What do you do after your final exams? Enjoy and have fun, of course! There's no other way to celebrate the end of the school year than to have a get-together and party. We give you ideas on what to do and the list of things you need to make your year-end party worth remembering.
- Summer Lovin'
What to wear: This is the time to start wearing your summer outfits! Sun dresses, maxi dress, or even the classic shorts and tank top will keep you in the loop.
What to eat: You'll be in the pool most of the time so better prepare finger food. Pizza, chicken lollipops, and hotdogs sound like a good idea. A cold pitcher of lemonade and iced tea will complete your menu.
What to do: Spice up your pool party with some games like tag, wrestling, or water polo. Don't forget to apply sun block to keep your skin protected while having fun under the sun.
- Slumber Party
What to wear: PJs! That's why it's also called "Pajama Party." :)
What to eat: Sweets, ice cream, and anything you can indulge while reminiscing about your crazy moments during the school year.
What to do: You can make your slumber party a "spa night." You can paint each other's nails or put on facial masks. You need to release all the stress from studying for your finals.
- Out of Town Trip
What to wear: Wear your most comfortable clothes while on the trip. Always be prepared and expect the unexpected. Take note of all the places you're going to so you won't miss out on the clothes you need to bring.
What to eat: Whether you're going on a short trip or a long joy ride, be sure to bring chips and some sweets just in case you get hungry during the trip.
What to do: Plan what you're going to do on your out of town trip. Bring board games or cards to keep you and your friends on the go. That way, you won't get bored at all!
- Top Chefs
What to wear: It's cooking time! Have your aprons ready because it's going to be messy! Wear your most comfortable clothes and shoes and tie your hair up in a bun or ponytail.
What to eat: Be sure to have all your ingredients ready for your cooking session. Go grocery shopping with the recipe and ingredient list at hand so you won't miss out on anything.
What to do: Challenge yourselves by cooking something you've never done before. Being clueless about the taste of what you're going to prepare will make your cooking party more interesting and fun!
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First. Pixie dust and paper cuts – these are the first things Wendy knew about Peter Pan. Aurora first met Prince Philip when she was sixteen. Learning how to ride a bike was also a first while I was growing up, but you are probably the first of too many. The first collection of dust and stars; maybe Luna will try to ask, who was your first? I might answer and tell her that it was you.
The first of too many stars in the sky. You are the first of too many fallen leaves during fall – and you will be the most anticipated snowflake as winter comes. A dark path that you can’t see without any light, hence, you were once the moon and there are the stars that shine so bright at night. Are we too early? Or we just really want to be ahead of time? Even in a glimpse, I would like to see the two of us connect as if we can reach the sky. There are other parts of the heavens you have never saw and other oceans you haven’t laid your feet onto – but the constellations will always wait for you. Close your eyes, love, close your eyes. Start counting backward: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Count backward until you see the twinkling lights that will guide you to the right path. To the right satellite; to the right person. A first.
There are many firsts – first love, first heartbreak, first sport you played, the first thing you do in the morning, the first thing you remember about the person in front of you. There are a lot. It’s actually up to us how we will consider something as a first. So, Primo, you are already a first of too many.
If you know me, and know me well, I am not the biggest fan of idyllic lifestyles. With a Type A personality, I act immediately upon whatever challenge that needs to be addressed. I actually enjoy keeping my mind preoccupied: doing university work in my favourite cafe then running errands around town, grocery shopping here, updating my accounts there, photocopying documents on the way down the street - all just in time before having a glass of champagne at the bar with my friends come evening.
And so, you could imagine my bewilderment when the next challenge to be faced was an extensive self-quarantine protocol. I didn’t know what to do when my greatest responsibility in this situation was to do nothing at all. My first few attempts to combat my consternation were very much rooted in distraction and imagination. My distractions involved conducting research, writing songs, calling family and friends, filming videos, and eating chocolate! My imaginations and fantasies were centred on travelling, shopping, even clubbing (which I rarely do) for when they find a cure to COVID-19. I did anything and everything that could be considered constructive in order to pass the time, mainly hoping I could just undertake the basic human necessities to survive - that is, eat and sleep the day through - until the next day comes, until the world is closer to becoming a better place, until quarantine ends, until my flight follows through, until I see my family and friends again.
Days in self-isolation and suspended flights turned to weeks and turned to months. By the third extension here in Spain where I study Fashion Business, I had to tell myself this shall be my new normal now, that I was blessed to be healthy, that I was tired of merely existing and missed what it was like to actually live - even if just within four walls. Little by little, I began to find significance in the simple occurrences of the day: the soft glare of the rising sun beaming golden streaks through my bedroom window upon waking up, the fragrance of freshly washed bed sheets that I had painstakingly hung to fit a relatively small clothes rack without crumpling them, the crunch and tanginess of warm toasted bread topped with raspberry marmalade, the buzzing sound of a phone call from home just waiting to be answered, to the caress of a fuzzy sweater to keep warm at night. I realised, “What pleasures to be enjoyed in the pause of slow living!” Through this continued pause, which I loathed at first, I began to appreciate each moment of the day rather than wish it would pass more swiftly, moments I had overlooked so often before the lockdown. I started to find that the challenge of self-isolation was never to pause both the regular routines of life as well as the positive emotions that came with these - as initially, I thought it meant to pause all happiness, so as to withstand a time of endurance in hopes for a better tomorrow, much like a form of delaying gratification. Life is just too fragile these days to delay gratification any further.
Life has paused, but it has not stopped. Believe that like any punctuation mark in a sentence, the pause will provide the right timing of things to take place. Till then, let us not waste our time waiting. Instead, we could be in the moment, seek substance in simplicity (that is, in what we already have), And enjoy the pleasure in pause. “Practice the Pause. When in doubt, pause. When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed, pause. And when you pause, pray.”