A photography collab! || Aesthetic tips ft. Shivakshi from “Tales I tell”

Hey, it’s Shivakshi from the “tales I tell” blog, welcoming you here on Divi’s blog. This post is the only half fraction of our collab post. check Divi’s writing piece on my blog. 

Whenever we browse social media, we fall for the aesthetic feed. Vision can be completely different and odd, it differs from person to person, one person may find something amusing, while the others may not. There is no rocket science or any professional way of aesthetic photography, there are just some tips and tricks to keep in mind. 

Aesthetic pictures are sober yet unique on their own, right?! The main task in aesthetic photography is how you will make the pictures captivating! And that’s why we are here today to give you some tips on how to click aesthetic pics later Divi will tell you how to edit those pics to give the aesthetic touch! 

Aesthetic tips 

Rule of thirds- It suggests placing the main subject on one line of the grid leaving the other two open. 

Keep the lighting minimum- The more you keep the light minimum more your picture speaks for itself! Try to click pictures more in natural light. It will give your pictures a raw taste. 

Focus more on creativity, less on perfection– There ain’t any PERFECT kinda setup/moment to click pictures. Pictures aren’t about how perfectly the object/view is placed, it’s about how you see and capture it!

Give pictures a touch of your style- So it is a must! First, observe yourself and understand what you love to capture and how you will capture it. Take inspiration from other pictures but don’t copy their style. Find your style and make it work! 

Try to portray a story or message- This ain’t a rule or tip it is more like a suggestion from my side. If your picture depicts some kind of message or story it will have more impact on the viewer’s mind! It makes your picture memorable for some kind of cause.

That’s it for today. I hope you enjoyed our collab! Thanks Divi for inviting me to write on your blog!


Thank you Shivakshi for your lovely post! My post is published on her blog, which you may read here. Thanks guys, see you in the next post!!

Not-so-daintily loving you,

Divi.

A musical interview with Lili @lili’s-not-so-secret-diary! (A collab)

Today is a guest post, by Lili, a blogger who writes on her blog “Lili’s-not-so-secret diary”. In this post, Lili and I have a chat about one of our common interests: Music.


{Everything from here in italic and in preformatted text is me, and everything else is Lili!}

Hey Lili! I’m so happy to have you here! Before we begin, would you give a small little introduction about yourself from a musical perspective?

Hii! It’s cool to be here! *stares as if it’s a new room*
I’m Lili. A multistan, not a very big one though. I like to live by a few song lyrics and I absolutely love Yoongi’s lyrics the most. I like slow sad songs with like relatable lyrics (not the heartbroken love stuff 😂💀) and I also love rap songs! I dream of making my own music one day!

Speaking of your own music, I saw your covers on your blog, they’re awesome! On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your singing?

Oooh thank you! I’d rate it like, a five? Or maybe six. I know there’s so much to improve on, and I’d love to improve! Like cleaner notes and pronunciation? I’ll have to figure that out. And oh, no butchered Korean 💀.

5 that's it? I love your determination to become better. Let's talk about your inspirations. I believe that you are a fan of many music fandoms. What was the very first fandom you joined?  

Yess, I’m a part of like *counts* eight fandoms- BTS’ fandom was the first one I joined. A.R.M.Y before any other fandom 👀

Pictures for mood board: Pinterest, Template from: Canva, Editing by: Divi
Oh yes, BTS! I'm obsessed too. Everyone our age is obsessed with music (or let’s hope-). Do you think you’d have the same pop obsessions/idols 10 years from now?  

Agreed! Yess, I think I would. I cannot get over a lot of music at the moment, so I think yes I might have the same song/band obsessions 10 years from now. I mean 10 years is a long time, and the idols will be living their comfort life and all, but their music will still exist, soo yeah.

That's a beautiful expression of what you think. Let's come back to the present. Which Artist’s concert would you go to, if you had the chance?


BTS! Now tell me how obvious this was 😭 You know their concerts have this different energy. It’s chaotic and cool at the start, but gets so sad at the end. I’d love to see myself screaming and cheering for them, I can totally imagine that-

A different energy, agreed. You'd have a few songs on your mind that give you some feelings. What are the top 5 songs you can think of right now?
  • BLACK (G-Dragon ft Jennie)
  • Next Level (Aespa) – I’m listening to this rn!
  • Paint the Town (LOONA)
  • Ddaeng (BTS)
  • Cry for Me (Twice)
Haha, I must admit, I love Ddaeng too much. Does your family share your musical taste?


No, no no not at all. My mom prefers bollywood and old songs, my sister prefers old English songs and here I am, obsessing over songs that are composed in a language that I don’t even understand 😌😂Singing those 25/8 in broken Korean 💅 Fan goals on point though.

Pictures for mood board: Pinterest, Template from: Canva, Editing by: Divi
Broken Korean, I can relate! But, If you could be any music artist right now, who would it be?


IU! I love IU so much. Her fandom is CHILLED. They’re probably the least toxic fandom tbh. And she has a beautiful voice like😫 I’d love to see what it feels like to be called the nation’s little sister!

What song would be the title track for your life right now?


BLACK (as I mentioned before). It’s just sad but beautiful.

What is your favorite music Genre?

K-pop 😂 Again, how obvious was that? I also like Pop, but I’m very choosy- Yep.

Pictures for mood board: Pinterest, Template from: Canva, Editing by: Divi, featured person: Jungkook (he kinda fit in the mood board somehow)
Open Spotify or whichever musical app you use to listen to music. Who are the top 5 artists you see in your library?


I see Wendy, Agust D, LOONA, TXT and BTS. 

Ooh great choices! Which lyric best describes yourself?


“Forever we are young

Even when I fall and hurt myself

I endlessly run toward my dream
(dreams, hopes, forward, forward)”
-Young Forever, BTS

I love them. Which lyrics do you "relate" to a lot these days?


Ooh there’s a lot!


1. I just want to be happier, am I being too greedy? – Blue and Grey
2. …..the living is wise if you never ever think twice – Paint the Town
3. I’m the same old me, I feel like I lost everything – Eight
4. All you wanna be is trendy, aggressive gimmicks, bad…. – HIP
5. I won’t change, I’m loving what I got, I wanna be me me me – Wannabe
6. You’ll never know unless you walk in my shoes….everybody sees what they wanna see, it’s easier to judge me than to believe – You Never Know

Like there’s sad stuff and then there’s like sassy stuff 😂

Haha, I love those variations! Random question: If you could go back in time to listen to a hit song when it was released, when would it be?


Hmm, maybe Exo’s “Love Shot”? That’s literally the only EXO song I like. I’d say IU’s ‘Lost Child’ but it isn’t THAT much of a big hit (armys see what i did there?)

Another random question: Which artist do you regret not discovering earlier?


BTS and LOONA. BLAME MY SISTER, FEEL FREE OKAY?

I'm sure we all have one song like this- Which song took you to a WHOLE NEW different reality?


Born Singer by BTS! I totally feel the harsh reality they faced through that one song. It’s my favourite one too!

Now since we're talking BTS. You’re an ARMY (that’s obvious after all these answers-), what do you think sets the Bangtan Boys different from other artists?


I like how they do so many different concepts. Also how chaotic they are, how relatable they can be with lyrics. I don’t like them only because they’re famous and look good, or just to go with the flow okay. And also their fandom, it’s like a huge talented family lmao. I think there’s a LOT more which I can’t think of, at the moment.

Okay, Quick question time! Kpop or Pop?


K-pop, how obvious was this again 😭 Sorry Pop lovers reading this, I do like some Pop though-

Best song ever?


That’s hard. I can’t really choose. But according to me I think it would be “Hello” by Joy. There’s no way you could dislike that song. It’s so cheerful and bright!

Best Album ever?


Wings! WINGS IS LITERALLY PERFECTION. Every song, every beat, every beat per minute- Okay let me stop. But it is perfect. Like have you heard Lie and MAMA? Don’t get me started on Stigma like HOW TO HIT THOSE NOTES TAEHYUNG?? And Cypher pt 4 🙄✋💅

2!3!, Begin, Wings, BS&T all of them together is just *chefs kiss* I love all the songs on that album. 

Pictures for mood board: Pinterest, Template from: Canva, Editing by: Divi, and oops- Jin is in the picture, because guess who else likes pink?
TRUE THAT! Now, Which song do you think is overrated and which song do you think is SO DAMN UNDERRATED? (state your reason so that you don’t get attacked oops-)


Overrated –
Rookie by Red Velvet, Growl by EXO. Please, don’t come at me but SM during that time wasn’t my vibe. I do not like them, and I feel like people wasted their time streaming that tbh. And if I were to give a song from BTS, it would be Boy with Luv. Don’t come at me, it’s the song that got me into BTS, but look at a point I got tired of it. I know BTS got a lot of fans from that era but still, I just don’t know how to explain this.

Underrated – People by Agust D, What do you think by Agust D, Sea (BTS Hidden Track) Like ‘people’ is BEAUTIFUL. Also Butterfly by LOONA, though I’m not sure if it was THAT underrated, it was supposed to be their first win I think. “When this rain stops” by Wendy is also beautiful and underrated according to me. Yep.

Do you like music on the basis of  the lyrics or groovy beats?


Lyrics. Just make more of an impact on me. 

Thank you so much Lili for bringing your musical genius to this post 😂  Any last words?

This was like a long post, but it was so fun! Took me like two hours to write all this :O but still. I’d just say that when everyone leaves, your music will stay with you. And yep! That’s the end of this post. Thank you so much for having me on your blog!

Once again, Lili, Thank you so much for this! Hoping to see more of your writings on your wonderful blog!


So ta-da! That was how this collab went, it was super fun. Make sure you visit Lili’s blog (she writes poetry and blogs about the random things in her life) before you leave!

And also,

Since this is a two-sided collaboration, Lili also happened to interview me. Find it here!

Not-so-daintily loving you,

Divi.

Life’s Become so Boring!💤 : Hacks I have been eyeing to stay upbeat!🤳🤙 – A guest post by Srushti Munot @thestudyfanatic

Hello everyone! You all doing great? Today, we have yet another guest! I’ve invited my real-life and blogging bestie to write for the blog. Her name is Srushti and she writes for her blog The Study Fanatic. This is also a partially inclined towards the “writer’s essence” tag I had mentioned in this post! Also because I have exams and have literally NO CONTENT ready. Anyways, Have fun!

Covid–19 Lockdown may have proved to be quite good in terms of safety but it has also changed our lifestyle!

I think everyone’s life(at least mine) took a 360॰ turn. Everything changed. New ways of schooling, new daily schedule, new challenges of weight gain and loss😛, etc.

Until recently, mY LiFe BeCaMe QuIte BOriNg! : There was no fun at all, just the same routine of getting up, sitting for classes, lunch, etc.

But one day I came across an interesting thing: (Here’s the thing in case you wanna read it :) It was about a story that had been tweeted to encourage people to be productive during lockdown!

Not that I was entirely motivated 😂but I felt good reading it!

Normally people say, “SIT and STUDY hard”, I too, did  it, until I experimented a bit and found out that writing notes or solving math could be done while listening to music! And  it’s a lot more fun now!

Firstly, experiment with yourself and maybe you get to know yourself even better!

(I enjoyed experimentation in my routines a lot)

Secondly, I feel that breaks are a must!

Without breaks, it sucks to study:  studying seems like a never ending process and becomes boring.

I honestly feel that breaks should be like the “fun” thing (make your breaks fun so that you can sit to study again with high spirits). In a break, I dance-off to a song or just sit on the balcony watching random things.

And do take a note here: don’t binge-watch youtube videos in your break time! It doesn’t relax you and doesn’t let you get back to work!

One thing I realized quite late was: getting up early is the key. I was quite lazy earlier(kind of before 2021). I used to get up late and start late.

Now I get up at around 6.15 am(But at times I also get lazy, lol). I can study a little more in the morning! and also it’s quite fun to watch the “just-risen” sun in the sky.

And yes, do practice your hobbies, because they’re fun to do!

Special Tip: if you are an 8th grader or above, don’t cultivate new hobbies because if there are lots of hobbies you just cannot fulfill time for all of them! (at least that’s what happened in my case!)

Now, daily workouts are a must!  It’s lively to do Cardio and HIITs on alternate days!And mind you, don’t miss out on cheat days once a month😂It’s pleasure

You could use Music too.

Another thing I realized very very late is clean study table.

I used to keep everything here and there and then “Clean” everything at once. My mom would always tell me to keep things after using them itself but I think I was kinda obstinate 😂

Now I try to keep everything in place and that makes it a little better😉

Last but not the least: Keep in touch with your friends because they’re very important for entertainment(lol).

I have 5-6 friends with whom I have been in constant touch and you know what? with these friends, you just laugh so much while chatting! (I dunno how but they seem to have the “superpower” of stress-buster🥳)


Hi, I’m Srushti and I am a blogger😃

My blog is called The Study Fanatic.

I honestly think that “STUDY” is taken to be as related to ‘book’ or something of that sort…

I think “study” is something in which you apply your mind to do stuff. Even when you are looking at random things: you are studying the object. I write blogs just because I feel that that’s the best way I can express my views.

Mind you: I think my blog is not at all a “MOTIVATIONAL” one coz I can’t give you motivation😂.

I just want to build a community for enjoying and experimenting with the world

Toodles!

~Srushti

Subscribe in case you found my content interesting but there’s no compulsion😂


Ha! See, that’s my friend.

I’ve trained her well.

Ummm, no. She’s written this all by herself and I love how it is interactive with a tinge of humor. I hope you liked reading what she wrote and hopefully, you’d leave a comment right?

Not-so-daintily loving you, or should I say toodles?

Divi.

P.S.: No post is complete without a P.S.! As for the images, thank you to google for helping me find them, credits to the original creators. The Featured image is designed by me, though. Also, I’d not be taking up any more post submissions or collaboration requests this month. In case you’re keen, let us do it the next month i.e. October! (August is almost over)

REBLOGGED: Guest Post: Tried-And-Tested Methods To Make Study Less Boring And More Efficient

Hello there!

I’m under a bit of time constraint, so let me quickly catch up. Yesterday, we had a guest on the blog and as I had mentioned that it was a mutual guest posting, here’s my content! It’s a very brief post in which I’ve mentioned basic study techniques and hacks. I’d be happy if ya leave a visit.

Hello! This is Divi, from The Name is Divi Blog. I’m a student who does blogging as a hobby to reflect upon her thoughts. I write about all things life, joys and rants on my blog. I also like experimenting with new methods of studying and enjoying it. Here’s the thing: Looking at studying from a school point of view is not the only way to learn[..]

Guest Post: Tried-And-Tested Methods To Make Study Less Boring And More Efficient– Your Average SG kid

I hope you’re all alright. I’ve got a couple of assignments on my checklist, so it’s going to take a while for me to reply to all of your comments and thoughts. Bear with me!

Not-so-daintily loving you,

Divi.

A Level Study Methods: A guest post by PP @youraverageSGkid

Hello readers! Today we have a guest! A few weeks ago, me and PP from @ YourAverageSGKid got in touch for mutual guest posting! I’m here to present PP’s post for you all, and you’ll find my guest post on his site, too (I’d probably reblog it.)!

Examinations, something that I have become all too familiar with. As a medical student myself, examinations are the bread and butter of what I do. Having said that, I would like to think that I have somewhat mastered the art of tackling examinations, at least written ones for that matter. Having been a student for the past 13 years, I have modified my study techniques over the years and I would like to share them with you in hope that it can inspire you to find a study technique that will work best for yourself. In this post, I will write about how I studied for the Cambridge GCE A Levels (equivalent of the 12th grade curriculum in India) and share with you what I did to attain my As.

Before I begin, I would like to give put out some disclaimers: 1) I am not a perfect student, I wasn’t always an As student, 2) I did not have extra tuition for any of my subjects, I attained my As purely through implementing my own study methods, 3) I am just sharing what I did and I understand that my methods may not work for everyone but feel free to experiment and tweak it to suit your learning needs!

For the A Levels, I took a subject combination of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Economics, all at H2 level. In the following paragraphs, I shall go into detail and break down what I did to prepare myself for these subjects. 

Since secondary school, Physics has been my best subject 👌🏼 and so I was pretty confident about taking it for the A Levels. Nevertheless, I constantly reminded myself not to be overly complacent and underestimate the rigour of A Level physics. Additionally, to be strong in physics, one’s mathematics must be relatively decent too and so my math was pretty good as well.

For these 2 subjects, I did not make any notes at all as I felt the essence of doing well in them lie in practice✍🏼. So with that, once I understood the physical and mathematical concepts taught in my lectures, I was busy attempting practice questions from topical review assessment books that I can find in bookstores. I spent quite a bit of money purchasing these assessment books but I was able to justify the cost to myself as I was already saving money by self-studying and not going for tuition. 

If you are considering doing the same, you can always check online to see if there are free PDF versions of assessment books/practice questions from other schools which you can download. This will save you a lot of money and you comes with the additional benefit of having unlimited tries 🤩!

TL;DR – Learn the concept, attempt practice questions until you can’t get them wrong 

I took a different approach to studying chemistry as compared to what I did for physics and math. Chemistry, whilst also being science subject, involves a certain degree of memory work and hence I resorted to doing notes for specific topics which require intensive memorisation😪. Examples of such topics include transition elements where we were required to know the various chemical equations in full as well as all organic chemistry topics whereby we had to know all the reactions and its mechanisms in detail. 

After making notes for these topics, I would periodically test myself on how much I remembered by covering my notes and attempting to rewrite the chemical equations/ reaction mechanisms on a piece of rough paper. Now as I look back, I realise that I have been unknowingly practicing active recall and spaced repetition. After I have managed to memorise all that I ought to know, I start doing practice questions, similar to what do when I study for physics and math. 

If you are considering doing the same, you can use Anki 😍 to help you with the active recall and spaced repetition. For assessment books, online free PDFs or 2nd hand books are you best bets!

TL;DR – Create notes for content heavy topics, implement active recall and space repetition to boost memorisation, attempt practice questions until you can’t get them wrong.

As a math and science student, econs was definitely the hardest subject for me. Whilst I enjoyed econs lessons and understood the concepts taught, I always fared poorly when it comes to formal assessments. I was consistently failing (<45%) my case studies and essays for as long as I remember 😢. For a period of time, I felt as though my econs was hopeless and that it was destined to be counted as my H1 subject in the computation of my final university admission score (UAS). However, during the December holidays of JC1 (junior college year 1; in Singapore, you are given 2 years to learn the A Level content and study for it), I found a study method that really helped me improve my econs.

Essentially, what I did was to revise everything that was taught in JC1 and also create templates 👍🏼 to answer specific questions that are pretty commonly asked. For instance, I would have a template for answering questions on Market Failure or one for answering questions on Price Elasticity of Demand/Supply. My template contained all the key phrases which are the marking points that examiners look out for. Having these templates helped me to better structure my answers so that they are comprehensive and are not missing out anything when it comes to explaining the various econs concepts. Now you may be wondering how do I know what the key phrases/marking points? Well, I simply looked through many econs marking schemes from the Ten Year Series (TYS) as well as those from other school promotional (promo) and preliminary (prelim) exams to deduce the various key phrases/ marking points! 💯

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When I entered JC2, I continued doing the same for the new econs concepts I learnt. When I was preparing for common tests or exams, I will first memorise the various templates that I have created for myself. Additionally, I will practice econs by doing case study questions as well as write essay outlines. As time is extremely tight during econs exams, I find it important to practice doing a whole econs paper from time to time just to make sure that my time management is on point. However, constantly doing econs practice papers in full is of a much lower yield than just doing the case study questions and writing essay outlines in my opinion. Writing essay outlines are much faster than writing the essay itself and as they say, “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail” and so planning the essay is actually more important than writing it. With the time saved by writing essay outlines instead of full essays, you can expose yourself to more types of questions and the different ways a similar question can be asked so that you will be more prepared to face a variety of questions in future!

TL;DR – Learn the concept, create answering templates, memorise answering templates, attempt practice questions until you can’t get them wrong 

Conclusion

So there you have it, an in-depth guide to how I studied for my 4H2 subjects at the A Levels. You may or may not have noticed, but regardless of subject, there is always one commonality in all my study methods – EXPOSURE to a multitude of questions. I truly believe that if you want to score well, you must first and foremost fully understand what you are learning. After which, you have to attempt as many questions as possible such that you are exposed to all types of questions which can be asked. Many a times, similar questions are re-used in exams with little tweaks in the question stem such that certain values or conditions are different. Exposing yourself to a wide variety of questions will equip you well to answer all types of questions in the actual exam as they will feel familiar to you. And, since familiarity breed confidence, I’m sure you will be more confident when tackling your exams too!

If you have read this post all the way, I hope you have managed to learn a thing or two. Let me know in the comments if you personally use a study method that is similar t0 mine or what your custom study method is! I would love to hear from you all how you cope with preparing for the A Levels.

ALL THE BEST FOR YOUR EXAMS AND HAPPY STUDYING! 💪🏼

PhattyPaikia (PP) is a medical student from Singapore, currently studying at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine. In his free time, he loves to write about his medical school journey, share productivity tips as well as discuss topics related to money. Through his blog, which you can check out here, PP hopes to share what it is like to become a doctor in Singapore and inspire fellow students to lead the most productive and fruitful lives during their teenage/early adult years. Apart from blogging, PP is also a keen reader and an avid adventurer who regularly participates in many outdoor activities. 

Re-Blogged- GUEST POST: MY PERFECT DAY! — BrainStorms

I’ve been featured on Nabeeha Jameel’s Brainstorms Blog! She is so gracious to let me write on her blog! Also, this is my very first collaboration, so I’m glad that it was with her.

You could read the post here:

GUEST POST: MY PERFECT DAY! — BrainStorms

Take a look at Nabeeha’s very wonderful blog too!

~Divi.