Friday, December 30, 2005

Festivity stock-take

Not only has the Christmas festivites given me a rounder tummy, the holiday season has also made me lazy to post. I could possibly crank out nostalgic reminiscences about all the wonderful food and drinks I guzzled over the long weekend, but as I am already filled to the brim with food, I don't think I can handle any more mention of food. (Let's not forget New Year isn't here yet, and that's another round of imbibing).

This year, I had another good haul of pressies - some of my favourites are the handmade truffles which came in a handmade Tiffany-coloured box, a Boys are Smelly car freshener, a cute tube of Miso Pretty lip-balm, a bright orange digital clock, and a Bodum coffee-maker (which I will use for tea instead). But by far the best early Christmas present was the offer of a job last week. After coming back from Cambodia, I had two more phone interviews, and on Thursday afternoon, the company's HR guy called me to offer me the job. When he detailed the pay package, I almost dropped my phone and had to coolly ask him, "I'm sorry, could you please repeat that?" It was way, way, way beyond my wildest dreams, and immediately put away any doubts I had in my head about whether to accept the position. Hoorah! I have a new job for the new year!

Saturday, December 24, 2005


A very
Merry and Blessed

May this season bring you lots of good food, lots of booze and fabbo presents. Oh yeah, and peace and joy too. :)

Thursday, December 22, 2005

ShooStories: You gotta roll with it


The Shoo: Swiss Roll
Circa: Dec 2001
Where: X:odus, The Heeren

The Story: I bought this pair of rather masculine-looking, yet fun pair of shoos from the very first X:odus boutique when it first opened in the Heeren. In those days, their designs were fun, unique, innovative and a breath of fresh air in the local shoo scene. And the best part was, they were fairly affordable. I was ogling their other pretty flower designs, but this pair was on sale, and you know, magic words like SALE are something I cannot resist. Plus, when a shoo is named after one of my favourite cakes, you just know it's something you cannot pass up. Sadly, I don't wear this pair of shoos nowadays, mainly because I'm now in a phase of very feminine, girly-girly shoos. But you never know, I might get one of those butch days and wear this again.


-- View the full ShooStories photoset on Flickr.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Children of Cambodia

Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."
-- Matthew 19:14

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

All I want for Christmas

1. A boxed set of the Narnia Chronicles (with pretty pictures), 2. When You Lunch with the Emperor by Ludwig Bemelman 3. Stila Retexturising Scrub, 4. Set of 5 brushes with pouch from MAC Cosmetics

I don't want a lot for Christmas
There's just one a few things I need
I don't care about (too many) presents
Underneath the Christmas tree
I just want you for my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true
All I want for Christmas is you
...and you...and you...and you

And yes, I do realise I am quoting Mariah Carey. That song has been dancing around my head like a mad sugarplum for the past couple of weeks. Damn this earwormy song!

Monday, December 19, 2005

Home sweet home

A street outside the Russian market, Phnom Penh, 12 Dec 2005

Joum reap soo-er! I'm back from Cambodia! It was a fantastic trip and my brain is filled with images of what I've seen and done; we packed a lot into one week and I feel as if I need more time to just unpack and process everything I've seen. Although it's only been a week, I feel as if I've been away for much longer, probably because we were so busy doing so many different things. We saw (and entertained) over a thousand kiddies in various villages, visited a hospital for Aids patients, a prison, went to the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng, the genocide museum and a landfill. And along the way, ate a huge amount of really yummy food!

I still miss Phnom Penh, but I'm so glad to see my bed!

Friday, December 09, 2005

Hello and goodbye (for a wee bit)

Just like last year where I went for a mission trip to Korat, Thailand, I am taking off from tomorrow onwards for another trip, this time to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I'm looking forward to this; I've never been there before, and I've heard so much about the country. And the good thing is in between the packed days, we get to have one free day. I hope to use that day for some sight-seeing and err...some shopping (spoken like a true-blue Singaporean).

In the meantime, I must go learn some key phrases (so far, all I can say is "Hello", "How are you?" and "My name is...") in Khmer, and practise singing kiddy songs.

Looks like the shoes will have to wait. Have a great week and seeya soon!

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Interviews and me don't mix

It's been oh so quiet around here lately eh? Partly because I'm suffering from some sort of blog block. I find myself filtering events into the "bloggable" and "non-bloggable" categories. The little filter asks, "Was this event interesting? Was it worth you spending time to write about? Would people care to read this crap?" And unfortunately mostly, it's been a No. So, hence the need for you to look at Chicken Little's bum for the past week.

And yeah, you've probably noticed that ShooStories hasn't made an appearance for a while. It's not because I've run out of shoos to blog about (lordy no, we're only about halfway through!), but because recently, we got our pipes done in the house, and the storeroom which housed all my precious shoes had to be cleared out and the shoes packed away in boxes. Now that the work has been done, I can't be arsed to take them out of the box. Yep, I'm a procrastinator. But fear not, I hope to crank out a couple of entries soon.

So on to current events. As you know, the job hunt is still going on, and I've been going for a couple of interviews here and there. I had another one this afternoon, and I can't really say how I did. It was...OK. At some point, I heard myself blathering away like an idiot, stuttering one phrase like a broken record, and I tried to stop myself by sounding more coherent, only to make myself sound even more incoherent. Bwaaargh. So much for sounding smooth and confident! But apart from that, I guess I managed to pull myself together quickly and get on with it.

Also, on another note, I hate being tested during interviews! Why do I have to use my brain? I sat and typed away, worrying that I was not doing a good job and worrying that I was taking so long to complete the task. I thought I left my exams back in uni! No more exams in real life! Anyhoo, hope I hear back from them.