A year without RAAAAAAAAAIN (Hi Selena Gomz)

Earlier this year I've been duped by the biggest asshole in Singapore. I read this book written by some ~*grand master*~ who predicts your luck and shit for the year based on your zodiac during Chinese New Year.

So for people like me born in the year of the dog, 2012 was supposed to be so bad that I would basically fail in life and shit. Well, that's not too far from the truth for me, but after reading that I even went all the way to some godforsaken temple I've never been to to pray to the gods.

Bullshit man. My year was fucking awesome. Therefore this can only lead to two conclusions: (1) the praying to the gods actually worked, so thank you whoever (2) grand master more like great grand father instead.

As the year, not the world, is coming to an end, here is a list of all the stupid accomplishments that I have achieved, which also serves as a very direct fuck you to that zodiac master dude. I'm never reading your shit again!
  1. I had my first ever job and I loved it
  2. Actually did pretty well for my O Levels
  3. Won at least one award for Speech Day and got to eat the buffet (albeit a disappointing one) - the reason why I worked so hard for my O's
  4. Got into the course I've always wanted
  5. Improved relations with people around me
  6. Ended up on the Director's List for my first semester
  7. Got into Radio Heatwave - one of the 3 things on my to-do list as a poly student
  8. Finally got around to learn the piano
  9. Got to watch Lady fucking Gaga live -- and at the first row too
  10. Changed up my hair for once -- still unattractive, but at least I'm not walking around looking like Steven Lim
  11. Went to China and lived to tell the tale
  12. Started a J-Pop blog at long last which is doing moderately well
  13. Met the greatest bunch of friends I could once only ever dreamed of :)
While that was a list of things I got done during the year, what you don't know yet is the list of things I didn't do during the year.
1. Actually wrapping up my series of blog posts documenting my braces journey 
Because I wanted to make a video showing the transition but I never really got around to do it. Maybe next year, maybe next year.
2. Completing my China blog post series
Oops. The only deadline I stuck to was for the first part of the series and after that I was just like meh. I'LL GET IT DONE!

Anyway to usher in the new year I'm experiencing yet another phase in my life where I feel like making changes to my room, and I'm going to start by actually throwing away my closet. That's right people, I'm coming out of the closet.

Loljk the truth is the sliding doors spoilt a few months after I got it in 2008 (that's 5 bloody years ago) and I don't even use the clothes in my closet anymore. I store most of my clothes in my mother's closet since she doesn't stay with us anymore and it's more spacious.

So I'll be replacing where my closet is with a chest of drawers instead where I can hide the mess that's exposed to all the dust and stuff around my room. Aiya if you've seen my room before you'll know

2012 for me was a great year although I've faced some really shitty periods but for the most part I still feel pretty amazing, other than the fact that I'm going through what might be some premature form of a midlife crisis. I need help.

Will be baking some cheesecake tomorrow (ie. later on today) to prep for the steamboat party on the 1st (yay) so that's exciting.

Anyway I don't have a calendar for next year! Since 2007 I've been buying Ayu's calendars but it seems that she's too lazy to produce them anymore. I guess they really thought the world was going to end this year.

Also, since I've been feeling really bored lately, I'd also like to take the chance to inform everyone that I now have a formspring account. Yes, ask me all your anonymous, sexual, questions. Tell me your darkest secrets...  because I have nothing better in life to do. What to do, midlife crisis.

Christmas in 2012



I decided to start off this post with this really unflattering and/or non-representative *ahem* picture of me because I am an attention whore. It's also to show how much I condone drinking your sorrows away.

Anyway this year's Christmas celebrations for me were pretty eventful!! In fact it's not even over yet because there's something else on the 1st as well as next year but oh wow the point is isn't it amazing how my life is so hip hop and happening?!

On Christmas Eve I finally decided to visit Sibyl!!! The last time I saw her was like after the Born This Way Ball which was all the way back in May! Plus I haven't seen her cat Tatie in almost a year!



Preparation for Chinese New Year



Hehe

Too bad we didn't really do much though. Tatie was busy smelling the roasted pork rice which I packed there (I asked the woman for Roasted duck AND roasted pork rice dammit) though I must say that's one way they are better than dogs where the latter will probably devour the whole thing in a blink

We did cards though!! It was a pretty last minute thing because later that day I had a Christmas party at Eva's house (as with every year) with the usual gang and I didn't prepare any gifts for them HAHAHA I'm so mean but hey, the both of us eventually decided to come up with something made with TRC (tender roving care) and words from the bottom of my heart



These are the front of the cards. The shapes I cut them into are not the things that each of them like, but rather what suits the concept of my words best. You will know why:



Sincere or WHAT? And this Christmas makes it the third consecutive year I've made cards for them! I'm on a card-making ROLL

But of course I kept tripping over my conscience that night (god dammit) because they all put in so much more effort in their gifts :( I'm sorry guys but I will be there 5ever 4 u



Potentially possessed necklace from Christel from Nepal and a MARC JACOBS laptop sleeve from Eva + her mum! Crazy but I ROVE IT! They say it's so me but I'm guessing that's simply based on the nip slip alone

Philana also made me a jar of her AWESOME cookies so guess who's cumming all over the floor tonight

I'm sorry for the disturbing visual you may or may not have just had

But you know what suay thing happened? When I was on the train to Lakeside to get to Eva's house I asked her what bus I can take from the Lakeside MRT Station itself. She said 180 and 187, so I boarded a 180, and she said I can just alight after 2 stops.

After 2 stops, I knew I was nowhere near where I was supposed to me and just assumed that maybe the "2 stops" was referring to bus 187 and that maybe 180 will eventually turn in and go to where I should be.

NOPE. The moment it went past Chinese Garden it turned into BUKIT TIMAH RD and that was when I knew it was the cue for me to alight. And I got lost. So I took a cab there eventually.

I slept over that night and on Christmas Day itself I was going to meet Angus for Korean BBQ at Novena woah woah woah

Not before Eva's mum decided to give me a facial though:



All she used was egg white and cotton pads. Apparently this was her home remedy for her acne / blackheads / whatever back when she was schooling as well. And I must say it's DAMN GOOD because after the cotton pads dried, I peeled them off and every. single. blackhead. was GONE! I was so impressed man

As for the fake cucumbers on my eyes I only casually said "Should also put cucumbers on my eyes ah" and OUP THERE IT IS

Later that night Angus and I went to some Korean BBQ buffet restaurant at Novena village which was freaking awesome although I didn't snap any pictures. After that we just lepak-ed somewhere and talked till 11:00PM. Would've been better if we had beer but oh wells ~*17 year old alcoholic problems*~

We're such sad losers to be spending Christmas all alone with each other but it's okay because the food and company was still great



The next day Nicolene, Kin Leonn and I went to Hatched for breakfast! Well it wasn't really planned to be a Christmas breakfast but it's just so convenient to label things nowadays. Like how people like to label me as a retard. Except mine is true

It was our first time going there and the food there is soooo gooooood. Plus Kin Leonn came all over the floor so that's embarrassing (no it didn't really happen) (or did it?)



Me taking a picture of Nicolene taking a picture of Nicolene.



And here is Kin Leonn showing off his mad skillz at the piano because he is ~*oh so talented*~ which Rajid can't stop slapping in my face with on Twitter the other day urgh


Yesterday we also had an impromptu Christmas celebration with Angus, Nicolene, Charmaine, Corinne, Jesslyn, Jeremy and Valerie at my house. Only because Charmaine decided to have her secret santa exchange w/ Jesslyn, Jeremy and Valerie at my house HAHAHA.

It was a very historical event because I finally convinced my schoolmates to come to Jurong West! And they've come to realise that it's actually not surrounded by industrial shit everywhere #surprise

We wanted to study but we ended up gossiping ALL DAY LONG and I swear you put 4 FMS girls in a room all hell breaks loose man if it wasn't my house I'd be running home already but it was still hilarious nonetheless

And that's all for the Christmas celebrations so far. Will be having a steamboat partay w/ the kampongz on the 1st then a Christmas loft-stay (lol) with the Radio Heatwave crew from 11-12 Jan so exciting.

In other exciting news Angela made me a Christmas card which has so much more effort put in than my other cards and I received my MacBook case yesterday woohoo! Those transparent ones so that I can print stickers and kiap them between the case and the laptop.

OH AND I'M TURNING 18 SOON? Fuck that shit

The Revolutionary Fried Rice Game

Okay hello everybody Merry Christmas eve. I can't sleep tonight so I've decided to blog. I don't know about you guys but I'm getting excited

Anyway just now on Skype I was talking to Nicolene and Kin Leonn and I suddenly thought of a BRILLIANT IDEA.

The Revolutionary Fried Rice Game.

It is a fantastic (if I may say so myself) game idea that everyone can play for friend or family gatherings. These gatherings will never be the same again!!

First of all you need to find a person's house that has a looooot of rice. I know, that's so challenging.

Then each attendee to your ~*party*~ will have to bring one ingredient each, and from there you must use all the ingredients brought to cook the fried rice. COOL RIGHT?

Plus this is like the ultimate test of friendship man. If it's just an acquaintance who's cheapo and doesn't wanna spend much, he or she will probably just bring hot dogs.

If it's a really close friend of yours, he or she will probably bring dead cockroaches. What a feast!

I really should be sleeping now though because I'll be meeting Sibyl and her cat Tatie later on today and then having a Christmas dinner at Eva's house. It's gonna be a great day! My ass.

I'm going to be a walking zombie dependent on caffeine and will probably zonk out while the night is still young. Plus, I didn't get any Christmas presents for my friends going to Eva's house too. I'm such a dick.

But to be fair they didn't even appreciate my present last year lor! I lovingly photoshopped each of their faces (meticulously chosen from their Facebook photos!) onto a really hot body of the opposite sex, and  printed them out on the front of the card. Now, if that isn't sweet, I don't know what is.

But noooOOooOooo they never let anyone else see my fine piece of art again and dumped it in the darkest depths of their rooms. I had nothing but good intentions ;_;

Mehhhhhhhhhhhhhhh ok goodnight good lord my words are so boring even typing them feels like I'm reading a bedtime story

From real cupcakes to fake sushi

What better way to kick-start a term break by baking cupcakes at Charmaine's house? Lolling around in your bed with the air con on at full blast. But since I've decided to live a more active lifestyle (my ass), we be baking cupcakes y'all!

Part of the cupcakes were for her best friend whose birthday is like, tomorrow, but I don't even know her so talk about ~*kindness of strangers*~ hahahaha

On a random sidenote I think I might consider moving to Khatib now that I've discovered that there's an actual Indian rojak stall there :OOOOO

So everything was going pretty well and I was getting the hang of making the actual cupcakes from the already prepared batter.

And then they told me to create the last batch of batter, and to save time, also told me to double the dosage so I was actually making 2 batches of batter in one big bowl. Big responsibility man!!

So I was having so much fun sieving in the flour, but I complained about how sticky the sieve was until I totally forgot how much flour I was putting in.

Then when I said "Shit guys I forgot how much flour I put in already." YOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN THE LOOK ON NICOLENE TAN'S FACE. Waaa I swear she was about to grab me by the ball sack and hang me upside down from the ceiling fan by my underwear!

So I got so scared that I pretended like I remembered and was like "Oh yea remember liao I GOT IT!" and continued adding more flour and continuing like I knew my shit when actually I didn't even know what I was doing

Eventually when it got to mixing the batter it ended up being DAMN THICK AND STICKY but I kept hoping that maybe it (1) needed more oil (2) needed more buttermilk (3) just not beaten long enough yet to its desired consistency.

Tried all 3, all 3 didn't work, and the consistency ended up being similar to MUA CHEE. I felt so bad that I disappointed everyone plus it was the first time they experienced my baking so naturally they have ~*formed the perception of Travis being inept at baking*~ which is NOT TRUE!

Eventually when they still kept to the faith that it might end up good, IT DID LOOK GOOD AFTER COMING OUT OF THE OVEN! But they tasted like shit of course. Plus those things were so robust you could probably throw it from the 20th storey and there wouldn't be a single dent in it.

But hey, at least something good came out of something bad. If my future prospect of being a baker fails, I can always bake for people who only use food for illustration purposes for advertisements. RIGHT? Shut up I'm just trying to console myself ok

Then I got really depressed so I ended up playing with Charmaine's playdough sushi set which I must say I'm pretty damn good at



But all in all we all still had fun and I'm still sorry and remorseful nonetheless for ruining what could have been amazing cupcakes. I'm just glad nobody threw me down the open window because of my screwing up and after that we went to Seoul Garden which immediately made me regret having that Indian rojak


You know I was actually pretty sad when they said things like "YUE BANG YUE MANG", "GET OUT OF MY KITCHEN!", and "TRAVIS JUST SIT DOWN AND WATCH THE OVEN" and I've come to realise that if there's anything I place greater pride in than my collarbones, it's my cooking lor!

Milo even said that they have experienced my first failure :( IF YOU CUT ME DO I NOT BLEED ok la I know they were only joking but pain is pain any way you slice it :( or bake it :( or sieve it :(

Maybe if the sieve decided not to be so sticky I wouldn't be so distracted with all the complaining IT'S THE SIEVE'S FAULT! What do you mean by "don't blame the gun blame the person shooting it" I dunno what you're talking about

Meanwhile I dunno why but I'm supposed to relax for this 2 weeks yet I keep having the constant feeling of having so much shit to do. Oh noes

I'm sorry that I'm not dead yet :(

I apologise for the lack of updates this past week because I've been busy trying to kill myself. I apologise once again for those who were hoping I'd be dead but I'm not so fuck you too!

Though I think my end is near because I've had a flu and cough for about one week now and it's getting really annoying. Plus somewhere in the middle of the week I actually had blood in my mucus how gross.

Anyway I'm finally done with the term!!!!! Which is actually pretty sad. I'm starting to enjoy this semester although everyone can't seem to wait for the next semester break. Hello? Before we know it we'll be second year students!!! But I wanna be a freshie 5ever!!!!

Last week's marketing test was actually okay and it was pretty shocking to hear from Ms Janice that I emailed her the most questions over the weekend when I only asked like 2.

Also I'm quite satisfied with my first 2 Radio assignments' results as well. Apparently for the first assignment Mr Yoka didn't like the idea of my "Wow!" and "Oh my god!" sound effects being only 1 second each because they should be three.

Where got people wow can wow for 3 seconds one? I even used the iPhone stopwatch to time my "Wow!" and it was 0.8 seconds!!! Then Mr Yoka very funny lor kept saying that it's 8 seconds because stopwatches go by hour, minute, then second. I freaking died. But I didn't do badly la so I'm not complaining or anything heheheheh.

I seriously don't think I will do well for GraCom because my 20% drawing test was a B+. Ok la, shouldn't expect much but I was marked down partially because the pool table I drew didn't have the 6 holes on it. ლ(ಠ益ಠლ)

In other news... I have no idea why I'm feeling so tired right now but I'll be blogging more during this 2 week break so yay! I like how December used to be my most post-intensive month but this year it's gonna be pretty dead since I'm tied down by quite a lot of work. ~*FMS student problems*~

I just don't get people who have all the energy to get shit done you know what I'm sayin

"Hey I'm running, and so is my penis"



When it comes to classifying friends, you can say that there are many sub-categories. We have the best friends, the weird friends, the rich friends, the poor friends, and then we have the absolute douchebags who spend most of their time flaunting their shit like they can be the king of the world if they want to.

Now changing the perspective from friends to sports, the douchebag that nobody likes and tries to prove that he/she is capable of everything is the

triathlon.


For years and years I've always been baffled by the idea of a triathlon. Look ma! 3 sports in 1!

If there is a threesome I wouldn't want to jump into, it's this. It's like the worst possible combination - running, swimming AND cycling? I don't think so buddy. I'd go for 3-in-1 coffee and/or 3-in-1 milo. Now that's an ingenious and innovative idea.

I don't get why you have to prove so much to yourself and most likely the world too that you can run 10km, swim across the Pacific ocean and then cycle around the perimeter of Singapore. On the other hand I can't even pass my 2.4km NAPFA run.

But nothing can be more bewildering than the fact that you have to do all this with your tiny little friend, the oh-so-conspicuous dick, out.

I've seen it. WE'VE ALL SEEN IT at some point or another on TV but I just never got around to really think about how disturbing it is until one night when I was on the phone with Sibyl.

I don't care if it helps you swim better or if it prevents you from getting saddle sores or what. The truth of the matter at the end of the day is that WE CAN SEE YOUR DICK! We can see *imagine me gesticulating it* YOUR SHAPE! Nobody is here for that.

"Meh, since I'm gonna flaunt my awesome mad sportz skillz that will give me so many problems when I'm old from all the rigorous training, I may as well flaunt my dick while I'm at it" FAAAAAT DOUUUCHEEEBAAAAG

I'm also not here for all that "you can don't see it" crap. Distractions are still distractions. As much as we don't want to see it, it's like bumping into a friend in public when you don't want to be seen - if it's flopping about trying to say hi, it's hard to avoid it.

Especially when they're running back to the finish line and you can see them happily smiling, arms up high with their ding dongs vacillating from side to side in full glory, covered by nothing but a thin layer of... whatever material their outfit is made of.

At least some have the decency of wearing something black so it's not as prominent, though that's not exactly a place you'd want your clothes to have a slimming effect on.

Let's not forget that moment where they all stand in one row receiving their medals but instead of focusing on this glorious moment you're instead transfixed on their appendages, where you can even see, no shit, the direction they're pointing at.



Case in point. It's exactly like those hotel lobbies with all the clocks set to international times side by side, no? You see the picture 3pm 2pm 2pm 9.15pm 3.30pm they are like SUNDIALS!

On a disturbing sidenote I Googled for that pic at like 1:50AM

Even the women wear sports bras underneath. And at least they look hot in those tight outfits. I wouldn't mind them out but breasts that are also swinging heavily from side to side can also look pretty disturbing (imagine Nicki Minaj), just like when your cocks are busy saying hello to the spectators by the side too. Or even worse -- getting an erection upon looking at the bouncing boobies. Talk about a real oopsie whoopsie! At the very least, do what they always say: put a sock in it!

Do you think triathlons are a pretentious rich people sport too? A bike alone would probably be a few thousand, on top of all the accessories, clothes and shit along with swimming gear, running shoes, gym membership, bla bla bla. Maybe they're trying to compensate for their ineptitude in bed and other things... but now I'm starting to sound like a sad old fat virgin.

CDs of the month! (#33)


(2012.11.08) ayumi hamasaki - LOVE (CD+DVD)

Love is in the air especially for this one hot mess here and her recent announcement that she's dating her back-up dancer everyone thought was gay!

Ayu will celebrating her 15th anniversary next year so what's the lonely party queen gonna do? She will have a release on the 8th of every month which started from November and will last all the way till March 8, which means there'll be five releases in total! So exciting!

And of course it's on the 8th because she debuted on April 8. Crossing my fingers for an Asia Tour next year, especially when Namie already announced that she's coming too!! 2013 is gonna be a great year, and that's if we're not dead by then.

Anyhoo I think this mini-album is damn good although there's only like 3 original songs on it. But ~*labels are labels*~ after all

CD Packaging Pictures| Album Review

I haven't really gotten around to buy any CDs this month and I doubt I'd buy any next month too. J-Pop is surprisingly dead while on the other hand there's so much going on in the US.

Like right now I'm totally digging Alicia Keys' latest album (although it doesn't sound like she evolved much) and Lana Del Rey's Born to Die and Paradise.

I also wanna get Kelly Clarkson's Greatest Hits because I'm such a sucker for generic songs and I love Catch My Breath. I'd also like to thank Rihanna for releasing such a shittily horrible album that it turned me off from ever buying it unless it's on 90% discount. What can I say I have a versatile music taste.