Monday, August 31, 2009
I love Taylor Swift's 'Love Story', love Jon Schmidt remixes and tunes - this is real talent, and I am going to buy this CD, once I figure out how.
Easy listening to ease away the Monday blues.
Friday, August 28, 2009
When I worked there as an intern about 7 years ago, the people were very kind to me and I could take a chocolate a day! I loved the ones of candied orange peel coated with chocolate, the tart taste of orange peel combined with the melty richness of chocolate reminded me of the happy days working there. I felt happy to be working my internship with a prestigious company like Raffles Holdings - although now the hotel is under Fairmont or something. The Boyfriend and I also love the courtyard, how nice if we can hold some party or celebration there! The chocolates have exotic-local flavors like lychee, jasmine tea, one of my favorites, the szechuan pepper... another unique flavor, which is lovely! I bought a box for The Boyfriend as a graduation gift of sorts - he had his convocation yesterday.
The person at the counter said he remembered me, remembered my face. Have I changed that little? I was in my teens when I interned there. Yet, he distinctly remembered me (though I can't!!!) Walter was really happy to see me and proud of me when I presented my namecard to him. He also told another guy who worked at the Raffles Shop, Boon Cheng, about me, and together we chatted about the various people that used to work there and where they were, now. I was so touched that he remembers. It's rare these days to find someone who can remember your face. He is one of those who remembers, and that just stirs up a warm feeling in my soul.
I've been busy. Lilo asked me recently, 'Is that all life is about?' Getting attached, married, having kids, looking after them, getting old...
Well I responded that, even if you choose the single path, sometime or other you would still have to babysit your friend's or relatives' kids, haha. Can't escape from that!
But... honestly, I've been wondering too. Life has been good to me, I can still say that. And as Chinese, I think we all have a bit of the greed/dissatisfaction inside of us.
The wanting to create something for yourself, the ambituous part. I'm not ambituous, but on the other hand, I will not work in a job which requires me to do things I don't like, either. I've been hooked on reading china netizens articles on chinasmack.com. It helps me to understand - and yet, not understand their mentality. They dump all their waste products into their famous rivers, like the 'Li River', till it is murky brown. I feel that this is a really selfish mentality. And in a country of 1 billion people, all of them are wanting to achieve more for themselves, pushing to selfish and unfriendly behavior. They don't mind being mistresses or kept women, for money. This may seem like they have no morals. But, if we have lived in poverty, each day worrying about our sustenance, might we have chosen this route as well? They all claim to lead harsh lives as farmers. But doesn't Japan or even Europe have lots of farmers, and they seem happy? I feel that being happy is a choice. Sure, the weather here is horrid, but we are not freezing to death...
Definitely, being exposed to the retail environment here, the shopping-mentality still overtakes us. If say we live in Malaysia, I don't think we have so many choices, thus, we will be happier and more satisfied with the things we buy. Especially if it takes us 2 hours to reach the nearest shopping centre... ... and we can only shop once a month due to our limited budget. But in Singapore, it seems like no matter how much you earn, it is never enough...
I've been teaching tuition this month for English O'levels, I do enjoy it though it gets rather tedious and tiring... I'm going to see if I am able to teach English for a class next month round, night classes and this brings me quite a substantial income. I want to pay off all my debts and buy things like a digital camera, new handphone... all those things which we think we need in this consumerist society. Too many people laughing at my dinosaur handphone... ...So I hope this all turns out well, I shall be the most hardworking person in town.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Very funny! Priceless comedy in local-style.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Remember Namewee from the infamous 'negarakuku'.
This is well-shot.
I'm not seriously sick, but sick enough to be bothered by the all consuming lack of energy and taking things slowly like a geriatric person.
True, being sick does have its perks. For one, in the recent days, I no longer rush about from place to place, putting more emphasis on a sense of relief that I do make it to my destination, without vomiting, without any stronger symptom than feeling queasy. I had a flu (no fever) 2 months ago and 2 weeks back caught another one from my family members. Teamed with a huge ulcer in between and now, vomiting, diarrhea and the usual nauseous state, I think I shall give up my 'no-complaining' rule and whine a little bit. I've been as fit as a horse for the whole year, so the long bout does get me down. I was even sick on the day of my photoshoot, downing lemsip caplets to give the semblance of health. But was in bed the whole of the next day.
The Boyfriend's been awesomely caregiving and understanding through all this. As a guy, I wonder, do they get used to a woman's moods, especially the women they live and work with? That time of the month, the usual grouses about people we can't stand, the whining during minor illnesses - whining does help, for me. I always throw a self-pity party when I'm sick because I can't stand not moving and doing something. Also, I was pretty much in and out of hospital when I was young, having childhood asthma, so sometimes when I can't breathe, I have a panicky feel that it's all coming back, the ins and outs of the outpatient ward, the gaseous thing you try to breathe in, the incapacitated state of your body.
Mushroom my new rabbit, is sick too. Rabbit flu. No, I did not pass it to him, and animal illness are not contagious. Dad gave him a wet bath which was a strict no-no. I almost freaked out when he stopped eating, due to the trauma, as that was what led to Skiiri's RIP. We went to a vet, given meds, which I had to force feed. Luckily, Mushroom loves licking on the medicine so it was more of me trying to force the syringe out from his mouth incase he chews it off rather than squirting him with 3 different medicines.
Being moderately sick also puts things into perspective, rather. Instead of worrying about everyday things, like 'am I spending too much?', 'why my tummy looks burgeoning?', 'should I do this and that', etc, all these worries vanish, at least for me, these mundane, everyday worries are gone, replaced by minimal fears that I'm never going to recover, it's been almost two months, and each day's planning to continue working yet have enough rest, and 'where did I put my medicine', 'did I take my required dosage of antibiotics already?' Though I know other people are suffering from worse ailments than my small virus, I can't help but feel that rest-times are too short, and work-times too long, and how nice it could be if I could take a gap year from working, and teach English in a faraway country like Japan while experiencing the culture there.
In the first few days of being ill, the mind travels to current work schedules. In the further few days, it takes mindtrips to somewhere else where the grass is always greener.
Monday, August 17, 2009
For Amy Adams, I've loved her in 'Enchanted', and in Night at the Museum 2, and previously 'catch me if you can.'
Despite our 'no-movie-on-weekends-it's-not-worth-the money' rule, The Boyfriend and I caught not one but TWO movies this weekend. With 'UP' in 3D last tuesday as well, that makes it 3 movies last week! Wah! A consolation though, we watched Jack Neo's latest outing 'Where Got Ghost' as a treat from his Uncle (we went out to a hotpot dinner with them on Saturday) and, Sunday, caught 'The Proposal' for half price in City Square's cinema.
'Where got Ghost' coincides with the 7th month, 'Ghost month' and well-suited it is to heartlander uncles and aunties. The buzz is pretty good, I even heard my English-speaking parents talking about the movie (they have not watched it.) And having so many screens playing, I sure hope that he makes his money's worth. For me though, the show is not up my alley. I seldom watch local movies - in fact, I much prefer indie or french shows, or shows with a strong travel/location element to make every sight and sound something inspiring. Though there were lots of laughter the show didn't do much for me. Still, I bet mainstream Singapore will flock to watch it. My fave Jack Neo's is 'Just follow law'. Muthu, the memorable security guard in that movie makes an appearance in 'Where got Ghost', too!
'The Proposal' will be out in Sg this week and we really loved the show! Ryan Reynolds, whom I've last seen in Wolverine - he was the boy with the swords whom they later operated on to be Wolverine's arch-enemy, is really sweet and funny in this show! He can do the clueless yet suave expression so well in the movie that you just want to have him for breakfast. We were actually expecting a run-of-the-mill romance movie with average acting, and storyline, yet, this one really takes us by surprise. The setting is in Alaska too, and I felt that the movie was really enjoyable! I'm looking forward to catch old romance movies of Sandra Bullock's, now. I don't really like those intense, Keanu-lovesick type of shows, so this one has the perfect combination of both fluff and substance for females and males. I think it's the best romantic comedy of the year!
We went up to JB again this last Sunday. First going to City Square, then Tebrau. Not much things to buy, though I managed to find a nice belt. There are the Vincci shoes and etc you can buy of course, and many casual clothes and groceries... and food. Glorious food! Last week, we ate delicious chicken wings, portuguese style and tried it again both at City Square and Tebrau. Funnily, it doesn't taste as slurpingly good as the last time. Egg tarts are good too! And, Black Canyon's coffee and pad thai, we had OldTown's last week. Later we sampled my all-time favorite, 'cereal-crayfish' which is much better than lobster, this is found at Taman Sentosa.
We also saw a couple-tee, those kind that joins together to form a certain message when you wear them together. We thought of buying one! I mentioned that all the couples in The Gang has a couple-tee of some sort, and all of them wore it to The Church last Valentine's. Hee. We didn't buy it then, but if we chance upon nice ones we will not hesitate. So fun! Along the way, we kept thinking of slogans should we design our own couple shirts. Just for laughs, of course. I thought of 'Snuffleupagus likes Big Bird' on mine, and his: 'I am Big Bird'. It is a little crude though! Or, mine would be: 'He's an accountant', his: 'She's not just after my money but my good looks too'. Hahaha!!! I think we will eventually buy one, maybe when Valentine's swings by next season.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Flashback: 3 months ago, my week-long holiday in Melbourne. We took the public transport, almost always trams, when we wanted to go to nearby places.
Spot all 3 version of trams on the road, the 'bumblebee', the ones I took 20 years ago, and the other one in between these eras.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Friday, August 07, 2009
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Monday, August 03, 2009
But at a certain point in life you would want to share what you've learnt, what your thoughts are, to someone. Someone special, perhaps.
It's not true that women don't really need men the way men need women (like their mothers to feed them, iron their shirts and buy bedsheets and all that).
We both need each other.
The Boyfriend and I swore off boring weekend doings like watching a movie and walking around aimlessly in typical retail environments. But also being tired (I have to stand for long hours some days of the week in my job) we are not really keen to sweat it out and hike or bike during the precious weekends we spend together. So on Sunday, after a nice dimsum brunch in Geylang we headed to 'Zouk flea and easy'. It's our first time to the Zouk flea. I missed out on the Night Festival one last month, so I was verrrry excited to take a look, whee! I had such good buys that I couldn't stop laughing to myself. But as I'm having a humongous ulcer on my tongue (for one week and counting, bleah) I could only laugh a fake 'bwahaha...muahaha' to the amusement of The Boyfriend. Scored buys that I've been looking out for, a kitsch beribboned hairband for $10, 3 DVDs for $5 -one of them is my fave movie by Jean Pierre Jeunet 'the city of lost children' which I've been looking all over for and not able to find... ... I yippeed at the sight of the DVD and clutched it along with 2 other good ones. Two typewriter key rings for my ring collection, I got an 'A' for you-know-who and a 'backspace'. They're still available online at 'by invite only'. And while we were walking out, we spotted the prettiest peachy-petal colored, chanel-esque camellia slip-ons! It was the last one and... in my size. Fits perfectly and so comfortable that I immediately wore it while gushing at how pretty it looks. (My feet are picky and they blister often, so my shoes are often comfortable=boring.) Such a fulfilling day!
We also saw many 'ah-siah-kias' selling off their very nice, barely worn clothing. I spotted a powder pink dress with v-neck of sequins, a retro crimson dress with white trimmings which I would gladly buy, men's shoes for $25, even marc jacobs flats and stella mccartney pumps going cheap! Surprisingly there were quite a variety of men's clothes too. I shall stake out clothes next time... Right now, still happy with my current wardrobe selections. The flea had nice club music in a dimmed lighting atmosphere which added to the curious and exciting part of going to it.
I've realised that we're only so much happier anyways when we plan for our purchases, like 'this month I have a belt budget for ... one rope-y belt'...and when we do spot and purchase it, the satisfaction makes you purr for a day (and each time you wear it.)
Typewriter ring collection also available at
Interesting clothes from the person who sold me the camellia slip-ons