If there’s one thing that gets you into the mood for work, it’s stationery. Whether you’re stocking up on back-to-school supplies or simply want to spruce up your desk, you’ve turned to the right page. We’ve got you covered with some quirky, on-trend knick-knacks that are the perfect excuse to go stationery shopping.

Speech Bubble Adhesive Notepad

Square notepads are so basic – we’d double tap on these adorable speech bubble sticky notes any day.

Shop this: Speech Bubble Adhesive Notepad, $10, kikki.K

Lightmark Lamp Bookmark, $12.90, Naiise

Need a reason to get back into the habit of reading? Shaped just like a lamp, this bookmark makes the otherwise mundane act of flipping pages all the more enjoyable.

Shop this: Lightmark Lamp Bookmark, $12.90, Naiise

Pastel Sequin Ball Pen, $6.48, ASOS

Who doesn’t want a sequin ball pen in their pencil case? Oh, and it’s pastel – major love.

Shop this: Pastel Sequin Ball Pen, $6.48, ASOS

Pom Pom Push Pins, $2.78, ASOS

These fluffy little guys are great for hanging up your favourite photos, inspirational quotes or important documents in style.

Shop this: Pom Pom Push Pins, $2.78, ASOS

Cool Avocado Sharpener, $7.99, Typo

Be that cool kid in school with an avocado sharpener whom everyone wants to be friends with – just remember to always ask for it back.

Shop this: Cool Avocado Sharpener, $7.99, Typo

Marvel Pen Holder, $17.99, Typo

This one’s for the Marvel aficionados. Why opt for an ordinary pen holder when you can house all your writing instruments within Captain America’s almighty shield?

Shop this: Marvel Pen Holder, $17.99, Typo 

Pilot Pen Juice Paint

Fancy getting crafty? Available in a variety of vibrant hues, the Pilot Pen Juice Paint water-based markers are fun and versatile to use – it marks on most surfaces and is ideal for DIY activities! For those who are keen on getting your hands on these babies, why not take it up a notch by signing up for our hand lettering workshop? Psst… it’s free!

Shop this: Pilot Pen Juice Paint Marker, $2.90 to $34.65, all Tokyu Hands and selected NBC & Times Bookstores

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There is no escaping the fact – studying is inherently boring. Unless you’re truly without other hobbies during your own free time, no one wants to willingly spend time poring over wordy textbooks or memorising a thick stack of notes.

In recent times, however, there has been a community of students who are looking to change this fact. Taking social media platform Instagram – more often than not seen as a distraction – as their medium, they have begun beautifying and snapping shots of their study notes, pairing their cursive notes and colourful diagrams with adorable pieces of stationery to brighten up the image.

These “studygrams”, as they have been stylised, have turned distractions into study motivators. Not only are the ones creating the notes taking the time to read through their study materials and recreate them in style, others would be inspired to create their own notes as well. The stationery recommendations are a plus too – after all, you can trust these “studygrammers” to know where to pick up the prettiest sets of writing tools for the most aesthetic-pleasing setup.

Need some inspiration? Here are a bunch of gorgeous local #studygram accounts that are sure to keep you motivated.

@studyrella

Managed by engineering university student Corrine, this feed offers detailed algebra notes with a smattering of Marvel-related spreads in the journals. Pastel stationery and items also make an occasional appearance.

@studyscript

The focus of Zee’s spreads – also known as bujo (an acronym of bullet journal) – is the neat, printed style of the paragraphs, along with a bright cursive header and coloured biology diagrams.

@studyeevee

 
 
 
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woah new chem notes!!! hope you had a good week :-)

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Named after the beloved Pokemon mascot opposite of Pikachu, Vivien’s minimalist spreads with a black cursive script come enhanced with dried flowers and pleasing stationery sets for a well-organised feed.

@mochistudies

Unlike the other well-lit studygrams, the junior college student behind @mochistudies makes use of shades and natural sunlight for their notes in various ink colours.

@soyistudying

 
 
 
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am still totally alive

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Instead of a pure studygram account, @soyistudying’s feed also includes snapshots of charming stationery sets, plushes and the intermittent Muji shopping bag. Spot a Starbucks cup or two among the pictures.

@cloudyymoons

Simply having study notes on your socials isn’t your thing? You can check out @cloudyymoons’ various concert, travel and month-related works among their school notes, which are highlighted in soft, cool colours throughout the feed.

@xzzstudii

One of the most uniform feeds around, this account puts the focus on clean scripts. Each set of notes are done in just two colours – black and whichever shade that suits their fancy for the day – which may appear to be simple, but is effective in highlighting its unpretentious style.

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As a person living in the civilian world, it’s hard not to be intrigued by the idea of being in the Navy – even more so when you’re a female who grew up watching your friends and family members enlisting in the military.

In recent years, however, we see more and more young women who are turning to the Navy as a career choice. Choosing the Navy can be an incredibly rewarding experience, but it’s also a profession that requires a lot of hard work, dedication and commitment – as we found out at the Navy Women’s Career Seminar.

Navy Women's Career Seminar

Held at the Suntec City Convention and Exhibition Centre on 1 June, the seminar played host to a handful of aspiring naval candidates from all walks of life – some are keen on joining with patriotism in mind, while others are hoping to score a scholarship for their university education. But everyone came with one purpose: to build a career in this dynamic field. Here are some important takeaways we learned amidst it all.

#1 Never underestimate the importance of the Navy

We all know that Singapore is highly regarded as a maritime nation, but we often forget how important maritime security is – even the slightest mistake can cause national security to be compromised. Which is why it’s essential to have a strong Navy to ensure that our seas are safe and secure for all. From the moment you put on the uniform, you become part of something bigger; you become a symbol of strength, courage and sacrifice. In return, you’re rewarded with a meaningful and fulfilling experience that you wouldn’t trade for anything else.

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A young female Navy sailor with an attendee at the Navy Women’s Career Seminar.

#2 It’s not just about combat and warfighting

One common perception about the Navy is that it’s all about combat readiness. Yes, you have to be ready at all times to answer the call of duty – but it’s also about the “art of making friends”. Diplomacy is key for the Navy, as it plays an important role in sustaining long-lasting relationships with partners in the region and beyond. This makes it easier to tackle maritime challenges, at the same time establishing global credibility for Singapore as the diplomatic arm of the military.

#3 Don’t expect to be treated any differently

Taking the plunge into a field that’s traditionally dominated by males can be intimidating, but there’s really not much you should be worried about – because all that matters is your capabilities once you’re out at sea. Just like your male counterparts, you’re expected to go through military training in order to be properly equipped with the necessary skillsets. You will then get the opportunity to take on key leadership roles, while being exposed to various aspects of the organisation.

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We sat in for an intimate sharing session with one of the naval officers – what an eye-opening experience!

#4 You develop bonds that last a lifetime

Above everything else, what makes the Navy so special is its tight-knit team spirit. Having been through years of rigorous training and complex operations with your fellow crew members, you forge an unbeatable sense of camaraderie that you hardly get in other professions. When you’re able to wholeheartedly trust someone with your life, that’s when you know you have a friendship for life. And this is what they call, the Navy Family.

So if you value teamwork and are looking for a career that’s out of the ordinary, consider being part of the Navy Family!

This post is brought to you by the Republic of Singapore Navy.

If you have missed the Navy Women’s Career Seminar, fret not! You may reach at the Navy at www.navycareers.gov.sg!

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Deciding on the next step of your post-secondary education can be incredibly daunting, especially when it comes to applying for your desired courses. Take the guesswork out of the application process with the Early Admissions Exercise (EAE), which lets you secure a coveted spot in the course of your dreams ahead of your peers.

Through EAE, graduating students will be able to get on the fast track to the diploma programme of their choice even before they sit for the O’Level examinations. The best part? They don’t just look at your academic grades – instead, they take into account one’s interests, skills and aptitude for your desired course. Just take it from Billy Tay and Lynthia Chai, who both found themselves a second home at Singapore Polytechnic (SP), all thanks to EAE.

SP EAE

Billy, who has a passion for creative writing since young, had already made up his mind to venture into the new media field. This naturally led him to enrol in SP’s Diploma in Creative Writing for TV & New Media, where he can truly bring his stories to life.

In Lynthia’s case, she grew up watching her grandfather and father repair things around the house – be it faulty appliances or broken machinery. This sparked her interest in “making things work”. Her good grades in math and physics further pushed her in the direction of engineering. Having done ample research on the engineering courses available, Lynthia decided to go for SP’s Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering as it’s a highly established course with a strong reputation in the industry.

Have a dream course in mind? Don’t FOMO – you can get a headstart on your tertiary education just like Billy and Lynthia through EAE. Let them bring you through a step-by-step EAE guide in the video below!

 
 
 
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Applications are open from 6 to 13 June for ITE students, 27 June to 3 July for O’Level students and 6 June to 3 July for adult learners. Find out more about EAE here.

This post is brought to you by Singapore Polytechnic.

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“I’d love for more Singaporean stories to be told,” says one homegrown filmmaker Tan Wei Ting, who made her directorial debut with CA$H in 2018. It tells the story of four cashier aunties who stage a revolt on the eve of the implementation of a cashless payment system.

The highly successful short film went on to win several accolades in the 2018 National Youth Film Awards (NYFA), and even found its way to the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival – the biggest international festival dedicated to short films.

We speak to the young NYFA alumni on pursuing her passion in the film industry and why it’s an exciting time to be telling stories in local cinema.

Hi Wei Ting! How did you first come to discover your passion for filmmaking?

It’s hard to place when the storytelling bug began, but it started quite early in my life. Before I even encountered the medium of film, I was trained in the theatre scene as part of ARTivate, the youth wing of a local mandarin theatre company. When I first enrolled in NTU to study digital filmmaking, I was very fixated on the fact that what I wanted to do was actually theatre – but all that changed after I was exposed to the other world of storytelling. Right now, I think it doesn’t matter what roles I take on or which medium I’m in, as long as it conveys the story.

What was the motivational factor in spurring you to join NYFA back in 2018?

It’s a great platform for young filmmakers to gain recognition for their talents and kickstart their filmmaking career. When I knew about the new open category, I didn’t hesitate to submit my entry as I feel that it gives a voice to aspiring filmmakers, especially those who left school but have never once gave up on their dreams.

Tell us more about the idea behind your award-winning short film CA$H.

It’s a story inspired by my mother, who used to be a stay-home mum before she began work as a cashier. It has been more than 10 years since she started working at the supermarket, and I saw how returning to the workforce gave her so much more purpose in life. She would come home feeling proud that she could memorise barcode numbers of certain products, or that her colleagues had just praised her for making breads look puffier for better sales.

NYFA

Having done ample research on the issue of work replacement, I started thinking how her job could be very well be taken away from her one day and she might not have the courage to start over again like how she did a decade ago, simply because of her age. The same probably goes for her friends and colleagues. As I went through the brutal statistics, it suddenly dawned on me how soon this was all going to come.

Through CA$H, I wanted to depict the chemistry between the characters; the subconscious co-dependence and their unsaid love for each other. The future has never been about robots, technology or artificial intelligence to me, but how our human experiences and relationships are being shaped in an increasingly isolated society. And I think it’s important to be aware of what we might be losing in pursuit of these progresses.

What’s the most rewarding and most challenging part about making CA$H?

The most rewarding part is definitely seeing a team of people working so hard to help build your vision and create the world that you imagine. But the most challenging part would probably be my insecurity as a first-time director. There were many times when I would doubt myself and the choices that I made. Having a team that trusted me as a director helped me a lot; many of them are also friends that I have came to know on my filmmaking journey since school days, hence I felt extra safe with this story in their hands.

What are your thoughts on the local film industry today and what do you hope to see more of in the future?

I think that this generation of filmmakers are lucky in the sense that we live in a day and age where the film medium is very much appreciated. Moving forward, I hope for a more trusting environment for us to let diverse voices grow and allow a vibrant nation to be born out of that.

NYFA

Have you ever thought about venturing out into the overseas film markets?

I think that human are cultural creatures. We react to characters according to our cultural backgrounds; we hear accents and look at skin tones when we digest a story; we make assumptions of a character’s background based on details that the storyteller deliberately inject. But there are times that we break these judgements when we see a good story unfold before our eyes.

I want to stay in Singapore to make local works for this reason. I sometimes envy an American because when they step into the cinema or turn on Netflix, there are tonnes of stories told about their culture. The average American gets to see their world in different light every other day. Their everyday struggles are being portrayed on screen, which I believe helps them to cope with whatever they are going through – sometimes via resonance, sometimes via a shift of perception.

I’d love for more Singaporean stories to be told.

What’s a piece of advice you would give to aspiring filmmakers who are hoping to pursue a career in the film industry?

Your peers make a big difference to your learning journey. You don’t have to do all this by yourself; find the right people to work with, pick a team whom you trust and would also trust you back.

Watch CA$H below:

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