Sunday, February 28, 2010
food + photography
Hello i'm now in Zurich and i'm very bored and hungry while waiting for the restaurant to open so i shall post some photos.


Vday flowers :)




We had coffee and tiramisu by a random cafe along the streets. It feels nice to just sit around people watching with a warm cup of coffee in hand. And it seems like a good pastime that people in Europe like to do. We even saw people along the streets with flutes of champagnes munching on what looks like curly Porky. But we decided against paying 15 swiss franc for a flute of champagne :(


Starter bread at lunch.


Lou hei with chunks of abalone lol you will only see it in my house.

Xiang's birthday cake.

Apple crumble at a friend's restaurant in Adelaide.

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Saturday, February 27, 2010
dawson?
Update update.

We managed to get a flat at Dawson recently (supersuper lucky thankyouthankyou) so i guess we'll be moving in if we get a good unit. There seem to be a lot of hype going on about Dawson, and i know at least 5 friends who applied for the same. Upon doing much research (ahem hardwarezone.com sexciting!!)

I discovered that (!!!!) most people who applied/successful in their ballots are courting couples in their mid-20s (like me although i refuse to admit) and some have not even graduated (like my 'FIANCE' hahahahha) and they are all excitedly buzzing around claiming to be chopping LOFT UNITS that cost at least 500k and i really wonder how people just KNOW that they can afford things.

I was super apprehensive about this whole 400k 83sqm thing because i did not want to be coughing out blood every month and continue to live a frugal life just to pay for the roof over our heads but don says we can pay by cpf but that's assuming i draw a much higher income in 5 years than what i have now plus he's earning a neat sum but HOW TO ASSUME THIS KIND OF THING???

That's like placing a bet that i will be rich in future.

Then they say it's a good investment blahblah can make a tidy sum after selling BUT DO YOU KNOW THAT you are buying this piece of tiny land at record price and again you are ASSUMING price will go up but what if the bubble bursts?????

Therefore don't buy JUST to speculate, but only if you foresee yourself living there for many years.

So i'm thinking if the worst happens eg. property prices dive/you can't find a job after graduation/your gf breaks up with you, within these 5 years as they are building your dream home (which is completely possible when you are only 24), you won't be able to move in anymore and i wonder what really happens after that. They will be at least 20k poorer or x2 if this is not their first home. WOW.

As you can see i'm being a funny negative person here but it's 20k helloooooooooo but i shall put my trust in all these people on hardwarezone.com and believe in my life being completely smooth sailing in years to come.

Of course plus some extra hard work :))))))) I guess in order to achieve something there has to be many sacrifices made.

HURRAH! I'm excited finally getting my own place although that's still a long time away.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010
nice visiting a new place
Don and i visited a nice burger place called 'The Hand Burger' hahahahhahaa trying very hard to be cool. Anyway it's at the basement of Raffles City. Initially don kept emphasizing "HAND!!!" when he told me about this place but i heard "HAM" and he kept repeating "HAMBURGER HAMBURGER!!! HAHAHHAHA" and i was like what the hell is so funny.

Oh, HAND!


It has the best lychee mint freeze! With nice chewy lychee bits and not so minty taste i likeeeeeee.

I know it's trying to be one of those fusion foods, with things like mandarin oranges and herbal duck in its burgers. Pretty nice combination of ingredients.


The funniest thing on the menu. Split open the big tomato and it's coleslaw inside! Don says it looks like split belly with guts spilling out. Really weirrrrrrd but taste ok! Refreshing compliment to your burger which could be quite heavy.

Playing with the mint leaves.


I rarely visit new restaurants, i realize. So unadventurous.

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Monday, February 15, 2010
The number of surprises that u had planned for/ managed 2 surprise me are few n far in between but this time you did :) happy (belated) valentine's day!


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Sunday, February 14, 2010
blaming others
I have a friend who has the most ridiculous friends.

Apparently, a friend, lets call her susan. Susan's dad had an incident and was admitted to the hospital. However she was on a full day standby for work duty. Being the only child susan had to tend to her dad so she called to apply for urgent leave. The genius on the other end offered her a dodgy suggestion: to just put her on standby for half day and promised not to call her. Since this is a ridiculous story you would have guessed that she was indeed activated for work. Who did she blame? Blah the company the management blahblah.

She also has this other friend, mary. Mary applied for a company sponsored 2-month course. After signing the agreement she later realized she has to be bonded to her company for a year. She accused the company of 'cheating' her and related her misfortune to her friends (which one of them is my friend. ok not complicated).

So what i'm trying to say is, it is so easy to point your finger and put the blame on others, or more so THE MANAGEMENT the government the big organizations out there guilty of capitalism and widening the rich-poor gap blahblahblah, that sometimes you fail to see your own shortcomings and what you could have done to prevent these altogether.

If susan choose to trust this dodgy guy who 'promised' not to activate her instead of insisting on taking the day off (dad in hospital!!!) can you blame her? DUH! Putting you on half a day standby would only REDUCE the chances of being activated. If he can promise not to activate you, it wouldn't matter being on half or full day standby. Thus either susan was lying or she is stupid.

Then how can mary not read the agreement before signing? Of course she insisted it was not stated on the agreement which is another DUH because if it wasn't then you are not obliged to fulfill the bond!

See??? It is so easy to point out others' mistakes but i'm sure i make many of those myself that i'm adamant on. And listening to stupid stories like this make me really agitated.

Think i'm gonna get myself a cold drink now.

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Friday, February 12, 2010
lomolomo
I'm hooked on this application on my phone called Morelomo! It's like this camera function that turns all your lousy quality iphone photos lomo-ish. Or lomography. I don't really know the right word to use i only know lomo means nice colours on your photos. Ok fine it means photos of high contrast with unusual saturation and colour (wikipedia is my good friend).


Teehee! Don found this somewhere.


His box that he had to move back when he got fired.


It made my boring mango strawberry drink look cool!


And this half eaten plate of satay beehoon...

...looks really artsy.





So do these HDB buildings. Just like those in eric khoo movies. Woohoo!

Go download Morelomo! It's absolutely free! Since iphone camera is such a lame ass might as well make the photos look artsy to cover up the lousy quality.

By the way i found this really nice and cosy little shop at Sunshine Plaza which sells a small range of lomo cameras. You can find fisheyes and polaroids and many different types of lenses etc. but i really wanna get this thing called Diana. But i guess i will just settle with my free application afterall. Or edit with my newly discovered Photshop.
Major geek post!

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Friday, February 5, 2010
my iphone
My iphone has not only become a liability, it is also a safety hazard.

I now feel an increasing urge to be constantly connected. No problem when i'm in the country with 12GB of data but when i'm overseas i often find myself whipping out my iphone to search for any form of wifi so that i can load new statuses on facebook or see if my friends are online on ebuddy or reply somebody's sms.

It's disgusting.

Then when i'm out ebuddying with one person or another i would be typing even as i am walking. I walked into a puddle of water today, stepped on a twig as it snapped and almost stabbed me in the foot.

We do not rule with technology, it rules us!

Oh and i'm now also Airbus330 trained. I'll be going Australia a lot. I still cannot decide whether it's good or bad.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010
photoshop whoosh!
I finally decided to explore Photoshop Elements on my new Windows 7. I wasn't much interested in it cos i thought it would be one of those basic trial software which can never measure up to my previous Photoshop CS on my previous laptop.

But i was wrong. It has most of the same features and more!





Now how can i make my photos looks more SLR-ish? I know, i'm such a geek right.

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I think i have lost much zest towards life.

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the cherry blossom girl
I now have a new favourite blog!

Her photos are breathtakingly beautiful stunning. It helps that she dwells in such a beautiful city but if you dunno you'd think you're looking into fairytale land.

Plus it doesn't hurt that she's incredibly GORGEOUS. A typical french lady audrey tautou kinda demeanor.

Sigh. She's makes me feel so..... mortal.

And as though her pictures are not impressive enough, she pleasantly surprised me by taking pictures of my favourite bag!!! I'm so proud of my bag, it is 200% more beautiful in her pictures than in real life (sorry bag).






And also another bag i've set my heart on.


Have you wondered how fashion bloggers stage their photo shoots? Many of their photos are very photoshoot-ish but most of them are taken amidst their everyday life walking on the streets or just drinking coffee in a cafe as backdrops while showcasing their outfits. BUT do their have tripods or they just have a photographer following their asses everyday of their lives??? I scratch my scalp out wondering everyday while scrutinizing their photos.

How ah?? Can you tell me if you know?? I have 1 theory which is that since most of them are models they meet with their photographer friends once in a while to take pictures of numerous outfits, then post 1 outfit daily as if they took 1 each everyday. But then i dunno who gets paid what. Perhaps just a hobby (that takes a lot of painstaking hard work i'm sure).

So now you know i like blogs of beautiful chicks in foreign lands.

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