And The Holiday Adventures Come To An End…

Since my last post about what I have been up to during the holidays, I have spent more time hanging out with friends and family over the past two weeks. So, here I am now once again to write and reflect on the past two weeks which have helped me wrap up my holidays just perfectly. I had a short dilemma on whether to continue the numbering from the previous post but I decided to just keep things simple. 

Only cause I don't have any other picture.

Only cause I don’t have any other picture.

1. Dracula Untold with Huszainy. These impromptu plans emerged when he wanted to pass time and was willing to come all the way to Yishun. The movie choices were either Annabelle or Dracula Untold. I wanted to watch Annabelle because I had watched The Conjuring but I also wanted to watch Dracula Untold because it was new and seemed like a hit. So, it came down to convenience. I wasn’t too sure if I could make it on time for Dracula Untold because I was watching the Dance Moms season finale but I managed to and so we went with that. The movie was alright… I was a little confused. The ending interested me more than anything else and for that reason, I wouldn’t mind if they had a sequel. Anyway, after the movie, we walked around hunting for earpieces since we both needed new ones. It didn’t take him long to find one while I on the other hand was very indecisive. I came to the conclusion that I would just steal another one of my brother’s unused earpieces and so we ended our day there. The next day, my brother walked into my room and put a new set of earpiece on my table. I was like, “What’s this?” And he told me that I had asked him to order it for me when he showed me his. I didn’t even remember that conversation and I still don’t. But I’m glad it happened because the earpiece he got me looks classy and stylish and it’s good too. I still had to pay for it… But at least I didn’t have to choose! That’s the hard part, right?

So here's the baking team because there's always time for a selfie.

So here’s the baking team because there’s always time for a selfie.

2. Baking brownies & Over-eating. So, these were plans that were technically made during the chalet since we all got the invitation from An then. We had some trouble finding a day that all of us were free and so we ended up just making do with whoever was able to make it. That meant, Shafna, Chelsea, me and obviously An since we were baking at his house. We had no idea what we were baking until the day came. We decided on baking brownies. I love baking. (Or at least watching people bake since I haven’t exactly baked by myself before. I usually try to help my Mum but she always ends up doing all the work. I try not to get too involved because I often mess up. I once cracked an egg into the sink.)

Chelsea Ramsey(Or RUM-SAY as she would say it) hard at work.

Chelsea Ramsey(Or RUM-SAY as she would say it) hard at work.

The baking part of our meet-up was pretty fast. Then we just sat around talking and eating. I suggested we play badminton to pass time and the others didn’t mind too. So we did. After that we came back and ate the brownies we baked topped with ice cream. I loved the crispy on the outside but sorta gooey on the inside texture of the brownie. Especially together with the ice cream. So I had more… and more… and more until I felt so bloated and couldn’t stop complaining about it. The others thought I was complaining about feeling fat but no. I felt sick because I was bloated. That’s a feeling I’ve been getting a lot lately. I should do something about it. Oh well, we then went to Causeway Point because An wanted to pass something to one of his friends working at the Starbucks there and I wanted to get some sushi.

A picture of the sushi I ended up getting. Looks good, right?

A picture of the sushi I ended up getting. Looks good, right?

Yes, yes. I was bloated but I could still think about food, okay! Although the original plan had been to walk around Causeway Point, we all ended up lazing at the Starbucks because we found a good spot. But soon An left. And then Shaf. And then I got my sushi and Chels got her Burger King and we went home too.

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Minyi left before we remembered to take a selfie. Awww…

3. A Fishy Brunch followed by a Three-Hour Karaoke Session  These were plans that started developing as time passed. Originally it had just been me wanting to try The Manhattan Fish Market’s ‘Hungry Fisherman Challenge’. The challenge was to complete three portions of Fish and Chips in under 10 minutes. If you do, you get the meal for free. If you don’t then you have to pay $29.95 for the meal. Chelsea was the one that had recommended that I try it. I was skeptical at first but then I thought, “Why not?” So, I got Shafna and Minyi on board in addition to Chelsea to join me. Then Vera decided to join us too. The plan was to karaoke in the morning and then have lunch. But since the karaoke lounge wasn’t opening until 2pm and some of us were feeling hungry, we decided to have brunch first. Whether or not I managed to complete the challenge, I shall not reveal just yet. Because the whole thing was recorded and I guess you’ll find out when the video gets uploaded.

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I was anxiously waiting, thinking when I should start digging in. I only had 10 minutes!

Anyway, karaoke-ing was lots of fun. I have only ever been to a karaoke lounge twice. I prefer to karaoke in the comfort of my room when I know no one is at home. So I guess, me being fine with singing terribly in front of those people meant that I had a certain level of comfort around them and that should account for something about our level of friendship, right? Some of the best moments was singing ‘Popular Song’ with Chelsea, ‘Oath’ with Shafna and ‘YMCA’ with all four of them. I’m sure there were some more but I just can’t seem to remember them right now. After the three hours ended, we all went our own separate ways.

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Her phone camera has a way of making us both look flawless and don’t you dare tell me otherwise.

4. Catch-Up Session with Gina I’ve been meaning to catch up with her forever. We had planned to meet on Friday but since my Thursday plans got moved to Friday, I attempted to move my plans with her forward to Thursday, on the day itself. And surprisingly she was totally fine with it. She ended up 20 minutes late. Which helped start us start off on the right foot since our meet-ups are filled with a lot of sassing and insulting each other. We walked over to Bakerzin. I swear, the desserts on display always taunt me whenever I walk past. So, when I found out about a tea time promotion that entitles you to a dessert and beverage for about $11, I knew I should give it a try.

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I had a slice of the Adagio cake for my dessert and Gina had a slice of the Sweet Pleasure cake. The one closer to the camera is obviously mine.

We spent time talking about life, the holidays, secondary school and Top Model. After that, we walked around North Point. I was hoping to find myself some new tees. But nothing appealed to me. The original plan with Gina had been to head to somewhere like town so that I could get my tees and then head back to North Point for Bakerzin. But I was totally fine with going with the flow. We also then started hunting for some makeup Gina wanted. We went store to store but she ended up not getting anything. HAHA. It was quite an adventure though. I also took some selfies with her and there are a couple that I am obsessed with because we both look flawless.  Eventually, we decided to head home.

We're so 'evil'.

We’re so ‘evil’. Just another one of our pretty selfies.

I’m hoping I’ll be able to catch up with her again sometime soon after the new semester of school begins. It would be rewarding to catch up and have another delicious slice of cake and some beverage that helps me de-stress a little. 5. Badminton with the Cousins After playing badminton the other day, I felt like I wanted more. Yes, contrary to popular belief, I don’t mind certain sports… Like bowling, badminton and shopping. And since I am no longer in contact with the friends I used to play badminton with and the friends that wouldn’t mind playing badminton are busy, I decided to ask my cousins. So, plans were made and I was pretty excited. On the day, I could tell it was going to rain. I kept saying, “Please don’t rain, please don’t rain” to myself, hoping that it would somehow affect whether it rained or not.

I really wanted to play badminton for two reasons: 1) I needed to exercise and 2) I wanted to spend time with my cousins away from our laptops and handphones. In the end, although it was extremely windy, we managed to play for about an hour and a half and then it started raining heavily so we headed back. We wanted to go get Slurpees but we couldn’t because of the rain. So, we passed time at our Aunt’s house playing ‘Heads Up!’, chilling and listening to music. I kept looking out the window because I really wanted the rain to stop so that I could go get myself a Slurpee. It stopped… Like two hours later and we headed out. Just as we walked into 7-11, we all realised that the Slurpee machine was conveniently out of order. Just our luck right? We ended up getting bubble teas instead. After that, it was dinner at my Aunt’s and then home for me.

Looks like it’s a wrap on my holidays. It’s been fun and a lot more active than I expected and wanted it to be. Oh well… I’m not going to complain that the six weeks passed by very quickly or that I didn’t get enough of a break. I mean sure, I wouldn’t mind but it’s been a good break, not it’s time to get back to work. I’ll admit that last night, I was kinda nervous about the new semester of school but as of right now, I’m mentally ready. I’ve come up with sort of a strategy which I might write about upon testing it out the first week or two. Until then…

PEACE OUT.

P.S: Just watched the A Long Way Down movie and it was great for a condensed and slightly different version of the book. Loved it and will probably look into buying the blu-ray somehow or someway.

“We all spend so much time not saying what we want…

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“We all spend so much time not saying what we want, because we know we can’t have it. And because it sounds ungracious, or ungrateful, or disloyal, or childish, or banal. Or because we’re so desperate to pretend that things are OK, really, that confessing to ourselves they’re not looks like a bad move. Go on, say what you want. … Whatever it is, say it to yourself. The truth will set you free. Either that or it’ll get you a punch in the nose. Surviving in whatever life you’re living means lying, and lying corrodes the soul, so take a break from the lies for just one minute.”

― Nick HornbyA Long Way Down

“When you’re unhappy, I guess everything in the world – reading, eating, sleeping – has something buried somewhere inside it that just makes you unhappier.”

― Nick HornbyA Long Way Down

“Everyone knows how to talk, and no one knows what to say.”

― Nick HornbyA Long Way Down

I just finished this book that I bought back in March. It has been lying in my bookshelf since, staring at me every time I look in the direction of the bookshelf. But I finally got to reading this some time last week and I finished it today. It’s definitely one of my favourite books.

A short synopsis of the book would be, four strangers who are all leading miserable lives in their own eyes meet each other on the roof of a building on the night of New Year’s Eve; the night they plan to jump off a building and end it all. However, after getting to know each other, they realise that they might just be able to get through their problems together. But as we all know with four very different personalities, there is conflict, laughs and many emotional moments which makes for a good read.

The writing is amazing. The characters are equal amounts compelling and loveable. I never once felt like reading the book was a chore. Now, I can’t wait to watch the movie. I would honestly recommend it to anyone. I just posted some of the many quotes I thought were relatable and meaningful from the book.

With that being said, do let me know what you think if you end up giving the book a try. It will not disappoint, trust me.

PEACE OUT.

From BBQs to Glow Sticks (And Everything In-Between)

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The much anticipated class chalet is over and I can’t decide if it was exactly what I expected it to be or if it was better than I expected. So, here I go reflecting on the 3D2N experience.

Pre-chalet, the only planning me and Minyi had to do was to finalise the date and choice of the chalet as well as to order the food for the barbecue. Although it doesn’t seem like much, we did have to accommodate to as many people’s schedules and preferences as possible, so I would say it wasn’t as easy as you think. Then we couldn’t decide if to organise and plan activities. Minyi was all up for it but I felt like not everyone would participate if we did and then it would have been a wasted effort. So, I tried convincing her that it should just be a chalet for us to hangout and chill. Let people find their own way of entertaining themselves, right?

Leading up to the chalet, the people around me were excited and we always talked about what we should do at the chalet. The chalet this year was six to eight times bigger than the chalet last year. And of course, this time we also had a barbecue planned. Those were just some simple reasons as to why I was excited and looking forward to it.

So when the day came, about 11 of us met up at Pasir Ris MRT and made our way to the chalet together by bus. We got off at the wrong stop and had to walk a little thanks to Huszainy. Then we waited outside the reception since we couldn’t check in earlier than the allocated time. I had wanted to arrive earlier so we could explore the place but there wasn’t exactly any place around to explore. After like 20-30 minutes of waiting, we were given our keys and briefed on the do’s and don’ts before we made our way to the chalet.

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As we waited for the bus, I attempted a group selfie but… I evidently failed to capture everyone.

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A bus just for us! … And other commuters. (Credit: Shafna)

Jamie and I had planned to run into the house and start screaming and cheering like they do on Top Model but we had some trouble opening the main door so that killed our momentum. Regardless, when we entered we had a good look around and I think some of us started claiming our rooms. There were four rooms in total and I knew that I wasn’t exactly planning on sleeping so I didn’t actually care too much to claim a room. I must mention that Minyi and Nica decided that it would be the smartest thing to do by screaming when entering a room because something had moved. The same thing happened when the door was about to close behind them. Gosh… Well, you can thank the wind for that.

Everyone then sat down in the living room. Sam provided us with some entertainment by connecting her laptop to the TV in the living room. We watched some music videos (including Nicki Minaj’s ‘Anaconda’ which in my opinion, became the theme song of the chalet). As more people arrived at the chalet, the living room became more lively. Then someone suggested going on Omegle and so we did. Chelsea and I started chatting with random strangers until we got banned for some reason. Oh well…

Chilling in the living room. (Credit: Shafna)

For quite some time, there was no food and drinks around. I felt like it was my fault and because of poor planning but I was comforted with the realisation that everyone was old enough to take care of themselves. In addition, one of our lecturers was supposed to be arriving soon with a car full of snacks and drinks. When the first two lecturers arrived, some of us helped transfer the snacks and drinks from the car to the kitchen. And #damn there was loads of snacks and drinks. From cup noodles to biscuits to Pringles and nachos and plenty of drinks too.

A little while later the barbecue food arrived and it was time to start the fire. Minyi and Huszainy were the main ones working on the fire with the support of a lot of people as the others tried fanning the fire in hopes of keeping the fire going (I think). And as time passed, it was nice to see people taking turns to fan the fire and to barbecue the food. On the other hand, I didn’t want to get involved with that since I really had no experience. So, I helped play some music alongside Dalene, Jesleen and Nica on Vera’s speakers. After everyone was fed, some played ‘mind games’ with the lectures while the rest of us were chilling at the dining table. We pretended to be judges on Top Model auditioning potential models. HAHA.

Almost everyone took turns helping out with the barbecue. #Teamwork. (Credit: Shafna)

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Looks pretty good, doesn’t it? (Credit: Shafna)

As time passed, those who weren’t staying overnight left and then I retreated to one of the rooms with some people. Before we started a game of Truth or Truth, we all took turns showering since everyone else was at the dining table playing games or in the living room watching shows on the TV, courtesy of Sam’s laptop.

The girls tried styling my wet hair and said I look better with my hair slicked back... Meh.

The girls tried styling my wet hair and said I look better with my hair slicked back but I’m not too sure about that.

Before we started Truth or Truth, we decided to use some glow sticks that I brought. (My brother had passed them to me and it was not like they were going to be of any use to me at home, so I decided to bring them to the chalet.) The game lasted for a really really long time until people got tired and some decided to go to sleep.

For a long time, this is all you could see in our room.

For a long time, this is all you could see in our room.

Me and Chelsea tried to sleep on the floor since all the beds were occupied. But she got up and left without saying anything and I followed soon after. But I’m glad I did because Chelsea, Shantel, Sam and Wesley were chilling in the living room watching some show. Belicia and Jessica were there but they fell asleep shortly after I joined them. After whatever they were watching ended, Sam introduced us to a show called, Faking It and it was really good! Whoever is reading this should look it up if you don’t know what it’s about. Thanks for the intro, Sam!

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For some reason, I’m adding this picture hoping it will make you want to check it out.

After that, some people decided to go watch the sunrise. I’ve never actually tried to watch the sunrise so I decided to tag along. Plus, if I didn’t, I wouldn’t have had anything else to do since everyone else was asleep. The sunrise was pretty but it took a long while to rise and a long walk to get to where we decided to watch it rise. I was impatient and kinda lazy so…

I didn't stay to watch the sun rise any further than this. #Impatient

I didn’t stay to watch the sun rise any further than this. #Impatient

But here's a stolen picture from someone who did stay to watch it rise. (Credit: Eunice)

But here’s a stolen picture from someone who decided to stay to watch the sun rise. (Credit: Eunice)

When we got back to the chalet, Chelsea and I wanted to have some beer in the morning… Root beer that is! And I asked anyone who walked past if they wanted to join us in having some beer before telling them that I was referring to root beer. HAHA. Colin and Jamie then woke up and joined us in the kitchen where Chelsea and I were hanging out. We had dragged in two chairs and positioned ourselves directly in front of the fan. As we were sitting around, I suggested we play competitive rounds of Heads Up! against each other. And it was really back and forth but obviously I’m going to say that Chelsea and I crushed Colin and Jamie. Like duh.

At around nine or ten in the morning, Shafna and Minyi arrived. While some people were thinking of heading out for breakfast, the two of them started the “Cup Noodles For Breakfast” movement and they were joined by another six to eight people including me. After that, we headed up to a room to play charades. I was extremely competitive… I couldn’t help myself. But we strangely didn’t establish a winning team at the end of it.

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Only Alicia can make eating cup noodles look so glamorous. I don’t even know if I’m being sarcastic. (Credit: Shafna)

As afternoon approached, more people had left and we were down by quite a number of people. Everyone gathered in the living room where we played musical chairs. I was eliminated early both times I participated… I think. After that, we agreed on barbecue-ing the leftovers from yesterday. As more food was added to the dining table it became official that we were having a family lunch together. So everyone pitched in and helped in some way. Either to clean up, to microwave or to barbecue. It was nice.

I’m not used to having meals with my family so this was really nice. (Credit: Minyi)

I'm not used to having meals with my family so this was really nice.

A selfie with all of us at the dining table from a different angle. (Credit: Huszainy)

After that, Jamie, Chelsea and I decided to take a two hour nap so that we could stay up longer, later that night. And I feel proud to say that I hadn’t slept in over 24 hours. That’s a first. When I woke up, someone had called for a meeting in one of the rooms to discuss dinner plans. Whether to head out and have dinner or to have food delivered to us. Everyone agreed on McDonald’s. I was telling myself not to have dinner after having both breakfast and lunch as I was feeling extremely bloated. But I caved in to peer pressure.

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Vera, Huszainy, Shafna and I being silly after discussing our dinner plans. Felt like a #RichKids moment.

Let's be shady together.

Let’s be shady together.

Everyone had dinner together at the dining table once again. After which I felt even more bloated. I decided to walk around and ended up climbing up and down the stairs ten times. It didn’t really help but at least I tried. Later, we all gathered in one of the rooms for another session of talking into the late night. There were ghost stories and then we digressed into our favourite memories from the past semester. Eventually everyone got restless and we were just started lazing around. We spent some time playing Icomania on Jamie’s phone, searching for answers on Google when we had no clue.

That night, we were down to nine people which meant enough beds for everyone! I roomed with Huszainy and Alicia. While Huszainy was away, I decided to annoy Alicia to the best of my ability. I read out her Instagram captions with a certain accent and made her cringe every time. It was hilarious. I’m referring to her reaction but yes her captions were hilarious too. But we eventually fell asleep.

The next day, we woke up two hours before check-out time to clean up but we were left with a lot of spare time. So, we watched those advertisements where they promote a product and ask you to call in to buy the product. I really can’t remember what the term for it is. We made fun of how scripted the ads were and at the same time we were annoyed by how repetitive the ads were. However, we didn’t have anything else to watch.

Eventually, the people came to inspect the chalet and we found out that a teaspoon and a chopstick were missing. In the end, we weren’t charged for the loss either so it was all cool. We all then made our way home and split up accordingly.

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As far as I’m concerned, If this was a reality show, the three of us would be the ‘Final Three’.

I didn’t think I would have so much to write about but clearly a lot happened over the three days and two nights and I honestly have no regrets. There isn’t exactly anything I would change. Yes, I know some of you know that I wanted to change something but I just really don’t care about it anymore. Everything happened the way it should and I enjoyed the chalet. Until next time, PEACE OUT.

Where Do I Start?

As the title of this post suggests, there is just so much that has happened lately that I don’t know what to write about first. This has also been the reason why I haven’t blogged in a while. Little did I realise that the more days that passed by, the more things there would be for me to blog about. In other words, the holidays haven’t been as boring and mundane as I expected (and was hoping for it to be). So, let me reflect chronologically…

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I’m in love with this picture. We look so good and the comic book effect is amazing.

1. A catch up session with three of my closest secondary school friends. They pretty much know everything about me and although we don’t get to spend that much time together due to conflicting schedules, it’s always fun when we meet up and it’s as though no time has passed at all. And I must mention that they are the diamonds that have emerged from graphite after a four year crazy roller coaster ride that had more downs than ups – secondary school. We actually had lunch at SP and then played an intense game of Monopoly (I came in either 2nd or 3rd, I can’t remember). Gina was pretty much distracted the entire time by another game on her laptop. We hid her money and she didn’t even realise… Sigh. After that we headed to IMM for dinner and accompanied Sydi as he shopped around for some formal wear for his internship. It was really a great day filled with conversation, laughter and banter and I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

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I wish I had a selfie from the sleepover, but I guess just this one from the wedding will have to do!

2. A double doze of cousins. In the morning, I attended a cousin’s wedding. I’ll be honest, I was dreading it only because it was in the morning and I really wanted my beauty sleep. But it turned out alright especially since all I had to do was just sit there this time. And I’m saying ‘this time’ because this is the third cousin’s wedding this year. Yes, it’s been three. As I’m writing this, I had to reconfirm with my Mum that it’s been three because it seems so surreal. Anyway, I got to see my cousins and it was just nice, you know? The wedding went smoothly but it didn’t end on the best note. There was some unnecessary drama and that’s all I’m going to say. Regardless, it was worth it waking up early in the morning, as I got to talk to and catch up with the cousins I don’t see so often.

Now it’s not going to be a ‘double doze’ unless I encounter more cousins, later that day, am I right? Well, I had plans for a sleepover with my two younger cousins at my aunt’s place that night. It’s sort of a school holiday tradition but the number of cousins at these sleepovers has been decreasing over the years because they all have their own commitments as they grow older. And I feel like I’ve become numb to the thought of that, that I don’t feel upset about it anymore. Anyway, we played games, watched a movie and just hung out even doing nothing at some points. It did bother me that there were times when we were all one our phones but I guess that’s normal these days and there is nothing I can do about it to change it and I shouldn’t try to either because I’ve tried and it’s impossible.

3. My first stand-up comedy experience. After seeing a friend tweeting about ‘comedy clubs’, I asked him about it like a month or two ago and he told me that there was one coming up that we could go for together. And I have no regrets as I really enjoyed it. It was fun hanging out with him and Ronny Chieng was simply amazing. But then again, I could just be easily fascinated since I don’t have any experience. Oh well, I had fun and I thought that this was worth mentioning since it was something new that I experienced during the holidays.

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I’m like obsessed with this selfie. My hair looks perfect. And yeah… everyone else looks perfect blah blah.

4. Sammiekin’s (Sam’s) Birthday. The plans were pretty last minute but I didn’t have to think twice about agreeing to be there. Birthday celebrations are just fun especially when it’s with a small group of friends that you are close to. The plans were to have brunch at The Manhattan Fish Market. I love fish and I loved the idea of brunch and I love my friends so there you have it.  Shafna and I had to leave after brunch because we had something on in school but we rejoined the group after at JEM. What better way to spend time with friends than walking around a shopping centre aimlessly, right? Trying on clothes and taking selfies was bulk of the fun. After that we did some more walking around JEM till we all decided to call it a day. I really hope you enjoyed your birthday Sam! (And also those cupcakes that I got for you.)

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A selfie right before I kinda beat him at Fooseball. Look at his unsuspecting smile.

5. Bro-Time with Huszainy. That could very well be the name of his talk show, right? Anyway, we just spent some time together playing pool, darts and fooseball a.k.a bro-ish things that I don’t actually mind doing. He is like much better than me at pool and darts but fooseball is my game although he hates to admit it. The initial plan was to do some shopping but we ended up watching This Is Where I Leave You instead. But no regrets because the movie was awesome. I would write a review but I feel kinda lazy.

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Chillin’ with our smoothies.

6. Smoothie King catch up session with Shafna. We were supposed to have a club meeting in school and so we had planned to get smoothies before. But the meeting got cancelled and so it just meant more time for us to hang out. I caught her up on everything going on with me and as you can see, I had to do quite a lot of talking. Although what I really needed caught her up on isn’t something I mentioned in this post.  And she caught me up on everything going on with her. So we hung out there until I had to leave for school because I had another meeting on for some project while she headed home.

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Donuts for life.

7. Impromptu hang out session with Jamie. This happened on the same day as #6, after the project meeting because Jamie was involved in the project as well. I wanted to follow Jamie for moral support as she was supposed to try on contact lenses for the first time that day but it got pushed back to a later date. Anyway, since we were already on the train heading towards town, we decided to continue our journey and get Krispy Kreme donuts. And then we decided to do some window shopping a.k.a trying on various accessories and taking selfies. I also caught Jamie up on everything and she caught me up too. It was simply a fantabulous day and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Yeah that’s a lot that has happened, right? I would elaborate more and give more details but I think giving a summary of each event is better. So, I hope that chunk above was entertaining to read. There is probably going to be a lot more things for me to blog about over the next few weeks. I’m not exactly sure what it is going to be about. I just feel like there is a lot more to come before school reopens in another three weeks and I can’t wait! Until next time,

PEACE OUT.

P.S: If you notice that I have been taking more selfies lately, it is because of the ‘#RichKids of Beverly Hills’. I’ve developed the habit watching them do it all the time on the show.

A Much-Needed Break

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So, what have I been up to as of late? Well, there were plenty of assignments to clear and an equal amount of changes to deal with. I’m not going to lie about how I questioned some friendships as they were put to the test over the stressful past few weeks.

And then I made myself sad one night when I just couldn’t fall asleep and decided to look through my photo gallery. I noticed how we have all changed. You know, from hairstyles to the people we surround ourselves with. I was afraid that the bond we all once had was no more. But I was comforted with the realization that the pressure and stress that we were under could be one of the reasons why it seems that way. We will probably return to the way we have always been when we are all carefree and happy again, right? 

So yes, I had to look at the bigger picture and filter out the negativity which also reminded me that what I have left is something beautiful and amazing. And this was pretty clear by how everyone was able to get together on the day of our final submission for the semester and celebrate not only the end of the semester but also one of the birthdays. I would go on to give you details of how we spent the day but I’ll just leave you with this video instead. 

 

Next, the holidays! I have been looking forward to the holidays forever. Not because I dread school but because I really just want a break. A break that I can spend staying at home, watching movies and TV shows all-day, read and write more blog posts. Plus, I also feel that I do deserve this break because of all the hard work I have been putting in. We all have, haven’t we? So, I definitely am happy that I another six weeks of holidays. But just like how the first week was burnt in school, finishing up the final assignment for the semester, it turns out that the holidays might not be as stay-home as I expected. There are some activities that require me to go back to school and others with friends and family that I am looking forward to but which still mean that I have lesser time for myself. Thereby, I’m hoping that once all these activities are over, that I am left with at least a week or two to do whatever I want to. 

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This is exactly how I wish I can spend my holidays.

Speaking of activities I am looking forward to, there is a class chalet that I am excited about. We have a bigger chalet as compared to the last one we booked, this time last year. I feel like this is going to be just what everyone needs to bond and officially celebrate the end of the first semester. I’m also hoping that everyone can surrender their phones at the door but let’s get real, that is not going to happen. So, I’ll just deal with it. I’ll also be able to spend some time with my closest friends from secondary school again. And of course to be able to have a sleepover with my cousins (Let’s hope that I can get them to put their phones down though). There is also a stand-up comedy event that I’m looking forward to and I hope it goes well. 

I guess, I do have quite a lot to look forward to over the next six weeks. And just as I was typing this I remembered how I would also be getting my grades and the timetable for the next semester in a couple of weeks. Oh well, we all need a balance of the good and the bad, right? Until next time…

PEACE OUT. 

Always Changing

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I recently turned 18 but I don’t exactly feel any different. However, I can’t say the same for the things around me. Things have been changing lately. And I would like to think that they are changing for the better. 

Before I start, I just want to thank the friends that put in time, energy and money into celebrating my birthday. All I wanted was a simple dinner and I got that along with a couple of surprises here and there. So, it’s definitely been great.

Next, let me talk about the things around me changing. This might be the first time in a long time that a ‘change’ is turning out to be a good thing. And this is probably because it’s going back to the way it used to be. Not all the way there yet but baby steps, right? I’m not going to get my hopes up though because that has always proven to turn out bad. I know that just like how things are changing for the better that they could just as quickly do the opposite. With that being said, there are also some ‘not-so-good’ changes. It feels like I’m growing distant from someone I once felt a lot closer to. But hey, I swear I’m not complaining or trying to be sappy. It’s all still good. I have just noticed some changes which helped me prove my point… To myself. 

In a completely different topic, there has been a little something brewing with me. And the big question is, “Does it all mean anything at all?” Being me, I have been asking around for opinions only to end up strengthening my inner conflict. I’m telling myself not to make much of it because a couple of months from now, I’m probably going to look back and feel like a complete fool. That’s also why I don’t want to write too much about that as the people around me already know what I am talking about and that’s enough for me. I’m just mentioning it in this post anyway because it always helps to get what I’m feeling out there in words (even if it is cryptic). However, just to sum things up, let me just say that I’ve made an effort and in fact maybe too much of an effort. The ball (if there is even one to begin with), is no longer in my court. What am I referring to? You can continue guessing.

Actually, thinking about it, it isn’t exactly a completely different topic from what was in the previous paragraph. Why? Because this is one of the first few times this inner conflict feels real and that’s definitely a change from the usual superficial ones. 

So much has changed over the past year. Who knows what is still to come? 

PEACE OUT. 

 

Not dead yet

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I know it’s been forever since I last posted something. Every weekend, I think about blogging because the past couple of weeks have been pretty eventful. I don’t remember why but I’m sure if I wanted to blog about it, something must have happened right? But I ended up prioritising my TV shows and assignments which left me with little time to blog. Oh well, I’m here this week because it’s been an awfully awful week and I just want to put how I’m feeling into words. Yes, I still do have tons of TV shows to catch up on and assignments to do this weekend but I think it’s time I revived this blog and used it for what it was meant for. A platform for me to get it all out there. So, there you have it, this blog isn’t dead just yet.

You know how we have an off-day sometimes? Well, this week has been an off-week for me. It feels like every day that went by, the week just got worst and worst. I’ve cried more tears this week than I have the past couple of months. And it all boils down to stress.

We all know of the stress that comes from school assignments. But I think that this stress is more than just that? I’ve been doubting myself more than ever this past week. From my leadership skills to my capabilities in general. Add in feeling unappreciated and misunderstood and of course the cliché feeling of never being good enough and you get a total mess – me.

Even today, I felt really easily irritable. It’s like a dark cloud started following me around as soon as I step foot in school. Noticing certain things really pissed me off and so I just went straight into silent mode. I know some of my friends noticed and if they are reading this then I apologise if I dampened the mood in any way.

But I have been able to pick myself up with a couple of feel-good songs and then I motivated myself to get back to working on my assignments. I can’t really remember if I actually got to work but I definitely tried sorting things out. I also got ‘saved’ a couple of times by friends that just cheered me up without even trying or knowing that something was up. So, I guess I’m thankful for good music and good company.

I’m not depressed or anything. Just pretty much stressed out with everything that’s going on and I’m not complaining either. It was bound to happen sooner or later.

“Tough times don’t last, tough people do.” – Gregory Peck

I’ll just have to keep that in mind and move on. New day, same fight, different round.