Live Chat #7!!!!!

It’s that time of the month again!!!! ♥

When you grab some popcorn and nachos and plop down in front of your computer screen watching me and Sam act like goons in front of my webcam via live video streaming on my blog.

SATURDAY, 2nd APRIL, 9:30 PM!!!!

For you newbies who don’t know what a live chat is…

You get to ask me any question you want, dare me and Sam to stupid outrageous things and chat with us live!!!

Sam says he might do another prank call in conjunction with April Fools’ Day! LOL. I am already frowning in disapproval as I think about it. Someone’s going to get offended!

Oh and you get to see my “new” (but not so new anymore) short hair on video for the first time!!!!


SEE YOU LOVELY PEOPLE THEN.

xoxoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess

The launch of Shiberty’s Sweets!!!

So I have exciting news to share with you guys!!!!!!!!!!!

As you all might already know, I’ve been really busy with a project recently. And today it’s finally coming to life, like for real!!!

Thanks to the lovely response from you guys regarding my previous post asking if anyone would like to order personalized cupcakes from us…

Sam and I have decided to OFFICIALLY start selling em through our very own website! I spent the whole of yesterday and today setting it up, and finally I’m done after many hours of hard work :D

Here’s a screenie to show you peoplel!

My new website is called

SHIBERTY’S SWEETS!!!

And it’s located at http://shibertys.blogspot.com ♥ ♥ ♥

I was going to name it shibertyssweets.blogspot.com, but the double S kinda bugs me and shiberty.blogspot.com is already taken -_-

Presumably by one of my readers…. who like to chop peoples names… for what?!?

Anyway, do you like the layout? Does it work fine on your browser?

I know it’s a very basic blogskin, I had to put it together in quite a hurry. I had basic coding help from blogskins.com, made the banner myself with photoshop and edited the pink cupcake from this free graphics page, and the rest are free for all trinkets and backgrounds I conveniently found on the web. Yay!!!!

So I know it’s not very professional looking and it’s childish (kinda like my blog, right?) but I didn’t study design or coding so cut me some slack? I think it’s superbly cute at least :)

Speaking of which, I desperately need to find a professional designer to design my website for me….. at a decent rate. I’ll do a free advertorial for ya portfolio! Any takers? Shiberty@hotmail.com!

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I can’t believe I’m selling cakes and cupcakes now, y’all!!!

I seriously never saw myself as the kinda girl. I could barely even crack an egg and fry it in the past, now I’m actually SELLING food items wtf!!!!

Recent order that I did – sunflower cupcakes ♥

I am actually REALLY pleased with this cake selling business, because I’m (working towards) achieving something I thought almost impossible. Many months ago, I was watching people making and decorating cakes on Youtube and I thought to myself…

“Doesn’t that awfully look fun?” and for some reason I got really into it and wanted to set up a bakery so bad!! Of course, I had no idea how to bake or to even work an electric mixer so it was out of the question back then. I told Sam about my ideas and he said he’d support me if I decided to go down that path.

He even drew a sign that said “Shiberty and DaNang’s bakery” but we settled on the name “Shiberty’s Sweets” instead because, well… Shiberty is already a known name to you guys and other people, I use it for my blog, facebook and others so what the heck, might as well throw in free advertising for my blog in the mean time haha! Plus since it’s a recognizable name, I hope this way people would be more inclined to trust me with their orders and have faith in our abilities.

Like, if I were to name it something generic like “Delightful Desserts” or something, who the hell would recognize it right?! But I think “Shiberty’s Sweets” has a nice ring to it which will stick in people’s head so yay!!!!

As I was saying before, many months ago I had this dream where one day I’d sell pretty desserts for people to enjoy on their birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions. Just something about looking at a pretty cake brings me so much happiness, you know? /drama/

I wanted to share this joy with other people, but I didn’t know how to.

Some of you might even remember the days where I couldn’t bake a basic cake properly, it’d fail MAJORLY, see pic here

LOL so yeah…. I’ll say I’ve come a far way along.

Of course I know I’m not at a professional level yet, there are many things I can improve on and many skills to be learned but I feel so productive and happy that I can turn a hobby into something that will earn me some money AND make other people (plus myself) pleased at the same time!

Receiving positive comments from people and customers makes me grin like crazy, it’s really what keeps me doing what I do.

I wanna thank my readers for their encouragement, because without my blog audience, this could’ve never taken off! Without your overwhelmingly positive response for all my blog posts, I wouldn’t be inspired to take this a step further and without your willingness to support me, nobody would even be buying cakes from me in the first place.

My grandmother saw me working 4-5 hours on 15 cupcakes the other day, and she frowned at me and said in Hokkien, “Why are you doing this? I’ve been seeing you work from morning to late afternoon, just for these small little cakes, how much are you selling them? Can you really earn that much money? Is it worth the effort?”

She tried to convince me to give it up as it wasn’t worth it, and for a moment I did ask myself…. Wtf? I could be blogging for more than half a thousand per advertorial and it’d take me the same amount of time or even less, but I’d be earning so much more.

Or I could even be setting up a blog shop or taking shoots – why am I selling cakes at a miserable amount of profit?!

But then I remembered that I’m not doing this for the money, I’m doing it for the satisfaction it brings me. Maybe next time I’ll start charging higher prices and think about the monetary value of this whole business, but for now, I just wanna do what makes me happy. I’m not in desperate need of money anyway, and I’d much rather do something that makes me happy but doesn’t pay much then to do something I’m not excited about and have it pay a lot more.

I don’t know how long I can keep selling these cakes, since I’m going overseas to study soon (term stats in July, for the billionth time I’m telling ya) but send in your orders while you can, people!!!!

Sorry for the lack of updates recently, I’ll try to blog about other things besides just baking stuff but as you can imagine, I’m terribly busy at the moment. And I’ve been going out a lot less…. Suddenly, I don’t feel so interesting anymore. Meh.

Nonetheless, remember that I ♥ y’all!!!! ^_____^

And thank you, once again, for giving me the opportunity to pursue another interest of mine. You all have been incredible :’)


Click to visit Shiberty’s Sweets and to show me + Sam your support!!!!

xoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess

Things I’ll miss in Singapore when I’m gone…

So, it all feels very real now.

When I think about it, my heart beats a little faster, and I sorta spaz out and panic thinking, “OMG I have so little time left!!!!”

Now you might think I’m going to die, but no… really, what I’m talking about is going overseas to study. I’ve been talking about this FOREVER, like what, since 2009????

But NOW it’s finally happen!!! Paying my first deposit for my school fees, applying for a student visa and looking for accommodation.. It’s only going to be 3 years, and I’m sure I’ll come back to visit Singapore often, so why am I so nervous??

Chill out Jess!!!!!!!

You are only going to move to a completely different country filled with white people instead of asians and you have to learn to drive or take public transport and enter university and hope to make new friends and hope your new life doesn’t turn out absolutely horrible and hope your boyfriend treats you nicely when you’re stuck in the same house together.

As terrible as I make it sound out to be (just the nerves talking) I’m sure it will be awesome anyway!! I am SO excited about the cooler weather, changing seasons, nice beaches, outgoing people, new school environment and everything else.

So I keep talking about Australia, what about…. SINGAPORE?!?!!?!?

Some people are under the impression that I hate my own home country so much that I desperately wanna escape it, but that’s not completely true.

I’ll admit that I definitely prefer living in another country than Singapore, but Singapore is lovely in it’s own way too!!!! So this post I wanna show some love to my hometown, especially since I’m moving out for the first time in my life omfg I’m so going to miss it more than I’d EVER know!!!!

Here you go SG!!!! You are not just a “fine” green city! For my overseas readers who’ve never been to our little city before, here’s what you can expect to love about it.

Awesome thing about Singapore I’ll miss #1: Safety.

I CANNOT stress this enough, how grateful I am to be living in a safe country like Singapore. It is undoubtedly the best attribute about this place. Fuck “golden work opportunities”. The working environment here is like shit (worse actually), but where else in the world can you take a stroll down the streets at 3am and feel completely safe and at ease?!!!


WHERE????

Where else will you never get earthquakes, landslides, tsunamis, forest fires, floods, (come on Orchard Road flood nothing la), volcano eruptions and other freak of nature disasters???

NADA!

Our country is so protected by a cluster of surrounding neighbour country and islands that we are pretty much protected from any catastrophe ever happening to us except world war 3.

The very recent Japan earthquake tragedy really got to me and realized how fortunate we Singaporeans are in the sense we’ll never have to wake up one day to our houses being swept away by tsunami or risk getting crushed under falling debris.

I know I haven’t blogged about it, but I don’t like blogging about sad things.. my heart really goes out to everyone who was affected :(

But back to SG.

We may have our (rare) occasional cases of psychos and murderers and idiotic gangsters slashing people up, but that’s really NOTHING compared to what other countries have to deal with. Almost every single time I’ve been on holiday, I’ve had to freak out about my safety. People always tell you to “be careful.” when you travel..

Has anyone ever been to Singapore and needed to be “Extra careful”??? More like you can let your guard down! I’ve heard stories of people going to the supermarket at 3am in America to get a midnight snack, and poof, what happens? They get mugged and they’re at gun point. That’s what happens when guns are so readily available in a country.

And I totally believe that because when me and Sam were in Florida catching a movie at 10pm, we saw this super dodgy black dude walking around with a fucking KNIFE wrapped up in newspaper. I imagine he just chopped someone up with it.

NO KIDDING.

I have never seen anyone else in another country brandishing a knife around like that. It wasn’t a pussy sissy lil butter knife either it was like a parang wtf. If you dunno what parang is pls google. What would you do if you walked past a psycho-looking person holding a dangerous-looking knife unashamedly? Quickly avoid eye contact and hope he doesn’t suddenly decide to stab you with it??? That’s what I had to do.

Having been to Australia a couple of times, I think it’s rather safe but in my opinion NOWHERE is safe when compared to Singapore. I’m afraid I won’t be used to being exposed to dangers out there and will easily become prey because I’m so inexperienced in that sense.

Dude, once my friend Gwen who lives in Perth told me that on her way home from school, she got attacked by this vicious bird (magpie, is it?) that ATTACKED and pecked her until she ran home crying!!! And this bird lived around the school grounds and supposedly took a boy’s EYES OUT. I dunno whether it’s true or not but my mouth is hung open in horror right now wtf.

I’ve never come into contact with any wildlife in Singapore before, the most I’ve had is the occasional stray kitten and dog, and sometimes giant rats or cockroaches, that’s it. Human-attacking birds?! No way!!!!!

Please please please let me not meet any weird people in Perth and have that taint my impression of 90% of Australians being super nice educated friendly and all.

Awesome thing about Singapore I’ll miss #2: Food.

I’ll miss bedok 85′s $2.50 bowl of minced pork noodles, Jumbo’s black pepper crabs, and I’ll DEFINITELY miss my favourite Indian restaurant at Far East Plaza (Mumtaz Mahal, 5th floor. Plz go patronize them when I’m not around so the business won’t dao bi and it’ll still be here when I get back, thanks!)

Food in Singapore is cheap and good!!! Hawker food is the best. You can get a nice meal for under $10 SGD, and what’s even better is the fact that food is available EvvvvEErrrYyyWWhhEErreee and some places even open 24/7.

Everyone raves about Singapore’s food!!! There is something for everyone. All sorts of cuisines, reasonable prices… extremely accessible…what’s not to like?

All my overseas friends get super jealous when I tell em we have Maccas 24/7 delivered to our doorsteps here. Woot woot! I know McDee’s isn’t the best food ever and nothing to be jealous of, but seriously? When you’re hungry at 4am, you’re not going to be complaining.

The only meal of the day I really can’t be bothered to cook is breakfast because I’m always too tired in the morning. Thanks to Maccas I am also like 5kg heavier though lol. /hate


Awesome thing about Singapore I’ll miss #3:
Late night Karaoke and Taxis!!!!

Taxis are so wonderfully cheap in Singapore… :’)

It’s my main mode of transportation and if it wasn’t at such a reasonable rate, I’d be forced to take the train which I really really hate. I hate standing around and rush hour traffic. I don’t mind long bus rides so much though, as long as I have iPod with me.

Most cabbies are knowledgeable and trustworthy enough, so you can fall asleep in the cab without being raped. I do it all the time.

As for the karaoke thing, I’m a huge singing addict, I like to pretend I’m my own Mariah Carey but I dunno if they have good karaoke systems in Australia!! Considering Perth is like the most expensive city in the whole of Aus (correct me if I’m wrong but I hear from people it’s true), I’m assuming karaoke would be ridiculously overpriced such as their taxis, so I will be doing it a lot less. So I’ll miss it :(

One thing I won’t miss though, is the shit service at International Building’s Party World KTV. Disgusting customer treatment and I’m glad service in Aus is generally much better.

Awesome thing about Singapore I’ll miss #4: Nightlife.

I don’t mean partying at clubs and stuff, but more of the fact that stores open late all the time! There’s always something to do at night, be it a midnight movie or karaoke or playing pool or whatnot. Can’t believe shops close at 5pm in Perth. That’s retarded. It will save me a lot of money at least -_-


This city is always full of life!!!

And everyone sleeps late in Singapore hahaha!!! The average person sleeps later than 12am. I like staying up till late at night surfing the net and bothering online peeps and going for spontaneous suppers and having lengthy MSN conversations, so no idiot will ring my phone in the morning. I definitely prefer nights to mornings

(well in SG at least, maybe things will change in Aus)

Awesome thing about Singapore I’ll miss #5: Tech-savvyness.

Eh, what’s the proper word for it?! State of the art infrastructure? Media-absorbed geeks? I love it. I love how there’s 3g connection and free WIFI everywhere I go, and how Singapore always keeps up with the times when it comes to media. Media is so big here, everyone blogs, uses twitter, facebook etc!!!!!

There’s TV screens in taxis, giant LCD screens on the walls of malls and other cool stuff everywhere!

As you can tell, a lot of my life exists online or is technology-based (gaming, blogging, etc) so it’s a huge deal to me. I still think of Aus as a very country kind of country (wow that didn’t make sense at all) so I hope I won’t be too affected by how “slow” the country is.

Singapore is always improving, revonating, the malls at Orchard Road are always new and sparkly, awesome!!!

OMG I HOPE MY NET DOESN’T GET CAPPED IN PERTH!!

Liddis how to blog????

Apparently they have a limit for downloads (SMLJ?) and many gamers get capped internet so once you go over the limit (which isn’t a lot) your internet is basically unusable (painfully slow speeds) and ya gotta wait till next month for the meter to reset. GROSS.

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…Ok, this is all I can think of for now!!!

You can add what else you love about Singapore in my comments if you like, it’s always nice seeing people show some love for their country ♥

Of course, I’ll also miss my readers in Singapore!

I may not have met all of you before but I kind of like getting recognized on the streets (oops my secret is out) and believing I am semi-famous to a certain group of people. :P

When I go to Perth, it won’t be “Jessica the blogger” anymore, I will be known as “That chick from Singapore” or something. It’s like my identity will be lost almost, I bet it’ll feel weird to be completely unknown and supposedly unimportant.

Nobody gives two shits about international students!!!!!! Boo

xoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess
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