riding the trump train

YES!!! Donald Trump has been elected the Republican presidential nominee!!! Next stop: the White House!!! #trump2016

revising my goal

Since I am now 29, but am not anywhere near my 1000k by 28 goal yet, I am hereby revising it to: 1000k by 29!!! 

an endangered language

Way back in my previous life as an linguistics undergrad, I learnt about Kristang, a highly endangered creole spoken mainly by Eurasians of Portuguese descent in Singapore and Malaysia. (I am not one myself.) If I remember correctly, I had toyed with the idea of writing about the language for my ISM paper, but I obviously didn’t speak it nor know anyone who could. Eventually I focused on something else instead.

Last month, I came across this article (which was originally found here). The author, Melissa De Silva, mentioned that she’d been attending Kristang lessons conducted by undergrad Kevin Martens Wong, and best of all, the second round of classes would be starting soon! What an incredible opportunity! Naturally I emailed Kevin to sign up.

Yesterday, Kevin sent all of us an extremely comprehensive email to ‘clear up outstanding administrative matters, and to provide you with details about getting to class and what to bring’. (Word informed me that it was actually 3489 words – much longer than most of the essays I had to write in university! LOL.) Reading it made me quite excited but also a little worried cos I left school eons ago. In her article, Melissa noted that Kevin ‘basically learned Kristang on his own by reading up (and memorising!) the scant available material on the language, such as dictionaries and books and poetry collections written by … Joan Marbeck’, so I’m hoping it won’t be too difficult.

Now, I’m counting down the days to my very first lesson!!! :D


Yesterday I was 28 and today I begin my 30th revolution around the sun. :)

(ZOMG! 30th!!! :O)

a metaphor for our turbulent times

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.

“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

JRR Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

counting down the days

Five more days!!!

counting down the days

Ten more days!!!

lucky seven

WordPress just sent me this happy notification:
Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com!
You registered on WordPress.com 7 years ago.
Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging.
Oh my! Has it really been seven years? Time really flies!!! :D

you learn something new every day

Just read my friend G’s blog post on alternatives for national service, where I learnt the term ‘cheese-eating surrender monkeys’, used primarily to insult the French.

time flies

Can’t believe half a year has gone by and we’re into July now!!! :O

you learn something new every day

To end on a high note, a great speech should have a great peroration!

brave new world

The UK went to the polls on 23 June to vote on a referendum regarding their European Union (EU) membership. And so, earlier today, some friends and I were closely following the news of the results. At first there were reports that it was going to be Bremain. By 2 pm (our time) it was confirmed that Brexit had triumphed! (Those two words are both portmanteaus!)

Naturally I was also excited because I support the UK leaving the EU! Well done UK! I believe that the EU has lost its relevance and will likely cause Europe to meet its demise faster. For all the naysayers, the UK was fine before the EU and will be fine after the EU. (I should say I also felt a teeny weeny bit proud when I read people supporting this assertion by citing the case of Singapore, which left the Malaysian Federation in 1965 and is doing pretty well on its own now! :D) It is true that the markets all over the globe took a beating but that is only a temporary setback.

The unthinkable has become reality. I should get some fish and chips to celebrate. Next up: will Trump become US president? (I certainly hope so.) Exciting times lie ahead!!!

you learn something new every day

Sometimes I find my YLSNED posts are rather otiose (new word alert!), but hopefully someone else in the great wide world out there finds them educational all the same. :D

you learn something new every day

There’s apparently a whole school of superstitions surrounding the Shakespearean play Macbeth!

you learn something new every day

When I first saw the word adamantine, I recalled the fictional metal alloy adamantium (the substance bonded to the Wolverine’s skeleton and claws). Both share the same root word, adamant, which comes from the Latin adamantem, meaning ‘adamant, hardest iron, steel’.

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