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Tuesday, April 03, 2012
dreaming of the years gone by 10:25 am

It feels almost like something possessed me yesterday, and drove me to my dear ole blog which has faithfully accompanied through my teenage years, and now stands abandoned and sad in the cyberworld. Does anybody even visit this place anymore? I checked my site tracker (also still standing!) and well............I'm surprised that there is actually still some semblance of readership drifting around.

So, it's been a /really/ long while hasn't it? More than a year has flown by since the last post - and oh wow, how much has changed since. I don't quite know how or where to begin!

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1. Work
I've been working at TLL for over 2 years now! There are days where I can't believe that it has already been 2 years, it seems like time just flies by in a jiffy. Many have told me that they are actually surprised that I've managed to stay put in a place for this long - testimony to my perceived poor attention span and general commitment phobia, I suppose. But I guess we all grow up someday. So here I am still, with two feet solidly planted in the working world still.

2. Boyfriend
As I'm sure all of you know, yes I'm still with Zee. :) SEE it's true - I'm no longer commitment phobic, ha!

3. Dance
Drastic changes on this front. No longer a dancer with Attitude Dance Studio but now, with Mosaic Dance. No longer a pure Salsa dancer but now, a West Coast Swing dancer. And I'm teaching too! Shocking news, innit? I'd never have dreamt that I would ever be part of any studio except for ADS, choose any other main dance over Salsa, or teach. But now I've done all three at a go!

...that being said, it's not like I no longer have ties with ADS or that I no longer dance Salsa - I suppose I just like dramatizing things as usual. ;) Mosaic Dance is centered around 4 social dance pillars - West Coast Swing, Salsa (helmed by ADS), Zouk (Two Left Feet) and Tango (Wai Chung). So ADS is a separate studio that offers Salsa classes under the giant umbrella called Mosaic dance.

But yes, check out the Mosaic Dance site anyway if you're wondering on earth I happen to be talking about, or if you just feel like you would like to take up some dancing or fitness activities, and agree with me that Bugis is seriously an awesome location for a dance studio to be at. Think of all the food! The shopping! The convenience! Enough said.

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Alright, that's enough updating for today.

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Sunday, May 09, 2010
cheers to friendships that last 3:25 pm

When I was still a kid (not too very long ago, really), the adults always told me that the older you grow, the number of friends that you have will dwindle slowly. Work takes over your life at first, followed by marriage then your family (gasp). I don't think I really ever believed them back then. In fact, till now I remain quite unconvinced about it, though now that I've had a small taste of what adulthood is all about, I think I have a better understanding about why people say so.

It's not quite about losing friends as much as it is about losing the acquaintance-friends. While in school, it's pretty easy to always meet many people repeatedly, forming some semblance of a "friendship" with them - project mates, classmates, people you just bump into around the campus...but really, how many of them are really considered friends in the true sense of the word?

First, what are friends? What does being or having a friend mean to you? According to dictionary.com -

friend   /frɛnd/
–noun
1.a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard.
2.a person who gives assistance; patron; supporter: friends of the Boston Symphony.
3.a person who is on good terms with another; a person who is not hostile: Who goes there? Friend or foe?

Hmm, those are rather vague definitions don't you think?

Well, let's go with the first one for now - "a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard." I might be idealistic, but if you really were properly and sufficiently emotionally attached to a person, wouldn't you put some effort into keeping in touch despite being busy as hell over your head? Of course, this is all assuming that things are peachy and the person holds you in the same regard - none of those dramatic fall-outs or you-stole-my-boyfriend or one-sided-love-affair issues, etc. - but just proper, good, solid friendship. That should last, no?

It is of my opinion that being busy and whatnot = excuses. If you want something badly enough, you can and will make time for it no matter what.

And because of that, I feel that stepping into adulthood is more of a culling process over everything else. It is a filter installed so that you sieve out the sides and keep only the best of the best. The friends that you keep over the years, the friends who care.

I don't know if this is the case or if I'm just simply blessed to have friends who care and try and bother, but yeah, I don't think I'm losing any of them. Not the ones who matter, anyway.

To that, I say hurrah! And may we share many more years of great friendship and laughter. :)

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010
gee, whiz! 9:46 am

Woo, it's been a long time since I've last blogged. So sad! I've had this blog since I was 16 (or 15?)...and now it's practically inactive.

Oh well. I guess as life gets busier, certain things start taking a backseat.

Anyway, not sure how many people still visit this place, but there's a job on Cordelia's side - race queen event this weekend, 11am-7pm, $200. Email her at corde_luv_toro@hotmail.com if you're interested. :)

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Monday, January 25, 2010
dead blong :( 9:37 am

As I'm sure everyone can tell, my blog is dying, and the chances of it being revived properly anytime soon are...well, slim.

Work has been busy but nevertheless fun - love the colleagues and the environment. :) Unfortunately, after staring at the computer screen around the working clock every weekday, chances are by the time after work or the weekend rolls around, the last thing I want to do is to stare at my laptop screen. I don't even check my Facebook very regularly any longer! Or log onto MSN to chat! The only thing that constantly gets attention from me is my email. Sad huh. So much for social media and using web 2.0 to keep your life happening and in touch...maybe that will change once I switch phones. (Read: once I get over all my indecisiveness over what phone to get next).

That all being said, I will /try/ to update soon...because Ming and Grace just got married on Saturday! Will upload pictures of the wedding, the dashing groom and the beautiful bride. ;)

Also, I'll be heading to Sydney this Thursday for a week! Can't wait. I've never been to Sydney, and the last time I went to Australia was when I was 11 - oh goodness, that's more than a decade ago I just realised.

Ooh, how time flies.

Let me know if you guys want anything from Sydney. Email me! ;)

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Saturday, January 23, 2010
:( 5:43 pm

My last remaining hamster, Walnut, died today. :(

No mourning for now though, because I've got a wedding to run to.

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Tuesday, January 05, 2010
feb party job! 9:44 pm

One more event coming up...

Need NEW Tiger brand ambassadors (read: never worked for Tiger before) for a serving & picture-taking job.

Date: 20th & 21st February 2010
Time: 5-11pm each day
Location: City Hall, Padang area
Rate: $30/hour

Send your pictures (at least two close ups and one full length), details (height, weight, stats, contact number & email) and experience (if any) over to dalena@gmail.com within the next two days.

If you have any prior promotional experience, it's a plus so please specify!

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009
jobs for the festive season! 12:44 pm

To all you pretty girls out there:
Want to earn a quick buck for the festive period? I have two jobs for you here -

1. Xmas Eve
Date: 24th Dec
Job: Promote Chivas
Rates increased/negotiable because of last minute notice and holiday eve. Call Sally at 90276453 if interested.

2. New Years' Eve
Date: 31st Dec
Time: 9pm-4am
Rate: $40/hour
Send profile to corde_luv_toro@hotmail.com and ask her if you have any questions about the job!

Of course, requirements are that you have to be pleasant looking and carry yourself well. Self-screen by yourself, ok? :)

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Monday, December 21, 2009
updates as promised 6:34 pm

As promised, let me just briefly run you all through my life in the last 1.5 months.

30 Oct 09 - It was my last day at BarterXchange. I had really mixed feelings about leaving the company because I had the most wonderful colleagues there (especially Emi and Felita!) who really brightened even the dreariest work days up by simply being around and being themselves.



The other TCs (trade consultants) bought me some random farewell presents and held a mini farewell dinner for me at some Thai place at Temasek Tower. I can't remember its name for the life of me, but the place had pretty interesting decor and the food was decent. After that it was drinks @ Harry's bar for us to close the day\



1 Nov 09 - Zee's birthday! We celebrated the whole weekend, and the lucky boy had 5 cakes this year. Brought him to Dozo for dinner - and I must say the food did live up to its excellent reviews online. We were both quite pleased, yes. :)



13-15 Nov 09 - SISF 2009 rolls around! This year, we performed on Saturday night (thank goodness), and all went pretty okay I suppose. According to the audience, it was probably our cleanest performance to date (for the pro team, at least). Good to hear, especially since we were all super nervous since the choreography was so much more technically challenging than what we normally are used to.





Do you like our costume? See what I meant by a skanky costume coming up...we had so many wardrobe mishaps during practices, but it was worth it in the end because everyone looked so hawt and sexy on stage in this. ;)



You can watch the video below and view the pictures, and tell me what you think!



Then a month of bumming passed by...until:

15 Dec 09 - First day at my new job! Took a Management Associate position up at The Learning Lab, which is essentially a very premium private enrichment centre. No, I'm not teaching (God forbid) - in the management/operations side of things.

So far, it's been pretty good. My colleagues are generally friendly and accepting and nice, but it was quite a culture shock for me initially since the office is located at United Square, away from the crazy pace of the CBD. I suppose I've been so used to running for work all the time in Shenton Way/Raffles Place. Over here we start work at 9-11am depending on your allocated shifts, being in a shopping centre means that the crowd only really comes in after lunch. The relaxed pace and atmosphere still feels foreign to me, but I'm certain it's all a matter of getting used to.

Anyway I'm blogging from work now so unable to upload too many pictures - you can check them out on Facebook if you really want to see them!

And yes, I promise to /try/ to update more regularly...

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Thursday, December 10, 2009
it's been awhile 3:04 am

Wow, it's been a long time since my last post - so many things have happened since then, but I suppose life got so busy that I more or less forgot all about my poor blog.

For those of you who don't know yet, I left my old job at BarterXchange at the end of October, and have been taking things slow and easy since then, while keeping an eye out for another one. In November, there was Zee's birthday celebrations, followed by lots of SISF practices and finally, SISF itself. I promise to start posting the backdated entries on all these things soon!

But first things first, let's get down to why I suddenly decided to blog again.

Urgently looking for 2 girls to be on rollerskates, giving out cards and inviting people to head into Attica!
Date: 10th Dec, Thursday
Time: 10pm-2am
Pay: $100

Email your profiles and contacts to Crystal, crystal@deesilk.com asap.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009
azu ki ki 2 10:21 am

Ah, I just realised that I'd forgotten to include the link to the performance video up in my last post.

Here you go guys!



Enjoy. :)

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