Saturday, May 9, 2015

Spring is Here!

It's my dream to visit Japan during cherry blossom/ Sakura season, but unfortunately I'm just a poor university student- and it would cost loads to get there!

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(oh, what I'd give to have a picnic under those trees)

It's alright, though. Manchester has its own charm. In the last few weeks, the pair of trees right outside my uni accommodation have bloomed and the effect is simply gorgeous!

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You can definitely tell that spring is here~

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Today, we woke up to find flower petals everywhere- in our kitchen (the windows were open), spilling out into the corridors, and it was so surreal. The moment I stepped out of my room to see petals strewn about the hallway, my day felt instantly magical. I felt like a princess.

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As I walked to lectures, the petals were flying in the wind, coming to rest in my hair, drifting past me aimlessly... if this is what Disney princesses conjure up everyday, where do I sign-up as one?

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Hope you enjoyed these pictures! Do you have any spring sights as well?

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Is that a pick-up line or am I just being paranoid

I happened to discuss pick-up lines with my friend over Skype yesterday and I told her how much more forward the guys in the UK tended to be.

"They are more confident, really, it is very flattering when someone comes up and speaks to you in a club and asks you to dance," I told her.

She guffawed, because in Singapore, most of the guys tend to edge towards unsuspecting girls and grind against them discreetly (at least, that's what I've heard- I've never been to a club prior to coming to Manchester).

In fact, I've not had much experience in the whole dating business. I've been dating my first and current boyfriend for nearly five years now, and it was a 'friends to lovers' progression so I have no idea how courtship works.

I have, however, been subject to attempts but let me just say I'm the absolute worst candidate to use a pick-up line on.

I either:
a) Don't understand the pick-up line or
b) Stare at the offending culprit like he sprouted horns or something because I don't understand why he would want to hit on me in the first place

I don't think any girl will date someone based on how good the pick-up line is- I think it's merely a way to break the ice.

Probably a way for the girl to be suitably amused (by how cheesy the line is).

Many of the pick-up lines I hear are also sadly overused, and my friend and I already found the exact same lines just by comparing our experiences.

Case in point:

Last year, I was working part-time at a high-end oil, liqueur and vinegar store.

I was trying to sell liqueur to this guy who was looking for a gift for his friend and we ended up chatting about studies in general (he was a few years older than me, in his first year of university).

Suddenly he spouts the line
"Wow, you're amazing, I think heaven's missing an angel"
...or something along those lines.

Me: "Uh... What?"
Him: "You're an angel. I mean, you're the angel."
Me: "I'm no angel..?"

I think he took it as a come-on and his body language got more forward and intrusive. I then realised it was a pick up line (albeit executed poorly) and quickly edged away and busied myself with processing his order and packaging it.

In the end I cut the conversation short and sent him away by telling him to visit the store again if he really wants to- I wasn't comfortable giving him contact details (and hopefully he'll upp the sales).

Bless him, it must have been hard mustering up the courage to say not one, not two, but THREE cheesy angel-themed pick-up lines.

He really needs to work on a greater variety though, or find targets that aren't quite as oblivious.

My friend studies at a private school so she is much more used to dealing with situations like this and often cuts them off with the experience of a veteran, with sharp wit or deflects the conversation quickly.

I only wish I had half her cool-headedness.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Thank You, Mr Lee Kuan Yew

Most of my peers in the UK probably don't know who Mr Lee Kuan Yew is, or probably don't care because they feel it doesn't concern them.

But he is Singapore's- my country's- founding father and he is someone I really respect and look up to.

His methods may not be popular, but they work. What people deem as sacrifices i.e. limited freedom of speech, autocratic rule... I see it as nothing compared to the freedom we have in other areas.

In the UK, I'm afraid to go out on my own when the sky gets dark, I'm constantly worried about break-ins (my house was raided by a staff member, fun times), getting robbed or stabbed on the street, and I feel infinitely vulnerable because of my sex.

I don't think I've wished so much to be male before coming to Manchester.

Of course, it's not all that bad here- strong culture, nightlife, the people are so friendly and helpful, but that's beside the point now.

Mr Lee Kuan Yew has led Singapore to become the successful nation it is today in just 30 years- Singapore is now recognised worldwide and he's a role model to many world leaders like the numerous USA presidents, Deng Xiaoping, Putin, etc.

He passed away peacefully at 91, leaving behind a successful nation and the respect of the world.

The world is less bright without you.

Rest in peace, Mr Lee.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Instagram/ Body Types Rant

I love the social media app Instagram but there are honestly so many accounts on there that are really toxic and unhealthy for the general public.

A couple of days ago there were two Saudi Arabian men who ran over a dog repeatedly with a 4x4 vehicle and the poor animal died in great pain. The videos were posted on Instagram, which is a social media site primarily for sharing pictures and short videos.
(you can view an article about it here)

Word quickly spread round about the horrific videos and people were appealing to their friends and followers to help report the offending videos. It took a few days to get the videos down and the account deleted from Instagram however- and I'm surprised why it wasn't done sooner.

I had this nasty run-in with a girl on Instagram who promoted anorexia on her account- she was going around to a good number of accounts and made mean comments about the users' appearance (one of them happened to be my friend)

I think more people need to realise that body types are all different and skinny ≠ healthy
For some body types/ races/ cultures you will never reach the coveted size 0 and THAT IS TOTALLY OK.

Models are picked to wear things well and some are totally skin and bones- that's not healthy.

Maybe I'm not the best example to use to champion this issue since I'm a size 0 and UK 4-6 but before you say I'm a stick, remember Asians have smaller builds and I am 157cm/ 5'1" which is pretty short.

Don't fat/skinny shame anyone and just be comfortable in your own skin.

If you exercise regularly or lead a healthy lifestyle I don't see why you should change to conform society's idea of beauty, or starve yourself to make the clothes fit you.

Clothes should be made for you, NOT the other way 'round.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Tokyo Otaku Mode Haul

I ordered a couple of items from the Tokyo Otaku Mode site, which was founded after the devastating Japan 2011 earthquake and resulting tsunami AND then the nuclear meltdown.

From the site:
Tokyo Otaku Mode™ (TOM) shares with the world the latest Japanese pop culture news through its Facebook page, which has over 16 million likes, and sells products related to Japanese anime, manga, games, music, and fashion through its website, the Tokyo Otaku Mode Premium Shop. 
TOM strives to be the fastest source for delivering world-famous Japanese pop culture content around the globe. (...)
TOM also strives to support top creators in expanding overseas. This is achieved through translation support of creators’ products and profiles, creating portfolios for creators geared toward overseas viewers, increasing their overseas exposure through interviews, exhibiting their works at overseas conventions, and more. TOM aims to be a platform on which creators can post and sell their works to a worldwide audience.

 One of the campaigns to encourage people to sign up and make purchases is the use of invite codes and friend referrals.

By using a friend's invite code, users can gain up to 10 USD in credit, which, if timed right during Free Shipping promotions, can lead to huge discounts and a chance to get anime merchandise, Japanese home goods or anything you fancy at really low costs.

I am a huge sucker for anything cute in general, so I signed up immediately and bought a few items during the sale.
(pictures incoming!)

I ended up getting fluffy alpacasso! earmuffs perfect for the cold winter months that are coming up, Danbo craft tape that is perfect for packing and sending parcels (I adore snail mail), an alpacasso! keychain for my phone and a Levi nendoroid from the popular series Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin) that I love.

Because of VAT charges, I ended up paying an extra 22 pounds, which I was not particularly happy about, but I'm glad the parcels reached me safely in the end.

If you would like to support this company, you can do so by clicking on this link, or check out their gallery page for wonderful artworks.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Kitchen Troubles

Ah, student dormitories.

You get the odd quirk in your kitchen that you tend to get a little fond of, never mind how annoying you thought it at first.
In ours, we had a dented oven door that just wouldn't shut. It would creak open relentlessly and let all the heat out, and in the end we gave up trying and propped a chair against it.

It was annoying at first, definitely, and we complained about the 'shitty oven' whenever we used it.

It became a conversation starter for us too, when we were just standing about aimlessly waiting for things to cook.

I admit to using it a few times because I am a boring person and a complaint always gets the conversation going, then we could proceed to grumble about the state of the rooms, the dilapidated old building (I hear it will be knocked down soon), and conclude, in the end, that ours was better than the other buildings because of the en-suite facilities.

 We wrote in to the accommodation team, appealing for them to come in and get it fixed but somehow they never got about to doing it, and we gave up emailing them.

The chair became a handy place too, and I enjoyed sitting down there with a book and I could keep a very close eye on the pot instead of walking to and fro from the table to the stove/hob.

One morning, I was woken up by the accommodation staff for their routine health and safety inspection check (which took no more than 4 seconds, I swear I'm not exaggerating- they just marched into my room and took a look at my shower and probably gave the room a quick once-over during their march-in and out, because they thanked me and left immediately after)

And apparently they got the oven door fixed as well because my housemates were sitting about the table at lunch talking about it, and we each took turns to open and shut it, marvelling at how it was working again.

We kept the chair there for a few days, though, forgetting it was completely pointless until it was moved away during a late-night drinking session because there wasn't enough chairs.

Just today, one of my housemates commented that it felt a little weird having the oven door fixed. 

"I miss kicking the door shut and propping the chair against it, haha."

"Mmmm, same! I keep looking for the chair, and a couple of days back I dragged it over and propped it against the door because I forgot the oven's fixed now."

Well, at least the dent is still there.

Wonder if they can fix that too?

Thursday, November 20, 2014


So, my bumbling phone finally died on me a few days ago.

I was expecting it, really- I would use it at every waking moment aside from instances where I'm at class/ doing work/ or on my laptop. Even while I was not using it actively, I'd usually leave the screen on and forget about it, or take the time to download some ebooks.

I feel handicapped without my mobile phone.

I went grocery shopping with my cousin, but there was a miscommunication with the meetup location and I had to run back to my dorm to get on Facebook and contact him.

Me   : WHERE ARE YOU??!!
Him : I'm at the train station?!
         Didn't we say we should meet there?
         Where are you?
Me  : I'm in my room, my phone has died.
        See you in a minute

You can imagine my immense relief after I finally met him (after running about for 30min trying to find each other)

I complained to my parents over Skype and they were most unsympathetic.

"How do you think we met up before we had mobile phones, huh?"

... ummm... pagers?

I applaud people in the past for being able to magically find their significant other, after months years of not being able to see each other and only communicating by letters. I'd like to think that post was not as reliable back then, too, and what if the other party never got your message?

You'd be standing at the meeting spot, desolate, that's what it would be.

*cue dramatic music and a thunderstorm over my head*

Speaking of unreliable post, Royal Mail managed to lose my REGISTERED mail. Good lord. My mum paid 20 pounds to ship it all the way here and it never reached me.

I really appreciate SingPost's (Singapore Post) efficiency and cheap prices. I would often send parcels to the UK to my friend in London for the equivalent of 50p to 1 pound.

My mum tells me they've recently upped their prices, though.