31 December 2017


Before I decided to write this reflection post, I was stressed up as I was planning for the new year then I thought why not I take some time to look at how far I've been. And I'm glad I did, instead of feeling worried, I feel contented as I have done so much this year and definitely outdo myself. 

2017 was a year of changes and new experiences- stepping into adulthood came attached with so much more responsibilities but at the same time, having access to more income than what I had as a student also opened up to so much more adventures. I had 2 goals this year- Firstly, it was to maximise my family and my own net worth but most importantly, I centred my life on creating new experiences. I was worried as I did not hit my savings goals as much as I wanted to but then again my 2 goals don't work hand in hand. If I wanted more experiences, I'll have fewer savings so I got to give and take. After looking back at the year, I would say I've done my best and the one thing I need to learn is to stop being so hard on myself. 

I wouldn't say I'm someone who spurlges and spends money unnecessarily but saving was hard as I wasn't earning much. It hit me when I need to start paying my student loan from my University and Poly which totalled up to $27k and mind you, this was more than how much I even take home annually. Hence, around end August, I took up 2 part-time jobs on top of my full-time job to juggle the added liability. It was really tough, I'm gna be honest, I really thought I could do it since is not the first time I had to juggle between a few jobs but 2 jobs on top of my full-time job was really crazy. I barely have time for anyone and even if I do, after spending time with my friends/family, I'm left with no time for myself. I fell really sick during the past 2 weeks and I'm certain is because my body was burnt out. The past 4 months, I was living life on a fast lane, going through daily motions but I have no regrets. I'm a strong believer of hard work and side hustle is the only way to grow your income. I know there are probably better ways to earn money but for the time being, I feel this is what is best for me. Would I continue this lifestyle in 2018? Yes and no, I'm re-evaluating how else can I grow my money as I do also wish to live a slower pace lifestyle. My goal is simple, to clear all my student debt before I turn 25 on 13th December 2019, to have $10k in savings and to have $10k travel fund to embark on a Europe/US trip by then. And that's 2 more years to go so watch me achieve it :)

I travelled a good amount this year- Korea, 2x Bali, Hanoi, Jakarta. Korea, Bali and Hanoi were all my first visits and my goal is to visit even more new cities in the years to come :)  I finally graduated from Uni too! I don't feel much about this but I'm just happy that I'm done with school but is still a lifelong learning out there. I also jumped into many new experiences- Visiting FB, Google and Unilever office was quite cool. Won 4 giveaways, I've definitely been very lucky in 2017. Cirque du Soleil has got to be the best job perk of the year! I finally took fitness seriously for awhile hahaha doing Muay Thai, Body Combat and Yoga (never did I knew I could actually be fit lol) but I'm back to doing my bare minimum for fitness now so boooo, time to get back up again in 2018! I also did things I didn't expect myself doing such as watching my first live soccer match featuring Chelsea with my brothers! It was soooooo cool and I'll definitely not forget that!!! I also went F1 for fhe first time and got to watch One Republic live!! But the one thing I'm most grateful for in 2017, is landing possibly the best first job I can ever ask for :) I had a great team, great client, a great mentor and learnt so much- not only hard skills but a lot on soft skills and definitely grew as an individual. There were so many firsts in 2017 and thinking about them brings a smile on my face :) I definitely hit my goal that I set for myself for 2017 in terms of unique moments and in fact, it exceeded all my expectations :)

2017 was nothing but a great year and I'm excited for 2018 as it means one step closer to living the life of my dreams!


27 August 2017

Set, Pause, Reflect and Go

I don't know about you but I'm someone driven by a goal, driven by the future that I envisioned. Also, I'm someone who takes pride and enjoys the process of making sure I achieve what I set out. In the past, I used to set out yearly goals but I was hit hard about 2 years ago when I went for a coaching session and was shouted for not knowing how much I need to afford a house or a car in the future. I can still remember vividly the exact words that were yelled at me "Don't live in your own naive world, you think you don't need it, you do, don't be a fool". Sometimes, you think the future has yet to come or that is too far to plan for it but no, it doesn't, my first point to you is that, it all begins with you setting a goal and putting in effort from today.

Even with a future visualised and a game plan strategized for it, however, most of the time, the journey to the end point is not linear, it is like a snake with obstacles here and there. This brings me to my second point on the need to understand the process and adapt along the way. It is important to pause to see how far you've come, reflect on the process (could it be done better?) before you go on and pursue your goals with the learnings you've discovered. There's no short cut to this but really is all about committing to yourself, setting time every 2-3 months depending on how your goal is, to sit down and reflect.

I wouldn't say I'm great at figuring out how to live my life to the best but I can confidently say I put in the effort to build my own future. It is our life and we are the masters of our reality and I hope all of us will live a life we dream of as long as we start working hard today. Let's do this!!

26 March 2017

1/4 year

It's been awhile since I've updated as I've been very occupied with work and life. Ever since I was a student, due to my family background and also the realisation that I reap more from real life experiences than in school, I've always been pro work. But now that I'm close to 3 months into my full time job, is really another level playing field. I'll always be pro work but work is really more intense than what I've experienced.

Despite all the hustling and shagness Mon thru Fri, work had been the best thing that I can ever ask for. I don't even know how did I got so lucky. It is honestly everything that I wanted and lucky me have all that I wish for in my first job!!! I went for about 6 interviews in total and this was the last interview that I went for. It was also the interview that I had to do it on the day I fly to indo and had to secure my job while I was overseas. Thinking back, I still can't believe how did I got so lucky. In fact, I actually applied for a role in its sister company and was directed to a role in my current company instead. I had no idea what this company was about lol but I was intrigued by the role they offer and after a few interviews with the directors, it further cement my believe in this company and hooray here I am with them today :)

So yes I am alive and hustling!! However, I've got to admit that I find myself slipping into the society OL trap where you work fucking hard on weekdays chill out your weekends and the cycle continues. Is so bad and all I do on weekends is laze!!!!!! :( I've lost my energy and interest and curiosity when it comes to like learning new skills or even just going out and holding a conversations with friends :((( Is such a bad cycle but I am aware of it and am taking charge of it. Is so important to step out from your routine and be aware of what is going on in your life. Reflecting and self awareness should be constantly performed to ensure that you are on track to being the best version of yourself.

Your girl will be back :D


3 January 2017


Jakarta, Skye Bar (Dec 2016)

2016 was such a fulfilling year for me, I'm proud to say it is one of the best year that I've gone through. There were many ups and downs but I got back up every single time.

This year, I witnessed myself growing exponentially as I was open minded and grabbed every opportunity that came along the way. 

I'm finally done with school yay! Finished my studies half a year before my cohort and am going to start my very first full-time job in Jan :)

I worked SO HARD in 2016. There was this period where I held 3 jobs while managing my studies. Every single time I look back, I'm still amazed at how far I've come. This year, I exposed myself to various industry and disciplines ranging from insurance to media to fragrance to events work. I fully embraced what the world has for me and it has rewarded me with so many experiences that had turned me into a more confident and strong young lady. "You never try, you'll never know." I found media the most interesting/exciting of all, and am happy that I will be calling it, my career. 

Entered into a relationship, improved my relationship with my family and also made new friends and mended old ones. I was truly blessed with love in 2016. 

Travelled quite a bit this year, visited new places such as Krabi and also Central Java (for 3.5 weeks in Dec, will blog about it soon). I know for sure travelling is a hobby I enjoy and I will never stop this hobby of mine :)

In 2016, I truly realised the importance of managing my finances (thanks to my insurance experience). I've always been cautious with my spending but money will never grow if you don't invest. I truly encourage everyone to learn about investment, is not as hard as it seems. There are many options for risk adverse to risk-taking individuals. As I move a step closer to adulthood, I also started studying what are the cards and savings accounts that can maximise my wealth. You should probably start doing that too!

New Year Resolution?
I don't really have specific resolutions but I do set milestones for myself to achieve. Every single year, I just want to be stronger, braver and more successful than who I am the year before. One thing for sure, I want to learn a new skill every 2 months :) Like fuck i srsly need to learn swimming.

Pretty excited for what's in stored for me in 2017 as my life will be changing drastically with a full-time job. But, I'm excited! I've never felt so positive for a year to come and I just know 2017 will be a good year. It will be a pretty crazy and busy year I'll say but bring it on 2017! ✨ 

28 November 2016

5D4N in Krabi, Thailand

I visited Krabi in Oct, went with no expectation and returned with a heart so full. I never thought I'll like coastal areas but I DID. It was the rainy season tho so it was quite a bummer as it rained almost every day. But I'm glad that the sun came out on one of the beach hopping days, allowing me to see the beauty of the seas in its truest shimmer and glam. The view was absolutely breathe-taking, I was so awestruck even as I write this.

The whole trip went super well! I met so many new friends that open my horizon and did so many things that went wayyyy beyond my comfort zone! Still quite amazed at how I climbed a cliff without a harness and snorkelled. I even returned back to Singapore, determined to refine my swimming skills.

I stayed at the Slumber Party Hostel, the Ao Nang branch, and it was the best decision ever! The hostel is super lively every night as the name suggests, it is a bar on the first floor. Every night, there were activities such as pub crawl and beer pong match. Yunqing and I LOVE BEER PONG, we even joined the competition as "The Singapore Fling" LOL Sadly, we didn't even make it through, we lost at our first match hahaha but all is good, we played well actually but the opponents were even better! The hostel really caters very well to its visitors, a traveller for traveller environment where activities are planned out for you to choose. Not normal tour activities but instead curated locations by the owner that are off the beaten track. The owner himself was the guide of the trip so I can guarantee you the tour is worth it!!!

I wanted to vlog but I was lazy hahaha. I can't exactly remember what are the places I visited too but I'll try my best :)

Day 1
We reached in the evening so there was nothing much left to do! We stayed in and joined the others instead.
This is the wall behind the hostel counter. Is filled with testimonials and the wifi is "gofuckyourself".
We had welcome bucket before the pub crawl!
Learnt new games too :)
 One of more happening bars at Ao Nang! Overall, the club prawl was meh as nightlife in Krabi is nothing exciting. 

Day Two
I slept at the top bunk!! Always wanted to sleep at the top bunk since young and I was so excited and happy!! Felt like a little kid again :P
 I love thai milk tea!!
Off to our first tour by the hostel! We visited Chicken Island and Ton Sai Beach, snorkelled and did cliff climbing!
 The view after the climb was so worth it! Could been better if it was sunny!!

Lucky us, the stall next to our hostel sells SUPER YUMMY AUTHENTIC THAI FOOD. It was so yummy!!! We went back for like twice or thrice, I can't remember. 

Third Day
On our second beach tour, we went ahead with group tours and the highlight was none other than Maya Bay! It was so so so so so so so so pretty!


 Went snorkelling again and I love Yun Qing's smile here! :)
We also went Phi Phi Island! 
 Also, visited the night market at Krabi Town. Is a very simple night market that is good for leisure stroll as it is not very crowded. It also has more food stalls, good way to fuel up!

Day Four
There's nothing much to do at Krabi hence on day four we just walked around and explore. Nothing much so lets let the photo do the talking.

As it was some Chinese festival, our night in Krabi ended with free fireworks. Like what in the world, my trip was already going so well and the firework is just!!!!!!!
Day 5
Home-bound and Happy 22nd to one of my best and closest friend!

Not a very detailed post but I just want to get it out as I'll be travelling for 3 weeks in Indonesia in Dec. Looking at the photos still make me smile. Will be sharing more next month as I'll be embarking on my first semi-solo trip (as is an exchange programme and my friend will be flying in to join me). Pretty excited and nervous at the same time but I'm glad I'm finally stepping out to do what my heart desires even if is just SEA.

Till the next post!


22 September 2016

Museum Dates

A few weeks ago, my boyfriend and I headed to the Art Science Museum as I wanted to visit the Future World Exhibition. I was attracted to the social posts on my feed and Explore that were all #instaworthy pictures that portrayed the place as one filled with very beautiful light installations. As it is not really a guy kind of thing (for the majority of the guys out there), luckily my boyfriend also found an exhibition that he'll prefer more, which is the Big Bang Data. We booked our tickets online for only $17 ($1 booking fee) for two exhibitions as they had special discounts for students :) Yay to never growing older!

Future World

Indeed, the Future World exhibition lived up to all the images that people took. The placed is fill with many light installations to educate and create awareness on some future issues such as the sinking of islands due to Global Warming. Just a thought though but isn't the usage of such a substantial amount of lights contributing to global warming too... Hmmmm maybe Panasonic, the sponsor, used some sustainable lights which I'm not sure. Anyways, moving on.

The exhibition also encouraged interaction beyond photography taking. They had a section where visitors could draw and see their drawing appear on the big screens around. I had lots of fun at this section and was feeling cheeky and hence declared that Alien exist :D There's also many other sections but I shall not reveal too much and let the photos do the talking instead :)

And, now we are at the most #instaworthy section of the whole exhibition, the fairy lights like light display!!! It felt like everyone came to the exhibition for this as it was crowded with people camping around to take their perfect photos. Of course, I joined them and took many nice photos too which was only possible as my boyfriend was an amazing photog ♥

The whole exhibition felt like a virtual world and it was an experience that I would recommend :)

Big Bang Data

Big Bang Data was like a documentation of how data had evolved over the years, how people like you and I had been contributing to the Internet of Things. I was taken aback when I walk through the exhibition as it had never occurred to me that such a process that we took it as normal could be recorded and presented. I actually preferred this exhibition more as it was more enriching and thought-provoking. I felt like I was like on a tour in the Internet space which was an interesting perspective as an outsider as all along I was inside and part of this change. They also raised questions such as how data should be used...

My favourite part of the exhibition will be the part on the Universe. I couldn't exactly remember what was it themed but I loved the whole experience. I was first greeted with a few globes that featured the continents in the world. As I walked further in, there was a sky filled with constellations (I believe) and there were bean bags for us to lie down and enjoy the view. It felt so surreal and I just sat on the bean bag and enjoyed the view above me. 

Building up on how the whole exhibition was on data, we were also encouraged to contribute more data to the exhibition which I thought was cute. It also injected a sense of realism on how we had created this whole world of data. We are talking about ONLY one space here. However, if you think about it, human are everywhere and the data that we have produced goes beyond what is shown in this image below.

'We Are Only So Small In A Big Big World'.

Overall, I really enjoyed myself at the ArtScience Museum. It made me felt small but in a good way :)

I love going museums as it brings me so much new perspectives and inspirations on how others view and think. I am someone who learns from experiences and hence I've always fancy museum as it a good place to get them :) 

I've come to the end of my post and I hope I've inspired you guys to start visiting museums! Apart from ArtScience Museum, there are many other museums out there such as Singapore Arts Museum (SAM) for Arts and Lifestyle lovers. In my opinion, I would say this is the best museum to start because it is more relatable to our daily lives. If you like history and culture, you can visit National Museum of Singapore and Peranakan Museum. If museums aren't your cup of tea, you can soak up some art and festival over at Gillman Barracks which have night events such as the annual Art After Dark

On the side note, I am extremely proud of my outfit and you know the secret, is all in courtesy of Taobao. This time, from head to toe, even the lace bra ;) 

Always remember to keep that fire inside you burning! I often visit the museum when I'm in need of some inspiration and I hope you'll find an activity that makes you happy :)

Take care and be happy, until next time!