Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Sponsored Clothes!

Yeah! I'm at Cheryl's place trying all her clothes. She's sponsoring me 2 pieces. Shall post pictures soon!

Check their collection at

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

@ Radio Station


Yes... We were having loads of fun in the studio and making funny faces.

Novi

Cindy has done such a great job... Remember Novi? Look at him now..

A night's stay at Cindy's place.



Gor Gor, you are so 幸福. Will I ever get a home?

 

看得最远的地方

Monday, December 28, 2009

Movies

Anybody on leave this week??! Watch the Avatar with me!!! Heard plenty of good reviews about it.
And I am so gonna catch Sherlock Holmes too!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Cai and Daz

They are not the best of brothers, but when it comes to gai gai, they are learning to put on their best behaviours in the trolley.


Cute 死你!


Happily sleeping with his new toy.


An hour later...

Saturday, December 26, 2009

为什么喜欢五月天?

从来没想过我会欣赏摇滚乐。
那一次听完 “让我们永远混在一起” Final Home 后,我发现原来摇滚也能感动。
好美啊。。。五月天的精神唱出了好多真实和感动。


一首首动人的歌词, 关于生活,感情,人生, 。。。 阿信实在厉害。



如果我不曾走过这一遍
生命中还有多少苦和甜美
那风中的歌声孤单哽咽的声音是谁
回忆中那个少年为何依然不停的追


想要征服的世界始终都没有改变
那地上无声蒸发我的泪
黑暗中期待光线生命有一种绝对
等待我请等待我
直到约定融化成笑颜


那生命灿烂烟火般上演
你和我最后都要回归地平线
那留下的足迹浪花冲走回忆海岸线
靠近我再拥抱我
请不要让我的心冷却


等待我请等待我
靠近我再拥抱我
不要走请不要走
直到约定融化成笑颜
直到我看见生命的绝对

Thursday, December 24, 2009

AQH

Feeling a little stress for tomorrow. Did not really prepare what to sing.
This is the second time I'm pairing up with Jun Xing and apart from that, it seems that I wouldn't be getting another partner to stage alongside. *Shudders

I hope Jun Xing sings!

Merry Xmas!



May this Xmas brings hope to all!
Someone sent me this picture of a place in SG. So Pretty right! Can anyone guess where this is taken?

Miss the times when we have rehearsals!



A peep inside....
Noticed the clock on the wall? .. 1130 PM not AM hor!

Byul

It is so annoying that imeem.com is no longer available. Had to find other means of adding songs into the blog.

Test Song - Byul (Avril)



param gyeoli changeul heundeulgo
nae gimalhan jakeun nawei pan weouro
areumduphge byulbijdeureul
kadeul chaewojuneyo
malhi aphahajimah
nalkkok aneunchae dadokyojumyeo
jakjara weouro haejuneyo
keodji mothalmankkeum himekyeowon aphawado
nunmuli apeul karyeowado
kajjimothal nae sarang aphedo nan useullaeyo
jamshimado kyeote haengboghattdeon giogdeureul
kashime kanjig halkeyo
du nune suno najin jeobyuldeul
cheoreom yeongwonhi

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Too much leaves uncleared

!!FWAH!!! I'm such an idiot!

I just checked my annual leaves and saw that I still have 22.5 days of unclaimed leaves. Minus 11 days which can be brought forward next year, I still have 10.5 days left.

I'm the best. LOL.

Call me nothing but sotong or blur queen.

The Sun Tarot

THE SUN

Basic Card Symbols
The Sun, one or two naked children (a naked little boy, sometimes riding a white pony or a boy & a girl), sunflowers, often a wall, sometimes a banner.

Basic Tarot Story
The Fool wakes at dawn from his long, restless night to find that the wild river has, at last, come to an end, quietly floating him into a serene pool. There is a walled garden around this pond dominated by roses, lilies and splendid, nodding sunflowers. Stepping ashore, he watches the Sun rise overhead, bright and golden. The day is clear. A child's laughter attracts his attention and he sees a little boy ride a small white pony into the garden.
"Come!" says the little boy, leaping off the horse and running up to him. "Come see!" And the child proceeds to take the Fool's hand and enthusiastically point out all manner of things, the busy insects in the grass, the seeds and petals on the sunflowers, the way the light sparkles on the pond. He asks questions of the Fool, simple but profound ones, like "Why is the sky blue?" He sings songs, and plays games with the Fool.
At one point the Fool stops, blinking up at the Sun so large and golden overhead, and he finds himself smiling, wider and brighter than he has in a very long time. Since he started on this spiritual journey, he has been tested and tried, confused and scared, dismayed and amazed. But this is the first time that he has been simply and purely happy. His mind feels illuminated, his soul light and bright as a sunbeam. Like the great Sun itself, this child with his simple questions, games and songs, has helped the Fool see the world and himself anew, to wonder at and appreciate both. "Who are you?" the Fool asks the child at last. The child smiles at this and seems to shine. And then he grows brighter and brighter until he turns into pure sunlight. "I'm You," the boy's voice says throughout the garden, "The new you." And as the words fill the Fool with warmth and energy, he comes to realize that this garden, the sun above, the child, all exist within him. He has just met his own inner light.

Basic Tarot Meaning
The Sun is ruled by...the Sun, of course. This is the light that comes after the long dark night, Apollo to the Moon's Diana. A positive card, it promises the Querent their day in the sun. Glory, gain, triumph, pleasure, truth, success. As the moon symbolized inspiration from the unconscious, from dreams, this card symbolizes discoveries made fully conscious and wide awake. This is science and math, beautifully constructed music, carefully reasoned philosophy. It is a card of intellect, clarity of mind, and feelings of youthful energy. And, yes, the child/children in this card can be taken literally if other cards in the spread seem to suggest it. Your Querent can be informed that a wanted and most welcome babe will soon be on the way. Likely a boy, or twins.

Thirteen's Observations
I actually have predicted children with this card once, and once only. Most of the time, however, this card, to me, is all about the Apollian ideal. Young, healthy, new, fresh. The brain is working, things that were muddled come clear, everything falls into place, and everything seems to go your way. It's one of those days when it all goes right. Just right. The money you were waiting for arrives and a bonus has been added, the project you've been working on comes out perfectly and you get all the credit. Traffic lights turn green for you, liars come clean and apologize, the garden blooms, the sky is blue, the weather is warm and sweet. As the song goes, "Here comes the Sun...." and absolutely everything is going to be all right.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Energy

I didn't know stock movements can have Energy. I wan to see this Energy leh!
Then I don't have to work liao! Hiak Hiak Hiak. Make money and feed the strays. Woo hoo! How nice!!

Pictures @ Work

@NTU
We are on @NTU Magazine! (P.S. I 自恋 can)



Discover Europe 2009 Exhibition
I realized that I'm often caught with funny expressions on candid shots. Simply put, I'm a CLOWN at work.




Farewell for the German Students



We are so gonna miss these 3 (Martin, Pino and Daniel). They are always game to clown alongside with me! Muahahahha. Will try to upload their hilarious ktv vids soon. Oh Oh.. Check out the Blueberry Tiramisu cake Adrian self made. It's superlicious! He can start his own bakery anytime.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

My grandma asked me a question which I do not know how I should answer. Seriously, it bugs me.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Fringe

Not my "tu tu" fringe which was recently chopped off by the hairstylist.

I'm hooked watching Fringe Season 1 right now.


Fringe is an American science fiction television series which follows a Federal Bureau of Investigation "Fringe Division" team based in Boston, Massachusetts under the supervision of Homeland Security. The team uses unorthodox "fringe" science and FBI investigative techniques to investigate "the Pattern", a series of unexplained, often ghastly occurrences that are happening all over the world.

I think I'm quite a bian tai person. I am okay watching gruesome scenes like headless bodies, bloody messes, gross mutations etc... I simply find story plots like these intriguing and certain theories edutaining.

Reminds me of a scene many years ago when someone jumped down opposite my block. Me and my siblings were so so curious to see the dead body when my mom was screaming at us to back off from the window.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Writing complaints directly to the CEO works. You just have to make sure you cc every single person involved when you write her that letter.

Fine

Just received 2 duplicated Reminder letters from AVA which say that I have yet to pay my fine.
KNN....

I have already made my payment personally down at their office on the 30th Nov lor! Purposely took leave to do so somemore. WTH.... What's wrong with their system man? These letters were churned 2 weeks after I made payment. Their database did not reflect that update?????

Fed up. Frankly, I'm losing faith in their system, not only in this aspect...

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

It's Raining Now

BOO!
I wonder how the strays are coping in the rain. Will they have a shelter to seek refuge?
Uncle Seng will be feeding dogs in the rain...
Ah Cai and Daz could be creating their howling concerto along with the thunder.
The dogs can't go out to play.
I cannot knock off with the car in the rain and me without a brolly.
The downcast sky makes you wanna listen to sad songs (which is what I am doing now).


YEAH!
My car gets its wash in the heavy downpour.

Orangutan has a Facebook account

I am the 66,877th fan of the 33 year old Nonja the Orangutan on her facebook. This furry idol is tasked to take pictures within her enclosure. Look at some of the nice shots she has taken with her Samsung ST1000 digital camera.

Sexy mates residing in her same enclosure. Tsk tsk tsk... She偷拍...


Kuah si mi kuah? Never see sexy lady Nonja before?


Master piece



Another master piece.

In actual fact, Nonja does not understand photography, she merely understands that when she press a button, a raisin pops out. kehehehe... Nonja's digital camera connects directly to her Facebook album via wi-fi. When she presses the shutter button, the photo is uploaded. The camera has a protective cover to protect against chewing.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Nothing to do on Xmas?

Come join me at Music Dreamer's 7:30pm.
Going to guest sing there on Xmas day again.

Wondering if I should follow the season and do some xmas songs? LOL

Friday, December 11, 2009

Constipation Remedy Request

Anyone with any remedies for constipation??!! Forget fruits or vegetables, they don't seem to help even when I drown in them. Am desperate enough to try home remedies or 秘方.

It is always like this when I come back from Holidays. I am never able to "go" when I'm not in Singapore. When I return, the inertia stays. The highest record is 1 week! Can you imagine the amount of toxic I have in my body??

Will update some photos at Bintan soon!

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

一棵开花的树



如何让你遇见我 在我最美丽的时刻

为这 我已在佛前求了五百年 求佛让我们结一段尘缘 佛于是把我化做一棵树 长在你必经的路旁

阳光下 慎重地开满了花 朵朵都是我前世的盼望

当你走近 请你细听 那颤抖的叶 是我等待的热情

而当你终於无视地走过 在你身后落了一地的 朋友啊 那不是花瓣 那是我凋零的心

Monday, December 07, 2009

The power of Google

Have you visited google maps SG recently? You'll be amazed by the Street view function.
Not only are you able to view it in a map form, you get to really see panoramic views of the area you searched for.

Cannot find your way to NTU? Check this out... I drive pass this road every morning to work..

A sample image shown on google map. Very CLEAR....

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Nerdy Hair

Wenwu dyed his hair a light brown, so I thought I would do likewise but in a darker shade to match his. What I did not anticipate was a more than unsatisfactory result.....

My hair colour now turned out to be almost full black (too dark brown) and my fringe was chopped off way too much. I look so terribly nerdy now (Ah TU!) .... A stark contrast to a light hair wenwu. I can't put my curl extensions now with the colour contrast.

To make things worse, the hairstylist dirtied my Coach bag!!! Now it is stained with the same dye as my hair and it refused to come off.... So heartpain!!!! It is wenwu's gift to me!!! ROAR!!!

Friday, December 04, 2009

Back @ Work

Back to work and my right eye can't stop twitching! An Omen? Blah! They seem to have this habit many times anyway.

Feeling the inertia from 6 days of non work and now having tossed back into the torrents of emails and work, I'm drowning into the piles awaiting. *Extreme exaggeration ...

I'm seriously needing more bedtime, if not the zoo will perhaps welcome its 3rd Panda "Feng Feng" real soon.

WORK!

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Sleepless

Tried sleeping but couldn't really get to slumber successfully. Mind was bothered.
Woke up at 6am this morning totally zombified.

My gram will be cremated at noon. With so much to do coming up, I doubt I have the privilege of indulging in my thoughts.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Ancestry



My Granddad and Great Grandmother





According to my sister, our family ancestors were a rich bunch being the 1st and 2nd pure breed Singapore generation. Is there such a term at all, Pure Breed Sg Gen? Rich probably cos my great great ancestors served the imperial courts during the Qing times. Unfortunately, the wealth is not extended down! Anyway, Grams has gone to join them. Hope she goes without regrets.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

She's Gone

It is the first time that I came so close watching death. I had thought my reaction to be much more emotional.

It came so suddenly when an uncle called us in tears telling us things aren't looking good. Rushing over, we were more or less wondering if it could be a false alarm. But gram's condition really look bad when we arrived. Her delirious state was a 180 degree turn from a day before and we could tell that she was wrenching in immense pain. Things just didn't look good from that moment despite increased dosage of morphine.

As I held her hands, I detected her drop in temperature and I looked to my dad. He knew what was on my mind. She was running such a high fever from our arrival to that sudden drop in temperature within a few hours span. I took it as a impending sign... I could only do a silent prayer seeing her struggle in pain. 

She went while dad was in the room with her. Everything then became more or less a blur. Everyone called out to her, but garner no response. I checked for a pulse, but there was none.

I had to bid my last good bye.

Friday Outing

Had a KTV session with colleagues at the 10-dollar KTV on Friday. The German guys gave us a pleasant surprise by turning up. It was their second attempt at Karaoke-ing here. Will try to post their funny antics while singing when I'm less lazy. Needless to say, we enjoyed ourselves but we wished the session lasted longer.

So glad that wenwu's exams are finally over! Haven't been singing with him for ages (I miss singing with him so much)! Though this time it is with my colleagues, it like a kickstart prelude to our future KTV sessions again! Hopefully he is able to finish his stuff before we zip off for our holiday. Plans to Taiwan have to be put on hold as we are unable to get hold of tickets during our available time period. Will opt for a simpler option not too far away still. Keeping our fingers crossed.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Second Best favourite workplace for graduates

Click on my title to get to the zao bao article.

It says that NTU is voted the second most favourite workplace for graduates joining the public sector. Wooo...

"至于政府部门及机构,大学生的首选是旅游局,其余依序为南洋理工大学,经济发展局、新加坡科技研究局及教育部"

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

CAMTech's News

Reference: Straits Times Interactive


Nov 25, 2009
German R&D lab in NTU
By Chua Hian Hou , Technology Correspondent


GERMANY'S Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the R&D giant known for its work on the MP3 digital music format, will set up a new $10 million institute to conduct research in digital media at the Nanyang Technological University.

The Fraunhofer Singapore institute will employ 20 researchers when it opens mid-2010, NTU and Fraunhofer announced on Wednesday.

More will be hired later to do cutting-edge research in computer graphics and virtual reality as part of its foray into Asia, said Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research's director, Professor Dieter Fellner.

The number will be upped to 50 by 2013, and possibly even more over time, said Prof Fellner.

Some possible research areas include new ways to capture every single possible detail of 'cultural heritage' objects, like a historical building or other artifact digitally, so that future generations can experience them even when the physical item is gone.

Fraunhofer, which specialises in developing commercial applications out of cutting-edge academic research, is Europe's biggest research body with an annual research budget of 1.5 billion euros. It employs over 10,000 full-time researchers in its 60 research institutes.


More at NTU Press Release

Helpless

I'm supposed to be happy slumbering at this time but am feel quite helpless after receiving emails from various sources regarding that idiot Dog tormentor. We have eye witnesses, and some other proofs but it seems at this juncture, we need more concrete evidence. I believe needed authorities have been informed. Cannot really reveal too much info here as he could have already gotten wind of his acts discussed in forums.

I think back of the time when I got my first puppy. I made promises never to forsake him despite it being an impulse purchase. From that very moment, I found a new passion in this group of beings. My heart went out to all shapes, sizes and breeds. Strangely enough, I even started liking cats (Used to hate them). My pet kick-started my lesson on unconditional love. How amazing it is that they are always giving and never expecting returns.

Then this love and passion extended towards the helpless and voiceless bunch. It's quite heart wrenching to read stories of animal/stray abuses, moreso when the subject is a dog. How can man be so cruel to another being that is selfless in giving love? They will only defend when they feel attacked. So far in my encounters with strays, I always end up being the receipient of their affection.

I have personally encounted cases of strays being poisoned to death slowly.... dying horribly... trapped in boars' traps.... Pet dogs left to fend for themselves suddenly in the wild... You name it. They really don't have a voice to represent themselves. Who can they turn to when there's injustice carried out? =(

Coming back to this sneak and sly.... From various accounts of him, he seemed to have started off befriending strays most of the time, making them believe that he is a friend not foe. When the trust is established, that is where hell starts for these creatures.

So what if he is really from the Authorities??! He is never empowered to deliver cruelty in such a manner. How we wish there were clearer pictures of his acts so that proper prosecution can follow.

TMD!

I will so LOOK OUT for you!!!!

K... Vent finish. Shall go give cai cai an extra hug.
Cai: Why are you so cruel to my friends?

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

I want Retail Therapy

Am so so so so tempted to do retail therapy!!
Urgh... So many online blogshops and they are super duper tantalizing...!!!!

But I have just spent a sum on the car's 100k servicing... =(

BOO!

Avril is Poor... How they hell does one manage to save money really??? Am I just bad at my finances or maybe it is time I find a higher paying job.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Punggol Abuser Alert

Appealing for people staying in Punggol Area to look our for a dark chinese man driving a white van claiming to be from AVA. He was seen by many abusing stray dogs and catching them cruelly.

Please note down his vehicle number if you ever saw him. We need that to alert the police. Thanks!

SMS from an auntie:
He caught a dog and it was crying in pain.U know what he used? FISH HOOK! There was a line/rope from the mouth when he pulled and the dog cried in pain...Damn inhumane! He already caught 7-8 dogs there and purposely leave a female dog to breed again.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Stressed

Realised singing at Hai Die is much more stressful than at Ai Qin Hai.
Dunno why leh. Considering that I sang slots on Fridays before when the cafe is packed fully. And I was still pretty much at ease.

Today at hai die, my hand kenna involuntary spasms. lol....

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Drivers, Have you noticed...

that recently along certain stretch of our expressways, street lamps are turned on alternately only on either side of the roads even after 7pm?

At 6:58pm, I was on AYE traveling towards SGH on Clementi Ave 6, the sky was overcast and raining.
I was wondering how come the roads seemed so much darker than usual and I realised the lamps were not turned on. I had thought that perhaps they only turn them on at 7pm sharp. But yet again, the street lamps on the other side of the traffic was already on. At another stretch, my side was on and the opposite side off. This happened a few times already when I travelled with wen wu too.

Just curious, is Singapore trying to conserve energy? If we are, it isn't a bad thing huh.

Where to go?

Any contribution ideas on which holiday/travel destination to go during Dec?

Wenwu and I discussed about Taiwan but it's expensive to go during Dec leh. Headache!
Scouring the internet like mad for good deals. Never so hardworking at compiling spreadsheets.

PROMOTIONS!!!! Where art thou?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

赶着去投胎

Was leisurely cruising from BKE into KJE this morning when a loud roar jerked me alert. Realised this TP was speeding like mad passed me. At first I had thought he was chasing after someone, but I realized that he was just one hell of a chiongster. Terrible leh.

Confirm he definitely went more than 120km/hr! He was putting our distance apart very fast. This really irks and perplexes me. Can a TP chiong so fast like this on our roads?

Monday, November 16, 2009

Major Servicing

Car's due for servicing again. This time a major one for its 100k debut.
Shitty... This car is siphoning all my savings la. Yet, the convenience it brings is undeniable.

Xmas's coming! More $$ out. It does not help that Xmas discounts are super duper tempting.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Nov's Update

Nov known as Novi now has been undergoing treatment since it was rescued. I think he's now blossoming into a cute young pup under good care. To all who have donated in his cause, Thank you!!! Though it seems like Cindy probably still need more to upkeep his treatment fees, she has done a great job.

Upon recovery, Novi will be shifted to ALL (Animal Lovers League) to await adoption. I bet he will turn to be a handsome one when his fur starts growing.

Too bad I don't have a farm.....


Wednesday, November 04, 2009

A cry for help

Taken from a doggie forum (Sad.. Reminds me of those few I tried saving before...):

---- Copy from forum ----
Please help this dog....He need your generous donation...He's only a 4-5 months pup....please help to spread the words and post in your blogs. Many thanks!

Dear all,

A kind lady Ms Cindy Lam manage to catch hold of this dog found in Kim Chuan Lane.
He needs immediate medication and blood transfusion in order to survive...pls help to donate.

Contact :
97544948 or shindylamwp@hotmail.com

Name of Dog ; Nov
The animal Doctors Pte Ltd
Blk 108, Ang Mo Kio Ave 4 St 11
#01-96 S(560108)
Tel: 64514531


Reply from Cindy:

DEar avril
thanks so much.u can go direct or mail a cheque to

The animal doctors Pte Ltd
Blk 108,Ang Mo Kio Ave 4,Street 11
#01-96
Write behind cheque:donation for Nov

or TT $ to Cindy Lam
Dbs autosave 0140183434

i will email the receipt of the full bill to you.

Thanks
Cindy Lam

Friday, October 30, 2009

Sleep Sleep

Am feeling so sleepy at work!!!! Lunch was fantastic at Crystal Jade, but it left us all with the sleep bug right now.

Hopefully, I can be energetic later at 爱琴海. Haven't thought of what songs to sing yet.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

October Updates

Haven't been updating my blog for a bit. Just some updates on my recent activities.

Jerine's Wedding

The bride and her entourage. We were laughing as it was our turn to be pranked upon by the brothers. Did the Nobody dance. Well we showed them what it was to do it professionally. LOL. 90% are dancers k... Dun play play.
Groom was prepared. Cost of replacing a new gate cost much less than the angbaos for the sisters. Smart but too bad, ang baos are still a necessity for entrance.

These guys are full of funny ideas. They came armed with a thousand one dollar coins to bribe their way through. Should have really confiscated that prop!

Guy's good morning version of Nobody to the entire neighbourhood.

The cute note delivery guy.


Cai and Daz Outing @ Bishan Park

Big peers at the park.

Apparently they only display brotherly love when they are out but not at home.

Meeting another of his kind. Daz is definitely unruly looking... lol
Thirsty duo after so much fun.

Resting before they go for their 2nd round of play.


爱琴海's Theme Night - 张惠妹精选

With Meihui, the other singer in my batch.

And of cos never forget a picture with Evonne!

My next session at 爱琴海 is this coming Friday 7:30pm! Come if you can but be sure to be early. The previous friday I sang was so packed that some had to be turned away. Never seen it so packed before.
Read some guy, Alvin's blog on his proposal to his gf.

While it was originality at its best, I thought it could have been nicer if there was the element of surprise. "Treasure hunt" can also don't reveal the finale first ma. Alot of people think it's romantic. Romantic meh? Afterall, his gf did know what was installed at the end of it. I supposed Alvin knows her well enough to be gamed on a proposal like that. At least the female lead is happy.

I may be making a general statement, but I think most gals are happy with a simple proposal without such a big hoo ha. What matter most is the sincerity isn't it? With all the actions done, now these 2 have to undergo so many post media scrutiny and interviews. Tiring leh...

Monday, October 19, 2009

Save!

Aiyo... The ah nia here is really bad with her finances. Till date her savings skills stays put at the novice level. Far cry from the so called ideal amount necessary for rainy days. She is now doing up her new excel expenses sheet and is seeing a dismaying sight. PATHETIC AH!

However, the wenwu effect is slowly getting to her. She's starting to panic and trying to spend lesser than usual. Hopefully the amount status will go from miserable to an okay?

Cannot go out of job ah! Boo Hoo!!!

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Beijing and Back

1st Oct

Arrival at the Beijing International Airport and I was requested by the immigration officer to remove my spectacles. I look so different without my specs meh. Hopefully the reason being I've grown nicer looking! lol... My passport photo darn ugly lor....

So relieved to be off the plane. Was getting quite bored and restless on board after watching "The talking of Pelham" Sis can't wait to snap us as we approached the arrival gate.

My baby sister all grown up in a foreign land.

Drag Drag Drag... I want my rest.

Okay... I got into some difficulty hauling my luggage down the steps. Even dragging it down slope was a hassle.

What's left of the luggage after removing almost 80% of my sister's stuff. I think I make a good fedex delivery man.

Our first dinner in Beijing at the famous 全聚德 for Peking Duck.
Happily allowing my sister to snap away. Contentment after a long flight.

Don't look much but the portions are big. We had leftovers and felt guilty about it. The Chinese people there really eat alot!

Back in my sister's living quarters I was playing the fool with her medical equipment daydreaming about being a doc too.

We were fortunate to have my sister's bedroom facing Tian An Men's direction. We had fireworks the entire night away. The fireworks were fantastic! There were so many kinds and even smiley face ones. PRO!


2nd Oct

Destination: Tian An Men Square, the forbidden palace and Shopping

Needless to say, everywhere was just crazily crowded.

Shots near the Tian An Men. The local authorities made the place into a flowery heaven.

Sky's exceptionally blue and cloudless! Pretty!

Who's that?

Role-playing mode: How can I not wear my headgear when I am heading back to the palace?


Daydreaming: Yeah! I'm back home. I'm looking forward to see my 皇上.


Alas! 慈宁宫 was out of bounds. I cannot pay my respects to 老佛爷. But thankfully, I managed to locate my bedroom. I'm one hell of an excitement. But where's my 皇上?

Apparently, this is the highest standing point in the palace ground for concubines when they are home sick. They will look into the direction of their hometown and reminisce.

Me: You know ah... I was here blah blah blah blah...
Sis: Sighz.... there she goes again.

We went to Xi Dan after the forbidden palace. Look at the crowd!
A Hugely recommended place! Going there, one must sha sha sha! Slash prices like mad. I must say one have to really have thick skin. It is like a huge market place there. I've got boots for like SGD 10 each and bags for SGD 7 each. Great bargains huh! Apart from this place, try the 明珠市场 as well. Everything's so bargainable there!

Back in my sister's room:
Look at that glee.
What's so fun about poking oneself...
3rd Oct

Destination: The Great Wall (慕田峪)

We woke up religiously at 5am and started our journey at 6am to the subway station.
Sister and I had already planned to go to a much less visited stretch of the Great Wall to avoid the huge crowd anticipated at BaDaLing.

At the subway, eating is not prohibited! Glee! So I kept munching away at my pancake for the long journey ahead.

We took an hour plus to reach 怀柔 by bus 916 and then switch to a minibus to the base of the Great Wall. Total journey time was around 3 hours.

Driver: Rmb 100 for all 3 of you.
Dad: Too expensive.
Driver: Rmb 25 each then.
Me: Okay! (with glee as I thought we got the so called optimum price stated in Lonely planet)

But alas! I forgot that Lonely Planet is written by Ang Mos!!! I found out at the end that we were paying 5 times the local price. Although Rmb 25 for that hour's ride isn't that much too la. Remember to negotiate down.

The start of the entrance. So scenic...


So full of anticipation to one of the greatest constructions in the world. The only one visible from space.


Man made limestone cave at the entrance.

The start of a long ascend....


It took us about an hour's climb to reach the base of the Great Wall. Shiok weather!


Happily eating home made mooncake atop the Great Wall.

Absolutely breath-taking. (The walk also takes away your breath. quah quah quah)

Although we were so tired, we still insisted on the jumping shots.

I believe I can fly... I believe I can touch the sky.

We climbed to a point we thought was the highest after some 2 hour plus, we saw this...
Words on the slope reads "终于毛主席" (Loyalty to Chairman Mao)
It was what we coined "The unforgiving stretch".... Barely anyone up there...

We gave up on that stretch. It was too tiring by then. We vowed to return to conquer that!

Back at the base of the hill, we had our names drawn!

And we saw a familiar sight! Subway! Eat Fresh!!!
We spent a good 10 hours for the entire Great Wall trip. I cannot help but keep wanting to iterate! Must Must Must go to the Great Wall at least once in your lifetime. It is definitely worth all the efforts.

The return trip back was terrible very much due to my stupidity. I shan't emphasize why, but we ended up having to stand a whole 40 mins on the bus. That was so tiring especially after "conquering" the Wall.

Tired as it is, we pushed our limits to continue walking around to make good of our day. We saw Raffles City!!! A piece of home! We can't not visit right?


Inside the lift of Raffles city


The so called atas meal at an Italian Restaurant. Delicious!

4th Oct

Work and more work at The Orchard of Beijing, Wang Fu Jing Street.

Delicacies... anyone?

Man I was god damn tired on the 4th day and my legs were literally giving up on me. So I allowed my sister to practise acupuncture on me....

Me: ..... I feel it.... I feel it.... Darn that small needle alone numbed the entire right leg...

Then it's work work and work for me!!!!
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