Forget about the continuation of my previous entry — life has been moving too fast for comfort, so fast I find it hard to even recall my days, let alone arrange them in chronological order. JC life has been stretching me to new limits every single day, making me feel eternally drained and leaving memories worth keeping with nothing but a temporal spot in the back my of mind, easily replaced by all the college affairs that don't seem to stop flowing in.
I'll just give a short summary of what my July was like in point form, before I get busy with catching up with reading my lecture notes.
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Even as I sat at the back of the hall, facing the examiners several feet ahead of me, the atmosphere was completely wrong. I didn't feel the tension expected from a national exam, neither did my heart stir in anxiety. I guess it's probably because everything has been moving so quickly that there's barely enough time left to appreciate the gravity of the situation I was in. I recall having a thousand thoughts running through my head while I was waiting for my turn — PW, SPA, homework, CCA, etc. I couldn't settle with a focused mind at all.
I kind of snapped back to the exam when I was preparing for the passage narration, but I still didn't sense the complete feeling I was supposed to have. Anyway, I messed up the narration completely. Thankfully, I did have something to say for the conversation component (the question was rather merciful — something about teenage street gangs), though I doubt it'll recover the loss, haha. My Chinese is just bad.
I walked out of the exam hall feeling as if I just sat for a school oral exam. I didn't even realise that that would be my final Chinese oral exam until minutes later.2. Classmate antics
The class, especially the back row people, have been keeping me entertained throughout the course of this busy month, with their antics, jokes and all. Though sometimes they tend to get rather out-of-hand, they're hilarious all the same.3. Swim team
Jia Min shaved her head, and when Venessa told me to look at her shiny scalp during an Economics lecture on the first day she came to school bald, I gasped in momentary shock, but filed my reactions shortly after under "admiration". Apparently she did that for 'Hair for Hope', an initiative for child cancer. I always knew she'd be the kind of girl who would shave her head. Or rather, do outrageous things like shaving her head. She still looks the same though, just that now, her inner beauty has started to shine through, if you get what I mean. Still in awe.4. Singapore's unbelievably small after all
I kept in contact with Alan, my ex-tuition teacher, all the way until the JAE results release early this year, when I told him I was posted to Temasek. Then, he told me that his brother was going there as well, but I didn't give it much thought since I wouldn't recognise him anyway.
Consequently, my mom had this crazy idea of getting his girlfriend to tutor my brother in Math. As time passed and her schedules got tight, she had to give up tutoring him and passed the job on to Alan's other brother. He talked about the brother in TJ again, this time giving his name. Out of curiosity I did a quick Facebook search, and realised that I actually saw him quite a number of times. I told Rashid about it and he told me that he worked at the Popular BookFest as his colleague.
Hahaha, is the world small or what?5. Taiwan Immersion Programme (TIP)
Some of my classmates are participants, and not too long ago, their buddies from Taiwan came to stay over at their homes, which meant that they went to school with them and also sat in during some classes, and that allowed for some interaction between them & I. Frankly, I experienced rather great culture shock. In Taiwan, students are taught every subject in Chinese, whereas in Singapore, English is used, except for Mother Tongue of course. I found myself constantly knocking into language barriers as well, despite being Chinese. Singaporean conversational Mandarin is just way too different from that of Taiwan's, and since I ain't brilliant with the language to start with, I found myself making quite a few embarrassing mistakes before the Taiwan buddies!
Despite the many setbacks, I went out for dinner with a Taiwan buddy, Cally, Michelle & Kai Yuan at Tampines 1's Manpuku yesterday after school. I guess everyone had a rather fun time, though we couldn't stay for long since there were a ton of pressing school issues to deal with.
I genuinely wonder how the Taiwanese students think of life in Singapore... surrounded by people speaking English they understand but find it hard to speak.
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Aforementioned are probably the main highlights, though I believe I skipped quite a few. But I believe what I wrote was more than adequate. :P
It feels so good to be able to unlock my creative side after such a stale week.