448: Baobei

448: Baobei

In Chinese, this word can have several meanings, such as “baby” or “treasured one”. In my family, this was my special nickname, and for me it meant that I was “the treasure of the family” (clearly not the spoiled, youngest child of the family).

This is probably unjustified, but I feel somewhat sad and offended that a lot of LGs are using it to address their favourite younger friends – for some reason, it detracts from the special meaning this word has given me. Of course, I probably don’t have any reason to feel the way I do, but it doesn’t feel too good seeing the term thrown around and, in a sense, bastardised. At home, I still feel the love my parents and sister have for me when they call me “baobei”, but knowing other people are using it for their friends, eurgh…it pisses me off haha

 

~ Serendipitous

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447: Not Quite an Autobiography

447: Not Quite an Autobiography

5 days out from Paper 1. I think it’s time to do some work on it, lol. But all I can think of is what I want to write for NaNoWriMo. I’ve had an idea for a while. Maybe putting my life together in a non-sequitur fashion, and make up some stuff along the way to make it seem more interesting or something. Pulling out the best and worst and leaving out some of the mundane. I really haven’t thought about it enough. I want to try to write it like one never-ending dream. My dream. Which reminds me, I want to keep a dream journal after HSC. Not that I don’t. I should include some of my dreams on the blog or in the story then. That would be interesting. I’ve been told that they’re extremely vivid. Like they’re inside the mind of a child.

A child? That I am, well, not quite, since I’m eighteen, but still. I feel that way.

 

~ Serendipitous

P.S. The plan for after HSC is to post at least once a day about my exciting life and all the things I’m going to do. Not a day is going to go by that I won’t be on my laptop for at least ten minutes though, lol.

 

446: Him

446: Him 

Every guy I’ve ever had a crush on, no matter how fleeting, pops into my head when I think, “him”. I like to think I don’t forget faces, when in reality I’ve probably forgotten more than a few. Then they are faceless, so I don’t know whether they were figments of my imagination or what, but there they are, a flurry of a montage in my mind when I go to sleep or think of “him”.

I decided not to ask Bumblebee out. He’s a good kid, but we were in a relationship before and it wasn’t all that meaningful to either of us then. Mostly because when I asked him about it, he had forgotten many things we’d said to each other then, so I dropped it. I would prefer to be single until university starts, to do things on my own or with my friends…but mostly alone. I think I surprised myself when I made that decision, considering how extroverted I am. For the record, I’m an ENFJ and my personality test said I was 93% extroverted and 7% introverted. I don’t think I’ll be looking into being that 7% for the four months I hopefully will be spending in my home city before I fly away, but I’ll definitely tap into it a lot more than I realised. The funny thing is because before March this year, I was thinking that I would be spending a lot more time being close with my now ex. So plans have changed. I wish I could delete the blog so I could start over with new memories, but I guess that’s the point of keeping it – so I can look back and see what kind of person I was. Maybe a new guy will come along into my life and I will gush about him here. What I’m terrified of is his finding my blog, reading my old posts, thinking I’m a psycho and leaving. I guess it’s not that simple when you become an adult, but it could happen.

So I’m debating whether I should show him the blog. Well I mean, for whoever I fall in love with next. Do I show him my past? I guess there’s some danger involved in doing that. But what can I say, it’s about 4 am in the morning. I don’t really know at this point. But in case I do, I just want to let my future boyfriend know that I love him, I can be independent away from your love, but I will always be there for you if you need me because that’s what any good girlfriend does. We won’t talk about serious stuff like marriage or finances unless you think it’s appropriate to do so. Sounds stupid, but I’m just trying to look out for my older self I guess. I fell in love, had my heart broken, fell into some sort of haze for the better part of how many months….May to now. The better part of half a year. Man, I can’t wait until I’m older and I look back and just think, I loved him. For nearly eight months, I did love him. But now I don’t, and I love this guy. Whoever he may be, I hope I deserve him. I’ve had a tricky teenage life and I would love nothing more than to go into my adult years thinking I’m still a teenager and thinking I can do better than what I did last month. It’ll take some time to myself without exams to give myself things to do. Well, what I do know, I’ve got a bucket list pushing 100 things to do…so…

Goodbye to all the boys (and men…?) in my life who I ever gave a sparing thought to, who ever I gave the time of day. I think of you still, occasionally, blindsided by some random trigger, your faces all the same, your voices blending into a mix of indistinguishable mush. In a way you’ve made me who I am today. You may not realise it if I never gave some sort of confession, but if I did, then maybe you think of me occasionally, even if you didn’t like me. Because I sure as hell made an impact on you somehow. That’s just the kind of person I am.

 

~ Serendipitous

445: Finish Line

445: Finish Line

First, a post about me before I start to wander off.

9 days to go. I’m at the age where I’m legally allowed to drink and be served alcohol at bars. This is actually irrelevant to anything except for the fact that it also means I’m at the age where I would start to turn to alcohol as a way to escape from my responsibilities and to escape from the demands of life. I have thought about it a lot. See, the ironic thing is, am I brave enough to raid my parents’ liquor cabinet/s when one of them is in my room? I didn’t even notice beyond my eighteenth birthday except when my mum brought it up. Every time I walk into my room, I’m walking past it. Do I raid it or not?

I haven’t touched it except to clear some room in there to put away my old math notes. I don’t know what kind of liquor is in there. Of course I would make them feel disappointed if I were to drink now. But would I make myself disappointed? I don’t know. I look at those bottles and think, does it make any difference what’s inside them because I’m tricking myself into thinking that when I’m a lot older, alcohol is going to be my escape? What has been my escape from reality since the day I was born?

I’ve never been so terrified in my life, not even of a spider, and those are momentary shreds of terror that go away when the spider is no longer in a position to harm me. I asked my dad to drive me home from physics tutoring. This would be normal, but I never go home from tutoring with my parents. I always go somewhere else. Maybe to study, maybe to wander around and think about my life, but I never go home first. So going home first, sitting in that god-awful vehicle of his, panicking about my future, worried about my future…I cannot tell you how it felt to be sitting there not being able to do something about my future. Well, everything else had already been taken care of I guess. I’ve filled out all the forms I needed to. I did all the internal assessments. So here’s the finish line I have to cross. Three weeks of external exams and then I’ll be free for four months. And then I’ll have plenty of time to think about my life, to realise what I want, whatever. I don’t know what’s more terrifying, not doing well in externals or needing to turn my life around again. I guess I’m new to this, thinking that if at first I don’t succeed, I have to pack my bags.

I can tell you I was nervous, incredibly nervous. The prospect of flying up the country and living somewhere where it is pretty much summer all year round, cheap entertainment, new friends, independence, studying something I fell in love with when I was seven…it’s too much. It’s dangling right in front of me. The only way it gets snatched away at this point is if I didn’t do well enough in my external exams. I get angry thinking why I hadn’t done well the rest of the year, though. I could have done something to stop it. We could have agreed to be together November this year. When I think of him now, I think, “piece of shit”. Because while he might not be to the rest of the world, he is to me, and he hasn’t returned my diaries. That part of my soul I gave him thinking he would accept me when all he did was put them behind a cupboard and never give a word in there a read. So I guess I didn’t give him anything, in retrospect, if he hasn’t read any of it. Not that I can care now. I should’ve asked him to wait for me, because if he got tired of waiting, then at least I could’ve avoided the heartbreak. I don’t blame him directly, but maybe he was one of the factors for my on-and-off bouts of depression. I visited my mother’s GP. When she asked my mum why I was depressed, she said I had broken up with a boyfriend. Ah yeah, that’s tough as a teenager. It really is, when he’s technically your real first love. And you’ll always have a soft spot for him even though he’s a piece of shit, because he connected with you on a level you don’t know if someone else can. Not that he will care again, because apparently he’s seeing someone now. Well as soon as their formal is over, I can move on for good. I don’t have to know. A lot of us will see a lot of people in our lifetimes.

This is dragging into the next post, so I guess I’ll go there now.

 

~Serendipitous

For the record, I’m not drunk. The last time I drank was on a Wednesday before trials. I don’t remember the exact date, but it was great.

444: 15 Days Left?

444: 15 Days Left?

Hi!

It’s been a while since I updated. All I’ve been doing is studying. Literally. Maybe talking to my friends in the group chat but other than that, literally studying. Wow. I’ve never studied so hard in my life. I love it, but at the same time I want my freedom already. Just an update in my life.

Luncheon and actual graduation is going to take a while to write up, but I made dot points somewhere so I can expand on them after HSC is over. And after HSC is over I have a bunch of things to do! Hopefully I can document them in as much detail as possible on my blog or make vlogs (OMG??!) and post them here, although that would mean revealing my face…hmmmmm.

Then I’m doing NaNoWriMo. Wondering what my story concept should be and whether I should actually just get a novel published (self-published or actual publishing company, I haven’t decided). Of course, I can’t just have trash published so I gotta think about it carefully.

And think about how to go about asking Bumblebee out nicely…hahaha maybe I’ve partially done that already. But if I’m not going to be here next year for university, it might just be better to remain friends.

Shit so many things to say, so little time. And actually, this time is so little time. There was a time when there were 686 days to go until the HSC. Now there is 15. Fuckk.

 

~ Serendipitous

443: Dear Class of 2017

443: Dear Class of 2017

Dear Class of 2017,

Thank you for everything you’ve done for me and let me do for you over the last six years. We all went through a phase, an unusual but unique time in our lives, and I would happily do it again (and redo some things) in a heartbeat were I given the chance. You have taught me pretty much most of what I know, which is amazing in itself, and most people always say this, but I wish we were given more time to truly appreciate the memories we have and the opportunities to form deeper connections with you. Still, it is all so surreal, and I feel like I will still wake up early in the morning and get on my 8.09 am bus to school. I will be waiting for that moment when I am reminded of my time at high school and I will spontaneously burst into tears. If there is one thing that I do regret, it is not asking for help when I really needed it in my junior years (and sometimes in my senior years). I hope that you can forgive me, and I hope that we can stay in touch, update each other on our lives, and continue pursuing our dreams beyond the HSC. I wish each and every one of you all the best; I know that all of you will succeed in the future, and I will be pleasantly surprised to see how much more we have matured. Stay classy 💝💖💕

Lots and lots and lots of love,

Serendipitous

 

Truth be told, I was supposed to write an extended letter, but I have so much running through my mind. I am beginning to accumulate a lot of regrets over the last six years that are starting to outshine the good memories I have, so I’ve decided to withhold writing too much. I am grateful for meeting and getting to know the girls in my grade and spending time with my friends. I am grateful for what my teachers have taught me and I am grateful for being able to mature from a twelvie, hehe. I guess in a way it has hit me that it’s over, but I have no tears to express myself, only a sigh of relief that I can finally turn to the next chapter. In saying that, though, I have slight trepidation in my heart for what is to come, and why I had squandered the last month leading up to my graduation for it to feel so anticlimactic and over and done with, just like that. I regret not being closer to my friends when I had opportunities to deepen our friendship and bond, but did not. I suppose that it is a learning experience for when I go to university. Don’t take anybody for granted, you never know how long you have with them until you’re standing on stage holding your diploma, standing next to girls you never spoke enough with, or made enough memories to share. That’s the feeling. Regret.

I’ve lived my life up to this point, but I know that I should turn it around and live it even better starting today, tomorrow, whenever, soon. The best years of my life are apparently still ahead of me! And I am sure that many people live with regrets; it is hard to come across someone who has very few. I regret going through high school the way I did, but I came away learning something, and I think that’s one of the more important things now.

 

442: GRADUATION WEEK (SEPTEMBER 14 TO SEPTEMBER 22)

442: GRADUATION WEEK (SEPTEMBER 14 TO SEPTEMBER 22)

At first I was going to dedicate a separate post to each day, but I don’t have time for that so it will be summarised very quickly, but also I will come back to edit this continually!

Thursday September 14: PJ + Muck Up Day

I was still feeling depressed and in a shitty mood. I woke up super late and only managed to get to school half-way through lunchtime; at that point, my friends had already taken a lot of photos without me, and the FOMO rose in me like no other fear I’ve felt (except the fear of spiders, but that is very different). I came to school, went around the school videoing/taking photos of the pranks our grade set up, found my friends and we took photos! Yay! But I have yet to combat my double chin problem…eurgh HSC weight gain :sob:

Lucky I had a free period, so we went book/gift hunting for friends/teachers and had some frozen yoghurt with Shayla and Amara! ❤ woo shout out to them on my blog 🙂 oh my godddd the frozen yoghurt was way too sweet, like it was all sugar and no chocolate oh my god I’m really upset 😦 oh well, it’s an experience in itself. Then I went back to school and went to Latin class for the first time in a long time…I skipped a lot of lessons due to personal issues…but didn’t really listen for majority of it, we were just doing commentary on the set texts. 🙂

Did I go tutoring afterwards ?? I think so, and I probably did. Yay Chemistry which I’m only doing less than average in, but that’s okay.

Oh yes, my best guy friend from Year 10 re-appeared in my life and we’ve been chatting for a while. He was going to lend me his uniform for boys’ uniform day and I was supposed to collect it from him at lunchtime but I slept in…and really wanted photos with my friends…hehehe

Friday September 15: NSGB Senior Netball Challenge

Mood was lifting. I saw my once best guy friend wearing our girls’ uniform and I was traumatised. Hah, not super traumatised but wow haha guy in girl uniform! And the boys came over in their girls’ uniform and played netball with our girls’ team….and won 😦 oh sad days. I nearly lost my voice cheering/screaming. I really needed that; I think I had a lot of pent-up energy from the whole year saved up in my overflowing soul. I’ll just call him OBGF; anyway I went over to the other side of the quad and OBGF gave me his uniform set but not before wanting a hug, which I gave him. Little did I know he would ask for at least seventeen more hugs on Monday and Tuesday of the following week…

Mood really did lift a lot. 🙂 Especially with English lesson, which was actually a party and our teacher gave us each a rose and a wonderful party (and Kahoot!) ❤ I will miss my English teacher so much. Many photos taken, many memories made.

Monday September 18: Boys’ Uniform Day + Infiltrating the Boys’ School

Ohhh boy it was great. Lots of photos! I went down to the boys’ school with a few friends wearing the boys’ uniform and walked around pretending to be one of them. A few of the junior boys asked me if I was a guy or a girl. I’m crying, after I saw some of the photos I was in I would’ve figured my chest and voice would have given me away, but I guess not…or boys are just dense 🙂 hahhaha cue photos with good guy friends and OBGF asking for eleven hugs…and being busted twice by the boys’ school’s teachers for being disruptive/being on their school grounds in the first place! Oh man, so worth it. Usually, I’m a stickler for the rules but it has been my dream since Year 7 to be a boy at the boys’ school, and I was for a few hours. So worth it. But then I had to return the uniform and caught the train with OBGF. Eurgh OBGF is such a weird name. Let’s just call him Bumblebee (he really likes Transformers and we both developed a sentimental connection with Bumblebee the yellow Transformer). This sounds incredibly naive and stupid, but I have a feeling Bumblebee still has feelings for me, even if he might not explicitly say. But he is friends with my friend and they seem pretty close, but I’m withholding judgement and comment; it’s not my place to comment on their friendship 🙂

Tuesday September 19: Junior Uniform Day

Woohoo! I woke up a tad late and was frantically looking for my old potato sack summer junior uniform. I caught a bus to a stop near school and got off to buy flowers for my guy friends. Came to school, we were in a meet period but doing fun things. Spent an hour with my friends, almost crying, watching a video compilation of all our silly moments in our respective friendship groups. Then my friends and I walked down to the boys’ school, waited for the graduation ceremony to conclude before they piled out and I gave the flowers to my friends! Yay! Took a lot of photos, shared a few words, saw my ex but said nothing, gave Bumblebee more hugs because he wanted more hugs (again wow) and then went back to school to salvage the last five minutes of my last Chemistry lesson ever (actually was just a party and they were watching Moana ❤ ) took another group photo with them and then spent half of lunchtime in the gym watching and listening to the rest of the sister speeches (almost tearing up) and then went to take photos again with my friends in our junior uniforms. Decided to ditch my maths class for my friends’ maths class and sat reading our yearbook, took a photo with my mentoring group, and then we had Literary Luncheon in period 5! That was interesting, just a lot of memes about the texts we studied, honestly. Then food, then gift giving, MORE PHOTOS, and then afterwards the last school bus ride home/to tutoring with my 649 afternoon school bus friends forever. Even though the bus driver took three pointless detours lel THE BUS NUMBER WAS 1522 I WON’T FORGET I LOVE YOU GIRLS

Having an existential crisis about how close everything is and how it’ll all be over soon. The end of my high school chapter, the beginning of young adolescence chapter. God. 2.03 am. In the jumble of mixed feelings, academic pressure, worries for the future, I feel an odd sense of calm, realising that even though it’s about to come to an end, we’re not really there yet, so we need more photos with everyone and make more memories before it’s truly over. And who is to say that it’s over over ? Because we’ve still got our group chat, we’re meeting on Friday for karaoke, we will be back for our last high school exams ever, we will be back for whatever reason, and then there is the 10-year reunion. Man. I fucking love you class of 2017.

Wednesday September 20: Year 12 Luncheon

YET TO HAPPEN

Thursday September 21: DAY OF GRADUATION! 

YET TO HAPPEN

Friday September 22: Karaoke with the girls

YET TO HAPPEN