Sunday, 31 May 2009

I'd Thought We've Already Established That

Last night, after a Finnish ballet performance (best one I've watched this year), I had to make a difficult decision. No, not to fly out to Russia to catch more world class ballets, although I was very tempted, I must say. I had to decide if I should make my way to Palau Ubin and catch the last ferry out for a birthday party (yes, you read that right, a birthday party on Ubin).

I made a quick decision to head down since Joel, the birthday boy, is a good friend of mine and I'd promised I would if there were still ferries available. I had secretly hoped there won't be any but lady luck wasn't on my side. Damnit.

I got my fair share of weird looks when the coast guards see a girl in a short skirt pulling up in a cab at the ferry terminal at 11pm at night and found out that she is making her way to Ubin for a party.

I then pulled an all nighter with copious amount of beer and the next morning, took the first ferry out then rode the bus home from Changi Village to Woodlands - no cabs! No cabs, imagine that!

Did I hear someone muttered "crazy"?

Yes, Joel must be crazy! Whoever celebrates their birthdays in Ubin? Hasn't Joel heard of St James?

Oh wait, you are referring to me as being crazy. I'd thought we've already established that?

Saturday, 30 May 2009

Everyone Makes Mistake

All of us make mistake. Friday was a beautiful mistake. A mistake, nevertheless.

Thing is I don't regret my mistakes. I learn from them.

Or I hope I do.

Friday, 29 May 2009

What the Stars Say for 29 May 09

The stars say, "Contradictions will be more helpful to you than agreements today. Seek conflict".

The stars didn't just tell me that. That's not exactly very nice. And you bitch, what are you reading?

Thursday, 28 May 2009

Wynn's Offer to Wynn

I wanna go Vegas now! NOW!!!

Taken for a Ride

I rode on the Circle line today!

Like a little kid, I held my breath in anticipation when I approached the platforms of the Circle line. I like that it's only a short walk from the Bishan's platform of the North-South line to the other of the Circle line. I have always hated the long distance between the platforms of North-South and NEL lines at Dhoby Ghaut. In my opinion, any two places that require a longer than three minutes walk is too far apart and a cab ride is in order.

I was thinking "Yes, short walk. I have ample reason to take the train now".

You know the saying "If something is too good to be true, it most probably is"? Turned out, the exit from Lorong Chuan station to Lorong Chuan road requires a good three and a half minute walk. And since I'm underground, I couldn't hail a cab.

I was taken for a ride.

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Damned If I Do, Damned If I Don't

These two days, I did a couple of stupid things which makes me real mad at myself.

Yesterday, I took a bus, thinking it will bring me to where I want it to bring me. Who knows, it went further and further away from my destination. In the end, I had to alight, get to the opposite side of the road in the middle of nowhere, and take a bus back to where I came from. I wasted an hour of my life for nothing. Next time, I'll stick with the cabs. Hmff.

This morning, I forgot to bring my laptop to the work and I only realised it when the cab pulled into New Tech Park. So I had to go home. Good thing I could work from home and thus, didn't have to waste more money on the cab ride back to the office.

It's like damned if I take a cab and damned if I don't! Aargh!!

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Monthly Breakdown of 2009 - Updated

A month-by-month horoscope guide, courtesy of Wicked!

LOVE: You’ll see the positive side of things and will feel more serene. Try to devote more time to your partner or you may be reproached.
WORK: You’ll need to make a choice which will have an impact on your future career. The Stars advise you to follow your instincts and inclinations - then things will be fine.
HEALTH: Try to watch what you eat as you risk putting on a little weight.
Wynn: Ah! I did put on quite a bit of weight already! Maybe I should start paying more attention to this horoscope stuff.

LOVE: Your self confidence will help your relationship with others. You’ll find a way to improve communication with your partner.
WORK: You will be far too stubborn so control yourself as a superior could reproach you heavily for this.
HEALTH: You are prone to catching a cold, probably due to the way you dress.
Wynn: Haha! Yes, wearing dresses in the 2 degree cold must be why.

LOVE: Be careful as others could take advantage of your kindly ways. Your partner’s confusing behavior will worry you.
WORK: Your courage will help you overcome a difficult challenge. Knowing that you love a good challenge, your superior will suggest increasingly difficult/ ambitious tasks. Weigh up carefully the risks and promises.
HEALTH: Take some time for yourself and dedicate some time to things you’ve always wanted to do - this will be an excellent way for you to take your mind off things.
Wynn: Without risk, there is no gain.

LOVE: You’ll tend not to boast, even when you achieve commendable things. Involve your partner more in dreaming about a future together.
WORK: You’ll worry at the idea of taking on a new project as you’ll feel you lack the means to do it. However, you’ll get there in the end.
HEALTH: You could be prone to headaches due to excessive mental strain. Go to bed early.
Wynn: All right, so I'm taking on the T&D role for sure.

LOVE: Faced with your partner’s continual requests, you’ll feel confused. The Stars advise you not to run away - just face up to the situation.
WORK: Change is on the cards. You’ll need to adapt to the new directives so that you don’t hinder the situation.
HEALTH: The Stars suggest you go out with friends to unwind and this will help take your mind off things.
Wynn: Change is constant and I have a jar of pennies to prove it. Okay, that was lame. I like change. It rejuvenates me.

Sunday, 24 May 2009

What the Stars Say for 24 May 09

The stars say, "Romance is a sizzling affair, but don't fret if things are cooling off either".

Telling me both sides of the story. Very smart indeed.

Thursday, 21 May 2009

OZ oz OZ oz - Down Under

The Uneventful Farewell
It didn’t turn out to be the teary event I expected. Joey was pretty composed. She wasn’t sobbing or panicking. Or worse, hysterical that I’m going on a suicide trip. I am proud of her. I have this feeling though, that she prayed I would get cold feet and decide to not board the plane when I reached the gate. 
But as everyone knows, as Wii sets out to do something, she usually doesn’t complete the task. Haha. What else were you expecting? If I complete everything that I set out to do, there would be a cure for cancer now.

And she would still be alive, wouldn’t she?

A Good Start, Sort of
So I arrived in MEL with two luggages in tow. Stepping out of the MEL airport, I realised I am really doing this. It should have hit me when I was on the plane but I guess I was too busy with the movies. 
I am a couchsurfer, yet I am not a backpacker. I am pretty sure that gave Louisa a shock. She had that look on her face, the “what the hell is she doing with such a large suitcase” look.

Louisa was cooking kangaroo stew and offered me some. Kangeroo stew! Whoever eats their country’s mascot?! But yummy the kangaroo stew was. It tasted like mutton. We should have kangaroo meat in SG too. I liked it.

The first day ended with me embodying the saying “You win some, you lose some”. I won some money at Crown casino. I was lost in a deserted area at 2am.

But I did ride on a ferris wheel. One goal accomplished!

Random Ramblings
I don’t understand how people in MEL can put up with the 20 minutes train frequency. In SG, we complain about the seven minutes train wait. Now, I truly appreciate SMRT. Then again, I don’t take the trains or buses in SG that often. Cabs take me everywhere. Hee.

Getting Lost Is a Skill - Part 1
I don’t know which tram number gets me home and I just went up to one that I think might take me home. I figured I could just recognise the landmarks and start walking home from there. Turns out it didn’t. Lost at 2am in the first day of my trip definitely wasn't part of the plan. A cab came to the rescue at 2am.

Getting Lost Is a Skill – Part 2
I go out without a map. I take the first tram that comes along and gets off whenever I see something I like. Then I realised I don’t know how to get back to where I was. So I take the next tram and again, stops wherever catches my fancy. It’s cyclical.

Getting Lost Is a Skill – Part 3
So yet again, I’m lost in MEL. I could argue that I am not actually lost but I’m exploring the city. Unless, of course, I am supposed to be somewhere, then I am lost. After numerous hours of exploring, I can say I am truly lost. Someone, help?

Chocolate + Sunset at Sandringham
A $10.50 train ride took me (together with Ben, Jen, Trent and Mat) to Sandringham, which is a good hour away. Cara promised good chocolate and a beautiful sunset and she made good her promise. I loved the hazelnut chocolate drink and coconut chocolate treat. I wished I didn’t have to leave.

Living in the CBD

Living in SYD’s CBD means after clubbing with Sissy, Max, Eugene and Gee, my sweet bed is just a block away. No more long journey home. Sweet.
Living in SYD’s CBS also means that I can shop to my heart’s content, go home, leave bags in the room, go out to shop somemore! Sweeter.

I wanna live on Ion Orchard in SG!

My Sassy Sissy

The fourth day Sissy and I met, we checked into a hotel. Sounded so wrong but felt so right.

Camping in Zero Degree C

Nobody would believe that Wii went camping. “That is not what Wii does”, they would say. Well, they are wrong about Wii. Wii went camping and was sleeping in a swag and sleeping bag. No tents, no cabins, no toilets. Waaaaaay out of Wii’s comfort zone.

Well, there is a reason for everything. The reasons Wii went on the camping trip were to lay hands on a rifle and 4-wheel drive.

Wii fired her first shot on the rifle and officially declared she has turned deaf. The adrenalin rush was too much to bear. Wii fired another few more rounds and was very satisfied with herself. Wii wants to shoot a kangaroo but she was aiming for the sky (no pun intended). She decided to just shoot trees.

Wii took to the wheels and 4-wheel drive in the mountainous field convinced Wii that she needs to get her driver’s license already. Maybe her bike license as well.

Scoot Over

I crashed a scooter. Scrapped my knees. Bruised myself. Cut my palm (at the spot where I cut myself in Spain!).

I was stupid to ride the scooter on my own. Max was stupid-er to allow me to ride his scooter on my own.

I still want to learn to ride one day though.

Great Ocean Road

I had all but given up hope on the road trip along Great Ocean Road when Ben agreed to embark on the road trip with me. Hooray! I flew in MEL and the journey begins at 4pm. We drove to Apollo Bay and slept in the car for the night. 

Sleeping in the car, I’ve done before. Sleeping in the car with a mattress, I have not. I was expecting us to be just sleeping in the seats. The mattress turns out to be more comfortable than expected. The next day, we set off and never looked back.

Eating at McDonald’s makes the road trip even more fantastic! The wind and chill didn't dampen the mood at all!

Our last stop: Nelson Point. That is where the sign “Welcome to South Australia” is. We practically drove across the state of Victoria. The 1400km road trip will make me smile for the longest time. Yes, 1400km in a day and a half.

Everybody Walks

There are no transportation systems in MEL and SYD. Everyone walks everywhere in these two cities. The reason they do that MUST be there are NO transportation systems, right? 

But what is that train I see above me on the tracks and what is that tram I see passing behind me on the tracks? You mean there is another mode of getting to the destination other than walking? Then why the hell have I been walking non-stop for the past two hours?

People here have this innate preference to walk everywhere and allow the trains and trams go to waste. This must be why the trains and trams only run every 20 minutes!

I’m Thankful

I count my blessings. I’ve only met the nicest people, the nicest hosts and the nicest travellers. I’ve moved five times and each time, I get a good night’s rest at each place. I’m thankful. Very thankful.

A Fairytale (Penguin) Ending

For two hours, I wait.
In the drizzly weather, I wait.
In the chilly wind, I wait.
For a penguin, I wait.
A cute fairy penguin appeared.
And my day was made.

I finally saw fairy penguins!! Uncaged ones. They were sooooo close!!! They were so cute!! Okay, the “they were so cute” line is totally redundant. But still! I waited in the slight drizzle and wind at St Kilda Pier for two hours before they decided to make their presence known. I will only do this for penguins, I’m sure. Maybe except for Madonna’s concert tickets too. When will Madonna ever come to SG? Madonna coming to SG will make Jess and I go crazy for sure.

But I digress.

So I have done what I set out to accomplish. Well, almost. The aim was to capture a penguin. Oh well, seeing a penguin up close will do for now. Till I get to Antarctica, then I will capture a penguin.

A traveller goes with the flow and goes wherever the wind takes her. A traveller meets and bonds with people. A traveller explores and gets lost in the midst of exploring – literally and not. A traveller is open to new experiences. A traveller steps out of her comfort zone and embarks on the unlit path. Most importantly (in my opinion), a traveller makes sure she looks good while doing the above. ;)

I am now a traveller.

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

I Swear - Continued Lifelong Learning

Now, I can add German to the languages I can swear in.

So the list goes like this: German, Tagalog, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Hokkien, Cantonese, of course, English and Mandarin.

Anyone up for some cultural exchange?

Pussycat Dolls Coming to Town

PCD tickets locked and loaded for 4 June!! Hooray~~~

Sunday, 17 May 2009

What the Stars Say for 17 May 09

The stars say, "Staying grounded could be tricky today. You're in the mood for fantasy and dreaming".

Especially after 17 days of adventures. To think I almost didn't make this journey.

I survived a suicidal trip! Hmm... how ironic.

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Glory to Man U

Weihao brought forth good news about United's success and glorious wins. The news brought forth some warmth to the chilly, windy OZ weather. Hooray!

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

What the Stars Say for 13 May 09

The stars say, "You have enough discipline in your life -- you can use a giant dose of spontaneity".

I must have strike lottery to buy enough discipline.

Monday, 11 May 2009

What the Stars Say for 11 May 09

The stars say, "Save any unfamiliar phone numbers that come your way -- they'll come in handy later".

Can you imagine the stars predicting I'm going to meet the most fantastic company in OZ?

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Email from Down Under 6 May 09

Hiya again (to everyone on bcc),

It's 12.11pm in MEL now. I am planning to head to Sydney today. Guess what. I do not have a flight tix or accomodation in Sydney as of the moment I'm typing this. This is no cause for worries because everything will turn out just fine. As always. The park bench in Melbourne' Royal Botanical Park wasn't as bad as I had imagined. I got pretty decent night of sleep. Just kidding.

The past few days had been a blast! To summarize, if I'm not part of your next travelling plan, don't bother to go on the trip. At all.

I don't wanna leave Melbourne but the winds say I must head to Sydney now.

Till I get internet connection again, tata~

Oh wait, why hasn't anyone sent any sun from Singapore!?!?! Don't be selfish just because I'm having the time of my life!

Stay warm,

Note: I haven't seen any penguins yet. This means I might not go back to SG anymore.

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

What the Stars Say for 5 May 09

The stars say, "Fill today with exploration and feed your curiosity. It will stimulate your mind".

I am doing just that. I've lost my way for the millionth time in MEL. Or I can say I'm exploring MEL for the millionth time.

Saturday, 2 May 2009

Email from Down Under 2 May 09

Hiya (to everyone on bcc),

I was planning to drop a long email about my first day in MEL but then I realised it's 1.39pm and I really should get out of the house already.

So to summarize the first day, it went like this.

Landed. Cold. Sky bus. Cab. Found hosts. Tram to Flinders. 2 hrs city center bus ride. Asleep for an hr. Super tired. Federation Sq. Super cold by now. No Wicked tix. Dinner. Sterlarc, Nina, Kevin. Nail broke. WTH. Ferris wheel :). South Bank. Crown Casino. Missed Vegas. Tram back home. Lost @ 2am. Freezing cold by then.

If the above doesn't make any sense, well, it is not supposed to. Like how I am going to watch a live OZ football (known as rugby for the un-initiated) on Sunday.

Note: I have limited internet access so don't expect replies from me.

Send some sun from Singapore!