Travel Hokkaido! – Day 1

Long time no see!!!!!!!!

Oh gosh I don’t even want to wonder when was my last post here. Time to weed out my blog!

Some updates – I went to Hokkaido! Well, not like last week. It was a CNY thing, but since I haven’t shared it with you guys here I think I shall.

Here’s what I have from Day 1!!!

This is Mum and Sis fresh out of the Hokkaido Domestic Airport (we transferred from Narita International). I mentioned that this is their first snow, but I’ve never mentioned that this is also their virgin winter experience…

Guess what they’re doing?

Blowing smoke!!!! Lol!!!!!

They got sooooooo excited when they got out and realized that they are emitting “smoke” when they talk that they just started “Haaa-ing”. Lol~ Yes I got my sampat-ness from my Mum, if you’re one of those closer ones who got to see that side of me. =D

Me being all composed.

Actually the first time I experienced winter I did EXACTLY the same thing. I’m sure that’s true for most of you yes? YES DON’T LIE!!!! Nothing to be ashamed about. It’s good to be able to laugh at yourself. ^.^

Very rushed tour schedule (we went on Chan Brothers), so we settled our first meal with food packed from the airport. Me and Sis – MOS Burger.

Eyeing my rice burger….

(Psst…after I finished it, I conclude – the Singapore one tastes better, somehow)

Mummy got TEMPURA DON!!!!!!!!!

I didn’t walk to the other side of the airport or I’d have bought this too~~~~~~

Someone told me that tour packages follow this pattern:
上车睡觉,下车尿尿,再上车睡觉,到了拍照。

Anyone who has done a typical tour package (other than the ones in Singapore because we are just too small) will have to agree with me. Lol.

My first photo stop: Jigokudani, also known as Hell Valley.
Beautiful as hell…and no, no pun intended, really. It IS so beautiful…

There was snow everywhere!!!

I’ve seen snow in Seoul, and Milan, and atop Mount Titlis in Switzerland, but seeing snow just there, piled high, WHITE, on the landscape…that’s only my first. First time was in Vancouver, and I didn’t even play with snow then!

I’ve to remember to trim that fringe when I get to the hotel room… NOT cool.

Jigokudani is actually an explosion crater formed about 10,000 years ago. It still gives off hot water (which has become snow and ice here) and volcanic gas, and the whole place smells strongly of sulphur.

The floors are very very slippery due to melting snow and ice on the pathways, so we didn’t get to cover any of the trails. I’ve heard that they’re worth the walks. Maybe next time. 😉

Playing with snow. Snow fight!!!!!!
Captured Mum’s snowball in mid-air!

P.S. I’m SURE my sister was trying to kill the photographer (me) with that thing she’s holding…

Another of Mummy’s throws!!!!

Huixian is still trying hard to make that snowball snowrock bigger…. O.O

Say Cheese!!! ^.^

Since everyone’s in the mood to play and take nice snowy pictures, Mummy decided to “borrow” a snow spade from the uncles who were shovelling the snow. Nice!!!

Sis at it too, pretending to be a worker. =D

And it’s time to 上车睡觉 again! Before I went to Lala-Land this was what I captured from the bus…

See those prints on the floor? They were very small footprints, and I kept seeing them across the smooth white snow. Too small for a man/child’s. Fox? Raccoon? Whatever they belong to, I think these prints are really cute.

Next: Lake Toya. The view was nothing short of impressive. I mean, look at this:

Lake Toya is a volcanic Caldera lake, and is said to be the lake that NEVER freezes.

(You can ice-skate on lakes that freezes, but you can’t with this one.) It is also the 2nd most TRANSPARENT lake in Japan.

It’s really a challenge to walk on snow, especially when each step you take, you never know how deep your legs are gonna stick in.

But I still find thick snow easier to walk on than thin ones which have melted to water then frozen to become ice (understand what I’m saying? Lol~). Those are slippery, and you can fall and hurt yourself if you’re not careful. I nearly fell, too many times. If you fall on snow, however, you’ll just end up sitting on the thick cushion of snow, which is soft. ^.^

God bless the people who come here to picnic in negative 5 degrees weather.

One thing we’re sure of – the food won’t go bad even if you don’t have the styrofoam box, and cold drinks remain cold, the WHOLE day. Lol~

We wanted to capture both of us jumping, but Mummy was cold and had her gloves off to take pictures for us so this was the only jump-attempt shot we have. Got 层次 hor like that? I like my sis’ expression. Lol~~~

Water freezing!!! But only on the plant, creating some form of natural ice scupture. You can click on the picture for a clearer look.

Can tell that this is a half-frozen smile? LOL!!!

Next we’re brought to this place where you can view and feed bears. We didn’t go in, but we got a good view of a young active volcano in Hokkaido –

It feels kinda scary and exciting to be right at the foot of an active volcano. I mean, how do you know for sure when it will explode?
Winter cold…so won’t la hor? #Likethatalsocan

Just outside the Bear Farm we saw 2 guys selling HUMONGOUS scallops!

Smells really good…will KIV for later. Go into the Bear Farm for some shopping first.

Feeding bears are not in our itinerary. We’re here to get this supposedly very very good Horse Oil, which is excellent for moisturizing your skin. Horse Oil is famous in Hokkaido (maybe even the whole of Japan), and this one is ONLY available here. Show you guys in the next post!

Anyways, yes, bear farm…

Mum and sis in a drama moment. LOLOL!!! See my Mum’s face?!!!

While they’re busy shopping, I’m outside doing the blow-smoke effect…

Trying to pretend to look pretty when I’m freezing my ass off. I wanted to take more shots, but I looked more and more stupid with each shot that I gave up in the end. Wanna see?

Don’t drink water now okay?

You have been warned…

FAIL!!!!!!!!!!

FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL!!!! WAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!

Can’t believe I was doing this and thinking I was doing a pretty shot, IN PUBLIC!!!!
*smacks face*

Sis was persistent in trying one of these… (actually me too, but I just kept quiet. Lol~)

They sell strawberries and other fruits too. But if you see the guys selling scallops, GO BUY!!!!!

Worth every bit of the 500Yen per piece…because it’s so big! And the taste is…Oh my gooood….yesyes YES~~~~

OISHII DESU NE!!!

Taken at Odori Park.

This is where the annual Ice Festival is held. We miss it by a week!!!! It’s going to be on next week onwards!!!! ARGH!!!!! I heard that the Ice Festival is really beautiful, and ice sculptures will be carved and displayed here. I want to see~~~~~~ *sobs*

Head down the underground tunnel (the same entrance as the train station), and you will discover a shopping paradise that is independent of the weather (I like! Especially during mad crazy winter like this.)

This made me feel a bit better (only a slight bit) about not being able to witness the Ice Festival… Still…you know… ONE WEEK!!!

And the night ends with dinner with a piece of pork that is big enough to be a facial mask sheet.

These are just the tip of the iceberg! Updates from Day 2 onwards coming soon!!! 😉

Visa go. Hong Kong Super Shoppers!

Ah~ Hong Kong…I’ve already been there twice in the past year already, and there’s so much I’ve yet to explore… Now is yet another chance for me to head back. *hou hoy sum ah~~~*

What do you think of when the word “Hong Kong” comes to mind? For me that Hong Kong ad kind of stuck. Remember the “买东西吃东西买东西吃东西~!”ad? Yeah, ever since then my impression of Hong Kong has been a place for great food and fantastic shopping. In fact, more the shopping than the eating, as I ALWAYS made sure I watch my diet whenever I go to Hong Kong, just in case. (Food’s too good, dangerous~~~) 一不小心腰围粗了,那不是得舍弃香港的购物?*horrors*

The Hong Kong Tourism Board, knowing there are too many people who love shopping in Hong Kong, have organized a Visa go. Hong Kong Super Shopper contest, and together with Omy.sg, have extended the contest to Singapore!!!

How it works?

Fashionable participants (in groups of 2) have been selected, and each group, together with 1 of 6 fashion/beauty bloggers in Singapore (yes, that’s where I come in), will form a team (by drawing lots!) have to complete a fashion theme challenge as set out by the organizers.

So…What’s the Challenge?

We will be given a theme, and the theme would be destinations/places in Hong Kong (e.g Kowloon, Causeway Way, Lan Kwai Fong etc. Each team will be allocated a $50 budget to create an outfit which they think best represents/suits their theme WITHIN 24 HOURS, after which they will present the outfit to a panel of judges. The blogger (me) will then write an entry about the whole teamwork process.

And the Prize…?

The winning team from Singapore will get to go for a 4D3N trip to Hong Kong, and represent Singapore in the Challenge taking place from 30-31August against teams from from Hong Kong, China, and other countries to compete for the grand prize of HKD200,00 Visa spending credit!!!!

VOTERS WILL ALSO GET A CHANCE TO WIN A 3D2N STAY IN HONG KONG!!!!!!

Yes dears, you’ll get to DISCOVER HONG KONG~~~ Oh yeah~~~

(You know what to do~ *wink*)

Guess who’s in my team!!!!

You won’t believe this…

Recognise them? It’s Nicole Chen and Celeste Chen!!! Yup, the hot sisters~

I just googled them, and trust me, even when we were putting the outfit together I had NO idea they were so famous.

Nicole’s an international celebrity model DJ, while Celeste, the younger sister, is also a model.

Both of them looked super well-put-together, it’s like they’re fresh out of Vogue magazine. I’m not kidding. =)

And the exciting moment….

6 cards were presented to us, face down.

We had to draw one!!!!

Celeste reached out her hand and….may the force be with us….

We got….

We got…………

Oh gosh we got………….

Ah~ Memories~~~

Tsim Sha Tsui was the first-ever place in Hong Kong I know about, because the first time I went to Hong Kong, I stayed in a cosy hostel in Mirador Mansion known as EastSpider Hostel, and that, ladies and gentlemen, is right smack in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui. ^.^

A shopper’s paradise~ Tsim Sha Tsui is one of the main shopping destinations in Hong Kong, where you can find great malls such as iSquare (located just right next to the MTR station!!!!), Harbour City and K11.

Now, how were we going to come up with an outfit that would suit the theme of Tsim Sha Tsui?

To us, all Hong Kongers dress well. Do they have a Tsim-Sha-Tsui way of dressing? And if so, what does that mean? How is it different from say, Causeway Bay?

I came well-prepared. While the girls were still thinking, I whipped out my iPad (brought ESPECIALLY for the discussion today. I like to be efficient. *wink*) and started googling “Tsim Sha Tsui”.

Voila~! Out came a long string of results. I chanced upon the words “Avenue of the Stars”, and something clicked. We could do a movie star dressing, like one of the stars whose names are along the avenue at the Victoria Harbour waterfront.

After some discussion, we decided it had to be Anita Mui. (It was a real pity her handprints were not on her mould.) She’s one of the most iconic stars in Hong Kong, and one with great character and edge in her dress sense, especially at the peak of her career. She made major contributions to the Cantopop industry, one which Hong Kong would call her own, and she was famous for being the “Madonna of Asia”.

Who better than Anita Mui can we pick as the inspiration for our to-be-created outfit?

We went on to search and study Anita Mui’s style…

If this last outfit seems familiar to you, it was the outfit she was “waxed” in at the Madame Tussauds Hong Kong.

I think they have since changed her outfit, because the last time I went in 2009, the wax figure of Anita was wearing this:

Is it the same statue or were there 2 statues??? *confused*

Different outfits, yet distinctly Anita Mui.

Our conclusion of her style: Edgy, always with a female touch. It could be in her red lipstick, the cut of her outfits which would accentuate her waist and legs, or her eye makeup. And there will always be a somewhat androgynous feel to whatever she pulled off. She could be womanly, yet give off the aura of the strength and 气质 (disposition) of a man.

So that’s our brainstorming….

Now comes the REAL challenge: How are we going to be able to pull off that kind of style with $50?????

And it’s off to the trendy yet famous-for-inexpensive-clothing Bugis Street!!!

Had wanted to take a picture of the famous lighted words of “Bugis Street” at

the entrance of the shopping haven, but it was replaced by a huge TV screen

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Anyway, if you don’t know where this is (where HAVE you been???), it’s just across the road from Bugis Junction.

And our sisters began their search for the perfect Tsim Sha Tsui-inspired-Avenue of Stars-inspired-Anita Mui-inspired outfit.

Celeste seemed to be the expert in Bugis Street – she knew every corner of the place, where to find what, and she manouvred the alleys with swift speed and ease. I was impressed.

And there’s Nicole just following her sister around the place, and there’s me following the 2 of them, totally lost. >.<

Nicole: My sister’s the expert.

Celeste in fitting room, figuring out how to put the pieces we chose together.

We picked this corset. Half corset actually. I told Celeste to just wear a nice bra inside, with lace, so it’s more edgy and statement-y.

Check out the material. Pretty!

“Will this go with the black skirt we chose or not?”

They picked this mid-calf length black skirt with a netted outer layer that looked slightly gothic.

“We will finish the outfit with the huge hat we have at home.”

“Ah! You can add long black gloves!”

“Yah yah yah!”


And then Celeste spotted this:

Alright~ The outerwear looks like something you can actually wear to an event or function, so we dropped the gloves idea and decided the outfit shall be statement-y yet wearable. Woot!

Celeste: Auntie this one how much?

*aunty mumbles*

Nicole: 可不可以便宜一点auntie? 我们很穷~

O.O

Aiyoh Nicole where got people bargain like that one???

In the end it was too expensive and would exceed our budget of $50. So the girls decided to wear something from home. I suggested meshed stockings with glam high heels.

And our Tsim Sha Tsui theme look would be complete. 😉

When Celeste tried on the clothes I was very impressed with the Anita-Superstar outfit we came up with.

It was gorgeous, edgy, loud, outrageous, and yet stylish with a female touch, AND it had a somewhat androgynous feel. It looked like something Anita would wear. *proud of us*

Curious?

I’ll reveal the outfit pictures in a couple of days, how about that? And after you see the pictures, don’t forget to vote for our team! Remember…VOTERS WILL ALSO GET A CHANCE TO WIN A 3D2N STAY IN HONG KONG!!!!!! *hint*

Yes I know you guys are very smart. ^.^

May the force be with us! I WANNA GO BACK TO HONG KONG!!!!!!

RAH!!!! Huat ah!!!

Vote for us here!!!!!!!

IShallStart减肥ingSoICanBuyPrettyClothesInHongKongWithoutHavingToTryThemOn,
*~Silver~*

Someday We’ll Know

The thing about being with good friends is that they are people you can be silly with…no pretense. With Hagen and Angeline, that’s what our friendship is like…I know I’ve probably never mentioned them, and that is because I haven’t seen them in years. And I mean years~~~ So one fine day last week, me and Hagen decided to do a video together. And so it was done. =)

This time, you can’t complain about bad video or audio quality, because it was recorded with a proper mic. I really really enjoyed myself doing this song with Hagen, with Angeline being the director.

I’ve loved this song since I was 18, and I’m really happy to be able to do a cover, even if it’s just on Youtube.

Our rendition of ‘Someday We’ll Know’ by Mandy Moore and Jonathan Foreman. I love it, and I hope you guys will like it too~ =D

(Having problems trying to embed the video so here’s the link)

–> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdSLR5ajdzw

Muhuki,
*~Silver~*

See My Transformation!!!

I’m really busy these few days, and I really wish I can write something here, but I’ve been spending the whole night writing the Starblog entry, I don’t have much energy left except to post a shoutout here. Curious how fat I actually was back in Sec 1? I was fattest in my life then…at 63kg or 65kg…yes cringe. I know… Go read my Starblog post for this week, and you’ll get the exclusive pictures. Lol. Just click on the Starblog link at the side of my blog.

Okay I know you’re lazy,or just don’t know what I’m talking about.-.-”
Here–> http://starblog.stomp.com.sg/index.php?tid=293

Zombified,
Silver

Employment Status

I am one of those who was chosen to participate in the Poly Graduates’ Employment Survey. There was a question which went something like:

Are you

  • currently studying full-time
  • currently working full-time
  • currently studying but has a part-time job
  • currently working but is studying part-time
  • not working but looking for a job
  • not working and not looking for a job

or something like that. I was thinking, I’m not a salaried artiste, meaning I don’t draw a monthly pay, so I’m contracted but not exactly employed under Wawa. I earn some income from acting, from performing at gigs and events, and from blogging, which in total sums up my monthly income. And I actually love all these things that I do, so I don’t really consider myself as working full-time (I don’t anyway..it’s very OTOT – own time own target). So…? The very first question – tio stunned. I was really tempted to click on the last option, because I am not looking for a job, and technically speaking, I’m not working either…. *shrugs*

To make things easier for everyone, I clicked on the 2nd option. Then comes another question later on…

Are you

  • An employee?
  • Self-Employed?

I think I am self-employed. I market myself as an artiste, and my blog acts as an extension of myself, yeah? So I’m self-employed.

Name of Organization:_________________

Guess what I answered?

Name of Organization:__Silver Ang__

Lol!!! There is no company name what, unless you consider my blog name valid. Then again, my blog doesn’t represent everything I do for a living. This has got to be the trickiest survey I’ve ever done.

Designation:_Artiste/Blogger____

Not sure if they will understand my answer. Especially if the ones collating the results are conservative traditional old-fashioned people who thinks a job means an occupation which is part of primary school vocabulary-learning – police, clerk, doctor, nurse, teacher, principal, and the like, plus terms like “manager” and “CEO”. Artiste? What is that? Like a painter? 艺术家? (Ok la, 我也算是搞艺术的吧~) Blogger??? Is that a new word? (er…actually, yes, heard of Xiaxue? I’m super newbie la, so I’m no Xiaxue, but yah, blogger as in..like that. And yes, it is a profession, if you know how.)

Last drawn salary: Erm…have I ever mentioned that my sources of income are never fixed? Sometimes I’ve got gigs, some months don’t have, some months got more filming dates than others, from blogging also not fixed…. -.-”

Then there are of course questions easier to answer like job satisfaction as compared to previous job (need you ask??? I’m lovin’ it~ badup bap bap ba~~~)

Then yesterday I was at the Pasar Malam outside Yew Tee MRT, and you know la, a lot of these Standard Chartered, Singtel, Citibank, HSBC, or whatever road show guys will be camping around outside MRT stations, assessing your whole look to see if you are a viable candidate whom they can pounce on. This lady, probably unsure, came up to me.

Her: 小姐,你是学生吗?
Me: 不是
Her: 你有做工吗?
Me: Er…没有
Her: 那你做什么?
Me: Er…..*stares at her face blankly*
Then I gave her an awkward look and shook my head. I also don’t know why I shook my head la. I just had no idea how to answer her. She then walked away and caught her next prey.

Interesting eh? I’ve never thought of my current status before these 2 incidents, and I’m not complaining. I’m sure any freelance artiste who’s also sidelining as an insurance or property agent as well as dabbling in some investments have had the same encounter. All the rich people – eg. Adam Khoo and Robert. T Kiyosaki, advocates having multiple streams of income, and more people are adopting it, so how accurate are these employment statistics? High unemployment in the States? For all you know they are all earning money from Forex or property trading….

Oh well…

Artiste/Blogger,
Silver Ang

FLEA MARKET!!!!!!!!

There’s something about flea markets – vintage items, collectors’ items, things which have stories behind them – who gave it, why, and now why that item is on sale…or  things which the owner doesn’t want anymore but unbeknownst to her, amidst that clutter of stuff lies an item which is a rare beauty, or is something which you have been searching for the longest time…

Am I babbling? Nah, doubt it. It’s only 1a.m. (Gee…the paradox~) Strange as it may be to you, I’m most productive at night, and 1am is the time I won’t keep sweating and wanting to fall asleep because of humidity/brightness/lunch.

But seriously, I’ve been to Portobello market in London (curse myself for not taking more pictures when I was flying!!!! ARGH~!!!!!), and the range of things you see on sale, WHOA~ Amazing. From drawings to clothings to shoes and bags to old watches and handmade accessories to pottery and antiques (Portobello is famous for antiques). You’ll need at least 4 hours to really soak in that market. It’s a road that stretches for about 2 miles, which is more than 3km long~~~ If you ever happen to be in London on a Saturday, go there. And be there about 8:30-9am, cause it will get REALLY crowded after 11.

The array of things you will see…and that is not all. =)
Because the road is soooo long, and there are dealers selling all kinds of stuffs. Wow~ Did I say I love flea markets? =DD
The Portobello crowd on a Saturday.
If u’re curious, you can always head over to http://www.portobelloroad.co.uk to take a look. =)
Now, of course the flea markets in Singapore are nothing compared to Portobello, but that doesn’t stop us from wanting to find interesting items, maybe even at pre-owned price~ Given how some of us shop… (I mean girls AND guys yeah? I know some of you boys out there are shopping freaks. Don’t try to hide or look the other way, I see you…), I’m sure there are some things we own which we KNOW by now are mistakes or impulse buys. And there are some things given to us by someone once special, which serve no purpose to us anymore, and feelings for those inanimate objects died with feelings for that someone long ago…Instead of clinging on to these things which will just clutter your house AND your life, I say get a flea market stall and sell them. Don’t throw them just yet, because you have no idea who might just want these things. Of course stuff like your ki mor already t-shirts and spoiled-underwire bras and yellowed underwear don’t take out and sell la…(wah damn gross…) If you want to don’t tell me, because I’ll just think you’re some disgusting cheap slut who hopes perverts will buy your worn underwear for $500 a piece. EeeEEeEE!!!!! (I know some people do that, but please don’t come and tell me you’re one of them okay? *shudders*)
Anyway, eh hem, I’ve got a truckload of clothes I wish to sell. I don’t really want to throw them or give them to the Salvation Army just yet because hey, if I can earn some money as well as get rid of my things, why not right? $5 a piece also can what. Only when they don’t sell, will I decide to donate to the SA. ^^ So~~~~
I’ve got a flea market stall!!! Yup, you can catch me up close and personal (IRL!!!!!!) as your chio pasar malam auntie (yah what, pasar malams are flea markets too, no? LOL~~!!) selling my pre-owned stuff!!!! Sorry pervies, no used underwear nor smelly bras for you~
What? Beauty and the Beast Flea Market
When? 30 October 2010
Where? SCAPE Youth Park
Time? 1400 – 2000 (That’s 2pm to 8pm for you~)
What you will find, instead, are items like….
Some of these items have never been worn. Like this cardigan.

I also have like 10 bottles of red Skinfood nail polish which I bought when I was in Korea 2 years ago. Still new and the lacquer’s in perfect condition.

Actual colour.
I personally find this red as good as the OPI ones, but at a fraction of the price. Will sell them cheaper than Skinfood does okay? The reds are really beautiful – not too bright, not too deep… *slurps*
P/S. This is natural nail without base coat nor top coat. Already so nice leh~~~

Other items which will be on sale will be updated on my blog these coming 2 weeks, so stay tuned guys~ 😉
Okay, I’m sure some of you are itching to set up your own stalls and sell something. Know what? You can. And at a special rate only MY readers can get. Normal rate? $50 per booth. Silver Ang’s readers? $45 per booth. Nice deal? You can sell 1 less item to recoup your stall rental fee. =)
All you gotta do to register….

Email to yourfleafully@gmail.com with the subject: Beauty and the Beast Flea with Silver Ang

Include the following details –
Name:
Contact number:
What you will be selling that day:
Blogshop/blog URL

Each booth includes a 3×3 ft table, and 2 chairs.

A confirmation email will be sent out within 2 days of receiving your registration.

So, er…what can I sell?
  • Pre-loved stuff
  • Bags
  • Shoes (no smelly ones, please)
  • Toys
  • Apparels
  • Accessories
  • Facial Products (Must be brand new)
  • Whatever you can come up with, except….

No-no~~~Cannot Sell These Things…

  • Insurance or Financial Products/Services
  • Food & Beverages. (Sorry don’t come and sell your curry poks here.)
  • Anything illegal/prohibited by law

And since Halloween falls on the following day, all stall owners are to be dressed in your chio-est and yandao-est best. Because the organizers are looking for “The Most Beautiful & Beastly Flea Vendor” (sounds like selling fleas…lol~).

“The Most Beautiful & Beastly Flea Vendor” will be entitled discounts on their next flea and will be featured on theYoursfleafully Yf’s Facebook page, as well as on their blog.

If you’re worried about the crowd, Coke Zero will be holding a dance competition at the SCAPE Youth Park as well, and the flea’s right next to them~ 😉

There will be over 70 stalls to look out for, so let’s create our own little Portobello here in sunny Singapore, shall we? And oh, do bring a friend, so you guys can take turns shopping at other stalls while someone tends to your own stall. ^^

Registration starts now~! See you there~ *wink*

Muhuki,
*~Silver~*

Skin Care? Sneak Peek.

So many of you have been asking me about my beauty regime I have to keep telling myself I must look alright for you to do this. I mean, I really think my skin ain’t as glowy and fair and flawless as before, during the days when I was flying and I had nothing to do overseas in my hotel rooms other than take care of myself properly. ^/^ (more…)

Being an Artiste, and a Blogger

I was reading Xiaxue’s blog, and I was thinking, way back in 2004, when I was still a student in SP, someone asked me if I read Xiaxue’s blog. She wasn’t exactly famous back then. Or maybe cos I was too ignorant and busy with SPSU’s stuff to really know what’s on TV, who’s big then, what’s going on with my country and all. Fast forward 6 years and she’s one of the leaders in the blogging industry and I’m an amateur with (almost) 1 year’s blogging experience. Back then, I did have a blog, but it was more of an online diary because I didn’t want family members prying on my physical diaries. My blog was private. No pictures, no one else knew the URL other than a few really good friends. I never thought I would ever have a blog with a readership of about 10,000 views a week.

I was having tea with Row and Candyce and 2 other friends yesterday, and they were actually saying I write well. Like, objectively, as a conversation topic. And Candyce was saying how before I got all this attention on my blog, my writing was already 长篇大论. (Lol) I was suddenly thankful that I have friends who really bother with the things I do, that they actually bother to read my writing even though it’s almost always very wordy.

For this, really, I have 2 persons to thank – Xiaxue, whom I have yet to know personally, and Qiuting, my best girlfriend ever. Before I started on my blog, they were the only ones whose blogs I read, and in more ways than one I guess, they were the inspiration behind me actually starting my own “Silver Ang. As Is.” They were so real, so themselves, yet so funny. And since I was coming back to entertainment, what better way to let people know the real me? And thus, this blog was born.

It’s probably the first of its kind, an artiste being totally herself for the world to see, judged or not. Most local celebrities’ blogs are a way for artistes to reach out to their fans, to update people on the films they’re making, what public appearances they have, and random stuff which hardly ever have any negative connotations. Now that I have you guys reading my blog and knowing me for me, I wonder, if (and when) I become bigger, does that mean I have to be less real? I really hope not. I have a 52-episode long kids’ variety show which I will be hosting with Sugie next year, and being a kids’ show host means I am sorta like a role model? How do you guys see it? I know late last year and earlier in the year there’s 《Fun 学去!》 and some of you are actually parents of kids who watch it. I’m sure you guys recognise that it is a show and it is my job and that the character is acted out, but will kids be able to tell the difference? Or will they think I’m some schizo character out to confuse them should they chance upon my blog? Maybe they’ll fall in love with the real me and continue watching the programme anyway. I shudder to think how I’ll juggle between blogging and showbiz, because in traditional media, artistes are kept quiet by their managers and their companies and thus say only what is deemed fit, but in the world of blogging, bloggers break boundaries by trying new things and giving real opinions. I feel like I’m getting into a dilemma already…

May I find my position soon.

Love You Guys Loads, For Being There,

The Lost Babe, Silver

Feeling Under The Weather

Harlow~~~ I’ve been diarrhoea-ing since yesterday morning, accompanied by severe backaches and muscle pains, as well as a throbbing head which gives me dizzy spells. Absolutely no appetite, because anything I put into my mouth tastes like bile and anything that enters my stomach either causes the diarrhoea mechanism to act up or my stomach will decide it doesn’t want the food there and push it back up my gullet.

And it’s not getting better today. Kept waking up throughout the night feeling I need to lao and vomit my half-eaten dinner of a few mouthfuls of yam and rice but because I was feeling so weak I couldn’t get out of bed to go to the toilet. Until about an hour ago. Partly because I really had to change my tampon (yah…they all have to come together and make me feel like shit all at once….) and mainly cos I couldn’t take it and really had to vomit. Yup, undigested yam which smells horrid because it’s been mixed with bile. Gross right? I know. You’re just reading it. I’m actually experiencing it real-time. Yuck.

Was supposed to help Geck Geck with her school assignment (acting as an Indian…) this morning but my current condition really doesn’t allow it. =( So much for looking forward to seeing her…

Oh btw, Happy Birthday Row! I owe you a present okay?

GetWellSoon,
*~Silver~*

Penang, and its Food (Holiday Version)

After Blogfest, I decided to stay on for an additional 2 days just to explore and feel the country. That was how I discovered Penang was really hot. Blogfest had me nicely sheltered in Wawasan, and if not there were buses and cars ferrying me around. So what’s Penang like without the tourist-y service?

Okay let’s take a look at what Penang is really famous for…the food!!!!
Yeah I was prepared to jeopardize my diet for the week. Since I’m in Penang, try their stuff!

Coffeeshops like these are everywhere in Penang. And most eating places open at 6pm and close around midnight to 1am.

 Penang Prawn Mee. They call it Hokkien Mee. Very different from our version of Hokkien Mee. Ours is dry, theirs is soupy. But they use yellow noodles and bee hoon as well. I had my first Penang Prawn Mee in London, at this place opened by a Singaporean/Malaysian called Bugis Street (Yes, named after the Bugis St in Singapore). It was conveniently located at the lobby of the hotel our cabin crew stayed in. The noodles in London, cmi la, but the soup…omg…the soup made me order this dish EVERY time I went to London and stayed in that hotel. Sedap~~~~~~~~~ So, now that I’m in Penang where this dish originated, of course I had to try the local one! 

Maybe it was this stall, but I really really still prefer the one in London. The next time you’re in London, go try.

Char Kway Teow, another famous dish in Penang. Their CKT is not as dark as ours. =)

 Chee Cheong Fun. We ate at New World Park just 10 min walk away from Hotel Royal (I had no idea where we were at this point, got offthe bus, and just eat. I was told CCF from this stall’s quite famous. Took a bit of getting used to, because they use A LOT OF prawn paste in the gravy. But after that I found myself hooked. Penang’s dishes tend to be more strong in flavour. And for someone like me who prefers bland-er soupy stuff, it’s a holiday-then-eat-them kinda thing. If I live there, I would probably eat these things less. Lol.

Maybe I wasn’t convinced that Penang Prawn Mee tasted like the one I had on my first day, I tried it again, this time at New World Park. Almost the same leh… Maybe this is the original one and the London one had been altered to suit Londoners’ tastes? I don’t know.
By the way New World Park is a very big hawker centre with many many stalls, like our Lau Pa Sat. And behind the food court are many shops and bistros which you can dine in as well. Old Town White Coffee’s there too. =) Oh did you know Old Town originated from Penang? =) And why is it called white coffee? They don’t use the usual milk. Instead, palm oil was added. Interesting eh? 
The rest of the meals eaten during Blogfest.Asia were all catered buffets, so I didn’t really take any pictures. But like I said, I went to explore Penang a bit on my own after that. =D
 All ready to go out!
The largest KFC is just across the road from Hotel Royal, and someone told me Malaysia’s KFC tastes better. So of course I had to try.
 Chilli sauce bottles were on the table, and there were !!! 2 types of chillis! The SOS Thai Chilli, and the normal one. The Thai chilli is a bit spicier but more flavourful as compared to boring old safe chilli.
 *greedy!*
I only had 2 pieces la….

There were plenty of run-down shophouses in Penang. And only upon reaching home did I realize the lush greenery sprouting out of the buildings! Lol~
You won’t get to see much of this left in Singapore.

 

Okay, this!!! This reminds me of the open makan stalls just outside Somerset MRT some years ago! It was a open air carpark by day, and a makanhaven by night. What sits on that ground now is 313. Yup! I used to love eating there, despite the prominence of birds above and the fact that it was a “Bird-Droppings Bombing Site”.
 The buses in Penang look like this.

And because pedestrian crossings are endangered and are so hard to come by, crossing the roads were a real challenge.
 This is a carpark meter. Each parking lot comes with its own meter, and you pay the amount required depending on how long you park, and it will start counting down.
 49 minutes left? Many of these meters were out of order. So if you park at that lot with the faulty meter, it’s your lucky day! =D

 An old shophouse ready to be torn down.
 No workers seem to be working on this project though….and I really wonder how long this shophouse has been in this state.
 And we were walking and walking under the scorching hot sun (I was really grouchy), we went to the Penang State Museum, and boy, was I glad to be able to hide into the airconditioned comfort. It costs RM1 per entry, and you get to read about Penang and its er…history…, as well as the different races and nationalities that made up Penang.
Outside the museum were these old vehicles from yesteryears. This particular Rolls Royce had suffered 57 gunshots due to an attack towards a particular minister. (Yeah, I don’t really remember history well, which was why I was a Geography student)
 I didn’t have time to visit Penang Hill, but this is an old Penang Hill Coach. It’s made to be senget because the way up Penang Hill is slanted.

Penang State Museum’s open from 9am to 5pm, and is closed on Fridays.
Visit www.penangmuseum.com for details. 

I met Lawrence for dinner at Gurney Plaza~ He’s really having a rough time being here all alone. But he’s been getting good reviews for his acting, so let’s wish him all the best okay? 王冠逸, 我挺你!

That’s Lawrence on the left.
It feels really nice to meet someone from your own company in a foreign place. Like even during Blogfest.Asia, on the 2nd night, my mum contacted me and told me she too was in Penang (biz trip). I asked her to join me for a while at the Bloggerconn Blog Awards. And my partner flew up to Penang on my last day with Blogfest.Asia to extend my holiday with me for another 2 days. Familiarity is comforting… =D

My last day in Penang. I was behind on like more than 10 blog posts due to me being in Penang, and I was trying to do whatever I could la. Why can’t I holiday properly, huh, why????

 5am.
 I was this happy because I could take a break and go for the hotel’s complimentary buffet breakfast!!!!

 A great way to start the day – salads.

 Good ol’ breakfast item – toasted bread. With butter. (NOT margarine.)

 I really really love it when my sunny side up’s REALLY sunny. Like,with very runny egg yolks~ Yippee~~~

American breakfast rocks!
(Yah I know I’m in Penang, leave the heavy foods for later la~)

 I know it looked like there were 4 of us. But there were only 2.

I went back to Chew Jetty, because my partner’s Chew, and I always like revisting places just to see if I can see anything new which I missed the previous time. I was hardly disappointed. =)

 This was a Cream Cracker container,converted into a mail box. Cool…reminds of Primary School art and craft days when we use recycled materials to make things.
Remember I mentioned Homestays were available here? Yup, I went to check the place out.
 Near the end of Chew Jetty is this PG Homestay.

WAH!!! Got Free wifi, karaoke and Astro channel to watch leh! Astro can watch Sg shows wor. Heard Your Hand in Mine is airing now on Astro.
 An interesting alternative to hotel stays which are always the same.
Email pgcjhomestay@gmail.com for details.

There is another one which you can visit – Www.mychewjetty.com

 Oh, and facing the Homestay is a Police station on the jetty!!!! Ha! Nice~ Less worries about security issues! 
(Notice I said “less”, not “no”.)

 The same house that was displaying the bras are….erm….STILL displaying bras. In different colours…

Picture in the 1st Penang Blogfest post.

 There is a hair saloon????? Wow. I should go set up a manicure/beauty parlour. Make the villagers and aunties feel more beautiful. This place is really cool man~
 And I don’t even have to worry about the heat. Airconditioning systems can be installed.

 I walked further down the clan jetties, and found this super atas house on Lim Jetty. Damn chio lor!

 And it’s really huge…
 Bungalow on the jetty. This is Lim Jetty’s version of a bungalow in Sentosa Cove. Lol~

 I was trying to find a place to eat, and I came across the Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower, built in 1897 to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee (that’s 60 years). Each foot represents a year of the queen’s reign, so its 60-foot tall. But she died just before the tower was completed, so she didn’t get a chance to see it. And a bomb that fell near the tower during the World War caused the tower to tilt slightly.

 I gave up trying to find a nice makan place on foot under the terrible weather, so I flagged down a cab. He offered to bring us to the famous Chocolate Boutique which I had heard about from Chris’ mummy.

 All the chocolate’s made in Malaysia, from Beryl’s, and there were staggering varieties of chocolates – fruit chocs, chilli chocs, sesame chocs, coffee chocs, and even…get ready for this…TONGKAT ALI CHOCOLATES!!!!!!!!

I got to try ALL the chocolates there, so by the time I was done with the place, I was almost full. I didn’t try the Tongkat Ali one la….

Introduction to Chocolate Boutique.

Introduction to their bestsellers, and reviews.

Number 2 Bestselling Chocolate – Durian Chocolate, with actual durian fillings.

Number 2 Bestselling Chocolate – with Mango filling. This one’s nice, and I bought it home for my dear sister! She’s a mango fan. =D
9 pieces inside, and she likes it!
This one’s packaging looks like fruit juice!
THE Bestseller!!! I love dark chocolate!!!!!! There are 15 pieces inside each box, and it comes in 3 boxes for RM37. Really good deal, if you ask me.
If you’re interested, you can always visit their website at www.chocolateboutique.oomph.com.my for details. =D

I wanted to go back to the place where they first brought me, that big food court, but I had no idea what it’s called. The taxi uncle brought me to the Old Town place!!! I didn’t know that same place which I had been walking to from my hotel was the same place they brought me! Plus the past few nights I came for Old Town, the foodcourt was closed and dark, so I didn’t venture in. So it’s called New World Park. Silly blur-cock me. And I was walking ALL OVER George Town trying to find it. -.-“

Oh, taxis are generally inexpensive, but they hardly go by the meter. So settle on the rate before you hop on. I didn’t la, but the uncle who brought me from Fort Cornwallis area to the Chocolate Boutique and then to New World Park charged me just RM15. And he offered to bring us to the airport from the hotel later on.

He says he does hire (包车服务) for RM25 per hour, and he can bring you around Penang to sightsee. (Max 5 hours.) Well, having a taxi uncle contact might just come in handy (for airport transfers especially), so I thought I’d share.
If you want his contact, his name’s Ah Hoo (亚富), and he can be reached at 

  • 017-410 9518 or 
  • 016-467 9765
This was listed in the Penang Food Trail guide- Fried Oyster. Aiyoyo…sedap la~~~
Me the wanton mee freak. I just HAD to try their wanton mee since it is one of Penang’s famous foods. Thicker noodles which are very QQ, and with dark dark sauce. Yum~~~

Can you blame me for putting on weight in Penang?

Okay, speaking of which, I actually did put on weight. Before I left, this was what showed on my weighing scale:

Weight                   : 52.1kg
Fat Percentage       : 21.3%
Hydration Level     : 54.1%
Muscle Percentage: 38.5%
And after I returned? I want to kill myself now…
Weight                   : 54.2kg (+2.1kg)
Fat Percentage       : 23.2% (+1.9%)
Hydration Level     : 52.8%
Muscle Percentage: 37.6%
OMG….I NEED TO DO A WATER FAST FOR 2 DAYS!!!!!!!
And I had the cheek to cook brown rice porridge this morning….
Okay…there’s my Penang trip for you, summarized. A pity I didn’t to visit Penang Hill or the Firefly Sanctuary. Maybe some other time, if fate brings me back here again… That will be AFTER I really slim down. ^.^
BacktoCrazyBusy-ness,
*~Silver~*


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