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NaBloPoMo: The NaNoWriMo for Bloggers

NaBloPoMo  November 2012

National Blog Posting Month or better known NaBloPoMo, has turned from a yearly thing only in November to a year-round event. I remember taking part in this a few years back.

This year, I thought, why not do that again. It’s not as if I already have a novel to write, a job to look for and basically, a life to live? That how I roll.

November is the only month a year where you don’t have a theme to follow. November is when you get to blog for blogging’s sake. November, where you anyhow whack the blogposts. I haven’t been blogging very often lately and I think this will be an interesting exercise to see if I still have that blogging drive. I’ve missed it actually.

So, if anyone is interest, you can still sign-up here.

Hmm… I wonder if it’ll be considered cheating if I queue posts instead of blogging everyday.


When do you know that you’re an adult?

When I was a child, I wanted to grow up quickly. I wanted to be able to go out and not have a curfew. I wanted to have more spending money. At 15, it looked like being older, of being of age, seemed like a really wonderful thing. Something to look forward to.

At 31, I wonder more than once if I’m already an adult or am I still the same child. My parents still ask me where I’m going and what time I’ll be back. I still like getting ice cream from the ice cream vendors by the Singapore River. My mom still tells me to eat my vegetables and not play with my food.

But then, there’s the proverbial marriage questions that are coming more frequently.My mother’s absolutely unsubtle mentions of a son-in-law and grandkids. My sisters’ insistence for me to move out of the house so that they can have my room.

So when do you know that you’re an adult?

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Why is my lunch bag so big?

Most ladies I know would have a small bag to carry their paraphernalia out to lunch and the bag will look like this one.

Little lunch bag

What people normally bring out during lunch time

Most of these ladies will have their wallet, a packet of tissue, an umbrella and maybe some mints. I used to be one of those ladies, until quite recently when I started bring out more things than just the wallet and the umbrella.

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My Weekend Girly Date With Jo

Saturdays are my date days; they could be with Dude or with my friends. Seeing that Dude was on reservist, I spent the entire day with Jo.

I was supposed to head down to the museum with my sister, Hopeily, and her friend but decided to ditch them and meet Jo for lunch.

Lunch was had, window shopping was done and then we headed down to the National Library where we met Sarah, where we plotted our respective NaNoWriMo novels while Sarah had her corned beef sandwich.

There were the usual hi-jinks which usually follows when we meet Sarah; Dance Central dance-off, searching of presents for our friends and a first aid kit purchase. While all this was happening, the skies opened and in rained in sheets. Even with umbrellas and waiting for the rain to lessen, we were still drenched from the knee down.

As Sarah needed to be at Garden’s by the Bay that evening, and since Jo and I didn’t have anything planned, we decided to accompany Sarah to the Gardens. However, that plan was foiled by the heavy rain and lightning. I would have taken a picture of the rain but I didn’t want to get my phone wet.

And so we left Sarah as she got a lift from Daphnemaia and Furry Photos. Jo and I decided to see if we can get a table at the atas Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Beanstro at Marina Bay Sands.

Iced Southern Blend tea

An ice cold cup of tea to wash down dinner

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Starting my week with thanks

Lately I’ve been gloating over stuff that I should be totally over with. However, without that incident, I wouldn’t have gotten the wonderful things in my life.

I read somewhere that God doesn’t give you what you want, only what you need. I didn’t realise what I needed until He gave it to me.

I know it gets a little old but I’m thankful for Dude. Thankful that he puts up with my little idiosyncracies with only a raised eyebrow. If you’d known me in person for more than 2 years, you’d see how much I’ve changed.

I’m thankful for NaNoWriMo; for showing me that yes, I can write a novel in a month. It’s not even a good novel but at least, I can look back at it in a few months and beat it into something that is more coherent and maybe, some day, get it published. NaNoWriMo also introduced to me to my wonderful friends who don’t judge, who are there when you need to talk to, people to bounce off writing ideas, people to do crazy ass shit with. Overall, awesome, awesome people whom I would never have met if it weren’t for NaNoWriMo.

I’m thankful for Twitter and Tumblr. I’ve ‘met’ a number of people with the same interests, similar passions and really interesting people in. All of that in the past year. Maybe it’s because I’m spending more time online or just that it happens that I’m finding more interesting people. What ever it is, I’m thankful that I’m learning a lot from Twitter on most days, and I’m thankful that there’s a whole lot of people on Tumblr that I can share my FEEELS with.

I’m thankful that while I may not be able to afford my dream home, I’ll be able to still afford a home. It’ll be a small one, a starter home I’d like to call it. Just big enough for us and our kids when they come a long. In the mean time, keep on saving!

There are more things that I’m thankful for but I’d leave it here for now.

Are you thankful for anything this week?


A Girlfriend’s Experience with NS and Reservist

National Service (NS) is something that most able-bodied Singaporean male has to go through. It’s a time when boys are challenged and molded into men. It’s also a time when relationships are tested. I’ve heard of girls leaving their boyfriends because the poor boy doesn’t have enough time for dates or that they don’t have enough money to spend on their girlfriends. I don’t understand that but then, my experiences with having a relationship while the boy is in NS, is slightly different.
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So, what kind of job are you looking for?

This question has been flung at me when I say that I’m looking for a new job. It’s also the one question that I have trouble answering. That’s because I don’t know what I’m looking for. All I know is that it’s not another research lab, or at least not the kind that I’m working at right now.

What I do know is that I want a job that pays more than this current one, good working environment where I can be happy, good hours, a place where I can grow my career and family-friendly. And preferably science-based, just not research.

I know that it doesn’t really narrow down the job pool but that’s not going to stop me from spamming my resume to every other position that I think I qualify for, and even some that seems interesting that I don’t think I have the qualifications for it.

I’m hoping that I get a call back and a new job soon. I don’t think that I can survive for much longer here. My soul, it is dying slowly.