Wednesday, December 29, 2004

[ 29122004 11.03pm | RJC - bishan ]

it was a strange feeling that i had today when i went to the new campus at bishan. on one hand, i was pretty awed by the large new building and the spacious designs... on the other, i had a twinge (a LARGE twinge) of pain, knowing that the campus i loved and had so many lovely moments in no longer belonged to RJ. i was hit with the realisation once again that i had graduated... and was never to return there as a student... to experience those 2 years of laughter and tears again.
the old campus was imbued with tradition, love, spirit. you could feel and see the generations that had been there... from the worn out track, to the gross retro patterned sofas in the library (which are in the new library... and man do they stick out like a sore thumb in the grand 3 story glass and green circular library) ... to the strange sweet smell of detergent or bodyily fumes or something else at the bag deposit area of the library... to the patchy grass field tromped on by millions of feet... to the canteen, with bubble tea pearl stains on the walls and sam's autographed playing cards on the ceiling... to the pond with turtles that ate flowers and the fish we caught for emery's snapping turtle...

there are so many memories of RJC - mt sinai that i keep in a special place.

when i get the photos of the new campus, from various other people who brought cams, i will post them up.

the new campus is... nice. as are all new things. but it presently lacks the flavour, the bird shit on the canteen tables, the ants crawling up cracked walls, the character, the flowering trees at the end of the track, the malaysian train track with its noisy trains.

its an institution, not a family.

its strange how the people of my batch bonded. the sports people especially. we bonded despite being in different classes, different ccas, different sec schools. and we were the only batch that i saw in a large group together today. we ended off our reunion with a basketball game in the courts, fitting... since we used to meet up to shoot hoops every now and then.

what can i say about the new building? ostentatious. beautiful. tastefully coloured. designer.
an indoor bball / floorball / 4 badminton court air-coned hall that took up an entire wing. gorgeous acoustics...
a dance wing with multi levels of dance studios taking up another wing...
a performing arts wing, or what i took to be one, LT6, some random rooms, a theatre...
an indoor carpark, with tennis courts and volleyball court on the top and a rifle range below taking up yet another wing...
all this aside from the main building which is made up of a few circular portions and a few blocks.
i was amazed at the size. theres also a track. a bright red, beautiful track, with a carfully turfed field.

a security guard that scolded us for playing in the bball courts without "booking" it first.
something that would never have happened in the old campus. says alot doesnt it?

. no more climbing over or squeezing through gates after late nights in school
. no more using the facilities and being welcomed, rather, expect to be chased away, marginalised.
. no more decent students, let me get a pic up of a girl who was simply sprawling in full view of everyone, in a very short skirt

one thing seems to remain the same though. thats the windy gusts blowing around cheekilly.
and the lockers that survived through a major break-in back in j2... looking incongruous against the fresh paint.
everything that was from the old rj... ended up looking out of place on the new campus. like the sofas in the library.
seems to symbolise the incongruity of the experiences in the old campus and those to be had in the new campus.

i'm sorry if i go on and on. i cant refrain.
you will never know how much i love/d RJC.

Raffles Junior College - Auspicium Melioris Aevi
[ 29122004 12.42am | sailing~ ]

did a meet up with some sailors today. was fantastic! it was just like old times... when we used to go for dinner after training... sigh...
in clockwise order around me... ziyang, liqing, james, yanrong, michelle, desmond, xiang... we were short a few... but they were mentioned fondly. hehheh...
nostalgic... esp since RJ's moving tml... or is it today...
found out that desmond is a voyuer on my site! he stole my make up during coms ball and despite his repeated promises to return it... he hasnt. he's skinny... and has braces.
its amazing to see how every one of us has evolved over the past *gasp* FOUR years! oh gosh... i really didnt realise that we'd known each other for quite so long... somehow... links dont die. we got to chatting with no problem...
ah. i miss those times. those late nights in school after training... guys and girls stripping each other... after training runs... dinner... NSC... 420 course... shivering out as sea as it rained... jumping into the cool water on hot days... getting cleated... getting boomed... breaking masts... derigging... *groan*... long walks out to the busstop hitching rides to get there... even in the back of a truck... the heavy duty kinda truck... which carries soil and debris. sailing from NSC to CSC...
i dont think i will ever grow tired of thinking back on those fabulous times. we formed a bond that stays... and though i may not see them regularly... i really do think of them from time to time... esp when i glimpse the sea... or drive past NSC.

why does life have to move on from the best times i've ever had...

Monday, December 27, 2004

[ 27122004 11.50pm | xmas message ]

did u people read about the little girl who got lost for 24hrs and was found on christmas eve?
in case you havent, she apparently walked out of her home to buy sweets and then decided to visit her friend at harbourfront. following that, she went to orchard and befriended a tissue seller who brought her home for the night. she was spotted the next day while having breakfast with the tissue seller.
its a living story of the prodigal son. cf. luke 15:11-24. when she was returned to her mother, her mother said something along the lines of "this is the best christmas present i could get, my daughter was lost, but now she is found."
the picture of her mother holding her daughter, and the daughter's sheepish face said it all. thats the face of someone who's done wrong and has come back expecting scolding. but the mother just hugged and kissed her.
the similiarities are uncanny, re-read both stories if you can.
this was our christmas eve sermon given by leon stewart, its amazing cos i read the papers not thinking much of the story, just glad that it didnt turn out like huang na's. but the holy spirit must have touched leon as he read it, which gave him eyes to see the resemblance.
amazing christmas eve.

Friday, December 24, 2004

[ 24122004 2.47am | bloop! ]

this is my christmas gift to you readers... lol... not much of a gift, but anyway, hope it gives you some laughs.

it will be a growing compilation, if u have anything you'd like to share, just let me know, and i'll add it in.

site is trying to undergo a change... i'm getting a little tired of the layout and not being able to put in pictures.

be patient with me as i multi task.

in the meantine...

Sunday, December 12, 2004

[ 11122004 12.51am | stuck ]

i think i fall in the category of people who perpetually wish they were 18. or 19. and never get any older. i have a very strong longing for my jc days, for some reason or the other. and it doesnt help that i definitely dont look my age. i could pass for some secondary school kid if i tried. actually, i dont even need to try.


i'm stuck in the past.

Friday, December 10, 2004

[ 10122004 2.17am | cousin day ]

went out with my kok cousin who kept complaining that she put on 4 kg. lol...

big complaint of the day : levi's perfect fit jeans dont come in size 24
like... ok. i hate to say it, but the perfect fit in white really looks good. everything fits, except the top band. thats how sucky. they have a model thats white. with the perfect fit cut. unfortunately, the smallest is 25. not that they ran out of stock. but cos they dont bring that size in. so small butt-ers like me have been discriminated! REVOLT!

anyway. cousin reminded me of an outing to moonfish where her friend wanted ketchup. so my cousin, being the ever helpful, asked the waiter "do you have... erm... like ketchup?"
the resulting concoction tasted somewhat like chilli sauce.
moral of the story - tell waiters exactly what you want. dont like this like that.

does anyone know the price for wakeboarding? i've got a deal for $65 for 4hrs, thanks to my resourceful cousin. wondering if its worth it.

Thursday, December 09, 2004

[ 09122004 12.33am | toilets. ]

i think people have a thing about clean public toilets. you cant really bear to dirty them. whereas dirty public toilets are free for all.
think cine 3rd floor toilets vs somerset mrt toilets.

anyway, why the comparison? cos i'm back working at egames. this time, the lan side. time passes a little more quickly there. theres more to do, life is more interesting. i think i till die if i have to go back to the other side now... lol... but then, that side has a lot of perm staff now.

took a look at boon's diamond back razor. its like the viper, but more moulded, with a kinda gay purple - green shimmery shell and side buttons. i'd prefer it matte black. or matte silver. cant say i love the color. but i wouldnt mind one anyway. lol.

preach was asking me what would make my heart melt. well, definitely not roses, teddy bears and jewellery, as what he was describing. the thought would touch me, but the items would be relegated to some corner soon. i'm a practical techie kind. or practical glam kind. (ie, clothes) lol...
plus, i've always had this idea that typical gal stuff if stuff for a typical gal, things that a gal is certain to like no matter wat. sorta like a model answer. so much so guys only think of those few items when buying presents for a gal. its like saying all guys like soccer, therefore soccer balls or soccer boots are a solution for all guy presents. yeah?
if a guy bothered to know you and figure out what you liked, he'd get something you liked. not something you're supposed to like.

erm... ok... how did i get here from toilets... lol

i like little boys. they are so humourous in their strange straightforward, totally unselfconscious, thick skinned way.
there was this little, ok... prob sec school age...but he was small... boy at egames today, who asked me to open his soft drink can after a fruitless attempt. lol! i mean, you know, he just like shoved it in my face and asked me why it couldnt open. and i was like at the counter doing my thing. like i was his mother or something!
today was a freaking funny day... poonam and i had a good time laughing at and with kary. somehow everything seemed amusing.
maybe its just the post exam invincible mode that i'm in.

ran into yeongshi and fam todae. year one sem 1 reunion man...

meeting my cousin tml. seems like all my female cousins love cats.

back to pandora. not splinter cell : pandora tomorrow (the pc game). a book. for a change.