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requiem aeterna

First major clash in commitments: Nottingham Games or choir weekend away/rehearsals? Mehhh. :/

Can’t wait to start rehearsing War Requiem for choir tho. 85 minutes of singing along to a large orchestra and spectacular light displays may be a first for me; but all the more I want to immerse in the mood of the music and sing my heart out. (Title of blog post is the name of one of the pieces in the first movement.)

And btw, the more I wait, the more I’m losing hope. Maybe I should just stop anticipating and forget that I ever tried. Hmm…

kimi wo nosete / country roads

Names of the songs I’m listening to now. Goosehouse is simply awesome! Love their simple acoustic style and clean singing voices. πŸ™‚

There’re just so many things I want to do in London and the UK… I want to walk around in the national parks, join the school hiking club and scale mountains + visit some of the most discreet but beautiful natural landscapes in the country. I want to get my rail card done and take the train to everywhere: Manchester, Cambridge, Oxford, Leeds, Edinburgh, Sheffield, Nottingham… I want to fly via domestic airlines to Paris, Belgium, Amsterdam, Finland, Greece, Spain, etcetc, to experience life in the different European countries while I can. I want to hop onto the tube some day and go to the outskirts of London (with travel buddies lol), to see what exactly it’s like.

I want to take lots and lots of photos. I want to try the different foods, have tea and cookies at a quiet cafe in some small town, find a small serene bookstore and just read any random but nice book I pick up. I want to learn the basic greetings of each European language. I want to visit my friends’ mutual friends in the different countries.

So what is keeping me away from the things i really want to do?

On a different note, I’m still waiting for the results to be released. Full of suspense… I just want to know if I did it or not. I’m keeping my fingers crossed hoping that I will eventually make it into the team.

Life as of now: getting into the rhythm, but it seems abit like a replay of JC, with less CCAs and more cooking lol.

retrace

Retracing my footsteps as a full-time student; that’s what I’m doing now heheh. First week of lessons proper, and my conclusion is that I seriously have alot of catching up to do. It seems like nine months of no ploughing through lecture notes / doing tutorials really had its toll on me. But no worries, this is just a transition state; very soon the mugger student side of me will resurface! πŸ˜€

Uni academic life as of now is really similar to JC life, except the content of the lessons and the number of questions that are asked throughout the lectures. Fortunate thing is that my course hasn’t gotten too tough yet, most of the concepts taught so far are within my grasp. (Except maybe for logic and digital systems which I’ve never had exposure to but hey, I’ll get there soon enough!) But then again, our seniors and tutors often tell us that the learning curve will only get steeper, so it’s really a matter of consistent effort. And being in uni also means that I feel obliged to do alot of self study, especially since I’m midst really motivated coursemates. I’m still trying to drill into myself the fact that I’m taking ownership of my own learning, and I’m slowly getting used to it I guess.

Life here is easily stressful though. Like, coursework due next week? And the wave of mastery tests coming one after another… it’s really like running a marathon. Trying to cope all of it at once. I’m also trying to find the energetic and tireless side of me – seriously I wonder how I managed to juggle my studies and CCAs back in JC? Currently I feel very unmotivated to join much clubs and socs, and I sleep way earlier than I used to and get up way later. Am I growing old and frail HAHA just kidding. I need to find the crazily busy side of me back…

Health wise, this week I somehow kena minor stomach flu, a really sore throat and random cuts on my hands from cooking. (Sainsbury knives are surprisingly sharp zomg.) Not a very pleasant week but I’ll make it through. Now I’m anticipating the proper arrival of autumn though, which means the weather will start becoming the London weather we actually know of.

And somewhere beneath all of that, I still have yet to explore UK and Europe like how I wanted to. Haiz.

Should study a bit and then sleep soon! Sick people need more sleep hehe. πŸ˜›

 

Thank you so much, for the package of love~ ❀

birthday

I would just like to say, thank you to everyone who made my birthday abroad an amazing one. πŸ™‚ my OG, my JC friends, my family, my hallmate, my awesome friends from elsewhere.

And of course, thank you toΒ you. πŸ™‚