Books I have completed reading since January 2018:
1. No Man's Nightingale - Ruth Rendell
2. One Day - David Nicholls
3. The Door - Margaret Atwood
Friends and Enemies
Akatsuki: Nightmares & Dreamscapes
-beats in my head-
Chika-Chin's Anime Mania!
empty white space
In My World
My Blah blah Bulogu
My Little World
Sdovelly~ c'est la vie
Serene's Silent Secrets
Shuffle and Repear
Tolanic's Travel Blog
Monday, December 26, 2011
Funny. I never expected to receive such item from my fellow team member on the 4th of December 2011 in the afternoon.
We arrived in Vietnam on that day, and all the Vietnamese participants were thrilled to see their friends coming on board. And they were announcing out loud to the others to view the performances on the port. It was a welcoming reception performance. Many participants went to the 4th floor deck to see it. I could hear the upbeat music playing in the background, but I didn't join them because I was simply busy occupied by my laziness. HAHA.
But I was watching the performance from the third floor through a panel glass window - nothing beats the comfort of indoor. I didn't stay long to watch (and I don't remember what I was doing at that time; I only remember that I was busy walking around).
Approximately 30 minutes later, I asked one of my team members if the performance was still on going as the music was repeating. I was surprised to hear that the Vietnamese youth were still performing! And they are doing it under the hot sun despite the crowd has faded. Upon hearing it and not wanting the youth's effort to go to waste, I decided to climb 4th floor to join the tiny crowd. I stood beside my fellow team members and hey .. I was just in the nick of time to see the youth performing my favourite Korean song: I AM THE BEST. I sang along, and my body was also moving with the rhythm.
As I was singing along, my team member on my right suddenly smiled and said to me "I finally see my AYL (assistant youth leader) smiling." I stopped dead in my tracks, and replied "Have I not been smiling all this time?". The replied was "No ... I rarely see your smile, and this is the first time I'm seeing you in such relax manner." I was actually surprised to hear him complaining about me. Haha.
Later in the afternoon, I found a small colourful envelope in my mailbox. It was a piggy keychain with a message: I finally see you smiling! from the complainer.
How sweet. I returned him a thank you message with chocolates within the same day.
Monday, December 26, 2011
There was a moment I wanted to go to my balcony, because I heard myself whispering she wanted to see the world ...
Happy Boxing Day.
Sunday. 12.25.11 12:43 am
Bad habits never die, because I like buying lotto.
While waiting for my turn to check in at Narita Airport at 9 am-ish, I told my team members that I'm gonna buy lotto. They looked at me without saying anything because they are Muslims. I wasn't disrespecting them or anything... I was just informing them that I'm going to the lotto shop, which is just in front of us. I think they misunderstood that I was asking them to buy along with me because one of them saying they cannot buy even though it's just the scratchy type. No No... What were they thinking?!!!
Anyways ... one of them was curious but hesitant so I just dragged her along by assuring her that she would just be escorting me to the lotto counter. BWAHAHA.
I bought one and tada .. won 200 Yen! Actually I just got back my capital. Well it's better than nothing!
I also won 40 Pesos when I was in the Philippines during my homestay. =)
I had strong feelings that I would win when I passed the lotto counters in Japan and the Philippines. If not, I won't be buying. Luckily, my team member followed me because the picture I've taken with my mobile was corrupted.
SSEAYP Adventure (This page will be on hiatus, as I'm in the progress of moving these entries to another blog)
Saturday, December 24, 2011
I was away officially from 16 October to 17 December to participate in the Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program. The objective of this program is mainly to promote cultural understanding amongst the ASEAN and Japan youths. I was the Assistant Youth Leader (equivalent to assistant team leader) for the contingent of 28 members. Although we are all youth participants, we still have a guardian: National Leader. One of the responsibilities of National Leader is to make sure all participants return to our room by 10.59 pm! Yes, we do have curfew every night. =(
During this program, we visited Japan, Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam. The main transportation for this program is a ship. Yes, I have been travelling on a ship for the past two months. Cool right? On board, there were a various of activities for the participants, who are commonly referred as participant youths aka PYs. Activities are usually the discussion group, cultural activities and team building activities (which is known as Solidarity Group). The activity that we all look forward to (I think) every night is the Cultural Performance night performed by each contingent. We called this event the National Presentation Day or NDP in abbreviation. This night is where PYs introduce their culture to other PYs.
To cut the story short, here's my daily (almost) diary on the ship for 2 months! (Advance apology because the entries date ares not in order).
22 October 2011
We called the rain?!
25 October 2011
26 October 2011
27 October 2011
Hakodate Ikuzo! (Hakodate, here I come!)
28 October 2011
tu tu tu tu ru ~ tu tu tu tu ru ~
30 October 2011
In the name of love!
3 November 2011
4 November 2011
5 November 2011
A little crazy thing called Love
6 November 2011
It's a squid! It's a ika! It's AYL!
10 November 2011
Someone like you~
11 November 2011
Wrong side, darling!
12 November 2011
13 November 2011
Love and Party
14 November 2011
It's a NEED.
15 November 2011
16 November 2011
17 November 2011
beach of memories
18 November 2011
Breakfast at peak
19 November 2011
leaving without u
me ain't pet!
23 November 2011
Waiting for you
24 November 2011
25 November 2011
28 November 2011
29 November 2011
Balik rumah!! (Going home!)
30 November 2011
Kaimono Ikimasu! (Shopping!)
1 December 2011
Tadaima~ (I'm home~)
2 December 2011
3 December 2011
My sweet valentine
4 December 2011
The last laughter
7 December 2011
8 December 2011
9 December 2011
Just for u~
10 December 2011>
11 December 2011
I want it la~
12 December 2011
I got talent!
14 December 2011
1... 2... 3...
16 December 2011
Where's ur mama?!
17 December 2011
I got talent!
Friday, December 23, 2011
In the SSEAYP program, the participants were allocated to 12 teams with a mixture of participants from other contingents. I was assigned to the I team. These teams are called Solidarity Group, SG, in short. My team is called the SG-I. What a coincidence that SG-I is also the abbreviation of my international organisation.
Anyways, back to my entry.
There were a lot of activities on board for the participants, and everyone needed to participate. But you know what? There were always ways not to participate in them. Aha. But being a role model to my team members, I participated in every thing except ... Ok ... not sharing on that ...
One of the activities organised for the SG members was SSEAYP Got Talent. It sounded interesting indeed except it has a twist. The requirements were ... sigh ... every member needs to participate and the members have to create a dance that has modern and traditional dance moves of a particular country (according to draw). And guess what? My team got Thailand.
Our team had three Thai members, and two of them choreographed the dance for SG-I. Our dance had two categories: first part is contemporary and second part is modern. We learnt the first part in 30 minutes - 3 days before the competition. And then the second day we learnt the rest. We kept telling each other not to dance well because we do not want to win. If we won, then we would have to dance again on the following day. And that's exactly we do NOT want!
So when the competition day arrived ... we all danced without thinking of winning. We in fact had a lot of mistakes, but nevertheless we had fun on the stage amidst of the rocky waves. I lose my balance while dancing not to mention my partner kept on stepping on my foot!
We knew some SGs practiced very hard and even dressed up for the competition, and my SG was the most laid back. So we knew indefinitely we are NOT gonna win... so we were fooling around and joking and even sleeping at the hall. I was ... running back and forth from my room to the hall to do my laundry and to prepare some xmas gifts until I heard the emcee announced ....
the Winner is SG-I!!!
I think my SG was dumbfounded. Seriously. I was like 'WHAT???!! What went wrong?? We did everything not to win! Not to dress up and not to dance perfectly!" And yet we won. SG-I is just amazing I guess. We won after just practicing for 3 days, while other groups had been practicing day and night.
I guess my SG happened to have wonderful dance teachers.
You can try spotting me. =)
Yes ... SG-I did dance again the following night, but three of my team members including myself didn't because we were involved in some activities that prevented us from performing. I actually regretted for not being able to perform that night, because that would be my last performance to date.
Actually, in retrospect, I found joy dancing with my team members in this program. All this while, I performed not because I want to but I was expected to. Maybe if I were asked to perform next time, I might say yes? But that would be from my choir group when they don't have enough members. BWAHAHAAH. Who knows...
But you know what? I don't think I have stage fright anymore. Oh well, we shall see. I would definitely say NO again to my boss to emcee my annual event.
I will tell you why I didn't get to dance my last dance if I could find a relevant picture. Hope you guys like the video. SG-I got talent!
Where's ur mama?!
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
This picture is taken during my flight from Tokyo to Malaysia with MAS on 16 December 2011 (after the completion of my program). The guy beside me was one of my team members who was in charge of choreographing all the dances we had in every port of call throughout the SSEAYP program.
Just wanna ask you guys a question: How old do you think I am by looking at this picture?
That is because something very funny happened during my trip either before or after this photo was taken. The plane was freaking cold so I requested the stewardess for a glass of white wine. She looked at me with a pause. I thought she could not hear me because my voice was hoarse due to my sore throat. So I repeated for a glass of Chardonnay. Then she asked me with wide eyes if I'm underage. I replied with a blank look. And she repeated the question for the second time. I heard the question just fine, but I was weighing the risks of shooting a sarcastic reply (of course, I cannot shoot since I was still a youth delegate representing Malaysia). The guy beside me also went gag, and I think he could sense me somewhat boiling tactfully replied that I'm not underage.
After getting my drink, we both just laughed at the stewardess conduct. What kind of question was that?! I really wanted to shoot "Do you want to see my passport?". If I were not wearing my formal attire, trust me, I would have done that.
Later, I heard another team member also received the same question. Ugh. With dumber explanation: If he gets the white/red wine, then she has to serve everyone. What?! The stewardess didn't make sense at all when they have a list of passengers on board.
Oh well, I will just enjoy the compliment of looking like an underage while I still can!
PS: Oh ... I didn't realise I can draw my eyebrow that well. No wonder my cabin mate didn't want to draw for me whenever I requested!
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