The Reunion & the Gatecrashers

So the picture above summarises what I want to say for this post. The AMKsians of the 2012 batch reunited in AMKSS after 2 years! This picture features a Jazz Band performer and 3 gatecrashers. (PS: I am definitely not doing some sort of description you will hearing during English Oral examination. Although I sounded like one specific student who is unsure of what on earth he wants to convey to his examiners. Am I that bad?)

28 March 2014 can be mark down as one of the more memorable day in my life. It’s a day full of reunion. Let’s not talk about what happened in the morning because I was just slacking my ass off. The day before, the Drama Club seniors were persuaded by the juniors to return for session because it was the last day of Drama for the current batch of Sec 4s.

The current batch of Sec 4s.

Time passes by really fast, doesn’t it? I could remember these batch of Sec 4s Drama kids joined the CCA when my batch was in Sec 3. I remembered how difficult it was to persuade them to join Drama (Er… Not sure how we managed to rope in three guys into the gang). And so… Their first Drama session started while we were all busy preparing for the Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) Central Judging (Yes, it was still called ‘Central Judging’ back then. And that was my last ever SYF performance.)

They were so innocent back then and I was still unsure of how to interact with them because of that 2 years age gap. I wasn’t that confident because I never make any close friends out of the Sec 2s back then. Look how I am using my words, BACK THEN. (So that those closer to me now will never get offended. You see how important it is to foster human-to-human relations.)

The phrase ‘Back Then’ has many, or at least, a few meanings.

‘Back then’ can mean that things that one is mentioning has changed. For example, “Back then, the Sec 1s are really innocent.”

‘Back then’ can also mean, at the same time, that the thing that one is mentioning hasn’t changed at all. For example, “The Bomohs couldn’t find the missing airplanes back then, and still couldn’t locate it till now.”

My English is never accurate.

Let’s get back to topic before I start drifting away and don’t even know how to make a U-turn.

I had made it very clear from the start, I will only go if either Kai Hao or Hong Kiat go. And too bad, one supposed to have meeting and the other had CCA in the afternoon. Well, I decided to call for a dinner outing with the juniors and the senior batches.

So on Friday evening, I met up with Hong Kiat at Ang Mo Kio MRT Station because he came down from Anderson JC. Eh-hem. I was supposed to meet Kaihao earlier at 3plus PM because someone said his meeting was cancelled.

And then, he decided to stay in school.

And so, I decided to take a nap.

I thought I was late because we were suppose to meet at 5PM. But then my body decided to sweat like there is no tomorrow and I had to air myself dry before heading out. 5.30PM, I was still at home and Kaihao’s still at Botanic Gardens. Woah. I swear we are those kind of people who can’t be on time for meet-ups. :’D

After meeting Hong Kiat, we were supposed to wait outside Breadtalk for the juniors and Kaihao while Lizhong was making his way down from Hougang. It was then I received a message, from Tan Ting saying that they will reach around 6.30PM. Hong Kiat and I looked at each other, stunned. What are we supposed to do for the next one hour?

But luckily, Kaihao came while the rest reached around 6pm. Phew.

The three seniors met their juniors for the very first time since 2013, and some for the first time. Audrey and Tan Ting were the two whom we know. And then there’s a Minh Quang and Emily, in which we didn’t get to meet before this.

The meeting with the three girls were rather short because they had to go and not staying long enough for dinner. So little Minh Quang was left alone with us. And there came Lizhong.

After dinner, the old ones wanted to go back to AMKSS campus to gatecrash the alumni-organised gathering.

(Image: AMKSS Alumni FB Page, posted by Ms Tan Hui Teng)

Yes. This one. Where many of my friends (actually almost all) decided not to go because of the $25 price tag (originally $50).

After so much hesitation and ‘loitering’ outside the school campus, the four of us finally had some balls and walked into the school.

A photo taken while we were hesitating whether to gatecrash the Alumni Gathering or not.

The security guards let us in because we said we were there to see the teachers. Which is as true as it can be.

Finally got to meet a few teachers and chatted with them. Woah. The memories. The event was really very grand, and seems fun. Maybe next year’s alunmi gathering, I should persuade everyone to go, despite the amount of money. I mean, the most important thing is to enjoy the time and reunion with your beloved teachers and friends.

At the end of the event, Hong Kiat, Kaihao and I stayed behind to play Monopoly Deal.

Kai Hao with his pedo-face.


And he wants to show the world he had 2 Deal Breakers. Oh. Wow. :’D
And what’s a gathering without a selfie? (I am really a selfie addict)
From left: Hong Kiat, me, Kai Hao.
 While we were trying hard to take a proper photo, Justin Chong and some of his jazz band friends walked pass. And so… we made use of this chance to call someone whom we know of to aid us.
Thanks to Justin, a proper photo was being taken!
And how could we forget about adding Justin into the picture? It has been a long time since I’d last seen him! (And that goes all the way to the picture right at the start of this post). Credit to Andrew Tan for helping us to take the second photo!

Meet-Up & More Meet-Up!


March Holidays are here, though it doesn’t really matter to me at this part of my journey in life, I mean, to a person not schooling, school holiday or no doesn’t really make much of a different. I am enjoying life to the fullest before Polytechnic life starts kicking in for me.
I do feel happy for many of my friends who are schooling because they are able to use this holiday to take some breathe and try to find balance between work and play (I swear this is the most difficult mission to accomplish. Not many people can balance work and play, people will either play too much or work too much). Whoever who can, please contact me and give me a free tuition on how to do it. 🙂
Ohya, before I start digressing too much until I find it difficult to make a turn into what I want to blog about, DID I MENTION ABOUT MARCH HOLIDAYS?!
I am pretty sure that I did ya?
So what’s March Holidays means to me right now, since I am not schooling right now? March Holidays means that my friends who are schooling right now are more carefree and I can meet up with them!
So this week, up till now, I have had meet ups with my 2 different groups from friends, apparently all my secondary school’s friends. I know I wrote a bit too much above and whoever is reading this now may be getting a bit (I assume a bit uh) bored. HEYY! But no worries man, the post will soon be filled with pictures.
And don’t say I didn’t warn you. Don’t read this post if you are really hungry because you will end up wanting to punch me for making you feel like someone who was being locked up for days without food. Your stomach’s gonna churn for sure.
Let’s throwback to Tuesday.
It was the day which I had looked forward since about a week ago. It has been really long since I last went to the karaoke and it has been long since I get to see my dearest Pedoro peeps.
Was supposed to meet Hong Kiat for lunch at 1pm at Ang Mo Kio, hence I decided to have a very light breakfast at the coffee shop in my neighbourhood. Whenever I want to have ‘light’ breakfast, I would always think of: CONGEE.

Uh-huh. A bowl of $2.50 congee is just enough to fill me up. And it’s really nice!

And then, Hong Kiat said he will be really late because he still waiting for the sinseh (Chinese physician) so we decided to cancel the lunch meet. Walao.

(Image: memegenerator)
Hence, I decided to go to the market and lepak.
And then, this guy suddenly said he finally got to see the sinseh and can reach AMK at 1PM. Walao. I don’t think that I could make it so Hong Kiat gotta be the #foreveralone guy and eat lunch himself that afternoon. And I went to meet him at the MRT station without my lunch.
We hopped on the train and travelled down to Yishun to meet the rest: Yujing, Meiqi, Weifang and Chen Yu before heading down to SSC for KTV!!!
And Weihao joined us after his school soon after.
Apparently someone is being taken as a pillow. Haha!
Weihao came and just… erm.. lepak.
And sleep… And so they decided to take a photo with a sleeping Weihao.


Hong Kiat, Chen Yu and I are definitely enjoying our time singing!


And so do the girls!
Was singing halfway, but first, LET US TAKE A SELFIE~


The non-JC peeps in the house!

Yujing decided to photobomb Hong Kiat.


 After the KTV, Yujing decided not to eat with us and so… we decided to take some selfies before she left. I swear we attracted many eyes while we tried to take some proper selfies. Yes. Yes. I saw some aunties looking at us.
After Yujing left, it took us quite some to decide what we would like to have for dinner. We even went into Daiso and take a look at the things before we decided that we were going to have Aston’s for dinner. (Even though I am not a fan of Aston Villa. Alright, I admit that was really cold.)
Aston’s Specialist.
Since I can’t have chicken and they don’t sell pork, I decided to go for fish. Grill Fish with Herbs with a more healthy selection of baked potatoes and garden veggies. 🙂
This surely looks appetising, ya?
How can a dinner be proper without a selfie?


Another selfie!
We went to some void decks in Yishun afterwards to have a chat. And we talked quite a lot. I swear those conversations were really fun and interesting.
Really hope that we can hang out more often but this will be the year when most of them are really really busy with their studies. Maybe jio-ing them out for dinner every month? Haha. Hopefully we can really meet up soon. Can’t imagine my life without them. hmm.
Went to bed thinking about this outing and the outing next evening…
The skies were really dark in the afternoon. It was so dark that Elyssa panicky whatsapped us telling to bring our umbrellas along. And then she whatsapped me, feedback-ing that we may be eating elsewhere because big rains may cause Upper Thomson to flood. I was like: Woah, chill lady. Haha. I was telling her if big enough, scarly cancel. But she assured me that it WON’T be canceled.
It rained. An hour before the time when we were supposed to meet. And then, it stopped. Just in time.
And as I am reaching Marymount MRT Station… I received this very message from Elyssa:
Eddy is one big troller. I swear.
So when everyone’s there, we walked to Upper Thomson Road. I didn’t know that place was within acceptable walking distance from Marymount MRT Station. When we reached the Upper Thomson area, we didn’t know what to eat. There were Fat Boys, Habitat, some prata shop, some Tim Sum shop, some wanton mee shop. There were too much to choose. So we decided to walk around before we decide on something.
After walking down 2 streets, we were more confused. We were confused by the wide variety of food down there. Elyssa and I just taiji-ed this important decision making process to Stef and Sheri while we decide on where to go after dinner for ice cream: Udders or Salted Caramel.
The decision was made within a few minute just because I feel like having Udders.
Then it took quite some time before the decision to have Fat Boys was made. Fair enough, we walked back to where we were first at when we reached the Upper Thomson stretch of road.

I swear Fat Boy’s burger bar was the first bar in which I dined in. Never went to a bar before and the feeling was really great. I took a look at the menu and decided to have ‘The Elvis’ after someone said that Elvis’ song was being played.
I took long enough to decide on what to eat. I am so indecisive, as always.
And I was complaining about the Grilled Banana in ‘The Elvis’. I mean, who grills banana?!
But I decide to get that, nevertheless.

The highlight of the ordering process? Stefanie decides to order a pint of Hoegaarden. Woah. Alcohol siol. Well, too bad I 1) am still 6 more months to 18, which makes me not of legal age for alcohol and, 2) doesn’t have the liking for alcohol. I never understand how people like drinking something as bitter as my chinese herbal medicine and smells something like, in Elyssa’s words, antibiotics.

And while waiting for our food, we decided to take a selfie. (I seem to be addicted to taking selfies uh. :P)

(From left: Stefanie, Sheri, Elyssa, me)

Not long after, our drinks arrived. Meaning… THAT FREAKING ONE PINT OF BEER WAS ON THE TABLE TOO. I think that ‘PINT’ is just another word for ‘BUCKET’. It was freaking big cup, I swear. If only the coffee I get from coffee shop or cafes can serve in that big cup, I will definitely love it.

So I decided to take a photo of the alcoholic drink, with my ‘Lime, Lemon and Bitter’ drink at the side. (I admit I drank a sip and I still didn’t like the taste of alcohol.)
Chatted a while before our food arrived!
The two pictures above were the pictures I took of my ‘The Elvis’. Everyone thought it was chocolate bread. :’D
And while I was eating, the girls started asking me how was the GRILLED BANANA.
The grilled banana actually tasted as legit. It doesn’t taste weird. It just taste like banana. Nothing much. Just with a little grilled tasting, which didn’t spoil the taste of the banana. In fact, it added a bit of points to the banana.
The meat is tender.
And I should stop before I turn this into a food review. 😛
Here’s a special mention before I fast forward to our ice-cream dessert at Udders:
Being in a bar at night makes me feel so grown up. 😀
Yep. We left Fat Boy’s for Udders.
And I made the following comment:
“Later Udders or Salted Caramel? Why not, later we see which shop got more chiobus then we go in.”
I made this comment after seeing 2 really pretty looking waitress (not sure if stewardess is the correct term, but well…) at Salted Caramel when we were walking to Fat Boy’s earlier on.
The 3 girls just stared at me.
On our way there, we met Shawn Chee, an acquaintance of mine back in AMKSS.
When we were outside Udders, someone was suggesting to patrtonise both Udders and Salted Caramel. At the same time, I looked into Udders and saw 2 more chiobus.
“Nevermind lah, Udders also can. Got 2 chiobus.”
(Image: memecruch)
As we walked into Udders, one of the girls there smiled at me. So I smiled back to her. OMG. I can just die a happy man now. OK. Enough of my fantasy.
It took as long again to decide on what ice cream to have. And we decided to share a cup of some ice cream with 3 flavours — Kitkat, Mars and Cookies & Cream.
I was in fact more attracted to the a black board on each respective side of the walls.
Shit patrons write on the wall.
And, meanwhile, let’s #pray for MH370
More shits people write. But I have to say it’s these that beautifies the entire shop. 😛
And so Mr. Narcissist decided to sign his signature on the board.


#YNWA. And my loyalty to LIVERPOOL.


Stef decided to show off her artistic skills and her love towards the 2012 batch of AMKsians. 🙂
And not long after, another chio bu waitress brought our ice cream over to us. Hehe.
So this is our ice cream!!! Sedap!


While having our ice-cream, our conversation was around MH370 and the Crimean Crisis. Trust me, I’ve been engaging in conversations surrounding these two topic for the past one or two week. I think whoever who meet up with me will never fail to discuss these two things. Things are getting really interesting. Hmm…

On a side note, I realised one thing about Upper Thomson…
(Image: memegenerator)
I swear.
We sent Sheri to her bus stop before walking Elyssa to her house there before me and Stef walked to Marymount MRT Station together. Since we were complaining having so little photos together, we decided to take a photo together before I went into the station.



Two shots taken. Two shots rather blurred. Stupid Eddy didn’t check quality. Ah. Next time take proper one lah. MUST.
Really hope to hang out with them again for dinner/supper again! But it will be long because Elyssa and Sheri got their A Levels’ to prepare while Stef’s second year of Poly is starting and my first year of Poly is about to commence to. Hopefully soon lah. 🙂

Finally, It Rains!


And so after a month and more of dry weather, it finally rains in Singapore. The entire socialsphere went mad soon after. The sighs of reliefs can be heard all over the country, from the markets in the neighbourhood to social media platforms. Everyone was thankful for the rain.

I did not notice the rain initially. Well. It was still early for me to climb out of bed and walk out of my bedroom to notice what had even happened. I tried to sleep so as to capitalise on the comfort of air-condition that was still running in the room. Little did I know that the sky was turning dark and the surrounding temperature had in fact decreased. It was only until when I decided to pick up my phone from my bedside and click on the twitter bird icon.


My entire timeline was flooded with the term ‘RAIN’. Everyone, from Yishun to Toa Payoh to Jurong, was praising the sudden downpour all over the region. For the first time, the entire Singapore was cheering for the rain. It was just as rare as Manchester United winning under David Moyes. I scrolled through my entire timeline in search for anyone who is complaining about the weather change. None.

Finally the chaotah plants here met their savior. So has the entire SCDF team.

I could imagine the entire Civil Defence personnels cheering the moment the rain starts pouring down onto the island. They were relieved that they did not have to fight anymore bush fires, and they can continue to call fast-food deliveries, enjoy their food in their air-conditioned fire post.

Well. SCDF was not the only government agency to be relief. To be honest, the government agency that can find themselves really able to take a break after the rain was the one that was under scrutiny for ‘hiding the actual PSI level from the public’. The NEA was definitely having their sighs of relief right now. The rain pours can effectively clean the haze away from above our national skyline. It will, at the same time, removes the odour from the surroundings. Every time when I saw the PSI reading on the TV screen below 30, I find it really genuine (unlike previously).

Air is definitely fresher, wetter, cleaner and better now.

Maybe we should thank the rajah bomohs for the downpour.

REBLOG: 9 Things Successful People Do Right Before Bed (Business Insider)

By Jacquelyn Smith | Business Insider 
The very last thing you do before bed tends to have a significant impact on your mood and energy level the following day, since it often determines how well and how much you sleep.
Successful people understand that their success starts and ends with their own mental and physical health, and that it’s almost entirely dependent upon them getting enough sleep. That’s why bedtime routines are a key ritual for so many of them – and why the very last thing most successful people do before bed is read.
Reading is a great way to unwind, says Laura Vanderkam, author of “What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast.” “It both expands your mind and relaxes you.”
Of course, everyone is different, and there’s no one set routine that will guarantee success. “It’s really less about your activities and more about your state of mind,” says Michael Woodward , Ph.D., organizational psychologist and author of “ The YOU Plan .” “That being said, there are certainly behaviors that can help.”
Here are nine things successful people do before retiring for the night:
1. Read. 
Experts agree that reading is the very last thing most successful people do before going to sleep.
Michael Kerr, an international business speaker and author of “ You Can’t Be Serious! Putting Humor to Work ,” says he knows  numerous business leaders who block off time just before bed for reading, going so far as to schedule it as a “non-negotiable item” on their calendar. “This isn’t necessarily reserved just for business reading or inspirational reading. Many successful people find value in being browsers of information from a variety of sources, believing it helps fuel greater creativity and passion in their lives.”
For example, while some successful people use this time catch up on news stories from the day, skim tech blogs, or browse Reddit and Twitter, others enjoy reading fiction novels and ancient philosophy just before bed.
2. Meditate.
Many successful people use the 10 minutes before bed to meditate. Dale Kurow, a New York-based executive coach, says it’s a great way to relax your body and quiet your mind.
3. Reflect on the day.
Kerr says many successful people take the time just before bed to reflect on, or to write down, three things they are appreciative of that happened that day. “Keeping a ‘gratitude journal’ also reminds people of the progress they made that day in any aspect of their life, which in turn serves as a key way to stay motivated, especially when going through a challenging period.”
Vanderkam adds: “Taking a few moments to think about what went right over the course of the day can put you in a positive, grateful mood.”
4. Make your to-do list.
“Clearing the mind for a good night sleep is critical for a lot of successful people. Often they will take this time to write down a list of any unattended items to address the following day, so these thoughts don’t end up invading their head space during the night,” Kerr says.
5. Disconnect from work.
Truly successful people do anything but work right before bed, Kerr says. They don’t obsessively check their email, and they try not to dwell on work-related issues.
Woodward agrees. “The last thing you need is to be lying in bed thinking about an email you just read from that overzealous boss who spends all their waking hours coming up with random requests driven by little more than a momentary impulse.” Give yourself a buffer period between the time you read your last email and the time you go to bed. The idea is to get your head out of work before you lie down to go to sleep.
6. Spend time with family.
Woodward says it’s important to make some time to chat with your partner, talk to your kids, or play with your dog.
Vanderkam says this is a common practice among the highly successful. “I realize not everyone can go to bed at the same time as his or her partner, but if you can, it’s a great way to connect and talk about your days.”
7. Plan out sleep.
“Much has been written around the dangers busy people face running chronic sleep deficits, so one habit I know several highly successful people do is to simply make it a priority to get enough sleep  —  which can be a challenge for workaholics or entrepreneurs,” Kerr says. One way to do that is to go to bed at a consistent time each evening, which is a key habit all sleep experts recommend to help ensure a healthy night’s sleep.
Vanderkam further suggests that you plan out when you’re going to wake up, count back however many hours you need to sleep, and then consider setting an alarm to remind yourself to get ready for bed. “The worst thing you can do is stay up late then hit snooze in the morning,” she says. “Humans have a limited amount of willpower. Why waste that willpower arguing with yourself over when to get up, and sleeping in miserable nine-minute increments?”
8. Lie down on a positive note.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of replaying negative situations from the day that you wish you’d handled differently. Regardless of how badly the day went, successful people typically manage to avoid that pessimistic spiral of negative self-talk because they know it will only create more stress. “Remember to take some time to reflect on the positive moments of the day and celebrate the successes, even if they were few and far between,” Woodward says.
9. Picture tomorrow’s success.
Many successful people take a few minutes before bed to envision a positive outcome unfolding for the projects they’re working on, says Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and author of “Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant; How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job.” “For most, this is not a task or exercise; they’re wired with a gift of solid resolution skills that come naturally.”
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