Sunday, June 30, 2013

My First InstaVideo!

Well, not technically, because I cancelled upload by accident and wasn't able to upload it again. And I wasn't ignoring my friend (speaking in the background) Am just fantastic at multitasking. Hahaha. :P

And April just told me that she thinks it's hilarious how my friend (her name is Yvonne) talked non-stop, and even mentioned really random stuff like '1 kg of rice'.

Honestly, I wasn't being rude. I wouldn't do something like this with mere acquaintances, and if you think this is rude, you obviously aren't my friend, and no amount of explanation can placate you. When I'm not with close friends, my phone is almost inexistent, in case you're wondering.

I'd InstaVideo more, but like I always say, my expression bank is Private Limited, so this pretty much represents all the videos I'd take, if I got around to doing it.

This video function is actually quite fascinating. If only my phone didn't black out all the time. I've been complaining a lot about my on-the-verge-of-death iPhone 4s and feeling  rather out of sorts about it.

But like my friends pointed out, I didn't pay a cent for it (I won it in a creative writing contest). That brings down the heartbreak factor like a hundred notches, as compared to a million.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Hailstorm In Singapore!

It's happened again. Now that the haze apocalypse has gone away.... Here comes the hailstones. Pretty tiny ones, but you're talking about hail in the tropics. Right beside the equator. I don't know what's happening to us, it's scary.

We hoped, wished, and prayed for rain. And we got snow! In a single-season country! This week may just be THE record-breaking week in Singapore history.

I dunno. It's like, Silent Hill + The Day After Tomorrow. What next? Fantastic 4? X-men? Everyone who got hit by the hail gets superpowers? Or some kryptonite and radioactive spider saga. Then we'll be the nation of superheroes, and SAVE THE WORLD! I can TOTALLY visualise a Hollywood-worthy blockbuster now.

If that happens, (surprise surprise!) I won't be part of the life-saving, elite, super strong task force that I've always fantasised about belong to. Because I live nowhere near the area where the (mini) hailstorm took place. #foreverinsignificant

When the monstrous haze set in, I did wish for The Avengers or Justice League to arrive, you know. As ridiculous as it sounds. I was feeling anxious about the health hazards on my family and the community to bother about my perceived sanity.
They probably don't seem that much of a deal to you, but imagine having a snowstorm during summer. There are photos of fallen trees, pots & plants, and even wall tiles, but those photos don't belong to me, so I daren't upload them. But I bet videos will be up on YouTube soon, will be updating!

Fortunately, this didn't happen during rush hour/lunch hour, or I think a lot of people may have gotten hurt! I wonder if those areas felt any change in temperature, because there was a LOT of ice.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Hazeee, and why I love Singapore

Hello. I don't have much to blog about, because the haze is gotten really bad, and I haven't been going out. Our neighbours are starting their yearly forest fire festival (some on purpose, some not) again, and Singapore has been shrouded in thick, dirty smoke, which reached 'life-threatening' levels of PSI 400 yesterday. I haven't been awake much because smoke (even minor ones from 7th month) usually knocks me out, and I sleep. A lot.

Like I said, it's a yearly event, and we have always accepted it for YEARS. But it's gone out of control this time, and people are getting angry. The first few days were the most emotion-filled ones, with Singaporeans demanding for explanations, some making funny jokes, and mostly, curses thrown at our neighbours. Not the innocent ones. The money grubbing ones.

My Reaction (this is my blog, after all)
Me? The first two days, I wished extra fervently to be a superhero that can put a stop at all this. To be someone from S.H.I.E.L.D, and do something amazing, like, making it rain a LOT, when cloud-seeding was impossible. I wished so much to be brilliant enough to take down all the filthy rich culprits. Wipe them all out. But of course, nobody can ever be that brilliant.

I kept myself updated with all the news reports and PSI levels. As the pollution levels rose, my temper and indignance did too, but I deleted the angsty tweets. I feel so, so sorry for the innocent citizens there! They can never, never escape this #$%^&, and they didn't even do anything to deserve this!

It's been a trying period. The birds are dropping, one by one, and people are falling sick. Seriously, it was like a scene out of a movie - with our entire tiny little island covered in fog - just that it wasn't mist, but acrid, hazardous smoke. No blue sky, no clouds, no birds chirping. Red sun, red moon. Windows everywhere were shut. We could hardly see buildings from afar. I don't know, it was like... the end of the world, or some zombie apocalyspe and I'm not even being dramatic. Singapore is THAT small. For us to be totally shrouded by thick smoke created by hundred of hectares of fierce fires, it's THAT MUCH.

Heart-warming outcomes!!!
The lower income groups are the most vulnerable, and I am glad that Singaporeans, despite this crisis, are lending helping hands to people in need, like inviting them into their air-conditioned houses. Singaporeans are an amazing bunch. Despite the (kinda) panic, nobody fought for masks. Queues were peaceful and orderly, and some people even bought masks (despite the per-person cap, and gave it out to the people who needed them more!).

We worried about the elderly, poor, and construction workers. Nobody protested when the government gave them additional help. Nobody complained when food delivery services were cancelled. Instead, everybody applauded the companies who put staff welfare over profits. I don't know why people are saying Singaporeans are an emotionless bunch, because the past week has definitely been one of the most emotionally-rich period, perhaps on par with the SARS outbreak.

We'll make it. Of course we'll make it. We always do. Because we are awesome, strong, and resilient.

Crises bring out the worst in SOME PEOPLE
My only gripe is the profiteers. Those who took advantage of this crisis and sold the precious, precious masks at exorbitant prices. There must always be some black sheep, huh? You will get karma. And to the money-faced @#$% who put millions of lives at risks (including your fellow citizens), you're rich. So I guess you'll never really get the punishment I think you deserve in this lifetime. But the day you need to leave this world, I hope you never have peace. May you burn in the depths of hell (whichever hell it is), and suffer in eternity, in the exact same situation you have burdened others with.

Now that it's ended (probably temporarily - a permanent closure would be fantastic)
Perhaps, Like many other horrific but sadly accepted practices that happened this year, the impact of this level is what's needed to bring attention to this saga, and finally, put a stop to this.

Now, I managed to write this post without any political references. If you're interested, read up on this, and you'll see why we're all so angry.

On another note, I've been following every action, every piece of news, and I'm happy to know that, I do have what it takes to be part of a crisis management team. Someday :)

(Although I would really like to be The One And Only Girl Who Saved The World)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Recent Food Pics + Cymera P2

Since exams are soooooo over, I'm on my food adventures again! I always get comments like "you eat the best food!', "you've got so many food pics! quite the foodie, aren't you!?" especially from my friends from overseas. Well, logging daily food activities has become part of a typical Singaporean's lifestyle. Hahaha.

First, here are some totally unrelated pics while trying to practise making different expressions. Not very successful as you can see. Close mouth smile, open-mouthed smile, annoying duck face, and cross-eyed smile is really just about everything I know.

Uploading this one only because I think the first one is funny
I've been eating a lot, but but but but there aren't many food pics because I get too hungry. :/
And also, unlike last time, I don't need to prove that "I've got a life". In case you're trying to find the link between 'having a life' and photos of food, let me enlighten you.

In the minds of some EQ Level-Challenged people, eating nice food = going out = having friends = having a life. And because I am Not-Very-Pretty and Don't Wear High Heels and Wear Glasses, I fit right into the No Life stereotype. Which I am so done obsessing over. Because when you reach a certain age, and people who don't matter say sh!t about you, you're like... whatever.

Oh yeah I was supposed to be uploading food pics, wasn't I? Anyway, like I said, there're just a few because I've (thankfully) outgrown THAT phase.

Oh and you are going to hate me, but trying to sift out these 7 photos from the 20 similar ones I took is tiring, so I'm gonna go, maybe I'll upload the food pics, and maybe I won't. But then again, nobody cares because the people who read this blog are already following me on Instagram. Hahaha.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

I'm back! (4 photos in 2 seconds!)

After leaving this space hanging, for what, more than one month? First, I'm going to spam this post with photos of myself. In the same outfit and similar expressions. HAHA. Because I recently made a new discovery. Same app, new discovery. I realised that there's a 'burst' feature!

Basically it means I get to take 4 shots within 3 seconds. Which leaves me just about enough time to switch expressions, and with more practice, angles and poses. You should try it - it really as easy as it seems, unless you're a seasoned pro!

Here you go! I need to learn more expressions!

I really don't know how some people can do the open-mouth pose so well


I hope you had fun looking at 36 similar photos HAHAHA. Because there is no collage where I like all 4 photos! Btw did you notice? I got a new lipstick shade! A little more intense then my usual neutral one so I daren't use it too often!
Other than that, I got a new laptop. Not because I wanna splurge, but the current one is about 3 years old, and my oh-so-special psychic abilities predict impending death. It's quite remarkable that the laptop can last 3+ years without any hiccup. so I'm not gonna take any chances. I mean, if it decides to leave meeeeeeee, what's going to happen to my schoolwork?

Oh and my parents can play with this one, and not worry about spoiling it. Actually it's working just like I first bought it, it must be some bionic computer! Unlike my first one where I had to switch it on 30 minutes in advance :/

And the practical girl I am, got the black instead of white one, so dirt won't be as visible! I remember when I was using the Mac, and the OCD girl in me had to clean it every day. Hahaha.