Archive for July 16th, 2007

Amici per sempre

July 16, 2007

A bottle of Keglevich lemon vodka: 15 euros

Average price of a cocktail in Reggio Calabria bars: 5 euros

All the other alcoholic beverages we consumed while in Italy: virtually half of our stipend

The feast we had at that overpriced Da Giovanni resto: 17 euros each

A ginormous pizza at Fado: 5 euros

Gelato at Cesare: 1.60 euros

Overnight stay at youth hostels: 20 euros per person

Our train and bus tickets + entrance fees at museums and places while we were traipsing around Italy: all our stipend, pocket money, plus debts

Postcards, keychains, and all other souvenirs: a significant amount of money, believe me

Spending the best 3 months of my life in Italy with 5 unforgettable people: Priceless

There are some things money can’t buy, but for everything else, there’s Helen, Karl, Candy, Aileen and Evan.


I just realized that it’s been three years since we were in Italia, ragazzi. And I forgot to remind you guys about our anniversario hehe!

Vi voglio un mondo di bene…un abbraccio molto forte. Mi mancate tantissimo!



Happy news

July 16, 2007

First semester results were officially released today…and I am happy to report that I am exceedingly pleased with the marks that I got 🙂 It’s not like I aced all of my classes or anything like that, but it’s just that initially I was expecting abysmally low grades. As I mentioned in one of my earlier entries, at one stage I just totally lost my academic mojo, and everything went downhill from there. I even got a depressingly low mark on one of my major papers (which was 50% of my grade!) and so I really prepared myself for the worst.

I remember I even discussed this with my mom months ago. I told her that I am already way past the grade consciousness phase (yes, I had no life back in college…up to now even…but see, as a wide-eyed college dork, my life principally revolved around grades and I had generally considered one’s scholastic performance as a yardstick to gauge intelligence and future success…in hindsight, I realize that I was indeed an unbelievably stupid and anal kid), and that I’ve been studying all my life and I am pretty much burned out now and all that jazz.  The basic gist of the conversation was that I was mainly preparing her for the eventuality that I will miserably botch up my grades and thus I conditioned her not to expect brilliant results from me anymore.

But yeah, I guess this is sufficient cause for celebration 🙂 However, due to my self-imposed moratorium on deep-fried food (my flatmate and I recently purchased a deep fryer, and believe me we have been putting it to good (?) use), I’ll probably just have a drink or two later. And maybe watch Harry Potter.