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.

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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!

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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.