Friday, August 22, 2008

Life of a squatter

I thought this would be bad, a lot of people thought it would be un-live-able. But I am living this right now, right here, and being contented. :)

The story dates back to June when I realised Student Affairs Office did not receive my hall application. And they said that I am not allowed to apply until the waiting list, which was rumoured to have 2000 people, is exhausted. By the way, the hall has around 4000 vacancies. Last year hall reapplication opens in December.

So I have to look for my own accommodation. My options were to squat at people's room or to rent a room out of campus. I didn't like the latter option as it is troublesome and expensive and I feel insecure staying at strangers' place. So I chose the first option. Means I live in another person's room, without any furniture and without much space as I am intruding others' space. But actually I had a better verdict than most others. Right now, I am staying in a single room whose owner is away for holiday. Most of my things are kept in a luggage. I live with less than 10 tops and 5 bottoms, bathing supplies, a laptop, a file, a textbook, a management book, a diary, basic makeup, 4 pairs of shoes, 2 packets of tissues, handphone, charger, a soft toy. That's probably it. I don't have my body lotion, nail clipper, stapler bullets, files, stationery, more clothes, my soft toys, bleach, writing materials, personal care system, food, utensils etc etc. It was a test on how simple a life I can live.

And right now, while I am always finding that I need more things, I am still living and living well. I can actually live without the things I thought I need. So what if my nails are long now? So what if my skin is dry now? So what if I can't file my notes in separate file? So what if I only have limited clothes to wear and change? So what if I can't hug my tweety to live? So what if I can't paste posters around in the room? I can still live. The quality didn't even reduce by a bit.

It is a new experience, wasn't as bad as I expected. Wasn't bad at all. I just feel like a traveller. Staying in a hotel with less things. Just that I am a traveller in NTU. I have learnt about how simple and easy life can go. It doesn't need to be that complicated. It is the soul that matters more. :)

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During the past 3 months I was at...

7 - 11 May - EVOLVE International Conference by AIESEC in NTU

13 - 14 May - Aloha Changi for Local Committee Planning

24 - 31 May - MIRACLE Youth Conference (by AIESEC in UPM)

14 - 15, 21-22 June - AIESEC Singapore National Planning

30 June - Malaysia Low Cost Carrier Terminal to embark for my 17-day China Synergy Programme for Outstanding Youth plus own holiday

30 June - Shenzhen

30 June - 3 July - Hong Kong

3 - 5 July - Guangzhou

5 - 7 July - Xi'an

8 - 13 July - Beijing

12th July - Tianjin

13 July - Celebrated birthday in the train from Beijing to Shanghai

14 - 17 July - Shanghai

17 - 23 July - Hong Kong again

23 - 24 July - Macau

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

The Olympics Spirit

Watching the Olympics is a great inspiration.

It is where I see the strength of the mind, to see how one concentrates the whole of her body and soul to that one thing - achieve. It is the power of mind, that allows one to pick up, after an initial setback; to continue, for that .01sec faster; to persist, despite the pressure; to win with elegance, or to lose with grace. It is a beautiful showcase of the mind.

It is where I see different countries, different people, all different, but having the same one dream. All competing, but for the same aim. The games are all different, but every athlete is packed with the same determination. It is a peaceful world of unity.

It is where I see the pride of nation, when the country roars in happiness for getting into finals; when the country cheers to support the athlete till the end; when the winning athlete steps on to the platform, when the national flag is raised, when the national song is played, when the athlete stands to fill the pride of the nation, when everyone from whichever origin, stand in respect for other country. It is a world of harmony and pride.

I happened to watch Olympics under a very random occasion today. And came back feeling fulfilled, motivated, and most importantly, happy. :)

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