December 26, 2005

A friendly handshaking GOODBYE to 2005

Another year is seemingly gliding away, only another 5 days left from 2005. Since I am still in my waste mood, itís probably the best time now to put forward a conclusion to my 2005. (apologies for those who are not accustomed to the style of listing lol.)

January
Came back from Prague
Complemented
-got into Buddhism
-joined the Warwick Buddhist Society
-visit a Buddhist temple in Britain!
-becoming a veggie!
Stewardessed Warwick Student Cinema
I think, first Spring Festival spent with NOT solely Chinese people

(Film of the month: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring again)

February
Nothing much but started a quite proper relationship hence,
1st time of my 20 years life time spent Valentineís day with a LOVER! Hooray!
(Film of the month: Lilya 4 Ever)

March
Adapted myself with the fact of my parents getting divorced
Had a phone bill of 90GBP
(TV series of the month: the L word)

April
My birthday and a lot other birthday parties
Complementation contd. Crisis of identity contd.
(Book of the month: Mei Xing Zhe/ Huang Biyun)

May
Exam time
Month of breaking-up
-following up with gym and midnight trip to Oxford (featuring Daviiiiiiiiiid and Lulu the pigs, many thanks to a splendid time!)
-a 1st trip to Cambridge as well (I think I like Oxford more, I think itís more surreal, though if have the chance to choose, Cambridge seems a better option for its better combination of earthly life and old university stylishness.)
1st time: played guitar and proper strip poker!
(Blog of the month: Far away, so close via Blogspot)

June
End of my undergraduate life
-Had a very private exhibition visiting with only Lulu and two of my lovely tutors: Lynn Guyver and Red Chan (featuring Compton Verney)
-Had a lovely end of term BBQ (featuring most of people from my course)
Starting of my ankle sprained
Going home
(Business of the month: an unfinished Year Book)

July
Excessive professional training
-Launched my very first paid Chinese tutorials
-Tried to enjoy the summer with crowded buses and unexpected weather changes in grumpy summery Beijing
(Bar of the month: Destination @Beijing)

August
Got my 1st class degree in hand, became a real graduate and unemployed
-Got an offer from Melbourne University, but then decided not to go
-Finally came to the decision of coming to LSE doing a pure theoretical masters in Media Studies
A blueprint of a leftwing social scientist unpinned (< Joke of the month)

September
Time with family
-Kept up my vegetarian diet in a place where meat dishes were overwhelming and best cooked!
-Learnt to live with my Momís boyfriend, his son and his family
Exchange money, booking accommodation, and preparing to come to the exciting London, all by myself~~
(Tourist Attraction of the month: Butlers Wharf)

October

  • Settled myself near one of the finest Bridge in the World Ė Tower Bridge
  • * Socialised myself in one of the best institute in the world Ė LSE (though time from time I really doubt itÖ anyway, letís glorify my October)

    • Got involved in a boat cruise party on the Thames!
    • My flatmate Paulina was pregnant thus would became the first Mom among my friends.
    • Volunteered in Hillington Learning Centre to teach teenagers Chinese, all exciting and intriguing kiddos they are!
    • Not forgetting seeing films in London Film Festival.
    • Met up with old friends in London, too. How delicate life could be sometimes!
      (Film of the month: Broken Flowers)

    November

    1st Times:

    December (Maybe the busiest month of it all! Featuring a lot of lovely people!)

    • A crawl in London restaurants(with girls in my course, cutiest creatures in the universe they are!), cafes (note: those where established artists used to gather in the 19th century, featuring my friend Qian), markets, and pubs (only featuring Cindy in such activity, because she is such a naughty girl!)
    • Barfly and Tokyo Dinner were the spotlights of the crawl!
    • Missed Ewan McGregor and Guys and Dolls in Piccadilly Theatre. (Donít worry, one day I will get him in my bed <- daydream of the year!)
    • Went to see a 4AD band Blond Redhead gig, fab! (Or shall I say: SEX! and I still owe an orgasmic review to such a sexy performance)
    • Sipped into the craziest Buddhist trip of the world: the Highland trip. (featuring some dedicated members of Warwick Buddhist Society)
    • spotlighting Hemhead@London:
      -1st time got myself into a Lesbian Bar in London(Candy Bar @ Soho, all pink, very very cool)
      -Encountered a magical cafe Ė Blue Room and the beautiful voice of Ivy York
      -Came across a cafe owned by an astrologist! Expensive, but descent chat with the waiter were provided, and finely made zodiac sign cards were a bonus!
    • A Christmas without stepping my foot outside the door, but still fulfilled with good variety of food, and surrounded by close friends. PS. We played the lamest pool game in the world!

    (Ö.and some bizarre things happened as well, which I want to keep undisclosed but making a note here thus that I wonít forget how my mind got into such a state after all.)

    (Film of the month: Me, You and Everyone We Know)

    __

    Thatís about 2005, so far so good Ė another chilled year, yet much less ordinary (for me). Letís look forward to 2006, for more adventures, and maybe for World Cup Germany, too!

    (Thanks for the recording capacity Warwick blog has provided, so I could look back at my life a lot easier than ever!)

    Look, I didn't usually do this end-of-year resolution thingie, there wasn't even a category to fit this little piece in. But this year did seem a more organised year than I ever experienced. I could FEEL a lot of changes taken place, so it's worthwhile to write some down, though inevitably some would be ignored or carefulessly forgotten. For those who witnessed, shared, and helped to mould such a uncomparible experience/year in my life that I didn't mention to thank within that piece, here's all my love and gratitude! XxXxXxXXXXXXXXXXXXxxxxxx

    The night seems endless with cosy memories, so let me end it all with the opening of Wasteland (T. S. Eliot 1922), appropriate or not:

    April is the cruelest month, breeding
    Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
    Memory and desire, stirring
    Dull roots with spring rain.
    Winter kept us warm, covering
    Earth in forgetful snow, feeding
    A little life with dried tubers.
    Summer surprised us, coming over the Starnbergersee
    With a shower of rain; we stopped in the colonnade,
    And went on in sunlight, into the Hofgarten,
    And drank coffee, and talked for an hour.
    Bin gar keine Russin, stamm' aus Litauen, echt deutsch.
    And when we were children, staying at the arch-duke's,
    My cousin's, he took me out on a sled,
    And I was frightened. He said, Marie,
    Marie, hold on tight. And down we went.
    In the mountains, there you feel free.
    I read, much of the night, and go south in the winter.
    What are the roots that clutch, what branches grow
    Out of this stony rubbish?Son of man,
    You cannot say, or guess, for you know only
    A heap of broken images, where the sun beats,
    And the dead tree gives no shelter, the cricket no relief,
    And the dry stone no sound of water. Only
    There is shadow under this red rock,
    (Come in under the shadow of this red rock),
    And I will show you something different from either
    Your shadow at morning striding behind you
    Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
    I will show you fear in a handful of dust.

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