Surprise! (and… back to reality.)

So here’s an extremely late video of my family reacting to me coming home unannounced from my US trip. I’ll talk about my Seoul trip again soon – once I’m done procrastinating.

Now that I’m back from Seoul, I miss being able to get to the brothers’ within less than 20 steps. I’m also glad that I got to speak with people who went through similar situations and in the differences, made the effort to understand and see my perspective. Thank you for not dismissing my journey as another brick in the wall and standing by me so unflinchingly. I still find it amazing how many things that occurred from the time that I left for LA until today seemed to blatantly occur just in time. Now that I’m back in Singapore and half way back to reality, I hope that I continue to be stunned in a good way.

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I pray to never forget my journey in LA even if everyone else chooses to.

So… I’m in Seoul

That’s right. The family has been planning this and I’m finally in a different country with them!

It’s our third day and I haven’t had a bad meal. It’s actually making me pretty distressed because I CAN’T STOP EATING. So here are some photos that I took during the trip. I’m a little too lazy to beautify the colour of the photos so… No filter.

So on Day 2 we saw a line of human-sized soju bottle mascots prancing around (I think at Ewha) and Mikaela was instantly fixated on them. But we couldn’t take photos with them because the scene was too chaotic. So Mika kicked up a big fuss and kept saying “water bottle” because she wanted to follow them. Fast forward to the above picture, she fell asleep and started dreaming and then went crazy and sleepwalked and then started weeping and saying “water bottle”. We couldn’t wake her because she didn’t want to wake up from her dream. So we guessed that she probably dreamt of the line of walking soju bottles.

“water bottle water bottle”

Believe it or not, she’s still asleep here.

Sigh, unfulfilled dreams.

Then we went to Myeong Dong. The mum, brother and sister-in-law started picking hats for Mikaela.

 

She didn’t like any of the hats that they picked so she picked her own – after a round of tears.  (Her tears like free one XD)

Great trip so far; I’m just missing my seoulmate.

Sequoia/Yosemite/Bodie Ghost Town

My apologies for the hiatus! I am… BACK IN SINGAPORE.

So the last time I blogged I talked about sam coming over and then I disappeared because I got busy showing her around and going to epic places. I’m gonna dump all the photos that I took over the last few weeks in this post. Actually, I have more. But then I got lazy trying to upload all of them since they were from different cameras. Anyway, most of the photos here are taken by sam. Talented much?

The highlight of my journey while sam came over was our road trip. We took two days to drive to three main places, stopping along the way for breathers and photos. It was amazing. How is it possible that nature could look this beautiful!? You know, you just know.

Now, photos and videos galore (Photos are after the videos):

Santee Alley

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Sequoia National Park

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Yosemite National Park 

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The Middle of Nowhere 

sam got really excited cos of the cows so we had to stop the car for some photos. Look at that smile on her face. Just look at it.

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Bodie Ghost Town 

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Mono Lake

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It was fun.

More updates soon.

My Los Angeles Photo Spam | week 11

Much has been happening, and I’ve been busy being occupied with doing other things besides taking photos. I’ll let the photos do the talking. 

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THAT’S RIGHT SAM IS FINALLY HERE IN LA! As for me, I’ve been busy getting a kick out of introducing epic places and epic food to her. Tomorrow is going to be pretty epic (and probably tiring) because we’re going on a road trip with the classmates! I will take videos. 

 

 

Post-theft rants and LA Public Transport

I’ve been taking the public transport to work recently (since… I don’t have a car anymore because I got my bag stolen and lost my car keys, credit card, driver’s license, IC and all that jazz) and if you haven’t seen the song that I wrote for the person who stole my stuff and spent my money, I’m just gonna put it right here: 

So that asshole got him/herself (probably) a celebratory dinner at the atas Artisan House, bought 40USD++ worth of supplies at the CVS Pharmacy, went online shopping on Google and bought a Zipcar (Car rental company) gift card worth 400USD ALL WITHIN THE 1ST HOUR OF STEALING MY STUFF. And since I’ve been doing my research on Zipcar using Google Chrome they can’t stop playing Zipcar commercials everytime I load a video on YouTube (thanks for rubbing salt on my wound, Google Chrome)

ANYWAY. 

I have no space in my heart for nonsense like this to spoil my mood so it really was a laugh at it and deal with it kinda thing on my part. I’m just glad that once again, I have amazing friends, I’m thankful that everything’s settling down (slowly but surely) and I’m thankful that I’m still alive and well. 

I’ve been calling up many people (to the point that I’m no longer that afraid of making phone calls. That’s a lot.) and it’s only recently that I realised how troublesome paper work really is because… PEOPLE REALLY PROCRASTINATE. Heck, I thought I was the only one who would go like, “meh, this can wait.” I was in for a big surprise. Hirzi and Nana have been telling me that I need to scream for things to move when it comes to dealing with banks and companies but I haven’t been heeding their advice. 

I guess it’s time to scream at some people (that’s if… they even pick up the phone or hear my earnest voicemails). 

 

Okay but seriously, this hoo-ha aside, the main point of my blog entry today is to briefly talk about… *jazz hands* My LA public transport experience. 

I’ve taken the public transport quite a few times before I got my car during the first part of my LA trip and my understanding upon reaching here is that… People aren’t usually fans of the public transport in LA. New Yorkers take the public transport all the time, but not the average Angeleno. LA is a car-centric city. Everything is spread out, so the average person would drive instead of walk or take the public transport. So that means that:

1. Everyone else who does not own/can’t afford a car takes the public transport. It could be the average working adult, tourist, teenagers, aunty, uncle, whoever, really, but sometimes you also get the shady person/people whom you wanna be a little wary about.

2. The public transport system kinda sucks. It’s not as efficient, the buses can take a long time to arrive and half the people here don’t really get how these things work because it’s all so confusing. But obviously, there is a reason why the public transport works that way. In NY, the population is what, 4 times denser than in LA? So obviously they gotta efficient enough for that. 

3. Okay. Singapore is too clean. 

I’ve been taking the bus with my arms clasped over my bag like it’s my favourite pickle, but one thing that I like about taking the LA public transport that somewhat supersedes the not-so-nice for me, is getting to see people look out for one another. 

Everytime someone old or disadvantaged gets onto the bus, at least be one person would speak up or get up to help. If someone needs a seat, someone would give up their own seats or tell someone else to get up if they didn’t have any to give. Just thought it’s cool, because people don’t get Stomped here for not giving up seats. They just do it because they want to. Never fails to warm my heart :’) 

Alright back to work. 

 

 

 

My Los Angeles Photo Spam | week 9

I’m not gonna deny, it’s been a tough week. Things are slowly starting to fall into place and I intend to treat myself to something when everything settles. Wow, I have no words. I’m just thankful that I have awesome friends :’) I’m just gonna dump all my photos in non-chronological order. 

 

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Epic dinner at the Whitley Household, where I took refuge in for a few days after having my things stolen.

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Processed with VSCOcam with k3 presetEpic dinner at Rowena’s place. 

 

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My classmates pooled some money, food, and bought groceries for me :’) 

 

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So I wrote a song for the person who stole my bag and I will be posting it on Tuesday, 8pm (GMT-8), over here. I’m actually quite proud of it. If you wanna know what I have to say to the person to stole my stuff and then shamelessly went for some shopping and celebratory dinner at an atas restaurant, do keep a lookout for my video. But here’s a hint: 

 

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I’m looking forward to a great week ahead. Ain’t no silly thief gonna put me down, yo. 

 

My Los Angeles Photo Spam | week 8 (shit just got real)

“Suppose I happen to know a unique flower, one that exists nowhere in the world except on my planet, one that a little sheep can wipe out in a single bite one morning, just like that, without even realizing what he’d doing – that isn’t important? If someone loves a flower of which just one example exists among all the millions and millions of stars, that’s enough to make him happy when he looks at the stars. He tells himself ‘My flower’s up there somewhere…’ But if the sheep eats the flower, then for him it’s as if, suddenly, all the stars went out. And that isn’t important?”

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

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This week, I drove Euodia to Camarillo Premium Outlets to do some last minute shopping. The drive was about an hour long and I’m dismayed at myself for having such a low driving stamina. After I was done succumbing to the temptation that is F21, I proceeded to lock myself in my car before anything else happens. 


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But seriously, the view. 

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So I went to DisneyToons Studios and got to look at how they do animation movies and character voice recording. It was really interesting! Had fun in the recording room when I got to relive my childhood, made my day :’)

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This cheered me up. 

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Church service was awesome; I have no words to describe how epic the whole thing was, not to mention being pleasantly surprised that JD led worship. Serving has also been really great. I’ve never been happier doing work that people usually find shitty. This week, I got the privilege to do something I’m more familiar with :D 

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So the not-so-cool thing that happened after church was… My bag got stolen. Mhm, I probably got too carried away and forgot that I’m still in LA after all. I panicked and ran around the theatre looking for it, but to no avail. My wallet, car keys, identification card, driver’s license and credit card were all in my bag. I almost cried and went totally uncool about it but thank god a few servers stayed behind to really help me through it. I was told to call someone to get me since I’m stranded in Downtown LA (not the safest part in Los Angeles at midnight). So, I called Farhan to come get me. 

I wasn’t there to personally witness it, but apparently, Farhan (he’s living with a bunch of others) went to tell the rest that I was in trouble after talking to me on the phone and Hirzi immediately ended his Skype call with Sal and Mary got up to follow them after saying, “you guys need money.” She also mistakenly grabbed a bra along when she left the house X’D So they all arrived at Downtown LA looking like the most random ensemble ever because they were in such a rush. I, on the other hand, am very, very grateful that they actually rushed down for me without a second thought.  

I lost quite a sum of money and my bank account looks pretty sad right now and it’s not like I’m gonna go home tomorrow, so… It wasn’t the best experience. Nonetheless, I’m thankful that I’m still alive. I’m thankful that I mindlessly brought my spare house key instead of my actual ring of keys, I’m thankful that I mindlessly put my house key with me in my pocket instead of my bag (I usually throw it in my bag), I’m thankful that I didn’t think about bringing any other valuable items. So yes, I did take a fall but I still landed on a safety net. Hopefully everything falls into place eventually. And to whoever that stole my stuff and money, you suck. 

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Had to tow my beloved car because I didn’t have my car keys with me. My heart really sank at the sight of this.  :( 

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It gets better. 

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