Sunday, May 28, 2006

East Coast Park: Revisited

Another term break, another visit to East Coast Park.. The last time i went was just about half a year ago.. Still quite remember the details of what I did at that time... It was quite memorable/fun.. Well, for this trip, it's another idea of fun... Firstly, it involves a much larger group of ppl; 17 of us if i'm not mistaken.. Secondly, it's technically more organised (prolly because there's more ppl).. It didn't start off that well, cause they had to wait for a late comer whose supposed to be there at 9am but was almost an hour late (actually just 45 min), namely me~! =) haha.. I was just 5 min later than the rest of the hall 3 ppl.. but the bus just somehow delayed for quite some time (almost another 15 min of waiting) before arriving at Hall 13's bus stop.. But at least, this time.. we more or less had an idea on how to travel to ECP.. Just had to rely on my memory and my 'reliable' sense of direction.. haha.. (hey! it's actually quite good. I didn't bring them on any wild goose chase)

Followed back the same old route that i've taken b4... Stopped at paya lebar, take a 135 SBS bus to Parkway Parade, took the Underpass behind NTUC and voila! We're there..! By the time we got there, it's only 11 plus am.. But weird though, the first thing that came to their mind was "beach!, water!", And so, within a few minutes, everyone was in the water.. sabotaging each other and stuff.. Oh, this time, they had a prop to entertain them in the ocean; a football.. Basically, we just loitered around,until we started a game of monkey... Stayed there till 1 plus before we decided to have our packed-DIY-tuna-sandwhich for lunch... We had 10 cans of tuna, 4 loaves of those "jumbo size" bread, ruffles, lays & various tid bits.. and as usual, those bunch of ppl took some pics along the way... Burying weizhen in the sand, posing next to the coconut tree..u know.. weird things that ppl would do.. haha..

Anyway, after they're all satisfied.. we moved on to our next activity... Originally, our plan was either bicycle or roller blading and then canoeing.. So, we went to a rental shop... They said we're too 'wet' to play them... and the buy 1 hour free 1 hour is not applicable on weekends and public holidays..So, it's just $6 per hour... and most of us don't know how to roller blade... haha... What's worse? weather was getting very nice (cloudy & windy).. and we were afraid that it'll rain soon.. Therefore, there was this moment of dilemma either to skate or canoe first.. After much 'discussion' with them... finally decided to go canoeing first.. And the walk to the rental place was like FOREVER! It's like from jetty to another jetty... And everyone was walking so slowllyy.. that it really seems like forever... To make matters worse, they took photographs on the way, kicked/passed the football the whole trip.. Fortunately for us, we had ample of time and can afford to waste that kind of time.. Since after all, our main purpose was to relax and enjoy ourselves.. But the thought of "Oh shit, it's gonna rain soon" kinda made me had the urge to reach there faster.

On the way, we passed through this 'wakeboarding lake' right before the canoe renting place.. Must make a mental note to try that out the next time I'm there.. Seems kinda fun.. And the surroundings seemed to be quite promising. Finally, reached our destination and we rented one double boat (cause there's only one left) and 12 single boats. It was real relaxing albeit rather tiring. It's odd that not many ppl kayak cause the weather was so cloudy and windy.. Well, very fortunately for us, it didn't rain at all.. Guess God was looking after us the entire time.. Breeze was great,the sun was just right..We kayak-ed around, bumping into each other's boat, racing each other, sleeping/taking a nap and attaching each others boat together to chat.. It was rather enjoyable despite mild sea sick due to the increase of the wave's frequency and amplitude.. After an hour or so, we rowed our way back to the beach and all of them called it a day (as far as beach events are concerned).. They were too tired for skating and cycling.. haha... Then again, everyone was quite hungry and it wasn't early anymore.. Almost near to 5pm.. We took a short tea-break and helped ourselves with what was left over from lunch; tuna, bread and crackers. Then, while the rest was cleaning up and bathed, me, pei yin, yingsin, hui chian, pei ing and louis ate coconut~! The coconut was HUGE, and it costs $2.. Most of them shared.. But pei yin and I had a whole coconut each for ourselves.. haha..

After that, it's time to plan for dinner. Initially, they wanted to try out the Hawaian BBQ Buffet that I had the previous time, but was afraid that the promotion was not available. So, they came up with a backup plan of going to Bugis for Steamboat. Anyway, we walked all the way back from where we came from, found the place, but just as feared, the promotion wasn't available on tht day. It's only available on Friday and Sunday nights and supposedly must make reservations.

Slightly dissapointed, we searched for the nearest bus stop (which was not very near) and took a bus that would reach City Hall MRT Station. On the way, we passed by Katong and there were lots of food stall around.. With a quick thought, ying sin, chiew hsiung, me, laifai, louis and chee kheng decided to eat there while the rest continued to bugis for steamboat. Our abrupt decision was not bad at all actually.. We ate at a chinese restaurant, ordered dishes.. and the food there was actually quite nice.. not bad at all.. the taste is almost like those u can find in Ipoh.. But the price is quite expensive though.. For a deer meat, taufu with prawns (this is simply delicious!) and vege costs 51bucks.. luckily it's divisible by 6.. haha.. And we had char siew polo bun while waiting for the dishes to come in the restaurant.. the bun was simply splendid and delectable.. After "dinner", we walked around Katong, and managed to taste on the famous Katong Laksa and Katong Rojak.. and the 2 places that we went to, all speaks cantonese.. haha..

After the laksa and rojak, we were really stuffed.. decided to call it a day.. But we took quite a long way home though... Took a bus tht drops us in Lavendar, and then train all the way back to Boon Lay... Was indeed a tiring day.. was out the entire day actually.. Guess the saying "early to bed, early to rise" applies for tonight..


Tuesday, May 23, 2006

1 litre of tears

Spent the past few days watching this Dorama, 1 litre of tears.. and the days before, playing age of empires 3... Things that I do when there's nothing to do... Anyway, this show is  another one of those that makes u cry.. It's not the sad kind of cry, more like touching kind of cry... It's based on a true story where a 15 y/o girl called Aya Ikeuchi has an incurable disease known as "spinocerebellar degeneration disease" and will eventually won't be able to walk, talk, write or even swallow properly.. Everyday, she writes her life in her diary called "1 litre of tears" until she is not able to hold a pen anymore and the story is based on this diary...
This story shows us how lucky we are when we are able to run under the sun, walk and talk freely without any limitations... and that "just being alive is such a lovely and wonderful thing".. I guess humans are strange. They only appreciate things that they have once it's being taken away from them. But the difference in this story is that, she accepts what is happening to her and makes the best use of what she still have. An amazing story with just a 11 episode series.. So, it's not too burdening trying to finish watching the whole story.. lol

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Back to Ipoh

Didn't know the time back in Ipoh this time to be quite hectic.. For the 4 days that I'm back, only 2 days I was in ipoh, 1 day in cameron, and another day in KL..Went back on 11th night.. Purpose I went home was 1. to celebrate mother's day and 2. to witness the birth of rosemary's baby.. At first, the birth of the baby was just a false alarm... But i decided to go home anyway.. Friday was a more peaceful and predictable day.. Went to play dota with those ppl in the evening... and at night, went out yumcha with euwen, ian and pinkie at the Old Town Kopitiam in Ipoh Garden East.. Met up with sinnyi there as well.. The new kopitiam place was not bad at all.. The food/drinks are quite good and affordable too.. (very cheap if compared to singapore pricing.. lol) But anyway, my brother and her gf came back on friday, since Grace and I were back and wanted to celebrate mother's day together...

Therefore, since they were back... we decided to go to Cameron's for somesort of a family trip the next day... My mom couldn't go though cause she still have to teach tuition classes... We spent half the day there, visiting farms, had tea at Ye Olde Smoke House, bought strawberries and flowers and a road trip around Cameron's.. It was quite enjoyable though, bro's gf was very cheerful and playful, almost as though she was another sibling of ours.... But alas, we had to rush home for church.. and a mother's day dinner at ISC after that... It was Grace and I who treated them... About time it's our turn to treat our mom for mother's day..Oh, and it was at that day, that rosemary called us to inform us that she had to finally deliver the baby on that day itself at night... So, while we were watching the FA Cup Finals, Rosemary's baby, Marielle, was conceived... approx 10.xxpm... How delightful!

On Sunday, we made a trip to KL to give moral support for my sis and also to see the baby.. I had to rush for a haircut cause i intended to go back straight to singapore from KL.. But anyways, the entire Sunday was devoted for Rosemary.. visiting her at the hospital.. And my mom prepared lots of food for her. Stayed over at my brother's new place.. Slept on an air bed for the night.. haha.. It was then I had to decide whether I should stay in KL and return to singapore on monday night, or to return to Ipoh.. Cause the problem is, if i stayed in KL, everyone else would be working and i'll be spending my time doing nothing there as well... Therefore, decided to go back Ipoh, and at least, get to spend more time with family, friends and my bed... Was supposed to return on Monday night, but couldn't get the same tickets as weizhen and ngai seng cause they're going back via 2nd link and there wasn't any more tickets through that route. So, decided to return on Tuesday morning; can save cost on transportation money as well..

Monday. Left KL in the morning and reached ipoh by lunch hour... Had to visit doctor on that day for my skin's 'hon pan'.. Spent the afternoon/evening with my bed.. haha... Was a long time since i last do that... Went to CGMC to play sports during the late evening... And went out again with euwen, ian and jill at night... This time, to Old Town Kopitiam opposite my school.. haha.. That night was quite humilifying though.. At first, we planned to sing k at night wan.. with jill and maybe phooi wan.. But it didnt turn out that way cause phooi wan was busy... Then somehow, that euwen and jill, go tell her that i wanted to see her desperately like that.... Then in the end, we met them in kopitiam.. she was with her gang, where they just sent off weizhen and ngaiseng back to sg... lol.. oh well, but overall.. it was quite fun.. although it's just 4 days.. seems like quite long.. The moment i reached singapore on tuesday night, the hall 3 ppl have satay celup for dinner.. lol..

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Monday was first day of work.. and Tuesday was the last day of work.. hahaha... nothing much happened though.. The only thing that was extraordinary was when it was lunch time, I decided to roam around since i had one hour to spare...I walked and walked, then settled down at "Lucky Lucky Restaurant" for lunch.. reminds me of ipoh.... those coffee houses.. ate fried rice and kopi O ice.. the coffee was good.. freshly brewed.. and the fried rice not too bad... really reminds me of home..After lunch, decided to roam more..Walked a bit more.. and then i saw "people's park centre".. wow, i walked all the way to chinatown from raffles...haha..

Work wasn't too bad though, cause was really occupied... as long as there's something for me to do, i'm happy dee.. ahhaha.. Managed to finish up everything and there goes my 2 days of work... By the time i want to go back, it was raining heavily outside,.. thankfully i brought my windbreaker along in my bag...

Attended MSA Meeting at 830pm.. didn't really rest at all.. Came back at 730, straight had dinner at Can 16, bumped into my sis... went back room, bathed, help sis install her webcam and went for meeting.. Meeting was surprisingly fast... Not even one and a half hours.. Went for supper after that in Ah Fang..only the juniors though... Haha.. what a short day... Hve to attend class tmr morning.. *sigh*

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Working Life....

Had to wake up early in the morning again...Supposed to meet up with 'evelyn' in Raffles MRT Station at 930am, but she was half an hour late... Was supposed to take me to the working place and brief me through my jobscope... We walked all the way near capital square, in Great Eastern Life Building.. and my job? Simple and boring... Listen and identify 'customer service' conversations, download them and burn them... haha.. that's it.. Seriously boring, cause i don't know anyone there, and i felt like some alien amongst them..

Lasted till evening, and was glad it was 6pm.. then, night outing agian!! haha.. Anyway, was supposed to meet yingsin first, cause she's already out for an interview earlier in clark quay while laifai and gang are coming later while engsue and yenlu was going to orchard.. So, i called yingsin and asked where she was at that time.. She told me she's in "Pearl Tower" in Chinatown.. So, i was in Raffles Place, went to Outram Park Interchange Station before going to Chinatown.. There, i saw a "Pearl Centre' signboard there.. and i thought, maybe pearl centre is in outram while pearl tower is in chinatown since outram and chinatown are just next to each other.. So, went to chinatown, asked the guard for directions.. And to my surprise, he told me there's no such thing as pearl tower.. only pearl centre... Called back yingsin, then she said she's in pearl tower in outram... and i told her it's PEARL CENTRE! ..... nvm, i went back to outram park... searched for pearl centre and finally managed to find it.. Then, called her again and asked where she is, and she told me she was in Watson's.. So, i went to watson's and couldn't find anyone.. Called her again.. said she was there... then, decided to meet up at the entrance... Few minutes later, she called me.. and tell me she's actually in "People's Park Centre" in CHINATOWN and not "Pearl Tower"... Had to travel all the way back to Chinatown again to find her... sienz....

But in the end, she made it up to me by treating me 'tea' somewhere nearby... Coffee and Toast with very antique-looking-hongkong-marble-table.... Both coffee and toast was nice... Not long after that, laifai, hy, and CK came... and along came her sister... First time seeing her.. and she's as loud, no, let me rephrase that "much more louder than yingsin"... She talks faster, and more fluent than yingsin.. really respect her... ahhaha... But it's nice to have such people around.. makes the surrounding livelier.. kinda reminds me of chee lim though.. think chee lim woud lose to her also... But she's nice enough to treat us dinner at Chinatown Foodcourt lar... But she dissapeared with yingsin after dinner; going to east coast.. Left the 4 of us guys... Went down to the streets and ate tong yuen and satay.. haha..the tong yuen is very nice... very recommendable..

Didn't want the night to end so early,lai fai and I met up with eng sue and yenlu after that in Raffles City while CK and HY went back hall... and guess wat, went there, ate again... ate Haagan Daz ice cream... ahahha... bad timing though, cause the shopping mall was about to close, only managed to be there for around 15-20min.. After that, we went to Eski Bar in Holland Village..and we ate again.... Ordered a jug of liquor, and sausages with bacon as topping.. Sausages was a complementary dish from eng sue cause she was hungry at that time... haha.. We took alot of pictures there.. Inside the freezer room, outside at the table... (but not as much as how we took pictures the last time when mei yuet brought her friend down) But we chatted more.. Was quite fun all in all... But when we were about to leave, eng sue wanted to eat agian... So, stopped by at some mamak place in Holland Village.. Made me ate prata also.. =/

By the time when we're done, it's around 1 smtg already... On the way back, the hall 3 ppl called, and invited us to play bridge with them in hy's room.. ahhaha... Guess for 1-2am, the night is still young eh..? So, they went to hall 3, but i didn't really oblige with them cause i was tired and had to work the next day as well.. BUT, i went to visit them for a while after visiting my sis... By the time i settled down to sleep.. it's 3am already.. how time flies.. haha.. And yenlu will be going home the next day...


Monday, May 08, 2006

Steamboat cum Midnight Movie

After lingering in the room for the whole day, and played comp game the whole afternoon *grins*, eng sue called to go steamboat in bugis...
So, there we were, the 4 of us; eng sue, yenlu, pei ing and I.. Think ying sin went dinner with her sis and stayed over at her sis's place.. That place is supposedly famous for their spicy sauce steamboat..Ate happily there... though it's just 3 girls and a guy... and we only had 3 rounds.. and all of us were stuffed... lol... but each round really had lots of things.. lol... (3rd round was just desserts though). It costs $19.50.. not too bad though... the food i mean...
Then, just when we thought we'll call it a day.. Suddenly we decided to watch 'Shutter", the thailand ghost movie..The 3 of us (me, eng sue and yenlu) watched it in my room since bj stayed over at her sis's place... Wanted to call weizhen, but he ask us to go to their hall tv lounge to watch... then we didn't want to.. soemhow, dind't call the rest of the hall 3 ppl.. So, there we were.. with the speakers on full blast and the room near to total darkness, the 2 girls sitting on the bed and i sat on the chair.. (how unfair.. they get to be in such a comfortable position..)
Anyway, when the show screened for less than 5 min.. eng sue decided not to watch and slept on the bed... (scardy catt... but she watched it b4 lar)... then yenlu.. haha.. she watched the whole show with the pillow half covering her face... And with that, we survived that almost 2 hours of show.. Talked a bit after the show to 'remove' ghostly thoughts and called it a day... (and i had to wake up early to work the next morning).. Ironically, the hall 3 ppl watched shutter also.. at 3smtg.. haha.. think weizhen suggested it.. Can imagine all of them screaming.. haha..

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Sleepless night..

When I said "holidays are much more tiring and cash outflow is like water down the drain" in my msn nick... i really do mean it... The night before was already bad.. (Friday night I mean).. THen on Saturday... woww.. that's worse... Morning towards evening was still okay.. I guess holiday plans are more likely to be applied at night... The plan for the evening was supposed to be Chocolate Buffet in Fullerton Hotel.. At first, there were supposed to be only 3 of us who wanted to go (me, eng sue and yen lu) but somehow, it managed to end up with 14 ppl altogether that night. So, all of us dressed up nicely for the buffet since it's held in quite a high class hotel. Bumped into Carmen at the bus stop and ended up going to the hotel with soo fan & jerry and andy & leler.. We went in, looking for the place... After we've found the Courtyard (where the buffet is supposed to be held), the lady in charge asked us "Did you all make any reservations?" and I was like "No." and she asked "and you are Mister..?" (while looking down at the reservation list). I said "I didn't make any reservations." And she responeded with "I'm sorry, you have to make reservations for this buffet".. @#!%~$?? They should have at least state it in the website..
There we were, 6 of us.. tired and hungry looking for food around Esplanade area.. Had to call the rest of the 8 ppl to cancel the buffet and have to plan to meet up with them. After what seems like hours, we decided to go to Clark Quay for dinner instead.. Walked all the way there from Fullerton through Boat Quay.. Met up with them in CQ, and ended up eating in a place called "Hot Stones".. I think that was one of the most regrettable decisions in our lives.. (From the fact that we're merely just students).. I ate Mixed Grill which costs almost $30, and a Long Island Tea that costs $14.. after tax and everything.. it totalled up to $51.15... Think that's one of the most expensive meal i ever had (if not the most)... But i guess it's just once in a 'year' thing... haha.. At least, i tried eating my dinner steak, frying myself from a hot stone and eat it right up from there... And the alcohol was good...
Oh well, after that, the rest of the 13 ppl went back to hall, and I decided to meet up with eng sue they all... (9 of them).. The 13 didn't want to follow cause they didn't want to spend more money that night cause eng sue they all will be drinking in CQ as well.. But anyway, guess I shouldn't be too troubled over the cost of the meal. There's ppl whose worse than me.. Eng sue left her clothes that she newly bought in Fullerton HOtel and lost it (which costs more than $50) and she also lost her telephone card ($18 i think).. Should pity her.. Anyway, back to the main story... We settled down at a place called Merrakesh (some Moroccan bar & lounge) place.. And of course, i dind't order anything... Only shared for the shisha.. Guess during that period, it was quite fun.. Chatting with them and all...
We went back hall at 1 plus but the night didn't just end there.. Almost all of us (part of the eng sue group and another part of kuan jan they all) gathered in Chit Eng's air-conditioned room.. Spent the night there chit-chatting, while watching movies, cooked maggi mee, and played cards.. Towards later of the night, only a few of us left; chit eng, ah bee, kj, ys, laifai,pei ing, eng sue, yenlu, louis and myself. Then came the 'sharing' talk.. haha... The girls became the main target as usual.. After a few hours of talk and me falling asleep, we called it a day at 7 plus in the morning.. Is holidays fun or wat? *sigh*

Saturday, May 06, 2006

The last day of examinations...

Well well, what do u know... Holidays are here again!! *woot* Had a paper on friday morning at 930am.. until 12pm.. FREEDOM~!!
What's planned ahead?? For a start, had lunch at can 14, where I saw eng sue's friend, yen lu, for the first time since she came yesterday... After that, thought of having a good afternoon's nap but ended up playing some Xmen Legend 2 (some RPG game) until dinner.. ahah.. Totally lost track of time...Almost forgot bout the outing at night..
Night outing was quite erm.. fun i guess..Met up with ppl at JP, had dinner in Clementi where there was me, lai fai, louis, ngai seng, ying sin, xin fern and pei ing.. But the main plan for the night is clubbing @ Zouk.. Went there for the first time with MRT and bus... haha.. Met up with eng sue and her friend at Tiong Bahru MRT Station... Well, got lost abit after alighting from the 123 SBS Bus in front of the copthorne hotel... But after getting some directions, managed to reach there 'safely' at about 1045..
Zouk was almost deserted when we first went in.. It was so dead.. We ended up talking at the drinking table.. But as soon as it was about after midnight, the crowd start coming in... By around 1am, you can hardly move around in there...
Later, more NTU ppl came; namely wei zhen, hy, ei lene, zhi shan, rui yang, weng kit, andy, leler, xian ching,ming wei, soo fan and jerry... It was like some NTU field trip... Overall, it was quite enjoyable.. stayed till 4 plus... Don't know how I'm going to survive tmr... Have to wake up early to attend a meeting at 9am... *sigh*

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Last final hours..

After a veeerrryy draggy exam period, it's finally coming to an end.. Well, actually, most of my friends have finished their papers already. Some are already back home, enjoying their hols.. But for me, there's still another one and a half hours left of studying before my 1st year of uni ends.. AFter that, it's FREEDOM!!
But come to think of it, i really don't know what to do after exams are over.. Usually, when I wake up, i'll know that "It's time to go to the library, and then breakfast" or "Shit! I overslept! Maybe I'll just join them for lunch and study after that". But i guess during normal holiday season, my lfiestyle will end up to be very unhealthy..sleeping late in the middle of the night.. (or some nightless sleep) and wake up near afternoon or maybe after lunch.. haha..
Wonder what would happen for this coming holidays..I sure am looking forward to it... =)