Day 8: A noteworthy place in town

Telok Ayer.

I love this neighbourhood. It’s behind the more hectic streets of Chinatown and borders the towering buildings of Tanjong Pagar and the rest of the CBD.

I love Telok Ayer for its many shophouses and coffee shops. It has a rustic feel to it (though it’s obviously re-made and cleaned up). Even better, Telok Ayer is just a short walk from my office. I enjoy going to lunch here (Gayatri Indian restaurant, Korean restaurants, Urban Bites Mediterranean food).

My dragon boat teammmate introduced me to My Awesome Cafe which sits right next to his office in Telok Ayer.

Day 7: Favourite Instagram accounts

I don’t really have a favourite set. If i follow someone’s Instagram it’s because I like the person’s account. Duh!

Here are six accounts I follow:

@sixpegs – wonderful photos. she is co-owner of a café we love in jalan besar.

@cliffelvin – an acquaintance in KL. love his shots and his vibe.

@jc_ee – he’s cute.

@alanwang225 – from Taiwan. Love his photos!

@bowenxiong – model from Shanghai. My guilty pleasure oogling at his life behind china’s gay scene.

@lukeidham – aka Layla Onfire. Gorgeous drag queen. And deym that slim body of his. Howwww is that possible?!

Reflections before turning 30

The good news is that we’ve made it this far.

Work is a steady climb. At this stage, it is more of a social than a creative struggle. Creative has a template. Recently my career learnings are about social interactions: small talk in an open office, starting an LGBT support group, and managing work load with a quiet team. I’m happy where I am. But I know I can still do more.

The security of my relationship is there. Probably something I normally wouldn’t blog about. I’m happiest knowing my parents know I have a boyfriend. Perhaps the greatest gift to myself before turning 30 is being able to live openly gay.

Paddling on Kallang River. Dragon boating is my greatest love right now. It brings out my energy. It makes me want to wake up early. My body, posture, endurance, and confidence have improved through dragon boating. Plus, my network has multiplied. I am paddling with teachers, engineers, medical professionals and architects. One heart, one team! #truth

My otherwise subdued mood

i pick my poison
“i pick my poison!” sigaw ni ate rita. “And, it’s you.”

02:52:40 – 21.1KM Sundown Marathon (Half Marathon)

Official timing is out. I’m happy with my race! It was my fastest 10km (around 1 hour 7 minutes), and without stopping. I fizzled out from 10KM to 16KM before starting to run again towards the end. This was perhaps the most scenic marathon race I’ve ever joined since 2012. This was my third time to join Sundown Marathon (the first time to join Sundown 21.1km) and my second half marathon after Standard Chartered last December.


The 6 beauty products you can’t live without.

Day 6 (July 6) – The 5 6 beauty products you can’t live without.

Made it six instead of five because of the Diptic layout thing.

I feel that beauty products is something I’m just starting to get into as I enter my 30s. I’ll share what products I use recently.

  • Rexona Men deodorant – Adventure – I use this after dragon boat trainings
  • St. Ives Apricot Scrub – 3x weekly
  • Sunsilk co-Creations “Smooth and Manageable” (Pink) – a habit
  • Dove moisturising body wash – goodbye bar soaps… sorry ngayon lang.
  • Listerine Green Tea – hated this at first, but now it’s the only “flavoured” mouth wash I like
  • Gatsby Hair Wax “Moving Rubber” – for years I’ve used Bench Fix, but it’s so hard to wash! Gatsby Hair Wax (the brown one) has the same desired styling effect… but is so much easier to wash. 😛


Your travel essentials. Post photos!

Day 5 (July 5) – Your travel essentials. Post photos!

My travel essentials are pretty much straightforward and normal.

Toiletries kit

Contains my bar soap (I’m old school), a travel-sized bottle of shampoo that I regularly refill at the gym, my Rexona deodorant (those buy 2 for 1 promotions you can find at Venus Beauty), toothbrush and toothpaste. I keep these all organized in a toiletries bag I bought at Takashimaya for about SGD 30.00.

Travel documents pouch

Contains my passport, recent airline ticket stubs, some debit cards (only take what I might be using at my destination), 2×2 pictures ready for visa-on-arrival, some smaller bills from recent visits to Southeast Asian countries, and most importantly a nice pen for filling up immigration forms. I also like to keep my earpods in the travel pouch when I am boarding the plane for easy access.

Delsey hard shell hand-carry luggage

I’m currently using a small Delsey hard shell luggage as my hand-carry when I fly back to Manila or when I have a weekend trip to a regional destination. I got it for sale at Takashimaya. There are only two large compartments.

Portable bluetooth speakers

I just bought this today! As an early birthday gift to myself since I love love love listening to music while in the room, in the kitchen, etc. Now I can irritate my flatmates with my pop music.

Smartphone with my favourite maps installed

Of course a smartphone. I believe in some holidays, one should ideally be disconnected from the rest of the world. But when I travel, I love using my favourite map applications like Street Directory or to help me get around.

What I wear frequently these days… (dragon boat)

Day 4 (July 4) – What I wore this week What I wear frequently these days

Okay, I’m changing this one to what I’ve been wearing recently for dragon boating. (SORRY.) I don’t do OOTD. So perhaps I could share what I’ve been wearing recently related to dragon boating.

L to R

  • FDS 2015 singlet – exclusive for FDS members
  • “No Excuses” (not to paddle) dri-fit yellow tee I picked up in Boracay
  • PICE singlet – a complimentary singlet given to me when I was a pacer for PICE during Isang Bangkang Malaya 2015
  • FDS Batch 2014 – dri-fit black tee – as part of the 2014 team in the exhibition race at Isang Bangkang Malaya 2015
  • Quiksilver rash guard – a rash guard I bought at Orchard Central a few months back.