Wednesday, 20 July 2016

semester break

I've made a few promises to myself to get a few things done this semester break. Having it coming to an end soon now, I think I should be rather proud of myself that I actually stuck to my words.

I finished two books! One which I've been reading since even before semester break, but never had enough time to be fully and completely into it because responsibilities and priorities of those times. Another which I've bought along with some others with the book vouchers.

This is one of the most romantic books I've ever read. 

I liked it when I was just halfway through it, that time we still had classes and Felicia saw me reading it. I remember her asking me, “好看吗?” and I said, “好看~” and she was like, “你回答的时候一脸幸福样。” 

The second book.

I've seen this book around bookstores a lot when I picked up some books, but it didn't really appeal to me back then. But this time, upon seeing it so many times, I decided to buy it. I think, in a way, I was meant to buy it and read it now instead of months or years ago. Because if I had read it before this, I think I wouldn't have understood anything said in here. The contents and words wouldn't hit or get to me like it did now. 

I remember starting this book at The Garden's Borders Starbucks, when I was waiting for my mom. I started reading it and in my mind and heart the only way I could react to it was 'WOW', and all I could think of was life. And I was only a few pages into the book then. 

If you asked me right now, this would be the book that I would recommend people to read. I'm not sure if they'd get it, but it doesn't matter, I think. For me, if I don't understand what I read I would read it again and I guess people would do the same? But anyway, check it out if time permits. It's not a very lengthy story nor a very thick book, but there are a lot of things to be learned from here. Genius.

The second thing completed was watching some movies and dramas that I left untouched halfway. 

I think anyone who has watched this badass series would agree with me when I say it's cool as hell.

I'm not finished with it though. I'm only at season 4 out of 5. I'm getting there!

When I finished season 3, I felt like it was a bit too heavy for my happy heart and soul (hahahaha). But I was looking for something to watch, still, and I remembered Wee Chia telling me that there is this drama series that the cast of 琅琊榜 acted in. I didn't really want to start getting hooked and completely obsessed with another drama series, but I had time, I thought, so I checked it out anyway. 

And of course, I got hooked.

42 episodes in 4 days. That's acceptable, right? Yes it is. I've done crazier. Then I asked Felicia to watch it, and told Wee Chia that I really like it. There aren't a lot of friends around me who watch and follow China drama series, so I feel lucky to have two who do. 

When all of us finished 琅琊榜, it was all that we could talk about, and then there was 芈月传, and before that there was 甄嬛传. But the drama that we really couldn't stop thinking or talking about was 琅琊榜 because feels and mindfucks and 胡歌 (hahahaha no la, it's not just 胡歌, it's the whole crew that was so perfectly cast). 

It was during the previous sem break where we went on our PJ one day eating trip, and the three of us were at Texas Chicken talking about 琅琊榜, and then later that evening we weren't finished with our topic so Wee Chia said, “我们要找个地方坐下来慢慢聊琅琊榜了。” AND SO WE DID.

Given that 欢乐颂 has the 琅琊榜原班人马 starring in it, I said to them, “惨咯,现在我们又要找个地方坐下来慢慢聊欢乐颂了。” Hahahaha! #anticipating

But yea, these dramas don't just show you pretty faces, it reflects life as well.

The most important thing that I wanted to do this semester break was to spend more time with my friends and family. There was a period of time before sem break, I think it was during study break, where I feel disconnected with the outside world. That was fine to me because it was just the outside world, right? But I kenot. I feel like I haven't seen my friends in a very long time and I haven't been really around my parents. 

Right after my end of semester exams, I went on the long awaited trip to Penang with my parents, aunt from Australia and my grandmother. I would tell you of the other thing happening back in KL while we were on the trip that caused my mood to swing by the smallest trigger, but, I'd rather not. Hahaha. Even my dad was trying to keep all emotion and thoughts under control, but he did tell me he couldn't really enjoy the trip. I can understand that. No one would be able to enjoy being away from a family member in need. 

But we did a pretty good job, I would say. We were still able to have fun, even if it's not the fullest. 

It was pretty sad that the street arts of Penang are mostly gone.

At night when we were in bed talking:

Me:"Don't you all have anything to say?"
Aunt:"No, you talk la, we listen."
Mom:"What do you want to talk about?"
Me:"I want to talk about boys."
Aunt:"Oh. You have anyone you like?"
Aunt:"Then talk what?"
Me:"I don't know oh."

Hahahahahaha! #一场没有内容的conversation

Coincidentally, my brother finished his 3 months of internship and would be spending time at home with me. Being the two friendless people who spend most of their times at home doing nothing much, he asked me to play this game with him.

Stressful. As. Fuck.

It's actually just a game of rolling dies, but the problem is you have to get EXACTLY what the cards show. There were also different characters with different skills where you can draw and use, and this monster boss that'd be awaken depending on what you do in the adventure. So if the character you drew was of great help with the adventure cards you drew, great. If not, wait to be screwed. It was basically a game of LUCK, and I don't do so well in games of luck. Hahahahaha! 

Bro: "You are so bad at rolling dies!"

How can a person be bad at rolling dies? Don't you just roll them? Apparently not. Hahahahaha!

You know how it is always said that everything happens for a reason, and sometimes, that bad situations are actually blessings in disguise? Thinking back on it as I write now, I think I can relate. 

So...... One of my family members got ill and was admitted to the hospital, which caused all of my relatives, all of my cousins, everyone, to get together to visit her. Some even traveled miles from a different state to come over. I know, I know, some might say or wonder, why does something have to happen for everyone to realize the importance of togetherness and be appreciative of our loved ones? But there are inevitable things, and since they have already happened, isn't the best thing we can do is to just make the best out of it? There are always things to learn in every situation that life puts us in, and I am grateful that the ill family member of mine is alright now, and that there was something that got my whole big family together. It's better that something happened that got us together instead of tearing us apart, isn't it? Even if it was something not worth celebrating.

So yea, I got to see them instead of only seeing them once a year. 

Having studying Chinese Medicine, their favourite question to ask me were of course:

1. 你会把脉吗?
2. 你会针灸吗?


Future third-cousin-brother-in-law even voluntarily be my test subject as I "perform" acupuncture in front of the cousins. 

My uncle even came and told me his discomfort and I helped him apply acupuncture.

“看病的快点来排队!” - Aunt 


Which reminds me of something my friend once said, “你要看病最还趁现在,以后要给钱了。”

A few days ago I went on a trip with those guys. You know. Those guys. 

Neh. These guys.

It's really difficult to tell you what happened during this 2 days 1 night trip to Ipoh with them because half the things cannot be understood unless you were there and the other half were all "what happened here stays here". Hahahaha!

So ya. 

What's important is that we remember the joy and fun and seasons in the sun. 

Also, my driving in the city really varies a whole damn lot from when I drive on the highway. ^^v

Coming back from this trip with these people, and asked about, "how was the trip?", my answer was a bit cheesy and gooey, but it was really what I felt. 



#IpohParade #album #memories


That's all I have to report and record on my semester break. :)

今天我吃了一整条 Oreo.