Monday, January 28, 2008

The Day I Talk About The New Year So Far

It's been awhile.

The past week has been a crazy emotional roller coaster. Trudged through many downs and even deeper downs with the stress at work and outside of the workplace. But what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger. So there.

The weekend was thankfully better than my dreadful weekdays.


Caught Joe Wright's latest movie "Atonement", starring Keira Knightley, James McAvoy and relative unknown Saoirse Ronan on Saturday evening. It was a rather depressing movie revolving around a lie of a jealous 13-year-old, Briony (Ronan) that that resulted in a chain of events that changed the lives of two blossoming lovers, Cecelia (Knightley) and Robbie (McAvoy). Beautifully directed and impeccably scored, the movie is definitely deserving of an Oscar for Best Picture at this year's awards ceremony. Not a movie you should be watching if you're on a date though.


Sunday was great as well. The kids in class were very cute as usual, and I finally managed to communicate them at their level. Seemed like it wasn't so long ago when I was 10 myself. DB training was wonderful because the weather decided to be kind to us. Even though dark clouds loomed overhead for the whole afternoon, we were spared from a thunderstorm. Working out and challenging myself mentally always makes me feel good.

Met up with Tammi and Jiapei after training at Arab street for dinner and shisha. I was brought to a really cosy Egyptian restaurant that I never would have found on my own if not for the girls. Quite an experience I must say. Nice food (which took damn long to be served) and ambiance. I'm definitely bringing people there in the future.

The peculiar but titillating Hibiscus drink that I tried. Unique and light on the tastebuds.

My Lamb Kebab. Light and not overly pungent. Really good stuff. Yummm!

Jiapei's Chicken Kebab. Had the identical dressing as my one. I guess all kebabs are served the same way. The chiken was juicy and not overdone. Sidap...

Forgot to take photos at the shisha place though. Sigh. Shall remember to do it next time.


After lunch today, I went for my virgin Boyzillian wax session at StriP. I thought about all the times that I'd been brutally penetrated by 16G needles "voluntarily", and it was comparatively less painful. Now I can finally go sunbathing without worrying about unsightly body hair sticking out at the wrong places. If you're thinking of waxing, do check them out at. More info can be found on their official website.

Sautered past Nike by B.I.R.D on my way back and saw this (Shaun, this is just for you):

Kobe's new shoes!!!

Aaaaand Kobe's face on the doors!!!

It's back to camp tonight. Oh joy.
More updates next week!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The Day I Talk About Differences

Pieces of a puzzle make up an
Amazing picture
All so small
Distorted and unsure
Differently shaped and painted
Of similarities that are hard to find

When two pieces collide
Different they may be
Can fit together cos they
Were meant to be

Sadly not all are pieces of
The same puzzle
Some try to find the perfect fit
But have to sieve through a thousand
To finally meet

What pieced together
Might come apart
When forces pull in
Separate ways

Sometimes ever after
Never happens

Sunday, January 20, 2008

The Day I Talk About The Sand And The Beach

First of all I'd like to say that this post is long overdue. The events that I am about to write about occurred a week ago (sorry for my delayed posting, been crazy busy)

Siloso Beach!
Haven't been to Sentosa in a really long time, so I thought it'd be great if I paid it a visit. Last Saturday, I decided to go for a nice beach tanning session. So I dragged my best buddies along. It was my first time taking the new tram ride from VivoCity to Sentosa as well as my first visit to Café Del Mar. Really really fun. I finally have a nice, delicious shade of brown!

Tams & Me
With Tammi at Café Del Mar

Me In Trunks
Barbequeing under the hot sun @ Del Mar

Will be updating more soon. Gotta rush back to camp now. Once again, another long week to dread (oops I mean tread) through. Sigh.

See ya.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

The Day I Say Goodbye to 2007 & Make Wishes for 2008

I know this came one day late, but I've planned to do this beforehand, so I'm gonna do it anyway. This year has been a hell of a ride. I've been all the way up and I've also fallen all the way down. But life's like that. Nobody enjoys status quo; Change is necessary.

1. Becoming a Full-Time National Serviceman


It was one of the defining moments of my life. From the moment my head was shaved, I was branded to be of age and loaded with the responsibility that every adultolescent male in Singapore has carried since the conception of the Army 40 years ago. I've never experienced such a myriad of emotions ranging from incredible loneliness to indescribable fulfillment within the short span of a year in my 19 years of existence. I've carried a friend on my back, willingly allowed people to stick needles into me (vice versa), and jumped from an airplane that's 1000 feet in the air. I hope that the coming year would also be filled with such expriences that allows me to reminisce about for life.

2. Diagnosed With A Possibly Life Threatening Disease


I was diagnosed with hyperlipidimia in late August and my life took a huge turn because of that. I never felt more vulnerable and useless in my life. It was then that I realized that health was truly the most important thing anybody could ask for in this life. Deciding to look at it optimistically, I changed my diet and everything started to look more positive for me. Remember, what you eat determines how long you live. So choose wisely.

3. Tried Out Something That I've Always Wanted To


I started Dragon Boating this year and it has been nothing short of amazing. I've always wanted to try it but never have actively sought out a team to join. Now I have. It seemed almost idiot-proof initially, but when I actually got down to rowing, I realized that it's more that just dip and heave. Technique, power and team-camaraderie are crucial points in the sport. I'm really enjoying it. Can't wait for my first race. As for the five rowers lost recently in Cambodia, my condolences to their friends and family as I know your loss came suddenly and tragically. They will live on in the spirit of the sport.

4. My First Whirlwind Romance


It was unexpected.
It was mutual.
It was enjoyable.
It was memorable.
It was heartbreaking.
I never thought that such a thing would ever happen to me, but it did. If you're reading this, thanks for everything that we've had. It was so special. Even though it did not work out the way I'd desired, it was an experience that I will cherish and remember for life.


The New Year has come and it is time to say goodbye to 2007. It was great while it lasted. In 2008, I have some things that I wish to be able to fulfill. So here goes:

1. End my stint in the Army peacefully
2. Apply successfully to my desired College
3. Eat well, sleep well
4. Work out consistently and conscientiously
5. Record new songs
6. Save enough to backpack at the end of the year
7. To be a responsible Sunday School teacher
8. Win a Dragon Boat race
9. Learn the guitar
10. To perform on stage again

To all my friends, I'll try to update my blog more frequently. Many apologies for my lack of posts in December. To everyone, thanks for being there for me in 2007. Have an eventful and memorable 2008!