A Day Trip to Pulau Ubin

We went to Pulau Ubin over the weekend. Pulau Ubin is a small island off the northeast coast of Singapore. It’s accessible via a 10-minute bumboat ride from Changi Point Ferry Terminal.

What I love about Pulau Ubin:

  • It’s a great place to bike on trails.
  • It has a countryside appeal that’s opposite of urbanised Singapore.
  • There are camp sites for people looking for some adventure.
  • There are rocky beaches to quarries to explore. There’s also hiking on hills.
  • It makes for a perfect day trip on a weekend.

I share more in this week’s uncut video.

Have you been to Pulau Ubin? Tell me about your adventures on the island.

We met up with our friends S and E at the hawker center in Changi Village. The place was packed with cyclists. It had a happy and energetic vibe. I ordered butter toast with kopi C — tbh, it can’t get better than that on a humid morning.

Afterwards we walked over to Changi Point Ferry Terminal to meet up with our other friends. We went straight down to queue for the boats. There was a long queue already as many people wanted to take advantage of the long weekend.

The bumboat cost is S$4.00 per head, one-way. Cash only.

It was a perfect sunny morning and the ride to Pulau Ubin was smooth. When we arrived, we headed straight to the bike rental shops. Mountain bikes were going at S$15 for the older ones, $25-30 for the newer ones. We went for the old ones. Make sure to try them out near the rental shop before you take them.

This mountain bike costs S$15 to rent for the whole day (until 6:00 PM).

If you’re asking why we didn’t bring our foldable bikes, I thought it’d be better to rent for a few dollars than to spend on repairing our bikes which aren’t quite built for rough trails. I also didn’t want to go through the hassle of cleaning my foldies… as they’re expected to get dirt and gravel on them from Pulau Ubin.

Soon after we followed our friends’ itinerary and rode westward from the main village area. The route had numerous cyclists, fisherfolk, and people who opted to go trekking. Unlike our first visit in 2020, we were now allowed to keep our masks off during the entire time while outdoors.

We reached the quarry at the furthest end on the west… where we also wanted to take a trail up a hillside but had to turn around since the ground was muddy. We reckoned it wouldn’t be worth it and instead headed back towards Puaka Hill to enjoy the signature overview shot of Ubin Quarry.

By this time the sun was high above and we were hungry. We made our way to the main village and got a table at a seafood restaurant. There’s only a handful of eateries to choose from which adds to the appeal of the place. We ordered sweet and sour pork, sambal kang kong, cereal prawns, and fried rice.

It felt like we were there for two hours since the food took forever to serve (given the place was packed with customers and it appeared they only had two cooks in the kitchen?). I was enjoying this “holiday” feeling so it didn’t bother me much to wait.

After eating we got back on our bikes and rode towards the east side of the island. We didn’t get to see this side in our visit in 2020. I quite enjoyed this route more because of the many trees. The route is more within the island than the eastern side, which is slightly more coastal. Also, I wouldn’t like to be here after dark omg.

When we got to Chek Jawa Wetlands, you could already hear a thunderstorm coming. I was worried but thought there were shelters at different parts of the route in case of a lightning storm. We walked towards the wetlands area and noticed many monkeys and wild boars.

Shelters you can find throughout the island

It started to drizzle so we headed back to the main village afterwards. I’ll say that the right side (eastern side) is my favourite. We unfortunately didn’t have enough time to do actual trails. I think I’ll visit the island again soon to do some type of trail.

After returning the bikes at the shop

Overall it was a great day trip, save for the thunderstorm that arrived right as we got on a boat back to Changi Village. Overall on my Strava, we covered just above 12km on roads. I’d like to double that next time!

Run Route: Singapore River (2022)

I’ve had this on my bucket list for a while! A run along the Singapore River.

The starting point is Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) which is just a short walk from Raffles Place MRT if you’re entering the downtown area.

The run goes in the direction of Clarke Quay on the side of ACM. You’re opposite the shophouses and restaurants that line Boat Quay. On this side, you’ll pass by the nation’s Parliament and you’ll make your way to two pedestrian underpasses to emerge on the Clarke Quay side.

If it isn’t crowded, you can jog along the side of Clarke Quay’s blocks and pass by the restaurants and bars. I’m happy they’ve allowed music to be played again. If it’s crowded, the alternative I think would be to run along the side of the road on the edge of the restaurant blocks.

Continue running along the shared cycling and pedestrian paths and you’ll pass by the demolished Liang Court. I was surprised to see this already taken down. I used to do my groceries at Meidi-Ya a few years ago here. The area is being redeveloped into the CanningHill Piers. Fancy name, huh!

Further down, it’s Robertson Quay and the rainbow-coloured Alkaff Bridge. This bridge was painted by Filipino American Pacita Abad as a “gift to Singapore” before she passed away in 2004. I’m biased here, but it’s the prettiest bridge on this stretch.

Also, restaurants and cafés in this area look extra special at sunset! I really want to try Botany. I spotted one or two izakayas too.

I wanted to turnaround from Great World City but got distracted by a rowdy family of otters near Jiak Kim Bridge. A group of people were gathered around. I honestly thought there was some type of accident. But they were all gathered around watching the otters.

By this point the sun had already set and I turned back towards Boat Quay from the opposite side of the river. I can’t emphasise further… but this route is a dream for the urban runner. I couldn’t help but stop a few times to take it all in. I’d say last night’s run was for familiarisation. I wanted to see which side of the river made more sense so I can do a proper run without any scenic stops next time. 😛

The quieter side of the river is obviously opposite the side of the restaurants and cafés. I noticed they upgraded the sidewalks and added more markers to direct cyclists and runners.

You can find my route on Strava below. The start and finish was from ACM (rightmost side). From right to left, it would be Boat Quay, Clarke Quay, and Robertson Quay aka Kampong Martin (I’ve never heard of that before!).

It’s a great 5km that’s an alternative to doing a loop around Marina Bay. I’m doing more of these runs in the city since I’m back in the office at least twice a week. I try to make it a point to enjoy the downtown area more… since I’ve been cooped up at home in Pasir Ris for far too long.

Definitely recommend this route for those who enjoy running in downtown areas.

I’ve starting cycling again!

I’ve started cycling again! I’m behind on some updates but I’d like to quickly put this news on my blog. PJ and I decided on getting folding bikes for its portability and easy storage. Plus, I liken us to leisure cyclists. We’d like to “look and see” if we can make cycling a regular lifestyle before we get something that would last longer like a Brompton :P. We picked a HITO A16 Rifle from Tai Seng-based Passion Gadgets.

The HITO A16 Rifle (March 2022) – 16″ wheels, 7-speed Shimano gears, 10.9 kg weight

So far we’ve gone on three “shakedown rides”. We’ve taken the bikes out for a short ride around nearby Pasir Ris Beach Park. Our second ride was to Waterway Point in Punggol via Lorong Halus Bridge – picturesque until we encountered some stray dogs on the way back! And then yesterday we took the bikes from Pasir Ris to Bedok Reservoir via Tampines.

That happy face 🙂

The sunsets are always beautiful from Bedok Reservoir.

Hello again Bedok Reservoir!

I’m stopped short of going all-out in buying accessories such as the right kind of bag for a folding bike or a bike computer to measure speed and distance (instead of fiddling with a mobile device which is a big no-no while riding). I’ve received recommendations from friends who regularly cycle already in Singapore.

I hope to write more about my new cycling adventures. I’d also like to recommend subscribing to another Filipino fellow who does remarkable videos of cycling paths in Singapore. His name is Emjae Fotos and I follow him zealously – to help me plan my upcoming routes.

Also, last week’s Saturday Uncut video:

Do you enjoy cycling? Got any tips for me? Please share!

New things to do in Singapore – now that there’s a VTL with the Philippines

Big news last week now that a vaccinated travel lane (VTL) is opening up with the Philippines. That means there are no quarantines both ways starting this March. People arriving via VTLs in Singapore will only require a supervised self-administered Antigen Rapid Test within 24 hours of arrival.

Personally, I can’t wait to host friends and family I haven’t seen in years. There are many things we can do from cycling across the city, supporting local businesses and hawkers, and enjoying time together again. What can I say? Welcome back.!

For more details about Singapore’s VTL (by air) arrangement, visit this page: https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/vtl/requirements-and-process

If I was put on-the-spot with top 10 things to do in Singapore for Filipinos (or practically anyone doing a VTL to visit our well-manicured shores), here they are:

  1. Explore Jewel Changi Airport. Great food to be had. Tip: There’s a Yotel Air at the airport which is a quirky place for a staycation/few nights. Then catch the last full show at the IMAX Theatre in the basements. Jewel, without the crowds, is like Squall walking through Balamb Garden.
  2. Visit the new Funan Shopping Center. I think the newly-reconstructed Funan opened right before the pandemic. It’s now a very middle class place to get your tech gadgets. Not exactly like KL’s Plaza Low Yat or the nearby Sim Lim Square (I associate those two as very old school tech mall). Flashy lights, cafes, and Wild Rice Theatre on the top floor. Something to see.
  3. Local hawkers including Lau Pa Sat. Please, please, please visit Singapore’s hawkers. Some of which have gone out of business because of the pandemic. The one at Lau Pa Sat (though very “CBD”) has been renovated once more. By the way, Chinatown Food Street is closed. Shuttered.
  4. Cycling the new bike routes in the city. Including the one at Changi Bay. Start at Marina Bay or East Coast. Bike rental options are available. If you’re able to, take a bike to the Jurassic Mile at Changi Airport. It’s a bit of a novelty to see dinosaurs next to a shuttered terminal 4.
  5. Go see Changi Bay. When I was at Changi Bay recently… it felt like I wasn’t in Singapore. I think this is connected with cycling. But if you want to enjoy the humid outdoors under Singapore’s equatorial sun… head over to this newly opened area.
  6. Jurong Bird Park. It’s relocating very, very soon. Before the bird park merges with the larger Mandai Wildlife Group (River Safari, Zoo, etc)… might want to see a piece of Singapore’s history at its original location.
  7. New Gallop extension at Singapore Botanic Gardens. There’s a new extension at the Botanic Gardens I’ve been meaning to visit. It’s 8 hectares and includes some old colonial buildings.
  8. Try the lechon at Timbre+ Eastside near Expo. It’s at Iskina Cebu and also near the outlet shopping at Changi City Point. Shopping followed by lechon, sisig, and beer (for drinkers). Don’t worry if you find eating Filipino food on a trip to Singapore sounds funny. Timbre+ Eastside (and it’s original at one-north) offers mouthwatering fare from different cuisines: Thai, Malay, Chinese, Middle Eastern, Indian, and more
  9. Cafe-hopping. The city actually has many cafes and hidden places in my favourite little districts like Telok Ayer, Chinatown, Bugis, Arab Street, Lavender, Clarke Quay.
  10. Paya Lebar Quarter. Some people who were in Singapore before the pandemic might not recognise the new Paya Lebar Quarter. As the train pulls into Paya Lebar MRT station, you’ll notice most of the construction of the past few years is complete. There’s a large shopping mall and several mixed-used buildings that are both commercial and residential. If you’d like to explore what else is new, you can head to Caldecott MRT on the Circle Line (CCL) and start your journey on the newly-opened Phase 2 of the Thomson-East Coast (TEL) Line to get to Woodlands. I haven’t even been on this new brown line yet.

I’m happy to welcome friends and family back in Singapore. Let me know if you’re visiting! What are you excited about experiencing if you’re in Singapore?

Also, I shared a little bit about what I think of the newly-opened VTL in my latest episode of Saturday Uncut.

Kayaking at Kallang Basin for the first time

Oh hello there, bright orange boat.

My kayak and paddle

I’m low-key proud that I’m no longer triggered by this place. I put so many hours into Kallang River and Kallang Basin during the four years I was a member of a local dragon boat team. This was where I invested my time and my love.

Kallang Basin… one of my old favorite places in Singapore

My friend Joanne asked us to join her for kayaking. Location? Water Sports Centre at the Singapore Sports Hub. It helps that I’m already familiar with the water here. It wouldn’t be intimidating at all. This is why I insisted I take a single kayak out… while Joanne and PJ can share a tandem kayak.

Kayaks that they rent out

Here’s how easy it is to get into a kayak (January 2022, with pandemic protocols in place)

  1. Go to the Water Sports Centre at Singapore Sports Hub.
  2. At the reception, pick out your type of water sports activity (e.g. kayaking). Pay the rental fee and sign the safety waiver. This is standard with water sports.
  3. If you need to change into sports attire and store your bags, there’s a locker room with showers.
  4. Go to the kayak area and wear your vest. A guide will ask if you need a quick safety tutorial which can take 5-10 minutes.
  5. Collect your kayak and put it in the water via the pontoon.
  6. Enter the kayak correctly from the pontoon.
  7. Babes, you’re in the water. Paddle into the sunset.

I paid SGD 18.00 for a two-hour session. This is the rate for non-Singaporeans/PR who are renting during peak Sunday late afternoon. Here’s the full price list for kayaks, canoes, and even dragon boats. Note they even have kayak passes… but when I computed, it makes no difference lol.

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Being PJ and my first time to kayak, we requested for the quick tutorial which was explained in the most hyper-Singlish way… I swear, even ten years living here, that was soooo fast… dude. We got the gist of it anyway… as the nice guide, Jiansen (who knows my Coach Barak from my old dragon boat team), was able to demonstrate and provide tips anyway.

Ah, hello again, Kallang Basin

I was super excited by this point. My reunion with the dark green waters of Kallang. You can feel the dolphins jumping in glee, framed by the Tanjong Rhu backdrop. I was surprised at how I wasn’t scared to get out into the water on my own. During my dragon boat days, I used to paddle on the starboard side. Not sure what people will do with this knowledge but my right shoulder is slightly larger than my left shoulder, as a result. A blind masseuse once noticed this.

I was extra careful with my phone as I heard many people donated it to the river

I was watching Joanne and PJ try to navigate their boat. It was as if they were in last place on The Amazing Race… going in circles. They got their flow later on and I noticed they were heading further away from me.

Actual screen cap of Joanne & PJ in last place

I was so happy at that moment.

Like… I was finally reunited with the one thing I love… paddling.

[Cue Monologue] I hadn’t paddled FOR YEARS. I don’t talk about this anywhere else… but I stopped paddling for a personal reason. [REDACTED]

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Joanne & PJ finding their way to paddle in sync… woohoo

When I think about cities or countries that I want to live in, it’s a must that there’s a paddling community there. That’s why Hong Kong is one of the places I thought about moving to.

The weather on Sunday afternoon was partly cloudy. It was perfect to be out in the water. I was avoiding the race lanes because normally that’s where the dragon boats would appear. No dragon boats were in the area though. Instead there were other kayakers… some looked like they were doing proper training. Others look like they were enjoying leisure kayaking like us.

Overall the experience was clean and easy. I’m surprised how quick it is to rent a boat and be in the water within 5 minutes. When you’re in a very developed city… these moments out in the water are absolutely therapeutic. I already started researching other places you can kayak in Singapore. I just learned you can kayak from near my house in Pasir Ris.

As for overcoming the trigger of this sentimental Kallang Basin, I’m all good. I guess after four years… it’s now bridge over troubled water.

I highly recommend kayaking as an activity to do if you want to de-stress. Personal flotation devices (PFDs) and paddles are provided. It’s recommended to also leave your phone in the locker. I’m planning to repeat this experience for a full two-hours again soon.

Water Sports Centre is located at Singapore Sports Hub, 8 Stadium Walk, Singapore 397699. The closest MRT is Stadium on the Circle Line. Due to the pandemic, there might be changes to the opening times and other safety protocols. Best to stay updated via their website here.

Visiting the Changi Chapel and Museum

I didn’t know there was a museum in the eastern side of Singapore which tells the story of what happened when the British surrendered Singapore to the Japanese during World War II. I thought the museums were all within the city’s Civic District. It makes sense to have one within Changi.

It’s called the Changi Chapel and Museum. Getting here was interesting. It’s located in a rich neighbourhood with “landed properties” (houses that sit on their own land, compared to majority of Singaporeans which live in condos or HDB flats). It is served by a quiet bus stop. The surrounding area is home to the Singapore Prison Service.

According to the staff I spoke to, the building was renovated after three years. It’s beautiful (by beautiful – how a memorial should be beautiful). The chapel inside is located in a central courtyard. It’s elegant. Surrounded by white walls and some greenery.

I’m not well-versed with these designs and I won’t dive much into the detailing here. But the first half of the open air chapel have these overhangs. To me, they look plentiful and lined up neatly… but crowded into half of the open space. Maybe it’s meant to interpret how this area was once home to prisoners-of-war (POWs) and how they were squeezed into the tightest spaces and exposed to disease.

Finally, the museum itself. It is free for Singaporeans and PRs. It’s $8.00 for non-Singaporeans, even pass holders such as myself. I’m always fine to help pay my part to support a museum.

The museum is split into sections with visitors walking room to room in a clockwise direction. Each section tells the history of the occupying power. First, the British whose troops were already in Singapore since the country was a straits colony. The Empire of Japan invaded in 1942 and Singapore surrendered, which left the British, Australian, and local forces at their mercy. They were interned at Changi. Others were sent to do hard labor by building a “Death Railway” in Thailand-Burma.

Here we are 80 years in the future and looking at the pain of our great-grandparents generation. By ‘our’, it’s because this was a suffering shared across Southeast Asia. The same empire invaded the Philippines. Over there, Americans and Filipinos were captured. Some ended up on the Bataan Death March.

There’s an audio guide that visitors can access using their smartphone. Personally I prefer to read information from the panels on my own pace.

What also caught my attention was a topography map of the area. I live in this side of the city so it was interesting to see where the roads were before the war broke out.

The museum documents how the interned POWs became resourceful. They hid cameras that could document how life was like. They built a workshop to create artificial limbs for POWs who needed life-saving amputations. I was thinking that around the same time, there was fierce fighting in other parts of Asia.

A British bombardier POW painted murals in nearby Changi Camp (the originals are inaccessible to visitors). These are displayed in one of the larger rooms inside.

And what also caught my attention was this:

A sketch… but how did the POW get access to materials to make this? See the next photo.
The artist-POW internee got the materials to create the drawing… from a Japanese guard.

That really hit me.

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The war, as everyone knows, ended in 1945.

I think it was a fair recalling of the war. It did not read out as propaganda or asked visitors to take sides. Obviously, anyone would feel horrible to see all this suffering. I didn’t feel emboldened to anger. War is horrible, no matter which side.

The Changi Chapel and Museum is located at 1000 Upper Changi Road North. It is far from MRT stations (I think the future Loyang MRT station might be the closest). The museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM (Last admission 5:00pm). Closed on Mondays but open on Public Holidays. They observe safe distancing measures (although it wasn’t crowded when I went). Learn more here.

I want to mention that the museum staff that greeted me was the friendliest. Her name starts with the letter P. ❤ I visited the museum in January 2022 and highly recommend it to those who can make the effort to reach this part of the city.

Revisiting Joo Chiat Road

Joo Chiat Road is a special place for me. It’s home to Betel Box Backpacker’s Inn, the first of many hostels I stayed at when I started my Singapore adventure ten years ago. Earlier, my friend Greg and I were in the area looking for a café. I couldn’t help but look for the green door of the backpacker’s inn (200 Joo Chiat Rd). To my delight, it’s still there. I don’t know how they stay open during these times.

Ten years later and Joo Chiat appears to have more cafés. The Vietnamese bistros are still there. Bus 33 still plies the area. I used to wait up to 20 minutes for that bus. It takes you to the city… specifically Bugis and Bras Basah, where I’d meet up with my friend Vero. She was studying at NAFA at the time.

Leading into my tenth anniversary in March, I’m going to take you with me as I retrace my first steps. I’ll revisit the first hawkers I went to, the first neighbourhoods I set foot in… and I’ll speak with people who made similar journeys through the years. Today was a reminder that this city wasn’t just a dream, it’s my home. And all of that started on this one-way street.

What would I do… if I had a little more $$$

It’s 4:17am and I can’t sleep. Again. It’s been like this for a few weeks where my sleeping habit is sht. I can take a 3mg pill of melatonin but it makes me feel sluggish when I wake up. I’ve started journalling but my work table has a pile of clothes and an Amazon microphone that never seems to find its own home. (Do I hide it in the cabinet? Hassle. I need it for my Zoom call.)

So instead, why not I write here.

What would I do… if I had a little more $$$

  • I would like to rent my own place with PJ. For the past 9 years, I’ve lived in shared accomodation in Singapore. This means I have flatmates. About 90% have been great flatmates, no regrets there. But lately I’m jealous of some friends (also: couples) who have rented their own cute apartments. It’s pricey! It’s not in PJ’s budget. It’s not in my budget too. But only if we earned a little more… kahit konting dagdag… we would be able to afford our own place. Preferably one that sits right next to a grocery store. So I can cook. Nakakatamad maglakad from our current condo to FairPrice. It’s at least 10-12 minutes one-way. It’ll be a 20-25 minutes return… carrying groceries in Singapore’s homophobic weather.
  • I would get myself a MacBook Pro 16″, the new ones. I’d like to top-up the specs so I have the best MacBook Pro in its class. This wouldn’t be for vanity reasons, no. I really utilise my Macs. The one I’m using now is from 2013. It can’t render 4K video. Heck, it can’t even render normal video at an acceptable speed today. I’ve produced many videos with my current laptop but I’m due for an upgrade. I want to edit in 4K. I want video editing to be fun and breezy again… not a gargantuan task when it comes to adding layers and rendering. I know my creative side is in video. I’d also use it to start a side job editing videos for clients perhaps. I dunno. Basta… a juiced up MacBook Pro 16″ would be nice.
  • Hire a personal trainer to keep me in check. I need one. I’ve put in effort to exercise. But I want to be accountable to a personal trainer who will push and guide me closer to my fitness goals. I aM nOt gEttiNg aNy yOunGeR. I want a personal trainer to guide me in nutrition as well. Apps can only do so much. Online classes can only do so much.
  • It would be nice to start investing in a small plot of land outside Metro Manila. Perhaps one in Laguna or Cavite. Gaah. What am I talking about right. I think this is part of my growing need to set up my nest. I’ve been watching numerous real estate videos. I’m also watching ones from the States. Houses that cost USD 40 million dollars. I love watching these house tours. I don’t think I’ll ever live in a house that costs USD 40 million dollars. But I do like looking at one… I’m a dreamer.
  • I want to never feel bad that I’m ordering Grab delivery food that costs over SGD 20.00. Decent delivery food can be around SGD 10-15 per meal. And I already feel bad about that. Normally walking into a hawker centre near the office you can get food for SGD 8-10. So ordering food at SGD 10-15 (though it keeps you safe at home) makes me feel uncomfy. I know it’s ridiculous. It’s food. I NEVER want to scrimp on food – we should eat good food. But it comes with a pinch. If I had extra $$$ I would like to never feel bad for ordering food that’s below SGD 30.00 at least. Okay that’s exaggerating. But you know… I want to eat from the ‘gourmet’ ones in Katong or downtown. Why must stick to Hao Lai Ke every week.
  • I’d love to start a mini-bar at home. Alak is expensive in Singapore. We normally get our alcohol from duty-free shopping on the way into Singapore from our travels. But travels are mostly imaginary the last 20 months. If I had more $$$ I’d like to resume a wine subscription. Or ‘invest’ in whiskey. Gusto ko may mini-bar sa bahay. I’d like to be Don Draper even in my pajamas.
  • Send a regular balikbayan box back to the Philippines. I mean… if I had more $$$ I’d like LBC to send me a small balikbayan box each month. And they’d collect it on schedule after 2 weeks. I’d like to fill it with groceries, a care package, masks, chocolates, gifts… and keep sending it back home. Like I don’t have to think twice if I can afford it. I’d like to just tap a few buttons on Lazada and have it delivered home. I’d write my notes and pack it nicely in a box.

I’ve intentionally left out the charities (like WWF), investments, and further studies (master’s degree, short courses on edX). Everything above are some of what’s on my mind. Call me out or add yours. What would you do with extra $$$?

Do you have scars? How did they happen?

Fast Answer: Yes (it’s not visible to the eye)

A few years ago, a moment of inebriated anger at an innocuous dinner and dance would change my life. Because it involved someone I loved who I brought as my “plus 1”, this moment would create a scar so deep that it’s taken years for it to heal. And, like the definition of what scars are, I have to be at peace with it being there. Because the scar reminds me of how words can hurt. It’s a painful reminder that I can be better for the people that matter to me today. The scar also reminds me to treasure life – and to never give another man the keys to that.

(This question is part of a 30-day Q&A challenge using the “365 & me” app)

If you didn’t know your age, how old would you think you are?

Fast Answer: 27

I’ve been slightly sensitive (okay, maybe like 10%) when conversations with new people I meet revolve around age. The most common reaction is “Woah, you don’t look 30-something!” – I don’t know how to react. It’s flattering they might think I’m in my 20s. I guess it’s a compliment. Not that there’s anything to feel differently about being in our 30s, 40s…

But if I didn’t know my age, I’d think I’d be 27. I seem to be fixated with that age. In your late 20s, you’d be probably be progressing in your career. Probably getting burnt out from that “first job” and thinking about what else is out there. When I was 27, I wanted to move to a different city. I wanted to pursue a new thrill.

I also think being in your late 20s, your skin looks and feels better.