Checkpoint

Another pretty picture.

I’ve been on holiday for three weeks and I’m left with three more. As something like a checkpoint, I decided to return to write another blog post, right before March ends and also right before I head off for a camp. Can you believe that a quarter of 2015 is nearly over?

The past couple of weeks have been really packed with activities and I don’t know how to feel about that. Part of me feels happy that I have things going on but the other part of me just wants to laze at home, binge-watching TV shows and movies.

The first week of the holidays was pretty dull. I had two compulsory workshops, three days straight. I didn’t really enjoy the workshops but I’m glad they’re over. I’m not saying that the workshop didn’t help me but I think that the main take-away from the workshop for me, was to practice and so the rest of it felt a little redundant. On the first day of the workshop, when the instructor was waiting for everyone to settle down, I felt so out of place because everybody around me was sitting with their friends and there I was sitting alone. But a few minutes later, Viena walked in and I felt ‘saved’. It was nice and comforting having a familiar face around.

Wouldn't have survived without Viena... Really!

Really wouldn’t have survived without Viena.

Later that week, I also met up with Shaf, Jamie and Chels for some dessert at Coldstone Creamery and some window shopping around town too. It was nice reflecting on the past school year and speculating what’s to come.

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It had been so long since I last had Coldstone! I also needed a reward for getting through the rough semester.

Do you like my hat?

Do you like my hat?

The place where this picture was taken has great lighting, doesn't it?

The place where this picture was taken has great lighting, doesn’t it?

Do you like our caps?

Do you like our caps?

The second week I had to go down to school one day to attend to some CASS Club matters. I had to collate all the paper work that I had done as the secretary and hand it up. It wasn’t too much work since I already had everything neatly organised on my laptop. The club president, Raf, helped me print everything and so I didn’t have that much work left to do.

Raf said that I look good here. Hmmm...

Raf said that I look good here. Hmmm…

I initially thought Raf was taking a selfie with her phone but I realised she was using my phone.

I initially thought Raf was taking the selfie with her phone but I soon realised she was using my phone.

Two days later, I attended the taping of the Asia’s Got Talent semi-finals. Before the taping, I met up with Chels for lunch. The plan was to use Google maps to locate a Pastamania near Suntec City (near Temasek Boulevard, to be exact) but in the end we couldn’t find it. So, we settled for The Manhattan Fish Market. During the taping, we unfortunately couldn’t take any pictures. The talents were entertaining and the judges were great too. It was a fun experience and definitely a step-up from the other game show tapings that I had attended.

The next day, I met up with Sydi and Azfar in town cause they had some shopping to do. I actually found a denim shirt that fit me perfectly at H&M (and it was on sale too!). But I realised that it didn’t go with any of the bottoms that I owned so… I had to pass on it.

I was twirling in this capey-hoodie-coat thingy.

I was twirling in this capey-hoodie-coat thingy.

Oh, here's a rare picture where they aren't making silly faces.

Oh, here’s a rare picture where they aren’t making silly faces.

And finally on Friday, it was the DTVM Awards which is the graduation show for my course, Creative Writing for TV & New Media (DTVM). The previous week when I met up with the girls, I was asking them for opinions on my outfit options. I really didn’t want to buy anything new for the event so it was just a lot of mixing and matching what i already owned. After dozens of combinations, I sent them two options and they all agreed on one outfit so I didn’t worry too much about what I was going to wear after that.

Here's the chosen outfit... I love this picture!

Here’s the chosen outfit… I love this picture!

The event went well as far as I’m concerned. The performance my class put up – which was actually just a simple game of charades – went smoothly. I will admit that because there were so many things going on around me and in my head, I was a little stressed out from thinking too much. But by the end of the night, it was just sad that the night marked the end of the seniors’ journey in DTVM. I’m so glad I actually got to know the seniors. They are friendly and talented and supportive. I was not exaggerating when I tweeted that I believe they have bigger and better things coming their way. And of course, the night also reminded me that I only have a year left with my classmates and so I do want to make the most of it.

DTVM Year 2 01 <3

DTVM Year 2 01 <3

My busy week didn’t end there though. I met up with An, Shaf and Jamie on Saturday to bake scones! It was an interesting experience to say the least. We also watched Birdman which was not my cup of tea, at all. When Jamie described the premise in her movie review, I was really interested in watching the movie. But although the movie was shot by talented cameramen in a very creative way, I didn’t really appreciate the creativity. I just wanted to watch a ‘normal’ movie, if that makes sense?

They look good, don't they?

They look good, don’t they?

As you can see, while they were busy working, I was busy taking pictures.

As you can see, while they were busy working, I was busy taking pictures.

Jamie hard at work.

Jamie hard at work.

A very 'artistic' shot taken by Jamie.

A very ‘artistic’ shot taken by Jamie.

The third week has been another busy week. I had some freshmen orientation camp stuff to attend to on Monday and Wednesday. I expected a lot of chaos but it turned out pretty fun which is also how I think the actual camp would turn out. It’s all about who you surround yourself with, I believe.

I got to dress up in this 'god' outfit for the filming of a teaser. I love this picture!

I got to dress up in this outfit for the filming of a teaser for the camp. I love this picture!

On Thursday, I met up with the girls again but this time, to cook. We had done this ‘cooking’ thing before so I was pretty confident it will turn out good. I don’t even know the name of what we made but what I do know is that it tasted good. I preferred what we made the previous time though. Anyway, we caught a bit of the new cycle of Asia’s Next Top Model on TV while we were eating. We all agreed it was missing something. The show was pretty dull. Later, we watched a bit of Dance Moms before switching off the TV to just talk. Let me just say that, yes, I was surprised that we watched parts of two reality shows in one day. Who would have thought, right? Now, if only we could marathon entire episodes of some other reality shows I watched but I know, I know, I won’t get my hopes up. (I can already picture Chels rolling her eyes as she reads this) In the late evening, we left Jamie’s place and headed home.

Believe it or not, this was just the first part of our meals.

Believe it or not, this was just the first part of our meals.

On Friday, I headed to school to meet Azfar and Sydi. We like to make use of school facilities such as the board games and game consoles at the library and the bowling alley when no one else does. It was honestly so much fun playing Cluedo. We played a couple of rounds and with the exception of the first round (which I won because Azfar revealed something after he lost), we all made the wrong accusation and died in the other rounds. It was also pretty cool dancing terribly to songs on Dance Central. The best part is that I didn’t have to worry about them recording my terrible dancing too. After that we headed to the bowling alley and I did not suck that badly this time. Sydi still won though. We wrapped up the night with dinner at Burger Up, dessert at McDonald’s and a couple of games at Timezone. It was a great day overall. I still feel like playing Cluedo now.

We played Fifa for a while. I tried really hard to get a red card when it was my turn and I did.

We played Fifa for a while. I tried really hard to get a red card when it was my turn and I did.

I can't wait to play this game again.

I can’t wait to play this game again.

Another rare picture of them not making silly faces!

Another rare picture of them not making silly faces!

Three weeks have gone by and I’m left with another three. The first remaining week of my holidays will be burnt by the Freshmen Orientation Camp that I’m involved in. Like I mentioned at the start of this post, it starts tomorrow and I will actually be heading out tomorrow morning. I’m hoping that I will be able to worry less and have fun more. I’ll give an update when I get back, hopefully!

Until then,

PEACE OUT.

Are You Done Yet?

I feel like my blog asks me this question each time.

I feel like my blog asks me this question each time I am in the midst of writing a post.

I’m waiting for the latest episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta to finish downloading and so I thought why not write a blog post while waiting.

Well before writing this post I was checking out the songs on Piece by Piece which is Kelly Clarkson’s latest album. ‘Second Wind’ and ‘Let Your Tears Fall’ are two of my personal favourites. I haven’t heard every single song but I skimmed through the preview tracks on iTunes and then checked out the lyrics too. So, I think my analysis is pretty reliable.

Also while listening to these new tracks, I decided to revisit Thought Catalog. I used to frequent this site a lot more a few months back. But then as time passed, I could not really relate to the new articles and so I stopped. Going back now, I found an interesting article titled, 10 Things I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self About Life And Growing Up and I would say it was a good read.

Anyway, it’s only been a month since my last post in February but it feels like a lot more time has passed. That is probably because of the heavy workload. Where I last left off, I had a total of 12 assignments left. Now, I only have two left and they are both due this week.

If I had to reflect on the past month, I would sound really cliche when I say that it’s been a roller coaster ride but that’s the truth. I know clearly that there were ups and downs but I don’t really remember what I felt at the different points, much like a roller coaster ride. The people around me helped keep me sane if they weren’t adding to the stress and craziness of it all. So, it’s all good I guess?

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I loved my SIP team.

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My documentary team which I have worked with for three major assignments. Proud of our work.

The holidays start next week and they will last for almost two months. I know that I have one week that will be burnt by workshops and another that will be burnt by a camp. Other than that I’m pretty excited to see how the remainder of the holidays play out. I think a good balance between chilling at home and spending time out with friends and family would be ideal. It would be nice to try out something new and productive like volunteering with friends. Not too sure if they are up for that though. It has also been a really long time since I went bowling, so I really desperately want to bowl during the holidays. But I am fine with the usual activities like karaoke-ing and shopping and eating too.

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Hope to see more of these people during the holidays: Part 1.

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Hope to see more of these people during the holidays: Part 2.

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Hope to see more of these people during the holidays: Part 3.

There are a lot of other people I would hope to see more of during the holidays but I just used the latest pictures on my Twitter above. So, #NoShade. Will probably write a more detailed post about holiday plans in the coming week or the week after.

Until then,

PEACE OUT.

P.S: The #RHOA episode just finished downloading. Yay!

Bringing the Zen

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It feels like it’s been an extremely long time since I last wrote a blog post. (My last post was actually only about a month ago.) It only seems right for me to post something while I can instead of procrastinating so where do I begin?

I know that the week that we returned to a new school term was pretty eventful. Firstly, my classmates and I exchanged Secret Santa gifts. I was pretty pleased with what I got for Vera – a plant. Well it wasn’t a plant yet but it was a pot with the seeds that required watering. You know, one of those DIY-ish things. I wonder what the plant looks like now, almost a month later. Anyway, I didn’t attempt to figure out who my Secret Santa was although I knew who 4-5 other people were buying gifts for. I really didn’t want to ruin the surprise for myself though. And trust me, when I opened my gift, I was pleasantly surprised. It was a Hulk Hogan Pop! Vinyl figure! (For those who may not know who Hulk Hogan is, he is a WWE Legend. And a Pop! Vinyl figure is basically a cute version of a WWE action figure.) In addition to the figure, I also got a couple of superhero badges.

WWE Hulk Hogan Pop! Vinyl Figure

WWE Hulk Hogan Pop! Vinyl Figure

Love these badges. I promise to use them as soon as I get a new bag.

Love these badges. I promise to use them as soon as I get a new bag.

I really was not expecting anything WWE related and so it took me a while to figure out who my Secret Santa was. In fact, I actually couldn’t figure it out. So, I decided to just see Vera’s reaction to what I got her and I heard her saying something along the lines of, “I want to know who got me my gift so that I can show them what it looks like after it grows!” So, that was when I revealed that it was me who got her the plant and Vera in turn revealed that she got me my gift. #MysterySolved. It was a fun experience and it was nice to carry the Christmas spirit into our classroom even after Christmas was over. Thanks a lot Vera for the awesome gifts!

That same day was also when I had to help out at the SP Open House with course counselling. I was nervous at first but I got used to it. I got to share my experiences and meet some seniors. By the end of my session, I also returned home with two polaroids (courtesy of Bernice) that I added to my vision board. But I didn’t return home straightaway. Chels and I got Starbucks on the way back and I also collected my replacement Pebble watch from the post office. My Pebble’s screen had died about a couple of months ago and I just decided to email Pebble support to see if I can get it replaced and they sent me a replacement. Honestly, that day made me feel so appreciative for everything I had. I was just really happy and thankful. It was just a really memorable day.

However, as well all know if you have the ups, you must have the downs as well. And the new term meant the beginning of two big downs. Both of which were brought up in the first week.

Firstly, the documentary assignment which has been taking a toll on everyone. Having to find a profile who is interesting and willing to be filmed is one thing. Thinking of what sequences to film and the theme of the documentary is another. And having to actually film it is a whole other thing. I’m just trying to not go crazy and trying to bring the zen instead. I have faith in my team and I like the direction we are going in so far. Not everything has gone as planned and not everything has been going smoothly but that doesn’t mean that it all won’t work out in the end, right? (I just realised that I don’t have a picture with my team yet)

Secondly, the preparation for the Freshmen Orientation Camp. I’m just not a huge fan of camps in general and so I have anxiety just thinking about attending it. Plus, all the preparation just adds a certain amount of stress on top of all the assignments that we already have to work on. I also wonder if the camp is going to burn a valuable week of my holidays. I guess all I can do is just hope that I don’t regret my choice of signing up for it once the camp is over. I really don’t want to give up and pull out now.

There was another big down the second week back at school. I fell sick on a Wednesday and I felt terrible on Thursday and on Friday, I didn’t go to school. I didn’t want to get out of bed and I needed a day-off too. But the deadline for a photojournalism assignment was coming right up and I still had no pictures yet. I know it’s my fault for not starting earlier, so I decided to go all out on Saturday while still feeling sick. I got everything I needed though so I was able to put everything together in time. I just want to say thanks to the friends that checked in on me over those few days and were able to help me in one way or another. I am really thankful for you guys.

I’ve been trying hard to remind myself and everyone around me that it’s JUST another eight more assignments we have to complete. We’ve already completed 12 this semester so what’s another eight?

I’ll admit that I have been finding myself in these extremely stressful and frustrating situations. I would love to throw some shade right here but it’s just not the right time. I am pretty proud of myself for keeping cool and calm. But don’t get me wrong, I could potentially explode at any time. But this post and title is in reference to my current state of mind which I hope lasts for a long time.

So until next time,

PEACE OUT.

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Good Food, Greater Company

The last week of the holidays has been pretty eventful.

On Monday and Tuesday, there was this magazine revamp thing in school. There were a total of 19 of us who signed up. We were split into three teams. On my team, I had KX, Nica, Nadhirah, Hasinah and Rachel. The first day, we basically came up with ideas as to what we wanted our magazine to be and how to improve it. There was this whole design thinking process where we used our research too. Anyway, by the end of the day, I really liked what my team came up with but the other teams had pretty interesting ideas too. We also had a rehearsal for our presentation the next day before going home.

The A-Team (without Hasinah)

The A-Team (without Hasinah because she didn’t want to be in the photo)

The second day, my team met earlier to rehearse our presentation. We rehearsed it like twice and then we rushed to SPH. I swear the train moves a lot slower when you are running late. But we made it on time. So, the original creator of the magazine gave us all a briefing on what the magazine was all about and other things that we should know. He told us that the magazine should be primarily local content and that’s when Nica looked at me and I realised that our chances of winning just dropped drastically. Our whole theme for the mock-up was ‘Heroes’ based off how Big Hero 6 is popular amongst kids this month. Oh well…

Anyway fast forward three presentations and intense Q&A segments which poked holes in all three of our ideas, the original creator decided on a winning team which was not my team. Honestly, I was happy for the winners. Their pictures were going to be on Berita Harian and they received $60 Popular vouchers. I compared it to a Top Model challenge where the winners get a reward. But in this case, the rest of us got a reward too – a goodie bag and $20 Popular vouchers(which I have yet to spend). It was fun and I had no regrets!

Then came Wednesday and Thursday which were my day-offs. Well, actually I did do some work but other than that, I just caught up on my TV shows. I realised that it’s extremely hard for me to have a day-off without worrying about the assignments and long list of things to do. And on top of that, since we have our phones with us all the time these days, there is the possibility of something coming up which could ruin the day-off. Anyway, I watched the season finale of The Comeback on Wednesday and it blew my mind. I am going to write a post on why you should watch it sometime next week. I already have a couple of reasons on my mind.

Then came Friday which was closer to a day-off as compared to the previous two days. It would have been a perfect day had I not read the email in the morning about our potential documentary profiles for an assignment. However, Friday has three day’s worth of activities squeezed into one.

Anyway, today was the day that Chelsea, Jamie, Shaf and I were supposed to attempt cooking and also make our vision boards. We had been looking up recipes and decided on cheese tortellini and Cali chicken. Shaf was supposed to buy the vision boards and meet us once the rest of the three of us were done shopping for the ingredients. But I woke up late and so although I felt bad, this allowed all four of us to do the shopping together and I think that started us off on the right foot.

The shopping was fun as we searched for required ingredients while at the same time wondering if it was worth following the recipe entirely or making our own edits. And then we also spent some time searching for mascarpone cheese which was not available. So we substituted it with something else that I can’t exactly remember right now.  Once we got all our ingredients we made our way to Chelsea’s place.

I honestly thought that I would be of no help in the kitchen. After all too many cooks spoil the broth, right? But what we had was just the right amount of people since we were cooking two dishes. We split up into pairs and I actually helped. This gave me more satisfaction when we were eating lunch later since I had a part in it. YAY. We spent about two to three hours cooking our two dishes. The first hour was spent brining the chicken and boiling the tortellini and the last 30-60 minutes was spent cooking the dishes in the oven. So, I guess we didn’t take that long after all.

Anyway in-between all of this, Shaf got to meet Rainee and Eden for the first time. Jamie avoided Rainee and rolled her eyes almost every time Rainee barked. While I attempted petting Rainee (when Chelsea challenged me to) but Rainee kept putting her face in my hand. So, I gave up in the fear that she would bite me and petted Eden instead. But then later, I told Chels that I wanted to try with Rainee again. And this time, it was a SUCCESS. This was one of the little things that made my day.

"Okay, you can have one picture."

Eden: “Okay, you can have ONE picture.”

"What are you STILL doing here?"

Eden: “What are you STILL doing here?”

"What is this thing that you are pointing at me?"

Rainee: “What is this thing that you are pointing at me?”

"You smell better than Chelsea."

Rainee:”You smell better than Chelsea.”

Once the food was ready at about 3pm, we all dug in (after taking photos) and I was really proud of all of us. The food tasted really good. I definitely want to try cooking again. Perhaps, we could try something else next time?

Extremely proud of myself for taking this picture.

Extremely proud of myself for taking this picture.

A selfie with our hard work a.k.a our lunch.

A selfie with our hard work a.k.a our lunch.

After lunch, we all regrouped in Chelsea’s room to make our vision boards. I know I was the one that suggested us doing this but I’m not quite sure what inspired me to do so. I have been looking forward to making this board forever though so I’m glad it was finally happening. We all brought some magazines to look through and cut out the stuff that we like and want. My approach was cutting out motivational messages and pictures of celebrities that I like. And I also put a couple of polaroids with friends on the board too since they are important to me. We spent about two hours on our boards before leaving at around 6.30pm. As of right now, my board isn’t ready yet. I still have a couple of gaps to fill up.

I know it seems like that is enough fun for a day but my day was far from over. I met the dudes (Azfar and Rosydi) at Northpoint for dinner too! The plan was to try BurgerUp, this new fast food restaurant and also watch Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. BurgerUp was alright. The fries were a little too salty but the fish burger was really good. We did have to wait quite some time but I didn’t really have any problem with that since I had people to talk to and I wasn’t starving hungry after that lunch. We filled each other in on the latest happenings in our lives which wasn’t exactly that much but for some reason, we never run out of things to talk about every time we meet.

BurgerUP allows you to DIY your burger.

BurgerUP allows you to DIY your burger.

Much love for these two amigos.

Much love for these two amigos.

The movie was good. I’m glad I re-watched the previous two movies last week so I was prepared. Something I thought was interesting is how they sort of implied that a character was gay. On the other hand, I think that they wrapped up the series really well. It felt as though they had everything planned out before they started on the first movie which goes to show how they had a perfect ending instead of a convenient one. I’m going to miss the series and the loveable characters, that’s for sure.

After the movie, we sat at McDonald’s talking again. We sort of already have ‘plans’ for the next long holiday. So, I am pretty excited about that.

A new school term is about to start and I guess I’m pretty prepared. Stay tuned!

PEACE OUT.

Obligatory Post About 2014

“Remind me of the good and all the bad (I know, I know)
Remind me of everything that we had (I know, I know)
Right now it’s so clear
This year has been the best and the worst year
I hear it’s all uphill from here
This year has been the best and the worst year
I hear it’s all uphill from here”

– Cooper (This Year)

Happy New Year to everyone reading this. The lyrics above describe my sentiments pretty well. A few months ago, I was asking Shaf if “I hear it’s all uphill from here” meant that things are going to get better or if things are going to get tougher. And she told me that she believes it’s both. That makes sense, doesn’t it? I strongly urge you to listen to this song and reflect on 2014.

 

Anyway, before speculating about 2015, I should look back and say that 2014 has been a great year. There were the ups and downs like any other year. But what I think was different about this year is that I understood my thoughts, feelings and emotions a lot better and I also got a better grasp of what kind of person I am. Now, I’m not saying I have everything figured out. What I’m saying is that it’s the clearest things have been over the past couple of years and so I’m definitely glad for that.

Some highlights of 2014 are… the trip to Japan. I never thought I would be getting on a plane anytime soon. I attended two camps, back-to-back and I am not a huge fan of camps. Three cousins got married. Me and my brother have been crossing paths and talking more. Mum watching some of my reality shows with me. I still managed to keep in contact and hang out with the three friends that matter from secondary school. (And I hope to continue doing that for years to come.)  I finally got to dress up as “A” from Pretty Little Liars. Shaf and I continued making Youtube videos for all of us to look back at in a few years time. The DTVM Hacker. *breathes*

Meeting Chelsea’s children, Rainee and Eden. Seeing Shantel perform at SDZ Waves 19. We had a successful class chalet. Taking plenty of selfies with Jamie (in one day) and surviving the LEAP camp with her. Jesleen’s red hair and her unique actions and sayings. D&D-ing with the Kavengers and KX. Shopping with Dalene. Completing assignments ASAP with Alicia. Having more than just one other person that watches Survivor, The Amazing Race, Big Brother and Top Model around me. Attending the Asia TV Forum with Hus where I got to meet a Power Ranger. Blogging #LetterByLetter with the fellow bloggers in my class. And of course disturbing everyone around me. The train rides home after a long day. The many hugs. And lastly the many meals together.

Throughout the past 365 days, I am proud of myself for keeping my cool in stressful and frustrating situations (most of the time). With the memory of a few cliche motivational quotes and sayings, a couple of breakdowns and plenty of solo sob sessions, I managed to get through the year. And of course, I must also give credit to the great people I have around me – to vent to, seek advice from and for a laugh. So, I guess, I really want to keep that up in 2015.

I am also proud of myself for coming out of my shell. For those who think that I have always been that ‘outgoing’ well obviously you weren’t around a few years ago. My overthinking and worry wart tendencies, tend to hold me back sometimes. And I definitely want to break out of my shell more or at least continue doing what I am doing if you think that I am already out of my shell.

There are obviously some things I am not too proud of. They generally involve irrational feelings and emotions and a lack of focus on the right things. These are the things that I think I could work on for 2015.

I really want to spend more time with family instead of sitting in my room all the time. And one solution to that is basically finding TV shows that I don’t mind watching on the television so that I spend more time in the living room.

I also need to focus on the right stuff when it comes to school. In other words, no distractions. All I need is to continue having good people around me and the motivation to power through all the assignments.

I’m sure there are more things that I need to work on but that’s about all I can think of at this hour. Here’s to a whole new crazy, exciting and beautiful year ahead.

Until next time,

PEACE OUT.

“Unless you have been very, very lucky…

“Unless you have been very, very lucky, you have undoubtedly experienced events in your life that have made you cry. So unless you have been very, very lucky, you know that a good, long session of weeping can often make you feel better, even if your circumstances have not changed one bit.”

– Lemony Snicket, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid

It’s true, isn’t it? I strongly believe that sometimes all you need when you are down, is a good cry. That way, by the time you run out of tears, you should naturally feel better and you can carry on. At least, that’s how it is for me.

I was feeling pretty bothered by a couple of things – certain realisations, people and the usual anxiety – about an hour or so ago. But then I just listened to a few Alanis Morissette songs and I feel so much better now. Gotta thank Alanis Morissette for making me equal amounts emotional and enlightened at 1.00am in the morning.

This past week hasn’t been the best week because I haven’t been feeling too well. But then since Christmas was also part of the past week, I can’t exactly say that it’s been a terrible week. I guess there were the usual ups and downs. Just that the ups were a little lower and the downs a little deeper.

Christmas this year was definitely better. I had dinner with my family on Christmas Eve. It’s been quite sometime since we had a meal together so that was nice. We also opened our presents on the night of Christmas Eve. I am pretty pleased with the gifts I got everyone and I was happy with the gifts I received too!

On the other hand, the silver lining to falling sick during the holidays is that there is a smaller chance of me falling sick when school reopens and there are more assignments to work on and things to do. Anyway, I felt a lot better yesterday so that’s a good sign.

Here’s to hoping for a productive week ahead.

Until next time,

PEACE OUT.

Week One (And the prequel)

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The three week school break started a week ago. So, that means I am left with two weeks. I really appreciate the break. I do. I really do. But long gone are the times when a school break actually meant taking a break from all the school work and being able to marathon any TV show or a bunch of movies without a care in the world. (Well actually, I don’t know if there ever was a time where that was the case.)

Anyway, I would complain about all the assignments we have to get started on over the holidays but the truth is, I rather work on these assignments now, during the holidays, at my own pace than when school is on-going and the stress is at a all-time high.

So, me complaining about school work is not the focus of this post. As the title suggests this post is about the first week of the holidays and some memorable events leading up to it such as me attending the Verve Arts Festival and the Asia TV Forum.

Let me start with Verve. It was simply an interesting experience. I’ve always wanted to attend these artsy events because I believe that there is an artsy side to me. But I never knew when these events were going on nor did I have anyone to attend with. This time around however I tagged along with Shaf and Chels. Jamie and Colin joined us later but they did their own thing with Jamie’s other friends.

Thanks for spending the day with me guys

We started with three…

And then we became five.

…And then we became five. Wasn’t that such an inspiring story? ‘From 3 to 5′ coming soon to a theatre near you.

I got to discover new local artists such as Pixel Apartment and Lost Weekend while also being able to watch the play that Bound Theatre put up titled, ‘+65. Lost Weekend was closer to my taste as compared to Pixel Apartment. I still remember the title of one of their songs, ‘Red is the Colour’ but not the tune.

Here are 'Lost Weekend'.

So, this is ‘Lost Weekend’.

Their response to us wanting to take a picture with them was, "This is new to us." Awww...

Their response to us wanting to take a picture with them was, “This is new to us.” Awww…

The play on the other hand was about growing up in Singapore and how sometimes we just don’t know what to do next in life. At least that’s what I got from it. It was thought-provoking and some parts did make me want to cry, so I guess the actors were really good and talented. I also had Shaf’s camera for the day and I took plenty of pictures, annoying Chels in the process (which was also part of the fun).

There were also tons of booth selling artsy stuff.

There were also tons of booth selling artsy stuff.

These stickers looked so good and cute. If I had watched the whole movie, I would have bought them!

These stickers looked so good and cute. If I had watched the whole movie, I would have bought them in an instant.

Next, the Asia TV Forum. Apart from being able to take down learning points and notes from what the industry professionals said during conferences and panels, it was during the forum that one of my childhood dreams came true.  I got to meet and take a picture with Jason Chan, the Green Samurai Ranger from Power Rangers Ninja Storm!

This picture made my day, what more can I say?

Let me explain. Growing up, I watched the Power Rangers season after season. I had the action figures. I had the CDs. I had a couple of video games too. Heck, I even had a cheap version of the costume. But one thing that I wanted but knew I would never get was to meet them and take a picture with them. Any ranger from any season because I’ve watched almost all of them at different points of my childhood. Even now, I check in on the show and cast, time to time. However, I knew I wouldn’t get the chance… Simply because they would never have a reason to come all the way here, to Singapore. So yeah, when I did get a picture with a ranger it felt surreal. It’s a bonus that Jason was really nice and down to earth as well. Saying it made my day is an understatement.The realisation that I have a picture with someone I used to watch on TV years ago is just pretty damn amazing. I’m not sure if you will understand how I feel even after this whole paragraph but I thought it was worth a mention. And maybe one day, I might be able to take a picture with a WWE Superstar or Diva because that’s another childhood dream. We’ll have to wait and see, won’t we?

I met up with the Dudes (Rosydi & Azfar) because we all had something to celebrate. Azfar celebrated the end of his A’ Levels. Rosydi celebrated his 18th birthday. And I had to find something to celebrate. So, I decided to celebrate the end of (almost) all CA1 assignments. We finally tried an escape room game. We failed but I still had fun.

Sydi looks pissed because he predicted my selfie camera screwing up and… It did.

Sydi looks pissed because he predicted my selfie camera screwing up and… It did.

And two weeks later which is just last week, we met up again to watch Horrible Bosses 2. It was a great movie and I enjoyed it more because I saw the three of us as the protagonists. Like literally, each one of us fit a particular character in some way. Or at least, the two of them did. I was more of a hybrid. But they weren’t convinced so we all just agreed that the three characters were “stupid versions of ourselves”.

From our second meet-up. I love it when everyone in a selfie is equal-sized as opposed to the selfie taker being the main focus... Unless it's intentional of course.

From our second meet-up. I love it when everyone in a selfie is equal-sized as opposed to the selfie taker being the main focus… Unless it’s intentional of course.

There hasn’t been much going on around me this week. Well, Chelsea, Jamie and I finally carried out our plans from the start of the year to go to a bar together. It was a little different from what we had planned but it was fun nonetheless.

Trying to make the pixelated effect a thing. Instagram will probably add a ‘Pixel’ filter after they see this.

Trying to make the pixelated effect a thing. Instagram will probably add a ‘Pixel’ filter after they see this.

The main point of us meeting was actually to do some gift hunting. I was searching for Christmas gifts in general but they were searching for their Secret Santa gifts. At the end of the day, I didn’t buy anything but I did get some ideas. And then the rest of the night was filled with a lot of food and drinks. First came Coldstone, then dinner, then a drink at a bar and then ice cream on the street and then Popeye’s for supper. It was nice spending the evening and night with them, having interesting conversations and taking lots of pictures. I know I’ll be seeing them before the holidays end at least once more. So I’m definitely looking forward to that.

Got my Coldstone fix after a really long time.

Got my Coldstone fix after a really long time.

Our drinks looked really pretty.

Our drinks looked really pretty.

We look so happy with our Pillow Pets and you will be too! Get yours today!

We look so happy with our Pillow Pets and you will be too! Get yours today!

Other days this past week, I either spent lazing at home, watching The Comeback and getting my daily dose of reality TV or I’ve been out searching for Christmas gifts. Anyway, the tree isn’t as empty today as it was at the start of the week (thanks to Mum and me, of course), so I’m pretty excited for Christmas!

I know for a fact that there is more to come over the next two weeks. So, stay tuned!

P.S:  Upon doing some research, I found out Jason is starring in a local show called, “What Do Men Want?” You should check it out!