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10 THINGS I'VE LEARNED FROM UNI

I am officially done with my bachelor's degree and I couldn't believe it.

It's the day I have been waiting for since I started uni, but now that the day has come, my mind is in turmoil. A part of me is super excited that I am finally done with my studies and that I have all the freedom and time in the world now; another part of me is just uncertain about my next step in life. I guess I will take some time to figure out what I want to do next. But today, I just want to note down and share something that I have learned from throughout my uni life. Hopefully it will give those who just started uni a rough guide of what to expect.



1) Learn proper referencing / citation


Before I write this post, I sat down and asked myself about what I learned from uni, and the first thing that (surprisingly) popped out from my mind is the importance of proper in-text citation and referencing. You might wonder: Damn, what kind of tip is this? But, let me tell you, I almost failed the first assignment in my uni life because of the referencing part. I had to admit, I wasn't paying attention when the lecturer was explaining about the proper referencing style to us and I thought it was just unimportant until I got my marks for my first ever assignment. So people, don't ever learn from me; pay attention and learn proper referencing and citation style, trust me, it will benefit you until the end of your uni life. 

2) Learn how to say YES

A part of uni life is about learning how to work with different people. Learning how to say yes when it comes to working with different people is somewhat important in uni because you will know get to learn how to deal with different personalities, which will benefit you in your working life in the future.

3) Learn how to say NO


Yes, sometimes you just have to learn how to say no. Know what you like and dislike. And there is no need to force yourself to do something that you are not comfortable with so that you can "fit in" a certain group of friends. For me, I won't feel pressured to go clubbing or drinking with my uni friends (not that I think it's a bad thing but that is just not my preference), and to be honest I won't feel left out because of that. My point is that learning how to say no is about making choices that feels right for you.

4) Always ask when you are unsure 


This tip is not really something that I learned from uni but it's important to always ask your lecturer if you are unsure of the assignment brief or just anything related. Because if you don't ask, you might end up doing the wrong thing and eventually failing the assignment / module. If you are shy to ask in the class, you can always choose to email your lecturers. And I am glad and grateful that my lecturers were pretty helpful and responsive.

5) Learn how to prioritize and structure your life


When I was in uni, I had to juggle between my part-time jobs, events, social life, catching up with K-dramas and Running Man and so many more. That's why I can't stress how crucial it is to learn how to prioritize and structure your life. I always schedule my work and assignment deadlines using my planner so that I can have a nice structure, and not cram everything up last minute. Trust me, if you plan out your schedule, it will help to eliminate unnecessary emotional breakdowns throughout your uni life. ;) 

6) Do well in your assignments and quizzes
Remember those quizzes that worth 10%? Don't ever belittle the 10% because that can make or break your grade. 

7) Team work makes the dream work


I can't stress how freaking important team work is in my uni life. I had a lot of group assignments and I was (and still am) grateful for my team. I love how we contribute and work towards a common vision when it comes to group assignments. The good thing about my team was that we all have our own strengths; some are good in designing while some are good in conceptualizing or copywriting. So with our own expertise and good team work, it maximized our productivity. 

8) Financial planning is important 


Monthly-parking fees, meals, printing costs, some new clothes or maybe buying the latest pair of sneakers, a good couple rounds of drinking with your uni friends....and you are kinda broke. Learning how to manage your $$ in uni is super important so that you won't constantly get stressed out because of being broke. This is especially crucial when you are surrounded with rich friends; you might feel the peer pressure and you might feel the need to possess something that your rich friends have, but at the end of the day, it's important to know your budget and know what you really need. 

9) Know your pace, keep your life balanced 

Sometimes you just have to learn how to take things slow in uni and not getting too stressed out. When I first started my degree life, I was constantly worn-out because of assignments (because I was worried that I didn't have enough time to finish it) but then I realized those stress was actually unnecessary. Learning how to give yourself some time to breathe and taking things slow is important, especially when you are a uni student with different commitments simultaneously. Most importantly, you have to know your own pace and keep your life balanced by having a proper schedule (which goes back to point #5). 

10) Surround yourself with positive people & be thankful for them


If you are with the wrong group of friends who are constantly making dramas in uni, chances are you are not going to enjoy your uni life and what's worse is that you will even lose focus and motivation in your studies. That's why you should always surround yourself with positive people and make a distance from those who are toxic and always bring you down. Not only that, you should always be grateful for those friends who are supportive, caring and always bringing the best out of you. 


There were both rainbows and storms, but generally, I must say I did enjoy my uni life a lot and it was one of the most memorable phases in my life. Going to uni is definitely more than just attending classes and getting good grades; it's also about self-discovery - learning more about yourself through everyday encounters, picking yourself up after a storm and learning how to embrace and love yourself as well as the little blessings.

Goodbye uni life, it's time to embark on a new journey in life.  


STAYCATION IN A VILLA

I was invited to a 2D1N pyjama party / staycation in Bird of Paradise Villa, Genting Sempah by L'Occitane last week. The invitation came just in time because I just finished 2 papers, and I thought it's a perfect way for me to have a post-exam celebration (although I still have 1 more paper to go on the 22nd haha). 

Away from the hustle and bustle city life, the villa is only a 40 mins drive away from KL. Upon arrival, we were greeted by the comfortable windy weather and the lush greeneries. It was absolutely calming, relaxing and serene. 


Beautiful set-up by the team!

This is the L'Occitane's new whitening sleeping mask which will be launched in August!


L'Occitane surprised us with gifts on our bed! How lovely!!
During our free & easy time, we just explored the villa and take photos. The villa is an absolutely gorgeous place for photo-shooting!
The view ๐Ÿ˜










Dinner was a spread of French canapรฉ served by the amazing chef Nathalie from Nathalie Gourmet Studio.
After dinner, we had some games and activities and we also tried out the new L'Occitane Pivoine Sublime Overnight Mask. This stuff smells so good and I woke up the next day with a radiant skin, all thanks to this mask!


The next morning, we woke up to this breathtakingly scenic view.

Prepped our skin with some skin care products from L'Occitane before we head out to the pool and play with the sun!
Got my swimsuit from Forever 21 just for this trip! ๐Ÿ™ˆ
Just chilling with my unicorn



 



Thanks L'Occitane for everything ๐Ÿ˜˜





6 MUST-VISIT CAFES IN BANGKOK

One of the reasons why I love Bangkok is because its diversity in food. Bangkok is known for its Thai cuisine (which I freaking love), it also has a lot of amazing cafes that are really beautiful and great for photo-taking. (Honestly, I do think that Bangkok cafes are better than the ones in KL in terms of the ambiance, interior and food quality)

Last month, I had the opportunity to travel to Bangkok with my boyfriend for a short 4D3N trip. And guess what? We visited 6 cafes throughout our trip and that's why I am here to share with y'all my cafe-hopping journey in Bangkok! 

List of cafes that we have visited:
Hands & Heart
Shugaa
Butterfly Organic Milk
After You
Fill in the blank
Patom Organic Living 

Almost all of them are located in Sukhumvit area (which is nearby Well Bangkok Hotel), that's why I really recommend you to stay in a hotel situated nearby this area if you are planning to visit plenty of cafes like me in Bangkok.



Hands & Heart 

Located in Sukhumvit 38, Hands & Heart cafe is a little tiny cafe with marble furnishing that exudes monochrome and minimalistic vibes. The menu is rather limited, however, this cafe is known for serving good hand-brewed coffee. 

Address: 33, Sukhumvit 38 Alley, Khwaeng Phra Khanong, Khet Khlong Toei, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand.
Opening hours: 7am - 7pm 

SHUGAA 
Shugaa is one of the most beautiful cafes that I've ever visited. A 2-storey cafe, Shugaa is furnished in soft, pastel palettes and crystalline, polygonal structures that create an ethereal, dreamy ambiance. The first floor is connected to the second floor by a spiral staircase, which is the icon of this cafe. Their menu features a range of colourful desserts and drinks in pastel tones. Honestly, I think the pricing is gravitated to the higher end, but if you are a fan of pastel tones, a visit to this cafe is worth the money and experience. 

Address: 27 The Residence at 61 Bldg., Sukhumvit soi 61, Klongtan-nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand.
Opening hours: 10am - 8pm



Butterfly Organic Milk 
Butterfly Organic Milk features a clean, white interior accentuated with woody furniture. It's well-known for its organic milk and yoghurt. We ordered one low-fat yoghurt and it was really good!!

Address: 6, 23 Napha Sap Alley, Lane 2, Khlong Tan, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand.
Opening hours: 9am - 5.30pm




After You
Famous dessert chain, After You, is my absolute favourite place for Kakigori. It serves a variety of irresistible desserts - Shibuya honey toasts, milk tea, coffee, kakigori, etc. We had the Mango Sticky Rice Kakigori and we enjoyed it a lot. The shaved-ice is soft, refined and flavoured, and it melts like snow as soon as it reaches your mouth. Inside the Kakigori you will find mango cubes and sticky rice, which go really well with the shaved-ice. 

P.S. Do expect a long queue for this cafe! 

There are a few After You branches in Bangkok and you can find them in major shopping malls like Siam Paragon, Central World, Central Plaza Ladprao, Silom Complex. During our trip, we went to the one in Siam Paragon and another one in Thonglor (yes, it's so good that we had to visit it twice)!


Fill in the Blank 
Fill in the Blank is a cafe that features a rustic, cottage-like, wood-dominated interior. Apart from the beautiful homely interior, this cafe serves quite an extensive range of dishes from brunches to dinner. And their brunch which came in a decent portion was absolutely satisfying.  

Address: 28/10 Sukhumvit 61 Alley, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
Opening hours: 8am - 7pm 





Patom Organic Living 
Set in a glasshouse surrounded by lush greenery, Patom Organic Living connects you with nature and serenity in the mid of Bangkok. Promoting a healthy living, this cafe serves organic lunch boxes, coffee, tea and cold-pressed juices. Not only that, you can also purchase organic body care and skin care products in the cafe. 

Address: 9/2 Klang Alley, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
Opening hours: 9am - 6.30pm 




That's all I want to share for this post and to be honest, we spent quite a lot in cafe-hopping during our trip (we uber-ed to all the cafes because uber is so convenient in Bangkok and we were lazy to walk hahaha). 

I hope you enjoyed this post, and do recommend me more Instagram-worthy cafes in Bangkok in the comment section below! I would love to know!

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