His glory above my own.
So for the bulk of the holidays, I’ve been either dating or cooking.
At the same time.
Hahahahaha check out what we did today:
This has got to be the ugliest face-breakfast there is. HAHA! Btw, eggs and chocolate is just weird… Don’t try it.
Was really proud of this handsome creation though. Walnut and grains bread toasted with garlic spread and real (raw?) chopped garlic, stacked with BBQ black pepper basil pork, cheddar cheese and BBQ-infused bacon. Not the most exquisite grilled cheese sandwich, but an easily-replicable winner nevertheless. if I had to describe it as a man, it would be something like this:
He strode through the door, the light gleaming from behind him. The fancy laser lights met the metal buckle on his well-polished monk strap shoe and promptly bounced off in a diagonal direction, reflecting on dimmed wall beside it. He walked smartly past the emerald bar counter and its impressive display of the finest spirits, turning heads with his arrogant smirk as his sharp eyes swept past his surroundings.
HAHA okay now I’m no longer sure if I’m describing the sandwich or getting lost in my writing. Hahahahahahaha
Also met Cherlyn for dinz today!!! This date has been truly long-awaited… We’ve been talking about IKEA’s chicken wings since our first lecture this semester and we finally did it!!!
What were we doing, forming this ingenious plan during lecture you ask? Well, it went a little something like this: I had been silently thinking of IKEA’s splended chix wings in my mind and the next moment, Cherlyn started drawing chicken wings on her notepad. By the divine clash of mind and nature, we knew we had to go to IKEA. We obviously had to (right? hehe). Just that it took us a whole semester to lug our bums there hahahahaha bye.
Hahaha that’s a punny one right? *glee*
(Credits: City Harvest Church)
Started my Sunday with a smashing service with Dr Robi Sonderegger and his take on Quantum Physics/Quantum Christianity. Watch the full service/sermon here! http://www.chc.org.sg/citytv/videos
Andy and I had originally planned to go donate blood today (what we did on our 3rd date LOL), but we’re postponing it till he gets his employment pass. *fingers crossed * “(godliness with) contentment is great gain” - may he be content, faithful and hopeful all at once with the mystery amount the good Lord shall supply!
Awesome dinner to end the night. I LOVE FRIED BUNS
212 Hougang Street 21
Contact No.: 6343 0771
Nearest MRT Station: Kovan/Hougang
Omgsh omgsh I’m so happy today hahahahaha
Andy and I went……… ICE-SKATING!!!!!!!
Mom passed me a complimentary ticket to The Rink @ JCube awhile ago. Ever since I told Andy about it, I’ve been pleading like a small child (did not wail) to go and we finally did!!! Yippeeeee!!
The first few steps with the ice-skates were really awkward… Each step I took felt like I was balancing on two vertical chopsticks.
Haha shoe shots are the lamest…… but I like this one. Hahahahahaha
The first round was quite a pain and some of the young kids whizzing around at 300km/h kinda put us to shame. We tried holding hands and skating, thinking we both stood a chance of looking a little more romantic, but nope, that didn’t work out well. HAHAHA. So it turns out that today was a bit more like a therapy session - doing the same activity together at our own pace - no pressure, just own time own target.
Hahaha thanks for going with me today, Andy! Awesome companion for all the crazy things I wanna do :D hehehe treasure uuuuu
(Credits: Spinoff Online)
We also caught X-Men: Days of Future Past!!!!! Whoohoooo!!! But not before sneaking the following items from Cold Storage into the theatre: 10 chocolate eclairs, 1 litre soya bean milk, Haribo Peaches and 1 standard pack Hazelnut Loackers. HAHAHAHA FIST BUMP BRO!!!
X-Men is my favvvvv action superhero series and this movie just made me like it even more. Nope, not gonna fangirl over certain parts of the plots and then reveal anything I shouldn’t, but just saying that the storyline is so cool. One of the best movie storylines in a very long time actually! #JUZSAYIN
(Photo credits: Sheryl)
Had a smashing good time at combined cellgroup meeting in the evening. Our praise leader Daryl is simply the best cuz he’s so crazy!!! CGMs without him leading praise is comparatively kinda mehhh…. But today’s praise and worship session was so strong and sincere! Could feel goosebumps then and even now as I type. Presence of God was so calming, so powerful, so overflowing, so abundant… Lord, where You call me, I will follow. <— P.S. Hoping to be able to say this year after year with even more conviction than I currently do.
Was also ecstatic to be sitting in the same circle (almost) with my beloved E459 together with E391. I guess it might be true that people don’t forget their first love (referring to CGs ah, Andy dear I am faithful to you LOL), because no matter how many CGs I switch to in future (hopefully not too many), I don’t foresee myself loving any other cellgroup more than my first. Hmm.. Good thing or bad thing? Maybe just a thing ya. Hahahahahaha
(Photo credits: Clarence)
Last but not least, happy birthday Chee!
Legs feeling slightly sore from skating. *K.O.*
Spent the day back at my home ground Temasek Poly with Chloe Chee!
Brought her to TP’s Culinary Academy for a fine-dining experience, hosted by our very own students. I was so pleased to meet and catch up with some of my tutors - Mr Neo and especially Ms Mark! ToP Table is an excellent idea if you’re looking for something elegant, out of the ordinary and inexpensive (S$13.80 for an entire set meal - includes coffee/choice of teas!)
Mocktail of the Day
Chesapeake-Style Crab Cakes served with a Remoulade Sauce & Petit Salad (FYI, I do not understand half of what I just typed.)
Roasted Chicken with Risotto Cake Butternut Squash, Asparagus & Lemon Hollandaise (Loved the risotto btw!)
White Chocolate Mousse with Raspberry Sorbet
All the best girl, supporting your decision all e way. Your heart is really good. I pray that your heart, soul and mind will be continually strengthened, especially during times of need/difficulty. May eternal glory be your gift as you keep loving Jesus and His people!
Ended the night with Andy - my perfect company to any day - at Wheelock Place. Look at this! Isn’t its lights/architecture just magnificent?! The escalator going up Wheelock is easily one of my favorite places because of the lights hehehehe. D’you think it’s possible that my subconscious childhood ambition could have been to be one of those insects flying around looking for lights to stick their bug-butts on?
Anyway, I’m so proud of my man, who completed yet another interview today! Whatever decision you make hun, I’m going to believe in you and support you alllll the way :D
So as usual, I suck at coming up with titles (and also captions), but today has been such a soul-fulfilling day.
Meet my newest friend, Sarah.
Moments like these make me feel like tons of acquaintances can never come close to having a single friend; Sarah made me feel like that today.
From music to life values, God to politics, and family to community sustainability, we basically covered it all. I’ve known Sarah (French exchange student in Guitarpella) for slightly more than 3 months now, but I don’t think either of us saw today’s meet-up coming. In my memory prior to today, I have always remembered Sarah as that girl with a seemingly crazy hobo side to her. Her voice sounds just like a nightingale’s - clear, mystical, thrilling. It has always been a joy watching and hearing her perform; every time she sings, I close my eyes in the audience and start imagining a young mother with strikingly golden locks, taking her freshly-baked piping hot blueberry pies out of the oven with her red-white checkered kitchen mitten. The peace and fragrant smell of browned pastry overwhelms me, and I see a little bird land on the cottage window sill. Am I hallucinating already?! HAHA. But for sure, that’s what Sarah’s singing does to me.
So anyway, with that mental image of Sarah, I travelled to Holland V not knowing what to expect. What is she like? What does she like to eat? Will she be able to understand my Asian accent? Do French people like coffee and all things blueberry? Of all the things I could think of, little did I know she would be this easy-going, friendly, self-respecting and intelligent. We hovered over the coffee/cakes counter for awhile before easing into our 2-hour non-stop conversation; building rapport was surprisingly easy. One of the things that struck me like a metal brick was how self-respecting Sarah is. There were so many examples and sentences that she almost shocked me with (albeit pleasantly); I mean, I do have this honest stereotype about Westerners being more indulgent in say, sexual activities and more loose in say, fashion choices. But nope, not Sarah. She is quite the complete opposite. Another stark contrast would be how she takes her work so seriously, even though she’s on exchange. Many students - even perhaps I - would priortize party > study, personal leisure/exploration/traveling > school-initiated hostel/community involvement activities when they go on exchange since most schools automatically freeze grades when students embark on an external learning journey. But again, nope, not Sarah.
This girl is amazing and I am so, so thankful to have made such a friend today. Sar, I’m almost 90% our paths are destined to merge again one day. Be it another cup of coffee or exploring town together a few years (or maybe decades LOL) from now, I know we’re going to have wonderful stories to share with one another. Wherever you may be going, I hope people listen to you and accept your influence because you’re a good one. You’re going to be brilliant, I believe you will ;)
So after chilling with Sarah, I made my way to…
Switch by Timbre!
Was so happy to see these two!!! Guyssss when are we going to Bedok 85 again huh huh huhhhhh
Yiren’s Snowball and my Lychee Martini, with the legendary Duck Pizza that Tay and I were so excited for. #dabomb
Great night of fellowship with Tay, Yiren and Cliff!
We come together to praise/worship Jesus, to receive God’s word, to pray for people and to encourage one another. But there’re also occasions like these where I absolutely treasure our friendship and wouldn’t have my 3 years in City Harvest Church any other way. Some people think that church relationships are meant to be like self- or mutual-surveillance… Well, to some extent, maybe yes. But for the most part of it, I think friendships made within the church should also be non-strenuous, liberating and fun. Just like today.
I think this might be one of the least exhausting and most fulfilling days I’ve had since my uni journey started! Thankful for each and everyone of you. Be well, Xx
Whooopiee it’s Andy’s graduation today!
Just returned home from SIT’s Graduation Ceremony 2014 and dinner with my momma. So happy for this dude over here!
I believe that our God will continue to bless you with His calming presence, be with you through your most difficult trials and present you wonderful opportunities at the right timings. I ask that He opens your eyes to see His great plans for you so that you will be encouraged in your darkest moments, to notice those around you who need help (sometimes all they may need is a friend and prayer!), to realize how you are salt and light to the people you know and to those who know you.
I trust in your judgment and no matter what decisions you make at this crucial juncture, know that I will be exactly where you need me, even if just to listen and be by your side.
With that, happy graduation to you my most beloved friend and boyfriend! (eee *shy*) hahahahaha ♥
Our last day at Bangkok!!
Hahahaha this is our “Do Not Disturb” sign at our hotel, which we so amused by. “No Moleste” hahahahaha
We had been waiting for Sunday to arrive because we had made plans to visit a local church. I found Christ Church Bangkok online, which is an Anglican/Protestant church; I have no idea what that means because to me, Jesus matters more than denominations do.
Christ Church Bangkok!
Love the way the mini lights on the ceiling sides illuminate the oak-brown roofs :D
We were welcomed by 2 middle-age ushers Lee and Irene, who were coincidentally Singaporean! I was so shocked and ask them, “Why are you Singaporean?” Hahahahaha turns out there are Singaporeans who migrate to Thailand for work purposes…
Joined the church for worship, sermon and Holy Communion. Everything here was so different compared to my home church City Harvest. I really appreciated the very calm, quiet and soothing atmosphere though haha!
Reverend Tim Eady delivered a great sermon about how the grace of God is often forgotten by people through our inherent need to keep adding works unto salvation, but is truly sufficient as we would discover through life experiences, realizations and several passages written in the Bible. I especially appreciated this sermon as a timely reminder that grace is meant to save, sustain, and be shared with those around us. After all, no point being saved and still be brutal to others right? Why be given and not give? Truly blessed!
Holy Communion was rather cool, but I also thought it was quite a performance. The Communion leaders us all in prayer, and had the entire congregation stand up by rows and head down to the front. The Communion leaders would then distribute bread to us and bring a goblet of wine (real wine! CHC uses low-sugar Ribena HAHA) around, which I politely chose to dip my bread into the wine instead because it’s fairly disgusting sharing a single cup of liquid with 100 other people. The leaders would then bless us with “May the Lord’s body and blood be given unto you.” There’s one thing I didn’t quite understand though… How can people say such beautiful words with icy eyes and expressionless faces? Maybe they’re just stoic people by nature, I’m pretty sure they smile sometimes.
After the service had ended, we met up with Lee again, our usher at the door. Turns out he had been in Thailand for the past 9 years! His sharing displayed both the acknowledgement of temptations and the persistence to keep doing the right things. Temptations may be real, but it is a choice to succumb or resist. Sometimes temptations may be overwhelming, but I’m going to keep believing in my man Andy that Christ is him is greater than he who is in the world… :)
We also made new friends with Joseph, a Spanish-bred Englishman who came to Bangkok to be an English teacher. From teaching primary school students, he has since moved to become a private corporate teacher to businessmen wanting to learn English.
Well after a holy morning, we were obviously damn hungry!!! HAHA my stomach kept growling during service but thankfully no one else noticed :P
Petite Audrey, a French-Chinese (how does that work?!) restaurant.
Green chicken curry rice. Look at the beans… They’re knotted! So conscientious hahahahaha
Azuki pancake with matcha ice-cream. The rice was actually more than enough but it’s my last day in BKK… How could I pass this dessert up?! CANNOT! LOLLL
Heading home :)
Christ Church Bangkok
11, Convent Road
Silom, Khet Bang Rak
Bangkok, 10500, Thailand
+66 2 632 2500
Siam Center 4th floor
Opening Hours: 10am-10pm
+66 2 658 1545
Day 3 was easily one of my favorite days in this trip. Weather’s just as bad if not worse, but some of the places we went to - even just the back alley of our hotel - were quite memorable!
Took a cab into the shopping area and suddenly noticed a shop I had never seen before in all my years of traveling to Bangkok…
THEY SELL VINTAGE CAMERAS!!!!! *EXCITED*
In my future home, I will have an entire wall of square compartments. In each shelf space, I’m going to display my vintage camera collection. But…… Buy house first, cameras later. Hahahahahaha
Jess had a craving for A&W breakfast waffles. But while we were looking for it, we came across something 20 times better! Introducing… TEDDY HOUSE!!!
Teddy House is a 3-storey establishment situated in Siam Square Soi 11. Its warm friendly exterior, teddy bear displays and huge menus posted on the windows make it very clear to visitors that they are about to experience a lazy afternoon with a super cozy atmosphere and Instagramable food (LOL HAHA).
The Kitchen/cafe is on the 2nd floor, and you can imagine how Jess and I could hardly contain our excitement. THIS PLACE IS SO PRETTY!!!!
Showed this pic to Sheryl to let her see how the bears are indeed life-sized cuz they’re the same height as I am. But NO she took one look and genuinely laughed, “Hahaha omg! The bears taller than you!” HAHA ASSWIPE!!!!!!
Teddy Rice with BBQ Chicken
Teddy Rice with Stuffed Omelette
CHOCOLATE LAVA CAKE SERIOUSLY THIS IS THE BEST I’VE EVER TASTED
Teddy Vanilla Pancake stuffed with Oreos, comes with choice of syrups (we chose Maple)
Saw this pretty water bottle on the shelf and I had to get one!
Am obviously not a fan of stuffed toys but omgsh I love this place. Totes visiting this precious cafe again every single time I go to BKK from now on!
2-hour full body massage. Hehe
Chatuchak Market (Please don’t make the same mistake as we did. We went there in the evening around 7+pm and practically everything was already closed HAHAHA)
Cute vintage bike/car! Hahaha don’t you think it looks like a potential Transformer?
Signing off, X
Siam Square Soi 11
+66 2 658 3932
Started our day by getting cheated again! Hahahaha
YES YES YES hahahahahaha
Popped by at After You Dessert Cafe again, this time for BREAKFAST without having to beat the usual queues! Wahahaha
Chocolate Lava Cake
Trying their new Ferrero Toast! After You’s toasts are phenomenal. From their plainest Shibuya Honey Toast to fancier ones like Cheddar Cheese Toast, every single one of their toasts arrive warm and with two scoops of ice-cream. I stand by this one, it’s a must-try!!!
Moar shopping @ Platinum Malllll
Hahaha it was already dark by the time we scooted off for our next appointment. See that big white screen? Those are the Red Shirt protestors in action. I was so fascinated to see how people overseas protest without actually forming a physical crowd, whilst completely missing out the point that the roads here had actually been blocked.
It wasn’t only until my Thai buddy’s dad told me later about 7 major roads being blocked by protestors that I realized there was something very amiss in this photograph. This road is usually jam-packed, and if you’ve ever experienced Bangkok’s rush hours, oh yes you would know. But apparently they blocked off this area because some media channel’s building is situated nearby so…. This particular sight will become an abnormality once the political situation slacks.
Met Siree’s Dad at the outskirts of Bangkok! Thank you Dad for the steamboat meal, kob khun maaak ka :D
Great catch-up with Dad. It was exciting getting to know his past as an aspiring medical student who aced every exam and tutored his classmates, and how he manoeuvred through opportunities and obstacles to reach what and where he is today as a businessman. Much to learn from him!
Jess and I had planned on visiting the streets where the most popular clubs are located, but then we heeded Dad’s caution that there may be bomb attacks tonight and opted for an early rest instead. Ended up picking out all sorts of pink items for a PINK PARTY in our hotel room! Hahahahaha so gay. End of Day 2!