Tattoos

I remember for our Graphic Communication final project last year we had to come up with some fake company name so my group was like stressing over a name that would seem appropriate for an advertising company designing posters and bus advertisements for a fruit bar. We even came up with names like "BEE" and "HUNGZ" (don't judge hor)

But then eventually we settled for something short, simple, and in your face.



BAM!

And that was what we settled on in the end. Nicolene completed the design in like 5 seconds or something and at the end of it all she even made it into a designer temporary tattoo!!!



She actually submitted the design to this designer temporary tattoo site called Gumtoo which is based in Singapore. If you've auditioned for Radio Heatwave recently you should've seen some lying around the studio and on our arms haha!

I never actually thought people would get designer temporary tattoos and honestly I've been contemplating getting a tattoo myself. Just a small one though, but I still feel like 20 years down the road I'll remove it anyway. Then pain. Then waste money. So a temporary one is perrrrfeeeeecccttt!



Here's a particularly glamorous photo of me

It's 5 bucks for 2 tattoos which they claim gives you 1 for yourself and 1 for your friend, but since I have no friends I can have both for myself!!! Hahahahaha but yea in light of everyone telling me how my hair is getting more and more unpleasant as the weeks go by I decided to get this one as well



The story of my life summed into one tattoo. Haters gon hate yo



The funny thing is how most people who saw the bad hair day tattoo actually thought it was a real tattoo. Either that or I painstakingly used a black pen to draw it on. It actually does look real though, not gonna lie! When you touch it it doesn't feel different from your skin either.

It also lasts quite long though! This is my fourth day with the tattoos on and they still look pretty good. I lavvit. I honestly think designer temp tats might potentially be the next big thing (if it isn't already) cuz I really think it's cool leh!!

Plus you get to do it yourself unlike real tattoos hahahaha so if you're interested in getting some from their website (Gumtoo.com) they will mail them out for free! 

Gawn 4 a wik

What's that sound
I like that sound
I love that sound
It's the sound of me wanking FBC!!!!

FBC is already on Wednesday bitches. It's a bit hard to believe that it's been 1 and a half months since we were only in the initial stages of planning the camp. After this week all the tribe meetings and all the camp preparations will be reduced to a mere memory.

I can already see myself suffering from major withdrawal symptoms already, and it's not even Day 0 yet. I need to get my shit together. When school starts I'll be whimpering in a corner reciting the tribe cheers ok just kidding that's just creepy and disturbing

I'll definitely miss interacting with the La Caille SLs though. They've been an awesome bunch so it's sad that when school starts I won't even be seeing like 3 quarters of them around school often.

Anyway I'll be gone for the whole of this week because of camp but I'll blog about it when I'm back I guess. I'm so excited to see the freshies! Brings back ~*memolies*~ from FBC 2012.

I also recently signed up for the Japanese JLPT N5 test. I know it's really too early for me to be tackling this, but I guess I really want to have a try to see firsthand how well-versed I am in Japanese and it's been a long time since I've experienced rock-bottom failure so this would be the perfect time to experience it again.

Speaking of Japanese, I recently bought Haruki Murakami's Kafka on the Shore as well. And another book I can't remember. What to do, gotta get rid of them Popular vouchers from last year's speech day.

I can't stop reading it. I'm already 2/3 into the book and hope to finish it by today. I don't think I've ever been this engrossed into a book since the Harry Potter series, but that's only because I've been reading a lot of nonsensical books for the past 2 years that I think might've led to the slight retardation in me now.

I need to be blacklisted by the MOE asap (China Part 4)

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Part of our whole trip also involved teaching in a primary school over there. Thankfully being the impatient fuck I am I managed to land myself in the P5 class so I wouldn't have to handle even crazier kids.

I was wrong.

We also all thought that those huge comfortable buses would fetch us to the school from the GEC like those that bring tourists around but fuck us, right? It ended up being a minivan that could only fit around 5 of us inside one!!

But there were multiple minivans so it's okay and my P5 group + Angus from the first day on became biased towards our female driver because 1. she was the only female driver 2. she gave us sweets 3. she cool like that yo. So we'd always make sure we get the minivan she's driving HAHAHA

There was also this other minivan driver who looks like a celebrity I cannot remember and Lindsay was going NUTS over him. Not only that, but he plays hot ass pasar malam music in the van too.


It's a party in the C H I N A

On the very first trip to the school I didn't even close the door properly (also why I don't have a driving license) and when it opened mid-journey everyone on the van freaked out except me when I was the one sitting right beside the door LOL! What can I say I live life on the edge



The school courtyard

We also had to give simplified names for ourselves because you can't expect kids in China to pronounce "Travis" anyway.

Soooooo my simplified Chinese name in China was PAO PAO! Simply because I'm Meat Pao. This shall all remain as part of my dark past...



Vanessa teaching the alphabet to her P3 kids



This little kid who clearly was reluctant in deciding to take a picture with me. His friend RAN AWAY when I asked for a photo. My life.



My class also keeps creepy sea creatures by the windows of their classrooms. I don't even know what to say anymore

I think I made a mistake on my very first lesson with the P5 kids because I conveniently picked up this cane on the table to use as a pointer at the blackboard. Benjamin was telling me later that night that the kids seemed scared of me probably because of the cane and suspects that the teachers use it to hit the students :(

The kids were really cute though!! And I think I did a better-than-expected job at teaching although Aravin kept saying that I have a "diva face" when I teach.



I don't know what is he talking about.

But to me the kids were all cute and all for only like, the first few days. Then knowing my low tolerance for kids, just as I expected, I got increasingly annoyed with them as the days went by. They literally DRAIN energy from me and I felt like drowning myself in horse shit!

There was once we played Simon Says and we didn't even know the Chinese translation so we just called it "Wo Shuo" literally meaning "I say" HAHA. They had to point at whatever body part that we say.

Basically I had to keep shouting in their faces "WO SHUO DONG NI DE LEG! LEG! LEG!!!!!!" cuz they forget the words so easily!!



Interestingly enough when we were going round asking them for their names most of their names started with either a "He" or a "(I forgot)" and we later found out that it's some village thing that I cannot remember the exact history anymore.

That together with the fact that the rest of the teachers (us) were crazy over the class monitor whose surname was a "Ge" led them to believe that he is actually a China prince oh my god



Before we flew off we even planned our entire ~*curriculum*~ for the kids including printing worksheets and all (which, by the way, Mr Chen wasn't too pleased about because we used so much paper).

The best part is on the very first day the teachers saw what we were teaching and told us to change it to whatever they were going to test for their exams so for the P5 kids we came up with the ultimate ~*cheat sheet*~



My handwriting very nice hor. Unfortunately I made the biggest mistake for writing the "y"s with the curved bottom because it confused them all between a "y" and a "g" so they ended up writing Monday as "Mondag"



Awww. To further aid their learning we even made a song for all the months of the year...



...even then you'd notice they confused February with September because the melodies for their respective parts are the same!!! LOL

We also have a song for the four seasons which simply goes like "SPRING SPRING SUMMER SUMMER AUTUMN AUTUMN WINTER!" It's so simple you don't even need to hear it to know how it sounds like!!! Or do you ;) (I don't know why I added that wink)



Look at Nicolene's shit face

Of course we had to come ~*bearing gifts*~... so one of them was a pack of those little round biscuits with the coloured icing at the top. I forgot what they're called. Jewel babies or something. THEY LOVED IT.

They love it a bit too much though because they ended up being very aggressive about getting more and when we left the entire packet to them they just fought their way until a shitload of them fell onto the floor. Tsk tsk tsk tsk kskt kstks kt

On the other hand when we gave them durian sweets on another day they told us they hated it and even spat it out immediately when we asked about it the next day LOL. In our defence before that we did ask them if they liked durians and they all screamed "YES!!!" but I guess nothing is better than da ~real deal~



That wall has more crack than a drugdealer

I even made friends with this small kid who wasn't from my class! The very first time I saw him he was wearing this yellow sweater with a giraffe printed on it and without hesitation he just handed me his sweet that was in his hand! I even remember that it was a cherry sweet which I didn't eat!

From then on I just kept oscillating between calling him "giraffe" and "my son". He was one of the few kids who could actually keep quiet!

Sadly "my son" didn't want to take a picture with me when I asked him to. I guess I'M NOT A GOOD FATHER



Everyone was hiong enough to take a picture with every single person in the classroom but I was so lazy I just settled for these. The girl on the far right is a devil child. Although she calls me a shuai ge (handsome boy) so that's lovely but on the very last day she scratched me which left a wound at the side of my mouth :(

She did it because the kids were hounding my ass trying to snatch my phone away from me even though I repeatedly told them I had no games on my phone! Well other than Scramble with Friends and let's be real, that game doesn't even come with language options.

So while I was crouching hiding my phone away the devil child just plunged her hand into some gap somewhere which ended up scratching my face which pissed me off so bad. In retrospect it's funny though but still.

You might be thinking this happened in a very secluded corner of the school. NOPE. It happened 1. in front of everyone 2. right beside Mr Pradheep who didn't even help but instead just stood there and laughed!!! WHAAAAT!!


But anyway before we ended our payless part-time jobs as English teachers in China we had a ~*closing ceremony*~ lovingly emceed by yours truly and Angus!!! His simplified Chinese name is ridiculous because he calls himself AnGOOSE so his name was simply "er" aka goose in Chinese.

It was my first ever emceeing gig so this is GOING INTO MY PORTFOLIO LOLJK and it was fun because I did it with Angus who doesn't even take shit seriously like me la so we just bullshat our way through HAHA. My wireless mic couldn't even work because it was out of the signal radius from the venue so I had to shout my ass off.

I don't really remember what we said exactly but I do remember that the last act of the day was by the P6 students who were going to sing this song that had the word "washing machine" in it so our script went something like
A: Pao Pao I'm going to EAT YOU *fake bites my arm*
T: ARGH! *pushes A away* You've dirtired my shirt! Now I'll have to put it in the WASHING MACHINE!
A: Let's welcome the Primary 6 students with their performance!!!
The best part is I don't even think they know what a washing machine is... there was also this other joke we made about how Angus said his mother was like a radio because all she goes is "NYEH NYEH NYEH" and nobody in the audience laughed so that's embarrassing


Joshua also said that I have a radio voice but for Chinese radio HAHAHAH I don't even know if I should be happy or sad. Recently before the semester break I even remember crashing somebody's radio show and said on-air that they were tuning in to "收音机热滚" which actually translates to "Radio Hot ROLL" cuz I didn't know what "wave" was in Chinese HAHA. Ben also said that I sound like Wang Lu Jiang LOL I only know I sound like a HOT MESS

Okay so breaking the chronological order a bit, before the closing ceremony even started, during class we bid our goodbyes and even handed out souvenirs which were Merlion key chains and the kids were crying like shit.

Nicolene, Charmaine and Yong Qi were crying like shit.

BEN was crying like shit.

I didn't even know what to do. Angus and I did the Gangnam Style dance in front of them and they were still crying like shit.

They all then berated me afterwards for BEING A STRONG PERSON AND NOT CRYING which then made me cry like shit loljk I still didn't. In all honesty I was geniunely sad too but I just couldn't cry okay ;_; I do not deserve this harsh treatment

But I'm glad that at least we all made an impact to them and we were telling them not to cry because they still had a performance to do!!! But what touched me the most was when the students could even  remember my name as we were leaving and we all took photoszzzz



With this VERY NAUGHTY P3 KID he was so annoying even though everyone thought he was cute. Ok la he's cute but STILL ANNOYIIIIING



Hehe

The teaching journey has been great and I honestly don't regret doing so because at least we've done our part to help them in a way!

Of course China being China we had to really step down the standard of English by a lot because as the days went by we realised that they really do a lot of rote learning / memorization not just for English but even for mathematical sums!!

It's sad but there's only so much we can do since we're not equipped with actual teaching skills. All we hoped for was that they learn enough for them to pass their exams cuz it's the only way it'll open up more doors for their futures.

Most importantly, I've learnt that I can never be a teacher even if my life depended on it.




While us English-speaking peeps say "Cheese!" before a photo, over there they say "Qie zi!" which means "Brinjal!" HAHA




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YOU THOUGHT IT WAS THE END (China Part 3)

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*DISCLAIMER: Sorry it took me this long but this post is all about food so you're welcome



Apart from making a stone pavement for them, to officially tell people that we were there, we decided to present this plague to the people at the GEC! They have a wall with all the plagues hanging there and they are all gold in colour so ours will definitely stand out wahahaha

I decided that I'm going to dedicate the whole of this post to the food that we ate there because they deserve the credit for giving us all that energy to do work. That's right. Not halal-certified though.

The very first meal we had at the GEC was not a very pleasant one. It was our breakfast, which first of all was at 8:30AM so it already got off a bad start and it was plain porridge. As consolation they also provided salt or sugar which you can add to your porridge so... that's weird. I couldn't even handle more than one sip of it. I tried adding sugar to it but it made it taste like tao suan but not really lol

Soooo the very next day we learnt our lesson and Ms Mel snuck some soya sauce into my backpack when we went for breakfast haha!! Turns out we had very delicious noodles instead. It's just plain noodles with plain water but we could add minced pork with salted vegetables to it and it tasted AMAZING together. So for the next two weeks our breakfast was either the porridge or awesome noodles.



The awesome noodles



Transitional picture because


Then for our lunches and dinners they were basically like normal household dishes. While the staple meat is usually chicken or fish, apparently in China it's just pork, pork, and MORE pork. Now talk about a cuisine I could get used to!



Fucking amazing PORK

I swear the seasoning they use there is unlike any other seasoning I've ever tasted in my life. The fact that it's spicy already makes it a winner, but there's something that's just so flavourful about it that I can't put a finger on. Maybe that's what melamine tastes like.

Anyway for the very first lunch, when we were served this, it was the only dish on the whole table that we managed to finish, so they took that as a sign that we loved it and decided to cook it for every single lunch and dinner we had there. Which was like 10/14 days we were there. THANK THE LORD! I should be glad that I only gained 2kg at the end of the trip man.



There was also one time where they cooked potato pancakes which were damn amazing. There was never a second time though :( Other dishes include MORE PORK and... chicken backside.

The funny part is how everyone thought the chicken backsides were fish (even after tasting it) but I still remained skeptical since 1. fish bones don't look like that (look at the bowl) 2. I just knew it was chicken backside!! I KNEW IT



Check out the meat-to-fat ratio man hey that's how you get the body of a GOD (ie. Buddha)



More chicken backsides (can you imagine the number dead chicken asses in one plate and wonder how are they not extinct yet). I also liked their stir-fried cabbage and tomato thingamajig at the bottom left. They also had fried eggplants which were damn good. Wa saying all this makes me want to fly back now but then again no

On one random day the lecturers decided to SURPRISE us by cooking FRIED RICE! Oh my god SLAP MY ASS AND CALL ME SALLY





Even comes in spicy and non-spicy variations. We didn't manage to leave some for the farmers though so I felt quite guilty about it. I even remember that morning I saw Ms Mel run across the courtyard out of the GEC which made me suspect that maybe someone got into an accident or what then turns out liddis chey HAHAHAHA

Another surprise was during one of the sian porridge breakfast days when Mr Yeo also surprised us with BAK KWA that he secretly hid inside his luggage! Sneaky old man! I like!

And on the very very very last day that we were at the GEC we were treated to some kind of ~*emperor's feast*~ somewhere which was amaziiiing



Then again any meal with pork is amazing

But speaking of Mr Yeo being sneaky and shit it was also his birthday that day so we decided to be sneaky and shit too by getting a cake for him!

Ok I lied I didn't know about the cake until that day itself so I'm not sneaky at all sigh



And this was how it went down:





Mr Yeo and our birthday card to him lovingly made with recycled materials (or so we think)




Somehow as the night went on I ended up having a diva stare-down with Aravin (I'd like to repeat that I am not a diva) which I lost because I just couldn't deal HAHAHA

Now that we're also touching on ~memorable GEC events~ I forgot to mention that there was one night when it was my "group"'s night duty to clear the rubbish and stuff. That includes clearing the bins that hold all of our tissue papers stained with our poop so that already sounds shittastic (pun not intended AT ALL) especially when you're dealing with Charmaine and Nicolene.

THEN I distinctly remember at one of the toilets Nicolene had to clear the bin there and in the process ONE OF THE TISSUES DROPPED and she started SCREAMING AND WAILING LIKE SHE WAS GONNA CRY IT WAS THE BEST MOMENT EVER HAHHAHAHAHA

I just crouched down and laughed my ass off cuz I couldn't deal with the hilarity. Then she slowly bent down to pick up the tissue and the moment she lightly *touched* the tissue SHE WAILED AGAIN LOL!!!!! Sigh you are such a mess Nicolene


Meanwhile I shall end off this post with a video of me on the last day trying to communicate with my own kind.



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