17 things I did when I was 17

Here’s to goodbye 17, and hello 18!

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1) Started my relationship with Samuel Aaron McArthur
!!!

Definitely the most significant part about me being 17!

This relationship has changed my life completely… I was such a bitter, bitter girl early last year because of my fail relationship with a fail ex-bf. Just a young girl who loved to love and wanted to be loved as well, but all I received was lies and insincerity in return.

Needless to say, when you break a 17 year old girl’s heart, she remembers it forever. I thought I would have to carry this burden around with me throughout my teenage years…

I thought I’d never be able to trust any other guy wholeheartedly again. They say the first cut is the deepest… damn right!!!

If not for Sam, I honestly don’t know how long it would’ve taken for me to heal from my previous ordeal. Life at that time was all about crying myself to sleep every night and day, wondering why the hell did I even get myself into this mess at such a young age and cursing the people who made me so miserable.. Even though I was shattered into a million pieces, Sam slowly and painstakingly put the pieces back together, one by one…

Slowly, that wide gaping hole inside my heart was being filled again.

At first I was so scared that I’d get hurt and used again, but Sam proved himself to be one of the most sincere and hardworking person you’d ever meet. When I broke up with my ex, my mum and friends always comforted me by saying that I’d find somebody better but I never really believed them. I WAS determined to find somebody better, but deep down inside, I was highly skeptical too.

It’s not just about finding somebody better looking, richer, smarter, sweeter, or “better”... You gotta have special feelings about that special someone too, y’know? You gotta have chemistry that sparks like fireworks, and it’s so hard to find somebody like that.

But I found such a person online. I’m not a spiritual / superstitious / horoscope kinda person.. but it’s kinda hard to not believe in fate when things like that happen to yourself.

WHAT ARE THE FUCKING ODDS?

If you ever met Sam, you’d know how different he is from all the other guys out there. He cooks and brings breakfast to me in bed, he puts me before everything else – family, work, friends, money, everything…

He runs from one end of the cab to the other just so he can open the door for me to get out, he always buys me flowers and doesn’t think they’re a waste of money, he thinks money is only but superficial value to buy superficial things, he thinks I’m beautiful just the way I am and has never ONCE asked me to change myself for him, he pretty much wants to spend every waking moment with me, he gives me the better part of the meal when we eat, he buys me presents even when there’s no special occasion just cuz I’m “special” to him, he doesn’t watch porn, he’s not into sports or fast cars or other hot chicks, he holds biomedical degree from a respected university, he works damn hard and earns good money for himself, he kisses me good morning and good night every single day when I wake up and go to sleep, he never complains about doing things I like to do (shopping, watching chick flicks, waiting around for me to do my manicures, etc)..

I COULD GO ON FOREVER!

Of course he’s not exactly perfect either, he has his #failmoments too LOL but that’s not today’s focus point. Let’s just gush about his awesome side.

Once upon a time, we were nothing more than online friends playing a zombie blasting game called Left 4 Dead together..

Then for god knows what reason, we suddenly decided we really liked each other and before we could figure out what the hell was going on, he was on a plane on his way to Singapore..

Give us a few weeks together, and we turned into INSEPARABLE soul mates.

We haven’t looked back since ♥

We’ve had the most amazing memories that I would never have dreamt of having.

And even if, somewhere somehow someday, all of this abruptly comes to an end… everything would’ve still been more than worth it because I’ve had the experience of a lifetime.

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2) Discovered just how much I really love killer whales and started obsessing over them!!!


It’s hard to explain to people why I love orcas so much.

Not because I can’t phrase my feelings into words properly, it’s cuz people just don’t get it. They’re not passionate about them the way I am. When I die, if I don’t get to come back as a human I DEFINITELY want to come back as a killer whale. There is no other better animal to be.. Apex predator FTW!

I can see confusion in their eyes when I see a picture of a killer whale somewhere and I start squealing and pointing at it with shiny eyes like a little girl. I was never an animal person so this love for orcas kinda popped out of nowhere. My new found fascination with the ocean has a big part to play!! Everything down there is so wondrous and mysterious.

This obsession first started when I found out I was going to Disney World in Florida. I freaked out big time and doing my research on all the other theme parks I wanted to visit, and I listed Sea World as one of my “must-do” things in Orlando. Then I remembered all the previous times I’d been to Sea World with my dad, and I started googling and reading up on orcas online and immediately fell in love with them all over again!!!!

If you’ve ever been to Sea World, you’ll know how it feels watching their killer whale shows.

You CANNOT not fall in love with the orcas….

They hunt for meals in packs together, like wolves – and even if the meal is small or if the other orca is completely capable if hunting another prey by itself, they still share everything, all the time! They stick by their families their ENTIRE LIVES, never once leaving their side… They only have 1 mate for their whole lives too. Orca pods (orca families) are matriarchal, which means they are female dominant… The ladies lead and make the decisions. Hu-rrah!!

What else????

They’re a mindblowing combination of being intelligent, deadly, adorable, faithful, playful, hostile, magnificent, graceful, mysterious and emotional at the same time! If you love animals, if you love the sea, if you like learning new things or if you’re simply curious – I strongly urge everybody to watch a few short killer whale documentaries on Youtube!!!

You’ll be fascinated to no end.

Oh and we can’t forget THIS very special moment too!!!

Definitely in my top 5 favourite moments of my entire LIFE.


Squeeeeeeeee!!!!!! I wanna hug them so bad.

My ultimate dream is to befriend a wild killer whale and / or to swim with them.. Pray for me that some day soon, my dream will come true :)

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3) Bought myself my first pet ever!!!

For those of you who don’t already know her, say hello to hunnybuns!!!!!

Actually it’s not really my first pet since my primary school friend gave me a few hamsters once before. But I stored them in a shoe box and fed them leftover jelly from my lunch (which they puked out and I was so confused because, who doesn’t like jelly?) because I didn’t have the resources or money for anything else (I was 8 years old) and I accidentally almost stepped on one of them so I freaked out and gave them back to my friend. Poor hammies T_T

I bought this little fella here on impulse (obviously lol) and I don’t blog about her very much because she’s not very friendly and doesn’t like to be touched, so I tend to leave her alone most of the time. I can’t even hold her without her running away and squeaking like mad, let alone take pictures of her.

Hunnybuns isn’t like your usual hammie… She’s not friendly, and she’s not greedy either. But neither is she fierce. She doesn’t EVER bite, even when she’s terrified or pissed, but she doesn’t ever wanna go near any human hand even if you have super yummy hamster food to tempt her with. She’s just like this scared little thing all the time even though I don’t even try to touch her anymore after finding out she hates that and she’ll snatch food from my hand and run away with it.

I can’t figure this bitch out…. I wonder why after so damn long she still hasn’t warmed up to me. I guess that’s just her personality – unfriendly and hostile!!

I sit by her cage for hours, I let her get used to my scent, I’m gentle and not rough with her, I try to coax her with lots of treats… yada yada…

It’s very annoying when other people who have hamsters think they’re hamster experts and start giving me lame advice like, “You have to hold her more / give her treats / *insert other lame advice here*”

I’ve done everything I could already. People tend to forget that pets have different personalities, and some pets just AREN’T lovable… Hamsters are quite stupid so they’re not like cats and dogs, which are a lot easier to build relationships and bonds with because they understand the concept of having a “master” and they know loyalty / love / affection / attention.

When I held her for the first time at the pet store (to make sure she was friendly) she gave me the CUTEST hamster smile ever… That little scrunched up face was worth a million dollars so I bought her immediately but she did a 360 personality change when we got home wtf! What a con man.

Nonetheless, she still has a special place in my heart (being my first pet) and even though she hates me, I still take good care of her and feed her tons of yummy food all the time.. Every time I cook, she gets a little bit, and she gets cheese, fresh veggies, muffins, and nuts often!

Digressing a bit… I’m really looking forward to getting a puppy!!!

This time I won’t get it on impulse I swear!! I know that dogs are very different from hamsters, but that’s precisely why I believe it will work out. Sam promised me a puppy if I go to live with him in Melbourne… *fingers crossed*

He also promised that he’ll be the one to clean the puppy shit all the time haha! And I promised to be the main chef of the house, faithfully waiting for him at home with yummy meals, expecting his arrival from work.


Sounds good to me.

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4) Learned how to bake and cook, they’re my new favourite hobbies now!!!

I don’t take pics of it, but I’m cooking a lotttt nowadays!

This is actually pretty surprising because I’ve never imagined myself to be a “homely” sort of person, but I guess it’s time to face up to reality… I’m a “homely” person through and through! I love staying in on friday nights and cuddling up to hot chocolate and DVDs, I enjoy baking and cooking (often) for the people around me, and… what else is homely ah?

I’m excited to have my own house next time because I wanna decorate and paint it myself and plant my own flowers in my garden and all those other fun stuff!!!!!

A few months ago, I didn’t even know how to use a microwave (yes I was that stupid lol) but now I can whip up awesome food in an instant! It’s really fucking amazing because I never thought I could ever COOK without burning it or having it taste horrible.. let alone be a good cook! And it’s not just self-praise because I have real testimonials from unbiased people ok. I love cooking with my own imagination, so I usually use basic recipes as a guideline and from them I alter it to whatever I think may taste better… Usually turns out nicer!

There’s something very comforting about the smell of freshly baked muffins in the house
.. and something calming about chopping up mushrooms and watching them sautee in butter… Ok now I just sound crazy lol.

But yeah, I love cooking because it’s fun and I love good food so it’s great if I can cook it myself and I love baking because it allows my creativity to run wild!!!

Baking the cake is one thing, but decorating it is really the fun part… I wanna bake another rainbow cake soon! I don’t bake as often as I cook, because my family aren’t very big on desserts (I wish they were so I could bake goodies more often) and I’m dying for a friend’s birthday to come soon so I can bake something nice for them. If somebody needs customized cakes / cupcakes for a special occasion, let me know!!!

I’ll do it for free simply because I love doing it. You’ll have to pay for the ingredients, that’s all ^___^

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5) Signed a contract with Nuffnang and became their so-called “talent”!!!

(for the clueless people, nuffnang is a blog advertising community)

What this means is that Nuffnang now represents my blog (like my agent) and I felt so adult-ish when I was reading through the official contract!!!! Me, singing a business contract at the age of 17 (at that time) because of my BLOG?!

For a long time I’ve only thought about my blog as a ranting platform, not as a mean to make an impact on other people or to earn some side money from…

Signing that contract was the turning point when I realized how seriously some people take blogging and how much I take it for granted sometimes! If I put in more effort, this could be something so much more if I wanted it to be..

When I first started out blogging, it wasn’t even to share my opinions because I didn’t even think anybody would read my blog, LOL it was more of like an online diary because writing is old fashioned and tiring and I liked the idea of being to combine digital photos and my thoughts into one space, so I started blogging.

So thanks to Nuffnang, I’ve had the opportunity to write for quite a few big labels,

anything from Dell (laptops) to Nokia (mobile phones) to Disney Pictures (promoting their movies) and Laurier (sanitary pad) and moreeeee!!

I know that I’m just a small fry in the blogging industry, but considering my age and as a personal achievement (without ever trying to market myself as a professional or full-time blogger), I’d like to think of myself as quite successful.

Sure I don’t have as many hits or followers as I’d like to have, but being a top blogger has never been my motive or dream (being a famous singer like lady gaga is wtf)

So yes!! I guess this whole thing kinda comes as a surprise, but a pleasant one at that. Blogging has opened up a lot of doors in my life for me. Sometimes I just wish I’d be more hardworking and seize the opportunities! But I spend too much time procrastinating, cooking and playing Left 4 Dead wtf.

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6) Bought myself a DSLR and took up photography!!!

Some of my favourite flower shots… You like? ^.^

Haven’t took that many (all of these were taken during my trip to Australia, but during their WINTER so most flowers were dead.. otherwise woulda taken more)

I’ve always wanted a DSLR, but was put off the idea for some time because I was daunted by the hefty price tag and how complicated the whole concept is… I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to cope.

After looking at low-quality photos on my blog for far too long, I decided enough was enough and I finally bought myself a Canon Eos 550d!!!!!

BEST BUY EVER,
along with my iphone.. Except that was given to me by my mum lol.

This must be one of the best and most gratifying hobbies out there!

Photography brings me so much joy, I love capturing memories and looking at well-taken photographs makes me all warm inside!!! Memories are forever, why would you wanna ruin them with some crappy camera? Sorry if I sound too conceited and high and mighty but after using a DSLR I am NEVER going back to PnS (compact cameras)

DSLRS allow for so much more potential and creativity.. it makes a world of difference!! For about twice the price more, you get instant infinite satisfaction. I am in no way claiming to be a pro photographer, in fact I have so much more to learn and more lenses to buy but that’s not the point.

The whole point of photography is being able to find beauty in things that other people find insignificant or boring, being able to bring out that beauty successfully in an otherwise plain situation is such an achievement!

It’s allowing the world to see things through your own eyes…. The littlest things matter, and usually the most simplistic subjects make the best photographic subjects.

Anyone can be a good photographer, if only they would try to look at the world with their heart and a new imaginative perspective instead of just their eyes :)

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7) Changed my hairstyles a few times

Top left pic is my hair’s natural black colour. Top right pic is some copper light brown I dyed. Had to bleach my hair for this colour.. poor locks!!!

Bottom left pic’s hair colour was achieved by using Liese Bubble Hair Dye over my colour in top right’s pic, and bottom right’s pic is the hair I have now.

Unfortunately, I’m not very daring when it comes to experimenting with hairstyles, so the changes aren’t very significant! I guess cutting it short and dyeing it a really light brown is about as drastic as I’d get.

I can only imagine how awful loud hair colours would look on me…. Frankly I’m terribly bored of my own hair.


Does anyone have any suggestions on how to jazz up my hairstyle?!?

I can’t stand having the same hairstyle for too long.. Already quite bored of my hair now. I would go for a pixie crop of some sort, but then I’d look like a boy!!! I always thought only skinny people could pull off that hair. And super long hair is also quite boring + super high maintenance, needs a lot of time spent on it to look good.

I’m thinking of perming my hair.. yes or no? Hmmm

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8) Fell out with my dad… and slowly patching things up with him again

Ok so people who have been following my blog for awhile would know about this heartfelt entry I posted entitled “Never Good Enough” a few months back, and that’s one of the few times I’ve ever talked about my dad.

I don’t talk about him much simply because he isn’t ever around, and I got really pissed off with him at one point so I wrote the entry to voice out my feelings that I’ve been dying to let go for so long. I almost never talk about family issues with people because it’s just so heartbreaking, I prefer focusing on lighthearted stuff but sometimes things are too major to ignore.

After that incident, I didn’t talk to my dad for a good few months… and I thought I’d never talk to him again, until he started casually SMS-ing me again. “How are you? How’s your studies coming along?” just things like that.

For a moment I thought perhaps he’d come to his senses and realized that not everyone lives by the rules he set for himself, but meeting him recently once again assured me that we are way too different to ever truly get along.

We may be father and daughter but our personalities show that we never spent enough time together to even be remotely alike.

I’m glad though, that I am who I am. I love my way of living life, and I’m not going to give up what I have right now.


Freedom and happiness…
it’s what some people fight for their whole lives and still don’t get. But I have it now.

So I’m sure as hell not giving it up.

I’m not sure if we’ll ever have a normal relationship or be able to see eye-to-eye. But this falling out with my dad has forced me to realize that parents won’t always be there to support your every move. Sometimes they’ll be the ones who are dragging you down. It pisses me off to see parents expecting their children to live lives that THEY never fulfilled themselves when they were younger.

You may be the parent of your child, but they’re not a “Mini-You” so don’t expect them to want the same things you do and force your values upon them. If parents truly cared about their kids, they would acknowledge that kids need encouragement way more than the endless reprimanding. This taught me to be even more independent and make decisions on my own.

Ever since I can remember, I’ve been making all the decisions by myself.

Which school to go to, which course to take, which boyfriend to date, what I’m going to wear, what I’m going to do when I grow up, how I’m going to live my life.. etc

Every decision has shaped me into the person I’ve become today, so I don’t regret any of them at all. People say everything happens for a reason..

In my case, things happened because I chose for them to. The things that I have control over, at least.

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9) Swam at Marina Bay Sands’ infinity pool in the middle of Singapore city!!!


Ok so I can’t get over how cool this pool is.

You’re probably bored of hearing it by now, BUT I ♥ MBS and the pool is just sooo amazing how it’s so high up (57 floors) and it feels like you’re swimming in a skyscraper… Wait, I WAS!!

This is the tallest longest infinity pool in the WORLD, and I’m pretty damn sure the only one if its kind!

I’m used to lush greenery surrounding swimming pools, but it’s such a refreshing change to be in the heart of the city for once. At night the view is just spectacular.

I am utterly convinced that this is the BEST pool in the world…. Where else can you swim while hearing the roars of Formula One cars zooming past and having the twinkling city skyline as your backdrop?

Love it so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I can’t believe it’s so readily accessible too.. Honestly I’d travel overseas just to take a swim in this pool if it were located in another country. But all I have to do is poke my mum for a free stay and take a 30 mins cab ride to the city. Win!! You have to be there yourself to experience the thrills :)

I’ve shown this to my friends overseas and they’re like “OMG WTF?? COOL POOL? You have this in Singapore?! Omfg mad!!!!! What the hell? Is it on top of a skyscraper? That looks so cool and scary at the same time ahHhhHHh *hyperventilates*”

To which I would reply, “Yeah, it’s pretty awesome.”

And feeling very cool about myself afterwards HAHAHA

Aren’t you Singaporeans proud of having MBS? I’m hardly proud of anything local but this is AWESOME. It’s created such a hype around SG! So many tourists are raving about it and Resort World Sentosa.

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10) Took a magical trip to Disney World!!!


I AM A DISNEY PRINCESS!!
*flips non-existent long blonde hair*

I grew up watching The Little Mermaid and Pocahontas and Beauty & The Beast ON REPEAT.

Like seriously I know the lines to every song in the movies (so does Sam haha WTF he’s a princess too) and I love Disney classics so much because they make me a happier person!!!

Happy cartoons = happy people. It’s true. People who don’t like cartoons are usually miserable poopyfaces who have absolutely no sense of humour and cannot channel their inner childish self to appreciate simple cartoons…. …. ..true statistics pulled out my arse.


My parents took me and my brother to Orlando’s Disney World once,

that was when I was like 6? But I remember it being so stupidly fun! My dad then took me to Disneyland in California and that was even more fun because this time I was actually big enough to go on all the roller coasters and shit. One of the best times in my life… Disney land is every kid’s fantasy!!! :’)

It’s the happiest place in the world… Where every freakin’ day is filled with princesses and magical castles and mythical creatures and mermaids and cute cartoons and prince charmings and turkey legs and churros and overpriced burgers and people lining up for a picture with Cinderella!!!!

At the start of our relationship, I kept telling Sam how Disneyland / world makes EVERYONE happy and excited and how much I wished to go back there again because I had so much fun and it means so much to me yadayadaaa…

To my utmost surprise he said, I PROMISE I’ll take you there” and 2 months later, we were halfway across the world in Orlando, Florida, America!! Wtf right. Our relationship really does progress quite fast. At the time we were only together for like 2 months + or something but he already made a veryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy expensive investment and brought me on the holiday of my life.

TY baby you are the bestest!!!

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11) Toured the rest of Orlando – theme parks, beaches, and other attractions!!!

Besides visiting Sea World (one of my favourite places in the world), Universal Studios, Adventure Island, Animal Kingdom, Aquatica, etc (and all the other major theme parks)….

We also visited this beautiful beach called Clearwater beach, about 3 hours from Orlando’s city!!! Even though we couldn’t swim because it was freezing cold winter, we had awesome fun dining at their beachside seafood restaurants (Crabby Bills I think it was called) which served AMAZING seafood at very affordable prices in huge portions!!!

We got ourselves a little cabana and spent the day lying down on the sand, looking into each others eyes and falling asleep to the sound of childrens laughter and the gentle breezes and waves of the sea! ♥

I wish our Singaporean dollar wasn’t so weak… It’s hard when I travel to Western countries where their currency is soooooo much stronger which makes EVERYTHING so much more expensive, unnecessarily! And when they come to our country it’s like they are rich for no reason. Why oh why!

The woes of a young girl who wants to travel across the world…

This is one main reason why I wanna quickly get out of Singapore and study / work overseas. I want to get as much exposure as possible! See the world! Live life!!!!

Actually I’m not quite as pissed about the weak Singapore dollar as I am about the fact that Singapore itself is so small and boring. If Singapore was bigger or more beautiful / interesting, I’d spend touring this place instead of having to travel so often so I won’t become bored outta my brains!!! I envy Australians because Australia itself is effing massive and the country is immensely beautiful..

Landscape is stunning, people are friendly, easy access to all tourist sites, endless amount of activities to do, not so far from other asian countries if you want a change of culture, currency is quite strong…

I’m sure other faraway countries are beautiful too… like erm… Europe? But that’s too far away that I know NOTHING about the place (except that it is romantic, beautiful and expensive and has good food) so I guess I don’t have very much to say about it. I will rave about it when I do get the chance to go there!

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12) Interviewing a firefighter and getting a tour around Central Fire Station!!!

I thought it was a very novel experience getting upclose with a firefighter and having him tell me about his job.


I have great admiration for these people…
Along with on-site paramedics, marines, soldiers in the army, air force, and everyone else great!!!

It’s these people who risk all they have to protect what WE have. People like you and me.. Seriously, what would we do without firefighters and other selfless people? Can you imagine if there was a fire burning your house down and there was NOBODY to phone help for? Nobody brave enough to run into that house going up in flames to pull out your scared child that’s still trapped in there.

These things don’t only happen in blockbuster movies, they are real situations and very real people we’re talking about here…

I was honoured to be given a VIP tour around Singapore’s oldest Fire Station (Central Fire station). They showed me how to operate their equipment (dunno why they’d do that but lol ok) and other cool stuff like how they slide down the famous metal pole in times of emergency and I also had the privilege speaking a few paramedics and firefighters and *insert other high rank here.. sorry don’t know much about the official titles* and one of them told me a very heartwarming story of when there was an earthquake crisis overseas and they went over voluntarily (no pay!) to help and there was dead bodies lying around everywhere and the place they were trying to provide aid for was dangerous and unhygienic and everything but they still stayed on to ease the suffering of the victims and how they saved their lives…

It was so touching :’)

It’s not everyday you get to hear a story like that from a real hero!!!

*respect*

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13) Went on a hot air balloon, parasailing and a helicopter ride!!!

I’ve always seen these three things in movies and I’ve been DYING to try em out!

So I did. Yay!!!

Anything that’s got to do with “flying” gets me all excited because I love that feeling of weightlessness. It’s like I AM SUPERMAN HEHE LOOK AT ME!!

All three are equally thrilling, although the one that really gets your adrenaline pumping is parasailing. You are literally dangling over NOTHING, it feels like you’re flying… And it goes waaaaay higher than I thought!

Now, I’m really itching to try out bungee jumping and sky diving. But Sam has been scaring me with all these horror stories about bungee / sky diving gone wrong and people dying and whatever…. makes me scared because I’m chicken shit when it comes to these things :(

I’m not actually scared of the activity itself, but the MENTAL part shits me. Just knowing there’s room for error sends me into a fit of panic…

Even though I ♥ roller coasters and make it a point to ride every single one in the theme park, without fail I’d mumble a little quick prayer before we get on even though I’m not even religious… I’m not really asking for god’s blessing, it’s just to comfort myself LOL.

And if I hear a tiny squeak from the metal railings or something, I think, “SHIT am I goin to fall off this thing and die?! Wtf nooo!!!”

I sincerely regret watching Final Destination because I swear that fucking movie makes me paranoid of EVERYTHING. The people die in the most random way in that show… And they make it seem so innocent and natural that I’m terrified it’ll happen to me too.

The show’s concept is really fucked up. It’s like even if you carefully avoid death, it still persists in finding its way to you. I do not like that idea at all FML. I’d like to think that if I survived a potentially fatal car crash, it’s because I am too pretty to die (jk.. the word is lucky) and I’d proceed to live on a long and happy fulfilling life and become a grandmother and eventually die healthy and 100 years old in my bed.. not spend the next few days trying to avoid death altogether again wtf?!

…..Ok, scary shit aside, I’ve actually done INDOOR sky diving before!

You don’t dive out of a plane of course, but they put you in the same suit they use as real skydiving and you enter this facility where winds at speeds of hundreds of kilometers per hour are coming out of the ground from below you and the air force is pretty much exactly the same thing you get when you jump out of a plane at few thousand feet above the ground, so you are suspended in air, just like the real activity!!!

It’s awesomely fun and surprisingly very easy to manage.. Although the winds can be a bit strong, it’s the closest feeling to flying you’ll ever get! The best part about indoor sky diving is that you don’t only FALL,

you can actually gain height and perform stunts as well.

Check this video out!!! Omg makes me wanna do it again.. so fun!

Depending on how you contour your body, you can manipulate it to escalate through the air and you can fly up and down like Superman!!

The scariest part is actually jumping INTO that tunnel.. They say you’re meant to jump in with your hands in the air and your back arched, so you may be lifted up into the air by the strong windy force coming from the ground and you pretty much hold your breath, take a leap of faith and JUMP and expect yourself to fall but instead you glide effortlessly into the air and you go like, WTF?? Awesome!!!”

As far as I know, very few places in the world offer indoor skydiving.. but lucky for Singaporeans, the nearest one is super near! I did indoor sky diving at Genting Highlands, which is like an 8 hour coach ride away… It doesn’t cost you a lot to do this activity either.

You can’t miss this experience.. it’s neither dangerous nor scary, it’s just stupidly cool.

Now that I’m so riled up about indoor skydiving, the next time Sam comes to Singapore, I’m gonna take him to Genting and take him indoor skydiving! OMG baby are you excited?? Hehe.

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14) Went up to the mountains and frolicked in real snow for the first time ever!!!

I haven’t got around to blogging about this yet, BUT I WENT TO THE SNOW!!!

Omgggggggggg.

For the longest time I’ve been wanting to toboggan down snowy hills and make snow angels and taste snowflakes and build snowmen and go snowmobiling and take snow lifts and look at pure white snowy mountains and I FINALLY DID IT.

It was so sureal because I’ve seen snow in real life before, once in Las Vegas where we had flurries (super rare event!!) and another time in Chicago, but that’s different because you get a little bit of snow only – you’re not up in the mountains, no skis and snowboards, etc..

I actually plucked up some courage and tried my hand (or in this case, feet) at snowboarding.

What a mistake… I FAILED.

Snowboarding is an extreme sport and I can’t even ride a bicycle, wtf was I thinking trying to ride steep, snowy, slippery, freezing mountains on a stupid board???

Nonetheless it was an incredible experience and I’m so looking forward to going to the snow again! (even though it was mind-numbingly cold. i don’t get cold very easily, but this was so bad it gave me a bad fever and terrible muscle aches after we came down from the mountains)

I felt like such a kid when I was there… I was in awe of how pretty everything was!! I had a lot of fun jumping into super thick piles of snow everywhere – it’s like marshmallow but the shaved ice version!! The texture’s kinda like cotton candy.

SO FLUFFY AND WHITE!! ^.^

I didn’t realize how dangerous the snow was though.

It’s IMPOSSIBLE to walk around without good snow shoes, otherwise you’d be slipping and tripping all over the place. It’s also impossible to drive properly in the snow…

It oversnowed while we were there and absolutely no vehicles were allowed, even with chains on the wheels, except the special snowmobiles made for super thick snow! Large amounts of snow kept falling from rooftops at random intervals and scared the fuck outta everyone.

I soon understood that the snow up in the mountains is vastly different from the kind of snow I’d imagine to wake up to on Christmas morning…

When you’re up in the alps, the conditions are extremely harsh.. Strong winds, steep hills, disgusting temperatures o_x

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15) Traveled to Perth and explored other parts of Western Australia!!!

My most recent holiday… Yet it feels like so long ago!!

I’m a big fan of Australia, and I love how it’s so close to home… It’s a white country and all but it’s so multi cultural and the people are fantastic.

It feels like home away from home.

Whereas in America it’s a lot more hostile and racism is a bigger issue because many people there haven’t been exposed to as many races and cultures… Everyone says “Americans only know about America” and I hate to admit it but there is some truth to that statement! Not every American is ignorant about things outside of the states but many have never ever ever ever left their own state, let alone travel to other countries!

Ok why am I talking bout America…

Back to my point on Australia!!!

This trip was really fun because it was the first trip me and Sam’s taken that we could drive around in a rented car,
which was super convenient and saved us quite a bit on transportation… The freedom of being able to do anything and go anywhere you want, anytime, especially in a foreign country is sooooo good.

We took road trips and saw Albany, passed by a lot of small towns and Rockingham, etc :)

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16) Took a plane flight on my own for the very first time!!!

It may not seem like such a big deal but it is to me.

It screams I-N-D-E-P-E-N-D-E-N-C-E!!!

Embarking on a journey thousands of miles up in the air, traveling across oceans and countries and going away to a foreign land all by yourself…. Doesn’t that sound scary?

I’m afraid of plane flights and think the entire experience is utterly awful and once vowed to never travel alone (the flights get so lonely! luckily mine was for only 8 hours)

It’s so tiresome and boring with transits and waiting for check in and departure and whatever..

The fact that my mum even LET me travel alone to another country is a wonder of its own.

My mum is the kind of mother who would call me at 7pm and ask me to come home soon (even though I’m 18 and don’t come home till like midnight or something) or she will be like, “when you take taxi at night, be careful of weird taxi drivers ah!!!”

Or when I tell her I’m going to the beach, she’s like “be careful when you’re swimming..” like as if I’m gonna drown or something. Basically she’s very protective and worries a lot, so I was very surprised when she didn’t object to me flying alone!

Her baby girl is all grown up now and she trusts her enough to let her go… awww :’)


Don’t I feel adult-ish!!!

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17) Traveled to Melbourne and drove down the Great Ocean Road!!!

This is one of the few, FEW pics I have in Melbourne itself.

Most of the time we were out on road trips and whatever so we didn’t go to the city very much…

It was my first time in Melbourne! (or in the state of Victoria) I’ve heard wonderful things about this place but was kinda disappointed when I did get here. I don’t see what’s the big hooha about?

It’s like Perth, but less scenic, more rushed and looks a little depressing actually… They have a lot of old buildings, that’s apparently supposed to be Victorian but it wasn’t the elegant, vintage Victorian look it was the old, “this needs to be renovated” Victorian look o.O

The food wasn’t that amazing either. I wouldn’t even be this disappointed if I hadn’t heard so many raves from other people!!!! Lies!
The food is just as good or even better anywhere else.

We checked out the Titanic exhibition in the Melbourne Museum and I liked that at least. Very interesting and they had a lot of cool things on display…

I really hope that I’ve misjudged Melbourne and that it’s actually more interesting than this!


The Great Ocean Road!!!!

Scenic indeed.. Long ass drive, but it was worth it. Saw the Twelve Apostles (from the air!) and strolled along various sandy beaches…

Realized what a joy driving in the country side is. Not many other cars, no traffic lights, just a really peaceful and quiet drive amongst green hills and hundreds of sheep and cows and horses and lush greenery and even more hills and the blue skies and fluffy white clouds!

Road trips are so much fun and very affordable too!

They may be short but they’re still a hell of an experience.

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And that my friends, is a brief recap of my 17th year of life!!!

Would’ve listed more things, but I guess these would be the most entertaining to read about…. for now.

Compared to the other 16 years of my life, I’d say year 17 was rather eventful. I grew up A LOT during this year… Experienced many things I didn’t think I would until many years later. Time really flies… Take this from a 18 year old who didn’t know where the hell her 17 went.

I suppose a lot of it went to sitting around at home waiting for Sam to come to Singapore… Being in a long distance relationship changes you. It made me really boring and not feel like doing anything when he’s not around! Honestly 99% of my time is spent moping around at home nowadays. Really wish I didn’t have to feel this way but not much I can do about it now.

Could’ve done so much more with a normal relationship ZZZ!! Samuel Aaron McArthur are you reading this?! Can you please fix this shitty situation like now?

Now that’s all said and done:

Can’t wait to read what I have to say next year - “18 things I did when I was 18″!