A Penny for My Thoughts

What makes life, life? Despite only being alive for 18 years on this Planet Earth, I personally feel that it’s the unpredictable things in life that make life, life. Think about it! When was the last time something unpredictable, impromptu or unplanned came up? Didn’t it make an impact? Especially since you can recall every second, every minute and every moment of it.

Imagine yourself as the main character in a book. No one matters as much as you do. Let’s be real here. Who do you care the most when you’re reading a book? The main character right? That’s why the author only revolves the content around the main character. Remember when your teacher scolded you saying the world doesn’t revolve around you? Yes, it doesn’t, but your life does! You are the only one who can make your own decisions. These are the decisions that are going to mould you to who you are in future. All the experiences that you are going to gain while you’re in the process of it. You’re going to make some mistakes here and there, but it’s ok because everyone makes mistakes.

We’re weren’t made to be perfect for a reason. What would be the fun of life if we were given everything since birth? Just like playing Sims, it gets boring after using the hacks. Sure, you have the money, you have your dream house, you have your friends. But don’t you realise that the only joy is to begin?

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2016 in a Post

2016, unlike the previous years, has opened up so many opportunities for me, be it meeting new people, having a leadership role, trying out new things. It has really opened up my eyes and enabled me to see things in a whole new perspective and angle. Deep down in my heart, I’m still confused about life. I am not sure what my future will be like, what I will be doing as my career, etc. However, I believe that all of this is God’s plan, and I just need to be patient and continue believing in the Lord.

I have already written down some of my new year’s resolutions and I am already stoked for 2017. If your 2016 hasn’t been a great one, then make 2017 the one — the year to remember. Try out something new, a new hobby, a new sport, a new habit. YOUR personal growth is what makes life interesting. If you are to continue to hate life, sitting behind a desk, then start moving around! Get out there and do different stuff. Stuff that makes YOU happy. That’s all that matters.

Life is pretty easy if you take a look at it. Live happily and drop whatever that makes you not.

I am immensely grateful and blessed for 2016 and I can’t wait for what 2017 has in store for me.

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

- Isaiah 41:10

 

I would like to thank everyone whom I’ve crossed paths with this year, and everyone who has always believed in me since the start.

This one is for you chicken nugget.

NEW SCHOOL

Hi guys! I just want to thank all the people that I have met so far in this school, I personally feel that I’ve changed (jk just a little) for the better after meeting some of the most AMAZING souls in my life! I really can’t wait to continue this journey with all of you. As much as I love the moment right now, life goes on and I don’t want life to stop.

So my classmates are just AMAZEBALLS, I’m not kidding, they have one of the most nicest hearts like they don’t talk ill about you in fact they try to help you, LOVE YOU ALL ALRIGHT!!!!! I’m also part of the PFP Ambassadors 2016 in Temasek Polytechnic, where we basically are given this ‘leadership role’ and we plan events for the PFP cohort! This was actually one of the main reasons why I joined Temasek Polytechnic to begin with. So thank you Lord for giving me this precious opportunity!

So when we were selected for Ambassadors, we had to go for a camp, and it was really fun!! Not that fun but you get the point. We managed to bond SO MUCH?! I was really happy because I got to meet one of the nicest people ever like Jo’Anne, E-Vyn, Joan, JUST ALOT. Of course now & then I meet up with my crazy lil asses aka Yun Ying, Joan, Yun Xuan. wew you guys will never be forgotten!!!

Last but not least, I joined Digital Media Crew (DMC) AND I LOVE THEM SO MUCH!! They are really nice & outgoing!!! Although I was really shy to begin with but we broke that ice and my seniors are really nice towards me & I just have no idea to say. I’m just so blessed to be here!! Coming to Temasek Polytechnic would probably be one of the best choices I have ever made. My 2 hours travelling time is always made worth every single day :’) I don’t know how my friends made me so happy but LOVE YOU ALL!!!

I’m now going to leave you with some photos, y’know a picture says a thousand words!

New School?

Ayee, guess who’s back! That’s right, I mean, who else do you expect? heh alright so anyway, I decided to make a change, I’m gonna make my blog posts really personal from now on.

So basically long story short, I’m just sick and tired of blogging about things that doesn’t mean much to me & all, so yup. Happy or not, I’m still gonna make this blog really personal to me. Probably something that I can look back on in the future and be like, “Oh right, I remembered doing stuffs like that!!”. In the past, I would be typing out posts that are quite personal (for eg, an outing that I recently), however they would usually end up in my drafts as I felt like they were either “not good enough” or “too personal” to be on my blog. But friends, that is gonna change.

Great now that I got that out of my chest, I’m just gonna do a quick update on my life. This year I’m apparently turning 17?!?!?! Like what?!?!? How?!? Everything happened so quickly & my holidays are moving so quickly too. (But well, I can’t really complain since I had about 7-8 months of holidays hehehehehhe) I am pretty excited for school, though, although it starts at like 25 April. Future Aileen might regret saying that sentence but who cares. Soon enough, your girl here is going to study Product & Industrial Design (PID) at Temasek Polytechnic. (Not really) but what!?!? Yes I know, firstly I’m living on the North Western side of Singapore and TP is CLEARLY located at the butt of Singapore & the traveling time is probably about 1.5-2 hours? YUP. But I mean, TP is known for their design courses and I really wanted to study design. So what’s PID? Wellll, it’s something like D&T but on steroids. (& for those lost sheep out there, yes I love d&t)

Oh right, I believe I have yet to say this but I scored 6 points for N-Levels.

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I totally understand HAHAH I was in great shock when I was one of the All-Rounded Students. So YAY!!! But what’s more shocking was my English because I got an A1???!! What even, am I right?? Throughout my whole secondary life, have I ever gotten an A1 for English? Nope. I really really really need to thank Denise who has been guiding me since secondary 2? 3? Well, it all started with me creeping into her DM (YES HAHA I SLID INTO HER DMS) then we soon met & she helped me with my oral & composition, super super extremely grateful to have her!!! Not only her though, Leah helped me with my History SBQ although we barely knew each other so thank you, Leah!! :’) & I’m sorry that you had to read through my horrendous & untidy handwriting ahaha!!! Lastly, I can never forget God. For those of you who knows me well, clearly knows that I’m not a very holy person but I’m definitely not someone who neglects my religion (so I’m kind of in-between), but I do feel that my results were a blessing. Why? Well, I’m neither smart nor hardworking by birth. Hence, God really gave me the strength throughout the year, guiding me & helping me. Thank you, God!! But yup, enough of me, though. My friends oh my god. I’M SO PROUD OF MY BABIES!!! They all did well & we all qualified for PFP!!! (I also need to thank my babies, you know who you are, you all kept me going by motivating me & studying with me, I’m so thankful to have you in my life) We barely managed to go to all of the Polytechnic’s Open Houses though!!! Each polytechnic was filled with so much hype & energy, it was such a difficult choice to make – to leave. Of course, there are times that we have to split up to pairs & see the courses that we want. We can’t possibly all go to each course that we want WHILE facing a time crunch right?

Wait wait I have a photo of us in Ngee Ann!!!

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Missing Joan 😥 // can we all take a moment & appreciate my white nails & NOT my wall

Oh & you might be thinking, you went to all the open houses AND YOU STILL CHOSE TP?? ARE YOU CRAZY AILEEN? Yes, I still chose TP and no, I am not insane!! You know when you have the feeling or a vibe? I’m not sure what you call that but like when I went to the other polytechnics, the design schools didn’t really speak to me. (do you get it omg I hate explaining HAHHA but if you don’t then well move on) There is sort of a reason I guess, but that would be a whole new post so I’ll leave that for next time. So yeah, you can say that TP spoke to me (SOUNDS SO WEIRD). Anyway, that’s about it I guess, nothing fancy happened during the holidays & if it did, it deserves a whole new blog post to it. But here are some photos for your guilty pleasure (kidding!)

My Study Routine

Hey guys, I’m gonna share with you how I studied throughout my final year in secondary school as we all know that in Singapore’s education system we have to be book-smart to be able to do what we want in the future, WHICH IS RIDICULOUS.

So hopefully I can help you out a little.

I study differently during the weekends and weekdays. On weekdays, as we all have school for about 9 to 12 hours and we still need to complete our homework after school, we have pretty little time to revise. So on days with CCA, I would reach home about 7pm, which is quite late. However, I still had to get stuff done, so I would just sit down at my study area and just complete my homework and try to make notes for things that I don’t understand. While doing my homework, I would also take note of the questions that I’m not sure of and would immediately text my teacher for help if I have their contact number otherwise I would find them in school the next day. I usually wouldn’t shower until I get my revision done, sounds disgusting I know, BUT this was because usually after I shower I would feel sleepy, which would make me contemplate to procrastinating. On days without CCA, I would reach home about 2.30pm or so. Usually on these days, I would slack for like an hour using my phone and just prepare myself to leave the house and study. I would usually go to a reading room to study as the library is usually quite packed and I wouldn’t want to go to the library since I go there on weekends and will not want to get sick of it.

 

I study using different methods all the time as I’m not sure myself which method I am best suited for. For example, I tried the pomodoro method, which you study for 25 minutes and take a short 5 minutes break, worked but I don’t really use this method on weekdays as I have very little time to spare on studying and I didn’t want to waste much time. Next method was just cramp studying I guess? Like I just sit down and study all the way, it works but like the moment I take a break, WOW I take a break for good. I would lose the studying vibe the moment I take that break, which is bad. Ok and not the last but I also tried the flashcard method, which is good, for memorising and testing yourself the definitions. So, I was kind of stuck not knowing which was the right way to study for me. However, in the middle of 2015, I figured out I studied the best whenever I’m alone as I guess there would be no distractions and everyone has different attention span, so you would either distract your friends or vice versa if you had company. I also figured out that I can’t study at home much, and when I do I would always change my study spot for a new view (?) I AM WEIRD OK. But yeah, that was pretty much how it was so I tend to study outside my house.

 

For me, the best way to study was to understand the concept and memorise the ideal answers by rewriting it multiple times and doing the same type of questions over and over again. I’m not kidding. For example, sciences has lots of things to memorise and so my weekends are solely for Chemistry, Physics and a little bit of math. That was it. Like on Saturday, I would study the whole of Chemistry by rewriting my notes, redoing my worksheets, doing lots of past year papers and when I’m done, I would go to maths. The next day, I would do the same thing but for Physics. I would really rewrite everything in my notes and worksheet, each and every sentence. But it would be better if you understand the concept! I know I killed lots of trees but it was recycled paper okayyyyy I tried to be as harmless as I could. Moving on. For Chemistry as there would be experiments and steps to memorise, I would make up acronyms using the keywords to memorise as they are short and sweet. For example, one of the experiments (I forgot the name :P) was to like Mix, Filter, Wash & Dry. So, I memorised this by thinking “Mother Father Wedding Dinner” I MEAN, IT’S LOGICAL RIGHT? HAHA so ya, that’s me. For combined humans, when I do not understand how the event started and stuff, I wrote my notes using the Cornell method but I tweaked it abit. I still split my paper to 3 parts. (I would like to use my actual notes as an example but I gave them away) So at the big column on the right you just write your notes but in simpler words but still consists of the keywords. Once you’re done, you go to the column by the left and write a question that you can ask yourself such that you can derive your notes as the answer. Here’s an example, let’s say the factor that I do not understand is “Weakness of LON”.

Weakness of LON

So yeah, something like the above. (I literally went to google and write this down like just for this) Then at the bottom of the page in the last column, you just summarise like how you would do so in the normal Cornell system. I felt that this method was very useful in helping me to memorise and understand the concept that I don’t understand. If you still don’t understand anything after this, try reading the full story (if it has), watch a video (if it’s like an experiment and you can watch it), or just ask your teachers to explain to you! They would be more than willing to help.

 

So that’s about it. Oh lastly, usually before I head out to study at the start of the week, I would normally write a todo list for the week. Like what are some of the stuff I would want to complete by the week. I felt that this method was the BEST way for me to organise and plan my week. It’s super simple. All you do is you write whatever you have to or plan to complete by the end of the week. Then you just split up the tasks into the 7 days that you have. You will find that you would be more productive in work and will have more time to relax. So the rule is when you’re done with the tasks for the day. JUST STOP. Don’t give yourself anymore tasks, you already completed it so if you want to complete more work, wait for the next day. For the time being? Go and have some fun! Don’t restrict your own freedom especially when you have completed all the tasks that you wanted to complete. If you really really really feel bad, then go and read a book! You can improve your english and at the same time enjoy it.

 

Well, I guess I can now conclude my post, and hopefully these have helped you even if it was just a tiny little bit. If you don’t understand or want more tips, just DM me in twitter, drop me an email or just ask me in ask.fm! See ya!