Monday, December 19, 2011

Guest Post by Albert: Vanguards of Truths

Hello! I am Albert Einstein ☺ from How to Become an Einstein? and this is my very first guest post for PurpleMist, so please bear with me. I am a senior writer on a student-publication here in our university and as part of it, we release issues weekly (the most tiring job for students like us). Nonetheless, this path does not bar us from enjoying the other side of a university life.
By the way, if you are reading this post now, it just show that PurpleMist agreed to publish this post of mine. And viola here it is!

As a student-journalist and a media-practitioner in one, I am very aware of the nature and fruits of this job. First and foremost are the benefits you will gain after you join the publication. You will be known within the parameters of the university and gaining incentives like honorarium, friends, free internet access and developing your verbal and written communication skills will be honed.

On the other side of the coin, being a foe to the wrongdoers is not that far to comprehend. The tag line of our publication is: “We write for you, we fight for you”—which serves as our guiding dogma on the job. We spill the bad deeds of others and expose the truth to the readers in a form of a newspaper, magazines and press releases.

Being in this kind of work for a year and a half, I’ve experienced exposing the truths for several times already.

I do not care for what others are saying on us! If we will open up the bad sides to the readers of a teacher whom we are under the supervision with, we don’t care even if we will fail from the subject or get reprimanded from it.

Becoming a friend for others is also becoming a foe to the wrongdoers. We listen to both sides and weigh the arguments appropriately. After which, we face several individuals—of different sexes, attitudes and personalities, of varied intellects and most especially, of different life-backgrounds and beliefs.

We are the vanguards of truth and justice; are united in our aim of helping others; just ordinary university students and guided by faith and willingness to stake our life just to fight for other’s right.
Check out Albert's blog: How to become an Einstein? 
And he's also on twitter: @albertumbac
hanks a lot for taking the time to write this Albert :)

Guest Post by Twisha: Oh December!

The month of hope. The month of lights.

The frigid cold breeze, and the crispy winter nights,

Sun-kissed April evenings, August showers survived,

After a long futile wait, December has finally arrived.

The quivering loneliness, the apple-polish,

The melting of hearts, the dreams to un-abolish.

Forlorn hopes, dying to live.

Oh December! you have so much more to give!

Thank you Twisha for this. Please check out her blog: One Life.Many Moments.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Guest Post by Shreya(Confused Soul): Happiness

Happiness isan inside job. You may never predict what will bring a smile to your face, evenin the exasperation of gloom. It may be a kind word, a compliment, a chancemeeting with a childhood buddy, a blush on the face of your crush, words of inspiration,a surprise gift, an old' favorite piece of music, a good poem or simply theevening breeze. It is more to do with the little joyous feelings that somethings bring with themselves, than the things themselves. At another instancethe same things might successfully incite in you, an upsurge of indifference,but they can make a world of difference during pensive moments.

Happiness is the secret of survival, the song of youth and the bliss ofwell-being. If at times we feel left behind or lonely, it is be-cause of theabsence of this natural therapy, that we were born with.
It’s not the stimuli that initiate a 'happy' response. It’s our own perception.It’s our very own vision of the world that makes the difference.

Happiness can bring about an avalanche of alteration in your world. It is theweapon of the weak and its absence is the sorrow of the strong. Nature wantsyou to be happy. Among every five things that seem to be going wrong at a givenpoint of time, there will be a massive sixth one, struggling to come into viewand your acknowledgement, that will promise to work in your favor. The key liesin our hands, whether to blindfold ourselves during seemingly trying times, sothat darkness falls all around, or to open our eyes and look for that minisculeflickering flame of light which will die out if not nurtured.

It may beeasier said than done but weigh the stakes for yourself; don’t the prosoutweigh the cons??It’s definitely worth the try!

Thank you again Shreya for this refreshing post, more people need to be optimistic like you!
Don't forget to check out Confused Soul's blog: A Walk Across The Bridge

Monday, December 5, 2011

Guest Post by Jodie-Ann: A Brush With Death

Hi there! My name is Jodie-Ann. I blog over at …The Run-On Sentences of Life… You should check me out sometime! J

I heard about the awesome blogger PurpleMist having a guest post series so I thought “Hey why not guest post?!”

So, the topic I chose is A Brush With Death.

My brush with death was back in grade… *thinks* grade one or two. Or three. I don’t think it was four. One or two. Or three.

You’d think I’d be able to remember my brush with death, right?

Nah. I can barely remember what I ate last night for dinner.

Anyways, it was after school. My dad had come to pick me up. Which was a special treat because he didn’t do it often. Now, for some odd reason, he started chatting with the principal.

I didn’t want to hang around and wait. So, I said I was going to the van. But I guess my dad didn’t hear me. Because when he starts talking, he never stops. And he gets all animated and stuff.

So, I just walked across the street like I owned it. Then, I saw the car. Me, being the genius that I was, hadn't looked both ways like a normal person. So, I was stuck in the middle, not knowing which direction to go. Back to my dad? Or continue on to the van?

Well, this took me about a decade to decide. And just as I decided to go back to my dad, the car hit my ankle. Because I had just turned to run back, so my foot was still sticking out. The car hit it, I tripped and the car ran over my ankle.

Yeah, that felt nice.

I had to get a cast and whatnot.

So, basically, that was my brush with death. Okay, so it wasn’t really a brush with death. That’s kind of dramatic. But still. It felt like a brush with death at the time.

I enjoyed staying home and getting “Get Well Soon” cards though. That was nice.

With the stick figure drawings inside and stuff.


Byee! Thanks for reading! :D <3
Hahaha, this made me laugh even though it was supposed to be about how she almost died/ got seriously injured :P
Thank you Jodie-Anne for this post!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Guest Post by Leah: Decisions

When you're still a baby, everything seems to be so easy. All you have to do is eat, sleep and eat some more. You cry when you're hungry. You get angry when you're wet. Everything's simple.

Then you turn a few years older. You go to school. Some things get complicated. You can't simply cry when youre hungry. You have to make a choice - go to the cafeteria and buy food or wait till you get home and raid the fridge. You just can't cry when someone bullies you. You have to make a choice - report the incident to the principal's office or get ready to give some payback. Some things get complicated.. but it still is fairly easy. You eat, go to school, study, go home, eat, sleep. And the cycle continues..

Then you become an adult. Responsibilities. Complications. Decisions.. And life gets a wee bit harder.

There was this one time, when I was confronted with a dificult decision. To be or not to be. It felt like I was in a square room, locked inside with no key. It was a dark moment for me. And the really sad part, I chose the wrong decision. I did the wrong move. Checkmate.

Lucky for me, with the help of my family.. I was able to crawl out of the very hole I dug up.

In life, we have endless choices. In every crossroad, there are several paths we can take.. but we have to be very careful in choosing one. Because honestly, there is no going back. Yes, we are free to pick a choice we see is right for us. But we have to be ready to answer to them. Think a hundred times before making a decision.. especially those life-altering decisions. Because with every decision we make, there are consequences.

When it comes to decision-making, we have to act like adults. Think. Think. Think. Breathe. Then think again. Because life is different when you're older. It is different from the life you have when you're just a kid in gradeschool, where the hardest decision you could encounter is prolly to decide on what to draw and what color to use.

About the Blogger:

Hi. I'm Leah. I'm boring. I love to smile, though. :) I love pizza and burgers. I love Mickey Mouse and everything Disney. I blog about my life. You could visit me here.. Follow me on Twitter. @leahsayomac. Just a heads-up. I'm a chatterbox on Twitter. My apologies if I flood your timeline. Tata! :)

I hope you enjoyed the second guest post because I sure did!
What I liked the most is that I could relate to it, and I think a lot of you can too.
Thank you so much Leah :D

Monday, November 21, 2011

Guest Post by Jay: A Little Perspective

What a fast paced world we live in. We nearly have instant everything, and thanks to constantly improving technology, we can stay “connected” virtually everywhere. We have stimulation coming from all directions twenty-four hours a day, and because of this our world can get very small. Our lives are busy with a million things to do and a million more clamoring for our attention.

In all of this it can be easy to get lost. By that I mean our focus narrows to the point where we see barely beyond our own selves and what immediately makes us happy. Sometimes it’s good to take a step back to get a little perspective.

The next time you’re up in a tall building, take a look out a window at your surroundings. Look off in the distance, or down to the ground far below. See the hundreds of people walking or driving around, hurriedly going from one place to another. How much of what they are doing is really important, and how much of it have they convinced themselves is important?

Did they take the time to enjoy anything that morning? A while ago, world class violinist Joshua Bell played his priceless Stradivarius in a DC metro stop during rush hour. One person stopped to listen to him. Now I realize that many of those people were genuinely busy, but one out of the thousands that walked past?

The next time you’re camping or otherwise outside under a clear starry night, take a moment to just look up at the sky. Stare at the stars long enough that you begin to grasp just how big the universe is. Find that constellation you used to look for as a child. Realize that many of those ‘stars’ you’re looking at are actually galaxies. Some of your problems will look a little smaller.

When you’re having a bon-fire and roasting marsh mellows with friends, let the fire mesmerize you like fire can. Watch the flames dance around and let your mind wander. Sometimes you’ll think about the past; you’ll recall memories you hadn’t thought of in years. Sometimes your mind will look to the future, about worries or goals you’ve had in mind but perhaps let slide.

Do you remember that scene in Ratatouille when the food critic says bring him a dish with a little perspective? Do you remember what happens to him when he eats the food? That’s exactly what I’m talking about here.

So don’t lose your perspective. It’s not the end of the world if things didn’t work out exactly as you planned. Grades are important, but they’re not all important. Your job is never more important than your family. Be glad to have a roof over your head and food to eat. A billion people don’t know what that feels like.

It sounds cliché, but there’s a great principle behind the saying to “stop and smell the roses.” We can get so thoroughly distracted by this hamster wheel called life that we don’t even take the time to see what’s right in front of us, like a brilliant musician putting on a free show.

My flight back to my home town is tomorrow!
So I decided to publish the first guest post before leaving.

I wasn't expecting such an intriguing response, but this was just brilliant. It's one of those posts which makes you think. I loved it! So thank you Jay for letting me publish this on my blog.

Share your views and don't forget to check out Jay's blog: Books, Music and Photographs
(He has managed to complete NaNoWriMo, which is a BIG accomplishment, so congrats to him!)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

PurpleMist's December Guest Post Series.

I'm having a guest post series in December. I will be away to my home-town, meaning I won't have much time to write. So I would LOVE it if you guys wrote something for THIS blog.
It can be anything, really.
For more details check out my Guest Posts page.
If you just can't think of any topics to write on, visit my Blogging List/ Ideas page :D
I hope you guys will be interested in sending your stuff so this blog won't be dead and empty in December!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Five Things To Do When You Have Writer’s Block.

You can easily find tips on how to overcome writers block by searching in google. Most of them are similar (change environment, go outside etc) and may not actually work for YOU.

So I've come up with a list of 5 things which helped me stay motivated when working on my novel. I know I'm not the best person to take tips from, but I think I can understand what new or young writers experience when trying to write.

I used my last year's NaNoWriMo experience and my problems with finding motivation to write before and after the challenge to come up with 5 things which helped me write through writer's block.
And if your writing habits are anything like mine, they might work or you too!

1. Use write or die.

Write or Die is a web application that encourages writing by punishing the tendency to avoid writing. Start typing in the box. As long as you keep typing, you’re fine, but once you stop typing, you have a grace period of a certain number of seconds and then there are consequences.

And it's free! There's an online version which you can use. I didn't think it would help me, but trust me it did. It literally forces you to write, which is exactly what you need to get rid of the block. Click on the picture to read more about it!

2. Find inspiration.

Writers love to write, but that doesn't mean they always WANT to do it. So, they need inspiration.
Ask yourself, what inspires you? And work from there. You can get inspiration from all sorts of things like song lyrics, other novels, movies, the things people around you say or do, or just random photos which tell stories. Find that thing which gives you an idea and use it for your next scene.

3. Remember why you started to write in the first place.

Writing isn't the easiest thing to do, so there must have been a reason why you decided to do it. Was it because you love it? Maybe you read a novel and you thought about how great it would be to write one yourself. Or maybe you wanted to challenge yourself, and prove to everyone around you that you can do it. Remember your reasons, your goals and hopes for why you started writing. Why stop now?

First of all, if you want to write, write. And second, don’t do it. It’s the loneliest, most depressing work you can do- Walker Percy.

4. Figure out the reason for your writer's block.

Is it because you can't find the words to write what you want?
Or is it because you don't know what to write?
This is specially the case in writing novels when the writer gets demotivated by the plot-holes which appear in the story line. This has happened to me a LOT. So I know how frustrating it is when all of a sudden your novel sounds like crap which isn't worth your time any more.

There can be many reasons you don't feel like writing. And it's not always because you're lazy or you don't feel creative. It can also be because you have no clue on how your story is going to progress. You have an amazing start and middle, but no clue what-so-ever on how it's going to end. That was the case for me, and it still is. But what I did was write an outline, plan out my novel over and over until all the scenes started to make sense.
(It's not easy, you might end up making a lot of changes, I'm still in the process of doing that!)

5. Write ANYTHING or write NOTHING.
Writing anything basically means you take out a piece of paper, and write whatever comes to mind. It doesn't even have to be about your novel. Just write, whatever it is. It could be 500 words of nonsense, but what matters is that you wrote something, instead of being stuck for days.

Write nothing- Just like you when you have insomnia, you shouldn't try and force sleep. So don’t try to force writing when you’re really stuck. It will always lead to frustration which will make you even more de-motivated. If you truly can’t get writing and you've tried everything- it may just not be your day. And that’s okay.
Take a break. Do other things. Then come back to your novel once you're ready.
It's better to stay away from your work than to spend too much time with it and hate it (this is also the case with people in general, no matter how much you love someone, you always need time away from them).

Hope you found these tips helpful!
And feel free to share ideas on this topic, I'd love to know what works for YOU :)
Here's an interesting article I found which talks about whether writer's block actually exists or we just use it as an excuse: Writers block: Excuse or real?

P.S. Only one exam left then I'm freeeee :D

Friday, November 11, 2011

Annoying Facebookers.

- People who 'like' their own photos/statuses.
What the hell is up with that? Obviously you liked that photo or status, that's why you put it up in the first place. It's like high fiving yourself. No one likes your status, so you like it yourself to make yourself look less pathetic. Some of them do it to increase the number of likes on their photo. It's sad, really.
I guess I can forgive you if you've done it before, but from now on, don't do it. People will think you are some sort of self-obsessed attention-seeker, or at least that's what I'll think :)

- People who type like this:
dat is soooooo coooolllll iii hadddd nnoooo ideaaaaa!!
omg r u srs lol hve 2 nt uze 2 mny ltters
lolzz, i Am s0 Kewlxxx and awsum, hehexx. <3
...yeah, just don't.

- People who treat their facebook as their personal diary.
Is it really necessary for you to update us on every single thing you do?
"Eating porridge for dinner"- wow that is SO interesting and I really needed to know that.
Also people who whine about how much their life sucks and share their depression with the rest of the world. Once in a while is okay, I do it too, but almost every single day? Too much.
Some people update their status around 10 times in one go. Which is basically like spamming my homepage. No, I do not appreciate that.
I specially hate it when people put statuses like: This is just so sad, I can't believe this is happening :( and then when people ask them what's wrong, they just ignore. Why did you put it on facebook if you didn't want your friends to know about it? What was your purpose? To get attention? Yeah I thought so.

- The Farmvillers.
Or any other annoying game. I know there's an option to just block invitations and such but I still see tonnes of posts on my homepage about their farm or country or whatever the hell they are wasting their time on creating.

- The ones who worry about what their next profile picture will be 24/7.
Is it just me, or are people taking photos JUST so they can have a new display picture on their facebook? It's kinda funny, and to be honest, I do that too sometimes.
But tagging/untagging yourself in the SAME profile picture just so more people 'like' or comment on it is a little pathetic.
And taking a picture of yourself with a pout on your face, in front of a mirror, in the bathroom, is a little weird. Just saying.

Ok I just have to add one more thing. I hate it when a person 'likes' half of the posts on his/her homepage even though he/she doesn't really know what the posts are actually about.

So tell me, are you guilty of any of those annoying habbits on facebook? :D

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A Letter To Twefrence.

Remember when we were talking about how fun it would be to send handwritten letters? Not a quick email or a Facebook message, but to actually sit down for a while and write to someone, send it off and wonder when they will recieve it and reply you. It's old fashioned but I still love the whole concept (reminds me of Pride and Prejudice!).

I was thinking about this when I came up with the idea of doing a 'Letter to Twefrence' post. I didn't really plan on what I would write in that post before promising to write it, which is why it has taken me this long to actually come up with something to write to you. I didn't want to go back on what I said and just say that I can't come up with anything, so I made you wait until I finally stopped being lazy and just wrote what comes in mind :P Haha, I suck, I know.

So, let's see, I first met you in 2008 I think, when I moved to a new school which you already attended. My first impression on you was not so great. I thought you were super weird since you and another girl (who later became my friend too) were complete retards because you guys kept laughing and exchanging packets of candy. Seriously, that was a LOT of candy, and it was stacked neatly in ziplock bags, which kind of made it look like you were exchanging drugs or something. Freaky.

Another thing which I didn't understand about you (and the rest of the girls) is your obsession with stickers. I remember in Year 10, you guys decorated the entire front page of your homework diary with all sorts of 'cute' stickers. I mean, I like cute stuff, but your obsession with cute stuff is to a whole new level :P

We were friends since the beginning of the year but I think we actually became friends when we both went through the 'Twilight Obsession' phase. I'm still ashamed to admit that I was once completely in love with Twilight. Now I think it's a disgrace to vampires AND werewolves (after watching Vampire Diaries, haha) and it's just wrong on so many levels. But I'm glad it lead us to becoming better friends. I still remember how we used to gush over all the scenes/quotes and our other friends just used to roll their eyes at how lame we are. Fun times!

Year 10 was awesome. I loved how we had a small class, less than 20 students and we all got along pretty well. And not only our class, but the entire school population added up to a pretty low number, which gave the school a more 'home- like' feel. Basically, I thought I would hate the new school, but you guys made it so much more better than I had ever expected. This is not a 'letter to all my school friends' post so I'll stop there about school :P

I ended up joining the same college after my break so we did meet up on campus, but it just wasn't the same because we had different schedules. I still sometimes wonder what it would have been like if I had decided to join college right after the exams too, or if you had taken a break too. One thing's for sure, my college life would be a lot less boring :P

Which brings me to NOW. Well, you're done with college and you're taking a break away from studies while I'm here cramming to study as much as I can. I guess it's only fair since you have already been through the whole A'levels thing. Andddd.... You're going off to uni soon in another city while I'm staying here. I don't think I'll be seeing you very often. Which sucks! I probably won't be able to meet up properly even after my exams are over because just a few days after that I'm leaving for my hometown :(

Well, we don't actually 'see' each other that much, but we do talk on MSN/Facebook everyday, and we can still do that once you move away for university. But maybe you'll get busy with your studies and stuff and you won't have time. Or maybe I'll be too busy during my trip to my hometown to come online. But... change happens. It's not always good but we have to just deal with it.

Life sucks, and then you die.
(I may have gotten over my obsession with twilight but I still like this quote :D)

Anyways, as I'm writing this you're watching Stickaid and telling me all about it. I will never completely understand your obsession with YouTube. Though I have to admit, I get it more now that you've introduced me to a couple of YouTubers. But I'm still not someone who could sit for hours just watching YouTube, I would eventually get frustrated/bored.

(Warning: this is the more serious part of the letter :P)
I know you have some issues to deal with everyday at home and I know it's frustrating and it makes you angry. Honestly, I can't help you change the way things are but I just want you to know that, as a friend, I'll always be there if you need to vent and let it out. I may not have the words to make you feel better and most of the time I'm just as angry as you but just know that I'll listen (well, read, mostly...).

A lot of people don't always see the good things about themselves and I think you might be one of them? I know I am. Until someone tells me something positive about me, I don't believe it. Which is not always good. Anyways, I know I point out your flaws by telling you to stop being so judgemental, or stop obsessing over YouTube or and stop being so organised and over-analyse things so much. But as a whole you're definitely one of the most: creative (even when you're asleep, your dream the weirdest stuff I've heard of), loyal (to your friends and of course, to YouTubers :P), thoughtful (always bringing things for your friends whenever you go somewhere! I never think to do that because I can't decide on what to get and then later I feel guilty :P), funny (specially when you tell me about the weird stuff you did, I still remember when you ran around the house just to get more 'wind' while the power was out, hahahaha), and of course, weird (note that I like weird people), andddd 'unique' people I know! I also like that you have your own opinions and you don't let other people change what you think.

Before I end the serious part of the letter, I need to add one more thing. I know I've already said this before, but I just want to say a big thank you for supporting me throughout this blogging thing because you're literally the only person who has continued reading this blog since the beginning. And I really appreciate that.

So, I tried to write all that ^ in the least cheesy way I could, because I always think cheesy stuff sounds fake, and now the serious part is over :D

Time to talk about THE HUNGER GAMES! We have been anticipating and talking about the movie for so long and you won't be here so we can watch it together?
Nooooo. This is devastating :(
And you know that we are the ones who usually freak out over stuff like this the most. SO you must be here so we can freak out together!

You know I was going to add a bunch of 'lol's in this letter because I know it annoys you. Haha, but I didn't.

I think we probably talk to each other way too much. It's good because I suck at staying in touch with people, and I think the main reason I have lost a lot of friends or drifted away from a lot of people in the past is because I've failed to keep in contact with them. So the fact that we talk about what we did during the day almost everyday is awesome, even though most of the time we're just ranting about our lame lives to each other :P

I should end this letter now because it's super long! 
I feel like I'm probably leaving something out that I wanted to say but I can't remember what. 
Now that I re-read the letter I'm thinking about how letters don't have smilies. But I'm so used to talking to you on facebook with smilies so you know how exactly I'm saying the words... ok I need to stop ranting.

I hope you liked reading this letter and sorry if it was boring :P I know receiving one in the post would be a million times better but right now I can't do that. And plus, your mom would probably see it before you and ask a million questions. And if I told my dad to post a letter to my friend who is already in the same city, he would think I'm crazy :P
Anyways, SEE YOU SOON! When we watch Breaking Dawn together. Oh and the last day of my exams. Must celebrate my freedom :D
And I really really hope we can meet up a couple of times before you go off to uni!

Oh and when you reply to this you don't need to reply to every single thing, that will take you ages, I know, since this post is so long :P Just tell me that you liked it! Because I've been working on this for AGES.

Ok I should really stop typing now..
this feels weird because I'm already talking to you on facebook..
but I'm gonna say this anyways: 
Good luck for uni, try your best and have more fun! You deserve it!
And don't forget all your school friends, we love you loadssss ♥

(Imagine my signature here :P)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

I'm grateful.

Almost every day I complain about how my life sucks and how I have too much stress from exams and college. I say that it isn't fair that I have to learn and study all this stuff (which I have no interest in) faster than most people do. I think it's not fair that in certain ways, my options are so limited. It sucks that I might never get to do certain things that I really want to, or I might never get to visit and see certain places and people in my life.
But I realised that it doesn't matter. I'm already luckier than most of the people in this world. And I should never take that for granted.

We all think that our problems are the worst and that no one understands what we're going through and they don't know how hard it is. People get depressed over things like heartbreaks, family drama, mistakes they made in the past, self-esteem issues, education problems, and what-not. This happens because they spend so much time worrying about the little things, thinking and complaining about their life so much that they forget what their life is really worth. They don't realise that there are people in this world who would kill to be in their place.

I think we should all take a minute to think about  how truly lucky we are and learn to appreciate our life, no matter how messed up it may be :)

"The good times and the bad times both will pass. It will pass. It will get easier. But the fact that it will get easier does not mean that it doesn’t hurt now. And when people try to minimize your pain they are doing you a disservice. And when you try to minimize your own pain you’re doing yourself a disservice. Don’t do that. The truth is that it hurts because it’s real. It hurts because it mattered. And that’s an important thing to acknowledge to yourself. But that doesn’t mean that it won’t end, that it won’t get better. Because it will."
- John Green

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Before I Fall.

“You see, I was looking for answers then. I still wanted to know why. As though somebody was going to answer that for me, as though any answer would be satisfying.

Not then, but afterward, I started to think about time, and how it keeps moving and draining and flowing forever forward, seconds into minutes into days into years, all of it leading to the same place, a current running forever in one direction. And we're all going and swimming as fast as we can, helping it along.

My point is: maybe you can afford to wait. Maybe for you there's a tomorrow. Maybe for you there's one thousand tomorrows, or three thousand, or ten, so much time you can bathe in it, roll around in it, let it slide like coins through your fingers. So much time you can waste it.

But for some of us there's only today. And the truth is, you never really know.”

I absolutely love this quote from a novel I read a few weeks ago. Click the link to find out more about Before I Fall- Lauren Oliver. It's definitely worth reading!

“I guess that's what saying good-bye is always like--like jumping off an edge. The worst part is making the choice to do it. Once you're in the air, there's nothing you can do but let go.” 

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Shoes and Music.

Those 3 days of exams were absolute torture but at least it's over :D
(I'll probably go MIA again after a few weeks, more exams coming up).

Do you want to know what pisses me off? No? I'm gonna tell you anyways...

When you go into a really crowded shoes shop which hardly has any place to walk. And all you want to do is sit down and try on some shoes but there are all these people occupying all the seats even though they don't even need to try anything! I specially hate it when those people are not even there to SHOP. They just sit on the seats while their friends/wife/mothers/sisters try on shoes.

Usually I wouldn't mind because to be honest, sometimes I do that too. If I'm tired from walking and I'm not in the mood to look for shoes, I'll just sit while other people look around.
But I wouldn't do that if the whole shop is in chaos. I'd at least have the decency to move out of the way for someone who's actually there to buy something -.-

And just so you know, trying on shoes while standing is extremely uncomfortable. Specially when you are carrying a lot of stuff while doing it. And even more when you already don't like shopping for shoes.

I have completely abandoned my blogging list! I want to finish it because there are only three more things left that I need to write on. So I'm going to do one right now.

I Couldn't Live Without This Song

I don't really have a direct answer for this. My favourite songs change a lot, and what I want to listen to depends on my mood.

I never really had a favourite Artist/Band. For me it was always certain songs by an artist/band that I liked. But now, I have to admit, I think I have found my favourite band: The Script!

I'm in love pretty much every song I've heard by them :D

Back to the topic. There's no song that I COULDN'T live without. I mean, I know people are always saying stuff like 'I can't live without music', but obviously they can. Ok, maybe I'm taking this too literally :P
But if I really had to choose, that would be a really long list. But some of my all-time favourites are: Closing Time- Semisonic, Total Eclipse of the Heart- (Westlife version), Gotta Be Somebody and Photographs- Nickelback and pretty much every song by Enrique Iglesias (because he's my favourite artist).

These days I'm obsessed with everything The Script, and a few songs by Hinder, like 'Without You'. Oh and 'Falling In' by Lifehouse :)

P.S. I tried to look at as many blogs as I could to catch up, but I'm sure I missed out on a lot because I only read the ones which have been updated in the last 3 days.
P.P.S. The Vampire Diaries is baaaack! That was probably the highlight of my weekend, since I haven't been doing anything for the past few days except lazing around at home :D

Friday, August 19, 2011

InsomniaStrikes- The Story Behind This Blog.

You know what I realised? You guys barely know anything about me!
I know most of your names, where you come from etc... but me? I've tried to stay as anonymous as I can on this blog. I don't know why. When I first started blogging, my main goal was: to stay anonymous. I mean, it wasn't like no one knew that I had started blogging and it wasn't like I was talking about my biggest, darkest secrets on here or something :P. I just didn't want to tell everyone about this. But now that it has been over a year, a lot more people (who know me in person) are aware that I blog. Still, I've only told people I'm close to, people who I wouldn't mind looking at my blog (though I DO regret telling a few of those people).
So yeah, I feel I've come a long ways since 1st July, when I first started blogging.
WAIT. Oh my god.
I missed my first blogoversary! I just checked and my first post was written on 1st July 2010. I am exactly 50 days late, but what the heck, Happy (belated) Blogoversary to me! :D
This was my first post (feel free to laugh):

Reasons for starting a blog:
1. I'm bored.
2. I have nothing else to do.
3. It seems interesting,so i'm giving it a go..
4. I need a place to write my thoughts.
5. I'm bored.
6. Blogging is cool =D (I think..)
7. Did I mention I'm bored?
..So here I goooo!
(Apologies for my lameness.)
I still remember back when I had maybe around 3 followers. How that number got to 91- I have no idea. But if I learnt one thing from this is that: if you want something, you have to give something back. This applies to blogging because if you truly want people to read your blog, know what you have to say, and respond to it, you have to do the same thing for them. It won't happen magically, it takes time and effort. Some bloggers get readers quickly, but it took me over a year to get this many people to read my blog, and it wasn't easy. 

So I'm actually proud of myself, because if you asked me this time last year whether I would still be blogging in 2011, I probably would have said no. 
This blog was just a 'pass time' for me during my 6 months holiday last year. I had too much time on my hands so I decided to start a blog. 
Why InsomniaStrikes? Because at that time I used to sleep really late (around 4 a.m, maybe even later), and I would stay up all alone with nothing to do, I just couldn't get myself to fall asleep at normal times like everyone else. So I settled with InsomniaStrikes because it suited, and I was tired after thinking of a name for hours.
I found all sorts of blogs which inspired me to write more on my own. And I have to say, I didn't realise just HOW many young people have blogs until I began looking around. I made some great friends through this site, read stuff which made me laugh and stuff which made me think (a lot) and I'm so so glad that I didn't give up on blogging :) (why does this sound like a good-bye post or something? :P)
Also, I would like to thank Twefrence for supporting me with my blogging from the very beginning, even when I practically forced her to make a blog too. If it wasn't for her, it is very likely that I would have quit. And I'm glad that she's still blogging on hers too, instead of just doing it for a while then forgetting about it. So THANK YOU SO FREAKING MUCH :D (And I KNOW you're waiting for the 'A Letter to Twefrence' post that I said I would write- just wait, i'll post it when you're not expecting it, in other words when I'm done with and I feel satisfied with the outcome. Be patient! :D).
I've thought about it, and I don't really want to go un-anonymous just yet, maybe I will someday, but not now. I can tell you, though, that I'm a girl (you probably already guessed that :P) and I turned seventeen a few months ago. 
Oh and just to make you happy (and because you have read this far), i'll tell you some other random stuff too:
- There was a time when I was obsessed with water droplets. Yes, water droplets. Don't ask why, I don't know myself. I just thought they were cute. My friend's used to 'kill' the droplets (squish them with their thumbs) in front of me to make me sad :P
- My classes in college are like 3 hours long, so we get a 10-15 minute break half way through the class. While all my other classmates fall asleep on the desk, or play Angry Birds on their phone, or go down to the cafeteria to eat. Guess what I'm doing? 
Reading MLIA (My Life Is Average) posts through my phone and probably making myself look like an idiot while smiling/laughing stupidly at the screen :D
- I like chocolate. I stay away from it now- too much sugar, but I still eat a lot of chocolate flavoured stuff. Like Oreos. And chocolate chip cookies. And brownies. Yeahhh, so much for consuming less sugar :P
- While a lot of people out there are trying to lose weight, I'm trying to gain it. Don't you find it weird how there's like a million T.V shows like 'The Biggest Loser' and 'Downsize me'- all about people losing weight and turning their lives around, but there's nothing which shows people trying to gain weight?
I'm not complaining though, but what I'm saying is that in some ways, gaining weight can be harder than losing it, for certain people.
- I am very much obsessed with The Script right now. I've already mentioned this before but I'm gonna say it again. All their songs are so catch and deep and amazing!! I have always been someone who likes the songs not the artists/bands. But I like pretty much every The Script song I come across.
My favourite keeps changing, last week it was 'If You Ever Come Back' and now it's 'Man That Can't Be Moved' :D
- I'm sitting across my brother on the table and I randomly blurted out, "I'm gonna die."
And guess what he replied? "Thank you."
hahaha such nice siblings I have :P
This turned out to be wayyy longer than I expected!
So yeah, this is the 'story' of my blog...and me. I just realised that I didn't really make it sound like a story. Oh well.
I'll shut up now and go back to work :D

What I've Been Reading...

I have read two books in the past few weeks. I don't have time to review them properly because I take ages reviewing a book, and to be honest I'm too lazy to do that right now. The only proper review I've done was on 'The book that changed my life', and it took me hours to get it right.

Looking for Alaska by John Green
When Miles Halter leaves for boarding school, he goes to seek what dying poet Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps". Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, self destructive and dead sexy, Alaska pulls Miles into her labyrinth, catapulting him into an unimaginable future...
House Rules by Jodi Picoult
House Rules is about Jacob Hunt, a teenage boy with Asperger’s Syndrome. He’s hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others, and like many kids with AS, Jacob has a special focus on one subject – in his case, forensic analysis. He’s always showing up at crime scenes, thanks to the police scanner he keeps in his room, and telling the cops what they need to do…and he’s usually right. But then one day his tutor is found dead, and the police come to question him. All of the hallmark behaviors of Asperger’s – not looking someone in the eye, stimulatory tics and twitches, inappropriate affect – can look a heck of a lot like guilt to law enforcement personnel — and suddenly, Jacob finds himself accused of murder.
These novels really made me think, even after I had finished reading. I highly recommend them!
I wish I could write more but I really need to get some sleep :/
If you have read any good books recently, tell me!

Friday, July 22, 2011

When teachers try to be funny...

It's painful to watch.
A couple of months ago, if the teacher tried to make us laugh (and failed), I would just smile out of respect for them so at least they know I'm listening. But now all I can do is clench my mouth shut and try not to show how frustrated I am. Seriously.. just get on with the damn lesson!
We all know the class is extremely boring and most of the students are yawning half an hour into it, but you don't have to make it worse by trying to 'lighten us up' with your pathetic jokes.
And every time you say something funny, you don't have to inform us by saying, "You see, I have to say things like this to get my students' attention." If your joke WAS funny (which it probably wasn't), you just ruined it. Next time you say something funny, you don't have to tell us that you just made a joke, we KNOW, we're not stupid. Gosh.
Oh and just so you know, when I look at you blankly, pretending to listen to what you're saying, in my head I'm imagining putting duct tape over your mouth so I don't have to listen to your nonsense... or see the cheeky grin on your face which appears on your face every time you say something that is supposed to make us laugh.
You know what the worst part is? That you don't even realize it! Don't you see the dull/bored look almost EVERY student gives you?

And the number of 'facepalm' moments I experience when I'm in your class are countless.
For example: do you really have to cover your mouth and say sorry while smiling like an idiot? I honestly don't get why you apologize so much, even for meaningless remarks you make. It's almost pitiful. Not everyone gets offended THAT easily. Seriously, stop apologising and making things more awkward!
Also, I'm a foreign student, not at alien. I have been living here for years and I understand a lot of the things discussed in class even in local languages and culture-related stuff. Every time someone says something in a language besides English, you DON'T have to snap your head towards me and apologise for how I can't be part of the discussion because I don't know the language so I don't understand what they mean.
Sometimes I'm actually curious but most of the time I don't care. I remember once I was completely tuned-out, mindlessly doodling on the side of my notes, and I wasn't even listening to the lecture, when suddenly you called out my name to apologise because someone said something in a different language which I might not understand. I just smile politely when this happens but in my head I'm yelling at you to leave me alone :)
You have no idea how embarrassing it is when you literally tell the class to explain the meaning to me and everyone turns in their seats to look towards me.
Thanks but NO, I don't appreciate the extra attention -.-
Okayy, so I got a little carried away. This was supposed to be general but I think I started talking about one particular teacher. The others are okay, and I have to say, not ALL teachers are like that, some actually have a good sense of humour.
I just re-read it and realised how mean this is. I have a feeling I'm gonna regret posting it O.O... or not :P
If that teacher sees this, I'm dead. But it sure feels good to rant about it :D
I'm glad you guys don't know this person, if you did then I probably wouldn't have the guts to write about it. Except for Twefrence, she knows this teacher too, so I guess she can understand my pain :P
Do you guys have annoying teachers which make you want to pull your hair out? Or am I the only one?

P.S I'm thinking of making this blog private. I used to post a lot of impersonal stuff so it was ok, but if I'm going to diss my teachers and whatnot, then I should really consider not making this blog available for everyone to see.. you know... in case the wrong person happens to see it :P
Just a thought, opinions?
P.P.S. Is my font too small?

Friday, June 3, 2011

Awkward Moments

Don't you just LOVE awkward moments? (note the sarcasm). So, I decided to come up with a few that I have experienced lately. Here they are:

#1: Awkward silence in the elevator.

This is very common, most of you must have experienced the awkwardness of this situation. It is so uncomfortable when you try to avoid contact with the other passenger and helplessly watch as the numbers take their own sweet time going down. Then you start fumbling with your sleeves or take your phone out, to try to look busy.
All you want is to hear the *ding* or just see the doors open so you can get the heck out of the elevator.This whole time you're wondering whether you should make conversation with the person/people in there or smile but decide against it, then hope they don't start talking to you because then it would be even more awkward.

Here's what makes it even worse: imagine you're going down the elevator with a friend and you two are talking and laughing over something. Suddenly, the elevator doors open and a person enters. You both fall silent, despite the fact that you're not done talking.
I have no idea why we do this. It's more awkward for the person who has just stepped into the elevator because they must feel self-conscious about their own presence, as if they interrupted something.

#2: Texting in awkward situations.

Admit it. You have done this at some point in your awkward little life. I do it ALL the time.
For example: You were supposed to meet up with your friends outside the mall and *surprise surprise*, you're the first one there! So you wait for a minute, watching lamely as people pass you by, giving you side glances, wondering what the hell you're doing there all by yourself.
To make yourself seem less pitiful, you take out your handphone and pretend you're the busiest/most entertained person in the world until your friends finally show up. It's easy, believable and it makes you look a lot less pathetic! :D

#3: Your friend is talking to their friend, while you stand there awkwardly.

Okay, so you're walking around the mall with your friend and it's all good... Until they see someone they know. Your friend insists on saying hi to their friend (who you don't know) so you tag along since you have nothing better to do.
Ten minutes later, your friend is still talking to their friend while you stand there awkwardly feeling like the odd one out and feeling bad for yourself. You try to get involved in their conversation but most likely you'll have no idea what they're talking about. It sucks.

#4: Being surrounded by people talking in a language you don't understand= awkward.

I experience this pretty often so I guess it's not that bad/uncomfortable for me. I'm used to it. But that doesn't mean I don't feel singled out when this happens. It's worse when they start laughing at something but I have no idea what so I just look around awkwardly having no idea what's so funny. Some people are nice enough to translate for me, but usually the joke isn't really funny when it's translated to English :P
So yeah, it's pretty awkward and not a good situation to be in. Plus, people start feeling bad for you and they might feel guilty about the fact that you can't be part of the conversation. And I don't think anybody likes to have people feel bad for them.

#5: Saying 'hi' to a friend but they don't hear you so you walk away, hoping no one witnessed your awkwardness.

You know what I'm talking about. You're in a public place and you happen to see someone you know walking by. You greet them loudly, waving your arms in the air with a huge grin on your face, trying to grasp their attention. But they walk right past you. You freeze, realising how retarded you look. So you quickly put your hands down and get rid of the smile. You look around self-consciously, hoping no one saw you embarrass the heck out of yourself.
And the next time you see that friend, you hold a silent grudge against them.
SO embarrassing.

Have you guys experienced any of these?
Any OTHER awkward moments?
Tell meeeee!