Jan 6, 2018

My last trip to Winter Wonderland was rather eventful. Anjalee, Yong Xue and I decided to have lunch at Liverpool Street before meeting up with Maria when she finished work. Because we had lunch quite late and not to mention the traveling time, we couldn't make it in time to Hyde Park station for 3pm, and so we rescheduled for 3.45pm instead. Unfortunately, Maria left her phone at home, so she didn't get the message. Once we realized this, we tried to get to there as soon as possible (we actually arrived there at 3.45pm), and tried looking for her but to no avail. It turns out we must have just missed each other as Maria waited at the station until 3.45pm before heading back home.

The funny (or not so funny) thing is that a similar incident happened back in the final year of university. In this case, Maria's phone had died and she waited at the dessert place (where we were supposed to meet up), but we were waiting for her at Yong Xue's flat instead.

Things never happen the same way twice. Perhaps in life, we could be in the same situation as before, but the outcome will be a bit different. There's always something that changes, whether it's ourselves, the people, or other circumstances. Winter Wonderland is more or less the same each year. But, every time I go, the experience is always different. After knowing Maria is safe, the three of us decided to go to Winter Wonderland after all. Here are some photos of that day.

Nov 12, 2017

The internal dialogue begins with questions like “Where is my career going?” “Who am I supposed to be?”, and the always popular, “What am I going to do with my life?” But is this really fair? Are you supposed to have it all figured out? Exactly what should we be saying to ourselves at 23? - The Everygirl

It's been a while since I celebrated my birthday with my family. For the past few years, I would celebrate it with my boyfriend and my friends at university. Funny how my mom commented that I don't need a birthday cake anymore, but I insisted on having one. No birthday is complete without a cake!

Turning 23 marks an important point in my life. I am no longer a university student and I'm about to enter this 'adult' working life. There's a lot to figure out, so I want to set myself birthday goals this year and see what I have achieved on my next birthday.
  1. Career: Get my first job, somewhere I can learn and grow.
  2. Wellness: Be healthy both physically and mentally.
  3. Passion: Build on my interests, namely blogging, photography, and learning Korean.

I'm aware these goals are quite broad and vague, but I wanted to give myself some flexibility and see how things turn out. To the question at the end of the above quote, my answer would be "Believe in yourself".
Oct 18, 2017

It's been a while since my last post and I don't know where to begin. Perhaps it's easier to give an update from where I left off. For the rest of July and August, I was busy doing my dissertation. After I handed in my dissertation, I went on a short break to Portugal with my friend Amy (I'll talk about this on another day). By the end of September, I finished my Master's degree and came back to Birmingham.

When I was doing my undergraduate degree, I never thought I will do further studies. During my final year, I had a change of heart. I was not ready to work. I didn't feel I have the skills or ability to do so. Besides, I didn't know what jobs to look for since I didn't have a particular interest. Then I decided I'll do a Master's degree to give myself more time, to improve my skills, and to find something I will enjoy doing.

I didn't know what to study for a Master's degree. Although I enjoyed studying biomedical science, I wanted more than being stuck in a lab. So, I went on a random university's website and looked at all their Master's degree courses to see what I can do. It didn't take me long to realise Masters of Public Health was my choice to study. I didn't think Imperial wouldn't accept me, but I applied since there's no harm in trying. In fact, they gave me an offer, and I was super happy!

Studying Masters of Public Health at Imperial has been one of the best decisions I made. I found something I'm interested in doing and I've learnt so much during the past year. The journey hasn't been easy, but those challenges have made me stronger and confident as a person. If you're not sure what to do after university, I recommend doing a Master's degree on something you're interested in.

I'm on board for the graduate life and it feels weird (this post can explain). I'm definitely more ready to work compared to before. But the problem is the job searching part, which fellow graduates can relate. Like needing the experience to get a job, but needing a job to get the experience. The only thing I can do is to keep trying and be patient.

"Do what you love, at least a little bit. And if you have to do something else in order to support what you love, do it. … Do what you have to do to work on your passions; just don’t get stuck in the side job." James Franco