Sunday, May 30, 2010

13 years ago,


i wrote a book.

a book with 10 whole chapters. (granted, each chapter consists of approx 3 pages)

and that book was entitled : PUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON : dragon’s rest


written and illustrated by Xinli Lim.
spring 1997.


it was a school project which involved a computer game we had to play and later write into a story so that every kid in class had their very own version of PUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON. it was sort of a creative writing slash world civilisation lesson. that’s british education for you. learn and play… like how we made plaster mummies for our study on ancient egypt. good times :)

had pretty much forgotten about its existence until my mom found it while cleaning up some old junk… and we had a ball reading through it.

have you ever read anything you’ve written some 10 years ago?

i find it quite amusing in itself… to see how your mind ticked as a child of 9.

…oh and also how you used to draw.
illustration skills leave much to be desired… but hey, i was nine. give me a break.
the makings of a future artist perhaps?

from left: natalie, jessica, alex, lindsay, xinli, joanne
and a random duck which i believe is placed there to enhance the visualisation of a pond we were supposedly standing on the banks of.
the picture wasn’t captioned at all, so my recognition of the characters has to count for something. my excellent drawing skills? or perhaps the good memory?


i also had impeccably neat cursive handwriting, which occasionally had tops slanting left for some reason.

the synopsis?
six friends on an adventure in search of the elusive Puff, after facing a multitude of magical tasks and riddles, finally save the day and Puff’s life.

wanna read the first chapter??
(complete with spelling and grammatical errors in its original form, for your amusement. i did however put paragraphs in cause beh tahan the continuous rambling.)


Tuesday 28th January.
Chapter I : The Mysterious Letter

It all began when i was playing with Joanne. She asked me if i wanted to go to Hong Kong with her.

Of course I said “Yes”.

Joanne’s dad said she could bring 5 friends with her. I was one of them, Jessica and Alex was and so was Lindsay and Natalie.

We went on the plane. It took us 16 hours to reach Hong Kong. We landed safely. Me and Joanne’s friends went out of the plane and took a taxi to Joanne’s family house in Hong Kong.

All of Joanne’s friends couldn’t talk Chinese so we all had to talk english.

I and Joanne woke up so we went to see if anybody was awake only Joanne’s friends were awake so we changed our clothes and decided to have a walk.

We were only half way round the park when I spotted a bottle there was a litter bin nearby so I took the bottle out of the pond.

I was about to throw the bottle in the bin when Jessica said “ wait there’s a paper in it.”

So I took out the paper and read it. It said this:

Dragons Rest,
Misty Wood,

Dear Friend,

In the year of the snake it was very hot and dry. it was far too hot for dragon’s food to grow. All my friends died. Now there’s only me left.

Please find me and help me to survive!

Good luck and good bye

from Puff

I said “ from Puff? It sounds like a dragon’s name.”

So we decided to find the dragon.


… and there you have it!
the first chapter came with an illustration of the protagonists (the sextet and the duck) as shown above.

i personally think it’s hilarious. i was clearly a very good kid, picking rubbish out of ponds to dispose of properly and all… and ‘All my friends died.’ man, that is dark! oh plus how the hell does Puff sound like a dragon?? it could be a caterpillar for all you know! haha but admittedly, i do quite fancy the way i ended it. kinda ominous and altogether very … determined?

anyway, the teacher gave me a tick and commented “an interesting beginning xinli”

would you like to read the next chapter?
(it introduces yet another character… the antagonist! and ends with a coloured drawing of yours truly ;))


- she wrote -

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

rainy day today





- sloth is i -

Thursday, May 13, 2010

laze mode ON



it’s full on lazing from here on out (until saturday… boo). 3 days in and can’t begin to tell you how much i’m LOVING it. granted, i do feel like i might be wasting my time away… but hey, you don’t get chances like this very often okay? i deserve it. shut up.


it’s awesome.

especially when it rains… which is pretty much every day :)  even thirty minute drizzles cheer me up. i have this thing for the rain. it’s called <3 hahaha.

plus can proudly say i’m recovering from my CRD (compulsive refreshing disorder) which i think is from the exams. i just instinctively hit the f5 key every 5 minutes you know? and this is for every other tab i have open because i was just dying for a distraction.

it’s like last chinese new year when i was on an almost complete packaged drink hydration programme (i drank too much yeo’s for my own good), i naturally shook any drink i picked up. i’ve lost count of the number of times i shook a can of soft drink only to realise wtf am i doing. wasn’t daft enough to have sprayed foam all over myself though, thank goodness.

i digress. heck, i can’t even remember what i was going on about.

right, weaning myself off the lappy. have GLEEd myself to sleep deprivation and am now thoroughly gleeful :D also finished the book i was reading, so i’ve nothing to read now. it feels a little empty somehow. been ages since i’ve read fiction and am hungry for more (that wasn’t such a great book though). left with nothing to do, it suddenly occurred to me that i did have something planned!

so inspired by the Vitamin String Quartet (i’m partial to their tributes to coldplay, paramore and mychemicalromance) that got me through studying for AMAN (oh hell), i am determined to learn how to play Viva La Vida on the violin!! yes the violin!!!

…which i have abandoned since last PharmNite. heh. pulled the violin case out from behind the shoe boxes and found it covered with it’s fare share of cobwebby gossamer (and dead spiders wtf). dusted it off outside with some effort and cracked open the case to find my violin somewhat moulding and on it’s way to sprouting fungi on the chin rest . FML. i don’t think it was more than a year!!! anyhoo, the mould was superficial… cleaned it right up :) then i realised my D string was unravelling and leaving dustings of silver all over the the fingerboard. so i guess that one’s shot. took out my spare and even that snapped as i was winding it in. FML lah. what is this???

so here i am, with three strings on a violin, all gung-ho about finally picking it back up and horribly incapacitated. guess it’ll have to wait till i get the missing string. by then, the chicken shit would’ve cooled. bleh.

yeah this is me, documenting this… because you know, if you tell someone about a plan, you’re more likely to see it through than if it were kept to yourself. fingers-crossed, people.

(or if you’d rather i didn’t terrorize the neighbours with screechy violin music, pray i give up before i do get around to buying the string)


p.s. shall blog about all the movies i’ve watched soonish :D and know that an anticipatory blogpost announcement from me is as good as none.


- despotic logorrhea -