Saturday, April 10, 2010

Sunday Afternoon Ramblings

It's Sunday and I just got home from Church so that means I'm rambling about my week.

It's been almost 3 months to the day since I last rambled on a Sunday. I got caught up on posting my Indonesia stuff (and even that took me like a month since school was a mess in March) and never got around to posting stuff like this.

A couple of Sundays after church a bunch of us went to eat dim sum here. It was pretty good and they had all the regular things, but it was kind of pricey.

Today I came home from church and saw that the Canucks were handling the Flames handily 6-3 with, most importantly, Henrik Sedin notching 4 points to take the league lead by 3 points. It made my day!

Last night I found out that the protests in Thailand had turned violent. A bunch of people were killed (18), including a Japanese cameraman for Reuters. While I respect what they're trying to achieve (they want to call elections because the current government took power without a proper election), I hope they can negotiate a peace settlement real soon. It's been said before, but I hope the Thai king (who is mainly a figurehead) will put an end to this (in some other big riots in the past, he criticized the two sides and then they stopped). Add in the fact that the Thai king is in the hospital now and, should he die, his son is not as well-loved by the Thai people as much as his father is and you've got great impetus to end this quickly.

Another impetus to end this quickly? I'm going to Bangkok on Thursday and I'd really like not like to get HIV (the protesters were throwing blood) or shot. I'll be sure not to wear red (the colour of the protesters) or yellow (the colour of the government-supporters).

To be honest though, I'd only really be scared if there were bombings or something. If you see large groups of red-shirted or yellow-shirted people, just get the hell out of there. I think it's likely we won't spend too much time in Bangkok proper, but see some stuff just outside the city.

This upcoming week is the last week of classes, and two of my classes don't even have lectures. The other two, however, have decided that a last minute assignment is in order. Who uploads an assignment on Saturday!?

Besides the Thailand trip (I'm leaving Thursday), I'm also going to Kuala Lumpur one last time after my exams are over May 4. Karen (a friend of mine from Waterloo whose family lives in KL) is going to be back and I'm looking forward to relaxing on the beach before I go home.

Speaking of which, I go home May 10. I'm really looking forward to it.

I still don't know what I'm doing this summer - I've got a couple of leads at universities and consulting firms, but honestly it's all up in the air. If I can't find anything, I think I'll just go home, study up for the GRE and re-evaluate from there. I think it would be really cool to maybe do some missions with ICC with my church, but I really don't know at this point.

Coming up I think I'll have a post on some Singapore posts I'd been thinking about for a while, including some lovely posts about my roommates here in Singapore <3.

OK I think that's enough rambling for now.

4 comments:

  1. Please try to stay safe in Thailand... aren't there extremely HIGH WARNINGS for people not to go if you don't have to??? I heard in the past there have been bombings for riots like this...be careful!!

    And just heard some stories from the people that went to do missions with ICC at church in HK today! Pretty awesome!

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  2. I thought I heard about some bombings of government buildings and military sites in Bangkok. At any rate, please be very careful! I don't want to read the headline "Canadian student killed in Thai protests".

    Here's some information for Singaporeans traveling to Bangkok: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_511978.html

    Be safe!

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  3. Thanks for the tips guys! In Thailand, the places that are extremely high warnings are near the borders..not in Bangkok.

    Though there is that state of emergency, I think it will be OK if we're smart. If it gets awful like a curfew and skirmishes everywhere I think I'd have to bail..

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  4. hmm jeff. I trust that you'll use your noggin while you're there. It might be good to register yourself on that Canadians abroad website for your trip to Thailand.

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