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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Pure bad luck

Soulful Scribbles:

For the past few weeks, my time was fully dedicated to a load of assignments, thus explaining my absence from the blogosphere. My sincere apologies. But the good thing is, it's now over! No more assignments till the next semester! :D

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Yesterday was probably the unluckiest day of my life.

You see...

  • I hurt my nose by bumping into a glass door 7 early 8 early in the morning! Must be my sleepiness and blurriness since I only had an hour's worth of sleep the previous night. And this occurred when I was about to exit my faculty's administrative centre! *digs a hole to hide* OK... I think no one saw this, except a friend who was accompanying me. But still, it was so embarrassing as a loud bang was heard instantaneously and echoed mercilessly throughout the main hall. Ouch!
  • I accidentally dropped my newly printed 30-page-plus assignment at the printing shop when I was about to get it bound. I had quite a hard time rearranging it since all these pages were not indicated with numbers. *sigh*
  • That night, I was ready to go home for my study week but I arrived at the Butterworth bus station to a bad, bad news: no bus tickets were left! And you know the suay-est (unluckiest) thing? The girl queueing just in front of me got the last remaining tickets and when it was my turn, all tix had been sold out completely! @#$!%&! I was thinking of taking a cab home but it was too bloody expensive (imagine RM100 for a trip home compared to the usual price of RM7.50 for the bus). That was like what... 13 times the price of the latter option! Seeing this, my last option was to return to the island and board the bus on the next day. But the stubborn me insisted to go home that very night. And thankfully, the bus operators managed to hire another bus which was meant to rest, and the poor me finally got my wish fulfilled. For this short yet exhausting trip, we were required to pay double (i.e. RM15) but I was so willing to conform to it as long as it was reasonable and could send me home safe and sound.

My goodness... Never in my life have I been so suay and struck by so many misfortunes in 1 day! *bawls*

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If I said I went sleepless for 29 hours in the last entry, I brushed a whole new record just weeks ago. You know what, I actually slept (yes, it's Zzz... this time) for 19.5 hours non-stop! What was initially meant to be a 2 or 3-hour nap ended up becoming a hibernation from 5PM to 12:30PM on the next day! Woah... Completely thrashed my old record of 17 hours in the last semester. And the funny thing is, I could've slept way more than that if it wasn't due to an afternoon lecture.

Geez... I must really, really discipline myself. So pathetic!

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And if you could still remember this entry, my last studio project was based on that very village we visited. All architecture students were required to design 5 sustainable huts on a suitable plot of land (or even water) within the village grounds, using only materials indigenous to the site. A smooth flow of connection must exist between each unit. These structures need not to be completely different from one another; they could be identical in both exterior and interior. Well of course, the more designs you could produce, the more interesting your proposal would be. Since there was a time constraint, I settled for 2.

Site analysis (team project)

Site and layout plan; design concept; floor plan and elevations of the 1st design

Perspective views of the 1st design; floor plans and elevations of the 2nd design

Perspective views of the 2nd design; sectional layout of all units; bubble diagram

A closing ceremony for our studio was held yesterday as the end of the 2nd semester was drawing close. All studio lecturers and students were required to attend this ceremony. There was also a mini exhibition showcasing what the design students (architecture, interior design, urban and regional planning) had done all through this semester and I was kinda surprised to see this project of mine being put on display. It was certainly a nice consolation after all those sleepless nights I had in this 4-month long semester. What say you?

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I was excited to learn that my application to replace the English courses (compulsory for all university undergraduates) with a foreign language of choice was approved. All thanks to the satisfying MUET (Malaysian University English Test) results I managed to obtain 2 and a half years back.

Oh yes, I'm gonna opt for Français! Anyone who knows me best would definitely know my eagerness to learn this beautiful language of prestige and elegance. Having learnt Chinese, English, and Malay all my life, the addition of French to my language repertoire would enable me to walk further and reach out to a wider population. I mean, more than half of the world's population of 6.7 billion (according to the the latest demographic statistics) use these languages on a daily basis. Besides, this is so gonna be the 1st step I'm taking for the sake of my green-grass mission in the future. Sounds familiar, Zewt?

Should I have any problems along the journey, fear not! You see... I have pure native French-speaking blogger friends here to help me cope with this! Yeah... I mean you ~ Zhu, Angele, and claudie! :P Or maybe this tigress could lend me a helping hand too! *winks*

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I hereby declare a 2-week long hiatus from the blogosphere due to the imminent finals I'm gonna have in April. This exam is gonna be so tough. Die! And because of this dreaded thing, I'm forced to say goodbye (damn unwillingly!) to Céline Dion's Taking Chances World Tour live in Kuala Lumpur on April 8th! There goes my once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be up close and personal with the diva... *bawls bawls bawls*

Addendum @ 12:53AM (April 1st): Her concert has been postponed to April 13th! I wonder if I could make it there...

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Full throttle

Soulful Scribbles:

I survived 30 consecutive hours with only an hour of sleep in between! You guess it right. It was one of those studio assignments again... What's worse is that this was just a part of it! *sigh*

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Have you been in a car which speeds up to the highest limits of the speedometer on an expressway before? I've heard of people doing this, but I've never actually got myself in one before. Not until just now. Well not exactly full throttle, but it was still an insane 170km/h! Ok... I was not the driver. For the uninitiated, the speed limit for Malaysian expressways is restricted to 110km/h. And please don't compare these to the Autobahns, which still hold a slightly higher speed limit of 130km/h.

My question is, do you guys consider this a cool act for speeding up to such limits? Or merely irresponsible drivers who have absolutely no consideration for the safety of the passengers?

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A very Apple-ish, lormaikai-ish, siewmai-ish, charsiewpau-ish, tungkupaikuat-ish, sambalbelacan-ish birthday to the Emperor! All hail the KING! *quickly gets all concubines dressed in their best royal outfits for His Imperial Majesty's birthday bash*

So where's the iPort? *anticipates*

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This is the final call! I hereby urge all Malaysians to VOTE wisely in today's General Election. Don't ever commit the same mistake again and again and again and again and again...

Addendum @ 10:22PM: An unprecedented landslide victory for the Opposition in the state of Penang! A new future for the island-state! All cheers for Penangites!

Addendum @ 2:22AM (March 9th): The Opposition takes over the states of Kedah, Perak and Selangor from the ruling party! No two-thirds majority for Barisan Nasional in the Parliament! Woohoo! What a political tsunami! A new precedent in the history of Malaysia! Serve those arrogant UMNO pricks right! Ooh... So many exclamation marks!

Addendum @ 4:23AM (March 9th): I can't describe how excited and gratified I am right now. The rakyat (citizens) have finally spoken! Kudos to all those who want a better Malaysia! We have longed for this defining moment after 50 consecutive years under the grip of BN (or UMNO). By the way, my home state Kedah is heralding a brand new political dynasty under the Opposition. How well will the incumbent ruling party fare in the next few years? Only time can tell...

Sunday, March 02, 2008

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