10/31/2015 11:46:00 am

Last Day of Blogtober

Today is the last day of October. This is going to be my last Blogtober 2015 post.

Looking at my 62 posts in October, 17 followers and 4.1k views made me realise how much has changed since the first day of October. I'd just like to say this:

Thank you. When I stumbled across Noor's Blogtober challenge post, I never thought people would actually read them, let alone comment. I'm glad you enjoyed the posts, I did writing them.

Today's Halloween. The day after tomorrow is my big exam, so I'll only blog after then. I don't have computer access until then so I'm on my phone now.

I'm planning to be a glow-in-the-dark stickman, and my brothers and I are going trick-or-treating with friends, then sleeping over at theirs. I'm really excited!

What are your plans for Halloween?

10/30/2015 07:14:00 pm

30.10.15 Reason to Smile

Went to tuition teacher's house for extra coaching before the big Chinese exam on Monday. There was another kid, around 9 years old, and he's really amusing and funny. It's really hard to put it in words, but his actions and words just bring a smile to one's face, even when he's just saying '老师,好了!' (Teacher, I'm done!) when he's done with his spelling test. Now he's barking at the dogs (while waiting for his parents) and singing the 'banana' song from Minions movie.

10/30/2015 06:26:00 pm


10/30/2015 09:18:00 am

Memories 002 | Ah Gong's Slippers 阿公的拖鞋 |

When we lived with our grandparents, there was a (kind of) backyard, some areas cemented and some not. And because that backyard was more accessible through the back (kitchen) door, I usually went out through there. But since my shoes and slippers were at the front door, sometimes I went barefoot, and sometimes I wore my Ah Gong's slippers.

10/29/2015 10:51:00 pm

Childhood 001 | Toys, books and other things |

10/29/2015 06:24:00 pm


10/29/2015 10:43:00 am



10/29/2015 10:12:00 am

Blogging just for the sake of it.. DON'T

Dear bloggers out there,

Especially the newer ones. You might get a bit confused with the title. 'Don't blog for the sake of it...?'

10/28/2015 07:46:00 pm

"If good things lasted forever, would we appreciate how precious they are?" 
~ Hobbes (From Calvin and Hobbes)

10/28/2015 06:24:00 pm

“当一个女生说’没事‘,就是有事, ’没关系‘,就是有关系!”

10/27/2015 04:50:00 pm

Memories 001 | First tooth |

I remember losing my first baby teeth. It was the lower one, either the left or the right (sorry, not good with teeth names). If I was right, it was during 清明节 (Ching Ming festival). 我妈,舅舅们,舅母,阿姨,婆婆和我去扫外公的墓 (My mum, uncles, aunties, maternal grandma and I went to the cemetery to 'clean the grave' of my maternal grandfather). In the car, my teeth was wobbly, and I spent a long time trying to loosen it. Then my grandma reached out her hand and 'pop' pulled the tooth out. 

10/27/2015 03:10:00 pm

Throwback Tuesday: A Halloween Memory [Blogtober]

Photo and text mine

10/26/2015 10:32:00 pm

Musings 005 | Latest Fangirl Fixations |

A couple of days ago I watched a movie. It was awesome. Amazing. Fantabulous.

So great that I got obsessed with it.

And no, I won't tell you the title because I might get judged for that. So nein.

10/24/2015 09:16:00 pm

United Nations 70th Anniversary

24 October, today was 70 years since the founding of the UN. Here's a visual timeline of the UN over the years.

A couple of years back in my History classes, I became slightly more familiar with the United Nations other than the name and it being a group of countries, and a big one at that. Before that, I knew what UNICEF was, and that was about it.
Two years ago, my choir was invited to perform at the United Nations 68th Anniversary Dinner. There were slides on the projector that showed some of their achievements.

10/24/2015 05:22:00 pm

Write a letter to yourself in 5 years. [Blogtober]

This was planned for Wednesday, but I decided to write something else and do this today instead.
Dear N (rotate the letter Z 90 degrees and that's my initial),

How are you? Okay, that's a really boring way to start. But I really want to know, how am I in five years' time? you're 20 now, probably and hopefully in university. Did you get into your dream university, Soka U? If you didn't, it's alright. Meet any good friends? You probably went to JC after 10 years of homeschooling. How was the experience then?

10/23/2015 10:06:00 pm

Photography and me

Photography is more than taking the camera to your eye and pressing the shutter button. 

I like photography because it empowers me to save the moment, that exact second when something happened. I especially like shots of children, their smiles and laughter. It reminds me that childhood is not forever. Neither is teenager-hood, nor adulthood. Life isn't forever. We have to capture it or else it will slip through our fingers and disappear forever. Photos are one of the best ways to capture a moment as it is. There will never be two identical photos. 

10/22/2015 09:02:00 pm

Musings 004 | School |

As you (probably) know, I am homeschooled. I have never attended public school, not even kindergarden. School was kind of a no-no for me personally because of three main reasons:

  • Uniform. The local students here all have to wear school uniform. Though the designs all vary depending on the school, the girls one are either pinafore or skirt. And I really don't like wearing skirts or dresses.

10/21/2015 07:05:00 pm

Halloween Tag [Blogtober]

It's 21 October and I'm finally following the prompt I planned for myself- Noor's Halloween Tag. Actually it was for the 20th, but because of the time difference, I only read her post the following day and so I'm posting it now.

1- What year did you first go trick-or-treating?
My culture doesn't celebrate Halloween nor does most of the people in my country... only when my friends from elsewhere invite us for their Halloween Party when I was about 8 or 9 I think did I first

10/20/2015 10:30:00 pm

a poem about poetry

Poetry is amazing
sometimes it rhymes
with varying phrasing
it can be a haiku. five-seven-five
it can be a limerick, sonnet, ballade
sometimes it's just a sentence
that is split into many lines
it just allows a random
paragraph to look poetic

10/19/2015 03:58:00 pm

Is Your Brain More Female Or Male? [Quiz]

Quiz here. Just some quiz I took when I was feeling restless. Take it with a pinch of salt.
One thing I didn't like about this quiz was that a brain shouldn't be classified as male or female.

10/19/2015 11:31:00 am



10/18/2015 07:17:00 pm

The [Model] ASEAN Experience

One word for the conference: bloody.

One word for this post: overdue.

10/17/2015 10:37:00 pm

Feel... exposed?!?

Over some time, I had discovered that certain friends of mine [different groups] was reading my blog. *cue mixed feelings*

10/17/2015 02:06:00 pm


The first time it happened
we knew it was your fault
the second time it happened

10/16/2015 08:06:00 pm

The Mask

I decided not to follow the prompt I had allocated for today and tomorrow. Instead, I'll be talking about the mask.

The mask is a small portion of psychology, which I am very interested in, there are also subpersonalitiesego states, defensive structures and armouring. A mask is something we wear, a default face, to hide our deeper feelings and emotions. We mask our inner thoughts and emotions, that's where the word comes from. What we show the world is a controlled version of ourself. There are many, many masks one can wear. The blank and happy masks are the most common in our lives today. To a certain extent, we all wear masks.

10/15/2015 01:29:00 pm

Favourite Scents [Blogtober]

All photos except the bottom row do not belong to me, text by me.
Sometimes we like that smell because it's associated with a pleasant memory, place or person, and other times we just like it because it's really nice. Here's my list:

10/14/2015 11:00:00 pm

14.10.15 Reasons to Smile

Oct 14 Wednesday: I was feeling rather feverish today, but I found out another blogger had taken on my Reasons to Smile challenge, which made me really really really happy. Here's her Reasons to Smile for the week

10/14/2015 08:58:00 pm

20 Facts about Me [Blogtober]

Photo and text by me
I'm feeling a bit under the weather (sore throat and feverish) today, but nonetheless, here's the 14th Blogtober post!
  1. Zelus is not my real name.

10/13/2015 05:46:00 pm

Favourite Quotes and Why [Blogtober]

Photo via, text by me
I collect quotes, I live by them, they encourage me, they remind me of why I am here today.
It's hard to choose a quote, so here's a couple I really like.

10/13/2015 04:19:00 pm


For the first time in a long time, I had a day free. Usually when such days occur, I'd just stay home, watch movies, read books, that kind of stuff. But today was different, today I had a so-called 'staycation'. So, while my brothers stayed in the hotel to game and watch youtube [or do whatever they did], I decided to go out, walk around, take some photos, act like a tourist for a couple of hours. 

10/12/2015 05:20:00 pm

Collaborate with another blogger [Blogtober]

Hi guys, this is Sara from http://herelectricocean.blogspot.co.uk/, and I've done an interview with her, below, for my Blogtober post today. Let's start:

1. Zelus: When did you start your blog and what does it focus on? How did you come up with that name?

10/11/2015 08:23:00 pm

This Week I... [Blogtober]

Warning: I'm on my phone for the next two days since I won't be able to go on my computer, so if there are any grammatical errors, please bear with me (I will correct them once I get on the computer).

This week I...

10/11/2015 07:44:00 pm

Grawlix [Word of the Day]

Photo by me

10/10/2015 11:41:00 am

Recent photographs you took and the stories behind them [Blogtober]

NOTICE: ALL photos in this post are copyrighted by myhopefulpencil.blogspot.com.
This photo above I had taken at a run to promote peace.

10/09/2015 06:34:00 pm

Favourite things in the Alphabet [Blogtober]

photo and text by me

10/09/2015 01:34:00 pm

Vellichor [Word of the Day]


10/08/2015 09:46:00 pm

10/07/2015 09:52:00 pm

内在美比外在美重要/Write in Chinese [Blogtober]

Photo via, text by me.
Because I have an important Chinese exam coming up next month, and also because I wanted a challenge, I decided to tweak my writing prompt to be this: Write in Chinese. Here it is.

10/07/2015 09:26:00 pm

100th Post!

I'll try to keep it short and to-the-point here.
At first I'm like this when I realise it...

10/07/2015 07:30:00 pm

Petrichor [Word of the Day]

Am I the only one who's utterly in love with this smell?

10/06/2015 10:07:00 pm

"You don't have to be blood to be family." Mr Feeny, Boy Meets World S03E17

10/06/2015 08:49:00 pm

Monachopsis [Word of the Day]

Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, a website byJohn Koenig. It is filled with invented words, their definitions aims to fill a hole in the language-to give a name to emotions we all experience but don't yet have a word for, according to his website.
Today's word is Monachopsis:

10/06/2015 08:47:00 pm

Musings 003 | Numbers, numbers, numbers |

Life, sadly, is all about numbers.

As a blogger, you have the number of followers, comments, pageviews, posts...

10/06/2015 08:15:00 pm

Top 6 Favorite Bloggers and Why [Blogtober]

Photo via, editing and text by me.
I've only actually started to look at other blogger's blogs since last week. However, I've found quite a lot that I really like. So, without further ado, let us proceed, not in any particular order:

10/06/2015 08:11:00 pm

Country puns

A conversation between a Munner and a punner:

Are you China be funny?

10/06/2015 04:29:00 pm

Who feels that way? 

Now let me tell you something.

I would never replace you. All of you readers are unique in every way. You're impossible to replace: if you're gone, nothing's ever the same.

/ why am i trying to convince others of something that i'm not convinced of /

10/06/2015 04:26:00 pm

Pick up the nearest book...

10/04/2015 10:55:00 pm

This Week I.. [Blogtober]

Photo from tumblr, text by me.

Does it mean the week that has passed, or the upcoming week?

... Spent a lot of time 'renovating' and 'redesigning' my blog (if you were the few who have seen the previous one you could tell, it's a vast difference), and actually started to 'socialise' with some other bloggers, thanks to Teenage Blogger Central.

10/04/2015 10:44:00 pm

4.10.15 Reason to Smile

Well, look at that.

I'm still doing this challenge.


 This afternoon was spent at a meeting (more like a training session) for instructors of a childresn' camp. There's going to be a lot more in the future leading up to the camp itself, and today was rather tiring.

10/03/2015 10:39:00 pm

3.10.15 Reason to Smile/What I Did Today Pt 2 [Blogtober]

Photo and text credits by myself
I went for some event. With food. So here are some photos I snapped. (Reason to Smile below!)

10/03/2015 01:30:00 pm

What I did today [Blogtober]


I repotted a lucky bamboo plant.

Previously because it had looked slightly yellowish, I did some research and was advised to put it in water (left overnight). I did so for a week and a half-but somehow instinctively I realised it wasn't a good long term solution.

10/02/2015 11:24:00 pm

2.10.15 Reason to Smile

I beat my (younger) brother in an arm-wrestling-slash-hand-squashing match.
And I managed to clear 3 chapters of Chinese vocab 词语, memorizing the words, definition and example sentence. Within 3 hours. Which is an accomplishment.

10/02/2015 06:05:00 pm

October Goals

Photo and text by me

Day 2 of Blogtober: October Goals

10/02/2015 01:09:00 pm

Blogtober-Blog every day in October!

It's on! Though this challenge will be a challenge because I've a rather important exam coming up in Nov. 
I got the idea from Noor at A Little Bit of Sunshine Blog, so here's mine. It's already the second day of October, so I'll move 'October Goals' down the line for today.

10/02/2015 12:50:00 pm

"Keep my will burning as hot as the heart of the volcano, and as hard and implacable as a glacier."
Keladry, First Test, Tamora Pierce

10/01/2015 08:52:00 pm

Keladry and Alanna

10/01/2015 06:04:00 pm

"I believe in deeds, not words." 
Alanna, The First Adventure, Tamora Pierce

10/01/2015 01:19:00 pm

"I don't know," Kel protested, carefully drawing her feet away. "The Yamanis say it's better to live in pain. You have to let it roll away like water off a stone. That way it doesn't have any power over you." 
"They sound like wonderful, cheerful people," commented Neal. "Any other useful warrior stoic arguments?"

First Test, Tamora Pierce

10/01/2015 01:06:00 pm

"You won't ask it, but I'll do it anyway, she thought stubbornly. You'll see. I'm as good as any boy. I'm better." 
Keladry, First Test, Tamora Pierce.

10/01/2015 12:49:00 pm

"Emotion is weakness, Kel told herself, quoting her Yamani teachers, I must be as serene as a lake on a calm day."
Keladry, First Test, Tamora Pierce

10/01/2015 11:56:00 am

"Even though this just happened, there are some moments you know you're gonna remember forever. This is one of them."
Lucas, Girl Meets world S01E20

10/01/2015 12:14:00 am

Annoying widget

If you have noticed, there's this widget at the end of each post saying 'You may like' and links to my other posts.  That is, if anyone even visits this website and notices these stuff.

But because I really didn't like it, I wanted to remove it.