throughthelookingglass
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To be honest there is nothing much about me worth knowing. I live in an island, enjoys being a photographer at times and dance like no one else business. Thats all. I can't think what to write for now so it just stays like this. Welcome to the little life of mine and lets try not to get utterly bored, shall we?

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We're all mad here


Wednesday, August 20, 2014 @ 8/20/2014 09:43:00 PM

i am growing increasingly agitated.

Listening to my favourite Joy Division song 'Love Will Tear Us Apart" and thinking how it really make sense because only those things that you love can have the power to tear you apart hahaahha I hope I'm not pointing out a v.DUH point but the fact that "love will tear us apart...again" is very nicely played out in the song is what I utterly love about it especially the starting techno-electronic bit before they begin singing. I always replay that part alone.

So I'm agitated by my speed of reading and have move on to reading 2 books simultaneously now. I never like to do that because one gets all the different characters mix up and storylines too, but I really have no choice. 1 week almost down and I am still left with 11 books. Not very efficient I must say. And don't get me start about the compulsory readings of these readings hahah

UPDATE: Courtesy of 186Bf comments i meant to say reading 2 books concurrently. Needless to say,  I am no Xmen :D. Meanwhile, the wrong use of the word simultaneously also makes me reconsider and think about the relativity of simultaneity. If I am reading nearly as fast as the speed of light then absolute time does not count but instead, depending on my inertial reference frame and 186Bf's observations of my readings, it would have been impossible for both of us to perceive such an event from happening...?
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First week flash backs
Friday, August 15, 2014 @ 8/15/2014 03:57:00 PM

I am deliriously happy. 

I believe I met the real life embodiment of Professor McGonagall and Flitwick :D The first lecture of Romanticism was as expected, really intimidating -I cannot express how thankful I was to turn up early. My professor is a small but formidable looking person that talks at the speed of a bullet-train. She spent a short 10mins briefing us about the syllabus and then went straight into content. In an 1hr25mins we covered 66 out of 75slides and I was so dazed by the end of the lecture. Her ability to recite very long quotes is as impressive as her lack of tolerance for stupidity, laziness and tardiness which she highlighted throughout the lecture. 

20th Century Literature made me v.excited to start reading everything! HAHA I finished "To the Lighthouse" ( random note: half way through the Romanticism lec, she mentioned that unlike some of her colleagues, she isn't so nice to give books like this one. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.) The two profs are the total opposite of each other. He is like a Big Friendly Giant (BFG) from the Road Dahl's children novel. I say this because he was worried for the late-comers when they couldn't find a seat!! HAHAHAH so cute! V.friendly prof :D I can see why my friend was gushing over him last semester. 

First lecture of 19th C was so boring! Yawn! I had trouble keeping myself awake because it felt like a history lesson. Then again, I rushed from the Science building and also nearly fell asleep while listening to Einstein's relativity concepts. This module is actually quite cool but I remembered gripping my chair when I heard that some "matrices and calculus" is required. I find the talk about Absolute Time and Space really intriguing and the prof is well, kinda like Leonard from the TBBT. I think it's because I woke up so bloody early for the Romanticism lecture(10-12) that by the 2-4 and 4-6 period, my brain cells felt so fried. 

NM1101E's first lecture was a total joke. The prof actually talked about Kim Kardashain's app and tried to link it to "Trans-Media". I felt like a senior though when I sat next to a freshie and explained tons of stuff to her (bidding, how I felt about most 1101e lectures and getting around school). However, once I confessed that I had to google how to reached the particular lecture theater we were at, she kind of gave me a you-kidding-me look and I think any thoughts of playing up the cool senior vibe evaporated. 


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It's here.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 @ 8/12/2014 09:34:00 PM


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@ 8/12/2014 12:11:00 AM

Back to school!

I must resume my highly efficient mode to do more stuff :D when one door closes, another opens (though I did go banging on a few... 2/3 like Barney Stinston hahaha) so on the day I found out I wasn't going to be part of YEP INDIA was the day I got accepted to OCIP Cambodia LE. Once again, I don't feel anything has been taken away or given to me its all part of the Flow ~~

Just returned back from supper with a group of new people. So this must be how hall feels like...camp all over again :O I am v.exhausted mentally more than physically but i must finish the interview piece for my editor. Sighz pie.

Its really back to school blues because I left my ez link card in CLB while printing "To the Lighthouse" notes. Even when there was no one rushing me I am so scatterbrained. What nonsense is this right!?

Have to read read read tomorrow and ooh! have another dinner with new people plus tuition. I need to stop calling them new people.

Things to do:
-Arnold Matthew Poem
-Read North and South
-Read Lighthouse notes.
-Finish interview piece and bug the director for interview.
-Decorate room.
-Prepare for Romanticism or risk feeling stupid for Lecture1.
-Bid for tutorials.
-Get back ezlink card &top up to print more things.

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To the Lighthouse: First Impressions
Thursday, August 7, 2014 @ 8/07/2014 09:15:00 PM

Wait...so George Eliot is a female! and she's the author of Middlemarch omgomg huge revelations :D ok so I'm not studying Middlemarch but The Mills on the Floss is still something right? Maybe 19th Century ain't that bad...

I feel like I'm nerding out for literature already hahaha :)) yes you can do! Don't think about the grades just go with the Flow~ I guess I got a little intimidated by the amount of books (6+3+4=?13!) I am suppose to read. Also, my grades for literature modules have been quite unimpressive =.= ( B, B+, A- haiz too much...)  

The three books from 19th Century are all really thick because I brought them all today and it felt like I was carrying stones in my bag. Six books for 20th Century and I am down to 4.5 because I am half-way done To the Lighthouse. It is an uphill battle. MY PREDICTION FOR VIRGINIA WOOLF's TEXT IS CORRECT!

Remember what I said about "nice to read not easy to understand" hahahahaha this is exactly what happened. I am so confused that I had to Wiki it for more information which it described the novel as "little dialogue and almost no action".

First, let me complain about how there are so many different perspectives from so many different characters about so many different and similar events. Why?! Why! And the that's not the worst part, the worst part is when these POVs changes with NO WARNING whatsoever at all! So within one paragraph I am forced to read closely in order to not miss out on what the character is thinking (yes there is a lot of thoughts remember, no dialogue no action except a lot of secret judging here and there. Character A judges Character B silently and wax lyrical about it. Character B watches Character C with Character D and contemplates about C with D. Fine by me. C knows he is being watched and contemplates about it. And this goes on for pages.).  

I understand that this is to give the effect of something known as "stream of consciousness" and that the idea of subjectivity is challenged over here (ok...) and then qualia comes into mind (PH1101E!). You can be no one else except yourself. *does Zen pose* but actually I really can appreciate Woolf's talent. Her writing is exquisite I tell you, E-X-Q-U-I-SITE! No wonder she went mad, if she can deliver so many different voices on paper, I wonder what goes inside her head.   

Secondly, there is this one man, Mr Ramsay that keeps fretting about how everything is nothing in the end and how his works will disappear in the future along with his existence. He is the most annoying character and I'm afraid this is how I might come across to people next time. I don't understand why his wife, Mrs Ramsay can tolerate him. Also, all the relationships the characters have with one another requires THERAPY/COUNSELLING. Mrs Ramsay's son, James seems to have some Oedipus complex going on. Two other creepy guys also seem to have the hots for her. Oh, and a women too. 

This is what I gathered so far. 

I met a friend today whom was just complaining to me how it is crazy that people will start preparing for school in advance. I told her unabashedly about my readings hahahaha literature is very fun especially when you are feeling miserable. 
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014 @ 8/06/2014 09:51:00 PM

Stuff I did over this summer:

  1. Joined SMP2014 (glad I made friends or else the whole event was just seriously not my kind of thing). 
  2. Return for Arts Camp despite telling myself never again. 
  3. Sang karaoke twice, met Ester. 
  4. Travel alone for awhile & met nice strangers. 
  5. Went Boracay and did shitload of hellish activities.  
  6. Attended my first media event.
  7. Read "The Lemon Table" by Julian Barnes (and it was awesome). 
  8. Watch "Dazed and Confused" three fucking times. 
  9. Tried to write a script for a short film.
  10. Gave up writing the script because I am no Linklater. 
  11. Forgive a friend. 
  12. Tried to dye my hair. 
  13. Cut my hair short. Ok fine, shoulder-length. 
  14. Returned blogging. 
Stuff I did not do this summer: 
  1. Lose weight. 
  2. Write enough. 
  3. Invest. 
  4. Celebrate my birthday properly (I am damn upset over this). 
  5. Get my internship. 
  6. Shopping. 
  7. Meet Kristy.
  8. Waste enough time.
  9. Avoid people I wanted to avoid. Damn it some people are like pests.
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List of happenings and how I feel about them
@ 8/06/2014 08:59:00 PM

Things I am happy about:
-Getting my lit mods
-Nice room :) in NUS

Things I am upset about:
-My sis is still Cold War ing with me.
-3 pimples on my face 

Things I don't know if I should be happy or upset about:
-Not going to YEP INDIA due to literally unforeseen circumstances.
-School's starting.

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