25 On the Card, 20 at Heart

I was born in 1993. So I became 25 years of age this year. My birthday was last month. I gotta say being a year older has definitely NOT made me any wiser of course ๐Ÿ˜‚ but it does change my outlook and how I see people in general.

If there’s one thing I have learned for the past year, it is to be more grateful. I used to be so caught up in my past thinking of what could have been or if I could change this and that. But as I grow older I have learned that being grateful is the most essential thing in life. Instead of thinking about what I don’t have, I started to make use of what I do have. And instead of thinking of the people who are no longer with me, I began to appreciate more of the people who are still with me. It gave me peace. And that is more than enough for me. I could never dare ask for more. I pray that this feeling of gratitude stays with me forever. Ameen.

Btw about the birthday cake. Z and Re bought these cute little cakes for me. It actually says HBIM. I thought it was diff in the beginning tho ๐Ÿ˜‚

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A week in Singapore

Earlier this year, I went a trip to SG with my parents for a family event. We stayed there for about a week and then went back to kk. To be honest, usually whenever I would come to SG all I could ever think about doing is shopping. But for this trip I thought why not do some exploring? So I searched on places that tourists would visit, how to get there and the activities I can do when I get there. It was really fun and exhausting! I got lost a couple of times, I forgot to buy ben’s cookies and I did not make it to Gardens by the Bay ๐Ÿ˜ญ which was the most disappointing part of the whole trip.

However I did managed to go to Sentosa Island (well USS to be exact). And I went to Marina Bay Sands for the first time. Although, I couldn’t make it to Gardens by the Bay because there wasn’t enough time. I am a fan of modern architecture, which was why I was very pleased at the aesthetics when I arrived at Marina Bay.

While I was exploring I got to try different types of public transportation available in SG. I am more accustomed to ride the Grabcar everytime I visited SG. But for this trip I wanted a cheaper option since I was getting around by myself. So I rode the Express Bus and the MRT. And I have to say I love the Express Bus. It was very clean, the driver was very punctual and it was also very cheap. I definitely recommend this if you ever wish to go on a solo trip.

Shopping is a must when going to SG. And I LOVE shopping. For this trip I discovered some places that I have never been to before. The places I went to were actually quite far from the city centre. My new favourite is the Vivocity Mall. It is HUGE. And it has literally everything. It’s quite near to Sentosa which is why it offers a shuttle bus for those who wish to travel to USS. The fee costs 1$. The other mall which had discovered was IMM outlet mall. I spent almost the whole day there. It offers high end fashion brands sold at a much cheaper price. My head was spinning the minute I got there๐Ÿ˜‚. There were so many choices I was so exhausted by the end of the day. Luckily for me there was a Halal certified restaurant in the mall so I just had my lunch at a restaurant called Bali Thai. The food was AMAZING. The best Pad Thai I have ever tasted to date. Since I love coffee, I also had coffee at the infamous Dalcomm Store at the Centrepoint. I met a friend and had a little chat there. The store was very spacious with minimal decoration. It is a perfect place to chill with friends or just have a sip of coffee in the morning.

What Dreams Are Made Of

I know what you’re thinking. The title sounds like some cliche song or coming of age movie. But I’ve had this question in my head for months now. We’re already 4 months into 2018. In an era of which we all have to fight just to survive or to put food on the table, is it still possible to dream?

Can a girl living in a society that are living day by day working regular jobs just to make ends meet depending on payrolls dream of becoming something just a little bit more? I’m not talking about dreaming of becoming a billionaire or an heiress. I’m simply talking about just having a dream. Living life outside of the norm. A goal in life. A legacy to leave behind. People often tell me to go into government, get a nice salary, get a pension so you can retire comfortably. But to be honest with you, this might sound foolish and childish of course, but I don’t want that.

As a normal human being, yes I do want stability some point in my life. But somehow I feel it is not the time yet. I’m turning 25 of age this year. But somehow I feel like my life had just started. Why? Because I have spent all this time just doing what other people are doing and living day by day passing the time.

But something hit me hard the other day. I was asked during a job interview, what was my passion in life? And I just could not think of a straight answer. It was something that I had never thought of before. How do I see myself in 10years? What are my goals? Which brings us to the final question. What is my dream? Am I allowed to dream for something that others would not dare to challenge in this economy?

And then I found something which intrigued me while I was scrolling twitter. I took a screenshot of it. It was this quote below:

Graduation Week: Mini Reunion

Who doesn’t love gatherings? Unless you’re shy or have social phobia, you’d probably jumped when you heard the idea. ๐Ÿ˜œ Anyway, haven’t blogged in longggg time. Been busy with graduation and stuff. Graduation week was so hectic. Had a few friends who flew over from SG so we had a mini gathering with them to catch up on some stuff. Surprisingly, it was less awkward than I expected.

It was really fun actually. Well, because Nate was there so it was great fun. We had lunch, went window shopping and then of course the compulsory Coffee Time! I think it was enjoyable because since we don’t see each other a lot, during that time no one was busy with their phones so we had talked a lot. We were probably the noisiest at Joe Suns and at Caffe Bene ๐Ÿ˜‚ It was a great way to chill. Hopefully wouldn’t be the last.

My lunch at Joe Suns

We had lunch at Joe Sun Coffee Co. The food looks kinda fancy right? It actually costs less than you think. And it’s delicious as well.

Next, we had our little coffee break at Caffe Bene. I ordered latte of course but my friends decided to order two huge bingsoos as dessert. Goodbye to dieting! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Movie Review: Thor Ragnarok

If you’re a Marvel fan, you’d probably wouldn’t wanna miss this movie. I waited a long time for this one and thankfully it was worth it. Laughed like crazy! The hulk was super adorable I just can’t! Haha..Definitely recommended. Overall score 8/10.

Make sure you wait till the end of the closing credits for any Marvel movie

Coffee Habit: October Coffee House

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I just love a good cup of coffee. Especially when I just feel like chilling, doing nothing and just gossiping with friends. I also am a big fan of “hipster cafes”. It’s not because it’s trendy or anything. It’s because of the vibe it gives from the moment you walk in to the moment you leave. I talk a lot and I love listening to peoples’ stories so I prefer places that are not so crowded and loud. And these type of cafes offers the ideal atmosphere to just chill out and talk all night.

I started drinking coffee when I was 10 y/o. Back then it was just 3 in 1s. Had my first real cappuccino when I was 16. Got into the whole coffee/tea addiction by 22. Tho I’m not exactly a hardcore fan. I’ve only been able to get a taste of the espresso recently. Not really into that one. I’m more of a mocha/latte/macchiato kinda person.

The October Coffee House is one of my favorite coffee shops in this town. The shop has a very dim lighted setting, spacious interiorย  and the menus are reasonably priced. The staff is super friendly too. Back when I was still studying in uni I used to come here a lot after class while waiting for my sister to pick me up. Sometimes I come here with a couple of friends. This place is quite famous so whenever you’re in KK you have to check this place out!

Till next time. – Love, P.

The Lone Ranger

Sometimes lone walks are needed

The title might sound a bit depressing to some. But hear me out first. I’m not a loner and I definitely am not feeling depressed. It’s just that I cherish my time being alone. I don’t hate people for sure. I love my family and friends. But there times in life when you just wanna have that “me” time and forget about everything that’s going on in your life. Some may call it self reflect, I call it therapy.

I felt eager writing about this after talking about it with my cousin on the phone just now (we usually talk for hours just to catch up). Although I can’t fully grasp what she’s feeling right now cause she lives far away from home while I still live at home, tho I can relate to her in another sense.

I used to feel really sad when I had to eat lunch by myself, sitting by myself during breaks or just having no one to talk to during gatherings. When I first got into uni I was the girl who would just do whatever other people were doing, I had no ambition nor drive so I just went with it. I was always surrounded by people (the you can’t be alone kinda vibe/clingy). But then years went by and this happened, and that happened. First I was with this bunch then I was with the other bunch. You know the usual stuff. Until I’ve finally come to terms with myself. “You can’t please everyone” was what I told myself. But I was lucky enough to have met some pretty cool independent women along the way. I call em the lone rangers. I’m happy I got to know them during those crazy years in uni and it helped me grow as a person.

The  valuable things I can say I’ve learnt from them is that, never to let gender, age, how you dress or fear of being alone get in the way of what you want. And Sure, life is all about sharing. I believe in that. But in that moments that I spared for just me, I learned a lot about myself. I got in touch with my strength and my weaknesses. I started finding my own way and was no longer lost in the crowd.

Living life isn’t just about getting to know other people, it’s also about getting to know yourself. Till next time. – With love, P.