With the end of winter break nearing and the start of semester 2 just around the corner, time is ever so precious. Unfortunately, COVID-19 still persists, forcing us to make the remaining days of the holidays worth at home. Here are some things you can do to bid the winter break a productive goodbye, and that you won't get the chance to do once the workload kicks in.
1. MARIE KONDO YOUR HOUSE
Thoroughly clean up and neaten your area, get it ready for the new semester. Get rid of all the notes you do not need anymore, and throw out whatever doesn't spark joy. Apart from earning feelings of achievement, spring-cleaning will also help you be aware of items you forgot you owned. A cleaned environment will definitely be more conducive for yet another online semester. Here are some videos to check-out if you find yourself needing that extra push:
2. BINGE-WATCH SHOWS
When school starts, binge-watching shows on your bed from night till morning is a habit you'll no longer afford to have. ICYMI, here are some shows you should catch if you haven't already.
• The Good Place
An American comedy series of 4 seasons, made up of 53 half an hour episodes. I honestly really loved this for how overdramatic it was. If you need something easy to watch, this is a good option.
• Gossip Girl
Now's your chance to re-watch gossip girl for the 6th time. xoxo
• Cursed (yes that's Hannah Baker from 13 Reasons Why)
Although a fantasy, Cursed is a coming-of-age story that tabs on the themes we are presently familiar with.
• The OA
For those that enjoy a good thriller, this show is really so good. Warning, Netflix won't be bringing in the next season, so try not to get too hooked!
• The World of the Married (not available on Netflix)
This K-drama kept me on the edge of my seat throughout, and I found myself persuading my own mother to watch it too. The definition of drama, every episode holds a plot twist, sure to stir up emotions of anger, shock and disbelief.
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I've always wanted to cultivate a habit of reading, but my number one excuse for failing to do so is lacking time. If you're like me, I guess now's a good time to start. Here's a list of some good reads if you're not sure where to begin:
• Trash of Society by Jason Wong
a book written by a fellow Singaporean that follows his story from the time he studied in Australia, to becoming the founder of the Yellow Ribbon Project
• The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*** by Mark Manson
a realistic self-help book that is written by a blogger, this book argues that the mindless positivity of a typical self-help book is impractical and does not help. He also touches on how our struggles are what gives life meaning
• The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
originally written in Portuguese, The Alchemist is a fictional book about following your heart pursuing your dreams
• This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay
a humorous non-fiction book that is made up of diary entries of a medical trainee. Carrying a sarcastic and very honest tone, this book is truly raw, heartbreaking, and also easy to read.
• Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
by the creator of Grey’s Anatomy and the executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder, Year of Yes is a book that revealed how saying yes changed her life. Read this for motivation to live a little more
• The Bell Jar by Slyvia Plath
a semi-autobiography, this book was written under a pseudonym that journeys through the author's mental breakdown while interning at a fashion magazine company
4. LEARN A NEW DISH
Before we all get busy again, take the time to trial and error with different ingredients. Attempt to cook something you never thought you could. Challenging yourself by doing so can actually be really fun and also come in useful for busier days ahead. Here are some good outlets to get you started:
5. SIGN UP FOR A FREE ONLINE CRASH COURSE
If you're done with relaxing and rotting and already tried everything above, consider signing up for a quick online class to learn a new skill before the semester starts. One of the good things that came out of COVID-19 is also increased access to free online courses made for everyone. Class Central provides a continuously updated list of different free courses that you can expose yourself to.
In a blink of an eye, the new semester will greet us. Remember to reset your body clock and get ready to get back to the grind, fellow Singaporeans! We hope that all of you had a good break and most importantly, continue to practice safe health measures and look after your health!
by GERMAINE YAP • edited by KIMBERLY PANG
As an editor for Singaporeans of Victoria, Germaine wishes to give prospective and future students a sneak peek to what life in Melbourne would be like as a Singaporean. Studying Commerce at The University of Melbourne, she loves to take walks and has a secret (but now not so secret) goal to conquer all the parks around Melbourne.