Lazy Day today
Oh no, you're always so sleepy- the Garfield who
naps the whole day long! Wake up, won't you?
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The good thing about working for the university, as with all government bodies is the fact that there's a strong emphasis on staff and their development. This morning, after dragging myself up at 6, I had to go for a half-day Orientation Programme. God! It was excruciatingly boring! I udnerstand the intentions behind it, blah blah blah, but it needn't be THIS long. I'm definitely no good in the mornings for meetings with strangers-you-will-never-see again (actually make that the whole day, not just the mornings) and after all the names, faces, videos, slideshows, and goodness knows what, I'm all but drained. I don't believe I'm actually saying this but I'd rather be working my arse off.
Blueprint Car Crash
I stumbled across this band, Blueprint Car Crash, when I was out at HMV last night. Does anyone know about this? It supposedly resembles Mars Volta, or a Drive-in-meet-Pink-Floyd. It's from the label The Militia Group
so it might count for something.
I haven't been to HMV, or any record store for that matter, for a couple of weeks now, and I have so much to catch up! There have been so many releases that I haven't the time (nor the money) to check out. I bought the Keane
album while I was there, if only to get that tenacious hook of a song (Somewhere Only We Know) out of my head. I was also hoping to get the new Northern Exposure
DVD, excited as I am about the release, though it is only officially released today. Well, as can be expected, they haven't got it out on display. I figured: what's one more day?
Blogger has been acting weird. As of today, I am still unable to view the page at all, despite email reassurances that there have been outages on some Blogger's servers. I hope they get it all sorted out soon. It's weird blogging when nobody can read it.
There seems to be some problems with the server at Blogger's. I can't seem to load the page on my browser. If anyone can see this post, please drop me an email: sharon.koh at gmail.com. Thanks
It's been a real hectic week. And I'm not talking about the new job. It's adjusting
to the new job adn all that it entails that is really wearing me down. I've never been this tired and sick of life. Whenever I think about this having to last me till I fucking retire, I just get a bit sick. People here, although nice, seem to belong to another planet. The pace here is very slow, and that, in a way, adds more toll to my body than anything else. I've always thought that I will be content with a desk-bound job (and incidentally, I can just feel myself getting fatter every minute I sit my arse down); one that sufficiently wrings out enough time for me to do my own thing at my own time. But this sadly, is not coming up as planned. The commute, as I have mentioned earlier, is killing me, despite being to get a seat everyday adn hence snatching a little much-needed nap for at least 50 minutes on the train. It's just not working out the way I wanted. But then, since when has life happened the way it's planned?
I'm beginning to think that I'm meant for other thigns. They may not necessarily be better but I just need them to be at a better-suited pace.
Hey all! I just realised today that I've been blogging for 2 years! As you can no doubt guess, I must have been so bored out of my mind reading and editing things that don't necessary make much sense that I'm going blind!
On the job front, I guess things are going as well as can be expected from a desk-bound job. I edit articles that come in and that's about as interesting as i can make it. Sometimes it really takes a toll on the eyes, and I try to go out and sneak a cigarette or something. This is not really that easy as the campus is a rather strict non-smoking one. But one can always find little-known stairwells or spots around the campus.
It turned out better than I've expected. Everyone is super-nice to me and it's always nice to have everything set up for you already, so you don't look like a total idiot, running around for the "right" person to ask. The people here are making me feel comfortable too so I'm really glad for that.
Two things though: My feet are literally killing me because the loafers I've bought are so stiff; they haven't been broken in yet. The good thing is I've been told that people here don't actually follow a strict dress code so long you don't look sloppy or smell like you haven't bathed for 10 years. That's the best news I've had today: I'm definitely getting the Pumas I've mentioned in an earlier post. But probably not today though: I'm so dead tired; I can collapse right now, if not for the copious amount of coffee I'm consuming. I should just have the coffee intravenously fed to me.
The second thing is the distance i have to travel to get to work. I have to work up at 6 in the morning! And that only gives me enough time to bathe, change, get on the train and get a cup of black coffee and have a much-needed cigarette.
That will definitely take a lot to adjust to.
Books! Books! (more money please!)
Inspired by Murakami, I spent the better part of the afternoon searching for similar genres and authors on amazon. It's amazing how sometimes one can get inspired by just seeing what other people read. Granted, most of those "lists" of books "you absolutely have to read before you die" are rubbish but there are some gems hidden there as well, which is the whole point so..here's what I've found out.
It's going to be a long, (and expensive) day at the bookshops tomorrow.
1. Perks of Being a Wallflower
. Stephen Chbosky.
2. From Murakami: Hard-Boiled Wonderland
, Wild Sheep Race, Dance, Dance, Dance,
and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
3. The Book of Disquiet
. Fernando Pessoa.
4. The Periodic Table
. Primo Levi.
5. Selected Poems
. Milosz Czeslaw.
Has anyone read them before? Any suggestions, recommendations are welcome!
I know many of you guys have already read Murakami's stuff before but I had just recently discovered Murakami through a friend. I've always wanted to read him but never knew where to start. Enter my friend whom I never knew is a big Murakami fan and he recommended Norwegian Wood
It's not often I get this but I feel both happy and sad as I'm reading the book. Happy because I really enjoyed it, and a little sad because it also means that the book is coming to a close with every page I read. I can barely remember the last time I feel like this with a book, but I suspect it was probably a Milan Kundera's novel. My friend puts it best when he says that Norwegian Wood is the only book he's read cover to cover, twice
, immediately after he's finished it the first time through.
As for me, I'm reaching the last quarter of the book, and I'm restless for more Murakami. If you guys know which other Murakami is good, let me know.
Dr Jekyll/ Ms. Hyde
I've never had a good temper to begin with but the weather is making it much worse than before. It's hot and humid here, but with temperatures going up to 34C, it's hard to even get up and roam around the house. I get so irritable that the slightest thing will set me off.
This is terrible! I don't even recognise myself when I'm in these moods.
So to all those I've yelled at or threatened to put in my shit list, I apologise. It really is not me; it's the weather.
Wow. Blogger has gotten a new look and is even offering a commenting system! This is good.
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I've got a new job starting about 10 days from now. It's kinda sad to have to leave a friendly working environment for an unknown one but I guess one has to move on. It's going to be a drag because now I have to wake up at 6.15 and it takes one and a half hours
to reach work! I seriously hope I have made the right decision.
Another drag: I have to have a decent working wardrobe but according to a friend, you can basically get away with most things after about a month or two. So I'm planning to buy a pair of pumas about a month from today: I hope it will be one of the things I can get away with. I really want to get away with wearing it!
Right now, it's a mad dash for cheap, office-y clothes. I never thought I will end up saying this but I'm begining to hate shopping! Or wishing that I'm a guy.