Staycation: FOUR POINTS SHERATON!

The long awaited staycation finally came, after weeks and weeks of waiting. It was my first staycation with Yunteng and I was really excited about being away from home and work for a good one day to chill and relax.

SO why did we choose FOUR POINTS SHERATON? over the so many other hotels in Singapore? Well, because mainly it met our budget of less than $150/night and it was in the area with plenty of activities and food places.

Actually, Four Points Sheraton was previously the old Riverview Hotel Singapore which everyone remembers for the murder case that happened few years back in Room 1511 and I didn’t google on the exactly room location until I returned home from the staycation and turns out that the murder scene was just a room below ours…HMM… I wonder if the room is available for hotel guests or has it been blocked permanently?

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Anyway back to the more juicy details about the staycation! I left my house at around 12noon on Saturday hoping that we could check in at 2pm sharp and have enough time to SUNTAN!!! Yeah, my favourite activity!

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This was the lift lobby view from our 16th storey floor. It has a really nice curved porch where you can take lots of instagram-worthy shots but I was too lazy to pose and wanted to head straight into the room to snooze! HAHA 😛

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We book a superior room and twin beds and requested for a bathtub and highfloor and they acceded to our request and in our room there was this lovely sofa bed by the window with a nice spotlight right smack in the middle which gives the window place one of the best spot in the room to take photo!

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(I’m alilttle lazy to edit the photos so pardon if it’s not pretty enough.)

With Yunteng 😀

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The view was really spectacular so I can’t help doing some of my favourite yoga poses! HEHE 😀

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“When you have a spontaneous friend who joins you in attempt of a Lord of the Dance yoga pose, it’s AWESOME!”

We took quite awhile with photos-taking at the pretty window before we finally dressed ourselves and headed to the pool for some tanning action! FINALLY 😀

I brought my blue polka dot bikini that I got in Bangkok earlier this year and my sunglasses from my last year’s Shenzhen trip!

The pool side was nothing spectacular or pretty, it was the exact similar pool as the old Riverview hotel, so we didn’t take much photos at the pool.

Around evening we headed to Liang Court to grab some dinner and Medi-ya to do some grocery shopping! And I got myself a cider heheehe

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So Yunteng took a sneaky pic of me while as waiting for her to snap photos of the river’s nightview and it just happen that Intercontinental @Robertson Quay which was in the making is in the background…OHHH, good old memories of that building site as it was the former Gallery Hotel Singapore on Nanson Road and there was me, cleaning room as a chambermaid and occasionally slacking while looking out from the windows, now that it has gone into history…memories… HAHA

Brought Yunteng to my favourite casual hunt, Saizeriya! Decent italian food at affordable prices and she loved it, that explains the aplenty of selfies haha.

And after dinner we headed back to the hotel and I passed her belated present as I wasn’t able to give her on time because I was busy occupied with my cabin crew training paperwork and contract… So thrilled she didn’t mind that her present were late and in fact she’s was really happy with the presents! YEAH 😀

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It’s my first attempt on yoga ball to assist on a back bend, and I have admit, it really helps open up your back and shoulders alot more than not using any equipment to do a backbend, THUMBS UP!

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Apparently, I was attempting to do a yoga ball pushup but it was really hard to maneuver as it was my first time trying and ended up sliding to that position…EMBARRASSED HAHA XD

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Well, it’s another attempt using yoga ball to do an assisted elbow stand scorpion pose, not too bad for a beginner I guess, although it’s not a perfect one!

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Practiced my bridging too and Yunteng decided to join me!

img_1850img_1851I taught her the camel pose too and it look pretty good and we manage to do a double camel pose! It was my first time snapping yoga pose with a partner (which has been my dream to have a yoga partner for once) and I really love how it turns out! THANKS ❤

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There’s the opposite attract haha, doesn’t it looks like this icons ><

I really love the gym lighting and backdrop, pretty place to take yoga photos, if only there was a pole, it would be really really pretty to take pole pics!

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After gym and stretching sessions, it was my favourite activity, BUBBLE BATHS! Look at thick blobs of bubble foam! Lovingggggggggg it WOOHOO!

It started to pour heavily and the rumbling thunders could be heard from the window and we decided to stay up to play some real monopoly which evokes lots of childhood memories and of course, not forgetting my Albens Apply Cider that I got. (It was good, better than Somersby and Strongbows as it’s really less less sweet!)

We woke up late the next day and check out of the hotel at 1.40pm even though we requested for late check out till 1pm, they did not charged us for the late check out hehe!

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Bye, Four Points Sheraton, it was a lovely stay 😀

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After checking out we headed to Cineleisure to catch the horror movie that we had been wanted to watch before we headed back, it was an impromptu decision but I did enjoyed myself alot hehe!

So looking forward to my Bangkok solo trip next 🙂

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Don’t give up if you don’t make it!

This is a continuation of my previous I’m a cabin crew wannabe!, you can click on the link to read if you hadn’t! 😀

It’s been been 4months since my last interview with CX and I’ve been to many other interviews with other airlines and repeated some of the interviews again. The long waiting journey was arduous and mentally challenges because each rejection was like another dreams and hopes being dashed.

I’ve went to SQ interview again on July and I couldn’t make it pass the group interview. I remember the group interview question was “What was the recent movie that you watched and what was it about?” I completely blanked out and replied them with my favourite all time movie “View From The Top” which was an old movie but I re-watched it the night before the interview.

Also, I’ve been to MI’s interview at Changi Airport in their crew office. On my first try, I made it to the 1-to-1 interview but did make it to the management interview. It was a great disappointment. Their interview stage that I went through was:

  1. Registration (Certificates and documents check and with 2 passport photos)
  2. Height check and arm reach test (208cm)
  3. Group interview in group of 10 (Question was: Introduce yourself and tell us why you want to join Silkair?”)
  4. Uniform-fitting and skin check (They will check for visible scars and marks and tattoos under normal office lighting)
  5. Short walk (They will ask you to walk to and fro just to see your posture and confidence.)
  6. 1-to-1 interview (They will ask you varying questions and to read a short passage on cabin crew announcement in English with preparation time of 1min)

After that, they told me I could go home and thanked me for my time. It was really heart-breaking after been through so many rounds, I told I might have a chance to make it to management round and probably getting the job. Feeling a little unconvinced, I came back to MI’s interview on the month to re-try and this time, I didn’t make it pass the group interview.

In early September, SQ finally had another interview again, this time I went without any hopes but to try my luck and guess what, I failed again as usual not being able to pass the group interview. (The question this time was, What is the one item that you have to bring when you travel excluding the must-brings?) There were 2 out of 10 of us make it and their answer was his stinky pillow and a book. There was also another guy who also mentioned his stinky pillow but he did not make it pass, so I guess it really depends on your luck.

Just when I was about to lose hope for my cabin crew dream once again, JQ replied me. I was astonished!!! It was JQ and not 3K which means layovers in more international destinations and not just Asia countries with mostly turnovers! OMG! And yes, I will be mostly away in Singapore since it was an Australia-owned company which is what I hoped for. Applying for JQ was easy as I just had to send my resume to their website and wait for their response, it took several months before they finally responded and invited me to their office in Changi Airport for an interview.

The interview was short and brief, I had to fill up an employment form and then do an arm reach test which I missed it by a few cm, but they still passed me. Then it was a 2-to-1 interview with either the HR or senior cabin crew or the cabin crew trainer. The first thing they looked at was your highest certificate qualifications, they were very particular about it. I’ve got a Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism and they were impressed with my O’levels results, so it was a breeze for me during the interview as they only ask me one question, “What is your job scope for your current job”.

After which, it was more like a briefing as they told me the cabin crew salary range which was around 2.2k gross on average and that there will be 2 weeks of training in Australia and only 10 days a month that I will be in Singapore. They also asked me if I could swim without a life-jacket as apparently it’s Australia’s aviation rule that all flying crews need to be able to swim without assistance. So yes, I can’t swim but I told them I could, but barely. (I was thinking of going for a quick swimming lesson…)

I made it and got a called from them that the next round of interview would be the coming Saturday with a swim test. I panicked because that day I had work and it was too rush for me to find a swimming lesson in just 5 days. Eventually, I made a really heart-breaking decision to reject this wondrous offer that had high chances of me earning my wings. It was really devastating for me because after all the countless being kick-out from not making pass the interviews, my vision was blur and that I don’t even know what my future would be like if I don’t earn my wings soon.

I don’t want to be end up working a hotel ever again because being stuck in a building not knowing when is daylight or nighttime, it feels miserable. The pay is low, even lower than what budget airlines are offering and doing something that I don’t like for the rest of my life is just miserable.

ANDDD, on the late September when I thought there was no more hopes for me,

SCOOT FINALLY SEND ME AN INVITATION TO THE INTERVIEW!!!

(Shingzzzz, I can see gold rays finally shining on me! HAHA)

Ok, so after my previous May interview with Scoot, I deleted my account and recreated one in August and resend my application again and then, they send me a link to do the five quizzes as usual and then the 3 interview online questions recording, I didn’t manage to do well for the recording and was a little lost for words… so I thought it was hopeless already.

The interview this time was at their Scoot office and not the previous William Angliss Institute and this time there was no interns, it was just plainly people around my age or working adults, like all other cabin crew interviews. Ok, I’m going to post a separate detailed post about Scoot’s interview stages and process in another post but anyway, I GOT THE JOB! (Ok maybe not, I’ve yet to pass my medical check and that 2 long months of training. So not officially gotten my wings…but still, YEAHHH! No more cabin crew interviews for me!)

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(This was the photo that I submitted for Scoot’s application for the full-length photo! Previously, I submitted a formal full-length photo, but this time I just wanted to make it fun but sending this informal one! HAHA :P)

Well, I’m happy and thrilled that my cabin crew interviews journey has finally come to an end and I will be embarking on another new chapter of my flying life soon, hopefully. I guess what the movie-View From The Top, Donna said was right, “Never let anything get in the way of your destiny.” If you want to fly, you’ll work hard for it and try even harder, failures are just part of the process, some people get it in one try, some people get it several times later. You will eventually, if you do not give up. I’ve got it on my tenth time and yes, I’ve heard so much about people getting their wings after their 9th or 10th tries which I initially doubted their stories, and finally I realized that yes, it does happens. Perseverance is also another way to reach your dreams and to sum this chapter of my journey up, here’s my cabin crew interview timeline:

May:

1. Tigerair (FAILED-group interview)

2.Singapore Airlines (FAILED-arm reach)

3. Scoot (FAILED-group discussion)

4. Cathay Pacific-Singapore Based (FAILED-arm reach)

June

5. Silkair (FAILED- 1-to-1 interview)

July

6. Singapore Airlines (FAILED-group interview)

7. Silkair (FAILED-group interview)

September

8. Singapore Airline (FAILED-group interview)

9. Jetstar International (FAILED-group interview)

10. Scoot ( 😀 )

 

September

September’s here. How fast.

In the last month, I attended my very last pole class at Pole Dance Academy Singapore before it’s closure and I was really sad because I love that studio to bits. It was cosy and those spotlights hitting on the brass pole had this dancing on the stage effect, which made it extra glamorous. Not to forget the lovely and bubbly teacher—Salmah, it’s been 8 weeks since my re-visit to pole-dancing again since I chipped my elbow. I’ve healed fast and gain my strength back with Salmah’s conditioning and her encouragements.

So, the next chapter of my pole journey was, should I continue with brass poles? Or perhaps head back to chrome pole which is what I am practicing with at home…

I thought of going to TheBrassBarre, I love their sexy and fun vibes and pole dancing genre but then again, brass poles, I know I would struggle finding good gripe especially when I’ve got sweaty palms. GOSH.

And eventually, I landed myself at Polelab. It’s a cosy studio on the 2nd floor in a shophouse, similar to Pole Dance Academy, although it’s only half the size… but still of the 9 poles, 2 poles were 40mm brass and the rest were the usual chrome. I was pretty much contented since I’m given the choice to choose whichever type of pole I felt like using that day. The classes were probably the cheapest amongst all the other pole studios in Singapore, at 8x 1.5hour classes for $180. But guess what, the deciding factor was actually the teacher!

She’s Leron, and she was my first ever pole teacher even though it was just for a day. Before I started my pole journey, I attended my very first pole trial and was introduced to pole dancing by Leron back then when she was still teaching at Acro Polates, yes the one that is owned by Suzie Ming. She was a good teacher although she always has this serious looking face, I love how she breaks down the steps and counts the steps for me slowly.

I don’t know how long I might stay with Polelab, as I do miss my teachers from Pole Dance Academy and I’m just waiting to see where Salmah might teach in the future so that I could join her class, meanwhile, I shall still with Polelab to keep my pole sparks alive.

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Happy September guys! 😀

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

French Soufflé from Miam Miam

Behold your senses and keep your mouth closed before they start to drool, presenting you Soufflé!!!

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It was a catching up session with Siru the other day and we had our usual lunch at Keisuke Ramen in Orchid Hotel, Tanjong Pagar and after which we decided to have Brother Bird for the delicious mochi donut with soft serve in Bugis, and so we took a train down… and walked some distance in the hot and humid weather. And to our disappointment they were closeddd! DAMN…

So we ended up having to choose between Miam Miam and Llao Llao, and since both of us hadn’t tried Miam Miam, we decided to step into the place. The interior was open concept and beautiful decorated to dark wood furnishing, black metal frames, cosy cushioned seats and lights, feels alittle french-inspired.

We took quite awhile to decide what to have between the deliciously looking french toast and the gorgeous elegant soufflé and yes, we both ended up ordering 2 soufflés, one in vanilla the orginal flavor ($9.80++) and the other in matcha ($11.80++).

The wait was about 30mins and so we ordered each ourselves a iced matcha (top up $1.50++) and a good hearty chat about usual, work, studies and future.

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My Verdict: The soufflés were indeed rich and creamy but at the same time light and fluffy, I love the crispy top layer of the shell. It’s my first time trying such a dessert but honestly, I probably wouldn’t return for the second time. I don’t really find myself paying for such an exquisite yet petite dessert unless they are well, cakes. Well, you could always give it a try but keep your expectations low, and I’m probably someone fails to appreciate it.

Pass ~

7-11: Butter Chicken Briyani Review

Do you guys realize that SG’s 7-Eleven has finally up its game with its pre-packed food on the shelves?

It used to sell pre-packed food but nobody actually pretty much take a good look about it because it was either NOT NICE or too expensive… BUT NOW, everyone seems to be raving over their Butter Chicken Briyani and because it sounded so good, I decided to give it a shot too!

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(FIRST up, sorry guys, great apologies for the disgusting look on the photo, I accidentally kind of spill the gravy while carrying it on the way home as I did not had microwave at home so I heated up in the 7-Eleven and hence there was some holes between the plastic cover which I did not realize. 😦 )

Appearance wise, the rice definitely look fluffy and soft, definitely exceeded my expectations of hard and dry rice which are pretty much how pre-packed rice would be like. Unlike what’s is photographed on the cover, it does not have any onions, just butter briyani on one side and the other, the long grain rice.

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The gravy was good in consistency, pretty thick as I was expecting it to be really runny. Hahaha. There’s plenty of chicken chunks in it, they were cooked till really soft and tender, probably like how simmered chicken meat taste like. The meat still holds well together, without falling apart with a bite but I wish it could have been more chewy though. Of course, the gravy and the rice just goes simply so well together and I even cut some cucumber cubes to go along with it.

My Verdict?

Yes, you should totally give it a try!! Skip those unhealthy instant noodles, this is totally worth the hype for just $3.90 probably a 10cent cheaper than your regular zi-char takeaway. 😀

 

Felicia’s Birthday

This is probably the first time I’m celebrating Felicia’s birthday together although I have probably known her for nearly 2 years, where the last one she celebrated with her bf. This year, we celebrated on the 1st of April (2days before her actual) which happens to be April Fools Day and thank god the girls didn’t had any tricks and mischief up on their sleeves, else I will be really pissed. :/

The plan was to have just a simple dinner together and probably some drinks thereafter and because Felicia didn’t like sweet stuff, we didn’t get her a cake. So, I decided to get her a small bouquet of blue roses which I ordered and had to picked it up after physio that day, and traveled from like TTSH all the way to Seng Kang which was quite far a distance before heading to Holland V. (I know I’m un-employed, so I can’t really afford any huge bouquet, just something small to mark my sincerity as I knew she always mentioned how as a girl, she has never received flowers from any guys, so I shall be the first to do so then.) 🙂

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(Blue is her favourite color…)

Anyway, before that night, I spend my entire evening and night making a card for her which I saw on one of the facebook videos that someone shared. It just happened to be so timely and I just learnt and picked it up in no time!

It’s not really very pretty in terms of the colors combo as I did it last minute and didn’t plan the colors but it’s a really good effort for my first attempt on such a card!

We had burgers at FatBoys since Felicia suggested it as it would suit everyone’s taste because Yunteng had kinda alot of food that she avoid so Fatboys would probably be a good option.

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After dinner, we had some drinks at a random ktv pub in Holland V called King’s. The girls didn’t really stayed for long because Yunteng had to head home early to send her parents off and Siru had project to be done the next day, well as for me, I didn’t wanted to be the lightbulb for Felicia and Linc so I left with Siru.

(Sorry Felicia, for leaving early although I promised to drink together on your birthday!)

(Ps, I know the photo quality sucks because the lighting was terrible.)

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Happy Birthday Felicia! ❤

Thanks for being a good friend, someone who is spontaneous, fun and full of laughter. 😀