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[August 25th 2011 10:28 PM]

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Hey all! I set up a new blog for my time abroad just because I felt like it and also because LJ is not very conducive for massive picture uploading. :D Spam from Rotterdam. I'll try to post a pic a day (hahah, we'll see how that resolution goes)!
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[August 18th 2010 01:18 AM]
ok, i just read all your cards and emails to me AND I LOVE YOU GUYS SOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!! shall email you all now then! since i'm awake and all. HUR HUR!!! man, wish they invented conference emailing or something. OK, I SHALL STOP TREATING LJ LIKE AN SMS STATION. although i miss the ability to text people wherever, whenever i like. sigh.

[August 18th 2010 01:14 AM]

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arrived! can't believe it's been a day since i left, FEELS LIKE 5 HOURS AGO OR SOMETHING. anyway, i'm going to write an email to most of the people who came to see me off, I PROMISE!! it'll just take me a while as i settle things like bank accounts and blah.

soooo, today was insane. dragged 48kg worth of stuff all the way to rotterdam then up four stories because my apartment block has no lift. everything is really dirty and, so far, all my mum and i have done is clean, sanitize and clean again. SERIOUSLY EW. it's quite small! it's just me and my room-mate (who will be arriving in september) and we each get a room and share a tiiiiny strip of corridor which consists of our toilet, kitchenette and shower; in that order. having our periods promises fun timez.

rotterdam was not quite what i expected. maybe it's the combination of gross living quarters, constant rain and the growing sense of homesickness but everything just feels so FOREIGN. (yes la, i'm Captain Obvious.) people don't speak english and they're not really friendly here! but it's only my first day so WE SHALL SEE. it was sunny out in the afternoon and the views were ok, nothing like amsterdam but still, enough brownstone houses and quaint streets to admire. no hands to snap pictures so the only picture i have for today is the view out my window for the next 4 months. i guess i'll have to spruce it up a little; flowers, books. WISH I HAD MY OWN HOUSE TO DECORATE.

ok, have to go buy a pot and a pan and a spatula and an electric boiler, rags and cups and cutlery...bleh. PEOPLE IN MY PART OF THE WORLD, PLEASE LET'S TRAVEL SOON.

p.s: my phone's whack, so please don't message! email is better.
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breakfast for champions! [July 15th 2010 03:14 PM]

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My brunch today:
Potato latkes from Smitten Kitchen but modified a bit, fresh lettuce for salad cause we had no other vegetable-type things around the house and sausages! good thing this is for brunch cause i think it has the calorie/fat/unhealthy stuff count equivalent to two meals anyway. And cherries for snack.

Possible upcoming things to keep me from slitting my wrists with price tags during work!

1. Dinner with Chu next week
2. Hanging out with Bern next week
3. Photos with Jo and others whenever! We must persevere!!! I think we're losing our touch and getting old :(
4. SingFest 2010!
5. General bumming around
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Meals are the highlight of my day. [July 9th 2010 11:22 PM]
What I made for lunch and dinner

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Baked unagi
(My version of) kimchi soup: water, miso, chilli paste, kimchi and egg
Japanese rice
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[June 24th 2010 10:40 PM]

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long time no update [May 11th 2010 08:04 PM]
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soooo, exams are FINALLY over (still can't quite believe i went to malaysia smack in the middle of my exams to watch a concert wow) and i thought i would have lots of time to do lots of things but if i get a job (the one sarah's doing now!), that leaves me with...around 4 days to do all i wanted to do. hurrr, this hols is going to feel strangely unsatisfying considering i'll be making money.

but! i guess i'll just remind myself that i'm going to use the money for a YEAR-END-TRIP!! WHOOOO!!! hopefully i'll be going to prague, vienna and brussels with claire! (and maybe sarah if she decides to go and qian if she can be bothered to ask her parents. don't think anyone else wants to go right?) so that'll make it the 6th new year we'll be spending together, the 2nd new year we'll be spending together abroad (whee! hong kong memoriezz) and maybe the 1st christmas too if my parents don't suddenly decide to visit me. :D

but that reminds me that this hols will be pretty much gone. oh well, i'll put up a list of things i wanted to do and see how much i accomplish anyway.


1. go out with jo (IT'S PROBABLY GONNA BE A YEAR TIL I SEE YOU AGAIN OMG, I DON'T CARE, YOU'D BETTER GO OUT WITH ME WHEN I ASK YOU TO!!! i booked you for 27th may already hor.)
2. photoshoot
3. cycling and dinner and outings with bern
4. write out long overdue cards
5. tumblr tumblr tumblr
6. sleepover and at least two outings with jc droogs
7. bum around with chu and po linn when they get back, and sarah and qian
8. impossible but - sleepover with sarah, qian and claire

and only sundays, essentially, to do all this. i do believe in miracles, i do, i do!
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forget facebook. tumblr is the new distraction. [March 17th 2010 01:27 PM]
so. this is what qian(rarely), claire(never), sarah and i have been doing lately. ugh. can't wait for school to be OVER. zzz.
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blargh exams. [March 2nd 2010 10:48 PM]

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all I want to do is read, write, take photos, listen to beautiful music and take wonderful road trips to places I've never been.

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very picture heavy! [January 25th 2010 08:24 PM]

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the dark age is nearly over! [November 27th 2009 07:32 PM]

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QUESTION: who else is coming back this dec?

dates to remember:

1st - 3rd dec: exams

3rd to 5th dec: driving lesson, packing, shopping, music organizing, stressing

6th dec: flying off with sarah! claire's coming back!!! (but i won't be here. D:)

6th - 15th dec: hiroshima trip with sarah! flying back, unpacking, making plans to meet up, chu's coming back!!!

16th dec: driving lesson

20th dec: cheng's coming back!! :)

22nd dec: results for school ):

25th dec: christmas!!! po linn's coming back!!!

tentative things to do:

a) meet up with friends! (claire, qian, chwaa, sarah, chu, you know i'm looking at you guys! (plus whoever else!!))
b) jo, we have to cross off things of our to-do-list. seriously.
c) droog outing! :)
d) belated birthday celebrations
e) christmas card making
f) cycling
g) sleepovers
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Hiroshima Homestay [October 21st 2009 12:09 AM]

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eeeeee! tickets have been booked and now i'm excited about the unexpected adventure and scared that it's all too good to be true. :D
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dream vacation spot: italy [September 13th 2009 03:04 PM]

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this. is. awesome. [September 6th 2009 01:04 AM]

Thoughts from the 21st century:

1. I wish Google Maps had an “Avoid Ghetto” routing option.

2. More often than not, when someone is telling me a story all I can think about is that I can’t wait for them to finish so that I can tell my own story that’s not only better, but also more directly involves me.

3. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong.

4. I don’t understand the purpose of the line, “I don’t need to drink to have fun.” Great, no one does. But why start a fire with flint and sticks when they’ve invented the lighter?

5. Have you ever been walking down the street and realized that you’re going in the complete opposite direction of where you are supposed to be going? But instead of just turning a 180 and walking back in the direction from which you came, you have to first do something like check your watch or phone or make a grand arm gesture and mutter to yourself to ensure that no one in the surrounding area thinks you’re crazy by randomly switching directions on the sidewalk.

6. That’s enough, Nickelback.

7. I totally take back all those times I didn’t want to nap when I was younger.

8. Is it just me, or are 80% of the people in the “people you may know” feature on Facebook people that I do know, but I deliberately choose not to be friends with?

9. Do you remember when you were a kid, playing Nintendo and it wouldn’t work? You take the cartridge out, blow in it and that would magically fix the problem. Every kid in America did that, but how did we all know how to fix the problem? There was no internet or message boards or FAQ’s. We just figured it out. Today’s kids are soft.

10. There is a great need for sarcasm font.

11. Sometimes, I’ll watch a movie that I watched when I was younger and suddenly realize I had no idea what the f was going on when I first saw it.

12. I think everyone has a movie that they love so much, it actually becomes stressful to watch it with other people. I’ll end up wasting 90 minutes shiftily glancing around to confirm that everyone’s laughing at the right parts, then making sure I laugh just a little bit harder (and a millisecond earlier) to prove that I’m still the only one who really, really gets it.

13. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

14. I would rather try to carry 10 plastic grocery bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.

15. I think part of a best friend’s job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

16. The only time I look forward to a red light is when I’m trying to finish a text.

17. A recent study has shown that playing beer pong contributes to the spread of mono and the flu. Yeah, if you suck at it.

18. Was learning cursive really necessary?

19. Lol has gone from meaning, “laugh out loud” to “I have nothing else to say”.

20. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

21. Answering the same letter three times or more in a row on a Scantron test is absolutely

22. My brother’s Municipal League baseball team is named the Stepdads. Seeing as none of the guys on the team are actual stepdads, I inquired about the name. He explained, “Cuz we beat you, and you hate us.” Classy, bro.

23. Whenever someone says “I’m not book smart, but I’m street smart”, all I hear is “I’m not real smart, but I’m imaginary smart”.

24. How many times is it appropriate to say “What?” before you just nod and smile because you still didn’t hear what they said?

25. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars teams up to prevent a dick from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers!

26. Every time I have to spell a word over the phone using ‘as in’ examples, I will undoubtedly draw a blank and sound like a complete idiot. Today I had to spell my boss’s last name to an attorney and said “Yes that’s G as in…(10 second lapse)..ummm…Goonies”

27. What would happen if I hired two private investigators to follow each other?

28. While driving yesterday I saw a banana peel in the road and instinctively swerved to avoid it…thanks Mario Kart.

29. MapQuest really needs to start their directions on #5. Pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

30. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

31. I find it hard to believe there are actually people who get in the shower first and THEN turn on the water.

32. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.

33. I would like to officially coin the phrase ‘catching the swine flu’ to be used as a way to make fun of a friend for hooking up with an overweight woman. Example: “Dave caught the swine flu last night.”

34. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t at least kind of tired.

35. Bad decisions make good stories

36. Whenever I’m Facebook stalking someone and I find out that their profile is public I feel
like a kid on Christmas morning who just got the Red Ryder BB gun that I always wanted. 546 pictures? Don’t mind if I do!

37. Is it just me or do high school girls get sluttier & sluttier every year?

38. If Carmen San Diego and Waldo ever got together, their offspring would probably just be completely invisible.

39. Why is it that during an ice-breaker, when the whole room has to go around and say their name and where they are from, I get so incredibly nervous? Like I know my name, I know where I’m from, this shouldn’t be a problem….

40. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you’ve made up your mind that you just aren’t doing anything productive for the rest of the day.

41. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after DVDs? I don’t want to have to restart my collection.

42. There’s no worse feeling than that millisecond you’re sure you are going to die after leaning your chair back a little too far.

43. I’m always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten page research paper that I swear I did not make any changes to.

44. “Do not machine wash or tumble dry” means I will never wash this ever.

45. I hate being the one with the remote in a room full of people watching TV.. There’s so much pressure. ‘I love this show, but will they judge me if I keep it on? I bet everyone is wishing we weren’t watching this. It’s only a matter of time before they all get up and leave the room. Will we still be friends after this?’

46. I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello? Dammit!), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voicemail. What’d you do after I didn’t answer? Drop the phone and run away?

47. I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.

48. When I meet a new girl, I’m terrified of mentioning something she hasn’t already told me but that I have learned from some light internet stalking.

49. I like all of the music in my iTunes, except when it’s on shuffle, then I like about one in every fifteen songs in my iTunes.

50. Why is a school zone 20 mph? That seems like the optimal cruising speed for pedophiles…

51. As a driver I hate pedestrians, and as a pedestrian I hate drivers, but no matter what the mode of transportation, I always hate cyclists.

52. Sometimes I’ll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

53. It should probably be called Unplanned Parenthood.

54. I keep some people’s phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

55. Even if I knew your social security number, I wouldn’t know what do to with it.

56. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, hitting the G-spot, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey – but I’d bet my ass everyone can find and push the Snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time every time…

57. My 4-year old son asked me in the car the other day “Dad what would happen if you ran over a ninja?” How the hell do I respond to that?

58. It really pisses me off when I want to read a story on CNN.com and the link takes me to a video instead of text.

59. I wonder if cops ever get pissed off at the fact that everyone they drive behind obeys the speed limit.

60. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

61. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lites than Kay.

62. The other night I ordered takeout, and when I looked in the bag, saw they had included four sets of plastic silverware. In other words, someone at the restaurant packed my order, took a second to think about it, and then estimated that there must be at least four people eating to require such a large amount of food. Too bad I was eating by myself. There’s nothing like being made to feel like a fat bastard before dinner
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[August 23rd 2009 10:06 PM]

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the last adventures of the Peking Partners.Collapse )
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paaart twoCollapse )

last part, trip to cheng de and temple of heaven!
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[August 13th 2009 09:26 PM]

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next installment, summer palace, great wall and more! :)
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before i leave... [June 23rd 2009 01:05 PM]

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...for beijing:

1. settle payment for trip and insurance
2. plan extension itinerary (ok, who am i kidding, just briefly read on some places.)
3. borrow someone's nikon lens!
4. decide whether or not to bring the holga
4a. if yes, buy the film and tape it up
5. decide whether or not to bring the polaroid
6. start packing!
7. make thank you cards
8. change money
9. print out ticket
10. jot down emergency numbers
11. complete medical checkup
12. tape my shows!!!
13. buy mag for the plane
14. get contacts

...my holiday behind (fun activities only):

1. celebrate jo's birthday!!!
2. finish making her present (SORRY BABE!!! IT'S STILL IN THE WORKS.)
3. photoshoot and lazing around
4. droog outing (HEY, I STILL HAVE THAT VOUCHER)
6. do the boogie with claire!
7. cycling/beach/star-shaped lantern with bern :)
8. finish reading the pile of books accumulating next to my bed
9. try out dad's old film konicas and the holga
10. picnic. for real.

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Beijing in a week. [June 22nd 2009 11:46 AM]
all credit to flickr

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Place of the Peking Poultry...mmm...
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hey my lovelies... [June 19th 2009 01:08 PM]

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ps: i really miss the people i haven't seen in a long time.
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