almaviva90: (Don Alfonso)
Gah, why the hell do I have to get a cold now?! I'm sniffling all over the place and my nose is running like a bloody water tap. I'm taking these cold and flu hot remedies which my mum fortunately stuffed into my luggage before I left Hong Kong and they've helped somewhat since I kind of feel better than yesterday but I'm still sneezing and sniffling which is rather annoying and which is also the reason why I didn't go to the archives today. Don't think the people at the archives would appreciate me sneezing all over their precious documents *shudders*

Fingers crossed that I'll get this little cold under control. Bought some green tea (by Twinings too...I've never tried green tea from Twinings) which has helped me in the past with colds - I think I even cured myself once of a cold by just continually drinking green tea a few years ago - so hopefully it'll work this time as well!

Night's falling and the air is filled with anxious anticipation as to what tonight will bring in terms of the riots. It's eerily like a war zone or the feeling you get when you're just about to go over the top in the FIrst World War. Hopefully all this mindless violence will go away soon. The Londoners are having a pretty rough go of the it at the moment.
almaviva90: (Don Alfonso)
Gah, I feel like I've been on an earphone/headphone buying spree this month...both my headphones and earphones broke last month and I bought these rather expensive (HKD 330) Sennheiser earphones in the second week of April. Thought they'd last since they were pretty darn expensive and Sennheiser's supposedly one of the best makers of earphones/headphones.

Apparently not the best of ideas as it turns out. They broke the day before yesterday...and it hasn't been a month since I bought them. FML.

Couldn't exchange them since I had bought them nearly a month ago and thought that going to claim it on warranty was much too troublesome and so I bought some Sony earphones yesterday and today bought some headphones from Audio-Technica (which I believe make simply the best headphones...at least in my experience).  The both of them combined cost HKD 417... even this amount of money to splurge on ear/headphones looks ridiculous to my eyes but hopefully they'll last much much MUCH longer than Sennheiser which probably holds the record of 'Shortest time to break' at the moment. Mon Dieu... -________-
almaviva90: (Poirot and Hastings - Styles)
Well, it's been a while since I've posted on LJ and what with work, fanfic writing and a surprising amount of stress, I'm not surprised that I haven't been on LJ that much. Anyways, I'm here now so that's definitely an improvement, methinks =D

A big day today...decided (and finally mustered up the courage after months of contemplation and hesitation) last week that I'd write to David Suchet and Hugh Fraser (a.k.a. Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings), thank them for their brilliant work on film and television and kinda ask them if they could be kind enough to grant my tiny request for their autographs. Therefore I had to rush down to the post office at Winsdor House in Causeway in the morning to send them off since Monday's the only day I'm free (and the post office is only open on Mondays to Saturdays). After a LOT of hassle with envelopes (my envelopes were waaay too small and had to buy a bigger one for Suchet's letter), finally slotted them into the 'Air' mail box at about 25 minutes past 12. I know I'm so immature to request their autographs...but OMG, they're Poirot and Hastings (who've been my obsessions over the past couple of months), for God's sake! And Fraser's also Wellington in the Sharpe series...how I especially not avoid writing to him seeing that he's the best Wellington ever? I do hope they don't think me idiotic and be kind enough to grant my little request. *sinks on knees praying fervently* Nothing to do now but wait... *twiddles thumbs*

Anyways, that wasn't really the most important thing to be done today...the highlight of the day was meeting [livejournal.com profile] enserric today! Hurrah! We haven't met up in over a year so it was absolutely fantastic to spend some quality time together today. We didn't really do much but chat and walk around what seemed nearly the whole of Causeway which was nonetheless damn tiring...and have lunch, some afternoon tea/coffee and dinner. Sounds utterly unexciting but we didn't mind it one bit...and my goodness, it's great to hang out with someone who knows exactly who you are and what your various fads and eccentricities are...the accents we were constantly changing and mimicking (which include Irish, Scottish, Russian, Swedish, Indian, posh British, American) were definitely a reminder of the great times we had at SIS. We had a ridiculous amount of fun mocking the name of a rather unfortunately named sports goods store at Windsor House...and even went to Toys R Us and did all kinds of silly things like having mock sword fights with foam swords, tossing this rather revolting silicon worm like toy which looked like a germ blown up to monstrous proportions and etc. I don't remember having quite so much fun in one day in quite a long time...ah, how socially lacking I am it seems!

Overall a tiring but bloody brilliant day. =DDDD
almaviva90: (Default)
Down with the flu again. Hopefully this will be the last time in a long time as I was quite content to have had it back last September. Actually, it seemed to be a lot worse this time round. Had a tremendously high fever on Friday evening/Saturday morning which went up to 104.8 F (over 40 C) on the thermometer along with a terrible headache, a loss of appetite, dizziness, horrible muscle aches and a general feeling of crappiness overall.

My mum took me to see the doctor (I'm still astonished as to how on earth did I manage to get from Bonham Road to Causeway Bay without passing out along the way) and after getting some meds to lower the fever, was feeling a little better by Saturday evening though I must admit that I'm not feeling my usual self still but as I'm no longer getting fevers or coughing my lungs out (I seemed to be doing so on Friday evening), I'm guessing that the meds and Tamiflu in particular are working.

What a great way to welcome the Chinese New Year...ugh...
almaviva90: (don alfonso)
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Hmm...early childhood memories all seem a jumble to me like flashbacks in a distinctly muddled order. I can remember various things but can't quite place them in chronological order. The most vivid and possibly earliest memory is one where I being pulled along by my mum from kindergarten (it was Wembley, if you wanted to know the name XD) to Cityplaza (yes, the very same shopping mall in Tai Koo) since we were in a hurry to meet her aunt and we were, as usual, already quite late. I think this was on a late summer afternoon (or perhaps late spring) and as I was being tugged along, I tripped and grazed my knee pretty badly on the pavement. I can't have been more than 3 or 4 years old at the time but I do remember it bleeding badly enough so that my mum had to go to a hair salon nearby (which she often frequented) and ask for a bandage or something.

And all this didn't quite help matters between my mum and her aunt, the latter of whom was pretty annoyed, I think while my mother herself was pretty furious that I had injured myself. She wasn't angry at me, by the way, she was probably more angry with her aunt who as I recall wasn't particularly sympathetic to the news that I had grazed my knee as a result of this mad rush to see her.

Another random childhood memory I have is of me locking myself in my room around the same time because I didn't want to play with my cousin who was a year younger than me and had visited us in Hong Kong. I remember holding this plastic ball in my arms and stubbornly ignoring my mother's entreaties on the other side of the door and my cousin's crying...it's kind of embarrassing remembering all this (God, it was just a effing *ball*, you silly girl!) but I have the feeling that I found my cousin annoying and wasn't used to sharing my things with someone who I had basically just met a few days before. And to be honest, even 16 or 17 years on, I don't think we still have anything much in common despite the fact that I'm only a year older than she is!
almaviva90: (Default)
Hurrah! A free day for me today...but not exactly a day of relaxation from academia since a) the toes on my left foot have decided to swell up thus making it almost impossible to walk comfortably or put on shoes (I tried and accordingly suffered by doing so yesterday since it just made them more swollen) and b) the joint in my right wrist seems to have been sprained or something since I can feel a twinge of pain from time to time even as I type. Why, oh why, has my body decided to give me a heck of a lot of problems since the end of 2009? *sigh*

Some annoying person has kind of stolen one of my fave userpics (my past default one which has a bearded TA gazing intensely at the camera) and used it in their blog without crediting me. Though I'm glad that they appreciate him as much as I do, it kind of pissed me off since I did make them myself and sort of for my own use. I'm probably feeling irrationally over-protective (they aren't my pictures, after all) but still...GRRRR...hence the change of default user pic to the one I'm using now which I made a year ago when my opera obsession had only just started. When I made it, there didn't seem anything special about it but now that I look back, the La Scala Don Giovanni icons are actually quite pretty =) I guess that since I'm talking about this point now, I might as well announce: PLEASE DO NOT TAKE MY ICONS!!! And if you really want them, at least INFORM or CREDIT me before you decide to use them! That also goes for my mood theme.

I really want to go to see Cosi fan tutte at Covent Garden in September but again, HKU is messing up my plans since the term starts at the beginning of September. I have no idea at the moment how to work that out. TA's also doing Cosi in Munich in July, a time when I'll definitely be free and on vacation but seriously, will I be able to manage in Germany when my German is almost non-existent? Plus I have no idea what this production looks like, I know the ROH production much better. But I'll think about that...I might try going to Germany instead if I can't make it to London in September. O_O

HKU has also decided to mess up an opportunity to meet my fellow Allen affectionados in April in London since the deadlines and lectures simply clash with the performance dates...and this is the second time it has foiled a meeting with them. *grumbles* If I was going to Durham instead of HKU, the term wouldn't start until October...thus making going to see Cosi much more easier. *sigh* Out of all the goals I've set for myself, I'm definitely saying to myself that I MUST see TA as Don Alfonso since he is known foremost as a Mozartian and that sadly, I'll never be able to see him in his other celebrated Mozart roles, i.e. Don Giovanni, Count Almaviva, Papageno and Guglielmo for obvious reasons. Probably if I were given a choice to have him play a character that he used to play in the past now, I'd choose the Count. Of course it's a hard choice between the Don and the Count but I must say the latter is more of a favourite for me. To see that live would be fantastic.

The history course I was writing about yesterday did not disappoint. It's definitely the most interesting of courses of this semester and I'm looking forward to the forthcoming lectures...I might actually choose the topic for a dissertation and investigate the sanitary and medical conditions of 19th/early 20th Century Hong Kong and relate them to the Volunteer Corps stationed here or something. Or even see how the British/Canadian POWs managed to keep disease at bay during their internment during WWII. I'm also beginning to think that I might choose the professor as my supervisor as well since he's probably the expert here for such things.

On the other hand, the compulsory science and technology course which came right after the history lecture was simply the most boring lecture in the history of lecture-giving ever. It was all about ENERGY and to have all those various examples of energy (kinetic, electric, potential, renewable etc, etc) just explained to us one after another for TWO hours straight was almost unbearable. Some actually left after the first hour and I was sorely tempted to do the same but being the polite person I am, stayed on...hoping perhaps that the second half was better. It wasn't (even GCSE science was far more interesting) and I'm really wondering how on earth will I be able to sit through the remaining lectures until the end of term. -___-
almaviva90: (TA 1980s)
Apologies for the long delay in updating (it's been over a week since I last posted, I see -___-) so I'm here to set things right for me little LJ XD

Term started yesterday...the history courses are okay so far. But seriously, the Cold War course...it's like a repeat of the A level topic that Mr Campion taught. I was like 'OMG, I know all of this already' (not in a boastful tone, of course, more like a bored, tired sort of way). But I was annoyed at myself that I couldn't remember the Soviet version of NATO...gah, it was the Warsaw Pact, you fool! *sighs* Well, at least, I remember when NATO and the Warsaw Pact were set up; 1949 and 1951 respectively. Okay, weird history nerd moment. Hopefully I'll put my previous knowledge to good use and learn something new here though later on. Note to self: get A level textbooks out of their dusty shelves and put them once again to good use.

I'm waiting for the long-awaited history course which I've been excited about since the first time I saw it on the course website last summer and the first class is tomorrow (or more like later this morning since it's like 3.30 now...yes, even I have no idea why I'm still awake at this hour). It's about war and medicine, by the way...from 1800-1950...actually, I think you can understand now why I'm so excited: a) it's about war (and no, despite all appearances, I'm not a militarist...I'm actually more of a pacifist. I'm just happen to be interested (rather weirdly) in military history XD) and b) it covers two centuries, the 19th (woot! Napoleonic warfare should supposedly be included...*crosses fingers*) and the 20th. So yeah, I'm waiting to see how it will turn out. The lecturer's considered to be boring (he's English and sounds uncannily like Hugh Grant when he speaks) but seriously, these students have NOT been to Mr Campion's classes and even I could keep awake during his classes about 95% of the time!!! If I can handle that, this lecturer is certainly fine by me. =)

I've also realised rather recently that I definitely want to try to do further studies for a Master's degree (because everyone knows that getting a BA at HKU is obviously so not enough) and then later on go on to a doctorate. It's gonna be quite a lot of work, I know, but that's one goal I've set for myself now. I'll probably do both of them in history but of course, still practice my creative writing since I also like the idea of being both an academic and a novelist...gives a bit of variety into ones life, I guess. And of course, I'm going to do both of them in the UK, no questions asked. I still have no idea what kind of topic I want to do for my undergrad dissertation though for my final year...I probably can't write about the Napoleonic Wars or European history since obviously I can't get any primary sources for that period over here *sigh* I'm quite interested in investigating colonial rule here just before WWII or even the Battle of Hong Kong or Churchill's opinions about losing HK to the Japanese. I find the idea of looking through old Colonial Office correspondence rather exciting.

Hmm...what else? Oh, Queen is just absolutely the best rock band ever (I've been listening to their songs a lot these days) and I will say once again that Freddie Mercury and Brian May are absolute gods at both singing and the guitar respectively. Opera and my favourite baritone though are still very firmly rooted in my daily life despite all appearances XDD

[livejournal.com profile] enserric contributed two lovely Napoleonic War related books to my little 'library' as my Christmas present (I'm still so grateful for you getting them, Yen) which I sadly couldn't receive in person since I happened to be both ill and piled with work at the same time plus I wasn't able to give her her present.  *grumbles* My cold still doesn't seem to want to go away...my voice still fluctuates from day to day; one day I can speak probably, the next it's sort of gone again. At the moment, it seems to be stabilising so hopefully it will go away soon.

Gah, better be off to bed now otherwise I'll miss the class I've been waiting for for the past couple of months...and if that happened, I'd look such an idiot. *___*
almaviva90: (danilo)
LOL...I don't believe I just got an A for my opera essay about the ROH 1987 production of Le nozze di Figaro.

And no, when I say 'just', I don't mean 'WTF, why can't I get a higher grade, etc, etc', I mean how on earth did I manage to get such a high grade in the first place? Totally unexpected. The history of opera part though was a B but I'm not complaining since I wasn't really sure of what I was writing in the first place (I was in a rush and didn't really bother to check if everything was right...-___-)

Ha, looks like focusing obsessively on opera productions with TA in it really paid off, lol.
almaviva90: (thoughtful TA)
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The high point of 2009 for me was most definitely getting a lovely and totally unexpected handwritten card from a certain operatic baritone whose name I will not mention since I'm too shy to say so publicly...I'm still in disbelief whether as to he really wrote back to me. *thanks profusely him once again for being so generous to an almost anonymous fan* And yes, I would so totally rewind and go back to the moment I realised what I was holding and reading in my hands...the feeling was incredible!

One fond memory of 2009 is hanging out with [livejournal.com profile] x_reggg and [livejournal.com profile] enserric at Elements over the summer...that was probably the most fun get-together of the year for me seeing that I was and still am totally lacking in social life at HKU. This could be rivaled though by the little escapade we had at the airport to see off [livejournal.com profile] cerulean88 to the States on January 1st of all days! Oh, and watching the sixth HP film was simply awesome...SNAPE!!! *clears throat loudly after her sudden fangirling* Mr Wray coming to my prize giving ceremony in November was also nice and memorable. It was wonderful  to see him again. Plus 2009 has been pretty great regarding my personal interest and progress in understanding and enjoying a rather new (give and take, lol)  interest: opera. I've made two lovely friends as a result of this and the ensuing emails and discussions really helped in keeping my mind sane over the year!

Low points? Eh, don't want to dwell on them too much...but being still stuck at HKU and being unable to go to Durham was REALLY a total point for me this year. Ah well...I'll try to at least visit the UK next year *crosses fingers*...hello 2010!
almaviva90: (don alfonso)
OMG...I'm trying to write a huge essay AND revise WHILE having a bad cold/infection...

I seriously thought I would never ever be able to do this but since both this essay and exam is tomorrow, my mind is simply forcing my tired, aching body to work anyway. I just hope that I can hold out and that tomorrow I'll be okay and not have to miss the exam. I really don't want to imagine me passing out halfway through... =((

Thankfully though the essay is the one about opera and that makes it doesn't seem so bad since I have some opportunity to fangirl about a particular production/singer/etc.

Just holding on to the fact that after tomorrow, my term here is finally over till January 11! =))
almaviva90: (the merry widow)
Whoa...it's looks like it's really been a while since I last posted here...been busy with a myriad of things this past week. I know that I have to change that poem of the month thing in the sidebar but I really am stumped as to what poem suits this month. I thought about putting up a Christmas poem but decided that was waaaay too sentimental (and vomit-inducing XD) to do so. Anyone have any ideas?

Anyways...moving on. I've been listening to a lot of the band Queen recently for some reason. I once heard their very famous song, Bohemian Rhapsody and didn't like it at the time. Now I've listened to it again (after seeing the hilarious Muppet version recently) and really am fond of it. The weird Scaramouche bit in the middle is just made more funny (and makes more sense) now since I kind of know the basics of opera (which is what Freddie Mercury was trying to imitate/mock). Oh and yeah, Brian May is simply a god on the guitar. It's amazing that he also has a PhD in astrophysics though. Simply awe-inspiring. Is it just me or do the 80s seem like golden age for music, not only for rock and pop but also for classical and opera? Queen, ABBA, Air Supply, Elton John, etc, etc...the list goes on plus it was a great time to see opera greats at their prime onstage with the likes of Domingo, Te Kanawa and last but not least, of course, Thomas Allen. What an experience to have lived in the 80s, I think.

Hmm....what else? Oh yes...finally got to reading books again (it seems ages since I read a book properly and to the end) and bought a copy of a book I've been keeping an eye on: Irish Peacock and Scarlet Marquess - The Real Trial of Oscar Wilde. A fascinating read and a wonderful insight into how Wilde acted and talked in real life. It also gave me an idea on how damning the evidence against Wilde was in his libel suit against Bosie's father. Had I been in his shoes, I really would have escaped abroad and avoided suing the Marquess...but Wilde was defiant...and sadly very foolish in stating his innocence since the amount of witnesses testifying against him was quite shocking. They might of course have been a whole pack of liars but seriously when you get more than 10 guys testifying against you, you're in a bit of hot water, I think. There was an amusing exchange between Wilde and the overbearing barrister, Edward Carson QC, showing Wilde's wit and eccentricity. They were talking about a letter which Wilde had sent to Bosie in which the language was a little overly intimate, shall we say, not to mention suggestive. Wilde kept on talking about how his letters and words were meant as poetry above all else and was marvelling at how beautiful they were while the barrister must have been rolling his eyes sarcastically. Carson was reading them to both him and the court and the following exchange followed (I'm reciting this from memory but the main gist of it should be more or less right):

CARSON: [having read a line from the letter] And was that a beautiful line, Mr Wilde?
WILDE: Not when you read it, Mr Carson. When I wrote it, it was a beautiful line. You read it very badly.

If you didn't know who was talking or what the situation was, I think you could have sworn that this exchange cropped up in The Importance of Being Earnest or something, lol. I must admit that Wilde had guts to say that in court.

Also got a hold of a nice copy of E.M. Forster's Howards End (a favourite book and film of mine)...I think I'll be well prepared for the holidays to brush up on my reading.

Oh, and yeah...it's definitely been decided that I won't be continuing my internship after this month. That gives me time to focus on my history courses next term, hurrah!
almaviva90: (TA 1980s)
Just found out that HP6 is actually already out in HK...definitely going to buy it the next time I get to a HMV or HK Records...=) Snape goodness here I come, lol.

So relieved now that I only have two more essays to write...managed to finish one earlier today and goodness was I glad to be rid of it at last! [I was so desperate for info to back up my argument about British national identity that I ended up inserting a quote from TA...so sad of me, I know) I was actually planning to at least make a start on the one due on Thursday but nah, I'm not bothered, esp. after just finishing one today. Did some sketching instead (always good since I haven't sketched in ages...) and ended up drawing TA as the Count and Ferruccio Furlanetto as Figaro from the 1991 Salzburg production (my favourite one so far): phantomphan1990.deviantart.com/art/Se-vuol-ballare-145264224 I'm pretty happy with it...TA's annoyed expression actually came from a screenshot I got from the '82 La boheme but that's more than one needed to know, lol.
almaviva90: (don alfonso)
Hmm...passed by the HKU Anime Society stall this afternoon and I swear that I had half a mind to buy the Hetalia book/comic they had displayed on the table despite it being in CANTONESE...which everyone knows I can't write, read or speak!

Damn it, Reg. You're to blame for this XDDDD

And thank goodness that my group presentation for Belgium and the Netherlands is finally over and done with (just my luck to have to talk about the most complicated bit of their identities...their overly chaotic past and political systems!)...I just wish that my professor (yes, the one I'm doing my internship with just happened to do the same topic we did) didn't keep on referring back to me when he did his presentation afterwards, e.g. 'Oh, as Christy mentioned earlier', 'Hmm...Christy had a better map than mine' or 'Anyway, she's already mentioned this before' since people kept on looking at me and believe me, I wanted to disappear into my chair out of embarrassment.

*is quite sleepy now for some weird reason*
almaviva90: (TA 1998 Barcelona)
I think I'm getting a cold...which seems exceedingly common amongst everyone nowadays. Fresher's Flu, as they call it, though I am most certainly not a fresher. I've been sneezing from time to time and then have this annoying stuffy and runny nose (not at the same time, thank goodness) and then feel quite feverish and uncomfortable all over though I don't have a cough or anything. Also feeling a bit more tired than usual. But next week is Reading Week, so hopefully I'll be able to rest myself then.

I'm basically waiting for Friday which is the day when hopefully I'll be able to find good history books from the HKU libraries' used book sale...not sure if I'll be able to go to Tai Wai this Friday or even this week...if my cold/condition gets better then I'll be able to go. If not, well...let's not think about that since I hate being ill.
almaviva90: (Default)
GAH!!!!

Why on earth is everything I want to go to or do, etc on a FRIDAY?! When I am totally not free on that day?

The HKU libraries are having their annual used book sale (with some of them being duplicate copies of books they have in their catalogue) on 9th October, from 5.00 pm to 9.00 pm. But I probably won't be able to get back to HKU from Taiwai on that day until around 8.00 pm by which time I'll probably be dying from exhaustion. And by that time, maybe the books I'd be interested in buying will have gone (yes, okay...having just 3 hours elapse and having all the books disappear might be just a little bit of an over-exaggeration...but still...it's better to be there first when they open the sale and confirm that you haven't missed anything).

So what on earth do I do? Opt not to go on that particular Friday and go on Saturday instead (which is possible and allowed by my contract)? Or go anyway on Friday and rush as frantically as I can to HKU right after 6?

*sighs*

almaviva90: (Default)
I can't believe my mum persuaded Mr WRAY to come to the prize giving ceremony...OTZ...

But what's done is done and he's coming all the same...she tried getting Mrs Mathieson and Mr Campion to come as well but they surprisingly don't remember me even though it's only been a year since I left! Too many students to deal with, I guess, even in that short space of time.

I feel immensely sleepy for some reason...gah, can we have Reading Week NOW so I can have a valid reason to laze around?
almaviva90: (danilo)
Gah, it was my mum's birthday yesterday...but didn't really get to enjoy it till the late afternoon since I had like a ton of annoying uni administrative tasks to do beforehand...all that mad rushing about filling forms, double-checking them, getting told that there's something missing or wrong, fixing it up again, etc, etc...

Currently typing this on my prof's laptop at Taiwai...yes, what on earth am I doing on a Saturday morning here?! I have no idea...oh, the things I do for people...and no, I'm not exactly slacking off since I'm waiting for these huge files to transfer from one external hard drive to another...fun...
almaviva90: (Marcello)
I seriously need to buy a music dictionary.

And I don't even study music...

As I said, blame it on my opera/TA obsession...God knows why I'm still determined to do this opera course even though it's obvious that the ones who are actually music majors or minors are going to do better than the very small group of non-music specialists in the class, which as far as I know, consists of only two people, an exchange student from the States who I've made an acquaintance with and myself. But even she has the upper hand since she did study classical voice at secondary school or so she says...but yeah, we'll persevere through this together, I suppose. When they started talking about dominant and tonic keys, my eyes started to glaze over, methinks. I kind of have a v.v.v.v. vague idea of what a dominant key is (I heard it explained/mentioned in this Wigmore Hall programme about classical music and instruments) but I've forgotten now, damn it.

Getting to Taiwai today was something...had a late start due to the traffic so couldn't take the 'leisurely' way of taking the 103, change to the KCR at Hung Hom and then take a minibus to the flat. Instead, had to take the 40 to Admiralty, get the MTR to TST, walk to the East TST KCR station, take the West Rail KCR to Hung Hom then take the East Rail KCR from there to Taiwai. Jesus. (I know, I know, don't use the lord's name in vain but I can't help it). Surprisingly, it's quicker that way since one doesn't need to get stuck in peak hour traffic but heck, it tires you if you're not up to it. Thank goodness the bus I take going home goes directly to near where I live from Hung Hom although the exhaust fumes, pollution etc is not great to breathe in for up to 20 minutes at the Cross Harbour Tunnel bus stop in order to get home...

I've recently been into re-watching the 'Rocky' films (yes, I don't look the type) which I haven't watched since I was a kid. The song 'Eye of the Tiger' is pretty catchy though...and surprisingly, Stallone is a pretty good actor, I've realised. I was even more impressed when I found out he actually also wrote and directed the films. Guess you can learn something everyday.

almaviva90: (papageno)
LOL...

Germany in episode 32 of Hetalia was hilarious...and him singing the end song was pretty interesting. It's also interesting that they tweaked some of the lyrics as well to fit his character.

And yes, [profile] x_reggg is going to laugh madly when she sees I'm making yet another Hetalia post on LJ...-___-

As for uni stuff...I am sooo happy that the books I have to review won't be due until the beginning of October, thank goodness...seeing that the professor finally found out that the book is almost near impossible to find. That's one load off my mind at the moment...

The typhoon last night was scary actually...I'm not one to be scared by typhoons but the one last night was pretty strong. I just wish that the rules at HKU allowed you the whole day off when there's a signal 8 rather than if 'the signal is hoisted at or before 6.00 am, all morning classes will be cancelled, if the signal is hoisted at or before 11.00am, then all afternoon classes are cancelled and if the signal is hoisted at or before 3.00pm, all evening classes are cancelled.' *sigh*

And wth about my politics tutorial this afternoon...I swear that my timetable said the lecture venue was at T7...I went there...found out that some random Putonghua class is taking place there, have to take the really long walk back to the library to get my hands on a computer (which were nearly all occupied), realise that it's been changed to T3, walk back in the now pouring rain, found out I'm 30 minutes late and that the door to the right lecture room is locked and the people won't let me in. WTF. Not the greatest start to my academic term, hmm...

Tomorrow's European politics and the first opera tutorial...I'm starting to like European studies...it's probably the most interesting subject I have this term compared to the utterly boring Chinese history and politics course. Oh, and yes...I also have to go to Taiwai tomorrow for the first time to help with the unpacking. I just hope that I don't get too tired or that it rains like crazy tomorrow or I'll be annoyed.

almaviva90: (Default)
I must admit it's been a trying week. Spent two days packing and helping out with the books and all at my professor's flat, going to class afterwards, becoming tired at the end of the day and to top it all, finally having to live with the knowledge that I have finally had to let Durham go.

Of course, there were some good things to feel about...the fact that it was TA's birthday on the 10th helped me from wallowing in my disappointment, I suppose. It's not good to become self-absorbed, methinks.

I had thought to make a video or something to put up in celebration of his birthday but uploading such a thing now would be belated and pointless. So I've saved the video for the 40th anniversary of his professional debut which will on the 18th next month. Just finished ironing out the various video technical difficulties which have upset my video making efforts for the past day or so and the anniversary vid has finally been finished, thank goodness. I'll just let it wait and sit around on my computer till next month, I suppose. 

Uni work will probably get into full swing next week and so will my internship duties, alas. I'm still not too happy with the situation both at uni and the internship since next week I have to go to Taiwai three times in light of the move and I still haven't got the books to write essays on for one of my courses since a) the libraries don't have them even though the lecturer said they were on reserve and b) I don't WANT to buy them since it will just be a waste of money seeing that I'm not interested in the subject. Gah...

Literally was asleep for most of this morning and did not wake up till the afternoon...that was how tired I was after this week. A mix of physical and mental exhaustion, perhaps.

Hmm...I better start brushing up my French...don't want that to get too rusty.

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