[mostly written last sun 15 oct but I was lazy to finish up and post]

Wow time flies man it’s going to be recess week soon! This term has been great so far, we finally got to choose our mods and I think I made the right decision to drop networks (how the Internet works, IP addresses TCP UDP blah blah) and take optimization (esd mod, lots of math but with very relevant and interesting applications).

For opti we’ve had guest lectures by redmart reps and also a prof who’s worked with grab and didi (china version of grab) and who does research on optimization in transport problems. It’s really very cool imo to see how the stuff we’re learning is used in businesses, and the complexity of optimization problems in the real world is really mind-blowing. Before this I didn’t know opti is so directly relevant hahaha I mostly wanted to take it cos it involves more math x) but yep data analytics is now something I’m considering going into too!

Also the opti prof is v amusing, one lesson he was like: “ok now let me tell you about the midterm. there will be 6 questions”
Everyone: *starts to pay attention*
Prof: “The first question will be to convert min |x-y| to standard form. Yall should all know how to do this right, if not please go and revise”
Prof: “Ok then the rest of the questions are easy also except q6. Do you want me to give a hint for q6?”
Everyone: …?!
Prof: “Ok let me give you a hint”

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explore s u t d

(this post was started last wed but never finished until now)

[29 March] I’ve been ridiculously free the past few days, from sunday when I was home alone for most of the day and was so bored I went to try playing piano, to today where I spent the whole day chilling with istd friends: wanted to go out and watch a movie but it was raining so we ended up watching shows in the recre room, then went out for dinner + walked around daiso + sat at starbucks until we were all freezing, then played darts + sherlock holmes game (where we concluded that we’re not cut out to be detectives).

Part of it is because school is somehow very un-challenging and ESC has no more homework, but the main reason why I’m suddenly so free is because the app I’ve been working on is finally done!!! It’s called exploreSUTD and is available on both app store and play store now :D Vivek and I have been working on it since Sept last year so to finally set the version number to 1.0.0 for first release feels good. This is my first major project and I’ve definitely learnt a lot, so just wanted to record some thoughts about it!

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life as a glorified bag carrier

Woohoo I asked my boss today and he says I can wear shorts to work if there’s no shoot for that day! Best work attire ever heh heh

Went for my first location shoot today!!! Spent 3h shooting 2 dishes at some nice jap restaurant wew I have concluded that I can’t do this kind of work permanently next time cos it requires too much patience and meticulous-ness omg every single leaf of coriander/ slice of onion/ drip of sauce must be perfect asdfghjkl I was secretly thinking “is this truly necessary??” (to borrow dawn’s phrase HAHA). But ok lah the final photos were v nice! Though honestly if I’m looking at a pic on some packaging I wouldn’t even look so closely at it loll but I guess even if you don’t consciously scrutinize the picture, the details still affect your impression soo ya..

Played bball in school again and for some reason I felt much more useful today, I actually scored quite a bit!! Mainly cos I always shoot from v near the hoop and the guys don’t rly guard me very properly (except sean grr) but that’s not the point hahaha. Left early to eat lunch with dawn before work but we didn’t know where to go and ended up eating at burger king cos i didn’t have much time before work :|

Oh this is v random but my screen protector was peeling off/had too many bubbles so I took it off and omg my phone screen is so nice and glossy I love it!! I think it has some special display thing that makes black things truly black (this is hard to explain LOL) it’s rly nice 8)

RSS yesterday was so waste time for me george and jiun harn cos we were judging math projects, of which there were only 2, and we were supposed to give feedback but there was nothing much to say… cos math no experiments so it’s just ok your proof is logical woohoo. The free food was gr8 though!!!

We were very free so went to talk to some of our teachers for a while!

Met Jolene (who stole some food) then went to sutd, there was a mini bus just to fetch 2 of us plus sophia there from rj :o what a waste of their money but it was very good for us haha. The workshop was ok lor quite fun to build sth with random materials but I thought there wasn’t much link to sutd like they should’ve taken the chance to promote themselves more? And let us know more about the uni cos the activity we did could’ve been done anywhere. But we got to see the new campus, the library is really cool!!

After the workshop me and Jolene tried to find some cafe for her work but we didn’t know where it was, so we ended up walking one round around the whole expo and finally found it BUT it was closed T__T oh well we exercised and I got a free subway cookie thanks jofatty :D

no longer bumming around

Wow crap I have so much to blog about but I just spent 1h choosing a new theme and making this header hahaha. Wanted to use this theme (cubic) at first, it’s so cool but I couldn’t figure out the featured images thing plus I don’t have enough posts with images :( why must customized themes be premium bleh

Anyway most recent news: I got a job!!! (hence the title) Today’s my second day as a photographer’s assistant heh it’s v interesting cos there’s different stuff to do every day plus I love that the uniform is t-shirt jeans sports shoes xD my boss does commercial photog like for products, advertising etc and his studio has a lot of equipment and other stuff that seem very random but are actually really useful in specific situations. So for yesterday and today it’s been morning do some photoshopping (I’m super lousy and slow at it now lolol but nvm I will improve), then lunch at the building’s canteen, then setup for photoshoot, assist during photoshoot, and pack up. I quite like my job so far! Though there are random periods where I have literally nothing to do LOL like today he was talking to some client and just told me to “wait ah” for like 20min.

Went for open house on wed with dawn, it was… not very exciting haha we just nua-ed at the gym mats most of the time and we stayed until 2pm to watch street perform BUT WE MISSED IT lolol. Then came to my house and baked cookies (from the premixes that I gave someone for her bday ahem) then I had to go out again for alps meetup, we had dinner then went LAN!! I was not bad for a first-timer ok I killed the guys in some games!

Oh I haven’t blogged about the batam trip (5-6 jan) – it was pretty interesting I guess? And so cheap!! I liked go-karting and food, didn’t particularly like shopping (which we spent a lot of time on) but I got a nice black skirt which I wore for interview x)

My birthday has been over for a while but just wanna thank everyone again for remembering/ wishing me/ coming over to celebrate! From picnic with sean and the fail surprise-turned-mahjong to yiqing’s cake to the gymmers’ successful surprise and retardedness, this birthday was a v memorable one (though none of them actually happened on my bday itself LOL it was an extremely normal sunday). Like my father said, “woah your friends really quite fond of you one eh” I don’t know what I’ve done to deserve such great friends but really really grateful for all of you!! :’)

end of a hectic week

I’ve barely rested much and it’s back to school again tomorrow D: but at least it’s a short week yay for cny!

My laptop is being really slow cos I’m converting the dtw photos from raw to jpeg, it’s gonna take forever sigh. And I’m only done with one out of the 3 ccas I took for (“done” meaning I edited the team shots and some others and left the rest cos it was too much work) ahh why did all 3 have to be in the same week x__x

Touch rug’s was on wed, I had a completely packed day from the morning to 9 cos it was lessons + I skipped a bit of math to shoot rimo, had a short break, then gp was essay on arts topics where I wrote “Does technology enhance the arts?” and gave lots of very general examples cos I didn’t have specific ones lolol. Then chem prac which was the 14min to chiong everything one, it was quite fun! I kinda overshot all the orange end points but whatever hahaha. After chem I chionged down to eat lunch, then went to shoot touch rug with munaya- it was a bit weird cos munaya used to be in touch rug but she broke her arm and had to quit :/ we took their team shot which can be best described as a taupok pyramid LOL then they took forever to decide on action shot.

After that we went to help out for photog trials! At first I didn’t have anything to do so was feeling quite useless, but after a while I swapped with yuanning and sat outside the room to tell the j1s what to do. Their trials were pretty cool lor it was a mini photomarathon around school where they had to take photos of things that look like alphabets. It’s quite interesting cos usually you wouldn’t ever notice such things but when you’re looking out for letters, they suddenly appear everywhere! Met george while bringing my photomarathon group around and he told me about his red cross interviews haha. At 5.30 my group went back to get interviewed and I sat in for fun and helped type out their responses for a while until I had to go off for gym.

Thurs was my only less crazy day, after school had h3 then sean and I went starbucks at nus! There wasn’t 1 for 1 so we just got the chocolate peanut butter stack thing 8) then I just went home and slept v early hahaha

On fri ___ came and joined us during recess and lunch….. and wts zhang..?! Anyway sean george benji and I escaped to the library lololol I did one sat paper! After the rest left benji and I went to get waffle again hahaha then I met linh and we took photos for band dtw. Band photoshoot was amusing, they were in 3 rows but the back couldn’t be seen v well so I suggested getting benches from ri canteen, not realising that they were joined to the tables. But some of them went and carried the whole table+benches thing over to the parade square hahahaha. Action shot was quite weird cos they didn’t know what they wanted to take also so we tried to arrange them and just take random photos of them playing their instruments… hope some turn out nice enough! Oh and I met mr wang (the nus high one) who was in school for rimo and had a really weird conversation with him LOL

We had gym trials during training, tiff was sick so she smsed me and amanda to “make sure chan is nice and pleasant” though I’m pretty sure he scared all of them at first cos when he was talking about safety “if you fall, don’t use your hands to support, otherwise you may fracture your arm” HAHA. We let them try both art and tramp but seems like almost all want to join tramp :O jiaolian came up with this thing where you lie flat down on the tramp and try to keep your body tightened while someone jumps and makes you bounce around, we made the j1s try it and they were… amused LOL jiaolian’s weird ideas. But yay we’ll actually have new juniors! Before this it was just isabelle and codee- oh reudi v funny he purposely acts scary to our juniors so he won’t end up like a pang, but that day he had to be nice to the new j1s, codee and isabelle were like “how come he so nice to them then so scary to us one” hahahaha

Yesterday morning was SATs! Essay was meh but I hope I don’t have any careless mistakes!!! Checked through all the other sections so many times man. I was at st francis (in bukit timah) cos I signed up late and there wasn’t any other available test venue, so ended up going for lunch after with dawn! Had chicken rice at rail mall and I regret buying a drink cos after that we ate icecream at sugalite, someone didn’t wanna share so I got one scoop of cookie monster which was good! :D so much better than brownice haha

Came home then followed my cousin and uncle to the library! I haven’t been there in so long that I couldn’t find my library card lol but I managed to unblock my ezlink card. Hope I have time to read the books I borrowed!! Oh when I was randomly looking around I found this book that’s supposed to be a guide to the bible for children, it’s like q&a on different stuff from the bible and one of them was something like “how did the first humans on earth get here?”, the answer was the adam and eve stuff, then it said “scientists who don’t believe in god think that other animals lived on earth millions of years ago, and the first humans descended from them by a theory which they call ‘evolution'” errrr whutt. And its answer to where did the universe come from was that god created it, “scientists believe that the universe created itself in what they call the ‘big bang’. If they think the universe can create itself in a fraction of a second, surely it isn’t that inconceivable that god could create it in a day” much logic lol

my mum’s work of art

Had steamboat for tuan yuan fan! Simin and I got forced to eat zhu gan which was sooo bad omg. Gene brought his speed stacking cups and I tried doing haha it’s not that hard!! But must practise until you can do it super fast without failing then it looks cool.

Ok time to start on my tutorials which I haven’t touched the whole weekend :'(


(forgot to post this yesterday)

On the way back from shooting hockey deck the walls now and I just missed my bus argh DD:

Anyway it was very unlike what I expected! I was originally supposed to do with kityin but she couldn’t come and we couldn’t find a replacement also so I just did by myself, I was thinking it’s better to be overprepared than under so in addition to the dslr itself I had to lug my laptop and tripod around the whole day. But in the end I didn’t even use them!!! cos their training was intense unlike gym where we had time to take 1000 shots and look at them on matthew’s laptop. For hockey mr gopi basically gave them like 5min to settle team shots then after that I just hung around and tried to take some action shots. So I haven’t even seen the photos properly yet x__x hope they turn out fine!!

Before hockey I was helping out at alps booth, had to talk so much omg I don’t rmb going to ask so many questions when I was j1?? Then we all changed into our alps gear for the talk cos shaun and jack started off with a few fake slides which were super wordy and boring, then suddenly kyros popped up and said “eh, that’s the summit!!” then we all ran in and sat at the back. It was so retarded hahahaha and so after that they switched to their actual slides and presentation. I wonder if there’ll be a lot of people applying! But I think this year they’re cutting to 10 per team so total they can only accept 20 people, that’s v low chances lor haha so sad.¬†

I’m tiredd but today was quite a good day! Started with physics prac doing oscillations so just count pendulum swings, but everyone was counting out loud and distracting each other, ms tan commented that we sounded like monks chanting hahahaha. Oh george and I were trying to “fish” jiun harn’s long ruler (cos one experiment used a long ruler that had the weights hanging thing scotch taped on) then he tried to avoid by waving his ruler around, but he accidentally knocked into or hooked mine or something idek and managed to yank the weights holder off his ruler HAHAHA. I think I’m not explaining it very well but it was v funny at that time xD

We had floorball today too! Played 4 on 4 and it was really intense but that makes it fun :D I scored 3 goals!!! But I tried defending for one part and I let in one goal heh but nvm overall still good hahaha

We had alps breakfast on mon morning so I didn’t get to wake up late in the end D: we just ate and kaypoh-ed jack choosing photos for the presentation, then ended up doing work which was quite sad lol but I guess it’s unavoidable… first block was gp debate thing about whether “the Singaporean government should subside all forms of art”, the format was just the whole class split into 2 then each side takes turns to speak for 1min. Everyone had to say something and we weren’t v prepared so everyone just impromptu-ed their points lolol.

I realised that our physics and chem tutorials are completely different, for chem it’s intense cos ms ma goes through everything plus gives us alot of extra stuff to think about, but physics tutorials always end up super slack cos she makes us write our solutions on the board, then the rest of the block is her thinking about our answers while we waste time doing nothing hahaha. Ruhui and I got picked to talk to ms tan for floating civics block but it was nothing much just all about school and how we were coping. Benny and sean did last week and ms tan asked them to describe each other in 1 word hahaha but we didn’t have any interesting questions like that

Oh and I ponned h3 cos I had to come back to school for gym anyway, and went for tried to go for the uni talk. It was ridiculously packed!!! By the time we went, people were squeezing to get in and even the stage and stairs were all filled… Dawn zhang and I ended up sitting near the door at the front, we were kinda in the corridor leading to the lt but at least could see and hear the guy talking. The main things I learnt are 1. US need reports from ct plus two other teachers!! :S 2. must take STEP for uk math/engineering and 3. must do well for sat lololol. After the talk dawn left for hockey and zhang and I met benji george ruhui, then huang jinghui suddenly popped up and included himself in our discussion o__o ok he knows zhang george ruhui, not sure about benji but still…. I had a while to kill before going for gym and at some point he said “let’s go lepak lah!” I was like errrr whut. But in the end he left and benji and I went to buy waffles and sis talk hahahaha

now or never

^ = words of advice from ms ma hahaha during chem prac last week she gave us some pep talk on “finding your own vision” and stepping out of your comfort zone to try new things, then when we were doing the prac she came around and talked to each of us for a while and she wished me happy birthday LOL! And during tutorial she shared with us about her trips and showed us photos (some from insta one leh hahaha). Anyway ms ma is such a cool person!! Really glad she’s teaching us, if not chem would be so much less interesting/ bearable

Anyway I haven’t blogged much in a while, most significant events in the past 2 weeks are:
– ruhui’s bday celebration, where the guys came my house to bake cake and we faked an “econs project meeting” to surprise her then picnic-ed at botanic gardens
– my bday which I already blogged about
– alps outing on the last day of holidays! was slightly awkward cos not that many people went but overall not bad lah and I bowled for the first time!
– start of school…. homecoming was nothing much (except phoon on stage hahaha) and I didn’t eat breakfast at home cos I thought there was legit “breakfast with your ct” but we just went up to our classroom and weren’t allowed to eat D:
– first training where I miraculously improved after not training for 1.5 months! jiaolian’s making us go significantly faster now, after warm-up start connecting the first half already. my first training was pretty good but now my backlay always v messy D:
– econs project, my group submitted one day late and was still the first to submit LOL and “econs project is so mehh cos im dng new zealand” -benny hahahaha I didn’t get it until he explained
– trying to mug for sat which I am so unprepared for ahh D:
– start of h3- went to register with clarie last week then sat somewhere doing chem tutorial with sean, then jiun harn randomly appeared haha and I ended up taking a long bus ride back with him. Had an interesting conversation cos usually you wouldn’t really know what he thinks so yeah I got to know him a little bit better I guess! The actual start of h3 was meh cos it was just an “intro lecture” but good thing is that it was quite short so I went back for gym. Oh at one point the lecturer was saying something like “the fastest way to contact me would be through email, because I check my email very regularly, as most people do nowadays” which made me think “omg he sounds like jiun harn” then 2 seconds later benny went “he sounds like jiun harn” LOLOL he really does!!! Nobody will understand this unless they’ve heard jh talk before but nevermind hahaha I was very amused
– last alps session yesterday aka probably the only time I was happy to wake up early on a monday haha. Our team’s photo montage was done by jack, so much for “Don’t keep your hopes too high, I used Microsoft excel” LOL it was really good!! He included all the stupid photos like ____ peeing, and at the end he put everyone’s name and photo one by one and weideng was labelled “burden” HAHAHA. And all the things that nobody else will understand like mac and cheese and doe a deer :’)

Yesterday after training we folded up the tramp (with kern choong’s help, luckily he was there man if not nobody knows what to do lolol). Then today we moved everything to the other end of school, it was not as bad as I expected cos we had quite a lot of befrienders deployed by wannee to help us. Speaking of which, I never knew she was i/c for open house!! Wow it’s such a huge event I can’t imagine what it’s like being in charge of the whole thing, settling the gym booth was complicated enough alr lolol. Anyway the main thing was bringing the tramp down the staircase, tmr we’ll have to bring it UP omgg. And we had to bring more mats than we’d intended cos mr tan didn’t think it was safe (but like someone pointed out, during tramp comps there aren’t even mats at the sides!!) So we + the befrienders carried everything to the ISH, and at first some badminton people came and told us we couldn’t set up cos they had training later… But the councillors overruled them >D so we set up the tramp with everyone else in the ISH looking at us hahaha. Jazlee, junwei and qiwei voluntarily came to help move and set up the stuff too which was really nice!

The whole school has been spending so much effort preparing for open house haha hope it goes well!!!

School life has been normal but the next few weeks will probably be busier cos of proper start of h3 and deck the walls! I’m taking band, touch rug and hockey haha quite exciting but scary cos you only have one chance to take a photo which will be displayed on the walls for 1 year :O

little pancakes

Going out with your family is great hahaha you get good food without having to pay yourself xD anw went to try little pancakes today! It’s too pretty not to share but I’ve kind of abandoned instagram so just gonna¬†post here (no prizes for guessing which was mine)




Super pretty, tastes not bad but it’s so overpriced D: think I’ll stick to strictly haha more ex but more worth it too!

Today was quite retarded haha first of all I forgot to bring anything for both physics and chem lectures. Ms tan wasn’t here so we watched a beautiful mind for civics, and ofc we didn’t manage to finish, but we stopped like exactly where I watched until with cecilia last time -__- then v short break only which we made a tiny bit of progress on op. Then yeah lectures that I didn’t pay much attention to cos I didn’t have my notes x__x and the survey thing. Was supposed to meet jack and wei deng but I just ate lunch in canteen with benny sean zhang benji and cecilia who crashed our table LOL. After lunch I sat at canteen until weideng finallyy checked his phone, then we did our route planning stuff!

Idk how dawn and I somehow always manage to find each other everyday hahaha but yeah met her, zhang and benji and we slacked in the canteen until dawn and zhang left for their trainings. Then benji and I randomly met benny’s pw group doing their math soc treasure hunt, and we had nothing better to do so went to join them hahaha

So ya overall a v retarded day lololol. Sighh tmr’s supposed to be free day for my class but I’m probably still gonna be in school the whole day DDD:

what comes at the end of pain?

Ans: n.

Alternatively: “pain is temporary, death is forever” I forgot who said that just now but hahahaha so optimistic right

Writing this after alps training and omg my thighs aren’t even aching but my feet are super sore idek why o__o anyway bleh bukit timah training seems worse each time. Last time was probably cos I carried more weight but today I brought just enough water and went pretty slowly some more… meh too long never exercise alr my stamina is sad. For today I ended up right at the back with amanda kyros jack but it was fun walking with them! Tireddd though so I was considering just going home after the training but decided to go eat dinner w them and I’m glad I did x)

Lolol I just sat down at macs for 1min to rest cos I didn’t get to sit the whole way back.

Anyway the past 2 weeks have been quite good! The long weekend after cts was the best seriously, it was the closest to a real break we’ve had in a long time. Went ice skating :D it was fun but fang and amanda happened to be there at the same time too which was uhh a little bit weird. Then I went tiff’s house to slack around/ watch stuff and pig out! We tried watching vampire diaries(?) at first thanks to dawn but decided it wasn’t v nice, so we switched to Sherlock haha it’s not bad!

On sat I went for my uncle’s wedding ie. wore a dress! V amused at the reactions hahahaha like
Reudi: What’s the scale of this rarity
Jolene: 0.0000000000000000001

Sun was piggy outing heh we ate fruit tart and icecream :D and then had nothing to do so we randomly walked around nex. And looked at all the food/ looked for stuff with pigs LOL there was seriously a lot?? Pig notebooks and stickers and idk what else

Anw these 2 weeks have been mostly 1. pw and 2. getting back papers. We got our interview!!! But he didn’t help our cause very much cos our project is basically saying that he/his organisation isn’t doing a v good job and so uhh he obviously won’t substantiate that right lol. And transcribing while you’re sleepy is horrible but otherwise it’s actually quite okay

Getting back papers has been… surprisingly good! Didn’t really know what to expect but yay x) I thought I’d lose to sean like 5-0 but I’m actually winning heh heh. But meh doing well when it’s not the norm makes it v weird when people discuss results :/

Gym has been interesting! We tried out ihc on mon with a “noob perspective” hahahaha and gym deck the walls phototaking was on that day also, photog sent almost their whole exco cos apparently the previous year’s phototaking was v bad? But they still ended up with some ridiculously bad photos LOL jasmine’s ghost thing omg. And next year I’ll probably be in charge for gym eep :S anw I’m finallyyyyy making some progress for barani!!! I’ve been dreading barani and not knowing what I’m doing for the past idek how long but on fri I somehow managed to get some feeling so yayy hope it lasts! I still have no idea how to not pike though but ok at least I’m getting somewhere.

My french is so bad LOL george benny sean’s buddies came to our class for a few days this week and I can barely understand when they talk in french :/ anw yeah because of the buddies I’ve been spending abit more time with the rest of our clique ie. joining benji in his new hobby lololol

(I realised this whole post has zero connection between each para lol)


Cool stuff at the science centre!

the vortex thing!
water droplets under strobe lighting
dry ice in water (i think)
dry ice in water (?) making cool spiral things


I got to skip school with almost half my class for eureka, but unlike everyone else I went as a photographer x) anyway it was actually pretty fun cos I ended up walking around with benji and his friend! We tried some of the stations and got higher than all the real groups for the bio one heh heh pro or what.

My second op after street concert but I think clarie and I kind of failed at shooting the prize presentation lolol it was quite weird? need to try and take charge more next time haha

Oh and at one point I was referring to someone as “my friend’s friend”, then I figured that could probably apply between every 2 people there ie. 2 degrees of separation! I wonder if that also works for the whole of rj hmm cos everyone seems to know so many people through different places..