Crazy Stupid Love

Girl flick – Love it!

1. It’s amazing what difference dressing well can do. Everyone wants to see the best, the most confident and the happiest. No one wants to be associated with the depressed and jaded. One of the ways to be confident is to take pride in your dressing.

2. To be an actor, one has to understand body language well. He/she has to understand the characteristics displayed when experiencing different emotions. We all have to learn to be better actor/actresses at work.

3. Don’t forget to make an effort in your marriage/relationship no matter how long it has been. Once a party drops the ball, the other will soon forget to pick it up and throw it back.

Memorable quotes:

Cal: I’m so mad at you. I’m really mad at you for what you did. But I’m mad at myself too. Because I should not have jumped out of that car – I should have fought for you. Because you fight for your soul mates.

Emily: I miss you.

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Cal: I will never stop trying. Because when you find the one… you never give up.

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Hannah: Will you take off your shirt… fuck! Seriously? It’s like you’re Photoshopped!

For What it’s Worth

For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.

– Benjamin Button, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

December 2011 Part 3 – Shopping Spree

As the title goes, yes I went on a rampage at Tangs and yes,  I’m broke.

Key takeaways:

1. Apply for the Standard Chartered Manhattan card as it offers a 5% rebate with a max of S$200 rebate over a quarter. In other words, if you spend above S$4000 in a quarter, you should switch to another card for rebates. The next cash rebate card is the Citibank dividend card. It offers 5% for petrol, 2% for dining and pharmacies and 0.5% for all other spending.

2. Apply for the Citibank Tangs card. They offer a one time 20% discount on your birthday month and an additional usual 10% rebate, which is better than Robinsons.

3. Accumulate all the presents you need to give and buy them all at once when you have the citibank tangs one off 20% discount. Always remember to look for card promotions as even 5% is savings. The retailers do not need your S$1 but 3 of S$1 can get you a plate chicken rice.

4. If you are looking for perfume, head down to Beauty Language. You’ll be surprised. The perfumes they offer are much cheaper if not comparable to duty free at the airport. The Hugo Boss perfume I got for boo was S$100 at the airport and only S$50 at Beauty Language =/

December 2011 Part 2 – Birthday Celebration

Had a wonderful birthday celebration on the 16th. Woke up to a nice american breakfast with pancakes prepared by Boo.  He gave me a pair of jade earrings and bracelet and we headed down to goodwood park hotel for more celebrations. After watching “How I met your mother”, we headed for a short swim with my mum reading the papers at the side. After the swim, we went off to Wild Oats bar @ Mount Emily for dinner where I used my groupon. It is a cosy place with nice sides including shepherd’s pie and wild rocket mini burger. The fried chicken was mediocre. We headed off to collect my cake and macarons. Love it.

Recommendation for chill out place: Wild Oats bar @ Mount Emily, rather inaccessible. Would have to take a cab down if you are not driving.

Hotel recommendation: Goodwood Park Hotel. It’s a nice heritage hotel to stay in.

December 2011 Part 1- Off to Hanoi

I love decembers.

Ever since boo came along, he has made decembers my favourite month of the year. This year wasn’t an exception.

Started of december with a trip to Vietnam. It was an eye-opener. I witnessed lots of different sights both beautiful and ones I wished I didn’t lay my eyes on. We headed to Halong Bay, Sapa and ended the trip at Hanoi. During the trip, we met and talked to a lot of other travellers and learnt a whole lot about the different nations along the way.

At Halong Bay, we met a couple from Sweden (Chris and Tara) and they shared with us that the sun sets at 3pm during winters, making the country rather depressing during these months. It is interesting talking to them as they shed some light about what “hippies” do and think. They are not that concerned about the future and live in the moment. Chris and Tara make ends meet by  bartending and waiteressing. I wonder if I would ever have the courage to do that.

Another couple- a pilot and a professor from the US, provided some insights into how to become a professor in the US what the Americans think of their political system.

We met a couple from Spain on the ride from Sapa to Hanoi. Boo and I were keen to know more about the Euro-zone situation and how the Spainards were coping with the situation. The construction sector was what kept the Spain economy going over the last few years. Fresh graduates were able to command a pay of Euro3-4k a month and many were driving luxury cars. This sector has since died down considerably and unemployment rate is now close to 10%.

It’s really funny as Boo and I were always so curious and keen to know about other people’s lives and experiences. Others would probably coin as us the “Curious Asians”.

Moving on to the key takeaways from the trip:

1. Don’t be shy to start a conversation with someone new. You’ll be surprised how much you can learn just by saying “Hi!”. It’s way faster than reading a book anyway.

2. It’ll be good to catch up on your reading during the trip so remember to bring several books to read.

Halong Bay: Over-rated, would not rate it as one of the 7 wonders of the world

1. It’ll be better to book a new junk than old. There’ll be rats scurrying around in the latter.

2. Take a room away from the engine and exhaust, preferably on the higher level.

Sapa: Beautiful scenery, worth checking out

1.  If you are joining one of the hikes, would recommend that you buy a “kampong adidas” from the market for S$4-6 bucks rather than trek with the shoes you have.

2. Bring a hat along if you are not that fond of the sun.

3. Be prepared to be swarmed by women and children asking you to buy their wares. Keep your loose change for this trip.

4. Garlic butter fries are absolutely yummy!

Hanoi:

1. Hotel to recommend: Rising Dragon. You should book your day trips through Rising dragon as they will let you have a rest in their room if you arrive at ungodly hours.

Exceptional service. You’ll be amazed how far they will go to ensure that you are happy.

2. Another hotel that we stayed in was The Somerset residence. The service is not as good but the apartments are. We stayed in a 2room apartment with a kitchen that Boo cooked breakfast in. The american breakfast made by Boo was the best i’ve eaten.

3. There’s a food place near Somerset residence that has a concept similar to “marche”. The pancakes and dried noodles there are good. Ask the staff to recommend you some dishes.

4. Don’t order crabs when they are not in season.

5. Don’t carry a longchamp bag in Vietnam least your bag gets cut open. Put all your valuables in a pouch or close to your body.

6. Lastly, remember to buy insurance when you visit a developing country!