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Seeing the world in 2015

What a year 2015 has been. I was determined to get more out of life in 2015, probably because of how 2014 was in some ways.

Never really believed in new year’s resolutions but I did make up my mind to see more of the world. I started saying yes to more trips and ended up going to..

Bangkok in Feb // triplets take on Bangkok, we shopped for matching clothes, ate, and explored Talad Rod Fai.

Cebu & Oslob. March // did a work trip and extended to go swim with whalesharks in Oslob.

Malacca, March // first holiday with Nick! Judy joined us and it was good fun exploring the streets and cheese prawn noodles.

Palawan, El Nido, Puerto Princesa April // 2nd time to Philippines and quite sure I’d never return again. The lagoons were lovely but hardly developed beaches, did the underground river tour which was also bit average. Good company though, first time traveling with Becs and Shaun.

Lake Toba, May // first trip with Divs, Andrea and Rish where we formed a Happy Family. Got to know Rish so much better – that moment when I found out our shared room had no aircon, his great taste in music.

Vietnam, May // work trip & got to know some of the folks in Ogilvy PR a lot better.

Bali, May // Nick went over on a business trip, and I followed. Amazing time in Conrad (and also sunbathing at Intercon lol) and at Asta’s place after.

Greece (Kardamili, Athens) & Italy (Rome, Tuscany), July // first trip with him and his parents. 2nd time to Greece and been great fun seeing the less-explored parts of Greece. Stayed in a seaside town, swam in the Mediterranean sea with Nick, ate lots of Kalimata olives and melons. Tuscany was gorgeous, quiet and peaceful as we stayed in a house and spent the days driving out to the smaller towns.

Hong Kong, September // last ‘fab ladies’ group holiday before Becs return to San Fran. Ate, shopped, ate.

Taiwan, September // spontaneous trip with the parents just before I started new job. Quite an experience! Saw Yi Lan, Jiu Fen and Yeh Liu for the first time.

Rawa, October // we packed 20 people in a bus and rolled up to Rawa for Rainbow’s birthday.

Vietnam (Da Nang, Hoi An), November // Nick spoiled me with a birthday weekend at Banyan Tree. The most luxurious and wonderful birthday ever!

London, December // first Christmas with him back in London. Good times getting to know him better – how he grew up, his aunt who doted on him like a younger brother, his 96 year old granddad with WW2 stories who was quite an endearing character, his two baby cousins who he dotes on so much.

 

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On aging

Lesson #32 in aging: you actually need to work out, and work hard for that body.

Gwyneth Paltrow said it before but I didn’t believe her when I was younger. Now, at 30 I know exactly what she means. I never used to bother myself with such physical details but lately I’ve noticed bits of flesh popping out of nowhere. I’d mistaken them for my butt but unfortunately it sits in that realm which is neither butt nor hip, and I’d like to think of them as Region X which developed as a result of sitting at my desk 8 hours a day.

“The reason that I can be 38 and have two kids and wear a bikini is because I work my ass off. It’s not an accident. It’s not luck, it’s not fairy dust, it’s not good genes. It’s killing myself for an hour and a half five days a week.”

And let’s not get started on how comfortable it feels to slip out of tight dresses into comfy pajamies, I’ll leave that for another day.

Random weekend of sorts

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// cycled around and discovered a new route while areas were blocked off for SEA games. And, saw otters finally! By a random stroke of luck, we saw a fish leap out of water only to realize they were being chased by otters. Saw a family of six otters fishing, snacking on fish and rolling around in sand. So cuuuuuute.

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// plant shopping, like old people do. Went to a nursery at Thomson and bought a bunch of plants and herbs for his place. I picked out couple of succulents and another unidentified plant while he got herbs.

// had so much fun watching jurassic park and he thinks I’m grannysaurus :/

Bali Adventures

1. Chilling by the patio with Asta, sitting quietly with Nick while we both read (‘Soul Journals of Bali’ or my kindle) while music from his playlist streams

2. Supermarket shopping @ Papito Express

3. Homecooked meals by Asta – beef stew with couscous, chicken katsu and her boyfriend stories

4. Asta’s good taste – her house filled with vintage cabinets, lovely plates and bowls, papier mache moosehead, and lots of gorgeous items

5. Making origami cranes together with Asta

6. Nick grabbing my hand as we walked out to the sea for a mid day swim @ Nusa Dua / Jimbaran

7. Jumping the huge waves as they rolled in, and sometimes failing & almost losing our sunglasses

8. Our couple twin moment – both reading our kindles on sun chairs, sunblock applied (him sunburning, me hiding under the umbrella)

9. Asta bringing us to a local warung for breakfast – quaint local place, unpretentious, once the order is taken, three women work to boil the noodles, add garnishings, scoop up a bowl of slippery wantons

10. Relationship give & take – him enduring beehoon for breakfast (bizarre concept to him) while I pretend to enjoy yogurt with muesli

11. Him suspecting I do not like my museli yogurt bowl all mashed in – and then promptly presenting me with a bowl of yogurt with chopped bananas, nuts, and honey drizzled over while his was all mashed

12. 101 ways of crushing – spinning crush, micro crush, kung fu crush, delayed crush, butt cheek crush

13. Our ‘being human’ conversations on pooping & napping

14. Three poops nuff said

15. Being carried around in the water

16. Our swimming pool serious conversations about our life stories, money and everything in between

17. Him bringing me to Potato Head

18. Getting lost in the huge Conrad bed

19. Sunset at Jimbaran

20. Ping pong challenge. I lost.

21. Him trying to scare me 8am in the morning hiding behind the door. I tried to scare him in the bathroom and saw him do a jump of sorts. We are like a bunch of 5 year olds.

weekends

saturday //

We walked around Tiong Bahru as his friend Gavin is in town, drinking coffee, wandering into concept stores and walking out not knowing what the store was for, browsing books (had a desire to flip through actual pages after reading on my kindle). Was made fun of for reading out every visible sign I see. Fun times.

Was cooking steak & mashed when he suddenly walked into the kitchen (from his game in living room) and said ‘babe I’m glad I met you’. I stood there sweaty and frazzled, and couldn’t understand what compelled him to suddenly say that. I asked why, and he said he just thought of it randomly (while slaying monsters on his PS4?!). Men can be weird and cute sometimes. I ended up ruining the mashed potato and carrot, and got made fun of entire night and day.

Supper and massage in JB with E3 was fun – but tiring!

sunday //

Din Tai Fung + bedsheets shopping.

Laid by the pool, read, napped.

Dinner at Robertson Quay w JC and him, and watched Man on Fire before passing out.

Lovely day!

Roll and hug

#moments

Instead of Ross’ version of hug and roll – a maneuver where he tried to get out of cuddling and gain some space in the bed, Nick performed a roll and hug.

He calls me a old granny because I fell asleep while watching Avengers 9pm on a Friday night.

His 1999 diving story.

March and April flew by real quick

Seven memories of March and April 2015

1. We survived our first couple trip (+ Judy) together. Malacca was awesome in every sense – good food (cheese prawn beehoon or snail goo as he calls it), wandering around the streets, sitting in cafes, lounging around in beautiful Majestic Hotel, working out at the gym, reading our kindles on the bus. I was amused by how much time he could spend reading without getting restless.

2. Brunch with Nick + Judy, Shawn, Becs at The Lokal. Quite fun hanging out with these people. I was declared a pop culture orphan.

3. Sunday roast with Nick + his friends. I still don’t get the appeal of Sunday roast.

4. Bahn Mi at Tracy’s place. So yummy. Especially the epic story of Tracy and her maid.

5. Wandered around Tan Boon Liat building shopping for his steampunk lamp. Nice relaxing day. Topped off by the best ice cream sandwich I’ve ever eaten.

6. Fixed our bikes (new brakes, and a better bell – no more sound of frogs croaking) and went to Daan’s place for a movie screening. Only to have his tyre go flat just before we reached. Ended up having to go back and fix it again. Makes for a wonderful story.

7. Dinner at Fern & Kiwi where he amused me immensely with his spreadsheet story 🙂