The Forbidden Fruit: Why we don’t talk about Sex in Singapore

Amber has too much to say

The decision to have sex in any context is a personal choice.Sex to some is something reserved for their most trusted spouse, while sex to others is simply a means to give and receive pleasure. Sex does not, and will never hold a level of significance that is universal to all and hence, it is unfair for the state and for the public to be treating it as such. The act of sex itself is an empty vessel, it holds the meaning and significance that we project onto it. 

Undeniably, as a conservative society, the idea that sex is sacred is rooted in religious belief and cultural upbringing. Nobody wants to talk about sex and those who are having sex are afraid to talk about it and you can’t blame them. If the concept of virginity and sex is constantly advertised as a “gift” or is valued as such…

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Never forget that you matter

Hi 2020.

It has been a busy week.

I have had so many things to think about.

From life to school to relationship.

Have you ever thought of wanting everything in your life to work out?

Remember when you only had yourself?

And how many times you prayed for a miracle to happen so you won’t have to hurt anymore?

I think fate put plans in my way for a reason…

So I would know how to love and cherish everything in my life.

Learn to love myself and others, and learn not berate myself for not being good enough.

If it is meant to be, then it will be.

I won’t force anything because that isn’t me.

2020 is the year that I need to tell myself to unapologetically be myself, because life is too short to regret every single shit I’ve done.

Maybe it’s time for a lesser social media presence.

It’s time I care more about myself psychologically, physically and emotionally 🖤.

 

Be free. Love harder. Don’t take things too hard. Smile more. Know that it’s okay to cry because you can’t keep the pain and sorrow inside forever. Be happy.

x

Still can’t let the year end without my long thoughts

Hi.

So seeing my friends’ post on instagram about the end of the decade, what occurred then and what they are grateful for made me want to write something. I didn’t want to end the year full of thoughts that can be bad for me mentally. If anyone is reading and I mentioned you here, thanks for being in my life x.

2010

The start of the decade but it wasn’t a great year. NEVER get into a relationship in Secondary school if you’re not ready. No one told me that then, so I’m recalling my foolish past self now. The time when the ex happened. Not going to go into detail but I probably regret everything.

I was only Secondary 2, trying to find my way in life. I couldn’t do much, but I tried. I hate any kind of attentionbut I also wanted to fit in but obviously couldn’t. I wasn’t like the other popular girls with makeup, short skirts and socks. Hair all tied up, tying my tie properly, skirts at knee length and proper socks… Do I still need to go on further? Even the quietest and nicest people can get bullied.

I remember being ostracized and no one would help or talk to me.

I remember hearing the popular or “ahlian” girls talking shit about me that were untrue.

Don’t try to fit in if you can’t. What I choose to do was to focus my energy on my studies and my CCA. Even in CCA, those girls were there. They made it seem as though they were better at dancing and all, and my friends and I were not. It didn’t matter because I proved some of them wrong by doing better at my studies. Smh seriously, I really didn’t want to give a shit about their attitude. But this didn’t mean everything was good.

2011 – 2012

Secondary 3 and 4 were the better years. I found people who I know could truly be my friends, but there were also some backstabbers. So tired of that shit. Even now it happens. Thank you Siyun and Qianhui for still staying in my life till now and we’re still damn good friends.

You’ll never not see me without a book because I’d be reading anytime, during morning assembly, while waiting for the next class and even before CCA. I was so competitive in my studies and would always try to aim for top 10 in class. I loved History classes and Elective Literature classes so much. Chinese class was a joy too. What these 2 years have taught me is that friends come and go, never stop for people who don’t want to see you succeed or are just there to take advantage of you.

I worked as hard as I could, but sometime your best just isn’t good enough. I remember getting my ‘O’ level results from my form teacher, and she congratulated me because I got an A1 for my combined humanities (Social Studies + Elective Literature). It mattered, but it wasn’t all that mattered to me. As I walked away from the hall, I took a look at my entire result. I had passed Math & Science, but my History and D&T wasn’t good enough. I remember crying over my results at home as I wasn’t happy with it. Others would die for those results, even if it was 2 digits. Not me. I wanted 1 digit or nothing. That was still the generation where grades mattered, and mattered so much as it determined where I would go. But something else happened that day. I received a call or message from my friend saying that my ex wanted to give me something but I left. So I asked my friend to come by my house to pass it to me. Seriously, never talk anything from your ex. Anyway, things started looking up in the next 3 years.

2013 – 2016

Being an introvert is hard, especially when you’re extremely introverted. I hated Poly orientation because you have to mingle with people you don’t know and might not see again. I didn’t want to talk to anyone. That was how introverted I was (my poly friends would know). The OL couldn’t do anything with me because I was so so so quiet, and if I chose to talk, it was only a few words or a sentence. Don’t ever put me in social situations please, I want to die. I remembered the first impression I made to my good friend Yunxi, when she asked for my name in the lecture hall and I told her my name before turning back and keeping very quiet. Thankfully I am so much better than that now.

These 3 years were the best and worse years of my life because they were life changing. Thank you Irah for being there from the first day of school till now. And thank you to The Lunch People for welcoming us into the fold when shit went down. These years were and eye-opener because I realised who were the ones that were real and lost the fake ones. I lost a friend that I knew since Secondary school because she chose her then Poly friends over us and chose to distance herself from us ever since an incident. Thanks for making me realise that my introversion never improved because of your influence.

My course in Poly wasn’t my first choice, but I chose to stick with it because I didn’t know what else I could do. I’m so glad I sticked to it even though I only achieved average GPA (like the average student I am). If you could see me then and see me now… So thankful that I’m not as introverted as before because it could potentially ruin me. The most trying part of Poly was during internship. Internship was a tough time for me because I didn’t know whether I was doing anything right… Thank you Dawn for being there during internship because your class was beside mine. All the lesson plans and learning corner materials made… I always thought they weren’t good enough. I remember the time when I had to conduct a lesson with the children… I did that and I ran to the toilet to cry. I felt I didn’t do a good job. I even cried to Dawn because I was scared of what my mentor (Dr Karuna) would say. These experiences taught me that if I do my best, I can succeed (like probably during my KCare time lol). Thankful for everything that happened in my life then.

2017 – 2018

My lost years. Trying to discover what I wanted to do in life. I tried applying for NTU and NUS, but I got rejected. So I spent these two years working different jobs, waiting for that one year that I would be able to get into University. I knew I wanted to study English as I have always loved English, but I didn’t get a chance to pursue it until now…

During one of my part time jobs, I met a friend… But she suddenly stopped talking to me. Guess I wasn’t worth it after you’ve used me right?

In September 2017, I got my first full time job. I used that job to apply for uni in SUSS and I succeeded. Probably a milestone in my life. I met a lot of people through that job, some I thought would be friends even after I leave… Alas, everything happens for a reason. I’m thankful I met Cimin and Brenda through the job, with Brenda also being my brother’s ex-classmate in Secondary School (major lol, what are the chances). The friends I made there were great (thanks Suzanne, Rebecca, Rowena, Rinette, Pearl and Elouis for being so nice at work then), but of course there are some hidden black sheep. I am so glad to be out of there because I realise how a few of those black sheep were so fucked up and were so ready to suck up once I’ve left.

The start of 2018 marks the start of Uni. It was there I met Samsia, my very good friend in Uni now. Part time uni is very different from full time uni. It’s harder to make friends, so I’m very lucky to make a good one. Thank you Samsia, let’s work harder too next year! Don’t forget that there are some assholes in uni, especially stuck up guys who think they are smarter than everyone else. You think there would be none in Uni…. MIND YOU, THERE ARE A LOT LIKE THAT. To summarize, 2018 was a good year to start afresh.

2019

A year full of changes. I’ve changed jobs twice this year, and I’ve met good and bad people. I left my first full time job because I couldn’t stand the toxic environment there. I left my second full time job because the management was bad, the environment was not conducive at all, and my eczema was getting worse the longer I stayed there. Leaving was the best and worse decision, because I realise that people who were good to you may not be good to you now. Thank you Teacher Goh, Teacher Deanna and Christia for still staying in contact with me. Juggling a full time job and part time studying was no joke, especially when I took a full load of courses that semester. Imagine quitting early in the semester to dive into a new job. I remember burning so many midnight oils to finish my assignments, even to the extent of sleeping 1 hour before going for a full 8 hours shift at work. Those times were so tough on me, probably why my eczema chose to remind me to take a chill pill.

This was also a year I tried new things and met more people. Thank you to the people I’ve met this year, you’ve been very good to me and I’m very thankful. Hope to spend 2020 with all of you too.

 

It’s the last day of the year. Thank you to everyone who appeared and stayed in my life.

May 2020 be a good year so I’ll never have to look back on the shitty years and say “Wow, I’m glad I made it”.

x

Year End Reflection

2019 has been nothing but a fucking roller coaster.

Why?

  1. I quit my job that I’ve had since mid 2017 in Feb 2019 because I couldn’t take the toxic environment anymore.
  2. I found a new job the following month, but I quit the job too in Nov 2019 because the management was fucked up and it was not helping me grow mentally
  3. I ventured out of my comfort zone, found what I wanted but might have lost it.

What a nice way to end 2019 with just 11 days left huh?

 

For anyone reading this, here’s a piece of advice from me to you.

  • Don’t be like me.
  • Don’t settle for less.
  • Have a more solid hope and dream. Don’t make up fantasies because those things don’t last.
  • Work harder for your goals because no one is going to stop and wait for you. They are going to be moving faster that you can even think.
  • It’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.
  • It’s okay if you’re an introvert. You don’t have to prove anything to anyone. BE YOU. Don’t try to be someone you aren’t.
  • Don’t be afraid to try. You’ll never know whether you’ll succeed or not. Fly high my dear, perhaps you’ll reach the sky one day.
  • Go out more. It doesn’t matter if it’s alone or with someone. Go where you like. Find your inner peace and embrace it.
  • Be yourself. Don’t change yourself for someone who isn’t going to care. Don’t let yourself be disappointed with someone who doesn’t give a fuck about you.
  • Embrace who you really are and don’t lose yourself in the crowd. Remember to embrace the essence of who you really are.
  • Don’t force things. If it’s meant to be, it will happen. Let fates do their work and pray that everything will work out in the end.

 

Bye 2019.

2020, I hope you’ll be good to be as I will be to you.

x

 

New beginnings

What a cliche way to start this post.

I have no idea whether anyone is reading my blog anymore…

If so, hello to you!

This is my first time in 8 months since I’ve been back at this space…

It seems like I write everytime something big happens.

Well, that’s just how it is.

Just a life update…

I quit my job.

You may be wondering, “Huh?! Again?”

I feel like I’m at this stage where I’m still exploring what I want to do in life, and that job wasn’t it.

It was a nice yet harrowing year and a half of the job.

It’s the feeling of trying so hard yet your efforts never get recognised.

Where everyone thinks you can, but deep down I know I can’t do this anymore.

Some ask me why I made this decision when I definitely need some income while I’m studying…

When I was working, I never did put myself first.

It was all about earning enough money so I won’t have to scrimp and save, and worry about how I’m going to live some part of my life for the couple of months.

It was never about trying to be semi-independent, while I have been since I was 14.

I was trying to prove to myself that I have a purpose in life, the purpose I’ve trying to find since I was 13.

However, all that didn’t make me as happy as I thought it would.

Have you ever been in such a toxic environment that you never thought you would get out of?

Here is me telling you that I got out of a toxic environment, and so can you.

It was too much for me mentally and emotionally that I didn’t feel like myself anymore…

I wasn’t paid enough for what I do and the effort I put in.

Leaving was the best decision I made.

I might not have an income right now, but having time to myself and doing things at my own time and pace really helped me.

Although I’m not completely satisfied, I’m okay with where I am right now.

I can put myself first and always check to see if I’m doing okay.

I can progress and grow as my own person, while finding another job that would fit what I want to do.

Some people may not like me, but I’m not here to please them.

I realised that I really need to get rid of toxic people in my life, those who think that they are better than me and I’ll be never as good.

I am my own person.

Someday I will find my own path in life.

The first step to loving others is to learn to love yourself.

Self care and self love is important, because at the end of the day, I know that I matter deep down inside.

Here’s to pursuing happiness and love that I’ve always dreamed of ❤️.

x

Wasted

It’s been 10 months.

Time flies.

Yet happiness is still so out of reach.

When life spirals out of your control, and you’re powerless to stop fate from unfolding all the events in your life.

What if… what you once had so dear to you… but now it’s all lost.

Slowly fading from your life.

The reasons consume your thoughts, even taking over your mind.

You never thought it’d be like this one day.

Wasn’t friendship meant to last forever?

Forever didn’t mean anything to her at all.

Someone was was born with a silver spoon, not knowing how hard was it for a person who has worked had almost all their life for anything and everything.

Who didn’t have much of a childhood because she had to grow up quickly in this society.

Learn how to be independent, self sufficient, smart enough not to be duped by the world.

No one told her it was going to be difficult, or that there would be a lot of obstacles on the way.

No one told her she’d lost people who love her, who claimed they were there for her, only to leave and watch her fall.

Crumble into pieces…

Dissolve into nothingness…

Never to be seen again because she doesn’t exist anymore.

x

Happy birthday

You’ll probably never see this…

But Happy Birthday. Wishing you a blessed 21st.

I guess I wasn’t good enough.

Because everything I’ve shared with you, you still left me.

That friend that promised to be there when I needed her.

Sorry I wasn’t good enough to be your friend anymore.

Knowing where I stand… I wish you all the happiness in your life.

 

May I not regret ever baring my entire soul to you, hoping you’d understand… 

Only for you to leave me like everyone else did.

x

Picking up the pieces

Don’t let anything or anyone stop you from doing what you want to do.

Do things that you’ve always want to do, and remember to do it because it makes you happy.

Live for yourself, don’t live for the sake of others.

Don’t live someone else’s life for them.

Why?

Because it’ll end up making you forget why you held on for so long.

x