I am coming home!

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It has been a grand 4 weeks Singapore! Tomorrow, I fly back to the Philippines.

Must say I welcome this development with mixed feelings. The original plan was to stay in Singapore for a while until my work visa for (random Asian country) has been approved but obviously that didn’t pan out well. Nevertheless, I am happy to be heading back.

I’ll update my entries for 2013 Challenge (which I am √ľber delayed already) once I am settled. Most probably by this weekend. A lot of catching up for me!

Explored Gardens by the Bay…finally!

Yesterday I met up with Yaone, a friend I knew from Twitter. She said she got some angpao recently so she promised to treat me out. Hooray for people who share their blessings ūüôā

We were supposed to have a snack at SEVENTH HEAVEN, an ice cream shop but lo and behold, they already ran out of ice cream when we got there. And to think I was already looking forward to devouring this:

SEVENTH HEAVEN’s THE MATRIX (photo courtesy of curiosityfillsthecat.blogspot.sg)

We went to Bakerzin instead, a shop that specializes in desserts. Lately I’ve been craving for waffles so I ordered their Warm Waffle with Cream Cheese Ice Cream and Strawberry Drizzle.

To be quite honest, the waffle was a bit of a letdown. The waffles were warm alright and crispy. The ice cream though, which I supposed jacked up the price, was not something worth writing home about. It made me miss even more the waffles sold off sidewalks in Seoul. Yaone, on the other hand, tried their Irish Cream Souffle and she said it was very delicious.

After food and conversation, we were off to exploring! The surrounding gardens requires no fee but tickets are required for the Super Trees, Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. Since it’s already night time, we opted to just visit the Flower Dome. Lucky for us, the lady at the ticker counter gave us these fancy angpao envelopes in celebration of the Chinese New Year!

Flower Dome was huge! Curiously though, plants with just leaves outnumbered those with flowers. Must be the season or something. There were about two floors. The first floor houses the plants from daisies to hibiscus to roses to so much more while the second floor featured cactus and African trees.

And then, just as we were leaving Gardens by the Bay, we were greeted with this sight:

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Yes, that is a giant baby suspended in mid-air.

Actually, it’s a massive white-painted bronze and steel¬†sculpture¬†by British artist Marc Quinn. Named Planet, the sculpture¬†has been donated for permanent display at the Gardens by Mr and Mrs Putra and Imelda Masagung. According to an article from Huffington Post,Planet¬†is one of Marc Quinn’s most important works. The sculpture, which is a depiction of the artist’s infant son, appears to float above the ground and is a technical tour-de-force. It has been shown internationally to great acclaim in the¬†Beyond Limitsexhibition of contemporary sculpture at Chatsworth House in 2008, and in the exhibition¬†The Littoral Zone¬†at the Mus√©e Oc√©anographique de Monaco in 2012.”

With that, seems a day trip to Gardens by the Bay is in order. Until the next adventure!

The walk of shame

As mentioned it my previous post, I took a liking to taking long walks and since the surrounding area of my brother’s apartment building is very much conducive for such an activity, I take advantage of it every morning I can. Today was no exception. Brisk walked for only an hour but it was already enough for me to witness the changing hues of Singapore’s sky.

photo 3There were numerous others too who started their day by doing some form of exercise. What struck me the most are the senior citizens who I encounter jogging every time. Some of them must be in their seventies already but they look as if they can outrun me any moment. Even more admirable were the groups of grannies and granddaddies who do aerobics at Harmony Hub, a sort of activity area nearby. And last week, I spied an old lady doing some sort of sword dance. I really wished I could have taken a stolen shot but I was wary of that sword heading by my direction. Anyway, I¬†really¬†can’t help but feel¬†embarrassed when they pass me looking tired and harassed while they’re in the pink of health with nary any sweat.

I remember that time too when I was bushwalking in the Blue Mountains. The finale was climbing The Giant Stairway which leads to the famous Three Sisters rock formation. I wasn’t even at the quarter of the 800 steps needed to ascend to the top yet my heart already felt as if it’s going to burst out of my chest and there was literally pounding in my ears. Just as I was to give up, two children between the ages of 7 to 10 ran past me. Yes, kids left me biting the dust. I was embolden by them though so eventually, I reached the top albeit looking like a hag.

Needless to say, I should definitely get into exercising really soon. Heck I should have done it years ago. I don’t want to end up in the future being the proverbial old lady who just spend her time knitting while being surrounded by her army of cats. Not that there’s anything wrong with that but it’s not just me. When I become a septuagenarian, I still want to be out there punching life in the face… with my army of pandas.

Gloomy Gardens By the Bay

Today marks our tenth day here in Singapore and it’s only now that we’ve got the chance to visit Gardens by the Bay. Unfortunately, the weather was not very cooperative so we were forced back indoors. Managed to take a few shots and the rain clouds brought an eerie effect to the already strange looking structures at this so-called futuristic area.

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Perhaps next time, the weather would be more¬†conducive for exploration. I’m really happy with how these pictures turned out though.

More pictures available on my Instagram feed which coincidentally hosted my 100th picture today.

For the Love of Yakult

Earlier today I posted this photo on my Facebook and Instagram accounts and was pleasantly surprised by the amount of feedback it garnered. I was so stoked to find out that many share my genuine adoration for this bottled wonder called Yakult!

the stuff dreams are made of

I was also oh so pleased to discover that not only do Yakult comes in a slightly bigger size (100ml as compared to the 80ml being sold in the Philippines) but that it also has different flavored variants! Score!! Apparently, Singapore is the only country in the world to have this privilege.

So far, I’ve only tried the green apple variant and it was tangy. Tomorrow, I’ll taste test another one as I’ve been following the so-called one bottle per day rule. But to be honest, there’s nothing I would like more than to consume a jug of Yakult each and everyday.

Such a shame Yakult couldn’t come in bigger servings. But according to this feature article, there’s a reason why Yakult’s serving size is restricted to its current form:

According to data from Yakult’s companies in¬†Malaysia¬†and¬†Australia, the cultured milk drink only comes in small bottles to avoid contamination.

“A smaller bottle is more hygienic. A larger bottle that is not finished might be kept open, thus a bigger risk of infection with other bacteria,” Yakult Malaysia said.

“Opening and closing a larger bottle on numerous occasions can result in a decrease in the number of live probiotic bacteria due to the introduction of various air-borne bacteria. This is undesirable because bacteria have the potential to compromise the quality of Yakult,” Yakult Australia said.

One small bottle is enough to keep people healthy each day so there’s no need to sell Yakult in bigger servings, the two companies said.

“If Yakult were provided in a larger bottle, people may drink more than needed, and while this is not harmful at all, it can be more expensive,” Yakult Australia said.

On a final note, lemme just say how adorable Yakult Singapore’s website is. For comparison, here’s the OHP of Yakult Philippines:

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And here’s for Yakult Singapore:

sgCute! Mr. Yakult, let’s be friends!

Challenge accepted!

Greetings from gray and gloomy Singapore!

It has been nothing but strong sunshine ever since we arrived 6 days ago but now the Merlion had decided to give us a taste of overcast skies and puddled pathways.

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the silver shining

We were supposed to go shopping today but since the condition outside practically screams “BED WEATHER!”, we just stayed at home. ‘Tis fine by me because it gave me time to tinker with this blog some more and catch up with my emails.

Lo and behold, I got 2 blogging challenges from my friends. The first of which was from my college buddy Arlene who has bestowed upon the so-called Liebster Award (more on this come next post). The second was from Sketchy, my cohort from the “doomed” Sketching Dots: 30 Day Blogging Challenge. She proposed a more practical and schedule-friendly approach: one entry per week. The only catch is that the challenge will run until December. Hmn.

Let's get it on!

Let’s get it on!

Well as the title of this post suggests, I have decided to take on both challenges. I say, bring it bitches! (not you friends).

So to all of my co-challengers, good luck our way!