Woops! So this was supposed to be posted on Monday but it never did…. oh well, better late than never.
So plenty of things to write about, since school started up again and it’s been a couple of days.
– I know I said I started Divergent, and I did, but it’s probably going to go on break until perhaps this weekend or something. I’m about halfway finished the book, and probably could’ve finished it on Saturday, but I feel like it’s almost a waste to read a book so quickly just for the sake of finishing it. So I took a break, and then school, and then oh my goodness all kinds of things. So I’m taking a small break! Although so far, I do find that nothing is really happening yet – what I saw in the movie trailer still hasn’t happened in the book yet, and I’m already almost half way through! But I guess I’ll just see what happens.
On Saturday, I went back to work at a tutoring centre, where I sat at the back of a year 6 classroom and marked their homework. And honestly, I’m so frustrated, because I don’t understand how some people can either a) hate their job so much, or b) get hired with their people/children skills. Basically, the teacher for the 6th grade class was really, really rude, in all senses of the word, and I would just hate to have him as my own teacher, putting that lightly! If a student talked, he would instantly tell them to shut up. Which I might understand if they were being rowdy and talking about irrelevant topics, but during the class two students were simply helping each other do their work – he told them to “shut up and do their own work”, and if they continued talking, he would move and separate the two. Seriously, who says that? Not to mention one timid, female student asked the teacher for help, and he basically said (paraphrased) “I don’t know, how do you do it? Why don’t you think about it yourself.” Why would you say that to your own student? As a teacher, are you not supposed to help your students? Honestly, some people…
Anyway, Saturday night was pretty damn eventful – I found out my results for the JLPT, which I took last year on December 1st (wow, it’s already been two months…). If anyone doesn’t know, JLPT is basically an internationally recognised Japanese test, and there are five levels ranging from N5 (the easiest) to N1 (crazy, crazy hard!). Passing the test is often required if you want to get a high ranking job such as a doctor in Japan and you’re from another country. Of course, you can also take the test to assess where you’re at with your learning, which is what I did. I took the N4 level, and I honestly thought that I might not pass when I took the test, but can you imagine my shock when I checked on Saturday night and passed? I literally fell off my chair and was just laughing out loud to myself (true LOL-ing and ROFL) in awe, happiness, and a whole bunch of other things – haven’t felt that way in a long, long time. I’m contemplating doing N3, but the skill level gap between N4 and N3 is pretty big, and I don’t know if I’ll be able to pass and study efficiently for it, especially with school… but maybe! Because I definitely won’t be able to do it next year with my HSC and all, so I’m currently thinking about it.
But anyway, my results for N4:
74/120 for Language knowledge
55/60 for listening
129/180 total score
Vocabulary – A
Grammar – A
Reading – B
Honestly, I’m quite surprised because I would’ve thought that I get an A for reading while I got a B for grammar, and possibly vocab. But hey, I’m not complaining!
Anyway, that happiness was kind of short lived, as after that I was transferring photos from my camera to my computer and when I took out the connecting cable, my camera kind of… broke? Whenever I try turn on the camera, the lens will open and then retract, but then the screen will show ‘Lens Error. Camera will now restart.’ and something else along the lines of ‘Automatic shutdown’ (my memory’s a bit hazy, forgive me) which is really, really annoying because this is the second time this has happened – the first time, we got it professionally repaired and paid for it as well. Since we got it fixed, we’ve used it once not even for two hours while my parents went up to the Blue Mountains on a short day trip, and now it’s already broken again. If anyone knows any fixes for this, please please let me know! I have a canon powershot g15. I don’t want to have to pay to get it fixed again, especially when we just did…
Anyway, Sunday rolled around, and we went out to the Twilight Parade in the city! If you don’t know what it is, Google is your best friend. Nah, I joke – Twilight Parade is basically this Lunar New Year Parade that takes place every year for a couple of hours at night. (For more information, go here: http://www.sydneychinesenewyear.com/festival-program/chinese-new-year-twilight-parade/) Honestly, I wasn’t too keen for it, but it was alright I guess, got to go out for a bit and walk around the city (my hood man, my hood!) although we didn’t get a good view of the parade because we cam pretty late. But well, I went pretty early last year, and honestly from the little snippets I could see yesterday, the parade looked pretty similar. So, I guess I didn’t miss out on too much there…
Selfie from Sunday.
So back to school today – I had Japanese, a free, Italian, and then double maths – funny because I have the same subjects tomorrow, but only one period of maths instead of two! I tried to do work during my free, but well… that didn’t really work out. But I guess it doesn’t really matter, considering it’s only the beginning of year 11 anyway – it’s not like I have anything to study for really, just kind of trying to act all senior-like! I guess.
Yay, that’s all for the last couple of days! Thanks heaps for reading! ^_^