Tuesday, 12 February 2013

A Week for the Love Ones

I picked my high school English teacher, her college schoolmate and my parents last Monday morning. Since I was rushing for the problem set 3 deadline, I asked them to travel by themselves on the first day. My mum was too tired to travel after taking an overnight flight, thus she stayed in the school and took a short snap in an air-con room. I continued doing the assignment when she was sleeping. My teachers and my father went to gardens by the bay for sight-seeing. However, my father was also too tired. Thus, they three came back very early in the afternoon. We had a very traditional hometown dinner together in a PGP(Prince George's Park) kitchen which was made by my mum. The bamboo shoots with  salty vege was really delicious.

On Tuesday morning, I guided my teachers, parents and my best friend's girl friend(TingTing)'s mum to the Botanic Garden. Botanic Garden is my favorite place in SG. We had a great time there, taking photos and enjoying the fresh air. Then I introduced a Japanese noodle restaurant to them for lunch in Holland Village. They thought the taste adaptable and quite good. I then went back to school for class. My teachers and parents went to Orchard road by themselves. My parents found the price too shocking and the teachers also hesitated while making the purchasing decisions. They had a brief dinner at the Food Republic which didn't appear to be that delicious. The dinner was intended to be chilli crab in Ang Mo Kio, however, it was a bit too late after TingTing and I finished the class.

On Wednesday, I guided the same group of people to Sentosa Island. We went to the beach, the underwater world and the dolphin show. Then we came back to Vivo City. The island didn't attract my teachers at all since they had seen similar attractions in Sanya and Xiamen. However, my mum felt eyes open after seeing the magical marine animals. Haven't been to Vivo for a long time, I went lost in Vivo City. We eventually found the Giant Market and bought the desired food for cooking. We had a home-cooking meal again at PGP.

On Thursday, I asked my teachers to travel by themselves and do whatever they would love to do. They went to China town to change some currencies and had some Bak-Kut-Tehs. It turned out that they were not so productive on their last day in SG. In the evening, I guided my parents and my teachers to University Town in NUS. They had some thoughts on education and appreciated Singapore's education 30 years ahead of China. When they visited the Botanic Garden and the National Geography in Vivo City, they saw teachers guiding students to explore the knowledge in a very intuitive manner, which made them reflecting the current examine-oriented education in less developed cities in China. My high school teacher insisted that she had to bring her 13 years old sons to other countries to know more about the world-"They need to have a global vision, otherwise, they will become the frog in a well".

On Friday, my teachers flew to Phuket. My parents and TingTing's mum went for shopping by themselves while I was taking the class. They seemed to be adapted to Singapore's convenient transportation and shopping experience. They also started to fall in love with the environment here. We invited one of my hometown friends, Su E, to the dinner. She's a very caring and thoughtful girl. We had a brief dinner but it was a good one. Later in the evening, TingTing and her mum, Yangfan(my best friend, TingTing's boyfriend), my parents, Su E and I went to Night Safari. It was a pleasant journey. Su E and my mum love each other. She might be the one.

On Saturday morning, my parents went to Giant Market in Vivo again. TingTing's mum and my mum made various kinds of hometown yummy dishes in the afternoon. TingTing invited one of her seniors to the CNY eve dinner. I invited Su E to the dinner again. She made a sweet red bean dish. We had a very nice CNY eve dinner. Later, we watched the CCTV Chinese New Year Eve Show and played some card games.  What a pleasant night!

On Sunday, I intended to modify PS3 and read PS4 for the CS3217. I also would love to ask my parents to visit the home church in Sunset Way in the afternoon and then visit the Singapore Flyer in the evening. Unfortunately, the church was not having any activities on that day. Yangfan, my best friend, asked me whether my parents would love to visit anywhere in SG since it is not right to stay at home on the first day of the Chinese New Year. I suggested that we can go to China Town and then Sunset Way for dinner. By the time we arrived in China town, most traditional and interesting stores were closed for CNY. We then went back to Vivo Giant Market for shopping. My mum bought quite a lot of chocolate bars for the relatives and her colleagues. TingTing and her mum, Yangfan, my parents and I went to Clementi, intending to find a seafood restaurant to have dinner. Yangfan and TingTing went to Pioneer to see whether the seafood restaurant they knew was open or not. I checked with my friends whether the seafood restaurants I knew around Clementi were closed or not. Unfortunately, the restaurants were closed. We had a bad time waiting for the bus to come back to the hostel for food. I checked online to see whether Sakura Clementi was closed or not, it turned to be open. My parents and I then went to Sakura for dinner. That's my parents' first time for a buffet. We eat quite a lot! After coming back, I notice the email from Prof which offered me help for CS3217. Honestly, I believe I can handle it. I may not walk as fast as these elite programmers, but I shall not walk back. Focus more on learning, not on the grade.

Today, I went through the apple documentation on View Controllers in the morning. In the afternoon, I went to the PL1 and took a look at Chipmunk/Box2D game engines. I thought one of my friends will be there. However, he was not. Indeed, there was only one india student in the lab. I shall rely more on myself to fix the PS3 and go forward with PS4. In the evening, TingTing and her mum, Yangfan, my parents and I went to Chin Huat Live Seafood(镇发活海鲜)for dinner. We ordered one chilli crab and one pumpkin crab. That was more than enough, thus we took away the remaining food. My parents said good bye to Su E after walking back to PGP.

Tomorrow morning, my parents are coming back. I feel that I did a right thing.





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