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!
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 ):
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.
I’m a HUGE fan of sour things. There was once when I was working at SOTA, I went to the fruit stall in the canteen and asked the stall owner for lemon. He must have thought that I was going to put the lemon into my drink so he cut it into slices, but no actually I wanted him to cut it into wedges so that I can eat it like a slice of orange. Mmhmm.
I love sour sweets like WarHeads, but being a fan of sour things, one should know that Warheads are only sour on the surface, where the sour powder is. Beneath the sour powder is just a sugary sweet candy. So the sourness only lasts like a few seconds. No kick.
It was until my Uni friend bought me a packet of sweets from Stickys that I found the best sour candy on Earth. The candy’s called “Super Sour Suckers” and true to its name, the candies are SUPER SOUR. *warning: don’t eat too many candies at one go or you might lose your sense of taste* Those candies are REALLY SOUR it’s almost as good as drinking acid. So a note of caution here, don’t eat too many of these. But really, I loved these candies so much that I asked my friend where she bought them from so that I could buy a few more packets for myself.
Another sour candy that I would like to recommend is this Ribon Sour Lemon Candy. I bought this packet of sweets from Daiso and I’m so in love with it! While the Super Sour Suckers are rock-hard caramelised candy, these lemon candies are soft, with a sour core. In comparison to Warheads, this is of course by far better. In terms of sourness, I would say this is 0.5% less sour than the SSS, but if you like to chew on soft sweets, this would definitely be the perfect sour candy for you.
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.
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.
Just a quick update of what has happened since my last post.
On 22 July, I left Coral. It was a bittersweet farewell to my colleagues and students. My beloved students from my form class wrote messages on a super huge board and with the CMs, they threw me a surprise pizza party. I would be lying if I said I didn’t feel sad. I was trying to hold my tears back throughout the farewell lunch with them, but when I was alone with my other contract friend in the staffroom, both of us started tearing up.
Anyway, I just had a teambonding activity with my GESL group this morning. It was not as bad as I had expected. No running or vigorous teambonding activities. Which was what I wanted, because I feel too old to be rah-rah like the other uni kids (even though I’m not that old… in fact I’m one of the youngest in my group). Quite excited to start a brand new life, but this feels like uni all over again. To think that I graduated from uni a year earlier to escape from all the studying!
NIE is situated at PULAU NTU, and indeed it takes me 2 hours to travel to school everyday! Perhaps it is because the NTU students have not started lessons yet, the school looks a little depressing due to the lack of students. The NIE canteen isn’t open as well.
I’m a little overwhelmed by the thought of all the workload and school work and projects and I can’t wait for friday. I really need a break cos this week has been really tiring….
Nothing to be excited about since it is my 2nd time using Liese Bubble Hair Dye. My first experience using this hair dye was in 2011 and I remember the colour lasted for quite a few months. As I have tried brown the previous time I dyed my hair, I chose Cassis Berry this time round.
Cassis Berry turned out to be a purplish-reddish kind of colour, not too obvious unless under sunlight, which makes it a perfect colour for me (since I can’t turn up in school with too vibrant hair colours). It’s my first time trying out a reddish colour because I used to associate purplish-red hair colours with “aunties”… but it turned out pretty well, suits me, just that some parts of my hair still remained black even after I left the foam on for an hour. Now my hair looks like I have reddish highlights. But it’s cool and I like it!
No, not drugs.
I’m addicted to Maltesers!!! Why haven’t I discovered this box of goodness earlier!
I bought a box (yes not a pack, a BOX) of Maltesers from a supermarket last week and since then I’ve been nibbling on those little chocs every single day. I’d simply pop one into my mouth and slowly feel the inner honeycomb centre melt against my tongue. Heavenly.
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.