Hullo hump day!

Just last week, L and I were toying with the idea of meal prep.. can't quite remember how it all started but basically, we were both sick and tired of not getting the nutrition we need.

It's difficult getting vegetables outside, unless we resort to eating caipng. However, more often than not, the veg we get in caipng is oily and leaves us feeling very yucky on the inside.

I'd say our ideal kind of food leans closely towards Omnivore and The Daily Cut style… but it's not cheap at all!

One meal can easily set us back $11-$15. So we decided to do things our way!

I did some research and stumbled upon the YouTube channel Fit Couple Cooks!

There were so many easy and yummy recipes available, so that was the direction we headed towards… except they would weigh out exact portions and for us… we just throw in whatever we like πŸ˜‹

First off, grocery shopping!

We were super focused wahaha. Headed in, grabbed whatever we need – from brown rice, to veg, to the meat and immediately checked out.

No distractions, no snacks, no ice-cream πŸ™ˆ

We bought:

🍚 A box of brown rice
🌿 3 stalks of broccoli, 6 bell peppers
🐟 2 plates of salmon
πŸ“ 3 plates of chicken
🍳 A tray of eggs

Is this food post gonna be too clean to not qualify for #dayrefatties??? 😢

Our style of cooking is very simple…. and boring I suppose?

We literally just spam herbs (a mix of rosemary and Italian herbs), salt and pepper on anything and everything?

Look at this beautiful bed of broccoli with garlic cloves!!!!! 😍

Roasted garlic cloves taste soooo delicious! Or maybe L and I are just weird πŸ˜…

Look at this beauty! 😍

Roasted peppers are some of our favorite food!!! They taste so juicy and super sweet πŸ˜‹

Since L loves cracked black pepper, I can't escape from my food being drowned in pepper. I don't mind also la, just that must check my teeth after each meal πŸ™ˆ

The brown rice and veg were done first… so that's the bottom layer!!

Many years ago, I hated brown rice so much. It was just soooo yucky! I always wondered why on earth my mum would put us through such torture… but as the years went by, I started to appreciate the bite and texture of it.

Today I absolutely dislike white rice. If I have a choice, brown/purple/black rice is the way to go!

Not sure if I'm overthinking but white rice tastes really sweet to me now!

The final product!

We made a total of 8 servings – 4 salmon and 4 chicken.

Each box contains brown rice, roasted peppers and broccoli, one serving of protein, a couple of garlic cloves, some baked potatoes and a hard-boiled egg!

It definitely wasn't easy prepping.. Half an hour to grocery shop, an hour to wash/cut/prep, another hour to cook and pack everything.

But we were so proud of our babies!! Both of us were looking forward to our lunch this week πŸ˜„

But alas…

Yesterday was the first day we both got to try our masterpiece because we had lunch plans on Monday!

I excitedly popped it in the microwave for a couple of minutes and waited….

Mmmm still ice cold. Nevermind, maybe my freezer too powerful, froze my food rock solid.

Put it in for 6 minutes… Still cannot.

Tried and tried and tried. Enlisted @michelletay's help but nothing worked. The microwave was πŸ’©πŸ’©πŸ’©!

ALMOST AN HOUR HAD PASSED WTF!!!

I was hungry, frustrated and PMS-y 😫😫😫

I just wanna enjoy my lunch!!! Why like that also so difficult?!? 😣😣

Mich even tried steaming this thing omg.

Sorry for the blurry pic. So hungry until my hands were shaking.

After trying for so long, Mich realized that there was a microwave oven in the Ripplewerkz room.

Thank goodness!!! πŸ™πŸΌ

Thanks Mich for helping me to keep my shit together when I was losing it! LOL 😽😽

So yes… δ»Šε€©ζˆ‘η‰Ήεˆ₯εœ°ι–‹εΏƒ 😁

And then I found Stephi's fur in my food. But it's okay. I love her enough to not be disgusted 😍❀️

The food was mostly good… except the hard boiled eggs!!!!

Actually it wasn't that bad.. I was expecting a more runny yolk but I overcooked them.

Sorry to have failed you bb ☹️

Ideally this was the consistency I was aiming for.

But fail. TRY AGAIN NEXT TIME!!!

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It's still the first week of January…. I guess not too late for resolutions (that nobody else actually cares) right??

I looked back upon last year and realized that I didn't draw up any… which was sort of funny since I felt that 2016 was a year which I found myself being pushed more than what I am used to – both physically and mentally.

After 3 years of unfulfilled resolutions, I've finally achieved my goal of exercising at least 3x a week. Fitness is now a huge part of my life πŸ˜†

In terms of work, I met with a number of setbacks. In all honesty, I started 2016 feeling positive (abit too optimistic I guess) and I ended it with many self doubts and disappointments.

But it's also through work, that I find myself being tested and pushed in many ways. Some days I feel drained, and that's where exercising plays a huge part – to keep me sane and alive; to push me into becoming a stronger person mentally.

What exactly are my plans for this year?

I do have an idea of what I hope to achieve and I'm giving myself a limited amount of time to work with.

In terms of specific and measurable outcomes, I've gotten my answers for fitness goals. #engetsfit

πŸ’ͺ🏼 Reduce my body fat percentage to 17%
πŸ’ͺ🏼 Do at least 5 consecutive unassisted pull ups
πŸ’ͺ🏼 Do a full split on my left leg (and hopefully right)
πŸ’ͺ🏼 Hold the crow position for at least 5 seconds

More importantly, this year….

I want to be brave.

To stop fearing the unknown and doubt myself. To stop overthinking and not take action. To second guess my abilities and impose on myself an invisible glass ceiling.

Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgement that something is more important than fear; The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all.

I need to stop fearing failure and rejection. Instead, I need to embrace my mistakes, learn from them, move on and try new methods.

After all, the greatest things in life don't come easy.

I want to be the person I expect my partner to be.

We tend to hold high expectations of the people closest to us. It's funny how we can be the most critical about the people we love the most.

Yet more often than not, we don't expect ourselves to be the same person we expect of us.

We find excuses to justify our faults – why we could be unkind, impatient, lazy, slow, weak and more.

We often forget that others, just like us, are only humans.

I myself, am guilty of this. I get annoyed when L doesn't do things my way, or when he snaps at me… πŸ˜• Yet I do just that to him as well.

I want him to be more patient, understanding and kind. I want him to swear less (he got influenced by me wooooops). I want him to spend more time with his family.

And for him to do just that, I need to make the effort to be the person I expect him to be so that we can positively affect one another.

Out of the above expectations I hold for him, I find spending time with my family the hardest.

In 2016, I felt so much more free when I'm out of home doing things I truly enjoy. I do feel guilty when I don't spend time at home with my family but I just don't get the same satisfaction at all.

Being at home means dealing with things I don't want to. Being at home feels dreadful when I know that I can spend my time doing quality things out of home.

There's a struggle within me.

I fear not spending enough time with my parents while I still can, yet I worry that I'm not investing enough quality time in myself.

Most of the times, I fail to see how spending my time meaningfully goes hand in hand with spending time at home because the latter brings about a lot of negativity in me more often than not.

The words and silences exchanged makes me feel so horrible within at times, especially when one member treats everyone else with contempt. I feel trapped when I'm at home – because I know I can be outside doing something more fulfilling.

But it's a struggle I have to go through, and a balance I have to make.

We all do, don't we? Yet we still have to make these hard choices and decisions, rather than to think just for ourselves.

Lastly, I want to keep choosing love.

To choose love is to choose patience, kindness, compassion, humility, trust, hope and courage.

In a way, this would encompass the first and second resolutions of being courageous and being a better person.

And of course, to keep choosing L.

Treasure all the good that you have going for you and never take anyone or anything for granted 😊

During the last week of 2016, most of the Regional team was away from office as we had to clear our leave. It was also a good time to clear our minds to be energized and pumped up for the new year.

Thankfully L's office was also close for the week so we pretty much stuck together like 2 pieces of muachee 😬

Spent our time mostly doing this…

Bodypump and grit

Hot yoga

(Ya….. we very boring de πŸ˜…)

And lepaking in the airmock!!!

I got it in the black frame and grey hammock! It suits the whole greyish vibe well… and knowing him, black would be too warm, white would get dirty easily especially when it's outdoors. So grey it is!

The hammock was so darn comfortable. It was airy and cooling which allowed for great ventilation so you don't get too sweaty and opaque enough to block out some sun.

Clearly I wasn't the only one who enjoyed it.

Nothing makes me smile as much as you do (and L of course) 😘

I could look at your snoozy face all day long 😍😍😍

During the long break, I took the opportunity to rewatch the Star Wars series (RIP Carrie Fisher πŸ’”)…

My memory of the movies has been largely fuzzy as they came out before I was born or when I was really young?

I believe The Phantom Menace came out when I was 6…. Didn't even know there was Liam Neeson in it πŸ™ˆ

This is how it felt like when 2017 crept up on me…… nah, who am I kidding?

At 9pm on NYE, I was already dozing off…. so L and I decided to watch Sausage Party, which I continued to sleep through for the most part…. only to wake up towards the end of the movie πŸ˜’

If anyone watched it, you'll know what I mean. The usual Seth Rogen douche-baggey kinda humor. I can't be the only one that finds him super not funny at all πŸ™„πŸ’©

Before we knew it, the grandfather clock chimed and struck 12 times. I hugged L from behind and softly mumbled "happy new year and happy anniversary". Might have proceeded with a "I'm so tired I wanna sleep". Poor boy had to send me home after that shitty movie πŸ˜›

Personally, my NYE celebrations went from watching the countdown programme on TV and waiting for the opportunity to wish my crush HNY (good old MSN days) to dozing off before 12 midnight.

Totally skipped right past NYE parties… 😡

Celebrating our anniversary

Unlike last year, L became smarter and didn't plan anything special with his army mates lol. Of course it was after I passive-aggressively said, "don't know WHO go and plan steamboat with his army friends. On our ANNIVERSARY??? πŸ˜’πŸ˜’πŸ˜’"

But on the day itself, we still had NO PLANS #okcan

I'm not expecting anything special because fug it's a freaking public holiday but at least can decide where we can eat at?!? Lololol

L decided on Pizza Fabbrica, which stated it was opened… but alas we got there, it was closed πŸ˜‘

So we settled for our second option – ARC Coffee.

Apparently they are known for their cold brew in a lightbulb?

Totally out of the cafe scene since last year as I find that the food prices are way too exorbitant for the food I'm getting.

Don't quite fancy coffee without milk but ok, the beans they used were quite fragrant.

My iced latte was disappointing though ☹️

I ordered a slow roasted beef stew which sat on a bed of mashed potatoes with some root vegetables and toasted bread.

Beef was pretty good but overall this was meh.

Mash was too salty and bread was definitely not toasted just before serving.

My guess is they toasted a whole batch and left them to sit, so the bread is left with a dense and laohong texture.

L's breakfast set was definitely better as everything was balanced, from the buns, to the pulled pork and the sides of salad and baby potatoes.

Our total meal cost us $60 – I'll gladly pay that amount at DTF instead.

Well, neither the food nor the rain was gonna dampen our mood because we quickly ran over to Dongpo for some bostock bread!

Dongpo takes on a very colonial vibe and serves traditional Kaya toasts with coffee or tea but they have special stuff like bostock and Shibuya toast!

The bostock bread is a twist on the traditional French toast. It's topped with frangipane (almond cream), almonds and icing sugar.

$2+ for a toast. Definitely more worth it than spending $15 on some fancy cafe waffle πŸ˜‚

And of course, had to spend more time with Stephi again.

So sad this is a grainy pic because she's so qt and precious here.

Didn't manage to take any good photos of Whiskey because he's always either scratching or biting himself πŸ˜•

Pets are so precious 😍

Don't ever leave me Stephi 😭😭

Gah 2016 is ending!! It feels like I'm fully aware of it yet not quite.

I'm left with the last #dayretravel posting for the Brisbane trip back in September…. So let me just finish what was started yea πŸ˜…

*cough cough and puts on my best narrator voice*

On the last episode of #enroutewithyeo……….

We went from Spartan Beast to Gold Coast to Fraser Island, and we were finally on the last leg of our tour… just a couple of days to explore Brissy and of course,

β˜€οΈ Moreton Island β˜€οΈ

Even though we were in Aussie for a total of 11-12 days, time just didn't seem quite enough as our schedule was pretty packed.

It wasn't easy fitting in both Island tours so we settled for just a 1-day Moreton Island tour right after Fraser Island πŸ™‚

Bear in mind there are no tours on Wednesdays as the ferry (also known as Micat) doesn't operate on Weds.

FUN FACT: Running Man filmed on Moreton Island a couple of years back where they were made to do a series of thrilling stuff like water and air activities. It's the episode with Kim Woobin (and possibly Kwangsoo) dressing up as a kangaroo.

Unlike Fraser Island, this tour was definitely more adventure-filled and the itinerary consisted of 3 main activities – snorkeling, kayaking and sandboarding!

We were also brought around in a huge 4WD so there isn't any self-driving πŸ™…πŸ»

Also, this tour was very VERY Asian – not too sure why, but I'm guessing Sunset Safaris is a lot more commercialised.

The group consisted of a Eurasian couple, small groups of Taiwanese, Hong Kongers and Koreans, and us.

And you know, with Asians and the whole selfie situation, you can kinda guess how things are gonna go down.

First up, snorkeling!

All suited up and ready to hit the sea!

Despite knowing how to swim, I wasn't all that confident of my skills so I got a swimming board just in case… and it was a good decision as I started panicking once I wasn't able to see the seabed 😰

Hello there πŸ‘‹πŸΌ

Getting lots of photos taken again because L was hands-free so of course, the GoPro was in his hands πŸ˜›

Never knew snorkeling would be this exhausting!!

The flippers were giving me such a hard time – my thighs were aching and sore from all the paddling 😩

After what seemed like forever, we finally got to the Tangalooma wrecks where we could take a break!

FUN FACT: These shipwrecks are man made, so as to block out some of the currents coming onto the shore.

This area was also shallow so it meant that we could stand up to look at the fishes swimming around us!

All the greedy fishes surrounding us… waiting for some bread to be bestowed upon them.

Reusing my IG caption:

Hello, it's me.
I was terrorizing all the fish I saw under the sea.

"EH why do I look so ridiculous ah???"

"I don't know. Who ask you every time go down to take photo your arms will come up like that."

πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

There wasn't really much time for each activity, considering how we had to head back to the ferry at about 3ish, we quickly moved on to the next activity.

Transparent Kayaking

The transparent kayaks all laid out and ready for us to get on board anytime!

If we had opted for the 2D1N tour, there would be the night kayaking option as well where the lights would illuminate the seabed and you'd get to see different kinds of fishes….

Oh wells no time ☹️

We had to be extremely careful not to hit the barnacles!

These pesky little things…..

Our kayaking shots didn't turn out well at all as there was a water spot on the camera that we didn't quite remove 😟

So here's a blurry pic of us on the kayak!

After a quick lunch, our guide Andrew, drove us up to The Desert for our last activity of the day…

Sandboarding!

The activity that we were looking forward to the most!!!! Super stoked that this was about to happen! 😱

Just endless sand…. Well, it's called The Desert for a reason πŸ˜„

The first time we sandboarded, it just seemed so scary as we were tipped at the edge of the dune, held on by Andrew just by our ankle and before we knew it, we were released and dove right down at top speed πŸ’¨πŸ’¨πŸ’¨

Sandboarding was also not easy right the beginning because you're most likely to get sand anywhere and everywhere – like in all open orafices.

The first time I zoomed down, I ended up with lots of sand in my ear.

The right way to sandboard

1. Arch your back so your chest is slightly lifted.
2. Lift up your elbows high and make sure they don't touch the sand at all.
3. Lift up your feet unless you wish to slow down or change the direction you're heading towards.

It took me multiple tries of "eating sand" before I realized that my back wasn't arch enough, hence I was getting sand all over my face. And it's definitely not a fun experience πŸ˜–

The worst part of sandboarding wasn't going down, but rather coming up.

It was soooo tiring because it was pretty steep and you're walking up soft fine sand.

Definitely was a good cardio workout… so much so I would stop in between for some breaks lol!

By the time we got up to the top, I was completely worn out and simply laid back down on the sand…

No snow here so a sand angel will do πŸ˜†

After countless of times – tiring but worth it!

Tell you ah, we were the most non-Asian of the lot.

Took some pics and moved on quickly but the other Asians….. snap snap snap snap snap non-stop…. until Andrew was like "aye FAIR DINKUM?!?"

And you know, since there's a Dayre Aussie slang sticker set, with Oli giving a thumbs up, the usage of 'fair dinkum' by Andrew seemed to have a negative connotation…

Turns out, it meant something along the lines of "are you for real?" which can be both positive and negative I guess.

We bade the desert goodbye and hit the road again to get on board the Micat.

The trip back made me realise how I was never going to be able to get rid of all that sand on me!!! Every movement I made, I could feel sand falling out my hair, ears and nose.

Even after countless baths, I still felt sandy!!! 😩

So…. that concludes the Moreton Island chapter!

πŸ’‘ PRO TIP: In Brisbane, there are car parks with advanced booking (www.secureparking.com.au) at value prices.

One big issue with Aussie is how expensive parking can be! Luckily with some research, I found out that our pickup area had this value parking option and we bought a full day of parking (7am to 7pm if I remember correctly) for just $13!! Really really worth it considering how we might have incurred nearly $60 worth of parking fees if we didn't know about this option.

Exploring Brissy

With all the island tours, we were left with just a couple of days to wander about Brisbane… so of course, we did touristy things, like going to the museum for a dinosaur exhibition, did a clock tower tour, visited markets etc.

We stayed at 2 airbnb apartments during our time in Brisbane.

Our first apartment hosts were Dion and Hamish. Location was pretty good, just outside the the CBD. The apartment and room were furnished pretty nicely and they had Netflix available (The couple walked in on us watching Happy Tree Friends 😬)

They had a bright and airy living area.

And a balcony where L and I would have our breakfast.

Bed hair don't care.

I miss L making breakfast for me hehe πŸ™Š #domesticgod?? LOL

Our apartment was a short walk away from a ferry pickup/drop off point so we could easily take the CityCat into the CBD area instead of driving.

We let (our bellies and belts) loose and ate non-stop!

Very pleased with this mushroom stew with half an avocado and some sour cream.

Explored all the way to South Bank to see this man made beach…. and also to seek out some outrageous shakes.

We had this beauty that was full of Nutella in GC I believe and we simply wanted more!!!

Headed to Doughnut Time at CBD as recommended by Gourmand and Gourmet but alas, the outlet was closed for renovation and sold only donuts!!!

So we settled for Mister Fitz's ice-cream instead.

Had mint choc chip sandwiched in between 2 thin fudgy brownies.

Yum yum. Mint ice cream is my weakness πŸ˜›

Speaking of which, Australia has this Magnum-like ice-cream with a core that's a mix between 2 flavors. I tried the mint cookies and cream one and its hands down my favourite flavor ever!!!

Mr Cookies n' Cream and Ms Mint, your baby is DELICIOUS!!!!!

Another shot of this beauty.

One of the things I wanted to do was go see a strip show but we had other better things to do… so next time I guess?

Always no fate to see what goes on in such places. Hahahaha. Back in Toronto, L and I were like "yaya let's go see" and plans never did materialize πŸ˜‘

Doing it in the name of science. Will Dayre about it when the day comes.

On one of the days, we took the car out for a spin and went up Mount Coot-tha – Brisbane's tallest mountain – to get a bird's eye view of the city but alas, it was stormy and our mood was dampened literally.

The sky getting overcast with each passing moment.

So we snapped a selfie and zao! Hahaha!

Just below Mount Coot-tha, there was a science center and botanical gardens. The gardens had free walking tours going on so we went for one of it and the guide was so so so knowledgeable!

Did you know that figs are pollinated by wasps?

These wasps crawl into the figs and die in them. So if you've eaten a fig before, changes are you would have ingested a disintegrated wasp πŸ™Š

However, we found out that the figs here won't get pollinated as the wasps and figs kinda go hand-in-hand. Certain wasps will only go to certain figs and turns out the wasps needed to pollinate these figs can't be found in Brissy 😟

Pretty sight though I must say.

The botanical gardens had quite a number of themes going on, such as rainforest, ferns… and this was the Japanese garden. Complete with a Sakura-lookalike tree.

A majestic tree with a naturally white bark.

My favorite part has got to be the scent and texture garden where all the plants have got either a distinctive scent or textured leaves.

It was built for the visually impaired, to experience the foliage through scents and touch. SO COOL AIN'T IT?!?

Our guide took out a Tupperware of leaves and handed them over for us to smell and guess which plants they came from!

I never expected myself to enjoy this tour but we both learnt so much – not just about the plants, but the history of the place!

Our second host was Amelia and her apartment was a stone's throw away from the airport. Plus point, she has a cat!

Say hi to Lando, the three-legged cat!

Playful little rascal that would jump onto our bed when Amelia wasn't around.

"Landyard grabby grabby"

"Where did it go?!"

I've also lost most of the tan that I gained from this trip πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ

On the day of our flight back, we had some time so we went for a hearty breakfast in the area.

Let Minnow cafe.

Minnow is a particular breed of fish… and the name of this cafe is a pun (let me know).

Quirky decor going on around here

With street names to identify our table orders.

Flat whites all day err day 😌

And a hearty breakfast.

This was our last meal before we left so we needed to have some halloumi!

I love such breakfasts! Toasts, avocados, poached eggs, bacon 😍😍😍

Our second and final shake for the trip. Sad that we didn't get to try more. So sickeningly sweet but so shiok!! Oh wells… Guess we saved on the calories πŸ˜›

Since we still had a little more time to kill, we hopped to another cafe for some

AΓ‡AÍ BOWL!!!

Generous amounts of acai, fruits and granola for about $12 if I'm not wrong!!!! So worth it leh! Compared to places in SG, like Project AΓ§aΓ­… but I'm a sucker for this.

Blended açaí tastes like healthy ice-cream!

And this concludes the final post on our Aussie adventure!

We're super glad that we invested in a GoPro prior to the trip. Along with all the equipment, we burnt about a $1000+ but it served us so so well, considering the nature of our activities!

It survived the muddy and wet conditions of the Spartan race, prevailed the countless lakes we went to on Fraser Island and endured the activities we did on Moreton Island πŸ‘πŸΌ

Ending this post off with a video of our trip!

Goodnight! πŸ‘‹πŸΌ

Aaaaand just like that, Christmas is over and now we wait to usher in the new year 😢

It's the second time L and I are spending it with both our families, though it's our third Christmas together.. can't believe the years have just gone by like that.. Sort of sad that time passes by so quickly, yet glad that it's time spent with each other.

I'm thankful for the little gifts that I've received, from colleagues and L's family, but I'm more thankful for the time we get to spend together.

I love it even more when I get to do up little cards for people, and pen out my heartfelt thoughts as the process makes me ponder about our friendship/relationship over the past year… it just brings out all that warm and fuzzy feels ☺️

I'm not exactly the best giver as my love language is words of affirmation.. writing my feelings and thoughts is my best form of expression of affection/love so I find comfort doing just that πŸ’›

This year, I'm so so blessed… because I've gotten even more sports wear!!!

One would be the Adidas leggings from @thejadeflower which fits me well! Love the simple design with Japanese characters on the side (γƒ’γƒ₯γƒΌγƒžγƒ³ レース which translates to Human Race)!

L also gifted me with my first ever Lululemon gear 😱😱😱

He first introduced me to UA and now this. Upon opening my gift, I noticed the leggings he got were size 4 and they looked SOOOO TINY when I held them up.

I was like "dude! This is freaking size 4. I can't fit into this. Do you see how tiny this is?!? I'm like a UK 6/8/10"

(Yes I can fit into a whole range of UK sizes 😰)

A part of me was like "ah you date me for so long still don't know my size one meh??? Never hug me enough is it?" πŸ˜‚

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UPDATE: Went back to try out a size bigger for the top and leggings but what L got for me still fits best. Guess he knows my size well 😳
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But upon trying it, it fits so well… it must have been magic. The tiny leggings covered every inch – from ankle to waist so perfectly. It said "naked sensation" and was actually TRUE!!! It felt like a second skin… glided over my legs so easily.

NOW I KNOW WHY PEOPLE PAY SO MUCH FOR LULULEMON. IT'S SO FRIGGIN' COMFORTABLE!!! 😱

So yes, I can fit a size 4… only because their size 4 is equivalent to UK6/8 if I'm not wrong πŸ˜…

Back to the festivities!

Rather than documenting the food, I found myself chasing after the doggies to take countless photos and videos of them teehee!

Rusky came over to join in the fun as well, so three's a party!

Grandma Stephi and boyboy Rusky!

Rusky's daddy brought out this little toy and immediately, Rusky and Whiskey were paying full attention…. because it's treats time!

Topple the the roly-poly to get the treats out of it!

Rusky took 3 days to get a hang of this toy while Whiskey took 10 minutes.

Guess he's the greedier dog? 🌚

Greedy Cocker is greedy.

After countless of treats, Rusky was still going around seeking out food…. and he put on his best puppy eyes πŸ‘€

Awwwwww who's this cutie? 😍😍😍

Aiyohhhhh look at his dumb face. Sooo adorable 😍😍😍

ε―ζ„›εˆ°δΈθ‘Œ ❀️❀️

L and I with the 2 cavs.

Yes always being super biased towards Stephi πŸ™ˆ but I believe that's also because our temperaments go well together and in many ways, we are very very similar.

Maybe that's why L likes me too 🌚

And it was time for presents! 😬

Am super pleased with what I got for L this year… because like I said, I'm bad with gifts. So when I give something that people actually like and use, it makes me happy ☺️

Also don't the brown envelopes look familiar 😏??

Last month while the office girls were doing some crazy Colourpop shopping, I snagged some goodies for L's sis and cousin… but really it was an excuse for me to overspend 😢

And doing what I'm comfortable with… Making magic with the Pentel Fude brush pen and my trusty Micron pen which has served me well since my art days in JC.

If anyone is looking to do pen/ink drawings, Micron is the bomb hehehe. Be it these whimsical wreaths, or pen sketches done via the stippling or cross hatching method – these are my go-to pens.

They've got a good variety of tip sizes too.

Back to L's gift, it was so difficult transporting it around because it was huge and heavy!

Look at how long the present is….. and mind you, I've got long legs.

This thing weighed about 11kg as well. I had expected it to be lighter because one of the key traits was "light and portable" but fml. Even I had a hard time transporting it.

I've been hiding this gift for more than a month now, and I'm quite bad with secrets/lying.

So some backstory about why I got him this:
L just shifted recently and he's got a little balcony just outside his room, hence I bought this to help fill out the space outside.

About a month back, while shopping at IKEA, this silly boy said he wanted to get some chairs/table to put in that area and I was like "NOOOOO!!!!"

So he asked why and I was like "errrrr I don't know?" πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

Terrible at lying. But it was dead giveaway that it was an outdoor item of sorts πŸ™Š

So the big reveal……

It's an airmock!!!

In his previous home, he used to tie a hammock along the balcony and that was sort of his go to place – to chill, to take a nap, to sleep outside at times.

But his current place's balcony is glass which meant he wasn't able to hang up his hammock… and knowing how much he likes to chill in it, I just knew I had to get it for him!!!

So happy, as we set up the airmock together and took turns to lay in it 😌☺️

It feels great when you and your partner fix something together… you know that sense of accomplishment? That you guys build something together? Yea, that feeling 😬

It was too dark so no pics.. another time perhaps πŸ™ƒ

Rogue One

Wew. So I just caught the Star Wars movie with my bro and L. What a weird combi but I guess my brother wanted some companion πŸ™ƒ

And also it was his first time watching IMAX 3D.

What can I say?

It was just an intense 2 hour experience – I gripped L's hands so tightly till they were borderline sweaty… Jumped numerous times because I get scared easily πŸ˜‘

But overall, we loved it! Hehe. Totally worth the $19 plus the online booking fee. We will pay for Star Wars πŸ˜†

Thank goodness we purchased online as the queue at Shaw Lido was snaking. No joke, the queue was nearing the escalator to Theatre 1. Madness!!

Also, we watched Assassin's Creed over the weekend but….. I fell asleep for 75% of it due to exhaustion….. from what I don't know since I kinda nua-ed the whole weekend away. Lol ded. Luckily we were using complimentary tickets 😬

Yay we're down to just 2 days away from Christmas!!! It's been such a hectic month and I can't believe 2016 is almost over now 😫

Today's also NCL-SG's Xmas celebration so of course… things are getting festive around here!

First up…. the prepping of gifts!

Bought some brown paper, twine, brown envelopes and brown postcards.

Can't go wrong with such a rustic theme!

Little packages that look put together with just some twine!!!

Also may I add how in love I am with the Pentel Fude pen that came with the AlyLetters brush lettering kit!!!

Love love love! The nib is sorta springy, with the right amount of tension to create thick and thin lines super easily!!!

The only issue is the inevitable smudging of ink… perks of being a south paw πŸ™„

So excited!!

Hopefully my Santee will like my gift πŸ™πŸΌ

I've not gift wrapped in such a long while so do pardon my lack of skills πŸ˜…

Since we're doing games instead of a cook out this year, each room had to come up with a game!

@player1n2 working hard to decorate our room!

Werewolf IRL

The Regional team, being such geeks 😬, decided on the Telegram Werewolf!

Earlier this week, some of us went out to buy props, make our very own props and planned how to go about running the game!

A bunch of props from Daiso for the different roles!

Fake blood, rakes for villagers, hammer for mason, gun for gunner, specs for the seer etc!!

And these Telegram stickers taking life form!!!! Painstakingly printed, colored, cut and all by @rebekatee @davienne and @hellokatetan!

And so the game commences!

#antisocialsocialclub #werewolfIRL

Wilfred and Alfie trying to make sense of the game πŸ˜‚

This game definitely requires some time and it can be tricky… you guys may not love it now.. but with a little more practice, it is actually really fun!

Darts

Game prepared by Ripplewerkz!

Very simple. Low effort and high rewards!

Chia Yee working hard to prepare each game!

@iamselheng trying her luck….. and she beat @xoeli's high score!!

Screenshot of Sel's IG story when it was my turn! Hahahaha I swear I wasn't flexing them triceps intentionally!!

But am really glad to see my hard work pay off!

If anyone is looking to tone them, try:
⚫️ Tricep push ups
⚫️ Tricep dips
⚫️ Tricep kick backs
⚫️ Tricep extensions
⚫️ Renegade push ups
⚫️ Chaturanga

There were many other games but didn't manage to take some pics and participate in a few but I'm sure they were all fun!

So much effort from everyone ❀️

Thanks to @michelletay and @xoeli, the room is set up with a simple yet whimsical decor~

HOW CUTE IS THIS FRAME HUH!!!!!

And slowly placing our gifts under the tree!

Waiting to attack the food….. are you all feeling hungry yet??? πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹

The presents have completely filled up the base of the tree!! Can't wait for the gift exchange session happening later… so stay tuned~

Yay my santee revealed!!! @gilliansng

It was quite a bit of a dilemma… Would it be better to tio someone I'm not close to or someone I'm close to… also cause G is Dayre Queen (hur hur you get it Dairy Queen??)

But I'm glad it was you! Definitely was fun going around trying to find a suitable gift 😘

When you wanna take a proper photo but you can feel your face shaking endlessly so you end up laughing instead…..

My secret santa @thejadeflower wasn't around, so G did the honor of presenting her gift to me!

I've this weird habit with Christmas gifts…
1. I don't like opening gifts in front of people – probably stemmed from young when we're told not to open your angpow in front of the person giving it to you.

2. I like to open gifts on the actual day itself! Same for birthdays too πŸ˜†

So it felt really awkward having to rip open my gift in front of so many people πŸ™ˆ

Sarah got me both the items I had Dayred about… with an extra gudetama shirt!!! 😍😍

Thank you!! 😘

One with the Regional team! Missing @hellokatetan and Lionel!

Rest well Kate! πŸ’•

Hello Tuesday!

I woke up this morning having no idea which day of the week we were….

At first it was like "oh wow it's a Saturday" then it became "oh wait no, it's a Monday" and it dawned upon me that it's a Tuesday πŸ˜‚

It feels like one of those naps where you wake up and feel like a decade just went by and have no idea where you are and which year you are in.

And that feeling is absolutely terrifying okay I kid you not.

After work yesterday, I spent a good 1.5 hours trying to find a gift for my santee. Walked in and out of shops, picked things up, put them down. Went to different levels.

I was so undecided!!!! And I refused to have dinner until I bought something πŸ˜…

So not easy at all…. has it been hard for you my Santa? I hope not… no stress okay!!!

Quantifying my life

I've been Fitbit-less for a week now and my left wrist feels absolutely naked!!! 😟

Wearing a Fitbit somewhat validates your life because you can measure your daily activity… everything is broken down into sheer numbers! As much as numbers make me cringe, you can't deny the power of data!

Did a workout, burnt 300 calories, max heart rate of 180. You know how awesome that feels???

When L first got me my first Fitbit last Christmas, I was OBSESSED!

For the first 2 months, I was constantly checking it.. how many steps have I clocked, how many flights of stairs have I climbed, how many cals have I burnt…. omg. It was crazy.

Gradually, the excitement died down… but still, every time that I was walking or exercising without my Fitbit felt like it was time wasted πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

When my Fitbit finally died, I was so sad because….

1. It was a gift from L
2. It's barely been a year wtf 눈_눈

It feels so weird… not pressing down the button before and after every workout… not having to sync my stats… not knowing how much calories I burnt after each workout or how many steps I took each day….

#obsessed

Screenshot of my stats before it died.

At least you died after my most active week.

Dear Fitbit…. you'll be missed…. until I get a new fitness tracker.

Anyone have got recommendations??

I've looked at Polar, Garmin and Misfit but my heart still gravitates back to Fitbit.. in terms of the app, functions and the entire aesthetics of it.

If you could access all your past memories, would you?

Over the weekend, in a bid to search for some shows, I decided to give Black Mirror a second chance…

I had chanced upon it a few months ago and the first episode just wasn't quite what I had expected… A Prime Minister being forced to fornicate with a pig.

I decided to finish that episode.. and by the second episode, I was hooked. Every episode is a standalone episode which explores dark themes in a satirical manner that make you think about how technology affects us.

I'm trying to take this show slow because my heart is just not ready for so many compelling themes hitting me all at once…

The one that struck a chord with me was

The Entire History of You

Quoting Wiki, "in an alternate reality, most people have a "grain" implanted behind their ear that records everything they do, see and hear. This allows memories to be played back either in front of the person's eyes or a screen."

Sounds like a brilliant idea until you watch the plot unfolds as the protagonist rewatches and rewatches moments to analyse them all and he obsesses over finding the truth – to prove that his suspicion was right.

You know that hunch you get when you perceive things a certain way but can't quite put your finger on it?

Being someone that prides myself in having quite accurate hunches, having a grain definitely sounds perfect for me in proving that I'm "right".

Putting 'right' in quotations because once we deem things a certain way, we tend to have confirmation bias to prove that we are right.

The grain will allow you to replay memories over and over, zoom in on them, and analyse every single behaviour – every twitch, every micro-expression even if it happened for just a millisecond.

If I had such an ability, I'd be able to do all of that, to justify why I might feel or think a certain way. Then maybe I wouldn't seem so irrational… I wouldn't seem like I was overthinking, overreacting, being over sensitive when in fact I might have been reading all the signs right… it's just that I wasn't able to process all that information in the moment.

But…

Knowing myself, I'm the kind of person who would constantly think back on a moment and try to assess the entire situation to see what I could've possibly missed out on.

With the grain, I'll definitely replay the moments over and over, attempting to analyse everything, and ultimately, I'll end up breaking myself in trying to find the single detail to validate why I would feel a certain way…

I think it wouldn't be so bad if I'm the kind of person who can easily accept being wrong. But I'm not! Maybe it's due to my upbringing and having a mum that is always insistent on being right, I find myself being frustrated when everything I presume to be correct isn't correct at all.

So when the grain allows you to relook at a situation to see if you've missed anything out, in the conquest of validating your thoughts and feelings, you may just end up seeing a warped version of the memory… or you keep thinking about something to go a certain way, so much so it just becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

The reason why this episode resonates…

The protagonist became so obsessed with replaying his memories because he chanced upon his wife interacting with another man and he starts to see the little things that makes him suspicious of her infidelity.

Admittedly, I can be one who gets slightly paranoid… especially when my sixth sense tells me that someone is interested in my partner.

I start to delve deeper into every reason as to why the person may behave a certain way around him.

Why is she looking at him like that? Why does she have to be like this or like that? Why did she have to do this or do that?

And you know, L isn't exactly the best person to seek affirmation and assurance from.

Sometimes when I ask about hypothetical situations – like what would you do if a girl tries to do something funny, all I wanna hear is something like "don't worry babe" and other mushy things. Not "No la. That kinda situation won't happen." πŸ™„πŸ™„πŸ˜’πŸ˜’

Pekcek. Can't you tell me what you'll do to tell that girl to scramble off?!? πŸ˜‘πŸ˜‘

Something the protagonist said really made me think about things for a while..

You know when you suspect something, it’s always better when it turns out to be true. It’s like I’ve had a bad tooth for years and I’m just finally getting my tongue in there and I’m digging out all the rotten shit.

Is it really better to know the truth even if it kills you?

In case this sounds a tad bit negative, things are going well between L and I lolol ☺️

Even without this grain, I trust L and my own instinct…. If L really doesn't wanna be with me one day, I trust that he'll be honest about it. And I also believe if he no longer sees a future with me, I will know as well πŸ˜…

If anything, I guess what I've learnt is that honest and respectful communication is key to ironing out any bad feelings. Letting things fester will only serve to accumulate these negative thoughts and feelings… sometimes what you fear might just come true because you believe so much in it and start acting out in ways that slowly attribute towards it.

The time of year has arrived again.

This is going to be my second Christmas with the company.. how's it that a year has already flown by?? 😱

And alas, the woes of having to decide what you want your Santa to get for you.

On another note, I'm still using the gift from last year's Santa! I never ever leave my house without it hehehe.

Mmmmm let's see.. Dear Santa, these are some things that would be good to have hahaha πŸ˜…

1. Exercise leggings/tights

πŸ‘†πŸΌ Under Armour Fly-By Printed Run leggings as an example of my style lolol

I admire girls that can pull off those galaxy/floral/super colorful leggings but that's totes not my style. I'm not so fashionable πŸ˜…

Preferably full length as they help me more when I attempt to do arm balances during yoga hehe.

2. Diffusers

πŸ‘†πŸΌ Yankee Candle's Reed Diffuser

Just checked YC a couple of days back.. this is going on sale.

This is definitely a perfect gift under $100! About $35!

My favorite scents are:
βšͺ️ MidSummer's Night
βšͺ️ Fresh Sheets/Cotton
βšͺ️ Lemon & Lavender

I've actually got a midsummer's night candle sitting in my room… but it's so precious. Bought it from U.S for just 15 bucks I think!! Why so ex in SG 🌚

There are other things on my mind, like boxing gloves, cleats for spinning class – however obviously they're not going to be within the budget πŸ˜“

BUT of course, the above items are just suggestions! In a nutshell, this is who I am πŸ‘‡πŸΌ

1. Exercise junkie
2. Loves coffee
3. Loves my boyfriend's doggies, though obviously more biased towards Stephi

So…. surprise me I guess? πŸ™€

Hehe maybe not protein powder and 2017 planner 'cause I already have those!

On leave today! So first order of business…..

WANTON MEEEEE!!!!

For the longest time, I've been telling L about the wanton mee at Kampong Arang, near Dunman High… but I don't recall it opening so early so CCK190 it is!

So sinful, so gooooood!!!!

We just indulged in Mizzy's nasi lemak and commando dessert at Changi Village late last night….

What is diet? Can eat one not? πŸ€” #dayrefatties

My dad just texted me….

Can Lienel attend our Christmas party on 24 Dec?

Dad…… it's not Lienel πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Catching up

When people ask me what do I usually do when I go on leave, I usually am very embarrassed because…. I don't do cool things lolol

It's usually:
1. Nua
2. Gym
3. Watch movie at student price πŸ™ƒ

But today was a tad bit special because I finally got to meet up with bestie, Huiying!!!

It feels like forever…. but also just yesterday that we last met. HY is the kind of friend whom I don't have to talk or meet on a daily basis, but every time we meet it's like β™₯️

We've known each other for almost 10 years now… can't believe it's gonna be our year next year. Not ready to usher in the rooster guys. Not ready at all.

We had such a great lunch at Pepperoni's… and then doing tons of window shopping and I ended up spending at Tokyu Hands, some random pop up Christmas market AND Miniso πŸ’ΈπŸ’ΈπŸ’Έ

Since it was pouring, we decided to chill a little at Starbucks and the guy asked for our names when we ordered so he was like "are you two sisters"

And she replied

No, we're best friends.

So cheesy but awwwww 😍

HY's a very special friend – someone whom I can really bare my whole heart to.. mostly because we were each other's pillars in our darkest moments and we were there for each other too during the best moments.

I'm already looking forward to the day when our kids hang out with one another πŸ’›

Oh ya. While we were in the midst of sipping our coffees, the fire alarm was blaring and there was an announcement for everyone to evacuate the building!!! 😱😱😱

Being such law abiding citizens, we immediately stood up and got out via the nearest exit…. then we were like, errr what if we're actually walking towards the fire.

After walking around for quite a bit, we realized the office above was doing their fire drill πŸ˜’πŸ˜’πŸ˜’

Oooooookay πŸ˜‘πŸ˜‘πŸ˜‘πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ

Just like that, the weekend went by and we're 4 weeks to 2017 😱😱😱

Weekends have become extremely precious since work started because I have 2 days to spend my time however I like…. it sounds very mundane to some (gym & quality time with L and the dogs) but there's really no other way I'd like to exhaust my weekends πŸ™‚

But of course, Saturday was somewhat different because some of us colleagues were gathered for

#selvaisyweds!

Down to the fourth and last wedding of the year!

Weddings are so much fun when you attend them with the right bunch of people. And of course, I love the part where I get to doll up and look like a better version of myself.

Made up face calls for a selfie πŸ˜…

Also had the opportunity to play with my new Colourpop makeup hehe.

But no amount of makeup can hide these designer bags.

A mixture of Colourpop and Too Faced on the lids, and CP's Calypso on the lips.

Calypso is my new favorite!! My wand is a little stubby though 😟

Due to quite a massive jam, we got to the venue slightly later than intended… but it's ok! There's still some sun peeking through….

To take our #ootd!

Weeks before the wedding, I tried looking for suitable dresses but to no avail. Set my eyes on a pink skirt which is definitely going to be more versatile than a dress!

Caught a cute little crescent moon in the sky 🌜

Loving the set up 😍

Pretty flowers with photos of the couple!

Calligraphy can never go wrong πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ

A canvas board for guests to pen down their messages for the couple!

The thumbprints idea is ingenious!

A picture with the girls.

It was just pictures and more pictures because

PHOTO BOOTH TIME!!!

All the girls went cray cray at the booth as there were lots of props for us to play around with hehe.

We kinda hogged the booth for quite a long time before we decided to let some other group go first 😬😬😬

And we never got the opportunity to take another photo there again 😒

Our short lived fun that brought us so much joy and laughter πŸ’›

Picture stolen from @gilliansng. maybe every time we steal a photo from G, we can simply hashtag #picsfromG

(Stop trying to make fetch happen πŸ˜‚)

The first march in! #picsfromG

Sel looked absolutely stunning! Well which bride doesn't? πŸ˜‰

As promised, we cheered at the top of our lungs. Of course must support πŸ€—

During the dinner, we were thoroughly entertained and tickled by the emcees because they were so damn good at what they're doing!

πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ

We were also shown the video from earlier in the day and awwww, I got so touched that I was on the brink of tears when @rebekatee turned around and say "don't cry ah!"

And I immediately teared LOL

Moral of story: if you see that I'm about to cry, please ignore and don't say anything because I'll confirm cry!!

When the video ended and the lights came on, there were a few sniffles coming from the table, and we dabbed our eyes as if nothing happened πŸ˜‚

Soon it was the second march-in and the couple gave their speeches.

Absolutely loved your speech @iamselheng! It was a good mix of being serious yet your usual humorous self!

Table 17 (and a wild @andreas) sneaked out for some pics! #picsfromG

Such a hilarious bunch who made the whole experience even more enjoyable!

OH YES! And the moment when the singer was belting out 'Hey Jude' and everyone sang along during the "na~~ na~ na~ nananana! NANANANAAAAAAAA"

And G said "now you know what's the age group of everyone here" heh.

This is what it's like having Andreas around. Always cracking us up with his antics πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

One with the Netccentric family! #picsfromG

There was an after party but poor me was so exhausted despite napping in the day πŸ˜…

Before the wedding even started, I let slip a yawn and got caught red-handed by the bride herself 😳😳 Oops!

Fred was saying how I missed out but nothing beats having a good night rest and wake up feeling refreshed the next day!

You know, when you wake up naturally the next day and just feel so energized despite it being 8:30 in the morning.

One of the reasons why I was unwilling to stay out was because I've got to gym the next day #priorities

L and I had booked one of the newest classes that's being offered at VA…

POUND!

#engetsfit

POUND is a group fitness workout which is inspired by drumming.

Personally it feels like a mix between Clubbercise and Zumba, while incorporating drumsticks.

Was quite worried that L wouldn't enjoy it because the demographic of the class looked very Zumba-ish, i.e. mostly girls.

Previously we tried Piloxing and he disliked it lololol πŸ˜†

But turns out, POUND was really quite a workout.. it involved quite a bit of cardio and a lot of core, biceps, quads and glutes.

Almost died from all the squats and lunges, probably due to Bodypump from before 😡

The songs were pretty good, like Crushcrushcrush. Great for drumming as hard as possible. SO FUN!