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hall 4
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Hey guys! :) I realised that I've not been blogging very frequently throughout the summer break (although I thought I would since, you know, it's break and all) but my life has been just a mundane block of wood so I didn't see much to write about - plus, I didn't really have the feels for writing if you know what I mean.

But anyways, I had officially been initiated in to Hall 4 after a year!!! *pops champagne and throws confetti* Granted, this year's was really mild and was honestly just a very chill experience compared to last year's. But I digress.

Hall 4 has been such a wonderful home to me and I am so, so thankful that I stayed on despite living solo in a double room, and having such a lonely life in sem 1 :') Since I didn't partake in hall camp, I went into hall only knowing Van (aka my ex roomie) and a friend or two from my FOC. Initially I thought that hall camp wasn't necessary because we were living together in a block as neighbours after all, and we are bound to speak to each other and get to know one another.

Wrong.

My usual routine was just classes > lunch > classes > dinner > homework > sleep without any interaction with anyone on my level other than Van, if she was in. Of course I had my guy friends too who were thankfully living in the same block just on level one, so sometimes after I've done my work and so have they, we'd convene in their room to play cards and talk. Before Uni, I was so nervous and afraid about living in a hall. All the time you hear of stories like roomies quarrelling with each other, someone stealing something and breaking in, people doing god knows what etc. It felt like I was just thrown in a jungle without any resources. Okay on hindsight, that was not a very good analogy. What I meant was, it's like just throwing yourself out there depending on just hearsay and without any experience or whatsoever so it's just so foreign.

I hated hall life when I was in sem 1 because it was just such a lonely period for me. But things took a turn for the better when December was approaching and I was pulled into Ohmelette, our hall dance. Initially I was extremely hesitant about joining because I didn't want my grades to suffer (since I heard from the seniors that pracs will drag till incredibly late at night etc) but Van signed both me and her up anyways. But that was the best decision I've ever made (or rather, someone has ever made for me). Dance pracs were lonely in the beginning (again) because of some things going on and Van left hall, so I was basically left alone to fend for myself. It felt like everyone knew everyone in hall dance already since most of them went for hall camp, and it was just me going solo again. I was so close to quitting dance once and for all, but eventually when someone was kind enough to ask if I wanted to dinner together, friendship blossomed and I started to have friends (yay)!

Pracs together, dinner together, go back to hall together, supper together (although only twice) - the formation of JOJO QIQI came about! HAHA OK I know the name's a bit lame, but ya well I'm so glad that we are now so close and are *gasp* NEIGHBOURS and I'm rooming with the other Jo (Joce)! They make me want to come back to Hall 4 and do my best for the hall :) It has been such an enriching experience being a fake freshie during hall camp too even though I felt so guilty that I wrote cards for everyone after that, explaining why there's the concept of fake freshies and to ask for their forgiveness :(

But all is well, and I really hope that the coming year will be a great year for all of us at Hall 4 :)

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alone time
Monday, July 3, 2017

hi all! It's been ages since I last blogged - I actually missed out the entirety of June, holy crap - and I think my writing skills (were there even any, at all?) has become rusty and I have to get back into the habit of blogging again.

But the thought of blogging just came to me today when I was doing my night run - it was an impromptu decision, really. Today has just been a day of being alone: no one to eat lunch with, and no one to eat dinner with too. Not that it makes me full of sadness but it was just a really stark contrast as compared to last week when I went out every single day from Monday to Sunday without fail (and spent a crapload of money too, ugh). I think it's really difficult to get alone time nowadays without feeling weird? As in, it's hard to decline people when they ask you out for a meal or a get together because that would just make you seem like somewhat of a social recluse so it just really gets tough sometimes to have some nice, quiet alone time. I don't complain when people ask me out though - I truly enjoy being in the company of friends and I'm honoured that you guys ask me out :') Being a serial extrovert, it's hard to enjoy alone time. Yes it is definitely needed, but I just can't see how much I need it until I actually have it and spend my time just being solo. I'm always in the need of company (read: needy af) and I love talking to people! So much so that when I'm alone I just talk to myself and scare my mom when she suddenly pops up and walks into my room or something; lmao.

But yep because of the alone time I had today, I had some quality time to myself! I picked up Wattpad again - it comes in phases, really - and went for a night run. Okay, more of an evening run. I reached the reservoir around 730 and start my run! It was really windy (not breezy, but actually windy) and the wind was blowing in my direction so it felt so good just working out when the sun was setting with a sense of tranquility all around me. The night around the reservoir is a lot quieter and peaceful as compared to the mornings when it's just filled with people, young and old, strolling or doing their runs. I think night running has opened my eyes to a whole new dimension (lmao, such dramatics)! I had this indescribable feeling when my feet were pounding on the gravel around the reservoir - it just felt like I could live in that moment - and I want to continue living in that moment, yknow? It's the perfect time for you to get swarmed by your thoughts - those thoughts that have been gnawing at you constantly throughout the day or some issues that you have been thinking and deliberating about for the longest of times just kinda surface and this peacefulness all around you makes it such a great environment for you to think in. It's like spiritual time with yourself. I know I sound like such a weirdo preaching about night running but I swear, it's the clearest that I've been in a long time and I really enjoyed my night run! Not to mention it's such a win win since I manage to stay healthy in the process too :)

Work has been such a whirlwind, I swear. My work has been piling up to the heavens and I feel like I can never ever finish work properly HAHA especially today when I was trying to rush out my end reports for campaigns but my boss kept asking me, "Jolene, do you have time to spare?" and gave me like so many more reports to churn out :') But well time did pass really quickly which I guess is the silver lining? I just really miss blogging and just chatting with you guys (not sure if anyone reads this but oh well) because it makes me think more coherently and kinda sorts out my thoughts a lot more? I feel like without blogging I have lost this sense of clarity that I used to have and I have a harder time articulating my thoughts and feelings. With that being said, I'm back! :)

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internship
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The internship season has begun (quite long ago, I might add) and so I have started on my internship journey!

Initially I'd thought it was lost cause with my internship situation because I've sent out countless of applications before finals, but none of them actually came back to ask me for more information or to settle the terms (lol). But my luck took a turn for the better and I've managed to land myself an internship at Mindshare!

Mindshare's a company under Group M, and they are basically doing media and marketing services! It has been a dream working here - the staff welfare are just boundless and plentiful that it makes the job so fun and enjoyable!

CNN visited our office on my first day of internship, and I got to get a go with being in front of the cameras and did a mock reporting as a news anchor. Not to mention there was also a welcome lunch for us interns (there were three of us), so we had some scrumptious dim sum at a restaurant across the street which was sponsored by the company.

On our third day, there was a party after work which had bottles of wine and beer, together with catered food (aglio olio and seafood with dessert, anyone?) as there was a team which was going to join us! Us interns had a great time mingling more with the permanent staff; I'd managed to show someone Ohmelette's dance piece HAHA and it was great! Who rejects free wine anyway?

And on Friday, there was *yet* another event! It was some pop up event and there were free crepes and, who would've guessed, more wine, beer and cider (haha) so another intern and I queued up for it in the middle of the day and we basically drank while working lol.

The workload has been pretty heavy, with lots of responsibility piled on my shoulders. But it's all good though - I'm learning so much in such a short time span with all the new terms and acronyms, alongside with new programs and softwares that I'm supposed to use daily (heh). It has definitely been a great internship so far! The other interns are nice too and we have lunches together :)

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JB Trip
Monday, May 15, 2017

The first post after the end of my finals shall be on a good note, I thought to myself - hence it shall be about the JB trip that I went on friday!

In all honesty it wasn't something that I was particularly looking forward to, seeing that I did not know what JB had to offer and I can't say that I'm exactly close to the people I was going with. Sure we were all hall friends, but definitely not super close friends, you know?

But it was still my first JB trip nonetheless and when the date drew near, I found myself anticipating this one day trip.

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The day started off a little bit off the wrong foot: we all agreed to meet at 930am at Kranji, but we were only at full attendance at 1030am (lmao) so I was feeling a little bit... iffy? I would say? I mean, if you know me, punctuality is wayyyy on top on my priority list (I would even dare say, the first item) so I was already feeling a bit annoyed to say the least. But it was all good - the bus arrived, we all piled on and started taking ig stories all over to document this journey of us leaving Singapore and driving across the causeway.

After all the immigration checks and whatnot, we have arrived in JB! We first had some lunch at Swenson's (hahaha ya I know right) at City Square Mall for a good SGD$7 and then we had some SGD$2 Gong Cha! It was our lucky day because Jocelyn and I were looking out for something to quench our thirst with (Swenson's did not provide us with glasses of plain water) and she suggested some Gong Cha which I gladly complied with. To our surprise, we saw this massive long queue and a rather degrading remark was made (which I would definitely not post here) before realising that the long queue was because it was Friday, and they had a promotion of RM5 for any regular sized drink! I opted for a large to it was RM6, essentially SGD$2 for a nice large cup of salted caramel chocolate. Yum.

We then explored the mall a little and went around playing in this structure which was modelled after a bus in some extended part of the mall, before stopping at Baskin Robbin's since someone wanted to get his fix of ice cream. It was then when we properly kind of interacted with each other, with John zooming in into a part of someone's face and everyone guessing who it was. It ended up being hilarious when Ray's eye was shown and everyone  (Ray included) was debating on whether it was my eye, or Jocelyn's - only to collapse in laughter when it was shockingly revealed to be Ray's!

After that little game we decided that it was time to leave and we each took separate cabs to go over to KSL. There were nine of us in total, so we split into three groups and had two groups hailing a cab while my group (which thankfully had Jocelyn) got a Grab and each paid like RM2 for the 10 minutes ride.

KSL was pretty boring though - the shops just seemed to remind me of Bugis Street air-conditioned, with various little pop up stores along the floors most of them selling phone related gadgets or services. But we went to KSL as two of us wanted to go for a massage - so the rest of us were just doing some aimless window shopping. We had a short two minutes of fun when John was playing the claw machine (the toy was lifted up, but unfortunately did not drop into the chute) before going into Popular (my idea, no surprises there) and coming out with some stationery! I bought a Sarasa and a refill for RM3.90. Cheap thrills.

After meeting up with the rest we left KSL to go to Jalan Dhoby for some cafe hopping! Apparently Jalan Dhoby is kind of like Haji Lane, with some hipster shops and a ton of cafes. So we piled into two cabs (we took Grab again, and it was like another RM2) and went on our way. We first went into a cafe selling coconut ice cream / thai iced milk tea, but none of us really got anything other than John and Ray. But this cafe had wifi (!) so soon enough everyone was on their phones taking ig stories again lmao. Our generation.

After they polished off their ice creams and drinks, we headed over to another cafe across the street and we spent like three hours there. Each of us bought something - Jocelyn and I shared some oreo churros and nutella waffles which added up to RM6 per person omg - and just sat there playing Truth or Truth the entire time. It was a game of risque questions being thrown around, and honestly was the highlight of the entire day (haha). Of course, I was blushing throughout the entirety of the game because how can I not afford to feel embarrassed for the questions they were made to answer??? They were ruthless and savage when it came to their turn to ask questions but thankfully Jocelyn, Chiqi and I were pretty much spared those questions because we are all angels (cue angel emoji here).

Soon enough the time was eight so we headed to this seafood tze char place which is apparently quite well-visited by most of the frequent JB goers. The food was alright - pretty cheap and tasty - but it wasn't something that I can fully appreciate seeing that I do not enjoy seafood, heh. Sue me.

When I finally reached home and was ready for bed it was already 1am lol. It was definitely a tiring day, yes, but I'm glad that I went ahead with the trip and did not pull out at the last minute (lol).

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