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Driving!

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I had my first lesson today. Was a bit jittery at first, but then I realised it’s not as scary as I always imagined it to be!

Maybe it’s cos I’m learning auto instead of manual. Super noob, yes, but I’m being practical – it saves so much time! Plus if I took manual I wouldn’t have made it back here. Had enough trouble listening to my instructor, looking out for cars, signalling and controlling the accelerator and steering wheel. (Sounds like a lot to do but I reckon most people don’t have that much trouble.) Let’s just say I’m not like other girls – I can’t multi-task for nuts! So if I were ambitious and took manual, hmm…

Met Miss Kaye Lee and Mr Gavan Leong after my lesson for Starbucks! Looooong time since I’ve sat down properly with those two, considering we used to do it all the time back in school. Was nice catching up you two! (Not like you guys ever come here, haha.)

Alrightey I’m off to church for Easter Vigil!

On a side note, CHECK THIS OUT!

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Aaaahhhhhh!

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March 22, 2008 at 7:02 pm

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Glory in the Cross

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Let us ever glory in the cross of Christ,
our salvation and our hope.
Let us bow in homage to the Lord of Life,
who was broken to make us whole.

There is no greater love, as blessed as this:
to lay down one’s life for a friend.
Let us ever glory in the cross of Christ
and the triumph of God’s great love.

Let us make our journey to the cross of Christ,
who surrendered glory and grace
to become a servant of the great and small,
that all people may know God’s face.

Though his birth was divine, he knelt as a slave,
to wash common dust from our feet.
Let us ever glory in the cross of Christ,
and the triumph of God’s great love.
 

It’s Good Friday, the day Christians all around the world commemorate the Passion of Christ.

Service today somehow meant a lot more to me compared to previous years, especially during the veneration of the cross. For some reason I began tearing immediately after I got back to the pew. Perhaps it was the guilt, knowing the only reason He suffered so willingly on the cross was for our sake, for our eternal salvation. Or maybe at that moment I truly felt the power of God’s love.

Yesterday was Holy Thursday. Went for mass at Holy Spirit with Mr Lee (who insists we all stop calling him that from now on), Adrian, Mark, Shaun and James before they all came over. A little strange being the only girl but I took a lot away from the night’s activity nonetheless. After dinner (and some uncontrolled laughter) we proceeded to the living room to quieten ourselves and to share and reflect on what Jesus’ death on the cross really means to all of us, and what it was that made Him embrace suffering so willingly.

We washed one another’s feet just like how Christ humbled himself and washed the feet of His disciples at the Last Supper. It was our way of committing ourselves to taking care of each other in this community, and making that promise to be open with each other, to share our lives and allow ourselves to be vulnerable in the presence of one another.

That made me realise how guarded I can be, how I haven’t really been in keeping with my resolution to let go and let God, as well as to let others in.

“Set your hearts on his kingdom first, and on God’s saving justice, and all these other things will be given you as well. So do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – Matthew 6: 33-35

I think I worry and try to take control of things too much. I ought to learn to trust in Him. After all, what’s not to trust?

The past couple of months have really been eye-opening. Getting more involved in church, establishing new friendships and learning more about my faith… I really have a lot to be thankful for.

My applications to uni have been pretty stagnant. There’s just so much inertia and I have no idea how I got to becoming this lazy. I ought to buck up before school starts again!

Which means I should stop blogging and start on my personal statement. Sigh.

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March 21, 2008 at 7:35 pm

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Can’t think of a title.

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It’s past midnight and I have work tomorrow. But still I’m up BLOGGING. Like it’s even necessary. Nothing I’m gonna say here is gonna be of utmost importance so if you’re looking for something interesting to read, the links are on the right hand side of this page!

Spent almost the entire weekend in church. Feels odd, come to think of it. Never been this involved! But anyway we’ve been having an empowerment workshop on Pope John Paul’s Theology of the Body, brought down to our level. It answered a lot of questions about why the Church takes such a stand on life, love, sex and marriage that I myself never really bothered to think about. Very meaningful and enlightening, I must say!

Oh and on a side note, I made Tiramisu in the middle of the night last night! Not very considerate of me, considering I’m not the most careful person around so the cling-clanging pretty much woke the whole house up. But the mascarpone was already at room temperature so I thought, might as well use it! Anyway it turned out pretty well, I think!

My lower half is aching from the alumni dance practice we had on Thursday. The way I walk is unglam enough as it is, now add an aching thigh muscle, and there you have, A DUCK.

Okay time for bed now. Enough rambling anyway.

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February 25, 2008 at 12:31 am

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Chef Pam

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Woohoo my dream of ever setting up my own bakery begins TOMORROW!

Hahaha okay I don’t think I’ll ever really set up a bakery, but yes, I’m going for a cooking class tomorrow! The class itself (at Palate Sensations) is inspired by the movie No Reservations. So I’m gonna be learning to make what Nick makes in the show:

Linguine with pomodoro & basilico

Handmade pizza

TIRAMISU!

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I hope I pick it up fast ‘cos I’ve been dying to learn how to make Tiramisu since like, goodness knows when.

If I manage to get it right I can bake for you guys!

I better bring a camera tomorrow and take many many pictures so I’ll remember what the steps are supposed to look like.

Hope everything goes well! If an article entitled ‘Palate Sensations Burns Down’ makes it to the headlines on Wednesday you’ll all know what went wrong. Hahaha k I’m kidding. Or at least I better be!

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February 18, 2008 at 10:42 pm

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Updates!

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Okay I have decided to revive this place, but only because Miss Arlana Tan who has just flown off to Melbourne asked me to!

You’d think I’d be a lot more free since well, A’s are over (thank goodness), but I’ve been staying up quite a lot more than I used to. Only now it’s cos I’m either watching Prison Break or The OC, or just kaypo-ing around on the Internet. Facebook, in other words.

I’m morphing into an Auntie. Or so my colleagues at work say. Everyone in HR at HSBC Private Bank is really nice though! So yeah, work’s pretty great, and time passes so incredibly fast at work. Wish school were like that too. (Not like there’s a point in complaining now.)

Let’s see, what else have I been up to? Most of the weekdays at work are spent finishing up what my fellow Aunties pile on me, or simply looking forward to the end of the day ‘cos that means meeting the girls or old friends for dinner.

I can’t believe it’s already February! Soon enough we’ll all be back in school, complaining about work and projects and what not.

Time passes so quickly. We’re so old!

This/last month was like Movie Marathon Month. (Wow, alliteration at work!) Let’s see what we watched:

The Kite Runner
Atonement
27 Dresses
Ah Long Pte Ltd (Don’t ask me about that, it just seemed like the right thing to do during CNY.)
Away From Her

Kite Runner was incredible, 27 Dresses was hilarious. As for the others, I guess they weren’t really my kinda movies!

Hmm, so that’s that. Other than work I’ve been pretty busy in church, organising gatherings and catching up with my good ol’ oven. Today was Blueberry Muffins with Crumb Topping. I bought way too many blueberries so I’m probably gonna have to make more before the berries go mouldy.

Uh, let’s see if I can find pictures taken over the past few months.

Okay I’m way too lazy to wait for the pictures to upload and resize them.

SO.

That shall be all from me for now. I don’t even think anyone comes here anymore! But I’m gonna try and update as often as possible, for the sake of my two friends – Lana and POH CHOO! Haha take care Lana!

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February 16, 2008 at 10:40 pm

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McDREAMY!

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Tell me who can resist someone who looks like that, talks like that and smiles like that.

I’m clearly obsessed. But hey, you should have seen Kaye jumping around in her seat.

He has a Killer Oh-So-Charming Smile! Right Sammie!

So yes,

A’s ARE FINALLY OVER.

Woohoo. The winds of change are blowing in my face.

Feels awesome, even though I know it’s just the ceiling fan.

Actually I’ve been playing so much the past few days it seems more like A’s ended on Monday.

Oh well, how can anyone forsake friends for books?

(What a question to ask.)

I’ll be off to Gold Coast tomorrow night! (My itinerary says Brisbane, I don’t really know the difference. Yuanbing the Physical Geog lover can enlighten me on that.)

So there won’t be a word from me for like, some time. (I can’t even be bothered to count how many days, hahaha.)

Try not to miss me. (Right.)

I’m talking nonsense again so off I go!

Oh yes and Facebook is indeed quite addictive.

Who knew throwing chickens and turkeys could be this much fun?

Beats mugging like there’s no tomorrow, anyway.

ALL THE BEST LIT KIDS! (You shouldn’t be reading this though.)

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November 22, 2007 at 11:50 pm

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I wish I took Physics.

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Jokes.

Good time to be having regrets.

So no, Bio’s great fun!

ANYWAY, before I start, I’m still having my A levels. So if you’re blog-hopping and looking for something fascinating to read, take my advice and move on to the next blog!

I’m very very very bored.

Agrobacterium tumefacians and its wonderful tumour-inducing (Ti) plasmid are driving me insane.

On a lighter note, I’m not that diseased anymore. About 10 days ago, some horrid virus integrated its genome into the chromosomal DNA of some of the cells in my left arm so I had these red lumpy, bubbly, watery bumps (for lack of a better description) all over my left arm. Until now I have no idea what the disease is. The first doctor I saw said, “I’m very sure it’s not shingles.” The second, who happens to be the first’s husband, said,” I’m very sure it’s shingles.”

Well done.

Took pictures of the horrid lumps. (Very tempted to post them up here. But I think I’ll scare you guys off so I shan’t. If you’re a sadist come ask me for the pictures.) They make you jump, seriously. Even my sister moved out of our room and stopped using our bathroom, so I’ve been living a lonely life for the past 10 days.

Haha, okay it wasn’t all that drama but other than going to school for exams I’ve had to quarantine myself at home ‘cos if I had burst the bubbly things it would have been contagious.

Stress does all sorts of things to you. I’ve been to the doctor 3 times since GP. (i.e. I have been to the General Practitioner 3 times since General Paper. Haha!) And after the bubbly things burst (they’re drying up now) I caught the flu. My immunity’s supposed to be quite good so clearly something is wrong.

Ah well, in about a week I’ll be screaming my lungs out on a roller-coaster Down Under. (On second thought, I highly doubt I’ll be brave enough to get on one.)

I’m supposed to be taking SATs soon but I don’t even have the book. Actually I don’t even know why I signed up for it.

OKAY enough nonsense. Shall get back to my Agrobacterium tumefacians and treasure the last I’ll ever see of Bio.

All the Physics and Lit people must be painting the town red now. I want a paint brush too!

OH OH OH. And check this out!

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McDREAMY!!!

Faints

I’m so watching it on Thursday. Ack!

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November 16, 2007 at 5:27 pm

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The end is near.

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The fact that the word FREEDOM is even on this calendar is saying something.

Then again, the “end” could go either way.

The end of our agony?

Or…

The end of the world!

Okay. Enough drama.

I just cannot wait for all this to be over. Gold Coast, Korea… actually send me to Pulau Tekong and it’ll still beat studying.

Okay no. The guys are gonna kill me.

I NEED to bake. It’s not a want anymore, it’s a NEED!

Mugging is depressing.

I’m going to be depressed.

Okay, clearly I’m not making a point here. SO, I’ll just be off now.

I don’t even know why I typed all this. Haha!

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October 26, 2007 at 4:59 pm

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The Art of Procrastination

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Simple to master.

Tough to lose.

I need a Dummy’s Guide to Stop Procrastinating and Start Working!

Problem is, I’ll probably never get down to reading it.

Ah well, haven’t been here in ages. Took a looong while to remember what my password and username are.

Shouldn’t be a surprise though. My life now basically revolves around 5 simple things.

GP.
Bio.
Chem.
Math.
And alas, Econs.

Scrap the simple. My only form of entertainment now is Brothers & Sisters and of course, Grey’s Anatomy. Other than that it’s just been mugging, mugging and more mugging.

Or rather, Trying to mug, Trying Very Hard to mug, and then Not Trying At All.

If there’s one thing that’s most capable of seducing me, it’s…

MY BED.

(What were you thinking?)

I’m so rambling.

Good night.

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October 14, 2007 at 11:54 pm

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On the Verge of a Breakdown? Try RETAIL THERAPY!

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It works.

And I mean every word of it! You should have seen the looks on our faces after we went shopping today. Kaye and I were grinning from ear to ear and laughing at the slightest thing.

Oh, the joy.

Anyway, it seems I survived The Dreadful Exams after all. I’m only saying this because our results aren’t out yet, and shopping makes me happy!

So today was Chem. No comments about that. What happened after is way more worth commenting.

We watched…

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Imagine sharing Tiramisu with the love of your life in the warmth of a dimly lit fireplace.

The prospect of me ever pulling myself out of singlehood just got delayed another 10 years. Hoho!

Aaron Eckhart’s character’s SO CHARMING. And he cooks. HE COOKS! And he’s hilariously funny. And so so so sweet.

I’m so gonna die an old hag. Where on earth (literally) do you find guys like that!

Anyway that wasn’t the only reason why the show’s officially my new favourite movie. Catherine Zeta-Jones is oh-so-pretty, and Abigail Breslin’s one heck of an actress!

AND, the best part? THE DESSERTS. The way they dressed all the food so prettily. I was SO HUNGRY! (Then again, pretty food’s too pretty to be eaten!)

So that was about it. Retail therapy followed immediately after, and made us the happiest people in the world! We hopped from shop to shop and practically lost track of time. And then Kaye had to go so I stayed on for a bit before going off to meet Mum and my sister.

Tomorrow another round begins. I’m gonna have to work for it though! Mum wants me to help my younger brother with Math. And then she’ll go shop with me!

I’m gonna go to bed smiling like an idiot tonight 🙂

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September 21, 2007 at 11:54 pm

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