hoy es un buen dia

Today started off rough but I received an email that gave me a lot of mixed feelings (mainly good ones) and that made the day better and the day was even better when I came home to this:

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More specifically, I walked through the door and my sister said “Did you see my text?” which I didnt but she texted me to say that I received a package from G :”)

Opened it to find this and I was pleasantly surprised and also super super touched. When Pablo’s Matcha Cheesecake became all the craze on FB, one night while we were talking I told him to go and eat a lot of it for me. And so he asked “you like matcha?” Obviously I did and then today I come home to a package of all matcha Jap snacks + a card with a Korean hanbok probably from his latest trip back to Korea. And all I can say is WOW, just WOW :”) Korean boys killing it everywhere – not just in Korean dramas hahah. Chocolate is a bit melty from the long travel to Singapore and the sudden change increase in temperature but ah :””) all them warm fuzzy feels in my heart right now :>

I’m not sure how I can top this – what Singapore snacks can I mail to Japan?!?! Durian?!? LOL

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Also made dinner – does not look v appetising but I was v satisfied! :”) Finished up the last bit of quinoa and had a salmon steak – super satisfied!!

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Not ashamed to say that I spent last weekend starting Descendants of the Sun and getting myself up to date with all 7 chapters of it that was out, then I watched my final one (at that point in time) on Monday and today is Thursday night I just watched the new episode that came out today. I really super love it! To be fair – it is super unrealistic and completely fictional, set in a fictional land that does not exist (but is shot in oh-so-beautiful Greece!) but my inner softie swoons everytime the Song Joong Ki’s character says something cute or everytime the Song-Song couple share a moment :””)

A friend sent me this, but I am DEFINITELY nowhere as huge a fan girl lol (credits to SGAG)  but his character is truly very swoon worthy huehuehue.

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OH but this happened the other night

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*Spoiler Alert*

I remember I was talking to Aditi when I was watching the drama and it came to the scene where Song Joong Ki’s character said “This is what happens when you have been bewitched by a beautiful thing” (re shipwrecked boat i think) and Song Hye-Kyo’s character asked “Have you ever been bewitched?” to which he said “Yes… and you know I have.” (REFERRING TO HER DUH) So I immediately texted her to spazz out about it AH hahaha.

Also, I used to think that people only said things like that on Korean dramas but nooooo, my Korean friend G, has proven otherwise because he drops lines like these like BOOM out of nowhere and I usually just respond with an awkward giggle because I don’t really know how else to respond. Korean boys must have been given some playbook with all these lines and how to make it work at birth or something???

I have not been writing here very regularly and I can’t remember all the things I’d wanted to blog about because a lot has happened over the past couple weeks but I guess as I scrolled past my gallery photos, this was what stood out for me – my Fitness pal getting all paggro at me LOL

And there are more highlights – like donating blood with veteran blood donor Jia Ying who was super lovely company :”) and mee pok day and adventure time with Kezia over a whole evening of good food and conversation and so many more things. But all I can say is I am thankful 🙂

In other news, there’s approximately 2 more weeks of lessons left to the end of law school (WHAT) and a formal education system, for now at least. Grad trip in less than 2 months time WEW and life after law school – there is so much to look forward to! If all things work out – I am quite excited for what is to come in July – and if that happens, I will probably be writing on another platform more regularly, not here! But that’s still a couple months away from now anyhow 🙂 I have been drafting my *FIRST POST* in my head for a couple days now and I am v excited and I hope to be able to share that here soon when plans are more crystallised 🙂

 

 

 

Was studying at HV with Joni yesterday, and Vee’s text to go for supper turned into us going for drinks at Baden. Somehow Vee and I ended up at Wine Bar – for more drinks! – with plans to go for the zouk curry rice after. But our spontaneous plan also took a life of its own and morphed into something unexpected but a whole lot of fun. It’s been awhile but last night reminded me of why Zouk always felt like home. Also, I am so thankful for time zones because at 5am, I (curry rice) booty called Sim again asking for directions to the curry rice place. And we both laughed when I said “how do u get to curry rice again?” And thank God this time I didn’t wake him up because it was 8 in London WEW. Sim is truly a wonderful human being 💖 

 

This is a v good representation of last night but also how I feel about recess week. It is already SATURDAY; WHERE DID MY RECESS WEEK GO? 

Saw an article about one of their covers and I’ve been hooked! Been listening to a lot of their covers and I really like how raw their cover of photograph is.

LawIV is over…. and it feels so bittersweet :”)/ :”( I have quite a lot of thoughts/ feelings on it – mainly gratefulness at the opportunity to have been part of this amazing team of talented people and a lot of love for the people that I have come to know :”) The photos are now up on FB – and maybe (if time permits) I will just put up some of my favourite ones here and write a bit more about it.

But what I wanted to say here, now, is just that a couple weeks back in a slightly inebriated state, I said out in words to a friend while on a car ride home things that I have only dared to think to myself the past couple months. (note to self: I need to have more filter when I drink!!! said some things I shouldn’t have the other night at post production party – things that were v unfair to a certain someone that I do care about so I probably should not have said all that… TSK @ me)

And the night before our last lawiv show, I had a very pleasant dream concerning the said subject of the car ride conversation. It was quite disorienting to be honest – I woke up feeling very happy because everything that happened in the dream was basically what I’ve wanted (subconciously or not) for the longest time. But waking up to find it was a dream was very anticlimatic. And this is not the first time I’ve dreamt about said person – randomly did a search on past posts and found posts dating 2 years back or more where I mentioned such dreams.

I guess the point of everything above is that I am afraid it’s always going to be you.

It’s the time of the night when I am alone with my thoughts and they are so loud and all I hear is how uncertain the future looks and it scares me. Right now, I have absolutely no idea what life post-grad trip is going to look like. It feels like its the first time in my life that I don’t know what is next and that I really have ZERO control over what is going to happen.

But just the other night, Ting who would send me songs at random (which I appreciate very much and am v thankful for) sent me “Everything in Its Time” by Corrine May. HOW APPROPRIATE :”)

And this song is such an old song (it was one of my fav worship songs during the Trinity days) but it will forever hold true:

I’m definitely still afraid at how uncertain everything is (cue all the “sun is brighter than my future” quotes lol) but knowing that I have a God who tells me: “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you.'” it really brings much comfort. And I am infinitely thankful and blessed to have friends who stand alongside me in prayer.

I sort of have an idea of what I want to do after June – a bit out of the ordinary, definitely the road less travelled – but I’ll still need to pray and see if it is the right thing to do. Maybe I’ll write more about it when it’s more certain (and when I am more consistent in writing here lol) but till then, stay tuned, 2016 will truly be a ride x

He’s never failed and He won’t start now :”)

24/01/2016

LOL ^ pardon the lack of originality in my title

School + lawiv rehearsals + IDT + squeezing in a gym/ yoga sesh has been more tiring than I imagined. Also now that module allocations are finally out, I have a 10 am – 9.30 pm with only half an hour of break day on Thursdays and I think that’s truly the most draining. Plus the needing to chiong all my 4 mods worth of readings/ prepare for tutorials before Thurs, which is most likely the night before…. haha. On the first week it was great though, I was exhausted by the time I got home – had late dinner/supper with the parents (mother’s favourite Newton Hawker Hor Fun) and then spoke to a friend I made while I was in Tokyo over whatsapp call (thank God for technology!!!) And despite being super tired, I was very glad for the conversation (+ v thankful too that he was v patient and waited for me to get home, to finish eating etc. especially cause Japan is one hour behind) :))))

So Week 2 just ended and I have readings to finish – both for all my 4 mods and for IDT – that are waiting to be done. Also my ankle feels kinda rekt right now and I’m very worried because with the musical less than a month away, there is no time to for injuries!!! Just spent the past 15 mins or so snap chatting and imessaging Vee a picture of my ankle – circling the part that hurts and then asking her for a diagnosis/ if it is serious. (Thank God for technology pt 2!) Might be time to take the gymming and yoga classes down a notch this coming week…. 😦 On that note though… FINALLY FLEW MY SIDE CROW TODAY!!!!

Was honestly not expecting it to happen because about 12 days ago, I tried it out in class for the first time and flopped rather miserably onto the floor. So today when my teacher asked me to try it, I wasn’t really expecting to do it. But the next thing I know, I flew???? And i was super surprised and she was super surprised too – cos it was the first time I tried it with her – but I was and still am vvvv happy 🙂 (yknow what the upcoming post on my insta is going to be about… hahahah)

Just a few photos from the past 3 weeks of 2016:

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So thankful for lawiv gym buds (missing Aditi) and our Fitness Blender times :> We haven’t exercised together before/ after prep since school started but I hope we do soon! ❤ 

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Had DTF (din tai fung, not whatever else DTF might stand for) + a fun night of playing Psych with the boys. Last photo for the road before Theo went back to the states. 

Also got to meet up with Vera and Jillian (whom I have not seen in about… 7/8 years?!?!?) and it was truly very lovely to hear about her life over fried chicken and bingsu.

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From the LawIV photoshoot! The showroom was SUUUUPER beautiful. When they first told us furniture warehouse, I was expecting something worse than Ikea tbh but WOW it really was a 10/10 location for a photoshoot!

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Y4 prayer group belated Christmas gathering and gift exchange – where almost everyone bought Christian books hahah. Super thankful too for the wonderful (and divine) opportunity to meet a new friend who shared with me something re what I’ve been currently praying for directions about. :”) 

OH. I wanted to bring beancurd tarts for the PG gathering but because I had some stuff to attend to just before the gathering (and then had to go home and drop my photoshoot outfit and all my clothes home first) I had to message the PG group to say that i was unable to bring beancurd tarts. BUT I was rushing out of the house and didn’t even realise that my autocorrect had changed it to beancurd farts LOLOLOL much to the amusement of a few people hahah SIGH autocorrect y u like dat 😦

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Pardon the narcisissm but I LOVE this filter and I wish they have it on a daily basis or that this would be my face/ nose IRL hahahah but alas. It looks like an amazing contouring job!!! 

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BOUGHT A NEW NALGENE WATER BOTTLE!!! haha i am so pleased because my Adidas one kept leaking into my bag >: I asked the uncle about how to use it immediately, which I did, much to his amusement. 

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First photoshoot with the Bebes for our yearbook photo. Once again, the real photos that Liwen took are not realeased to us. But we decided to level up from our Year 1 Mean Girls themed Wednesdays when we all wore pink because “on Wednsedays we wear pink”. We decided to wear red “to show how we have mature” (Iris) but also beause most of us didnt have pink LOL. It was a lot of fun :> 

Had another photoshoot early this week with the OG boys but no photos from that one! And was supposed to have one more on Fri with my LAWR TG but I was not feeling well that morning and decided to rest cause I had quite an important meeting at night, I even missed XYZ’s birthday lunch at La Nonna :((( But thennnn. Because my parents were going out and I felt q bad (+ my phone kept buzzing with the group chat messages so I couldnt sleep HAHA) so I decided to catch a ride from the folks to school for the shoot at least. But then some people had to rush for intensives so in the end when I was 15 mins away from sch, alas, I got off the car and took the DTL home. So our phototaking is still TBC till this coming week.

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Yesterday we had a carnival with some of the kids from Autism Resource Centre, the beneficiaries of the proceeds of LawIV tickets. And it was lovely :”) We were not allowed to take photos during the event but this was pre event goofing around. 

Two of my very dear friends work at ARC – one as a teacher and one as a therapist – and I’ve heard about work-related stories about their kids and the people they meet on the job. But wow it is nothing like seeing the kids for myself and they are super lovely, adorable and very talented. The are so so so precious :”) Yesterday was truly a very amazing and wonderful experience :”) There’s newfound respect and admiration for what my friends do at work now and for all the volunteers who volunteer with these kids (okay it is not the right term because those that we met with are just slightly younger) weekly. One of the participants asked me whether I will see them again after I graduate – and I said I sure hope so, and I truly mean that :”)

Oh wow ok this took longer than expected – time to start preparing for tomorrow’s fam seminar!!

2016

(slightly late to the party but) Happy New Year!!! I haven’t had much time to write since the last post because post-Japan, lawiv rehearsals started and then over Christmas, my family went to BKK with two other families from church and after coming back, it was lawiv rehearsals in full swing again.

When I wished Eunice “Happy New Year!” and told her that it would be a very exciting year for her because she is getting married in June and her new home will be ready PLUS she will be getting a puppy (and maybe have a child too!?!??!?). Then she said “2016 will be a very exciting year for you too!” Honestly, the first thought that came to mind was that nah – it’s not like I’m going to be getting married or anything in 2016 and it probably won’t be a super exciting year, probably gonna be same old same old.

But I thought about her words and realised that it is true and that 2016, is indeed going to be a very exciting year – not in the get married have kids totally new season of life way, but in my own way, as a year 4 graduating from law school, it will definitely be an exciting year ahead. Have not really had much time to sit down and process things amidst all the rehearsals and things going on but here are some things that I am excited for this year:

  1. Lawiv!! For those who are not from nus, every year, the graduating batch will put up a musical for a selected beneficiary. And so this year, my batch is putting up a musical and proceeds go to Autism Resource Centre 🙂 Which I am really excited about because 2 of my really good friends work there!! I am so immensely thankful for the opportunity to be part of lawiv because missing out on rag in year 1 was always something that i kind of regretted so at least lawiv is a wonderful opportunity to be part of something meaningful and to make the last year in school count.
    Dancing was never really my thang because my psycho motor skillz are pretty suspect but I have been having so much fun during rehearsals. I am so thankful for new friendships and the opportunity to get to know people who have been acquaintances the past 3 years of uni better 🙂 It’s about 5 more weeks till our opening night and I am very excited for people to come watch it. Over the past month, when friends asked me what it was about, I always said I don’t know because I didn’t but today during rehearsals, I finally got to watch the cast doing their thing and i really enjoyed it + i think the songs are great! So amazed by all the talent in this batch tbh – from writing the script, directing the musical, writing the songs and scores to choreographing the dance – it’s all covered by my very talented batchmates :”)
  2. IDT – I decided to go for IDT (Intentional Discipleship Training) and was prepared to do it alone but now, there are 7 of us from my CG doing it together and I am so excited 🙂 We have a bible reading plan too and it has been such a joy so far. Not related but on the same vein, I am very excited for BS to restart again this year!! I heard that we will be covering 1 Kings this year – confession time, I dont really know what it is about haha but I love all of Prof’s BS; always come out of it feeling so inspired and challenged :”)
  3. Graduating – this is the last year of uni and it’s kind of bittersweet. Honestly, I don’t know what lies ahead. I don’t know how many people read this but I’d like to think that it’s still a rather private space so I can be quite open. I still don’t have a TC yet (which basically translates into I don’t have a job yet). And so the future is quite unknown right now – but I’m surprisingly quite rested. Yes, whenever I hear that friends just secured TCs, I am very happy for them and then the panic comes next like oh dear, I better start sending out more applications/ sending out chaser emails etc. But other that than, I really believe that God will open and close the right doors 🙂 So we’ll see where I end up, whether it is the 2017 or 2018 batch, or whether it is a non-law career, I know that it can only be good 🙂
  4. Grad trip – booked tickets to New York before I left for Bangkok and I am honestly so psyched!! We will be going to NY, Vegas, LA and San Fran 🙂 will write more about it when our itinerary is up but I am v excited for grad trip 🙂 so glad that it is finally taking shape. Also, will be going up a few days before the rest of the convoy and am so excited to be able to meet up with Jess in NY after talking about it for so long!
  5. FRANZ – I’ve been most thankful for friendships new and old in 2015 and how God loves me through His people and hopefully I’ve been that same vessel for God to love people through too. And even though it’s only been 8 days into the new year, I have felt so loved by so many people – from Dee who took time to pray and wait with me yesterday before an interview, Shanny and Peks who both forwarded me updated TC slots, Jenny who blessed me with a 2016 planner :”), Jien who is back and traveled down to Bots just for a short lunch during my break and for all the people I have had the opportunity to meet in the past week :”) Lovelovlove ❤

Ok, this has been a very long and rambly post – I also have no idea how to paragraph it without messing up the numbers, sorry for the long walls of text! Back2school4law4tomorrow goodnight brb with bkk and japan updates soon hopefully! May the year ahead be lovely, friends! xo

Been meaning to write a birthday related post – on turning 22, on the first few experiences of being 22 (frankly, nothing new – life goes on lol), on exams and on the Japan trip I took with my mother. But since exams ended, I’ve been pretty caught up with jetsetting off to Japan that very night, then it was lawiv rehearsals and meeting up with people/ resting/ exercising when I don’t have rehearsals. So it’s truly been quite a ride.

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These are some photos from birthday lunch with Kris and Eunice :”) I really love these photos – especially the mid laugh ones. We were laughing because I was actually squatting to take the photo and the waiter kept taking shots so afterawhile my legs were shaking and then Eunice said “I can feel you shaking” and then we both just burst out laughing (as seen in the photo) hehe. V thankful for these two who have been such huge blessings in my life :”)

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Also, the Bebes + OG boys got me a Dharmabums voucher for my birthday!!!!! :””) I didn’t see it until night time but awww :> I used it to buy 2 pairs of Dharmabums!! Vee’s very lovely (and pro) yogi friend helped me to make the purchase because she could get 20% off hehe. That’s the only reason I decided to buy TWO pairs because yoga pants are so expensive. But also birthday right so TREATYOSELF.

Aren’t they super beautiful??? I can’t wait for them to come! I actually have a pair of galaxy yoga pants already but I couldn’t pass out on this celestial print ones! Also, I was contemplating getting a pair of unicorn yoga pants HAHA but I stopped myself and I think this one is a lot better so I am v happy and excited 🙂

Thank you friends for loving me :”) To everyone who took the time to wish me, I really really appreciate it very much! I’m not sure if it’s the spending more time alone this sem that made me treasure interactions with people even more or if its just a part of growing up – but yes, I’ve come to be even more thankful of all the birthday well wishes from people 🙂 It really means a lot franz :”)

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Took this photo with my mama before we flew to Japan ^ I’ll do a separate post/ photo post on Japan another time! 🙂 I actually saved my daily snaps for most of the trip so I’ll upload that IF i finally figure out how to haha. We also didn’t take thaaat many photos. I went on the trip with my mum (first time two of us traveled alone) and with just two people traveling, most of the time we just took photos of each other!

There were more things I wanted to write about tonight but its 3:22 am right now and my episode of Castle is not loading?! I think if I continue to stay up I will regret it when I’ve to wake up for church tomorrow too so I shall continue again soon 🙂 goodnight~~

 

 

it was just like a movie/ it was just like a song

sometime last week, T watched Our Times and just like how I would gush about it to everyone, I also gushed about it to him. ahh, I still SUPER love the show :”) was hoping to catch it in theatres one more time before it stopped showing but EXAMS :”(

somehow, I was glad to know that he went to watch the movie that made me very thankful for when we were once solid and so happy. he also recommended this other Chinese drama with Jerry Yan inside too (!!) called ‘My Best Ex-Boyfriend’. I almost but didn’t say: “LOL are you trying to talk about yourself?”

and…. just like my Castle addiction (I have completed 7 seasons this whole sem LOL), I thought I’d just watch one episode while I was resting over the weekend but I am hooked 😦 I even resorted to blocking myasiandrama on my com in the day hahaha. sigh. also, HELP: you know how I use the word “inhale” for when I eat too much of something, is there another similar word to use for watching dramas??

there’s just something about dramas (whether Chinese or English ones like Castle) that are so relatable and just gets you hooked until you cannot stop. maybe it’s because I grew up watching Jerry Yan in Meteor Garden (He will always be DaoMing Si in my heart :”””) hahah) but I really really really like this drama. it’s a bit like our times imo , or at least, whatever emotions our times elicited in me, this has also managed to do the same. only that this show is funnier and Jerry Yan will forever be classic so seeing him makes me very happy haha. also, I don’t understand how Jerry Yan can still look so good in a man-dress?! and he has a coat that looks like Jacob’s multicoloured coat haha it is great, the outfits in this show are truly 10/10.

there are so many cute scenes (you have to watch for yourself!). this one is from episode 2 and it holds special significance: (go watch it go watch it – AFTER EXAMS lol. I realised I have been telling my friends “there is this show that you have to watch!!” but I will only tell you the title after exams hahaah i hope you guys don’t see this before exams end lol you know who you are luvluv x)

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ok, need to go back to ICL readings now 😦 next week this time, I will be on the plane to Japan, wew!