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Rachel
18 July 2011 @ 10:03 pm
If you're looking for a nice cover, check out Clara C's Clocks on youtube. The video itself merits a watch, being too cute for words. Her original song, Offbeat, is very fun as well. 

I've got my new iPhone! I've also started working, and if this is any indication of what school is like, you probably won't be seeing many updates. Why? Because when I'm tired and want nothing better to vegetate, I will use my iPhone to surf the internet rather than go to all the trouble of opening my laptop and waiting for it to start up. I'm afraid I've slid further down on the scale of ultimate laziness. You see, I can use my phone in bed but a laptop's a bit trickier. And here's the thing, they want me to PAY FOR A LIVEJOURNAL APP. And it's not even an official livejournal app! No way, man. The only thing I've paid for is Whatsapp, and that's because I message like crazy. And that was only 99 (US) cents. Fine, I know that translates into 1.20 Sing, but it's peanuts compared to the more than 99 cents they're making me pay for a lj app. I'm pretty tempted to switch to a tumblr account, but first I'll have to check how easy that is to use on an iphone. I'd love to use more pictures in my posts, but lj is really archaic when it comes to photouploading. Not like instagram [an app which I love by the way]. It's like made for social media. You take a photo and immediately choose to upload it to some social networking site like twitter and fb. In fact you can't even just take a photo for itself, because that would make it a mere camera. 

LIVEJOURNAL PLEASE DO SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR INACCESSIBILITY. Because honestly, when I want to blog, I want to blog quick fast and easy. 

Oh well, I suppose I'll be using livejournal a little longer for one more reason. There's something intensely satisfying about banging out letters on a keyboard. I think it's connected to all those years in secondary school when we were learning to type real quick and cool (and ended up making more spelling errors than not). You can't bang on an iPhone. Especially since I turned the keyboard sounds off. 

In somewhat more sobering news, I dented my family car backing out of the driveway yesterday. I think I went out at a slight angle, and though I was going pretty slowly, the celestial orbs have coordinated to present us with stunning starlit skies and a noticeable lack of moonlight. I mean, of course, that it was really really dark, and the houses opposite us didn't have their porch lights on which just made it darker. So I backed into my neighbours low little concrete barrier that blocks off his drain. It's like, just to the side of the gate. I'm just thankful I didn't hit anyone or any other car, which would've been worse. I did cry last night, however, tissues and tissues full of tear and snot, because I was so pissed off and upset at myself. It's like everytime I start driving something bad will happen. This is the second time I've backed into something. Come to think of it, the other accident involved the back of the car as well, ie someone crashed into the back of my car. I have no luck with bottoms, it seems, including my own, which seems to have swelled to a ridiulous size ever since I stopped running. 

When papa comes back from overseas, I must join him on runs. The man has been waking up at 6 every day to run half an hour at the hotel gym. Dedication or what. He says he wants to live to an old old age, and I couldn't be more pleased. [Not being ironic or sarcastic.] (: 
 
 
[I'm listening to]: Clocks, Clara C covering Coldplay
 
 
Rachel
14 July 2011 @ 12:18 am
 I suppose it's finally time to make a post on LJ, and I don't even have the excuse of school to hide me! I have been working, however, earning a little kachingching at Commencement. For those unfamiiar with the term, commencement is the ceremony where you dress up in that blue gown with your mortarboard hat and receive our degree scroll. This year medicine was the very first ceremony (there are usually about 20 ceremonies in total) and the lucky bastards got to shake hands with the outgoing president of Singapore. Lesser mortals in other ceremonies got the President of NUS and the least mortals got random people (illustrious people in whatever industries are relevant to the particular degree being presented). After watching countless ceremonies, I've got a few tips for all of you. 

Ladies, you go first. 
1. Platform shoes and strappy shoes

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They look, plainly speaking, fugly. (I mean, of course, fashionably ugly.)
Platform shoes should only be worn if you plan to dye your hair pink, wear it in an afro, with ridiculous bell bottoms and a peace sign around your neck. Please. 

2. The plain black pump looks the best on stage. Ladies do it well to varying degrees. Arts grads favour the skinny impossibly tall heel that nevertheless looks wonderful on stage- apart from that fact that a good portion of them have to stagger to the Presiding Officer and grab his hand for dear life. Business graduates do it best, picking heels that looks stylish but presentable. Science and engineering grads, I'm afraid to say favour flats. FLATS. At your commencement. Oh honey. 

3. Ladies in pants? Pick a skinny one, so you don't look like you're swimming in the academic dress plus the pants. Personally I like a collared shirt and skirt best. The collar looks very good with the academic dress, and you get to show off your pretty legs as well. And if you didn't shave your legs, WEAR PANTYHOSE LAR. 

4. Pluck your eyebrows. I saw so many grads with pretty eye make up, but shaggy eyebrows. Not pretty.
 
5. White pumps make your feet look man-sized on stage. Nude shoes are acceptable, however. 
 
6. Wedges just don't work for some reason, trust me. 
 
7. High heeled sandals? Why would you want to walk across the stage with your footwear going shlap shlop shlap against your heels? WHY? 
 
8. Hair down works. You want to be unique? Wear a bun. It looks great. 

Gentlemen! Step right up. 
1. (Please apologise for the volume) DO NOT FOR DEAR'S SAKE WEAR SHORTS TO YOUR COMMENCEMENT. 
I think that's pretty self-explanatory. We actually saw some guys like that. I can't believe you can look at yourself in the mirror at your exposed man-hairy calves and think that you're presentable

2. Lots of guys don't wear ties, but I think they look a bit sloppy without. It goes without saying that your collar should be nicely starched and your cuffs neatly folded. 
 
3. Black pants, like black pumps, are classic and classics work best. Please do not wear brown shoes with black pants. It makes your feet look elephant sized. 

4. Guys tend to be haphazard about their academic dress, and more often I see sashes and gowns out of place on guys rather than girls. Please tidy yourself up before you get on stage, especially if you're getting your PhD or Masters. 
 
Guests
Please don't leave the ceremonay early. i know you're all kiasu Singaporeans who don't want the hundreds of other people to steal your beloved buffet food after the ceremony, but come on. There's an academic procession inside full of profs and academics who very likely studied longer, harder and know more than you do and who have come here to see your son/daughter/niece/grandson graduate and the least you could do is wait for them to leave before you do. It's like how they ask the VIPs the leave the ceremony first. There was one ceremony where the guests attacked the buffet tables the moment the academic procession left the hall. Could kiasuism get any uglier? 
 
On that sober note, I leave you! Happy Commencement to those graduate/graduating/soon-to-graduate! 
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Rachel
10 June 2011 @ 03:07 pm
 Thank you God. 
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[I feel]: pleased
 
 
Rachel
06 June 2011 @ 01:28 am

 I'm back from Australia! I promise myself I will post. Soon. 
...yeah. 

HI. BYE. 

 
 
[I'm listening to]: Dog days are over, florence+the machine
 
 
Rachel
11 May 2011 @ 10:58 pm
 My mummy came in and gave me a big hug, then my papa came and gave me a nice shoulder massage. Suddenly the world seems better (:
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