ShopBack: Save with Sephora promo codes, cashback and more!

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Hello everyone!

One of the perks of applying for a credit card is the ability to earn cash rebates whenever the card is used to make purchases. I know because I’ve been earning mine through my beauty trips to Sephora and the accumulated amount is quite substantial. But very often, the money collected from such rebates can only be used to offset the subsequent purchase and cannot be converted to cold hard cash. Being one who doesn’t like carrying my bulky wallet around, it inconvenience me sometimes knowing that the physical card has to be produced in order for me to enjoy these benefits. Above all, I believe nothing irks us more than losing out on an attractive deal (1-for-1 air ticket deals especially – happens oh too many times!) just because we’re not cardholders of that particular bank that has rolled out that irresistible offer!

Argh, stop the discrimination already!

Haven’t they heard of the saying, “The best things in life are meant to be shared”? Nobody should be deprived of any cashbacks, discounts and jaw-dropping deals. Nobody!

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Fortunately, with the recent introduction of ShopBack, everyone can now enjoy these deals without any prerequisite. ShopBack keeps you up to date with the latest online deals while helping you to save money via their cashback scheme. That’s right, you get reimbursed a portion of what you originally spent online through ShopBack on top of whatever discounts the merchant is offering!

With every deal categorised in a logical manner, you can expect site navigation to be a breeze. Whenever I’m on ShopBack, I would zoom straight in on the beauty section for the latest Sephora sales.

Well-organised menu

Well-organised menu

Current Sephora deals

Current Sephora deals

I was also surprised to see American brands that do not have retail presence here like Bloomingdales, Walmart and Nordstrom Rack listed on the page with a cashback rate of 3%. Considering that the Singapore dollar has weakened against the US dollar, these little savings would definitely come in handy for your future purchases. Furthermore, you can already request for payout once you’ve reached Redeemable Cashback of $10.00. That’s quite an attainable sum especially if you’re a shopaholic like me! You can find out more about how ShopBack works on this comprehensive guide here.

Some of the many listed merchants under the "Beauty" section

Some of the many listed merchants under the “Beauty” section

Apart from beauty, another section I would browse for deals and offers is fashion because I’m crazy about clothes and shoes. If you would like to see more variety of affordable apparels and fashion accessories, Zalora is one store you should check out because of its wide selection of products and the irresistible Zalora discount codes they would offer every now and then. Besides, the cashback rate tagged to Zalora (up to 12% for new Zalora customers) is also one of, if not the highest among all the stores listed on the website.

Busy professionals who prefer to whip up a good meal at home would rejoice knowing that they can now buy fresh produce and household items from RedMart and on the cheap too, when they make their orders with RedMart coupons without needing to spend additional time outside to do last minute grocery shopping (when you could jolly well be home earlier). You can place your orders whilst at work and they will be delivered to your home within the next 2 hours. How amazing is that? I personally dislike making trips to supermarkets during peak hours because the queues can be alarmingly long sometimes.

What about you? I’m sure I’m not the only lazy one 😆  It is impossible for me to write about all the brands listed on ShopBack here so I’d really recommend that you visit the website to find out more. You’d be amazed by the vast number of choices available and the cashback rates offered for purchases at some of the outlets!

Thanks for reading!

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Alfi is 4!

This is a pretty belated posted dedicated to Alfi who has recently turned 4 less than ten days ago. Alfi is the portmanteau of my boyfriend, Alphonsus, and myself, Fiona, in case you don’t already know. I address Alphonsus as ‘Bf’ on my blog posts because I’m too lazy to type out his long name everytime I have to mention him. Lol, just kidding but yeah convenience is one of the reasons.

I shall not be naggy and reiterate how we first met because I had already documented it here. Instead I shall update on our progress. Since that blog post, the relationship wasn’t smooth-sailing and we even broke up for 3 days – his first time initiating ever – recently because of my temper, unreasonableness and irrationality. I agreed to his request but regretted immediately and tried to win him back thereafter. I used to hurl insults at him, assume without first understanding his point of view and then scream at him. He was hurt but his love for me never diminished. He continued to care for my well-being and supported (majority of) what I did. Somehow silly me never noticed any of these and distanced myself even further away from him because I didn’t want to be too emotionally dependent on him. But I didn’t realise that by doing so, I am also causing us to grow apart from each other. We didn’t speak to each other for 6 days prior to the breakup (ironically after the Batam trip) because of a very minor issue. I started it and that was his last straw. Thankfully after trying for 3 days, he agreed to come back on the condition that I change my attitude towards him. For the first time, I took the initiative to salvage the relationship. Throughout the years, he was always the one doing the job. From that, I truly comprehend the meaning of “失去了才懂得珍惜” (you only appreciate what you have until you lose it).

Losing him would also mean losing his family, who had been treating me really well for the past 4 years. They even asked me out for dinner when they knew about the breakup, hoping to find out what happened and also to talk out of me. I sobbed like nobody’s business uncontrollably at Crystal Jade (where we dined). I’m so glad it’s not going to ever happen again, I swear.

Putting the sad past behind us, I’m all ready to make a fresh start. 🙂

Us over the years 🙂

First photo of Bf and I when he was wayyyy slimmer =X This was at Haibin Prawning Place and before we got together.

(2009) First photo of Bf and I when he was wayyyy slimmer =X This was at Haibin Prawning Place and before we got together.

(2009) We had gotten together and I'm glad he doesn't mind camwhoring at well. Very seldom he would move away from the camera lens when I attempted to take pictures :)

(2009) We had gotten together and I’m glad he doesn’t mind camwhoring at well. Very seldom he would move away from the camera lens when I attempted to take pictures 🙂

(2010) We love frozen yogurt and we still do. We would always get the largest size possible (unless it's self-weighed).

(2010) We love frozen yogurt and we still do. We would always get the largest size possible (unless it’s self-weighed).

(2010) Our first NDP parade together but sadly it was only preview and.. he didn't get the tickets for free. He paid for them because I wanted to go. :')

(2010) Our first NDP parade together but sadly it was only preview and.. he didn’t get the tickets for free. He paid for them because I wanted to go. :’)

(2011) At my graduation ceremony, Singapore Polytechnic. He wanted for me to leave the auditorium under the scotching sun because I didn't have enough tickets for him. Thanks for waiting dear.

(2011) At my graduation ceremony, Singapore Polytechnic. He wanted for me to leave the auditorium under the scotching sun because I didn’t have enough tickets for him. Thanks for waiting dear.

(2011) Still in Bangkok but we took this photo for a reason. To remember the beautiful asses in the background hahaha.

(2011) At one of our many (Asian) holiday trips.. This was in Bangkok and we went with his family. He wanted to take with the cub so bad. Look at his grin LOL.

(2011) Still in Bangkok but we took this photo for a reason. To remember the beautiful asses in the background hahaha.

(2011) Still in Bangkok but we took this photo for a reason. To remember the beautiful asses in the background hahaha.

(2012) In Beijing which I was very unwilling to go because it's China - thought there was nothing much to shop there. But I was wrong. Beijing changed my perception of China. Sadly it changed again for the worst after my Chengdu trip.

(2012) In Beijing which I was very unwilling to go because it’s China – thought there was nothing much to shop there. But I was wrong. Beijing changed my perception of China. Sadly it changed again for the worst after my Chengdu trip.

(2012) In Taiwan, our most favourite holiday destination so far. We aim to go back again this year or mid next year. Let's do it!

(2012) In Taiwan, our most favourite holiday destination so far. We aim to go back again this year or mid next year. Let’s do it!

(2012) At his graduation this time. Unfortunately there wasn't any proper pictures of us on the camera. We did take pictures but it was with Polaroid camera (which pictures are kept by him)

(2012) At his graduation this time. Unfortunately there wasn’t any proper pictures of us on the camera. We did take pictures but it was with Polaroid camera (which pictures are kept by him)

(2013) Our simple Valentine's Day celebration.. We actually don't celebrate it at all but this photo needs a caption anyway.

(2013) Our simple Valentine’s Day celebration.. We actually don’t celebrate it at all but this photo needs a caption anyway.

(2013) Us waiting for Gordon Ramsay at Newton Food Centre a few weeks back! Hid behind some irritating trees and their leaves kept scratching our skins. Happy we got to catch a glance of the star but sad it wasn't upclose! Left before 7pm because it was too crowded and our view wasn't very fantastic.

(2013) Us waiting for Gordon Ramsay at Newton Food Centre a few weeks back! Hid behind some irritating trees and their leaves kept scratching our skins. Happy we got to catch a glance of the star but sad it wasn’t upclose! Left before 7pm because it was too crowded and our view wasn’t very fantastic.

On 7 August 2013, our fourth year anniversary, we didn’t do much because I didn’t have enough sleep the night before (was rushing to meet my design deadline). There was a 1-for-1 movie deal for Safra members (limited quantity) for and Bf being kiasu wanted to make sure he wouldn’t miss it so we got up early to catch Red 2 at Shaw Lido. Then we ate at my favourite French restaurant, Canele which sadly is falling to the bottom of my charts..

My classic pasta - not very nice. I thought Pastamania's was nicer even though I don't quite like Pastamania either.

My classic pasta – not very nice. I thought Pastamania’s was nicer even though I don’t quite like Pastamania either.

Me and my pasta! Whoa I look rather tanned now.

Me and my pasta! Whoa I look rather tanned now.

Bf and his 4th year anniversary gift - a photo album of 90 photographs taken from 2009 - 2013 :)

Bf and his 4th year anniversary gift – a photo album of 90 photographs taken from 2009 – 2013 🙂

Dinner at Fat Boy's for that day. Really made us fat!

Dinner at Fat Boy’s for that day. Really made us fat!

Bf's customised burger (Make-Your-Own-Burger)

Bf’s customised burger (Make-Your-Own-Burger)

Off-topic but seriously, what happened to their menu? It seems to be shrinking and the quality is getting worse ever since Chef Pang left to open Antoinette (which is now my favourite French restaurant). Their only saving grace in my opinion are their macarons. What a pity. They used to serve really good stuff!

Okay anyway, seeing how tired and sleepy I was, Bf brought me to Healing Touch at Upper Thomson Road for a 1-hour full body massage so that I could relax and sleep at the same time. Yes, he is that awesome.. Thank you dear 🙂 It was really relaxing and the masseuse loosened every stiff part of me. Will definitely go back again if I am not lazy (transport is an issue)

Then we ate at Fat Boy’s which was just a few units away along the same stretch of shop houses. He was always footing the bill without complaints and would insist that I kept my money if I offered to pay.. Of course if I am financially capable (like when I was working full-time and he was still studying), he would reject the offer more reluctantly. Lololol!

I didn’t have a good semester break.. I lost my lifelong furry friend to heart failure, and many things happened at home. But Bf will always be there giving me advices and shielding me from (more) pain, giving me emotional support. 2 years ago when my furry friend ran away from home, he took a cab all the way from work after midnight just to search for her with me. When he knew I didn’t have time to eat at work (when I was still working at that tuition centre), he went to order Mcdonald’s for me. He knows I feel sleepy all the time, so he got me a box of Brand’s Chicken Essence when I was studying for my papers last semester. All these little details… I only have myself to blame for not appreciating them. But now I will.

Thank you, Alphonsus Neo, for everything 🙂 Happy belated 4 years to us!

A Look Back at 2012, and What to Expect in 2013

Hey guys, happy (belated) new year! Hope the first month of 2013 has been good to everyone so far.. 🙂

I spent my first day of 2013 overseas – in Chengdu, China – which officially marked my first country abroad in 2013. I was actually scheduled to fly back to Singapore on that very day. Chengdu was freezing cold in December and I didn’t really enjoy myself there despite the snow (couldn’t believe I saw falling snowflakes!) and the cute pandas. I shall leave this part of the story to another time. For now, I’d like to pen down the events that shaped 2012 and of course, my resolutions for this new year 🙂

Probably what happened most significantly was my acceptance to WKWSCI (NTU) which took me by surprise because I thought I flopped the interview. I can never forget my outburst of joy at work when I receive the call from Bf informing me about my acceptance e-mail from NTU. (He has access to my e-mail inbox to monitor my online shopping spendings hahaha).  Then it was the orientation day where I made new friends (mentioned in the previous post), followed by my first few days getting lost in NTU.

Of course, 2012 also marked the end of my one-year (or more) stint as a full-time supervisor at a tuition centre. I faced many challenges during that mere one year, from handling difficult customers to disciplining stubborn and spiteful subordinates. The most unreasonable and ferocious parent I had come across was one who had an upper-primary son. The mom wanted to enrol his son in classes which he was very weak at (failing grades), but because our curriculum was tougher and faster than school’s and it was a large-grouped tuition, I really had no choice but to break the news to the mom that he wasn’t suitable for our courses. I totally understood the desperation both the mother and son felt but as an employee, there was nothing much I could do, especially when this is a managerial decision that was practised across the board. In fact as a near-EM3 student back in my primary school days, I knew how it was like to be ostracised and turned away especially by an education centre which was supposed to be assisting students in their studies.

So obviously the mom took offence and started making a big fuss in front of other customers. I tried to keep my cool until she took out her phone and wanted to snap a picture of me so that she could lodge a complaint to the headquarters! I dodged and told her it wasn’t needed, telling them my name would suffice. She just went on, so determined to get my picture and finally gave up after I told her firmly to leave. But this feisty young single mom wouldn’t let the matter rest so easily of course.. She publicised my name on a parenting forum (my instinct told me she’d do that) and recounted the whole incident to her favour, conveniently leaving out the part she wanted to snap a shot of me, and many others which are not necessary to be mentioned here, to make me seem like a total villain. Please lor so disgusting can *roll eyes*

If this happened 6 years ago, I would have commented on that thread and cleared my name. But now I thought, what for? Parents would always side parents because I don’t have kids so I’m ignorant ma.. Oh well. And not that I’m against single parents, but erm… especially single mothers, I know you women are dying to show your independence and capability but please, don’t overdo it? So far my worst customers (as in rude, demanding and “know-it-all”) have always been single parents. Just sayin’.

Anyway I digress. So on top of my one-year permanent job position, I had also been abroad for a record-breaking of 3 times! I went to Beijing in May where I successfully climbed the Great Wall of China, followed by Taiwan in July which I fell in love instantly and last but not least, Chengdu, just last month. I’m going to blog it about once I got the pictures from Bf’s DSLR. Out of the three, I enjoyed Taiwan the most and will probably go back again during my term break! Teehee so excited!!

Hopefully in 2013, I’m able to visit Hong Kong which I’ve been dying to go. I want to buy things, eat things, buy things, eat things HAHAHA. If time and money permit, I also want to visit Australia (Melbourne or Sydney.. any is fine) which I hope to do so if Tetrina gets accepted to UQ (then Wenqin and I won’t have to fret over accommodation hahaha). Of course, all this can only happen if I stop splurging on stuff I do not necessary need.. like -okay- clothes. I already have 2 huge wardrobes packed with clothes, so packed to the extent that I can’t take them out anymore, lol. So yeah… I hope, hope, hope I can control my hands. Sigh, online shopping is really evil! But I definitely won’t stop shopping altogether. Perhaps like limit myself to 5 purchases a month? HAHA so recalcitrant.

And in academics… well, I didn’t do as well as I expected for my first term and I’ve experienced the downside of bell curves. Irritating moderating system! Modules which I was so confident in getting an A turned out to be a grade lower -_- So my aim for now is to strive for the best, clinch at least an A.. To meet this, I’m going to do hardcore mugging at least twice a week. Or if I know I’m not gonna do well, just try my best and enjoy what I’m doing since I’m very lucky to get all the modules I wanted! 🙂 So yeah.

Oh did I also mention I’m already a Year 2 student in NTU? Haha because I’ve met the minimum AUs for a sophomore due to my exemptions! But it’s really tough and long-winded for me to explain why I’m in Year 2 when it’s only my first year there. So should I introduce myself as a Year 1 or Year 2 student? :\

Also, I know I’ve screwed my body clock up during the term break by sleeping as late as 5am. So this year, starting from THIS WEEK, I shall sleep by midnight so that I can be fresh and awake for 9am classes (and allow my skin to recover)!! This is super tough (tougher than curbing my online shopping  addiction) but I will do it! I CAN DO IT!! And by doing so, I will NOT be late for 9am classes and will be early instead!

Lastly, okay this is going to sound superficial but I’m just going to say it anyway: TO LOSE WEIGHT, at least 5kg, from a UK8-10 to a UK6-8. I know I’m not the fattest person in the world and should be satisfied with my appearance but clearly I’m not and I want to look even better in everything. I’m not going to drastically change my diet but I’m probably just going to work out more. This shouldn’t be difficult! But the most challenging part of it is probably to shrink my arms -_- Stupid stubborn flabs, refusing to disappear since 2005.

Okay that’s the end of my ramblings. Hope I can find time to blog about Chengdu!

Cab Thieves

One of my biggest pet peeves (on top of crying children, spoilt children and.. well basically children) is people who attempt to flag down a cab knowing that I, the impatient one standing right beside them, have been waiting LONG BEFORE THEM.

These scumbags anger me terribly especially when I am running late for work and there is almost ZERO available cab in sight. On my unluckiest day, it rained very heavily and I had to wait for more than 15 minutes for a friggin taxi. What happened was this: a bloody fat female idiot had to jump the queue (walked further away from me but nearer to where vehicles were coming from) and flag down a cab before me. Of course, it stopped for her and trust me, I ALMOST pulled out my middle finger as the cab drove past. But I didn’t because I am GRACIOUS. I don’t behave like those selfish retards. Bloody hell.

And that was NOT the end. Then came another male idiot on the phone and pretended not to notice my presence and blatantly flag for a cab! Thank God the cab was busy so after witnessing his selfish act I immediately told him off. I shouted, “Oi, EXCUSE ME? I came first yeah?” and he crossed the road to flag at the opposite direction (not too bad). I know this action contradicts my statement about me being gracious but hor, graciousness has its limits too and I certainly do not have that much patience to sustain my graciousness at that point of time. Once is enough. Do it again for the second time and you jolly well GET IT.  And no, let me just say that even if you ask for my permission I will not let you have my cab too. You’re in a hurry I AM ALSO IN A HURRY OK?! If not why would I choose to get a cab right?

That happened a few weeks back but lo and behold! This “cab theft” incident occurred again when I was waiting for a cab near Bukit Gombak MRT station. Already late for work, this douchebag in the form of a lady had to get on my nerves by flagging down an incoming SMRT taxi. I was like, what the flying f***?! and began waving frantically and signalling the stupid bitch to go away (ok I think my actions quite exaggerated and funny come to think of it). To my surprise, the taxi DID NOT stop for her! It took me in the end!

What I learned from the driver is this: he saw ME flagging first so he refused to stop for her. He claimed that that’s the law but seriously, which taxi driver cares these days? Most of them are so lazy and inattentive and would choose to stop for anyone’s flagging near them. I applaud his righteousness! Yay!!

So for frequent taxi riders out there, here are some tips you could use to combat cab “thieves”:

  • Run to the front of that shameless moron like how he/she did to you and flag down a cab
  • Walk to that shameless moron and ask him/her why he/she deserves the cab more than you. Regardless of the answer, simply shrug it off by saying, “Sorry but I still think you should hop on to the one after mine because you know what principle is? It means you should step aside because I FRIGGIN CAME BEFORE YOU.”
  • Shout to that shameless moron that you came first. If he/she pretends not to hear it walk up to the person and tell him/her upfront. This is also one of those times you should put up that hooligan look on your face.
  • When a cab comes, wave frantically and signal to that shameless moron to go away. The moron wouldn’t be able to see it since his/her back would most probably be facing you. It’s actually to tell the taxi driver that you came first.
Ok that’s all.
P/S: I’ve written a compliment letter about the righteous driver to SMRT 🙂

Kids’ Impression of Sunway Lagoon

Two days ago my colleague at my Jurong tuition centre overheard a conversation between two primary 1 kids.

Tristan: I’m going to Sunway Rogoon this coming holiday!

Boy: What’s Sunway Rogoon?

Tristan: It has a big swimming pool, very nice and tall houses..

Boy: That’s a condominium!!

When I heard that from Grace I immediately burst out laughing. Kids these days… simply intelligent and imaginative.

You Are Not Forgotten

Hiiiiiii I’m so glad I finally found time to update this neglected thing. I’ve been quite busy these few weeks and I’m always feeling so lethargic when I reach home.

Oh by the way, HAPPY NEW YEAR 2011 even though it’s more than 3 months late. I’m sure 2011 would be different from the past years as I’m gonna embark on a brand new (education) journey.. Well, if I get accepted into NTU to study design.  Having said that, I’ve just completed my studies in SP 🙂 Wow can’t believe 3 years just went by like that. From the day I entered SP as a freshman on 7 April 2008 to the day I completed my final module on 18 February 2011 – it was definitely a blast even though there were ups and downs. But it’s alright because between the down and up moment, your maturity level goes up by an inch 😛 And if I remember correctly I should be able to collect my diploma on 25 May. Til then, I’ll be working my ass off hopefully to achieve a fatter bank account, enough to sustain my next holiday trip.

How should I continue from my abrupt end to my 2010 journals? Let me start from my final module – internship, which carried a whopping credit unit of 17 like, almost half of the total CU for that semester. I shall not reveal the name of the company because I’m not ready to burn any bridges. But for a little hint, it was a magazine company which gave me the design internship.

Although I’m truly grateful for the design skills I was taught, I simply cannot deny the horrible experience I had there. Complete with mean bosses and terrible employee welfare especially when you’re only a teeny weeny intern, it’s just anybody’s nightmare. And the pay is bloody low. I bet after CPF deductions (yes you heard me) I could be the lowest paid intern in my batch. Like who on Earth would deduct a measly intern’s pay? That flirtatious-looking accounts person didn’t believe that interns are excused from CPF deductions until my lecturer gave him the CPF guidelines. I wonder how many interns were duped by their so-called compulsory CPF scheme before I came. And after I left they CONTINUED to deduct the next intern’s pay for CPF. How despicable and unethical right?! They’re also very calculative in our pay I CAN’T STAND IT. So stingy for what?!

And that’s not just it you know.

Apart from having to endure that awful breath my supervisor exhaled that smelled like a dead rat, I also have to endure her bad temper. Usually she’s very moody on Mondays, I don’t know why. But that doesn’t give her the rights to vent it on me. She is exceptionally nice to and fearful of the editor and bosses, which I don’t really blame her. But her niceness is a little bit extreme, like she is gonna lick their shoes. You should totally see how her tone changes when she spoke to me AND THEN to the editor or the CEO. Kinda puts me off, like I’m not worthy of her respect.

Being an intern there also means that you’d be under-appreciated, taken for granted and I freaking hate it. Like I’m some kind of their SLAVE. I’m expected to work overtime and leave the office everyday at 10pm without any word of thanks from anybody. And when I don’t, I get reprimanded for not working as a team. I also get chided for the small mistakes I made during those sleepy nights. !#$%&! The most absurd thing was when the entire company left for Christmas lunch last year, the interns were made picking up the mess they left (who wouldn’t be surprised we were not invited). We could only leave for lunch at 4.15pm once we were done. My overly controlling supervisor texted me at 5pm asking me what time I left for lunch because she didn’t see me in the office. FYI, my lunch break was 1 HOUR. And she was so afraid I took more than that for lunch and had to resort to questioning me. What am I, your prisoner?? And once again not a single “thank you” from them for helping to clear the mess. Well done!

There are so many other unethical stuff they do but I can’t say it here since it’s a public page. I’m boycotting the stupid magazine from now and while I’m at that, I’m telling all friends to do the same too. It seriously doesn’t deserve the attention it gets.

Because of the company, my tolerance level rose. Even after all the crap they gave me, I was still able to keep my cool and pretend to be a well-behaved, soft-spoken intern all for the sake of grades. It’s amazing how I did that.

Unlike my classmates who had awesome colleagues to plan a farewell dinner for them on their last day, I had nothing. No farewell gifts, no paycheck, nothing. Instead I was given a B+ for the overall grade. I was SO UPSET that night and my heart wrenched. I effing cried. Did my utmost best, gave my all and that was what I got you know. And the most ridiculous thing was how my supervisor who bloody gave me that demeaning grade consoled me, probably to relieve herself of guilt. She said something along the line of  “don’t worry about the grade. It’s not too bad” which really made me feel like stabbing her. It’s like telling the person you’ve slapped so hard it doesn’t hurt. You’re not the person receiving a B+ for a module worth 17 credit units you bloody idiot! OF COURSE IT’S NOT WORRYING TO YOU.

So it’s been more than a month since my departure and I haven’t received my paycheck! What does that tell you about the company? BULLY. ‘Nuff said!

Anyway thank God hell ended. It was the longest 3 months of my life. And the worst one.

Stay tuned for my next update 🙂

Happy FIRST birthday Alfi!

7/8/10, Saturday: The long-awaited date had arrived! Saturday marked Alfi’s first anniversary and even though there was only this little amount of time to celebrate due to work, we had a blast! We ate so much at Orchard and I swear, most of our salary went to food. 🙂 Oh and I bought him 5 NEW sets of tops! I bet they look awesome on him!

I must say that my darling put in the most effort in trying to make this relationship work (which does eventually). For that, I really admire his determination, perseverance and patience. At times I could be really unreasonable and upfront but he tolerated them all. If  he was some other average guy he’d probably had ran away 😛 Hmmm, most people thought we wouldn’t last because of (what you can tell from above) our conflicting personalities. I’m a very indecisive yet independent individual but he’s always there to guide and is very cautious towards me like I’m a newbie in life. 😛 But I got 85% used to his behaviour after a few months.

We met more than a year ago through our CCA and he was this ah beng-looking guy with REALLY golden hair (now become 100% guai kia, jet-black hair), but he surprisingly didn’t look like his age. Although his profile stated his birth date, I still didn’t believe it so I had to sieve through his pubbing photos on Facebook to figure out how old he was! True enough, he was 23 years old. HAHA. And by the way, I was also a little attracted to his maturity due to his age 🙂

Before we got together he was smoking like an idiot (I’m sorry) because of I-don’t-know-what stress but my heart got won over by his determination to quit because of ME 🙂 He knew that I hated smokers to the ultimate core (from blogs and other stuff) and he NEVER touched cigarettes since then. He refused cigarettes from friends who persistently offer them to him and has since cut down on pub outings. Now he’s as fragrant and AFFLUENT as a non-smoker. 😛

He is someone who does not believe in spending time away from each other, so we made it a point to meet everyday no matter how short each meeting may last UNLESS of course, one of us is overseas. Even so, we would communicate each other via sms. To others, we may seem sticky (it only appears that way because we’re studying in the same school so naturally we’d see each other more often than any couple) and plain no-life BUT we have our own lives too with our own group of friends, just not known by many others who jump into conclusions so quickly 🙂 And yup, if you’re planning to go into a relationship, this is the type of sacrifice you have to make. You can’t just treat your boyfriend or girlfriend like a TOOL which you choose to use only when you feel abandoned by your friends *cough*. And although we’re sticky, we know our limits and we don’t behave inappropriately in public. Maybe a peck or a short hug but all in all we’re just innocently affectionate. 😛 We think like adults, kay!! Oh and having said that, we are not as obsessive as those teeny couples who always go like, “i mizxsz euuuuu i lurbbeeee youuuuu my hartxx beatszxs for himmzxz 070809<3” all over the net. I know it’s impossible for us to be modest in real life so we try to maintain low profile online! 🙂 We are considerate, heh.

I’ve learnt a lot from this one year, including handling negative perceptions. We get criticised, most of the time privately and supposedly unknown to us, by people who try to bring us down. But our conscious is clear so those comments never affected us. As time passes by, we tend to realise such comments usually come from armchair critics (also keyboard warriors) who reek sour grapes and are inexperienced when it comes to love. And they are either hideous-looking (always get upset about the world because they are ugly and can never find love), they always fail in love (so jealous and always waits for that one opportunity to gloat over others’ misery) or they are still single (but trust me, I was like that when I was single too). As much as you wish to refute the previous statement, they always stand true. Really, if you’re blissfully in love you wouldn’t even pass such silly statements because you UNDERSTAND how it’s like. 🙂

We also learned to be independent and responsible for our own expenses by spending on dates with our hard-earned money. This aspect really made me feel a lot more mature. Both of us are working part-time since last year! I mean, how many couples actually work to earn some income to spend on dates? I’m glad we’re not those kind of couple who whines and shamelessly expects their parents to financially support the relationship. We try to be thrifty so we can buy the things we want 🙂

I’m thankful that family members and friends who truly care have given us their blessings. Awww. Okay I know saying this would be so bloody shameful but.. hell I feel fortunate?? HAHA. 🙂

To make up for that small undeserving celebration on Saturday, darling and I have planned a Desaru getaway this coming weekend together with some friends. Yay, can’t wait!

Wait for my pictures!!