Archive for November, 2010

Presenting.. The Singapore Men’s Water Polo Team

Showing off their pride.

Photocredits:

deseretnews.com

temasekreview.com

metro.co.uk

 

November 27, 2010 at 9:11 PM Leave a comment

Thanksgiving Day 2010

Exactly last year, I celebrated Thanksgiving with my sister in Chicago. It was also around that time when a strong urge to live in another country found me– although at that time I haven’t figured out where I should relocate. I just knew I had a vast expanse of options other than my home country.

Fast forward to a year, I honestly believe I am exactly where I am supposed to be. Of course I miss home but living far away makes me appreciate what I had and what I have, the good and the bad. I may still be far from living the life I have dreamt of but it doesn’t stop me from savouring every moment of it. Afterall, I have everything and everyone I need now.

I am living happily, one day at a time. And I remain hopeful for the coming days.

To the One who made all these possible, THANK YOU.

November 25, 2010 at 6:23 PM Leave a comment

Flat Shopping

Haven’t been able to blog lately. Home-hunting is really stressing me out, without a doubt. Been searching online, calling property agents (whose fees are too darn expensive), and viewing available units. Over the course of the week, I have already jotted down the key things I need to consider before signing any contract (in order of priority):

1. Look and Feel

I am a minimalist. I like open spaces. And I only take in what is useful and necessary. This is precisely the reason display cabinets rarely work for me. I deco by simply just adding some style to every piece of useful item I buy (ie. even my laundry hangers are uniform and of the same color). Singapore flats are generally small so strategic positioning of the furniture is a must. As for the flat, it should be new or newly renovated and free of any funky odor.

2. Location

Anything within the business district is out as I don’t like busy and crowded places. Remote areas are definitely out as well as I need to see living and moving things from time to time to keep my sanity. Outer central area (and a few others) is just fine. One thing nice about Singapore is that everything is within reach, so location for me just means the surroundings and less than-an-hour travel time to my workplace.

3. Budget

This should be number one but I realized I am the type who would shell out an extra $100 ($200 when I get rich =p)  for a more comfortable living space. It’s still in the top three as I intend to save / invest more than what I spend.

4. Freedom to entertain guests, or at least family members.

5. Perks

Shops within walking distance. Bus stop or MRT within 150 meters. Peace-loving landlords and neighbors. Or perhaps a park nearby.. Etc.

 

Attention, referrers.

November 20, 2010 at 1:58 AM Leave a comment

Singapore Year-End SaleS

 

Photosource: worldwidephotos.multiply.com

  

15- 21 Nov

  • John Little Expo Sale
  • Wholesale Electronics & Gift Fair
  • Clarks Warehouse Sale
  • Timberland Warehouse Sale
  • MPH Warehouse Sale
  • Nikon Digital Camera Christmas Promotion
  • Club 21 End Of Season Sale

22 – 28 Nov

  • Escada Fall Winter Sale
  • Arena Year End Clearance Sale
  • SITEX 2010
  • Capitol Optical Warehouse Sale

29 Nov – 5 Dec

  • Max Mara Year End Sale
  • Aigner Sale
  • The Body Shop Festive Savings
  • Sports & Fitness Expo
  • Penguin Books Warehouse Sale
  • BCBGMAXAZRIA End Of Season Sale
  • French Connection End Of Season Sale
  • Tang + Co End Of Season Sale
  • YSL Sale
  • Gucci Sale
  • Bally Year End Sale
  • Gap Year End Sale
  • GUESS Year End Sale
  • Salvatore Ferragamo Year End Sale
  • Banana Republic Year End Sale
  • G2000 & Fox Warehouse Sale
  • Mayer Year End Sale
  • Tefal Christmas Sale
  • Metro Christmas Magic
  • Harvey Norman Home & Kitchen Appliances Clearance Sale
  • Courts Megastore Year End Sale

6 – 12 Dec

  • Giordano Warehouse Sale
  • Calvin Klein Jeans Sale
  • Akira Warehouse Sale
  • MaxStudio.com End Of Season Sale
  • Karen Millen End Of Season Sale
  • Guiseppe Zanotti Design End Of Season Sale
  • Hugo Boss Year End Sale
  • Dec 10 DSquared2 Sale
  • Panasonic Lumix Promotion
  • GEOX Year End Sale
  • Furla Year End Sale
  • Canon Digital Camera Christmas Promotion

13 – 19 Dec

  • Mango Fashiontastic Year End Sale
  • Nine West Fall/Winter Collection Sale
  • Steve Madden Fall/Winter Collection Sale
  • Massimo Dutti Year End Sale
  • End Of Seasons Sale For Miss Selfridge, Ben Sherman, Warehouse, Dorothy Perkins, Topshop And Topman
  • Miele Warehouse Sale
  • Dunhill London Year End Sale
  • Raoul End Of Season Sale
  • Asics Warehouse Sale
  • Samsonite End Of Season Sale
  • Gramophone Year End Sale
  • G2000 End Of Season Sale
  • Esprit Year End Sale

20 – 26 Dec

  • Ecco Sale
  • Converse Warehouse Sale
  • New Look Fashion Sale
  • Fox Fashion Storewide Sale
  • Courts Megatex Expo Year End Sale
  • Sony Year End Promotion
  • Thomas Pink End Of Seasons Sale
  • Hush Puppies Apparel Storewide Sale
  • Metro Expo Sale

27 Dec 2010 – 2 Jan 2011

  • Zara Sale
  • bYSI End Of Season Sale

  

 

 Source: Living in Singapore Today

November 15, 2010 at 5:41 PM Leave a comment

I Made Friends Today

Naturally, I am not the friendly-type. I am (or at least try to be) kind to 90% of the people I meet but it would take me a tremendous amount of effort to go up to a person I haven’t been introduced to and strike a conversation. Believe it or not, I am shy. Although most of the time, I’ve been mistaken for a snob or a prude. I may appear confident but deep down I cringe at the thought of approaching someone I do not know. Once I get acquainted, the walls go down and the trust goes up.

Unless I am working.

I morph into a different person when I am in business meetings / gatherings. I don’t understand why but shyness deliberately leaves me during these times. I am definitely more comfortable in business situations than in personal interactions. But today was different. I genuinely offered to share my umbrella to a fellow foreigner on my way to work. We shared some basic info during that 10-min walk to our building and I even invited my new friend to have lunch sometime. [Woah! I just asked someone out! But don’t get your hopes up, she’s a girl!!]

I realized that living someplace else can act like a placebo to counter an involuntary social discomfort. If I were home, I would probably just shift my umbrella to her direction without uttering a word. I have a handful of people I am close to in my new home. I am doing great. However, I still miss just bumping into someone I know almost always whenever I am out.. Or getting my free days packed ‘because I need to meet up with a ton of people’ from every aspect of my life. Plus, it is always a good idea to expand my network of good people.

It’s a big world and everyone is going global, so must I.

November 9, 2010 at 12:51 PM Leave a comment

Are We Filipinos Really TOO NICE to Survive the Idiosyncrasies of Singapore?

This just in.

A close friend came from a job interview only to be told that “just like every other Filipino,” she is way too damn nice for the job.

The position calls for CRM (Customer Relations Management) and I was appalled when she told me in verbatim that the company would even prefer an inexperienced local ‘who can be as rude as their customers’ than a too-nice Filipino with proven skills and experience.

Seriously?

Not having the local experience may be one thing but not-being-rude-enough as a disqualifying factor for a service position is plain crazy. That statement faithfully contradicts what CRM is all about. And if this bighead swears by that mindset, then the Singapore government’s efforts to improve the country’s customer service must have failed to reach him.

November 4, 2010 at 4:23 PM Leave a comment

Weekends in Singapore

My weekends are sacred. I intend to keep them stress-free as much as possible since I only get two precious respite days a week. Unlike almost everyone I know, I do my chores (laundry, ironing, cleaning) on weeknights so I can enjoy my anything-can-happen weekends.

Last Saturday, my sister and I decided to go biking in East Coast Park. Too bad it rained.. And since I was still recuperating from my week-long cough/cold episode, we just settled for our ultimate favourite McDonald’s afternoon break.

[But we really plan to visit the place regularly.]

Sharing some photos we took on one rainy afternoon..

Weekend Location: East Coast Park, Singapore

at S$ 6 / per hour +1 hour free on weekends..

Rent anything with wheels (bike, rollerblades, roller skates, etc)..

November 3, 2010 at 1:19 PM 1 comment


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