4.30.2008

Rob Ot

Today, two schoolmates and I went for a robotic course to get acquainted with the robotic parts, structures and programme. Suffice to say, it was a rewarding and interesting experience. Building a robot and programming it to locomote under your control is definitely an experience of a lifetime. Very cool. But not easy. We took more than an hour to build the robot with reference to the manual provided. 80% of the male population there were done with their robots the minute we were moving on to the second wheel. There were some complications, some groaning and some sighing in the process but the robot made entirely of Legos worked in the end.

Voilà. The finishing product.

The model above is actually one of the basic and simple models which has zero chance of winning if it were to be used in the imminent Robotic Competition sometime around June, according to the facilitator. It will not be an easy feat building a new and working robot model and programming it to execute the missions as specified in the rules of the competition.

Watching the robot work for the first time was definitely the highlight of the day. I had the opportunity to put the sensors to the test by programming the robot to move and deviate when the touch sensor is bumped, deviate again when a person claps or makes an audible sound and eventually halt when there is an obstacle close to the ultrasonic sensor. Robots are pretty remarkable.

In a nutshell, this is definitely going to be an unforgettable experience.

4.29.2008

Contradicting Courses

Since this week is Career Week in school, there was an education fair in school today. Many booths were set up for specific colleges/universities. I learned quite a lot about the prerequisites, the courses and the like. Last year, I was adamant about pursuing one course -the one my brother is doing. I would just be following my brother's footsteps. Then I had some serious doubts about it and couldn't make up my mind. Besides, my brother's footsteps aren't meant to be emulated or trodden on. Just kidding.

Anyhow, after today, I still can't make up my mind. I am more confused now since I am interested in several different courses which are the antithesis of the other; like Aviation, Business, Engineering, Geology and Mass Communication. Boy oh boy. I'll just wait and see where God leads me to. It might not be any of the above, but if it is His will, so be it.

4.28.2008

Mad Marathon

Today, a friend and I went over to a friend's house for 10 hours to study. We went a little loony at the 8th hour. I think it's safe to say that we are feeling incredibly jittery about the approaching examination and I think it's showing in the conversations we seem to be having lately. They don't make any sense whatsoever.

4.27.2008

Cube Issues

I have finally scrambled the Rubik's Cube. I was actually quite reluctant to do so because it would kill me to leave it unsolved in my lifetime. In fact, it took me a week to even mess it up. Of course, now that I've jumbled it up due to boredom whilst revising History, I am never going to get the 6 colours back in coordination.

It was - and still is- very unsettling and agitating for me to gaze at the Cube lying solemnly in front of me with all the 6 colours muddled up. Moreover, it was distracting me from concentrating on the textbook in front of me. So I hid the Cube in the drawer away from sight. It is currently residing there. And probably will for the next few years.

There is a high chance of this happening:

4.26.2008

Rewarding Rewards

I went to school today for the Prize Giving Ceremony. Cruel (for having to forgo sleep) but worth it. Although the somniferous speeches required the amount of concentration I do not possess, the school band performed an interesting performance by using recyclable items to simulate musical instruments. Through God's blessing, I was fortunate enough to receive the awards for 3rd Position in 4D Class of 2007, Best in English for Fourth Form 2007 and Best in Physics for Fourth Form 2007. I feel good. Because I'm sure that's as far as I'll ever go academically. I don't even need to talk about sports because it doesn't take a genius to figure out that it will not be far. At all.

I wasn't really expecting to get the awards for Physics and English because I have to admit, I was only expecting one for Additional Mathematics. I lost it by 1 mark. I would have gotten it if I had kept my mouth shut about the extra 5 marks the teacher had inadvertently given me. I didn't. I marched up to the teacher and told her to deduct the marks I didn't deserve. And that was that. It sucks to lose something by 1 mark. But it definitely sucks less to lose it to a great and madly intelligent friend. And as my mother coined today, "Better to be honest before God than to be proud before men." Sounds deep. I'm not sure if she might have gotten it from somewhere or if my mother truly is an insightful person. Either way, that statement rings so true.

I am more than thankful for even getting any awards in the first place. All of this belongs to God.

4.25.2008

Early Planning

Today was a relatively busy day spent making plans with friends for the first semester holidays sometime around June. Big plans. Checking hotel room rates, room accommodation, theme park ticketing, concert information, transportation, etc. I just hope it all works out.

In the meantime, the mid-term examination is around the corner. We have to get our heads into it now before delving into the holiday plans. Although we might have already done that. Man, what a distraction.

4.24.2008

Brother. Score.

Today, a letter bearing fantastic news came in the mail. The letter was for my brother. The letter was from the Chancellor of the University of South Australia. For my brother. From the Chancellor. Commending my brother for his praiseworthy performance in college/university. Wow. Just wow. I am almost at a lost for words. Almost. I wasn't speechless enough to forget to congratulate my brother.

When I did the arduous deed of congratulating him, he was so unfazed by it all that he just grunted at me in response. Really. What a humble kid. And a smart one, too. (And a slightly impertinent one as well but never mind that.) I am hesitant to admit this, but truth be told, I am very proud of him. I know I'm going to want to recant this whole paragraph in the course of the next two days or so but there's no denying it.

Both my parents are so proud of him that they are going to get the letter laminated and possibly, framed. I also know for sure that my father is going to be gloating about it to everyone he meets in the next several days. But it's OK. He's doing what any proud parent would do. Plus, it's great to see them so radiant and elated. It's amazing what a two-paragraphed letter can do to cheer people up tremendously.

4.23.2008

Rueful Rehearsal

The computer seems to be having a mind of its own today.

Today, I basically spent the whole day in school doing nothing except rehearse for the Prize Giving Ceremony which will be held this Saturday. The students involved were required to sit in the hall in order of year, class position and award(s). Then, every one of us had to walk up to the stage after being demonstrated the appropriate method to shake hands with the I.P. and the correct way of accepting as well as holding the certificate/file/folder. I was even corrected when I said "Thanks." instead of "Thank you." My bad.

The whole thing took more than 2 hours. Needless to say, it was a complete waste of time as I had missed a few lessons in class. I spent the whole time reading a book in the hall. After all, it is World Book Day today. The rehearsal will still be ongoing tomorrow. I wonder what they're going to teach us next. Perhaps the right way to walk up the stairs to the stage. Or the right way to walk down the stairs from the stage. Or both.

4.22.2008

Ribbon Work

In conjunction with Earth Day today, there will be an airing of An Inconvenient Truth on cable TV tonight. I don't usually watch documentaries -at least not from start to end- but I will make it an exception this time.

A teacher needed the assistance of a few students in school today to adorn the school trophies with ribbons which were in the school colours. Figured. The group of said assistants consisted of a couple of friends and me. Again, figured. Until today, I never realised what a laborious task it is to tie perfect ribbons on trophies. The ribbons had to be of the same length and size, propped up in the same direction, folded at the same angle and most importantly, had to look perfect. Half of us were working on the ribbons while the other half were polishing the trophies. It was a funny sight, really. High school community service, I call it.

But man, was it good to not be in class for an hour. Not that the Biology teacher even entered the class anyway.

4.21.2008

A Brain Post

I went for this Additional Mathematics interclass quiz the week before last and thankfully, I got first. The prize I received was a certificate and a gold trophy. Awesome. I don't usually get this kinda stuff so glory and thanks be to God. Ironically, the other 2 school representatives who had represented the school for the district Additional Mathematics competition placed second and third respectively. Congratulations, math buddies.

Since every cloud has a silver lining and the silver lining was winning the Additional Mathematics quiz, the cloud was that I didn't win anything for the Chemistry quiz I participated in because the questions required no reading and only common knowledge and it goes without saying that I have zero common knowledge so I fully accept the fact that I suck. (I just realised the whole sentence in this paragraph has only one full-stop; excluding this sentence. I've always wanted to do that. Hah.)

We finally did our EST presentation on Brain Prosthesis today. Surprisingly, it went rather well. I mean, it wasn't as disastrous as how I'd pictured it to be. We kicked-start the presentation with a little skit in which I played the role of an Alzheimer's sufferer and thus, was constantly being taken advantage of -money-wise. It garnered some laughs so I figured it probably wasn't that dreadful.

Post-presentation, I had a few friends asking me if I really am diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. I knew it wasn't because of my fantastic acting skills that made them ask me that so I guess I must have always portrayed myself as extremely forgetful. Or maybe I didn't need to do anything to prove that since I naturally have a bad memory. Whatever it is, I just want to set the record straight: I do not have Alzheimer's disease. At least, not yet. And I hope I won't lapse into it. Otherwise...I might need a brain prosthesis.

4.20.2008

Mundane Malacca

My family, my brother's other half and I made a two-day trip to Malacca yesterday. My brother had his girlfriend to keep him company while I had my homework to keep me company. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to complete all the homework I brought along because we were always in the car or not at the hotel. Ergo, I didn't have a conducive environment to finish my homework.

We went to Jonker's Street -a night market- for the fourteenth time now. We also went to the same mall for the twentieth time now. If my parents were to decide one day that we would no longer be travelling to Malacca for the holidays, I would shed tears of joy. Sadly, I don't think that is going to happen.

Besides buying what I usually buy, I purchased a Rubik's Cube at Jonker's Street. I have developed a sudden fondness for the Rubik's Cube. The Cube is still unscrambled although my brother keeps trying to shuffle it. That's not to say I won't shuffle it. I will scramble it. Soon. Someday. In the future.

I still have a long list of homework to complete. And a few books beckoning to be read. This calls for a tough decision -homework or books. Just kidding. I'll get right to my homework now.

4.18.2008

Friend-Time

Today was an interesting day spent with good friends in school and out of school. We chortled a lot, choked on popcorn, spilt drinks, whacked a wall, futilely pulled a prank, goofed around, laughed rather hysterically, perused books and went fishing. It was time spent well, in my opinion.

4.17.2008

Meme That Isn't About Me

Don't read the questions underneath until you write the names of all 5 people. This is a lot funnier if you actually randomly list the names first.

NO CHEATING! DON'T LOOK AHEAD UNLESS YOU FILLED UP THE TOP!

1. J
2. C
3. S
4. L
5. J

1. How did you meet 1?
He ain't heavy; He's my brother.

2. On a scale of 1 -10 how would u rate your friendship with 1?
Not applicable. Negative one.

3. How long have you known 4?
Long.

4. How do you know number 3?
Recess buddy who became a close friend.

5. Where's 5?
My guess is as good as yours.

6. A fact about number 1?
I quote J, “I'm too lazy to sleep.”

7. Who is 4 going out with?
Undisclosed. Even I don't know.

8. What does 1 do for a living?
Lives hermitically.

9. Would you live with number 3?
Yep.

10. What do you like about number 2?
C's logicallity.

11. Do you miss number 5?
Yep.

12. Would you make out with number 4?
Nope. That would be incest. I plead innocent.

13. What’s your opinion of number 2?
"In denial." 90% of the time. I'm quoting C on that.

14. What's your favorite memory with number 5?
A movie outing with good friends.

15. What would you do if number 1 and 2 were going out?
Pinch myself awake.

16. Ever had a long conversation with 5?
Yep.

17. Have you ever slept at 2's house?
Nope.

18. Do you hang out with 3 a lot?
Yep.

19. Who have you known the longest?
J of number 1.

20. =question lost=
Yes, I eat my vegetables.

21. How often do you talk to 1?
On a daily basis.

22. What about 2?
5 times a day, 5 days a week.

23. Have you ever thought of 3 as more than a friend?
Yes, a confidee. (If there is such a word.)

24. Would you go out for a date with 5?
Yes, since we are movie buffs.

25. Do you dream about 2?
Nope.

26. What did number 4 do to you that you can never forget?
Looked out for me.

27. What have you done for 1 that the person never forget?
Gave up food for J. Got J into trouble. Took control of the TV remote. Et cetera.

28. What's 3's hobby?
Halt mid-sentence; executed perfectly and designed to infuriate at a maximum level.

29. Tag 5 people:
a - Robert Frost
2 - SpongeBob SquarePants
iii - Willy Wonka
f - Edward Cullen
7 - My prayer partner

4.16.2008

Blunder Case

I uncouthly left my pencil case in school today. Unless the second-former in the afternoon session was thoughtful and considerate enough to leave it where it was -under my desk- I may have lost the following:

1 - Scientific calculator
2 - 2 mechanical pencils
3 - 10 quality pens
4 - Class timetable
5 - Other stationeries
6 - The pencil case itself

I realised how dependant I am of the contents of my pencil case when I was completing my homework today. The homework was Additional Mathematics (for which scientific calculator is a necessity) and BM (for which pen, pencil and the like are necessities). I had to scavenge the house to get what I needed for my homework. The sleuthing of stationeries took longer than the time I took to finish my homework. Everything was either scattered everywhere or nowhere to be found.

I really hope that my pencil case will still be unharmed, untouched and unmoved tomorrow.

4.15.2008

Forgone Food

Today, my mother and I went to the evening-slash-night market we hadn't been to for ages. I was making a mental checklist of all the food we should buy there since it had been eons since we'd last savoured them.

We arrived there. We stopped by a stall and bought dinner. It started to drizzle. The drizzle morphed into rain ten seconds later. All food plans were thwarted. We left.

Grim day.

4.14.2008

All About Safety

So. Our EST presentation on Brain Prosthesis has been postponed to next Monday again as this week is School Safety Week or something along those lines.

There was an exhibition going on with vivid images of dislocated body parts and horrific road accidents. For some reason, the place was cordoned off. Fine by me. I didn't even get out of my seat in class to inspect the traumatising and gory pictures. I'd already had a tough week 4 years ago when I was in the first form and a friend had forced me to unwillingly get a good look at the pictures. Since I have a photographic memory, the pictures lingered in my memory for quite a while. Moreover, I have an aversion to all things nasty. It wasn't very pleasant and I'd learned my lesson.

Apart from the exhibition, we were given an oration by a traffic policeman who enjoyed making sound effects to describe accident scenes.

On a side note, this happened yesterday in Malaysia. Although, I still prefer this version in America.

4.13.2008

Book Post Number 582749

After Sunday School today, a friend and I went to the mall for one purpose and one purpose only -books. (Saw it coming, didn't you?)

We went to the mall to rent as well as buy books. Boy are my trips to the mall getting monotonous.

4.12.2008

5 Out of 7

Today was a school co-curricular day. I only brought myself along with a storybook to school since I knew not many students were going to show up today and the teachers would leave us to fend for ourselves. I went for the Chess Club meet, during which I read and did nothing else, and Christian Union, during which I bonded with 3 other members who took it upon themselves to be present even though the students were allowed to head home.

It was quite a sombre day at school. The Renjer Puteri meeting was cancelled without the members' knowledge. As I hung out at an almost vacant classroom to resume reading, I had to constantly keep an eye on the door of the usual venue where the meet was held at. The door was locked throughout the stipulated time.

During Christian Union, the teacher-in-charge delivered some good news to us. She has finally obtained the principal's consent to hold a Christian gathering every Tuesday after schooling hours. This is fantastic since a couple of our letters regarding the year's events have been rejected. I trust that all these are in God's plan for us and I'm praying that many will show up at the first meeting. I'm glad to state that the CU members can now convene 5 days a week; inclusive of prayer meetings, devotional meetings and committee meetings. Hallelujah!

4.11.2008

Veggie Hater

Our presentation on Brain Prosthesis today has been postponed to next Monday due to very valid reasons.

After a group had finished their presentation today, the teacher treated us to an interesting short clip about some unnerving chocolate facts. The ingredients that make up chocolate are actually vegetables. When that one colossal fact was made known, I could feel everyone jerking their heads to face me. Thankfully, I am sitting at the front and center so I can't exactly see them staring at me -albeit I can actually feel their eyes boring a humongous hole into the back of my head.

And then, the teacher just had to ask, "Who doesn't like vegetables?"

I instinctively knew what the friend beside me was going to do so I balled up my fists to prevent said friend from raising my hand out of my own free will. I was stronger. And I managed to keep my hand down as the friend tried to no avail to lift it up. The friend gave up tugging my hand and resorted to blurting my name aloud; accompanied with echoes from several other friends who know me too well. The teacher looked at me and said in an adult-to-child voice, "Vegetables are good for your health. You must always eat your vegetables." Utter humiliation.

I do eat my vegetables. I can't say I relish eating them. But I eat them. Every single strand on my plate. I even tried explaining that to the class in a squeaky voice but it was futile. I am now a veggie hater in everyone's minds. Which is sort of true. But not entirely true.

Although, I can't say I hate chocolates.

4.10.2008

Broken Chinese

If I were to live in a country where its official language is Chinese -regardless of what dialect it is- I'd slowly but surely crawl into a rabbit hole willingly to eradicate myself from society.

My mother had dropped me at the restaurant to pick up the take-out food for dinner tonight and the restaurant owner couldn't speak English. This placed me in a predicament since I can only speak English (well).

When I pointed at the packed food on the table I was sure had been what my mother ordered, she asked me in Hokkien, "Would you like some rice with that?" And even though I speak Hokkien a teeny bit better than I do Mandarin, I blurted out in Mandarin, "Yes." And the lady, who had probably assumed I only spoke Mandarin, replied back in Mandarin now, "One or two?" And knowing full-well what one is in both Hokkien and Mandarin, my lips somehow chose to reply in English this time, "One." And for fear that she might not have gotten what I said, I held up my index finger; indicating one.

The lady looked at me funny. I didn't blame her. In the end, my mother had to come down from the car to clarify and relieve the lady of the stress of trying to comprehend the mumbo jumbo I had just muttered. If there's such a thing as broken Chinese, I have it.

4.09.2008

Literate Load

Today, I had a ton of homework which involved a ton of writing. I wrote until I didn't know what I was writing about. My hands were moving, the words were forming but it all seemed foreign to me and I couldn't understand half of what I was writing half of the time. Maybe I'm going bonkers.

Moreover, after revising 9 chapters of Chemistry today, I still have 1 more to go for the interclass Chemistry quiz tomorrow. We were only informed about there being a Chemistry quiz yesterday. I read until the words were swimming in my head and I had to look up at the ceiling for a whole five minutes to clear my mind. Maybe I already am bonkers.

For the first time in a really long time, I actually resent reading and writing. Still, I am thankful for my literacy.

4.08.2008

All's Fair in Science and Math

Today was the day of the Science Fair in school. A couple of classmates and I had gone all out last year to participate in the exhibition. This year, however, was another story.

When I took the first step into one of the labs where the Science Fair was held, a nauseating combination of odours greeted me. I stopped in my tracks and almost whirled around to go back where I came from when I spotted a friend's exhibit. As I suppressed the urge to hurl from the reek, I discovered the ingredients of the assortment of smells. Gummy bears were being exploded. Fermented fruits were being torched. Vegetables were being pounded. Heady candles were being lit. Eggs were being smashed. Concoctions were being brewed. The scene in the lab was the picture of ruckus. And I was in bedlam.

Needless to say, I didn't spend too much time at the two labs with the myriad of science exhibits. They had all been very interesting to feast the eyes on. And I did have a look at most of the exhibits -once, at a glance and only from one angle of the lab. I loitered at the assembly area where the Math Fair was held and where it was open for air circulation.

4.07.2008

Blogger's Block

I seem to be facing what I can only describe as blogger's block. I don't know why I can't write about what. My mind is completely blank. Nada. Nil. Zero. Zilch. I hope this doesn't prolong.

Seriously. I can't believe I have got nothing to say. Nothing at all. Not even about the principal's speech shooting daggers at me at school today. Or the irony of my class duty today.

Nothing. This is far too weird.

4.06.2008

Our Guide

The assignment my Sunday School teacher gave us was to select one Bible verse out of 37 given verses which describe God and share a personal account regarding the verse today. Out of the 37 verses, a good friend of mine whom I've known since kindergarten and I chose the exact same one for the exact same word. Seriously. I couldn't believe it when the friend said, "Well, the verse I chose was Psalms 48:14."

Everyone began opening the Bible to the verse while I already had mine open to the page. I nudged the friend as everyone was thumbing through the Bible and said, "I picked that, too! Who'd have thought?" Really. What a coincidence. I contemplated not sharing since whatever the friend had to say would definitely and excellently cover mine but the teacher said we should both share our different reasons of selecting the verse. We both had the same reasons. But I shared as well in the end; only mine was an accelerated (and incomprehensible) version.

For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end. Psalms 48:14

4.05.2008

Unendurably Long Tag -Ignore at Will

Name 5 people you can think of right off the top of your head. Don’t read the questions underneath until you write the names of all 5 people. This is a lot funnier if you actually randomly list the names first.

NO CHEATING!
1. E
2. A
3. L
4. C
5. S

DON’T LOOK AHEAD UNLESS YOU FILLED UP THE TOP!

1. How did you meet 1?
At the hospital 18 days after E was born.

2. On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your friendship with 1?
5 for friendship and 5 for kinship.

3. How long have you known 4?
Since the day C was born.

4. How do you know 3?
By jotting down L's name in the tardy list at least 4 times a week -when I was a prefect in 2005.

5. Where’s 5?
At a restaurant.

6. A fact about 1?
Assistant Head Prefect for Girls. Meddle at your own risk.

7. Who is 4 going out with?
Family.

8. What does 1 do for a living?
Perform God's will.

9. Would you live with 3?
No, too risky. Unless I want the house burnt down. Or to go raving mad.

10. What do you like about 2?
A's godly attributes.

11. Do you miss 5?
Not at the moment. Maybe if I don't see S for more than 6 days.

12. Would you make out with 4?
"Make out" and "C" shouldn't be in the same sentence.

13. What’s your opinion of 2?
Faithful follower of God.

14. What’s your favorite memory with 5?
Throughout the course of the Rocket Competition and Science Fair in 2007.

15. What would you do if 1 and 2 were going out?
Choke on my own saliva.

16. Ever had a long conversation with 5?
Yes.

17. Have you ever slept at 2’s house?
Yes. To pull an all-nighter for History and Science.

18. Do you hang out with 3 a lot?
Yes.

19. Who have you known the longest?
That would be E.

20. How often do you talk to 1?
Often.

21. What about 2?
Frequently.

22. Have you ever thought of 3 as more than a friend?
Yes -an accomplice.

23. Would you go out for a date with 5?
Yes. To eat good food. And discuss intellectual issues.

24. Do you dream about 2?
Yes. In a downright platonic and friendly way.

25. What did 4 do to you that you can never forget?
Sacrificed the last piece of unagi for me at the sushi restaurant in Australia.

26. What have you done for 1 that the person will never forget?
Dedicated a post to E.

27. What’s 3's hobby?
Infuriate. Me. Skillfully.

28. Tag 5 people.
1. John Dalton
2. Albert Einstein
3. Isaac Newton
4. Pythagoras
5. Asimo

4.04.2008

Here We Go...Again

5 things found in my bag:
1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 - Reading materials

5 things found in my wallet:
1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 - Paraphernalia

5 favourite things in my room:
1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 - The 5 Books

5 things I always wanted to do:
1 - Time travel
2 - Lift a car
3 - Fly (with a cape designed by Edna Mode)
4 - See through an opaque wall
5 - Break a lock with my bare hands

5 things I'm currently into:
1 - The Bible
2 - The Book
3 - The Subject
4 - The Song
5 - American Idol 7

List out the top 5 presents you wish for:
1 - Healthy lifestyle for my father
2 - Better church attendance for my mother
3 - Bright future for my brother
4 - Presents for other people's presents
5 - An encounter with a look-alike

The person who tagged you is: The Other Jian

Your 5 impressions of her:
1 - Amiable
2 - Clever
3 - Artistic
4 - Tall
5 - Most Likely to Smack You in the Gut if Messed With/Taekwondo pro

Most memorable thing she has done for me: Designed the class T-shirt of 2007

If she becomes my lover, I will: Frantically ruffle through the dictionary for the new meaning of lover.

If she becomes my enemy, the reason will be: I wrote a hate mail to Lee Hom. (Which I'm not going to. For her sake and other's.)

Pass the quiz to 5 people that you wish to know how they feel about you:
I refuse to spread this contagion. Sorry.

4.03.2008

Don't Do the Physics

The Physics competition today was awesome and not at the same time. Here's why:

Awesome: The paper was challenging and I actually enjoyed doing it.
Not: My school got 9th position.
Awesome: There were 34 schools.
Not: I suck.
Awesome: I passed the paper. This is very comforting considering how I failed yesterday's paper by 1 mark. Failed! Math! Failed! Paper! Math! The!
Not: I suck.
Awesome: Others didn't suck.
Not: But I did.
Awesome: It's all over.
Not: I've got a ton of school homework to complete as I'd miss 2 days of school.
Awesome: I can go back to reading my storybook sans plaguing issues.
Not: I suck!

I'm actually fine with what we got. I'm glad we placed 9th and I honestly wouldn't even mind if we got 34th position. (OK, maybe I would; a little bit.) I just had to let the above out of my system so forgive me.

Now, allow me to read until my eyes water.

4.02.2008

Do the Math

The Add Math competition was today. The teacher told the 3 of us to relax yesterday and not worry about it. And that was exactly what I did: watch and read -my 2 forms of relaxation, among many. I don't think I can say the same for the other 2 school representatives as I'm positive they were diligently revising.

A teacher drove the 3 of us to the school which hosted the competition. The school is actually a neighbouring school but I suppose the participants weren't subjected to head to the venue on foot.

The paper, to me, was disturbingly tough. There were some questions which -surprisingly- weren't difficult. But there were many questions which were maniacally tough. I didn't even bother doing a couple of questions as it would be a waste of time and the allocated time was barely adequate. I lost about a quarter of my hopes.

When the chairman of the competition announced that 37 schools and 111 students had participated in the competition, I further lost about three-third of hopes.

We didn't win in the end. My school got 7th position. And I got 17th position, individually. I like the number 7 so no complaints there. I'm thankful and glad we got what we got.

Add Math aside, the Physics competition is tomorrow. If I suck, so be it. I'll live. I don't know about the school, though. Just kidding. It'll live, too.

4.01.2008

Who's the Fool?

It's April Fool's Day today. I had expected the school to be strewn with students pulling pranks on anyone anywhere. That didn't exactly happen. Only a handful of people were in the mood for fooling. I don't think I even got fooled today. Except by a diabolical TV commercial. I got fooled by the TV!

I did, however, attempt to fool someone. Since I am not good at fooling others, the joke failed miserably and the friend wasn't even fooled for a full second. Maybe only for half a second. Or a picosecond.

So, who's the fool? I'm the fool.