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Sometimes I think I get so crazy, with all this energy pent up inside me. That I want to do something crazy, spontaneous and out of this world.

Sometimes my intuitive nature makes me think the world is so simple, and so complicated at the same time.

Sometimes my heart tells my brain that she’s going crazy, because of the wanting and the yearning to just see you NOW.

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Oh. My. Gosh.

It finally like SNOWED today, and it built up quite a bit. It snowed so heavily that in just an hour the ground was covered with a few inches, and by nightfall it was pretty thick! My coat actually collected a fair amount of snow as I walked, which was pretty cool but annoying because it made my coat a little wet. Hurhur. WHITE DAYS.

The snow today was AWESOME to pack! I’ve never had such an easy time packing snow, EVER. We just literally rolled around the ball of snow till it built to epic proportions!! See, its humongous tall. (: Thanks to Ren Hui for jio-ing Lynette and I out to build snowmen with her and Josh! The two ang moh kia just spontaneously joined us after watching us build stuff, I presume. They were the ones who started the epic monster! We did the two smaller ones, and then we helped build the big one too. Hurhur.

CHEERS TO SPONTANEITY. (:

Okay okay, so I haven’t written much about my Boston trip or my recent one, they’ll come soon! The four tests and two assignments due in these few weeks are the reasons why. Hurhur. Rest assured, I still remember most of my adventures! (:

So I had arrived in Chicago, and phone calls and mistransmissions cost me quite a bit. I was worried about whether my phone money would last me, but it seems it should be able to, granted I stop talking for five minutes on it with my hosts. I should make it clear that texting is much preferable, if they want me to be contactable :D

Lisa Findley, my first host for Chicago is a cheery, knowledgeable and extremely NICE host! After a treat at Joy Yuen Restaurant in Chinatown (where I had a durian fruit freeze! :D), she also cooked breakfast for me the next day – a mexican brunch type with scrambled eggs and cheese combined with stir-fried onions and some kind of stir fried chilli minced meat. Hurhur. Absolutely tasty. I was also most excited at the fact that she simply started baking because the bananas weren’t going to last. So we baked bananabread! Oh-so-happy! I love baking, but we don’t bake as easily and as spontaneously :D

Yesterday saw me all over Chicago in buses and trains and on foot – just randomly walking into stores and taking a bus down the street when I felt like it. The “L” pass I have is a 3 day unlimited bus and train ride pass, and it is very handy! The people here are really nice, I have met people who open doors for me at no obligation – they don’t even work for the place! A lady handed a homeless dude a cigarette when he asked for money, and my host gave money to a homeless lady with a small kid who was crunching chips too big for his hand.

Milwauke Ave, Madison and Washington Streets, Millennium Park, State and Dearborn Streets, Halsted and Broadway Streets were where I roamed about (I suspect there are more than that), and I’ve picked up a nice world map (which is like wrapping paper), and some beautiful (and funny) postcards! Blick art store has reminded me how much I yearn to be that artist on the street. Alas, I am also poor and could not afford to buy what I wanted. There were a number of things along N. Clark Avenue that I wanted too, but well. Hurhur.

Today is going to be museum day! (:

I’m on my way to Chicago, travelling on a megabus that has no power plug points but has wifi. This I know, because the bus driver announced “Also, this bus has wifi.. so if you wanna use your computer or all that craziness that I don’t know how to use in the wifi, go ahead.. but we don’t have no power outlets.” Haha. I am always so amused by how the drivers do their announcements.

The snow-clad landscape to my left is beyond beautiful. While the sky is overcast, it brings a sombre, contemplative feel to the barren branches and foot deep snow, and I suddenly yearn to be amongst the trees right now.

I glance across to my right, and there are endless rows of planted christmas trees, slowly growing, perhaps only sold in the next two years or so, for they are still small.

The trip is smooth, and the passengers, quietly dozing. It’s exactly reflective of my day yesterday in Detroit. I spent the day walking around the suburban area with Alissa, my host – and her boyfriend Ben cooked a delicious spaghetti sauce from scratch for dinner! Though it sounds like that’s all there is to it, do you recall Murphy’s law? That anything that could go wrong would go wrong? Well, it kind of did.

Immigration took an hour to clear the passengers on the bus (and our bus wasn’t even very full), so I arrived an hour and a half from my scheduled time. That’s fine, really. I called Alissa, and she agreed to meet me at the station – a few minutes later she called back to say her car had been broken into the previous night and she couldn’t start it! :s To my disdain, I had to take a cab. Though her place was a 5 minute drive away, it was via a highway and I couldn’t walk there. I didn’t mind taking a cab to meet her though, but I did start to worry about overshooting my budget. More importantly, it was such a sad thing to hear that her car had been broken into! I arrived to see that it looked like someone tried to hotwire it. So scary.

If you didn’t know, this trip is my tightest budget yet. So the cab effectively took away one of my meal budgets, and I was afraid my money wouldn’t last me, even though my budget had a buffer. Thankfully though, Ben cooked dinner, so I didn’t spend on dinner – and I had my very first crepe as well (for lunch)! It was s’mores flavoured, and oh-so-delicious! The store name was hilarious, and the people there were SO COOL. They dressed up french 30s style, and the names on the menus were french girl names: to fit the theme of the cafe, which was called Good Girls Go to Paris Crepes. Hurhur.

I also managed to catch a film I was interested in seeing, and I’m glad Alissa enjoyed it as much as I did! No Impact Man was the title, and if you get a chance, go watch it! It’s hilarious and authentic, and very enjoyable. Good stuff. We caught it at the Detroit Film Theatre, a place I had wanted to go but had dumped the idea after I knew her car was missing in action. Turns out that the Detroit Institute of Art (famous and pretty cool, and hosts the DFT) was pretty nearby! So I managed to see the film, attend an art exhibition just by chance that opened the day we were there, and see the suburban neighbourhood of Detroit! I will be back on the 20th for 6 hours or so, so that’s when I will visit the downtown area. Everything really works out in the end – and I suppose how much it works out depends on what your attitude and philosophy is as a traveller. (:

Right now though, I’m going to lock eyes with the farmland around me and be transported into oblivion. (:

Sigh. I am quite stressed. I don’t know why I’m this stressed – this level of stress only hits when I have a million things going on and I have no idea what is actually going on.

But I know, this time.

I have an insect biology test and physiological ecology test on Thursday, back to back. I have a theoretical population growth lab report due after I return from Chicago. I have an insect biology lab practical the Thursday after I return. On the Wednesday before that, I have a population ecology test.

I am probably this stressed because I don’t know half of what is going on in insect biology (because I don’t attend half the lectures in the course, due to scheduling), and the person supposed to send me lecture recordings has not done so yet.

When I am this stressed, I make a lot of mistakes. Mistakes I generally don’t make, and only make because I am preoccupied and thinking about other things. I don’t like to be stressed, because this is what happens.

I am going to take 20 minutes off right now. And then declare war.

A peek at my life now:


Theoretical lab on population dynamics, generated in class.

Receiving packages!


Heat pads from Alan’s aunt (:


Birthday present from the boy (:


House love (:


Manual mode, and black and white practice (:


More house love and wackiness (:


Work, work and more work.


Trying to take self portraits, unsuccessfully.


Being stretched, now and then (:


And exercising leg muscles!


Commanding my own army.


And never wanting to leave. (: This is in the bus, at the Buffalo customs.


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