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Monday, June 22, 2015

Instagram Snapshots ~*May 2015*~

It is sort of the last week of June and I can't believe that half the year flashed by just like that. Why does time pass so fast? You know, sometimes I wished for a pause button in life just to stop a little while to catch my breath, smell the flowers and enjoy being in the moment.

Instasummary for May is really late. May started off with a long weekend and loads and loads of exercising and eating with gal pals. I had lots of good food coz of all the celebrations like Mother's Day and my birthday. May is usually the busiest month of the year in terms of social life. Although I dislike my birthday, I love all the meet ups with my favourite people. This year somehow, I didn't meet as many friends as I usually do in the past years but I'm glad for technology which enabled us to continue keeping in touch and showing the love for one another.

As usual, Instagram videos on blog run in fast forwards, skips and jumps. They are better viewed on iamjolene Instagram page itself for sound and image quality, as well as full streaming and on smartphone Instagram app for emoji to display.

PS: Did anyone realize that Instagram on browser recently had a makeover and now it looks so sleek and clean? The only bad thing is that all the dates are removed! I had to find all means and ways to search for the dates in order to do this Instasummary.

~*1 May 2015*~
Sometimes in life, you do stupid things so you'll have something to smile about when you're old.

~*1 May 2015*~
On Labour Day public holiday, we treated ourselves to booze. There goes the healthy lifestyle.

~*1 May 2015*~
What a cute little mussel! Totally whacked the blue cheese and laksa mussels even though I don't quite like mussel. #brusselssprouts #mussel #bluecheese #cute #yummy

~*2 May 2015*~
The weather forecast said thunderstorm. When we reached here at 4pm, we were like "What kinda weather forecast is this? The sun is freaking hot. Let's go and eat till the sun is down then cycle."
#whatkindahealthylifestyleisthis #bimbosisters #bestie #bff #galpal #ilovemyfriends

~*2 May 2015*~
Before we even cycle, we had these and more... I... just... don't know... what... to... say...
#whatkindahealthylifestyleisthis #proteinrichfoodishealthy and a shoutout to #benefit #benefitdreamscreen

~*2 May 2015*~
Latergram: We were probably more enthralled by the pretty Tiffany blue city bicycle with a cute basket than the actual cycling itself.
#healthylifestyle #vintagebicycle #tiffanyblue #bimbosisters #bestie #bff #galpals #ilovemyfriends #flipagram @tifducky @czanneo

~*2 May 2015*~
Latergram: At halfway point and at end point. And then after cycling, it was time to eat again. Eat. Cycle. Eat.
#whatkindahealthylifestyleisthis #bimbosisters #bff #bestie #galpals #ilovemyfriends

~*3 May 2015*~
I've got a pretty little shoe cupcake from TCC.

~*6 May 2015*~
Love seeing #daylight especially when it comes in pretty #sunset orange, pink and purple.

~*8 May 2015*~
It feels really good to be in the city area during office hours. We are here at the National Museum for the Lee Kuan Yew exhibition.
#nationalmuseumsingapore #leekuanyew #LKY #proudtobeasingaporean

~*8 May 2015*~
The early birds!
#nationalmuseumsingapore #LKY #nationaleducation #NEtrip #inmemoriumleekuanyew

~*9 May 2015*~
This is for you, @czanneo!

~*9 May 2015*~
Happy Mother's Day! With @kappo77 and @kezel

~*9 May 2015*~
Latergram Mother's Day dinner at Saveur Art. Appetizers which consisted of Egg Confit, Saveur's Pasta and Grilled Foie Gras. Yummy! If you don't know which appetizer to order, the #eggconfit and #saveurspasta can't go wrong.
@saveursg #saveursg #saveurart #foiegras #frenchfood #frenchcuisine #happymothersday

~*9 May 2015*~
Latergram Mother's Day dinner at Saveur Art. We ordered one of each main course minus the mackerel and times 2 of the duck confit. It's great to eat in a group coz we could get a taste of everything . Clockwise from top: Butter-poached Lobster, Australian Beef Steak Angus Bavette, Grilled Pork Belly, Crispy Duck Leg Confit, Roasted Chicken Breast, Crispy Duck Leg Confit again, Slow-cooked Salmon . When the waitress asked us which main course we liked the best, all of us couldn't give her an answer coz we enjoyed them all !
@saveursg #saveursg #saveurart #frenchfood #frenchcuisine #happymothersday

~*9 May 2015*~
Latergram Mother's Day dinner at Saveur Art. I don't have any top down table shots of the desserts as the cheese didn't arrive together with the sweet deserts. And SOMEBODY started poking at the ice cream in order to help everyone decide whether to eat first or wait for the cheese platter to take a top down shot. So here's a picture of their platter of 5 different cheese. Needless to say, I love the blue cheese best !
@saveursg #saveursg #saveurart #frenchfood #frenchcuisine #cheeseplatter #happymothersday

~*10 May 2015*~
It's been a while since anybody commented that I have a #restingbitchface. I take that as a compliment.

~*11 May 2015*~
Passport expiring... Need 6 month validity to travel. So how? Singapore IC photo and passport app to the rescue ! There are guided lines to make sure you're framed correctly and the app automatically crops the photo to the specified dimensions. Just upload the finished product via the ICA online application system and renew. What a cool app ! The only thing is... I was alone and used the front camera so the resolution isn't good but I'm very sure it looks fine as black and white passport size. The photo wasn't rejected during application but I've not heard from ICA for a week. Fingers crossed.

~*14 May 2015*~
And it's a "YES!" from me.

~*15 May 2015*~
How do people eat dinner at dinner timing? I eat dinner at dinner timing, feel hungry at 9 and end up eating more! #Tuna in brine with #cheese slices. So yummy and (I deceive myself by declaring it is) a healthy #latenightsnack. #attempttobehealthy is #tunainbrine even healthy? #healthylifestyle #healthydiet

~*16 May 2015*~
Throwback to a year ago when I met up with @emsmoments at Shilin Night Market 士林夜市. It was the best night in Taipei! We bit the heads off our rooster and pig, laughed and posed with our kills. We ought to be hanged. Blogged about Shilin. Link in IG profile.
#shilin #taipei #士林夜市 #instatravel #wefie #galpal #bestie #ilovemyfriends

~*16 May 2015*~
First time at @crabindabagbigsplash with @tifducky. Our men are not here so we had to get down and dirty with those crabs ourselves.

~*17 May 2015*~
The antipasti and complimentary at Osteria Mozza for belated Mother's Day dinner with the in laws.

~*17 May 2015*~
The mains at Osteria Mozza for belated Mother's Day dinner with the in laws. First time trying authentic Italian cuisine for mum-in-law and she loves it!

~*17 May 2015*~
The desserts at Osteria Mozza for belated Mother's Day dinner with the in laws.

~*17 May 2015*~
#全家福 outside #osteriamozza

~*18 May 2015*~
Hair grew out too fast so gotta get new hair cut again. Softened the one length look and got layers at the sides. Only wished I had my stylist's skill in blowing my hair this way. @cyngapore first saw me and exclaimed "So short!!!" Then each time we chatted and she looked at me, she couldn't help saying, "I can't stand your hair. 很美咯。I can't take my eyes off." Hello? Concentrate on the chatting can?

~*20 May 2015*~
Happy 11th birthday to my dear cute and handsome godson @123jaselim! He has grown from a sensible boy to a fine young man. Anyone who knew us from years back and knew of everything that Jase has done as a good son to his mum @cyngapore and a good brother to his sister Charmaine then and to Mia now would know how much he had gone through and grown as a little boy. Can't believe he is 11 years old already. 11 years of awesome goodness he has brought to the people around him! He will always be my Precious Moments boy boy in my eyes no matter how big he is.

~*20 May 2015*~
Surprise! Got you, didn't we?

~*21 May 2015*~
Latergram dinner at Professor Brawn Cafe with That Group That Shall Not Be Named. It is strange. We all talked about growing old, exercising and cutting down on carbs but look what happened.

~*22 May 2015*~
Latergram. The first and probably the only birthday cake for this year. Thanx to my branch babes for the advanced celebration.

~*22 May 2015*~
Well, this photo was supposed to depict me with the smorgasbord of steamboat food in front of me. But the hubz preferred to leave the food overexposed and focus on how this human seemed to be spontaneously combusting.
#spontaneoushumancombustion #onfire #hotpot #steamboat #imperialtreasure #yummy

~*23 May 2015*~
Latergram from last night. My 大姐 @kappo77 got me a durian cake and she claimed it has been planned since January and not because I said that the cake from my branch gals would possibly be the only birthday cake I would have this year. Sorry gotta cut my Dad out coz he couldn't decide if he wanted to be in the frame or not.
#birthday #birthdaycake #durian #ilovemyfamily

~*24 May 2015*~
Staycation at MBS starts now!

~*25 May 2015*~
Falling asleep to my favouritest cityscape. Good night!
#singaporecity #singaporecityscape #mbs #viewfromthetop #staycation #nightlights #igsg

~*25 May 2015*~
I am on top of the world... Together with a million others in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and armed with selfie sticks, cameras, phones, sunnies, various degrees of pool fashion not seen in this frame.
#staycation #viewfromthetop #infinitypool #mbs #mbsinfinitypool #igsg #bikinigirl #bikinibod

~*26 May 2015*~
Latergram. The hubz would always have cravings for burger whenever he watches some gourmet burger programme on cable food channel. He deems that the famous DB burger at DB Bistro is "damn good".
#dbburger #dbbistromoderne #mbs #burger #foodporn #ilovefood #foodie #fatdieme

~*27 May 2015*~
Do you have a partner-in-crime buddy? Well I have at least one of such 损友 at every phase of life. All of you 猪朋狗友emojiemojiemoji would definitely know who you are! Blogged about how @eccentrice was my partner in crime during uni days. Link in Instagram profile.

~*27 May 2015*~
"Hello, may I find Jolene?" Was little 7-year-old @tifducky 's opening line whenever she called me at home. My sisters often joked about whether she has found me after decades of hide-and-seek. Thank you for the birthday treat! muax

~*28 May 2015*~
After I posted that iconic MBS infinity pool shot, lots of people asked me how I did it. Some people thought the whole place was indeed that tranquil. Some knew MBS SkyPark is as crowded as the Marina Bay Floating Platform on National Day. So folks, may I present to you MBS SkyPark version of What it seems to be VS What it really is.
#whatitseems #whatitreallyis #meme #mbs #mbsinfinitypool #marinabaysands

~*29 May 2015*~
Beef Goulash Soup earlier today at The Soup Spoon. Attempting an effortless top down shot of Instagram worthy food. Pass?
#thesoupspoon #beefgoulash #instafood #foodporn #ilovefood

~*30 May 2015*~
Happy long weekend to all Singaporeans! Oh my, the ground is radiating heat into the house. Cooling down with some red grapes which I lovingly plucked and washed to share with the good people at work yesterday but forgot to bring yet again. Now I have them all to myself. Muahahahaha...
#grapes #redgrapes #healthydiet #healthylifestyle #overloadofsweetness

~*30 May 2015*~
Supposed to cut down on carbs and late night eating but SALTED EGG anything is perfectly ok. On a separate note, their salmon was way overcooked and as hard as rock. Totally couldn't finish it. We gave our feedback to the cashier and she merely acknowledged , "太熟,太硬 huh?" With no apology. Oh well...
#lebanhkcafe not #healthydiet #saltedegg #fries #fatdieme #instafood #foodie #foodporn

~*31 May 2015*~
As a Sephora member, I had a complimentary brow waxing and shaping service at the Benefit Brow Bar. It so happened that my bestie @tifducky is the master trainer aka Professor of Pretty (what a cool title to have on the name card right?) at Benefit and she offered to personally do the waxing for me! So honoured ! I love the signature Benefit arch on my very problematic left brow now! They no longer need to hide behind my side swept fringe. For more pictures and write up of Benefit Brow Bar and my horrendous eyebrow history, click on the link in my IG profile.
#benefit #benefitsg #benefitbrowbar #pretty #eyebrows #eyebrowarch #sgblogger #selfie #benefitcosmeticssg

~*31 May 2015*~
Beef Carpaccio... Our favourite kind of Italian anti pasti. Love the beef carpaccio at La Strada. The marinade... the cheese... the lightly salted beef... even rockets that I usually dislike taste so good.
#lastrada #lastradasg #beefcarpaccio #antipasti #italiancuisine #instafood #foodie #foodporn #yummy #fatdieme

~*31 May 2015*~
Chitarra Alla Carbonara -- Best Carbonara ever ! I usually cannot finish a whole creamy pasta on my own and would never order Carbonaro. This time I ordered it after Kh ordered it the other time. They ran out of guitar string pasta so I opted for angel hair pasta. I wrote about this on my blog before and I would exclaim again. OMG, the Carbonara with crispy ham, egg confit, shaved parmesan and truffle butter sauce was AMAZING! I've never tasted any creamy pasta that was so light yet flavourful. An oxymoron I know and that's why it was amazing. First time finishing a creamy pasta in 10 minutes just shows how great it is.
#lastrada #lastradasg #carbonara #eggconfit #truffle #yummy #foodie #foodporn #instafood #fatdieme

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  1. All the food looks so fantastic. I thought sure in that one shot you said you and your 2 friends were The Pointer Sisters. If so, please give us at least the chorus of The Neutron Dance. I am exactly the only one who remembers The Neutron Dance aren't I? Sigh and sigh again! Glad you had a good birthday celebration and a nice staycation.

    All Things Bright and Lovely

  2. Aww, you look sooo pretty honey!

    Love, Colli

  3. Jo... I love caronera pasta... this one you talked about sounded divine. I don't eat creamy food anymore... I love it too much as does my hips ;-)

    Time does go by quickly.. I can't believe 6 months has flown by so fast... I need to slow down and enjoy this summer, especially now that I've met someone special... ♡

    Have a great week xox

  4. Hi Jo, yes you're making people really hungry. I have to grab something to eat now :D I could never cut down the carbs haha. They are too delicious. Did I count three b-day cakes? Man I only had one and it wasn't even yummy :D Gluten-free and sugar-free what more do I have to say. Super lovely Insta recap. You have an exciting life. Really I don't think I have done anything pic worthy this month :D
    RYC: I have seen that they have gluten-free burgers at a restaurant. I will give them a try. Maybe they are pic worthy :) I know it's very difficult to live gluten-free. I hope you'll find a cure for your g. problems. A few years ago no one over here cared for gluten as well. I was just like you. I could eat like crazy and I was super skinny but when I got older it changed. Now I take care of what I eat. Hahaha who doesn't edit their pics! You're not fake Jo! Your friends are just teasing you. I bet you look fabulous without the editing. Btw my body fat is 18.9. it's hard to believe yours is 24.8. Are you sure? Well you're fine the way you are and maybe my new scale isn't working :) Sadly I'm still busy. I really need a few days off. Wish you a happy Monday Jo!


  5. 6.45am here and I should have known better than to read your IG recap post at this early in the morning because I know it'll be filled with food porn! Haha! And now I'm so hungry and am obsessed with carbonara. It's one of my favourite pasta dish ever and I will eat it every day if possible but my heart and artery might k.o. LOL!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  6. As always you've got so many snapshots of tasty food, oh what are you doing to me:)?! I have never tried mussels, and they are not looking appealing to me, to tell the truth:) But cheese is my favourite treat, especially Edam or sapsago cheese, I love when it's served with honey and nuts:)
    By the way, on that pictures which you consider to be #restingbitchface, I would better call typical teacher's face searching for a new victim:)
    I can't but mention that this picture of you and your husband (~*24 May 2015*~) is super cute and pretty, your husband is so lucky to snatch you up! He has one of the most beautiful wifes ever:)

    You were asking me about my health problems, I don't have anything so special, but gastritis ( almost anyone nowadays suffers from this disease). But my aversion to meat connected not with my health problems, but with ethical principles. I'm a huge fan of the pescetarian lifestyle, I don't eat meat of hot-blooded animals and trying to be more environmental-friendly:)

  7. I didn't find out about the instagram changes until the other day! LOL If it's sleeker, then I guess it's better. I'll have to check out my own profile Jo. HaHaHa I love that May 24th picture of you and your husband. It's such a cool pic. You two look so good together. Lovely couple. I'm going to remember that pitch it in the bucket quote! Life passes by too fast to worry. All of those dishes look so good! You guys eat the best food. Looks delicious. Great recap!

  8. what a nicely curated journal :) i love the color of that bike too! so cute xo

  9. haha I've always wanted to go to marinabay but yeah it's all about the angle of the photo! love the photo you posted it looks awesome! and your bathing suit <3

  10. Ok, so I see you're not cutting down on carbs ha ha...I love that photo where you said you talked about your girlfriends about healthy lifestyle and then you all ordered a tons of food:)

    you know, perhaps eating healthy is overrated...I mean I always ate very healthy but I ended up with a Chron disease...and now I'm following all the guidelines but for years there is no improvement. I think ultimately stress is more important aspect than food. Our relationships with others, work and other things are more important for our health than the food we eat....I love cooking and I love food but I think that we are not what we eat...or there is more to food than just chemistry. When we share a meal with somebody we care for (friends/family) than it is a special experience and perhaps that emotion is ultimately more important than the food itself.

    Anyhow, as always I really loved all your pics!!!! so many yummy the one with the mist effect....

    and the photos of you and hubby are always lovely....and your godson is adorable!

  11. May looks like such fun! I agree with you that the year is flying by! I hope summer goes a little more slowly. :) I am starving now after looking at all the delicious food you ate last month! :)

  12. Lots of great memories :))) June is flying by fast, it's crazy. Love all of these photos my dear, I hope you are having a great week :) xx

  13. wow Jo reading your instasummary made me hungry! Haha you seriously eat tons and by tons i mean TONS! lol too much exaggeration! Because seriously, i really envy those people (in a good way) like you who managed to stay slim and could eat a lot huhu can i have your awesome metabolism please?? Anyway Jo, now that you mentioned it, ig via web really looks so cool now indeed, i love the new design though it might be hassle to some because there's no date, but it's okay you still looked beautiful in your selfies <3

  14. Food, friends, fun. Lovely life. :)

  15. I haven't been on Instaland in so long Jo. I took a break from it because I needed some clarity and now that I have it's hard to get back into the groove of things. Which is a good thing, mentally, but in terms of my friendships I feel like such a bad friend. Y'all keep supporting me when I remember to sporadically post something yet I'm never quite there for you guys :o( I'm trying to find a balance I guess, trying to work out a way to be active without being overly obsessive either.


  16. So young...such a nice girl...with great taste in friends and restaurants! It's nice to see the way you and your friends are sticking together.

  17. I miss some of these posts Jo! I guess it's because of the time difference, but I'm glad I went through them today. Boy, your food pics looks mouth-watering too! You eat so well! Btw, did you mention that you're writing about some of those weird IG followers? I'm not sure if you did, if so, let me know.

    xo Jo

  18. I went trough this post again today and noticed some things I hadn't that quote God wants us to be happy...hence the funny...and who knows maybe it is true?;)

  19. Wow, so beautiful lifestyle dear, amazing every pictures :)

  20. Hi Jo!

    Looks like you really had an amazing month last May! Full of fun and exciting things, as I can see in those smiles in your photos.
    Well, anyway.. if you're with your friends on your side, they'll make you feel and look happy :)

    Btw, I just followed you on Bloglovin and Instagram :)

    Jhem |

  21. Thank you all of you for your sweet and lovely comments. They put a smile on my face. Instead of replying here, I would connect with you on your blogs. xoxo

  22. I am so hungry now after looking at this post. It seems like we have one thing in common, we both love food. Anytime I go out it's usually to some type of restaurant or stand.

    Only The Brave Blog


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