Archive for April, 2010


Continuation

Quote of the day:
“The world is wide, and I will not waste my life in friction when it could be turned into momentum.”
– Frances Willard

No need for boring anyone with what friction and momentum is, all physics stuff.. It’s already mid-April and just today alone, I’ve learned plenty of things..

First, I learned that long term goals have to be guaranteed. As the quote goes, no point spending time on something which will just drag you down when you can very well use it on something else. My distraction has been proven obvious for a while.

I was offered some minor advice from Kai, Ken, Tom and Yip. The four of them managed to snap me out of a few conditions even I myself wasn’t aware of. Fixing is required, but not just any fixing. I need fixing, me. It’s going to be a holdup if I don’t do anything about it.

It’ll be my temporary setback, but I’ll use it to push me ahead anyways. I just have to keep aware to myself: Never overdo it. It’s got to be done progressively, not rashly and jumping ahead of time. Yet at the same time, you cannot be too slow, or the opportunities flies by.

As someone used to tell me.. Don’t just grab that opportunity. Wait for the right moment disregarding how good it may be..

Quote of the day:
“You cannot live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.”
– John Wooden

Foreword: This post is a direct record of 17th April, 2010.

First of all, this is the same quote and really, no other quote can match the events that have occurred today. To sum it up, it is a day where I couldn’t have possibly asked for more than what had been offered to me. Why? Because I bypassed my own barriers and took Amanda out for a movie in accordance with her 16th birthday.

Earlier today, WAY earlier in the morning, I had my usual Saturday extra classes. Clearly explaining itself, this means extra SPM training “specially given” to the Form 5 students, Form 3 if it were PMR. However, that wasn’t what the whole “asking for” thing is about.

When I left school that day around.. I’m not too sure, 1:15 PM maybe, I quickly changed into this white shirt with jeans (which I DON’T normally wear due to constriction problems) and a jacket that I got from HK. Around 2 PM, I was waiting at GSC. Being in panic, I had to call Amanda. First call didn’t make through, probably due to some kind of reception error. Next few calls went through, and she deemed to be on her way. My watch was showing 2:05 PM and the tickets indicated 2 PM. Obviously, I went into an extra-panic state.

Okay, I waited around a little bit longer, then made a second call. This time, to ask for anything she may want to eat while watching the movie. She suggested to buy enough for one person and then to “steal” it off of me. RM7 wasn’t much of a bother so yeah, no risk running. Well yes, I was done buying a med-size popcorn and a cup of coke and here I am saying I don’t take soft drinks.. Well, there’s a new start for everything.. At least I looked better than my usual self..

After lingering around at the counter, I walked back to the escalator just to check if she was around. Well no, so I looked the other way and I heard a girl jumping in excitement. She surprised me from the back and I nearly dropped my stuff. A good way to meet a friend after not seeing her for a year, right? Most definitely is. She looked much better than before and this time, with makeup. I don’t see that often. Heck, I didn’t see that at all. So yeah, I was “captured” by her appearance for a moment.

Awkward thing was that the ticketing and food counters were empty. That only meant one thing: We were the last to enter the halls, well at that moment anyway. So I went in with her, together. We claimed our 3D glasses and once again (for me), How To Train Your Dragon in 3D. There isn’t a need a for me to explain the plot a second time or explain how awesome it was for yet another one more time. Okay, I’ve led her to her seat and luckily for us, they were still showing out advertisements.

The movie commenced after a short while. Before this, I purposely placed a second straw into the cup. Sadly, until nearly after the movie, then she realized that there WAS a second straw. Attempt #1 into sharing food, epic fail. My whole left hand was placed on the armrest between me and her. It was holding out popcorn to her. I would take my turn when she was done. There were a few times where we both tried to reach it at the same time, and I would move my hand away to do so.

At the end of the movie, we were the last to leave the halls. I really didn’t know what I was doing. The credits were rolling, nearly everyone had left, but the two of us just sat there and did nothing. Well, I did nothing, while Amanda made a call to her parents. Even so, I still did nothing after that. So, we walked out the back gate where all 3D glasses had to be returned. I had to make the stupid mistake of dropping the glasses somewhere inside the hall. The maintenance team was already inside while I was rummaging through some chairs. After a minute, I found it and left outside to return it. That was such a clumsy thing for me to do..

Attempt #2 into spending a little bit more time together was slow walking. Yes, the exit from that hall was channeled to a parking lot. It was pretty much a straight path, with no one around. We spent some time talking, but there were these huge gaps of time where we said nothing. Some would’ve called those situations “awkward moments”. We went from the parking lot to an escalator that leads to the second floor. After that, like most people usually do after movies, toilet break.

I waited for her just outside the restrooms for a few minutes. She walked out and we started walking again. This time around, I had nothing else in mind. I was going to ask her if she wanted to eat anything but no, she claimed that her father would be picking her up somewhere in the building. I walked in whatever direction she chose. Then we stopped for a bit to take a look at some performance that was running on the ground floor.

Before that though, she claimed for me to be very stiff. Of course! I mean, how is it so that I won’t get nervous? It is the first time since I’ve asked anyone out to a movie, and I’m paying for all the costs. I tried to loosen up a little bit, but attempt #3 into un-stiffen-ing myself, yet another epic fail. Then she realized she was walking in the wrong direction. She had to go to “where she first entered”, which was the parking entrance from the cinema level. That was probably how she surprised me in the first place.

Attempt #4 into spending yet more time while waiting, 75-25. I was on the top level, just looking down at the ground floor. We managed to get a conversation going, at least. Yeah, somehow, she too said I was a little bit fatter. I said it was probably the jacket but no, coming from her, I really did grow a little bit. She was also taller than before and her hair was longer, giving a more feminine appearance. She then stated that she didn’t usually put on make up. She also stated it was specifically for today and today only. Out of curiosity, I asked if it was just this occasion in 1U or generally for today.

More chatting came around and about after 10 minutes or so, her father was waiting for her at the parking lot. Attempt #5 into putting on a good impression, only one word: WOW. It was extreme panic considering both her father and brother were there. She stepped into the car, thanking me for everything and all, but yeah, I considered it my pleasure. Her father even added an extra statement which gave me a sense of accomplishment. “Thank you for taking care of my daughter today”. I’ll never forget those words, ever.

Blank time for about two hours. I went into MPH to complete the set of How To Train Your Dragon books. I easily spent RM150 on 5 books, but yeah. I believe they were very well worth it. At the counter, I met Edwin, my friend from Form 5 last year. Surprisingly, he was looking for a job vacancy. He wasn’t alone though. He was with a friend who was in Dragon-I, Sea Sze Hoe. Never expected him to be around here. I had to share my moments with him. Later that, we went to the upper level for bowling.

Plans were cut short as the bowling alleys were completely used for a tournament. We went to play snooker instead, but I won though.. It was heavily raining outside. I had to make it back in time to the SD Club as the party organized by Amanda herself had already started. After waiting about a half hour, my mom picked me and my brother up and immediately left for home. I quickly took the necessary clothes for swimming and headed back out. On the way, we picked Ken Ju up as he wanted to access the club’s gym facilities.

So I arrived at the club about 10 minutes later. A notice board was indicating as such, “2nd Level Pool will be closed for Amanda Teo’s 16th birthday. Time: 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM”. That alone saying, it was 7 PM, I was at least an hour late. I quickly changed before doing anything else. Chun Yip and Ye Kai were already there, for reasons that I did not know of. Either way, I was already late, so I rushed down to the lower levels of the pool. I noticed about 15 other people whom I didn’t know before.

It was quite an interesting evening. I actually met a friend whom I’ve met only through Facebook. The remaining faces were totally unknown except for Amanda’s parents, brother and best friend, Freda. Amanda reminded me several times to just “chill, relax, don’t be shy and mix with everyone”. This was one of the toughest things I had to do in my entire life. Getting to know 15 new people in under 4 hours. The last time that happened was probably from 10 years ago back in Standard 1..

There was pretty much nothing to add during the first 3 hours. Mostly water fun, some short amount of time for resting. Around 10 plus, all of us cooled off and took quick showers before the cake-cutting began. Well, 30 minutes passed quickly while wasting time in the changing rooms. I, and my newly met 5 friends left the rooms and headed down to the lower level pool to start singing in joy. How I wished I had took pictures of that moment, but lighting was so poor and everyone was crammed together.

So yes, we sang about twice, the birthday song that everyone gets. That pretty much concluded the night. We hugged one last time before parting ways. It was soon to be 11 already that night. All of us went up to the drop-off point at the main entrance of the building. I was first to leave though, simply because I called up a little bit too early. Some people then learned I and Amanda had actually went to 1U that afternoon, having the idea that she invited me. Well, some of them known otherwise so yeah, nervous-ness and accomplishment.

But really, am I to do this only once a year? How is it so that I can be so extremely prepared just for one day out of a year? Life isn’t going to push itself for you; you have to make life what it is. I’ll determine my own future now. And if that’s the case, I’ll go into every measure I know.

It’s Dragon Season!

Quote of the day:
“You cannot live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.”
– John Wooden

That will very soon be me.. Anyway, whaddya know, it’s already the mid of April. Well, almost. Before everything else, Happy Birthday, Ken Ju and thanks for the Mass Effect. Without a doubt, I am pretty much addicted to it.

Things have been progressing so far so good. If it isn’t recorded already, I officially have 9 As and 1 C for my recent monthly test. Way to screw up the image of the piece of paper by getting a 58 for the BM exam.. School progressed on as usual, nothing interesting, really.

On the 3rd of April, Saturday, I went to watch a movie with my entire family, INCLUDING my dad, for the first time since approximately 5 years ago. What we watched: How To Train Your Dragon, in 2D.. That was the saddening part. Apparently, all 3D shows that night were sold out. So yeah, pretty disappointing, but at least there were good news later.

9th of April, Friday, about a week after, 5/8 of the Kok Sam gang, somehow deemed, watched the movie (for me, again) but this time, in 3D. YAY! Of course, 4 out of those 5 were wearing glasses so I took about a day and a half to persuade them into watching it. Nonetheless, it was a good effort, and I got to fulfill my 3D wishes. Later that, we watched Clash Of The Titans in 2D. For those who want the plot for the earlier movie, look below. For those who don’t want spoilers, just skip this part.

Hiccup is the son of the Viking Chief, Stoick the Vast, on the island of Berk. Hiccup’s village is beset by dragons which raid their stock of sheep. Hiccup works as an apprentice to the blacksmith, Gobber the Belch.

During a raid, Hiccup shoots down a rare dragon called a Night Fury with a bolas cannon that he made, but no one believes him. Attempting to get proof Hiccup goes to the woods and finds the downed dragon, but can not bring himself to kill it. He frees it and it flies off to a canyon.

Stoick enrolls Hiccup in dragon training with the other village youths and leaves with a search party of Vikings to find the Dragon’s Nest, in order to wipe them out and finish the war. After being told that dragons are vicious, Hiccup returns in doubts to the forest. The Night Fury is still trapped in the canyon, and is missing a part of its tail from the previous crash landing, leaving it unable to fly properly. Hiccup decides to befriend the dragon, which he names Toothless, and eventually fashions an artificial tail wing and control harness. While helping Toothless fly again, Hiccup gains an extensive appreciation of dragons. With this knowledge, Hiccup is able to progress in dragon combat training to the amazement of his classmates and the jealousy of Astrid, who becomes strongly suspicious.

Stoick and his army return battered and tired, without having found the nest. Stoick’s spirits are lifted when Gobber and others begin congratulating him on Hiccup’s rise as a formidable warrior. Feeling a chance to bond with his son, Stoick honors Hiccup with a Viking helmet made from half of the breast plate of Hiccup’s late mother.

When Hiccup earns the right to kill a dragon as a graduation rite, he decides to leave Berk with Toothless to avoid performing such an act. Astrid follows him to the hideout and discovers his friendship with the dragon. She tries to run back to the village, but Hiccup and Toothless stop her and Hiccup asks for a chance to explain, and they take her for a ride. In their flight, they get caught in a herd of dragons carrying food and follow them to their nest. There, they discover that the dragons steal food to feed a much larger parasitic dragon that eats them if they do not provide enough food. After they leave, Astrid wants to tell the village of the nest’s location, but Hiccup decides against it in order to protect Toothless. Astrid agrees to keep quiet for the night. Before leaving, she punches him on the arm for “kidnapping” her, then kisses him on the cheek for “everything else”.

The next day, during Hiccup’s graduation battle, he throws down his weapons and tries to show everyone that dragons are not as bad as they seem. Stoick shouts to stop the battle before Hiccup can continue, and the agitated dragon attacks Hiccup. Toothless hears Hiccup’s screams and rushes to save him. He quickly overpowers the dragon, the Vikings sent to capture him, and finally Stoick. He opens his mouth to kill the tribe leader, but at the last second Hiccup screams “No!” Toothless becomes tame and docile, and is quickly pinned by Vikings. Stoick confronts his son angrily at learning about his son’s friendship with a dragon. Hiccup accidentally tells him that he has been to the nest, and Stoick decides to use Toothless to lead them there, ignoring his son’s desperate warnings about the nest’s true danger.

The Vikings set sail with Toothless. Hiccup decides to use the dragons that the Vikings use for dragon fighting practice to fly to the nest. Astrid gathers Tuffnut, Ruffnut, Fishlegs and Snotlout to help, and all mount the training dragons and set off after the Vikings.

As the Vikings arrive at the nest, all the dragons flee the island and the giant dragon sets all the boats on fire, including the one on which Toothless is chained. Hiccup and the others arrive, and, while he goes to free Toothless, the others try to distract the giant dragon. As the boat is sinking, Hiccup tries to free the still-chained Toothless but nearly drowns. Stoick saves both his son and Toothless.

After an aerial battle, Hiccup and Toothless kill the giant dragon; Hiccup is knocked out and falls into the explosion; Toothless dives in to save him. Stoick searches the rubble for his son, but only finds Toothless. At first, everyone thinks Hiccup has died in the explosion, but Toothless reveals that it saved Hiccup by wrapping him in its wings.

Hiccup reawakens in his home some days later, to find Toothless by his bedside. As he is getting out of bed, he realizes that his left foot was lost in the fire and has been replaced with a prosthetic made by Gobber; outside, he sees that the Vikings have invited the dragons to live in the village. Hiccup is welcomed back as a hero and receives a kiss on the lips from Astrid. Hiccup and Astrid ride their dragons through the newly-reformed Berk, as the war between dragon and Viking ends.

Surprising fact is that.. How To Train Your Dragon was originally a childrens’ novel written in 2003. Even so, the book’s characteristics and the film’s were partially different. Also, there were 8 parts as of now. I couldn’t help myself but stop by at MPH to get the first 3 books. The soundtrack was also seriously amazing. For music appreciators and fans, look at the end of post.

I’m also inviting Amanda out for the same movie on the 17th of April, Saturday, or her birthday. I’m not exactly sure who coined out the idea.. Me, by displaying my song data on MSN, or maybe she wanted to watch it because she didn’t already. Either way, she’s bringing a friend along, so this will make things a lil’ bit more interesting than planned.

Next two days, I have a competition in which if I win, I get a scholarship. How nice of them to offer me such an opportunity. April is already such a twisted month considering I didn’t have to leave the comfort of my house every half a week, excluding school..

Note: Of everything I’d like to say, Happy 17th Birthday to Wong Ken Ju, a friend whom I have met since Standard 1 until now. You can now finally take your driver’s license test. I’ll have to wait my turn another 5 months plus..

Note II: I really don’t mind watching How To Train Your Dragon over and over again. A great movie deserves great reception, at least in my sense anyways. About the music thing, listen to this. 11 – Test Drive, John Powell, How To Train Your Dragon Soundtrack. You can find this anywhere in YouTube, awesome song.

Note III: In case I forget, add random pictures from 1U.