Back on sunny island aka Singapore, hopefully to revamp the blog and attempt to keep it updated once again. It’s been awhile and I bet most people have forgotten its existence. (boohoo) This August marks the end of my first year in Beijing Normal University, it has been an exciting ride so far with many changes within just a short period of time. So for the fresh start to this blog once again, let me recall what went on for the past year in Beijing. (long entry ahead)
as most of you should know by now, i am currently doing my international M.A program in Comparative Education. The course is 2 years and conducted in English, with 15 other international friends from all over the world. It has been great and I’ve learnt a lot of things from my peers too. It is indeed different from my SMU days but life’s good so far. Almost done with most of my classes except for 1 core and 1 elective class. Now time to fight and struggle with my final thesis which is on social media+educational leadership.
so as usual, I am still pretty active in school – joining student clubs and helping out in events. Joined this chinese debate on Beijing Traffic (see pic) and we won second prize! That’s quite an achievement for someone who barely speaks Chinese back home. I was also dragged into a music instrument competition and forced to practice Guzheng once again after 7 years of not touching it..thank god my foundation is still strong enough for a Bronze award. The most ridiculous prize I’ve won is probably the cooking competition where I had to wrap dumplings. But it has been fun and adds on alil spice in my student life. It gets really boring some times. Of course, having friends do help – sadly, most of them are back home for good as they are on 1 year program or exchange. Hopefully the next semester will bring in more friends that I might get along with.
I have also been traveling around China as much as I can. So far in the past year, I think I have been to Harbin, Xi’An (again), LanZhou, BeiDaihe, Tianjin, QinHuangDao, XiJiaZhuang, countryside of Beijing and of course the climb to HuaShan (see pic) was most memorable. Traveling around China is relatively cheap though I’d say every city looks pretty much the same to me somehow. Starting to love the great nature much more and looking forward to visit more places once I am more or less done with my thesis next year!
Came back to Singapore since 8th July and had the honor to help out with the University Events team in SMU at this year’s commencement. Was great seeing all my friends again and juniors who are graduating this year. Reminded me of my own commencement in 2011, which sadly, I didn’t take that many pictures of or any studio shots. Guess there’s always the next graduation to look forward to! Speaking of future, I am currently hoping to find a job in Singapore that will relocate me to Beijing. (p.s if you come across any companies hiring, do drop me a message! deeply appreciated!) Probably back to Marketing/PR/Events/Management field since I think Education requires much more patience than I have.
In the meantime, do remember this blog and come back for more updates. I promise to do this regularly once again since my classes are almost over! Give me suggestions on what to blog about too! =)