives Woes, Domestic Matters & Random Stuff

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Current mini workstation, awaitng my Aiptek 12.1″ tablet ^^

Domestic Life: The allowance came in a couple of days ago. I’ll survive until the end of June, with additional allownce of $750 my mom gave me for February through June. Bought some new shirts, tank tops and shorts to wear indoor, because I couldn’t for the life of me fnd the ld ones. I could wear the tank outside too, layered with warmer and less revealing (lol) tops of course.

Electives: I’m having a real problem with electives now. I’ve chosen EDUC 316 (Gifted Education) as one of my electives – no tutorials and no exam. That’s cool and fine. I can’t make up my mind about the other elective, though. I seriously, seriously can’t make up my mind. I want to take Linguistic stage 3, but waiting lists are always a turn off. Only two more days left. I’m literally doomed.

Tea: I’ve yet to cure mysef from my citrus green tea addiction, and now I’m developing an unhealthy addiction with assam tea – flavoured or not. By unhealthy, I was actually referring to my money. I can’t afford to go to Lim Chour ever time  want to restock. But where else can I get itfor a mere $1.10 each? GSTs are EVIL!!

Projects status: All currently on hold. Bloody lazy self.

If Choosing Electives Is This Hard…

It feels like time is moving faster than ever. February is approaching, and already my legs are like jellies. I don’t want to go back to Auckland… yet. I know it’s hard to let go of a life where you have everyone else do things like cook and laundry for you, even harder to leave thsi endless supply of unlimited internet. Gah, I really am lazy 😛 I shouldn’t be thinking this way.

I’m still trying to decide my electives for this year. I have absolutely no idea what I should be taking, so I e-mailed Sheryll. This is an excerpt of her reply:

I would suggest that you find courses that will help you in the school setting – e.g. maths – comp sci – esol papers – education papers that reflect your interests (like gifted children). The choice is what ever you decide helps you get a good grade or can sustain your interest.

Oh, easier said than done. The problem with ESOL is that they only have two stages. I am in no way interested in any of them right now. Gifted children (EDUC) sounds cool, though. Now if I can just look at the syllabus, maybe I’d consider. As long as I don’t have to do what I did in EDUC225 again. That was a total nightmare.

I guess I really am in need of suggestions right now. I’m thinking of doing Japanese 130 (or 230, if I pass the test) for one, but I have no clue what the other other one should be. Anyways, let’s just lay down all the mandatory subjects for 2009:

First Semester 2009
EDUC 384 – Information Technology in Education (I think I’ll be enjoying this)
LANGTCHG 303 – Instructed Language Learning (Erk…)

Second Semester 2009
LANGTCHG 301 – Intro to TEFL Curriculum (Huh, TEFL? Can we teach English in Timbuktu now?)
LINGUIST 307 – The English Language Worldwide (Pft, wth?)
EDUC 348 – The Reading Process (Err…) + 1 tutorial session
LANGTCHG 302 – Practical Language Teaching (Double err…)

How come we have so many subjects in the second semester? That doesn’t include our school experience yet. Why is this happening? *sigh*

Rainy Days Aren’t Over Yet It Seems

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– 28.02.08 in the marae @ Epsom Campus, Auckland, New Zealand –

Doing the laundry is a pain these days, what’s with all the rain. It’s been a week, and the constant rain is starting to get on my nerves. I have a bundle of clothes I need washing. We don’t have the luxury of having a dryer in this house. Wait, is there dryers on sale in the market for household use? I need to look into that.

I’ve been back in Malaysia for a little over a month. My holiday is coming to an end. Not really, but I’ll be going back to Auckland on February 7. I’m going to be early, I know. I initially thought Mira and I’d go to Wellington for a week or two, but with very little money left in my account, I don’t think that’s ever going to happen. Trust me to waste all those money I got on pointless things. I know I have only myself to blame.

My English is also getting a little bit rusty. I need to write more before going back or I’ll never hear the end from Sheryl’s energetic mouth. She already reminded us waaaaay back then to not let our guards down just because we’re on holiday. Speaking of Sheryl, I still have two electives to choose. I haven’t decided on anything yet. I took Linguistics in the first semester of 2008, and Computer Science in the second. I’m thinking of taking Japanese, but what about the other elective? I’m at lost. In the end, I guess I’ll just take up Sheryl’s offer of doing Teaching Literature (LANGTCHG paper) or something as an elective. The problem is… I totally hate LANGTCHG papers. The final paper for my last LANGTCHG subject was full of WTFness. I wonder if the lecturers actually knew how poor the questions were. It didn’t help my mood much that our frying pans in the kitchen caught fire two hours before the test.

What should I do about this money problem, I wonder. The allowance won’t be in until early or mid March. I’m not worried about my food money. I’m more worried about the money I’ll need to prepare for the rent. $192 per week WITHOUT electricity and internet. The $200 per week accommodation allowance is barely enough to support us. Why haven’t those people in the Ministry of Education given the allowance a raise already? Even if it’s just by $50, it would already be VERY helpful. Houses and rents are going up, and food prices are climbing up the ladder way to gleefully. The prices aren’t going down, so shouldn’t our allowance go up too? Come on. They can’t expect us to work ourselves to the bone while studying, or to rely on our parents. Not all of us are rich.

I’ve started another separate blog for my gameplay logs. It’s not what I’d call blog. I’ll be updating it way to often to call it a blog, so I’ll settle for a log. I’m calling it PlayLog. I’ll be dumping my PC, Nintendo DS, Wii, Playstation and PSP game logs there. I figured it wouldn’t be appropriate to dump everything on this blog. I tend to ramble long. Oh, and I also need to finish those WordPress theme projects I’ve started. Can’t be using other people’s forever, I guess.

On an important, site related note: I’ll be taking after the site more carefully after this, and I’ll try to update often. I’ll check my personal mailboxes more often too. I’m sorry if I never replied to hosting application and whatnot before, but I’ll try to after this.