Saturday, 31 December 2016

DECEMBER HOLIDAY PHOTO DUMP

Haven't been blogging much because I have been the ultimate nua sai this holiday.

Now that I've accumulated an entire holiday's worth of photos, it's time for another photo dump!

End of finals!

This exhibition ends 19 Feb 2017! Free admission and it was quite interesting.

There was this room full of balloons, idkw. Looked like some StarHub promotion.

This was titled "You and Me, Horizontal" ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

KBBQ at Wang Dae Bak!

National Gallery's Night to Light festival.
Not very well planned in my opinion. Everybody seemed lost finding their way around the museum.

Suite lunch @ Nakhon. Yummy Thai style tze char!

#07-163 ♡

atlas coffeehouse
Brunch @ Atlas Coffeehouse. So crowded even on a weekday.

atlas coffeehouse review price Creamy Mushroom on Sourdough with Scrambled Eggs
Creamy Mushroom on Sourdough + Scrambled Eggs ($12 + $3)
The portions were too huge for me.

atlas coffee house review price Salted Caramel Buttermilk Waffles
Salted Caramel Buttermilk Waffles ($12)
THIS WAS GOOOOD.

ohleaf oh!eaf
Saw these adorable mini vases by Oh!eaf.

ohleaf oh!eaf
Got this for myself, hehe.

ps cafe palai renaissance crab tart
Crab Tart from PS Cafe!

providore mandarin gallery lobster mac and n cheese review price
Lobster Mac and Cheese ($25.50) at Providore.
Feeling the burn in my wallet.
Generous chunks of lobster, but pasta was mediocre at best.

takumi review japanese sushi bad horrible service
Christmas dinner at Takumi's Keppel Bay outlet..
SERVICE WAS TERRIBLE. THEY MIXED UP OUR ORDERS AND TOOK AGES TO SERVE OUR FOOD.
And we know it's not the norm to have to wait so long because every other table received their food.
It was not worth paying so much for such lousy service.
Proceed with caution.

one man coffee chun tin road review price
Visited One Man Coffee because I just found out they opened a new outlet in the West!

one man coffee chun tin road review price gashouse eggs
Gashouse Eggs ($12).
Was a bit disappointed because THE EGGS WERE NOT RUNNY!!!
I ordered this precisely because I wanted runny yolk to burst out of the bread, sigh.

Aaaand that's the end of my photo spam!

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

RESULTS + CNM MODULE REVIEW (AY16/17 SEM 1)

Results are out today! As usual, I found myself naturally awake at 6am because I am just that impatient.

This was my best semester so far, but I am also realising how tough it is to pull my grades up after a few shitty semesters at the start of my NUS life. My current CAP rollercoaster is: 3.5 > 3.33 > 3.38 > 3.59 > 3.78 > 3.97. The 3.33 and 3.38 semesters really screwed things up, sigh.

To any freshie reading this, don't waste your first few semesters! It is so much easier to start with a strong foundation. So many seniors told me this, but I just had to touch the fire to know it burns.

Anyway, with module bidding ahead, I guess it's time to post a module review!


NM2209 Social Psychology of New Media
Lecturer: Dr Jung Eun Hwa
We were her very first batch of students, so classes were not conducted very well. But she was so patient, helpful and eager to improve, I believe there is potential for improvement in the subsequent semesters :)

Workload: 1/5
1 midterm (MCQ & short answer)
1 final (MCQ & short answer)
1 presentation (group)
Weekly discussion questions

Content: 2/5
This mod had potential to be very interesting. It combined social psychology and new media, both of which greatly interest me. However, the content was taught in a very research-focused manner, which made it a little dry.

Difficulty: 1/5
This was an easy mod because it was so straightforward. For each test, the prof gave us a study guide listing all the theories we had to know. As long as you stick to the list, you will be safe. 

Also, be consistent. The presentation and discussion questions might seem insignificant, but put in effort and you can easily secure 20% of your grades (especially since this prof is lenient and gives full marks quite often).

Grade: A


NM3232 Strategic Communication: Concepts
Lecturer: Dr Tracy Loh
Lessons were conducted efficiently, which I liked. I also get the feeling she has high expectations, which worked for me because it motivated me to put in more effort.

Workload: 2/5
1 midterm (MCQ & short answer)
1 final (case study; open book)
1 case study presentation (group)
Class participation

Content: 3/5
There were a lot of theories since this was meant to be a theory mod. I enjoyed it because I love PR mods, but that's just my preference. Also, 2 groups had to present case studies each week, and the variety of case studies made lessons quite interesting.

Difficulty: 2/5
This is the type of mod where you can score well as long as you do your readings, understand the concepts and apply them correctly. Readings were quite easy to understand as well.

You can secure around 20% of your grades through class participation. Each presentation will include discussion questions so you are given the chance to speak up in class, and forum posts take at most 15 min of your time.

Grade: A


NM4228 Crisis Communication
Lecturer: Dr Tracy Loh
Yes it was a double-Tracy semester

Workload: 5/5
1 concept paper (individual)
1 case study presentation (group)
1 rumour activity (group) + rumour analysis (individual)
1 crisis communication plan (group)
1 mock press conference (group + individual)
1 reflection (individual)

Content: 4/5
I love PR mods and I find crisis comms very interesting, so I thoroughly enjoyed the content.

Difficulty: 5/5
This can be time consuming, so try to balance this with mods that are more chill. 

I gave it 5/5 because it is not only time consuming but emotionally draining. Some activities were intentionally designed to simulate real-life crisis situations. It will be stressful and you might find yourself panicking or feeling frustrated, but you must learn to stay calm and collected even and especially in such situations.

This mod can suck away so much of your time and energy, but I feel like I learned a lot precisely because it was so intense. I guess it wouldn't be a good crisis communication mod if you are not plunged into crisis situations, albeit imaginary ones.

If you are very interested in PR and believe that a good learning experience is worth risking grades and sacrificing time, 5/5 would recommend despite the workload. 

Grade: A+


NM4883D New Media Production and Public Engagement
Lecturer: Kenneth Tan
He really puts in effort to give constant feedback for your videos, which will guide you along the way.

Workload: 5/5
3 videos (group)
2 production journals (individual)
1 social commentary (individual)
Class participation

Content: 3/5
This mod was interesting because we got to watch and analyse videos, instead of being buried in piles of readings. There's also plenty of hands-on work, which was a change from the usual mods.

Difficulty: 4/5
You have to self-learn most of the technical stuff for editing and filming. There could be a slight learning curve, but this shouldn't deter you from taking the mod because they make sure each group has a good mix of experienced and inexperienced members.

This can also be time consuming because editing takes hours, and your group must be physically present for filming. Unlike other projects, you can't get away with online meetings.

You might encounter problems along the way, e.g. faulty mic or having to re-edit your entire video at the last minute. From my observation, many groups become more bonded and learn a lot from encountering and overcoming such issues. Similar to crisis comms, these difficulties can be a crucial part of your learning process. 

Grade: A-

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Do note that this review was based on my own preference. I tend to enjoy PR mods more than media studies or design mods.

*** Also, the content, workload or prof might change each semester ***

Sunday, 20 November 2016

DONE WITH THE SEMESTER

Apart from one finals... I AM DONE WITH THE SEMESTER!!!

Looking back, this semester has been quite manageable. It got hectic at times, especially with the rather demanding NM4228, but it was the right amount of challenge to keep me motivated.

Hmm, maybe I should post a module review soon.

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The best part of the semester was meeting new people who made school life much more enjoyable. I usually take classes on my own, and I didn't expect to make new friends in the later part of my NUS life, BUT I DID (▰˘v˘▰)

The CNM life is filled with projects. I had 4 modules but 5 project groups, go figure.

Most of my experiences were smooth, although sometimes certain people annoy the living crap out of me. But every now and then, I am lucky enough to meet people who weren't just godsent group mates but people who turn into amazing friends.

Never thought I would find such wonderful friends from a project that is as trivial as a 10% presentation. They are some of the kindest and cutest people I know. Thanks for giving me something to look forward to when there are 8am lectures!

While everyone else struggled with NM4883D, I breezed through it thanks to this extremely dedicated, proactive and talented group. For someone so annoyingly perfectionist, it takes a lot to make me feel like I am the slackest in the group. Seriously the most impressive group I have ever had.


Went through so many meetings and so much shit (rumour activity, mock press conference and CCP) with this group. Spent several weekends sitting on the uncomfortable benches outside Guardian for hours on end. Had several sleepless nights rushing work or fending off fake rumours on our Facebook page lulz. I had such high expectations and I think I really tried pushing everyone to squeeze out their max efforts. Must have been really annoying for them. I don't even know what to expect for our work, but I really hope we do well. This photo was taken after our mock press conference, so our brains were pretty much gone.

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And now, I am left with NM2209 finals.

I am feeling so unmotivated and uninspired. I always chiong through the semester to churn our assignments and projects, then lose steam when it's time to study for finals.

Miraculously woke up at 6am today and thought I would have a productive day ahead, but I ended up sleeping it away. Urgh. So annoyed with myself for throwing my day away. D I S A P P O I N T E D.

I am being such a whiny bitch today but at the same time, I am afraid of being too annoying and chasing people away. So I whine for a bit then get all insecure about being annoying. What the fak eve, get your shit together.

So instead of whining to people and scaring them away, I am rambling here instead. Sigh.

I realised that when I'm in such a mood, the most reassuring thing to hear is not "jiayou you can do it" (although I appreciate that a lot). To be honest, at the back of my mind, I am aware that I can do it if I put my mind to it. I am just not motivated enough to do so. Maybe the content is not inspiring enough for me to start studying, maybe I put too much pressure on myself to get things done well such that the inertia becomes too strong.

In such situations, the most reassuring thing to hear is "it's ok, whine all you want, I don't think it's annoying, I'm here to listen." Of course, assuming that the person genuinely means it.

I am not insecure about my abilities because I know I am not incapable, just lazy. But I am insecure about being too annoying for others to handle. I mean, why would anybody want to hear me whine? Nobody brought it upon him/herself to be on the receiving end of such negativity.

At the same time, I hate bottling up my feelings. Good mood bad mood, I don't like keeping it in. So... here I am, whining on my blog.

Okay, I just drank coffee and it's 2am so I guess it's time to start studying.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

THIS WHOLE INCIDENT OF THE DOG ACCIDENT AND WITCH HUNT IS PISSING ME SO MUCH WHAT THE FUCK I NEED TO RANT.

1. Hit and run because "it's just a dog"? This is unacceptable. We have established this.

2. Netizens starting a witch hunt? Why should we think so highly of ourselves, believing that we are capable of correctly identifying the perpetrator with our layman detective skills? What gives us the authority to decide that a person's reputation should be destroyed? We are entitled to whatever opinion we want, but who bestowed upon us this power to decide on the best action to be taken? Who made you king?

3. Why are you flaming the employer? How is it their fault? How were they involved in any way? Are people looking for people to blame and rage at for the sake of it? Does it make you feel very shiok to hurl insults from your moral high horse?

4. So Person A has reported to the police that she was the one who hit the dog. Why are people outraged that the perpetrator reported to the police and not to the netizens? She broke the law, she reports to the police. What makes her accountable to you? What gives you the right to demand that she inform netizens of the situation? Or do you simply get off from watching people named and shamed on social media? Unless you have been affected by the incident (e.g. Animal Lovers League), why are you, a random netizen who is only involved through the act of sharing and commenting online, entitled an update or explanation or apology from her?

All this online citizen vigilantism is really getting out of hand.

Pls read about the boston bombing witch hunt if you still think it's so cool and righteous to engage or even indulge in these witch hunts.

Ugh sometimes I feel like I should quit the internet before i lose faith in humanity.

Ok end of rant.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

I MISS KOREA


I've been missing Korea a lot recently.

I miss the food. Oh, the food. Cheese ribs, Korean BBQ, cheese rabokki, kimbap, cheese ramen, tteokbokki with cheese, ssiat hotteok, odeng, juk, budae jjigae, soondubu jjigae... it was all worth the weight I gained. Reasonably priced, yet so damn good.

I miss being spoiled for choice, being surrounded by so much food that 6 weeks was not enough to try them all. I miss all the coffee shops I find, everywhere I go.

I miss Korea, but the experience can't be replicated just by going for a holiday. I just really miss my mundane daily routine there, living and studying there for 6 weeks.

I miss those 6 weeks in Korea, even though it wasn't extremely exciting or filled with crazy adventures, because it was the trivial, minute details of my humdrum everyday routine that I miss the most.

Classes were interesting. I got to learn and study without much stress, yet I can still remember the things I learned and find them useful in my current classes.

I miss the routine of walking to school, buying Paik's Coffee on the way to class, grabbing kimbap from the convenience store for lunch and exploring new places for dinner.

6 weeks was just right. Any longer and I would turn obese from all the food. All those stairs and hills weren't too fun either.

I wouldn't want to live there either, because it seems way too stressful. And all that focus on appearance, I don't think I can keep up with that.

For this post, I chose an unassuming photo of a random street in Seoul. Because that was one of the streets in Anam that I passed by every day. To grab lunch or dinner, to buy bread for breakfast, or just to shop for cosmetics when I felt like it. It is more sentimental than the tourist attractions I visited just once in my life.

I realised I am someone who relishes the mundanity in life.

I love school life and the whole process of taking new classes each semester, studying for tests, churning out assignments, learning something new every lesson, feeling a sense of accomplishment when I am productive.

In a year's time, I will be reluctant to let this go and move on to the working world (someone pls hire me). I will miss something as ridiculously inconsequential as the process of walking around school and heading to class. Yes, just the actual process of walking around FASS or UTown to get to class is something I will miss.

I guess it's good that I find joy in the ordinary?

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

BACK TO SCHOOL

Three weeks into school and things are already so intense!!!!!11!!!1!

1. So many readings, projects and assignments to keep up with
2. My complexion is in a horrific state
3. Why did I think that 8am lectures were a good idea??!

Anyway, here's life since I came back from Korea!

Meet up with 老朋友s
Not very 老 cos we met when we were 13... WAIT, HOLY SHIT, THAT IS 10 YEARS!!! DAMN I FEEL OLD.

#OcommRabak
The day I concluded that I was too old for this shit, hahahaha. Caught a dratini at Zouk though.

Cereal Killers "high tea"
Started off as blur freshies, and now we talk about post-graduation plans, career options and global affairs. The transition into a full-blown adult is real. I KENUT.

The Ultimate Crab Feast - PARKROYAL on Beach Road  
THIS WAS A DISAPPOINTMENT.

The crabs were clearly not fresh and the meat wasn't very flavourful. The Chili Crab was just salty, instead of being sweet and spicy and soaking in thick eggy sauce. One of the Salted Egg Yolk crabs tasted slightly sour.

I think my favourite would be the Black Pepper crab. At least it was still aromatic and peppery like it's supposed to taste.

Ok lah, at around $50 per person... quantity over quality, I guess?

Suite lunch
Met up for lunch before 小妹 flies off for exchange! The suite life never ends <3

THIS. IS. PRATAAAAAA.
Springleaf Prata again with mah Bukit Panjang buddies! After several visits, I conclude that the Plaster Blaster is my fave!!!

Night Festival 2016
Went for Night Festival with Mabel, but we got bored really quickly. Ended up eating and shopping instead, heh.

After going to 3 night festivals, I think this was the least interesting? The locations and routes just didn't seem very instinctive or flow very well.

小妹 flies off
Our 小妹 is off for exchange! I get so excited whenever people go for exchange cos it's like living vicariously through them.

Filming and editing day
This photo is sibei chio plz!!! Group mates for NM4883D, a module I am quite excited for although I feel so incredibly clueless with my lack of filming and editing skills.

The Tea Party Cafe with Jit
My most unexpected takeaway from the MBS internship, because I never thought I would become good friends with an intern from another department!

Had lunch at The Tea Party, which has super comfy couches and affordable Western food (below $10). Good place to hangout and chill.

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Aaand that concludes my past two weeks!

I am strangely excited for my modules and projects this semester, hahaha. I think I have unleashed the PR geek in me, and I really love classes like Crisis Communications (NM4228) and Strategic Communications (NM3232).

University tip: take classes you are interested in!!! 

I realise class participation comes naturally because I am genuinely interested in the topic and have something to say, readings are so much more bearable because I read them and go "oooh I seeeee", and I actually want to put in effort so procrastination isn't as big a problem.

Took me a few semesters to figure out what I like and what works for me, but I hope I've gotten the hang of it by now :)

YEAR 3 SEM 2, COME AT ME BRO!!!

Monday, 8 August 2016

SUMMER S(KU)L - FOOD NEAR KOREA UNIVERSITY

In this instalment: food and cafes near Korea University!

There are so many cafes and restaurants near KU and Frontier House, six weeks was barely enough to try half of them.

Moon D' Ann (has WiFi)

From KU's main gate, cross the road and turn right.


This place is perfect if you have hours to kill. It has swings, rocking chairs and an attic area where you can chill with huge plush toys.

The 'attic' is quite comfy! I sat here for an hour without feeling restless or fidgety.

The food was average though. The Egg and Bacon Panini (₩5,500) I ordered was alright, but the egg was cold. Maybe it was supposed to be cold? Either way, the cold egg was kinda strange to me.

Regardless, I think this is a really nice place to just order a drink and laze your day away here - standard of food is secondary.

Cafe Bresson (has WiFi)

From KU's main gate, cross the road and continue walking into the alley on your left. It has a (fake) blue door at the side.

This is another cosy cafe near school! Nichol recommended the hot chocolate and i luv it!!!
Their hot chocolate was slightly creamy, which I thought it was just right - I don't like hot chocolate that is too thick and goopy. Am I one of the rare few who disliked Angelina's famous hot chocolate?

This place is so cosy, with warm lighting and walls filled with post-it messages. Imagine sipping hot chocolate while it's pouring outside - pure bliss.

Isaac Toast (has WiFi)

From Anam Station exit 3, turn right and walk to Lens Story, then turn left into the stretch of road with Paris Baguette, LOHB, Etude House, 7-eleven, etc.


Isaac Toast has been my favourite place to grab a quite lunch/brunch, especially during my 30-minute breaks. THEY HAVE AMAZING (AND VERY AFFORDABLE) SANDWICHES!!!

Every sandwich is freshly made on the spot.

₩2,200 for this Ham and Cheese sandwich. Super worthwhile considering it has ham, cheese, egg, corn and this special sweet syrup that really pulls the sandwich together.

I've lost count the number of times I ate this, hehe.

고른햇살

This is located along the stretch of road from Anam station to Frontier/CJ.


We always notice people hanging around outside this shop, probably waiting for a seat or ordering take-out. Being typical Singaporeans, we decided to join in the hype and see why it's so popular, hehe.

Nearly every table had a big plate of red cheesy stuff so we ordered it as well. It turned out to be Cheese Rabokki, which is ramen + tteokbokki + mozzarella cheese. THIS WAS SUPER DUPER SHIOK!!! 

The Cheese Rabokki was huge though, so we shared the rabokki and mandu among the two of us. I once dabao-ed this to eat on my own and nearly died from food coma.

Alchon

From the side gate next to KU's Media Hall, turn right.


Nichol has mentioned this place several times, and I am so sad I only tried it towards the end of my stay here.

I cannot understand the menu, so I just order the cheese one that costs ₩4,500.


This has rice, fish roe, cheese, seaweed, lettuce and an egg. I like to mix everything around to distribute the cheese, and it all melds into this heavenly goodness.

Bonjuk

Also near Anam Station exit 3.

It's on the second floor, so I never knew of its existence till I read about it in someone's blog. There's a lot of food places that went unnoticed because I didn't think to look up, hahaha.

Warning: this is severely overpriced. ₩10,000 for abalone porridge is a little steep in my opinion. But this was the ultimate comfort food on a rainy day, when I'm falling sick or just feeling shitty. I love eating porridge with kimchi! Adds more flavour and crunch.

The Very Waffle

From KU's side gate next to the Media Hall, turn right until you see 7-eleven, then turn left. OR from Anam station, walk towards Frontier/CJ then turn right when you see BIYA.

This was unbelievably cheap!!! Their waffle with soft serve is ₩1,000, which is roughly SGD1.00. I cannot even buy Prima Deli waffle with kaya at this price??? And the waffle and soft serve were of good quality!

The first time I tried it, I only had ₩1,000 on me and didn't dare to order because it was too good to be true. Like, what if it costs more, then I won't have enough to pay???? BUT YES IT IS REALLY THAT CHEAP.

This is a godsend on a bloody hot day. Or when I want to reward myself for completing a test or assignment, heh.

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There's so much more good food near KU/Frontier, but I guess I'll limit my post to the places I really liked and visited multiple times.

I thought all the stairs would help me slim down, but I clearly ate too much for the climbing to offset all the fats I've gained - my shrinking pants do not lie.