some people

Some people will come into your lives…

to challenge you
to break-down your beliefs
to question your traditions
to criticize your norms
to push you to your limits
to test your patience
to bring you down to new lows
to make you doubt your mere existence

but for every person that does that, what doesn’t kill me will only make me stronger. Maybe I’ll take a day to get over it or maybe a year but however long it takes, it will be worth every ounce of tear I shed and muscle I twitch. Maybe it’s a test of my patience and maybe it’s just to shape my character and mold me into someone better for the many other battles I will face over and again.

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remnants of my childhood

little by little, fragments of my physical environment are changing as we progress as a society as a means to better our life. I miss some of them especially when you have fond memories attached to it.

You see, Singapore 20 years ago and Singapore now, kids then vs now probably don’t share the same meaning of ‘fun’.
this favourite among 80s kids

Dragon Sand pit Playground – Courtesy of Remembering Singapore

This was my favourite when i was a kid!
– Courtesy of CNNgo

Has been replaced with this:

Courtesy – Singaporesnapshots

Well, the rationale was simple, hygiene. HFMD was waiting to unleash itself onto the young in the sand. but it was the same sand that i could build sandcastles of imagination without needing to head to the beach! i had scrapes from falls in the sand but that made me pick myself up, dust the sand off and carried on playing. That could be upbringing too, but never mind separate discussion.

However fast everything is quickly being replaced for better amenities, infrastructure etc, I still love the pasar malams (night markets) that bloom once every school holiday season. There’s something about how it makes however edgy a HDB estate look like home. Even though the stuff at these pasar malams dont hold the same standard as before, it just never fails to get me excited and wanting to visit one thought I know I’m going to walk out with nothing in my hand. Except maybe a chicken wing, taiwanese sausage, fish crackers, cotton candy, cup corn – yea nothing much.
It reminds me of meeting friends just to grab something from the pasar malam akin to going to a shopping centre. then the most important of it all. When pasar malam also meant funfairs. It was family time out together, maybe that would explain why I still love the oh-so sinful cotton candy – it meant me and my brother tearing of the soft cotton fighting for the last bit of sweet and licking the paper just cause. And the funfair games where stuff could be won. and silly rides with battery operated toy cars you could ride around otherwise only drool while running around in toys-r-us.

The simple life as I last remembered it to be pristine.

its not the same anymore for me as a grown up, i wonder whats it like for kids these days…

Prepping for Euro2012

There’s probably going to be a comprehensive checklist for soccer fans who are eagerly anticipating the kick-off for euro2012. 

For the other-half(s) who has to suffer the long weekends of endless soccer and friends coming over to be merry together, sleepless nights of flashing TV screens and cheering, this could be your checklist:

  • Get Some Sleep
  • Freedom 
  • Disconnect cable box from room
  • Avoid midnight suppers at coffeeshops with a TV

and the list could go on…

On the other hand, as a fan myself, I have a very simple checklist!

  • Decide if I should subscribe with 

        a) SingTel MioTV –  I could miss crucial moments like the final minutes or a penalty shoot-out which   would determine the champions 
        b) Starhub – Find out the score a few seconds after everyone does

  • Stock up on chips & beer (and all things that would cause guilt and multiple trips to the gym)  
  • Make a mental note on must watch matches
  • Get myself up to date with facts around the Euro to be a real pro. 
I found this app during the world-cup period and it was so easy to use, gave such great information and somehow exciting! Ironically, i joined the company. hmmm. But this year, I though I should share the good stuff with all I know. Great for ladies impressing guys with their wealth of knowledge, kids getting into the know of football etc etc etc. i love it. 
So here you go (Click me!!) Not advocating my product, just this one app which I cannot go without sharing. Works on iPad without the need to DL the native app, works on any browser.. Try it and tell me what you think! 

dusty lil place…

i got too engrossed with traveling, the holidays, traveling again, more holidays and work. I forgot how much i loved to write and how happy it makes me… in a nutshell, before i commit posts to each good detail… 

  1. I found a city to fall in love with the bright lights and skyscrapers. i found many first loves there and some seem quite difficult to replace.
  2. I found a place I never thought I would ever visit and wish i had spent more time there. The charms of the people and the limitless ocean and sky makes me so happy but I also found out all inclusive isn’t always a good thing. A I learnt about ‘things’ that’s beyond us and predictions.. 
  3. I learnt that no matter how hard life kicks you in uncomfortable areas, there is always pick me ups.. Family, friends, sitcoms and FOOD. I’ve learnt my true calling. I have countless food experiences to share and that’s what reminded me that I have left this place for far too long.. 

And I know that 2012 is going to pack lotsa of good news, tidings and joy. I cant wait to get started on sharing. I’ll be back! 

Day 1 in New York

After months long of anticipation, I finally depart for New York. Something about Christmas just isn’t right in Singapore, no christmas ornaments adorn the T3 only a green merlion statue and an angry birds tree parked at the departure gates.. Just isn’t right but the sales are all in place maybe that’s our interpretation of the christmas spirit.

So somehow there was a delay at the gates for an hour and while expecting a nice comfy plane to board, I wish they would switch to the A380 sooner. Everything was old and falling apart. My tray table was faulty, the man at my 10 o’clock had a faulty chair that kept reclining against his will and a huge plastic that doesn’t belong anywhere was sitting on the floor. Save for the first and last meal and between someone thinking I’m an off-duty crew and their good glass of Riesling, I’m hoping for a miracle to happen on my return flight. Like a Christmas special, A380 starts ahead of schedule!

JFK must really be a busy airport and my they have 8 terminals.. And yet somehow I couldn’t find a DFS -.- thank god I had my luggage. First drama of the trip came from Shawn’s delayed flight and his baggage that didn’t make the flight. It wasnt till ten in the night did we find out his luggage made it to ny. God bless America….. Or just us actually. And while “Concrete jungle where dreams are made off” kept ringing in my head, the concrete jungle was only present in downtown manhattan not New York! They should revise the lyrics a tad.

The village I’m at is nice and cozy with many food outlets boasting food from so many cultures, I realized I don’t have sufficient days to do them all. I hope somehow the ones I choose would be fab.

And now battling jet-lag, I’m up at 6am which is still pitch dark like it was at 6pm. Day 2, I’m ready for you…