My Favourite Place on Earth

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Bali is a magical place in Indonesia which is part of South-East Asia. Bali is a paradise full of beaches and rainforests. I’ve been there more than 5 times and it has always been a great experience. I’ve been there with my family, my partner, and, my best mates. In Bali, I’ve tried white water rafting, scuba diving, jet-skiing, and, much more. Additionally, the food there is nothing short of amazing and inexpensive.

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Besides the obvious attractions, there are other factors that add to its magic. For instance, the people of Bali are extremely pleasant and helpful. I remember playing football on the beach with these Balinese people and some other tourists. It was a day to remember.

I will definitely revisit Bali many more times in my life. I will probably be back there this summer during my holidays with some of my closest friends.


A Book ‘The Paleo Solution’

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The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf is the book that sparked my interest in nutrition during my time in National Service and I have never looked back. Prior to this, I was on course to pursue a degree in Accounting and Finance with my Diploma of Commerce being the acceptable prerequisite to University.

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Paleo is short for paleolithic and refers to cavemen in this case as their diet is discussed. This encompasses mainly vegetables, meat, fish, nuts and seeds. It did not allow grains, legumes, and more of that sort. Unsurprisingly, that completely rules out fast food and battered dishes. I tried this diet back in 2014 and was amazed by its effects. My current eating habits are largely based on the paleo diet.

While I acknowledge that this diet is not for everybody, I still encourage people to give it a go. Like me, one could modify this eating style to fit his/her requirements better.

My Hobby, My Passion

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Football is the hobby I love ever so dearly. I have been playing since I was seven, starting out as a goalkeeper. Now, I play outfield and prefer to be in the center of midfield. Interestingly, I was a goalkeeper for the under-16 team of a football club back home called Tampines Rovers FC for a short period of time.

I was part of the school football team during my early teenage years. I remember winning my first interschool football tournament back in 2008. I look back fondly at the final match of the tournament in which we emerged victorious, winning by one goal in a high scoring game of football.

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I love to watch football as well, being a die-hard Arsenal fan. I have been supporting the Arsenal since the tender age of 8 after watching them win the premier league and going the whole season unbeaten. Football is and always will be the first true love of mine.

My Term So Far

This term has been extremely fulfilling so far despite being merely approximately five weeks short. In just over a month, I have learnt countless new things and had plenty of new experiences.

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Compared to the previous term, I would say the subjects this term are harder, particularly Chemistry 2. Chemistry 1, which my class completed last term, is much easier without a doubt. Foundation English has also turned up a notch with the introduction of presentations and citations. Fortunately, English is my first language, as a result, it does not present a problem. In my opinion, the sciences are always more difficult compared to the other subjects, like Computer Information Technology (CIT). Furthermore, having done some CIT in the relatively recent past, I am fairly comfortable with the subject. I am delighted to say that there will be no more science based subjects in my final term.

Personally, I probably took too much time to kick start the term in an academic sense. Having gone home to Singapore for almost a month in December to January, I really struggled to get myself out of the state of relaxation. Additionally, I felt more homesick than ever after such a magnificent few weeks back home with my family and the other individuals who I hold closest to my heart. However, after travelling to the French Alps and Vienna, the capital city of Austria, during the very recent mid-term break, I am re-energised and ready to take on the impending coursework and exams.

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I spent the majority of my mid-term break snowboarding on the French Alps. Interestingly, it was my first time doing so and was a major challenge. I must have spent most of my first couple of days on the mountains falling down and getting back up. I recall feeling extremely demoralised at some points, even wanting to quit and switch to skiing. In hindsight, I’m glad I decided to stick to snowboarding, and succeeded at almost perfecting the basics towards my final day on the slopes. Snowboarding actually reminded me of the reward of perseverance, especially when you put your heart to the matter at hand.

With regards to my class, there is a day in particular that I remember. It was one of my classmate’s birthday and the class came together to purchase him a delicious chocolate cake and a card on which the whole class wrote wishes. Undoubtedly, one party had to initiate the act, but, it was nice to see the class so co-operative and the pure joy on the faces of each and every person. Even our teacher couldn’t hide his satisfaction. On a separate note, my classmates are friendly and helpful. Nobody would reject you if you asked them for help. I am truly lucky to be part of such a pleasant group of individuals.

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On the topic of Universities, I have been conditionally offered a place in three of my choices thus far, with one rejection. I am anxiously awaiting to hear from the final University as that is the one I would like to study in the most. Additionally I have good friends there which is an added attraction to the school. My fingers are crossed.

With a week or two over three months left in my science foundation course here in Bellerbys College Brighton, I intend to do my all to attain the best results I possibly can and have the best summer of my life thereafter. With trips to Los Angeles and back home to Singapore lined up, I have plenty to look forward to. Not to forget, University awaits.

CIT Classes In Bellerbys

The importance of information technology cannot be understated in modern times. Microsoft office is widely utilised, from universities to offices, and, CIT teaches us the basics of these applications. Thus far, my class has completed the Microsoft excel aspect of the course with Microsoft word up next.

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Most would assume that classes on Microsoft office would be simple for people of my generation, however, despite being exposed to technology from an early age, that is not to be with the massive abundance of formulas and shortcuts we never knew existed. Fortunately for me, I have attended classes on these topics in the recent past and have learnt a good chunk of what has and is being taught in class. Having said that, it is still extremely useful to use these lessons to refresh my memory and further improve my skills with regards to Microsoft office.

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My teacher, Ms Musgrove, is a very encouraging and patient teacher whom more than adequately guides us through the confusing maze that is Microsoft office. She treats us like adults, allowing us to do the assigned exercises ourselves while keeping an eye out for students who may need some help or direction when lost.

Foundation English

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Having done a Diploma of Commerce in the recent past, I have been extremely comfortable with the Foundation English classes here at Bellerbys College Brighton. Academic English is vastly different from general English and it’s always useful to have more practice. For instance, the use of casual and personal language such as I and you are forbidden.

 As my first language is English, Foundation English classes are relatively relaxing for me. Additionally, I do enjoy writing and Foundation English encompasses of plenty of that, from cause and effect essays to synthesis. Despite being used to this level of English, my teacher, Mr Ross, constantly pushes for more and does not let me rest on my laurels. Furthermore, Mr Ross attempts to be as engaging as possible with the class, allowing ease of speech and more. This has led to the class becoming more involved with discussions which can be rather captivating at times.

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I excitedly look forward to the next half of Foundation English in which a few interesting assignments await. A couple of examples are the extended essay to be done on a subject of our choice, and, the short presentation which will be due much sooner.

Main Subjects and Thoughts

The main subjects I’m currently studying at Bellerbys College Brighton are the sciences; chemistry, cell biology, and physiology. As I am striving to pursue a degree, and potentially a masters and PhD, in nutrition and food science, these sciences will be extremely useful for me in the near and far future, particularly cell biology and physiology, which largely focuses on the human body.

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Having not studied science for approximately five years, it was not easy at the beginning. I had to dilligently refresh my memory regarding basic theories of science to rebuild my foundation on the subjects at hand. Fortunately for me, I succeeded in doing so. Additionally, teachers at the college are without doubt patient and helpful, assisting me without hesitation whenever I had any queries, and, ensuring I was confident enough to complete the various academic tasks assigned to me.

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I strive to continue to excel in the rest of my foundation and am encouraged by the progress I’ve made thus far.

Studying Across The Globe

Coming from Singapore, which is half the world away from the UK, one would expect to have to adapt to countless various aspects of life, particularly with education.

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Interestingly, the UK used to own Singapore before its independence, leading to my country utilising the UK as a foundation to build on for many matters. Undoubtedly, there are noticeable differences between the main education systems of both counties. However, having studied in an international school back home, I am well accustomed to the way things are done in school here in Bellerbys College Brighton. For instance, we had classes of the same size, students from all over the world, and, identical holiday periods.

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On a separate note, Bellerbys College Brighton is a tiny school compared to the international school I spent a few years at back home. My previous school had an abundance of facilities on campus such as a full football field, an adequate gym, and, more. Having said that, UK is an extremely nice place to study in and I’m very glad to be here.

Experiencing UK


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I have been beyond content with my time in the UK thus far. There are always interesting things going on, from massive gigs to amazing food fairs. Additionally, coming from Singapore, in which it’s approximately a hot 30 to 40 degrees Celsius all year round, the climate in this part of the world is much welcomed.

Brighton has not disappointed. I find this part of the UK extremely relaxing. A huge contrast from my home country; an urban jungle where majority of the population are constantly rushing from one place to another. Furthermore, there are not shortages of amenities, restaurants, etc.

I plan to finish my degree in nutrition and dietetics, and, potentially more in the UK. Also, there’s undoubtedly no better time to explore Europe. In my first three months in the UK, I travelled to Paris. I hope to be able to visit most of Europe in my years of studying here.