So, this last part of the year was crazy busy in terms of life.
I thought I was going to do my November Life Wrap Up separately, but clearly, that didn’t happen.
Please don’t look at me like that, I feel bad too.
I’m doing my best to keep this introduction short because the rest of this post is so long.
Just a little heads-up.
November was mostly a month of preparation for mocks (my god was it intense), though I did get to do some cool things, especially during the first half of the month.
I attended my first swim competition in months! I don’t think I’ve mentioned here on the blog yet, but I am a competitive swimmer and have been for about 5-6 years, though I haven’t trained in months. I’m not a serious swimmer, per se, so I mostly do it for fitness, though I’m looking for other sports to do (yoga’s in the running).
Back to what happened in November: I also participated in a week-long In-Country Program. I opted for this program as the other option just did not work out for me in any way. The biggest highlight for me was an afternoon volunteering at an old folks’ home. It was truly such a new, rewarding and incredibly eye-opening experience. I hope to do this more at some point in the future.
In mid-November, I got invited to two really unique and great opportunities that I’m so incredibly grateful to have been selected and invited for. The first of these events was the IB Service Event, in the IB Singapore Headquarters, which was intimidating but I’m really proud of myself for. During this event, I talked about my MYP (Middle Years, for those of you who’re not familiar with the IB programs) Personal Project in a fair-like setting, which was me organizing a launch for a women’s organization based outside of Singapore. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this on the blog yet, but if not, there ya go. I literally got so much done then (especially with networking!) and I was so incredibly happy with myself that day. I definitely count this as a success.
The next day, I was chosen by my school to meet the New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinta Arden, which was super cool and an experience unlike anything I had experienced before. I actually managed to ask her a question during the Q&A session. I was honestly so nervous and stumbled a few times at first, but I’m glad I managed to pull myself together enough to be able to ask her a question.
I also just remembered I got to see the Crimes of Grindelwald with some friends! The outing was fun, the movie was mediocre. I’ll be talking about my thoughts on the movie later in this post.
December was a wild ride. A lot happened, and they were both great things and some not-so-great things. As most of you probably know, I (pretty much) finished my mocks on the 12th of December! This was probably one of the most stressful times in my life. I had at least two exams every day, and each one was at least 1 hour long, with the longest being 2 and a half hours.
This period of time actually made me immensely stressed out. I’ve always been a top student who’s always wanted to do well, so I actually had a pretty bad breakdown during school. I don’t really want to get too much into it, but needless to say, I was so happy when mocks were over.
After mocks (around the second half of the month), that I really got to actually chill and take a break. This was the time I really focused on myself and a lot of life stuff happened. More specifically, this month was when I realized some major things about myself and my relationships with others. I discovered that some people, particularly, a close friend of mine, were taking advantage of my tendency of being a pushover, and to use that to remove themselves from certain situations and push blame on me, I guess?
I’ve since cut off relations with that said (now ex-) friend.
On a happier note, the semester break has begun (school’s starting back in a week or so, and I’m not about it, quite honestly. I’m really enjoying not dealing with school things as a whole, and love not working at such a high-speed rate for the last few months. My sister also came back from boarding school for her semester break (most of her school holidays line up with mine, actually), and we along with my mum headed to KL to visit some relatives and to celebrate Christmas.
KL was incredibly fun, but also really busy. I just got back and I still feel exhausted at the same time. I spent a lot of time with my cousins, which was so great especially since I haven’t seen them since June! I also managed to meet up with a childhood friend before she moved to Australia, which was really fun!
Honorable mention to the food there, because oh my goodness, I missed it so so much! I lived in KL pretty much my whole life before coming to Singapore, and going back and eating some of my favorite foods ever has been great!
Another life update I wanted to briefly chat about is that I cut my hair in KL! My hair’s always been really long, and with the New Year approaching and my hair becoming very long, I decided to actually do it. It’s nothing too different in terms of how it’s cut and stuff though. I got my sister to take pictures of my hair before and after for my own comparison, but I thought I could attach them here. Though I do miss my own hair at times, I do totally really love how my new hair feels. It’s so much easier to maintain and feels like the perfect hello to the New Year.
The left is the before result, and the right is the after result!
What do you guys think?
November was the month where I really discovered Billie Eilish
and my music life as I know it has changed forever. It was also the month where I stopped keeping up with new music. And I also started making different playlists for my different moods, which I’m LOVING.
- bellyache by Billie Eilish
- when the party’s over by Billie Eilish
- idontwannabeyouanymore by Billie Eilish
- She Loves Control by Camila Cabello
- Sway by Tove Styrke
- Paper Love by Allie X
Ok so December was an all-round crazy month in terms of music. I guess that reflected my mood because it was up and down. I listened to a lot of cathartic songs, the occasional rap, and a lot of self-love songs, if that makes sense?
I also started getting into Ariana Grande this month. thank you, next and God is a Woman are iconic bops that I love and stan. Should I listen to Sweetener? Let me know because ya girl is torn.
- thank u, next by Ariana Grande
- Hustlin’ by Rick Ross
- I Fall Apart by Post Malone
- Higher by The Score
- Bored by Billie Eilish
- HandPlay by Fitz and the Tantrums
- come out and play by Billie Eilish
- God is a Woman by Ariana Grande
- Better Now by Post Malone
I forgot how I discovered this, but this is a really cool podcast. It sounds like your regular every day bookish podcast, which it kind of is. However, there’s just something about it that I really do enjoy? There’s a lot of very popular, well-known authors on this podcast and it’s also hosted by Melissa Albert (I believe), who wrote the Hazel Wood, which is cool. It’s also a fairly new podcast, but hit it up if you get a chance!
I’m pretty sure I found this font while reading some posts from the lovely Aimee at Aimee, Always about graphics, images and such. The moment I saw it, I fell absolutely in love with and HAD to use it for the blog. It’s just so gorgeous and beautiful I can’t! You use the Manhattan font for the text in my blue headers, if that makes sense?
Pentel Hi-Polymer Eraser
Since this was from a well-known brand, quite cheap, and I needed a new eraser, I decided to buy this eraser. And this is probably one of the best one-dollar purchases I ever made. It’s so thorough with erasing pencil lines (I literally have such heavy pencil lines oh my god), so nice to use (I always want to keep erasing stuff whenever I use this eraser not gonna lie) and just so handy. Highly recommend if you can find it!
Fantastic Beasts: the Crimes of Grindelwald ★★★☆☆ (3.5)
To be honest, I recall very little of this movie. Yes, it was fun (when I understood what was going on), and it was kind of interesting to see how
terribly Rowling would handle an Asian character in this franchise, but this movie had TOO MANY plots going at once to gain a higher rating. It was just way too convoluted. This movie is 2 hours and 15 minutes and I was very confused throughout most of it. That did not make for a fun experience at all.
What this movie lacked in focus, it more than made up for in plot holes. A lot of the movie’s facts, cameos and reveals went against much of established Wizarding World canon. Unless this is all revealed to be a big lie in the next few movies, I don’t get why this is, especially when you consider that J.K Rowling wrote both of these.
Leta Lestrange and Albus Dumbledore were the stars of this movie and were what made this movie truly interesting. The actors portrayed their characters in a compelling, multi-layered manner, and their backstories and all the plot reveals revolving around them were so incredibly interesting.
Another big star of this movie was Hogwarts, of course. I literally started squealing every time Hogwarts came up on the big screen, and it came up fairly often.
Also, Eddie Redmayne is adorable and just so socially awkward. We stan an awkward cinnamon roll.
How was November and December for you? Did you find any new favourites, and if so, what were they? What did you watch these last few months? What are your thoughts on the New Year approaching?