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Happy April Fools’ Day!

Green Tea Kit Kat from my dearest Clara! MUACKS! I LOVE MATCHA. I LOVE CLARA.

Finally tasted Fig and Olive today with Clara and Potato Kong! We had 5 mains arriving at our table for just the 3 of us. Not because we were such great eaters, but because we rejected 2 of the entirely well done steaks- when I had actually ordered a medium rare, and Clara, a medium; we decided not to trust their steaks and reordered 2 dory fillets with pasta (but they ran out of pasta at 20:15, can you believe it?) So, we settled for olive rice. Of course, amidst all the waiting, we put on the brightest smiles on our faces, hoping that our food wouldn’t be spat on (Clara’s greatest phobia). The dory fillets were good! The olive rice tasted like biryani rice- I like! The chicken kebab that Weijia ordered was good too! Another thing- can you believe that they ran out of root beer at 19:30? We settled for Clara’s-improvised-Pepsi float instead. We will return again, with the value for money dinner promotion ($19.90 for a drink+main+ice cream), and lunch promotion (one-for-one) for selected few pastas. I forgot to mention that both of them shared a fork throughout the dinner- seriously? But seriously, I contemplated dropping mine too, so that 3 of us could share a fork.

I want to do something exciting. We will see how tomorrow.

Had a really entertaining night today! (: It feels like exams are over!

HOT

I was in a real foul mood today- I think the stinkiest mood you have ever seen me in. It’s a combination of the weather, the crazy load of shit I have to juggle (of course, I know I’m not alone), and the uncontrollable hormones. Yet, you tolerated it all. You tried to maintain a conversation with me, but all you got were nods and “mm”. So, you placed an arm around me, and we walked home in hot silence. I probably broke the world record of the number of doorbell rings per minute this afternoon as we waited for someone to get the door. You probably watched on in shock. As I waited in the comforts of my air-conditioned room, you got me iced cold water to quench my thirst and smother that fire in me. My mum watched on and shook her head. It made me smile, and chuckle a little.

Sleep and you are good for the fiery dragon. And so is a night swim.

I received a call today, asking if I would like to start work on 24 May, and I readily agreed. The person on the other line sounded real happy- so happy that it felt like I was the first person who got “conned”. HAHA. But nah, I honestly don’t see it that way. I WANT to start work early. 3 weeks of rest is sufficient for me, any longer and my bones become lazy. I was intending to get a vacation job anyway- now I don’t have to waste time on a job hunt. And of course, at least one more month of pay as compared to my peers!  I need to clear my debts.

Matcha

Anything green tea, Clara and I are on for it!

Each of us got one packet from the bazaar at Can B! 12 pieces inside for $3.50. Made in Japan, which justifies the price. There was the slightest hint of matcha. Would have liked it better if the matcha and chocolate layers are reversed!

OSIM uSoffa Petit

Our OSIM uSoffa Petit is finally here!

Our mini massage sofa in coffee colour! The leg rest is retractable for compact storage.

Excellent therapy after a hard day at work/ school, or intensive sports! Mummy is indulging in a therapeutic massage as I type here, and exclaiming how ‘shiok’ it is. Haha! Selling at S$998. Comes in 5 stylish colours- we settled for the coffee one to match our living room’s furnishing. Mummy is thinking of getting a OSIM uPapa now.. is it worth the buy?

Puzzles

Give me a grossly tangled-up necklace and a Diesel miniature perfume gift- I will pick and had unthinkingly picked the former. I’m quite nerdy after all. It took me nearly an hour to untangle Lover’s 2-layered 6-chained necklace, but the satisfaction derived from overcoming that mind, fingers and eyes-boggling puzzle was immensely gratifying. You may think I’m patient- like what my mum thought when I assembled my sister’s 1,000 pieces jigsaw puzzle (her birthday present) when I was 11, all by myself. But hell no, I would rather walk if I don’t see the bus waiting for me at the bus stop (with the assumption that the walking distance can be covered within 15 minutes). I just can’t stand questions/ puzzles/ problems hanging in the air- I just have to have them fixed! (Just like how I googled about Nokia E63’s volume adjustment as soon as I got my hands on my lappie because Lover briefly mentioned to me that she doesn’t know why the volume of her music player can’t be adjusted.) Curiosity and determination drives me, not patience.

Mystery solved! The next interesting thing was to check out the Diesel perfume for me! Cool packaging, but not my style. The fragrance is okay- still prefer Gucci Envy Me! Nevertheless, THANKS LOVER! (: I’ll use it when I’m in the biker’s mood.

Then it was back to books.

Oh, Starbucks no longer sells hazelnut choc muffins! 😦

Hotels

Once you have tasted the best, you will not settle for second best. Hotel stays have been a tradition for our anniversaries, but this year, we have decided to break the tradition. Why so?

Firstly, our first hotel stay was at glitzy Ritz-Carlton and that was by far the best- the next two that came along (Fullerton and Scarlet- a pricey boutique hotel in case you haven’t heard of it) fell short of expectations. To be fair to Fullerton- if not for the “first mover advantage” of Ritz- our stay at Fullerton was very comfortable and memorable. However, Scarlet was a total letdown.

Secondly, we are unwilling to pay more than $400 for an experience that claims to beat Ritz (perhaps St. Regis?); neither are we willing to fork out a sum less than what we paid for Ritz for an experience that will not meet our expectations. We have decided to treat ourselves to a spa package, or perhaps head down to Batam (Harris Resort) again for a holistic pamper!

Thirdly, there is nothing much to do at a hotel- other than watch some DVDs, enjoy the hotels’ amenities, toast to our drinks purchased from nearby hypermarts, snuggle in their awesomely comfy beds, get into pillow fights, and indulge ourselves with the complementary breakfast buffets/ lunch or dinner sets. (Now, this sounds like a whole load of things to do.) But really, do it once, twice, thrice- the magic is gone. But for couples/ close groups of friends who are looking for a place for a celebratory occasion and have yet to try a local hotel stay, my advice is choose the best and indulge in the experience. There are affordable promotional packages like weekend getaways deals throughout the year.

Here’s a breakdown of our local hotel experiences to date:

Ritz-Carlton Millenia- simply remarkable service! Extremely well-deserving of their many ‘best hotels’ awards. After a 34-months lapse, I can still vividly recall some pertinent incidents that exemplified their impeccable service. Louis had prepared a surprise for me that required a computer and internet access, so we went down to their business center, where they have per hour usage charges- we had no problems with that; but to our pleasant surprise, they waived the charges as we had only clocked up 10-15 mins of internet usage. The gym was a totally refreshing experience- they personally served us iced water with hints of lemon and pristine white towels. As for the room, it was spacious and fabulous- one outstanding point was the bathtub overlooking a magnificient view.

The Fullerton Hotel-  another award winning hotel which lives up to its name! On Louis’s request, they had prepared a box of delightful chocolates and card specially for me. The gym was not as impressive as Ritz’s- the area was smaller, and they didn’t have personalized services. The room was almost as good as Ritz, except for the bathtub, which doesn’t overlook any paranomic view (at least for our room). I would say that the in-room 4 course dinner was the most unforgettable of the entire stay because it was my first experience, and it was amazing how they managed to bring in a foldable dining table and set it all up like what you see in a proper restaurant, complete with flowers!

The Scarlet Hotel- a 5-star boutique hotel in Chinatown. Before reservation, we read reviews about it being very unique, cosy and romantic- and we thought it would be a good change from the usual airy hotel rooms. True enough, the walkways were squeezy (or cosy), the room was tiny (or cosy), the bathroom had no bathtubs to speak of. But to make up for it, the service was good- with the staff accompanying us all the way to our room, and patiently introducing each and every amenity in the room (though I was dying for him to stop talking). Oh and they even have an umbrella in the wardrobe- how thoughtful of them! There was also a plate of complementary chocolate coated strawberries and a card for us to wish us a happy anniversary.

All the 3 hotels were roughly in the range of S$350-400, my recommendation definitely goes to Ritz-Carlton for its impeccable service!