SWIMMERS ON FIRE

Recently, Singapore held the 28th sea games and it was so spectacular. The opening and closing ceremony was so nicely done, especially the theme and flow of the performances. The event committee even include a tribute segment to our late founding father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew. On a personal touch, I felt that it was rather respectful and sweet of them to do so. Certainly, we wished that he could celebrate our achievements (84 golds yo, way past our expectations) and our nation’s 50th birthday. However, this is part and parcel of life, people come and go. I believed he will be SO proud of us when we came together as a nation and fought for our GOLD.

The athletes will forever be gold in our eyes even though some of them may not have gotten a medal. WIN OR LOSE, WE ARE STILL #ONESINGAPORE! Of course, the main bulk of the gold medals were hauled by our national swimmers. Some of them had 2 events on all 6 days while others had long distance races.    Nonetheless, we saw their spirit and hunger for gold when they are competing. They wanted to bring pride and honour to our country, they wanted us to feel connected and they wanted us to feel proud to be a Singaporean.

The elites of the elites are with doubt commendable ( Quah zhengwen, quah tingwen, joseph schooling, taoli, Amanda, roanne etc). But, rest of the swimmers were as equally good as them, mentally. They are strong enough to know what is installed for them, be it the competitors, distance, jitters and lacked of confidence, they didn’t opt out of the race. Instead, they faced their challenges with HOPE and FAITH. THEY ARE UNBREAKABLE.  THEY ARE THE CHAMPION.

Definitely, we ought to give the coaches credit too. If it weren’t for them, will the swimmers be able to have the right mind set? Probably not. If you have read the interview of QTW (quah ting wen), she said that it was Sergio who helped her gain back the passion for swimming. While studying in UCLA, she had wanted to try surfing, thus she went on a surfing ‘lesson’ with her friends. Unfortunately, an accident happened and she broke her arm. This affected her strokes and confidence in the pool. But, Sergio came and he saved the day. The national coaches also emphasise on teamwork although swimming is mainly an individual sport. They specially held a weekend camp for the swimmers to bond and interact so as to foster stronger friendship between one another. Most of them said this year’s national team is one of the ‘tightest’ (closest) team ever. Such wonderful friendship and teamwork was displayed during the sea games. Oh how I wish I was one of them…

To conclude, competition is another thing, winning is also another thing, however friendship is EVERYTHING. The sea games really showed that Singapore athletes have true sportsmanship and they should be respected too. Without their hard work and dedication, we wouldn’t be able to excel. I hope that their passion for the respective sports will never die and they continue to achieve greater heights. Thank you athletes.

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CHEERS!

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LITTLE THINGS

Heard of `diamond is a girl’s best friend’? Of course you did. However, it doesn’t apply to me, fortunately. Ya’know how pricey it is to get a diamond for yourself and what’s worse is you can’t get a different/latest edition daily. A diamond can be so expensive that probably you are going to buy it only 10x throughout your lifetime. That’s the cost you must bear if you wanna lavished yourself with expensive goods. I won’t say that it is totally unaffordable, judging on how celebs get to don on different ones during award ceremonies. Yes, some might be sponsored but I am sure some were not. Alright enough about diamonds (in case we have ladies drooling right now)… let’s move on to MY best friend. My best friend is based on my own opinion and liking so if you disagree, I suggest you take a chill pill and not read. I don’t wanna get haters on my back. Fucking annoying. <–         DISCLAIMER. And don’t go around providing your 2 cents about obesity. Ain’t nobody go time for that? Yes, I am harsh and rude but who cares? It’s still me. Oops side tract a little. FOOD IS MY BEST FRIEND. It gives me comfort when I’m down, “give” me advices when needed, inspire me to do better, keep me on track with my diet HAHA and many more. It is safe to say that food will be my buddy for a lifetime as it holds a dear place in my heart. (Probably more than my boyfriend hehe jkjk) One thing for sure is even a 2 dollar meal can make me happy, like literally. For instance, I was so moody (was on period can’t blame me lol) and I felt that the whole word was against me. I tried multiple ways to make me feel better but to no avail. Thus, I went to one of the coffee-shops near cchy back gate and ate their lontong (Malay dish). It was so satisfying and sumptuous!!! Can’t believe such delicious bowl of lontong only cost 2 friggin bucks!! After I ate my meal, I REALLY felt so much better. Yes, I agree to some extent that it is considered as binging but if that’s what makes you happy, I say go for it. However, please moderate the portion of your food. DO NOT OVER EAT EXCESSIVELY. In the long run, you will see symptoms of high cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes and etc. IT IS UNHEALTHY TO EAT EXCESSIVELY OKAY. (WARNING). I am sure you guys knows your body best and are responsible enough not to harm yourself. Did I side track again?! Anyway…. Food just makes me really happy. If you buy me food on birthdays, Valentine’s Day and Christmas, I will totally love you. So damn easy to please right? Lol gullible and a glutton. Gonna be world’s easiest to please and fattest gf. DAMN. In conclusion, small little things can make you happy, for example a simple meal. You don’t have to go to the extra mile just to search for happy moments in life. Sometimes it will be right in front of you, be observant and give others a chance. People might make you happy too, like you love ones. So go ahead with what makes you happy and don’t be afraid to show it. Cheers!

GAME ON

Hello I am back. Hmmm… that’s a very awkward introduction. Today will be a random topic and I guess it’s just for me to ramble. First and foremost, I have started my tertiary education. Well I would say that it was rather hectic as I have been resting for too long. I am currently in RP and the lecturers conducted their lessons using the PBL method (problem-based learning). Initially I thought it was useless since I have encountered some PBL lessons in the past. They were a complete mess and soon enough my impression of group work went down the drain. It was utterly stupid of teachers to conduct the class using this method. However, now that I have spent at least 1 and a half month adopting the PBL method, my impression of it was total independent learning. We had to source out the solutions instead of asking the lecturers as they refused to give us the answers (that’s the purpose, no they were not being mean). If you look at it in the negative light, you will think that they are not helping you and you’d rather stay home and read up. But, if you look at it in a positive light, you will thank this system for developing you into independent learners because in the working society we don’t have a ‘guardian’ to help us. In addition, we will pick up skills (problem solving skills, presentation skills and etc) that will benefit us in the working industry. Thus, we can excel higher and strive for the best. Overall, it wasn’t a bad experience. J

Unfortunately, when we have to solve the problem, we have to work in groups (more thinking caps). You see, there are different types of group mate one can get. You are lucky, you get the smart or hardworking one. If lady luck isn’t on your side, you will get the blur and lazy ones. Trust me, you definitely get all of them eventually. For me, I am thankful that out of 5 modules, 2 modules are the downright unlucky ones. In no means am I going against them, but when it comes to producing quality work, I cannot tolerate lazy people. Fine by me if they do not want to type or create google docs but least they should contribute their ideas instead of idling. I have 2 team mates whom I am very unhappy about. Let’s call them A (girl) and B (boy). A is fresh off the boat from India and I am not picking on her based on nationality. Since she is from India, there are lots of adapting for her to do and I know it is not easy. However, I supposed she hates to be look down upon thus whenever we asked her if she understands she will say yes or shake her head. Therefore we assumed that she understands everything and have no problems tackling the questions. However, during our O.B lesson, she proved us wrong. She is indeed a person who ACTS as if she KNOWS everything. I almost puke blood hearing her answer for qna. Totally lost on how to help her (not that I am being mean lol).

For exhibit B (HAHAHA), he was from an all-boys school, thus he thinks that he is more superior to the others. He looks down on those who were from neighbourhood schools. I feel that he is arrogant and refused to take orders from those that he sees as inferior to him. In fact, he would rather do things on his own and not co-operate with us. I detest this kind of group mate.

In conclusion, you are on your own. Whether you have shitty group mates or not don’t really matter because after all the lectures are there to see it for themselves and plus you will be given an opportunity to evaluate your peers. GIVE THEM ‘STRONGLY DISAGREE’ ALL YOU WANT!!!