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Universal Studios Singapore VIP Tour

Nicholas and I have been looking forward to this day for what seemed like months!

Thanks to the amazing people at Resorts World Sentosa, we had the opportunity to visit Universal Studios Singapore and experience a super fun-filled VIP tour of the park! If you don’t know what Universal Studios is (are you kidding me???) it is a special effects theme park where you can ride the movies produced / owned by Universal Pictures!!!

The last time I was at Universal Studios Singapore was a longgg time ago (2 whole years, for Sam & I’s first anniversary, we just turned 3 on August 15th) and the theme park had barely launched anything. In fact, at that point in time, they hadn’t even launched their official opening party yet!

I was too excited to check the theme park out and made the mistake of going a little too soon – I’d say at least 30% of the stuff were closed, so when I went back this time it felt like a new experience all over again.

Walking past the crazy masses of people lining up… feeling really glad I didn’t have to be one of them waiting under the scorching sun!!!

When I reached, these excited smiling faces were already all pumped up, waiting for me at the lounge room & ready to go!!!!
HELLO Melody & Nicholas! ^________^

They sure know how to make ya feel special on the VIP tour. Please excuse me for constantly using the word “VIP” in this post!!! The whole point of this post today is for me to cover what its like to experience USS the VIP way, through an exclusive guided tour. So no choice, it is what it is… a “VIP” tour. Bear with me k. :P

They have this comfy lounge specifically for the VIPs right outside the entrance of the park, where you can take a break and have some complimentary drinks any time of the day. Upon entering the lounge you’ll see hand prints and signatures of all the famous people who have been on this very same tour, who sat on the same chairs in this very lounge. I saw quite a few famous names but the few I remember are Donnie Yen and Paula Abdul. Give them a bit more time, they are going to add Jessica Loh / Shiberty to the wall lolol.

Then we were all armed with a special lanyard, sun screen (oh how thoughtful, extremely useful for ang mohs who turn lobster red under our sun), a USS VIP pin for keepsake and the map of the park for you to plan your activities with your group!

Our SUPER adorable, friendly, and professional guide of the day, Lilian!!!

She’s the one who will be bringing us around the parks, and taking care of our every need. I love her, she’s too cute, and she’s great at what she does. Fantastic service is hard to find in Singapore, so this was a real gem :)

Lilian had the rough itinerary for our day already planned nicely, now all we had to do was to tell her which attractions we fancy, and which ones we’re not so interested in! Of course, she’d already included all the major rides and mapped out the easiest route around the park to cover them all at one go.

Ready, set go!!! 
Universal Studios Singapore here we come!!

We were so excited that day.
You have NO idea… we were all basically bouncing around in ecstasy and screaming at the top of our lungs whenever anything happened!

Take two steps into USS and you will be immediately transported into another world.

The elaborately decorated buildings, architecture and atmosphere is so convincing and welcoming. It brought back so many fond memories of Sam and I at Universal Studios Florida :)

Love this bunch of people! ♥

Kung Fu was going around taking pictures with people! Although I don’t think like the movies I think he’s super cute. So rotund and jolly hahaha

Lilian briefly explains each part of the seven differently themed zones as we walk past them… But I think we all know enough from the movies already!

Check out the flowers in Melody’s hair~~ I told her to dress up in a “bright florals, summery theme” and she gamely did – makes our pictures that much pretttier!! :D

Our first attraction of the day – the Water World show! I haven’t seen the movie this show is based on but Sam said it was a good one.

While everyone else walked into the normal seating area, we were led in a different direction… into this air-conditioned VIP room!!! Thank GOD. I would have definitely melted under the heat while the show went on for 30 minutes.

Nicholas being SUPER excited :P

From this room on top, we had an awesome bird’s eye view of the whole arena and got a good idea of everything that was going on!

A perk about being in the VIP room? There’s no chance of you getting randomly attacked by water guns. You can just sit on top and laugh as you see poor people get sprayed left, right and center.. Hahahah F this Guy’s life!!!!!

The last time I came to this show, I SPECIFICALLY sat at the back because they were spraying the people in front with water like crazy… but what do you know? This guy with a massive water hose / gun came up to me, a poor helpless innocent girl sitting at the very last row and DRENCHED my whole back with water!!! I think I screamed with horror. Omg! I didn’t know to laugh, or to be angry. I guess I was both amused and ticked off ahahah it was a minute relief under the scorching sun though. You will not believe the extreme heat at Universal Studios… can get heat stroke one. Remember to pack a fan, sunnies, even a hat, load on sun screen, and drink plenty of water!

While waiting for the show to start!

I was saying “wait one second” because I wanted to adjust my hair. Clearly they didn’t wait lol. Lilian was very nice that day and helped us take so many delightful photos!!! She knows all the best angles, unique spots and lighting to make picture perfect memories… and it was nice to have someone else help carry my heavy DSLR around :P

Park tip: Bring camwhore friends if you don’t have a VIP tour guide to take nice photos of you. You’re gonna want these memories to last you a long time and there’s nothing worse than awfully taken blurry, badly cropped pics!!!


You might not be able to tell but Sam and I were so tired that day. I had to digitally remove a whole lot of eyebags LOL. We’d woken up at like 7am prior to our USS trip to finish a few cake orders and the night before we stayed up from 9am to 2am to do a whole day’s worth of back breaking work!!!!!!!

 To have freedom on other days, we sacrifice and work like crazy on others.

Even though I have not caught the movie, Water World was still highly entertaining with lots of action (punches, kicks, back flips, falling from 4 storeys into the water!) and EXPLOSIONS!

Melody & I kept involuntarily shrieking in shock whenever a “BOOM” went off somewhere. Super auntie we areeee.

I know they’re professionals, but I feel so worried for these stunts men!!! Where’s your harness? I know not as cool… but imagine if they failed omg… which hopefully… they never do.

WATER WORLD DONE!!! What’s next?!?

 Lilian brought us to take Canopy Flyers in Jurassic Park – a good, scenic mild-ish ride to start the day with. If we’d gone on a big roller coaster I might’ve had a heart attack. I’m getting old, sigh. Roller coasters never used to faze me.

Park tip: Always start small on rides, so you don’t puke up your lunch.

We’re having none of that today! ;)

Unlike Universal Express tickets whereby you can only cut the queue for any attraction once, on the VIP tour you can skip the lengthy lines and go on ANY attraction for unlimited times a day (again and again on your favorite ride!) for as long as the tour lasts (5 hours)

This ride is actually more thrilling than it looks.. especially if you’re going backwards, which was what Sam and I did – you kind of “fly” over the Lost World zone, you can’t see where you’re going and the turns are surprisingly sharp!!



OH HEY!

Spastic face hahaha I couldn’t contain my excitement!

Sam’s favorite part of the park cuz he loves dinos :) What did I say about Lilian, our guide, taking amazing pictures?!

Wowww this picture’s got some weird illusion shit going on. Sam’s arm “blends” into mine, making me look like I’ve got some SERIOUSLY long bendy arms!



*screams at the top of my voice while running towards them*

HOW CAN YOU ALL TAKE PICTURES WITHOUT MEEEE AHHHHHHHHHHHHH

LOL look at their reactions super hilarious. Dunno why but it was like we were on drugs that day.

Say CHEEZ!!!!

We’re in Ancient Egypt now!

It sure FELT like Egypt, if you know what I mean….. *dies* Desert weather!!!!

We suddenly realized both boys were wearing matching Abercrombie & Fitch shirts so we told them to pose models :P

But then REAL MODELS came along on stilts… o.O

Such an odd, odd job. Hah. Stand around on sky high stilts, wear lots of eyeliner, look fit as hell, be gawked at all day.

HAHAHAH Sam.

Anybody keen on hiring Sam as a performer in USS??? He can be a monkey or statue holder person thingy.

Park tip: If you’re not on the VIP tour, chances are that on a busy day, you are unlikely to be able to experience every single ride and show in the park.. So plan your itinerary nicely!

There are some kiddy rides that adults can probably give a miss, like Treasure Hunters. The wait for this was longer than it was worth because it was kid-friendly and all the parents had to bring children on it.

Unfortunately I cannot bring my camera onto the rides (besides being a VIP and all lawl for safety reasons) so I can’t show you guys how AWESOME The Revenge of the Mummy ride was!!!! My favorite part of USS because its so spooky, dark, and the effects were great. Super love the part where it’s pitch black indoors and you’re going at top speed and all you can see are foggy ghouls coming at your face! It was like a smaller scale of the epic one at Universal Studios Florida. So glad we have our own version in Singapore! :)

I tried to find a Youtube Point-of-View video to show those who haven’t been on the ride before how cool it is but then realized 1) I shouldn’t spoil it for you guys and 2) It looks lame on camera. The effects have WAY more impact in real life, its something you have to experience because my words can’t measure up to some of the best special effects in the world!

Passing by all these trucks selling snacks, we got pretty hungry even though our day just begun!

Melody recommended us to have the turkey legs and I was like OMGGG I remember that from when I was 10 years old and sharing some with my Dad in the USA… it was the BEST on a cold day. Piping hot turkey leg, Florida winter and a hot chocolate. Perfection.

The nearest stall to us that sold turkey legs was located in Far, Far Away so that’s where we’re headed!

Loved the Shrek movies!!!!! And here I’m not trying to be FIERCE, just that the sun was really blinding and I was squinting.

The moment we walked in, Accidentally In Love started playing… such a random choice of song for the movie theme but it put me in such a good mood. Love that song! :D

The Fairy God Mother Potion’s shop is actually a juice bar!!! How cute. Wish I could’ve checked that out but accidentally skipped that in our itinerary.

But that’s okay because we can haz TURKEY LEGS!!!!

Woooo they’re a whopping 12 bucks each, but they’re massive and good for sharing within 2 people! They’re just as good as I remember. Piping hot, salty, oily…. totally delicious. I don’t even like turkey but this is on a whole ‘nother scale, brudder.

OM NOM NOM NOMZ

Trying to be hipster with Melody’s reflective sunnies!!!!

….This shot. Not bad. Got artistic value!

Having a VIP tour guide around was awesome because Lilian knew exactly where everything was, so our day went really smoothly! Around the corner in some obscure tent, Puss in Boots was taking photos with guests, so she ushered us there immediately!!!

If not for her attention to detail and sharp mindedness, we would have definitely missed the photo op, because the location was so inconspicuous.

PUSSSSSSSSS IN BOOOOOOOTTSSS!!!

I find the whole concept incredibly adorable… I love his accent, his sword-wielding ways and glistening kitty eyes when he pulls that face *____*

LET’S TANGO BABY!

I walked towards him thinking we’d take a normal smiling photo but he suddenly took me into his arms and held out his hand and I was like HELL YEH LET’S DANCE.

Meow!!!  (= ^;^ =)

I turned my frog into a prince charming alright.

We decided not to take any rides or see any shows in Far Far Away as we’d all been there and done that before so…

Took a short walk to Madagascar where we settled down to finish our turkey legs and to take a breather before our meet and greet session with the Madagascar cast!

Hahahaha Sammmmmm…. *Monkey eating Banana*

Yay for complimentary bottled water for VIP guests throughout the park. We chugged those down like crazy!

Nicholas & Mel sharing a turkey leg. I think its way too huge to finish one on your own…. Anyway while we’re on this topic let me tell you guys a funny story. 2 years ago, Sam and I were in Florida at one of their theme parks buying a turkey leg to share. As we’re lining up, we look over to the tables of people enjoying their turkey legs and noticed one table full of an Asian family and another one with a Caucasian family, sitting next to each other.

The rather scrawny and skinny Asian family were sharing ONE turkey leg amongst themselves (2 parents, 2 kids) while the Caucasians were all having ONE turkey legs to themselves…. EACH. The irony of those two families sitting side by side made the comparison and differences extremely obvious.

Keep in mind that the turkey legs are bigger in America… The Caucasian kids were stuffing their faces in such an unabashed manner, Sam couldn’t stop laughing. Initially we were considering getting 1 each but then settled for sharing one in the end… Good decision.

So from that day onwards I solemnly vowed to always share my food with the people I love. Cheaper, keeps me thinner and sharing = caring. #randomtruestory

ADADJSJ9R9KSFSL THE CRAZY CUTE MADAGASCAR CAST!!!!

With the VIP tour, you get a specially arranged one on one meet and greet with your favorite character at the park! Normally you would have to be lucky to catch these characters roaming around the park taking pictures with people, and that always comes with a long queue.


We were soooooooooo excited to seee themmm because they’re so kayoootteee!!!!!!!!!!!!!! See I’m so excited that I couldn’t even open my eyes.

This was us realizing that one penguin was late and stuck at the back while we snapped photos hahahah

Dat hippo so fat!!!!!!!!!!! And dat lion so darn TALL!

So any ways….. we accidentally left hippo out on one of the shots, like this….
I don’t think she was very happy about that, because when I asked for a solo shot with just the penguins, THIS was what happened – - -

HAHAHAHAH get out of my picture fat ass!!! She ran into the picture frame and blocked our shot!!! I doubled over with laughter. Its incredible how much they can portray without ever saying a word, just hand actions.

These people are so good at what they do! It must be BLAZING inside that suit.

When the penguins came out I couldn’t stop jumping and screaming and hugging them. I FUCKING LOVE PENGUINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THESE WERE SO WADDLY AND ROUND AND HAPPY LOOKING.. LOL I LOVE, LOVE, L♥VE THEM.

And there was one that wouldn’t stop playing with my hair…… I think they like that red color. :’) I want to take them home. Please?? PLEASE UNIVERSAL STUDIOS???

She (I know her name is Gloria, but it sounds wrong calling her that) then asked for my apology by asking me to take a photo with her :P she came up with this pose, not me!!!

The penguinsssssssssss

I wanna try wearing one of those mascot suits one day!
Just to see how well I’m able to move in them. After taking photos with us, these guys RAN (and I mean ran, like damn fast) onto stage to do the “I LIKE TO MOVE IT MOVE IT” dance where they shaked their bootays with great energy and did dance moves I can’t even do WITHOUT a huge mascot suit on. Wowza!!!

I like to movit movit is now officially stuck in my head. *nods and bobs head and points fingers*

Madagascar – A Crate Adventure!

This was one of those slow paced indoor water tunnel rides where colorful figurines pop up everywhere, following the story line from the Madagascar movie :)
Besides the roller coasters, I really enjoy these slower scenic rides!!! Its when I can really soak up the atmosphere and appreciate my surroundings.

♬ New Yorkkkkkk~~~ ♬

Concrete jungles where dreams are made of, there’s nothing you can’t doooo   ♫

These streets will make you feel brand new, the lights will inspire you ♩ ♪

Sipping on an ice cold milo. Bliss.
Not the gross, watered down with ice and still warm type, either. Best iced milo I’ve ever had!!!

Watching Sesame Street perform… Nicholas and Melody walked off without me lol why I cannot watch Sesame Street?! :(

Pssst I hear USS has a spanking new attraction hitting our little island soon and it’s going to have a big yellow bird and his friends in it! ;)

Bring your nieces, cousins, your own kids.. any child deserving of a treat!!!

HUGE Transformers robot!!!! Realistic huh?

There was this massive line of people waiting to take pictures with this autobot but we skipped the queue and jumped straight in there, much to a lot of peoples displeasure. Skipping lines feels horrid and great at the same time. Horrid because people already in line waiting for a long time try to kill you with their death stares, great because you don’t have to wait for anything at all – that’s why they call it VIP treatment!

Nich and Mel couldn’t stop raving about how great they thought the Transformers 4D ride was.

I don’t like 4D rides (read: motion sickness) but it was still cool nonetheless! Very realistic 3d animations!!!

So this is the crazy coaster I’ve been hearing so much about, and I’ve waited a long time to go on this.

Battlestar Galactica is the highest dueling roller coaster in the world at 42.5 meters, at times you feel like you’re going to crash into the opposite coaster because you’re mere inches apart from each other!!!

It was. INSANE.

One of the FASTEST, brain masher roller coaster I’ve ever been on. O_O

The blue (Cylon) was wayyy worse (or awesomer, depending how you look at it) than the red (Human) side because it had all these crazy loops that had me on the verge of puking because I took the red one first, then the blue one STRAIGHT AFTER THAT.

Park tip: Do not attempt both Cylon and Human in the same hour. You will die. LOL.
If you can’t take a lot of loops or rides that go around in a repetitive motion like me (for eg Teacup spinning rides, Pirate ships), do yourself a favor and stay away from Cylon. Human is fun enough. Knowing I have a tendency of motion sickness, I went on the Cylon anyway… because you don’t just go to USS without going on both, right?

I’ve taken a lot of roller coasters in my time… In fact they’re one of my favoritest things in the world- buy boy, these were so so so fast the G-Forces were out of this world!!!

These shook me up so badly, I had to take a break at a nearby cafe because swear to god, I couldn’t even walk in a straight line. Everyone said my face went white hahaha.

Our last attraction of the day.

We all got SOAKED on this River Rapids adventure… saved this for the last because I knew I was gonna get wet, thank goodness Lilian provided us with complimentary ponchos on a whim other wise I would’ve hated this ride!!!
If you can’t tell already, I hate getting soaked. Nicholas was so mean, he tore a massive hole in Melody’s poncho just as we were about to go down a big dip LOL she got a lot wetter than I did!

Walked past Ancient Egypt again on our way out of the park, and took photos with Lilian in front of Revenge of the Mummy!

By this time I’m totally beat. Zero care about appearance – tied up my hair, ripped off my falsies and walked around like a corpse. LOL

I like how there’s non-stop entertainment at USS for everyone – even if you’re not big on roller coasters, there are cinematic shows (you HAVE to watch Lights Camera Action! featuring Steven Spielberg), dancing performers, character mascots to entertain you, rock climbing & more.

There’s something new along every corner you turn!

I actually don’t know who Mae West is, but since she looked kinda pretty… we took a picture with her anyway lol

This one not so pretty.

Last shot, and we’re out of the park!!! What a day its been. I look back at these pictures and laugh every single time :)

Thank you so much Resorts World Sentosa for this amazing day out at Universal Studios Singapore with my friends, experiencing it in the best way possible – on the VIP guided tour!!!!!

All of us had the time of our lives!!! It was such a different experience and (obviously) so much more enjoyable than the first time I went with just Universal Express tickets.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Universal Studios Singapore’s VIP tours, click here!

Universal Studios Singapore is now having a Hollywood After Party every Saturday after the rest of their park closes, from 7-11pm – its an awesome place to hang out with your friends at night, $13 for free flow beer and $15 for all-you-can-eat buffet madness!!!!!

Say whaaaat?


We went to check it out when it first opened on 28 july and it was so much more happening than I’d expected.

We spent the night stuffing our faces with food (laksa, satay, paus, wantons, and more) and guzzling beer while watching the Olympics.


Chyeahhh. That’s how we roll.

xoxo,
Jess

Hi, 2012. Be nice to me please.

Today is the first of January. First day of the new year, 2012.

…….Not that you didn’t know that already.

I just have to repeat it to myself a few more times, so that it settles in, y’know? For some reason my brain is not registering that a new year has already begun. I still feel so relaxed, in the December mood. But now it is January which means… a lot of things. A new year means having new experiences, making new decisions, meeting new friends, and so much more.


Out with the old, in with the new.

Man, time really needs to pass slower.

I’m not used to this whole growing up thing. I swear, not that long ago I was still 13, rebellious, thin, and my biggest concern was skipping classes. I believed I’d stay young and ignorant forever. Sadly that’s not the case and I find myself thrust into this unforgiving dimension called Time. Time waits for nobody and nothing. You snooze, you lose. You blink an eye and WHAM you’re 5 years older. You blink another time BOOM suddenly another 10 years has passed. Next thing you know, you’re dead and buried in the ground.

If you’re wondering why I’m totally freaking out here… In September 2012, I will be turning the big Two Zero. FREAKIN’ TWENTY!!!! I am SO SO so soooo NOT ready to be a woman in her 20′s. I’m still going through puberty!!! *in denial*

People have been asking me if I’m gonna make any New Year Resolutions or if I’m gonna do a 2011 year re-cap on my blog and I’m all like… what are you talking about? It’s still 2011 hurhur e_e;

Oh and I am not embarrassed to admit I was kinda sorta very relieved when the clock struck twelve am and it turned to 2012 and we all didn’t drop dead like the Mayans said we would. Not that I believe in the whole conspiracy, but I thought it’d be very sad if I did die before turning 20 even though I don’t wanna be 20. A friend on Twitter told me it’s meant to be in December 2012 though, so at least we all still have 12 months left to live. I spent the last few moments of 2011 clinking wine glasses filled with Moscato with Sam, my brother, his gf and some friends who came over to play board games. Turned on the TV and watched fireworks go boom boom boom even brighter than the moon moon moon for 5 minutes before we all got bored and decided to do something else. We played Cluedo, Taboo and Who Am I till past 4am. I don’t know anyone who plays more board and card games than me, lol. I think I must play at least 5 hours per week. 5 hours is probably an understatement.

Sooooooo I’m not intending to rant the whole day, I actually have pictures for you don’t worry!!! The night before New Year’s Eve, I decided to host my very first proper house party ever, in celebration of a belated X’mas and the New Year. Invited my favorite bunch of old blogging people, the SPI peeps + a few other close friends and we had heaps of fun!

So glad to have them ringing in the new year with me ♥ They filled my humble home with tons of laughter and warmth.

Cooked up a storm for the party. Realized the hard way that cooking for more than 10 people is as difficult and time-consuming as it sounds.

Part ritual of becoming an adult – inviting your friends over and cooking a nice meal for them instead of ordering McDelivery. Dude in the red shirt is dear Nichy who was really sweet to come over in the afternoon and helped me with the monstrous amount of cooking. Thank you sweetheart!!!! :’)

Me wrapping Vietnamese spring rolls for the first time! Kinda fun actually. I wanna try making dumplings next.

First challenge of becoming a Vietnamese wife accepted. Sam’s home made spring rolls are soooo addictive – he uses his family’s traditional recipe and there’s prawns, minced pork, mushrooms, glass noodles, carrots & more in it. They were snapped up so quickly during the party!

I wanted to take pictures of how I cooked these dishes and do a step-by-step tutorial for you guys, but I overslept and didn’t have time… :(

So I hastily took iPhone snaps of some dishes once they were cooked instead. These are called Deviled Eggs and it’s my first time making them! It tastes like egg mayo but better, with an onion + dijonnaise + herby twist. People wanted the recipe after their first bite!!!

Aglio olio pasta with sun dried tomatoes, shredded chicken & shrimps plus a butt load of herbs!

Veggie medley. I love the natural vibrant colors of these healthy and yummeh vegetables! Buttered with onions, garlic, sprinkled with basil and salt + pepper. Actually probably not so healthy after what I’ve done to them lol.

All the food painstakingly prepared and waiting to be devoured by my guests!!! After 7, one by one, they all started rolling in…

Doorbells rang again & again, and people poured in!

Some of the peeps from the SPI gang!

So good to see these familiar faces all gathered on my living room’s couch :)

Looks like I’m invading an otherwise happy family photo haha but the kid isn’t actually theirs. I had my DSLR set up on a tripod in the living room and in between stuffing our faces with food and catching up with old friends, we were happily snapping away the whole night!!!

Picture spam incoming!!!

Gwen is back in Singapore!! Been almost a year since I’d last seen her. Got photobombed by 2 gundoos behind lol



WHAT’S UP?

1… 2… 3!

Everybody say “HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!”

Happy faces all around! Look at the baby boy he’s like so chill and the rest of us are all like :DDD

Little Zac taking an (accidental?) self-shot. What a cutie.

Always ready to give hugs. He kept toying with my DSLR the whole night, showing keen enthusiasm you wouldn’t expect from someone his age. I think he’s going to grow up to be an amazing photographer!

Zac and momma on the left!! & Wen from Nuffnang


Hey gorgeous girls!

Remote controlled group shots are so fun :D


Nicholas. This guy has been a significant part of my life in the later part of 2011.

Sometimes I super duper love him, at other times I honestly just can’t stand him, I could stick my fist through his skull LOL. But most of the time I feel like life will not be the same without him :)

My awesome neighbors who live just next door, little Sarah and momma Lynn who came over to hang out with us!

Normally I wouldn’t dream of having kids around in my house (can’t stand most of them) but Zac and Sarah are inexplicably cute, I adore them to BITS!

Let’s take a food break and stare at this glorious piece of amazingly delicious Strawberry Jelly Heart Cheesecake that Sam got up early in the morning to prepare, while I was still sleeping. Everyone demanded the recipe for this one too.

I want some NAO!!

Some of the pile of snacks and presents people brought over to share! How nice :)

Nadia & her fiance David!

Jayrus, who is a cool papa to 2 beautiful kids.

I love how I have friends that are parents, some almost twice my age.. no discrimination here. Just pure friendship and mutual positive feelings. Age, lifestyle differences, sexual preferences, religion & race are not important. ♥

Gwennie the Aussie who lives in Perth. I went on a road trip and took a holiday with this girl in Western Australia during 2010, you can search my blog for my travel entries on it! We also spent some time together in 2008 in Perth :)

Sammy boy!

He got me fresh red roses for the new year. They’re sitting next to me right now. Gorgeous.

Valerie! When I first introduced Gwen to my friends, I said, “Gwen, this is Valerie. *includes casually to test Gwen’s reaction* …Oh, she is also the reigning Miss Singapore Universe by the way.”

And Gwen was like, “Miss Singapore?! o_O …On your couch? Really.” in her thick Aussie accent hahaha I knew Gwen would have a funny response.

Her teeth CANNOT get any whiter.

I had to PS mine to get them half as white as hers, lol. Speaking of which, I wanna get veneers!!! I have pretty straight teeth, so I don’t have to go through braces or teeth alignment.. but I need to get whitening done coz I haven’t been taking very good care of my teeth. :(


MONKEY FACES!!

I remember meeting Kexin for the first time, thinking she was my age. (back then I was like 16?) Turns out she was 20+ and has a little boy. Talk about looking youthful O_O

Note to self: Clean the back of the chairs

I dunno who looks funnier, us or Gwen in the background!! I WUV EW xxx

I found it amusing how everyone’s hand is up in the air doing something in the photo :P

From Valerie’s Instagram!

Monopoly Deal bitchesssss.

You can’t tell but…. I had a Deal Breaker in my hand. Teeheehee

I eventually won the round… NOT by the Deal Breaker, but by normal strategies. Woopie!

Come midnight, people said their goodbyes, and started making their way back home…

But we didn’t stop there.

Presents opening time!!!

At first I’d posted a note on our Facebook event wall, telling the people attending this party that it’d be a good idea to have a “Secret Santa” activity where everyone brings a random present to contribute to a communal pile, and at the end of the day everyone who brought a present gets to take a different one home.

However, nobody replied to my note on Facebook (wtf so sad) so I posted a comment a few days later, saying “Nevermind, everyone’s probably too busy anyway….” but then on the day itself some people actually DID show up with presents, only to be told that the activity has been canceled due to the lack of response double wtf. So I got to keep all the presents at the end of the day!!!! LOL. Chocolates, underwear, lipsticks & more!!! MINE YAY.

Was this my plan all along? …..You could say so :D :D Lol I joke. I told the gang to take some of the presents home but they were like nononono you cooked so much etc etc so I gladly kept them all. Call me buay paiseh but I like presents lol.

A travel mug with a hand made note included!!

These are from Valerie! Of course a beauty blogger would give beauty products. They’re Lip Plumpers, but I haven’t tried them yet. Can’t wait to try the Elizabeth Arden one :*

Sam with Calvin Klein boxer shorts from ?… that are a taddd too tight for him! It’s funny seeing him in those though.

Our night still didn’t end there.

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JELLO SHOTS.
Wayyy too many of them. Nich got drunk at my place like a week ago then made these at 3am in my kitchen. Who mixes even more alcohol when they’re dead drunk??

They’re a lot more potent than they look!

Absolutely gone. Hahaha

Ridiculously hilarious moment when Nicholas tried to force Gwen to down another shot but in his drunken state, accidentally dropped the cold jello onto Gwen’s chest instead.

We were like… :o!!!!

Then we were like HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Look at Gwen’s face rofllll. “It’s so cold!!!” she says, then continues to wobble it on her chest and stare at it for another whole minute before finally cleaning it off. Funny girl.

Random moment of self-worshiping my hair :’)

We played some games, ate some food, chatted a bit then I passed out after that. I don’t really remember what happened exactly but I’m sure it must’ve been funny.

Pretty awesome way to end 2011 with a memorable night.

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Big thanks to everyone who came and made ourselves a great party!!!

Wishing you lot a blessed New Year with extra love, success and good health.

So this is the part where you expect me to do a year re-cap or to finally list down my New Year Resolutions but I still haven’t compiled a solid list. I know I’m a bit late but better late then never? I’ll let you know once I have it. :)


……..*STILL*
IN SHOCK IT IS 2012.

But HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!!!

xoxo,
Jess

Clover Fashion Shoot

Been terribly busy recently. I have so much to blog about, but so little time!

Did a shoot for Fidelis’ blogshop at my place the other day, the photos turned out really prettyyyy, (better than I expected actually, I give props to perfect weather these days) so here are some of my favourite shots!

Pictures taken with a Canon 550d DSLR and it’s kit lens.

Dedicating this post to Fidel, stay pretty and keep smiling darling!

Thank you for being there for me when I needed you :) I’ll always be here for you too! ♥

Her friend Christy helped model some pieces too

Tons of fun taking these pictures and directing the shoot! Reminded me of the shoots I used to do years ago but instead of being the subject, this time I got to be the bossy photographer. Empowering bwahaha.

I would’ve enjoyed myself a lot more if the weather wasn’t so hottttt. I reckon if I lived in a colder country I’d be out and about taking photos EVERYDAY!

Anyhoo I have exciting news to share.. I’m planning my birthday in September (the 20th) and I might be going to various parts of Australia with bby girl Fidel!!!! OMGGG I can’t wait :)

xoxo,
Jess

Lady Gaga’s Showcase!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! by Singtel AMPed

I can’t believe I was so lucky to get last minute complimentary tickets to Lady Gaga’s exclusive showcase OHHMYYGOOODDD. That’s right biatches! U jelly?

Thank you Huiwen / Nuffnang!!!! ♥

Even though it happened like 2 weeks ago I STILL get the shivers when I picture her coming out on stage, every time I recall that night my heart flutters a little bit. To say that being privileged enough to watch Lady Gaga perform live a mere few metres in front of you is a euphoric experience is a shameful understatement.

I swear the whole time I was like :DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

*hyperventilates and screams*

Even though I’m not a super die-hard fan (meaning I don’t call myself a little monster or keep up with her obsessively or listen to all her songs) I’m still incredibly fascinated by her.

I think she is amazinggggg at what she does. I may not like certain messages she’s sending across (why do some of her music videos look like cult freak shows / blasphemy related content).. But hey, who am I to judge.. it’s working out for her right? She’s like the Michael Jackson of our time. Her difference is to her advantage. People say she’s the new age Madonna but I think she’s wayyy bigger than Madonna, I don’t think Madonna ever made this much impact on people around the world.

Whenever I watch one of her live performances online I just stare in awe. She’s got such a unique and strong voice and her stage presence is crazily empowering. If Taylor Swift was enchanting, Lady Gaga was ELECTRIFYING!

Brought Eric along! At first I thought Sam wouldn’t be interested and I always see Eric raving about Lady Gaga’s “artistry” on Twitter and I can tell he’s a huge fan so I thought it’d be nice to do him a favour!

But turns out Sam is a closet Gaga fan HAHAHAHA thinking about it now he always go “rah rah rah ah ah” for no reason and breaks into Gaga songs spontaneous (mainly Bad Romance and Poker Face) and I managed to get 1 extra ticket for 3 of us to go!!! Yay!!

Thanks for the treat to Thai food btw Eric! ^.^ He’s a sweetie.

Sam and I SUPER psyched.

Surprisingly we were both much more excited about this than Taylor Swift’s concert (even though I listen to Taylor’s songs much more) I guess Lady Gaga is more iconic and is more of a performer? And also because it was such last minute notice!!!

We were informed of the free tickets ONE DAY before the actual showcase and it was a pleasant surprise to say the least hehe.

Got there rather early and our view was pretty good. We weren’t at the very front but pretty darn close!! I SWEAR ONCE OR TWICE GAGA AND ME LOCKED EYES FOR A SPLIT SECOND

(coz I’d be waving frantically to catch her attention lol) but that may just be me being bonkers.

We stood around for like a full hour before she entered the stage…. and when she did I don’t remember much besides opening my eyes like this O.O and not blinking for 10 whole minutes and tiptoe-ing so much to see her properly (tall crowd) that my calves cramped up and it hurt like shit but I didn’t care!!!!! It was crazy to see her in person. She looks and sounds exactly the same on Youtube, TV and on her album lol. I know this sounds stupid but often I find it hard to believe that celebrities are real.

So whenever I’m moderately near them (like in the same concert hall) or something I’m like OMG SHE IS SO NEAR ME!!!! That’s so cool! I’m breathing the same air as her!

MAYBE I CAN ABSORB SOME OF HER TALENT THROUGH THE ATMOSPHERE

#foreveralone #foreverunfamousanduntalented

I was staring at her ass and hair (blue/green wig) the whole night lol. They’re fabulous.

Observing every single movement she made intently!!!

Gaga was like crawling and jumping and bouncing and floating and galloping and running and falling and sliding all over the whole damn stage!!! Not a second of it was boring or mediocre.

She had very minimal space to perform because the auditorium was tiny (PRIVATE showcase you know!! *fans self*) but she made full use of it.

Most of my pictures of her that night turned out like this. Blurry and half assed lol. Everyone was jumping up and down so much (including myself) I couldn’t keep my camera still for one second!!! There was so much jumping that the ground trembled under the pressure WTF for a moment I thought there might be an earthquake going on.

Crazy stomping fans on a rampage + exploding ear drums due to massive sound waves from giant bass speakers = earthquake simulator.

All of them had giant fake moles drawn on their faces hahaha

Comforting to know even Gaga has bad angles

Special effects wowza!!

Hailed as a goddess by so many. I wonder what it’s like to live a day in the life of Lady Gaga.


“WA MENG TTTTIIIIIIII WA MENG TI!!!”

0:49 LOL!!!


I WHIP MY HAIR BACK AND FORTH!!

Speaking of hair, Gaga sang a breathtaking acoustic version of her new song, “Hair”. It’s so beautiful I almost cried while she sang it.. wait I think I did cry a little.

Her performances are rock solid powerful!

You can listen to it here… it was even better live and when everyone was singing along!

I’d bet her armpit smells like roses.

…Or hairspray. Or talent. What does talent smell like?

Sam and me sweating like crazy while being squished like sardines. I was in a tight black dress and he was in a tight blazer but we could still jump up and down like hyperactive 15 year olds throughout the show lol. Eric was beside us the whole time diligently FILMING the whole concert!!!!

D.e.d.i.c.a.t.i.o.n.

I tried to get him to jump and scream with us by shaking him but I don’t think he appreciated that very much LOL must have caused his video to go blurry.

I took a video too!! With my iphone so the quality is worse than lao sai but you can catch glimpses of Sam and I jumping up and down hahaha.

Lady Gaga sang all her top hits (Bad romance, Judas, Edge of Glory, etc) but included some of her newer songs and I didn’t expect it to go on for so long, it was for at least an hour I think. I thought she would’ve left after like 3 songs but it felt like a full concert!!!!


VERY HAPPY ME.

I really really really enjoyed myself!!! The experience was relatively brief but it made a huge impact. I’m definitely a bigger fan now, I listen to her songs much more often (even the non-popular ones) and I find her wonderfully inspiring.

After the concert, Alaric Sophie Eric Sam and I went to MBS (the showcase was held there) food court for supper. We got some food and chatted for a longgg time about everything under the sun (they are all such nice people!!!) before Alaric drove us to play some zombie smashin’ L4D.

They brought us to this lan shop at Selegie which was like the best lan place I’ve ever been to. Super clean, quiet, nice smelling, sofa seats, and after people get off their computer when they’re done using it the owner actually wipes the mouse and keyboard with a clean towel so everything’s spotless!!!!

AMAZING. I’ve never been to a more pleasant lan shop lol

Most overplayed map urgh I hate it

Sam had an equally great time that night!!

Thank you Nuffnang for making this possible. And to everyone else that night for being great company :)

LOVE YOU GAGA! ♥ I can’t wait to see you live again next time!!!!!! You are truly, rightfully legendary. Years down the track I will remember this night about how I was fortunate enough to be in the middle of a privileged small crowd that Lady Gaga performed to and how awesome it was to be in her presence!

Ending this post with one of my favorite performances by Gaga ever. Posted this some time back but doesn’t hurt to post it again.

She’s poetry in motion.

xoxo,
Jess

Fidelis’ 21st!!!!

A couple of nights ago, Sam and I excitedly attended Fidelis’ big 21st! I haven’t seen her in forever, and it was really good to catch up again.

Picture intensive post ahead! (66 piccys to be exact)

The best thing about being friends with bloggers is that even after many months (over a year actually) of not talking to each other, you still have a brief idea of what’s going on in each other’s lives because of blog entries, so you can skip the awkward “What are you doing now? What happened to your ex?” etc etc sort of talk.

It almost felt like nothing has changed, that it was 2008 again. I wish that was the case though.. but as long as everything’s all good now, I suppose it’s all that matters :)

Birthday girl dutifully preparing treats for her guests before they arrive. Her party was so much fun! Plenty of food, booze, non-stop flow of music, laughter and camwhoring!

She baked these meringue cookies herself! Yummeh. I LOVE MERINGUE ^.^ Egg whitey sugary goodness!

Candy floss machine! :D First time I’ve seen a mini version, so cute

Purty!

I wonder if this was the stuff she put in the jello shots lol

These jello shots are AH-mazing! ♥ I couldn’t stop popping them. So petite and colorful, cuteeee! From the moment I arrived Fidelis kept shoving them down my throat. Trying to get me drunk tskkk!!!

It’s by far the most addictive alcohol drink / shot everrrr because the jelly and sugar made the alcohol taste so unoffensive, it was like liquor chocolate but better.. liquour JELLY! In fact I really want some now hahaha I can’t even remember how many I had, but the following pictures should give you a rough idea…

Val and I downing jello shots ;) First of many to come lol

Another…

And anotherrRRRrrrrRRRRRRrrr….

Valerie is sooooo tall! I can’t remember her exact height but I’m like 1.7 so she’s probably like 1.86 or something. I always feel unnecessarily midget-like when I’m around her, which isn’t fair because I’m not short in the first place LOL

So I made her bend down to take pictures with me n_n

Sam over enthusiastically urging me to drink with a SINISTER look in his eyes. I know your motives!!! You want to get me drunk then take advantage of me obvs. Ain’t happen bruddah!

To infinity, and beyond!!!!

I think 7 out of 10 pictures I’m in from all the pictures taken that night I had a jello shot in my hand / mouth LOL

Something about catered food makes me smile. I think it’s how all the food is neatly labelled and presented and knowing I could have as much of it as I want, the food’s just sitting there waiting to be eaten :P

I brought the special B’day girlie customized cupcakes from Shiberty’s Sweets to suit her Mardi Gras themed party! Green, purple and gold. Butterscotch and chocolate flavored. They received a lot of raves at the party, much to my delight ♥

Her other gift was a Victoria’s Secret perfume called “Sexy Little Thing” and it’s SOOOO sweet, it smells like you’re being soaked in vanilla fields. One of my fav scents out there, hope she likes it as much as I do!

Cuppycakes!!! ^.^

Fidelis actually handmade all these ADORABLE props for all of us to take piccys with!! My favorite was the hitler moustache hahaha

Actually.. it looks more like a Charlie Chaplin moustache when I put it on :P

HUA! I IZ MARDI GRAS POCAHONTAS! (LOL) Or is that a masquerade mask? I can’t decide.

*cue kung fu fighting song*

HAHAHA after he saw me wear the mask he was like, “GIMME!” with grabby hands, then started doing silly poses with it. Typically Sam.

My stern expression after seeing his antics. *not amused*

Him trying to be the same. He can’t pull a serious face for shit LOL

Taking a picture of you taking a picture of us! My lens is damn dirty o.x Time for a wipe-down.

Speaking of which, most of the pics in this post is credited to Chris L (dude in green obvs) and his pro Canon 5D camera hence the ultra clear quality! Knew him as a photographer since years back from when I used to do shoots.

LOL random gay moment.. by gay I mean happy of course, rite? Just so ppl don’t go all ZOMG U HOMOPHOB on my ass.

Playing with the Cotton Candy machine!!! Waited all night for my turn because there was always somebody fiddling with it. Lost interest after 2 minutes though.

SO SLOW!!! I need more candy then a few strands of candy per minute. om nom nom nomz -turns attention back to jello shots-

He’s such a kid :) It tickles me in a good spot to know that candy floss can still make my 24 year old man happy! It’s all about the little things in life.

When you turn this red -hic- It’s a good indication to stop the shots. By this time I’d already spilled 2 drinks (not sure due to my clumsiness or tipsy state? I wasn’t light headed tho.. I think)

Sam’s had a few himselfff hurhur

BNW white pic so nobody knows how notices how red we are :DDDDDD

Sam with Eugene, Val’s friend! You know when they say birds of a feather flock together it’s true because Eugene also damn tall wtf. I also wan to be damn tall!!! The air must be fresher up there!

And talking to shorter people must be fun because they must actually look UP to you (geddit?) if they want to hold a conversation lol

Lots of love for the b’day girl!!!!!

HAHAHAH omg my expression is so stupid in this picture!!! Chris why you take such unglam shots of me?

We were chilling in the bedroom upstairs watching Zombieland (yayy zombie movies!) on Val’s iPad 2 and she was showing off the cool functions to me and I think this was captured when she did the 4 finger swipe thing and I was like WOAH they can sense how many fingers are on the screen. LOL. I call this the /nubface/

Slightly better pic! Redemption.

At this time Fidel came up to the room to check on us and to offer us icy cold Sprite and other refreshments, and also to tell us that cake cutting would soon begin weeeee

Leon finally arrives and helps the b’day girl prepare the 2 tiered cake!

We didn’t manage to do Fidelis’ cake for her because by the time I’d received the invite, I heard from Leon that she’d already ordered her cake from someone else!!! Boo!!

But it was a good lookin’ cake nevertheless, and the best part was the extremely competitive pricing. *nods head and squints eyes…monitoring competition* :P

..And then it begins, all her friends clapping and chorusing in unison! I can see it in her face that she was really happy. ♥ Happy for her that she’s happy. Been damn long since anybody sang me a B’day song like that besides my bf -tear-


Happy Birthday to you!!!!!!!!!!!
Happy birthday to you!!!

Happy birthday little munchkin, happy birthday to you!

IT’S YOUR 21ST YOU’D BETTER BE A BIG GIRL NOW AND STOP TALKING IN THAT BABY VOICE HEHEHE

Was part of her 19th (only 4 of us at Leon’s place, good times), missed her 20th but thankfully I’m here for her 21st :)

Pictures galoreeeee

Kisses for you!

Oi, what’s that reaction?!? Dunno is flattery, disgust or confusion?

Out comes the cuppycakes to share with her guests!!!

Valerie aka potential future Miss Singapore savoring a cupcake! She’s running for this year’s title and I think tomorrow is the finals. Good luck Val!!!

I can’t wait till she wins, then I’d plaster this photo + her raves on the cupcakes onto Shiberty’s Sweets website. :P

“MISS SINGAPORE SAYS…. CUPCAKES FROM SHIBERTY’S SWEETS PWNZ!”

Leon and Fidel’s friend giving LMAO expressions after their first bite.

In case you think it’s an unpleasant reaction, it’s not ok!!! They were like “WTF so pretty and so yummy one?!!!!! :O”

“Want to try??? Here, have a bite! Om nom nomz”

I think Leon has a damn classic comical face. I look at any picture of him in it pulling an expression and I feel like laughing LOL

While people were eating ma cupcakes…. I sat in a corner watching them, eating salsa with chips.

I also wanted a cupcake but it seemed kinda rude to eat your own cupcakes at someone elses’ party, no?! You’d think after being around cakes 24/7 for months now, I’d be sick of it, but I’m still not! I love licking the frosting the most, sets me on a sugar high n_n

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Forget about sugar high.

I think me and Fidel were downright bloody high off alcohol already LOL coz we saw THIS:

Peeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeps marshmallows!

And Fidel started exclaiming “OMG LET’S PLAY CHUBBY BUNNY!!! CHHUUBBBYYYY BUNNYYYYY”

..Ok bby girl, if it’s chubby bunny you want, it’s chubby bunny you’ll get!!!!! Be forewarned though, I’m kind of an expert in chowing down food. *grins*

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Ready… set… GO!!!

*stuffs face in front of everyone watching*

Marshmallow one – IN SUCCESSFULLY! *says Chubby Bunny*

Marshmallow 2….. *muffled Chuwwy Buwwy comes out of Fidel’s mouth*

Man, these little fluffy duckies take up more space in your mouth than you’d think!

By the 3rd one, we started gagging already LOLOL. OMG WE LOOK LIKE BOOMERS ABOUT TO EXPLODE.



RUNNNNN, the horde’s about to come!!!!
Bile incoming!!!!

*tries to say Chubby Bunny but it sounds like… OOFEE BOOWEEE*

By our 4th one, we were falling to the ground, choking heavily on both marshmallow and our own laughter!!!!!!! You can’t even laugh properly because if you open your mouth too big all the marshmallow would stop popping out LOL

I think we stopped at our 5th one because we were about to throw up!!! We ran to the toilet to spit everything out. Ewwwwwwww hahahah saliva dripping all over my mouth, face and hands!!!

It totally didn’t help that the Peeps marshmallows were overly sugary and sweet but it was worth it. Haven’t laughed like that in so long!

TIME TO PUT OUR BOYFRIENDS TO THE TEST!!!!!!

Don’t fail me baby!!!! I believe in you and your humongous mouth! :D Make me proud.

The boys did the first 3 with ease!

Ohhh, Leon, showing signs of weakness so soon???

Watching your friends gag is so hilarious yet cruel ^_______^


SAM STILL GOING STRONG!!!
It’s his 5th one!! Leon stares in disbelief coz it’s only his 3rd. His face spells – “What the fuckkkk, how big is your mouth you freak?”!

HAHAHAHA Leon looks as though he might launch a marshmallow cannon-spit-ball into Sam’s face!!!


“KILL ME NAOOOOOOOOO”

We tell the boys to go spit out the marshmallows so we can count them properly and that was either a terrible or brilliant idea, depending on how you look at it :P

I apologize on Leon’s behalf for the string of saliva. LOL

But… he still seems kinda pleased with himself, because he scored FIVE!!!! Same as me!

*drumroll*

But Sam emerges as the winner….. for he had SEVEN MARSHMALLOWS IN HIS MOUTH!!!!

SEVEENNNNNN. How does he even do it? Don’t ask me, but he’d make a great girl since his gag reflexes are close to zero lmao.

Ladies and Gentlemen, this is the face of d-e-f-e-a-t.

…With 5 marshmallows stuffed in it’s mouth and 2 middle fingers pointed towards the high heavens in anger. It is not a very pretty sight.

“WA MNG TIIIIIIII WA MNG TIIIIIIII Y MY MOUTH NOT SO BIGGGGG???”

Well, in the end the boys shook on it and…

*deng deng deng deng deng*

We have a winner!!!!

Congratz darling! *blows kisses* No real kiss because he was dripping with saliva. LOL.

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Happy Birthday babe ♥ ♥ ♥ We all had a fantastic time!

May all your wishes come true!!!

xoxo,
Jess
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