commencement

Different universities call it differently.

I had my commencement in NUS on the 23rd of July. Was it fun? not really. Was it exciting? Hell no. I walked up when my name was announced, took my cert + transcript. Took a couple of pictures with a few friends who happened to be in the same commencement ceremony.

But it was a proud moment for my parents to see this transformation:

From 1 gown to another gown

10 years of friendship & counting…

the 5 of us

The five of us met during our secondary school days through our CCA. It seems a bit far away but we used to march under the sun for hours, think of it from 9-12noon then 2 to 6pm on saturdays.  We were from the secondary school military band.

Holey Schmoley, thats a good 7 hours coupled with your heavy instrument I must add.

I hoped around the different instruments sections when. I’ve played the flute, the piccolo and also, the snare drum. I swear I am not musically inclined, not hardworking enough and simply – not much of an interest in music. How did I end up joining band? I have no idea too.

Prolly because my secondary school had no dance CCA at that point of time. But I am glad to have gone through such a grueling time because, it is an additional mark to my mental strength. How did I endure those times under the sun and horrible physical training like running laps around the field?

I think the best take away I had was the friends I made. Not that we are super close or we meet up very often but it is heart warming that whenever we met, it doesn’t feel like years have gone by. Also, band was when I met my first best friend – the first time losing someone felt so painful as well.

Although I don’t say this but I’m so proud of all them for making it so far in life – because I must say not many of our secondary school peers made it to university.

And talking about university…

following my lack of updates…

I am finally back to show you some shots of typical lunches I have in my office area:

I was invited to a “new hire” lunch hosted by the big boss (senior vice pres of south asia) at an italian restaurant, Ricciotti. I didn’t manage pictures of my own dish because I gobbled it up before I could do anything. But here are some of the dishes I managed to snap:

Starter platter of bruschetta. My favourite was the smoked salmon bruschetta

Fritto Misto : platter of italian fried snacks with spicy tomato and mustard sauce

Parma ham pizza: the only main course I managed to snap

One of my favourite lunch venue has to be Hong Lim Food Centre for its large variety of cheap and good foods. I’ve packed  food to rehearsals a few times and usually, its cleaned out.

Ji Ji Wanton Noodles has to be my all time favourite wanton noodles shop for its delicious and big portions. The ingredients are superbly generous as well.

Wanton noodles

Close up

A little further from our office, nearer to chinatown area there’s this money for value soya sauce chicken stall. I like the accompanying wanton soup because of the wantons. There’s this bite to it. Although I’ve been there a few times, it has never occurred to me to take note of the shop’s name but I will update this post with the shop’s name when I have it.

Soya sauce chicken

There’s intriguing food at Golden Shoe Carpark level one’s food court as well. I had this Italian “mixed rice” sort of thing where you can have 3 different anti-pasto for $5.50 with soup and 1 piece of bread. It sounds very little but you can choose pasta or mashed potato sides to fill you up. Every additional pasto is $1 more.

pasta salad, mashed potatoes, sauteed hot dogs, fried chicken & vegetable soup