good to see my two friends, jian and huilian here! =)
i stayed at what was supposedly the "worst hostel" in all of singapore: eton hall! quite similar to anglican house, but definitely worse. haha. i was there for one year, during which we had nothing but mcds for supper (the stupid food courts at alexandra village close at 930pm damnit...no lovely places like the ones in the east), and we had to steal lots of chilli sauce from mcds cuz lunch during weekends was unpalatable.
yellow mee. brown mee. white mee. mee in all different colours. bleugh.
the only good thing about eton hall was that we were given quite alot of freedom. no one really cared if you missed curfew. it was 730 on sun to thurs and 1030 on fri and sat, but if we were late all we had to do was suck up to the guard and buy him food once in a while and we'd be off the hook. haha. and everyone could study together in the dining hall, so we could bug our seniors all we liked.
well...no one would know what i'm talking about anymore cuz moe no longer houses any of their scholars in eton hall.
the second year of jc, i ended up at chinese high (now hcibs). it was what was supposedly the "best hostel"...totally different from eton hall! the rooms were gorgeous, there was a gym, we could use the hwa chong swimming complex and the chinese high track, the landscaping was lovely...
...and there were BARS on the windows! security was strict too. there was once my friends and i found ourselves running up the hill to the hostel but we reached the guardhouse at 1033, 3 mins after the curfew. and we were reprimanded for it. barsket. after that, we'd collect a "late form" everytime we left for college or we'd just grab a stack when the guard wasn't looking. then if we wanted to stay out after curfew, we'd just forge signatures and make up some lame excuse for staying out.
the place isn't called a "5-star-prison" for nothing. haha.
the saddest thing was that we couldn't study together during prep time. i'm not as close to my juniors as i am to my seniors because we hardly spent any time together. plus my friends and i found ourselves with higher handphone bills cuz we had to call each other on the cellie while at eton hall, all it took to call someone was to stick your head out the window and yell their name.
that's the price to pay for a better living environment and slightly better food, i guess.
anyway, i'm quite sad that my time in singapore has ended. would have loved to finish my bachelor's degree in nus and continue living the ups and downs of hall life together with my other friends.
although alevels was a whole lot of stress at times and there were some aspects of jc education i didn't like (burn, project work, burn!), i'd never trade anything for the two years of fun and self-discovery and good friends i had in singapore. yes, corny and sit-com-ish but it's true!