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Things I want…

  1. GoPro 7 with a box full of accessories.
  2. iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil.
  3. Roundtrip SQ Premium Economy tickets to Tokyo.
  4. A 2-bedroom apartment setup with my boyfriend. The 2nd room is for guests and also serves as an office where I’ll take video calls from San Francisco.
  5. Permanent Residency status and the freedom to explore roles offered to citizens and permanent residents.
  6. A 2nd life insurance plan. Or an enhanced first plan.
  7. $800 shopping spree at Crate & Barrel.
  8. Real Estate Investment (a house in Cavite). It has to be near a school or a future commercial district.
  9. Dinner and drinks with my nearest and dearest friends. I’m thinking a boodle fight for good measure. And plenty of alcohol.
  10. Aesop collection.
  11. Certificates in digital marketing.

Finally!

Two years ago I wrote and performed a rap song in the hopes I could win a Nintendo Switch at a company party. I failed. LOL. The top prize went to someone who wanted to dedicate company resources to a charity. How does one compete with that?

I didn’t get a chance to buy a Switch until today. The past few years involved leaving that previous job, getting accustomed to a new one, and virtually saving more money to prepare for the next chapter of my life (The States? Hong Kong? The Philippines?) in 2020.

I’ve wanted to treat myself to a new gadget for a while.

So… this is a birthday gift to myself. It’s also a reward for completing nine months in my current role. Excited to play this on the trains or while waiting at airports. ❤

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Nintendo Switch (Grey)

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Hard and thin cases.

I was waiting for an online promotion with Qisahn. Qisahn is one of the most trusted video game stores in Singapore. Because of the Great Singapore Sale and Shopee, they had coupons available. I can’t say I got a huge discount. But it was better than a $600 console.

These are some of the Nintendo Switch games I’m excited to play:

  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Cuphead
  • Super Mario Maker 2
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Pokemon Let’s Go!
  • New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2
  • Stardew Valley

Are you a gamer? Do you play on the Nintendo Switch? What are your recommendations?

PJ and I discovered an affordable mookata (think: Korean BBQ meets Chinese Hot Pot) near his block in Tampines.

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888 Mookata is part of a newly-renovated coffee shop at Block 820 Tampines Ave 81.

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888 Mookata sees a healthy crowd. Took this photo after 11pm sorry!

We were happy it’s open until 11:00 PM!

They offer a set for two people which is priced at SGD 26.00. That’s $13 each for a selection of meat, vegetable, and noodles. Not bad!

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A nice Saturday evening in Tampines with PJ.

There’s a set for four people priced at SGD 45.00. Maybe PJ’s flatmates Del and Gel can join next time. 🙂

888 Mookata has several branches in the city. Check out their Facebook here.

  • 888 Mookata
  • 820 Tampines Street 81, Singapore 520820
  • Open 12PM to 11PM

I can’t believe it’s been a year since I met PJ! ❤

In the past year, no one’s made me smile and laugh as loud. He replies to messages before I send them. He’s embraced the things that I love and has made them his own. He isn’t forceful. Always smiling at me. He has this way of tilting his head down and his eyes sparkle at you. I can’t really describe it sorry! He’s made me happy and I’m grateful to have met him a year ago. Surely we’re in our honeymoon phase perhaps. And we are far from perfect. But for a first-year… we’re smooth. He has a way to make the sun rise on my cloudy days.

We’ve been to a few destinations already in one year: Melaka on our 2nd weekend together last year (ambitious), Ho Chi Minh City for Christmas (riding motorcycles), Ipoh for his friend’s wedding (sampling sweets at Concubine Lane), Bangkok for Songkran (it was a BLAST), and Manila (to meet my family).

Our relationship started when I had just left my previous job. Those early days of our relationship involved me spending days in his Tampines flat and waiting for an email reply from an interviewer. He’d cook pasta and we’d watch drag race on a single bed.

I love picking him up at his office which is also in Tampines. And we’d go out for Thai food or maybe get takeout and eat it at the park. We’ve grown fond of teppanyaki. I watch him order his 2nd Coke and an extra cup of rice.

The many times he’s in the lobby of Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 2. Waiting patiently on the seats. Each time we meet we exchange a kiss and start walking in the direction of food.

That one time he wore a Star Trek uniform with me. Even if he hadn’t seen a single episode of Star Trek. And how he’d listen to me talk on and on about the Klingon War.

We live in the intensity of the moment. But it’s nice to look back at what experiences I’ve had this past year. Marami na pala tayo nagawa. 🙂

Happy first year, love. ❤

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To celebrate our first anniversary, I flew back immediately from my work trip in Dublin so I can land in Singapore on the 20th of July. PJ picked me up at the airport. I told him to prepare a bag for a “staycation”. He already guessed which hotel it was going to be at (even if I was trying to mix it up so it’s not expected).

After taking a few photos at the HSBC Rain Vortex (that huge waterfall within Jewel)… I told him “alright, let’s check-in at Crowne Plaza.”

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport is the world’s best airport hotel. It’s also a hotel that’s in the world’s best airport. I had always dreamt of staying here to celebrate either a birthday or a special occasion. I had my birthday in Melaka the previous week. So celebrating our anniversary here was perfect.

I leave you with photos.

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Starting off with burgers and spaghetti at Rumours Bar & Grill Jewel.

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Tip: Settle down at one of the restaurants on the upper level. It’s too crowded to walk around. Enjoy happy hour and watch the sunlight change.

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Rumours Bar & Grill originated in Bali, Indonesia.

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PJ surprises me with leche flan that he made. ❤

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Our hotel surprises us with a card and a cake.

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KFC chicken and PJ’s leche flan.

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All about the ambiance. A late night in a hotel room with your boyfriend.

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Random snacks. Bengawan Solo almond cookies that were meant as pasalubong in Ireland are back in Singapore. Snacks from the office in Dublin.

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The only view of the runway from the 4th level.

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Brunch at Azur, Crowne Plaza Changi Airport’s restaurant.

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Nice and easy at 9:30 in the morning.

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Crowds disappear after 10:00 am.

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A healthy selection of Asian and Western.

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The buffet was alright. Sufficient choices.

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The front of Azur.

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The lobby of Crowne Plaza Hotel Changi Airport.

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With PJ at Crowne Plaza Hotel Changi Airport.

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Loved the water features.

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The hotel has a tropical theme with openings in walls to let nature in.

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Poolside.

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Poolside.

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Interesting maze at the pool.

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We can’t wait to swim!

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Tempting to get in the water.

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The fitness area which we got to use for a few minutes.

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Landscaped surroundings.

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Water features on both sides.

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This is an airport swimming pool.

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PJ.

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Really excited to get into the water.

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A view of Changi Airport’s Control Tower and Jewel.

❤ ❤ ❤

(It’s MY blog so I could be as cheesy as I want!)

I wanted to celebrate my birthday a little differently this year. Previous birthdays were with various friends. Since this is my first birthday with PJ, I wanted to spend it with him in Melaka, Malaysia.

The ride getting there was six hours due to traffic at the causeway. We stayed at Timez Hotel near Jonker Street. My birthday fell on a Saturday this year. Which is perfect. ❤

Timez Modern Heritage Hotel surprised me with a creative birthday greeting.
My boyfriend’s sleepy face.
Rooftops galore in Melaka.
Malaysia’s Flag
The view outside the hotel.
The super rabbit!

Waiting for my coffee at Blue Bottle Coffee, San Francisco

I’d like to get my health checked.

Lately I’ve been feeling more exhausted than usual. Climbing up a flight of stairs feels heavy. I don’t know if it’s because my fitness levels have been stagnant the last few weeks. Or that I eat too much (or not).

I feel like I’m constantly in a need of catching up.

I miss old comforts. I was in Tanjong Pagar earlier and it made me smile. It felt familiar, obviously. I worked there for almost five years.

I don’t know. Maybe I need to chill more. Or maybe I do it too much.