26 March 2014

Birthday Weekend in Krabi

For my birthday weekend, JP and I went to Krabi in Thailand. We were only there from Friday till Sunday, but going to the beach was a good escape from Singapore's hectic pace.  JP put me in charge of preparing our trip, and handed over his credit card so I can book our flights and hotel. Such a trusting husband, 'no? 

Longtail Boats in Krabi
traditional long-tail boats

21 March 2014

A Useful App For Procrastinators Like Me

Do you know that there different types of procrastinators? Check out what kind you are over here. I tried the test myself and found that I'm a Pinball Procrastinator. This means that I don't accomplish my tasks because I easily get distracted and do other things. I also like to bounce from one pursuit to another that I don't get to do what needs to be done now. Oftentimes, I get overwhelmed by too many ideas that it takes me a long time to get started, if I even decide to start at all.

Pomodoro App

Recently, I downloaded the Pomodoro timer and it has helped me a lot to finish my tasks. Let's say I want to write a couple of blog posts in 2 hours. I do all the things I need to do for my posts in 25 minutes (ie. draft, edit pictures, rewrite, etc). Then I take a break for five minutes, then come back and work on my blog posts again for another 25 minutes. Since I'm the type to get easily distracted (I often visit other blogs, look at Pinterest, or Facebook) this works perfectly for me. The timer makes me think I have a deadline, so I really focus within that 25 minutes. Plus, I actually look forward to the 5 minute break. 

Check out the principle behind the Pomodoro technique. It's quite interesting. What about you? What do you do when you feel like putting off your To-do list? 

10 March 2014

Collage Mondays: Running Gear Wishlist

The last public run I did was way back in 2012. Somehow, I never got the motivation to participate in anything again, until now. Yesterday was my first time back in the running scene (haha, I feel like an athlete). It felt good, so to celebrate, today's collage is all about running gear. 

Running is a pretty basic sport that doesn't require too many things. If you have a sensible pair of running shoes, and comfortable socks, shirt and shorts/tights, you should be good to go. But this should not stop you from trying additional/fashionable gear. Check out the pretty stuff I found, of course, in PINK! I should get my hands on these soon.
Pink Running Gear
Images from: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

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05 March 2014

The 1-Dollar Makeover

This is my jewelry box. The inside is made of felt, and it's gotten dirty over the years. I tried to use a damp cloth with soap to clean it a couple of months ago, and I think it just made the thing look dirtier. There's even some residue.

Dirty Jewelry Box

At any other time, I would have just thrown this out and bought a new one. But I think JP's attitude about money has been rubbing off on me lately, so I thought of a way to make this look cleaner and maybe, a little bit newer without spending a lot.

26 February 2014

Ex-Bride Problems: The Wedding Leftovers

I think a lot of brides have this problem, but don't really talk about it openly. Unless you're one of those crafty/creative women filling Pinterest with DIY ideas. If you're one of them, I hate you. Haha. Kidding. 

You see, it's been nine months, and I still haven't figured out what to do with some leftover stuff from the wedding. I've been scouring the 'net for how to reuse these extras. Read on, and let me know if you have more suggestions.

Wedding Invitations

19 February 2014

Married Life: The "Where do we live" Dilemma

One of the things JP and I constantly talk about these days is where we're going to settle down and when we plan to go about getting there. A couple of weeks ago, I literally cried (like, you know, with tears and snot and all) out of frustration because I was bugging JP to "give me a place, and give me a date", and he couldn't (in hindsight, I should have expected it, because, really, who can think clearly with a bawling woman in front of him? hehe). I think the outburst was a culmination of emotions running amok after a recent situation we had, where I felt that I wasn't in control of things. So maybe by getting JP to answer my questions, I really was trying to get back some semblance of control over my(our) life.

quote on happiness

17 February 2014

Collage Mondays: Pink and Red Combinations

How'd your Valentine's weekend go? I hope it was all sweet and romantic. Today's collage is all about the colours of love. You know I love pink, but red? Hmm, not so much. This weekend, while I was browsing, I saw Taylor Swift in this pretty dress, and thought, ok, let's look at more pink and red combos. Not so bad, huh?

I think the softer pink tames the boldness of the red. The combination is a definite standout, but still so feminine, right?

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13 February 2014

Book Review, Ryan Gosling and Other Cute Guys

Just in time for Valentine's week, I finally finished my first book for this year. I've mentioned previously that I was struggling to start my Reading Challenge last month. And after so many nights of plodding through 400+ pages, I'm done with Nicholas Sparks' latest novel.

Here's my review (plus my Valentines gift to you) 

10 February 2014

Chinese New Year 2014-Part 2 (The Yacht)

Not a lot of people know that Singapore is made up of more than one or two islands (Sentosa). In fact, there are about 63 more islands in Singapore, most of them uninhabited. Last Sunday, we got to see two more outlying islands.  Since most of our friends also did not have any out-of-town plans for Chinese New Year, someone came up with the idea of chartering a yacht for a couple of hours.  

small boats parked in the marina

04 February 2014

Chinese New Year 2014-Part 1

I know we're not Chinese, but I like the fact that we somehow get to celebrate two New Year's in a year. And it's even better because Chinese New Year usually falls on the last week of January. Perfect time to see where you are with the goals and resolutions you set out at the start of the year. So, how did your January go?

Singapore Year of the Horse
welcoming the year of the horse

Ours was quite a roller coaster, to say the least. It started out good enough, we were so eager for the year to get going, and then it ended in heartbreak. And as this Chinese New Year approached, JP and I were motivating each other, and resolved to stay positive always. January fully convinced me that I married the best guy ever.

So anyway, we didn't really make any plans to get out of Singapore for the long weekend. Friday night, we went to the River Hong Bau at the Floating Platform. We were crazy enough to go there and squeeze our way through the crowd to see the same thing we've seen the past few years. But anyway, it's still something to do if you're bored at home. 

21 January 2014

How to Order Coffee in Singapore

i wish this infographic had been available back when i was new in singapore. it would have saved me a lot of time and stress trying to translate what i wanted to the (usually) old auntie/uncle who sells coffee in the hawker centers.

i'm not allowed to drink coffee these days, but i hope you find this useful! enjoy!

Singapore Coffee

09 January 2014

A Feature in Blog Expat

This is very delayed post. Last month, I was contacted by Erin of EasyExpat for an interview that was posted in the website. The site is a nice community where you get to read about different expat experiences. You get to learn how different people deal with life overseas, like raising kids in another country and getting used to the cultural differences.

Please do hop on over there to check out my interview, check out the other blogs and take a look at useful articles about overseas living.

Thanks Erin and EasyExpat for the feature!
Expat Interview

07 January 2014

The 2014 Reading Challenge

I think 2013 was a good year for me on the book-reading end. I was able to complete my 25-book challenge for the year, and I'm quite happy about that. For 2014, I think I'll be able to manage a couple more books, so I'm aiming for 30. Adding five more will surely not be such a stretch, but we'll see.

2014 Reading Challenge

2014 Reading Challenge
Ays has read 0 books toward her goal of 30 books.

05 January 2014

My guiding word for 2014

I have long given up on having New Year's resolutions. There was a time when, every year, a few days before Jan. 1 comes, I'd sit down somewhere quiet and list down the things I wanted to change about myself for the coming year. And yes, almost 100% of the time, January hasn't even ended and I've broken at least one of my resolutions.

For example, I would resolve to lose weight and eat healthily (this is a constant on my list! haha). But what do I do on the first day of the year? I would gorge on the leftover food from the previous night's celebrations. So the whole year would just be this whole cycle of falling off track, getting back on...and so on and so forth. I usually end up discouraged and disappointed with myself.

04 January 2014

I'm back! Happy New Year!

Hello there! Happy New Year to you and your families!
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Pardon the silence on this space. JP and I have been unpacking stuff we brought from the Philippines, and also doing a bit of spring cleaning around the house. Our vacation was short, but we were able to spend time with both our families, plus managed a day at the beach!

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