Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
‘… “fraternal spirit”… not from the emotions of compassion excited by the spectacle of suffering… but in a nobler and more abstract way’ – Harriet Martineau
Been preoccupied with school which basically puts my creativity to a halt. Or maybe it’s just me making excuses again. Same difference.
“To watch the sun sink behind a flower clad hill. To wander on in a huge forest without thought of return. To stand upon the shore and gaze after a boat that disappears behind distant islands. To contemplate the flight of wild geese seen and lost among the clouds…” – Zeami Motokiyo
Came across this lovely and evocative quote that describes the concept of ‘yuugen’ or 幽玄 in Japanese – to have a profound awareness of the universe. To be conscious of living, I guess. It’s easy to lose sense of living sometimes, even though I’m breathing and thinking. I haven’t been the best version of me these days… Whatever happened to the days when I was proud of who I am? All I can do now is to stop whining and keep going. I have a feeling that this phase of my life is going to make a big difference to the rest of my life; can’t let the days drift by again.
“No one owes me a living, and neither do I.”
It’s been a while since I’ve done a ‘Travel’ post, but I just had to get this out there: VISIT SOKCHO (and the rest of Gangwon-do. NOW.)
There are many beautiful and interesting places to visit in Sokcho but these murals (on Cheongho-ro 4-gil) are bomb. It’s ridiculous how they’re not mentioned anywhere online (at least, in English sources). I don’t recall seeing them on any of the tourist brochures either. Anyway, I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves but just a quick warning: lots of self-love photos ahead hehe. All pictures are taken by me, on Superheadz Chinon Harinezumi. Continue reading
You did not read the title wrongly; this post is half a year late lol but I thought it would be timely for CORS bidding coming up this August(?)/
Anyway, I am proud to say that this was my favourite semester in my two entire years of being in NUS. I am even more proud to say, without a doubt, that I am enjoying my study in NUS. *gasp omg she did not just say that* Hahaha but it’s true though. To enjoy studying in NUS is possible after all. 😉 And it turns out that my most enjoyable semester also became my best-scoring semester – my CAP increased by 0.15 even though I was already in my 4th semester. I think it’s easy to see a correlation here!
Anyway, modules that I took are (review will be in the following order):
LAV3201 (Viet 3),
MNO3330 (Social Entrepreneurship),
SE2217 (War in Southeast Asia),
SE3216 (Migration & Diaspora in Southeast Asia),
SSA2218/ GES1029 (Singapore Film: Performance of Identity)
I saw in our picture – how sunlight lined those black, naked trees gold, how you smiled shyly into the camera, and how I was trying hard to pretend indifference.
I choose to remember things this way and thank you for the memories that were perhaps more beautiful with its inexorable transient. For at the second chance we had, you kept your eyes cold and words scarce. It was clear as any day in winter that we can’t go back.