Annual Assembly 2013

Sunday, April 28, 2013

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Can I just say that I am so incredibly proud of 13atch and RGGuides? (':

Because we managed to put up an amazing Annual Assembly for the Guides, Scouts and friends who came to watch us. (And yes, I am not afraid to say that we put up an amazing performance because I know that we all did put in our very best efforts - batch and juniors alike - and that is really what makes everything so beautiful).

To be honest, at the start of the planning and preparing process, many of us had so many doubts. There was so much conflict with regards to the date itself. Would we have enough time to plan if it were to be held so early in the year? There was so many constraints we had to take into consideration and we started everything with lots of pressure to complete things in time. Then, we decided to take a risk - AA is traditionally held in the amphitheatre but we wanted it to be held in the hall this year. Will we be able to pull off such a major decision? Well, we managed :-)

I am so incredibly proud of 13atch. Honestly, despite tension, fatigue, anger, frustration, deadlines and other negative factors that we faced during the prep process, we stuck together - we gave in, we understood, we supported and we showed love towards one another. 4 years have passed and here we are - we've gone through our last March Camp together, we've put up our last Annual Assembly (the best I've experienced) and soon, Striping will come before we know it (just thinking about it makes me very very sad) so let's make the most out of the rest of our time together.

13atch, thank you for always being there - thank you for the late nights, thank you for all the dancing (wow we did a lot of dancing! From Tik Tok to Boyfriend to what we did last night), thank you for the late dance practs, thank you for the star-gazing in the amphi, thank you for the madness, thank you for the Whatsapp spam, thank you for being you. We've all grown up so much, in a good way and it is scary how time just flew past like that. There is just so much emotion that I would like to express, except that my lack of good vocabulary is limiting me a great deal :(

I would like to thank every single 13atchmate (and other Guides who have helped me in this entire AA process) and so I shall :-)

Let's start with my dear fellow Concert Comm I/C - Valerie! :)
Ahh we did it! Thanks for always being there for me for everything - not only just for Guides. Since Year One, we were the only two Guides in 104/204 and you've always been there for me! Campaigning for Waddle, Waddle Dramafest, and now Concert Performance! Thank you Val, you're an amazing person - thank you for your understanding during times when I was too busy and this entire performance would not have been possible without you! You played a bloody good Potter as well. Love ya!

My lovely minions - ChristinaHui Wen! :)
Thanks so much for being such lovely batchmates - the two of you are superbly cute (I'm very sure the crowd fell in love with the two of you) Jack would not be Jack without her best minions (yes it's the two of you, not the jugglers hehe) Love ya'll! 

My patrolmate and dance partner, Jessica! :)
And the lovely Dance I/Cs, Vanessa, Christina, Sharmaine and Grace! :)
Thank you Jess for being such a wonderful friend - I'm so proud of you this year haha and thanks for being an amazing dance partner (you have a secret talent for dancing) and patrolmate! You've made my transition to 02 Ixora a lot better and I realize that you're actually a very nice and sweet person despite the tough exterior you have heh. Love ya!
Thank you Van and Chris for choreographing such an amazing dance for the Year Four batch - despite all the problems and tension faced, thank you for everything you've done in helping the entire batch look good because we would look so cool without you guys! Van, you did incredible as our emcee as well! Love ya'll! 
Thank you Shar and Grace for choreographing the wonderfully cute batch dance for the Year Ones :) I'm really sure they appreciate the two of you very much and you guys have been incredible batchmates for the past three years, I love y'all!

The wonderful main cast - Raven, Brittany and Penelope! :) I meant, Ragini, Celine and Fatima! :) 
Thank you for putting so much effort into your roles - you guys did amazing, amazing, amazing (':
Ragini, you did fantastic as Raven. You acted so very well and really brought out the character! I'm sure the audience (especially Minglu) had lots of fun watching you on stage. I know that it wasn't easy, having to memorize the crazy script despite having so much on your plate, but you did well and you did it!
Celine, oh let's go on a crocodile ride, shall we? :) Thank you for playing Brittany so well and calling Jack cute, though slimy. Again, it must have been crazy having to memorize that long script and in fact, you were one of the characters who finished memorizing really early (even when we first started rehearsals, you were already pretty familiar with your lines) - Concert Comm truly appreciates that, so thank you :) 
Fatima, you are truly amazing! Thank you for putting so much effort into AA - not only was your acting as Penelope wonderful, you did a fantastic job as Costumes & Props I/C (all of us looked so good in our costumes and the props were so realistic). Despite all that, you had to balance PGA and academic responsibilities, so thank you and have a good rest! :) 
Love y'all!

BROHOHOHOS - Estee, Val, Grace and Michelle! :)
Ahh thank you lovely scripters - without you guys, AA would not have been possible at all! (And don't worry, even if some people think that "The Author" was the one "who made it all possible", I'll always know that you guys are the ones who truly made the magic happen)
Estee, you've been an amazing batchmate and you played Jack-waitforit-son really well despite all the awkwardness! It must have been difficult but you pulled it off and thank you for everything you've done for AA - all the late nights, all the script editing, thank you :)
(I've thanked Grace & Val above already)
Michelle, ahh I can't believe 3 years have passed since we were innocently in 03 Mynah laughing like maniacs all day long. You've been an amazing batchmate and you're always there for me despite everything! You played a hilarious Ron last night - honestly you're the most suited for it and my Guiding journey would be so different without your company! :) 
Love y'all!

Creeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeepy voice my lovely Jing En :)
Hehhehee thanks for being such an amazing amazing person, Jing En! Honestly, you're so wonderful - thank you for being my 13atchmate and also an incredible Waddle Vice Capt. You've helped me so much over the years, I really do not have words to express the gratitude I feel towards you. Thanks for always being so kind, helpful and understanding whenever times got tough and always sticking with and believing in me. We still have a bit more to go so let's jiayou together :) Love ya!

(okay at this point of time, I realize that I did not take photos with everyone so the rest of my thank you dedications shall come without photos :( so sorry!)

To the wonderful "Author", Yi Xi :)
You were so amusing yesterday - the audience absolutely adored you! Thank you for being such a cute and wonderful 13atchmate and honestly, you did such an incredible job with the souvenirs - they were all so professional and well made (': Thank you for putting so much effort into it, it must not have been easy. And thank you for spicing up our dances and "making it all happen". Love ya!

To Professor Snape, Tianling :)
Thank you for freaking out with me about Literature AA, exchanging eye contact during Lit lessons when our lovely teacher says something weird and being such an amazing 13atchmate! You were such a fabulous imitation of Professor Snape, there really isn't anyone in our batch that can ever pull off what you just did last night. Thank you for accompanying me in running like mad on the night of the RI01 campfire - you're such a wonderful batchmate, love ya! 

To Hermoine, Dini :)
You are the perfect person to play Hermoine - I really liked it when you walked around yesterday feeling like a sheep just so your hair would be "as curly as fried bacon". You were truly into your role and I'm very sure the audience loved you! Also, you have been such a wonderful Backdrop I/C - the backdrop was stunning so thank you, love ya! 

To the "teacher", Edina :)
Thank you Edina for being such a crazy batchmate - you played a really awesome teacher even though it was a minor role! I was pretty shocked during rehearsal yesterday HAHA cos you were really good. Thanks for being a batchmate with such a bubbly and positive energy, love ya! 

To Faith, even though you weren't present yesterday :)
Thank you for being my 13atchmate for the past few years and you've come so far, to become the deputy speaker of Congress, jiayou for everything! 

Finally, and most important, NAP & the CLs, CAM :)
Nicole, Ailica, Pan Wen, Gong and Mae 
You guys have done an incredible job in ensuring the success of AA 2013 as well as Guides as a whole and to be honest, I don't think I can ever thank y'all enough for the sacrifices you guys have made for this event and this CCA. 
Nicole, you've been a great AA OIC - this event will not be the same without you, you're always looking so stressed out during the AA prep period so I hope that you will take a good NAP and really rest because you've done great and I hope you're proud of yourself because I am. On a more personal note, thanks for being a lovely batchmate and a lovely ex-patrolmate in Year Three - you're amazing and I love ya!
Ailica, oh you crazy person - I really hope you stop staying outside for so long just to keep yourself awake - it's extremely unhealthy not to mention dangerous! Work might seem like everything now but 10 years down the road you might regret it so please take a break periodically, don't overwork yourself please :) I'm sorry if I have not been the best Concert Comm I/C but thank you for being so understanding and you have been an amazing batchmate and AA would be nothing without you, I love ya!
Pan Wen, oh you're another mad kid - I cannot believe you did not sleep for the entire night before AA but I hope that you find that everything you did has paid off because I'm pretty sure it did. I hope you rest well after all this is over because you truly deserve it! You did a fantastic job and I'm so proud of you! Jiayou for PGA and I love ya!

Mae, thanks for being such a wonderful CL - you're such a cute, funny and amazing person, I'm so glad to have known you! Thanks for sacrificing so much for this CCA and making it so incredible. Every week, you guys spend so much time to plan sessions, 13atch really appreciates it! You were such a cute crew member yesterday and thank you for standing in so last minute and doing a great job as Andrea too! Love ya!
Gong, you were such an incredible emcee yesterday - you're so quick-witted and you practically light up the entire hall with your craziness :) Thank you for being such a wonderful CL - I have so much respect as to how you are able to balance all your commitments, thanks so much for everything, I'm so glad to have a friend like you! Love ya! 

To Concert Comm, both Tech and Performance;
Thank you guys for all that y'all have done - there are no words to express how much 13atch is grateful to you guys. Coming early in the morning of AA, staying back till late during sessions and simply always being there and taking pride in the responsbilities y'all were given. We've trusted the right people and I'm so glad for that. Love ya'll! 

Cannot bloody believe AA'13 is over. 
Thank you for the million memories. 
Jack says goodbye :) 
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Friday, April 19, 2013

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Hello everyone :)
I am pleased to say that I am still alive and have survived the horrible past week, but not without the amazing support of my friends (and a fair bit of tears but that's secondary).

The Vectors Math Test, History PT and Literature AA (1) are finally out of my life. Honestly, one week ago, I never thought that I would pull through this period of time but I did and that's really all that matters. I wouldn't have managed to it without knowing that I had fab friends around me who could understand and support me. 

Thank you MPP group for tolerating me when I couldn't really contribute to our Powerpoint presentation because I was multi-tasking and doing my History and Literature at the same time :( 
Thank you Ailica and Fatima for affirming me when I started tearing in the canteen after Guides due to all the stress from History PT and Annual Assembly and House stuff. 
Thank you Waddle IHG Games OT, Sports Capts and my vice capts for being so on-task even though it's a crazy period for every single one of us. 
Thank you Caitlin for helping to settle most of the PB MRS stuff this week :)

Thank you everyone for forgiving me when I wasn't in the best of moods and always being there for me :)

So glad this week is over (': It only gets crazier from here - next week I have Literature AA (2), House Pract, and Annual Assembly 2013. We can do this, 13atch! 

And I realize that I've been sounding like a really weak and insecure person on my blog/ Twitter but I'd just like to assure everyone that is it just a passing phrase and I'm pretty sure I'll get up again with confidence soon enough! Besides, a little insecurity just makes a person even stronger. I know that I cannot afford to let anyone down, especially Waddle and 13atch - I'll definitely do my best to meet all expectations! If you will, please give me some time :) I will strive to be a better House Captain and a better Concert Performance I/C!

Thank you in advance :) 

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

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The past week has been a pretty terrible (yet fulfilling week).
Broke down a few times (record this week: three times in a day!) and got really annoyed by the littlest of things.

Things are looking up though, I have such amazing amazing friends (': They are always there for me, and I honestly I'm the luckiest girl in the entire world. But I know that everyone's been going through a terrible time during this period. To be honest, I'm really weighed down by all the problems my friends are going through as well, so I'd just like to say that all these will soon pass, as long as we look up and smile!

Thank you Christina for surprising me with this amazing happy kit - it made my day so much better and things really started looking up from Wednesday onwards!
Plus, Sarah and Phil Kay(e) came to my school on Wednesday (Yes I know right) and can I just say that they are bloody amazing and are even better live! Both of them look gorgeous as well. Got them to sign on my planner (': (': How I wish I could write / perform like them - their autographs on the back of my planner will remind me daily to stay creative and never ever give up writing though! 

On Friday, I went to catch a movie under the stars as part of English & Literature week with Phionna, Minglu and Swan! We ended up lying on the track to star gaze instead and it was a truly reflective and energizing night indeed. 
Life is getting really insane, with me having to deal with two Literature AAs and one History PT concurrently. 
Not to mention House (Waddle) work, PB work & Annual Assembly work. Oh, and did I mention academics? 

But everyone's going through a very difficult period right now so... remember to: 


 I'm pretty sure I did do that this weekend! :'D  

I managed to: 

1. Finally go running for the first time in 80 years (and I went on both Saturday & Sunday)
2. Bake! (Peanut butter and chocolate cupcakes with chocolate buttercream frosting)
3. Organize my House and all the OTs and can I just say that I love Waddle House Comm (': 
4. Finish Lit AA 

Things to conquer this week:

1. Math Comprehension (Vectors)
2. Finish History PT 
3. Start on the other Lit AA
4. Continue with running 

(Don't know why I made lists - but ah well it looks much neater like that!)


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Saturday, April 6, 2013

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I am getting so incredibly busy.
Yet at the same time I am really getting used to all these and I am actually very happy when I plan out my schedule and plans for the day and get so happy when I actually accomplish things. And I'm really happy that House stuff keeps me busy because I really really like House - and I know I keep saying this but HONESTLY it really keeps me going. So much.

This past week has been absolutely amazing (': Apart from History, Literature and Chinese TAs on Thursday, everything else felt wonderful! 

On Tuesday, it was Christina's birthday hehe BUT I did not wish her on her actual day in person (I think she was pretty upset with me). I was experiencing a lot of problems with the video I was making for her because I initially took a video with my DSLR - like I used plasticine and candles and all that sort of stuff (Chris if you'd like to see an unedited version I can show you someday!) - but when I exported it into my computer, I realized that the format was only compatible with QuickTime player and I did not own a mac so I got super irritated that I was not able to edit it with my dear old Windows Movie Maker. But luckily I managed to finish a photo montage thing with really strange captions on her birthday itself :-) HAPPY BIRTHDAY BUDDY! 

Yay lub ya (-: 

On Wednesday, we had April House Day organized by the fab Buckle OT. It's probably one of the best House Days we've had here in RGS, with the very unique idea of coming up with the theme of Childhood. Well done Buckle! You guys have probably done Hui Ying very very proud and I'm pretty sure the school population enjoyed it very much. They sold iced gem biscuits to relieve our childhood memories - a very smart and yummy move hehe. 
On Thursday, we had TAs and then Lawson and the Hot91.3FM crew came to our school! One of our schoolmates submitted a photo collage into an online contest and we garnered the most number of likes on the photo, which led to a UK band coming to our school - how cool is that? I know, RGS just shot up on the coolness factor bar! I really wished I was a fan/ that I actually like their music because at least I would have really enjoyed the experience more. Nevertheless, I went to the hall immediately after TAs to join the excitement. 

Personally, one of the highlights of that day was the fact that BoyThunder came to our school. For those who don't know who he is, he's a local radio deejay and he used to host the Hot 30 Countdown every weekday night (I'm not too sure if he still does it, I stopped listening to 91.3FM when I stopped listening to mainstream music hurhur) When I was in primary school, I used to listen to him every single night before I went to sleep and even as I was dozing off! At that time, he wasn't very popular yet and didn't have many photos online nor did he reveal his real name so I didn't know how he looked like at all - but I absolutely loved his voice.

Seeing him in person from the back of the hall was great (even though everyone else was screaming for Lawson - don't get me wrong, I have nothing against them but I just couldn't relate to everyone else) but we had Guides afterwards so I had to leave early to change into my Guides uniform. When we had Patrol Corner during Guides in the canteen though, I was buying food when Christina pointed out that a few of the Hot91.3 deejays were sitting there and BoyThunder was there! So I ran to grab my phone, shamelessly approached them when they were eating and ta-da! 

I don't listen to him/ them anymore but the 10 year old Li Yin inside of me would have been very pleased. 
Thanks Chris for taking the photo too hehe (-: 

Yesterday (Saturday), I headed to the National Library to study with Phionna and Sarah hehe it was pretty productive and fun - I absolutely love days like this! 

Term 2 has indeed been quite amazing and I really hope it'll continue this way - it's crazy busy yet satisfying all the same :'D
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