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I was overjoyed that my visa documents finally came this morning, about an hour after my last entry. Perhaps the only problem now is that I'm very much buried in paper. ^^;;; (edit: just to clarify, these are the documents that I need when applying for a visa, not the visa itself ^^;;; )

I went out for lunch with my ex-NS colleagues (including my CC) for lunch at Ajisen Ramen in Lot 1 to celebrate a colleague's ORD (and as an unofficial "makan" which there wasn't time for when it was my turn last October) :P

The ramen that I ordered was pretty good (ton toro, with fried pork I believe), and it came with a side dish of chicken teriyaki. It wasn't very spicy and was easy to swallow. ^^ The same couldn't be said for the "volcano" ramen, though, which lived up to its name with a 4-chilli (for hotness) rating. :P Nevertheless, everyone who ordered it was able to finish it, and according to them, it tastes really great, if you can handle the spicyness. Perhaps I should try it next time. Any takers?

After that, it was time for a bit of brief shopping in which I bought two large spindles of CD-Rs and DVD+Rs respectively as well as a 60-page file clear holder for my loose scores, and then checked out the Winter Time warehouse sale at Jurong East. The prices are quite attractive, and I'll be going there tomorrow on Monday afternoon with my mother to actually buy stuff.

The cooking items may also be back on the agenda, because I don't believe that the import/customs duty will be that much. It'll certainly rebut show [livejournal.com profile] itsacz that I'm not that underequipped lightweight. :P

And... oh yeah, if you happen to be in the Esplanade/Raffles City area tomorrow evening, do come down to watch NUSPE perform "Da Capo" at the Esplanade Library from 5 to 5:30 pm. ^^
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The result is a... scalped nyanko )

At least it will grow back. :P
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Today was my last morning wearing green! :D I'll still be going back to camp on the 29th of this month, as well as the 2nd and 3rd of October, but those will be the last times I go there before I collect my pink IC on the 13th of October. ^_^

I'll most likely use this time to rest at home and do some of the things that I didn't have time to do before. And I'll also get ready for my interviews. :P
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I got my laptop repaired for free on Tuesday after waiting for about an hour. It needed a new motherboard, so all my files are still here. ^_^;; I should make a backup soon, though. Maybe when I have a little more time.

On the way home after buying some computer and audio cables, I stopped by the side gate to my condominium complex to see whether the cats were there. For those of you who haven't heard this before, there are three stray cats that live outside my condominium and they are absolutely adorable. :) Two of them are black, and one has a white patch of fur on its underside while another has a clipped ear, while the other non-black cat is a black and white one.

Anyway, the cat with the white patch decided that it liked my bare foot and nuzzled it with its nose. That was ticklish, to say the least, but more was to come.

I squatted on my legs to stroke the cat, and it attacked my side with its nose! ^^;; That was really too much for me to contain and I started laughing and backed away from the cat a little so I wouldn't hurt it. I don't know what it thought of the whole experience, though. Perhaps it was thinking "I will never understand these humans..." :P

Later that night, I went with my sister and cousin for an ice-cream treat at Haagen-Dazs in Holland Village (which is open until 12 am, not 10:30 or 11 pm like I thought) because my cousin was leaving on Wednesday afternoon, but we drove there and back and so I didn't see the cats. It was a very delicious treat though, as I had a Black Forest-themed ice-cream consisting of one scoop of brandied chocolate and another of chocolate together with some cherries, two chocolate sticks and lots of whipped cream. :)

When I came home today, all three cats were there again. The friendly one nuzzled my leg and rubbed itself over my boots while purring, and the other black cat decided it wanted to sharpen its claws on my boot. o_O Fortunately I was able to persuade it not to, and then I bent down again to stroke the cats. I guess I should have seen what was coming. :P

The friendly one attacked me with its nose again in my side. This time though, it aimed at the...softer part of my side. ^^;;; I really couldn't resist laughing and I nearly picked up the cat to cuddle it in my arms and stroke it endlessly. I didn't though, because it was already dark, being after 8 pm, and I was hungry.

I came home tired and somewhat worn out from a very long day, but lightened by the experience of being tickled by a very friendly black cat and by some other things that happened, although this entry isn't really the place to talk about them. :P
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I think the time I spent away was useful in helping me begin to understand certain personal things. I came back without certain feelings and attitudes, and some others are still there but hopefully to a lesser extent now. I won't really go into detail here, but some of you might know what they are...

While I was gone, the trees at the foot of my block were removed, which is both a good and bad thing. It's good because now it doesn't look so gloomy any more, and there are hopefully fewer flying insects and mosquitoes. Any clothes that we hang up also dry faster. Unfortunately, that also means that when the sun is shining that there isn't any shade any more and so I get baked. I doubt anyone wants a baked basket. :P

I should be around fairly often from now, although sometimes I might have to do overnight duty (such as tomorrow) which means I won't be around then. And next month it looks like I might have 5 duties to do. Oh well. :P
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This is what happens when your hairdresser and you have different ideas of what "1 cm" means.

The proof )
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I'm going to Malaysia for a debating tournament on Friday afternoon and will be back on Sunday afternoon, so I won't be around during that time. I hope I will be able to talk to all my friends when I come back, though. :)

In other news, I won't be around tomorrow (2nd August) on the 30th of August and on the 22nd August because I'm doing overnight duty.
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The foot is a wonderful part of the human body. Yet, sadly, it is all too often unappreciated for its contributions.

Just think:
- Without the foot, there would be no football, only a ball. On the other hand, there wouldn't be any footbrawls either, just brawls. This might be a good thing? Perhaps, perhaps not...
- The song "Footloose" wouldn't exist. Who wants to hear a song which is called just "Loose" ? That doesn't mean anything.
- People would never get to experience the joy of being tickled on the soles of their (non-existent) feet.
- Chiropractors would go out of business. Think of all the unemployed!

Yes, I'm being silly. But the inspiration for this post came today when I limped back home from camp with extremely sore feet, and had to give up and take a taxi back from the MRT (train) station back home because I just couldn't walk any more. I wonder why wearing hard custom insoles and a pair of "medically-designed" boots doesn't seem to be enough, although I did have to run around today, which might have made my flat feet hurt more - but it shouldn't have hurt *that* much.
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I received my posting orders on Monday and I re-enlist on July 3rd (at a logistics unit, fortunately) for (about) 103 days and complete my service on the 13th of October.

That's a long time... I'm not sure yet how often I'll be coming back. In the worst case, it might be only every weekend.
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Collected my IC yesterday, marking the end of 2 years and 3 months of military service.. there's still 3 months to go but I'm going to finish that either during the holidays or after I graduate. Won't be doing much then, in contrast to now.

The last few days were really hectic, I had to work almost throughout the night to finish stuff.. one day I went to sleep at 2:15 because I just couldn't stay up any more, and the other day (I think it was Thursday or Friday) I went to sleep at 11 and woke up at 4:40 to finish. Basically, my sleep schedules were totally screwed, and I kept nodding off on the bus - nearly missed my stop. Also, because of being so busy, I wasn't able to go for therapy on Thursday or Friday, which isn't good.. I'm supposed to go twice a week. -_-;;;; In fact, I'm still sleep-deprived.. went to sleep at 1:30 yesterday and wanted to wake up only at 10 or so but woke up at 7:45.

What did I learn? Well, there are some people who won't help you, they care only about themselves and won't move a muscle for anyth8ing else. Case in point: when I was at home after the operation, they basically didn't care and let the stuff run to the ground, waiting for me to come back and settle everything. Then they had the nerve to say it was *my* fault for having the operation. Excuse me? You're not the one with the easily-twisting ankle, so it's none of of your fucking business when or if I have any operation. It's my health, not yours.

There are some people who are the opposite though, like my ex-boss. There were quite a few things missing, and he'll try to help as much as possible without doing anything illegal, and even though I doubt he can do much, at least he's willing to try. It's out of my hands now, so I'm not going to dwell too much on it.

Still getting ready for tomorrow.. gah, there's so much to do. o.O;;
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Today was definitely one of the most hectic days I have encountered so far. First off, I went to camp in the morning, and I told everyone that I had to leave by 11:30. That didn't stop them from holding me up though. I was literally running all over the place, having to hand over the remaining things that I couldn't do before, somehow managing to get myself involved with my first project again - even though I thought it was all settled now - and demo'ing my second project, the one that I'm going to present tomorrow. My right ankle didn't exactly like being treated in that way, but I didn't have a choice.

Then, I had to rush to university to take the qualifying English test, which is for people who don't get a B4 grade or better for A-level General Paper. The test was supposed to start at 1pm, and by the time I left camp it was 12:15. Fortunately, my brother was waiting for me outside the gate, so I was able to get there in time; otherwise, it'd have taken at least half an hour. There wasn't much time to have lunch though, so I had to make do with a fruit bar. I suppose one could imagine how I felt, being the only person inside the test hall in uniform and sticking out like a sore thumb.

The test itself wasn't as difficult as I thought, and I left the hall at 2:30 in time to catch a bus home, where I finally managed to have a decent lunch. After that, and a short nap, it's time to get everything ready for tomorrow and the day after, which I'm still doing. It's not glamorous or exciting, but I don't really have a choice.

I only hope I don't fall asleep tomorrow during the presentation, after which I have to go for physio and then rush back to camp.


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