Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Feast on Arts Fest

So the Arts Festival is over (about two weeks ago and I really should have gotten around to complete this) and I have my fill of arty farty offerings. Yum yum.

Anna Karenina
This is the best ballet I've seen this year! When the curtain first went up, I thought the simple white panel back stage looked too simple for a ballet performance. But what the a story the panels told. The projection of different backdrops is ingenious.

The gracefulness, the stage, the props, the everything simply kept me at the edge of my seat with fascination and awe. I loved loved loved the costumes.

Now, I feel like running away to join a ballet company or even a circus.

Dancing on Your Graves
It's a dark dark comedy in a dark dark room on a dark dark stage. I like how it took place in the Theatre Studio which meant the audience is in close proximity to the performers. I laughed at the dark dark jokes. I chuckled at the dark dark lines. The best line of the play "It's better to regret something you've done, then never have done it at all".

Visible Cities
Fashion is supposed frivolous. This play is too serious for my liking. I just want to see beautiful clothes. Okay, I should take more interest in what goes behind the scenes. I guess I just don't want to see the ugly side of my beloved fashion industry.

Pretentious Young Ladies
The half-second late English subtitles for this French production spoilt everything. The spinning life-sized cage was pretty entertaining though. I wonder how many penguins I can fit into that cage. I do like the ridiculously circus-like costumes though.

Liked the non-musical orientated choreography. Like the loooooooooong neon tube that boxed the stage. Not liking the simple costumes though. Deconstructed hip hop is still hip hop and bling should still be part of the equation.

All in all, I had my fair share of fabulous and not-so-fab fun during the festival. I can't wait for the dance festival in Sept!

I just realised costumes does make or break the performances for me. Designers, hear me!

Oh Mr Postman

When the mail arrived, a parcel fell into my lap.

"From Australia" the postage label printed.
"What and who can it be from?" I wondered.

A Pingu and a bottle of Baileys greeted me as I tore the parcel up with great anticipation.

Mr Postman, I want to thank you for making my day.

Angel, I can feel its not you
Angel, I wish it were not true
And as I walk to the beat of my heart inside
I feel like letting go
Oh darling now in my dream you'll be tonight so

Oh Mr postman
Give me a sign
Tell me you've a letter to make me feel fine
Oh don't you know I am waiting here for you
Tell me it will be here tonight

Baby its the way that I feel
Baby my heart it wont conceal
And as I walk to the beat of my heart inside
I feel like letting go
Oh darling now in my dream you'll be tonight so

Oh oh aahh, oh oh aaahhh, oh tonight
He's in my heart, in my soul

And oh Mr postman
At last its arrived
Here I have a letter
I know hes alive
Oh don't you know there's no more waiting here for him
Now I wont write

Now I wont write, now I wont write
Now I wont write goodbye
(good bye Mr postman)

[repeat chorus]

Hen + Chicks

The hen, Diana, and her chicks partied the night away~

And then they slept soundly in the nest at M Hotel.

Note: It seems like my hotel-hopping spree continues... Weeeeeeeee~


BB#293 has made its appearance!! If I look down on my left knee, I can see BB#293 staring back at me with its blue-black eyes. No pun intended.

Monday, 29 June 2009

Chinese Opera is Not My Cup of Tea

I brought Frauke and Dheej to catch a Chinese opera last Thursday. They didn't understand a thing at all. To reassure them, I told them "Me neither" and I wasn't lying for a bit.

Chinese opera is not for everyone. Then again, it could be I wasn't fascinated by the costumes. I want over-the-top oversized costumes with feathers that go on and on. I want loud music that goes on and on. I want multi-octave singing that goes on and on. I want fights that go on and on. I got nothing of that sort.

I did enjoy the short face-changing act though it could have been soooooo much better. I'm sure the best of the best can only be found in Beijing. By the end, Dheej has learned how to shout "好!" across the theatre, just like a Chinese beng. No thanks to me. Haha.

Sometimes, something are not meant to be given second chances.

24 Hours by The Noisette

I'm pulling my hair out
I can't get to sleep
The bed feels so empty
I can still smell you on me

A moment in space, the look on your face when I said "hello"
You stagger to mine, you're still on my mind; why do I feel so low?

It could have been forever but we'll never know
24 hours ago
The night was all we had and then I had to go
24 hours ago
We were lovers
24 hours ago

Where did the summer go?
Everybody's fallen in love
Hey, lover, I'm in limbo
I can still feel your touch

So look in my eyes and tell me you don't want to run away
I know I was bold, but life is too short to catch a heart so cold


How do we conceal that life is not what it should be?
Life is not what it seems
If you're fraying at the seams
Don't let your heart fray
24 hours ago
The night was all we had and then I had to go
24 hours ago
We were lovers
Just 24 hours ago
We were lovers
24 hours ago
24 hours ago 

Do You Have A Lame Car?

You think clothes make the man? Think again. Actions speak louder than words, and what you drive says more about you than apparel ever could. What’s more, certain types of rides frequently appeal to certain demographics -- to the extent that you could classify the drivers and their rides of choice after giving either the once over.

Don’t believe us? Take a look around you while you sit in traffic: The red-eyed, neo-hippie in the VW, rustic Volvo wagon or old biodiesel Benz; Bohemian Rhapsody. A slouched playa in the old-man sedan on chromed 20" rims; Smoove Move. The smelly, messy, smoking, barely functioning wreck -- with the matching guy delivering pizzas behind the wheel; Nothing to Lose, the Early Years.

If Ben & Jerry's would have named drivers and their rides instead of ice cream, it would go a lot like this... Continue reading at
What Your Car Says About You (Shared via AddThis)

Although I have always make my distaste for pink known to the discerning crowd, I would date you if you drive this. You've got balls.

Sunday, 28 June 2009

Boys Are Too Easy

Boys always complain how complicated girls are and how girls cannot be summed up with a word.

The same goes for boys. They can't be summed up with a word.

Boys are two words. Too easy.

Saturday, 27 June 2009

You Had Me

"Cos you had me at hello".

The sweetest words one can ever tell me.

And yet, I remained silent.

Friday, 26 June 2009


My Friday morning was nearly spoiled by some fucking bitches. But I went "Ohmmmmmmmm" and then it was all good.

What goes around comes around, hon.

Always a First

Unintentionally, I played host to my first CS guest last night.

Frauke, a friend of Helen from Sydney, arrived in Singapore for a stop-over. She was looking for a hotel and I offered my room. I proceeded to call Chewy and told her to not come home for the night.

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

How Do You Tell

How do you tell a guy likes you enough?

When he says he will NEVER carry a girl's bag. And he did. Just for you.

Then again, he might just be gay.

Well, you just have to take your chances.

What the Stars Say for 23 June 2009

The stars say, "Enjoy or grin and bear it accordingly. Like everything, this is temporary".

Why grin and bear it when I can enjoy it? I've always believe in enjoying whatever comes my way. Whatever doesn't kill me will only make me stronger.

Monday, 22 June 2009

Strike Three

Stalker dear just called. I picked up "Hello". Immediately, she said "I called the wrong person".

She forgot to add 'for the millionth time, Stalkee dear'.

Everyday I feel the love Stalker dear has for me grows exponentially.

What the Stars Say for 22 June 2009

The stars say, "Just when you're rolling along, an issue pops up. Deal with it and get going again. Your heart might skip a few beats -- for good or ill -- when things really start to happen today. Your emotional nature is a bit beyond your control, but of course that is usually for the best".

My heart skipped more than a few beats as I await the results. I am tested positive. I thought my world would collapse but it didn't. I guess I was prepared for this. Sort of.

This time, I am not eager to enter the operation theatre. Or maybe I could have them fixed everything at one go. My nose, my eyes, my feet... I might as well make full use of the anaesthesia right?

One surgery a year. I must be breaking some kind of record for 'Most-Surgeries-Undergone-Below-Thirty'.

Sunday, 21 June 2009

I Swear - Continued Lifelong Learning

After meeting Magnus (from Oslo, Norway), I can add Norwegian to the languages I can swear in.

So the list expands to Norwegian, German, Tagalog, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Hokkien, Cantonese, of course, English and Mandarin.

Now now, no messing with me.

And The Winner Is

I wait eagerly as the announcer announces (what else can he be doing, really?), "And the winner of a live penguin is..."

I knew I had it in the bag. *smirk*

Then I woke up.


Get back to sleep. Get back to sleep. Get back to sleep. Get back to sleep. Get back to sleep. Get back to sleep. Get back to sleep. Get back to sleep. Get back to sleep. Get back to sleep.

Saturday, 20 June 2009

Jimmy Choo for H&M

JUST when you thought H&M couldn't possibility find a designer to top the Matthew Williamson collaboration, the brand announces its latest partner in design: Jimmy Choo.

"We are privileged to be among the fashion greats who have been affiliated with H&M so far, and to be designing a collection appealing to fashion savvy, street smart women, and to be including some great pieces for men, too," founder and president of Jimmy Choo, Tamara Mellon said today. "Jimmy Choo will bring to H&M a sophisticated, fashion forward, accessible and glamorous collection - the perfect party pieces to buy now and then wear out that night!"

Not content with creating covetable accessories, Jimmy Choo will also design a range of clothing for the high street giant, which, in a change to most collections, will be created to complement the accessories rather than the other way around.

The collection, which will comprise shoes, bags and accessories for mens and women, will arrive in selected H&M stores on November 14.... Continue reading at Jimmy Choo for H&M (Vogue.com UK) (Posted using ShareThis)

H&M and Jimmy Choo! Fancy that!

Now, every Jane, Mary and Suzy can own something by Choo. Life is fair afterall.

Nov 14. Marked in calendar. Flying to civilisation where H&M exists.

Friday, 19 June 2009

I Bruise Easily

A knock against the study table and another blue-black bruise, the noteworthy size of a 50 cents coin this time round, magically surfaces below my knee.

Ouch!! #*$^(!@$)&@#&%

Adding to the collection of blue-black bruises I already have accumulated on my leg, I hereby formally welcome the new bruise which I christened BB#292.


If I'm working from home and home is a hotel, is it still considered working from home?

What the Stars Say for 19 June 2009

The stars say, "It's a real flip-flops and tank-top and no-suit-and-tie-required kind of day. Chill!"

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Looking For A Place To Stay

Ying: You are going to get used to staying in the city and not want to move back already. That was what happened to me when I moved back to Tech Whye from Lavender.

Wii: I think so too. I need to find new people to who are willing to let me crash at their places.

Ying: You need to find a boyfriend who lives in the city then.

Wii: Okie, I will put in my msn nick that I'm looking for a place to stay in district 9, 10, 11.

Joey: Msn nick!!

Wii: Yeah, you have no idea how effective it is. I needed someone to help me upgrade my RAM and I got three offers after I wrote it in my msn nick. So who knows, I might be able to find a place in the city.

Msn nick for now "Looking for a district 9/10/11 boyfriend".

The Inevitable

When I received a wedding invitation via Facebook, I knew I couldn't avoid the inevitable anymore.

I Feel Like - Sequel

I'd told you not to waste time on things you don't reap returns from but you refused to listen.
I'd warned you not to waste your time trying to know me but you refused to take heed.
Things were simple and nice.
Why did we bother to fight?

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

IPhone, Any Takers?

I was offered an IPhone for free and yet, I didn't jump with excitment.

I want an N97 so badly.

Maybe, an IPhone isn't such a bad choice after all.

One Cookie is All You Get

When you trust someone, it's akin to handing them a one-time giant delicious double-chocolate chip and fudge cookie and telling them not to eat it. You hope the will overcomes temptation. And then you sit and watch.

Every so often, the person steals a bite of the cookie. Munch. And another bite. Munch munch. Sometimes a bite with a scope of yummy french vanilla ice cream. Munch munch munch. Slowly the cookie diminishes in size and before you know it, the giant delicious double-chocolate chip and fudge cookie has become a mini delicious double-chocolate chip and fudge cookie.

Regret sets in. You ask for another cookie.

You don't get another cookie. Nobody ever does.

That's the way the cookie crumbles.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

The C Word

Cash, Condo, Credit cards, Car, Country club membership.

I do not yearn for these C's.

Same goes for cervical cancer.

*fingers crossed for results next week*

You Are Defective

The podiatrist told me I am genetically defective. That broke my heart.

The podiatrist then told me I must give up my heels and start wearing sensible shoes. That stopped my heart.

I'm defective. I need new heels to make me feel better.

Good Ol' Days

Like I small kid, I went up a double-decker bus and took the first seat. I missed the good ol' days.

Monday, 15 June 2009

I Wasn't Impressed

I expected to go "WOW! I would give anything to live here!" when I stepped in to the St Regis suite last night. I didn't.

I do very much like the telly in front of the bathtub though. Imagine a day of soaking in the bath with telly for company. And someone feeding me frozen grapes. I believe that's my version of heaven.

In the mean time, I'll just have to stick with lazing by the pool at Intercontinental.

Sunday, 14 June 2009

Making Unplanned Plans

Plans never turn out how you planned. Ironic but how so true.

I've moved to Intercontinental. Mandarin Marina was good but InterCont is better!

After planning to laze by the poolside and doing so for a good two hours, I've decide to laze in the room instead.

Ahhh... :)

Friday, 12 June 2009

PussyCat Dolls

At a PCD concert, I felt someone tapped my shoulder. I turned around and the other party said "Can you please sit down? You're blocking my view".

"It's a concert. Stand up!" came my quick reply.

If Jessica had her chance, she would say "This is a LIVE concert. If you want to sit down and watch, go home and watch DVD".

Jessica and I continued to 'block the view' for the rest of the night.

On a separate note, there were only four dolls. One of them apparently hurt her toe while rehearsing. I demand 1/5 of my ticket price back!

I Am. Are You?

On 5 June, the stars say, "Privacy is important -- you need time to be in control of everything around you".

I didn't have a witty remark for that. Now, I know why. The stars were warning me...

Everyone has secrets. Everyone. If you don't want someone to know something, don't put it up on the world wide web, unless you're prepared to deal with the consequences.

I'm prepared. The question is "Are you?".

I Feel Like

I feel like telling everyone "Don't bother trying to get to know me. You'll be disappointed" but I have no idea how to.

Oh wait, I just did.

Thursday, 11 June 2009


Whenever did 'penguin' become my name?

Waiting in The Weeds - The Eagles

It's comin' on the end of August
Another summer's promise almost gone
And though I heard some wise man say
That every dog will have his day
He never mentioned that these dog days get so long

I don't know when I realized the dream was over
Well there was no particular hour, no given day
You know it didn't go down in flames
There was no final scene, no frozen frame
I just watched it slowly fade away

And I've been waiting in the weeds
Waiting for my time to come around again
And hope is floating on the breeze
Carrying my soul high up above the ground
And I've been keeping to myself
Knowing that the seasons are slowly changing
Even though you're with somebody else
He'll never love you like I do

I've been biding time with the crows and sparrows
While peacocks prance and strut upon the stage
If finding love is just a dance, proximity and chance
You will excuse me if I skip the masquerade

And I've been waiting in the weeds
Waiting for the dust to settle down
Along the backroads running through the fields
Lying on the outskirts of this lonesome town
And I imagine sunlight in your hair
You're at the county fair
You're holding hands and laughing
And now the ferris wheel has stopped
You're swinging on the top
Suspended there with him
And he's the darling of the chic
The flavor of the week is melting
Down your pretty summer dress
Baby what a mess you're making

I've been stumbling through some dark places
But now I'm following the cloud
I know I've fallen out of your good graces
It's alright now

And I've been waiting in the weeds
Waiting for the summer rain to fall
Upon the wild birds scattering the seeds
Answering the calling of the tide's eternal tune
The phases of the moon, the chambers of the heart
The egg and dart
A small grey spider spinning in the dark
In spite of all the times the web is torn apart
Repeat [chorus]  
I caught the word 'ferris wheel' and immediately liked this song. :)
I wonder if there is a double meaning to this song...

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Not Anymore

You know why there are no more great painters nowadays?

This thing called the internet is invented. With everyone spending too much time surfing porn online, whoever has time in their hand anymore? No pun intended.

Come on, don't play coy. AND that's the real reason why.

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

What the Stars Say for 9 June 2009

The stars say, "Mysteries happen in life, so relax. Don't try to solve every one. Let some just be".

Monday, 8 June 2009

Laughlines Aplenty

Living Out of a Suitcase

Waking up in a hotel room should excite me because it would usually mean I'm on vacation. Strangely, it did nothing for me this morning. It's most probably due to the fact that it's out of necessity that I do it. Putting up at Niko's room means I would have to wake up earlier to take the mrt to work.

For the rest of the month, I'm living out of a suitcase at Mandarin Marina.

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Do Not Do Not Do Not

I do my own thing.

If you fit into my plan, I'm sure we'll work something out and get the most out of it. Who knows? It might even be the beginning of a fresh beginning. No pun intended. If you don't, at least I won't hate you for making me alter my plans. And you know how hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

Do not, do not, do not change plans for anyone in the world.

Saturday, 6 June 2009

What the Stars Say for 6 June 2009

The stars say, "You're feeling social, as are your close friends -- plan a night on the town!"

Friday, 5 June 2009


I miss her especially much this week.

Maybe it's because of the lousy week at work. Maybe it's because someone asked "What is the one important thing your mum taught you?"

I hate that I don't have time to visit her now. Must.Make.Time.

What the Stars Say for 5 June 2009

The stars say, "Privacy is important -- you need time to be in control of everything around you".

Never Thought I Would

I never thought I would say this but....

"I have a million and one things to do and not enough time. I wished there are 48 hours in a day".

Thursday, 4 June 2009

What the Stars Say for 4 June 2009

The stars say, "If you go too fast in life, you'll always feel slowed down. So savor every day".

Monday, dinner.
Tuesday, dinner.
Wednesday, poolside party.
Thursday, PCD concert.
Friday, theatre.
Sat, East Coast Park gathering and party.
Sun, museum visit and driving.

Social calendar seems to be so packed, I haven't had the chance to rest properly since I came back. Everyone wants a piece of me. I wonder why.

In the background...

Choreographer: Again, from the top down, everyone. One, two, three, go.

I’m Miss American Dream since I was 17
Don’t matter if I step on the scene
Or sneak away to the Philippines
They still gon' put pictures of my derrière in the magazine
You want a piece of me?
You want a piece of me...

I’m Miss bad media karma
Another day another drama
Guess I can’t see the harm
In working and being a mama
And with a kid on my arm
I’m still an exceptional earner
And you want a piece of me

I’m Mrs. Lifestyles of the rich and famous
(You want a piece of me)
I’m Mrs. Oh my God that Britney’s Shameless
(You want a piece of me)
I’m Mrs. Extra! Extra! this just in
(You want a piece of me)
I’m Mrs. she’s too big now she’s too thin
(You want a piece of me)

I’m Mrs. ‘You want a piece of me?’
Tryin’ and pissin’ me off
Well get in line with the paparazzi
Who’s flippin’ me off
Hopin’ I’ll resort to some havoc
End up settlin’ in court
Now are you sure you want a piece of me?
(You want a piece of me)

I’m Mrs. ‘Most likely to get on the TV for slippin' on the streets’
When getting the groceries, now for real..
Are you kidding me?
No wonder there's panic in the industry
I mean please, do you want a piece of me?

I’m Miss American Dream since I was 17
Don’t matter if I step on the scene
Or sneak away to the Philippines
They still gon' put pictures of my derrière in the magazine
You want a piece of me?
You want a piece, piece of me...

You want a piece of me?

[chorus] X 2

You want a piece of me
Piece of me, me, me...
You want a piece of me

Things Are Different Now

While searching for a certain post in my blog, I came across this post about my "Any Occasion Wish List". I figured I should update the list, just in case someone, anyone for that matter, feels generous all of a sudden.

Also, things are different now. I still adore whatever I used to, just that I feel material needs form a smaller part of my existence now. Very philosophical eh.

My Any Occasion* Wish List

Break the Bank List
1. Burberry Trenchcoat (size 0)
2. A trip to the Big Apple, New York (which I'm giving myself!) - DONE DEAL!
3. Baby penguin - Sort of a done deal, given I saw them up close at St Kilda
4. Laptop
5. Digicam - I got a Panasonic TZ5. Thanks to Joey, Eugina, Weihao, Jaslynn and Jessica!
6. Diving equipment (I can't go diving without these! Why do you think I've been delaying the diving trip?)
7. Cell phone (N97)
8. Ferret (perfect companion for Ah Boy)
9. YSL Muse bag (preferably in white) - Not a fan anymore

Break Nothing List (cheapskate, you)
1. Yoga shoes from Nike - DONE DEAL!
2. Adidas Jisho Mary Janes - Not a fan anymore
3. Tier cake server (to go with the English tea)
4. Parasol (to go with the tier cake server)
5. Battery-operated kerosene lamp (there is such a thing)
6. Tickets to Madonna, Christina's concert - Christina's a DONE DEAL. Now, if only Madonna comes to SG.
7. Pottery lessons
8. No. 2 yellow pencils (which Chewy got for me!) - DONE DEAL
9. Dior bangle (S/S 2005 collection) - Not a fan anymore
10. Dior Play lip gloss (Christmas 2005 limited edition collection) - DONE DEAL

When all else fails, just get me Borders book vouchers. It'll go into my annual $230 book-grabbing shopping trip.

Here's a look at the list of What NOT To Get For Me
1. Cosmetics
2. Accessories (unless, of course, they are studded with diamonds)
3. Hair accessories
4. Stuffed toys (enough is enough with the Pooh bears already)
5. Chocolate from Godiva, Royce (incredibly, I am not a fan)
6. Apple anything e.g. Ipod, Nano, Shuffle, Mini (The only apple I like is the Big Apple.)

*Any occasion refers to birthday, Christmas, Chinese New Year (which my lunar birthday falls on), Hari Raya, Deepavali, Vesak Day, et cetera. *wink*

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Mama Says

Didn't Mama say not to play with fire or you'll get burnt?

But Mummy!!

Conquer the World

Why do you supposed I have so many pairs of shoes? Subconsciously, my search for the right shoes is the fuel for propelling me on my round the world trip.

Don't Be A Burden

I told Chewy that I wanna go Vietnam and with the swine flu invading Vietnam, she replied, "I don't think you should go. Don't be a burden to your country".

I. I. I...

Early. Too Early.

8.58am. I am already in the office.


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Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Stalker Dear Strikes Again

Stalker dear is stalking me on a whole new level. She messaged me on msn, and then skype me to tell me she is on msn with me, and then gmail chat with me to tell me she is on skye with me. At the same time.

She loves me. She really loves me.

What the Stars Say for 2 June 2009

The stars say, "Connections are vital. Your personal life will grow if you keep friendships alive".

Yes, connections for my big trip. Friends and non-friends, talk t o me!

Dangerous Liaison

It's like a scene out of Dangerous Liaison...

No strings attached.

Monday, 1 June 2009

Do You Remember?

The images, voices, tastes, laughs and everything from OZ are still reeling deeply in me.

I have met so many inspiring characters on what I call my "suicidal epic journey". First solo trip, first time staying with strangers whom I've not met (couchsurfing), not knowing all but one person in the whole of OZ, going for a full 17 days with no itinerary and gasp! No one to take pictures of me posing in front of monuments, statues, parks, shops, ferris wheels...! How do I then return with the 89773028 pictures I intend to return with?! I mean seriously, if I don't have a million pictures that document my every day of the trip, there is really no point in going, is there?

But I digress.

Well, I thought the journey was epic till I met these two characters: Dan Murphy and James Ritchie.

In Melbourne
In a short span of two hours, I met Dan for a last minute quick Japanese lunch, a quick aromatic coffee, a quick stroll around Mel and quick visits to a few quirky bars. In the midst of all these, I marveled at his travel tales on how he built a bicycle in Germany because "he has nothing to do" (and then rode the bike around Europe), how he had an argument in Mandarin (with a handy phrasebook in hand, no pun intended) with some Chinese crook on the Great Wall of China, how he is going on a three-week cycling trip in Japan and then some more. He had spent a total of 540 days travelling in a single trip!

I said something about wanting to work overseas for a year and he was fully supportive, even offering suggestions on what I can do and how I can do it. Time passes quickly when one is enjoying good food, drink or company, and in this case, a combination of all three.

We said our quick goodbyes and I was left wondering "When will I get the courage to do what Dan has done"?
[Read about Dan's amazing journey here.]

In Sydney
James was my host in Sydney and when I first met him, I had just arrived back in Sydney from a zero degrees Celsius camping trip up north of Sydney at Singleton. I was exhausted, sleep-deprived and desperately in need of a bath. James invited me to a Turkish dinner with his sister and some CSers and seeing how I never had Turkish food before, I couldn't say no.

I got a surprise when he mentioned I was going to be riding with him on a motorbike to dinner. Considering how I haven't been on a bike in a long while now, I was apprehensive. The padded jacket James made me wore provided peace of mind (at least I know I have some protection should I fall off the bike) but that peace only lasted midway through dinner when I found out that I was only the second pillion on the bike. Needless to say, I felt rejuvenated riding in the chilly night in no less than a dress by the end of the night. Also, I found out how tiring it is to be riding as a pillion - having to hold on tight and yet, not put too much weight on the rider. It's not as easy as it looked, I can tell you.

James related stories about his travel to Italy (where he got some simple, yet captivating, paintings), his camping trips in Italy and how he is big on camping. Being an outdoor adventure junkie, he was preparing for a camping trip with other CSers the weekend I leave. If time had permitted, I would have jumped at the chance to go camping with him!

When James closed the door on his way to work on the last morning I saw him, I was left wondering "When will I get the courage to do what James has done"?
[Read about James' amazing journey here.]

Both Dan and James set me thinking about something. Do you remember your childhood dream? Do you remember what you said to yourself when you were ten?

I remember when I was as young as ten, I told myself that I want travel the world. Then I grew up, got involved in time-wasting relationships, started a career, got sidetracked and the dream was thrown to the gutter. As a supposedly responsible adult, you based the decisions you make, hopefully, on logic and rational thinking. You do not just leave everything behind and go away for the simple reason of "just because".

Well, I'm going to make the decision that will change my life. I am going on a round the world trip just because. Yes, just because.

To Dan, to James, you two are the inspiration behind me embarking on my own round the world journey in 2010. I'm thankful I met you two.

People of the world, you've been forewarned. ;)