During my youth, I was hopeful about the future that that is laid out for us in Singapore. But as I grew up, it hit me that things are not as simple as it seems. Going to university does not automatically mean you can get a great job with a pay that is enough to buy a house and start a family comfortably. Or not everyone in Singapore receives the same and opportunities and treatment that I did. And in fact, there are people in our society that often fall through the gaps. The more I read and expose myself to the world I was once ignorant of, the more I understand that things around us are not as perfect as it seems.
My once rose-tinted lenses has has now faded to reality. I guess it is all part and parcel of growing up. But still, I do acknowledge that as a country we are doing extremely well compared to many others. But there are definitely areas we need to improve and I am glad that people are engaging in conversations and exposing these loopholes that we to resolve together as a nation!
The path from ADM back to hall 4 is a dark and scary one. Usually, I would get too scared to walk through it alone. Especially since it is rumoured that it is haunted, because it is next to Nanyang Lake. I would very much walk one round around NTU (which takes an additional 10mins) than to take that shortcut.
Hence, for this project I decided to overcome my fear with the help of Insta Live.
I wanted to test the strength of our connectivity on the third space. I was questioning:
Will I still be afraid, even with people journeying with me through this process?
How will they react to my actions?
How will I feel to overcome this experience with Insta live?
Things escalated as I realised that somehow that night, the lights were switched off. Usually some street lights will light up the forested path. Watch and see what happens:
I have bad friends. Here are some of the reactions my friends had after the insta live airing:
In conclusion, despite being super afraid initially, talking to all my friends online made me forget my physical surroundings (slightly). I was less unaware of it, and hence much less afraid. Maybe because I feel a sense of security (if I got kidnapped people will know), or it was distracting me from the current environment. Maybe next time if I were to go through that path again, I will start another insta story haha.
I have always wanted to be a farmer but my mother always says, “I work so hard to come out of Philippines and now you want to go back?!!!!”.
I quite like fishing and animals in general, so I always envisioned myself working the zoo or with animals/nature in general. Sometimes I wonder how my life would be like should I take courses landscape design in poly or the agriculture course in NUS. But my mother would be so disappointed haha.