Saturday, 27 June 2009

Individuals with Exceptionalities...




Picture taken from here



Hi everyone,

Sorry, I was down with some head-cold or some mild-grade flu for a while, and had to write my finals with it, so my blog had to take a back seat.



Anyway, I have a question...


When you hear the phrase 'individual with exceptionalities', what comes to your mind?

Someone with special needs? Someone who is gifted? Who is talented? Someone with retardation or disabilities? Someone with a chronic medical condition needing special care/adaptation?




To me, the term has always encompassed all the above and more, but I've come across many people who only associate 'individuals with exceptionalities' as those who are gifted.


What do you think?



*Note: I don't want to know what the textbook says about exceptionalities encompasses because I know what it says. I want to know what you personally feel.


Saturday, 6 June 2009

"Oh, the Little Girl in the Ponytail"...




This is the kind of rat I work with! Cute, aren't they? (Picture stolen from the web)



Phew...So once again, I have been horrible in updating this blog. I have been extremely busy because classes are running back-to-back, I've got two labs to run back and forth from, assignments are pilling sky high and exams are running one after another.

The perils of studying during the summer!



So, anyway, somebody asked me about the rats I worked with, and they're the Long Evans Hooded rats (see above). They're cute la...I'm not bluffing you wan!



I've been getting a nice tan, and everytime I talk to my parents over Skype, they remark how tanned I've become. Actually, it's not so much that I've become very tanned, it's more that I've become so fair, that now the slightest bit of sun makes me look very dark!



Well anyway, turns out, alot of people here think I'm a kid. I like it when people think I'm younger than my actual age, but when people think you're a KID, it's a bit too much...



In McD, while getting a Coffee, 2 weeks ago:



Cashier to Colleague: "Whose order is this, the coffee?"

Colleague: "Oh, the little girl in the ponytail"

Me: "Owww. I'm not a little girl"

Lady: "Oh, sorry baby"





In the hospital, volunteering, just two days ago:


Lady: "Honey, shouldn't you be in school?"

Me: "Oh, I don't have class today"

Lady: "Oh, but everybody has class on weekdays".

Me: "Huh? But I don't. Not on Thursdays, that's why I took this shift".

Lady: "Oh I get it, you're trying to finish your ^48-hour requirement"

Me: "Huh?"

*Blur*

Me: "Ohhhh" (Finally getting it) "Ma'am, I'm older than I look. I'm no longer in high-school"

Lady: "How old are you, hon?"

Me: "I'll be 24 next year!"

Lady: "Get out of here! You don't look a day over 17!"


*Smack head. She thought I was juvenile!*

^High-school students here need to do 48?? hours of community service (or was it 40?) to graduate. I can't remember the actual number she said^





I saw my professor immediately after that in lab, and the first question I asked her:


Me: " L****, how old do you think I am?"

L: "You are between 22-25"

Me: "Wow, you are good! How did you know??"

L: *Laughs* "I collect data for my classes. I know the average undergraduate student is between 19-26 years old"

Me: "Oh, I get it, so you gave me the mean age because that would be your best bet!"

L: "Yes, now you're getting the idea!"


*Figures, Psychology professors are experts in Statistics!*




Today, while doing assignment in the Peterborough Square with another Malaysian friend, this old lady decided to join us! She chatted with and decided to asked us about our homework. And then she asked us which high school we go to, and when we told her we didn't go to high school and that we were in university, she gawked at us.


Old Lady: "You two are in university?!?"

My friend, Irene: "Yes!"

Me: "We're in third year!"

Old Lady: "How old are you?"

Irene: "We're 23".

Old Lady: "Oh my God, you look like you're in high school".





Oh well! It's funny how people get our ages so wrong. But some people are aware that Asians do look younger than they actually are.


Cos one guy I bumped into in the hospital actually said to me: "You look tiny, but I'm betting money you're old enough to drink and do alot of not-so-legal stuff!"