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HAPPY BIRTHDAY FATS!

Was looking through my photos when I realised I haven’t blogged about the boy’s birthday! 

We have been together for 5 years now and every year without fail, we will agree on no presents or fancy celebrations and then he will always surprise me on my birthday with some shingading, following which I will end up scrambling to get a present and begging for dinner reservations for somewhere, anywhere because his birthday is exactly a week after mine!!

This year I decided to wise up and I had planned a surprise birthday party months in advance (his birthday is in October). I got the venue settled, friends invited… only to be told that he’ll be away on detachment fml.

Anyway.. back to his birthday celebration last year. 

I made us dinner reservations at one of the MBS restaurants but when he picked me up, he mentioned he was in the mood for Chinese. He’s not the kind into fancy angmoh restaurants and always says that he prefers spending his moolah on a good bowl of shark’s fin - our go-to place is Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck where the shark’s fin is so gao/ thick that you can eat it like beehoon (with chopsticks wtf) - rather than at a celebrity restaurant. 

So… we decided to ditch reservations and ended up at Seafood Paradise! 

We used to frequent the original at Defu Lane but I now prefer the branch at the Flyer cause I think the quality (and ambiance) is much better! We would have thrown our second wedding dinner (the family one) if the restaurant could accommodate more tables wtf.

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Got this picture off the Internet… not bad right!

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We always get the same dishes when we are there…

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Drunken herbal prawns!!!! This is their star dish imho. The live prawns are really fresh and the broth is too good! Not too herb-y but very rich! I’m not sure if the promo is still valid but you can get 30% off all prawn dishes on Tuesdays! (I think.. call to check!)

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Another prawn dish! I think they make my favourite Wasabi Prawns - the prawns are really crispy while the sauce’s not too spicy and a little sweet and tangy at the same time! It’s a close fight between here and Peach Garden for me.

And what’s a seafood dinner without crabs? We always go for their signature creamy crabs that go sooo well with the pefectly fried man tous! 

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You know, it’s his birthday but yet he was the one peeling the crab claw for me… Completely intact in one piece some more ;))) Okay, gushing wife bit over.

And because it’s his birthday, I did the whole pretend-to-go-toilet-but-actually-it’s-to-get-the-restaurant-to-surprise-him thing…

But because it’s a Chinese restaurant, they don’t have birthday cakes.

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So they gave him two shou taos (longevity buns) HAHAHAHAHAHAA FHL

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Walked around on the broadwalk for a bit after that :)

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Pictures aren’t the most fantastic cause this was almost a year ago and back then I didn’t know much about taking better photos :’(

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Here’s to many more birthdays to come!

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By the way, is it just me? Or do I look much younger somehow in these pictures? It’s either I have aged a lot in the last couple of months or I need to get my botox review pronto  >.<

Seafood Paradise at Singapore Flyer

30 Raffles Avenue #01-01 Singapore Flyer 

Singapore 039803 

Tel: 6336 5101

fishy business

I work on a Macbook Pro, the boy calls me one of those i-faggots who can’t live without their iphone, ipad and macbooks. (Though he was the one who bought me the laptop… just saying).

The boy, on the other hand, owns a desktop (custom job, is that the term?) and a huuuggee MSI computer that makes me wonder how on earth can it be classified as a laptop? Great graphics for him to play his Diablo 3 - that’s what he said.

So imagine my surprise when I came out of the shower last night to find him hunched over MY macbook.

"Hey! What are you doing with my com?"

"Oh baby.. do you have photoshop on your com?"

"HUH?! Why the hell are you using photoshop?!"

"I want to upload this picture of this 2.5kg kim bak lor I caught today!!! But I don’t want anybody to know my secret spot… so I want to photoshop away the background!"

Sheesh, I don’t see him practicing any QC when it comes to uploading my makeup-less photos. You know, that ones where I am grinning like an idiot with chocolate all over my lips and teeth?

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Here’s presenting to you my husband and his love. Hmppphh

Brisbane!

OMG I can’t believe how insanely fast time flies these days… it seems like only last week that we were all Hello July-ing on Tumblr and now it’s almost time to close the month! Gosh… And I was just commenting to the boy yesterday that you know what? I was in Australia half a month ago (aka two weeks but the former for dramatic effect lol). Before you know it I’ll be in a nursing home, all wrinkly and gross wtf.

Anyway, back to our #garryfloraoz vacay…

So I was there for two weekends, and the first weekend we spent it at the Gold Coast and the other, we went to Brisbane!

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Setting off! It’s about an hour and a half from Toowoomba to Brisbane.

And when we reached Brisbane, the boy asked what I wanna eat and I replied FISH & CHIPS … lol! I ate it every other day but somehow still didn’t get sick of it at all.

So he brought me to Swampdog!

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The fish & chips was gooooodddd but you know what?

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These fried shrimps were even better!

Then we checked in to the Meriton :) You know the issue we previously had about hotels vs serviced apartments - so this time round I gave in and booked the Meriton at Herschel Street because he kept telling me how I’d love the place and how it’s really new and swanky…

And boy was he not kidding. The place had this techy fancy mancy lift where they are no buttons in the elevator (the system will assign you a car beforehand) andddd I was absolutely floored by the view from our apartment. 

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TADAAAAAAA!

Took a nap, bummed around and watched the sun set into the distance.

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Then we took a stroll around the hood before dinner!

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Treasury casino….

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City Hall! I think there was a wedding/ weddings going on cause there were all these people dressed up to the nines in gowns and all… while I was prancing around happily in my winter jacket and uggs ><

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Pretty good flourless matcha cake at some hipster cafe where the patrons and waitstaff turned out to be all Asians somehow wtf. The only Caucasian in the place was the trainee barrister o.O

The next morning…

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Good morning Brisbane :) Was feeling really bittersweet at this point cause while we had a full day of exploring ahead of us… I was also scheduled to fly back that night :(

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View from the other room.

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The boy was craving something Asian, so it was Pho at Sunnybank! I was quite impressed with the Asian community here… there were hair salons (managed by Asians for Asians) and even eyelash extension parlours that look pretty much like what we have at Far East Plaza lol.

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Walked around for a bit after lunch. Had coffee, went to the biggest mall Indooroopilly Shopping Centre where I bought things I’m pretty sure I don’t need including a faux fur jacket and yet another Samsonite suitcase. (Couldn’t resist! It was on sale!)

Had dimsum for dinner… when I started crying into my charsiewsoh. Just typing this now and reliving the moment feels so painful.  I don’t know how am I going to deal with his departure again next month. Sigh.

And then it was to the airport, emotional goodbyes and all. 

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But we did have the happiest of days chasing sunsets…many more to come I hope ;)))

Rest of the Australia diaries here x

[In other news]

This week’s new arrivals are seriously too pretty!! I don’t usually get involved with design.. but this time round I interfered provided some feedback and….

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Mad love this jacket!! People who know me in real life know I wear cardis like every day haha and this is now my new wardrobe staple. Love the textured fabric and the gold detailing. Retailing at only $29 here!

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Comfy casual chic :) Olivia Top’s by emerging Indonesian label NFRT.. so happy to have them on board!

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This tweed-like checkered skirt is available in peach & mint! $19 each!

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Andddd this Paris Dress is to die for. It’s going to be my work to wedding dinner essential now!

See all new arrivals here!

sweet nothings

The husband said we were going out for dessert and we ended up at Ponggol Nasi Lemak...

Me:: I thought you said dessert?!

Him:: Ya... The chilli sauce is sweet what!

Long bus rides

It’s been a while since I’ve taken the bus… Where I’m typing this from.

I googled - it says I have 23 stops to go so I’m guessing it’ll take me an hour?

Part of me is wondering if I should get off ‘at the next stop’ and attempt to flag a cab because it’d get me to my destination ‘faster’ but truth is, I have over an hour to spare. Which makes me wonder - why the hurry then?

You know, when I was younger, I used to love bus rides. No kidding. The teenage me used to think it was quite a romantic affair to take a long bus ride with my then-boyfriend and just look out of the windows at the world out there.

12 years ago when I was doing my O levels (now you know how old I am lol), I used to take a bus from one terminal to the other while reading my textbooks - probably my secret to scoring those 8 As.

These days however, it’s all about how fast we can get to our destinations… And when I’m driving I tend to grumble incessantly about how the lights aren’t changing fast enough, the guy in front ain’t responding quick enough and what’s up with that fella who can’t make up his mind?

But now that I’m not behind the wheel zooming from one meeting to another, I’m actually starting to notice roads and buildings and cars and trees… you get the idea. 

And texting the boy every other minute to tell him about the “new building” and “new road” Flora the explorer has discovered. 

This bus ride thing is actually pretty cool huh?

Me: So what hair style are you cutting?
The boy: Crew cut lor.
Me: What’s crew cut? The NS boys cut ah?
Him: Aiya you don’t know one lah.
Me: You tell me lah… Tell me then I know already what!
Him: Ok. The cut already will make me look like Channing Tatum type of cut ok?

Me: So what hair style are you cutting?

The boy: Crew cut lor.

Me: What’s crew cut? The NS boys cut ah?

Him: Aiya you don’t know one lah.

Me: You tell me lah… Tell me then I know already what!

Him: Ok. The cut already will make me look like Channing Tatum type of cut ok?

of transformers and marriage

The boy returned yesterday (yay!) and today we finally caught Transformers.

After the movie (which was really longgggg btw), he asked, “So how do you find the movie?”

"Not too bad lah… tell you a secret, I only chose it because you like these kinda action action movies. I would have preferred Planet of the Apes cause got gold class screenings for that.” I replied. 

His reply? “Aiya!!! Why you never say earlier? Actually I already watched it in Australia with my friends. I only agreed to it cause I thought you really wanted to watch it!” 

-_-“’

But I guess this means we’re getting the hang of this whole “marriage is about the other person” thing, right?

Beauty that Counts!

Recently, I was contacted by Mary Kay about their global Beauty that Counts initiative.

For more than 50 years, Mary Kay has been committed to enriching the lives of women and children around the world.

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Part of the proceeds from each sale of this limited-edition Beauty that Counts fragrance will be donated to charity. Since 2008, Mary Kay has donated almost US$7m to organisations benefitting women and children globally!

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I’m a sucker for packaging and I loveeee how pretty and sweet this is :)

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Each set comes with a Journey of Dreams fragrance and hand cream.

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My new favourite hand cream!

I love how it’s so rich and pampering… I brought this with me on my recent Aussie trip and it kept my hands (and legs and err… body too) conditioned and moisturized throughout the long flight and harsh wintry conditions in Australia that would have left my skin totally dried out otherwise.

A little goes a long way and it kept my skin hydrated for hours! It’s now my handbag staple!

I also love the fragrance :) I’m not one for intoxicating scents and I like how this eau de parfum features a light, translucent blend. There’s a bit of mint, apricot musk and water lily all sheerly blended together… which makes it perfect to wear daily in our kinda weather!

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