Metamorphosis

Reading my roommate’s latest blog entry struck a chord deep within me. I too feel that 2005 so far has been a year of change for me, although I can’t quite figure out what the change is for and where it is heading. I feel like I’ve been prodded awake from a long and comfortable slumber and I’m in the moment between sleep and wakefulness when I don’t yet have my bearings and am grumpily wondering why I’m being woken up. Well, []

Bridge Quirks

It’s not like I conducted a scientific experiment about this, but I’ve certainly got anecdotal evidence to support this conclusion: I play better bridge when I’m rested and fed. Yesterday afternoon was pleasantly spent napping and then eating pizza while being quizzed on bridge hands by Daryl. For the first time in 3 weeks I wasn’t hungry throughout the 3 hours we played bridge at Hart House! And maybe, just maybe, that was the reason why I played better than I have []

First Love

Rev 2:9, 1 Jn 4:19, Song of Sol 2:4 Sometimes I feel I’m pulled in so many wrong directions Sometimes I feel the world seducing my affections It’s not that I don’t know the way It’s just a heart that’s prone to stray But with my weaknesses admitted You will keep all that I’ve committed So I commit my heart to You My First Love First Love – First Love My soul longs after You First Love – First Love I want []

Tu-lippy Day

Today started at 4:15a.m. for me. That was when the alarm clock went off… Walked Sandy to the taxi downstairs at 5a.m. She’s off to Vancouver then Taiwan…and this is the last time I will see her in Toronto. (Have a great vacation, Sandy! Looking forward to seeing you in Singapore/Taiwan someday…) At 5:45a.m. Tingfang and I set off to Chinatown Center to meet Shiqi, Huijun, Huimei, Huixuan and their mom and we were off to the Tulip Festival in Ottawa courtesy []

Funny…

Your Deadly Sins Gluttony: 40% Sloth: 40% Pride: 20% Envy: 0% Greed: 0% Lust: 0% Wrath: 0% Chance You’ll Go to Hell: 14% You’ll die choking on a cookie in bed. How Sinful Are You? The Keys to Your Heart You are attracted to obedience and warmth. In love, you feel the most alive when your lover is creative and never lets you feel bored. You’d like to your lover to think you are loyal and faithful… that you’ll never change. You []

Bridge and B&B

I’m hosting 2 houseguests in my apartment right now – friends of friends who came from Singapore to stay for 12 days. Stayed up till 3a.m. the night before giving the place a thorough clean and tidying which it hasn’t been subjected to since more than a month ago. By the time I was done, the floors were gleaming, the guest bathroom was sparkling clean, the kitchen looked like nobody had ever cooked in it before and the entire apartment smelled fresh []

My first book chapter!

Just saw an email in my inbox… “Dear Ann, Your proposal has been accepted. The first draft of the manuscript is due 1st August 2005…” That’s a proposal I submitted for a chapter in a book that’s going to be titled Reforming Learning: Issues, Concepts and Practices in the Asia-pacific Region. And it’s based on a paper I wrote last summer as the product of some personal research I did at NIE. The prof supervising my research told me about this book []

Spring

It’s amazing what difference a week can do. Clear blue skies. Warm sunshine. The branches of the trees lining my street are once again softly filled with young leaves. The tulip bulbs that had been tentatively nudging their heads out of the soil are slowly unfurling their brilliant petals. In another week, all the tulips in the city should be blooming – a glorious riot of bright hues. I can’t wait!

Existential Angst

Ever had the sense of belonging not quite where you thought you were supposed to belong? I’ve encountered such feelings before, and I don’t always pause to wonder why. Usually just because it’s too much of a headache to think about it or because I fear what the implication of those hunches might be. Lately it seems I’ve been encountering this sentiment more than usual. I feel perpetually lodged between two worlds, at times travelling fluidly between them, at times uncomfortably wedged []