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A [Really Late] Quick Update on Term 2

June 3, 2006

This is months overdue, haha. Harrow’s term 3 is about to end in a month and I’m still talking about term 2. Anyway, this is just a short update on each of the events that happened during my second term at Harrow. Here’s just some links to the recently added albums in the Yahoo Photo Album.

Twelfth Night Production
Did the Twelfth Night play back in January and had a blast doing so. We did three plays in all and the second one was the best since it was in front of the whole secondary school and the audience was really into it. The first round was mainly Year 6 and 7s so they didn’t really get it and the third round was mainly adults… So maybe they didn’t find the jokes that funny… Anyway, Prang was an excellent Olivia, Kate did an awesome job playing a man and a woman, Chris was really great [especially in the fighting scene], and the Olivia Household [Trin, Jeeb, Kitti, and Raghav] were freaking funny! I wouldn’t mind doing the play ten more times! Anyway, g’luck doing Romeo and Juliet next year [especially Prang and Kitti who were casted as Juliet's parents]. Click the pic below to go to the Twelfth Night album.

Byron House Camp 2006
Had to arrange the different teams with Bifern before we went to camp. After school, we took a two hour bus ride to Pathum Thani, the camp site, and it looked completely different from last year. Much nicer. Strange though that during the night, all the girls got bit by the mosquitoes while the guys barely got bitten! Anyway, my team [Green Team. Consisted of Winner, Natalee, Third, Adrian, Poy, Jam, Aim, Aom, and I.] lost the tug-of-war [but were able to eliminate Bifern's team, haha!] but was one of the highest teams to score during the obstacle course rounds [thanks to Natalee and Jam who had great balancing skills and scored so many points for us]. So we tied with Bifern’s team [Orange] and so the team leader of each team, in this case, Bifern and I had to do paper-rock-scissor and I don’t know if it was a miracle but I beated her! Haha, odd since I always lose. So we were one of the highests. The next day we had the build-a-raft game and race and my team and Bifern’s team made it to the finals and will compete with another two teams from the other group in the afternoon. Later on we had the mountain bike ride and Aom did an excellent job leading the way while I looked after our teammates at the back. Then during the final raft race, we won! Haha, teamwork, eh? Pretty cool – Bifern was fuming by the way [:P]. Then when the final results came out… I guess it was intended… There was a tie. Between who? BIFERN AND ME AGAIN. [Mr. Wise let out a laugh at this point, haha] So we had to do another round of tug-of-war for the tie-breaker. Because we had one less person that Bifern’s team, we got to choose one person from other teams. So we chose Kong, whose team won the tug-of-war. Thank God for him, we beated the Orange team and the Green team became the winning team! Think the top four results was 4th – Kong’s White team, 3rd – Raghav’s Blue team, 2nd – Bifern’s Orange team [originally pink but they had no pink bandanas], and 1st – Aom and my GREEN TEAM! Haha, a good sign for Byron, eh? I think this House Camp was much better than last year’s. We also did some prank calls to Nun and Bifern that night since they didn’t have Gaf’s number. Haha, it was freaking funny. Weren’t able to fall asleep until 2 or 3 AM though because it was freaking hot. And we had to wake up at 6:30 in the morning! Anyway, click on the pic below to go to the House Camp album.

Sports Day 2006
This year’s Sports Day was sorta more entertaining than last year’s since Jeeb, Topsy, and the rest of the Suriyothai House managed the music list and turned on really fun songs to run to. Had a great [but tiring] day. The day before, Aom, Bifern, Raghav, Gaf, and I worked on the Byron sign [as seen below] and worked on the drinks and snacks list for our house. The next day, we had to carry the ice, drinks, and snacks all the way from the Dining Hall to the Sports Hall – not a short distance, you know. Anyway, Mr. Wise sprained his ankle the day before so Bifern and I had to work on getting all the kids to their track and field events. Not an easy thing to do since the kids were all over the field and we didn’t even know some of their names [yes, I know, really bad since you're the house captain and should know their names]. Also did the 1500 m run since they weren’t able to send the list at the last minute, so yeah… I’m proud to say that I was third… to last that is, haha. Had to do the 200 m as well. Don’t ask about that. Anyway, all of the Byron students did an excellent job and really made an effort this year. Despite all the running around and shouting for the students to get to their events, I have to say that it was fun and better than just sitting around doing nothing like last year. Maybe I’ll go and help next year :P. Oh, and the final results…

6th Place: Suriyothai [Pretty odd since they have really good athletes]
5th Place: Sonakul [At least they didn't beat Byron like last year]
4th Place: Churchill [Haha, Nithi was really frustrated!]
3rd Place: Byron [MUCH better than last year's 5th. We were just 7 points behind Nehru!]
2nd Place: Nehru [I was sorta cheering for Nehru to beat Keller since Byron didn't have a chance. But to find out that we were only 7 points behind Nehru... That's just really sad...]
1st Place: Keller [Again... Starting to get sick of them getting first place at all the sporting events. Can somebody just BEAT them for once??]

So this year’s was much better and we totally improved… Wonder how next year’s will be… Click on the pic below to go to the Sports Day 2006 album.

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Koh Chang Expedition

February 17, 2006

For this year’s expedition, the Sixth Formers decided to go to Thailand’s eastern island, Koh Chang, which is several kilometers off the province Trat. I had a great time during this year’s expedition, not only because of the various activities [e.g. snorkeling, kayaking, game activities, etc], but also because of the great time I got to spend with the rest of my friends. In my opinion, this year’s expedition is somewhat equal to or even better than last year’s Nan expedition… Anyway, without further ado, let’s get this photoblog started… A little warning, there are about 115 pics here, so the page may take awhile to load.

Topsy and Nun as we waited for the buses to arrive.

Nun and Tina.

Joe and Ta.

Girls: Topsy, Nun, Bifern, and Yuka.
Guys: Me and Gaf

Tien, Raghav, and Ta.

Because there wasn’t any space to play cards, we had to play them on Gaf, who was sleeping.

In McDonald’s at the stopping point.
Back Row: Raghav, Kitti, Bifern, and Yuka.
Front: Ta.

Boung, Yuka, Gaf, and Bifern.

Topsy and Nun playing Puzzle Fighter.

Ta and Joe as they watched A Knight’s Tale on Joe’s little DVD player.

Gaf and Tien before they took annoying VDOs of people.
Talk about VDOs, here’s a VDO clip of what was going on during the expedition [I was filming]. Note: Languages spoken are English and Thai, so you should know I little Thai to be able to follow what’s going on…

Yuka and Bifern as they waited for their turn to play Puzzle Fighter.

Me, Ta, and Bifern at the gas station.

Jeeb, Nun, and Boung.

Bifern and Nun playing “Pai Thoap” [Snap] on Kitti’s [who got on the wrong bus] stomach.

Waiting for the ferry…
Standing: Joe, Ta, Bifern, Kitti, Gaf, and Raghav.
Sitting: Me, Nun, and Topsy.

On the ferry…
Topsy, Ta, Me, Gaf, Tien, Nun, and Bifern.

Looking out at the sea.
Topsy, Bifern, and Nun.

[I'm so lucky my camera didn't fall when I took this pic!]
Nun, Bifern, and Topsy.

The view…

Nun’s bug-eye sunglasses became so popular during the trip that everyone wanted to wear them [and see their reflection in them!].

Another ferry that passed us on the way to Koh Chang.

Welcome to Koh Chang!
Gaf pointed out that the translation isn’t correct since in Thai, it’s saying “Koh Chang Ferry”, but it says “Welcome to Koh Chang” in English!

Coconut Beach Bungalows.

Bifern and Gaf comparing the VDOs they can take with their camera/phone.

Kitti and Nun.

Joe and Ta.

Nett and Becky.


The Head of Sixth Form – Mrs. Keys, who did an excellent job organizing this trip.

Topsy on the beach.

Some people, like Nett here, decided to play frisbee while others…

…preferred to make sand sculptures [and sandballs that they threw at others], like Trin here.

A little view of the beach.



Toy and Tina.

Burying Bifern.

We present our made-in-five-minutes art work – “Buried Bifern”… Haha, Nun, Charlie, Gaf, Raghav, Tien, Jeeb, and I had to dig up so much sand to make the hole for Bifern… Apparently, as we poured sand onto her, some of it also got into her mouth, which caused a great scene where Raghav had to run down the beach to get some water to rinse the sand from her mouth…

Prang and Blue with their little sand castle that has a moat, a bridge, and even a hole in the middle!

Acting all crazy…
Me, Bifern, Nun, Gaf, and Tien.

Here’s the real order of those who are in the picture [since some of them are blocked by others] – Topsy, Me, Bifern, Nun, Gaf, Tien, and Tab.

The sun setting…


Trin doing a handstand.

Jeeb, Toy, and Siree.

Joe and Ta.

Nithi and I.

Nancy, Julie, Pey-Shyen, and Jenny.

Dan, Ohm, Siki, Gunn, Nett, and Kong.

Bifern, Nun, and Topsy during the Mastermind game where all the questions were about Entertainment and Pop Culture stuff [There were three rounds - Famous Faces, Pop Culture Gossip, and Identify the Song by listening to the first 10 seconds]. “Our Humps” came second with only one point behind “Nerd Nation”!

Topsy during breakfast.

Me and Joe during breakfast.

The area of the resort that some of the guys stayed in. The building looks pretty scary, especially at night… The resort is also really quiet and we even thought of filming some sort of “teen horror” flick during our stay… Haha, we didn’t do it though…

My room… I stayed with Gaf and Joe. I got the biggest [and best] bed, while Joe got the “second to best” and Gaf got the worst [even though he thought it was the second best]…

Like last year, Ta kept on playing his guitar throughout the expedition… This time it’s his guitar though.

Joe: “I don’t wanna leave this place!”
Haha, just joking, I just made that part up… But I don’t know why, all of a sudden he started hugging the pole!

Blue, Aom, Prang, and Lillian.

Kitti, Bifern, Nun, Topsy, and Tab.

Some of the kayaks…

A little demonstration on how to kayak by Ohm and Charlie.

Joe and Topsy with their “hand-made balls”…

Nun, Bifern, and Jeeb.

A cuttlefish that we found floating dead near shore.

Nun painting on the beach while Jeeb looks out to the horizon.

Ta, Kitti, Bifern, Gaf, Raghav, Tien, Shigeo, Shintaro, Yuka [Byron], and I playing Dodgeball on the beach.

Bifern, Ta, and Joe laughing at a VDO clip Gaf took of Bifern… It can be seen HERE. The VDO is basically showing that Bifern thinks that Gaf is taking a picture of her when he’s actually VDO taping her… Mainly Thai was spoken here…
Oh, here’s another a VDO clip of some people during dinner time that I took… Note: People mainly spoke Thai so you should be able to understand Thai to view this. It’s also a little bit dark [actually, really dark]…

Gaf with his Mohawk hairstyle.

Gaf, Raghav, and Nithi during dinner at the Italian restaurant nearby.

Joe, Gaf, Becky, Blue, Raghav, Nithi, and I ate at the Italian restaurant dring our free time and decided to skip dinner.


Kitti during dinner thinking about someone ;-)…

Tab, Siree, Trin, Jeeb, Toy, Music, Plai, and Boung.

A pic of my group.

Chris, Lewis, Tien, and Dave.

Jeeb and Toy during the Icebreaker game.

The Japanese group – Masa, Kanae, Yuka [Keller], Yuka [Byron], Tak, Shin, Shigeo, and Jeeb – singing a Japanese song that’s said to be very popular. [Sorry, I forgot the name of the song... Ask Jeeb if you want to know...]

Sunrise, sunrise…

The whole Sixth Form in our “Super Six” t-shirts.

Another view of the beach.

Coconut tree…

Prang and Bifern at the American Diner.

Me and Prang.


Raghav, Tina, and Yuka.

Nun, Topsy, and Blue.


Becky and Trin.


Joe and I.

Group pic… Don’t know why that bartender girl came and joined us… Sorry for the bad lighting… Apparently the flash didn’t reach us or something…

Leaving the resort…

On the mini song-taew…
Tien, Gaf, and Bifern.

Joe and Ta.

Nun and Tina.

A view of the ocean from the cliffs.

Nun and Bifern at the ferry.

Jeeb and Simba that Julie, who’s now in Singapore, gave her during her visit.

One last group pic on Koh Chang.

That mountain looks like a volcano from far away… And I think it’s that bird from San Francisco that’s in the smoke!! Why do all my nice scenery pictures have birds in them??

A view from the ferry. Even better, bird-free!

Bifern and Topsy during the national anthem… It was so funny because everybody was talking to one another and doing their own business, but as soon as the national anthem came up, everyone stood up right away… All the tourists were staring at us and wondering what’s going on…

Kitti, Topsy, Bifern, and Ta.

Nun and Plai.

Siree and Toy.

Plai and Nithi.

Bifern doing an impersonation of the ghost in Ju-On.

Topsy and Nun with their Starbucks.

Tien and Gaf enjoying their chicken.

Bifern and Yuka with their McDonald’s drinks.

Joe and Ta watching the deleted scenes of Pirates of the Caribbean.

Topsy and Ta… I don’t know why but all of a sudden, Ta felt like “eating” people’s heads on the last day, haha…

Chris on the other bus doing an impersonation of a monkey…

Reaching Bangkok…

Just before we got off…
Ta, Bifern, Yuka, Topsy, and Nun.

These are only about half of the pictures that I took [about 390 that I took but only 259 are up on the net]… The others are HERE, HERE, and HERE at the Yahoo Photo Album… Hope you enjoyed the entry… And there are no pics from snorkeling or kayaking this year since we didn’t have a waterproof camera…

Just some random thoughts: We were divided into Groups 1 & 2, and the other group was so lucky since on the day they went kayaking and we went snorkeling, there wasn’t any sun at all, but on the day we went kayaking, it was a full blast! Plus, the waves were so high but at least we didn’t fall out of our kayak, unlike when we practiced the day before… I was also told that Chris’s kayak flipped TWELVE times! Only because they intended to, though… Anyway, despite the high waves and blazing sun, my kayaking team [Bifern, Ta, and I] was the first to reach the island [after Mr. and Mrs Waterman... So second in all, but first of the students]! Even though we were shouting at each other to keep on paddling!

Overall, I think that it was a great time to spend with my friends. In my opinion, I liked this year’s activities more than last year’s, but I liked the fact that we had so much free time last year to do whatever we wanted… Anyway, great expedition!

I’ll just update about the AS Exams and Twelfth Night Production Performance and pics another time since this one is way too long.

Currently Listening to: U2 - They totally deserved their 5 wins at this year’s Grammy’s!

Recently Watched: Underworld: Evolution… One word: Bloody.


Lost in Vegas & San Francisco

October 5, 2005

J: I’m doing a joint blog with my sister on my trip to Vegas and the California Bay Area. My comments will be in blue, and hers will be in pink. (BTW, there are 111 pictures, so the page might take time to load.)
L: Oh, how totally sexist. Sure, go ahead and make the boy blue and the girl pink.
J: Fine. What do you want to be — green? yellow? BROWN?
L: Green hurts the eyes, yellow‘s too hard to read, and brown is plain ugly.
J: @#$%&
L: Um, OK, so I guess pink is fine…

The first leg of the flight — from Bangkok to Tokyo — was OK. We watched Miss Congeniality 2, which was cool since it takes place in Las Vegas and we were going to, well, Vegas.

J: See those two girls? They were too busy staring at a farang guy at the bar (right-hand corner) to notice that they were going in the wrong direction. They started shrieking and giggling, all because of this farang guy.
L: How do you know they weren’t shrieking and giggling at the display in the front window of the bar? Maybe there was a big display of Guinness or something. Why must you automatically assume a shrieking girl’s cries must be directed towards those of the opposite sex?
J: Well, I’ve spent sixteen years growing up with a girl. I think I know how to distinguish shrieking over a guy over shrieking over a pint of beer.
L: Jeez, no need to get all snarky. Believe me, all this information you’ve acquired over the years will be mighty useful one day. You’ll thank me when your future girlfriend/wife/partner showers you with praise over how finely attuned you are into the ways of women.
J: [.....]

J: After a two-hour layover, we finally boarded the plane to the US. We had another quick layover at San Francisco, before heading to Las Vegas. Anyway, from Tokyo to San Francisco, we watched Madagascar and Monster-In-Law. I liked the lemur in Madagascar, especially since it reminded me of someone.

At McCarran Airport in Las Vegas
Total duration of flight from BKK to LV + transit = 25 hours!!!!

Guess what we saw the second we stepped off the plane?
Actually, we heard them before we saw them.

The aiport was really commercialized. It looked more like a mall than an airport.

When we finally got to our hotel — the Cannery — guess what we saw before anything else?
Yeah, you guessed it.

The Las Vegas Strip looked like it did in all the Hollywood movies.
Since we’d just seen Miss Congeniality 2 on the flight over from Tokyo, it was kinda cool to see Treasure Island after we’d just watched it on the plane.

Later, we stopped by The Fashion Show, this huge mall along the Strip.

J: You see? I can tell here that it’s not a guy you’re shrieking over, but retail.
J: [.....]

J: After the sun set, we walked along the Strip, which was really cool to see at night with all the glittering lights and signs. Oh yeah, there were a lot of strip show signs, too (including one for LIVE NUDE PUPPETS). -_-‘
L: Which is nothing compared to what we’ve got here in BKK. HELLO — we have Soi Cowboy and Patpong. Pray tell, how can they possibly beat that?
J: Hey, this is a PG site.
L: Oh, sorry. Sometimes I forget myself. But don’t go around pointing fingers — after all, you were the one who brought up the whole strip show thing first.
J: I was just noting an observation.
L: Well, so was I.

J: The second night we moved from the Cannery to Circus Circus, which is located right along the Strip.
L: Mom and Dad took us to Circus Circus in Reno once when we were kids.
J: Yeah?
L: Yeah. You almost got lost there.
J: I did?
L: Yeah, I was supposed to be looking after you, but when I turned my head for, like, two milliseconds to look at the acrobats, you literally disappeared. I never knew something so small could move so fast.
J: Gee, remind me to never hire you as a babysitter.
L: In my defense, I was only 8-years-old.
J: Yeah, yeah. So what happened?
L: I found you later with this old couple from Florida. You were talking to them in gibberish and they wouldn’t stop raving about how cute and adorable you were. They were obviously SEVERELY VISUALLY IMPAIRED.

J: When we walked under that, we could literally feel the heat from the hundreds of light bulbs. -_-‘
L: Electricity conservation is obviously the last thing on their minds.

It was pretty impossible to get bored at the hotel, since (besides the hundreds of SLOT MACHINES) there was also lots of entertainment.


L: Spongebob!
J: Homer!
L: How come Bart has a larger head than Homer?
J: Because Bart’s obviously smarter than Homer.
L: The size of one’s head does not denote brilliance, Einstein. Anyway, did you notice that Bart’s head is seriously disproportionate to the rest of his body? I mean — HELLO — his head is the same size as HIS ENTIRE TORSO.
J: Well, Homer’s head would be the same size as his torso, too, if his gut weren’t so big from all the donuts he likes to eat.
L: Oh, good point.

We saw Vladimir the Contortionist from AXN there, too!

J: And even MORE slot machines. I don’t think I’ll ever get that ringing noise out of my head.
L: I thought you always have a ringing noise in your head
J: No, that’s usually remnants of whatever shriek-fest you were having a few minutes ago.
L: Oh.

L: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
J: [Whatever]

J: The next day, we stopped by Barnes & Noble to buy about ten thousand books, especially since someone had a list longer than your average roll of toilet paper.
L: Stop exagerrating. There were only fourteen items on that list. Hardly a roll of toilet paper.
J: Anyways. Can you guys see Eldest? I read Eragon last year (GREAT book, by the way), and was really excited to see that Eldest was finally out!

J: We had to stop by the mall again because my mom wanted to stock up on cosmetics for herself and someone. You will not believe this, but my mom spent over $1000 on make-up alone. $1000. I couldn’t even believe it. And she complains whenever I buy CDs.
L: Listen here, grasshopper. Since the early days of Cleopatra, we women have always had a very close and intrinsic relationship with the Art of Cosmetics. Did you know that ol’ Cleo used to use cockroach blood as lipstick????
J: Well, then do you think that maybe you could substitute cockroach blood for lipstick, that way next time I won’t have to wait ten million hours in the cosmetics section of Saks Fifth Avenue as the makeup lady goes down your list?
L: Jeez. What’s got your boxers in a bunch?

I was really bored, so I just took pics of random stuff.

J: You can’t fire me. This is my blog.
L: Sure I can fire you. In fact, I just hijacked this blog.
J: You can’t hijack it.
L: Yes I can.
J: Not if I hold your new Clinique Berry Freeze lipstick and Estee Lauder Pleasures perfume over the toilet, you can’t.
L: OK, OK, OK! Cool your jets, bud — let’s not do anything rash here. I WAS JUST KIDDING.
J: Muahaha. I thought so.

The next day we left for San Francisco.

J: We stayed with the Coelhos, who are really old friends of the family. Anabelle (far left) was best friends with Lynn when they were in kindergarten or something, right?
L: Yeah, me and Anabelle go way back. We’ve known each other since Mrs. Hawes’ kindergarten class. (Oh wow, she’s still there!) Aw, will you look at Laura? She’s soo pretty now! I remember playing with her when she was just a little baby. Man, I feel really old now.
J: That’s because you ARE old.
L: Say, you know that one baby photo of yours? The one where you’re running around naked with your–
J: OKAY. 22 is remarkably young.
L: Much better. ;)

The next day, we met up with my mom’s old college friend, Toni, and drove from the Coelhos’ house in Castro Valley to San Francisco.

J: I got kind of bored along the way, so I fooled around with the new camera and experimented with the functions and stuff.
L: Trying to be artsy-fartsy with the camera there, huh?
J: You’re just envious you don’t thave a steady hand and suck at self-photography.
L: Au contraire, Niffles, I have a vair steady hand indeed. All I’m saying is that this photo is very dreamy and pensive-looking…kind of like a Celine Dion album cover.
J: Berry Freeze and Pleasures hanging precariously over toilet ledge. Going ovvvvverrrr….
L: OKAY. More like a U2 album cover. Happy?

L: Ah, this pic makes me feel so nostalgic, you have no idea…
J: Nostalgic, huh? How about…

J: ….this photo?
L: Um, it’s kind of hard to work up any feelings of nostalgia when there’s a huge ass bird blocking the view. You’d think it could’ve flapped its wings a smidgen faster so as to get its big booty out of the shot. Jeez.
J: Still, it’s a nice shot, right?
L: Yeah. It is (minus the huge ass avian).

L: The City on the Hill! Whenever I see pics of San Francisco/the Golden Gate Bridge/a cable car, I can’t help but think of that one song by Tony Bennett.
J: Which song? I Left My Heart in San Francisco?
L: That’s the one. The one that Mom likes to sing all the time…
J: Yeah, someone needs to tell her she sings it off-key, though.
L: Well, ignorance is bliss, you know.

L: Aww, obligatory tourist shot.
J: Well, you can’t go to San Francisco and not take a photo with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background.
L: Yeah, kind of like how tourists who flock to Bangkok can’t leave without taking at least one picture with a poor, unsuspecting elephant. I cannot stand those tourists!
J: How come?
L: Well, besides the whole animal rights thing (but don’t get me started on that), they don’t realize they’re holding up pedestrian traffic as they take ten gazillion hours to snap their damn pachyderm photos since they ALWAYS end up shrieking and flinching whenever the elephant so much as innocently lifts its trunk to scratch, like, its ear or butt.
J: I don’t think an elephant’s trunk is long enough to reach its butt.
L: It’s long enough to reach the shrieking tourist’s butt, though. Too bad said tourist usually misinterprets this as hostility and runs away shrieking, thus bringing us back to square one.
J: Um, yeah. OKAY — can we get back to San Francisco?
L: Oh. Oh yeah. Sure.

L: The Palace of Fine Arts! I love this place. It’s right next to the Exploratorium, which is where I almost got lost once during a fourth grade field trip.
J: Jeez, what is it with our family and getting lost?
L: I don’t know. A dysfunctional gene, maybe? An obsession with Lost’s bad boy, Sawyer?
J: There’s a whole lot more wrong with you than just a dysfunctional gene.
L: Eldest. Hanging over toilet. Raging whirlpool swirling down below. Mist from bacterial infested waters coming within millimeters of Christopher Paolini’s latest–
J: OKAY. You are unbelievably normal. Totally, completely, 100% genetically intact.
L: Vair good. Thou art too kind.

L: This place always makes me feel like I’ve been transplanted to Rome or Athens… I love all the gorgeous Greco-Roman architecture.

L: Oooh. Looking very nice, Niffles. Artsy-fartsy to the core.
J: Gracias.

L: I love this shot. What a great candid. In fact, what a great place to take wedding photos. I bet their pics are going to turn out great.
J: Wait a minute. OK, two compliments in less than a minute — what is it you want?
L: Oh, so I have to WANT something in order to pay my brother a compliment? Jeez! Look at the kind of abuse that gets dished out at me on a daily basis, people! I do not deserve this kind of treatment.

L: Wow, check out the angle on their necks. Think they got a really bad crick in their neck afterward?
J: Even if they did, they could just crack their neck to get rid of any lingering stiffness.
L: EW. Please do not do that nasty neck-cracking thing. It is OBSCENELY DISGUSTING.
J: What neck-cracking thing? You mean this neck-cracking thin–

J: You can’t go to San Francisco and not take a picture of a cable car. Too bad we didn’t have time to hop on to one.
L: Never fear, my dear. You and the cable car are well-acquainted. After all, you were lost on one once.
L: Yeah. We accidentally misplaced you and had to stop all the cable cars in the city so we could search for you. It was pretty cool. Traffic was stopped all over the city so that we could search all over–
J: This is a joke, right?
L: Yes. Yes, it is. ;)
J: Yeah, well, you know your joke?
L: Yeah?
J: Not funny.

Lombard Street, the crookedest street in the world.

Looking out at the City

Coit Tower

Later, we headed to Fisherman’s Wharf for some seafood dinner and AWESOME clam chowder

Pier 39, this cool outdoor marketplace by the marina

The next day Tess took us to raid the supermarket

We are such junk food junkies. :P

That evening we went to have dinner with the Dengs, who are also really good friends with my parents. Their daughter, Tricia, and I used to go to the same day care.

L: Awww! Such cuteness! XD
J: Kohn mun na rak yoo laew. Mun chuay mai dai.
L: Hello, who said anything about YOU? Any references to cuteness was not intended for you; I was obviously talking about TRICIA.

J: The next day we went to Stanford Mall, which is located in Palo Alto.
L: Lots of memories at Stanford Mall. We used to go there all the time since we lived about 15 minutes away in Los Altos.

J: No wonder the place looked kind of familiar.
L: It should. You almost got lost there once.
J: WHAT? You’re kidding again, right?
L: Sorry, bud. I kid you not. You really did get lost there once. You see, I was, um, supposed to be watching you, but got distracted for two milliseconds — no longer, I swear — when your sneaky, daring, adventure-seeking self went running off on your stubby little legs. By the time I’d whirled my head around, you were gone. Poof. Just like that.
J: Sure, sure, blame it on the kid. So how’d you find me?
L: Fortunately this lady returned you to us a few minutes later…after I got yelled at for, uh, losing my brother (hey, I was nine, okay?).
J: So how’d she find you? Stanford Mall’s pretty huge.
L: Well, I guess it helped that we were the only Asian family shopping at Neiman Marcus that day. That and the fact that Mom and Dad looked pretty damn frantic.
J: Oh. Oh yeah. That must’ve helped a lot.

L: For memory’s sake — it’s the scene of the crime. You can see Neiman Marcus in the distance.

L: Here’s why you got lost. In those two milliseconds when I’d turned my head, you ran off to hang with these guys. You loved them so much, you demanded we take a picture of you with them.
J: Oh, you mean THIS PICTURE?
L: That’s it. The very one. You loved this fountain. Every time we went to Stanford Mall, you would go splash around with the frogs and sometimes even fish out a few quarters from the watery depths of the fountain, you sneaky little delinquent-to-be.

L: It’s amazing how some things just never change…
J: What’s that supposed to mean?
L: Uh. Nothing.

L: I’ve always loved the shaded breezeways, gardens, and sculptures at Stanford Mall. I remember how Mom used to buy stuff from the European-style outdoor market on the weekends, and how I was always put in charge of looking after you, the deranged, Tazmanian terror devil. You loved running behind the stalls and hiding. Fun for you, very embarrassing for me.
J: Well, boys will be boys.
L: Yeah, whatever.

J: Later, we met up with Don, one of my Dad’s oldest and closest friends.
L: Don’s daughters — Adrienne and Natasha — were the cutest kids ever! I remember wishing that I’d been blessed with sisters like them instead of the freak brother the stork had dropped at our house despite all my fervent prayers and pleas that God please please PLEASE give me a baby sister.
J: Muahahaha. I was especially sent to earth to terrorize you.
L: Gee, no kidding.

L: GAAAH! You are evil evil evil for taking this photo with the full knowledge that I get serious palpitations whenever crossed with freaky eight-legged arachnids! (!!!!!)
J: Hey, consider it vengeance for all those times you “almost, sort of, accidentally” lost me.
L: Sigh, fair’s fair, I guess.

L: You know, FYI, taking a picture with a piece of art does not constitute as an artsy-fartsy photo.

J: Oh yeah? Well how about this one?
L: Oooh. Now, THIS is vair vair nice.
(Nice nostrils, too!)

J: Later, we stopped by Stanford University because Anabelle was moving into her dorm that day. (She’s continuing her masters there.)
L: Anabelle is sooo smart! She’s always had a really good head on her shoulders. I first learned about her infinite wisdom when we were 7.
J: Yeah? What happened?
L: The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, that’s what. We were jumping on Kyla’s brand new bunk bed — probably watching either Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Star Wars, Beetlejuice, or The Little Mermaid — when the bed started to rock. I naturally thought Kyla’s bed was some sort of stellar battery-operated trampoline of some sort, but Anabelle yelled and told us that DUH, the reason the bed was shaking was because of the QUAKING PLATE TECTONICS OF THE KILLER SAN ANDREAS FAULT BENEATH US. You know, an earthquake, basically. I guess Anabelle paid really close attention during the earthquake drills they used to make us do in school instead of doing what I did, which was stare at the cut-out picture of Jesus and wonder why they’d drawn him wearing a dress.
J: Wow.
L: Yeah. She’s one smart cookie, she is. Anyway, is that a bird I see?
J: Huh? Where?
L: There. Over by the famous Stanford bell tower.
J: Ai hia! You’re right. Gee, you’ve GOT to be kidding me.
L: You know, I wouldn’t be surprised if that were the same bird that ruined your San Francisco photo…

Later, we stopped by the place where my Mom used to work so she could meet up with old friends and colleagues.

I got kinda bored, so I just took some pics and stuff.

Later, we drove to Los Altos, which is where we used to live. It’s right next to Palo Alto and only 10-15 minutes away. Anyway, this is our old street, Casita Way.

And this is our old house. My mom’s French friend lives there now, but unfortunately she and her family weren’t in, so we couldn’t stop by and chat. There’s a cottage, huge (HUGE) avocado tree and tree swing at the back, which would have been cool to see again. Oh well.

Back at the SF Airport again, on our way back home to BKK.

Adios San Francisco

Heading back to Tokyo

(L: Hee! Artsy-fartsy Celine Dion photo alert! Waiting for Niffles to launch into song: My heart will go–)
J: [*IGNORE THE FLOBBERWORM*] Anyway, our trip to Vegas and the California Bay Area was awesome. It was great getting to meet the Coelhos again (especially since I couldn’t really remember them as the last time I saw them was when I was like 4), and Anabelle and Laura were really nice and cool to hang out with. I can’t wait to go back again!

Currently Reading: Biology AS by Mike Bailey and Keith Hirst, and Physics AS by Frank Ciccotti and Dave Kelly (So sad.) -_-‘
Currently Playing: Take me Out by Franz Ferdinand


“Summer has come and passed…”

August 31, 2005

At last, the end of summer has finally arrived. This means time to go back to school. Time to constantly keep my tie up, shirt tucked in, and wear the infamous Harrovian boater. In addition, it’s time to start A-Levels – similar to Harry Potter’s N.E.W.T. levels [and IGCSE's were like his O.W.L.s] – and the hard grueling hours of constant work and revision. Anyway, will get into detail for that bit later… First of all – August. This month has been quite a fun month filled with so many things, e.g. people’s birthdays [Pat, Nun, Boom, Prang, etc], going out for some people’s birthdays, visiting RIS, and having our long-waited IGCSE results to come out. I’ve decided that I’ll update the pics up from Nun’s birthday, Boom’s party, and the RIS visit some time later since I have no time. So, here’s how the month of August went…

August 10 – RIS Visit
Went by RIS to see how their Sophomore year is. Several changes around the school, including the horrible canteen now and the cancellation of the long-used Block system. So basically went to Tanya and Lee’s Homeroom then followed Lee to Math class before I was chased away due to the fact that “there weren’t enough seats” and was offered to go to the library instead. Well, the library didn’t appeal much to me and I saw Mandy on my way out so she took me to her math class instead where I was allowed to sit [and do a Math Diagnostic test, too].

After Math was break and I went to wait in front of Ms. Walker’s room where I will be attending Biology lesson. This class was fun and had lots of fun looking through a whale’s eye, disected pig, rat bones, an armadillo, an EXTREMELY huge spider, etc, etc. Heard that Prim was crowned as “Top Cat” for that class since she got the most correct out of 50 [I think she got 32], so that means she can skip a quiz in Term 1. If you got all 50 correct then you won’t have to do any work, quizzes, or even tests and you’ll get a straight A! Now, I would want that!

After Bio was lunch and I got to get a taste of the new canteen. One word: crowded. So crowded it took me 10 minutes just to get a plate of carbonara. And they’re now using a card system where each card’s worth about 100 Baht. Interesting, but it just slowed everything down since the canteen workers weren’t use to using this new system. Also, the food was rather cold. Jirayuth told me a few weeks later that people just order food from outside [e.g. pizza] or just go and eat at the RIST canteen, which is way better, as they said.

Later, I went to Spanish class with Lee and had some fun remembering how it was learning Spanish 7th and 8th grade – even though I probably forgot half the things I learned! After Spanish, I went to English with Jenny where they were learning about Lord of the Flies, which I read in 8th Grade for English Plus. If you’re planning to read it or anything, I’ll just say this: It is very boring. Not something you would like to read during your free time.

Lastly, I went to Lee and Ray Fong’s Biology class, with a different teacher of course. Similar thing as Ms. Walker’s class but with more detail and scientific stuff. Ray Fong and I were paired and had to do this activity with two other girls, one who just moved from Harrow [Nami was her name]. When I told her that I knew Yuka and Kanae, her friends from Harrow, she started getting excited, which sort of surprised RF and the other girl. After Bio, just basically went to the Montri bus and got on the same bus as Erk and came back home. That’s it for the RIS visit – nothing much… Oh, and Julie also came and visited from Korea and had some fun talking to her.

August 11 – Nun’s Birthday at Major Ratchayothin
For this day, I met up with Nun, Por, Kitti, Raghav, and Nun’s sister at Major Ratchayothin to celebrate her birthday. First met up with the guys, who were playing this driving game [Raghav kept crashing his on the side] to buy some presents for Nun. Kitti bought this big Hello Kitty doll and Por and I shipped in and bought Nun a bear-looking thing with angel wings [we weren't even sure what it was!]. Finally, at 1:15 PM, we started to call Nun to find out where she was and realized that she was already at the karaoke room! So off we went to the Karaoke area where it was extremely crowded since there was some sort of Karaoke competition going on for TV… Well, because of that, it took us awhile to get there and we realized that Nun wasn’t there! Then Por remembered that Nun said she would be at the Karaoke in the Major Bowl section. So off we went to Major Bowl and found her there in the private room.

Into the Karaoke room we went and Kitti and Raghav got this big singing mode that they went on singing for ages. We also ordered some food and ate as we sang. At one point, the Karaoke thing turned on Happy Birthday but then we switched it since we thought it was a mistake. However, we realized later that it was MEANT to be turned on so that the Major staff can bring in the cake. Anyway, we ate the cake, sang some more, and it was time to leave. The others decided to stay a little longer for bowling but I had to go. So I said goodbye and that was it for that day.

August 18 & 25 – IGCSE Results
IGCSE results. All of you probably remember me when I had my IGCSE exams and we were just studying, studying, and studying. Here’s an entry that I wrote in July about it…

MAY – Written: June 15, 2005

I.G.C.S.E. – Those five letters were something that always gave us the chills whenever we hear it. “Intensely Gross, Crappy, & Sickening Exams”, as we called it, was the international standardized exams that all students in Key Stage 4 [Years 10 + 11 a.k.a. Grades 9 + 10] have to take after they finish the IGCSE course at the end of Year 11 [Grade 10]. IGCSE exams came and went so fast we didn’t even realize that it was May. Let’s see, for me, 17 exams to do was a hell lot. Some people had the same amount exams as me but I guess the person with the most exams in our Year would probably be Toy, who had 20 exams. How was she able to do it? I don’t know! Anyway, about one month before the whole “IG” period, you can begin to see people stressed, carrying all their books home, staying up late all night, and doing many other things you never see throughout the whole year, well, except for the Mock era where we had to bury our nose in books, too. Yet, people were getting serious – worried – anxious – and of course, sleepy. During that time, we began to adapt and become use to the many nights of sleeplessness and staring at a pile of books and notes as we try to stuff everything into our heads.

Now, when the first exam came [May 4th], which was Thai, everybody freaked out. Well, not that much, but everyone was worried, because, hey, Thai isn’t an easy subject to study for or do for an exam. You have to make sure you get straight to the point, write up in paragraphs that are divided according to opinion and content, spell correctly, and make sure you don’t put irrelevant information or something that’s not related, e.g. Harry Potter and how he saved Buckbeak the Hippogriff into an essay about Greenpeace and their “Save the Earth” campaign. So, you see? It is hard doing Thai. For our first Thai exam, we had to write three different essays: one about the way Thai students act in the social community, one analyzing why they behave so, and one in which we write about Greenpeace. Our second Thai exam [May 6th], which was two days later was a continuous writing essay between 350 to 500 words about any topic we want from the 9 given choices. There were topics on sports, your life, cultural stuff, and many other things. I chose the topic, “Is war the best solution for solving a problem?”. Reason? It was the easiest of all and we can add anything related to it in there – so because of that, I added in all these history-related stuff with world wars, Hitler, Treaty of Versailles, Cuban Missile Crisis – basically, if you didn’t know the topic, you would’ve thought I was writing a history paper and analyzing the wars! Anyway, after the exam, I realized that all the other History students did the same thing, too! At least I’m not the only History freak! I think I wrote about 600 words, which isn’t too much…

After we had our Thai exams, our Study Leave began where we are not required to come to school unless we have an exam on that particular day. Also, we are allowed to leave after our exam, if it’s in the morning session, or come to our exam in the afternoon, if it’s the afternoon session. So, after May 9th, which was when Study Leave started, the real thing was here. The really hard subjects were on the way and we better get rolling for them. For the people who were doing Geography, they were unfortunate and had their exam on May 9th while others didn’t have to come. Thank God I didn’t do Geography or my whole week will be full of exams! On the 10th, we had our Science Paper 6 [Practical] exam in the morning and History Paper 1 exam in the afternoon. Science Paper 6 was quite easy and I think I did OK. Surprisingly, it barely had anything on Chemistry, which was what everybody studied for since we had to remember all the color of each element if we add it with sodium hydroxide or put it in a flame test and all that stuff. For the first question, it was about plants. Plants – something that none of us expected and we had to label the “Stamen” and the “Ovule” of the flower. Luckily, I kind of flipped through it as I reviewed it. As for History, well, just like the Mocks, we had to write a lot and I think I wrote approximately 6 or 7 pages. We had to answer three different questions, which each had three minor questions in them that we had to answer according to the points [5 pts – half a page, 7 pts – three-forths to a page, 8 pts – a page to a page and a half]. Surprisingly, all the topics that we learned were on it – instead of the usual 3 out of 9 topics! As soon as we turned the paper over, we were shocked since it had every topic and we spent so much time reviewing certain topics! Anyway, History was so-so. So much writing that my hand ached like hell.

On the 11th, I had to do English First Language along with History Paper 2, which are the killer subjects since we will have to write so much we could cripple our hand. So, English. For this one, we will be given two different excerpts, one was from “The Hounds of Baskerville”, which was a story about Sherlock Holmes, and another one was by Anita Desai, which was about a girl who lives in Botswana. The first two questions was all about “The Hounds of Baskerville” where for the first question, I had to write an article for a Travel Magazine about the creepy cave in the mountain’s forest that Dr. Watson went to. Ok, this would be fine if they actually gave us more information besides two out of five paragraphs that talk about the area! The second question was about how the author expressed fear and the use of sunlight. The use of freaking sunlight. Now, fear and pathos would be easy since it would be clear and we all prepared for it. But no, there wasn’t a question on pathos. So we had to get all dramatic and imaginative with the way the sunlight and sunset was used to describe Watson’s feelings. One thing my classmates said I realize is now true, “When you’re doing English First Language and English Literature, you have to get all imaginative and think of how something like a saw can symbolize life, as in Robert Frost’s ‘Out-Out-!’ poem.” Well, I didn’t really expect us to be asked about the sun’s rays. Anyway, writing the essays itself wasn’t that easy either since we had to organize the paragraphs by the different topic and opinion, and we can’t get them mixed up or we would get deducted points. Argh, how frustrating! The last question was related to both passages, which was a compare/contrast essay where we have to show what each of the character was searching for and if they found it. I found something funny as I looked at the two passages – For “The Hounds of Baskerville”, it was mentioned in the book I just read, which was “The Curious Incident of the Dog in Nighttime”, and it was the main character’s favorite book. As for the Anita Desai one, the setting was in Botswana, which was the country Chris and Raghav had to represent during the IASAS MUN Conference in Singapore. I don’t know, they just seem like a funny coincidence to me. In all, three essays and about two pages for each essay. Anyway, after English, we had the last History Exam, which was Paper 2 where we have to analyze different sources. Same as English, we have to use all our imagination to see how something like a vampire and bats can be related to the Big Three during the Treaty of Versailles. Funny, eh? Anyway, one of the really big coincidence in this particular exam was that one of the source, which was a picture of the Big Three holding a guillotine, was a source that our teacher used to teach us on how to answer source questions! So, there were about 8 to 9 questions in all and I wrote 8 or 9 pages. And yes, my hand was practically shaking by the end of the day due to the overuse.

The 12th. We had two exams, again, but this time they were both in the afternoon session, one [Business Studies Paper 1] at 1 and the other [Edexcel Mathematics Paper 3] at 4. The reason was because the Edexcel Maths belonged to the Edexcel exam board and they wanted to let all students all over the world take the exam at the same time. I wonder how those in Japan do it since they’re 2 hours ahead of us! Anyway, Business was ok-ok. Easier than the past papers but also hard in a way. At least this was just short answers that only worth 2 to 6 points. After Business, we had a few moments to relax and study for Maths, which would be later and I have to admit it, Maths was easy! Easy as pie and I think I could score quite well on this particular paper. Poor Masa forgot that we had the Maths exam then and he went home after the Business exam. We had to call him up and had came half an hour later. Well, he finished on time and didn’t need the extended thirty-minutes that he missed, so no worries. By the time we were done, it was around 6 and the sun was about to set so we didn’t have much time to talk since we were chased out of the library, where the Boarders were hanging out at.

Friday the 13th. Wasn’t that scary for me since I didn’t have Geography exam, which everybody said was really hard. I just had to go there because I had Edexcel Mathematics Paper 4 at 4 again. This paper was a little bit harder but quite easy. People kept on mentioning that there was a mistake in the exam paper where we had to find the radius [r] but at the answer box, it said “C=_______”. One person actually crossed out the “C” and changed it to a “r”! Anyway, as long as my answer is correct!

16th. There were no exams for me and I was so happy since it was the day for the Survivor: Palau Finale. Yes, I know I should’ve been studying but hey – this is Survivor! Anyway, I spent the rest of the day studying…

17th. Double Trouble – Science Paper 3 [the Theory Paper] and Business Studies Paper 2 [Case Study]. Both hard subjects on one day. Science was hard. I have to admit it. There were practically no questions on Chemistry, which was what we all studied for, and there were tons of questions on Biology – no, not on the body and organs, which we all prepared for, but on plants. Plenty were also on Physics, which were sort of ok. Lovely – just hope it comes out ok. Then we had Business, which was not easy and not hard. Too much writing though and it’s not just common sense like what you think. You really have to go into the theory and possibilities since it isn’t black and white. It isn’t clear and obvious. There are possibilities that something might happen to that particular business, e.g. if we increase the price, we may lose customers, if we decrease the price, we might not be able to pay all the costs, and if we keep the price the same, we might lose customers to competitors. Argh, the complicated world of business! I can never join “The Apprentice”! It ain’t easy like what you think!

18th – English Literature – Open Books. For this day, only those doing English Literature had to come, which was like, only 13 people or so. Thankfully, we were allowed to bring in our books since some parts were needed with text and we should use quotes to back-up our argument. In all, we had four texts – The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan, All My Sons by Arthur Miller, Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, and Poetry in the Touched by Fire book Section E. I basically avoided Poetry since it was done last year and I really just don’t get poetry. Again, this time we will have to write an essay [two pages] for each question. There will be three questions for each of the text we choose and we will have to choose one question to answer, where at least one of the three questions we answer must be a context question. So I decided to answer the context question with The Bonesetter’s Daughter where we have to read the Epilogue and say why it is such a good way to end the whole story. For this question, I tried to add all the relevant quotes into my essay since I tend to write essays that lack quotes from the text. For All My Sons, I did the question on whether or not Joe Keller, the protagonist, did the right thing in selling faulty machines to the army, which killed soldiers, but not admitting it and framing it on his co-worker in order to save his family reputation and business. This question was quite hard, actually. Lastly, for Twelfth Night, I chose the empathic question where I had to pretend to be Malvolio just after he confessed his love to his boss, Olivia. This was quite easy, actually, since I had to play him for our class play. So… Literature – I hope I did well. At least a B will be great!

19th. Cambridge Mathematics Paper 2. This was another exam board from the one I did previously and is the harder one. Our teacher got us to practice them by doing all the past papers and grading them. If compared to the beginning of the year, I think I improved in my Maths past paper scores but we’ll have to see with this. This particular paper was easier than what we expected [had a little calculator problem when I wasn’t able to find it and had to borrow Joe’s extra calculator] and I think I did quite ok, or if possible, good. Some of the Year 10 students [e.g. Deer, who is really, really good at Math as Kitti said she never got lower than a 90 in the Maths past papers.], who are supposed to be really good also had a chance to take the exam, too. Only exam for this day.

20th. Had our last English Literature [Unseen] exam. This exam is a little tricky since we would have one hour to analyze a prose or poem that we’ve never seen before. All of us prepared so hard for Unseen Prose since it was much easier than Poetry and we were expecting it to be a prose since for the last few years, it had always been a prose. As we walked into the exam room, sat down, and turned our paper over, we all gasped and looked around at the each other immediately. POETRY. Crap, we all thought. Anyway, we only had an hour so we better hurry. The question, which is always the same or in similar style, was about the author’s writing techniques. This time, it said, “Describe the author’s use of language and literary techniques that shows the mother’s care, love, and grip.” So off I went jotting notes all over the paper, highlighting, and seeing how they the use of language adds any effect. In one line, the author mentions about how she carefully turned the child over like cloth being turned in a washing machine – I got a little carried away and started using a little Biology and saying how that quote can symbolize the way the baby was in the mother’s placenta or amniotic sac during the pregnancy period and how it swam and turned around in the womb. Yes, I know it’s really weird. Then we had to use all these words that describe the baby and describe them of how they add effect. In all, I wrote two pages, which is what other people did. Except, amazingly, Tina wrote like seven pages!! She said it was because she analyzed every single line – wow, even I can’t do that!

23rd. I had two different exams – Cambridge Mathematics Paper 4 and ICT Higher Paper. For Maths Paper 4, this is the harder one since we would have to show all our working and we had to write them on pieces of paper along with the answer. I bet students in Thai schools can do really well at this since they have to show every step of their working while we tend to just write down the problem then the answer with the help of the calculator. So this was different from what we usually do but at least we had some practice with past papers, which really helped. Anyway, Paper 4 was quite ok and I think I did quite well on it. In fact, all of my friends said that it was pretty good and they thought they did quite well, too. Yet, this dawned a new problem – if most of us found it easy, this must mean that the mean will be higher and the range will be high. Oh, crap. This must mean that instead of a 95 being an A* and an 83 [or something] being an A, it could become a 98 as an A* and a 92 as an A. Oh no! I hope this doesn’t happen! For the afternoon session, we had ICT, which was all on the theory of computers, internet, hardware, software, operating systems, user interface, and all these really confusing technology stuff. I thought I did quite good and honestly, I know no crap about computers… But say, I’m hoping that I get a B since my coursework has gotten me an A already so it’s likely that it’ll pull my final grade up to an A.

24th – The last day of the exams!! Well, for me and the majority of our Year at least. For this day, we had Science Paper 1 [Multiple Choice]. Some of the questions were easy, some were difficult. But overall, I think I did pretty well. Right after this, we were all so happy that our IG’s were over. Some people, like Nun, who take French have to wait until June to finish their exams but we are done!

I hope the results come out good… The results will be coming out on August 18th [for CIE exams, which is the majority of my exams] and August 25th [for AQA and EDEXCEL exams, which is ICT and Maths].

The day after my last exam, I decided to visit RIS right before they have their finals. Believe me, your finals are nothing compared to this – these were really hard and I am hoping that I pass… If we get lower than a C on a certain subject, we will have to redo that subject again. And if we don’t pass five subjects, we will have to redo Year 11 again. Oh God, just to think about it is painful. Anyway, went to RIS and had lots of fun meeting all of you and catching up on things. Glad your results for your finals were good.

The next day was the 26th and I went out to Siam with some Harrow people and lots of people came [Pat, Nun, Joe, Donut, Leng, Blue, Ta, Jeeb, Gaf, Syne, Tan, Julie, and myself]. Although some of us separated to go watch movies first, but most of us [Pat, Nun, Donut, Blue, Ta, Jeeb, Gaf, Syne, and myself] went to eat pizza and took some studio pics. I look totally hilarious. Anyway, too bad I had to leave early so I wasn’t able to watch Star Wars and eat MK with them afterwards. Pity. Anyway, we should go out again!

On the 31st, my mom got tickets for us to go and watch Miss Universe 2005 at Impact and it was great! Glad Canada, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Venezuela made it to the finals, though I kind of wanted Thailand [of course, since I’m Thai] to make it to the semi-finals or final 15, at least. I really wanted Venezuela to get in the top three though… Anyway, glad Canada got it – not USA… USA looked rather bouncy [no, not her breasts] in the swimsuit walk. But jeesh, talk about Latina power!

Anyway, that was what I wrote in June after we had the exams. On those two days, that I went to get the results, saw quite a lot of people, those who are leaving and those who are staying. Just to sum up, here’s my actual IGCSE results and my Mock Exam [Trial results] results. Please note: My mock exams results were really bad.

Subject Real Exam Results Mock Exam Results
Business Studies B C
Coordinated Science BB BB
English Literature A D
First Language English B D
First Language Thai C B
History A A
ICT [Computers] A B
Mathematics [CIE] A C
Mathematics [EDEXCEL] A* -

So overall, I did quite good [Except for Thai] and I either scored the same as the Mock exam or better [except for Thai, of course]. Remember that I mentioned earlier that some Year 10s did the Math CIE Exam, too? Well, Deer got her result and she got an A* [The highest grade to achieve, something like an A+] for it! That’s one smart girl! Anyway, I passed into the sixth form and will be starting my A-Levels very soon!

August 20 – Boom’s Birthday Party at Patsiree
After a tough day at ROTC [R.D. a.k.a. Military Training], I went to the dentist and got ready for Boom’s 17th Birthday party that evening. The restaurant was somewhere around his house, which was in Soi Ruamrudee, and right across from his house. In all about 20 people [Por, Kevin, Prang, Aom, Cake, Prang, Nithi, Mek, Mew, Praew, Ping, Kwang, Mim, Tanya, Kid, Poom, George, Boom's friend from his old school, and obviously, Boom] came to the party, all at different times of course. Got there around 6 and saw that several people were there already but I wasn’t late, I think. So we ate, talked, had some fun, wrote some funny messages on the board for Boom. Around 8, we went across the road to Boom’s house and watched some Academy Fantasia before the cake came and we played some pool and some sang karaoke. The thing lasted until 11:30 PM but I left at around 9:30 PM since it’ll be about an hour and a half drive to get to my house. Well, the party was fun and it was great to see all of them before they moved onto England, America, and colleges here in Thailand. G’luck to everyone that’s moving abroad or into university and have lots of fun!

August 30 – Sixth Form Orientation
Sixth Form Orientation was one day before school. We met up in the library, listened to Mrs. Keys [Head of Sixth Form], and did some little advisement activities to get to know our fellow sixth formers. Note: The sixth form is made up of Year 12s and Year 13s, so a lot of us do not know the others in the other year. In addition, we got to meet and get to know the new students that are entering Harrow and the sixth form, too. Later, we did some activities on language learning and learned about the Sixth Form Award program and how we can earn credits from the different activities that we’ll be in, in which we will have to earn approximately 500 credits at the end of Year 13. At lunch time, I had to go and see Mr. Herbert, the Head of Drama, about the upcoming Drama production that will be performed at the end of January, which will be the Shakespeare play, “Twelfth Night” [in which I and some of the Year 12s learned in our English class]. We were basically told the different roles we’ll be performing as and will have to come and practice every Tuesday for an hour [now I already have two credits that I'll get per week!]. Here’s just some of the roles I remember…

Character Actor Description
Orsino Me A lovesick Duke in love with Olivia
Olivia Prang A “mourning” selfish Countess
Viola Kate A shipwreck survivor disguised as a man
Sebastian Chris Viola’s believed-to-be-dead twin brother
Antonio Nithi Sebastian’s saviour who seems to be “in love” with him
Malvolio Raghav An annoying steward who embarrasses himself
Sir Toby Golf Y. 11 A misbehaved “knight”

There are several more characters but I’m not sure who’s playing them. Kitti is also in it but he forgot who he was playing, though he said he would be playing a girl. [Hahaha] Anyway, after lunch, we went to the new Sixth Form Common Room, which used to belong the creche center [Pre-K/Nursery]. There was plenty of space and we had the entire first floor to ourselves. We had two relaxing rooms, one study room, a careers office, and Mrs. Keys’ office there. For the rest of the afternoon, we did a little role-play on bullying and our group, made up of me, Trin, Chris, Plai, Julie, Yuka, Toy, Bow [Y. 13], Charlie [Y. 13] and Nop [Y. 13], was asked to perform again, however, with a more pleasant ending. At the end of the day, Mrs. Keys gave some announcement on the uniform and the “privileges” for Sixth Form students, who can wear business suits if they want. Also, we have learned that from now on, we only have to wear the boater on Mondays [Hoorah!] In addition, because Thursdays are House Days, we will have to wear our House color shirt on those days [So green for Byron]. So, today was a great day and it was fun getting to meet the other new students [there were about 9-10 in all] and school’s starting tomorrow!

As for the A-Level subjects, I decided to take five subjects [like the others] and am doing Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Maths, and Critical Thinking/English. I’ll probably have the toughest schedule since I have all three Sciences, in which people said are really hard. Oh well, we’ll see how it all turns out… I actually wanted to do History or ICT or even Psychology but then it clashed with the Sciences and Maths [didn't really wanted to do Critical Thinking but we had to choose SOMETHING in the last column and I would be really bad at Further Maths and I passed both IGCSE English and Math so I wouldn't need the retake.]. So far, I know that I have some classes with Kitti, Trin, Bifern, Tina, Toy, Raghav, and many other people. Can’t wait to let this year start!

Crap… Talking about school – I better get to bed now since I’ll have to wake up at 6:30! And it’s already 1! Oh, and I changed my mobile number already because I broke my old phone and stuff. If you want the number, ask, but I think I emailed it out to all my friends already. Anyway, here’s an entry so don’t complain! See you guys later…

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