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August 1st, 2008

10:12 pm - the semester beckons
The modules for next semester are more or less settled. I must say this is one of the easiest CORS registration, without having to go through bidding war and writing to departments.

Well, not just yet. I may have to write to Katherine of SDE, again for three semesters in a row, for my fourth architecture module.

NM4204 Ethics in Communication and New Media
NM4212 Media and Representation
NM4101 Advanced Communication and New Media Research
NM4213 Knowledge Economies

And yet to confirm,
AR3222 History and Theory of Western Architecture; or
AR2221, History and Theory of Southeast Asia Architecture

Temptatious sixth module for an academic suicide,
LAT2102 Thai 2
GEK2020 Introduction to Film Art

I'll be keeping myself fed and clothed by tutoring three primary school kids and doing research work for JWB.

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July 21st, 2008

02:04 pm - nus
I am sitting in the Singapore-Malaysia Collection section of the central library. Looking at the rain falling on the glorious greenery in NUS.

It feels good to be back in school.

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July 2nd, 2008

03:00 pm - ไปเที่ยว

ไปเที่ยว [pay thiaw - 旅行]











Current Music: Lao Lampang

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June 30th, 2008

10:46 pm - Thailand and Laos
Finally back to Singapore after a month in Thailand and Laos.
Here are some pictures of places I've been to.



Nakhon Ratchasima



Luang Prabang



Si Satchanalai


Nakhon Pathom

and a picture of myself.

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June 15th, 2008

09:50 am - 14 days

Here I am back at Ayuthaya again. Starting to feel the travelling fatigue after long rides from Luang Prabang to Vietiane and NongKhai to Bangkok. I missed my border crossing bus from Vietiane to NongKhai and had to spend an extra day and night at the capital city - with only $3 USD! The two Laos cities are not all that cheap. Many people in the travel business (transport especially) will try their very best to knock out every cents from you. 

Feeling a tad more comfortable after reaching Thailand, where all the familiar sawatdiikha, xxx-na-kha and 7-11s surround. One thing is that I have pretty much got used to toutings. In places like NongKhai, toutings mean like 20 people chasing after your bus, clogging up the bus entrance shouting at you. And they can get very persistent. In Lao, tuk-tuk drivers are simply unethical. 

14 days into my trip: Bangkok - Ayuthaya - Nakhon Ratchasima - Phimai - Vietiane - Luang Prabang - and back to Ayuthaya again. Still thinking of whether I should go Lopburi today or tomorrow. More updates and pictures when I get back to Singapore.   

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May 5th, 2008

02:30 pm - evening exam

I hate evening exams, it like dio cancer waiting to die. 

Unfortunately, I am not the fighter sort.

Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
Current Music: stoned (dido)

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May 3rd, 2008

01:19 am - Graduation

Identity is often predicated on occupation. Like it or not, what you do always says something about your character, personality and lifestyle. 

Soon, I am dropping this undergrad identity that I've held on for the past three years. 

This time it is different from NS because I knew I was going to NUS right after I ORD. Right now I know nowhere I am going. 

I can say that I am not quite ready to leave this environment, even though it can be a purgatory sometimes. And it is not because I am lazy, I don't want to work. I feel a little bit displaced knowing that the change in identity is somewhat rreversible. It doesn't help when the future is hazy and unsettling. 

Exclusion makes me feel uneasy. I borrowed two library books today, and at the back of my mind, I know I wouldn't even be able to step into this library. 

I guess it will be uneasy to walk around campus and feel that the place is "yours." And gradually, exclusion from people due to irrelevancy. 

I am a little annoyed with myself for feeling as such actually. I could have a truly exciting time now drawing plans for the future. I could be really excited about blue sky holiday in June. 

Fuck graduation! I say. 

Current Mood: annoyedannoyed

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April 23rd, 2008

03:15 pm - Noteworthy photos
Some noteworthy events to be remembered.


Mingli's 24. Where's rf and mh?

Max's 24. Play safe!

My 24. Yes, I celebrate my birthday all year long. Big hugs to fylrak!


Dinner at Ajarn Koong's (very nice) apartment, with some folks from Chulalongkorn University.

Thai music performance at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music.

Songkran performance at Wat Uttamayanmuni Temple. The obasans went on a Saturday Night Fever!

Yummilicious Thai food (really fantastic!). Pre-procession lunch.

Getting ready for the procession, and getting splashed.


Singapore 1:1 Island Exhibition at URA. Try looking for your own block!

Such a nice room! at HDB Hub.

More food!

Dinner after sign language class - nice little dimsum place at Geylang. They have huge serving for drinks man.

Century eggs - literally. Please avoid.

Thumbs up for fan choi; and

fried hah kau (prawn dumplings). Even prawn-haters like me had two of this!


Ah meow has grown up to be a fine young gentleman! Ok he is still a boy.

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April 4th, 2008

11:23 pm - rubbish post

I need something to happen to me. 

Something that makes me feel ecsatically happy, positive. You know sometimes when you swim, even though you are making strong and forceful strokes, you feel like you are not moving ahead. 

I need the kick to get the rhythm of life back again. 

Some things that happened in the past week: laptop crashed, projects and papers gone with laptop, rewrite papers and assignments, ridge shit, among other miscellaneous and insignificant nonsense.

Current Mood: ugh

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March 29th, 2008

10:57 am - Return to return

I write this post with nothing I want to say. I just feel like writing something.

I haven't written anything for a long time, not since I last submitted my silly one-page self-justifying self-rationalizing article for April issue - I guess, my very last article for The Ridge.

Reminds me of my very last performance in SAF Bands, when I thought was my last. But I guest played for MWS a while later. Opps. You will never know when will be your last, ever.

I don't remember if I touched the clarinet since.

Same goes for piano. The last time I played piano - fragmented clusters of awkward note-sounding put together. You know, just like you put a group of amateurs together and forced them to go on a parade? None of them had any idea what they were doing? Yes, that kind of sound.

When I started out as a young musician, I thought I'd do it forever. I thought I'd play in a professional band or orchestra or something.

When I started out as a reporter in The Ridge, I thought I was going in journalism. I thought I'd write for newspapers.

I thought. Oh whatever.

Sign Language stage II is starting soon.

Anyway, the end of the semester is approaching but I still can't see the "light". I guess this is my worst semester in terms of workload. After having submitted thousands of papers and assignment, I still have like - three major projects, two papers..., oh wait. You ain't interested in how many assignments I have right? You have papers, I have papers, everyone has papers. So get your ass off and start doing them.

This is the pretty cool Urban design paper I did. Least word requirement ever:

Anyway, something interesting coming up in my otherwise boring life. I am performing in a Thai music ensemble!

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