amazing adventures of asraf angullia

Friday, May 30, 2008

yay-ness part 2...

Saturday, 31st May 2008 – 11:48 am Singapore time

I am still beaming from yesterday; am soooooo happy that I got my 2nd upper! It’s been really stressful this semester since the very beginning to the very end; I had trouble getting 2 of my modules when the semester opened, I missed out on quite a few lectures, the workload was terrible, I had a shitty mid-semester deadline schedule, and my exam schedule was the worst ever in all my 4 years in NUS…

It was also the semester where I really worked my ass off… I was studying like I never studied before, practically making the honours room my second home… Although my results were not stellar, I am happy with them and am definitely happy with my final CAP of 4 flat (no more, no less)… Haha! That’s been my life since 2 semesters ago: living life on the edge… I’m glad I managed to stay on though cos if I had a grade lower for any of my modules, I would have dropped in the 2nd lower range and suffer a paycut! =(

Anyway, I wanna congratulate all the fellow E-Langers for their results! I’m sure everyone did well and all ready to graduate!

Also a big congratulations to Jamal and Bon-bon, my very first friends in NUS… Even though we’ve gone our separate ways academically, we’re still pretty tight! Must take pictures during graduation hor?

And also a special shout-out to Christine Chen Huiqing for giving me advice just before my Gender paper and always believing in me and my abilities… Hugs!

Thanks to Cheryl Freshie also for recommending that I do Business Law... I got an A for it! Woo hoo! And of course, thanks for studying with me, even though I know you'd rather be sleeping... ;p

And last but not least, a big thanks to my family for always being supportive, accommodating and understanding… I owe my success to you…

Ok, it’s beginning to sound like an Oscar speech… Bleargh!

Today is going to be Ubin day!! Or at least I hope so… It looks like it will rain, but it also look that it might be fine… We’ll see how it goes…

Thursday, May 29, 2008

yay-ness...

I got my 2nd upper!!! =)

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

keeping it down low...

Tuesday, 27th May 2008 – 3:59pm Singapore time

It’s been awhile since I last updated, so here’s a summary of what’s been going on:

- I worked at a corporate access forum at the Mandarin Oriental hotel for 4 days last week

- It was awesome! Was totally pampered and well paid… And well-fed too… *burp* ;p

- My dearest sister turned 27! No money, so couldn’t get her a present… Ooops… :(

- Had a dragonboat competition on Sunday which went ok, but it was also pretty disappointing… And somehow I felt uncomfortable throughout the whole thing, so much so that my strokes were very haphazard… Definitely not a good day for me…

So we come now to this week… I’ve been running errands today; got my contract with RGS sorted out, paid my bills (boo) and also getting ready for dragonboat today… My team trains 4 times a week now, so I hope to be able to do as much as I can…

I am a bit annoyed that I can’t do any running cos I hurt my foot (stepping on a *hot* piece of charcoal) during the team barbecue last week… Speaking of running, Clement, Melvin and myself decided not to participate in the triathlon relay this year as the fees are just too high! $94 is too much to just run 10km if you ask me… Oh well, maybe they’ll decide to be cheaper next year…

I’m enjoying my last few weeks of freedom before work starts… Cyril is coming to Singapore for one week and I’ll be hosting him… Next weekend will be a little visit to Malacca for me… I hope it’ll be fun… :)

Results will be out on Friday!! Aaargh!

Besides that, I don’t think I’ll have much going on… So yeah, this blog might be a little inactive for now… Till the next update!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

fighting the flab...

My landlords bought me lunch (on their own accord) today, but they only got home after 2pm, and by then, I had already eaten… I felt bad and tempted to just eat a second lunch anyway, but decided not to… I’m trying to stick to better eating habits to avoid getting a belly which is flabbier than the one I have now… That means regular meals and no meals after 7pm… It’s been pretty tough sticking to this, but I think it’s working pretty fine…

I think I’ve also recovered from my chest injury, so it’s time to work it once more!

OUT with the FLAB, OUT!!

PS: that’s *not* my tummy, by the way… I am hairy, but not THAT hairy…

Sunday, May 11, 2008

all tugged out...

Monday, 12th May 2008 – 1:32pm Singapore time

Quick update: Grandfather has stabilised, but no other news besides that…

Anyway, I had quite a good time on Saturday at Dragontug! Well, I was totally exhausted and sleep-deprived (and a little depressed), but I did my best and the team won two championship titles baby!! =)

The first title we won was in the Men’s Lightweight Category which I found a bit stressful… It was stressful cos we all had to be weighed before we were allowed onto the boat and the maximum weight for each boat was 750kg… Even though I was the lightest in the boat, I registered a weight gain of 1 fricking kilo after lunch and that made me so tempted to just retch it out again! So pressurising lor… But we did fine weight-wise nevertheless… So after some 4 pretty ok tugs, we won the title! Sweet! My first dragonboat hardware for the year…

The second title we won was the Men’s Open Category (aka the heavyweights) and even though I wasn’t paddling in this won, I was the drummer… Now, the drummer is pretty important as he/she has the task of reaching backwards and grabbing the victory flag in order to declare a win for his/her team…

So I was really psyched up about this duty which I took on during the Grand Finals of the Men’s Open (Craig was the previous drummer) and even practised bending backwards a few times before the start… Well, the men had a good start and had a good lead and I was stretching myself like crazy when the boat was nearing the flag… And when I felt that we near enough, I did a big one and got it! Victory of course! But in the process of doing that, I pulled a pectorial muscle and it hurt like hell… It still hurts, but it was worth it cos it got me my second medal for the day!

Yeah, it was all good… I had dinner with Wann after the event, then went out with some other friends for drinks after that…

Today was a bit busy, but also a chance for me to relax after undergoing so much stress… To Cheryl and Pants, enjoy your trips!

Friday, May 09, 2008

and so it ends...

Saturday, 10th May 2008 – 7:42am Singapore time

My life as an undergrad is unofficially over… 16 years of school *and* exams have come to an end and all I have to do is await the results… This semester’s results will be the most nerve-wrecking for me as I *must* do very well for all my classes or else I will get a pay cut… *cringe* So I’ve done all I can, and I guess I’ll have to wait and see what happens…

The whole semester had been pretty tough on me… I had to take 2 Business modules which meant that I had a lot more work to do… This was because the subject content was less familiar to me… In addition to that, they were both introductory modules… Such modules are usually designed in such a way that there’s a lot of width but with no depth at all… Means you have to study a lot of different concepts and memorise them too…

It was also tough as work at the café became a little bit more demanding… I had more customers coming in and a lot of planning and liaising to do… There was a lot going on and I even mixed up some dates… Thank goodness Liangcai was around to save me… Thanks Bro!

Oh, and finally, the exams this sem were the *worst* ever!! I had a paper on the first and last day with 3 of them scattered in between… Lots of things to study and just generally lots of pressure to do well due to my borderline CAP… sigh… So, I’ve been deprived of many hours of sleep and leisure… And the stress was just amazing…

The semester also had its good moments… I had a blast recording the ELang Musical with all my friends… Really loved the way it turned out… =) I think this was also the sem where I managed to deliver a good presentation in all the required classes… So, I am very pleased with that too… This sem also allowed me to get closer to some of my fellow Honourables… These people are namely Matt-hiu, Dee, Pants and Pix… I’ve been hanging out with these guys more often; sharing stuff, jokes (dirty and otherwise ;p) and having lots of lunch and dinner sessions too! We have to keep hanging out even after graduation, ok?

There’s also Cheryl Freshie of course… She’s the girl who forced me to take the Gender module, and therefore prolonging my exam suffering… Hehe… Cheryl and I are in 2 modules together and this a great thing cos I was really able to learn more through my discussions with her and our study sessions too (although yesterday’s study session was more of a chit-chat one)… Plus, as she was doing Bahasa Indonesia this semester, she had to keep bugging me to edit her silly and childish composition assignments which reminded me of my work in Primary 1… Haha! Kidding la, you actually did really well for all of them… Cheryl’s also a fellow Survivor fan!! As is Pants! So we all share our Survivor insights too! =)

The reality of the end of my undergrad days haven’t really set in… I guess it’s because I’m still exhausted… There were some bad times, but I think the good times just made them seem ok… And I know for sure I will miss school, but am also looking forward to begin a new chapter in my life…

Speaking of new chapters in life, my grandfather is ill and in hospital… The doctors have put it to us that he doesn’t have much time left… I visited him last night and saw that he was in a very painful struggle to hold on to his life… I just hope that he will pass in the most peaceful and painless way possible…

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

the missing study partner and other stories...

Thursday, 8th May 2008 – 2:14pm Singapore time

It’s the day before the final paper, and I am studying in school, as always… Cheryl Freshie is nowhere in sight… I suspect that she is still bed…

Anyway, I bumped into the cleaning lady who’s super nice and friendly… She asked if I had my lunch, and then she asked me,

“Are you Malay or not?”

I proceeded to tell her that I am a mix….

And Auntie goes,

“Chinese-Malay mix is it?”

And I told her that it was Indian-Chinese….

She then asked if I was Muslim and that if I knew any of the Indian languages… I told her that my grandparents spoke Hindi, but I have no knowledge of the language at all… She was on the verge of spouting a Hindi phrase I think, before she stopped herself and asked me,

“You don’t even know a little bit of Hindi?”

I told her,

“Sorry, I don’t.”

I smiled and proceeded to the canteen to get my lunch… I still like the cleaning lady very much, but I wish Prof Lionel Wee was there to explain to her the relationship between one’s language and one’s identity… ;p

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

like a candle in the dark...

Tuesday, 6th May 2008 – 9:02pm Singapore time

I am still in school!!

Well, I should be, as I am revising for my second last paper tomorrow… All this mugging into the late evening reminds me of my days as a freshie… In those days, I had to get up really early in order to get the prime study spots in the central library… Today, I can take my time to get to school cos I know there’ll always be space for me in the honours room… I am expectedly alone here, since most of the other honourables are done with their exams... I can only join them on the other side on Friday… Which is annoying to some extent, but it was also my choice…

What’s more annoying is looking at the pictures of my team-mates who were at a dragonboat event at Boracay over the weekend!! Practically everyone was there!! And they were all having so much fun!! Grrr… Oh well, this is the last time I’m stuck with exams… As an undergrad at least… I really, really, really hope I will able to join them next year… Or else, I’d just dig a hole and bury myself… Hahah…

Oh well, at least there’s the Dragontug to look forward to this weekend… It’s one of favourite dragonboat events and I do hope it will be heaps of fun as it was last year!

And since we’re on the topic of dragonboat, I’ve been having some paddling problems recently… The thing is, I lost my twist… I have no idea why, but I lost it… I somehow am unable to twist my body (something really important in paddling), while I execute my strokes and it is really frustrating! Coach Nasi has been patiently correcting me all these weeks and somehow, his instructions just can’t through to me! He even asked if I know how to dance!! Waaaah! I think it might be bad karma coming back to haunt me… Sigh… Well, whatever it is, I hope I fix it *real* soon cos the important competitions are coming up…

Anyway, I was very pleased with myself cos today, I managed to clear the *whole* textbook of Management!! Almost 16 chapters of shit, baby! Woo hoo! I had embarked on the journey thinking that I could never get it done… But I guess business-based subjects are not as reading-intensive as the arts ones… So I cleared it! This is the paper that I worry about the most for this semester, and I do hope it will be ok! *fingers crossed*

After tomorrow, I will just have one paper left… My flame may be flickering a little, but it still burns on strongly… =)

Saturday, May 03, 2008

i am...

@#$%-ing sick and tired of people who waste my time…

if that’s your thing, stay the hell away from me…

Thursday, May 01, 2008

two down, three to go...

Thursday, 1st May 2008 – 9:22pm Singapore time

Happy Labour Day y’all! Actually, I was so caught up with my exams that I didn’t even realise it was a holiday until late last night when a friend told me…

I’m done with two exams and have three more to go; all of them next week…

I am super, super, super stressed out right now cos:

1) I am losing steam

2) I *really* need to do well for ALL my papers to maintain my CAP

3) I haven’t been feeling well

4) Am not exercising enough and eating too much junk

5) I look like shit

Ok, so the last point ain’t so important, but hey, I think that it really sucks that you have to look bad when you’re stressed out… Like, it’s already bad enough that you’re under stress… Does it have to get worse with looking like you got run over by a truck a gazillion times?

Never mind…

For now, I shall study as hard as I can for my three papers… I really have to do this cos my salary actually depends on my grades and it will be such a pain if I get a pay cut for not studying enough…

I actually planned to go for dragonboat today but was tired and fell asleep instead… Turned out to be a good thing cos practice was cancelled due to poor turnout… Apparently only five people came and if I had made it, I’d have only been the sixth one and even that wouldn’t be enough… You need a minimum of seven to get a training session going… So lucky me I guess…

Right, time to get back to the books… To my lucky friends who are done with their exams, I’ll join you guys on the other side soon… =)

PS: Razlan, my previous post wasn't in reference to you! ;p