My very own Eat, Pray, Love month

“A soul mates purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life, then introduce you to your spiritual master…”

 

“A true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then leave. ”

 

Elizabeth Gilbert – Eat, Pray, Love

it’s been a trying month packed with a whole lot of me becoming really reclusive only to find out that, hell I’ve always been stronger than I think I can be, why am I running away? I have to thank my teacher who gave me this book when I turned 21 and similarly, was in this exact same spot – only thing is, I’ve grown a whole lot and definitely stronger than yesterday.

To finally be able to walk out from a shadow of conveniently avoiding the topic and be able to bravely say, well the decision has been made after only much deliberation.. certainly doesn’t rank the highest on my favourite things to do. But if life is going to give me lemons, I had better learn from the rest and make those darn good lemonades!

My greatest weakness as I walk out of this.. is my fear of loneliness and dependency. A whole lot of me always searches for that pillar to complete what I’ve already built and what life has already given me. But somehow, I happen to just be one of those people who always has that cheesy mentality that right now, life has all the beautiful drawings and the best canvas – it just lacks colour..

So while I slowly pick myself up and delve into work and games… no binge drinking!! 😛

“I think I deserve something beautiful.”

#ShapeRun and things I nv thought I would accomplish

its a little bit funny… what growing up means and does to you.. I for one have done a few things which i never thought i would at 16. it’s almost a decade now so i decided to make a list..

  1. Study beyond a Diploma
  2. Work in the IT/Manufacturing industry
  3. Holiday in the US/Europe before I’m 30
  4. Succumb to societal pressures (look pretty, stay slim, get married n have kids, what else?)
  5. Do any other form of exercise except my favourite sports (esp since I’m forever done with Napfa)

But guess what…

  1. Study beyond a Diploma I actually graduated with a Degree and a pretty decent GPA at that =O
  2. Work in the IT/Manufacturing industry IVE BEEN IN IT FOR THE LAST 2 YEARS!!?!?!?
  3. Holiday in the US/Europe before I’m 30 Thanks to Shawn being posted to the U.S. for training, his kind sponsorship and a lot of krisflyer miles… I’ve been to NY! and then there’s short after work trips in Orlando and SF…!! Blessed me
  4. Succumb to societal pressures (look pretty, stay slim, get married n have kids, what else?) I invest heavily on make-up, all things beauty & fashion and I lust for branded bags 😦 not to mention all the dieting
  5. Do any other form of exercise except my favourite sports (esp since I’m forever done with Napfa)  …..

I COMPLETED MY FIRST EVER 10KM CHALLENGE WITH SHAPE RUN LAST SUNDAY!!! OMG WHAT DID I JUST DO TO MYSELF!! and i actually do feel very happy and accomplished! *oh the horror* I’m already planning to do more runs but this time for charity.. Like the Yellow Ribbon Run for ex-prisoners, Race against Cancer.. or maybe even the Passion Run for the kids… what say you?? (and if you can think of any more I should join, do let me know..) I’m also glad Shawn is very enthusiastic to join me on these runs!! we could be a couple who runs for charity! 😛 Branding in progress..
but anyhow, here are some pictures from the run! I apologize prior for the poor quality from my iphone’s front VGA camera 😦

4D numbers?

4D numbers?

Our 10KM Route

Our 10KM Route

Looking at the route, i kinda wished i joined the pocari run instead. beautiful MBS and gardens by the bay! arghh… the most painful stretch of the route must have been at the F1 pit lane as well as the Nicoll highway stretch. NEVER ENDING!!!

Amanda & Myself at 630am.. ZZZ

Amanda & Myself at 630am.. ZZZ

More buddies! Its like we're 16 again

More buddies! Its like we’re 16 again

I actually had time to stop for a picture. too tired

I actually had time to stop for a picture. too tired.. dont worry i won’t be speeding anytime soon.. NO WAY

Ok. shag face

Ok. shag face

Apart from the shag face. i remember numb feet, cramps and stitches… oh why did i put myself thru more than 1hr of this!!! and my eyes aren’t that small, its the SUN hehe

of cos she had to wait for me

of cos she had to wait for me.. dont look that shag anymore..

We did it!!

We did it!!

although i completed it, i aim to get a much better timing and run a lot more next time. stop a lot less. i think i can!

FOOD

FOOD

and after you perspire like MAD.. its time to refuel! Trying lao ban for the first time and pretty decent i must say.. something new. somehow, eating at Old Airport Road…… the food just doesnt seem as good as i remember anymore, or was it that i bought from the wrong stall? hmmm somehow wasn’t gratifying enough. AND, after the run, i seem to be eating alot more. ARGH wrong thing tt should be happening!! must control diet again!!

ahhh i miss the good old friendship and nonsense. 😀 glad to do this run.. TO MORE RUNS AND BEYOND! i hope you run for a good cause too, if you can’t, do donate and support the cause! 🙂

#Biore’s amazing new make-up remover

I recently purchased Cleo again for its Beauty Hall of Fame (My must read every year!) and it came with a really mini bottle of Biore’s New make-up remover : Biore Aqua Jelly for us to sample.

Biore Aqua Jelly

Biore Aqua Jelly

Instructions say, pour out an appropriate amount, apply and massage, rinse off and all the make up will come off very quickly. – Really or not! I can imagine how the area around it is going to go all black cos of the removing and might even leave a stain because it has happened before. HOWEVERRRR, I’m not going to chuck it aside just for the sake of it, but instead.. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!

The Test: 
I was using Kate’s Black Eyeliner (which sometimes leave a black trace) and a very good long lasting ZA mascara, it’s latest Impact Lashes (this mascara only comes off cleanly with ZA’s own make up remover – I’ve tried 4 different removers! Even water and perspiration does smudge it at all)

Verdict:
The advertisements didnt lie!! I was impressed because what i have on today is usually quite stubborn (even for other Biore make up removers). Not a single trace of black lines remained, no mascara left behind, no black stains surrounding the area which i massaged. and it took me at most 2 mins to remove (i was kiasu and massaged very long). What i especially appreciated was how easy it was to massage the area and how gentle it was on my eyelids. There was no strong scent, just a pleasant light scent and while massaging, it didnt feel all too excessively oily. After washing my whole face with my usual cleanser, my lids feels extra soft and really clean! I FEEL GOOOOOD and HAPPY! 

And guess what, there are additional benefits! 1/3 of it has moisturizing essence which explains the soft feeling! I didnt even need to use a cotton pad which means, extra gentle on my eye lids which will prevent crease lines, sagging etc. OMG IM IN LOVE! I only hope that after using it for a long while, i wont develop pimples nor oily skin which was what the Biore Wipes did to me. Gonna head to Watson’s to buy my first bottle tomorrow ($24.90)! 🙂 YAY!

Friday Laughs – Inventing new dishes

For laughs this week, a common old problem that happens a lot, mistakes in menus making everything so funny.

just yesterday, I visited the newly opened Country Mana in Suntec City (okay, maybe not that new for those of you who remember the first restaurant who did puff pastry soups which were wildly popular in the early 2000s, a case of A&W’s comeback in SG perhaps?) And just when image is important to start off with the right foot, they went on to launch a set menu and unfortunately, not a closely vetted one.. Look out for the Thursday Special!

Baked Garlic Chicken Tigh?

Baked Garlic Chicken Tigh?

Which reminds me of a few more over the years while I was in Perth visiting an old friend. brings back good memories. and while i leave you with what i hope would be some laughs, here’s to a good weekend 🙂

chieken?

chieken?

mmm yum yum chrispy

mmm yum yum chrispy

The thing about headliners

While I was in School (that isn’t too long ago… I’m not that old!!!), writing articles is just about the only thing I did for all my Communications Subject. Till today I’m so glad I took comms.. 🙂 And if there was something I had to learn about myself, its the fact that I love to write but i absolutely HATE writing a headline, and guess what, headliners usually accounted for maybe up to 20 marks depending on the metrics. It wasn’t that I wasn’t creative, its just so darn difficult to keep to a word limit of less than a twitter update and still capture the essence of the story which is probably 100x more words than a twitter update. and then they go on about how there is always a hook that doesn’t need much elaboration, just a word sometimes is enough! Or you have tricks like leaving out minor inconsequential words like even the, a, in etc to squeeze in as much as possible. or sub-headliners not used so often.

Today, i spotted a new trick that totally kept me laughing, using the shortened form of the word. I’m telling you, its gonna be ugly!

Given that maybe the reader isnt a soccer fan… So…. Does that mean? It doesn’t even feel like it’s a soccer headline to be honest..

I guess it just ain’t easy being a journalist.. :p

20 minutes Muffin

I spent my Saturday absolute satisfied by cooking a good dinnner based on inspirations over the week and I also decided to bake. I had no idea what I wanted to bake, and I wasnt keen on my same old cookies or pre-mix boxes. Thus, I explored the recipes of Nigella Lawson as everyone knows, the desserts she brings to the table is absolutely to die for. I wasn’t prepared to travel far just to get ingredients like cream cheese or shortening etc, so I had to keep to a simple recipe yet some how still delicious and comforting. I decided to go with her Banana Butterscotch Muffins and tweaked a little bit here and there to suit our taste buds at home.

AND… TADA!

Banana Choco Chunks & Earl Grey Muffin

Banana Choco Chunks & Earl Grey Muffin

I went with a nice mix of Banana, Milk Chocolate Chunks and Earl Grey Mix, I wasn’t all too sure about the earl grey but… IT WORKED!

So here’s sharing the recipe! Again, credits to Nigella (original recipe) whilst I made some minor adjustments.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • 125ml vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 250g flour
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 150g Milk Chocolate Morsels
  • 3 Bags of Earl Grey Tea (Must be a good brand with a strong and distinct frangance)

METHOD

Serves: Makes 12

  1. Preheat the oven to 175°C/gas mark 6 and line a muffin tin with muffin papers.
  2. Mash the bananas and set aside for a moment.
  3. Pour the oil into a jug and beat in the eggs.
  4. Open the teabags and pour the tea leaves into a small bowl, pour approximately 10-20ml of hot water onto the tea leaves.
  5. Put the flour, sugar, wet tea leaves, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder into a large bowl and mix in the beaten-egg-and-oil mixture, followed by the mashed bananas.
  6. Fold in the chocolate morsels, then place equal quantities in the prepared muffin tin – I use an ice cream scoop and a spatula – and bake in the oven for 18 minutes.

It doesn’t look like what Nigella did but hell I’m no professional baker right! What matters was how the banana and chocolate marries perfectly. How the earl grey made the muffin so much more fragrant. How when its warm, the chocolate just oozes and the brown sugar made the muffins moist and slightly caramelized. and guess what! i only took 20 minutes to mash, chop and stir in all the ingredients. the baking takes long but in that 18 minutes it is baking I’m enjoying myself else where. I’M IN LOVE WITH THIS RECIPE! I’m already thinking of other moist alternatives that would work!!

Such a happy Saturday…

Let me know if you have ideas and if you also tried it!

Friday Laughs – Bad English

i thought to make this something constant, a good friday laugh via picture or something. great idea but i must be disciplined enough to keep it up. So anyway, i decided to start with a little something that i spotted this week – it was a survey that was sent to me via a very popular survey site.

hahaha couldnt stop cracking up. some errors just shouldn’t happen uh – the problem with pronunciation here in SG. can you imagine what a walking wardrobe would actually be like? – friendly like in beauty & the beast? or just downright freaky like one that would eat us into a new realm like Narnia or something.

Share your own Friday Laughs and dont forget to tell me about it, i’d like a great start to my weekend 😉