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Brainzyme Review — Focus, Motivation and Energy

19 October 2020


With the year rounding up to an end in just a couple of months away, work has been starting to pile up and up with no end in sight. Anyone else is going through this too? I’m a research assistant at the University of Malaya with a couple of tasks on my plate, searching for my next job and juggling all that with a never-ending stream of new proofreading projects. Things have never been so chaotic and busy for me. But then again, I’m kind of living for it. I like being up on my feet and staying busy when I can.

Coincidentally, I was recently approached by a representative from Brainzyme who was kind enough to offer me their supplement products to review. Brainzyme offers a large range of products that mostly aims at enhancing your cognitive performance. Out of all their products that they have, I was given two which were Brainzyme Focus Original (Mild Formula) and Brainzyme Focus Pro (Strong Formula).

Just like I did with my previous sponsored post, I gave these supplements a fair try for a week and now I have my personal verdict ready. Also note that my review is purely from my own experience from consuming both supplements.

What is Brainzyme?

Brainzyme is a UK-based company of brain enhancer supplements that claim their products can scientifically support four main areas of our brain - focus, concentration and energy memory. Their products are all made out of natural plant-based ingredients that have been scientifically tested. As far as my research goes, the products are all halal as well as the ingredients used in their products are vegan, which also includes the protein extracts.

Some of their ingredients include:
  • Matcha - Contains components that can enhance concentration and also high in antioxidants 
  • Guarana seeds - Contains natural caffeine that keeps fatigueness at bay when you need the energy to stay alert
  • Ginkgo Biloba - Packed with antioxidants and also improves blood flow to the brain for better function and well-being
Of course, I had my skepticisms still, as I always have towards supplements and pills that claim to help with our cognitive function. However, I did feel a sense of relief when I found out that compared to certain product brands, Brainzyme supplements are all fully compliant with UK regulations, including the Standards of the British Department of Health and other agencies to name a few. 

My Honest Review of Brainzyme

I was given  Brainzyme Focus Original (Mild Formula) and Brainzyme Focus Pro (Strong Formula), the first one being the mildest out of the two. I used all two products across the week that I especially allocated to test them out for myself. 

Now you probably didn’t know this, but I have never been a fan of medicines, particularly pill capsules because I have always had a difficulty swallowing them. Obviously, since I’m alive and standing today, none of the pills I consumed throughout my life successfully clogged up in my throat as I feared. Brainzyme supplements felt surprisingly easy to swallow down with water and before I knew it, I was done with it.

Now as for the supplements and if they worked for me — they did! I’m not sure if it’s just a placebo effect or some other factors that made it work, but whatever it is, Brainzyme Original definitely boosted my sense of alertness and motivation to complete my work for the day. Once consumed, it took a couple of minutes for the “effect” to come into action and for the next few hours of the day, my fingers were flying over my laptop and I actually managed to complete all my tasks.

My mum also joined in the bandwagon to test the Original as she had her own fair share of work from home too. However, in her case, it took the pills a while to take into effect. I guess that’s where the Brainzyme Focus Pro came in. This time and with the same amount of consumption of 3 pills a day, I felt the effect faster and lasted for a longer duration of time. I’m a procrastinator at heart and one reason for this is highly because of my lack of concentration. I get easily distracted by other tasks while doing something else. But for once while I was testing the Brainzyme supplements, I had work done in one go instead on innumerable separate occasions. 

I did not experience any obvious side-effects from consuming Brainzyme’s supplements which I guess is great. Of course, for different consumers, our experiences with the products may vary. If you’re on a look-out for a brain enhancer product that helps with focus and concentration, then I’d recommend Brainzyme to get your work done.

With that, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading through my review. If you want to know more about Brainzyme and how to get their products in your hands, visit their website here. 

AND if you’re a fellow Malaysian reader, you can get more discounts on your first purchase by using the code ‘MALAYSIA5’ to get an extra 5% on top of your 15% discount!

I Dream Better | Origin Superior Coolmax® Latex Pillow Review

16 October 2020

You know, when I was first approached by Best in Singapore about testing out a pillow from Origin, it wasn’t hard at all for me to say ‘yes’. One reason is partly because my own pillow that I had prior to acquiring the Origin Superior Coolmax Latex Pillow was in complete shambles. And there’s also something so insufferable about a bad pillow not helping to support my posture after spending hours of holding my neck up from breaking in half after working in front of a laptop all day. 

I may be a little dramatic but 2020 has been nothing but dramatic so far. It is how it is. Of course, despite this being a sponsored post, I’m pretty serious about putting out my honest review of my experience of using the pillow. I have tested the pillow for almost a week now and I’m ready to write out my thoughts on it.

What Comes in the Box?
Source image: Origin Mattress Singapore

You see, I haven’t had that many experiences with different kinds of pillows, but the Origin Superior Coolmax® Latex Pillow does feel a whole lot different to the ones I had. It was recently nominated as one of the top 8 best pillows in Singapore (take a look at this article here for more on this: Best 8 Pillow in Singapore) and I can honestly see why.

When the box with the pillow arrived, I was thrilled (hey, it’s my first sponsored post, it hits differently) and immediately opened up the package. It comes in a big blue box wrapped with layers of plastic to secure the pillow inside. Nothing looked like it was out of place. Great!

The Secrets Beneath the Pillow Cover
Source image: Origin Mattress Singapore

After I removed all the packaging out of the way, I finally had the pillow in my hand. I felt the soft tencel fabric that is the removable cover for the pillow and it felt so soft and cooling to the touch. The great thing about the cover is that it's hypoallergenic (won’t easily cause allergic reactions for those with sensitive health conditions), washable via washing machine and helps to keep the pillow's lifespan longer. I have the worst sinus problems in the morning and even after changing pillowcases, it sometimes doesn’t go away. Based on my experience with using Origin Superior Coolmax® Latex Pillow and its cover, I’ve been waking up almost sinus-free every morning for the past one week. Turns out that this pillow is very durable against dust accumulation, bacteria and mould problems. Now let’s get straight to the pillow itself because that’s what’s truly important here. True to its name, the pillow is made out of natural latex that seems to softly hug the shape of your head and still gives you the support it needs. It’s not like one of those very plush feathery pillows that swallow our head whole like we’re accustomed to. If you seek better head support and spine relief like I do with my kind of lifestyle, this pillow does its job.

My Thoughts on the Pillow?
The Origin Superior Coolmax® Latex Pillow feels like a dream to sleep on. I haven’t had much sleep these past few weeks and suffered through many painful neck aches because of work, but after lying down on the pillow for a couple of hours, I actually felt a lot better. Not to say that it cures my problems, but I got better sleep quality than I had in awhile. The first time I slept on the pillow, it did smell slightly strong of latex being that it is a natural latex pillow. However, the scent gradually fades over time and it didn’t bother me much afterwards. 

It costs RM400 for an Origin Superior Coolmax® Latex Pillow which, for some, can be a very pretty price tag to pay for. But looking at several pointers, investing in your own quality sleep and rest, as well as the benefits the pillow has to offer, it feels like it’s worth your every penny. Some of those benefits include:
  • 1 Week Delivery only if you order for the pillow online. I was so surprised by how fast I got mine!
  • 7-day free return option that allows you to return the product to Origin’s warehouse if you’re not satisfied with it
  • 2 years warranty which I think is pretty impressive
  • Designed in Germany and made locally in Malaysia
So if you’re slightly tempted to know more about this pillow, hop on to Origin’s links below!

Featuring Origin founders, Shaun and Gee. Credit to Express Photography.

Origin Mattress

Thank you very much to Best in Singapore for kindly sponsoring this post! You can check out their links below as well:

Best in Singapore

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What's in My Bag?

21 September 2020

When it comes to bags, I've always been pretty much your typical backpack kind of girl. School had a lot to do with my preference in a lot of things since what I carried mostly consisted of books that could at times be horrendously heavy. And then there was the fact that I used to think handbags were for "grownup ladies" and I didn't think I could picture an image of myself looking so grownup with a handbag hung over my shoulder. 

Still, I grew a little older and I've taken a liking towards handbags. They just look so pretty to carry around and when it comes to formal occasions like private dinners, weddings and the like, bringing a laptop backpack doesn't seem very appealing. Not only that, sometimes, I would want to escape from looking like a student all the time especially when I'm with friends. Handbags or a pretty casual backpack seems to be a more practical and smaller option to hold my things.

Until today, I own three different handbags and all fit for different occasions. For today, I'll be talking about my more favourite option out of the three. Here she issssss!

This simple black bag is my most preferred item to carry around when I'm on short outings with friends and just anywhere else. It's not anything branded and it cost me just above RM100 from a sale event at KL Central late last year. I never regretted making this purchase and it's been with me wherever I go.

As you can tell, despite how small this bag is, I could store a lot of stuff that I want to bring around with me. This is also going to sound super random but I love that this bag is so squishy! Anyway, these are my usual items in my bag these days:

Book | I haven't read much these days but I'll always make an effort to carry a book with me wherever I go. It's more out of habit than because of the need to feed my actual reading habits. A good book makes good company in long train rides or when I'm waiting for my food order at a restaurant.

Mask pouch | Since masks aren't always durable, I would have an extra in my bag for emergencies. I keep at least one in a pouch.

Purse | Girl, I can't go anywhere without my purse! It's nothing fancy. I had this passed down to me from my sister and if you personally know me, I can never say no to a cute pink purse.

Makeup pouch | I keep all my makeup essentials that are travel friendly in this small pouch I got as a door gift from a friend's wedding recently. It's so cute and handy to carry just the right amount of things I need without having them spilling everywhere inside the rest of my handbag. In here, there's always a concealer, two lipsticks of different shades (must be ready to rise to any occasion), a blusher and its brush (I can't find one that's smaller in size. I'm still on a lookout for one), and a light moisturiser.

Hand sanitiser | Even before the pandemic knocked on our door months ago, I've always kept a steady hand sanitiser or a packet of anti-bacterial wet tissues with me. I've been using this particular bottle for months now and there's no sign that it'll be used up any time soon! 

Black pen | A pen is always handy when you need it. Sometimes, I need it to sign anything like  visitor logs before going inside a shop or public places when the QR code on my app isn't working (it always does this on my phone ugh). 

So what are your current "must haves" in your handbag? Share about them in the comments below!

10 Things that Make Me Happy at Home

19 September 2020

We're almost coming to an end in 2020 and this is the most that I've spent my time at home. Since my degree years when I was super active with extra-curricular activities, contests, events etc., I rarely spared moments to sit at home and enjoy just being in the moment. However, things have changed rather drastically this year and I've been mostly at home going through one day at a time. 

I'm currently working from home as a research assistant until my contract ends later this year. In the meantime, I'm rediscovering things that I haven't gotten the chance to do: taking more proofreading projects, catching up with a few mobile games, watching new anime shows and so much more. This also got me realising that there's a lot to love and do while I'm home. And  thus, this brings us here: 10 Things that Make Me Happy at Home. 

This post idea was inspired by the original article from Elsie here.

1. Playing with my cats
Our two cats, Leo and Dessi are our reliable cure for boredom and when we need to keep ourselves occupied in between work breaks. And surprisingly, they turn out to be amazing exercise buddies because they love playing fetch and hide-and-seek (Leo especially). 

                                        Queen Dessi dozing off for the 100000th time that day

Leo in his majestic cat cone
2. Cooking projects
I've never been a great cook but I'm not a bad one either. Let's just say that my interests aren't in cooking. But with the amount of time that I have at home (and the fact that I can't frequent to the stores for a quick meal and snacks), I have no choice but to be a little more creative with my meals. I've had cravings for all sorts of foods and the only things to make me happy, is make them and EAT. I discovered that trying out new and old recipes could be quite fun and several of them turned out really tasty! Here are some of the dishes that me and my family have enjoyed:

We made Thai Green Curry just last week. It was UH-MAZING!

Black peppered beef gravy

Thai Basil Pesto Pasta

3. Doing makeup for fun!
If you follow me on Instagram, you would know how much I loooooveeee makeup. I'm particularly enthusiastic when it comes to eyeshadow palettes and there's a steady collection growing on my makeup table at home. Since the MCO began, I haven't been out much which also means that I wore a lot less makeup over the months. I miss putting on makeup each day before heading out to class or shopping and just exploring outside. The best part is that I could explore a different makeup look each time before I go out. Now that I'm home, I sometimes get my makeup out of their boxes and put them on just for the heck of it. Here are two looks I made recently!


4. Watching Netflix and YouTube
There's rarely been days that I do NOT watch stuff on these two sites. On YouTube, my recommendation panel is packed with an awkward mixture of makeup videos, book hauls (who does not love a good book haul since I'm too broke to buy new ones myself...), movie trailers, new documentary episodes, new mobile game releases and anime shows. I can spend quite a bit here before I finally mentally kick myself to peel myself away from the app.

I like to end my day with one or two episodes of my favourite shows on Netflix. I'm currently watching a little bit of everything (this is probably why I haven't finished any series), from Modern Family, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, How to get Away with Murder, The Order, How I Met Your Mother to a whole list of anime shows. I'd have the room lit with one small study lamp for that cosy low-lit room vibe while sipping on hot milo.

5. Working from home
I'm not new to working from home. Even during the many months of my semester break, I'd use my time finding new proofreading jobs and dedicating hours of my day completing each task. Honestly, I quite like having a work desk in my room and the kitchen being a couple of walks away for refreshments. The best part is that I get a great view of the trees and a couple of cars passing by from my window. When it rains despite how rare it can be in these parts, I can take a small break and enjoy watching the rain without being disturbed. 

Of course, I'd be lying if I say I don't miss anything about going out to my own office outside of home. I'm still hoping for the day when things become normal for me to freely meet more people in person, dropping by small shops for a snack before heading home.

6. Snacks and desserts
Okay, one thing that I do miss about being outside is the freedom to hog on snacks and desserts whenever and wherever I want (hint: ice cream, tealive, crisps, THE WORKS). In spite of everything, my snacks consumption has dwindled down drastically since I stayed at home and as a result, so does my weight! We do buy snacks from time to time because as a decent human being, I want my snacks and these small occasional moments that I do get to eat them make it special. In fact, to compensate the missing snacks in my current diet, I make caramel popcorn at home and it tastes goooood!

7. Ordering food
Back when we had the e-Penjana RM50 in our e-wallets, I made good use of that money that I received. I spent them on weekly meals and beverages delivered right to our doorstep. I MISS THIS.

8. Online shopping
I'm not immune to the powers and beckoning of online shopping. During MCO, I was hit with promotions and sales left and right on Shopee, Instagram, Twitter... just everywhere. I didn't spend as much as I thought I would (thank. goodness) but I did have a decent size haul. 

The one thing I didn't think I would do was buying my new phone online (my old one broke). I have to tell you, I was on edge for 24 hours after I made the purchase because all I could think of was seeing my phone smashed into bits by the time the package arrived. No such thing happened and I don't regret that I did it. I also bought new shawls to upgrade my wardrobe. I'm still wearing the same shawls that I wore since I was in foundation year and I thought I needed a new set of shawls. Best decision ever and I've been religiously wearing them at each opportunity I get!

9. Installing a new phone theme
There's just something about a fresh new theme that spices up your phone experience and I did just that. I installed "Powder", a cute pastel phone theme you can easily find on your Android Theme Store. You can always change the wallpaper if you want to but I think it looks really good with the overall theme.

10. Pampering myself with skincare & haircare
I got to be honest with you, I used to not care so much about haircare. In fact, I was completely fine opting for shampoo and the regular conditioner. I had horrible problems with hairfall and dandruff too but I didn't expose myself to solutions to curb the problems. However, just a couple of months ago, I did some researching and reading, and got myself a few products to help with my hair problem. I changed my hair washing game too and now, I can truly see the difference after taking care of my hair properly.

When it comes to skincare, I've always been quite diligent at pampering my skin with the products it need. I try not to skip my skincare routine too often or drastically change it. In fact, you can check out what I use right here in my previous post.

So here's my question to you! What brings you the little joys while you're at home? Feel free to share your stories in the comment section below. 

Preloved Giveaway by Raydah

14 September 2020


I'm so excited to participate in Ray's first ever giveaway event! Feel free to join in as it ends on 24th September 2020. 

I've followed her blog for a long while now and I make sure to drop by each time she posts anything there. I really like Ray's writing style and the choice of topics she have. There's a balanced combination of posts about her personal life and thoughts along with her trips to fancy places and tries of new foods I personally would want to try out too! In terms of blog aesthetic, it's minimalistic with a dash of cuteness and easy to go about. Overall, I really love coming back to Ray's blog because there's always something fresh and new to read. I would definitely recommend you guys to follow her blog too!

Click on the banner above to join her giveaway as well!

πŸ‘„ My Skincare Routine

9 September 2020


Hi there everyone! It's a brand new week and I'm ready with another post that's long overdue. I'm really excited to share with you on what I include in my skincare routine now that I can affirm everything I have is doing its job for my skin. I'm no skincare junkie and I don't know much about the little special ingredients that make some products go crazy viral on social media. I'm just your every day person who tries products that I feel work for me. On a serious note, I really need to take these ingredients more seriously like hyaluronic acid, niacinimide, etc. but some days I feel like I'm taking down notes for chemistry class. Do you feel me? πŸ€£

My Skin Type
I have a combination-normal skin type. I'm quite oily around my forehead, nose and chin areas but everywhere else it's either normal or dry on some days. I've never had serious acne breakouts even when I was younger other than the occasional annoying ones that appear from time to time. I guess I'm quite blessed when it comes to that thanks to my family's genes. However, my skin is really sensitive and when exposed to certain things like cat fur, uncleaned hands, strong skincare products, it explodes like fireworks. Literally just hot red patches everywhere on my cheeks and chin. So you can imagine why I'm always very picky when trying new products. It can take me weeks for my skin to recover from one nightmarish breakout. 

My Skincare Routine
I know some people take the extra level of having separate morning/day and night skincare routines. I'm still striving to have something like that but for now, I'm quite happy with just having my sunscreen lotion to differentiate between the two. Anyway, let's begin!

STEP ONE | QV Gentle Wash

I'm currently finishing my first bottle of the QV Gentle Wash cleanser and it's been a very pleasant experience. I never had any breakout episodes since I started trying it out, not even bumps or any other indications that my skin was purging against the product. It has a creamy soft foam texture that doesn't dry your skin out after rinsing it off. I take about 1 minute to thoroughly work the product on my skin, especially on my t-zone. I use this cleanser twice a day - morning and night. 

STEP TWO L'Oreal Hydra Fresh Anti-Ox

Okay, I'm not going to lie on this one. I admit, the first time I bought this product was simply because the packaging was so pretty and it smelled REALLY good. But for me, it's like giving yourself a budget experience to the spa without having to go there. 
That's pretty much all it is. It has some fragrance, yes, but it's the mild refreshing kind if you get what I mean. Would I repurchase this product in the future? Maybe not, but I won't mind recommending others to try. Personally for me, I would prefer to get myself a face mist that extends its function to hydrating my skin.

STEP THREE Eversoft Skinz (Timeless Youth) Multi-Corrective Toning Lotion

This is probably one of the least popular brands that is part of my skincare routine but I've been a huge fan of this product for a good 2 years now. I first fell in love with its moisturiser under the same product line - super moisturising and smells pleasant. This toner, however, has a watery-gel texture that soaks instantly into your skin and you'd feel hydrated for a long time. Not only that, it also brightens and evens out unwanted pigmentation on your skin, giving this overall healthy glow. 
If you're not a fan of a little bit of fragrance, then this might not be for you. I personally love this product for the results it create on my skin and will continue to purchase it.

STEP FOUR L'Oreal Revitalift Micronized Centella Essence Water

Wow, this has got to be one of the best products that I have in my skincare collection. Don't be fooled by its watery texture because once you dab it onto your skin, it soaks right in and hydrating your skin to the max. You'll also get this dewy soft glowy feel. It's best applied just before your serums/moisturiser. And I'm not sure what it is with 
L'Oreal products that I have lately, but they all just smell so good. I bought my first bottle before the MCO (the good days) and I'm nowhere near finishing it as its still way above the middle level. It's definitely worth my every penny and I'm so grateful my skin is okay with it. She can be a little annoying sometimes with how picky she is. 

STEP FIVE | The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 (30ml)

Fun fact, this is my first product from the brand The Ordinary.

I know, I'm super late into the game at trying out some of their products. I've heard mostly good reviews about this particular product, especially from those who want more hydration for their skin. I've been trying this product out for almost two weeks now and WOW WOW WOW I am impressed! And my skin didn't even break out or hate me (lol). I bought the smallest bottle they had just to play safe and as a test run on my skin. I place 2-3 drops on my palm before massaging it gently on my face followed by my moisturiser. It feels really great, like I'm not sure how to specifically describe it. It has a mild sticky gel texture to it and couple it with my moisturiser? You'd get the ultimate full hydration lock for your skin. From my experience, I get this soft, moisturised bouncy feel to my skin. I'm definitely planning on purchasing a bigger bottle once this one is finished!

STEP SIX | Ceradan Skin Repair Cream (80g)

I cannot go anywhere without my Ceradan skin repair cream. I use this as my main moisturiser in my skincare routine. It's absolutely perfect for anyone with skin that is dry, sensitive and in dire need of hydration. There's no presence of any sort of fragrance you should worry about as well. This might be my second or third tube and it won't be the last one any time soon! The only con to using this product is that you can only find it in pharmacies or online shops such as Shopee. Other than that, I don't have any problems with the cream. There are two versions of this cream - gel and cream textures. If you want heavy hydration, then you can try out the cream version whereas the gel is mostly suitable for those who don't like anything sticky on their skin and for a product that disappears into their skin once its applied. OR you can also opt for both products with the cream for your night skincare routine and the other (gel) for day time when you only want to have light layers of products on your skin.

STEP SEVEN | Bio-essence Sunscreen Moisturising Cream SPF50

I've always been an extra picky buyer when it comes to sunscreens. My past experience with them have been anything but pleasant. I tend to have face breakouts whenever I did try them out. Therefore, you can assume that I did live out most parts of my life "sunscreen free" because I didn't dare to risk my face purging from its side-effects. Luckily for me, a friend recommended one of Bio-essence sunscreen products and it actually works fine for me! It has a slight white cast to it but I don't mind because most days that I wear it, I'm either home and no one to see me, or I'm outside with makeup on my face. Nobody could tell that I have it on. It has a slight fragrance but nothing too overwhelming. It does it's job too at keeping my face sunburn free. 
Korean Skincare Sticker by miincosmetics for iOS & Android | GIPHY
And there you have it, my first post of my skincare routine! I hope you enjoyed it and if you're interested, I might even pop in another post about what makeup I love to wear. 

❤️ Love Poems For Her

4 September 2020


Finding Bones

Why aren’t I ready for this show to end?

Honestly, I guess I’m just not prepared

For the curtains to come up and see the person that I am

Would there be bones of somebody I used to be

Or would I find something to fight for buried deep within this skin?

wedding-bouquet-png-transparent - Yandilla Rose

Learn to Let Go

You can try

But you can’t win it all

That’s just how life is

it’s this or nothing at all,

It’s okay to feel

You don’t have to hide

They aren’t holding you back,

You aren’t your enemy,

Don’t have to be strong

You don’t have to keep it all inside,

No heartache is easy cause love isn’t kind.

I know you’re scared

But you don’t deserve those scars,

Darling, you need to let go,

That love is beyond repair

There was nothing of you left,

You always wanted much more

And you never found it there,

Break out of that door and let go,

Reach out and know you’re not alone,

Keep hoping -

You’ll find yourself you thought you lost.

wedding-bouquet-png-transparent - Yandilla Rose

Losing You

I wonder if I could ever tell them the story of us

I was sure that I was yours and you were always mine, 

We crafted our own futures like we had a chance,

While the world lurked outside to rewind our time.

To freely love you we would have to stand up against them,

To keep our secrets inside these walls would hurt one of us,

To tell you how you mean to me would tear us apart, 

What if losing you is the only way for me to love you?

wedding-bouquet-png-transparent - Yandilla Rose

Hope you enjoyed some of my poems!

πŸŽ“ Graduating Again!

28 August 2020


This post has been long overdue for almost an entire month but you know what, I've finally come to my senses and am excited to share this wonderful news with you. On the 10th August 2020, our results were announced and like the many other nervous-wrecked students on that day, I grabbed my phone and quickly tried to rush through the queue in logging in to the system and getting my results.

The server was a little unstable but by some miracle, I managed to open the link to my results and downloaded it safely to my phone. The moment I've been dreading/anxious/sick to the stomach arrived. I scrolled down the page and... (this is the queue for you to also scroll down).

Are you curious?

Do you FEEL the nervousness???

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I think I did a lot better than I expected, I honestly don't know. I just didn't think I would survive this semester because of the changes to my learning environment when the pandemic started. This was my final semester and so like it or not, I had to really do my best especially when I was carrying a 12-credit hour research project on top of my elective course. 

Learning from home via online lectures and presentations was very new to me. I'm not going to lie, there were definitely some perks in attending classes in my pajamas and re-watching pre-recorded lecture videos whenever I wanted. I had super supportive and approachable lecturers at the ready to answer our inquiries which really helped. When you're learning theories and stuff like that, it's not always easy to digest the lectures without a little help. Group assignments were manageable thanks to my groupmates who understood each other well. Of course, the discussion sessions itself could have been better if we had met face-to-face because there's so much that online platforms can do. But despite all that, we survived and I can't thank them enough for the amount of work and quality we created together.

As for my research project (I've never mentioned here what it was about), I was investigating conceptual metaphors used to represent the coronavirus pandemic and its victims (patients) in both a local and international newspaper. I got to tell you, I found some pretty interesting findings during my study. 

drinking tea gifs, tea gifs, throwing shade gifs, shade gifs, rachel crow gifs

So with that, I'll be graduating soon with a Master's Degree in English Language Studies from the University of Malaya (UM), insyaallah. I really hope for the very best to all my comrades out there who are completing their studies next semester. I think the best advice I can give is don't do things alone, have someone you trust to support you and listen to you. Things are tougher now and having somebody who can look out for you, especially while you're pursuing your studies can be a total life changer. Work hard, pray hard and don't ever forget, give yourself a breather when you need to.

I might make another post about some of the tips I thought was really helpful in managing my online classes. I know that some unis are still planning on conducting full online classes so perhaps this might come in handy.

Look forward to my next post soon!

πŸ“Ί My Favourite Anime Shows So Far

7 August 2020

If there's one thing that not many people know about me, or at the very least, have slowly come to the realisation is that I'm sort of a huge fan of anime. In fact, from the very first time I came across shows like La Corda d'Oro (LOVED this) to Alice Academy, I've been warped in a different genre of entertainment I didn't know I would love. It's been well over a decade since I grew a deep interest in anime and I've seen some of the most amazing shows that I'm glad I didn't miss out on.

I'm not entirely sure why I didn't think of this sooner but I realise, you know, it's better now then never that I make a special list of my favourite anime that I absolutely love love love and would recommend you to try and watch.

Attack on Titans

Attack on Titan
Credits photo IMDb
As far as anime goes, I have to say Attack on Titans is easily one of the best there is out there. This story centres on Erin Yeager who resides in one of the three walls that is built to protect humanity against titans, freakishly deformed giants who eat humans for pleasure. It's gory, yes, and very few moments for humour but this story is about more than that. It really focuses on the debate on how much people would fight just so that humanity would survive. Catch this series on Netflix! You won't regret!

The Rising of the Shield Hero

The Rising of the Shield Hero First Cour: Flying High with Wings ...
Credits photo to Shallow Dives in Anime

This series has also been recently included on Netflix! Shield Hero is about Naofumi (main character) and three other modern-day Japanese guys from different dimensions who are summoned to Melromarc as the Four Cardinal Heroes. They are tasked to gain power and strength to stop and save the kingdom from the catastrophes that are the result of Waves of Catastrophe, where monsters appear and destroy anything in their way. These four heroes are given a sword, spear, bow and shield respectively. Unfortunately, Naofumi is fated with the shield and thus, makes him viewed as the "weaker" and perhaps most useful out of all the heroes (he was also not liked, belittled by the kingdom that summoned him). 

He grows to be one of the strongest heroes (I think THE strongest, if I have to be completely honest) in the anime and I like that he gains that strength from the friends that he meet along the way, such as Raphtalia, a super cute Demi-human who does the actual fighting and Filo, a small girl who turns into a huge bird called Filolial. I think Season 2 will be ready soon, so be sure to catch the first season!

The Promised Neverland

Yakusoku no Neverland (The Promised Neverland) -
Credits photo to AnimeList

Yikes, this anime gave me the CHILLS when I first watched it. Don't mistaken it for a cute, completely innocent show to help you pass the time. It's an amazing suspenseful horror story of a group of orphans, namely, Emma, Norman and Ray who live happily together with other children and their Mama, Isabella. Their joyful life takes a horrible turn when they find out that they are actually raised up to be devoured as delicacies for demons who live beyond their orphanage. With the next harvest day around the corner, these children attempts to devise a plan to escape together. Like my first few fave animes, you can also find The Promised Neverland on Netflix! 

Tokyo Ghoul

Tokyo Ghoul (TV Series 2014) - IMDb
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Another dark anime on my list (I'm starting to see a pattern here). This story involves Ken Kaneki, a shy college student who is transformed into a half-ghoul, half-human after meeting his deadly date who turned out to be a ghoul and almost killing him. Kaneki is saved by a group of "good" ghouls who also manage a coffee shop "Anteiku" together. He is introduced the ways of the ghouls by surviving on human flesh and abstinence (not blindly attacking humans just because he's hungry). The first season is mostly about his struggles to come to terms with what he has become and keeping his new secret identity from his best friend, Hideyoshi Nagachika. I've lost count the number of times I've watched this show. It's still good no matter times I come back to it. Sure, it's a little gory but I love to see how Kaneki's character development goes through the series.

Violet Evergarden

Violet Evergarden (TV Series 2018) - IMDb
Credit photo to IMDb

Seriously, I can't even begin to explain why everyone should watch this show. Not only is this anime so beautiful (it's by far one of the prettiest that I've seen), but this story really moves you. If you have a cold dead heart like mine, well, just be ready with a box of tissues or anything else to hold up the dam of tears that will come later. This story begins with Violet Evergarden, a child soldier who just managed to survive a bloody war and heavily injured. With the war over, she realises she doesn't have any other purpose other than being in the battle field and that she has lost the one person who cared for her. Most importantly, she is left alone to wonder what "I love you", the last words that was said to her during the final battle. You'll follow through her journey as an "Auto Memory Doll,", special individuals who help to write letters for others and meet others who would one day build her understanding of what love is.

Lovely Complex

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WOW, where do I begin?! This show will have you bursting with laughter. Careful, you might lose a lung or two after watching Lovely Complex. I know I almost did. There are two main characters in this story, Koizumi a super tall-ish girl standing at a staggering 172 cm who is understandably self-conscious of her height that could put off guys who could be her love, and Otani, a cheerful 156 cm who dreams of joining the basketball team. They bicker all the time (it's the best) but support each other to achieve their dreams and find love. 

Asobi Asobase: Workshop of Fun

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I have a hugeeee soft spot for this anime. I've recently discovered it on YouTube (not sure if the complete episodes are still there) but this anime just cracks me up. It's purely hilarious and so if you need some cheering up, you can follow the life of three mid-schoolers, Olivia, the new pretty-blond haired student who pretends she doesn't understand Japanese to tease her classmates, Hanako Honda an athlete at the school, and a shy but sometimes scary bookworm called Kasumi Nomura. This show does not hold back at showing how bratty and dumb these girls can be but it's just so comically funny you just love them for it anyway. Watch it and you won't regret!


Animated gif about cute in Kaichou wa maid-sama by Whimsy

No list is complete without mentioning Maid Sama! It's a romance-comedy anime centering on Misaki Ayuzawa, the first female student council president of what was once an all-boys school. Crowned  with the title, "Demon President" by the boys, she reforms Seika High School with an iron first, not afraid to practice her Aikido skills on any pesky boys who get in her way and protect the few girls in the school. However, she keeps a big secret after school, one that could get her suspended or expelled. She works a part-time job at a maid cafe to support her small family but was found out by Takumi Usui, a popular boy from her school. It's such a good show, never fails to make me laugh!

Ouran High School Host Club

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This show is GOLD. It's a little old, sure but Ouran High School Host Club is one of those shows that does not fail to make you love each and every character in the story and laugh! Haruhi Fujioka, the main character, is recently admitted to Ouran Academy, a prestigious school for the rich as an honour student. While she searches for a quiet place to study, she finds what is supposed to be an unused music room but is soon mistaken. She meets six members of the Host Club, good-looking and extremely wealthy guys who entertain the bored and rich girls in the school. She accidentally breaks an extremely expensive vase owned by the club and is made to become a member of the Host Club to pay for the damage. And this all happened when she is mistaken as a male student. 

And many, many others to name (I'll be here all year if the list goes on).

What I'm currently watching?

Bungo Stray Dogs (Season 1)
Is 'Bungo Stray Dogs 2016' TV Show streaming on Netflix?