This September, I and my fellow full-time cohorts got to experience our first recess week and series of midterm exams (3 down, 1 to go…but who’s counting?). Recess week gave us the much needed R&R, with activities of our batch ranging from watching the Gossip Girl marathon; going back home to the Philippines, India or China; embarking on trips to other Asian countries(there’s Korea for the study trip, Vietnam, and Phuket for myself); and taking the time to catch up with friends in Singapore who are conveniently still part of the workforce.
I thought of highlighting my experiences during the past couple of weeks, in order of the level of emotion involved:
Level of emotion: +1 (excitement)
I haven’t been near an elephant before (the closest pseudo encounter I’ve had was watching Dumbo, the Disney cartoon), much less ride one, so feeling very much like a little kid, I happily rode on the elephant’s back while he happily ate away everybody else’s bananas (how was I to know I was supposed to feed him?).
Level of emotion: +2 (wonder)
This is Phuket’s famous cultural show, and though I would still prefer watching musicals, I found the entire concept amazing.
Tom Yam and Thai curry
Level of emotion: +3 (satisfaction)
I loved eating Thai curry, and Tom Yam became a new favourite for me, but I learned the hard way that too much curry can result in several trips to the restroom.
Phi Phi island hopping
Level of emotion: –4 (anxiety)
There was sun and there was sand, but there was also the incessant bump of the huge waves against the boat. It was, to put it mildly and literally, one heck of a hopping boat ride.
Level of emotion: –5 (distress)
The flight from Phuket to Singapore takes about 1 hour and 45 minutes. Guess how much time I spent at the Phuket airport waiting for that short flight? I was there for almost 12 hours – because of the over-8-hour delay! Now, I don’t pride myself as being the most patient person in the world, but at that time, with several other people more impatient than I am, I was able to distract myself with listening to them alternately complain about the delay to the poor airline personnel, to their flight agent (although I don’t know how much the agent can help at that point), and to each other.
Level of emotion: –6 (panic)
We finished the case analysis the night (or rather, early morning) before the deadline.
F1 Singapore Grand Prix
Level of emotion: +7 (joy)
No, I am not so fond of cars as to pay over $300 or up to $1,000 to watch them zoom past me. I am not a fan of cars, period. In fact, I had to research what SGP stands for. F1 being a huge event in Singapore, however, made my friends fly all the way from Manila to here and it gave us the chance to meet and catch up.
Mad for Garlic
Level of emotion: +8 (delight)
I’m no food critic and I’m no cook, but I know a good pizza when I eat one (and I love eating one, i.e. one whole pizza, not just one slice)! Mad for Garlic’s garlic snowing pizza is the best pizza I’ve had in Singapore so far. It has shrimp, pineapple, and garlic (I told you I’m no food critic – just taste it to believe me!).
Level of emotion: +9 (relief)
Who wouldn’t rank the finance midterm as such, especially after the economics exam (or is it because it came after the economics exam that it earned its rank)? Anyway, refer to the last entry to understand what I’m talking about.
Level of emotion: –10 (frustration)
I’m not referring to the book, although I am currently reading it and I am finding it very interesting. I’m referring to how freaked out I was with the economics midterm. I spent days (yes, days) studying for a 100-minute exam, but I never expected the law of diminishing returns to apply to me so quickly. Need I say more?
Charisse Rossielin Cruz (Filipino), Full-time, Class of 2013