Friday, April 28, 2017

Celebrating A Friend's Birthday at TCC Ion Orchard

My friends and I held a small birthday celebration for one of our friend and though it was a simple affair with just dinner and cake, it is something we take pride of. It's not just a birthday celebratory but also to celebrate our friendship. Before that, we went to see her adorable baby niece who just loved trying to put her foot in her mouth. And also her blanket, haha. You're growing up in a house full of love little one. Your parents love you, your grandparents too and of course your auntie, who is going to just shower you with kisses and gifts.

It's sad that as we are getting more educated, more affluent..sadly, there are still others who think they are entitled to certain rights to a point they don't care if you're an elderly or for kids, that you're an adult. I shall leave it for another post. 

For now, let's just see what's going on in my life few days ago when we did a mini birthday celebration at TCC. I have to say this that I am such an indecisive person. I didn't know exactly where the shop location and my poor friends had to go down the escalator, walk a bit and then up again. Thankfully, it wasn't a long walk and it was quite near the other escalator, but of course, we didn't actually have to travel that far, hehe. It was the same floor that we were at when we left the MRT station. Like I said, it was just a distraction..hehe.

We talked about our other friends too like what's going in their lives. We don't exactly have all the details but just some developments here and there, and not exactly everything was fine and dandy. Like life itself, full of ups and downs. We may not be as close knit as before like back in the days but we definitely try to be in touch of what's going on, especially now through the social media.

For me, no matter how crazy life can be sometimes, I do forget my woes when I go out with my brother, my family or my friends and just take in the moment and enjoy the time we have with each other. I thank God for blessing me with good friends like these and how our bond remains strong even though we left school many years back where it all started with our friendship.

Okay, enjoy the pics below! :)

To many more years of friendship and birthday celebration!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Feel Like Crap But Some Things Are Worth Learning

I feel like crap now, like I just want to cry coz I'm feeling so emo despite the zumba (yes, more on that in a later post) and maybe it's the TOTM so the tummy isn't feeling too good.

I lost a potential business of earning $90.00 because of proper time management and sheer laziness. I was this close to finishing the order of doing up 6 handmade books and I never received such big order for this particular item. I could have set aside enough time to do this but in the end, because I wasn't asked how far along I was, I didn't see the urgency. Other orders came up and I concentrated on them instead.

Not only did I lose potential money, I also started to lose hope that what I am doing now seem such futile efforts like is it even worth my time. So what keep me going instead, despite unpaid orders (more on that too in awhile), demands for a price that isn't quite worth their demands and customers who go MIA when contacted that I have completed their orders. I will still stand firm on not taking the money from people yet until I am done. It's risky I know and just the latest one, despite having to go all the way to the post office and get quite a large postal box to put in a small box coz the small sized ones were out of stock, in the end they claimed to not receive it. And I still didn't get paid for it.

Despite such efforts in making the item, travelling time to go  post office and the free postage provided, all this is for a mere $10.00 which I still didn't get paid for. Of course I apologised for it for causing distress but I still think it's not possible it would get lost just like that, as the box was quite big. I don't know..I give them benefit of the doubt. However I feel I should not be faulted and hence 'punished' for it by not being paid for it.

$10.00 may not seem much but for people like me, it can go far. Money is still money, right? You know, I don't want to harp on this and make it such a big deal. As far as I know, I showed pictures that I had indeed made the item and have it posted. I also know, if including this one, I would have lost $100.00 worth of orders, instead of the original $90.00 which is really a lot to me, considering I already don't charge much for my handmade paper crafts.

First case, I admit it was my fault and I could have carried on finishing that last book but because I have already exceeded the deadline of more than a month, it is an embarrassment for me to message the customer. She didn't contact me either so I guess it's a non-case for her too, otherwise they will be asking for updates and such.

But costly lesson learnt. Also, another lesson is how I can improve my business strategies because admittedly, they're not at its best. I must stop treating my online business as just a hobby. It must have progressions, you if I want to treat it as 'just a hobby' then I wouldn't even care about earning money. But I do. 

Sometimes the things we have to implement may be hard but we just got to do it and improve along the way so that we can continue to be in this line for as long as we can. Also to have a vision on how we want it to be and look forward to achieving that vision, whether for business, work or life. Let's stop feeling like crap and just continue to work hard and play hard :)

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

My Experience with Lunch in the Dark..Scary AF but I Survived!

The Lunch in the Dark was totally not expected for and we were also not told of the programme except to just be there. It was organised by my work dept as part of our learning. Well, if you work for the government ministry in the HQ yo, you will never miss out on such 'opportunities'

Anyway, the first session was held at the Enabling Village near to the Redhill MRT. I had been there before but it wasn't called that at first. It was where I had to take several tests as part of work certification thingey so I was quite familiar on how to get there. It really is very enlightening to know that the government has stepped in with generous grants to help physically disabled people to be able to work and earn a living despite their shortcomings through the use of specially designed equipments made for them. Hence, the name enabling village where they will come here and learn new skills and with these skills, they can join the society and not feel left out due to their disabilities.

For more info, you can check out the link here.

So this blog post is about my experience after my visit to the Enabling village which is having lunch in utter darkness, like complete dark dark..u don't even see any hint of shadows..dark. Hope you get what  I mean.

I am not kidding when you first enter the room in a choo choo train where you hold on to the person's shoulders in front of you...for dear life. That will be the only source of support you have because once the light start to diminish, you will be in complete darkness. Worse still, you have to make your way to the chairs like basically gropping around to find a seat next to you to have your *gulp* lunch.

We were already briefed prior to entering where the positions of our cutlery were. But then when you are in the dark, basically you forget everything, well I did anyway, haha. The next scary thing was that I had to pour my own drink, literally like being blind folded while doing that. We would tell each other ok I passed the jug in front of you and then you have to feel for the jug and the glass and carefully fill up the glass yourself. I didn't even know the depth of the glass so I just basically poured like a bit to prevent spillage.

Interestingly, we were served by visually handicapped people and they would tell us when our food arrive each time like oh it's in front of you now. Coz you can't see whether the food there or not. Amazing too right how with their lack of vision, they make use of their other senses to make up for it so that they can live their lives just like the rest of us. It's a lot harder for them so this experience teaches able people like me to appreciate more what we have, rather than just to keep complaining about how hard life is because there are other people who go through this each day and life still goes on, you know.

Then as we were being served, my table of people loved to throw him questions out of curiosity and it's amazing how he and his wife brought up two children well, who both have perfect eyesight, until they are now studying in the local universities. They don't let their handicap hamper their children's education and future. Set me thinking as well, from the cases I handle at work, where there are students who simply give up on studying like completely lose interest as they are more interested in working and earning money. 

But how long can you become a waiter or waitress. I mean I'm not looking down at their jobs but they are still very young and surely they have a vision on what they want to be, rather than just being in a job just to earn money where if they were to study, they will lose such 'golden' opportunity. I only hope that somewhere along the line when they have to make adult decisions and lead an adult lifestyle, they will understand that life is more than just work and play.

While it didn't start off too well for me (besides being scary af), example I had difficulty finding my mouth when I first wanted to sip the soup, it got on interestingly well like we all were laughing as we were trying to figure out the food we were eating. Despite the darkness, all around, people were chatty as if the darkness didn't bother them.

So when we finally get to leave the tables, we had to find the shoulders of the one in front of us as we stood up. Then as we slowly walked in the same manner we came in like a choo choo train, the light slowly crept up and it was blinding! Argh..and I was looking forward to it, haha.

Okay but the blinding light didn't last too long as our eyes started to get accustomed to it and I managed to find my specs back from the tray the staff was holding. 

Overall, what did I think. No pun intended but it was an eye opener, an experience that I believe is enriching. 

I don't have pictures from the experience..obviously but here's the link on where you can go book a visit to go with your colleagues or your students if you're a teacher. It's very enriching once you open your mind for the experience.

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Finding Love & Wedding Bells

Just last week, I went to two weddings on two separate weekends within the same week. This has never happened before, lol. I hardly go to weddings even though occasionally I get the invites. But being in one can be quite fun especially nowadays they cater a variety of food serving not just the usual wedding dishes, but they will hire vendors that will make traditional food on the spot or even creative food like fried banana fritters with cheese. Oh and for both of the weddings I attend, they served ice cream too....yum. 

Okay besides that, lol...the other thing I tend to notice is how the dais nowadays look so grand so big, enough to fit the whole extended family. They would be so creative with the set up compared to back in the days where most of the time, the dais would be pretty small and more traditional looking and basic colours. 

I must appreciate all these details like the colour scheme and the decorations and all because I know I will never experience any of these in my life, haha. Yes I know that sounds so negative but like I've explained in many of my earlier posts, some people aren't cut out for married life and I'm one of them. I don't feel like I'm alone because there are many single people out there too and they're living a fulfilling life too. I'm not saying when you're married, your life is over. If you get a partner that understands your needs and how despite the union, you are still your own unique individual who wishes to pursue your dreams and aspirations. 

I'm happy that I know of people who have gone through heartbreak found people to be their soulmates in times of their need where they feel lost thinking that they will never find love. My heartiest congratulations to them :)

I had to attend this wedding because I would get to see some of my former poly classmates. Although we did a few meet ups after we graduated, it's always fun to see them and hear them interact. I'm always in awe how people can talk to one another so fluently in a small group while I get stumped. But I like listening to them because it will give me a sneak peek on how people go about their lives and they also share interesting stories that I will laugh or feel sad about.

We also talked about how many of us are planning or are already pursuing degree. Knowing that some of them already did get started or coming soon, I feel like I want to start sooner. But now isn't quite a good time too because my brother is not home most of the time so if I were to come home late from evening classes, there is no one at home with my mum. Also, I need to concentrate first on saving some money and earning more as well. Whether or not I need a degree is another matter unless I want to get a new job. So I'm still thinking about this too. I mean it's going to be costly and it has to put to good use some how right. To me, it will be more like a sense of accomplishment rather than to just get a job with a higher pay but of course, other people will think otherwise.

So anyway, here are the pics where you can tell I didn't take them, haha. But still, worth sharing. Enjoy!

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Our Johor Trip 2017

My friend and I had an annual shopping trip to Johor and it is always a joy hanging out with her, it's like we are never short of things to talk to each other. To top it up, I got a sweet performance bonus compared to the dismal one I got last year although the show still goes on despite that, haha.

While last year, we were bummed out by the LONG waiting time at the checking in where they stamp our passport before freedom we are able to enter to the other side, we learnt our lesson and went after the March school holidays. However while we managed to get on the bus without a hitch, when we saw the crowd and the snacking queues at the checkpoint, we were like here we go again.

But after our experience, this one seemed more bearable, though the wait was still over an hour long. 

However we met our first disappointment with our lunch at Kenny Rogers. We always go to the Nandos coz it's worth the money for the size of food we eat. But here, the food was tasteless, and the portion was small (just look at the picture) and then we decided next time, we will go back to our usual routine.

We did the usual going round the mall level by level. While my friend use to be able to pick up shoes  pretty quickly, she just couldn't find the ones that called out to her. Some did but it turned out to be pretty 'meh' for her including the holy grail shoe shop in the mall beside the one we spent longer in. This is something very very new to both of us, haha. Oh well. We did shop for new clothes, I got shirts for my brother at the usual shop and also food to bring home.

Overall, it was still an enjoyable trip despite the initial hiccup where my friend left her key at her workplace which will open the drawer that her passport was in. We had our photos taken at our usual haunt (which we cannot compromise, like the one with Nando's..too bad we did this year and see what we got into, lol). Old Town White Coffee is the bomb and I love the hazelnut flavour and have it cold, thank you very much.

Normally I like drinking tea especially tea latte, yum...but I can't resist white coffee 😇

So overall, will we do this again next year? A resounding yes! Hopefully the shoe designs will improve because I think it's just too plain and boring and most are not really wearable, with the combined heavy heels and dainty straps. Like, can you even walk in it. I'm not surprised that many customers simply walk in and out empty handed. It's that bad so it's not my friend's fault too, haha.

So much so, we had quite a lot of money left because we didn't get to shop much. But we're all good with the things we purchased.

Here's to more bonding sessions in future!

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Long Weekend, A Little Rambling & My Lack of Gratitude

The day I discover IG filters It's almost mid week to August..argh. I am in the midst of a long weekend, which sadly will come to ...