Friday, April 28, 2006



I have officially reached the terminal stage of exam preparations.

First, I left my thumb-drive in Lab 1, only realising after I got out of the building. (This has never happened to me.)

Then I walked past my Dutch classmate in DMS Watson, only knowing it’s her after she stopped me. (This has never happened as well.)

So, if you see me on the streets and I’m ignoring you, it’s not that I want to ignore you, but my mind just somehow gets dissociated from my body. I’m just too engrossed in don’t-know-what and fail to notice you consciously.

On another note, you know you are ready when you can spot mistakes on lecture handouts. Give me any question and I’ll give you flawless essays, I wish.

Monday, April 24, 2006



天啊。75% 不是开玩笑。

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

I'm getting a newspaper column, or hopefully...

Seriously, I initially thought my editor sent the email to the wrong person, but after reading the entire email, it turns out it's addressed to me. No errors.

I've been invited to write a commentary column every fortnight for the new Chinese daily due to circulate in June 1st.

It came as a surprise, or should I say shock. I admit when I start work offcially, I do yearn a personal column where I can just rant anything. This came a bit too early, but I suppose it's a good sign. =)

What makes me more excited is I can write about anything, no restrictions except for the usual you-know-what. And since this is a new paper, there doesn't seem to be too much rules to conform to like those in traditional Zaobao.

As my editor wrote: "我们在乎的是看法,表达上可以稍微个人一点......我们的言论不会像早报这么正统、严肃,可以允许稍微偏离主流的调子......尽管写来吧,不要有太大的负担。"

I need to crack my brain soon... haha... what if, eventually the things I write are all crap that can't be published...

(Exams are more important now.)

Monday, April 17, 2006

Wicked London

It's an irony. I was desperately pushing SPH to confirm my Masters just last week, and when they finally did, I'm more relieved than happy actually. So the harsh conclusion now is: my days in London are numbered, and the more I think of this, the more I am not looking forward to going to America. How can three years just zoom past like that? There are still so many things I haven't done and seen yet. Well, there's absolutely no way that I can attend my graduation ceremony, because it clashes with damn SPH's internship. So, I'm trying to prolong my stay in London in the coming summer as long as possible now, tentatively after July 7th, leaving me 6 weeks after exams to say goodbye to wicked London. Don Mclean's "Streets of London" inevitably sprung up to mind:

"So how can you tell me you're lonely,
And say for you that the sun don't shine?
Let me take you by the hand and lead you through the streets of London
I'll show you something to make you change your mind"

Sunday, April 16, 2006



Ok, I admit I am obsessed with Billy now. In less than 24 hours after watching the musical, I bought myself another ticket (55 pounds) on the last day of my exams.

Another song, besides Electricity, that has been on replay mode since that night: =)

Dear Billy [Billy’s Reply]

And please, Mammy…
know that I will always be
proud to have known you
proud that you were mine
Proud in everything…
And I promise you this, Mammy.

In everything I do
I’ll always be myself,

In everything you do
Always be yourself

And I always will be true.

Love you forever.

Love you forever.

Love you forever.

Bye Mam.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Electrifying Billy Elliot!

I thought I needed to do something except than studying, since this is the first Easter holiday that I am staying in London and not going anywhere for holiday.

So, I finally saw Billy Elliot The Musical yesterday night, and it was electrifying! The film version was already very good, but the musical was way better. The ticket wasn’t cheap but it’s definitely worth every penny. (And it was difficult to get hold of a ticket last minute as well.) So, I have decided I am going to watch Billy Elliot again before I leave London for good, which is probably the best way to say goodbye to the West End and London.

All the Billys are only 10-12-year-old kids, and it’s really amazing how such young boys can act and dance and sing for 3 hours 3 times a week. One can just tell how much hard work the boys and the entire cast and backstage crew has put in. I am truly impressed.

I incidentally found this video on youtube, showing Liam Mower as Billy Elliot singing Electricity, which was one of the scenes in the musical sold out every night. (Apart from missing his cue and forgetting the first few words of the song, Liam was fantastic and this was exactly what I saw yesterday. Obviously, it was better seeing Liam right before your eyes.) There’s another scene of Billy flying on the stage, which was the most electrifying I think, but not shown on this video.


(When can I be as free as Billy???)

Electricity ~~ Lyrics by Lee Hall, Music by Elton John

I can’t really explain it, I haven’t got the words
It’s a feeling that you can’t control
I suppose it’s like forgetting, losing who you are
And at the same time something makes you whole
It’s like that there’s a music playing in your ear
And I’m listening, and I’m listening and then I disappear

And then I feel a change
Like a fire deep inside
Something bursting me wide open impossible to hide
And suddenly I’m flying, flying like a bird
Like electricity, electricity
Sparks inside of me
And I’m free I’m free

It’s a bit like being angry, it’s a bit like being scared
Confused and all mixed up and mad as hell
It’s like when you’ve been crying
And you’re empty and you’re full
I don’t know what it is it’s hard to tell
It’s like that there’s a music playing in your ear
But the music is impossible impossible to hear
But then I feel it move me
Like a burning deep inside
Something bursting me wide open impossible to hide
And suddenly I’m flying, flying like a bird
Like electricity, electricity
Sparks inside of me
And I’m free I’m free
Electricity, sparks inside of me
And I’m free, I’m free
I’m free

Monday, April 10, 2006


Finally, it's been confirmed!

Saturday, April 08, 2006


OK, I was bored while studying, so was surfing the web and chanced upon this video of the university's main quad. Isn't the campus just gorgeous? (See video below though its not really well taken, but the campus is still lovely.) I'm getting more and more frustrated with the company. The deadline is next Saturday, and they have yet to decide. And so, it turns out that I have to accept both universities, just in case. I've already gave in by relinquishing Psychology. I'm going to make a big fuss if they do not allow me to go to California.