Wednesday, 30 September 2015

2AM RAMBLINGS

My life has been pretty uneventful lately, with last week being eaten up by Clean The World. No complains though, because I like feeling productive and busy ٩(。•ω•。)و

I think I have been pretty successful at entertaining myself with even the most trivial of things, so here's a photo dump of my mundane life just because I feel like babbling away today.

First of all, cheap thrills but I was more excited than I would like to admit about going up to the SkyPark amidst haze season (つω⊂* )

If Genting had an infinity pool...

And to make my day even better, James and Hisyam travelled all the way to my workplace to meet for lunch, *~awww~*


We decided to amuse ourselves by watching people queue for iPhones the day of its release. Holy crap, too many people in Singapore have no life.

Okay, I think the person who suggested watching people queue for the iPhone (i.e. yours truly) has even less of a life, hee.

Staring at their phones while queuing for a phone. We are truly the 低头族.

Last Thursday was a much-needed public holiday, so me, Esther and Andy braved the haze to meet for dinner!

You guys will always be worth polluting my lungs with harmful particles (*˘ ︶ ˘*).。.:*♡

Aaaaand Saturday was Clean The World!

I spent the past week making photo props, pasting and cutting and pasting again because everything kept falling apart. And ended up with everyone questioning why I was so OCD, although I think this was more about having standards than an obsession with perfection.

My blood, sweat and tears \(T∇T)/
I am so super appreciative of anyone who sat down to help me cut and paste the props, even for just a few seconds. Wai sh0 naiise, I very 感动 ꒰๑˃͈꒳˂͈๑꒱

Posing with our blood, sweat and tears!!!

I noticed this little boy gleefully holding up one of the props and waving it around...


AND HE FREAKING BROUGHT IT HOME. HAHAHAHAHA.

Caught him red-handed, carrying my prop out of the event hall.
Quite flattered that a little boy liked it enough to bring it home, hehe.

And I just had to take a photo of everyone taking a photo while holding the props. BECAUSE THE PROPS, MADE FROM LOUSY CORRUGATED BOARD AND DESPERATELY HELD TOGETHER WITH TONS OF SCOTCH TAPE AND DOUBLE-SIDED TAPE, SURVIVED TILL THE END OF THE EVENT!!! \\ ٩( ᐛ )و //

YAYYYYYYYY
I probably sound extremely no-life, being so proud of pieces of paper with chopsticks stuck on them.

Ok, I had more of a life today. Went to the airport to send Hisyam off cos he's going back to UK for school.

Had a great time catching up with these people, even though we just talked nonsense and gossiped, hehe!


Seriously, look at this nonsense video of James trying to make a gif of himself punching me (;¬_¬)

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It is now 2am (I noticed that almost every blog entry ends with a time check). I am extremely drained and I can't keep my eyes open any longer. This post barely made any sense but I'm happy just rambling away.

˚∗̥. GOODNIGHT ꒰◍ᐡᐤᐡ◍꒱ᐝ.∗̥✩⁺˚⑅

Sunday, 20 September 2015

DANCING CRABS ON ICE

This title makes absolutely no sense. I don't like coming up with titles for my posts but it irks me to leave it empty so there.

I think working has made me appreciate my weekends so much more. 'twas yet another great weekend, with lots of food on Saturday and lots of sleeping in today ~( ‾ ⌣ ‾ ~)


ICE SKATING



Went ice skating at JCube with the CNNY excos because IT WAS FREE.

It was my first time ice skating and I am proud to say that I did not fall down. In fact, none of us did.成功!!! ✧*。٩(ˊᗜˋ*)و✧*。

Wah wah, so pro can balance without the railings siol (  ̄^ ̄ )

Had lunch at Itacho Sushi after that, which means I got to order the caramel pudding yay!

I looove their caramel pudding. The pudding has a really mild milk taste and goes well with the caramel because it isn't overly sweet. 

And their caramel tastes so much better than those syrupy goo you get from other Japanese restaurants. This is more... viscous? Okay my description sucks. tl;dr it tastes nice.

Look at that gorgeous caramel sauce (●♡∀♡)

Went for my first round of bingsu at One Ice Cafe, which is probably one of the most affordable bingsu you can find.

Shared the oreo bingsu, which was only $6.80! The ice was quite fine and there was enough oreo crumbs - not too shabby for such cheap bingsu (ok $6.80 is not cheap but it's relatively cheap).

The oreo crumbs look like very yummy soil.


DANCING CRAB AND O'MA SPOON



Met Shijie after that for dinner at Dancing Crab. I love seafood so this was soooo shiok!!!

Got the crab cakes for appetisers because they looked so yummy in the online reviews I've read. It looks so nondescript...

Btw that creamy and tangy sauce was quite yumz as well

But it's actually chock-full of crab meat!!!

This is a badly-taken photo because I could only use one hand. Basically everything under that thin, crispy layer was full of crab meat.

So much crab meat that one blob fell out of the crispy shell.

And then we ordered the Combo Bag with Sri Lankan crab, with their signature sauce. This cost a bomb ($88) but my love for seafood has clouded any judgment or attempts to be frugal.

They basically put all the food (crab, clams, prawns, potatoes, carrots, sausages) in one bag and then dump it all on the table. No utensils provided, apart from a claw cracker. You just eat off the tables with your bare hands. UNLEASH THE HUNGRY BARBARIAN IN YOU (∫°ਊ°)∫

Before

And here's a very messy photo of the aftermath.

After

It was really quite liberating to eat in such an unglam manner and not feel judged.

Okay, at one point I was trying to crack the shell open and flung some sauce to the next table, so I definitely felt judged then. But my usual embarrassing moments aside, it was quite a nice experience. Especially when you are forced not to touch your phone during dinner, haha.

Next stop: O'ma spoon!

As if dinner was not filling and expensive enough, we went for dessert anyway.

There was a queue even up till 10+pm when we left. After queuing for a seat, you have to queue to order. Sigh, Singaporeans and their food craze (who am I to judge).

Ordered the Mango Cheesecake bingsu, which I was quite uncertain about at first (because I dislike cheesecake) but ended up tasting really good! Shijie ate all the cheesecake so I didn't have to deal with it anyway.

The mangoes went quite well with the ice cream and ice, kinda like those mango birthday cakes from neighbourhood bakeries.

Look at this towering mountain of shaved ice!!!!!

This was the snowiest shaved ice I have ever had! So shiok to dig into that super soft and fluffy pile of shaved ice ʕっ˘ڡ˘ʔっ─∈

Not sure if you can see it, but the shaved ice resembles really fine snow.

Such a shiok day of seafood and double bingsu. MY TUMMY IS SO SATISFIED ʕっ˘ڡ˘ςʔ

And on a more random note, this 21-year-old bought a colouring book.

Bookdepository had several colouring books on sale so I bought Secret Garden and The Mindfulness Colouring Book. Then I got too impatient waiting for it to arrive, so I bought Enchanted Garden on Saturday.

On hindsight, I was overly ambitious buying so many because the illustrations are so intricate that it would take me forever to complete them.

The cover is too pretty for me to resist. 

Happily spent the rest of my Saturday night lying on my bed and colouring (o˘◡˘o)

Am I young at heart now?

This was my progress on Saturday

And my progress on Sunday

I think 3 colouring books can take me a whole lifetime to complete. Oops.

Maybe I'll give one away. It does make a really pretty gift. Let me know if your birthday is coming up, hahahaha.

Also, look at this person's colouring!!!

A photo posted by Meesha Wilson (@meesharose) on


A photo posted by Meesha Wilson (@meesharose) on

So pretty! This shall be my inspiration (☆▽☆)

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

So Reddit and my own morbid curiosity led me to this YouTube video, which is 55 minutes of probably one of the most raw, close-up footages of the scene at World Trade Centre during 9/11. Not even kidding, it feels like you're in some first-person shooter game, right there in the aftermath.

First thought was: holy crap this cameraman has got balls. And holy crap that is very good video quality in such a situation.

In a way that means absolutely no harm, I hope this video doesn't get removed because it really helped give me a slightly clearer idea of what exactly went on that day. The attack took place when I was 7, and I live nowhere near America. I could never truly sympathise very well with all the sentiments regarding 9/11. While, I am absolutely nowhere near understanding how it must feel for those who were personally affected by this in one way or another, the video brought me a bit closer to understanding what happened on the ground that day. The police and firemen doing their job and putting themselves in the face of danger, the civilians rushing out of the buildings all distraught, a scene that looked almost post-apocalyptic.

I have watched many videos of the plane crashing straight into the building, and those were terrifying to watch. But this video gives a different perspective. It's more calm and has a strange sense of normalcy in such a tragic situation. Sure there were loads of smoke and debris and the occasional person hastily running away from the scene, but all those NYPD/FDNY/Secret Service people were mostly so composed that it almost felt mundane, if you were to ignore the thick layers of ash (or whatever it's called). And that just seemed rather ominous and out of place.

In stark contrast was this other video, once again thanks to Reddit. It was filmed from an NYU dorm and so horrifying to watch at that one split-second. This had all the chaos and terrified screams. And this really made me wonder how I would react if I were in her shoes. What if it were me, just looking out of the window of my Tembusu room when a plane crashes through the CREATE building, right in front of me?

Reddit (who else) also had this link to an article about how Disneyland reacted to the 9/11 attacks. Nothing particularly outstanding, but it is just slightly disconcerting to imagine fear in supposedly the happiest place on earth. It is a very eerie juxtaposition.

I like putting myself in different scenarios to wonder how I will react and to try and imagine how others felt when they were actually in those situations. I like finding out about people's first-hand experiences in all sorts of situations e.g. in North Korea, during the Japanese Occupation, during the Black Death, in ancient Egypt. This is probably why I enjoyed Chinese Cinderella and Totto Chan so much when I was young. I know I must sound like a complete weirdo now. Well, I think it's just interesting hearing stories about situations I was never in and knowing more about what other people went through.

Yep, that's all I have to say for now. End of my random ramblings.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

LAZY SUNDAYS

This weekend has been pretty chill, and I am thoroughly enjoying my alone time spent lazing away at home (▰˘v˘▰)

Had to go back to work for Saturday duty yesterday but work feels less stressful when you're the only one in the office. Saturday duty was not so bad after all.

Decided to take a walk in search of lunch, and saw this.

Spot the marriage proposal.

Bought sushi in the end, so here's a pretentious-looking photo, complete with bad editing done on vscocam (because I have too much time to spare today).

I read that magazine as part of my job, hehe. One of my favourite duties.

I decided to take a nice stroll across the Helix Bridge to get to my bus stop after work, because I completely forgot about the haze. Omg it was so terrible, I could barely inhale without feeling like I would choke to death.

And I actually saw people jogging along the bridge??!?!!! Seriously?! It is very ironic to jog to keep fit when what you are doing is just killing your lungs one breath at a time. Oh well, can never understand health junkies.

Spotted a very red sun yesterday evening so I guess my stroll wasn't all bad. Cheap thrills to the max leh, seriously. I am such a suaku person that a reddish sun amuses me.

The sun was actually redder than this, but my lousy camera refused to pick it up.

Today is a very lazy day spent browsing reddit and doing anything unproductive.

You can see Reddit on my screen. Also, room is still unpacked from when I moved back from Tembusu, oops.

Ooh and I had the most shiok afternoon snack ever.

Lugged back 4 bottles of Strongbow Elderflower apple cider yesterday because they are amazing (and much better than Somersby in my opinion), and bought the Torres black truffle chips on impulse.

Cider and greasy crispy chips. Match made in heaven.

The chips were bloody expensive - $7.95 for less than half a bag??! But they smell sooo heavenly. They smell like legit truffle fries. And they taste like truffle fries too.

Can you see the specks of sea salt?

Munching on this makes me feel like I'm at PS Cafe.  Okay, I guess if a bag of chips can feel like PS Cafe then they're not so expensive after all #denial

Act 一个 atas with cider and expensive potato chips today just because _へ__( ‾ ◡ ◝ )> 开心就好 (although my wallet would disagree).

I seldom have weekends like this, because weekends are either spent going out or sleeping in till dinnertime. It's nice to finally get up before noon and have the whole day to myself. I find joy in doing absolutely nothing, hehe.

What I really treasure these six months are the weekends free from work. I can laze around all day and feel no guilt because there isn't a pile of never-ending readings and tutorials to be completed. Soon, I will be back to that lifestyle of procrastinating and being overcomed with guilt each time I am not studying.

I have a year or two of student life remaining. I really don't know how to feel about that. All my life, ever since I could recall, I held on to the identity of being a student. Going to school has been the usual routine since I was four. To suddenly have that taken away from me when I graduate is a lot to deal with.

Not sure how I will react to graduating from school. From my post-Tembusu sentimental outbursts, I clearly do not handle change very well.

Anyway, spent my whole day on Reddit and here's a Writing Prompt response that I really like:

Saturday, 12 September 2015

ICE CREAMS AND HAZE

No work because it's Polling Day today, which means I am well-rested and finally have time to update my blog!

Finally, finally got a haircut after procrastinating for three whole months tsk. Went back to Gataomo, with the same stylist (Vaness Yeap), and I am happy with my new hair!

Before he started snipping away, he made sure to check with me if I really wanted to cut off this much of my hair “不然等一下你哭” hahaha, so cute.

Decided to be a mainstream trend-follower that day and tried 21 Cube's fried ice cream rolls! 'Fried' seems rather misleading term since technically nothing was being fried.

The ice cream rolls have an interesting texture since there are several folds, so it's a little tougher than normal ice cream? If that makes any sense. I would call this the tamago of ice creams.

Vanilla base with Nutella mixer.

The whole chopping and mixing of ice cream caught the attention of some kids.

And their parents got dragged along, ahaha.

Ran an errand at work a few days back and happened to be on the 57th floor, so I decided to take a look at the view from up there. Cheap thrills, hehe.

Would you look at the haze??!




Went back to school for CNM Society's handover and it felt sooo good to be back in NUS!!! (ᗒᗊᗕ)

I feel like I could've done a lot more as Vice President, but oh well it's time to step down now. Really quite reluctant to do so because it has been quite a fun job, but it's okay I will settle for being an overly enthusiastic senior ଘ(੭ˊ꒳ˋ)੭✧

Meet my successor, the ever so swag and fabulous Emma!

And since I was back in school, might as well drop by Tembusu. Oh man, I got extremely sentimental all over again (˃ ⌑ ˂ഃ )

It's a really strange feeling, to feel so much at home in a place that is no longer my home. As I walked along UTown, as I entered Tembusu, everything felt so familiar. It felt as though I've been doing it all this while, living in Tembusu and going to school this semester, as though nothing has changed.

Sigh, I really don't know how to deal with school without Tembusu. I am not exactly the best at letting go of things.

Glad to be reunited with half the suite though!


Aww a chalk doodle of some Shan people, including our suite! I don't know why I'm the one with Llaollao haha.

Thursday was quite a chill day at work, because I was in this holiday mood somehow.

Lunch was great because we finished eating in 20 minutes and decided to walk around The Shoppes. Shared ice cream from TWG with Jit, yay ╰( ・ ᗜ ・ )╯

Got the Napoleon Tea flavour, which had black tea with caramelized macadamia nuts. This was apparently their bestseller! Not bad, I liked the delicate chunks of macadamia.

Was trying to take a photo when Jit told me I should hold it up higher. Omg, my usually crap photos suddenly looked a lot better! You can compare this ice cream photo with the one at the start of my post. 果然是 Visual Media intern!



Got to vote today, which feels like some rite of passage to being an adult especially since it falls on my 21st year. Now that I am an adult, I guess I need to be less ignorant about politics(●´・△・`)

Currently Skyping Liana and Vicky as we watch the election news, hehe.

And now I'm just feeling super sian, because what would've been a long weekend is ruined by my Saturday duty (; ̄Д ̄)

Not only that, today's public holiday means I have two days' worth of news to clip. And there will definitely be election news. I shall have a nice, chill breakfast at the dining room to start my day well I guess.

Friday, 4 September 2015

DREAMWORKS, NIGHT FESTIVAL AND DAWN FLIES OFF

This is yet another overdued post. I started this last Friday, and one week has passed.

Well, in my defence, I have been rather sleep-deprived this week, which is ironic since I was actually quite free at work. I am more energised when I have more things to do. I think I really do have saikang warrior tendencies.

Still, life has been consistently treating me well these two months, and I am thankful ∩( ︶ ▽ ︶ )∩

I wonder if it is because I'm at work instead of school, hmmm. School always leads to unnecessary drama and feelings of loneliness. Right now, I'm contented just sitting at my corner desk, minding my own business and doing work.

Okay, I shall begin with last Friday. Last Friday was awesome, both at work and after!


DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition



I was tasked to bring two different groups of people to the DreamWorks exhibition that day, which means I got to visit it twice! 

The highlight of the exhibition was Dragon's Flight, and it was truly amazing.

There was an IMAX-style screen and BEANBAGS!!! Lying on the beanbags definitely brought the experience to a whole new level. For that three minutes, you really feel immersed in the film. 10/10 would recommend!

Watched this twice and wasn't bored yet.

Went to meet the suite after work, because TGIF!!!


Night Festival with #07-163



We planned on having Maki-san for dinner, but the queues and crowds at Cathay were horrendous. SUCH A TURN-OFF.

So... since there were no seats available, we had a hobo picnic by the SOTA steps instead! ☜(˚▽˚)☞

Step 一个 (omg pun completely unintended)

We spent the first 30 minutes at Night Festival trying to squeeze through the hoards of people, and gave up the idea of buying food there because the queues were insane. Can fight with llaollao.

And then we chanced upon the Very Wishing Exhibition.

I thought it was such a simple yet brilliant idea! They give you these tiny balls of lights that flicker and change colours, and you just form words and shapes and whatever the hell you want with it. This entertained everyone, from little kids to 21-year-olds spamming photo and Snapchats (i.e. us)

Being the overly-attached suite that we are... tadah! Our masterpiece.

Here's a video so you can appreciate our artistic talents in their full glory:

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Made our way to SAM next because we wanted to visit this flea market at the Glass House, only to realise we went on the wrong day. Somehow our collective IQ just did not realise it. We tried looking for the Glass House and then wondered why people were dancing in there instead (;¬_¬)

The heat was unbearable so I caved in and got momolato ice cream. Apparently, they were the Asia Pacific Champion at the Gelato World Tour? Nope, the ice cream was underwhelming. Not worth $5.

I can buy several Gotcha pencil ice creams for the same price.

We tried taking some photos at the courtyard but the lighting sucked. Dawn took this photo of us and I have no idea what was going on, ahaha.

Andy is the only normal person here.

There were local bands performing next to the courtyard and they sounded good, so we followed the sound...

Turns out, it was wyd:syd performing! They performed at the tCambodia concert that time and I was so blown away by them. Yey #fated.

Sadly, the acoustics at the courtyard was terrible and didn't do them justice.

It looks like a concert at a pasar malam.

Decided to get away from the crowd and we somehow wandered from SAM all the way to Little India. I have no idea how we got there.

Nobody could decide where to go, so we just walked aimlessly from Dhoby Ghaut to Bras Basah to Chinatown. Wah, so fit ᕦʕ ⊙ ◡ ⊙ ʔᕤ

And since Swee Choon was nearby... hee hee.

It doesn't look like much because it was pointless waiting for everything to arrive before taking a photo and eating.

(^^)-(^^)-(^^)-(^^)-(^^)


Sending Dawn off ●︿●



And then came Monday, so we went to send Dawn off before she left for Scotland.

I had lots of spare time after work since we were meeting at 1030pm, so I decided to heck it and have dinner alone at a restaurant. I've eaten alone before but never at a restaurant, so yay achievement unlocked!

Okay lah, it was just Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe, not like some atas restaurant where I would feel like a freak. But still, I was quite proud of myself k ٩(。•ㅅ•。)و

Had my Kindle to accompany me, and it was very therapeutic to have some alone time. I have neglected my Kindle for so long, with school and work getting in the way.

In the 2.5 hours at the airport, I managed to finish the remaining of Rage by Stephen King and started on We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver.

Another step photo, hehe.

And then it was finally time to send her off (っ˘̩╭╮˘̩)っ We stayed till she entered the gates, despite her protests, hehe.

Can you see how tired I was from work?

Aww, I'm going to miss my alarm clock + water run buddy + constant source of motivation + mac commons study buddy.

And I just had to dig out this photo of her (●^曲^●) This photo accurately depicts how Dawn lights up our lives. Cannot think of anyone more aptly named than her.

Vicky is not here because she refused to wake up that morning.

It's going to be awhile before the entire suite can reunite again ( ͒˃̩̩⌂˂̩̩ ͒)