Posts Tagged ‘world’

Date like a teenager

October 2, 2012 1 comment

I remember “boyfriends” in high school. Back in those days, everything was such a big deal. My best friend would look me straight in the eye and ask me “Have you guys HH yet?” “No, of course not!” I replied.

It means hold hands.

My best friend and I would gossip and laugh about it for hours on end. The one time this guy tried to hold her hand in the movies but got too scared and didn’t do it in the end. Or the time where I had to hide my HH under the school bag, because we didn’t want anyone else to see.

My best friend and Itell each other all the juicy details of our relationships over our overnight letters, which must be given to each other as soon as we meet at school before roll call in the morning. This is so that we would have a chance to reply in the first class and exchange letters again during recess. If she was having issues or bottled up emotions, I would tell her “It’s time to have a D&M with him.”

It means Deep & Meaningful.

How we thought we truly madly deeply loved the boy sitting across the classroom at the age of 15.

Imagine if we dated like a teenager now.

Passing notes on bits of ripped paper with encrypted messages.

Chatting on the phone on any and every topics til the sunrise for weeks on end.

Hand writing 30+ page letters – front and back.

Sitting at McDonalds without ordering to delay going home.

Watching TV together but physically a telephone call apart.

Taking the detour route to get to the bus stop.

Just innocent.

Just simple.

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Museum of Broken Relationship@ Zagreb

April 10, 2012 1 comment

Broken suggests damage caused by lies, deceit and let down. It resulted in anger, frustration, hate and disappointment which was displayed throughout the museum. It is a perfect medium for people to voice, express and exhibit their stories and emotions. They can find common ground and support. It is interesting that it is in the form of a museum so physical objects can be displayed. However it is the narratives that is most interesting. Some are sad, some are funny but some are painful. I love it that people share their stories.

What item would you display?

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Speak their language

February 17, 2012 7 comments

When I visit any country, I learn at a bare minimum ‘hello’ and ‘thank you’ in their local language. It can give me a flavour of their culture. But more importantly, it goes a long way if you try to make an effort to break the ice especially when you are trying to ask for directions or something.

A friend once told me about the 5 different love languages being words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service and physical touch. I’m trying to learn and speak another person’s language so that what I’m trying to express can be received. It’s like every Saturday when I spend two hours one on one with my autistic little friend, most of the time I join him in whatever he is doing with the aim to make him comfortable in his world then he can reach out when he is ready.

I’m learning to appreciate and show appreciation with less complaining and judging. Life is short and it never offers ‘happily ever after’s. There are no money back guarantees or return policies. There aren’t any types of contracts / prenups that can stipulate terms and conditions with small fine print for you to read or check. Tsunamis or earthquakes may hit and whether you can be a survivor depends on your attitude and willingness to fight. When you have people around you to share your ups and downs, that is most precious. I want to simply be true and kind to those around me because that is the best way I’m telling them that I treasure them.

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5 cities in 2012

January 10, 2012 2 comments

From travelling once a month over the past few years to a very static 2011, I think my travel bug has been very well rested and is now back in action.

5 cities I want to visit in 2012

1. Dalaman – Istanbul leaves a strong impression in my travel books and makes me want to explore more parts of this country. This city lets me visit the sea which I love and crave with an added blend of culture.

2. Buenos Aires – Argentina always gives me a classy feel compared to the rest of South America. From its steak and wine to their people with passionate and elegance, it seems such a mysterious yet bursting place.

3. Moscow – Despite how much I can not stand the cold, funnily enough I actually applied for a job in Moscow a few weeks ago. Nothing eventuated and I wasn’t really prepared to live there as an expat and experience your eyelashes being frozen constantly. However, it’s definitely a priority city with its fascinating roughness and harshness.

4. Jerusalem – Being a Christian this place has relevant history, pilgrimage journey, and spiritual significance. Its political debate is also of interest but I mainly want to absorb whatever it has to offer.

5. Mt. Kilimanjaro – OK so it’s not really a city, but I was really inspired reading and listening to other people’s stories of hiking and mountain conquering. It’s definitely on my list to achieve which gives a chance to proof something to myself.

What about you?

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44 countries and counting…

October 8, 2011 8 comments

There are seven continents in this world being Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, and Australia. There is only one continent I have not yet set foot in, can you work out which one? Below is the list of countries I have been to:

  1. UK
  2. France
  3. Italy
  4. Norway
  5. Iceland
  6. Belgium
  7. Croatia
  8. Cyprus
  9. Greece
  10. Spain
  11. Austria
  12. Ireland
  13. Portugal
  14. Sweden
  15. Switzerland
  16. Netherlands
  17. Germany
  18. Poland
  19. Hungary
  20. Czech
  21. Turkey
  22. Vatican
  23. Monaco
  24. Hong Kong
  25. China
  26. Japan
  27. Thailand
  28. Philippines
  29. Indonesia
  30. Singapore
  31. Taiwan
  32. Egypt
  33. Morocco
  34. Qatar
  35. United Arab Emirates
  36. Australia
  37. New Zealand
  38. Canada
  39. United States of America
  40. Peru
  41. Bolivia
  42. Luxembourg
  43. Maldives
  44. Malta

PS: Well lots of people argue that Hong Kong and Taiwan are not really countries so think what you like.

Last Updated: 8 October 2012

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Food is foreplay

September 2, 2011 Leave a comment

Few years ago when I was a spoilt daddy’s girl, my two famous dishes were sausage and ham fried rice and pastas in chicken and sweetcorn Campbell soup. The one person it ever fed was my younger brother, who never complained and ate every last drop of it. He never suffered from food poisoning, so I thought I was a pretty good cook. When I was flat sharing, grilled chicken and steak were my easy recipes that can fill me up after a day’s work. From then until on a flight back home, I watched Julie and Julia. Now, my signature dish is beef bourguignon, so I think I have come a long way.

People say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. I reckon it’s only true if you cook sporadically. Otherwise the typical male just get used to having a nice meal on the table when they come home. They gobble it down without a word of thanks or polite conversation, then straight onto the couch with the TV for the football match while you do the cleaning up also. Unless it happens in a romantic comedy, of course, where the figure-perfect bright smile wrinkle-free actress has her apron on whilst stirring in the sauce, tasting it with her fingers. Then the handsome sweetest loveliest unselfish actor comes into the kitchen, tastes what’s on her fingers then end up stripping off her apron and anything else she had under there.

On the dating front, food is foreplay. Since you never call up a girl and ask her ‘Hey, are you free on Sat night? Do you want to have sex?’ But you would politely say ‘Hey I know a lovely place for Mexican.’ or ‘There’s this new bar opened in Soho.’ or ‘Let’s grab a bite to eat / coffee sometime.’ I’m always going to eat, regardless of whether I’m eating with you or not so what you are offering really is your company. Plus if you said let’s go watch football together I might say no, because I’m not into sports. But I can’t exactly say ‘No thanks, I don’t eat.’

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The iPhenomenon

August 14, 2011 2 comments

This week I borrowed my flatmate’s iPod and listened to the animated movie Howl’s Moving Castle soundtrack which took my breathe away. It was so amazing how the notes can paint the story in your mind that is so vivid it’s like you are in Disneyland. So I went on Amazon in attempt to find the CD so that I could share it with a friend. But then I came to a dilemma – since he is a recently developed Apple fan with an iPhone and an iPad 2, it daunted on me that he probably won’t bother listening to CDs anymore. So my question was maybe old fashioned gifts are out of date, but how do I buy iTunes music as a gift and put it on his gadget?

In the world of technology, I’m still stuck in my ways with a old granny mindset. I can’t stand how you have to scroll in circles on an iPod. I can’t get used to the touchscreen thing on the iPhone. I can’t blog using an iPad because the select, copy and paste function drives me up the wall. So I’m very happy in my old ways listening to Leona Lewis on my CD player, texting on my Nokia dumb phone, and typing emails on an actual keyboard.

So we all know about The iPhenomenon and how it has changed the world from our communication to lifestyle to how we spend our disposable income. Many of my friends are witnesses (victims?!?! addicts?!? slaves?!?!) of it yet I still refuse to catch up and let a brand that originated from a fruit take over my life.

***Photo by bgorsphotography