20 April, 2014

Word Wall

{17th October 2013}
Just to write for the sake of writing, after my Math exam, trying to finish using the test pad.

01 April, 2014

An Eulogy for Turtlehead

{23rd July 2013}
This was written for a Chinese writing competition that everyone in school had to join. I decided to post it today because I wanted something for today and also we did the same thing today. This is how I normally write for this subject, in English, and then I translate it into Mandarin. I would post the Chinese, but it's incredible simplified and not really worth it.

28 March, 2014

Many Happy Returns

I am happy and sad and everything in between. My birthday was on the 26th, during the mid-term school holidays. I still had to go to school because our Symphony Orchestra was going for a competition in Penang the very next day. I'm the concertmistress of Team A (playing the Prince of Egypt) and the conductor of Team B (playing Pocahontas). I spent most of rehearsal time with Team B. That morning, I was in the classroom with them, about to begin practice when suddenly, everyone from Team A came in.

At first, I thought they wanted to listen to Team B's performance, and asked them as much. Then, my good friends Kam and Shum walked in with a birthday cake and they all started singing the birthday song. I was really surprised and also really pleased. It's the first time ever someone surprised me that way. Then I blew out the candles and Kam cut the cake (her b'day: 28/3). We made the cake a mess but had fun smearing the cream on each other's faces. The cake was a mocha sponge cake. After that, it was business as usual.

Here is my Tumblr post complete with photos.

After rehearsal, So Jun came to pick me up to take me out. She was a little late, but never mind. After we dropped her friend off, I got out to get in the front seat. She had dropped my present beside the door (by accident) so when I opened it, she asked me if I could pick up something she dropped from beside my seat. And that's how I got my present. Easily the best birthday present EVER. I don't deserve it, but she says I do. Either way, I was really touched, especially by the little note she wrote for me. We went to Jusco, had Secret Recipe for lunch and she bought me these really cute charms. I skipped violin that day. (Shhh!!!)

For dinner, Dad bought crab and we watched The Avengers. Dad's birthday presents were tickets to Taylor Swift's concert in June and the lomography camera (but apparently, that's my pay for doing his website). Also, he bought me scallop pasta from Indulgence for lunch earlier.

The next day was the 27TH and THE DAY OF OUR COMPETITION. I was nervous the whole day for Team B, in the end they got bronze, as expected after their performance. Oh yeah, apparently my partner from the Genting friendship concert shares the same birthday as me. ANYWAY. THEN IT WAS TEAM A'S TURN. AND MY GOD WE WERE GOOD. All smiles after we left the hall. But during the presentation ceremony, we got... silver. I've never felt so deflated in my life. WE DESERVED GOLD. And it's not just me, some other schools also mentioned that we should have gotten gold. Heck, even the school that goes out of their way to say how much we suck said we should have gotten gold.

On the bus, I listened to the audio our senior (Mei Ern) recorded. I CRIED. IT WAS PERFECT. REGARDLESS OF THE RESULTS, I AM PROUD OF US AND THE FIVE YEARS WE DEVOTED TO THIS ORCHESTRA. NO REGRETS.

Also had a long talk with Mei Ern and Kam and we went to this totally useless shopping centre which totally killed our mood completely. But later we sang and stuff so we were pretty high by the time we arrived back in school. Also got a Doraemon from my junior.

28th: Kam's birthday present from me was a message attached with a collage. I had to go to school to do oral, my cinematography is good. Then Junqi took me out to AEON, had lunch at Nando's, watched Captain America, took the worst photo in history.

30th: Watched Divergent with Carmen and Cassandra. Did those Kawaii photo thingies. Had lunch after at Sakae Sushi.

It was a jolly holiday indeed.

31st March + 1st April: I received birthday cards from my three Mouseketeers. Oh yeah, even our coach thought we were gonna get gold, he was shocked when I asked him why we didn't.

27 February, 2014

The Sea of He And She, a tragic romance

{4th July 2012}
Junqi wanted to write a poem together so this is what happened, and I sent it to the school magazine for last year. According to her, I shouldn't have added her name to the credit, because I wrote most of it, but she did help, and it was her idea. So... I think most of our schoolmates liked it, even though it's a bit melancholy. There are a few mistakes, but I still like it.


This is the story of he and she,
They lived in a village by the sea.
The villagers said it was destiny,
But it turned out it was not meant to be.

He the sailor,
She the fisherman's daughter.
The first day of summer,
The first day they saw each other.

She was known as a great beauty.
Each day, she would swim in the great blue sea.
One day, as he stood on deck drinking tea,
He dropped his cup, mesmerized by her beauty.

By the end of the season, they were wed.
They had great pleasures while in bed.
You may think they were happy but this is sad,
This happy tale is about to end bad.

Each morning, she still went swimming.
Her beauty still blossomed even with her aging.
She became so beautiful till one day,
Even the sea couldn't turn away.

That evening, she did not return.
The cause of her disappearance, he vowed to learn.
As the night went on he began to despair.
He ran towards the sea, hoping to find her there.

He walked along the shore, desperate to find a trace.
Instead the sea washed up her ring, he began to pace.
Up and down the beach he went,
His frustrations, he began to vent.

Close to dawn, a conclusion came to my mind.
The mere thought brought tears to his eyes.
He realized that the sea had finally claimed her as its own.
Struck by the horror, he began to moan.

He looked out into the sea and thought,
A life without her, worth living? Not.
And so he walked into the sea,
Hoping that he would find his she.

Nothing was heard of them since then,
And at last our tragic tale has come to an end.

24 January, 2014

The writing utensil

{This is my script for my English oral assignment, which is a show-and-tell. I was supposed to present it on Tuesday but our teacher forgot about it so I'll only be presenting it next Tuesday. I wrote it on Monday. I didn't want to show anything fancy, because we are not allowed to bring certain things like mobile phones to school. I wanted something simple, so I chose my pen and decided to talk about how important my pen is to me.}

Good morning, etc.
This is a pen. I used it to write, obviously. It's nothing special, it's not magic or anything. And as you can see, it's running out of ink. I use it to do my homework: writing down equations, scribbling out essays, doodling.
But I also use it for so much more.

01 January, 2014

About Moi Version 2.0

This is a continuation of this post, which is a continuation of my very first post. Also, here's my wishlist.

I love: waterbending, daydreaming, good TV shows, fantasy films based on best-selling books, music that radiate awesomeness, writing random poems that nobody else is intellectually or creatively capable of writing, watching films (preferably animation) with scenes that give me goosebumps, reading all manner of literature (preferably fantasy) that does NOT fall under the romance/horror genre, animals (preferably mammals), random singing/dancing, making zines, etc.

I loathe: my enemies, etc.

NOTE: The above “etc.” means “End of Thinking Capacity”, not “etcetera”.

Horoscope Sign: Fiery Aries. The first sign of the zodiac!

{The below is not arranged in any particular order.}

Favourite Colours: Dark purple, blue/turquoise, rosy pink.

Favourite Movies:
1. Marvel's The Avengers
2. DreamWorks
~ Rise of the Guardians
~ How To Train Your Dragon
3. Disney
~ Frozen
~ Mulan
4. Studio Ghibli
~ Spirited Away
~ Howl's Moving Castle
~ Whisper of the Heart
~ From Up On Poppy Hill
5. 10 Things I Hate About You
6. Pitch Perfect
7. Mean Girls

Favourite Books:
1. Heroes of Olympus / Percy Jackson & The Olympians
2. The Book Thief
3. The Fault In Our Stars
4. Guardians of Childhood
5. Starstruck
6. Harry Potter
7. Inkheart

Favourite TV Shows:
1. Avatar: The Last Airbender
2. The Legend Of Korra
3. Game of Thrones
4. Sherlock
5. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
6. Orphan Black

Favourite Singers/Bands:
1. Taylor Swift
2. fun.
3. One Republic
4. Coldplay
5. Lorde
6. Broadway showtunes
7. Film soundtracks

Favourite Actresses: Natalie Dormer, Mila Kunis, Helen Mirren, Jennifer Lawrence.
Favourite Actors: Tom Hiddleston, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp.

Favourite Musicals:
1. Les Misérables
2. The Phantom of the Opera
3. Wicked
4. Hairspray
5. Cats
6. Mamma Mia!

{This post will be updated as the year goes on.}

31 December, 2013

Bonne année

Christmas and New Year rolled into one.
My Christmas wasn't a very merry one. New Year will most likely be the same.
I've had a bit of thought about what I want to do after next year.
It drives me crazy getting old.

This dream isn't feeling sweet, we're reeling through the midnight streets.
And I've never felt more alone, it feels so scary getting old.

I'll be spending even less time here. I don't feel bad about that at all. This should be the way.
I have quite a few resolutions, which I have written in my diary but will not be sharing here.
I don't know if I have the diligence, dedication and determination to fulfill them, however.
But I've run out of time, I have no choice but to turn over a new leaf.

Looking back on this year, I don't think I've learnt much from school. But I've learnt quite a bit outside, elsewhere. The world is not in our books, it's out there.

This year, there are a lot of things I want and have to do. No more wasting time, this is my last chance.

School starts day after tomorrow.

I can only hope that I will take myself seriously this year.

Good luck, Rachel Océane Wong Yen Yi.

Happy New Year.