1. My post O's schedule is one that's been making me VERY excited.
Firstly, no less than 3 days after the last exam, I'll be flying off to Shanghai with M! Em and Dorcas can't go because they'll still be having exams, so it'll just be me and my ol' mom. And my dad, but he's going to be working. WHOOPEEEE. I've never had a trip so close after exams end- usually I have to wait until late December or something...well, this year end is packed for sure.
Soon after that will be Youth Camp, which I'm pretty nervous about, but since XJ and Pris are coming hopefully it won't be so bad. Please PLEASE let at least one person I know be in my group. (Apparently they randomly sort you into groups.) But it also sounds really fun, so we'll see how it goes.
Then sometime in mid December we're going on a short trip to M'sia to visit grandparents, reasons explained later. The exciting thing is the New House is already done so we'll get to see it!! We saw it a few months back during CNY when it was all bare and still having works done, but the estate itself was amazing. It has 2 playgrounds, and it was SO fun playing with my cousins and riding bikes.
Saved the best for the last- no, actually it's just in chronological order- the family holiday of 2016 is Japan and Shanghai (again)!!! This one will stretch from Christmas to January, that's why we have to go to Malaysia beforehand because we usually celebrate Christmas with our relatives there. Not this time though. We're going to Tokyo, Kobe and Osaka. Japan is really beautiful, we're so lucky we get to go.
I love love going to cold places for holidays. It's not a product of living on the equator because Em hates being cold, she would rather a sunny beach in the Maldives over just a mild winter in Hong Kong. I'm the opposite, it's not a holiday for me if the weather isn't at least somewhat chilly.
Of course Saturday has to make it into the list. Yesterday was a pretty good day, because we managed to surprise XJ for her birthday this week! She got a bit high, too.
Jeannette baked that HUGE, amazing chocolate Nutella cake in the middle. I had the biggest slice of cake in my life and finished nearly all of it. Why are my DGLs so talented and smart?? I am practically an insignificant bean next to them ???
DG time was nice too as Shinee (sorry, no idea how its spelled) and Lorraine, the 99 girls, joined us. Shinee turned out to be super funny. She is a sweet tooth and she means it. She drinks chocolate milk tea with 100% sugar, pearls, AND ice cream in it. It's a wonder, really.
After dinner Nise kindly accompanied me in the Well all the way till 9, which I super appreciated, because it kinda sucks to do chem all by yourself. Even though she says she has lost hope and isn't doing well in school, I beg to differ, because she honestly is one of the most eloquent and intelligent people I've met. On the way home she was telling me about the book she's currently reading, on human psychology, how to combat mob mentality and how heuristics affect us. Plus she always knows the right things to say. School did a terrible job of making us feel lesser than we are, I think.
Saturdays have this effect of cheering me up a lot.
Today makes it onto the list because this is the first Sunday in a while that I haven't felt inexplicably sad or lonely.
In fact, I'm happy because there'll be ballet later, and we're going to have pizza for dinner.
Which is a pretty darn good thing, if you ask me.
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