May 23 2016

Happy 1st Anniversary!

*throws confetti!*
Today is our 1st year anniversary!!

This is my Whatsapp status. Asked Mel for his favourite song and set my status to it on the day we got together:

But wait.. We’ve only been together for a year?? It feels like we’ve known each other forever. They always say that the first 3 months of a relationship is the honeymoon period, but for us, our first few months was not all just lovey dovey. We had some arguments along the way which was necessary and healthy to the relationship and it really helped strengthen the relationship and for both of us to understand more about each other.

The past year I’ve felt really blessed and sometimes I’m amazed by how much we’ve achieved in just a year. Apart from bringing our relationship to a comfortable & stable level, we also traveled together to 2 really beautiful countries (Taiwan & Japan), as well as Penang recently with our friends, all which I’ve experienced things I’ve never before.

(Taiwan 2015)

(Japan 2016)

Other than that, we also had 3 publications who contacted us to feature our Tinder success story:

And the most exciting thing would probably be that we’ve also selected our BTO flat unit 2 months back! Alot of my friends said that we were super lucky to even get a queue number, which I fully agree because in the first place it’s not easy to get a queue number (this is our first time trying for a BTO together), plus our number was really good. Now we have to wait another 5 years for the flat which is a super long wait….. A really major milestone in my life because it’s such a huge commitment.

Now that I looked back, it has been a really crazy 1 year.

A lot of you may be wondering why we’re so sure that this is the right person after just 10 months of dating (when we signed the docs)? It’s hard to explain but to put it in simple terms, it’s because of various factors like the way our characters complement each other, and most importantly the way we handle our arguments.. It’s always easy to stick with someone when things are going well, but it’s during tough times and through conflicts that decides if you can live with that someone for the rest of your life. When you’re younger, you’d think that love is that euphoric feeling and butterflies in your stomach when you think of that special someone. But as you grow older, you realise that love is not a feeling but a a choice. Love is choosing to be with that person despite their flaws and weaknesses and sticking with them through thick and thin.

Also, you’ll know what is right only when you’ve experienced before what is wrong.. When you’ve found someone who encourages you to become a better person and doing things you love instead of putting you down. That’s how your life partner should be, helping each other to bring out their best. And in your heart, there’ll be no doubts about the future, no hesitation for marriage. Ultimately it’s finding someone who complements you on every level, someone whose strengths make up for your weaknesses.. Finding someone you love, for better or for worse, and equal effort on both parties to make this work.

Happy 1st Year Anniversary my love! :)

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Apr 25 2016

SK-II Biggest Mother’s Day Celebrations (Last Chance!)

Your chance to get an invite to SK-II’s biggest Mother’s Day Celebration is ending in 2 days! (Details below)

Join SK-II in The Biggest Mother’s Day Celebrations on 7th May, Saturday, at The South Beach to celebrate Mother’s Day!

• Mother’s Day Brunch: 11am to 2.30pm
• Mother’s Day Experience: 12.30pm to 3pm
(Details Below)

The Biggest SK-II Mother’s Day Brunch (Gift value worth $800)
Join us in the biggest Mother’s Day Brunch from 11am to 2.30pm – Sign up your mom or daughter as SK-II Crystal Club Member and pamper her with SK-II products worth SGD499* (with SGD800 worth of gifts). Both of you will receive an invitation* to SK-II’s biggest event of the season!
*Available for the first 110 pairs.
*One of the participants must be first-time SK-II Crystal Club member applicant. Purchase has to be made at any of the Robinsons stores in order to register for event. You have to receive an invitation in order to enter the event.

Your invite entitles you and your mom to:
• A special brunch at the exclusive 5-star The South Beach
• A personalised flower bouquet
• SK-II door gifts
• A chance to win a 2D1N staycation at The South Beach and more SK-II products

The Ultimate SK-II Mother’s Day Experience
Gift your mom the Ultimate SK-II Mother’s Day Experience, happening from 12.30pm to 3pm:
Be the first 75 pax to give your mom the Ultimate SK-II Mother’s Day Experience** at The South Beach on 7th May. Simply sign up as a SK-II Crystal Club Member with any SGD99 SK-II purchase at any Robinsons store.

Your invite entitles you and your mom to:
• Express manicure
• A personalised flower bouquet
• SK-II door gifts
• Personalised photo prints

For more details on how to register, please call SK-II Robinsons:
• JEM – 6734 7059
• Raffles City – 6837 2237
• The Heeren – 6735 0854

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Apr 17 2016

Taiwan 2015 Day 2: Cingjing Farm, Little Swiss Garden, Old English Manor

Long overdue post on my Taiwan trip!! I really need to catch up on this travel series because alot of you have been asking for it!! So sorry for the delay!

To get to Cingjing area from Taichung, it’s about a 2hrs+ ride. If you’ve a big group, you can consider just taking a 1-day taxi which would cost about 3000NT, but if you’re only traveling in a pair then a cheaper alternative would be taking a Nantou bus from Taichung HSR station (Bus station is at Exit 5/6)

You can then get the tickets and more information at the counter.

That was the original route that we wanted to take but our Minsu has contacts for this carpool service where they gather a few people who are going to the same destination and you pay a flat rate of 450NT per person 1 way. (I can’t remember if it’s 450 or 300 or what..) It was slightly more expensive than the public bus but the car will pick you up directly from the Minsu (they’ve a few timeslots) which meant that we saved the transport cost + time to the HSR station too. I don’t know what’s the contacts for this service but you’ll probably be able to find alot of such services at the HSR station itself too. They’ll tell you that compared to the public bus, the carpool service would take much faster… But I don’t think the timing differs much just that it’s more convenient?

After a long journey we’re finally in Cingjing!! It was in the mountains so be prepared for a little turning here and there… There were a few drop-off points and we chose to drop at the Old English Manor.

Heard that it costs S$600+ a night if you want to stay here.. And people actually pay an entrance fee to take their wedding shots here too! But if you’d like to take a sneak peek of the place without paying such crazy prices, you can always opt to dine at their restaurant.

There was a super long queue when we reached there and we were just in time for their first afternoon slot, and thankfully they had space!

The prices was very reasonable for a place that charges S$600 a night!! Set lunch starting from 580NT? That’s like about S$20+

We ordered 1 set lunch + 1 afternoon tea set to share.

Fish set that comes with soup, a plate of salad + cake for dessert. Less than S$30 with this kind of ambiance… And if I remembered correctly, there’s also free flow of coffee/tea outside. It’s like shut up and take my money please.

The colour is so pretty.

Tea set comes with an assortment of things but it’s more expensive than the lunch set.

The area which you can explore in the Old English Manor is actually pretty small, but I’d think it’s still worth a go for the ambiance + affordable food.

But the problem is getting around Cingjing isn’t that convenient… Thee are public buses but the frequency seems low. We ended up taking a carpool service for 100NT per pax to the Cingjing Farm. You’d have to get someone to help you call for it or run after one yourself lolol.

And we’re here! Entrance tickets cost 200NT for adults on weekends & holidays (160NT for weekdays).

Oh hellooo.

Freaking crowded on a weekend. Maybe cos it was also China’s long holiday too… -_- Tip: Don’t come on a weekend! Oh and the time when we visited the place they were having the sheep show… So all the meh meh were at the front and not roaming around. :(

So crowded that we were lazy to go down to watch the sheep….. And it was so hot!!! My cousin told us that it was cold the previous time she came during this period, so we wore long sleeves and pants. -_-

Went to Little Swiss next!

Pretty peaceful and not too crowded place. Nothing much actually here.

Another place you can visit is the Carton King, where everything there is made of carton boxes (we didn’t have time to visit that place). They’ve a souvenir shop selling Carton King stuffs at Little Swiss too.

So pretty.. But Mel said it’ll confirm collect dust if I buy this back lol.

My first time to Cingjing and it’s really scenic.. Only down side is the inconvenience to get from one place to another without your own transport.

We took the same carpool service back to our Minsu.. They’ve fixed timings to pick you up at different location. Nearer to the pickup time, the driver would call you to confirm the timing + exact location. I think 4pm is the last service because it’d be dangerous to travel down the mountain when it’s dark.

Spent the night at Fengjia Night Market and the weekend crowd is crazyyy!! That’s why I hate traveling over the weekends.

Read my other Taiwan 2015 posts:
Taiwan 2015 Day 1: Taichung

Read about my Japan travelogue here:
Japan Day 1 & 2: Nikko
Japan Day 3: Tokyo (Asakusa)

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Apr 4 2016

Cheers to visiting the 7th wonder of the world + survived walking through ruins for 4hrs under the freaking hot sun.

In cambodia for a management workshop now. More live-updates on my dayre!

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