Going back to school with a dear friend

I am thrilled to finally be able to go back to school and upgrade myself. Due to circumstances my dear friend and I weren't able to get our diploma until this age.

I used to be so ashamed by only having an ITE certificate, I have tried applying for government polytechnics and was very disheartening as the traineeship course I took in ITE isn't linked to any other courses. Being rejected for courses time and time again is not piece of cake, really bashes your confidence.   

Well this year, I applied for a course in a private school with my friend, thanks to NTUC for applying the SEP for me. This grant will really help me with my school fees.

If you ever find yourself in my situation my advice to you is not to ever give up. My ex-boss from the ite traineeship course used to say he hires us because we have nowhere to run and will stick with the work we know. Well if I could see him today I would say, Dr Chua, you were dead wrong, I left reinvented myself, worked hard and carved out a lively-hood for myself.

I worked really hard to save up for my course fees. Sometimes in life the only one you can depend on is yourself. I was let down many times with empty promises and dashed dreams but I never gave up.
I strived on and worked hard to pave my way to school.

Am glad my friend's boss has offered to sponsor her for her course, off to school we go! At least we have each other to count on as we study together.

Wish us luck!
     

Man of steel

Dear and I met up after work at vivo to chill and have dinner, having heard from his aunt that Man of steel was awesome and it's a must watch . We decided to catch the midnight show.


I have been following the superman series for as long as I can remember, be it the animated version or drama series, I was a huge fan. Superman is definitely one of my favourites apart from x man and batman. Superheroes definitely are a part of my childhood, watching them on screen and learning values and morals beside that action pack stuff.


  I bet some of you remember this right ? This awesome series ran from 
September 1996 to February 2000

                                                         
The New Adventures of Superman , Lois & Clark. Featuring  Dean Cain as Superman/Clark Kent and Teri Hatcher as Lois Lane. I felt that this series was Teri our beloved desperate house wives's break as a lead actress . The series ran from September 1993 to June 1997, haha I still remember watching this series during my primary school days on channel 5.

Ok now back to the movie man of steel, WARNING stop reading now if you don't want spoilers.




Alrighty, Man of steel what's the diff from the other cartoons,dramas and movies from this superhero?
Well  for one it's definitely more sci-fi ish, be prepared to watch a bunch of "aliens" hunt superman down and aim to destroy the world.I loved the action and the flashbacks from Clark's childhood but this sci-fi stuff maybe interesting to know about his past and all but it is very hard to swallow.

Don't get me wrong I really enjoyed the film just the sci-fi stuff isn't really my cup of tea. I loved the little jokes from here and there and the action was awesome, not forgetting that the superman actor  Henry Cavill is really really hot !!! ah lol .

The film has it's softer side, with Clark's flashback to his childhood and his love of his foster mother, the only lady who could get him out of the janitors closet thumbs up mum! Being an outcast and it was heartbreaking to watch his real parents sending him away to safety from krypton.

All in all it wasn't a bad film , I for one wouldn't mind watching it again, so if you haven't caught it and is sitting at home bored... head down to your nearest cinema to catch it :)

I give this movie 4/5 clouds

Well 4/5 because it had a good script and a good ending which is a standard which most films sadly don't meet these days.






  

Taiwan - day 3

After breakfast, dear and I headed for Taiwan Zoo.The place is  conveniently located at the MRT on the on the Wenshan Line.I was really looking forward to do because Taipei Zoo has Giant Pandas !


Yes I know there is Kai Kai and Jia Jia in Sg but honestly I feel that the ticket prices for the singapore zoo is a little on the expensive side.

At the entrance to greet us were the flamingoes, they looked more vibrant then those at
Jurong bird park or was it because things looked more beutiful when your on holiday?



The Koala bears were our next stop. I heard from somewhere that there were homosexuals, especially the females but when I read further about them online, there was an article stating that this only happens when the bears are raised or kept in captivity. Poor creatures :(
Regardless, I still adore them lovely creature made by god.



The Pandas were next on our agenda, I never seen one before and gosh they were beautiful! Silky looking fur and they were huge! I always imagined them to be smaller, could it be that I've mostly only seen the stuffed toy version of them?   


This is the enclosure where the panda's Tuan Tuan  & Yuan Yuan were kept. Photo was taken by my Casio TR 150, pretty good huh : D

The place was air conditioned and the enclosures were pretty spacious, the bears were kept separately  because panda's are know to be territorial. The enclosures each had it's own dipping pool and other cool toys and obstacles courses  to kept the bears happy.



I adored watching the pandas walk around, there have a very cute waddle to it kindda like a hamster haha. 



I brought my plush pandas Lucky Bear and Lucky Mei Mei along to view the panda's with me, call me childish but haha I love this pair of plushy panda's the most out of all my soft toys.


Lunch was unpleasant as the outdoor MacDonald had a lot of pigeons eyeing your food and you had to constantly shoo them away ... :(

We continued to tour this lovely zoo viewing all the wonderful animals , hippos, camels,elephant,tayper, giraffes. 





Dear and I enjoyed looking at the lions and the tiger we were only separated by a sheet of glass. I bet the animals are as curious about us as we are about them, perhaps we seem like we're just in a bigger cage then they are.





A baby rhino was born in the zoo earlier this year, now that it is  a couple months old it was a treat for us to view the scurry around.


The zoo is indeed a place you should visit if you ever are in Taipei, you could pick up a lot of cool facts about animals and the place is ever changing,



There you have it day 3 :) Stay tune for day 4.

Don't Know Why, Norah Jones ....

I waited 'til I saw the sun 

I don't know why I didn't come 
I left you by the house of fun 
I don't know why I didn't come 
I don't know why I didn't come 



When I saw the break of day 
I wished that I could fly away 
Instead of kneeling in the sand 
Catching teardrops in my hand 



My heart is drenched in wine 
But you'll be on my mind 
Forever 



Out across the endless sea 
I would die in ecstasy 
But I'll be a bag of bones 
Driving down the road alone 



My heart is drenched in wine 
But you'll be on my mind 
Forever 



Something has to make you run 
I don't know why I didn't come 
I feel as empty as a drum 
I don't know why I didn't come 
I don't know why I didn't come


From being happy as can be reminiscing on past memories  to being upset and depressed today, Nora sings my exact feelings today. My life revolved around you the past few years, living in limbo is killing me...Your the sunshine of my life please release me from this endless storm...

  

Taiwan Day 2

If I could turn back time I would set it back to the second day of my trip to Taiwan....





After a hearty breakfast of toast, porridge, fried noodles, eggs and soya bean milk oh how I miss the soya bean milk from the hotel. Dear and I decided to go to Ta Shee Blooming Oasis (大溪 花海農場)!!!


It was a long journey from Ximen to Taoyuan, we went by rail to a bus station and caught a 2 hour bus ride to Tau yuan. I forgotten to mention in my last post that I have been hopping around taipei due to the muscle strain during my paintball match lol -.- Dear kept teasing me saying I walk like a grandmother or a crab sideways downhill, Taipei is full of steps which was total torcher for me.But what the hell I was on holiday and was striving to make the best of it.

Our bus dropped us at Statue park where there is a very lovely lake and you guessed it Statues of historical people in Taiwan, The flowers interest me more so we went straight to Ta Shee Blooming Oasis.


 The flower dear and I really wanted to see the most was the lavender, as we have never seen real life ones before. We were a little disappointed because the lady at the entrance said that the season was over and not many were left.



 When we walked up the hill we were thrilled !!! There were some lavender flowers left along with a lot of other lovely flowers ! If you are a nut for flowers like I am this is definitely a place to go !





Dear and I instantly became shutterbugs hoping to capture all the beauty of the flower in photography  but like what dear always says a camera can never capture or do justice to what the eyes sees, an object live in all it's splendour .



The place even has a tractor ride that brings visitors for one end of the place to another, it was a big hit with the kids.


The mini barn where they housed goats and rabbits was awesome too, pay 100 NTD to feed the rabbits.It's delightful to feed these adorable furry creatures, I got quite angry when some horrid kid kept poking the poor defenceless animal with a carrot :(  Thankfully he stopped after I glared at him.



This is dear's favourite rabbit :P it had a very cute grey coat.Wished we could bring it home.



We had waffles and ice cream for lunch because most of the other items were out of stock.
After Lunch we continued our walk around this lovely place, look even the trees were flowering ! Nothing beats going back to nature....




Someone once wrote If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. 
Indeed, Looking back I sometimes wished I could just live there and read books all day long ...Away from the hectic lifestyle... A simple life ...

We headed to the nearby 愛情故事館, which was just round the corner.Nothing much just a couple of cute exhibits and shops selling the local snacks and treats.




Then next we made our way to Tomita Garden Farm ~ Teddy Bear theme farm. It was a little disappointing...The ever popular teddy bear house was closed for renovations due to change of ownership of the place. But we had the consolation of being able to see lavender and sunflowers which were taller than those in Tashee, they were said to be planted later.





The mansion was lovely,  I could spot it when I was at tashee, up in the hills .
I thought it was a place where someone very rich lived haha ...


There were many "love:" themed items on display for couple who want to have their pre-wedding shots taken with all these lovely flowers.


when you buy the entry tickets you are given 100 NTD voucher to spend on anything at the giftshop so dear and I used our vouchers to buy this lovely musical carousel, as I always wanted one. I know they are available in SG but they are very costly . Got mine at 200 NTD after using the discount vouchers.  
What a steal !


:P
Well I'll Stop here haha apologies for the long post will continue part two of day two soon  :p 
Thanks for reading.




I just realised that the second part of part 2 is too short to write as a post due to the lack of photos and we just had dinner in a hurry because we were starving  lol... so am just gonna post all about it here.


After we visited Tomita Garden Farm ~ Teddy Bear theme farm, we waited for 2 hours before our bus came, Taiwan is a huge place so be prepared to wait for your bus, on the bright side the locals are super helpful and friendly,without their kindness dear and I wouldn't be able to travel from place to place at such ease.The bus ride was really long so by the time we reached the bus station it was about 8pm.We had dinner in a near by Japanese cafe which served mostly fried food so we just had bento sets.Apologies no pictures cos we were too tired from travelling lol .


We chanced upon an adorable store selling Sanrio characters, namely hello kitty, keroppi and my all time fav my melody !!!

The items sold were very affordable compared to what we have in sg, knowing how much I love my melody dear bought me a plush and a handphone cover.The  cashier was very nice she asked if we were members, dear replied if we were we would only be for the week, oh your tourist she replied, never mind I just give you the members discount. It's very sweet of her :)   



The Handphone cover cost only 170NTW and the plush cost 270NTW. where else can you get lovely melody at this prices? In the cheapest one I can find is $30 sgd.

Thank you dear for the gifts :)