ELYSE
12/21/13 08:09 pm
Here is the long-awaited and long-dreaded on my part blog post of the KL trip that the climbers went on last week! I HATE BLOGGING FNSJKFHDSJAK

#joel #velfin #dullfin )
 
 
ELYSE
12/07/13 06:31 pm
Yay here's the Phuket travel diary (I'm so efficient right?!?!???) and I apologise in advance because it gets pretty wordy when describing the whole diving ordeal HAHAH but yeah. 

trying to get to you )
 
 
ELYSE
Oh my god I hate blogging ughgghghgh

Anyway, some of these entries were written on the spot now and some of the entries had been written on the day itself! Hence you'll notice that the ones I'm writing on the spot are really brief HAHA.

Who even reads this shit anymore though omg it's wayyyyy too much. And I'm too lazy to format everything nicely too so there HAHAH.

stay true to you )

Okay that's all I'm exhausted and sleepy and oh dear it's SUPER past my bed time HAHA oh no. Phuket tomorrow, can't wait! :D
 
 
ELYSE
11/21/13 03:18 pm

Here is a photo of me welcoming you into the super long and epic essay about my trip to Taiwan! Please brace yourselves for many photos and many more paragraphs.

who i am inside )
 
 
ELYSE
10/26/13 11:45 pm
HEYYYY GUYS HAVE YOU MISSED ME? I know one of you have. ;) Okay let's start this long and laborious process of regaling all the good things that have happened in my life so that future-me will look back and read this and remember all the happy things!

the final threshold )
 
 
ELYSE
10/11/13 11:42 pm
I've been putting off this post for only two weeks WHAT AN ACHIEVEMENT!!



4 OCTOBER
AKA THE END OF PROMOS!!! I can't believe promos has already ceased to exist for one week. ö Since I'm on the topic of promos, I might as well expound a little on the horrors that it has wrecked upon my life. 

GP and Chinese were horrifying. My grasp on English felt very wishy-washy that day, and Chinese speaks for itself. The Physics paper was not worth all the time I'd invested in studying for it because it was SO FREAKING HARD!!! Math was stupidly difficult too, although I expected it. It's my fault for neglecting Math till three days before the exam. Chemistry, thankfully, was a merciful paper, but I can't say the same for Geography. >:(

Anyway, when the Geog paper ended, I went off to meet the climbers at Onsight for dinner! In retrospect, it really was a huge waste of time travelling all the way to Mountbatten from Botanic Gardens but I had time to waste, so. I managed to make my way to Onsight from the MRT station without getting lost more than once - VICTORY!!! Then I spent about half an hour sitting on the mat in my socks and uniform feeling illegal because I hadn't paid to use the facilities AKA sit on the mat HAHA but no one chased me out so that's a good thing. 

We decided to eat at JustAcia at Dhoby Ghaut, but when we got there, the place was packed! We ended up going to Cathay to check out Astons and Saizeriya (is this how you spell it...), but since Astons was packed full and by the time we got to Saizeriya we were as hungry as a pack of wolves, we decided to just stick it out in the queue at Saizeriya. Surprisingly we got seats pretty quickly considering we had about 10+ people queueing in front of us! 

Dinner was great talking about... I don't remember what we talked about HAHA I learnt there that ginger ale is a really nice beverage though. Then Fang very nicely offered me a ride home because her mum was driving and omg her mum is worse at directions than I am! But her mum is really really nice. 



5 OCTOBER
Had lunch with my grandma and the family at this place called the, uh, Tea House...? Except they don't specialise in serving tea. It's just your typical Chinese oriental restaurant but worse because their xiao longbao was SO LACKLUSTER!!! They were tiny. I was heartbroken. 

It's located in Far East Square, a place I never knew existed until I went there for lunch. It's quite pretty and very empty on weekends because it's pretty near the CBD. 



7 OCTOBER
Watched The Internship with Jia Hui, Jinlin and Yuet Wan! The beginning of the movie was meh, but things really picked up once the two main characters started their interview with Google. The movie is hilarious and heartwarming and DYLAN O' BRIEN IS SO CUTE FDHSFHDJ and and THE GOOGLE WORKPLACE IS RLY COOL OMG if you watch the movie you'll wish you were a Google employee. But honestly if one of the requirements of being a Google employee is being a geek and having to know everything about, like, Star Wars, then I'll probably fail.

We had lunch at a Japanese restaurant whose name escapes me. This little kid sitting next to us was being SO LOUD. To make matters worse, he crawled over to our side of the couch and sTARTED TO CRAWL ALL OVER JIAHUI AND I WAS HONESTLY JUST TERRIFIED OK I was hoarding my food to my side of the table like ain't nobody stealing my food not even you you diaper-wearing creature!1!!1 So while the girls went on to eat ice cream dessert, I left Orchard for Farrer Park to meet the climbers! 

We got to climb at CA before the opening time (woohoo thanks Jups) so we had the entire boulder gym all to ourselves. Meaning that the guys went crazy and started doing stupid things like being a burden and resting on the wall so no one could try the route and chalking the butt of the person sitting on the wall and traversing using the tops of the walls even though those are technically out of bounds and tickle-attacking unsuspecting people. Actually, most of these things happened to Isaac HAHA what's wrong with you. 

Jups set four routes for us on the second level, all but one of which I could not do. :( And the one route I did manage to top was a route that required compression of volumes, which I've noticed is my only strongpoint in climbing. Even then I'm not that great at it. Yet. I developed a blood-filled blister on my middle finger which popped while I was attempting the first route so I ended up leaving a streak of blood on the tile HAHAHA. Fortunately it didn't hurt because the blister popped but didn't tear, so not a lot of water could get in when I washed my hands. I had to scrub off the blood I left on the tile with some wet tissue though. :( All the sweat and blood we've shed in the CA gym...

Afterwards we went for dinner at Citysquare Mall's newly renovated food court! I always have so much difficulty choosing what to buy in food courts because I'm always so spoilt for choice. :( 



9 OCTOBER
Games' Day! I had been forced into the Telematch team, which consisted of OG18 and me. Awkward. We won though! The telematch comprised of 6 obstacles - one for every member of the team - and the fastest team wins. I chose the obstacle least likely to get me wet HAHA it involved stepping into circles of cups filled with water without spilling the cups. If you spill the cups, you get a water bomb thrown at you. The circles were located pretty far away from each other, and no one told me I could put my other foot down on the ground while one foot was inside the circle, so I balanced and jumped through the entire thing and I didn't spill a single drop of water! \O/ There was this one last bit that I honestly thought I could not manage because it was really far away, but at the last moment I realised I was losing my balance so I jumped and I made it! I think it's because climbing has trained me to step well with my toes and to trust my feet hehe. 

Afterwards Isaac taught me a bit of soccer, then us and Prem went up to the library to while the time away. I got scolded by the librarian for bringing my water bottle in. :( After the NE dialogue, Isaac, Johnson, Prem, Yun Xuan, Daryl, Szujin and I met to leave for Insidious 2 at the Nex. We visited the Doggiestyle Cafe (it sounds really wrong) and I must say that the puppies kept on display there look really uncomfortable+cold. Some of them were trembling in their cages! 

Insidious 2 has a really good storyline I must say. Considering I didn't watch Insidious 1, I think I understood the plot pretty well! The jump-scares were not bad too, although I think a lot of horror stories have very similar scary situations. It kind of reminded me of some of Supernatural's ghost episodes too. On a whole, I'd rate Insidious 2 as better than The Conjuring. 

We went for dinner and bought Jiaboon's cake. As we were taking our traditional outing photo in the MRT station, guess who ran out of the arriving trains and into our group shot! Eugene HAHA how coincidentalll. 



11 OCTOBER
Had lame PW in the day, but tbh I think I spent half of the time slacking away in front of the laptop watching Supernatural/snapchatting. I keep regretting not bringing my jacket because I'm always falling asleep during the PW lectures and it gets so bloody cold in the LT when I'm asleep. :( There was an unprecedented climbers' meeting in the canteen at 2PM too HAHA and we talked till 3. Why does time always seem to fly so quickly on PW days?! 

Anyway, I think all this time spent with my classmates has given me the opportunity to actually open up and start liking them. For the most part of this year I've kind of kept to myself and not really mixed around with most of my classmates; these past few days have showed that they're actually decent people worth getting to know better! But I'm lazy HAHAHA

I left at 5 for CCA. We were split up into teams of 3 and 4 and assigned a wall on which to set a new endurance route. Setting routes is actually pretty fun, given that we weren't setting it with difficulty in mind, but endurance. An endurance route is basically a route consisting of about 30 tiles; the ultimate aim is to finish the route without falling off the wall. I was grouped with Daryl, Jia Shen and Wei Hang, and I think we were quite efficient! \O/ Yay us. Perhaps it's also because we were given the 15 degree wall which is pretty easy compared to the middle two walls. I can't wait to try out the other endurance routes! 

Those who finished setting the endurance route went outside to top-rope. After such a long break of not climbing the high wall, the prospect of having to climb at great height was pretty unnerving for me. :( But I surprised myself! Although I fell (once) trying to get past the overhang of the brown route, I managed to do it on my second attempt! I'm really proud of myself. I topped the brown route soon after and omg I love the sense of achievement I get when I've topped a route I've been working on for several months!!!

After MG chased us out of the gym, we went down to the basketball court to play ball. I never thought I'd become so athletic, joining NJC. I guess it's pretty ironic that I've become more sporty than mugger-y in a school famous for muggerifying people. Anyway, I managed to score a goal for my team! Completely by accident, of course, but it's still a nice feeling. Playing ball with the climbers is hilarious too because we always manage to accidentally kick the ball instead of bounce it, some way or another. 

We played one game (my team lost, of course, as they were stuck with the only girl) and then we headed out to the field to lepak! It's actually really relaxing to lie down on the turf and get lost in the night sky, listening to the squabbling voices of the climbers overhead and spacing out. It seemed as though we didn't have a care in the world.

I just watched a movie called Source Code, and while the sci-fi part of it deeply fascinates me, I am also endlessly frustrated by the seemingly inexplicable quantum physics behind the whole alternate reality thing. I mean, it's not possible for a single brain's electromagnetic waves to completely create a new parallel universe right!!! BUT IT ISN'T EXPLAINED! I am at once mindblown and frustrated. And the Wikipedia page isn't doing anything to help either. >:(



Sigh I can't believe I spent one whole hour + 30 minutes typing up this post. Vetra and Huiyin, if you're reading this: allez for your remaining exams!!!
 
 
ELYSE
I think I need another entry to make up for the utterly dismal tone of my previous entry! I did some self-reflecting just now (guess where I did it) and I have come to the conclusion that I am unnecessarily stressed out over something that is not only completely temporary but also absolutely useless in the grand scheme of things I mean c'mon

Also I think it's primarily because I dislike being mediocre. Which is ironic, really, because I am and will probably always remain mediocre at everything I do, seeing as I'm not very talented in any particular area OR MAYBE I JUST HAVEN'T DISCOVERED MY TALENT YET!!!

Anyway, here's the update on the ongoings of my not-so-interesting life. Future me, I hope you appreciate the time and effort I've spent on keeping this thing alive.

heaven on earth )