Update.

17 09 2009

I haven’t blogged for a long time have I? Even Stephanie’s complaning. lols. Its just that, a lot of things happened, and I just don’t feel like blogging it yet. No inspiration. Right now, the mood seems right, so here I go..

Team trip to East Coast! I haven’t been there for a very very long time. it has changed so much! Had a whole bunch of us around. I just realized how serene Bedok Jetty can be in the evening. While the rest of them were encamped at Mcdonalds, I decided to cycle to the jetty to sit down. Its the first time I felt peace in a long long time.

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To my left.

To my right.

To my right.

What's behind me...

What's behind me...

All around... serenity.

All around... serenity.

After so long, I cycled like a nutcase back and forth. You don’t really appreciate distance till you try cycling down East Coast Park. Brought me back to the old days, a decade ago, where I would cycle like said nutcase up and down West Coast.. whether it was to Ginza Plaza, or to Pandan Reservoir or even to West Coast Park. I’ve AGED.

One drawback about the area, its near to Changi airport, so the sounds of the planes flying in and out of one of the world’s busiest airports can be a tad bit distracting. I counted 22 planes flying in and out throughout the whole time I was there. And to think that, I’ve been telling a lot of people who have been asking, that I haven’t been on a plane before. I AM SERIOUS. Never had. I have been on foot since the dawn of my birth.

Speaking of foot. Ryan bought his new entry-level DSLR, and was so excited to try it. He had access to the car, so the first stop we went to was Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. We basically walked around the Reserve trying to explore whatever that could be explored, which was plenty actually. I haven’t been to the Reserve for a long time, so I was quite surprised to “discover” that there was a lot of things I missed out!

Random dead leaf on the boardwalk.

Random dead leaf on the boardwalk.

Mini autumn?

Mini autumn?

Hindhede Quarry. Looks a bit like Ubin scenery eh? There was 3 other quarries Ryan and myself couldn't cover. Can't wait to return back there again.

Hindhede Quarry. Looks a bit like Ubin scenery eh? There was 3 other quarries Ryan and myself couldn't cover. Can't wait to return back there again.

Ryan... being Ryan. =P

Ryan... being Ryan. =P

Random wood block corner close up.

Random wood block corner close up.

Saw this twisted tree when we entered one of the nature trails. Amazing eh?

Saw this twisted tree when we entered one of the nature trails. Amazing eh?

Close up of said tree.

Close up of said tree.

Fallen tree split apart by Nature. Notice the blue spherical seeds inside the cracks. Safe to say, the tree had blue balls. LOLS!

Fallen tree split apart by Nature. Notice the blue spherical seeds inside the cracks. Safe to say, the tree had blue balls. LOLS!

Ryan shocked this fella. Almost stepped on his tail. We spent 5 minutes just looking at this guy, who was content digging a hole by a tree.

Ryan shocked this fella. Almost stepped on his tail. We spent 5 minutes just looking at this guy, who was content digging a hole by a tree.

Den after about an hour, we got exhausted and decided to head back to the car. It was loooong downhill walk, but it was made worthwhile because we saw an old friend on the way down!

WEI ZHONG! HAHAHAHAHA! kidding kidding! =X

WEI ZHONG! HAHAHAHAHA! kidding kidding! =X

There was a troop of monkeys happily sitting by the side of the path like nobody’s business. I counted 15 healthy troop members. I don’t know which species they really are, but its really heartening to know there’s a healthy population of primates still active in one of Singapore’s nature reserves.

After a few minutes of debating inside the car, we decided to head to Sungei Buloh Nature Reserve, the premier mangrove reserve on the mainland. The other of course, being Chek Jawa, which I haven’t stepped foot on before.

The Reserve was absolutely fantastic in the late afternoon, other than the murderous mosquitoes, it was perfect day for a stroll. Next 3 photos were taken on top of the Aviary watch tower.

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Mangrove scenery all around.

Mangrove scenery all around.

This non-epic picture of a flower is THE reason why I wanna get a freakin prime lens.

This non-epic picture of a flower is THE reason why I wanna get a freakin prime lens.

Nice right? Walked around a hell lot. I’m looking for a good place, other than my FB, to upload all of the shots. I know deviantart is good, but that’s being used for the cosplay shoots I do. I’ll see how.

It was on the way back to the Visitors Centre did something really epic fail happened to me.

We just about reached the Centre and were preparing to exit, but Ryan said he needed to go to the toilet. So I told him to go ahead while I waited outside. I was standing on the typical wooden boardwalk, bordered by greenery to both my left and right.

I spied a sign on one of the walls, stating to BE CAREFUL OF CROCODILES. Yes, there are mangrove crocodiles hanging around if they’re not busy being buayas or dissing Croc shoes. Suddenly, I head scratching sounds below me, where my left foot was. When I looked down.. lo and behold..

No.. I didn't see this dude. But I sure wish I did!

No.. I didn't see this dude. But I sure wish I did!

Staring back at me, was a 1.5m long water monitor lizard. *cue horror scene music*

Safe to say, after reading that crocodile warning and seeing a reptilian head near my feet, I did my best impression of Usain Bolt and ran. The lizard too, jumped and ran. Ryan peeked his head outside, and asked whats wrong. I told him everything. H e didn’t laugh, because he knew what we were looking at.

It really resembles a Komodo Dragon. Not Kodomo baby talcum powder.

It really resembles a Komodo Dragon. Not Kodomo baby talcum powder.

"kua simi kua?"

"kua simi kua?"

Very National Geographic eh? LOLS!

Very National Geographic eh? LOLS!

Just looking at it already gives me the creeps. URGH. Anyway, we spied a few of the water monitors on the way back, and snapped away. It was pretty much my closest encounter of the reptilian kind.

"I see you... do you see me?"

"I see you... do you see me?"

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Checkpoint.

1 06 2009

Wow. Its now June. damn fast eh? Felt so alive in January, blinked, and now its the midway point of 2009. 6 more months, and then it’ll be 2010! So before that arrives, its always good to do a check on yourself.

For example, I managed to do 90% of what I set myself out to do. The only glaring void; my driving license. THAT, will have to wait a bit more longer. hehe.

This year is gonna be a slack year for me, because I just found out my application to SIM has been accepted, albeit for the January 2010 batch, not the July 2009 one. I won’t complain though, because I was feeling down throughout the whole month because of this, which would explain my lack of entries. I’ve got 6 more months to spare, and I’m looking for another job to supplement my tuition one.. Suggestions anyone?

Celebrated my dear sister Kuro’s birthday last weekend. Here some scandalous pictures from the get-together!

Group Photo 1. The guy on the extreme left looks like WEI ZHONG!

Group Photo 1. The guy on the extreme left looks like WEI ZHONG!

Stylishly smart.

Stylishly smart.

All girl group photo.

All girl group photo.

Group Photo 2. Xuri closed her eyes. lols.

Group Photo 2. Xuri closed her eyes. lols.

Kuro was seriously surprised to see us over at her place, because each of us were “busy” with our own stuff.. so we literally caught her off guard. lols. So besides the usual fooling around, drinks and plenty of laughter, we followed up with dinner at Al-Azhar. Note to self: Prata Boom is DAMN SWEET. Eat it only once a year. Also have to remember to stop doing Hardgay impersonations. Have to wait till Bryan comes back. lols.

Speaking of the team, I’ve been arrowed to do their dance for them. Yes. Me. This dance-rusty 24 year old whose joints have long crusted over and unable to move as smoothly as he did 10 years ago. BUT. I’m still taking up the challenge, and one trophy from that would be my left ankle giving way again. lols. I MUST show them something by Saturday. I’m not too overwhelmed by the challenge, just.. unprepared for it? I wasn’t a choreographer in the first place, I just bite from videos, and maybe tweak them here and there. But I’m still gonna show them a good dance to perform for the competition. That’s my mid-year super short term resolution!

Whilst on the topic of years, I met up with a group of my primary schoolmates last Friday. Marcus, Steven, Yuhui and Pei Rong. I was like, WOW, because time really flies so fast, because when I think about it, the last time all of us were together was all the wwwaaaaayyyy back in Primary 3, 15 years ago. Marcus left us in Primary 4 for greener pastures in what ironically is now Yew Tee, and I haven’t seen the 2 girls since I left Qifa. The stories we exchanged, the memories that were revived.. absolutely nostalgic! I just wanted to live it all over again you know. We didn’t take any photos that day, but I made a promise to myself, that when the next gathering comes, there’ll be MORE peeps and then I’m gonna bring my camera along. With a tripod stand if I have to. lols.

I just realized that when I went through my iTunes playlist, I haven’t updated any of my Korean songs yet. I went on K-pop music spree, and I’m gonna list down a few songs to note if you into the Hallyu wave!


I’m doing this dance! For fun.


She’s the new Lee Hyori. Nosebleed alert!


Check out the lyrics. Very touching.

If you want any of these songs, look me up in MSN or FB. =)

OK. This is for all you blog shoppers out there *looks at Jocelyn and Angela*. There’s a new blogshop in town, run by our very own Cine Bimbo, Evan!

michicaloves – COLLECTION #A

The blogshop, which caters to the female population of the nation, has a good choice of casual and semi-formal attire perfect to grace any occasion, bringing style and glamour to whichever event of your choosing! There’s a mailing list as well, so you can be kept informed of new designs brought in! Hai. Suddenly, I wish there was a list of male blogshops I could go through. hehe. Check out the blogshop y’all!





Epic

13 05 2009

Okay. Learned my lesson. Never am I gonna click on things I shouldn’t click. Its like opening a Kinder Bueno egg… that’s already sour and rotten.

Since its been 7 days, I guess this entry’s gonna be… epic? long? Well, I’ll just write down what I wanna write down. Please forgive me if it looks like a chapter from Twilight. lols.

4th of May:

Attended a live concert of sorts by local band En-X! I only heard their songs from Wei Zhong, and they’re pretty good. But in my opinion, they sound a lot lot better playing the way they did at Concourse in Esplanade. I brought my D70s along with me, just to take photos, and they sounded so good, my butt was literally glued to my seat, and I only took from that angle. BAD photography. But who cares, the music was good! Photos coming up.

The whole entire band for that day for the Concourse performance. The lead 3 are the main members of the band, whereas the last 2 guys at the back, on the drums and the guitar, and special guests for the performance!

The whole entire band for that day for the Concourse performance. The lead 3 are the main members of the band, whereas the last 2 guys at the back, on the drums and the guitar, and special guests for the performance!

Alvin, Lead Vocals.

Alvin, Lead Vocals.

Ben, Guitars & Backing Vocals

Ben, Guitars & Backing Vocals

Vanessa, Keyboards/Synths

Vanessa, Keyboards/Synths

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Upon reaching home, I told myself that I should have used a higher shutter speed. lols. Excuse me. photo-talk.

Anyways, you can check out En-X on their Myspace and Facebook profiles. Links as given! Listen to the songs Never Be The Same and Everything Will Be Alright. My favourite songs!

Other than that, I’ve been spending my days at home. Running. Watching anime online. More running. AND, according to my mum, my appetite has increased 3 fold. OOOH.. I’m gonna look like a Boomer soon.

Oh yeah speaking of Boomer, I’ve been going for plenty of L4D as well! Oreo is now addicted to Survival mode. Frankly, it IS fun, but if the objective is to just SURVIVE a never ending onslaught of rotten zombies, what’s the point? I kinda find it.. dull after a while. At least in Campaign mode, you have an objective to finish. Survival mode? I still don’t see it, but its still exhilirating to shoot down wave and wave and wave and wave and wave and wave and wave and wave and wave of zombies, followed by a random number of Tanks, Smokers and Boomers. Comedy central I tell you.

Last weekend, the team went back to that cursed place to catch soft toys again. lols. I spent $14 bucks, without catching anything. WTF. The Marksman game increased to $2. I got so demoralized, I missed all my attempts. DAMN IT. Disappointing.

And before you guys judge me and assume I’m getting my money from my mum, I’m not! I’m starting work tonight, at a tuition centre in Jurong West. Tutoring English, obviously my BEST ever subject. Let me teach the kids anything else, and it’ll probably turn out disastrous. lols.

Oh well. Wish me luck!





Wiser.

20 04 2009

Turned 24 yesterday. What does it mean?

It means that I’m getting closer to dying achieving my dreams.

HAHA.. morbid thoughts aside, I had a quiet celebration yesterday, and a wild one the day before. Got a few pictures I wanna put up!

18th April:

Team Zero's Requiem Cosplay Team. Not everyone is here though!

Team Zero's Requiem Cosplay Team. Not everyone is here though!

Our team Colgate model.

Our team Colgate model.

This is practically the first thing I saw when I reached. Orichi getting raped pummelled.

This is practically the first thing I saw when I reached. Orichi getting raped pummelled.

Neverending.

Neverending.

Guys with.. toys?

Guys with.. toys?

Met the team for an outing to celebrate the April babies birthdays. 3 of us altogether. Unfortunately, due to the sudden influx of new people and the trauma of watching Orichi get pwned, I wasn’t quick enough to capture the birthday peeps with the birthday cake. But still, THANK YOU GUYS FOR THE WONDERFUL CELEBRATION!

After celebrating at Vivo, we went to Just Acia at Dhoby Gaut Exchange to eat. I had the Salmon Teriyaki. DAMN NICE! Highly recommended! We were practically the noisiest and happening group there. Got to know some of the members better. Pure fun. It got better after that, because we went to PS to check out some stuff, and Shiro and Kuro got me presents!

From Shiro: Because she said it looks like me. Every morning now, I look in the mirror because of this. lols.

From Shiro: Because she said it looks like me. Every morning now, I look in the mirror because of this. lols.

From Shiro as well.

From Shiro as well.

From Kuro: Lelouch Lamperouge sticker to paste over the back of my iPhone! To cover the crack she says.

From Kuro: Lelouch Lamperouge sticker to paste over the back of my iPhone! To cover the crack she says.

From Kuro as well. Lelouch pendant. Now I got Geass. I wish. lols.

From Kuro as well. Lelouch pendant. Now I got Geass. I wish. lols.

From poondq: Really COOL Code Geass semi-transparent picture. EXCLUSIVE from Japan!

From poondq: Really COOL Code Geass semi-transparent picture. EXCLUSIVE from Japan!

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE GIFTS!

PS was closing by the time we were done, so we headed to Park Lane to play L4D. lols. AGAIN. Anyways, they now know I’m probably the most strategic Boomer for the day. All I need is a wall. lols.

19th April:
Went out with my family in the morning! Drove to Harbourfront Shopping Centre for breakfast at Pastamania!

Carbonara!

Carbonara!

Had that wonderful plate of turkey bacon carbonara! HEAVENLY. and for those of you who know me well, I “accidentally” put too much cheese again. HEHE.

Stopped by a shoe shop after that, where my parents got me a new pair of shoes!

Nice?

Nice?

Sideview

Sideview

Honestly, I wanna achieve the G-Dragon Big Bang look. I like his style. Not changing my whole wardrobe to to speak, but just make another style available for myself!

After dropping off my sister at work, my parents drove me to PS (again) coz that’s where I was meeting the rest of them for dinner. I had time to spare. So I played L4D (again). Huiting came later, and we walked around PS for a while till Ryan came down. Then we headed to Fish and Co!

FOOD. FISH. YUM.

FOOD. FISH. YUM.

Some choice photos from my birthday dinner!

The 3 of us shared that drink. And we couldn't finish it.

The 3 of us shared that drink. And we couldn't finish it.

We thought Ryan accidentally ate mayonnaise, but actually that's his normal face. lols.

We thought Ryan accidentally ate mayonnaise, but actually that's his normal face. lols.

Sweet.

Sweet.

Long time friends.

Long time friends.

More photos in my Facebook!

Met up with Hazel after that. We watched 17 again. Its a good movie, and in my opinion, a great vehicle for Zac Efron. Catch it!

A very happy and lucky birthday boy.

A very happy and lucky birthday boy.

A big thank you goes out to my family; Mum, Dad, Danial, Nina, Iskandar, Huiting, Ryan, Hazel, Eriol, Lorenzo, Kuro, Shiro, Jon, Orichi, Azuku, Miyuki, gothy, jiawei & poondq for making my birthday so special!

A big shoutout also goes out to Marcus, Shiying, Xiaoting, Marco, Anne, Peiyu, Joan, Tiffany, Calvin, Ze Suan, Kenneth, My chinese friend Lincoln, Wei Zhong, Joanna, Cheryl, Angela, Wentian, Yu Shu, Mahatir, Jocelyn, Benison, Winnie, Jolyn, Cedric, Murali, Wilbur, Benjamin, Vazod, Brillyan, Bryner, Jonathan, Andy Chua, Iris and Shiyu for the birthday wishes!

For a moment there, I thought you forgot. But you have no idea how much that one message means to me, because you mean a lot to me. =)





Gluttony.

14 04 2009

Okay something I’m not proud of.

My recent running sojourn has caused me to EAT like a caterpillar on caffeine. A LOT OF FOOD. I have no idea how much rice I downed today, but all I know is, I just ate my probably-5th bowl of rice, 3 pieces of bread, and I’m STILL hungry.

My appetite aside, I managed to get hold of my uncle’s speedlight. Okay now I wannna know, any of you knows how to use it? I tried it over at my grandma’s house, and I didn’t understand it AT ALL. It works like the normal flash I see on the D70s. Except brighter. That’s all there is to it?

I was going through some old photos. Both in my iPhoto and blog. I think I should bring them back again. Shall we?

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You can make a wild guess who this is.

This is pretty clear cut

This is pretty clear cut

Act cool. CHECK OUT RYAN'S HAIR. I miss my Oakleys.

Act cool. CHECK OUT RYAN'S HAIR. I miss my Oakleys.

I miss working at TBTS!

I miss working at TBTS!

My Chalet-war-mates. I was sleeping through it actually.

My Chalet-war-mates. I was sleeping through it actually.

Been doing a lot of anime-watching lately. Code Geass, Gundam Seed Destiny & Devil May Cry. Finishing up Boys Over Flowers.. and then I got nothing else to watch. Recommendations anyone?

Remember I mentioned that I like meaningful lyrics? Here’s a song that I really ADORE for the lyrics. Clay Aiken’s Everything I Have;

I feel like I never measure up to who you see
Sometimes I think I can’t give you all the love you need
You keep changing everyday
Amazing me in every way.

If I could be the perfect man in your eyes
I would give all I’m worth to be a part of your life
I could promise the world but it’s out of my hands
I can only give you everything I have

I never dreamed I could ever feel the way I do
I hope and pray I will always be enough for you
I can only do my best
I have to trust you with the rest

If I could be the perfect man in your eyes
I would give all I’m worth to be a part of your life
I could promise the world but it’s out of my hands
I can only give you everything I have

I promise I will hold you through the changes and fears
When life seems unclear
And when I can’t be right there with you
I know there’s angels by your side

If I could be the perfect man in your eyes
I would give all I’m worth to be a part of your life
I could promise the world but it’s out of my hands
I can only give you everything

If I could be the perfect man in your eyes
I would give all I’m worth to be a part of your life
I could promise the world but it’s out of my hands
I can only give you everything… I have

Kind of describes the way I feel too..





Words.

13 04 2009

I have one inspiration everytime I look at something I like, or listen to something soothing.

Words.

You put the right words in, let it blend smoothly, and it becomes a greater work of art or literature (or so it seems).

When I was younger, I used to take the melody from songs, and match them with another set of lyrics altogether. My favourite? I loved to take Korean songs, in which the words obviously doesn’t make sense to me, and rewrite them into something else. Joanna & Ting can testify to that.

*By the way Jo, I spent 3 hours combing my house to find the lyrics. I think its gone. SORRY!

I found a bunch of my old songs from my old laptop stashed inside my mum’s disk drive. GLEEFULLY I transferred them to my iTunes, listening to each song, reminiscing how these songs inspired me with their lyrics.

And then there’s the other type, that takes songs already on mainstream, record it with their own spin to it. This is the time I first listened to the beautiful vocals of Olivia Ong.

Olivia Ong

Olivia Ong

I was blown away. Here’s list of the covers she did:

  • Sometimes When We Touch
  • All of Out Love
  • True Colours
  • Close To You
  • Fields of Gold
  • Make It With You
  • Fly Me to The Moon (My personal favourite!)
  • Lovefool
  • Kiss Me

Her whole albums are so nice and soothing! I can just turn spin this on a sunny weekend morning and do my work peacefully. Her voice reminds me a bit of Joanna’s. Go over to imeem.com to listen to some of her songs, and then go buy her CD. Worth it!

Did my first cosplay shoot last Friday. No no, I wasn’t the cosplayer. Bryan invited me to help out in a shoot he was doing for his friends. So down I went to town to meet up with him and his gang of friends from SGcafe. The 2 cosplayers, hyperactive young ladies by the names of Shiro and Kuro, were doing Ouran High School Host Club characters Hikaru and Kaoru Hitachiin. Some choice photos below;

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I know my skills aren’t “there” yet. Working towards it. Never back down! =)

Went out with Ting today. I became quite the glutton. This is what is currently churning in my tummy right now:

  • Salmon & Unagi Combo from Yoshinoya.
  • Auntie Anne’s Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel.
  • Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream
  • Rochor Bean Curd and You tiao.

All of that in a space of 4 hours. and you know what?

I’m still hungry.

But judging by what I ate today, I’d have to run later on in the morning. Time to get rid of that disturbing ring of fat around my tummy!

Lemme show you guys a new superhero in Singapore!

Kamen Rider.... Hentai. As announced by Shiro & Kuro.

Kamen Rider.... Hentai. As announced by Shiro & Kuro.

Yeah. Our dear friend Bryan put on his paintball mask, and started walking down Orchard Road, imitating Hard Gay.

Next time, I’ll bring a VIDEO CAMERA.





Catch up.

7 04 2009

Time to back track on some posts I’ve been meaning to put up.

Told you guys I’ve been doing photography right? Partly because Marcus taught me to do photo manipulation. So for one day, Ryan and myself went self-taking-crazy. Be warned though, my CS2 skills are pretty much non-existent, so don’t expect too much. But anyways, here’s our efforts for that day;

Resurrection of the Teletubbies.

Resurrection of the Teletubbies.

I seriously have no idea what's going on here.

I seriously have no idea what's going on here.

Well, I've always wanted to be in a boyband..

Well, I've always wanted to be in a boyband..

We planned to play doubles for the tennis tournament. Works eh?

We planned to play doubles for the tennis tournament. Works eh?

Fun stuff. I recommend you do it at least once, if you’ve got the chance. Its not often you get play around with your own image. In a good way of course.

On to other stuff. Futbol Team Victoire, our first game in our short history will be this coming Saturday, against the football team the Methodist Church of Incarnation. By this time you guys should have received the SMS from Dickson. Please reply him as soon as possible, so we can plan out the team and formation for the game, and to settle any logistical matters. A bit sad our first game will be without a team jersey, but we can make do without it. =)

I turn my head to the East, I don’t see nobody by my side..
I turn my head to the West, still nobody in sight..
So I turn my head to the North, swallow that pill that they call pride..
That old me is dead and gone..
But that new me will be alright…