Christmas 2016

It was a pretty intense end of year for us as a choir. We were participating in a few events and caroling sessions to spread the joy of christmas cheer!

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Picture taken on 25th November where we combined with Risen Christ Youth Symphony Orchestra to raise funds for the Assisi Hospice. It was quite fun and we sang 4 songs together with them..

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This was at the Singapore Cricket Club. We did one session for them on Christmas Eve. Last year we only had to sing for Christmas Day mass.. Also, the day before, we were caroling at Sentosa, 2 sessions..

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Then on Christmas Eve night, we performed 2 sets at Goodwood Park Hotel..

I would have to say that as a pregnant lady in her 3rd trimester and having to sing/dance/do a solo.. I think it really took a toll on my body..

Moreover, I had very bad rashes due to the pregnancy and the following day, we had to sing for Christmas Day mass..

Nick and I gave that a miss in the end because I was so burnt out by all the caroling and singing.. It wasn’t the best time.. I slept in and we went for Christmas Day Mass at SMOTA instead..

Although it wasn’t the best ending to the year, I did enjoy myself doing what I love most – Singing.

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Wedding Vendors

So, I’ve decided to compile a list of all the vendors and things we did for the wedding.

Location: Church of the Risen Christ

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Wedding Dress:  Vivian Gown

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Make-up & Hair: Jenny Goh from Autelier

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Shoes: Anna Nucci

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Flowers: Floral Magic

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Wedding Favours: Chocolate Graphics

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Manicure & Pedicure: Amelie Beaute

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Dessert Table: AWESOME SECONDARY SCHOOL FRIENDS ❤

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Canvas Print: Print on Canvas

Photography: Ryan & Wenjun

Choir: Church Mates 🙂

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Seder meal

on palm sunday (19/3), the choir decided to have our seder meal as dinner before night practice. we had chicken instead of lamb, chappati as our unleavened bread, rocket for bitter herbs and apple and nuts with cinnamon. I opted for ribena instead of red wine though. Don’t really fancy wine.

It was a nice bonding session for all those who went. We learnt more about the seder meal and its symbolism.

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my second family 🙂

Travelogue: Muar

Honestly, I didn’t know of Muar until I met N’s friends who were from there. It’s actually between JB and Malacca in Malaysia. We went up to Muar for a photoshoot with a friend’s friend who is a photographer – HOW-Studio. We drove up on Wednesday morning after having brekkie at mcdonald’s. We crossed immigration pretty quickly and headed towards Muar.

After visiting some of our friend’s relatives, we went to eat Mee Hoon Kuay. This is different from the ones in Singapore. Yes, it is hand makde still, but it’s really just different. And in Muar, all we did was eat and eat and eat. It was non-stop eating! hahaha.

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My dry mee hoon kway without chilli. Our friends had dry with tom yum and it was actually pretty good. I didn’t order that cos the food that’s spicy tend to be pretty spicy which I think I won’t be able to take.

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This is N’s soup mee hoon kuay. The soup had some spice in it and I think it’s cos there were some chilli padi inside. LOL.

After that, we headed to Jenny’s dad’s bak kwa factory and then went back to their house before going to a chalet where we were celebrating Jenny’s mum’s bday.

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This is Angel, Jenny’s cocker spaniel. Very cute and smart girl. She actually took N’s sock that day and the next day, she took my sock! lolol.. She’s really damn cute la.

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This is Chipsmore. A toy poodle which is super attention seeking and would try her luck at getting food if she can. She belongs to Jenny’s younger sister.

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She’s so cute la..

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This is her favourite hiding spot, under the coffee table. But she needs to squeeze a bit to get underneath it because she’s a bit pudgy. LOL.

Jenny’s family were super hospitable during our time in Muar.

The next day was the photoshoot, got up bright and early to get make up done and had chicken rice balls and tau huay for breakfast. Pretty yummy 🙂 the food in Muar tastes really different from Singapore. After the photoshoot, we headed out to eat char kway teow with otah and milo bing from a very famous stall in Muar.

We then headed to a secluded beach nearby to do some casual shots outdoor. For that night, we checked into a hotel – PPT Muar Hotel, which was a pretty decent budget hotel suitable for a night’s stay.

After refreshing ourselves because the whole day shoot was tiring, we headed to a restaurant to have dinner with Alex’s relatives. The food was super good. We had otah, assam fish (cod fish which they brought themselves), squid with petai, deep fried squid and bean sprouts. All the dishes were SUPERB! especially love the deep fried squid. SUPER YUMMY. I really think the batter that they use is really different from Singapore.

We ate till our hearts content and then headed back to Jenny’s place, where her brothers brought back pork burgers for us. They are the founders of T&S Fusion Burgers and their pork burgers are AMAZING! Imagine, we just had dinner and now we are having burgers for supper! LOL. Really too much food for us to try in Muar!

The next day, we checked out of the hotel and had Bak Kut Teh for brekkie with the family. The bak kut was really nice and tender, the soup was the herbal kind. A really different taste from the ones in Singapore which tend to be peppery. Their eggs are also shiok. Egg omelette with chai poh (preserved vege). Really tasty!

After breakfast, we hung out at Jenny’s house and her mum made birds nest soup for us. omg. Really spoilt to the max. The birds nest was also so shioks! It was gooey and thick with red dates. YUM!

Then, onward to Alex’s relative house again to have lunch. There was the pork vinegar, red wine chicken and vegetables. Then there was red bean soup for dessert. The red bean soup had black glutinous rice in it which made it taste even better! Then, she cooked goreng pisang (fried banana) and min chang kueh with peanut and corn in it! we really put on weight from all the food we had in Muar.

I would definitely go back to Muar to check out the food.

Foodlog: Pasarbella Suntec City

Crosswired came together for a meet up after learning that Andrea is back from Australia 🙂 Since she wanted to try out Pasarbella, we went to the outlet in Suntec City. It was a weekday night, I parked at the wrong carpark (needed to work a long distance just to reach the north wing) and the whole of Suntec looked dead except Pasarbella. It was difficult for us to find seats for 7 of us. But a group of 6 left so we swooped in and got the table 😀 thank God. So here’s the food!

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salmon chirashi don with greentea infused rice? It tasted quite nice and light and refreshing.

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Thai-sauce crabs. It was… difficult to eat because the crabs weren’t cracked properly and there was no nutcracker given. Jo kindly went to request for a cracker from them so we could eat the crab properly. lol.

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This was also from Cajun on Wheels – all the shellfish i.e. mussels, clams etc. I can’t remember what the sauce was. But they let you choose the types of sauce you want with the seafood.

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The best meat platter which was super good. Albeit the potatoes because they were really hard. The ribs were really good, meat fall-off-the-bone kind. haha. that’s how I would describe it 🙂

We had other stuff like fried mushrooms, spam sticks!, lots of seafood from Cajun on Wheels and drinks. It was a great night of catching up and hanging out 🙂

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CHIJ-ACS Reunion

After not meeting/keeping in touch for the longest time, we finally decided to have a meet up! It was a good 10 years before we met again recently. We decided to meet at The Central, Clarke Quay at Chili’s! Chili’s had one for one margaritas and perhaps good food to go along with it 🙂 There was so much to catch up on. Growing up is tough. Keeping relationships are tougher.

We met Iain when CHIJ and ACS (B) choirs went on a trip together to Sydney to compete because we were both under the same choir conductor – Ms Jennifer Tham. We used to meet up pretty frequently when we were still in secondary school. Then not so much when we moved into different JCs/Unis etc. And now, by a twist of fate, we’re back to keeping in touch again. HAHAHA. thanks to me actually. Oh wells. Hope we do keep in touch forever! 😀

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Travelogue: Krabi, Thailand

N’s colleague asked if we would be interested in going to Krabi early 2016 with his wife and her friends. Since we have not been there before, SIGN US UP PLEASE! 🙂 we’ve heard many nice things about Krabi. Especially from my ex-colleague who went there twice. He did mention that going there once was just about right. Anyway, Jenny did most of the planning and we just agreed and went along with the agenda.

We flew on a Sunday afternoon and reached there in the evening. While waiting for Jenny’s friends to arrive, we checked into our accommodation at Mini House at Aonang Beach. It was a very quaint place. We wanted to stay in a villa since there would be 7 people altogether, but it seems that it’s more expensive than staying in a hotel. There was a welcome drink, and the reception guy was pretty cute to boot!

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Greeted with water and a pack of cookies each. We brought the cookies along with us for our kayaking trip the next day 😛 Mini House is on a hill which, at the bottom of it, has 7 eleven! It’s not a very steep hill, unlike the time at Phuket. This one was a short walk. And it was good too, nestled away from the bustle of the streets. It was really quiet and N had trouble sleeping because he could hear the mating call of a lizard just outside our room and water dripping. I thought I would have trouble sleeping, but no, not me! 😀

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We didn’t get a king sized bed so it was just 2 twin beds pushed together. The room was very spacious and clean cut.

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There’s the door, and to the left, is the toilet with vinyl flooring! It was pretty interesting. So vinyl IS water resistant. The wardrobe was an open concept to the right of the door. And there was a cement ledge below the TV (where the luggage is) that stretches to the dressing table. There are no mirrors in the room, only in the toilet.

Before Jenny’s friends arrived, we were feeling a bit hungry so we bought some road side pancake.

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Banana pancake with condensed milk on top. It was really yummy!

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Smaller long-tail boats for tours. We also walked along Aonang Beach and caught the sunset. It was really beautiful!!

After Jenny’s friends arrived, we went for dinner at Massaman Restaurant, which was good and super affordable. We then headed for a massage down the road. Went back after that and got ready for the next day’s agenda.

DAY 2: Kayaking Trip

The day before, we paid THB 500 each to go for a half day kayaking trip in Bor Thor. It’s on the outskirts of Phuket so the bus ride there was about an hour long. We went through a cave, but since the mangrove was low tide, we couldn’t travel further out in case we got stuck. So we turned around and went to visit another cave with drawings in it.

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The first cave provided shelter from the heat. It was really cooling inside 🙂

We didn’t take pictures of the second cave though. lol. But we had to disembark our kayaks and climb into the cave. It was pretty scary because it was limestone and a bit slippery. Really had to be careful. We wore shorts, slippers, dri fit tops and a cap and lots of sun block and mosquito repellent because we didn’t want to get burnt or bitten.

After the kayaking trip and freshening up, we were picked up from the hotel to have dinner at Lae Lay Grill which overlooks Aonang Beach.

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The long arduous way up to the restaurant itself. It was a workout in itself. And we were anticipating a good meal.

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The scenery from the restaurant. We were given a high table and we ordered individual dishes. N and I shared their platter with lobster. Well, they did debone the fish and it looked like one piece on the plate.

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The platter N and I shared. It’s really A LOT of seafood. Too much for 2 people to handle >.< We didn’t even eat the crab. We celebrated Jenny, JJ and N’s bday that night with 3 plates of chocolate lava cake dessert. The cake was super rich and yummy, but it was a bit jelat after a while. I would say dessert trumped!

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N and I survived on 6L water bottles from 7 eleven. They were pretty cheap. We bought 3 which lasted us the entire trip! Best to keep yourself hydrated in Krabi. It’s quite dry and hot. And I have been getting headaches after our day trips.

Day 3: 4 Island-hopping Tour.

All of us signed up for an island-hop tour. We decided to take the long tail boat because it’s less choppy on water. And less prone to getting sea-sick. The only way up and down this boat is by a ladder that is hung on the sides of the front of the boat and you have to step into the sea. There were about 40 people on the tour? It was a REALLY HUGE GROUP.

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This is Chicken Island – because the peak looks like a chicken head. We went open sea snorkelling for a while near chicken island before heading to another island to have lunch. It was pretty interesting, but I would not go for it again. Because N and I do not like the beach that much. Unless the beach is in our backyard and we can go back and bathe straight away.

After heading back from the islands, we showered, changed and went for a massage 🙂 we tried to find one that was near our hotel, so we can meet our friends back at the hotel before heading off for activities. We found one nice place at Lanna Beach Guesthouse. We met a masseuse – Meow, who was super chatty and loved talking to us about her family. I also got my hair braided before we left for dinner.

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Being a bit nom-y after the massage, we went to have some snacks!

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We had the spiral potato, which is akin to the Korean street snack. This one, is DA BOMB. he makes it from SCRATCH. Like. One potato. Then he cuts it using a device. Then he soaks it in some water then makes the tempura coating. After that, he takes the potato out, skewers it and drags it along the stick to space it out. Then covers it with the tempura and then DEEP FRIES IT.

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Yes, it’s being deep-fried at the moment. When it’s done, he puts it in wax paper and asks what kind of sauce you want. For me, I wanted cheese, and he puts cheese POWDER and sprinkles it everywhere. O.M.G. PARTY IN THE MOUTH! N and I were totally addicted to this snack. LOL!

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This pancake place was recommended by Meow to us. She says it’s a MUST-HAVE. So we tried some different flavours, but it felt like it was roti prata w honey. So actually, the banana and nutella one is the one to try 🙂

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As it was close to dinner time, lots of other small stalls like these were being set up by the roadside. Being the gluttons we are, we ordered Pad Thai with shrimp. On hindsight, we shld’ve gone with chicken, but it’s too late for that now. HAHA. We brought our goodies back to the hotel and had them before going out w Alex and Jenny for dinner at Tanta Restaurant where we had PIZZA! The pizza was really good in my opinion 🙂

After dinner, Jenny and I wanted to get henna done on our hands before we left. The place near our hotel – Dao Art Gallery provided henna services. However, she was with a customer so she asked us to come back later. Alex and Jenny went for a massage while N and I went back to the hotel to slack before heading back.

We were asked to scroll through Pinterest for Henna ideas and she can copy it almost perfectly! While scrolling through, we saw a picture of a penguin and N said he wanted it done!

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The aftermath of our henna 🙂 we were told to leave the paste on for 2 hours until it dries fully. But N (being an engineer), tried hairdrying it and it worked! haha. The picture above was after we peeled off the scabs. Cute right!

On the last day, we wanted to do another massage before we head back. So the 4 of us went to Lanna Beach to get a thai massage. Unfortunately, Meow wasn’t there, she went back to Chiang Mai to see her son. We were sad we didn’t get a chance to say goodbye. Service everywhere is the same. If there are no customers, there is no money. And in Krabi, there are not as many tourists as there are in Phuket.

I would go back to Krabi actually, to do other things, like try out the shooting range and visit Phi Phi Island. Interestingly though, they do not have jet skis or paragliding in Krabi. But it was a really interesting trip. We accomplished so much in 3 days and were aching like mad after the kayaking trip. LOL.

Foodlog: The Book Cafe

We have been going down to Mohammed Sultan Road a lot lately because Hansgrohe is there. We have started purchasing items for our new house! It’s super exciting because we get to choose what we want and how we want to decorate and design it. N’s good friend’s wife (who is now our good friend), Regina is helping us to design our new place 🙂

While having some time before we went to Hansgrohe, we found out that the Book Cafe is just beside it! Along the same stretch! So in we went to try the food. Daniel, our friend told us that he likes to camp there and do his work. We did see a lot of people doing their work in the cafe. We went during tea time-ish and this is what we ordered.

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hot chocolate which was perfect! not too sweet, not too bitter. I think N likes the marshmallows in it.. haha..

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French toast with bananas and strawberries. He added on the mushrooms. which…. did not go as well. so please don’t add on the mushrooms. even though it’s nice on it’s own. lol. the toast was really good. I loved the maple syrup dip, can never go wrong with that.

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this was mine! I forgot what it’s called but it’s one of their popular all-day breakfast meals. Hmm, I can’t seem to find it on their menu. I’m sure there was a blackforest word in it. Anyway, since it was Friday, no maple bacon for me, so I changed it to mushrooms. It was really good. THe eggs were on point. The rosti could have been bigger cos it was AWESOME..

We had a really good meal that we had a late dinner in the end. LOL. It was a really fun day. Finding stuff for our new place! 😀

If you wanna go down:
The Book Cafe
#01-02, 20 Martin Road S(239070)
Seng Kee Building, Robertson Quay

Our Tradition

we started our tradition back in 2012 and it has been 4 years that we have continued this! haha. I can’t remember how it started but I think we were just out and then we walked past Paragon whose tree is like super duper huge and we decided to take a picture. And the tradition continued since then. Alternate years, we take during day and night time. HAHAHA~

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Tiff thought we missed 2014 but scrolling through instagram, she found the comparison pics that she always does. haha.. this time, is all the pics throughout the years.

The recent one was quite fun because she took half day and I met her at her office. We went to Bugis Junction to eat Ma Maison and then headed to Plaza Singapura. We took a train to Somerset where I saw a cute Penguin snuggie! but no use for it here in Singapore. Sigh.

After taking our Christmas tree picture, we went back to PS and waited for Jeo. Since she was taking a long time, we ate 4Fingers and then joined her at Ichiban Sushi. hahaha..

I went back on my own by bus and it was pretty fast! Albeit changing buses along the way. But I got home in about 40mins? Buses that go by the expressway are super duper fast 😛