Living Each Single Day

Hey, welcome to my little online space. I would say this is a blog of sorts, to help me sort out my thoughts. I also write about things going in my life with friends & family and being out and about in sunny Singapore. Life isn't easy, everyone knows that. While we are at it, don't forget to live life to the fullest :)

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Friday, December 02, 2016

Happy 1st December & Life's Updates

It's 1st of December..yay!! Life has been a roller coaster ride and a struggle too. But as much as possible, I try to lead a good life. I try do my best. And I try to simply survive each single day like getting through life in one piece. I still have to face the ghost of my past which I hate but I can't avoid it totally. But I also try to bring value to my life by continuing to do my best and improve my life each and every day.

I've also been busy with orders. I made some minor changes to instagram and slowly, the local community starts to take notice of my work too. I actually followed a local instagrammer who is a Science student and has mad skills in calligraphy and makes customised calligraphy pieces with foil. Amazing talent. Part of this change is because facebook, where I first started posting my customised cards, has changed its algorithms and people don't really use facebook pages to look at my works and be enticed into making orders with me. While carousell has bring in more sales, I thought of using instagram as another way of garnering interest and customers. 

I don't have pretty pictures and most of the pictures taken of my cards have my office table as the backdrop, lol. I actually just have to place the card on the table and take a picture of it in a nice angle with the background looking not so busy with my stuffs coz well, my table can look messy at times.

Besides that, well...I'm also trying to be a much nicer and patient person in life. Honestly, I can understand how some people can lose their patience easily but whatever it is, we have to calm ourselves down first and know that we can't always get our way around by screaming and shouting like some barbarian. I notice this happens quite a lot when I'm outside. I don't know if they just want attention and if they do, well they got it, but I try not to look at them because I'm actually quite disgusted by such people's attitude. Even if the other party is wrong, the way to solve the matter is not by screaming and shouting.

But let's not learn from them. I've always said life isn't easy, whether over financial issues or relationship issues, but the truth is, we need to have integrity in our life too, hard work and faith that things can get better. I look up to certain people, even if I don't know them personally, but when I feel like there isn't much to life especially when I'm facing problems or feeling overwhelmed, I think about how these people manage to cope with the demand and still be a nice person. They don't let things get them down easily. They just continue to work hard, and play equally hard as well, but when it comes to getting down to business, they put their 100% in it.

I too sometimes get annoyed with certain demands of customers and can be this close to saying that if they're so smart, why don't they do it themselves. And I also feel like lying to them if they come and order from me again.

The truth is, they're not that bad but of course if their demands are a little too much, I just have to politely turn them down if it comes to a point where whatever I do, they're not happy with it. I can't please everyone but still, life goes on. Then my brother said something to me that showed his maturity, well he has to be coz he's 21..haha (yet again, some older adults..see top to see what I mean) said that well at least money I earned is good money. Money that is well earned through my sheer hard work which help to support my family in small ways and my hobby so that I lead a more fulfilling life. I did not get the money by cheating other people or doing illegal jobs. 

I've been reading a book about how things are in real life, we can turn them around and make it better for not just ourselves but the people around us. Simply by looking at things at a different perspective shed a different meaning. We often don't like to say that we are at fault. Sometimes we are not aware that our body language, the way we speak and our expression can be easily misconstrued because obviously we can't see them but other people can. So we also have to be mindful. Yes sometimes people can be so annoying (like really...) but we just have to keep our temper in check just try to weasel our way out of the situation 

Next week, I will be getting the 13th month bonus, yay..and my wish list this year is very short, haha. I want to keep a large chunk of it for future use (I know I use this line every year) but this is in anticipation of when things at home break down like the fridge and the washing machine, that have seen better days. I don't want to owe money again and it's something that I totally regret in the past and I'm still struggling to pay for it. Honestly, I would rather scrimp and save but at the same time, I want to be able to continue to earn extra money so it's a win win situation. There's no way I can be so frugal because that will take the fun out of life. It's ok to give ourselves a little treat. There's people who spend money on shoes but cut down mercilessly on other things. But to save on everything, that is just sad. Money isn't evil. We can choose to use money to enrich our lives like investing for the future, learn new skills, gain more experience and feed the family with food that is good for the body,  and I don't mean dining at restaurants only, so that they continue to be healthy.

Sorry for this super long update because I haven't been writing for some time. 

Wishing u the best in this last month of the year =)

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Monday, November 21, 2016

A Quick Weekend Getaway to Pulau Kukup Malaysia

A couple of weeks ago, I went to Pulau Kukup with some of my colleagues and it was a last minute thing and it was paid for..hee..💖

Actually I was hesitant in going but since I'm leaving this work place for good, currently the saddest thing but you know, life goes on...I could not pass up this opportunity as we were used to going out together at least once a year for admin and support colleagues bonding sessions. The couple of days we were there, it was totally wet weather but when the weather permits us to walk, even with brollies, we went ahead and explored. It wasn't my first time there but it was my first staying in a lodging which is not a hotel.

While they were busy shopping for mostly dried goods and snacks, or little souvenirs, I was just taking in the sight. Sometimes when you travel, home is always the best especially in those place where it's a lot lesser than what you're used to back home. It makes you appreciate what you have here more.

In the chalet where we stayed, there was a karaoke room and my more senior colleagues were having fun belting out old Chinese classics. By the way, I was the only Malay in the group, haha..and the rest were Chinese. But they knew about my halal consumption only and the food catered (by the way, we were served food every now and then) was halal. Although I still do not think it's fully halal, if you know what I mean, as I'm used to seeing the halal cert in Singapore where it's more legit, or cooked by Muslim people. But I give it the benefit of doubt because on the other hand, if I do not eat, I will probably be hungry..haha. I do enjoy their fresh seafood especially their prawns, yummy, because they are surrounded by waters and their seafood is a fresh catch from the sea.

At night, we watched fireworks which would be put on display if we buy the firecrackers from them. There are other chalets there as well so at point, we would be watching it from one end and then the next thing, the fireworks will be at the other end.

The community was pretty small and it's like they know each other. Their access to the city is quite a long ride and another mode of communication is via the ferry and there is a ferry terminal nearby. They are also entrepreneurial and they sell goods to mostly tourists here for some extra income. I'm a lousy shopper, even when we have our annual shopping trip in Johor, I would buy stuffs but not enough to fill a luggage bag sort of shopping. I'm just more interested in chilling and eating.

Honestly, their items including food are expensive. With the very good exchange rate, many Malaysians choose to make their income in Singapore, and some braving the traffic with their daily commute, to work here. Because of this exchange rate too, many Singaporeans also enjoy having their short vacations across the causeway with family and friends for some R&R.

Even in hotels, I don't always sleep very well because well, it's not home. I've never slept in a bunk bed and this was my first. I didn't go up the upper deck and just stayed at the lower deck with my things at the foot of the bed. I slept beside the window, which I didn't peep out because it was covered with the curtain like almost shut, but every now and then, I would wake up and hearing the sloshing of water like when you're on the beach. It's quite tranquil and I was tempted to push the curtain aside to have a view but I dared not, especially late at night, haha.

Overall, I enjoyed myself. Sometimes we just have to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and just take in the serenity of exploring another city or island.

Enjoy the pictures below!

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Friday, November 11, 2016

High Up at the Pinnacle@Duxton & A Bad Encounter with the MA Office

A few weeks ago, my brother and I went to the Pinnacle@Duxton. It's actually a beautiful block of flats under HDB built differently from norm, with a breathtaking view at the sky garden and luxurious looking architecture more so than many of the usual private apartments or condominiums. When it was first launched, it was crazy in a way that those who managed to get the unit through balloting, would be considered very very lucky indeed. I am not really into real estates so I do not know the affordability of it as compared to private housing.

When I heard I had to pay $5.00 to go up the sky bridge, naturally, I didn't want to go. But since my brother was so keen about going, and do some vlogging, I had to tag along. It's around 10 to 15 minutes walk from Chinatown and Outram Park MRT station and there are many entrances. But we're supposed to go visit the MA office first in order to pay to go up.

And this was where our unhappiness set in.

There was no queue, just a little sign telling us the opening and closing times to go up the bridge at a small cubicle, with a person inside, and the window was closed. We came all the way and I'm not turning back if we're still within the hours. The door was also closed but it wasn't totally closed so I opened it to speak to the person. He wasn't happy because I didn't knock and proceed to open the window. Of course I was shocked at his comment yet apologetic but at the back of my mind, I was thinking, why the heck would you close the window if it's not closing time you know.

Okay that is one thing. It was at the 50th floor and before we went up, a couple was behind us and I overheard they wanted to go up as well. So I guess this guy could not close the window after us after all. I don't think he should either unless he wasn't in and in case someone tried to be funny and enter.

After going all the way up to the 50th floor, we found we could not push the gate with a turn around mechanism because it was locked. Funny, we paid $5.00 each only to encounter this stupid sh*t. My brother was already pissed off earlier, and now he's worse off. The couple behind us arrived and they said the guy downstairs had activated their ez link cards for them. But then, they also cannot enter. The only signage we saw when we were at the gate was to call the MA office if the gate could not open and so one of them called.

But I found it sooooo stupid we were not told to handover our cards to activate for entry and the fact I had to travel down 50th floor via the lift to ask. By the time we reached downstairs, there was a group of people queueing wanting to go in. After the two people were done buying their tickets, I had to like quickly ask the guy why I could not enter even though I have paid. His solution? To call him when we reach the gate.


the nerves -_-

Now it was my turn to be pissed off.

So we went up the 50th floor again (le sigh..) and I called him. I guess he was quite free already because when I was on the line, the group of people had made their way up and they were ALL stuck and didn't know what to do.

The next thing I knew, since the turnstile gate could only let one person enter at time (Dumbest thing ever..), I ended up giving instructions for him to activate the gate whenever a person enter and another one was going to enter. The funny thing was, they were also clueless as to how to enter because obviously you don't just read the sign as you expect the gate to be able to open for you after you make payment, just like when you enter the fare gate prior to taking the train.

So yah, back to those people. I had to hold on the line to give him instructions to open the gate when someone wanted to open. Then these were not all locals. Some were tourists and like what my brother said, when he did the same thing like when he came another time in the day, the told him they could not call because they had a foreign line so it would be very expensive for them to call.

So the dodo, this MA office.

I was so scared my brother was going to do something stupid, like create a scene or something coz of his unhappiness at the incompetency of this whole matter of getting in, I got pretty emo. But in the end, he said that he was just venting his anger, but of course, he won't be so silly as to picking a fight with the guy, even though he's bigger and taller.

Therefore, initially I didn't quite enjoy the view despite taking two to three photos. When we both had calmed down, we spent like 45 minutes walking around and then lounging on some er, lounge chairs, even though there was no pool, and just soaked in the stillness of the night. There were also the residents walking around and I was thinking, they are so lucky to live here. Personally I don't want to live here not just because of the sh*tty way the MA office was handling the public, LIKE WE OWE THEM A LIVING, *cough* but I would rather stay where I am residing. However, it's quite near the city like probably 20 minutes away.

From another point where we were standing, we heard some loud music coming from one of the bars nearby along a row of shophouses. It was Saturday so we could see people enjoying their drinks and the music, even though they looked like ants from where we were standing up on the 50th floor.

Below are some shots that I took and the last picture was of us chilling at a McDonalds cafe ( not bar, lol..) and this was the calm after the storm.


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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Experience at the McDonald's Marine Cove

Last week, we went to the noisiest and most unruly McDonald's in Singapore. It's the one at Marine Cove located at the East Coast Park. Even when we were entering the doors, we were blocked by some two or three kids playing on their scooters and they were not giving way because they were playing right there. We could have pushed the door and then they fall or we just have to wait until they move away. We did manage to enter even while they were still on the bikes and playing as we tried to open the glass door carefully and not tripping ourselves.

That's a no no already.

It was so crowded that we actually have a bit of difficulty finding seat but since it was only two of us, I saw these two seats at a corner and we managed to snap it up. But those with larger number of people may have to wait. And looking around, I doubt they were going to leave that easily because it was at the beach and they looked like they were chilling in the aircon so there.

Not only was it crowded, it was SUPER noisy. 

The queue for the food was also very long and there were inconsiderate people who didn't wait around for their food even though it was a self service counter. 

Did I mention kids were running everywhere..argh..nightmare, especially when you carry food and drinks.

When we went to the dessert kiosk outside to buy ice cream, we didn't go back in, lol. We just tried to find space outside and thankfully, we managed to find one with uncleared food waste. Then we went to the Coffee Bean and sat outside. The small toddler was playing with her chair when she got down and at one point, pushed the chair right up to mine as I was sitting near her and left the chair at it, at my arm rest. I mean she's a small kid and she just looked at me like oops..but she didn't pull it back which was fine. But the MOTHER  just let the chair in that same position where it hit my arm instead of pushing it back forward. So I was stuck that with that chair against mine. If I were to push it away, I would think she thought I was offended by it. She's just assuming heck, I should KNOW she's just a kid. In the end, my brother pushed it away a bit coz it was too distracting for him, for that chair to be stuck to mine.


Sometimes, I don't know what goes on people's mind like a simple excuse me or sorry..and says or does things as though I owe them something. To them, children are just children you know, just let them run around crazy, knocking into people's drink (it did happen in that same McDonald's) and shrug it off like it never happened.

And then when teachers disciplined their children in school when they are misbehaving, it's the teacher's fault for not looking after them properly. That or in their eyes, their children will NEVER do such things and even if they did, it's because they were forced into doing such.

Come on people, be more civic minded please. We lived in a fast paced society but doesn't mean we should also 'cut short' our mannerism.

For me, I don't wish to go that McDonald's anymore. They have plenty of other outlets and I don't care if they have their own specialty make your own salad or dessert bar. I'd rather go other place, thank you very much.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

ArchiFest Exhibition 2016

Last September, my brother and I checked out this makeshift exhibition pavilion called the Archifest. Who would have thought of setting up this exhibition right outside the Raffles Place MRT station, where despite the high foot traffic as it's in the CBD (Central Business District) area, I still think it was quite an interesting choice of location. Anyway, when we entered the pavilion, which looked like one where you entered a pasar malam or night market, we were greeted with few but very interesting and colourful exhibits.

The first thing we saw were hammocks where people were lying down and basically just chilling while kids were just having fun playing with them. We didn't sit on one and for me, basically coz I don't want to break the thing, lol.

So we moved on and saw various exhibits that were definitely instagram worthy, as you can see from the pictures below. But who would have thought that they were actually recycled like the clappers that you may see people using if you ever go the National Day celebration or watch it on tv. The other one that I liked and took a mini video of, is the smiley face emoji that is actually an inflatable balloon and it was hooked up to a few hand held pumps. Even though it was already inflated, people were actually still using the pumps to inflate it. 

Did I tell you it was so darn cute.

Next to it, were rows of some shiny materials that were hung up like a curtain. I guess they were also made from some recycled materials although I didn't quite take a look what the exhibit was about. The smiley face emoji was too distracting, heh.

There was a private event going on as well in another corner and if not for the event, we probably would have seen more exhibits. As my brother and I wanted to spend as little as possible (The Archifest was free by the way), we chilled out in Starbucks at Fullerton sharing a medium sized drink and a cookie, coz I can't go without cookie if we ever go Starbucks or Coffee Bean. I mean, come on, cookie and some hot drink, actually doesn't matter hot or cold. I just like cookies :)

So that was our little adventure and our spent as little as possible Saturdate, hehe. As my brother is serving his National Service, Saturday is his designated day to go out and chill but without spending too much. Especially with a sister who often finds herself broke nowadays, sigh.

I hope the pictures below from the exhibit inspire you to think creatively out of the box.

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