As some may have noticed, I’ve been a wee bit absent for the past couple of weeks. There is a valid reason for this, it’s called studying and the monstrosity that is continuous assessment. Since returning from my holiday I’ve had three tests, two lab reports and four tutorials to hand in. Not a lot when summed up like this, but a small mountain okay, extremely minor hill when combined together. Especially as that is just the work that gets marked, I have a number of other tutorials which do not need to be handed in but do need to be done if I want to pass any future exams. To give you an idea of how much I currently inhabit the library, I have spent so long in its wonderfully air-conditioned environs, that I have de-acclimatised myself to the Singapore heat.
Fortunately for my sanity’s sake, it hasn’t been all work and no play, I am continuing to go to lindy hop classes and enjoying them immensely. I’ve enrolled on an online French course which should be fun, even if my pronunciation remains atrocious. Amusingly, while the course is still very basic in terms of vocabulary, I already feel like I am learning more than I did in seven years of school. It is truly fascinating the way a change of motivation can influence one’s outlook on a subject and, in my opinion, yet more proof that grades should not be considered the be all and end all of school life. Instead learning for the sake of knowledge, personal enlightenment and above all fun should be encouraged.
In other news I have just started a Pathfinder quest with my friends back home. The beauty of modern technology, bringing table-top questers together from the world over. However, I’m fairly certain the dice simulation I use is jinxed since the D20 rarely reaches double figures. The only other drawback is the seven hour (soon to be eight) time difference is a tad hard to work around. Then again, that’s what coffee’s for and since being awarded a Platypus Food Scholarship (Rule 1 of student life: always apply for free stuff) I can have up to three beautifully brewed long black coffees for free every day.
Finally, I’ve also been planning, or at least trying to plan, what I want to do over Christmas. I’m currently leaning towards South Korea, Japan and maybe Taiwan but we shall see. Feel free to leave suggestions of what I should go and see in the comments below.