Archive for July, 2012

some way to go

Turned 25 this month, but still have some way to go before I achieve 100k by 25……


just on the other side of the wall

Sara did not know how unrelenting her quiet young voice sounded as she answered. If she had known, she would surely have tried to soften it for the Indian gentleman’s sake.

“The suffering was just as bad for my papa,” she said. “It killed him.”

“What was your father’s name?” the Indian gentleman said. “Tell me.”

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jumping on the bandwagon

And it was my sister’s turn to make madeleines today……

She dusted them with icing sugar. They’re more lemony than my mum’s, but still kinda hard……

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and it’s a treat!

Am a TCC member, so they sent me a birthday treat recently: a voucher  for 50% off my first meal and 30% off my second during my birthday month! So as July is winding down to a close, I finally managed to drag my whole family down to the TCC outlet closest to our home this afternoon!

Sister’s Smoked Salmon Avo-bayon ($15.50). She ordered it because she wanted something different. It looks like an artistic mess from this angle. :P

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teeny tiny diminutive petite

My mum made madeleines today even though she is a little sick……

In fact, she went all the way to the Phoon Huat store, which is an MRT stop away, to buy a madeleine pan. She got a nonstick one for about $22 as the normal ones, which cost less than $10, were sold out.

The madeleines taste of honey and vaguely of lemon (my mum added lemon zest). Quite good for a first attempt, but a little on the hard side, and not as soft as the ones from Delifrance.

NB The title of this entry was adapted from the lyrics of the theme song of the cartoon Madeline, which was in turn adapted from the children’s book series of the same name.

onward forward

What keeps me going

right now

is knowing that


lies at the tip of my fingers

and that

I just need to reach for it……

a particularly great piece of writing

The five antagonists of Phileas Fogg had met in the great saloon of the club. John Sullivan and Samuel Fallentin, the bankers, Andrew Stuart, the engineer, Gauthier Ralph, the director of the Bank of England, and Thomas Flanagan, the brewer, one and all waited anxiously.

When the clock indicated twenty minutes past eight, Andrew Stuart got up, saying, “Gentlemen, in twenty minutes the time agreed upon between Mr. Fogg and ourselves will have expired.”

“What time did the last train arrive from Liverpool?” asked Thomas Flanagan.

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curiosity leads to greatness

Ferdinand Feedelbenz was a boy people noticed. It wasn’t that he was noisy. He liked to listen rather than speak. He preferred to ask questions rather than answer them. What was remarkable about Ferdinand Feedelbenz was his curiosity. For Ferdinand wanted to know everything.

‘Why does Aunt Ezra always wear gloves?’ he would ask his parents when they went to visit.

‘Ssh!’ said his father, out of the corner of his mouth.

‘Quiet!’ said his mother, rattling her tea cup.

But Ferdinand liked to ask questions.

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the write thing

A quote which WordPress displayed after I’d published a post recently (the quotes they display are always related to writing)……

To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart.

Phyllis Theroux

on the fourth floor

Karen and I decided to continue our odyssey of trying out eateries in or near local red light districts (so far we’ve done Geylang and Joo Chiat). So I suggested we do Orchard Towers next, whereupon Karen suggested we try this place called Jane Thai Food there.

Orchard Towers, home to many pubs and clubs, is infamously known as the ‘four floors of whores’, and Jane Thai Food is located on its fourth floor!

All this talk of ‘four floors’ and ‘fourth floor’ reminds me of linguist William Labov’s 1966 study of the variable pronunciation of r in New York City. He went to three New York department stores which catered to different socioeconomic groups (high, middle and low) and studied how their employees pronounced the phrase ‘fourth floor’. To get an employee to utter this phrase naturally, an interviewer, posing as a customer, would ask for directions for a department located on the fourth floor. So when the interviewer asked, ‘Excuse me, where are the women’s shoes?’, the answer would usually be, ‘Fourth floor.’

When I first learnt about this study in university, I found Labov’s method of eliciting information very entertaining indeed! Imagine if you were the unwitting subject of a study! But you’d never know, of course! Anyway, you can read a summary of the study here, or the full paper here. But I digress.

So after work on 20 July, I reached Orchard Towers and entered it for the first time in my life. Like Lucky Plaza or Far East Shopping Centre (not Plaza!), both its exterior and interior are somewhat dilapidated.

To my surprise, there was barely anyone hanging around inside, although it was a Friday evening. Perhaps the night was still young or everybody was already inside the pubs and clubs. Raced up to the fourth floor (there I go again) to Jane Thai Food, where Karen had been waiting for me for about 45 minutes. Very very very sorry, dear! :( So we quickly ordered.

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one for one

After our trip to the ArtScience Museum, Ahgong and I went to have dinner. Chose the most reasonably priced place in Marina Bay Sands (haha), TCC!!!

Ahgong had a cup of coffee ($8.20). Why do they serve cookies with coffee? They never seem to do that with tea……

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arm party

Was sitting down on the train home yesterday night, when I suddenly noticed the girl standing in front of me had a very nice arm party on her left arm.

(The term ‘arm party’ was invented by American fashion blogger Leandra Medine. Click here to learn how to start your own! :) )

No photos, unfortunately, but I memorized what she had on: a completely black watch (thought I saw the tiny words ‘agnes b’ written on its face); friendship bracelet woven out of two types of blue threads, dark and light; a silver bangle studded with little neon yellow rhinestones at regular intervals, with large gaps between the rhinestones; and a slim gold bangle with pyramid studs.

The pieces were all completely different but I thought they looked wonderful together. Am inspired to create amazing arm parties of my own now!!!


day at the museum

On Thursday, I took leave from work to visit the Harry Potter: The Exhibition and Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal exhibitions at the ArtScience Museum in Marina Bay Sands with Ahgong. To see both exhibitions, we bought all-access passes, which were $24 each for Singapore residents.

We decided to see the Harry Potter exhibition first, and were made to join a queue just outside the entrance to the exhibition. Staff draped Hogwarts scarves on us (only Gryffindor and Slytherin colours available so we both chose the Gryffindor ones), and snapped a photo of us standing in front of a green screen. Finally we were allowed in!

A staff member in robes appeared and performed a sorting ceremony. Volunteers were requested to sit on a stool, and the staff member held the Sorting Hat above their heads, and a voice boomed out which house they were sorted into. Three excited children volunteered. Before they were sorted, each was asked which their favourite house was, and all of them got into their favourite houses (as if it could be any other way!). None of them mentioned Hufflepuff, and Ahgong commented that nobody wanted to be hardworking and loyal. :P

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learning curve

Was out of the office on Wednesday afternoon to attend a work event, and our IT guy J came by to install my new desktop while I was away. Took leave on Thursday, when I came back yesterday, I was greeted with a brand new desktop computer. Brand new CPU, brand new monitor, brand new keyboard, brand new mouse, brand new everything!

And my new computer runs on Windows 7, which I’m not very familiar with, being an XP girl through and through! (I have used computers running Windows 7 before, but that was way back in university, and only briefly so I never had to remember where each function is.) In any case, everything in Windows 7 seems so familiar but so different! And I’m still figuring out the ribbons in MS Office! So many graphic icons! Can never remember what to click to get what I want!

thoughts create destiny

Something to keep in mind always……

Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.


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