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A clean slate

Monday, January 17th, 2005

It’s snowing again.  We’re having a pretty wet winter, but still reasonably mild, it seems.

I broke my glasses today.  They’d somehow fallen off my desk and as I walked by with my boots I heard a very distinct crunch underfoot.  Sigh.  This is going to be expensive, I can feel it.

I’m still studying, steadily.  Or somewhat steadily.  Maybe just somewhat. 

My first exam on Wednesday will be my hardest, but after that I must somehow find the will and the energy to finish my rather overdue French final paper and also prepare for three more exams.  Overall I’m feeling pretty laid back about the whole affair.  This may actually be a good thing…  right?  Or not.  Who knows?  I’ll find out soon enough though.

Oh, and did I mention I’m no longer pre-med?  Practically, this has little effect on my academic life since I’ve pretty much fulfilled all the requirements.  It will mean that I won’t take Chem 27 next semester, which means I have one possible slot to play with, and no icky organic lab (yay!!!).  Also, I get to skip taking physics next year.  Essentially this frees up a total of three course slots, for which I am glad.  Philosophically it make all the difference because from now on I don’t have to take anything I don’t like or don’t want to any more.  Which is really the point of my coming to a liberal arts college in the first place.

So why am I no longer pre-med?  It’s simple, really.  Right now I don’t think I want to be a doctor.  On the last day I was back home I had a vision of myself walking around a hospital ward talking to patients and I suddenly realised that I didn’t think I would enjoy that very much.  There are other things that I would be better at, that I would be happier doing, and wouldn’t be as painful to train for. 

Sure I may one day change my mind, but there’s also a good chance I won’t.  I’m still in the process of letting go, but every day it becomes a little easier.

Back to studying for what may well be the last organic chemistry class I ever take.

Back to school

Wednesday, January 5th, 2005

Life moves quickly in Singapore. My high school has changed principals.  Twice.  And the Junior College I went to now has a spanking new campus at Bishan.  It’s a mammoth place, almost overwhelming, and nothing like the very human-scaled Mt Sinai location.  But it’s beautifully done, and I hope Jenevieve will be very happy there, happier than Janine and I ever were.

RJC Bishan (2 Jan 2005)


My bags are unpacked, and the jetlag is pretty much done with, but I’m still not quite ready to be back in college.  Classes?  Finals?  Problems sets?  What?

But don’t worry, it’ll get done eventually.  It must.

Charles, Jos, Lynn and me at Elaine’s annual New Year’s Eve house party.

At the NYE party (1 Jan 2005)


I’ll snap out of the holiday mood soon enough.  I promise.

See you, and thanks for the memories!

Sunday, January 2nd, 2005

Taken from the lift lobby on the 26th floor of the Ritz-Carlton after Ethan’s party.  Isn’t Singapore pretty in the first light of the new year? Within minutes this view was completely obscured by a thunderstorm.  Well, it *is* the rainy season.

Singapore dawn on New Year’s Day (1 Jan 2005)



I’m leaving for the airport very, very shortly.  That’s it, break’s over.

Time to put your game face on et cetera.

Nicoll highway by night (1 Jan 2005): Comments to come.