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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

i'll turn 24 in around 15 minutes!

don't you find that as you grow older, birthdays are nothing special anymore?
to me it's just another day, maybe a more memorable one than any other day.

i received another gift!
this time, it's an airflown one all the way from Adelaide, from my darling Director Poh!

Thank you so much, i'm plesantly surprised by you.
so sweeeeet!
and no, the earrings are not old fashioned, they're very bohemian in fact and i like it very much!
i'm already thinking of what to match them with~

tomorrow will be a long day lined with activities.
the usual activities, in Singapore, you can only do these few things, it's alwayz the company that matters.

and what the heck, i don't know what kind of genes i've got, i don't look an itsy bitsy bit like 24!
in fact, i feel my appearance didn't change much ever since secondary school, that means i still look like a secondary school kid!

i seriously ponder if i'll still look like 16 when i'm 30.
i suspect i will!
of course i wanna look young when i'm actually older than that but at least look 20 plus when i'm 30, not 16 can?

Monday, August 28, 2006

My Birthday!~

it's been quite a while since i've really celebrated my birthday with so many close friends.

the past few years, i have been away on holiday trips during my birthday but this year, i'm home!

Thank you all so much for your presence and for making the effort to come down.
and apologies if i did not entertain well.
i was busy getting drunk but i remembered most of what happened this time!

Many thanks for the perfume, i love the mild, yet refreshing and sweet scent :)
Friends whom i've known the longest in history.
i miss kindergarden, primary and secondary school days with you girls getting scolded and caught by the teachers for doing silly stuff like gambling in the teacher's toilet.

You all are my peace, laughter and joy.
Thanks dear Jenn for the netscard, i like it alot and it's very thoughtful of you~

Jo, the organizer.
You're the sweetest :)

My photographer for the night~

The rose was a pleasant surprise.
Thank you~

I'm her cuppy cake, she's my KKJ.

Madam Leong and the pretty alcoholic sisters (i'm saying them lah).
My pillar of strength and my care takers :)

The alcoholic sisters really live up to their name.
Ask them what they got for my birthday present.

Thank you Weizi for the cake, i love chocolate cakes!

and i have 2 cakes this year :)

for those who came later, i'm so sorry that i didn't have the chance to take pictures with you guys as i'm half gone.

Really appreciated you all for coming down despite your busy schedules, i.e Doctor Tong, my dearest Pearly Honey, Karyn, Sharon and Yang Wen- i'm really extremely surprised to see you! You still look as good after so many years :)

Presents received:

Thanks for all the gifts, angbaos, alcohols!
Thanks for making me rich, happy and drunk,
Thanks for EVERYTHING!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

My Shopping Loot from Guangzhou/Hongkong

with 90% of my buys from Guangzhou.

13 pairs of adorable shoes!
the most expensive pair being SGD14, the rest ranging from SGD6-9.

Did my nails there as well.

Will upload more pics of my recent shopping loot done after coming back.
That's all for now!

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Day 6 @ Guangdong, He Shan Village

Heshan (鹤山) is a county-level city of Jiangmen in the southern part of Guangdong province of the People's Republic of China.
It is approximately an hour's drive from Guangzhou.

i'm glad to be here, i never realised life could be so simple.

This little village mainly has some shops alongside of a road.

There is practically no traffic regulations here as you can see in the pictures.

We were warmly invited to a night's stay here by my friend's relatives in Guangdong.

i have never seen houses like these before.
They are made of concrete and bricks, like those i often see when watching ancient soap serials.

Having dinner at a seafood restaurant:

Live Silk Worms!!

Cooked Silk Worms!
yes, we had the honour of trying these exotic stuff which are not available here in Singapore.

It tastes crunchy on the outside and tastes like unfresh prawns on the inside.
It is known to be health beneficial and very good for the complexion as it is very rich in proteins.
The locals in China love this.

We ordered a total of 16 dishes.
The plates kept flowing in, one after another.

2 plates of worms (silk worm and another that looks like earth worms)
2 plates of fish (one eel, one sunny fish)
2 plates of veggies
1 chicken
1 bbq pork and such
1 prawns
2 plates of pastries
1 xiang ba bang (i don't know what's this called in English)
1 mussels

and i can't remember the rest.

all these whooped up a cost of approximately SGD100 only.
isn't that so so cheap?

i'm amazed that the locals in China eat almost everything.
bats, owls, lizards, cats, dogs, rabbits, horses.
and the worst that i heard, human placentas. (i heard it from the horse's mouth)

They managed to obtain the placentas illegally thru connections in the hospitals.
and it's said to be very nutritious.
they use it to boil soup.

i just can't imagine!!
that's equivalent to eating human flesh!

At the vegetable and animal farms
It's such a pity that we came here when the sun's down, the scarcity of light makes it almost impossible for us to take in the great view of the vegetable farms during the drive there.

We could only smell them.

These leaves are herbal leaves used to make herbal tea!

Not only these, they plant many of their own fruit trees too!

The people here are reeeealy so simple and nice!
They're so warm, happy and hospitable.
We felt really welcomed here :)

The watermelons are huuuuuuge, red and juicy.
Their skins are used to feed the pigs which they rear.

This is the owner of the farm who is so kind and keeps offering us lots of food to try!

The cousins' grand auntie.

These are fire works!
Yes, those that you see during National Day.
We get to buy them here in China but it's not legal selling them here, you only can get them thru connections.

we took turns lighting up the fire works.

and running away once it's being lit.

The beautiful lights filled up the air, some of which came with a loud screeching sound before exploding into an array of beautiful lights.

It's really nice and fun to try these which i believe is a once in a lifetime experience.

KTV at He Shan Town.
i'm surprised that their KTV looks even more hip than ours.

Sound system is superb!
and the total cost for a 3 hour package for the 6 of us is only around SGD20.
i feel like a queen in Guangdong!

Day 7, back at Guangzhou

i decided to have my hair cut.
SGD9 for cut + wash.

In the cab, going shopping again!

Mouse Street at China Plaza.

The public toilet stinks.
and there's this hilarious sign that says "Shiting is prohibited"
Tell me, what's this toilet for then?

Back at Shang Xia Jiu for some last minute shopping.

Food stalls in abundance.

Curry fishballs, mini 'peacocks', sausages and squids.

end of the trip.

i love Guangzhou, i feel like a queen in Guangzhou. (and a princess in Bangkok :P)
everything is cheap.
shopping is heaven.
massage is sheer bliss.
food is yummy!

but if i ever inspired you to come here, please be warned that this is known to be the most dangerous state in China.

Thieves, pickpockets, robbers and crooks make up 1/3 of the population here according to a local.
I was there for barely 5 days and have already encountered pickpockets twice, luckily nothing was lost, i only ended up with a slashed canvas bag.
Even at a crowded street, you face a high risk of getting your bags snatched.

Beggars and bums fill up the streets.
Leave a plate of unfinished noodles on the table and you'll see it being snatched and eaten on the spot in no time.

The streets are filthy and waterlogged.
Rubbish is everywhere and workers simply sweep all trash from the shops conveniently onto the roads outside.
sewage smell and dirt permeates the air.

Traffic is horrendous!
Traffic lights are merely decorations on the roads.
The drivers seem to be competing for the 'most pedestrians knocked down' award.

The people are extremely rude, loud and unreasonable.
Of course, there are nice ones around but in general, they are really arrogant.

Fake cash notes are circulating everywhere, illegal vendors operate right in front of the police. (though they may run away but the next minute, you see them there again, it's just like watching a show)
Police are like dummies there who are absolutely corrupted.

If you think Bangkok is dangerous, Guangzhou is 5 times worse.

But still, the shopping tempts me to go back :P

My next post will be all my shopping loots which some of you have already seen.
Stay tuned!

P/S my wardrobe has exploded and i have clothes stacked up all over my floor now.
my room really looks like a store room.


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