Bintan, July 23rd 2011

Just got back from a 1 night getaway at Bintan (on 23rd July) and it was a lot more fun + prettier than I remember it to be!

Bintan is an island (apparently larger than Singapore itself lol what) that’s about 45 minutes away from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal in Singapore. Considering it’s situated so near to Singapore, I’m amazed at how serene is! 45 minutes is hardly enough for me to get from Simei to Jurong, but it can get me to Bintan (coz I stay near the ferry terminal lol)

Win.

The last time I was at Bintan in 2008, I remember the beaches being really yuck and the premises quite boring. Think I stayed at Bintan Lagoon which was a yawn fest. But this time I found myself having so much more things to do at a different resort – unfortunately we only had less than 24 hours there.

In the lobby of our resort, Angsana Resort & Spa.

I LOVED this place.
The staff all spoke decent English, everyone was really friendly and always ready to offer you smiles plus the place is clean and gorgeous to boot!!!

Chillin’ in the hotel lobby while waiting for welcome drinks to be served and for our room to be ready. We arrived a little early, at like 11am but since we only had 1 day and night there, we didn’t wanna waste a second of it!

First impression of Angsana Resort & Spa – a welcoming, happy-looking lobby!

The lobby + restaurants are not air conditioned to my horror, but I think it’s because the majority of their guests are white people and white people have an obsession with “tropical” temperature (aka burning themselves alive under the sun and in the heat)

I don’t think anyone realistic would stay in a hotel without air conditioning in Singapore.

From the moment we stepped out of the van into the hotel’s premises, we had people grinning ear to ear like this :DDD and exclaiming “WELCOME!!!” a little too enthusiastically haha. And the manager also came out to greet us.

And then we were served an icy cold glass of Lemongrass drink, much appreciated considering the blazing weather!

(By this time I was already very impressed. Sam picked out this hotel, normally he chooses crap / unlucky places but this was a gem)

After settling our room arrangements, we went exploring the hotel’s grounds to check out what was in store for us that day!

Lush gardens and water features!

I’d expected to be swarmed by insects instantly but the AMAZING thing is I didn’t get bitten ONCE throughout the trip!!!!

I mean this is truly amazing hahaha. I’ve always had a problem with insects at beach side resorts but I didn’t even see so much of a housefly in our hotel room. That’s because Angsana Resort actually burns these incense sticks everywhere that apparently wards off the mozzies and bugs!

It doesn’t have a strange smell either, it smells nice.. like a Balinese spa! Woody and soothing. HUGE plus points. They provide extra incense sticks in the hotel room for you to take home too (Y)

Pretty but overgrown water lilies

Pathway leading to the pool….

Which was GORGEEOOUUSSS.

Right next to the beach / sea, surrounded by coconut trees and mini fountains and cozy little cabanas and day beds. Love.

Didn’t feel like I was an hour away from SG, felt like I was halfway across the globe!

99% of the hotels I go to have disgusting pools. Even so called 5 star ones have shameful pools! Dead leaves and insects floating on the surface, a pile of sand on the bottom of the pool etc… but Angsana’s pool was close to spotless, much to my delight. I hate dirty swimming pools.

As you will realize, I have nothing but compliments for this hotel. :)

Because when we were wandering around, a waitress walked up to us and asked, “Hi mam, would you like some frozen watermelon to cool off?”

COMPLIMENTARY RANDOM REFRESHMENTS FTW!

(Btw, they also offered us a 2nd round of complimentary ice cream while we were soaking in the pool later on in the day. I’m almost shocked at how impeccable their service is.)

Walking over to check out the beach!

A good beach could make or break a beachside resort.

It wasn’t spectacular, but it was good enough considering it’s so near singapore – It’s still quite near to a lot of pollution. And there’s way too many resorts on this part of the island.

I appreciated how there wasn’t one empty bottle or ciggy stub or plastic bag or any sort of junk in sight.

Sam admiring the views!

I think if it wasn’t raining so much these days the beach would be prettier as it’d be whiter sand and not so wet / dark looking. Anyhoo, I wasn’t that concerned about how clean the sand was because I’m not one of those girls who wear tiny bikinis and sit around sun bathing all day…

The first thing I do when I’m near a beach is to search for signs of WATER SPORTS!!!

Wasted no time jumping onto a Jet Ski.

If I ever lived near a waterfront I’d so buy one of these. The adrenaline rush is like no other. I’ve been on sport bikes before and it’s hardly comparable to a jet ski!!! Why jet skiing is so fun is because instead of traveling on a boring road, you’re out on the open sea beside a beautiful beach resort, skimming through the ocean, and you feel like the king of the world, there’s no traffic lights, no rules, just you and your jet ski, getting increasingly excited as you accelerate and listen to the engine roar and getting mouthfuls of water while trying to cut / jump waves…

Every second is unexpected fun because you never know when is the next big wave that’s going to come at you and send you FLYING off!!!

You need to hold onto the jet ski really tightly in order not to fly off :D You HAVE to try it if you’ve never done it.

We paid for a 1 hour + guided tour around the island and it was definitely the best part of the trip!

The views were breathtaking. Bintan is soooo pretty, we got to visit the quieter part of the island that only accessible by boat / jetski.

Perfect sunny weather, calm waves, cool breezes. Sun, sea, sand, me on my jet ski going like 50km/hour screaming “WOOOHHHHOOO”! and then getting splashed in the face by a big wave.

LOL inexplicable happiness.

I liked how our tour guide kept very strict safety rules (he turned back to check on us every few minutes, and if I was trailing off behind the group, he’d come back to get me) but at the same time, challenging us by going quite far out at high speed and encouraging us to make sharp turns instead of going in a straight line all the time!

It’s too bad we were too busy zooming all over the place that I didn’t have time to stop and take pictures of the different beaches.

Halfway through the jet ski safari, he brought us to this secluded part of the island where the water was crystal clear and so beautiful omg!!! We stopped our engines and just floated there for a bit before he jumped straight into the sea and urged me to join him, “Come on in, the water is so nice!” (it was)

But then I was like “NOOOOO” because I’d seen ALOT of jellyfishes floating around my jetski just before (in another beach – it’s jellyfish season) and if you don’t already know, I’m terrified of jellyfishes. They look so harmless but are so fucking poisonous!!!

I asked him what species they were and he replied oh-so-casually, “They are box jellyfishes.”

I was like HOLY FUCK! DDDDDD: SAY WHAT?! and of course refused to jump off my jet ski but he literally pulled me off my jetski (playfully) and I fell into the water with a big splash. Meh I think the tour guide took a special liking to me because he always paid me special attention lol. Anyway I clung onto him for dear life even though I was wearing a lifejacket (just in case a jellyfish was nearby it could eat him first :P) and he kept laughing at me hysterically!!

WHY do people think it’s so funny that I’m scared of jellyfishes???

Reminds me of that time me and Gwen were at Cottesloe beach in Perth and I saw a bright red jellyfish and freaked out and all she did was laugh at me and did absolutely nothing to save me. Hello why does nobody empathize with me!!!

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Our time spent at the private beach was entirely too short.. Before I knew it, we were already on our way back to our resort.

…And then it happened.

My jet ski made funny splurting noises.

Kind of like the noise your car makes when it’s about to break down on the highway. I remember widening my eyes and then cursing the jet ski, “You stupid thing!!! Don’t you dare break down on me when I’m in the middle of the sea!” (nowhere near any resorts)

But it ignored my threats and DIED ON ME WHILE THE OTHERS WERE OBLIVIOUS TOWARDS MY SITUATION AND HAPPILY JET SKI-ED FURTHER and further… and further away from me, wtf.

Until I could not even see them anymore, they disappeared into the horizon.

We were meant to travel in a single file and since we arrived the latest to register for the safari, we were positioned at the back of the group. The others had their jet skis on full speed and the engine is realllyyy loud so they couldn’t hear me shouting, “HEY!!!! COME BACK!!! COME BACCKKKKKKkkk….”

For a moment I felt like Rose during Titanic :’(

Come back! *blows whistle* /sadface

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So yeah. Sam and I found ourselves floating on a broken jet ski in the middle of nowhere, and then I started wondering WHY DO THESE THINGS ALWAYS HAPPEN TO ME?

Seriously… every time I go on a holiday, something weird / stupid / dangerous / unlucky / unexpected like this ALWAYS happens. To meee! Never to other people we travel with. ME. Why liddis???????????

Eventually our lovely tour guide realized we were missing and so he came back to get us. He looked like an angel in that moment :)

He checked our jet ski and informed us that we…… ran out of fuel.

*FACE PALM*

Of ALL things, the last reason should be that we ran out of fuel!!!! By right I should’ve complained to the management / hotel. What the hellll why would you rent out a jet ski with insufficient fuel? But I was in a really good mood that day so I decided to let it slide. My tour guide was a very nice guy as well, so I didn’t want to get him in trouble.

The only way for us to get back to the resort at the same time was to tie a rope and securely link the two jet skis together, dragging the broken one along slowly. LOL. We were going really, really slow…

This is me looking bewildered by the whole situation (crazy hair, wind swept for over an hour), and my tour guide, Arti! He’s tall, skinny, dark skinned and speaks with a British accent. If you ever visit Angsana Bintan, go look for him, he’s fantastic at his job! Also mention that Jessica (the one with the broken down jet ski) sent you, LOL see if he remembers.

We shared an enjoyable conversation on our way back while poor Sam was being dragged along on the 2nd jet ski….

It was one heck of an experience all of us won’t forget!! ♥

Tired, but exhilarated! :)

Cooling off in the pool

Isn’t it a beautiful day?

Had to wash out all that saltwater from my mouth and hair… after a quick refreshing shower, we’re back on the beach! Something really calming about dining by the sea, listening to the waves gently brushing ashore and staring into vast blue openness.

The food at bintan is gooodd but expensive, USD $5 for a can of sprite omfg. And 28 USD for some light snacks @_@

Taking a stroll on the beach as the sun sets ♥

Matching slippers provided by the hotel hahaha uber comfy!

Difference in our foot sizes

So peaceful. If I ever worked in a hotel, it’d be a beachside one for sure!

Blue skies & plane trails

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Went back to our hotel room to get a little rest. Seriously sleep deprived these days, there’s just so many things to do :(

This getaway was definitely needed to keep me sane.

An hour later was dinner – BBQ buffet!! YUM!!!!!!!!

I love BBQ food and it’s smoky flavor ♥ And I mean real BBQ, not the cheating type of BBQ like seoul garden using hot pans… You can never replace the natural flavour of real charcoal!

Sam cannot maintain whenever there’s good food around lol

HAHAHAHA LOOK WHAT WE FOUND AT THE FRUIT SECTION!!!

Say hi to Watermelon Man!!! He’s so freaking realistic looking -_- I can’t believe someone actually sat there and carved him out of a bloody watermelon lol

Side view. Whenever I walk past this I swear I feel it’s eyes on my back following me lol

A picture of the live band because they were REALLY good together!!!

I normally hate live lounge singers coz they suckkkk but they were awesome. They sounded like mexicans but they were singing in Malay haha

Immediately after dinner, we went for our spa massage appointment.. wrong move!!!!

I was stuffed to the brim with food, and when the masseuse pressed down hard on my back (I was lying face down) I had the WORST stomach ache + felt like puking and had to hold back my smelly farts throughout the whole session hahaha fml. At least the session was almost 2 hours long and I fell asleep halfway so I was relieved of the discomfort. The spa treatment was awesome, service top notch once again (pampered like queens and kings!), my only complain was that sometimes the massage hurt quite a lot :(

Not sure is it because my muscles were aching like shit or because she was using too much force. Could be both… Woke up the next day with sore muscles everywhere, particularly my shoulders and arms because of the jet skiing aagghhh.

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Caught an early ferry back to Singapore at 8am the following morning. Can’t believe we got so much done in ONE day! We even managed to squeeze in a bit of complimentary buffet breakfast before rushing off.

Goodbye Bintan!!! You were awesome!

Already looking forward to the next time I’m here.

xoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess

Lady Gaga’s Showcase!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! by Singtel AMPed

I can’t believe I was so lucky to get last minute complimentary tickets to Lady Gaga’s exclusive showcase OHHMYYGOOODDD. That’s right biatches! U jelly?

Thank you Huiwen / Nuffnang!!!! ♥

Even though it happened like 2 weeks ago I STILL get the shivers when I picture her coming out on stage, every time I recall that night my heart flutters a little bit. To say that being privileged enough to watch Lady Gaga perform live a mere few metres in front of you is a euphoric experience is a shameful understatement.

I swear the whole time I was like :DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

*hyperventilates and screams*

Even though I’m not a super die-hard fan (meaning I don’t call myself a little monster or keep up with her obsessively or listen to all her songs) I’m still incredibly fascinated by her.

I think she is amazinggggg at what she does. I may not like certain messages she’s sending across (why do some of her music videos look like cult freak shows / blasphemy related content).. But hey, who am I to judge.. it’s working out for her right? She’s like the Michael Jackson of our time. Her difference is to her advantage. People say she’s the new age Madonna but I think she’s wayyy bigger than Madonna, I don’t think Madonna ever made this much impact on people around the world.

Whenever I watch one of her live performances online I just stare in awe. She’s got such a unique and strong voice and her stage presence is crazily empowering. If Taylor Swift was enchanting, Lady Gaga was ELECTRIFYING!

Brought Eric along! At first I thought Sam wouldn’t be interested and I always see Eric raving about Lady Gaga’s “artistry” on Twitter and I can tell he’s a huge fan so I thought it’d be nice to do him a favour!

But turns out Sam is a closet Gaga fan HAHAHAHA thinking about it now he always go “rah rah rah ah ah” for no reason and breaks into Gaga songs spontaneous (mainly Bad Romance and Poker Face) and I managed to get 1 extra ticket for 3 of us to go!!! Yay!!

Thanks for the treat to Thai food btw Eric! ^.^ He’s a sweetie.

Sam and I SUPER psyched.

Surprisingly we were both much more excited about this than Taylor Swift’s concert (even though I listen to Taylor’s songs much more) I guess Lady Gaga is more iconic and is more of a performer? And also because it was such last minute notice!!!

We were informed of the free tickets ONE DAY before the actual showcase and it was a pleasant surprise to say the least hehe.

Got there rather early and our view was pretty good. We weren’t at the very front but pretty darn close!! I SWEAR ONCE OR TWICE GAGA AND ME LOCKED EYES FOR A SPLIT SECOND

(coz I’d be waving frantically to catch her attention lol) but that may just be me being bonkers.

We stood around for like a full hour before she entered the stage…. and when she did I don’t remember much besides opening my eyes like this O.O and not blinking for 10 whole minutes and tiptoe-ing so much to see her properly (tall crowd) that my calves cramped up and it hurt like shit but I didn’t care!!!!! It was crazy to see her in person. She looks and sounds exactly the same on Youtube, TV and on her album lol. I know this sounds stupid but often I find it hard to believe that celebrities are real.

So whenever I’m moderately near them (like in the same concert hall) or something I’m like OMG SHE IS SO NEAR ME!!!! That’s so cool! I’m breathing the same air as her!

MAYBE I CAN ABSORB SOME OF HER TALENT THROUGH THE ATMOSPHERE

#foreveralone #foreverunfamousanduntalented

I was staring at her ass and hair (blue/green wig) the whole night lol. They’re fabulous.

Observing every single movement she made intently!!!

Gaga was like crawling and jumping and bouncing and floating and galloping and running and falling and sliding all over the whole damn stage!!! Not a second of it was boring or mediocre.

She had very minimal space to perform because the auditorium was tiny (PRIVATE showcase you know!! *fans self*) but she made full use of it.

Most of my pictures of her that night turned out like this. Blurry and half assed lol. Everyone was jumping up and down so much (including myself) I couldn’t keep my camera still for one second!!! There was so much jumping that the ground trembled under the pressure WTF for a moment I thought there might be an earthquake going on.

Crazy stomping fans on a rampage + exploding ear drums due to massive sound waves from giant bass speakers = earthquake simulator.

All of them had giant fake moles drawn on their faces hahaha

Comforting to know even Gaga has bad angles

Special effects wowza!!

Hailed as a goddess by so many. I wonder what it’s like to live a day in the life of Lady Gaga.


“WA MENG TTTTIIIIIIII WA MENG TI!!!”

0:49 LOL!!!


I WHIP MY HAIR BACK AND FORTH!!

Speaking of hair, Gaga sang a breathtaking acoustic version of her new song, “Hair”. It’s so beautiful I almost cried while she sang it.. wait I think I did cry a little.

Her performances are rock solid powerful!

You can listen to it here… it was even better live and when everyone was singing along!

I’d bet her armpit smells like roses.

…Or hairspray. Or talent. What does talent smell like?

Sam and me sweating like crazy while being squished like sardines. I was in a tight black dress and he was in a tight blazer but we could still jump up and down like hyperactive 15 year olds throughout the show lol. Eric was beside us the whole time diligently FILMING the whole concert!!!!

D.e.d.i.c.a.t.i.o.n.

I tried to get him to jump and scream with us by shaking him but I don’t think he appreciated that very much LOL must have caused his video to go blurry.

I took a video too!! With my iphone so the quality is worse than lao sai but you can catch glimpses of Sam and I jumping up and down hahaha.

Lady Gaga sang all her top hits (Bad romance, Judas, Edge of Glory, etc) but included some of her newer songs and I didn’t expect it to go on for so long, it was for at least an hour I think. I thought she would’ve left after like 3 songs but it felt like a full concert!!!!


VERY HAPPY ME.

I really really really enjoyed myself!!! The experience was relatively brief but it made a huge impact. I’m definitely a bigger fan now, I listen to her songs much more often (even the non-popular ones) and I find her wonderfully inspiring.

After the concert, Alaric Sophie Eric Sam and I went to MBS (the showcase was held there) food court for supper. We got some food and chatted for a longgg time about everything under the sun (they are all such nice people!!!) before Alaric drove us to play some zombie smashin’ L4D.

They brought us to this lan shop at Selegie which was like the best lan place I’ve ever been to. Super clean, quiet, nice smelling, sofa seats, and after people get off their computer when they’re done using it the owner actually wipes the mouse and keyboard with a clean towel so everything’s spotless!!!!

AMAZING. I’ve never been to a more pleasant lan shop lol

Most overplayed map urgh I hate it

Sam had an equally great time that night!!

Thank you Nuffnang for making this possible. And to everyone else that night for being great company :)

LOVE YOU GAGA! ♥ I can’t wait to see you live again next time!!!!!! You are truly, rightfully legendary. Years down the track I will remember this night about how I was fortunate enough to be in the middle of a privileged small crowd that Lady Gaga performed to and how awesome it was to be in her presence!

Ending this post with one of my favorite performances by Gaga ever. Posted this some time back but doesn’t hurt to post it again.

She’s poetry in motion.

xoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess

L4D Video of Rage, Sub, Loki & Me!

Omg I sooo wanna blog but circumstances are really not working out for me.

Ever since 14th July I’ve been SWAMPED every single day. It seems like no matter how many emails I reply a day, there will still be 100+ unreplied emails in my inbox. This morning it was 200 omg. Not to mention the sleepless nights we had while we were chionging for Cozycot event, over 200 cupcakes a day. Really can die.

Yesterday I thought I could finally have a free day to myself and clear out my inbox but NO!!!! I had to fall desperately sick!!!

I felt so awful that I had to go the hospital at 5am because I wouldn’t stop sobbing due to the physical pain I felt. Every part of me HURT and I couldn’t breathe properly. I suspect I developed an allergic reaction to this new pill that I’m on but the doctors said my symptoms were non-specific and brushed me off rather nonchalantly after making me wait for 2 hours and having me pay $85 for them to tell me they don’t know shit.

SO annoyed!!!

…Well anyway, enough of whining.

I thought I’d post a quick update and share with you guys a video of an L4D game me and my mates played the other day!!! It’s not particularly interesting but it’s one of the few games I’ve ever seen myself recorded in lol. For those of you who don’t play L4D you probably won’t enjoy this but for those who do there are some golden moments in there!

Oh and I’m Shiberfuckingty in case you didn’t realize lolol.

This video was filmed by Loki and it’s from his first person point of view, but occasionally you can see my character running around in the background (and failing quite a bit of times) I like to obeserve people’s gameplay so I actually sat through intently both videos showing all our games despite having played through them myself!

It’s a damn long video so I thought I’d list down all the memorable-ish bits.


Notable moments:

0:25 – classic hunter pounce fail HAHAHA I do that all the time wtffff. hate it when they move like 1cm and I totally miss

5:23 – I win the award for charger with longest arms!!! :D I always play in Australian servers so I lag a lot (400 ping) and I think the server fucked up. The dude that got incapacitated was like, “Dude wtf long arms much?”

6:13 – Nice tits. Nothing relevant but I just lol-ed when they said it.

8:04 – My victory run!!! Can’t believe I made it even though there was a tank, several special infected and tons of zombies on me. PLUS the lag. Weee!

16:17 – Pro charger melee which I can never seem to accomplish. Apparently you’re meant to whack them in the head!

19:32 – Stalker charger.. success!

Video 2:

1:05 – I have a “beautiful voice” yay!

5:25 – Your mum fibs. LOL

7:29 – Close call down the tunnel which we successfully made out of!!! Wooo

17:15 – Can you say good jockey work :D

21:42 – Interesting spawn location I never knew about haha too bad he missed his smoke.

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….Ok, that is all.

I can’t WAIT to blog proper entries once I get better and less busy!!!

There’s actually the last part to this game that my friend hasn’t posted on Youtube but it’s pretty epic. Will post it when I get it from him next time.

P.S – If you’re waiting for my email reply, plz plz plz be patient. :(

I’m sick, tired and stressed. I think it’s time to hire someone just to reply my emails!

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Update: Ok got the final video!

Fastforward to 5:40.. game ends in like 10 seconds lol

xoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess
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