Monthly Archives: December 2010

2010 in Review: Part 4 (On Life)

Final part! On Life

  • Convinced that if I stare at the Asian Food Channel long enough, I will be a great cook. Or morph into potato. The crouch kind.
  • It’s a yearly ritual of indulgence. A box of champagne truffle mooncakes all to myself.
  • Some days, you run, the wind is in your sail. You fly, as light as the wind. Some days, your legs are made of heavy lead, dragging you back.
  • I always have such grand plans for Sat morning, till I wake up to find that it’s almost noon.
  • Friday night, home alone. A leisurely jog, smoked duck salad dinner, a stack of unread newspaper. Bliss!
  • 5km Shape Run tomorrow. Just looking at the route map makes my knees weak. Only motivating factor is the huge brekkie after. Ooo Bacon!
  • 5km. 37m 37s. I sprinted in the last 10m.
  • 62% dark milk chocolate with fleur de sel: this is what life should taste like, a wondrous mix of sweet, salty, bitter.

Stock-take 2010: Clocked personal best timing of 36mins at the 5km Great Eastern Women’s run! [Pats self on back]

Discovered a great place for salads at the Green Bar in Raffles Place. It has become my default go-to place to get a take-away if I have to dine alone and want to eat in the comfort of my home. It’s an attempt to keep that high cholesterol in check.

Made friends with Video-easy DVD Rental Man. Now, I get the newest release on priority and he knows my rental account number without me having to dig that little card out. Hurrah!

Plans for 2011: I’m not one to keep resolutions of the “I will do [something] at least once a week” variety, so rather I have wrote down key words (not in order of priority) that I’ll like to do more of in 2011:

Write, Read, Learn, Move, Create, Happy, Healthy

Post-script: I just realised that all my choices of words are verbs! The element in a sentence conveying action or a state of existence. Maybe it’s also a subtle sign that it’s up to me to make these things happen. Good sign, I think!


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2010 in review: Part 3 (Globetrotting) – Revisited!

2010 FB status update on my favorite activity, travelling!

  • The start of a holiday never comes soon enough, while the end of one draws to a close too soon.
  • Glad to be off to Bintan for a weekend with the girls. Will like to do nothing more strenuous than clinking champagne glasses by/in the pool.
  • 6 years hiatus, and I’m back to HK/Macau with a vengeance. Older, wiser and more importantly, armed with a higher credit limit. 🙂
  • Enjoying being a big kid at Universal Studios. Particularly being able to urm, snatch prime spots on rides from smaller kids.
  • First self-drive up to Desaru, Malaysia. Armed with Google Maps, and urm, excellent map-reading skills.
  • Bought myself a ticket to London on a whim! 🙂
  • Stylish dresses for high street London, sensible sweaters for highland Scotland. 2 wardrobes packed in a cabin-sized luggage.
  • Loving London! It’s like stepping on monopoly real estate. Or like being a rabbit as you burrow through the subway connecting tunnels.
  • Learning the art of road-crossing in HCM City. Breathe and walk on, even if the motorbike passes within a hair’s breath of you.
  • Escape from the haze – to Phuket!
  • Saw too many bare-butts in Fukuoka…
  • ATV ride adventure in Siem Reap!

Stocktake 2010: Not a bad list! Siem Reap, Bintan, Desaru, Phuket, HCM City, HK, Macau, South Japan (Fukuoka, Miyajima, Hiroshima, Yanagawa), London, Edinburgh and the highlands!

Near and far. Resorts and hillsides. Matured cities and cities in transition. Arts, Culture, Adventure and Glamour. All in, a good coverage! 🙂

The highlight of my globetrotting adventure in 2010 must be my solo trip to London/Scotland. I called it “sweet solitude“. Realised that I’m quite a good solo traveller, so long as I’ve planned the details before  hand, and not sweat the small stuff too much.

Tip to solo travel: Bring only a cabin-sized luggage, even if it’s for 10 days and you are in shopping capital London. No one’s gonna help you move things up and down the subway/train carriages!

Updated: Audrey, my travel mate had to remind me that we had travelled to Japan (Fukuoka, Miyajima, Hiroshima and Yanagawa) this year! I’m embarassed that I forgot! Oops, Audrey! I think this calls for us to go to another Japan trip in 2011?

Plans for 2011: Yes, Bali planned for January 2011. Reminder to check out Luxe/Lonely Planet/Wallpaper Guides on where to go next. Maybe I should pin a map on my door, and decide on where to go, archery style. 🙂

Another trip to Japan? ;p

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2010 in Review: Part 2 (On People)

Here comes Part 2 (on People)! The most incriminating ones (involving cursing and swearing) not published, for obvious reasons.

  • With people, there is no method to their madness. No wonder most prefer to deal with figures (numerical kind), rather than human kind.
  • It’s better to be too tired from doing too much work as opposed to being tired from managing too big egos.
  • Still young-at-heart enough to have fun, but too old to work late.
  • Choice of toe-nail colour reflects mood. My nude-coloured fingers say (grudgingly) that I’m ready for work. But my shocking bright pink coloured toes hidden beneath my black heels scream for the weekend.

Stocktake 2010: Worked on some exciting projects at work and discovered innate talent for making sense of mathematical formulas. Surprise surprise, given that I failed mathematics since age 15.

Also realized that ability to understand math (MQ) is higher than ability to understand people (EQ). A compliment or an insult? Still figuring that out.

Plans for 2011: (Continue to) get off work early (via diabolical plans to push work to colleagues). It’s called “delegation”, darlings.

Perhaps find new career direction as budding mathematician?

Work on improving EQ. Be more patient. People, like math, takes time to understand.

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2010 in Review: Part 1 (On Shopping & Overspending)

It’s that time of the year again when we reflect on the ups and downs of 2010!  The joys, the laughter, the emotional lows and highs all captured via my Facebook /Twitter status updates in 2010. I had a good laugh re-reading my status!

This is presented in 4 parts… starting with my favourite on Shopping and Overspending.

  • My problem lies in reconciling my gross habit of over-spending with my net income.
  • For most, belief in minimalism seems to be confined to the fashion-style variant as opposed to it being a way of life.
  • “I don’t feel 31. I feel like 18, but with more money” (quote from Audrey).
  • Woman: One who can stare at at least 10 work-appropriate black dresses all bought specifically for the “I have nothing to wear occasions” and utter the same exact phase. Argh, I need some colour.
  • More than half the shoppers in Forever 21 are/look at least a decade older, including yours truly. It’s either that the inner lian never grows up, or we just stop evolving from age 21.
  • Bought the glam dress version of the skinny jeans. The type where you have to hold your breath for a few seconds before zipping it up. You look into the mirror and marvelled, “oh what a flat tummy I have.” It’s all an illusion, but I’m sold.

Stocktake 2010: Bought new (physical) wardrobe at start of the year. Discovered work appropriate black dresses at a hole-in-wall shop in Raffles Place. Bought more than 10 black dresses in 1 year. Mr. Cinical now calls me the “black widow”. 

Discovered a whole new dimension of crossborder transactions known as online shopping (ASOS!). New favourite phrase is “free shipping”.

Pleased to report that said new wardrobe is filled to the brim. Shoe cupboard overstocked as well! (Yippee! 2010 resolution met!).

Plans for 2011: Resolve to curb habit of overspending. Or resolve to earn more money. Whichever is easier.

Repeat mantra to self: minimalism is in. (As in way of life, not fashion style).

Reminder: Cut up credit card (as per this year’s resolution).

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Poem On Leaks

Words said in jest
around the cocktail circuit infest.

It was nothing more than
a slip of the tongue.
Don’t we diplomats deserve some fun?

No wonder word has it that diplomacy,
has its basal roots in hypocrisy.
A little verse I have written.
I can’t help it. Wikileaks is making me glued to the computer. It’s such chaotic times that makes me wish I was a student of international relations again.

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Of Nothing


I always thought writing about something is difficult.

But writing about nothing is tougher.

But once you manage to write some good nothing, ironic it means that you are good-for-nothing.


I’m glad for blogs – where the most random thoughts of nothingness are captured.

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