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A Year and a Half in Academia

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Today marks the first day of the academic calendar for universities here in Singapore. Well, for me, it marks my 18th month here in Nanyang Technological University (NTU). That’s a year and a half! It’s amazing how fast time flies. When I first joined NTU, I was, at that point, unsure whether or not to take on academia as a …

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The Pilot “Tank” Non-Self Filling Fountain Pen (a.k.a Pilot Vintage Fountain Pen)

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I recently discovered a lovely little gem in Mustafa! Here is the Pilot Tank Non-Self Filling Fountain Pen I don’t know what its official name is. The salesman referred to it simply as a vintage Pilot pen. It’s not really a vintage pen, it’s more like a modern re-creation of a vintage edition. Some websites call it the Pilot Tank Non-Self …

Second Person Narratives

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Here’s a random thought that came to my mind: why aren’t there stories written in the second person narrative? (i.e. stories involving, “you”). I’ve not seen any literature out there are employs this mode of writing. If you think about it, it can be – and in fact, it is! – very exciting. When you read or tell stories from …

Waking Up After September Ended

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“Wake me up when September ends…” Well, ok, it’s October now. Gosh… I actually can’t believe I haven’t been blogging for slightly more than two months. It felt like eternity. I’ve been so ridiculously crazy over the past two months. Somehow, when the semester began, I found myself flooded with a never-ending stream of activity. It was exhausting and stressful, …

Tips on Writing

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I just came out from a really awesome tutorial about how to improve on one’s writing. Many of the points were familiar, but it’s amazing how easy it is to forget them. In fact, when I was reminded about them today, I realised that I have committed a lot of mistakes which I should not have in the first place. …

Another Overnight Writing Marathon

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It’s 5.35am. Once again, it’s another over-night essay writing marathon. The last essay for the semester. Well, it’s not been much of a marathon. I guess I didn’t have a very restful sleep last night. My ability to think well has been affected. Spent the entire day doing research, the evening doing the outline. And the whole night trying to …

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Just finished writing an essay…

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It’s 6.17am! And I’m still on campus! My goodness… This has been the worst essay ever written! I’ve been up the whole night writing non-stop. Only finished it at 6am. 6 hours over-due. Ouch. Wow… What an experience. The table is just strewn with all the research materials. Had to constantly read and switch between readings. Right now, all I …

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1.20am

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It’s 1.20am! And I’m still on campus! Am currently hiding in the basement of the Computing block with a friend. A while ago, the basement was packed with lots of people who, like me, were rushing assignments. Just completed an essay that was due at midnight. My friend’s still busy doing his project. The atmosphere a while ago was really …

On the Difficulties of Writing

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Writing positive content is not easy. It’s easy to write about one’s problems, negative feelings, worries, fears, etc. That’s why so many people have very emotional blogs. On the other end of the spectrum, there are people whose blogs are filled with nothing but re-blogged contents of other people, and there’s virtually no original content. It’s easy to write when …