TPE on Annual Leave

I was supposedly to return on the noon of 1st January and had plenty of time before my impromptu flight to TPE that same day’s midnight but because Jeddah had a massive delay due to customs slow procedures and first availability of aircraft we were delayed over and over again and even worst, the bad weather extended the flight time and we ended up landing at almost to 6pm in the evening. It was so rushed for me as I had to go home and unpacked my stuff and repack them and head back to the airport.

I hadn’t slept for the entire night and what’s worst was we exceeded our flight duty time of 13hours and could in fact stepped down but everyone wanted to go home, so we persevere and flew on a completely FULL flight with no available seats for crew rest so I ended up dozing off on the plane once stepped on board and slept through the flight till I landed in TPE.

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Thanks to this set of lovely crews who made Jeddah possible. ❤

After landing in TPE, the first thing I went was the 7-eleven at the airport to grab my japanese rice ball and chun cui he before taking the coach down to Taipei! I was way to early for check in so I left my luggage at the hotel and went out walking around XimenDing for breakfast before heading to underground mall at Taipei Main Station for shopping.

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It was pretty early and most shops had yet to open. I was really blessed to be back here. So much memories of the good and the bad.

I went cosmetics shopping too at Watsons. They had so much stuffs and especially the eyeshadows. LOVE IT!

Guess what I bought at the underground mall? Furry pyjamas and umbrella haha! Don’t ask me why I buy umbrella from Taiwan because they have the prettiest umbrellas as compared to sg’s. Hehe

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See the racks full of drinks and those cun chui he bottles are calling my name! Pls buy me haha

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I had these for supper on my first night in Taipei, you should totally try the Taiwan fruit beers they are really tasty and of course that gooey Mister Cheese potato!!!!!!! They are heavenly if shared haha, too much for me but I finished the entire portion. I’m on my way to become ah buiii …

Free breakfast buffet at the hotel lobby, I took a bowl of my favourite Lu Rou Fan. Who eats fat meat for breakfast? Me!

It was pretty chilly in Taiwan so I was donned on with layers of clothes and because I missed pole so badly, I decided to attend a walk-in pole class at Young Aerial Dance Studio which was within walking distance from the mrt. They taught me plenty of tricks and one of them was the brass monkey. The teacher was nice and I paid quite an affordable price (NTD399) for walk-in. I really love it, I would go there again if I had the chance to fly to Taipei again hopefully as one of my layover stays.

I bought these for supper for my day 2 night, Seaweed Mayo big sotong! It was super delicious, you guys should try it!

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This was my last day’s breakfast in the hotel. Nothing fantastic but it fills your tummy.

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Arashi ramen before I call it the last meal of my Taipei getaway!

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Ok, so apparently I was late for my flight again. This time it was because the bus that was suppose to go to the airport the terminal had shifted and plus there is now only one bus company that provide coach service from Taipei Main Station to airport and the queue was insanely long. I had to queue and the bus had terrible jams on the way and I reached 10 minutes after the boarding had closed. And thank god because I had crew pass, I could use the priority boarding and the staff gave face because I was a crew. Else I would be in deep shit as I had a long chennai turn the next day and the next flight was in the morning.

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The insanely amount of stuff I bought from like bath salts that I could use during my china layovers and masks and oh, I should totally recommend you guys this cosmetic brand called Miss Hana! I love their lippies as they last very very long and they are available only at 86 Shop, there is 2 of such shops in XiMenDing, not sure about the other locations, perhaps you might need to google.

It was a pretty fruitful stay in Taipei I have to admit even though it was really short, but it was much needed after all the flying and having to serve passengers, I needed to be a passengers and be served too! Ok, and travelling solo has gotten me way addicted than before. I love the huge queen/king bed and a whole hotel room to myself, no more having to bunk in with the crews or having to share a room. I could blast my own music, dance to the music to myself and of course, no one will laugh at me for being such a clown.

I truly can’t wait for the next solo trip. xoxo

I’m thankful I did not settle for just anyone that comes…

I’m a firm believer in meeting the right someone. That someone who would be your call, your text away 24/7, that someone who would be your dark knight, your guardian angel, your soulmate, your listening ear, your adviser, your happy pill, and your best company. I know that someone is somewhere out there for me who will eventually sweep me off my feet and make me realize that my wait is worthwhile.

YES, that’s why I have never settle for just anyone that came along in my life. Call me picky, call me choosy, call me whatever you may like, but that’s me. 😀

For those whom have known me, listening to all my date stories, you’ll know that I’m a typical Taurus, who never opens up to anyone until I’ve seen his true colors. I’m always observing and being patient, trying not to fall hard to someone whom I do not know inside out. Simply because, when I fall, I fall hard, so hard that I ended up getting hurt but I do not regret a single one, for they each taught me something new and what I’m looking for…

  • He told me I was too good to be true.. and so I did to become an even better person to make to be a “too good to be true” girl.
  • He told me I was nice but treated me like a possession without respect… and I finally learnt to be BAD by leaving him.
  • He told me I was too fit for his liking for he liked chubby/curvy girls… and I became even more motivated to POLE HARDER.

These are probably just some of the more significant dates that has probably molded me to become the girl I am today. Till as I’m typing this post, I know that I made the right choice for myself for not settling for anything less because I don’t need anyone to dictate my life, my choices nor my goals.

The inability to not accept someone’s else flaws may not be a bad point, to state that I am someone who is a perfectionist over the qualities that I want in a partner, resulting in rejecting a potentially ideal person. Ultimately, I know that when when I fall in love, accepting his shortcomings SHOULD NOT feel like settling such as accepting his reasons for his negative qualities or  giving up on my current lifestyle to accommodate to his. In fact his vices should be able to be accepted by me as a virtue, else the person would definitely be another strike-off.

I know holding out may seem like a major gamble because settling is the safest bet to give myself the security that I needed and to be showered with attention for I’m someone who might be a little afraid of being alone (or perhaps should it be the emptiness…hmm). Age is also probably one of the major concern as getting older year after another,  with everyone around suddenly becomes attached, I might panic and even start doubting myself on my attractiveness. Still, there won’t be any likelihood of me prioritizing being in a relationship over the quality of that potential someone. If I were to be dating someone who makes me uneasy about going long-term with him, then I’ll rather choose to let go of this mediocre someone, and take a riskier bet— TO GO SINGLE.

Being single has its own benefits like being able to allocate all my time to do the things I wanted without having to consider someone else in my decisions. I could be able to spend some time in the supermarket to shop for some groceries or even a day at the gym or leaving my phone untouched to watch a movie on Putlocker. I could also spend my money where I deemed appropriate like spending on pole classes, saving it for my budget travels and splurge on myself during special occasions. I even managed to put some ticks to my goals and checklists such as travelling alone to another country, working at a bar in Bikini, and most importantly, learning to be independent, strong and figured out that I was actually pretty good at planning and being road savvy. It allowed me to foster a even stronger bond with my bffs like Siru and creating new friendships with others because I always believed that friendship is worth investing my time in for they are the ones who would be willing to lend their listening ears when your families are not around.

Yes, I may not have fallen in love or settle with someone, but I fell in love with life. I fell in love with my new hobbies, learning to relive my  life again once more, learning to stand up after my grandma’s departure and even realizing my new quirks. I had the chance to figure out things out of my comfort zone and appreciating them on my own. I’m glad for this solitude as I wouldn’t be able to unlock my new achievements and goals if I had settled for just anyone that came along. 😀

 

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Never settle for anything less than what you deserve, it’s not pride but self respect.

I’m a cabin crew wannabe

Ever since I was in secondary school, and watched this movie called “View From The Top” which talked about this girl called Donna who came from a small town  where no one believes that she could do something big, but she believed that she was meant to be up in the skies and she took actions and made her dreams came true, by flying for the most prestigious airline, with her quote “Don’t let anything get into your destiny.”

I’ve became really motivated ever since and found my life goal, to become a cabin crew. That plot totally depicts my background and similarly, I’ve always enjoyed travelling and serving people, and someday I do wished that I could become the “waitress in the air”. I know it’s not a really cool job to be, but the perks of travelling is more than what I can ask for.

However, one of the worst thing that could happen is that, my height happens to be on the sitting on the borders (I’m 160cm tall) as the cabin crew minimum height requirement is 158cm or 160cm for non-asian airlines OR most main carriers, they have this arm reach test of 208-212cm which they will do a marking with a sticker, and you have to touch, COMPLETELY TOUCH the marking before they pass you. Saddest thing, I’ve got short arms, even though I may be on tip toes, I simply barely touch the mark or sometimes can’t and the judges would not pass me no matter how hard I try. GEEZSH~

So, in the month of MAY, I’ve tried TR walk-in interview at Pan Pacific on a saturday morning, and I was extremely nervous that day and screwed up my interview during the second round-group interview after passing the written test. Honestly, budget airlines is my only hope because they do not have arm reach test unlike all the main carriers like SQ or CX.

On the next saturday after TR walk-in interview, I went for the SQ walk-in interview and I managed to pass the group interview this time round but I failed the ARM REACH TEST even though my height passed!!! I guess either the mark was too high or simply I had short arms! FML!!! I was super depressed and disappointed after that and for the whole day I felt like my dreams collapsed on me and the truth was simply too harsh to be accepted. Like I spend so much effort from earning lots of money to get braces and get my teeth fixed, spend lots of money again to get my eczema treated, and even studied my hospitality and tourism diploma just for the sake of boosting my chances of becoming a cabin crew. AND all I have done, was in vain… 😦

And surprisingly on two days later after the SQ interview, I received an invitation email from Scoot for interview! GEESH, I was thrilled and Scoot’s interview was probably one of airlines that I managed to passed the most rounds from the initial online application, to invitation to complete the popular 5 online quizzes that test on your mathematical skills, logical thinking, critical thinking, personality and your knowledge on cabin crew job scope and the online webcam recording interview to finally making it to the actual interview, passing through the extremely difficult test in 15mins, the height measurement and skin check (I passed it amazingly with my birthmark!) and then to the group interview, which I failed because I was sick that day and had a really bad cough, I couldn’t and wasn’t able to focus or participate. Disappointed, I should have take care of my health or maybe I wasn’t fated. The moment where you get send home from the airline after failing the round of interview, it’s really really depressing like you did so much to finally make it through to that particular stage and then they tell you I’m sorry, it’s simply too harsh.

So after Scoot’s interview, I took a two weeks break and surprisingly I received CX interview invitation to their office, which was at Changi Airport, super duper far!!! But the plus point is that there wasn’t any queue at all nor having to wait a long time for passing a certain round. CX interview was just super direct, like a normal job interview, instant application, one-to-one and the height and arm reach test which I failed because my left arm was too short to touch the mark. WHAT IS THISSS!?

Anyway, enough of procrastinating, I’m trying not think so much of all the failures that I’ve been through. 4 failed airlines interviews in just a month, it’s really too much for me to handle especially when I had to sacrifice my job to attend the interviews. Is this sacrifice really worth it? I don’t know, especially with that interest piling up on my loan, I don’t know if I’m making the right choice. Dreams and money, I chose my dreams, and I really hope that things will turn out right. From a wannabe to a try-hard, I don’t know when will I ever make it and be flying in the skies someday, or maybe never in my life.

OH WELLS … 

But on the bright side, I’m still going to try again and again for any available opportunities until my savings starts running out, then I’ll really give up on my cabin crew dream… NAHHH, I hope this won’t happen at all! Stay positive and like what Donna said, “Dont’ let anything get in the way of your destiny.” Work harder and dream big! 加油!:D

Another May 18th

Happy Birthday to me. YEAH, AWESOME, FANTASTIC.

Meh. It doesn’t have this celebratory atmosphere once you pass the mark of 21st, birthday would then be like just another ordinary day where you wake up brush your teeth and start your daily activities.

It’s a wednesday this year and initially it was planned to have some awesome drinking time at night but somehow I wasn’t in the mood to do so again. I promised grandma to visit her tomb every of my birthday and so I did.

I woke up early and took a bus to the temple, it started pouring pretty heavily, seems like a gloomy start of the day. Once I reach her tomb, I simply started crying real badly. Although there wasn’t anyone in the columbarium but me, it doesn’t matter. My sobbing sounds filled up the empty silence of the area. Oh wells. 😦

On my way home, I felt really depressed and emotional because grandma’s death anniversary happens to be 5 days ahead of my birthday…there’s just this long moment of silence. Until Siru texted me to ask me out for dinner. They decided to go for Kbbq at SOTA and insisted that I had to go along although I wasn’t willing to.

It took me really long to reach there because I was not willing to step out of the house and kept procrastinating. BUT ultimately, I still made my way there and had delicious Kbbq that made me smell horrible afterwards.

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(Took this photo off the facebook of I’m Kim Kbbq and their food is pretty good I have to admit especially when it’s free-flow!)

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Siru also surprised me with a tiny mango cake, I was indeed truly surprised because she has never did such an act for the whole entire of your friendship history! I was really really really touched!

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Yeah to me for growing older!

Ps, I know I look like I just woke up from bed, didn’t bother dolling up myself because I was truly sad.

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Guess what they got me? A WATCH! I’ve been wanting a slim watch for ages and finally I got my hands to YEAHHH and THANKS ALOT girls!!! I know it cost a bomb but I’m really really thankful. ❤

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I’m really blessed to have you two in my life at this current stage and for the effort and time to select and buy me such a really pretty and pricey birthday gift which I would truly treasure it ALOT, and to spend time with me on my birthday, I’m at a loss for words totally. ALL I WANT TO SAY, is thankyou from the very bottom of my heart. ❤

(Really looking forward to the birthday trip to Phuket on the 29th!)

May Fitfam

The month of May was almost filled with activities, from part time work in the Safra gym in Yishun, to finally getting my lazy ass to gym for the first time myself, getting back to pole dancing at Pole Dance Academy and to even heading to a try-out at Tigerair and Singapore Airlines walk-in recruitment (I shall dedicate a post for it when I’m free to write the details.)

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And I’m really thrilled at the results for my hard work and dedication to gymming, my back is finally getting back in shape and I’m loving how much my back muscles are starting to pop! Ok, my arms are still pretty flabby at this moment but chill ya, I’m slowly working it too. I’m still working hard on my abs though, they are probably the hardest to achieve because since the 3 months of camping at home my fats have been accumulating and forming a chunky ring of spare tire at my tummy and I’ve been working hard running on the treadmill to burn them off despite how much I hate running. Of course, I have to gain back my core strength because they are super duper weak and I can’t even go up to an elbow stand. I need to get the strength all back so I can do an invert and straddle again.

I’m really glad and satisfied with this really active (maybe not so much) lifestyle and I am really enjoying every moments of it although I should probably be worrying about my poly debt… well, I just hope that things will eventually turn out well for me. And of course, I used to be really worried about how I will end up looking muscular and that no guys will probably like me but nah, SCREW IT! Let them judge and I will keep on training to be stronger and fitter, to a better me and a stronger poler! CHEERS~ 😀

 

Rejections

I don’t know how guys are able to handle rejecting someone like a piece of cake because personally, I find myself struggling to find the courage to tell someone that I’m not into them. It’s like standing in between hurting them and not bearing to. I’m really helpless at this. Urgh.

I always find rejecting someone to be a really cruel act, it’s like dashing his/her dreams and hopes, but deep down I know that as much as the truth may hurts, it will not waste their time and hurt someone even more.

But finding the right words, the right time seems like a hard work. I even had to googled on articles and websites on how to reject a guy nicely. I don’t want to be mean disappearing and blocking someone without a trace, it’s just way to immature in handling things. I’m not that of a matured girl either but I just want to be nice, minimize the hurt to the minimum is probably the best I can do right?

Sometimes it may not be that he/she is not good enough for you, it’s just whether the person entered your life at the right timing, or probably if they are able to catch your attention. Being nice isn’t everything. Everyone, anyone can be nice, even a stranger whom you just brushed shoulders with, but it’s about putting in the effort to know more about someone, the enthusiasm;  trying ways to make someone day better, the effort.

Anyway, I kinda side track a little, what I really want to voice out is that I really wish people would be a little more brave, a little more courageous, a little more responsible. If they led someone on, be it intentionally or unintentionally, they have the responsibility to tell the other party that “i’m not into you.” (in probably the nicest way possible).

Virgin Trip to BKK

I’ve always been wanting to go Bangkok since years back and finally I found company to go with after a futile effort of asking Siru and some other friends to go with. I know Bangkok isn’t safe, else the impulsive me would have went alone. Ei ei who is Felicia’s best friend, and I were on our very first trip to Bangkok and Felicia had to bring us around for 4D3N.

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Our flight was in the morning, at 0940hours and we would be landing in Bangkok at 1055 (Bangkok time). I managed to book the 2 way flight at $120.84/nett per person (inclusive of all taxes and booking fee) during Tigerair Flash Sales every thursday which include a 15kg check in luggage during the return flight. I reached there early in the morning and went for breakfast at Macdonalds while waiting for the two before checking in.

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This was how I looked, I was wearing my elbow brace to travel, it’s my first ever time travelling as a patient. I know my doctor advised me not to travel but my therapist encouraged me to go, a contrast in opinions but my need for travel was way too strong to be dis-encouraged. #yolo

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We were actually pretty late for boarding because Felicia was shopping for her YSL lipstick at the Duty-Free shop and we literally made a dash because it was flashing “Last Boarding” on the screen. AND we made it but we had to take this airport bus to the plane and climb up the stairs to board the plane without using the airport gate link. What a new experience. It wasn’t easy to board the plane this way because I had a carry on luggage and the stairs were steep, thanks to Ei Ei who carried my luggage up the stairs for this handicapped girl. ❤

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Tigerair was never punctual or early for its timing but we managed to land in Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport at around 1110hrs (BKK time). HURRAY! I was thrilled like a little girl on it’s very first venture to a new destination. I love the airport smell and the sound of luggage dragging towards the customs clearance felt really satisfying.

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We took a cab to our hotel and it cost us 500 baht/journey. I know it’s a little pricey but it was split among the 3 of us, so I guess it was fine considering that I’m slightly handicapped. The hotel we would be staying for 3 nights was called Aloft Bangkok Sukhumvit 11. I booked it for $377.56 on Hotelclub.com ($125.85nett/night) for the Chic Room (2 Queen bed). YES! I didn’t had a typo but it was my first time seeing a standard twin room that uses 2 queen bed. It was COOL! It could actually fit 4 person in a room even though its not a family room.

There was a 300o baht deposit to be given (1000baht/night) upon checking in. My room was not unavailable when I reached the hotel around 1215hours so we went for a lunch around the hotel area and familiarizing with our neighbourhood.

After lunch, we came back and were served by the duty manager and she was pretty mean on rules and hotel benefits because I forgotten to indicate 3 person for the room but left it as the default 2 and she spotted 3 of us which landed me into some trouble. I had to quarrel with her alittle and ended up that I cooked up a lie that my friend would not be staying over but I’ll book another hotel nearby for her to stay because she wanted us to pay around $139 more for the extra person which I wasn’t really keen to.

I’ve worked in hotel before and I know that most hotels aren’t that strict because I’ve stayed in several 4/5 stars establishments and I had 4 person in a room and yet we did not encounter such issue. SHE was just trying to hack my money…OK enough of that bad experience.

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This was the room. It was pretty cosy and spacious and I love the bathroom except for that shower which was a rain shower and had no hand-held shower.

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While Ei ei was getting some rest as she was working night shift the day before, we went to the nearby 7-11 to stock up some snacks and…

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OUR FRIDGE!!! Ok Bangkok’s alcohols and beers are cheap… since we weren’t fans of beers, we got ourselves theseeee, the cheapest one cost around 32bahts and the bottle of Pink Guava Breezer cost around 56bahts if I remembered correctly. Yes they were around $1plus-$2plus! But guess what we didn’t them until like the last night because we were too tired from shopping each night HAHA 😛

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The hotel’s rooftop pool. It’s an infinity pool but too bad it wasn’t on like the top floor of the hotel, else it would be perfect as you can get a good view of Sukhumvit and Bangkok’s skyline.

This was Level 2, and I saw these round swinging chairs which were really inviting when I was venturing around the hotel on Day 2 morning after waking up early and I had fun sitting and swinging around like a little kid. I don’t know why I’m behaving like a not-a-grown-up although I’m turning 22 this year. I guess the kid in me is always still there… 😀

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Thailand version of Tokyo Banana. I’ve never tried Tokyo Banana before but the Thailand version was SO DELICIOUS! I think I can have many of them without going sick of it. I love how the sponge is airy and light and the banana filling is not overly sweet nor overwhelming in taste. I got this from 7-eleven for less than 10 bahts. You guys should totally try it! ❤ ❤ ❤

Banana prata! I bought it off the roadside stall for 40bahts near our hotel and polished off the entire thing as the girls didn’t fancy sweet stuff and they were busy eating their pig intestines. (Yikes, I’m not a fan of internal organs as food.) It was nice as usual since the last I had it in Phuket during the grad trip. YUMS! 

Thai Coconut Crepe! The freshly made version. I had the sweet original flavour while Ei ei chose the salty one, costed us 10 bahts each. The white thingy seemed like merengue and it was super super sweet like melted mashmellows. I love the crepe it was finely thin and crispy. I bought 2 boxes of the mini versions back as souvenirs for myself and Siru.

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Thai Boat noodles. Felicia brought us to Union Mall to shop and I tried this Boat Noodles for the very first time which were super yummy but spicy. They came in like tiny portion which you are suppose to finish it in one mouth. Every food in the shop cost 12baht or was it 15…but the milk tea cost 40bahts.

3D Ice-cream. I got myself the blueberry yoghurt flavour and they were really pretty and tasty. I regretted not getting the coconut ice-cream because the girls were too busy shopping that we didn’t had much time for food. DAMNNN, I miss the authentic coconut ice-cream. URGH. But this one was good as well. It cost me around 80 bahts which is pretty pricey but I guess it’s worth it for a pretty ice-cream popsicle. 🙂

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Fried Sweet Potato Balls. They are like thailand version of mini non-sugar coated donuts. They taste naturally sweet because of sweet potatoes as the main ingredients DUH! I can’t remember how much it cost, think it was 35 bahts? I love them but if only Siru was around to share with me because the girls had really differing taste buds and preference from mine. Where’s my food buddy?! 😦

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Thai’s Pork Skewers. Another version of pork satay but with bigger chunks of marinated meat. Each stick cost around 15baht. I manage to find another stall which look less hygienic for 10baht. (I didn’t had diarrhea thankfully!) I tried it once in Phuket and I couldn’t get enough. Cravings satisfied again this time hehe.

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You guys know it. The famous wanton mee that you have to try in BANGKOK. It took me some good walking under the hot sun before finding the stall. I know Ei Ei and Felicia weren’t digging it but I was! Thanks for accompanying me to find food though you girls were more into shopping… I had two bowls and they cost 100 bahts for a bowl. SUPER OVERPRICED but hey, it was GOOD!

[ Thanks to the wanton mee, we landed ourselves in a wholesale clothing area that is opposite Platinum Mall and we had ourselves some good bargaining of clothes that cost only 120-150bahts. YES, no joke! Only if you bought 2 pieces or more… ]

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Here a photo of Ei ei and I having our takeaway dinner from the roadside stalls along Soi 11 which was the street our hotel was located at. Felicia wasn’t a fan of photos so we didn’t had any taken together sadly. We were sharing 2 Pad Thais, Pork and Chicken (80bahts each. SO PRICEY OMG) and Som Tum (80bahts each too).

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We had our gelish nails done at Union Mall for 250bahts which is around less than $10 SGD. We wanted to do at MBK but it was super costly, think it was 500-800bahts. DAMN. Felicia also had her eyelash extensions at Union Mall for 500bahts. Union Mall is cheap but the people barely spoke English so we had a hard time asking them for price but thankfully we still managed to get what we wanted.

Btw, I had a trans who did my nails for me. Her features were pretty masculine but she looked like a lady. She did my nails in the most gentlest way possible especially when I was in an elbow brace. I don’t know what’s up with guys always rejecting trans and going ewww…yikes and joking about them, but I think they are really nice people and it just suddenly dawn onto me that they are humans too and they have a life, they spoke out for themselves and maybe God didn’t give them the right gender that they deserve to be or probably they were born in the wrong human body. They made a choice to change for what they truly are and I don’t think people should just criticize about them. HEY, they are beautiful too even if they were created under the cuts of knives.

So we literally travelled around Bangkok shopping malls with its MRT and mainly BTR which costed us around 18baht-32bahts (1-2 stations distance was 15-18bahts, 3 stations onwards was 22bahts for a single journey ticket and the rest I can’t really recall). It was super convenient and it beats the heavy traffic jam and the trouble to negotiate with those scheming taxi-driver or tuk-tuks. It wasn’t really that congested as compared to Singapore’s. The people there were way nicer and had manners especially towards a left arm handicapped like me. They gave way and even gave up seats for me. I was totally surprised and touched because in Singapore, even if I was in cast, people would just walk past and bang into my cast or my current brace like nobody’s business even if the path was wide and had plenty of room. AND, nobody gave seats up for me in SG. OMG, SG, you should totally reflect upon your courtesy please.

Secretly, I  managed to steal some sneaky selfie that included Felicia. I know my left arm is unable to hold a phone thus the ugly angles and I couldn’t groom myself properly… so pardon the ugliness in the photos throughout this trip. I’ll take better ones the next time round.

On our last night in Bangkok, Felicia and I wanted to go to Levels, the nightclub that was right outside our hotel which they didn’t not had affiliations with. GUESS WHAT. My arm was rejected by the bouncer and barred from entering. TSK annoying. So we ended up at this random bar and bought a 250 bahts cocktail that tasted like a mocktail. We got hit up by some guy that claims to be from New York and he was chased away by the staff thankfully. (It wasn’t a big issue for us but that something interesting for staying in the red-light district of Bangkok. Lots of party girls and with the foreign blonde tourists. What a sight.)

Our return flight was another tale to tell. Apparently, Ei ei got separate from us during shopping in the wholesale area opposite Platinum Mall. We ended up shopping together and lost track of time, we literally ran to the BTS because it was jam for the road on a weekend. Then Felicia had to stopped by Big C, which ended up super late. Ei ei was already waiting for us at the hotel and I knew the road was going to be jam but then… it just all happens and we missed our checking in time at 1725hrs as we only alighted at 1725hrs. The only choice was for us to re-schedule and book the next flight which was departing at 1940hours. We had to pay around SGD52 (we paid in bahts) each to get the next flight thankfully.

Then when we thought everything was fine. We cleared immigration and went for a meal at the wrong end of the airport at boarding gate zone F. when our boarding was at zone D. We ate and lost track of time again. The gate was closing at 1915hours and I only left the area at 1910hours while the girls were still eating…OMG. To my horror, I realize it was a good 1km walk to the boarding gate. I literally dash and run with all my life even though I was one arm handicap and holding a bagpack and carrying a sling bag. I just DASHED!!! Nearly to the point where I was blanking out, I managed to reach the boarding gate 3mins late and I board the plane with my heart pounding tremendously fast as though it’s gonna fly out any moment.

Right before I boarded, the staff suddenly called out to me and asked where were my companions… I told them they were still eating and they made me call them, which I did. The airport crews even comms their name to get them to the boarding gate. The crews told me if they didn’t arrive in 5 mins they will leave without them. OH GOD. But thankfully, they boarded the plane safely. PHEW. I think the boarding crews in Bangkok really goes extra mile to call their passengers to board their planes. I remembered I nearly missed my plane in Hongkong especially when I didn’t know that they had a change in gate.

All the drama on the last day, it was a good lesson learnt for us to be punctual or risk more monetary loss.

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Anyway, I had a great time in Bangkok especially on the shopping part. Felicia was exceptionally good at bargaining prices and Ei ei was a good companion and taking care of people. And I was pleased with all the items I bought in Bangkok. AWESOME 😀 ❤

 

 

 

Mambo + Bikini Bar

Ok, gotta rewind a little, back to September, after that hectic F1 period and braving the hazy conditions with Indonesia’s illegal forest fires causing the air to be packed with pollutants, I managed to have a day out suntanning in Sentosa with Yunteng at my new favourite chill out spots, Mambo Beach Club and then bringing her to my workplace, Bikini Bar.

Previously I’ve been heading to Mambo alone on my own, during my off days to chill with my book. Sometimes it gets pretty boring to find no one to talk to. But then again it’s pretty relaxing as well. A day just for myself doing nothing and chilling, looking at people and emptying my thoughts.

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Days when there’s just me, my book and the beach.

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And I even revisited this place, The most Southern Point of Singapore at Palawan Beach.

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So here’s the drinks menu if anyone is interested.

The reason why I visited bars in Sentosa for drinks is because I get 15% discount due to my Island Partner Card (staff benefit for working in Sentosa hurhur, and I get free unlimited monorail entries.)

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We ordered the Mambo Sunset which is Mambo’s version of Tequila Sunset, which consist of vodka, blue curacao syrup, grenadine syrup and pineapple juice. This drink is so instagram-worthy because it’s nicely layered and looks like a rainbow cocktail which will make your day as cheery like the colors!

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I stirred my glass of cocktail and the colour changed…

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Tadaa, it became an eery and dull cocktail haha!

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Rainbow cocktails really brighten up the hazy afternoon!

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And a flying kiss from me…KIDDING xD

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Yunteng didn’t had lunch before she came, so she ordered beer batter seabass with salad and chips. Premium fish meat that they use for the fish & chip, they were GOOD!

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Ok, so this is what happens when you have a friend who have to take photo of the food before eating, and there’s ME the one who can’t wait and have to pop a strand of crispy fries into my mouth! Haha 😀

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Subsequently, I was hungry and ordered this huge bowl of truffle fries and my favourite deep fried baby squid.

I have been addicted to squid lately and everywhere I go I need to have squid in my meal.

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And I ordered a Passion Fruit Caipirinha for myself.

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And a Sex on the Beach thereafter! This one was strong and I felt alittle happy tipsy after finishing this. OOPS!

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After our meal, I went to suntan with a huge tummy, and we sat on the tanning chairs, chatting…

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In the jacuzzi under the hot sun, it feels so warm and comfy!

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After the jacuzzi, we headed to the main pool! Yunteng didn’t bring her swimwear, what a waste!

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A mandatory poolside bar photo!

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And that’s me with my unkempt soaked hair.

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The cabana is pretty relaxing actually, comfy cushioned seats to laid there and read a book!

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And she took this while I was trying to take a rest…

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After Mambo, we were at Bikini Bar!

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I ordered a Peach Margarita for myself and she had a Strawberry Margarita.

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But my favourite is still Lychee Margarita!

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And Bikini Bar’s calamari ring is still the best! Crispy and chewy, I totally love those hint of lemon zest amidst the batter! YUM

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To end our night, we went for the skyline luge attraction to end our day on a high note!

GUESS WHAT? Perks of working in Sentosa, and having Luge manager as the bar’s regular, complimentary luge tickets!

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Our first time on board the luge together!

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With our helmets on! HAHA

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I didn’t managed to take photos with Yunteng on the skyline ride because it was way too dark, so I shall make do with the one I took by myself when I went for the ride alone previously in the early evening.

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It was a really awesome afternoon that day, and although I may have spend a little too much on drinks, but I guess it’s ok once in a long while to be doing so.

Shall end the post now, I’ll continue working harder to finish paying off my poly loan debt.

开心的时光总是不知不觉地过去了,我还是要会到平日努力挣钱了,加油韵!!!

Yun Teng’s 21st

[I know I haven’t been updating my blog for a nearly a month, mainly because I was busy with work at Bikini Bar and Buymeadrink app and also looking for new job. Also, I had a fall on the escalator and recently I injured my foot while doing a headstand without any mat against the wall (usually I use the pole for support…). Ok, maybe I did blog on my other private blog so I decided that I didn’t had extra time to update this one. Now, I’m backkk! I shall update all the overdue posts asap. Sorry >.< ]

Perhaps I haven’t introduce you guys to Yunteng, she’s also one of my secondary school classmates whom was really really close to me because she was the one that always disturb me in secondary school and oddly, her annoying actions actually drew us nearer to becoming good friends, mainly because she lives like 2 bustops away from me, so we’ll walk home together after school, ahhh…good old memories!

So, on 19th September, which was like during the F1 period (annoying road blocks…grr) she held a really fancy 21st birthday party at Kbox, with buffet spread for everyone and a 2 tier birthday cake from Pine’s Garden, you know that popular neighborhood cake shop which manage to gain fame and popularity with its Lychee Matini Cake and Blackforest Cake. Oh wells. Also, she even booked a suite in Furama Riverfront which was initially meant for the 21st celebration, but after a series of events, she changed to Kbox.

That particularly day, I was working morning shift and after which I requested to end early at 5pm and then made a dash to my staff locker to get change and made a dash to Marina Square, to get her a present. (In order to save time, I did not put make-up at all, so you should really make a mental preparation for my ghostly photos…)

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Her gorgeous 21st birthday day with Peach Melba on the top layer and my favourite Lychee Martini at the bottom tier. YUMZ!!!

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Lots of fattening cream, but damn, they were GOOD!

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The group photos which consisted like her sec school besties, poly besties and her friends from work.

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We were literally bored…so we took selfies to keep ourselves occupied, while waiting for Yunteng to take photos with us.

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Yeah! We finally manage to spam some quick selfies before the birthday girl goes off to take photos with the rest!

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With my secondary school classmates, been really a long while since we met.

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“Happy Birthday BFF, a princess for the day shall not use your hands to eat, let your humble servant for the day, feed you. Say AHHH~”

(Please don’t kill me if you read this, I totally miss being dramatic and improvising theatre lines.)

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With her colorful 21st balloons, feels like I’m 21st again! Hehehe

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All in! So there’s Yunteng’s family, and everyone else including her boyfriend hurhur!

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This was my ootd for the night. My bag was overloaded with my Bikini Bar attire and makeup stuffs.

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Back at the hotel, with Siru’s unglam photo for a headstart. HAHA

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This was the bathtub, it was really gorgeous, totally wished that I could be the one soaking in bubble bath! It has like full length glass connecting to the bedroom and that blind to provide privacy… (the blind was spoiled. Oops)

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And also an open concept basin area with big lightbulbs at the mirror, feels so hollywood dressing table area isn’t it?

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Ok, so this was my real outfit actually and it was really unintentional to be flexing my left arm, Ignore those muscles please. #poledancerarms

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Playing with her birthday balloons, hehe!

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So from like executive room to courtyard suite, this one was taken from the courtyard suite, bad lighting but I still love those wooden frames and that pool of lotus leaves, or whatever floating greens are those… ❤

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I took this photo with Siru’s iphone 6 while she was busy transferring photos to Yunteng’s laptop.

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Totally in love with these photos. ❤

I know I’m too short nor pretty enough to be a model, but this totally made my model photoshoot dreams come true. Thanks Siru!

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Taken with a timer, I totally ran like 10 times climbing up the chair and table to get like a proper shot.

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Shall end of this post with the both us!

Hope you really had an awesome 21st, and it was absolutely fun! ❤

Where I stayed in: Shenzhen, China

After my first night stay in Hong Kong to catch up some rest from the long tiring budget flight from Singapore, I’m finally in Shenzhen! For Shenzhen, I have booked a hotel near the metro station because it would be more convenient for me to travel via metro than to take their taxi. Since I was going to be mainly shopping in the area of Dongmen, I decided to book a hotel in that area so that I could have easy access to the hotel to unload my shopping bags and then continue on. (I’m such a shopaholic!) Anyway, the hotel that I booked was called:

ZTL Hotel Shenzhen (Previously Days Inn Shenzhen)

Address: 57 Yongxin Street, Jiefang Road, Luohu District, Dongmen, Shenzhen, China

Nearest MTR: Lao Jie Station (Exit D)

My Rate: $65.25 incl. of taxes and gst (Wed)

ZTL Hotel wasn’t the cheapest hotel around in Shenzhen nor in the Dongmen area. There were actually plenty of hotels in Shenzhen with prices less than $100 a night for you to choose from. However, one of the difficulties of booking hotels in Shenzhen is that the Google Maps are not updated and therefore it makes it difficult to actually check where your hotels are located and if they are near any metro stations. (I don’t know why Shenzhen map is not updated…)

Anyway, the hotel location is excellent, once you step out of the station exit, you could easily spot the huge sign which is facing the road, away from the Dongmen Shopping area. The ground floor of the hotel is a huge row of shops and nearby is just H&M flagship store! There is a GongCha store right opposite the hotel with KFC and Macdonalds nearby as well.

As for the service, the front desk staff was bad and rude. When I wanted to check in to the hotel, they claimed that they did not block any room for me because they did not receive any booking information, until later when one of the staff admitted that she did receive but misunderstood the word “confirmation” as “cancellation”. (OMG SERIOUSLY?!) Then they randomly gave me a low floor room on the 3rd floor when I requested for a high floor. I was totally pissed. (If I were to be staying in that hotel for a few nights, I’ll probably ask for a room change but since it was a night, I decided to forgo about it. Damn…)

The superior room was definitely bigger than the size of a standard room in Hong Kong and it felt really awesome. The bed was a queen and it was super soft and comfortable. I LOVE THE BED! However, the aircon was super cold and no matter how much I tried to adjust the temperature, it just doesn’t seemed to work beside turning off the aircon completely, which made me gasping for air because of the stuffiness. The mini fridge in the room was totally spoilt as well and it was super smelly when I open it, NEARLY PUKED, I swear!

Overall, I guess the hotel is good for a one night stay if you are planning to do some one day crazy shopping  in Dongmen area, else there are plenty of good hotels in Shenzhen with similar pricing for you to choose from and better service and facilities available.

Where I stayed in: Hong Kong

Ever since I was introduced to housekeeping, I became very particular about hotel room cleanliness and the facilities that they offer and obsessed with the different hotel brands in the world and the other individually managed hostels and accommodations. In my recent trip to Hong Kong and Shenzhen, I stayed in a total of 3 different hotels and I will be sharing with you the 2 hotels that I stayed in Hong Kong and the other hotel that I stayed in Shenzhen shall be reviewed in a separate post. So let’s get started! Hong Kong, in general, the hotel rooms are smaller than the standard hotel room size of around 25sq.m (on average). Thus you should be prepared and be mentally ready to expect a room size that is smaller than what you have in your home country. For the first hotel that I stayed in Hong Kong, it was a hotel located in Causeway Bay:

Best Western Causeway Bay Hotel

Address: Cheung Woo Lane, Canal Road West, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Nearest MTR: Causeway Bay Station

My Rate: S$61.93 incl. of taxes and gst. ( Tues)

I got this best low rate from Agoda after comparing countless of website including their home website since 2 months ago before my arrival date and managed to get this rate when I saw the room rate was lowered about a month before my arrival date. I guess in Hong Kong, you shouldn’t book your room too early in advance as the rates for better hotels will drop about a month before the check-in dates.

(Note: Keep referring to the websites to check if there is a change in room rate every week. Compare from various websites like Hotelclub or Hotels.com, etc and make use of the promo code available to help you save up from the additional gst and taxes charges, so you can save more!)

The room that I booked was a superior city view room and I got a non-smoking room at the 21st storey which were of what I requested. The front desk was on the 3rd storey and you have to take a life from the ground floor to the 3rd storey. The staff in general speaks fluent English except for some. One downside of the hotel is that it is not located in the main street but in a small dark alley so you have to be careful when you are alone but generally, Hong Kong is still safe for solo female travellers like me! But still, it may be a little hard to find at first if it is your first time in Hong Kong so you might have to get your map ready and research done in advance before travelling. (Note: You can spot the building easily with its signature color scheme and the bright cream gold colored ground floor.)

As for the room cleaniness, I would probably rate it an average. The bed was clean but the coffee and tea making set that were placed on the window porch housed some ants and they were crawling all over. I had a hard time trying to kill them because the cups and tray were black and I happen to placed my bags near. (ants-killing time!) Also, there were several hairs found in the bathtub and I presume that the room attendant only used a towel to wipe dry the bathtub without a thorough cleaning. The plastic bath curtains were pretty worn out as well.

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Nonetheless, the room was well-designed and I really love that chandelier that was hanging on the ceiling and it look so Victorian and the wallpaper greyish-black with gold hues. It was beautiful. The blackout curtains were awesome in effectively blocking out the sunlight and I had a pretty good sleep despite all the excitement in me about heading to Shenzhen the next day. The bed was comfortable, just nice, not too soft nor too hard.

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In general, I would probably rate it a 4 star hotel although their room cleanliness can be greatly improved.

After I came back from a one night stay in Shenzhen, I returned to Hong Kong and stayed in another hotel in Sai Ying Pun area instead of Causeway Bay. Sai Ying Pun is an old district by itself with plenty of  HK’s older generation with foreign expatriates staying there thus there is a mixed of old and new with the old tall houses and brand new condos amidst the old buildings.  Generally Sai Ying Pun area is like a downhill slope where you could see beautiful mountain on the tallest part of the slope while on the other side, it’s the Sun Yat Sen Memorial facing the beautiful Victoria Harbour with another side of Hong Kong skyline. This second hotel was also another part of Best Western property:

Best Western Harbour View Hotel

Address: 239 Queen’s Road West, Hong Kong Island West, Hong Kong.

Nearest MTR: Sai Ying Pun Station (Exit A1)

My Rate: S$68.78 incl. GST & taxes. (Thurs) / S$76.56 incl. GST & taxes. (Fri)

Room rates are slightly higher during the weekends like friday and saturday night. As many mainland china people would cross over the borders to Hong Kong for holidays or a short getaways, therefore with the high room demand, price becomes slightly steeper. Thus, I would recommend you to travel to Hong Kong during the weekdays to avoid the crowd and higher weekends hotel room rates.

The room that I booked was a superior mountain view and the room had a twin bed instead of a double which was not what I have booked. I called down to the front desk and requested for a double and that they told me the superior room all came in twin and the only double bed available room was deluxe and I had to pay extra for the upgrade. This is very disappointing as I’ve booked the room from Hotels.com and yet they clearly state the option to pick from twin or double bed when the hotel does not even have a double bed for that room type. I felt I was cheated as I could have booked other hotels instead.

Anyway, the bed in the room was as hard as a rock and mattress are of cheap quality for it is so light and when you are sleeping on the bed, you could feel the springs against your body. It hurts…! Other than that, the room is kept very clean by the lovely room attendants who are super friendly as well.

In general, I wouldn’t really recommend anyone to stay in this Best Western property because of it’s low comfort rating and the small room size (the room is smaller than the one in Causeway Bay) unless you are someone seeking for hotels nearest to MTR stations exit.

For your information, there is going to be a new Best Western Hotel opening soon in the same area as the Harbour View one, (if you look carefully in my last part of the video, you’ll see a new Best Western Hotel over where I filmed my Hong Kong sunset) so maybe you should try and book a room there instead of this.

Also, I know you might be wondering why did I pick both my hotels under Best Western property over the countless hotels and guesthouse in Hong Kong? Put it simply, I studied about hotels brands and chains over a few years ago during my tourism course module and Best Western is one of the popular and well-known four star hotel brand as the price was pretty acceptable and within my budget of S$75/night. I think I would consider myself to be budget traveler and although I know that the infamous Chungking Mansion in Hong Kong is popular to tourists for its cheap accommodations,  I was tempted to reserve a room in Chungking Mansion however, because of its bad reviews about the surrounding and room quality, I gave up on the thought and chose to stay in a hotel instead so as to reward myself since it’s was a birthday holiday! Haha 😀

I’m a POLE-ADDICT!

Ever since the first pole class, I feel in love with pole dancing. It has been my dream to attempt to sign up for pole class but due to the strong discouragement from my friends, I did not learn until I got to know of this friend where I was so inspired by a guy being able to pole dance. I pluck up the courage and sign myself up. Pole dancing have always been known to people as a slutty dance which aim to seduce and is a down-grading form of dance. To me, I differ so. It has been recognized as a dance sport and that old-fashion minded people should totally snap out from their senses and wake up. Pole dance can help to keep fit and is a form of combination of various dance styles like ballet and fitness for it requires a lot of your core muscles to do the various tricks. Currently, pole dance has even combined with various dance forms like lyrical pole, contemporary pole and even pole exercises which heavily emphasize on fitness. Pole dance has really made a transformation as a dance itself and have been growing in popularity, I don’t see why anyone should really hate it. Anyway, I couldn’t had enough of pole time in class and finally I decided to dig into my precious savings to get myself a pole at home. After various efforts by myself trying to shift those heavy loaded furniture, I managed to make space and install the pole. It was self-assembled and I managed to complete it without any help…sweating badly though! IMG_3024 That’s a basic pole sit. I’m still a beginner in pole dancing and training very hard to strengthen my arms, core and as well as leg grips. It wasn’t easy and came at a hefty price of pain. Then again, I guess the price of pain was worth it because I could transfer the heartache from family and unhappiness into a pain that is more rewarding.

(I know I look fat in this picture which I am actually back then…DAMN!)

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Just hanging on the pole to practice my grip.

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I’m making of the use of pole to facilitate my warming up and increase my flexibility level.

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I wasn’t someone flexible from the start and gave up dancing in primary school because I didn’t had the determination to perform a simple split when everyone in the class could do so. I know my back and leg are very stiff and I’m trying so hard to break the limits. From a 90 degrees angle to a current 165 degrees angle was quite a feat and a whole lot of pain that I have tolerated. I still can’t sit up straight without heavy reliance on the pole to actually pull my body forward instead of tilting it back. I will try hard to strengthen my back and rely less on the pole for support.

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Pole dance have also made my top two abs POP! I know I don’t have the perfect bikini body to flaunt yet but I’m trying every step that I could to work hard and get there. The perfect tone body and a flat tummy.

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Recently, I went to H&M to window shop and decided to gave tight-fit dress a go since I have avoiding them for a year plus because of the tummy gain. Finally, it fit well and my tummy was like bulging then before. I was practically thrilled how pole dancing have transformed me.

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This dress was slightly loud in prints but still NO MORE BULGING TUMMY! I can finally say goodbye to loose tops and flare dresses! 😀

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I’m officially a pole addict!

My current class term is also coming to an end soon. With the dance school plans of relocation, they are currently not accepting any continuation of classes sign-up which is quite disappointing as it meant that I have to search for a new school soon or wait till the current dance school have relocated. What a luck.

February

How time truly flies and it’s the month of february, heading into the second month of 2015. Yet, the same old me have yet to accomplished anything major in my life, relying majorly on my savings to get past with living each day and maybe working once a twice a week at the usual chinese restaurant in Harbourfront Centre. Although I have gotten another part-time job that pays relatively good, the job schedule is horrible and it’s either 2x work day per week or none. I wonder how much my savings is going to last. Hmmm…

(I won’t really  consider a full-time job mainly because of CPF contributions, for I need hard solid cash. Plus, I have something on in my mind. I’ll update you guys in a few months time when the time is ripe. Let’s just keep the suspension and guessing going on.)

Anyway, I’ve picked up pole-dancing at this dance school called Dance Channel and I got the deal from Groupon which I managed to saved alot. I started my first lesson on a friday and the pole was very different from the ones I tried on previously in Acro Polates during the trial class which I had plenty of fun with Karen. At Dance Channel, they use spinny while Acro Polates uses static poles. In my opinion, I guess I would prefer spinny because it’s easier to do spins and stuns on it while static is harder. Then again, it’s harder to grip on to spinny than static if you have sweaty palms like me. I guess there’s always its pros and cons to which pole is better, but as for now, my favourite is spinny. Maybe someday when my core muscles are stronger, I might attempt classes on static poles. Now that I remember, I better start training on my legs to be able to perform splits. I know my legs are weak and stiff, although my back is stronger and could do a back bend. I can’t wait for the next pole-dance class this week!

I also know that the month of february is going to be a special one because this year, chinese new year happens to fall in the same month as Valentines’ Day. Although I can’t really celebrate chinese new year (such as bringing mandarin oranges to wish people luck) this year due to my grandma’s departure, I’m still allowed to wear red (I don’t wear red actually, this rule doesn’t really benefit me) and collect angpows (if people give me of their free will. Haha, I’m such a cheater.) Speaking of which, I can’t wait for my CNY new clothes to arrive! (It had been a long while since I did my shopping, since grandma was sick.)

Yes, valentines is just in a few days time, on a saturday, and I’m not working! (Excited much!) I don’t know why and what am I excited over but the feeling of love is in the air is just so amazing isn’t it? I doubt I’ll have a date this year and I’m probably going to hang out with my girls again as usual except for Glad because she’s attached now. Or maybe someone might ask me out on valentines day out of the blue? (I don’t know, but the possibility is just 0.1%?)

One more thing, I’m so proud of myself for clubbing lesser nowadays. It’s probably a once or twice a month affair now instead of the previous once or twice a week thing. Still, I can’t get over drinking though, especially when I’m feeling down (most of the time actually) I still need my liquor and booze to make me happy so that I’ll tear lesser at night. Then again, all these drinking had actually trigger my frequent eczema attacks with uncontrollable itch and swollen itch lumps and patches. HORRENDOUSLY HIDEOUS. That explains in my drop in self-confidence nowadays. I should totally kick off my alcohol reliance habit and lead a more healthier lifestyle to improve my skin condition. (Note to self.)

I guess that’s enough updates for the time being.

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My 20th Birthday x M Hotel Singapore Staycation !

May 18 has been a day that I have been looking forward to since I made a new group of friends this year and that they have been the most bubbly, cheerful and caring girls I have ever been with as a clique. However, because of grandma’s departure, 6 days before my birthday on the 12th, I had a total emotional breakdown, nothing in the world makes me happy and that every little thing in my life reminds me of her, I literally cried everyday and at least twice.

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The chinese-style funeral standard outfit that I had to wear.

White/Blue Pants : Grandchildren

White/Black Pants: Children

White/Green Pants: Great-Grandchildren

May 16th was the day grandma’s body was sent to the crematorium for cremation, that same day, was the day the girls booked the hotel room for me and we were supposed to be happily celebrating away, but I was not in any celebratory mood. Just that afternoon, I wonder how many times have I cried and that few days, I just binged and cried till my eyes were poofy and swollen. I know it’s that bad and the girls, being very caring, insisted that I should go for the surprise that they planned for me as it was their only way to cheer me up despite me wanting to give my 20th birthday celebration a miss.

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After the funeral, I had to pack up grandma’s room and assist them in cleaning up.

My younger sis made me took this photo though!

Around evening time, I packed my bag and headed to Tanjong Pagar to meet the girls. The hotel was located at some unknown location and it took me a long time to the extend the girls came over to pick me up.

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Glenda took a selfie while waiting for Karen and her guy friend, Casper.

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They blindfolded me and Glad led the way to the room!

The feeling of being blindfolded it’s quite scary, pitch darkness, yet you could hear voices and giggles, curious about the surroundings but as well as fear of what might happen such as banging on the wall or tripping over someone and falling down.

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Taddaa!

Everything that suits my taste, non-chocolate cake (that won’t stain my braces) and simply decorated pastel background with the pretty balloons! The lilac balloons are my fav! COZ IT’s PURPLE!

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I’m so thankful for the girls for trying their best to cheer me up and keeping me occupied awhile to prevent me from feeling sad and grieving over grandma’s death!

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Spending effort to plan out this surprise for me! ❤

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These polaroids were mine to keep! 🙂

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My birthday cake! 😀

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This was the next surprise that came in!

While we were getting changed and having our dinner, I picked up a call from the room phone and it appeared that it was Sharen! He called from his camp and asked his ex-colleague to direct the line to my room! What a pleasant surprise to hear his voice! He asked me how was the room and everything as he helped us to get late check-out and higher floor and then ask if I received anything from the in-room dining. I did not received anything at the moment when he called but after he hanged up, the door bell rang and the staff brought this brownie for me! Sharen had asked his night duty manager to deliver a birthday cake for me! I was totally surprised and totally did not expected it!

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My ootd for the night! 🙂

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Selfies in the lift, that had a huge full-length mirror!

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We forgot to take something from the room and went back to take, and selfie time again!

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You probably could guess where we are going this time from the outfit that we are wearing…

YES! We are going to Zoukkk!

It’s also Phuture Bulletproof’s 1st Anniversary, totally hyped!

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While waiting for Casper to buy the mixers since he brought a bottle of Bacardi, another selfie in the convenient stall!

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That’s Casper right beside Karen, he is her colleague.

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The 4 of us in Zouk!

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Warning: DO NOT JUDGE!

We didn’t really kissed but just posed for the fun of it!

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Okay, this time I did kissed Karen on the cheek, birthday girl, FREE KISSES on the cheek!

No, I’m kidding, exclusive for the 3 girls only and Siru, if she ever wants it!

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For the first time, none of the girls are drunk and we could take tonnes of photo in Zouk! It was AWESOME!

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The next morning, I woke up early, feeling sad and after sneaking to the toilet to sob, I felt super duper hungry and decided to head out of the hotel to get my favourite ramen, Keisuke Tonkatsu King Ramen at Orchid Hotel while the girls were sleeping away!

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Then, I took away some food for the girls and after lunch, we headed to the hotel’s pool for some suntanning and dipping in the pool and jacuzzi!

Dip, because the pool was simply too tiny for a swim.

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Selfies at the pool!

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Casper came by and helped us to take a photo! I hid behind because I hadn’t been exercising and that my tummy had appeared.

Most importantly, the tanlines I had, because they told me to take of my shorts and that I always wore this bikini pants for suntanning so now that I’m wearing a triangle bottom, the tanlines looks way too ugly and hilarious xD

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All my pretty girls! 😉

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Lucky us, a very good looking man walked past us while we were taking selfie and due to some unknown miscommunication, he thought we asked him to join us for a selfie!

But sure, he was good-looking!

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There’s all my pretty girls! And it pretty sums up the whole of my birthday and staycation at M Hotel Singapore.

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Collated all my birthday gifts from all of my friends from my 20th Birthday!

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Lastly, I shall end this post with my favourite polaroid amongst all!

Kudos to the smart me for initiating this pose and it turns out beautiful!

The birthday surprise have been pleasantly great and all my entire life, this is the first time ever was my birthday that well-planned by someone and that I did not had to planned my birthday for myself. Thank you so much and this is the best birthday I ever had. I know I wasn’t very cooperating in taking most photos since I was feeling quite down but I tried my best to be happy and smile so that the photos would turn out great.

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I was “forced” by Glenda to take this photo as I was super reluctant to take for I felt fat. (I put on some pounds and haven’t been exercising since grandma was hospitalized…)

The awkwardness, but I shall end this post here.

Happy 20th Birthday to me!

Prepping for Flea!

Since it’s the school holidays, a random idea came up to my mind of renting a stall in a flea market to clear my wardrobe as it is way too full and that the wardrobe does not have enough space to place in new clothes. Therefore, it was time to clear out the unworn clothes to make space for new ones!

You all know how girls can’t help shopping when they see something they really like!

Therefore, I asked the girls and Siru and Glenda decided to share the stall together with me!

Yesterday, Siru came over to my place to help me out with packing and deciding the price, but mostly to catch up with one another, talking and keeping each other company!

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The piles of clothes I have!

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And after all the sorting and organizing, we decided to take some entertaining selfies to entertain ourselves!

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Being the joker among the clique, there is definitely no reason to spoil a photo with a hilarious and unglamourous selfie bomb!

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I’m selling this, a chiffon top I bought in Taiwan during June 2014 but the colour don’t suit me and Siru says I look like I’m wearing a nightgown!

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This one is a bustier cut-out dress, one of my loots from my Taobao haul in late 2013 as well. I really like this piece but I didn’t get the opportunity to wear it because most of my friends says that it looks like I’m barely wearing anything! 😦

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The flea will be held on Saturday, 14 June 2014, 11am-8pm, F1 Pit Building.

Nearest MRT: Promenade.

Freemansland, RE/Store IV

Stall location to be confirmed only on exact date since it’s a first-come-first serve basis, I really do hope we get a good location and that I can clear all my clothes, hopefully!

*finger crossed!*

I really can’t wait for Saturday to arrive! How exciting!

He made his grand entrance, but left like a wind.

“When you finally met someone of your dreams, you will never cherish him/her until you lose it,

would you then come to the realization that this person is the best and no one else is comparable to him/her.”

~Yun

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(A little sprinkle of magical fairy dust…)

The multicoloured lights, the acoustic music with the DJ spinning and the jam-packed dance floor, amidst the crowd was this group of guys that was right beside me dancing and cheering for each bass drop. They did not really stand out as on my left there was a similar group of them, and likewise in front, the back and everywhere, until my eyes met his… his fit muscular build that represented security, his straight white teeth when he let out a smile when our eyes met and those gorgeous set of eyes, they were simply sparkling and standing out among the crowd. It was charm.

For a short brief moment, while the crowd was busy, pumping their fists in the air, cheering for the good spin of music, we continued looking at one another, despite the awkwardness, our eyes were just locked to each other, and then the surroundings started to distant itself, like the two of us were in another world. It felt magical.

And, that was how I met him.

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Present day:

He no longer existed in my world and that despite the beautiful night with all the magical moments, it was just like every other night, gone in a flash and in turn, became part of my memories. His humour, his loyalty, his patience was what I adore for. Nonetheless, it was his charming cute smile that melted my heart, something that made my heart skipped a beat and pound slightly faster.

Sometimes, even though I may wish that I have never had met him, which resulted in not being able to forget about his presence and holding on to that tiny little hope that someday, another magical moment might just occur again. Yes, it was silly, but it was never easy to forget someone that I had spend great quality time together.

Occasionally, the public, the strangers, people that might just brush past my shoulder might have some cast resemblance to him. He was like a completed piece of jig saw puzzle, the characteristics that the others might have, like his broad shoulders reminds me of the time he place my lethargic head on his shoulders to rest, the cute smile that once melted my heart, and somewhat, all these little tiny details form the complete image of him and although these tiny details can be found in others, things weren’t the same anymore. No matter how I try, there can’t be an exact replica of him.

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Even though I may understand this, I just simply can’t forget, it is just too hard, way out of my capability to do so.

A Friend or A Love?

Life always give people shit test and that sometimes there are just no way to have a win-win situation and that if you are force to make a decision to choose between a years-long friendship or a new relationship which would you pick?

A years-long friendship, is probably someone you have known for many years and that she/he would have know you inside out, what kind of person you are and understands you.

A new relationship, is probably a guy/girl that you have recently known and you could or maybe have the slightest crush on him/her or you two have already been on a steady friendship and date and it’s time to take a notch higher.

However, this time your best friend comes in and decides that this guy/girl is probably not suitable for you, and make several attempts behind your back trying to break you up and let the guy/girl leaves you silently or simply vanish without a word. Somewhat, you managed to find out what happen and that it is time you make an action.

To lose a friend who thinks that he/she may be doing the right thing for you or to believe your friend and lose the guy whom you have been going out for a period of time that your life is needy of him to be your source of humour, entertainment and security.

What would be your decision?

My New Friend- Pam!

Her name is Pamelia, and she is my new friend. I got to know her from Emrys, in Taiwan where she was Emrys’s buddy.

I don’t remember how we became closer, perhaps it was internship that brought us closer together, and of course, food like Swee Choon and ramen.

It happen that we had the same off day on a Sunday and we decided to go to the beach to suntan together! Pam was late as usual and I had to wait for her and while sitting at the sky park, it was my first time seeing a star cruise!

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ImageBeautiful sky, but there was no sun. It was raining and we had to hid under the shelter.

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ImageThis is Pam! It was fun taking crazy photos with her! Haha 😀

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My favourite photo!!!

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Suntan in progress!

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I had alot of fun time with Pam that day even though during the period where we were suntanning while lying on the sand, many indians were trying to disturb us by sneakily trying to take photos of us. We were so angry we had to stood up and stare at them.

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We had Fish n Co for dinner!

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After which, we ended the whole day with a nice glass of beer!

Lovely~~~

Another Friday Night

As you might not know, I have been having my internship and I work 5 days a week, 9.5hrs each day with 2 days off, friday and saturday.

Of course, I don’t just waste these 2 days at home and do nothing, but rather each friday night has been fully well-utilized by spending with my bff, Siru!

This friday night was a special one because it was the first night of the F1 Night Race and it was my first time spending time in town experiencing the F1 excitement with the crowd of tourists from all over the world.

Not only that, we went to the Han’s at The Great Eastern, the largest outlet in their chain and the place was a gorgeous and evoked great memories of me when I was kid where my parents would bring me there often.

I miss those good old times where I was being well-treated by them and as you know, I have family problems and because of it, it led me to being a very independent child. (I’m not going to further continue on about it, because it’s suppose to be a happy post!)

And I had my chicken chop with mushroom sauce! It was really yummy!

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This allows us to spend time and putting in effort to doll ourselves up to look good when we are out. I mean it’s a girl’s thing to look pretty and regardless of the function, we just want to look the best!

And here’s my #OOTD : Black dress from Taiwan, Feather Earrings from WeiYi on Valentines and my favourite black flats!

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And we took lots of photos, selfies to be exact!

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It’s BEST FRIENDS FOREVER!

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Pretending to be happy drunk and while she pretends to be emo drunk.ImageAnother sweet one!

I really enjoyed my friday night with this awesome babe, and although I may be repeating how happy I was each time I’m with this girl, and it might sound repetitive, but there is really no way I can express how feel so blessed to be able to spend time with her, taking tonnes of crazy photos for memories keepsake.

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Seeya ❤

Friendship

Friends are important people in your life that might come and go, and some that stays by your side for all the good and bad times that you are going through, provide you with the physical support and emotional encouragement. They are also the ones who you can count on them no matter what happens.

For me, I have known this girl in my first year of my secondary school education, and she is none other than Siru.

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Ever since last night where we went drinking together, she got drunk, and started blabbering nonsense and answered all the questions that we asked her, In particularly to the question, ” What do you think of Shi Yun?” She started to answer it and it made me realize how important my presence is to her.

Also, we have actually come a long way since secondary school because the initial stage of our friendship wasn’t an easy one. We quarrelled because of different backgrounds and most importantly, the ability to not to understand each other’s feelings, needs and wants and putting ourselves in each other’s shoes.

Of course, during the year where O’level started, a major quarrel broke out and we hadn’t talk to each other for weeks, it was crazy and I could still remember how much I hated her at that period because it was the first time I ever scolded vulgarities, “FUCK YOU!” I have never been so angry and angst at someone before and even if I would I wouldn’t scold vulgarities because it was crude and uncultured.

Eventually, we managed to patched up and after all that, we learnt to better understand each other more, especially in respecting each other’s choice and decisions, and not hurting each other because of our selfishness.

As we grew up together, we have changed a lot, from the little girls to now, teens and soon-to-be adults, we have learnt to understand each other so well, our characters and thinking that so much so that we do not even have to ask each other and we could understand what the other is trying to say and think. The way we communicate with one another might sound really absurd and ridiculous to the third party because there is no way that you could understand what we are talking but to us, we are able to.

This is just the most amazing thing ever!

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I know it wasn’t an easy road to come so far with being friends for 7 years (and counting!), we have travelled twice together to Bali and Taiwan, spend great memories together in the ups and downs of our life, be it education, love or family, we have provided support for one another, I couldn’t say that my life has become worst because of you, but I can’t deny the fact that my life has also improved because of you. Without such a good friend like you, who is able to accept every flaws and annoying side of me, I wouldn’t be able to be that crazy, that drama, that hilarious and most importantly, being able to be myself for who I truly am.

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For that, cheer to the 7 years of friendship that we have accumulated so far and best friends forever!