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“Eliminate Fear”

These are two words that inspired me at work today, which led me to take on my first step in confronting a fear. Feeling much more relieved now, I also thank this article that I read a while ago: Why Your Fears Won’t Come True.

Those dreaded conversations, when I finally take them on, never turn out quite like I thought. I’ve rehearsed long tangents of tricky conversations that never happened. I’ve even flow-charted intimidating phone calls in my head – if he says A I’ll say B, if he says C, I’ll say D.

This is almost always useless. He never says A, or C. That’s because whatever I’ve predicted, that’s not the way it’s going to go down. Because I’m just chicken, not psychic.

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Shaved

Here’s a recent cam whore pic in case you forget how I look. Hah I finally plucked up enough courage to do an inner shave on one side of my head, and I’m digging it. I know I look like a guy la, but it’s still feminine on the other side ok :p

2013, here I come!

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2012 in Summary

Started the year on a good note. Went on my first getaway with Loti to Krabi and experienced a handful of things – dinner on the beach, massage by the sea, and diving under the sea.

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Second month was rather mundane. Lots of CNY feasting until I realised I grew a rather big tummy and it was time to do something about it. But that was just a thought, I didn’t take any actions, YET.

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Got myself a Nespresso Pixie loan for three weeks through my food blog, and that’s where Loti and I began seeing coffee in a different light. (That triggered Loti to invest in a Nespresso machine months later. Yay free cappuccinos for me!) Also celebrated Loti’s birthday for the first time at USS.

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April was THE TIME OF MY LIFE ‘cos my whole family toured Europe for 10 days. FRIGGING DREAM CAME TRUE! Went to England, France, Switzerland, and Italy; our first time outside Asia; experienced jet lag, breathed ang moh air, saw lotsa postcard photos coming to life, sat on a train, tasted real snow. Everything felt so surreal thinking about it now.

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Come what May (pun intended), it was one month with the most happenings. Went on a 8-day trip to Taiwan with my girlfriends – night markets, shopping, XXXL chicken, bubble teas, DIY fireworks. After returning to Singapore, it was Loti’s turn to go Taiwan. And because his whole family left, I had to stay at his place for two weeks to take care of his bitchy cat. Luckily, I took on an on-site freelance job in XM Asia to keep me occupied in the day. Boredom also drove me to start swimming (IKR, after three months of procrastination) and I persevered on.

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Passed my one-year probation for riding! Cultivated a regular swimming and exercising routine – like three to four times per week.

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Finally saw results of my hard work. Lost about 2.5kg. Attended the first solemnisation of a close girlfriend.

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Whipped up a breakfast and lunch singlehandedly for my family before my brother got enlisted to the army. Felt that the house was empty for the first time.

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Had a virgin go on rock climbing. Another girlfriend got officially married. Work started catching up and I plunged myself further into another commitment (which I will reveal when time is ripe.) The lack of rest caused me to fall sick twice in a month. Exercising became stagnant.

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October marks a full year of relationship with Loti, and also the start of my full-time job (in XM Asia that I was freelancing for). Skidded off my scooter for the first time on the expressway and survived with some bloody injuries here and there. Best part was, I went ahead with a diving trip to Dayang the very next week but somehow, the seawater (ouch!) disinfected and sped up the recovery of my fresh wounds.

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Though busy, November seemed to one painfully slow month. No time to swim.

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Still no time to swim! And no mood to work too! Went into JB for the first time on public bus to eat like pigs as my birthday celebration with Loti. Crossed dressed as a boy for my company’s party and I think I quite hemsem lolol! Holiday feast feast feast till I gained back 2kg D:

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Fwah, looks like 2012 had been pretty fruitful for me. How was yours? ;)

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Expenditure 2012

Since years ago, I have developed a stringent habit of keeping track of ALL my expenses, down to every dollar and cent. Friends whom seen it think that it’s an insane thing to do, and I admit it is quite la. It requires a great deal of effort and discipline but at the end of the day, knowing where and what I spend on is really important, especially after I start managing the very small “company” of my own.

For the first time, I decided to do up simple infographics to illustrate my expenditure this year.


Just on gifts alone, I’ve burnt about $1.1K++ (*cries), so you can go do the rest of the maths yourself. My biggest ticket item, needless to say, is travel. I work to go overseas; I scrimp and save to go overseas; I eat like a pig when I am overseas (or not hahaha); I buy most of my clothes when I am overseas. In fact, I spend such a pathetic amount on shopping (1.6%) in Singapore that I begin to wonder if I’m even a girl.

Anyway, with such a breakdown, I can review and better manage the outflow of my moolah. For the coming year, I’ll readjust certain priorities and use a budget planner with Money Dashboard to exercise stricter control and reach more monetary goals. Though 2013 is rumoured to do bad economically, I still look forward to venturing into stocks and hopefully some other sorts of investments. With the sky-high cost of living in Singapore, it’s impossible to not worry about money.

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Today is 21.12.12

The most “kaopei” day in social media’s history because it is supposed to be end-of-the-world.

(Source: 9gag.)

Hahaha so far everything has been peaceful; I’m still in the office working as usual (not in any hotel’s president suite / rooftop restaurant sipping champagne like I imagined). However, the calculated time (for whatever meteor shit to strike) is Singapore time 7.11pm, so till then, everyone can still continue to kaopei.

Earlier this year, I’ve set some goals for myself in 2012:

  1. Go Taiwan. Done. Even conquered Europe, so I guess I can die happy now.
  2. Make my business idea come to live. What I had in mind was initially some tau huey dessert station, but I’m glad it didn’t materialised due to capital problems. I did however register Fifth Storey as a proper business and got some pretty good projects so I still consider this done.
  3. Spend lots of quality time with my loved ones. Yep yep yep!

But I still have a lot a lot ahead of me. In fact, all of us do. So we shouldn’t just be afraid of dying today; we should be afraid of dying everyday, ‘cos we never know when our individual doomsday will come. Not being pessi la, but MAKE YOUR LIFE COUNT. Do what you want and don’t look back with regrets. That’s my personal belief. See y’all at 7.12pm~

Update:

Yayyyy hi we are alive!

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Ouch!

My dear iPhone,

I’m sorry to have you disfigured under my lousy butter fingers. You have survived a toilet bowl swim (at Loti’s house just before I peed, so it’s clean in case you’re wondering), a coffee dip, infinite falls; and for you to land in such a sorry state today and still be functioning, I am very proud of you. Will send ya in for repair soon.. er, or I might adventurously rip you apart and change your face by myself (‘cos I’m cheapo like that).

XOXO,
Your horrible owner.

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(Photo source: Chris Glass.)

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