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Two Down.

It’s already two years. Say what now.

Before I do my module commentary like last year, T210 and T101 were quite the adventures. Stressful and red-bull filled, but adventures nonetheless. Throughout this journey, I’ve talked to more people, drank more tea and coffee as well as understood that perhaps “debatable” and “additionally” are not words that can be used every 5 seconds. Additionally, DAMMIT. MOVING ON.

I would thank everyone and thus I shall, but as Kimberly says “Fo real tho,” many of the people I have worked with this past year have changed me a lot, mostly for the better I would say. In fact here’s a list of deep-sounding lessons I have learnt (because everyone loves lists):

  1. I can get serious when I want to. I can get fierce when I want to. Sometimes being too nice makes things fall through. (RHYME)
  2. I have learnt to be decisive. Slightly more anyways. At least I decide my food at Makan Place a lot quicker now.
  3. I have learnt something about the importance of computer mice. They are important.
  4. People like to compliment me on what I do like designs or my writing. I should accept them instead of looking down on my own products. Although, some people are really amazing when it comes to stuff.
  5. Okay, so my mind is really tired right now. I wish I could at least hit 5, but let’s be honest, 3 is not even that logical. I guess it’s time for…

MODULE COMMENTARY SESSION (No IB & IL this time though)

  • Feature Writing – #Agora. Nuff said.
  • Media Biz Management – Thank goodness we got the crime show. We also learnt how sadistic Rebecca and I can be at planning murders for episodes. Memories of getting inspiration opportunity from the Kovan murders that happened then both intrigue and disturb me…about myself.
  • Public Relations – RELISH IS SO GOOD. FOOD. YES. Also, I’m doing this for Internship now YES.
  • Communication Issues – Propaganda is more than beautiful words from a beautiful mouth usually accompanied by a beautiful moustache. I’m looking at you Germany and Russia.
  • Radio Production 2 – Intense. Also, I still need to buy clothes online like I promised the guy. Hold on.
  • Entrepreneur and Law – Spending late hours up on the NEX roof trying to shrink my SafeAssign percentage – good times…reasonably.
  • Understanding Financial Statements – I understood. That goes to both stocks and the importance of POA. I’m looking at you, my secondary school.
  • Drama & Poetry – After spending all that time, I realised poetry is more than rhyme. The thing is that it just comes naturally, like how I start sentences with “Actually…”
  • News Writing – I WAS A PHOTOGRAPHER. SAY WHAT NOW.
  • Media Research Methods – I learnt a lot of architecture during lectures. Also charts.
  • TV Production – I WAS A DIRECTOR. SAY WHAT NOW.
  • Digital Media Design – I’ll reserve an entire post for this soon enough to tell you the awesomeness that flowed through my veins as I took this module. Such beauty :’D
  • Advertising – LOL NOT EATING APPLES ANYTIME SOON, but for real, Lifebuoy is actually pretty nice to use.
  • Principles of Management – My teacher was a psychologist and really likes us Mass Comm students. Cool.

 

Booked

Like Bonnie McKee mentioned in her song ‘American Girl‘, I too was “raised by the television” (but not American).

In Sec 2, I was still reviewing Mr. Fussy for some Activity Book I had to do, because the “recommended books” (eg. MacBeth, White Fang, The Life of Pi) were just too lengthy and picture-less for me. Yes, I got scolded and ended up doing my review on slightly thicker but less common books.

(I still stand by the fact that the Mr. Men and Little Miss series is amazing literature)

I was the kid that adults tried to force books upon and when I did get interested in a thicker book, finishing was a whole different story (no pun intended).

Fast forward to these holidays – 18 years old. A sudden interest in reading (and anime) appears. Is this because of my lack of WiFi while overseas? Is this because my TV shows are on hiatus? Is this because I have fate with ebooks? The plot thickens…

All I know is that it started with ebooks on my phone – Cinderella In Skates by Carly Syms (Don’t read it), Right Behind You by Gail Giles (READ IT), etc.

Though I still have 22 unread ebooks, I seemed to have moved on to paper. A bunch of John Green books, some local crime stories and a 1984 later, this doesn’t look to stop. A problem to the point that my mother (for the first time in ever) told me to stop buying books*. Nope, not stopping. In fact, I just completed Looking for Alaska by John Green and bought Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green WHILE OVERSEAS.

I think this is a phase, but a good one. Then again it probably only shows the deterioration of television programme qualities, but that’s a monologue for another time. (Kim Possible was awesome. No debate.)

However, I’m not in full bookworm mode. Yet. I’m still picky with my books. Here are some of the pointless things I look out for:

  • Realism (I can’t take in fantasy, it needs to make sense)
  • nice cover design (thank goodness for the 2-headed Will Grayson, Will Grayson cover)
  • Thickness. (200-300 seems appropriate)
  • Not a fan of series. (I can read the first book and abandon the sequels)
  • Classic Penguin Books are instantly gorgeous – I don’t even know why

School is about to start, but my book (and anime) adventures are only just beginning. TV shows are also coming back. DISTRACTIONS WOO!

*at least I buy books only if the cover is nice in my opinion, so that narrows it down.

P.P. (Post post, heh) – I’m hearing that some of my friends are WRITING THEIR OWN BOOKS. How in the world?! I can barely phrase my basic story ideas (which for some reason, I have lots). *Applaud*

Fuzzy Wuzzy loves Hell Week

Hell week – Like Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, just that it’s not awesome.

My social networks have been flooded recently with complaints of the infamous “Hell Week” where many assignment deadlines and tests fall on.

The strange thing is that I don’t seem to be complaining. Not one bit. No, it’s not that Hell Week was nothing to me…it was quite the challenge, but (maybe this is my false optimism speaking) I think it was good.

This was when a once viral picture on the internet struck me. It was a triangle, with 3 factors:

  1. Social Life
  2. Sleep
  3. Grades

The picture claimed you could only pick two, and from that, with the assumption that all of them are good things.

Here’s where it actually gets relevant. I’m not sure if I’ll actually do well in the end, but nonetheless, spending time doing my assignments was quite the relaxant. Maybe not in the way that you might think of, but it was this weird feeling of stress, that managed to suppress the other stresses from my life. In fact, a lot of the original stresses came from Social Life. At this rate, it was rather peculiar how much social life I actually wanted. As much as I love the company of others, it is what transpires from those companies that make me question myself.

These assignments have helped me forget my issues at hand, took things off my mind and be productive at the same time. It’s confusing but it happens; I guess people weren’t joking when they said, “There is such a thing as good stress.” We may all have social problems, but it seems that we should be picking a much simpler objective.

One Down.

What’ya know, one year of poly life has already ran past; and for once, I’ll actually admit that time flew by (Usually, it just sneaks past you).

Unsurprisingly, it’s been filled with ups and downs, but after all, this is the course I chose. This is my theme park, why should I scream for? 

For me, polytechnic life was the modules and the mates. I’m as sure as a sherbet now that this path was the right one for me.

Starting with the first semester, T106 was a thrill to be with! Fortunately, I was able to work with almost everyone. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to work with everyone. I still remember how awkward everyone was the first few weeks, and I was the one just making the usual noise. Slowly but surely, we got to know each other and became a closer class than ever. Remember when our class was top for the first PRMACO test? HEHE. Just when we were at our socialising prime (is that a thing?), IT HAPPENED. WE SPLIT. T106 WAS NO MORE (physically only though). Where was my beautiful semester of modules going? 😦

Then came T102. At first, when I saw the class list and saw my T106 friends slowly getting further away from me, I was all “WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE.” Ultimately, being in T102 was also a great experience. The only pity to me was the slightly smaller variety of people I worked with. I really wished I could work with most, if not all, of T102. Nonetheless, as troubling as the second semester was for me – I don’t think I could’ve made it if not for T102. It was a great honour to be part of it 🙂

As a whole there are many groupmates I wanna sincerely thank –

  • Everyone in Surstromming (I can’t do accents, gosh) – You guys were awesome to work with. And boy, did we nail the assignments! 
  • Annetta – We only worked on one project (I think), the Radio Tour, and that was such a fun experience! Yay us! DIGPHO with JiaYi was such a joy too! Speaking of which…
  • JiaYi – Remember a few days before GraComm submission? Thanks for all the hard work and dedication, it was great working with you 😀
  • Dion – WebGra, DIGPHO, man, you were the master! Work with you makes my productivity flow like no tomorrow 😀
  • Nab – Thanks for letting me cling on to you for dear life on projects, you were great to work with and definitely essential in my survival of the 2nd sem, HAHAHA
  • Shanelle – Though we kinda only worked on WebGra, we may have had disagreements along the way, but your perspectives definitely helped me improve my groupwork skills!
  • 87.5% of everyone I’ve worked with for LOCVID – Admittedly, this module was definitely not my strong suit and working with 87.5% of y’all was really a rollercoaster, so shaky, the tripods need to be re-adjusted. Thanks so much for helping me survive this, HAHAHA
  • My MEDSOC debate team – What to say? We owned it and it was a huge honour working with the 3 of y’all 😀

Now for some module commentary – 

  • GraComm – Those annoyed with my typography-rants, blame this. HAHAHA But nonethless, design is one of my loves and I had so much fun with this 😀
  • PRMACO – The President thing is still pretty surprising till this day. The ideas that went through this module was way too entertaining 😀
  • Radio – C’mon, who would listen to this voice on air? But getting to play with sounds and voice was such a thrill!
  • SocPsy – Strangely curiousity-filled. I think I’m starting to look at non-verbal cues in people…hmm…
  • SpeechComm – Easily the easiest module in my opinion. I’ve never been praised for talking my brains out before!
  • 7ISSUES – I know not many people like this, but it was like politics class, how could I not love it? I’m also really grateful for Mr. Mark for guiding us through this module as well 😀
  • WEBGRA – WOW. DESIGN EVERYWHERE! The last assignment was tiring but the presentation made it all worthwhile 🙂
  • DIGPHO – Weirdly enough, my favourite part about this is not the photography, it’s the adventures and strangers-turn-friends I’ve made through the journey of my assignments! 😀
  • LOCVID – Tiring indeed, but the process is curiously fun and watching the work piece to gather is just too great 🙂 Oh did I mention, DVD Cover designing is INSANELY FUN 😀
  • MEDSOC – Taylor Swift is in the Textbook. Beat that. It’s like mini politics class, how great is that! 😀
  • WRICOM – I don’t think I’ve touched this many books before…everything leading up to final essay was the cherry on top! I loved how it gave us an opportunity to learn something totally random 😀
  • IJ – Another unpopular opinion coming, but I loved it! Nostalgia of D&T flooding in…YAY!
  • S&W – Pilates, so unknown to me at first, I just went for it. Now THAT’S a relaxing sport!

What a journey.

T-Party!

i need to fanboy too!

The First Sip

I guess this will be the beginning.

I started WordPress with an ideological blog, but let’s be honest, with everything going on in my life, I need a personal blog too.

I once created a WordPress named ‘Koh War’, originally intending to just emo my way out, but when you realise that people know you for having armor-plated skin, plus the fact that you’re normally the one giving encouragement, it would be pretty hypocritical. I guess what I have to do now is stand by and be a mirror – reflect.

Well here it is –  Sip by sip, enjoying my cup of tea. If life really is a ‘piece of cake’, I apologise, I still need my tea to wash it down.