Saturday, June 30, 2012

phantom limb

After the whole Tournament of Champions thing, my mum said she'd allow me to dye the ends of my hair as a reward. I was going to go purple but the hairdresser kind of failed and the end result is my hair is basically one of those tricolour ice lollies, only not delicious and full of lemon-y goodness.

@malan la mian with my mother

The hairdresser straightened my hair, as they usually do. I kind of like it, but not enough to actually get up early and straighten it every day. Also it's just odd not to have curls anywhere.

Anyway, when it fades I'm going to re-dye the ends myself so..that should be interesting.





my mother!


This post was originally titled 'bangkok!', but then more exciting news came along.

So, from the 21st to the 23rd of June, I went to Bangkok to participate in the Global Round of the World Scholar's Cup. The top teams from the Global Round were going to be invited to attend like a... Super Scholar's Cup thing called the Tournament of Champions at Yale University in September. We obviously wanted to attend that.

After a few setbacks (namely being placed into the senior division without warning and also just a complete lack of preparation), my team won zero awards, lost every debate - though I maintain we should have won the last two- and were generally considered failures. 
I had a mini breakdown involving lots of tortured rhetorical questions (WHAT IS THE POINT OF IT ALL IF I CAN'T EVEN WIN A MEDAL FOR WRITING) and then basically just resumed normal life, abandoning all hope of attending the Tournament of Champions.

But guys.

We've been invited to attend the Tournament of Champions at Yale University on September 29th-30th.


*dances madly*

So if anyone wants to recommend any good places to shop/eat (me and Erin eat a lot and there's usually a bit of free time at WSC events because neither of us are ever selected for the Debate Showcase) around..Yale, I guess, comment! Or message me on Tumblr or something. 

Oh god this is so cool, I've never been to America before.

Anyway, here are some photos of the Global Round in Bangkok! That are totally irrelevant!

(after the cut because they're not particularly interesting and I don't want to spam this blog with travel photos)


Monday, June 4, 2012

three little birds

I think it shows my commitment to dressing impractically no matter what the weather that today I dressed in two layers of black. In the Beijing heat.

dress from Zara, skirt from H&M, tights as belt (I lack basic clothing), shoes from Taobao
I like my hair in these photos because this is possibly the easiest hairstyle ever (all it requires are bobby pins and..copious amounts of hair) but still looks awesome because of the colour difference.

I've not really dressed like this for a while, and it was kind of interesting seeing everyone's reactions to it when I went shopping with my family. People were giving me weird looks, there was blatant staring, etc. 
It was weirdly nice. Like, it was a deliberate action on my part (not dressing in shorts and a t shirt) that caused the stares and was kind of empowering? I don't know. That all probably sounds ridiculous.
All I'm trying to say is, I'm starting to understand further how dressing yourself can be empowering and feminist and all that.

Oh god I feel so pretentious and pseudo-intellectual IGNORE ME AND MY RAMBLINGS.

Currently busy with WSC, internal exams and the devil in the form of music composition homework, so posting will be sporadic at times when I can drag myself out of my insomniac haze.


Sunday, June 3, 2012

I just wanted to take a picture of this

Perfectly formed lipstick before I massacre it with my failed lipstick applying nonskills and huge mouth.