The semester’s been over for half a week now, and it ended with a HUGE bang!
Jie received her much deserved honours and best academic award, and for whatever reason I am still extremely thrilled for her.
I’m sitting on a reclining chair in a 600 Euro per week apartment. The place is awesome but not so when you’re struggling to complete your final dissertation draft before leaving for Lodon later in the afternoon.
Yes, I’m going to London for over a week, and to welcome my arrival the Tube people got on strike, closing most Underground services. What better way to experience a city and its people but line up in unending bus queues with them. Excitement is an understatement.
I want to go home,
I want to go home to go to Singapore.
I’m trying to change my return ticket to a much earlier date, a somewhat difficult feat thanks to my travel agent and chosen airlines – Qatar Airways, the world’s 5 star airline with a 1 star website. There is no logic in staying back for my dissertation. The tutor’s going away, the library is the size of my living room and I have to pay 2 month’s rent worth of 480 CHF when I’m only staying for 4 weeks at most.
The working conditions in M’sia is no less frustrating. The 2 more old than faithful libraries in Ipoh, I have no trust in… unless I’m looking to borrow children’s story books with missing pages from the 80’s and I dont even know where the national library is located at in Kuala Lumpur. I’ve also lamented the fact that if only I were living in HK or Singapore I’d definitely work on my dissertation back home, where public transportation services rarely go on strikes and the National Library is actually a building you would want to take a picture with.
Had I known Jie sooner, I’d definitely thought of hopping over to Singapore for my dissertation, which happens to be my plan for now. Undying gratitude to my cousin / relative Mei Mei, her husband and the Chao Da roti prata girl for agreeing to accomodate me should my plan come to fruition.
I’m not sure if the plan’s gonna work out. It all depends on the availability of earlier return tickets and the cost of it. I’m not even sure if I’ll be able to hop on over to Singapore soon enough, or to convince myself that my purpose in Singapore is that of a student not a tourist / PR-wannabe who’s excited about everything Singapore. But if there’s one thing I’ve learnt this semester, its Jie’s determination and focus.
I’m gonna be determined to go home sooner, to focus on the tasks at hand. And when all is said and done, I’m hopeful that things are going to work out for my good cause of You.
I’m missing my Jie loads along with everyone back home. You all mean so much to me, so much so that I could only sit and ponder what could I have done to deserve such awesome people in my life. And I know its not about me.
Jie, thanks for everything. For allowing me to be part of your graduation, for the encouragements, the conversations, the company, the ‘slaps’ whenever I do something utterly silly, the billy bear…