The Guide to Blind Gift-Giving

So it’s Christmas, and bless the season, we’re all out of ideas. Especially when it comes to blind gift-giving. How do you buy gifts if you don’t know who you’re buying it for? Still, don’t settle for stock options like vouchers or gift sets. Make it unique!

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While the list is not exhaustive, I thought that at least it gives you a place to start looking. 🙂 Happy shopping!

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105 | Big Gambles

Ever since graduation in May, countless people have asked (most more out of courtesy than anything else), “Which university are you enrolling in?” The moment I tell them I’m not going to university, their reaction is usually one of exasperation (as in, “I keep telling you not to buck the trend and you won’t listen!”) or one of perplexity (“Like.. why? Just why?”).

Since securing my full-time job, I’ve gotten a more well-rounded perspective on this dilemma. While I will never be able to vouch 100% for whether university is the way to go or not, it differs based on character, preference and work ethic (I’ll go into details later) and of course, whether it will pay off or not, only time will tell. I’m still waiting to prove myself right. Thought it’d be nice to chronicle my thoughts at this point in time though, so that in a decade when I’m 30, in best case scenario I can thank myself for having foresight, and in worst case scenario I have concrete proof to beat myself up over. Haha!

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Eating in Seoul: 리골레토 시카고 피자 Rigoletto Chicago Pizza

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My friend Jasmine came over from Singapore last week, and we were walking around Gangnam looking for food when I remembered that my Korean teacher strongly recommended a pizza place in Yeoksam-dong. Turns out it was just round the corner from where we were! Couldn’t help but step in and try it – we sure didn’t regret it.

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2015 Plays Watched

  1. Mosaic by Joel Bertrand Tan (Take Off Productions) [M1 Fringe Fest 2015]
  2. Under Pressure – Temporary Title by Group ACM [M1 Fringe Fest 2015]
  3. 《红楼梦》What is Sex?  by 國家兩廳院 National Theatre and Concert Hall, Taipei & 非常林奕華 Edward Lam Dance Theatre [华艺 Huayi 2015]
  4. Off-Centre by Haresh Sharma (Directed by Oliver Chong) [Esplanade The Studios: fifty]
  5. Gender and Sexuality: Language of Their Own (Chay Yew), Lest the Demons Get to Me (Russell Heng) and Autumn Tomyam (Desmond Sim) as directed by Jeremiah Choy [Esplanade The Studios: fifty]
  6. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck [National Theatre Live]
  7. Chronology on Death 《死亡纪事》 by Koh Choon Eiow [M1 华文小剧场节]
  8. Kafka on the Shore by Ninagawa Company

[ENG/HAN] 방탄소년단 BTS – RUN

작사 LYRICS
슈가 SUGA, Slow Rabbit, 정국 Jungkook, 방시혁 HITMAN BANG, 랩몬스터 Rap Monster, 제이홉 J-Hope, Pdogg
작곡 COMPOSITION
슈가 SUGA, Slow Rabbit, 정국 Jungkook, 방시혁 HITMAN BANG, 랩몬스터 Rap Monster, 제이홉 J-Hope, Pdogg
편곡 ARRANGEMENT
슈가 SUGA, Slow Rabbit, 정국 Jungkook, 방시혁 HITMAN BANG, 랩몬스터 Rap Monster, 제이홉 J-Hope, Pdogg
번역 TRANSLATIONS
Chelsea S. / @chelseaaasj
Please credit accordingly before using.

may my heart always be open to little
birds who are the secrets of living
whatever they sing is better than to know
and if men should not hear them men are old

may my mind stroll about hungry
and fearless and thirsty and supple
and even if it’s sunday may i be wrong
for whenever men are right they are not young

and may myself do nothing usefully
and love yourself so more than truly
there’s never been quite such a fool who could fail
pulling all the sky over him with one smile

-e.e. cummings, complete poems (1904-1962)

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102 | 진경의 방탄

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I’m unleashing my playlist on the world!

Decided to share my affection for one of the boygroups that has impressed me recently (given that I’ve sworn off listening to rookies, they still somehow managed to worm their way into my playlist) and it’s none other than Bangtan. Suga and J-hope are rappers that I like for their style and flow, not to mention Suga is great lyrically as well.

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REVIEW: The Udder Pancake (Bukit Timah)

Recently I’ve been hanging around Bukit Timah a lot, especially around the Lorong Kilat area, and The Udder Pancake just sort of hopped onto my radar.

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You can guess what happened to the door after that.

I love cafes with good design – if I’m paying a premium for the food, it’d best include the design and ambience. The entire cafe had the usual stools and chairs but the table all the way in front had these uncomfortable slabs of stone for chairs. I didn’t want to sit in the corner of the cafe because it was so dark and a waste of a beautiful Saturday, so I opted for the one closest to the sunlight and got a shock when I sat down.

Get this – this is a cushion.

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Upon settling into these plush rocks and surprising the two diners opposite us, we looked through the lovely handdrawn menu and decided on our biggest meal of the day. Because it was 4PM and I’d just woken up barely 1.5 hours earlier, I went all the way and ordered The Full Monty, which set me back $21.90 (the upper limit of the menu) since it was covering breakfast, lunch and tea anyway. Topped that with a cup of Gryphon’s Earl Grey with Lavender, while Mummy had Ice Lemon Tea with her set (herb chicken with pancakes, something along those lines).

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Don’t these look absolutely delectable?!

Need to say, the food was scrumptious (as it should be if I’m paying that kind of money). The Full Monty really has something going for it though. Two pieces of smoked salmon, two slices of bacon (that doesn’t taste like jerky, scrambled eggs, sauteed mushrooms and tomato, rabbit food, baked beans, and four fluffy pancakes (and butter topped with salt crystals need I say more?) makes for a just-nice fill for the big breakfast eater.

While we were waiting for our food (about 15-20 mins), we had some time to take in our.. shall we say, peculiar surroundings.

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Got suckered in really really quickly with all these hipster signs. Plastered all over cafe, these unique glass houses hold interesting content, distinguishing the brand from the Udder ice cream joint next door, which had much more mellow decor.

All in all, the afternoon at The Udder Pancake was pretty well-spent, and I didn’t leave regretting the amount I spent. Probably not a frequent haunt as Revelry is, but a novelty brunch place. Will be coming back with my camera to take better photos of the lovely interior. Am no foodie, but I find myself looking forward to my next indulgence!