Wednesday, April 30, 2008
It feels surreal that my 12 years of compulsory education is going to end this year. For the first time in my life, I have complete freedom to choose which path I want to pursue. I'm fortunate in the sense that my parents are supportive of whatever I want to do. So ultimately it's up to me to determine what I want to do with my life. It feels scary, yet thrilling at the same time. While I believe that teaching is a very important job, I feel no desire to take it upon myself as I'm in no hurry to return to the same school environment. So no, I'm not going to become a teacher.
The orchid plant in my balcony is blooming right now! This does not happen very often. Isn't it lovely?
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
On another note, my mum bought new Renoma wallets for me and my sister. I like that they're simple. My sister's wallet:
My wallet (love the colour!):
Minty green is one of my favourite colours, in addition to yellow, blue, white, gray, gold, silver and pink. When I was digging out the contents of my old wallet, i found this scrap of paper:
It's from 10 years ago, can you believe it! It's even a bit yellowed now. It's some weird bill I made out to my sis for using the computer. My spelling is atrocious ("exiry date").
Random photo of a watercooler: just playing around with the effects on my phone camera. I thought the result was quite cool.
Monday, April 28, 2008
I resolve to work hard for CTSs!
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Can you believe the amount of work that went into this? I really treasure handmade gifts though lately I have less and less time to do them. I must start thinking of gifts for my teachers.
Friday, April 25, 2008
After hearing him talk about design, I realised that I don't know very much about it, and indeed, I'm not so sure now that it suits me. I'm inclined towards being a lifestyle writer now, especially travel and fashion. And I so do want to go overseas to study! I've heard people say "What's wrong about going to NUS?" Well, there's nothing wrong as NUS is a perfectly decent and actually a very highly-ranked university but the prospect of it doesn't excite me. It's as simple as that. My mind rebels against boredom and stagnation. By going overseas, I hope to gain new perspectives and experiences. So that's a goal that I'm going to work hard towards achieving.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
If I have children next time, I think the greatest gift I can give them is that of freedom. No enforcing hard-and-fast rules, no sending them for myriad classes to develop talents, just allowing them to explore and let their natural talents and passions emerge. Parents in their overeagerness often go too far in their supervision, not realising that the true meaning of childhood is freedom and play. It seems that the older we grow, the more we forget this very simple idea.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
In addition, the fantastic issue shows how to customise a plain dress to make it prom-appriopriate.
This was originally a plain white dress. The hem area has been painted with black fabric paint and a black ribbon added at the waist. Looks pretty professional, don't you think?
I haven't yet made up my mind about whether prom is too contrived an affair, what with everyone dressing in gowns and the conventional hotel setting. I think it'd be very cool to hold prom in an alternative setting, like a disused factory turned dancefloor or something (I'm thinking of the London Tate Modern museuem and St James Powerstation here). I'm deciding between a short or full-length dress. Full-length would bring a dramatic flair, but I like the spirit of a short dress. And I really am not into the idea of opting for the usual Daniel Yam gowns. His designs are ok, but get kind of routine after a while and anyway I know there are better, more unique designs for dresses. I think I'd try to sew my own dress, and pray that it wouldn't turn out disastrous.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
It is fair to say that my mum has had a profound influence on my interest in fashion. Even in the photos of her back then, her sense of style is evident. Despite being petite, she has this air that sets her apart from others and makes her more than just a pretty face (even though she is obviously very beautiful). She KNOWS herself, that's why. She's not afraid to wear spaghetti-strap tops despite her age, but chooses the classy instead of trashy ones and wears them under jackets or cardigans. She has an amazing collection of vintage and current jewellery ranging from the expensive to quirky ones made by art students. Even though I might not always agree with what she wears, she almost always looks good. Most importantly, she has taught me that the best accessory is personality and vitality. And that, perhaps, is more important than anything you put on yourself.
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Another of my favourite bites is the doughnuts from takashimaya basement, next to the gelato stall. These doughnuts are somewhat cake-y in texture and come in an assortment of delicious flavours. I find the less fussy ones better as the doughnut tastes good as it is.
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
I felt oddly good after that. Maybe it's the whole Jackson Pollock- ritualistic painting thing. Yup, the whole bit about painting in a trance and achieving release of emotions or "catharsis". Or maybe it's my inner biologist coming out.