Hello August!

Hey everyone!~

Another new month now, summer is ticking away very fast. It’s currently pretty rainy and cloudy outside, not much one can do with this weather. But besides this fact, I have been waiting with great patience for many things that are happening this coming August. 🙂 

My summer is a ticking away fast and I can’t wait until it is over, as weird as it sounds! Everything seems to happen towards the end of summer. It is in August where I would be able to attend a dance intensive in Dublin. (The Dance Institute).

As I am not a life-long dancer and late- starter this intensive will be catered towards my level. Besides ballet, we will be doing modern and contemporary, jazz, Tap (which I am looking forward to), pilates, Street and Ballroom. I honestly have no experience in any of these dances however I am looking forward to dancing ballet, which I will be doing every day alongside jazz. It will be an amazing experience I cannot wait! At the same time, I don’t want to have extremely high expectations as it might not be what I expect. In all honesty, I am a bit apprehensive as I am already 17 and I feel like many of the dancers will be young dancers. Thankfully, as I am of Asian descent, I look younger than I really am. For once I am grateful to be seen as more youthful! 😉 Many people seem to assume I am fifteen or younger than my real age and now I can honestly say this will definitely help me in the ballet world.

It is also at this month that I will be getting my Leaving Cert results (click here to read about the Leaving Cert). Last month, in June I sat my leaving cert exams which will determine whether I get into the University of my choice. I think it would be equivalent to the A Levels in the UK and SATS in America. Basically, it takes your grades and adds them up in points which determine your place in Uni. Coincidentally, the day I get my results will be the same time I will be attending my summer intensive.

I am planning on pursuing Physiotherapy as my major which will be a full-time 4-year course in RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons). At the same time, I want to develop my love for dancing, which will be quite difficult in consideration of my choice of major. However, I am very optimistic about the future, my ballet teacher; Ms. S. is setting a provisional timetable where we would have three classes a week on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

If you are following ballet.to (me by the way) You might have seen a similar post I did to this one. That’s right I stole content from another website which is mine! Hehehe But, I will let you I have tweaked in some ways to suit the time frame.

Hope you guys have a lovely week! As always see you in my next post. 

May- xxx 

 

 

This picture encapsulates what Ireland looks like now.

My, me and I

Hey Everyone~

You might have guessed from the title today is all about me! (Not in an egotistical sense) But just so you can all get to know me better. When I started blogging, I had so many ideas in my head. Thus it has created an absolute chaos onto my blog, so much so I have forgotten to introduce myself properly. Also I have decided to change my name from “hitherandyond” to a more defining name that speaks to me, simply because it is similar to my real name. 😉

When I started blogging, I had so many ideas in my head. Thus it has created an absolute chaos filled with random thoughts and topic onto my blog, so much so I have forgotten to introduce myself properly with 10 facts about myself.

  1. I was born a twin, not identical. I have a twin sister who is 5 minutes younger than I am. 🙂
  2. I am left-handed! Any left- handed people out there?
  3. I love dogs AND cats. In the future, I would like to adopt either one of them and maybe more.
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    This is my sister’s cat. 🙂 
    4. I have four sisters and no brothers. Coincidentally I wrote this for the fourth fact!

5. I don’t drink Coffee and prefer herbal tea over anything else.

Tea anyone?

6. I can speak Mandarin fluently as well as Cantonese, although I am a bit rusty since I haven’t spoken Cantonese in a long time. And of course, English too!

7. The Library used to be my second home, I went there since I was five and till this day I still hold the old addition of the library card. My favorite genre would have to be historical fiction because you get an insight into the past and the lives of people long ago.

 

Books on my bookshelf. 🙂

8. I dance! Ballet to be more precise. However, I am not the conventional dancer who began discovering the dance world as a young girl. I started quite late at sixteen. It has made me more persistent than ever to defy the standard route for dancers. I also have a dance blog!

9. I love photography, as you might have noticed, especially nature ones.

 

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Love this picture. ❤
10. I grew up watching spirited away, Howl’s Moving Castle and other prominent Studio Ghibli animations. My love of art flourished as a kid. Disney has also been a source of magical moments in my childhood as well as DreamWorks. You could say I have always been an artist at heart.

Hope you guys enjoyed getting to know a little about me. As always have a good day and I will see you in my next post. 😉

ps. Thank You for 60 followers! I haven’t been posting an awful lot and the content I have is somewhat random so thank you for being patient and kind. 🙂

Much Love-

M.

You can only see when something is not there

          It has been many weeks since my last post and I can happily say the weight of state exams(Leaving Certificate in Ireland) and stress has been lifted off of my shoulder and now I can freely enjoy my summer. Completing the Leaving Cert has made me realize how focused my life was always around school. For the last five years, my summers have been spent preparing for either the year ahead or for imminent exams. Thus, I never truly took a break. I was constantly thinking about the future and I would always make the most of my time studying.

          Reflecting back, sometimes despite it being good intentions on my part to sit down and learn, my mind did not want to. So, it was more counter-productive than productive. But what kept me motivated to study was really the thought of getting out of school and finally being able to “really” live. I’m not sure if you understand this sentiment or am I the only person who feels this way?…Nevertheless, I was still able to do many activities outside of school and I was also able to discover passions I had for certain things like music, art, and dance. They really helped me live through the monotony of everyday life. Don’t get me wrong though, I really do love school, however, I also believe that sometimes it can really be oppressing rather than stimulating. In my case and I believe for everybody too, it prevented me from reaching my full potential. Life is about experiencing things and learning out of the failures we receive in life lessons but how can we learn when we are not out there? All the missed opportunities are not going to go unnoticed, for me anyways and I hope for me you too. We will just have to wait and see what the future has in store for us.

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I love this quote, I think it encapsulates this post very well and my life at the moment too! 😉
Hey, you! Yeah, you! To all my followers thank you for following me and reading about my musings and about my life. Also a million thanks to those who comment and show an immense amount of thoughtfulness. I would never have thought how far blogging would allow me to connect with such a vast number of people from such different parts of the world! It’s really incredible. 

As always, see you in my next post!

May- xxx

 

 

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this is me! On Graduation Day! Thought I would share with you all and not remain inconspicuous anymore!

in midst of sorrow

In midst of sorrow, we shan’t linger in what we have lost,

But to ponder the great things our

lost have allowed us to realize,

And that is living is precious.

We will meet them in time,

In the meantime live life with vigor

For they who have perished lived

their lives to bring smiles to

others.

And, unknowingly to yours too.

Hello Readers, once again another brutal fatality has occurred and the most upsetting part of it is the innocent lives they have claimed. To all the victims this is a short musing/ poem I have written to remember them.

-M

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Fluid like water

 

Dear Readers,

What do you do when life presents to you a brick wall that prevents you from going further? This is the feeling I am feeling right now; in a stump, unable to get near or far from anything I have set myself to achieve. Along the way, I have somehow forgotten my goals and the fire I once have has nearly been extinguished but not entirely. Life really is life the fluidity of water but it’s up to you to go against the currents and pave your own path, at least that is what I have come to comprehend in my life. I spend so much time putting aside my goals to focus on other things that I almost forget about them in the long- run. I want you to know that life is only ever lived once- not that you don’t know, but just a friendly reminder that this is your only shot. 😉 Ask questions later, who know what life will bring!

A question to ask yourself.

As always, see you in my next post. xxx

M.

 You need a little challenge to keep you going.

Trinity College. A picture I took of a University while I was on an open day, isn’t it beautiful?

Good evening everybody! So, lately I haven’t been posting very much than I would like to. My life is currently a whirlwind of school, exams, study and a long awaited mid-term breaks. So you can probably imagine how crazy my life is. In about a weeks time I will taking mock exams which will prepare me for the real thing in May and June. I’m slightly nervous and anxious and doing everything I can to remember all the material out of my seven subjects
Lately, I have felt very down. I found myself complaining from which wasn’t what I normally do. Sure I complain from time to time but this time it was extremely consistent.I realized what I was doing and thought about it for a moment and calmed myself down.
Then, I went to class like usual.

On that particular day I had a class with a teacher who knew we were under a lot pressure and she has taught something I will neve forget.

“challenge yourself against the negative thoughts. And this shall pass.”

When you read this I will still be probably doing my exams. And there will certainly be more consistent updates from now on. So, here a little thing I learnt today and maybe it might of taught you something.

All the best. And have a nice day!

M.

The rose that grew even in Winter

I hope whoever reads this may find these quotes useful and motivating in the new year of 2017. These quotes really made me realize how stagnant I live – I wake up, go to school, do my homework, scroll through my phone, eat, sleep. Nothing I do every single day will make me proud or happy when I think of how I will feel when I look back on my life. I know I will remember the time wasted and the time I lost in forgetting to pursue my goals. I am sure I am not the only one who lives like this today, but perhaps I am the only one who realizes it. Therefore, I want to share with you all these powerful words that I believe will change this year.

EDIT: forgot to post this even though I had written it!

Quote day III

Good morning all! Today is the last day of the quote challenge for me and unfortunately the last day of winter break. I am not ready to face the next few months filled with exams and homework, but I am positively sure I will survive it.

I hope whoever reads this may find these quotes useful and motivating in the new year of 2017. These quotes really made me realize how stagnant I live – I wake up, go to school, do my homework, scroll through my phone, eat, sleep. Nothing I do every single day will make me proud or happy when I think of how I will feel when I look back on my life. I know I will remember the time wasted and the time I lost in forgetting to pursue my goals. I am sure I am not the only one who lives like this today, but perhaps I am the only one who realizes it. Therefore, I want to share with you all these powerful words that I believe will change this year.

 

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These were the only white roses in my garden and surprising were the ones who lived through the cold winter. They remind me to stay strong and most of all beautiful in both inside and outside. 

 

 

Without further ado here are my last three quotes of the challenge! And Thank You, Maya Rose for nominating me.

1. “Every dream begins wth a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion; to reach the stars, to change the world”  -Harriet Tubman

2. “What is the point of being on this earth if you are going to be like everyone else.” -Arnold Schwarzenegger

3. “If you are lucky enough to be different from everyone else…..don’t change” – Unknown

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amazing quote few people epitomize. As we grow up we are hardened and changed by society and we slowly grow far from who we once were when we were children.   We grow up.

 

Dear readers hope you all have a lovely day. Stay golden. 😉

may.

Awaiting Raindeers | Quote Day I

Quote Day I

Heellloooo!  Merry Christmas Eve everyone! I hope everyone is spending time with people they love. SO, it’s been quite a while since my last post *aheemm about a month ago* but I’m here again!

These past few months have been hectic and extremely busy. I am sure many of you know about the exams I will be taking this school year. And so this has resulted in tedious about of time spent studying and doing class exams. This week was my final week in school but unfortunately, this meant I had Christmas exams coming up. Luckily they went well for me and I have not only studied the required material but predicted the questions for many of the imminent exams. I am glad to say I feel as light as a snowflake after those stressful days!

 

 

Also, I have been nominated for the “3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge” by Maya at https://maysarose.wordpress.com/ (Thanks for nominating me! This has been the first challenge since I started blogging in late July and I am so happy this is my first one! Although it is a slightly late post!)

Anyways, here is how the challenge works!

  1.  Thank the blogger who nominated you 🙂
  2. Post three quotes for 3 days
  3. Nominate 3 bloggers per day
  4. Inform the nominees

A quote a day always makes my day but I guess thrice a day would make it even better. Here are my three quotes of today:

  1. “You can’t a rainbow without a little rain.” -Unknown. 

  2. When you believe in a thing, believe it in all the way, implicitly and unquestionably. – Walt Disney.

  3. Y0u are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream. – C .S Lewis.

Here are three nominees I have chosen:

  1. Moa at https://moandreasson.wordpress.com/ for her always amazing post that I always look forward to reading and her beautiful and aesthetic pictures.
  2. Denise at https://dreamerdenise.wordpress.com/ for that lovely comment that made me realize we all just dreamers in this small world.
  3. Harriet at https://aballetoflife.com/ for her insight into the wonderful world of ballet dancers.

I know how life can get in the way of things so for all you nominees don’t worry if you can’t partake in the challenge as soon as you would like. Good luck to everyone and I look forward to reading your posts soon! 🙂

And that’s a wrap everyone. Good day!

M-

life so far and life lessons

 

Hi everyone sorry for not being able to post anything during the past month. I have realized how behind I am with blogging. Nothing has been very interesting in my life lately. It just has been a constant cycle of school, homework, Food, and sleep. And since this year is my final year before University, I’m sure all of you out there know the feeling.

Despite exams coming in the early month of February next year, I still can’t seem to fathom how close it is and surprisingly enough I am not worried about them, even though they might just determine  where I will be in Uni and if I will get the course I want. But meeehhhh……

Anyways, over the past few days, I have gotten to experience a number of experiences worth noting in life. I don’t know about a lot of people out there but these lessons have surely taken time for me to experience because of the introvert I am I tend not to go out a lot.

So without further ado here are the things I have learned:

  1. Know that you are your own best friend. People may try to give their own advice to you but the very best thing is to listen to yourself and to hear what is right  in you. That is not to say don’t give people the chance to be listened to but in the end, you are the one to make the final call.
  2. Don’t listen to what all the haters have to say about you, even if they may hurt you emotionally. If it’s not true then it’s not true, don’t linger on it.
  3.  Don’t worry, just think about now, not tomorrow or yesterday.
  4. Don’t waste your time trying to explain the truth to people who don’t want to see it.
  5. Be happy, it’s nearly Christmas!

P.S Forgot to mention Happy November Everyone! I have just realized how much I LOVE Autumn, I love the colors so much!What are your reasons for loving fall?

Ever since October has come I have already started to listen to Christmas songs already! My favorite one is Jasmine Thompson’s “Last Christmas Wham!” What yours?

Hope you liked this post and see you soon in my next one readers!

m.

 

Out into the Woods

 

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Today I went on a journey out of the woods or more precisely into the dense woodlands/grassland of what used to be the Isle of Green. A.k.a Ireland. I

wasn’t alone though on this trip I was among many other people who had to carry out an ecology trip/study in a grassland/woodland and luckily my school has chosen phoenix park/Dublin Zoo to carry out this ecology trip and I am very grateful for that. After, 3 hours of gruelling hard work we were finished with it and were left to wander on our own around the Zoo which was a Superb reward.
It was my first time in Dublin Zoo actually since 2/3 years ago when I went with my family. Back then I did not realize how suffocating and enclosing these closures were for the animals. Now that I am back I feel so miserable but at the same time awed at the beauty and wonder of these creatures. The Animals seemed all to be in good health and was probably affected by the cold weather as I was. Who knew the cold would come so soon! I did not get to see all animals as I had to return to our bus to go back home. Fortunately, I brought my camera with me and took some decent pictures. I did not take all the animals because I feel quite guilty for being that annoying tourist that flashes and points their cameras in every direction of the animals. However, I did try to take these pictures subtlely and that kind of made me feel better.

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Favourite Shot! I love this one because I have never made a close up on a wild animal before

 

Bone of a whale

 

 

 

Orangutans chillin in their groove.

 

 

 

Red monkeys who were actually fighting…

 

 

 

I’m really happy with this shot. It looks so natural.

 

Lively sea lions