Rambling: Time Zones, Exams, K-POP

Good morning, good afternoon, good night.

I find time zones fascinating and annoying at the same time. One of my best friends lives in the USA and I am in Australia, so when I am available to talk, he is heading to bed. It is quite frustrating.

I actually have no idea where this post is headed. I had my first of 6 Year 11 ATAR exams today and my brain is fried. It was English so I literally just had to write for 3 hours straight. I think (well, my accurately, hope) that I did okay. We will find out in a couple of weeks. I have Don’t Wanna Cry by SEVENTEEN on in the background so I am not really thinking about my exam that I have tomorrow.

For me the first exam is always the worst. I panic and freak out because I don’t really know what to expect. I think I will be a bit more composed tomorrow morning than I was today. The good think about these exams is that I get a lot of time off school. I had all of yesterday, this afternoon, the rest of the day after the morning exam, and two days next week. So really, I will only have one proper day of school in two weeks. It is reasonable compensation for having to sit through 6 3-hour long exams.

On to other news, BTS’s MV for “Not Today” has surpassed 100 Million views! Congrats! Next job is “Spring Day”. As I enjoy both songs, this is welcome news to my ears. And has anyone listened/watched ASTRO’s new song “Baby”? I love it! I am also anticipating Pentagon’s comeback in a few days. So much new music to listen to.

So, I think I am going to stop now while I can. This post had no real theme. I guess that is what happens when you just click ‘write’.

I will see you soon.

Cya later Skittle Skater 💫

 

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Back from Hiatus

Been absent for a while… School has been hectic. I have two exams this week, then four the week after. I have had to do so much prep that it is starting to drive me insane. Yesterday, I just had to get out of the house so I went on a walk. I ended up at the lake a couple of kilometers from my house. It is where I tend to end up so it has, by default, become my ‘thinking place’. It is a beautiful place, so I will post a picture with this entry. For me, it is the perfect place just to think and calm down. To take a step back and appreciate the things we take for granted.

If you have read my previous posts, then you would be aware that I listen to a lot of Kpop music. Yep, still doing that. A few weeks ago, my Dad asked why I listened to it when I didn’t know what they were saying. I replied with I have no idea what half the songs on the radio are saying so what is the difference? For me, ‘I Need U’ by BTS is the perfect song for when I am thinking about what the hell I am doing with my life. Whenever I listen to it, the MV is running through my head, and it causes me to think if I am content with my life. It was a song that was played while I was sitting at the lake.

I am sorry to myself that I let it get to two and a half months between posts. I struggle to hold a hobby for more than a few weeks and this is one of them. I will try to be more consistent and to just write rather than post for just the sake of it. I will rambling and possibly at times not make a whole lot of sense, but I will continue to write. I don’t really mind if no one reads or takes in anything I say because this is for me rather than them. My goal in life is to learn and teach so anyone that comes along for the ride is welcome to join.

Probably should stop procrastinating now and get back to studying.

I hope you are having a wonderful day.

Cya later Skittle Skater 💫

The Necessity of a Break 


One of my favourite things to do is to lie underneath the stars. Some people do mediation while others have a 10k run; I look up at the stars and think. Sometimes I have music, like tonight, other nights I don’t. It makes me realise and appreciate how lucky I am. It is also just nice to take a step back from the stress of work, work, work 24/7. If I can’t sleep, I will often quietly come outside and it helps to clear my mind. It is so easy to get caught up on the freeway of life that sometimes a break is needed. I enjoy star gazing because it makes me realise how small we are in comparison to the universe. I also like just listening to nature; like humanity just fades away. 

My teachers at school are pushing the idea of a 5 minute meditation during class. Now this doesn’t really work for me because it just encourages me to sleep, but it works for a lot of people. I think it is beneficial in life to find out what calms your mind and clears stress. Whether that be listening to music, thinking, running, or just sitting still for 5 minutes, I think that it makes a huge difference in your personality and your attitude. I know the difference that star gazing as had on me. I appreciate the little rewards and gifts that life grants us, and the need for understanding yourself. 
Cya later Skittle Skater 💫

Struggling Through Procrastination

School has finished and I am patiently waiting for my friend to finish her audition for the upcoming school production so we can walk home. I am sort of dreading going home because I have an English essay to finish for tomorrow. I will let you in on a secret… I have barely started. I know, I know. ‘Why are you doing this instead?’, ‘Get to work, lazy butt!’ I swear I have tried to work on it but it is just so boring. I have this amazing ability to find a way around everything. It takes a certain skill set but it is easy to achieve with practice.

Procrastination has become easier over the years with the creation of the internet, making special mention to YouTube and Spotify. As I am writing this, I have Lotto by EXO playing in my ears, and I am trying to resist the urge to dance. As I can’t dance and am still at school with the teachers walking around me, it would be quite embarrassing. And on comes MAMA the EXO-K version. Love this song… ANYWAY, as I was saying it is easier to become distracted nowadays.

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So it is now a few hours later and while I have made progress on my English essay, I still can’t be bothered to do it. I mean, it apparently has to be 1000 words and I am going to struggle to get to 700. Has anyone read The Boat by Nam Le? I preferred Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden from last year. Oh well, it will be over soon. My essay on the other hand…. even Ailee can’t encourage me today. Tomorrow morning will be quite stressful, I reckon. I don’t recommend to anyone to leave an essay to the last minute, even if it is dead boring and you would rather light yourself on fire than think about it. It is a bad habit that I wish to change, but English just isn’t helping.

I have put up the link to a lovely little video that will help in your procrastination process.

Cya later Skittle Skater 💫

MAMA by EXO-K

The Addiction That is K-Pop


When my friend first introduced me to a popular K-Pop group, BTS, I had no way for foreseening the hold that it would have on my life. 


It started with BTS. Gorgeous Jungkook, sweet Jimin, sassy Suga, princess Jin, cheeky V, and the leader Rap Monster. I was drawn in through their amazingly tight choreography and their resonating lyrics. 


Next came SEVENTEEN. 11 members, 3 units, come together as 1 team (17). At first I was surprised with the sheer number of the group. Having not much experience with K-Pop, I wasn’t used to the group sizes. Mingyu… 💜. 


Then followed Ailee. The beautiful pop diva. The American-born singer reminds me of Jessica Mauboy and Jordan Sparks. I love her power and sassy lyrics with ‘I Will Show You’ rivalling Taylor Swift’s break up songs. 


Finally came EXO. Learning their names was the easiest of all the groups. The first song I heard was Monster. There was something about Chanyeol that forced me to watch hour after hour of EXO videos. 

The sad thing about being an Aussie K-Pop fan is the language barrier. BTS released a new video 11pm last night and unfortunately when I tried to watch it at 11:30pm I couldn’t understand what Kookie (Jungkook) was saying. However, I know that subtitles will soon be at my rescue thanks to some amazing people. 

I would recommend all of these idols to people who are interested in K-Pop or want to try something new. I am loving it and maybe you will too. 
Cya later Skittle Skater 💫