Sea of voices.

'In a perfect world / We'll see creation come undone / These bones that bound us will be gone / We'll stir our spirits 'till we're one / Then soft as shadows we'll become' - Porter Robinson

  Oh what a hiatus it's been. I'm not sure what's happened. (Oh yes, school. Oops.) Anyway, here are the long-overdue photos from when I visited the SEA aquarium in my summer vacation! It's been a sure ride since then - with me holding on more than ever.

  Yet I'm excited - I had my first exam today and there are about six more to go! I'm thrilled for the aftermath. I cannot wait to just get out there and indulge in more memories. I can't imagine what else might await me for the second half of the year. What I do know, is that I'll be back on here soon. Believe me.


Musical Muses #6-#7 // calm, hidden affliction.

   I've been absent here for more days than I count on both hands. I've just been out of my head. The first half of my term holidays had been a hell of a week - more often than not, it was comprised of inescapable tumult and pandemonium. Every day had me waking up to some sort of ruckus, and by the time I'd tuck myself in I'd be too mentally exhausted to create nothing but negative thoughts. It's vague recount but all in good reason. (I promise plenty of photos will be up of my travels! Perhaps not for the present time being.) I'm just glad to be home now, back in this quiet sleepy town. Calmness is such a precious commodity. On days where my mind had failed to take me to a better place, music had helped me. Immensely.
  Here's a two-part playlist compilation, of songs that channel more than relatable emotion. The first playlist, hidden affliction, was created in early March and includes my favourite picks at the time. The second playlist, c a l m, is an evolved repercussion of that. You may notice difference between the two, but they were both harmonious during my time away. Therefore, I thought it'd be only fitting to not share one without the other. It is beyond me how music manages to lessen discord and simultaneously fill the void. I earnestly hope you can let these tracks deliver serenity, just as they have for me.
Want to keep listening? You can find the playlists c a l m and hidden affliction over on my Spotify.


Warm // pretty thoughts.

Doubt vs recognising your ability
  Just recently we had Craig Silvey, author of the acclaimed novel Jasper Jones, visit our school for a Q&A session. His thoughts and perspective were intriguing, but clear as day. He spoke words of volume, and came across far more life-like than we could ever have fathomed. It was great, overall. One of the key things he mentioned that really stuck with me is the battle of doubt. Having writing as an occupation, as I'd imagine, would be nothing short of constant worry over the content produced. Likewise with our own projects and relations. Would it meet the standards? Would this appeal to my audience/will they like it? What could I possibly gain out of this single fragment of an idea? In many aspects, the notion of doubt applies to every single one of us. We've all doubted ourselves and our projects from time to time. So when someone posed a question asking him to expand on this topic, he brought up an equally triumphant contender.

  Recognising your ability. You are the creator, of both your ability and doubt. You are in charge of how much either manifestations influence you. You can choose to remain stagnant about this doubt, or you can choose to assess this doubt in the form of constructive criticism.

  In striking a balance, allow a healthy amount of doubt to further revise and improve your ability. This is such a crucial message, in contemporary times like this where people are competitive in surfacing to the top. Especially since many people, unwillingly, get sucked into having their self-worth depreciated. Don't let your doubt erode away what you're truly capable of.

This shall not pass
Shout-out to Alena for being one of those golden people whom always make my day.

  Have you ever been compelled to contact an old friend? Well, put your thoughts at bay and just do it. Often we wish for social occurrences to happen but never quite ask for them. Strike up a conversation or call him/her for a long-awaited chat. Suggest you grab some food and catch up on each other's lives, or do something together you both love. Chances are, the other party have had similar thoughts. Reconnecting with friends is one of the most heartwarming things you could treat yourself to. Denying yourself and your loved ones that opportunity is a waste. Life is almost too short, in that we spend hours, days and even months, years, worrying about how we'd appear if we were to be the first one to speak.

  Trust me, someone out there is thinking of you. Don't be afraid to be the one initiating. Really, what have you to lose?

Keep pushing

 You'll get there - exactly where you want to be. Just keep pushing, keep trying. Take a step back, take a moment. As many as you like. Whatever it takes for you to know how to get there.  And if not, fate will take care of it for you. One way or another it'll have you happy you tried in the first place. I can almost guarantee it.

  Here we go again, let's make it different this time.


Bizarre love triangle.

'Every time I think of you / I feel shot right through with a bolt of blue / It's no problem of mine / But it's a problem I find / Living a life that I can't leave behind / I feel fine and I feel good / I'm feeling like I never should / Whenever I get this way' - New Order
Impromptu plans with the darling Daniela // A day of art-scoping, tranquility, juice and relieving insight.


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