Saturday, 26 April 2014

#Back2Skool

So the new school year has officially started. The first week of being in Year 2 has come and gone and, if asked to describe it in three words, I'd say it was

1. Boring
coz pretty much all the lessons were introductory and we didn't get much done at all, save for the few class activities we had and listening to that one lecturer who spent two hours telling us about his life story (i was so bored and tired i wanted to shoot myself in the face). I tried that technique I saw on Twitter Lifehacks whereby holding your breath for one minute would keep you awake and alert because apparently it drives blood flow to your brain or something. Shit doesn't work.

2. Scary
coz we were introduced to how most of our modules are about to suck the life out of us throughout the semester (i'm looking at you, MMR). I mean, when you have 90% of your lecturers reminding you all the time how tough and draining Year 2 is, it gets kinda scary. All I know is the actual workload hasn't even set in yet and I'm already super stressed.

3. AWESOME
coz I finally get to see all my super amazing friends again and have so much fun and laughter every single day in school and eat all the yummy food and do all the lame shit yay yay yay yay I LOVE LIFE :D

Okay so obviously now that school has started I have way less time to blog than I already used to, and I'm also an exhausted, unmotivated blob most of the time so. :(

I'm still gonna try really hard to crank out a steady stream of posts though, maybe one or two every week? (i say this now but i have a feeling that as soon as assignments start rolling in, i'll be gone for like eight weeks at a time) (that is, of course, if i'm not already dead from school stress)

I have looooads of backdated posts and the way they're piling up in my folders is starting to bum me out big time when I think about how I'm slowly going to have to clear them all.

Perth vacation (which was like three thousand years ago wtf), Penang vacation (which i miss A LOT right about now), and just a whole bunch of random stuff I got up to while in Singapore.

Okie dokes anyways here's some random pics and doodle bitsies of stuff that happened during the first week of school!

Enjoy :))


First picture is a selfie I took on the first day of school HAHA

Oh god but seriously though I think I'm starting to have a problem...I have become hella vain recently LOL but omg I used to post pictures of myself on Instagram like once in a blue moon, and in recent weeks almost all of the pics I post (and i think i post quite a lot...) are either SELFIES OR OOTDs OR MIRROR SELFIES?!!?!?!!

WHAT IS HAPPENING TO ME OMG D: D:

Okay but I remember Ms Soh saying that if you're worrying about yourself being narcissistic, chances are you're not because real narcissists do not believe that there is anything wrong with their thoughts and behaviours. So yeah, I guess I'm still safe for now lol.


We went to NeNe Chicken @ Star Vista on Tuesday because we had a 2-hour long lunch break. It's essentially a fried chicken fast food place that came from The Land of Kimchi. There was quite a lot of hype over it when it first opened on our sunny shores and I was pretty excited about trying it out myself but after actually experiencing it...

DO NOT RECOMMEND, I REPEAT DO NOT RECOMMEND!!!!!!!

The spaces were tiny and cramped (even the ordering area ffs), service was subpar and the food is very mediocre and INSANELY OVERPRICED.


The waiting buzzer thing, my gangsta owl laptop cover (say hi to Benn) and Vanessa poking Benn's eye :O

It's okay tho he's wearing glasses.

Okay so here's what I got:


Chicken tenders, small packet of fries and a grape soda. (it also comes with a little box of pickled radish but come on, who the hell eats that shit so i'm just gonna leave that out) (my apologies if you do in fact like to eat that nasty shit, no offence intended)

And guess how much this cost?

A whopping $9.90.

Almost 10 FREAKING BUCKS for this sad little tray of average fast food.

Oh my goodness I was not pleased, not pleased at all, I tell ya.


I got my tenders in the Snowing Cheese flavour. It's essentially just fried chicken chunks coated in a very pungent cheese powder which is quite unpleasant to smell but tastes quite nice.

Sadly the coating was rather thin and not sufficient enough to give flavour to the full chunk of chicken, which totally doesn't have any taste on its own.

The chicken "tenders" were nowhere near tender. Half of them were dry as hell and the rest were just passable.

The fries were lovely though! But that's about it.

Never heading back again, that's for sure.


BMO card I got up at 4AM to make for Summer's birthday because I was scared I wouldn't have time to complete it hahahah.

Doesn't really look 100% like BMO but...oh well lol. I had fun making it :D

Oh speaking of SumSum,


Look at her fabulous cow print keyboard skin!? She even got a cow pic for the sole purpose of me taking this pic hahahaha #swaggular


Vannvanz's delicious and pretty strawberry soursop juice from FC3 (i really really like the fruit juice stall there, i wish i could go more often D;) which she kindly let me have a sip of and it tasted DIVINE. Like forrealz tho there were real strawberry bitties and shit, soooo yummy~


Seemingly normal photo of us chillin' at FC3 (and vanz being a qt), but allow me to direct your attention to the window on the left.


FXCKING LAA-LAA FROM TELETUBBIES STARING OUT THE WINDOW BEING CREEPY AS FXCK

If I see this at night I would scream.

Ending the post off with the most glorious bag of snacks I've ever had the honour of holding in my hands (and subsequently shoving down my throat),


MUTHAFREAKIN' SCALLOP FLAVOURED LAY'S CHIPS FROM THAILAND (thank you Summer!!).

It was the most amazing thing ever. Thinking about it makes me want to cry. Oh and Summer said it cost like 80 cents for a packet?!?!!! Kill me now.

If I lived in Thailand I would live on nothing but Lay's exotically flavoured chips and Thai iced tea.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Of Miracles And Dreams Come True: DMC Pride

It's officially the last day of the school holidays, and tomorrow brings with it the beginning of a whole new chapter of my education in undoubtedly my dream course in my dream school. So I thought it'd be a good time to do a little recap of the past school year so far, as well as take a little trip down memory lane, the rocky path that brought me to this destination :))

So...Y’all know from this post that I’d always wanted to be studying in Media and Communications at Singapore Polytechnic, but I’m not sure if you know just how much.

Well…



Enough to make me write, "I am going to score distinction for both Maths as well as Combined Science (my all-time worst subjects back in secondary school) and be successfully posted to Media and Communication at Singapore Polytechnic" 10 times a day, every single day, for an entire year.



Yeah, I know. It sounds super crazy (and frankly, quite a waste of pen ink and a whole load of paper haha. environmental nuts please don’t kill me!! i will recycle it all, i swear!!), but at the time, it seemed like a last resort.

I wanted to go to this school, to be in this course, so freaking badly. Time was running out, I’d already wasted one year. I knew that if I were to study anything else, I’d just be miserable and it would probably lead nowhere in my life in terms of chasing my passion.

I was struggling with trying to attain the grades I needed in order to secure a spot in this much-coveted course.

Everything seemed pretty bleak, and that’s when I realized…

I needed a miracle.

I started reading “The Secret”, and got to know about affirmations. Through reading Xiaxue’s (who incidentally also graduated from Diploma in Media and Communications at Singapore Polytechnic, holla!) blog, I came to know about a man who wrote down what he wanted 10 times a day, affirmations which later became reality.

I was desperate at this point, and I had nothing to lose, so I started writing that sentence 10 times a day.

When I got my ‘O’ level results, I did not get A1 for both Maths and Science like I had wished for (I’d always known at the back of my head that it was a bit of a stretch, those two subjects have never been my forte, especially Maths which I absolutely loathe, and furthermore I have to admit that I never did give my 100% in studying for the exams… #badstudent #dontlearnfromme). Devastated and crushed knowing that my aggregate did not meet DMC’s cut-off point, I continued writing my affirmations, this time shortening it to, "I will be successfully posted to Media and Communication at Singapore Polytechnic".

One thing lead to another, I received a call from the school asking me to come down for an interview through JPSAE (I first got contacted by DTVM, but I knew that my heart and passion lied with DMC). I sat for a written test, writing like my life depended on it. I came up with an entire portfolio in the span of less than 24 hours, producing a magazine article of my girl Ailee when I had never in my life used a graphic editing software before, as well as a series of essays, articles, poems, and even a short children’s story. I went into the interview with an All Or Nothing attitude, but deep inside I wanted to grab the interviewers by the hand and beg them to just please give me a spot.

The interview went very well, and I had a feeling that good news was coming my way.

Still, I was not at ease for a single second leading up to the day of the posting results because I was afraid of celebrating prematurely. Until…(see this post)

And that was the end…which lead to a whole new beginning :))

***

It’s been one year, and what an amazing time I’ve had so far.

All the wonderful people I’ve met and became close friends with. The fun, supportiveness and unity of DMC 05. The patient, caring and super knowledgeable lecturers who are always willing to go the extra mile for us students, some even turning into friends. The amazing experiences, be it once in a lifetime opportunities or simply everyday life in SP with the greatest people ever.

I love each and every single day in school.

Be it having a good laugh with my classmates, having the highly experienced lecturers impart their wisdom onto me in engaging and valuable lessons (i honestly enjoy every single lecture and tutorial, though some more than others, i’ll admit haha), and even when I’m slogging it out for yet another project, I couldn’t be more thankful to be in this fantastic school, in the best course ever, in a class so perfect I could never even have dreamed of it.

Every time I set foot onto the campus, I still remember how thoroughly grateful I am to have my wish granted, and in a way it still feels a little surreal just how miraculously everything has worked out. In this short period of one year, so much has happened. I’ve become a much more confident, wise, strong, and open person than before. And above all else, I’ve definitely become much happier :))

I’ve acquired a wealth of knowledge, met a whole bunch of friends who are just the most loving, kindhearted and endlessly giving people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing, gotten to receive the honour of being under the tutelage of the coolest and most fun lecturers in the history of teaching, and amassed a myriad of priceless memories from an endless amount of amazing experiences and opportunities, as well as the little joys in between. To name a few…

(click on certain events to be taken to their own individual posts!)



  • Visiting Gardens By The Bay for the first time during the Freshmen Orientation Program. I still remember the super nice Pals, my lovely seniors Dan and Fil (not to be confused with the famous British Youtubers), and how Swe brought Summer and I to get falafels together after the trip!

  • Being a part of Eat Out Mondays and thereafter, Breakfast On Wednesdays :))


Getting to meet local celebrities Desmond Tan and Jeffrey Xu at Star Vista during one of our first EOM trips!

  • Having a karaoke session in school because GenEd class was cancelled!



  • Receiving the sweetest and most uplifting little gifts and notes throughout the week from Azra, who then became one of my best friends ever, through the "Secret Angel" game that Mr Kan thought of. I also thoroughly enjoyed getting to think of what to get for Gloria, my mortal, each day and preparing all the little presents for her!

  • Snacking in class (lol), and sometimes even having full meals...

  • Dressing up for school every day (this is something which brings me great joy because i am someone who loves to be able to express myself through the way that i look and dress. i’ve always love dressing up, putting together an outfit through coordinating each piece of clothing, complementing it with accessories and the perfect pair of shoes and an awesome bag, all to my liking. i was never able to do this in my previous years of school so now that i finally can (and i feel that i earned the right because i studied my butt off through a whole decade before being able to come to a polytechnic and not have a school uniform hahaha), please do not give me any crap about dressing to the nines to go to school, okay. It’s my choice and my prerogative to look however i want, and as long as i am comfortable and not bothering anyone (or scantily clad), why should you care?)

  • Shooting a video for our PC project (one of our first CAs. ahhh, how time flies :)) in which I get cyberbullied by Hariz, who played the Domo-Loving Douche, and I cried so hard that snot came dribbling down my face hahaha

  • Shooting a short film with esteemed director and filmmaker extraordinaire, Mr Kan Lume, who is also easily one of the best lecturers ever. A wonderful experience that was equal parts fun and rewarding :))



  • Going to the live telecast of The Final 1 as part of our field trip for IMCA. It was my first time being at a TV studio and being in the audience of a live performance! And thereafter...



  • Being part of the audience at The Star Theatre to see the Grand Finale of The Final 1, an awe-inspiring night indeed. So surreal! And as a result of that...

  • Getting to know the winner, Farisha and receiving the most thoughtful, inspirational and heartwarming email from her, which still pushes me on and gives me strength when I need it the most. (thank you sweetheart!)



  • Going to an intimate fanmeet and live performance session with Glen and Yuresh’s band, Still Sunrise. "Untitled" is still one of the most played songs on my phone, you have to go check them out!


  • Going to the Peranakan Museum as part of our VC field trip,and later to Strictly Pancakes with three of the most wonderful ladies ever whom I love so, SO much! I still remember clearly how much fun we had on that hot and tiring but memorable day :))


  • Eating crickets, something I thought I’d never ever do in my lifetime, it was pretty great haha! Crispy, crunchy, flavourful and packed with protein! (please don't run away from me haha)

  • Mindblowingly fantastic events organised by the fabulous seniors. They are always so much fun and create such wonderful memories, I really am super grateful for all their hard work and effort, sacrificing their time so that us freshies can have such a blast!


  • VVIP, our very first event in school. So much fun how everyone got to dress to the nines! I look so weird and different hahaha~


  • Halloween 2013, definitely one of the most fun and memorable days! Made me officially fall in love with Halloween and all things spooky haha :))



Fun times in class...all part of a day in the life of a DMC student.


  • Dressing Queen Elson up in line with all the hype over Frozen.


Does your course have students dressing up in awesome animal costumes while giving a normal everyday presentation in class? Didn't think so.

  • Photobooth fun times in class...and sometimes during lecture hahahaha


  • Getting to celebrate special occasions with each other...


  • Chinese New Year! (thank you NerNer for inviting us to your lovely abode!)


  • Birthdays~ (shout out to Hariz who came to this Earth on the same day as my mum) (but not the same year tho)


  • Valentines Day! Never have I felt more loved on V-Day than on the day all these sweet darlings surprised us with the most adorable little gifts and treats~ (nevermind my closed eyes in the picture...lol) (focus on the gorgeous origami roses that Rachael lovingly handmade for each of us! so sweet!!)

  • The most inspiring lecturers ever, who have all touched our lives in more ways than one. Bringing a whole new dimension to teaching, I am ever so thankful, so blessed to have been under your care and guidance throughout this time!


Ms Trudy!


Mr Kan!


Ms Kwa! (shout out if you're reading this right now! HELLOOOOOO~!! *waves*)

We will all miss you terribly :(( It sucks that we won't be taught by you all in Year 2, I really really look forward to seeing you guys around school!

One of my all-time favourite moments and most precious memories in my life...



  • Having probably my best birthday to date, a sweet and thoughtful surprise from everyone in 05, especially BOW, who made me awesome cards that had the most touching and heartfelt messages and wishes ever. They took the time and trouble to prepare for me wonderful gifts, cake and even pudding! haha~ To help me celebrate my 18th birthday which just so happened to fall on a particularly troubling period of time for me…Thank you once again for turning one of my worst days, into one of the greatest and most memorable yet! I couldn’t ask for a greater gift :)) ❤ ❤ ❤

  • Accomplishing projects that I am super proud of, especially from the amount of hard work I put in (and the toll it took on my sleep…and mental health hahaha), like the logo and mascot design, brochure design, brochure writing, every single CA for HMB (creating a board game, analyzing an experiment of heuristics (which led to my team and i presenting in front of the whole cohort of over 100 students, pretty cool experience if you ask me), producing a voice-narrated lecture, and studying for the test counts too lol)

All which led to my current cumulative GPA which, although not perfect, is pretty ~*sparkly*~ even if I do say so myself hehehehe~~ And I am secretly (maybe not so much, now that i've announced it on the internet...) super proud of it!


My babies! I put an insane amount of time and hard work into all okay, I'll admit it, MOST of my projects and assignments and it's always such a great feeling after submitting it to just be able to sit back, look back on my efforts and admire the end product! Even better if I get a marvellous grade for it hahaha! :P


Me presenting alongside my fantastic group mates, Swaggular Summer and Hazim Faiz aka Dollah Kasim Award winner and Singapore National Youth Football Superstar, no biggie.

Looking forward to keeping up the good standard of work, getting back on my grind all whilst having an absolute blast in school every day. I also really hope to broaden my social circle beyond the friendships of my undeniably close-knit class, and get to know people from other classes, the seniors and also the cute little freshies~!! Yay lol. Bring on Year 2!

Oh and did I mention how the food in school is pretty freaking fantastic too?!


(Top to bottom, L-R): Yong Tau Foo from Koufu, Rainbow Sprinkled Donut from FC6, Awesome Drinks from Artease, Vanilla Latte with Coconut Jellies from Artease, Rum & Raisin Gelato from Monday Blues, Cheese Ramen Yong Tau Foo from FC6, Carrot Cake from Angmore Cafe, Ham Grilled Cheese Sandwich from Artease, Chicken Cutlet with Pasta Salad and Garlic Rice from Manna Cafe, Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwich from Artease, and Chicken Cutlet Rice Set with Corn Soup from the now defunct Taiwanese food stall at Koufu.

*slurps*

I predict massive snack attacks in class once school starts :P

Stay tuned for more awesome campus food pics, and even more awesome tales of being in hands down, the best course, in the best school, EVER :))

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Orgasmic Risotto + Random Snappy Doodles

Here's an awfully backdated post I started drafting out back when I was still in Singapore but was too lazy and unmotivated to finish and thus procrastinated for a long time, dragging it out til I finally got to finish writing it here in Penang.

I've been having a fantastic time here in the Pearl of The Orient (such a pretty name! i love all these nicknames for cities and places, like how we affectionately term Singapore as The Lion City), and I can't wait to blog all about the adventures I've had here when I return home!

Yup, I guess I'm back on the blogging grind once again hehe :))

I guess I just needed that extra burst of motivation to spur me on and reignite the fire that fuels my passion for blogging (sounds so deep and meaningful but it's just me writing some nonsense ramblings amidst randomly snapped photos of my very mundane life hahaha), and I am so glad that I received it.

I just want to say a big THANK YOU to all of those who took the time and care to leave such lovely messages of support and motivation, be it the wonderful comments left on my previous post or the private messages that were sent to me (y'all know who you are! ;)). Each of them were amazingly thoughtful and kind, and I never ever would've thought that people out there felt that way about my blog, about my writing, if it weren't for your kind messages. 

Did you have to drop me a message? No. But you did it anyway, and it made such a world of difference to me, honestly. I was absolutely beaming whilst reading each of your very kind words, and now I shall forever have your words to encourage me.

So once again, thank you very much indeed.

And I'll see you all again soon! Hope you'll be well til then :))

x

***

A while back, Alex and I headed to Cedele @ Great World City (one of my favourite places in Singapore <3) to have the most AMAZING risotto ever.


Now y'all know that I love watching Hell's Kitchen, and can I just say that I have developed a bit of an obsession with risotto from watching that show?! Actually...I always wish that I could just reach out and grab all the insane looking food that's featured on the Hell's Kitchen menu...Risotto...Beef Wellington...SCALLOPS.

*extreme drooling ensues*


Me taking random pics while being bored waiting for my food to arrive, as usual.


Sexy schmexy Alexy.

Dat tanline tho~


His yummy-looking iced mocha drink (i think...lol) Yay for cocoa-dusted froth! Milkstache :D


WONDROUS WILD MUSHROOM RISOTTO. Very tasty, tastes like a nice mushroom soup but solid version heh heh. Lovely robust mushroom aromas throughout, just heavenly.


LORD ALMIGHTY, IS THAT NOT THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING YOU HAVE EVER LAID EYES ON. Paprika prawn risotto with pumpkin. Apart from the pure divine colours and magnificence of its appearance (it looks so pretty i wanna smash my face in it), it tasted OH. SO. GOOOOODDDDDDD!!!!!!!!!!!! *SCREAMS*

Sauce was pure amazingness, pumpkin chunks were aplenty, rice nicely cooked. The only downside would have to be the prawns which, although very fresh, were overcooked and very dry, not succulent at all :(( But hey, at least they were generous with the portion sizes! It was perfect, nice and filling but not too much that you'd have to leave some behind coz your tummy's just bursting.

Damn, this pretty much made me fall in love with risotto (♥ω♥ ) ~♪

After our truly delectable lunch, Alex and I strolled around Great World City and made lovely conservation while checking out all the fancy stuff there. Here are some random pics of some cool doodlies. Enjoy~!


Awesome Pure Acacia Honey from Marks & Spencer. Holy smokes there's an entire slice of honeycomb inside the jar, how freaking fancy is that?!

Marks & Spencer has some of the coolest foods ever, pity it's all so expensive :((


Corset and boobie nail polish bottles haha. I don't get it, do the boobs add better grip when you're painting your nails? trolololololl


I read "Acoustic Pain' at first sight.


Eye infection!! Finger edition hahahaha #howlamecaniget


Super cool hand soap holder in the form of...a bar of soap!! Haha~ Damn I love the awesome furnishing and decor shops at GWC, they sell some pretty cool shit. But you can't really just stroll around and browse (especially if you're a poor-looking teenager like myself) coz the staff there know that you won't be purchasing any of their stuff, and they'll just glare at you with their judge-y eyes as you make your way through the shop :(().


Super duper old-school Philips computer desktop.

OMG I used to loooove all the fake computer props they display at furniture shops when I was a kid. I wasn't old enough to use computers yet, so I had such a blast pretending to type and "do business" on the cardboard computers and laptops hahahah. Who would've thought I'd wind up being such a massive tech addict that I now spend about 17 hours a day online :\


Such an adorable Samsung tablet! It first caught my eye coz it was in the prettiest and most cheerful shades of bright yellow and aqua, but I later found out that it was a kiddy tablet, and I think that's horrible.

It's bad enough that parents nowadays are just shoving an iPad to pacify their children instead of providing them with fun toys and educational games, now there's a near-$400 tablet JUST for them?! So, what? At the age of five, they demand for their very own tablet and one or two years down the road they'll start requesting for their very own iPhones and laptops and whatnot. Smh...I didn't even get my first smart phone until I graduated secondary school at the age of 17, for crying out loud. #truestory

Okay intermission from serious talk, here have some cute and cuddly critters:


Mr. Bun Bun having a sip of water coz it's hard work being this adorable.


Awwwwww~!!


Okay guinea pigs have never done much for me haha. They're sort of like little tufts of peaky fur creatures that are between rabbits and hamsters...not very appealing to me heh.


AHLSAHKDJSDW SUCH CUTE RABBITS!!!!!!!11!!1!!!!!


HOLY SHIT LOOK AT THE CLUSTER OF CUTIEPIE NAPPING HAMSTERS HHAH@!SDL%H*LFU#RWQD THEY JUST LOOK SOOOO WIDDLE AND SOFT AHHHHHHHH *SQUEALS*

Spotted this majestic big cat at a baby store:


I almost let out a scream, I thought it was a REAL TIGER HAHAHAHAHAH. It looks soooo realistic and amazing, I wanted one in my room so bad. It looks like it'd be great to cuddle and just lie on, too :))


Look at that booty doe.


Got myself a Cinnamon Pretzel from Auntie Anne's before heading home, so that officially makes it a great day :)) Unfortunately the pretzel had been left out for quite a while so the dough became reeeally tough instead of the usual warm, chewy goodness. But cinnamon sugar always makes EVERYTHING better, and the girl was kind enough to absolutely drown my pretzel in it with multiple coats of the good stuff haha!