Clicking My Heels Three Times


And we’ll ride into the sun together.

My former high school principal once told me that.  We were graduating and she was retiring on the same year, and that was the one sentence she told me during one of our little pep-talks we used to have in her office.

I’ve officially finished my exams – which means it’s the end of the 2nd year of my degree.  Which also means, I’m pretty much halfway there.  It’s like the end of the honeymoon phase, because next year onwards, I’ll be having bigger and tougher projects, and then internship and next thing I know I’ll be finishing my final year.  Everybody says time flies, but suddenly it seems like it’s been boarding a rocket all ready to hit the moon in seconds.

Inclusive of my foundation year here, it has been a total of 3 years since I started a new life here.  I could barely call it life then, I hated this place that much but I’m quite glad I’ve been moved out of my comfort zone.  I’ve learned so much in this deserted place.  My friends and I usually describe our university as one that “sprouts out from nowhere”.

Unlike my seniors who will be graduating this semester, I won’t want to write a long recount of the things that I’ve encountered and learned yet.  But I just want to put this post up to mark the mid-point of everything.  The transition.  The change that awaits.

I probably have too many sunset photos stored in my computer, but I won’t be putting them up as often as I did before now.  Next semester I’ll be changing to a new room, somewhere with less spectacular view, but hopefully better wireless connection.  It’s the same house, just different room, and I might be having a new bunch of housemates since most of them are leaving for internship next semester.

As for the coming holidays, there are already things on my to-do list, but the first thing I want to go home when I reach home is to stay home.  Just be one with my room, bed, TV, everything once again.

One thing for sure, I’d want to spend time writing more.  If there is one thing that still bugs me being in the community here is that I find an exponential deterioration in my proficiency of the language.

It feels weird to go to bed without having to cram some necessary academic information into my head.

Good night.

11 Responses to Clicking My Heels Three Times

  1. mousie says:


    btw, i love this photo 😀

  2. barger & carrots says:

    “If there is one thing that still bugs me being in the community here is that I find an exponential deterioration in my proficiency of the language.”

    “giving the truth of the claim the benefit of doubt, this line is an irony by itself, my dear…. :P,” says carrot

    “or oxymoron, to be more precise”, says barger

    • Yer, barger and carrots team up.

      But but… you don’t know how many times I’ve caught myself saying, “This is mine one!!” or or “She do that for what?” and lots more where sometimes I’d just cover my mouth with my hands, appalled.

      My england is not powderful anymore. 😦

  3. ilene ong says:

    Vern, I know the feeling. Lena has been home for almost a month already and all she does is eat and sleep and watch the telly and savouring every minute of it!

    For a person who uses words such as “exponential deterioration” and say that you’re not proficient in the language is an under statement! Believe me, your command of the language is better than Lena’s and I only wish Lena would take the initiative to pick up.

    Enjoy your holidays!

    • Haha! I had to struggle and dig deep into my vocab to get those words out. And it’s not uncommon, because in what I study, we use that term a lot, so it’s bound to be hanging around my head somewhere.

      Yes, I’m enjoying my holidays already, what more with mom’s cooking, late night, late mornings, fast internet, etc… 😀

  4. Ko says:

    I want to come home to Mom’s cooking, Dad’s wise words and some crazy time with my sister! Hmm…it is really a no-comfort zone out here.

    Now I think I need a trip back home…:)

    I’ll be taking a Saturday morning bus from Aeroline as I have a meeting on Friday afternoon and I guessed I would have to sort some work stuffs out at night before heading off to Penang the next morning. You pick me up from the station ok?

  5. carmenlee says:

    Woman! Din’t even tell me you went back home already *sobs*
    U’ve been a very nice housemate lol. Take care =)

    • Waha! I was afraid you’ll be jealous when I say “BYE! I’M GOING HOME!” Hahaha! See??? I was thinking about your feelings! Have fun in internship, take lots of photos and update your blog regularly! See you after a year! 🙂

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