Saturday, 25 April 2009

And Now, A Short Holiday...



Phew!

Finally, the whole (academic) year is over! Can you believe I have been in Canada for over 9 months? Who would have thought I would survive? When I was studying in Penang, I went home almost every weekend, or at the very least, twice a month. To think I survived 9 months without going home.


I guess the one thing which helped was to stay involved in the community--it's true, the more involved you are, the more it begins to feel like home and you stop being homesick. And it also helped I was so pooped every weekend that all I wanted to do was curl up into a ball and catch up on sleep...




From left: Me, Vickie, Colleen, Sara and Amy.



Anyway, last weekend, my classmates and I had a small dinner together. It was a real cosy dinner, and although I didn't want to go at first (time!), I'm glad I did because I really needed the break.


And then today, we had dinner with a professor of ours. Remember my professor who worked till midnight on her birthday? Well, we thought we'd invite her over for dinner, and she loves food from around the world. We actually served her nasi lemak--the whole works! From the sambal, to the eggs, to the curry, and even baked curry puffs.




From left: Julie, Shirin, Jessica, Me, and Dr. Brenda Smith-Chant.



Pretty cool. I was very upset about having to take her class initially, but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise, because I really enjoyed it! It was real nice because as everyone remarked after that, it didn't feel like chatting with a professor. It was just a relaxed environment where everyone was done with exams and just chilling out together.


In the meantime, I am looking forward to two weeks of lazing around and watching Everybody Loves Raymond! The humour will surely kill quite a few brain cells (Raymond isn't the brightest guy you'll find), but hey, it's worth it!



And then after that? It's back to crunch time! Yeah...Summer Class...


Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Spring's Here...Right?



March 21st welcomes Spring into the Northern hemisphere and is known as the Spring Equinox. Or so I was told...

And true to timing, the end of March was the beginning of what promised to be great weather. It was lightly raining almost daily, the snow had melted, there was sight of grass everywhere, and golly, the robbins were out!


So, it was really Spring, right?


Apparently not.


Because I woke up yesterday, bright and early at 6.30am (for hospital work), and as I made my way to the washroom, I said quietly to myself: "Boy, it looks so much like snow"...

And I remember laughing and thinking "Crazy girl, you, it's Spring!". And I sure did a big double-take, when I realised, drat, it really WAS snow!


We had flurries, and snow-mixed with rain, but heck, the snow stayed on the ground, and today, we had about 5-10cm of snow...


Below are scenes from my bedroom window, taken early today...





What happened to the grass?!?!?




Heck, there are even icicles on my roof!




The trees were also snow-ish!




And so are the roofs of the building, and the far off distance!




Haih...


The weather in Canada is just so unpredictable...But oh well, light snow is nice to play with. The temperature isn't that cold (about -2degrees), and it is quite pretty...

Just looks like it will be a while before we can reallllly wear shorts and slippers and skirts...



Anyway, I'm really busy right now with exams, so will be AWOL-ing from the blog world for a while...

Till the next post, take care everyone!