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Monday, September 29, 2008 @ 9:37 pm

1st day of 2nd year

1st day of 2nd year.

right.

i got locked in my room.IN MY ROOM!!! not locked out.wtf! what a way to start my 1st day of school=( after trying the key on the lock for 20 minutes, my housemates came to my rescue. I threw my keys out the window for Steph and Ei Mon to try unlock my room door from the outside.

we tried applying lubricating grease, jiggling the lock, calling the landlord, everything, but i am still locked in my room ont the first day of uni. we even considered breaking down the door, but it was a strong, unbreakable fire door.

must be karma getting back on me for killing a spider in Steph's room yesterday=(

i am still shaking when i wolfed down my breakfast and dashed off to uni. how? me, the unatheletic Ing climbed out of my window, edged along the roof tile, and through the window of the room next to mine. My room is only on the 1st floor though.

after all we have been through, the landlord came in the afternoon and texted me "the door unlocked on my first try, but i changed a new lock just in case"

see? i think it's the spider that is getting back on me. bah. bad bad day.
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Sunday, September 28, 2008 @ 2:30 pm

i lost my old hotmail account(housefly9515@hotmail.com), please re-add me on housefly9515@hotmail.co.uk. for msn messenger. thanks=)
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Saturday, September 27, 2008 @ 7:40 pm

i knew we were in trouble when the dog sniffed Steph's luggage with too much enthusiasm.

Ironically this was what went through my mind when I was on the plane : hmm, I wonder just how long can my luck last till. I have never been picked out of the crowd to have my luggages inspected at the airport. And I always made sure to hide my bak gua, bak hu, sausages, ikan bilis among my clothes.

i think I forgot to touch wood. WHERE THE HELL WAS I TO FIND WOOD ON A PLANE????

When the officer called me aside to open up my luggage i was like, shit, there goes all my precious meat floss and sambal=( i thought i could get away by playing stupid.

" why did u lie? do u know we could have suspended your visa?"
gulp. ya why did i risk my visa for some stupid food. i was scared shitless. and then i had this ornamental samurai sword i brought as a present for my friend. " do u think it is a good idea to bring this?"

bah. i got a sweet warning letter. if i ever dare to bring meat into uk again, i will be prosecuted. wah scared loh. bad bad day=( i hate it when i am bounded with so many rules. i hate it when i got caught breaking the rules. (* note this is different from ' i hate it when i break the rules)

but seriously. to break the rules just to satisfy my appetite. how pathetic can that be. i wont do it again*bows head in repentance*

Damn u stupid dog. Next time, I am going to fill my luggage full of my super smelly socksss. nah! smell that!!!!
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Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 2:23 pm

Book Review : A Concise Chinese English Dictionary for Lovers - by Xiaolu Guo

Yes, I read a dictionary. Aren’t I a smart nerd.

This is a novel written in the form of a China girl’s self-constructed dictionary. It is a collection of new vocabulary she has learned from her English language school in London and from her everyday life as an international student. For each new word, she makes notes of its meaning, and aptly weaves in her thoughts or accounts of her encounters.

What drew me to this book was its description of how a Chinese student struggled to adapt to a new life in England. It highlights the essence of the difference between West and East, and the confusion this stirs. This sort of hit a chord deep within me, it was like reading a story of myself.

Of English food – “I confusing again when I look at ‘whipped cream’ on the menu…how people whip cream? I see a poster somewhere near Chinatown. On poster naked woman only wears leather boots and leather pants, and she whipping naked man kneeling down under legs. So a English chef also whipping in kitchen?

She wrongly heard the word ‘ fizzy water’ as ‘ filthy water” and was appalled when the waiter offered her that. “ I opening bottle, immediately lots of bubble coming out. How they putting bubbles in water?”

The book started off with really poor English, and gradual improvements as one reads on, to simulate the process of learning a second language. The English was sooooo Chinese-y! I couldn’t help laughing when she pointed out the typical mistakes that us Chinese make :

“gosh verb is just crazy. Verb has verbs, verbed, verb-ing. And verbs has three types of mood too : indicative, imperative, subjunctive. Why so moody?”

“ jeans are pairs says the teacher. But, everybody know jeans or trousers always one thing, you can’t wear many jean, four years old baby know that. Why waste ink adding ‘ s’? ”

“people say “I’m going to go to the cinema”. Why there two ‘go’ for one sentence? Why not enough to say one ‘go’? ”


Some of the difference of West and East values that she pointed out were spot on :

The girl’s English boyfriend protested “ I’m always paying for you. In the West, men and women are equal. We should split food and rent.

Girl says “of course you must pay. You are man. When couple is live together, woman loses social life automatically. She stays at home do cooking and washing. And after she have kids, even worse. She loses financial independence.”

Though I find this more true for the conservative Chinese women of the older generation than modern young ladies.

An inch of time is an inch of gold, but you can’t buy that inch of time with an inch of gold (一寸光阴一寸金,寸金难买寸光阴). Chinese believed time was the most expensive thing in the world. When I was a teenager I dared not waste just even twenty minutes to play around. But here, in this country, people spent whole afternoon having a pot of tea, and a whole night to drink beers at pub. If life is a race against time, why people pay so much attention on tea and beer?”

This I find very true. I really cannot understand how the brits party away, getting drunk every week. Though not all of them are like that. They club for charity, they club after a demonstration on the street. Even professors club during fresher’s week. It was this new scenario that made me realised just how rigid a person I was, always refraining from entertainment during term times.


Though thanks to my sensei, nowadays I would stop to scrutinize the social norms I was so used to, to judge for myself what is right and wrong. I should not just say, oh, clubbing is bad, drinking is bad, just because we were taught so. ( but I still don’t like clubbing or drinking XD)

Back to the book. The only thing I don’t like about this book is, there was way too much explicit description of sex.

Anyhow, I shall end this review with my favourite part of this book.

“ ‘ Love’ this English word : like other English words, it has tense. ‘Loved’, ‘will love’ or ‘have loved’. All these specific tenses mean Love is a time-limited thing. Not infinite. It only exists in a particular period of time. In Chinese, love is ‘爱’. No past and future. Love is existence, holding past and future. ”
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Friday, September 19, 2008 @ 1:51 pm

they say women can multi-task. How not true that is. I'll prove to you why :

I was parking at Billions to get my brother some milk. I still suck at parking. With utmost concentration, I aligned my car with the adjacent Kancil. Just when I triumphantly accomplished my task and pushed the door open, the car gave way and slowly slided forward.

I think my heart skipped a beat. seriously. but at the next beat i grabbed the brake handle and yanked it.

i NORMALLY always remember to pull the handbrake, it's already programmed into my subconscious driving mode. But put me in an unfamiliar situation and things just go haywire.

Nevermind. I am going to earn lots of money, be rich , and hire a personal chauffuer.
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Friday, September 05, 2008 @ 8:16 am

pornography today!

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subject of interest : the tiny little penis and two scrotums of a 38 weeks-old fetus. a male fetus that is
modes of viewing : ultrasound scan
i still can't help marvel at how the doctor could tell that 3 random blobs of white on the screen is a penis flanked by two scrotum.
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My Name Is...

housefly
coffee lover
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Ing to the rest


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