Sunday, September 23, 2007
I think I am starting on a "trend", the "trend" of abandoning my blog all over again, not writing anything, only updating it every few weeks. It is not that I suffering from some kinda writer's blog whatsoever, I am just too squeezed for time on hand that I think blogging is wasting my time. No thanks to my obsessive-complusive trait and I can use up to an hour to "tidy" up an entry. Not typing here means I can complete writing pages of my notes (exam's coming next month and I am not someone who crams) or I could settle some council stuff. Somehow blogging is on the last of everything's on my mind now, so this might be the last entry of the month, unless there is something of importance that would make me talk about here.
Being in the pioneer batch for the Student Council is not easy. Some of you may have known that I have been tied up these few weeks "messing" around with council stuff. We are in the midst of recruiting more people and starting on a whole string of action plans. It's tiring, maybe not as tiring as the October action team as of now. Well, I am mainly doing admin stuff, so I have to tidy up minutes, schedule whatever's needed to be scheduled, contact those who needed to be contacted, etc. But, I am SOOOOO glad we are in this together. The passion and love of the rest of my council mates really push me on. Right now, vivid images are playing through my mind of everyone laughing in the meeting room after last week's interviews but after those fits of laughter, we could quickly compose ourselves to discuss more important issues. I love being with people who can have fun and work at the same time, and I am sooooo loving this council family of mine.
There's a photoshoot tomorrow. I am sooooo excited about it, and I really have no idea what to wear. Sophisticated and sexy is the theme... Hmm... Trying to psyche myself up to feel sophisticated and sexy... If time allows, I'll try to post photos after tomorrow.
Father, please bless us with good weather tomorrow so that the shoot will be successful without any hiccups. In Jesus Holy name I pray, Amen!
P/S: Pls miss me when I'm not posting any entries...
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
The mall was having a little food exhibition where customers can walk around, sample and buy mooncakes.
Then I saw rabbit mooncakes at Taiwan Lao Zhao Pai's booth!!! So cute! I've never seen mooncakes like that!
I'm kinda sian with the traditional lotus paste mooncakes. Seeing that they have 4 non-traditional, non-lotus-paste flavours, were made the untraditional way by using almond powder instead of flour, the cute rabbits (I'm also a sucker for cute stuff) and on top of that, the attractive promotions, I bought 2 boxes.
I ate the mooncakes with Dear and my parents for supper. When my mum saw the rabbits, she went, "Aiyoh, so cute!" My dad was at the computer at one end of the living room while I was cutting open the plastic and he could smell the aroma of the mooncakes! I cut them into quarters so that all four of us could taste them.
The skin for the red bean and black sesame flavours was damn damn "q", chewy and thin! The fillings were not very sweet and that's good, because some fillings are totally laden with sugar. You can even taste and feel bits of beans for the red bean filling! Some of you may know that sesame has its own kinda unique aroma, and that filled my whole mouth! The sesame filling was a tad powdery like the texture of those round-round peanut candies but the best part, it melted in my mouth.
The pastry for the ones with fruity fillings were buttery, tasty and were those type that would melt-in-your-mouth. The peach with almond had the sweet peachy aroma and the filling was chewy.
The cranberry with apple was the best of the lot voted by mum, Dear and me! I never really liked cranberries and this by far was the only cranberry product I enjoyed! It was not sourish, not very sweet and I could taste both the cranberry and apple! The pastry and filling complemented each other sooooo well. Then mum snatched the last quarter with a cheeky laugh... Dad didn't even get to try it...
Dad and mum both commented that these mooncakes are not very oily and that is a good thing.
Another good thing was the expiry date. No, make it the best thing! The expiry date read 5th October. I was kinda panicky at first, but I know that Taiwan Lao Zhao Pai's products are top notch Taiwanese products and most of them do not have preservatives. When I turned to the back of the box for the ingredients listings, I was right, NO preservatives!!!
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Hectic hectic week, and the week's not even complete yet. For the past 4-5 days, I've been trying to finish my assignment, a 8-12 paged worldview paper. It's still not complete yet as I have to deal with student council stuff as well and could only afford about less than a page a day. When I deal with such "point of view" essays, I need to sit down long enough to get the brain juices churning, and the time I do sit down is simply not long and thus not conducive enough.
When I start to jot down in my organiser or scraps of paper in a "micro" way, I know I'm starting to feel stressed. Usually, when I don't feel so stressed, my organiser would only have appointments noted down and I mentally take note of what to complete before that appointment. I can don't rely on my organiser and mentally remember what are the things I need to do. Now, I don't even have the brain power to remember. I rely on my organiser and scraps of paper to remind myself.
Papa in Heaven, please grant me the brain power I need to finish up the essay. In Jesus name I pray, Amen!
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Venue: On SBS bus service/ route #7
Activity: Going to grandma's place at Geylang Lorong 40.
I was on a old double-deck non-aircon bus, sitting nearest to the driver on a single seater with a Transitlink machine behind me and the exit in front of me. It might not be a Transitlink machine, but it was definately some kinda self-paying device.
I fell asleep somewhere along Holland Road, and woke up somewhere along Orchard when I heard someone say something like, "sit here. 2 kids can share one seat." As always being such a nice little sweet gal, I moved in a little to share the seat with the other kid. Then I fell asleep again...
As the bus was nearing the Geylang area, I woke up to an elderly lady coughing beside me. Remember those old tv serials where people pass the "cough of death" around? I thought when someone coughs around you and you develop cough later, you'll die from coughing. I didn't know there was such a thing called tuberculosis and vaccinations I had when I was even younger could actually immune me to a certain extent. Being paranoid, I ran to my maid who was sitting across the exit and held back tears, because I thought I would cough to death. I can only remember asking my maid why she didn't wake me up when there was someone coughing beside me and then told her I would die.
Finally reach grandma's place and I felt that my throat was kinda itchy. Back then, I only thought I would cough and drop dead, but thinking about it now, my mind really knows how to play games with me... I kept thinking about it and cried. My mum was kinda shocked and asked my maid what happened. My mum then came to me and said something like "orbi-good, sit alone, something bad happen then you know." That was not comforting at all and my crying didn't stop.
Finally a family member, I forgot who but definately not my mum or maid, came and explained to me the vaccinations that I had would immune me to these illnesses and that coughing to death does not happen as frequent as in those tv serials.
Talking about vaccines... Ladies, please be informed that there is vaccination avaliable in Singapore against cervical cancer. Please check with your doctors meanwhile, while I source for more information... ;-)
Friday, September 07, 2007
The front page...
Translation of the main article on the left column...
Initially, the nose-bleeding was thought be to just "heatiness", but not only was nose cancer diagnosed half a year later, the cancer had metastasized to the bones and liver and doctors only gave her 6 months to live.
26-year-old Jasmine cried a few times as she emotionally spoke of how over the last 2 years she had escaped death to recovery.
"My first nose bleed was in 2005 during Lunar New Year. I thought it was because my body was too "heaty" from eating bbq food. The nose bleeds then gradually became as frequent as weekly affairs. The doctor initially thought that the nose bleeds was due to the haze."
She went to see a specialist when the swollen lymph nose at her neck, which grew as huge as a ping pong ball, caused her to unable to turn her head.
Upon diagnosis, the doctor arranged for 32 sessions of radiotherapy. However, she still experienced fevers and pains felt in her back got worse.
When the doctor sent her for a PET scan, it was discovered that the whole scan was filled with black spots, with a large one in her liver.
On the same day the PET scan results were out, she was sent to received chemotherapy immediately. The doctor told her parents to "be prepared, as she has only 6 months to live."
"But, I recovered miraculously." The scans did after her chemotherapy ended in December 2005 showed that tumors were all gone.
She stopped taking oral drugs in September last year and cancer has not relapsed since.
Translation of the "square" article on the left column...
Heading: "I've grown up" Hopes to join the media to share cancer battle experience.
Jasmine felt she has "grown up" through this experience, and has decided to upgrade herself. Upon her recovery, she enrolled to study in a degree program in Mass Communications and would want to join the media industry upon graduation.
She also wishes to help her friend set up a website to share their experiences and give enouragement to other cancer patients.
Translation of the article below my picture...
Heading: Felt like chopping off the waist area due to the pains.
Between sobs, Jasmine said, "There was just pain in my lower left back initially, but when the pains spread to the entire back area around my waist, I can't sit or stand properly. It felt as if there was someone stabbing me with a knife. Even after taking painkillers, the area felt sore and aching."
Intense pains would make her cry, telling her parents and her boyfriend that if her waist area could be chopped off, she "would be ok." But her parents and her boyfriend were giving her great support. "Though my mum's and boyfriend's eyes were watery, they never once cried in front of me. So I told myself I have to get well because of their strength and support."
Translation of the article on the right...
Heading: Don't wish to die uglily; receives treatment positively.
During the treatment period, Jasmine lost 10kg as she always have no appetite. She keep telling herself she "cannot die ugily" and use this as a pushing force to stay positive.
Her weight dropped to 35kg, and her hip bone was very visible. Like other cancer patients who received radiotherapy, her skin was darkened as though it was sunburnt and her hair dropped.
"I was scared of death and did not want to die so uglily. I was only 24 and had yet to acheive anything. I have yet to been to my favorite baseball and soccer teams' matches, have yet to tour Turkey, Greece ..."
Thanks to reporter Hg Hui Min, I had a chance to share my experience! Hope I can be an inspiration to other out there who are battling to not give up! Ganbatte!
Email me at jas[dot]paced[at]gmail[dot]com if you guys want a copy of the scan for easier readability... I can't find a way to deal with the compression that happens after uploading the file
What are you thinking of?! Comic strip lah!
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Somehow I don't feel like knowing what is the grade I got... Because I blanked out during the exam. But I want to know if I failed...
Patience is key now...
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
1st 2 days of lecture, not around, never mind.
3rd day, came in, never learn. Break time, never learn. Come back from break also never learn. Go home, still never learn.
4th day, ditto above...
5th day, ditto above...
6th - 9th day, ditto above...
Ok, I cut that fella some slack. I think I can count with one hand how many times he "learned".
What happened was that by break time on the 1st day, we were all "taught" about the problem with the blardi door. If left to close on its own without someone holding it, it would SLAM! And I really mean BAM, SLAM damn loudly! Thus, we are all nice people and started "guiding" the door to close quietly. 1st 2 days passed peacefully since that fella not around.
On the 3rd day, that fella walked in, SLAM! Walked out, SLAM!
The next time he walked in, the following conversation took place...
Lecturer told that fella in a very nice tone to shut the door gently.
That fella: I never slam the door.
Lecturer: Yes I know. But would you mind? (or something in that context)
That fella acknowledge.
On the 4th day, SLAM SLAM still happened. So, from then on, whenever that fella walk in or out of the classroom, I would cover my ears.
Although that fella would not leave the class when the lecturer is talking, sometimes that fella does leaves during class times when the lecturer is switching between teaching aids. Imagine SLAM SLAM happening at least 4-6 times within 3.5 hours... It's a bit un-tahan-able.
Talk about effects of media "intrusion"... This was how it looks like on last Saturday night (1 Sep) after it was featured in Straits Times Money section (pg:H28) on Thursday (30 Aug) and on a Channel U's Money Week. The crowd swelled over the past few weeks! When my mum passed by on Sunday afternoon, she was saying that there were queues outside almost every single eatery. Maybe it is also due to The Sunday Times Life section article (pg:L24).(If these people look as if they have no faces, it was because I blurred them out, there's nothing wrong with the camera. Hehe...)
This 2nd pic was taken outside Grill-Out! and Peaberry & Pretzel.
Details on the eateries below were put together with details from the article in The Sunday Times.
1) Megumi Japanese Restaurant (Tel: 6779 1411)
Opening hours: 1130 - 1430 & 1800 - 2230 daily
Specialities: UFO Maki ($12) and shabu-shabu ($17.80)
2) Fortune Cuisine (Tel: 6777 8622)
Opening hours: 1130 - 1430 & 1800 - 2230 daily
Specialities: Buffet. Steamboat served in 2 kinds of soup (yuan yang hotpot). Pricing: Wkdays: $19.80 per head. Wkends: $22.80 per head.
Psst: There's charcoal grill too!
3) Yum Yum Thai (Tel: 6777 1025)
Opening hours: 1100 - 1500 & 1800 - 2200 daily
Specialities: Garoupa with dried chilli ($24), tom yum soup ($8) and mango salad ($8)
Psst: It was full house on Saturday night.
4) Absolutely New Zealand (Tel: 6777 4628)
Opening hours: 1200 - 2100 daily
Specialities: L&P lemon-flavored fizzy spring water ($5.90 - 1.5 litres), Deep South ice cream ($13.90 - 2 litres tub).
Psst: If you love jams, you die die must come and take a look. So many types of jams to choose from. They are selling frozen meat, wine and potato chips too. But do not expect this shop to be a hige supermarket where you can find all sorts of NZ groceries due to space constraints (the shop space is not extremely big).
5) Grill-Out! (Tel: 6777 4628)
Opening hours: 1800 - 2330 Tuesdays till Sundays
Specialities: US Kobe ribeye ($65 for 220g), Black Angus striploin ($30 for 220g)
Psst: The meat are grilled over grills that are prepared daily by charcoal and fire. You can buy raw slabs of beef from them, and they look damn good with white fatty spots all over.
6) Peaberry & Pretzel (Tel: 6777 3477)
Opening hours: 1200 - 2200 daily
Specialities: German pork knuckles ($35) and mussels in white wine sauce ($35)
Psst: The apple crumble looks damn delicious, haven't tried it though.
7) Sunset Tavern (Tel: 6777 8938)
Opening hours: 1600 - 0000 daily
Specialities: Beef/ Chicken kebabs ($12.90) and wide range of liquors. Happy hours from 1600 - 1800.
Psst: Pool table and sofa seats. During nights of telecast of soccer matches, they open past midnight.
8) (Tel: 6486 9188)
Opening hours: 1100 - 2230 daily
Specialities: Boston Special pizza ($23.80 for 12"), lasagna ($10.70) and deep-fried chicken wings ($7.60 for 4)
Psst: The 16" pizza may look humongous, but it is very thin crust pizza, so 2 hungry people can still whack finish. My bf and I bought Kentucky's Nest (on the right) on Saturday night and both of us agreed that extra cheese would be good...
9) Cafe d'Orient (Tel: 6777 4680)
Opening hours: 1100 - 2300 daily
Specialities: Hong Kong favorites like baked rice with your choice of 6 sauces such as Portuguese, black pepper, Hong Kong curry ($8.90 - $14.90)
Psst: Try the Yuang Yang or Milk Tea too! My own food review of this place...
If anyone noticed, this post is labelled "Bimbo Me". I felt damn bimbo and sua ku when I posted. But this is my very first time seeing such a nice image ad on my blog! Gimme some leeway k? Hehe...
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Instead of walking out of the shop empty handed, I ended up with this... Yum yum... I love honeycombs! Be it Violet Crumble or Crunchie. I love the way it slowly melts in my mouth and how my taste buds tingle in sweetness and "golden-ness".
Now as a drink, it's just as shiok! Creamier and milkier.... Wouldn't it be nice if the world was Cadbury, and everywhere's filled with Crunchie drinks...
Dear and I went to try the food there almost a month back, when it was just newly opened, before the hype in the papers about Sunset Way.
Dear ordered Beef Slice Spaghetti and cold Yuang Yang. While I ordered Instant Mee with Chicken Chop, Egg and Curry and cold Milk Tea. We had to write our orders down and pass it to the service staff. If you don't know how to fill in the order sheet, the service staff can help you.
They will then bring the order form back to the counter and print out an order chit, slipping it under the glass sheet on the table. So while waiting for the food to come, I took a few pics of the place...
Can tell that it's full house already before the media hype...
The bar/ counter and
Notice the oriental laterns everywhere in the cafe? The whole place has the look of a hong kong cafe seen in TVB serials with those high-backed back to back seats and wooden chairs and tables, but with a "funkier and futuristic" edge to it.
First, the drinks came...
Dear said the cold Yuan Yang has a sourish after-taste. But I did not taste that as much in my cold Milk Tea, so it might be the coffee in the Yuan Yang. However, the blend of tea and coffee in the Yuan Yang was just nice. My Milk Tea is yummy, just the way I like like, milky...
Then my Instant Mee with Chicken Chop, Egg and Curry came...
The mee was quite "q". The egg was like those normal sunny side up. The curry blended well with the soup and was a great accompaniment/ sauce for the chicken chop. But the chicken chop was power. It was crispy on the outside, juicy and tender on the inside. Of course throughout the meal, the crispiness lost its battle to stay crispy with the soup, but the chicken chop did not taste dry and overfried. Dear said the "saving" part of the noodles was the chicken chop. Yes and no, because I felt that the curry made the soup tastier too.
Last but not least, Dear's Beef Slice Spaghetti...
I was enjoying my noodles so much that this didn't really appeal to me. My noodles, with the soup and curry had a "heavier" taste than the spaghetti. Dear said it was kinda bland and I agree too. But those who would like to give your taste buds a "lighter" job, would like this dish.
This is how much poorer we were after the meal...
I wana go back there again. Till now, the taste of the chicken chop still lingers... Hmm, maybe tomorrow I'll walk down there to get my lunch! Dear normally attributes this kinda cravings as "must be hungry lah"... Sorry for the "flat" looking food pics, I don't have a digital SLR with funky lens and functions and I'm bad at photoshop.
Address: Blk 106, Clementi St. 12 (Sunset Way), #01-64
Tel: 6777 4680
Psst: Anyone wana date me to makan at this cafe?
Monday, September 03, 2007
Some might know from this entry that I've been labelling all 480+ of my past entries. Finally completed doing so by viewing and reading each and everyone of them. It was easier during this blog's 6th anniversary entry because I knew which entries I had wanted to pick out.
I've realised I've grown up and my writing style has changed quite a bit. In the past, my entries are filled with mindless rants and whines, without any constructive opinions. Now, though they are still filled with mindless rants and whines, they are slightly less mindless after all.
In the past, the entries were really "my dear diary" style, yesterday morning what I did, tonite what I did, tomorrow afternoon what I did, etc... Whenever I wanted to blog about my feelings and serious thoughts, I tend to be superficial in doing so. Now, I not only keep to "my dear diary" style of my life, though not daily in an "organiser/ calender-timed" style, I managed to express better about my feelings and serious thoughts.
In the past, the entries were rarely on issues on-going around me, in Singapore, in the world. The entries were filled with mindless self-centered whines about me and only me. Now, I actually talk about
Maybe my 2nd chance at life made me realized that actually one could do much more than just work and study. And maybe I've realized the power of how "public" a blog can get, in the world of the Internet.
At the end of the day, I don't want to be famous, I just want people to be able to reach me and I'll be there should they need advice on cancer. Experience is the best teacher. I want to help in ways I can. Since I have no monetary means now, I can only help by dishing out advice, giving mental, moral and emotional support for other patients. Maybe that's why God gave me a 2nd chance and I know He'll support me in doing so...
Sunday, September 02, 2007
Saturday, September 01, 2007
I finally decided to put labels on my entries, so I would have easier time going through them as well. But as I'm still using the "old" template for blogger, the labels do not have a "section" on my sidebar and thus I have to manually create it. I could save all the trouble by changing to the "new" template and risk eeverything going hay-wire. Weighing the pros and cons, I figured out maunally creating the entire section for labels would be easier. And it was easy...
The hard and eye-popping part is the labelling of the entries... The "neatness" and "perfectionist" part of obsessive-complusive behavior kicks in and I'm still in the midst of labelling all 480+ entries. If one entry has a label, then all remaining ones must have them too!
Argh! Sometimes I so hate myself...
She finally composed herself and explained that during the baking process, the mixture seeped through the lining of the not-very-tight springform cake tin and dripped onto the base of the oven. Thus, forming this shit-looking thing.Since everyone else was already sleeping, mischevious me actually suggested placing this somewhere where my dad would immediately see it the very next morning. Then my mum started laughing again. When she finished her laughing, we decided against scaring my dad and I took a pic of this shit-looking thing on the floor...