I were to describe myself I would day I am a very interesting person. Today’s write up is about my hobbies and what interest me. Free time to me is very important as I love to spend my spare time with my friends and families. During these times I would usually play tennis or go for a jog around the school (Brighton) or around my estate (Singapore). Playing a certain sport or doing some form of exercise allows me to relieve stress and refreshes me. Not only does it help me relieve stress, it also keeps me fit. I usually play football and tennis during my spare time but mostly I play tennis. Tennis is my main interest as I find that tennis is a very challenging sport which requires a lot of concentration and perseverance. Apart from playing tennis or football, I spend the remaining time watching history videos on the History channel. This is one of the best ways to spend my free time as I love to watch historical videos especially about WW2. One of my favourite shows is called Battle 360. About WW2 what interest me the most are the pacific naval battles such as the battle of Midway Island and battle of Okinawa. Battle 360 is about the most decorated aircraft carrier the USS Enterprise and her task force and about the challenges and battles they played in the pacific theatre. These naval shows interest me a lot as I love history. Other than watching historical videos, I am also very interested in cooking shows such as MasterChef and Kitchen Nightmares both of these shows are by the world renowned chef, Gordon Ramsey. These cooking shows interest me as I love food and will always try to cook up a similar meal to what I see on television. As time is of the essence, I have other work to do as my exams are around the corner, but I will keep this blog updated about my life when I have some spare time.
My name is Rainer and I am from the tiny island of Singapore, though Singapore is relatively small as compared to other countries, it is a huge hub for trade as it is currently one of the world’s busiest ports. I come from a family of 4 and I have a younger sister who can be quite annoying but I guess that’s what siblings are for, always there to annoy you but be there for you when you need them. Apart from living with my parents, my grandparents live with me too. Having them in the house makes the house livelier and less quiet as my grandparents often have friends that come over for karaoke or to play a game of mahjong. My family runs a menswear business and it has been around for about 100 years. My dad and grandfather both run the menswear company along with my aunt. Thus my dad and my aunt are the successors to my grandfather’s company and hope to take it to further heights. As for me, I am also very interested in inheriting this business as it has been with my family for 4 generations thus I believe that it is only right to keep that legacy going. I was studying at Anglo-Chinese Junior College before coming to the UK. The school that I used to study at, ACJC was my dream school since my secondary school days and I was very excited to be a part of that school because all my uncles have attended that school thus carrying on a long trend in the family. ACJC was also my dream school because all my friends were attending that school after graduating from ACS (Barker Road) the affiliated school of ACJC. Thus I was very excited to start school and experience school life in a co-ed school. As soon as I knew I was going to study overseas, I knew I had to give this “dream” up and look forward to a new life overseas. Leaving my friends and family was practically the hardest thing especially my grandfather. He has been my “best friend” at home, always brining me out for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We practically spend our weekends together, going around Singapore enjoying the delicious local food. I really miss home and I’m 2 weeks away from coming home, just can’t wait to be with my family again as well as serving national service.
My foundation course in Bellerbys have been a very enriching one, for the past 9 months I have learnt a lot and made a lot of friends. With less than 1 month from graduation, doing business foundation here in Brighton has been very memorable. The past 9 months, I have expanded my knowledge on business for example on marketing as well as economics. Out of all the modules have covered, I really enjoyed the business studies as well as economics 2 modules as I found those modules rather interesting and very beneficial when it comes to doing business on the near future. Business studies and economic are rather similar, just that business studies focuses more on operating and managing a business where as economics s the studying of the economy and how a business can do to survive in the economy. Even though these two modules are different in some aspects, both modules require some knowledge and application of the other. Thus learning these two modules allows me to understand both subjects better. Throughout this term, I have learnt a lot on marketing as well as human resource. Marketing is my main interest in Business 2 because it covers promotion and market research which I am currently very interested in and plan to study something related in the university. Well not all modules are easy, business studies do have its challenging parts for example, the application and evaluation stage of the answer, as many students can bring up a particular point, they cannot further elaborate and explain how good or useful this product is to the consumer etc… I feel that application is one of the hardest things about business studies especially when it comes to essay writing.
Through these 9 months, my opinions about my university courses have changed. I was very interested in international business at the start of the year but as I progress through my course, I realised that my interested in International business have altered. I am more interested in marketing and promotion as I feel that I can use my outgoing personality to approach people and use that to persuade customers in the future. Throughout this term, I have forged many friendships with my classmates. I feel like I got to know them better since the start of the course and really made good friends which I will treasure when I move on to serve the army and university.
All in all, I feel like my journey here in Bellerbys have been a really exciting and memorable one which I will treasure for the rest of my lives.
There is only one word to describe this picture, HEAVENLY. This is one of my favourite moments in Brighton, indulging in a plate of freshly caught oysters. That feeling when you eat a freshly caught oyster cannot be simply explained through words. Coming to Brighton to study was my main objective, but who says you cant have fun while working hard. Sharing this oyster platter with my friends under the warm Sunday sun can be said to me an amazing feeling. It is something I would not trade for given any day. Friends, spring, perfect weather and most importantly freshly caught oysters is one of the best way you can spend your weekend in Brighton. As some might think I’m crazy or being a glutton, indulging all these seafood, but then what is life if you don’t take risks, if you don’t live in the moment. When it comes to food, that is my mentality, be it spicy,sour food, I will always want to try it and live the consequences later. This can be called YOLO, today’s modern lingo for living in the moment. As I know my time in Brighton is quite limited thus I want to make the best of my time here, making sure I create memories that I will be able to take with me forever. The people, the award-winning beach and the awesomely fresh seafood are the things I will miss about Brighton. As I am going back to my country, Singapore to serve the army, ill make a promise. I will return to the wonderful city that has made my past 9 months an amazing one, and also return for the oysters!!!!
My very first post and I think this first post deserves to be very special and meaningful to me. Therefore i chose to post a picture of my tennis team class of 2013. This picture contains a lot of special memories, memories that i will keep with me forever. This picture was taken before the start of Nats( Inter-school Tennis Championship) and we were all looking forward to make some sort of history that we can take from this competition, be it winning the god medal or going undefeated for all matches. This team have a special place in my heart as it was the only team that i played for which showed the true spirit of togetherness and fighting spirit. I have played tennis for about 9 years, thus i have been part of many teams, but none are like this team that i played for in ACJC. There are many familiar faces in the team as i used to play with some of the senior players in my secondary school, thus not all of them are strangers to me. I was very delighted to be in this team because i had my good friend and doubles partner, Jerry in the team as well. He was the one who always got my back in matches and also in life. I have played tennis with him for 4 years thus having him around was great. This team taught me a lot an has helped me become the player and person i am today. The girls team was a very important part of the school team as they were the ones who encouraged me to push harder and not give up. Hearing them cheer for me during physical training made me push myself to go the extra distance. There is also one special person in the tennis team and his name is Matthew. He was my doubles partner for this tournament and we have been training day in and day out, practising our groundstrokes as well as volleys. He was my right hand man, the guy that i can always count on during crucial matches and points. Being in a doubles partnership with him was very unique, having played doubles for 4 years, i have had my fair share of experience as well as playing with different people. I would say that he is the most unique partner i ever had and our partnership was very special as it brought out a certain chemistry that other pairing lacked. We then conquered the doubles stage in the tournament, putting our name out there. The top schools were very afraid to play us as we were on a roll at that moment. Playing tennis with him brought me much joy as well as satisfaction as i always played my best tennis with him. Unfortunately our team only managed to clinch a 4th placing medal despite all our efforts. The girls were narrowly defeated in the finals, but this only brought the whole team together as we play as one, we lose as one and cry as one. The defeat taught us many lessons but none more important than the lesson of friendship. Being part of this team was something i will never regret, even though its my only tournament with them, it was so much fun and was an honour to play beside these great players and hope they manage to play harder next time for the Best Is Yet To Be.
It is almost close to the end of term, with 2 week more to the final exam. I have enjoyed my classes in Bellerbys and its time to reflect on my CIT classes. CIT classes this term have been really interesting as it has taught me how to use Microsoft excel and also be more confident when it comes to giving a presentation. I feel those are the two things I can take out from the classroom and apply it in the future, be it in the university or in the workplace. Such skills are important when it comes to work and I am very thankful for being able to learn these skills during my 9 months business foundation course here.
As there are things that I enjoyed about CIT, such as class presentation and writing reflective journals, there are some things that I find quite challenging. One of it is Microsoft Excel; it is a relatively new thing to me as I have only worked with Microsoft Word and PowerPoint in the past. Thus doing Microsoft excel was a bit challenging for me. Also the way things were taught to me, it was based more on self-study instead of classroom teaching which I found it relatively difficult given the fact that I am not familiar with Microsoft excel. I feel that I still need to know more about Microsoft excel as it is important when it comes to making charts and graphs which I know my future job will require a lot of such diagrams and statistics.