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My Book Review on When Breath Becomes Air

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I am almost complete with reading a book called When Breath Becomes Air, which was published posthumously. The author has passed away and it hit home to me because he died at the age where I had just turned last month. However, all this time he was doing really well in life in the medical field as a neurosurgeon and he was going to complete his residency to become a professor when illness struck him. From the symptoms which included excruciating back pain, it was clear to him that there was a high possibility that he was having cancer. But did not want to conclude it yet as he would need to go for further check ups, MRI scans and so on. 

The thing that struck him the most how his life was parallel to that of his patients and that now the role is reversed now. While every doctor aims to save people's lives, he also acknowledged that there was so much they can do up to a point where death would be easier for the patients. But he also became more aware that a doctor-patient relationsh…

I Tried a New Fitness Class...Piloxing!

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I ended my Zumba class the week before on Thursday. Actually I wasn't feeling so well, think I was starting to develop flu and cough, perhaps a little fever. So I was thinking so many times whether I should go. But it was the very last class for the month and they won't have this class the next month so I thought I felt a little better (panadol helped a little too...lol) when I stepped out of office. So I went to the nearest public toilet at the MRT station and changed. The venue was one station away and I thought to myself I shouldn't be so hard on myself. 

However I ended up enjoying the classes. Sure there were sporadic coughing here and there and I felt none the worse when I reached home. Yet I followed through the class and even had a group picture taken.


I'm in blue, centre besides the lady in the blue singlet. Anyway, I just noticed many of us were in blue, lol.

Look at all the tired but happy faces. There were a total of two guys and one of the guys come like ever…

The Sentosa Sandsation Exhibition 2017

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A few weeks ago, we visited Sentosa after quite awhile and mind you this was pretty late like we reached around 8.10pm. We actually took an SBS bus starting from outside Tiong Bahru MRT. It was a new service introduced by SBS Transit and if you're in Orchard Road area and feel like the night is still young, provided it's not very late, you can just board this bus and be in a journey right to Sentosa.

So the bus went around the Tiong Bahru estate which wasn't that long and actually Tiong Bahru is actually quite near Harbourfront. So once it had passed through the housing estates, it then embarked on a journey through the Sentosa gate and then made its way to the basement of the Resorts World Sentosa.

This was where the journey felt pretty long. It consisted of complicated and narrow small roads which the poor driver had to navigate through as certain roads were demarcated for certain vehicle uses. We just had to trust with the driver's expertise to not make the wrong tu…

My 36th Birthday and Revisiting the Past..in My Dreams

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Last Saturday, I celebrated my 36th birthday with my good friends over a late lunch early dinner thing and then we rushed off for our karaoke. Time was critical and it took awhile for them to find my friend's number. Go figure. But it was actually on the board all the time. What.

Anyway, after what took forever, we managed to actually get our room and started to sing our hearts out..heh. I also received a surprise gift from them. Would you believe it, I was just kidding with one of them that I wanted a $50 sephora voucher. I got a freaking $50 gift card. OMGness...but I am going to save for the Christmas collections, hee. Not too long now!!

My actually birthday was the following Monday and I took leave. Yay. I didn't do much except to make cards. And watch you tube videos. But then again, the second part is like my daily activity, heh. I still needed to run the online shop though, which explained why I went to the post office in the afternoon and continued making the batch of ca…

My Predicament in Dealing with People Lacking in Integrity

This week, I have been peeved with people with a lack of integrity or basically taking things for granted, as though I have so much free time for them to anyhow just go MIA on me when we were supposed to meet to collect the things I had made for them. I also have to deal with a girl who, up to this point where I am writing this post, has not made any payment to me and keep claiming she forgot to pay. It's clear that she had received the good and she herself said so but I am predicting she has no intention of paying at all.

I don't wish to chase anymore and yes, it is yet another loss for me. My friend did say business is business. But I'm going to get the same answer again from her so I just leave it as that and just move on. I only hope that she will bear the guilt of taking something without paying and in an unfortunate event due to karma, she will also lose some money. Yes I know I sound like I'm cursing her but I'm not. Some people need to learn hard lessons so …

Birthday Gathering & House Hunting

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Last week, I celebrated a friend of mine's belated birthday together with another friend at her condo. Sadly, this would be the last time we would hold the celebration at her place because she has finally managed to sell off her condo unit after one year of looking for a buyer.

Mostly we used the swimming pool facilities although the two of us didn't swim at all but just chill under the shade. We brought home cooked food and I really appreciated my friend for doing this for us, thinking about how the young son of a friend of us would love the swimming pool for kids. She is so selfless and kind to her friends and I'm truly blessed to have her in my life. 

While one was selling off the house, the other friend was on the verge of getting a dream house for herself and her young son. In life, we have many priorities and things to look forward to. Each of our dreams and aspirations are different from one another, like for me, getting a house is not a priority at the moment. 




At tim…

Singapore Night Festival 2017

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Recently we went to the annual Night Festival, held between the time of 7.30pm to 12am. It was the last day which was also a Saturday so it was very packed. But we didn't cross over to the National Museum and watched it across the road which we were still able to see clearly. The facade of the building transformed into a projection show and it was very interesting, one of the best that I had seen. I liked how the series of projection would then 'break down' into a gazillion pieces. You can see what I mean in the photos below.



After the show ended, we walked across the lawn to the SMU campus where there were many stalls selling food and some had snaking queues. These were sponsored by Apply Pay and the patrons even had the option to pay using Apply Pay through the express lanes. We didn't buy any because normally they would be quite ex. But I was quite pleased there were 2, I think, food stalls selling halal food, so it would also cater to the Muslim patrons, compared to…

When Your Heart Belongs to Someone

So the Shadowhunters series ended its Season 2 run two weeks ago, and our favourite Malec couple got back together. It was a pretty quick make up but it still underlined the fact despite their different backgrounds, different allegiance, they realise they can't do without each other. All together now, aww....

The make up part, as mentioned was pretty quick, like people expected them to talk it out, but you know...this was the season finale and they had heavier scenes to focus on, such as the calling of the Angel using the Mortal Instruments, the death of Jace and the killing of Valentine; also the betrayal of the Saelie Queen who had capture Maya the Werewolf when Simon the Vampire refused her offer of help. So you tell me, how much can you squeeze in a 40 minute show. But anyway, the point was that they got back together and they have the whole of Season 3 later to talk it out, lol..as mentioned by many of the diehard Malec fans too.

But the break up scene was still the best, full …

Our Trip to the Civic District Outdoor Festival 2017

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Few weeks ago, I went to the Civic District Outdoor Festival organised by the Singapore National Gallery with my younger brother. Honestly, I'm mostly under the rock about such events, haha. So I have to rely on my bro to know about the going-ons of these mostly free events. 

So we had the projection done on the facade of the National Gallery. I don't have a picture of the short animated film but below, you can see how it looked like. It's basically a projection that played with lights in different colours, heights and so on..making use of the ridges of the building facade. Honestly, I still think the best one I saw was years ago at the Singapore Art Museum. It really felt like the pillars were animated or moving. Now, it just looks like a huge projection screen, lol.

But of course, I'm no animator or light expert, haha..and I know these things are really expensive and really hard to make. So I would usually bother to stay and watch until the end..lost..but nevertheless,…

My Strong by Zumba Routine & The Fight Against Diabetes

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I've talked about Strong by Zumba workouts before. Nowadays I can do a Strong by Zumba workout without feeling like dying midway, lols. Those jumping jacks, burpees, push ups..*groans* but now they're awesome (ok, not so much the push ups) because after that, you feel so good, provided you follow through the movements and push the tiredness away. In between, there will be mini breaks so you recharge a bit before going into full swing again. Yesterday, for the first time..my friend joined in because her yoga class was not organised due to not able to secure the venue. So yay, company for two weeks!

So now I have also been working out at home last couple of weeks by watching a few Strong by Zumba related videos. They can't post the whole thing but there are definitely videos that can make you work out bucket loads of sweat. So if you're shy but still want to work out, home workouts are actually good for you too in the privacy of your home.

Of course you can still consider …

Indie Music that Brought Out the Feels in You

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I am still not over the power couple on Shadowhunters separating but well, they will eventually get back together. I just know it. Anyway, I shall not be too obsessed over it. I just loved how they tied the memories back to the present times in through flashbacks. We were given the summary how Alec, the always uptight one, began to slowly open up his heart to Magnus even though he was still wary and unsure, and eventually giving in to his feelings on his wedding day no less, despite their different backgrounds. Also, the flashbacks would also make you realise how they were just meant to be with each other like soul mates :) That's why we were not happy with the break up, though it was necessary at that point of time.

I mean come on, who wouldn't be attracted to the charming and powerful warlock. And then pair him with a pretty face....argh, come on! Alec had also received backlash from his mum but he had always stood firm against her. She eventually realised came to accept that…

When You Have to Make Difficult Decisions

Disclaimer: This is a written piece about the relationship of Magnus and Alec aka Malec in Shadowhunters Season 2B Episode 18. If you wish to read, please continue :)

So my heart just broke a million pieces today. I had been looking forward to the last few episodes of the Shadowhunters, and more so for today, because of the Malec heavy scenes. Unfortunately, my heart became heavy as well when I tuned in to Youtube for updates and the second update was about...their breakup..NOOOooOO!!

Technically, we are not too sure if they have broken up because the words were not uttered. Thanks to the manipulative nature of the Seelie Queen 😒, Magnus had to make the difficult decision over his love for a Shadowhunter because now it concerns his people, the group of Downworlders, who over centuries, could not get along with the Shadowhunters and especially the Clave, which is the like the government of the Shadowhunters. Because of a certain mortal instrument, they are now more at loggerheads espe…

Break ups

I love this couple from a tv show and I ship them hard. It's no secret on my blog at least that I love the Shadowhunters book series (The Mortal Instruments one) and now the TV show. But next two episodes won't be the easiest and probably the most challenging for them and the rest of the gang. Okay actually them getting together was already a challenge enough until the penultimate episode. It's just to show it's like any relationships, they go through ups and downs especially when trust is a major issue and they both come from different worlds and are highly respected in their own rights.

Actually I like their storyline in the show despite the rough start and multiple 'I'm pining for you but I can't coz it will mean losing everything' scenes. In the end the heart wants what it desires. In the book though, it gets pretty annoying. I guess it's just her childish writings at time although she's just trying to show his insecurities and this being his…

Dreadful Two Days at Work

The last two days haven't been so great at work finding a piece of damn document that some people have no inkling as to what it was about. But still was willing enough to rummage  go through their files for it. Some couldn't even bothered and just resigned to not having it at all without searching. Look, while only one was important, the rest was just for filing purpose and I've been tasked to ask one by one all the 'big shots' in my department. Only one was giving me some ramblings which basically went one ear in and one out as though this was my fault or my carelessness of not having this document. 

I've explained and also this document was in existence before my time was there so it wasn't so nice to give me 'crap'. And that this wasn't the first time I had a run in with this certain someone. Already her cluster is so 'extra' with documents that I don't even need but for their own filing and insistent that I keep the originals afte…

Being Broke AF, Phone Stopped Working & All Other Misery

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So it hasn't been a great week last week. I was broke af and I was barely surviving although I managed to have some money I received from my online shop which helped me to stay afloat at least a day or two. And then the cycle starts again until Saturday where thankfully my brother got his salary earlier so he gave me my portion.

Honestly, I was so poor I couldn't buy the bread, which was already discounted by the way, because it would exceed the budget that I had. Did I feel good about it? Of course not. But I didn't let it go to my head because it would just amplify my misery. I just tell myself that I will get over it. 

Also, I don't want to be in this situation again because it's just not pleasant. But it does make me more  aware of what I should be doing to not be that broke again. I know that I could possibly be in that situation again which makes me more determined to not move backwards but look forward instead. 

Oh and to add on to my misery, my phone suddenly …

Half the Year Gone..& Not Feeling so Great

Hang tight, this is going to be a long post.

I didn't start off July 2017 well because I felt down and out because half the year is gone and what have I achieved so far. But it's starting to pick up slowly and while finance wise, it's still a disappointment no matter how much effort I have put in, I still didn't want to give up. Yes sh*t happens in life and then things go south again but it doesn't mean I should stop and then forever be in this state. I am determined to move forward and continue to do my best. I must have a sense of direction in life and the journey itself can't be all smooth sailing.

So what I did was to write a blog post, uploaded some new pictures in my online shops' galleries and then I got an order query next day, hehe. And some more too. Sometimes you just need to give yourself the push to get over the rut. It's not going to be a quick fix and may take awhile but the point is to keep moving and moving on from the past and create a b…

Ramadan Bazaar 2017 & Our Quiet Hari Raya Celebration

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Hello!! Selamat Hari Raya to all my muslim readers. I know I should have said last Sunday since it was officially the first day and now it's been a week, oops. But it's not too late because the celebration is actually for a month. 

So this is one of the rare times that I managed to fast for one whole month. It's different this time because it was the first time that I fast at my new work place on weekdays. So basically I spent most of lunch time at my table. Sometimes I go out such as to the post office even I had to walk in the hot sun. I expected the post office to be crowded but it was not so that's a good thing. The distance, well..not so much, hehe. But I would say it was efficient when it comes to registered postage.

I also managed to go to the Ramadan Bazaar two times but the first time was to actually find a drinks stall. I actually went round twice and eventually found it..where I first entered the bazaar -_- It was to buy the Thai Milk Tea and it was sooo good.…

Leading an Honest Living..Even When Things Get Difficult Financially

My brother lectured me recently about how I'm so calculative and why after so many years, we are still poor. I can't answer him because I can't argue with him that we're still so poor with little savings to get by. Basically I don't like to lead a pay to pay type of lifestyle and I prefer getting a second income. I want to be able to spend without too much worries about how little I will have after I spend on this or that. He's right about the calculative part. I tend to use my phone calculator and do a check on how much balance I have left if it's able to last me until the next week or so. 

Honestly  I don't like this. What I like is earning money, even in small amounts each..to me, a little goes a along way. Of course I don't mind having more but this is as much as I can do with what little capital I have which mostly come from my pay. 

Now I am not going to discuss about my financial situation as it can be a tad boring to talk about as it's mor…