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Dragon boating. The last local race of the year is this weekend. The last race I did was the Singapore Dragon Boat Festival (SDBF) back in July. That was where I was very upset at my performance… not making the cut for the crucial categories. I was sitting on the bench again and it really hit me hard at SDBF. It hit me so hard that I refused to join the AustCham 10km Challenge. But that was then. I’m good now. And while this early it already looks like I’m not making the cut again for this weekend’s Singapore River Regatta (SRR)… I’m at peace with it. I am giving my best and I am making improvements. I’ve come a long way to quit now. And even as a reserve, I should be damn prepared the moment my name gets called.

Gym. Happily, I’ve returned to the gym more frequently now. I’m also less intimidated this time. It’s like “fuck it” who cares, just go to the gym and do your thing. Sure, there are buff guys there. But really… most of them aren’t bullies. They are doing their thing. So I should do mine. Earlier I was surprised I was starting to do reps with the 40-bar (chest press, inclined chest press). I could barely do a 25-bar before. Consistency!

Love. My ex asked me recently if I was seeing anyone. Not really. I did see two or three guys as a date in the past few months. One was in KL which was hilarious and sad at the same time (read: I kicked him out of my hotel room. He shouldn’t have been there in the first place but it was my stupidity.) Next, I met up with a nice Indonesian fellow based in Singapore. But it fizzled out on the 2nd date… but I don’t feel bad. I did like his shoulders lol. And my favourite date, who for all I know could be reading this… is a Filipino guy based in Manila who was in Singapore a few months ago. Gawd I miss him even if we met for just that one night over two beers. I felt so open in front of him already. Alam mo yun. I did play hook up with a few guys in recent months… nothing sobra… just normal for a single gay guy like myself.

Family. Been so caught up with entertaining myself after a breakup that I haven’t been so active with my family the past few months. But they are visiting me here in Singapore next month. It’s going to be fun. At least, this time I’ll make it even more fun. Kasi last time was a bit stressful. This year, I’ll just take my parents and my brother to normal regular places in Singapore. It’ll be on them to enjoy what they see.

Video games. Yes, a category for this. I’m just about done with Final Fantasy X (that old game in 2003 that I never got to finish). I’m waiting for FFXV which is due out in a few weeks. I dropped out of Pokemon Go. I’m playing Sim City Build-it on my iPhone. I also have Street Fighter V.

Music. I’m listening to the same pop music and top 40 chart you’ll hear at malls and at cafes. Throw in some Ke$ha and Tove Lo. Music has helped me zone out this past year when I’m feeling like shit. They inspire my imagination. I work in creative so music is an important fuel to my imagination.

Video blogs. I’ve produced six episodes for my video blog series. I’m looking at completing ten before the end of the year. I have this mapped out as a “10-episode” first season. Omg. And then thinking how I can make the next ten better. And yes, I’m going to keep doing it. From 0 subscribers I’m now at a humble 27 subscribers. Thank you for subscribing! :*

I want to take you to the islands.

Or to hotel rooms in different cities.

Our luggages open. City brochures and maps sprawled all around.

(Because we’re old school.)

I’ll hug you when it’s cold outside. Or if the air conditioning is too much.

Or watch you return to the buffet for a fourth plate.

Maybe tell you I don’t like the colour of the shoes you’re trying on.

Or pin you inside the fitting room. Lips locked.

I’d like to fall asleep with my head resting on your chest. In your warm embrace.

I’d like to feel sad when we’re parting ways at the subway station.

And I’d like to feel excited when we’re just seconds away from meeting once again.

Don’t get me mistaken. I’m not in love.

I’m just starting to feel something again. Like the sensation when blood circulation is returning to your hand, arm, or your foot.

And for the love of YAAS GAWD it’s not about that person.

It’s Wednesday again and for this week’s Telok Ayer Lunch Hop, we explored the vicinity of Cecil Street looking for a meal that is less than $8.00.

I was craving for Curry Chicken. We found one at the restaurant we along a shophouse on Stanley Street. But it was sold out.

We saw a banner for “Coffee Hive” which is a chain selling kopi and lunch dishes that you can find at some parts of the city.

Interesting location on a flight of stairs.


Curry Chicken


Iordered the Signature Curry Chicken (selection of rice, noodles, or bread). I added a large Teh Peng. SGD 8.80.

Greg tried the Rosemary Chicken with Fries. The chicken had a layer of melted cheese.

The curry chicken was alright. A quick fill for a craving. But somehow I missed the Marina South Bay Curry House that was open at 100AM last year. It closed down.

The Rosemary Chicken which Greg was generous to have me try was much better. Comfort food!

Coffee Hive Cecil St. is located at Cecil Court. They have branches at The Adelphi, Fushionopolis, Novena Square 2, PWC Building, Afro Asia Building, and more.

I was particularly amused at Cecil Court’s branch because the restaurant was resting on a flight of stairs!

Here’s our little peek at Halloween Horror Nights 6 at Universal Studios Singapore (Resorts World Sentosa). This was recorded during Partner’s Night so the select rides were not open during our visit.

Halloween Horror Nights 6 was beautifully crafted and we had a great time. Much love and kudos to the cast behind HHN6. I can’t even imagine not just the prep but being in character throughout the night.

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We are trying this new thing where we’ll have lunch at a new place along Telok Ayer every Wednesday. Some places are pricier so we’ll throw in cheaper options along the way.

First stop: Moosehead Kitchen Bar


Located right outside Telok Ayer MRT Exit B, you can’t miss it since it’s inside the last shophouse (corner).

Like most shophouses along this stretch, the dining area is narrow (seats and tables on one side). The kitchen area is tucked in the back. There are tall tables with stools outside.

I ordered the Beef Burger main (comes with fries). I added bacon (which was what led us all the way to the other end of Telok Ayer). $22.00 in total.

Being a fast foodie, this was FAR from the McDonalds fare lol. Like, one bite reminded me of the 4th of July. Like a real grilled beef patty. The barbecue sauce we used for the fries was finger-lickin’ good.

Compliments to the wait staff too.

Moosehead Kitchen Bar

110 Telok Ayer Street

Nearest MRT: Telok Ayer (Exit A)


I can’t put my finger on it. But I’m angry lately. It’s like I’m waiting for December to come so this stupid year will be over.

But then again it’s up to me to make some good out of it. Instead of waiting for the weekend… I should enjoy the ride.