May is the Month of Weddings!

Hello everyone! School is officially out for me so I would be updating this space more regularly until the new school term starts in August! (Yup, a 3-month break for me)

I haven’t been writing about my life so here’s one about some happy events I had been to this month although May hasn’t ended yet.

Last month, I received a surprise Facebook invitation from a secondary school classmate whom I had not spoken to for a long time (if you don’t include birthday wishes on her wall). Syamilah and I were in the same class for the last 3 years in Hillgrove before we graduated. The last time I saw her face-to-face was on the day we received our ‘O’ level results in 2008 when we were only 18. Blessed with good looks and pretty deep dimples on both cheeks, I remember her as a very prim and proper, prudent, refined and faithful Muslim girl who hasn’t changed a bit (in terms of character) through the years. Now 24, my dear “Mylah”, as I affectionately call her, has found her lifelong partner and was ready to transition into her next phase of life :’)

The wedding reception was held at the block beside Teck Whye LRT on 4 May and only a handful were invited from my cohort. It was a wedding celebration not just for one couple, but three (the other two were Syamilah’s brothers’)! Apparently it’s normal to have more than one couple in the same Malay wedding reception but held at different time slots – how cool! But I almost went for the wrong session if not for my mom’s reminder haha. All of us arrived about 10 minutes late but we were in time to catch the kompang performance which we would always hear from a distance away and never had the chance to watch it (unless you’re some thick-skinned aunties like those we encountered at the wedding, “crashed” the wedding, see-see-look-look for a long time and walked away -_- Pretty sure they ate some food at the buffet too).

Arrive in time to catch the Malay kompang performance, an important part of a traditional Malay wedding.

Arrived just in time to catch the Malay kompang performance, an important part of a traditional Malay wedding. The bridegroom and bride are king and queen for the day!

A wedding reception for 3 couples!

A wedding reception for 3 couples!

A make-do photobooth for us to take polaroid pictures! We took 2 pictures, one of which had to be pasted in the newly wed's guestbook.

A make-do photobooth for us to take polaroid pictures! We took 2 pictures, one of which had to be pasted in the newly wed’s guestbook.

Group shot, first take.

Group shot, first take. With the rest of the ex-Hillgrovians from the same cohort: Isabel, Veron and my bff Xiaoqing! We were given props as you can see.

Group shot, second take!

Group shot, second take!

Oh, did I also mention that it was the first Malay wedding I had attended? I had no idea what to wear, how much to give and what to expect at the wedding thus I did my homework prior to the wedding and found this really useful site! Click here to read if you’re going to attend your first Malay wedding as well 🙂

Even though the minimum sum to give as stated on the site is $10, I gave more than that because being Chinese Singaporean has taught me to be less buay pai seh (shameless) and more generous. Also, contrary to Amy Cheong’s belief, it is equally pricey to have wedding at the void deck with each typically costing about $10,000? Because most of the money goes to the decorations. Oh gosh! Want to have simple wedding also cannot. So yeah, giving $10 is being really cheapskate.

Also, unlike Chinese weddings, the money (in small paper envelopes) should only be given before you leave or after you are done eating! I totally forgot about it and gave it to the hosts (bride’s parents) when we arrived. This eat-first-pay-later tradition gives me the impression that Malay weddings are not out to make profits, though it may not be the case.

I also spent like an hour in front of my closet deciding on what to wear to the wedding. Bearing in mind that it was a traditional Malay wedding where you’d expect other Malay guests to be in their baju kurungs, you definitely can’t go in provocative outfits because it’s just showing disrespect to the hosts. Well, not saying that I have many revealing clothes… The most revealing one I have just bares 1/4 of my back ^___^ And I haven’t worn it out yet cos I’m rather conservative myself -_- I picked the most cheerful and conservative dress which wouldn’t make me sweat buckets in this extremely hot weather – a Lilypirates number purchased 2 years back! Never got the chance to wear it cos it’s too flare for my liking (tends to make me look fatter than I already am) but I couldn’t bear to sell it cos the colours are so pretty!

Anyway, hungry me devoured the buffet lunch before I realised I hadn’t taken a picture of it, so no pictures of the food I’M SORRY!!! Haha but it was great with the right amount of spiciness! Malay cuisine has always been one of my favourites! If I were in a canteen with only a Malay and a Chinese stall, I’d definitely go for the former! Drinks however were a little diluted with too much artificial flavourings though but that’s not a huge problem for me.

Stayed for about 45 minutes and left before the next session began! 🙂

Congratulations Mr and Mrs Rusydi!

Congratulations once again, Mr and Mrs Rusydi!

On 10 May, which was yesterday, I attended my cousin’s wedding lunch and dinner reception at Chijmes and Hilton Hotel respectively. Jiamin 姐姐 was the bride and is also one of my closest maternal cousins who tried to coach me in badminton and Math when I was 12. Despite my constant failure in both, she had never once lost her patience and temper at me 😀 I doubt she remembers any of this now since it happened a really long time ago but yup, it’s still etched in my mind! She has an older sister who got hitched 3 years ago on the special date 11 November 2011 and I got to be one of her bridesmaids. Didn’t blog about that as I wasn’t that active on the blogosphere then (i.e. lazy), oops!

Back to her wedding at Chijmes, the wedding procession was held at the multi-purpose hall which was really breathtaking! The arched ceiling and stained glass window fit into my description of my ideal church wedding. After that, we had our lunch at the French restaurant beside it. It was a French buffet and boy, all the dishes were really good! Boyfriend kept going back for the dessert – not sure what it’s called but it’s like a small cup of mango pudding – while I really loved the lemon butter cod fish. Enjoyed the couscous as well!

Boyfriend was having a massive cough so I told him to put on a face mask. Imagine the solemnizer asking if anyone on the ground disapproves of the marriage and then he coughs. That's be super awkward.

Boyfriend was having a massive cough so I told him to put on a face mask. Imagine the solemnizer asking if anyone on the ground disapproves of the marriage and then he coughs. That’s be super awkward.

Half-awake smile. Someone told me that I looked gloomy that morning :(

Half-awake smile. Someone told me that I looked gloomy that morning 😦

Chijmes chapel. We came late so we were seated at the back.

Chijmes chapel. We came late so we were seated at the back.

Most of my pictures are taken using camera and I’m too lazy to transfer them to my phone so…. #benjiamin

Nice, fairytale-like wedding photos!

"I now pronounce you man and wife."

“I now pronounce you man and wife.”

Signing the certificate of marriage

Signing the certificate of marriage

Getting ready to be photographed with the official marriage cert!

Getting ready to be photographed with the official marriage cert!

Marching in once more with cute Kiera (flower girl) in front.

Marching in once more with cute Kiera (flower girl) in front.

"Thank you new dad and mom for raising such a wonderful and beautiful daughter. To express my gratitude, I want to reward you with a pair of plane tickets..." "to other parts of Asia.." "...Southeast Asia." Lol.

“Thank you new dad and mom for raising such a wonderful and beautiful daughter. To express my gratitude, I want to reward you with a pair of plane tickets…” “to other parts of Asia..” “…Southeast Asia.” Lol. As one of his friends said, spoil market groom!

The loving stare.

The loving stare. Congratulations once again, Mr and Mrs Ben Tan!

Awesome French food at Chijmes!!

Awesome French food at Chijmes!!

Returned home after lunch to get changed into my evening outfit (lol I know). I picked a Love Bonito dress which I bought in January during my short stint in the company supposedly for Chinese New Year. But knowing that many girls would be wearing it since it was such a popular piece, I abandoned the idea. I bought the petite version because I like my dresses to be above-knee length but it turned out a little too short for my height HAHA. I had to remind myself not to bend forward as doing so would expose my butt huggers (even though I was wearing safety shorts… you know guys’ imagination can be really wild sometimes).

Unpleasant face of the day. Leftover breakouts from exam period *cries*

Unpleasant face of the day. Leftover breakouts from exam period *cries*

A rare #ootd shot that wasn't taken by myself. Had to persuade boyfriend to take for me coz he is always so reluctant to do it -_-

A rare #ootd shot that wasn’t taken by myself. Had to persuade boyfriend to take for me coz he is always so reluctant to do it -_- In Petite Parisse Neoprene Dress from Love, Bonito. Please pardon my frizzy hair.

While waiting for the doors of the grand ballroom to open...

While waiting for the doors of the grand ballroom to open… Doing what we do best.

It was my second time at Hilton Hotel, which I remember for its super creamy and thick American Cheesecake. I felt that the banquet was not too bad, but not phenomenal at the same time. The dish that I enjoyed the most was the starters because the chicken in beancurd roll was really good! Actually I kinda love anything that is wrapped with beancurd roll.

Marital Bliss - Sesame Prawn Toast, Sze Chuan Garlic Pork, Jellyfish and Coralline Seaweed, Five Spiced Chicken in Beancurd Roll, Japanese Top Shell with Abalone Sauce

Marital Bliss – Sesame Prawn Toast, Sze Chuan Garlic Pork, Jellyfish and Coralline Seaweed, Five Spiced Chicken in Beancurd Roll, Japanese Top Shell with Abalone Sauce

Marital Bliss - Five Spiced Chicken in Beancurd Roll

Marital Bliss – Five Spiced Chicken in Beancurd Roll. MEGA LOVE!! Don’t tell anyone I took more than 1 for myself lololol.

Braised Lobster Soup - Enoki Mushroom, Shredded Chicken and Crabmeat

Braised Lobster Soup – Enoki Mushroom, Shredded Chicken and Crabmeat

Hilton Signature Empress Chicken

Hilton Signature Empress Chicken and many many herbs

A chunk of Hilton Signature Empress Chicken

A chunk of Hilton Signature Empress Chicken. One of my faves that night!

Steamed Live Marble Goby (Soon Hock) Teochew Style

Steamed Live Marble Goby (Soon Hock) Teochew Style. Don’t really like this fish cos there’s not much flesh 😦

Drunken Live Prawns in Hua Diao Wine - Served with Dang Gui and Wolfberries

Drunken Live Prawns in Hua Diao Wine – Served with Dang Gui and Wolfberries

Prawnssss

Prawnssss

Stir-fried Scallop with Asparagus & Honey Beans in Chef's Signature Sauce

Stir-fried Scallop with Asparagus & Honey Beans in Chef’s Signature Sauce

Braised Baby Abalone & Seasonal Vegetables with Bai Ling Mushroom

Braised Baby Abalone & Seasonal Vegetables with Bai Ling Mushroom

Fried Udon with Dried Shrimp & Black Pepper  & Golden Mushroom

Fried Udon with Dried Shrimp & Black Pepper & Golden Mushroom. By the time it came, it was already cold. I felt like I was eating Soba instead haha.

Flower girl and boy who happen to be the cutest siblings.

Flower girl and boy who happen to be the cutest siblings.. and of course, my niece and nephew. Seth is the most sociable, intelligent and likeable boy ever!

Boyfriend's ootd and his about-to-cough look. I bought him the skinny tie!!

Boyfriend’s ootd and his about-to-cough look. I bought him the skinny tie!!

My apologies that most of the pictures are of the food I ate and not of the newly-weds, because I couldn’t get a good angle from where I was seated 😦

There was also a photobooth (is it a trend nowadays at wedding receptions? Hehe) near the entrance of the ballroom. I wanted to take pictures there but there was a long queue 😦

The banquet ended near midnight with Or Nee (yam paste) as the final food item. It was the bridegroom’s favourite dessert which is coincidentally mine as well! In the hot dessert category at least… Ice Kacang is still the best. 😀

Warm Yam Puree  & Ginko Nuts with Pumpkin in Coconut  Jus

Warm Yam Puree & Ginko Nuts with Pumpkin in Coconut Jus. I actually loved it despite people saying that it wasn’t sweet enough. I think it’s very sweet leh!? And excuse me, I have a sweet tooth too! If only it didn’t come with so much ginko nuts!

And that’s about it! Now that most of my same-generation and older cousins are married, I am starting to feel the heat from relatives. I feel that marriage is a private affair and should not be anyone else’s business so I really hope and appreciate that people would stop asking me the question and pressurizing me into ending my bachelorette life!

“WHEN IS YOUR TURN??”

HOW ABOUT NO, NEVER HAPPENING??

Kidding. Later boyfriend scold me.

R.I.P. My Best Friend, Angel

This post is about my furry best friend who passed away recently unexpectedly. Her name is Angel and she had been with me throughout the 12 years of her life.

I was 11 when my Mom bought Angel from a breeder in Bishan whose Shih Tzus are all of champion bloodline. She was barely 2 months old and was so tiny and quiet. She had a twin brother and I remember vividly that Mom and I were deciding between her and her brother in the play pen. In the end we chose her as we preferred females but since she was still very young, we left her in her mother’s care until she was a few months older.

I came home from school one evening and was pleasantly surprised to see the little Shih Tzu resting in her cage. I didn’t know she was arriving that day! She was quiet and not definitely as active as the puppies you see on display in pet shops. She just slept until it was mealtime, when she would slowly walk to the bowl and nibble the soft puppy food. We kept her in the cage for several days as she was too small to roam around at home but she never once barked for our attention. That was when Mom and I thought she was really sensible and special.

Even then we still hadn’t thought of a name for her. Eventually we named her “Angel”, which was taken from her pedigree name reflected on her SKC cert. Her full name was “Singlion’s Angel Ov Love”. She was indeed an angel in my life.

Angel when she was 1, 2 and 12 (a few months before she died)

Angel when she was 1, 3 and 12 (a few months before she died). We have watched each other grow.. She had witnessed every milestone in my life, from PSLE, “N” level, “O” level to Diploma. Sadly she will not be there for my convocation. I was still planning to have her in my family portraiture.

On the onset of her freedom, she was still rather sheepish and didn’t dare to move around much until we started playing with her. She grew to be more playful and cheeky. Slowly, she recognised her name but like other new pets, she also started defecating and urinating everywhere in the house. She once even pooped on my Dad’s mattress while we were out which resulted in her getting a huge spanking from my Mom. We didn’t want to toilet-train her because the floor in our common toilet was always wet and we didn’t want her undercoat to be drenched in the process, so we cage-trained her. Gradually, she understood that all her businesses (including vomiting) had to be done in the cage. She also learnt to bark on her own when she heard noises at the door or when somebody comes home! These “skills” were then passed on to Chubs. She was an extremely intelligent girl 🙂

Angel and her new pal, Chubs. Probably the only clear picture of them together.

Angel and her new pal, Chubs (early 2013). Probably the only clear picture of them together.

No pictures when she was a puppy unfortunately, because I didn’t have a camera back then.

This is her looking at me through the gate as I was leaving for school.. It certainly feels different now without her.

This was her looking at me through the gate as I was leaving for school.. It certainly feels different now without her. I miss her welcome barks and hugs.

Looking at you with the visible white of the eye = guilty

Looking at you with the visible white of the eye would mean that she’s guilty (especially when she’s getting reprimanded for doing something wrong)

Angel's constipated look when she's barking hahaha.

Angel’s constipated look when she’s barking hahaha. Wuuf!

When she was 4, she gave birth to her first batch of puppies which unfortunately were all sold away. Thankfully my Mom still keeps in contact with some of the owners. She went on giving birth the second and third batch with the latter being absolutely accidental. I was there during all 3 labours to help her break the placenta 🙂 After all her puppies were sold, she was left alone again. And probably because she didn’t have to care for her puppies anymore, she became active and energetic again.

3rd batch of puppies! Angel did a great job as a mommy :)

3rd batch of puppies! Angel did a great job as a mommy 🙂

Solo time with her favourite girl.

Solo time with her favourite girl.

With the (ex)hubby. I miss you too Wenwen.

With the (ex)hubby. I miss you too Wenwen.

This went on for the next few years until she turned 10. Her eyesight and hearing started failing but she could still eat and play normally, just less responsive to our calls. That’s fine and we still loved her as much as before, but that also made it more difficult for us to ditch negative thoughts of her leaving us sooner or later.

During the same year, she ran away from home (probably when my Dad was leaving for work, he left the door open and Angel sneaked out when he was wearing his shoes) and my Mom didn’t realise it until I returned home from school (was already in Poly) at about 7pm. Usually Angel would bark and welcome me at the door but on that day she was nowhere to be seen. I panicked, asked my Mom where Angel was and that was when she recalled not seeing Angel for the past 4-5 hours. We rushed down and searched high and low for Angel until midnight but to no avail. I had work the next day but I requested for leave of absence because of this. I cried so hard that day as I thought I had lost her. Thankfully some passers-by saw her and with eyewitnesses’ accounts, we managed to traced her back within 2 days. She was rescued by one of the shop vendors in the vicinity and I was overjoyed to have her back.

As I got older, I took on jobs to earn extra income hence I was able to throw mini birthday celebrations for her at Doggiestyle Cafe during the last 2 years of her life. It was something I’m so glad I did. I remember how her face lit up when she saw the sumptuous food we ordered for her. She had barely any teeth left so I had to hand-feed her. But really, no complaints. I really enjoyed my time with her 🙂

At her 11th birthday. The last time she dressed up.

At her 11th birthday. The last time she dressed up. You can really tell from her eyes that she had aged a lot.. But to me, she’s still that same old Shih Tzu puppy I first saw 12 years ago.

At Doggiestyle cafe for the first time and she really enjoyed me feeding her!

At Doggiestyle cafe for the first time and she really enjoyed me feeding her!

My room door was always left ajar so that she could come in. When she found herself alone in the living room, she would try her luck and see if anyone’s bedroom door wasn’t closed properly, and then used both forelegs to push the door open. Mine being the first bedroom she’d usually target always ended up as her first and final successful try (my mom and sis didn’t like her to be in their rooms because Angel loved to shake the loose fur off her body). When she’s in the room, she’d look for the owner as if to inform her that she had allowed herself in.

Bought this cute bunny outfit in Taiwan. Sadly she never got the chance to wear it again.

Bought this cute bunny outfit in Taiwan. Sadly she never got the chance to wear it again.

Despite her age, she still had energy to play with us. We would do the bunny-hand posture and lumbering walk and Angel would respond with a high-pitched bark and run off. We do this almost every week and we could see that Angel was enjoying it too because sometimes she’d assume that we were playing with her and run off even though we were just looking at her (lol). But we didn’t know that her heart was already failing and all these vigorous exercises just made her heart even weaker. Then signs started showing on her final week where she’d often feel breathless and was always chocking on nothing, but it was on and off and we thought it would go away. In the wee hours of 9 August it became worse. She retreated to a dark corner and appeared very weak. We wanted to bring her to the vet but it was already 2am and all nearby vets would be closed by then (what’s more, it was National Day). Frantically, we went to Google for afterhours emergency contact numbers and we found one at Jurong West, just 15 minutes drive away from my home.

In the car to the clinic, Bf probably foresaw that Angel wouldn’t be able to make it through the night so he took my phone and snapped a picture of Angel and I. It was taken in the darkness and both of us can hardly be seen in the photo but I’m never going to trash it.. Because that was my final picture with Angel.

My final photo with her. Looking at this picture just makes me heart ache..

My final photo with her. Looking at this picture just makes me heart ache..

Angel remained breathless throughout the journey but all I could do was to hug her tight and hope that she’d recover soon. However, it never happened. The moment the vet saw Angel, he quickly carried her into the operating room without uttering a word. While my family, Bf and I were waiting outside, we could hear Angel’s cries. It broke my heart into million pieces.

After a long wait the vet finally came out and spoke to us. He said Angel’s heart was failing and swelling badly. Hence it was unable to pump enough blood and all the fluids in her body were blocked by the swollen heart and trapped in one area. She must have felt really terrible. We were advised that if Angel made it out that day, she’d have to be on long-term medication to prevent the heart from swelling again.

We left the vet without Angel because the vet wanted to put her under observation overnight. The vet remained very optimistic which gave me hope that I’d see Angel again.. but the hope was dashed when I received a call from the Vet about Angel’s death at 9am. I was devastated.. I wasn’t ready for that.

Seeing how grief-stricken I was, Bf helped to make cremation arrangements for Angel. We went back to the vet to collect her body and I broke down again when I saw her carcass wrapped up on the table. Her eyes were half opened and the cloth used to wrap her up was wet with her saliva. Every night I’d brush her fur and tie her topknot to keep her neat and tidy but I didn’t have the chance to do so on that night before. So I retied it heavy-heartedly while tears rolled down my cheeks. I hope Angel looked her best on her way to rainbow bridge 🙂

Anyway, we engaged Tengoku for their cremation services because I wanted Angel to be cremated privately. They were really understanding and patient with me as well and I really appreciate that. They offered to cancel Angel’s license on my behalf and even sent my cards to make me feel better (but I ended up crying again geez lol). If you’d like to know, I opted to collect her ashes (same-day collection) instead of allowing them to scatter into the sea because I don’t believe the theory behind dispersing ashes.. I mean, I don’t do it to my deceased relatives so why should I do it to my dog? She was close to me like my sister.

Right now, Angel’s urn is still on my table and I’m still trying to find a columbarium for her. If anyone’s got a place to recommend, please drop me a comment. 🙂

Take care, Angel.

Take care, Angel.

I miss you Angel.. Hope life’s much better up there. We’ll meet again someday 🙂

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!

Happy 11th Birthday Angel!

I was in Primary 5,  a friend of my Dad sought our help to take care of his Corgi Cutie while he went on an overseas trip. We enjoyed the presence of  Cutie so much and even hoped her owner would abandon her (so that we could have her all to ourselves lol).

After Cutie was taken home,  Mom and I started searching high and low for a perfect home companion, mostly through ST classifieds. Then we chanced upon a breeder’s ad and immediately went to view her newborn Shih Tzu pups at her Bishan apartment. There less-than-a-month-old Angel was with her brother, placed in a playpen, struggling to reach the next floor tile as their legs were still pretty frail. Two months later, Angel was deemed fit enough to leave her mommy but was still relying on milk. Unlike other puppies, she was so quiet at my place and would sleep all the time even when we put her in the cage (was afraid that she would sneak into my parents’ room and pee on their bed – dad would tear the whole house down). She never once barked or protested at all when we locked her up. Hahah we seriously thought there was something wrong with her but we later figured out that it was only fatigue? Sorry, no pictures of her as a puppy because I didn’t have a camera then 😦

Gradually, she gained our trust (going to the cage to do her business and we never really taught her that! Smart girl) and was allowed to roam free in the house all the time. It has been 11 years and Angel has been through different phases of my life, watching me graduate from Primary School, receiving my “N” and “O” level certs and most recently, my diploma. I doubt she will live long enough to watch me graduate from Uni but if she could, it would be a great blessing to me 🙂 And  believe it or not, I speak to her like a human being when I was younger (though I still do now! But not so often because I have a confidant called Alphonsus Neohahaha) and would hug and caress her long fur when I felt low or have this sudden fear of losing her (usually happens when I see videos or pictures of tortured/abused animals). Puzzled, she would look at me with her huge marble eyes and subsequently attempt to lick my lips. Then as I move my face away from hers, she would continue to lick, lick the air! HAHA

“Harro chiu rike moi ponytailz??”

Anyway this post as you can see is dedicated to my best doggy pal, that celebrated her 11th birthday two months ago 🙂 It wasn’t a very grand affair.. dressed her up and just brought her to the canine park at the rooftop of Nex mall (quite pointless cos she doesn’t play. All she did was tailing other dogs -_-) and rewarded her with a feast at Doggiestyle Cafe 🙂 I’m making it a point to celebrate her birthday every year so that I don’t feel so remorseful if she were to leave me suddenly. Sigh..

Doggiestyle cafe’s interior

A rare nicely shot picture of Angel (of course with someone having to trick her into looking the camera with? Food of course).. when I made an unglam face. Kns. But it’s too cute not to put it up here!

That (greedy) look on her face as she was fed with her birthday treat. Savouring every single bite of her patty!

Doggiestyle cafe, even though made for dogs, do serve decent human food as well! I especially love their calamari – thick and comes in a huge portion!

Birthday cake from PLC, just next door! Because her face is so flat, we couldn’t let her eat the cake on her own as she would definitely dirty herself. So we fed her – until the cafe staff stopped us because no outside food is allowed in their premise 😦

It was pretty quiet when we were there but I guess the crowd only comes in around dinner time because when we left at about 7pm, the place was already occupied with many other dogs 🙂 Will definitely pay a visit for their side dishes (not sure about their “main courses” but you can give it a try) even when my dog(s) are not with me.

Will clear all the backlogs now before University life begins unofficially next week 🙂

Posts I aim to complete: Taiwan trip (like a finally!!) and maybe if time allows, I would really want to document my University application process! Trust me, the process was so long that I really thing it’s blog-worthy. Lolol!

Til then 😉

Not Again…

And so, the backstabbing continues at my workplace where anything can happen as long as you have immature subordinates/colleagues working with you.

Not that whatever I heard bothers me because I’ve gotten used to all these bullcrap. If I can’t endure such nonsense, I’d have been devastated and depressed a long time ago. So, to each his own. I can’t stop you from having opinions. But once again if I think I’m not in the wrong, don’t expect me to change to suit your preference.

But basically the main point of this post is about what my bosses told me..

Now, it does not matter what they say. What matters is what I think of you.

Probably the sweetest, nicest and  the most inspirational quote that I’ve ever heard from the people whom I thought were the nastiest beings on Earth.

*touched*

Friends are Forever

Hi guys, this shall be dedicated to my friends as mentioned 2 entries before. 🙂

About three weeks ago, Jacelyn initiated a meet-up with our past colleagues because Jocelyn’s 21st birthday was nearing 🙂 We took that golden opportunity to celebrate her birthday in advance too (without her knowledge) as we seldom met up after the girls started school at NTU.

Shirley, Jocelyn and myself were the probably the first batch of trainees that managed to stay beyond 5 months after Jacelyn joined the Centre. 5 months is considered a longgggg time if you’ve read how horrible the working environment is at my workplace. But no matter how horrible our bosses were, there were zero politics unlike my current work location now. So that explains why we were pretty close 🙂 And I am glad the chill-out session was made possible, thanks to Jacelyn who always plans such outings despite her busy schedule.

JocelynJocelyn, the birthday girl, receives her surprise birthday gift

Ji De ChiThe very nice Durian Snow Ice at Ji De Chi! It’s as good as eating the real fruit!

 Us 🙂

And the week after, I met up with some of my closest lot of Secondary School classmates and dined at Marche@Somerset. Most of the boys couldn’t make it as they were stuck in camp (boo NS!). Hopefully we’re able to plan another outing that majority is able to attend!

From Xiaoqing’s phone. Brought a camera but was too relunctant/lazy to use it knowing that I would take AGES to upload them 😛

That’s all for this post. Will be meeting up with my besties Tetrina and Wenqin tomorrow for supper. When was the last time we met up? Longggg time agoooo. Probably at my 21st birthday celebration!

And I will try to post more often if I can!

Psst, 26 more days to my Beijing trip (and approximately 4 more months to my tentative Taiwan trip)! I’ve waited so long to be able to get away from work 😦