Monthly Archives: November 2012
i love (absolutely love) the how being underwater makes me feel. especially after half a year of no diving, getting back into the waters was absolutely spiritual. 😀 times when you fin forward, and then turn back and just stare at the wall behind is so mesmerising.
my photographs are still below amateur level, but i can assure you that my shots from my next dive trip will be of some quality cos im gonna be learning from someone. 😀
this will have to do for now. enjoy!
it was a lovely trip, despite the messy vessel conditions.
you’ll be home in 10 days. this first 2 semesters here have opened your eyes to lots of things. ideas, opportunities, openness, giving yourself a chance to experience the world…
studying here has taught you how not to teach when you get back to MOE. perhaps feel teachers at lower levels are more important to spark off interest in a subject matter. by the time you get to higher levels of education, students already know what they are interested in and teaching is not the priority of researchers. its all abt how many papers one can publish and how well you write your bullshit to get more money. but, every job has its minuses and thats just part of it. those who can deal with it stay in it, those who cant, dont. i guess you’ll still be happy to go back to teaching cos regardless of the nonsenses your bosses threw at you, your students were still the focal point and you still felt you made a difference, in some small way. imparting knowledge is something very high order, is it not?
anyway, regardless of whatever dissatisfaction you’ve experienced here over subjects and modules and the way they carry out the program, be glad that you’ve had a good break from teaching, such a good break away from home, having had the chance to do your things, re-sort your thinking, be yourself, and discovering many paths. do you feel refreshed? its important to live without regrets and i hope you realise that…
you’ve met some nice ppl. it’s time to say goodbye to some. but remember that ppl come and go. and everyone makes an impression in your life. so learn from them and dont be sad when they leave.
you’ve had quite a hard time trying to figure out matters of the heart in the midst of a very stressful 2nd half of the 2nd semester. learning how to be in a rlnship again, after 12 yrs, must have been challenging. arent you lucky The SB was patient and made the transition so fluent? despite all the brain vs heart struggles. or rather societal expectations vs own ideals questins. “Sometimes climbing up the rock wall isn’t the biggest challenge. Sometimes letting go to come back down, to admit its time to start over, to say the past effort needs to be let go, is harder.” but this semester has seen you realising that you dont need to forget the past. you just need to let it go and learn from the experiences. perhaps, things always end up good; and if its not good its not the end yet. cos “Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know” Pema Chondron. so whereever this journey brings you, be glad its happening. cos you should never regret anything that made you smile.
you are almost done fixing up your plans for the next 3 mths. but your next 10 days are going to be so important! you need to pack your bags, and thats not going to be as simple as packing for a holiday trip. do you think you’ll miss this Ghost Town when you are back in the hustle and bustle of SG life? maybe the excitement of SG food will make you forget this Ghost Town. it might be weird going back home to face your family. but you’ve grown adult enough to accept that while your parents may not be all that lovey dovey, they still love you and care for you, and perhaps in some obscure corner of their hearts, maybe for each other too. relationships dont always work out and shit just happens sometimes, but that doesnt mean you should stop hoping for a fantasy life. whats life if there’s no hope right?
you still have work to do, but you have gotten thru everything that came at you once. this is nothing. you will be able to handle this. remember, one day at a time. keep smiling and keep persisting. the end is near. have fun meeting your friends and students when you go back to SG. remember to spend time with your family cos they miss you.
Q: Do you have monkeys in Australia?
A: YES! Several zoos throughout Australia have monkeys! There are none in the wild, if you look at the world map and follow the islands of Indonesia along in you will notice that (if you have a good map) somehere to the east of Bali, there is a line on the map called the Wallace line. This is where Mr. Wallace, a Pommie biologist if I remember correctly, noted the changeover between Asian and Australian flora and fauna.
MORE AMUSINGLY…. check out some fantastic answers to the stupidest questions!
Q: Can I pick up my camper van in Auckland and drop it off in Darwin?(Belgium)
A: Sure, take a ferry, change the registration plates from New Zealand to Australian, and find a way to calm down the people you rented it from when they hear where their vehicle has ended up.
Q: Does it ever get windy in Australia? I have never seen it rain
on TV, so how do the plants grow? (UK)
A: We import all plants fully grown and then just sit around watching them die.
Q: Will I be able to see kangaroos in the street? (USA)
A: Depends how much you’ve been drinking
Q: I want to walk from Perth to Sydney – can I follow the railroad tracks? (Sweden)
A: Sure, it’s only three thousand miles, take lots of water…
Q: Is it safe to run around in the bushes in Australia? (Sweden)
A: So it’s true what they say about Swedes.
Q: It is imperative that I find the names and addresses of places to contact for a stuffed porpoise. (Italy)
A: Let’s not touch this one.
Q: Are there any ATMs (cash machines) in Australia? Can you send me a list of them in Brisbane, Cairns, Townsville and Hervey Bay? (UK)
A: What did your last slave die of?
Q: Can you give me some information about hippo racing in Australia? (USA)
A: A-fri-ca is the big triangle shaped continent south of Europe. Aus-tra-lia is that big island in the middle of the pacific which does not… oh forget it. Sure, the hippo racing is every Tuesday night in Kings Cross. Come naked.
Q: Which direction is North in Australia? (USA)
A: Face south and then turn 90 degrees. Contact us when you get here and we’ll send the rest of the directions.
Q: Can I bring cutlery into Australia? (UK)
A: Why? Just use your fingers like we do.
Q: Can you send me the Vienna Boys’ Choir schedule? (USA)
A: Aus-tri-a is that quaint little country bordering Ger-man-y, which is…oh forget it. Sure, the Vienna Boys Choir plays every Tuesday night in Kings Cross, straight after the hippo races. Come naked.
Q: Do you have perfume in Australia? (France)
A: No, WE don’t stink.
Q: I have developed a new product that is the fountain of youth. Can you tell me where I can sell it in Australia? (USA)
A: Anywhere significant numbers of Americans gather.
Q: Can I wear high heels in Australia? (UK)
A: You are a British politician, right?
Q: Can you tell me the regions in Tasmania where the female population is smaller than the male population? (Italy)
A: Yes, gay nightclubs.
Q: Do you celebrate Christmas in Australia? (France)
A: Only at Christmas.
Q: Are there supermarkets in Sydney and is milk available all year round? (Germany)
A: No, we are a peaceful civilisation of vegan hunter gatherers. Milk is illegal.
Q: Please send a list of all doctors in Australia who can dispense rattlesnake serum. (USA)
A: Rattlesnakes live in A-meri-ca which is where YOU come from. All Australian snakes are perfectly harmless, can be safely handled and make good pets.
Q: I have a question about a famous animal in Australia, but I forget its name. It’s a kind of bear and lives in trees. (USA)
A: It’s called a Drop Bear. They are so called because they drop out of gum trees and eat the brains of anyone walking underneath them. You can scare them off by spraying yourself with human urine before you go out walking.
Q: I was in Australia in 1969 on R+R, and I want to contact the girl I dated while I was staying in Kings Cross. Can you help? (USA)
A: Yes, and you will still have to pay her by the hour.
Q: Will I be able to speek English most places I go? (USA)
A: Yes, but you’ll have to learn it first.
its weird actually. i always thought ive grown out of celebratory events like Deepavali. afterall, stuff just became customary and visits to relatives houses became more of a “i bought this new display cabinet and all the stuff in there are new too” or “yea, we thought our 1-yr old sofa was looking haggard. so we bought a new one” kinda thing. i mean, what was the point of pretending to be all friendly and nice when meet ups were just for formality sake…
it had been 12 yrs since i stopped going for family gatherings for Deepavali. it was one of the things that broke my family up. they couldnt stand having to answer ppl why i wasnt there. and why wasnt i there? cos you know. i remember the first time i refused to go, dad and mom quarrelling abt me, bro was helpless and stood there. i was in my room and refused to come out. to be frank, i was the reason why my family conditions over the past decade turned out bad.
but on Deepavali day, we’d still go to the temple, mom still made all the savouries, and i still loved having special food to celebrate the occasion. mom always never wanted to break the tradition.
while in SG, i’d dread having to go to gatherings, where we put on fake smiles and fake shows of concern and fake interest in each others lives. maybe its just me missing all things Indian at the moment. but, yea… this first deepavali away from home makes me feel a little sad. im sure my mom misses the only other female in the house. and i definitely miss dressing in Indian ornaments….
well, it’s exam tomorrow and i should get back to revision.
Wishing all Hindus Deepavali Valthukal!