Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas Season Stuff

I guess sometimes I sound like all I do is work, but that's not entirely true.

Sometimes, work involves meeting people outside of the office. I love those days! 

Last week I got to catch up with some secondary school friends.

It's kinda weird to see us all grown up a bit. Last time we met, we were all still in our school uniforms, hanging out in the shopping malls or fast food restaurants. Now, Rache wears heels and Violet is working. Time sure flies...

On the Friday before Christmas Eve, I headed to nanny's for a family dinner. Check out the beautiful tree! And Dolly who is the best model-dog ever! 

I love family dinners. They are so chummy, noisy and delicious! 

The kids were pretty thrilled with their presents.

Sucks to be an adult. You don't get much.

On Christmas Eve, Orchard Road was as crowded as ever. 

Audrey and I decided to go walk around. 

Saw some pretty ugly, service-personnel looking clothes in (of all places...) Celine. 

Audrey pushing along a little cart. How cute!

The ice cream I'm holding is actually a pen. 

In the evening, I attended a Christmas service at church. As with Christmas services every year, church was pretty packed.

Cool blue lights outside. 

Had a super duper Christmas Eve dinner with family. Salmon sashimi!

Carving up the turkey.

This has got to be one of the strangest yet good salads I've ever had. It has more meat than vegetables in it. Not only that, but it's got this strange combination of smoked ham, smoked salmon, boiled eggs and dried cranberries. 

Tasty indeed, but strange...

Sunday was Christmas. After church, I headed to Lakeside for a nice little Christmas gathering.

The ladies whipping up a meal in the kitchen.

It feels so good to spend time in a house filled with God's love.

After singing Christmas carols, we started playing this gift exchange/stealing game. I forgot what it's called. It seems to have a whole bunch of different names, but the idea is generally the same. When it's your turn, you can either pick a gift from the table, or you can steal someone else's gift. 

Needless to say, there was a lot of stealing going on. It was pretty hilarious though. We had over forty people playing so the game lasted pretty long.

Had a mini snow-pocalypse at the end. 

I was dead tired by the time I got home around 22:00, but for some reason I didn't feel like going to bed. So I ended up meeting Audrey for supper. We tried finding a geocache before she went home. Afterwards, I cabbed to ECP to meet Talia for some yummy food. 

ECP was really calm and cool that night. There were a surprising number of bikers out. 

We ordered the usual satay and sambal stingray. Only one phrase can describe it.... SIBEH SHIOK ARH! 

Yumz. I had fun!

The following Monday was a public holiday so I went down to Vivocity to see the one and only Christian missionary ship- Logos Hope. 

Free entry!

To be honest, I didn't really know what to expect. All I knew was that it was a Christian missionary ship. 

Apparently, the main attraction was this awesome book fair with lots of cheap buys to be found. 

It was kinda cool to know that this ship has been all over the world and different people with different ethnicities have walked past through the very same hallways. 

We were fortunate to know Joey who is a volunteer on Logos Hope. She gave us a tour for $10 each. I highly recommend the tour if you ever get a chance to visit! Most people who just get on the ship and go to the book fair without doing the tour, feel like they are just going to another book store. It's actually pretty cool to visit the different parts of the ship and to listen to Joey's stories about how the ship protects itself from Somalian pirates without weapons.

Very cool.

In the afternoon, I met Talia, again!

We were going to go ice-skating at Kallang Leisure Center. 

But the ice-skating rink was closed for ice-surfacing when we got there, so we went to the arcade instead.

Talia's last game was this Bishibashi machine. I saw many people playing it before and it looked fun when they were doing it. However it turned out to be really stupid. There's this toilet option where you have to press the right buttons to help the person on the screen sit on the toilet. Super lame! I still prefer racing games or the basketball shooting one.

Tuesday was our monthly company day. All of us went to Duxton Hill for lunch. 

I'd never eaten in Cumi Bali before, but I have a general distrust of Indonesian restaurants in Singapore. Reason being: I've only really had good Indonesian food in one or two restaurants in the whole of Singapore.

But when I saw the food, i felt slightly better. It looked pretty authentic.

After eating the food, I can honestly say Cumi Bali is not bad at all! I guess I would give it 4 out of 5 stars. The belachan wasn't the best I've had, but at least it wasn't faked. Also, the chicken kebab was so nice and tender. Ten points for the sauce!

With our tummies full and satisfied, we headed to this archery place at the Orchid Country Club.

I've never shot an arrow in my life so I was pretty excited to try it out.

Surprisingly, the targets weren't far away or anything. They were only about 15 meters away.

We had the whole place to ourselves.

I think archery is pretty fun. More fun than being at a driving range at least, especially if you've been having a bad day. It helps you to focus and release any pent up unhappiness. Helps to improve your posture too I think. 

We had so much fun! But days like this make me miss all the other fun days I've ever had in the past. I thank God for new friends and new experiences, but even more so for the memories we gain and leave behind along the way... 

We ended our day at Quaich Bar with a bit of whisky and beer. 

So far, Singapore has been a real blast. 

I love it! I can't thank God enough for landing me in such an awesome company, even if it's for a while. 

More next time......

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The First Shall Be Last

Hey guys... It's been a LONG time since I've blogged with pictures. But really, my life ain't all that exciting. 

Unless you're hanging out with Talia, I guess... During the week that all the Abercrombie models were here, I refused to join in the crowd to go see them. I hate crowds! (And Abercrombie too.) However once the mob subsided, I thought, why not go check out their new flagship store in Singapore? 

Talia decided to chat one of them models up.... Okay, he's really an ex-classmate. 

The store overall was quite intricately laid out. I liked the typical wooden interior. And of course, their perfume filled your nostrils so you really gotta take a deep breath of outside air before going in. What I didn't enjoy though was all the A&F models greeting you EVERYWHERE. It was crazy. You couldn't walk more than five meters without saying hello to at least four or five people. I felt more like I was entering an exclusive club than a store. Feh, I would never be able to shop in peace there!

Saturday, I joined Audrey and her friend for dinner at Absolute Thai in 313 Somerset. The mango salad was whatever-tasting. The green mango wasn't sharp enough. The flavours all kind of fell flat. I don't know what else to say about it. I'm not a food blogger.

The seafood tom yam I guess was the only dish that I kind of enjoyed. To be fair, I had eaten a late lunch and didn't actually have much of an appetite.

We've been hanging out more than usual since it's her school holidays.

Hmm... What does that mean? Our waitress barely serviced us all night. Not that it's a bad thing; but more than hospitality at a restaurant, I prefer good food. 

Sunday passed by like a blur. Before I knew it, it was time for dinner. 

Looks good eh? Sun With Moon in Wheelock Place isn't great though. In my humble opinion, it's not worth a second visit. However they did give us $49 in food vouchers- might as well use them right? They'll be valid starting January 1st, 2012.

See, I've really been seeing a lot of Audrey!

We were actually trying to set someone up with a girl that night. Strangely, I feel too old to be part of such shenanigans. But I don't want to hide away in my own little world. I've actually been putting in more effort in hanging out with people, though I'd really rather just stay home and sleep or read a book. 

*Aaaaallllll byyyyy maaaaselffffffff.... Don't wanna be...*

And it's been raining like crazy everyday. But I guess that's to be expected in December. On a positive note, at least it's cool enough to run in the mornings. 

Here's a peek in my office. Cool right? I love that we don't wear any shoes and that there aren't any cubicles separating us. My computer is the second closest one. 

This week's gonna be a little more busy than usual, but I still love it!
There are other things that I do not love though... Let's just say that I feel tested all day, everyday. And as Talia put it, I'm afraid that I will fail. 


Sometimes, just thinking the thoughts themselves already makes me feel as if I've already failed. 

It's kinda stupid but I keep worrying that the easier life gets, the further I'm going to get from God. I wonder why some Christians are persecuted, thrown into prison, while others like myself, get to lead such comfortable well-fed lives? 

The Bible tells us that the "last shall be first, and the first shall be last" (Matthew 20:16)

Maybe life is easy for me because God knows that I'm not strong enough right now to suffer like those missionaries in foreign countries. I'm having other troubles already just living day to day. What would I say if my life was on the line, and I was forced to deny Christ? Do I have enough faith? I honestly don't know. I hate imagining those kinds of situations but they still come to mind once in a while. 

People these days look at me like I'm some kind of rich girl just because I live in an expensive place. It makes me sad. I don't feel like I have anything to show off. Instead, I feel quite ashamed when I meet other people who are going through tough times. I'm not saying that I wish that upon myself, I'm not sure if I could handle it. I just wish that people would realise that being "first" in the world is really being "last" in God's eyes.