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...


17 comments:

Akmal said...

Alahai, dah cuti ye daph? I just finished my short vacation. 10 days of carefree and boredom hahaha :D
will be back to kuantan tomorrow ler, new block starting already the day after.
everybody loves raymond, i loved that sitcom alright. Get me laughing out loud many a time :D

WP said...

Happy holidays to you! :)

Yeah, it helps to have things to do to take our mind off homesickness. And you are definitely involved in lots of activities, from what I see on your blog! ^_^

J.T. said...

Hey Daphne

Glad that 9 months went by so quickly for you and that you are settling in well.

Yeah, that Raymond .. not a bright one. Love how he gets into trouble so easily. :)

Raden Galoh said...

Yeaaayyy...holidays!
happy holidaying sis...

I want to mail my book to u..gv me your address...via email pls. thx

Pi Bani said...

Happy short holiday and don't forget to put on some weight while you're at it... :)

the Razzler said...

Dear Daphne..

Glad to know that you are doing well & it's not surprising that everyone loves you!! :) :)

Have a well deserved break after nine months of hard work!!

Why do I have a funny picture on my mind huh?? hehe :)

Mat Salo said...

Have you been gone that long already? It felt like only yesterday when Mob1900, you and I had lunch.

Come back soon so we can do it again, huh?

Anonymous said...

Hi Dik,
Your two-weeks break must be coming to an end now. Sorry...I've been busy that I hardly have time for myself. Am currently in Tokyo for some work-related stuff and will be here till end of June...
Take good care!

ST

Nicol said...

congrats =]
glad you survived the school year!
how many summer classes will you be taking?
i have been craving curry laksa really badly these past few days. there's one malaysian restaurant in ottawa but they do not have it apparently. there is singaporean restaurant that supposedly has it.. so i am venturing out tomorrow evening with my family to give it a go!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Akmal,

Haih, as I write this, my cuti habis already la...Very sad...

Hope your new block goes well. Good luck!

Daphne Ling said...

Hey WP,

Oh yes, most definitely! Homesickness would be so much worse if you have nothing to do and your mind is free to wander...

Getting involved with the community here makes it more like home, as opposed to 'a place I have to be in while I study'...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Jacqui,

Yeah, would you believe 9 months have just flown by?!? How you doing in Germany, anyway?

As for Raymond, not bright at all. I love it when he's caught between his wife and mother ;)

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Aunty Dalilah,

Oh!!! Sure, will email you. Sorry for taking so long!


Hi Kak Pi,

Thanks! And don't you worry about the weight-putting on...Am already accomplished in that! ;)

Daphne Ling said...

Hello Uncle Jimmy,

Haha...What funny picture? Piggy in pajamas lazing around?

The phrase 'pink of health' would suit me just fine. ;)

I hope you're doing well too! Take care now...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Abang Mat,

La...Yeah, hor...Now I'm missing Malaysian food, and it's all your fault! Not that we had Malaysian food when we had lunch...;)

Sure, sure, when balik, we'll see what we can do regarding meeting up! That will another year or so, though...=(

Daphne Ling said...

Hello Kak ST,

La, in Tokyo ar? How's it going there, besides all the work stress?

I wish I could go on vacation too. I won't mind just lazing around for another month though ;) Unfortunately, tak jadila my 'plan'...=(

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Nicol!

Eh, how the curry laksa adventure? Nothing beats home though...Guess the whole atmosphere plays a role...

Sigh...

Now I'm thinking of curry laksa as well...

Sigh...