Archive | November 2012

My not so “happening” life

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This is wanted at my house!!! Hehehe. Well, ohkays, I really thought life after Os would be fun and interesting… But it turns out that most of the time, I’m just sitting at home watching either glee episodes or Modern Family. I’ve watched a Mother’s Nightmare already, and it was a really good show in my opinion. It’s a bit terrifying too, especially the scenes where chris stewart was drugged. On the whole, Jessica Lowndes and Grant Gustin acted really good. I just don’t like the way chris kept going back to vanessa even after knowing the truth about her, or perhaps it’s just his nature and her pyschotic aura that’sย capable of pulling him back LOL.

Other than that, I think that’s the only movie I’ve watched – online, on my comp. I wanted to watch The Help, but couldn’t manage to find a proper link to be able to watch it. I do have my glee 3D concert movie DVD which was gifted to me though. And I haven’t watched that yet! I should watch it soon! ๐Ÿ˜€

I was reading The Great Gatsby too during these hols but gave up just when I was about to finish the book LOL. I guess it didn’t really suit me and I couldn’t understand the storyline. In the book, it was stated that Gatsby was affluent because he inherited his wealth from his ancestors, who were apparently wiped out, to which the cause I forgotten. And he enlisted himself in the army or something and suddenly, he became penniless. And I was like “Wait whattt???” And if he did become penniless, how did he manage to regain his wealth to host opulent parties for complete strangers, uninvited guests?? Maybe it was me not being able to understand Gatsby’s past that made me stop reading towards the end of the book. So, I didn’t really know whether he ended up with Daisy in the end or not…. Perhaps I could give it another shot sometime.

As for now, I went to the library yesterday to get my other books on my to-read-after-Os list. I actually went to the biggest library in Singapore, which is National Library, and it turns out they didn’t had most of the books I wanted to read -____- Most of them were on loan. Either they have sooo many books and as a result they don’t have many copies of 1 book, or the library is just really popular. They had Wicked and Water for Elephants though. So I managed to borrow them. I was searching for another random book to borrow and I chanced upon the first book of Nora Roberts’s bride quartet series. Jazreel read it and recommended that series to me before, so I’m like “Why not?” And true enough, I got hooked reading it HEHEHE. Carter Maguire is just SOOOO cute and awkward and dorky and cute!!!! I repeated cute two times I know ๐Ÿ˜€ That’s the joy of reading books, you come to know soo many different personalities and characters.

Ohkays, so after spending quite sometime there, I wanted to go home and my sis told me which bus stop to take the bus home to. BUT, she didn’t actually tell me HOW to get to that bus stop. And in the end, I spent quite awhile walking about till I ended up at Raffles City and Bras Basah Road -___- My intuition told me it wasn’t the right way and I turned back and walked the other side. After about another 15 minutes or soย of walking, I managed to find the Bugis+ building, to where I managed to find my bus stop. Luckily it wasn’t blazing hot, nor was it raining cats and dogs. So I could walk properly without these natural interruptions to slow me down ๐Ÿ˜€

Well, my life won’t be soo boring tomorow and friday because I’m meeting up with my another group of girls – Syafiqah and Zainab – to catch Life of Pi! And on friday, meeting up with my LONG-LOST (nah, not really) cuzzies to shop for birthday prezzies!! Man, so many birthdays this month. Poor wallet ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

As for now, I kind of like this boring-ness in my life actually hehe. Just sitting at my comp, watching tv serials or reading or sleeping. It’s very relaxing. Before Os, it’s just study study everyday. And now, it’s just relax relax and I enjoy it, really ๐Ÿ™‚ I have to clean up my dressing table though.

xoxo,

ShabiraBasheer ๐Ÿ™‚

My life as a Faith 4-1 student

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Well, time to spice things up here in my blog. Even after Os, it seems as though this bloggy of mine is not so lively. Perhaps because life after Os isn’t that “happening” as I thought it would be. Or maybe not yet.

Anyways, I’ve been wanting to do this for quite sometime now. I came up with this idea before Os, but I never really got the time to sit down and really write about it. So now, when I have the time of my life to do that, I thought I should. And I guess it would be kinda interesting to know how life is like for me being a student in the first class of my graduating batch.

Well, first off, Faith 4-1 is the class I go to, and it’s the first classย of the level.ย I’ve been in the first class for 2 years, in sec3 and in sec4. Now, in this class, everybody here takes 8 subjects, whereas the other classes take 7 subjects so that’s the only real distinction actually between my class and the rest. However, because it’s the first class, it’s also where all the brains of the cohort go to. And I, am in no way one of those brainiacs. Oh and another thing, in my class, there’s a distinction – a distinction between the smart and the hardworking. Those two – they are WORLDS apart. Smart people don’t really have to study to get good grades, to be the top. Hardworking people sense the importance of being studious, of studying everyday, to well, basically, be hardworking, in order to succeed and to stay in the game. They are the ones who have to study sooo hard to be among the top. But sometimes, even if they study so hard, they just can’t seem to be amongst those brainiacs. Now I belong to the hardworking category of my class. And this is where I, kind of, struggle. Don’t get me started on those who belong to both categories. They’re practically invincible.

Yup, so in my class, I’m just an average student, who just can’t seem to score well in Math – be it Elementary Math or Additional Math. I’m not entirely a poor student either, but I’m in no way amongst the top. Just the average student in my class. Come to think of it, I didn’t actually get the highest in my class before – in English, nope. In math, NEVER. In Social Studies, nahhhhh. And truth be told, sometimes, when I do get good grades, I don’t actually feel a sense of accomplishment at all. And that’s because the rest of my classmates were better than me. Say if I were to get an A1 for my E Math, an on-the-dot A1 which is 75, I won’t actually feel that euphoric and proud of myselfย at all, because the rest of my classmates would be getting 80 plus or even 90 plus. And it kinda sucks for me because I am always comparing myself to them and as a result, I wont feel proud of myself for achieving this feat.

And then there’s the competition bit. Aaaaahhh, this is what I really don’t like, though i myself am guilty of doing this. Everybody in my class would have their competitive streak in them, they would want to win somebody else in a test, in an exam, in a quiz. They would want to be in the limelight. They would want stickers on their papers for scoring good grades. They would see other people’s marks. They would hope they’ll outshine the rest. They would want their essays to be photocopied because it was really good, because it could be considered as a model essay. Admit it guys, deep down in our hearts…

It all seems really negative isn’t it? Hehe, well that’s the flip side of the coin being in the first class. At first, when I found out I would be in the first class, I felt proud of myself for being able to get a position in it. Teachers would be relying on us to get the best grades and to make the whole school proud. The top students would come from my class. And maybe, just maybe, I could stand a chance. That was before I knew what it would be like to actually be in the top class. And when I entered and found out I was just one of the average students just trying to keep up with the pace, it felt kinda sucky.

This is of course not to say that everything and everybody there is just heartless competitive souls. I would just be sooo wrong to say that. No no, despite all their excessiveness and kiasu-ness, there was something great in my classmates. They were not just heartless competitive souls, not at all. They helped others when others were struggling to keep up. They explained concepts to those who weren’t so clear. I could see it, heck, I even experienced it. In the days leading up to the Os, our math teacher gave us practice papers to practice. And when those of us who did not know how to do a problem asked our friends, they were more than willing to teach us. They didn’t once said no to our requests. And not only that. We were also expected to be well-behaved people, students who would always keep quiet when teachersย were not in class, students who would be role models for the rest of the cohort, students who would always follow the school rules.ย However, there were many times when the rest of the classes were the ones who were keeping quiet, and we were the ones making the ruckus.

Although my class wasn’t as bonded as some of the other classes, and despite their competitive streak and their brains and their lack of appreciation of the arts subject (this referring to only some people, not all), there was something special about my class. I think it was the camaraderie that exists amongst the groups of friends who were more than willing to help others in need. They accepted me into their class and man, some of my classmates made me laugh so hard till I had to run out of the classroom to catch my breath. They were not perfect individuals, but hey, nobody’s perfect. Despite themย being better than me, despite me feeling as though I was stupid in that class, I still love my class nevertheless, because really, the positive side of them outshines their negative bit. To any Faith3-1s/Faith4-1s reading this, I love you all really. Thank you for treating me like a normal person, and for making my senior life in secondary school great ๐Ÿ™‚

xoxo,

ShabiraBasheer ๐Ÿ™‚

 

The prom and the movie

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Well, these few days ever since I came back from my trip have been a blast! ๐Ÿ™‚ With the exception of being sick as a dog and vomited for 1 day, and that too the day before prom lol. So prom was on wednesday and well, I think it was ohkays! ๐Ÿ™‚ I could see the Student Council, especially the sec3s SCs, really put in effort to make the prom night 2012 happen, same goes for the teachers and I really appreciate that ๐Ÿ™‚ So to all those who were involved in the countless preparation for our prom night, thank you all so berry much! Really appreciated it! ๐Ÿ™‚ As with all prom, makeup, especially for the girls is involved. AND LOADS OF IT. Most of them, if not all, came with a dash of makeup. Some too much, some ohkays ๐Ÿ™‚ And as with every prom, there are pretty dresses and tuxedos and all haha. It was a fun night I guess overall ๐Ÿ˜€

Today, was out with Belle to watch Breaking Dawn : Part 2! Thanks for the day Belle! It was soooo nice to be able to meet up with her after the mind-draining Os! ๐Ÿ˜€ Finally caught the finale to the twilight saga series. Although it was the end for me, I don’t exactly feel that sad because I don’t quite like the twilight saga series movies. I’d prefer the books. But then again, almost all books that were made into films – the books would be better. But I think the movie was great nevertheless! I loved how they added elements of their own too! It makes it original and different, yet keeping to the storyline of the book itself. Yeaps ๐Ÿ™‚

Woahkays, time for me to watch A Mother’s Nightmare! I’ve been wanting to watch it since before Os! Hehehe. Have a great weekend guys! ๐Ÿ˜€

xoxo,

ShabiraBasheer ๐Ÿ™‚

Scenic views and winding roads

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Ohkays, so I’m back from my trip to Cameron Highlands, Malaysia. It is an incredibly nice place, with picturesque and scenic views. Everywhere is just filled with much greenery and plantations. If I was a geography student, I might have understood more about the plantations and what kind of farms exist in Cameron Highlands and would have appreciated it more but since I did not further geog in sec3, what I’m gonna say is based on my sec2 knowledge of geography which I can still remember hehe. Since Cameron Highlands, as the name suggests, is a highland, the ground isn’t level. So they had terracing (?) for their farms. I have no idea if that was the correct word used hehe. It’s really a tranquil and serene place plus the cooling weather is a major plus plus for me! Everywhere we go, people are clad in sweaters. Only a minority will not be clad in sweaters. Though it’s not winter clothing, it’s still awesome to see most people there wearing sweaters haha because in SG, you dont see those kind of things ever. Not only that, strawberries are like their trademark there! Strawberries and tea! We visited a tea plantation and a strawberry plantation. Everywhere you go, you’ll see strawberries! Even items are designed to include the strawberry pattern. Say slippers that have strawberry patterns on it, strawberry keychains and strawberry pencil cases hahaha.ย I’ve tasted strawberry coated with chocolate and ohmygod, it tastes so heavenly!!! It’s so delectable and the sourness from the strawberry plus the sweetness from the chocolate is sooooo tantalizing. Below is a picture I took whilst in a moving van. That’s right. Moving. It was a damn lucky shot I got, and perhaps my favourite photograph from the trip ๐Ÿ˜€ As a picture speaks a thousand words, I don’t have to tell you readers why it’s my favourite photograph. Let the picture speak for itself ๐Ÿ˜€

The sweet taste of freedom

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F-R-E-E-D-O-M. This is the word that’s been all in my head all day! From before my Os ended, till after it ended! Today was officially my last paper and it marked the end of Os, with Bio MCQ the closure to it all. Above all, I think it ended well. Now, it’s just awaiting results. Before my paper freedom rang inside my head because all I could think of was at 3.30pm today, everything will end. I’m done with it. And after the paper it rang, well, coz it really ended, like in actual reality.

Remember how I wrote I’ll reminisce upon the times when I excessively studied and all? Well, I did alright. Somehow, as exhilirated as I am that I’m already done with it, I can’t actually bring myself to believe it. I mean, so this is it. I don’t have to go home from school and take out my books to study and to regurgitate. I don’t have to go for tuitions anymore (though this ended earlier). I don’t have to do homeworks. Of course all this is just temporary, because I’ll have to do all this again once I enter into a new institution. But as for now, it’s all over. My ultimate goal has been fulfilled. My dream of scoring well for Os – although not yet fulfilled because results are still not out yet – is actually done. I can’t seem to find the words to fully express it, but I hope you readers get the point. It’s like there’s nothing I can do about it anymore. All I have to do is just wait for the dooms day to come, while at the same time getting a well-deserved rest. It just seems all surreal and unbelievable for me, because my biggest obstacle for now, my biggest hurdle for now, has already been overcome, by me.

If this is how I feel like once Os is over, how bout A Levels man! A levels is ADVANCED while O is just ORDINARY. I think I might just be in cloud nine and just going “Huh? It ended already?” all day. Hehehe.

As mentioned above, I think I deserve a good break because I’ve been studying for Os hehehe. And a good break it will be because tomorrow, I’m going to fly off to Cameron Highlands. What a nice way to celebrate my post O level period. The serenity and the tranquility the farms and the vegetations that we’d be visiting will surely appeal to me because it is no doubt a getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. Although it’s only 3 days (because I’d have to be back for prom), it’s still a nice retreat for me hehehe. And I’d take loads of pictures for sure! I’m going to be the photographer for the trip! LOL, it sounds so professional with me holding a DSLR camera, but no it’s just a Sony digital camera. Still…..

And a break for me will consist of me catching up on all my tv serials and watching new ones! I’ve begun to watch season 4 of glee, and honestly, I don’t quite like it. I don’t like the newcomers. It just seems so different and foreign. I mean New Directions should have the over the top Rachel, the bitchy Santana, the diva Mercedes and the awesome dancer Mike and the drastically changed Quinn. Now with them gone, it’s so different. I do like Marley Rose, I mean she’s really pretty and she can really sing…. But……. the original’s always better than the new ones. And I just watched the latest episode which is Glease (they’re doing a remake of Grease the musical). It’s just so sad. Both the newcomers and the original ones are facing problems. And I find Rachel’s and Finn’s and Kurt’s and Blaine’s storyline just sooo melancholy and depressing. It’s just not a comedy at all. It’s supposed to be a comedy show. But it’s not now. I do like how they adress real-life problems that grown people and teenagers face, but it’s just real sadddd. In my opinion, I feel the standard of glee dropped. I mean, season 1 is airing on star world and I watched a couple of the episodes and I love it. It’s the original New Directions with good storylines – not too depressing ones, with loads of humour added to it – and now it’s just…….

It’s hard for a tv serial to maintain it’s standard though but I hope that Quinn’s return and Sebastian’s return can help me stay onto glee. I’m hoping that it’s going to turn out to be a happy ending, with the canniving Kitty busted (Man I HATE HER) and Rachel and Finn being happy and the rest of them being happy and all. And yes, that Kitty girl, I don’t like her from the start and I never will. Even Quinn isn’t as bad as her can…

SOOOOOO, I’m going to turn to COMEDIES!!! Modern Family and How I Met Your Mother plus 90210. Grant’s transferring to 90210 so IT’S TIME TO WATCH THAT SHOW.

Ohkays, I should probably turn in now. Heheh. Have a good weekend everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚

xoxo,

ShabiraBasheer ๐Ÿ™‚

Dexterity

You have the calibre to think so deeply, to understand deeper matters at stake. I can’t even think of that ever. The more your character is revealed to me, the more I get surprised, and the more my likeness and admiration for you increases. Someone really ought to tell you you’re a great person.

Letting my hair down

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“I have come to accept the feeling of not knowing where I am going. And I have trained myself to love it. Because it is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight, that we force our wings to unravel and alas begin our flight. And as we fly, we still may not know where we are going to. But the miracle is in the unfolding of the wings. You may not know where you’re going, but you know that so long as you spread your wings, the winds will carry you.”

~C. Joybell C.

Love this quote. Tomorrow’s Chemistry Paper 1 – which is just 40 multiple choice questions. All the best to all those taking this Pure Chem paper tomorrow! I’ve stopped studying because I just can’t seem to absorb in information anymore hehe. It is really tiring to be studying ever since the beginning of MYE’s, which is what, like around April? till now. I’ve never exactly taken a break from studying ever since then and truth be told, I’m just really tired and can’t wait for this damn Os to be over. Which will be soon. I’ll end on friday! Be patient, Shabira, be patient. And thanks so much Ms Lam for the motivational text that kept me pressing on. I’m really really lucky to be able to have a Biology teacher like you, really. You’re one of the teachers who made a significant impact in my life, and for that, I can’t thank you enough. Indeed, although I’m not exactly a big fan of bio due to the truckloads of memory work, I’d no doubt remember you and your quirky ways of teaching. You made learning bio a fun journey for me.

Well, yesterday was fun. I was supposed to spend the day going through the chem TYS after doing a lil bit of MCQs from other schools’ papers. BUT, my family was bored and decided to go GARDENS BY THE BAY. So I did a bit of the MCQs and being sick of all the studying plus them pestering me to throw away my books for that day, decided to tag along. We went into the cloud forest dome and WOW! I was just taken aback by the breathtaking scenery. Its just filled with much greenery. Everywhere lakes and green and flowers and there’s even the largest man-made waterfall! Not to mention, a crystal mountain. It’s just breathtaking. At first, when Sumiko Tan said that Singapore is in her golden age, I didn’t quite believe it. However, after going into the cloud forest dome, I think my mindset’s beginning to change. And that’s just 1 dome we went into. There’s still the flower dome and the whole outdoor greenery that we didn’t explore yet! Wow. Here’s some pictures! ๐Ÿ™‚

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I actually felt I was inside an actual forest, surrounded by the thick layers of canopy and greenery. Hehehe.

xoxo,

ShabiraBasheer ๐Ÿ™‚