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My Top 10 Study Tips

Monday, 21 August 2017

We all need some study tips, right?

Whether in secondary or sixth form or university, we need some tips and tricks to get through our studies without dying inside. 

At least I did and still do. 

Since I'm starting my second this September, I thought I would compile my favourite study tips. Perhaps as a reminder to actually study now. So here are my top ten tips to study effectively!


1 . Find a designated study space at home & elsewhere. A desk at home and perhaps a place outside, like a coffee shop or the local library. A minimal area with minimal distraction.

2 . Listen to music. Any white noise to help your brain focus on the material at hand. I recommend instrumentals rather than any current pop music.

3 . Create a studying agenda or a schedule. Figuring what you will study at a specific time helps your mind focus on the task at hand.

4 . Take breaks often, usually I study for 20 - 30 minute intervals and spend the next 5 - 10 minutes resting, by reading or knitting.

5 . Switch your phone on airplane mode, and laptop without wifi. Let's be honest. We'd get much more work done without internet.


6 . Find a time of day you would like to study. During A Levels, I would wake up at 4am to study, go in morning, and early evenings but I wouldn't touch a book in the afternoon.

7 . Get enough sleep, which is pretty hard. You'll get more work done when you have slept the full 8 hours, or at least 6-7 hours. If required…

8 . Take naps. I love naps, they are underrated. 20 - 30 minute power naps are perfect boosts during the day to get your mind recharged.s!

9 . Figure out your study plan or how you want to study. Some people use mind maps but I don’t like them. I prefer using Lined paper and writing notes there, with highlighters. It's up to you to find a preferred way of studying.

10 . Reward yourself. After a good study session, I eat chocolate because it does help boost your memory. At least that’s what I tell myself because I find any excuse to eat chocolate.


As a law student, I would like to pretend I use all the tips. In reality, I do the bare minimum to get through. As most of my friends do too. If you need more help, I compiled 13 study tips last year!

Still, I hope this does help you get through classes. O Level, A Level and the new semester is just around the corner after all. Yikes.

What are your favourite study tips?

with love,
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OOTD | The Wickedest Witch

Monday, 7 August 2017

Brunei Blogger Bash Harry of Hey Bash in Bandar Seri Begawan wearing Arared Monica Top in Emerald Green, in this Wicked Witch inspired outfit of the day
"It's just, for the first time..." 
There was a long pause before her smiles lights, "I feel...wicked."

Oh yes, I do feel absolutely wicked.

For you, and only you, think I am the Wickedest Witch there is. I cast spells on your lovers, break their hearts for youth. Green with envy, and red lips to subdue. I'll spit at your feet, wipe with your short skirt. All your lovers watching me.

If you think I am wicked, then why shouldn't I be?

Brunei Blogger Bash Harry of Hey Bash in Bandar Seri Begawan wearing Arared Monica Top in Emerald Green, in this Wicked Witch inspired outfit of the day
Brunei Blogger Bash Harry of Hey Bash in Bandar Seri Begawan wearing Arared Monica Top in Emerald Green, in this Wicked Witch inspired outfit of the day
Brunei Blogger Bash Harry of Hey Bash in Bandar Seri Begawan wearing Arared Monica Top in Emerald Green, in this Wicked Witch inspired outfit of the day
Brunei Blogger Bash Harry of Hey Bash in Bandar Seri Begawan wearing Arared Monica Top in Emerald Green, in this Wicked Witch inspired outfit of the day
Brunei Blogger Bash Harry of Hey Bash in Bandar Seri Begawan wearing Arared Monica Top in Emerald Green, in this Wicked Witch inspired outfit of the dayBrunei Blogger Bash Harry of Hey Bash in Bandar Seri Begawan wearing Arared Monica Top in Emerald Green, in this Wicked Witch inspired outfit of the day
Brunei Blogger Bash Harry of Hey Bash in Bandar Seri Begawan wearing Arared Monica Top in Emerald Green, in this Wicked Witch inspired outfit of the day
Brunei Blogger Bash Harry of Hey Bash in Bandar Seri Begawan wearing Arared Monica Top in Emerald Green, in this Wicked Witch inspired outfit of the day

Brunei Blogger Bash Harry of Hey Bash in Bandar Seri Begawan wearing Arared Monica Top in Emerald Green, in this Wicked Witch inspired outfit of the day



shawl : Adlina Anis   |   shirt : Uniqlo   |   top: Arared
belt : H&M   |   skirt : Missguided   |   shoes : Charles & Keith
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If you follow me on Instagram, then you've seen this top before.

Arared's Monica Top in Emerald Green was the most popular item at the FashionValet Pop-Up Sale. My sister picked it up for me, when I was studying abroad. When I saw it, I thought of all the possibilities to dress it up. I grabbed a belt and my Missguided Ribbed Black Skirt, and decided 'yes.' 

I put it on and immediately thought, 'I look like a leprechaun.' 

For the sake of a better title, I will pretend I look more Wicked Witch of the West than a leprechaun looking for her gold.

with love,
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Spoken Word: In Loving Memory

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Brunei Blogger Bash Harry of Hey Bash performs at Kaleidoscope Studio HUMAN Open Mic at KHub
"I am nineteen. You are twenty-one."

It starts like every other story. A boy meets a girl. They are young, careless and free. Just how they should be. Smiles exchanged, and a feeling growing. It wasn't love. No, not yet but it was something. Something they wanted. 

It ends the way it shouldn't. A boy meets another girl. A girl becomes bitter. A girl writes a piece. And expresses it through an Open Mic Night a year later.

Whoops.

Brunei Blogger Bash Harry of Hey Bash performs at Kaleidoscope Studio HUMAN Open Mic at KHub
Brunei Blogger Bash Harry of Hey Bash performs at Kaleidoscope Studio HUMAN Open Mic at KHub

turban : Adlina Anis   |   earrings : (similar)
turtleneck shirt : Uniqlo   |   dress : (similar)
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I've worked with Kaleidoscope Studio before, all the way in 2015 for Shocktober. When I heard they were hosting an Open Mic night, I was compelled. I registered as a performer, and proceeded to freak out. I shouldn't have done this. 

I had written a few pieces but I haven't been onstage for almost two years. It's been a while since I've had an audience that wasn't watching me through a screen. I will admit, my tongue no longer spits out words, rather rusty and stutters often.

That didn't stop me from filming it though.

Brunei Blogger Bash Harry of Hey Bash performs at Kaleidoscope Studio HUMAN Open Mic at KHub

More than anything else, it was a cathartic release. I forgot how much I enjoy being on stage. There is a comfort to speaking in public, unabashed and unafraid. Perhaps you need a bit of bitterness in your heart, and a kinder audience to watch. 

Yet when you start speaking, all you can do is enjoy yourself. 

I hope you enjoy.
with love,
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Let's Do VEDA.

Monday, 31 July 2017

"Video Everyday in August."
Easy, right?

I hope so or else, I am definitely overextending myself this month. Because I'm going to try to film a video everyday in August. Easier said than done. Pushing out ideas monthly is hard enough for one person.

So I need your help.


scarf : Verona Collection   |   earrings : Phoebe Davey Designs
lipstick : MAC Lipstick in Taupe   |   shirt : H&M

My favourite creators have done VEDA of sorts, once a year. Because imitation is the best form of flattery, I decided to do it as well. I waited until August, it seemed like the most appropriate time. Summer break, a few events to blog, and perhaps when I feel the most creative.

I will be posting Monday through Friday, every weekday rather than everyday for my own sanity. I will stick blog every Monday and Thursday. VEDA is a way for me to express through videography, and explore other creatives.

Though, I don't think I can do this all by myself. 


This is where you come in.

Please leave your video ideas, and questions down below! I will film a video as answer, and hopefully, we can start a conversation. I was so happy to see the response from Monolingual Malay, and want to see more like it.

I'm excited! Are you?

Leave your video ideas & questions down below!

with love,
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OOTD | This Modern Love

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Bash Harry, Bruneian Life & Style Blogger, reviews This Modern Love by Will Darbyshire with a 70s inspired outfit of the day (ootd)
"Thank you. 
Thank you for making me see stars when I only saw the darkness."
Will Darbyshire, This Modern Love.

I finished This Modern Love by Will Darbyshire in less than 24 hours. 

It is a quick read. A collection of letters around the world, from people at the beginning, middle and end of love. Crushes, romance and heartbreak. A cycle everyone can relate. Some more than others. Love is, perhaps our most primal emotion. 

As I stared blankly at the last page, I thought about love in this modern age. My first love, to be specific, and its cycle. The early infatuation when I saw him on stage, the years spent together, and the eventual heartbreak. 

Sometimes I have to remind myself. I was in love once. 

Bash Harry, Bruneian Life & Style Blogger, reviews This Modern Love by Will Darbyshire with a 70s inspired outfit of the day (ootd)Bash Harry, Bruneian Life & Style Blogger, reviews This Modern Love by Will Darbyshire with a 70s inspired outfit of the day (ootd)
Bash Harry, Bruneian Life & Style Blogger, reviews This Modern Love by Will Darbyshire with a 70s inspired outfit of the day (ootd)
 
There was a boy, two years older but acted much younger. Childish but charming. I never thought we would grow old together, but we lasted through college. 

I saw his face through my computer screen every Thursday night, laughing into the early hours. He texted me in the morning before school, and I answered back by lunchtime. We sent silly selfies back and forth. With every message received, my heart jumped.

I knew, to my core, this was love.

Modern technology had helped our relationship. When it ended, modern technology hindered our heartache.

I saw his face on Instagram every other week, grimacing as I scrolled past. I wrote passive-aggressive tweets in 140 characters, and he 'liked' them the next day. We messaged in the same group chat, never to each other. With every notification lit in green, my heart dropped.

This love was gone, and modern technology reminded me.

Bash Harry, Bruneian Life & Style Blogger, reviews This Modern Love by Will Darbyshire with a 70s inspired outfit of the day (ootd)
Bash Harry, Bruneian Life & Style Blogger, reviews This Modern Love by Will Darbyshire with a 70s inspired outfit of the day (ootd)

 
In many ways, this modern age hasn't changed love. Love evolved with us.

We are the paradoxical generation. More cynical about romance but still searching for our soulmates. Assured there will be The One, someone for us, anyone. With technology, it becomes easier to find them, connect with them, and stalk their social media profiles until you know exactly what they had for brunch in June 2013. 

Yet the feelings remain the same. 

The butterflies in your stomach still flutter. 
Your lingering stares still hold passion. 
Their 'I love you' still matters. 

The book carried me through an emotional process. This Modern Love reminds me that today's form of love is no worse nor better than love of the past. Love is love is love. Regardless of time and place.

This modern love is still love, and it is beautiful. 


Bash Harry, Bruneian Life & Style Blogger, reviews This Modern Love by Will Darbyshire with a 70s inspired outfit of the day (ootd)
Bash Harry, Bruneian Life & Style Blogger, reviews This Modern Love by Will Darbyshire with a 70s inspired outfit of the day (ootd)
Bash Harry, Bruneian Life & Style Blogger, reviews This Modern Love by Will Darbyshire with a 70s inspired outfit of the day (ootd)

 

glasses : SpecSavers   |   shawl : Adlina Anis
top : TopShop   |   dress : (thrifted)
boots : (similar)
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This Modern Love is available on Amazon.

Despite the title of this post, I wanted to recreate a 70s inspired outfit. 

I wore this Topshop Flared Top during London Fashion Week, pairing it with a thrifted black swing dress. I noticed modest fashion bloggers wearing long sleeves tops over sleeveless dresses. Though hesitant at first, I conceded. Now, I can't stop wearing them.

To finish off, I wore Adlina Anis Chiffon Onesie in Dusty Rose. Though I'm not a fan of pink, the colour brought a sense of romance. One needed when writing about this modern love, both the book and concept. 

So, what do you think of this modern love?

with love,
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My 7 Year Old Niece Does My Makeup

Monday, 24 July 2017

My niece, Adriana, came up to me one day.

She asked me if I was available on Tuesday, at 2 o'clock. I nodded and said yes. Her smile grew wider, eyes lighting. "Good, cause we're gonna film me doing your makeup."

Oh no.


She did much better than her uncle. That's for sure. 

I hope Adriana enjoyed it. She claims she wants to be a Youtuber when she grows up. I thought this would dissuade her, but clearly, she is more set than ever. Oh well.

Would you let a kid do your makeup?

Head in His Clouds

Thursday, 20 July 2017

He's got his head stuck in the clouds.

He rested his head against the cotton pillow, watching the sky darken. Gazing out into the abyss to find something. Anything to set his heart free. He pointed to a patch of black, no clouds in its way. By the light of his eyes, I saw stars in these polluted skies.

Only he could make the void so beautiful.

I pressed my head against his shoulder, hand on his chest. His breath was steady, so I followed. He knew where he was, where he stayed, where we left. So distant from the world, far away from those on the ground. He cherished his place in the heavens, forgetting the forsaken. 

I asked him to take my hand. He refused to come down. But I never asked him to leave, only to let me follow. He still refused.

That boy's got his head in the clouds. No one was ever going to bring him down. 


He keeps a cigarette tucked between his lips, strikes a match and finally lights up. He absorbs himself in the poison. Inhales toxins, exhales burden. I watch him blow smoke, I see his shoulders relax, and I almost catch him smile. He only smirks, never smiles. 

"I shouldn't have done that," he chuckles to himself. I agree. He still finishes the whole pack.

His thoughts are clouded by sour memories he thinks he's accepted and mistaken metaphors we can't quite comprehend. 'I'm an old soul,' he likes to say. I nod along. He's too young to know and I'm too young to care.

I know enough my place in his world is brief. I care enough to make it last.


"You are so young, so beautiful, and you've got your own world waiting for you." 

He tells me things I already know. Whispers wisdom in the dark under wrinkled sheets. There is a kindness in his voice, slow drawls so tender. Almost as if he makes sense. I say nothing. Instead, I close my eyes and listen to his sermon. 

"I have nothing," he continues, "I like being alone, and I'm fine with that..." His speech wanders. He has so much to say yet no one listens. I try, but in his arms, words suffuse and fade. I drift off to sleep where I feel most free. He floats away, back to his sanctuary in the clouds. 

When I wake up, he is gone.

Wafts of his cologne still fog the air. It leaves me dazed. I cling to the bedsheets, I pretend he's here and perhaps, I think, he'll reappear. Hours pass before I stand. In my misty state, I pull the curtains back. I smile.

There is a clear blue sky; sun shining and no clouds in sight.

end.


 
glasses : Ebay   |   shawl : ShawlByVSnow
blouse : Missguided  |   shirt : Primark   |   pants : CoveredbyAnnisa
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This is a work of fiction.

Obviously.

Head in His Clouds is in collaboration with Time Optic Productions. It was absolutely wonderful to work with them, having such a fun time filming this whole piece. In conjunction with this post, they made video here. Go check it out!

So, have you met a boy in the clouds?

with love,
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