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I'm leaving for Sydney in July! If you have ideas about where to eat, drink, see in Sydney (asides from the main touristy attractions), please do beep me at charisseyl@gmail.com!


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the first world problem 90s are facing in singapore?

Friday, October 14, 2016

I read an article on Singapore being one of the most educated nation- it is true. Well, almost everyone have a degree certification that it seems like a mandatory criteria to barely meet the stringent criteria of employers.


Growing up in Singapore, most parents would urge their children to study hard, get into a reputable school, and a high flying career. As at 2016, barely scraping through years of studies, I reached the working world, fully claiming the title of “a full grown adult”. Sounds great? More freedom? Definitely. Trade off? More responsibilities – finances, family, finding your other half, adapting to a new environment. The list adds on.


A “country bumpkin” entering the “big apple” – here comes the first world problems. Struggling with the ever competitive economy in Singapore, I fall into the average category, nowhere here nor there, regretting not studying harder then, and blaming the insufficient self with lack of capabilities unlike the brainy ones out there. Hiring freeze, bonus freeze, declining remunerations, and the very worse for some, jobless.


I have seen many struggle with their jobs, and many leave because they are jaded with the long working hours, repetitive routine work, unedifying job tasks, of course, stagnant pay. The problems are so real, I started to feel younger with more breakouts and hair loss, as if studying stress was back, but now worse.


However, while we are turmoil in our own perplex situation, we forgot how we used to have our carefree childhood years back. Living in Singapore, a place of adequacy and security (yes, more rules), it gives us a safe place to stay in. Hurricanes? Earthquakes? Tsunami?  None. Well, maybe some train breakdowns here and there. But that’s aint too bad right? (except when you’re running late for work)


Jokes aside. This is Singapore. Where you can go out late at night, jogging or running in your “slightly revealing” sports attire, and still feel safe. Where you can go out for late night supper or chill with your friends anywhere. In our transition stage of life, let us shed our burden, clear our minds, reconnect back with your friends, and enjoy life as it is indeed too short for regrets.



Take a break, enjoy your life, see the world, and come back stronger!




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9 TIPS BEFORE GOING FOR NDP 2016 PARADE

Monday, August 01, 2016

NDP 2016
Singapore National Day Parade 2016

Taken using my iPhone - by me

I am very blessed to have a ticket to the NDP 2016 this year. It was held at the Sports Hub National Indoor Stadium.

So, there are many complains of not being able to see the fireworks, missing the parachute jumps, the tanks, and all that we have been seeing for years.

I do admit there are pros and cons about this.

However, I assure you that the light shows are amazing. I love the unicorn especially! Shall not do much spoiler since Actual day is not here yet.


I would love to give some background info or advice to those who are going to NDP 2016 on 9th August 2016.


9 tips before going for NDP 2016


1. What time do you have to be there by?
Gate opens by 4pm. It is free seating. So, to get the optimal seats, do go there early. 

2. Will NDP parade be hot and sticky like other years?
It's air conditioned. (hurray!) Enjoy the parade in comfort! If you are sick or super scared of cold, bring a cardigan. I didn't though. Maybe because I was too enthu in singing. teehee.

3. Where to get the NDP goodie bags?
The bags are placed on every seat (either white or red colour), Just grab your ticket, and enter.

4. What to bring to NDP 2016?
Nothing much except your necessities like ezlink card, wallet, phone, etc. There are 1 big 1 small bottles of water in the bag. To see what's provided, click here! Do carry light as not much space available around you. 

5. Should I eat dinner before NDP parade?
For me, I queued for Burger King before the parade (thus I got seats 6 rows from the front, good seats taken up). A meal cost me $9. So, if you get hungry, bring your own food or buy ur dinner at eat while you're waiting for the parade to start. Else, get someone to reserve seats for you while you queue for food. Food queues at Kallang Wave mall are super duper long. Even Old Chang Kee. If you can tolerate 2 hours, then just go and chope your seats!

6. Seatings / Floor Plans of NDP 2016 Sports Hub Singapore Indoor Stadium
As you can see the colours and numbers. 
Colours: which section you're in
Numbers: the gate you are suppose to enter and sit at that area.

I drew where the stage was, and which is the front. See the tickets and you know roughly where you will be seated.

Try not to sit so near the stage else you can see the overview of the whole performance. There are screens around the stadium if you happen to sit very front like me.



7. Highlights of NDP 2016
Light show displays (It's beautiful!). You can still see the fireworks. Bring your camera (recommend wider angled lens and not super zoomed) if you wish to or just use your phone. I wished I had my camera x better seat. But oh well, make do with what I have.

8. How long does NDP 2016 last?
It starts around 6.30pm, and ends roughly 8.30pm. 

9. What is the timing of NDP 2016 fireworks?
It starts at 8.09pm and 8.13pm on preview 1. For preview 2, it starts roughly around 8.12pm and 8.20pm thereabout. Not sure if the timings for actual day will differ. Those doing photography outdoors, be there before 8pm. But to get good spots, go even earlier.


Lastly, enjoy NDP parade. Going back was smooth as the organizing committee and team was great! We don't have to queue that long just to enter into Stadium MRT. Directions was clear and there are staffs stationed everywhere for you to approach for directions. Loving the light shows!


HAPPY 51st BIRTHDAY SINGAPORE!



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Tang Jai Yoo at Bangkok's Chinatown (MUST EAT!)

Saturday, June 06, 2015


TANG JAI YOO (or Tang Chai U)
85-87 Soi Yaowaphanit, off Thanon Yaowarat
Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100
Thailand

Tel: +66 (0) 2224 2167/+66 (0) 81753 0100
(Nearest MRT: Hua Lamphong)
**BTS map attached at the end of the post


Opening hours: 
Sun - Sat 
11:00 - 14:00
16:30 - 22:00

Cab/Taxi: about 150baht from Pratunam area for fixed price. If by meter it would be cheaper (less than 100baht). Direct uncle to Yaowarat Rd. But for ease, I recommend to call the restaurant number, request the restaurant ppl to tell directions. Rmb to put on loudspeaker for driver to hear. 


Front of the restaurant
Tang Jai Yoo is a chinese restaurant with in Bangkok's Chinatown. They serve some amazing food and I totally recommend anyone who visits Bangkok, to travel down to Chinatown and dine here. A bonus is, it's air-conditioned! Imagine how hot the weather is at Bangkok!

Some of my friends kept wanting to try their popular Suckling Pig at this place. 
For 7 of us, we paid SGD$17 each for:
1. Suckling pig
2. Fried oyster omelette
3. Stir Fry Kai lan with garlic
4. Kang kong (not sambal but chilli and fish sauce)



On the left is the street u should enter in from. 
 I did not take many pictures as I'm too tired from whole day's walking. But let me say some main points.


FRIED OYSTER OMELETTE

This is a die-die must order dish. I mean, from the picture you can clearly see how FAT, JUICY, FRESH AND DELICIOUS these oysters taste. YES, it's superrrrrrrrr delicious. I have friends, who do not take oyster due to fishy smell or the shrunken once we find in most places, LOVED this dish! 

Fried Oyster omelette. see howwww fat these oysters are!!!
It's awesome~~
 The smooth exterior, the juice that burst once you bite it. Amazing. dipped with a little bit of chilli sauce for those who like, PERFECT. The amount of starch is not overly spammed, which I really prefer. The ones I've tried tend to add lots of starch in it. This tops my list of Fried Oyster Omelette. 

STIR FRY KANG KONG WITH CHILLI AND FISH SAUCE

I wouldn't recommend this dish as the kai lan taste much better. It's a little different from the usual Sambal kang kong we get in Singapore. It has a tangy fish sauce taste and a little spicy. Not that flavourful as I thought it would be. 

Kang Kong. Not too bad..

STIR FRY BABY KAI LAN WITH GARLIC AND MUSHROOMS

This is a thumbs up! I thought the kang kong dish will turn out better. But this beats kang kong hands down. I'm pretty sure the fish sauce used are the same? But yet the taste is very different probably added some mushrooms in it and their own secret recipe sauces? It taste not too salty, crunchy, simple yet you will want for more.

Recommend to order this dish if you are there!

Baby Kai Lan. Thumbs up!

ROASTED SUCKLING PIG

This is what the restaurant is famous for, their suckling pig. We finally got to try and wow, it's yummylicious!

STAR OF THE SHOW - Suckling Pig!

Why it's good?
 First, crispy skin. They will serve the whole dish for diners to eat the crispy skin. Fats have been mostly removed from the skin and sliced uniformly. I dislike if the skin is still coated with lots of fats. This almost have none! 

You can choose to wrap with the popiah skin and scallions they provided with the sweet sauce, or just plainly like this. 

super super crispy!

done within a few minutes!
 After clearing the skins, we were given the option to stiry fry the remaining meat with either chilli or garlic. 

We went ahead with garlic.

stir fry with garlic
 I kind of expect the meat to be tough or dry but it turns out tender! It's a little salty but with rice, it's fine. Drizzled with fried garlic, it heightens the taste of this dish and long before I knew, everything was gone haha.

Tender pork!

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At the end of the meal, we were given a small plate of sugar coated fried taro, and some fruits (i think there were fruits).

Overall, I feel that the price $17 per person, is very reasonable. It includes our drinks as well. 


Now on how to get there. Easiest way is to take a cab. Directions at the header of this post. 
Else, below is the BTS/MRT Map of Bangkok. The station you wish to alight is Hua Lamphong. However, from that station, you will still need to cab as it's a distance away. Unless pratunam area is jamming, else I'll recommend just cabbing to the restaurant.

The ones circled in blue (BTS Siam and BTS Chit Lom) are the stations at Pratunam area. 

Click to enlarge.


Google Map for you guys.
Just load this page, and click on this map, it should open your google map app on your phone and load the address.

Direct Link to this post: http://charbearbear.blogspot.sg/2015/06/tang-jai-yoo-at-bangkoks-chinatown-must.html



Till then, enjoy Bangkok!



xx, Charisseyl

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What I did for Chinese New Year 2015

Sunday, March 08, 2015

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR


This year..is one of the most emotional year for my loved ones. We had experience many tribulations that we could not phantom. But, it's reality.

A quiet affair for CNY but we never forget to fill ourselves with gratefulness and love. 



So, how did I spend my CNY? Selfie, OOTDs, Selfie, OOTDs. HAHA.

My grandparents' house is located at a mature estate. There are hidden beautiful corners that held so many memories for me as I used to stay walking-distance away. 

(photos are not in chronological order)



I think we pretty much had lots of fun just self-entertaining and having fun with each other. 

Below is my little cousin (who grew up to not so little haha) who took my shots for me and vice versa. Look how beautiful she grew up to be :)




Since no visitation for us this year, we hit the River Ang Bao along MBS. 

Mummies OOTD!



And some of the cousins! Bro really been blessed to have quite a few bookouts ever since he enlisted. Pray for his constant protection and strength to combat upcoming xiongness at BMT!



This is probably one of the most elaborate River Ang Bao I've seen. 




BUT THIS, is disappointing. They said 9pm there's fortune shower which ended up showering 3 shots of 5-secs worth of confetti. Plus, due to the wind, and the mini confetti, none of it could be photographed.......




Rolling back a day, CNY eve spending reunion with maternal side. Loves grandma xx An amazing woman and child of God!


Though buffet wasn't that good and too costly (little spread and I meant, really little, and cost $90++ per person) but, the gathering means another thing - Bonding. Well that's what reunion is all about right?

My complete family xoxo



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#throwback Christmas 2014

Christmas 2014


Kind of forgot that I've uploaded these photo in my drafts and forgot to write about it. 

Made little personalised cards for my colleagues at work, not forgetting some verses for them.

Also, blessed to receive so many gifts from them. (that's why i had sore throat! Too many chocs hahaha)



Prepared goodies gift boxes for them containing some of the popular yummy chocs like Reese, Hanuta, Hershey's, Toblerone, etc.



May everyone be blessed for 2015 :)


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You're always be missed.

Thursday, January 22, 2015


When you're gone...
When you're gone..
We're gonna miss you when you're gone
We're gonna miss you by your hair
We're gonna miss you everywhere
Oh, we're gonna miss you when you're gone


12.01.2015


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What I'm up to for the past month -Trek, Ran, Wakeboard

Sunday, December 07, 2014

It has really really been a busy month. And tat bit's leaning towards instagram as it's sooooo usable on phone! 
Trying to be active in many ways and glad to always have companions with me! 


Not in chronological order...

PULAU UBIN

When it's with this lovely bunch of friends, it's always fun with extra fun! So, 2 went overnight fishing, 6 joined the following morning for some cycling. 
It's aint easy cycling on uneven ground with loose rocks, a pending thunderstorm, bicycles with brake problems, and.... 3 girls. Chuckles.
And C actually commented that the guys will cycle faster without us! (the girls!!) So encouraging uh??



Nonetheless we made it! With some bearing scratches and minor wounds/scratches. But thank God, nothing too serious. 
We had some sightseeing with wildboars too! They didn't attack us like Jack Neo's movie. And we spotted a baby one! 

Word of caution: Wear sports shoe for better grip, or even a covered shoe. Bring ponchos in case it rains, and lots of drinking water!



BULLCHARGE 2014


Mooooooo. (not really sure how a bull sounds but shrugs).
Took part in this 5km run organised by SGX for Charity every year. This is our first time participating for most of us and it's a good break from work!




Running (well mostly walking teehee) with friends are soooo much fun  as you can chit chat and time passes sooo fast you wouldn't know it's already the end. 
Very memorable day becauseeee.....


 I took photo with CEO [fangirl]!!!!
we look kinda small and he has to bend down. Really friendly :)



and......Had such a great bunch of friends running together! xx



TRIO -triplethefun!
okay fine, and food and drinks and GAMES! asides from the squashed-forgotten-banana I left in my race-pack-bag.....and....i know you guessed what happened.... hee...

But but, the aftermath was even more exciting as we went to eat some shiok stingray, satays, lala, and more! Too famished to take any photo soooooo.........



WAKEBOARDING
(Ryders @ punggol)

and yes, wakeboarding! Never dream I would actually try this out cos I'll be toasted in the peaking sun! {I don't wanna be dark!!} It's singaporeeeeee!!!! However, I guess I'm a little kind of yea, ONZ. so, there I am landed with weird tan lines on my legs due to the length of my pants plus laughs from the rest. 




The sea isn't that clean when you fall into the water and an empty bottle or half broken styrofoam box floats past you, and you happen to just fell into the water, gulping down tons of water by mouth, and NOSE.

The saltiness level is x999999999999999999999 of the saltiest water you've drank. It's tremendouly salty it hurts ur eyes, nose (you'll choked alot) and mouth. Especially for first timer like us, we drank lots of it on our first few tries. 

For this sports, I would say, the shorter the better? as the center of gravity of lower... so you should know who's our prodigy from the photo....heehee...

But well, I guess balancing, arm and leg strengths plays alot of part which I totally lack of strength! If I will to try it again, probably do it in clearer cleaner waters overseas. 
Memorable experience though with our instructor though during training I was kind of sad when I'm floating alone in the water, with the girls selfie-ing on the boat, and instructor telling me "if you're not gonna try stand, I can't help you" [heart shatters]

HAHAHA. {kiddin}

But our instructor's quite a nice funny guy! $400 for 4 hours! Try it if.... you don't mind drinking salty water, or if you are experience with wakeboarding.



Oh yea, forgot to mention.
While floating in the water, don't be surprise if a fish jumps up in front of you. HAHA.
#truestory


Till then, xx
Charisse

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