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Summer of procrastination (on thesis)

At the time of blogging this, I’m finally officially having a summer break. Yessah!

I was tempted to spend the summer exploring more of the provinces of Korea. I figured a month would be more than enough to slowly travel and experience the different provinces. However, I had errands and matters to attend to back home and hence off to Singapore I went!

So I’ve been back in Singapore for about 2 weeks now. It has been a busy two weeks spent settling things, trying to catch up with people here and also, just to rest.

In between, I caught a flu bug that has been making its rounds among the people here and I’ve been trying to drive away the runny nose, scratchy throat and dry cough since last week. I’m heaps better at the time of writing this but yeah, my lungs still feel irritated at times. The air in this western part of Singapore I’m staying at is really polluted that it has triggered my asthma thus prompting me to use the inhaler EVERY SINGLE DAY since I got back. I probably need to get myself some new supply of the inhalers soon cos the current ones are almost empty.

Health-issues aside, I’ve been telling myself every single day to get my ass working on the thesis. Honestly every time I open my laptop, I have all intentions to start on my research or email some people who would be helpful in allowing me to get access to some data. But the reality does not pan out that way for every time I’m on my laptop, I will find a million and one other things to occupy myself with which has no relation to my thesis such as the following:

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Instead of working on the thesis, I’m spending time googling for memes related to it and laughing my heads off at some of the funny captions. Some of these memes are so funny I.just.can’t!

#queenofprocrastination

I hope that the next time I blog, I’d have some updates about the progress I’ve made on my thesis. Amin.


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Queen of procrastination

So, I have a presentation to prepare by this Monday. However, I’m having such a challenging time psyching myself to complete reading 800+ pages of biography which the presentation is based on. The biography which is about the prolific leader Mao Zedong, has been an interesting read thus far but I just find it difficult to sit down for long and read it.

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The book I have to read by tonight!

I told myself to dedicate the whole of my Saturday to read the biography but since I woke up at 5am this morning, I have been doing things that do not contribute in any way to the closer completion of the book.

List of things I have been doing since morning till now:

  1. 6.00am: Decided after my morning prayers that I needed a proper meal to start the day so I cooked some rice for myself.
  2. 6.30am: Ate a full meal of rice and two side dishes.
  3. 6.45am: Convinced myself that since I just had a heavy breakfast, I needed time to let the food digest itself.
  4. 6.45am – 8.30am: Looked at clothes on FashionValet and read some news articles online.
  5. 8.30am – 10.00am: Told myself that the day was still early so I should take a nap even though I’m not even tired.
  6. 10.00am: Woke up and sat in front of the laptop, determined to start working on my presentation.
  7. 10.05 – 10.15am: Noticed that my laptop looked dirty. The idea of wiping and cleaning it seems most appealing. I swear I even thought to myself that if I did not clean the laptop immediately, I might end up spreading germs to myself.
  8. 10.15am – 1.30pm: I was positive I needed some form of motivation to get through the day of reading the thick biography so I ended up watching like 5 episodes of drama, back-to-back.
  9. 1.30 – 1.35pm: Finally touched the biography. Moved the book from my table to the bed as I had all intention to read on the bed.
  10. 1.35 – 1.40pm: Decided that my bed was untidy so I spent the next 3 – 5 minutes making the bed.
  11. 1.40 – 1.55pm: Resolved that since I’ve already started to tidy up the room, I might as well bring down the laundry which I had hung the previous night for it would have probably dried. Spent the next 10 – 15 minutes bringing down the laundry, putting away the hangers used, folded the clothes and placed them in the cupboard.
  12. 1.55 – 3.15pm: Honestly, this period was a blank for me! What did  do to procrastinate? I know for sure that I did not read and spent a few minutes putting in a new batch of clothes into the washing machine.
  13. 3.15 – 3.45pm: Had the idea to wash the bathroom before showering. So off I went to happily scrub the bathroom floors and sink!
  14. 3.45 – 4.30pm: Told myself to be serious cos it’s time to complete my afternoon prayers.
  15. 4.30pm: I was combing my hair and noticed that the skin on my face looked dry. Now hey… Where is that face mask I bought? It’s absolutely so important that I use the mask NOW. No such thing as reading biographies in my agenda. Nope! *denial mode going strong*
  16. 4.35pm: Hmmm…. I can’t possibly read with the mask on my face. Now what should I do next?? Time to hang the new batch of laundry for drying!
  17. 4.45 – 4.50 pm: Noticed some empty containers I haven’t washed although I’ve eaten all the snacks inside. Ahah, I should wash them now!
  18. 4.50pm: Hungry after doing the laundry and washing the containers. Need food. Searched the fridge on possible food to prepare for myself.
  19. 5.00 – 6.30pm: Made dinner for myself and sloooooooowly ate my dinner.
  20. 6.30pm: Too full (same story like during breakfast time. Arghhh!). So I ended up blogging.

Honestly, why do I do these kinda things to myself??

I’m just sabotaging my own presentation for this Monday!

Time.to.be.serious.

Now where did I put that book since the last time I touched it??

*starts looking for the biography*


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Got to do brush lettering again!

One of the plans I had for this week was to head to Hangaram Mun Ko (한가람문고) at the Express Bus Terminal (고속터미널). I found out in recent times that Hangaram Mun Ko stocks a variety of art supplies from pens to papers. Since I had left both my sketchbook and calligraphy pens in Singapore, I was pretty keen to get a set of supply for myself so that I can still do some brush lettering while in Seoul.

I was pretty happy to be able to purchase both of these supplies from the shop!

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Needless to say, I was pretty excited to do some brush lettering again. For now, I have yet to get used to these pens and am still unable to control the pressure I’m supposed to apply when I use them. Regardless, it’s pretty fun to write the words over and over again in an attempt to get the hang of the pens!

I started by trying to write some random words and phrases that came to mind. That is, until I started listening to an old song by an Indonesian band and got inspired to brush letter some of the phrases from the lyrics that caught my attention. Pretty obvious which ones came from the lyrics.

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Before I knew it, one hour had passed since I started to doodle on my sketchbook! My brush lettering work is still pretty ugly and clumsy from the lack of practice. Nevertheless, those one hour spent on this was so therapeutic! I’m glad I fought over the exhaustion from the lack of sleep (been sleeping practically 2 hours every night since Sunday due to assignments and readings) and made my way to buy these pens and the sketchbook. At least now, I can doodle during those times when I need a break from my readings.

Speaking of readings… Why does the time passes by so fast when one is engaged in mindless things like these but not when you’re supposed to complete your readings?