The Singapore Zoo

We made a trip to the zoo the other weekend out of spontaneity! Now that I stay in Yishun, it’s actually only like 15 minutes away from my place…. proof that I do live in the middle of nowhere. T__T

I remember the last time I went to the zoo, it was with a bunch of friends from high school that I don’t even talk to now anymore. Time just went by like that.
As it turns out, I still enjoy looking at and learning about animals. I’m 21 this year but I still feel like a kid inside, sometimes. A kid who has a lot of responsibilities. Lol. I hope I never lose this child-like fascination with the world, though. I think it’s an underrated blessing how I’m relatively easily contented, and have the ability to stay positive or happy despite facing trying problems of my own in life. 
I went to the zoo with a 27 year old and an almost 30 year old. And they were both much more excited and amused than I was. 
Monkeys were rocking the ombre style way before us!
I have this thing for touristy stuff. I’m way too happy to give my money away when it comes to doing all the touristy attractions in any place I visit, even the country I live in. I did the flying fox in Sentosa, I’ve been on the Singapore Flyer, I went to the S.E.A marine life park on the very first day it opened…. I don’t think there is one popular local attraction I haven’t checked out yet! Aside from the bungee ride thing at Clarke Quay.
They’ve brought in quite a few different animals since the last time I was here!!!

This is going to be a picture log of random critters more than anything else since our whole day was basically spent gawking at funny looking animals, making rude comments and perspiring in the heat. 

Otters are soooo cute!!!! They’re like these playful little mini sea lions who hold hands and chase after each other and swim in pairs!
Weee, backflip!!!
Hi little red panda! This was in a separate exhibit you had to pay $3/$5 (can’t remember how much exactly) to see, which also contained the giant pandas…
HELLO.
It was so freaking big and scary!!!!! I have never seen a panda IRL before so I thought it’d be all cute and cuddly like people make them out to be but holy shit if I were anywhere near that thing I’d be shitting my pants so bad they would smell it from a mile away. I don’t see how these things are ANY less intimidating than grizzly bears… bears just scare me so much. 
I know people find their black eye rings adorable but I think it makes them appear extra sinister. 
Ok fine… SOMETIMES they’re cute with their retardedly funny expressions. Lol. This is a classic “O RLY?” face.

 And if you haven’t seen the hilarious sneezing panda video from years ago, you have to!!!

We couldn’t figure out what those gun-shot-like wounds on the rhino are! They’re oozing stuff… :3 Were they formed because insects hatched inside their hide and then burrowed out? Does anybody know? And lolol at the bird on the rhino’s forehead. It doesn’t give a damn.
Byrne paid money to feed the giraffe. Money well spent I guess because how often can you say you got to feed this gentle giant?! Their tongues are longgg and sticky and black though…. so I opted out.
Sam’s very pleased about the lion humping another.
This leopard swims like me….. with her head out of the water! “Oh shit, my hair’s gonna get wet!! Gotta keep above the surface!”
So cute! Yet, so deadly.
I don’t even know what this is called but it’s like a mini leopard / jaguar / cat creature….. I WANTS ONE!!!!!! I read in the USA some people kept these exotic felines as pets, they cost like 20k USD but they can be quite dangerous, especially when they grow bigger! You can see me in the picture snapping a shot of it with my iPhone. 
These giant tortoises were so big I was extremely tempted to ride them… I was wondering if I DID jump over the fence and sit on their big shells, what will they do? They won’t bite…. coz tortoises aren’t aggressive…. or are they? I imagine them just shrugging and going, “meh”, then resuming their business of doing absolutely nothing. Just being old.
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I know I’ve been pretty absent online recently. Sowie.

What on earth have I been doing besides spending an abnormal amount of time with my bunny Mochi? Well, besides cleaning the house and doing housework because I don’t have a maid anymore and I’m renting a condo, I’ve been madly busy with certain ambitious things I can’t tell you guys about YETTTTT because I’m contract-bound and sworn to secrecy upon my life and I don’t know if I’m one of the finalists or not (something like that), but it’s very exciting news if it does materialize because I’m pursuing another passion of mine which I’ve left neglected for awhile *crosses fingers*, other than that I want to announce that I HAVE RESUMED BAKING BUSINESS with Shiberty’s Sweets!!!!

So that means you can send in your orders and queries for awesome yummeh cakes startin’ NOW. If you’re looking for a nice unique cake for a special occasion coming up, check us out at http://shibertys.blogspot.sg. Where diet goes to die, because sweet dreams are made of these!!! ♥ ♥ ♥
xoxo,
Jess
xoxo,
Jess

Mini Golfing at LilliPutt

What do 4 bored people get up to over the weekend, when they don’t want to do the usual activities such as watching a movie or shopping?

..Give mini golfing a swing, that’s what!

I’d first tried mini golfing in Australia more than a year ago, and have been itching to do it again ever since. I know the activity is rather juvenile, more suited for those under 15 to play… but what can I say?? I relish being childish and young at heart. I mean, I publicly broadcast my relationship with my soft toy penguins, for goodness’ sake.

So off we drove, all the way to East Coast Park for some mini golfing fun at LilliPutt.

I don’t actually have any interest in real golfing (well I’ve never tried it) but mini golfing is so funny and brainless, everyone should give it a shot if you’ve never had a go at it – a fantastic couple, family or friends activity!!! Unless you’re actually good at real golfing…. then which, I suppose, you’d find this ultra lame. :P

The rest of you non-elitist people, mini golfing is the next best thing! You just pick up your putter, give it a swing, and wait for the hilarious laughs that will follow.

Lilli Putt has 18 different holes themed according to Singapore’s attractions and landmarks. They were so creative and it was fun exploring the different holes!!! (That’s what he said. Wait, ew no… not really) This one’s something to do with the SAF obviously. And check out how the track goes into a 360 degree turn!

If you’re a local, you’re gonna find these set ups pretty cute and familiar. And if you’re not a Singaporean, here’s a little insight and peek into what goes on in the little red dot called Singapore!

Changi Airport! I miss living less than 10 minutes away from the airport, at Simei. East side is so tranquil and nice compared to the North T_T

What to do when your friend is beating your score

Sam and I get amazingly competitive when we play games with each other. I HAVE to beat him.... I just have to, every single time!!! Be it board games, arguments and mind games (lol). But I ended up losing the round of mini golfing to him by 1 point. Le sigh. S’ok, I got the mind games part nailed. :’D

If at first you don’t succeed…. put the damn ball into the hole with your hand.

The esplanade! Looking, um, disturbingly browned and rusty. When you hit the ball into the passages, the durians light up.

Diana, wrong hole lah!!!!! LOL.

I was impressed by their innovative thinking – this one featured the MRT train system, and you had to wait for the traveling train to stop at its station before putting it into the carriage… and then it would be carried away and deposited into a different section! How fun. *am easily amused*

Me and my crayner Diana. We’re the Jedi Masters. I’m glad a blogging work trip could bring about a valuable friend in my life. ♥

Suntec City.. Going up the escalator!

Diana and Byrne giving us a pose. Spot the famous fountain of wealth at the bottom right of the picture… and the hole for the ball to sink into! Wasn’t an easy feat getting it in there, especially not with ONE shot, but I did it!!!! Woop woop!

At the Jurong Bird Park!

No prizes for guessing that this is at Harbourfront.

When I first saw this exhibit I was like… whatttt?! Since when did Singapore have skiing and slopes like that? Then I realized it was supposed to be the man made Snow City. A bit (or a lot) exaggerated, but…. #okaycan.jpg?

What is your favorite hawker centre food?

Mine is chwee kueh, prawn mee (soupy type), ba chor mee. satay and roti prata!

Haw Par Villa used to freak me out when I visited many years ago. Walking through the different levels of hell and looking at “people being punished for their sins”……. If you’ve never been, imagine this: If you told lies, your tongue will be ripped out from your throat. And there would imagery for all of this. I’m surprised a place as censored as Singapore would allow kids to run about those premises with such gruesome looking statues.

“Jess, why do you always make me do degrading shit for your blog…?”

How the different courses look like when placed side by side

After finishing all 18 holes, we shifted our attention to the arcade machines outside…. and dumped in more dollars than we would’ve liked to get these four toys. LOL.

We didn’t even want the toys, but the cheap thrills from claw machines are just too ridiculously addictive to pass up.

The pink one’s supposed to be me, and other, Sam. Everyone altogether now….. Awwwwwwwww.

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So, if you’re looking for a relaxing and good natured fun weekend activity that everyone in your family and group of differing ages and interests can do together, why not check out LilliPutt’s mini golfing at East Coast? Visit their website for more information, such as opening hours, admission rates and CNY opening days. PS – Bring socks!!!

LilliPutt Mini Golf
902 East Coast Parkway
Block B #03-05
Big Splash
Singapore 449874
Tel: 6348 9606 Fax: 6348 7637
Email: info@lilliputt.com

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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