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Writer’s Workshop: On Your Own

Tiger girl holding on to a pole
Tiger girl holding on to a pole

It has been nearly 20 years since I graduated from high school.  Back then I was all eager to be set free. I was finally legally an adult and could  do whatever I wanted.   I did not need to be accountable to the elders for  every  little thing that I do. I only needed to answer to myself.

I thought it would be great as I didn’t not need to have to  worry about other people’s approval and I could do things as and when I liked.

There was no one to nag at you for staying up late or for not doing your chores. You could simply focus on doing what  pleased you and don’t even need to do things which you didn’t fancy doing.

I could spend as long as I wanted watching DVDs if there wasn’t a class that day. No one could stop me!!

Little did I know that it was a blessing to get  certain things like bills being paid by your parents.  Being an adult is really not easy.

All of the sudden I was responsible for the so many things which I never really did have to bother before. It was really overwhelming as I suddenly had so many different things to handle all at once.

Staying abroad during my University years I had to handle everything myself. From getting my own apartment, paying bills and even choosing what to eat everyday.  Even though I shared an apartment with fellow Uni mates I had to change my accommodation a few times as it was difficult to find people who you could get along with to stay together.

I had to learn how to budget my finance and make major decisions on my own. If bad decisions were made I had to bear the consequences myself.  It was a really growing experience during the 4 years I spent in Australia for my degree.

There is really a vast difference from what one perceives as “freedom” being an adult and what it really is.

How was it for you living on your own?


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More Outrageous Pictures from Alive Museum

Petting the girraffe
Petting the giraffe

Being at the Alive Museum last week as part of my birthday celebration was really fun. Here are some more pictures that we took that day.

Restraining a dinosaur
Restraining a dinosaur

This year Tiger girl and I got to be up and close with a giraffe. Last year when we were at the Trick Museum at Jeju island we took a similar picture but with a  dinosaur instead.

Tiger girl and us posing for a photograph
Tiger girl and us posing for a photograph

This year Tiger girl was more cooperative and was willing to take posed shots as compared to last year. She was even rushing with her brothers to get her photo taken!!

Tiger girl paddling in  a canoe
Tiger girl paddling in a canoe

I guess being 3 years old now as compared to 2 years old last year does make a lot of difference in a child’s behavior.

Monkey boy crawling away from the zombies
Monkey boy crawling away from the zombies

The boys had lots of fun too posing for the different curated shots.

Doggie boy swinging free from the crocodile
Doggie boy swinging free from the crocodile

They loved this set up as they got to swing wildly  back and forth on the  rope. I had to make them stand still or else I wouldn’t be able to get a clear shot of them.

Do you have a museum like that
in your area?

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