Monday, 11 May 2009

Of Zoos, Professors, Curry-Puffs and Armchairs...



I am back!

This is what life is all about. Just lazing about, watching hours of idiotic Everybody Loves Raymond, eating good food, and doing nothing stressful...

So, what exactly was Daphne up to over the break (besides being a pig)?





A bear having a good snooze in the sun...



I got to visit one place I've always liked! The zoo...

Muahaha...I know, you'd probably be thinking, how boring?





On the truck in the African Savannah section!



But I have always liked places where you can find animals--pet stores, zoos, parks, you name them!


The Toronto Zoo is very large. I enjoyed the nice weather and the walk (They even have an Indo-Malaya section, and a section dedicated to Malaysia). My only complaint is that we didn't get any interaction with the animals like you get in Zoo Negara...




My Korean friend, Sae-Hae, and me...



I also learnt some basic baking over the break! One of my aunts, who loves to cook and bake ran me through the ahem, art, of baking currypuffs and cookies. Unlike so many of my friends who tell everyone they bake and then buy ready-made pastries to be used as dough, this aunt of mine actually does everything from scratch...Pretty cool!





This picture is priceless! Pssst, mum, are you reading? ;)




I also met up with one of my professors who took time to meet me for coffee in downtown Toronto to discuss future study-paths and work. She is based in the satellite campus in another town (same uni, of course) and because of that, we don't get to meet for appointments.

I met some students from a much bigger university a couple months back, and they were surprised we actually talk to our professors! They were telling us how all interaction for them is with TAs...And here we have professors who come over for dinner, and who meet us for coffee...


I am very glad I chose a small university to do my undergraduate work because everything is just so much more personal!




Flowers growing wildly!



The weather is becoming a whole lot more beautiful now. Flowers are blooming everywhere, especially the dandelions that seem to sprout overnight. The geese have returned, and it is now possible to walk outside with just a light sweater on.

Classes (summer session) resumed today, and I actually opted to walk to campus from my summer-residence, which on foot, takes about 20-ish minutes to reach, if you walk fast. The weather was just too nice to resist, and heck, I wasn't going to pay $2.25 for a 5-minute bus ride!



And I'm all prepared for the Spring and Summer. I have brought out my flip-flops, my shorts and skirts, and my sunblock. My cousins have also very kindly donated their rollerblades and bicycle (Thank you!) and I thank my lucky stars I had them back home. Can you imagine how horrible it would be if I was given the blades and wheels and I had no idea how to use them?!?!?




Crocky on my new armchair...




I made one splurge though--I got myself a nice armchair. And when I sat in it today to go through my readings, I asked myself why I didn't buy them last year itself.

8 months of sitting on a normal chair has taken a toll on my back (either that or lie on the bed and read, which of course, I end of snoozing). After all, I spend so much of my waking hours sitting--either reading, studying, doing assignments, or being on the computer.



I was really bummed out about having to study during the summer as I really wanted to go home. But I guess it won't be too bad. Classes are really hectic because they are compressing everything (like an 8-month course into 12 weeks!), but I'll survive.

My volunteer work is also looking very promising, which I am very happy about. The variety of things I can volunteer in here is just amazing--the scope is almost endless. I have even surprised myself by branching out of my comfort zone (pediatrics/children) by trying my hand out at emergency medicine care (yeap, volunteers do this too)...



10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Didnt sound to me as if you were on much a pig break to me. You were busy!! Welcome back!! Nice chair!!

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

wanted to email you to check on your update. errm...but i guess this post is good enough...hehe...

and seriously, whats so boring about the Zoo? this year alone i visited our good ol' zoo negara 3 times. and i have only good things to say about it.

the Razzler said...

Dear Daphne..

Glad to know that you're okay. I am sure you'll shine in whatever you do. All the best..

& love the chair!! :)

Uncle Jimmy

Dalam Dakapan Ibu said...

Dear Daphne,
Finally an update from you! Having fun, and still bz as usual lah you ni :)

Love the armchair!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Anon 00:27,

Oh, I was a lazy pig alrite! I had 2 weeks break, went through one season of Raymonds and a lot of food ;)

As for the chair, yeah, I like it too! Thanks!

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Kerp,

Nope, I have no problems with the zoo. Love it!

But I know a lot of people will roll their eyes at the idea of the zoo. I know my aunt couldn't believe it was the one place I wanted to go to was the zoo. Hehe.

Hope all's well with you as well. Take care!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Uncle Jimmy,

Thanks! I'm keeping my fingers crossed things will 'shine' for me--alot of money is being spent for me to be here! I have to make the best of it...=)

See you round!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Aunty Ja,

Haha...I pakar menghilang these days...

Such an irony--I have such great internet connection here, but so busy no time to update.

Kat Penang dulu, ish...So much time to update, but no line!

Aiyo...

Mat Salo said...

Glad to hear you're having a good time, Daph. Er, the other blog I failed to pay for the upkeep of the web address, so it's been yanked-off. But just type in wordpress after madsalos, and you'll be ok. Haven't updated it for a while, though...

Now when can I go on a real safari in Africa?

Tee Heng Giap said...

BEAUTIFUL DAFFODILS