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'After all this time?' [24 Aug 2007|11:26pm]
To be honest, I'm not exactly sure what he was talking about.

Oh wait. I just got it. Hah.


Well, just finished 'The Deathly Hallows.' It's quite an adventure Joanne Rowling has invited us all into, this past decade. Cheers.
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Just feeling like it [23 Apr 2007|12:49am]
Study study study. I'm looking forward to the summer. It's gonna be extremely busy, but that'll be nice for a change. (From previous summers.) Research and summer school, and hopefully softball. Base/softball is such an intriguing sport. So simple, yet elegant. Plus CCF stuff. Plus tennis! Plus some potential conferences! I want to get blades, since I'll be downtown a lot and can ride with Jon Chant (hello there!) but I don't know if I can dish out the dough. Want a new guitar too.

Still waiting to hear back from PEY. No matter what happens, peace. Next year will be good...I don't know what I'm doing, but it'll be good.

The Great Divorce is an awesome book. Lewis is a-brilliant.

Go Flames. Oh I just checked. Good effort, Calgary.

Baron Davis is a beast!
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Spirit, take me up in arms with You [21 Mar 2007|10:38pm]
It's interesting how just saying "Yes" can be so strangely difficult. Even when you're compelled to, even when others see it, even when you yourself can see it. It's like this little switch in your brain that so small and elusive, and seemingly insignificant. But if it's not switched in sync with the rest of your being, you don't move. You do not move. It's such a simple choice, really. Just a little switch from indecision to Yes. And yet so much resistance...I can feel it now even after the fact.

But I say "Yes." Here I am. Take me up with you.
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An update! [16 Mar 2007|02:12am]
Well, not really. Jon, this one's for you...I wonder when you'll find out.

I had a phone interview for Eli Lilly today (yesterday). I really like their company. I don't want to do Apotex (regulatory affairs...bagh) or Wyeth (Montreal would have been nice...). Oh, how will things work out next year...such a confuzzled mass of uncertainties. But if somethings' not meant to be, the door shall be closed. And I know things can work out so much better than I could even plan for or imagine for myself, by His plan. Whether you turn to the left or to the right...

Work done these past few days = laughable! This past week and a half, in fact. I'm hungry. I should turn in now; gotta make it up in time for Unity.

Unity in diversity is tomorrow! Ha I find it kinda funny that Richard Dawkins will be speaking simultaneously pr. (I think so anyways.)
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[29 Jun 2006|09:24pm]
I'm really glad I was able to meet up with and go see Broken Social Scene with Calvin. Good times being our old selves and enjoying some live music. Unfortunately, I had to leave before BSS actually started playing, 'cause I had to meet up with a friend who was returning to Hong Kong the next day. But I am steadily becoming a BSS fan.

I'm also gonna try to write a novel this summer, inspired by an event Dan mentioned in which a 50 000 word novel must be completed in one month. I like the start and end dates he suggested -- July 15 to Aug 15 -- so that will be a goal for this summer. That's like 1613 words per day for 31 days. That's approximately 5 single-spaced, typed pages written per day. Should be fun. Wish me luck.


EDIT (June 30, 2006): Now that I've gotten to know these BSS songs, I so wish I could see them live.
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Close call [12 Jun 2006|07:22pm]
I almost axed myself in the shin today.

I was at my friend's house helping out with some yard work. I was trying to chop the axe into the top of a wooden post. It slipped off the post and the momentum of the axe brought it between my feet, right beside my left leg. Were my leg an inch to the right, the axe would have hit my shin dead on. And the speed at which it was going, I'm fairly certain it could have damaged bone. Brrr, shiver. Scary.
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Of a thousand [03 Jun 2006|12:00am]
[ mood | Slightly tired but calm ]

Just finished listening to Mahler 8. Certainly an amazing piece. However, I don't know what it is about choral music, but I've never been really able to get into voices. Same with Mahler song cycles. It was during the solely instrumental parts and build-ups when I was most absorbed in Mahler 8, and I just couldn't find as much interest in the extended voice sections. I'm not sure why that is.

The exception is requiems. At least, many parts of Mozart's requiem. Maybe I just haven't listened to enough voice pieces, and don't fully appreciate the voice as the incredible instrument it can be in these works. Maybe it has something to do with them always singing in languages I don't understand, though I don't know why that would affect anything. Hmmm.

June 3: Shosty 10 with Tim.
June 7: Radiohead with Dan.

!!!

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Hot hot heat | Deliberations [29 May 2006|07:20pm]
It's been 20 days since exams were done.

I'm not sure whether I should take the MCAT this summer. I've been thinking and saying that I would, but really...if there's zero chance of me going to Med school, then there's absolutely no reason for me to take it. The thing is, I don't know whether there is zero chance, but all my life I've never really wanted to go into med, never really had a passion or strong interest in becoming a doctor. So should I really spend so much time, energy, and money preparing for the MCAT if there's a good chance it may just amount to of no use in the end? Further, if I were to take the MCAT, I'd like to give it my full effort. Maybe even take a prep course to be more fully prepared. But I just don't see myself going hard core studying for it this summer, especially with all the doubt I have surrounding whether I should be taking it in the first place! Oh, if only I could get my calling now...it would make things so much easier in terms of long-term planning. Bah, there's me thinking that my life is all in my own hands again. Oh, what to do.

Very hot day today, plus the TTC illegal strike. The busiest I've ever seen Bloor. Just a bad day for the city of Toronto.
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[20 Apr 2006|01:24am]
[ mood | I should be sleeping ]

Hello all!

It's been quite a while. I gave up non-essential Internet usage for Lent, so I've been completely out of the loop as of late. I'm just making a post to notify you of my not-deadness. So here it is.

Well, exams are all up ons. I'm sure some of you are almost done. My first exam, however, is not till next Tuesday, and I don't finish till May 9th. Yes, that's right. That's the way it goes at U of T. So while you're all out there enjoying the nice weather or starting summer jobs or going back to Hong Kong, I'll be learning about how the bicoid protein influences dorsal-ventral axis development in embryonic Drosophila. Yay for science.

Thanks Tim, for you wall posting on facebook. We definitely should catch up. When do you leave for Hong Kong?

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Sexy curling? [25 Feb 2006|11:24pm]
Yes go Gushue! Woot.

Just one thing to mention about the American men's curling team: what was with their skin-tight jumpsuits? They even had a couple different colours...each of which pressed against their cloits and doits. Bronze for USA is good for the sport, though.

I miss curling. Looking forward to tennis.
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[24 Jan 2006|11:06pm]
Well, I've been thoroughly unproductive this evening -- instead of homework, all I've done is listen to Radiohead and watch Gilmore Girls. It's past 11:00, and I figure I won't do any work now. So I thought it was high time for an update.

This semester is quite tough, I do suppose. Chem labs are a lot to prep for. Things are fast coming up. But school stuff just does not make for very interesting reading. Frankly, I'm looking forward to Reading Week. Even though I have tests galore at that time. Sigh.

It seems I've yet to gain the discipline and vision required to live an effective lifestyle. During the Christmas break, I really just atrophied and wasted so much time. There were things I should have done that I just couldn't bring myself to do. Important but not urgent things...they're the hardest things to do. Now that school's back, there's always important and urgent things that take up my attention, and on occasion I seek unimportant and non-urgent things to compensate (such as the events of this very night). Putting first things first...that's tough.

Our system of government is very antagonistic. Issues are brought up, and the opposition finds every reason to fight it, and it becomes a game of numbers, of whether you can rally enough MPs to your cause, and those numbers are used as bargaining chips. Even the very sturcture of Parliament is antagonistic: one side facing the other in direct opposition. I'm not saying it's necessarily a bad system, but wouldn't it make more sense and better serve Canadians if the government was run more like a committee rather than a boxing match? Everyone brings up pros and cons from their own perspectives and those of their parties concerning an issue, and instead of having an argument about it mediated by a Speaker, they simply offer what they have and discuss it directly in an understanding manner. There'd still be heated arguments and debates, of course, but just not that me vs. you, my party vs. your party mentality. I suppose things just aren't that simple. All the same, I'm interested to see how Stephen Harper will handle the months and years to come. An intriguing time in Canadian politics.

Bah, why am I talking about politics.

???!
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[25 Dec 2005|01:51am]
Merry Christmas, all!
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Weather or not to [23 Oct 2005|01:05am]
Whatever happened to the nice autumn weather? It was like summer, then suddenly cold for a couple of days, then there was one week of abnormally high temperatures, and now it's suddenly so cold everyday. Where's that comfortable, transitory fall weather that I like, the kind where it's not hot, in fact a little bit cool, but a light jacket over a t-shirt is all you need, with a balmy breeze every once in a while? The sky is bright, but easy on the eyes, maybe a bit dullish with a hint of the winter to come, but not enough as to be alarming. The season just kinda passed by quietly. Come back, O autumn! Hmm...what was the title of that Dragonlance book...Dragons of Autumn Something. Let's see...Spring Dawning, I think...Winter Night?...Summer Flame...Autumn Twilight. Oh okay, I cheated...I looked at the inside cover of my copy of Summer Flame. Dragons of Autumn Twilight. Yes, bring back autumn twilight, before the darkness of winter night swamps us all! Talking about Dragonlance makes me want to read it a bit...but I should probably sleep instead. Good luck on them mid-termies and essays and whatnot, and good night!
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[21 Oct 2005|12:18am]
We were made for more than this world's got to offer.
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Kicked out of the library [23 Sep 2005|11:49pm]
Two weeks done.

It has been alright. The first week was ridiculously long. My classes are okay...biochem is an intersting topic, and my classics course I really like. Bio I'm fairly neutral about, and the anthro course seems decent. Physical chem sucks. Poor teacher + difficult subject + I'm not that great at phys chem. But it's been alright.

This past Monday I went to watch Sigur Ros at Massey Hall. It was awesome. It's so crazy live. All the sounds and textures and beats fill the entire hall. The lead singer's voice is so confident, pitch perfect, just like on the CD. And the songs...they just illicit so much imagery. As I listened I would imagine a situation that I felt that song presented to me, and I came up with stuff like witnessing the final sunrise from above the clouds, and the feeling of just discovering that you're alive and happy about who you are. Very visual, very engaging. Sometimes you just sit there and the music's pulsating through the whole room, and you just surreally sit there and are barely able to absorb it. Although most of their songs seem to follow a predictable pattern. Oh, but when they played Unititled #8 as the encore...man that was insane! So good so good.

I've never attended a regular school year CCF meeting as a committee member. Did so today. Felt a bit different, as I suppose it should. Just makes me wonder on perspective.

I remember nights like this. All too familiar.
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Back [14 Sep 2005|10:24pm]
I've only had three days of school so far, and yet it feels somewhat longer than that. Last year I suppose there was the newness of being Frosh, in university, but this year, it's just get back to school and into the old studying routine. And I'm commuting now. Definitely more than three days.

I'm reading Homer's Iliad. It's for a classics course I'm taking as an elective. It's kinda funny; whenver Achilles has dialogue, I imagine in my head that it's Brad Pitt in bronze armour who is speaking. Oh, what has Hollywood done. We'll also be doing The Odyssey and The Aeneid.

I sure don't like phys chem. If I'm in second year, and I'm taking mandatory courses I don't like, is that a bad sign?

Well I hope everyone's doing well in their respective schools. I really wanna play more tennis.

Have a great everything.
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[08 Aug 2005|11:57am]
I just finished reading 'The Half-Blood Prince.'





What.

Just.

Happened.
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[30 Jul 2005|11:16pm]
[ mood | relaxed ]

It's been a while since I've posted. My last one was just before I left for Philly. Well, I've been back from Philly for three weeks. So it's been almost a month.

I've been working. I've been planning. It's been busy.

I went for a jog tonight with my sister. It was nice to run again. Feels good afterwards, especially after a shower. Sent an email to a friend, then had some cereal. Here's the new cereal choice in my house: Strawberry Burst Cheerios or Triple Berry Cheerios. Good stuff.

Gavin DeGraw's songs are so cocky. But they're still kinda good. And least his cocky songs are actually written by himself.

I think I'll start 'The Half-Blood Prince' tonight.

Hmm.

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Prayer for Philly [02 Jul 2005|04:30pm]
I'm heading off the Philadelphia in a couple of hours. It's a week-long missions trip with 14 others from my church. I pray for the safety and energy of all the members, for the staff at CSM (the organization we're going with), the city itself which is a city of great need in many respects. I pray that we are all able to demonstrate love through our actions and words, the undeniable, inexplicable love that Christ Jesus has made known to us. Lord, may You be the centre of this trip always, just as I pray You be the centre of my life always. Forgive my unpreparedness, and kill any selfish motives I may be bringing with me.

Please pray for me and for my group and the city of Philly, for I know in truth that the power of prayer is real and active. Thanks in advance.

I'll be back in a week.
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[30 Jun 2005|02:46pm]
Oh, here's an interesting piece of update that I forgot to mention yesterday. So I was changing Philip's water (for the first time in over a week). Now what I usually do, since the water is always filthy, is I pour out the water, with Philip still inside, into the toilet slowly, and when the water levels gets low enough, I pour Philip plus a bit of water into a small cup, where he stays until I finish cleaning his container. However, this time, as I was pouring out the dirty water, Philip jumps out with it -- and into the toilet bowl. And I'm like, O crap. So now he's swimming about in the toilet, darting into and out of the overhang that leads deeper down that dark, foul place beyond. Oddly enough, he seemed quite content -- I suspect that the toilet water was considerably cleaner than what he was living in for the past week. Anyhow, with the styrofoam cup, I was able to scoop him out and finish the process, so don't worry, Philip's fine and doing alright, despite my horrendous care. But fish, at least certain species like mine, are fairly resilient creatures.

Just thought I'd let y'all know 'bout that.
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