Singapore Trip: Universal Studios Singapore

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After our City Experience Tour, we were also able to visit Universal Studios Singapore.

Universal Studios Singapore has seven zones- Hollywood, Madagascar, Far Far Away, The Lost World, Ancient Egypt, SciFi City and New York.

We went straight to Madagascar and rode the Madagascar: A Crate Adventure. It is an indoor boat ride where we get to watch adventures of the Madagascar casts as they defeat the foosas. This attraction is best for kids since the ride is just gentle and there aren’t accelerations or elevations. The ride, though, is very visually appealing so it’s also worth it. The best thing about this ride is that boats can accommodate a lot of people that is why the queue and waiting time is just short.

We also rode King Julien’s Beach Party Go Round. This attraction is a carousel good for everyone in the family.

After that, we were able…

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Singapore Trip: Driver and Hotel

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My family and I had a three-day trip to Singapore. It was kind of a spur of the moment decision. All our preparations such a booking for the hotel rooms were handled by HBB Travel and Tours and Ace Tours and Travel.

Upon arriving in Singapore, we were picked up by our driver from Ace Tours and Travel. Our driver is very chatty and cheerful. The vehicle is spacious and very comfortable. On our way to our hotel, our driver gave us fast facts about Singapore. He also gave us some tips to help us get by during our three day stay.

Along the way, I can’t help but notice how green the surroundings is. I’ve never seen a city with a lot of trees like Singapore. Joe, our driver, said that Singapore is really environment-friendly. Aside from trees and plants along the roads, plants can also be seen on…

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Productivity Tip: Take A Break

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Fighting all the distractions around is and being productive is a struggle for all of us. I have looked for several ways to be productive, tried many life hacks and I finally found the productivity method that works best for me- the pomodoro technique.

The Pomodoro Technique

The pomodoro technique is a very simple technique. All you’re ever going to need is a timer. Any timer will do whether it is a kitchen timer or the timers on your phone. There are also several apps out there that also uses the pomodoro technique. Using the apps may be more convenient for you.

What you”re going to do is to assign a specific time for work and after that take breaks. Instead of doing tasks for long hours, cut it short and squeeze in breaks in between. Set the timer for 25 minutes. This is the time where you do your…

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We all change. When you think about it, we’re all different people all through our lives, and that’s okay. That’s good. You’ve got to keep moving as long as you remember all the people that you used to be.

-Doctor Who

All the Bright Places

All the Bright PlacesAll the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

You have been in every way all that anyone could be.… If anybody could have saved me it would have been you.

All the Bright Places is about two broken teenagers- Violet and Finch- who met in one of the most unusual ways- at the top of the bell tower where Finch had to talk Violet off a ledge and save her. From then, Violet becomes Finch’s reason to stay Awake and not fall into the Asleep, a metaphor for his depressive episodes. Finch also helps Violet come to terms with her sister’s death. This book is about two people who wants and needs to be saved.

In many ways, I see this book as similar in other young adult contemporary books that I have read- two broken teenagers, adventure and a rollercoaster of emotion. Violet is a girl who belongs to the “popular” crowd but doesn’t really feel like herself around her peers. This kind of girl is actually repetitive for several young adult books. On the other hand, Finch is an “outsider” who doesn’t feel like he belong with anybody at all. Again, a typical boy in a young adult book. Violet and Finch also gets to go on an adventure for a school project. Another typical element. What’s different here is how mental disorders are depicted. What I find different here is how mental disorders are depicted. I don’t think I’ve ever understand mental health the way I did in this book. Another thing that’s different for me is that I desperately longed for a happy ending. In these kinds of books, I accept that the story may end tragically from the beginning or middle of book to save myself from more pain. In this book, I couldn’t do it. I let myself believe that this story may have a  happy ending after all.

In this end, this book left me heartbroken. It is a good read for it opens your eyes of the reality of some other peoples’ lives. Yes, Finch is a fictional character but there is someone out there who might be fighting to stay Awake just as Finch does. Maybe there is someone out there who is desperately searching for something to live for. Maybe that’s why the story ended the way it did. It’s not telling us that there’s nothing to be done. It’s telling us that we need to act for something to be done. It makes us think about all the ways things could have turn out differently. So maybe, in our real lives, we can be more attentive. We can seek more help. We can try harder not to give up on other people. Some say that this book does not focus on hope. And yes, I do agree. This book focuses on regrets. And for some, this is  a better fuel to act.