Canon Rilakkuma Camera!

It was a lonely week (and will continue to be) because more than half the office has gone on leave😦 Luckily we had Ally’s birthday meal in advance at Astons on Monday!

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Sinful lunch~

Oh I realised salmon really gives me migraine these days! Tested and proven for 3 times 😨 It didn’t used to be like that! Salmon is my favourite! –CRYYYYY!!!

Was still quite free for the week, so I finally took a stroll around the whole building, level by level~ It’s my first time to actually explore this old building after close to 3 years now…haha! Didn’t even know our neighbour actually has this nice little “aquarium” outside the office (:
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Impromptu decision to go for Hot Basics class for the first time! Not bad, quite a good “training” for Hot Stretch class~ Not too xiong, not too easy either; still sweated quite a bit!

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Real Food omelette again!

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Night stroll! ((:

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Rainbow bridge!

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New item on the menu – Thai Tom Yum Noodle!

Went for random shopping at Sheng Shiong and found huge palm-size strawberries!!! Couldn’t resist splurging on them~ Surprisingly they were pretty sweet! 😋
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For comparison! =O

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Dessert after gift-shopping!

It was the time of the month and I was just nice craving for something chocolatey! This promotional item from awfullychocolate was really YUMS!!!!! And super worth it! 😍
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The melt-in-your-mouth chocolate was damn good too!!!!!! OMGGGGG~
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Spent Friday night with yoga again! Yes, went twice this week! Because I was too busy to go last week and too free this week 😅 Great session though! Sweated like pig!

And finally it was Saturday! Went for a haircut (in an attempt to save shampoo for upcoming Aussie trip 😆) before bringing Kumakuma out to collect my PRIZE!!!
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For those who don’t know, I’ve won a Canon EOS M10 camera (Rilakkuma edition) through a Facebook contest!😀
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Cho~ happy because I think it’s my first time to win something! Okay, except for some Geláre vouchers which I also won through Facebook contest~ But this is like a camera worth $999! And it’s RILAKKUMA!!! It’s definitely my first time winning something so expensive!
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I had a really unlucky July, so this surprise really made my day month! Hopefully it really means my luck is changing for the better! 🙏 🙏 🙏
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Thank you, Canon! Thank you, Alvinology and Asia361!❤ This one not advertorial ahhhh 😅
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First time win something like that, so must take more photos! Hehe!
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Kumakuma and his new friend!
Same same but different ((:

Off for lunch to a 老地方 and I was famished! Wanted to order everything! Hahaha! The olive beancurd is sooooo niceeeee that I really wanted to order 1 more piece! Too bad I was full after my noodle (which I gobbled up before taking photo) >.<
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Killed so time at the library (favourite place to kill time!) since it’s still way too early for the NDP Thank You party~ Somehow I find it weird to call it a party now – actually only the first year felt like a party to me 😐 I should be glad that at least Orto is better than the past few years I guess.

Anyhow, Lyn’s away and everyone else is too busy, but luckily I still have Bevan to accompany me! Just nice he doesn’t know how to go while I know, cause it’s somewhere on my to-visit list, just that I didn’t expect to visit under such circumstance. It’s supposed to be a romantic place😦 Now become like a void deck wedding~
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Food, performance, mingle, lucky draw and some activities like prawning competition. Wanted to caption this photo “Most patient moment ever” but after much observation, errrrr not that patient after all 😂
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Got bored at the last 5 minutes so I also took a rod to try my luck~ Zero catch! Haha! Well, at least I didn’t kill any of them then. I actually fed them instead! All the prawns here are way smarter than the ones at Kranji resort, so all managed to eat and escape 😐

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Participants challenging Lily to drink! Hahahaha!

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She looks like an alcoholic here xD

Time for my turn! To celebrate officially end of duties aka ORD loh~!!!
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Lights~ Not the kind of effect I want. Will be nice if they look a bit more like bokeh though (:
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Spent Sunday doing a little packing for the trip and also having some Isaac-time cause Sis came over~ The negotiation turned out way smoother than we had expected, kudos to le pig brother! Apparently, Mamemo only listens to him because she is scared of him 😑 So using Bro’s name is usually useful in such situations!

Decided to cross the border alone in the late afternoon because I was bored and I figured that I wouldn’t have time the next week. Needed to get my Doraemon and Hello Kitty mooncakes!!! It’s been a long time since I went JB alone; quite fulfilling cause I finally managed to explore the whole of the new mall plus the renovated City Square~ I can shop and walk fast at my own speed so I managed to finish the 2 malls in less than 4 hours (:

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Loots of the half-day!

Europe Day 14 – Rome!

3 April 2015

Down with just 2 more days! Had the same breakfast before heading out to visit Basilica of Saint Mary!
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As usual, notice the detailed ceilings?
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This is the largest Catholic Marian church in Rome by the way, hence we stayed a little while more~
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Nice ceiling again!

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And pretty stained glass window~

The years of hard work spent on the interior (:
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Seriously, who will wanna receive this postcard ah???

Next stop, which is another well-known spot of Rome – Vatican City!
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Spot the Pokeball!

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Candid of le pig~

Now it’s time to explore the interior! But sorry, it’s gonna be lots of ceiling again because I am impressed by how much work they put in, climbing the ladder and all! Hahaha!
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The ceiling resembles the one in Rome’s Pantheon!
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Looks like Spongebob’s friend – Patrick!!!!!

Ceiling, ceiling and more ceiling! xD
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Spotted my horoscope!

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Will be a nice artistic shot with wider lens!

Back to the exterior and we saw lots of people queuing up~ We did not know what’s going on but the queue was really long!!! We almost wanted to queue as well but after asking one of them, it’s actually people queuing to go in for some pastor/pope’s service ._. Heng we asked.
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So happy to see a post office there! And it’s the van kind, pretty cool! Managed to get a stamp to post my one last postcard I think (:
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Saw a Sakura tree again on our way to the train station! Okay, I don’t know if it’s really cherry blossom but whatever, it’s pink!!!
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And guess what, it has my birth date with it😛
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30.03 (:

If you realise, most of the nights we didn’t really explore anywhere because either the shops are closed or the churches are. The only ones open are restaurants and bars, which we could only walk past and admire, before going back to the same fast food chain that we went every day, because that’s the cheapest food.

It’s not that we are too poor to eat, but the food in Europe are just really expensive. We grow up eating cheap food and we don’t believe in splurging on food, at least not for every meal. Food is something that we can compromise on, in other words, so we rather save and scrimp every day to spend on other things.

I even remember that there was once during our trip (I forgot in which city) when we splurged on some McDonald’s nuggets or something because we were too hungry, then Bro happened to drop one on the floor (Europe is quite dirty by the way) but he picked it up and eat because it’s too expensive to waste! LOL! You may find it disgusting but I find the moment hilarious and so significant~ Like how extreme we went xD

So on the last few days in Rome, Bro actually suggested that we should splurge on a good meal, if we have got money left! I was kinda looking forward to that meal because I would love to try too, for the experience! Haha! So on our last night in Rome, we went fine-dining at this popular area full of restaurants~ The kind that is beside the fountain and has got busker performing for you! It was difficult choosing which restaurant to try, and they were all quite competitive, but in the end we settled for one that looks quite decent and has no service charge.
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We sat outdoor of course – alfresco style, but the interior of the restaurant is actually damn pretty too! Chanced upon it when going to the washroom😀
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Oh in Italy, the people usually eat a full course meal, from appetisers, entrée, main course to dessert. And their entrée is like either pizza or pasta kind! I really can’t imagine how they finish the main course later on, which is usually more of the meat~ Obviously being very Singaporean, we jumped straight into the main course…hahaha!

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Drinks to start off first! (:

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Fine-dining of course must drink wine right!

Bro got himself a mixed grill platter, and from the look of it, you can tell that it’s not very nice already -_- Quite normal taste, if not the meat is too tough.
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My lamb shank was not any better; I can hardly find any meat. And it’s so dry, as you can tell from the picture! Although I can’t recall the price, I remember this meal wasn’t cheap (I think around S$80+), and it was definitely not worth the price at all! Quite disappointing😦 Our supermarket microwaved food actually tasted so much better~
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Expensive experience! But still an experience (:
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To make up for the unsatisfactory meal and unfulfilling stomach, guess what we got again!😀 Chocolate and mango flavour I think!
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Ahhhhhh I miss my gelatos~~~~ >.<
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Europe Day 13 – Rome!

2 April 2015

It’s the third last day of the trip and we went to so many places on this day that I had a hard time recalling where is where. Put in lots of effort Googling before I finally got the names of most of them~

Anyway, our guest house came with breakfast (yayyy! Can saved $$$) and we had this bright dining area that I quite like!
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No fanciful breakfast but just cakes and snacks~ Good enough because I like cakes and sweet stuff😀
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First stop of the day – Neptune Fountain!
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This is another fountain – Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of Four Rivers)~ There are really many fountains in Rome and most of them come with clean drinking water! I still don’t dare to try it because I think we are all used to boiling our water first 😅
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The obelisk of the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, with Chiesa di Sant’Agnese in Agone on the right~
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I think Church of Sant’Agnese in Agone is one of the prettier churches we have seen in Rome (:
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The area where all the artists gather~

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Back to the Pantheon!

After visiting The Pantheon in Paris, we had kinda expected what it’s gonna be like inside, so we did not stay as long for this one in Rome xD
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Ceiling shots again!
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Next destination – Basilica of San Ignazio!
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Like I’ve mentioned, by Rome, we had already visited so many cathedrals that I lost count, so we were already kinda immune to them ._. No longer so wowwww but just snap and go kind~
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Still like the ceiling paintings though (:
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Next stop, which is yet another church – San Marcello al Corso!
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Mandatory ceiling shot~

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Virgin Mary & Jesus

Chanced upon Santa Maria in Via Lata but I think we did not go in? Can’t find interior shots of it so we must have just passed by only~
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Altare della Patria next! I forgot if we actually went in, but I doubt so?
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And I totally can’t recall where I took this. That’s the problem when I’m not the one planning the itinerary! Haha! But I remember it’s in a museum where photography is not allowed (there are a few places we visited that are like that), and these are photos that I secretly snapped~
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Back to church-hopping again and arrived at Basilica of Sant’Agostino!
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Interior of Basilica of Sant’Agostino~
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We realised that most of the churches in Europe has a big organ inside!
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All the churches look more or less the same by now but I suppose these are all still taken within Basilica of Sant’Agostino?
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Taking a break from churches as we arrived at The Palace of Justice, which is their Supreme Court of Cassation! The exterior is quite nice ya~ It’s not open to the public hence we only took photos outside (:
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Finally some nature shot! Quite pretty; I like the feel of it!
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And from far, we can see our next destination – Castel Sant’Angelo!
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Again, I think we only took photos outside because you gotta buy a ticket for most of the attractions, and we figured that we had enough of paintings and historical monuments ._.
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Back to the pretty Sant’Agnese in Agone again!
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I think it was closed in the morning when we passed by, that’s why we came back again in the late afternoon~ But the interior isn’t as impressive as its exterior though.
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The flowers’ market aka Campo dei Fiori Market! A pity most of the stalls were closed by then. Love the pretty and vibrant colours!😀
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I think we ended the day pretty early because we had run out of places to go ._. Rome is really quite boring!

Europe Day 12 – Rome!

I’m quite dreading to blog about Rome because it’s quite boring to me ._. But oh well~ It’s the last city so I might as well finish up and fulfill my resolution for this year! Hahaha!

1 April 2015

Bade farewell to the cat, the 2 nice owners, the cozy room and Florence before we took a train to Rome. Arrived after less than 2 hours! Oh those who are taking the train, always remember to validate your tickets manually. I am glad that I read about this on some blog beforehand, so I did all my ticket validation, which is like punching a hole on your card using the machine so that you won’t reuse the ticket. You will be fined if your ticket is not validated; there are train conductors checking~

We witnessed a PRC group being fined when we were on the way to Cinque Terre or somewhere. The train conductor was nice enough to reduce their fine amount, but they were still unhappy and kept arguing that they didn’t know about it -.- Damn annoying. But the point is no chance will be given, so please do your research and always verify when unsure!

Didn’t take us too long to find our Rome accommodation; all the accommodation I booked are very conveniently located! But it’s on level 2 again and we had to take this very old school lift to transport our luggage up. Gotta close the lift door on your own kind! 😱 I took it once for the sake of the luggage and decided to take the stairs for remaining days 😐
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It’s not an AirBnb house this time but a little like guest house~ Our room is not very big but comfortable enough🙂 Finally can have our own single beds!!!
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More importantly, it comes with an ensuite bathroom! Yayyyyyy!
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Settled down and headed out to our first stop pretty soon; it’s none other than Rome’s signature Colosseum!
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It’s huge, so you gotta stand pretty far in order to take a full shot of it. If not you can only take parts of it like below~
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马车!

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The interior~

It’s basically all the rugged views made up of stones and rocks ._. But I think those who watched the Gladiator movie (e.g my brother) will be intrigued by the place~ I, on the other hand, felt like I have been taking the same pictures over and over because all the views look pretty much the same – ruined and rugged!
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The history of it makes it a little more interesting though (:
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Panoramic shots and lots of selfie with my selfie stick~
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Under the roof~
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The ruins make the view outside looks nicer! Haha!
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Artifacts from hundred of years ago including animal remains!
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One last shot with the Colsseum!

Moved on to the next destination and guess what le pig brother is bringing me to see? (He “planned” Italy’s itinerary.)
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It’s not the fountain above, though I think it’s maybe famous as well. But the real reason we are here is because of this stairs!
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This long flight of stairs made up of 135 steps is apparently known as the famous Spanish Steps! People just sit around to rest, eat and chat there and to be honest, there’s nothing really special about it ._. But it’s just famous.
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Spot me!

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Column of the Immaculate Conception

In Piazza del Popolo for the the tallest obelisk in Rome –  Popolo Obelisk!
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The churches of Santa Maria dei Miracoli and Santa Maria in Montesanto~
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Santa Maria in Montesanto

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Santa Maria dei Miracoli

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Errrr…forgot what’s this ._.

The Roman architectures or structures are not that impressive to me, so I was kinda more attracted by this lady entertaining the kids with huge bubbles!
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It’s really a joy watching them because I love bubbles too!😀 Secretly wish I can join the kids and chase after the bubbles…hahaha!
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Love these happy candid shots more than the still buildings actually =X
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I think this was a church that we just randomly walked into to check out but I don’t remember the name~ Too many churches in Europe!
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Did a little shopping at the huge H&M there but I think I bought nothing. On the other hand, le pig brother was listening to these buskers and bought a CD from them. It’s the pirated kind of CD packaging and I laughed at him and told him what if he brings it back and realised it can’t be played 😂  He was like 😨😨😨
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Apart from busking, there are also lots of street arts going on and they are all very impressive!
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We spent a while watching this guy do some painting from scratch using spray paints and Bro was so impressed that he almost bought one. It’s really damn pretty and awesome, but it’s like 10 euro for one (around S$15). This guy is way too talented!
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Another tall structure but I don’t remember what is it~ photo 20150402_155238_zpsqdgljjyo.jpg

When we talk about attractions in Rome, I believe many will mention Trevi Fountain as well. Unfortunately, prior the trip, Nad has already told me that it’s under renovation when she went a few months ago… We still wanted to visit nevertheless, because it’s an attraction not to be missed when you’re in Rome after all~
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The pretty Trevi Fountain now looking like a construction site😦
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I think it would have been really prettiest tourist attraction site if it’s not under construction. Saw the pictures on Google and it’s really nice! Oh well~ At least we visited!
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Pinocchio seems to be very famous in Italy! xD

Spent the night walking around randomly and we chanced upon The Pantheon~ Yes, another Pantheon but it’s the Pantheon in Rome, though it looks quite similar to the one in Paris!
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Did not go in because it was closed by then; saved it for the next day instead (:
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Peranakan Staycation! 💖

Last year this day, I was swimming in my private pool, enjoying my post-NDP retreat~ No budget for that this year, so I made do with a staycation instead! Need a break badly, from work and from the months of hard work 😪 I needed something to look forward!!!

So glad that the project is finally over and I could have my well-deserved break! Despite OT-ing till 9pm, it didn’t stop me from looking forward to the staycation every minute 😍

Started off with breakfast and errands first, but there was a little mishap~ This poor bird got stuck in front of the car bumper and sat here for the next 10 minutes when it finally got out😦 Was so afraid that it might not survive because even the uncle said, “我看很难了。。。” 😩
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Even when I was squatting so close, the bird refused to fly off. I think it had a concussion or just didn’t have strength to fly after getting stuck for so long. Attempted to feed some biscuits and that was when it suddenly flew up to the tree! YAYYYYY!!!! Can still fly!😀 But it stood on the same spot on the tree for the next 10 minutes again… Really hope it survives!!!

Off for my staycation! TA-DUH~!!! 🎉🎉🎉
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Prior to the stay, I was still worried that the room wouldn’t turn out as nice as I had expected. I did a lot of research and reviews seem pretty good, but there are always “what if“~ Took a peek excitedly right after I checked in and thank goodness, the room was AWESOME! Super spacious and even has enough room for a couch!
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And bathtub right beside the bed! Can watch TV will soaking 😍😍😍 Exactly what I was looking for!
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Definitely pleased and satisfied with the 41m² room!😀 I think I made a pretty good decision! Hehe!
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One last look before I mess it up 😆 I am actually missing it already! I think this might be the thing I wanna splurge on again if I ever win a lottery~ HAHAHA!
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Now the bathroom! Only spent 2% of the time inside because there’s already bathtub!😛
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Oh the room is a Peranakan Club room, so all the stuff inside are Peranakan style by the way (:
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No Bali swan but got SG swan! xD

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Selfie first!

Complementing the premium stay with a good honey wine from New Zealand! Buddy gave it to me some time ago and I finally had the chance to open it (:
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Nua-ed quite enough before heading out for a late lunch date~
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Very milky fish soup!

Had a short walk to explore the surrounding and to digest a little before heading back to the hotel for the cocktail evening! Because it’s a premium club room, I get to enjoy the club benefits which include free-flow wine and house pour! Weeeeeee~😀
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Comes with some light snacks as well! 😍
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I love petite things so that I can try more items! Hehe!

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Cute crème brûlée!

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Chilling at the lounge watching TV~

Back to the comfy room for more wine! Finally tried the Moscato that I got from Nad! It’s the same bottle as the one Shrine broke -_- This is the second bottle I bought.
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Soaking in the bathtub while sipping on my Moscato and watching the drama that my dear colleagues and I edited! It was definitely a beary happy and shiok staycation! 😁🐻
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Nua-ed so much in bed the next morning till almost missed the breakfast! 😱😱😱 Only left with 20+ minutes but luckily still had food left! Partly because the breakfast at the lounge is exclusive to the club members only😉

It even has a Nespresso machine and I had my virgin try on it! I just wanted to play with the machine 😅 Looks not bad right! Made by barista See!
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Trying not to eat too full because I still had cup noodle~~~
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Requested for a late check-out at 4pm because I couldn’t bear to leave the room! Haha! Nua-ed till I finally bade farewell to the big room after more than 24 hours and left for our post-NDP gathering! Took the chance to celebrate the August babies’ birthday too! Because Eric is too secretive with his date of birth and we only know it’s August >.>
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The 2 Leos~

Since we had celebrated for Cla already, it’s Eric’s turn to cut the cake!
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I think he hasn’t celebrated his birthday for a long time lor, like don’t know how to cut cake ._.
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Great bonding over 3 hours of karaoke session! In the exact same room as where we had our very first gathering, also organised by yours truly (:
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Gotta serve ourselves cakes once again D:

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Dessert after dinner!
Rum & Raisin + Hazelnut!

Finally full strength of all 9 people! Had a good discussion for our upcoming Aussie trip and also took the chance to lay down the “rules” and etc. It’s something that I am most worried of since it’s such a big group travelling together, so bound to have conflicts… I just hope everyone can get least give me some “face” as the organiser, if not I will be really 难做人。。。Hope it will be a happy trip for everyone!!!
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I am super looking forward to finally a trip after so many months since my birthday retreat! Probably the highlight of the year and also the highlight for my bank account ._. Can’t wait to be up on the hot air balloon though! Hehe!

Kept thinking that the next day is Monday already but luckily it’s not! I still have a Sunday…yayyyyy! But it was spent on treating yet another August baby! Hahaha! It was Shimin’s belated birthday lunch treat and she was craving for Mac & Cheese~ Settled for Chir Chir Chicken after we realised Pique Nique has closed down =O
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Not the best Mac & Cheese because it was more of cream than cheese. But we were all famished!
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I totally had no confident of finishing these chicken, yet the greedy buddy insisted on ordering another Toppoki plate -_- In the end I was already full after a few mouthful of Mac & Cheese + 2 pieces of chicken! That’s the max for me! I don’t understand why they gotta serve such a big plate of chicken and have only 1 size…Zzzzzz. Isn’t it scary to eat so much chicken each if there are only a few of us?!
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Went to run some errand plus search for Miss President’s ROM outfit. Yes, she’s getting hitched! Now it’s gonna be extra stressful because I’m the only female in Clique that is still on the shelf 😭

Checked out the mooncake fair and had all the free samples for durian mooncakes but I still like Peony Jade‘s the best >.<  Not sure to splurge on it again this year since I am really, really tight on budget right now…

Anyhow, treated the birthday girl to her very first Godiva ice-cream because everyone has been raving to her about it, including me…hahaha! I told her she gotta try it at least once before she dies😛
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Didn’t wanna splurge on this but peer pressure😦 9 bucks is indeed damn expensive for an ice-cream, but the quality is really good! I wouldn’t mind splurging on it if I am in a really bad mood~
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But of course I wasn’t. I had such a happy weekend!❤