Sunday, 1 April 2012

Open my eyes to new learning environment

There are so many things happened this week. And so I'm a bit excited plus nervous, cause' I don't know what I tell first. Also, I've beening changing the title of this post again and again, and finally I decided the theme for tonight as "new learning environment". Then again, haha I just can't get out of my personal story telling style of writng. Hahaha, you see, this blog is like a 'diary'! And yeah, I have to admit that it really sounds like. But nope, haha, I know, this is not a diary, mann. My real-diary is a bit more secret, meaning that you'll find some secrets of mine here. In another aspect, those secrets will be revealed here. In fact, this is an oxymoron, no secret, man. I have no secret to tell you, I guess.  

To sum up my experiences in self-learning in first month, I had a great start in new style of learning, and also overcame challenges (including wisdom tooth situation). I really like this new way of independent-studying. It's true that ba-degree(level6, if I'm not wrong) is harder than advanced diploma. We need a lot more of in-depth reading, and critical thinking. When we write essays, we cannot just put quotes of other scholars to support our views. We do need to really understand additional readings that we choose. And importantly, our written works must be understandable and show that we understand what we read. 

However, I feel that this semester is less stressful than those semesters in my advanced diploma. I think it's because I've learnt key media debates/theories. So when I look at the researches relating to media studies, I can link the ideas with what I've learnt easily. For another two months, I need to read many many many research papers, and write a critique, write a report, as well as submit assignments plans. We also have forum contribution to participate. I've published to threads, got another two more to do! au au ah ah ah! So it's basically 'online-learning' :). Yup, these few months in Singapore we need to focus on readings. Then, when we are in UK, we'll learn more, and also need to pratically research there. So, I need to find inspiring researhes, and then apply them to my work, and find some gaps to fill!  I don't know what to do yet, I have to read and read and read and read more! 

To read is one way of learning. But I do also like to experience real activity. One of the ethnography articles that I read is about problem in accessing hollywood. The author of this paper tried to do everything to do ethnography research. One thing she did was doing participant-observation when the company interface wih public. She mentioned good points in her articles (that I won't write in here, it will be way too academic haha), so I was interested in this method. To recap, I haven't had a topic for my mass comm. project yet. But I love observing, and write about it. Monday (16-3-12), I visited Bishan Public Library, and I looked through events brochure. That's how I found the news about a screenplay writer tour"Saying Grace". I did not really understand what this event is about, but the admission for this section is free so I joined it. Tuesday(17-3-12), the date of this event, I knew that it's actually a performance. I enjoyed the show, and was inspired by Hu Fangda, the screen writer of this show; he is only 17 year-old and did such a great work. I also enjoyed observing everything I saw there :), and I wrote my reflection on it. 

(30-3-2012) Friday is the day of rest, and enjoy! I put this term by my own, haha. 
Friday! Friday! Friday! Sounds like the day for party (and then it’s Friday again! That sounds fimilar, huh?). But, nope! Right after class, we just went back home on our own ways. So did I. I went back home to throw all my stuffs, changed clothes, and then grabbed my dirty socks,put them into my pants and stepped out from home. 

I walked to Punggol Park, my all time favorite place for exercising and filling inspiration. That evening was the most special one I ever had. I saw a new bike rental shop there. Then, the owner of that shop started explaining about the routes, and way to go. So I was like, wow! My park has changed so much throughout these 6 months. So, I was interested in what he said. But the price for renting is 8dollars per hour! And that's really expensive. I was not sure if I could ride within 2 hours or not, and more importantly, it’s really not cheap. So I agreed with what he suggested; yeahhh you know, maybe it’s a better idea to ask my friends the other days.
Then, I started to jog following the route he suggested. It was so awesome, it looks totally different, man, and when I put my earphone with worship song, my soul was lifted up. I enjoyed using not-so-clear camera (images captured are all blur)  on phone to take photographs of my evening, my night. 

 This is the map that guy gave me (btw,taken my cannon later)

 Now, this is what I shot by phone

 Actually not bad, eh? looks every artistic ;)
 Is this consider as a piece of art?
 Some weird light

While I was jogging, I saw weird living thing on floor. At my first look, I thought it was a mole,rat, or porcupine that kind of thing. It’s not! It’s a little bird with broken legs, I suggested that she had not died yet, but nearly die. It seems like she was trying to move, but couldn’t. I was really worried about her, but I couldn’t help.

 On the one side, I was scared to look at it. On the other hand, I don’t think I can help. Maybe, my sister can help it, but she is not in Singapore. So I had to walk away, and looked back at it again, then really had to walk away. . . my heart felt really sorry for that little bird. Then, I asked God, "I don’t know why but I’m so sad. I can’t stop thinking of that image of little bird." Then, I felt in my heart that He said, “This is how you care about that little bird, how much more will I, your creator, love you? When you cannot make something happen by yourself, don’t you try, you are just like this little bird. You need my help, and I’m always able and willing to carry you with me”. 

Another thing that came to my mind was about people in this world. There’re much more people in world that need God, but they do not know that He can help them. When thinking about reality, I feel somewhat even more scared and creepy. So, I praise God for He is my helper. And therefore, I was convinced that in every difficulties, He is with me. Moreover, I believe in His calling for me; to be light of this world. I don’t know how God will use me, but I’m ready, and I’m willing to be in part with Him, because Lord is my creator. When I look at the moon in sky, among the dark town, I remember the author of this world. Lord, You are so good to me, I love You too.

When the sky was turning to dark, I heard some weird dance song upon my head. The atmosphere was changed from inspirational natural to somewhat Clarke Quay? Yes, there’s a football field with noisy music (I found it sounds fun though), and the restaurants. With my curious personality, I climbed up to see what really happened there. I saw (maybe) high class restarants with people drinking beer and wine up there.

Then, I tried to see if there’s any other restaurants I can effort for food. I only saw ‘Pop eyes’ that sounds interesting , but after all, I remembered that I just exercised. So, I walked down and went ahead. Now, sky really turned to dark, but people still enjoyed exercising. This is one thing I’m impressed about Singapore; there are places that encourage people to have good health. And so do I want to be strong, and that’s all about what was doing there. However, I saw other new things. Firstly, new bike rental store, secondly, new routes for jogging, thirdly, God expressed his love to me by image of little bird (physically seen though), fourthly, something that usually happen when I explore new thing, and go way too far….. 

Hmm, not really. This time I didn’t lose my way, as God led me. But I was so tired! It was a long journey, but was very very fun! So from the restaurants , I walked to newater shelter, then I walked back to the restraurants. Decided not to eat at Popeyes, and walked to KFC instead. Found Golf park, bought a can of soyamilk, and took LRT to MRT and came back to Compasspoint.

After finished dumpling soup, I went to Popular, the books and stationaries shop, and I bought “this is a love story” fiction by Jessica Thompson. I want to improve on my natural English skills, and also, I want to try this kind of romantic fiction. I know I can’t have it in real life now, so I read this book instead. While writing this, I remember, in real life, I have a greater love. The love of God. And He surely prepared one for me haha. I don't know where he is, but hope to meet him soon.  

Saturday (31-3-12), I went to Ang Mo Kio for studying at the public library there haha :)  

 What a sin I've commited! Nevermind ahh! Just one meal, can! =P

 A cup of hot vanilla <3 I love it! This really makes me love studying at PLB haha.

 @Ang Mo Kio Public Library 

Sunday (1-4-12), changed my learning atmosphere at home :) haha

 Just managed my stuffs a bit :) opened Jazz melody from Now I can enjoy studying at home as if I'm relaxing in a coffe shop haha. 

  I went to New Creation Church in the afternoon =) And after service, I went to Esplanade again! haha! It's like my second home! 

I planned to have an awesome cup of Cappuccino at the library there, but there were too many people that I won't be able to concentrate on my works. So I went down and find another cafe. I found good-looking cafe,with attractive red chairs inside. I was attracted to go in and ordered iced cappuccino with cute sandwish haha. 

The coffee tastes not as nice as the one in library, but not too bad. At least it's not too strong, so I think can sleep tonight (OMG it's 1.48am now!). The taste of sandwish is on standard quality, but it too hard for me. I had a little pain in my gum while eating it. Anyway, overall impression is good :) I could concentrate only my study well on the red chair. But, I still prefer studying in Ang Mo Kio Public Library more =) 

Well, for photographs of the week, I'd like to present...
my night in Esplanade, Clarke Quay,.. somewhere around there .. enjoy!

That's all for tonight :) yay! !! 

Music for tonight? Hmmmm.. 

This is my recent fav song <3

 You come to me with words hope
My strength is renewed again 

Goodnight people! Enjoy your week ahead :3 I'll also enjoy my study life. I got the feeling that gonna some good things happening this week xD