F.R.I.E.N.D.S

They are the ones who stick by you through thick and thin, ups and downs, for better or worse. They can see the truth when you’re fooling everyone else. When you’re not in the right state of mind, they guide. No matter how crucial or how big the obstacles are, they will walk with you. When you make a mistake, they never stay quiet, they tell you off. They teach. They initiate things. They won’t bare to sit through a conversation with others gossiping about you. You did something embarrassing, they will turn it into a joke and not tell a soul. It would take many months or even several years to meet true friends. Only after lessons, heartaches and experiences will you finally find a true friend.


Friends should only be called friends when you know they are straightforward, trustworthy, sincere and reliable. Almost like a lover. You value, appreciate, cherish and love. You have misunderstandings and arguments but you will patch them up in no time. You feel comfortable around them even without pretty clothes and make-up on. You dare to be yourself. You never fail to remind each other just how beautiful and stunning you dolls are…

Surround yourself only with people who are going to lift you higher. – Oprah Winfrey

A friend is one of the nicest things to have and one of the best things you can be. – Dougles Pagels


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The Sweet Escape

My boyfriend and I went for a little getaway. We wanted an island where there is clear blue sea water and white sands and perhaps somewhere nearby. You know, where it’s all sunny and pretty beaches, perfect resorts and just a small island where it is all private and not too crowded.. Okay, lets just say it already! The word is Romantic. Hee. 🙂

We came up with a few places. Tioman, Sibu Island, Langkawi and Serawak. Problem was, we wanted everything to be convenient and not clashing with any of our schedules. So we slowly crossed them out one by one…

He then asked me what Bintan was like. Bintan used to be my family and relatives’ favourite vacation spot. We used to go there almost every year and would book a whole 2 story high bungalow with 3 bedrooms, a living room and a kitchen. Boy do I miss those times… So I told him Bintan would be perfect. Damn, I was right.

Eventually, without any delay whatsoever, we booked our hotel, ferry, etc., and headed straight to Bintan, Indonesia. The Sweet Escape…

On the ferry to Bintan. 45 minutes only! 🙂

While waiting for our room to be ready, we started off the vacation with the usual– Pig out! 😀


Angsana Resort

We’ve booked the outdoor spa before we arrived and were so amazed by everything. From the view to the service, it was without a doubt an unforgettable experience.

Fried Kway Teow

Lemon Chicken

Chicken Sate with Peanut Sauce

We woke up the next day and it was raining so we chose to have an early lunch instead of going to the beach. We got on the buggy and went to Banyan tree (Treetop) to have lunch there. It was soo good. As soon as the rain stopped, we didn’t wanna miss the chance to enjoy the beautiful view so we had our dessert outside where it was pretty hot but worth the experience.

Banyan Tree Resort Lobby

Mi amor had this delicious Pizza.

I had Fish & Chips.

Clear sea water!!

Beauty.

After we were done with the dessert, we went back to our hotel room and got ourselves ready for the beach!

The beach was kept clean and the sea water was so clear and warm. We had a great time!

For dinner, we visited Banyan Tree, Cove. They had rules. Their rules were men with a sleeveless top will have to put on their Batik shirt and women with hotpants will have to cover their bare legs with a Sarong. Lol. That’s the first. I was wearing a tube top!? Anyway, I just thought it was weird yet interesting. Mi amor looked so cute in it. Hee.

Mango Sticky Rice.Satay, Gado-Gado, Crab and the yummy Fried Corn Cake.DessertHe called himself ‘The Rice Master.’ Lol.

Peach Iced Tea, Crackers with Peanut Sauce and Sambal, Mai Tai Gado Gado Rolls, Coconut Soup and Fried Fish Cake.Just chilling… Clear water!!!It was simply relaxing and breathtaking. Despite the super hot weather and costly expenses, Bintan was just awesome.

A vacation is over when you begin to yearn for your work. -Morris Fishbein


 

 

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Dance, Dance

There’s a confession that I would like to make. I absolutely loathe exercising. I never had the desire whatsoever to do it. But there is one thing that I love and enjoy doing. That is, dancing.

Dancing is a form of art and exercise. It helps in toning your muscles and you’d surely burn calories. Isn’t that a good thing? Plus, it’s fun!

When I go clubbin’, it’s with only one intention:

to dance.

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Sex And The City

Ever felt like you just wanna stay up a little longer, curl up on your leather couch, in your red sexy negligee and watch something seductive? A bit of comedy to give a little excitement and perhaps more bitchy gossip, also not forgetting the romance to spice it all up. When you’re all in the mood for strawberries dipped in hot fudge and a glass of champagne on the side of the couch…

Sex and the city it is! If you have a partner, try watching it with him. You’ll be amazed at how he might be all entertained by it. 4 best friends, 4 different characters, attitudes, jobs and mindset. It’s not all about “sex and the city”; it’s also about real matters that actually happen in the real world. I must admit it’s pretty intelligent and addictive.

Sex and the City 2 is still out in the cinemas. I thought the movie was hilarious. Only the last part was a little misleading about the Arabs but it was still okay. My boyfriend and I were invited to The Sex And The City 2-themed Jimmy Choo fashion show and after-party. We had a blast. Here are the photos!




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I LOVE BALI

Who doesn’t? Clear blue sea, huge waves, clean sands and the best part of all, the atmosphere. For those who love and appreciate the beach lifestyle, Bali would be one of the best recommendations.

I went to Bali a couple weeks ago. It was my second time and my feelings towards that island still haven’t change a single bit, despite the weather. The only difference was that we involved ourselves in more nightlife atmosphere as that was one of the things we could do without having the rain disrupting and still have a blast. We didn’t do much shopping as well as lying on the beautiful beach for hours as the weather was unfortunately pretty unpredictable. One thing didn’t change, and that is, eating. No doubt we indulged and stuffed ourselves with superb Balinese dishes.


Nusa Dua, Laguna Resort. Really well designed and beautifully surrounded with different kinds of pools. Service, rooms and location are magnificent. It is located right in front of a beautiful beach. You can easily feel free to take a swim in the never ending pool side or dive into the clear blue sea. It is that convenient and worth it.

We arrived in the evening and wanted to start the vacation by being pigs. It was pouring real hard so we stayed in the hotel room and took advantage of the room service. First surprise is on the menu, it stated “Food ordered will arrive within half an hour. No charges upon late arrival”. Okay… We tested out of curiousity, of course. To my heart’s content and growling tummy, the food arrived in less than half an hour.

Second surprise is we decided to order from the kids menu as we weren’t that starving and wanted to have a few kinds of dishes. The obvious reason would be that it was cheaper. Hee. How smart! 🙂 We imagined them to be as typical as singapore’s servings, in little portions. Surprisingly, the portions were like adult’s servings! I am still wondering if they actually did it on purpose or whether it is really a kids’ meal.

Overall, we were very impressed.

Nusa Dua Beach.

This is a must try!

Balinese Mee Goreng & Fried Prawn Rolls.

Chicken Curry, Balinese Style.

Chicken & Beef Kebab. Comes with fries, grilled corn and sweet sauce.

Fried Ice Cream.

Balinese special Banana desert.

This restaurant is located in Nusa Dua. If you stay at certain hotels in Nusa Dua, there is a free shuttle bus to take you to this place. There’s a whole stretch of outdoor restaurants worth trying!

We went to a Reggae bar called Apache in Kuta, and it was ridiculously awesome. They have different bands performing Reggae Music.

It’s a pretty hot spot. It gets really crowded after 11pm.

Met my good friends from Singapore and had the time of our lives dancing the night away.

Oh I looove Bob Marley so much. R.I.P.

From Nusa Dua, we travelled to Ubud. We stayed at two different villas in Ubud. A remarkable place, indeed.

Tegal Sari, Ubud. Definitely suitable for those who adore nature. A huge rice field and monkey forest just opposite. 🙂

It was a nice restaurant and all… The food was delicious. But, a cat entered and hopped on the chair next to me. I freaked out! Yes, as silly as it sounds, I am afraid of  cats! We paid the bill, packed our dinner and left. Good news was that we actually got to use our kitchen! Hee.


We had our massages in our own villa for extremly cheap. Since it was raining, we didn’t get to do many activities, especially the water sports that were planned. But, we sure did make a full use of that villa. 🙂

 

Where we had our massage.

Our second villa was just as nice. The only unfortunate thing was there were too many lizards on the walls in the toilet area. It was only unexpected because the first villa was perfect. But, this one was more of an open concept. Staying in a place as close to a jungle like that, you shouldn’t be surprised to get little pests. Lesson learnt.

Wayan Cafe. Delicious food, freshest fruit smoothies, perfectly bucolic ambience, and beautifully Balinese gardens.



Met Gia and her boyfriend for the first time and I fell in love with her! She is just so hilarious. Oh, and of course, you can never get enough of Apache.

To my amazement, the next morning we woke up and witnessed the sun rise. It was completely shocking because we were stuck in rain and the sun finally came out on our last day?! That’s not okay. So… We decided to.. extend for another night! It was oh-so worth it.



We did something similar in our first trip to Bali in 2009. But this was a little more special than before. We manage to watch their traditional dance and we even had a whole acoustic band of 5 guys singing for us. I requested for Corazon Espinado by Santana. Man, they nailed it. Everything was just perfect; the weather, the scenery, sounds of waves, your favorite song being played live while you’re sipping on a fabulous wine and most importantly, witnessing all of those with the man you love. Jimbaran Bay, I miss you….

Our last day couldn’t be any better… We ended the night with more partying at Sky Garden.

I almost forgot… They do 24 hour Mcdonalds delivery in Bali too!

Bali never fails to give us the excitement and the feeling of indulgence be it sunny or rainy.

Vacation used to be a luxury, but in today’s world it has become a necessity.

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The importance of feeling Fantabulous!

  1. Posture
  2. Cleanliness
  3. Fragrance
  4. Self-esteem
  5. Walk like you own it

Posture –

Lean your shoulders back against the wall as much as possible. Sit up straight all the time. In time, you’ll get used to it. Having good posture makes you look confident and feel good. Also, it gives health benefits.

Cleanliness –

Ensure that your face, skin and especially nails are clean. You don’t need monthly facial appointments if you do not have the time for it or if you can’t afford. Just remember to remove your make up before sleeping and wash your face thoroughly.

If your skin is dry, make it a habit to put on lotion before getting ready for bed.

Do your own mani & pedicure. Nail colors are not important. All you need is to trim, buff and remove the unsightly cuticles. It only takes 10 minutes of your time.

Prioritize your home too. Living in a clean environment is a good start. Hygiene plays a big role in your life.

Fragrance –

Smell good everywhere! Deodorant is very important. Body odor is a big turn off. Feminine wash, spray and wipes, keep them handy. Fragrant lotion is more appropriate for night time use. You don’t wanna perspire and feel extra oily at the end of the day. Choose a proper, affordable perfume.

Tip: Rub the perfume behind your ears where you can feel your pulse. Anyone can smell you from a distance!

Self-esteem –

Having low self-esteem is very common. There is nothing wrong in taking negative remarks and disposing of them. Why care about other people’s thoughts when you have something better to think about? The best way to keep on keeping on is to smile and simply ignore. At the end of the day, you lose nothing but you sure do succeed in leaving that other person feeling insecure or maybe even guilty. I say, to hell with them.

Look at that girl staring back at you in the mirror and say, “You’re beautiful.” This has nothing to do with over-confidence. You’re telling yourself, not others.

Walk like you own it –

Take a deep breath, hold your posture, keep your chin parallel to the floor and start walking. You’d feel tall, confident and elegant instantly!

There was once I met a girl who had doubts about herself. No one could understand her, not even herself. Mirror was her biggest enemy. She’d question herself about all the flaws she had and would go through her photographs feeling nothing but hatred. Funny thing was, there wasn’t anyone to blame. Everyone who knew her, especially her family and friends were very supportive and never had given her any criticisms. But why? It was all in her head. She knew the only thing she could do was to upgrade herself step by step. She started going for eyebrow threadings, she bought her own set of cosmetics, she shopped for pretty clothes and went for her first facial treatment. No one had taught her anything at all. Soon after, she felt better about herself and her favorite compliment was, “You look good even without make up”. Her self esteem grew a little higher. Though, at times, she’d still feel pathetic. But, she learned that going through a transition in life is all it takes to help yourself feel better. You’re not doing it for anyone but yourself.

That girl was me.


Like the butterfly, you have the strength & the hope to believe;                                                                                                                                                                          In time you will emerge from your cocoon… Transformed.


When I say, “I love you,” it’s not because I want you or because I can’t have you. It has nothing to do with me. I love what you are, what you do, how you try. I’ve seen your kindness and your strength. I’ve seen the best and worst of you. And I understand with perfect clarity exactly what you are. You’re a hell of a woman. ~Joss Whedon

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Back to that normal life I love

The boyfriend left to San Fransisco for a conference on the 30th of March. Ever since, I’ve been pretty lonely. He was away for a week, and I spent my days efficiently. Skypin’ with him every other day made it easier.

I spent the first day with my dearest mother. We did facials and eye treatments. It was lovely.  The next day my cousin Nadia came over, and we watched a little bit of ss501. Thanks to her, I got addicted to ss501 and Boys Over Flowers. We then sat by the pool, chilled out and enjoyed the breeze. That day ended pretty well. The highlight of that week was when I had my cousins and siblings over. Having a cousin gathering is something we like to do. The moment we’re together, we can never stop laughing! We had such an amazing time.

My beloved father came over to do the painting that mi amor had requested for. It took him a total of  28 hours to finish up. No, he did not sleep at all. He is that patient. I love the art. Satisfaction achieved.

The nearer it was to his arrival, the more impatient I got. The clock was ticking and before I realized it, the day that took forever to come  finally arrived. It was 4 hours before he landed. I transformed into a Cinderella and started cleaning the house like I usually do before he comes back from overseas. As soon as the house was dust-free and fragrant, I was filled with enthusiasm. I was excited as ever! I showered, dolled-up and left the apartment. Where to? To the freakin’ airport!

My heart skipped a beat the minute I saw him coming out, waiting for his luggage by the belt. I started hiding behind this huge pillar and waited till he walked out. His face lit up, and he started waving from afar when he saw me walking towards him. I gave a sigh of relief. At last, back to that normal life I love… Being physically near to my love.

Camwhorin’ in the toilet, before his flight landed.

Where ya goin’? Happy babylove playin’ with the trolley.

Funnn… I wanna try too!

Heh.

We had swensens.


We got home and mi amor was happy to see his art hung on the wall in the room! He loved it! Yay! When everything was settled, luggages were unpacked, he gave me my travel gift! A pair of Victoria Secret sunglasses! Already I was so delighted, he told me there was more! More Victoria’s Secret!

No one knows me better than he does. 🙂 Whenever he goes back to Canada or America, he never fails to surprise me with little gifts and such. I’ve been a fan of VS for a very long time and mi amor has been so sweet. He notes down what I like or am looking for and surprises me with it! He is good at surprising, but, I am better! :p

The next day, we went to have dinner at Raffles City Mall. He absolutely loves Indian food. So we went to this restaurant called Shahi Maharani Cuisine.

Delicious Keema Samosa with a complimentary crispy poppadoms.

Crispy thin Chapatti, Naan, awesome Tandoori Chicken and Spicy Vindaloo

A man reserves his true and deepest love not for the species of woman in whose company he finds himself electrified and enkindled, but for that one in whose company he may feel tenderly drowsy. ~George Nathan

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