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I think if I could earn 1 dollar for every minute I wasted doing unproductive things (facebook and youtube mostly), I would be a millionaire by now.

Aside from the time well and justly spent with friends and family, I’ve not been exceedingly productive studying for what would be THE most important exam of med school, which is just 1.5 months away. 6 specialties to cover. That leaves me with 1 week per specialty but some are just impossible to cover within 1 week (like surgery and medicine). >< oh well gg liao @@

Some photos on the stuffs I have been doing for the past week since returning home:

Met up with relatives and had a fun time with cousins. This is my 4th aunt’s dog Juno. She’s such a good sport but we were a bit harsh tbh. We played catch with her and intentionally threw the toys into the water to see if she would swim to get it! Look at those longing eyes haha

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Went hiking at Cheras (Bukit Apek 阿白山) with relatives the next morning. This is Malaysia’s version of hiking: a rough sketch of the route and its approximate distance at each pitstop.

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Us posing with Jalur Gemilang at the back! Great catch up with cousins esp Jian Lik (purple shirt far right), who’s from Canada whom I haven’t in 8 years. And despite us being at 15,18,20 and 23, it’s really fun to just crack lame jokes with them and stop acting like an adult.

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But actually the directions along the path was very vague and we would not have made it without a random but frequent hiker who guided us throughout the 5.4km hike! And also thank God for the good weather that day. it had been raining so heavily for the past few days (and currently too)

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And of course, mahjong session with parents and grandpa! 🙂

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Christmas eve party/primary and secondary school friends gathering @ Sue Ann’s place. Most of my friends are working now (I keep getting asked when will i finally graduate?) So nostalgic to talk with people who actually know my landline (house) phone number and remember all the silly things we used to do back in school.

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Anyway need to hit the sack. Worship tomorrow. Been playing this song on loop for the whole day. Reminds me to seek strength from God and cast my burdens on Him!

In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. ~ 1 Peter 1:6-7

10 years

Had a gathering a few days back with secondary school classmates.

Around 10+ people (out of 45) showed up. The absentees were either occupied with family matters, were overseas (permanently), or simply unreachable via Facebook.

Chee Ling & Qiuhong came over to pick me up from my house. The first thing Chee Ling said as I got into her car was ‘tze hui, have you realized that we have known each other for 10 years’.

’10 years???’

’10 years????!!!!’

There’s a colloquial saying in Cantonese 人生有幾多個十年。 (how many 10 years does one have in his/her lifetime?)

And I guess it’s meeting up with old friends that remind me how long ago secondary school has been for me. I graduated in 2007, and now it’s (approaching the end of) 2013. When I see my friends, somehow I still imagine them in their prefect/librarian uniform. But the topics they talk about are far from ‘schoolish’; mainly about work. About how early they have to leave home for work (7am! I don’t even have to wake up that early for 8.30am lectures) to avoid the massive traffic jam in major cities like Subang, Shah Alam and KL. Accounting/finance people (I always don’t know how to differentiate between the two) talk about taxes, closing accounts etc. Only me and a couple of people who are doing 4 year courses are still studying.

One of my classmates even got MARRIED a few months back but didn’t get to talk to her over the meal. MARRIED!!!

Another published a book for secondary school students and even held a book signing session during a book fair.

Funny how they all were interested of my experience in Hong Kong. About 港男港女 (Hong Kong guys and girls) and the general culture. All of my friends who have been to HK/through hearsay from their relatives have had impressions that HK is full of really rude, loud, impatient people living in a highly stressful environment. It wasn’t so obvious to me now, maybe cause I’ve spent quite a number of years staying in HK and I’m so accustomed to some of the reckless (and sometimes foul-mouthed) mini bus drivers, black faced waiters in char-chan-tengs (coffee shops), and the impatient aunty who would not hesitate for another moment more to reprimand you for stopping all of a sudden in the middle of the road. In exchange, HK is truly highly efficient and convenient in all that it is made for; public transport, healthcare service, safety index. Nt impeccable but still very well done.

To be honest (and from a very biased point of view) thinking back, it does remind me how nice and friendly Malaysians generally are. My friends have remained the same through the years, and generally speaking many of my friends back home are more unassuming, down to earth, no 抽水 culture (trying to demean/ make fun of others in a more offensive way) and just to put in simply, easier to get along in almost all aspects. (Don’t get me wrong though; I have met & made friends with many wonderful & genuine people in HK! ^^)

Not sure if things will change once people start working.

But anyhow, these are probably not limited to the city of Hong Kong alone; it’s probably more of the effects of living & surviving in large cities. The stress and the dog-eat-dog culture gets to everyone once in a while I guess. 🙂

Anyway. Randomly thought of John the Baptist in major contrast to the lives we are currently living & here’s a really cute depiction of him.:) from adam4d.com comics

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what seems like yesterday.

There was a sudden surge of messages on our 10-people college whatsapp group as one of our friends posted an old pic of us on the group.

then everyone started looking back at our old photos. we were laughing non stop for at least half an hour just reviewing what was mostly candid shots, of us either eating, talking or playing in the classrooms.

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my first official phone that i got only during college (the one on the right). it was my mom’s, but she said it was too complicated for her so. thank God no whatsapp instagram and facebook on my phone so at least i spent more time talking to people instead of just typing away lol

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foodhunting around Subang was fun too albeit hot. and more often times we would have trouble choosing where and what to eat. talking about group indecisiveness!

Imagekaraoke was one of our favourite pastimes, and so was taking pictures and posing whenever we had a chance.

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another thing that we often looked forward to was celebrating birthdays. we made birthday videos starring random people on the street, surprise parties in the classroom, hotpots and sleepovers you name it. you could say we were celebrating our youth xd

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at our college cafeteria. being science students, most of us ended up pursuing science related subjects in uni. a few are in pharmacy (graduating soon!), one is in bioengineering and two in medicine. Two took architecture though (and i bet you they had more sleepless nights that us med students!) and another took psychology.

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one of the last days in college, where we would come up with colour themes to wear for different days of the week. guess it’s not that hard to spot me (the one tiptoeing!)

those were the years when the world seemed to be a simpler place. 

ahh ignore me. i’m just reminiscing.