video: Daiso 2-for-$2 Coffee and Green Tea Taste Test

I’ve been watching plenty of YOUTUBE videos from JAPAN lately. My favourites are Rion Ishida, Paolo from Tokyo, and Only in Japan. While travel is almost out of the question during a pandemic… watching the videos they create from Japan is the closest to that fantasy. A fantasy of perhaps living and working in that archipelago one day in the future.

Enter DAISO. The addictive Japanese shop where you can find (or rather, haul) all the trinkets and things you rarely ever need. From pots, pans, gloves, pillow cases, stickers, gardening supplies… you name it… you’ll end up considering it. I was in DAISO only to look for some useful hacks to add to our new condo rental in Pasir Ris. But I couldn’t help but notice a glowing refrigerator of coffee and green tea. Ah yes… TWO for $2.

And here is the result of that:

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Bekpackr Blog Exclusive BTS: 3 things not mentioned in the video

  • I used a GoPro Hero8 Black for the medium, two-shot and a Canon G7X Mark II for the close-ups of the products. Both GoPro and G7X are mounted on their own separate tripods.
  • I really didn’t know we only bought one coffee. I thought it was two! The Nata de Coco Milk Tea was a favourite.
  • We had tried multiple locations in our new living space. One by the sliding window (we couldn’t get ideal lighting). Another was on a couch (but the background was boring). We finally settled for this shot at our dining table with the dry kitchen background. The lighting is pretty good!

8 years on a work pass: What’s next?

The 1st of March is my anniversary in Singapore. Yes, I’m cheesy as I celebrate that each year. I moved here in 2012 to chase a dream of living and working in the Lion City. I’ve gained unforgettable life experiences and I’ve proudly contributed my own keep in the past eight years. But after my permanent residency application was rejected in 2016, PLUS, growing anxiety that no matter how naturally I integrate and love Singapore my home, *truly*… I remain a statistic.

Eight years on an S-Pass has had its many highs for which I’m thankful for. But at 34, is it time to start thinking about where I want to permanently settle down? It’s easy for me to settle down in the States or in the Philippines. But where do I want to go next? What am I thinking about? What did I wish I knew when I first started here?

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Just checkin’ in! Changi Airport T4 Open House

Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 4 opens October 31, 2017! They built it in under three years. It’s situated where the old Budget Terminal used to be. Terminal 4 or T4 is not connected to Terminals 1 to 3 via the Skytrain service. But shuttles will be provided.

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The open house was a wonderful opportunity to check out the Fast and Seamless Travel (FAST) feature. These include the self check-in (already available at the other terminals), automated Bag-Drop and Boarding Gates with facial recognition technology, and new centralised screening areas.

It is a sparkling new compact terminal that will service budget carriers like AirAsia and Cebu Pacific. It will also cater to Cathay Pacific and Korean Air. Changi Airport is Skytrax World’s Best Airport for five consecutive years. Business Insider describes it as having “received praise from flyers for its beautiful architecture, efficient operation, luxurious amenities, and dining and shopping options.”

Other upcoming megastructures include Project Jewel, a lustrous facility with vortex waterfalls that will bridge the first three terminals together. And a fifth terminal megastructure with a new runway set to open in the next decade.

Tour Melaka with me!

Finally, a new episode! This one took me longer than expected to finish after I had to reformat my laptop and upgrade some specs. I’m happy I’ve finished it. Last June, I went on a “solo backpacking” trip to the heritage city of Melaka.

 

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