30 November 2007
Migration to a new school

Hey guys, I'm sorry if I haven't been blogging for a long long long time. I know I mentioned that I won't be blogging forever in a previous post. You know, I kind of feel bad that I left the responsibility of blogging. And a few of you guys actually want me to resume blogging. It's kind of strange... but okay, might as well give it a shot, right? I guess it doesn't hurt. And I have left you guys in the dark for a long time. Personal reasons. I'm sorry.

I guess I'm back.

Hello, everyone!

In the meantime, I'm too tired to blog properly now. Ugh~

By the way, for those who are curious, here's a preview of IB. Note that my super-thick Maths textbook isn't in the picture. I am also yet to receive some more textbooks and notes, notes, notes!

I'm not doing A-Levels? Why, Shim, why?! I thought you're going to do A-Levels with us! #@$%#^ Yeah, I thought that too, initially. But when some ISB staff came over to SAS to give a briefing about it, I was so intrigued by the course. I wasn't there since I was at LNG, but Kim filled me in. It sounded really interesting compared to A-Levels, when you only do 3 A-Levels, and that's it.

In IB, I get to write an Extended Essay on any topic related to my subjects. And then there's the compulsory CAS which is lucrative for uni applications. Then there's the philosophical Theory of Knowledge class. Last class, we were discussing about the Happiness machine, and the benefits and disadvantages of perpetual happiness; classification and racism. And about the truth. What is truth? Is it just a perception? Is there such a thing as a universal truth? I got a headache from that class, but I find it highly intriguing. I would like to work on my thinking skills. Sure, I think a lot, but I don't do that kind of thinking, lol!

And then, I get to do languages! Woot! I wish I do not need to do Malay again because like everyone else, I'm quite fed up of learning it since kindy! At least Malay is much more interesting now. We're actually studying novels. And the novel we're doing now, Tuan Gatsby (a translated American novel) isn't so bad. It's very different from O Level Malay. It's a relief from learning all those silly tatabahasa, peribahasa (crappiness!) etc. And no more Bahasa Klasik lolol! I think...

We're doing more novels for English too! Wheeee! I finally found a reason to re-read books thoroughly. Yes, people, I don't usually re-read books I have read. :\

And I get to do 2 more of my favourite subjects. Biology and Geography FTW! These are a big headache man, and I have no idea why I am so drawn to these "intensive" subjects since young. It is an enriching experience to advance my knowledge in these subjects. I wouldn't do that normally, but I finally found a reason to do it, i.e. forced to do it. Lol.

Then there's Chemistry. I'll probably need it as I might be doing a Bio-related major next time. Not too sure yet. Surprising, it's more interesting than the O Level Chemistry! But what a headache lah. It's kind of difficult to grasp some concepts (electron energy levels, anyone?), since I hadn't read the first few chapters. Surprisingly, I only have some difficulties in catching up. That's good news I guess.

Don't get me started on Maths! :O I'm only doing it because it's part of IB. That's the downside of IB...

In A-Levels, well, I only get to do 4 to 3 subjects. Which kind of sucks because I kind of enjoy doing a variety of subjects. I'm not too keen on specialisation yet...


As you guys know now, I'm doing the IB at ISB. I'm currently reading HL Biology, HL Chemistry, HL Geography, SL English, SL Malay and SL Maths. Groans! Thank goodness for weekends. Yayy! At least I can relax kaliah.

What do I think of IB for now? Well, it has been a really tiring fortnight. I'm actually lacking sleep. T.T Homework isn't a lot for now, but man, they seem quite stressful leh even so. I'm expected to do some reading on my own time during December. Sigh... There goes my Christmas holidays.

Classes are pretty interesting. The teachers here are really cool! And so are the people! I've met many new and interesting people here. And they are friendlier, more outgoing and more gregarious than SAS-ians. It's a very big change from SAS. About everything. I had culture shock for the first few days as I try to adjust to this mini-America. I finally embraced it, and I enjoyed every moment of it. :)

More to come soon. Please check back soon.

P.S. This is a miracle. Come back tomorrow and you see this GONE FOREVER! MWAHHAHAHA!!!

freshrimp put thoughts into writing at 22:30.
Comments? Whisper 'em! (18 whispered.)

Comments by them:-

It is truly a miracle. After X days of absence, the Shim has finally emerged from his life of solitude and embraced us with his heavenly grace. Well, seems you're enjoying yourself at your new school. Its a good thing. I dunno how much of a Mini-America it could be, but I'm sure its a much different experience and environment compared to SAS. Well, at least you're having fun and doing something productive, rather than loitering at home doing nothing like I am. All the best man.

Blogger Paradox whispered at 30 November, 2007 22:51.  

Haha thank you! Yeah, so far I'm enjoying things there. The "Mini-America" is just a ... "saying". Basically, it is a pretty multi-racial community where diversity is greatly embraced.

I'd rather loiter around now and complain of boredom than having to go to school! :P Then again, it's not a bad place really. :) I'll have holidays in December, so that's a good thing. YAY!

Good luck to you too, Steven. All the best in life. :)

Blogger freshrimp whispered at 30 November, 2007 23:03.  

You know you two, saying "All the best" like this, it's as though you're never going to talk again. And.. you share a blog. Hahaha

Anyways Shimney! If IB wasn't as expensive as it is, I'd probably join too. I like the many subjects thing (which is why I actually did think of taking American Degree instead) but oh well, not many courses have such things. Bleh. Enjoy IB! And keep your updates okay. It's probably the only way I'll know what's up with you..

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