Post Exam Indulgence (PEI)

YESYESYES My promotional examinations (promos, in short) was just over last Tuesday! It felt really really good knowing that you don't have to revise like hell and study during weekends, spend your "leisure" time to do past-year exam questions, stare at your notes instead of good books or newly-released movies, and be stressed over the possibility of retaining and (for me) be on probation.


Actually it's not really a pure ultimate freedom for us sad kids; this cycle will repeat next year for the next major examinations. (I have 3 more to go till I graduate, SIGH.)


BUT.

Who cares when the next ones are still next year, and you can relax (for a very short time) now! I know I really should not be all slacking, lazing, go out and eat nice food cus I have projects to be done [and my wallet disagrees with me], yet I just can't help indulging myself at least until this weekend after all those stress.



So the first thing my friends and I did after our last paper was going to the cinema and watch TED

It was a good choice, I personally think. Although some of the jokes were rather crude, it was overall random and hilarious. The plot is interesting and unique and I had a good laugh, I even cried once. Oh well, I'm not really sure whether it was because of the touching part or because I laughed so hard that my eyed teared. I would not recommend it to those under 18, though, cuss not only that they use crude words, those underage might not get the jokes anyway--some guys might get it, but maybe not the girls. But really, it's a good movie, a funny one, up till the very end ;).


After that, I made another great decision: not to set any alarm for the next morning. We had no lessons on the next day, so my roommates and I decided to just sleep in and laze around in the morning. Actually it was not "morning" anymore by the time I woke up (Ehm, I woke up at 10. HEHE), but it felt really awesome to wake up naturally, without any irritating ringing sound that forces you to get up from your comfy bed, going against the gravity pull. Yeah, it really was great.



IKEA Tampines: http://www.ikea.com/sg/en/store/tampines


Then my roommates and I went to have lunch at IKEA. I've been craving for the meatballs and the dessert, and there's this roommate of mine who has never been to IKEA before (I know right, how surprising is that.) So there we went. The meatballs are still good yay. We also ate the chicken wings and Fish 'n Chips. And we bought one box of the Butterscotch Cake and brought it home. The cake was so delicious I can still taste it in my tongue at this very moment. Hmmmmm.





Back home, one of my roommates gave me files of Manga to be read. It's been so long since the last time I read a new manga, as I was always too lazy to browse for a new one without any friends' recommendations. So when she let me copy the files I was very excited. Yeah she's right, this one is interesting and the drawings are nice! The title is "Hana Kimi" and you can go check them out! For those of you who are too lazy to browse around like me, try reading "Kocchi Muite Miiko!" (I LOVE THIS ONE.) "Detective Conan", and mangas by Kohara Yuko and Yagami Chitose (I can't remember the titles, but those that are made by them are good!)





And the list is not exhaustive, yeah. The weekend's coming, and before any guilt pangs hit me, I'd better make use of it! ;) OH OH OH my mum and my sister are coming in about two weeks! I'm so excited and I can't wait for them to come!


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Exams are horrible, but the post-exam indulgence (PEI) makes up for it. So for those of you whose exams are coming--especially those who lives in Singapore (cus exams are just plain horrible here)--hang in there! Your time will come too, when everything's over and you can have all the fun you've been craving for :).

Things that keep me sane.

Haven't had no time to write any post. I'm really sorry for that. Exams, assignments, and many other things I can't even remember have been bugging me constantly, that I even have problems to pause and breathe. No exaggeration. Even now, I'm being haunted by what is called THE Promotional Examination (aka Promos), which is coming next Monday. This week is actually end-of-term holiday, but as Promos are just right around the corner, it's no holiday for me. It's revising, mugging, memorising, studying time.



I'm now sitting at a couch in one of the public libraries, typing with freezing fingers and brains. I was summarizing and consolidating notes, but it seems like my brain refuses to work and demands a break. So blogging it is.



However, I'm not going to focus on the horrible things, I shall write about nice things that keep me sane  and bring smiles, if not happiness in the midst of my hectic life.



  • Music. My iPod, that is, plus my earphone. Sometimes I feel so tired talking, and I feel like pulling myself away from the world, but I just don't know where to go. So I just sit down, plug my earphone, and blast music to my ears (if you're reading this, mum/dad, fret not, I'm not really "blasting" music to my ears. I just play them in a medium volume. I'm not interested in turning deaf anytime soon, don't worry.) Some of the music on my playlist would be 
      • Jason Mraz's songs: I Won't Give Up, 93 Million Miles, Frank D Fixer, Everything is Sound, The Woman I love, Living in the Moment, Details in the Fabric, You and I Both, Be Honest, etc etc. His songs have this amrazing effect on me, they really calm me down, and remind me that "In life, it may seem dark, but the absence of the light is a necessary part... I'm not alone, I can always come back home"- 93 Million Miles.
      • DEPAPEPE's songs (they're in japanese, I don't really remember their titles, but my friend has kindly helped me put tens of their nicest songs in my iPod, so yeah.)
      • One Republic - Marchin' On
      • Michael Buble - Lost
      • Carissa Rae - Near or Far
      • Julie Fowlis - Touch the Sky (ost Brave)
      • Jack Johnson - Better Together
      • Ed Sheeran - Lego House
      • The Trees and The Wild's Songs: The Noble Savage, Kata, Our Roots, etc etc
  • Going to St Mary's church. Although the church is so far away from my hostel, that it takes one and a half hour to go there, I just keep going there cus it gives me such peace I don't get from other churches. I think I can just stay there all day long if I have no work to do, or no exams coming, or any other things to do. The church has this atmosphere that gives me peace and calm, and reminds me that everything will be just fine, and I can just surrender everything to God, and He will take care of everything. I know it's true, but going to this church just reaffirms it. And I need such reaffirmation. So yeah.
  • My beloved family. Short conversations with them simply make my day. They have such a big faith on me, that I feel that I am able. And they keep me going, cus I want to show them that I can make them proud, as they have believed in me.
  • My awesome friends, both those back home and here in this island. They're just the best bunch of people ever. They support and motivate me, amuse and entertain and make me laugh, give me all those virtual hugs and encouraging smileys, listening to me ranting and venting my anger or my moodiness, telling me that I have them to rant on, and to lean on.
  • Old messages and letters and post-its and photos. Looking at these photos, re-reading the letters, or even just skimming through them make me laugh to myself, reminding me that my life is not that bad, and I have these precious memories to cherish.
  • Friends (The TV series, HA.), The Big Bang Theory, and Castle. Nuff said. They're great entertainment for me to de-stress.
  • Indonesian Food. Be it snacks, pop mie, abon, ayam penyet, nasi uduk, jus alpukat, indomilk, etc. They just keep me sane.
  • Thinking about the end of the year, when I'm going home. Thinking about the things I'm going to do during the holiday. Thinking about the end of next year, when it's all over and I'm finally out of this "wonderful contract." Thinking about doing things I want to do and I enjoy doing without any pressures.


The list is not exhaustive. I shall add on more stuff on the list. Now I have to go back to work. Hopefully I will stay sane. Hmmmmmmmmm.