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Monday, September 09, 2013

Uni Update.

So I got my A-Level results. Thank the Lord that they were more than enough for me to get into the university of my choice on a government scholarship and study the course that I am most interested in, which is medicine.

I bet you're wondering which university I've gained admission into. If you're a friend of mine, you would have known from the short status update I've posted on Facebook several weeks ago. If you're not, or you're someone who doesn't keep up with social media (and I don't blame you for that, it does get very boring), the answer is: Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NUMed). I'll be going there on a government scholarship (one of the many perks of being a Bursary student), so I won't be burning a gigantic hole in my parents' pockets, as medicine is seriously expensive.

The university is located in Johor, so I'll be leaving KL on the 20th to check into my hostel and sort out living arrangements before the semester starts on the 23rd. Less than 11 days!!! :O

A couple of FAQs, if you're interested in reading them:

1. Why medicine?
Simple. The human anatomy is complex and interesting. Plus, I like solving problems, and as a doctor, you'd have to probe into every case to find the disease and appropriate diagnosis. Yes, I do realize that medicine takes a lot of hard work, and is probably one of the toughest and most stressful courses out there, but I'm a firm believer in the motto 'If you love what you do, it won't feel like work'. You don't even know how many times my parents have tried to dissuade me from doing medicine for fear of my mental health :/

2. Why NUMed?
When I was applying for universities, there was a certain list of universities whose medical programmes were sponsored by JPA. NUMed appealed to me the most, in terms of facilities, lecturers, etc. Also, it is a foreign campus, so the quality of education there is on the same level as that of its parent university in the UK.

The past few weeks have been quite the whirlwind. I had to attend my college's graduation ceremony (I may or may not have a post for this up later), sort out documents, go for multiple medical checkups, make lists of  what I need to bring to Johor, buy hostel essentials, attend my language class (which has just ended, btw) and meet up with friends and relatives before I leave. I have only packed like 5% of the things I need to bring T__T

I'm gonna miss the sights and sounds of this bustling concrete jungle, but I'm sure the environment in Nusajaya will be equally as interesting for me to explore. I'll miss all my friends who are staying in KL, but there are new friendships waiting to be formed in Johor. This is not the first time I'm living away from home, so I won't find it that hard to be on my own, but this is definitely the first time I'm going to be living more than 5 hours away from my family. Thank God for technology, I can always send a text message/call/ Skype with them if necessary and if time allows it.

Alright, that's all I have to post, for now. Adios.

Monday, August 19, 2013

August Babies.

The 3rd of August was Ivy's birthday, so we had a little surprise birthday lunch for her. We ate at Plan B. in Midvalley. All of us ate pasta~~

Original Beef Bolognese.

It was my first time eating at Plan B. The service there wasn't very good, but that could be due to the fact that it was lunchtime and they were pretty busy, plus we sat at a corner of the restaurant. The pasta was quite good in my opinion, the sauce was thick and flavourful.

Group photo, minus Shal.

And after that we just chilled at Secret Recipe, eating cakes before returning to Ivy's in a super dramatic fashion and watched cartoons (because we're mature like that yo). Then everyone left, and I hitched a ride with Ivy to Imbi. It was a fun day :D

Aaaaand 5 days later, it was my birthday! Also known as the first day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri. I went to KLCC, the purpose being to visit the Aquaria as my birthday treat from someone-who-declined-to-be-named. HOWEVER, we promptly changed our minds and postponed our trip to the next day when we saw the queue. It was pure madness. We diverted to BookFest, which was equally as jam-packed with people. After a very fruitless visit to the BookFest (I didn't get any books), we settled for The Smurfs 2. The plot was predictable, but entertaining as they made lots of puns.

Tiny birthday cake from yet another someone-who-declined-to-be-named :D

The 17th of August marked Vanessa's birthday, and prior to that Ivy planned an early birthday surprise. I couldn't make it though as I had personal matters to attend to on that day :(

So, to Ivy and Vanessa, if you guys are reading this, Happy Belated Birthday! 

By the way, sorry for the crappy photo editing, my laptop is having a mid-life crisis, so I'm using the house's desktop to blog and this computer is devoid of photo-editing software, save for Picasa. I also apologize if this post seems choppy and disjointed, as I currently have a cold and can barely think straight.

Will put up a separate blog post for my Aquaria KLCC experience on another day, hopefully soon.

Friday, August 02, 2013

Life After A-Levels.

Ayyyy gurl, can I get you a drink? *wink wink* (if you get the reference, here's a virtual Famous Amos cookie for you!)

My last A-level paper was more than a month ago and I'm only making a post about life after A-levels now, when results are to be released in less than 2 weeks ಠ_ಠ how very efficient of you, Michelle. Tsk tsk.

So, what have I been up to in this one month plus, you ask?

Other than festering and growing mushrooms at home, I've gone out and caught up with my high school friends whom I haven't seen in ages (to be exact, since after the SPM results day. I know right.) We first had a regular catch-up session with some karaoke (may I add that it was my first time singing karaoke?) and dinner at Tony Romas in Pavilion. Karaoke was fun, we sang (more like yelled, especially during the Linkin Park songs omg) about 50 songs.

With Ivy & Xi Men (whom I haven't seen since Christmas 2012).

Xi Men being a pimp, haha :D

(Photo credits go to Sheng)

Then we also had a surprise farewell for Sheng, since she was going abroad for her tertiary studies. We planned to have a picnic in the KLCC park. We attracted quite a bit of attention from passerbys, since you don't really see people picnicking on the grass, with a bunch of bright-coloured balloons marking our 'territory'. We also had to chase the balloons many times because of the strong winds. An army of ants attacked our pizzas, yet we still ate them (we did our best to flick most of them off) because apparently ants contain a lot of vitamin A, and are therefore good for our eyesight ¯\(o_o)/¯. Other than talking, we had entertainment in the form of watching other people pose for photos (with us in the background, hurr).

It started raining when we were 75% done with the picnic, so we had an indoor picnic on one of the benches instead. And we attracted even more attention from the shoppers, because at that point Ivy came back with Vanessa's homemade carrot cake so we were stuffing our faces.


Group photo minus Xi Men, because she left early :(

(Photo credits go to Sheng, again)

Excuse my face in these photos, I went for an after-exams facial and as every girl should know, facials = extractions = scabs T_T

I shall also insert a tiny rant about my hair here. 
Every time I cut my hair (I've had bangs/fringe since last year), it usually lasts about 2-3 weeks maximum before my fringe start to look limp and overgrown T_T so annoying omg. Plus, I have a few curly locks at my fringe area, so it refuses to fall nicely and has a mind of its own asdfghjkl. As a result, I have decided to grow them out again. Saves me all the hassle of attempting to tame them and constant trims c:
/endrant.

Other than outings and a short SAC camp for Bursary students, I haven't really been that busy. I've just been helping out with the house chores and attending Mandarin classes (which are quite fun, by the way). I kind of miss studying and college, as nerdy as that sounds. At least I was occupied with something, rather than rotting. Maybe I should get a job ._. or do some kind of project.

ALSO. My birthday is in less than a week. Hehe. Something to look forward to :3

Will update again when I can come up with an interesting post.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Chinese New Year 2013.

It's finally CNY! :D I've been looking forward to it because it's a holiday and I can take a break from college (even though it was only a 3 day break, but a break is a break!). Sorry for the absence of a { 5 Things } post last week, the week passed too quickly for me to notice T_T

Please don't expect to see any of my relatives' faces in here, they all love their privacy, so I don't post photos of them online :)

CNY Eve's Reunion Dinner~


The usual Yee Sang! I love the crackers the most!


Lou Sang! The higher it goes, the more prosperity you'll have for the year! :D


I think this was meant to be shark's fin soup. Or is it fake shark fin's soup? I don't know D:


Roast duck and roast pork! Probably the yummiest part of the whole dinner.


Claypot rice. 

The claypot rice tasted kind of bad. More like the rice has been drizzled with soy sauce. It's lacking the usual claypot rice characteristics such as the burnt rice that sticks to the sides of the pot -_-

There were like 6 other dishes, but I couldn't be bothered to take photos of them. Too hungry~~
However, the standard of the food was sub par, disappointing and not really worth the price -_-
 Typical food quality in most restaurants when it's Chinese New Year.


Chor Yat~

I don't know about you guys, but my family doesn't really celebrate CNY. We don't go visiting our other relatives/friends, instead we rot in the house and watch loads of TV while eating tidbits. Sounds a bit unhealthy :X

Anyway, on the first day of CNY, it is customary for us to have vegetarian meals for the whole day. My aunt makes really good vegetarian dishes :D




Enough of food photos, here's what I wore for the first day of CNY!

Red as usual. I'm not the superstitious kind, but I do like to wear red for at least the first day of CNY :)


Chor Yee~

Outfit of the day:


This maxi dress was actually bought some time ago, but I never wore it, so I guess it's considered new? :x
And I seem to have a crotchet theme going on...

No more photos because all I did on that day was watching Puss In Boots, Asia's Next Top Model and a little of The Adventures of TinTin. I abused the Astro to the maximum because I don't have Astro at home and therefore cannot watch any of the above unless I stream/download.

Chor Sam~

We didn't do much, we just went out for lunch and then went to Sungei Wang to hunt for shoes.
According to my mum, we're not supposed to buy shoes during Chinese New Year because shoes in Cantonese is 'hai' (the sound one makes when sighing) and we'll be sighing for the rest of the year. But then again, we aren't the superstitious sort, so we bought shoes anyway.

I was only supposed to buy a pair of black wedges to replace my old ones which broke, but I ended up buying 2 tops and a skirt as well. Girls ._.

Before I finish, I shall share a photo (or two) of my CNY nails!



OPI's The Living Daylights, which I talked about in one of my { 5 Things } posts.
This polish looks really gorgeous on, and resembles mini disco balls. I used the dabbing method to make the glitter appear dense. It didn't take a long time, maybe about 30 minutes or less? It gets easier to apply after a few times.

However, this polish was a nightmare to remove T_T
Apparently, you're supposed to soak it in nail polish remover or something, but I couldn't get it off and ended up having to scrape it off from my nails. I think I'm gonna try layering it over a base colour next time.

Alright, that's all for my CNY post! 

Gong Xi Fa Cai! Ang Pau Na Lai! :D

Sunday, February 03, 2013

{ 5 Things } #2

Hiya, it's time for { 5 Things } again :B

#1; The end of the January 2013 Edexcel A-Level exams!!! 


All my post-its for Physics Unit 4 .____. I feel so free after the (almost) month-long exams :D I also survived my first quarantine session! One thing about exams is that the evening after my paper, I just sat down at my desk and stoned. I didn't know what to do, I was so used to studying for like the past 2 months T_T College started the day after our last paper, so yeeeaaaaah. Back to business.

#2; My timetable for this semester.
  

This semester's timetable is so relaxed :D Yay for 10 o'clock classes!! I especially love Tuesday because seniors don't have to attend Pre-U Society anymore (Y).

#3; This Facebook post by my Malaysian Studies/Moral Studies lecturer.


(His name is blurred for his privacy)

It made me tear so much T_T So touching! It makes me miss him, but not the subjects. Heh.

#4; My high school's 2012 yearbook.


I borrowed it from one of my juniors.There was an article about the SPM 2012 results day, and my (crying) face is there! I feel so proud, haha.

#5; Super-cool gel flooring and a piano staircase at Times Square.


Are these not the coolest contraptions ever?! I can spend the whole day playing with them *jakun*



Okay, the post ends abruptly here! It's barely been one week of college, but I feel like I've been back forever. And I already have to start studying intensively for my monthly tests and Qualifying Test. Oh, the life of an A-Level student~ T_T

Saturday, January 26, 2013

{ 5 Things } #1

Aloha~! { 5 Things } is going to be a (hopefully) weekly post, where I appreciate 5 things that made my week. Inspiration from a famous blogger, Tey Cindy!

Hopefully, I'll be diligent and make it a habit to post this up every week. With this new weekly post, I hope to take a step back from the hustle and bustle of daily life and appreciate what I have more often :)

So, I'm starting off with these past three weeks (7th - 27th January) because it's the exam season for A-Level students and I've pretty much next to no social life at the moment.

#1; This bag of yummy gummy candy from Famous Amos.


Because it was a special treat from someone awesome And I had fun posing with the gummy lips (which turned out to taste the worst out of all the gummies, imo ><).

#2; A luxurious (for me) new nail polish and nail care kit from O.P.I.


The Living Daylights nail polish from the Skyfall range! This is the first O.P.I. nail polish I've ever owned. It's so gorgeous, I can't wait to use it after exams.

Nail care kit. I finally have a top coat, base coat and nail strengthener :')

I bought the nail polish using a voucher that my friend gave to me (forgot to take a picture though). If you're reading this, Claire, thanks very much! ♥♥♥♥

#3; Food that my mom brought over to the hostel during exam season.

(From top to bottom, clockwise: Home-cooked dinner box with the best roast chicken thing ever, seaweed paste and sardines in teriyaki sauce, rice in egg soup [aka 'mun yi fan' in Cantonese].)

There's more but I tend to eat without taking photos first :x the stomach over the mind, yo.
Thank you Mummy, it saved me the trouble of cooking :D

#4; This bottled water.

I found it super amusing that the bottle had an Angry Birds label, lol. And there are different designs on different bottles too! Maybe it's a marketing gimmick targeted at Angry Birds fans XD

#5; Likes on Instagram...

... from Violet LeBeaux! If you don't know who she is, here's a quick intro: She's an Australian blogger who blogs about beauty and craft. Go read her blog here! I was spazzing like crazy when I saw that she liked my Instagram photos :D Definitely made my night!

That's all for this post! I'll post another edition of { 5 Things } next week when exams are over :D

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

2013 Resolutions.


Last year's resolutions:

RESOLUTIONS FOR 2012;

  • Study hard for A-Levels.
  • Pass driving test to get P license.
  • Get to know more people.
  • Blog mooooooore & revamp blog template. [UTTER FAIL. Only 12 blog posts in 2012 -.-]
  • Enhance my photography skills. [feels sort of the same :/]
  • Stop procrastinating and finish up the 30 Day Letter Challenge... and start a new challenge. [pshhh]
  • Stop staying up late so much. [yeah right, exams or no exams, I'm still a night owl]
  • Dye my hair burgundy (or a similar shade).
  • Go on a road trip. [the opportunity never arised :(]
  • Learn how to draw eyeliner (because I suck at girly things like makeup.) [didn't bother. but I learnt how to apply nail polish properly!]
  • Learn at least 10 new songs on the electone.
  • Be happier and healthier.
  • Take up another language. [just, no.]

I failed more than 50% of my resolutions for last year T_T Maybe I should set fewer resolutions. But then where's the challenge in that, right?

RESOLUTIONS FOR 2013;

  • Study diligently and get all the A's for A levels.
  • Seriously, BLOG. Or just shut it down. Hmm.
  • Bring the DSLR out more often and take more photos.
  • Take better care of myself.
  • Stop being so negative and don't get stressed over the little things.
  • Go on a road trip/holiday trip with friends (after A-levels)
  • Learn Mandarin.
  • Read all my unread books.
  • Spend more time with le family and friends. 
  • Make an effort to dress up on weekends. 
  • Go out more! Except during exam periods, obviously. 

Okay, fingers crossed. May I achieve all of the above by the 31st of December, 2013. 11 goals is pretty achievable, right? I think so...

Toodle-doo, the books are demanding for my attention :(

Happy New Year once again, guise :)

2012 Memories.

HELLO. Did you all miss meeeee? ;D

I'm in the midst of studying for the Edexcel exams in January, but I decided to dust off the ol' blog for the first post of the year! Obviously, I failed last year's resolution I made to blog more. I blame A-levels. Actually, I take that back, I blame myself. I just didn't bother with blogging *cough* Lazy Michelle.

Okay, standard recap post! :D
Check out my 2010 and 2011 recaps if you feel like it!


January;


  • Entered college! Got to know so many lovely new people ♥ Got involved in societies such as Editorial Board and Dance Club as well :D Got used to the new study environment and new syllabus.

  • Went for Orientation Camp! SO MUCH FUN. We went jungle trekking in pitch darkness, stream trotting, listened to abstinence talks, woke up freezing in the cold morning, played lots of water-related games, stayed up till the wee hours and bonded with each other ♥

  • Did my very first community service with a bunch of friends at Rumah Hope. Loved it, but unfortunately we couldn't continue due to transport and timing problems. Good experience though, we were playing more than working actually :x
  • Watched my first fashion/jewellery show! Thank you, Ivy ♥
  • Removed my braces! Like FINALLY. After like what, 4-5 years of wearing them? Ugh. Hello, food, let's be friends again! Also took away my hair's virginity by dying it.  

February;
 
  • Orientation Ball! One of the best nights in my life, I think. Good food, performances, dressing up and partying with friends. What's there not to like?
  • Went for my driving test. Unfortunately, failed the slope section  *smacks head*

  • First outing with college/SBU friends for Priya's birthday! 

March;
  • Sat for my very first test in college; the Qualifying Test. Gan jeong okay. 
  • Finally obtained my driver's licence. But not allowed to drive alone yet T_T  
  •  Collected SPM results! Felt so thankful for the 10A+'s! Thanks to the Lord! Went out with old high school friends, it was great to see them again :D
  • Treasure Hunt! Fun, but very very tiring. Also, performed a short dance for the opening!
  •  Appeared in a national newspaper for the first time! Exciting max. 

April;

  • Got my baby DSLR :')
  • Met up with Leo :D
  • High school's prize-giving ceremony. Received Best Overall Student for Science Stream award :')
  • I think this was trials month. Relatively un-happening month.

 May;
  • Went to SPCA for community service. Brings back memories of Ivy wanting to kill me for making her clean cat poop, hehehe.
  • Edexcel exams! Also, the first time I encountered the crazy freezing temperature of the hall -.-
  • First college semester break! 
  • Planned a birthday surprise for Priscilla. And amazingly, it worked. Muahahah.
  •  Hung out at Ivy's and Yen Ling's. It was FUN. 'Nuff said.
  • Cut bangs/fringe! Best decision ever, hair-wise.

June;
  • Still the holidays for me. Yay~
  • Sleepover at Yen Ling's. Went to playgrounds (yes, playgrounds with a S) at night, found a cute dog, camwhored, ate amazing bacon cookies, slept till the afternoon and baked sugar cookies. Bliss.
  • Went to the indoor theme park at Berjaya Times Square with Yen Ling, Shal and Ivy. Because we had free tickets. Heh. Yen Ling and Ivy curse Shal and I so much when we were riding the rollercoaster and the DNA mixer. Got scared like crap when we went to the Haunted House. 
  •  Attended the Jayesslee concert! Great performance. Didn't get to meet the twins, but at least we took a photo with Andy! :D Also, met The Ming Thing :D
  • My trusty ol' Nokia Expressmusic died on me T_T But on the plus side, new smartphone! S3 babeh~~

July;
  • Second college semester commenced!
  • Moved to the college hostel, because accomodation is paid for by the Ministry of Education, as a part of the bursary programme I am under. Learnt to live with my lovely housemates.
  • Joined the Leo Club, definitely a first for me. 
  •  Midsummer Masquerade! Awesome night with awesome company. My very first time dressing up in costume! I chose to be an angel, haha. The dress shopping was a headache, but everything turned out fine in the end :)

August;
  • Had a surprise birthday celebration for Ivy! All of us got dunked in the pool ._.
  •  MY BIRTHDAY! Most memorable birthday ever :O I got tied up and blindfolded, hahah. Thanks, guys, for organizing the very very unexpected surprise ♥
  • Olympics fever! My housemates and I were watching the Chong Wei vs. Lin Dan badminton match on the laptop. And we were shouting and cheering at the top of our voices hahah. 
  • Attended Tanabata Festival. Interesting night of Japanese culture :)
  • Fell down the stairs and sprained my ankle. Epic display of my klutzy self.

September;
  • Hello, QTs, we meet again T_T
  • Watched my first horror movie in the cinema with Ivy. The movie was Sadako. And it was extremely disturbing.

  • Went for the Jung Il Woo fanmeet at Times Square with Ivy! My first fanmeet ever. The crowd was huge. Did the craziest (and possibly the stupidest) thing with Ivy; we ran up the huge escalator (which wasn't even working,btw) from LG to 1st floor, just to catch Jung Il Woo as he entered the Holika Holika shop. My legs ached like hell the next day, but that's a small price to pay.

October;
  • Trials! T_T 12 papers T___T
  •  Went for comm serv at Zoo Negara! SO MUCH FUN. We got the giraffes and elephants section, so our workload was relatively light. We cleaned giraffe poop, bathed elephants, fed the giraffes, cleaned the sidewalks, toured the zoo (for free! one of the perks of being a volunteer) and stayed on 'stand-by' (actually, just staring at visitors, like jobless people) for hours.

November;

  •  Went for my last music exam. I say last, because I've quit it. I just can't seem to pass the exam. Plus, I don't wanna waste my parents' money on lessons. They're really expensive :s
  • Attended Crossroads Festival! Awesome performances from the Music Club (Y)
  • Went birthday gift shopping with Yi May and Kay-E. Had loads of fun picking out funny gifts XD
  • Attended MCKL's annual musical by PAC, Music Club, Dance Club and the PA Club. I enjoyed it :D 

December;

  •  WENT TO THE BIG BAD WOLF SALE. /bookworm
  • Study study study study. Less than a week to Edexcel exams! D: 

So that, my dear readers, concludes my wonderful 2012. May 2013 be a better year! My resolutions will be up in a separate post later.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!