Great Scott!

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Deepavali this year marked my first attempt at drawing a person.

Or anything with a face, really.

Yesterday was a nice day spent at the airport.

Kaiying asked me if Christopher Llyod was still living. I said yes, but googled it for confirmation anyway. And that was when I found out that his birth date was 22 October – Deepavali! I drew Christopher Llyod on his birthday without realizing it! Cool beans!

I’m quite happy with how the drawing turned out though, because I hadn’t been the most diligent at checking proportions. And that, my friends, explains how Dr. Emmett Brown had gotten so fat! HAHAHA :p

Still, after all this time.

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When I was six, papa got a new Motorola at an exorbitant price, to which I proudly told him:

“I know how we can buy phones at cheaper prices!”

“How?”

“Just wait for newer phones to come out and then buy the older phones!”

Papa then scoffed at my genius suggestion.

“Why would you want to use outdated things? Why don’t you just study hard and earn more money so that you can buy whichever phone you like and advance with technology?”

Countless times in recent years, I have found myself wanting to abandon the iPhone 4S for my old Nokia 3100. It is the phone that has remained ever so faithful to me ever since I was in Primary 5, and the phone I could turn to whenever those lousy Sony Ericssons died on me before my two-year contracts were up throughout my secondary school years. Mind you, I even had a dream about it.

Truth is, I can’t keep up with the advancement in technology. I miss the time when people would spend time crafting their texts to make every character count so that they needn’t waste another five cents. I miss the time when instead of chatting over Whatsapp, people met up to catch up. I miss having real people to talk to face to face. I miss having real friends – the meaty, not pixellated version.

I hate social media.

And I hate myself for succumbing to it.

Medan

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Background:

The wedding banquet at Medan was scheduled to be held on 9th October. EGG, Tiwi and I reached four days earlier to tie up any loose ends, while the rest of the family were to fly over only on the 8th. Alas, a series of unfortunate events, this trip turned out to be.

1. Detention at Kualanamu Airport

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where N = price of branded items, x = random percentage, #!@&* = crazy amount to pay

No official forms were used, just good old normal A4 paper.
For all we know, this might be what’s really happening:

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2. Stomach Flu

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It definitely wasn’t the heavenly duck bee hoon (DAMN GOOD, I TELL YOU!) or the satay padang. Even if it was, it’d be well worth the while. Haha.

3. Retinal Detachment

Auntie’s retina detached completely the day after the banquet, probably due to lack of rest and stress. Immediate medical attention was required, meaning that she had to fly to Singapore ASAP. But…

4. Volcano Eruption

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On our second day there, Mt. Sinabung decided to join in the celebrations too. Its enthusiasm led to…

5. Flight Delays/Cancellations

As a result, a whole lot of guests (Mum, DGG, SJJ, BB, Ahmah, Sargou, Dagu, Daguzhang, Ahyi, Yizhang, Jaya and Tiwi’s colleagues) couldn’t make it to the banquet and I was EGG’s only family member/guest/VIP at the Medan reception!

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A blur picture would have to suffice because I haven’t got the deceased scanner replaced.

Flight reschedule also meant delayed treatment for Auntie’s eye and a possibility that EGG, Tiwi and I couldn’t make it back in time for the banquet in Singapore. Thankfully, however, we did. Though the experience wasn’t one easily forgettable. Auntie’s eye operation also went smoothly thanks to minmin jiejie’s help in appointing a good eye surgeon.

Conclusion: What. A. Trip.

D:

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Loneliness is when you cooked a meal* for five people but are the only one at home.

Hey why ain’t nobody home yet???

*rice, soup, vegetables, fish and curry

July, August, September 2014

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What, it’s mid-October already??!

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July was somewhat a five-week month and I spent the bulk of it struggling with juggling two jobs. Everyday I found myself in doubt, wondering how I am to survive two more months of working seven days a week. It was so mentally exhausting, I eventually pleaded with Dr Ban to let me quit at the end of August :p

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Got a day off due to Hari Raya Puasa falling on a weekday. Family outing to Botanical Gardens.

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The first three weeks of August remained equally depressing. Clay, flowers and Harry Potter were all that kept me sane.

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Melanie and I got reprimanded by Hitler during my last week at IMCB – we were too naive. And Ailing treated us to a farewell lunch at Big Mama.

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Surprise from colleagues at the flower shop. Cheryl and June even wrapped me a birthday hamper!* :’) EGG also returned from Beijing (for good?).

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Just when I thought I could finally get started on the portfolio, September got consumed by spring cleaning, house renovations and wedding preparations. My favourite month was gone in just a blink of an eye.

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Didn’t even get to say goodbye to the faithful desk which served me for 11 years.

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Food tasting at Pan Pacific

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Lola’s cafe with Victor and Wenjin before Victor’s enlistment

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Ziying jiejie’s wedding. Tried to get the little imp to wear a shirt but he cried like crazy. HAHAHA.

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Grub with Madeline and Olivia. Grainy.

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Other miscellaneous pictures:

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Happy

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Popping bubble wrap is serious business!

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KB Lab interns

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EGG’s masterpiece featuring me in his room, lol!

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你在囧什么?

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I died a little inside when I decided to upload this. First ever attempt at watercolour and I tried painting a landscape haha! 不自量力 :p

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Second and third attempts. Forget landscapes, let’s try something a little more manageable!

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With the other receptionist :)

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Now, half of October has vanished! Three and a half more months to submission, please let there be no more distractions and procrastination :p

*which remains unopened, hahaha

My mind is not my own

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Surely, I can do better than this?

I’m back from EGG and Tiwi’s wedding banquet held in Medan, Indonesia and it was hands down the most epic trip I’ve ever had.

The Singapore banquet is commencing tomorrow. I can only hope for there to be no more hiccups and that the pom pom party would proceed smoothly.