Sunday, January 31, 2010

Pipimon's 37th Birthday

Had a mini-gathering + house warming last Saturday..

We moved in for 1 month prior the party, and I insisted on having a gathering at our house even though he hates hosting parties.. Reason? Cos it will spur him into sprucing up the house to welcome our guests. Sometimes people need motivation to do stuff.. and if we do not have people coming over, he will not clear the pile of clothes in the kitchen nor help me wash the whole house.

We had steamboat! Bought most of the food from the market downstairs. Bit strange buying stuff from a wet market cos i'm used to shopping in a supermarket. I think it's most fun to buy stuff from wet market cos you have to practise your dialect (Hokkien and Teochew), and some of the aunties/uncles are damn friendly & funny lah!

Thanks everyone for coming! And thank you for the NTUC vouchers! kekekeke. Pipimon specifically requested that he want vouchers so he can go and buy a microwave. -___-
By the way, they are holding red packets filled with different currencies and amounts of money that they won in the Bingo game. Haha.And when I went to bath (after washing the dishes), they tortured DOMO lah!!!

They gay-fied him and make him a iPhone hoarder. In another picture, they actually make DOMO "eat" a Hello Kitty.. THANKS HUH!!!!
Anyway, if I am too busy to blog before CNY... here's wishing everyone

By the way, I will be home during the first few days of CNY.. very lucky this year cos my company is closed for 4 days! :) Time to rot at home in front of the TV. LOL! So if you wanna come my house for steamboat or gathering, just lemme know! :)
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Friday, January 15, 2010

Hokkaido [08-14Jan2010]


I am back from Hokkaido! :)

It snowed every single day! The snow was so deep, I accidentally walked off the path and ended up waist deep in snow.. Gorgeous powder snow... The weather was perfect too! Not too cold and the winds were mild. Wonderful trip!

Covered in soft snow from walking outside..

Rusutsu Ski Resort.. Look at the amount of snow behind me!

Imagine trekking thru this amount of snow.. I think it's around 160cm deep. We walked 400m in and it was a very difficult trek cos the snow was so soft, the moment you stepped on it.. you'll sink down immediately. We went all the way in to do the snow activities like rafting and tubing. I like this Ski Resort due to the food choices... and the nice night view outside at the ski area.. but the Onsen (hot spring) is super duper mini...

Ski Mobile

Wah! It was very very very cold! My hands and feet were frozen and I kept on willing myself to continue cos there's no turning back. It's a one way drive in and one way drive out... Fortunately my customers enjoyed themselves despite the cold cos it's snowing and there was lots and lots of snow everywhere.

Otaru Canal

My favourite place cos there's so many shops here selling yummy food and beautiful things! Cheesecake, Ice Cream, Ramen, Japanese pastries, Chocolate, and many many more!

Hokkaido Potato Farm Chips

They used to limit each person to only buy 2 boxes as they had limited stocks and everyone wanted to buy them. It's ¥840 per box, around S$12.60

You can get these in most places in Hokkaido, but I will recommend you to buy it at Chitose Airport (if you're flying out from there) cos many shops are selling them.

Went to hunt for a birthday cake for my customer cos it was her birthday... saw this giant Hello Kitty and stopped to take a picture. Didn't have time to go into the shop to browse cos need to rush back to the coach.. :(

The hotels were very nice, sometimes we stayed in tatami rooms.. sometimes we stay in western-styled rooms.

Rusutsu Ski Resort's Room

Toya Sun Palace Hotel Room

At the airport with my guide, Florence Tham :)

I worked with her before 1.5yrs ago, so we were quite comfortable with each other's working style. She is also a Singaporean, Japanese PR. Married a Japanese man. Shiok lor! Can be a Japanese housewife... everyday go Japanese supermarket and shop shop! Eat Japanese food. Yum yums!

I think I've come full circle. She was my 1st tour guide when I went on my 1st tour and now she's also my guide for my last tour with CTC. Super coincidence.

One of the must buy item in Japan is Agnes B and I finally splurged on one! It's perfect! Waterproof, lots of compartments and so pretty! Also not available in Singapore yet! The normal plain design in Singapore is already more expensive than the one I bought.. It costs around ¥9300(S$140) after tax rebate.

I also bought lots of other stuff like...

  1. Agnes B wallet
  2. Hello Kitty Keychain
  3. Hello Kitty Scrunchie.
  4. Pink Canary Clothes Pegs from Franc Franc
  5. Pink Chopping Board
  6. Pink Sponge Holder
  7. Pink beauty stuff
  8. Bathroom mat
  9. Butter cookies
  10. Ishiaya Chocolate waffle

The doll was a gift from my guide. ^___^ I wanted to buy it but it was quite expensive.. almost S$30! She went to buy it for me without knowing that it was the exact same design I liked! She said she just chose the latest design cos she dunno anything about Hello Kitty!

HAHA! So amazing lah! Out of the hundreds of designs in the whole shop.. she chose the correct one! And we weren't even together! We were walking separate ways cos she needed to go to the ATM to draw money.. and she only went to the shop after I left that shop. HAPPY!

New year = New wallet!

It's pink and red! Shiny shiny! It's around ¥15000, S$225 after tax rebate. A bit expensive... but I think it's a good investment. Moreover, new wallet may bring me better fortune and good luck!

Can someone enlighten me why does wallet usually cost more than the bag?? Even for the Burberry Blue Label, the wallet was ¥24,000 and the bag was ¥22,500... so weird right? But I think it also depends on the design and material. I was told by a friend that wallet is more difficult to make, so in comparison to size, regardless of material.. it usually costs more.

Anyways.... for more pictures:
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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Obessesion with Hair Bands!

Have lots of special and cute hairbands that I bought overseas... ^___^
I am trying to find a hair band holder/display stand for my collection. But it is so difficult to find one! Earrings & necklace display stands are very common and easy to find... but why nobody selling hair band display stand???

Currently I think the trend are feathers right? Heard from my colleagues that Somerset selling around S$25 and above for a simple feathered hairband with one pathetic feather.

I seldom buy stuff in Singapore anymore.. cos most of our things are imported from other countries. So I rather buy during my travels.. more variety, cheaper and unique cos some of the designs cannot be found in Singapore.

S$12 from Korea's Dongdaemun "Doota!"

S$9 from Korea's Dongdaemun "Doota!"
S$2.50 from Hong Kong's Ladies Market

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

meetup with tabby


Dropped by my office to collect my group's e-tickets and hotel/guide information for my Hokkaido tour. I will be flying off on 8 Jan and I have not packed my luggage yet. Gotta go hunt down all my winter stuff soon.

Went to collect my pink Canon camera from Keppel Bay Tower, than walked over to Vivocity to meet Tabby!

We went to jPot for dinner.. But I didn't eat much cos I had mee hoon kueh 2 hours earlier. Now I am feeling hungry again. Dammit! Anyways, after dinner we immediately walked over to Bakerzinn for cakes!

I am just getting used to having to live in my own apartment again, especially not having to share toilet with other people (other than Pipimon). And since Pipimon gives me free reign (he has to) in decorating and arranging the furniture, I am super super happy! Just very impatient cos half of our furniture will only be delivered end of the month and I am not a very patient person to wait for 3 weeks.

Anyway, here's a photo of the pile of clothings that I was sorting out...

It doesn't look a lot.. but trust me, it is. There are 2 china bags, 2 large plastic cartons, 2 large cardboard cartons and a pile in the middle. Wanted to fold and stack them into neat piles but I couldn't be bothered cos I broke 6 of my nails just trying to pull the clothes out from the china bags. So in my anger, i just poured everything out, kicked them into three piles.

1) Keep
2) Throw
3) 1 day consideration

For Pile no.3 "1day consideration" means I will give Pipimon 1 day to consider if he wants to keep them. But knowing him... he will surely want to keep them cos he is a garang guni man in training.. so I just ignore him and kicked that pile into Pile no.2, the throw-away pile.


I am evil.. yea yea. But these clothes have been moved from bedok>baycourt>farrerpark>commonwealth>here

If i let him keep it... who knows when he will throw them? Clothes that have not seen the daylight for more than 6 months should be discarded!

dammit, Pipimon just farted in the room. I hate it when he does that. One of my house rules is strictly no farting in the room, especially near me cos I hate "fart particles". Can imagine those particles sticking on my body.. EEKS!!! Fuck it lah.. URGH!
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