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15 facts about me:

1. I have severe hair issues which stem from many bad experiences in the past. Once an old chinese Auntie cut my hair while watching TV, it was not a pleasant experience. I have also coloured my hair many many times, which led to a phase of extreme blondness which I hope to never repeat again. I’ve also cut my hair many times, not just the fringe but I gave myself a bob once.

2. I used to have a cat called Gitty but he ran away 😦

3. Recently I’ve developed a cat allergy whereby I start sneezing and my eyes tear up and swell if I’m in contact with a cat, which kinda sucks.

4. I have run a full marathon without training before.

5. I lived in Europe for 5 months in 2009 and though I travelled extensively, I was also pretty poor and survived on mainly bread and Nutella. The good part was that it was during winter so no one really noticed the weight gain.

6. I can go for weeks without eating rice, but not without eating bread.

7. I used to have weight issues when I was a teenager. I was anorexic for a bit, but I was also bulimic for years. Thankfully I am not anymore.

8. I still have weight issues though. My body type is the kind where I can gain weight very easily and lose it very easily. That’s why I have to exercise regularly in order to keep my weight moderate.

9. I have had 4 fathers.

10. I studied Accountancy in university and absolutely hated it but the school did not let me change my course of study. I still feel bitter about this. If I could do it all over again, I would study Literature.

11. When I was 6, I fell out of my school bus because the Emergency Door opened accidentally. I rolled onto the road but fortunately the first car stopped and sent me home. The bus driver didn’t know I was gone! The principal refused to acknowledge that the bus driver was partly at fault so my mother made me change my school.

12. I used to poke holes in tomatoes with my fingers when I went to the wet market. Until one day the shop owner saw and I got scolded by both the shopowner and my mother. I still feel tempted, sometimes.

13. I was in malay dance in primary school, secondary school, JC and even university.

14. I used to hate spicy food and my mom would “wash” anything which I considered spicy just so that I would be able to eat it. I only recently learnt how to appreciate chilli.

15. I don’t eat mee siam, mee rebus, the peanut sauce in satay and rojak. There’s no real reason why. Laksa used to be on the list but I’ve recently started eating it again.

Image credit to the beautiful Nikipaniki

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November 30, 2010 at 4:45 pm

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balloons, party hats and general yayness

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Hello! How was your weekend? I had a really awesome one, celebrating sherms’ birthday on both Saturday and Sunday!

We started off our celebrations at The Plain on Saturday, ended up going for a walkabout with 25 colourful balloons in tow!

Here are a couple of photos, there were tons to choose from so I will post more photos in another post.

Stephie, Sherms, Squid (so many S’s!) and Farah!

Birthday girl vs trick candles!

With birthday surprise organiser Niki!

A pensive-looking Brian!

Farocks the model.

Gotta love this shot taken by Brian (hipstamatic magic!)

The irrepressible Yin!

The many faces of Wan Azlina!

My lovely blue shoes (I have no shame, I know!)

A jump shot captured on film. Impressive!

The walkabout crew, refusing to let the sun defeat them.

Photos cheekily borrowed from Niki, Yin and Brian! More photos to come from the second half of the day!

Ooh and happy birthday sherms! (:

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November 29, 2010 at 4:39 pm

completed

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A life of quietude;

Preferred by some.

A life of mistakes;

Avoided by others.

A life of sin;

Death by fire.

A life of nothing.

Death, by adventure omitted.

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November 26, 2010 at 11:15 am

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impossible

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I’ve never really been into surreal photography but this photo (‘untitled_folly’) from Jim Kazanjian just blows me away. It reminds me a bit of The Corpse Bride and Coraline, as well as The Grinch and Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, no? Very fantastical.

He creates them by recomposing bits and pieces from multiple photos, creating impossible structures that look like they came from fantasy books. Click here to see more of his stunning photos.

I like what this critic says of him “in Kazanjian’s hands, this freedom from naturalistic vision gives way to an uncanny space that is familiar but foreign—a fantasy both wild and gloomy.”

A fantasy both wild and gloomy.


Credit: Jim Kazanjian via good.is

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November 25, 2010 at 10:51 am

cheers my dears

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Elevendecember

I’m not one who’s happy when it rains (points to those who recognise the song!). In fact, I get a bit moody and a tad depressed. But fortunately, this is usually easily remedied with a hot cup of tea and a comfy sweater. I never really thought about it but I guess I do prefer the sunny weather, which is great since I live in Singapore! (not a fan of humidity though. Geddit geddit! Haha..ok.)

The great thing about the internet is that even if you’re not feeling 100%, you can go on to your favourite blogs and websites and seek comfort in the beautiful images that other people post up or in the magical way that a well-strung sentence can incite a small smile.

For Me For You

Girly Style Memo

Beautiful video, watch it if you haven’t already.

Girly Style Memo

It feels like a long weekend for me because I’m on leave the whole of this week. I’m looking forward to some good teh and reading my new book Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. It’s erfen’s birthday weekend as well so I’m stressing myself out with planning some nice surprises for him! (:

I hope you have some plans for tomorrow and the weekend! Oh and Selamat Hari Raya Aidiladha to all Muslims celebrating!

ps: the last photo taken by Tsilli of Girly Style Memo is from a Swap-a-Roll organised by the lovely fuzzygreenlights. Looking forward to receiving my roll of film from my buddy Ashirah and seeing the photos that come out!

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November 16, 2010 at 4:05 pm

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merah pawana

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Hi all! You may not know but I’ve been involved in Malay theatre this year, I joined a youth theatre group called Mereka (“they” or “create” in Malay) and it’s been a real blast learning about different aspects of theatre. Mereka is a like the little sibling of Teater Ekamatra, which is an established Malay theatre group responsible for amazing productions like Nadirah and Bilik Ahmad Berdaki.

Next week, Teater Ekamatra will be putting up what is their grandest and most ambitious production to date. Merah Pawana is an outdoor production which marries the best of Malay music, dance and culture. It explores the idea of the Malay identity and portrays a time before Islam came to be closely associated with the culture.

I had the pleasure of catching the preview of Merah Pawana along with erfen and Musxzart and managed to record a short preview for you!

This was taken at their rehearsal venue but I can’t wait to catch it with all the set and costumes! Even the venue is deliberate, as Fort Canning houses the Iskandar Shah Shrine, believed to be the burial site of Raja Iskandar Shah, the last of five kings to rule Singapore in the 14th century. The venue was chosen to echo the sense of royalty and mythicism that the play is grounded upon.

Also, I took photos with the dancers hehehe.

I’m really looking forward to catching the production! It will be staged every night from 18-21 Nov at the Fort Canning Gate. You can get your tickets here.

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November 14, 2010 at 6:39 pm

it’s so easy to forget

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How was your Monday?

I spent mine mostly in bed, trying to sweat out a fever. Thankfully it seems to have gone away, and all that sleeping means that I’m quite awake now.

Here’s a few snaps that I’ve had for awhile now, taken at various places. Enjoy!

Goofing around at Strictly Pancakes (and yes, the pancakes were delish!)

 


My five little piggies at Books Actually (and their awesome exhibition, Nonlinear Division)

 

The ever quirky Little Drom Store

And last but not least, a mirror that makes you feel happy! At Wonderwool.