Thursday, March 17, 2011

Unfolding September's Folder

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The writing of backdated stuff continues!

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~*Alcova Madness*~

It was a rather spontaneous night. An impromptu dinner date with gera and tiff after work led to an impromptu decision to check out Alcova where zanne joined us then. There was an event with male butlers that night.

We made lots of new friends who were all so much younger than us and they actually thought we were lying when we told them the truth of our real age. Hence, we decided to play along and pretend to be 18 that night. Well, they actually believed us when we lied! They were rather nice people though but we felt like cougars among all these young bloods.

RAWR!

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Gera had some personal friends in the house that night and it was really great knowing them! It's a rather unique experience knowing people from a pub/club who spoke fluent English. Usually the people we know at pubs or clubs speak Singlish, Mandarin or a smattering of Hokkien.

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Most of the photos taken by hp have been brightened by adjusting the exposure. Pardon the blurriness.

I haven't been pubbing or clubbing in a while so it was really a fabulous night drinking, dancing and socialising. I don't think I'll do it again anytime soon. I'm not as young and energetic as before.


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~*Pris Farewell*~

My longest ever colleague/subordinate in my dept had left. I was sad coz she'd been around for quite a while and she really helped to share the workload by a good amount, yet I was happy for her as she was leaving for greener pasture. I hope she's enjoying herself in her current co.

The following photos spans over a period of a week as not everyone in the dept had common days at the hq. Thus, you'll notice different outfits.

We had a farewell lunch at Sakae Sushi when everyone in the dept was present.

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We ordered a little too much and we could not bear to eat the crab which was staring straight at us with its beady eyes.

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Unwrapping her gifts and reading our love notes penned to her.

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We just had to take photo with the "orange wall" that segregates the dept into 2 teams.

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farewell gift from pris... an ANGEL!

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~*Nephew Zayden's 1st Birthday*~

Many photos were taken that day with cuz's DSLR and I've been trying to wrangle them from her to no avail.

The only photo of me and my cute nephew was taken using my sis's hp. It was difficult to get a shot of Zayden coz he's always moving around so I'm glad this photo captured his cute and cheeky face. Check out the hubby behind. My sister's friend actually thought Zayden was our son when she posted this on FB saying "Adorable nephew with my sis & bil in background". LoL

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~*Out of the Pan with Sis & Evan*~

On one of my off days, I met up with my sis and evan for dinner at Out of the Pan after a day of running errands.

I really love their savoury crepe a lot! We ordered 3 different types of savoury crepe and swap with one another. I can't remember what we ordered but I think they were Peking Duck (yummy yum), Seafood Jungle and some beef crepe. Their salad and corn chips were good too.

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I've always loved salad with vinaigrette dressing but recently, I found out that I love citrusy-orange dressing too. The orange salad was so refreshing that I'd wanted to lap up the leftover dressing.


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We spent a long time in the futuristic ladies and snapped some pictures when nobody was around.

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That's the first time I see hand dryer next to the basin like the above.


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~*1st Day in School*~

Cyn transferred these photos to me over MSN on the day the kids went to school for the first time in NYC. They were clearly elated to go to school after having missed school for a long time. Even char got to go to school!

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Excuse the watermarking. I watermarked the pictures to post on ourfeistyprincess the other time.


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~*Mid Autumn*~

I met up with karen and sushi for dinner at Tea Cosy. I really loved the food the first time I went there but that night, the standard seemed to have dipped a little. Nonetheless, it was the company that mattered. We chatted a lot and then we shopped but there wasn't really many things to shop that night.

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By the time I post this, Sushi has given birth to a really adorable baby boy.


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After that, I headed back home but instead of going home, I popped by my neighbour's house on the adjacent street.

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Great minds think alike. We were both wearing similar white spag tops!

Eug's hubby and kh are good friends as well as colleagues and it is a good fortune that we stay so close to each other and get along so well. Eug and I both dread the day we would move out from our in-laws place coz we would have one less friend each who stays in such an ulu estate. Speaking of which, I should go look for her for some gossips and bitching sessions soon since both our hubbies are outta town now.

Lovely lovely eug prepared lanterns, premium champagne mooncakes, traditional lotus paste mooncakes and premium Chinese tea to usher in the Mid Autumn's mood as we sat under the pavilion and chatted about so many things under the moon. No, that phrase wasn't an intentional pun to "chat about anything under the sun".

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I bought light sticks of all colours from Daiso and soon we were "cracking" light sticks and wearing them around ourselves to add to the atmosphere. Kelly the golden retriever wasn't spared from this too. She kept wriggling her way out from us each time we tried to collar her in and soon eug's bil came so kelly had no choice but to sit still and listened to her master's bidding. See how cute (and utterly sad) she looked with the lighted collar!

Well, I was pleasantly surprised and happy to be able to "celebrate" Mid Autumn that year. I felt a bit bumped that my friends went off to some lantern show near the Singapore River the previous night without me as I had to work late when I had actually initiated meeting up by the reservoir in our estate a few days before. Oh well, that's why sometimes I dislike organising outings. It can get very disappointing when nobody but one bothers to reply.

That night was just a simple Mid Autumn catch up session but I truly enjoyed myself.

I like this photo of us even though it's blurry. It was rather dark so I upped the exposure. Doesn't eug look like mediacorp actress rui en?

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Here's what I wore. That was the first time I wore this flowy top with a belt. Who would have thought that studded belt could pair well with the soft flowy top?

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~*Company Day at Universal Studios Singapore*~

I blogged about it a few days after the company day last year as I'd to edit the photos for some co photo competition after the event so i figured I might as well blog about it.

Read more about it here.


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~*Random Stuff*~

I bought a huge bag of stuff from Daiso. The stuff were mainly for my students and also little gifts for friends.

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1st row (left to right): magic capsule sponge animals for children's day; magic tricks for reward system gift exchange; wooden magnifying class for reward system gift exchange.
2nd row: sweet bordered cards which I wrote notes on for my graduating students

Here are 2 items for myself: Daiso sponge cleaner and rubber facial cleansing pad

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The sponge cleaner needs no introduction in Singapore. It's a really effective detergent for make up sponges and brushes. Pour a small amount and watch your make up leftovers wash off your sponges and brushes as you rinse the detergent away. It also helps save water since it doesn't foam as compared to normal soaps and you needn't waste water and time washing soap suds away. I grabbed a few more bottles for my friends.

As for the cleansing pad, I don't find it particularly amazing. This product was swept clean off its shelf and was the #1 seller in Singapore Daiso at that time. I bought a few for my friends as well, thinking that its results would be promising.

The packaging and the word behind were entertaining though. I love laughing at Japanese English translation.

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As the years go by, the students who have been with me for 5 years would have known that I would always urge them not to waste money buying me Teacher's Day presents. I very much prefer handwritten cards anytime coz I can keep them easily. I do not know what to do with tangible gifts and often they get recycled as my reward system gift exchange for students.

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I'm particularly touched by this girl's letter. She is rather weak in her English and I find myself wanting to whip out my red pen to correct her mistaks but the fact that she penned me a note really brought warmth to my heart.

BTW, I was walking on the overhead bridge when I saw the most peculiar sight.

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This little critter was seen huddled in the corner, using its snout to push the corner as if a hole would magically appear. It was clearly shaken by the many people walking up and down the stairs. It looked like baby hamster save for the long tail. I've never ever seen any baby rodent out in the open before and I wonder how this rat/mouse got there.

22 comments:

  1. oh my god how cute!! love those food pics!! yummmm!!!

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  2. wow, who knew so much can happen in so little time.. i miss clubbing.haha

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  3. Wooo so many things to comment on!

    lol @ the cougar comment you made! I'm not surprised they believed you, because all of you do look very young for your age xD Can you believe I've never been clubbing/bar hopping before? All my friends make fun of me for it because they say I missed out on the "college experience." :P

    That's really nice of you and your coworkers to have a farewell lunch for your colleague and how you all got each other gifts :D I love softshell crab but I don't think I would be able to eat it either if it was staring back at me like that lol

    Your nephew and your students are so cute! You must really like your job - teaching looks like a very rewarding experience :)

    Your OOTD is really cute - I love the flowy top! You should do more outfit posts :D

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  4. Going out with all your friends looked like a good time!! It's always a great time when you haven't been out in a while. I did that recently and letting loose can be quite therapeutic for me sometimes. I'm glad you had fun and I'm glad your feeling better!! Your nephew is soo cute!!

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  5. Where were all the cougars hiding when I was a teenager??? Oh well. You know the cutest kids--and the food looks great.

    Did someone put the rodent out of it's misery?

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  6. Rinz & ching,

    Thank you for your comments.

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    Rinny,

    You disappeared for a while. Welcome back!

    Why didn’t you go clubbing before? You didn’t like it? I’ve friends who haven’t been clubbing before but they never looked forward to it as they hate the blaring music and smoke. Gyrating next to a swarm of sweaty people isn’t their cup of tea too. So I guess it’s ok even if you haven’t been clubbing coz you don’t fancy it.

    Teaching indeed is rewarding and I’ve created bonds with many of my students. Parting with them upon graduation is something I’ve to grapple with though.

    Haha… I can’t do more outfit posts coz I’ve seen really great fashion photos from fashionista which look they they popped right out from a magazine. I only have mirror shots most of the time. If you see garden shots, it’s due to my grumpy hubby being behind the camera. LoL and he’s really bad at taking good angles of me.

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    Nicole,

    I agree with you. After working hard for a long while, it feels really therapeutic to let your hair down. My nephew was grouchy the whole party and I caught him while he was smiling away. Priceless. Thank you, I’m feeling much better.

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    Rick,

    Haha… The cougars weren’t around when you were a teenager coz the term hasn’t been invented yet unless of coz, you fancy a huge cat pouncing on you. Ok that’s a really lame reply.

    I’m not too sure what happened to the rodent. It wasn’t there the next time I used the overhead bridge but I spied a sweeper nearby.

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  7. I completely know what you mean (and YAY for Rinny's site!).. I can't really wear lipsticks cause the colors are always SO off and they settle in the lines of my lips.. so I end up looking 100 years old. lol. If you have problems with pulling off milky colors, try going for some with some sort of pearly sheen to them. The creme colors will easily look bad on chapped lips, while glosses with a slight sheen to them don't look so bad : D
    Thanks for your comment! <3

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  8. Jo jo! my lovelie hokkien friend. hehe. I keep pulling a houdini on the online world. so hard to keep up with blogging now a days. I hope things are well. Looks like you had a blast over the past little bit. Was it fun pretending to be 18 again? =) Those foodie shots make me hungry. Its almost lunch time over here so cant wait to fill my tummy.

    Aww happy bday to Zayden. That's such a cute name...to go with a cute baby. hehe. I cant wait till my sister has kids so i can be an auntie. It must be such a cool experience!

    Love your outfit post too =) very flowy

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  9. Wow what a long post filled with amazing photo's!
    Okay here we go:

    I'm glad you are having fun with your friends and people from school ^^ I haven't been clubbing in awhile either...

    I'm sad to hear that your lovely colleague has left. The card filled with words are beautiful!

    Omg the food pictures are HEAVEN.. i'm hungry..

    And wow the restroom from the last picture looks futuristic! Very nice :)

    xxx

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  10. lol thank you...yeah I'm trying to check blogger on a daily basis but it's hard keeping up with so many blogs @__@ I don't know how everyone else does it all the time haha

    Ahh I often get teased by a lot of my peers because I'm about as straight-laced as they come lol. I don't party, drink, dance, or go clubbing because that kind of stuff doesn't really interest me; compared to a lot of ppl my own age I would probably be considered a bit of a bore xDD

    Haha I know what you mean about taking good outfit photos - I really envy the girls whose photos always come out looking so professional. Unfortunately I'll just have to make do with myself and the self-timer feature for now. I don't even bother asking the bf for help because I know he would be grumpy the whole time too :P

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  11. 나니,

    Oh! You know what I mean? Great! Cos looking at your photos, your lips don’t seem to have that problem. I thought I was the only one. I know what you mean about the sheen. It’s just an illusion right? But I’ll feel so sad about the texture.

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    misscindee,

    Back from your little hiatus again? Your long-awaited comments never fails to put a smile on my face. Thank you for the lovely words.

    Haha... I used to dream of being a cool aunt to my nieces and nephews but I ended up being married first and most likely also gonna have a kid before my 2 older sisters coz they’re not even with a bf yet.

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    Ice Pandora,

    Thanx for your nice and thorough comment on everything. =)

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    Rinny,

    I also dunno how everyone does it! Replying to comments individually really takes lots of time and I would always visit the person back to leave a sincere comment too. I don’t enjoy visiting back and leaving a cursory comment coz I believe a heartfelt one would make someone’s day. That’s the power of positive words. I would always type them here and there during my free time at night. I know you reply to each and every comment on your blog too and you’ve got so many “commenters”. Plus, you also take the time to visit back and leave such sincere comments too. I take my hat off you!

    Well, you’re really not missing much since you don’t enjoy clubbing so no worries about being strightlaced. =)

    I can’t do a self timer coz there’s nothing to balance my camera on. I think a tripod would be a good investment. But first, I need to get a new P*S since mine died on me 2 weeks back.

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  12. Yeah it definitely is.. My lips get chapped easily, but I try to take good care of them : D

    I know right? GOSH, some stupid people should just shut up. Those Japan-haters (mostly Americans who know NOTHING about history from 1932 and forward) are just ignorant, stupid fools. I'd be SO embarrassed to post such stupid comments online, especially because they know NOTHING about the wars. Fact is that war is war. It's NOT funny to ANYONE and people die. But claiming that Japan 'has it coming' and 'deserve it after Pearl Harbor' UGH it makes me so angry! Yes, Japan bombed Pearl Harbor 60 years ago - it's in the past. And after that America took the title of the ONLY country to have dropped actual nuclear bombs on another country. MILLIONS of people were affected by those bombs, and then those stupid American idiots on youtube (and facebook pages) come on there claiming that it's Japan's own fault. UGH it makes me so so soooo angry! They claim that "Japan's had a week now.. get over it" OH REALLY? Just like America got over 9/11 (and apparently Pearl Harbor as well!) already? Please.. It just upsets me so much! >_<"

    I'm glad you like my blog : D Sorry for the big rant above.. Haha! The subject just REALLY bothers me.. Generally ignorance bothers me. >_<" So yeah.. sorry! YAY for followers <3

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  13. Oooo a tripod! It's a good thing you mentioned it bc you just reminded me I have to get one as well. I've been balancing my camera on a stack of books this whole time lol. Can't wait to see what kind of camera you get! :D

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  14. This post makes me smile. =o) You look so darling. =o)
    Love the angel gift. Aww.
    The neghew is so adorable.

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  15. Those food look absolutely delicious (I am sure they taste as yummy as they look). You look lovely in those outfits too.

    Your little nephew is too cute!! Thank you so much for following, I am now your follower too :)

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  16. Awe, Sushi thanks you for his b-day wishes!! haha! You know I don't even remember why I named him Sushi. I had this big ol' list of potential names and somehow it was narrowed down to that one. He definitely should have been named meaty or something, hahhaa!!

    Have a great day!

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  17. 나니,

    We’ll better not read too many comments on these videos or we would anger ourselves too much and having fine lines in the process. LoLz. It’s not worth it.

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    Rinny,

    I can’t even find a proper place to to balance my camera anywhere in my house. Haha... Oh i’ll confirm be getting Canon S95. It’s really good. I was actually eyeing its predecessor Canon S90 but it got replaced by this and I have a few friends who are anti canon (like me) using S90 and telling me how good it is. I love the colour of their photos. Very warm.

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    黃愛玲,

    Thank you very much for your comment. I love it when new people visit my site and leave me with a link so I could explore more blogs. I did a cursory click on yours and WOW I love your art! I’ll be visiting your site more in depth and commenting in a while coz I think I’d have lots to say. =)

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    Nelah,

    Thank you for your sweet words and also for following. =)

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    Nicole,

    Haha... I think sushi should be called Pudgy coz it rhymes with PUG-gy. And it’s not meant to be offensive, it’s meant to be cute. =)

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  18. Haha I know absolutely nothing about photography but Canons seem to have a pretty good reputation so it seems like you made a good choice. I was actually contemplating on upgrading my crappy Fujifilm to something from the Canon Powershot series, albeit a much cheaper model compared to the one you picked :P

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  19. Rinny,

    Babe! I got my canon S95 today!!! So happy! I got it for SGD590 at hubby’s friend’s aunt’s shop. Everywhere in sg selling for $660 thereabouts. I think the price is really reasonable for such a good camera. My friend has the mini slim powershot series. I love the warm tone of the photos so i think the newer powershot is not bad too. However the earlier powershots are no good for dim lighting at all. Food in dark dining places all appear super dark as compared to my previous fujifilm. With the advent of S90, I’ve converted to pro canon.

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  20. Congrats on your new camera Jo! I'm glad to see you were able to get a good deal on it :D

    Ahh I see; I guess I'll have to settle for one of the lower end Powershots for now - I don't think I'm quite ready to invest in one of their higher end models yet :P

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  21. Let me know when you get your new camera too! I played with my S95 last night. Really good for night shots! I was impressed by the brightness and clarity.

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  22. haha okay but I have a feeling I won't be getting it for quite awhile. I've been talking about upgrading my camera for months now and still haven't decided on which model to get xD

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