3 things I wish I have more time for

I was reading Erin Azmir's blog post about how she wish she has more time for doing the things that she loves and I got inspired by her post. I thought I would do the inspired post with 3 things I really wish I have more time for currently.

When you see my current blog posts, you'll think that "Reyar, you have been updating non-stop these days though. How come you wish you got more time for blogging when you are updating almost everyday for the couple of days?" Well, my thoughts exactly. The thing is I haven't been updating as frequent as I would like. When I have the time, I update a lot and when I am stuck with assignments, I tend to ignore the my blog. I really want to change that and update on a regular basis.

As of now, my mind is totally exhausted. Not that I rest very little, I sleep for 8 hours per night and yet my brain feels like it is exhausted. I want to rest properly for my brain to relax and feel awesome to increase my productivity and concentration.

"I really want to read a lot more." This is the sentence I tend to tell my friends and to myself quite often. The thing is I don't know what books to read since there are millions of books out there. I'm more into non-fiction and science fiction books rather than normal fiction or young adult category books. But I sometimes tell myself to read fiction books as there are thousands of awesome ones out there and I want to gain the fun of reading fiction books.
So, please give me recommendations of books that I should read. I just recently finished the Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism by Fumio Sasaki.

So, this is the things I wish I have more time of doing. What's yours? Let me know!

Taking a peek at my new years resolution in June

My title says it all! I'm going to take a peek at my new years resolutions and reflect on what I did a lot more often and what I need to do more to fulfill my new years resolutions.

In the blog post about my new years resolution, I posted about 7 resolutions.

I said that, in 2017,

I would like to read more often.
What I meant was reading books, not manga. And I'm making progress. I've started reading a few books that I've been enjoying. The progress of it is so slow though. But at least, I'm making effort to read more books. I even revived my good reads account so track my progress and finding new books. I've been spending my mid-term holidays reading books so I'm so happy for myself.

In 2017, I would like to go to gym or walk more. 
UHHHH, this is the resolution that is so difficult for me to do. To be honest, I haven't gone to a single gym session since the day I wrote about it. I'm guilty! I know. I'll make some efforts to walk more often. Going to the gym, I'm not so sure. But I'll make sure I walk a lot more often.

In 2017, I would like to study more.
This resolution, I'm a bit conflicted about. I'm pretty sure that I didn't study more than I should so I need to make some efforts on that. For the assignments wise, I'm still doing pretty bad with the time management as I only start doing the assignments the night before the deadline. I NEED TO WORK ON THAT!

In 2017, I would like to learn about myself. 
This one, I still am no clue about it. I've come to realize that I really enjoy marketing but at the same time, when I think about the consumerism and how it is affecting the people with the social media and marketing strategies, I'm so conflicted on whether I should pursue this path. I'll need to work on this as well.

In 2017, I would like to sleep early and wake up early regularly. 
This resolution, I've been keeping up with. These days, I've been going to bed quite early regularly and waking up early. I cannot say that I go to bed at the same time every day and wake up at the same time everyday but I wake up at the one hour range around 6 - 7 am everyday.

In 2017, I would like to create more. 
I've been on and off creating things. I've restarted with my pencil drawings which I really enjoyed doing since I was young, and even though I don't update enough, I've been keeping up with my blog more often. I've totally stopped updating on YouTube though. It's just I don't have enough time. On the other hand, I've been reading quite a lot more on different things so I've been really enjoying spending my time.

In 2017, I would like to travel more. 
My travel germ is itching me so much that I want to go travel right now. But in reality, it is so difficult for me and my boyfriend to make time properly for travel. Another reason is money. I know my boyfriend has started working and earning money so he can easily go travel without breaking the bank. Me on the other hand, still studying so I have no money to go travelling. Another reason is my time. I only get one week break every trimester so to go travel for more than one week is impossible for me. Although, I did go to Batam, Indonesia during April so I'm really happy about that.

How I spent my mid-term break holidays in Trimester 2, 2017

Since today is the last day of mid-term break, I thought I would share with you how I spent my mid-term holidays.

- Reading books
It's been a while I started reading books again. I'm an avid manga reader but I kinda lost interest in reading normal books. So, in order to get back to reading, I bought some e-books that I have been dying to read. Right now, I'm reading Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism by Sasaki Fumio.

- Meeting up with old friends
I dedicated my entire Tuesday to meet up with my childhood friends since one of them was visiting Singapore for Ultra. So, three of us decided to meet up for a couple of hours before she fly back to Myanmar. After that, me and my other friend decided to watch movie together and it was amazing. I had so much fun and it has been a while I dedicated myself some time to socialize and it was definitely worth it.

- Reading manga
As I mentioned above, I am an avid manga reader so I read a lot of manga per day. I read many genre of manga so, I will update what I'm reading on my Instagram (if you haven't followed me on Instagram, my username is @sheisreyar)

- Doing assignments
Even though I'm on holiday, my assignments are still haunting me to death. I had one assignment due on Monday and two more assignment due on 25th of June. So, I had been doing assignments and I'll be doing the assignments this weekend since the deadline is so near.

- Writing blog posts
I have finally gotten back to writing blog posts. I've been ignoring my blog for longer that I should but I'm back to writing blog posts. I missed how much I love writing blog posts. Especially, I love writing my personal related blog posts that doesn't really require me doing loads of steps to write a blog post. These personal posts are perfect since it's just me and my keyboard to type.

- Cleaning my room
I do clean my room every few days but what I mean is cleaning extra. Changing my bed sheets, washing them, washing my blanket, deep cleaning my room, wiping the dust in hard to reach areas, deep cleaning the bathroom were some of the stuff I do during long breaks.

So, these are the things I did during my one week break for mid-term holidays. What did you do for your long holiday break? Let me know!

One-day-getaway to Batam, Indonesia 2017

I can finally make time to edit the Batam photos so here I am. Writing a blogpost about how I really enjoyed the Batam trip. The boy and I were planning a trip to Japan for this April, only to realize that both of us didn't have enough time and money to spare to go on an extravagant trip to Japan no matter how we both love Japan. We just couldn't.
We both were also planning to go Malaysia but as a Burmese, I need visa to go to Malaysia and we didn't have enough time to prepare since our trip planning was last minute as usual. So, we chose Indonesia since we came across this deal on Groupon. It was only S$60 per person and we both were able to make time for a two day trip to Indonesia.
The groupon deal came with two-way ferry ticket, buffet lunch, message, buffet breakfast for the next morning and one night hotel stay at Harmoni One Hotel. For S$60, it was a good deal for us so, we decided to go on a little short trip to Batam. The ferry gate was at Habourfront so it was easy for both of us since we live quite near to Vivo city. The ferry was at 8am for us so we reached to Habourfront at 6am. This was the very first trip to go by ourselves together after 3 and half years of our relationship and we were both very excited to go on a much needed relaxing trip.
The ferry took us around 1 hour and 20 minutes to reach to Batam from Singapore and it was really pleasant weather that day. I took quite a number of photos and Marcus took videos. When we reached Batam, there was a guide waiting for us and he took us around the city. There were few stops before lunch - a layered-cake shop, a traditional dance (I didn't have photos of it as I only took video), Polo Factory outlet, shopping district, Go Kart, temple lunch and the last stop, message palor.  
Credit: here

The Buddhist temple was so calming and relaxing. But, we were more starving at that point so we looked at the temple pretty quickly and took some photos there. Then, our favorite stop. LUNCH! Lunch was pretty normal. It was buffet lunch with nice dishes. It was simple but edible and tasted okay. 
The one-hour message came with the groupon deal but we have choices for add-on. Since this was our relaxing trip, we decided to add-on for message. I chose two-hour scrub and aromatherapy message for S$30 add-on and the boy chose Stone Message for two-hours for additional S$30. The message was amazing. It was my first time having message so it was a bit awkward but it put my body to this relaxation mode. It was epic.
After the message, the tour was ended and we can choose to do whatever we want. The tour guide took us to the hotel to start checking in and relax. Our room was twin superior room. We decided that we won't ask to look around other malls so we just decided to stay in bed and relax and watch movies.
Luckily, there is another factory outlet for food so we decided to look around and buy grocery there. We bought some milk and bread and other food. It costed us only S$6 for everything.
Then we decided that we would not go out for dinner but order room service. We ordered steak with salad and fries which forgot to take photos because we just chomped very fast. It was an okay price but it tasted quite good for western food.
Breakfast was another buffet type with loads of choices. We definitely tried all the little things and we couldn't try more stuff. We were stuffed. I really enjoyed their fried noodles with meat and sausages and fried omelet.
We went back to our room to shower and get ready to go back. We had time till 1pm to rest and get ready after our breakfast. I bought lush bath-bombs to try out with the bathtub and it was a new experience for me (lol)
When going back, it was raining quite heavily and I fell asleep on the ferry back to Singapore.
Now, I'll be breaking down how much we spent during the trip. As you know, we spent S$60 each for the package. We changed S$100 each on the trip to spend. We also bought layered-cake which costs us S$25, we added-on the message so additional S$30 each. We spent S$6 during the grocery shopping. We spent around S$10 tipping and our room service costed us around S$35. After spending some money during lunch at the Batam ferry station, we have left overs around S$40 which we exchanged back to SGD. So, we spent around S$130 during the trip per person.

But, we knew what we spent and where to save for next time. We can choose not to buy the layered-cake and we can choose not to go for grocery shopping. We can also choose not to order room service to save money. But what we thought it was worth the spend was the additional top up for message. I find it was absolutely worth it and I would be spending additional money for message next time I go there. 

VIA Survey of Character Strengths

I was reading an acquaintance's blog where she talks about this survey and recommended me to take the survey to know what my strengths. I decided to give it a chance since I'm always curious to find out my take on the world and how I see people around me and how I see myself.

The questions were super awkward as I didn't have much to talk about. I had some difficulties answering some questions since I didn't really think about much and it changes according to the situations so it was quite difficult for me to answer properly.

So, after I took this more than 200 questions, these are my results.

- Curiosity and interest in the world. 
You are curious about everything. You are always asking questions, and you find all subjects and topics fascinating. You like exploration and discovery. 

It seems that I have been really keen on learning. It doesn't necessarily mean I like studying my modules in university. Currently, my mindset is that I want to learn everything that I can from environmental change to how to play chess. I don't really have motives when I want to learn like I want to learn programming because I want to work as a programmer. For me, I just want to learn stuff where I can learn about myself more and I want to learn what I enjoy doing. So far, I really enjoy what I'm doing but I got bored so easily so I want to know myself more.

- Fairness, equity and justice
Treating all people fairly is one of your abiding principles. You do not let your personal feelings bias your decisions about other people. You give everyone a chance. 

This one gave me a surprise. I think I was practicing justice in my unconsciousness. Whenever I had to write reports about ethical reasons in the workplace, I always tend to write fairly with all the evidence that I can find to feel equal. So, I think I had thought about it without me knowing.

- Zest, enthusiasm and energy
Regardless of what you do, you approach it with excitement and energy. You never do anything halfway or halfheartedly. For you, life is an adventure.

To be honest, I was really surprised about this as my strength. For me, it was really difficult to do some things with enthusiasm. I tend to do projects with enthusiasm at first then I tend to fall out of the energy. So, seeing this surprises me.

- Love of learning
You love learning new things, whether in a class or on your own. You have always loved school, reading, and museums-anywhere and everywhere there is an opportunity to learn.

As I mentioned above, I like reading and learning new things. Whether it might be learning about new camera trick or reading about how animals were being harmed in the process of making cosmetics. I'm not really a museum kind of gal though. I tend to read more to learn and find new ideas by browsing through the internet.

- Judgment, critical thinking, and open-mindedness 
Thinking things through and examining them from all sides are important aspects of who you are. You do not jump to conclusions, and you rely on solid evidence to make your decisions. You are able to change your mind. 

I have always known for being open-minded so I was not surprised when I saw this point as my strength. The bad thing about this is, I always tend to find evidence to make judgment so I did not really care about other people's feelings and emotions. Because of this, I was hated or some of the relationships fell out because of this factor.

So, this is mine. Go do yours HERE!

My thoughts on leading bara-iro seikatsu 「バラ色生活」

Today was the opening ceremony of PSB Academy and seeing how some of my friends are involved in the ceremony as part of staff. I was looking at their Instagram stories, status and thought of how they can participate in the events and how they manage their time from assignments, social life and sleep.
Then I was watching Hyouka and realized that I'm definitely like Oreki Houtarou who likes to conserve the energy or as you would like to call it being lazy.
My point is everyone has different takes on living their lives and everyone is different. The way I see life may much be different on how other people might see it. So, let's not stereotype and discriminate people based on an opinion that this and this person is leading a boring life or this and this person is thriving their lives. Just live the best in a way that you can, enjoy life while it's possible and love the way you live no matter how you live. Live to the fullest. ( ◠‿◠ )

June Wishlist

It's almost towards June. It's almost half of the year already. It's so fast that the time flew by and I'm so not ready for the year to be over. From this month, I do want to write a lot more blog posts and I want to emphasise more information that is helpful for the readers.

June's wish list, I want to separate the categories into two categories, what I wish to do more that is not material wishes and the material wish list.

In June, I wish to be able to concentrate more on the things that is important to me such as assignments. For me, June will be a very busy month since five assignment due and I haven't even start one yet (rip me).

In June, I want to be able to blog a bit more. I know I have been slacking on my blog but since I'm also blogging for another blog, my time management is not good enough so evenly blog the two blogs together. So, in June, I want to improve my time management.

As for material wish list, I've put what I want in the grid below.

My thoughts on the process of finding my purpose of being a blogger

People started having blogs when I was around 17, 18 years old to share their memories and what they did during the day with friends and family. For some reason, that idea of having blogs transformed into this marketable, materialistic and so called "insta-famous" blog that everybody is trying to achieve. I find there's no fun in it anymore. Blogging or other social media became platforms for companies to strategically calculate and market their products so that people would consume. And these so called bloggers become a median that boost the companies to sell their products. So, money became involved in the process where "my favorite beauty products" became "my-anyhow-favorite-beauty-products-sponsored-by-this-and-this-companies". I'm not saying that all beauty bloggers had become like that. Some bloggers just genuinely share their favourite products online where everybody could see and try out. For some, getting sponsorship or free PR from companies, becoming very famous by having x million subscribers on YouTube, having x million blog views per day, earning a few tens of thousands of dollar per month were the goals that everybody wish to achieve a month or so after creating their blog or YouTube channels. It became the norm so quickly that if a blogger is not getting views, they become very stressed out and try to achieve several ways to get those views.

But the reality is harsh. It is so difficult to get views and subscribers these days with all the competition among the beauty and lifestyle community. In order to gain more views/subscribers, bloggers tend to group together and create collabs, sharing sessions, creating facebook groups, commenting on famous channels and say "New YouTuber here! We should sub for sub!" It become so damn full of greed and negativity so quickly that it's the norm in every platform now. 

Don't get me wrong. When I first started, I just wanted to share things that I like without thinking of monetizing or yet alone getting sponsorship. Along the way, I got lost and that purpose had disappeared right in front of me. I became obsessed with numbers. After creating content on my channel, I gained a few subscribers that watched and comment on my channel every time I upload on my channel yet also I also gained a few people that talk negative on my channel. But the views are not getting. I get like less than 100 views per video and it started making me very anxious. After a while, I started become depressed for not making effort to create better content. At that time, I totally lost my main purpose on why I started creating my channel and my blog. I was so focused on gaining views so that I can make money out of and maybe get a bit of sponsorship or collab with companies in the future. 

When I realized that I'm in depression, I totally stopped doing what I did and focus on one thing at a time carefully. At that time, I just finished my final year project and my bachelor degree. Travelling to Japan opened my eyes for the first time and I started having this desire to know more. I want to know more about this place, their culture, their history and how people in the country live their lives. I started thirsting for knowledge. I want to become a person that lives in different countries, speaking their languages, know their cultures and communicate with them more directly. That's also one of the reason I decided to go on post-graduate studies.  

I tried to de-clutter my thoughts. I let go of the things that make me miserable. I then again found my purpose of why I do on what I do, sharing things without greed, without numbers, without money. I just want to share on what I am thinking and how my tips might help just for one person. If not, it might help me in the future, who knows. 

So, I'll try to post things whenever I can. I want to focus on my studies for this time without being depressed for something that is not really important in my life. I'll continue sharing things whenever I can just without having a proper schedule. 

Thank you so much for reading. Good luck!       

My thoughts on going cruelty free beauty products

I was researching on how beauty and fashion industry is doing on animals especially for beauty products that are being sold in the mainland china (no offence to my Chinese friends since China has this law to test on animals if a brand wants to sell their products in China (link below)) I was already researching on how certain chemicals is doing to our skin and I was not happy about it.

I was finding out more and more on the ingredients that are in the beauty products so that I can avoid certain chemicals. At the same time, I was reading up on going cruelty free, organic or vegan beauty products and their benefits to the skin. The more I read about it, the more I was attracted to switching to cruelty free, organic or vegan beauty products.

At first, my intentions were to switch to organic/vegan beauty products that are good for the skin. Later, I realized that organic/vegan beauty products are intertwined with the cruelty free products. I love wearing makeup.

I love how it gives me some sort of badass feel and how confident it made me feel. But I don't want animals being tortured and murdered just because I want to be confident in how I look. I don't want that. I love animals and I'm always the first person who go and play with animals whenever I see them. So, the thought of them being tortured just for me to purchase and wear makeup gives me shivers. I've already started using organic and cruelty free skincare staples in my everyday life but never did I thought of culling down my makeup collection.

As a lover of makeup and have a whole website and YouTube channel dedicated to sharing my love for makeup is how much I'm obsessed with makeup and skincare.

Last year, I also went to cull down my possessions and had a lifestyle change to become a minimalist made me realized that I have fur more beauty products that I could possibly need for my entire lifetime. So after a year of culling, I decided that it was time for another downsizing on my possessions that was accumulated in one year.

After downsizing for the second time, I realized that my possessions had grown in two areas - makeup and skincare items and papers and books. Papers and books were increased because of the start of my Graduate Certificate and the start of my Master Degree. Makeup and skincare items didn't grow very largely but I have a few pieces that I fell in love that are new for the past one year. It wasn't increased by a huge gap though. The new makeup items that I bought in one year were less than 10 items. Some being in a set so I still count the entire set as one item.

After I downsized my papers, I unwillingly started culling my makeup. Mostly on checking whether the product has expired. After looking through all my makeup items in a Marie Kondo way, I realized that most of the items that I have (mostly drugstore items) are not cruelty free nor organic whatsoever. I was shocked to see so many products I know and loved are being tested on animals.

I was shocked. Brands like L'Oreal, Maybelline, Nivea, Dior, MAC, Makeup Forever, Estee Lauder, Clarins, Bioderma, Biotherm, Clarisonic, Fresh, Garnier, L'Occitane, Lancome, Sephora brand products, Kiehl's, Neutrogena, Origins, St. Ives, SK-II, Olay, Colgate, Listerine, Pantene, Head and Shoulders, Sunsilk, Lux and so on are testing on animals. Those brands are used by most people and they are one of the most famous brands in the world.

As a makeup junkie, going cruelty free will make me less variety of makeup and skincare items to choose and there are already so many of the non-cruelty free products at hand that I couldn't just throw out because of monetary values (makeup products and skincare products are EXPENSIVE) but at the same time, I want to stop using these items as soon as possible.

What I'm planning to do - I'll probably try to use up as much items as possible without spending another cent on new items and after I've used enough of the items, I'll be going cruelty free products and if possible, organic products.

If you read this post till the end and if you are a makeup junkie like me, please read up and do your own research on how fast fashion and beauty industry is doing to the environment and to the animals before you make the decision of using cruelty free/environmentally friendly products.

Just being myself alone doesn't really help much on the amount of animals being tortured but I think that every small efforts count. Even if you did very small thing to help the animals, it still count as an effort that you are trying to achieve something.

Thanks for reading. Good luck!

Links that are used for my research
Animal Testing in China
List of cruelty free companies
List of companies that test on animals
List of companies that test on animals II

My thoughts on taking post-graduate certificate

Some you might know I was studying a post-graduate certificate before my progression to Master Degree. This is a certificate that is part of my road to Master degree since I don't have working experience.

Yesterday, I got my results on my Grad Cert and I was a bit surprised on the marks that I got. Well, I was the type who doesn't do the assignments properly and didn't study properly for the exams. Despite that, I got a few "okay" marks from my sloppy effort.

So, I'll forward to my thoughts on taking post-graduate certificate. 

I only take post-graduate certificate because I wanted to progress into my Master degree but I didn't have working experience into go into the Master course directly. This post-graduate certificate has the same coursework as the very first trimester of MBA so whether you are studying MBA (Master of Business Administration) or GCBA (Graduate Certificate in Business Administration), you will be studying the same modules/courses in the very first trimester of the university.

When studying the graduate cert, you will need to accomplish the required modules in order to progress into the MBA program. You will need to get at least a passing grade (50%) of each modules to pass the grad cert. 

As I said earlier, I started taking grad cert because I wanted to progress into the MBA program and during the 4 months duration, I had experience that I want to emphasise further. As I finished my Bachelors degree from the same university, University of Newcastle, Australia, I already had some ideas on how the coursework will look like. 

Most of the UON modules consists of assignments and formal examination so time management is the most important when you are thinking of taking a program from the University of Newcastle. I'll talk about my experience on attending the bachelor's degree some time soon so please stay tuned. 

UON has a very heavy assignment based courses and if you can't manage the time well, you'll most likely not do well in the course. As I said earlier, most of the courses have assignment and formal exam so when breaking down into details, the assignments can consist of two to three assignments. Most modules have one or two individual assignments and one or two group assignments. It depends on different modules and different requirements. So, make sure to read the "Course outline" if you are planning to take the program. 

For the grad cert term that I took, I got four modules. They were Managing Under Uncertainty, Accounting and Financial Management, Organisational Behaviour and Foundations of Business Analysis. Let's go through my experience on each modules.

Managing Under Uncertainty is the module where I had loads of trouble understanding and acing the assignments. The assignment wise, it was two individual assignments and one group assignment. It was open book exam for the module so make sure to buy the textbook for the open book exam.

Accounting and Financial Management module is kind of fun for me. During the time, it was a famous module that the passing rate is really low. So, make sure to practice the statements, ratios and do the assignments properly and give presentation properly in order to get good grades.

Organisational Behaviour module is very theory based module. Assignments wise it was one individual assignment and one group presentation. Final exam is very theory and application based exam so make sure to know the models.

Foundations of Business Analysis module main studies about the importance of market research and statistics. The teacher was very helpful with the assignments so make sure to do really well on the final exam. Final exam was mainly MCQ and short answer questions so prepare well.

UON has tendency on clashing the assignment due dates very closely so I had to manage the time properly. If not, you'll be very stressed. Since I've finished the post-grad cert now, I can say that if you are wishing to get a cert for work, I don't really have information on whether the grad cert will provide career development for you since I'm not working. But as a passing stone for MBA, I think it's worth it.

May Wishlist

I haven't been updating my wishlist for a couple of months due to time schedule. I'll try to upload one every month all about things that I want to buy. There are a few things that I really need like a new beauty blender and a new shirt (since I left at the hotel for the old one) and every other thing that is on my wishlist but I don't need. So here's the list of all the items that I want mostly from Sephora.

My Week in Photos (Week 17)

Yessss! Time for Indonesia.
The boy and I decided that we would go to Batam, Indonesia instead of going Japan since we don't have the budget to go Japan currently.
Before going Indonesia, we decided to celebrate my finishing the finals and we went to Nicolle Highway MRT to go to Golden Mile Complex aka Little Thailand to enjoy Thai food and this famous store for lava bread and tarts. We ordered Cheese lava bread and double cheese tart which costs $1.80 each from Mr. Baguette. It tastes amazing so I highly recommend you to try it out.
And, it's time for Batam. I'll publish a brand new post all about my travel to Batam very soon so stay tuned for that.

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