Monday, January 28, 2008

Cleaning up my mess

This year, I decided to be a little more ambitious in the spring cleaning of my room.

I decided to clean up the insides.

Every other years, I would merely pack up whatever space that is visible to the guests and shove all the knick knacks which usually occupied those spaces into drawers and cabinets and anywhere else with space. I would then give myself a pat on my back for being so neat.

However for this year, judging by the amount of junk I have on my table, I knew that there was no way my drawers were gonna accommodate them.

I took the whole night to pack but I've only cleared 3 drawers, 1 stationery tray and 1 shelf! Like really empty the contents, go through, dump into rubbish bags and recycling bags, wipe the interiors kinda stuff.

I still have 2 drawers, 2 cabinets, 5 shelves and the space under the tv to clear. Not to mention all my craftwork from previous co, scrap papers and materials, unsold leftovers from the flea market, gifts and presents from Teachers' Day and Christmas, luggage and boxes piled in the corner of the dining room. I really wonder where to store all these.

My room still looks as untidy as before if not more untidy but at least I know 3 of my drawers, 1 stationery tray and 1 shelf are neat.

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17 Jan 08, 00:46
viv: yo...fun reading your latest blog entry...lucky my mum never ask why i sitting in front of the comp den now and then chuckle..and THANKS for snapping Guang Liang's poster.....haaaaa...:)
Hahaha… I can imagine your Dexter’s-sis-deedee-laughter lor. Which latest entry? That nearly get “bang” by bike one is not supposed to be funny hor.

17 Jan 08, 02:09
WONderBRAhaha: Jolene Jolene I really cant make out if you are really serious and scared bt de bike incident or being funny cos I still tink it's funny leh.
Hey, you have sucha punny-funny nick. *clap clap* I was being serious and I was really scared for a moment at that time. It wasn’t supposed to be funny. However I must say that after re-reading that entry again, I do see why.

19 Jan 08, 13:24
canny: hey gal, lucky u are alrite from that bicycle incident, i would have throw dagger stares at him too if i were u. So er xin... Anyway, do take care & may you have fun going shoppin for CNY clothings &goodies!! =) Dont overwork yah...
Hi babe, it seems like you’re the only one who didn’t say the bike-cycle incident was funny. Thanx for your concern. I managed to do my cny shopping liao! I cancelled on facial and tuition to do so. Hahaha… But I happy can liao. Bought sooooo many clothes. Doublee yay-ness.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Beauty World Cha Cha Cha

We cha cha-ed our way to the Esplanade last Thursday to catch Beauty World.



It’s so Singaporean lor! Me like!

"Set in Singapore in the mid-Sixties, Beauty World is a musical melodrama about the adventures of Ivy Chan Poh Choo, a small town girl in the big city.

A mysterious jade pendant brings her from her hometown in Batu Pahat to Beauty World, a fabulous if somewhat seamy 1960s Singapore nightclub, where she hopes to locate her long lost-father.

In her adventures, she meets up with her dotty pen-pal, gets a extreme make-over for her stage debut, crosses the path of the cabaret’s vindictive star, and learns some heartbreaking truths about love and life.

Set to an original score, the comedy is an affectionate tribute to the black and white Chinese soap operas at the cinema and on TV."


The plot is far fetched but who cares about plot when the songs and performance are all that matter in a musical?

Elena Wong who plays the lead role of Ivy Chan has a voice like a Disney princess-- crisp and clear. I really admire people who can sing like that.

Denise Tan is every bit the tarty, fire spitting, evil and conniving Lulu.

Dwayne Tan as Ivy’s boyfriend Frankie Wong Fei Hong is so geekishly yan dao. The whole theatre roared with laughter each time he sang his famous "Ah (I).. ah (I).. ha (I).. Ivy, I love you…” In fact, the reprise garnered more laughter. Even though we were way back at the last row on the highest level, I could vividly remember the way he shook his leg as he went “Ah.. ah.. ha..”

Daren Tan as Ah Hock is the ever endearing Ah Beng who falls for Ivy during her stint at the cabaret. Bad boy with a good heart never fail to pull the heart strings of the fairer sex. Ain’t I right, you Ah Lians out there? His singing is not that zai for a champion of Project Super Star leh but I tink hor… his role require him to sing like a Hokkien Beng lor.

Alemay Fernandez as Ivy’s Singaporean pen pal, Rosemary Joseph drew lots of laughter during the High Class, Low Class, No Class song segment with Lulu. That also happens to be the only song I remember from the 1998 PCK musical, besides the cha cha cha song. I don’t remember all the other characters except Sharon Aw as Lulu or is it Candy Chew (Can I help chew?)

Neo Swee Lin as “Mummy” had no salient moments but I liked the way she portrayed the kind hearted mummy.

Irene Ang as Wan Choo, the resident gossipmonger and kay poh queen lagi BEST! Albeit being in a minor role, her impeccable comic timing and spot on delivery stole the whole show.

After the show, we bought the CD and queued up for autograph signing session.





Daren Tan super talk cock lor. Hahaha… but in a funny way la… kh told him that we love his curry-pok hair and he started talking cock to him, majiam hou peng you. “You’re also Ah Beng right? I think we got sit down drink coffee before leh.” Then when we were talking to Elena, he turned to her and said, “Eh, this guy got drink coffee with me before.”


Elena Wang was really quiet. She looked really petite and demure.


Neo Swee Lin was every bit the serious veteran who didn’t talk much too.


Denise Tan was still in her alter ego state. Check out how she signed off.


So far I was really quiet. I didn’t really know what to say to the cast. However, when I got to Dwayne, I could not resist telling him that I loved his cool geek look and that he could just go to cheong a geek party then. He liked his geek look too!


Alemay Fernandez was the most chatty after Daren. I was complimenting her colourful A-Go-Go dressing and she started acting like the friendly bimbo, saying she had every colour of her hair band to match with each of her polka dot dresses.


Too bad Irene Ang was not around. I was looking forward to seeing her.

Oh I haven’t mentioned about how impressive the stage set was right? It was like a live sized doll house with carpets and winding stairs which led up to the second floor where the band played. Most beautiful.

My only gripe was that my degree has increased and sitting at the back, I could not see the stage and screen very well. I’ve missed out on the funny moments in Cantonese when the translation was flashed. The people on stage had blurry faces too.



I dunch know ah I really dunch know why I like Beauty World so much. The chorus, the dance sequence, the songs, the slapstick, the inside jokes… it really made me proud to be a Singaporean. The theatre wasn’t full house on a weekday but the audience were very spontaneous and generous with their applause and cheers.

I would have shout it out loud for all of you to catch the show...

Only that this post came a week too late.

So... I finally opened my xmas gifts in January

Even when it comes to opening presents I'm such a procrastinator!



Not that much procrastination as till only now. This was supposed to be posted in the beginning of January.


Gifts from co xmas celebration


door gift



Gifts, cards and sweet treats from colleagues...


A very exquisite hand-made card from viv


Step 1: Open box. Lift tinsel.


Step 2: Slide tinsel from plastic sheath.


Step 3: Admire for as long as you like.


Step 4: Open the tinsel to read the message


So cute right? I would never have thought of making such a 3D card!

A useful book-card from joyce




Hello Kitty, Charmy Kitty? magnets & handphone charm


Precious Moments zipper bag


Rose scented sachet


Everyone of us got different fragrance. Coincidentally, I got the rose scented one. If you don't already know, I love rose scent. I excitedly asked my colleague how she chose which fragrance to give who. She said that she considered the Disney characters on the sachet as well as the scent. For my case, it's more of the character compatabilty. She thought that Belle suits me. When I told kh this, he almost choked to death and insisted that she had made a mistake and meant to give me the beast instead.

-_-|||

sweet treats and little cute things


sweet little treats


Meiji melty kiss strawberry chocolates


Belgium chocolates


self-baked chocolate chips cookies

from HK Disneyland


This will be my "chance pen". I'll shake the dice to help me when I can't make up my mind.

flavoured mints from HK Disneyland again


Precious moments magnetic bookmarks


After I received all these, I was so glad that I made the right choice of giving hand-made cards this year.


Gifts from my 3 tutees -- Hello Kitty savings bank, Bottle of Hello Kitty sweets, Ferraro Roche


Card from a pretty P2 gal



Gift from xtina -- ethnic-looking bracelet


Gift from da jie -- towel set from Esprit


No matter how small the gift is, only my da jie bothers to buy a gift for every family member year after year.


The number of cat stuff I received...





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Sweet Stuff...

This Precious Moments calendar was given to me as it could not fit anywhere in my sis' room. It cannot fit anywhere in my room too but it is too sweet to be thrown away. Hence, it is currently sitting prettily but uselessly in my room.

Loving the butterfly theme...










viv's new notebook is soooooooooo sweeeeeeeeet! I want one too!







Love the whimsical illustrations and sweet colour pencil feel.

Can gain inspirations from the illustrations here. IDEA IDEA.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

I suck at multi-tasking but I'm trying

For the whole day, I've been marking, eating, packing my side of mess in the house, surfing LD, uploading photos on Multiply all at once.

I still need to go buy CNY clothes, go buy some knick knacks, continue my marking, continue packing my mess, and continue uploading photos. Not to mention updating all my backdated blog entries strewn about somewhere in my laptop collecting virtual dust. Those could be put on hold for now. I’m very determined to finish ALL my marking that I have at home by tonight. I’ve only finished one class! *SOBZ*

Speaking of CNY clothes, I realised that I’m in deep shit this cny coz I can’t wear many clothes due to my very very ugly uneven tan lines. I can’t even wear many tops on my usual days. Where got time to go indoor tanning to tan away all the lines by cny?

And speaking of clothes, I went to my house nearby to alter my clothes just now and I nearly got knocked down by a BIKE!

BIKE as in bicycle.

You didn’t hear wrongly, it’s a freaking BICYCLE.

STUPID ORCHID PARK SECONDARY BOY!

As I was crossing the little carpark road, he was tearing down the lane at breakneck speed. I walked even faster so that he could cycle past my back. However that nincompoop actually cycled even faster and went by my front. He was so fast that I could feel the wind. If wind could cut, it would have cut my front across.

I’m not exaggerating at all. I’ve never felt my heart beating that quickly for a long time. I was actually in shock for a few seconds. If he were to knock into me at that speed he was traveling, I could have been flung onto the road or part of his bike could have pierced me and I could have died.

Now I could really understand how Misss Hamimah from NYJC had passed away years ago due to a bicycle accident.

After the initial shock, I was overwhelmed with anger. I kept throwing dagger stares at that imbecile but he did not dare to look at me at all. Even as he turned to cycle on the pavement, he did not look my direction.

Ok gonna eat and go for tuition now, something which I cannot multi task.


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Replies to tags

7 Jan 08, 09:32
sherin: hey babe, congrats !!
Thank you very much!

9 Jan 08, 22:45
big guy: i am so paiseh.
You will pai seh one meh?!

10 Jan 08, 11:15
YY: I can melt jus reading wat u say bt bad things happen for a reason.. wish bf n me can b lke both of u too. Do u haf details of the taxi driver? U can write in to complain for bad attitude.
Both parties must work towards it. It takes time. You can do it! Too bad, I didn’t note down any details of the cab driver. But then again, nothing much to complain about. He didn’t exactly do anything very bad. Ok, maybe just bad service.

12 Jan 08, 20:37
evan: Meet up soon! Show me your bling!
Bling bling on its way to New York leh. Went to resize it. Have to wait 6-8 weeks. But we can still meet up!

16 Jan 08, 10:48
joyce: http://www.sixflags.com/national/index.aspx think u will have loads of fun in six flags!!!
I think I am dumb. I dunno how to navigate around the site. I’ll figure it soon.


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Edited to add at 2.50am

Kh read my blog (after a few months?) and said my Genting post had some discrepencies such that I left out one more unpleasant situation. I've since added that part in.

For frenz who asked about photos, the photos from November to half of December have been uploaded onto Multiply. I'll upload the rest another day. Oh and they're uploaded as high resolution now so you all can develop them and not complain. =)

I said I was determined to finish all the marking which I have at home earlier on right? That was way too ambitious. I could only finish all the worksheets for the P5 and the compositions for one P2 class. Just 1 class only! SIGH...

I'm so not sleepy but I've to force myself to sleep coz it's my early day in later.

A short note to viv and Wonderbrahaha,
Hey the latest (this) post is not meant to be funny. I'm serious that I could have died if that imbecile were to knock into me.

K time to sleep. Dreaming of Beauty World... cha cha cha...

Thursday, January 10, 2008

The short trip to Genting Highlands

Before I start on the photos galore, I would like to rant a little a lot so do bear with me. Please be free to feel angry for me. When I related all the unpleasant happenings to my family members and some colleagues, they felt pissed off for me too.


The impromptu plans

From Taiwan… to Banyan Tree resort… to any Thailand, Malaysia or Bintan beach resort… to Genting Highlands.

A trip to Genting? Who goes there anymore?

When people asked me where I was heading to, I’ll just go, “Genting… ya ya… of all places right?” And they would so totally agree with me. Genting is like so primary school and the last time we went there was more than ten years ago.

However, my colleagues understood perfectly and thought that even a simple place like Genting would be a great short getaway from hectic Singapore or rather hectic [insert company’s name]. At least, the weather is cool.

This whole trip was decided upon in a rush as I had too much work on hand to plan for a holiday. I’d even wanted to clear leave and just remain in Singapore so that I could do work anytime I wanted. When I’ve finally cleared enough work to go away without much worries, we decided on Genting since it was the only place that enabled us to do last minute booking of everything.

The hotel was booked only 3 or 4 days before the trip and the coach even later. Kh had planned to drive up initially but I was quite worried as he had never driven up before. My whole family inclusive of my sisters were advising against it too. My dad and da jie were saying “Singapore Subaru car drive up to Malaysia sure tio dai ji one”. In the end, we booked for a coach and put everybody’s mind at ease.

It was clearly a wrong decision as evident from the start of the trip.

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Day 1

A super suay start to the trip

The coach would leave Golden Mile at 7.30am.

We didn’t sleep at all for fear of oversleeping. I was doing all the last minute preparations and packing. Then, I stayed over at kh’s place but instead of sleeping, I was marking and reading blogs to keep myself awake while he was happily thumbing on his PS2 console.

We gave ourselves ample time but we had no idea that the traffic at 6+am would be so dreadful. There was jam everywhere! Huge jams and many traffic accidents/ incidents all over Singapore was what we learnt from the radio after that.

To make matters worse, our cab driver arrived late and he wasn’t exactly very friendly. When we experienced the jam at CTE and asked for his advice on the best way to get to Golden Mile in the shortest possible time, he simply told us to make up our minds quickly.

“Don’t ask me turn right, turn left. Very troublesome,” he complained in Mandarin.

I was a little put off. Kh was obviously put off and he (kh) suggested the longer route via Kallang, Lavender by exiting from one of the amk exits along CTE. He (kh) said that it’s a much longer route but at least can beat the jam along CTE. However, we had to go past Hougang and Serangoon area and I thought it wasn’t a wise choice as there are many schools along the way. We were caught in the jam so much that by then, it was the going-to-school timing. Hence, we asked the cab driver if there would be jams if we go via that route and he brushed us off saying that at that time everywhere would jam so it did not matter. He said should be able to reach by 7.30 and implied that the decision is for us to make. Where got cab drivers so totally bo chup one? At least offer some views and suggestions la.

We didn’t go by the CTE way and still MAJOR JAM LOR!

Traffic was crawling at snail’s pace and I swear we could jog faster than that even with our luggage.

We kept throwing furtive glances and checking our watches very loudly. While we were stationary even as the lights turned green, other vehicles were tearing down the bus lane illegally. I spotted many cabs with passengers inside using the bus lane too.

I dunno about you but most decent cab drivers would try their best for their passengers upon knowing that they are rushing to catch a plane or a coach. They wouldn’t even mind going on the bus lane coz seriously, who bothers to catch these people??? But this cab driver? SBC manz… SIMPLY BO CHUP. He simply could not bother whether we miss our coach or not. Just happily wait in the jam and watch the meter jump.

When it was 7.20am at Serangoon, he kept on harping on the fact that we would not be able to make it liao and that how he knew the traffic was like that bla bla bla. We also knew we would miss the coach but we just didn’t wanna talk about it and feel so sore.

Finally when he noticed that we were so quiet, he shut up.

Kh tried calling the Grassland agency and asked if they could wait for us and they insisted that the coach would leave on the dot. Sigh… we should have known that too but we were just trying our luck.

We reached our destination at about 7.45am! We spent one hour plus “crawling” on the road when the journey would usually take less than half an hour.

The cab fare came up to about $30! There was a few cents worth of change and I waited to collect them. Usually, we would tip cab driver a little whenever we go to the airport or the likes but no way am I gonna tip this lousy driver man!

Over at the agency, we learnt that there would be no other coach heading for Genting except for the one at night. As a result, we had to book tickets for a coach to KL.


On the way to KL and Genting

The ride was boring and sleepy. We spent most of our time sleeping and going to the loo. (Hate going to loos in Msia!)

Before we bade goodbye to the Singapore coach driver at KL, we enquired about the ways to get to Genting. He told us to take a cab which would bring us to an interchange a distance ahead.

We would have loved to explore KL a little but not with our luggage. Moreover, we have already wasted a few hours. We hailed a cab driven by a guy who looks like the perfect Malaysian Ah Beng. We were told that it cost RM5 more to bring us there. To save the trouble of hailing another cab, we hopped onto it. Anyway RM5 was nothing compared to SGD$5 right?

It was late afternoon and there was a jam in KL! The driver took lots of short cuts (which really did look like short cuts) to bypass certain areas. However, we were both unfamiliar with the roads there so we wouldn’t have known if he was going by a winding route.

The driver was poles apart from the sg driver. He was very chatty and friendly. However, we felt that it was only to distract us coz I saw him pressing a button on the meter twice. The first time he pressed, it went from RM14+ to RM21+. The second and final time he pressed it was when we were about to reach the interchange. From RM30+++ to RM43+. Plus the extra RM5 to the interchange, the fare was $48++. We gave him RM50 and told him to keep the change.

Not much of change la but in my heart, I was saying, “Keep the change, you filthy animal!” (This is my favourite quote from the movie Home Alone.)

When we were out of the cab, I informed kh of the meter jumping. He also noticed it but didn’t wanna say anything. It turned out that both of us were afraid that he would turn nasty and chase us off from his cab. Remember, he looked like a Malaysian Ah Beng… dunno whether he got parang under his seat… dunno whether he would drive us to somewhere where his xiong di could beat us up etc. Most importantly, we were afraid that he would chase us down and drive off with our luggage still in the boot. When we mentioned that, kh said that his luggage was too precious to be stolen.

At that time, I was wondering what was so precious about the things in his luggage. I would know the reason later in the night. =P

[Edited to add] When we boarded the bus to go Genting, we requested for the driver to let us alight at Awana since it was on the way. The driver actually forgot all about it and sped past Awana! By the time we told the driver, the bus was some distance away. We hopped off and walked all the way down.


To summarise our suayness in monetary value:

Cab fare (SG): $30
Forfeiting of Royal VIP tickets to Genting: 2 X $51 + Misc Fees = $102++
Purchasing of Super VIP Tickets to KL: 2 X $31 + Misc Fees = $62++
Cab fare (KL): RM$50
Bus fare (KL--Genting) : 2 X RM$5.50 = RM11
Experience: Priceless (Who needs such experience?)

We could have saved the money and hassle if we had driven up.


Bad things happen for a good cause

Despite all the unpleasantness at the start of the trip, I was glad that kh and I never once quarreled nor blamed each other.

He could have blamed me for putting on make up for five minutes more. I could have blamed him for calling the cab five minutes too late. He could have blamed me for not switching off the laptop earlier. I could have blamed him for wasting time on other matters.

Probably we may not have blamed or find fault with each other but could have vented our frustrations on each other when things go wrong and upset each other unwittingly.

However, we did none of those.

Instead, we comforted ourselves by saying that these things probably happened for a reason.

We missed the more expensive coach which includes TV but have managed to snitch a few hours of on off naps on the cheaper coach. With the catching up of sleep, we did not feel lethargic and enjoyed ourselves more.

We learnt to control our feelings and manage our tempers.

I am even tempered to all my friends and students but I lose my temper easily to my family members and especially to him. I was so thankful that I didn’t attempt to show my annoyance at all even though I was feeling so rotten. I knew that he felt rotten too and didn’t wanna add on to it. He is also quite an insensitive person at times and when he says things in anger even though it is not directed at me, I would feel very hurt. I was so glad that despite all the unlucky incidents, we did none of these. I know for sure that if it were me in the past, I would probably have initiated a major quarrel.

We learnt to appreciate the presence and support of each other.

I was just so glad to have his company and didn’t bother about all the unpleasant situations. As I held his hand and leaned on his shoulders, I felt like he is the best thing in my life.

I hope I haven’t bored all of you. Shall we enjoy the photos now?

This was taken the night before


I’m so glad to be finally able to use this Ashworth luggage. It’s a birthday gift from the company. While most of us are thrilled at having an Ashworth bag as a birthday gift, some of us have yet to find a good use for it. Coincidentally, it is the same bag that kh has. I'll just have to keep carrying the bag with the company's name facing in the inside and it'll be the exact same bag liao.

In the coach to KL


Up the slopes of Genting


While kh was doing the check-in procedure, I spotted this garden on the gound floor which I thought looks very enchanting.


Our suite at Awana




From the 24th floor...


It doesn't look as high eh?

Oh yes, Awana isn't air-conditioned. We had to open the windows to allow the cool air to drift in. Luckily there weren't insects flying around.

Some animals at the cable car station


They were marketing these animals as belonging to the amazing animal kingdom in Genting. I thought they looked nothing exotic. Oh but the mynah could talk.

From the cable car up to Genting



A fake Rafflesia


By the time we reached the plaza, it was already close to sunset. We could only cover the indoor theme park that night.

Sights in and around the indoor theme park


“This theme park is part of First World plaza which also has a shopping complex, restaurants, video arcade games etc. It has series of fun rides for children and six theme-based areas from all over the world - France (Champs Elysee), England (London), Italy (Venice), America (Times Square and Universal Walk), Switzerland (Swiss Alps) and Malaysia (Genting Walk). In Genting’s Venice, you can cruise on a canal in the Venice Gondola Ride, before hopping over to London to ride on the Ferris Wheel besides the mini Big Ben. Round the corner are Universal Walk, Times Square, and replicas of the Statue of Liberty and the Oscar.”

The pseudo-tourist-attraction like replicas of famous buildings, monuments and famous sights were supposed to be quite commercialized and off putting. Nevetheless, I thought that the indoor theme park looked quite pretty.

The first ride we took was the most exciting of all the rides available at the indoor theme park. It was the Euro Express.


It was stated as a thrill ride in the brochure. I thought that it was the only ride worth trying out as the rest really looked quite pathetic. There wasn’t a queue, only 2 kids in front of us but we waited about 15 minutes for it. They just had to service the car at that time!

The ride wasn’t thrilling at all. It was just a fast paced roller coaster that takes you around the plaza. I did enjoy the views and wind though. I wanted to take photos of the views but was afraid that my camera would fly off.

If we cannot go Taiwan to sit on the ferris wheel, we just had to settle for the lesser known Genting Ferris Wheel.


I was so upset when my camera low batt icon flashed. The next moment it switched off by itself. Hence, each time we wanna snap a pic, we would switch on the camera to try our luck.

Lover Bridge


This part is a replica of Venice. I do not know if there is indeed a Lover Bridge in Venice though. Probably just another commercial stint?

We were quite curious about the Van Helsing ride. Shucks we could not even tell if it was a ride or just a walk in a haunted house. The details on the brochure were rather vague. This "ride" isn’t included in the ticket and so we did not bother to find out what it was.

There is a Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum. If we hadn’t been to the one at Gold Coast, we would definitely have whiled our time away in the Genting one.

That left us with very few options.

We opted for some Dinosaur 4D motion master ride. It was really horrible! The graphics were blur and CARTOONY! The 3D glasses weren’t really working too well. It was really very dark peering through them. The motion wasn’t exciting at all. The wind blowing effect was redundant. As I was halfway through the show, I thought that some of the scenes looked like what I’ve watched 12 years back in Genting. They should seriously upgrade. It’s akin to playing Sega during PS3 and xbox era or listening to walkman when disman and mini discman had long surrendered to the ubiquitous ipod.

Next we went for the slow Reindeer Cruiser ride






Perfect for taking photos of the surroundings but damn my camera battery!

Our tummies started rumbling as it was way past dinner time but I felt we still hadn’t made full use of our tickets. We only sat on 3 rides! Kh couldn’t be bothered about making full use of our tickets as he thought that the rides were really boring. Satisfying his hunger was top prority. You know me la, even if the rides not nice also must make our money worth mah.

Seeing how reluctant I was to leave the place without trying out more rides, kh promised that we would come back after grabbing a bite.

Ever since we walked past this shop with mouth-watering photos of their local laksa and hor fun on our way to the theme park, I’ve made a mental note to try them out. We walked and walked and walked and after what seemed like eternity, we finally found the place again.

Yummy laksa


I love yellow noodles laksa! This one doesn't really taste like the laksa back home. It tasted a little like curry mee. Love the thick broth. Slurp! Too bad no “hump”.

Yummy hor fun


It tasted different from all the hor fun I’ve ever eaten. Love the soup.

After satisfying our tummies, we went back to the theme park.

I die die also wanna sit on the pseudo Venice gondola.





This was taken when we were under the Lover Bridge


Our wristband tickets


After all the rides, we thought of catching a movie but all the show timings weren’t right. Moreover, the cinema stank. It did! I was standing outside the door and I caught a whiff of the cinema. I almost gagged.

Hence, we made our way to the casino to look see look see. It was quite fun but we decided to try our hands only on the following day as we had to catch the last cable car down.


High crass… Low class… No class

I really cannot stand the people there. SUPER NO CLASS!

I really dunno where they come from. They walked in throngs, dashed in droves and sat all over the steps and floor with their legs open and huge bags strewn carelessly around. Some spoke in Hokkien; some in Cantonese; some in indescribable language. I dunno whether it was some other mainland dialects or other Southeast Asian countries. One thing constant was that all of them spoke at the top of their voices.

For the first time, I felt so ashamed to be an Asian. Please don’t slam me. I have always been proud to be yellow skinned but these uncouth and no class people really made me cringe. This bunch of people made the typical kiasu and unclassy Singaporeans appear high class.


The unexpected proposal

Later that night when we returned to our room, he made me sit on the bed and close my eyes. When I was told to open my eyes, he was kneeling in front of me with a lovely ring in a velvet case.

“Will you marry me?”

I thought he looked very cute with both knees on the floor instead of on one bended knee and his expression was almost like how he looked 7 years ago when he asked me to be his girlfriend. So silly but so cute.

I was really exhausted after the long and tiring day and felt as if I was dreaming.

Me being me, I didn’t agree immediately. I started raining questions on him while he was still on his knees.

“Why now?”

“Why this place?”

“Why?”

“Why?”

“Why?”


It turned out that he had planned to propose on our Dec-Jan trip. When Genting was decided upon at the last minute, he thought it wasn’t such a great venue but went ahead anyway coz there will not be any more significant period to do so.

After making him kneel for as long as possible, I finally said yes.

It was just like that.

No rose petals on the bed.

No lit candles spelling out the proposal.

No huge billboards.

No fireworks in the air.

Just the simple, classic way.



On my finger… a very simple but elegant ring


The diamond isn’t too big and it's just right for my tiny finger.

I was shocked when I found out that the ring is from Tiffany. I just didn’t believe in spending on a brand name no matter how much they claim that their diamonds are of superior quality. I don’t bother about all the Cs as long as he has sincerity. I just wished he hadn’t spent too much on the ring. He kept giving excuses that it’s Tiffany and that he went shopping around for a long time at many places but only the Tiffany one sparkled like it was saying “Buy me… Buy me…”

*rolls eyes at him*

I don't need a big rock. I don't need a branded ring. I’m contented with anything he gets.

The ring is too big and slips off very easily. It had to be resized so I did not wear it out..

*Mmmuuaaxxx*



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Day 2

We planned to go to the outdoor theme park in the day and casino at night.

The complimentary breakfast was so so.


While waiting for the shuttle bus we went round taking photos.

Reflection shot is fun!


I liked this part of the lobby very much and tried to capture us with it as a background but failed.





So I tried to capture kh with it as the background.



Doesn’t he look like he is peeing?

Wahaha… he was clipping his waist pouch actually.

Reflection shot again


Trying to be funny but ended up being ugly


Check out these insects!





This is huge!


You know how big is this cicada?


Kh lent his face for comparison


I'm glad we had none of those in our non-airconditioned room.

The golf range





At the outdoor theme park

Our first ride was at Dinosaurland. We queued for ages for a bluff-small-children (pian4 xiao3 hai2 zi3) ride.



While waiting in the queue…

Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder... WAhahaha...


I was trying to snap this gaudy old man. Check out his dressing!


I would have been very excited to see all these if I were a kid.


AAAHHHH!!! SAVE ME from the dinosaurs!!!


I cannot help but marvel at how gaudy First World Hotel looks.


Space Shot


This isn’t scary as we’ve sat the Giant Drop at Gold Coast before.

We sat on all the gripping rides at Dreamworld and Warner Bros Movie World before that no rides at Genting seemed as thrilling. It would be my dream to go to the States and try out the rides one day.

Imitating the Energizer battery behind.


The Cockscrew


I remember that it was the first upside down roller coaster I’ve sat on years ago. Being an adult, nothing seems to thrill anymore.

Next stop… Pirate Ship




Well if even the drop-ride could not thrill us, why bother about Viking?

Coz it’s another blow-wind (chui chui feng) kinda ride and I die die wanna sit at either ends. Boy am I glad we tried that ride coz our “passengers” were really fun!

There was a group of friends and they purposely sat on opposite ends. When they did that, I thought they might be up for some screaming competition. I told kh that we must scream too. Anyway, we are those kind who always scream for fun to build up atmosphere one.

We just went “Woooo…” at every downward swing, visibly looking very bored.

When the ship reached the most vertical (with us being at the bottom), the group of friends at the opposite end who was now at the top started to “unleash their powers”. They raised their hands high up into the air and screamed like crazy.

Not wanting to lose out, we and the group of friends at our side followed suit and screamed even louder with our arms up too. Thereafter, other passengers also joined in the screaming contest and very soon, the two halves of the ship were taking turns to scream and doing very silly hand raising actions.

At the end of the ride, all of us clapped our hands and cheered.

That was the first time I experienced such spontaneous passengers. It was indeed a fun Viking ride! I regretted not taking a video.

Flying Coaster (otherwise known by us as the Superman cum Spiderman ride)


The flying coaster is their latest attraction and is not included in the unlimited rides. However as ticket holders, we were entitled to a discount with 2 consecutive rides.



Basically the ride was all about us being super heroes and “flying” about upside down, downside up, plunging into shallow depths etc.

Supergirl!


We bought the photos since we did not have a proper shot of this ride.

Zoomed in…


Ok let’s zoom out to our “friends” of the same cart.



The smaller sized one on the left most looks like any or1 pi3 sai4 uncle or some puny but fierce da4 er3 long1. The one beside me is very big sized and looks like some mafia. We were both very tickled firstly at why such people would be out sitting rides at a theme park at that time of the day and secondly by their combi.

At first, we were wondering if they were friends or were they strangers sharing the same cart as us coz they looked very mismatched. It turned out that they were really friends/acquaintances or the likes coz after the ride, they were walking together side by side, front and back but only talking a little to each other.

I wondered aloud to kh about how they were related, whether they were relatives, friends, colleagues, business partners etc.

He answered very confidently, “Oh you dunno meh? They are colleagues.”

“HOW DO YOU KNOW???!!” I demanded excitedly.

“Oh, coz they they are da4 er3 long1 taking a day off to play mah.”

- _-|||

He really amuses me.

I like this little red London bus


And…

This little red phone booth


Now, where are those little red mailboxes?

Pirate's Train


The lamest ride ever!


The ride was akin to those haunted train ride only minus the horror.

As we rode in the dark, we were greeted by strange noises which were supposed to scare us. I could see figurines at every dark corner and expected them to light up and jumped up each time our cart got near. After what seemed like ten seconds, we were OUT!

So lame.

The weather was just right for boating so off we went paddling.



We very zek arp one. See every crocodile and sea serpent also must go and “bang”.



Wet butt after the ride




Hahaha… Luckily my seat wasn’t wet.

Look at how the koi was crowding towards our direction!


The koi really recognised humans. To them humans = food

They swam in masses towards us with their mouths wide open like greedy idiots.

I was playing with them, walking to and fro the bridge and watching them swim here and there. Kh pitied them and bought food to feed them. I thought it was really dumb coz the park attendants would had fed them even if their fish food sale was naught that day.

Feeding time!


This photo is especially for viv who loves Guang Liang.



Flying Dragon ride




We purposely took the back seats and snap snap snap.

Look at the picture on the left. As I was snapping that, the roller coaster took a sharp bend and I hit my tailbone. Kh hit his butt lor. Luckily nothing hit my camera.

I liked it when it went into the indoor theme park. Remember I loved the pseudo tourist attractions view there?

Could only capture this shot coz we were moving too quickly.


Look at how foggy it was. Luckily we had already tried out boating.


Off to sit mine train. I’ve always loved mine rides.


The only photo of the 2 of us which we thought of asking people to help us snap. Do you notice that all the photos of the 2 of us are self taken?


Next was Cyclone




Wah.. Malaysia’s first roller coaster dunno now safe or not. Hahaha…

The spinner ride




This is basically a relaxing chui1 chui1 feng1 kinda ride, only that the feng in Genting is cold. ME LIKE!

Next we went on the buggy ride. It was REEEEEAAAAALLLL SSSSSSLLLLOOOOOWWWWW…



I knew it was crawling at snail’s pace but I thought it would be perfect to take many pictures from the tram. The ride took like a freaking 15 minutes to tour round the park and we were both felt trapped in the tram.

When we finally arrived at the station, we took to our heels and pia all the way to the other side of the park. We ran as if we were contestants in The Amazing Race just to collect our Flying Coaster photo (shown a few scrolls up) as we had deposited at the kiosk for safe-keeping. It was close to 7pm when we reached there, just in time.

The whole theme park closes at 7pm on weekdays. I didn’t realise it and was disappointed to have missed the chance of sitting on the double decked carousel. Complete with mighty horses and grand chariots, the double decked carousel looked so magical with its dazzling lights. Oh well, I just found out that it’s in the Guinness Book of Records for the most number of coloured lights!

When we reached there, all the lights were off and the ride attendants were preparing to call it a day. I didn’t even get a good shot of the magical carousel!

Here’s something I got off the net to make up for it.


The kid’s version of the drop tower was still in operation.





They were sooo cute lor. The boy on the right kept laughing and laughing til his eyes mi1 mi1 yan3.

Before that when we walked past this kiddy version, I took a photo in comparison to the big one in the background.


At that time, I thought the small one was so cheesy that nobody would ride. There wasn’t anyone queuing at all and the ride attendant did not bother to hide his boredom. Haha… Never expected the kids to enjoy themselves so much.

We did so much walking and running that day. We scoured almost the whole park. I haven’t been exercising for that long.

To sum up the day’s rides…









We headed for the indoor theme park for dinner.

Now, this is what I call “Statue of LIBERTY”.


Our good lady finally got freedom liao.

Our dinner at Mmm Yum Yum Bak Kut Teh




The food was quite delicious but expensive. It wasn’t even a restaurant. More like a food court? The bak kut teh was in medium size and it cost RM30+. The rice wine chicken was in small size at RM20+.

After dinner, we went walking about “Venice” just to aim our coins to hit the bell of wealth, health and love which were in the “river”. Actually our main target was to hit the bell of wealth so that we can win lots lots at the casino later.

Doesn’t this look like what I did the day before?





Can’t seem to get a clear shot flash with or w/o flash.

We met with some very unpleasant people at the casino at the later part of our time there. Had wanted to blog about it but I don’t wanna anger myself again. They were so unpleasant and odious that whoever I related the incidents to felt that those people were downright ridiculous.

This was how foggy it was on our way down.





It was the last cable car down and the night was quiet save for the howling of wind. We could not even see the cable car in front of us at times. It seemed like Alien or Predator would burst out from the fog unexpectedly.

While waiting for the shuttle bus back to Awana.


Late night hunger pangs set in



Coffee & Chocolate


Mango smoothie & Earl Grey



I’m obsessed with loos




The enchanted garden by night was beautiful!







Time to retire for the day.



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Day 3

From the balcony





Final Breakfast


The food was pretty much the same as before.

Foggy


Forlorn look




Deformed looking left leg


Bye bye


So happening… Mamee Monster got birthday bash


Cheery bus



HO! So this was what we missed!



Spacious and reclining seats with remote controlled leg and foot rest… tv screen…





Check out the cheesy, laugh-inducing grassland ad.

That’s all for our Genting trip!

It was not really a dream holiday destination with all the unpleasant situations and people. Nevertheless, I enjoyed myself coz I always believe that it is not the place that matters but who you are with. This person brings me lots of happiness in my life and I thank God for letting our paths cross.




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Movie Marathon

I finally caught 200 Pounds Beauty and Dreamgirls on the coach. Caught half of Flushed Away too.

I thought I would love Dreamgirls but I didn’t like it as much as 200 Pounds Beauty.



I actually teared till I cried while watching it. Of course, there were also funny parts in the show that made me LOL.

I’m falling in love with these songs.

별 - 유미 Byul by Kim Ah Joong (the lead actress)


별 - 유미 Byul By Yumi (full version)


Stand By Me (with a twist)




Beautiful Girl


This isn’t in the show but this vidz is so funny lor. Watch till the last part.


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Some frivolous stuff

My wallet had been disgustingly fat


It’s so fat that it can’t be closed. Not fat with cash but fat with cards. Not fat with credit cards but fat with name cards.

I tried to clear it many times. However, each time I tried to clear, I would find that I still needed to refer to these name cards.

For the Genting trip, I cleared my wallet and didn’t bother putting the stuff back.


It feels so good to have a closeable wallet yet during these few days, I found that I really needed to refer to some name cards. Maybe I should get a name card holder.

I'm really used to this old wallet. I've seen kh changing 3 wallets due to wear and tear and I'm still using the same one. Planning to change to the Burberry one that I bought recently when my wallet is completely spoilt.

My long lasting nail polish from xmas had started to peel from the base of the nails so before the trip, I painted a dash of glittery purple over.



During and after the trip, they started to peel again so itchy fingers me just kept scraping and peeling whatever that could be peeled.

It was so difficult to remove the few coats with nail polish remover that I had to slowly peel the coat away.

Does it look like French tips?


After I came back from the trip, I was soooo la-la-la-lazy that even though I knew I had mountains of work to be done, I could not resist my sudden urge of beautifying my nails.

I 心血來潮, suddenly had some designs in mind to paint. Once I’m seized by a sudden whim, I would just drop all stuff and do whatever I want to do.





I love the shimmering nude shade as the base colour a lot. Almost like the OPI shade used on my toes the other time. Only thing is it is quite translucent so I had to paint a pastel nude shade first before glossing the shimmering nude over. A pity the photos could not capture the shimmers well.

Ok I know it doesn’t look professional at all. The flowers weren’t very well-drawn as I used white nail polish instead of the kinda white paint for nail art. The consistency was too gooey and not suitable for painting intricate details. Also, my fine motor skills are super lousy that I was only banking on my creativity to try to paint a good job. I know I failed miserably la but I’m still pleased with my very first attempt of DIY nail art. =)



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