Take a hint

I started this post wanting to rant about how some people can be so utterly oblivious. But I failed to find the right words to string together for the proper expression.

Besides, what’s ignorant people compared to huge ass giant flying cockroach in your house followed by breaking your favourite teacup due to paranoia inflicted by the pink lizard? Nothing.

That teacup was really one-of-a-kind, the only one in this world *sobs*

I had an extremely lousy day.

Social media is making me more lonesome than ever.

The Pink Lizard

Seems like it enjoys terrorising me, exclusively. Since two years ago when I first spotted it by the dustbin almost every night, I have learnt to ignore it.

Perhaps the attention-starvation has provoked it to seek exhilaration and excitement. Last Saturday, it appeared by the sink, scurried away upon my entrance into the kitchen and left me shell-shocked. Last night, the cold-blooded poltergeist taunted me once again by the sink.

I really hope it’d stop testing my heart at every opportunity it gets.

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I dreamt of cutting up a cockroach last night. In the cross sectional view of its abdomen, I saw a roller coaster with all my friends sitting in it. But the roller coaster became the interior of a giant mealworm in an instant. My friends were still enjoying themselves (much to my horror). And the pink lizard was amongst them, squealing in delight.

I forgot how to squeeze toothpaste on my toothbrush yesterday.

That is because I tried doing it with a conscious mind. How weird.

A chance meeting with a primary school classmate last week brought deep-rooted (but limited) memories to the surface. Guess there’s this system in my brain that clears unpleasant experiences like how the CCleaner cleans my temporary internet files.

In any case, my retarded reflex at crossing the road at lightning speed (or was it merely cowardice?) costed me the opportunity to set things right. How could it only occur to me to say hi after the walk has been walked? *shakes self vigorously*

Looking back, I really really despise my old self a lot. So much so that I hope it can be deleted forever. Wiped clean from the memories of whoever I used to interact with. I don’t even like the current being as well.

Oh, something interesting:

I used to be part of a self-created Anti-Science Club with Cheryl just because I’ve always did badly in said subject since Primary Three. Funny how I grew to like it and even obtain a Diploma in that area.

Don’t you hate it when you are typing something rather personal and some stranger on the train keeps staring at your phone and trying to read every word? Ha! But it doesn’t really make sense since these ‘personal’ stuff are gonna go on to the World Wide Web anyway. Shot an arrow at the auntie but it ended up in my butt. Good job.

zap

I was just sitting on the sofa being a couch potato and a curious thought popped into my head:

What happens when you Google your phone number?

So. I Googled my family members’ numbers and…

Mum’s: DOTA stuff

EGG’s: Stock Images for “Sweet Baby Boy Sitting Down”

DGG’s: Poker

SJJ’s: Cytochrome Oxidase Subunit I

Siqi’s: Fusarium culmorum cDNA, mRNA Sequence

How interesting HAHAHA.

March 2014

01 I’m officially a working adult!

Taking a gap year (or two) means no more monthly allowance. Earning my own keep and saving as much as possible has proven to be a GIGANTIC challenge, considering my part-time job at the flower shop only pays six dollars an hour. Here’s a typical budget breakdown:

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Also, not forgetting about the Employee CPF Contribution of ~13.6%/month ($106.08/month), I’m being left with *drumrolls* -$40.88/month (LOLOL) for miscellaneous expenses and/or emergencies. This means I’ll have to reduce my savings percentage. Furthermore, taking into consideration that this is only a lame-ass rough estimation and only exists in The Perfect Scenario (whereby I successfully convert into a caveman or robot with zero social life and live on bread everyday), I’ve arrived at the conclusion that I absolutely cannot survive. Especially so when all my gadgets have decided to go on a strike at the same time. And so, this brings me to…

06 A Meeting with 包大人

I am working towards something. And being back in the lab for another six months is really not going to lead me to that something. Besides, that’s also the main reason I didn’t want to continue in this field but I digress. Anyway, throughout the meeting I kept telling Dr. Kenneth how enticing his deal was (really, the money) but how I couldn’t accept it because of my something and because I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to meet their expectations (Like hello? We are talking about Blur-Cok Fang taking over a degree holder’s job!!!). But I understood that he needed the manpower urgently and thus offered to headhunt for him. I do have a few candidates (Read: Some of my awesome research classmates) suitable for the job. So basically that day at IMCB, I told everyone (Dr. Kenneth, Ailing and even Mr. Gate Opener, whom I chanced upon at the elevator) that I am not going to take up the offer.

BUT. On the train ride home, the picture of frail-looking bearded (seriously!) Siqi sitting in a cave, munching on bread as the sun sets and rises popped into my brain. THE HORROR. What happened next when I got home is that I wrote an email to Dr. Kenneth explaining that I’ve changed my mind and will start work in April. HAHAHA. Imagine the faces of all those people I’ve spoke to that day when they see me in my labcoat back in the lab. I cannot believe myself. In the end, I fell into the rat race. Once again. What is money?

08 International Women’s Day

Quite a lot of customers came to buy flowers today, I wonder if it’s due to Women’s Day. That night, I treated mummy to a yummy dinner at Kazokutei, because of the occasion giving her an allowance of only a hundred bucks per month is too little (although that’s the only sum I could afford). Their handmade udon was amazing!

13 Villagers Meet-Up

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Our last meet-up was at Swee Choon! Shinyin suggested we go to Old Airport Road after hearing my pleas for cheaper food. We all met at dakota and walked over to the food centre only to find it closed for washing. LOL WHAT. Damn suay. Ended up dining in Bugis and found this Kinder Surprise in Cold Storage!

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18 Pottery

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We’re kept busy by the arrival of fresh flowers in the shop on Tuesdays and Fridays. A sunflower broke and Yhan told me to throw it away. A satay stick and some high-quality scotch tape later, it was mine to bring home (^-^) Was feeling pretty lazy that day so all I managed in pottery class, was to put the finishing touches on a bowl and to glaze the cup from my first lesson. Hope the cup survives the firing this time.

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20 Suming’s Handover

In an effort to do my job well, I headed over to IMCB for Suming’s handover. She showed me how to deal with the dispatching stuff and handling of invoices. That day, I met Felicia (our lovely junior from med tech who was interning there) and we finally tried the Indian stall at the ASTAR foodcourt.

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It’s economical rice, but cooked by indians haha. After lunch, I nua-ed in the lab for another two more hours until Dr. Kenneth returned from NUS. We had a chat and Suming introduced her two projects to me. Ah, cloning~ I ‘m really worried :( There was a mini bookfair at the Epicenter and I got a cute pop-up book for binbin. Hehehe :D

25 Results

The last semester results we’ll ever receive in poly! I specially waited up for it despite being dog-tired and I wasn’t disappointed. Hard work paid off, yeah! :) *unlocks achievement of one of my new year resolutions*

27 Villagers Meet-Up Two

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We’re on a roll, we are! Two meet-ups in a month as compared to our usual once-in-a-year routine. Tried out VeganBurg and it was quite nice. We then explored Marina Bay and by coincidence, there was an ongoing iLight Marina Bay exhibition and we managed to check it out while waiting for Shinyin. After which, we also went to watch the water show in front of MBS. It was a night well-spent :)

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30 Annual Qing Ming Festival Temple Visit

Visited the temple, went to the market, did some chores at home, watched TV, FaceTimed EGG and then dinner at ahmah’s. A simple day with the family. Enjoying some peace before the commencement of my seven days work week.

31 Last day as a regular part-timer at the flower shop

I’ll still be working there every weekend.
All is good. Now, some random pictures from the shop (mostly floral related):

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Similar styles. I just love eustomas hahaha. And I feel extremely happy when people buy the bouquets that I make. They actually want them!!! Can I hug all of you? \(TvT)/

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Ugly quick sketches with wrong proportions, angles and weird perspectives. HAHAHA.

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Slightly better but still poor drawing.

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Remember I broke a daisy while reinforcing it the other day? Well, I decided to leave it to dry and see how it’ll look like and this is the result. Disintegrated into balls of fluff! Interesting.

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A bunny paperclip I recycled out of a piece of wire which Yhan used in her demonstration of the reinforcement of gerberas. I’m pretty creative, aren’t I? *self-praises* hehehe

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Lastly, footwear that brought me to my pay on payday! Yey! :D

Okay, I was supposed to start work in IMCB today but because I’m still waiting for the SP letter of certification and approval of my application so, one more day of freedom! I’ll work hard tomorrow onwards. Ta-ta!

Things that need replacing:

- Desktop
- Printer
- Printer ink
- Calculator
- Camera
- 77% of Siqi’s wardrobe
- Siqi’s mouth

Desktop’s been spoilt forever. Maybe I should get a laptop for mum. $$$. Printer/Scanner died on me today when I most needed it. Its ink (functional ones, mind you) have been missing since more than four years ago. I absolutely hate that it fails to print once a single colour has “run out”. Hello? Even older printers are smart enough to provide me with an option of using composite ink which is also what I really need :(

Seven year old calculator has got to go, too. I’ll miss you but perhaps not, for such a glutton you are, eating away all those batteries like they’re canned tuna and mango puddings.

Camera’s battery is gonna die pretty soon as well. Its sadly limited megapixels have also been mocked by Victor during the SF trip. But since it’s not such a necessity, I might remove it from this stupid list.

77% of Siqi’s wardrobe might as well be shifted to the “Things to be Discarded” list. Because I’ve officially turned into a cartoon character, wearing the same outfits every single day. Mainly because of work. But even without work, I believe my dressings would still be all t-shirts and jeans. What Jillyn calls “Boring~”.

Lastly, the useless mouth which has been gobbling down cans of tuna and mango puddings. Ah. Not forgetting sprouting streams of nonsense. You’ve gotta go, baby.

Conclusion I: I’m going to be real broke unless DGG reads this and kindly offer to sponsor the electronics. *hint hint* hehehe :p

Conclusion II: Gadgets hate me

Conclusion III: I’ve been snacking way too much lately.

Fleeting

Hello.

I was really happy on Tuesday because of work and pottery, which explains why I was heard laughing in my sleep that night. Hand bouquets aren’t as simple as they seem to be (esp round ones). The fillers don’t always turn out like how I imagined they would.

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Teacher was delighted to see me again. Despite not being at it for close to a year, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I was still capable of coiling pretty well. Speed also increased slightly (^-^)v Francis had already moved on to the electric wheel! Well, let’s master the basics first alright! I’m still rather clueless when it comes to compacting clay and trimming.

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Thursday saw me going back to SP Library to return books (T_T) and print stuff before rushing down to IMCB for a chat with Dr. Ban. Suming’s gonna leave for SGH soon and I was to fill up her spot temporarily. Because I’m really afraid that I wouldn’t be able to deliver what’s expected of me, I didn’t want to accept the offer initially. However, the terms were really attractive (actually it’s just the money and experience) and to survive this year on my own, I really do need this source of income. You can buy time after all. Other people’s time. And that is, if you have the money. So starting April, I’d be back to doing research and cloning and cloning and more cloning. This time, Sweet Suming wouldn’t be there to help me out anymore :(

There’s a need to re-evaluate my life and subsequent action plans again. It’s such a gigantic step out of my comfort zone, not applying for university like everyone is doing. I feel like I must make full use of this time. Then again, there’s no time as it is consumed by work. Work for money. Money makes the world go round. I hate the world.

I don’t know how this post started out all happy and then ends with such negative thoughts.
So, random pictures are a must for distraction:

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I accidentally broke this when I was trying to reinforce it, lol

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After finishing My Love from the Stars, E.T. was showing on Channel 5 and I came across this on Tumblr. Too funny.

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Finally, amina’s toing-please-jiayou-for-your-tests face