Posted in camera-phone love, travel

Going from one home to another.

After a week and a half at Home, in Singapore, the city and country of my birth, I’m on yet another plane to go home. I hesitate to call this a vacation because I’m literally going from one home to another but this break was much needed. But as I’m heading back, I can feel the stress that had melted away during this short time away climbing back.

Sigh. 18 hours.

Posted in camera-phone love, travel

Singapore to Melaka

There are several ways to get to Melaka. You can drive but that would involve having to pay the Causeway toll fee and gas. It can get expensive but as my mom pointed out, gas in Malaysia is cheaper than Singapore so I guess you can make up for it. Pros: flexibility cons: waiting time to go through customs can get tricky

The second way is to go by coach. There are several found at the Queen St bus station. Or you can always get a ticket from a travel agent and they will pick up from a hotel in orchard road. Cheaper than the first option. And quite convenient but you lose the flexibility. You leave when they ask you to leave and you have to wait for everyone on your bus to clear customs before you can be on your way. But the seats are comfortable and you don’t have to worry about paying attention to the road.

The third option is slightly more complicated, has many steps and is perhaps the cheapest option. And also offers some degree of flexibility. It’s also my preferred method of going to Melaka from Singapore.

First we caught the Causeway link bus from Queen St (hint: it’s in Bugis). That costs SGD 3.30. Then after clearing customs instead of taking exit B on the left go straight to exit A and go down the stairs on the left. Catch the same bus to Larkin bus terminal which has recently been renovated. All the different bus companies now sell their tickets from a centralized ticketing office which makes life SO much easier. You can buy it from the ticket counter or from the computer terminals. It only costs RM21 per ticket.

Then you board the bus outside at Bay D. It takes about 2.5hrs to get to the Melaka central bus terminal. We then took a taxi which cost us RM20 TO get to Jonker street. I’m pretty certain you can use Grab to get there for much less but I didn’t want to download the app. We got to Jonker street and checked into a really nice hotel (Heeren straits hotel).

For the journey back the concierge called a grabcar for us. The cost to get to the terminal is RM7. We gave the guy Rm10 for his trouble which is still cheaper than takinga taxi. Speaking of taxis, how are taxi companies still managing to make money??

For some reason our journey home always takes 3 to 3.5 hours. Don’t ask me why. Then we go take the bus back to the woodlands checkpoint. An alternative is to take a taxi to the city sq shopping mall for one last meal before going home.

Why do I like the 3rd method? I like the flexibility. We can leave whenever. And to be honest we are normally satisfied after lunch dinner and breakfast in melaka.

We aren’t interested in hanging around till 4pm which is when the coaches normally pick you up. Plus this method allows us to decide to hang out at city sq if we are hungry after getting to woodlands checkpoint. Or get a haircut.

Haha. Obviously if we had a car it would be better. But the stress of driving isn’t worth it to me.

And yeah. We went to Melaka for a full days worth of meals and came back with new haircuts 🙂 #weekendsummary

Posted in Home, weight loss

How having pink eye is making me think twice about my health

The inevitable has happened. I have pink eye. Pink eye, or rather, viral conjunctivitis sucks. But as a contact lens wearer, I’m also really worried about a corneal ulcer. Which, this might very well turn out to be. Due to the fact that I have a high deductible insurance, I have yet to establish care here in the US. Which means I can’t really walk into any clinic and have them check if there is a corneal ulcer or a foreign body, or if its just plain old viral conjunctivitis. And this sucks.

However, having pink eye has also made me start thinking about other aspects of my health which I’ve been neglecting. Well, let’s be honest. All aspects of my health. I’ve been eating junk food because I’ve been so stressed. In addition to the increasing numbers on my utterly disgusting weighing scale, my face has been breaking out into horrid acne and I’ve got red blotches. As someone who has never put on make-up on a regular basis I’ve actually taken to wearing BB cream, not a big deal for most people, but a big deal to me. I haven’t actually been exercising because the thought of shelling out $150 to join a gym and then another $25 every month for the privilege of going is simply too much for me right now. I’ve been trying to walk a little bit more but I’m getting bored of walking. I was going to join an exercise class but haven’t found the motivation to commit to anything at the moment.

Well, no more. As of this moment, to make myself more accountable to, well, myself. I’m hereby declaring a small step towards committing to my own well being. I have a little jumping rope (thanks Target!!!) and I’m committing to jumping rope 20 times a day for the next 2 weeks. And if I can do that without breaking any bones, I’m going to try to increase it by 5 every 2 weeks until I reach 50. My current weight is 69kg and I’m hoping that with the added exercise and eating healthy, I’ll be able to lose at least 1 kg every month. My healthy weight range is 52kg (a number which I have never ever reached before) but I’m hoping to be 62kg by the end of this year.

Here’s to a healthier start.

Posted in Home

home sweet home?


Its been 6 months since I moved to the South Bay area and things are finally settling down into a rhythm.

The transition hasn’t been easy. The original plan was that I was going to continue working on my research project long distance. But I found it too difficult to keep the momentum going and to keep juggling and catching all the different pieces just got too much so I handed in my resignation. Thankfully, all I had to do was pay the penalty for giving up my license early and that was it. They were willing to forgo the resignation in lieu of notice penalty which was a lot of money that I did not (and still don’t) have.

In addition, the Beau and I are still trying to adjust to each other. I mean, for the most part, we get along really well. But that old adage about money tearing a couple apart is true. Money has been a source of conflict in our marriage. We are both trying to adjust to the differences in how we each handle money (or the lack thereof). I sometimes think that the main reason why we haven’t both given up is because we don’t have kids.

Yea. You read that right. The main reason why we are still together is because we don’t have kids. I know that the common assumption is that couples stay together is because of their children. Well, in our case, I think not having kids and deciding not to have kids, may be saving our marriage. For one thing, it eliminates a huge source of stress. I mean, fighting about money is one thing. But fighting about how we bring the kids up, how we are going to find enough money to survive as a family is another. I’m not saying that our marriage or our lives are perfect. Nor am I saying that no one should have kids. Its just that, for us, not having children, is the right decision for us. We are officially DINKs (Double Income, No Kids) although I won’t be surprised if we become SINKs in the near future.

Although the both of us are still mired in debt, I’m still trying to think ahead to retirement. The Beau if almost 10 years older than me. I don’t really plan on staying here for too long. I mean, the weather is lovely and its great to have nice sunny weather year round. But its so expensive living here, I’m not sure its worth the stress. Plus I also have to worry about future healthcare costs as well. So I guess all I can say is that its home sweet home — for now. But we are definitely going to have to think about moving when he retires. I’m not sure where yet though. I would like to be near the water. And hopefully in a safe place. He wants to be closer to nature. But I’m a city gal through and through. Hopefully, time will bring both our wants closer and we can compromise on a good (and affordable) location. But it looks like we are going to continue to stay here in the South Bay for a while.

Posted in camera-phone love, Food, reviews

Food court finds

The last few weeks have been tough. We had been arguing over everything from getting the carpets cleaned to buying orange juice. We are both exhausted and we are hardly spending anytime together. But last thursday, we finally we managed some couple time so we went out for dinner. The mall seemed the logical choice. It was convenient and we had not yet explored the dining options there beyond our usual table at PF Changs.The Beau tried a pizza from the piĹşza stand. I was hungry and opted for the 3 meat rice bowl (Meat lover’s special) at bibigo. It was surprisingly good.

There was a sweet chicken, some beef mixed with pork with an egg thrown into it as well. In total, it was $14. A bit pricey for a food court. But then again, what isn’t these days?