Monday, November 26, 2012

How to Spend Sunday Evenings?

28th of October, 2012

I had a date with Carmen, haha. Well, it all came down with me craving for someone to sing and play guitar with, and I won’t mind watching Step Up Revolution because I did not watch any of its previous ones. So we decided to have a good vegetarian lunch, which was sadly not achieved because the stall below JE MRT was not operating that day. In the end, I had this soup thing while Carmen had dessert.

After deposited Carmen’s guitar at my place and had meal, we headed towards the cinema. We were too early, and ended up getting some goods at a bakery and went for a drink at Mos burger. Now look at the bakery, it was filled with such interesting bread!

I’ve got the bread which was not bad and see how happy I was!

Not happy enough? Try this one: (All such photos thanks to Carmen who was fast enough to capture the moment! Open-mouthed smile)

We actually took a photo in the washroom! o.O The scene and pose was not intended but I am glad we actually looked happy in there.

Anyway, the movie was nice! It was fun to watch movie about dance because, I guess, because I can’t dance. The moves were so nice and cool. I think I should post a review somewhere. But the more fun stuff started after the movie because we get back to my house and we had a singing session. It was really a long-sought luxury. We got to sing really nice songs even though might not be professional standard. Happy day can be that simple!

Thanks Carmen for the photo!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Food For Thought with CelebrationS

What is it like to be late for an appointment? Run! I promised to attend this meetup with fellow Keviians in Singapore Botanic Gardens for the Food For Thought and yet I unknowingly signed up for WriteCamp 2012 right before it. In the end, I have to skip a rather tempting drinking session and rush across half the island with bad traffic near Orchard area plus with a fault map-reading session bringing me all the way to little India for God-knows-what reason. In the end I reached alright, still in my sweater and sweating like mad but I ordered my meal still: Grilled Barramundi Fillet served in Basil Almond Pesto Sauce with creamy mashed potato and Ratatouille as sides, and a cup of hot chocolate to curb my hunger. The meal was actually quite nice, especially the fillet. It was rather sad because the portion of fish is definitely one part smaller than the usual course but it was tasty, especially the nicely grilled fish skin. The session was accompanied with talks and updates from each other until the very end when they actually did celebrate our birthday, which I thought was a joke initially. Each of us gets one cupcake with candle on it, four birthday boys and girls.

Right, this is my cupcake!

Later, of course we had photo taking session. It was supposed to be a G3 photo, then became a G photo, then in the end, it became the all-girls-come-in photo. So, yup!

Just a view of all the attendance on that day.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Volunteer at Buddhist Library Family Day

Remember I just had my first henna months ago? I had it again today, just that this time it is at a bigger scale. Carmen was asking if I am interested in helping out as a volunteer for some event – and I did not even ask what event was it except I know it was some Buddhist event. And I sort of emptied my day for it because I think it is a good way to spend my day and good experience getting the chance to paint on others. The photo above showed one of the design which I actually manage to paint despite my initial perception of it ‘not going to happen’.

And since my last henna experience was way back then, the starting a.k.a ‘trial run’ was not really okay. You could see it from the pattern I had on my hand and the skill. However, as time went by, I did rather well. My first customer was an old uncle who looked cool because he had like two ear studs in total. Oh wait, I think the first customer was another lady who asked me to write her name. But anyway, I met this little blonde girl who wanted a design and I said ‘I try’ when I started the painting and she actually says ‘It’s okay, just try the best you can’ and I smiled. And the sweetest thing was after I painted, she was so happy when she looked at her hand and said, ‘It’s pretty, it’s perfect!’. That is a satisfaction we are talking about, ha!

Anyway, I have no idea what kind of volunteer were we because we were actually given six dollar ticket to spend on our lunch each. It sounds a lot but since it was like a fundraising bazaar, some of the food was at an incredibly over-market-price status. We had corn cup and this interesting food called Kong Ba bao. In penang, we served Kou Rou with yam and man tou at the side, but here they put it together – and mind you, this is vegetarian.

And obviously I still feel hungry and I found this restaurant just beside the tent near Aljunied MRT, Penang Seafood Restaurant. Since Carmen wanted to have some vege, we went there. I tried the laksa and the smell was there. The part of taste and authenticity still needed some improvement though. I had lime with sour plum and Carmen had vege.

This is an interesting course of events Smile!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

What happened on my birthday?

It has been fifteen days since and I haven’t even tell in exact what happened on my birthday. It was not about cakes because many things happened on that very day. On my birthday this year, it was my first day on my new job as well. I was nervous and anxious for days before the job start because I don’t know what should I actually expect. I know the life will be tougher and partly I have put in a tiny bit of emotion to my old workplace. It was rather bad because I was again in the period of ‘exiting my comfort zone’ just like when I ended my NS – you know you are going somewhere for good but you are too cowardly for that. But I still went to work alright.

Early in the morning before going to office, Zhuangli, Kelvin and I went for a cuppa and Zhuangli passed me this – a planner. It was meant for my birthday but I treat it as also a good start for my new job because it is so linked! ‘Chaque jour est une bonne journée’ means ‘everyday is a good day’ and I guess that is a good mentality to brave everyday. Thanks Zhuangli for that!

However, the rest of the day did not really went as planned. I was informed on that day that I have to work extra hours to invigilate CA and also prepare for practicals. It was not really a memorable experience because I guess everything was new (stop right here). I had a late lunch, Subway to be exact. And I only get to go back to my lab in the evening for almost an hour and they were sort of having some snack time to welcome me but I have to give it a miss because the time to go for CA is near. So this is what happened, I missed my own welcome part on my first day on job, on my birthday. The invigilation went on well though and I have to cancel my planned squash session and go straight for ICN.

I missed a few programmes but managed to catch up while eating my dinner packed from hall dinner by my friends. The event was great and really gave me space to breathe a little after the day. And as we walked back to our block unit, I noticed Zhuangli was typing to Stephanie. I have to admit I did guess but it was not really surprising because Stephanie talked about anything on whatsapp – it could be just about some cats. But well, when I arrived at the doorstep, there it is, the pseudocake…

Check this out. I have got my present which is what I wanted. Stephanie did ask me what do I want for my birthday and I thick faced in replying her straightaway ‘SOCKS’. I would not wish people to feel the obligation to get me anything. To be truth, my parents did not give me birthday present for a very long time, except some soft toys they randomly got for me – because they bought me a lot of things that I need along my days. I would see that as an enough gift. So when someone asked me that question, I naturally thought that if they really want to get me something, it should be something I really need – like socks.

I am literally running out of socks all of the time. They kept on having holes in them and the bad thing about socks – you can’t sew them when the holes are underneath because it will just give more friction to your feet. I was complaining about it and even joke about needing socks from Santa but not even having a proper socks to put my Christmas list in. So, here are two pairs of socks that I’ve got – pink and blue – and fluffy (you can rub them on your face before anyone use it). Great present!

And of course, birthday celebration always comes with wishes and photos. I wished the same thing again and here are the photos. Thanks for either Zhuangli or Stephanie for all the photos. It is my birthday, so I obviously was not the photographer. Look at my adorable smile!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Deepavali Open House

On Deepavali, I would like to show my appreciation to Aunt Sajora for inviting us to her open house, which of course, was dubbed with an assortment of Indian food! It was not easy to get really good Indian food in Singapore although they are generally okay. And having one from a family who actually know their stuff is great! People who went were in the photo with Reuben as the camera holder. I enjoyed the curries – like A LOT! They were all good and I was being upset because I just had that limited amount of space in my stomach, or I would have finish off the few trays of nice food! Happy Deepavali!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Desperate Celebration

It would be too obvious that the photo above was not by me because since when did I decorate my photos as such, right? BUT, I appreciate it nonetheless. Soo Ling arranged a meet up with me just the day after my birthday, desperately. And I was like ‘why on earth do you really need to meet me around these days?’ because I had my schedule planned. But it was not easy to meet fellow boatmates after coming to Singapore so I shall cherish each moment and agreed to meet up at McDonald’s in Plaza Singapura.

I just ate my allowed McDonald’s portion the other day and I definitely can’t have a meal. So, I had apple pie with lemon tea, which was treated by Soo Ling. And she even came with a cake, a card and a present. It was quite surprising because she managed to hide them all in her bag – amazing bag. This is the mousse…

And look at that lovely cup. If I am going to use it, it is as though it is my birthday everyday!!! Love that cup/mug!

At the same time, we edited pH’s photo in to co-celebrate her birthday which was a few days after me. Since she was not around, I ‘helped’ her to finish up that mousse cake Smile with tongue out!

Finally, thanks boatmates!

Friday, November 09, 2012

Brave: Not a Usual Courage


To be critical, the basic concept of this animation was just like most Disney animation. However, what was interesting was that the settings was in older times of Scotland. The soundtracks were doing great to bring out the culture and the flow of the story. Plot-wise, it was plain moral story, which was fine actually, just not for those who expect some blockbusters. Brave was interpreted not just of the usual courage we might have defined. Instead, it chose a female main character during that time line to be the one who bring out the word ‘brave’. This is where the concept get interesting. She showed courage from the aspect of physical strength to mental as she went through her challenges. The moral of the story was very simple, but warmed the heart. Other than that, the effort on accents in the animation was quite prominent and greatly appreciated as it was accompanied by amazing soundtracks. Worth watching!


Monday, November 05, 2012

A Stolen Script

But express this but none other,

It is a gift I wish I could not bother,

Even though it is killing me sometimes,

But all I could do is to keep it mine.

Then change it I shall.

But change I opt out,

It is a gift I am without;

Even though I know it is for my own good,

But all I could do is to stay where I stood.

Then hide it I shall.


And hide I shall,

For this is what I am all about;

I am always this well,

For this is what everyone wants to hear about.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Officially 24


24. A number to indicate how many hours in a day. No, that’s not the point. It is about me. 1st of November 2012, I am officially 24. To think of that, I have survived 24 years on this earth and I strongly feel the urge to do something, something great or good or meaningful – like saving the world. It’s funny because I have been telling myself the same thing for a few years since I start to feel more responsible to the world and yet I am no hero. The way I see it, by saving the world does not mean I have to fly across a country to save a whole nation from a crisis. I just need to do good and do my best in equipping myself to be a good human being. So, I will continue my life with the same goal.

Other than that, I drew a drawing to celebrate Pleasure’s and my birthday, as most of the years. Unlike previous years, I included my parents. I am grateful to have my parents who celebrated all my birthdays gleefully. They actually sent me a message early in the morning! Even though we were all busy with our own schedule, they will never forget such a big day. And I am grateful they raised me up a kid that sees birthday as something fortunate. We don’t expect presents. We don’t expect parties. We do expect cakes because it is tasty but that is all. We made birthday celebration a kind of family happiness and a moment of celebrating our existence. And I think this feeling is wonderful.

Of course, I do thank all my friends who sent me birthday wishes by all means. That is very sweet of them and I should post some of them separately somehow. I don’t really feel very comfortable being in a crowd or being very social, but I do appreciate having people who still comes into my circle once a while despite my hostile ‘behaviour’, because by the end of the day, it was the experience with them that make things different, no matter I like it or not. I may not treat friends like most people do, but they are still occupying some space somewhere in the heart.

Seems like I have been talking quite a lot, talking nonsense. So, let me close this up by wishing myself a Happy Birthday and keep going!

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