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Lie to me: Chocolate pudding

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Haha I totally love the irrelevance in Lie to Me (American, not Korean one). It went like that:

A: "What's that!"
B: "Chocolate pudding!"
A: "Who eats chocolate pudding at 10am in the morning?"
B: "People who like chocolate pudding."
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Haven't been able to blog for a while because of my exams~

Good thing that almost half of the subjects are done now and it is finally all going to end in two and a half weeks time!

For those who are also caught in this hard time, have faith and keep going!

Meanwhile, thank you for the constant support to this blog~! :)

How to lose faith

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Sunshine, bright sparks, dancing lights,
Down, down, down falling heights.

How do we lose faith? Sustained lies.
Disappointment, hurt: repeat a hundred times.

On your best days - Look! Parasites!
Downcast, ill: they take flight.

Smiles, maintained, a different kind.
Within, you have long been cast aside.


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*reader discretion is advised, blog post is written in a fit of extreme rage and may sound like a biased ranting Havisham*

Okay I am really really fed up and I need to do a short rant.

This rant is about #poorexamspirit, and yes I am employing the universal symbol of annoying - the hashtag to signal my utmost displeasure at this spirit is some people.

I know, A-levels is coming. It is coming in less than ten days and we all are stressed. We all have the right to be stressed. It would be almost kind of strange if you are totally nonchalant and dandical right now (unless you don't care or you have finish), but it doesn't mean that it is right to try and destress yourself by making other people feel annoyed, under-accomplished and stressed.

I am not targeting my rant generally, because most of the people around me have been nothing but encouraging, thoughtful and balanced. It is really these one or two specific PARENTS and STUDENTS that really send my blood boiling.

They like to ask you, out of the blue, via the most annoying means of whatsapp, "How is your daughter's (i.e. me) progress?"

It would have been perfectly fine if the person was asking as a mere greeting, you know like you want to start a conversation and you are not sure how to begin, so you go like, "Hey what's up, how is it going? Hope revision is going well!"

OR you are saying it out of a sincere concern, or pure curiosity to see if you are on track.

But nope.

The aforementioned parent here is making me so annoyed precisely because I can interpret from her "concern" this underlying tinge of ill-meaning malice and secret hope that you have done NOTHING for revision, so that naturally you will flop your A-levels. It angers me to know that there are such people out there who build their notion of successes upon other's presumed failures.

Naturally, I won't say it is not entirely because of my heightened senses and shorter fuse pre-exam, but such "concern" irks me straight to the core. One primary method of detecting such a false concern is when the person immediately follows up that question by humbly boasting (oh, you oxymorons, what who I do without thee?) "My son has finished all of Ten-Year-Series before Block Test 2, oh dear what is he going to practise on now? I am so nervous that my son won't get straight As, I mean afterall he wants to be (I mean I want him to be) a doctor, or a lawyer or any other prestigious job which give you both the status and the money. Oh help me, I am so stressed out!!!"

Yes, thus is the suffering and misery I have to endure every now and then from the specific parent who bemoans her anxiety and hysterics about her son not securing the desired profession.

I would have gladly offered her a wide-range of expletives which I would also have given her the honor of choosing, but as refined as my mother is, she bears with such hysterics good naturally, advising her not to take it so hard, and that A-level is but a part of your life. It is not the end. Nothing is, but death (unless you believe that you become an angel or part thereof, but that is honestly another story).

But I would also elaborate that such people are as non-deserving of well-meaning advice and attention as a person who repeatedly inserts her arm into a lion's cage does, because the next thing you know, the person is DOUBTING your advice as a chicanery to encourage her son to slack off and therefore, screw up the exam.

The absurdity of which can only be expressed by me through a thoroughly frustrated shake of my head and a choked, "I cannot..."

Yes yes, I am so trying to tell you to flunk your exam. It takes a thief to catch a thief doesn't it? To misinterpret well-meaning advice like this indicates something about your mentality and stream-of-consciousness.

And you have nothing to do? Why not buy a hundred-year-series to practice on, I am pretty sure they sell it on, like Mars.

Yes, I am stressed. Understandably you are stressed to. That I can understand. But it becomes tedious and meaningless when you ask about "What is your daughter doing now?" and we reply honestly that "She was taking a short nap" and you have to trade in barbs like "She is so confident and sure of herself eh?" because it is pointless and honestly grating in nature. Just because it is A levels doesn't mean that I should go out on this frantic "sai-kang" mode and stop my metabolic processes and rests to do half a bazillion papers a day. I need to rest, too.

So if any of you guys are also in a similar situation whereby you have to face such individuals who about warp every truth you ever utter, my suggestion is really, block the person on every communication line possible and if he persists, flip him or her off with a well-deserved middle-finger.

Rant: Return our CPF?

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I was like blogging about how absolutely annoying Yang Yin was, and then I had to chance upon Han Hui Hui (HHH)'s speech at Hong Lim Park that lambasted Singapore's government (People's Action Party) for basically doing a poor job of governing the country.

Her speech was extremely incendiary, and as a student who studied the building of Singapore briefly in Secondary 1 and 2, I felt rather incensed by some of the sweeping generalizations she made in her speech, some of the absurd arguments she has against the local ruling party and her whole sail negation of all the effort that PAP has put into building this country.

Before I begin my own tirade against her arguments (and arguments only), I have confessions to make. I don't claim to be the person with the best and most well-rounded knowledge of the local political scene despite my frequent attempts at trying to catch up with the news and doing extra readings for the sake of General Paper (GP). I am also not saying that PAP is like the flawless government or that our leaders are infallible. Maybe it is because of the history of Singapore that I have studied, I have come to appreciate our government more for the things they have done for us, the areas they are always trying to improve, rather than to be wholly blinkered by the errors that they have made.

And, you are free to disagree with any of the arguments that I have:) After all, politics is always full of diverse opinions which are greatly influenced by our personal experience and beliefs as well as our individual doctrine of thoughts.

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I apologize if any of the information above is flawed, because I did not write it: in fact I have no idea who HHH is before today, so I am researching as I write my post.

And here is the video that irked me so much:

Here is some of my thoughts (I will try to take on a measured tone as far as possible).

#Problematic argument 1
"What should we do with the [CPF] money that the government will return to us? We can take back our CPF and build our own flats!!"

First and foremost, why are we even worrying about "what to do with excess money"? Like goodness, if say suddenly maybe three thousand dollars fall out of the sky, I am very sure I would have some place to spend it in, starting with a good buffet. Whilst the use of rhetorical question is one of the commonly used public speaking device, this rhetorical question had me absolutely confused.

As for building "[your] own flats" as HHH excitedly suggested to all, it is logically impossible. Spoken in Chinese, her statement can either be interpreted as 1. using the money to hire people to build the flats, and 2. using the money and building the flats yourself.

I cannot decide which option above is more absurd. Do you know how to design a flat, know the materials to use? Do you know where to hire all the hard workers who toil endlessly to enable the timely completion of the flat? I doubt it. Building the flats by oneself is odder still, to the extent that it could have been like this comical punchline in a Jack Neo movie where the characters light-heartedly whine about the government and come up with solutions like building their own houses. Building a private housing would have possible, but not with the amount of CPF money  that you are banking on. I know people who live in bungalows and other private housings: those cost a couple of millions at least. In the recent Yang Yin scandal, Madam Chung's private estate is a whopping $40,000,000 (thereabout). I am sure your CPF isn't half that sum.

#Problematic Fact 2
"Is there a need to sell a flat up to 3 - 4 million?"

Have you seen a HDB flat (assuming they are talking about flats) selling for 3-4 million? Good riddance! The most common costs of flats in Singapore is about 300-600 plus thousand, where did the 3-4 million dollar flats come from?

Assuming that you are not talking about flat as the subtitles suggests, but about private estates, why are you complaining about the price of private housings? As in, buy what is within your means, if you can afford a 3-room flat, buy a 3-room flat. If you can afford a mansion, go ahead, no one is stopping you (unless you swindle people's money). The private housing prices here are high due to the scarcity of land, if you want to have cheaper "private housing", why not go to places with less people? Like somewhere near the edge of Gobi desert or Sahara. You can build a mansion the size of a football field and no one cares. If you can afford it, that is.

#Problematic Fact 3
"Take the land and build condominiums. Can Singaporeans afford to buy such properties??"

Well yes, apparently a great number of people can afford to buy such properties, because otherwise the logical deduction would be that all the condominiums existing now are empty for our good brothers to live in. Which is not the case.

I feel like it is a case of, "since we here cannot afford it, thus no one can afford it, so why build it?". It is a logical fallacy in itself, since just because the speaker cannot afford it, she assumes that no one can afford it. Gah.

#Hasty Accusation 4
"Money faced government. They are not caring for our accommodation. They are not caring for our medical healthcare. Is this how a government should behave?"

Think Middle-East. Think about Greece. Think about all the corrupted government that you read about in the newspaper and think about our government. Whilst I agree that I have limited knowledge about our politics, Singapore is the 5th least corrupted nation. Thus, the whole accusation of money faced is rather untenable, especially given the context of CPF where the money is returned to you eventually.

"They are not caring for our accommodation." Just a moment ago, I remember someone declaring that she wants to build her own flat or something with her money. Wait, so now you would like the government to care for your accommodation (which they have already been doing and is still trying to improve).

"Is this how a government should behave?" How then, should a government behave? Like the Greek government perhaps?

#Bad sentence structure 5
"Don't let them play like monopoly."

Sorry, I can't help it, I had to really gawk at this one. I mean, you either play monopoly, or you monopolize something, right? I presume it really meant "play this country like a game of Monopoly".

#Rhetorical Question 6
"It has been 50 years under their rule. Did our lives become better or not?"

Well, I wouldn't know for sure, since I have only lived for 18 years...hold on you won't know either! Furthermore you haven't even been living here for your whole life.

I feel like the above could be a false dichotomy. Our lives has indeed been better in some ways. Think about public transport. Bus 189 used to have very low arrival frequency, but now it comes so frequently that I don't have to wait for more than 10 minutes. Back when I was a child, most buses didn't have air-conditioning, so you can imagine the heat. Now we do. We have more places to relax, more places to shop, better facilities. There are simple exercise equipment below most flats. All these weren't around 50 years ago. Why can't we appreciate the small good things too?

Yes, there may be areas that are not as good. Like how the traffic is always pretty congested in the morning, the public transports are so crammed. I cannot count the number of times I felt grouchy because I was shoved up against someone's sweaty armpit in the public transport, but it is too absolute to claim that our quality of life did not improve at all as the speaker seems to suggest.

Besides, if you have so much time to grumble, why not try to make your own lives better? Or, go to whatever places that you think will make your life better. A discontented heart will never be satisfied.

#Claim 7
"Lee Family must go!"

That made me angry. That made me really upset that anyone could say that so easily without feeling guilty for saying it given all the good things that Mr Lee and his family has done for the country. I am not saying that they are flawless government. I am not saying that they haven't made any mistakes either. I am just saying that perhaps we need to think about the amount of effort they put into coming up with policies that strive to make our lives better.


I would have continued pointing out all the illogical and warped arguments that inundated her speech, but I am too irked now to continue in an organized manner without bursting into a string of expletives. I couldn't even finish watching her video because I was so hopping mad. Yes, our government has their flaws. Yes, they are not perfect. Yes yes, they could have  done more. But our government is made up of humans, and humans are prone to flaws, so why do we expect our government to be perfect? It is like, we are picking out flaws and magnifying them. (Remember what HHH says about having to eat grass at Hong Lim Park?) Or distorting their intentions.

At the end of the day, it would be prudent to note that a perfect governing system doesn't exist. No, you cannot just grab "90 people out of the 3 million" (it is 5.4 million btw) to form a new government just as you cannot grab 9 people to form SNSD (lame, I know). I am trying to say that while governing a country may appear easy to people like HHH, it is not. (Think about Obama's white hair, whoot.) We have leaders like Kim from DPRK, Stalin, Pol Pot and Mao (says my GP teacher), and I feel that our government is much better by comparison.

I know I am presenting an overly idealistic or even rosy image of our government, but that's because I am trying to focus on the small good things that we too often overlook. It is natural for us to complain and grouch about the shortcomings of the government, but at the end of the day, we also need to look at the things they have done for us, the sacrifices they have made, and be fair in our judgement.

Btw, here is petition you may want to sign if you have watched the video above and are fuming like I am.

Till next post, ciao~~
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Gah I haven't finished prelims yet and I am already looking forward to the end of A levels.

Bad me. Very bad to be distracted now.

Anyhoos, I was thinking that post A-levels, I have so much things that I want to do...such as:

1. Blog more often, and blog lengthier and funnier posts. Hey com'on I am a naturally good joke teller, it is the A levels that is seriously killing all my funny cells xD

2. Finish learning Korean. I think I will just be satisfied with relative fluency in speaking, and being able to read basic characters: enough for me to, say travel around Korea without having to resort to pantomime when asking for help xD

3. Learn French Latin. Then Latin French. Then Spanish and Italian. Speak to my dad about getting him to teach me both Cantonese and Hokkien. Erm...seems like I am being overly idealistic, but hey, I can hold onto my dream of learning as many languages as I can! Learning languages is fun, unlike Maths. >:D
Cantonese and Hokkien is probably important because if I don't learn it, those two language are so gonna die out in my family, which is a tragedy, me thinks.

OH WAIT THERE IS JAPANESE! I can get my mom to teach it, no sweat. Wow, only now I realized my family is rather multilingual...hmm

On second thoughts, I may learn Latin first. Quidquid latine dictum, altum videtur.

3. Maybe get LASIK. I don't know yet, because to me the risk doesn't really feel like it is worth it, but my mom is all for me to shed those horrible glasses of mine (prolly because I scratched mine badly, and need to change it relatively frequently) Between contact lenses and LASIK I can't decide which one is worse. Aish.

4. Buy tons (by tons, I mean more than 3) of circle lenses. Because I need to look good in Shanghai. Yes yes I need to look good in front of my family who likes to judge people based on their looks. I know people would tell me to be myself and not give a damn, but it is a little hard, and besides I would do that if say, I look like Park Min Young or the likes.

5. Take up fashion sketching more seriously! Recently I can't even produce a proper skeleton, it always look so awkward and disproportionate. Argh. And I forgot how to draw ruffles (on skirts), and jeans. Blearrrrgh.

6. Read all of Shakespeare's plays because I suddenly got interested in them. A good place to start would be "Measure for Measure"? :D

Then again, maybe not. Thinking about Romeo and Juliet is a enough turn-off.

7. *Maybe* get my hair trimmed. In China. With my personal hairdresser. Because he trims it best. But it rather costly (considering that the trimming isn't that special), and it costs about 150RMB. Oh wells, we will see.

8. Go shopping in the night markets in Shanghai. I super love night markets: cheap stuff makes me happy xD

9. Rebond my hair perhaps? Not sure either, because: a) I am too lazy to sit through 4-5 hours of merciless heating b) I can't wash my hair for 3 days after that c) it damages my hair. a lot. Hrrrrmph

10. Earn money. Plenty of money and bring my mom out for dinner often :D

Gah~~! Thinking about post-alevels make me so happy and excited that I forget about the terrors of A levels. Bad bad bad :(

Btw, today before lit or after lit exams, Amy, Clarissa and I were chatting about Lit A levels, and I was told that CJC really wanted to beat our schools' lit. (I think? Not too sure, I was told that.) I heard that their teachers put in super lot of effort into lit, but it's okay, our teachers are super hardworking too :D I like the CJC lit website though! It is so well organized and I can always get extra info there hehe xD Mr Simpson is a sly genius since he uses googlesites xD

Anyways, gtg, shall post again, but not so soon ^^||

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I haven't posted in a while~!

Since last post, I have been making some radical changes to my life. For instance, I have been slowly trying to convert to vegetarianism (is there even such a word?). I have been eating almost no meat for the past four days, because you know, the initial change is bound to be a little harder. Okay, on the first day I still ate a bit of fish, but for the next three days, I thought I was doing pretty well with my no-meat  agenda.

I am not gonna sit on a moral high horse just because you know, I ween off from yummy meat now. I am not going to preach to each and everyone of you and try to tell you to convert to vegetarianism either, because honestly, I don't even know how long I will last.

I am thinking I wouldn't be a full-blown vegetarian, because to a meat-lover like me, doing that is like taking all the cream off a cupcake: life would be pretty boring. It is more like, I think I would eat meat once a month perhaps? Or every time I really can't sustain anymore.

I know that "true-blue" vegetarians may deride this effort thinking that you know, that is just a lack of will (to save cute little chickens and ducks) and principle, but they are right I guess. I mean in the first place, I am not converting entirely out of my altruistic love for all things warm and furry and breathing, but for my own health in the long run. So if I am called weak-willed, then okay, I accept that too.

I am converting partly because I always feel so lethargic and lacking in energy, and it is very detrimental to my studying process because my brain always feels de-oxygenated and sluggish, and my eyes are always heavy with sleep. Furthermore, studying Cancer as part of my biology module reveals that meat in general increases chances of getting cancer, which spells a lot of trouble. Some more, my experience with Helicobacter Pylori bacteria infection actually puts me at a higher chance of getting stomach cancer, which is like SCARY MAX (not even gonna lie).

So, no meat. Nope.

Do I miss eating meat then?

Well, actually not really. Probably because it has only been 4 days, and I don't really feel that kind of overwhelming urge to propel my lumpy body to the nearest Old Chang Kee to inhale all those greasy fried delicacies. I can still abstain from meat even when it is cooked in the dished, I just pick them out and put them in this tiny little pile in a corner.

Okay, maybe the picking them out part is understating the amount of control I am having. Yep, I do feel tempted to pop a piece into my mouth, I have to consciously tell myself not to, partly because i am so used to guzzling down all the meaty goodness in every dish that it has become second nature to me. Think Pavlov's experiment. Ah-ha~ That's how it is like.

So generally, I am still going good, not missing meat too badly, and I don't feel an urge to eat any so long as no one puts, say KFC or McSpicy in my face. Mom has been super supportive (since she has been practicing her semi-vegetarianism for almost 2 years now?) and she is super glad that I have hopped on the healthy bandwagon.

Not only so, I am trying to squeeze in some time for work out and exercise each day, be it just simple brisk working or brief figurobics, to improve my stamina. It sounds really out of place, maybe, to be doing this now, but I am holding fast onto the hope that it will ultimately pay off.

I was really astonished that it actually felt good to exercise and breathe in and out deeply from the need to pay off oxygen debt during exercise. And this is something that is coming from an ultimate slug who prefers sleeping to shopping even, simply because shopping requires one to walk around the mall. A lot. (If you wheel me around, I can consider it!) So I am surprised at how addicted I am now to my morning routine which involved exercising and eating healthier: it makes me feel really happy and good. Ahhh...must be all the dopamine released!

On a completely irrelevant sidenote (ahh that's why it's a sidenote!), I am so so in love with Asapscience channel on youtube, I swear it is my favorite educational channel on youtube! Check it out here: ASAP science

So before all these changes to my life, like I have said, I was really tired all the time, and I sleep at around 10pm average daily, sometimes I sleep at 8.30pm-9.00pm when I really can't function anymore. And I take like 3-hour long afternoon naps....so majority of my productivity comes from sleep.

I am not sure if it is my diet now or exercise, but I can feel myself slowly becoming more energetic and sleeping (slightly) less (it is only 4 days!), and I have absolute faith that if I keep this up, I would become super energized (WHEEEEEEEEEE)!

Oh yes, I have totally cut off any sweet drinks, but have some trouble abstaining from sweets/chocolates. :( I am really attached to those, so I am now eating them in very very moderate amounts. I am also not eating most wheat/gluten products, primarily bread, because of gastric problems. My stomach is causing me to eat more healthily than I would like to! ^_^ Which is not a bad thing I suppose!

So far for now, I guess! I would really try to take this to the end and I would continue to make random updates to tell you of my progress! :):)

Om Nom #5 : Cute Candies

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I came across some super cute candies some time ago, called the "Fruits Roll". :)

Fruits Roll candy
The reason why they caught my attention is that the wrapper was so brightly colored, and also the depiction of the roll: I was curious as to whether they really roll it or it is just another kind of scam. xD

The one on the left is apple-grape flavor, the one on the right is orange-grape flavor. I was surprised at how affordable each small sachet is: just 20 cents. I mean, it is like the perfect kind of little gift for people to give out to, say, 200 people, without having to declare bankrupt. Imagine giving stuff like Cadbury or Hershey.... I shudder to think of the costs.

The fruit loop inside is kind of small, which is perfectly okay, given that we only pay 20 cents for each, we really cannot expect the diameter to be that of Moses Lim's waist. (Sorry Moses, it just came to mind >.< But I assure you that you are one of my better-liked celebs in Singapore.)

I unpeeled it
 I love, love, love the color. It is this beautiful, translucent color: never in my life would I imagine that the colors purple and orange can coexist without creating this horrible clash. This is the type of colors that I would love my pencil case to be in heh xD Such a toned-down, dreamy sort of color, and look at that sticky shine! Oh yum!

The taste is really not bad for just 20cents, like it is not too sweet, and eating it kind of stimulated my salivary glands to result in some drool-reflex, and it prompts you to eat more. I think that part of the reason why I was so happy eating it is because the peeling is really fun. It makes your hand sticky, but it is kind of worth it. I

I also get like a sense of deja vu, like the taste reminded me of some long forgotten childhood memories that threatened to resurface, but ultimately I am just left with some odd feelings without being able to recall anything.

The grape-apple one looks like that: again, I really love the color combination ^u^

I kind of got them for Denyse and Clarissa (Clarissa just have to be absent on that day), and it was kinda funny and cute watching Denyse eat it carefully xD Like I said, love buying things for people without burning a hole in my pocket :p

Till the next post, adieu~~~ :)

Everything Changes

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Time changes. People change. Things change. Some slowly, some quickly.

Feelings change.

Nothing ever stays the same.

Is the impermanence of our time and life a blessing?

I think I need to let go more and hold on to less. Accept more of the changes that I have no control over.

If our life is a bus ride and all the people you came to know are only passing commuters, then we know that perhaps farewells must be made in advance.

People tell me that there is something beautiful about melancholy, but I think it is merely wistful. It vacillates between shadows of grief and vague notions of acceptance, an eulogy of a period passed where all that was once in present continuous tense became past perfect tense.

I think there will always be regret. In everything and every case. Some bigger and some smaller; some realized and some overlooked; some accepted and some denied.

I wonder for the umpteenth time what went wrong. Nothing. It is precisely because nothing went wrong that nothing could ever be set right, maybe all the little friction had eventually worn out the last iota of patience for each other.

It doesn't matter. After all, life is made up of so many partings wielded together.

Om Nom #4

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Om Nom #4 is all about chocolates! Yum!
In case you are confused about the labelling, yesterday's #4 was changed to #3 after I realised that I made a mistake with the numbering, hence this is the official #4 post! Sorry for any confusion!

These Belgian chocolates were bought and given away last year, I got them at Watson during Christmas Season for just S$2:)
Watsons Belgian Chocolates Hearts
 What I liked more than the Belgium chocolates were these adorable chocolate spoons, also S$@ each! And you have a mix of both dark chocolate and milk chocolate spoons (3 each) in a pack selling only TWO DOLLARS. How awesome is that.

Watsons Chocolate spoons
 The spoons were actually quite large - sorry about the blurred photo, they were taken with iPhone 3 before my current better phone xD

 I am completely in love with these.

Truffles from either Paris or London, given by a friend.
Triple yum: cocoa powder, rich creamy chocolate, slight bitterness, all check!
The Back
The side

The front
 I was kinda too lazy to flip this one: Lindt milk chocolate with hazelnuts! <3
Short and brief post today, hope you liked it xD

Om Nom #3

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(Note: Sorry I had to change to Om Nom #3 instead of #4 because I realized that 3 was missing xD)

Food time!!! I can't believe how much good food I have eaten this week, but then, being the glutton that I am, I usually inhale my food before I have a chance to take any photos!

Here are two of the foods that I thought I would share this week!

Laksa from Eat @ Clementi, S$4.30

 The laksa soup tastes good, like with the right level of creaminess and spiciness as I like it, BUT I have one huge issue with it....

Can you tell from the photo how UTTERLY grainy the soup is?

Like instead of the smooth, silky soup you expect to taste and gulp in relish, you have to sip the soup through your teeth in an attempt to filter out all the dregs in the soup. And it is not a or two little bits of dregs.

They exist in clumps. Like huge clumpy clumps that get stuck in your teeth and refuse to get down your throat properly when you accidentally swallow it.

So instead of enjoying the laksa, you are just like trying to avoid all the dregs in the soup (hey look it is even evident on the fish cake! See the brownish mess?)

Dreg-filled soup aside, the laksa was vaguely disappointing. The tau-pok is way too hard and thus unfresh (or over-fried), the fish cake was okay, and the HALF A fried wanton they put in the soup along with Wu Xiang turned soggy (though still not too bad) and felt kinda of extra, really.

Overall rating? 2 out of 10. Severely displeased with the laksa. If you want to eat good laksa, go to West Mall food court, their soup has no dregs till you reach the bottom and everything goes well together.

Toast and Scramble/ Toastx2 Set (HCJC Canteen), each is S$2.00

 I swear our school sells fantastic, mouth watering toast and scrambled eggs.
2 pieces of toast

Like the bread has the right level of chewiness and "cookedness", and you can taste the fragrance of the egg without it tasting like underdone in your toast. And the auntie is always generous with the maple syrup, a must for all toast!

Granted, the large amount of oil and butter they use to cook the toast make it less than ideal for your health, but hey, moderation right? Eat it every now and then to remind yourself of the good, sweet things in a bitter bitter world, hehe xD

The scrambled eggs are just as fabulous.

I have tried over a year, but I can never reach the kind of buttery, creamy and almost silk like consistency of the scrambled eggs (a hot favourite of students), and the coarse black pepper really brings out the taste! :D

My teacher has spoken of how unhygienic this stall (Western food, actually the school canteen vendors in general) is, and how there are dead cockroaches in the sauce they drizzle on your chicken. But my point is, if you want to eat it, then close one eye and pretend you don't know and save the worry for later...when you fall sick xD

scrambled eggs and toast

That's all for today~~ Eat well and stay healthy!

Wisdom Teeth Removal

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I removed two wisdom teeth yesterday, when actually I was supposed to remove four.

It was both a sobering, painful and somewhat traumatic post experience considering that I not only bled non stop for the day (it is still bleeding now), but that I also developed a fever closer to evening, which made me wondered if I was suffering from secondary infection. 

Basically I slept for close to 16 hours yesterday from the myriad of pain that I had, and is much better as of now - even though the pain and fever is still there, at least they are more tolerable. 

Will post more when I am healthier, adieu :)

Rubber Band Looming

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There seems to be a new trend, and that is rubber band looming~~

I mean, all around the internet (and in shops) I keep seeing this pretty rainbow coloured kits being sold for really affordable prices: the ones I saw at Min Wan Heng Minimart costs around S$1.50 for a small pack, $4 plus for a medium pack and $6.50 for the largest pack. 

Even the Capsule Machines are selling all this stuff.

Rubber Band Looming Fishtail Design
Curiosity finally got better of my instinctive dislike for any new fads and trends, so I thought I would just waste S$1.50 on the smallest kit to try it out for myself!

And then I thought I would make my own Looming tutorial ahahah!

 Sorry I kind of like missed out Step 1, which is basically nothing haha, so just follow 2 onwards?

Basically you just move both end of the purple band to the middle such that it forms this double loop around the pink and yellow band.

Like that:

Add another band:

 Repeat the action of moving the bottom most band to the centre, and keep adding bands.

Half way, you will get this!

Half done rubber band bracelet

Depending on your own preferences, you can choose to make a dual toned or tri-toned bracelet. I am more partial to the tri-toned bracelet because I like the gradient and the complexity it seems to have. Clarissa prefers the one on the right: I let her pick since I making one for both her and Denyse hehe xD

Denyse got hers already btw. So now the tri-toned one belongs to me! Yay me!

And of course I can't give up a chance to model my own bracelets can I? :3 So here is a picture of my wrinkly hand with the bands!

The flipside~~

Hope you all have enjoyed my post! Do tell me, which one you like more: the tri-toned one or the dual toned one? Comment in the comments box below, and if we hit 10 comments, then I will carry out a give away where you can win the small looming kits to try for yourself! <3

Adieu loveliessss!

Om Nom #2

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Hey lovelies! It has been a while since I updated, and today I finally managed to be efficient WHILE being able to relax and get creative making desert!

Today's Om Nom is super simple! You can make it at home with just two simple ingredients which are chocolate wafer icecream (I got mine at just S$0.90) and a packet of Twiggies at S$1.20!

Now I have to boast a little: normally you have to get those classy looking ice cream desserts at high class restaurants for more than 5 dollars, but here, if you do a little DIY, you can get it at just S$2.10! Some more this can serve two people! (Given that you both eat moderately!)

I skipped all the steps in the middle because my hands were full of chocolate and ice cream bwhahaha.

Basically, just slice the twiggie cake the way you want it, and add the ice cream! It makes such a fabulous and cheap dessert! AND you can keep the other twiggie and the other half of the ice cream to eat another time!

Top View:

I added a few hazelnuts for cool effect:

That simple!

The next time, I am going to try with Napoleon ice cream and a mix of vanilla and chocolate twiggie! Stay happy and eat on!

Om Noms #1

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Hey peeps,

As much as I swore to myself that I would update this blog at least thrice a week after exams, I realized that even post-exams I am much more busy than what I have imagined!

Hence, instead of posting really long or moderately long posts with me ranting and raving about things, I would do really short posts of food with brief commentary instead.

Part of this is because whenever I am stressed, I just love my food even more! :P

Here is this week's Om Noms!

1. Minced Meat Noodles from "Eat" at Clementi @$5.30
Minced Meat noodles
 I know what you guys are thinking, $5.30 for that amount of noodles is rather overpriced, and I totally agree with you: I mean, I can get TWO BOWLS of that in school for the same price! But we can't compare school and outside price, can we?

Oh yum!
Price aside, the taste is fantabulous (my portmanteau for fabulous and fantastic), it is like, having the just right kind of spiciness and tanginess, and the sauce is heavenly. Even for a person who generally dislikes all things fish like me, the fishball is really good and bouncy~~ boing!

 2. Pizza Puff from "Chill" in school, @$2.00

Pizza puff
 Not the most fantastic thing ever, I had so much higher expectations for it when that miserable little puff costs as much as a school based "Happy Meal" or Creamy Mushroom Spaghetti. I think the crust is too thick and dry, the fillings wayyyy too little and not sufficient to offset the relatively saw-dust like texture of the crust. Although it lives up to its name and smell quite like a pizza, I would rather eat a real pizza or a chicken potato puff at the same price.

3.  Teriyaki Chicken Don from Japanese stall in school canteen, @$2.50

Teriyaki Chicken don
I once tried this at the start of J1 life, and because it was so salty, I never ate again till this time.

I am pleasantly surprised that it is no longer salty, but has a relatively good taste balance. The sauce is in a good amount, though some part of the rice remain uncoated, I think it is rather good to not have too much sauce because usually sauce= salty.

For just $2.50, the amount of chicken they give is LARGEEEEE and I couldn't finish it at the same time with my rice: eventually there was just like around 4 slices of chicken left and I sat there nom-ing my way through them.

On the downside, I am very suspicious of the raw vegetables. Although I love having raw vegetables in my food, all the media reports on how hawkers tend not to wash their vegetables (or not washing them enough) before cutting them up for garnish/salad is very disturbing. I mean, a lot of people do get salmonella poisoning from unclean food after all.

Next time, no veggy (at least not outside) perhaps?


That's all for today! Adieu my loves!

Japan: Sugar Rusk Cookies

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 Food Review:)
Sugar Rusk cookies from Japan
Sugar rusk cookies aren't really cookies, I only call them that because I can't think of anything else to call them. The flavor that I was given is caramel pudding, and just the words themselves already made me salivate! Yum!

Japanese like to pack each one separately
 As per usual Japanese style, each sugar rusk biscuit is individually packaged in a frosted-edge clear wrapper, which increases its appeal even further. It gave the cookie an almost dreamy kind of presentation.

 Sugar rusk is actually like a dried kind of bread thing. Horrible method of description I know, but that's the closest I can get to. Singapore has this kind of cookie like bread too, but they aren't so beautifully packaged.

I was filled with so much expectations that the cookie itself was rather disappointing. I had expect it to be better than the cheap ones that I get at Singapore, but it was actually worse. No doubt, it was fragrant and had this touch of sweet caramel and rather coffee-like smell? But the taste itself was relatively bland, and sugar aside, I really couldn't taste anything too unique.

Not sure where you guys can buy this here, but it isn't really something that is overly awesome anyway~~ ^^

Desk Organization

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Not sure if you guys get jealous when you see super pretty desks or all-pastel desk things, but sometimes I do. Because my own table is really boring and practical with very little to no pretty things. 

Check out this cool video here
Today I am just going to share with you my post exam room tidying experience, and some of the tricks I use to make every thing tidy!

First we have my vanity table, which is cluttered with absolute junk, food etc.

Usually I use such a container like thing  so that I can throw in all my cosmetics and skincare product, giving it an appearance of neat.

Bingo, all crammed!
The white sash bag has all the cosmetics sample I accumulated over time.

Yup, I cleared the hairballs and stuff too:)

Then this is my table, it has been super messy since June holidays as I have no time to organize it at all.

The rag in the picture was used for cleaning btw.

Sugar Rusk Box
Sorry, the picture refuses to turn around again, aish. I have no idea why that keeps happening.

I reused a biscuit package container from Japan to store all the smaller things. In this way, you don't have to spend money buying more storage cases, and you get to recycle! The box is really

storing all the different things in 3 sections
Here is my small-sized drawer for notepads, cute stationery, and just all my stationery in general.
Sorry about the grainy photos, the drawer was in a corner where the lights were really dim.

I threw away all the coloured pencils, they were neon and nice, but I lost the sharpener and I didn't want to keep them in the drawer anymore.

More sticky notes, note pads, and some clips.

I keep lots and lots of refills for M&G pens, which can be bought from China at really cheap prices!

Crammed in all the different cosmetics stuff into a box for easy storage!

Some notepads that I have. The Schedule it ones are really bad, don't ever buy those. They can't even be torn out from the stack properly.

Stationary tray from Daiso, bought it when I was in Sec 3 or 4 I can't remember, for just 2 dollars! Really worth it, in a good condition till today!

I separated the letter trays into 2 and 1 before, but now I am putting them back together.

This one is a one shot glass that I used for my smaller sticky straps, stapler bullets and my pencil lead. :)

Cleared out and rearranged my letter trays! Tier one has all the work that I have to do, tier 2 is rough paper, tier 3 is notes paper, plain paper, foolscap and colored paper!

Rearranged my smaller shelf, with flash. Looks really neat eh? The large white stack are my IH notes from Sec4, and the stack on top is Economics and Times magazine!

Tidying clutters. :OOO

All done! I always end off by swiping my desk with hand sanitizer, I like to think that I am killing all the germs by doing so hehe xD
I am kinda like a germaphobe? But not a really loyal germaphobe either, heh.

I chose to use lifebuoy instead of dettol coz I like Dettol smell better, so I would rather waste Lifebuoy on my table :)

Is it neat? Whoots!

 Stationery tray! :)

My bookstand! :) Half are literature readings, half of them chemistry :)

Done! Letter tray all neat :) Homework due is on top!

My shelf! I rearranged more or less everything.

With my bed! Oh I cut the hat off the graduation bear, the hat was gathering dirt, and it was so annoying.

That's all for my room!
Hope it has inspired you guys to tidy up too! :D:D