the christmas tree lights at the end of the exam tunnel.

Exams are nearly behind me, and I can see glimmers of Christmas! It’s a promising time! I had my second to last exam today, and although my last one (on Thursday) is my trickiest one I CAN SEE THE END. The past weekend was a quite good combination of nice study times and beginnings of Christmassy things.

On Saturday, Migle and I went on a marathon studying cafe-crawl 🙂 We studied in cafes from 1pm until midnight! It was a fun time and we had a lot of delicious noms and were also very productive, so it was a very successful day in all respects!

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Chocolate cake at Toby’s Estate.

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happy little four monthiversary.

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I have now been in Singapore for an entire four months (and four days)! The semester is just wrapping up (exams end this coming week), and my flatmates and I are about to move out of our apartment in a week from today. Shao En and Migle are both here on one semester exchanges – so I’m the only one returning here after the break! It’s a weird thought that next year I will have different flatmates in this apartment. These two lovely humans have been my flat sisters, and I feel so blessed to now know them 🙂 I will miss them a lot, but hooray for friendships! ❤

With most of the exchange students around here packing up, there has been a lot of talk around UTown about going home, and being back for Christmas, which has been a funny sort of thing for me, since I am not! My family are out Christmas-tree cutting today, which is strange, and sort of surreal really, for me to be away from. I haven’t been homesick in my four months here, but thinking about being away for December is a whole other monkey 😛 I love Christmas a lot, and I’ve never had one away from home before! But even though being away from my family over this season terrifies me, I’m excited to experience the different Christmassy things here too. Today Glen, Vera and I are ALSO going to get a Christmas tree! In Singapore, obviously they do not have the space or the climate for Christmas tree farms… so every year, the Christmas trees arrive in shipping containers from faraway lands 🙂 Imagine that! Hundreds of trees voyaging across the sea to light up distant homes. It’s quite a nice thought I think 🙂 I feel a sort of affinity with these travelling trees. I have also never chosen a Christmas tree from a shipping container forest, so I’m quite excited!

Since I’ve been pondering recently what this season will bring, it seemed fitting to choose a Christmas cupcake on my monthly excursion to Twelve Cupcakes! This snowman is a vanilla cupcake with cream cheese frosting, and a mini Oreo top hat! He was very yum.

If this snowman could talk, I think he would say, in a shivery (but warm in tone), jolly sort of voice: “Happy four months here! We are about to embark on the very beginning of some fun Christmassy times! Things will be different, for sure, from any other Christmas you’ve ever known… but you will find wonder in places you’ve never seen before! You will find joy in things you’ve never done before! You will find hope in thoughts you’ve never thought before! You will find peace in unexpected places! And you will find love everywhere.”

Because we carry Christmas in our hearts 🙂 ❤

 

 

latest adventures in nature / art / my brain.

2016-11-15-22-07-39CLASSES ARE OVERRRR! I am now on study break, which is quite nice for me, since my exams are quite spread out and also late in the exam period, so I’ve been able to take a few days to rest and recuperate a little 🙂 Actually everyone here is studying very madly – they had to open up more 24 hour study spaces because all of the existing ones were not enough! But! Rest is important too! Or so I am trying to keep in mind anyway 😉 So, with that said, here are some relaxing activities I got up to in the past week 🙂 Continue reading

nana and grandad are here! // part one.

The past week my Nana and Grandad have been visiting in Singapore! Despite it being a so called “hell week” at NUS (yes, that is an actual turn of phrase here, the assignments get that mad!), we managed to do SO MUCH STUFF together, so that was really really nice 🙂 It was so lovely to have them here, and to be able to show them around, and just to see them 🙂 ❤ Here’s what we got up to 🙂

Friday

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PONTIEN 🙂

Nana and Grandad got here Friday before last – I had a pretty crazy day of classes, but we met up for Pontien noodles for lunch which is one of the yummiest foods of all time! We skyped Mum and Dad too, as you can see 😉

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