Taiwan 2015!

Hey guys,

So alot of things have been happening since the year started. I’ve been frantically searching for a job, my phone died, I had to visit the columbarium, trigger issues, but most importantly, I WENT TO TAIWAN! 

Yes, after a long 11 years of not getting on a plane and going anywhere, I finally have.

Despite having the worst trigger breakdown before the trip, I still managed to survive the plane ride in an extremely crammed space with non-aligning window to seat ratios for 5 hours and have a great time.

DAY #1

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When we touched down, the air was crisp and cool. It was heaven I tell you. We took awhile to check out and find our bags. Also, I almost forgot my passport in the toilet. Hehehe… But you can’t blame me (I think) at that point of time, I had been bleeding for a solid month (TMI) and was slightly dizzy. Trust me, a red passport was the last thing I’d want to see in my hands.
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The hotel room was small and cozy. I had to share a bed for the first time in a while and had pretty much bed sleep the rest of the nights if I didn’t manage to fall into deep sleep first. You guessed it, bed-buddy was a snorer while I am a light sleeper. We both are (light sleepers) just that she snores while I don’t know how to. Running around on too little sleep eventually got the best of me, and after I almost skipped an entire day of touring because of an extremely heavy head, I skipped the last day’s breakfast to sleep in.

I would have slept on the plane as well, if the guys in front of me didn’t keep adjusting their chairs, literally giving my one middle finger’s worth of space.
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Here’s a picture of what we practically overdosed on. Till now, I’m still fighting the itch to buy bubble tea every time I pass by a shop while I try my best to go back to being fit in the gym.
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DAY #2
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I figured that we should try to take public transport since cabbing everywhere was going to put a dent in our finances. I found their temporary tickets rather fascinating. They were in the form of coins that we used to tap in through gantries like cards and we returned them by feeding them back into the gantries as if we were buying something from a vending machine.

So sustainable!!!

If only Singapore would adopt this. No one would steal the little coins either since technically you wouldn’t be able to exit the station if you don’t return it. Also, the fares are so much cheaper than Singapore’s, only a few cents per ride. Maybe they took into account that people wouldn’t be able to steal the coins and thus didn’t factor in that cost as some sort of deposit. 
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While looking for Kinokuniya (courtesy of me. I even found directions to the mall!), we walked past an authentic BlackBall (I think, since Black ball is originally from Taiwan right?) and went in to have dessert. This was less than an hour after we had breakfast.

The dessert was great. Everything was.. chewier and lighter as compared to Singapore’s version. I guess it’s because we prefer a stronger taste of yam/sweet potato. Nonetheless, eating a piping hot dessert in a windy 20degree environment was… rot worthy. We didn’t move from our spot for a good hour.
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Majority of our trip consisted of us eating, walking, shopping and sleeping. Sometimes it didn’t matter where.
The above picture was taken in a beef noodle restaurant. The first I have ever gone to. It kind of reminded me of Yoshinoya (a beef rice bowl fast food restaurant in SG) since it looked rather commercialized though I’d never seen another of it’s branches anywhere else that I had been in Taipei. 
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Behold, my most favourite night market food in SG that I found at Xi Men Ding. Smelly tofu.
Apparently, smelly tofu is really popular in Taiwan (or probably any widely Chinese populated countries). They even have smelly tofu stuffed chicken wings, which reminds me that I should learn how to make stuffed chicken wings soon.
Either way, you can find them in underground railway station food stalls and a wide variety of air conditioned places.
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Roomie eating Mee Sua (long thin rice noodles) because she thought it was Oyster Mee Sua, famous in Taiwan.
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Brother-in-law eating chewy hollow doughballs that till now we have no idea what it was made of.

10/10, must learn how to make it.

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I’m not sure what sisi was eating but she sure looks excited about it. I’m thinking it was the dough balls. 
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Actual oyster mee sua and omelet that turned out to be… alright.
I think we’re just all too used to the versions we have in Singapore. The oyster mee sua was okay, though nothing too special. The omelet on the other hand, had this weird sauce that we weren’t used to. Normally, we have ours with a sweet and sour chilli sauce while this one was sweet and starchy. 
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Here’s a picture of sisi underestimating a cob of corn, slathered and grilled over a charcoal  fire. C’mon, by description alone it can’t be that bad, right?

It was fabulous. I know because I hogged and finished it. Even bought another one on my last day in Taipei. 
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And to end off day 2, the ultimate party food. I didn’t buy it back (too expensive), though it was certainly entertaining to send to my friend at the end of the day when I finally had wifi back at the hotel. I can’t get over the different coloured ones in the background.

DAY #3
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I got hungry as soon as I woke up on the third day and while waiting for my sister to get ready. Room service was really nice. They replenished the snacks every morning and we would eat them in the night (if we still could) or in the mornings (like what I’m doing in the above picture).
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We went to a roadside porridge stall (courtesy of the extremely helpful and informative hotel concierge) and had every dish the lady had to go with our porridge. I’m not sure if it’s just me, but she seemed extremely thrilled feeding us, even offered us fried eggs to go with everything. The entire meal cost less than 20SGD and we even ordered double servings of meat. Mind. Blown.
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 How can you not take pictures with a totem pole?
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On the third day, we went up to Jiou Fen and Shi Fen to do some sightseeing as well as eat some more
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If this is where I’m supposed to say the view was amazing, sure. Although I was more distracted by the iced red tea, steamed corn on the cob and Taiwanese sausage that was being sold on the roadside. Yeap, only on day 3 and Taiwan has already ruined everything I know about diets.
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They closed the road for tourists to walk freely and my sisi just had to go and abuse that in the name of tourist perks. 
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Found my first Taiwan kitty after seeing dog after dog while I was in Taipei!
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Everyone’s faces at the end of everything because we were hungry. What’s new. The good news was, we were on our way to food (again). The bad new was that we had to climb back down the hill and take our taxi down to Jiou Fen.
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Down at Jiou Fen, we let go lanterns for good blessings. Different colours were meant to bless us in different ways. I got the one that was for happiness and I wrote for smoothness in my career (if I could consider what I’m doing right now one) and my love life because I was still feeling a tad bit lonely from my recent trigger. 
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And finally, FOOD.
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We walked all the way to the other side of the train station to eat stuffed chicken wings.

STUFFED. CHICKEN. WINGS.

Like stuffed with rice. A literal meat burrito. They even had smelly tofu flavour. I should have eaten more of that shit.
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As you can see, I’m a cold blooded bitch that can stand around taking pictures of herself in a tank top on a windy bridge at 13 degree Celsius.
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Risked my phone to take this picture of the bro-in-law.
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Because obviously besides him dragging me out of bed randomly at 6am, locking me out of my house, having unfair pillow fights with me etc. , we’re totally best buddies.
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We found ALOT of food at jiou fen. So much, we thought we were done for the day and it was only 5pm.
By alot, I mean eating 3 different types of beef noodles, 4 bowls of ‘black ball’ style desserts, 2 bowls of I-don’t-know-what-I-just-ate and drunk enough free tea to need to go pee.
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Can you figure out why I took this picture? 
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We finally sat down for probably one of the most unforgettable beef noodles ever. It was so good, Roomie declared that she didn’t need to drink another bowl of beef soup again for this Taiwan trip. At that point of time, I was so sure I was about to burst but…
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A girl will always have space for dessert, right?
I’d had so much salty food that bubble tea aside, I was officially craving the sweet stuff. Like actual desserts I could find in SG. I’m not sure if that counts for being homesick because I only wanted to eat crepe at that point. 
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I don’t eat alot of crepes (the amount of cream gets to me), but this is the first time I’ve had brownies in my crepe and it tasted awesome. Also reminded me how much gyming I had to do when I got back if not they were staying on my hips forever.

And now, a silent comic on how my sister and brother-in-law shared their crepe:
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They did end up sharing the crepe and I must have deleted the picture during reviewing because let’s face it, they aren’t the most glamorous couple there is to date and sometimes watching them do things can be potentially life scarring.

DAY #4
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A very blury picture of day 4 in Taipei. I was feeling a little sick because the food from the day before didn’t sit very well and I didn’t get enough sleep through the night. It was also raining and really cold, not to mention, I was catching Tai-Mei syndrome (people should get this if they’ve been to Taiwan before), evident in the way I was posing in my picture.
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The day’s goal was to visit Taipei 101 (if not friends and family would laugh at us if we didn’t) and eat Din Tai Fung. We didn’t exactly have a plan as to what to do next especially since you could do pretty much do nothing but eat and shop in the city and half our party of foodies were down with sever food coma (me included).

We took a nap (yes, we took a legit nap) at Din Tai Fung because my food coma was so real I was tempted to sponsor the cab back to the hotel and simply sleep the day away. We had no idea where to go from the restaurant but when I awoke from my rather self conscious sleep (because the waiter was pretty cute so I tried so hard to sleep prettily) I had a glorious idea of going souvenir shopping before we headed back. I didn’t know what to buy back for my friends since I practically ate everything already.
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This picture was taken especially for someone. People who know me would know why I took it. I’m not even sure what was being sold in this store.
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Despite swearing off food a mere hour and a half hours of swearing off food for the day, sisi found flavoured waffles and that was basically the end of our food fast.
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We got so distracted by the food in the station that we walked past this sign twice. Also, check out what it says. #I’msofancy
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The main reason why we stayed in the station was because it was pretty cold out in the open, probably about 11 degrees counting the rain and wind. Nonetheless, we ventured out, not quite sure what we’d find and ended up walking all the way back to our hotel. I didn’t complain, I didn’t break a sweat. Not that any of us could in the current weather. We just walked and enjoyed.
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Taiwan Coffee.
I was pretty excited to know how Taiwan liked their coffee. In all honesty, I’m not a big fan. Maybe it’s because everyone prefers tea so the coffee tends to have a very light body -like tea. I wouldn’t recommend, but I guess it was good to at least know what it tasted like.
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On the last day I didn’t take any pictures mainly because we’d spent our time packing. I didn’t get must rest on the last night either so I decided to sleep in and do away with breakfast, though I was regretting it a little when I woke up again.

On the flight back, Roomie got a tad bit sick and couldn’t hold breakfast or lunch down so it came back up. I’m quite sure that she had coffee, or maybe not. Not trying to be gross here, but you can’t help it when someone pukes right next to you.

Anyway, the picture above is one of the last Taiwan sky I saw and probably will see. I’m not sure when I’d go back again, I’m young, the world is dying and it’s a race against time to see everything with limited funds.
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And here is a picture of the welcoming(?) Singapore sky. It was horrendously warm when I touched down, even in the air conditioned airport. But I had no time to complain, I had to rush to a birthday celebration with my ex colleagues all the way in town.

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Boy reading Yaoi for the first time xD
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Even though I miss Taiwan, it’s good to be back in little Singapore, I guess. I’ve got a job waiting for me, and it feels like my life seemed to straightened itself out while I was away. Either that or I’m still gloriously high on caffeine and ice cream.

My outlook on life has changed quite abit while I was in Taiwan. I want to take things easy, see the world and travel. It’s making me see things differently now. Sure, my triggers are still the same but the world is a big and friendly place and I guess I’m not lonely until I think I am.

Hoping I stay as positive as I am writing this now,
Cherie

Don’t Forget – Baek Ji Young

We’ve loved each other
Though we’re parting now.
Still, different places share a single heaven
Please don’t forget me

At the cold wind’s touch
The sound of your laughter
And your eyes where I was mirrored
Come back to me.
I weep and weep still more for loneliness.

My lips were frozen,
So I couldn’t speak these words:

We’ve loved each other
Though we’re parting now.
Still, different places share a single heaven
Please don’t forget me

Tears sealed my lips.
So I couldn’t speak these words:

We’ve loved each other
Though we’re parting now.
Still, different places share a single heaven
Please don’t forget me.

The one who turned aside clutching her heart
as she sent you away,
do you maybe realize
that was none other than me?

Since that was so, give me your love.
Still, different places share a single heaven,
Please some day come back to me.

We’ve loved each other
Though we’re parting now.
Still, different places share a single heaven
Please don’t forget me

Weddings by the Beach

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BEHOLD. A very up to date post by moi. This literally just happened and I’m so in love with all the photos I just had to write about it.

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I was off at the tip of Singapore today for a Malay wedding, something I’ve never been to for a good two decades of my life, mainly because I never had any Malay friends let alone any that were due to marry.

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Dinner was held at this beautiful restaurant by the sea at Changi. We finished dinner just in time for the sun set and watched planes fly by as the bride took photos with family and friends. We (roomie, my sister’s friends and I) were there because the bride was a close friend of my sister’s and knew us for a pretty long while so she invited us. We didn’t think we were all too important to get the first few photographs so we decided to take our own with the scenery while waiting.

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We decided to dub ourselves as the ‘Not So Important People’ group but really, it was just an excuse to camwhore some more. How could we not? It’s not everyday you aren’t surrounded by the concrete jungle.

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I found this photo especially entertaining because my brother in law thought I was taking a profile picture of him when actually I was trying to take a picture of my reflection on his sunglasses xD

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And here’s a picture of the most irritating people in my life.

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And of course my favourite picture of the day that is on my instagram. Even though we all tried to help my sis clean up everything and was really tired at the end of the day, we still had a ton of fun. Great to spend time with family, though most of the time they piss me off big time.

We all got a small box with an egg inside from the wedding, very much like a door gift at Chinese weddings. It turned out to be a salted egg, which took me by surprise but I ate it anyway (I happen to love salty things as well, if you know what I mean.) and savored the yolk. Guess who isn’t allowed to have anything with cholesterol for the next two days? I feel my arteries clogging up already.

Either way, I’m happy that the day is over and was well spent. Looking forward to my job interview(s) next week and that I’ll be able to land one of them!

Back to the work force!
Cherie

2014 Round Up

Life’s been cruel to me.

Not so much like 2012, where I was constantly sorting out family problems and mixed signals, or 2013 where I finally got my feelings sorted out and proceeded to lose everyone I ever cared about besides whoever I actually cared about in my family.

Wow. Would you look at that? Two years of my life summarized into one sentence.

But I don’t mean for this post to be dark or depressing. That is for another day; another post. This post is going to be just me, figuring out what the hell I’ve been up to this entire year. Let’s start things off with what I still remember.

#1 School
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Sad to say, the only few things I remember about school was constantly walking to and fro the concourse to buy ‘lok lok’ from the canteen. I didn’t even buy an assortment of them, I only ate the tofu cubes and choked on the soup later on.

And of course, how could I forget the countless coffees I had to pull me through 8am lessons, especially since my last semester just had to be the semester they removed the 15minutes grace rule and I wasn’t one to sleep early the night before. Ever.

2014 was the year I’d hated majority of my classmates. I only found out too late that people would still stab you in the back even when you were no where near the top tier of the class.
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Such passive aggressiveness has nearly cost me my time in my modules. I got a D. So I made sure they had one up their asses when they went through with their presentations as well. Ah. Closure.

#2 Work
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Or at least that’s how I thought it hit me.

I got a job literally as soon as I was done with school, in a sense that I was called down for an interview the minute I stepped out my last examination hall. I thought it was fate. Turns out the company just really needed people.

Let me tell you what it felt like. I felt like a fish flopping from a horrible drainage  piping into hot. fucking. oil. Oh yeah. Watch me sizzle. And sizzle I did.
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It wasn’t bad enough that I felt entirely out of place working in a bank. The training was bad enough, not that my colleagues were bad. Hell, if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t have gotten that far. Throughout my then 19 years of existence, I had never once pre-read to study for a test in my life. Not that I’m gifted (actually quite the opposite) but because I never had to. If I passed, that’s good. If I failed then… ‘Oh’.

But somehow it came to a point where failing and slight tardiness meant termination and the stress at that point was overwhelming. Not that I couldn’t take the pressure, no way, I liked to do things but I loved doing things well and I had many, many days I thought I was going to fall below my own expectations.
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Things didn’t start looking up when I started my actual job, so I quit.

I quit when I was still ahead (no major screw ups) and I quit when I still had what’s left of my sanity. God knows I was losing it in there.

#3 The Now
So here I am, doing absolutely nothing, which also explains why this blog has been a tad bit dead for a while.

Alright, alright, to be honest, I’ve been going out alot. Mainly because I owed everyone dates since I had no time for anyone or myself while I was working.
That’s right, at one point of my life, I had been an unintentional and unwilling workaholic.

So here everyone is, asking me what I’m going to do next. Whether I’m going to study a degree and of course the dreaded ‘Why not?’ before they launch into an entire lecture about not being able to survive in Singapore without getting at least a degree. To be honest, I don’t think anyone would be able to survive in Singapore especially since things are only to get more expensive in the future. Heck, you’d have more problems trying to pay off your study loan let alone a car, wedding or house. I’d rather start now.

Back to the topic of being painfully under-educated in Singapore, my answer would be
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I’ve always told myself that ‘I’ll cross that bridge when I get there’ and now it has come a time whereby I have somehow already crossed said bridge without even noticing it and am currently in this predicament of ‘Where the hell am I’ right next to this lake called ‘What the fuck to do I do next’ stranded in the land of ‘I don’t know what to do with my life’, population me. Let’s not talk about the bridge because it’d already burnt to the ground the moment I stepped off it.

So life has been this ball of restlessness recently. I bought a laptop, glasses and phone cover for a phone I don’t have yet. The stuff I ordered while I was still working just recently arrived in the mail and I am still so unbelievably bored.

And it’s the weirdest feeling because it’s the kind of boring where I’m stressed out of my mind but I can’t bring myself to show it outwardly because my life right now is kinda ‘Meh’ and it would look like I’m stressing out over nothing. I feel like my heart hasn’t beat in decades since Ren/Michael/Sydney boy and My God it aches to. In fact, it’s gotten so desperate that this boy (who I happen to find kinda cute) asked me if I wanted a kiss over text and I was so sick and tired of my monotonous life that I said ‘Yes’ and somehow we launched into this conversation on how to grind girls at a club for two hours. I’m not sure if he took me seriously and I’m pretty glad we aren’t talking anymore again (it’s an on-off friends kind of thing).

Not to mention, all my friends are getting attached one after another. Not that I’m jealous or anything, I’m just feeling a little left out. I mean, my sisters are married, my niece occupies most of my roomie’s time and my closest friends are all attached. GEE THANKS GUYS. 

So what does that leave me with?
Yaoi
Which come to think about it, isn’t too bad. Heh. But seriously, any sane person should have turned to porn, right? *cough*

Of course, I’ve had a lot of fun reading Whatpadd stories and playing Pokemon on my 3DS as well, but I still feel like something is missing.

Not in an extremely mushy and cliche way but something like

kinda makes be feel a little better. Yay fluffy. Not that I understand the rationale of how looking at a gif of a fluffy virtual animation makes me feel better (it’s actually kinda sad).

All in all, 2014 has been a painfully slow, dull and boring year for me. Roomie calls it my recuperation year since so much shit happened to me the year before so I guess I’ll just count my blessings.

Wishing for a more eventful year to come,
Cherie