The desire to excel. The passion to dedicate. The determination to see it through.

Monday, October 31, 2011


Happy Halloween Folks!

Sunday, October 30, 2011


  1. Hay Dairies (goats)
  2. Jurong Frog Farm (frogs)
  3. Max Koi Farm (koi and arrowana)
  4. Bollywood Veggies (veggies)
  5. Thow Kwang Industries (pottery)

Saturday, October 29, 2011


Went for an excursion to Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, Church of St Peter & St Paul and St Joseph's Church. An appreciation for the tradition and beauty of the church.

Friday, October 28, 2011


One of those days. Wanted to go fishing and do some other stuff but was unable to. Managed to make konnyaku jelly though.

Thursday, October 27, 2011


Training was not so cool today. Worse than the pain, extremely weak and achy. Like I started back out at square one.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Visited the Istana for the first time! Spent the afternoon fishing at Serangoon Reservoir for the first time as well. Got a few nibbles, but didn't manage to catch any.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Had a mini party with pQ (of moscato and of citrus). In the evening, headed down to Little India with pQ & friends. It's the eve of Deepavali! Loved the food and the atmosphere. Ate at Ashoka Tandoor at Lembu Rd - cheap and really good. The most awesome was the cashew raisin naan.

P.S. I practically ate everything on the 'food's to avoid' list.

Monday, October 24, 2011


Met pQ at MacRitchie for a short jog this afternoon! Gosh, 'twas a hot day!

Sunday, October 23, 2011


Visited the Dairy Farm Nature Park for the first time! The park is much larger than I expected. Excellent place for trekking. The Singapore Quarry is located in this park. This park is rather new - only opened in 2009.

 Singapore Quarry

 A stream alongside the path

Can you spot the anomaly?
Hint: Take a good look at the No Smoking sign

Saturday, October 22, 2011


Met with Heeman, pQ and rZ this afternoon, just in time before he leaves for months!

Friday, October 21, 2011


Watched One Day this evening. Better than expected (the reviews were rather negative)!

Thursday, October 20, 2011


"And I would love to bring you down, plant your feet back on the ground."

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Saw a pigeon laying an egg at Yishun while walking from SAFRA to the bus stop! There was a whole bunch of pigeons but I saw that one of them had a bulge beneath it. I looked closer and realized it was laying an egg. When I approached, the other pigeons flew off but this pigeon could only waddle away. Well, I was interrupted by a cyclist asking for directions else I would have snapped a photo!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


A sad song about prejudice.

Anyway, jogged about 3.2km and swam a total of 22 laps!

Monday, October 17, 2011


Spent most of my time entertaining my niece today. We learned phonics, counting and practised the alphabet!

Sunday, October 16, 2011


Went down to East Coast Park this evening!

P.S. Saw Valen while crossing the street! What a coincidence!

Saturday, October 15, 2011


Watched Dolphin Tale today! It's a movie inspired by a true story. The dolphin in the movie is Winter herself!

Check her out here!

Friday, October 14, 2011


HY's coming home today!!! 

Thursday, October 13, 2011


Met up with my AJ clique for a steamboat dinner at Mushroom Pot this evening!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Went training this morning. Quiet in a charming way.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


'Twas a rainy morning so I headed to the library before going for a swim. My, the pool is crowded in the afternoon. So much so that I could hardly swim straight.

Monday, October 10, 2011


Jogged 3.2km today! 

Sunday, October 09, 2011


Sent HY off to the airport today!

Saturday, October 08, 2011


Went to the Asian Civilisations Museum to view the Terracota Warriors exhibition! My, was it crowded!

In the evening, had dinner with my family at Seb's Bistro at Rochester Park to celebrate my bro's birthday. Good family place with good food!

Friday, October 07, 2011


WARNING: I'm in a writing/ranting mood. Long post ahead!

The drilling just above my flat drove me out of my flat. Fortunately, it was a good health day so I took my bike and fishing pole and headed to Serangoon Reservoir. Fished for about 2 hours before the rain got to me and I was soaking wet. Well, it was fun and I kind of planned the soaking cycling experience anyway -  took out my rain jacket and umbrella then decided against it and left them at home. Met kind strangers today. Let me recount my experience when the rain started:
  1. A man (he was in his 40s and with another guy probably in his 30s) offered me shelter in his car, which of course I turned down.
  2. Another man, I think he's a Thai foreign worker, walked over with his umbrella and provided me with shelter while I was packing up, even though by then I was soaking wet.
These were really kind acts. I can't decide whether it's because I was a young girl who went fishing on her own or the only one without shelter. Perhaps it was a bit of both.

Cycling on the off-road/gravel path of the Lorong Halus Wetlands is quite an escape from city life. There are few places in Singapore whereby you have an off-road cycling path along the water surrounded by greenery.

In the evening, we watched Real Steel. It's an awesome movie. One of those inspiring from zero to hero kind of movies. I felt like I was a spectator and wanted to participate in the cheering too. Had to keep reminding myself that I was in a movie theatre and not the stadium. 

Reminds me of a race event when I was back in Cedar. I think every Cedarian there would have remembered this event. 4x100m - when the baton was passed on to our 4th runner, we were in the 5th position while our strongest rival was in the 1st position with their fastest runner in the 4th leg. In that last 100m, our runner overtook the other 4 runners and came in Champion, just 0.01s ahead. We had to wait for the result announcement before we could be sure, it was really neck to neck. You can imagine the atmosphere in the stadium - it was deathly quiet, then the crowd went wild when the 2nd place was announced. It was an awesome show and I was thrilled that the whole school was there to witness it.

I love the zero to hero concept, being against all odds and all that. It was always cooler to be the underdog and then surprise everyone. It was always cooler to rise after a fall than to keep ahead. I think this drove me and a whole lot of my peers. There are two things that can happen when a runner falls down - (1) you get back up and fight harder than before or (2) you give up and either do a slow pace or walk off the track. My team always chose (1). This was the kind of mentality that was ingrained in us. I guess that's why I could never be satisfied with other track teams, they seemed to lack the fighting spirit. 

Some kid once told me to "believe". I guess she was very right. It was probably only because a teacher believed that I could score a distinction in A Maths that I aced it for the 'O' Levels. Before that, I had never passed a single test, not even my prelims, it was either a D7, E8 or F9. I recall my famous 2/40 test paper that my track teacher showed to the entire team.

In my later years, I met many others who lost the match before the match even began. Some believed that they could never be better than some others, or better for any matter. Logic wasn't in their reasoning. I often had to do the math in order to make them see that it is indeed a possibility to fight a good fight.

Well, these are all reminiscent of a distant past. As tired as I may become, I hope to never lose that spirit; to always be better than myself in every area of my life. It's one thing to push on when you feel strong and just need to be stronger but it's a totally different playing field when you start out weak. The process is much slower and frustrating. All in all, kudos to all who fought a good fight until they drew their last breath.

Thursday, October 06, 2011


It's the Toys"R"Us warehouse sale!!! Pretty crowded but it's a good bargain, so I did some Christmas shopping a little ahead of time!

Wednesday, October 05, 2011


Finally! Went training (shooting) this morning! I think this is the 2nd training session for the year, excluding the two matches this year. It's like shooting for the first time again - sore forearms. Well, it's good to be back. It's a happy hobby!

Tuesday, October 04, 2011


Cycled through the Lorong Halus Wetlands Park to arrive at Serangoon Reservoir. Managed to see a whole lot of fish along the way. The weather was cooling with a slight bit of drizzle that started while I was at Serangoon Reservoir.

Monday, October 03, 2011


Manage to jog 1.6km

A mixture of apprehension and determination, hope and fear.

Sunday, October 02, 2011


Headed to Chinatown to eat this evening!

Note to self: bike stores are closed on Sundays.

Saturday, October 01, 2011


Attended the Golftoberfest (free German food and drinks) at the Volkswagen showroom this afternoon. They were showcasing the new Golf cabriolet. I'm not a VW fan but the VW Tiguan is pretty awesome. Here's my updated favorite vehicle list:
  1. Monster Truck - any!
  2. McLaren MP4-12C (approx. S$980,000)
  3. Audi R8 Coupé (from S$560,800)
  4. Land Rover Defender
  5. Volkswagen Tiguan
  6. Mazda RX8
  7. Suzuki SX4 (somewhat an obligation to be on the list)
  8. Snowmobile/ATV - any!
  9. KTM Duke 125
  10. Aprilia RS125
  11. Yamaha YZF R15
  12. Honda CBR125

Caught Johnny English and yes, it was indeed laughable!

To all who are young at heart,