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29 April 2016

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28 April 2016

Blog Evolution

Hello. I've been wanting to write about this topic for the longest time, just that I don't have time to go slowly get all the photos and upload it. Now I've got the time, I thought why not just get it over and done with?

So, what triggered me to write this blog post is because I was wondering, who the hell still read blogs nowadays? And from the time I've started blogging till date, I've seen many come and go. Many started, but not many stayed. Well what I mean is that not a lot of people actually have the patience and time to continue to update their blogs and eventually they just left it there. Or some, they just closed down their blogs. I want to write about how I feel regarding this "blogging" industry and how time has changed everything.

Remember back in the days, the only bloggers I knew was Benjamin and his brother Randy (Typicalben & Randyys). Shawn (shavvn), Andy (ANdyStorm), Jayden Tan (Jaylief), Alton Keh (AltonKeh), Fauzi Rassull (fauzirasull) - Singapore's Only Male Bitch, and some of my circle of male blogger friends like Weijie (vveijie), Meldric (Sexy-Swisz), Hong Peng (hpility). As for female, you don't say cuz same as to modeling (CHEH MODEL SEH!!!) its more of a female dominated industry. The female bloggers I know of was Xiaxue, Esther Xie (IceAngel), Sheylara (Sheylara), Valerie Lim (Dweam), yes she was called DWEAM back then... Peggy Heng (ThyDowager), Tammy Tay (OhSoFickle), Jessica (Underage-Girl) back then she was called Underage-Girl, until she decided that she was no longer "UNDERAGED" so she rebrand herself as Shiberty, Lao Zhar Bor (in case you don't know who she is, she damn popz one okay!) And of course, some of my circle of female blogger friends such as Joyce (Forest1012 or was it Joyce1012?!?!), Ying Zi (Dream2BreakAway), Wynnette (LilYellowLorry) and Dawn (Dawnrockka). Just to name a few.

So as time pasts, some of them are no longer in the "blogging" industry, but thank god for Instagram. I manage to keep in contact with some of them. (Not sure to be thankful or not) cuz with the birth of instagram, here comes all the "hipster" food/fashion grammers with instant hundreds and thousands over of likes. Ohyah, I totally forgot about Twitter. It was the biggest social media hit back then, until Instagram came about...

Back Then

I was introduced to blogging via this friend of mine during secondary school. She was the one that intro-ed me to this whole blogging thing and to pen down my thoughts cuz well... I was relatively emo in school. Mainly because my previous pet dog passed away and I didn't hand any mood. I was 95% putting my head down and sobbing in class la. LOL And did I mentioned that my previous pet dog shared the same birthday as me?!?!?! So losing him made me really disheartened and depressed for the following month.

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Throwback to my very first blog entry. Please, go ahead. Laugh all you want. HAHAHAHAHA! I cringed so much whenever I read the things I wrote in the past. Not forgetting the photos I'd take. I kennot!!!! Like what they all say, we were all once young.
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So as time goes, my blog became a ranting ground, a place for me to post my daily updates and narcissism. I don't even know how I can manage to post 2 - 3 posts a day. LOL! Back then I really damn free. Like nothing better to do. LOL!

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ANDANDAND
Do you guys remember no one actually uses the comment box on blogs, what we all used was TAGBOARD!!! HAHAHAHA!!! And some muthafuckers would tag you at your tagboard to do something like this.

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Moving On
After using blogger for close to a year, I happen to bloghopped till my junior's blog where she had this "I ♥ Nuffnang" or was it just "Nuffnang" tab on her sidebar, so I was quite curious so I clicked on it. I find it rather sketchy cuz my mom told me that there's no free meal on earth and not to trust whatever you see on the internet, I didn't sign up for it. Well but eventually I did cuz I end up asking that junior of mine what's that. LOL!!!

So after which I signed up and I put that "Nuffnang" tab on my sidebar. I began receiving emails from them regarding movie invites and blogging contests. This is when I found that passion to do up good blogposts so that I can win those god damn contests.

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I remember how excited I'll be and I'll always ask my friend (Qianyi) to help me with taking pictures and filming for most of my contests entry. :)

My First Ever Monetary Win
That was when I didn't believe what my mom said about never to trust what the internet says. Cuz what Nuffnang says is all true. LOL!!! I know $50 is not a lot but to be able to win some *KA-CHINGGG* online... Its something worth showing off. Hahaha!

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I went for Singapore's first ever bloggers flashmob party located at "The Heeren" where Xiaxue, Jessica , Esther Xie, and some many other bloggers were there as well. Spot me at 1;59, lol!!!




After that, I begin joining more and more contests. LIKE EVERY SINGLE CONTEST EMAIL I RECEIVE I'LL BE LIKE... JOIN!!!

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But its not a everytime thing cuz everyone have their "day". So when I did not win or anything I'll always tell myself to try harder next time.

My Very First Big Win
So I took part in so many contests that I could barely remember which one I took part in. One day I was having lessons, and I receive a sms from Hong Peng telling me that I won 2nd prize for my Singtel's Live Life Online Anywhere With Singtel Mobile Broadband. I was shock cuz 2nd prize was a iPod Touch if I'm not wrong... Rushed home, and on my computer immediately to check my email. INDEED!!! I WON!!! I was flabbergasted!!! My whole body was shaking in disbelief but yet I'm happy at the same time...

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My Next Big Win
Next up was this Chinese New Year blog contest, where we are required to blog about how we could spend an entire day at The Grand Cathay. This one was tough cuz many people took part, even the strong ones like Andy. So I got help from Meldric and Qianyi to film and take pictures for my blog entry. I still remember how I was having time restriction cuz I was having my internship, so I was pretty much occupied most of the days.

But nevertheless... I WON AGAIN!!! Yes, 2nd place again....This time round, a Blackberry Bold 2. If I'm not wrong, its quite expensive to own a blackberry back then... One would simply costs near to $700 - $800?!?! Or maybe more???

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After Which
All these contests started dying down and I've also stopped updating my blog. It was more or less dead, but I never had the thought of closing it down, just leaving it there would be a better choice, cuz in case one day I wanna look back and write again...

CNOS/CNOS 2.0
I decided to take part in Cineleisure's Next Online Sensation back in 2012. Probably the biggest hit in the blogging scene cuz A LOT of popz people are taking part and it was overly subscribed if I'm not wrong. I decided to take part in this competition together with Fenny (fennyhwang) and Yingzi (Dream2BreakAway) forming team Y.D.F. I was so excited cuz imagine winning and taking the title. So many pair of eyes will be on you. But sadly, we didn't win. :(

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Ohyah, not many people know, but just a little sharing, do you guys know Isabel (prettyfrowns) was also in CNOS 1?!?!?! Yeap, the center one.

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Credit: http://lovewithberries.blogspot.sg/2012/03/cineleisures-next-online-sensation.html

A year later, CNOS is back with a second season, this time round with vlogging included in all the challenges, also, its individual instead of competing in teams. This means it will be tougher and more competitive than before. I was having dilemma of whether to join cuz I don't wanna be left disappointed again. Two, its kinda waste of time cuz I remembered during cnos 1, I had to go down to Cineleisure to film almost every single day. But still, I last minutely decided to join.

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#THANKYOUGUANYINGMA

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I managed to bag home the 1st Runner Up aka 2nd Prize for the contest. (DAYUM 2nd AGAIN!!!) With that, I was also the online brand ambassador for Cathay Cineleisure Orchard for that year. After my win, perks and emails started flowing in and that was probably my best win EVER in my whole blogging scene. After that, I set my mind that I should continue to update this blog whenever possible. That's why you see the constant updates and better quality pictures now.

THOUGHTS
With the overflowing of new generations of social media savvy people coming in, I'm afraid that this whole blog thing will soon die down. Now we have our mobile phones with us and with apps like Snapchat and Instagram taking over the world, its like no one really bothers to read blogs anymore.

Even when attending media events, I feel that its no longer the same as before. In the past, we would all gather and sit together at some place and chill and talk cock over a cup of coke?!?! LOL Now, we all will just leave and not bother to mingle around.

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Back then when Dawn and Wynn were still little secondary school XMM's. When Joyce wasn't so particular about her make up. When Mel had no hair and Weijie had long ass fringe. When Ash was still round and had fringe almost covering his eyes. When Jing Long had cap on top of his head whenever we're out. lololol!!! I miss taking long bus rides home together after an event. I miss talking and catching up on life with one another instead of looking at our phones whenever we meet up. I miss when things were all so simple. I miss the good old times.

Never will I stop writing cuz I'll always remember why I started it. It is to pen down my thoughts. It is to track and retrace back the times where I was foolish and young and the mistakes I've made. If given the opportunity, be thankful. Remember, its a given, not demanded.

27 April 2016

Timbre+

A few weeks ago I paid a visit to the highly raved Timbre+ ever since its opening. I've heard many people talking about it that its like the new "hipster" place to visit. lol.

Located at One North, its definitely a place not everyone would wanna visit as its super isolated. The moment when my friend told me timbre+ is at one north station I was like; WHERE THE FUCK IS THAT?!?! LOL!

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How to get to timbre+

Once you got off from One-North station at circle line. Exit through the place where you can see *Each a Cup*, you know, the bubble tea shop. Tap out from there and turn right. Follow the pathway then go up the escalator.

After which, once you're facing outside, turn left and walk all the way straight and you'll end up at the cross junction. Turn right, cross the traffic light and walk straight ahead, you'll then see timbre+. I hope my instructions was clear enough. LOL! If you still can't understand I guess the best solution is to cab? LOLOL!!!

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On The Inside

The good thing about timbre+ is that its FULLY sheltered, so you don't have to be constantly worried whether you'll get drenched halfway while having your meals there. What I heard of is that during the noon time, its like a normal hawker center mixed restarant kinda place, and once its at night/evening time, the place will be turned into a drinking place. Sort of like your normal timbre place. Live bands will be there to entertain your ears every Monday, Wednesday - Saturday. For more information you can click here to read up about the timings and the genre of music which will be played on the specific day. --> timbre+ Music

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The Food

Not sure to say whether there's too much variety of food to choose from or just nothing catches my eye. LOL. Another friend of mine was like saying he don't know what to it cuz everything is like AT YOUR FACE!!! LOL! Come to think of it, there's actually a lot of variety la, there's like pizza, bak kut teh, wanton mee, ban mian, american grill, skewers, snacks, and even dancing crab!!! SO YEA. Don't go there and tell people YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT TO EAT CUZ THERE'S FUCKING LOTS OF THINGS TO CHOOSE FROM!!!

Okay so anyway, at that point of time, I wasn't ready to make my life's biggest decision so I ended up choosing American Grill. (BASIC I KNOW!!!) Reason being, I don't want to let people think that I travel all the way to One-North just to eat wtf a bowl of Ban Mian which I could easily get it at my house's hawker center?!?! So to prevent myself from losing face I ate the Big Bern's Beef Cheeseburger with seasoned Fries and Coleslaw. It was my first time eating Big Bern's so I didn't know the seasoned fries tastes so FUCKING SPICY! No joke, if you can't take spice, just choose the normal fries instead, or any other sides. JUST NOT THE SEASONED CAJUN FRIES!!!

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My friends had the other one (I forgot what was it called) and another friend of mine had the Wong Kee Wanton Noodles which he queued 20mins for. In the end, he was led to much disappointment cuz it wasn't worth the 20mins of his life. LOL!

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We also had the wings from Two Wings, coated with salted egg yolk sauce. So weird, is it just me or Two Wings used to have all their wings in Joints part, but at timbre+ its served in 3 wings and 3 drumstick.

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And of course, everyone needs a drink to quench their thirst after much eating from all them heaty and sinful food. A cup of sugar cane with lemon for only $1.30.

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What makes timbre+ so special is that they have this self returning tray system whereby you return the tray after you're done eating and you can get a dollar in return. Smart right?!

This encourages consumers to ownself return their trays and at the same time keeping the place clean and helping the cleaners to have lesser job to do. My friends and I were like telling each other its really good job opportunity. Like you just have to return 10 trays and you already get $10. You don't even need to work for 1hour and you can already earn 10 bucks. Imagine just staying at timbre+ the whole entire day just to return the trays for people, you can be a instant millionaire already. HAHAHAHAHA!!! #Cheaptrills

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After having to digest the food and  a few weeks to think about it, I've come to a conclusion, its worth the visit once or twice but not frequently. Secondly, the food there wasn't really THAT nice as what was raved on the internet and social media. Maybe I'll visit once again but this time in the evening where there are live bands playing??? Anyways, most of the things are less than $10, and it would be good if you go with a group of friends, order plenty of stuff and share among one another. :)

Address 
73A Ayer Rajah Crescent, JTC LaunchPad @ One-North, Singapore 139957

Website
http://timbreplus.sg/

Opening Hours
Monday - Saturday: 6am to 6pm (hawker stalls), 11am to 11pm (restaurants).
Closed on Sundays.
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