Virgin Bali Trip! ❤

Flew right after the big day because I can finally afford to travel since NDP is over!!! Couldn’t wait to have a getaway trip after these busy 4 months! Just wanna really chill and relax for this trip so there was no itinerary planned at all. And most of the time it was lazing around in cui mode so not many photos taken as well, except for photos of the pretty villa and beach! (:

Was damn damn damn worried that this trip wouldn’t go well due to the volcano ash clouds and all. Many flights were still being cancelled the day before! So when I arrived at the airport and realised that our flight has been delayed by 30 minutes, I was so damn scared that it will eventually be cancelled x.x

I even asked the counter staff if it’s due to the ash cloud but thankfully, she laughed and said no…hahaha! Phew~! I really didn’t wanna miss this trip because it’s somewhere I have been wanting to go!

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Boarding time~ ((:

But the worry only really ended when I finally landed, because the plane could make a U-turn anytime if the ash cloud situation is bad, which happened before! So damn relieved that everything went smooth and I had a good short nap in the flight! :D

Went to get alcohol first from their duty-free place and surprisingly, it was quite expensive -.- We later learned that the bottle we got is selling much cheaper in their supermarket! Lesson learned: DO NOT buy from their duty-free!!!

It wasn’t easy finding our driver because there were so many hotel pick-ups holding the boards and I had to scan through that big crowd to find my name! Thanks to the mighty brown eyes, we found our nice driver and had a 30-minute ride to the villa~
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Was really excited for this trip because the villa was recommended by Yinning and the pictures look really nice! And it was indeed like heaven enough for me, which is why there weren’t much activities for these few days because the villa was simply damn comfy!
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Big and comfy bed! What else do you need~

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Love the swan towel that I kept spamming photos of them! Hahaha!

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Spacious bathroom!

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With bathtub <3

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And clean shower suite!

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Miss shit-watching :P

Of course there’s TV and all but I just realised I did not take a panoramic view of the interior! I only took one of the exterior and now you know why I said it’s a heaven~
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Spacious living room!

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And best of all, a private pool!!!

So most of the time was basically spent in the villa watching TV, soaking in bathtub, swimming (though only managed to do it once), going for the villa’s massage, napping and etc because it’s just way too comfy~ So much that I am starting to miss the place already! x.x

Finally stepped out in the evening to look for food and I am glad that my research came useful! Anyway food are easily located within like 7-10 minutes walk so it’s super convenient!
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Nasi Goreng!

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Portobello Mushroom Burger! :D

Went to explore the area and chanced upon a few interesting bars, like this stairs one! A pity the villa stole a large part of our time and hearts that we didn’t get to check it out…hahaha!
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Back to the villa for a nice soak and a good rest!
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The amazing thing about the villa is that I hardly fall asleep so easily on a “foreign bed“, which means I usually take a while to fall asleep when I am overseas but it wasn’t the case here! I had pretty good sleep every night somehow! (((:

Rise and shine for breakfast provided by the villa! ^^
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Custom-made glass noodle which I actually love! But the portion was a bit small x.x
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There’s actually like a farm just opposite the villa and the animals are all not fenced up! So amazed and happy to see carefree animals!
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Went back for a short swim to help digest a little before going for the massage within the villa and I was pretty looking forward to it! Needed a good one but too bad I got the twin sister masseur that wasn’t as good~ It was still a relaxing 90 minutes that I even fell asleep for a while! Haha! I seldom fall asleep during massage xD

Back to the villa to nua and we decided to head out slightly earlier this time so that there’s more time to explore and to check out the beach! :D The beach is just like 15-20 minutes walk away but it was a bit hot so I was craving for ice-creammmmmmm! Hahaha! My favourite caramel biscuit flavour for Häagen-Dazs!
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Chanced upon another interesting-looking bar (:
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Finally arrived at the beach!!! <3
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Okay, I must admit that when I first arrived at Bali, I was a little disappointed that it looks more like Batam than the Bali that I had imagined. Of course I love the villa and all, but I had always imagined Bali to be a more atas part of Indonesia with a bit more resemblance to Redang. In the end, the streets and traffic really reminds me of Batam and I couldn’t find that mini Hawaiian element that I had imagined~

BUT! Not till I finally visited the beach! :D The Petitenget beach in comparison with Batam is really 一个天一个地 and I finally see the part of Bali that I have imagined! Hehe!
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Really, really love going to the beach!!!!!!!!!!!

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Kampong feel~

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Nice colours (:

I know Bali is also popular for its water sports but I’m not really a water sports kind of person and like I said, the main motive of this trip is just to chill! Haha!
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In love with the sandy beach~

And love having the water washing over my feet (:

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Footprints (((:

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Waiting for sunset!

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Selfie #3982749829

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Kinda like this “stream”~

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Isn’t it a beautiful beach?!

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Beach girl! xD
Just lack the bikini~

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Jump shots! :D

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Yipeeeeee~!!!

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The wind has messed up my specially-blown hair x.x

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Sun setting!

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Emo shot

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Trying-to-look-candid shot

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Sunshine <3

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Favourite shot! :D

They said watching sunset in Bali is a must, so I am glad that my wish is being fulfilled despite the heat, the sand, the dirt and all ((((((:
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Can’t love this egg yolk more~ And watching it diminish gives this warmth feeling in the heart somehow <3
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Chanced upon a gelato shop and there’s always no reason to resist a second serving of ice-cream! Hehe!
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Off to the famous Potato Head which every friend kinda raved about when recommending me to places in Bali!
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Didn’t take us too long to find our way from the beach because I have a walking street directory~ Felt like a mystic place initially with security check for vehicles and all…
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It’s actually a pretty cool chilling place by the pool that is very popular amongst the angmohs!
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Actually the whole Seminyak area is mainly for bars, Caucasians, night lives and all, and Potato Head is just one of the cooler places because where else do you get to lie on sunbeds to chill?!
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Chillax~

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By the pool

So glad that I managed to check out this place! Because they said if you have not been to Potato Head, then you have not been to Bali before~ Haha!
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There’s a minimum spending of S$50 for each table but that’s still not too ridiculous. Although the drinks are slightly more expensive than other places, it’s still cheaper than Singapore! So it only took like 3 drinks + some food to hit the amount~
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Third drink that got us BERRY full!

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Villa lounge at night

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Back for more alcohol! xD

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Soaking in bathtub while drinking (:

It was supposed to be a get-drunk night but the Potato Head session got us too full to do so! Hahaha! It would end up as more of a puking night~

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Day 3 breakfast! :D

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The same glass noodle but bigger portion! Hehe!

Back to room to nua again before heading for another 90-minute massage! Felt like a millionaire there so we were quite generous with the massage…hahaha! Mine was in fact 150 minutes because there was this “Buy 2 Get 1 Free” promotion going on so I decided to do 2 in a day!

Took the package for neck, shoulders and back because those are the areas that I needed more focus on, but in the end it turned out more like a 90-minute stroking cum nail-scratching session -_- Thankfully the second 60-minute massage was really good!!!

Headed out in the late afternoon again to explore the other side of our area~ Blending in like a kampong girl because I tied up my messy hair…hahaha! Definitely not a photo day :P
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Chanced upon the beach again and I was given another chance to catch the beautiful egg yolk! (((((:
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Even has got horses at the beach this time! =O
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In love with the sunset!

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<3

Was having this sudden craving for chocolate lava cake and although I know it’s quite impossible to find it in Bali, I am still happy for the effort in trying to satisfying my craving…hehe! Found something close, but still can’t satisfy 100% of my craving xD
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Yummy chocolate cake! :D

And then a few more steps down the road, guess what? We actually spotted a french pastry shop!!! French makes the possibility of a lava cake higher and indeed! THEY HAVE LAVA CAKE!!!
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Never thought my little whine would be taken seriously and let alone made possible, which only makes this lava cake mean a lot more to me <3 Mission-impossible accomplished!
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2 cakes in a day! Hehe! YUMS~!!!

Back to the villa again to enjoy the very last night with in-house cocktails promotion! Each glass is already like half the price of Singapore and yet they are having Buy 2 Get 1 Free promotion as well which makes it even cheaper! And not to mention, although the price is half or even 1/3 of SG, the amount of alcohol is double! Gonna miss these dirt cheap cocktails x.x
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Last breakfast before checking out :(

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Clearing up the alcohol!

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4D3N passed real fast~

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Goodbye my friends!!!

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Back to SG!

Finally caught a glimpse of the rainbow!!!!!!!!!!!
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Rainbow with Rainbow (:

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A blessing in disguise, I hope.

It was indeed a nice getaway after these busy months and although it wasn’t a perfect one, I am really happy to have this trip. After all, it’s a very belated birthday wish come true ((:

I will be back, Bali!

NDP 2015!

Finally the big day has come~!!! No regular brunch because the reporting time was much earlier this week, so I was busy having my rounds at the buffet table :P 难得 I have time to eat! So much that later in the day, Eric even asked me, “为什么你今天一直在吃啊?” LOLOL! It’s because finally there’s no rehearsals and etc, so it was a chillax day and I had time and luxury to do so!

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The cake that shrank in size~

难得 I can get to take a picture with the cake as well before everyone comes in to attack!
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With our mentor – Lily! :D

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Group 2 YAY~!!!

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Group picture with the trainers & group leaders!

Then came the annual “surprise” that again, ain’t so much of a surprise by now…hahaha! Cannot complain that the cake shrank this year because last year‘s was big, but it was eaten by all the “irrelevant people” instead.
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I know the virtue of sharing and generosity, but there’s also a fine line between sharing with friends and sharing with yiao-gui, and we happen to have a lot here. More importantly, I think there’s a reason why a Clique is called a Clique. There are things that I dislike sharing, including moments and memories. I think only Lyn can understand me best with this, cause we ALWAYS kanna “photobomb” by people when we are trying to take a proper group photo -.-”

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Target running in~

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And she stayed for more than 1 shot >.>

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Happy Birthday in advance~!!!

Finally a proper group photo together with the more “relevant” NDPeeps! :D
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May you be one year happier and one year less naggy :P

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With the 2 fans! xD

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With our 牛粪!

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The annual individual shot – with Ah Tiff!

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The annual individual shot – with Ah Lyn!

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Same same but different xDDD

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The annual individual shot – with Ah Vi!

Had our annual national day celebration as well with the VIP and then the remaining time was spent on certificate-presentation, cake-cutting, photo-taking, makeup and etc. No practice at all this week and as much as we are all worried, it’s not our call if they decided not to tire the participants out~
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Receiving certificates of appreciation for group 2!

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Photo session!

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My big family! <3

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Makeup time D:

Had plenty of time the whole day while everyone’s still eating, doing makeup and etc, so I took my last chance to take pictures with the important people! (:

With Steven 老师 – the one whom I am really thankful to and I will always remember how he encouraged me since the start of this journey when I was struggling with the dances!
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The same goes for Carol 老师! Both of them said to me, “敢敢跳,你是会的,要有信心!” I was so touched by their words till today because at least they made me realise that there are people who can see that I am trying! ((((:
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Didn’t take as much courage as last year to ask 老师 for a photo but still a bit shy~ Hahaha! After all he has been like my idol and my most respected 老师, and this year he became a mentor of mine as well. Definitely learned a lot from him for all the formations and stuff, which only makes me respect him more! ((:
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With another “respected” 老师! xD
I think the word “saviour” would suit more because most of the time he is saving me from shit (ironically) and before he even saved me from pairing up with the nastiest mentor, he had already been trying to help me since day 1 when I touched those formation papers. That’s also when I realised my drawings are so incomprehensible…HAHAHA. Nevertheless, thank you for everything! Sincerely :P
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Guess whose colourful fingernails are these?!

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It’s Uncle Tan with his latest manicure by the participants! Hahaha!

Off to Suntec and as much as I was trying not to get angry on this day and just wanna be as chillax as possible, there are still people who don’t cooperate and are busy running in and out, taking photo after photo when I was doing head count! Argh. *breathe in~ breathe out~*

Nevertheless, I am still thankful for their hard work and even though I didn’t manage to give my “thank you speech” to them (because there’s no jam this week…HAHAHA), I think they could feel my appreciation from the little cookie treat (:
Though many were crushed under the 2.5kg weight –CRY!!!

Forgot when I took this shot but I look retarded and yet all ready for the show…hahaha!
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There, I told you~ Photobombed again -.- Luckily I wasn’t ready yet!

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With my 搭档 – Eric, who has guided me a lot too! (:

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Group 2 GL & AGLs in full costume! :D

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With the ever-cute Uncle Tan! :D

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With Lyn’s chubby friend :P

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Used Mr Ow’s name in order to get this picture :P

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With a friendly and chatty member of mine! (:

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Off for Singapore’s 50th celebration!

I wouldn’t say that this is our best show because I think we did better during NE2 and perhaps preview as well, but there’s really nothing we can do or chup anymore, and I think everyone’s quite happy and high for this big day, so yea~ It’s party time!!!
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The aftermath~
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Successfully completed my first show at Padang!!! :D

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The stars that shone on the stage with me! (:

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With Leng Leng after the show!

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With a very “on” member of mine!

Didn’t manage to get any tickets for the actual day but I still have got guests who were lucky in the ballot! Haha!
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My first NDP photo with Miss Khiew! :D

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Leng Leng looking so motherly being surrounded by the kids…LOL!

I was dying to take a picture with these cute little kids holding moon and stars as well but kids nowadays ahh…damn kiang~ They wanted our light props in exchange for a photo ._. But I only have 2 lights and there were so many of them!!! I was like, “Okay okay, I give you later, take photo with me first!” LOL!
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With the army boy in-charge of our group for the past weeks! Poor petite boy who got scolded by my fierce auntie members for leading the wrong route and etc on the first day, and I really feel sorry for him! He even had to carry like 40 bottles of mineral water for them in his bag! It’s mad heavy!!! Kudos to him!
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Got a call from Eric while I was roaming around the stage because I lost them and he said the bee has lit up!!! Rushed to the front just for my last chance to take photo with MY mascot! xD
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I wonder what they are gonna do with the bee now… :(

The VIP (literally) has finally rushed over to take our annual Polaroids with us! Almost couldn’t make it in time because the army personnel kept rushing us back~
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With the Very-Important-Person! :D

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I look tall here…muahahahahaha!

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With the dearly Mei! :D

And more Polaroid shots, thanks to Ah Lyn! <3
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Sweet gifts received! (:

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And a DIY card!

Received some photos from the army side taken during the past rehearsals and I was surprised to see this nicely-taken candid shot! Probably my favourite photo of the year because it means a lot to me, seeing how happy I am being on the stage (((:
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A group photo with our members that I have forgotten when we even took this! Haha!
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Off for our own celebration after the show and a pity that Winebos was closed, so there were some hiccups and last-minute change of plan :(

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The New Balance!

Ended up in Harry’s and we had a feast~! Thank goodness there were still seats available; I wasn’t pinning much hope on that.
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The girls obviously enjoying their food…LOL!
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Group photos! :D

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Attempt #1

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Attempt #2

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Finally! xD

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Cheers to a successful NDP 2015~!!!!!!!!!!!

And I guess this pretty much marked the end of another year’s journey~ A memorable year, I would say – the year that we have a bouquet instead of an important person on the seat. The year that I held a different pass, different role and different duties. I have definitely learnt a lot, complained a lot (more than past years), but also achieved a lot.

The greatest achievement wasn’t simply just being on the Padang stage for the first time, or being part of this SG50 performance, but being part of the team to prepare, plan, and guide all the members to make this come true! The sense of achievement is definitely greater than past year and I am glad that it is none other than this year, that I managed to contribute more than usual, which makes it an even more memorable SG50 ((:

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My big face pass x.x

终于忙完了! Time to fly~!!! I guess this is the only year that I couldn’t wait for NDP to be over because of the getaway trip…hahaha! But still, I know I’m gonna miss Saturdays/Sundays like that.

NDP long weekend!

The week just before the big day was spent running all the last-minute errands for the upcoming trip! 忙完了, time for a good meal~! :D
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I actually wasn’t very hungry but after looking at the menu, the dishes all look so yummy and I was starting to get hungry! Hahaha! Especially the chilli crab photo and this sambal fish!!! OMG~ Super nice and I can give up on my stingray for this xD
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Tofu golden pillow that is also very nice but can get gelat because each piece is quite big~
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Chanced upon Chapter 55 while roaming around and I had been wanting to try ever since one of the APs recommended me their durian ice-cream. Was kinda full to eat but I don’t know when will I have the chance to come by again so decided to squeeze it down nevertheless! Haha!
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Well-said!

Had our very very last practice for the year because we are not gonna have any more practice on the actual day~ It was the last opportunity to really touch up everything and our last chance to nag and remind the participants because there were still people who forget dance steps and etc and it’s very worrying D:

Got a bit frustrated when I was trying to explain to everyone what 老师 wants but nobody believed me (even my partner) probably because I am the most junior one. I was very confident that I understood correctly because I was the one who did that part of the formation and I knew who is the first person and who is not. So it was really infuriating when you’re the only person who understood correctly and hence everyone doubted you just because they understood it the other way! ARGH.

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The last lap!

Was given a choice again but this time it was Holland Village VS Dempsey and even though both are places that I miss, I chose the latter without much hesitation because it’s been eons since I last went to Dempsey!!! I didn’t even realise it’s been almost 3 years!

So much changes here and there and the same bar is no longer around :( But still delighted to be able to visit again! Hehe! Settled in Harry’s for some Sunset Paradise and Bellini! Realised I did not take photo of the food, probably too hungry x.x
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Favourite coaster again! :D

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Alcoholic boss O.O

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Super yummy Tom Yum noodle recommended by colleague!!!

Thursday night was spent with Kumar, as in the comedian! Because I was sad to miss the Kumar show in Hard Rock, so when I got to know that he’s gonna be performing in Hougang for some Arts festival thingy, I was dying to go! Free some more, so I dragged buddy and Shrine along :P
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The show involves many other characters and they definitely won’t as funny as Kumar, sad to say, so it would have been a whole lot better if it was just him. Never love hearing someone talk for hours so much…hahaha! He never fails to crack me up! :D
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Then came the long weekend~ An extra long one for me ((:
Spent the first day preparing my annual cookies for the NDPeeps, and this time round, for my 45 group members as well! Could already imagine taking up the whole day to finish, so I didn’t dare to even step out~ Thank goodness I invested on 1 more baking tray to double the productivity! Haha!

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Chocolate chip butter cookies again!

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Batch after batch~

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Baked with love; packed with thanks ((:

A Saturday with no NDP felt weird~ But at least the weekly brunch still stays! Had a light one this time because I had Gui’s birthday celebration after that!

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Current favourite carrot cake :D

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Finally having my First Love again!!!!!!!! <3

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Mochi face!

Off to meet the Clique at Square @ Furama for our buffet lunch and no pictures because we were all busy eating~ Then the guys decided to play the escape room game again and this time round we tried BreakOut and man, it was tough!!!

We chose the magician-themed room and instead of breaking from 1 room to another, we kinda only had 1 room with ALL the clues inside that can get us out. That makes us have to split into groups amongst ourselves to solve different puzzles, but yet that caused a communication breakdown because we wouldn’t know what we are solving may actually be the clue that the other group is looking for! =O

Managed to solve a few puzzles but most of the time I was pretty lost, running among different puzzles trying to help out~ We spent the last bit of time trying to solve the 2 puzzles from these 2 diaries and we were totally outsmarted by geographical knowledge and creativity – the ability to think out of the box!

Had to ask for help in the end and I think we wouldn’t have been able to solve the alphabetical one even if we had solved the map one. Seriously tough and I can’t believe there’s someone who managed to escape successfully within the time limit! We missed it by a few minutes even with help, but only ONE group managed to complete the mission so far so I guess it was really just too challenging.

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Mission failed but still must take group photo!

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And as long as I get to take with him! :P

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Gifts from Hong Kong! :D

NDP Preview 2015!

This is probably gonna be the NDP preview with the least photos taken these 5 years! Haha! Started the day with a good brunch again but this time round with the trainers and selected group leaders (:
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Read somewhere about this $8 Godiva ice-cream and it was said to be a must-try, so I was totally tempted by it even before the brunch! Hahaha! And despite being super full after the Papparich meal, I insisted on giving it a try and omgwtfbbq~ It was indeed super nice!!! Super chocolatey and I am drooling just thinking of it right now! ❤_❤
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Off for NDP and I was actually supposed to reach early for an interview, but it’s okay because I got the lovebirds to do it first! :D I am not a fan of being on cameras (except for photos :P) but because it was a favour from a friend at work, I agreed to it and helped to look for a few other interviewees too~ It’s for cable TV anyway so I doubt many will see it! xD
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Anyhow, the interview was about passion for NDP, so I don’t mind sharing it too. Though I still think I belong more to behind the camera -.- So awkward to be in front of it! Thankfully it wasn’t a talk-straight-into-the-camera kind of interview, but more of a chit-chatting session with the nice director, who is also coincidentally my Deyi senior from batches before me! Hehe!

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Anyone seen sleep-dancing before??? xD

Had a short but good practice under the hot sun again and it definitely paid off! Off to Suntec and I was busy with the second part of the interview, so no time for photos~ Only managed to take this group photo as requested by the director! Haha!
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Beautiful sky on the way to Padang!

I think the performance went pretty well again as compared to the disappointing one the previous week~ Knew the practice gonna pay off for sure! :D

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With Ah Lyn!

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Majulah Singapura!

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Someone’s replaced due to overwhelming popularity :P

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With members from our group! :D

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Another shot with our nice aunties!

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Finally a shot with the busy man!

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The annual Mei & Kor shot

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Group 2A, HURRAY~!

And finally a proper shot with le bee!!! The army guys were pushing it off and I was like walking along with it, dying to take a photo with it! Hahaha! Die die must take! :P
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Winebos again after the show but no pictures because we were only there to finish up our last bottle~ Gonna miss the sofa and their cheesy pizza!!!

Om Nom NOm NOM~

The rare solo lunch day whereby I used it for shopping! And llao llao :P But it’s quite a mess to be holding that while you shop at the same time~ Nevertheless, it’s still the most convenient and yet filling lunch I can find! Haha!
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Happy Monday @ NOM :D

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Yummy pasta!

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Juicy Portobello mushroom!

Was contemplating between getting the back the same chocolate rainbow cake (which I love!!!) or trying the salted caramel one this time and I chose the latter in the end! Still nice but I think I’m also more of a chocolate person…hehe!
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Nevertheless, it always brings me rainbow (((((:

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And rainbow macaron!!! :D

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Ending with red prawn durian!
Thank you! <3

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Super hungry = Super sinful lunch!

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OMGGGGG~ Did I really eat this???

Still feeling full from lunch but I couldn’t resist finally trying out someone’s highly-raved O’bean! Indeed a happy week checking out new places :D Super full but super worth the bloated-ness because the soya kway chup is so unique and tasty!!!
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This ramen looks as sinful as my curry :P

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The Tiramisu that caused my insomnia x.x
Super reactive to caffeine!

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Bought my favourite ice-cream mochi to share with colleagues! Hehe!

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They look so cute inside~~~

Was given a choice to go to the west for long-craved fish bee hoon or to the east for shopping at the airport and the greedy me chose both! :P Who knows I was really granted that so it was journey from west to east! *blessed!* <3

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Craving finally satisfied! Super super satisfied!!! (((:

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Sinful lunch treat from EP~
My virgin try on scissors-cut curry rice!

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Atas chips from le AP!

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So much loveeee! :D
Miss all their noises already!

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Yummy “香椿” pasta for lunch!

Friday night was spent with le volunteers and we ended up in No.5~ Luckily we still managed to get a table because everywhere was so crowded! Hadn’t seen everyone for such a long time so had a good time catching up (:

Tried something new this time – Mango Martini and it’s niceeeeeee!
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CHEERS~!!!

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Tried another new drink – Midori Martini~
Way too bitter and strong for my liking!!! Haha!

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Ending off with wefies! :D

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Hope 大家一切顺顺利利~!

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HUAT AH! xD

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Aftermath in bag -.- As usual!