Got my driving license!

I finally got my driving license after 8 months(?) I took by BTT in dec 2016, FTT in jan 2017 and then proceeded with about 7 months of driving lessons. It took quite long due to my schedule and my inability to estimate distances.

The driving test was hella nerve-wracking and scary. I was so nervous I didn’t manage to start up my car properly. So embarrassing.

During the test, I made quite a few mistakes which I shouldn’t but I was surprised at myself being able to park my car properly.

But anyway, I’ve got my license!!! woohoo!!! I was so scared because my $320 was at stake…

Time flies too fast

It’s almost June.

And I haven’t done anything much.

Last week I was down with fever, flu and sore throat, my fever couldn’t subside for days and I was just drowsy and sleepy most of the time. I’ve recovered since then and 2 days ago I was told to go back to school to clear my stuff because the workroom will be undergoing revamp. It was quite heart-warming to see all my colleagues again, to feel that sense of familiarity as I stepped into the staffroom. Nevertheless, I still want to enjoy my holidays – I will be back in school soon and this will take me through the next few years so I better not say I miss going to school now.

End of NIE Sem 1

I’ve been waiting for this day!!!!

Finally, my first semester at NIE has come to an end. Just a few weeks ago, I had the busiest time of my life, rushing through 2 assignments in 3 days, and there seemed to be a never-ending list of assignments/projects/microteaching/presentations to do! I’m glad I survived!

 

What life?

These few weeks have been super busy! I didn’t even know I’ll be in for this!

To think that last week was the busiest that I could be…

I slept at 4am last night this morning, trying to finish up my presentation slides, lesson plans and my TML assignment. The reason why I stayed up that late was because after 12am, I became more awake and I decided to take the chance to do more work cos I’m usually very groggy in the morning.

This week would be 10times worse ):

Wake me up when September ends

September has been really crazy so far.

On the 1st of September, my family flew to Taiwan because my sis was going for exchange at NTU. My parents tagged along and the three of them visited the tourist attractions at different areas in Taiwan. That weekend I came back from Hall and it felt quite sad because no one was at home. Of course I had the freedom to do whatever I wanted, but with all the work I had to do, I was feeling kinda emo too.

That week was crazy because I had to rush through 2 assignments, one of which was rejected by my tutor (after I spent my weekends slogging on that), and I had to re-do the entire thing and ended up staying up till 2.30am every day during that week. GESL didn’t go too well that week too, so I was really really stressed out.

Anyway, I managed to submit my assignments on time, thankfully, and sorted out some GESL issues. And on Friday, I joined the BTs for bbq and spent the long weekend sleeping at home. I knew I had a lot of deadlines coming up but, yeah, sleep is more important. I felt like I really needed this break.

Adapting

I’ve moved into my dorm for about a week or so. Last week zoomed past pretty fast cos everything was new to me. Lessons are starting too, my timetable looks like a hectic mess now. But my SS mods haven’t started yet, so I expect my days at NIE to be a lot worse. A LOT BUSIER.

So about my dorm, it’s actually nicer than I expected it to be, having been to Hall 2 once. Hall 16 is also very near NIE so technically speaking, I can wake up just 10 mins before lesson starts (of course I won’t. Everyone goes for lessons SO MUCH EARLIER HERE). Facilities-wise, there’s a gym downstairs but I haven’t had a chance to use it because I haven’t brought my running shoes here. The hall canteen is quite disappointing after I bought a disgusting peanut-butter-coated-la-mian-in-tom-yum-soup thingie for lunch. That was horrible. Staying in hall really makes me appreciate the convenience and comfort I have at home. This is especially true for a lazy person like me. I dread refilling my bottle or even going to the washroom because it means I have to walk to the end of the corridor to do so.

At times I feel quite lonely here, there’s only my cousin and I. And my sis will be flying off to Taiwan in about 2 weeks’ time.

And then there are so many assignments and readings. READINGS. I’m basically suffocating under the amount of readings I have. But these days I’ve been receiving instavids from my ex-students, which really cheer me up! HIM-NAE!

Can’t wait to go home tomorrow. I’m having cramps now and I’m running out of pads. Save Me.

Surviving

It’s been about 2 weeks in NIE and it feels so long omg…

I’m still adapting to uni life (which I dreaded most) and I’ll be officially moving into my dorm tomorrow. TBH I didn’t enjoy uni life in NUS and I couldn’t wait to get out of it, and now the irony is that I’m back in uni again after I’ve graduated.

Everything about NIE seems so foreign to me, that unfamiliar feeling that I had 2 years ago, back in NUS. Just that NIE feels a bit more disorganised. Blackboard is much messier than IVLE. It makes it difficult for me to keep track of my modules and assignments, like I have to check every now and then to know whats going on. After graduating for a year, I’ve lost all motivation to be a model student and most of the time I feel so lethargic to even start reading my notes. Speaking of which, my EL modules have so many readings!!!! I’m drowning in all my readings (not that I have any motivation to start on them anyway).

I was supposed to move into my hall last week but due to some unforeseen circumstances (i.e. my cousin decided not to move in yet, and it was the start of the lunar 7th month and I didnt have classes on some days) I ended up coming home at night on one of the days when I planned to stay overnight. Hall 16’s location is very good but perhaps my neighbours havent moved in, the hall looks very empty and it could get a little eerie at night, especially if you’re going to the shared toilet.

Apart from that, I need to get my wifi connected to my laptop tomorrow. IF NOT I WILL SUFFER FROM THE LACK OF WIFI IN MY ROOM. BLEH. Not sure how to do so.

End of Sem 1

Finally the June Hols are here! I guess I’m the only person who doesn’t have any plans for my month-long holiday yet. Everyone’s either going overseas or spending some quality time with their loved ones, and here I am, watching a new korean drama recommended by my friend and chomping on Green Tea flavoured Hello Panda biscuits instead of buying lunch from downstairs.

Last week I received a mail from my principal regarding my enrolment into NIE. I’m glad to announce that I’ll be going for the July-Aug intake this year! WOOHOOOOOOO~~~~~~

While I’m excited to embark on my new journey at NIE after hearing so much about it from my colleagues, I feel quite sad to be leaving my current school. I met SO MANY nice people over there, be it colleagues or students or even the staff in the General Office. I really owe it all to my EL mentor who has really taught me a lot. She’s one of my role models in life and I aspire to be an awesome teacher like her one day!

Then again, there’s my form class. I will really miss them when I’m at NIE. I remember during the first few weeks of school I had no one to eat lunch with, and the girls gladly made space for me at their lunch table and told me to join them for lunch. HOW SWEET ARE THEY. And the boys were also very friendly. Remember how we used to avoid teachers at all cost (pretending to be busy on our phones, gazing up into the sky)? The kids are different. They actually bothered to say hi to me, even outside school. For that, I’m really really grateful.

Hans Art Gallere Experience

This post is on my experience at Hans Art Gallere, or more specifically, the lack thereof.

I received a groupon voucher for a 3-Hour art jamming session from my lovely ex-colleagues at Quadmark, who knew I love painting. Initially I was filled with excitement and anticipation since it would be my first time painting on a proper canvas. My artworks are usually on paper because canvas are not cheap!

The entire Sunday morning was spent researching on acrylic painting tips and ideas. Around noon, I headed to Hans Art Gallere (HAG) which is located at McNair Road. Being a complete idiot at reading maps and finding directions, I took a wrong turn and ended up walking further and further from where I was supposed to head to. After a good 20mins, I found myself at McNair Road, but I couldn’t find unit 37. It felt like I was walking in a maze as the shophouses(?)/terraces(?) all looked the same.

Eventually I arrived at HAG and a guy (probably the art teacher i guess) guided me into his(?) studio(?). There were about 3 huge parrots perched on his front porch and I was afraid that they might peck on me or poop on me lol. The so-called “gallere” was about the size of my bedroom, barely enough space to walk. The first thing I noticed when I stepped in was the sound of dogs barking.

THERE WERE DOGS INSIDE.

YES I’M WRITING TO TELL YOU, IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO GO TO HANS ART GALLERE, THERE ARE DOGS INSIDE. ON THE LOOSE. LOL.

I mean the dogs are not caged up or on leashes.

As someone who is very very very afraid of furry moving animals, dogs and puppies are scary to me. YES THEY ARE CUTE but I freak out when they start barking. That was what happened at HAG. The dogs kept barking.

I stood frozen at my spot even though the art teacher told me to take a seat, thinking if I should just run out.

In the end, I just grabbed the canvas and left the place. I decided that I didn’t need acrylic art lessons and neither did I want to stay in that place with so many pets. So that was my traumatic experience at HAG. Make sure you’re a pet-lover if you are intending to head there.