Dorm Room Ideas For Girls

This post gives you some quick tips and ideas for decorating your dorm room specially for girls only. You can have your dorm ready in the 5 easy steps shown or checklist provided.
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Dorm Room Ideas For Girls – How To Decorate Your Dorm Room In 5 Easy Steps

Girls, if this is the first time away from home and you don’t know how to decorate your room away from home, your dorm room, then this lens will help you. Parents, if you are sending your child away from home for the first time, this lens has ideas on what to get for your daughter to make her as comfortable as possible in her new dorm room.

This post will show you how to decorate your dorm room in 5 easy steps. You don’ t have to be overwhelmed and lost when you think about decorating your dorm room. Just think about decorating your dorm room area by area and in no time, your dorm room will look like it has been designed by a pro.

Quick Tips On How To Decorate Your Dorm Room

1.Decide on your dorm room bedding – this is your focal point

2. Then focus on your walls and floor. Mix and match items and colors to match your bedding

3. Organize, Organize, Organize

4. Add in some extras, some personal little things that you like

Decorate Your Dorm Room In 5 Easy Steps – Dorm Room Ideas For Girls – Checklist

You may feel overwhelmed when you think of decorating the entire dorm room all at once. So, break up this task and you will be able to think of ideas one at a time working through the checklist.

Break down your dorm room decorating by concentrating on each area separately. Go down this list one by one and decorate each part of your dorm one at a time.

If you prefer, you can click on each step and go directly to the area you want to decorate.

STEP 1: Keep Your Dorm Bed Snug And Cozy While Making It The Focal Point Of Your Dorm Room Decor

Dorm Room Bedding Is The Focal Point Of Your Dorm Room Decor


Your Dorm Bed not only keeps you snug and cozy, it is the focal point of your dorm room. Since a dorm room is quite small, the first thing you see when you enter the dorm is your bed. Your bed can be the focal point for your dorm room decorating. Your dorm bed will also be the one that you will be lying on at the end of a hard day’s work so make it as comfy as you can. Dorm room bedding is the most important decorating item you can get for your dorm room.

Get a good comforter set with the color theme that you want for your dorm room. This will be the focal point for your dorm room. Get comfortable throw cushions and make your dorm bed as cozy as you can. Get striking colors or warm muted colors, it is up to you. Cushions in complementary colors or those in striking bold colors will give your dorm room the look that YOU want. You don’t have to be an interior designer or decorator to do this. Just get a good bedding in your taste and style and then match the rest of your dorm room to that focal point, the dorm bed.

A good option would be to choose a colorful dorm room bedding set. In that way, you will have more colors to work with for the rest of your dorm room.

Step 2: Decorate Your Dorm Walls With Memories From Home Or With Fun Posters, Wall Decals, Calendars Or Writing Boards – Don’t Leave Your Dorm Room Walls Empty

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After you have decided on your bedding, the next step would be to tackle your walls. Think of what you like. If you like to be reminded of memories of home, a photo collage would be great.

You can also opt for fun wall decals with sayings or colorful wall decals to match your bedding.

Another idea would be to hang up posters or include organizers or calendars or chalk boards for you to write down reminders and more.

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Tip: Remember to get items that can be cleaned easily as you will be doing the cleaning, not mum!

Step 3: Warm And Snug Rugs For Your Dorm Floors Add Texture And Design To Your Dorm Room – Your Dorm Bed Is Cozy With Just The Right Bedding, You Have Decorated

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The next step in our 5 step dorm room decorating is to decorate your floor. Yes, you can decorate your floors too with warm, comfortable and cozy rugs or with cute bathroom mats or with a mat that makes a statement like this floor mat with a quote.

Tip: Get a place for verything and keep everything it its place.

Step 4: Dorm Room Organization Is Essential So That Your Little Space Is Not Cluttered And Messy

A Place For Everything And Everything In Its Place

A Place For Everything And Everything In Its Place Should Be The Motto For Every Small Room. You Can Keep Your Dorm Room Neatly Organized With Organization Kits And Boxes To Keep Everything Neatly Away.

You will need laundry bags, bathroom caddies, personal organizers, shelf organizers, storage boxes, accessory drawers and more. You may also need hanging organizers for your shoes, accessories or clothes.

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Step 5: Finally, You Will Need Dorm Room Extras For That Extra Oomph – You Can Really Have Fun With This Part Of Decorating Your Room

Your dorm room has got the right bedding with the style and color you want, you have decorated the walls of your dorm room with pretty pictures from home, you managed to find a cute floor mat to match your style and you’ve got the organizers you need. Now, you can add the final touch like dividing your dorm room between work and play area by using Bead Curtains.

You can add knick knacks and other cute finds for your tables, shelves and then you can relax in your dorm room that feels like home and one that is totally you.

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Quick Tip: Room Decals Are The Way To For Easy Decorating That Looks Good And Can Be Changed When You Get Bored Of The Look Or Theme For Your Dorm Room

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Can Adults Learn Music And Learning Music Theory Resources

Can Adults Learn Music?

Why of course! You can learn anything at any stage in your life. What more, the internet is full of free learning resources. It is up to you to find it and use it!

I am an adult learner of music. I started to learn the piano at age 41 for the first time. I wanted to learn the piano very much when I was a child but we could not afford one. A piano is a very expensive piece of instrument. Finally, my father bought me an electronic organ on a monthly installment basis and sent me off for organ lessons instead.

It was cheaper, but to me, it was not the same. I wanted to learn the piano!

Teach Yourself VISUALLY Piano is the first book I used for teaching myself to learn the piano for the first time as an adult.

It has always been my dream to learn the piano

I wanted to learn the piano since I was a child.

My dream to play the piano came true!

It was my spouse who made my dream come true. In the year 2007, he surprised me with something I wanted all my life. A piano! Then the next day he took me to the bookstore and bought me a “Learn to play the Piano on Your Own Book.” Then he signed me up for piano lessons! The lessons were for once a week.

Whenever I had my piano lesson, he would watch the kids for the whole hour, take them to the park to play before coming to pick me up at the music school. That is the sweetest thing anyone has ever done for me.

You can read my musical journey in more detail here in the Play Piano and Music Category on my Blog. I learned with a music teacher for a year and eventually even managed to perform at the school music concert together with my daughter. I don’t play extremely well but I know enough to play some soothing tunes on a recreational basis for relaxation and just for fun.

Pop Piano or Classical Piano?

As an adult piano learner, I decided that it was better for me to learn Pop Piano. I figured that it will be easier to learn than Classical Piano which was harder technically, or so I thought. That may not necessarily be true. As I said, anyone can learn anything at any age. Age is not a hindrance. Time is though. Make time, if you want to learn something seriously.

The Chord Wheel – The Ultimate Tool For All Musicians

Learning Chords is very useful for any musician.

Anyway, I wanted to play pop music because I enjoy that genre. So pop piano it was for me! I took up music lessons from a music school for 2 and 1/2 years.

I learned Music Theory Online On My Own

I had learned to play the organ as a child so I do know some basics on how to read some music notes and it helps of course. However I never took up Music theory seriously. I took practical organ Yamaha Electone examinations but that was it. I learned enough theory, that is to read music notes and some dynamics and rhythm, enough to play musical pieces, that is all.

When I started learning the piano in 2007, my music teacher asked me whether I wanted to learn some music theory. She said it would help me in my playing but I declined. I did not have the time for it, having two young kids to look after full time.

Learn Music Theory Online Free Resources

You can go to my Parenting Blog for resources for learning music theory online for free. You will understand Music Foreign Terms, learn musical dynamics and rhythm, scales, musical notes and symbols and more. You will learn to read and write music and base your musical learning on actual examination syllabuses etc. I compiled those resources for children but they are equally useful for the adult learning music for the first time. I hope you enjoy the free online music theory resources as I did.

Note: You can use those resources whether you are the learner or to assist your child in their music education.

It is never too late to learn!

It is never too late in life to learn music! Whether you are learning or your child is you will find the resources for learning music theory online useful.

How Is Cloud Seeding Done?

Cloud Seeding

When you have kids, you have to be prepared to answer their questions all the time. One questions often leads to another. Thank goodness there is the internet, so I can pretend to be a smart, informed mom.

Due to the recent bad air quality, I had to explain to the kids all about the haze. This of course led to me being bombarded by all sorts of questions about the haze and the weather.

Here are some of my kid’s FAQs about the haze.

1. How Is Cloud Seeding Done?

Simple Answer For Kids: An aeroplane drops salt or dry ice over the clouds, then water droplets in the clouds mix with the salt to form rain. Source of answer: Here and here.

2. What is Dry Ice?

Simple Answer For Kids: It Is Solid Carbon Dioxide

3. What Is Carbon Dioxide?

Simple Answer For Kids: It is a type of gas

Apart from this we also talked about the hailstorm in Singapore which led to a discussion about hailstorms, what they are and  how hail is formed.

Being a mom means you are learning all the time. In order to answer these questions from the kids, mommy has to find out the answers first. 😛


Quitting Chinese School

Not us. Not just yet. Perhaps. lol. However, a distant relative is. She has pulled out her Std 3 daughter because she says she doesn’t want her daughter to grow up timid afraid of teachers, afraid of everything. So she is going to home school her. However, I guess she can’t be used as an example of whether parents will pull out their kids from Chinese School. She has taken her son out from Chinese school to Kebangsaan or Public School to homeschooling and Private school. Yup! She has tried all four avenues.

Another one of my daughter’s classmate left this week for a private school. Yet another will leave at the end of this term in about a month.

While another parent in my daughter’s class went to school to collect report card copies etc to be submitted for her application for a private secondary school. My daughter is only in Std 4. I haven’t even decided where to send her in secondary school and people are applying already?

Education system and education choices here are in a sad state. I don’t know where to send my girl to in Secondary school and we are hanging on to Chinese school despite the crazy homework load and it IS crazy. Everyday, all she does is go to school, have meals in between, do homework and sleep. There is not time for ANYTHING else! I feel sorry for her. Heck. I feel sorry for me. Ok. Enough Ranting. I must leave my energy for homework guidance later in the day.

KSSR vs. KBSR Confusion when buying workbooks


This year, 2012, I have a child in Std 2 doing the KSSR syllabus and a Std 4 child doing the KBSR syllabus.

So what is KSSR? What does KSSR stand for? I am sure that most parents in Malaysia know that kids start the new KSSR syllabus in 2012 but just what does KSSR stand for? Now, that’s simple. KSSR stands for Kurikulum Standard Sekolah Rendah.

What about the older KBSR then? What does KBSR stand for? Now, that one is easy too. KBSR stands for Kurikulum Bersepadu Sekolah Rendah.

Now that we’ve got the easy part of the way, deriving the abbreviation for KSSR and KBSR, lets talk about the hard part.

The hard part is faced by parents whose children are doing the new KSSR new syllabus. Parents whose kids are doing the KBSR syllabus can skip this post. Let me give you an example.

I have children doing both the syllabus. My standard 2 child cannot recycle or reuse his sister’s books because the syllabus has changed for almost every subject, English, Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese, Maths and Science. For example in Math, he is now taught Fractions in Std 1 and Fractions and Decimals in Std 2. Previously, it was not taught till Std 3. So if you buy the old KBSR workbooks you would have missed out two whole chapters. This is only an example of one confusion that can arise.

Worse still, the book publishers and printers are in a bind. How do they get rid of their old KBSR stocks? What’s happening is, when I went to the bookshops, I had trouble finding Std 2 workbooks or rather very few Std 2 KSSR workbooks. Std 1 is ok since there is new print for this year but not Std 2. For almost every publisher, I could find Std 1 then Std 3, 4, 5,6  but not Std 2. I had trouble finding KSSR books for Std 2, probably they will be available later on.

Then there are unscrupulous publishers who change the name of the cover to KSSR! Well, at least that is what I think because I had bought a KSSR book but when I looked inside the syllabus was the same as the old one. So before you go out to buy any workbooks for your child, make sure you look at his textbook to know his syllabus first, then make sure it matches those of the workbooks. Don’t buy blindly. Do some homework first.

Here is my tips for parents when buying primary school workbooks:

  1. Std 1 and Std 2 parents buy books with KSSR on the cover
  2. However, make sure you check your child’s textbook before buying. Make sure that the syllabus in the workbook matches the syllabus in the textbook
  3. You will need to buy KSSR for the 5 core subjects, i.e. the 3 languages English, Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese, plus Maths and Science
  4. However, you may get KBSR books for the paper 2 for English, Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese. Paper 2 meaning the Writing Practise Paper as this do not change very much. (Paper 1 is Comprehension or Pemahaman, Paper 2 is Writing or Penulisan) Note: In Std 1 and 2, there is no Paper 2 test for English, however workbooks are available for practise. There is Paper 2 test for Bahasa Malaysia and Bahasa Cina or Chinese though)
  5. If your child is in Chinese School, go to the SJKC section to pick books. What does SJKC stand for? (SJKC stands for Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina). As for those in National Schools, buy your workbooks from the SJK section (SJK stands for Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan). They syllabus for both are different.

So many acronyms and abbreviations to learn. Parenting is hard enough without all this headache.

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