Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Brownies

One of the best times of the year has come around again, with lots of shopping and festive food going around, a cheery joyful atmosphere, as well as the reminder of God's love for us all Merry Christmas everyone!

For on Christmas, a child was born to give us hope

For those who enjoy the traditional snowy Christmas, you’d be disappointed in Australia because Christmas here is often a warm occasion – yes , literally! I don't mind it at all though, as long as it isn’t way too hot. Warm weather is always good for pretty Christmas dresses without having the extra weight of big coats.

And if the summer days aren’t enough, I will be heading off soon (in about a week’s time) to the Island of Endless Summer – yes, back to my home city of Singapore! Yay finally I’m going to be visiting after such a long time I'm excited; there are so many people that I want to hug back there and so much food I need to stuff my face with and so many new places that beckon me to explore In moderation though, for the food. I’d hate to grow ten sizes larger just for being a glutton And also lots of shopping yay Singapore is awesome for shopping in!

I also need to get my hair trimmed back into shape while I’m there, and have booked an appointment with my regular hairdresser. Hopefully she still remembers how I want it to look, even though my hair now isn’t in the right shape Recently, I wanted to tone down my hair colour just before going off on my vacation and decided to get dyes about 1 or 2 shades darker than the ones I normally get. But it turned out darker than expected

I have darker hair now!

My hair is now an ash brown colour, which is a change from the medium gold blonde kind of shade I started off with.

From medium gold to ash brown

In all honesty I'm not complaining though because I did want to try and tone down my hair a little, which did get toned down. Furthermore, this ash brown doesn’t look horrendous or anything. Sometimes under certain lightings, the colour brightens up a little and looks prettier. Of course if my hair turned out in the shade as expected, it would have been great! That being said, this colour isn’t too bad at all and I could get used to it

Monday, December 2, 2013


Serendipity: Finding something good without looking for it

Friday, November 29, 2013

A Touch of HP

Just in case no one has noticed… I’m back online now! Yay! I just had my laptop returned from HP and it works fine now. So here I am, back to blogging and updating random snippets of my life, or imaginary life, for anyone who’s interested. Also I have a couple of posts that were supposed to be posted during the absence, so please feel free to scroll down for more!

My laptop decided to bail on me in the middle of October, as I ranted on about in a previous post, and developed a mind of its own because it decided to start up only when it felt like it. Seriously! It just would not turn on when I wanted it to, but it did occasionally after hours of me sitting there desperately offering it a life-time supply of lollies. And pushing the on-and-off button. Mostly the button.

And then one day it just got sick of its job and refused to start up at all and I went into panic mode, making up a list in my head of all the people I could possibly go to for help, ranging from the police to my car dealer

I wanted to get my Dad to look at it first, but he wasn’t able to because he was about to fly off overseas for work He suggested that I take it to some computer technicians to have a look at it but I wasn’t sure which ones were good or were able to deal with the issue as I’m not a very techy kind of person at all. So after a couple of days I had the B look at it, but he wasn’t able to do much because it turned out to be a hardware problem and not a software problem which he could have done something about. And he too suggested that I take it to some computer technicians and so I was back to sulking at home, wondering where to find these phantom people Then later my Mum suggested I could take it to a family friend who used to do computer projects with my Dad and so we left it at his place for him to look at over the weekend. A couple of days later he called us and let us know he had a temporary fix for the issue and to come down and collect it. His temporary fix was to use a hair dryer to heat up the parts of the fan because apparently the soldering had broken over time and I had to heat it up again to get it to expand and connect. Also he said he wasn’t able to fix the soldering part, and he referred me back to my Dad, who of course wasn’t around at that time

After a couple of successful tries with the hair dryer method, it stopped working again and I was back to square one And I was pretty annoyed by that time because all I was doing on most days was just running around everywhere trying to get it working and it just wouldn’t. My Dad came home a while later and he finally had time to look at it but even after disassembling everything, he couldn’t find the source of the problem. So we called HP for help and after being directed everywhere to everyone, someone finally advised us to take it to an IT maintenance office in Clayton and so off we went. Upon reaching the office the receptionists took the laptop into their secret rooms for some secret technician to look at and came back out saying that it would cost $150 just to send it for analysis and determining the problem, and then another $500 for the suggested replacement of the motherboard, and potentially other costs on top of it My Dad decided that it was way too expensive just to fix a laptop (good choice!) and said he would rather buy a new one and so we left.

HP however, surprisingly gave us a follow-up call afterwards to ask how the service at the IT maintenance office went and my Dad told them we didn’t get the service we wanted because it was way too expensive just to fix it. And so HP said that out of goodwill they would extend our warranty and come pick my laptop up at no cost! Initially I was sceptical about it – is this legit? But they kept to their word and came to pick it up on the next business day and I was still sceptical about handing over my laptop, but I did anyway and prayed that I would get it back. I was told I was being a little bit paranoid

After about two weeks, HP returned my laptop in working condition and even had a report of what they did to it just for reference. Thank you HP for the exceptional customer service and support! They didn’t have to extend the warranty or help me fix it at all, but they did, so that was really kind and has restored my faith in customer service. Here I am, able to happily type away!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

A Mermaid's Light

“There are some things in this world you rely on, like a sure bet. And when they let you down, shifting from where you've carefully placed them, it shakes your faith, right where you stand.”

Today I celebrate my birthday. I am really excited because today I finally get to start an adventure of my own. Today is the day I get to do more than just go up beyond the surface blue and take in the view, but actually join the humans for a day in their shoes.

Mum and Dad give me a hug and clasp a beautiful coral necklace around my neck. It is stunning, like a thousand little stars in red, and I beam excitedly in appreciation. Then they wish me well and make me promise I would return before the moon peaks in the sky tonight. I promise I would, and with a wave I start swimming off to seek the sea mage. I hope she remembers our appointment, I think to myself nervously.

The deeper I dive into the ocean, the bigger the creatures seem to be. I have never liked where the sea mage lives, in a cove so deep and dark that creatures glow and expose their sharp teeth. But that is where she gets all her wild seaweed and rare corals from, so I guess it must work out for her. I tentatively hover for a bit and wait to see if she is home. It seems awfully quiet to me. My arrival though, does not go unnoticed because soon dark purple octopuses are gliding out, dispersing bubbles and fastening their long arms onto mine as they pull me into the cove.

She is there, stirring a little pot as tiny multi-coloured bubbles effervesce into the ocean water. She briefly nods at me as she gestures for me to take a seat in one of her giant clam shells. I wait as directed, bubbling inside like her pot, with a mixture of nervousness and excitement.

Finally, she pulls out a piece of gold seaweed from the bottom of the pot. She turns around to hand it to me. It shimmers like a little flat, flimsy piece of gold. I place it into my mouth and nearly gag for as pretty as it looks, it does not taste pretty at all. But I manage to swallow it and after I do, I do a little somersault and excitedly slap my tail around. For a moment I expect to feel different, but nothing happens. She chides me for my impatience and tells me that it takes effect only after coming in contact with the surface of the moonlit waters. It is only temporary though, and will last just for the day.

So I thank her for the gift and start swimming and swimming higher until I feel a hint of a strange sensation come over my tail. I pop my head out of the surface and start to call out for my friends Nixi and Seamus, the twin lighthouses by the rocks. They had promised to guide me with their light to the shore where I could enter the human world.

Seamus’s light is flickering and he apologises but there is an emergency with the ships further north that he has to attend to. Shortly after, the light completely goes out and so meanwhile I wait for Nixi’s light. Her light isn’t on and I wonder if she is busy with something else. It is starting to get a little hard to breathe and so I wait with my head sometimes out of the water and sometimes in. I amuse myself by bobbing my head on the water, playing bob-a-boo with the friendly coastal fish. They are so sweet and tiny that I could cup them in my hands.

But time is running out and my tail is starting to take the semblance of long lithe human legs. I anxiously call out for Nixi but all is dark and silent. I need the light to guide me to the shore before lungs and legs fully appear. The coastal fish swim curiously around my disappearing tail and sensing the urgency, kindly offer to safely guide me as a whole school towards the shore. Taking one last long look at the towering figures in the shadows, I dive forward and am carried away by the fish and hurtling waves.

Tidal waves don’t always keep crashing and surging. It takes a while before the moonlit sea finally recedes and falls silent again, concealing the flurry of frenzied creatures underwater.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Pointy Names

I would like to apologise to anyone who has been coming here only to find a lack of updates on this blog and jumped to the conclusion that I must have fallen into the River Nile, became Queen of the Crocodiles and lost all access to Earth technology in the murky depths of the watery world No, sorry to disappoint but I assure you nothing of that sort has happened to me. Gee, why crocodiles though?

My laptop has been acting up for the last couple of weeks and decided to develop a personality of its own, albeit not a very good one, in my opinion. The screen stays blank each time I try to turn the laptop on even though the fans start up and light comes on the keypad. And I have to turn it on and off and on and off until maybe after 500 tries the screen starts up and I have to quickly do whatever I want to do before it shuts down again I'm thinking I should stop calling it "It" and maybe give it an original name like "Laptop" since Laptop obviously decides things for me now. So hi everyone, I am only here because Laptop decided to let me in for today. And then tomorrow Laptop will lock me out again

Apparently, I'm not the only one who has been giving out original names. These few months seem to have been all about names as everyone without better things to do awaited the birth of the Prince and also the new Kardashian baby. And because babies can’t choose their own names, obviously, the onus lies on the parents to pick the name that the child will grow to recognise and be associated with. It’s like a label. It’s like if your name was “Fox” people would think of the red, slinky animal and you would probably forever have your nose compared to "pointy nose" , and when filling in the “Hobbies & Interests” section in forms are expected to record your love for “digging holes”. And people would also expect you to communicate by morse when you meet a horse. Or something.

People spend days waiting around for the release of these famous baby names also do so probably because they can then judge the parents on the choice of name. Prince George Alexander Louis? Mm, excellent choice. Traditional, full of history, and very befitting of a royal baby. Good on the parents! They’ll make great parents! And so everyone is pleased.

And moving on to North West. North West? What? What kind of parents names their baby after a compass direction? And what kind of nickname is Nori? That’s even longer to say than her real name! And so everyone makes a huge fuss over the baby’s name and decides that the parents will be terrible at raising their child because they can’t even name their child right

Well. I wonder what people will think of these other names that made the news:

1) Mafia No Fear

2) Number Sixteen Bus Shelter

3) Talula does the Hula from Hawaii
The poor girl! Can you imagine the embarrassment every single time she has to fill in a document or form? And all that extra paper she has to ask for because the form doesn’t have enough boxes for her to fill in her name? And the times when she goes to the doctor’s office and gets called out by the nurse? Fortunately for her she got to change her name to something more ordinary That’s one less child in unwanted spotlight!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Dames or Dolls

Like most girls, I absolutely adore dresses, from cute sparkly bodycon fits to sweet flouncy pastels My sister has her first school formal coming up and I got pretty excited about it! I was jumping and shrieking, "Oh yay oh yay oh yay oh yay we're gonna have so much fun picking out the dress and the shoes and the make-up and the clutch and the jewellery isn’t this so great and marvellous and wonderful and-”

Yeap... I can be a bit of an embarrassment at times

But my sister pointed out that she was probably going to be more excited about the food FOOD?! Why! Who needs to eat food when they can click-clack everywhere in pointy heels and snap pictures of themselves until they go blind?!

And because I am the big sister helping her little sister out, I get to flip through glossy magazines and bookmark gorgeous prom dresses and check out the new cosmetics on the market and practise make-up styles all for a noble cause It’s great! My perfect excuse to pretend I’m having a formal night myself.

I am ready to go to my pretend prom!

Little sisters are great for those things. Anyone who doesn’t have one should go out right now and buy themselves a bucketful of little sisters. Or Barbies. The latter comes with a whole closet of frilly dresses and ovens and mini-Barbie kids and swimming pools and cars… I know right?

Speaking of Barbies, recently there was a guy who reconstructed the “normal” or “average” Barbie, based on the average size of a regular woman. Scroll down to take a look at this "average" Barbie.

Official Barbie and “average” Barbie

Side profile of official Barbie and “average” Barbie

I don’t know what all the fuss is about Barbie being a bad influence or being fat or skinny – Barbie is Barbie, stop hating on Barbie! How is she criticised so much for looking unrealistic? To begin with, she's not even real. And even so, what does looking realistic even entail? Two eyes two arms two legs? Either way, she can be fat or skinny or the media's “average”. She's still gorgeous, still one of the most-loved childhood companions (mine, at least), and still functions as a universal symbol of little girls' playtime. Why do we need to dictate what playtime looks like?