Can’t believe papers start on

Can’t believe papers start on Monday and end 2 weeks and 2 days later…

Practicals finished so fast, Physics was okay with the Newton Meter experiment, albeit troublesome, but done before a few times so quite familiar with it. The second question about electricity was okay, just that the curve graph was a bit strange with Power against Length of Resistance wire, causing the points to be quite far away.

As for Chemistry….sigh, I didn’t get the QA correct…supposed to be Zinc Carbonate solid, but I got Aluminium metal instead. This is because of the white precipate refusing to dissolve!! At first I got calcium, cos both did not dissolve. Then I tried again, Aluminium because it managed dissolved in NaOH when I used a smaller portion….the correct answer is Zinc ion, cos must use very small portion so that it can dissolve in both…sigh. As for the carbonate part, I didn’t even test for CO2, and I forgot that they purposely gave a delivery tube to fit the boiling tube…

To God be the glory!

[ God is Awesome ]

[ God is Awesome ]

Tuesday afternoon, after Biology Practical, which was easy yet difficult (draw surface area of leaf!), I suddenly felt a sore throat coming.

The next day, Wednesday, I had a bad flu and had to go to school for Geography Make-up Lesson. In the afternoon, I had a slight fever of 37.5 C. Ate some panadol and tablet for flu. In the night, the fever subsided. Hence, I did not eat any more panadol. However, I was still feeling feverish and cold at the feet, and had a bit of cough and the flu was still there. My nose kept running and now it has become swollen and red.

At 2am, I woke up feeling very feverish and measured my temperature. WHAT?! 38.5 C! Woke my Mum up and ate two panadols. She used ice and helped to cool my forehead. Was sweating and sweating and could not sleep well. Kept praying and praying, worshipping and having faith in God, feeling very anxious and desperate, that God will heal me. At about 3am, the fever went down to about 37.6 C. Went back to bed.

On Thursday, woke up at 7+am, after breakfast, I kept worshipping and praying. SMSed Alex and Jeremiah and requested them to pray for me. Temperature was 37.6 C. Ate two panadols. Was worshipping through Hope album for an hour plus. I was so weak that could not do any work. Then I slept again from 10am to 11am. Was still having a flu and my nose kept running and I kept sweating, I have used many tissues and handkerchiefs since last night! Temperature rose up to 38.0 C. Could not eat any more panadol as I have already ate 2 less than 6 hours ago. Was online from 12pm-1pm and some asked me to see a doctor. Slept again from 1pm-2pm. It seems that the more I sleep, the weaker I feel and I get tired of resting!

Mum took half-day off and came back at 2pm with porridge as lunch for me. We decided to visit a doctor. But we had a dilemma between a private clinic or the polyclinic. We decided to take a taxi to Hougang Polyclinic. At the clinic, Mum had to fill up the SARS declaration form while the nurse measured my temperature using an ear thermometer. It was a whooping 38.5 C. She then gave me an oral thermometer and it was confirmed to be 38.5 C. Hence, I had to wear a mask (doh…what a first!) and fill up the declaration form.. It was kinda scary wearing a mask, though there were some others wearing too. People with temperatures above 38.0 C have priority queue numbers. While waiting for my turn, I kept praying and praying, hoping that I do not have any illness such as SARS! God is faithful and will answer my prayer in His beautiful time (thanks Jolynn for the message).

During the consultation, the doctor checked my throat, my breathing and prescribed me medicine for cough, flu and fever, which were the same as those I have ate at home. But nevermind, cheap mah, only $4 for the consultation and $2.10 for the medicine. The pharmacy look very interesting, like a shop, with air-con and cashier.

Walked home and Mum realised she lost her key, probably dropped along the road or in the taxi. Then, she met Sixth Aunt for coffee while I went home to search for the key. No key, called Dad to come home. Later, Mum and Aunt miraculously found the key found the key along the Upper Serangoon Road, and it was badly squashed by cars. Cool.

My temperature slowly went down to 37.8 C and I was feeling better. The fever was most probably caused by the flu. Seldom got so high fever one. Well as Chris D. said, better sick now than later =p. Was still sweating and running nose and my nose was still very red, and I went to bed.

Today, woke up feeling much much better, and measured my temperature…normal of 36.8 C! Yay! GOD IS AWESOME! PTL…Thank You God for Your healing. Now only have slight cough and sore throat. And my running nose is gone, although my nose is “peeling”.

Yesterday was another eventful day,

Yesterday was another eventful day, went to VJC Open House, then YM, then Graduation Dinner.

[ VJC Open House ]

Morning at 1030 went to VJC Open House and explored the place, saw Sharon Kwan, Aditya at his iComp booth, persuading me to takeover his chairmanship (Victor was actually the first to put his name down), watched the 45 min cultural performance of Piano, CO, Choir, Chinese Drama, Guitar, at the Performance Theatre, which was extremely huge, and toured the place. Compared to TJC, VJC is of course newer a bit, though not as large. There’s a place called Victoria View beside the performance theatre, which stores the Victoria Archive, somewhat like a Heritage Room. Then there’s this window looking out towards the Parade Square and Basketball courts from that room. The tour guide was boasting that VJC is the only JC that can see the sea…wow sea…behind the trees that is. VS has a better view =p. There’s this Defence Science Club which Aditya says they play games like WarCraft and CS…lol…how interesting. Another plus point for VJ is that many parts are WiFi-enabled….very good…saw the Access Point in the Concourse, and Aditya was surfing on his 5550…maybe I should get a WiFi-enabled PPC soon 😀

[ Street Evangelism ]

After VJC went to YM…today we had something different, no encounter…We met in the Prayer Room and sang two songs accompanied with Joshua on the guitar. Then Pastor Eddy briefed us about Evangelism and that we are gonna be split into 6 groups to 6 different locations (Hougang Mall, MRT and Interchange, Kovan Heartland Mall, MRT and Interchange) to give out leaflets for tomorrow’s Service as a special guest from China, Brother Yun, is coming to speak. We are not just going to give out leaflets just like how they give advertisements, but we are supposed to speak to them for a moment, e.g., “Hi, I am from a Church nearby, and that I would like to invite you to a special service tomorrow as there’s a special speaker coming from China.” Sounds difficult, but anyway I went with David, Jing Xian, Joanie and Wingman to Hougang Central Bus Interchange.

So David demonstrated to me a few people, but I dared not give any myself. After some time I still have not gave any myself (shy lah…). Louis joined us a while later. Then we decided to walk towards Punggol CC area as there seems to be more youth there (our target group, as youth easier to persuade and won’t be turned down). David and Louis saw and gave to a few others, while as for me, didn’t give out any.

Then, we walked back towards the MRT, David said, “Let’s try walking on the field and see if anyone does so. If so, then it must be fated!” We walked a while but alas, it was kinda muddy. Retreat! Apparently, after we retreated, someone actually ran across the field and Louis chased after him. We walked towards Hougang Mall side, saw Weiyi and Jolynn at the MRT Station, then we walked back to the Interchange and decided that that’s enough for the day. We had our de-briefing at McDonald’s. In the end, I did not give out any leaflets, and David Koi ask me to give to my friends later.

[ Graduation Dinner ]

After that, I took the NEL down to Dhoby Ghaut to meet my classmates for Graduation Dinner at Cafe Georges, Le Meridien Hotel. Xu Guang and Amos Toh went also, so not really a 4D-only gathering. We met outside Plaza Singapura and waited for a while. Ian spotted Hong Xuan standing nearby…hmm…After waiting for some time, we decided to walk towards the Hotel.

Approaching the quite-low-class hotel in which the entrance was nowhere significant enough to be spotted easily, I was afraid that the restaurant had a dress code, like when I went to Top of the M. But luckily don’t have, and anyway there are others wearing bermudas and even sandals. The restaurant, cafe rather, was very dark, used candles to create a romantic feeling. The place I sat was extremely dark, can’t see the food I’m eating! Sat with Allan, Kenneth Fong, and Alvin Teo, who kept bugging me for my PPC (like Venkat). We started our buffet soon enough and everyone went to have their share of appetizers and main courses. There were so many utensils…3 forks, 2 knifes and one spoons, some of different sizes….which to use? lol…There was a spread of Western and Eastern food, including Chinese and Japanese. There’s even Fishball noodles…haha…come all the way here to eat this?

After a while, Mrs. Lee HP actually came! Was quite surprised cause I thought she’s not the type which would go to such gatherings. No other teacher came, although we invited others like Mr. Wong WL…Samuel say he pang say us… She chatted with Matthew, Kai Wei and Joshua. We ate for a few hours until about 10+ PM. I thanked Mrs Lee for the extra 1 mark and she smiled, and asked me whether I can come back after O Levels to help her digitise maps…hah. Ching Tze suggested each one of us to say a few words, but in the end we didn’t do so. Matthew and Joshua tricked Mrs Lee with some card tricks and everyone crowded around. Amos and Joel started a debate over homosexuality and we chat until about 10.30 PM and left the cafe.

Took a photo near the lift lobby and then outside the hotel, we decided to walk Orchard…haha this is my first time walking along Orchard Road so late in the night, and with so many friends. It was almost 11 PM when we walked from the Hotel along the road to Orchard MRT Station. Quite lame lah actually, we walked there then take MRT back. Well, imagine 20+ people walking along as a group,…illegal gathering! Haha, Samuel was joking, let’s keep a distance, and told the others not to say anything sensitive…don’t want to have gang fight. LOL. Someone suggested why don’t we sit down and chat, better. Haha, where? Illegal gathering siah. Along the way, Kenneth Fong and I was walking when 2 people dressed as Witches walked passed us…then Kenneth jokingly said…eeks, witches, run! And we dashed then we laughed very loudly and those near us were laughing also….haha so funny. What a great time we had and we took the train back.

On the way, I was hoping to give the leaflets. But alas, could not pluck out the courage to do so…argh…told Shawn about it but didn’t tell any of the others. Actually wanted to ask Ian Loke but in the end didn’t. That guy believes in *all* the “Driving Forces”…Sigh, I could not pluck up the courage to give out any. Sorry, God, for lacking of courage. Please give me strength, Lord, for I do not want to be ashamed of your Gospel. Like David Koi said, if an insurance agent can press so much to sell his product, what much more we have to be persistent to spread our good news! But the irony is, we seem to spread our news less persistently then the insurance agents. So sad…it’s very difficult lah…sensitive topic in Singapore’s multi-religious society…:| Sorry God, but please help me to pluck up the courage in future.

[ Sunday Service: Testimony by Brother Yun ]

Brother Yun, together with an Ang Moh Brother Ren, which could translate Chinese to English very well, although he’s an Caucasian, delivered his testimony about his prosecution in China, followed by prayer. Nothing much, I was expecting more. But anyway, he had many miracles in his life and escaped out of prison miraculously and was dubbed “The Heavenly Man”. GTC was extremely packed today, with Chinese service in the Chapel, and English overflowed to Hall of Love. Unfortunately the sound system didn’t work well. God Bless Brother Yun.

Today was a sad but

Today was a sad but eventful day

[ Graduation ]

Officially, I am no long a student of Victoria School. But as Mr. Maran always says, “Once a Victorian, always a Victorian.” Well I’ll still be a Victorian in the first 3 months of VJC during PAE, thereafter which I will decide on my further adventure.

So, today was Graduation Day. Venkat and Alvin Teo kept bugging me to lend them my Pocket PC to play bejeweled…aiyo

First hour of school in class. Ms Ernie gave our souvenirs, testimonals, report books, fitness test results and CCA grading certificate. The souvenir was some simple paper-holder thing to hold a piece upright for typing etc. Had different colours. Chose a red-pink cos it’s the school colours.

Then, everyone was eagerly reading their testimonals, in which Ms Ernie had beautifully crafted with excellent English and detailed comments about each person, along with our achievements we submitted to her earlier.

The CCA Grading Certificate was a disappointment. I was shocked that I only got 8 points for CCA, which makes it a B3. What?!?! I checked the back. What a short list! Only 2 years of Cyberfair reflected, Victoriana and something else was reflected. Even me being Chairman of IT Club and many other achievements were not printed! And Cyberfair was only 2 points instead of 5 Hozefa got! I was angry with it, and so did Victor. I knew there was a cap on the number of Bonus and Achievement points, but this is ridiculous! At least the testimonal is much much better.

As for the report books, apparently Victor got a higher percentage of 76.6% than my 74.4%, even though his L1R5 got 10 and I got 8. Oh, talking about L1R5, yes, Mrs. Lee gave me the mark as she promised, that’s why now it’s 8 instead of 9. Thanks Mrs Lee! Now, I wonder if I can get the Edusave scholarship with such a percentage. Hope so…

And as for the NAPFA test, it was amazing! I managed to PASS and get a BRONZE!!! HOW? I don’t know! My Pull-up was reflected as 3 instead of 2! My SBJ was reflected as 206 instead of 19x. My 2.4km run was reflected as 13.40min when I only got 14.xx after 3 tries…how come so generous? I don’t believe it. And I don’t know how it is reflected like that. But that’s another answered prayer. Thank You, God. Yes, He really does answer prayer quickly in His own time. PTL!

At, 9 AM, the prize winners proceeded to the Auditorium, of which my class there were about 3/4 of the people receiving awards. Actually, I’m supposed to receive Certificates of Merit/Excellence for the competitions I won, e.g. Cyberfair or eGames. I think Mr. You didn’t know about such a thing. Sigh…but nevermind, P.E. department always cock up the certs anyway…just like the CCA points.

After some briefing and blah blah, the ceremony started at 10 AM with Principal’s Address. Haha, it seems like he’s giving a workshop on life skills, showing us a list of skills etc. Then Kiren gave the speech to represent the Sec 4s. Yes Kiren…WHAT? KIREN!?!?? (vomits blood) Hahaha he made a laughing stock. Everyone was booing, jeering, cheering, clapping, hahaha…Then came the touching part. After Kiren’s speech, there was a PowerPoint presentation, don’t know made by who, showing us pictures and “Words of Encouragement.” Looks something like what I thought of doing, words from Victorian Anthem along with pictures. But they added some lame comments.

Now comes the touching part. They show group pictures of each class, followed by the Form Teacher’s comments. As I was looking, I somehow felt very very sad in that I’m leaving VS already…4 years came and went fast…reading the teachers’ comments and all the pictures really made my throat feel dry and almost shedding a tear from my eyes…tried to control myself……then the teachers….and heard that Ms. Loo is retiring this year….she’s the best teacher I’ve had, very caring and good in teaching. Mr. Khoo’s one was very very funny….his comment was “What makes 4C a good class? (12 marks) L1:…. L2…..” hahahahaha SS question! Everyone burst into laughter Then Mdm. Ernie, Mrs Lee….Every class identified with themselves, each unique some with their own catcalls (such as Jie Wei!) Very very touching moment, as the Vitamin C’s “Graduation” song played along, it really made the atmosphere very ….words are not enough to describe it 😐 🙁 ^__^ -__-

Then was the prize giving. I don’t really think I deserve the 8 points. Maybe Mrs Lee’s compassion mark was because I helped her a lot in Humanities…such as the Economic Literacy, the recent software on ArcGis…etc. etc. I don’t know. But anyway, since I have the privilege, then I shall just accept it.

Then was the Victorian Anthem. A standing Sec 2 band…eeks…not very nice. I asked Alvin Teo to hold my Dell Axim while it was recording so that I can snap pictures. My last official anthem, can hear the whole auditorium singing with pride and glory. Then the anthem ended and the cheer came. Saw Matthais Chew and Benjamin around there cheering…amazing, I was about to join when Alvin Phua beside me tapped me and we started our own along with Samuel etc. It was the best and loudest, but I didn’t manage to snap any nice shots nor take any videos because my camera refuse to release the shutter…Ah…too crowded, no time to concentrate on my camera. The sound recording not very clear also.

Then, it was the reception at about 11am…hmm nice food…but some don’t want to queue so went to buy their food. Luckily, I came down early. Then, it rained heavily.

Later, Victor and I found Mr. You and showed him our stupid CCA grades and told him the problem. Went to find Mr. Lee Boon Kee but he’s away on a meeting. So we decided to come back next week.

A while later we found Mr. Lee back and eating together with Mr. Ang and some other teachers. Victor then went to find Mr. You and he approached Mr. Lee and inquired (yes right in front of Mr. Ang!) We were arguing why Cyberfair so little, then why so stingy never print everything. Some more, Victor’s was calculated wrongly. Mr. Ang looked at my list, then ask Mr. Lee why. Then Mr. Lee say Mr. You submitted too late, and never reflect properly, and say what Cyberfair is not a competition such that we are selected to represent Singapore as a country in an international competition. Argh! Didn’t Hozefa got 5 points last time?! Then, thanks to Mr. Ang, who requested Mr. Lee to up me to an A2 (9 points) because I did a lot for the school, following Mr. You’s comments. Good thing that P was there and he knows me! 🙂 So Mr. Lee decided to up mine to A2 and correct Victor’s marks to get A2 but can’t do anything for Cyberfair.

Later, we go searched Mr. You’s laptop for the Excel file to clarify…we were commenting that PE Dept very what…everytime cock up then not sure how the system works. Saw some people approaching Mr. Lee but he just brushed them off. Luckily Mr. Ang was there just now. Found the file, and brought the laptop to find Mr. Lee. Alas, he’s back to the Hostel to change, then Mr. Ho explained to us about how the system works, saying that it is such that clubs and societies are very difficult to calculated, that’s why they encouraged us to join a mainstream CCA back in Sec 1. Argh! Biasness! Say what Clubs difficult to count points, difficult to score blah blah blah….the more I hear, the more I want to go Poly>>>>

Later, Victor and I visited Cedric’s AEP O Level Project at D&T Classroom 2….woo…the photos are flying…hanging from the ceiling. Printed with Canon S9000, they look quite okay, pasted on black cardboard, tied from the ceiling. The room was filled with hanging photos. Very cool and nice photos with a lot of meaning and artistic and skills and …Memories are made of these… can form some kind of photo timeline for our four years in VS…very cool. He’s gonna add some shoes at the ground. Cedric also made 2 cardboard photo album, with their class photos and individual photo and comments, as gifts to Mr. Khoo and Ms. Loo. Interesting class 4C is, with their Russian T-shirt and everything.

[ TJC & MJC Open House ]

Then, Victor and I went to TJC Open House in the drizzle at about 1.30pm. I like the idea that TJC has separate modern “TJC: The Future. Now.” Logo apart from their traditional crest. Looks cool…their website too.

Explored the building…the Auditorium and a few blocks around it are new, while the rest are very old, dating back to 1970s. And they are SHORT….mostly only 2 storeys high, the most only 5 for the main admin block. Toured the school ourselves, with the usual array of CCA exhibitions and many TJCians promoting themselves and their CCA. Small hall, nice cafe-like canteen. Saw many other Victorians there like Izzu, Shafeeq, Jurong, Leonard, Xuguang, Eric (4C), Kaihong and his BB friends, 4G people etc.

The Library very cool, especially their small heritage display, very high class and with spotlights and their school model in the middle. But not much exhibits though, only displays on the walls. Quite large library with 2 storeys, and a small cafe area and wide variety of books.

There was a Guitar Ensemble concert in one of the LT. Visited and quite nice. Sound a bit like CO because of the plucking of strings. They performed a Russian classical song, “Yesterday” and a pop song with vocals called “Sway”. The lady who sang had a nice ang-moh-singer-like voice.

Then walked around again, through the sports complex, then back to the auditorium…took a peak…wow BIG!!! The main seating area is so huge and there’s even a small gallery at the top. I think about 800 seater…very cool …but seats not cushion. Msged Aunt Poon but she did not reply.

Sat down and chatted a while. Asked around who wants to go Meridian but no one really interested. Then Victor met his primary school friend and left chatting with him. Then I visited their computer lab. Leonard and xuguang playing CS…haha They using Dell coms also. Later, I decided to proceed to MJC myself. Decided to try the “Fried Ice Cream” ($1.20)…some pastry sort of thing, dipped into oil and deep fried, and inside is ice cool ice cream….very interesting…crispy hot on the outside, cool vanilla on the inside.

3+pm, Took Bus 12 and saw Shafeeq on the Bus. Then, later I changed to 81 and reached MJC. Very crowded, a lot of neighbourhood school people. Nice school building, very impressive, like some high-class institution. Very blue too….their uniform is light blue…

Walked around myself, they having some sort of fun-fair called “Learning Agora”. Picked up a programme sheet and proceeded to the Library entrance and waited for the tour guide. Still early, so I went into the Library and explore…very new and cool, heard that it’s managed by NLB. But not many books yet. Then I waited outside for the tour. The tour guides came but disappeared. Not very organised. They led some into the Library but took so long to come out that I decided to attend the Principal’s talk. It was held in one of the LT….this one’s quite big…hmm…

A while later, the talk began. The Principal, Ms Lye, say this and that…psycho me very well…boast about the building, the young and passionate teachers, the not-play-and-play attitude, high expectations, that’s why 15-point cut-off, focus is academic, etc…talked about the subject combinations…hmm no computing. Now at least I understand more about the subjects, she said about the requirements and assured us that JC is super tough. O levels x5…sigh..maybe I should really go poly. Realised that both MJC and TJC don’t offer Computing. Deprive me of studying something I like for once … The school has 5 LT, of which seating capacities are 150, 150, 150, 250, 600 respectively…no auditorium. The 600-seater is big but has a very small stage….ahh what’s the point? Walked around again, small and normal hall and canteen,…hall’s stage very small…then I decided to go home.

So the prelims are over

So the prelims are over somewhat….and on Monday finally the results were released.
Actually got 11 points if my English got B3, now confirmed that my oral helped me get A2, and some more moderation +2 to composition and now I got A2 confirmed. So I got 10 points.

Then school decided to moderate Combined Humanities and A. Maths by adding 5 marks to each. So in the end I got 9 points.

That’s not the end of the story. This morning, Mrs Lee HP was confirming the marks with us and when it was my turn, I said, “74” (actually was 69 before moderation, then when I was checking scripts, she calculated 65 – calculation error!). Then, she actually asked me, “Want a mark to make it 75?”

“Huh? What?(!)”

“Add another mark to make it 75 A1?”

“…ER…Anything lor.”

Samuel, “Just say yes lah!”

Haha, I was surprised and overjoyed. However, I still prefer to say that my L1R5 is 10 rightfully. Hope to get 8-10 for O Levels.

As for first 3 months, most probably I’ll go to VJC for PAE, then get O Level results then decide whether to stay in JC or go Poly. Have also been thinking about other JCs like SAJC (“they believe in praying!”) or TJC…hmm…Also been thinking about choice between JC and Poly…Heard that Jonathan Yeo has a confirmed choice of SP…hah

Thank you Lord, for blessing my results, first within my expectations, then above my expectations. Amen.