Chun Xi Lu…

…is the name of the road that we went to just now. Mike told us that there’s a good HK dim sum buffet restaurant there (recommended by the first batch of seniors) but in the end, we couldn’t find it and ate… McDonald’s. Okay fine.

We realised that the Mac at different places over here do things differently. We were given upsized drinks and fries at the Mac we went to the other day AUTOMATICALLY and over at this place where we ate, the meals were all small sized. o.O Ridiculous is the word. Lol. =X

But anyway, I’d seen the bridge that Wu Chun took pictures from in Cheng Du already. 😀
The 2 pictures below are taken by Wu Chun and we already saw it. 😀


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4 days tour (2 May to 5 May)

This post is long overdue. Be prepared for a super long entry!! Get a cup or something first 😀

Day 1 (2 May)
Woke up super early (5am?), and walked in the dark road to the cinema near our place to wait for a mini bus to fetch us to where we’ll be taking the coach to. There was a spiderman inflatable thing at the cinema top.
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Anyway, the coach we were supposed to sit in for 4 days was one of the biggest. Group of around 40 people with one tour guide and 2 coach drivers. The tour guide’s quite friendly and all and he looks really like Sunny Sin. =X But well, when he told us the itenary for the 4 days, we realised that we weren’t only going to Jiu Zhai Gou and Huang Long. The journey on the bus was super tiring and boring at times but the best part was when we saw the mountains.

Learnt a lot from the tour guide about the tribe people living in the mountains. 藏族 (zang tribe). Their religion is a kind of Buddhism and they have these flags all over the place that actually have their prayer words on it and their belief is that when the wind blows, it’s like chanting their prayers out. And placing these flags in different parts mean different stuff. For example, putting it on the side of the road means that they are actually praying for safer journeys for people passing by on the cars, but if you see a bunch of it on the back of a village, that place is actually burial ground for the family living in that village. One flag represents one of the dead. Only the Dalai Lama or some priests can decide the colour of the flag for the family.

Took a picture with a yak (牦牛). The pronunciation for yak in Chinese actually sounds like “furry cow”. Haha. So I had no idea it was a yak until day 3 when we went to a place that sells yak meat (more about that later).

And we went to this place that looks really like an old city. They have Muslims living there as well and Halal restaurants. Quite cool right?

We got a new insight on the old-fashioned type of toilets in China. For the female toilets, it was just a drain with partitions, no doors and no flushing system. It was very weird using these toilets at first as everyone would be able to see you while waiting for their turn outside, but we got used to it after that.
Day 2
Continued our journey to Jiu Zhai Gou. We passed by places covered with snow and understood why the hotel was so cold yesterday.

Upon reaching Jiu Zhai Gou, we took a bus to the top of Jiu Zhai Gou and saw many breathtaking lakes, waterfalls and mountains. We were told that a lake was the filming location for the movie “Hero” 英雄 (starring Jet Li) and the waterfall where they shot “Journey to the west” 西游记.The only thing I didn’t enjoy was that we had to wait for the rest of the tour group and tour guide before we could continue to the next location at Jiu Zhai Gou. A lot of time was spent waiting for the other people and these people didn’t really care if they’re late or not. -_-“At night, we went to the home of a Zang race family. On the way there, our tour guide warned us that if we were to drink the wine provided, we would have to finish the whole cup or it would offend them.There, we were ushered to a big room which was able to fit the whole tour group. One of the family members taught us how they called single men and woman (“se lan” and “se mou”). They also sang us their tribal songs. They barbequed goat for us to eat and also food like potatoes, and a type of barley which tastes like popcorn. We were also given a cup of wine and milk each. Luckily for us, this family doesn’t drink and we were told that it was alright if we did not finish the cup of wine. The wine tasted like those Hua Diao Jiu that is used to cook food.

Yi Long was then picked to compete with a single girl in terms of singing and if he lost, he would have to “marry” that girl and join the family. Of course, all these were just for fun. And the group of us helped him a bit. And he ended up losing and had to “marry” the girl. Lol. Okay. The guys say that no matter what, as long as you are picked, you’ll get married. it’s just who gets married to whose family. Sorry for the mistake.

After the dinner, we joined the group of people outside around a fire to dance. Had fun lah. everyone was trying to learn the steps from the family but ended up running around in circles and all. Hahaha.

Day 3
Our main highlight of Day 3 is to visit 黄龙 Huang Long (“Yellow Dragon”) The tour guide brought us to the source of a river located at the top of a snow mountain for us to take pictures.

Then, we were brought to this huge area that sells yak meat, products made from yak skin, yak horn and some food products made from sesame seed and barley.

We then went to another exhibition hall that sells herbs. It was an interesting insight to the type of herbs and their medicinal value. Next stop was an exhibition hall of crystals. Henry, Yi Long and Hwa Swee bought crystal pendants for their mothers. The tour guide assured us that if we found out that the crystals were fake, we could get a double refund for the product and the tour agency would get a complain lodge against them.

Huang Long was the next stop. The tour guide gave us 4 hours to tour the place. It was a tiring climb for us as the oxygen level was low and it was a 3.5km hike up and another 3.5km down the mountain. Unfortunately, many of the streams, rivers, waterfalls and fountains were frozen due to the cold weather.

At night, we were again allocated to stay at the hotel which we went to on the first night. The wait for hot water was again long, and in the middle of the night, I realised that they turned of the bed heater and air warmer in the room. -_-” It was only turned on in the morning lor. Idiotic. The next morning, only Henry and Yi Long’s hotel room toilet had water. The rest of us had no water to use to wash up.

Day 4
Woke up early. Some guy in the same tour group knocked Jia Hui and my hotel’s room door mistakening us for his family. :S I was quite sarcastic with him. haha. Oops.

Went for a tea appreciation thing at this place where the 羌族 (Qiang tribe) lives. The lady who introduced us and taught us how to appreciate tea is super humourous. haha. She told us that in her tribe, the men stay at home to do housework and everything. And the women give birth and work. And they even hit their husbands to “teach” them. Haha. Oh and they choose their husbands because they are well-behaved and listen to them. And the girls used to get married when
13 or 14 years old but nowadays they get married
when they turn 18. When the guys heard this fact, they started telling
me and Jia Hui that we’re old already.

Then we went to this place where they sell stuff made from yak’s horn and I realised that all the girls behind the counter were wearing the Qiang tribe traditional costume. And they were all married already coz they all looked around my age.

Anyway, it occurred to me that the marriages in the tribal groups around here are not because of love but because the man to be married can help fix the house or help in farming etc etc. I dunno if this is
a good thing or not honestly, but it makes me think that at least the girls confirm will get married.
Saw lots of scenery and the hotel we live in actually is 3000m above sea level in the mountains! So the weather was super cold and all.

The journey back to Chengdu was painfully long anyway. So near yet so far. Why is this place so big? But glad that I’m back here already. haha.
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Alright. Lazy to post the pictures, so here’s the link for them: http://s4.photobucket.com/albums/y116/galovesongs/Chengdu/2%20to%205%20May%20Trip/.

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The past 6 days.

Finally I can come online. Stupid virus!!! Till now, I am not sure what that virus is. It was suspected to be the Welchia virus but the Symantec anti-virus software didn’t detect it.

So… since more of our friends came, I have been feeling really happy and “high” that I have problems sleeping at night. The first night they came, I made myself “high” (so that everyone will not feel like it’s boring to clean up the place and all) until I woke up around 2.30am, and ended up watching soccer with Twin dragon, Edmund, LiYing, Mike and Huzz. Ended up sleeping at 5.30 (I think; can’t remember). 🙂

Then on the third night, I slept at 6.30am. =X

Seriously, I don’t regret any of the late nights. In fact, I would choose to even sleep in the living room if possible. Honest. But well, sometimes, we don’t get to do things that we want to.

Spent a lot on food recently. Went to this Japanese Restaurant on Friday I think, then on saturday, Jia Hui, Swee, Henry and I to Pizza Hut after cleaning the house and buying stuff for the house (like the bathroom shower head, floor mat, pillows, shampoo, etc). It was quite amusing how we found that Pizza Hut anyway. We told the taxi driver the address for another place, and then on the way there, we saw a Pizza Hut and told the driver to stop. Lol. But well, found a new place in Chengdu to go to anyway. 🙂

Sometimes I don’t really feel like I’m in China. At first, maybe yes, but now, I don’t feel any difference. It’s really like living with friends, somewhere far away from home (which it is anyway; what am I talking about?!)… But well, that’s how I feel.

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SNCO BBQ (10 March)

Guang Yi came to restring my sister’s violin. Her violin’s pegs were like super tight and Guang Yi had a hard time with it. It was interesting watching him “re-stringing” it though. Learnt that there’s such a thing called the violin peg chalk. 🙂

Went for SNCO’s first BBQ at SYC yesterday. It’s the first time I went to SYC after it’s been renamed. The last time I went there was for YCF 2001 rehearsal. I remember that place and day because of someone. haha. But doubt that someone will remember. Quite a cool place anyway. I love the fact that it has free wi-fi. haha.

Not many people went for the BBQ though. Let me name those who went: Nikee, Wei Fen, Vanessa, Kenneth, Guang Yi, my sis, Weili, Meow Ling, Chui Ling, Yi Lian, Shi Ni, Kat, Shazwan, Mei Ling, Yew Kay, Louis, Mr & Mrs Chua and their daughter and Jacomo.

Super paiseh Shini remembered what I’d told her on concert night which goes something like that:

Me: Where’s Jacomo?
Shini: Oh, he left a long time ago. Why?
Me: Oh, I wanted to take a picture with him.

So when Jacomo arrived on his scooter, Shini was like, “Hey, I brought my camera today. You can take a picture with him later!”
I totally forgot about the whole conversation on the concert night until then. Anyway, the reason why I’d wanted to take a picture with him was
because he’s a guest conductor and I’d sort
of regretted not taking a picture with Terence Teow. Plus the fact that my sister brought her camera there.
(Click on the images to enlarge it)

Notice the height difference? In my head I was like, “OMG I will look short in the picture!” haha.While waiting for Shini to prepare her camera, I told Jacomo about my upcoming trip to China. And his reply was
expected (because of something I’d read). Not long later, when I was eating a satay, I heard:”Hey China girl!”

-_-” I am not a China girl.

From Left: My sis, Kenneth, Shazwan, Kat and Me.


From Left: Vanessa, my sis, Shi Ni and I.


From Left: Shazwan, Guang Yi, Kenneth, Vanessa, Kat, me, Weili, my sis and Shini. Taken at the roof top. Keppel Harbour is right behind! 🙂

Guang Yi, Vanessa and any SNCO members who are reading this, the rest of the images can be downloaded here: http://s4.photobucket.com/albums/y116/galovesongs/SNCOBBQ/. 😀

More pics which I’d just transferred from my phone:


View from SYC roof top. Lights are from the harbour.


Me in graduation gown taken by Zhong.


Something which I’d spotted in HS. It has been there for more than 2 years already…

Look closely:


Sotong rice! At the famous BBQ stall at PS Kopitiam. LOVE THE GRAVY! 😀 Yum!


Audrey and I (taken from Audrey’s blog). Picture taken on 11/2/07. 😀 (I think I look good in this picture. 😛 )

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Geek In The Pink

Hwa Swee introduced me to this song. LOVE THE SONG. By Jason Mraz :

Geek In The Pink

well let the geek in the pink take a stab at it
if you like the way I’m thinkin’ baby wink at it
i may be skinny at times but I’m fat full ‘a rhymes
pass me the mic and I’m a grab at it a
well isn’t it delicious crazy way that i’m kissin’
this baby listen to this don’t wanna miss it while it’s hittin’
sometimes you gotta fit in to get in
but don’t ever quit cuz soon i’m gonna let you in but see

i don’t care what you might think about me
you’ll get by without me if you want
well i could be the one to take you home
baby we could rock the night alone
if we never get down it wouldn’t be a let down
but sugar don’t forget what you already know
that i could be the one to turn you out
we could be the talk across the town
don’t judge it by the color, confuse it for another
you might regret what you let slip away

Like the geek in the pink
Well like the geek in the pink, yeah
The geek in the pink

well this relationship fodder don’t mean to bother nobody
but cupid’s automatic musta fired multiple shots at her
because she fall in love too often that’s what the matter
at least I’m talkin about her keep my pattern of flattery and a
she was staring through the doorframe and
eyeing me down like already a bad boyfriend
well she can get her toys outta the drawer then
cause i ain’t comin’ home, i don’t need that attention, see

i don’t care what she might think about me
she’ll get by without me if she want
well i could be the one to take her home
baby we could rock the night alone
if we never get down it wouldn’t be the let down
but sugar don’t forget what you already know
that i could be the one to turn you out
We could be the talk across the town
don’t judge it by the color, confuse it for another
you might regret what you let slip away

hey baby look at me go
from zero to hero
you better take it from a geek like me
well i can save you from unoriginal dum-dums
who wouldn’t care if you com…plete them or not

so what I’ve got a short attention span
a coke in my hand
because i’d rather have the afternoon, relax and understand
My hip hop and flip flops well it don’t stop with the light rock
my shot to mock you kinda puts me in the tight spot
the hype is nothing more than hoo-hah so
i’m developing a language and i’m calling it my own
so take a peek into the speaker and you’ll see what i mean
that on the other side the grass is greener

i don’t care what you might think about me
you’ll get by without me if you want
i could be the one to take you home
baby we could rock the night alone
if we never get down it wouldn’t be a let down
but sugar don’t forget what you already know
that i could be the one to turn you out
we could be the talk across the town
don’t judge it by the color, confuse it for another
you might regret what you let slip away

like the geek in the pink
well i’m the geek in the pink, yo
Geek is the color for fall
i’m the geek in the pink
So i’m the geek ya’ll..In the pink ya’ll..
Geek is the color for fall
I’m the geek in the pink

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Surgery..

Finally had the cyst removal surgery done! It was a frightening experience (lol), but at least now it’s over! Whew!

I was like staring at the nurse and doctor to see the preparations for the surgery and the nurse was like,”Erm, I think you have to close your eyes because of the radiation we’re going to use later.” So ok lor. haiz. I hate not knowing what’s happening. The doctor gave me anethestic jabs around the cyst area. He told me it was going to hurt but I didn’t mind injections much. Haha. P6 BCG jabs, I was staring at how the solution went into my arm. lol. Quite annoying though, plus minus 8 jabs if not wrong. Then after that, dunno what happened. Haha. Kept chanting to myself to past time and stop myself from shaking. Haha. Time past quickly lor. I sort of felt the doctor sewing up the incision. Kind of weird feeling. Haha. Then he covered the whole thing with gauze, cotton and this waterproof thing.

I must have looked weird when I opened my eyes coz the doctor asked if I’m ok. Haha. Almost fell asleep la. Haiz. Lie on my side for half-an-hour. I want to see you try. He told me when to change the stuff and all, then mum paid up and we left.

It kind of got painful as I was walking home. Though now it doesn’t hurt much until I accidentally touch it. :-/

Spent my day fixing a snoopy jigsaw puzzle, learning Macromedia Flash (my sis taught me) and sleeping. Haha.

One More Chance wasn’t bad, but it was predictable. You know what’s going to happen next. But overall, wasn’t bad.

Went to Toys’R’Us with my mum after that. Haven’t stepped into one for YEARS! Kind of nice to be in there again. Saw these Sea Monkeys things. My childhood. Haha. Last time wasn’t that ex though. Used to have one but didn’t really grow lor. Hmph.

Got to go! Watch LOST!

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Excited!!

I’m not going to the airport to receive reuben and eve. haiz. Plans all ruined because of this bad stomach. 🙁

I hope to see Reuben asap!! Hope he turns up for the meeting tomorrow. Please, please, please, please, please…

**LATER**

EVE just called!! She’s back!!! Yay!!!!!!!! lol. I’m so excited to hear her again after 2 weeks. 😀 She asked if I would like to join her in going to the airport later to receive Reuben! Haha. She won’t be staying at the airport till dawn so its okay for me and my stomach. hahaha. Yay!!! I’m so excited and happy!!!!! 🙂

Too many “yays” in this entries. 😛

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Pics from my hp cam

Check out these pics I took with my 7260 hp camera:

Cute kitty who lives around my neighbourhood. Quite friendly. Its a kitten actually but looks big coz I was standing really close to it. It looks like its smiling… 😛

2 kittys! haha. One is the cat above, another is a similar coloured cat. The one with the shorter tail is the cat above.

ok. I really love this pic coz it was taken of a wall in HS! It’s a dedication to my previous form teacher Miss Wong Kwai Hoong. Want to know the whole dedication, go visit HS! Haha. But you probably can’t anyway… -_-“”

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sick

Had fever yesterday after I went offline. Highest temperature was 37.7 degrees celsius. Slept for almost the whole day. Haiz. So sian now. Stomach feeling rather weird now though. Not sure why but its been like that since yesterday.

Now not sure if I should go receive Reuben or Eve. Coz I don’t know if i can stay up the whole time in the cold or not and still go for a meeting at 8.30am in the morning. help.

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The encounter of the 3 godbrothers…

School wasn’t really bad yesterday, except for the fact that it was really, really cold and it made my throat really dry. 🙁

After school, went home to collect some of my old, other schools prelim paper (no it doesn’t include yours Boon Han, don’t worry :)) and passed it to my godbro, Kenneth (Goh) at CP. Honestly, I don’t know how so many people ended up as my godbrothers. There’s Daniel, Jeremy and now Kenneth. Lol. 😛 We walked around CP, hoping to see something I can buy for upcoming birthdays but can’t find any suitable ones. Haiz…

Then went to HS and the bus took the whole band and me (the only alumni) to Esplanade for the SYF Concert band presentation. I again ended up sitting next to Jeremy (my godbro) and he told me a lot about school and work.

Esplanade is a really nice place to be in. Honest! Its soo class. The acoustics of the hall was excellent. No mics were needed for the bands that performed. I sat at the circle seat where the view was spectacular. You can see the whole band from up there.

St Andrew’s sec band played The Seventh Night of July and Curtains Up!. Not bad, the band was in tune most of the time.
ACS (I) played ‘GR’ Selection and Vesuvius. Vesuvius didn’t really capture my attention well though I really loved it when SAF band played it with Frank Ticheli a few years back. My sis told me that
this actor, Wen Long was there as a percussionist. Cool. Though I’d always thought Wen Long was my age. He obviously wasn’t since he’s playing with a sec sch band.
Dunman High, again looked more of an orchestra than a band. Haha. They played Rebroll and Do Enka Express. Again, they’re up to their usual standards. Excellent!

After the interval, TJC played Time to Take Back The Knights! and Dancin’ Megahits. I think I’d heard Dancin’ Megahits somewhere before. Just can’t remember where though.
Final performance by SAJC‘s band. I really love that band. They played 2 of my favourite band piece – Persis Overture and The Merry Widow. haha. The guy who played the mallets was so fast! My aim now is to be able to play the mallet part for that piece. The percussionists had also rearranged the scores for The Merry Widow coz they didn’t run all over the place like the original scores expected us to.

Overall, the performance was an insight to the top bands in Singapore. Excellent performance. Really enjoyed it. The pieces the bands played are mainly stuff which most band members in schools should know of, so many others should have enjoyed themselves too. 🙂

When waiting for the bus back, Daniel and I talked about music and stuff. Haha. He doesn’t know who Tama Goh is though. 😛

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