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  1. Aslan
    November 23rd, 2019 5:55 PM
    I'm finally getting to experience a 3 month break so time to live out a Northern Hemisphere summer?! I just finished all of my exams - my last one was in early November and (hopefully) I'll be going to university in mid February. So I haven't started yet but I'm waiting on results to drop next month - until then, I guess it's time to relax! I hope you've been going well, how has everything been going since we last spoke? ALSO I'm sorry for being super disorganised with replying, I got caught up in a lot of the last few months of HS but I should be a lot faster with replies now! I'm curious though, how was the transition for you from HS to uni? Was it a difficult one? And mm yea, I feel like you would forget your coursework over a long break - even here teachers insist on revising your material over summer break but who are they kidding. Also your birthday was in October from memory right because you mentioned the shared date with Chopin? Happy belated birthday! Hope you had a good one. <3

    Mm yeah I feel the same - I surprisingly did get a lot of exercise as a kid but more so from informal sports like tag, hide and seek... we also used to play this game called Cops and Robbers - am not sure if it's a universal game or not, but it's exactly what it sounds like! Oh and lots of others like 44 Homes, Bullrush etc. Not sure what the equivalents are overseas but they were tons of fun. OH man skiing sounds so fun and probably a lot easier to do in Canada, right? Can you do any cool tricks?! I've only been able to try skiing once having lived in Australia but it was fun. I remember skiing into a ditch by accident though because I couldn't figure out how to stop properly - good times I guess?!?! Hey that's really cool you played Badminton - I've noticed that TONS of Asians love to play Badminton but I'm not really sure why. It's interesting though. Dodgeball is also really fun. And that's fair - certain sports aren't for everyone I feel. Do you still play sports now or not really?

    Mm a lot of my friends in primary school were guys and then I ended up going to a HS for girls so the change in friendship dynamic was super strange to adjust to but it was a good experience. We were pretty similar with video games and there was definitely a lot of physical sports (running in the form of races) and also interests like video games. I can't really remember what girls were interested in. I think they spent a lot of time playing hand clapping games - not really sure how to explain any of them. Also arts / craft in general. And just chatting a lot from memory. I'm not sure how much things have changed but I imagine that's kinda similar to what most girls did in elementary school around the world?

    MAN that sounds rough I hope you got to celebrate your birthday properly, afterwards? What did you end up doing on your birthday afterwards? Happy birthday again! I hope the presentation went well. Mm Good Will Hunting was really good - unfortunately I have a pretty terrible memory for films after I watch them but I do still remember the scene at the park. Powerful. I've been trying to watch more movies now that I'm on break mostly just fun trash but am down for any movie recommendations if you have any? Have you had the chance to see any films recently?

    That sounds really fascinating - I'm not sure if I fully wrap my head around it but I've definitely never heard of the Mercers or Renaissance Tech. I'll definitely do some reading up on it. It's interesting to hear though how much they unfortunately influenced Trump's chance of winning - I wish they taught that sort of material in the social sciences at school but maybe that's something more covered at university? Still it's interesting hearing about actual cases in the real world then learning just the hypothetical importance or influence of hedge funds. Honestly haven't been reading too much on break (should change that) heh. I'm not sure how much reading will change between uni - I'll definitely probably look into some more non-fiction wide reading perhaps to help with my course next year and also because it's pretty interesting to read on topics like international politics depending on what kind of book it is. But yeah, I'm fascinated that there's a lot of interesting contemporary history that I never thought to look at and it's cool you're interested in it. :D
  2. Ninetales
    November 19th, 2019 11:35 PM
    Hey! This is an outrageously late reply but I sincerely hope you've been well! Last time we corresponded I was still in high school! Of course, I am a university student now and I'm finally starting to get my life together.

    Take care, hun! I hope to hear from you soon.

    - Lina
  3. Aslan
    May 28th, 2019 1:14 AM
    I'm sorry for such a late reply! I do have a summer break but I feel like it is not as long as the ones that people have in Canada and the US. Apparently over there, it is almost three months or so?! Ours are relatively shorter, they're about a month and two weeks! But that changes when you finish high school and also get to uni and have a 4 month break every year, it's the best.

    That's one good part of Asian parents wanting their child to succeed! Did your parents ever make you try at hobbies such as sport, or not particularly? I feel like most Asians get forced into hobbies regarding instruments (piano, violin etc.) or art. But I don't hear too much about a focus on sports outside of perhaps table tennis / badminton. Revolutionary was a wonderful piece to listen to by the way. I feel like out of the two Chopin pieces I have heard so far, this, and Fantaisie Impromptu Op. 66 - he definitely seems to have very sweeping music as you put it? I am not sure if his playing style is similar for all his pieces but I have enjoyed those two very much. It's interesting how musical composers are influenced by the events occurring in their social context, but music in itself is a form of expression so it is understandable. I think one of my favourite pieces would be Claire de Lune by Debussy. It's hauntingly beautiful, for the lack of a better expression.

    I'll remember that when it hits October 17th! It is strange how we are connected to people sometimes. Happy birthday to you and I suppose (happy?) deathversary to Chopin on October the 17th. :p

    Oo, that's understandable! Who are your favourite historical figures of the 19th and 20th centuries? We have not particularly studied artist movements in school (have heard a lot of terms thrown around but not much background knowledge) so it'd be cool to hear about your opinion / take on those too. Galois sounds really impressive as a mathematician, to have solved such a mystery and at such a young age too. That's interesting to hear no such formula exists though - is there a simple explanation or is it hard to put down into words? Also speaking of Maths, I remember you saying you watched Good Will Hunting and I did get around to it in my school break! It was a fantastic movie. Whilst I did not have an understanding about the Maths, the overall ideas from the film were great and I adore Sean.

    Yeah poor Camilla :( I think her twin brother was called Charles from memory and I just kept picturing members of the royal family with all their posh names. Murakami is quite popular but I had never heard of him either till my friend (who is very into literature) introduced me. She has a similar taste in books so I gave it a go and ended up enjoying it a lot! A Wild Sheep Chase has been on my to-read list for a long time, and I am glad you found it fun and surreal! If you like the surrealist style, I find a lot of Murakami books have a very similar sort of theme but unique enough plots that it stays fun. As for favourites... hmm I did really enjoy Kafka on the Shore and whilst I have not fully finished yet, the Wind Up Bird Chronicle. Oo also After Dark, I think it's called? Norwegian Wood is good too. Have you been reading any new books lately?
  4. Ninetales
    April 29th, 2019 3:25 PM
    Hey, we haven't chatted in quite a while. How have you been?
  5. Aslan
    April 5th, 2019 9:18 PM
    Thank you :D I still have a few to go unfortunately but I'm getting there! Still have two more internal school assessment tasks and then the final statewide exams that everybody takes in November. You then get a rank (based on your percentile and how well you performed against other students) and can use that to apply to universities. Our school term works differently to the US so I think news about acceptance would be in December - January!

    I'm glad you find enjoyment in both piano and philosophy - piano especially, as I feel like more people would really appreciate it if not for the fact they were forced into practicing, piano exams etc. I feel like a shared experience of Asian childhood is being forced to play the piano D: It's a beautiful instrument though. What sort of pieces do you enjoy learning to play on the piano?

    Hmm I find most parts of history interesting but I've always been fascinated by ancient history - particularly Ancient Rome and Greece. But I also enjoy learning about earlier European history: the Dark Ages, Medieval period etc. I feel like I should also explore Ancient China but haven't got around to it yet. By more modern history, would we be talking around the 18th century onwards? I'm curious to hear what parts of history you enjoy. I recently started learning about the USSR which has been interesting to learn about. Cambridge does sound incredible - thinking about all the alumnae that Cambridge holds and the type of people that have attended there... it'd be amazing to at least visit.

    Yeah the characters in A Secret History are all... unique, to say the least. Thinking about Bunny's character though... I feel like I can see why the novel progressed how it did. I feel like a tight knit liberal art college would be nicer in a sense - it'd be a lot easier to feel familiar with everyone, and form connections. Or maybe harder since there are less people! What has your university experience been like though? :o I actually have not read those Murakami books, definitely let me know your overall take once you finish them! Murakami in general does have quite an eccentric writing style though, it took a while for me to warm up to his books. Out of the ones I've read (Norwegian Wood, Kafka on the Shore, After the Quake, After Dark, Wind Up Bird Chronicle etc.)... I feel like all of them do make you think a lot about the meaning he was trying to create as some of the plot can be ????. Especially in Kafka, there were a lot of er... dodgy plot points
  6. Aslan
    March 30th, 2019 12:30 AM
    Sorry to hear your week wasn't good at the time but I hope the rest of March has treated you well <3 I just finished my half yearly exams this week so its been a very long month. Here's to a nice April!

    Hmm the way I saw it - history in our senior year has a disproportionate workload compared to the amount it contributes to your overall final mark. It'a one of the most content intensive subjects and has some ???? assignments / tests so whilst it's a very enjoyable subject, I figured that I could enjoy it much more if I considered it an interest or hobby that I could learn out of school. In a way I think that has been good as I feel like having to study it so intently may have made it harder to stay interested or motivated in the subject. The US in general has really nice cities - they definitely are different to Australia's at least. Athens sounds wonderful. Do you remember much of what it was like, since you went when you were fairly young? And would you ever want to go back to Greece or to anywhere in particular in Europe?

    Not sure if you finished reading it but you'll see! The ending was very ???? Whoa hold up what's happening. The second part of the book in general is a blur of chaos

    Makes sense :D That sounds rough. I hope they're interested in medicine at least? It's still hard to comprehend the amount of Asians who undergo medical school as a matter of obeying their parent's interests. It's incredibly tough, and I feel like if you lack the passion for it that'd be absolutely gruelling.
  7. Aslan
    March 2nd, 2019 11:20 PM
    Oo, A Secret History has a lot of cultural references to other texts etc which is really cool!

    Hahahah, that perfectly captures the entire album. We're All Gonna Die x 57 is not the most joyful soundtrack to listen to but for some reason, Sufjan Stevens makes it quite... relaxing even though it is very melodramatic. :D

    Ooo the jazz + his voice was perfect together. It definitely is a song that could be played whilst travelling! Chicago sounds perfect, from what you've said - did you end up going to a lot of the major tourist attractions in the city? Architecture is incredible - it is part of why I enjoyed going to Europe so much and want to go back. There is something very breathtaking about seeing historical architecture (such as the Roman Forum) and how buildings were constructed hundreds, if not thousands of years ago. Modern architecture is also interesting!

    That does sound very haunting, and I can see why it is something you remembered based on the story. Ahh Stephen Hawking! That's really cool you had an interest in him and his work since you were young. I have a very small understanding of what he contributed (have never really found out as Physics hasn't been an area I've explored). Starting up a business is a risk but if it's what you want to do then I'd definitely suggest going for it, considering that the alternative option of research seems to pale in comparison. What sort of function would you be looking to offer with your business? If you ever do start it then let me know how it goes, that sounds really amazing!!
  8. Aslan
    February 25th, 2019 11:36 PM
    Wait, did you say Sufjan Stevens?! I listened to some of their songs a few years ago! Haven't heard Chicago but just gave it a listen and it did a really great job at capturing the nostalgia he had. But that's really amazing that there's a song out there that captures your trip exactly. I remember listening to their Carrie and Lowell album a few years back, they're a very wonderful. Do you have any other albums that hold fond memories for you? Based off Chicago and also Casimir Pulaski Day (which came on autoplay just then), 'Illnois' sounds like a really promising and good album.

    Ahh, I see. That's understandable. Also graduating uni at 17?! Kinda reminds me of those stories about people aged 13 or 14 who end up being successfully admitted to schools such as Harvard and achieving their PhD by 16 or 17. Some people are truly incredible. That sounds good that you have a professor who has such connections though, sounds like he is very experienced. What would you be looking to do as a job after you graduate by the way? Would you be doing research in a sense, or?

    I'm glad you found something you were really passionate about early! For a long time I wanted to become a clinical psychologist (but then realised that whilst it would have been rewarding, wouldn't have really worked for me as I have never been too fond of studying science). But then I got to senior school last year and took subjects such as Legal Studies, Economics etc. which made me realise that I would be really interested in working in international relations as I've always wanted a job that can make an impact and help others and it would be in a field I'm interested in. Not sure if it will change again but for now it's what I'd be interested in, for sure. Did you ever think about going into any other degrees when you were younger, or were you always quite firmly set on going into maths?
  9. Aslan
    February 23rd, 2019 8:49 PM
    I agree, the ending was really emotional and well-done. It was a perfect ending to the novel. Also I remember you mentioning your Chicago trip! The one with your religious and close friend, right? The image of two people eating pancakes with steak at IHOP late at night was amazing, ahaha. How did it end up tasting by the way? Mmm you talked about that trip really fondly so I hope that novel helped you remember some good memories <3 I think that's one of the nicest parts about books - it allows us to remember some of our best memories, or feel like we are part of one that we've never experienced. Were you looking for a specific CD when you were browsing, or?

    Ahh GH Hardy, is he the one who expressed an appreciation for Pure Maths in his novel? It's really interesting hearing about all the authors you read as someone who isn't overly familiar with maths / philosophy. How do you end up discovering most of these authors? Also yes! The English high-brow attitude was really well-written. I love Stevens, ahhh.

    Hope your differential geometry went fine by the way! What do they teach at the uni level? And yea PC tends to pull people in when they have other things to be doing... it's almost 4pm on a Sunday afternoon and I have a lot of work to do but here I am. :D
  10. Aslan
    February 18th, 2019 2:22 AM
    Any time, I’m really glad to hear you enjoyed it <3 My memory is hazy when it comes to those two novels as it has been a while since I read them but were there any particular moments or characters you enjoyed a lot? I’m not sure if you’re looking for another recommendation but may I recommend The Secret History by Donna Tartt? It's a classic American campus novel which has a remarkably similar vibe to Never Let Me Go. I’m not sure how to explain the plot without spoiling too much but it gives a lot of insight into how individual’s morals can be tested, and the consequences of acting too freely without thought. Definitely holds the same sombre vibe if you’re into those novels (though I feel like it's not intended to be inspiring) so I’d recommend it if you ever want to pick up other similar novels.

    Also I am very sorry for not getting back to you on your PM yet ;; School started back up a few weeks ago and I kept trying to find a time where I could sit down to write out a proper thought out reply. I think I will have a lot more free time at the end of this week though, so I'll make sure to VM you my reply by then!
  11. Ninetales
    January 23rd, 2019 6:50 PM
    Thank you so much! I've actually been accepted already! Regardless of that, I'm still trying to maintain my grades. Anyways, good luck to you as well.
  12. Ninetales
    January 12th, 2019 4:12 PM
    I feel that on a spiritual level. Finals are coming up for me and I'm trying not to think about them!
  13. Ninetales
    January 11th, 2019 9:13 AM
    Yes, I started school again on the 7th but I had a wonderful Christmas break and I hope yours was wonderful also! How have you been? :)
  14. Ninetales
    December 24th, 2018 11:06 PM
    Merry Christmas! ^-^ Have a wonderful day.
  15. Ninetales
    December 14th, 2018 11:57 PM
    Oh, thank you so much! My birthday was last Sunday and it was an amazing day. But yes, feel free to message me anytime you want to chat! :)

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