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“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”

-John Lennon
Happiness is key.

Day 17: What do you want to be when you get older?

 

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My plan for the apocalypse

Day 16: If the world were to end tomorrow, what would you do with your remaining time on Earth?

Celebrate life!!

 

  1. Wake up super early to watch the sunrise and take caffeine pills so no naps!
  2. I would fly around the Earth to Indonesia where my extended family is, but considering the trip takes about 24 hours, maybe it isn’t valid as I do not want to spend my remaining time on a plane and at airports.
  3. So instead I would reunite with my aunt and cousins from Ottawa.
  4. I would also reunite with my boyfriend who is currently in London. His family is in Mexico, so we’d have to quickly figure out a way to bring everyone together.
  5. Go on a long walk outside to roll in the grass and smell the dirt and feel the sunshine on my face.
  6. Eat good food. Everything that I wanted to eat that is different, a delicacy, or unhealthy.
  7. Pray to God that he would forgive and save my soul from all the sins of my lifetime.
  8. Burst into spontaneous singing and dancing anytime and anywhere I feel like.
  9. Go somewhere with a view of the sunset and watch the display of colours in the sky.
  10. Give out as many hugs and kisses possible.
  11. Attend, or better, throw an end-of-the-world party where everyone is invited with games, costumes, drinks, music, bonfires, and LOTS of DANCING!!
  12. Sleep late and exhausted in a cuddle puddle with those I love, to be in sweet slumber for twelve hours or more…

 

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A food and a beverage

(I don’t know if it literally means I have to pick ONE specific food or a kind of dish so I’ll do both.)

If I were to live off of one single food with no health repercussions or factor for proper sustenance it would be bananas or leeks. One comes with its own natural packaging and the other always tastes good – boiled, roasted, or stir fried. [The unhealthy me says chocolate cake.]

A dish I could live off of is my dad’s Hainanese chicken rice. Chicken boiled in ginger and salt with rice cooked in the chicken broth and boiled veggies, usually bok choy. It’s warm, delicious, healthy, comforting – and it tastes good cold (That’s always a good way of rating yumminess.)

As for a beverage, water, duh. Or beer (just kidding Mom and Dad!) – actually, orange juice, preferably freshly squeezed.

Day 10: If you could live off one food and one beverage for the rest of your days what would they be?

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Pet peeves

  1. Too many selfies (In case you wondering, yes I do remember what you look like since an hour ago.)
  2. The sound of velcro ( I will have a physical reflex and flail at you.)
  3. When people enter the subway before letting people off (We’re in Canada, we are polite.)
  4. Skype connection problems (50% of the conversation becomes “Can you hear me?” “Oh I can’t see you””Ah you’re frozen” “The lag is really bad””Wait let me call you back.”)
  5. Seeds in seedless mandarins. (An unpleasant surprise.)
  6. You’re the only one in the house and in the washroom when the phone rings and after some awkward rushed feat it turns out being a telemarketer.
  7. Pencils with no eraser on the end.
  8. Misplacing things instead of losing them. (I KNOW it’s here…)
  9. When you’re walking down the street like a boss and the wind blows in the wrong direction so you end up eating your hair. (Vibe killer.)

Day 9: Pet peeves

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What’s up

My blogging has been so inconsistent this year which I blame on the high stresses and demands of grade 12, and I would like a chance to explain myself to the few (you know who you are!) who have been so encouraging about my writing and whose responses bring a smile to my face on a weekly basis. So here are the happenings of my current life:

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The booklets they send make you feel accomplished, haha.

I applied to five Canadian universities and received acceptances for Life Science at the University of Guelph, Queen’s University, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo (co-op) and Health Sciences at McMaster University. I picked a general undergrad program because I know I love science and biology but still want to explore and discover in what field I will find my calling. In the end it came down to UofT or Mac, as I got into quite prestigious programs. The VicOne Stowe-Gullen stream is a first year foundational program for biological sciences integrated with art study in philosophy, literature, statistics, etc. and accepts around 20 students per year. Health Science at Mac accepts around 150 students and is closely linked to the medical school. It was a difficult decision but I decided I am not sure I wanted to streamline my studies to medical school so soon and accepted UofT, who also gave me a full scholarship for my first year of study there. However, future planning doesn’t end here as I am deferring this offer for…

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In case you didn't know how awesome it is. Photo clearly stolen from Nancy's instagram.

Ballet. You can study for a long time, but your body is only young once. I had to face the fact that if I did not pursue ballet NOW, I would be giving it up as a professional career choice. The difficult thing about dance is that employment is unpredictable and there is no clear path for where your auditions will lead you and for how long you will continue dancing in one place. I decided I was not ready to sacrifice this art form that I love so much. Because I like foolproof plans, this decision was the most difficult I had ever had to make, maybe I will write more about these reflections as a twelfth grader in the future.

And there are final exams in a week! It will be Calculus and Vectors, Music, Advanced Functions, English, Biology, and Chemistry. With last lessons concluded just a few days ago, so studying and scrambling for these last few assignments will be very fun (they say optimism creates more optimism and I sure could not have too much of it at this point)!

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At least summer's finally here!

I am also part of an initiative to share dance to public audiences by creating a collaborative work of live art with a composer and visual artist, combining dance, music, and painting – all original stuff by young artists. It is happening next week and will be really cool!

There are also a bunch of events: grad brunch, school BBQ, council meetings, choir summer concerts, year end recital…

All leading to GRADUATION!!!
Which I have had absolutely no time to think about. I think when it rolls around the corner I’ll just be relieved everything is over and it will suddenly hit me that I am finished high school forever.

Wow.

Thanks for reading my absolutely narcissistic post of the year,
thebookybunhead

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Japanese Cows (NaPoWriMo #23)

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You know cows
None tattooed
Yammer and bicker
Caught around cones
Moon ash trickles, gone.

This is the original Japanese poem by Monk Ryokan:

Yo no naka wa 
nani ni tatoen 
yamabiko no 
kotauru koe no 
munashiki ga goto

And its translation by Steven D Carter :

Our life in this world – 
to what shall I compare it? 
Its like an echo 
resounding through the mountains 
and off into the empty sky.

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Wow, the Japanese poem is so beautiful. Languages are so diverse and have different stresses of syllables- in Japanese there are so many k’s, g’s, and y’s compared to English, and that’s after translating pictograms into alphabetical notation. Though the “homophobic translation” prompt focuses on similarities of look and sound and not meaning, I can’t help but wonder how different it is read in Japanese with the original words intact. Sometimes I have the urge to just learn a bunch of foreign languages.

Thanks for reading,
thebookybunhead

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The Perk of Sardines (NaPoWriMo #1)

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Yes I realize this is supposed to be mackerel, but the design is so cute! Posted by Deborah Upton Savedoff on Pinterest

From a hardy thermos to keep droopy eyelids from shutting,

Sips strong hot tea while moving to the back of the bus on feet dragging. Because

of last night’s agonizingly late crunch.

Piecing together a presentation the boss wanted this morning
Announced nonchalantly without the slightest warning –

life is hard. But 

there are grilled sardines for lunch.

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The last two lines are from “Saudade” by Andrew Johnston as given to me by the Bibliomancy Oracle – a magical  generator of literary wisdom. I was feeling quite stressed out at the time, so this response made me smile. I’ve never actually eaten sardines, but I’m curious to try…

Thanks for reading,
thebookybunhead

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