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Year: 2011 (page 1 of 16)

一晚甜品

One fine night at 一碗甜品.

With SelinaToh (I like anyone with the surname Toh LOL)..

VincentSibehHeng and LynnEeeeee!

Love this candid shot of them. Lynn was like, “Check out my Japanese chick!” Vincent spectacle slipped and went, “Fwah! I thought the one that I looking at was hot already.”

Love their desserts, and this caremalised milk custard was the best in all our opinions.

I also love all these miniatures that they have on display.

This is a replica of their own shop, so cute!

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Tear Me Up In Three This Christmas

The first gathering on X’mas eve was dinner at 15 Minutes with Lynn, Ash, Selina, and some others whom I one year see one time – about ten of us in total.

Loti and I with the “prop” we made for another parteh. Turns out, we are the only two whom put in effort -.-

Anyway, I went crazy with my eyeliner that night – something which I won’t ever do on normal days. But it’s Christmas, so people will forgive you :p

Forgot to take group photos.

Next, CZ’s place with Mighty Orangees. He bought sashimi and asked his maid to prepare food for all of us!

There were even red velvet cupcakes!

Didn’t take group photos too.

Then at 2359, I made it just in time to the doorstep of the last parteh.

YUM SENG! LOL.

It was Loti’s clique housed in a WARM cosy room at Concorde Hotel. There were gifts exchange lotsa drinking blah blah blah. Was supposed to be moustache themed la but nobody gave a damn lol.

I even made the “poster” so everyone could pose with it and the moustaches, but it seemed like only us girls were interested in photo taking while the guys went crazy on the alcohol.

Favourite picture!

And then I knocked out after some Baileys. I get high on alcohol, then I start to fall asleep. Hahaha.

No group photos yet again!

Loti is starting to complain that I have too much people to entertain. Lynn commented, “If you were to give 30% to each group, you might as well give 100% to just one?” IDK! Perhaps it’s the idealist in me that makes me want to please everyone, but maybe it’s really time I should learn to say no.

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“Two Weeks of Sun, Sea, Sex, Sand, Booze, Sex, Minge, Fanny and Tits.”

Thanks to Golden Village and omy, I’ve gotten a pair of tickets to the British comedy, The Inbetweeners.

It’s all about a “lads’ holiday” among four socially inept teenage boys in Malia, Greece – when one of the them got ditched by his girlfriend. And we all know what kind of getaway four 18-year-olds could be lusting after, “Two weeks of sun, sea, sex, sand, booze, sex, minge, fanny and tits. And booze. And Sex.”

However, the reality wasn’t anything close to that. It was made up of tragedy, humiliation, doomed and drunken pursuits of the female gender, dodgy dance moves and a dilapidated dorm.

My favourite scene is when the lads strode into the airport in slow motion wearing the same T-shirts with rock music in the background (like a typical Hollywood scene) but then the music came crashing down when they were told that their flight had been delayed for seven hours, and to take off their shirts. LOL.

It was a love-hate relationship with these bunch of losers, as they send you cackling with their crude humour.

A lil’ research revealed that this movie was actually a continuation of The Inbetweeners TV series. Fret not if you hadn’t watch the series before, ‘cos I didn’t, and I enjoyed it nonetheless.

Catch the trailer here!

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SATC

I’m so sad ‘cos I completed the entires series of Sex and the City and I have nothing left to watch anymore. “It’s a old show but the topics are timeless” – quote unquote Cass who kept urging me to watch.

Love the friendship between the four girlfriends, and what the show had taught me (not about sex but life and relationships).

I’m making a list of my favourite Sex and the City quotes.

People say everything happens for a reason. These people are usually women, and these women are usually sorting through a breakup. It seems that men can get out of a relationship without even a goodbye, but apparently women had to either get married or learn something. Why are we in such a rush to move from confused to Confucius? Do we search for lessons to lessen the pain?

As progressive as our society claims to be, there are still certain life targets we’re all supposed to hit. Marriage, babies, and a home to call your own. But what if, instead of breaking out in a smile, you break out in a rash? Is something wrong with the system? Or is it you? And do we really want these things? Or are we just programmed to think we do?

Maybe our mistakes are what make our fate… without them what would shape our lives? Maybe if we had never veered off course we wouldn’t fall in love, have babies, or be who we are. After all, seasons change, so do cities, people come into your life and people go. But it’s comforting to know that the ones you love are always in your heart… and if you’re very lucky, a plane ride away.

One of the signs that a female gorilla is in love is that she can be seen picking nits off her male companion. And yet in humans, nit picking can ruin a perfectly good evening. Not to mention a relationship. Women are known to be more verbal than men, but, when does criticism that’s constructive become destructive? Are there times when the ladies should just shut the fuck up?

Since birth modern women have been told that we can do and be anything we want, be an astronaut, the head of an internet company, a stay-at-home mom. There aren’t any rules any more. Choices are endless. And apparently, they can all be delivered right to your door. But is it possible that we’ve gotten so spoiled by choices that we’ve become unable to make one? That part of us knows that once you choose something, one man, one great apartment, one amazing job, another option goes away? Are we a generation women who can’t choose just one from column ‘A’? Did we all have too much to handle, or was Samantha right? Can we have it all?

That night I started to think about belief. Maybe it’s not even advisable to be an optimist anymore. Maybe pessimism is something we have to apply daily, like moisturizer, otherwise how do you bounce back when reality batters your belief system, and love does not, as promised, conquer all? Is hope a drug we need to go off of, or is it keeping us alive? What’s the harm in believing?

In love relationships, there is a fine line between pleasure and pain. In fact, it’s a common belief that a relationship without pain is a relationship not worth having. To some, pain implies growth. But how do we know when the growing pains stop, and the pain pains take over? Are we masochists or optimists if we continue to walk that fine line? When it comes to relationships, how do we know when enough is enough?

When you’re young, your whole life is about the pursuit of fun. Then, you grow up and learn to be cautious. You could break a bone or a heart. You look before you leap and sometimes you don’t leap at all because there’s not always someone there to catch you. And in life, there’s no safety net. When did it stop being fun and start being scary?

What if Prince Charming had never showed up? Would Snow White have slept in that glass coffin forever? Or would she have eventually woke up, spit out the apple, gotten a job, a health-care package and a baby from her local neighborhood sperm bank? I couldn’t help but wonder… inside every confident, driven, single woman, is there a delicate, fragile princess just waiting to be saved?

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Little Lamb’s Official Shoot

Photos courtesy of Ode to Studio. I did their site, and now they returned a favour of shooting my bike with a stupid P-plate. Anyway, check these guys out. They’re the first drive-in car photography studio in Singapore!

Famosa Samosa

A’Famosa with my family over the weekends! Continue reading

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More Feasting and Meeting

10 Dec: Pizza Memoirs with Lynn and Ash. Love love love their Nightmare pizza!

iPhoners. Welcome to the club, Lynn.

Headed on the Wild Oats for burgers and beer after.

14 Dec: TCC with mum and Peimin. I realised that they look very alike here!

Had 50% off. Shiok.

15 Dec: Shisha with Sil. Food sucked.

Thanks for the treat Sil!

Anyhows, every year seem to pass faster each time. It will be Christmas in five days, but I haven’t really gotten in the mood lei. Been feeling so lethargic recently. It’s the rain, must be. Yeah, just blame it on the weather.

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Lengthy, but Worth the Read

29 Life Lessons Learned in Traveling the World for 8 Years Straight

1. Everyone everywhere basically wants the same thing.

Vastly different as the world’s cultures are, if you speak to Italian millionaires, homeless Brazilians, Dutch fishermen and Filipino computer programmers, in their own languages, you start to see that we are all incredibly alike where it matters.

Everyone just wants validation, love, security, enjoyment and hopes for a better future. The way they verbalise this and work towards it is where things branch off, but we all have the same basic desires. You can relate to everyone in the world if you look past the superficial things that separate you.


2. Deferring your happiness to the future is a terrible idea.

Too many people presume that when they have that one thing they can work towards for years then “everything will be alright”.

This is delusional.

When you get it, there’ll be something else missing in your life. I fundamentally believe that long-term pure happiness from one particular situation or achievement is a pipe-dream, but we can learn to be content with what we have, live in the now, all while enjoying the progress and changes we are making.

If your whole life is working up towards one really big major goal that you hold on to for years, then you will have a major anticlimax after the dust settles. Work towards it, but stop deferring your happiness.

Get there slower and enjoy the ride. Don’t wait for the finale.


3. “Someday my ship will come in” is bullshit. You will NEVER win the lottery. Be practical.

People seem to have a strange concept of how luck works and how the universe / some deity / karma / their lucky shoe or how “they deserve it” will mean that things will eventually fall into place for them. You are “due” to win the lottery or will get swept away by prince charming any day now. “You deserve it” (as if others don’t).

This is a misunderstanding of how the world actually works. Perhaps I’m wrong and praying or hoping that it will all work out, or generally being a nice person is what really “does the trick”, but why not actually get off your ass and do something tangible too while you’re at it.

I personally don’t believe in magic or fairies or astrology or sky wizards or large-scale invisible inexplicable forces at work on petty daily activities of humans. I’m skeptical about such things, and believe they are all impossible / ridiculous, and knowledge of this has enriched my life. As a practical person, I see the world as a very logical place with physical and social rules and understanding this has helped me live well in it.

The universe owes you nothing, you owe it to yourself to be the master of where your life ends up.


4. There’s no such thing as destiny. This is excellent news!

Destiny is used as a cop-out and standard excuse by most people for why they don’t do something with their lives. The thing is, it doesn’t exist.

Your limitations are not set by who you know, where you were born, what genes you have, how much money you have, how old you are right now, what you did before or other things that you can claim are your stamp of failure for life.

If you are determined enough there is a shitload of opportunities in life that are totally achievable with minimal cash, regardless of who you are.


5. Seek out people with different beliefs and views of the world to yours and get to know their side of the story.

As you can probably guess from point 3, I have some beliefs about the world that don’t jive with a lot of people’s. However, a lot of people get their meaning in life from believing in things I don’t. If everyone thought like me, the world would be a very boring place.

So when I meet someone with a very different belief system to mine, it’s better to get along than to try to “convert” them. This is as true for how the world works as it is for language learning methods, fashion, movie tastes etc.

When someone is sure about something and has believed it for many many years, then you cannot convince them with a few cleverly picked words. Everyone is closed minded about something, including me. They have to discover it themselves over time or just continue believing what they do. Don’t take responsibility for convincing the world you are right. It’s important to acknowledge that maybe you are actually the wrong one.

The world is much more fun with people of varying interests and beliefs. Despite my skepticism, in my travels I have hung out with astrologists, palm readers, very religious folk, conservatives, and people who hate technology. And my life and experiences are enriched so much because of it.

Spending time exclusively with people who agree with you on everything would never challenge you and allow you to learn so much more.


6. Living a good life is the best way possible to convince people.

Enough words and enough arguing. Just live by example and soon you’ll have people on your side when they see your results and how passionate you are. No need to “convince” them. Just show them that you are there, tell them how you got there, and they will start to realise that maybe you aren’t that crazy after all.


7. Nobody has it all figured out.

Almost everyone has problems and puts on a brave face – don’t presume they have it easy. You see of each person what they let you see. You have no idea what they are going through or what they had to put up with to be in a situation that you can consider “easy”.

This is universal – millionaires, students, the cool kid, the party animal, the introvert and everyone in between has more to their story than the superficial restricted one you see. Never dismiss them as having it easy if you don’t know the entire story.


8. There’s no shame in saying “I don’t know.”

There is a stigma in some cultures to admit ignorance about a particular topic. Don’t dance around the issue – just say I don’t know. Honesty is way smarter.


9. More money will NEVER solve your problems.

As long as you are not living in the street or going hungry, then you do not “need” more money. When you spend enough time with people who are actually living on next to nothing, but having a full life, then you will truly understand this. Everything that is wonderful about life doesn’t cost a penny, and the rest is way cheaper than you think it is.


10. Possessions own you.

Look at the real reason you want to buy more expensive crap and realise that it all comes down to validation from others in one way or another. You don’t really need any of it unless it’s directly related to essentials in how you work or survive.

The need to buy new crap dictates your life – it fixes you in one location with that house and furniture, and it governs how much money you need to earn. And it almost never actually enriches your life in any way. The less you own the better.


11. TV is the greatest black hole of time available to mankind.

I wasted so much of my life before age 21 spending 3-4 hours a day watching TV. Following shows that I “had” to see, in order to “relax”. I regret almost every second of it. The whole world was passing me by outside.

TV was an important part of the 20th century, bringing communication and news to the masses, but now it’s wasteful. People get biased news through it, when much better alternatives are available, watch terrible TV shows through it that teach them nothing, and it sucks so many hours of their lives away that they seem to forget about when they delude themselves into thinking that they don’t have time to pursue real passions in life.

TVs encourage people to be antisocial. The only TVs you should be watching are someone else’s – go to your friend’s house to share a series you like if you must, or go to the bar with your mates to watch sports. Your life will not be enriched by sitting at home watching a screen with zero interactivity to it.


12. The Internet is the greatest tool ever available to us, but daily use must be capped.

Unlike TVs, the Internet is interactive and allows you to take part and become virtually social. It connects communities all over the world and without it, the last 8 years simply would have been much more difficult for me for many reasons.

Having said that, it has the same potential as TV to become a black hole of time. Use it to enrich your life, but put a cap on how much you use it so you can get out and live that life. Replacing one screen with another (even when you use it to chat to people) is just escaping the real world, which is much more beautiful.


13. Get outside and do something with other people.

My favourite website in the world is couchsurfing.org, precisely because I spend so little time on it. It has simplified my travel life tremendously by allowing me to host people to maintain my languages, and to search it for interesting people to meet up with.

The world that is worth experiencing is not in books or on TV or computer screens. It’s with other human beings. Stop being shy and get out and meet them!


14. Speaking only English is incredibly limiting to non-tourist travellers.

If you are visiting a country for a weekend, then you can check into your hotel and order food in an expensive restaurant and get a guided tour in English. You can even make local university educated friends, and successfully create a bubble to protect you from the local language for as long as you like, and delude yourself into thinking that this is the way things are.

But you will never truly experience the local culture if you limit yourself to being able to interact on a deep level just the well educated part of it. English-speaking travellers miss out on so much – not speaking English has defined most of my travels and the amazing experiences I have had would have been impossible if I didn’t try to learn the local languages.

ANYONE can learn a language. When I was 21 I thought I couldn’t do it, but one day I put all the bullshit excuses to one side and just spoke it. Speaking a language from day one is the ‘secret’ to being able to learn it quicker and at any age.


15. Modern foreign culture does not have to satisfy your stereotypes.

Every country in the world is modernising but this does not mean that they are westernising or Americanising. What makes them unique does not have to satisfy your “quaint” tourist-brochure view of them. Leave ignorant stereotypes aside and have an open mind about how modern life is like in that culture.

Not all Irish people drink, not all Brazilians samba and play football, and Germans, Dutch, Filipinos and everyone else will surprise you if you leave your presumptions about them at the airport.

Respect the differences, try to adapt to them yourself and realise that to them you might seem backwards in many ways.


16. Take your time.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from living in countries that are more “easy going” it’s that they are way wiser than the rest of us in their pace of life. People and countries that do everything quicker also do it worse. Take it easy and go slowly.

Enjoy every bite of food, walk at a slow pace and take in your surroundings, let the other person finish their side of the conversation while you listen attentively, and stop in the middle of your day, close your eyes or look at nature and become aware of your breathing.


17. You can’t please everyone.

“I don’t know the secret to success, but the secret to failure is trying to please everyone” – Bill Cosby.

State your opinion and stick to your guns. If you are confident enough and share your idea with enough people, you will piss off someone no matter what you talk about. That’s their problem, not yours.


18. Trying to be cool or following trends is for mindless sheep.

Peer pressure is for people who are afraid of their individuality. Stand up for yourself, and go against the flow if that’s what you feel is best. What’s cool now will be frozen over in a few years.


19. Make mistakes – and LOTS of them!

Mistakes are how we learn. Failures are the stepping stones to success.


20. Wear sunscreen.

Seriously. Protect your skin.


21. Stop thinking so much and act.

People think their way out of doing everything that’s worth doing in life. The reason I feel I’m getting so much done in the last years is precisely because of how much time I give to over-analysing whether I should do something important or not: None.


22. Dance and sing whenever possible.

Dancing and singing are great releases and forms of expression. It’s hard not to feel good after a session of either!


23. Making new friends is easy and so is appreciating your current ones.

My entire eight years travel has been alone. I arrive in a new nation without a single friend waiting for me in many cases. I have no connections, but I make them anyway. I find a party online and go straight to it and say hi to everyone. Soon, if I try enthusiastically enough, I’ll find people I can socialise with on a regular basis.

If you are friendly, genuine and charming, making friends with people from every culture and background is possible.

When people who are surrounded by family, networks, work and school colleagues, other friends, clubs and communities they are a part of… tell me that it’s hard to meet new people I feel like slapping them in the face to wake them up to the opportunities around them, which I haven’t had consistently for almost a decade. Look around you!


24. You don’t know what you’ve got ’till its gone.

Don’t take anything for granted. I couldn’t afford to pay for accommodation one night and had to sleep outside on a rock because of it. Ever since then I appreciate having a bed, couch or hammock, no matter how small or where it may be, because I know what it’s like to not have one. One night was enough to burn it into me – I sigh a breath of relief every time I go to bed now.

I went partially deaf due to an ear infection for two weeks and appreciate my hearing and all the beautiful sounds around me all the more because I got it back. I also gained an appreciation for signed communication that I’d take advantage of several years later.

I’ve never lost anyone close to me, but I hug my family members and tell them I love them every chance I get, and clear any bad air with friends and don’t hold back on sharing my emotions with them. Life is too short – if I lost anything important to me then I want to make sure that I never wasted the time I did have with it or with him or her.


25. Swallow your pride and apologise.

Never hold a grudge and never try to win every argument. Sometimes it’s best to let your pride slide for the sake of clearing the air with someone. Be the first to say you’re sorry. Never wait for the other person to make the first move.


26. Doing anything specifically to impress people is stupid.

People will never give you the validation you seek if you try to be a dancing monkey for them. Saying how many languages you speak, how rich you are, who you know, where you studied or what you do for a living, or trying to show-off in any other way to get someone to like you, or working for these things just for the bragging rights will leave you really disappointed.

People are impressed by those who aren’t trying to impress them and are comfortable in themselves and social and interesting. Sometimes to be “interesting” all you have to do is be a good listener.


27. People are not alone in being alone.

One of the most frequent questions I get asked as a long-term solo traveller is if I feel lonely. The short answer is no. The long answer would require an entire post in itself.

But the fact of the matter is that loneliness is much more common around the world than I previously thought it was. I was actually much more lonely in my university (fixed) life than I am now. And I meet many people who have vast networks of social groups who feel desperately lonely because they feel nobody gets them.

Then others who simply changed their lifestyle in some way (not necessarily by travel, but perhaps marriage or starting a demanding job) and have lost contact with all their childhood friends because of it, also feel lonely.

I’ve talked to many people who are convinced they are the only ones who feel this way. Each time I hear a similar story I can hear the Police in my head “seems I’m not alone in being alone…” Believe it or not I find this very comforting when I am genuinely separated by thousands of kilometres from anyone who even knows what my name is. Even though nobody is in exactly the same situation, the amount of people in the world I’ve met tells me that I’m very likely not the only one in such a situation, even at that very second.

No matter how lonely you might feel, there is always someone who can relate to you. Perhaps you can’t talk to them right now, but they are out there.


28. Love isn’t “all” you need, but if you don’t have it in some form, your life will be very empty.

We don’t need love to survive, but without it there will be a huge hole inside you. Make sure that every day you have someone (family, friends, lover) to remind you that you are special. If you postpone this part of your life until later, after you get or do that thing you want to do, you will continue in that lonely path indefinitely.


29. The most important lessons in life can never be expressed in black and white, but must be experienced.

I thought I knew it all back in university – and that everything of importance can be found in books. But the truth is that the most important things in life are very hard to put in black and white, including what I’ve said in this post.

When most of the world’s information is at our fingertips, a mouseclick away, it makes it feel like we don’t need to experience any more. Movies, books, or “living vicariously through someone else” means we can apparently get the general gist of anything.

This is false. Experience is the greatest teacher of all. Stop reading about or watching the world passively and start living it.

One of the most inspiring reads for the longest time, written by Benny Lewis, a world traveller.

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Retards in Action

Check out the one where Loti was really yawning, and I gasped like a retard not knowing his mouth was opened too :O

Doraemon Cafe Scam

Bought this voucher from some deal site ‘cos Sil likes Doraemon and I thought I could take nice photos.

Turns out, the cafe was more like a Japanese mini-mart with a cui setup and Doraemon merchandise all over.

Ok lah, cannot blame them because they change a theme every month and that’s a lot of effort.

But serve us better food lah! Or better presentation, at the very least.

We paid $16 each (AT DEAL PRICE) and it really felt like a scam.

All these gummies and sweets like 骗小孩子 one.

They said they’ll upload their fan drawings to their Facebook page so I drew a ‘Superdoragaenehmon.’ WAI THEY NO UPLOAD? T_T

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