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I had a wonderful time in Penang! The food did not let down at all. Penang has a unsterilized charm to it. It’s like Singapore but the colors can bleed across the lines. I’d go back in a heartbeat.


Working on videos and photos soon. Just thought I’d update!

This was the most difficult MC ever. Not that I had a high fever or anything too serious (read: mild stomach flu). It was difficult because of the isolation I putself in. When there’s no one to talk to.

There are many things I miss when I was in a relationship or living in a full house. Like having moments you can cuddle and feel safe in his arms. Or it could be as simple as having a nice chat with your pregnant flatmate. To feel a warm connection with good people.

I vow to make better choices about the kinds of relationships and the kinds of social living standards available out there. Pinapahirapan ko lang ang sarili ko. Salamat sa mga kaibigan who replied this afternoon and this evening when everything for me felt shrouded in anxiety.

First of all… a small thank you to my employer for the annual “Summer Hours”. For the creative soul, half-day Fridays can go a long way. You break from the four corners of an office. While more than half of the half-day Fridays were actually a bit stressful due to a deluge of production, filming, and whatnot… it was still easy on the heart to know that you could leave the office at 2:00 PM and not be judged by it!

This year I documented my fifteen summer Fridays. I started off with a checklist but it’s funny because I only got to scratch off a few. This year I got to travel to KL for a run. There were less museums to visit this year (unlike in 2015). But I got my fill of festivals like the SG Garden Festival and the SG Night Festival.

The final Summer Friday of 2016 went with a bang. Or sort of. A few colleagues from various departments organised a late lunch at Sacha and Sons, Mandarin Oriental. Quite an atas location for a meal. But the food was superb. Definitely a ‘date place’ or somewhere to spend a great time with close buddies.

Afterwards we found ourselves at the largest Uniqlo in Southeast Asia which just opened at Orchard Central. Hilarious how we got to squeeze in some shopping after our group lunch.

We had drinks at Ice Cold Bar (also at Somerset). I got to play two rounds of pool. We had wedges, beers… much to chill. Considering that drinking with colleagues does NOT happen much.

Two of my colleagues joined me for a night of more skewers at The Skewer Bar in Geylang. Great to catch up with our finance guy. We thought it would be nice to catch a movie so I invited two of my colleagues over to my house in Geylang for a Netflix session. “The Shining”.

The whole thing ended around 4:00 AM on Saturday. It was the longest Summer Friday activity and a fun way to end it.

What’s my biggest summer Friday regret? Not spending more time alone! I’ve become accustomed to living alone. I think I’ve done a good job. But I can do better.

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An acquaintance I made through Pink Dot invited us to a talk by the cast of RENT (Pangdemonium). Location? The Asia Pacific headquarters of Twitter!

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I love the “Be rigorous. Get it right.”

While visiting the Twitter office was a fun treat… even better was meeting the cast of RENT and the people behind organisations like Action for AIDS Singapore and Oogachaga. Both organisations finding ways to assist and make life better for LGBT Singaporeans.

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Twitter Open organised this with AFA Singapore and Oogachaga.


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The cast of Rent together with AFA Singapore and Oogachaga.


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With Kishan, Daniel, and Haikal.

Thank you Daniel from Twitter for the invitation. I’m walking away with a little bit of inspiration for what our own team in the office can do for diversity and inclusion.

More photos below!

BONUS VIDEO!

I thought KL Standard Chartered 2016 would be my last foot race. But a friend asked me to join him and his buddies for the Yellow Ribbon Prison Run. Wait, what? A “Prison Run”? What’s that about?

The Yellow Ribbon Prison Run creates awareness about giving “second chances” to ex-offenders… helping them reintegrate into society. From the Yellow Ribbon Prison Run website:

“…great strides in advancing public awareness and acceptance of reintegrating ex-offenders into society. You champion a cause that gets them back on track with us.”

I was in it to…

  • For a cause. “I support second chances.”
  • Run a new race route that involves a prison complex.

The race route was “scenic”… with one dramatic U-turn at the side gate of Changi Airport’s tarmac which was AMAZING. Like you could see planes taking off and landing. And then there were parts that looked like they were from the set of The Walking Dead. There appeared to be “abandoned buildings” (most likely occupied, but I’m describing it like that for effect). Tall walls, tall gates… sunshine, tropical palm trees, heat, greenery and emptiness.

And then landed property homes after one turn. And then an industrial estate. Never forgetting the commercial jets landing nearby. What a sight!

The Yellow Ribbon Prison Run was my 20th competitive run since I started in 2012. It might be my last in the meantime. Because I want to focus on weightlifting!

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Massive prison complex. Best in class.

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My 20th medal for a run!

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With Emman and his friends.

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In a world where… only one bus passes by every 15-20 minutes haha.

Perfect weather. But something’s up! This was the first time I didn’t join a local dragon boat race with my team. Replaced the paddle with a laundry hamper. Replaced the race site adrenaline with a trip to Cold Storage. LOL.

Some snippets from today in this bekpackr filler:

What else was up?

My new flatmate moved in. He arranged a helper to do a general cleaning. My goodness the place looks refreshed! Excited to turn it into something homey. Or not. I dunno.

Two of my dragon boat teammates came over and we used the pool. First time to swim at the condo pool since I moved in back in May.

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Lunch with friends became lunch with myself. Great food at The Chicken Rice store, One KM. Loved the set meal!

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Swimming with Mo and Kat. Hindi ko kinakaya ang gossip. HOMAYGAWD. Ears closed.

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2nd night in a row at The Skewer Bar which is around the corner from my apartment. WINNER.

That was my ordinary Saturday.