5 Worst Types of Housemates

I've never really had much contact with the real world, until the last few years. My life in the past mostly consisted of interaction with family and friends from High School, which led me to have an unrealistic expectation of the world. I was under the assumption that life was pretty smooth and straightforward, and that life summed up in several words was to 'work for survival until the end'. My priority before University was to study hard, and my parents basically did the rest.

Digressing a little, no, they did not engage in the practice of 'helicopter parenting'. In fact, I must admit that it was a combination of naivety and the mere lack of life experience that made me see the world in this way. It was only after I moved out from home that I realised what the real world was really about. I guess what they say about moving out of home is true: You learn, you grow, and you become much more independent when you don't depend on your parents anymore.

Living out of home has helped me realise that some people lack basic respect.
In this case, I'm mainly referring to the 'forbidden' word: Housemates.

Top 5: The Violent One

This person seems to break everything he/she comes in contact with. Oh look, the towel holder mysteriously fell to the ground. Why is there a hole in the wall? Occasionally, you hear loud swearing followed by banging noises. It wouldn't be surprising if this housemate ends up with a broken wrist and bleeding fingers. I suppose unless you're the one that has to fork out money to fix broken areas of the house, having 'The Violent One' in the house wouldn't affect you too much.

Top 4: The Thief

Expect to see your belongings disappear, whether it be food or personal items. What's yours is his/hers, but what's his/hers is not yours. This kind of housemate pretty much raids your food in the fridge, and uses your shampoo when they have run out of their own supply. You're pretty much financially supporting another person, as you're paying for them to use your stuff. To put it in simple words, it's like being in a financial relationship with your worst enemy.

Top 3: The Loud One

Home is meant to be comfortable, peaceful and relaxing. But this housemate will break all silence that you're deserving of. Slamming of doors, stomping of feet, laughing and talking loudly...etc. You name it, this housemate does it all. You're woken up at odd hours in the morning from loud sounds that should not have even be heard during this time. Because you're a light sleeper, you can't go back to sleep and end up being cranky the next day due to fatigue.

Top 2: The Filthy One

This housemate will fill up the sink with dirty dishes, while you have to manage to wash your own on top of all the mess. You'll see cockroaches, worms, mold and every other thing you wouldn't want to touch with your bare hands. There will be rubbish in places that it shouldn't belong at, like toilet rolls on the toilet floor or chicken bones under the dining table. If you have such a housemate, I hope you're able to brave the bad smells and filth. Or else, I wish you good luck.

Top 1: The Couple

This housemate invites their significant other over on a frequent basis to use the common utilities in the house. As far as I know, this is the worst housemate that anyone could ever have. The problems you have with that housemate are now multiplied by two, with an extra person in the house at all times. Nope, they don't pay their share of the rent or help out with bills. They expect to pay one share of the rent and bills, while two people take advantage of it. 'Double the trouble' indeed.

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Here is a summary of my personal/first-hand experience with 3 of the worst housemates: (Names will be kept confidential!)

Housemate A

- Would host parties late at night, without informing other housemates in advance. Loud and noisy.
- Stole my boyfriend's wine and money.
- Stole another housemate's loose change.
- Leave a puddle of pee and pile of faeces on the floor in the common toilet.
- Invite guys to sleep over on a regular basis.

Housemate B

- Slam the door when entering and leaving bedroom. Woke housemates up from their sleep.
- Left freshly-washed clothes in the washing machine for the whole day. Others can't use it.
- Invited significant other to sleep over on a regular basis.
- Broke the toilet roll holder as well as the towel holder.
- Forgot to lock the front door almost everyday - safety issues.

Housemate C

- Slam the door when entering and leaving bedroom. Woke housemates up from their sleep.
- Play loud music at 3 or 4 am in the morning when people are trying to sleep.
- Invite significant other to sleep over every weekday (5 days a week).
- Laugh and talk loudly at 3 or 4 am in the morning, with the door open.
- Leave rubbish in common areas of the house.
- Does not help out with weekly cleaning.
- Touched my towel everyday - hygiene issues.

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Having lived out of home for 3 years have allowed me to see what the real world is really like. It's quite disappointing that some people lack of common sense or basic respect that should have been taught by their parents from a young age. Never knew that there were such people out there until I was faced with these issues first-hand. So thankful that I had good upbringing and was educated on etiquette and basic respect that has shaped me to be the person I am today.

AIESEC: Journey of Self-Discovery

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” ― Aristotle

I've finally embarked on the journey of self-discovery. Unlike most of my peers, I've always struggled with each and every stage I go through in life. For the past 23 years, these questions often come up in my head:

01. What do I want to do in the future?
02. Who am I as a person?
03. What is my mission/goal in life?

Being a perfectionist, self-improvement is something that I work on, on a regular basis. The fact that I haven't 'discovered myself' yet makes it more of an arduous task for me to work on self-improvement. Thankfully, I'm pleased to announce that I'm currently on the journey of self-discovery to uncover my hidden strengths and weaknesses.

Next focus? Self-improvement.

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➤ ➤ Here's an announcement: I'll be doing volunteer work in Taiwan for 6 weeks.

Truth be told, it has always been my dream to experience the Taiwanese culture on a first-hand basis. Ever since coming back from my first Taiwan trip in 2010, I made a decision to do a study exchange there as I fell in love with the language as well as the culture. Unfortunately, the plan never materialized. I ended up being held back by numerous excuses that I gave myself as a result of my fear of the unknown. Not living my dream was something I'd always regretted doing, until I discovered AIESEC.

Image credit: AIESEC Australia

Why? Well, AIESEC Curtin gave me an opportunity to live my dream in my last semester of University. I was given a chance to take part in a Global Community Development Program (GCDP), which allows me to do volunteer work in a country of my choice (obviously, I had to choose Taiwan). From participating in this program, I'll be getting a lot out of this experience.

01. Allows me to immerse myself in other cultures.
02. Make a difference in others' lives.
03. Boost my confidence.
04. Get out of my comfort zone.
05. Increase cultural understanding on society.
06. Drive a positive impact on society.
07. Cultivate cultural sensitivity.
08. Expand international network.
09. Gain overseas working experience.
10. See the world from another perspective.

At first, I was afraid to take the first step and go ahead with the program. But I eventually pushed past my doubts, and had a serious talk to my parents about making my dream (that I had used to talk about, but ultimately gave up) come true. I've always been rather shy and quiet, and tend to hide in my shell most of the time. So considering the fact that I was willing to take a step out of my comfort zone, this was a big thing to them as this was something that they would never have expected from me. So to speak, this was the contributing reason why my parents were supportive and encouraged me to go for it!

So basically, here were the stages I had to go through:

Image credit: AIESEC Australia

In fact, I was accepted for all projects that I had applied for, making it an arduous task to choose my favourite one. Both of them were equally as good as the other, and there wasn't something that really stood out during comparison. The only difference was the area where the project would take place - one project required me to work in Kaohsiung, and the other in Taipei. After much contemplation, I made the long and tough decision of accepting the job in Taipei. Wonder what my job scope is? Well, I'll be teaching Taiwanese kids English and sharing the Australian culture with them for six weeks.

Project duration: 01.12.2014 - 15.01.2015.

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My journey of self-discovery actually started from my plan to volunteer in Taiwan. I began to realize that I was extremely passionate about helping others. Therefore, I wanted to give back to society in some way, whether it be volunteering to help the disadvantaged or to give advice to those who are mentally troubled (aka counselling). Upon realization that this was what I wanted to do in life, it definitely guided my decision on my future career path. I can't believe an epiphany came to me only a week before I finished my last semester of University. Well, I suppose it's better late than never, huh?

Matching Grey

It has been a while since I've taken pictures for my OOTD posts. Due to the current scorching weather, as well as the lack of space, it makes it an arduous task to arrange for a photoshoot to take place. Took the opportunity to do so when I was asked to house-sit for my parents two weeks ago, as they left for a trip to Bangkok for several days.

Sadly, the pictures did not turn out as I had expected, as the tripod stand for my DSLR refused to cooperate. Anyway, I spotted this two-piece set from an online store based in China, except it was priced at $110 AUD. Decided to give it a pass, despite the fact that I really wanted to give it a good home. So pleased that I made the right decision, as I stumbled across the same outfit on a Singapore blogshop. The best part was that it was priced 30% cheaper, including shipping. Score!

Outfit: Grey Damask Knit Two-Piece from Drmers and Black Faux Leather Cap from Mossman


Happy New Year 2014! Following tradition, it's a time to reflect on the changes we need or want to make and resolve to follow through on those changes. It's a new start to the year, so there are new goals and achievements to be set. I personally hope to achieve at least five resolutions this year, and to improve myself as a person.

Here are ten of my New Year Resolutions for the year:

01. Update my blog more often.
02. Start exercising and get fit.
03. Spend more time with family and friends.
04. Learn a new language.
05. Travel more often.
06. Save more, and spend less.
07. Stop complaining so much.
08. Keep in touch with my friends.
09. Be more productive.
10. Stop late-night snacking.

Turning 23 has made me realise that I'm no longer as young as I used to be. I want to do the things that I love and enjoy, and achieve goals that I've always longed to achieve. Currently saving for my trip to Hong Kong in June to visit my boyfriend's family, and we might possibly do a stopover in Singapore for a few days.