Friday, 19 December 2008

Icicles Outside my Window, and the End of Term...





Outside the Psychology Department, with what I believe, are called Crab Apple trees...




Y.E.S!!!

The Autumn semester is officially over. I finished my exams today, and guess what's going on to 'help' me celebrate?






Outside my bedroom window...



A SNOW STORM...


Oh well, it's just snow! Weather forecast estimates we'll have 25-30 cm of snow tomorrow, but oh well, just another day in Canadian winter...It's Canada, of course it's cold!!!

I wanted to show you the scene on the bridge (the one that connects the East and West Banks of the river on campus), but I didn't have my camera with me. Holly smoke, the wind was howling and the snow was blowing ferociously...There was no path on the bridge anymore!





Icicles...



I'm beginning to enjoy it actually...Lovely to see icicles hanging outside the bedroom window; I'm so tempted to climb out, coat it with juice, and suck it like a popsicle!





More Icicles!



On a lighter note, I have enjoyed my term here. It was hard work...I usually only finished work every night at, the earliest, 2 am, and at times, was on the verge of just giving up and not bother, but hey, it's been worthwhile!


I'm very glad I'm here, because the educational experience has been great. I enjoy the fact that discussions, however controversial, are always allowed and respected. People don't always agree with you, but they allow you to talk. And what's more, I was pretty surprised at how culturally sensitive people are, and they always look for people from other cultures to share their take on a particular topic (Hey, my Psychology textbook 'gives credit' that the word 'amok' is a Malaysian term! They actually specifically said Malaysian...).



I have made many friends here, from all walks of life. Some are people just like me, struggling through university, some happen to be professors of mine, and others are people whom I’ve met along the way.


But now, TO TORONTO for a HOLIDAY! There is talk that the roads might close, but oh well, I'll leave a day later then...No worries!


After browsing over 300 research papers, reading over 80 of them (ranging anywhere from 7-30 pages), writing 10 annotated bibliographies, 3 thought/critique papers, 2 abstracts, 1000-word essays, a seminar presentation, 2 lab reports, 16 lab papers, carrying out 2 field work studies, and surviving 5 interviews+training-sessions for my volunteer work placements, I am looking forward to a much needed-break.



If anyone thought studying Psychology was chicken’s feet, come to me, and we will have a discussion...



28 comments:

Ms B said...

Hi Daphne,

Opps..sorry for not leaving my url. You can find me at Pak Idrus or Ruby.

Pics look nice re snow everywhere but I doubt I'd enjoy the temp. *LOL* I cant even survive London, let alone ur place. *rolling eyes*

Anonymous said...

WOW LOOK AT THE SNOW!

I would not want to be in your shoes daphne.

You are in such a cold place with snow storm and icecles everywhere and you have so much work. I dont think Psycho subejct is easy anymore!!

How can u sitll have such a good sense of humor??

Anonymous said...

MsB,

Hi there. One good thing about Canada is that they have good heating system compared to UK. During my days in Canada, i had a chance to visit UK and OMG i couldnt stand the cold rooms! Pretty bad..

maplehijau

Akmal said...

Heh, did I hear somebody say psychology is easy???
Yeap, whoever said it will need a conversation.
I enjoy psycho though. Somehow I think I may have the idea of going into liaison medicine after all :)

zorro said...

Have a well-deserved vacation girl.

Salt N Turmeric said...

Merdeka! hehehe. Enjoy your holidays as much as you can and try to stay warm ok?

rosesNtheboyz said...

hahaha

enjoy your break!

the Razzler said...

That's so beautiful .. Daphne!! Have a wonderful white Christmas!! :) :)

Dalam Dakapan Ibu said...

Dear Daphne,
Enjoy the snow and have a COOL white Christmas, ok?

Happy Holidays :)

J.T. said...

Stay warm because those pictures just show how cold and unforgiving it is.

Happy Holidays. Stay safe.

Mat Salo said...

Urgh! All bundled up..huh?

MERRY X'MAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR! AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS TOO!

As to Psych 101, I flunked that one big time. Made me wanna run amuck!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Ms B,

Ok, will check you out there, then! The place IS lovely, accept when it gets all slushy and 'muddy'...

I never thought I'd survive the temp here too, but hey, I'm still alive! Just wear more layers of clothes lor...;)

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Anon 19:43,

Thanks for dropping by...

Haha...A sense of humour is the only way to get around a LOT of things ma...;)

Although very darn cold and not so fun to get caught in, snow storms are pretty, and so are icicles. Just as long as you're willing to get stuck at home!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Akmal,

We must be the only country that refers to Psychology as 'Psycho'! People here all say 'Psych'...

Goes to show how we all view mental health. No wonder Malaysians think if you're going for counselling or therapy or whatever you wanna call it, you're mad!

Sad, huh? I never realized the different terms, but I guess what we say reflects what we really feel???

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Uncle B,

You have a great holidays too! Eat all the great Malaysian food on my behalf at all the open houses you go for...=) Regards to Aunty Karen as well...

Daphne Ling said...

Hello Kak Farina,

Yeah hor...Merdeka oredi hor? Yay! I'm celebrating my merdeka-ness by hibernating...

It's so cold here, and it takes forever to track out, so hibernating is the simplest thing to do.

And you know what, I'm VERY happy to hibernate. Best feeling in the world, to sleep away and not have any deadline bugging your dreams...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi rosesNtheboyz,

Thanks alot! By the way, just so you know, I still have not gotten any mail from you...=)

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Uncle Jimmy,

Yeap, it's gonna be a white Christmas alrite...

I think a lot of people are gonna spend Christmas morning shovelling snow though. Because if they don't, nobody's gonna get to visit their home, and nobody's gonna be able to leave home to do the visiting!

Sheesh...

Daphne Ling said...

Hello Aunty Ja,

Yeap, will do just that! Am enjoying watching the snow...

Just don't make me go play in them...It's collllld...*Brrr*

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Jacqui!

Long time no see! How've you been? Busy FB'ing, I'm guessing? ;)

Anyway, I will stay warm. Don't wanna catch the chill; it's too painful...=)

You take care too, and Christmas regards to Mitch and Peanut from cold Canada!

Ms B said...

daphne,

same here. i thought i couldnt survive the weather and blimey, it's been more than 4 years now. *LOL* only experienced snow on some days, enough to make snow balls. *winks*

it so tempting to go out and play, right? ah, we can always stay home and make roast lamb but if we can make a snow man, why not?

Happy holidays daphne!

ps: love ur reply too! *grins*

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Abang Mat,

Yeap, all bundled up like a marshmellow. The downside of winter is looking the same almost every day cos you're all bundled up in coats. Takes the joy out of dressing up!

As for Psych 101, it's not everyone's topic. I'd flunk out of say, Engineering 101, IF there's such a course...Basic course, but you'll lose me at the first page!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Ms B,

War, talk about good timing...

I would make roast lamb over snowman anytime! Hehehe. Anything for food lar...And when the temp is so low, roast lamb (with black pepper! not mint!) sounds very good...

Darn, now I'm hungry =(

You have a Happy Holidays too...Take care!

Cherry said...

luv the icicle pics and the crab apple tree.. never been to canada couldn't imagine the weather but once i was walking around in the blizzard in interlaken coz i was so determined to shop =P

ruby ahmad said...

Hi Daphne,

Brrrrr...I can feel the cold here already...waduh! Lama dah I tak ber-snow...he he.

Hey Daphne, isn't it greta to be in an educated society? I can sense it from your notes. People tend to be respectful & they know how to allow for differences.

Have a nice hols dear.

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Daphne Ling said...

Hi Cherry,

Thanks for dropping by. Walking in the blizzard so you could go shopping? Hehe...Sounds like us on Boxing Day ;)

All that snow and wind is worth it to get that offer! And after that, we can complain about how cold and horrible the snow is!

Hahaha...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Kak Ruby,

Brrrr is right! We haven't had much snow in the past few days either. Which is wonderful!!!

As for being in an 'educated society', all it takes is to respect the opinion of others and not take offence, because it's just an opinion, not a personal criticism...

That's what I learnt here: We're entitled to our opinions...=)