Notes on the weekend of October 20/21 ’07

I had my IELTS (International English Language Testing System) academic exam yesterday and it was very, very easy to be honest. There are four parts to it — the listening, reading, writing and speaking.

The listening was incredibly fun since the accents used were really designed to confuse the ordinary listener. I never thought I’d say this — thank you for my call center days! πŸ™‚ The reading test, oddly, used up a lot of my brain juice. Must be the subject matter of the essays (science and psychology) or the manner of writing (really, really academic) that made me think twice of my answers. Still, nothing too impossible once you get how the test thinks. And the writing test — wow! We were given one hour to answer two essay questions and both were right up my alley. The first was about interpreting two graphs representing oil production and consumption, and the second was about education. Nice.

There is a fourth part of the test — speaking — which I’ll be taking tomorrow at 11AM. It will be an interview of sorts and so I expect to arrive late for work. I’ll surely be there for my 2:30 Camia class of course. πŸ™‚

Today was family day. After a hearty lunch at Italianni’s at The Fort Bonifacio High Street, I treated myself to three books at Fully Booked. It was my way of rewarding myself for finally finishing Peter Hessler’s River Town before I had breakfast this morning. Anyway, I picked up two fantastic hardbound history books (my favorite kind of books!), Imperial Capitals of China by Arthur Cotterrel and The Indian Mutiny by Julian Spilsbury. The first is a retelling of China’s history through the perspective of the different cities they called a capital, and the second is a powerful account of the Indian mutiny (for the British) or the popular Sepoy Rebellion (for the Indians).

Oh yeah, the third book. I finally got book six of the Legacy of the Force series, Inferno. πŸ™‚ Woohoo!

My next goal? The Long March by Sun Shuyun, Fury by Aaron Allston (book 7 Legacy of the Force out at the end of November) and that incredibly handsome Captain America Omnibus by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting. If only that last one weren’t worth around $75. T_T

I am ending this post with two music recommendations. First is “Where I Stood” by Missy Higgins which I heard in the latest episode of Smallville. Her voice is simply enchanting as I find it a mix of Alanis Morrisette and Dido. You can check that out in Signal Fire. For this blog, something for everyone. Check out the incredible Chris Martin (Coldplay) sound alike, Mat Kearney, in “Crashing Down”.

That’s it for tonight. Dear students, see you tomorrow! A new work week beckons!

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