Adventure is out there

Art & Photography, Life

You don’t need camel coloured boots nor a flannel shirt to have an adventure that feels like it’s straight out of a Pinterest board: you just need to go! (Although if you’re going below 15°C I recommend at least a light cardigan…)

Living in the small concrete filled island of Singapore as a high school student, I understand the feeling of “BUT ITS ALL SO FAR AWAY AND EXPENSIVE“. However, you’d be surprised what’s out there, in your local area and beyond. A good adventure might not be as far as you first thought!

So, here are some images to inspire you to start looking! (Or, if anything, to try treat this beautiful planet we call home a little bit better 😊)

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Ultimate guide: Job hunting for TEENS

Life

As a teenager it’s extremely hard to get a good job especially when you have no experience and most employers have a negative preconception of teens. Here is a quick guide to finding a good part time job!

What are your interests?

If you want to find a job you like, you should find out what you like. Are you interested in fashion, baking, beauty, books? After you have an idea of what your passions are, try list down some stores that you’d like to work at. I know that Lush, Glassons, and McDonald’s hire teens with no or little experience.

Ask Around

Next time you’re in a store, don’t be afraid to say hello and ask; ‘are there any job openings?’ or ‘how do a apply for a job?’ at the counter. Most employees are super helpful and will let you know if they are hiring or give you tips on creating an eye-catching CV.

You can also ask your friends and family if they know of any places that are hiring.

Whip up a CV and Cover Letter

Your CV and cover letter should be short and sweet. Make sure there are no spelling mistakes or grammatical errors. Your CV should be eye-catching and neat.

Your CV should include…

  • Courses you have completed (Basic first aid course, barrista course)
  • Language(s) you speak
  • Important skills that could relate to the job (Can drive a manual car, photoshop)
  • Hobbies
  • Contact details
  • Any awards (Silver Duke of Edinburgh)
  • Previous jobs whether they are small or big. Only include the most recent jobs! (Volunteered at childcare, babysitting)

Here is a helpful CV and cover letter template

Here is a cool resume template

Go hand in your CV!

When you hand in your CV make sure you have a wide smile on your face. Don’t just hand it in and run away, or else it will go straight in the bin. Make sure you chat with the person behind the counter and show them that you are really cool and confident. Even if you’re not. You have to show your potential employer that you are better than everybody else who have applied for your job who may be older and more experienced than you.

Okay, now what?

Wait. If you haven’t heard from anybody regarding a job in more than three weeks, chances are you didn’t get the job. BUT THAT’S OKAY.

You can apply again when they need more employees such as Christmas time.

You can also start from the bottom and work to the top. Gain some experience. I know it may seem dull, but it will all be worth it!

Good Luck! I hope this helped.

Susie.

Finding the Furniture Foundation for Your Space

DIY, Life

Our environment can greatly affect how we feel and perform our daily tasks. Sometimes our surroundings can feel dull, falling behind our current passions, pursuits and lacking inspiration.
Giving your space- whether that’s your bedroom, study or living room- a revamp to supply good vibes and healthy inspiration is soothing for the soul (well, once it’s done, anyway).

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It all starts with a good foundation. Where your furniture is placed determines the accessibility and available uses for that room. For example, my double bed was taking up 50% of my small Singapore apartment bedroom, so getting a smaller bed opened up the space, allowing me to now practice dance and workout in my room, actually encouraging me to exercise. The newfound open-ness of the space also makes my mind feel free-er, like there’s more room to breathe.

Here are three steps to get the foundation of your room just right:

5 ways to deal with SCHOOL stress

Life

It is that time of the year when we get bombarded with tests and internals. It also happens to be that time of the year when your Instagram feed is blitzed by whiney teenagers. So, I thought that it was time to share my tips to deal with stress and get work done.

Minimalist’s journal: drawer by drawer

Life

Being a minimalist is hard work. I’ve realised this year that you can’t just wake up and become a minimalist, but it’s a rather long process of changing your lifestyle and habits.

I’ve decided that I must ease into my minimalistic lifestyle ever so slowly. Step by step. Drawer by drawer. I mean, what’s the rush?

So here is my first drawer that I have ‘minimalized’. It’s the top drawer of my desk where I kept a lot of post-it notes, broken rulers, and discarded pens. Now I just keep the necessities.

The Little Things

Life, Loves

Sometimes, we let lots of “big things” fill up so much our lives, or allow little things to inflate so big that we lose sight and become ignorant of the many little things we are ever so blessed to have. Here are the “little” things I’ve learned to appreciate the most recently, albeit they sit with many other things considered necessities to contemporary human existence and survival not-mentioned-but-still-appreciated.

Friends who can make me laugh, and who I can make laugh too.

It’s a connection not always found, a connection that’s missing when we first meet people, the reason friends are nice to be around, the reason I would occasionally rather not talk to strangers, sometimes the only reason I smile. (ooft deep).

Wanderlust: Waiheke Oneroa

Art & Photography, Life

It was a sunshiney public holiday, so my family and I decided to hop aboard a ferry and wander the beautiful island of Waiheke.

The large island bursts with artistic flare. Sculptures, art galleries, and paintings are easy to spot around Waiheke amongst bustling cafes and sparkling beaches.