Sunday, 26 July 2015

"Your Once-in-a-Lifetime is Now"

I've pretty much left my blog to die since work began. After coming home from work, having dinner, showering and doing news briefs in advance for the next morning, I have no time or energy left (o´Д`)

Okay, I suddenly want to talk about Semester at Sea because it's something I really, really wish to sign up for, but costs a bloody fortune.

This is pretty much like The Suite Life on Deck. Throughout the semester, you live and study on board a ship as it sails to several countries. You study when it's sailing, you travel when it's at port.

I've never really felt the need to go for exchange, but this is entirely different. I read through the website, scour for blogs that document people's SAS experiences, and I feel this extremely strong urge to sign up for it.

Well, the only thing stopping me is money, because it could cost up to $40k according to NUS' IRO page. That is the equivalent of going on exchange 4 times (2 times for more expensive places like London), or staying in Tembusu for 8 years.

I guess there are tuition fee reductions, work study and scholarships to try but it still seems like a lot to ask for.

I think if I can at least find ways to cut down the cost by half, I would really consider applying. I don't mind delaying my graduation for one more semester anyway, because I think the experience would be worthwhile.

This is something I will never ever regret choosing; I can feel it. There are certain things I know I will never regret even before I sign up for them, such as when I followed my gut instincts and chose NYJC despite the long commute every day.

Sigh, I want this so badly, with every fibre of my being. Is that very cheesy and exaggerated? Good, then I think I managed put my point across.

It's too late to apply for the Spring 2016 voyage because it's in January, plus Fall voyages appeal to me more (since Spring voyage includes certain countries in Asia that I can visit more easily).

There are so many queries I need to clarify with IRO and/or SAS.

It might be a little late to apply for SAS because it would be in year 3 sem 2, but I am not allowed to go for SAS on my graduating sem, which means I will have to take honours in the end. Unless SAS only clears about 3 modules, which means I can take 2 modules when I come back, and then file for graduation. But I will only do that if my school fees are charged according to the number of modules I take.

So many things to consider. Oh man. I am currently considering this plan:
  • January - May 2016: year 3 sem 1
  • September - December 2016: Semester at Sea Fall 2016 voyage
  • January - May 2017: year 3 sem 2 (graduating semester to clear leftover modules)
  • June 2017: graduation ceremony with my batch mates who took honours (although I don't take honours)

OR, if SAS helps me clear at least 4 modules (because I am not allowed to go for SAS on my graduating semester):
  • January - May 2016: year 3 sem 1
  • September - December 2016: year 3 sem 2 at SAS Fall 2016 voyage
  • January - May 2017: year 4 sem 1
  • August - December 2017: year 4 sem 2 (graduting semester)
  • June 2018: graduation ceremony

Here's the itinerary for the Fall 2016 voyage:
  • Embark: Southampton (London), England
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Civitavecchia, Italy
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Casablanca, Morocco
  • Dakar, Senegal
  • Salvador, Brazil
  • Havana, Cuba
  • Panama Canal Transit, Panama
  • Callao, Peru
  • Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • Puntarenas, Costa Rica
  • Debark: San Diego, CA, United States 
Although I think the destinations wouldn't actually matter because I'll have fun regardless of the places I go, and any place would provide me with an amazing experience.

I am just very drawn to the idea of living and studying on board a ship, meeting people from all over the world, taking classes that seem interesting and could be tailored to the countries we visit. It's like an upgraded version of Tembusu!

I've never wanted anything more.

I don't know how updated the course listings are, but some classes really do look interesting. And there's Intercultural Communications! I'd much rather take that module with a class full of students from all over the world, than in NUS where I'll probably only learn from the lecturer and readings. 

My excitement for SAS is kinda like my excitement for Tembusu x 10. 

I was hesitant about Tembusu due to the cost as well, but went for it anyway because I wanted the experience. Although I had my gripes about certain aspects of Tembusu or my own Tembusu life, I never regretted my decision. 

Okay, considering how much I've wanted this for quite awhile now, I should seriously give this a second thought. I've dismissed it previously because I thought it cost too much, but there's always financial aid to consider.

This blog entry was initially supposed to be about Da Night (aka T4's drinking and talk cock night at Grand Corpthorne + clubbing at Zouk), but I digressed because this is just such an amazing programme I think I would die happy and my university life would be exponentially more fulfilling with this included.

This requires a CAP of 3.5 and above to qualify, which used to be a problem for me but not anymore (yay). And NUS doesn't limit the number of people applying (well, it's so unknown and expensive, no wonder not many people sign up for it anyway), which means my chances of getting it wouldn't be too low.

Aahhhhh, if only money was not an issue.

My university life would be complete with Tembusu + MBS internship + Semester at Sea (˃ ⌑ ˂ഃ )

"Your Once-in-a-Lifetime is Now" - I like their tagline a lot.

Also, 2 random blog posts by this dude who went on SAS:

I am done blogging about this because it makes me want it more, which would really suck if I couldn't go for it :(

Sunday, 19 July 2015

FRIENDS AND FOOD KEEP ME SANE

(I started this post on Thursday and only finished it on Sunday, lol #fail)

Note to self.

THE LONG WEEKEND IS HERE, FUCK YESSSS ٩(ˊᗜˋ*)و

I have never been in need of a long weekend more than I do right now. The internship just reinforces my desire to remain a student forever, sigh.

Don't get me wrong, I don't dislike work. I am just so. very. tired. How do people endure such a lifestyle for prolonged periods of time? Or do we all get immune to it eventually? Maybe I'm still very new to this and need some time to adapt.

Okay, I will keep the lengthy reflections for next time.

I am very thankful for all the meet-ups with friends because I would probably have no life outside of work and shrivel up into a shell of an overwhelmed intern otherwise.


Bah nah nah


Met Nichol last Saturday to catch Minions! I had no idea it was a prequel till the end of the movie, so I guess that was an unintended plot twist for me (-‸ ლ)

Also, I never understood the appeal of minions but after watching the movie, I think Bob is sooo adorable (*ˊૢᵕˋૢ*) I don't care about the other minions though, they do not appeal to me the slightest bit.

Minions
They just look like balding uncles lor, how is that even cute?!

After I went on a shopping rampage and bought 4 pieces of clothings while Nichol waited (because she clearly has more self-control than me), she was craving for Seoul Yummy so we had dinner there.

I think Seoul Yummy was so overpriced omg.

We ordered this Signatures Combo for 2, which included a choice of 1 appetiser + 1 main dish + 1 dessert. Added one drink each and 1 more portion of noodles after we realised how little noodles there were, and everything cost $33 per person.

Okay, I guess $33 was not too bad considering how many items there were, but the food was so mediocre (;¬_¬)

Seoul yummy signatures combo for 2 army stew with assorted meat
I can make this at home with Nong Shim noodles and hot dogs lor (#`д´)/

seoul yummy signatures combo for 2 dessert pat bingsoo
The ice was too rough — Nichol said it tasted like ice kachang.

Haha fuck, I am craving for Nong Shim noodles really badly now. I think even my own Nong Shim cup noodles with cheese would be more value-for-money #cookingskillsreducedtopouringhotwater #toozai


Nicole's last day


Tuesday was Nicole's last day with us, nuuu ˓˓(ᑊᘩᑊ⁎)

I've only known her for two weeks, but she has been so helpful and patient with us as we screwed up and spammed her with questions and kept going to her for help. The beginning of my internship was really information overload and rather overwhelming, but I think she managed to hand over to us really well.

At least on her part, things went really smoothly and she handled everything very responsibly. On our part though, I think we still have so much room for improvement, sigh.

She went around the office taking photos with everyone and oh my god I cannot tahan this photo of us.

LOOK AT CLEMENT'S FACE HAHA WTF

Now the office is left with two weirdos for interns, ha ha. Being weird is fine, I just don't want to become an incompetent intern, sigh. Time to buck up, Eve.

Although I sometimes wonder if it's the high expectations I set for myself that is causing me to get all flustered and make mistakes. 反效果 leh.

I think we both have high expectations for ourselves and are still at the initial stages of struggling to deal being disheartened whenever we make mistakes. Sigh, 加油 Eve,不要灰心 ໒( •́ ∧ •̀ )७

On to happier things!!!


Maki-avelli


Wednesday was a good day!

First of all, the shared drive was down and most of the files cannot be accessed, so there wasn't much to do at work. Finally a slow day, which gave me time to settle other chores at work.

Met Machiavelli for dinner after that at Koh Gril and Sushi Bar, yessss. Shiok Maki with Machiavelli — Maki-avelli HA HA HA I am so proud of myself for thinking of that pun.

Dinner was really damn shiok — maybe I was just too hungry but everything was so bloody good. My Cha Soba was so springy and tasty, and the Shiok Maki lived up to its name ʕっ˘ڡ˘ʔっ─∈

They had to teach me how to deal with that quail egg haha.

SHIIIIOK

Somebody jio me for Shiok Maki again please, I will cross oceans for it.


Westie outing


We finally, finally had a T4 outing in the West, after all those Upper Thompson and Bedok 85 suppers (that I never bothered to go for).

It rained in the day and I realised how much I love walking in post-rain weather. It's so cooling and the skies look so pretty!

Yuki's comment on Instagram: "Is that the Eiffel Tower???" hahaha

I would walk around Singapore a lot more if the weather wasn't out to kill. Walking alone can be really therapeutic (▰˘v˘▰)

Anyway, dinner at G7 Sinma Live Bull Frog Claypot Porridge (what a long name) was a success! #WestiePride whoop whoop. Some of them never had frog leg before and were amazed by it (*´ڡ`●)

This week has been filled with so much good food.


NamNam


Met Maddy for dinner at NamNam Noodle Bar today!

I like how my friends share my cravings so we can always jio each other. Daphy is my Xin Wang buddy, Maddy is my Nam Nam buddy and Nichol is my cafe buddy! ( ⌒o⌒)人(⌒-⌒ )

We ended up shopping like crazy ᕕ(ᐛ)ᕗ I think we only bought one item each though, good job!

This just looks like an advertisement for Plaza Singapura.

Had a good time catching up and I'm glad I still manage to keep in touch with those who chose to phantom from T4 ◠ ◡ ◠

Oh and this extremely socially awkward person tried to use a pick-up line on me, wtf?! Nobody in the right mind should use a pick-up line unless it's satirical.

"Can I take a selfie with you so I can prove to my friends that angels really do exist?" does that not make you want to cringe into a ball and roll into a pit of lava omg.

No. Just, no.

***

Okay, after freeing my mind of work for the past two days, it's time to settle some shit again. Memorise fact sheets for media tour test and start doing news briefs for Saturday to make my life easier on Monday morning.

What the fuck man, I need to stop making mistakes in my news briefs. I try so hard to finish everything on time but compromise quality for speed as a result.

Next week onwards, things better improve. I think my grace period is over.

Saturday, 11 July 2015

I'M SINGIN' IN THE RAIN

TGIF! 
˭̡̞(◞⁎˃ᆺ˂)◞*✰ 

It has been such an exhausting but incredible week, Which means I am extremely happy but crazy tired at the same time. It's that feeling of having all my energy drained and surviving solely on adrenaline rush.

CNM CAMP


Went back to crash NM Camp after work on Wednesday, and I am really glad I did (o˘◡˘o)

Of all the camps I have attended (which is quite a lot), I think NM Camp has always been my favourite. It has a good mix of being fun yet chill, and the camp is relatively small-scale which makes it more intimate and conducive for bonding.

I feel like such a proud mama, watching my freshies evolve from being shy and awkward to this crazy bunch of people, some of whom went back as OGLs/OCommers this year! (o^∀^o)

Caught up with a few friends, got to know a few freshies, then I had to leave because I had work the next day へ[ •́ ‸ •̀ ]ʋ

Well, at least I managed to take a photo before leaving!

Missing many people because they were busy helping out :(

SUITE DINNER


Rushed down to Adam Road Food Centre after work like some crazy mad woman because I was late by an hour, sigh.

Still, any amount of kancheong rushing is worth the effort because I got to meet my dear suitemates, yay (▰˘v˘▰)

As usual, we had such a hard time splitting up. When it was time to go home, we just kept taking photos and saying bye and talking some more until their bus arrived and they decided to run for it at the very last-minute, haha.

After living together for at least a year, just one dinner is certainly not enough. Sigh, those days of living with #07-163 will forever be one of the fondest memories I have.

We took this in front of College Green, which was the next best alternative to Tembusu College (or Town Green) I guess.

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN


I thought I would just go to work then go home and rest after two consecutive days of going out, or perhaps drop by Tembusu pre-camp. Instead, today turned out to be such an amazing day ヽ(^◇^*)/

Work was less hectic than usual, although I made quite a few mistakes today, sigh. I feel so terrible when I make mistakes, but I also know that I learn much better from mistakes because it will be etched much deeper in my mind (。•́︿•̀。)

The best part was going on a property tour because that means walking around the hotel and Shoppes, visiting the SkyPark, Infinity Pool and most impressive of all, the presidential suite (which isn't even the best suite but is so luxurious).

The view from one of the Presidential Suite bedrooms (⑅ ॣ•͈૦•͈ ॣ)

The less fun aspect would be memorising all the facts about different features of the entire property, although I am quite looking forward to conducting media tours because it sounds fun, albeit challenging. Hopefully the experience from helping out at several open houses will come in handy.

And then there was more mindless saikang like updating and organising the magazine cabinet, which the OCD-neat-freak side of me actually enjoyed. I like cleaning up messes and watching them transform into something presentable, hahaha.

But... the part of today was the free tickets to Singin' In The Rain

Oh my goodness, I was not expecting this at all! It would've cost $165 otherwise, aahhhh super thankful  (ʃƪ˘⌣˘)

It was for today's show, which was very impromptu, and they were a pair of extra tickets at different rows. Not that it matters though, because I jio-ed Nichol and she was so excited she kept spamming me in all-caps, hehe.

I had no idea what the musical was about and so I honestly was not extremely hyped for it. In fact, I wasn't very impressed at first, but the musical ended up being so amazing!!!

The rain really was the highlight of the musical for me, and not just for the novelty of having water splashed around in a theatre. I think tap-dancing on the water made for amazing visuals, and I loved how they cheekily splashed water towards the audience (`∀´) ☂ It was so amusing watching the front-row audience frantically wearing their ponchos when the lightning and thunder foreshadowed rain, hahaha. Breaking washing the fourth wall.

I liked the humour as well, when it was more of dry humour than slapstick. The guailan person in me approves!

Okay, this was actually my first ever musical, so I might just be talking nonsense above. Aiya, it's my own opinions so it is still legit, heh.

singin' in the rain singapore musical
SO GOOD. 5 STARS. WOULD WATCH AGAIN.

So badly taken but this was the only shot we had with the poster :(

Separated but never mind, free ticket so I'm not complaining ٩( ๑^ ꇴ^)۶

I think Nichol and I were both exhilarated from the musical's feel-good vibes and the fact that we got to watch it for free, so we just went crazy singing and imitating the characters after that.

My voice has always been a little high-pitched and screechy, so I kept annoying Nichol by imitating Lina Lamont's irritating drawl, hahaha. We probably looked drunk, like two siaozhabors.

Also, Lina Lamont reminds me of Janice from FRIENDS. That voice and laugh, oh-my-gawwwwd. The laughter sounds more like a sheep bleeting, 哈哈哈哈哈。
`、ヽ``、ヽ`ヽ``、ヽ`、ヽ``、ヽ`、ヽ`ヽ`、、ヽ`ヽ`、ヽ`、ヽ```、ヽ`ヽ`、、ヽ`ヽ`、`、、ヽ`ヽ`、ヽ``、ヽ`、ヽ`ヽ`、`、ヽ``、ヽ`、ヽ`ヽ☂ヽヘ(^o^ヘ) `、、ヽ`ヽ`、ヽ`、ヽ``、ヽ`、ヽ`ヽ`、、ヽ`ヽヽ`ヽ`、、ヽヽ`ヽ`、、ヽ`ヽヽ`ヽ`

Sunday, 5 July 2015

LATE NIGHT RAMBLINGS

Life has been pretty good so far and I am happy so I shall blog, yay ヾ(^-^)ノ

Went to Teoheng with T4 today! We booked two large rooms because T4 is just that huge, tee hee. And oh my gosh, Teoheng with the right bunch of crazy people is the best.

Screaming along to songs like Numb, 飚高音 to songs like Let It Go, rapping along to Super Bass and using my chipmunk voice for Barbie Girl was crazy fun especially when everyone else joins in.

Also, I love all the usual karaoke songs like 听海,屋顶,龙卷风 and I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing. To have a whole room of people sing together is an amazing feeling.

By the way, here is a video of the Stallion singing. Wait till the end hahaha his sound effects seriously.

video


My throat probably suffered terribly today because I don't know how to sing with my diaphragm and over-exerted my throat. Sigh, all the camps and karaoke will kill my voice one day.

Dinner after that was quite fun as well cos it turned into a gossiping session at my side of the table, hehe.

***

In other news, I am done with my first week of work!

First of all, the food from the dining hall has been consistently good the past five days. I am so impressed – can Tembusu dining hall up their game please.

There was this 4th of July themed lunch on Friday! The themed food (hot dogs, potato chips and corn) were quite meh, but the other stuff were great. Here's a badly-taken photo:

The mac n cheese was cafe-worthy and probably better than some restaurants. The dory fish reminded me of 辣椒鱼 from Nan Hua!!!

Okay, end of gushing over dining room food because I have been doing that in the previous posts already.

Regarding work, I am far from learning everything that I need to know, so this is probably just the tip of the iceberg.

Things will get much more stressful and hectic, which is a little daunting. Still, how else will I learn? I wanted an internship to gain experience, and it will be from this that I achieve it.

- Some reflections and pep talk ahead, skip if uninterested because I will be very longwinded -

Hmm, in my past few days of work, I definitely under-performed by my own standards. Failing to meet deadlines so terribly and forgetting to check the mailbox, oops.

Some things I have been meaning to reflect on but never had the time to pen my thoughts till now:

01.

It was unfortunate that my desktop was extreeemely lag on a heavy news day. Every page took forever to load and things stopped responding when I switched between tabs or did anything like try to paste something in Word. Never have I felt this glad about switching over to a Mac two years ago.

BUT. I hate when I keep making excuses for myself. Too slow with news briefs? Blame the computer. No eve, don't push the blame to other things/people.

Lately, I noticed how quick I am to make excuses for myself. Actor-observer bias, I suppose, but that is a shitty attitude to have and I have been trying to change it. (Also, I find it quite ironic to use the actor-observer bias to justify such a habit, ha ha.)

02.

Regarding the miscommunication and checking of mailbox, haiyo eve you cannot assume others will do the job so you just dismiss it. This is another thing I have always known I should improve on as well – taking initiative and assuming responsibility more readily.

I always believed that the most trivial and innocuous things we do each day matter and reveal more about ourselves than grand gestures. Such habits that I wish to improve on, it just has to begin from the simplest actions in my everyday life.

As a freshie at camps, I remember telling myself to stop being so hesitant and just take the initiative when nobody wants to step up. They want a freshie to lead a cheer for the first time? Just go (and Rachel did with me yay).

Even stupid things like the mic at Teoheng running out of battery and seeing everyone leave the mic alone, just be the one to bring it to the counter and ask for a change of batteries. Or starting a blog again so I have a platform to write more frequently, even if it's the usual nonsense.

I believe the tiny changes we make will slowly amount to something more, and these small actions will gradually develop into habits that get triggered when it comes to more critical moments in life.

03.

I also realised, yet again, how I have workaholic tendencies and high expectations for myself.

Most people wouldn't notice this about me because I do not exhibit such tendencies when it comes to schoolwork. I procrastinate a lot in school, but not when it comes to work.

Back when I was in CNNY and had to edit videos, I would stay glued to the computer in our CCA room, editing away. I don't care if it was 9pm and my stomach was growling and in need of dinner, I just had to edit it to perfection.

It's not just about doing the work – I was actually happy to stay back and edit the videos. Nobody would care if I didn't stay back, and I was the chairperson so it's not like a superior would scold me. I just enjoyed it.

Even when the video was of reasonable standard, I would watch it over and over again to look for areas to improve. My thought process was something alone the lines of "okay I can finally go home now but wait, I think I want to make it even better first."

And now, at work, I realised I cannot stand leaving things half-done. Even though I ended up staying till 7p.m. on Friday, I would prefer that to leaving it half-done, bugging me over the weekend and having to deal with it again on Monday.

I actually enjoy doing work, ohmaigawd?!

04.

Also, like I've noticed from my CNNY days, I actually have rather high expectations for myself (and inevitably for others as well). It took a lot for a video to meet my standards, which was why I insisted on editing it so thoroughly.

When I reflect on my roles in the various excos I joined, I am never satisfied with whatever I have done. I could have been a way better chairperson/director/vice-president than I was, and there will always always be room for improvement.

Even with my blog, I will read old entries and edit any grammatical errors or typos. Sometimes I read my old tweets and delete those with typos, ha ha too free is it (;¬_¬)

So at work, I aim to improve on completing news briefs from 11a.m. to 945a.m. Even then, I will just tell myself to do better since completing it even earlier means more time to do other things. That sounds very impossible but once again, what is the harm in aiming higher?

Ultimately, things will never be good enough. "Good enough" is never truly good enough because it can always be better.

My perspective is that perfection will always be unattainable, but we should strive towards it anyway. It is like an asymptote –  you can never reach it, but you just keep going and keep approaching it as much as you can, for as long as you can.

Because it has no limit, the pursuit will never end. But it is precisely because it will never end, that there will be endless room for self-improvement no matter how old you get or how skilled you become. There is no excuse for resting on your laurels because there is always something you can improve on.

On the other hand, I guess the danger of such a mindset is the readiness to be content with failure.

If my perspective is "aim high even though it's impossible and you won't reach it," it sounds like I am already accepting failure as an option, if not as the inevitable. It becomes easier to tell myself "you sucked but never mind it was expected anyway so who cares." There is a fine line to navigate.

Perhaps another danger would be dealing with disappointments when I fail to meet my unattainable expectations, but I think I am quite okay with handling stress and setbacks, so that is one good thing I reflected about myself so far ( ᐛ )و

At the end of the day, it is easy to have such ideals but to actually execute it is another story. I rambled on for so long in this entry, but all that is bullshit if I don't show anything through my actions.

***

Okay, it is 3:46a.m. now because I always have such reflections late at night. I should turn in soon because weekends are now precious days for rest.

Looking forward to several dinners and meet-ups this coming week yay ٩(^ᴗ^)۶

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

DISAPPOINTING FOODS

The past few days feel like ages ago and I cannot even recall happened each day. This exhaustion and sleep deprivation is baaad.

Okay. Four days ago.

☆ MEET-UP WITH XING XING ☆


We decided to try The House of Robert Timm's because of their 1-for-1 promotion – big mistake. 

The restaurant was rather empty considering how it was dinnertime, which should've been my first warning. In retrospect, I have never seen a busy and crowded Robert Timm's outlet.

Ordered the Eggs Benedict, which was terribly unimpressive. The egg whites were sour, the taste of bacon overpowered everything else and the bread turned too soggy. I didn't even bother with the baked beans because they were pathetically mundane and did not deserve my stomach space.

Xingxing ordered the bacon and mushroom egg-drop fettuccine and apparently it sucked as well. Disappointing main course for us both (⁎˃ᆺ˂)

the house of robert timms eggs benedict
This was not worth $17 at all. 

Dessert was actually not too bad. My peanut butter chocolate tart was a good balance of crackly peanut butter crust and chocolate filling that had just the right amount of sweetness. Xingxing liked her banana bundt cake with vanilla ice cream as well.

The desserts would have salvaged our meal if they didn't take so long to arrive. We were going to catch Jurassic World right after dinner and ended up missing the start of the movie thanks to this <(`^´)>

robert timms chocolate peanut butter tart
Didn't even get to appreciate what would've otherwise been the saving grace of our meal.

Okay, enough ranting although I actually had more things to complain about. Moving on to happier things ₍₍ ◝(●˙꒳˙●)◜ ₎₎

I really enjoyed Jurassic World! I loved the occasional witty banter (do I sound British) and the ending.

Okay, the ending was quite expected. Obviously Chris Pratt and the other main characters will not die, and obviously the bad dino dies. But, I liked the twist because how the indominus rex died was not something I would have anticipated. Only on hindsight would I notice the foreshadowing.

Overall, 'twas a great time catching up with this busy medicine student! I am thankful for the ever-ready listening ear that made my Tembusu life so much more bearable and I am glad our friendship didn't die down simply because we've moved out of Tembusu (⋈・◡・)✰

MEET-UP WITH CHRIS


I don't know why but Chris suddenly wanted to try this ramen place, so we met for dinner on Tuesday. Oh man, the theme of the night turned out to be "disappointing foods".

Okay, so the ramen place turned out to be this restaurant called The Ramen Stall. I know right, such a creative name??!!??!! I also love how they branded themselves with a stereotypical "Asian" font.

Thankfully, we decided to just share a bowl of ramen to leave some stomach space for other food. I forgot to take a photo of the food but never mind, there wasn't much to capture anyway. Slightly undercooked noodles + okay-ish pork base soup + sour cha shu = a bowl of disappointment.

Headed for dessert at Density Frozen Custard, located right next to The Ramen Stall. This was more of 'misleading' than 'disappointing' because I was expecting custard. Like, the yellowish bouncy jelly-like stuff.

Turns out, frozen custard is actually something very similar to ice cream. I still don't understand the difference but I found a review by danielfooddiary which explains it.

They have very limited flavours each day since everything has to be made fresh daily, and we decided to get a scoop of the oreo cheesecake. Also didn't take any photos because the ice cream was very no-frills, just one ball of ice cream in a bowl.

I wasn't very impressed by the ice cream frozen custard at first because it didn't taste very creamy, but I realised later on that this actually worked in its favour. I usually hate cheesecake because it is too thick, so cheesecake-flavoured ice cream always get sickening after a few bites. This ice cream, on the other hand, was actually quite light, so the cheesecake flavour was actually not bad! Also, they were very generous with the oreos so there's chunks of it in every bite.

density frozen custard
The cafe interior!

Next disappointment was Victor's Kitchen. I wanted to eat their 菠萝叉烧包 but it wasn't as nice as usual ƪ(‾_‾)ʃ  Somehow, the bread and 菠萝 part was quite chaota, sianz cravings not satisfied. And thus, we concluded our Disappointing Food Trail.

WORK


I am halfway through my first week of work and am struggling to get my sleep cycle back to normal. Okay, scratch that. It was never normal to begin with, so it's more of "get my sleep cycle normal for once."

We had orientation for the first two days, which I survived on 1 hour and 3 hours of sleep respectively. I think my liver is dead.

The most exciting part of orientation was probably the tour of the property, because this suaku Singaporean here has never stepped foot into certain areas of MBS yet.

I was really looking forward to visiting the Skypark for free, but it wasn't as amazing as I expected. I guess the view would be much more spectacular and romantic at night but aiya not like it makes any difference to this foreveralone, ha ha ha.

Look at all the office buildings, filled with lifeless zombies slaving their days away. I dread becoming one of them.

I think this view would be more romantic at night. I need to quickly find a boyfriend to drag here before my staff discount ends.

Clement was very excited about the floating platform because of Rag and Flag ha ha.

We got to visit the Orchid Suites and omg it's so shiok, probably because I was really tired and wanted to just lie down and sleep. Even lying on the carpeted floors seemed like a tempting idea.

It's been too long since I traveled and got to pamper myself with nice resorts/hotels.

My favourite part of the tour was surprisingly the casino viewing area. Sadly, photography was not allowed (but you can easily find photos online) so I have no photos to post and 做纪念 (▰˘︹˘▰)

I was mostly stunned by how massive the casino was –  just row after row of table games and slot machines.

It felt strangely calming, probably because the place was really empty in the morning. Somehow the huge yet empty space was really peaceful to me (I just really really hate crowds). 

The only casinos I have seen were the ones at Las Vegas, where slot machines are everywhere as you make your way through hotel lobbies. But those are just small clusters of gambling area, so I never really thought much of it. 

I guess the gold and deep red colour scheme, dim lighting and carpeted floors made everything feel quite grand. I would be more turned off by the casino if it got super crowded and was filled with second-hand smoke and a cacophony of slot machine sound effects.

Okay, enough gushing over a casino. I just really love peaceful, empty and carpeted areas with dim lighting. I can just chill at such a place by myself all day, and it would be the best day ever.

Moving on, because gambling actually doesn't interest me at all.

I was pleasantly surprised by the food they offer in the dining hall (I forgot the proper term but aiya I am used to the phrase 'dining hall' thanks to Tembusu)!

The food is served buffet-style, and I only tried the Western food so far, but there is something yummy every day.

I was comparing this with the dining hall at Tembusu and this one wins hands down (okay surely that was not a fair comparison).

Yesterday's lunch. The clam chowder and mashed potatoes were gooood.

Today was actually my first proper day of work, and I am not sure what to think of it. The workload is not as daunting as the idea of screwing something up. 

I feel like I have always been very sheltered in school, even up till university. If I screw up in school, what is the worst that could happen to me? Late submissions or doing badly for a test/assignment, none of these seem to have very real consequences. Sure, I feared the idea of getting a terrible CAP, but not as much as I fear doing something wrong at work. 

One day of work is surely not enough for me to reflect much. For now, I guess all I can do is push myself to do as well as I can.

I believe we grow only when we step out of our comfort zones, and we learn best from mistakes.

The working environment, especially in such a big company, is certainly very foreign to me. I feel like I am suddenly thrown into the Hunger Games arena (okay quite an exaggerated and inaccurate analogy) and have to find ways to survive because there is no other option.

No, it is not enough to merely survive, I need to aim to thrive in the environment because what is the point of settling for anything less? I will just be wasting my time and everybody else's as well.

Regardless of how the internship turns out, it will still be a valuable experience at the end of the day, that is for sure.

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