Thursday, March 13, 2008

breaks are good for the soul

Black Swan - Thom Yorke

You know, it's always good to pause sometimes in life and reflect back on what you have done. Not too often, but sometimes it is beneficial to do so.

As I look back this term, there are lots of things that I am glad I did. Yet there are also some which I feel that I can do better. Since term started, I have been juggling with so many things that sometimes sitting down to mark is almost non-existent. I suppose sometimes I need to sacrifice my sleep to do the essential. But hey it is a tough balancing act for one who needs eight hours of sleep to function every day. No longer like the past when I can switch off during breaks before lectures or tutorials for a quick nap. Sigh...

But yeah, definitely can do better and this March break has been a godsend for me to finish marking the papers and doing some reflections.

Talking about break... I finally bought season 7 of CSI! Woohoo! Yep finally out in stores. Also grabbed the opportunity to snug season 4 since I left that season out for some reason or another. Season 8 is also showing now on AXN. But I am having mixed feelings about it as Jorja Fox will only appear for a few episodes. Things in the lab won't be the same without Sara!!! :(

Monday, March 03, 2008


Ok, I have to admit the title of the song was the main attraction initially. Volcano... ok, gotta control myself before I start spouting all the volcanic terms. :D

Lyrics to Volcano

Don't hold yourself like that
You'll hurt your knees
I kissed your mouth and back
But that's all I need
Don't build your world around volcanoes melt you down

What I am to you is not real
What I am to you you do not need
What I am to you is not what you mean to me
You give me miles and miles of mountains
And I'll ask for the sea

Don't throw yourself like that
In front of me
I kissed your mouth your back
Is that all you need?
Don't drag my love around volcanoes melt me down

What I am to you is not real
What I am to you you do not need
What I am to you is not what you mean to me
You give me miles and miles of mountains
And I'll ask for what I give to you
Is just what i'm going through
This is nothing new
No no just another phase of finding what I really need
Is what makes me bleed
And like a new disease she's still too young to treat
Volcanoes melt me down
She's still too young
I kissed your mouth
You do not need me

And well,yes, my darlings finally got the act together for the road run and for the first time I took them since last year, I got to see them working hard together as a class.

Kudos to all who gave their best and showed the rest of the school that they are a class who share, who know how to work hard and have fun as well during the road run.

Of course, it is a little disappointing to see some who still do not want to play a part in the class and I really hope that these people can contribute their part to the class. Come on everyone! Let's feel love, spread the love and love one another! :P

Of course, sometimes I do wonder if they ever get what I am driving at, for example, like today. But, as long as they made slight improvements, I am quite happy already. I do hope that they exemplify a class with a conscience and who will be motivated to do their best in everything, no matter they like doing the activity or not.

After all, life comes in a package. Just like the job of being a teacher. There may be some things that I don't like to do but hey, all the more I should do it and give my best so that people or superiors will be impressed!

Oh, Geog Challenge is proving to be a headache with my team running in all directions. Hopefully the information provided for them would be enough. Can't wait to go back to NUS on Saturday. Hmmm... the best academic years I ever had. Worked like crazy staying in campus from 8.30am to 10pm almost everyday. But great times too as we were crazy as a bunch- climbing up to AS4 rooftop to view the sunset and night view of Keppel Harbour (the best view! And I could really feel proud of being a Singaporean when I saw the view of the port), chope-ing AS4 benches for ourselves, climbing over to the AS3 balcony to enjoy the night breeze and have night talks etc. Would definitely love to meet up with teacher friends and lecturers too. If, if, if I get to meet up with Carl, it would be great to discuss opportunities for field trips as well!

Well, before that, of course there will be Amazing Race on Friday! Yeah!! Friday afternoon will definitely be fun as well! :D

Oh caught the Six Nations match between England and France on Saturday (rerun telecast or not). Can't say that for the first time, I was sincerely rooting for England to win!