The New York Times Personality Quiz

I thought this was an interesting personality quiz to take. It’s not the usual wordy ones. This is just purely pictures.

http://nytimes.visualdna.com/quizzes/2b32bbf5-fb42-566d-a053-590cadd5f6e2/api-accounts/5cce676c-4146-5eff-bc51-839a03c2dcdd

You’re an Adventurous Spirit

You have an innate ability to see things from a number of perspectives and your inquisitive nature means that you are drawn to anything surprising or original. Forward-thinking and modernistic in your approach to life, moving with the times is important to you and you are not afraid to push a few boundaries from time to time. You are an emotional spirit and you make really strong connections. Good friends and lots of laughs are the recipe for really happy days. And nights!

You’re a fast-mover and feel energized about anything that gets your pulse racing! You’re enthusiastic about life and an upbeat spirit who knows how to have fun and tends to value all which is fresh and new in the world. You tire quickly of old conventions and outdated ideas, wishing to experience new methods with youthful innocence and vigor. It’s all about big thrills and exciting antics that take you out of your comfort zone. You want to feel connected to the world around you and actively seek out opportunities to get closer to nature. For you, it is all about broadening your horizons and living life to the fullest! Plan your next adventure on nytimes.com/travel.

Studying in the Park

I finally did what I wanted to do over here in Autumn, something that is simply not feasible in Singapore.

After lunch, I went to the nearby grass area outside Vari Hall, just beside the fountain/pond to sit on the grass and just read. It was a nice sheltered spot under the tree and the breeze actually made the hot weather feel chilly. It’s really nice to not sweat at all and it would be even better if the grass wasn’t wet and I could just lie on it and listen to soothing music.

Ah, trying to enjoy the Fall here. While it lasts…

Quotes

The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the
things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them — words shrink
things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more
than living size when they’re brought out. But it’s more than that,
isn’t it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your
secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would
love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly
only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what
you’ve said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you
almost cried while you were saying it. That’s the worst, I think. When
the secret stays locked within not for want of a teller, but for want
of an understanding ear.
 –Stephen King

Ice Wine Vidal

I tried my first Ice Wine tonight and it was bliss.

The taste was so heavenly, although only to be savored in small amounts because 3 of us shared this bottle.

It’s so sweet and divine.

A small 200ml bottle like this costs CAD$18.95 though, so this is pretty expensive.

The famous Inniskillin Ice Wine costs even more at $44.

If you haven’t already, you got to try this some day!

Best wine ever.

Projects

I was told by a Schulich student who went on exchange to SMU, that one of the differences between Singaporean and Canadian students is that we put too much workload on ourselves. He said that project meetings are excessive and draggy, while students in Canada are more focused and do things efficiently.

I just had an online meeting with my new classmates here and I must say that this was by far the MOST efficient online discussion I ever had in my life. There was absolutely no digression and I’m just amazed by how fast things could be done.

Just something that I thought was interesting…

First Day of School

Hurrah! Today’s my first day of school at Schulich, and from my classes and what my friends from Singapore have shared with me over dinner, I conclude that they are definitely the best business school in Canada for a good reason. My classmates are really pro-active in class and before the prof finishes the question, hands are ready to shoot up to answer. Compare this to Singapore where there is normally silence after the question, until the teacher gives in and provides answers.

Also, my Info Sys seminar was talking about Twitter this afternoon and the prof asked who do you follow on Twitter. Many replies such as “political parties” and “stocks” as well as “reporters and journalists to see things from another perspective” were heard. I was just hesitating for a split second to finally have some class participation but I realize to reply something like, “I follow Voldemort or Leticia” was not going to be a smart thing to say.

We had been cooking dinners at home too to save money and our meals so far were delicious. Really!

Today we had Rib-Eye with potatoes and spinach salad.

Ikea Meatballs! It’s really cheap here costs $5.99 for like 20 balls!

Picture from my Orientation.

Alright, off to do my readings for tomorrow..

Orientation

Today we had this speed “exchange” thing where we formed 2 circles, one inside and another one outside, where we talked to the person facing us for 1.5 minutes and we rotated partners. Spoke to Singaporeans (ha-ha-ha), Hong Kongers, French, Chileans, Belgians and a Czech. Quite cool, but it’s funny when I say I’m from Singapore and they keep mixing it up and say, “So you all speak English in China?”.

That’s probably the question that everyone asks, whether we speak English or not. Especially when Schulich spelt my first name as Guo, further confusing everyone else.