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happy new year 2014 December 31, 2013

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1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?

– seen cherry blossom in person for the first time (yes, sua ku, whatever)


– attempted flower arrangement (i’m not that domesticated la)


– drank a bottle of whiskey within a few days (for a nagging cough, really)


– hiked half of a 14km trail in the rain


– sponsored to go for a conference (ISPD-APCM) overseas (taipei). much thanks, Baxter!…


-… where i did my first ever poster presentation! (proud of self *pats back* thanks to dr y for the push & guidance)


– went back to studies after 12 years of brain atrophy… with a gem from God.


– applied for funding for a research project, did an oral presentation (trembling nonetheless) in defense of it, and got it funded! again, thanks to dr y for the guidance, and a great team of seniors supporting it. a special shout out to sook wern who accompanied me through the late nights and offered moral support.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

what resolutions?

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?


4. Did anyone close to you die?

thankfully no.

5. What countries did you visit?

kota kinabalu & penang of malaysia (technically, it’s a country, since i’m travelling from singapore. oh, and johor too!), beijing-china and taipei-taiwan.

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?

closer relationship with God

7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?


8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

survived first semester of studies, seeing sook wern walked down the aisle… to receive Jesus into her heart

9. What was your biggest failure?

no failures, only lessons learnt

10. What was the best thing you bought?

a stethoscope, in fuschia!

11. Whose behavior merited celebration?

sook wern & mum

12. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

lazy people aka free riders, who expect you to do all the work while they ride on your effort, while making unending excuses for their laziness…

13. Where did most of your money go?

bank account (phew)

14. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

70% sales at marks & spencer… (ya, i know…)

15. What song will always remind you of 2013?

16. Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?

happier, thinner, richer

17. What do you wish you’d done more of?

building relationships, attend a cell group

18. What do you wish you’d done less of?


19. How did you spend Christmas?


20. Did you fall in love in 2013?

not for the past 7 years no

21. What was your favorite TV program?


22. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

23. What was the best book you read?

handbook of dialysis none

24. What did you want and get?

an opportunity to study again

25. What did you want and not get?

body of a supermodel an apartment…

26. What was your favorite film this year?

27. What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?

can’t remember at all! *denial mode on*

28. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?


29. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?

leh leh feh feh

30. What kept you sane?

God, mum, friends

31. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

32. Who did you miss?

margaret, julia, sharon

33. Who was the best new person you met?

sook wern


34. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.

worrying magnifies my problems, prayer & praise magnifies my Problem Solver


china trip – the end January 13, 2013

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i finally wanted to sit down and post up the rest of my china trip pictures. however, they are no where to be found. all i know is that recently, i got a new laptop, and the previous laptop was reformatted and given to my dad. oh well…

happy new year 2013 by the way.


are you serious? November 5, 2012

Filed under: fickle fashion — daughterofdestiny @ 21:11

although I do read fashion magazines such as female, cleo, her world, elle, marie claire and et cetera, I do not count myself as a fashion forward person.


maybe that’s why I find this pair of earrings worn by a model for givenchy in harper’s bazaar (Oct 2012 issue) oh-so-difficult to accept.

probably it’s just me…


facial care products July 8, 2012

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ok, so I haven’t posted any entries on my trip to china… yet. but here is what I will do. I’ll share with you about a recent discovery, of which I’m so happy about – cheaper supplies of facial products from a reliable online company.

i’ve been using Dermalogica products for maybe a decade. Last year, I tried Kielh’s and Usana facial range. But Dermalogica still suits my skin type best.

How I came to know about this online company is purely accidental. I googled ‘Dermalogica products, singapore’ and happened to click on the link to Sunnanz.

i took a risk and ordered ONE product from them… just in case it’s just a scam. To my utter delight, not long after I’ve made my payment, the product was delivered to my door step.


Not only that, they provided a sample for me to try. Their customer service is excellent.


Recently, I ordered a Dermalogica product from them again, and was pleasantly surprised to know that they now carry OPI nail polish as well. And yes, I ordered two of those as well. Waiting for it to arrive this week. Yay!

What are you waiting for?


to hike or not to hike January 22, 2012

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If I do not have any plans on a Sunday morning, and if I do not feel tired from the previous day’s work, I usually ask myself this question: ‘to hike or not to hike’.

Most of the time, my lazy bum would choose to laze at home. But on those rare occasions when I manage to drag myself out of bed, shower, put on proper attire, take a bus and get to MacRitchie reservoir; I have no regrets. It is most certainly a great place to sweat it out, burn some calories and enjoy the surrounding flora and fauna.


Usually I’ll take the Nature Trail, towards the Tree Top walk, and down Jelutong Tower, ending at the boardwalk. This 10km route was shown to me by a friend, Bee.

Tree Top walk. Once, I made a mistake of looking down at the trees below and my legs just stopped in its track. I looked around sheepishly, and seeing there wasn’t a single soul around, I abandoned my pride and used both hands to hold on to the handrails for my dear life. Okay, I exaggerated a tad bit.

If you are hiking with a friend, I suggest both of you stop talking at this point. Concentrate on getting enough oxygen into your lungs. Looks easy to you? Try it, show off.

Down the Tree Top walk.


Towards Jelutong Tower


Step on these to cross the stream.



trail leading us to the boardwalk


If you do not want to dirty your running/hiking shoes, avoid coming here the day after a heavy rain.

Cyn L and Cin C navigating the muddy trail


View of the reservoir. It does not look this murky usually.


The pond with crystal clear water, the day after a heavy rain.


Fauna. Can you spot it?

At the boardwalk, you may spot the ‘four-legged snake’

I ALWAYS look forward to see these monkeys


On one of the hikes, I saw this monkey scratching away at its facial injuries, which I guess was from gang fights. Hope no infection sets in…

So, will you join me for a hike the next time round?


cats, cats, cats and more cats… December 21, 2011

Filed under: blah blah blah — daughterofdestiny @ 21:57

every time I come across a cat, without doubt I’ll think of this friend, who is a cat lover. So, here are pictures of cats I took in order to share with Sharon C…








Christmas is in the air… December 17, 2011

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… but is it in our hearts?