Impending Doom

Past few days had been very rough at home. The silence was deafening. I spent the whole weekend in the room staring at the blank white walls. He left at 8am, got home at 10ish pm, we say Hi and Bye. We go to sleep. The only thing we share is the blanket.

I felt myself going insane. But I thought crazy people will not realize they are crazy. So maybe I’m just depressed.

I could have worked from home this week, but I couldn’t bear the thought of being alone anymore, so I came in. Not much diff. Only a handful of people in the whole office, tap-tap-tapping away on their keyboards, like I am now.

I have nowhere to go.

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Posted by on December 8, 2014 in Daily Humdrum


The Beginnings of an “Aunty”

Today, we went down for breakfast at 10ish – shared a kaya toast, eggs and coffee set – the quintessential Singaporean breakfast – and a hakka yong tau foo bee hoon soup. Not bad at all, but it was not much, so he ordered a laksa also from the yong tau foo stall. That was quite disappointing though.

After that we went to the NTUC Fairprice upstairs and got a huge bottle of laundry detergent, loo rolls, and a bottle of milk. I felt like an aunty already! Haha… Looks like I gotta get used to this.

At home, we did the laundry and some cleaning up, then lazed around till evening. Then we walked to Sembawang MRT to take a bus to Sembawang Shopping Centre, where we had a very late lunch/early dinner at Astons. He had the chicken and steak combo, and I had pork chops. The server, a girl probably in her late teens or early twenties, messed up our very simple drink order, and when A went to ask for black pepper sauce in exchange for the bbq sauce she wrongly gave us, she said ok she’ll bring it to us. So we started eating as we waited. We were already half finished and still no sauce, so when she walked by again, we asked her and she said “Oh ok!” and only then she took away our unused pot of bbq sauce before finally bringing the black pepper sauce. I told her we have almost finished our food, and she just said, “Oh, I’m so sorry about that”. Hopeless.

The thing was, it was not even a busy hour – we were one of 3 tables in the entire restaurant, and there were more staff than patrons, but they spent their time chatting and walking about. I was really pissed at the service, and though the food was alright, I didn’t leave pleased. Thumbs down to Aston’s Specialty at Sembawang Shopping Centre!! Confused smile

Spent the next two hours buying cleaning supplies and household stuff from Daiso, Giant and some other smaller household shops. At one point, A went to the ATM while I went to look for laundry hangers at the household stall spanning the whole concourse, but ended up with my arms full of packets of floor cleaning wipes (wet and dry), clothes hangers and whatnot. I could barely hold them all, and was struggling to juggle them. It was a sight! Never have I been in such a lowly state. My God….

We also bought a new toilet seat from Giant because I wasn’t used to the one back home, but when we got home, we found that the existing one wasn’t removable! At least we couldn’t figure out how, since it seemed to be built-in, and not the usual screw in type that you can buy anywhere to replace. Sigh…… will just have to return it.

Spent the rest of the evening pottering around and did another round of laundry together. By 10pm we were hungry and wanted supper but didn’t feel like going out, so after a lot of clambering around the net, A said to order Domino’s Pizza, so then I had to register an account and we rushed to make our orders because they close at 11pm. We managed to put our order through (1 Hawaiian Paradise, 1 Pepperoni, 6 pcs BBQ wings) at 10.30pm.  Domino’s promise is to deliver within 3o minutes, or we get a “free pizza voucher”, so of course the order came almost an hour later and the delivery guy just had to give us a voucher. It’s such a great marketing ploy – they make you think they are fast, but they just take their time anyway, because the voucher they give is for a free pizza only with a minimum order of $15 in your next order, so there, they get your repeated business.

So yeah… pigged out, then went to sleep. Ugh… So unhealthy! My body is starting to punish me for all these fast food lately!

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Posted by on December 2, 2014 in Oui to We!


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Moving Day!

Finally, the long awaited day is here! I got up at 6am to start clearing up bits and pieces (and there were A LOT of bits and pieces!) and packed up my AIO desktop. Pottered around till I heard the aunt leave house at around 8ish, then I started moving my load out into the living room. Man, by the time I was done, I stepped back and had a look, and was shocked at the amount of stuff. No one would ever thought it came from ONE little bedroom! I know A is gonna freak out when he saw these.

At 9am, A came bearing McD breakfast, and at the same time, my colleague, Saj, called to say he was downstairs, so I went down to get him, but not before the expected freaking out from A when he saw how much stuff I was moving. Ruh roh! When I brought Saj in, his eyes popped out as well. I asked if he was regretting his offer to help me move. Haha..

As A had bought 2 sausage egg Mcmuffins, he asked me to give one to Saj else it would look bad if he and I ate and Saj had nothing. So although Saj had assured me (though not very convincingly) that he had something earlier, I shoved the muffin in his hands and told him I needed him to be strong for the move.

After that, we started bringing down all my 10+ cloth bags of clothes and other miscellaneous items and packing them into Saj’s Toyota Rush. Thank God we got movers instead of relying solely on his car as he had initially proposed, because there was no way in hell my furniture could go in, and even then, we would need to make more than 10 trips to the new place. (We later realized each trip took 20 minutes one way. Whoa…)

That done, we then brought down the rest of the big items like my 12 storage containers, chest of drawers, bookcase, dressing cabinet, storage trunk and bins. I was beginning to feel really ridiculous, but I couldn’t bear to leave any of these behind. The mover came promptly at 10am, when the guys were bringing down the last of the stuff, so while they were loading it into the van (we hired a driver only, so no manpower to help lift stuff), I  went back up to the house for a last look and check.

You would think I would feel at least a slight tug of sentimentality – so did I. But whadya know, I felt NOTHING. Was there something wrong with me? I tear up very easily, and am sentimental about almost everything, but this time, my heart was cold. I don’t want to be ungrateful. I feel bad for not feeling anything. Does that make sense?

Back to the move, by the time all my things were loaded up (within an impressive 15 mins), there was hardly much space left. And we still had to go to A’s place to pick up his stuff. Oops…. He gave me the evil eye every 10 minutes. Sad smile

Sure enough, when we went to his place and he and I brought down his stuff as Saj helped to load them up into the van, it became clear that there was no way A’s few suitcases and some other miscellaneous items could fit. No choice but to trouble Saj to make a second trip back here with us later to pick up the balance.

Off we went – the mover van went ahead to our new place while Saj navigated us there with the help of the magic GPS. Once there, we unloaded everything. The mover who has not been very friendly earlier, suddenly warmed up and helped unload a couple of boxes. That was just before we paid him. For the 1.5 hours of service, we paid $85, pro-rated from the $55 per hour rate. After he left, we made multiple trips hauling the stuff up to the house.

After the last trip, we came down and realized Saj’s trolley which he had left leaning on one of the pillars near is car, was gone! WTH! Broad daylight thieves! M*therf*cking bastards! A and I felt really sorry about it and asked him where he bought it from. He told us it was ok, he had it for a while, had gotten it in Germany.


How are we gonna replace it now…? Sigh…

I suggested we take a break, so we went over to the food court across the road for some drinks (100 plus). After that we went back to Yew Tee for the rest of A’s things and back to Sembawang. I really couldn’t thank Saj enough. It would have been near impossible to manage the move today without his help. I promised to buy him lunch for a week.

After he left, A and I went back to the food court to pack our lunch, then came home to eat before setting up our room and unpacking essentials. We had our disagreements and huffy moments, but in the end everything found its place for the time being. Took us a few hours, and we were knackered by the time we were done.

Showered and rested, then later in the evening, A went back to Yew Tee to collect his deposit while I  pottered around unpacking and repacking a few things. He brought back KFC for our dinner. Then we spent the rest of the night chilling.

Day is done!

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Posted by on November 30, 2014 in Oui to We!


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Don’t disturb me when I’m eating.

I used to love eating at my desk, because it is that 1-2 hours a day that I could have some time for a breather while everyone else is out. However, I don’t know what is becoming of this world nowadays. People are not lunching when they are supposed to, so on the unfortunate days that my lunch group is unavailable and I have to endure lunch at the desk, I get hounded between each spoonful, and even in the midst of one. Don’t people have ANY consideration at all?? Can’t they see I am eating? It shouldn’t matter whether I’m out for lunch or eating in. It is MY time, and whatever it is that you need could wait till I’m done. I eat fast anyway, mainly because I don’t have the leisure to savour my food.

I’ve always wanted to put a sign at my desk that says “Lunch. Please Do Not Disturb” but I thought it would seem too aggressive. Wish I had an office where I could just close the door and shut everyone out.

I’m eating. Leave me alone. ROARRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted by on November 20, 2014 in Daily Humdrum


Movie: Big Hero 6

Movie outings are becoming less frequent for us of late, mainly because there were no movies that really piqued both our interests enough to part with $20. However, I was tickled by the trailer for Big Hero 6 sometime back, so yesterday, A surprised me with tickets. We had dinner at Tim Ho Wan, JEM before the movie.

At first, I vaguely wondered why a movie about a boy (Hiro Hamada) and his balloon robot (Baymax) was called Big Hero 6, because I didn’t notice any other main characters in the trailer. Even halfway into the movie, there were no other heroes. But of course, it picked up from there when Hiro’s friends (GoGo Tomago, Wasabi, Honey Lemon and Fred) were “upgraded” with awesome abilities. Together with Baymax, they became six heroes.


Plot synopsis (with some references from Wikipedia):

Hiro is a young robotics prodigy who lives in San Fransokyo with his elder bro Tadashi and their Aunt Cass. Tadashi attends university at the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology under the mentorship of robotics professor, Robert Callaghan. Tadashi did not want Hiro wasting his talent building little robots for illegal robot fighting and getting into trouble around town, so he brought him to the university to meet Callaghan. There, Hiro also met Tadashi’s mates, GoGo Tomago, Wasabi, Honey Lemon and Fred, as well as a robot he had built, a personal healthcare companion called Baymax, who could detect when someone is in pain, do a split second body scan and execute treatment. Inspired, Hiro worked hard on a microbot that, when linked up to other microbots of its kind, could form any structure imaginable by the one in control using telepathy. He presented this at the university’s annual robotics exhibition and impressed Callaghan enough to give Hiro a spot at the university. The microbots also gained keen interest from Alistair Krei, the president of Krei Tech, who wanted to buy this technology. However, Callaghan, who seemed to have a bad history with Krei, stepped in an warned Hiro against selling his invention.

As soon as they left the exhibition hall, the place caught fire. On hearing that Callaghan was still inside, Tadashi went back to save him despite Hiro’s protests. The place exploded and it is next shown that Tadashi and Callaghan had perished. Devastated, Hiro secluded himself and did not attend classes.

One day, Hiro found one of his microbots but it was behaving strangely as though trying to go somewhere. He accidentally activated Baymax, which had been left in Tadashi’s room. Baymax sensed Hiro’s mood swings and concluded it was due to puberty. It asked if finding out where the microbot was trying to go would make Hiro feel better, and proceeded to leave the house with the microbot in its hand, leading the way. Hiro chased Baymax all around town, and they ended up an abandoned warehouse where they discovered barrels and barrels of the same microbots, and saw a masked man who activated all the microbots to go after Hiro and Baymax. This brought them to the police station attempting to report the attack (which is the scene of the movie’s trailer) but of course their story was too absurd to be believed, so they left.

Hiro deduced that the masked man who stole his project must be Krei, who was probably the one who started the fire that killed his brother, and decided to take revenge. Baymax contacted the group of friends from the university, and together they hatched a plan and Hiro made upgrades to give special abilities to all of them. Baymax tracked Krei to a remote, quarantined island and they found remnants of Krei’s lab in which Krei’s team had attempted and failed a human teleportation, with the victim vanishing without a trace.

The masked villain, Yokai, appeared and attacked them. After a battle with the Heroes uncovered his mask and revealed him to be Callaghan, he explained that he had started the fire to steal Hiro’s microbots. Furious that his brother had died in vain, Hiro removed the healthcare (nice robot) chip from Baymax, leaving only the battle (killer robot) chip. and ordered it to take out the professor. However the rest of the Heroes restrained them as they did not sign up to take lives. Honey managed to slot the healthcare chip back into Baymax, and Yokai escaped.

Filled with anger, Hiro flew off on Baymax, leaving the Heroes behind. Back home, Hiro broke down. Baymax asked if killing the professor would make him feel better, and cheered him up by showing him funny clips of Tadashi running tests on Baymax during the early stages. Hiro realized Tadashi’s goal was to save lives, and would not have wanted the professor killed. He reunited with the other Heroes and made amends.

Still determined to catch Yokai, they went back to the drawing board. The Heroes found out that the victim, Abigail’s last name was Callaghan, and realized she was Callaghan’s daughter and that he had been seeking revenge on Krei. They saved Krei in the nick of time, but the unstable portal was still active. Baymax detected life in the portal, and entered it with Hiro to save Abigail. On the way back out, the portal waves damaged Baymax’s armour, leaving it unable to thrust. It got an idea to save Hiro and Abigail by ejecting his armour fist, hence catapulting them out of the portal, but in doing so, it would sacrifice itself. Hiro refused to leave Baymax behind, but eventually relented upon its insistence, and together with Abigail, exited the portal to safety. Professor Callaghan got arrested for his crimes.

Sometime later, when Hiro’s life had returned to normal, he discovered Baymax’s healthcare chip held by the armour fist that saved him. As the chip was programmed with Baymax’s personality, Hiro was able to rebuild it and was thus reunited with his beloved companion. The six Heroes continued their adventures around the city, fulfilling Tadashi’s dream of helping others.

There is also a post-credit scene (sadly I did not know about it and thus left the cinema as soon as the credits rolled). As described in Wikipedia:
“Fred talks to a photo of his father in the family mansion, telling him he would be proud of him. Fred accidentally opens a secret door and, upon entering, finds superhero gear. His father arrives and states they have a lot to talk about as they embrace.”

Although there were sad moments like when Tadashi died and when Baymax sacrificed itself, there were many, many hilarious moments which had me in laughing fits and tears.

That said, I still enjoyed the movie thoroughly, and although I’m not usually a fan of comic-based superhero movies and rarely ever re-watch them voluntarily, I would not mind watching this one again.

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Posted by on November 18, 2014 in Rants. Raves. Reviews.


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Sleepless in Singapore

Quick update from my last post – we have decided to rent a master bedroom in Sembawang. The place belongs to Jenny, a part-timer working under A, and she only goes back once a while as she is staying with her aunt in Toa Payoh. We viewed it last Monday and made the decision on the spot. The rate she quoted was kinda steep, so I had to bargain a little.

So anyway, that’s settled. We’d be moving in on 1 Dec.

Mixed feelings. I’ve never had a roommate before. When I was born, right up till the age of 8, My family of 4 lived in a “studio” room, annexed from my grandfather’s bungalow. It’s not as fancy as it sounds. But it was cozy, and I loved growing up there. But after that we had shifted to our own place and I had my own room. When I was in college, I took a single room as well because I was paranoid about people touching my stuff. Then I came to Singapore for university, and had my own room at aunt’s apartment till now.

So yeah, I had sleepless nights thinking how I would cope. While I am excited to finally live with A, I also need my private space and I’m not sure if I could deal with someone snoring and tossing about (and omg.. farting!) next to me. Vacation’s fine – a few days, a week, I could handle. But this is long term.

But I’m determined to make this work. After all, it was because of me that he had to get up and out of his current place. I just have to look forward to the future when we have our own house, and then I would allocate one room for my respite.

Packing’s 90% done. The main concern is to get movers. My colleague had very enthusiastically offered to help with all aspects of the move, but after another few days of packing, I realized his SUV would need to take at least 3 trips to get all my stuff to the new place. Still he said it was no problem. I am really touched to have such unconditional help. Perhaps I was the world’s best friend in my past life. Anyway, I won’t take it for free. I will gradually repay him with food treats!

Back to my sleepless nights… I think I’m averaging on 4 hours of sleep per night these past 2 weeks. Crankiness and random bursts of rage may occur. You’ve been warned…….

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Posted by on November 17, 2014 in Daily Humdrum


Break Free

The past couple of days has been an emotional turmoil for me. I cant bear to rehash the details again, but it’s got to do with my current living situation and differences with my aunt. Anyway I’ve been staying with her for over 9 years now, which is way past due. Time to fly…

Went for a room viewing at AMK earlier, and I really liked the place and the owner, a very friendly aunty probably in her 60s.


– 6-7 mins walk from AMK Hub (MRT, Bus interchange, Mall)

– Abundance of shops and food courts around the block

– Freedom – owner only stays a couple of nights every week

– House and room were super clean and tidy, like I would just sleep there tonight if I could



– No air-con, no wifi

– Utilities not included in the rent, to be split among…

– Two other housemates (both ladies, around my age apparently)

– Not much space in the room for my things, let alone together with A’s things, since the room is fully furnished to the point where it has a queen AND single bed.


So I couldn’t decide. The agent tried very hard to persuade me to take it immediately, and told me another Malaysian girl is viewing tomorrow and I may miss the boat. But I know these are tactics. I don’t want to rush into such major decisions, so I said I will bring A to view together on Monday IF the room is still available.

Not long after I left, she called me and asked me again if I really don’t want to grab it now. I think the owner likes me and wants me to rent it. But I maintained that I have to let A view it in person since he will also be staying.

At home, the aunt finally broke her silent spell, and asked if my mum had mentioned to me about her (aunt) intending to raise my rent next year. I just said I may be moving out already, and she said Okay…

And now I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. Now I can stop fretting about her reaction and pending explosions, and focus on finding my new abode. I really really pray that my life can turn for the better now.

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Posted by on November 7, 2014 in Heartstrings


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