Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013: Another year to conclude.

In a blink of an eye, it's has been another 365 days and we now welcome 2014. Time really flies. It's also time to ask yourself, "What have you accomplish in 2013?", "What were the significant events?" and most importantly, "What are your resolutions/ goals for 2014?" Every year end i do a blog post like this to conclude the happenings of my life (i had to look back at my 2013 archives to come up with this post) So without further ado, Here's what happened in my 2013:
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I'm glad i have this bunch of friends affectionately known as the *cousins. Not related by blood at all and we met online years ago, specifically through blogging. In January, we had our first "overseas" trip, not by plane, but by coach to Legoland. Had a great day at the themepark and took lots and lots of photos for keepsake. We are just waiting for the Lego hotel to be done before we head there again not only for the themepark, but also for the newly built water park! (then again, i heard the water park is for kids only, we shall see.)  By the way, our next overseas trip together which was just confirmed few days ago is to BKK in April 2014! 13 of us are going, totally like a huge tour group. Omggg.

My driving license is taking forever, LOL. As you might know, i took my BTT last year after much procrastination, so in January 2013, i took my FTT and i FAILED by just 1 mark. Thought i could just pass without studying just like my BTT but i was wrong. JUST ONE MARK TO PASS LEH. Had to wait another 2 months before i get to take again :(
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February is the month of CNY but before that, the Adventure Cove park opened in RWS so the *cousins decided to head down one weekend! Had so much fun in the waters for the entire day and we even get to snorkel twice leh! :D Chinese New Year was just like any other year with the house visiting, countless Yu sheng sessions and get togethers (:
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2 months passed and it's time to take my FTT all over again. Totally forgot about the date i booked and only realised it the day before plus i did not cater enough time to travel from my workplace to Ubi. As you might have guess, i flunk again (3 marks this time) For the second time. Where got people fail FTT 2 times one... Did not book my next session until like the month of May which i had to wait another 2 months. It's gonna be my third attempt already. So pai seh.

March is also the first time i visited BKK and i literally WENT CRAZY. I loveeee the place so much, omg. I've heard about BKK being the ultimate shopping paradise and finally i get to experience it myself. Not just the shopping but also the food, visit the 4 faced Buddha etc. I also told myself i must return to this place again, at the very least once a year!
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Nothing much really happened in the month of April but the *cousins had the annual picnic at Marina barrage for the dunno how many years consecutive already. They are pretty much a part of my life now, with new faces coming in and a few leaving due to some reasons but i'm glad we are still going strong! The picnic must happen in 2014! 
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Month of May, i was approached by Brunei Tourism Board for a sponsorship to go over to Brunei and experience their country. I was quite skeptical about going at first but i went nevertheless and i did not regret one bit. Made new friends like Rui long, Tiffany, Malcolm, Karen, Denise and not forgetting our guide, Tom. A whole new experience throughout the 4 days. I think i have never shared so much about myself with strangers before but we really bonded in this 4 days brunei trip, from total strangers to friends. Stay in touch to the OMY Brunei team if you guys are reading this!

On a side note, i got to see Carly Rae Jepsen and PSY in person in the month of May (:
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Finally got an iPhone 5. I know it's like the most common thing to get an iPhone and every other tom, dick and harry has one but it was quite a huge deal for me because i own all sorts of apple products like a few iPod and iPad but because of my job scope, owning a camera phone wasn't very practical. FINALLY i can has an iPhone 5! So happy.

Remember in the month of March i went to BKK and returned saying i would definitely visit the place again? Can't believe the "again" was just 2 months later. Booked another trip and headed over in June. This time with an objective which was revealed in August. Really love BKK a lot and like i mentioned earlier, the next time i will be visiting BKK would be in April 2014! That would be in 4 months time! *counting down by the month because day would be too much*
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Last year i joined the Singapore Blog Awards and got some consolation prize and this year i somehow got nominated as a finalist again. Not the winner of my category (even though i did put in effort but apparently not enough) and i got 2nd place! Ok lah, at least my efforts were recognized. This whole blogging thing has been the most amazing journey throughout the past 6 years and it's probably the best thing that i've ever done to make my teenager life such an exciting one compared to a lot of people out there. Guess lady luck also played a part in this amazing journey (:

Yes, it's FTT again. This time i studied and i finally PASSED, with flying colours. Only got 1 question wrong, LOL I can officially take my driving test but... i have yet to start learning. I know i know... it's already December and i passed my FTT in July, please give me the procrastinator award. I should have started learning the moment i passed my BTT last year so that along the way i just have just to learn and pass my FTT at the same time so that the final driving test date coincides nicely blah blah blah. I KNOW. I've been told like 5 million times already. Ok, now i regret. LOL

I shall start by looking for an instructor. But how to find ah? :|

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Launched my very own blog shop, no wait. I should call it an online store (sounds more professional) and it did quite well. The amount of effort to start a online business is tremendous i tell you. On top of my regular job, i have to check my email every now and then for orders, answer queries, coordinate with customers for payment, pack the stock and mail it to them, ALL BY MYSELF. Sometimes i have to deal with stupid customers which makes me feel like grabbing their head and slam it against the wall but no, i have to be professional and use my PR skills *flicks hair* After all i was the one who wanted to start up this blog online store myself, i have to answer for everything and not blame anyone.

Overall it was a good experience and i'm intending to continue as long as i can juggle my time well. Thank you to my customers (which i have a feeling about 70% are my readers, lol) Do lookout for the next collection which will be launch in i-have-no-idea-when-also leh. Just lookout for it soon, LOL I'm so unprofessional, omgggg. HAHAHHAHA

In the month of August, i also had a staycation with Joyce and Don at the Village hotel, Changi. Main purpose was to take a break from everything (which honestly sound quite ridiculous for me because i have been traveling every few months, TROLLOLOL) BKK in March, Brunei in May then BKK again in June, wait till you read on further, LOL
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September i received the most amazing email from Korea Tourism Organization, an invitation for a sponsored trip to Korea. Almost didn't happened because i had to reject it the first time due to work commitments but eventually the dates were changed and was able to take last minute leave. Really lucky to be visiting Korea for the 2nd time and also sponsored (first was in 2010 sponsored by LG) Really really very thankful for all these amazing opportunities :D

Side note: Watched Big Bang performed live during the F1 concert, thanks to Clarence!
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Month of October. Nothing else matters except for my 24th birthday which was celebrated with my BFFs as well as the *cousins! Every year when i celebrate my birthday, it also meant that i'm another year older. I'm gonna hit 25 next year, it's like the... quarter life crisis? Going to 25 years old liao, how come the girl of my dreams haven't appear yet ah?
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Nothing much happened in November. Either that or i can't remember. Anyway, i was invited to the Leessang showcase which i get to see Kang Gary in person! If only i could have taken a photo with him, then maybe my month of November would be more interesting. How come like nothing happened in November ah? Never mind. Moving on...
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My favourite month because it's Christmas month! But before that, i traveled out of the country again. YES AGAIN. I counted a total of 5 trips this year, so on an average, a trip every 2.5 months! I have no idea how i did that with the amount of  work leaves i have. No wonder my friends always comment - "Ehh you confirm working anot? See your FB/ Instagram always traveling. Why so free one!" What i got to say is that, sometimes all you have to do is - Make time.

Went to Krabi with Jiaqi, Jing Long and Mel for our year end trip. Still trying to find time to blog about the trip. Probably it will be out in Jan! Christmas is also the period where i get to catchup with different groups of friends and also for gift exchange! Had a staycation with the *cousins at Capri by Fraser this year (4th year already! Will blog about it really soon!). Met up with my poly mates which i have blogged earlier and lastly, my 2 dearest BFFs! ♥
Come 2014, i have made a couple of resolutions and goals which i might cover in a blog post. 2014 is the year i will have to make a major decision, similar to the one i made 3 years ago and this marks the end of my 2013 year end post. Hello 2014, make it be a even better year than 2013, a year full of opportunities, relationships, wealth and career.

 Signing off,                                       

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Poly mates annual x'mas gathering!

Normally i will blog about my Christmas in January because of the short time frame between 25th and 31st but since i got a bit of time today, and i'm still in the midst of preparing my 2013 year end post to be published on the 31st (hopefully!) I shall blog about my gathering with my poly mates! Wanted to have Strictly pancakes for dinner but it closed early that day so we switched to "The Screening Bar" but it was fully booked that night so we ended up at DOME.
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The food was pretty good, i had their bacon carbonara. By the way, there was only 4 out of the 6 of us for dinner. Peggy (once again) couldn't meet us due to work commitments but i met her earlier to collect her gift for the gift exchange, just like last year. Rinn was working till 9.30pm that day so the intent was for her to join us for the gift exchange! (:  photo IMG_6604.jpg Had dinner quite early to avoid the dinner crowd. Especially due to X'mas period! Headed to Starbucks after dinner!  photo starbucks.jpg Managed to get a pretty good seats, ordered some cakes and drinks while we wait for Rinn.  photo camwhore.jpg Camwhore with Keith, we only meet like once a year during X'mas! Must meetup more often!  photo random.jpgWhile preparing how the gift exchange should be conducted, we were like, "last year who got whose present ah?", "I forgot what i received already" then i remembered i blogged on every of our Xmas gathering! So i looked through my archives and found last year's post, with photos of us holding the present we exchanged. Problem solved, LOL  photo each.jpg FINALLY Rinn arrived at about 10pm due to the crazy jam in town on Christmas eve!  photo IMG_6637.jpg Grabbed a chair and placed our presents on it. There were more presents than the amount of people we have because we were all confused on the gift budget and ended up all of us had to top up another gift! So 2 presents each! :D  photo SAM_7289.jpg Happy us with our presents! and we started opening them!  photo presents-1.jpg We were commenting how difficult it is to get presents that can be catered to both sexes and whether it would be useful so probably from next year onwards, we are going do "Secret Santa" or everyone to buy a gift for each other! I got Rinn's gift which was 12 delicious macaroons from TWG and a Paul frank cable clip!  photo SAM_7302.jpg  photo SAM_7303.jpg Which i eventually opened it up to share with everyone. Happy us with our macaroons! (:  photo SAM_7322.jpg Last but not least, a group photo to end the night  

It has been like 6 years since we met during our first semester in class W15B. 6 different people (including peggy!) pursuing 6 different diplomas but brought together in the same class (thanks to the weird school system, LOL) Glad that we are making the effort to meet for Christmas every single year even though it might just be once a year. We should honestly meet up more leh! Every year the same comment - "一年一次" Nevertheless, glad that we still keep in touch
P.s: They probably won't see this post because they don't read my blog one! Angry. HAHAHHA

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Just wanna wish you guys...

With lotsa love,                                              

Monday, December 16, 2013

Year-end trip to Krabi!

It's been a while since i last updated this blog of mine. It's exactly one week since i returned from Krabi, still waiting for more photos from everyone before i can start my travelogue (probably be out next month, lol) It was a good 4D3N trip although we wished it was longer as there are other activities to try and places in Krabi that we would want to visit.

It's also the month of December which means Christmas is coming! This month is gonna be busy because of the meet ups with different groups of friends and gift exchanges! And just like any other year, i would also prepare a blog post that concludes the year. Can't believe another year is gonna be over in a blink of an eye. Time really flies. Hello 2014.

Before i end this short post, here's a collage of my instagram photos i took in Krabi:
I just counted, 5 overseas trip this year. Quite amazed by how i did it, lol.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

#Leessang 1st Asia Showcase in Singapore!

Few days ago i received an email invitation by KTO to Leesang's 1st Asia Showcase in Singapore. When i first read the mail, i was like, "Leessang? The duo that consist of Gary from Running Man?!" Honestly speaking, i have never heard any of their songs before. But since i get to see Kang Gary in person, i agreed and replied to the email almost immediately, LOL! Few days before the showcase, i downloaded all their popular songs on my phone and realised, Running man has been playing their songs in their episodes all these while but i did not notice the songs were by Leessang! O_O
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The thing about having a media pass is that you don't have to queue and you get special privileges to take photos and film the performance! (although the stand this time is that we get to use our camera for only the first 4 songs, after which we have to keep it) The media even had a special designated place for us to stand to get a really good and unobstructed view of the whole stage! The dumbest thing i did was to bring my camera, without the SD card, FML  photo IMG_5603.jpg Jing long brought his camera without charging it, LOL. Just nice, my camera, his SD card. Heng ah...  photo IMG_5622.jpg I realised one thing about KPOP stars is that, they are very punctual. Unlike those ang mo ones who can make you wait like one hour or even longer before they finally appear. The Leessang duo sang about 10 songs in total including their famous and one of my favourite - "The girl who can't breakup, the guy who can't leave" Super nice!!! 很好听!!!
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HELLO KANG GARY! *waves frantically* LOL When he first appear on stage, it felt quite unreal to me. It's like i've been watching him on Running man for the longest time on screen and now he is right in front of me performing. LOL
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I totally enjoyed the showcase and i love how they engaged the audience at every song. There was even a lucky fan girl that got kissed on the lips by Gary during the peroro stick game! I wished i caught one of the Leessang snap back caps that they threw to the crowd, HAHHAHAHA I could get it at just 35 bucks at the official counter that day though. Once again, thank you KTO for the complimentary tickets and media pass! (Korea Tourism Organization, if they sound familiar to you, it's because they are the ones who sponsored my trip to Korea few months ago!) YAYYYYY  photo self.jpg Ending this post with a non edited selfie!