Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Smollie Smols

Got leave from work yesterday to be part of this awesome little surprise shindig for birthday bird girl Danielle.


Look at this bright and cheery and colourful happy fun times ice cream cake (juseyo dalkomhan geuman ice cream cake! teukbyeolhajin oneure, oulineun maseuro) that's literally chock full of candy lmao


Perfect for a nine year old like smollie Nielle herself :))


We went for a 4+ hour ktv session and it was DA BEE’S KNEES, I tell ya!

Nothing I love more than singing karaoke and dancing at a club with my friends. And since I can’t do the latter coz I’m a non-clubgoing stay-at-home nerd, just let me enjoy belting out Lady Marmalade and spitting’ Nicki & Drake rhymes to the fullest lol

I now have a new song obsession due to the influence of ma mates who have VERY different music tastes than I, and that is Someone New by Hozier.

I looped it seven times this evening during my bus ride home from work.

Am not kidding.


The song is fab.

The video makes me feel things.

Natalie Dormer is perfection in every way, shape and form.


bruh

Watching this mv was some sort of sexual reawakening for me, not even gonna lie lol. Would've preferred it to be somewhere a lil bit more comfy and private than the Teoheng all the way over at very old and kinda weird Katong Shopping Centre, together in a tiny dark room with five of my friends no less. But ok. You can't have it all I guess? lol


Highlights of the karaoke session, food-wise, would be the juicy and surprisingly delicious popcorn chicken chunks that I snacked on throughout. Yeah, as if my throat wasn’t get fucked up quite enough by the relentless singing (read: yelling) and rapping (read: monotonous yelling) hahaha. Let’s shovel some heat, deep-fried junk food down my gullet at the same time!

I also had a nice and simple cup of bubble red milk tea. Soooo good omg, especially since I haven’t had 泡泡奶茶 in a while. I actually detest tapioca balls but since it was a special occasion, I had a jolly good time munchin’ on den pearls lol

I’m so done with myself for always forgetting to save my Snapchat story posts, thinking I have the luxury of time to go back and download them any time I want before the timer hits 24 hours and everything gets wiped off of cyberspace for all of eternity.

So yeah, sorry about the lack of photos for I am a forgetful turd lololol


Dinz afterwards was none other than my love, Astons <3


I’d have gotten a steak (i’m never not craving something hearty and just straight up carnivorous, tbh) but I was pretty full from the tea and fried chicken heh

You’d think aggressively trying to sing along to Korean songs with lyrics I don’t understand and slightly booty-popping to The Weeknd would have worked up a sufficient appetite, but apparently not lol

Being responsible, non-antisocial young adults, we tossed all our electronics to the center of the table and maintained good ol’ fashioned conversations with one another instead. We also had a penalty where the first person to touch their phone before the end of the meal has to pay for everyone’s meal, so best believe none of us wanted to touch that shit hahaha

Although I was suffering. Goddamn, was I having a hard time.

Usually I don’t give a rat’s arse about checking my phone coz honestly speaking I have barely any social interactions to tend to lol

But last evening…Hoo boy. I was about to have a freaking mental breakdown, I’ll tell you that much. 멘붕 indeed hahaha

sigh x200

***

Yesterday was pretty gosh darn incredible for the most part. I’m really super appreciative of seeing this awesome group of people, especially now that work has begun. I can only hope that we’ll continue to meet up even after they start their internship journeys.

Feelin’ blesseddddddd as all hell :))

Now I just gotta hold on to that feeling and not let myself forget how amazing everything in my life is, and how happy I am.

Even when night falls and I’m left alone with nothing but darkness and the demons of my mind to keep me company.

Especially then.

well, that was a fucking emo twist ending lol


GET IT TOGETHER, YA DINGUS!!

:(

but sometimes…


i sad

Friday, 25 September 2015

WEEK 3, Give It Up For WEEK THREEEE!!

Hello, I'm back with my weekly chronicling of internship life! Woohoooo!!!!!

note: i'm going to do something very weird and slot in photos taken during my work week intermittently throughout this post coz it's quite text-heavy and i know some o' yall bitches be scrolling past all the shit i say to just get to the pictures lol yall aint slick!! just kidding hahaha i appreciate you v much thank u for contributing to my 9 people per week readership lol xo

I can't believe it's already been three weeks, gosh.

I think this week was full of firsts, the most prominent one being that I experienced my first time being legit stressed out and frazzled. I'd say it was the first time since I started working that things weren't 100% smooth sailing, which obviously threw me off. But at the same time, it wasn't anything that I didn't expect to happen sooner or later.

First "commercial break" lol


Pikaaa!! Always just chillin around the office.

Well, her fluffy presence is always appreciated :)) Can't believe I've managed to meet a feline I don't hate lol

For quite a while now, I've been thinking to myself that the outcome of how I feel about my internship in the long run could be one of two things. Either shit starts to go down, on a regular enough basis that it makes me hate my job at one point or another. Or the spark that I have for it eventually dies off such that even if everything remains as great as they are now, I start to just not care for it as much as I once did. As much as I do now! As much as I should.

Well, I can't make any promises to myself or to others, because who knows what will happen in these six months? I don't even know what will happen tomorrow, or in the next hour. Things happen, feelings change.

But I gotta say, at least the things that have transpired the past week (Wednesday, especially! goddamn, fucking Wednesday lol) have gone to show that this is a job that I abso-freaking-lutely love, even when things may not be perfect.

It made me realise that even when shit goes down and everything gets really hard (lol)(IM SORRY HAHAHA), if your instinct isn't to drop everything and quit. Or even let it tear you down! If you're actually willing to sit through it and fix whatever's wrong, and go about doing your thing after the storm, appreciating the calmer times even more.

That's when you know this is something you truly love and want and am grateful for.


The delicious milk tea drink that triggered my Monday morning meltdown lol. Gave me so many intense Guangzhou memories omg!!

And trust me, I am NOT an optimistic person at all lol. I quit, all the damn time! I know it's a really shameful thing to admit but yeah, I'll say it! I'm quitting things and giving up left and right, and I have been for my whole life tbh hahaha

But this...this is something I want so bad in my life, and I am SO incredibly thankful that I'm blessed enough to manage to get it, that I can't even imagine one day not having the same passion towards it that I do now.

Not even when tricky clients stress me out til I start sweating in my office chair, not even when things keep going back and forth and I gotta scrap all my hard work and start again from the very beginning. And the most devastating one of all, personally, not even when I'm told that the one thing that I've believed I was good at in my entire life, the one thing which I love to death and am extremely proud of, is actually not as great as I thought. In fact, I kinda suck at it? So yeah. There you go.*

*this entire paragraph is so fucking whiny i can't even haha. ok looking back now, none of it was actually as terrible as i'm making it out to be. in fact these are just tiny occurrences that are part and parcel of adult life. "the real world", as they call it. yes, i'm being a whiny baby right now and i'm completely aware of it. just let me have this moment hahaha


Had the same Thai basil minced meat dish from a different lunch spot. This one trumps the other, tbh. And I had a nice big mug of teh ping by my side to quell the flames in my mouth this time so I didn't start watering at my eyes and nose and basically everywhere on my face before collapsing the ground and dying lol

AND the egg yolk was beautifully runny instead of a hard boiled mess like the previous version!

I'm just very very thankful that I at least have the support and consolation from my awesome editor and colleagues, who very kindly told me to take it easy and basically had to remind me to just breathe lol

Seriously tho I'm the type who is literally so fragile that if my delicate sensibilities get harmed even just a tad, I'd probably be thinking about leaping out the window of my second storey office into the traaaaaaash (that was a jacksfilms reference sorry i've been watching a lot of yiay)

Which brings me to my next point!

This week was the first time I got to properly talk to a bunch of people and bond over a chill lunch sesh, or walking to the bus stop together or what have you.

It's no secret that TSL isn't just a company or workplace. The entire team is super close-knit. They're really a family, where everyone's fun and friendly and just makes everybody wish they could be a part of this terrific group lol


This is a roasted pork variation of the kolok mee I got during the first week. Remember how I mentioned that it tasted good but a tad boring because of the lack of chilli sauce which is usually present in wanton mee? Well, I discovered these two condiments from the stall and it ROCKED MY WORLD lol. The orange liquid thing is actually ginger chilli coz the stall sells chicken rice as well. It went pretty well wit ma noodles nonetheless but it was a bit too sour and tangy for my liking.

The chunky sauce tho, hoo boy. Shit was on some other level, man let me just tell you. It was full of ikan bilis (my love!!) so the flavour is rather "heavy" and can start to get a bit fishy if you eat too much at once. But balanced with the fragrant noodles and the soup that it comes with (i just drown my noodles with it lol i don't like noodle that are too dry that get all clumpy and stick together!!) everything is just divine and the taste is sensational.

Yup. These are the sort of intense thoughts I have whenever I'm having a simple bowl of $3.80 noodles. Just so you know lol

FIERY PASSION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lmao

Okay I'm gonna let you in on a little secret...when I first came into this internship I was quite worried and VERY intimidated by all the people in the office. First of all, many of them are influencers which means they pretty much have the right to be cocky af if they chose so. Also, a lot of them were just damn hot lah so HAHAHA

But as it turns out, none of them had any airs at all?! In fact, they've all been awfully kind and welcoming and I just...it makes my heart wanna explode lol WHY Y'ALL SO NICE!!!!!!! stahp it lol (just kidding ok don't)(lol)

A pleasant working environment is one of, if not the, most important things I look for in a job. So I'm so, so, SO grateful that I got this covered. Everyone's just freaking phenomenal and just...aaah. My head swirls just thinking bout how insanely blessed I am to have landed this sweet ass gig hahaha

And I'll never ever take it for granted :'))

said renae three days before she started bitchin abt everyone and everything she hates about work lol JKS!! i ain't gon do dat lol luv yaaa <3

And now, finally, for those of you who came from my insta to see some sweet ass baked treats...


Got these gorgeous lil things after work on Friday to treat ma self™. The bakery is just a stone's throw away from my office! Reason #361 why I freaking love my job teehee

Sadly the Milo Malt frosting got mushed on the treacherous bus ride home. Not the Rainbow Vanilla Cream Cheese tho! #blessed HAHAHA

Check out the swirl of paddle pop colours, my goodness. How pretty!!!!!! I can't omg


Remember my paddle pop obsession phase?


yea i just felt it appropriate to insert a picture of myself from February 2014 at this juncture lmao (i miss my mint shoes omg)(they split into two coz apparently i walk waaay too forcefully HAHAHA)

I have this very pained/confused expression on my face but really I just couldn't open my eyes coz the sun was shining so bright lol it was like 7am and I got my mum to help me take an ootd before I went to school hahaha #priorities


I also got some macarons, which are some of my all-time favourite indulgences in this goddamn earth.


How adorable is the packaging?!


It's like opening up a treasure trove. And they tasted SPECTACULAR, oh my word.

I love macarons so damn much I sometimes don't even mind eating shitty ones (lol just being honest)(i am not one to have particularly high standards anyway)(in all areas of life tbh HAHAHA) but these were of impeccable quality AND taste.

I mean seriously when I took a bite out of the matcha one...


Pure. Freaking. SEX right there lol

just kidding i have no idea what sex is like.

it's just an analogy ok omg IM S ORRY

ugh

But yeah everything was flawless and amazing.

Other flavours were salted caramel (SO feckin good) and white chocolate, which I actually quite detest (if you don't have a cocoa content of at least 50%, don't even call yourself chocolate)(you're not even brown ffs!!!!!!). But it tasted bomb regardless so yeah. :'))

Legit gonna shed a tear lmao everything was so so delicious!!!!

Watch as I hit the bakery up every single day after work and become morbidly obese by next week's #internshipadventures blog post lol

u think im kidding but tragically

i m not

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Suite Life in Guangzhou Part 10: Circus v2.0

I thought the Chimelong International Circus back in Panyu was gr8 but boy, I was NOT ready for the one in Hengqin!

Hengqin Chimelong International Circus 
Zhuhai, China 
Sunday, 28th December 2014

I'd say the biggest differences were that Hengqin's version was more artsy and modern, with a stronger sense of diversity in terms of the people who were on stage. You could really tell that the performers were hand-picked from all over the world for being the very best in their respective areas!

And the best part?


We managed to get VIP seats at the very front row!! :D *beams*

Check out how huge the arena was, hehe. And the ceiling spotlights make for such a galaxy-ish feel! I love it omg

I thoroughly enjoyed myself and it truly was a phenomenal show. Here are some of the highlights!


The show opened with this crazy visual trickery act. It got kinda creepy at times! But eventually you just figure out that one of 'em heads is fake...and everything from that point on is just admiring how the performer goes on trying so hard to fool the audience hahaha


Dancers came out to pUMP UP THE PARTY!! Their outfits are amazing lol i gotta say


And this lady strutted out with a whole flock of birds just casually perched on that humongous hat. Like, how do you train them to not poop all over the place?? #justrandomthoughts


Hey, what am I doing on the stage?? just kidding lol haha

the hippopotamus is much cuter than i am :'))

Check out the band of clowns providing live music tho! How cool is that?


Lil horsies~!


Honestly only took this photo coz her outfit is on POINT, I mean seriously how beautiful is that red top?

I have a thing for peplum tops and red is my absolute fave colour so when she came out onstage it quite literally took my breath away.

Ya, I'm talking about a shirt.


A lil bit similar to the one I wore on my 19th birthday, which took place a little over a month prior to watching this circus show. cool cool


Swaggy-shirt-lady was a part of this cool speed-skipping performance!

And now, get ready to be blown away by a show of extraordinary strength and grace...


bruh


Holy crap?? The big bald dude was so freaking impressive lol I swear


!!!

Amazing!!!!!!!!!! DEM MUSCLES DOE omg


The strength, balance, control and grace...wow.


dear lord...


CRAZY!!!!!

Alright guys, are you ready for the big finish? I saved the best pic for last lol


HEAD IN CROTCH!!!

HAAHAHAHAHHAHAHAH OMG i'm sorry lol i do not possess the most mature of minds lmao not sure if you could tell :P

but yeah honestly it looks like quite a comfortable resting spot?? JSHJKA OK SORRY BYE HAHAHAH


Poodle master, I was just v v impressed by the showmanship of the lady. Her giant, bedazzling smile was hypnotising me from start to finish lol. And she was so full of energy!!


The main act of the show, some story-driven performance about nightmares and dreamscapes. I just really love pyrotechnics hehe


Some nerd tied up in what seems to be hell.


My, my! How the tables have turned!


I think there was a parental advisory warning for lil kids watching this show. I can understand why hahaha


Ooooh, scary!

I stopped taking pictures from this point onwards but [SPOILER ALERT] the nerd managed to escape the evil clutches of hell and all the well-dressed devil ladies lol

Pretty adrenaline-filled show, I liked it :)


Seems familiar?

It's pretty much the same set-up from Panyu's circus, except this time with monkeys instead of humans!


Don't really give a shit about juggling but god, DAMN that girl is pretty. @_@


Another major act that had everybody at the edge of their seats.


Ummmm???!?!!!?!?


Wth bro I can't even do a split like that on ground level what on earth!!


I WOULD HAVE A HEART ATTACK LIKE LEGIT


Anddddd now they clearly just don't give two hoots about gravity anymore. *shrugs*


OMG BYEE


*sheds a tear*

Holy shit, that was a wild ride.


And that was the end of the circus!


Ugh, I just love it when all of the performers come out on stage. Such a warm, fuzzy feeling and a perfect end to a fantastic show!


Hello, gorgeous red peplum lady! Nice to see you again! You too, dog master! I see you've had an outfit change! White looks great on you, lovin' those pants, gurl!

lmao whut

Friday, 18 September 2015

Best BrekDinz Ever + Big Bag of Fats

My gluttony knows no bounds.

Throughout my polytechnic life the lunch (and sometimes dinner…) breaks were always the highlight of my day. FC6, will always have my heart. Subway and KFC, fruit juice stall and Starbucks at FC5. FC3’s Llao LLao and Korean stall (their bibimbap was LOVE. thanks a lot, VANESSA). Koufu was a real treat too.

Oh yeah, not to mention snackin' in class like, all the damn time.


So now that I’ve started working, it’s only natural that I’ve somehow found new ways to incorporate being a true blue fat kid into my daily life. Say hello to a whole new array of excuses to pretty much gain about 17kg in a month.

:’))


This is all from last Wednesday evening, btw. aka Week Uno, out of a six month internship period.

Bless me, y’all. Bless me.


9/9 (as in, 9th September. this is not some kind of weird rating lol) (tried to be a cool and swaggy hipster but obvs i failed)

Summer came to my rescue (as she usually does) on Wednesday night for a much-needed midweek post-work catch up sesh.

It had only been like…one freaking week since we’d last seen each other but I was already bubbling on the inside with the feeling that I would straight up IMPLODE if I didn’t spill every single little thing that had been swirling in my head since I started work. So, 72 hours worth of stories, basically.


I freaking love Cedele with all my heart.

This right here is their mighty big breakfast. With eggs (scrambled, coz that’s the BEST way, hands down NO COMPETITION), a jumbo sausage (lol idk y but that phrase just makes me laugh) (yes i’m very mature i know), two delectably sinful strips of bacon, sautéed mushrooms (MY LOVE!!), two pieces o’ toast and a nice salad with refreshing yuzu dressing and a sprinkling of sesame seeds.

Yup, I was pretty darn famished after a day of work lol

Don’t you just love all-day breakfasts?! Like, breakfast foods are AWESOME and I should be able to have them at 10pm if I want to!! [insert gif of Leslie and Ron passionately declaring their love for fast foods*]

*i recently discovered the magnificence of Parks & Rec and i physically can’t bring myself to stop binge-watching that show, omg. i’m already on season 7 wtf!! someone save me pls

Summie Doodle Doo (lol) got herself an orange juice (which was $6, if i remember correctly. what on earth right like cmon cedele u know i love u like, you’re my baby boo luv ya long time but chill?? were the oranges hand-squeezed by Shah Rukh Khan himself? no?? then?????) and a big ol’ bowl of wild mushroom soup coz she wasn’t feelin very well at the time :(((((

poor bb

hope the Royal Billionaire’s Club Golden Platinum Sparkle Exclusive Tycoons-Only orange juice managed to pump you up wit vitamin c and you’re all better now <3

I thought I’d being foregoing the two slabs of bread so as to save precious space in me tum tum but, yo. Dem breads turned out to be effing DELICIOUS!

lol seriously tho, it was some top notch shit.

One slice was of the wholewheat variety and chock full of grains (not the most enjoyable tbh but eating it makes me feel all healthy and not like i’m shovelling a big plate of carbs and fats down my gullet lol) while the other was just good ol’, fattening and diabetes-inducing but goddamn tasty white bread.

*thumbs up*

It must’ve been a sprinkling of dat magic Cedele fairy dust or something but somehow even the packets of butter and strawberry jam (which i usually HATE! both strawberry AND jam! so it’s DOUBLE the dislike!) tasted bomb as all hell.

Me having way too much fun with my food:


I am masterchef, masterchef is I. srsly doe this lil bread and butter combo with a crispy sliver of greasy bacon could pass off as a five-star canapé priced at $25 per mouthful, no?


The jam came out of its packet still retaining the adorable solid nugget shape and obviously I was way too chuffed about that.

Forreal doe I spent a good minute or so laughing about this like, omg. What is my life even ABOUT?!

***

Went to the Korean mart at Star Vista prior to meeting Sumz for dinz coz I was bored and wanted to stock up on fatty food lol

I LOVE ASIAN MINI MARTS UGHHH they give me life <3

Here is my loot~~ (yes, typing about pointlessly extensive ramblings about snack foods brings me great pleasure and excitement. that’s just the kind of person i am) (fucking tragic lol)


Cup and bowl instant noodles for weekdays when I get home real late and am 100% depleted of all energy to go and buy or prepare a proper dinner.

Cheese ramen is always cool and I bought a new ~*hot & spicy*~ jja jiang hyun (炸酱面, black bean sauce noodles) to try! how exciting teehee


Assortment of sweet and salty snacks! Bless the Koreans, man. Omg their junk food be on some next level shit lol I mean SERIOUSLY!! Waffle chips?? CHURRO CHIPS?!?!????!? REALLY??!!!!!! CHURROS????????!!!!


They tasted freaking incredible, holy sweat on a bean.


If you like honey + cinnamon sugar, you will LOVE this. Also, the crunch is on POINT! (my thumb is hideous and i do apologise)

Waffle chips were much lighter, which resulted in me swallowing 3/4 of the bag at a time lol (without remembering to snap a pic, too. i'm sorry lol i have failed you) forreal doe it’s like eating yummy maple syrup-soaked air!! So crispy and delicious omg ughhhh

Can I just rave about their adorable packaging designs please? Like, just for a lil while?


GOD, DAMNNNN LOOK AT THOSE CARTOONS! Makes me wanna guzzle down a bottle of that hand drawn maple syrup right NOW lol


Marvellous, really. Just…ugh. So beautiful :’))

Andddddd, last but not least, I decided to head on over to Cold Storage for some ang moh snacks as well just to keep my diet geographically balanced lol BAHAHAHA wtf kinda bullshit man oh god…


Spoiler alert: everything tastes A+

Ritter Sport fuels my soul, tbh.

As you could well imagine from the amount of “healthy lifestyle” and “clean eating” diet options I purchased, by the time I met up with Summer I was holding a giant plastic bag of, well. Fats, essentially. lol

i was like Santa Claus but for obesity.

Oh yeah, SumSum also brought along this packet of uber soft and squishy matcha (!!) marshmallows which I absolutely loooooove omg SUMMER!!!!!!!!!!


Stop giving me sweet and thoughtful gifts for no reason omg you perfect angel sugarplum queen, you. Your very presence is great enough a gift and way more than I could ever ask for :’))

***

Went on that major snackage shopping spree coz I realised I tend to get super peckish at work and they was sposed to be my “work snacks” but alas, I devoured the whole lot over the weekend whilst watching four seasons of Parks & Recreation in one and a half nights HAHAHA

Sigh.

Literally what is self control??