I made it!

It’s as official as it gets. I’ve got the paper to prove it. I’m finally a law graduate! Time to change the Twitter profile and About Me page ;).

It was a blessed day; the weather was perfect (thanks for those who sent prayers up on my behalf!) and the atmosphere joyful. All the late nights, hard work and life-depriving things that a law degree equates to have paid off :).

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Best of all, I could celebrate with my fellow law graduates and with those who have helped me get here. Thanks to those who popped by and for your well-wishes, flowers and gifts :).

Graduation dinner was had at Pabu Grill and Sake (post to come hehe) followed by some delightful scoops of ice-cream at Il Dolce Freddo ;).

I’d like to particularly acknowledge my special guests for the day. My primary school principal and her husband who both graciously attended my graduation ceremony. They saw something in me so early on and nominated me for a trust fund scholarship, which provided for my high-quality secondary school education, setting me up well for the following years of tertiary studies. Without their support, encouragement and prayers, I would not be where I am today. Thank you, Mr and Mrs Norsworthy!

And of course, my parents. They believed in me even when I wanted to give up. During those all nighters, they would check in to see if they could make me a hot drink or just stay up to keep me company. They are my pillars of support. My success is your success and all for the glory of God! I am so blessed to have you not only as my parents but as my mentors, my sounding board when I have challenges and also to have you as my friends. I love you both and thank you so very much from the bottom of my heart!

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Back to the Singapore food next ;).

Have a lovely weekend!

♥ Ames

Temporary Absence

I don’t know about you, but at the end of a good catch up with a friend, we’ll usually work out when we’ll see each other next.  In the same way, I feel like it’s only manners to say that I really really need to disappear for the next little while (just until 22nd June!) in order to concentrate on my studies… I find it hard to read blog posts without leaving a comment or feeling the need to post myself… I feel it’s like listening to a friend talk and then ignoring them if I don’t… so I guess, it’s adios for now.  You can find me on Instagram (@amyaprilgirl) until then ;).  I’ve hopped onto FatMumSlim’s Photo A Day challenge again so I’m sure that will be enough fun for the time being :D.

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To the students out there, best wishes for your exams!  Everyone else, take care and stay warm and healthy!  See you in 20 days – yep, counting down already ;).

♥ Ames

You know your concentration is waining

When you spend a good ten minutes on Photo Booth trying to take the perfect photo to show how many exams you have left:

In reality, this was just to show off my amateur-ly (that is so a word!) painted PINK nails… teaching piano means I generally have to keep my nails short and free of nail polish…short: because it makes that awful clicking sound when you play with long nails and plain: nail polish is distracting for both me and the students… pretty pink!

I also got a giggle from how it looks like my fingers will snap up my head like a pair of crocodile jaws…

AH, the pink fingers are eating me!

*sigh* Other than that, I think I’ve just killed a small forest:

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I now have firm and personal evidence that ‘Corporations’ are harmful for the environment.

OK, I promise this will be the last post about exams… I have since come to the epiphany that no one really likes to read about exams – students have their own exams to think about and exams are of no relevancy or interest to non-students…hmm.

One week though.   One week and I’ll be down at the beach, enjoying the sun, sand and sea… one more week… keep it up uni students! We can do it! [INSERT NAME] FIGHTING~!

Back to work…

♥ Ames

P.S. As the tweet said, ‘Prepare to smile. BIG.’ –> click here!

P.P.S. For those who’d be interested, the first Global Day Of Worship ever has started streaming!

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10. Deactivating FB – curbing procrastination

This was probably the best thing I did for myself during SWOTVAC.  Some people know how to control their use… I’m still struggling learning so let’s just say that procrastination magnifies the addiction.  It’s so easy to live vicariously through other people’s updates that you lose perspective on what’s happening RIGHT NOW in your own life… but of course that just meant I rediscovered Twitter and Tumblr lols I also changed my blog subscriptions settings so that I wouldn’t be getting real-time updates of when people posted however, that wasn’t enough to keep me away from browsing blogs-a-plenty ^^’.  Oh well.

11. Study group sessions: 2,3, 4 heads are always better than one!

I’m so thankful to have people I can nut out hypos and essay topics with :).  I remember it being said once that Law is one of those subjects that cannot or should not be studied in isolation. Word.

12. Submitting my final essay for 2011!

It a bittersweet feeling as it also officially ends my work for PILCH, an amazing not-for-profit organisation that I’ve been interning with since the start of the year.  It’s been such a privilege to work with people who are committed to helping the less fortunate and making a real difference in our community.  They also saved me from the disillusionment I got from law school halfway through last year but that’s a story for another time.

13. Finishing my first of three exams – The end is in sight!

PtL!  I feel a weight lifted from my shoulders… two more til freedom!

14. Living at home – all pros in my mind

  • no rent or bills to pay
  • home-cooked meals that you don’t always cook yourself
  • more hands to help with pegging up clothes to dry
  • awesome company everyday of the year

Yep, sorry Mum and Dad.  I won’t be leaving for a while! (not that you’d let me LOL)

15. SurviveLaw.com/blog – where have you been all my law school life??  

It’s always comforting to know you aren’t the only one walking this challenging road.  And to laugh at the all-too-familiar situations law students find themselves in…

16. Jelly Bean Love:

See behind the scenes here.

♥ Ames

THL 2: Momentum

A short post to say that as of 3:34am, Wednesday 2nd November 2011…. I HAVE FINISHED MY ESSAY!!!

I am all of THL right now:

Thankful that it is over.  Happy that it is over.  Laughing that it FINALLY over!

Not that it was a horrid essay topic to write on… I actually really enjoyed researching for it, am quite happy with the end result (albeit there is a truckload of referencing and editing left to do… in the morning after sleep) and even came up with a funky title:

Exchanging Assets for Care: The ‘New’ Family Affair

Like my rhyme?  Isn’t that just grand? Haha, I may not think that in the morning but whatev’s I say ;).

The only issue I have with writing essays is that they are often so difficult to start.  I attribute it to the ‘Law of Momentum’ or as leadership coach/author, John C. Maxwell calls it, ‘The Big Mo’ (see 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership)… I haven’t had much of a chance (yet) to read up on The Big Mo (reminds me of Movember) but as I powered through 1,500 words tonight/last night/this morning/gah, all I could think was, “I’ve got momentum, baby and I’m lovin’ it!”

Time for a bit of sleep…

♥ Ames

 

And just like that,

2nd year of law is finished!  It feels very surreal – at the start of the semester we were at the half way point of our degree and suddenly, we are now 2/3 of the way through… well, officially in three weeks after these ‘dratted’ exams (hehe, as a tribute to our amusing and highly intelligent Corps teacher).

Lots of pictures taken in the past week but no time or desire to edit them at the moment… I think I’m at the stage where I’ve realised how little time there is left to cram study and study I must… so maybe just one lol.

Earrings my dad brought back for me :)

Best wishes, uni students!  Almost there!

♥ Ames

The inevitable hiatus announcement

Yep, it’s that time of the year again.  This is the official notice that I’ll be MIA for the next 5 weeks on account of the only downside of still being a uni student… exams, of course.

Though having said that, this blog was birthed during the last SWOTVAC period (has it been that long already?) so I guess it’s possible that I’ll be lurking around these parts… but hopefully not procrastinating so much that I’ll be writing anything substantial.

There is happy news though, blog-o-sphere as the wait is finally over AND I know what I’ll be doing next summer and winter if you get my drift ;).  PtL and thank you for those who have sent up prayers on my behalf because I know that the return rate for application-interview-offer was against me so I’m astounded with the favourable results!  By the grace of God is all I can say.  I’ve signed my first work contract and am waiting on the rest to come through this week :).

We celebrated over dinner:

The top two are favourites from Kambo and mum whipped together some pork mince and spinach… delicious!

Posts to come after exams:

Sam’s 20th birthday dinner (seriously can’t believe we’ve made it to twenty years!) and…

A lovely belated Saturday morning breakfast with Ms. MoreBlindDates (isn’t the colour of that beetroot feta just gorgeous?) where she gave me the courage to make a very tough decision (more on that later).  Can you guess where we ate?  No ideas?  Find out after my exams haha.  You can check out my first and last foodie outing with Ms. MoreBlindDates here ;).

Best wishes to all uni students for the upcoming exams!!  Stay positive and smile, the end is in sight :).

Catch you on the flip side!

♥ Ames

C’est Fini!

IT IS OVER.

NADA.

FINISHED.

FINITO.

ZILTCH.

I’M FREEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

*big satisfied sigh*

I have to say it ended on a bit of a low note since I wasn’t really satisfied with how I performed in the last paper… ran out of time and knew that I had skipped over a few crucial points that probably have costed me a number of marks…. *sigh* and I was really hoping to bump up my average… *double sigh* I couldn’t help but feel a bit deflated because the discussion of exam answers afterwards only highlighted the fact that I should be praying just to pass this one >.<  As a general rule, I tend to avoid post-exam-answer-discussion but I was lunching with a pair of superstar law students and it could not be prevented… *apathetic sigh*  I’m not one to cry (for too long) over spilt milk (well, I’ve never spilt milk before – touch wood – but my attitude to most unfortunate events is ‘it’s done, there’s nothing we can do to change it, so let’s just move on- NEXT’) so…. let’s just move on to the lovely lunch that helped keep my mind off things :P

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