Hello guys (:
Sorry for leaving my tumblr in such a poor state. Was so pumped initially about posting regularly and sharing about my road trips but lazy me hehh *sheepish grin*.
Anyway, school’s getting increasingly busy with our reports due altogether and examinations coming in less than a month :( 2 presentations next week. Sigh >< Oh and I’ve been sleeping pretty late (2am onwards) which is the earliest in our room of 4. My roomies and I have screwed up our bodyclocks pretty badly… Will need some re-adjustment when I get back to Singapore hahaha.
OMG I keep refusing to check my calendar cos I didn’t want to keep track of how long I’ve been here already or rather how long more I have before I’m back to the motherland. But I did it last week and … I have just 1 more month to exams! Nooooooo, I’m really upset :( I really enjoy it here, not just because I’m on exchange but because people here are generally friendlier than Singaporeans and they don’t take their academics as seriously. It’s like they actually lead a life they enjoy/love. I mean, we Singaporeans really need to chill out a little. All this talk about being wealthy and successful is making us so dissatisfied and unhappy with our lives :(
& the weather here’s getting pretty erratic. When the sun comes, it’s reallyyyyy warm (comparable to Singapore) and the lack of wind just makes my skin sooo sticky… and when it isn’t sunny, it pours. Really dislike the recent weather (it’s making my skin bad too) and missing the cool weather back in February when I just arrived. Huge inertia to attend classes … even when I’m staying in school :O hahaha.
Oh and I went on a CRAZY (I wrote it in caps for a reason btw) shopping spree last Sunday with the girls. Not kidding one bit. Spent NT3k (nearly sgd$150) at one shot. Shopped for 6hours straight without lunch. Now I know what it means to shop till you “drop”. Arms didn’t feel like mine anymore by the time I got back to the dorm. If I were back in Singapore, the old spoilt me would’ve hailed a cab and headed straight home. But I’m proud I took the public transport and walked instead hehe.
Anyway, out of randomness, I just did a count and realise that I have 9 pairs of shoes with me right now. Say what?! hahaha I should just go grab another pair over the weekend and round it up to 10 right? bahahaha my gosh how am I to bring them back to Singapore? I need to buy a new luggage pronto hahaha.
I apologise for writing so informally - more like a conversation rather than a formal post, but mind ain’t thinking straight at 2am. Shall head to bed soon.
Ps. realllyyy sorry but no photos up this time either. I do make an effort to upload them on facebook/twitter/instagram though, so please refer to them instead.
Goodnight, love y’all <3
Shall celebrate my soon to be 3rd Monthsary (I mean in TW, hahahaha what were y’all thinking?) with a post hee.
Almost done with my “midterms” which is nowhere near the typical midterms comparatively to Singapore. Okay rephrase, nowhere even near a quiz perhaps. Only MA was tough and it was only difficult for me because of the language barrier (paper was in mandarin), not because of the standard of the paper. And apparently, a pop quiz here is represented by 2 MCQs to be done in 5minutes hahahaha chill or what? & I have Yoga and Archery midterms next week. hahaha yes, you did not hear wrongly. Interesting isn’t it? ^^
Anyway, pardon me if I don’t sound like myself right now cos I am surviving on 3 hours of sleep since 11am yesterday. Brickyard was frankly a little disappointing imo though it’s quite an interesting experience clubbing in Taiwan. Culture-wise, quite a bit of a culture shock as compared to Sg. Can only say Taiwanese are way more liberal than I’d imagined, and that it did make good entertainment though hahaha. & of course since it was Ladies Night, I cannot complain much, can I? And this week has got to be one of the craziest weeks ever since I’ve come here:
Mon: Hiphop/ Tues: Yoga/ Wed: Locking, Clubbing/ Thurs: Badminton, Yoga/ Fri-Sun: FAMILY COMES TO KAOHSIUNG WOOHOO~
Okay, sorry this is really short. But my eyelids are giving way so no photos, but everything has been uploaded so if you will, please visit Instagram/Facebook (:
I apologise for this stagnant tumblr. Have been wanting to do a proper post on life after settling in and share my wonderful experience but procrastination has been in the way. Anyway, life has been really kind to me thus far. Sharing a room facing the sea (which means being able to catch both Sunrise and Sunset) with three other great roommates, making great local and international friends, back to taking mandarin classes (reminiscing secondary school days) and even taking masters’ classes at night, learning about Taiwanese culture, daily encounters with dogs and monkeys on the way to school, taking up sports classes (yes, don’t be amazed hahaha), learning how to ride a bicycle & scooter (yes I pledge to do so by the end of this trip) and of course, exploring Taiwan.
While I may not have the luxury of time to blog my exchange life for my friends to read, I try my best to connect with them through instagram, facebook, skype, facetime and mail. Feeling quite conflicted right now cos whilst I do miss my friends and family terribly, exchange life cannot be more awesome. Even though I’m two months away, I am beginning to dread returning back to Singapore where Year 3 Sem 1 awaits. Oh wells, shall make the best of the remaining time I have here.
Just a couple of my favourite photos (rest are on fb/instag):
Till the next time, Adieu!
Friday is the perfect day for Quiet Time. Besides archery, I have nothing else the rest of the day, though usually the friends will plan dinner out with everyone.
Chanced upon Marianne Williamson’s quotes incidentally again and memories started flowing into my brain. Such a spiritual person with amazing amazing quotes(: I miss having my own quiet time, a time to reflect on what I’ve been doing, and also a time to be grateful for what I have. I should have been studying my Auditing textbook, but the past hour was spent listening to classical music and reading Marianne Williamson’s quotes on goodreads.com hahaha queen of procrastination I must admit :/
Anyway, got to head out for dinner soon~ Have been neglecting this space quite a bit. Might not be able to blog as often as I used to, but will be connecting with my friends via instagram/twitter/facebook instead ^^
Stay blessed my friends! I miss y’all <3
What is the right decision? The decision go on exchange and a whole new experience for a semester? Or to stay in the comfort of motherland with all my dear friends?
Just realised how much going on exchange is going to cost me: half of chinese new year (less angpaos? haha kidding I’m not that materialistic), Mum’s birthday, my 21st (which is super near to exams WTH just killmenow), many of my friends’ 21st, dancetitude & many more which I cannot think of yet. Some of you might say “So what if you’d known? It wouldn’t change your decision to go on exchange anyway.” You can’t be more wrong. It could have. I might have opted to go to Georgia Tech with Guiyue, or waited for the next round of GEM intake. And I spent an hour moping over this.
“If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.” -Robert Fritz
Your life is what you make of it. Your present life is the result of all the choices you have ever made, You are the only one responsible for where you are right now (success/failure), for how your life looks (colorful/dull), for how you are being treated by those around you (loved/lonely), for your level of happiness or unhappiness. If you want to change the quality of your life, if you want to change the quality of the relationships you have with your loved ones, you have to start by taking responsibility for everything.
Chanced upon this and BAM! realization hit me in shock. I wasted an hour wallowing (okay I wasn’t crying but still) in self-pity. What a wake-up call, but a good one it was. The truth is there is no right decision. It’s really how you make of what you’ve decided to go along with. So I’ve chosen exchange over everything else. & not only will I stick with it, it will also be one of my greatest experiences ever away from home and comfort, travelling around, making new friends & learning to stand on my own feet. What makes it more special is that it’ll be my 21st birthday. How meaningful is that? Ahha now I can’t wait for February to come! (: