Paint You By Numbers

Hello! I popped off the surface of the Earth again, I know. First off, I’d like to blame school life, for being so hectic, and also procrastination, my ever loyal friend, and who can forget laziness, who practically lives in my bones and feeds on my motivation.

Playing the blame game aside, let me just tell you a few things that have happened in my life, because really, what else is there to say here?

Two Fridays ago, I went to Penang for an orthodontic appointment. I’d hoped this would be the appointment in which I finally get to take off my braces since the orthodontist last told me that I should be able to get them off by June and it was already the second last day of June but no, I’m still a braceface and not only that, I have to resume wearing rubber bands on my brace hooks again.

After that, we went shopping at Queensbay Mall and this was what I got:

How to Louis Tomlinson

On the 2nd of July, I had my seventh grade violin exam and let’s be real, it’s not something I really want to talk about so just know that it was something which I was glad was over. I came out of the room feeling like a thousand years of burden had been lifted off my shoulders, and I thought, well, I sure as heck ain’t ever going near the violin again!

And then irony took a stroll through my life and one fine Thursday afternoon, I started to search for One Direction music sheets online…and soon I was printing all of their songs’ music sheets and I have not stopped practising all of them since then until now. Ironic isn’t it, that I found myself playing the violin more after exams than I did for the exams. I love playing the violin, I really do, despite all my whines and complaints and my sworn hatred towards it since last year. I only hated it – refused, even to pick it up and play it because ever since I started learning the violin since I was 11, the only things I played were exam pieces and scales for the exams. Over the years, I just got really fed up and decided I wasn’t going to go near it anymore. My life was already exam-oriented as it was, I didn’t need another exam to surround my life. It was like utilising a favoured item to break yourself apart, and I didn’t need anymore cracks on my glass walls.

The constant nagging thought of violin exam results aside, I recently did a cover of One Thing by (who else?) One Direction and here ya go if you’re not worried about scathing your own eardrums or something:


Just last night, I went to Pacific for stationery shopping and long story short, I found the One Direction Up All Night Live Tour DVD. That’s it, that’s all I’m going to say about it. That is it.

I sincerely apologise to anyone who really couldn’t care less about One Direction because it seems to be the only thing I can blog/tweet/talk about these days but before you start going on a hating spree, do know that they have made me very happy during these otherwise mundane and depressing months so…I don’t know. Maybe you care, maybe you don’t. I like platypuses.

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Michelle Teoh

26-year-old cynical Asian, book enthusiast and purveyor of fine sarcasm.

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