Before I begin typing (talking) about the ceremony, I guess I should probably include some filler about some of the things that I’ve done (not much though) after the previous update and before the commencement. Hmm, but first I will need to recall if there’s anything worth mentioning. Maybe next time I should just make it a habit to just draft up a paragraph or two whenever there’s something actually filler worthy.
Ok, the events may not be in order but perhaps you wouldn’t be able to figure out properly anyway. Let’s see, I’ve finally bothered to locate one of the famed game shops in Singapore, which is rather hard to pinpoint since it does not have a website of any kind and being situated in an ulu shopping centre certainly doesn’t help much. As some forums have mentioned, the owner is indeed a really nice and friendly guy, even though it was my first visit there and for those who know me know that I’m not particularly good at interacting with unfamiliar people.
Since he does not have a price list readily available for me to refer to, nor does he paste price tags on his items, I could only sample by asking for the prices for some of the games. Based on the not very representative sample as well as some past information that I’ve seen in online discussions, I would say his prices are at least very competitive for a number of titles, but probably more worth if it’s for a day 1 release where most other shops will charge a little higher or certain special titles which have “fixed” pricing. Oh well, at least I found what I set out to look for, and that adds another source for consideration in the future. =) But I must say for those who live in that area, it is certainly the place to go to, since I haven’t heard of any other alternatives in that part of the island.
Other than that, I think I pretty much camped at home as usual. Putting in (some) effort into doing certain things does not necessarily reap any form of response or reward. Well, one may say I haven’t tried hard enough, which may be true, but sometimes having high failure rate after repeated tries is just simply demoralising. Ah well, what will come, will come right? Lol… Perhaps I should give it yet another shot soon. Well, if anything I managed to figure some new alternative release that surfaced more recently without much direct help. It did frustrate me for a while since such programs are supposed to be easy to use, even for non-tech savvy people but there I was struggling for a while. I figured out how it works in the end but I am certainly too lazy to write a guide on it. Perhaps this means I might fiddle around and start making combos again, or maybe not, since I am so lazy. =P
Ok, on to the main event. Commencement is supposedly a big event. Yeah well, a lot of people are probably involved in it (apart from the graduates). Lots of booths set up, helpers to check administrative issues, check attire, ushers “herding” people around and many more. Also one of the few times you get to see almost the entire cohort of faculty (ex-)students there though some were “late” graduates from other year(s) while some others are going to join next year’s ceremony. Personally, I think the ceremony is more for the parents than anyone else. Ok, maybe the vendors get to reap in some massive revenue and profits during this period too. And maybe for the teaching staff to see some of their favoured students graduating with some colours. But mainly, I think it’s for the parents to see their child(ren) up there on stage, wearing that academic dress. Maybe because I’m not yet a parent that’s why I can’t exactly feel the kind of feeling that every parent seems to yearn for.
Well, the biggest complaint I have is not that the ceremony is boring (yeah it is), but it’s the outfit that’s so warm. The aircon is merely sufficient to prevent me from sweating too much but generally it’s still warm and somewhat stuffy. I wasn’t the only one who felt that way at the end of the day, so I don’t think it’s a personal problem. Took some photos here and there, but not much since I don’t really like the camera (I attribute it partly due to childhood days) and the thing is it wasn’t exactly a joyous occasion that would make me smile from the bottom of my heart. Heh. I’m sure some of those pictures will hit a social network near you in time to come, which will increase my total photo count by a few percent probably.
As for the ceremony overall, the process was kind of dull, but at least I think the staff working to make sure things go smoothly did their job fairly well. Probably veterans at such events by now, which so many practice sessions every year. Lol. So, the mystery of the seat arrangement has been solved since it’s the most interesting thing to figure out while the whole lot of PhDs and Masters were taking their turns on the stage. The reception for parents is quite disappointing. Despite not being in the mood to eat (thanks for the warm outfit I had), it didn’t take much to figure the amount of food and drinks were scarily little to feed the number of people there and my session is already considered smaller than others since there was at least an entire row (meant for students I believe) left empty behind me. Oh, the traffic on the way back was also quite horrible, but I think that’s just the time of the day, not the fault of the commencement.
So in the end I did bother to type up some stuff before my birthday. Don’t think I covered very much. Now, when will the next update come? It’s partially dependent on my mood I think. But either way, tmr’s entry has already been decided. =D I think that’s all for now. An entry should be coming within the next 4 days. Might be travelling around a little bit for the next couple/few days. Take care and try to enjoy your commencement if you haven’t had yours!