Lesser burden now

This week has been a scary, scary week. Lots of tests and examinations. I had bio online quiz, I completed the last journal for behavioral science, I submitted my math project, I had my English show and tell and the last assessment for personal development. Did I mention that it is also the last week of hip hop class?

The assessments went well. I do not know the marks for some of them but I am not too worried. While for those marks that I do know, I am not giving up just yet. There are a few more assessments to go before all the marks are rounded up and combined to 100%.

The bio quiz was open book so I scored full marks on the first attempt itself, but I still wanted to test myself and went on to take another 2 attempts without referring to my lecture notes. I of course did not score full marks. This means that I have to work a lot more harder than I thought.

The behavioral science reflection journal was my last journal for which I scored an A. Although I want to write more journals, I do feel a lack of inspiration of things to write about. Maybe I should wait until next lecture and then write something. I was also finally done with the Maths project and I am so relieved because I really did not think that I would get to this point. The project was to investigate the relationship between simultaneous equations and matrices. I have never done anything this complex but thanks to my teammates, Lestor and Joel, we managed to pull this off.

Now that the first Maths project is done, we can move on to the next project which is to form inequalities and solve it. We have already discussed the project but still have 3 weeks to submission, so we are in good shape.

My show and tell went well I suppose. My classmates were so interactive and supportive so it definitely made me less nervous. But I really need to control myself and not laugh so much especially when I am trying to make a serious presentation and make sure I can get my message across the audience. I choose to talk about single versus co-education. I chose this topic because I felt really strongly for it. Sometimes having choices does not cause any benefit to us and this was the case of having both types of education. People were give the right to choose but did their choices really help them?

My favourite presentation of my classmates would have to be Chengyi’s presentation of going vegetarian. I feel really guilty that a life has to be taken in order to fulfill the need for supply and demand. But I still cannot live without meat, so I am going to try my best and make better choices. Maybe try to be vegetarian on some days or maybe try and incorporate more vegetables and less meat in my meals.

My personal development presentation went well. We actually had to a skit on anger management and then do a PowerPoint presentation and suggest ways to control anger.

The skit was actually based on an argument Elaine had with her teacher claiming that the teacher was too biased and always picked the same student to answer questions. I played the role of the student who always answered questions. We were all trying our best not to laugh but we could not help it. We are horrible actors.

The PowerPoint presentation was actually okay only. Our tutor then offered us more tips and advices and we re-doed everything. But it was actually worth it because it looked so much better in the end.

It was also the last hip hop class while I am sad that it has come to an end, I am happy that I learned a few things. I learnt to be more flexible because hip hop is all about flexibility. Next week, we move on to basketball. I really cannot believe that in a few weeks it will be the end of the term already. How time flies.

After my family broke fast yesterday evening, my mum, sister and I went to Redman to stock up on our baking supplies since my mum has volunteered me to do all the baking for Hari Raya/ Eid this year. We ended up spending quite a lot because we plan to make goodies for our house, my grandma’s house and my aunt’s house.

Today, we baked and baked. We first made sooji, which is a small cookie made from clarified butter and icing sugar. We decorated each cookie with a small glacé red cherries.

Then, we went on to make pineapple tarts. We cut out the shapes and placed pineapple paste in the center and baked it. Since, I neither eat sooji or pineapple tarts, my grandma did the taste it and they actually came out well.

Tomorrow we plan to make Baklava, which is a Greek dessert of many layers of phyllo dough then some nuts and more layers of phyllo dough on top. It is baked and then eaten with a drizzle of honey, cinnamon and orange juice sauce.

Also, we will be making kunafe which is an Arab dessert of many layers of shredded phyllo dough sprinkled on top are nuts and cheeses and baked.

Hope the baking goes well tomorrow.

That’s all for now. Have a great weekend!

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