Archive for February 2010
I am done summarising PBS journals! All 27 of them!
Okay this is so pathetic.
Now on to more notes and notes. And reread journals again.
Summarised ones ;)
Good luck to all my classmates esp my row-mates for finals! We MUST see each other next semester and beyond!
I’m dying to blog about the free skating for the ladies but that would mean hours of picture hunting and double-checking the terms and uploading pictures and editing the post and all, which means I have no time because I am at journal number 10. Pathetic. Seriously pathetic. I didn’t know that they were… quite long.
Anyway, we had guests over today and naturally I have to help my mum out. Plus, I was allowed to watch Vancouver 2010 for 3 hours! Total happiness man. You cannot believe the amount of times I was grinning at the telly as if it would grin back at me. I loved Mao Asada! If it weren’t for the few minor stumbles, I’m sure she’d have a clear chance to knock Kim Yu-Na off 1st place. But I’m happy that Yu-Na got 1st, she truly deserved it! And Mao got 2nd. I wanted Mirai Nagasu to place third but Joannie Rochette from Canada got the bronze for some reason but at least she did skate pretty decently.
The Russian skaters this time weren’t that awesome but quite good, it would be fun to watch them ‘grow’ to be better skaters. After all, my favourite skater is Russian :D I also loved Rachel Flatt (US) and her costume was the nicest – sweet and simple, Cheltzie Lee (Aust) who had the one of the most secured spins, Akiko Suziki (Japan) and Alena Leonova (Rus) are those to watch out for in the future and Laura Lepisto (Fin) was surprisingly good.
Miki Ando (Jap) placed fifth overall with her clean and almost-prefect routine and I didn’t really enjoy it though, maybe because there wasn’t that much ‘feel’ to it. Honestly, I found it boring and mechanical. But technically, she was amazing.
Mao Asada (Japan, go Japan wooo hoooo your skaters rockkk), Kim Yu-Na (Korea), Joannie Rochette (Canada).
(Picture taken from *here*)
I really wished that Irina S. competed! Or at least Sasha Cohen, I don’t fancy her but she’s really, really good too. Anyway, it was fun watching the new generation of young skaters out there! Their talents are beyond amazing. Mao is definitely my new favourite singles skater, but Irina is still the best!
So before I start rambling about skating, I better log off and continue journal summarising. Then I need to sleep and continue studying and wake up SUPER early in the morning to study again. I hope I get to watch the gala exhibition, it will be on a Sunday (and the following day is finals!). I want to watch Pang & Tong again, oh love love love is ice-skating!
I hope that I can go skating on Wednesday, since my paper is finishing late on Tuesday. I need to see Dr L about her study anyway so I might as well head on to Pyramid to satisfy my skating desires :P Who wanna go with me? Nobody?
How long have I not skated? Three months? Sangap gila you.
Terribly sorry for the sudden lack of updates, I’m really a horrible blogger.
My presentation went fairly well, considering that I didn’t stumble and fall on stage or stutter so badly till I bit my tongue, so yeah, I did.. fairly well.
Anyway, we realised that the second hypothesis for our research paper was wrong, so, yeah, devastating, really. But it’s past now, all we can do is hope that we pass coursework. Well, I barely passed my M & E quiz which I am very happy because I did not study ONE bit, it overlapped with assignments and all so.. And I passed PBS coursework with quite flying colours, with an A for my brochure and a B for my report assignments. Exact marks were unknown but at least I know that I passed! Yippee. Staying up late every night has paid off!
Anyway, I’m currently summarising points from the 27 journals we have to read and remember for PBS because it’s the first paper on Monday. Yes, Monday is finals. Why can’t February be like any normal month and have either 30 or 31 days. Why? And I’m only at my fourth journal. Seriously, I’ve been at my fourth journal since morning. My hand started to ache because I decided to write it all down since it makes me remember better and my printer went haywire on me. It says it can’t detect my ink cartridges. For the love of God, my dad pays a hundred ringgit over for one cartridge and it’s original and poof it goes insane.
And the steps on the website for troubleshooting did not work at all!
On the other hand, I do hope and pray to God that my parents will let me watch the ladies free skating tomorrow. GO MAO ASADA, I support you because Irina Slutskaya is not competing this year. Sigh. I love her, best skater ever!
Cynthia Phaneuf from Canada doing a sit spin, finished 14th for the short program.
Makarova Ksenia of Russia, spiral in Bielmann position, gorgeous! Finished 12.
I missed 90% of the ice dance. I only managed to watch like 30 minutes of the free dance because it got a little boring as I don’t watch much ice dance compared to singles or pairs but still, they’re amazing. Plus, I had to study and prepare presentation slides that time.
It’s been such a tiring semester, it was really intense and draining but quite enjoyable at the same time. If only we have a study week, it would be less exhausting as it is now. And we only have a 2-week break. I want to skate! I miss ice-skating! Or walking aimlessly in a mall. I need my social life back, the last time I set foot in Pyramid for this semester was yesterday and that’s because we took a shortcut from Sunway Hotel to the Pyramid bus stop to get home.
On a separate note, I wish that Nabs would get her intern somewhere in PJ or KL, it doesn’t matter, just that it’s close to me so that I can bug her to stay in a nice hotel, if I suddenly decided to move in with her or escape from home for half a year HAHAHAHA.
And please get like 10 interviews around PJ/KL, then we can get lost in the city together and sit by the roadside and talk about how awesome King Julian is.
I miss you! Good luck for your intern application-resume-interview process. And for UTP’s newsletter thing.
Chiew Yi’s coming back in March :D
Paranoia started kicking in last night. Seriously you guys, I DON’T WANT TO FAIL. I don’t care even if I get a D, I JUST DON’T WANT TO FAIL!
I hope I don’t see your face again next semester – which is, I am still here in my third semester while you’re out.
Or if that is not coming true, I hope we will never, ever, ever, cross paths again.
Or else I will flip and you’re dead.
Today was quite a good day. Since we were practically the ONLY ones who had classes today (yes, we are a hardworking bunch ;P), Ms Cheong invited us to attend a Pancake Party organized by Psychology lecturers. And seriously, it was really really really fun.
My lecturers are awesome!
And since there were alot of absentees today, Ms Cheong brought Rufus – her ferret!
The day would have been perfect IF ONLY some stoopid pepilz are invisible. Stoopid pepilz are stoopidz.
(Hopefully, I can steal pictures soon so I can post them up here :D)
Next Monday is our research presentation. How will it go? I don’t know because..
Honestly, I really don’t. I just don’t really care anymore. Not with what Viggy & I went through writing up the paper itself. Well, I mean, the end product was perfect (to me) but the process was.. an experience. I bet Ms. C who taught us IP would be very proud of both of us :)
Just wish us luck on Monday. We plan to go third after Nanko’s and Frrh’s group. The faster the better, sweets!
“Their athleticism is simply stunning, tricks that defy gravity and comprehension. He tossed her as easily as a pillow on their throw triple twist and she soared so high she probably could have changed a lightbulb or two in the arena. Their throw jumps were, by far, the best of the night, her blade carving the ice on the landings with the precision of a surgeon’s knife.”
I was reading an article about Vancouver 2010′s pairs figure skating results on Yahoo! Sports and the way it was written was so FUNNY HAHAHAHA and really interesting – just the way I like it!
Changing a lightbulb? X)
By the way, that paragraph was about Pang/Tong. *bangga*
[ P/S : MY DESIRE AND URGE TO SKATE ARE GOING CRAZY. After finals, we MUST GO ICE-SKATING okay? @Aliza, Frrh, Charis, Kar Yee, Viggy, Suannie.. ;) ]
I was suppose to blog when the results was announced but my internet was down and I was busy finding pictures in the afternoon, so.. I’ll blog now. And this is another figure skating entry from Vancouver 2010 so if you are uninterested about skating, you can close this page now.
Thank God my mom allowed me to watch the free skating for pairs today! And that Astro’s guide listed the time properly so I didn’t miss it though they started like an hour late because they were broadcasting speed skating. Anyway, also thank God that I didn’t miss any of the Chinese skaters! And the Russians that I support wheeeeeeee. Today was good. Real good.
To cut things short, my favourite pair, Pang Qing and Tong Jiang got second because they placed 4th during the short program but they were 1st for free skating! Honestly, they were just beyond AMAZING and their routine was clean and perfect! They were the few that had a perfect routine. I think there were only 2 or 3 perfect routines out of 20. Seriously, how amazing is that?
The gold went to another Chinese pair who is my third fave, which I am really happy because China has the best of the best pair skaters and they really deserved it! Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao placed first overall because their short program saved them :P They were still good though, but not as good as Pang/Tong. I didn’t watch their short program routine so I can’t say much, but they still deserved it, flawless routine.
Shen/Zhao with a throw jump. I don’t know which jump is this. Might be triple loop or Salchow. I am so bad at identifying jumps. The only ones I can identify are Salchows and Axels.
Triple twist lift. Again, superb :)
My second favourite Chinese pair who is Zhang Dan & Zhang Hao finished 5th because one of them fell. At least they’re top 5.
Love her dress. I think this is suppose to be a star lift.
Here is my favourite pair skaters of all time! I even shouted for my mom to come and watch how awesome they were hahaha, I love to watch them skate. It’s simply beautiful.
Pang/Tong doing a lift.
I love her dress too. If you noticed, Asian skaters have one of the nicest costumes ever.
Side-by-side catch-foot spirals. One thing that made me really like about Pang/Tong is that she smiles a whole lot when she skates, and they’re that kind of smiles that express how happy and passionate you are doing what you’re doing.
Backward outside death spiral.
The bronze medal went to German pair Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy. They were quite good as well but Aliona fell once and she looked so sad after that.
I think this was during exiting a death spiral. I love the heart on her boots, and those boots are so shiny. So new.
I liked their spins and lifts, they are great skaters too.
Lasso overhead lift.
I was rooting for the Russian pair Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov to place third. They did have a couple of falls but they were good too. They placed fourth overall.
Side-by-side catch-foot spirals.
The award ceremony (I like the podium) :
After that, the Chinese pairs went skating around the rink with their flag and posed for cameras and all while the German pair tagged along. I think that the German pair really did good but Aliano had this really disappointed look all over her face and there was this moment where she was trying so hard to hold back tears, seriously, she is a great skater, I wish she didn’t feel so bad about herself.
Anyway, it was kinda awkward for them to tag along the Chinese skaters because they didn’t have any German flag to wave and they were just standing there, outcasted at the sides, while the rest were busy posing for pictures -____-”’
All in all, I really enjoyed this season’s pair skaters because they were amazing. Even this Estonian pair who were awesome during the short program, although they placed top 15, I think, but they were just good! I can’t wait to watch their videos on Youtubeeeeeee. I can spend hours and hours watching them awesome skaters skate and skate and skate!
Next up is the ice dance division! Ohhhh I can’t wait :) :) :)
(P/S : Super duper congratulations to Team China! You guys are the best of the best!)
I think those shadows behind belonged to the German pair standing quietly there.
*And sorry there are not many pictures because I am lazy to post them up as WordPress is being very very laggish today, it sucks!!*
(From left – Quatchi, Miga, Sumi and Mukmuk)
..the Winter Olympics is back and this time it’s held in Vancouver, Canada!
[ I didn't get to watch the opening ceremony though :( ]
And obviously, the sport that I’m following closely is..
It’s a little more tragic for me this time because finals are actually in 2 weeks (gaspgaspgasp), my first paper is 4 days after the closing ceremony and I don’t know if I’m allowed to watch it then, I don’t think Astro is going to have full coverage on this and they didn’t print the events schedule in their monthly guide for me to highlight and fold and set my alarm clock like what they did for Torino, and.. my parents are strongly against me watching TV now that my finals is 2 weeks away.
That aside, I got to watch the short program for pairs from 9AM to 12Pm. Actually they cheated because from 930 – 1030 was men’s skiing, so I had to constantly persuade my parents to not make me switch off the TV and that pairs was coming up soon. Thank God.
Anyway, I LOVE TEAM CHINA! && Russia! GO TEAM CHINA I SUPPORT YOU WOOHOO!! Seriously, they are the best pair skaters in the world! Especially Xue Shen + Hongbo Zhau and Qing Pang + Jian Tong, they have been my favourites ever since I knew pair skating existed! Also Dan Zhang and Hao Zhang! Simply amazing! I love watching triple twists in pair skating and their lift variations! Pairs from China have the best triple twists ever!
Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhau, finished 1st with 76.66 in the short program. How awesome is that? Oh and that’s a triple twist lift, throw the girl up, she rotates and twists, then catch her at her hip and land her on the ice.
Dan Zhang and Hao Zhang with a spin variation and they finished 5th with 71.28.
Overhead lift. I like them :)
And TADAAA – my favourite pair of all three pairs from China – Qing Pang and Jian Tong who finished 4th with 71.50. That’s a death spiral. I don’t know why death spirals these days are higher than usual, I like the ones where they’re lying almost parallel to the ice.
Triple twist :)
Another spin variation. I don’t think there’s a name for this ;P
Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov from Russia who are simply amazing! My favourite singles skater is a Russian and these duo are really good, finished third with 74.16. Triple twist.
I think this is a press lift. I love her dress, it’s a swan, and she was wearing a tiara/headband which was really cute.
I think this was a side-by-side catch-foot camel spin.OMG Yuko looks so excited :D And somehow she looks like a mature version of Chiew Yi and Alexander looks like Jim Carrey.
Another spin variation.
And lastly, a German pair who had a cute routine and definitely one to look out for :
Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy who finished second with 75.96 and their theme for the day was ‘clowns’. The music was nice, so was their routine. Twist lift.
Another spin variation. (Okay, the truth is, I’m lazy to name them lah >_<”) I love her brown skates! (Though till today, I still prefer white)
I can’t wait for the pairs long program! I hope I’ll get to watch it and not be in school and daydream about it. This year’s routines are the best that I’ve ever watched!
That’s it for ice-skating and Vancouver! Sorry if I bore you but I love skating with my life! It makes me ultimately happy!
Chinese New Year was very quiet for me this year. We went to Johor to have a little R & R and catch up with the relatives from Singapore who own a nice house there. I wasn’t up for any socializing, but we had a couple of movies and they weren’t that bad (the movies, not the people).
I slept late watching a movie and I got to watch 30 minutes of fireworks which I think originated from Singapore. The house was just 5 minutes from the border so.. we can pretty much see what celebration was going on.
They were beautiful! I was running from one window to another while everyone was asleep (how they are able to sleep throughout the ruckus amazed me) and peeking through the curtains.
I love fireworks :)
Now, I am off to *hopefully* begin studying because FINALS ARE IN TWO WEEKS PEOPLE, TWO WEEKS, TWO FREAKING WEEKS and I don’t want to fail. Get Cs, that’s fine, but not fail! I will kill myself if I fail! Or stab myself with my blades! They’re sharp you know!
And I want to check out this new Harvest Moon game I downloaded. Next to Pokemon, I LOVE HARVEST MOON.
Gah. I are freak.
And I still have to prepare slides for my presentation. OMG SO LAZY.
OMG Mukmuk and Sumi are RECYCLING BOTTLES hahahahahahahahaha!!
Hey best friend,
Sorry I’ve been a little busy. BUT I WILL TEXT YOU :D