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post-exam post (ahaha!)

by Squido~

So between making myself some lunch; reheating last night’s dinner, this morning’s breakfast and two slices of wholemeal bread, I randomly decided I’d take a shower. So I left my poor excuse for a lunch in the microwave and took off upstairs to gather my clothes.

I had many shower revelations today, such as why people find blogging much easier than talking to other people directly, the right kind of attitude towards life’s successes and failures, and why you should love your mother.

I don’t think I’ll go into much detail here about any of those, but I just want to say that life, love, vitality, and all the good stuff as encapsulated effectually by Dylan Moran in his “human-thought-process analogy/re-enactment” (sorry, you won’t find videos under those keywords, but I know what I’m talking about – just ask and I’ll try find the YouTube link for you again J), exist everywhere, and you’ll know when you find it, just like you’ll realise that you’ve been sitting on the lumpy pile of bird poop you initially aimed to avoid… eventually J In other words:

Enlightenment is not only something which one seeks to attain throughout one’s life – it is the journey towards it. This in itself renders Enlightenment unattainable, but in a way, we already do enjoy the fruits of the human world in which we live. We just have to know it when we see it.

Aaaand then you just insert any other appropriate moral or value in place of “Enlightenment” and you get your generic (but true!) life-long proverb! :D For example, “happiness,” “life,” “richness,” “Soul,” and “a boyfriend,” just for starters ;D

Well, I guess that’s all for today. I’d better eat that food I re-heated before it gets cold and I’ll have to re-re-heat it. Plus I have some Wakatta! to catch up on, and more anime to watch kekeke~

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Oh yeah and one more thing! I’ve decided to move my lengthier, more personal posts to http://squidwords.wordpress.com/ which I once tried to get into but didn’t get very far (about 3 posts in, one log and two on random but interesting facts) as a testimony to my awesome, bubbly, bright, light-hearted, fun-loving, humorous, (Clam: [in a sarcastic tone] and don’t forget MODEST! =D) and changing, personality! (Yeah, don’t bag out on me I was cramming some last-minute vocabulary for my Japanese exams today x])

じゃ、今日はこれで!~ みんあさん、気をつけて!

Well, that’s all for today! ~ Everybody, take care!

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heaps of fun :D

by Squido~

i spent nearly 12 hs in the city today, about 10 with michael and 8 with cloudier x)

busked, earned about $8 and a small bottle of mount franklin, gave the water to a woman begging for money for food/DRINK, and $1.55 to a pregnant woman also in the tunnel, found by mic sitting opposite a small army of falun meditators (?) in belmore park, found a more quiet spot in dampish shade where we played random songs and smokers came by and sat and secretly listened and i coughed a bit and the lady who complimented us went away D: then this hobo with red pants came by and took a wee at a nearby tree, then came and sat down with us and asked for a song by the eagles which we didn’t know so i played him “she’s electric” and he hi-fived us and went away and mic and i ran away and found a bathroom near capitol [which wasn’t near capitol at all] to wash our hands after trying not to touch anything and we headed towards market city where i tried to do bag-shopping with mic for a backpack for school and ended up buying a nice blue cotton/spandex tank at giordano and after that we shared a lychee + grape jelly easy way and cloudier came and we went to galaxy world where i failed standard drumming and did all right at beginners [i owe cloudier 2 swipes/$4] and mic’s ddr drew a small crowd which disappeared right after he failed the round [he was stomping on those arrows like a furious madman… some nice tautology there] and i bumped into serena from jenesys who was there for a friend’s birthday! i want to get my own card on a triple tuesday some tuesday… then we left and went around shopping and i went back to giordano and made a new friend April [haha it’s her month, geddit ahaha] and discovered that we both sang and played guitar [except she was in a “real band” with reggae masters] so we exchanged mobile numbers and i said i’d follow her concerts up at kingsford and she gave me an extra discount so i would buy this jumper i really really really wanted [but wasn’t certain mum would be happy with] which says “TWO THUMBS UP” on the front so i bought it any way for $36 and we were hungry by 2-ish so we went to ramen-kan where i tried to ask for a discount if i got the teppanomuraisu [teppan rice omelet] without salad and ended up saying a lot in jap [like sarada] but then half-way through our delicious meal i realised i had asked for the price to be more kind/gentler rather than cheaper [oops] and mic was recovering his tongue from the burns of his chili tonkatsu-ish thing, and cloudier was wondering why she bought so much, and then i filled my green bottle with the remaining jug water and we left for karaoke but ended up walking through the markets near chinatown where we saw various interesting things on sale, a lot of people snacking on those fried potato spring/coils, and i somehow convinced cloudier to buy a pair of zipper earrings for $10 by reminding her that her ears were not pierced… and we lost cloud for a bit and mic and i discovered one of those statue guys and he REALLY RESEMBLED MR WILSON, especially when he tapped someone on the shoulder and they turned around but he pulled a straight “it-wasn’t-me” face that was REALLY LIKE MR WILSON, so i went up to him at gave him 50c and tried to take a slip of paper from him, but he wouldn’t let me have it like i saw him do with the others, so i held out my hand and he shoved his cheek in my face and i was like “but you’re too tall!” so he bent down and when i tried to kiss him on the cheek, complaining that i’d get silver lips, he turned right at the end and I ENDED UP HALF-KISSING HIM ON THE LIPS OMGOSH i think everyone there except michael saw it sheesh and he REALLY RESEMBLED MR WILSON which was awkward. i finally got the slip of paper that said: “A man who always steps in the footprints of others, Doesnt leave some of his own. Armin Becker” so i guess that makes me special. but still. mr wilson. i don’t think i’ll be able to see him in the same way again now. we escaped via the market city entrance and tried going for karaoke again but this time we ended up at norita where mic and cloudier, both stuffed, bought an ice cream coffee and hot chocolate drink respectively, and we tried to play cluedo which completely failed because the cards in play doubled up and none of us could figure out the guest/weapon/room [the shop assistants even gave us two board game sets so we could grab any missing pieces – there was no rope in either but i incidentally found a folded scrap of paper with “ROPE” written on it so we used that instead] and now we know how to play! we unanimously decided we needed to relieve the stress and frustration of cluedo with karaoke so we finally headed there and it was 18:30 already and the 3hr session was the one that came with a free drink, so i somehow managed to ask my mum to let me stay in the city until about just before 9, then about 9, then maybe even 9:30, and with the aid of mic and cloud’s virtual support it somehow worked and she was cool to pick me up THAT LATE so we rejoiced and waited down, around, and back outside because all the rooms were full !! it was the most epic karaoke ever since none of us really minded what song was played as long as it was interesting, and nobody got really PO’d which was a first for me for k so we were all being a bit crazy with the singing and mic sounded like he was absolutely murdering his voice [which i hope he wasn’t] and even cloud managed to introduce us to a new singer “florence” which i must remember to check out. i need to work on harmonising – it just doesn’t come as naturally anymore somehow, but even though we probably sounded terrible as i went through my phases of guttural, screamo, grunge, opera and just weird, it was hilarious and mum entered 30 mins too early and got kicked out by the karaoke place assistants, which i was actually thankful for because that was when “the best of you” came on and i just lost it ahaha i love that song. i love the foo fighters. and cloudier and mic loved big echo because it actually had REAL MUSIC VIDEOS [oh my gosh!] because for some reason a lot of k places don’t… i owe cloudier $15.

brain spew because I’m boring at writing recounts.

by bezzle

Today I went to Luna Park with my family (minus Mum, because she was at work), Kevin and Henry (and their families).  It started off with us trying to find Henry and his sister Maggie as they had already bought their passes and were in the rides.  It took a while, but eventually we met up in Coney Island with Kevin and his brother Raymond as well, and set off on doing the little slides and mazes and stuff inside.  After that, we went to the dodgem cars, where it took us more than half an hour queueing, and I let my sister drive because I haven’t had any good recent experiences with bumper cars D: and she did a good job!  So I took over for a couple of laps and I didn’t stuff up ^^

By then we were cracking hungry, and sat down to a very nice picnic that Kevin and Henry’s parents had brought, and Dad strangely bought some muffins and a box of hot chips, which were an instant hit with us kids.  It was the first thing to go.  I also had iced tea for the first time, I think it was peach flavoured, because it tasted like…peach juice.  On the first mouthful.  The second one had that not-exactly-bitter tea taste.  All the while we were eating, Kevin and Henry’s parents were talking about their kids (in Shanghainese) and I just sat there, bemused and trying to catch on to the gist of the conversation.  It wasn’t one of those vitriolic, comparing-type conversations were academics were measured up and the like, but harmless talk about stuff like height and braces and whether we brushed our teeth before or after eating breakfast (after FTW!) and the difference between fat and not skinny.  It was nice, they’re nice people 8D

After that, Kevin was being a chicken nugget and so instead of the Tango Train we went on the carousel.  I ended up riding backwards on the chariot with my brother, while noticing that Henry had somehow sneaked off without us noticing.  Next was the Ferris wheel, after a lot of dawdling around.  Kevin somehow managed to psych himself up to go…but five minutes into the queue, he said he needed to go toilet, and when he returned, he decided not to join back into the line ==

So we (my sister, Henry, Raymond and I) went, and all this time Maggie was off with her friends which all appeared at least several years older than her O:  By this time all of us couldn’t be stuffed waiting for rides, and spent another half an hour half-heartedly waiting in line in the sun for the Spider (which I had already ridden by myself earlier that day >.>) and afterwards Raymond and I were the only ones who wanted to go on the Ranger.  BUT eventually he chickened out/decided not to go, so I didn’t either, because then I would be lonely.  Meanwhile, Kevin was just sitting with our parents, playing on his phone.

All of us (except for Maggie, still out at large somewhere with her mature-looking friends) just sat with our parents and mooched the remaining Grain Waves and SUPERSUPERSUPER sweet mini Easter cupcakes that Henry’s mum had brought, and none of us dare touched after eating one, as they were basically ‘sugar with a little bit of cake’.  As a side note, the chocolate Easter cupcakes, also from Coles, are quite scrumptious.  Well, the top mostly, because the cake part is just your average supermarket chocolate cake.  The top a thick crust of chocolate ganache with small flakes of chocolate in it ~__~  But back to today!  Sat around doing nothing for an hour, then Kevin’s mum came back with three snow cones.  I have never had a snow cone, and never will if it’s a stall-made one.  Hygiene reasons, not sure if I’ve mentioned the story on this blog before, but I definitely have to some people.  Anyway, wasted another half an hour or so waiting for Maggie, who seemed to get a turn on the Ferris wheel at least two time longer than the one we had >.> and it was getting dark.  So when Maggie finally decided to come back -.- we left to take the train to Town Hall, to have dinner.

Which was at a Japanese restaurant called Yutaka.  It had very good sushi, but everything else was not so good.  The buffet had hot chips!  And pasta salad!  What the hell?!  And another thing I also tried for the first time was miso soup, which is made from…forgot.  But it was something, when I heard, thought sounded unpleasant…but miso soup sounds nice ><  So I had a bowl, and it was bleh.  I somehow managed to crack open my disposable chopsticks neatly yay! The eel was so tasty!  Why can’t Chinese restaurants do that, huh?  That’s why I have such a bad image of eel, because every time we ordered it at a Chinese restaurant the meant wasn’t particularly soft/enticing and there were SPIKY THIN BONES.  Kevin doesn’t like raw fish, but Henry’s mum made him eat one of those slice-of-salmon-with-a-chunk-of-rice-underneath sushi thingos.  We binged on the jellies (you know, those ones in the round plastic cups like the ones we get in Jap class, but rounder) and made a tower, which Kevin tipped over.  I found a dead fruit fly-ish thing under my tofu pocket sushi :x  I’m glad someone got my bad jokes today, thanks Henry.  But you’re still lame too.

Left for a ‘walk’ in Hyde Park, which, now that I think about it, was really just a shortcut to get to the train station so we could go home.  Guided by Henry’s dad’s excellent sense of direction, we didn’t get lost while in the city, but after Henry’s family left for the St. James station we needed the maps on Kevin’s iPhone to get us to Wynyard xD  We managed to get there, and caught the train home.

I think my lips are sunburnt.  What?!

Easter show on Thursday

Went with Sydo to the Easter Show on Thursday, and it took us a while to find each other in the beginning ^^’  We didn’t know what to do first, so we headed to the place all people who go to the Easter Show should go to – the Woolworths Fresh Food Dome!  We loved the Woolworths stalls – so many tasty samples!  And free apple slinkies!  I want one of those machines O_o And the two dip stalls, both of them were so delicious.  Aioli dip is soo nice!  Babaganoush heehee I love saying that word it’s so funny.  And got some discount coupons and a strawberry shortcake recipe, before walking around a bit more for samples, then going into the home and craft section!  Anaconda was having a sale, but I didn’t need another metal bottle ($8.95 O____O that’s less than half of what I paid for my bottle which isn’t from Anaconda though) and I spotted the Carlingford Music Centre stall and Syd had a chat with a guy she knew there.  We spent more than half an hour browsing the artwork and handicraft competition entries, and a lot of the paintings and drawings were MINDBLOWINGLY intricate and beautiful.  There was this immaculate drawing of a nude lady (the artist had done just shading to create depth for her back…it was so light and careful and her hair was so lifelike and thin and the whole picture was so true-to-life) and a colour pencil drawing of a gorilla (which was also impossibly intricate and lifelike) that stood out to me (there are a lot more stored in my temporary memory, just can’t be bothered describing because it’s too bothersome and you’ll get sick of hearing the same words).

Er I can’t remember too well what we did after that, I think we sat in a bench and ate biscuits and Starburst for a bit, then it was…oh yeah we tried to find the flying pigs.  But Syd lost my map, but we managed to get one off a nice old lady who didn’t want hers (haha no we didn’t bash up an old lady for a map) and it turns out that there were no flying pigs that day.  So we sat in the cattle judging tent and watched a football-for-kids training session.  I don’t know why either.  Soon we were bored and we went to see Fonzy, Australia’s tallest steer.  I wonder if i hadn’t gone to an agricultural school, would I go around calling steers cows?  The people behind Sydo and I were…and I managed to catch myself doing it too.  It’s also because there’s no common word for an individual for cattle…’a bovine animal’ sounds too scientific…

After that we went to watch the Psycho Sideshow, after I had missed it when going to the Show for two years in a row, and it was late and we were early too and we watched the usual dance troupes perform and they were pretty good.  And then came on the acrobatic gymnasts, who were spectacular!  They could bend till their heads reached the ground (their body in an arched U-shape, feet facing out) and all these jumps and balancing on each other.. their strength and agility and flexibility amazed me, and made me feel like a fat lump of rock sitting on a seat. There were these very dangerous looking throws that the one guy did with this little girl member.. and they did it to the instrumental? version and the original version of Lady GaGa’s Born this Way xD  among other songs.  So when the Psycho Sideshow came on, I was not that amazed by the ‘world-famous’ contortionist who looked to be one the same level as the teen/tween group we had just seen before.  But the rest of the show was still entertaining and very ‘freakish’, just not particularly creative except for the foot juggling, because that’s cool 8D

Then we went to the Wool Fashion Parade, which was half an hour late and opened to a half-filled audience.  Before it started, Sydo and I looked around the stalls inside the pavilion and we saw spinners and knitters of wool, they’re soo cool 8D  Watched the fashion show, which got better as it went on (but I feel sorry for the males, not many interesting styles for them ._.).  It was getting late, so we headed over to the twisted chips stall to buy our curly fries!  Man, we felt so unhealthy after that, especially after seeing those dancers ><‘.  We left and went to the train station.

I’ve just had an idea for another post later.  Hope at least one of my fellow bloggers blog by then.  *pointed glare*

::sixty-four

by cloudier

this is what happens when you follow the daily what on tumblr

Jared said, “When we have clients who are thinking about Flash
splash pages, we tell them to go to their local supermarket and
bring a mime with them. Have the mime stand in front of the
supermarket, and, as each customer tries to enter, do a little
show that lasts two minutes, welcoming them to the supermarket
and trying to explain the bread is on aisle six and milk is on
sale today.

“Then stand back and count how many people watch the mime, how
many people get past the mime as quickly as possible, and how
many people punch the mime out.

“That should give you a good idea as to how well their splash
page will be received. That’s the crux of it.”

bougainvillea!

by bezzle

today was over really quickly.  i’m surprised.

i had to walk home, because i forgot my bus pass at home and i felt exercise-y, and strangely i didn’t regret it!  give yourself a pat on the back, bezzle!

started off the day doing my homework before rollcall, as usual.  and it turned out i didn’t need to do it, but it made me look good in front of my english teacher (:  don’t you think that there’s a lot of excessive nudity in movies?  what directors will do to get more viewers…

then ballroom dancing.  salsa.  before, i thought of the dance, but now i think of nachos.  we had a dance teacher (!) and she was the same person as the one who taught us hiphop last year (!!).  it was at least much more productive than what i did in year six, which involved a teacher telling us to step forward, back and side to side with our arms out when we stepped so we looked like marionettes and her moving her hips and saying ‘flair!’ and yeah.  *cringe* 

like carmen, i started with cold hands and ended up with warm, more-than-slightly sweaty hands.

japanese was funny.  ben: “thank you captain obvious!”  the loft is awesome.  even ‘THE LOFT’ sounds new-yorky.

commerce was blah.  our teacher is really good at explaining stuff though.  i think we’re actually going to do work this year.  gulp.

hey!  ‘gulp’ is ‘plug’ backwards!

i just heard zac efron on the radio.

dad is watching the vancouver olympics and it just amazes me how fast people can ski downhill.  the skiers look like they’re holding bent sticks.  i want to visit vancouver, i have an aunt there.  she used to live with me, but she says it’s even better at canada.  mum entertained the notion of us going to canada last year, but instead we went to the gold coast.  i want to see the snow.  i like it how everyone on tv looks cosy and warm in their coats and mittens and scarves.  mum probably thinks i’ll get frostbite or something. 

to the person who told me that all i did was rant about life, i’m going to file this under ‘school’. 

and you know who you are.

[and here’s a smilie to offset any rant xD]