(a) I enjoy having supper till 2, 3 or even 6am.
(b) I don't have a routine, and I don't think I like routines very much.
(c) I don't like to wake up before 9am. Or maybe any time before 10am.
IT IS 2:30 A.M.
Due to illness, the lecture on Tuesday, February 27th is cancelled. The lecture will be rescheduled and the teaching plan updated shortly.
We are very sorry for the inconvenience!
I feel like a twenty-year-old (ok, maybe twenty-one) trapped in a eighty-year-old body. My neck feels like it's out of position. I think I might have sprained it when I fell off the cliff while sledding yesterday. Alright, maybe not a cliff, but it was a VERY steep slope. But my two friends, Qiao Mei and Andeline, fell off a cliff. They almost flung their bodies against trees. Qiao Mei managed to stop just right in front of one.
Sledding is fun, but it is highly dangerous. All we did was to pay 80 kroners (S$20) for a one-person sledge and 100 kroners (S$25) for a two-person sledge. There were no instructions given to us on how we should go down the slope, which was icy, slippery, full of twists and turns, and there were only a couple of barriers throughout the long downhill slope. We should have gone earlier in the day where fewer people have sledded; there would have been more snow instead of ice. We found out later from a passer-by that we are to turn our bodies in the opposite direction of where we want to go. Imagine going downhill really fast and whenever you try to use your boots to slow you down, you get a sudden assault of ice spraying from your boots towards your face and finally into your eyes, till you can't see anything; you're just waiting for the moment where you'll be flung out of the pathway, out of the sledge, and you are praying really hard that the 6kg metal sledge will not fall on top of you. You are momentarily flying in the air and the next thing you know, you are covered in snow. Your left mitten is missing and you tuck both hands into your right mitten for warmth. At this point, some people may have many thoughts rushing at them like wild animals.
God, please don't let the sledge land on me. Let it land somewhere else. Please, please. My hands are so cold! Do you remember your name? Yes, my name is Hui Min. What is your surname? It is Low. Are you fine? Yes, I think I am still alive, thank you.. Oh, what is this pain I feel in my legs? My back hurts and I can't turn my head too much. I can't feel my toes. I want hot chocolate. I want to go home. Am I really still alive? There's a warm feel coming from my hands, so yes, I think I am still alive. It was such a surreal experience. I felt like I came close to death without knowing how I died. Phew.
Pictures, but not too many! :)
I have this huge blue-black mark on my right leg from skiing on Tuesday, and I bumped it again while sledding. I felt immense pain when I rubbed it slightly, and it was so bad that I had to take Panadol to sleep. God, please help me.
Shan Ru and Qiao Mei came over with a pot of homemade herbal chicken soup as I fell ill and I couldn't join them to cook for the Oslo Christian Union meeting.
Thank you, dears. :)
Guess what I'm having now?
Grass Jelly for dessert! I AM trying out the herbal remedies..
NEW PHOTOS UPLOADED
Went to Asian Market
Baking session at Marielle’s! :D
Dinner with girls from Singapore—Jean, Qiao Mei, Shan Ru and Andeline—at my place. I made chicken with potato, spaghetti and honeydew sago. Jean said she really enjoyed the chicken. She said her family cooks something like that at home and it tasted just like it. :D
Spaghetti with Korean spicy sauce at Sae-won’s. Thanks for the wonderful dinner Sae-Won. :) You were great for a first-timer!
If not for you, I'd have gone to school at 10 in the morning, when my lesson is cancelled.
Thank God for you, sweetheart.
HELLO EVERYONE :))
Thank you all who sent me wonderful emails and left me messages on MSN to ask how I am doing, catch up, pray for me, and to keep me updated. After reading Nian Long's email, I felt I had to get this blog started somehow.. so here it is!
A quick update: My sister and I visited the Eiffel Tower and saw some arches during the six-hour transit in France. Really grateful we got to see all that in such a short time. :) And Norway is seven hours behind Singapore time.
Just got back two weeks ago from a six-day trip to Copenhagen, Denmark and Berlin, Germany, with my sister. It was wonderful. We had a great time walking around on our own and joining the walking tours. It was an exhilarating experience to visit places in the textbooks, and see them come alive. History was becoming a little stale, but, after listening to the guide (who, by the way, is a PhD candidate), it reignited the passion for the subject. It reminded me of why I've chosen to study History. And the fabulous talks with my sister till wee hours of the morning reminded me once again why I have chosen teaching as my career. :)
It's getting colder here in Norway, and it's starting to snow pretty often, quite heavy at times. I am getting used to the cold weather, learning how to cook my meals, how to do the laundry, keep my room clean, figure my way around places and the different buildings in university (everything's written in Norwegian!), where to get cheap food/grocery items, make time for some activities for international students, and so on.
I am taking three modules. I am so grateful to Dr Michael Kelly. He agreed to map three modules in University of Oslo equivalent to three modules at level-2000 and two modules at level-3000 in NUS. Had my first lecture, which was went alright. It is funny how the modules start at different periods. A module started on the 17th, one starts Jan 31 and another only Feb 26. It's so slack I think I'll have problems adjusting to the NUS system when I get back!
Sending my sister off at the airport was one of the hardest things I had to do. I finally know how it feels like for my sister when the time comes for me to leave Perth and go back to Singapore. Thank God for friends. I met up with Jean for dinner (the girl from NUS) and that kept me from being too homesick. And Marielle, the Norwegian girl who went to NUS for exchange, is so sweet. She has been helping me to settle down, brought my sister and I to ski (our first time!), and we have been meeting to attend church service. I am looking forward to Orientation on Wednesday (we will be promoting NUS!), the Red Cross roleplay during which participants are supposed to 'play' refugees (heard that it's really interesting and informative), and check out the Oslo Student Christian Fellowship next week. I have also got to know Sae Won from Korea and Lo Ching, Jess, Cynthia and Hedy from Hong Kong. We have been shopping, walking around and going for the International Coffee Hour every Friday, so all is good. :)
It is amazing how:
*Food has become a non-issue for a foodie (as Dean puts it) like me. It's a blessing to have warm food, even if it's spaghetti for the fourth time in two weeks.
*Marielle and I both read (in December) and liked the Life of Pi. I'm re-reading it again. Brought too few books to Norway :(
*Doing the laundry on my own for the first time can require a bit of time. I had to check if I had brought the washing powder, my laundry card, room keys, and of course not forgetting the bag of clothes to be washed (plus another check to see if the softer fabrics are placed in the protective bags). After that, I have to make two separate trips to take the washed clothes out of the washing machine into the dryer, and, finally, to collect my clothes.
*Winter has confined me to staying indoors. The only sport I do is skipping in my room (I have started today). And a morning run two times a week to catch the train to school (Yes, I only have a two-day week till Feb 26 comes. It will be a three-day week then).
*I took more than an hour to check and re-check my first blog post.
Anyhow, do check out the pictures that I've uploaded! It's at http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeg-heter-grace. :)
Sister: I forgot to defrost the chicken! Haha..
Joy: Of course you can borrow my GPS coursepack! You may need to get my sister to help you search for it, if it is not in the cupboard where I usually place my files.. Do you have her hp number?
Faye: Thanks for the link you've sent and for sharing your experience with us. It has encouraged me to do some sharing. I've talked with three friends about my conversion and need prayer to convey my thoughts better :)
Kelly: I have been taking the vitamins!