I am going on a blogging hiatus, due to my upcoming mock exams for my A/s IGCSE examinations. Although I have not been posting daily content for about week now, I just thought I would make a official announcement Going to update from time to time, but nothing too big, wanna focus on my studies ^^.
My exercise was a mix of success and failure this month. On the beginning of the month it was going strong, and I was making good use of the gym equipment at school. Then I went on vacation and I havent done any exercise since I returned, telling myself it was OK to take a break from it. Instead of using that time to study, I spent the time loafing on the internet. O well, at least I’ll have a fresh start during the New Year.
- got baptized on Christmas Day
- got straight A’s on my O Level IGCSE
- read and excercised more, often on a daily bases
- found new interest in photography, music and books
- discovered SPIN and Askmen
- got lots of gadgets: (countless audio tech, Ipod Touch 5th Generation 32 GB, Canon 450D, Bose Radio, Swatch watch…)
- got way better at organizing myself, via planners, to do lists and apps!
- feel in love with Google Chrome, Anydo, Pocket and Evernote
- jumped of Macau Tower
- visited elderly in rural China
- Started this blog, reached 30 followers and over 200 likes!
- renovated my room
- started spending more time with family
- joined the English Speaking Competition
- finally started watching more movies again
We needed to get out of town. My family had been confined in Hong Kong for too long. We needed to get out and see the world. Most holidays we just go to a local hotel and hunker down a few days. This Christmas holiday we finally got out of our comfort zone and went to Hong Kong for a few days.
I think the best time to listen to music is when your on transportation. There’s less to distract you from the music, and you can sit down and have a good, thorough listen. I toke the opprtunity to listen to BadBadnotGood, a free jazz-rock album created in 10 hours by people less then 21 years old. It’s amazing. Get it here. My brother Louis got seasick on the way there, poor fellow. He wanted to go home, even as we waited in line at immigration. Fighting through lines of fellow immigrants and traffic we finally arrived at our hotel, The Excelsior!
The hotel itself was not very good. Two single beds for the 4 of us in the size no a great deal bigger than my room. Thankfully it was located in a ideal spot for our planned shopping. Everything was within walking distance, and even our hotel was connected to a small mall.
For lunch we had lunch at our favorite Japanese restaurant. They always have amazing service and food. Following typical Ieong behavior we had coupons from our membership entry from our last trip to Hong Kong.
I notice this every time I go to Hong Kong, but there is a lot more pretty girls over there. Pretty eye popping.
Our first stop was at Muji, a giant retailed that sell things from pens to cardigans. Normally I would go crazy and pick up things that I have a distinct liking for, but this time there was a twist. My mom had given a certain amount of money to spend, and after I was done that was it. I had to be careful. This was good, because it forced me to make better decisions and only get things I truly liked. The budget crisis had begun. I winced as I rejected on legions of stationary and clothes but finally found this beautiful planner for 2013. A very good alternative than the moleskine I planned to buy.
I begun Saturday with my regular morning ritual: laying in bed in a state of limbo using my iPod touch until I’m out of battery. I was about to own this player on Zookeeper Battles when it blacked out. Then I realized what time it was. I burst from the house to have ICT class.
After the class we had to rush to the Westin on the sub island Coloane to watch our friends dance crew perform for an event. Turned out we were an hour early and our rushed efforts where for nothing. We toke the opportunity to run the entire beach and get some beach bbq. I dropped my phone in the mud on the way, and now I can’t hear anyone when they call me -,-.
If yesterday was the climax, then today was the slow slog back home (an enjoyable one though). We went to my dad’s old housing area known as Clifford. After lunch it was my mother’s and brother’s turn to buy things, with the day before pre-dominantly directed by me. My brother got a magazine, while my mother got some books and slippers. Continue reading
This term break my family and I went on a much-needed vacation to China. No worries allowed. Just eating, shopping and massage!
After crossing the border and having lunch we went to shop in the underground plaza near the border. I expected good deals piled on top of each other, fakes that looked real. What I got where some extremely disappointingly fake products, stacked to head height.
On Wednsday things didn’t get much better. I had a total of two classes, one of which the teacher was tied up in another class. I still hadn’t bought my books as well. We ended up just watching movies, first “Think Like A Man” where a controversial book is released teaching woman how men think and turning the tables on us, than second “The Dictator” where an middle-eastern dictator experiences America for the first time. It was during our third movie “Super Bad” that Ms.Donna came in to tell us why the schedule was such a mess (seeing there was over half of us in free period).
We also got some time to play some basketball. Despite my random back pains I was able to play 2v2 with Liam, Joel and the new teacher. The teacher was just so good! Even with two people on him he just kept getting this clean, soundless shots.
On Thursday we started to having more consistent classes. I had 5/8 of my classes! There was enough free periods however to sneak in a viewing of “Battle Royale” which is a more gruesome, japanese version of hunger games. Battle Royale came first by the way. It was a good, interesting movie but was ruined by loud classmates and Liam’s inability to stop making fun of their accents (that joker!).
After school we went off to buy the books. The ones I needed where sold out, and needed to be ordered. Also bumped into Marilda there with her mom. Liam joked that Marilda pushed her down the stairs.
Friday, the end of the week! The first major event was chapel. Somehow, through too much enthusiasm, Joel and I ended up on the stage doing actions for some songs. Quite awkward.
We enjoyed a short round of cricket before going into free period. The schedule seems to be improving, with only 1 free period today. I was able to hit all the shots pitched to me by Saahil, but when the new P.E teacher pitched I was quite literally shut. down.
Math is getting a lot harder these days and I have a feeling that it isn’t going to be a cake walk from now on. It was during a long double period that I discovered from Soana that my Swatch watch was not only water proof but glows in the dark! It just made me love it even more.
The school week ended with a surprise birthday party for my friend Natasha. She arrived in white limo with her family, only to be ambushed by us! We had a buffet dinner at an african themed restaurant called the Afrikana. We had our own private hut with karaoke and drinks.
Joel and I, being the only people who live in Macau walked home from the party. After parting ways at the resevoir I decided to run home to compensate for the lack of exercise for that day. By that time it was almost midnight and it was beautifully tranquil. All I could hear was the quite pitter patter of my feet on hard, cold concrete. I turned heads, as I ran past. They most have thought I was going to mug them. Despite being in formal party clothes and my heaviest shoes I made it all the way home without stopping. It was a good way to build endurance (on a sidenote I had won the 800 metre a few years prior). I would later pay for this in the form of massive foot cramps as I attempted to sleep.
My last day of unadulterated freedom. Hard to savour really, considering I have manged to catch a cold again. I’m not prepared to go back to school. I don’t want to be restrained. I don’t want to have wear black shoes, shave or wake up early. I haven’t even bought the books yet. Guess I’ll have to walk in and see how it goes…
Jessica was at Sunday School today (the girl I met on the China Trip). She had gone a trip straight after the one to Hing Ling to a place called Chong San. It was her last day her before she returned home to Hong Kong and started school like everyone else. She had bought a tiny Brazilian Turtle in Chong San, and hot damn was it cute! I wish I had brought my compact, but it was basically the size of my palm and was kept in a small plastic cage with air holes on top. Sunday school went off without a hassle (Randy kept picking on me though -,-!) and we played Wolverine at the end of the class. It’s full name is actually Wolverines of Miller’s Hollow.
We had lunch at a Tennis Club, as we often do on Sundays. Including the things we normally order like spaghetti and salad, we had this fried breadcrumb pork chop today. Mmm. The Tennis Club is a small Portuguese Styled restaurant that sits on the side of the reservoir by Macau Tower. It can be described as small, homely and professional.
Since this is the last day of summer I toke some time sift through to-do-list. Here are the videos and photos from photography day (that was about a month ago!) Had to make a Flickr just to share em all!
Also here are the photos that I toke around Venetian on Movie Marathon Day.
And a compilation of videos I toke while there:
I toke a small nap after returning from lunch and then watched the 5th Naruto Shippuden Movie called: Blood Prison. My brother’s computer had been acting up all week so I had to help him try to fix it. Thankfully, my friend Star-Kron was on hand to give me tips, download and instructions. This wasn’t the way I intended to spend my last day of summer, but gotta help my brother out.
We then had dinner at in all you can eat Japanese buffet. The service was kinda bad. We sat down twice, only to be rudely asked to move. Unlike a normal buffet you need to order what you wanna eat, it being still unlimited. The food was incredibly sub par. From sushi to tempura to even miso soap. They also came in incredibly small portions. The only thing that they didn’t screw up was the coke.
After dinner we went for a walk by the sea-side.
Once home I finished watching the rest of my movie and wrote the final posts of the summer blog.