2013 in review

2013 was a good year.

I got to spend more time with my classmates. I did pretty well in my academics. I did something a little extra with my time by helping out with Project Esperenza, which allows me to tutor younger kids. I watched more movies and television shows. I managed my time much better. 2013 was also a year of many firsts. In 2013, it was my first time acting, albeit a rather weak one in drama class (or should I call it “not-acting-but-more-like-reciting-lines”). In 2013, it was my first time directing a play, though I had lots of help with all my classmates. It was definitely a class effort. In 2013, it was my first time riding a horse. It was my first time playing golf. It was my first time riding a jet boat.

To end off this year, I decided to do a little summary of one of my happiest moments this year: my vacation in New Zealand. Here are Instagram-inspired collages of my iPhone shot.

Top (from left to right): my airplane stopping at Melbourne for a transition; Fernhill, Queenstown, NZ; outside the supermarket at Remarkables, Queenstown, NZ
Middle: the lake in Queenstown, NZ, from my balcony’s view; first sunset in NZ; first jetboating experience at Shotover Bridge
Bottom: a lovely quaint café at Arrowtown, NZ; an old storefront; an old, deserted town

Top (from left to right): simply love the never ending roads I see as we travel from town to town; a shed selling honey that is based on honesty; inside a fruit store
Middle: by the road outside the fruit store (finally got to take a picture like this that I always see on tumblr!); rainbow that I was fortunate to see on my first few days in Queenstown; paragliders with Queenstown as the background
Bottom: the Salvation Army’s store in Queenstown where I got two books really cheap; in the maze at Puzzling World; puzzles in Puzzling World

Top (from left to right): Fox Glacier, NZ; light ray at Fox Glacier; double rainbows at Fox Glaciers
Middle: Kea (which we illegally fed); feeding this really cute and greedy goat; trees at Uncle’s farm
Bottom: pulling out radishes at Uncle’s farm; lots and lots of flowers at the farm; sheep and lambs (mehh)

Top (from left to right): by the sea picking rocks; picture of my sneakers and rocks by the rapids; cheeky little parade that likes to show off
Middle: one of the many mountains; at the beautiful golf course; at the pier at Queenstown, NZ
Top: at town, Queenstown, NZ; one-legged seabird that posed for us; at town, Queenstown, NZ

Of course, not forgetting all the food photographs I took:

Top (from left to right): coffee at the airport at Melbourne, Australia; pasta at Arrowtown, NZ; the famous Fergburger at Queenstown, NZ
2nd row: soup, salad and ribs at this lovely vintage restaurant at Fox Glacier, NZ; hokey pokey ice cream while on the road; a cappuccino at a café during one of our breaks
3rd row: breakfast at the farm; hokey pokey ice cream again at this cute store; salmon at a pub in Queenstown, NZ
4th row: cappuccino at the salmon farm; Asian food to our relief (and it was really good because of the Indonesian/Asian chefs!); my birthday cake (celebrated my birthday overseas for the 3rd time!)

I still have many regrets: not paragliding, not taking a picture of the gorgeous sunset on the plane, not being daring and asking the ballet dancers their name, not bringing my camera and taking photographs of the dancers, not taking pictures with LY. But I also had many good memories: performing with my CCA for Chinese New Year, BSE, DramaFest, participating in IvP, performing with my CCA with the dance school, helping out with LeAP, just to name a few.

I hope that 2014 will be as brilliant as this year, and that I may make more friends, do well in school, improve on my photography, try to do as many thing as I can and strive to do the best that I can. And I hope that whoever who’s reading this, may 2014 be an amazing year for you as well.

“Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write an interesting one.”

— unknown

2013 in review

An Eventful Day

Today was uneventful. I woke up at 7am (much, much earlier than I would normally do during the holidays) and then went to school for CCA training. It was fun and exhausting, and I was really glad to catch up with my batchmates and spend more time with my juniors. Then I took the MRT home and listened to the Catching Fire motion picture soundtrack and all was well.
Until the train stopped at Serangoon. If you take the circle line regularly, you’ll know that Serangoon is one of the stops where there’s lots of human traffic going in and out of the train. Just as the train doors were closing, I heard this young lady trying to rush through the doors. The only thing I saw was this grey umbrella flying through the small space between the door. I picked it up and looked at the girl through the window, raising the umbrella and giving her “what-am-I-supposed-to-do-with-your-umbrella” look. She just smiled like she was so amused and signaled me to just keep it.
But… Being the person I am, I decided to alight at the next stop (Bartley) and board the next train and try and look for that girl to return the umbrella to. As I was alighting, this disposable water bottle rolled to my feet, so I picked it up thinking I’ll throw it away at Bartley. Of course I didn’t realise there weren’t any dustbins in the MRT itself, so I just held on to that disposable bottle instead. There I was, standing in the almost deserted MRT station carrying two bags and holding an umbrella that wasn’t mine and a water bottle I just picked up.
I waited for 6 mins (oh, the agony!) and finally the next train came, which I boarded with relief. I looked around trying to find that young lady with a pretty smile in a black blouse, but to no avail. In the end, I went home with that grey umbrella and the water bottle (which I threw away at home). My mom and brother all thought I was weird to do that, but it made me feel better instead of feel guilty if I just didn’t care, so I’m very happy with myself (haha).

The umbrella and water bottle from today.

Today was an eventful day.

An Eventful Day