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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

I've started getting less terrible about updating my Instagram over the past week and a bit, and I've posted new aerial photos! If you haven't been keeping an eye on my Instagram lately, check out some of my latest pictures.

I'm working on a piece on the Lyra (aerial hoop) for a showcase on May 1st, which is a little over a month away! It's kind of a mess right now but I'm sure it will look nice for the show. I get to pick my own costume, makeup, lighting and music which makes the whole ordeal more fun. It's nerve wracking because I'm doing a solo and I am apparently not the only person on the Lyra, so there will naturally be some competition between who has the best choreography and tricks. That being said, I've only been doing Lyra for 2 semesters and I've managed to put together a three minute routine, so I don't really care if it's not as good as some people who have been doing it for a while.

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I do Lyra, still trapeze and aerial silks. All three have their merits, but Lyra and still trapeze are certainly more similar because they are both bar apparatuses. Out of the three, I think I'm the most suited to do Lyra. Something about it feels very natural. Sure wish I had found out about it sooner in life... and I've already decided that when I own a house, I'm totally putting a Lyra that is the correct size for me somewhere in it.  Did you notice how at one point in the video I'm holding on with my toes? Apparently you are supposed to be able to put the sole of your foot on the top of the hoop, but my legs are too short :(
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Thursday, March 24, 2016

It certainly looks like it! I'm delighted to announce that I've been provisionally admitted into the Boston University-National University of Singapore Exchange for Fall 2016.

Since I know someone is going to ask... yes, I'm going back to Singapore and I'm really excited about it. Singapore still holds a place in my heart and in a lot of ways I continue to consider it "home". While I was living in Singapore I never considered going to NUS, mostly because I knew it was out of my league and I didn't want to stay in the tropics. Now I really miss it, and the academic opportunity to study at NUS is unbelievably good.

For those of you who remember, I'm also going abroad to Geneva and London this summer. The Geneva/London program starts at the end of May and ends in late July. NUS starts on August 1st. At the moment it looks like I'm going to be flying back from London, repacking, and flying back out in something like four days. It's insane.

The rest of my 2016 looks like a whirlwind!
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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

I did a photoshoot with Joey Phoenix back in February, but it took me about a month to get around to downloading the photos and sharing them. Since I have so many beautiful pieces from around the world, I decided that I wanted them to be photographed. Joey is one of my favourite photographers that I have worked with and captures people and things in such a bright way. I knew she'd help me photograph the clothes in a respectful way that would celebrate each item. 


Shang-Ri-La, China

Sapa, Vietnam

My favourite picture is the middle one-- it's something I bought out of desperation in China because the mountains were so cold! It's an interesting picture because while I recognise myself in the picture, I'm in a completely different light. For lack of a better word, the picture comes across as very "ethnic". I think it's because there's nothing to temper the colours of the shawl, and because the shall is so high-contrast to the black background (and my hair). It makes me wonder about what life would have been like if things had played out ever so slightly differently. 

What's your favourite picture? Let me know!

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

I definitely have a baby-face, and most of the time, I think it's a good thing. After all, it probably means I'm going to look young and fresh faced way past other people, right? That being said, there are some annoying things about being a baby-face.

1) I'm going to get ID'd until I'm like, 40.

I don't know if I'm going to view this as a problem when I'm 40 (in fact, I'll probably be flattered), but I think I'm going to get ID'd forever. I'm legal in most countries besides this one, but based on my face you'd never know it.

2) People have NO idea how old I am.

I have been handed children's menus at restaurants and asked about my husband on the same day. Within hours of each other. Yup, that's true. It's nice to occasionally get kids price things, but it's also a little weird that people think I look anywhere from 12-26. The other day, my mother and I went to a tourist bureau and the lady working there was clearly trying to get her to pick up some family-oriented brochures. It was kind of funny, and it took her ages to figure out that I was university aged. Oh, and people often think I'm a freshman even though I know my way around campus, too.

3) People question my relationship with my boyfriend because I look so young.

Okay, so I know my boyfriend has a beard and can probably pass for being in his thirties if he dressed for business and carried a briefcase. Sometimes I look younger because I'm wearing a skirt or have a ribbon in my hair. That being said, if we're walking down the street and clearly dating, isn't it a bit rude to comment? I've heard people in restaurants say that he was "robbing the cradle" which is funny because he's only two years older than me. Not cool.

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Monday, March 14, 2016

I haven't been posting lately because between midterms and spring break, I figured I deserved a break! Actually what happened is I got so swamped with work that blogging fell by the wayside. Alongside with Twitter, Instagram, and wearing makeup. What can I say... it was relaxing time! So yeah, sorry I haven't been posting Aunt Nancy (and everyone else too).

Anyways, my boyfriend and I went to New York City last weekend and it was pretty fun.  I took some pictures while I was there... but the ones I'll share here illustrate the trip more.

We went to the American Museum of Natural History! I sent my mom this picture because she loves turtles. I still feel kind of guilty that I didn't buy my mom anything turtle-themed in China, so I make up for it by sending her all things turtle when I get the chance. 

GONG CHA IS IN NEW YORK CITY, PEOPLE! Gong Cha is one of my favourite things ever from Singapore and I was delighted to get my 30% sugar oolong milk tea with pearl. Yup, that's my order and I'm sticking to it. 

So Korea Street is right next to Penn Station, which means that when I was down there looking for Gong Cha (I had two while in NYC), I had to get a $10 lunchbox that came with soup and everything. The kimchi was awesome and everything else was delicious too. It was nice to get some really good, authentic rice. 

I spent the rest of spring break hanging out at my parents house in New Jersey doing... nothing. Well, I helped my dad finish building this foam plane that we started working on over Christmas break, and did some much-needed sorting of stuff in my room. But now I'm back in Boston and all is well :)

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

It's midterm season and I haven't been blogging much... and well, my life just isn't that interesting. Thankfully,  there are plenty of other bloggers out there who are still writing. I think during Spring Break things will be much more interesting, and I'll finally have things to write about. In the meantime, here are some bloggers who I've been reading lately.

1) Seremdipitous
This blog is written by my childhood classmate Emma Clark about her recovery journey from anorexia. Both her writing and honesty is outstanding, and as difficult as it is to read some times, it's well worth it.

2) Oh Goodie

Oh Goodie is an interesting mix of writers and topics. Katey, who I met on #USBloggerChat (Thursday nights at 8pm EST for the bloggers out there!) recently wrote a post about her class that I promised I would share! Here it is.

3) Color U Bold

Color U Bold has more passion blogging than anyone I know! She's been a friend through this blogging process and I'm really impressed with the quality of her blog and where she's taking it.

If you check out their blogs, tell them Natalie @ sent you!

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