Sunday, 20 August 2017

THE IMPOSTER, THE JINX & EMILY WEISS

So I've had plenty of time on my hands lately, what with my 2-day work week. I cannot leave my brain idle for too long because then I end up feeling really shitty about myself, so I've been trying to fill up my time. I'm currently in the process of de-cluttering and re-organising my room (complete with a Carousell page to sell my stuff), which should hopefully be done after a trip to IKEA or Daiso for some storage solutions.

I've also been entertaining myself with some fun stuff:

The Imposter
So a few days ago, I was on the hunt for some documentaries to watch. Found this suggestion on reddit, and it was highly recommended that you go in watching this with as little knowledge as possible. So no Googling, just head over to youtube and press play (p.s. if you're remotely interested in film-making, this quick analysis by Every Frame A Painting is also fun to watch once you're done with the documentary)

The Jinx

Another highly-raved recommendation, this true crime documentary series comes with 6 episodes. I'm one-third in and loving it so far. It has been compared to Making A Murderer and I think I like this better. It is just easier to follow and so much more interesting (Making A Murderer felt like information overload).

Into The Gloss / Emily Weiss

It all started with an article I found on facebook (How Glossier Hacked Social Media to Build A Cult-Like Following) Read it and felt really inspired and intrigued by several things:
  • Emily Weiss' drive to pursue her passion and dreams
  • Glossier's use of social media to truly, sincerely, genuinely engage consumers
  • Into The Gloss' writing style (especially articles written by Weiss herself)
And so I'm currently binge-reading Into The Gloss to hopefully inspire my writing (because I know my style gets boring and it's good to switch things up). It's also great for fuelling my surrender to capitalism because it makes me want to buy things that I do not actually need (but believe that I do).

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

BACK TO SCHOOL (FOR THE LAST TIME EVER)

Today marks the first day of my last semester. I thoroughly enjoy school life and don't want it to ever end, so this is really sad for me :\

I will be going back as a year 5 and I feel so old. Those freshie days seem so long ago and I kinda miss it. Attending lectures with a whole bunch of friends you met from camp, meeting your OG for lunch/dinner, going for outings because you're still young and energetic and carefree, having supper in Tembusu every day, tons of HTHT sessions in the living room or at town green, basically just having lots of friends and lots of fun.

Now most of my friends have graduated. I still have friends in school but as I progress through the years, things naturally became less happening. I guess it's normal as you get older and when you no longer live on campus. I'm probably too old for that freshie lifestyle anyway, but I still miss those days.

Oh wells, no point dwelling in the past. It's a bad habit of mine, always looking back on the past with rose-tinted glasses when the future can be just as exciting. I'm looking forward to the semester ahead and hopefully I will remember to savour every moment of my final schooling days.

In other news, I went for a proper swim for the first time in 10 years!!!
I haven't swam in such a long time that the only swimming goggles I had were meant for kids. It felt really shiok to swim and get some exercise, and I think I'm addicted to it. Hoping to make this a weekly thing (maybe more). Lately I've been trying to be healthier by changing my sleep, diet and exercise habits. It's really tough when all the good food are unhealthy and all the healthy food are expensive. I'm hoping that swimming will be a great way to make some progress. Tq kh for dragging me there :)

Met shuangz yesterday to have scones at TWG. The scones were pretty good, although she said that the MBS outlet was way better. We ended up shopping quite a bit and bought 2 items each. Jialat I think our tastes are quite similar which means we tend to eat and shop a lot when we're together :p Really glad to have her around in CNM as a fellow year 5 (and also my go-to bitching buddy). Let's conquer 4102 together!!!!!

It's only 245pm and my class starts at 6pm lol I'm just gonna chill at home for now.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

LEPARK SUCKS

Jieyi is temporarily back from the UK and we finally met up!!! Can't believe we've known each other for up to 10 years?! Went to Lepark and they were so fascinated by this People's Park rooftop oooozing with hipster vibes, hehe.

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lepark review reviews marshmallow mashimaro salted egg yolk crab cake slider tom yum pasta people's park complex chinatown
Wew full attendance!
I suggested dinner at Lepark because Derek was performing there that night and I've always liked the food there. BIG MISTAKE. They changed the menu and I'm not sure if they also changed the chef because the food and drinks were awful. We ordered different dishes for ourselves (bak kut teh pasta, tom yum pasta, salted egg yolk crab cake sliders) and we all had the same complaint: the food was too salty.

I used to love their salted egg yolk soft shell crab sliders but their new version is just shit. Everything just tasted salty, I have no other description for it. I couldn't taste any crab at all. Even if there was real crab meat inside, it has been ruined beyond repair.

I decided to give them another chance and ordered this Mashimaro cocktail... holy shit it was the worst cocktail of my life. It just tasted like plain water accidentally polluted with a drop of marshmallow flavouring. Reminded me of medicine or something. Basically nothing you would want to pay $14 for.

Ugh, I am just so disappointed by how far their standard has fallen because I used to love it so much. And it's such a waste because the location and decor makes it such a great place to chill, but now I wouldn't visit it anymore because the food and drinks are expensive and crap. After we left, some of them got sugarcane juice from the hawker and it was 100000x better than that weird concoction I drank at Lepark.

Oh wells. Still had a really great time catching up with everyone :)))

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

ORCHARD ROAD / HAJI LANE / KAMPONG GLAM

So the house next door is undergoing some renovations, which means incessant drilling all day every day. It is seriously grating on my nerves and driving me crazy, so I've been trying to escape from my house before my ear drums explode.

Left the house to roam around town and take some photos.

1) Tried salad for the 2nd time in my life, and this time round I actually loved it! Pretty shocking for a vege-hater like me, good job Toss & Turn.

2) Had a really nice catch up with some Tembusu friends and discovered the wonders of durian shaved ice from Ji De Chi!!! Sweet and fragrant and reminiscent of the mindblowing durian mousse at Dessert Bowl. Would definitely order again when I'm back.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Recently, I've been thinking about how I've changed in the past few years.

I used to be caught up in the whole social media craze. New cafe! Festival! Exhibition! Anything that is hyped up on social media, I want to be a part of it. I want to try the food asap, I want to visit the exhibition before it's over, maybe because #FOMO. Now, I intentionally shun anything that is heavily promoted and plastered all over my feed.

To be honest, I am rather turned-off by the "insta-worthy/hidden" media angle ('hidden' e.g. hidden cafe that nobody knows about and u will b so cool by posting photos before ur frenz!!!1!11!!!) I get why organisations do it, because it is still effective, but publicising something as "insta-worthy" just makes it sound like there is no substance beyond it's superficial appearance. Sometimes certain things still pique my interest, but I've reached a point where there's seldom a place/event that I feel is worth my money, time spent queuing or effort to brave the crowds.

Relationship-wise, I feel like I've made a 180° flip. I used to post couple photos on social media, along with captions like "thanks for ___" or "happy ___ months". Now I occasionally post photos on my blog or ig story, but I cannot bring myself to share too much online. I see captions that are basically personal letters meant for the boyfriend/girlfriend and I wonder why it's publicised on social media instead of being said directly to the person. I used to do that all the time and now I wonder why, because I can no longer bring myself to be this public about my relationship.

Add my aversion to "insta-worthy" stuff and my idea of a perfect date seems to have changed drastically. In the past, I wanted to try the newest cafe, visit the latest exhibition or squeeze with the crowd at some highly publicised event. Now I just want to avoid crowds, save money and enjoy each other's company.

I think the root of it is a change in priorities. I think I now care more about enjoying myself at that very moment, and showcasing it on Instagram is no longer important. A lot of times, the cafes and events just seem like replicas of one another anyway, so I've gradually lost interest.

Not sure if this is a sign of growing and changing, or simply growing into a grumpy old auntie. I hope it's the former.

Friday, 4 August 2017

PRAISEHAVEN THRIFT SHOP + THE TINY ROASTER

I'm gonna pop some tags, only got twenty dollars in my pocket ~

I'm enjoying my brief moment of freedom so far. Life is good when you can avoid weekend crowds and rush-hour traffic. Decided to explore some places in Bukit Timah / Clementi today.

Praisehaven Mega Family Thrift Store
Stepped into Salvation Army and was greeted by this merlion...???
Didn't take photos inside because it was pretty dark, but holy shit you can find anything under the sun over there. Wedding gowns going for $350, huge ceramic vases, mahjong sets, the list goes on. And of course, there's the usual clothes and books.

I saw this pair of Timberland boots that were super chio and in good condition! Would've gotten it but I have no use for it, so someone else bought it instead :( I also wanted this handbag and himalayan salt lamp but I resisted because the last thing I need is more clutter in my room.

Totally recommend this place if you have some time to spare. It's quite fun to browse around and you never know what you might find. One man's trash is another man's treasure.

The Tiny Roaster
the tiny roaster iced latte coffee review
Iced Latte ($5.50)
See that ice? That's no ordinary ice -- it's a frozen ball of coffee, which means your latte will be cold but never diluted. I don't know what makes a good coffee. I'm happy as long as it's not acidic and diluted. By those standards, I decided that this was good :)

Spent some time sipping my coffee and reading. But let's be honest, most of the time I was actually pretending to read while actually eavesdropping on the conversation next to me, because the cafe is tiny and their conversation was interesting.

Sidenote: sometimes I feel anxious after drinking coffee? Is this caffeine-induced anxiety normal? It's 11pm and I still feel my head buzzing and my heart beating :/

Anyways, spent the rest of my afternoon exploring Sunset Way while melting under the sun.



Check out dat swirly leg

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

FUJIFILM SIMPLE ACE

So I bought a disposable camera to play with and more than half the photos turned out over/underexposed bc I'm a lousy noob :p

Here are some of the not-so-terrible ones:

Used VSCO to edit them very slightly (crop, rotate, brightness). I think it works pretty well under good lighting and the colours look quite vibrant. Most importantly, it was really fun to play with! I think this could be a good date idea: buy a disposable camera and go around taking photos together.

$19 for the Fujifilm Simple Ace with 39 exposures, $9.50 to develop the negatives (which includes digital copies in a CD), additional charges for printing them. Not the cheapest, but you also get photos to keep. Tbh, I would rather spent that $30 taking photos and having fun, than going to an overpriced cafe eating eggs benedict and truffle fries.

LIFE AFTER INTERNSHIP

Saturday:
Spent the entire day lying in bed like the lazy lump of fats that I am.

Sunday:
Tried Mobike for the first time, went cycling at ECP and got a second-hand camera

I feel so proud of myself for finally exercising outside!!! Felt so good to jog and cycle and sweat it out, whew.

 This place reminded me of the Urban Light sculpture at LACMA.

 Wah who dis photographer

He says I always take unglam shots of him (which is totally true and completely intentional) but I think my photos today were not bad ok!

Saw this at the carpark.

Monday:
Dinner with the suite

Dinner at Kanshoku Ramen, shopping at Uniqlo, talking about work and life. Always a good time catching up with them :)

Saturday, 29 July 2017

LAST DAY

28 July: I've been counting down to this day and it finally arrived!

Went to work and was pleasantly surprised by a huge bouquet on my desk. So sweet omg I didn't expect to receive much since most of my colleagues were on leave during my last day :')

The super duper awesome NCSS interns. Received cupcakes and brownies and chocolates from them, so cute all of y'all!

We even planned an intern farewell lunch for ourselves on Wednesday, hehe. This is not even full-strength, we are seriously a huge bunch. I am really so thankful to have them throughout my internship journey, for being my lunch buddies and making work more enjoyable :)

I am so excited to enjoy my 2 weeks of freedom before school starts. I already have a list of things I plan to do, whoop whoop ~

Saturday, 22 July 2017

MISADVENTURE DATE #3 - BUKIT MERAH

Noodle Cafe (Sim Lim Square)

Beef balls and beef slices + glass noodles + special soup + non spicy.
Finally tried this Thai Boat Noodles! The broth is flavourful and I really love the springy and chewy glass noodles. An online review advised against getting spicy if you have low tolerance, so I just got non-spicy and added chilli flakes for the shiok factor. This is such a comforting bowl of noodles and I foresee myself craving for it in future!

Fujifilm Simple Ace

$19, 39 exposures
I've always wanted to play around with a disposable camera and I finally got one today! I am intrigued by film photography but unsure if I really want to commit, considering the price and effort needed to learn the technical skills. So why not give it a shot with this cheap and basic camera instead? I still have 20+ exposures left, and I can't wait to see how they turn out. Not expecting much because it's my first time and there's a high chance I screwed it up, but good thing about this is there's no pressure.

Misadventure

Journey to the unknown
Ended up at some HDB estate in Bukit Merah today. The past 2 misadventures brought us to more familiar places (Shenton Way and Bukit Timah), so it was really fun to roam about this strange land.

Some photos by kh:

And if you're getting sick of my face, here's a photo I took while waiting for the bus home.
Spot our shadow!

Saturday, 8 July 2017

GEYLANG ADVENTURES ;)

It has been a dreadful week but I'm glad it ended on a positive note - spent my Friday night going for Geylang Adventures( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)


I was initially going to reject the offer because I wanted to go home early and rest... but I found myself hesitating to send the "sorry I can't make it" message. Deep down, I knew I really wanted to go for it, so I told myself to stop being a lazy ass and just GO FOR IT.

AND I HAVE NO REGRETS.

The guide, Yinzhou, grew up in Geylang. This is probably very uncommon, considering Geylang's reputation as a red light district. What this means is that Yinzhou has a very unique perspective of Geylang. The back alleys we avoid were his backyard, the streetwalkers we hear of and peer at discreetly were his neighbours.

He has a sharper observation and deeper understanding of many things that go unnoticed, and it was truly eye-opening when he pointed them out and explained to us.

Having lived there since young, he also saw first-hand how things have changed over the years and the consequences of policies that were implemented.

I shall not reveal too much of what we learned during the tour, because that would take away the fun ;)

During the tour, we also dropped by this provision shop that has been around for many many years.

The shop had lots of interesting knick knacks, like this tin-can pulley system that many shops in the past used for storing money. The shop owner still uses it today!

She also sold things like antique Coca Cola trays, perfumes, etc. I bought a mug from the 70s that says "Guinness Stout is good for you", heh heh.

Oh, we also had a film crew from Channel NewsAsia because they wanted to produce a documentary featuring Geylang Adventures. Never tell us in advance, otherwise I would've worn make up HAHAHA.

We also dropped by this dessert shop to take a break. Yinzhou used this chance to answer any questions we might have and explain certain things in detail, since it was difficult to stand around and talk when we were standing along the streets.

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I don't have many photos because I didn't want to photograph anything sensitive or wave my phone around while walking along back alleys. Ultimately, experiencing it in person with your five senses is still the best way to take it all in.

The tour costs $35 and I would recommend it 10/10. It showed me the hidden, the complexities, the tensions, the consequences and so much more. It's always refreshing to experience a part of Singapore from a different perspective.

I don't think I manage to fully encapsulate the experience so why not give it a try to see for yourself? :)