I can haz Whaley on my phone now

I asked Daisoman to help me adapt my blog banner design to phone wallpaper (I just love it that much cos it’s super cute!) and this is the results:

Locked screen: Whaley is asleep at night (see that snot bubbles?) with his nightcap!



Home screen: It’s day time and Whaley is awake and ready to play!


Hahahahaha soooo cute I’m gonna stare at my phone all day now :p

Koala visa approval + Daisoman’s EP

Haven’t got to pen this down…

So I was checking out Daisoman’s EP application status on Monday (Nov 25) just out of curiosity since it’s been almost 3 weeks and the last status we saw was “Pending input from vetting agency”. The boss of his new company had already given MOM a call so we were hoping that the application would be expedited rather quickly.

Lo and behold, my eyes went big when I saw the status: APPROVED.

YAYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!! I was so so so happy I called him right away. Wanted to prank him a little and told him in a somber voice as if it was declined but I guess I just couldn’t contain my happiness. Praise the Lord! :D

And about 15 minutes after, an email came into my inbox.

It’s my Australian visa grant letter! Wow wee! Approved in just 3 working days!! :D

Double happiness and celebration for us hahahaha (ok la the celebration is more for Daisoman since his is way more important!).

So now he’s just waiting for the official offer letter to be sent to him while for me, I’m serving my last 2 weeks of work in my current work place!

The 3rd Koala Visa Application

Went to VFS this morning to submit my Australian visa application. Can’t believe it’s been 2 years since I last applied for one! I honestly felt my Perth trip was not too long ago, but in fact it’s been more than 2 years! (My very first Australian visa was done when I was 11 years old)

So what’s different now? For a start, they no longer accept application at the Australian High Commission. They now do it at a dedicated visa centre called VFS where they partner with the embassy for visa application, and their service covers a variety of country, e.g. Australia, NZ, UK, Russia, etc.

My previous submission took quite a long time (almost 2 hours if I remember correctly), but that was mainly due to me needing to make a copy of ALL stamped pages in my passport (more detailed story in the hyperlink above). So this time I remembered to make a copy of all stamped pages in my passport, and I also submitted my previous Australian visa AND my old passport with all the stamped pages to show more travel history (cos my current passport is only a year old and it’s not really full yet… excuse to travel more? Hehehehe).

I arrived at the centre at 8:30 this morning, had a security guard checking me and my bag’s content, took a queue number and went inside.

I only had to sit for about 2 minutes before my number was called. They have quite a number of counter so that really helps with the crowd control.

Another thing that’s different now is that I had to give them my passport as well for biometric registration (previously it was not needed). So after submitting the documents and paying the fee (S$148 visa fee + S$42 processing fee = S$190), I waited for about 10 minutes before my number was called to one of the biometric registration rooms.

Once I was inside, it was the standard stuff: verification of personal detail, fingerprints recording, and photo taking. All in all, it only took about 3 minutes and the staff handed me 2 receipts: one for the biometric registration and the other one for the visa application itself.

And I was done! I checked the time and I only spent a total of 26 minutes there! So efficient, I like it!

I applied for business visa this time, so the processing time should be within 5 working days. I hope it goes through smoothly and I can fly off early next month!

Oh, this application actually happened because… I accepted a new job offer from an Australian start-up! So yea, I’ve tendered my resignation at Circus and my last day would be in 2 weeks time.

Morning Verbal Diarrhea

Lately I’ve been feeling a little down at times. While I’m partly blaming PMS (one of the most convenient excuses a girl can make!), I think partly it’s because some things seem to not be going smoothly and they are a little rough.

As easy as it is to allow myself wallowing in self pity, I tried my best not to do so and instead, thinking of how much I have and how much blessing I’ve been receiving every day really helps in switching my negative mindset to positive.

During cell group 2 weeks ago, a friend said something that stuck with me and it actually popped up in my head a few times lately. He said,

When I feel really stressed up with work, I think of how stressed up I was when I had just graduated with no job for a few months. I’ve never experienced stress in such intensity before and it was really bad. Therefore, whenever I think of that, I will feel grateful because the stress I’m feeling is because I have a job, not because I don’t have one.

It made me think and reflect back on when I was unemployed for a few months during my first year in Singapore. It was indeed really stressful to wake up every morning desperately applying for countless of jobs, having no income yet renting a room does not come for free. Damn stress ok! Some more need to eat instant noodles everyday, no wonder my hair became wavy HAHAHA no la kidding.

Definitely not a life episode I would want to repeat ever again. I think I lost about 4 kg of weight over that period of time o.O that’s one of the silver linings I guess :p (I have the tendency to lose weight when I am under a lot of pressure even though I eat like a pig at ungodly hours of the night)

Anyway, I could go on more about that part of my life but today’s post is not about that!

I’ve been listening to True Worshippers a lot lately. They help to lift my spirits up whenever I’m feeling low and this particular song really appeals to me lately:

Who sees my brokenness and carries me when I am frail and weak
Jesus it is You
Who tells the storm to rest when I am overwhelmed and cannot speak
Jesus it is You

So true!! This part of the lyrics is one that is easy to relate to. Sometimes I may forget about it when things went awry but Jesus is always there to support me whenever I’m frail and week ^^

Ahhh ok feeling better after a little bit of verbal diarrhea! Time to get back to work and tick off everything on my checklist today!

Engaged Encounter – Done!

We have finally done our Engaged Encounter weekend on 12 – 14 June 2015!

Some may think it’s too early as our wedding is on the second half of next year but it’s ok! We registered for the weekend back in January and even then, the earliest one available was in June!

Basically there are 2 types of marriage preparation courses that you can take before you get married in a catholic church: Marriage Preparation Course (MPC) and Engaged Encounter (EE). What differentiate MPC from EE is that the duration is longer (it spans across 6 consecutive weekends while EE only takes up 1 weekend) and I guess the material that’s delivered will be different from that of EE.

EE can actually be done by couples at anytime during their courtship (so if they find out that they are not that suitable, they can opt not to go to the next stage of life together), and MPC, as I understand it, is usually done after a couple is officially engaged.

I was actually down with a bad case of flu since Thursday and I thought if it did not get better by Friday, there was a possibility for me to cancel the session and if we did, we had to re-book the next available one in… no idea. Maybe 7 – 8 months from now?

I was still feeling under the weather when I left the house on Friday evening though. I had cold sweat and it did not help that the sky was crying buckets that night. Thankfully I felt a lot better after a good night sleep (those cough syrup really helps!) and so I could enjoy the weekend wholeheartedly.

There were surprisingly quite a number of non-Catholic. I mean, I know that EE is opened to non-Catholic (as long as your partner is a Catholic), but honestly I did not expect it to be that many. Not that this is a bad thing, though. On the contrary, I feel that it’s very sweet of them (non-Catholic) to follow their partners to this weekend :)

Anyway, I am not gonna talk much about the sessions, but all I can say is that, if you are going to get married in a Catholic church, do not hesitate to sign up for this weekend! It was quite intense though! There was quite a lot of topics to be covered in around 48 hours (it started on Friday evening and ended on Sunday early evening around 6pm).

Even if you have no plans to get married in the near future, going for EE will help you to discuss things that you may have never talked about with your partner before and discover more about yourselves.

So yay! Another thing to be checked off our to-do list! :D

Dumb T-Rexth

Another month has just left and June is here! Wait, what? I thought Chinese New Year has just passed not long ago?!

Life’s been going on as per usual, with quite a number of activities in between. This weekend, I’ll be going for a baby shower on Saturday noon, followed by cycling late afternoon. Sunday afternoon is reserved for Mag & Eugene’s housewarming! So excited, looking forward to this weekend! :D

I was RSVP-ing for a friend’s wedding this November earlier and I realized that I will be attending 2 weddings in November and Daisoman will be attending 3! All on 3 consecutive weeks! November is like a really good month for wedding after all, I guess.

On a completely different topic,

Was at Great World City after church earlier and we went to Motherworks just for fun. Actually it was more like I wanted to go in lah hahahahaha cos I love baby stuff and the real reason was that I wanted to take a look at hand puppets hahahahahaha I love hand puppets and making small play with them! :D

Then we saw this dumb-looking T-rex plushie…

DAMN CUTE!! Hahahahahaha

Daisoman and I immediately thought of the T-rexth meme:

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He then started to move it as if it was dancing (both of us like to do that to stuffed toys), so I whipped out my phone and start recording…

 HAHAHAHAHA I was trying hard not to laugh!!

Wedding Prep: Wedding Bands

Ermm… yea, we’ve gotten our wedding bands last Friday! Talk about kiasu or efficient or what? Hahaha!

We were walking towards the Orchard MRT from Wisma Atria when I spotted the big ‘Up to 50% Sale!’ in front of Soo Kee’s entrance at ION Jewellery Street. We had actually found a pair that we like 3 months ago and the helpful Sales Assistant there actually wrote the model number on their name card, but I didn’t have it with me that day. The SA who attended to us tried to help by asking us how is they looked like, whether they were white gold or platinum, etc. I did try to look for it too but to no avail. So they showed us a couple more rings and we narrowed down our choices to 2 pairs: the first pair is platinum and the other one is white gold.

Now personally I am not really into platinum as they tend to look duller than white gold. We tried them on and we finally decided on white gold. It’s a Jac Laurent for Daisoman and half eternity band for me. Better still, they are a few hundreds cheaper than our initial option AND there was a 20% discount for the Jac Laurent one :D

Engravings are being done at the moment and we’ll be able to collect the rings in 2 weeks time. Come to think of it, looking at the speed of how we settle things, some people may think we are getting married this year instead of next year. Hahaha!

So far, we’ve settled the following:

  • Venue
  • Catering (haven’t finalized the menu though)
  • Decoration (have yet to meet the decorator in person to discuss, but at least it’s a lot easier now)
  • MC & Entertainment (same status as decoration)
  • Wedding bands
  • Church¬† booking + priest
  • Wedding favor (erm.. as in we have found what favor we want and Daisoman has designed the box for it as well)

Soo Kee Jewel Pavilion
#B2-66 ION Orchard
Singapore 238801