Friday, December 26, 2014

Merry Christmas


Merry Christmas!

Technically it's Boxing Day, but ah well!

The doggy in the picture is Posh, my cousin's dog. There was actually another dog present too, named Pate. Both Posh and Pate are elderly dogs that were rescued from abusive situations when they were puppies. Pate is currently blind, and it saddens me to see him like that. I still remember fondly how sprightly they were just a couple of years ago. 

:(

I'm glad there was a festive atmosphere these few days. I have been overwhelmed by a spate of well, unfortunate... issues. The festive mood really helps to lighten things up and put me in a better state. 

I need to remember that no matter how disheartening things may get, I will always have my doggy's love. She has been a sweetheart these few days, nestling up to me and nudging me for hugs and kisses. I don't know what I'd do without her.

Lets forget all our troubles and listen to awesome music!


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Daydream

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Voices

You didn't know what you were lookin' for
Till you heard the voices in your ear


Hey, it's me again
Plain, you see again
Please, can I see you every day?
I'm a fool again
I fell in love with you again
Please, can I see you every day?


You didn't know what you were lookin' for
Till you heard the voices in your ear
You didn't know what you were lookin' for
Till you heard the voices in your ear


Words don't come out right
I tried to say it, oh, so right
I hope you understand my meaning
Hey, it's me again
I'm so in love with you again
Please, can I see you every day?


You didn't know what you were lookin' for
Till you heard the voices in your ear
You didn't know what you were lookin' for
Till you heard the voices in your ear


I remember every word you said
I remember voices in my head
I remember every word you said


(I hear your voice)
Your voices
Cool voices
Warm voices
It was just what I needed to


(Words don't seem right)
Cool voices
Warm voices
Your voices
But it's just what I needed for


(Love is the word)
Warm voices
Your voices
Cool voices
It was just what I needed to


(I hear your voice)
Your voices
Cool voices
Warm voices
It was just what I needed to
Just what I needed to, just what I needed


You didn't know what you were lookin' for
Till you heard the voices in your ear
You didn't know what you were lookin' for
Till you heard the voices in your ear


You didn't know what you were lookin' for
Till you heard the voices in your ear

- Cheap Trick

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Rambles #7


Took this extremely lame picture at Lantau Island, Hong Kong. I really really want to go on a vacation but ah well, circumstances.

Finals have ended for approximately a week. Its funny how when the holidays that you've been anticipating finally arrive, you feel kind of aimless and empty. Once again, circumstances.

But wow. It's December!

And Christmas is approaching.

How time flies ~

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Rambles #6


Is it weird if I've been having recurring irrational fears surrounding my leg?

It all started after my ligament injury. I began to visualize scenarios such as my leg breaking into two and my knee bone protruding out from the bloody wound. It's a horrific image, and it makes me so afraid. Because of that, I've been really careful when I'm walking or climbing stairs.

Perhaps it all really began when I saw pictures from the London riot a few years back. There was one which really struck me hard. It was a photo of a bone protruding out of a person's bloodied leg. Now, I'm a person who watches gore in movies all the time. I am often unfazed by the fictional portrayals of such grotesque injuries. But when I saw the real thing for the first time, I felt so nauseous that I had to quickly avert my gaze. But it was too late. The image remained stuck in my brain. 

After my ligament injury, I became very protective of my legs. I am aware of how weak they are, and I'm terrified that I would hurt them again. Because of my old injury, I've been falling over occasionally when someone accidentally bumps into me or if I just made a wrong turn. And the pain is almost always excruciating. Sure, it definitely isn't as painful as tearing your ligament. But it hurts, and I don't want to experience that kind of pain anymore.

Now that I have recovered (still can't run or climb stairs properly though), I maintain this rancid fear of getting injured.

Sigh.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Lost



So, reading week is over and finals are approaching.

I'm relieved that I've finally secured an internship for next semester, but I do feel that inevitable stress pounding inside.

I'm not sure if it's the stress, but I've gained quite a lot of weight recently. Boo.

Recently I've been thinking aplenty. Sometimes I really wonder what is going on in others' heads. I would like to know what they are thinking, and whether they keep certain memories in their brains.

It's funny how I'm supposed to be studying, but yet here I am, posting a blog post and indulging in pensive reverie.

To lighten the mood a little, here's a picture of the amazing Nando's I had the other day:


We ordered the meal platter for two. It was pretty huge. One whole chicken (2 halfs) and 2 regular sides (You can choose 1 large side). We got the mild Peri Peri chicken, with garlic bread and fries (with sprinkles on top). I have to recommend the garlic bread. It's fantastic, really. 

Til next time then ~

Oh and if you're free, do check out SunnyFoodBunny! I just updated it with a post about 5 junk food items I love recently :)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Rambles #5


It's finally Reading Week!!!

Many of my friends have been fretting over how exams are coming but all I feel is sweet relief from the throes of school.

Okay, I'm exaggerating.

But I've been feeling so exhausted from school lately that its kinda nice to have a sort of reprieve. Although this short break still requires intense studying, of which I haven't really started yet because of my awful period cramps.

Seems really unglamorous to be talking about this publicly, but I need a platform to complain!!! 

I hate period cramps. Period (Pun intended).

After having visited the doctor several times, fainting, and tearing my ligament, I have finally realized that my cramps are extraordinarily painful. And I mean, REALLY EXTRAORDINARY. In a negative way. 

I have asked several female friends who told me that they've had slight cramps, but nothing as serious as mine. They all seemed really shocked when I told them that I had the tendency to faint when I experienced period cramps.

Ah well...

So to cheer myself up today, and also to start the day right, I went to get Kaya toast with butter, half-boiled eggs (YUM) and teh for breakfast!


A true Singaporean classic. 

And for dinner.... Homemade Seafood Marinara! 


Not cooked by me by the way. I can't cook for nuts -.-"'





Monday, November 10, 2014

Dining Alone

Today I'm going to address an issue that has been in my mind for quite some time.

The social stigma attached to dining alone.

Too often, I've heard people complain about having to eat alone, or not having company for lunch breaks etc. It really makes one wonder, why is there such a huge social stigma attached to eating alone? Is there something wrong with that?

I have had friends who refused to wait at the table alone for fear of being seen sitting alone. Heck, I have had friends who gossip about people eating alone, who surmise that those who dine alone must be loners without friends, or simply "pathetic".

But why must people who eat alone be seen in such a negative light? Why must they be pitied by those surrounded by "lunch buddies"?

I myself love eating alone. It's a really revelatory time where you really get to ponder. What's more, it's never awkward. Not that I don't enjoy having company while eating. I love that too.

My ex-colleague, who is a by and large wonderful person, once apologized for leaving me to half-an-hour of lunch alone. She had been preoccupied with work and had lost track of time even after I had reminded her. But she was not obligated to apologize! It was not her fault when there was nothing wrong with dining alone in the first place.

Similarly, I once spotted an old man sitting alone in a restaurant, sipping on a cup of coffee and enjoying some alone time while reading on his tablet. My company immediately lauded the former for his "courage". But what was there to be praised? If there was anything specially commendable about that act, it would be that he was exceptionally conscientious to reading the news. 

My point is: Eating alone is not something to be praised, nor is it something to be debased.

It is simply an act, just like watching television and surfing the Internet.

It brings to mind a recent topic that I studied in one of my school modules. How many things we take for granted are actually social constructs.

Take for instance, race. We are all innately human beings. Besides culture and physical differences, who's to say who is more superior? Which brings us to the point of social constructs. Society manipulates subjects at a young age, such that the notion of race as a marker of behavior and stereotypes are taken for granted. Such is the notion of gender as well.

I hope this article helps those who find themselves plagued with the pressuring social stigma that is placed upon such activities like dining. It is not wrong to eat alone, or with friends. If you simply feel like dining alone, go ahead and do so without fear of being judged. No one has the right to judge you.


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Voices






You didn't know what you were looking for
Till you heard the voices in your ear
You didn't know what you were looking for
Till you heard the voices in your ear







Friday, October 31, 2014

I'll work nights.
I'll dance in the city.
I'll wear red for a burning.
I'll look at the Charles very carefully,
wearing its long legs of neon.
And the cars will go by.
The cars will go by.
And there'll be no scream
from the lady in the red dress
dancing on her own Ellis Island,
who turns in circles,
dancing alone
as the cars go by.
- Anne Sexton  

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Rambles #4


Oh gosh I've been eating a lot lately.

I guess it has been a really stressful period of time at school and eating has been therapeutic for me. I can eat for hours on end, and then get hungry again minutes lately. I wouldn't be surprised if I gained more than 2kg over this weekend.

Honestly, I feel so tired and sick of school. The assignments are piling up. When I've finished one, another springs up. They never stop coming.

A teacher once told me that JC life will be the worst period of my life. He said that those 2 years would be the most stressful, and I would be able to relax in university. But it seems now that he was wrong.

University is tough.

Don't get me wrong, there is definitely a price to pay for a degree. But how I wish it wasn't so stressful. 

I haven't even had the time to update Sunnyfoodbunny. Although I did manage to squeeze in one post about Kimchi!

Ah well, back to my yummy-licious food now!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

First Day Of My Life


This is the first day of my life
Swear I was born right in the doorway
I went out in the rain, suddenly everything changed
They're spreading blankets on the beach


Your's is the first face that I saw
I think I was blind before I met you
Now I don't know where I am
Don't know where I've been
But I know where I want to go


And so I thought I'd let you know
That these things take forever
I especially am slow
But I realized that I need you
And I wondered if I could come home


Remember the time you drove all night
Just to meet me in the morning
And I thought it was strange
You said everything changed
You felt as if you'd just woke up


And you said, "This is the first day of my life
I'm glad I didn't die before I met you
But, now I don't care, I could go anywhere with you
And I'd probably be happy"


So if you wanna be with me
With these things there's no telling
We'll just have to wait and see
But I'd rather be working for a paycheck
Than waiting to win the lottery


Besides, maybe this time it's different
I mean I really think you like me, me, me, me


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

To Be Young


Today, tonight
I feel like staying home
because my head don’t feel right
because my head don’t feel right

Sometimes I’m fine
I feel ok
there’s nothing to do
there’s too much to do

Monday, October 6, 2014


Most epic/cool/awesome performance of my favourite song ever!



Thursday, October 2, 2014

Rambles #3


Today was a pretty normal day.

Went to school in the morning, attended tutorials. Fretted over my impending presentation.

Left school, headed to Seoul Garden with H. 

Had a super sumptuous buffet filled with meat. Especially Bulgogi Beef and Teriyaki Chicken lol.

Headed home, went to get some Gong Cha while walking Sushi at the same time. 

I'm just rambling on and on, aren't I?

Blergh.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

You

Knock knock!
I'm waiting!

Oh here you are.
Look at you.
Same eyes, same arms, same smile!

But wait!

Is it the lack of glimmer in
your eye?
Is it the flaccid joy in 
your expression?

Are you...

                 You?

I think I know 
you. But now I'm not sure.

Why would that 
same lean fingers 
wrap themselves around
toxic poison?

The you I know, 
you wouldn't.

So why have 
you changed?

Where's the old
you? The one who laughs genuinely, twinkle in
your eye?

Come back to us, to
us who care.

Monday, September 29, 2014

People

People confuse me.

One moment they're saying this, and then the other...

Something entirely different happens.

It's as if the world is a web of lies and deceit.

I am shrouded in a fog that is so thick.

It's hard to escape.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Sleepless

It's critical to me. 
You stop messing with me.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Fracture



This fracture has 
painted our
colors in reverse.

white over black;
black over white.

Roses and bloom in a
time well past,
shadows and gloom in a
choiceless fluke.

Harsh words that
penetrate my, I reluctantly
admit,
selfish alacrity.

Paint dries, yet 
beneath lies
buried marks; scars
that sometimes

unhinge our shallow
facades until it
peels, and
visible is that

white underneath black;
black underneath white.






Thursday, September 18, 2014

Rambles #2

I was randomly surfing Youtube when I saw this video on the sidebar and clicked on it:


Gosh, the memories that this song brings back.

I remember watching this show back when I was in Japan.


Gen and I would camp in her room at night after all the activities have ended and start watching this show. We would watch 2, at most 3, episodes every night. 

We even watched it on the bus while we were travelling to Yamanaka Lake!

And I remember crying almost every episode -.-

I've never been a fan of Korean dramas, but when I was younger I'd watch these shows:



My favorite was of course, Full House.

It's funny how I managed to learn Korean for almost two years without being a fan of Kpop or Korean dramas -.-"'

Anyway, under YX's recommendation, I started watching this drama:


Oh boy, I loved it!

It was funny, dramatic, everything I enjoyed in a drama! I even got H to watch it with me!

And I also watched this melodrama:


Which got me crying like mad.

And then I went on a Korean drama-watching hiatus. Haha.

Or maybe I should say I went back to watching American sitcoms like HIMYM and dramas like Pretty Little Liars (which I gave up watching after the second season).

Then many people started recommending me a certain Korean drama.

And it was this one:


I started watching it every night and I enjoyed it so much!

As of now, this is the most recent Korean drama I've watched.

Do recommend me some Korean dramas! I love watching them, although it takes a lot to get me to continue watching the entire series because I often stop watching them after, like, the second or third episode? You can drop me a recommendation on the ask.fm box on the right-hand side of my blog!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wanderlust


Guess what?

I miss Hong Kong.

I'm sitting down at one of the benches in school. My lessons have just ended half an hour ago. 

And wanderlust plagues me.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Chained


Lingering 
smell of
Familiarity; dependence

Sheltered from the 
harshness of
Moving on

Chained 
you are, to a 
Memory; a 
Wisp

Visage of a 
Nonexistence that
no longer
Belongs or yearns 

Let go, I beg
Torture it may be,
I wish to see you

Smile.

Again.



Monday, September 15, 2014

Adulthood


I think I have finally figured out what being an adult entails.

- Knowing the right things to do and say at the right time.
- Taking on greater duties and being responsible for them
- Operating in a world that will not hesitate to banish you

Being an adult is a scary full-time job.

Perhaps that's why I never understood why children cannot wait to grow up. I cannot understand why in the midst of all that youthfulness, they want to start experiencing the bitterness that maturity can entail.  

Time and time again, adults have warned us of the unpleasantness in life. Yet, as children, we fail to listen. Regret only appears when the right time has abandoned us.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Turning 21



My 21st birthday was a simple affair.

I know that most people, when they turn 21, throw a huge birthday party. But I personally feel that a birthday is a very intimate event. And to me, 21 is but a number. I mean, what actually changes? Besides the fact that you get to watch R21 movies and enter casinos.

I don't mean to debase the sanctity of a 21st birthday. To me, any birthday is significant. After all, who wouldn't value the moment you get to inhale life and enjoy every minute of it?

I just wanted to thank my lovely family (including H) for the wonderful surprise, and my friends for bestowing me with kind wishes. I feel extremely blessed to have such a memorable birthday. 

And yay! I'm finally 21! ~



Monday, September 1, 2014

Update #6


Been missing those days I spent in Hong Kong recently. This was the view at The Peak. The sky was so blue, and the scenery, simply amazing. I had expected Hong Kong to be much like Singapore, but I guess I had underestimated just how much of Hong Kong's land is solely for nature rather than people.


Was craving the churros I ate in Hong Kong Disneyland the other day. I am such a huge fan of churros, but I rarely get to eat them sigh.


Tried the Cheesy 7 Pockets Pizza at Pizza Hut the other day. It was CRAZY CHEESY. There were huge chunks of un-melted cheese atop the pizza. Cheese lovers should definitely tried this! Cheese level: Intense.


Went to the Singapore Gardens Festival last last weekend. This was one of my favourite exhibits. I feel like this was a stunning example of the constant blend of nature and modernity. It captured the fast pace of human civilization and the placidity of nature in one "living room". I applaud the artist for this astounding design.




Met this trio for a late dinner the other day. Our outing was completed with a lovely Korean Barbeque buffet, as well as Llao Llao for dessert. I simply cannot get over how good Llao Llao is! But the queue is OH MY GOD (if you get what I mean).

Til next time then ~

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Rambles #1

Sometimes it's good to have some alone time.

I had some time alone today. And it was a pensive moment for me.

I pondered over traditions vs modernity.

I pondered over the education system I'm straddled in.

I pondered and I pondered.

Sometimes its good to have some alone time.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Sushi's 2nd Birthday

Pet owners/lovers would know that a pet is a special being that can bring so much joy to your life. 

I welcomed Sushi into my house and my life 2 years ago. Now I cannot imagine life without said doggy any longer, nor can I imagine not having a pet to share my joys and woes with. The house feels so empty and silent (her little bell rings intently on her collar every time she walks) when she's not around (sometimes she's out grooming or out for walks).

I had missed her first birthday because I was in Korea last year. Her first birthday was celebrated with a new toy!

Her second birthday approached quickly and I knew I had to do something special for her!

So....

We bought her a cake!



I have no idea why I look so gloomy in this picture haha.




AND FINALLY
.
.
.


Blowing the candles!!!

Here's the video if you're interested: http://instagram.com/p/qjboQ8pfSG/?modal=true

HAPPY 2ND BIRTHDAY, SUSHI! 
(Although this post is one month belated hahaha)



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Internship

So, you may or may not know that I've been interning at ZALORA for the past three months of summer break. It's technically my first internship so I was pretty bummed when I realised I'd have to turn up in crutches. The first day of work garnered me numerous stares because of my very conspicuous pair of crutches and leg brace.


This was on the second (?) week of work. I was still wearing that horrid leg brace.

I was pretty fortunate to have coincidentally bumped into the group of NTU interns that I got along with so well, despite being the only intern from NUS.


I remember going to this particular cafe (shall withhold name lol) and they asked if we were willing to sit at the high table because they did not have enough available tables. Me, being in crutches, would have difficulty sitting at the high table, so we had to squeeze into another table with a group of strangers. 


We got closer in the subsequent weeks and decided to go to The Cathay to catch 'Maleficent' one Monday. It was basically the highlight of the week haha.





Went for the ZALORA Friday The 13th Party at Wavehouse Sentosa. 



Our regular Friday pictures in the pantry hehe.




The NTU interns left ZALORA two weeks before my internship ended. These are some of the last pictures we took together before they left.

And finally~

It was the last second week of my internship. My boss, Thomas, was on leave on my last week, so we had an advanced team farewell meal of Salmon Don and Matcha Latte.

When my last day of internship finally came, I had no idea what to feel exactly. On one hand, I was ecstatic to finally be able to embark on my long-awaited vacation, while on the other, I knew that I would miss the amazing people that I've met in the office throughout my three months there. 




Working at ZALORA has been an all-around pleasant experience, and I feel really grateful being able to meet these amazing people that have guided me throughout these three months. I have indeed learned plenty throughout my time there. Now that school has started, I miss the office so much more. 

Ah well~