Indulge in the Uniquely Singapore experience

If I do go for this Singapore trip, I’ll be able to check out places as a total tourist!! I go Singapore often enough and although Chee Kiang and I do think about checking out the super touristy places, we never get around to doing it. So this seems like a good opportunity to do it!

I’ve always enjoyed myself so much whenever I go down to visit Chee Kiang. 🙂 In fact, I had a great time looking at the pictures I took from 2006 till now. 🙂 *warm*

So here’s a stroll through my photo album of some of my most favourite things to do and see in Singapore. 

Places to see:


Taken in Aug 2006, right after my Year 1 finals.
I know this photo damn drama but this is Orchard Road! Always worth the stroll to make you strive to be more hardworking so you can earn more money and maybe afford a top from one of the shops there. Maybe.

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Taken in April 2006.

I’m not too familiar with the Singapore night life as the only time I went clubbing in Singapore was that time in 2006 at MOS which has since closed down. Sigh. But if you’re into all that, Clarke Quay has a rather good variety of bars. 🙂 It’s damn romantic too with the river running by.

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Taken in April 2006.

If I were to ever work in Singapore (I didn’t say I would ah, dear;P) I would love to have my dental office (or work for a dental office) that faces the Singapore river. It’s so gorgeous and peaceful. This picture was taken when I took the boat ride and it really shows you the old and the new Singapore. 🙂 Love the skyscrapers.

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Taken in April 2006. 

What trip to Singapore would be complete without doing silly stuff with the Merlion? 


Taken in December 2006.

Like any other big cities, Singapore never disappoints during Christmas! Some big multi billion dollar company will take on the task and transform the streets of Singapore into Christmas land!  


Taken in December 2006.

After Far East Plaza (on Orchard Road), Vivo is my most favourite place to shop at! I mean some of the shops can be found here in Malaysia but the things there are like a whole season ahead of us. And I’m talking about the toy shop that I always frequent – ActionCity! That’s where I discovered the Hannari Tofu! 

 
There’s a place I absolutely adore – Sheer Romance! Bikinis of all kinds of prints are available there. There’s a few outlets but the only ones I know of is the one in Far East Plaza and Vivo City! And for shoes right…. FAR EAST PLAZA!!  OMG. *froths at mouth* The last time I was in Singapore, I bought three pairs and it only came up to SGD60!!  


Taken in May 2008, right before my Year 3 finals.

I’m not sure if the DHL balloon is still there, but if it is, GO FOR IT!! It’s your only chance to go up a hot air balloon if you’re not planning to venture out of South East Asia anytime soon!


The view!


Taken in Aug 2008.

Chinatown! The whole Singapore is already chinese itself, somemore need a china town. I’d like to check out Little India though..wanna go see how much do the Swarovski crystals there cost.


Of course, Chinatown is an awesome place to get cheongsams. There’s a really nice one there..but I can’t remember the shop’s name now. -_-


Taken in May 2008.

Gotta love it when the city casts a gorgeous glow on the river. 


Taken in May 2008.

Do check out the Esplanade for your artsy fartsy fix. Plenty of artistes showcase their work there.

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Taken in August 2009. (yea recently only, haven’t blogged about it even)

This is Chijmes. It used to be a convent girls school which was transformed into one of the more high end places to dine at. We were tricked into eating there by a few friends. *frowns at Abby* We had japanese which was not bad! Many other restaurants there, didn’t have the time and money to check out everything! Maybe next time:)


Taken in December 2006.

East Coast Park – seriously a recreational park! Every weekend, families actually come out to rent bicycles and cycle the entire stretch, uncles go fishing here, kids rollerblade, angmoh kids skateboard, college students throw bbq parties at one of the chalets and as I have recently discovered, there’s even water skiing available at a freaking pond. Don’t get me wrong, it faces the sea, but they waterski in a pond with a contraption above that swings them round and round the pond.


Taken in December 2006.

I think it’s about SGD6 to rent a bicycle for a couple of hours. 


Taken in December 2006.

Chee Kiang brought me to the end of the world.. damn tiring.

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Taken in Aug 2009.

This is Liss and I, revisiting East Coast Park. 

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Taken in August 2009.

The water looks really nice right? But people hardly swim there.  

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Taken in August 2009.

Fort Canning Park is where you’ll probably go if you have a concert to catch! I was there for Lady Gaga’s concert and yes….I’ve not blogged about it yet.

NOW, about places to eat:


Taken in Aug 2006.

This is Cafe Cartel. 


IT HAS SERIOUSLY AWESOME PORK RIBS! 


Taken in Aug 2007.

And who can forget the awesome Siu Lung Paus from Din Tai Fung? Mmmm.


When I met up with Jed and Erin for some really good Siu Lung Paus.


Another special Singapore delicacy that you have to try is the bread with ice-cream kiapped in between. A bit of a challenge to eat it, but it’s really really nice! It’s available all over Orchard Road!


Taken in May 2008.

Back at Clarke Quay, there’s this bar that you would have to try just for the novelty factor. It’s called The Clinic! Damn cute one, they have their drinks served in IV packs and you suck it in, then syringes or test tubes which serve as shots. Then wheelchairs and hospital beds as chairs. And you have your drinks from an operating table. 


Taken in Aug 2008. 

The first time I met my soulmate – Medium Rare Steak. Oh god oh god. This was at Hog’s Breath and the steaks are so so so so so so so so so so so goooooooooooooooooood. I feel like crying thinking about it. Seriously, EAT YOUR BEEF THERE!!!


Taken in Aug 2008.

Max Brenner. Friends who came back from Melbourne raved about it, so I could only travel to as far as Singapore and thus tried it lah, see what’s so great.


The Suckao is great. Mmm. You melt chocolate pastilles in the aromatherapy thingie and then suck it with a spoon that is also a straw. Warm chocolate pastilles melted in milk. 


Taken in May 2008.

Iguana at Clarke Quay!! The one with the huge huge Strawberry Marguerita! You actually feel full after drinking it (and obviously drunk). It’s only available at midnight or was it 11pm. Something like that. 🙂 Quite worth it.

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Taken in Aug 2008.

One of Chee Kiang’s favourite hang out spots – mainly for the Satay Mondays! As you chill there on Monday nights, you’ll be served with free flow of Satays! 

The concept is also a little like Luna Bar as it is situated on top of the Odeon Towers.

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At the bottom of the Odeon Towers, there are shallow water features where you can do things like that. 😛


There are plenty of cozy spots at the Loof too such as this mattress laden alcove.

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Taken in Feb 2009.

I know I’m supposed to talk about touristy stuff, but it’s always awesome to do as the locals do. Do try the Nasi Briyani Mutton at the Prata Shop. Ask any NUS student and he’ll be like, “Ok come!” The mamak who opened the Prata Shop came out in the papers, something about making his first million or something. What’s the point of studying you tell me.

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Taken in August 2009.

Durians at Geylang!! Hawker food in Singapore, sorry ah, as a whole generally suck. But Geylang is pretty decent (haha) if you’re going for some local fare (haha). No seriously, I’m talking about the food. Nothing touristy about prostitutes. Bloody D24 was like SGD30. I almost fainted. 

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We had frog porridge there, some kind of noodles can’t remember what it was, tau fu fah and yau char kwai dip in soya bean.

Another place you should go if you want local food (according to my very shallow knowledge and the level of Chee Kiang’s willingness to bring me around), go to this place called Ginza. I *think* it’s in or near Clementi. CHICKEN RICE THERE BEST! Best best best best best. With taugeh that kind. Can fight with Ipoh!

Here are my old blog posts about my Singapore trips:

The Great Singapore Adventure

Christmas In Singapore

The August Singapore Trip / Nuffnang.Sg /NUS Rag Day and to see him <3

Those Six Days In Singapore

I Now Have Name Cards / Wall-E Movie Premier / College Mini Reunion / Girls Night Out At Velvet / My Second Day Selling At The Bazaar / The August Singapore Trip

That Vpost Christmas Nuffnang Party In Singapore Plus A Free Stay At The Marriot

My Spontaneous Valentine’s Day Adventure

NUS Rag Day 09/10

 

So here’s hoping that I get those tickets. *fingers crossed*

It’s Krrunch Time, Get Playful – A Pringles Drama

Here’s my entry for the Nuffnang Regional Blog Awards.

Once upon a time, there were two jaws named Bogeh and Chewy.

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L-r: Bogeh, Chewy.

Chewy and Bogeh were friends. Not exactly, super close that kind but at least they got on sort of well.

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Sometimes they shared a good laugh together..

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And sometimes they argue and start mouthing off each other.

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One day, Chewy said to Bogeh, “OMG LOOK THERE!”

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So they looked.

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Mr. Pringles said, “Ahh. That was a good one.” and walked away after he excreted a piece of Pringles chip from his can.

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The aroma from the Pringles chip started wafting up to their..er.. I guess noses, wherever that is.. and they were both enticed.

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Bogeh was faster than Chewy and picked it up immediately much to Chewy’s horror.

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“It’s MINE!” Chewy bellowed. 

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“OPEN YOUR MOUTH AND LET GO!” screamed Bogeh.

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They struggled..

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It was so intense until suddenly..

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‘Prrraaakkkk’. Bogeh broke in half and lay motionless on the parquet floor.

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“AI YAI YAI…what have you done?!?!” screeched Mr. Pringles. 

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Mr. Pringles put his head on the motionless jaws. “No, Bogeh. This is terrible. You fought over a piece of chip from me and now you’re gone!!!” Chewy looked on nonchalantly.

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But he was also abit kepo lah, like most Malaysians and Singaporeans. You know how got car accidents sure must see a bit a bit one.

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Chewy decided to pretend that nothing happened and slowly put the pringles chip away into the back of his mouth.

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“How could you do this to your friend?” asked Mr. Pringles.

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“You should be ashamed of yourself!” chastised Mr. Pringles.

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“Like I care!” said Chewy indignantly.

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Chewy then continued to chew his Pringles chip with all the satisfaction he could muster. “It’s KRRUNCH TIME!” said Chewy.

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And made a mess – which showed he was really enjoying himself, savouring the salty chip, bit by bit.

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Autopsy results on Bogeh’s homicide will be revealed soon.

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“It’s Krrunch Time, Get Playful!” is the theme of this blog post. I was just messing around with some old dental casts which I used for my endo simulation practicals. It’s playing right, sort of like giving life to your soft toys when you were a kid and making a storyline out of it.

So this is the first part of the contest. Don’t expect another story line for the second part of the contest… I hardly have time to shit these days.

Facebook Courtesy

Sigh, I might come off sounding like a bitch after this entry is done but I don’t care.

First and foremost, the ultimate most important rule to follow on Facebook when adding a friend is to tell the person, “Hi, I am blablabla we met at blablabla”

Adding Strangers on Facebook

Though I myself do not practice it all the time, but I only leave it blank when I am very sure the person knows that I exist in their world. This is unfortunately not the case for some ignorant fools on my Facebook list.

My criteria to add friends are:

1) We must be acquaintances in real life.

2) If we are merely online friends, I’ll add you because I know of you online. I’ve probably read your blog, you’re probably my customer or maybe you’re famous. I would then just add you but I wouldn’t comment on your FB because I am not thick skinned like that. I am merely enjoying the thrill of having a celebrity on my facebook. *squeals*

One of my major pet peeve is adding people whom I think they are my junior. Or a blog friend. I can’t possibly remember every name and every face right?! So I just add for fear of hurting that person. I mean, who would want to feel insignificant in another person’s life right? Though clearly some people should be bitch slapped with a list of do’s and don’ts when it comes to Facebook, but we’ll get there soon.

My classmates and I roughly know almost all our juniors but it is difficult to remember everyone 100%. So when we see, “Oh okay, these are the mutual friends. Should be juniors lah.” Then turns out that these are some hometown kampung friend of some classmate/junior who goes around adding everyone from my course. Stupid or not? We keep getting tricked over and over and over again. Please keep your desperate friends locked up in some facebook cage app.

And there are a few default pretty girls on my Facebook whom are ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS mutual friends of mine and some random greasy Ah Beng asshole who has nothing better to do but add girls on FB. Personally, I think these pretty girls should be above this. If plain janes like me can spit on Ah Beng hamsap lous, they can do so much more. Like, say, click ignore and don’t bring this wretched creatures upon the rest of the female facebook population.


Commenting on Facebook Statuses/Photos/Updates

Nobody died and made me queen of facebook courtesy but I’ll just tell you what I think. I don’t really care. I’m in a bad mood today.

I’ve deleted people who made stupid/lame comments on my facebook. There was this one old lady whom I thought was a blogger friend who commented on a range of my photos. I was washing Chee Kiang’s legs for a fish spa and I was  posing with my (then) new car. Her comments insinuated that I was on all fours, being a slave to Chee Kiang, scrubbing his feet and when I posed with my car, she’ll cluck away going “oh kids these days are so spoiled”. I can’t remember my retort but I let her have a piece of my mind and then she deleted her comments straight away. A few other photos also lah, I can’t remember.

Firstly, if you’re older than me by at least 7 years right, think whether your comment is funny or not.

Secondly, THINK with your BRAIN whether we are close enough to  be talking like that or not.

Friends who have reached a certain closeness have the unwritten permission to talk with no barriers. You know, you can do without the politeness and the “so how’s lifes”. Coz you see each other every freaking day at school or at yam cha sessions every other month or maybe back in high school, you shared a very close friendship filled with insults and practical jokes.

Of course it is okay for mere acquaintances to leave a funny comment here and there.

It has to be:
1) Relevant
2) Uninsulting
3) Actually funny

Another old lady (what’s up with all these old ladies) saw some photos I took when I was in Terengganu for my oral health posting trip. I wore a skirt which was just an inch above my knees. Very decent for my standards, no one said anything when I was there.

This stupid woman, whom I presume was from Terengganu coz she was damn proud that I went to visit Terengganu or some bullshit like that, said “Isn’t your skirt a little short?”. This is coming from a lady whose facebook profile pic was of her naked shoulders. I can only hope she was wearing clothes lah. So I was like, “I don’t really care”. And she’s all, “Clearly.”

Last I checked, my mum didn’t even say anything. So who is she to comment on my dressing? Dumbass.

I also have a friend who …deep down.. I’m sure is a really nice fellow. He isn’t exactly aware that the way he communicates is kind of like invading on our personal space. He used to comment on almost all my statuses. The comments were embarrassing because people on my facebook would be wondering why is this fellow leaving all these comments on Jolene’s statuses and most of all, why don’t they make sense?

It got to a point that I was seriously too lazy to respond because I just didn’t find them funny at all. I deleted him and the poor guy asked me why I did that. I mean it hurts to have to deal with it this way because we even met in real life before.

Yes I know that statuses, photos and stuff on FB is free for all. It’s my fault that I added all these people on my FB, yes I know that. But what I’m trying to put across is that there has to be boundaries to follow. So it’s just too bad if there are some strange people  lurking around our facebook. But anyone who ‘understands how it works’, would know where to draw the line.

If you realize, people who see each other often or those who belong to a clique are the ones who would interact with each other most on Facebook. These are the people who would be in the same photos on Facebook and who would throw comments to and fro the entire day, making the rest of the gang laugh. Obviously someone who is not close to the gang could ‘like’ the pic or maybe say something funny. But he must not think that it is okay for him to insult the person in the photo like how the rest of the gang does. You don’t know how the system works, don’t pretend you do.

Facebook statuses are other updates are less personal than photos hence it is okay for anyone to comment.


Tagging Me In A Note That Has Nothing To Do WIth Me

When I don’t even know you.. I don’t really care what you have to say. Usually it’s some lameass heartwarming story about friendship, love and worst of all, religion.

I usually get tagged by close friends with those 25 or 10423948234 random things about me notes. I don’t think I’ve ever responded to any. I do want to, but I never seem to get around to it.

My computer is slowly dying on me too, it takes me ages to click on something for it to appear. So imagine the annoying feeling of seeing a gmail notification telling you someone who is practically a stranger tagged you in a note. Obviously curiosity gets the better of you right, then you go and see what’s the note all about. Bloody waste of time.

I’m not trying to be all elitist and eliminating potential close friends. Those who know they can talk without holding back, know it. I mean if we have thrown a few jokes around, we’ve reached that level. If I’ve never even said Hello to you before, that’s how you know I don’t appreciate the sudden inclusion in your list of friends to tag/comment unfunnily on.

Yes, i only have three. Feel free to add on.

I’m damn sleepy.

Before I climb into bed, one more tiny rant. Blog-related this time. Yes I am proud that people google for things that they fancy and manage to get some information on my blog. One thing about doing advertorials, people immediately assume you know everything about the product. Like fuck I know why there are korean words on the handphone’s keypad. Best part is, after asking their questions, they ask me to email them my answers. Wah lau you my boss issit. It irrirates me because why can’t THEY email me? Why must I email them about things they want to know when they are not my superiors/customers but random brainless strangers from the internet?

Long time never get flamed already, maybe I’ll get some when I wake up tomorrow morning. Goodnight world. Wah shit 5am already, somemore meeting customer at 11am tomorrow. Damnit.

Urbanscapes 2009 by Xpax Is A Must Go!

Gone are the days where I would pore over my stacks of girly magazines from US, UK and Australia. Being the cynic that I was, I’ve always thought that Malaysia had nothing to offer me in terms of fashion and entertainment. It was in form5 that I picked up my first copy of KLue and I was blown away by how artistic some Malaysians can be.

Because of this, I have always been drawn to the Indie scene in Malaysia. Particularly theatre and the bazaars. While the music and film scene has its own following, I’ve never been a huge fan probably because of all the invitations I get coming in from Facebook and the spam in my emails from budding filmmakers/singers about their upcoming film/gig.

On the 27th of June, all local talents will gather at Urbanscapes 2009 which is presented by Xpac at KLPac promising to showcase all the best that the city has to offer. In other words, it is a creative arts festival! From famous names like Yuna to Twilight Action Girl to weirder ones like Mailer Daemon, they’ll all be there, playing in front of throngs of cityfolks (and maybe some out of towners who are huge huge fans!)

I myself am particularly sore because I have missed out on YET another marketplace event. It’s just a fancier name for a bazaar. Some of the names I recognized from their vendors list are such as Soak Republic and Lah Lah Land. I heard sales were really good at previous Urbanscapes. DAMN YOU YEAR4 FINALS, DAMN YOU! *shakes fist*

I would love to be there to soak in all the happy vibes from quirky local artistes, melodramatic film makers, OTT theatre performers and oh so colourful booths at the marketplace. SIgh. SIgh. Sigh.

Here are some pictures I stole from Flickr of past Urbanscapes events:


I presume this is the much talked about marketplace. – Photo taken from fendyzaidan.


Oooh check out the colours… – Photo taken from Ahmad ‘Cipoi’ Saiful.
Here are the details for those of you who are interested to check it out:

Date; 27 June 2009
Time: 12noon to 12pm.
Venue: KLPac
Ticket price: RM25 (presale) & RM35 (at the door sales)

Surely there are some kiamsiap ones among us who feel that EVEN RM25 might a little steep for an orgy of music, film, arts, shopping and more. While looking through their website, it seems that Xpax/U.O.X. customers are entitled to 2 free tickets if they are the first 200 customers who clamour for these much sought after tickets. All you need to do is top up RM30 if you’re an existing user or buy an RM30 reload card and get a free Xpax/U.O.X starter pack. Remember to be there early if you want to be the first 200 customers to claim your two free tickets from the booth next to the ticketing counter at Urbanscapes 2009!

Don’t hit yourself too hard too if you’ve missed out on the presale tickets. Provided you’re an Xpax/U.O.X. user lah. You are still entitled to an RM10 discount for the RM35 at the door tickets. If you’re not an Xpax/U.O.X. user, you can still buy an RM10 reload card and get get the free Xpax/U.O.X starter pack.

Among the numerous promotions and contests going on for the Urbanscapes (seriously, there are so many.), there’s this contest called (X)SNAPS!

I almost fell off my chair when I checked out the prizes. Nokia N97!!! Plus free airtime for half a year!

As you can predict, this a photo taking contest. They have four categories namely Colour, Fashion, Music and Design.

You can choose to upload your photos at the designated booth at the 24hr KL area by passing over your SD card. Good for procrastinators who will probably go home and say later lah later lah and miss out on the awesome phone.

But if you like, you can also MMS your pics to 26388 and in the subject area, you would have to write:

1. The name of the photo
2. Which category the picture is supposed to be in.
3. Your name.

All must be separated by a comma okay!

But if you want to go home and do some editing to your awesome photo, you can still email it to xsnaps@xpax.com.my. Remember this format ah!

Title of picture:
Catergory of picture:
Name:
Mobile Number:

OKAY. All the best. If I can’t win the damn phone, I might as well try to help others to. 🙂

Do enjoy yourself at Urbanscapes 2009 and I can’t wait to see all the colourful pics in the blogs. 🙂