I thought I’d write an update. April was all about the A-Z Challenge, and I’m not sure where May went so …Read More »
Like the blogger behind the blog Words from Sonobe, I am hoping to blog more regularly this year. I am also making the effort to visit the blogs I follow more than just once in a blue moon. Honestly, it’s to do with absent mindedness and just bad planning that I don’t visit more.
Anyway, instead of another random post (which happened a lot during the AtoZChallenge), I’ve nicked this quiz from Words from Sonobe! It looks fun.
Think about your SENIOR year in High School. The longer ago it was, the more fun the answers will be!
(I’ll take this to mean the year I did A-levels. I went to Convent primary and secondary schools in Malaysia and then to junior college in Singapore. This is called pre-u, which is kind of a ‘positive’ or presumptuous way of naming the level of study, depending on how you look at it. Anyway, here goes …
- Did you know your current significant other? I do not have a significant other.
- Make and year of car? No car although, by then, I’d my license for about three years.
- What kind of job? Also none, although during the school hols, I’d go home to Batu Pahat, Johor and work at the mall. I did this from when I was sixteen and it was mainly in the supermarket or the Ladies clothes and shoes departments.
- Where did you live? In Jurong West in Singapore and in Batu Pahat, Johor, where my parents were.
- Were you popular? With some people, haha.
- Were you in choir? Yes and so, I’ve performed at some ‘interesting’ events and venues, like the Istana (in Singapore); the National Day parade; and Victoria Theatre.
- Ever get suspended from school? No.
- If you could, would you go back? Only if I go back knowing what I know now.
- Still talk to the person that you went to prom with? I went with one of my best friends who was at another junior college. She is from Batu Pahat and I’ve known her for forty-one years and yes, we are still close.
- Did you skip school? Always, always, always. Classes too.
- Go to all the football games? Not football, but I did attend a fair number of basketball games and canoeing competitions. Don’t ask.
- Favourite subject? English Lit.
- Do you still have your yearbooks? No, and I skipped school the day the pictures were taken. On purpose.
- Did you follow the career path you planned? Hmm … I can’t remember what career path I planned then, but as I went to law school then switched to nursing and have been a dialysis nurse, in public relations at a resort in Langkawi, in the press, done non-profit stuff and am now an editor, I guess I’ve not followed a conventional path anyway.
- Did you have a class ring? Not something we have in Malaysia or Singapore.
- Still close with your best friend? Yes! We just spent my birthday in Melaka together. She is Singaporean and we met at junior college.
- Who was your favourite teacher? Mr Donald Whitby who taught Literary Criticism.
- What was your style? We were known as the dull and grey JC because our uniforms were … dull and grey. I liked wearing a uniform because this was back when there were no clothes that fit fat teenagers. My personal style: Anything I could find that fit!
- Favourite shoes? I saved up and bought a pair of Nikes. The cheapest I could find. I was a foolish child.
- Favourite music? David Bowie. Of course.
- Junior College hair? Ugh, pony tail tied with satin ribbons. But I cut it short halfway through the year.
- What kind of cologne/ perfume? I saved up and got a bottle of Armani, which I think has been discontinued. What a delicious fragrance.
- How old when graduated? 19.
- Did you play a sport? No way.
A mix-tape for Marisa ❤
The Garden of Jane Delawney by Trees
Have you Heard the News Today by Cosmic Rough Riders
These Days by Nico
Northen Sky by Nick Drake
Autopsy by Fairport Convention
White Winter Hymnal by Fleet Foxes
Little Girl Blue by Nina Simone
She’s Got Medals by David Bowie
Hounds of Love by Kate Bush
Next Life by Suede
I recently realised that I’d gone four months without writing a WIP report that I usually update every two months. It helps me and my higher-up keep up with mss that I’m working on, but of late there’s been not much happening except a lot of reading and commenting, and then more reading of re-writes. Anyway, I could have sworn that it wasn’t more than a month or so that I’d last done a WIP spread sheet, but actually, the last one was for April/May 2017. Oh the horror.
Time is passing by too fast. That is the way it is when you’re a grown-ass woman with responsibilities. But maybe it’s also the case if you’re drifting, sleeping the days away and letting each day fade into the next so that they end up being indistinguishable. (One day I shall take a three-month holiday to do just that.)
I’ve been busy. Reading and assessing mss take up big, fat chunks of time and yet it feels like you’re not doing too much and you end up thinking that you should be more active and productive. Then there is all the usual management of the household, which is exhausting and takes up so much time and leaves me feeling totally zonked.
Then I went to Penang for four nights, and it was mostly lovely, but also stressful because I spent a great deal of time with family, and let’s just say that a couple of them brought out the worst in a couple of others. Also, there were two under threes present and just looking at children that age makes me tired.
I spent my final night at an airbnb, alone, and had two half-days pottering about George Town, which I loved. I was thinking of going to Hanoi, but I’m now thinking maybe I should go to George Town again.
I need more time alone, to do nothing but wander and wonder, and read and think about the million things I want to do.
Coming up, a post on my visit to George Town.