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  • my life 16.11.2012 Comments Off

    There is a sense of satisfaction upon completion of each module, and not to mention, anticipating the over all grade consisting of marks from 2 assignments and an examination.

    For those who still have no clue to as what I am doing these days… I’m pursuing a Grad. Dip (Social Work) on a part-time basis with UniSIM, as well as working in the Social Service sector in a local Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWO).

    I remembered the days where I contemplated joining social service when I chanced upon the MCYS series of advertisements, as well as reading up on the WDA website, that offers a chance for professionals looking for a career switch. Thus I decided to take the plunge and here I am! :)

    It has been 7 months and counting since I first entered this industry in April 2012. To me, the time passed has been extremely fruitful and eye-opening, not just to the know-hows in the sector, but it has also significantly impacted personal outlook towards life as well as a shift in paradigms and perspectives in handling issues.

    I’m looking forward to what’s coming ahead, and I hope to be able to overcome each challenge and do my best.

    Am thankful to be surrounded by supportive family, boyfriend, and friends as I continue to press on with social work. It definitely is not an easy area to be in, due to the sheer complexities that could possibly arise when handling issues that these clients may be facing.

    Alrighty, I shall have to return to indulge in activities that I yearn to do, as well as spending quality time with the people that matters.

    Till the next update.

    God Bless.

    Nicole

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  • my life 18.08.2012 Comments Off

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    Photo shot using Sony NEX-F3 (18-55mm lens)

    School’s gonna be starting soon, and believe it or not, I can’t wait to start school… then again… maybe not.

    Actually, post graduate studies wasn’t even on my list to begin with… just that I will need some formal qualifications to continue my journey into social work. Just in case anyone wonders which higher learning institute I will be… Its none other than UniSIM.

    Format of each lesson is as follows… 2 alternate weeks of face time with the lecturer, 2 assignments and an exam. Yup, all in a spate of 7 to 8 weeks. Each module is conducted during the weekends, so you can see that my weekends are very much burnt for the next 15 months or so.

    A brief respite would be to be working 4 out of 5 weekdays, so as to be able to cope with studying and whatsoever remains of my social life. Looks like I will have to kick in my next phase of time management skills!

    In spite of all the flurry of activity, I’m happy to be able to pursue what I would want to do than slaving away in a job which I would otherwise drag my feet to everyday.

    Oh yes, I forgot to add that school starts on 25th August 2012.

    Till the next post…

    Nicole

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  • my life 01.07.2009 2 Comments

    Exit is a word to signal the place to get out, or simply the end of something.

    To me, this photo has a meaning, it means to exit from school and enter the workforce. Still an unofficial graduate (till I go for my convocation), but am still a greenhorn in the workforce. Let’s see, I just worked for a month plus since I left school?

    Truth be told, I have not really got quite used to the transition as yet, and no, I have no qualms about my job, in fact, I am happy with my job :P Just felt that something is missing, perhaps the freedom and the time that I used to have when I was a student. To say I miss school is partially true, but then, one has to move on to the next phase of life.

    Perhaps I have not been open enough to accept the changes that comes my way, and yes, from dressing, to the lifestyle, there’s a change for sure. I become more conscious of my appearance, which don’t do me any good, because I tend to feel very emo and low about it. Don’t ask me why, because sometimes inferior complexity hits me.

    I feel somewhat lost, and this feeling is not a very nice feeling to have at the moment.

    Certain things has got to go, and I guess its time to trim the emotional baggage. If you have been standing by me as a friend, I thank you with the bottom of my heart. If you wish me well, I thank you too. Thank you, for being with me, throughout these years.

    Nicole

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  • my life 27.03.2009 Comments Off

    What I have completed:

    Quiz preparation (not through, but the least of my concerns), Distributed Computing Project.

    What I have not completed:

    Intelligent Agents Project (got started though), Simulations and Modeling (have to plant myself down and get the damn report done), and FYP.

    Good news: No amendments required for the FYP Report. Thank goodness.

    Bad news: Time is running out.

    What I can do: Sleep just enough (No lazing in bed). Start exam revisions in the train. Work harder, faster and smarter.

    Will I be able to finish all these? I hope so.

    Am feeling kinda zombied. yeah. Bf is away to London and Italy. I miss him. Aww.

    Nicole

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  • my life 23.03.2009 Comments Off

    It’s Monday, and my last e-learning week of my 4 year course in NTU. Funnily, it feels like the norm as I go through the paces once again, except this time, juggling more things than I can handle.

    The wee hours of the day proved to be helpful, doubling my productivity, which is a good thing. And I am humbled by the profound philosophy that my friend K has… Indeed an eye opening, and at the same time, left me pondering the meaning of life… (Shall leave this to another post)

    Despite me sleeping at 3 or 4 am, and waking up at 9 am, I feel quite refreshed, just that the body feels more tired, but otherwise, I feel fine. Guess I exhuasted myself to a point where sleep comes easily. However, I am paying the price of screwing up my body system for now. Argh. Just 1 month more or so…

    Ok, I think I’ve written enough for now. Time to hit the work!

    Nicole

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  • my life 29.01.2009 1 Comment

    Just wanna make this short and sweet as the books beckon.

    I take my leave from protem committee of ABS. Hence forth, I shall be concentrating on my studies, the bloody assignments, and tech65.

    The work load has ballooned to an all time high, and hence, it would be more prudent of me to concentrate on it.

    The lessons that I’ve learned are nowhere to be found in textbooks. It has been an eye opening journey.

    Its time for me to move on and back to the books :P

    Nicole

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  • FYP, my life 23.01.2009 7 Comments

    Here is the summary of my assignments for all my modules. *FAINT*

    Distributed Computing
    - Group Project of at most 3 people
    - Design Client Server system architecture from scratch. Can’t implement existing infrastructure.

    Wireless Network and Mobile Computing
    - 2 quizzes

    Intelligent Agent
    - Individual
    - Use RePast toolkit, create an agent, with TileWorld
    - 50 % of subject grading (good news)

    Simulations and Modeling
    - Individual
    - 2 assignments

    All these, plus Exams, Final Year Project.

    I see deadlines as my best friend now.

    Nicole

    PS: Wanna party with me after I am done with all these? :P

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  • my life 12.01.2009 Comments Off

    I am very sleep deprived. Logically, I should be sleeping, but I can’t. Loads of development work to do, and I will have to do something for my apparent lack of sleep.

    More makeup to hide the flaws around the eyes? Well, I try not to… And yes, I have to rein in my temper a bit. My fuse gets shorter without enough sleep. Not a good thing at all. Tsk.

    Coffee, Tiesto, DJ Eros will be my favourite companions through my countless burning midnight oil nights. Any friends wanna accompany me via MSN/Plurk? You are most welcome :P

    Also today is the start of week 2. I feel stressed already.

    Nicole

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  • my life 10.01.2009 Comments Off

    Its the first weekend of the new school semester for me, and honestly, I ain’t enjoying it as much as the previous semesters. Probably because of the unusually high level of stress resulting from my Final Year Project.

    I have till March to complete everything, and looking at the list of to-dos, it looks really impossible. Will have to make the impossible possible (if you get what I mean).

    My stress levels are nearing my red line of limit, and some other matters also have triggered my emotional backlash on myself.

    Thanks all for your concern :) I will be ok. Special thanks to the 2 handsome guys for being my listening ear :) *wink* *you know who you are* :P

    As of now, I am recovering from a bout of cough, and wouldn’t want to spread the germs around. So self-ground at home, while rushing my interim report. Sad right? But what to do. Suck thumb and finish it.

    I know I can finish it, because I still want some me time for myself tomorrow. Not much, but better than nothing!

    With love,
    Nicole

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  • my life 08.01.2009 Comments Off

    4 days of school is over.

    My timetable is more or less finalized. I quite like the fact that I end at 12.30 pm on some days, and on other days, at later timings in the evenings. Which might work out to my advantage :)

    I’m filled up with Academic and Final Year Project Commitments, so my blogging and other stuff will somehow be forced into the backseat for a while… It pains me to leave some other matters hanging for a while, but I am only human, and that I will be trying my best to manage my time.

    Even as I am writing this post, I am actually reviewing other stuff in my mind. Until I sort my mess out, normal blogging will be on and off. Product review posts as well, but I will do my best to get it posted.

    Its not an excuse for me to say I am busy, but its also a fact that final semester students are the busiest, with school, and job hunting to juggle with. With only 24 hours a day, I can’t get much done sometimes.

    Now I shall blog at only time slots when I having my break. Else its back to books and work. Plurk and Twitter will have to take a backseat for now. Sorry :(

    Nicole

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