Um… Reflection on a Tuesday night?

As I have nothing to do now, except to sleep, let me reflect on my thoughts for a while, short one I promise 🙂 I find it fulfilling to resolve people-related issues and I’m still learning bit by bit (not bytes 😛 hee hee), day by day. Although I’ve read books and attended courses on how to manage conflict, it’s still fuzzy to me on how do we really apply what we’ve learnt to real-life situations.

The experience that I’ve got recently at work is awesome because I drive people nuts. Okay, you caught me there. I’m exaggerating. I find myself stepping on people’s tails more often than not recently cos I’m yolo-ing. Why I like to exaggerate so much sia?! 😯 Some issues get more complex at a different level because you deal with emotions, accountability, responsibilities and well, just more “people” aka people issues.

Argh, let’s just cut the crap and summarize this to you (you includes future me): When faced with a issue, and dealing with people whom you don’t feel exactly comfortable with, it’s especially important to focus on the SOLUTIONS instead of “what went wrong”. Really, think win-win. And while thinking of the options to resolve an issue, it’ll be good if you come armed with information, e.g. the costs and consequences of each option.

I caught myself rewinding in this circle of “what went wrong” and it was a negative spiral downwards. The interaction did not achieve a common goal and understanding, and both parties were left exhausted trying to explain their point of view. I realized this later and after getting agitated (reminder to self: if one explanation doesn’t work, try another and not just repeat the same one cos it will still not work), and thankfully, it took the right turn before things worsen. I hope that the next time when there’s a same-same but different issue occurs, I can focus on solving the problem and moving forward.

That’s all I wanna share for now. To end off, I look forward to changes and new challenges in work in the upcoming October 😀 Cheers!

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Cooking (:

Heh, so I suddenly wanted to cook on one of my off-days.

These were the recipes that I followed:

Verdict: I thought the snow pear soup was a success. The potato and minced pork dish can have some rooms for improvement – less oil and also more skills required 😛 Also, I “free-styled” a vegetables dish.

Let me walk you through the process 🙂

So I just got back from my shopping…

Got new seasoning ingredients – white pepper and sesame oil. Got some Chinese herbs – dried almonds and white fungus.

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Seasonings line-up. Say hello to the new sesame oil and white pepper. I learnt how to use a bottle opener for the new sesame oil lol. IMG_20170511_154805

Let’s marinate the minced pork first. I used my trustworthy spoon to help me with the marination.

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And I wrapped it up after seasoning and “mixing”, to the fridge. P.S. I think the recipe didn’t tell us to do this? But I did it anyway coz it’s weird to leave the raw pork in room temperature?IMG_20170511_155722

Then it’s time to weigh the white fungus. Woah, it’s really 2 huge pieces lol. And I have a scientific weighing machine with me here.

The kitchen scale that I bought previously buay zhun one. IMG_20170511_160114

I need 10g… I guess 0.1 doesn’t make much difference?

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To soak it in hot water… Oops, my house don’t have hot water leh. Let’s boil some using this electric water boiler. It’s fast!

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While waiting for the water to boil, let’s check out the ribs.

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Told you that my boiler is fast, so I filled it with some boiling water + any other water that I can find in the house. Haha, from my pitcher la. Let’s wait for the white fungus to growwww…

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I need to blanch the pork ribs, but I don’t know how. I remember OCK putting ribs in a boiling water and then pour all the water away a few years ago. So I googled and it turns out that I just need to throw the pork in the pot after it boils? Then pour all the water away and start boiling in a new pot of water.

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And I chopped the ribs further into smaller parts using our one-and-only kitchen knife as you can see in the picture below:

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Then I threw the ribs into the pork and move on to the next item – PEARS! It’s peeling time~

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The shapes aren’t consistent… But who cares right? It’ll eventually shrink when it boils 😛 I deliberated if I should throw in the “korean” pear on the right.. Eventually I did, coz I’m greedy lol.

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Ok, recipe says 1.2 liters of water. Hmm, I don’t know how to agar, so I used this 1.5 liters bottle to help me with my agaration.

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And I added the ingredients in – blanched ribs, pears, red dates, dried almonds. Omg, it’s so full luh! Shouldn’t have added the additional pear… Oops.

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And it starts to boil, and omg, it’s super full! How am I going to add the white fungus? I think the recipe instructs to close it partially with a lit, but I skipped that as I wanted more to evaporate so that I have space for the 10g of white fungus 😛

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Meanwhile, I moved on to potato! It says only one potato.

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Ta-da! Again, luan luan lai for chopping… Which isn’t good coz instructions said to make them equal in terms of height. Let’s see what happens next o_O

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Managed to squeeze the white fungus in, heng ah!

And will set this slowly to boil and boil. IMG_20170511_172414

Pan is ready!

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Noob trying to oil-fry things for the first time. Errmm, seriously, too much oil. And I’m not sure when is medium heat too. So I just threw the potatoes in when I feel like it. IMG_20170511_173240

Then some of the potatoes became chao-ta. Coz too thin, and some not sure if cooked or still raw. Then I thought over-cooked is better than under-cooked. And I drained the oily potatoes out, poured away some of the oil and threw in the marinated pork.

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Um, I’m  pretty sure the pork are quite finely chopped in the recipe. Mine seems to be in clutters lol. And take a look at the burnt potatoes 😥IMG_20170511_175144

Omgee. Super oily! And I realized that Dark Soy Sauce wasn’t available, so I used Light Soy Sauce in place of that. No wonder the color looks different hor.

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Threw in the potatoes and let it “sit” for a while…IMG_20170511_180052

Then comes to my “free-style” dish. I used one table spoon of oyster sauce with water. And this is nai bai with carrots. Oh, I threw in half a bag of white oyster mushrooms too.IMG_20170511_184953

Hmm, it’s nice 😛 Not too salty and oyster-ish. IMG_20170511_190130

Then it’s show-time!

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Vege with Oyster Mushrooms:IMG_20170511_203918

Snow Pear Soup: IMG_20170511_224345

After-note: China pears taste better than Korean pears for this soup 🙂

We had a great time eating. But not washing lol =x

My current thinking? Cooking is fun, if only it’s once in a while. The preparation and after-work is quite siong. I think I spent 3 hours cooking these and Simon spent 30 minutes to an hour washing up.

I’m not sure when is the next time I’ll cook but this is definitely a great experience! 🙂

Seeya again soon!

Hello from Hiatus!

Heyos! Been so long since I blogged. Man, I think the pressure cooker is running a little high recently at work. I need a place to release stress, so here am I, ranting 😐 I think there will be more posts coming up lol.

I find it increasingly difficult to make certain decisions at this point, especially when time is running out.

Nobody said it was easy. – Coldplay, The Scientist

Heh, so I’m listening to that and it was so apt for my current situation.

Again, I am appreciative of the support that I get from my awesome team :’) Thank you so much although I don’t show it. Thank you for the “no negative feelings” conversations. I should show more positive emotions and treasure the times that we have together.

So we’re running out of time to re-design a major feature for our program. It was challenging to convince my team and users (biggest challenge is to convince myself cos I am stubborn sometimes) that this will be the minimal viable product to be launched.

Why do I find it so hard to convince myself? I’m guessing it could be due to past experience when my guts shouted something ain’t right but we went ahead and the results are disappointing. But I have to admit that sometimes the results don’t turn out that bad either. It’s also a bad habit of being an idealist in a world with many other realistic considerations.

I appreciated how my PM takes the time to explain what I want couldn’t be achieved given the circumstances and constraints that we have. Reflecting about what she said today, I think I understand now. She didn’t stop me from dreaming of possible solutions though, but the timing is just not right now.

I do hope future generations engineers supporting this system will understand too, just like how hard I am trying to understand why some legacy systems are designed in a certain way.

Concluding thoughts: When designing a new system based on a legacy system, it’ll be great if you can put on the thinking hats of the people who came before you. To me, there are gems hidden in the history. While we should challenge the existing processes which can be made better and more efficient, we should respect and take time to understand why things are the way they are. This might ultimately remove unnecessary road-blocks along the way.

Wish us luck for the path to launch! We can start counting down now… Fighting!

Pre-wedding shots!

So SBH complained that there is a lack of updates on my blog on our last meetup and I forgot what was my last post. So hmm, that is a sign of how long I’ve MIA-ed.

Today’s post will be on pre-wedding shots. I’ve initially planned to write all that I’ve missed out but this post is huge enough to stand on its own.

There’s this “left luggage” service at Changi Airport which is really, really awesome!

We were attending a dinner on the same day of our flight so we had to deposit the luggage somewhere where we can go to the airport directly after our dinner.

I forgot what time we’re flying to Taiwan for our pre-wedding shots, but the timing was kinda insane? 😛

Simon walking towards the counter to grab our luggage 🙂

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Let’s take a photo before we fly~ This was taken at 11:44PM, I would have imagined that our flight is at 1am-ish?

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I think we arrived at 5am at Taiwan. OMG, I didn’t sleep well at all in the plane 😦 How am I going to take wedding photos with these panda eyes?

We then took a bus to Taizhong, the destination to take the photos and the bridal studio’s location. Luckily, the bus journey was awesome for sleeping and the chairs were so comforting 🙂

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We’re meeting the wedding bridal coordinator at a local McDonald’s a few hours later, so we need to stay awake for a few more hours 😐

I like how Taiwan McDonald’s treat Corn Soup as a type of beverage and it doesn’t comes with extra charge. I think their Hot Chocolate doesn’t comes with extra charge as well. Whee! 😀

The muffin with vegetables is a bit sad according to Simon. In other words, not that nice ;(

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So we arrived at our bridal studio, La Fatte! And they served us lunch, hmm yummy!

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Say hello to Simon who is trying out his suit! No photos allowed for my gowns though 😮

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After a tiring day of making many decisions in a single day, i.e. where to take photos, itinerary for tomorrow, styles that we like, gowns to choose, we went to check in to our hotel which is somewhere near the bridal studio (walk-able distance).

P.S. Would like to commend La Fatte for their professionalism and good service when we were there 🙂

I totally adore the night markets at Taiwan and can’t wait to get my hands on the fried chicken chop and fried mushrooms…!

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Free tasting? Yummy! I love pineapple tarts and we bought 3 boxes from the cat shop. They even served us tea when we were there 🙂

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台中逢甲店

台中市西屯區福星路539號(逢甲商圈內)
電話:04-24520175
營業時間:日~四10:30~23:30 / 五六10:30~24:00

We bought some other stuff but were aware that photo taking will last an entire day tomorrow, so we had to return to our hotel early that night.

We had dinner at a nearby dumplings noodles stall.

The next day is here! And I’ve dressed for the occasion (button-down shirt so that I can change my clothes without touching my face with makeup / hairdo). Say hello to my shoes, this is the pair which I was wearing for the entire day because heels are painful.

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Tip for brides who are taking photos: Wear a button-down shirt which is comfortable as you do not need to wear your gown (super-bulky and warm) while putting on makeup 😛

Breakfast @ the hotel. This is the western menu 😮 I like the bun and fries.

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Say hello to the SZB, which is me and say hello to my droopy eyes. I recalled having a flu on the morning and it was affecting my makeup (quite badly). Poor MUA had to redo my makeup as I was sneezing 5 times/minute lol. Thankfully, she’s very nice and professional. So I survived the makeup part, thank you!

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We decided to re-arrange the itinerary on the day itself and it proved to a be a correct choice. We started with indoor shots which I love so much haha!

My friends were teasing me that the shots doesn’t look like Taiwan because it was all indoor shots lol. Never mind, as long as I like them 😉

Super nice right. Of course credits to the photographer, MUA, assistant and people who edited the photos.

This was my first gown and hair-do:

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My stylist changed the look and hairdo for every gown that we change into. They were very attentive to details and professional.

Our second set at some mountains 大肚山 with trees. Again, this looks like any green fields in Singapore lol.

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Our third set at Lover’s lake 情人湖:

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Our fourth set at a place with lots of flowers (花市). Sorry, I can’t recall the name of the place 😦 But I think there’s admission charges to go there. So nice right *_*

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Heh, photos are awesome for memories! There you go, the name of the place:

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Finally! Our last set… The bold red gown 😮

We sit in this van which takes us around, so hello from the van! Gothic look for me 😛

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And no, the train is not coming. I can vaguely recall that the assistant was asked to turn on the torch light behind us. So I assume that the light is from her 😮 Interesting concept of taking photos hor…

This photo got so much “feels”, heh!

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Which gown do you like best? 🙂

Ok, back to the most feared part of taking wedding photos. Photos selection 😐

This takes place on the third day. As we’re on a tight budget due to big purchases upcoming – house + wedding banquet, we did the minimal package. I was feeling bad to the staff at the bridal studio, but they were really professional about it. Nevertheless, would like to thank them again for our awesome photos because we looked amazing in them. :’) Their after-service was awesome too.

Thanks Simon for this overseas photo taking experience<3

Ok, to continue with our journey to the fried foods. The highly anticipated fried mushrooms! We ordered the biggest size one -pokes the container on the right-

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Unfortunately, I think the mushrooms were a bit salty and the quantity was too much. Nevertheless, it was still nice :X

We bought other food too in the night market:

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Then it’s the next day! Breakfast again, chinese menu:

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As we’re done with the photo taking, we are off to explore other parts of Taiwan on our own 🙂

You can grab this from the local convenience stores 😛

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We went to a local university. The taxi uncle who drove us last night recommended this place – Taiwanese are really friendly 😀

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Then we went back to SOGO for our lunch and dinner, had a fun time shopping there 😛

And dinner, I love dim sum!

The next day? We were exploring a park nearby while waiting for our bus to Qing Jing Farm 😮

Lazy to post descriptions for each photo, so here’s a mosaic:

Then we had dinner. OMGEE, this meal is really nice 🙂

Then we went for movies! Kungfu Panda 3 😀

It’s time to checkout soon from Taizhong but we had to queue for the famous breakfast first 😛

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Then we went to Taiwan for 1 night stay before flying back to SG~

Back to SG with these bags lol! Luckily, we didn’t exceed the weight limit 😛

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Thank you to Simon for this wonderful pre-wedding trip 😛

 

 

Good news must share!

So I realized that I have a few drafts sitting in my inbox, so yeah, I’ll be posting them together today with a few “afternotes” written today.

Warning: incomplete content eh! So please lower your expectations.

5 March 2016: Good news – yays!

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Hee, can you guess what’s coming up based on the drawing above? 🙂

Afternote: Thanks to FYJ for the inspiration on drawing a hat and veil for the 2 octopi. They were originally bald. 

I noticed that good news can turn up at the same time too. Maybe I can blog about the progress of my planning? 🙂

Brb, going for a late lunch now… Heh, I’m back on Sunday evening.

Okay… After much deliberation, we decided to hold a banquet 🙂

Afternote: Planning for a banquet is quite a big headache, especially so if you’re hosting for a lot of people. Please, please over-communicate with your parents and in-laws first for their expectations first before jumping into it. After the decision is made to go with it, continue to communicate on a regular basis for tables arrangement and attendance. 

As you might have already know, we registered our marriage sometime late last year. Photos?

As usual, I’m very niao with posting photos, so yeahh. Only 2 lor.

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自恋 shot 😛 I like how my bedroom light got converted into blue light for this one 🙂 And I like my hair to be messy because I like messiness it looks cool.

Okay, so it’s my first time putting makeup on since Secondary school’s Prom Night? I think my Makeup Artist felt like she’s putting makeup on some dinosaur 😐

Afternote: Did not engage the same MUA as she was fully booked in May ;( 

I spent a while thinking if I should get a Makeup Artist as we only invited immediate family members for the ROM. But since it’s a once-in-a-life-time-event, I decided to go for it and is thankful that I did. Thanks J for recommending your MUA to us! Simon got his hair styled too as you can see from the picture, haha!

We had our solemnization at Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant, the branch at UOB Plaza (at level 60 – yay!) We booked their teahouse for the solemnization ceremony, and a private room for dinner. Sorry, I was too nervous that I didn’t take any scenery nor venue shots.

Afternote: It was a nice restaurant because it’s at level 60 and I love highness~

I love how my wedding band matches the proposal ring that Simon gave me ❤

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We got our rings from JannPaul. Simon was recommended by his friend about this jewelry store and he was impressed by the knowledge shared by one of their staff – Michelle? 😮

JannPaul was our first stop, and then we looked around at the jewelry street in ION Orchard. We were so, so tired after the rings selection and our fingers turned red lol (seriously). But I still couldn’t find one that could replace the first ring that I wanted, so in the end we returned to JannPaul to get it. Haha. 死心眼 -_-;

With rings and ring pillow (JannPaul gave us a pair of bear pillows for free!) settled, we engraved a pen two days before the ROM. It’s a Parker red pen which we all used to sign on the official documents on the actual day.

Tip for ROM-to-bes: Engrave early, at least weeeksss.

Afternote: What other tips for ROM-to-bes? Hmmm, engage a solemnizer early?  And be comfortable with his/her style. 

14 April 2016: Countdown to…

30 days exactly to my wedding!

Woah, things are getting really exciting coz there’s a bazillion items that are not settled yet. I might type some context (in bite size) when I have the time.

Heh, I shall post my progress towards my big day and hopefully you can pick up some lessons when it’s your turn ^^ Another reason for counting down here is because I feel happy when I’m writing, and it helps me to keep track of things 🙂

I was reviewing the gatecrashing items and thought I should be nicer, haha! Shall discuss with my sisters again tomorrow (hopefully – coz I am having some challenges at work, and work might overrun a little).

Things done today:

  • Decided on banquet photo and menu photo (thanks Simon!)
  • Reviewed gatecrashing games.
  • Designed an A4 size decoration piece for our new house. Whee!

Targets for tomorrow:

  • Finalize gatecrashing items
  • Run through program with sisters

Afternote: Okay, that’s all that I typed, haha! I guess my original plan was to say something like what’s left for the preparation frequently.

And as you can see, the plan to track what did I do on a daily basis didn’t went through. Perhaps I was too busy to even type a post. Nevertheless, I’m a happy bride at the end of the day 😛 Will post more on a separate post (hopefully the procrastinator monster don’t engage me)