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Saturday, May 29, 2010

My first ever paper! PKNU Spring Festival

It's already 3am and I'm still here at my desk typing away. Can't sleep yet, I want to, I'm really tired but I made the wrong choice of watching a depressing movie so I can't sleep just yet. The Virgin Suicides. Don't watch the movie, don't read the book. It's really so depressing I get nightmares each time I read/watch that title.

I hope I end my three day marathon of zombie-ness. Three days ago, my professor called me to his office on the one day I was really, really late and told me, that I have to write a paper for this conference. He called me in on Wednesday morning and told me to hand up on Saturday. Four pages, double columns. Heck I'm still waiting for my electronic components to arrive by delivery so I told him, I have no results yet. He knows, but told me to take it as practice. So Day 1, I wrote the introduction. There was a lot of rock music outside the window. My university is having its annual Spring Festival. Couldn't concentrate and screw it, went to the rock fest with a friend. Day 2, not a lot of progress but I completed page 2. My face turned green. And at night, still went for beer at the carnival grounds. Lotsa rap music that night. K-rap doesn't really suit me, but it was fun. And fireworks from the balcony! Wow... the university really spent a lot on the Spring Carnival.

Day 3... finally... I completed the paper. My first ever paper! It was really tough to write, for this paper I had to dig out everything I learnt from my undergraduate years... electronics, optical, telecommunications... for a single topic. I know I should be pleased with it, makes me wonder why I didn't write any papers in Intel since I can get one out in just three days... but... oh gosh... I don't wanna look at the quality. Just sent it in for the professor to review and I just hope that I don't get a lot of crap out of it tomorrow... x_X

Some photos from the Spring Festival. Not so depressing, really. Cheered me up just to look at these photos! ^^

Everything festive here starts with alcohol. Yes! The difference with Malaysian universities is here, pretty Korean beer girls give out free alcohol drinks... in campus! I had a Cass beer handed to me before lunch and this stall here serves out free makkoli, a Korean rice wine drink with 2% alcohol. It's pink and tastes sweet... yummy!

And of course, Korean food stalls. You can see these stalls everywhere, at tourist spots, at festivities, selling yummy pork satay... and not so yummy... broiled bugs. Eeww.

The international food stalls. This is, obviously, the Japanese stall. We had okonomiyaki here. And also ordered 糖醋肉 from the stall with the big red banner with the yellow star on it.

The Vietnamese stall, which only sold fried spring rolls.

Even the Indonesians had a stall, selling what else? Bakso, of course...

But we Malaysians didn't setup a stall... hehe... the five lazy Malaysians... we could have sold Hainan chicken rice but the Singaporeans would argue it's theirs... we could have sold nasi lemak but the Indons would argue it's theirs... we could have worn cheongsam but the China people would argue it's theirs... luckily we didn't sing Rasa Sayang because the Indons started singing it when we were halfway through our meal... *sweat*

Then they had this weird stall where you can throw water balloons at a guy standing behind the Spongebob cut-out...

and university girls cooking ramyeon and oden on the floor...

Then at night the rock concert began with all the bass guitars and high-strung voices and shrieks from the mad fans!! The Spring Festival is really cool!!!~~~

And during an interval suddenly they had all this heart-shaped backgrounds on the screen and showing some couple photos then one guy appeared on stage to sing a romantic love song for his girlfriend... see the girl... gam dong until cry... ooooo so romantic... really Korean...

Then the crowd started to chant "bok bok hei"... means kiss the girl... haha... then the guy gave her this BEAUTIFUL bouquet of roses and proceeded to kiss the girl!! OMG... in campus, on stage!!! Haha... imagine the guard used to beep at the couples who held hands in MMU...


Then it was to more rock music and pounding our fists in the air... the end.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

In memory of... CentralWorld

I couldn't believe what I saw on the Internet this morning. They destroyed CentralWorld!

CentralWorld, the second-largest shopping mall in Southeast Asia, was set on fire by Red Shirt protesters after the Red Shirt leaders surrendered themselves. The Red Shirts support ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Other than CW, the Red Shirts also set fire on 39 other buildings throughout Bangkok.

In remembrance of... CentralWorld... taken in year 2007.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

习惯... 渐渐学会

Taken on my birthday at Nampodong, together with Katie

习惯了这里的冷天气  冷得我不得不多加一件外套
习惯了套上黑色丝袜  天天涂抹 bb 霜
习惯了出门没驾车  和别人挤公车
习惯了周围的人  说着我听不懂的话语
习惯了无论回答什么问题  都先说一声“네”
习惯了一天跑几趟三层高的楼梯  上研究室
习惯了没开风扇  房内窒闷的空气
习惯了没事儿干也留在研究室  直至十点
习惯了教授用韩语教课  一句也听不懂呆呆望着手上的英文手抄笔记
习惯了下雨天  鞋子进水全湿了
习惯了吃炸鸡不配白饭  在地上盘腿吃饭
更习惯了一些人古怪的脾气  和烦琐的规矩

就是不习惯  身边没有你

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Like a dream

After two months, sometimes it still feels like a dream. It's like I'm living in a Korean drama. Phrases, people, places I see in dramas, all living, breathing, talking. In the Korean air.

Beautiful people. Beautifully decorated cafes. All the small little details, woven and patted gently, neatly, delightfully, into place. It's like they have an original sense for beauty ingrained in them or something. Girls wearing light flowery dresses and ribbons in their hair. Boys nicely dressed up in their suits and ties for Mothers' Day. Bright yellow buttercups on the sidewalk, red flowers in little brown-color flowerpots on the café window sill, beckoning to the passersby on the street to come in, sit for a little while. A little bunny sits on the blue bookshelf next to a measuring stand. Litte cupcakes with silver balls and stars on the icing screaming "Bite me! Bite me!" Chandeliers, warm lighting, brick walls, checkered cloth on the table, a cozy place for a platter of seafood spaghetti for two.

Then sometimes it gets dramatic too. Like a plot, written by some bespectacled gay scriptwriter down at KBS. The poor little Cinderella, the evil stepmother, the handsome hero. Although I wish the hero could be a little bit more handsome. The drama, the twists, the endings, tears trickle down your face but you know you can't leave the drama cos you're living in it. And sometimes, just sometimes, you escape. To a place where there's warm toast and ham drizzled with honey and three scoop icecreams, chocolate, vanilla, strawberry on a waffle. Under the tree with a boy, just for a while. A friend, someone who can take me away from here. Escapism. Even though it takes just a short while.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

A Baseball Game

A game of baseball on a warm Sunday afternoon reminds me of those days when I used to play softball at my high school field.

I started attending softball practice in Form One, when we were told to take up extra-curricular activities. What drew me to softball so much I really don't know... again, maybe too much American TV?

Our softball team was called AMC Angels. We had practice every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday morning. I attended afternoon session of school so that meant waking up at 5.30am to wait for the school bus, showering in the school toilet after practice and then dozing off in history class. It was so exhausting, yet I don't know why I was so semangat to wake up to go for practice.

At first, the seniors wouldn't let me do anything except practice my batting stances. Then it was physical exercise and catch-and-throw and batting sessions. And sometimes we went for softball tournaments in other schools. Although I loved playing the game, I was never really very good at it cos I have bad reflexes so I was always on the outfield waiting for a high ball to catch.

I remember mom used to grumble about how all that softball practice was taking a toll on my grades but dad told her to let me continue to play because I only had that opportunity to play in high school and maybe not anymore afterwards. He was right. At the end of Form Two, I quit the softball team and joined another club. I never had another chance to play softball again. Because, it is such an uncommon game in Malaysia.

Anyways, I went to watch a game of baseball at Sajik Stadium, the homeground of the Busan Lotte Giants with my Malaysian friends on 2nd May. The game was Lotte Giants VS Kia Tigers, and Kia Tigers was the Korea Series champion last year. The Lotte Giants wear their striped uniforms whenever they play on homeground.

The game started at 4.30pm and we entered just in time as everybody was standing for the national anthem. It was a warm day and we sat directly in the sun's rays.

That's one of the crowd favourites, Lotte Giants' No. 47, Kang Min-Ho, up to bat. I really, really loved the crowd atmosphere where they had a short singing chant for each different player, like for No. 49 it was "Hong Sung-Heon... Hong Sung-Heon... fighting... Lotte eh Hong Sung-Heon..."

The organizers also spiced up the intervals by having "Kiss Time!" where the camera pans to a few random guy and girl (may or may not be a couple) in the crowd and the duo have to kiss for the camera!! It was hilarious!! Other than Kiss Time, they have "Sexy Dance" where the camera pans to a few random girls and they have to do a sexy dance and the one who does the sexiest dance will get a chance at the "Wheel of Fortune" to win some TGIF vouchers. Also they had cheerleaders dancing to K-pop every now and then!

At almost more than half the game time, the organizers started distributing orange colored plastic bags for people to pack their waste. Many people started tying up their hair with this weird accessory! Some of the Korean girls were really creative and somehow managed to fashion a Minnie-mouse style ribbon out of the plastic bag to wear on their heads. Amazing!

The orange wave - Lotte Giant's team color. Their team motto for the year 2010 is "Fighting to the Top"! "Fighting" here in Korea means the same as "Ganbatte" in Japan or "Jia you" in Chinese! They use it a lot!!

At the end of the 4-hour long game (tied at 9th inning so had an extra inning as tie-breaker), Lotte Giants won 5-4 against Kia Tigers.

It was a really fun afternoon for me - one that made me relive my high school days when I and the girls used to go play at other schools..., the anticipation of walking up to the batting stand, the disappointment when I striked out after 3 times, the excitement and sense of achievement whenever I managed to hit the ball. Those were the days...

Girls just wanna have fun ^^

It's Saturday night... 把课业上的烦恼都抛开... 五个女生约好去夜店趴地~~~ ^^ :-*
没有男生的夜晚 这刻是 girls night out
到了夜店尽情跳舞 跟着音乐扭动身体
把周围的男生都拒于千里之外 我们是我们的守护者

笑着走回校园把高跟鞋都脱了,在冰冷的地上敷着,摆个性感甫士说“oh baby”
期待着,下一个 girls night out