“Meyer’s Bella is a hopelessly incompetent plain Jane, an increasingly annoying and dreary loser who exposes her every vulnerability and insecurity to the reader; you can’t help wishing she would just shut up and go away.”—n+1 magazine (yes, Twilight fans, bite me. Google this as well: Nightlight)
Who says Perth isn’t modern? You just don’t know where to go.
I went with my piano teacher to walk her dog and had a walkabout the neighbourhood shops up Highgate and Mount Lawley- she implied that they were not much to look at, but oh my gosh they were more interesting than the shops IN THE CITY! There was a bookshop called Planet Books- it had the most interesting books- none of your mainstream predictable love stories by people like Marian Keyes, Cecelia Ahern or anything, it had books by Haruki Murakami, Neil Gaiman, books like ‘The Bloomsbury Phantastics’- ‘Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell,’ Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories, ‘Pride and Prejudice and the Zombies,’ Sense and Sensibility and the Sea Monsters,’ the special edition of ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Charlotte Bronte with a special cover by illustrator Ruben Toledo, Tao Lin’s ‘Shoplifting from American Apparel,’ ‘They is us’ by Tama Janowitz and ‘Midnight: A Gangster Love Story’ by Sister Souljah.
Because of this I HAVE to go back, this time armed with enough money to buy half the bookstore over. I know, I’m a bookworm like that. Who’s going with me on this adventure- taking public transport from Northbridge down to Beaufort Street?
B is for Bitch:(surprise) You're in year 11? What subjects do you do?
C:I do human bio, chem, maths 2CD, accounting, english. What subjects do you do?
B is for Bitch:(in snooty tone) I do literature, french, double maths*, chem and physics.
Me, sitting there and seething, and thinking, damn. should have stood up for C and said my array of nerd subjects, so as not to give this person the satisfaction that she's so 'smart.'
* double maths is maths specialist (for wannabe engineers or mathematicians, equivalent in A levels- further maths) and maths 3AB (highest non-specialist maths)
stages in maths, from easy to hard:maths 1CD (for vocational study) maths 2AB (easiest TEE maths) 2CD, 3AB, 3CD (year 12 only) and specialist 3AB and specialist 3CD.
Just can't believe awhile back I was so sensitive about appearing too nerdy, doing three sciences and here is this girl who thinks she's all that when she does all these subjects. I really don't know what to think.
It’s so good to not have to sit down and have to study something and make sure it gets into my head! Sure enough, as I predicted, I have been to the beach already, and shopping twice. Yesterday I went to watch cloudy with a chance of meatballs. It’s such a cute movie, appropriately touching for adults, and yet innovative enough in animation to enchant the small kids. I’ve always wanted it to snow ice-cream :D
tonight a couple of people have a date with edward cullen
while I study biology.
I was just doing these terms in biology on associations of organisms with other organisms in an ecosystem when I realised they appear to reflect human relationships. I’ll explain.
an association between two organisms where one benefits and the other is unaffected.
The classic parasitic friend, who borrows your clothes, eats youor food, reads your magazines, borrows your homework or book and doesn’t return it till a week later(only because you marched to her room and demanded the book returned to you)
an association between two organisms of different species(or race?), where both benefit.
Or maybe this. Picture two people helping each other out in physics, one is good at the electricity component of the physics exam, the other at nuclear physics.
A relationship between two organisms, where one kills and eats the other for food.
No, I’m not talking about manslaughter here. This is the best friend turned enemy, an enemy of the deadliest sort- she knows your timetable, the way you think, the things you do, where you keep your things…need I say more?
An association between two organisms where both strive to obtain the same limited resource. (be it the last donut, the last ham and cheese croissant, the last seat on the table EVERYONE is on)
You’re a loser when you come late to morning tea and you find that nothing’s left, because everyone else took more than one cookie.
An assocation between two organisms which increases both organism’s chances of survival.
The hardest sort of human relationship to find.
What do you think? I think I’m going bananas, I gotta take a break.
I went to school today to hand in my subject selection form to admin, and got caught by the uniform police for having my socks at my ankles. Can’t understand why I have to wear them high when it is so unflattering that it makes my legs look like grecian columns.
and then she is annoyed that I will not go to the public library with her, because it involves walking for 15 minutes and no one wants to go, except the two of us. When she asked Ms C this morning, she was told that we could only go in groups of four, then later she was like, since only two of us can go, let’s go ask Ms C. Problem is, I know even without going to see Ms C that she will not allow us, so I said, let’s not bother asking. The only reason why I wanted to go to the library was because I thought boarding house would be noisy, but it’s not. How much do I have to explain for her to see things my way and not blame me for not going with her? Some people are just so thick.
On the bright side, the in-house artist has offered to pick up my photo for me, so I can hand the photo in time for the studio work deadline, so it’s all good.
Was supposed to print my photo and hand it in today, but I’m unable to open my mail to see if there is any letter of confirmation from the company printing it for me, so I’ll have to hand everything in on Monday.
This is the weekend before exams, so it’s crunch time, but I decided to take the night off tonight to watch Dollhouse, this series I bought when I last came back to Brunei- because I know I need a break from the hectic week I’ve just had- studio work due, Bio assignment due, Chem-Bio-Physics Tests…
I’m off to the shops tomorrow afternoon to see if my leather jacket is still there, and also to get my magazine and a couple of coloured cards to make flashcards for exams. Will study tomorrow morning. As for now, it’s bedtime.
why do you always post pictures/quotes/songs/links?
I’ve sunk into a habit of posting random pictures, quotes and links: that’s the beauty of a tumblr account, somehow it looks alright to just post a measly photo. I’ve just always wanted to do that in blogspot, but somehow it never looked aesthetically correct in blogspot. (haha) I think I just post photos so you can attach your own interpretations on why I posted the photo, and speculate on my emotions when I post something. But then again, you don’t have much time to do anything now, with all the work you have, so I won’t expect you to. (I digress.)
I should really post a couple of photos I took for my art project, just so you can see how I’m doing. The Performing Arts Centre (or PAC as it is colloquially known as around here) was a great place to take the photos, the fancy lighting was all there just waiting to be used to cast dreamy shadows or a ghostly pallor on human skin.
I just finished my bio assignment, on the cognitive behaviour of parrots (odd topic, I know) and I haven’t done LIT. (nevermind I’ll do it tomorrow. tomorrow. tomorrow.) I have an in-class assignment for chem tomorrow and a physics pretest, so I best be off to bed. Oh yeah. I missed chapel today as well, because I was in the music department practicing piano for my exam in two weeks time. Are you proud of me or what?
I was looking through my birthday cards today, again when I found I had missed opening one. Of course I opened it, only to find a gift card from Dotti- the shop SELLING THE LEATHER JACKETS I COVET! I’ve been wanting to get one for awhile, since you can wear them with almost anything. If I could purchase only one item this season, it would be a leather jacket I can wear in winter and spring. So now I have $25 dollars towards a leather jacket, but I need another $115 more. Hopefully I can get money in time before the stock’s all sold out, then I can join the ranks of the effortlessly cool biker chicks. (haha)
You said, toughen up, princess, yet you don’t know how hard I’ve tried to make myself feel at home. I have photos everywhere of home, I telephone home, and email people, but I still miss home.
You said, toughen up, princess, because you don’t know how it feels to be so far away from home. You don’t know. You’ve never left home. Everything’s convenient for you. Waiting at school till 6pm? At least you have a home to go back to.
You said, toughen up, princess, yet you don’t know how it feels like to share a room with a stranger, who has complete disregard for your feelings, your taste in music and your academic bent. Worst of all, she has to blast Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus every morning, until you’ve learnt all the lyrics by heart.
You said, toughen up, princess, yet you don’t know how it feels like to have to stick up for yourself 24/7. It’s a dog eat dog world out there, and a girl’s boarding school, worst still. You’ve never had people bitch about you, you’ve never had to board.
Why do you accuse me so, you nut? You think I have it easy, yet you’ve never been in my situation, so how can you tell me to toughen up? I didn’t ask for a tiara, I didn’t ask for special treatment, I didn’t ask for your opinion, so please shut up.
A word used from Brunei to define a person who doesn’t know how to spell thing/ doesn’t know how to speak proper english/ someone who acts fake to get attention. someone who is too arrogant to take off the ‘z’ and ‘x’ from any word.
I don’t actually think it’s really accurate. Here’s a better one:
I wouldn’t even bother explaining what a poklen is ‘cause it’s something that everyone from you to my culturally-deprived amah knows. Being judgemental Bruneians, as we all are, we tend to size people up by their appearance. A fake Juicy Couture bag screams out the word “POKLEN”. Sure, you can’t find a decent original Juicy Couture bag here in Brunei, seeing that even the lawaest boutiques in town coughdomanicough admit that the supposed branded things they sell are fake, at least stop showing off the handbag, because everyone knows they’re fake. If you persist and still walk around with a handbag saying ADIBAS, you are a poklen.
Poklens rarely annoy the hell out of people, mainly because almost everyone else are poklens as well. Poklens are liked by everyone, and it is usually them poklens who get the hottest poklen guys and never in the history of poklenism has a poklen girl been single for more than 5 days. A poklen girl can walk around Tambing and Pasar Gadong and have all the hawkers’ eyes on her. A poklen guy can strike the fancy of almost all types of girls, because non-poklen girls wonder what is it about these guys that make them so irresistible even in they’re gerai dog tags.
Poklens love the radio. It is the numero uno most important thing in life apart from hanging out at The Mall and typing LiK3 diZzZz. Poklens can never go far without the radio. They can’t send dedications to they’re daling lating manja and they can’t listen to all the best hits from ST12 and Rihanna. They can’t send sober messages to the radio station when they break-up and they can’t tell the world that they’re abang shayang is on his way from Sg. Liang to Berakas. The radio is everything. We keep the radio.
I will update this later. If I’m still alive. And not murdered by poklens.
I don’t hate you guys. I’m a poklen, too. I listen to Kristal and listen to that Ku Ingin Kamu song and I watched My Heart. And I type ‘na’ instead of ‘nda’.
I see this in the mall, a lot of the time. What’s with these people strutting around like they own The Mall, in tracksuits and with fake Juicy Couture or Von Dutch handbags slung over the shoulder? What’s with the guys and their severely sharp, pointed, gelled up hair and tight, tight skinny jeans going about the mall blasting music from their secondhand nokia phones? Worse still, why do they have to blast their music from modified cars with speakers loud enough so the whole world can hear their BAD MUSIC? What’s with their tendency to hang out in large groups by the mall cinema, hanging their arms over the edges and wolf-whistling at passing girls?
This ends my post on a little slice of Bruneian culture: while the British have their chavs, we have our poklens. What would we do without them? The mall would be so empty.
Secretly I feel she deserved it. I know it’s horrible, but she shouldn’t take advantage of her daddy.
I quote this comment: Thank goodness. Her clothes were atrocious. I do not know how people in the fashion industry encouraged this girl to put out her line. It was absolutely awful. There is a reason no other 16-year-olds open stores on fifth avenue.
I found this in a random blog, it’s like on of those things you do on facebook when you’re bored, but I’m doing it here to see how much of a bookworm I truly am.
The BBC believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here.
1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen 2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien 3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte 4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling 5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee 6 The Bible 7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte 8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell 9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman 10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott 12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy 13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller 14 Complete Works of Shakespeare 15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier 16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien 17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk 18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger 19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger 20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell 22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald 23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens 24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy 25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams 26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh 27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky 28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck 29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carrol 30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy 32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens 33 Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis 34 Emma-Jane Austen 35 Persuasion – Jane Austen 36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe 37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini 38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres 39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden 40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell 42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown 43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez 44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving 45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins 46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery 47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy 48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood 49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding 50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel 52 Dune – Frank Herbert 53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons 54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen 55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth 56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon 57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens 58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley 59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night – Mark Haddon 60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck 62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov 63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt 64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold 65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas 66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac 67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy 68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding 69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie 70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens 72 Dracula – Bram Stoker 73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett 74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson 75 Ulysses – James Joyce 76 The Inferno – Dante 77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome 78 Germinal – Emile Zola 79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt 81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens 82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell 83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker 84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro 85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert 86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry 87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White 88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom 89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad 92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery 93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks 94 Watership Down – Richard Adams 95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole 96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute 97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas 98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare 99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl 100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
I’ve read 30 of these books, which is less than half of what’s on the list. That’s not bad, considering the claim that BBC made. By the way, can’t even verify it’s from BBC in the first place, someone probably made that up.
If I wrote the list I’d probably include some other books as well: jodi picoult, agatha christie, neil gaiman, janet fitch, haruki murakami and maybe ‘special topics in calamity physics’ by ‘marissa pessl’ and maybe ‘the historian’ as well? I justify my additions by saying some of these authors were relatively contemporary- just look at ‘the time traveller’s wife’ and ‘harry potter.’ (No doubt twilight fans would want stephanie meyer to be added to this list as well.)