Maybe I’m Not Suitable to Donate Blood. Maybe That’s Ok.

I guess I’ve been able to call myself a ‘regular blood donor’ for the past 5 years. Sure, I always to travel to places where malaria or dengue fever or some other potential disease that prohibits you from donating blood for a long period after you return home, but I always remember to book in for another donation as soon as I can. Today was no different. I was willing to gift myself the pleasure of donating blood again after not being able to donate for 4 months because I went to Indonesia. Continue reading

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Pay It Forward Day, but who’s paying?

“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can change the world for the better”.

Today is Pay It Forward Day, which is a global initiative that advocates for acts of kindness. As I was scrolling through their list of things that they suggest you can do, I came across this one: “Help someone out in need“. And while I am all for acts of kindness no matter how big or small they are, I’d like to challenge this thought. Continue reading

An Upcoming Summer Without Much Travels?

Around September every year, I spend the month pulling my hair out over what should be an easy decision- where to travel to over the summer (Australian summer, which is from December to February). I have been privileged enough to be able to travel overseas for an extended amount of time every summer for the past 3 years, so that over that three-month period, I have only really stayed at home for no more than 3 weeks! Yes, my routine for September has continued, but I’ve decided on something different this time. I’m actually going to stay at home! While I know I’m going to have many regrets about Continue reading

What I Wish I Was Told Before Studying Psychology

I don’t know where you’re reading this, but at least here in Australia, psychology’s an extremely popular subject choice. At my university, 2000 people enrol in first-year psychology. There are about 500 in second-year, and in third-year the numbers drop off again. Having studied at university for three years now, psychology still takes me by surprise. If you’ve ever considered studying psychology at university, read on: Continue reading

Why I Choose To Spend More Time With My Family As I Get Older

It was my birthday the other day, and I don’t know about you, but I always think back to what I was doing on this exact day a few years ago. Sure, I might not be able to remember all of these monumental days, but I can at least compare the one this year to the ones in recent years.

I realised that ever since I started uni three years ago, I’ve opted for birthdays spent with my family more than these monumental days spent with friends. And actually, I’ve realised that often I have opted to turn down social events and various freelance jobs throughout the year just to hang out with my family.

People, and sometimes myself too, don’t understand why. I mean, I still live at home. I can see my family every day. Right? But… Continue reading

Confessions of An Atypical Uni Student

I After three years of being at uni, I’m slowly realising that everything I was told in high school about this magical phase of my life hasn’t really happened. Every time I mention something that I love, or complain about something that I hate, someone will always go on to say that I’m crazy. But hey, that’s ok! I’m finally starting to embrace these abnormalities! Here’s a list of my confessions: Continue reading

Why I Love Airports

I love airports! Whenever someone in my family has to go to the airport for whatever reason, I always accompany them no matter how many  errands I had to run. I secretly take pride in telling my friends the sentence: “Oh, sorry I’m unavailable for this event ‘coz I have to go to the airport.” My friends  don’t understand my love for simply going to the airport, even if I’m not the one who’s leaving. Here’s why I love it so much: Continue reading