Just Saying

Here’s some music for the night: so today’s JIP Day One wasn’t all excitement, fun and thrills; more like highlighting over and over what to expect in our 2 years of college, and most of it academics and the almighty A levels that appears to govern our lives in a bit. But what was I expecting anyway?

Of course as the top notch junior college in the country, to ‘succeed’ in the Singapore Education System, they’re only doing what they must, while we decide what we can. After all it’s our grade and our lives, and every step of the way the other things we choose to do besides study will be that bonus to celebrate in this experience. Enough of blaming it on the education system or on the deans and teachers- I say, that’s as bad a blame game to play as blaming every failure in life on life.

Let’s enjoy sitting on couches and NOT doing lectures for now; or enjoy listening to deans talk about discipline and NOT how badly we did for class tests at this point. Here’s the first step to doing something about the life you dread (especially if you find it extremely unfortunate to be ‘stuck’ in JIP for another and you’re complaining all day long about the time you’re wasting on this)

I am thankful for what the school is trying to do for us and for having the privilege to receive quality education from the institute many have been vying for since they started studying very hard for their O level many many subjects.

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O Level Results Release Prep Talk

I really should be sleeping, I wonder what made me click ‘New Post’ on WordPress instead. I think the song above is largely to blame, it’s on infinite loop because I like how love involved “believ(ing) in you”. And as this terribly upbeat song replays, please forgive the following post for being a little incoherent, if it turns out to be.

This is my very own prep talk for O Level Results Release:
Dear Shermaine,

Your Chinese was very good, once upon a time before you entered this secondary school where everyone spoke English and speeches and pledges were no longer in two languages (like in your chinese primary school), and where ‘taking Chinese seriously before Y4’ was anything but cool.

BUT for the past four years, I know better than anyone else that you’ve done your Chinese homework most, if not all the time. Even when no one else bothered to or even when there wasn’t an exam coming up. You wanted to keep your Chinese standard up because you never wanted to let yourself down, and you haven’t.

I am very extremely so proud of you, because against all odds (including the possibility of being the uncool chinese pro), you never stopped living up to what you believed in. And all the hard work that you’ve put in constantly isn’t going to be any less important or less valuable just because your O level certificate says anything but an ‘A’.

Tomorrow it may seem like the most important alphabet in the world, but I promise you, that from the day after onwards, it would only get less important. And one day you will realise, that no part of it really made up who you became over the years. What really affected the person you’ve become over these 4 years, is the hardwork you’ve put in and the determination you’ve possessed.

I respect you a lot and I want you to remember that while receiving the piece of paper with a grade that simply shows what your maximum in those COUPLE OF HOURS ONLY has gotten you. Because exams are so much more about the little factors we tend to ignore like- the state you were in during the exam, before the exam, the kind of practices you’ve done before and how it tallied with the actual examination, the temperature of the hall and the brightness of the lights.

So anyway, well done!

For the Last Time

We can all begin our annual countdown to the new year-

Strangely we do it at some point every year, we celebrate the change in a single digit, or sometimes two in the four-digit year count we write down under ‘Date:’. More than that I think we are celebrating the growth and movement, the fact that we are moving on and it seems thanks to Mr. Calendarman (probably a Mayan who created the calendar years we follow today), 364.25 days have become a milestone to celebrate.

This is the time for resolutions, for many lasts that we bid farewell to, and then a series of firsts that we welcome with open arms.

In some ways it scares me, the speed at which time passes because really when you try to recall the same time this year, sometimes it feels like it was just yesterday. It is frightening to know that we have no control over the passing of time and it seems the only consolation is our power over what we do in that time. So to all the lasts that we’re doing, the LAST Friday of 2013, the LAST weekend of 2013 and the LAST time you write those 4 numbers altogether to keep track of when it is; I challenge myself to remember this feeling. Remember it well.

And hopefully as I move on towards 2014, I embrace the new beginnings and firsts with the very same way I treasure these upcoming lasts.

Until We Die

Lately I’ve been indulging myself in countless history books reading about the international politics and how the world has evolved war after war over the past century till today. It intrigues me to know these things were done, these wars were fought, issues discussed, systems tried and all these leads up to where we are today.

I guess that’s why I’ll be taking History in College despite my terrible grasp of the essay writing skills for now.

Anyway, enjoy the music, so privileged to have heard him live once at the Singapore Writer’s Festival- those who didn’t go missed out.

Volunteer Opportunities 101

I chanced upon this video and decided to share a couple of volunteer opportunities along with it; but before that I’d like to bring some food for thought to the statement

‘We have too much.’

I don’t think majority would agree to this without hesitation, I’m not sure, but I suppose I once found it hard to think we have too much because we never have enough. But since we are never going have enough anyway, wouldn’t it be continue calculating how to ever get ‘enough’? It’s the greatest self imposed and silly subconscious barrier that we build ourselves between our society today and one where we allow trust and kindness to embrace us wholeheartedly.

I’m glad to see all these youth movements being initiated, but don’t just sit back and relax, step up to support it if you want to see that change, however small:

1 Happyness in 5 (Hi-5)
Happyness in 5 – Hi-5 in short, is essentially a 5 day mini-movement by youths for youths to spread happiness in Singapore through little acts of love and kindness. There’s no age limit for volunteers, and it honestly doesn’t matter where you’re from so long as you’ve got a heart and are open to new experiences. Just a heads up, no CIP hours are awarded as we want our volunteers to commit purely out of passion.

Date: 16-20th December
Find out more at: https://www.facebook.com/happynessin5

2 Merry Marathon
In collaboration with Positive Intentions, a few students are organising this Christmas Merry Marathon for the second year running! We aim to spread the Christmas spirit to beneficiaries who get neglected during this festive season. We hope that amidst the joy of celebrating with our own friends and family, we will not forget those in our society who might require our love and care as well. This year, we will be (tentatively) visiting three places: Surya Home, Fame Club and Chai Chee One Room Flats.

Date: 20th-21st December
Find out more at: In collaboration with Positive Intentions, a few students are organising this Christmas Merry Marathon for the second year running! We aim to spread the Christmas spirit to beneficiaries who get neglected during this festive season. We hope that amidst the joy of celebrating with our own friends and family, we will not forget those in our society who might require our love and care as well. This year, we will be (tentatively) visiting three places: Surya Home, Fame Club and Chai Chee One Room Flats.

Date: 20th-21st December
Find out more at: https://www.facebook.com/events/495416637231886/

3 Christmas Funfair with TOUCH Young Arrows
TOUCH Young Arrows – aiming to serve underprivileged children 6-12 from low income/single parent family. We are organising a Christmas funfair for these kids with games and carols! We will need your kind help as volunteers to make this a memorable and joyful experience for them!

Date/ Time: 21st December/ 10-1PM
Location: Queenstown CC
Sign up at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1aOnGvVqfyCOVm2DDmg96ExT_eCcXkEqfcCK5alTFVzI/viewform

4 Youth Donor Club Camp
Once you hit 16 years old, you qualify to try donating blood- there are many requirements like ion level and the thickness of your veins but there are people out there who truly need your blood and if you are one of the special healthy and eligible ones, you just might be their way out of sickness. Come down to the camp to find out more about the Youth Donor Club, how to be a volunteer and why it is important to donate blood!

Find out more at: https://www.facebook.com/ydcsg
Sign up at: http://go.donorweb.org/ydc2013

Remember, if there’s something you want to learn more about or something you want to get involved in, there’s always a way!

GOOD NIGHT I’M SO SLEEPY

This is so weird, it’s funny

If you scroll backwards by a few days, I spent one afternoon in Group Therapy Cafe before a library visit. There I browsed magazines and took down a list of things the magazine mentioned that I didn’t know and promised myself to find out.

I just thought I’d share the list, this video being one of them.

1 stretchcity.com
Find the best studios to do yoga and where to eat the healthiest hippiest food here to be a TRUE YOGI.

2 Two Door Cinema Club
Two Door Cinema Club are a Northern Irish indie rock band from Bangor and Donaghadee, County Down, formed in 2007. The band consists of Alex Trimble Sam Halliday, and Kevin Baird.
Watch their (super weird) videos here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=SG&hl=en-GB&v=YXwYJyrKK5A

3 http://www.jaglever.com/
A good example101 of fashion bloggers I love stalking

That’s it for now, I hope you tried all three links cos I had a pretty good adventure myself. I’ll share more next time!

This is a post about nothing

I have to learn to do nothing- I was looking at the lists of things that I plan for myself because I make it a point to go outdoors with my eyes open and my ears listening- like really, open and really, listening. Not just hearing, but listening and understanding; not just looking, but remembering or thinking.

And I like to explore things that are new because the unexpected ones have higher chances of bringing you pleasant surprises and the burst of joy in your heart as compared to the ones we are often comfortable with.

But tonight, I finally feel exhausted and I am trying to do nothing, so bye.