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just because

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there is always a kid in us…


A friend, D, from my previous workplace is here for a whirlwind work trip. So, R (his intern) and I showed him around Canberra on Sunday afternoon. It was good fun, and I am really glad to be showing anyone from Singapore around Canberra.It will be good to have YW in ANU sometime in the later part of this year.

We covered a fair bit of ground just by walking around. We went around the City, around ANU, my office to take shelter from the rain, around the lake all the way to the National Museum, had dinner at Pancake Parlour, and chilled at Knightsbridge, which really is by far my favourite chill-out place in Canberra (apart from cafes). Yes, that was a lot of walking we did.


Written by Jasmine

March 21, 2011 at 08:45

missing home

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I am missing home. I’ve only been back to Canberra for slightly more than two months. Canberra really does strange things to one.

I am keen to use the return flight I have, and redeem a one way trip back to Sydney – all that for a couple of days in Singapore during the Easter break.

Should I?

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March 9, 2011 at 07:54

Do we need a campaign for eating alone?

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I was reading this article on the Straits Times, when I got reminded of this post by miss ene. I started dining and watching movies alone at the age of 18 or 19. I would like to think this is partly due to becoming really independent since young, when my parents are working. In fact, I usually shop alone too, mainly because I think it’s just way more efficient that way, particularly since I shop like a guy. i.e. I have a shopping list of what I need, grab what I need, wear it and either decide to buy or toss it. That said, I still enjoy shopping with friends – girly chats and all are always fun.

I don’t sense the stigma that comes with eating alone in Singapore actually. It could just be me. In the last holiday back in Singapore in Dec, I was dining alone in several Japanese restaurants in town since I was shopping alone and needed a quick bite. I was usually given seats for 2 to 4 people. Honestly, everyone was just busy eating. Or, perhaps, I just couldn’t be bothered.

Do we really need a campaign for eating alone though? I think that’s pushing it a little. I can understand why Singaporeans feel conscious about themselves, particularly if you realise how much we like staring at each other. Each time I am back on a holiday in Singapore, there’s one distinctive feature I notice about Singaporeans. We just love to stare! I suppose that does contribute to making others feel uncomfortable.


Written by Jasmine

January 24, 2011 at 11:25

how much time do we spend waiting?

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So, here I’m, seated in my room for another 45 minutes or so before I leave for the airport. My flight is at 12am or so. But, I am leaving early since I might need some extra baggage. It might be better to get in earlier when not many has checked in their baggages yet. Besides, it doesn’t seem like a full flight from what I see. My fingers are crossed.

I absolutely hate packing. Each and every time, I find myself throwing together my baggage a few hours before I fly or just the day before. But, I suppose I have gotten used to doing this on the go.

This past 6 weeks of holidays in Singapore has been nothing short of fantastic, just being here with friends, family and the cats. I know I am not exactly someone who is really close to family or so. However, there is no doubt that I was getting bored towards the last two weeks. But, I did treasure my time here, knowing that the next time I am back will be in late December, a week or two before Christmas. And, if things go well, I am hoping to spend NYE somewhere else, perhaps in Sydney. Yes, I am thinking ahead.

So, what are my new year resolutions? I haven’t actually thought about that much. But, a few items that will definitely be on the list – losing a few more kilos of weight; making concrete progress on the PhD research (yes, I aim to graduate by June 2013); and no shopping unless absolutely necessary (i went crazy with shopping due to the stress and all in 2010).

I guess that’s about all for now. Farewell Singapore. Hello Sydney and Canberra! The second time is going to be better!

Written by Jasmine

January 1, 2011 at 22:31

Posted in Family, Friends, Singapore