Mochi the Netherland Dwarf

Funny how the best things you’d never expect to happen to you always come about from the littlest ideas and ways.

So, one day, my friend had the day off and we arranged to hang out. Not wanting to head into town or do anything particularly productive, we went for a lazy lunch and after that, the initial plan was to visit a doggy-cafe in Katong that allowed you to play with their adorable dogs for a fee – but before making our way over there, we found out that it was shut down temporarily. So then, we were at a loss of what to do. “Let’s go see other doggies!” I told him.

“I saw this cute dog at NEX Serangoon…. It was soooo cute I wanna go back and see it!!” 

This was the dog I was talking about. Isn’t it adorbs??? :)

But le friend said he hated NEX Serangoon’s parking & would rather not go there, so somehow we ended up at Ang Mo Kio looking at bunnies instead. We were around the area anyway, and he just mentioned he knew of a pet store at Ang Mo Kio that sold really cute bunnies so I’m like “okay.” I just wanted to look at something fluffy and cute that day, it didn’t really matter what the animal was. I’m not a bunny or rabbit lover, so I didn’t think much of it but just went along with it.

Upon entering the shop, however, things changed.

Suddenly, you’d find me squealing and cooing at the rabbits… “SHOOOOOO CUTE!!! OMG! LOOK. I want to squish it.” – something like how I sounded. I saw a pair of adorable orange bunnies grooming and playing with each other, and then Nich asked the shopkeeper if we could hold the bunnies for awhile.

So this was what happened next.

Awwwww…. look at it! So snuggly! I was shocked by how gentle the bunny was. I would’ve expected them to be really squirmy and difficult to handle but they were docile and just sort of laid still for as long as you carried them. And then, I spotted another bunny….

A grey one.

I didn’t think it was that cute at the start, until the shopkeeper took them out and it was all

AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW.

I turned into butter. You could’ve whipped me into cream if you wanted to. ARE YOU FOR REAL??? It’s so cute I am going to faint. I feel like a troll standing next to it when you compare our cuteness level.

“I want it!!!!!!!!! I want to take it hooome.” – Me, the next 30 minutes.

I fell in love with how cute she was, but I decided not to buy her because I’m not very good with animals. (or at least I thought I wasn’t) I’ve never had a pet aside from hamsters before, and a rabbit seemed like a huge commitment to someone like me. Besides, it’s probably just an impulse feeling because I’m so overwhelmed by how adorable she is – if I buy her now, and bring her home, I’m going to regret tomorrow.

Better say goodbye to the bunny, I told myself. You didn’t come with any intention to buy a pet today – you just wanted to look at fluffy things, remember?!

So, reluctantly…. I left the shop. I thought I was doing the right thing for myself.

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A few days later, we ended up at the same shop again.

We were having lunch at the same mall the pet shop was at, so I thought I’d just drop by to have another look at the bunny…. It wouldn’t hurt…. I’m just looking at her, what’s the big deal? Window shopping is pleasing to the eyes and harmless to the wallet.

I walked into the shop, saw her cheekily munching away on her hay ball and IMMEDIATELY fell right back in love again. My god!!! Those cheeks! 

Oh and for those who don’t know yet, yes, I have purple hair now. I think my friend purposely suggested to have lunch at that mall so that I’d be tempted to see the bunny again.

Instead of just carrying her, this time, I asked the shopkeeper if we could put her on the floor to see how she’d interact with us.

She was the CUTEST thing to watch!!!! T___T I think it was the first time she had ever tried “walking” on solid ground, before her cage was completely covered in bedding so it was not a smooth finishing, unlike this polished wooden floor…. and she unwillingly “ice skated” across the floor!

LOL. Her muscles weren’t developed yet. She couldn’t keep her balance at all and ended up “swimming” when she tried to walk or hop. Truly hilarious. And every time you stroke her, she’d go completely limp and flat. Unlike the other rabbits who tried to run away whenever they were on the ground, she hung around us a lot and didn’t react in a bad way at all – being a total sweetheart. I felt like I had never seen anything so precious in my life. 

You can probably tell where this post is going already.

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…………The rest was history, really.

This was the moment I welcomed Mochi the Netherland Dwarf rabbit into my life. She’s pure bred, really small sized and her coat is chinchilla colored!

I asked around for suggestions of names – I liked a few such as Sesame and Gandalf (sam’s idea lol) but ended up picking Mochi because she is SUCHHHH a mochi! Super soft, round, fluffy, and just…. so mochi-like. I can’t adequately explain it. If you see Mochi in real life, you’d understand exactly why she’s named Mochi. Thank you to the reader who suggested the name!!! :D It’s awesome! If Mochi were a boy, I would’ve named him Gandalf in a heartbeat.

Even though I only saw Mochi like twice before deciding to buy her (over a span of a few days) I don’t think it was an impulse buy because after the first night, I went back and did my research – rabbits are surprisingly easy animals to keep! They don’t stink at ALL, they don’t have smelly big poo like dogs or need to be walked or muzzled or groomed regularly, they’re perfect cuddly companions if you want something that doesn’t require your attention ALL the time. I asked the pet shop people a lot about rabbits before I finally decided on getting her. A huge thank you to Animal Kingdom for being patient with me and recommending the best stuff for my girl Mochi! If Mochi was in another pet store, I may not have ended up getting her because the people might not have been as friendly or knowledgeable. The people at Animal Kingdom were warm, and not pushy, they let me play with her for as long as I want so that I could make a proper decision! I bought her at 2+ months old for $300, which I thought was a great rate considering how pretty and well taken care of she is. :)

The people at Animal Kingdom grooming her before she went home with me – she looks positively pissed off, lol!!!

Hahahahah grumpy bunny is grumpy.

If you’re looking to buy a rabbit or other small animals (they have guinea pigs, hamsters etc) check out Animal Kingdom and tell them Jessica / Shiberty sent you! No, this is not an advertisement of sorts, I paid for every product purchased from them with my own money but I genuinely appreciate how professional and nice they’ve been to me! If not for them, I wouldn’t have met the rabbit love of my life.

We’re going home baby!!! Took her back to Yishun in this bag which had a litter tray, water bottle hole, “windows” for her to look at the outside world….. I felt like such a PROUD MAMA when I was holding her and walking around!!!!!

In total, everything costed me almost $800, including the rabbit. I bought all her supplies from Animal Kingdom as well – toys, the cage, bedding, food, trays, etc. I spoil her so much that I even bought her “rabbit air con” – essentially a cooling metal plate for her to lie on whenever it gets too warm – as it all too often does in Sunny Singapore!

Here’s Sam helping me set up Mochi’s pretty pink cage!

I consulted him before bringing her home, of course. In fact, I made him come to the pet store with me to view her because I wanted to make sure he liked her as well, before officially buying her!!! I put her on his lap, and she just laid there…. I think he was sold at that very second, just like I was.

Her cage all set up – before toys were put in. This was taken after a few days of living in it, as you can see the whole area is still very clean…. rabbits are hygienic pets in general and hate to be dirty! They’re always grooming themselves. And they have NO smell / odor whatsoever.

The first night, my little Mochi was timid and acting strange…. she just huddled in a corner most of the time, with a blank expression. I suppose that’s normal considering all the moving about and relocating to a new environment must be very stressful for them!

The pet store told me to leave her alone for 3 days before attempting to play with her.. I kinda went against their advice (LOL) I just couldn’t wait and within a few hours, she was on my lap and bed!!!!

Doesn’t she look like a chinchilla at certain angles?!

She didn’t struggle at all when she was picked up, so I put her on my lap thinking it was okay. But her behavior was still timid – she was as stiff as a brick, so I put her back after petting her awhile, to let her get some rest.  Throughout the night, I kept waking up to check on her and make sure she was okay. She really didn’t seem to move or do much!!!! Perhaps the poor little bunny was just petrified or tired. I remember thinking she didn’t have much personality. (oh, how wrong I was!) The next morning, I took her out of the cage put her on my bed… where she immediately peed on it. FML.

On the 2nd day, I tried many ways to get her attention - call her name, make squeaky noises, feed her treats (dried fruits), give her toys… but still she ignored me totally. When I put my hand next to her, she wouldn’t run away from it or anything, but neither would she go towards it to sniff and check it out. I thought that when she heard me coming from afar, out of curiosity’s sake she would at least look up at me…. but she just completely acts as if I don’t exist?!?! Frustrated and annoyed (sorry I am an impatient pet owner lolol), I jumped onto my computer and googled, “How to get my rabbit to like me?”

I knew it was only the 2nd day…. wtf calm down you stupid overly anxious blogger… naturally she would be scared of  you and be unaccustomed to everything yet. But let’s just say I like rushing into things, it’s a habit I find hard to kick. None of my relationships started out sensible and calculated – all of my boyfriends were like WHAM BAM HELLO I LOVE YOU. 

When doing my research on bunnies, I came across this Youtube video that showed a person hand feeding his rabbits a certain way – I tried his method, and by golly, it freaking worked!!! Lo and behold:



The moment she & I became properly acquainted, and weren’t strangers any more.

She didn’t seem to enjoy special treats, so I hand fed her pellets instead, which I noticed her finishing greedily anytime she was given any. The pet store advised me to supply her unlimited amounts of hay and to give two tablespoons of pellets in her food tray everyday, but I decided I wasn’t going to put any pellets into her food tray – if she wanted to have some of that yummies, she was gonna have to acknowledge me and come to me. Bwahahaha. Like a miracle, she took the bait, soon got used to my scent and became friendlier with me as the hours passed. She liked having me around because that always meant more yummy pellets to chew on. Food makes everyone happy, including bunnies!!!

For the first time, I put her on the floor and let her explore / roam around the house by herself for a bit.

She would nervously and cautiously circle around me at first, then hop a few steps away to venture out….. but every time she went a little bit too far on her own, she’d get scared and run right back to my side.

Like this. FREAKING SWEET OR WHAT?! ♥

Everything has been going uphill from there. 

We play with her lots, keeping her physically and mentally stimulated. She gets at least one hour of play time and running around a day. It may not sound like a lot, but it is for a bunny! She looks absolutely exhausted after play time and normally falls asleep, so I’ll take it as this amount of exercise is good for her.

Having Mochi in my life has taught me a lot about rabbits. I used to think they were relatively brainless (like hamster level of intelligence) and boring, but as it turns out, they’re freaking intelligent for such small prey creatures!!!! In a matter of days, she’s been litter trained (she still poos everywhere but pees in her litter box, I think she can only control her pee at this point in time), she knows when I’m angry and stops what she’s doing (I sternly shout “NO!!!” at her when she chews cables or things she shouldn’t be chewing on)… She knows when play time is over because I’d walk over to pick her up and put her back into the cage, and she’d struggle and run away from me. But when I shout “NO!!!!” at her, she will become all docile and apologetic and let me handle her again. However, when it comes to being picked up out of the cage to play, she has no problem with that at all. Lol.

We have bonded so much over the past few days and everyday I celebrate little triumph in our relationship! It can be something as little and insignificant such as watching her find her water bottle in her new cage at the start. So simple, but it put a huge smile on my face.

I put my DSLR lens wayyy up to her face, hence the unfriendly expression. :P I don’t think she likes my camera very much.

She never used to dare climb out of the cage door by herself, but now she hops right out like a daredevil!!!!

I can’t get enough of her big blackkkk round eyes, her cutest white nose, her little white (stained green from hay) paws…. her beautifully soft and shiny chinchilla coat, and most of all, her personality! It is her best trait. She’s really the sweetest rabbit ever. I have not met any other peoples’ pet rabbits before so I guess you can say I’m a little bit biased, but you’ll be astonished at how much we get along considering I’ve had her less than a week now. You’d think I’ve had her for months!!!!

Look at her squashed up schweepy face! Mochi LOVES cuddling and being petted. Like loves loves lovessssss. 

Possibly more than she loves food. And that’s saying a lot, because she’s a pig, like me. Like momma, like baby bunny! You can touch her anywhere you want – on her ears, nose, face, under belly, tail…. she doesn’t mind at all. If you stop petting her, she will nudge you with her hand or look at you in an accusing way, or bury her face even further into the crevices of your arms. Amazingly enough she also lets all my friends pet and carry her… friendliest rabbit of the world award.

Watch out! Wabbit on the loose!!

My current favorite past time is to sit back and watch this silly rabbit hop and prance around. Because my floor is of marble tiling, she can’t control her speed and balance very well sometimes, so she falls over and skids and slides everywhere. Silly bunny!

That’s her poop in the corner of the picture. I’ve turned into a rabbit poop picking machine recently.

The energizer bunny zooming back towards me! What she’ll do is she’ll hop hop hop away, explore some, then run straight back to mama for a pet or a treat. My friend commented that she kinda gallops like a horse instead of hop sometimes… which you can sort of see in the moving picture above. Rofl.

So I’ve also taught her to follow me around the house. And if you’ve never had a tiny fluffy bunny hopping after your every move at your feet….. your life is not complete.

She always gives me the face when she wants something.

Rabbits have a lot more personality and are more expressive than most people would think!

For example, I read online that rabbits do this soft teeth grinding thing when they’re contented and pleased. Kinda like the way a cat purrs when it’s happy. When I was cuddling her one afternoon, I heard and felt it for the first time ever! It’s so odd but wonderful. She does it every time I hold her now. Thank you for loving me back, Mochi!!! When they’re upset, they will either bite you, thump their feet or squeal. None of which she’s ever been close to doing, thank goodness. Another happy behavioural thing she does is these crazy binkies everywhere whenever she’s let out to run…. getting shockingly and increasingly hyper day by day. I can’t imagine what she’ll be like in a month’s time, at the rate she’s going.  If you don’t know what rabbit binkies are, click here. It’s like this awkward yet delirious looking twist of their body and flick of their head and feet when they’re jumping mid air and – which means congratulations owner, you’ve done well, your rabbit is SUPER joyful!!! I can’t describe the first time I saw Mochi do a binky.

She does it really high and really fast and usually multiple times in a row while running around my living room. It’s like I wanna do a binky myself!!!!! If I feel this way about a rabbit I really don’t know how exaggerated a mom I’m going to be in the future. :P My brother reckons I should have just gotten a dog instead considering my enthusiasm level, hah. You might already know this but *coughs* I’ve been really obsessed with her. I even bought her vitamin c to eat daily…. I HAVE NEVER BOUGHT MYSELF HEALTH SUPPLEMENTS. EVER. e_e

It sure is, bunz! When she feels lazy or tired, she’ll flop into this classic “I ain’t got a care in the world” position.

And there you have it – the introduction of my new chinchilla Netherland Dwarf bunny in my life! If you told me 2 weeks ago that in the near future I would own a pet rabbit and love it to death, I would tell you that you were crazy. I had literally ZERO intention of being associated with a rabbit, let alone owning one. What was supposed to be a lunch outing with a friend turned into an event that changed my life. :) So far I think I’ve done enough research on her to properly take care of her well enough. I can’t believe bunnies supposedly live for 6-10 years! Of course it ranges from individuals, but they usually get up to at least 5. That’s pretty long. In 5 years time I’m going to be 26 years old…. ACK.

Let’s not go there right now. I’ve been quite upset by a personal issue lately and she’s been helping me cope with it by distracting me from the problem.



I LOVE YOU MOCHI BUNNY!!!! ♥

You fill my heart with so many warm, fuzzy feelings. And you, really are, the cutest thing I have ever seen.

xoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess

Hinoki Japanese Dining

I like all sorts of food, and I’m willing to try any cuisine as long as it doesn’t have strange or gross ingredients (unusual innards, insects and whatnot). So I’ll admit, exotic Japanese food isn’t something I have found myself venturing to explore very much… it has a reputation for being rather out of this world some times. When I have Japanese cuisine on a normal day, I’ll order my usual: Salmon sashimi, something with mentai / ikura and probably an udon / chawanmushi. The standard stuff you’ll find in a franchise casual restaurant like Sushi Tei.

But one evening, I decided to be spontaneous and live a little – I had my first Omakase concept dining at Hinoki.

Mentally prepared for unusual foods I was, but still I was completely taken by surprise when the individual dishes were placed in front of me, each and every one was unique and something I’ve never had before!

Omakase is a Japanese phrase that means “I’ll leave it to you” (from Japanese 任す, entrust).

The expression is used at sushi restaurants to leave the selection to the chef. It differs from ordering à la carte. The chef will generally present a series of plates, beginning with the lightest fare and proceeding to heaviest, richest dishes.

Customers ordering Omakase style expect the chef to be innovative and surprising in the selection of dishes, and the meal can be likened to an artistic performance by the chef.” - wiki 

Hinoki is a casual restaurant serving mid-high range Japanese food conveniently located in the CBD area. You won’t find any pretentious atmosphere or over the top interior decor in this restaurant, just straightforward fresh good food and friendly chefs.

I brought my mum to have dinner because she’s in love with Japanese food. She absolutely adored this place and the whole dining experience!

What we had in our Omakase set:

Aigamo (Smoked Duck Breast) - served with fish sperm and tomato. The tomato imported from Japan was amazing! If you’ve ever had a super sweet and expensive fruit from Japan, you’ll know what I mean when I say it’s NOT like your other normal fruits. And yes, you heard me, the white gunk in the spoon is fish sperm…….. I’m having fish sperm in my first course. Interesting choice for appetizer huh? Can you see where this is going already? LOL.

I gave the fish sperm a try because Omakase is all about trying new things. It tasted like mayo / tofu with a thick and smooth texture. *feels a little less dignified on my blog*

Seiko Kani - a cold crab dish primarily eaten for its roe. I actually did not find this that special, but those who like crab roe would probably enjoy it more.

Kawahagi – A type of dried fish, I believe the chef called it a leather jacket fish. I know, lol at the name. It tasted kinda like dried cuttlefish except less pungent, but equally chewy and nicer tasting! My favorite appetizer thus far.

Speaking of the chef, I totally recommend getting the counter seats when you dine at Hinoki, especially if you get the Omakase set because you get to watch the skillful chefs prepare your food right in front of you! It’s pretty cool watching them sleekly torch the raw fishes to get the top and edges slightly browned, and slicing the fishes ultra thinly.

Here is Chef Lawrence Chia, co-owner of Hinoki proudly presenting us our beautiful sashimi platter that he specially arranged for us! Chef Lawrence has over 20 years of Japanese cuisine experience with a substantial amount of following. He’s also a great guy to talk to while having your meal, his tales of exotic Japanese food / its origins and outgoing character will keep you entertained throughout the meal.

Our beautifullll array of colorful assorted sashimi! Flounder, Yellowtail, Scallop, Toro, Baby Octopus and Angler Fish Liver. The freshest catch of the day, all one on plate. I’ve only ever had one type of sashimi seen here – the tuna. The rest were completely new to me, and I quite enjoyed all of them, especially the thin pieces of Flounder.

Chef Lawrence provided us this truffle oil infused sauce to dip the flounder pieces in. Delicious. ♥ ♥ ♥

To sidetrack a bit – when I first heard anger fish liver was on my plate, I was like WHAAAAT. o___O; It’s the roundish piece of organ behind the wasabi in the pic above.

Do you guys even know what an angler fish is?! If you do, I’m sure you’ll understand why I was so taken aback. If you don’t, please educate yourself by clicking this. Or, think about the creepy prehistoric fish that was in Finding Nemo. It has a dangling bulb in front of its head, is ugly as hell with sharp teeth and a huge jaw, and tried to eat Nemo!!!!! Geddit now?

I freaking ate the LIVER of that animal. I never ever thought I’d put something like that in my mouth. This will probably be the first and last time I’d eat it. Not because it tastes bad, but because it is not something you’ll see on a dinner menu anywhere. Like, sea urchins…. okay. That sort of level of exotic, I can deal with. But angler fish liver is really something else. It doesn’t taste as rich or distinct as foie gras (these angler fishes were not force fed and fattened up like foie gras ducks are), it was in fact quite mild in taste and texture.

Here’s my boyfriend looking cute and happy with his bento set. He finished work and was nearby, so we got him to join us for dinner! He opted for a bento set instead of Omakase since we were halfway done with ours, and it was value for money!

At $38 you get assorted sashimi, sushi, chawanmushi, tempura, grilled fish, stewed pork belly, among other things. The sushi and sashimi at Hinoki is of consistent impressive high quality, at first I thought only the Omakase would be a cut above the rest being higher priced than the normal menu, but even the bento set was good. :)

The next item to arrive on our table was equally as intriguing as the angler fish liver.

Giant Top Shell (Sazae) - with its insides gutted, meat chopped up and put back into the original shell with mushrooms and a tasty soup broth.. The blue tinge at the bottom of the shell was a slow flame heating the soup up.

“What is this animal?”, I asked Chef Lawrence inquisitively.

“I’ll show you. Let me get a live one.” 

Just like that, he plopped down this strange looking creature onto a chopping board, dug a knife into the shell, twisted it around a few times…. and pulled THIS monstrosity out!!!!! I was so shocked I didn’t know how to react because it all happened so fast right in front of my eyes. Hahaha I remember squealing a lot in part amusement and horror, and even my mother and Sam were very bemused. It looks like a schlong. *coughs*

My mum loved it that she finished up to the very last drop of the soup herself! I had to get Sam to share mine.

Me sipping the soup slowly because it was so hot…. I asked for a spoon to drink the soup with, but Chef Lawrence insisted I pick up the thing with my fingers for the “real experience”. Lol you had to hold it in a specific way in order not to burn yourself. #specialmealindeed

Kama Nitzuke (Cheek of Yellow Tail). This was really well done! The meat was so tender because its cheek meat, when you poked it with a fork it would fall off the bone.

Shio Ayu (Japanese River Trout). This and the cold crab made the least impression on me that night. I know they’re supposed to be delicacies of sorts, but I didn’t find them particularly tasty.

Green Asparagus with Asari (baby clams). Like an asian vongole! I liked the lightness of this dish, the small clams paired with the crunchy texture of the asparagus was a good combination, and it balanced out the meal nicely.

Chef Lawrence saved the best for the last, because the sushi platter was BOMBDIGGITY!!! Every single piece was delightful and mouthwateringly good. So craving for some right now.

I love how generous they are with the ingredients – you can barely see any sushi rice at all after its topped with a big piece of fish. The sushi rice was also not overly sour or sticky or mushy – it was literally perfect.

Even if you’re not quite interested in Omakase dining, definitely give the sashimi and sushi at Hinoki a shot. It’s nothing short of stellar. Sam’s favorite was the foie gras with shrimp combo, and mine was the salmon, uni and unagi! Sorry I couldn’t choose just one :P

It was my first time trying sea urchin and I actually quite like it, aside from the fact it can be slightly overpoweringly rich if you put the whole thing in your mouth at one go.

Our lovely meal ended off with Tuna Consumme, that came in a shot glass. It tasted kind of herbal and earthy to me.

Dessert was kept simple and easy on our already-full stomachs.

Matcha Mousse with Grape Sorbet. I loove the grape sorbet!! I’m a big fan of sorbet in general (it always the perfect dessert for me) and grape isn’t a flavor you’d commonly find outside. It tasted kinda like bubblegum. Chef Lawrence said he specially imported it from Japan and that we won’t be able to find it elsewhere……. *insert sad face here*

If you’re looking to have an elegant Japanese meal but don’t want to go to the usual overdone places or chain restaurants, Hinoki is a great place to switch things up a little. It is also conveniently located in the CBD area, so after work, you city working people can just swing by. The price for Omakase dining will vary, the one I had was $138++ per pax. They can tailor a menu for you according to your budget and preferred tastes!

Hinoki Japanese Dining
22 Cross Street #01-50 China Square Central
Tel: 65367746
Food quality: 4.5/5 

Service / Ambience: 4/5 (Chef Lawrence made our great meal even better!)
Value for Money: 3.5/5
Most suitable for: Adventurous foodies, true Japanese cuisine lovers who can pay the price for a good plate of sashimi, Omakase concept dining.

Looking for another place to satisfy your munchies? Check out other restaurant reviews I’ve done on various cuisines you’ll find across Singapore here.

xoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess

Across the border

I made my virgin day trip into Johor Bahru with my Genting Girlies last week!

For the sake of those who don’t live in Singapore, Johor Bahru is a place in Malaysia, literally just a bridge across from Singapore. It’s peculiar how going to another country (Malaysia) from my place would take the same amount of time I’d need to get to Singapore’s city on a jammed weekend. I was super stoked about going to JB, because I’m always hearing stuff about the place from people…. Mostly about how awesome the food is, and how super cheap everything else there is. Occasionally though, you’ll get freaky stories about how thugs will mug you on practically every street you walk on in JB. Which I guess is fair to say… that isn’t too far from the truth, in some areas, if you’re unlucky.
On our bus into JB, I asked the girls who’ve been there before, “Is it really so dangerous there like people say it is???”
Yes“, some of the said, matter-of-factly.
With widened eyes and in an anxious tone…. I replied “OMG, then why are we going?!”
“Because we’re thrill seekers, adventure goers. *giggles*” 
I lol-ed. Good enough reason I guess. I don’t regret making the trip one bit – it was so much fun, especially with the great company I had. We spent the day roaming around the mall that was closest to the customs checkpoint (supposedly the safest), eating amazinggg cheap food, trying on pretty make up at Inglot, watching a movie (that was a waste of time, technology there is crap), getting a full body massage and then eating MORE cheap food! What a glorious day of doing nothing and everything.
Incoming: a picture log of our girly day in Johor Bahru!!
First thing we bought in JB was bubble tea. 
Because we’re asian tourists.
Don’t judge my bunny hair clip ok!!!! I bought matching bunny hair clips (inside joke) for all of the girls to don on this trip, so of course I had to wear one too. Seemed only right.
Lunch at this steam boat place… IT WAS SO GOOD!!!

 I dunno if the food was truly yummy (I reckon it was) or the fact that it was soooo much value for money that it tasted exceptionally spectacular. It only costed us SGD $10 per person, including a giant glass of iced lemon jelly drink. 

Normally cheap food comes with lousy ambience or settings (think dying in the heat in a messy / dirty hawker center) but this place had good service (much better than Singapore), plush sofas, chandelier lightings and elaborate interior decoration. WHUTTTT REALLY.

I was blown away. I wish Singapore had quality and affordable restaurants like this!!!! 

Super stuffed! May not look like very much from the picture, but trust me… it was the fullest I’d been in 2013 so far.
Food makes us happy. Every girl’s biggest dream in life is to be able to eat and not get fat – finding her prince charming comes a close second.
Walked around the mall raiding their sales for a while, before diving into make up store Inglot and spending the next hour or so being extremelyy vain there. I’ve never tried this make up brand before as it’s not available in Singapore, so I was pretty excited to see what the fuss was about.

 I think I must have put on 4 or 5 different lipstick colors!!!

I wonder what guys do when they go out together….
Girls can have imense fun just applying make up on each other in a store, for over an hour. Or we squeal and go slightly nuts when we see a good sale. Or we can just eat and chit chat the day away. Or literally stand in the middle of absolutely nowhere, and start to camwhore. We’re kind of simple like that.
What do guys do???? Sit around and admire each others’ muscles? Go to the arcade (no one really does that anymore)…? Hmmmm.
With my crayner (crazy partner) Diana!!!! So much love for this babe.

She’s so annoyingly naturally pretty. Besides the lipstick colors she’s trying on, she has NO make up on at all… she leaves the house bare-faced. Yet she still looks fresh and youthful. DAMN girl.
Actually I feel like this JB post is just an excuse for me to post up a fuck ton of our vain ass peektures. Lolol. I happen to take a particular liking to how my facial contours are captured on Ziwei’s camera.

Thanks for being the only one who dared to bring her camera into JB, Ziwei!!! All images in this post are from her cam!

I ended up getting this coral-ish orangey hue lippie from Inglot! :D
Love the color, but I have to say I’m not a fan of the consistency at all. Kinda clumpy and dry and does nothing to moisturize my lips or keep it soft / smooth. But since it was cheap and I don’t have a lippie color like that…. why not? I just spam lip balm underneath when I use this lipstick.
Juli, Diana and I with purple, orange and red lipsticks… coupled with purple/red/black and reddish/brown and golden/brown hair. We’re a colorful bunch of misfits.
Adding in Jayme with her pink lippie! Can we get volunteers for brown, black and blue lippies?
We caught the Jackie Chan movie “CZ12″ and it was so…. bad. The movie was okay-ehhh, super cheesy and cringe worthy (but funny sometimes) however the thing that really killed it for me was the cinema. Some of the girls had smelly mouldy seats (gross!!!) and HALF of the damn cinema screen was out of focus! The sound was nowhere near loud enough as well. Thank goddd for Cathay cineplexes in Singapore!
I naturally assumed cinemas were the same all around the world (how much can they actually differ, right?) but as it turns out, the answer is.. a lot. I always take living in a first world country for granted.
Posing outside the place we had bone and ligaments crackin’ massages. 
My masseuse happened to be really old… at least 50ish? But she knew all the right spots to press on! It was easily much better than any of my Bali massages. I’ve never heard as many cracks from my body before. I know cracking your bones is bad but if I don’t, I feel like my back will explode. At first I felt bad about having an elderly lady do manual labor on me but then I was like Jesus, This Feels Good. So I tipped her a decent amount :D And all was well in the end.

Walked across the street from the massage parlour to our dinner location…
A really rustic hawker center that served up mouthwatering food!!!! Delish! Speaking of hawkers I really miss my Bedok 85 ba chor mee ever since I moved to Yishun :(
Hungry girls at the dinner table… feeeeddd usssss.
The thinnest of our lot, Diana, is somehow the one that is always hungry and eating. We all have that one friend who doesn’t wear any make up and is pretty, who eats a lot and doesn’t get fat……. she’s that friend -_- Her metabolism rate and stomach must be a monster that never stops working because she’s really always eating and yet she is sooooo slim!!! Dafuckisgoingonhere. 
This cereal crayfish was stupidly good that I swore to come back just to have it again.

 Except the next time around I’d order the huge portion above just for myself. Salty and sweet flaky cereal goodness with deep fried buttery crayfish goodness…. tell me where to find this in Singapore!!! T_T I don’t even like crayfish!

Demolished. (Y)

Us at the end of the day, taking a bus back to Singapore. 
Thank you girls for being ridiculously fun to hang out with, as always!!! There’s never a boring or lonely second with all of you around. You bring so much happiness and adventure to my life. :’)
Because I ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ you 5, here’s a shout out to each and every one of you.

Amanda – The mother hen of our group!!! Always so thoughtful and caring, making sure everyone is alright and having a good time. If you’re upset or if something is wrong, she’s the first one to notice. You’ll make such a good mummy in the future! 
Diana - For being my partner in crime ever since our fateful trip in Genting a few months ago, you alwayssss get my lame jokes… and I feel like we really understand each other. We can talk about everything!
Juli - The street smart one who brought us around JB, along with Jayme’s recommendations! When shit hits the fan she is usually the level headed one to bring us back down to earth. And she’s always excited about something!
Jayme – You are super random and you always make us laugh with your nonsense and surprising antics!!! You keep all of us feeling young with your age. LOL. 
Ziwei - The dream chaser, whom you can count on to be supportive and super frank with you, no matter the situation. She’s the one who will go the extra mile to get things done.
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Now that everything has been said and done, I was extremely relieved that the trip was totally incident free. I’ve had so many people tell me about how unsafe Johor Bahru is, I was almost expecting something mildly bad to happen. I guess I’m scarred by the horrific stories my mother always tells me!!! Stories aside, in all honestly I was truly baffled by how simply traveling across a bridge could transport me to a different environment entirely. Like, everyone knows that Malaysia is really different from Singapore & all… but the truth and fact of the matter doesn’t dawn upon you completely until you step across the border. Then it REALLY hits you like an ice cold pail of water. 
The air is thicker and polluted, you can’t roam about the streets freely, you always have to watch your bag because a pickpocket is around the corner, there’s dodgy people everywhere, you can’t wear jewelry or dress up too much because you’ll probably get robbed, so on and so forth. 
No offence to Malaysians when I say these things. But I’m sure you guys know how dangerous Johor Bahru is as well. I heard from a Malaysian who travels to Singapore from JB everyday to get into work that her dad waits for her at the bus stop every single night without fail, because it’s just too dangerous to walk on the streets at night alone, even if you’re a local who lives in a populated area… because if something were to happen to you, nobody would risk their own safety to get you out of trouble anyway, so it makes no difference if the area is crowded. Imagine that!
Coming from what must be one of the safest places to live in in the WORLD (Singapore duh), this was a huge culture shock for me. I got a massive lashing from my mum when she found out I went to JB without telling her. Which sort of made me upset because I was totally looking forward to going back to JB with the girls for the awesome food again. :(  My mum said, “Why go to JB??? The food is cheap, so what? Is it worth all the risks? Does it justify walking around without a peace of mind, worrying about your welfare every other minute? A group of pretty young flashy girls like yourselves walking around Johor Bahru is basically a walking advertisement for COME ROB ME.”…. I suppose my mum has a point. e_e  
Oh well. 
There goes my cereal crayfish and awesome cheap food. That just may be the first and last time I ever go to Johor Bahru. It was good while it lasted, at least.
xoxo,
Jess
xoxo,
Jess
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