Reflections: I don't know about you, but I'm feeling '23'

30 November 2015

I'll let you in on a little secret that I don't think I've told anyone before. Well, until now that is. Every year on my birthday, I take some time out of my day to reflect. I reflect on the achievements I've accomplished over the past year, mourn the loses that change brings and prepare for the year ahead. It's almost like a tradition - pre new year. So in celebration of my birthday this past weekend, I wanted to just take some time and reflect.

Let me take you back in time to last year. I was fresh out of university with my newly qualified degree, ready to take on my next new adventure. I had just taken up a new full-time position to support my future endeavours, and was actively pursuing my personal and career ambitions. But like many who leave university, I was still figuring out all the pieces of the missing puzzle. I felt so overwhelmed by the culture shock of no longer holding the title of student, and the life that came with it. I had no clue how things would be in the next couple of months, let alone a year. But despite all that, this past year - no matter how puzzling it seemed to be - has been one of the most enriching experiences I've had in my life. Though nothing went according to plan, everything worked out for the best. Life gave me what I needed - nothing more and nothing less. If I could go back in time, I would tell myself that ...

Life Lessons I Learnt from 'Digimon'

22 November 2015

Growing up, Digimon was my favourite animated series - ever. After a long day spent at school, I vividly remember running out of the passenger seat of my dad's silver Nissan into the living room and switching on television at 3:30 sharp! Back then in the late 90s and 00s, when an episode aired you saw live then and there, and that was that. No catching up online. No second chances - zilch. How times have changed, eh?

I clung to each episode with such curiosity, eager to know what would happen next. 
And even after all this time, I still love this show with all my being. Now that's not to say that the cheesy pre-teen dialogue doesn't make me cringe - I mean seriously guys? Some of those one liners ... Nope. But this was one of the first shows I fell in love with, where I was genuinely captivated by dynamic characters and meaningful storylines. I was hooked. I'm so excited for the upcoming Digimon Adventure Tri episodes coming our way. I can hardly wait! So on this segment of Life Lessons, I'm proud to present the lessons I learnt from Digimon Adventure.

An Evening with Yeonmi Park: A North Korean Survivor

15 November 2015

Since I can remember, I have found myself absolutely fascinated by North Korea. In a world where we have unlimited access to information at our fingertips, it baffles me that a nation like North Korea still exists. Kept under the tight-knit reign of the most hated man in the world, Kim Jong Un, civilians are sheltered from outside influence leaving them at the mercy of their nation. 
It was once a land filled with mystery and complete secrecy, completely isolated from civilisation. But as more and more North Koreans escape the clutches of their nation, the horror that they faced during their time there, is now being shared amongst the general public. North Korea is a living breathing dystopian nightmare novel come to life, where the tightly wound government continues to spread propaganda in full force. It is a place where critical thought is shunned, and the key to survival is obedience and witful tact. After all, the best way to keep it's people loyal is through fear and lack of knowledge. So much more easier to control. 

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