Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The F4 Gang at Nabins

This is a scheduled post.

Back to updating backdated entries yet again.

One evening in April, the F4 gang --em, hs and wy-- decided to meet at Nabins after work to immerse in the quintessence of Arabic fantasies. Besides catching up with one another, it was also meant as a dinner meet up to celebrate em's birthday.

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How I miss these gals!

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We got em an adidas sports bag which she liked a lot. Now she has a gym bag so she has no excuse not to go the gym. =P

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Then, the sneaky gals caught me by surprise when hs suddenly pushed a recyclable brown bag with flower motif across the table saying it was my advanced birthday gift. It was early April then and my birthday falls on the later part of May. So the dinner meet up was meant to be a celebration for both em and me!

You could see how surprised I looked below.

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They knew I was into some arty phase and got me lots of DIY craft stuff. How thoughtful of them! They also knew I was into the caring for our environment so they put everything into a recyclable bag which I could use instead of wrapping the gifts. Thoughtful to the max!


The next gift cracked me up. They wanted to get me something I could use for Halloween since it's an event that I would never miss each year.

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They got me glow in the dark nail polish! I did not use it for this year's Halloween for it didn't quite gel with my whole image but I would definitely use it in time to come.


We ordered lots of food to share.

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Like really lots...

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and lots of food.

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Then came the desserts. I didn't quite like all the dates. They were too sweet for my liking couple with the fact that they looked like shrivelled cockroaches. Lol.

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After eating, we chatted till we had to catch the last trains. I really really love these girls a lot!


A parting shot before my camera battery died. Em was commenting how rare it was that all of us were sporting a full head of our natural black hair then.

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Aside: Canon S95 is good for low light but the original and compatible battery sux big time!

The waiter forgot to zoom so we had to use wy's camera to snap.

This is after increasing the exposure by a lot.

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My birthday wishes message board is currently sitting my the side of my desk.

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I realise I seldom post my work outfits (they're quite boring cos I don't possess a fanciful wardrobe for working clothes) so here's one for an Outfit of the Day shot.

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Dear hs is one of the close friend whom I was referring to whose wedding fell in November. What a coincidence that she just sent us some gorgeous pictures of her wedding day over email when I was doing up this post. Here's a bridesmaids picture to share with all of you. The theme was pink.

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I will blog about her wedding when I manage to catch up with writing about November.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

An Intensive November

As mentioned before, November has been a whirlwind month.

With the weddings of two very close friends and being part of the bridesmaid entourage for both weddings, I've been really busy. In between was my Phuket trip with the BFF. All other pockets of November were filled with meet ups to discuss and plan for parts of the wedding, impromptu meet ups with various groups of people and many many errands --both planned and impromptu--  to run almost every single free day. There isn't a single day where I stayed at home and lazed for the whole damn day. I've been getting 2, 3, 4 hours of sleep each day without replenishing them with naps and frankly speaking, I'm really exhausted.

The hubby would finally be back from the seas on the last day of November and I foresee spending lots of time with him to make up for the lost time the past 3 months. Then half a month later, we would be going on our long-awaited honeymoon to London and Paris! Wee!

Actually I'm sorta bumped that our trip got postponed due to his sudden unforseen circumstances at work. If he had not been delayed, it would have been our 3rd day in London today.

I have planned the timing to fit into my schedule without affecting the weddings, my classes and some personal goals too much. Nevertheless, it is fine to embrace change, the unforseen circumstances and the random happenings in life. Things haven't been going their way but no matter what, we would always be able to work our way around them at the end of the day. =)

I'm having a really full plate but I would continue churning out some posts. Gosh... I stopped backdating from April's updates. At this rate I'm going, I wonder when I would ever be on time for my blog.

I would also attempt to do some scheduled post to keep my blog running during my trip so that you lovely friends and readers would not see virtual cobwebs here.

Thank you all for your heartfelt comments on my dream of Charmaine. I really enjoyed reading what some of you shared.

Like a true blue Gemini when it comes to split personality, I would be emo one minute and happy the next so please do not worry too much for me.

Look out for more regular posts in time to come... I HOPE.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Dreamt of you...




I think I'm ready to share my flashes of dream about Charmaine.


Before I continue, I've to say that my tear ducts have been malfunctioning till now since Charmaine's cremation on the Sunday of 23rd October.


I simply have no more tears in me, not even tears from yawning.


I simply have no more tears in me, not even when I listen or read about sad news.


I simply have no more tears in me, not even tears to lubricate my eyes when my contact lens got stuck one night. My whole eye was red but stil, there was nary a drop of tear.


I'm one with such active tear ducts that my tears would streak down my face even from yawning. I cry when I watch sad movies. I sob when I read or listen to sad stories. I tear very easily even when I don't feel sad at all which I hated coz I hated my tearing to be associated with weakness until I realise and come to embrace the fact that strong people cry too.


It's only human to cry.


I felt a little abnormal when I had no more tears in me the next day. For a period of time, I tried looking and relooking at the tons of photos we have taken throughout the years. I rewatched all our crazy videos from when Jase and Charmaine were just toddlers to pre cancer days and after. I read ourfeistyprincess.blogspot.com coz Cyn has never ever failed to move me to tears with all her emotive words.


I felt like an android devoid of human feelings when I attempted to rediscover my lost emotions.


I've not told anyone snippets of the dream except to Cyn mommy coz I wanted her to be the first one to hear of it, not caring whether she would cry from it or not. Anyway, she has been laughing and crying every other day which is pretty normal. I thought that by relating to her the dream face to face, my floodgates would open. It didn't.


On to the dream.


I don't exactly know where we were in the dream, probably in Cyn's house. Putting myself in dreamscape, I knew it was cyn's house but I don't have any recollection of the setting at all.


Somehow in the dream, we all know that Charmaine had passed away but she was still around at times. When I reached their place, Cyn told me charchar was still around and so I asked her where.


"You will be able to see her if you use your heart to feel," cyn answered.


I felt my emotions stirring and as if magic dust was sprinkled into my eyes, there char was sitting on the sofa with her cheeky little grin and waving to me.


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"I CAN SEE HER! I CAN SEE YOU CHAR! Can I hug you?"


I was delirious to be able to see char in her cheeky self, healthy and all.


"You have to keep using your heart and everything would be real," Cyn reminded.


I kept my feelings there and went over to hug charchar.


I could feel her in my arms. I felt her physical body. I felt her warmth. Then, everything seemed to gravitate away from me.


I woke up and stared a while in the dark room, making out the silhoutte of the things in my room. The hubby wasn't around and I was all alone on the bed, feeling so lost and lonely. I think I felt a little tear drop on the outer corner of my right eye; just a tiny little drop before I drifted off to sleep.


I didn't remember my dream immediately; but when I awoke, I knew I dreamt of her. There were hazy images but after a week, I was finally able to put them all together now.


I'm expecting myself to cry when I get all of these out in words.



I don't feel the tears coming and I don't like it.



I do feel the detachment and the distance and I don't like it.


Despite all these, it doesn't change the fact that I still love you, charchar. I prefer to think of it as you sprinkling some magic dust on me and healing my rather active tear ducts, giving me the strength not to cry at every little thing anymore.


Thank you Charmaine for doing so.


Godma Jolene will always love you.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

You know blogging has taken you to a whole new level when...

you go to one of your bestie's house only to have her godbrother/ cousin asking,

"You're that famous blogger right?"

*flips a backward fall and faints*

I've to keep emphasizing that I blog but I'm not a famous blogger so now he addresses me NaFB aka Not-a-Famous-Blogger. -_-|||

Thursday, November 24, 2011

As requested... My not so drastic new look

Some blabbers and sleepy state talk

I've been meaning to get this post up since I got home but I was settling so many impromptu stuff with my in laws that I've only managed to just settle down to blog with my eyelids half opened.

My domestic helper is flying back to her hometown tomorrow, no actually in a few hour's time but heck my "tomorrow" only starts when I wake up. I dunno if any of you even know what I'm blabbering about.

I've really grown quite fond of my domestic helper. She's really quite cute and I started to talk to her a lot recently. She's also very honest and I could safely let her clean my room and NOTHING would be stolen, quite unlike the many previous domestic helpers whom my in laws employed over the years.

So I'm sending her to the airport tomorrow as both my in laws could not make it and that would mark the start of my 1st errand to run for tomorrow. I've got 4 errands and meet ups in total tomorrow that would take me from morning till night. Have I already mentioned that the time now is SGT5.52am?

November has been a month of randomness and a whole lot of excitement which started right up from Halloween at the end of October to the wedding of 2 very good friends and being their bridesmaids, to the random last minute fun in Phuket with the bff and to all other randomness in life. I'm actually exhausted by all these random fun in life and how I CRAVE for a mundane life now! Like really C.R.A.V.E. and M.U.N.D.A.N.E in capz.


Our new look

It was such a fun filled day today with cyn mommy and godson jase and there's simply too much to write about the entire outing. I will do the entire post another day. I entrusted my camera to Jase who took loads and loads of artistic shots and inane videos so you can expect a post chock-full of photos that do not make sense.

Meanwhile, here are some before and after pictures of cyn mommy and me as requested.

Before... black hair was becoming boring and fringe too was untidy.

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Before... Actually cyn already looked kinda pretty even with inches of natural regrowth hair at the scalp.

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I only dyed and cut my bangs... Not much of a great transformation much to the chagrin/ relief [Circle correct answer] of many.

After...

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This colour I chose would fade to an ash tone after 2 weeks. It was evident on the stylist's hair and I opted for it coz of the after-fade colour effect. Let's hope it works the same for my hair!

I love how the stylist managed to cut the bangs and wispy sides which I want! I absolutely love it that I kept tying up my hair. Jase loves it too! He was actually quite horrified initially after the hair wash.

He shook his head and said gravely, "Godma Jolene, you look too Americany!"

Yeah, new vocab from him!

Then after my hair was blown straight, he squealed, "Look like straight hair Japanese girl! I like."

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This boy seriously better not become a smooth talker and heartbreaker next time.

After... Pretty mommy and godma with our new hair! Mommy also cut bangs coz her hair was flattening out.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Once you go black you'll never go back

I risk assigning such a provocative title to this post. If you even knew the meaning to that phrase up there.

Fear not, this post has got no kinky connotation at all.

After going long, straight black for quite a long time, I've decided to change my hair colour/ style/ whatever you call it.

In case you've forgotten how I really look after all the Halloween make up and all, just click on my recent posts or look at my profile picture on the right side bar.

Yes, I used to sport un-black hair since I was 15years old. All shades of brown, blonde, golden lion tamarin, red with blonde streaks, any colours that did not require bleaching, all sorts of length, rebonded, permed, natural, with bangs, side swept, long, I've tried them.

Been spotting a light brown hair phase for the longest time ever with varying lengths and bangs.

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I don't have digital photos of those from schooling days so yes, you don't get to see the red and the streaks.

2006 was the year I tried everything, totally spoilt my hair and got depression. Yes, only bimbos can fall into depression because of hair. lol

I dyed the lightest shade of blondish brown I've ever tried which led to people calling me golden lion tamarin. Actually those people were so wrong coz a golden lion tamarin has fur which is not golden but reddish like this.

Hubby Kh love my long blondish brown straight hair with bangs back then coz it matched my tan a lot and he loved it when I tied it into a ponytail.

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And then when he went overseas, I got it permed the old fashion way and totally spoilt my hair. He hated me with curls but I didn't care coz it's MY hair. That was the time I got hair depression. lol... coz the perm plus recent colouring was so damaging, my hair was breaking mid sections. Moreover the curls weren't as lovely as the tonged kinda curls you see in top left photo of the collage below. They looked bad like the bottom ones.

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That year, I also got accepted into a new company which once again entailed teaching and the bosses were initially unsure about my hair colour. However, I must say my inner teacher persona outshone some physical ah lian hair colour. Students loved me not only for being their cool teacher but for my teaching itself.

By the end of 2006, I got so sick of my dry-looking blondish brown that I dyed blue black. (I think... I can't really remember which black came first)

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My friends were so used to my non-black Chinese hair that nobody could quite imagine how I looked like with black hair and advised me against dyeing black then. They thought I would look really weird. Even after I dyed blue black and subsequently ash black, the black would just fade like crazy on me after some time and I would wind up with coloured hair again and people would ask, "I thought you said you dyed your hair black?"

It seems like black isn't the way to go for me back then.

Here's how the blue black faded... and then I rebonded my hair and cut bangs coz I was sick of my curls.

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I didn't know what went wrong but the straightness did not last and soon my hair became like this. Needless to say, I fell into a hair depression again. My hair then was neither straight nor wavy so I just had to wear my hair in a self-twirled manner or tong it during special occasions. The black also faded like crazy and I wound up with non-black hair again.

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More black roots growing which still looked fine. I hated black roots back then but I found these acceptable coz at least my hair looked healthier then. Had bangs, grew them out, had bangs again.

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Then I itchy fingers went to perm my hair once more. This time digital perm. I dunno why my hair looked brown in the bottom left picture. I think I dyed an ash black here.

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I stopped colouring my hair after that and began to embrace that black is the new black.

I didn't look too bad in black hair with side swept bangs right?

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After that I rebonded my hair again and sported blunt bangs. During this time, more people from friends to relatives started saying I look like Fann Wong once more. Yeah, Fann Wong also spotted the ugly blunt bangs look that year so I took that as an insult. lol... On normal occasions, that would be a compliment to which I always reply, "Yeah, I'm the uglified version of Fann Wong." The last time someone said I looked like her was like in year 2000?

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Then I had to colour my hair again for my bridal photoshoot as all the people at the bridal studio asserted that brown hair looked better in photos. I didn't wanna go back to my blondish days so I opted for a darker shade of brown which I liked a lot. I'm done with dumb blonde days.

Kept a side swept fringe for the photoshoot...

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but cut them again  for my actual wedding day. I didn't exactly like my bangs on my wedding day but I like it when they grew out as seen in the other pictures below.

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After many years of not using DIY hair dye, I decided to give Liese Bubble hair dye in ash brown a go and I absolutely LURVE the way it turned out! It's exactly the kinda brown I like. Check out all my NYC travel entries.

But after a few months, it faded to orange which I absolutely detested! I didn't include the ugly orangey shade photos here but you could click on beginning 2010 to see pictures of the ugly orange.

I also had the most expensive bangs and sides cut in my life. USD$30 not inclusive of tips yet but I absolute loved it. None of my SGD$2.50 -- $5 fringe cut salon could imitate the same cut I did at a hip Japanese salon in New York.

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From end 2009 onwards, I stopped chemically treating my hair and allowed my natural black hair to grow without rebonding or perming and I love the state it is now.

Now that I've been sporting a full head of naturally black hair, every group of friends who met me would comment on how they like me with my healthy black hair and how this look suits me so much, using flattering adjectives like "posh", "classy", "chic", "elegant", "mature" etc.

All the past positive adjectives  used to describe my un-black days like "sporty", "fun-loving", "cool", "beach babe" etcs have since been replaced by "You used to look like a/an __________________________." [Fill in the blank with SPG, ah lian, wild child, unserious playgirl... wtf is a playgirl?]

Ever since my god daughter Charmaine's passing, I made a pact with cyn mommy to go do our hair together. She was really in dire need of prettifying and pampering herself after 2.5 years of looking after Charchar and never leaving her side.

Doing our hair together was something which we've always planned to do so we're both really excited about it. Cyn mommy has already booked an appointment for us tomorrow afternoon and we simply cannot wait for tomorrow to come. Jase has been going round telling everyone that mommy and godma are going to do hair together and leaving him at home coz he would be bored at the salon. lol... Jase had promised us that he would be good and would not mind waiting even 5 hours at the salon for us. What a sweet gentleman! There would be so much to catch up on just within a span of a few weeks of not meeting.

Kh loves my current look a lot and asked if there was really a need to change something. In fact, all the friends I met up with recently except for a clique were in the same voice as kh.

To quote somebody close, "I love your current straight black hair with bangs look to match your bitchy but smoking grey eyes."

Bitchy? Thanx ah. Smoking grey? Yeah!

I wonder what would be my decision at the salon tomorrow!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Snippets from Phuket

It's Day 4 of Phuket and it's a lazy day for both of us after 3 very hectic days before this. My bff is lying on the couch with a book while here I am testing out the intermittent wifi in all parts of the room.

Here's sharing some of my memories here with all of you in the meantime.


~*Our room at Indochine, Phuket*~



Via latestay.com, we managed to snag this Gaya Studio (Indochine) at a good rate the night before we flew. Unfortunately, we had to put up at a not-as-nice-as-gaya Studio due to unavailability of Gaya Studios on our 1st day here.

We're really ecstatic about this room (upgrade). Enjoy the amateurish commentary yet again!


~*Our first elephant ride*~



With the goal of taking a new piece of experience home from every trip, my bff and I decided to try riding on an elephant at Phuket. Of course, there were too many new experiences to choose from like riding a horse, a scooter etc but riding on an elephant seems the safest for now.

We did the ride at Pang Chang Sai Yuan. Our elephant's name is "BiBua" and she really loves to eat. I like this place coz the elephants are all treated quite well, as if they are part of the family. Only gripe was that we paid for a 45min ride but got 30min inclusive of BiBua eating. Well, I guess we can't really control how an elephant walks.

Hope all of you enjoy the videos! I will catch up on all your blogs when I'm back in Singapore.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Hello from Indochine Phuket

Just a short note here.

I'm so glad that there's free wifi in our hotel!

Well, two very garang gals had been letting our hair down and exploring the place on our own. Sometimes, travelling is all about the side trips.

After receiving some of your feedback, I'm aware that all my photos are not showing here. I dunno what's the problem with Photobucket. Argh... Island hopping is on the agenda tomorrow. We've got to be up by 6.00am and I'll try to figure out what's wrong with Photobucket when I've got the time. I feel so bummed that the photos are all not showing but it's ok, we're on VACAY!

I'll miss all of you!

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So everyone, please help me not to exceed bandwidth by avoiding clicking onto my photo links but to view them straight off my blog instead.

Since Photobucket says that bandwidth resets each month on the anniversary of the day a member originally registered, my bandwidth usage will be reset on the 19th. Hopefully by then, pictures would be displayed again. I would really cry if that doesn't happen as photos from 2007 till now would be affected.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Halloween 2011 - Terrorising guests at a private house party [Final Cut]

Scheduled post on 11/11/11 at 11:11am.

Inspired by my Facebook status, Bei my very old friend of 16 years decided to throw a basement Halloween party at her newly renovated house on the actual day of Halloween.

She extended the invitation to the rest of my motley crew as she had always been awed by our yearly Halloween events and was looking forward to be acquainted with my Halloween gang.

Since it was a Monday and everyone came from work, we did our make up in Bei's bathroom.

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Here's Gera and I smearing our faces with stage white foundation but before we blended, we decided we could transform from a human to a kitty cat first. Meow...

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Note: I'm wearing FreshKon contact lens in Groovy Green which had the greyish effect I've always adore.


1st transformation as seen from the preview post a few days ago. I was trying to achieve a ghost-appearing-from-behind-the-bathroom-wall effect.

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When my make up was more or less done, I racked my brains for a character to assume. With that, Gera suggested that I could still be mad Lady Heather from Saturday for she could not think of any other characters which suited my look then. Hence, I decided I would be the ghost of Lady Heather that night.

Gera helped to tease/backcomb my hair without spritzing on hairspray for she did not want to damage my hair. I love this untidy look so much!

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I finished my make up before my friends and immediately got into the ghostly character of Lady Heather. I stopped talking completely. Sometimes laughing hysterically, I would slink myself from wall to wall and appear behind my friends through the mirror.  Even when my friends talked to me, I would tilt my head and look right into their faces, simply staring at them like some ghost with transparent soul-less eyes.

Needless to say, they were all so annoyed by this ghost. Gera very much wanted to punch me for being so much into character. lol

With nothing better to do, I slid my way out of the bathroom to snap a photo with the lovely devil host, Bei. When she talked to me, I completely ignored her too and she was pretty amused by my antics.

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After some rounds of introduction to new friends, my hair had completely lost its untidy volume and I had to go back to gera for a quick fix. This time she teased my hair and spritzed lots of hairspray while cautioning me not to look for her should my hair get stuck while washing that night.

How's this for adding more volume to the hair?

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Soon, my eyes bled which signified my full transformation for the night. In case you're wondering, Lady Heather committed suicide by slashing her wrist. Could you see the slash?

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A mixture of spooky and cute Halloween decor

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Finally, all of us were ready to terrorise the guests.

Tiff's alter ego: Evil Black Swan
Gera's alter ego: Measle-ly/ Miserly
Evan's alter ego: Messenger of Death
Jo's alter ego: Ghost of Lady Heather

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Aside: bimbotic moment... my untidy volumised hair lost its volume again despite the hairspray... Guess my hair is much too smooth and healthy. lol.


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Of course, the lovely devil host wanted a shot with the whole motley crew.

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Soon, we got hungry for fresh meat. Hence, we killed some of the guests and started eating them part by part.

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We made a new friend and decided not to eat her up coz she's such a sweetie.

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Erm yes... this was just one of Lady Heather's ghostly antics. Evil Black Swan hated it.

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Jo and Tiff --> bff for 22 years...
Oops! I forgot we were into character. Ahem... Lady Heather and Evil Black Swan pitted each other in a staring contest.

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I concede defeat. Check out Evil Black Swan's missing iris!


The beginnings of the Messenger of Death--
As a human, she was brutally murdered and chopped up. Vowing revenge, she sold her soul to the devil who transformed her into the Messenger of Death.

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The Messenger of Death returned from the dead with a mauled left foot to remind her of her ghastly death.

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Measle-ly loved colours! You would have known by the gaudy bright colours and those measles red dots on her.

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Bei got a DJ from Lantern (a club located at The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore) to play some really cool Halloween dance tunes.

Leaving his disc to spin, he sneaked behind us for some photo moments. Even Austin Powers wanted a share in the photos.

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More people joined in the photo.

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Did you see the F1 driver up there? It was really hilarious coz we bumped into him outside Bei's gate and he came in a cab. So when he got out I quipped, "I assume we're going to the same party but where's your Ferrari?" He returned the jest and claimed it was under repairs. lol...


When humans and ghosts mixed...

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Evil black Swan stole Devil Bei's pitchfork and started playing pool with it.

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The Messenger of Death seemed to have met with many deaths.

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Candid moments...

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Wanna check out the crime scene of Measle-ly and Lady Heather?

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Crime Scene Photo #1

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Crime Scene Photo #2

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Crime Scene Photo #3

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Crime Scene Photo #4

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Crime Scene Photo #5

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[I was seriously thrilled at how spooky my eyes looked up there.]


The Messenger of Death Saved my head.

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Groovy Baby! Austin Powers kept annoying Measle-ly that she gave him a piece of her mind... and her fist... and her fingers... and a severed foot.

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Taking a break in the home theatre.

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Come on everybody, let's join in!

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Ok whoever who was behind the camera wanted some fun shots and gave some cue to which we would spontaneously interpret what actions to take.

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Whoever behind the camera was going trigger happy. We could practically do a stop motion animation with with some of these shots.

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The ghosts and ghouls decided to drop our scary image by doing the cutesy Asian 1,2,3 poses right up to 10.

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You could see that all the ghosts were quite bimbotic and familiar with the various poses. Our devil host was rendered clueless from 6 onwards.


4 of us by the end of the night with some make up slicking off.

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We had a ball of a time at Bei's smashing party and we were glad to have made soooo many new friends from all walks of life.

On the cab, I decided to call home to let my parents-in-law know that I was coming back from a Halloween party. They since knew the drill of my friends and I dressing up but they did not witness our make up process. I felt this look could be eerie in the middle of the night (as compared to Lady Heather when she was a human). Hence, I decided to inform them beforehand.

Loosely translated from Mandarin, my conversation with my father-in-law went like this:

Jo: Papa, I'm on my way home in the cab in Halloween make up so please don't be freaked out by me later.

FIL: Ok, do you look really scary? I better get Mama to sleep upstairs. She has fallen asleep on the sofa downstairs and you know how she would always stir and wake up whenever the door opens. She would definitely be scared out of her wits by you.

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When I got home, my FIL was staring at me from upstairs, waiting to see my look. Once I looked up, he exclaimed "Aiyo 吓死人" meaning I could scare someone to death.

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My MIL was awoken and so the both of them started talking to me. She's short-sighted and could not really see my look from her position. My FIL teasingly asked me to go closer to her though she hurriedly brushed me away and talked to me with her eyes closed. After talking for about 5 minutes, my FIL said in Mandarin, "Hurry up go to your room and wash up. The more I look at you, the more you creep me out."

I thought that was really amusing.


I look more like Jo here already right? Say byebye to the ghost of Lady Heather.

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This post is chock-full with inane pictures which take up space that all my recent posts have been relegated to page 2 of the older posts. Remember to check them out:

Out of town again
Being proud of my hubby and his team

After receiving some of your feedback, I'm aware that all my photos are not showing here due to bandwidth being exceeded. I dunno what's the problem with Photobucket. Argh...


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Updated -- Message from Photobucket

Bandwidth is used when digital content is viewed from a link you posted on another website or sent in an email (e.g., MySpace, eBay, message boards, etc.). Bandwidth is a measure of the number of bytes passed over time via direct linking. It is calculated by adding up the size of each of your images or videos as they are sent from Photobucket. The “Monthly Bandwidth" number is the amount of bandwidth you have used within the last month. The month is determined by the day of the month you registered your account.

EXAMPLE:
You have various images of 25K each in size that are viewed by 100 users on your favorite message board in one day. You also have one video of 15000K that is viewed by 10 users in one day. 25K * 100 requests = 2500K (or 2.5 MB). 15000K * 10 requests = 150000K (or 1500 MB). When you add the two together, you have used 152.5 MB of bandwidth in one day.

Important! Do not confuse bandwidth with your album size.


So everyone, please help me not to exceed bandwidth by avoiding clicking onto my photo links but to view them straight off my blog instead.

Since Photobucket says that bandwidth resets each month on the anniversary of the day a member originally registered, my bandwidth usage will be reset on the 19th. Hopefully by then, pictures would be displayed again. I would really cry if that doesn't happen as photos from 2007 till now would be affected.

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