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I went clubbing

At the entrance… queuing because all of us are single for Christmas.

Was it two days ago? Or yesterday morning? I can’t really decide. Through the whole day I was really pleased to have random strangers in the club wishing me happy birthday: the bouncer who checked my IC (omg I’m really legal?), random men who picked up my sister or my cousin, or random groups of guys. I’ve always taken personality tests or psychological tests about whether I’ve ever “felt alone in a crowded room” and if I’d rather “be in the limelight” at the party or “sitting by the corner” and I’ve finally gotten what those questions were asking about. Until now, I don’t really know the answers myself, apart from coming to a conclusion that clubbing isn’t really my sport.

1. I can’t drink.
I’m not sure. Should I be proud of this, or be embarrassed about it? I had 2 free drink coupons and I gave them to my sister who was too sober even after 2 shots. Goodness gracious, I took a sip of whatever she was drinking and I felt like my throat was gonna split apart. In addition to that, it was so bitter and it tasted so much like my cough syrup. I thought growing older would change things a bit, but… no, I think it’ll be a long time before I can down any alcoholic drink. My sister got offered drinks, wanted to ask for a fruit punch but that was too embarrassing… And when you’re sober, you’re too conscious about your surroundings. “Dancing” really feels like PT, it felt like I was bouncing on the damn exercise ball. I had muscle aches on my thighs the next day #fml.

2. I don’t like physical contact.
When you head out into the dance floor, you’re obviously gonna get a lot of stray hands around your shoulders, or around your waist. It was a little repulsive for me, I kinda shook off any stray hand that got on my waist. I didn’t even like stray hands around my shoulders because I didn’t know any of them… what if they were psychopaths? So I just kept my sister’s arm on my shoulder the whole time LOL which hindered her from getting picked up as well. Sorry not sorry ๐Ÿ˜€

3. I don’t look like a clubber.
Sorry HAHAHA but this is a safe generalisation: clubber girls are usually VERY well dressed up. They have really thick makeup (heavy eyeliner, bright/dark red lips), long wavy hair that they can throw around, and usually have skinny and long white legs. I was decked in a dull gray dress with completely no make-up and wore flats despite the fact that I probably can’t find anyone in the club. I looked like I changed out of home clothes after a nap and headed to the club immediately. I don’t think anyone would take me seriously, other than desperate guys who didn’t manage to hook anyone else in the club LOL.

4. I’m too judgmental.
People get into the mood so well that I think it’s funny. There are guys standing alone, closing their eyes and bouncing to the music… doing weird hand actions (?) to “absorb” themself into the music. This scene is really funny if you’re sober. A particular guy came up to me and asked me to dance, which I rejected really politely mainly because he really looked like my family doctor. I wanted to laugh so badly. Then there are people making out right beside me. Thank god people close their eyes when they kiss, definitely enjoyed the free shows all around me. Highlight of the night? Perhaps.

5. I don’t listen to English songs.
I think the only song I figured yesterday was Titanium. So many people were singing along (or screaming along), and I’m not exaggerating when I say I didn’t know 95% of the songs played that night. Someone was screaming into my ear “I FUCKING LOVE THIS SONG!!!” and I just smiled at him because… what on earth is this song?! Can you play ๆˆ‘็ˆฑไป– instead, I think I’ll gladly bounce along to that. My cousin told me that Zouk, Velvet and Phuture play different genre of songs. Of which all I can’t appreciate, I’m sorry. Are there clubs in Singapore that play Chinese songs? ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

6. I think my ears are important.
I think I was deaf for the next 12 hours from the loud music blasting into my ear, and the screaming into one another’s ears. Even with the screaming, you still can’t hear. I got lazy, I decided to type on my phone instead. “No I didn’t come alone” “My sister got picked up” “My sister is flirting with someone else” “I just turned 18 today”. Thank god for a fully-charged phone.

It was an enjoyable night, other than the fact that I was burning at 12am because the queue to the club was freaking long and I was beginning to perspire. Other than the fact that there were only 3 of us, and when both of them got picked up, I ended up alone!!! Avoiding stray hands in the club ALONE!!! How scary is that?! I am far from becoming a seasoned clubber and probably never will, but the club is an enjoyable place to be I guess. I will go back again, but only during special occasions I guess? It feels like a learning journey. And the free shows are definitely pretty entertaining. ๐Ÿ™‚ But firstly, I need to learn how to drink.

Camwhoring at the dance floor because using my phone is the only thing I’m good at.

and eating MacDonalds because I was hungry at 6am from all that bouncing. Well done.

Holy shit I’m really 18. I’m even blogging about this! When I was 14, my siblings were already going and discussing about girls and guys in the club. I am officially old enough to partake in those discussions woohoo!


Bangkok 2014

Bangkok, Thailand (6th to 10th December 2014)

Similar to Hong Kong, this trip was planned early in August/September. After the National Day celebrations in school (which I still HAVEN’T blogged about HAHAHA), the group of us 4G girls proposed a grad trip! We had many ideas originally: cruise on Royal Carribean, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Taiwan, it was endless. I remember one person (can’t remember who) was saying that despite all the proposals, we’d probably won’t be able to make it in the end. Cathy, Yujie and Yifei had to go back to China early December; Edina and Gracie were already going to Korea which meant low budget; Prom was on 4th December; Jiawen had SATs on 6th December and I was leaving for Hong Kong right after As. But we didn’t give up! We continued searching for cruise trips that left within our travel window of Dec 5/7 to Dec 12, and there weren’t any. Either that, or they were too expensive. Not sure how or when, but we eventually decided on going to Bangkok, and the dates with the cheapest and most feasible travel timings were on 6th December and 10th December. Leave in the morning (about 11am) and arrive at night (about 9pm). No midnight cabs or strange travel timings, and that sounded good. Edina’s parents were coming along because many of us wouldn’t be able to go (eg. Jolyn Yujie) if parents were not present. Szemin’s parents would be joining her at the end of the trip (i.e. when we return) because Bangkok was supposed to be their destination for their holiday trip. That sounds all smooth and good and we were ready to book! But throughout these entire few months, we met with so many problems.

1. Yifei and Jolyn wouldn’t be able to join us because of their own trips. Vivian herself was going to Bangkok with her family, and had already booked tickets.
2. Jiawen suddenly couldn’t make it because her parents got pissed off with her.
3. Yujie’s passport was expiring which meant that she was not able to book an international flight at that point in time (and budget airline being budget, what if seats run out?)

It got really annoying and frustrating because honestly, details wouldn’t be confirmed until flights and hotels are booked. But we went ahead with the booking for Edina, I, and her parents. That means the details for us were confirmed! Szemin’s parents booked the flight for her too, which meant 3 of us were confirmed. Eventually, Jiawen parents allowed her on the trip but only if they went together. So that’s another set of parents on the trip, LOL. Cathy was set to go with Jiawen and because of her SATs, she would be joining us one day later on 7th December. So technically, we only had 4 days together. Flights and hotels were booked, and thankfully seats were still available by the time Yujie renewed her passport. After much contemplation and irritation (LOL), we decided to stay at the same hotel at Centrepoint Petchburi 15, where I booked the hotel rooms for 4 of us (Szemin, Edina, Yujie and I) and Edina’s parents. So all of us were set to go to Bangkok, where we stayed at the same hotel. The grad trip was finally confirmed! It was rather pricey because of the hotel, but the total expenses for flight + hotel in SGD came up to about SGD401.

Before and after Prom, we did some itinerary planning on Google Docs on where we were going to go, as well as the relevant information about tourist SIM cards, travel information, and cab information. We got really stoked and excited because it was just endless and mindless food and shopping, and ALL of us were girls. Growing up with the same retarded group of friends means that we have similar interests and rather similar tastes in clothes, as well as preferring the same type of entertainment. Unfortunately, more problems had to crop up.

4. Cathy didn’t manage to collect her passport from the China Embassy on 5th December (Friday), and she was bound to fly on 7th December (Sunday). The embassy wasn’t open on weekends. It was too much of a coincidence: Yujie wasn’t there when Cathy mentioned during the sleepover that she wasn’t collecting her passport that day, because if Yujie was there, she would have known that the embassy does not open on weekends. In other words, it meant that she wouldn’t be able to fly with Jiawen on Sunday. That night, we called up the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the ICA, the embassy, and almost every available platform so many times. It got to the extent whereby the MFA staff mentioned “sorry, but did you make a similar call earlier?” Nothing could be done though, and the most plausible solution was to change her flight details to Monday night, which was the only available slot. By then, we’d only be left with 1.5 full days in Bangkok together, and let’s just say it was quite upsetting! Can’t blame anyone though, at least I know I will never make such mistakes again. ๐Ÿ™‚ Let’s just be thankful that we get the opportunity to travel.

So… 4 of us were set to go. I would think that we weren’t really unhappy though, what’s done is done and I guess the only available option was to enjoy ourselves to the fullest!

The emptiness of my luggage after having packed EVERYTHING. All that room for more shopping!!! I didn’t purchase prepaid baggage for departure, but I purchased 15kg of check-in luggage for arrival. All for my luggage to gain weight during the trip hehehe.

Day 1

For the first time in my life, I took a MRT to Changi Airport! It really felt like independent travel then: squeezing and wheeling my luggage through the barricades of the MRT, getting on the escalator and bumping into many people since it was quite the peak hour. Hehehe.

All 3 of us were poor blokes who had to take the train (just kidding hehe). We coincidentally had (rather) pretty luggages, and we got seats beyond town area!!! Sat down, camwhored, made noises on WhatsApp all the way to Changi Airport ๐Ÿ™‚

We were too early. Were we too excited? We were waiting for Princess Edina to arrive with her parents HAHAHA. After that, we ate at the airport canteen, checked in and did some airport shopping… like real.

After entering the departure gate!!!

In our super casual clothes we walked into branded stores (eg. Gucci, Miu Miu) shamelessly, and I think the service staff didn’t even want to serve us HAHAHA we obviously looked like people who weren’t gonna purchase anything. Decided to spare the bored service staff who had to follow us around the shop, and we went to camwhore with the thousands of set ups and decorations all over the airport!!

Mickey, an airplane and a Christmas Home respectively. The airplane mascot walked to us and Yujie screamed “OMG SASHIMI” and ran away from it HAHAHA we were kinda caught unaware because we were camwhoring, and it was quite funny. We played around with the Mascot because it was really cute HAHAHA. We asked “Are you short?” and it nodded. We pointed to Edina and asked “Shorter than her?” and the mascot shook its head. HAHAHA TOO CUTE AND TOO FUNNY, had such a good laugh at the airport.

After that, we rested at the airport lounge for a while before boarding!

We didn’t select seats, but thankfully we were still able to sit together due to our early checkin ๐Ÿ™‚ It was a 2 hour plane ride (really short) to Bangkok, and I slept through it hehehe.

Upon arrival, we settled our tourist SIM cards, Yujie did her VISA on arrival, and we took the airport skytrain to the airport link (Ratchaprapop?) nearest to our hotel. Subsequently, we sat a Tuktuk to our hotel hehe, squeezing with all our luggages. It was still early in the afternoon and we were quite thankful we still had quite a large amount of time to walk around and do shit ๐Ÿ™‚

On the tuktuk. Tourists, so you get amazed by everything about a country on Day 1. Reckless drivers and crazy fast tuk-tuks… it felt good to be on them man. ๐Ÿ™‚ Although it was quiet scary because the tuktuks may bring you anywhere to sell… LOL. Can’t deny that we couldn’t get rid of this nagging fear. “What if we get abducted?” “What if we get kidnapped?”

Settled down at the airport, checked in, and decided to just head downstairs to explore our neighbourhood! Within 15 minutes we had so much food on us, because honestly they were damn bloody cheap. Even if you get scammed, it’s still cheap. LOL.

Our first purchase: chicken! Sadly, it wasn’t hot and crispy as I would have expected it to be.

We went to this Tom Yam restaurant called P’Aor Restaurant if I recall correctly. Research on Google says that they offer the “Best Tom Yam in Thailand”, which I really liked. I liked the fact that the soup was 3 things at once: sweet, sour and spicy! Furthermore, you controlled your own threshold. You choose the amount of chilli powder that you wanted to add, and I added quite minimal hehehe didn’t want to destroy the taste of the soup! Omg, I’d definitely go back for more. Unfortunately it was a very very long walk from our hotel (~30 minutes?) via GPS, and there were definitely nearer eateries selling Tom Yam too. After dinner, we walked through the food street and took the long walk back to our hotel HAHA.

and here’s to the godliest drink I enjoyed through the trip: THAI MILK TEA!!! It ranged from 17 baht to 35 baht (70cents to $1.40), and they were really big and really cold and SWEET and GOOD OMG. I really miss the Thai Milk Tea, Koi can’t beat, Gongcha can’t beat, the closest you’ll get to drinking it is at Porn’s. Furthermore, the weather was really hot 99% of the time, and drinking ice cold MILK TEA was the godliest treatment ever. I really like it! I’ll visit Bangkok again just for the milk tea! ๐Ÿ™‚

Visited Platinum Mall which unfortunately closes at 8pm, so we only had 1 hour left to shop by then. We didn’t shop much as a result, and ended up taking photos outside Platinum with the large Christmas tree, with the street Christmas decorations with many tourists all around us doing the same LOL.

Thank god for the selfie stick once again. I didn’t have to worry about someone running away with my phone, HAHAHA.

Didn’t have much to do afterwards, so we just walked around for more food. Bought sweet corn, banana chocolate, more chicken, meat sticks, Pad Thai, and so on. Thankful to be there with a bunch of gluttons really, we just ate non-stop without worrying about the lack of cash or, much less our weight. The worst holiday I can be on is probably with people who go “omg this is so oily” “omg this is so high in calories” “omg it’s damn fattening I don’t want to eat it” “Is the soup oily?” (sounds like my sister from her anorexic days). So yeah, thankful to be with gluttons “CAN WE BUY THAT?” “SHALL WE BUY THAT?” “Just buy lah can’t finish just keep in the refrigerator!”

Food that we enjoyed even back in the hotel. THE PAD THAI WAS SO GOOD ๐Ÿ™‚ Day 1 marked the start to non-stop eating. Technically, we had 3 big meals, and many small meals HAHAHA.

Back in our hotel after buying 4 similar dresses to wear the following day for like… 120 baht ($5?) It felt so good to live so affordably, I wonder if this is the lifestyle of the rich. Maybe they get bored eventually, because they would find that nothing, or no purchases are a challenge. Okay nah, don’t think I’ll get bored of spending so lavishly in Bangkok LOL.

Didn’t sleep well that night. Maybe it’s because I had sufficient sleep the previous night and on the plane ride, maybe it’s because the lights were too bright, maybe it’s because fengshui was bad, maybe it’s because I couldn’t move much for the fact that I was sharing a bed. But I couldn’t sleep well! I kept waking at odd hours (4am, 6am) to find that it’s not time to wake up yet. How irritating!

Day 2

Since I had a bad night I had a rather bad day too, I was tired but I couldn’t be! It was the CHATUCHAK DAY! I’ve heard stories about Chatuchak being so cheap that you spend like a king, KK told me to “don’t bother bargaining” because it is already, very very cheap. I did heed his advice indeed.

With our new dresses in the hotel lobby, ready to attack HAHAHA.

Our very few pictures at shoe shops that day because there wasn’t much to explain about shopping and shopping. That was the start of our shopping, and subsequently we got too lazy to take anymore photos HAHAHA. We had large hauls, I had very painful hands from carrying all my shopping in small plastic bags, and I was really tired walking around in my thin flats that barely gave any support for my soles. To top it off, I had insufficient sleep, and I was really really tired by 3/4pm when everyone was still alive and kicking and ready to shop for another 3 hours. LOL.

Our first meal that day! We gave ourselves 10am to 6pm to shop there, so we had ample time to both eat and shop. We spent like queens man. I would think that the food is quite satisfactory, but I preferred the Tom Yam soup from yesterday.

and the goodness of all heavens after our meal: SOME ICE COLD THAI MILK TEA for a terribly hot day! Chatuchak was open air and it was really hot (33 degrees?), much hotter than Singapore. Even in such skimpy dresses, I perspired like no tomorrow HAHAHA. The drink was appeasing indeed ๐Ÿ™‚

Doesn’t this picture already make the sun look super glaring? A very unglamorous shot, but that was a camwhore to my siblings to show them how much I bought HAHAA. Please don’t stare at undesirable areas, I shaved! ๐Ÿ˜€ Anyway, I had to relieve my bowels in Chatuchak, which was pretty unfortunate because the toilet was dirty and there was nowhere to hang my bag. I had to sit on the toilet bowl that was probably stepped on by many people, carrying my bag at the same time. In addition, the wet floor kept getting to me because of my slippers. Disgusting…? indeed. I think I detest public toilets now, in my growing years I used to be able to bear with however dirty the toilets in the market were. Now that I’m older, I think I’m not able to bear with it anymore.

Our second large meal that day: I had Pad Thai which wasn’t as satisfying as the one enjoyed in the hotel the night before. I guess first times are always the best? hehehe. Had more food along the roadside stalls, enjoyed some yogurt that came from a super duper cute cup.

and finally on Day 2, we met up with this woman!!!

She was a true tourist man, wearing the elephant pants, long sleeves and carrying a Sundown Marathon bag. True tourist out to whack at Chatuchak! LOL.

After 8 hours of shopping we got really really tired (especially I) and we headed back to the hotel to lay out our purchases and get excited LOL.

On the ride back and waiting for Jiawen and Szemin to arrive hehehe. Rested for about an hour or so and headed for some good seafood dinner just below our hotel!!! I love the Pratunam neighbourhood man, there’s way too many things to finish walking through all of them!

A high class roadside stall which served really good seafood. I liked their burnt fish (because it’s burnt) and their fried squid. The only thing I didn’t really favour from the meal was the clear tom yam soup because I prefer sweet/sour ones, and that one was clearly too spicy for my liking LOL. We waited for Jiawen to be done with dinner with her parents, and we walked to and fro Platinum Mall aimlessly again. We walked as 5 girls and it’s as if we were on a dangerous mission hahaha.

This shot was taken by a fellow tourist! We went back quite late but it was sure an enjoyable day. Felt so accomplished seeing all the purchases and how much they filled my luggage. LOL. Chatuchak is definitely a must go, even though it seems that the items at Chatuchak are becoming more pricey as Bangkok turns into a more attractive tourist destination.

Day 3

We had wanton noodles that morning! We went to the Pratunam Market to catch the “best wanton noodles in town” but unfortunately we got to the wrong store omg. We couldn’t read Thai at all so we thought there was only one in the neighbourhood. But it doesn’t matter! It was pretty good anyway.

This was when we realised: after paying the bill and leaving the eatery, we walked down the street to buy some milk tea (HAHA a milk tea a day keeps the doctor away), AND WE SAW A CRAZILY long queue for the wanton noodles. Upon closer observation we realised that this was the Sabx2 Wanton Noodles that we were supposed to have. No wonder we started doubting food bloggers again “Huh, people said a second bowl is not enough” “Is it really that good?” and so on. LOL. We felt so cheated HAHAHA but we went to Platinum after that anyway. I whole day really ไธ‹ไธไบ†ๆ‰‹ as Yujie likes to call me, because the things at Platinum were much more expensive compared to those at Chatuchak. I had relatively little purchases at both sections of the mall, be it the one mainly selling clothes or the one mainly selling shoes and bags.

but we continued eating anyway! I had a really cheap plate of rice with green curry, and some durian waffles for dessert hehehe. Szemin and Yujie brought crepes so I busied myself with taking their share too, hahaha. Pigs in action ๐Ÿ™‚ For people like Jiawen and Edina who didn’t really favour Thai cuisine, they had KFC LOLOL. I guess KFC is more familiar than any other food in the food court that day ๐Ÿ˜€ I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I love Thai food! I’m a very ้‡ๅ‘ณ person, I guess that’s why.

After walking around Platinum for quite a bit (and realising that things were getting more expensive as we moved on), we went to the Baiyoke Market, where things were slightly cheaper compared to Platinum. Unfortunately most of the stores were closed given that the area was a morning-afternoon market, and we didn’t have the chance to make many purchases before the whole area was emptied and relatively quiet compared to the rest of Pratunam.

Here’s a selfie of us there and then, where Jiawen tore my new and sleek slippers!!! I honestly have no idea how she did it, because many tourists and people had stepped on it the day before and it didn’t tear at all! I was still telling my sister that the pair of slippers was quite durable and I could wear it for a long period of time! The tear was so bad that I had red burn marks along my feet. Talk about strong and big feet, and you’re bound to lose. omg.

Went back to the hotel after that to change into another pair of slippers (LOL thank god for hugeload of purchases the day before), and we decided to visit the Resident’s Lounge since we had spare time (and complimentary tickets to it!)

At the resident’s lounge with some food! It wasn’t very amazing, there was just pastries and loads of junk food. It was closing by the time we went there, so we packed many of the sandwiches into my bag and stole their drinks to put them in our refrigerator. Little thieves, exciting thrills. I snuck hugeloads of Nescafe Coffee packets home as well, on my sister’s request (look at the previous posts HAHAHA). It was mad man, the amount of packets I brought home could easily form one packet for sale LOLOL.

After that, Edina left us to have dinner with her parents whom she separated from most of the trip, so Yujie, Szemin and I went on a mini adventure. It was so scary man, 3 tiny girls who look like they haven’t even turned 16 venturing aimlessly in Bangkok by themselves. We were pretty afraid because there were many males who were bulky and burly, and we hopped at any chance to follow behind tourists (Caucasians who are bigger sized) LOL. We went to the IT Mall where Yujie played with scammers (literally ACTED like a dumb tourist) and walked more around Platinum which was super near our hotel. Finally we found ourselves in a safer place: the 24-hour supermarket!

at the IT Mall which was also closing by the time we were there!

At the supermarket! Pocky was too cheap man: banana chocolate, matcha, strawberry, all cost 50cents or something. I bought many packets of them to bring home to eat LOLOL. I also bought a few cups of cup noodles, also to bring home hehehe. I enjoy visiting the supermarket of a foreign country! “Same same but different”, same products but different prices in the case of Bangkok LOL.

After walking around for so much, we went to the hotel to rest where we met with Edina and Jiawen again, because Cathy was bound to arrive in less than an hour. We lied to her the entire day through WhatsApp that locals had to wear yellow every Monday to honour the King, taking photos of mannequin and store owners who were coincidentally wearing yellow. Man, she really turned up in yellow house shirt because she said she had no other yellow tops at home. I died, I really died HAHAHA.

Cathy’s down on her luck man. After the passport nonsense, she lost 100 baht upon touchdown. Although it’s just SGD4, it still feels quite painful to lose money that you were supposed to have LOL. But Cathy insists that “ๅคฑๅŽปๆ‰ไผšๆ‹ฅๆœ‰” or something HAHAHA I FORGOT HER EXACT QUOTE but anyway she was really positive about everything which was really good ๐Ÿ™‚

Walking around to buy more street food because a new glutton called Cathy joined us. Bought jelly coconut, sweet corn, chicken, and loads of food once again. Food doesn’t get old among this bunch of girls hehe ๐Ÿ™‚

and back at the hotel with our food, as well as our perfect attendance after long last! In the background are all our plastic bags from shopping at Chatuchak the day before, which the hotel staff diligently cleared for us HAHAHA. It was a really great night, we talked about many things. Gossip doesn’t seem to be the main point of conversations nowadays. We really talked about serious stuff like prostitution, about views on eating, spending, and about values that you inculcate just by growing up in your family environment. I enjoyed it, I really did ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m so thankful to this group of retarded people who never fail to make me feel normal, and I’m definitely looking forward to the years that I’ll spend growing up with this group of people.

Too lazy to send Jiawen back to her room that day (apparently our hotel’s a really scary place at night LOL) and slept well. I slept well everyday after the first night ๐Ÿ™‚

Day 4

A truly touristy day! We visited places that were tourist hotspots, took tourist pictures with grand temples and beautiful scenery, went to Chinatown that locals probably don’t frequent (as a Singaporean I don’t go to Chinatown in Singapore anyway). We squeezed with the crowd, we nearly lost our lives so many times because vehicles could maneuver ANYWHERE in Bangkok as long as the road was wide enough, including footpaths. We had to take extra caution all the time man. According to Cathy, the #1 cause of deaths in Bangkok is traffic accidents. I was afraid man HAHAHA.

That day, we had breakfast at the actual Wanton Noodle store HAHAHA. I wouldn’t say that the Wanton Noodles were THAT amazing (maybe because I had it dry), but the braised pork rice was really nice. Maybe it’s just me, but I loved their eggs.

Even the photos of the food look good! It’s making me hungry! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ It was so good that we wanted to head back for a second visit tomorrow. This is what they mean by “You can’t stop at the second bowl” on food reviews by bloggers HAHAHA.

We took a cab to the ferry stop from our hotel, and we got 6 people on one cab. Thankfully we went with 6 people HAHAHA suddenly we felt that that was an optimal number, because one more person wouldn’t be able to fit on the cab. We were squeezing, laughing, looking at scenic places, talking… I guess it’s really better when everyone’s travelling together. It felt so good, it truly felt like a grad trip by then, after Jiawen and Cathy joined us ๐Ÿ™‚

Szemin Jiawen and I while waiting for the rest to finish purchasing their food. Our stomachs and mouths are unstoppable HAHAHA.

On the boat ride to Wat Arun Temple on the other side of the Chao Phraya River which was known in our Geography notes to be the “most polluted river in the world”. It didn’t look that bad though, they have probably done a lot of cleanup since the times when Bangkok was known as a heavily populated urban centre.

At the pretty entrance to the temple with all of them! The backdrop was really stunning as you can see hehe, I love visiting temples too. I’m not that much of a religious person, but I love visiting temples for the history that lies behind these places as well as the unique architecture present in different ones.

Unfortunately according to the rules and regulations of the temple I was too skimpily clad so I had to pay to purchase a cloth to cover my legs up. This was how amazing we looked all covered up HAHA / and a selfie after climbing up mountains of steps! The steps were super super steep and I think I nearly got leg cramp on the way down. So many months of inactivity due to the As and suddenly I felt as if I was trekking up a hilly mountain! No joke man.

That was all there. At the temple, we chanced upon a couple holding hands, climbing up the steep stairs with many photographers around them. At that point, we were thinking “Are they celebrities?” “Oh, maybe they are taking their wedding photos.” Both the female and the male were really good looking and tall though, so we decided to take a photo with them. Jiawen approached them and asked “Hello, can we take a picture?” and after that she asked “You two… wedding?” And they denied so frantically HAHAHA. After that, the guy said “ๆˆ‘ไปฌๆ˜ฏๆ‹็”ตๅฝฑ็š„” and we were like OMG THAI CHINESE!!! LOL. After we took individual photos and group photos with them, the locals started scrambling to them for photos as well. I guess they are celebrities that no one recognises? LOL. Most of us were regretting not asking them for their Instagram names man, we don’t even know how to begin stalking them HAHAHA. Until now, we don’t even know who are they.

Solo and group shot. Here’s me looking like a fat dwarf beside them. The guy isn’t all that photogenic but he looks so good in real life!!! He was everyone’s type man, Cathy, Jiawen, Yujie and I all thought he was really handsome. Maybe it’s because we had a lack of men to check out the whole time we were there HAHAHA, but no lah he looks really good. ๐Ÿ™‚

After that, we met up with Edina and Szemin and we headed to Chinatown via Tuktuk! During then, I witnessed a foreigner arguing with a tuk-tuk driver, giving him 70 baht and saying “This is a lot already” and simply walking away from the helpless driver. They probably withdrew from the agreed sum. It’s not as if the driver could chase the foreigners as well. At that point in time I felt really bad for the driver. An extra 50 baht (SGD 2) was almost nothing to tourists like us, but it probably means a lot to the drivers who were desperately trying to make a living. I was quite upset with the tourists because this will probably fuel xenophobia concerns in their country as well, they were so rude and careless with the way they treat people. Even if people in a LDC do not enjoy the same affluence as you, I don’t think they deserve to be put down like that. Ah well, it’s really unfortunate. Everyday in an overseas country reminds myself that I’m a very fortunate soul. I have everything I want, and I have such opportunities to travel abroad for experiential learning. I don’t think everyone in the world enjoys such privilege, much less every girl. I am truly a very blessed person ๐Ÿ™‚

At Chinatown getting my daily fix of Thai Milk Tea HAHAHA. Oddly I’m the fastest drinker among them. I think I really love milk tea, I have yet to get sick of it despite drinking Koi so frequently. I really want to have some Thai Milk Tea again ๐Ÿ˜ฆ the taste that they can come up with isn’t easily replicated anywhere else.

The only place in Chinatown which didn’t have such a large crowd: the bridge. We were squeezing through crowds for about 2-3 hours, making silly purchases and making bargains (that caused Cathy to slap herself HAHAHA). We sent a similar picture (Jiawen Edina and I) to Mr Ng, and told him that we were experiencing urban problems (traffic problems, pollution etc) in Bangkok. How nice it is to finally see what we have been learning for the past 2 years. Geography comes alive all the time ๐Ÿ™‚

We couldn’t find the store selling bird nest that Jiawen wanted very much, and so we decided to leave it at that and just head to Family Mookata along New Petchaburi Road for our Mookata!

I have really fat arms in this photo. Okay, not that I’m unaware of it but HAHAHA how unflattering! I think this picture can be used as a model for plus-sized clothing! LOL.

I was honestly very excited for this BBQ buffet because we read online that if you haven’t had Mookata, you haven’t visited Thailand. Also, the prospects of enjoying a buffet with a bunch of pigs was really exciting hehehe! There were many different types of meat (of which we couldn’t read in Thai HAHAHA) but we took all of them anyway. We ate our fill, we talked, we laughed, we had fun, we cooked, roasted, talked about our primary school days and crushes, as well as how stupid we used to be (or still are). It was a night of joy and laughter hehehe. Things got rather sour when the bill was tabulated however, because we were charged for food wastage (THEY WERE THE EMPTY SHELLS OF CLAMS!!!!!) and tissue paper. But oh well, I guess everyone’s out to make a living, including us. Since we’re overseas, I’m absolutely fine with spending that little bit more. I think it’s worth it, to have a more enjoyable experience. ๐Ÿ™‚

After Mookata, we desperately hailed a cab along the road with a driver that was really nice. We headed to Siam Paragon to catch a movie and did shit in the Gourmet Market, face-jacking each other’s Instagram, buying expensive food. Siam Paragon was damn atas and everything looked expensive compared to what we had been enjoying the past few days: cakes were $6 just like those in Singapore, ice-cream was $3+ like those in Singapore, and the prices of froyo were almost equivalent to that of Sogurt or llao llao in Singapore. We were craving for some dessert from the Mookata though, so we each bought our own dessert respectively.

We caught Mockingjay Part I which was at a timeslot of 11.10pm! That means that it’ll be nearly 1am or 1.30am by the time we get back to our hotels. Something cool about watching movies in Bangkok (or any part of Thailand for that matter) is that there’s a short clip to honour the King before the start of the movie, and movie-goers were all expected to rise and sing the national anthem before the start of the film. The clip showed the King in his growing years, and all the honourable deeds ha has done throughout his life. That was a mark of great respect man, I would think the locals really love their king.

Went back promptly to the hotel after that, we didn’t even dare to bargain much with the cab drivers who were desperate for our business because it was late and we might get abducted or something if we were too obnoxious HAHAHA. Slept well, can’t believe that was our last night in Bangkok ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Day 5

Early in the morning we woke up and wanted to have some wanton noodles from the day before, but unfortunately it wasn’t open that early that day! It opened only at noon. Hence, we visited a roadside stall along the market to have our fix of food anyway.

I love their braised pork rice!!! I think I love the eggs the most actually. It looks different from the eggs we have in Singapore. I just love eggs HAHAHA you can get so much food with just eggs alone!

After that, Yujie and I walked around the Pratunam Market which we didn’t manage to catch because the stores were closing by the time we reached there on Day 3. We bought many more clothes with the remaining bits of our money in an attempt to finish spending all our Thai bahts. Eventually I managed to get rid of them all by changing money with Szemin’s parents who had just arrived (and were ready for another week of spending LOL).

Checked out at 3pm and left for the airport. I can’t believe our trip ended that quickly. It’s like we didn’t even do much apart from shopping and eating! ๐Ÿ˜€

Onboard the plane home ๐Ÿ˜ฆ this time without Szemin, who was gonna stay another 7 days in Bangkok with her family HAHAH.

And the really pretty sunset I managed to catch on the plane.

That concluded the trip ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I was really sad to return home because that was the end of the 2 overseas trip that I had taken part in planning so much, which we painfully went through so many troubles and problems for. We had arguments on the places we’d prefer to visit and eat, we had arguments on places of accommodation because of differing views from differing parents, but I’m glad it evolved to become such a great trip. I’m proud to speak of these experiences as an 18 year old girl in an overseas country, I believe these were opportunities my siblings never got to have when they were at my age. Thankful for how much travelling is becoming so common these days, as well as how it has evolved to become a “low-risk hobby”.

The comparison of before and after for my luggage!!! HAHAHA sorry for the obscenity those bras are new!!! LOL ๐Ÿ˜€ It gained 7kg and I was so proud of its weight gain! Honestly, when I lay out all my clothes at home, it doesn’t seem as if I bought a lot. However, I had to stop buying in Bangkok (namely Chatuchak) because the load was getting too heavy for me to carry on my hands, and I was too tired to continue walking. The next time I go on a shopping trip, I’ll bring a larger backpack! Shouldn’t have brought a slingbag to the advice of my mother, you could barely squeeze any shopping inside LOL.

I’m thankful to my parents for letting me go on this trip and allowing me to completely live off my own expenses because it makes me feel more accomplished that this trip was completely funded by myself. I’m an independent and free soul! I’m thankful to all the girls on this trip for being so accommodating, and like what Szemin said, neither “weight-conscious” or “cash-conscious”. I ate so much on this trip without feeling that much of guilt, I shopped so much on this trip but I still feel like I haven’t had enough, and I’d willingly go on many many more overseas trips with this same group of people, this same group of girls. Thank you all of you, for such a memorable grad trip. I can’t wait to see you in 2 hours time, HAHAHA.

Hong Kong Trip 2014

Okay it’s time to blog!!! If I don’t blog anymore, I’d really regret this few months or years down the road… I mean the photos of my overseas trips are always the most enjoyable to look at. Hehe. Overdue: NDP, Graduation, Prom, Hong Kong, Bangkok, upcoming Malaysia…

Hong Kong (26th to 30th November 2014)

Planning started as early as August! I wanted to go Hong Kong since a pretty long time ago (actually, ever since I interacted rather significantly with the Hong Kong cadets from ISCEP). At that point in time, my family had booked their flight tickets to Xiamen in October without me because of the big As, and the disgruntled me decided that I won’t let it rest at that!!! I want to travel too!

So I asked my sister whether she was free and he he he she wanted to go to Hong Kong damn badly too!!! So we asked our parents whether they’d like to tag along but since they already took such a long break in October, they couldn’t take time off work again to go to Hong Kong again the following month. It wouldn’t be very nice ๐Ÿ˜ฆ so only my mother came along. So there you go, 3 women on a trip to the shopping paradise.

We didn’t want to follow any tour groups to avoid the tipping, being brought to scam shops, …and so on, and hence we went on a complete free and easy tour. We booked the flight tickets by ourselves, we Googled hell lot about convenience of hotels, proximity to attractions and shopping, proximity to the MTR, we sourced for the cheapest flight tickets and also the best available date before Hong Kong turns really cold (Mom didn’t like cold weather). Right after As ended on the 24th, I spent the entire day packing, researching about all the food that food bloggers have given reviews on, made a list of everything that we wanted to eat, and of course researched on my bloody expensive bungee jump *-* And we set off 25th night, technically at 2.30am on 26th. Budget airline means budget timings means waking up in horrible hours of the night. Okay, the price to pay for trying to save that $20? LOL.

Day 1

Thank god 3 of us seem to be permanently hungry so we ate everywhere we went, had some food at Changi Airport to while away 3 hours due to the early check-in ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Chilled a bit too long, and together with airport shopping (Mom did some wallet movement at Braun Buffel), we were nearly late for the flight… I mean, it was still 30 minutes to departure and we heard our names over the PA system in Changi Airport. LOL. Had to run so badly to board the flight HAHAHA and the airport staff were slightly pissed at us because we were the last passengers to board. Hehe.

Compulsory selfies at Changi Airport / on the plane? hehehe.

Then we reached HK! Unfortunately we had to buy a bottle of water on board (walao small Evian for $4) because we boarded late and I didn’t get the luxury of time to refill my water bottle ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

We reached there early in the morning given that our flight was at 6.30am, so we cabbed to the hotel! We bought our Octopus cards and SIM cards at the airport as well ๐Ÿ™‚ Getting a SIM card was probably the wisest choice of the trip, especially when it’s really affordable and allows you to keep in touch with social media. Can’t find the location? Use Maps. Need to find a picture of something? Just Google. Need to find somewhere else to eat? Just Google. Thank god I didn’t bother scrimping on that HKD100 ๐Ÿ™‚

Selfies upon reaching, as well as the nicest selfie I’ve probably taken on any cab (or the only selfie). Super good hair day! I thought the static nonsense on planes screw up your hair, but man my hair was as smooth as Rapunzel HAHAHA.

The first day is arguably the toughest in any new country, we had a lot of familiarisation to do with the neighbourhood, we needed to navigate around, look for the MTR, use GPS to cross roads… I mean afterall, we were absolutely clueless about the cafes and eateries that were nearby. Our original plan was to visit the Mido’s Cafe which was supposed to be near our hotel. Thankfully, our hotel (Carista Bianchi) was conveniently located at Yau Ma Tei, close to all the shopping districts and only 3 minutes away from the MTR.

This was an alley just beside our hotel which turned really dark at night. It was pretty scary LOL and this is probably one of the many alleys where dramas are filmed, where criminals ran into and hid under baskets, where they threw dustbins and brooms at one another, where they ran at top speeds and climbed over walls to hide from the police that were chasing them and saying “ๅˆซ่ท‘!” “็ซ™็€!”. I don’t think these dark alleys are commonly seen in Singapore, and uncommon sights are probably the most intriguing on any overseas trip ๐Ÿ™‚

Right beside our hotel! LOL. It’s a little hilly up to the hotel but I guess it’s fine, we have a supermarket and 7-11 just adjacent to each other just 30 seconds down the road!!! Totally a traveler’s choice ๐Ÿ™‚

But guess what…. took like 5 minutes to locate Mido’s by GPS and when we finally did, we found out that they do not operate on Wednesdays!!! Super unlucky, it’s like a 1 in 7 probability of the eatery not opening and we just had to arrive on that very day. Eventually, we went to a stall across the road because we were too hungry by then to care about what we should save our stomachs for.

Our first meal in Hong Kong!

After eating, we headed to Sheung Wan to visit the Man Mo Temple. Didn’t visit the temples from the previous trip (namely Wong Tai Sin), and instead we headed to this rather classic place instead. The interior of the temple was really nice, I guess it’s a temple that thankfully missed out on modernisation.

Er selfie on the MTR because I’m a tourist and the MTR is slightly different from the MRT. More frequent and more squeezy. ๐Ÿ™‚

On the climb up to the temple… and did I mention how bloody high it was?! We couldn’t find the escalator that led us all the way up so we did the climbing up and up and up. Thank god for the good weather (aircon temperature) or I’d probably be soaked in perspiration, I believe I got a muscle ache the next day from the endless staircase climbing LOLOL. A Levels did my fitness well indeed!

As I mentioned, the interior was really pretty!

After that my mother got a bit tired so we sent her back to the hotel (buying some food along the way), before heading to Jordan where my sister did her first Sasa trip… freak me man. I totally have no interest in cosmetics, masks, nail polish, lipsticks…… I was damn damn damn bored. Totally the exact feelings I had when my sister/mother visited endless The Face Shops / Skin Food in Korea back in 2008, 6 years on and I’m still feeling the same. NO INTEREST IN COSMETICS AT ALL. I think she took an hour or something EVERY TRIP OF HERS TO SASA TAKES AT LEAST AN HOUR. I still have absolutely no idea how someone can take 30 minutes to pick a colour for their foundation.

After that we just walked around Jordan aimlessly,

This picture already found itself on Instagram but here’s a repost cause I think this is what defines the Hong Kong skyline: tall and seemingly rundown buildings urgently needing a new coat of paint; bright lit signboards lining all the shophouses; advertisements sticking and hanging out from every building, every gate, every door; and Chinese words that don’t make sense when you read them in Chinese.

To highlight: seemingly rundown buildings. They look so out of place amongst brightly lit shophouses… but these were the sights I really loved to see, probably after studying Geography hehe ๐Ÿ™‚

My favourite Watsons water bottle that I insisted on bringing home. Should have brought home more! I really liked the bottle and the fact that there are different Christmas animals on the bottle covers ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I like the fact that it contains 700ml as well, hehe. I think 700-800ml water bottles have the optimal capacity for me, for an entire day’s usage.

Another picture I look nice in so there’s there: backdrop of rundown buildings again. They really need new coats of painting.

And hehe here’s walking down Temple Street lined with roadside stalls selling seafood and…. a sex shop! Obviously I didn’t go in, but it just seemed rather interesting that brightly lit advertisements were placed everywhere near the shop. It’ll be a long way before I can go in anyway, not that I have any intention to do so in the near future actually HAHA.

After walking around aimlessly for a pretty long time, taking selfies with the thousands of different shops that were beginning to look the same, we headed back to the hotel to pick our Mom up. Our relatives living in Hong Kong (Dad’s cousin) wanted to host us that night, so we went ahead! We enjoyed a lavish 10-course meal with two rounds of dessert and loads of expensive food. Crab, abalone, oysters, scallops, shark fins’ soup… omg. We felt so terribly bad, and they kept turning the table wheel (?) to us LOL. I was really really full by the end of the meal, yet we couldn’t finish the food on the table. Our relatives are too generous!

That night, I learnt that I attended the wedding of the relatives hosting us that night back in 2004 when my family went to Hong Kong. I also learnt that my father’s surname was originally supposed to be ๅ‘จ which meant that I was too, supposed to be a ๅ‘จ. And my relatives are from China by the way, which means that my China blood is really really close hehe. I’m quite China afterall! No wonder I yearn to visit China so much ๐Ÿ˜›

Buying wine for our relatives because we didn’t expect to visit them in Hong Kong. Here’s me being a model for some wine.

A selfie at their house, which was honestly really cramped. Let’s just say the size of the entire house was about the size of a JC tutorial room? Every inch of space was used extremely wisely, there wasn’t any more room to place anything else. (eg. piano/new table) However, I think my relatives are already considerably affluent among Hong Kongers, especially after reading about cage homes in Hong Kong today. Suddenly, I don’t think I ought to be complaining about the size of Singapore houses anymore, even after seeing bloody huge houses in New Zealand and erm everywhere else??? I guess it made me slightly more thankful.

We returned home pretty late that night because my mother had lots to catch up on, and rested really well for the next day. Because of minimal sleep the previous night and a flight characterised with lots of turbulence, I had a really really good sleep that night. Thankful for the fact that I give no two hoots about makeup, I think I get an additional 1.5hours of sleep compared to my mother and sister.

Day 2

We didn’t get to visit Mido’s Cafe the previous day, so we woke up early to visit the cafe! The ambience of the place was really cool… and old. Apparently, many dramas and movies were filmed here for the charm that the cafe brings, and I understand why. I can totally imagine a typical drama scene: an old uncle hidden behind his newspaper with a glass cup of milk tea on his table, subsequently lowering his newspaper to eye the triad members and confirm his suspicions. Can I be a scriptwriter now?

Face pale as heck because of the very fact that I don’t put makeup- as soon as I get changed I get out of the hotel. So that’s me in my bed face but without the bed hair ๐Ÿ˜‰ sorry to my fans, this is how I look like barefaced! Anyway the point isn’t my face, the layout of the cafe was really… rustic? The flooring of the cafe looks like that of any old and smelly toilet but it felt really amazing to eat in the cafe. It’s like time travelling into the 80s!

Here’s some me and some food hehehe

Here’s the food which was honestly ordinary: I wouldn’t go for a second visit. My taste buds are pretty much insensitive because I was not really brought up to be fussy, but I must say it was pretty obvious that their macaroni, milk tea and noodles paled in comparison to the rest of the food I had in Hong Kong. Won’t deny that the pineapple bun I camwhored with above (่ ่ๅŒ…) was nice though ๐Ÿ™‚

Mama and sister and me hehe ๐Ÿ™‚

After breakfast we sped off to Tung Chung which was bloody far from Yau Ma Tei, just to get to Lantau Island! The Citygate Outlet was also nearby, and mama sister decided that… WHY NOT DETOUR TO THE OUTLET MALL FIRST? It’s the branded heaven, where you get the cheapest branded goods. I cried pretty much holding their shopping until I decided to buy my very first branded item: a new Kate Spade wallet which didn’t hit 3 digits hehe! I’m not exactly someone who craves for branded goods, but I must say that holding a pretty Kate Spade wallet feels better than holding my old $4.90 purse from Bali. I honestly hope that I won’t turn into a materialistic gold-digger in the future, because afterall you tend to take after the habits and preferences of the people you grow up with. Shopping at such places with my mother and sister is quite a pain in the ass because they already have a crazy number of expensive bags (at least to me) and they can’t seem to ever get enough… I guess it’s the same reason as to why women have thousands of clothes. I hope I won’t spend a disproportionate amount of my income on such luxury goods next time.

Please welcome Maid Ng bored out of her wits.

AND THEN… THEY DECIDED TO VISIT SASA AGAIN. I have no idea how they always enter and exit Sasa with a NEW SASA PLASTIC BAG! Are there that many cosmetics to buy??? I am absolutely clueless. Is it because I’m still 18? Maybe I’d be like them when I’m 28, excitedly entering every Sasa store even though the products on display are all the same. Oh, of course I got so bored that I drew faces using black eyeliner. I even took a selfie with one of the thousands of Kim Soohyun all over Hong Kong, he’s literally everywhere! It’s as if he advertises every brand: Samsonite, Haagen Dazs, Sasa, The Face Shop… anymore?

Finally after 3 hours we left the damn mall!!! We took the cable car to Lantau Island. I am the true tourist: I am a sucker for scenic places, for dilapidated and run down places, for rural villages that are tucked nicely away in the countryside. I have no idea why because I’m sure I never enjoyed visiting villages as a young child, but now I wished I could stay in a fishing village or farm. Not that I despise city life, but it’d be nice to experience life as a rural dweller for an extended period of time. It’s something that many people will never get to experience again, especially with urban areas becoming increasingly common today.

Here’s some wind and a nice background while heading to board the cable car.

While waiting! The ticketing staff were really impatient, like most of the other service staff in Hong Kong anyway. We were ticked off several times by many rude service staff who probably aren’t expected to show any form of “service”. Singaporeans aren’t gracious? You have no idea man.

Honestly my legs went soft when I saw how high up we were above the water body. I was getting really scared on the cable car not because I was afraid I’d fall, but I was contemplating whether I should really go ahead for my bungee jump. It’ll be even higher, and much scarier, and and… goodness gracious. If I were afraid on a cable car which was so damn secure, how am I gonna do the bungee?! That aside, the scenery was really pretty, but it gets boring. It’s really pretty when you first get up, until 3 minutes into the ride when you realise that the view will remain the same throughout the cable car ride. It’s still a great sight to behold though ๐Ÿ™‚

Finally reached Lantau Island and the typical tourist struck: we bought a cup of Starbucks. ???????

This was how the place looked like. It was a really modern place though, which didn’t cater much to my liking hehe. I love my candid shots because my hair tend to look the nicest in candid shots ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Mom got tired after that so she decided to skip the climb to the Big Buddha. Apparently, I read that lifts/elevators were available, but most people undertake the long climb as a form of sincerity. I underwent the long climb indeed, and with no regret. It was really really pretty up there.

At the entrance to the Po Lin Monastery / the Big Buddha with my sister!

Bad picture because HTC’s camera ain’t at all amazing, but this was the climb that we undertook. I think it’s about 12 storeys high?

Here’s us on the climb up!

The stunning background behind us! Many people were intentionally photobombing our photos so it was really difficult to take a nice photo, but the last picture is really nice! I love the mountains and the sky HAHA I’m truly a sucker for such scenic views ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

With the Big Buddha. Thank god for the invention of the selfie stick, here’s to the end of “Excuse me, can you help me take a picture?” ๐Ÿ˜€

After taking another 1000 photos at the Big Buddha, the stubborn me insisted on going to Tai O Fishing Village to revisit my roots. Maybe I was born a fisherman’s daughter, because I really enjoyed the sea breeze, the smell of saltwater, cuttlefish, seeing storekeepers hollering their items for sale, wooden houses standing on stilts above the water level and scene of sampans. Although it’s been said that the fishing village has undergone a lot of change due to the influx of tourists, I still really like the place and how it stands out from the rest Hong Kong. Had a pretty sour experience trying to get there because of unhelpful service staff and rude bus drivers (which honestly wasn’t new to us by Day 2), but we made it there eventually.

We obviously look like tourists in a foreign country hehe. Check out the houses by the sea omg *-*

Just like how I didn’t enjoy all the shopping for cosmetics and luxury goods, sister and mother aren’t suckers for such places unlike me. This explains all the photos, with only me inside. LOL. Really liked the narrow streets and the squeezing for space by strange carts, street food and the lines of seafood restaurants. It truly made me feel like I’m in an overseas country, what more with the excellent aircon weather. Not too cold, not too hot. I believe I didn’t perspire at all the entire trip! ๐Ÿ˜€

The village was rather small and we sort of completed walking through the entire place in an hour? Went back to Ngong Ping subsequently.

Camwhoring with some of the movie sets and… donuts at Ngong Ping hehe. After that it was getting late and the last cable car ride was at 6pm, so we joined the long queue to go back to Tung Chung… and technically Hong Kong!

Went to Jordan for dinner if I recall correctly, at Mak’s Noodle. This was another one of the overrated eateries that we read about online. Maybe we had too high expectations, but honestly the bowl was really small and the food was ordinary. I guess, instead of relying on such reviews in the future, it’ll be better to just eat by roadside stalls. A more authentic experience, and it’s more likely that you’ll enjoy the food given that you pick the store by yourself (eg. whether they serve porridge or dim sum). After dinner, we went down the street for some Hui Liu Shan, which serves mango dessert. We ordered too much and our bill came up to about HKD180?! (SGD30 for 3 people) The service staff misunderstood us and two portions of a jumbo sized mango dessert. He obviously didn’t check carefully because he was yawning as he took our orders.. We couldn’t even complain or request for them to take it back, because we thought it came in such portions. This is what you get for not knowing the country’s language ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

The food which looks really photogenic.

And the dessert which was present in large excess. Couldn’t finish the food because we were too damn full from the large portions, couldn’t takeaway since we were halfway through the dessert, so we left feeling a little cheated. It was a rather upsetting way to end the night, but I guess it’s fine. We don’t go overseas all the time anyway ๐Ÿ™‚

Went to Argyle Street and Temple Street to buy some stuff for brother and father, before returning to the hotel which was only one MTR stop away. Thank god for the convenience of our hotel, or we’d probably have to spend great amounts of time travelling. The hotel is so convenient that you can just return there and take an afternoon nap if you’re too tired, which was what my mother did occasionally. Hehe.

Day 3

Macau day!!! Honestly, it was quite difficult to plan for Macau and we were afraid that we’d get lost navigating around in Macau, because our SIM cards bought in Hong Kong obviously no longer work in Macau. We got to the Hong Kong Ferry Terminal and bought tickets by TurboJet to Macau. It was quite scary because travel agencies were shouting out for you from many stores (like Chinatown but 100x noisier) and offering you different tickets. I read online that some customers were scammed by agencies who sold them tickets for a ferry that was going to depart in the next 5 minutes, and I was really afraid of that. Thank god our ferry was bound to leave in 30 minutes, it wouldn’t be nice to get scammed early in the morning man.

Queuing up for the ferry even though there are seat numbers because we are Singaporean.

We wanted to go to the Macau Tower, the Venetian, the Ruins of St Paul (Senodo Square), which were all too far to walk to and fro. We took the lazy way out eventually, and made a total of 3-4 taxi trips which were rather cheap compared to the cab fares in Hong Kong anyway.

First stop: the Macau Tower!!! The full package for the bungee was freaking expensive, like 3680 HKD which is around $630 SGD?! The package without the photos and video was about $100 cheaper, but what’s the point of doing a bungee if you don’t buy the pictures to record the moments? Photography wasn’t allowed so… aiyah! Just get the full package. It’ll be once in a lifetime anyway, because I don’t think I’ll ever do a bungee again. High costs incurred LOL. I can’t believe I actually did i5. My siblings went to Hong Kong back in 2010 when I was away at March Camp, and they did the Skywalk (walk around the tower LOL) while watching people do the bungee. I was telling them then that I wanted to do the bungee, and they told me that I’d definitely not choose to do it when I am on ground and see how high the tower actually is. I’ve officially defied their words and accomplished something on my bucket list, and I’m so so so proud of myself. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Someone helping me to fasten my harness. Originally, there isn’t anything wrong about this picture, but my sister just had to remind me that it looks wrong, and it really looks wrong. HAHAHA what the heck.

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Preparing for the jump hehe, both from the platform and from my sister’s view of me LOL. All the security checks, fastening of harnesses and everything. It was cold and windy and scary, couldn’t stop laughing. I laugh when I’m nervous which is really strange but I guess good at times? Obviously a very nice picture of me ๐Ÿ™‚

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Standing on the edge of the bungee which was the scariest shit ever because of everything you see below and the fact that YOU’D HAVE TO LEAVE THAT PLATFORM SOON. My legs were trembling like crazy and I was so afraid I’d fall from the trembling… thank god the countdown to the fall was rather immediate and not long after I found myself falling at terminal velocity, screaming like mad with all the air entering my lungs like crazy. The first 5 seconds were amazing, it’s as if I paid SGD 100 for every second of thrill. The fall felt really long though, and honestly it wasn’t really scary anymore after the 5th second. You’re too well secured for it to be scary.

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Falling progressively before I found myself at the bottom of the 233m tower after all the rebounces. I was quite upset because I didn’t know I had to pull the string TAUT for me to sit upright, and all the way down I found myself upside down. I couldn’t even enjoy the surrounding sights and the skyline of Macau, because it was a fall all the way, and I only saw the tower and the ground. They should have let me read the instruction sheet ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

That was all at the Macau Tower. I was glad to be the first one to jump at the 1pm timeslot, because other jumpers were much slower than me (much hesitation at the platform LOL). Actually, come to think of it, I should have taken a longer time at the edge. Maybe I might have had more photos of myself, and a longer video at that. JUST KIDDING HAHA ๐Ÿ˜€ Took a cab down to Senodo Square subsequently, where we were dying of hunger because of our unsatisfying hotel breakfast that morning.

Our cab dropped us somewhere from Senodo Square because of traffic concerns because Macau was really really crowded, and here’s a blur wefie on the way because people were walking through the streets at freaking top speeds. It was like a carbon copy of Hong Kong, where people push and shove to get to their destinations as soon as possible. They must have been really irritated at stupid tourists like us ๐Ÿ˜€

The heart of Senodo Square. The place was really crowded and Chrismassy and I liked it! Some people detest crowds, and I think I’m not one of them. In fact, the very reason why I enjoy countdowns to New Year and concerts is because of the crowd. It feels really good to be there, enjoying the decorations together with crowds of people.

Walked around for a little bit, ate street food like their famed portugese egg tarts where Yoon Ji-Hyo (HAHAHA) went with Geum Jandi (and why the hell do I still remember their names?!). The shop is STILL playing the same clip from Boys Over Flowers when they filmed at Macau HAHA. We chanced upon a Korean celebrity from a reality show, although I obviously didn’t recognise him. My sister did.

One egg tart of course.

And our lunch! We ate at a random eatery along the streets and it wasn’t disappointing at all, it looks boring and plain Jane but the curry / ramen soup was really good. Or maybe we were just hungry, afterall I did such a tiring jump… maybe? ๐Ÿ˜€

We were near the St Paul Ruins by the time we finished walking through most of the streets, and we visited the Ruins of St Pauls! Apparently the rest of the building got burnt in a fire many many years ago and what’s left standing is this wall, that has become a very famous tourist attraction today. 4 years ago I visited the place at night and the photos turned out really bad because night mode wasn’t that advanced back then. It’s much clearer and better in the afternoon, although with a much larger number of people. Many intentional and unintentional photobombs once again ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

From bottom up you can already see the sheer number of people there: tour groups and tour guides shouting through megaphones, as well as random people sitting along the railings.

With Mama hehehe who is shorter than me, so I’m obviously the tallest woman in the family. Won’t thank Mama for my short genes, but I’m thankful for everything else ๐Ÿ™‚

Some candid/non-candid me and the background overlooking Macau. I think it’s no longer new that I love looking at buildings. They bring unfamiliarity because many countries have high buildings, but they are all differently taken care of (paint peeling, or fresh coat of paint?) and of different architecture.

After climbing down the Ruins. We were tired man, HAHAHA, don’t know tired from what. Walking too much? HAHA.

After we left the Ruins, we went to buy biscuits and several cakes for souvenirs. We were led down a more quiet street to buy boxes of egg rolls, and we chanced upon this great place for phototaking. So here’s more me and an empty selfie stick. I honestly think I look better in photos than in real HAHAHA.

Day turned into night quickly, I think the sky turns dark at around 6pm everyday when we were there. We wanted to go to the Venetian, so we headed to the cab stand and walked out of Senodo Square, camwhoring along the way.

The crowd was no joke man, much more crowded than The Venetian. Not sure why there’s even so many people on a weekday.

and here’s me and some… Korean men! I didn’t know they were from EXO, until my sister told me. I decided I had to hold their hands and send the photo to Edina HAHAHA. Where are the days when I used to spazz about SHINee to no end? LOL.

Taxis were difficult to hail because they couldn’t stop anywhere, but we got one after walking for a long, long time. It was a short ride to The Venetian!

Eating yogurt upon arriving, I don’t think we were really hungry but you’d feel like eating anyway. We ate a lot of street food that day: their famous pork bun (which honestly in my opinion wasn’t all that great), drank really good passionfruit juice and had a lot of biscuits that were for sampling along the streets hehe. Not a bad thing to go to tourist attractions afterall!

Mother and sister went into the casino to take a look while I sat on the floor openly and read my e-book that I downloaded many months ago. Thank god for entertainment.

Taking pictures with a Christmas set-up at The Venetian because we had nothing to buy. Walked in and out several shops because the layout of the shops was too similar to that in Marina Bay Sands, and is probably pricier or of equivalent prices. We didn’t spend too much time because it was rather late anyway, and we went back by shuttle bus to the ferry terminal.

…..but guess what, after taking the 15 minute shuttle (if you think about it, it’s quite long) to the Macau Ferry Terminal, we realised that we were at the wrong ferry terminal. A round of applause please!!!!! So we had to take the shuttle bus back to the nearest hotel, and take another shuttle bus to the correct ferry terminal (Taipa Ferry Terminal). We wasted a total of 1 hours travelling to and fro, and let’s thank god we left early, or else we may have been stranded in Macau. Mistakes we make while travelling free and easy which we’ll never make if we were travelling in a tour group. Thankful for the experience ๐Ÿ™‚

It was 11pm by the time we arrived in Hong Kong and cleared the immigration counters and all, so we didn’t have time to grab dinner (which stores would be open man). Ended up buying cup noodles by the supermarket down the road but it felt really good anyway. It was such an eventful day and it felt really good to be sitting on the bed cleanly bathed, holding a cup of hot noodles, and drinking hot soup in really cold air-conditioning.

My hair in sexy curls because I am always lazy to comb.

Slept happily with a round big tummy, and I am obviously not embarrassed. Hehe. In fact, it felt better than any day to have a round, big tummy. Life was always meant to be enjoyed.

Day 4

We had Tim Ho Wan for breakfast that morning! Okay well, obviously we know that Tim Ho Wan is also available in Singapore, but it just feels good having it in Hong Kong. Furthermore, the prices of the dim sum were about 1/2 of that in Singapore? However, we queued for about 40 minutes despite going to the supposed least crowded outlet.

While waiting. You get a queue number and the order sheet. Upon sitting down, they’d take your order sheet right away and your food arrives really quickly. That’s why despite the really small space in the eatery, food is served really quick and turnover is very fast.

The 3 pigs and 3 barbecued pork buns. It’s really good man, whether you’re in Singapore or Hong Kong. HAHAHA.

After breakfast we headed to Repulse Bay. I didn’t really like it although I am a sucker for scenic locations, because that was obviously a tourist haven. You see only 1% locals (the people who live there in the luxurious condominiums and freaking huge bungalows), and the rest are made of locals. I felt a little upset when I saw sports cars driving down the road, and the bungalows along the entire Repulse Bay stretch. There are people living in cage homes tucked away in Yau Ma Tei, and on the other hand there are people living so luxuriously. Not being xenophobic, but there were many foreigners that drove many of the sports cars. Income inequality was really, really glaring, and you won’t truly see it until you take the bus through the roads up the hills yourself. I know that Singapore is no different myself, and I believe that’s the price to pay for developing too quickly. (just Googled, the Gini coefficient of Hong Kong is 0.55, honestly not very far from Singapore’s of 0.47 I think?)

Had to put on my spectacles in case I didn’t know where to get off, and yes, we missed our bus stop by 2 stops. In the end, we had to take a taxi down back to Repulse Bay Beach. It was a 40 minute ride there just to see the beach infested with tourists!!! I wonder why we went there knowing that.

A view of the… expensive houses, and many tourists who alighted off tour buses.

We witnessed a wedding! I couldn’t understand most of the speech because it was in Cantonese, but 3 letters struck me: “TVB ็š„ๅŒไบ‹”. Maybe there were some actors there! But I was too blind to see anything anyway HAHAHA.

Camwhoring with strange hairstyles at Repulse Bay Beach because I was pretty bored. At least we created some entertainment for ourselves LOL.

Took another 45 minute bus ride back to Admiralty MTR which had a lot of protesters, tents and notices from the Umbrella Revolution. It was really interesting to walk through them all and read their revolution slogans. Due to late sleeping hours the previous night and early waking hours, my mother was really really tired so she headed back to the hotel to sleep. Sister and I decided to go cafe hopping then. I don’t even cafehop in Singapore, so doing it in Hong Kong was the first time. I hopped…. two cafes. HAHAHA. Still considered hopping!

We first went to teakha (่Œถๅฎถ) which well, serves tea. No coffee at all.

At the entrance! It was tucked in a corner after much climbing (near the Man Mo Temple at Sheung Wan) and the ambience was really nice, especially outside. If not for the fact that it started drizzling, we would have stayed outdoors.

The exterior of the cafe! Looks like the locals enjoy chilling by a cup of tea, reading a book and just doing nothing too. ๐Ÿ™‚

We were sitting on a log! Damn cool right *-* As I mentioned, it started drizzling, so we brought our green tea cheesecake indoors hehe.

Guess it’s quite nice indoors too, where they deliberately placed fashion magazines and fake flowers to make the interior of the cafe prettier.

Stayed in teakha for quite a bit after finishing our green tea cheesecake, before we decided to walk down the street to another cafe to get some coffee.

Some cool van outside a bar/restaurant? HAHAHA.

Afterwards we headed to Homei. Unfortunately for this cafe, if there were 2 patrons (me and my sister), you had to buy 2 cups of coffee. I was quite irritated but we got 2 cups of coffee anyway, what an ultimate waste of money ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

The interior of the cafe and some me, poor angle because I was charging my phone HAHAHA oops. It was a nice ambience lah, just not worth SGD14 for staying for about 30 minutes ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

It was still drizzling when we were heading back to pick up Mama so we kinda ran through the drizzle… but it didn’t rain anyway. Brought my mother for dinner at Cafe De Coral, which was a fast food eatery in Hong Kong. Man, you really had to fight for seats in Hong Kong. No one would be nice enough to give up their seats even after finishing their meals or anything, and any empty seat is automatically assumed as “vacant”. There’s also no “queue system”, if you fail to see the seat vacated, it’s your problem even if you came earlier. Had so much difficulty looking for seats.

Went to Argyle Street for more shopping again, and also went to Mongkok to watch the protests and policemen in action.

Sorry but LOL. I’ve never seen such a large group of police at work before. There were so many young men (and some young women) on duty at almost every corner of the street. In those days of the protests, it seems as if being a police is the most common career in Hong Kong. Morning, afternoon, night, police lined the streets on standby. I really respect them, and I hope the end of the protests would finally give them breathing space and time to rest.

and the only inch I’ve caught of my husband the entire trip… RAYMOND LAM ON AN ADVERTISEMENT!!! My love for him really doesn’t stop here man, lately I’ve been rewatching Mysteries of Love and I realised that he was supposedly an “assistant professor at Cambridge University”. HOW COINCIDENTAL CAN THAT BE? Just 3 months ago, I was working hard to be his junior hehehe. Unfortunately I’ll probably get rejected so ah well, I’m already ready for the letter of rejection hahaha ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Couldn’t catch most of the protests that day (where the students were marching in yellow umbrellas) and I got really sad because that was our last night there. Went back to our hotel subsequently while I researched on what I was going to do tomorrow because my dear mother and sister was going to the Citygate Outlet Mall AGAIN AGAIN AGAIN O M G. After much deliberation, I decided to just tag along, and watch a movie while they shop hehe. It’ll be nice to watch a movie in a foreign country anyway ๐Ÿ™‚

Day 5

Finally, we ate Australian Dairy Company that morning!!! It was famed and raved about in blogs, that even locals willingly queue up to 45 minutes to eat their scrambled eggs. We just had to try it man ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s the food! To be honest, the service was really sucky but we were all prepared for it. Food bloggers commonly mentioned that taking more than 10 seconds for your order would tick the staff off, and they were so annoyed at us when we couldn’t decide between ็…Ž่›‹ and ็‚’่›‹, and ๅ†ท or ็ƒญ for our egg and milk custard. But whatever man, HAHAHA.

My bed face and my food because as usual, breakfast seems to be right after I wake up.

In all honesty, the food was really quite good. The scrambled eggs were really good. Some may wonder what can be so good about a plate of scrambled eggs, but it goes really well with the toast. It’s the type of taste where you’d be willing to return for a second visit despite the 45 minute queue again. It wasn’t a pleasant experience with the sucky service (as usual), but I can’t deny that I enjoyed the food ๐Ÿ™‚

After food, we headed to Tung Chung once again (a very long MTR ride man), and then I decided to split up with my mother/sister and catch a movie! Once again, thank god we got SIM cards.

At the cinema which was so very crowded, as you can see. I wanted to watch Mockingjay, but the only available timeslot was at 1.20pm and it was only 12pm. I was quite afraid that I wouldn’t make it back before the meeting time with my mother and sister (at 3pm). Quite coincidentally that day, KK sent me a Facebook message about how I have been and how I was enjoying Hong Kong, before letting me know that he was taking part in a parade that very day. I got so excited upon hearing that!!! He asked whether I could go down to Ocean Park to watch the parade, and OF COURSE I WANTED TO!!! I got so excited because watching a parade in Hong Kong is too damn bloody cool, and furthermore the venue was at Police Training School!!! Where Ron Ng trained to become a police hehehe!

I met up with KK at Causeway Bay and we took a bus to the parade ground!!! Coincidentally we passed by Ocean Park so I took a photo, pretending to be a tourist who has obviously gone there HAHAHA. Can’t believe I’ve been to Hong Kong thrice but have never been to Ocean Park.

This photo was really well taken!!! Thanks KK hehe the background is so pretty!

Sneaking in behind the cadets, and KK was like “ไธ่ฆ่ฏดๆ™ฎ้€š่ฏ!!!” LOL.

The event I was attending, their annual parade! There were many parents present hahaha, so I guess I smuggled in successfully? ๐Ÿ˜› I was pretty awkward while KK went to change because I couldn’t even eavesdrop on people, I didn’t understand Cantonese at all LOL. So I just secretly took photos while the cadets were on standby, and used my phone throughout. Thank god for entertainment and mobile data!

Their parade ground is so pretty as opposed to any of ours HAHA. It overlooked mountains and the large large sky, and the parade ground was really damn huge. But I guess this police camp doesn’t belong to HKSCC, technically it belongs to their police force. It’s a really pretty place to train in though, I wouldn’t mind doing 2.4km around this place I think ๐Ÿ˜€

Their military band and Guard-of-Honour. It was cool man! It’s like watching a COC parade in a different country, with the same marching beats and almost similar music for the marching. I am really very privileged hehe.

Took photos with the ISCEP Hong Kong exchange friends from last year, before it was running late and I had to run back to Yau Ma Tei to meet my mother and sister. Couldn’t risk missing my flight man, LOL. I was a burden to KK the whole day because he had to bring me to the parade ground and back, but I am really really really grateful. I think watching a parade overseas is truly a rare opportunity, and a really authentic one. Not every local even gets to have these opportunities, and I think I was a very lucky girl that day. How do you find such coincidences: KK talking to me the very day I was BORED, KK having a parade that very day, KK having a break at that very hour. Thankful! ๐Ÿ™‚

Afterwards, we quickly grabbed our luggages and cabbed to the airport for dinner. This sort of ended our stay in Hong Kong I guess?

Turning into a nerd right after reaching the airport because I couldn’t be bothered anymore HAHAHA I had enough of being a blind mice for nearly 5 whole days. That concluded the trip!

I’ve learnt a lot by being on our own this entire trip. We relied primarily on our own research, our own experiences and the mistakes we made from day to day. We left a bottle of water that was paid for at the counter, we over-ordered and we pissed service staff off. Hence we started using photos to give our orders instead to prevent misunderstandings, and avoided ordering too slowly. We embroiled ourselves in the sardine competition during peak hours, and we successfully learnt the skill of squeezing onboard as quickly as possible. We saw how stark income disparities can be, we saw how much a country can be facing aging population, and we saw how students unified for the protests: but only at night. They are aware that they are not fighting against their own country, but fighting against the Chinese. All operations were conducted with much thought, they were all started at night only after the final shop along the street shut its doors. I believe this was to prevent any loss of business, and hence damage to the economy. This is why the authorities couldn’t find fault with the students, because it wasn’t a hoard of unreasonable protesters. They knew what they were doing.

There are many experiences that you will never receive following a tour group on a tour bus, being brought to places that have absolutely no appeal. This was truly experiential learning for me, and I’m glad I went on this trip with my mother and sister. Although we obviously do not share the same shopping habits, we have the same values when it comes to spending and eating in an overseas country, and I have definitely enjoyed myself throughout the 5 days. It marked the start of post-As, and it’s been a great journey thus far.

It’s been a beautiful end to November, and honestly I don’t think I’d return to Hong Kong anytime soon. Perhaps 5 years later, or 10 years later, I’d re-read this post for old places to revisit. I want to visit the Kowloon Walled City Park the next time I’m there (TARCE contestants went there!!!), as well as the Avenue of Stars at night. And I know I’ll definitely get a chance ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you Hong Kong. 2004, 2010, 2014, and I do wonder when I’ll see you again.

Back from HK and BKK

This marks the end of the two overseas trips I have been so eagerly planning and booking over the past few months. Plans were made as early as August, flight tickets were booked even before promotions came about, anticipation had been built up for a long, long time.

I think the dictionary should have come up with another synonym for “thankful” and “grateful” because I am running out of words to use. I have truly been so blessed on all my travel journeys. Hong Kong just two weeks ago gave me the opportunity to bungee jump, something I have always set as a “life goal”. It allowed me to revisit the place I once enjoyed so much in 2010, to visit my relatives whose wedding I attended back in 2004 (and they already have a 7 year old daughter!). I even managed to attend a parade and sneak into the Police Training School to meet old acquaintances and forge new ones. Along with feeling lost and hopeless in a new city, I learnt a lot about travelling by yourself, to navigate around MTRs, to remember to alight from the bus, and to learn “excuse me” and “sorry” in the country’s language. Truth be told, those words weren’t really helpful because people push and shove in HK. That was something really ugly that was highlighted as we travelled around ourselves. They said travelling is a more valuable experience than going to school, and truly I’ve learnt a lot.

Bangkok was a stark contrast to the clean and orderly streets in Hong Kong (with many walking sticks and splitter islands). On the way to the hotel I witnessed the manifestation of slums right beside expressways, streets were congested and smelly, and the air was really really bad. I saw hanging telephone lines that aren’t even present in Singapore anymore. Taxi and tuk tuk drivers go all out to scam your money and even so, the journeys are still extremely affordable. Eg. 200 baht was a huge scam for a pretty long journey, but that was only a total $8 for 6 people. Beggars sprawl along the streets with their coin boxes and tin boxes, disabled people limp to your table to beg for money. Although these sights aren’t new, they were extremely common and it felt morally wrong to be endlessly shopping, holding our large hauls and food, camwhoring with large smartphone, while they were begging for that little bit of coins from us just to feed themselves for another night.

I’ve learnt a lot about myself and where I’d always choose to stay for a lifetime, I’ve learnt a lot about the differing struggles that women face in different countries, and it has made me really thankful as a whole. As a concluding statement, I can’t wait to travel again. ๐Ÿ™‚

Let’s hope I won’t be that lazy, and that I’ll blog about these trips eventually. ๐Ÿ™‚


Screenshots with my sister from Hong Kong and Bangkok respectively. Not sure when my sister became such a troll… maybe this is where I learnt my troll skills.

It’s been a long time without an update, but I’m doing fine!!! Mighty fine ๐Ÿ™‚ thankful for everyone and everything today. Life is really good to me.

Good night, from Bangkok. ๐Ÿ™‚