Goodbye 2012

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Hello 2013!!! OK. How has my 2012 year been?
My answer is: ✈ ✈ ✈ ✈ ✈ ✈ ✈ ✈ ✈ ✈ ✈ ✈ ✈ ✈ ✈ ✈ ✈ ✈ ✈ ✈ ✈

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I was on 21 air planes, 4 ferries and several hours long train/coach rides.
My 2012 was spent in 10 different countries and 16 different cities..
I don’t think it was very healthy for a 19-turning-20 year old full time university student lol.

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  • January: Singapore, Melbourne
  • February: Melbourne, Singapore
  • March: Singapore, Melbourne
  • April: Melbourne
  • May: Melbourne
  • June: Melbourne, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Hang Zhou
  • July: Shanghai, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Melbourne
  • August: Melbourne, Mt Buller, Singapore
  • September: Singapore, Seoul, Melbourne
  • October: Melbourne
  • November: Melbourne, Singapore, Dubai, New York, New Haven, Boston, Washington D.C.
  • December: Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia

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2012 was still awesome even though I found it really hard to keep in touch with all my friends. The way I started my 2012 and the way I ended my 2012 were drastically different but all in all life has been good to me. Made some new friends, kept most old friends, lost a few friends. Fell out of love, tried to love, gave up on love & unknowingly fell in love. I guess such stuff are pretty inevitable & it’s all part and parcel of life. In the past I’d have taken it really hard but everything seem so much easier now… Needless to say, I’ve changed a lot too. For the better in some aspects and for the worse in other aspects. I made many mistakes this year which I do regret but I’m only human. I’m still constantly learning and trying to be a better person. May 2013 be filled with endless happiness and safe travels for me, for you and for everyone 🙂

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Anyway I’m too lazy to recap on my trips so let me just continue posting pictures of the last few days of 2012 taken in Singapore… Visited 2 am dessert bar (I used to work there). The new dessert Shades of Brown was… Really… Horrible (to me & Ash). First timers should just always order the h20 chocolate dessert cuz that’s the best in my opinion. My favourite liqueur there are: Yuzu Cocktail and Elderflower Cider. I love sweet alcoholic beverages haha.

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Call me a noob but it was my first time visiting Rochester Mall & The Star Vista at Buona Vista. I was so damn excited because it’s just right beside ACJC. Man, how I wish those malls were open 2 years ago… School life would have been a lot better with so many food options!

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Been watching a lot of cartoon movies lately. I love animated films. Hotel Transylvania, Rise of the Guardians, Wreck it Ralph ALL made my day!!! Hahaha I think everyone hates watching movies with me because I can’t stop asking questions and commenting and laughing hysterically.

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The Melbourne girls met up for Charmaine’s 21st birthday. Abby, Sha & I all got her gifts from Sephora and we were all having a panic attack “pls don’t tell me you bought the same gift as I did!!!” hahaha but thankfully what we feared didn’t happen. We ate at Orchard Central’s Korean restaurant at LVL 7 called Sarang or something and GEEZ I seriously thought it was overpriced because the food portions were SO SMALL!?! Ash was still a hungry beast as usual so we went to Dean & Deluca for dinner round II. He is a monster I swear. HE EATS SO MUCH.

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Shi Yu’s flight was delayed so when she arrived, we pretended that it was still 2012 and celebrated NYE. Shyan’s roof top is SO NICE, it’s waaay nicer than my roof top. Hahaha. While we were chatting away my mom texted me to say she could hear us talking lololol how awkward.

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Lately

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I can hardly believe that 2012 is coming to an end! I am definitely adapting back to this insanely hot and humid weather. No longer drowning in sweat the minute I am done showering but still constantly feeling really warm even in shopping malls. I am also glad to say that I no longer need my daily dose of coffee – it’s strange how different my habits are in Melbourne & in Singapore.

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My break in comfortable Singapore has slowly but surely rendered me useless once more. I just made some supper for myself because I didn’t want to wake my maid up but it wasn’t too successful. I was previously having difficulty peeling a boiled egg which I seriously thought it was boiled. The whites were solid but the yolk was runny, sigh. The pork sausages that I just ate seem to be uncooked… I can’t even tell. I will get my answer if I have a tummy ache tomorrow. Damn, I can hardly believe that I once had the ability to prepare a feast for a party of 10!? My Sg kitchen confuses me – I miss my kitchen in Melbourne where I know where everything is…

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Went to Esplanade to support Mich’s saxophone performance a few days ago. I am not a music person but I know she is an excellent saxophonist. She has endless concerts lined up and I’m very impressed. How does she even find the time when she’s hardly in Singapore?! Whenever I’m feeling sad in Melbourne, she never fails to accompany me to have some Max Brenners despite how cold/busy she is. So thankful to have her in both Melbourne & Singapore :’)

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My Christmas Eve was spent having a way-too-noisy dinner with the girls, Ashley and Jin Hui & a mini wine/beer party at my roof top after. A chill night, just like how I wanted it to be… AND YAY MY BEST FRIEND SERENE ZHUANG IS BACK IN SINGAPORE!!! 😀

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I spent the first few hours of Christmas baking cakes for my mother. Her birthday is on Christmas Day and hence Christmas was spent with the family from day to night feasting over Chinese food. We had dim sum brunch at Good Wood Park Hotel’s Min Jiang and chinese dinner at Hotel Royal’s Jade Room Restaurant. Headed to Melody’s house after midnight.

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Boxing Day was spent relaxing over dinner, shisha & drinks. Beer for the boys, cocktail for me.

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Today I finally had some cafe food. It seems like ages since I last had any. Ashley is one tough boy to impress especially when it comes to cafe food because I’ve brought him to too many awesome cafes in Melbourne. The weirdest thing is Ashley is a local and he’d never been to the cafes before?! Sigh I love food so much that 1. I know the food better than a local does 2. My arms are also fatter than my partner’s. LOL. Anyway, tanks to Brad aka Ladyironchef, Ashley was finally pleased. We visited Po Tea To for lunch and Flock Cafe for cakes. The roasted chicken was superb; juicy and tender. My salmon wasn’t as good but still decent. The chocolate cake and carrot cake were impressively moist and delicious. I will be back for more one day.

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By the way we watched Cz12 today. It’s Jackie Chan’s last movie. He is truly a legendary star.

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Merry Christmas & Happy Boxing Day everyone! Hope your holiday has been more exciting than mine. Feeling kinda sick right now. I woke up at 5.30pm today. WHAT’S WRONG WITH ME. It’s ladies night tonight and ironically I spent mine with all guys. I hardly have any guy friends besides these two idiots whom I kinda grew up with hahaha they look like my body guards 😛

Malaysia via instagram

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Thought I’d just update this space since it’s pouring outside and I’m just lazing around at home. I flew back to Singapore from Malaysia the night before yesterday alone and haven’t been doing much. I really don’t wanna take any pictures either ever since I had a hideous hair cut – I simply clip up my entire fringe everyday now and as a result I look like some underage kiddo SIGH. But anyway since I paid an impromptu visit to Butter last night (was only gonna go for supper) might as well take one picture. It was a joke because Hanwei was wearing her secondary school uniform and I was wearing denim shorts. I haven’t been to Butter the whole year.. Unbelievable. I finally had my favourite kamakaze and peanut jelly shots 🙂 My alcohol tolerance decreased drastically ever since I stopped partying as much. Only had 7 shots & 2 flamings yesterday & I felt a lil tipsy already. Here are instagram pictures taken during my trip in Kuala Lumpur, M’sia:

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We ordered room service everyday for 4 days because we always got hungry at unearthly hours. To be honest it’s the best room service ever hahaha I mean the food ain’t fantastic but it’s decent. We stayed at Shangri La hotel which was 2 monorail stations away from the main shopping malls like Pavilion and Sungei Wang Plaza. The traffic in KL… CRAZILY JAMMED. They should really do something about their traffic and maybe do something as drastic as Singapore did – implement a mandatory SGD$90,000 COE to ease the absurd congestion lol.

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On a side note, I really had a problem with their air pollution, felt like I could hardly breathe or maybe it’s just my ultra sensitive nose. Their local food are all so spicy but so damn yummy! Had awesome durians and bak ku teh there as well, never knew it was a must to do in Malaysia.

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The top level of Pavilion has endless of Japanese stores. We visited this cafe called KOMUGI. The pandan cakes were only okay, Benganwan Solo’s pandan cakes are 10x better but the bear cake was.. Wow. I never thought something so cute could taste as good. Look at how cute the coffee art is.. 3 characters in one! It took me ages to make just a kitty during my coffee class.

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How do you look at someone you love and tell yourself it’s time to walk away?

Where the river always flow

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Singapore has been really lovely 🙂 Food here makes me so happy! But the weather’s sooo shit.

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Hokkien style fried pig and Singapore’s renowned chilli crab with fried man tous

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Saturday night at Zouk and Mink. Finally tried the chocolate liqueur shots it was so.. Potent.

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Love snapping pictures of pretty looking food like the mushroom soup & chocolate lava cake above~

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Ladies night at Zouk but we just chilled at wine bar and drank away. I love dreamer the cocktail!

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Dim sum = my ideal meal. Especially liu sha bao aka golden sand buns!!!

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Watched Hotel Transylvania~ Don’t you think Dawn looks like the girl in the movie?!

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There was a long queue for this prawn noodles stall at past eleven at night.. We queued >15 mins 😮

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We took ages to complete Gardens by the bay because Ashley sat down at EVERY bench.

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Singapore is filled with many substandard cafe food but Choupinette’s eggs benedict is yummy. Other cafes worth visiting are Spruce & Rider’s. But I do not understand why a miserable plate of over fried bacon costs $6..

Going to Indonesia tomorrow. I’ve never been to Indo before can you believe it?!? Hahaha bye.

I ♥ swallow prints

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All my friends know I hate painting my nails. Whenever we have sleepovers, I would never ever participate in the smelly activity. I saw no point because my nails were perpetually chipped and if anything, I’m far from primp & proper. But I guess miracles do happen when you’re too bored. Two days ago, I had a few hours to spare and nothing to do… So I dragged Ervin with me to scout for a nail parlour. The first nail place quoted me $80, the second one suggested $60 and I was like no way! When the third nail salon said $30, I knew I had to get my nails done there. Frankly speaking I love my new nails despite the fact that they do kinda look like liquid paper LOL. Being equally bored again today, I went for Brazilian waxing & almost kicked my therapist.

Back in Singapore :)

Hi Singapore!!! Finally back from my US trip 😀 The long flight was indeed a battle. I was so bloody tired & I don’t ever wear contact lenses nor make up when traveling on plane so I looked really crappy and cranky. So glad to be back in my comfort zone. I am so happy with my new coffee sephora eyeliner, hoola benefit bronzer and strawberry fizz vs lipgloss as well as the new pair of shorts I bought yesterday. I also bought two new dresses which I can’t wait to wear lol. The two retarded soft toys in the picture were caught by Ashley in the arcade months ago. Met Jane, Johanna & Hanwei yesterday (wth, all my rivals actually since they are all VJ hockers haha) then Hanwei & I went to watch Twilight (thanks for the treat), please don’t judge us HAHA. But holy shit the daughter is so pretty. Going out now to meet Melbourne Shalyn now and she’s bringing me KOI *jumps in joy*. Sigh I feel so bad. I don’t know why all my friends are so nice to me for no reason. I must have been a very kind person in my previous life hahahahaha 😛 Sorry I just typed a whole chunk of gibberish which nobody would understand. Gtg, bye!

Hello Singapore & Goodbye Singapore

I arrived Singapore today at 6am, crazily dehydrated and tired. Went home to sleep for a few hours before heading out to meet Joanne & Elizabeth for coffee and dim sums. My mom picked me up after & brought me to facial. We had a good time bonding and honestly she’s the best mom ever… I seriously can never ever repay her. There are boxes everywhere in my new place and I don’t even know my area well. I don’t have the time to explore, yet. I have to unpack and repack my luggage again. Flying off tonight to New York with my oldest sister (Huiyi) to meet my older sister (Zhen). I’ll bring my mac book along because I evidently enjoy ranting to myself.