Sunday, October 9, 2016

Update Update Update!!!

I've not been updating much this year! It's already October?!

Just 3 weeks left till my 30th birthday! OMG!!!!! (ノдヽ)

Actually I've also been neglecting my Instagram, Twitter & Dayre. Lots of things happening but I am just too lazy to post. Maybe I am getting older? Or maybe I am just getting more and more lam nua (lazy) as the years go by.... But I need to buck up and not neglect my blog because this is how I document memories and how my future me will look back and see the experiences I went through instead of just forgetting about them..

Super blessed because I have a lot of holiday trips this year!
  1. January - Tokyo
  2. May - Perth
  3. June - Osaka
  4. September - Taipei
  5. October - Perth
  6. November - Delhi (?)
  7. December - Tokyo (?)

I am heading to Perth for 2 weeks at the end of this month to house-sit & dog-sit for Tabby! I've been house-sitting for her a few times and I just love it! It's like my second home away from home. I love visiting Tabby & Doug, spending time with their 3 dogs, the awesome weather there (except during summer), the cafe culture.. and overall the laid back lifestyle.

My good friend, Sangeeta, who moved back to Delhi had a 2nd baby and she's been bugging me to go visit her and her family. She's been asking for 3 years and I have been saying  India doesn't have a very good reputation as a holiday destination because of the security and hygiene issues, especially for a woman to be travelling there on her own. Le hubby won't be going if I do go to Delhi because he went to India once for a business trip and got such bad food poisoning, he's scarred for life. Not sure what my parents-in-law will say if I tell them I want to go to India by myself..... ( ⚆ _ ⚆ ) We shall see! The weather in November is cooling and I am looking forward to quash my misconceptions of India! It will be great seeing Sangeeta again cos I miss her so much!

Le hubby and I always wanted to be in Japan during Christmas and New Year because it's fukubukuro (mystery bag) season! I've only been in Japan once over the Christmas season but it was many years ago for a tourleading assignment and I was in Hokkaido. Not a lot of fukubukuro bags to buy there compared to Tokyo. Hopefully we can score cheap tickets and accommodation to make this trip in December happen! If we can go, that will be 3 trips to Japan in a year! WOW! (*/ω\*)

Wondering why I have so much annual leave to go on holidays? Well, it's been a month since I stopped working! My last day of work was officially on 09 September 2016. I had a great time at CWT for the past 2.5 years and it's time to take a break.

There are a few reactions from people when you tell them you quit your job and is currently not working. I categorize them into 3 different groups.
  • The concerned aunties
  • The jealous bitches
  • The awesome friends
The concerned aunties will usually be the older generation. They will be worried and concerned that I have no money to eat, no money to save up and I can't find another job because of the shitty economy. Well, I understand where they are coming from... but I am not that old and not that fussy so I don't think finding a job is difficult. I think finding a suitable job with a good boss and nice colleagues is the difficult part.. but I trust in God that He will provide for me and I will find a better job!

The jealous bitches are a dime a dozen. They are angry and bitter and jealous and that you can take a break but poor them have to continue working because they cannot let go of the expensive lifestyle that they are used to. It's all about showing off and comparisons on who has the 'better' husband, who has the 'more expensive' house, blah blah blah.. And the conversations that they have.. O.M.G!! Whenever I hear them yak yak yak, my brain cells just dies rapidly and my ears will burn. All I can say to these people... "YOU NEED JESUS IN YO LIVES!"

Moving on.. lastly we have the awesome friends are far and few in between but luckily I have them! Like my cell group mates! They are very encouraging and are genuinely happy that I get to take a break for a while and enjoy life without any work stress. They encourage me to be happy and do things I like without being judgmental or jealous (see above point). I will be an awesome friend to someone who decide to quit his/her job to take a break. We spend most of our adult lives working and what's wrong with taking 2-3 months just to take it easy and recharge? To me, it's better than working and working and being burnt out/bitter about life, about work, about people.

Anyway, I've updated my LinkedIn profile and sent out my resume. Hopefully I will be matched to a company with great company (boss & colleagues)! Fingers crossed and I leave it all to God! :)

So on my last day of work, I went for lunch with my 2 favourite colleagues Anne & Joslyn! They bought me a bouquet of flowers as a goodbye present. Super sweet of them!

Pretty flowers ~ヾ(^∇^)

 The two people I will miss the most!

I bought cheesetarts as a goodbye gift for my colleagues!
The queues are still insane so I used LaborMe to deliver to the office.

Saying goodbye to my desk at work!

I was working up till the last minute! I was supposed to do my exit before 5pm but I was so busy that I could only do it at 5.45pm and I only left the office around 6.30pm. Totally not like a 'last day' behavior right? I believe in putting in my best at work even if it is my final day. I was rushing to finish as much as possible so my replacement will not have so many things to follow-up on when I am not around anymore.

Le hubby came to pick me up and we went to Orchard for dinner with Santi guniang who happened to be in town for the weekend to attend a friend's wedding! We met up with Nat & Ray too!

Dinner at Wisma's Omakase. Best best best!!! o(〃^▽^〃)o

We happened to bump into the boss and chatted with him for a bit! Haven't see him for a long while and it's nice that he remembered us! He shared with us that he's opening a new dining outlet and will be introducing membership for his regular customers! Wheee! Sounds super exciting! Can't wait!

After dinner we decided to go for desserts! Since Santi is seldom in town, we drove to Sunshine Plaza for ice-cream and waffles at my favourite dessert place.. MERELY'S!

After dinner we decided to go for desserts!

Since Santi is seldom in town, we drove to Sunshine Plaza for ice-cream and waffles at my favourite dessert place.. MERELY'S! When we arrived, we were too full to order waffles so we just had ice-cream! Hahahaha!

ヘ(= ̄∇ ̄)ノ
Btw, I am ordering Merely's ice-cream for my birthday party! 
Hope my guests will love them as much as I do!

What have I been up to for the past 1 month?

Well, I was planning for my upcoming birthday party, I went on a trip to Taipei, I cleaned up the room, I sent out a lot of postcards on Postcrossing and did a lot of postcard swaps on Instagram. Eat clean, go for morning walks, watch Netflix.. Just chillax and relax.

Super excited for my birthday party! This is gonna be a big one and I will stop having parties until maybe I am 50 years old? Hahahahahaha! From next year on, I will try to go for a holiday or staycation during my birthdays!

Everything is pretty much settled..
  • Guest List 
  • Venue rental 
  • Buffet Caterer 
  • Ice-cream 
  • Decorations 
  • Games & Prizes 
The only sad thing is my little sister is in Los Angeles now and she cannot attend my birthday party!

WHY WHY WHY~!! (⌯˃̶᷄ ﹏ ˂̶᷄⌯)゚

But I am happy that she finally got her wish to work in Los Angeles and be with her boyfriend. Young love! And it's also a great opportunity to be able to live abroad for a while and gain more experiences. She's most probably coming back during Chinese New Year so I have to wait for a few more months before I can see her again. Hai.

I will be posting back dated entries for my holiday trips, so don't be surprised if you see entries before this one! #Playcheatone
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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Day 2: Tokyo Trip (January 2016)

Truth is, I've been to Japan so many times but I don't understand Japanese at all (except for a few key words)! I tried learning but I dropped out of class because I couldn't keep up with the lessons while working the night shift. I want to continue and go back for lessons soon! 

It is very easy to navigate their subway and trains if have 3G internet with access to Google maps. Just a few years ago we had to use paper maps and learn how to navigate our way using our sense of direction. Lots of frustration because there are so many exits and it's so easy to get lost! Now all you need to do is put in your destination and Google will tell you which bus or which train to take. It even tells you which platform to take it from.. and if all else fails, just approach any trainmaster. All of them can speak very simple English. Just show them the station you want to go to and he will advise you which line to take and which platform to go to.

The first time Le Hubby and I went together we did not get a Suica/Pasmo card (similar to our EZ Link card) and had to buy tickets at each station using coins. So mafan! From our second trip onwards we got the cards and life was so much easier! Just tap tap tap and we are through! We can also use the cards to buy drinks from vending machines when we are lazy to dig for coins.

So on Day 2, we woke up early and went to Tokyo Station to meet up with Nat & Ray! Initially I told Le hubby to go ahead and meet them while I go to Shinjuku and get tickets for our trip to Hakone.. but that blur sotong got lost and arrived at Tokyo Station 15mins after I got there even though he had a 25mins headstart. Why? He board the correct train but towards the opposite direction. Kua kua kua kua..... Poor Nat & Ray had to wait for us. Sorry guys!

First up is lunch! We walked around Tokyo Station which was famous for their ramen but strangely couldn't find any ramen shop.. apparently we went to the wrong side and only stumbled on the ramen street after we finished our lunch. Bleah. The lunch we had was BAD. Seriously, not all food in Japan is good... there are bad food there and 2 bad lunches in 2 days was just horrible!!!! 

Afterwards we walked around a bit because there's so many cute character shops there!

So tempted to get this New Year Miffy Doll! (I didn't).

So many Gudetama merchandise everywhere!!

We headed back to the apartment for them to check-in and leave their luggage before heading to Sanrio Puroland! My favourite favourite place. Since 2013 I told Le Hubby I want to go back every year and so far I have! ^_^

OOTD shot at the street heading to our apartment

Hello again Sanrio Puroland! ◟(◔ั₀◔ั )◞ ༘♡

Bought tickets for 4 people! JPY2000 per person.
It's cheaper than the full day pass cos we went in the late afternoon.

This year is Sanrio Puroland's 25th birthday!

Tea break time! Taste & looks good! (‐^▽^‐)
Make up for the horrid lunch we had at Tokyo Station.

 I'll post more pictures in a separate post for Sanrio Puroland. :)

For dinner, we taobao KFC and food from the atas chap chye png store and had a party in our apartment! :)

Stock up for next day's breakfast! (⌒▽⌒ゞ
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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Day 1: Tokyo Trip (January 2016)

Le hubby is always happy when we go to Japan. It's both of our favourite country and always at the top choice when we are deciding where to go for a holiday. I am really lucky cos I've been to Japan quite a number of times the past 3 years! Yay yay yay!

We arrived in the morning and since we had the full day to ourselves before Nat & Ray arrives the next day, we decided to go to Yokohama to visit the Anpanman Museum and the Cup Noodles Museum.

We took the airport limousine bus ticket instead of taking train cos it's more direct and we don't have to carry our luggage up and down the train platform stairs. A lot of train stations in Tokyo are undergoing renovations now and they are adding lifts and elevators which are really good because there used to be only stairs and stairs and more stairs so it is a pain to lug your luggage up and down. 

We walked past a combi (convenience store) and I grabbed a Egg Mayo sandwich. It is the BOMB! I call it "Magic Bread". No one does bread like the Japanese! It's like eating clouds & rainbows. I just inhaled this and bought another one. Le hubby was laughing at me cos he said he never see someone enjoying bread so much. Hahahahahaha! 

Next stop.. Starbucks!

Matcha Soy Milk!
(My sis's recommendation and my go to drink at Starbucks)

Then we walked to Anpanman Children's Museum & Mall which was 20mins away. It was a nice walk because the weather was really nice. Look at Le hubby's happy face and you know how nice the weather was cos he gets really grumpy when it's hot. Hahahahahaha!

Random picture of my holiday nails~

After Anpanman Children's Museum & Mall, we walked to the Nissin Cup Noodles Museum which is a 20mins walk.

The streets were empty because it's a weekday and most people are working.

Bought tickets which was 500JPY per person.

Created our very own cup noodles!

Went for lunch at the top floor of the museum.
P.S: The food is not nice. -__-

I'll do a separate post on the Cup Noodles Museum!

Since lunch was so bad, we went for an early dinner at one of the combi! I love eating in combis because everything is soooo yummy! And affordable!!


Afterwards we headed to our AirBNB apartment! This is my first AirBNB in Japan because my past few trips we only stayed in hotels. I've used AirBNB since 2011 for my other holiday trips and I have good experience except for the one time I stayed with a druggie in Amsterdam. This apartment is really nice because it was in a quiet residential neighbourhood, 8mins walk from the train station and there's a lot of amenities close by. Nat & Ray booked the unit next to us which belongs to a different owner.

It is a small apartment and the 'bedroom' is actually a loft area.

No beds, just futon.. but it was comfortable! Just a bit scary climbing down the stairs.

The living room is a good size for 2 people with big luggage.

Fully furnished!

Best part was the bathroom! The tub is so high tech it talks to you! You can set the temperature and it will maintain the water temperature for you which is really awesome during winter time! It will also fill up the water to a certain level that you preset and inform you when it's done! WOW WOW WOW! I want this in my future home please!

The toilet was huge and there's a washing machine inside. Everything was new, clean and I love this apartment very much! Le hubby also liked it alot! :)

There was a food store near the train station which we call the 'Atas Chap Chye Png'. They sell noodles, rice, soups, side dishes.. awesome awedome! I love the broccoli & egg salad!

We went to Family mart to buy supper & next day's breakfast!

Super amused by the sizes of the cup noodles!

Tadah! Supper and breakfast! More magic bread!!
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