Feeling annoyed. 

Okay I just need to rant for a while. I was on TO earlier today but it really didn’t felt like it. Granted, I knew I needed to catch up on some work (cos I’m in charge of 3 upcoming dialogues with all big POHs) but oh my god I wasn’t prepared. 

And the main reason lies with my boss. Who technically isn’t my boss anymore cos she has posted out but in this one month where she is covering both positions she has been even more annoying. I’m not kidding she calls me like 4 times today and one of the time I was in the shower!! And most of the calls were trivial ie. I could have settled them tmr there was no rush for it. Gah. 

It’s not like I take TO for nothing. I had to send my grandma to her specialist appointment cos no one else was available to do so. I hate feeling stressed when I’m out with my grandma. It’s a totally sucky feeling. I ended up making work texts and emails while at the same time trying to understand the doctor at the appointment. 

I know I should be overall thankful that I have a job now, especially since it took me so long after graduation to find one. And for the most part, I am. I now have many more opportunities ahead of me. But I just need this one day to vent it all out and release all my work stress. Gahhhhhhh. 

I’ll feel better in the morning.

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Catching Up.

Work is dwindling down a little bit (though the OICs for each flagship event is already decided – and I’m one of the OICs for Budget 2018 cries) so here I am with a catch up post. Really glad I got through the NDR period healthily though a bit tired but that will be remedied soon cos I’ve taken two days TO – last Friday and upcoming Monday. I can already feel my body thanking me. I feel more energised to go back to work on Tuesday even just after two nights of good sleep. And my sleep has been good cos I am dreaming / can remember my dresms again yay.

Anyway since I’ve last written, I’ve went for my first course! The course – Fundamentals of Good Writing – was pretty basic but pretty great cos it covered all the little things that I thought I knew but actually didn’t. Like I didn’t know what a transitive verb was and how it impacted my writing. The instructor was really great and detailed too but I feared for him every time he walked around the class cos he was pretty old so he isn’t as surefooted when he walked anymore. He said I need to be more confident in my work and he’s not sure why I always sound so uncertain of myself when I had to answer questions in class or put up my work for evaluation. Internally I was like what’s new cries but I know this is a problem I’ve been having for a while. How do you boost confidence though??? I’m always so anxious that I’d screw up or that everyone will think I’m simple-minded when they read my writing. But hearing his words did motivate me some to take pride in my work and my words. It’s an ongoing hike to the top of Mt Confidence, I guess.

Sidetrack: I’ve been thinking of taking up a Creative Writing course when I get my SkillsFuture credit next year. One of my ROs is currently taking one and I’m pretty surprised cos he doesn’t seem like the kind to take such courses but I guess it shows not to judge a book by its cover. I’ve just been fascinated with reading and writing pretty much my whole life but I don’t have anything to show for it – except for a very extensive Goodreads account – and I think it’s time to correct that. I need to go for a basic / beginner’s course first though to show me the ropes and develop my ideas.

I also met up with the NOSEDIGGAS crew aka JC peeps! I don’t really know how we got together in JC or how we coined that name for ourselves but I was very happy to know that even though it’s been 2 years since we last met up, our dynamics are still there and conversation (and laughs) still flowed easy with us. Some people you don’t have to check in every day but you know you’re still there for one another. I love that. I really do. 

In purchases that have made my wallet cry but my heart singing, I bought an iPad and a new Captain America shirt! Both at drastically different price points (thanks Buzzfeed for making that phrase a thing) but equally making me happy! I’m actually typing this up on the iPad haha still need to get used to the keyboard but I’ll get there. Anyone who knows me knows that I’ve been wanting an iPad for the longest time so I’m happy to finally get my hands on it. Look how pretty it issss (Yep that is Seokjinnie as my home screen hehe)


I’m also in the midst of planning my Korea trip. Aside from confirming flights and accommodation I’ve done little to no planning. I do know roughly which spots I want to see but as a person who works well with detailed plans, I need a day-to-day itinerary. Also been searching up what are the appropriate clothes to wear cos I haven’t experience Autumn or been to Korea before. Thankfully my favourite Youtuber Cari Cakes just uploaded a Fall Lookbook! I immediately commented on her video and she replied me back! 


She’s so niceeeee. She does 1 to 1 meet ups  as well based off her Tumblr and I’m hoping to sit down for a tea with her when I’m over there! Aishah says she’s as quirky and weird as me lol and since I find her to have so many things in common with me, I guess that is true. 

Hehe so excited for the end of the year! 2017 has really been my year *cries of joy*

Meeting Kang Ha Neul.

So, last Thursday, I ticked another thing off my bucket list – meeting one of my favourite actors, Kang Ha Neul. A little context here, I’ve loved KHN since Scarlet Heart (he played Wook so dearly even when the writing turned to crap in the second half) which okay, makes me a pretty recent fan but I’ve seen him in other shows too like Twenty and who could forget this episode of Running Man?

Thanks to the best Suitemate of the Month, Jacq, we managed to score media passes to the Meet and Greet and gosh, this is the only way to go for such events now. Sure, it was pretty packed in the media section what with the media people and contest winners but it was a hell lot better than queuing in the hot sun and being jostled by teenage fans.

Also, I made eye contact with him like three times and one of the times he smiled!!! Haha, I totally sound like a fan now don’t I? But he was so damn cute and he looked so much better IRL. I said this to Jacq but his makeup was done really well that day too. Even in the heat and humidity, he was glowing. He was his usual cheery and sheepish self and it was really cute to see. I could tell he was being genuine cos at the end of the event, he thanked the emcee earnestly and that was nice to see. I seem to stan the best people in the industry haha.

Anyway, I’m gonna end this post with some photos that I took that day. My new camera (Canon G7X Mark II) is proving to be a good investment cos look how clear it is! Looking forward to using it a lot on my trip then hehe.

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Something to be proud of.

On Tuesday, I was given charge of the first Facebook Live Chat for this period. This is my first Facebook anything so understandably I was very nervous as to how things would flow and whether everything will come together in time. I was the main person staffing Min, doing most of the behind-the-scenes stuff, and the administrator for the actual day (ie. filtering out the questions and selecting which ones to give Min to answer).

Alhamdulillah, it all went very well but it was seriously nerve-wrecking during the actual Live Chat cos it’s a short turnaround between questions and answers.

But I think my most proudest moment from that night was prior to the start of the Live Chat. Min wanted a short briefing and since I was the main OIC, I had to do it. Thankfully, my wits were with me and I actually wasn’t that nervous while speaking to Min, R and A. Thank you brain for helping to focus on the task at hand haha. While doing the briefing, out of the corner of my eye, I could see SD nodding along periodically and I swear at that point in time, I wanted to cry. In my opinion, it’s so hard to get SD’s approval or have him be happy about things in the office. This is in no way saying he’s a bad person. He has high standards, understandably, but he’s still an all-around nice guy. So, seeing him nodding along looking pleased at the things I was saying to Min really meant a lot to me.

I really could have cried on the spot haha but I kept it together.

Good job, me 🙂

Booksphere.

Today, at the insistence of my Director and RO, I took 2 hours TO off work today. It’s gearing up to one of our busiest periods of the year and I pray I will stay healthy throughout and come out the other end all okay haha. It really seems like it will be an intense 3 weeks to a month.

Instead of heading home though, I detoured to Somerset and went to library@orchard aka one of my favourite libraries in the country. It’s just so aesthetically pleasing with its white shelves, high ceilings and roller ladders (is that what it’s called?)

I legit took close to two hours just browsing the numerous shelves and absorbing as much of book essence as possible. Does that make sense haha. It got me thinking about why I do this – aimlessly going round the shelves with not much of a to-read list in mind. I think it helps me destress. The past week or so has been a bit stressful on the home front and work isn’t helping either. So it was just very chill to get a bit of “me time” at the end of a busy week.

Separately, the YA collection at library@orchard is a bit disappointing. I looked up at least 7 titles that I wanted to check out but all of them were not available. There were copies at BP library though hurhur. So note to self: next time you want to go to a library, just go to BP.

Also, I’m aiming to finish three books this weekend so that I can at least attempt to catch up to my Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge. I just finished rereading Illuminae an hour ago. Hopefully I can get to the other two books soon and quickly too *muscle emoji* 

I hope you all have a nice weekend ahead! Rest well~

Music Bank in Singapore.

Oh wow, okay, I’m really writing this. It all happened nearly 24 hours ago and I still can’t wrap my mind around the fact that I’ve seen BTS (and 4 other acts!) already. Cries take me back to yesterday.

In case you didn’t realise, this is going to be a long post. Also, I’m only going to be posting the photos cos I miiiight be making a short compilation video of the performances. I’ll be linking performances (from better angles) whenever possible!

Okay, I reached the venue around 4pm (after putting my work laptop at home first) because I stupidly lost my physical tickets that they mailed out a few weeks ago. And I only realised when I reached home that day. Luckily I called the organiser and they told me I could reprint the tickets at the venue! Yayyyy.

At the venue, there were a lot of people selling/giving out fangoods and this is what I got!! I also spent a lot of money but shh I’m not gonna count.


I made quite a few “friends” in the queue as well! Honestly, this is my favourite part to going to a concert solo – just striking up a conversation with the person next to you and being all giddy with excitement that you’re seeing your favourite acts very soon.

Inside, the venue was really great. It’s about half the size of Indoor Stadium so it’s really cosy and I feel like any seat that you get would still have a great view of the stage. I had Cat 1 tickets so wow I was really near to the stage!

And then it started.

They all came out singing Singapura hahaha (is that our default song now for foreigners lol) and I saw Kim Seokjin for the first time and I am not kidding when I’m saying this but I legit teared up seeing him and the rest of Bangtan. Omg this man has me whipped. He was beautiful and flawless and *insert other amazing adjectives here*


Mamamoo started first and boiiiiiiii. My girlcrushes on Solar and Hwasa just x10000 from now on okay. I’m pretty sure they sang live most of the time but the playback track was sometimes too loud to tell. But their vocal runs was amazing. And when they did their sexy drops (which was a lot)…I was a goner hahaha. They only performed 4 songs but it’s okay they performed all my favourites hehehe.


Red Velvet was next and erm you could tell right away that they mostly lip-sync to the music. Which is an irony cos during the special stages later on, the members could sing live pretty well?? Maybe they don’t have the stamina yet for dance+sing at the same time? But it’s okay RV is really a cute band I just love bopping along to the songs. I lost my shit when the Red Flavor went on though. That song is a bop. And, the member that had to speak English (was it Wendy? I still don’t know their names lol) was so cute omg, you could really see she was nervous but it was so cute seeing her nervously speak. Gah, adorable.


They had special stages as well! The first one was Kdrama of Singapore (or something along those lines) and they had some members from the different acts perform the OST from Love in the Moonlight and DOTS! Spoiler alert: no one from BTS was in the special stages, which is a pity!!! I felt like either JK or Jimin could easily have done it but oh well. The only thing that stood out for me was Onew singing Gummy’s You Are My Everything  from DOTS (nice move btw since he’s in the cast and all). He really made the song his own and managed to pull off the high notes despite it being tailored for a female!


Next up was CNBLUE. Now, this was the act I was most unsure about cos I haven’t heard any of their songs. But I can say now that I’m a fan. Their songs are great, have a rockish feel, and their stage presence is there. I think they’re one of the most senior group in the lineup, and it definitely shows in their performance. They just felt very at ease on stage, like it was their second home. My favourite song is Crazy/Micheoseo? Idk but that word was repeated a lot of times in the song hahaha.


They had two special stages – Fever Night of Singapore and Melody of Singapore and it was pretty cute but nothing outstanding. I can’t remember when Taemin performed but should be in this segment and oh my god. He’s truly the dance king on stage (link: here). I really wished he performed this song in Japanese though (it was originally a Japanese single) cos I feel like it suited the song better. But wow. Those moves. I’ve always been a sucker for contemporary dance so I was all heart eyes over him.


Up next, BTS oh my god. The crowd literally pulsated when the intro vid was on and ahhhh I completely lost my shit. I don’t even know if I have good shots from their set cos I was having too much of a good time dancing/singing/screaming along to the songs. They started with Blood, Sweat and Tears and holy shittt you could tell they sang live from the get go. And their dancing was on point too! How do they manage omg these talented people cries. Not saying anything bad about the other groups, but when BTS danced, it was on a whole other level. They put 110% in their dancing and the moves are all executed so sharply.


Halfway through the song, I realise that my eyes keep going over to Hobi. I don’t know what it was. He has this stage presence/aura about him that will just keep your eyes glued to him. He looks very happy on stage and you just know he’s born to be a performer. I don’t know how I could explain it but yeah, that’s the closest I could get to describing it haha.


They also performed a medley of Boy in Luv/Danger/Run (link: here)and ahhhh these underrated singles. I love them.

They did a bit of a fanmeeting segment in the middle of their set where they called two lucky fans from the lucky draw of phone numbers that we were told to put in earlier before entering the venue. I know there’s a lot of controversy (see:here) but I definitely agree that the girl who first went up on stage was not the person who got called. She pretended. And get this, she was sitting directly behind me! So the guys were looking in my general direction hehe. But omg I feel so disgusted by her now. Another fan could have taken a photo with Bangtan that actually legitly won the draw.


BTS ended their set with Fire and omg I’m so happy that they chose Fire over Not Today. No offense to Not Today, but Fire is still the anthem to me. That performance is always electric (see:here).


Shinee closed the show and wow idk who was responsible for the lineup but good job them for choosing Shinee over BTS despite their popularity now. It’s only right since Shinee is the sunbaenims. They performed View first and ooooooh another song I lost my shit to. Minho wasn’t there though (I think he’s busy filming his drama cries) but it was okay I still have my Jonghyun and Taemin hehe.

Then they had the ending stage where everyone came back on stage to say goodbye and I caught a very cute Jinkook moment!! It’s up on my fangirl account lol hi here.

And then the whole shebang ended sigh.

I really had loads of fun and definitely recommend for Music Bank if the lineup is something you like! Each band performed about 4-5 songs so it’s really quite worth the money!

And now, I patiently await for news of Wings Tour Round II.

 

Bagel adventures.

I was dared by my colleagues to join a dating app (my first ever, gasp) on Thursday and I’ve only just properly gotten into it. Never thought I’d be a girl that uses dating apps lol but here we are.

I still find it weird that there are people on the daily that ‘likes’ me based on just a couple words and photos on the internet. I find it a bit creepy and majorly fascinating. If I was still in uni, I might want to write a paper about it haha.

Anyway, there was this pretty cute guy that ‘liked’ me yesterday and I thought I could start chatting with him after work today. But I didn’t know that there’s a time limit!! He seemed pretty cool too – he likes kpop and he loves going to concerts and has evidently gone to Japan before. Majorly cool. Sigh. I hope we get to meet on the app again haha.

I also managed to convince Syu and Jacq to join the app haha. Looking forward to comparing our bagel adventures~

#recommendationwednesday The War by EXO

EXO brought their A-Game y’all. Their new album is amazing. It’s the first album of theirs that I can listen to track-to-track without feeling bored. There is no filler track at all. They’re all great on their own.

My favourites right now are: Kokobop, Forever, Diamond, Touch It, and Walk on Memories. Especially Forever, omg I cannot get enough of Chen’s voice when he pulls that long note *heart eyes*

You can definitely expect me buying concert tickets to their tour next year when they come by our shores again (they always do, they always come every year this is unfair cos even though I like EXO it’s not a group I stan you know? Why can’t BTS be like this cries)

 

Dress phase?

A year ago, I wouldn’t even think of picking up dresses while shopping. I don’t really see myself as a girly girl (whatever that means) or a demure one who wear dresses most of the time. I am a bit tomboy-ish – I love playing video games, watching animes, murder/mysteries – but not too much. I’m somewhere in the middle.

Fast forward to today, and I’ve bought 6 dresses this week. 2 today during lunchtime (totally unplanned), and 4 on Zalora just now. This might sound a little extreme but I haven’t bought clothes in a while and I have been itching for dresses lately. I don’t know what’s gotten into me. Plus, I might have found a favourite brand of dresses online. It’s Taiwanese brand Tokichoi and all their dresses are so cute and very me. At least the me that I am right now.

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And how could I not when the dresses are this cute? They’re also all a steal – with 3 of them being under $20 each and the last one under $25. I’m gonna have to pair that pink one with leggings cos I have a feeling it’ll be too short but I am still going to look cute hehe.

Will probably wear the blue dress that I bought from Lalu today on Friday to work and I’ll take a photo when I do! I tried it out in the shop and Aq immediately urged me to buy it hahaha. Hopefully the dress doesn’t cause too much of a ruckus like the yellow one I bought from Adil did. I can be very shy hahaha.

A female Doctor? Hell yes.

I’m a bit late to this but last week BBC announced that the 13th Doctor would be Jodie Whittaker. When I first heard the news, what hit me was not the gender (lol that was the furthest thing from my mind) but that I know this name, this name sounds familiar. And it was. She’s one of the main characters from Broadchurch – the grieving mother. The next thought that hit me was omg this will be so good her acting was really good in Broadchurch.

And then, as expected, the internet happened. Seriously at this point, it’s 2017, how does gender matter in a fictional character? It’s not even something of utmost importance, like the gender pay gap, and already some segments of the internet are up in arms that a fictional alien is of the female gender. What. I can’t understand the anger.

What is even more confusing is that it’s pretty much canon that when a Timelord regenerates, everything is up in the air, gender-wise. We had Eleven (Matt Smith) who immediately checked if his parts are there once he completed regeneration. We have The Master who became Missy/Mistress. GENDER SWITCH IS A THING IN DOCTOR WHO. Gah. It’s not even about being politically correct at this point. This gender switch doesn’t feel forced or unnatural cos it’s been a fact of the show for so long.

Honestly, I am looking forward to Thirteen. I have fallen a bit out of the loop with DW but this invigorates me to start watching the seasons with Twelve in them so that I’m caught up by the time Jodie takes the wheel. Idk if she can be in the same league as Ten (ah, he’ll always be my Doctor) but I’m looking forward to it.

And now, I’ll end my post with this fantastic video from NerdyAndQuirky: