Saturday, 20 September 2008

Of Curry, Ice Cream and Red Jackets...



Hey Everyone! Sorry it's taken so long to update. I've been real busy the past week!


Classes are in full swing now, and I finally got into one class that I wanted to take, which was Biology of Human Anatomy and Physiology. The class was only open to Nursing and Forensic students, and I was neither, so was basically barred from taking the class. After some thought, I approached the Professor, and after some talking, she allowed me to take her class! I just thought it was cool, you know?

So, I'm in! Sitting among another 400 Nursing and Forensic students (labs are small groups or like 25)...


There was also abig Volunteer-Fair on campus the other day, where organisations in town who take volunteers come and open booths so people can find out more and take alot of forms to fill up...


And after eating nothing but pizza's, salads, soups and Chinese-ish (the Chinese people will not be happy if I said this was 'Chinese', because it's nothing like the real thing!) stir-fry's for a few weeks, my friends and I finally gave up and went into town searching for some real food...

And we found this place called 'Curry Village'...Although the biryani felt like it had been Westernised dramatically (tasted more like butter baked rice, with Indian-ish herbs), the rest was pretty darn good! We even found Vindaloo Curry...=) Needless to say, the food was expensive (if convert lar, otherwise not expensive), but Oh My! I feel so much better with good, spicy food inside me!





Can you find the Hidden Mickey? ;)



We then had ice cream/frozen-yoghurt at a nearby shop...It tastes like good ol' Baskin Robbins, and cost us $2 for two scoops...Not too bad, eh? (<== Can anyone tell I'm in Canada?)


And then we also had a book reception at the university. This year the uni started a program called 'Trent Reads', where students were asked to read a novel chosen by the uni, before uni started. The aim was so all students arriving would have something in common to talk about from the first day. Professors from all disciplines volunteered to do seminars with small groups of students to discuss the book and the different cultural, educational etc views on it...

A professor with a psychological background would lead the discussion from a different point of view than a professor who taught Literature or History or even Mathematics! So we had very diverse approaches to it...



The book chosen was called 'Three Day Road' by award-winning author Joseph Boyden.





From left: Joseph Boyden, his wife Amanda Boyden (also an author), me and my friend, Shirin...



I actually enjoyed the whole book discussions thingy...And so I went for the book reception with the author...



And my first shift with Walkhome started last night. Walkhome is a program which offers company to students who would like someone to walk them home late at night. The program offers accompanied-walks from anywhere within 25 minutes of campus (and its surroundings), and another team walks downtown...It's done completely on a voluntary basis, and we walk from 7pm to 1am...

It's a good effort, as sometimes, your class finishes late at night, and you don't feel comfortable walking alone back home. Well, just call Walkhome! You can call them immediately when you need them (all security/emergency posts and public phones on campus can be connected to Walkhome), or you could make a scheduled walk with them and they will meet you at the same place and time every week...



My friend Eva and I had our first shift last night...We had walkie-talkies which we needed to use to radio in walks. The Security office would call us every half an hour to check on our location (we were allowed to go and do whatever while we were 'on-call' and waited for walks) to make sure we were safe...And if we don't answer within some time, they would send a search party after us...





Call the Trent Walkhome at 742-FOOT!



TUEFRT (Trent University Emergency First Response Team) was also on call...It is the uni's equivalent of the paramedics, mended by students, again on a volunteer basis...So if you walked about campus, chances are you would see people in red jackets patrolling the campus...One was to walk you to safety, and one was to help you if you collapsed...

Interesting how people associate 'red' with help on campus. We were even stopped by a student who wanted to borrow a chair from campus.


He said: "You're wearing red. Always find the red jacket when you need help"...

We were like: "Yeah, if you needed help going home, not to borrow chairs!"...



The community is very involved with Walkhome too. The police come in to give safety talks and teach first-aid, and we found out last night that the Tim Hortons (it's a Canadian coffee outlet which people here are obsessed with) outside campus gives one free coffee/hot chocolate to people who are on-duty with Walkhome...Our walks go up till Tim Hortons, you see...


So, we whiled our time away at Timmie's sipping hot coffee and doing school-work while waiting for walks...


And now it's the weekend...Am gonna catch up on more work and some good sleeeeeeep....



21 comments:

Anonymous said...

I found the hidden mickeys in the ice creams! Glad to hear you're having a good time and got class you like! Keep blogging!

mott said...

hv a great sleep!!! you'll need it!!! ;-)

Salt N Turmeric said...

baru a few weeks sudah miss all the food. not a good sign Daphne. lol.

I like the sound of this walkhome programme esp after a few students here got raped in the campus. cant remember whc one but its here. Did they provide u with maze too?

Ms B said...

They always change the recipe to suit the locals' taste buds. People like us will definitely notice the differences!

With walkie talkie? Like a typical night patrol, eh? Cool job.

U better catch your beauty sleep. I miss uni days when I had 8 hrs of sleep daily! (hence explains the weight gain. *LOL*)

sheila ubong said...

That is a good prg the walkhome prg. I wish my daughter's university has got this prg so I will feel more at ease when she has class at night. Good to see you keeping busy in universitty daphne!

Akmal said...

Now, that Trent Reads program sounds very cool. I hope we can have it also ~*sigh*..
Now I have Joseph Boyden's Three Day Road in my list. Hey, if you come across any cool books, please tell me ok? :)

Jo-D said...

hi daph! is the walkhome free of charge to studnets? that is very good if yes. glad u r enjoying urself! i sent you an email :-)

Dalam Dakapan Ibu said...

Daphne,
I salute you lah! It's only been a while and you've accomplished soooo much!

I wonder what you said to the Prof to let you in her class...hmmhh... must be pretty convincing.

The walkhome program pun a brilliant idea. But like other comments here - watch your beauty sleep!

Take care & Have Fun!

winniethepooh said...

whenever u can get food similiar to home,thats a comfort being far from home :) daphne gal, so proud of u, u hv done so much in such a short period of time! definitely making full use of ur experiences!

hv lots of fun :)

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Everyone,

Sorry for taking so long to reply, but I'd really got to take a short rain-check on this. Will reply in a while, k? Thanks!

whre4arthou said...

Hugs nai.. you're so lucky! Trent sounds like some much fun..

I haven't been online the past few days.. Justina's around for the last week before she goes off to Durham Uni so we've been going around quite a bit..

Talk to you soon? Me miss you!

Daphne Ling said...

Hey everyone,

Sorry for taking so long to reply. Will try and get this done asap, k? Thanks for the patience ;)

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Anon 20:16,

Haha! You actually looked for the hidden mickeys? Hehe...It was really very much like it eh?

Yes, I'm having a good time here, although am very busy. Love my classes, but again, very, very busy!

Will try to keep blogging, so you keep reading, ok? ;)

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Mott,

Yeah lor, will be needing my sleep lar...Am very tired out as it is...

I...need...my...beauty...sleep...

Boohoo...

Haha! ;o

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Kak Farina,

Aiyo. Yeah ler, I miss the food! I miss spice and chilli lar...=(

Boohoo...

As for the WalkHome prog, no, we don't get mace...It is illegal here ;(

We usually just hangout in the library or somewhere bright till we get a walk, then we radio in to security who will check up on us...And there are Emergency Poles and phones all around campus, and we ALWAYS walk in pairs...

So far, so good...

But of course, must use common sense also ler...

*Keeping fingers cross*

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Ms B,

Yeah, I guess they HAVE to change the recipe to suit the local taste, otherwise it would be hard to sell...Unless it's so famous as a foreign thing already, like sushi!

As for sleep, you can't get much of that here in uni...So much work to do, where can sleep all day lar? ;)

I'll try to sleep anyway...Haha...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Sheila,

Thanks for coming by here...

I guess different uni's have different ways of keeping their students safe? I really dunno...

Some uni's are all enclosed up (like USM, Penang, for example), but my uni is on open grounds...

So I guess it would depend on the situation as well...

=)

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Akmal,

Yeap, it is a good prog. I was cursing all the way when I first heard though. Cos I was so busy and now before school even starts, I already had an assignment! And I had to pay for the book, right?

But yeah, it was a good prog...They'll continue it, for sure!

As for recommending books, don't look at me, unless you want textbook recommendations! I don't have time for other books =(

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Jo-D,

Yeap, the prog is free...It's a voluntary service by students for students...

So, yeap, free! Which is good...

Thanks for the email...This is a late comment, so we've already finished that email thingy!

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Aunty Ja,

Haha...I have wonderful skills when it comes to persuading people! Hehe...*Winks*

If that doesn't work, there's always Plan B...Bug her until she says yes to get me outta her face ;)

Muahaha!

Didn't have to go there though...She said yes on my first attempt...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Winnie,

Gosh...We need to catch up one of these days! Can't believe how fast time flies...

As for food, adoi...If I can get good homecooked food here, I would be in heaven...

But can't ask for too much lar yeah?

Oh well...