Archive for January, 2010

School updates

It’s seems like it has been a really long time since I’ve talked about school in this blog haha (which is the good thing :P). My timetable for this semester is finally confirmed, tutorials and all. It’s slightly better than last semester’s but I still have no free day 😦

My classes are interesting so far, I have to read the Bible for one of it! Nothing controversial, but it certainly brings a new perspective. I also have to read Xenophon: Education of Cyrus, Confucius and Machiavelli’s The Prince. Woww…. I’ll probably dedicate an entry just for this class haha. Interesting reads, the books are expensive though but at least I considered them an investment 😛

Japanese 3 is quite difficult, it deals with a lot more grammar and linguistics, but at least I like my sensei 🙂 He’s very funny haha. Oh yeah, that reminded me, I wanted to write an entry in Japanese but have not done so until now!

Ah well, gotta go print my notes now!


Support Haiti!

Support Doctors Without Borders in Haiti

The recent earthquake in Haiti is heart-breaking. This and this practically leave me in tears. So everyone, I’m begging you here. Please, please, please donate to Doctors Without Borders to help their work in bringing medical supplies to Haiti. Just click on the logo above. Of course, there are many other organisations such as the Red Cross (if you are in in Singapore and want to donate click here to find out how), just make sure they are reliable.

So please everyone, do what you can. More info here

Stolen Child by W.B. Yeats

Where dips the rocky highland
Of Sleuth Wood in the lake,
There lies a leafy island
Where flapping herons wake
The drowsy water-rats;
There we’ve hid our faery vats,
Full of berries
And of reddest stolen cherries.

Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.

Where the wave of moonlight glosses
The dim grey sands with light,
Far off by furthest Rosses
We foot it all the night,
Weaving olden dances,
Mingling hands and mingling glances
Till the moon has taken flight;
To and fro we leap
And chase the frothy bubbles,
While the world is full of troubles
And is anxious in its sleep.

Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.

Where the wandering water gushes
From the hills above Glen-Car,
In pools among the rushes
That scarce could bathe a star,
We seek for slumbering trout
And whispering in their ears
Give them unquiet dreams;
Leaning softly out
From ferns that drop their tears
Over the young streams

Come away, O human child!
To to waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.

Away with us he’s going,
The solemn-eyed:
He’ll hear no more the lowing
Of the calves on the warm hillside
Or the kettle on the hob
Sing peace into his breast,
Or see the brown mice bob
Round and round the oatmeal-chest.

For he comes, the human child,
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
from a world more full of weeping than you can understand.

I love this poem more than anything that was ever written. It is enchanting and beautiful but yet melancholy and harrowing at the same time. I wish I could write like this. Loreena Mckennitt sang a song based on this poem which I think perfectly captures its spirits

Last of the holidays

Gah, the holidays are ending and I’m going back to Singapore tomorrow 😦 My mom and my sister are going to Bali tomorrow (Dad’s having a company meeting there, he’s probably in the plane now) and I can’t follow cuz I gotta go back to Sing 😦 At least there’s the tattoo convention to look forward to.

I wanted to post these photos after New Year’s Day but, heh, I forgot. These are the fireworks that was happening literally outside my house (Really, my family spent the entire night watching them from my balcony). My sister took these from her phone:

Pretty, isn’t it? After which we had our first drink of the year:

Rum and coke! It was really nice, probably my favourite alcoholic drink haha! And then from 2nd – 4th Jan, my extended family went to Pelabuhan Ratu (Queen’s Harbour in english) for some family gathering. I will post pics after I got them from my sister.

Well, that’s all the news from me so far I guess. Oh! I’ve finished my first book of the year: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (Translated by Richard Howard)

My cousin lend it to me and I read it in under an hour! It is a very poignant, simple and charming book. Certainly a classic 🙂 I am currently reading ‘The Enchantress of Florence’ by Salman Rushdie and so far it has been wonderful

It has a Renaissance feel and I simply love the way he write. Very poetic in a certain way. And this book somehow reminds me of ‘The Historian’ by Elizabeth Kostova, which is another favourite book of mine (Highly recommended!)

Okay, mom’s calling. Dinner time!