April 30, 2014

Visuals: Kith Cafe // 49 Seats

another backdated entry with two dinner venues:

1) kith cafe (park mall) 
this is one of my favorite joint for brunch and dinner, been here quite a few times, and this place never fails me. we (@wenshi and myself) went a little overboard, two pizzas for two petite girls:
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eight slices each. we were completely bloated after dinner, but how could we say no? of course, we have monster appetite, not too sure if it's a good or bad thing for two petite girls. also explains why i cant lose any fats. just have to treat my tummy well.. (haha what excuses) it was really good by the way. go for it!!
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- bacon & egg 
tomato, mozzarella, bacon, whole egg, baby spinach, mild cheddar
- smoked seldom pizza 
tomato, mozzarella, smoked salon, avocado, mayo, basil pesto 
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read my first post here.

Kith Cafe 
9 Penang Road
#01-01E
Park Mall

2) 49 seats
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farewell dinner w @lishwen (okay i realise, this was 15weeks ago according to my ig account LOL) before she leaves for birmingham. we settled with the famous tomyum seafood pasta as well as the smoked duck aglio olio. i was contemplating between the cream based or the aglio olio smoked duck pasta, but decided to go without the cream. it's not on the menu though, so you got to ask for it! (i saw it on facebook and it looks really good dont you think? so i decided to go for it) not too bad a choice! i enjoyed this one.

this is probably the only few cafes that sell cheap beer! the drinks were only $6.90 per bottle, whutttt? they had some promotion going on, not too sure if they still have it now, but of course, this was definitely a huge draw for working adults like myself who just want to unwind after work, yet dont want to spend so much on drinks.
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49 seats
49 Kreta Ayer Road
Singapore 089007

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this lady's coming back next month! cant wait to see her and go for more #eatfatfat trips.

April 29, 2014

All I Do Is Win


just too many reasons to love emma stone!


and now watch JGL's again. this is just pure gold.

Stateland Cafe

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hung out w cx some weekends ago, ever since we started working fulltime, these days are really hard to come by. decided to pop by stateland since it's relatively new, and we love checking out new stuff. well this place was full-house when we arrived though. eggs ben are my staple, kinda. i never fail to order it when i see it on the menu. of course, i'll go for something different if i head down for a second visit. the stewed mushrooms served together on the egg ben were absolutely delish! so so good, i dont mind just a plate of that on my own. the toast was slightly crispy too, defo to my liking! cx went for the same thing, but w scrambled eggs atop. for desserts, we had the stateland honey toast - served w vanilla icecream and fresh berries, which is their signature item. this was not bad at all, though again, we waited pretty long for it. then again, good things are worth the wait!

Stateland Cafe
30 Bali Lane
Singapore 189866

April 22, 2014

The bane of exams

work is insane lately. i hardly even have time to go on facebook or study while at work (haha well.... i used to be able to) and how lucky i am, this is my exam week!!?!?! gosh. yep you're right again, im pretty much screwed for this exam. sigh after fifteen years, im still in this cycle. another year and a half till i get out of it.


YES PLEASE but sadly, this doesnt apply to me for this mod because everything is tested. still, whatever i studied, please. SHOW UP. the rest, you can appear again next year. dont bother me now.
still going to put my notes next to my bed the day before exam, i believe in diffusion theory. still going to put on my lucky hoodie and use my lucky ballpoint pen (i hate ballpoint pens but i just have to use them for exam because it's my goodluck pen)

shall try to put together a post on my recent trip to amsterdam-paris-london, and not so recent trip to krabi! i know, krabi was back in july last year.. also, time to restring my guitar (i've been procrastinating for such a long time) im intending to start a little project but nothing is set in stone yet. oh and of course, i need to tidy up my room - too messy as if typhoon just swapt past some time ago. dont get me wrong, normally im a very tidy person. but during exam period, i dont know what happened.


PRIORITIES. food?

incoherent post.
it's okay. that's just me.


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April 19, 2014

Mantra.

“Good things come to those who wait… greater things come to those who get off their ass and do anything to make it happen.”

April 15, 2014

Midday thoughts,

i have a lot of respect for anyone who is able and willing to pay for their child's higher education. there are many parents who are unable to support their children during their higher education. for myself, i have to work full time and i can barely support myself.. there's just so many things to pay for - entertainment, day to day things, and school. school fees' definitely the biggest burden ever. but i know, i do need that fucking piece of paper, it is going to be worth it. i hope these people realise how lucky they are to have their parents pay for their higher education. dont assume that all parents pay for their kids' education. you dont see it, but it is a fucking big deal. it's a lot of money. i swear i'll work so damn hard so that my kids dont have to worry and suffer in future, not gonna rob my kids off from any opportunities.

April 08, 2014

Visuals: Gaest

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gæst is a relatively new cafe (directly opposite amoy street food centre), that serves up authentic scandinavian fare - think nordic sandwiches and salad. not gonna lie, i first came across gaest through instagram! im pretty addicted to scrolling through my feed lol (& i follow many foodies) i was so attracted to the lovely colors of their crackling pork sandwich, which was lovely presented too by the way, and told myself i've got to visit this place one day especially since it's just minutes away from where i work.

i was informed that it gets a little packed during lunch, so i popped by slightly before 12noon. we managed to get a seat outdoor. the menu was simple, yet on point. they've got four sandwiches that you can choose from - potato, salmon, chicken and the crackling pork. the crackling pork sandwich was what that caught by eyes first, but i just had to go with the smoked salmon sandwich.. it's my staple food.

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homemade sourdough bread w horseradish cream, topped w honey and pickled beetroot, rockets and smoked salmon (as you could tell, such generous portion!) - uber delish. i had a cuppa short white to go along with. my lunch partner that day, A, went with the salad of the day. no fix menu for salad, but well i guess we all like surprises, don't we? i love the dressing, it was delicious. what is also commendable's that the sourdough bread is baked fresh every morning, in house.

we enjoyed our meal very much, such perfect lunch spot for the working people like myself. plus points for another healthy option along cbd! well and i'd definitely try their crackling pork sandwich next time (think crackling pork, orange marinated red cabbage, red apples, mayonnaise and mustard dressing), no excuses. i will be back!

gæst
21 mccallum st #01-01
the clift
singapore 069047
facebook page 


+ two more,
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banana split // basically w pb (oh never dont ever doubt my love for adam's pb) and granola. trying out a new brand, and i got this one from marks and spencer's. had this for breakfast the other day. been drinking lemon infused water pretty much on a daily basis ever since i came back from +44 (i gained like what, three kgs? hahahaa)

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when all else fails, eat ramen. go ramen slurping.
ramen never disappoints.

Hold it down,

celebrated and attended cx and wenshit's convocation last week, big day! so proud of these two:
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we might be employed, but life always has a way to take us into new directions and infinite possibilities. embrace what dreams are important to you, and own them. here's to many exciting new futures and all the happiness that comes with it. congratulations again my two absolute favorite girlies x

#throwback to bbq at marcus's! three weeks ago i think. he made some dope asparagus wrapped w spicy bacon! and these guys are so technology savvy (not even kidding at all) we took selfies using marcus's TV! how cool's that.
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my uni life for you so far. so what if im studying part time? i meet awesome people too :')

April 07, 2014

LOLA: Tips on surviving long distance relationships

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This is a guest post for Love Out Loud Asia (LOLA). You can view it by clicking here.


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Long distance relationships have always been tainted by negative beliefs, holding the stigma that they fail more often than they succeed. There are too many challenges to keeping the relationship alive due to travel reasons alone. I’ve never believed in one, and I’ve never thought that i’ll jumped into one until last summer, when my boyfriend of three years had to leave for university, halfway across the world.

Honestly, at first glance, I was absolutely pessimistic about the whole outlook. I began searching online for relatable quotes, and read successful stories of long distance couples. I even wanted to ruin my boyfriend’s opportunity - then i realise it was just really selfish. It’s so hard to imagine there are any perks to being in a long distance relationship if you’re not in one. Then, I thought to myself at one point, “Why not just take this as a challenge? Take it as an opportunity to grow individually and my boyfriend?”

Well, challenge accepted.

More and more people are finding themselves in a long distance relationship, whether by choice or not. It is definitely not easy to sustain, but it has been proven that having a successful long distance relationship is possible. I am still trying, and hopefully at the end of his university education, i can proudly declare that we conquered the distance!

Here are some tips on how to maintain a long distance relationship that I can offer, based on personal experience. Again, I am not an expert nor a relationship consultant. However, these tips might be relevant or at least, they can help deal with some problems of being physically far apart.

1) Communication is the key
One of the most important things you can do to stay emotionally close is to communicate on a daily basis. The internet age has made communication so feasible - gone were the days where you have to pay a huge sum of bills just for talking on the phone. Use internet phone/video services such as skype to keep costs manageable, you’ll be able to talk to and see your partner face-to-face too.

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With the upsurge of applications such as whatsapp and viber, you can leave messages and reach out to your partner at any time. You dont have to send heartfelt or long text messages (although, it is always heartwarming to receive a loving text message), sharing something interesting that happened to you that day or something that you just need to vent out, will keep you and your partner close even though you’re technically far away from each other.

2) Be honest with yourself and with your partner
Trust is essential in any healthy relationship, regardless of the distance. I think the common worry for all couples is that your partner won’t stay faithful since you’re not together everyday, let alone in a different country. However, if you are going to be controlling, constantly suspicious or let jealousy rule over your judgment, then you are most definitely going to drive your partner away emotionally.

Your partner is bound to spend a lot of time with other people. It may sound like a torture if you are the jealous type - “I can trust my boyfriend or girlfriend, but that doesn’t mean I can trust the people he or she is meeting!” Instead of dwelling on the fact, why not get to know the people your partner is meeting and help put you at ease? Trust, and stay trustworthy.

3) Set appointments

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My boyfriend and I are eight hours apart, in terms to time difference. We still continue to set “lunch/dinner dates” via skype, like how we normally would when we are not physically challenged. We even prepared the same food and compared the end results! It was so much fun. I think it is important to actually see each other, especially when we are all visual creatures. Also, setting appointments gives you and your partner something to look forward to.

4) Focus on Common Interests
The keynote to this point is to keep doing the things that you like to do when you’re together, even when you are apart. This can be anything. Plan or reading a book at the same time, or share your thoughts on a TV drama? Anything.

My boyfriend and I share videos and articles, which we find interesting, to each other regularly - such as movie trailers, since we both enjoy watching movies. Besides giving us something to discuss, we feel connected despite the distance.

5) Plan on visiting

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“The physical aspect matters more than you think.”

Physical affection helps keep a relationship strong. Regular visiting each other is the best way to forget about the distance. This might be easier said than done, given the high cost of visiting. However, going months without seeing each other, being absent from your partner’s special events and day to day life, makes one go desperate especially when you miss the other half so much.

“When you don’t get to see each other in person that frequently, the times that you’re actually with each other will be even more exciting.”

If circumstances allows, make sure that each person takes a turn visiting the other’s city. This way, no one will feel as though they are doing all the traveling, and thus making all the effort in the relationship as quoted by Debra Berndt, the author of the book, "Let Love In."

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My boyfriend came back for christmas just three months after his departure. Three months later, I managed to save enough money, and went over to visit him. We made the most of it and even took on a trip to Paris together. It was lovely. I cherish the time spent together more than usual, especially when we only get to be together every once in a while.

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Just because both of you far apart, doesn’t mean that all facets of your relationship have to take a hit.

6) Focus on the Positive
Face it. Long distance Relationships are not easy. There will definitely be bumps in the road. Instead of dwelling on the negative aspects, focus on the good aspects of your relationship, such as having plenty of time for yourself and your friends and the anticipation of being together again as your next visit approaches. Dwell on the good things, you will end up appreciating the one you’re in more.

Like all relationships, there are countless factors that contribute to the success of a long distance relationship. Long distance relationships are not easy, and it requires both partners to be equally committed to the relationship. However, for the right person, I believe that the pain of separation is nothing compared to the joy of reunion.

Love conquers all.

x

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April 01, 2014

Capt!

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stupid gek face + chickenwing pose. so i wore a marvel shirt (from primark) to catch my captain the other day! ♡ i cant stop giggling whenever i see a photo of him surfacing on my feed, or whatever. his voice. gosh. im so sick sometimes. well and i came across a few articles, apparently chris evans will be retiring after his marvel contract expires. (please dont) but ohmygod? he finally decided it's time to settle down w me already, meow. hahha im starting to wonder if they are going to get bucky to takeover captain's role! (he signed nine contract) and it's s'posed to be like that in the comic book am i right?? or not.

still my favorite scene from three years ago, 


okay let's get back to work.