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Win Win

 

I think besides reaching an orgasm/scratching an itch/free falling, one of the best feelings in the world has gotta be.. wait for it.

SOLVING AN ISSUE WITH A WIN-WIN SOLUTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hell yeah!

I must sound like such a geek, but I’m sure you had a time when an issue which has been bugging you and is at the back of your mind all the time, just waiting to explode.. and then…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You found a solution!

Not just any solution, but a solution which benefits both you and another party!! That’s just great, it’s like by solving your problem you have solved another problem!

Happy times.

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Girl’s Brunch @ The Montagu, Hyatt Regency

Although we live together, we hardly get time to properly catch up due to work, study and bf. Hence, my housemates and I decided to go for a nice lunch together. It was a good sharing session ๐Ÿ™‚

Food wise..

The bread there was pretty good. They served a small loaf with raisins in it, which tasted pretty homemade but I asked for another plain one so that I can have my usual butter combo. The crust was slightly crispy, and it was soft and a bit chewy on the inside, super yums with butter! I think I’m the only one who is so crazy over bread and butter, so forgive me!

My starter (scallop mousse and prawn) looks fancy, but it was alright. I had lamb chop for mains (they came in 2 small pieces and were okay- not as good as the lamb shank I had the first time). Hui Ying had chicken while Suki had hake; we all have different tastes!

The dessert certainly saved the day- I had the strawberry tart in fresh cream with ice cream! It was light and refreshing, perfect to finish the meal!

In general, I was very happy with the toptable deal (3 courses + half a bottle of wine for 21 pounds), service was good and polite. I liked the atmosphere as it was pretty chilled.

Some pictures! You can see that I have turned quite red very quickly from the wine.

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After lunch, went shopping for a few hours before heading to Maria’s pre-bd session at Guanabara. It’s been ages since I have been there and the place was super lively!

One thing I have noticed today (disclaimer: this is not from our lunch session), is that everyone has their own problems. You might not see or know about it, but it’s there, and it exist in various shapes and forms. So if you ever feel down/ think that your life sucks due to x problems and issues, just know that the rest of the world is with you on this! ๐Ÿ™‚

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I fully agree with the above quote! I predict that sometime in the near future, girls with some abs and muscles will be more appealing in general.

And why do I say that? It’s all in social perception. For example, way back in China, plump ladies are deemed attractive because it signifies wealth and prosperity as they have more than enough food to go by while the other 90% of the population live in hunger. In the western world back in the 60’s, an attractive lady would need to have curves: big boobs and butt, noticeable hips and small waist.

Fast-forward to 2000, social media has morphed the image of a perfect woman to have long, slim arms and legs with a flat tummy. Obviously boobs and butt are added advantages, more so the former.

However, people are more health conscious now. People are more aware of the fact that with all the stress, pollution, sedentary lifestyle and food additives that we are exposed to, we need to counterbalance these negatives by exercising, doing yoga, having a balanced diet etc. There are so many gym outlets popping up, and they are always full!

So the way I see it, a few more years into the future, I foresee a trend of people yearning to be more healthy hence the fit appeal. In with the firm, out with the flabs!

But what do I know? Maybe I just somewhat biased because:

i) I am not skinny
ii) I am more fit than skinny

Teehee ๐Ÿ˜‰

When Fit Is The New Skinny

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When I Eat More Than My BF

He’s like:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And I’m like:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So hilarious!! Unfortunately I think I will always fall under this category ๐Ÿ˜€

 

PS: This is not my work. Original post here.

PPS: The title might be a bit misleading, not with anyone now, all the boys ran away when they see me eat ๐Ÿ™‚

GG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How true is this?! Always remember, it takes work to make a relationship last. When either party gives up, it’s game over.

Anyways, with regards to the title of this post, I am truly screwed as it’s April now and less than 8 weeks away from the CFA exams. Anxiety kicks in as I have not been studying for the past 5 days, and the week before that.

I will work doubly hard tomorrow. I need to.

Aren’t They Beautiful?

The weather has been so good this week, reaching up to 23 degrees on Wed according to BBC. It is the perfect weather where it’s not too hot, and it’s warm enough to go out in a tshirt. Imagine that! If London has this weather all year round, I definitely will not leave this place! ๐Ÿ™‚

I was tempted to stay out as it is still bright after work, hence what’s better than jogging outdoor- I get to enjoy the heat/sun while doing a bit of exercise.

Some pictures I’d like to share from St James Park near Trafalgar Square. Definitely brought back memories from first year as I lived a stone’s throw away.

Can’t wait till it’s summer!

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KONY 2012- Do We Believe In Everything We See?

I saw many videos being shared on Facebook about KONY 2012. It didn’t really attract me, but curiosity got to the better of me and I clicked “Play” on the Youtube video yesterday.

First impression: Kudos to this selfless man/oganization who is fighting for peace and justice , I want to donate as well!

I have learnt about Joseph Kony- who he is, the crimes he committed, but what truly awed me about the video was how itย fully leveraged on social media marketing (twitter/fb etc) and how it reached out to the public. Firstly, Jason (narrator of video and co-founder of Invisible Children) started telling the story through his son, knowing that people are usually more open and sympathetic when it comes to children. The Q&A with his son was brilliantly played. Secondly, he identified 20 culturemakers and 12 policymakers who has the power to make the different through their influence. Well, if these influencial people are involved and mentioned (which I then realize is totally different from them actively advocating it), that must mean that this is a sincere effort..

Isn’t it?

Then I did some research, and my verdict on KONY 2012: Not sold. Sounds like an Illuminati experience to me!

I thought the Guardian did a very good overall coverage on KONY 2012 which included some criticism, eg the current situation in Uganda (apparently in a much better situation than what was displayed in the video), the total force of LRA (said to be hundreds instead of thousands) etc.

***Read it here***

To get to my point:

This video was shared and viewed over 71 million times on Youtube, but before sharing, how many actually did a background check and researched about the facts presented in the video? It sounds like a noble cause. It certainly look very professional and factual, which made the video somewhat more trustworthy. On second thought, it just seemed so.. made up. I don’t mean to say that Joseph Kony/ children kidnapping doesn’t exist or that Invisible Children Inc is not fighting for a right cause, but there is just something’s fishy about this charity organization.

I have to admit I have not done any extensive research to conclude that this is really a scam (or not), but from what I have read, I’m just not convinced.

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Feelings & Music Aligned

How do you express your feelings? When you are happy, excited, sad, disappointed- do you let the whole world see it all, or would you keep it to yourself?

Whatever it is you are feeling, there are all types of music to match your mood and what you’d like to express. Say you want to shake your booty in a club, or declare your love to someone, or when you need some motivation, or maybe something to exercise to in the gym..

We might be complaining that the quality of songs produced have been deteriorating by the years, but one should never undermine the role that music plays in our life. It is one of the main channels of our emotions. Hence my little music appreciation post ๐Ÿ™‚


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Clos Maggiore.. and of Lousy Snogging Spots

Had a lovely dinner at Clos Maggiore, which was voted as the most romantic restaurant in London by Harden’s 2012. Our friendship is anything but romantic, though that didn’t stop Robert and I from marveling at the internal decor. I went here once late last year, but did not manage to get a seat in the conservatory room. We managed to reserve it today, and it is beautifully decorated with flowers all over and dimly lit with warm, yellow lights.

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We had a starter and main each, with one dessert and half a bottle of red wine. The bill came up to about 20 pounds each, very value for money, but only if you dine before 6pm weekdays!

Starter: Pressed smoked salmon
Main: Lasagna withย  marinated mushrooms (R) Roasted pork neck (Y)
Dessert: Creme Brulee

The menu is definitely more sophisticated than what I have simply described. That said, the food was good (though not like oh-my-gosh-great) but the atmosphere is totally the deal maker! Definitely one of the restaurants in London to visit! ๐Ÿ™‚

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On a totally unrelated note, is it just me, or do couples make out at the weirdest places in London? It’s an affair which makes me go “Whyyyy?” everytime I see it. I am totally fine with PDA (Public Display of Affection), but next time just pick a better place, and not places like…

Awkward Snogging Place #1: Near to or at the entrance of a tube station
I get it, his place is up North, hers is West and it’s time to say goodbye. BUT PLEASE: a tube station is where typical Londoners like us rush in and out like a mad person, and you hogging that spot there isn’t going to make our journey easier. Also, if you can’t get enough of each other, just head home together and voila, an extra 10 hours of kissing etc for you.

Uncomfortable Snogging Place #2: On the bridge, during winter
I get this too, the bridge can be pretty romantic as you are overlooking the Thames River and possibly Big Ben etc. BUT PLEASE: even during fwinter? It is fzero degrees, the cold is biting into your face, the wind is howling (especially so on the bridge) and your hands are freezing despite the gloves. Normal people would quicken their pace so that they can reach their destination asap and be out of the cold, but you stand still with your loved one being all loved up. When it gets so cold, I just lose whatever lust and passion in me, desiring only warmth for my body. And won’t your lips be cold and clammy anyway? Okay going to stop right here.

Gross Snogging Place #3: At the stairs
Not just any stairs, but dirty, wet and dark ones. I guess a dark/hidden area is ideal, BUT PLEASE: this is a place where drunkards piss all over, the walls are dirty and there are gums/ cigarette butts on the floor. I feel turned off just thinking about it.

This feels like a rant now. I guess everyone has their own right and reason to kiss wherever they please, and I will respect that. So yes, I’m not sure about you, but you definitely won’t spot me kissing at these places.

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Double Date at The Balcon, Pall Mall

Random fact: Pall Mall is in Monopoly! I know that because we played it recently!

I had a great dinner session at The Balcon on Vday + 1. I loved everything about that night- good great friends, good great food, good great service. The Balcon is located within St James Hotel, and the interior is amazing.

Friends: It is nice to have a casual catch up with old friends. I have known Wyng and Clarence since Year 1 of university and we were housemates for 2 good years. Wyng and I are similar in many ways, in terms of our values, beliefs and we love to dress up for no reason! I met Robert through Wyng, a very determined and decent guy who has had his share of experiences ๐Ÿ˜‰

Food: The Balcon serves British-French food and a whole basket (or 2) of bread. Those who dine with me will know that I am a sucker for bread and butter in French restaurants. The breads are always just the right level of softness and they often have different types of butter, eg salted/unsalted/butter with herbs etc. Mmmm.

The 2 boys and I had lamb for mains while Wyng had fish. The lamb was stewed with herbs, apricots, nuts, shallots and served with couscous. I devoured all of it. And we had blackcurrent crรจme brรปlรฉe for dessert which was equally as good.

Service: Not too forward, but always attentive to our needs and a service with a smile can never go wrong.

Some pictures!

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So, a lot of people have asked me what I did for Valentine’s day. To burst the bubble, I did not celebrate it at all. I went out on the 13th and the 15th, but not the 14th. Without a special someone, Vday is just like any other day.

However, I did noticed something. Valentine’s day is associated with bears, chocolates and flowers. Marriage is associated with diamond rings. I have read somewhere that the diamonds-marriage combo is actually one of the best advertisement in the world, and this is so true. You can’t have a marriage without a diamond ring (you might disagree if you are a male, but you need to marry a female anyway so your opinion don’t matter in this case). In fact, the bigger the better for most people.

What’s the point of spending so much on a stone? Yes, it is the strongest element which cuts through glass, and it is shiny and glittery and reflects light the right way. But so? (If you watched Blood Diamond, you’ll realize some of the hardship and torture endured to obtain this special piece of carbon in Africa.) This is why I think it’s one of the biggest marketing success of all times.

I am a practical woman, buy me a house anytime ๐Ÿ™‚

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