Wednesday, 3 December 2008

And the Semester is Coming to an End...




November and December are the dreaded months of the Autumn semester, or so everyone keeps saying. I agree...

Assignments pile up, readings pile up as well, tests pile up one after the other, and professors' expectations get very high too!




From right: Me, Eva and Jessica Lee, a fellow Malaysian and recent Trent-graduate, who has been living in Canada for the past 4 years. She invited us over for home-cooked nasi lemak!





I am still alive, though, which is good...

I can't believe the year is coming to an end...My finals are next week, and it's been four months since I came to Canada...



I have been very tempted to lock myself in my room (and my roomate and housemates out!) to get all my work done in peace and quiet, but all work and no play will pretty much kill me, so I took some time off during the weekend to go outside and be silly...






My good friend, Eva, and I out playing in the snow...It was cold, but oh well, who cares?




Eva and I volunteer with Market Hall, a community Performing Arts Centre. On days when we volunteer (we usher those with disabilities), we get to watch performances too...

So we got to watch Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew just last week. It was fun!





Part of the cast of The Taming of the Shrew...



Remember my pen-pal project with little Natalie? Well, she has replied, and this week, I was hard-pressed to write a letter to her in return. It turned out to be a good thing for me though, to unwind...She loved the first letter so much, so told me in capital letters! Turns out, we both love cats, so go figure the theme of my letter this time ;)






Letter Number 2 to Natalie...



Another thing which I recently did was meet my professor's dog...I was just very excited because her dog, Roy, is 180 pounds (about 80kg's!)! It's a mix Great-Dane and Australian Shepherd. You would think a dog that size would be a monster, but Roy is amazingly tame...






Roy and Me!



Roy and I have arms that are the same size!



I am so excited for the semester to be over...One of the reasons would be so I could get some good rest and some good home-cooked meals...



But I am also sad because many of my new friends who came on exchange would be leaving for home soon.





Malebogo and me...Malebogo is from Botswana, and she, along with many others, will be leaving for home soon...





Oh well, these are things we can't control, and we can always keep in touch online, right? And I can always make new friends, right?


On a more positive note, although the schedule is hectic, I am looking forward to next year (after I get good rest!)...





I have settled nicely into my puppet roles (making all kinds of silly mistakes, but oh well), have slowly familiarized myself with the hospital where I volunteer, am very happy volunteering at the disability services office on campus, and next year, one of my professors has given me the green light to help out in her research involving children!




Altogether, I must say that I am enjoying life in the community here. Am missing home and family very badly, but at least there's Skype!




17 comments:

Akmal said...

Hiya Daph :)
Is that... a dog? Or some kid wearing dog costume? :O
Hey hey, Natalie going to joyously jump upon receiving this letter lah. My bet!
Oh, please send me some snow will ya? YM would be good :P And ya, goodluck for your final, and have a well deserved moments of no books afterward hehehe.....

Zawi said...

Daph,
Pretty soon you will be having friends all over the world. Lucky you.

wanshana said...

Hi Daph,

All the best for your finals, dear. I'm sure you'll sail through :)

So, where are you spending your Christmas break? In campus or at your aunt's? Wherever it is that you're spending the holidays at, make sure you forget about ALL your books, okay?

Time to wind down, relax and enjoy (before another avalanche of workload comes your way when the next semester starts :))

Take care.

Salt N Turmeric said...

Daphne, that dog is HUGE!

Azmi Ahmad said...

Mak aii, besar betul anjing tu. Never seen one that humungous :)

Have an awesome break Daphne.

Pi Bani said...

Nice move Daph, take a pic with a HUGE dog and you will look small... hehehe...

Dalam Dakapan Ibu said...

Hi Daphne,
Huyoooo...I've never seen a dog THAT big! Looks like he could swallow you whole!

Bestnyaaa main snow...

yus said...

hi Daph,
that dog looks more like a grizzly bear to me. are you sure it's a dog? :p

WP said...

Wow that dog is HUGE!!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Akmal,

Haha...If that's a kid in a costume, it's a HUGE kid!

As for Natalie, I hope she liked the letter. The problem with this would be I need to think of something different everytime!

As for sending you some snow,habis lar wei. Will melt lar...Just go to the ice kacang man and asked him to shave some ice for you. When it's very cold here, it feels like the same thing.

So much so my friends and I feel like eating the snow!

Hehe...

Thanks for the wishes for my finals...I need to look for a brain, fast! ;)

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Pak Zawi,

Yes, I am very lucky. So many countries here, some of which I have never even heard of before! And some which I never would have thought I would meet, ever!

=)

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Kak Shana,

I will be spending time in Toronto with my aunts and family. Thank God for them (and that I came to Canada and not to another country).

Otherwise, I will be very miserable, burried under all the snow...=(

I need to study during the holidays too, actually. I have some full-year courses, and I have tests immediately when uni opens (yeah, my prof's work us to the grind)...

I don't plan to work toooo hard though ;) Hehe...

Oh well, here's to surviving the finals first...=(

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Kak Farina,

Haha...Big leh? He doesn't look as big when he's lying down actually. Nanti you tengok when he's walking about, and the butt is swaying ;)


Hi Azmi,

I've never seen one that big too! He's more like a bear, come to think of it!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Kak Pi,

Haha!!! Sini ar, apa benda alsp big wan...

Over here, I'm considered small lar, when berbanding dengan the orang...I didn't think it would be possible I would be smaller than a dog too!

It's crazy...;)

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Aunty Ja,

Adoi, tak boleh lar sampai swallow whole...Seram lar wei...

But he is big...With a big butt! It sways left and right...Haha...

As for playing with snow, very sejuk case...I played with it for a while, then ran hiding, cos I was freezing!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Aunty Yus,

Sini ar, a lot of dogs look like mini bears, especially if they're black and furry...

Maklumlah, Malaysians don't see many bears...;)

I think if Roy can walk on two's, many people would mistake him as a bear at first glance too!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi WP,

YES, Roy is BIG! HUGE! But tiny for a bear...;)