Living in and out of reality as I chase my dreams sky high.

Friday, 26 December 2014

Happiness: An idea best kept behind.

I use to chase after this idea of happiness, and only now do I understand that in those moments I was chasing after happiness I was the happiest I had been in the longest time. Now I wish I could rewind and go back to that time when life had been more complete than it has ever been, and relive those amazing moments, but here I am now making the same mistake of trying to be elsewhere when I am here in this moment letting it pass by wishing for a past memory of happiness when the truth is that it has passed by, and I will never get it back. So here's a tear for the days I wasted wanting to be happy when I was, and a tear for late realizations, but before I really start crying and wonder where all my days went by, I am going to smile, and laugh and be the happiest I can be. 

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Fear

Fear let the whole world pass by her.
Fear took away her opportunities.
Fear shooked her, broker her, and left her with nothing else but fear. 

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

A little night out not too long ago...

I haven't blogged for awhile, and honestly its because I've been so busy. But hopefully things will slow down for just a bit in the upcoming weeks. I have loads to write about, and I will write about it very soon. But till then I wanted to flashback to a little night not too long ago in September when my roommate and I decided to just take a little trip downtown and indulge in some good food.

We eat Sahara (A Mediterranean Restaurant)


We started off with something light.
Salad for Mariah, and a Lentil Soup for me. 




Then moving to our main dish. 
Since this was so long ago I completely forgot what Mariah got, but it was a special. From what I can remember it was some sort of lamb curry with rice. It was really delicious! I on the other hand has a falafel pita wrap which was also quite delicious! 






The food was on the pricey side but I still recommend it for once in awhile because the service is great, the atmosphere is relaxing, and the food is commendable. Its not the best food I've ever had, but its definitely not bad!



We ended the night with a movie at the local cinema Cinemapolis where we watched A Trip to Italy.
Oh and then ^that happened! I didn't get a ride but I did get a photo, and that's just as good right?

-Serena 

Friday, 17 October 2014

Fall Break: Time and Space for Myself.







The campus is empty this time of the year. You ask why? Fall break of course!
This semester has been crazy so far, not only am I nervous about a lot of my classes and the grades I have in them but also the stress of working 15 hours a week is getting to me. I've been scrappy with time, but I've managed to find time to exercise at least 3 times a week, and I am absolutely loving how that feels. Things have been choppy, but so far I've not had any nervous breakdowns just a couple of grey days. So YES Fall Break couldn't have come any sooner. I love how the campus is pretty much empty, and that the weather is allowing me to enjoy it. Its nice to be able to sit around by the fountains and just soak in the sun. The crazier thing is that it was 70 degrees today! I AIN'T complaining! NOPE! In fact I love love love how it feels like Summer but looks like fall. Although I know the coming days are expected to be very cold...so there goes the sun. But nonetheless I appreciate how I've been given the chance to relax before the second crazier half Fall Semester begins. Honestly though I feel very ready! Block 2 here I come!

Monday, 13 October 2014

Apple Fest: The welcome to Fall!

There is no better way to welcome Fall in Ithaca than celebrate Apple Fest. There is no greater treat than munching on warm apple cider donuts, with a hot glass of apple cider, or nibbling on all the other apple and maple treats. Its a time to enjoy whats left of the Sun, while welcoming those early chills of soon to be Winter. Its a perfect day to Celebrate Ithaca, and everything that it has to offer...other than the apples of course ;) 


The first order of Business is to find the Apple Cider Donuts, you have to run before they are all out, and trust me you gotta try em! 

Found them! 
               


Oh but that line...

The moment of truth.


mmm...ya by the looks of it they were totally worth it!
Once you've got the main attraction down, you walk around tasting all the other great treats. If you're on any sort of diet then I suggest you ditch it for this 3 day weekend, because trust me you don't want to miss out on any of these delicious treats! 








Take a brief break now and then to enjoy the performances, or just the music. The festival has a great vibe to it, and you never know who you might bump into! 

A magician? I didn't quite bump into him...
 Then just keep walking because there is a lot more food and cider tasting left!




Oh and of course the occasional random but awesome art work around the corners...


You'll even see some of these strangers..

She doesn't know I am taking a picture...

Now she does...

She laughs...

She smiles...
Then there is this one with her worry lines...

You realise very quickly that all you do at Apple Fest is eat, walk, eat, walk and just keep repeating it until you're tired or your stomach can't take the sweetness anymore. 



Yup, we were pretty much done after this!

Oh and this is me trying to loo all tumblr because Ithaca is the definition of tumblr...but then I failed....so now I am just awkwardly standing trying to look all fashionable instead I look like a dork. 

And that was the end to all the apple festivities! (:

Friday, 10 October 2014

Leaving YOU behind.

Its 4 am and I sit here sleepless. Fortunately I have no work pending, just thoughts that have been waiting to be put down on paper. I thought a lot today, about various things and various people. I use to believe not so long ago about this idea of true love and how it would whisk me away to this world greater than reality. I think about it now, and realise how stupid the idea of being whisked away from reality sounds. I guess what I am trying to say is that love isn't supposed to help you escape reality, because that's cowardly! NO! Love is supposed make you strong enough to help you face this world heads on. I use to think I knew what love was, but I mistook a fleeting thought, a moment of childishness for an entire Shakespearean story. The only tragedy is that I mistook us for a greater story when really all we were just kids. I can rewrite us over and over again, but it will never equate to a story greater than foolishness. You and I can never amount to anything, because Peter and Wendy were just that. They were children. You and I have always been an idea, a feeling, a great love story. But honestly I am tired of writing that story, I think I am ready to start a new chapter of a new book. One that doesn't involve ideas, or fleeting thoughts. I am ready to finally face the reality that life is, and the reality that love is. No ideas, or preconcieved notions, just reality, and this time I am giving it a real chance. This means I am leaving YOU behind. So Goodbye, not forever but just until I give love a chance without making you the defintion of it. 

-Serena

Monday, 22 September 2014

Hikes, Gorges and Sunsets. #IthacaSummers

My favourite thing about Ithaca is its greenery while it lasts, the beautiful gorges, and of course the unforgettable sunsets. Growing up in a city like Singapore, everything I mentioned above was a treat during the holidays. I don't think I ever paid any attention to the sun till I came to Ithaca. Its not that I haven't seen a more beautiful sunset before, I just haven't been able to appreciate a sunset like I was able to after coming here. I have fallen in love with this small town, and every little thing it has to offer. I love the fact that I take a 15 minute walk in the woods, and go swim in the gorges. Its these few things which come Winter I will miss the most. So I am reminiscing in all the beauty while the last few days of summer still remain.

Pictured is the Robert H. Treeman State Park and Second Dam. (Forgive the bad quality...at the time I only had my phone on me, but I am trying to change that and carry my camera around!)

Robert H. Treeman State Park.













Second Dam.








 Just a cheeky selfie after the swim.

At last the sunset.


In the end one thing is safe to conclude "Ithaca is GORGES!"
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