JanJan X Travel X Bangkok

Starting my travel plans for 2016 with a short trip to Bangkok with Wenjie! Apparently it was her first trip on an airplane >.<

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Are we going Osaka ?!?

While we were trying to find out which row we were supposed to check in at, we got a shock as the final destination stated Osaka!! We thought Scoot was going to give us a free flight to Osaka. Wenjie and I were even thinking about buying coats when we get to Osaka. However it turns out that Bangkok was a transit stop, and we will still be heading to Bangkok πŸ˜›

First time I took a flight out at sunrise timing, and actually caught the beautiful sunrise before we took flight.

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First time I took a flight at Sunrise (:

DAY 1 15 May 2016 Sunday

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They still have bus attendants to collect fees manually from the passengers.

We arrived at DMK airport and took the bus into the city. They do not use any machine to collect payment. In fact, they have bus attendants to collect fees from passengers and announces each stop the bus makes.

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Coconut ice-cream to cool off the heat at Chatuchak Market

First stop — Chatuchak Market!!

Where all the cheap and trending fashion would be at. However the weather is freaking hot! The back of my legs was burning, and we desperately needed air-con places to go to.

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Happen to pass by their standees where finding the lift to Emquartier’s food floors

Second stop — Emquartier

Third stop — Terminal 21

It is like the “Ion” of Bangkok. All the atas shops were there. We headed to Audrey Cafe, which had really good reviews. We ordered Tom Yum pizza, Spicy spring roll, Milk Tea Flower desert and Thai Milk Tea crepe. Mains were spicy but SAVOURY! Deserts were very unique and not overly sweet πŸ˜› Worth the 900 baht we paid.

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Tom Yum Pizza @ Audrey’s

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Spicy Spring Roll @ Audrey’s

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Thai Milk Tea Flower Dessert @ Audrey’s

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Thai Milk Tea Flower Dessert @ Audrey’s

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Thai Milk Tea Crepe @ Audrey’s

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If only we knew there was a food court and Korean street food at the basement floor T.T

We continue walking around to find Wenjie’s Krispy Kreme, which she crazily bought 12 doughnuts one short, and we found the food court 😦 If only we knew ~~ I wanted to eat the Korea food T.T

We saw the cheese tarts and bought two to try. Cheesy but not firm. not really to my taste ~~

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Wenjie’s love for Krispy Kreme that led us to purchase 12 doughnuts back~

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Freshly Baked Cheese Tarts!

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Looks so yummy (:

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Thai-Japan Bridge

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The long queue for the ferry to Asiatique

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Ferry to Asiatique

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Night view of Asiatique

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When I have $$, I will rent that party boat and go on a 2D1N party cruise!

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Asiatique! let the shopping begin ~

Fourth stop — Asiatique

We had to queue to take a free boat ride to get to Asiatique, and it is normally more crowded at night. It is like a mini-american county in Bangkok. We were too hungry so we quickly found a restaurant to have our dinner.

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I like the way Asiatique is designed like a small town

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The second floor of our dinner location. A nice overview of shops nearby.

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Iced Lemonade and Iced Thai Milk Tea, which were a tad too sweet >.<

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Thai-style Chicken Satay with wholemeal bread

We ordered quite a lot for 2 people — Stir-fry Kangkong, Prawn Omelette, Chicken Satay and Tom Yum Soup. Everything is TO DIE FOR! Oh and btw, I ordered lemonade but it looked so much like lemon tea πŸ˜€ It was kind of cute to serve the bill in a mini-frying pan!

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Our first dinner in Bangkok

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They serve the bills in a frying pan~ we were wondering if it was because they just took it at the last minute and serve to us.

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Like the love lock bridge in France and Nam San Tower ~

We did quite a bit a lot of shopping at Naraya before covering each warehouse after another. We wanted to head over to another night market, so we bought Mocha & Cookie and Cream Mochi Ice Cream to end off our trip to Asiatique.

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Cookies & Cream and Mocha Mochi Ice-cream!

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Train Market @ Thailand Cultural Centre — Talad Rot Fai 3 (kaset-nawamin)

Fifth stop – Talad Rot Fai 3 (Kaset-nawamin)

When we arrived at the train market, we rejected eating too much earlier. We could have ate some BBQ seafood there instead!!!!! I was too thirsty so I bought a super duper large cup of Bandung, which turn out to taste like Strawberry Milk Tea.

But we moved on and continued with our shopping instead. Night markets really sell things very cheap ~~ that I didn’t even bother to cut the prices πŸ˜›

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If only we had space in our stomach to eat the street food here @ Talad Rot Fai 3 (kaset-nawamin)

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Iced Bandung, but tasted like Strawberry Milk Tea instead.

DAY 2 16 May 2016 Monday

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Mac’s crispy chicken which tasted so much like KFC’s chicken. Also, there is some craze over Angry Birds hence the PIG is there.

First stop — Union Mall

It looked a lot like Far East Plaza. Clothes are trendy but not necessarily cheaper than other shopping mall. Plus point – good food and very quiet place. We happened to find Holly’s Coffee, and Wenjie was craving for Mango Bingsu. Β We got to use free internet too >.<

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Spotted Holly’s Coffee and had Mango Bingsu! it cost so much cheaper than the ones in SG.

Second stop — MBK

Third stop — Siam Square

Fourth stop — Siam Discovery, Siam Centre, Siam Paragon

Fifth stop — Central World, Big C

The “Orchard Road” of Bangkok. Worth to go and have a look, but the price are not cheap. We even saw food junction in Siam Paragon. We didn’t eat there as we were determined to eat street food that night. We did managed to do some shopping and purchase most of the presents, before we headed to the mini-bazaar next to Central World to buy our dinner.

Stupid me forgot to take a photo of our dinner that night. We bought Fried Chicken, Fried Chicken intestines, Chicken Wings, Siew Mai-looking food and cup noodles. We use the Krispy Kreme container to become a makeshift table on our hotel bed to put our dinner.

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Fried Chicken, Pork, Intestines and more. Forgot to take a photo of our “stash” and cup noodles for dinner that night πŸ˜›

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Wenjie and I wanted to buy this for GK but figured he doesnt seem like a tote bag kind of person πŸ˜€

That night we wanted to eat some doughnuts but there was no microwave in the hotel. So we decided to use the hairdryer to heat up the doughnuts. We kind of ignore the fact that there would be germs, but nothing bad happened to us πŸ˜› Save for now!

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want to “microwave” our doughnuts but hotel didn’t have one, so we resulted in using the hairdryer πŸ˜› Thank god we didnt suffer from any stomachache!

DAY 3 17 May 2016 Tuesday

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Our lunch on the third day!

First stop — Central Mall

We had our lunch at a restaurant in Central World. We order Prawn Fried Rice, Tom Yam Soup, Specialty Chicken Wings and Fried Prawn Cake. We contemplated to watch a movie there Β but decided shopping was more important. Haha!!!

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Found another cheese tart store in Central World, near the food hall on the top floor.

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Wanted to catch a movie but I rather use the time to shop around XD

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Love the cottage feel by this cafe. Esp the teddy bear touch at each table!

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Second stop — Platinum Mall, Palladium Mall

It is like the “Dong Dae Mun” of Bangkok. I finally understood why so many ppl would chose to stay near Platinum and willing to spend endless amount of days there. It is so huge, so cheap and has almost everything!Β We took a short break at the food centre on L6 for dinner. Ordered Cookies and Cream crepe and KFC chicken & nuggets.

After that, we decided to head back the second day (so we didn’t cover the whole of Platinum Mall) and head over to Pratunup Night Market instead. Unfortunately it was not open that night, so we took the train to Victory Monument to visit the Night Market there.

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Oreo crepes from Platinum food hall. Food here are so cheap, we decided to selected our meals for day 4 here when we came back for another round of shopping.

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Victory Monument~~ The BTS has to travel around the victory monument almost like the horseshoe curve in Pennsylvania (I only knew about this because of Modern Family πŸ˜› )

Third stop — Victory Monument Night Market

It wasnt every big and the stuff they sell were repeats of what we already saw. So we did a quick walk of the mall before heading to Jeffer’s for dinner and calling it a night.

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Colourful Colourful ballons used as lighting decorations

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Nice cup of Iced Cappuccino to end the day

Apologies for the super blur pic but it was late at night. I wanted to capture the queue near the metro for Motorbike Taxis. The queue looked long but it was cleared rather quickly. We had to be careful and look out for the motorbikes as they occasionally did not seem to be stopping for us or saw us.

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Every night we see a row of people waiting for the motorbike taxi to fetch them to their destination. Due to the lighting, I could get a clear shot of the people and the motorbikes.

It was like a ritual (since Challenge’s welfare chalet), Wenjie and I would watch Liang Popo or Crayon Shin from youtube before sleeping. Always having a good laugh before we go to lalaland ZZZZ…

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Every night we watch video on LPXX or Liang Popo before we go to sleep.

DAY 4 18 May 2016 Wednesday

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Heading to Platinum Mall for round 2 of shopping! Had to purchase a single ride ticket as we didnt have sufficient money in our BTS card.

First stop — Platinum Mall

We did not have enough money in Β our transport card so we purchase the single fare ticket, which had the subway line on the back of the card. I thought that it was helpful especially for tourists.

We settled our lunch at the food centre which uses a card token system to consolidate all the money collection. We boughtΒ Crab Omelette rice and Phad Thai. We also discovered the food in 7-11 and regretted not finding out about it earlier πŸ˜› Super in love with the sandwiches from 7-11. I think I will find the same experience in Taiwan (:

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Settled our lunch at Platinum mall’s food hall, along with a sandwich toast from 7-11 πŸ™‚

On my last day, I made my best purchase for my whole trip – PERSONALISED CAPS!!! Well since only we cousins wear caps occasionally, I decided to make one for each of us using our Instagram names! MORE UNIQUE! Super proud of my purchase. I am so going to wear this cap to Korea ❀

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Personalised Caps @ Holycaps. One of my last purchases, & my best purchase during my whole trip!

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Yippee! Personalised Caps for my sister and cousins (:

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DMK airport shops closed quite early and we were only able to buy the Choco Pie from Macs before we took our flight back to reality >.<

We offically came to the end of our short and impromptu trip to Bangkok. It was a much needed break from all the unwanted and self-caused stress I was feeling the past few (or more) months. Glad to have this break to stop and think. Now I am charged up for what is left in SG to do, but am also looking forward to my Korea trip which is happening in less than 4 weeks πŸ˜›

 

UPCOMING ❀

JanJan X Travel X Korea !!!!!

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One year has gone by ~

One year ago, I had completed my education journey and started into the working work. Many a times, I think about how I could make my Uni life more vibrant.

I would have aimed to take up at least one Study Mission, so that I can explore another country. I would have ventured to take on one more OCSP, be it from SMU or external. I would have explored taking a 6 months overseas internship, an opportunity to travel again and yet get some experience in another countries’ working culture. I should have fought harder to get the post I want, then the next year I would have been motivated to run for SMUSA. I would have been able to tackle more matters in school.

However as I reflect about what I might have missed out, I would definitely not redo any of my decisions if I had a choice.

Well since I cannot do anything about that, I shall focus on what I can change. The future, my ultimate life goals — travel to as many countries as possible (hopefully the whole world) and find the perfect job of earning money and doing community work at the same time (of course job would hopefully not come with politics of any forms).  Though it still seems a bit unclear on how I am going to get to my ultimate life goals, I believe in myself that I can achieve it. Maybe….  50 years later?!  Haha! Well one thing for sure ~ I would give up 😍

Grad Trip to Aussie (:

As usual, I unintentionally go on a hiatus from blogging. *I took a long time to this post*

But I am back!!! This time, it is post on my recent trip to Aussie ~~ 8 days trip to Melbourne and Sydney with Gwendaline and Rynn!

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Tried to capture the sunrise, but I wasn’t seated by the window and the window was tainted. Some new technology instead of pulling a shade for the windows. Nevertheless there will still have some nice pictures among the large amount of failed ones.

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Heading from Sydney to Melbourne via domestic flight, we had to rush to catch a train from the international terminal to the domestic terminal within an hour after we alighted the aeroplane. It was my first time travelling in a double-decker train and can transport more people. If only SG had planned with this in mind, we might not have to squeeze to take the trains.

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By the time we arrived at our AirBnB apartment, it was already in the late afternoon. We collected our wireless WiFi device before heading out to explore Melbourne CBd.

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The next day, we headed to Queen Victoria Market for Breakfast (which turned into Brunch) and some shopping.Β Got a mini-name plate for my office desk. so cool to see my name being embedded into the name plate (:

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One of the places we visited was the Parliament House. However there was always people photobombing my photos. This is one of the best I could find πŸ˜›

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Had not realised that RMIT was within the vicinity of Melbourne CBd. Decided to take a walk in the school campus. I am really in love with the vintage looking buildings in Melbourne. If only I had came here for exchange, but then again I don’t have good grades so it is near impossible to go Australia for exchange.

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It was so surreal to see Victoria State Library in person! Everything is so vintage looking and I might even be slightly motivated to study πŸ˜›

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The main highlight of our Melbourne trip was The Great Ocean Road trip. Been on this trip before, but I really love the scenic view it has to offer. We even got to take a helicopter ride along the coast of the 12 Apostles. It wasn’t cheap … yet I felt it was worth the money. Guess I am easily satisfied!

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On our last day in Melbourne, we took the train out to Brighton Beach to see the colorful bathing houses. We took a really long walk along the beach before we reach the first house. No house was identical to the other, and they are mostly brightly coloured.

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One of the things I couldn’t do during my trip was to just spent an afternoon wondering around the neighbour outside the city. The kind of peaceful estate I would like to live in. I might start contemplating migrating to Australia πŸ˜›

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I was commenting to the girls that Australians are very law-abiding. The machine is not man-ed by anyone and everyone taps their card, even little kids! If only the whole world was like this (:

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Happened to pass by the Victorian State Library on our last night in Melbourne. Lucky me to get to see such a beautiful sight!

Next Stop … SYDNEY!!!!

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Immediately after we checked into our AirBnB apartment, we left for Sydney Fish Market. Since we took a late morning flight, we were super hungry. When we saw the delicious food (the picture right above), we were sold! The platter for 2 was a lot but the food was worth it. Since we ate a lot, we decided to walk all the way to Darling Harbor and then to Queen Victoria Building.

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I was trying to take a picture of Darling Harbor’s name (below) when Gwen timely blocked the words, and it turned out pretty nice (above) πŸ˜›

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View of Sydney Tower Eye from Darling Harbor bridge. I love this design of a city.

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Super vintage looking. The lift in Queen Victoria Building.

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Sydney Town Hall

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St. Andrew’s Cathedral. It was some bad luck that we visit on the last day of its renovation works. We did try to visit it again on our “extra” last day, but it was a public holiday hence it was still not opened.

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That night, we decided to head up to the observation deck to view Sydney at night. Pros and Cons. Night did not look that fantastic but it still looks pretty with all the lights. However I think the city planning was not done very well as there were buildings blocking the night view of Sydney Opera House.

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Well… take back half of what I said about city planning. This part of Sydney CBd looks like a shinning star amidst the “lights in the sky”

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This is my first time seeing an escalator that is made of wood. Totally surprised πŸ˜› Looks so cool ~~ hehe. I am easily amused.

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On our second day in Sydney, we found this mini flea market opposite our apartment. Most stalls sold bakery products and gardening-related items. Bought mocha and croissant from the stalls for breakfast before heading off to Bondi beach.

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Wanted to cool myself in a way, thanks to the hot weather, so I took off my shoes and took a stroll along the beach. Though I was not able to judge if the incoming wave was huge or mini, thank god the wave did not hit any higher than half my thighs!

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Headed over to New South Wales State Library. Gwen and I were totally in love with the design of the library, more than Victoria State Library. For me, I love the idea of the stairs and multi-levels of bookshelves. We even got to enterΒ Shakespeare’s room thanks to the security guard, as it was only open every Tues. Lucky us (:

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Skywalk

Wanted to walk Sydney Harbor Bridge but it costs about AUD$250. To make up for it in a way, we decided to walk the Skywalk @ Sydney Tower Eye. 268m… about the same height as Macau Tower. Hesitant if I can do the Macau Tower Bungee Jump now >.<

Our guide for the walk was an American but she learnt a lot about Sydney in a short span of a few months. She introduced quite a few significant places of attractions, and she also made us do a lot of jump shots on the glass platform. Oh, she also mentioned that St Mary Cathedral was a famous Cathedral to get married in. You actually need to book it 3 years in advance. The girls then joked that I should make a reservation now, head home get a husband, get a BTOB flat and head back to get married in the Cathedral πŸ˜› What a “prefect” plan! haha.

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We wanted to catch the sunset view of Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbor Bridge, so we doubled our pace through Royal Botanic Garden until we reach the harbor. Worth the effort! & surprisingly my phone takes pretty nice shot of the sunset view ^^

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After which, we took a night stroll along the rest of the harbor to get to The Rocks to have dinner at Pancakes on The Rock! The food was nice however for people who love pancakes with ice cream, they might prefer Strictly Pancakes more. Though there was a long queue outside the restaurant, the restaurant was really huge and located in a wharf which has been vacated.

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On our third day in Sydney, we were heading to Blue Mountains and needed to leave early so we bought cereal (the night before) for breakfast. If only I had this motivation to eat cereal every day before work.

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Oh totally forgot to mention. I got a shock that morning as my watch and my phone was an hour apart. I thought I had woken up an hour earlier, but when I checked my phone I had woken up on time. Then I realised that it was daylight saving. It occurs every spring/summer in Aussie from first Sunday in October to first Sunday in April. Thank god I synced my phone to automated time and date based on location.

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Using the service of Australia Post to send back the Wireless device ~

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We got to take all the rides in Scenic World. First was the Skytram, which had a glass floor for us to look down onto the waterfall. Then we proceeded to take the Cablecar to Walkway at an old mining site, followed by taking the Railway up the mountain.

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We got to choose between the three positions. I really wanted to take cliffhanger where I would be literally standing while travelling up parallel along the mountain, however it would be difficult for the girls so I switch to laidback instead.

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What goes better with the nice (golf course) scenery than a Corona! Moreover alcohol products are so much cheaper in Aussie πŸ˜›

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Our 2nd last destination was Featherdale Wildlife. We got to pet Kangaroo, Wallaby and Koala, and saw numerous wildlife, like Tasmanian Devil.

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Our last “destination” was on Captain Cooks cruise. I totally did not remember seeing it on the tour iternary, so I was surprised haha. For a person who loves cruise, it was a pleasure experience. Got to see Sydney Harbor Bridge and Sydney Opera House in the day.

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Weather was too hot so we decided to head to a cafe to rest and have a drink. Just nice, we found Lindt Cafe! Not the one at Martin Place though πŸ˜› The milkshake is super chocolatety.

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We kind of got an extra day in Sydney due to plane delay. Managed to do some last min shopping at Central before heading off to the airport! Overall the trip has its ups and downs, but I managed to enjoy myself! Finally got to travel to Aussie and would definitely want to travel there again ((:

My first YCamp Challenge ^^

It was a new experience for me as I do not often work with Special Needs Community in my community service projects. The amount of patient we need to have with the kids, so that they would listen to us during the camp. I would say my group had a good mix of loud and quiet buddies, and that allowed my co-leader and me to managed the team of volunteer-buddies pairs much better.

However overall I left that there was a lot of ways I could improve the way i lead in the camp and work in the team, and I let my emotions get the better of me. I should have been more pro-active in planning and learning the traditions that they had for the camp, rather that acting like a blur person each time someone asks me a question about camp or instructions given by the committee. At least I have feedback what I felt was most important.

Now is “FORGIVE AND FORGET”!!! Moving on with life ((:

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The last semester of school.

4 years has flew by so quickly!! In 3 more months, I will end my studies in SMU and start working. No more free time for me to slack at home and watch my videos. No more free time to think about what I feel like doing at that point in time.

wait wait wait !!! this is sound so sad coming from me πŸ˜› Shall think positively.

Well I start to earn my own pay and can help out at home. I can pay for my own travelling trips and can fulfil my dream of travelling around the world!! Yipee (: I would have more abilities to help out in community service projects.#thinkpositively #italwaysendswell

Relaxation before Finals ^^

Study break is more like relaxation time for me! Came acrossΒ reviews on cafes in Hougang and since it had been a long time since I went out with my dear sisters, decided to ask them out for a lunch date. The cafe was like mid-point for both our houses and our dear Gwen say she doesn’t know how to walk there. LOL!!! In the end, my dad fetch us there and it is like one street away.

French Omelette with sausages and potatoes, with Caramel Choco Tart

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Because of some reason, I was pretty tired to go out during my semester and Sam had to study for PSLE. I amΒ glad I finally got a date with these ladies! Miss our bickering and laughters ^^

I needed to meet a senior from CJ alumni, so I decided to bring Sam along for a day out because she kept complaining that she was bored staying at home. Plus she just got back her results, another reason to go out and celebrate ^^ Spent the whole day food-tasting, watch Hunger Games: Mockingjay (part 1) and reading books at the library.

But I think we need a new place to hang out at. Nex has become slightly boring πŸ˜›

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