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Archive for January, 2008

Update

I’m back in Glasgow, and i’m homeless

moved out of Birkbeck Court a bunch of days ago…

have a bunch of things to write about, but just not in the mood now..

plus the fact that i’m basically homeless, all my things are like in different flats around the vicinity and packed in like 2151411510 bags or something…

need to pack them asap… argh……

to top it all of, i feel kinda antisocial nowadays…………..so antisocial

bah

i’ll update when i can….

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am in London

Updates will have to wait

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Lack

Its deplorable, my lack of discipline…

my only source of discipline comes from stress and deadlines!

That’s so bad.

to borrow from Pei Fun’s msn nick.. holidays is just around the corner……. YOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i shall be POSITIVE

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Super Supper

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How would i miss Malaysia when i have this???

Teh O with Indomee mata kerbau tambah BACON!!!! =D

Before you guys say i m not “absorbing the local culture”, the plate above constitutes 2 parts of a traditional scottish breakfast (fried eggs and fried bacon) and tea is a super hot drink here (pun intended)

accompanying it is a guide of Scotland that i bought on Boxing Day. I am hell-bent on conquering every inch of Scotland before i graduate. Fortunately (and unfortunately as well), that’s at least 3 years away. Honestly though, i think Scotland is one of the more interesting countries to explore in Europe……

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semester one

semester one final review is over. in general, i guessed i improved, since i mark improvement levels in corresponding levels of stress and panic and that didn’t materialize this time until the very last night. For the millionth time, i didn’t do it at the last minute, been working non-stop on it for like a zillion years. problem was, (and still is), bad time management, prioritizing , and wasting hours to think things through always makes me unable to finish properly in time. Anyway, i guess Rome wasn’t built in a day, I’m working towards a goal of stress-free semesters…whahahahaha

have something to say about different studios, but maybe not now..

Stayin close to the architecture building means you can do things like :

4:40am – finished detail drawings, walked 2 minutes to building with Flora and printed immediately because no one else will be there

5:23am- pinned up the details with the rest of my work, and then realise i have no model and not enough materials to make 1.

6:10am – scavenge the year 1 studios (they have the most stuff) and make off with necessary amounts of corrugated board

6:15am – since i’m there, might as well print out my site plan?

6:45am -walk2 minutes back and start making model. Flora helped by cutting alot of squares and then falling asleep.

9:45am – finish model (merely conceptual, but, whatever)

10:00am – presentation starts!

11:15am – realise it’s not going to be my turn till 2:45-ish

11:30am – tunggu apa? balik tidur dulu laaaaaaaaa

Conclusion: Convenience destroys discipline. If you want to nurture discipline, ensure nothing is ever easy for you. hahah

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Break

Supposed to be drawing detail sections, but took a break anyway and read the program brochure emailed to me by the Belgium people, and i discovered this link:

http://www.mabeco.be/losthighway/

Past year’s student works of the university that i’ll be going to in Ghent, Belgium ( I fly from Prestwick to Brussels on feb13th)

I’m not sure, but apparently i’m supposed to choose between designing a Qatar Embassy in Brussels, or an international airport within a “coherent spatial proposition”. I’m not sure because it’s confusing.. Both the briefs have a word at the end of their title saying “International” (i’ll be in the international studio, the one conducted in english), but the Embassy brief has an extra “international” word somewhere there.. but previous exchange students did the airport project. Bah… Anyway, both the briefs are littered liberally with mind-dizzying architectural theory jargon.. for example:

The aim is to study a written work, a narrative, or rhetorical figure and to fragment it – not only into what it might represent or what its meaning is (metaphorical, ironical, …), but also into how it is constructed and how it relates to its environment. Reading of the text becomes a reflection of the process of writing. Then, we will try to understand the act of writing as the process of transformation of objects into operative diagrams, psychical note’s, whereby these icons don’t have to bear on figurative resemblance with that what has to be saved for the future, formerly what had to be represented. Inscriptions, characters, text fragments, being freed of fixed images can (as paradoxical as it may sound) become the carrier space of a new kind of architecture. Concentrate on the architecture of writing for a change. Defamiliarise the text. Make it strange. Turn words inside out. Dissect them.

reading the brief is making me more cross-eyed then studying stupid steel floor decking sections are!!

Anyhow, it will be a change from the superbly technical program here at strathclyde. a welcome change, or not? Who cares, as long as i get to see continental Europe…… =D Just joking, i’m not that superficial, i swear…

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3 days

Every time i read an architecture book, i feel so motivated and inspired.. especially if it’s a good book…

Every time i look at the amount of work i have, i feel so depressed and uninspired.. especially if it’s the end of semester!!

Bah.

I’ve finished my coffee beans and my hot chocolate (a typical european-sized jar, which means not very big if you compare it to the giant milo tins style, in 10 days!!!! like wtf x 1000000) due to my neslo addiction. Only, it’s not an addiction, it’s like an integral part of my diet…that and kitkats. KitKats’ teh shit! Every 2 days i take a trip down to Co-Op on George Street to refill my kitkat stash because I’m too lazy to walk all the way to FarmFoods down on Sauchiehall Street though it’s cheaper there.

I’m refraining from posting superbly emo work-related posts because i don’t want to feel stupid 5 months later when i look back…hahaha…plus, I’m so much calmer this semester around~ no more 3am loneliness-induced paranoia attacks..

3 days to print!! It’s actually 5 days to presentation, but i need to finish all work in 3 days and print and spend the last 2 days on model… after last semester’s model disaster…

till then

edit: since i belong to the 04/07 group i suppose it’s partly my responsibility to notify people that the old class blog has been (sort of) revived. I refuse to be overly involved about it until everyone proves they really want to keep it up :p link is here

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