Sunday, April 12, 2015

Wanderlust: 4D3N Phuket Travelogue - Day 3

There seem to be a trend when it comes to doing up travelogues. It's like whenever i finishes one travelogue, i'm most likely departing for my next trip really soon. In this case, i'm traveling to Hong Kong next Friday! Without further ado, here's Day 3 of my seriously overdue Phuket travelogue which happened last December! Just in case you missed the previous Day 2 post for whatever reason, here's the LINK to it. Like i mentioned before in the past 2 post, this getaway trip has no itinerary because we wanted it to be relaxing, basically no rush factor. For Day 3, we decided to spend the first half of the day at the beach! Just sun-bathing under the sun, and also to try out para-sailing for the first time! :D
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#Selfie to start off the morning before breakfast! I  Phuket tee which i got from my previous trip!
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Love the buffet breakfast spread at our Deevana Resort, can never get bored of it. What i normally do during hotel breakfast buffet would be to grab everything that i want to eat, plates after plates and finally sit down to finish everything. I'm always surprised at my morning appetite when i'm overseas, LOL In SG, i normally skip my breakfast :|
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The awesome thing about our resort is that they provide towels, beach mat and a bag in every room for their guest to bring along to the beach, really thoughtful. Patong beach is about 15 mins walk from our resort but we took the free shuttle bus over! Got ourselves a nice shady spot, rented a mini umbrella (100 baht i think) bought drinks and laze around taking photos. Definitely one of the highlights of this trip because it was so relaxing with nothing to worry about.
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Para-sailing was one of our main objectives of this trip so after we lazed around, we decided to ask around for the price and being tourists, we got quoted quite an expensive price so we tried to bargain till about 1300 baht (SGD$55) before we come to a mutual agreement. The initial quote was about 2000 baht/person (SGD$84) if i remember correctly! Super kua zhang please. We took turns to be on the boat to help each other take photos and Jing long even brought his Go-Pro camera up along with him! A bit scary though. Imagine you panic then fling the whole Go-Pro into the water, HAHHAHAHA! Para-sailing was an amazing experience, it feels as though you are flying. At one point in time they even lower you down till your feet touches the water before lifting you up again! The whole experience lasted about 15 mins.
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After the para-sailing experience, we continued to laze around to dry ourselves, got more drinks and ice cream. took more photos before deciding to head back to our resort hotel to wash up. This is the first time i enjoyed myself so much by doing practically nothing and just lying down at the beach. I think it can never happen back in Singapore though...

Walked back to our resort from Patong Beach, got a couple of smoothies along the way and instead of resting, we dived straight for the pool! There is an awesome pool bar where you can order drinks and they will bill it to your room's bill. Sounds pretty cool sitting beside the pool enjoying a drink, LOL (Did not order any as the drinks were kinda pricey...)
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Bought goggles from the supermarket the night before so that we can take underwater shots with the Go-Pro inside the swimming pool, LOL. Apparently none of us can open our eyes in the water. Took like a gazillion underwater shots but decided not to spam them in this travelogue, So considerate right. You guys will probably just scroll through them lor!

As for our  night plans, i intro-ed to Jing long and Jiaqi this famous Simon Cabaret show which features a group of transsexual performing a musical in various genres/ cultures. Watched it the previous time when i was in Phuket and i thought it's not bad. Managed to get VIP seats at quite a decent rate after bargaining at one of the street booths, LOL
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At the end of the musical, the performers will line up outside the theater for you to take photos with them. Then again, you must give them min. 100 baht (SGD$4) tips for each of them. Some of them really try to squeeze into your photos even though you might not want them to and they expect you to give them the tips as well. Like you see the photo of Jiaqi above, she only wanted to take photo with the girl on the left but the right one just join in casually. In the end have to tip both of them, LOL In the end, Jing long and i took with one of the prettier and most popular one. MUAHAHA
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Since it was our last night in Phuket, we decided to queue for the highly raved No. 6 restaurant that everyone say must try. It was raining that night so the queue wasn't that long. Queued for about 15 mins i think and got a table. Honestly speaking, the food was pretty decent, but nothing really special to me but it's very affordable for authentic thai food :)
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Bought some snacks along the way back to our resort, and took out the drinks that we bought at the supermarket. Spent the night eating and chatting till late. Last night in Phuket. I think we met our objective to make this trip a relaxing one, it's like a "healing" getaway for me from all the stress. Got an awesome accommodation, my 2 best friends, cheap food and drinks, and an array of relaxing activities. What more can i ask for, HAHA That's it for my Day 3 post! :D


Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

Monday, April 6, 2015

GRUB at Bishan Park!

This photo folder titled "Grub" has been sitting on my desktop for the longest time. Let me see, i think the photos were taken in December last year just before Christmas? I finally decided to do up a short post on my visit to Grub! When i say short post, expect it to be really short because i kinda forgot the details. It's like 4 months ago leh. I'm also not a professional food blogger so i can only comment whether the food is nice or not nice. HAHAHA Anyway i have been wanting to visit Grub for the longest time but was too lazy to travel all the way to Bishan just to have it. FINALLY!!!!!!
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510 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, 569983
Tue - Fri: 17:30 - 22:30  | Sat, Sun &: 09:00 - 16:00 | 17:30 - 22:30 | Closed: Mon
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From the top: Churros ($9) Mentaiko Fries ($9) Crispy Fish Burger ($14) Grub Double Cheese burger ($18). Supposed to have one more burger which Angie had but i cannot remember/ figure out which burger is that but never mind, HAHA Honestly speaking, the food was pretty average but i quite like the alfresco dining ambiance and the place is located like right in a park. I wished there is a place like this in Pasir Ris. I would want to come back to Grub for brunch though!
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"People who love to eat are always the best people" - Julia Child.

Getting fatter,                                 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Reflections 101.

It's been a really long while i typed something really personal on this blog. The reason why i started this blog was because i wanted a space to type whatever i want, things i feel like ranting about, a space to record down memories but this blog slowly became a "curated" blog whereby i have to be mindful of the things i write and so called "cater to the masses". After a recent event, i wanted to type out something personal and decided that this is the best place to pen it down since this was the very reason why i started this blog. 

To everyone around me, i'm a happy go lucky person, always happy and seldom sad. I would say it's 90% true. I may seem that way on the surface, but actually i'm human too. I do feel stressed, sadness and everything else that people feel. It's just that i don't share my feelings with people around me. To put it bluntly, i suffer on my own. LOL

Let me share a lesson that i learnt in BMT that i hold dearly to my heart.  I was from the PTP batch (which means i enlisted about 2 months(?) earlier than most people as i'm deemed as not physically fit and i had to enlist earlier prep my physical form before the "physically fit" people enlist so that all of us can be on par when the actual BMT training begins. In actual fact, i didn't even bother to take the NAFA test during my poly days because i was too playful. lol) Anyway, physical training in that 2 months was pretty tough and taxing on the body. I hated all the exercises, especially running. It was quite a torture for me but i often try to do well to make sure that i get to book out every weekend. 

There was one particular book-out day whereby one of my commander gathered all of us at the ground floor before we depart for the harbor to take the speed boat back to mainland. We were facing the sea, and right on the opposite was Singapore island. (BMT is on Tekong Island btw) He asked us, "Look across, what do you see? You are here to train to protect your loved ones on the other side. Right at this moment, they might be waiting to pick you up and spend your precious weekend with you. I know training is tough and some of you are "suffering", but do you really want to complain to them and lament how you are so-called "suffering" and let them worry about you? Or instead would you want to reassure them that you are doing fine? Train hard, do well because eventually it's not only for yourself, it's for them."

His words really made an impact on me. Since then, no matter how bad my day went, i felt that there was no need to tell anyone. I kept things to myself and told myself, things would always get better. This way, the people around me would never have to share my burden. After all, what can they do to help? At the most you get consoled. Will it help? Maybe yes to some, maybe no. I felt that there wasn't a need. But i do admit there are times where i wished there was someone to listen to me (i thank my best friends for that), someone for me to bury my face into their shoulders, someone for me to hug for the longest time. I used to have that someone for the past 4 months but it's all now history...

My close friends often say that despite my happy go lucky character, i'm quite a secretive person because i don't share things with them. They slowly learnt that there is no point asking me because based on how well they know me, they probably would get nothing out from asking and i would only share only if i want to. I'm thankful for that because it's true. Probing won't give you answers. My answer when people ask me why or how i feel is always standard - "Nothing lah. Maybe i will share with you next time". Sometimes i really do share, but often than not, i don't.

I decided to write this post because of something that happened yesterday. An event which probably will stay in my heart for the longest time, if not forever. I really feel like penning everything down but regretfully, this is probably not the best space to do it or until i can figure out how i can narrate the story. I know after you reading the above, some of you might think that it's not healthy or it's not good to keep everything to myself, after all i'm human and i have feelings too. There are people that genuinely care about me and want to share my problems. I know, i know. All i can say is, i'm trying. Someone dear once told me, "Don't keep everything to yourself, got anything must share. This way we can both learn for the better." I will try my best, i promise.

Moving on,