Its been more than  a week of mugging now, and somehow, i haven’t felt as productive as the first day of mugging! My concentration power seems to be deteriorating by the day, and i still have a long way to go!

I have only revised 2 lectures of DSC2006, and i have 9 more to revise, and re-do tutorials…and a cheat sheet to make tooo!

I haven’t finished my readings for NM1101E although the lecture notes are pretty much done…But the readings are super long and boring, i seriously am scared that i might not finish mugging, and then screw up…

And BSP2005 – I haven’t even finished webcasting!! And to add on, there are videos to watch! And readings to do!!!!

Seriously WTF – why can’t i just get myself to be disciplined, sit down and do some concentration filled productive mugging????


I just wanna hold ur hands

And ride into the sunset

With nothing else on my mind


The week before final exams every sem is labelled as “reading week” in NUS…and technically it is for studying for the finals.

Well Studying refers to revising their notes for the umpteenth time, and yet feeling stressed out for those people called “dean’s listers”, whilst for many others, it refers to looking at their notes for the first time, wondering what on earth those mathematical symbols u have never come across before mean and getting stressed out over how you are going to finish up understanding and learning all those “new” concepts and passing the exams..

But for many (I’m not talking about the abnormal dean’slisters here), reading week is about much more than just scratching their heads over those lecture notes that are yet to be looked at…It’s about

  • Excessive msning – there’s no better time than this man..seriously
  • Facebooking – seriously go look at people’s news feeds…they are the most active during reading weeks
  • Blog reactivations – dead blogs come alive during reading week, and some even start their own blogs during this time’
  • Catch up on sleep – you have been sleep deprived the whole semester due to your workload – JCRC, chairpersons, committee members, training, band practices, suppers, running away from ponding sessions, gossip sessions, taboo sessions, mahjong etc, and then after it all quietly dies down (atleast the first part), you know that now’s the time to get that beauty sleep of yours
  • Pig out – hey, exams are in a week, and your are not stressed out with the excessive amount of *studying* you are doing, you deserve to eat alot!
  • Discover scandals – what better time to find out who is studying with who in which corner of the library..
  • Travelling – This is especially true of those angmohs on exchange

and the best part is, to do all this, you have to camp out in some library to show off to the NUS population that you are actually procastrinating studying!!!!


Reading week has come about..

The library is FULL once again

“Sleep” is reducing by the day

Eyebags are increasing by the day

The brain is facing excessive information overload

The social life has been forgotten

The breaks have reduced

The caffeine intake has risen

The books have replaced entertainment

The brain refuses to indulge in anything else

And the MUGATHON has begun!!!!!!

Sleep, go away!

Its that time of the semester when even just 5 – 6 hours of sleep is really considered luxury, but in the midst of all that, this is the second time in a week that i’ve slept 7hrs at a stretch!!!

But then again, i have always been the person who needs a good night’s sleep to be able to function “well” during the day, so i guess its somewhat rational!

Wait who am i kidding here??? Submissions, presentations and reports not yet over, a final exam on saturday, and the rest of the exams in just 2 weeks time, and i haven’t even started studying those modules!! Gahh, i need to stop making lame excuses for my excessive sleep, and really start mugging “productively”!

But its raining heavily…and so cold outside….damn the bed looks so inviting right now!


Walled Sridhar last morning after a long time, cos i hadn’t heard from him since ISN….

And then when i went to the biz library in the evening to continue my project meeting, i ran into him…

Our meetings always end up being co-incidental and random! I don’t think he has ever done a biz module in his life, and right now he is on his IA, so who would expect him at the biz lib? And that too, just after i walled him?

And whenever we run into each other, something weird and coincidental like this always happens..

Weird aint it?


In Sri Lanka

When you buy something for someone, something not too expensive such as a cup of coffee/lunch, you generally tend to refuse to accept payment from them. Its a form of friendship, respect, and love. You may actually want/need the money, but u still refuse to accept payment until either they force it on you, or resign to not paying,

 In Singapore

You always ASK for money for the money from your friends etc for whatever you bought them. Well, for me, its cos stuff ehre are much more expensive than back at home, but then again, sometimes, i wish i wouldn’t do it…

In Sri Lanka

There’s always much better things to do rather than cut class and mug in the library/sleep such as hang out with friends at MC/queens etc, go for a movie, play cricket..or just do something totally fun

In Singapore

If you don’t go for classes, you either catch up on lost sleep, or mug in the library for some test or the other

In Sri Lanka

Concerts (by famous artistes/bands) start at 9:30/10p.m and last till 1:00/2:00a.m.

In Singapore

Concerts end  by 1o:30pm

In Sri Lanka

A dinner and dance is a really fun event. Does not involve pre-nominated pageant contestants, but rather they are nominated at the DnD itself, and then chosen then and there. There’s always dance involved, after all the fashion shows etc, and this goes on till atleast 1:00 am.

In Singapore

A dinner and dance is just an event to dress up. There are pre nominated pageant contestants, and one couple is chosen as the winner. There is generally no dancing involved although the name specifically indicates that there should be one.

In Sri Lanka

Just cos a girl and a guy hangout/sit next to each other/Dance together/Hug etc does NOT mean they are a couple. And just cos you are a couple doesn’t mean you always hold hands.

In Singapore

It usually means they are a couple. If you are seen hanging out with some guy, he is deemed to be your boyfriend. Most of the time here, you are always holding your significant other’s hands when around him/her.

These are just some basic differences that come to my mind between the culture of both countries..there could be many more..but i dont seem to remember many at the moment:D