Friday the 27th

Flying home tonight for our engagement tomorrow! Pretty excited about it and we’re gonna go to a wedding expo as well (there happens to be one this weekend) to see if we can score some good deals on wedding stuff hehehe.

This week has been somber for Singapore. Lee Kuan Yew is now lying in state at the Parliament House (since Wednesday) and the queue for members of the public to pay their respects is soooooo long! At the peak of it, the waiting time to enter the Parliament House was 9 hours! But I admire those who stand under the hot blaring sun for hours to give their respects. Initially the time slot for the public was 10am – 8pm from Wednesday to this Saturday. However, looking at the number of people who queued for it, the organizer decided to open it up for 24 hours til Saturday 8pm. Even then, I heard the waiting time was up to 7 hours last night.

Mr. Geeky went along with his bosses and colleagues yesterday. They reached the starting point at 2:30pm and reached Parliament House at 5:40pm!

On another note, I’m moving to a new place next month! Found a room with a good deal near to my old place :D

#ThankyouLKY

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It’s been 2 days since Lee Kuan Yew’s passing on 23 March 2015, 3:18am.

As an Indonesian living in Singapore, I can honestly say I feel the sadness. I don’t know him personally. I’ve never met him in person. I’m not familiar with his political activities. However, I know that he has given everything he could to bring Singapore to the state it is today.

Under his guidance and leadership, he turned Singapore from a fishing town to a first-world country. From education to safety to transportation to rapid development to being Asia’s financial hub, I believe it’s all largely due to his blood, sweat and tears.

If not for him, I may not be able to enjoy a good life here in the little red dot. I could take public transport at anytime of day without feeling scared, I have the chance to work at one of the cleanest cities ever and many other things that I may not be able to list down one by one.

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So thank you Mr. Lee! For building Singapore and leaving your legacy for its people. Many may not always think positively of you, but well, there is no such thing as a perfect politician, isn’t it? No matter what, I’ll always believe that what you have done deserved more praises than flaming. :)

How Mr. Geeky turned from stranger to fiancé

Since we are now engaged, I though I’ll write about how we met for my own record too. Hahaha so here goes:

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I first met Mr. Geeky at a cell group session one Thursday in October 2012 (Yep, I used to call him Mr. Phlegmatic but it’s Mr. Geeky now since it’s… err… easier to pronounce hahahaha. Also because he really is quite geeky!). There were about 20 people in the room and a few new members too, so we introduced ourselves one by one. I was sitting quite far away from him and he introduced himself as a student (followed with some “Booooo!” and laughter from the others afterwards. Hahaha). I honestly thought he was really a student! I guess I trusted people too much, eh?

Then I thought he looked quite handsome! But I had no feelings whatsoever towards him because I had just broken up with my then boyfriend for about 2 weeks or so I think?

That was my first cell group session ever, and the next one was in December that year. I had been wanting to go prior to that but I was either occupied with work or just plain lazy.

So I decided to attend the cell group more regularly in December. That was when I found out that he was actually 4 years older than I am! Cehh… cheat my feelings!

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If you like it, then put a ring on it!

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We are engaged!

I know the question would be “How did he propose?” but actually… there was no proposal. Hahahahaha really!

The story was something like a week before we went back to Jakarta for CNY, he asked me whether my parents had asked me again about when to get married and all, so I said yes (yup, they were asking me quite constantly hahaha).

Then he said “Hmm… actually I’m going to talk to my mum about this when we go back.”

I was quite surprised! Aiya spilled secrets one la this boy!

But actually he did that to make me feel secured that he was definitely gonna marry me. We did talk about getting married a few times before.

And so that’s how it went! We spoke to our respective parents and we planned for our engagement (Chinese style) end of this month.

Although he just got me the engagement ring on Saturday, we have started planning our wedding (mid next year) for a few weeks now. I wanna get the major things settled fast, especially church booking just so it is secured #kiasu.

All in all, I’m excited to be engaged to my love!! Can’t wait to spend our lives together :D

Twantea Ate

I’m officially 28 (ermm… slightly more than a month ago)! Really?! o.O It feels as if I wrote my 27th birthday post just a little while ago!

I took a 2-day self-declared birthday leave and so I had a really good long weekend! Here are some of my birthday highlights:

1. Went for Japanese buffet lunch at Kuishin Bo!

The first time I went to Kuishin Bo was… 3 years ago. We were planning to go to Smoke House initially, but he decided for this restaurant instead at the last minute.

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Sashimiiiiii! Definitely the first thing I happily picked onto my plate! :D

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Bite-sized cakes – most of them are yummy! I remember when I went to Kuishin Bo with Rani and Irma, we actually took plates (notice I said ‘plates’) of dessert the moment we stepped inside the restaurant. Hahahaha!

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Btw, this post has been delayed for more than a month and my hair is not even like this anymore. I’m back to short bob! :D

 

2. Super cute birthday gifts! 

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I swear I turned into an over-excited 5-year-old kiddo the moment I saw “Instant Mini Camera Building Kit”! Look at that hand-drawn tag and the tako on the box ^^

 

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The end product! SO CUTE!!! :D

This custom LEGO kit was ordered from chrismcveigh.com. According to the mister, he used to create LEGO building guides for custom objects and he started to actually prepare the kits and sell them afterwards. He’s not associated with LEGO in any way, though.

He does have some really cute creations up for sale. Do check out his website! :)

Some stickers were actually included to be pasted on the “polaroid” photo “paper” (see the Marilyn Monroe one in the above picture), however he wanted to put our picture on it instead (that’s the whole purpose of him buying this set actually!), so there you go!

The other cute gift was from Juju! Look at this fluffy sheep:

 

Hahahaha another Nici to be added to the family!

3. Went to see the “100 Doraemon Secret Gadgets Expo” in Johor Bahru! 

This deserves a separate post! Coming soon :D

 

4. First time receiving a birthday gift from a client

I was truly surprised when the client came into the office for a meeting (with me) and she suddenly handed me this!

So sweet of her!! :)

 

5. Surprise from the circus penguins!

It actually happened 1 day before as I would be on leave on the day itself.

I was just sitting at my desk, killing the keyboard away (my colleagues said that at the pace and force I’m typing, my keyboard would have been dead sooner or later) doing work, all of them suddenly barged in through the back door (my desk was near the back door) singing Happy Birthday, bringing Corica apple strudel!

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Apparently Ms. Peanut had just came back to Singapore (she was away for honeymoon in Perth) and she brought this back!! :D

My last encounter with Corica was when I went to Perth 2 years ago, so this was a really pleasant surprise!! =9

 

6. FINALLY had my 2 years worth of birthday dinner

A lot of Indonesians have this habit of treating their loved ones for a birthday meal (instead of the other way around here in Singapore). My cousins and I adhere to this tradition as well. I did not actually treat them for a birthday meal last year coz I spent my birthday itself with the mister and I got so busy afterwards that the year has gone by to 2014 hahahaha!

So I didn’t want to miss it out again this year and we finally had it just last Friday at Akashi Restaurant in Paragon! Used to patronize this outlet quite a few times before and the food did not disappoint :D

And they gave me…

S$150 Courts gift card!

I was quite puzzled initially… “Why would they give me Courts gift card?” (coz normally we’ll give each other shopping vouchers, e.g. CapitaMalls, Takashimaya, etc. if the gift was to be vouchers).

Then I suddenly thought, “Hmm… Maybe the mister has something to do with this.”

And yes, I was right. Hahaha! So apparently one of them asked him on what have I been wanting to buy lately and he mentioned air fryer, bread maker, musical tickets (Cats, Beauty and the Beast). Hahahahaha!! No wonder they gave me Courts gift card. But I like it though, not complaining! :D

 

Okay, so that’s some snippets of me turning 28! 2 more years before I hit the big 3! o.O

Oh my… time does fly too fast sometimes…

First week of November

Rushing before the clock strikes midnight!!!!

Some things that happened on the first week of November 2014:

1. Gobbled down a delicious bacon prune bread. Yes, you read it right. Bacon AND prune. 

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The outer part of the bread was a little hard to cut and chew but I like it anyway. The combination surprisingly tasted good! It’s from Tiong Bahru Bakery.

2. Got my Daniel Wellington watch

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I had been eyeing this beauty (Classic St. Andrews in Rose Gold) for a few months and finally decided to get it a day before Halloween. It was a Thursday and they shipped it the next day right away. I received it on Monday, 3rd Nov! Bless you DW for providing free shipping with UPS Express.

What’s even better is that I found a 15% discount code by googling AND I think they excluded the VAT because I don’t reside in the US. Hence, the price is even lower! The original price was USD 199, and the final price after discount and minus VAT was USD 135.32! Such a steal :D

Love how simple it is and how it is so versatile with any outfit!

3. Had a yummy Sakae don for lunch after a Friday morning meeting 

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I don’t go to Sakae Sushi regularly, so this was my first time trying out their Sakae don. Basically it’s everything salmon related on a bed of rice. From L to R: not too sure what this is, but it’s a little bit spicy (my guess is salmon mentaiko?), tobiko, salmon mayo with ikura on top, more tobiko!, and salmon sashimi. It was yum! And for S$14.99, I think this is worth the price!

4. Sending Ms. Peanut off to her wedding

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Hahahahahaha it was as if she was our daughter or something. We popped some champagne on Friday because Ms. Peanut was getting married on Sunday (which is today!). It was a quick and happy celebration. Too bad boss couldn’t join us as he was on a business trip to India.

I sent the above picture to the company’s Whatsapp group chat and Ms. Peanut just had to add a disclaimer, “For the record guys, I’m not pregnant ok!”

Hahahahahahahahaha! She does look pregnant indeed coz her clothes blended in with the chair. Hahaha!

5. Stuck in a bus stop for more than 30 minutes due to thunderstorm

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This happened just yesterday actually. Mr. Phlegmatic and I went for dinner at Wee Nam Kee chicken rice in Novena and he wanted to walk me home afterwards. However, it started raining the moment we stepped out of the restaurant -_- so we decided to gai gai inside Novena Square for awhile while waiting for the rain to stop. After about 20 minutes or so, we saw the rain has subsided, so we walked out, and about 100 meter later, it started to rain again, and it just got heavier and heavier and heavier from there. -_____________-

We had no choice but to ran for shelter at the nearest bus stop because the rain quickly turned into a thunderstorm…

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Yep, like this.
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It was so bad that visibility was significantly low and there was a mini flood at the bus stop. The wind was pretty strong too that we had to open the umbrella to shield ourselves from the splashing rain hahahaha.

Finally it got better after about 30 minutes or so and we could take the train home.

6. Tried Hokkaido milk for the first time

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I’ve been hearing so much about how the food in Hokkaido are lip-smacking good, like the corn, milk, etc. I’ve seen this brand many times and decided to give it a try today when Mr. Phlegmatic and I were at Isetan supermarket (we love finding some Japanese goodies there).

My verdict? It’s nice! But too bad it’s very pricey at S$2.10 for a small box :(

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Our dinner. Hahaha! Nah, coz we just had some food at a friend’s place (they were having a house warming and baby full moon celebration).

So we sat down at Food Republic just beside Isetan to nom the daifuku and drinks. Purposely chose a table that’s quite hidden behind a pillar cos we did not purchase anything from the food court (a bit paiseh lah). As we were munching away, one of the cleaning lady stopped by our table and looked at our loots for a good couple of seconds. I swear I thought we were going to be scolded for bringing food from outside and get shoo-ed away!

The moment she opened her mouth and said, “这个你在哪里买?“, I breathed a sigh of relief. So apparently she was just interested to know where did we buy the daifuku!

The unfortunate fate of Mama Lemon

This true event happened a couple of weeks ago.

I happily bought a bottle of Mama Lemon so we could wash our utensils and bottles properly in the office (the current temporary office has no kitchen sink) rather than using handwash liquid.

That morning, I was happily carrying a bowl to be washed in the ladies, along with the new, pretty orange-coloured sponge and Mama Lemon. I put her (yes, she is a female obviously) on the window sill and turned on the water tap.

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A second later, Mama Lemon decided that the world was too cruel and hence she jumped off the window sill.

It was as if the world was moving at a slow motion. I watched her falling down to the ground, slowly but surely. A few seconds later, I heard the sound. The sound confirming she has ended her life. She spilled out her content onto the ground, spreading far and wide.

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I looked out of the window, staring helplessly at the ground 10 meters below, wanted to just run downstairs and rescue her with whatever she had left.

But I decided not to. So I left her spilling to death. I haven’t even had the chance to use ONE drop of her…

My colleagues, however, offered no sympathy and laughed as loud as they could when I told them about the sad news. Such is life…

A few days after, I realised some kind soul had pick her up and put her at a higher place…

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Oh well, at least she is in a better place now.

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