Sunday, 7 September 2008

It's Beginning to Feel Like a Second Home...



And I survived my first week of university! Well, I survived the orientation, at least ;)

Things are beginning to settle down now, what with the weekend here...There's less partying, less noise, and less seniors blowing horns and beating drums to wake us up at 7 am for more activities...I'm cool with that!


We had Trent World Day just a few days back, where everybody got to know a little bit more about other cultures and traditions. There were African dances, Botswanian songs, fashion shows by different African-Caribbean nations, Latin Swings, and even a Bamboo dance performance by some students from South East Asia (namely, Malaysia and Thailand).

During Trent World Day, we also had a clown, 'Chuckles', I believe is his name, making balloon hats for us.





Chuckles and me...A very tanned me...





From left: Nejat (Ehtiopia), Kathleen (Canada), and me, with God-knows-whose-hat-which-was-stuffed-on-my-head-just-as-we-were-about-to-take-the-picture...



Anyway, it's beginning to feel a little more like a second home here. I finally got my room-internet to working condition, and my landline now works too.

I've also gotten a little less lost on campus, as I can now pretty much figure out which building is called what.



I've even found volunteer opportunities right inside campus, volunteering with the Disabilities Services Office!

The work is simple, like reading passages out to visually-impaired students, or help guide them to their classes until they're familiar with the grounds...



It's still pretty hot here (although we've had some pretty cold showers), and the Otonabee River (Otonabee is a word in the Native Ojibwa language), which runs right through the university grounds and has the campus buildings on either side of it, is a highly popular hangout, with students jumping in for a frolic and swim at all times of the day. There are also boating activities, and many people go fishing too. Needless to say, many also take the opportunity to get a tan (not me, I run away from it!)...


Hey, even the geese are at the river...





Some geese getting some cool water and breeze...



The city of Peterborough, where I'm staying, is primarily made up of students and senior citizens. My Canadian friend told me that Peterborough has the highest percentage of seniors in the whole of Ontario! So the buses are almost always either full of noisy students, or old people, who come with their knitting, walkers, wheelchairs and tongkats!


Hey, I even made a new friend, Mary, on our way to Wal-Mart...We were pretty lost, so she was the one who showed us the stops, and told us the bus schedule to-and-from Wal-Mart...





Mary and Me...She had a bag of knitting on the seat beside her...





And the noisy students, clockwise from left: Bilen (Kenya), Maliina (Greenland), Saman (Pakistan), Nejat (Ethiopia), Kathleen (Canada) and me...



And my room looks better too! We were so busy with all the orientation and getting-lost-in-the-campus that the room was a complete mess. I also finally had time to put up some photos of home, so that it's not sooooo far away...





Part of my side of the room...





Up-close of the (folded) elephant fleece-blanket on my bed...



I saw this cute elephant fleece-blanket in Ikea a couple weeks back, and just had to get it. It's something I would be using anyway, so I didn't feel too guilty about buying it.


I don't know...

It kinda reminds me of myself...You know, big, clumsy, goofy, and adored-and-loved by some, detested by some, peculiar to some and beyond-the-comprehension of some...

;)


Now, I'm hoping some of the elephant's famed good-memory will rub of on me...Hehe!





And the photos just about make it complete.



My cousin, Ee Lynn, even found an Anne Geddes poster (the babies with sunflowers one in picture above) in her room somewhere and immediately gave it to me. Cool, I adore the collection!





And part of my bookshelf...




I also got nearly all my books yesterday...Nearly fainted (figuratively lar) when I saw the cost of it. I paid CAN$ 675 (About RM 2200) for my books, a couple second-hand, for this semester! And I'm not even done yet...*Books not covered by scholarship*

Gosh...Why are they so horribly expensive? I thought the aim of education was to make it accessible?


Well, guess I'd take it as a good thing. If I wasn't forced to buy them, I never would have. And this would be good in the long term, since I'm majoring in the field of Psychology...



34 comments:

Faridah Khan said...

Good to know you are settling in nicely dear girl. I belong to the group of "some" who adore and love you by the way! Thanks for updating all of us. Make sure you continue blogging so we know how you are doing. :-)

Ms B said...

I love your room! Actually, I think the blanket gives an extra kick to the cuteness. *smiles*

Wah, it is still warm there? It's very gloomy here. It has been raining for the past few days (with less or no sunshine!). Typical british weather.

jimi said...

Daph, apa khabar. Lega dan gembira Daph dapat belajar dan selesa dengan persekitaran yang baru.Teruskan menulis ya.

Anonymous said...

Hi Dik,

Good that you've settled down and enjoying every single seconds of university life :)and I'm sure you'll continue to do so...

Reading your blog made me miss my university days...many many years ago :) And, YES, I enjoyed every seconds of mine too...

Take good care...

-kak sya-

Anonymous said...

Nice room, good company and studying good books. I am happy to hear that. Take care sweetie and I adore you as well.

Zawi said...

Daph,
Your room seems to be quite comfortable and conducive for study. Nothing should stop you from doing well there.

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Faridah,

Hehe. Thanks! I adore you too ler =) And don't worry, I will keep blogging. Thanks for keeping in touch ya?

Pi Bani said...

Wow! There's an elephant in your room!

Hey, nice room and looks like you've settled down. Student days are the best days of our lives Daph, make the best of it.

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Ms B,

HeeHee...Actually right, I found the blanket in the baby/children's department of Ikea! Thus the cuteness...;)

I liked the bright colour and chubby-ish, but happy face of the elephant as well.

Yes, it is still warm here. It's also been raining like mad, like today. Whole day was just rain, rain, rain, and then we had like an hour of sunshine somewhere around 6 pm...

My aunts told me the weather here can be quite weird. It can go through a few changes (Like rain heavily, hot sun, drizzle etc) in a span of an hour.

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Jimi,

Terima kasih. Saya pun lega sebab persekitarannya selesa. Bolehlah tidur dengan nyenyak and belajar jugak...;) Kena relaks jugak ma...

Keep in touch, ok?

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Kak Sya,

Now I know what people say when they say that uni life is the best! Putting the studying part aside (cos haven't started class yet), I'm having a good time!

But I think the thing which makes uni life so special is the whole living with people your age, who share the same goals and worries, who are keen to try new stuff. It's like an entire new community!There's basically nothing much to worry about besides your classes, ya?

But if I were a part-time student whose juggling a career and/or family, I doubt it'd be as great...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Anon 11:57,

Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment. Yes, it helps a lot that I'm in a room that I'm happy in, and that I'm studying something I enjoy (and can understand!). All these new-found friends make it all the better...=)

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Pak Zawi,

Yeap! It is conducive and comfortable for study. The only lure will be...the bed...

Hehe...

But hopefully everything will turn out well ler...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Kak Pi,

Haha...Got two big elephants in my room ler...One is the blanket, and the other is the one UNDER the blanket ;)

Kekeke...

I will surely try to make the best of it! Opportunities don't knock too often, after all...=)

Wai Wai said...

Looks like you are really adapting and enjoying every moment of this......really happy for you... Check out my blog. lil Emily got something for you.. he he he

Akmal said...

You like Casa Impian, don't you? You make me feel ashamed of myself for what I did for my room :)

Salt N Turmeric said...

cutenya gajah tu. heheh. daph, 2nd hand book pun mahal ke? tht sucks. takde yg cheaper online ke? kat ebay ke or overstock?

Azmi Ahmad said...

Hi Daphne. Have funtastic time acquiring knowledge and wonderful experience. And keep doing good deeds. Best wishes :)

Nightwing said...

Way to go...:)

Ya books are expensive....but if business books even worse...they changed each semester..therefore less chance for 'second hand' book.

Keep it up girl..Good stuff.

Have a great week ahead now.

winniethepooh said...

glad that ure settled in n hv made so many new friends :) i love ur cute blanket :) enjoy this uni experience, will be something that u will remember for life :)

cheers!

Raden Galoh said...

Dearest Darling sis...

Finally, I've the energy to sit and log on to your blog...

So happy that you finally set your feet and make yourself so comfortable...

I notice our photo is up there...(muah, muah) and I bring the pink love shape pillow anywhere I lie down... to the TV lounge, to my bed...it reminds me of u sis.

take care and enjoy your study life okay?

love.

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Elaine (Wai Wai),

Ooh, I went over to your blog, but I couldn't open the video. But since you hinted that she was blowing kisses, here's some back:

Muax...Muax...Muax!

Thanks by the way...=)

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Akmal,

Haha, no I'm not a big fan of Casa Impian. I just tried to do up my room as much as I could on a limited budget so that I would be happy in here and won't miss home too much...

I need some place I can back to after class and just relax, you know?

As long as you're happy in your room, what's there to be ashamed of??

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Kak Farina,

Second-hand is cheaper, but still expensive.

I didn't buy online because I'm still new here, and I've been changing classes and waiting for approval for some. Buying straight from the bookstore allows me to exchange at my own pace.

If I buy online, that would be a bit problematic...

Once I'm more familiar here, I probably will go online and buy them. After all, once I'm familiar and know exactly which classes (now I have to wait for approval for some etc) I will be taking, I can pre-order them in advance.

Now, that's not a luxury I have...

=(

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Azmi,

Thanks for coming by here and leaving a comment. And will definitely try and do all that you stated, God willing ;)

Take care, now...

Daphne Ling said...

Hey NightWing,

I was told that the most expensive books are the Nursing, Psychology, Biology and Chemistry books.

I just had to exchange two of my Indigenous Studies books for two Sociology books as my classes were clashing.

I'm now another CAN$ 68 poorer (about RM 218)...

Sigh...Education sure comes with a price...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Winnie,

It was nice talking to you the other day...=)

Yes, I'm settling down, and enjoying uni life. Hope this feeling continues, since I will be here for a while!

Hope to meet up with you someday! And yeap, I love the blanket too!

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Aunty Dalilah,

Am so glad to hear you're doing better and even up to blog-hopping. Also very glad to know you're making use of the pillow. Was really hoping you would like it!

Will let mum know. She helped me pick out the pillow. She was the one who said it was perfect for you!

*Hugs*

PS: You noticed the photo! ;)

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

yea, good to know you've settled down, pretty quickly i must say. the room looks very cosy. and with great friends around, you must be enjoying yourself to bits. all the best in your study, daph.

zewt said...

though it's cool... dont forget your first home is here :)

Clarisse Teagen said...

Love your room... I'm going to redecorate mine now :D

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Danny,

Haha...Thought I would take months meh to settle down? Hehe...I thought so too ler initially...

But it helps tremendously if you have a room you like, cos it would be the place to unwind and retreat too after a long day...

=)

Good friends make a lot of difference too!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Zewt,

Aiyo, how to forget la? My family and a lot of my friends are there...

My nasi lemak and my roti canai and my CILI PADI are there! Nothing can replace that. Even when the food tastes like the real thing here, I want the shop I've eaten in since I was 10!

;(

ruby ahmad said...

Hi Daphne,

Woo..what a nice room. It looks so comfy. You've really done it up so nicely. I can see you'll never be lonely what with pet elephant for company..he he