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Live from Los Angeles, California. [Sep. 13th, 2012|09:52 pm]
Tat Chern
[Current Music |Angus & Julia Stone - Hold On]

It's true, I'm finally here at UCLA. Second night here at Orientation and I am feeling quite lonely but I guess this is just part and parcel of being an international student.

I've finally submitted my courses to my advisor so right now I'm keeping my fingers crossed and praying that no one else will enroll faster than I do in my classes. No one sleeps early here, I noticed. My roommate went out at 11 to In-and-out and he's out again now. Well, I'm no better myself; I'm heading out to Westwood in a few to explore the area and perhaps grab a bite at Diddy Riese.

Sad to say, I can't wait for Orientation to be over. Once it's done, life officially begins. But for now, I'll have to make do with the Grey's Anatomy OST on Spotify. (this program is awesome so please go download it if you haven't)

Let things be better please?
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Oh wow it's been 2 months. [Jul. 28th, 2012|11:17 am]
Tat Chern
[Current Music |Chris Brown - Don't Wake Me Up]

I feel quite bad abandoning this journal for 2 months but there have been so many things happening lately, I don't even think about finding time to pen my thoughts down. Picking up where I left off the last post, my relief work is finally ending next week. I'm so excited that I don't feel sad to leave. Teaching's just not my thing. I just can't imagine myself repeating the same routine year after year and most importantly, I think I need to get out of the education setting and experience the cutthroat private sectors at some point in my life.

Lately the thought of having to leave Singapore fills me with such immense joy. Nothing seems to be holding me back, not even my family. In fact, judge for all you want but, I do want to be away from them. There haven't been too many happy events recently. That plus 20 years of bottled anger and annoyance only makes the desire to get away, start afresh and be alone even stronger. It may be temporary but I'll jump at any chance.

1 month to my departure. I.can't.wait.
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It's the holidays! [May. 26th, 2012|10:17 pm]
Tat Chern
[Current Music |Haley Reinhart - Free]

Term 2 is finally over. As much as I want this break from my teaching duty, I also can't wait for it to be over so I know I'm one month closer to where I'm supposed to be - Los Angeles. I sound like I'm headed to Hollywood to become a star but nay, my dreams ain't that big. I just want a fresh start to my life when it comes to college.

I haven't made plans for my holidays. I don't even know if I'm intend to have any plans. The only thing that's firm so far is my 5-day trip to Bangkok/Ko Samet with 2 of the guys. I've never been a fan of Thailand, but we'll see how this turns out. I'm desperate and desperate people don't get to choose.

On a completely separate note, I am already feeling the fats building in my body after not exercising for a week due to my injury. I really need to get back to the track/gym and feel right again.
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Dreams [May. 6th, 2012|11:47 pm]
Tat Chern
New York 2012
Latin America 2014

Wait for us.
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Gone but not forgotten [Apr. 16th, 2012|07:30 pm]
Tat Chern
[Current Music |Jason Mraz - Everything is Sound]

The last few weeks flew by so quickly I didn't even have time to update this journal. Actually that's a lie; I did have the time but I was spending it on the net and on my american television shows.

Since the last time I was here, I got admitted to UCLA, accepted my offer and applied for housing at UCLA. Also, I finally submitted my surety form to URA so now what's left to do is to wait for them to prepare the deed. Things seem to be going just fine and I hope it continues that way. Every day I think about what my life will be like over at UCLA and paint myself a beautiful picture to make myself feel stoked. High hopes indeed, but it is completely inevitable. These is one of the rare times when uncertainty is a good thing.

To keep my mind occupied, I've been focused on my relief teaching job. 6 weeks into the job and I really feel I'm not cut out to be a teacher. I'm too self-conscious, too concerned about what my students think of me to last in this career. But, I made a commitment so I'm gonna press on and finish the next 3 months. To be honest, it's quite enjoyable planning lessons, imparting knowledge and marking scripts, but after all, I'm only 21 and I need to be doing something more, something way beyond this right now.
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Wisconsin replies! [Feb. 19th, 2012|09:23 pm]
Tat Chern
So pleasantly surprised when I saw the email from U-Wisconsin-Madison yesterday! Anyway, I got accepted into the school and that really made my day. Regardless of the outcome of UCLA, I know I'm US-bound (if nothing goes wrong with my scholarship)! I'm already fantasizing about my life in the states and I REALLY CANNOT WAIT TO START.

UCLA is expected to reply in March so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it'll be good news when it arrives.

On a separate note, this coming week is my final week as a full-timer at A&F. Gonna get through this last week, like I have done the last 6 weeks.
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Fleeting time [Feb. 9th, 2012|10:36 am]
Tat Chern
[Current Music |Glee Cast - Fix You]

I like how time passes quickly nowadays at work. Just this last week, I was so busy handling shipment I had my lunch at 3pm and ended my work at 7.30pm instead of the supposed 5pm. News of my cessation as a full-timer somehow got circulated and I'm getting questioned on the reasons behind my choice and my future ahead. Pretty weird but I'm already missing work as a full-timer there, and am definitely going to miss the awesome friends I was lucky to make in my short 2-3months there.

Stoked about work later - we're updating the whole floor set tonight!
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Life of a full timer [Feb. 7th, 2012|09:35 pm]
Tat Chern
Where do I even start? 3 weeks ago, I was contemplating whether I should convert to a full time impact at Abercrombie & Fitch or just be happy with the time and freedom that comes with the part time job. In the end, I decided to go with the former because of the money and well, my friend convinced me it will be a good way to make time go faster.

It's been fun getting to meet a lot of new people and make many new friends but I'm so glad this is all going to end in 2.5 weeks. As much as I love the people and sometimes the things I do, I really need to do something more academic, like teaching, which happens to be my next full time job after Feb. Nothing like some brain stimulation to prepare for college right?
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Relief [Jan. 14th, 2012|10:58 am]
Tat Chern
I know it probably sounds bad, but I would not mind if some people just disappeared completely from my life. Not that I hate them; it's just that with them around, I know I'll never be happy.

So one day when they're finally gone, will I feel sad? Yes. But more importantly, I think I'll finally be relieved.
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Christmas [Dec. 18th, 2011|10:07 pm]
Tat Chern
[Current Music |Glee Cast - All I Want For Christmas Is You]

Usually I wouldn't mind not celebrating Christmas but this year, maybe because for once I'm not tied down by NS or the thought of having to do NS, I realize I really, really want the real deal - y'know the turkey, log cakes, presents, wool sweaters and the likes. But guess what, my friends are not free to celebrate together, so I crazily signed up for double shifts on Christmas Eve.

Standing and doing laborious work for 10 hours is probably not the best way to spend the holiday eve, but if there's anything I want for Christmas this year, it would be to make these upcoming 10 hours on Saturday fun and joyous.

Of course, even though I know it's not going to happen, I also wish for more presents!!! Santa needs a tropical counterpart, damn.
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