Thursday, 20 August 2009

Of Broadway and Saying Goodbye...




Me and Christine...(We even have similar glasses!)



It is now the holidays! And I am enjoying it...


I said goodbye to my friend, Christine, just last week. Christine and I worked together in the Rat-Room, as we call it. We both were initially apprehensive about having to work with each other, but it turns out leng-chai-prof's (LCP) instinct's about our personalities were spot on, when he paired us together.

Amazing how he got it right, because we are surprisingly similar. We like the same types of food, we have similar pet-peeves, our social interests are similar, we coo over the same things, and we even like the same types of names. And we both love chocolate.

Christine's moving to Kingston--I'm gonna miss her.



In the meantime, the holidays are superb...How wonderful is it not to have deadlines or work? This is the life!




Jersey Boys!



My aunts took me to see the Jersey Boys, a Broadway production staged in the Toronto Centre for the Arts, last night. The Jersey Boys is based on the story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. For those going huh, who? Think of the song, 'Walk like a Man'...


Now, before anybody starts making comments that these singers are not from my generation, remember, I watched Johnny Mathis ;)


This time, no trouble getting in! No hassle about having to show ID...






Contented lot after the show...



We went in a group of eight, and were split up (we sat in pairs, in four rows, back-to-back), and the only complaint we had was this annoying woman who decided to be a self-appointed running soundtrack.

She not only sang along, she decided to outsing the singers on stage, and louder. I glared at her at every opportunity I got (she sat diagonally behind me), but she ignored me, and finally, during intermission, my friends and I staged a loud conversation about how annoying her singing was. And how we pay money to hear professionals and not someone next to us.



But I think the thing that clinched it was when my cousin remarked that they should have a show just for people who want to sing along, with karaoke lyrics on the stage, so they won't bug others. Lol...


My cousin and I are waiting for The Sound of Music to have student discounts (now the seats are still hot, so no students prices). Those Student Cards university students hold can get you places here in Canada!


Sunday, 2 August 2009

Celebrating the Anniversary of a Year Gone By...




Oh my gosh! In exactly a week from today, I will have been in Canada for a year...Yeah, you heard it right...A year!


My summer classes are coming to an end in a week, and as much as I look forward to it being over because I want a break, I know that every week that passes is one step closer to the cold returning. Summer is just perfect, because although hot, it's not as hot as Malaysia!


One of my professors, Dr. Liana Brown, treated us (her lab members) to lunch just before the weekend. It was nice meeting the other people in the lab. As much as I am looking forward to break, I know I will miss the labs for some peculiar reason, lol. And because this world is just sooo small ;), it turns out one of the lab members, Davood, happens to have studied in Malaysia for a couple of years (and he gives the thumbs-up for Malaysian food!)!




Clockwise from left: Davood, Andrew, Meaghan, Dr. Liana Brown and me...




Up close!




Sigh...As much as I miss family, home (my doggies, bed and Scooby-Doo pillow!), friends and food, I must say I am happy here--it's just a different world altogether...Thank heavens for that, otherwise I will be very miserable throughout the year!

Canada is really beautiful (except when they have garbage strikes!), and here's just a few snapshots to take you through the different seasons. Who will believe it's the same country?!?





Spring! In the park...




Summer! Otonabee houses the Psychology Department...




Autumn! Gorgeous view, ain't it? It's the West Bank of the university...




Winter! Brrrr...Canadian winters are brutal! The building in front of you is Otonabee, the same building shown in the Summer picture...




Wow, four seasons captured in picture...

In the meantime, my exams are this week, so I'll disappear for a while. After that, it will be a short break before I return to another 8 months of full-time study (whoa, talk about testing my stamina)...Thankfully, my courses next year sound interesting enough. Heck, one of them is the study and analysis of dreams (Let's see if I can lucid dream... ;))!


And I'm looking forward to Mother-Goose and puppeting again, that's for sure!