Monthly Archives: July 2007

#73

Ahh. #73. I’ll give a prize to anyone who can guess the significance of that number.

On a completely unrelated note, an update of life so far, since the last post.

1) I got tagged again. I can only ask you to refer to my previous post, in which I said you’ll learn about me from reading my blog, in Bonus Fact #9.

2) I got food poisoning. Gave me a fever for one and a half to two days. Bleargh. Stomach’s not feeling all that great at the moment. I won’t go into too many more details

3) Been playing some Football Manager.

4) Learning what boredom is.

5) Went to an orphanage today(Saturday) with the group from church. Makes me feel grateful for how blessed my life is. Kids there were great. And I’m not great with kids. So that makes them pretty spectacular kids I must say.

6) Started on my summer reading list. Books covered so far: 1. Books to go: 19. Great effort so far.

7) Read the 7th Harry Potter book. Last Saturday that is. Pretty neat ending. I call the book movie material. And that’s a compliment. I think I now understand what they mean by a ‘spellbinding, richly woven narrative, which plunges, twists and turns at a breathtaking pace’ (see inside flap of paper cover)

8) Currently looking around table for some semblance of what my life was like the past week. Mmm. I don’t see anything.

Oh wait. Look. I just posted 8 facts about myself. Lol.

And that concludes today’s post #73.

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Double Tag

So ridiculously enough, I got double tagged. The second tagger was pretty blur, not reading the first taggers blog properly. However, just because I got double tagged, doesn’t mean I’m going to post 16 facts about myself. I’ll stick with the 8.

Anyways, let me cut to the chase:

1) Each player must post these rules first.
2) Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
3) People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
4) At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
5) Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.Here are 8 little known facts about me:

I’ll add something else. I’m not going to reveal any toilet habits or anything.

Fact #1: I’m actually quite kiasu. Well used to be. Back when I was younger, I could not tolerate anyone who was better than me at something, preferring to use all sorts of excuses to justify my relative weakness.

Fact #2: I’m dead terrified of cockroaches. Come to think of it, I don’t quite like insects on me. Although if I’m on one of my expeditions, I don’t mind so much. It’s very much an issue of hygiene. Anyways, the whole cockroach thing started when my brother lured me onto one when I was 5. To make things worse, I had just read that Hepatitis gets spread through cockroaches. So I was dead scared and crying quite badly as I ran to my mum. And cockroaches are really just plain gross. And they can fly too.

Fact #3: I would wet my bed because I would not be able to get up. This happened till I was 7/8 I think. Then one day, I just woke up and the whole spell ended. I still drool though. But I don’t snore. Unless I’m really tired.

Fact #4: I used to think Harry Potter was extremely childish. Kinda scorned people who read it. Then my brother got the first book for his present. Was extremely bored. Book lying on table. What’s the craze all about?? Pick up book and open page. Never looked back. Lol. Nothing like a good easy book with good plot to follow. Strangely enough, I still don’t own the second book.

Fact #5: I used to think music was a waste of time. Ironic isn’t it.

Fact #6:
I had quite the ‘potty-mouth’ in primary.

Fact #7: I hated cartoons when I was young but now I love to while away the time watching cartoon after cartoon. Mmm. Talk about ‘regressing’. Although I tend to prefer the comic-book type cartoons.

Fact #8: Despite garnering a reputation as a teacher’s pet, I’m actually quite lazy, preferring to spend time on my computer surfing my regular sites or gaming for hours on end. I also enjoy watching TV and the occasional read. And the funny thing is that I require a lot of sleep, which is sometimes impossible with my habits, and therefore I find myself catching some shut eye in class quite a bit. Got someone into trouble once that way. Ah well.

Bonus Fact #9: The fact is that you’ll actually learn a lot about me if you read my blog. When I get round to updating it a bit more frequently yet again.

And that concludes it.

Who do I tag? That’s quite funny actually, because very few of my friends blog. And most of them have sunk into the ‘cesspit of the internet’.

Sigh. If you feel like I would tag you, then do self-tag and tell me 8 facts about yourself. Or in fact, you could leave it under comments here, knowing very well that the people I would want to tag don’t operate a blog.

A recollection

First note the title change. Now, I have no clue why I picked that phrase but it just popped out. After all this blog is really my thoughts expressed in written form. I chose the word fleeting though because my thoughts have an annoying habit of running off just as I’m about to say or write them.

Mmm. Anyways, a little history.

I started off this blog as an experiment into why people write blogs and why people read blogs. My results are startling zilch. I can therefore hypothesise that people write blogs because there comes a time in their life when they are really bored and sitting in front of their computer and they go “Why not start a blog? It would give me something to do.”

Then there are those people who think it’s a fad and they sink into the “cesspit of the internet” – that phrase is not of my own invention. And there are those who use it to keep in touch with friends although the rising popularity of facebook as a tool of colleges and university groups to keep in touch means that blogs are more or less redundant for this purpose. And then there are those who just want to tell the whole world what they think – and to connect with the rest of the world.

A lot are however very much introspective and just a ramble on their own life stories.

Why do people read blogs? I do that a lot. I think it gives insight into the character of a person. They can be quite amusing at times. And they alert you to what’s going on. Because for some people blogs are public diaries. They kind of hint I’m going through something bad right now which you should know about when that person is going through something bad except that the person wants everyone to know that without knowing what the really bad thing is – if that sentence even made sense.

And blogs are just a way to follow someone’s life. Even if the person treated his blog as a column, you follow his perspective on life and we humans are at heart nosey creatures who want to know what the other person is up to or thinking about.

Anyways last week was my Mt Kinabalu expedition. Terribly painful I must say. And I thought I had scaled the highest peak in SEA only to realise to my utter dismay that it is in fact the third highest peak. Although in my defence the other two are pretty much unscaleable to the amatuer mountaineer. The highest is on the indonesian side of the papau new guinea island and requires extreme technical ability, so much so that it is labelled as one of the “seven summits”, a challenge issued to mountaineers. The second is in myanmar and would take weeks to climb, considering you even get permission to enter myanmar in the first place.

So in consolation I climbed “the highest scaleable peak in the shortest time possible” in SEA. My legs were in jitters for days after, i.e. up to Sunday although it tingled till Tuesday. And I played basketball for an hour and a half on Saturday morning and 2 hours of futsal that evening. Ahh genius me although my theory is that the endorphin release of exercise actually eased the ache (until I woke up the next morning).

I would post pictures except that I dont have good ones right now. They’re on someone else’s camera. And I have hood hair cos I was wearing a hoodie in the blistering cold.

I thought i lost weight. So I came home and checked. 1 kg. Bleargh. A bit disappointing although someone said that my face fat has kinda diminished. Can’t be a bad thing. Quite a good intensive workout though – felt my heart humming quite a bit. Anyways it took about 6hr 45 mins to reach the summit, and took about 4 hours to get down. Compare that to some record of 2hr 50mins 38secs or something like that to go up and down – i.e. 21km. Although by our measurements the trail is only 8.5 km one way, i.e. two ways is 17km – so where did the extra 4 km come from. Hmm. Extremely mysterious. But it baffles me how someone made it up and down so fast when the terrain is quite killer. They must have been flying.

Anyways I think this is the end of today’s imprint.