8 Essential Qualities For A Best Friend

Thought Catalog

1. They don’t judge you.

There are certain life choices we all make which, outside of our own perception, must seem fucking insane. We go out on a whim and get a tattoo of Sonic The Hedgehog across the better part of our chest along with a smattering of genital piercings. Some people would judge that shit, and swiftly. But not your good best friend. This is the person who literally sees whatever you’re doing and thinks, “Is this hurting them or someone else in any way?” When the answer clearly presents itself as “No,” they don’t care. They just don’t. And as obvious a response as this should be to the benign life choices of others, it’s surprisingly hard to execute in practice. If you can find someone who genuinely does not judge you for things you choose to do in life, you hold onto that person with a…

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back from a hiatus?

As you may have seen, I have been missing for quite some time on this space because everything has been happening so fast over the past few months and I haven’t really had the time to settle down to write a proper review or post.

I’ll be back soon, I promise (:

It’s the land of Sawadee!~ PART I

After months and months of waiting, my baby J and I finally embarked on our first overseas trip together, to Bangkok! 😀

We got the trip at a really good price, at only $379 NETT, inclusive of accommodation, flights, transfers, taxes, and an optional complimentary half day city tour (which we did not go for) from http://www.deal.com.sg. In comparison, we saved a few hundreds from the airfare and taxes, making our trip a lot cheaper, and more ka-chings to shop with!

I think a question many may want to ask is the credibility of such deal websites, whether they are trustworthy, or just plain scams. Personally, I have purchased a few times from http://www.deal.com.sg and Plus! Deals, which I find to be very reliable. Just make sure to read the terms and conditions carefully, and call the service provider if you have any doubts! (:

I digress. Anyway, a very excited J and I then headed to the airport with a quarter-filled luggage, no insurance, and a whole lot of excitement! :>Okay and some fears because silly us forgot to buy our insurance, so we were pretty afraid that something may just happen to us 😡

Bangkok… is pretty much like Singapore. In terms of the weather at least. When we touched down, it just stopped raining and boy, was it humid! Our friendly tour guide (who picked us up from the airport to transfer to the hotel) informed us that the weather would go up to a whopping 40 degrees! D:

Our hotel, P2 Boutique Hotel was a mere 10 minutes walk to Platinum Mall (!!!) and Pratunam Wholesale Centre, and so since we had 2 hours more to closing, J and I decided to head down to do some shopping on the first day! Oh and our hotel room was really nice, it was adequate, comfy and of course, the accessibility to the shopping areas!

Pratunam Wholesale Centre is a good place to buy souvenirs, such as handmade bracelets, thailand singlets, accessories and sunnies, I bought a pretty sunhat for only 150baht (S$6) ^^whereas J bought a cute bowhat!

I also bought 2 pairs of sunnies and Thailand singlets which were uber comfy! Loved the shopping so much! And ofcourse, we headed over to Platinum and got a few loots as well! My rainbow maxi whee!

Oh and as we walked back from Platinum Mall, there were street stalls that were selling food, clothes, accessories and all sorts of stuff, so it was fun purchasing the yummeh BBQ food, and also shopping along the streets!

And we also bought a lot of stuffs from 7-eleven especially the stuff that made me uber excited 😀

Love the yakult cos it was twice as big as the ones sold in Singapore! Well, that sort of concludes my Day 1’s journey!

Day 2: MBK and Platinum Mall

We decided to head down to MBK by walking, (which was a bad choice because of the terribly humid weather, and the incredibly long distance) which took us around 1 hour, but we managed to absorb the sights of Bangkok streets.

We were super excited when we finally saw MBK!

I was reading online prior to the trip that you could go to the information counter to obtain a Tourist Pass for discounts at selected stores, just make sure they have a sign at the outside at the store to make sure they are participating outlets which provides discounts for their goods!

Well, there was nothing much for MBK, unless you’re looking for electronics or imitations, for which they do have imitations of really good quality! Helped R purchase a Burberry Wallet of a pretty good quality, and also bought imitation Birkenstocks which were rather comfy. MBK also has quite a lot of art galleries, which allow you to do pencil sketching at good prices, so if you’re interested, you can go take a look, however they take around 2 days to be ready. We did the sketching for a friend, so we had to go back to MBK on our last day!

And we decided to head to Platinum for more shopping, and we were smarter this time, we decided to take the train back! Their train cards are the ones that Singapore used to have, so it was pretty nostalgic for me!

On the way to Platinum, we picked up some of these yummy ice-blended bubble teas and they were only 10baht (S$0.40). We slurpped them a little too quickly because it was too hot!

Part 2, Day 2: We went to Platinum and had lunch first at their food court which provided a huge variety of food. You had to purchase a card in order to buy the food, and I loved the Phad Thai!

And this soup was super yummy heh.

and oh boy we were awed by how big it was! Just imagine Bugis Street, bigger, with air conditioning. There were a lot and a lot of things to buy there, J and I couldn’t resist all that shopping!

And our dinner of the day, was BBQ street food as usual, with hotdogs from 7-eleven!

And… the 800ml Yakult! 😀 😀 😀 😀

And did I ever mention how nice MAMA noodles taste? They taste really different from the Tomyum noodles in Singapore!

After a burp-worthy dinner, well J and I needed our well-deserved rest for our remaining two days! :>

To be continued…

Love, Vee! ❤

Some eggy love~

If you knew me, you’d know how much I love my eggs. Scrambled, Fried, Poached, Boiled, Steamed, you name it, I love it. Hahahahah.

So I visited Hatched with my babygirls in the previous week, and boy did we have to overcome some difficulties just to enjoy our eggs!

So first of all, we visited the Evans Lodge outlet, reaching around 5.45pm. We were pretty much drenched from the pouring rain, and were anxious to start eating. And guess what. The outlet was CLOSING. Apparently they changed their operating hours till 6pm, with the last order being at 430pm.

Well hunger and cold doesn’t go well together, so we thought of a contingency plan, which was to visit the second outlet at Holland V.

So when we visited Holland V, we couldn’t find the place because we were all strangers to the Holland V area, and were walking around with dysfunctional smart phone applications in our hands, trying to find our way. So yes, we finally found hatched. At 7pm.

It’s in like a pretty obscured area because there were some constructions going on and you wouldn’t be able to find it if you drove by, but I liked the place a lot. Wooden panels, hanging lights, it had a warm and homely feel to it (:

So check out what we ordered :>

The pretty menu!

The Catalog Of Eggs! :>

Clockwise from Top Left:

1. My Smoked Royale (2 eggs at $18.00++)

Two perfectly poached eggs on slices of smoked salmon and english muffin, with a side of mashed potatoes and greens topped with balsamic vinegar. The eggs were purr-fecttttt, and the whole combination of the hollandaise sauce, eggs, salmon and muffin was amazing in my mouth! YUMMEH 😀

2. HY’s The Sleepover ($12.00++)

It’s french toast with bananas and eggs, topped with sugary sweet maple sauce. Suitable for people with a sweet tooth!

3. WL’s Papillote ($16.00++)

Scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and toast, and sauteed potatoes. Their sauteed potatoes are really yummy when it’s piping hot!

4. VY’s Burly Benedict (2 eggs at $18.00++)

Poached Eggs atop of corned beef and English muffin, served with the greens and sauteed potatoes. It has a hearty serving, and suitable for people with a large appetite!

My food! Look how runny the yolk is, YUMMEHXZ. 😀

Verdict: 4/5

Hatched @ Holland Village

Address: 267 Holland Ave, Singapore 278989

Tel: 6463 0012

Operating Hours: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
(Closed on Mondays)
Other outlets include the Evans Lodge outlet.
Address: 26 Evans Road #01-06 Evans Lodge, Singapore, Singapore 259367
Tel: 6735 0012
Operating Hours: 8.00am – 6.00pm
(Closed on Mondays)
Just a five minute walk, and you will be able to find my all-time favourite ice cream store: ISLAND CREAMERY 😀
My two favourite flavours: Pulut Hitam (The purple one) and Apple Pie! Strongly recommended because they’re oh-so-good.
Verdict: 4/5
Island Creamery @ Holland Village
Address: Holland Village (#01-02 Windmill Shopping Centre)
Tel:  64666865
Operating Hours: 
Mon-Thu, Sun: 11.00am-10.00pm
Fri and Sat: 11.00am-11.00pm
After a lovely dinner spent at HV, WL  drove us down to Yishun Dam for some chillax time. Visit there if you’re looking for a place to chill. Just don’t wear a skirt or dress because you need to stride across a fence to sit down near the reservoir. Heh.  It’s a really quiet place because there are few people that goes there, and just loved how much I could talk to these girls. (:
Anyway, Thank you girls for such an awesome night ❤
Love, Vee ❤

一块二粿条面干要辣椒不要豆芽

Ask anybody, what do they think about when the word Orange is mentioned? They’d tell you it’s a colour. Ask a St Nicks girl, she’d probably tell you, it’s Orange Bowl (:

(Orange Bowl is a nickname for the fishball noodles in one of the stalls in our school canteen, named for the colour of the bowl that holds it)

This morning, I met up with my 4U lovelies for breakfast in SNGS since we were all craving for Orange Bowl, and had a really scrumptious breakfast!

One thing I loved about Orange Bowl was the “rap” everyone would chant for their order! We all seemed to have a default order that we’d all attempt to utter at one go at the fastest speed possible and sounded like a rapping competition!

Also Uncle Mobeen’s Iced Tea! Where can you find such delicious and yummy Iced Tea for only $1 for the size in the picture?

Honestly, I don’t know what’s so great about the noodles, except for the chilli. I guess the reason we all love it so much was the nostalgia it brought back with every bite. Really enjoyed catching up with the girls and reminiscing about the old times in SN (:

Also when we were ordering food in SN, the stall owners do remember who am I and would chat with us on how we are doing. I guess this is how it feels like to me, home. (:

Let’s do this again soon okay? ❤

Love, Vee ❤

Once upon a Twelfth Night

I have always been an avid fan of Shakespeare in the Park ever since I watched A Midsummer’s Night Dream by Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) in Sec 3 for a Literature field trip. After Macbeth last year, I managed to catch this year’s production: Twelfth Night.

For those not familiar with the story, to make it simpler, refer to the movie She’s the Man if you have watched it before! Otherwise, the plot of the original Shakespeare play: Twelfth Night.

One thing to note about SRT is that they often inject humour and “Singaporean” flavours into the play to engage the audience. It helps to facilitate the understanding of the play, and also a deeper insight into Literature for people who may not be very familiar with Shakespearean English.

I have to say, I was totally mesmerised by Adrian Pang’s performance of Feste, who livened the entire play with his crazy antics. I was particularly amused by Daniel Jenkins’ role of Malvolio, who provided to core comic relief to the play.

Also, Shakespeare in the Park also provides a great setting for a night picnic under the stars whilst enjoying the play! I loved the set particularly this year, I guessed it was the nicest set I have ever seen in the 3 productions I attended.

Oh and look at the barang barang other people brought!

People were really armed with stools, brollies, picnic baskets, repellent and all! I’d recommend bringing a poncho though, with the erratic weather Singapore’s been having. I got caught in the rain without one! ):

If you’d like to try watching a Shakespearean play production, I would say Twelfth Night is a good show to start with as it is a comedy, and the story is not complicated to understand. At the end of the day, Twelfth Night will leave you reeling with laughter, and ensuring an enjoyable night, to you and your companions (:

Shows run until 20th May (Sunday), grab your tickets if you haven’t! (:

Love, Vee!

2 movies in 3 days!

Finally managed to catch 2 of the shows I’ve been wanting to watch in the cinemas after a long time of not visiting the theatres, and I am happy that they were two very good movies. 😀

The Lucky One

So on Friday, I managed to catch The Lucky One with SM since it was her off day and we were both romantic movie junkies.

I liked the rhythm of the movie, it was slow, yet not draggy. I enjoyed the picturesque setting of the movie, with many adorable dogs that made me smile throughout the movie. You could see how much Zac Efron had outgrown his childish demeanor from the High School Musical Series, and settling to be a struggled veteran from the Marines.

Don’t expect too much from the movie, just sit back and relax, you’ll find yourself enjoying the movie a lot more than you thought you would have. (:

Verdict: 3.5/5

 

And the second movie caught was the blockbuster of the year that I had been DYING to catch since Captain America: The First Avenger concluded last year! Guessed it yet? 😀

The Avengers! 😀

After waiting for almost 9 months, the Avengers movie’s finally released and indeed it was thrilling and exciting with the Avengers assembling for this movie! If you have watched Iron Man 1/2, The Incredible Hulk, Thor and Captain America, you will find the movie coming to a full circle, and linking post-credits scenes of the movies stated. Not gonna spoil the movie here, go catch it yourself!

What’s really great about the movie was really about the humour weaved in the scenes that will send you laughing out really loud in the cinema, and also cute eye candy too ^^

Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye 😀

Best part of it, I managed to catch in IMAX 3D.

Now, many people would ask, why would I pay 2 to 3 times more than the usual price of a ticket just for the IMAX 3D effects. I’m going to explain it here!

1) The clarity of the movie

When you watch movies in 2D, more than often, you can see the cinematic film roll effect on the screen, with a little yellowing and all, with black spots appearing. This does not happen in IMAX 3D

2) ‘In-Your-Face’ 3D Effects

When you watch Digital 3D movies, the items in 3D merely pop a little, some people often feel that the effect was barely noticeable. However, in IMAX 3D, it does feel as if you are in the scene, and also you can feel that the characters really POP out of the screen.

Try it someday. Really. For a good action flick. I’m sure you won’t regret it.

Verdict: 4/5!

Prolly gonna catch the movie again soon, and looking forward to the IMAX 3D movies that are going to be released soon! (:

Love, Vee!