Cafe-hopping (Drury’s Lane & Department of Caffeine) x Sugar App

As I’ve mentioned previously, these few weeks have been and will be a very hectic period of time for me, but thankfully, I managed to find some time to meet up with the primary school buddies! It’s been 15 years since we were friends and only recently, did we get back in contact with one another. We are actually hoping that more of our ex-classmates would be keen to join us for regular meetups and all but well…I guess it may be awkward since most of ur have lost contact for the longest time!

Anyway, we went cafe-hopping and since this is like the ‘in’ thing currently, I suggested it to my friends. We didn’t really hop-hop because we only ‘hopped’ 2 cafes on a day. But well, at least we tried 😀

Some of you may already have known that I am one of the Brand Ambassadors for this very awesome phone app known as ‘Sugar‘. Don’t worry, my role is no where near sales per se but only to promote and create awareness of this app. I’m not saying this only because I’m their BA but it’s really really cool.

What is Sugar about?

This App helps you to seek awesome cafes, restaurants and even lifestyle outlets such as beauty salons, dance classes, music classes and even self-defense classes! And to encourage you to constantly try out new things in life because you only live once, Sugar provides an incentive whereby you can try these new stuffs at a lower price than usual!

How do you go about using Sugar app?

1. Download the app – search for ‘sugar’ or more specifically, ‘wewantsugar’ in your App Store.

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2. Register an account using your mobile number. This is how they identify the user as you would need to use your mobile to redeem your orders.

3. Key in the OTP code and you’re done!

You will receive free $10 credits upon download and will be able to receive more free credits when you top up!

4. Start using the app by searching what’s nearby by ‘pulling’ the page downwards to refresh and for the App to check your location (please remember to allow and approve this function)

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5. If you would like to search for a particular location, click on this and type into the search box and click ‘go’

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6. Click on this button to ‘skim’ the price. You can use the usual price beside the selling price on Sugar which is in grey and stuck off.

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After ‘skimming it’, the button will change to a blue one and this is where you get your friends to join in the fun and help to skim the price!

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Please note you may only reduce the price for that particular item once a day.

You may choose to buy the item after you and your friends have skimmed or wait till the lowest price available.

If the item has reached its lowest price, it will show it as the picture below and there will be a ‘pop out’ notification to state that the item has reached it lowest price for the day.

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You will also be notified should the item is sold out for the day.

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7. If you would like to only search for yummy food, click onto the top left hand side and there would be a drop down menu which you can choose your preference.

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8. Check your cart for your orders that are pending, purchased or purchased

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9. View your settings for your account balance, FAQS etc

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Your user name would be the mobile number which you used to register the account with.

How to top up your credits?

10. Click on ‘Account Balance’ under the ‘Settings’ page and choose your preferred amount. As mentioned, you will be able to receive more free credits when you top up!

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After which, choose your preferred payment method.

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11. Please ensure that you have read the terms and conditions before purchasing as some orders may only be redeemed at specific timings/days. The address of the merchant will also be stated on the same page.

You may consider making reservations to prevent disappointment as some of these outlets are really popular!

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12. Schedule a date with your buddies and head down to redeem the item by just informing with the staff that you would like to redeem your order. The staff would have prior knowledge of what to do. All they need is to key in their merchant code to verify the order and tadah, you can just sit back, relax and enjoy your food or lesson!

On top of that, there is a Sugar event tomorrow, 8th July, held at Mariko’s which you must come…!!!

Photo: In just 8 days from now, Sugar will be hosting the most epic private event of 2014 - featuring a full Nyotaimori presentation! Tickets will be available exclusively through the Sugar app from tomorrow. Download Sugar at www.wewantsugar.com to ensure you don't miss out!

Named after Mariko, a fictional prostitute by Tatsumi Yoshihiro, the Japanese inspired bar-restaurant is a homage to Jiak Chuan Road’s seedy past as a former red-light district. Echoing the tongue-in-cheek concept, Mariko’s bar-favourites include cheekily named cocktails, The Wife and The Callgirl Martini.

This event is Sugar’s ultra-exclusive launch which will be held on the 8th July where you will be able to literally eat sushi off the body of a gorgeous model! Get ready for a full-frontal assault on your senses, including a feast for both your eyes and palate!

Photo: Four more sleeps until the launch event of the year. The guest list is oversubscribed three times over. Have you got your tickets? Download Sugar at www.wewantsugar.com now!

How to get those tickets? Simple, by just downloading Sugar app! But be quick because tickets are selling out like hot cakes!!!

I will be there so I hope to see you there as well! 😀

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So, as I was saying about cafe-hopping yesterday, I managed to snag a very delicious ‘Brekkie in a Bowl’ at Drury Lane for ONLY $2.00!!! The usual price is $12!!! So that’s like what, $10 difference?!

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I must say that although I got it at only $2, the portion and quality was not compromised. The service was awesome as well! 🙂

My friends both had this :

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And their drinks :

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While I had a cafe cappuccino :

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Overall rating :

4 stars

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I’m sorry this is such a lengthy post, but on to my next cafe review!

We proceeded to Department of Caffeine next after one of my friends recommended and because I’m such a coffee addict, I chose this 0ver another cafe called ‘Restore’.

Please note that this is not on the Sugar app.

All the cafes are actually located very close to one another, along Duxton Hill/Tanjong Pagar.

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Now, what did I tell you about the severity of my addiction? :O

The cafe mocha was great and quite chocolate-y and because my friends were quite full from the food they had at Drury’s, I ended up snacking alone… #FAT

I had Fried Dory for finger food…I thought this was quite exp as it costs $8 for 4 fish bits…?

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The place is quite small and the service was okay. Except that they told us that their kitchen closes at 6pm and their cafe at 7.30pm and they were sort of hurrying us to finish up. I wasn’t even done with my last fish bit and the waitress actually wanted to clear it already, which made me quite pissed.

The mocha was great but maybe be a tad too chocolate-y and the fish had uneven batter as in some parts were saltier than the rest.

Nevertheless…

Overall rating :

4 stars

My First Fashion Event as a Model

I know this may come as a surprise to some of you, I too am surprised myself that I actually agreed to take up this assignment. It is going to be a challenge indeed and those who know me well, would know that I love challenges. I like accepting challenges and giving my best to accomplish them because the sense of achievement is something which money can never buy.

I have been rather busy and packed for these 2 to 3 weeks as I have taken up extra assignments on my own (more on that soon!) and one of them is my first fashion event which I will be modelling for. I have attended a few fashion events before but as part of the audience and not as a model.

Before agreeing to participate for this event, I actually took some time to consider carefully because modelling wasn’t really my thang. It gives me a bad impression being a model, but yeah I guess I was just being biased. I usually shun assignments that depends heavily on beauty (oh the irony of being a beauty blogger?) because I never want to be looked upon as a bimbo. I guess I’ve gotta change my mentality on that now because taking up this modelling assignment actually allows me to learn several things which I believe would benefit me. Am trying to be positive here, haha. I will be blogging about the post-event filled with pretty pictures, hopefully! 😛

So yes, if you would like to see me strut officially for the very first time, please feel free to make it for the event!

Details as follow:-

Fashion In A City is BACK.

With an ecosystem of stylishly designed spaces, The Co is a community driven building located on 75 High Street, which offers flexibility in its use. Fashvacation will transform this classy office of theirs and revolutionise the traditional concept of an office space.

Who is Fashvacation ?

They are a new fashion marketing and management company based in Singapore which offers a platform that makes fashion lifestyle and fashion entertainment accessible to the everyday consumer. The goal is to create online and offline experiences that connect consumers with businesses, fostering a community inspired to create.

“Pursue happiness through this lifestyle.”

Consistent to Fashvacation’s people-centric core values, activities and brands are curated based on improving a person’s overall well-being.

Fashion shows putting spotlight on products by participating lifestyle brands, modelled by Fashvacation in-house models. Set the limelight on amazing local products!

Fashion and lifestyle booths showcasing GMDCAT, Rebec Rice, Mint & Ooak, DODT (Do or Die Trying), Dusk Till Dawn, Fabuloxo, Simply Prettie Bags, Etrican, Kisslocke, Decemberxvii and Envet. Grab the desired pieces you see on the runway!  

Beauty station by LASplash Cosmetics from Los Angeles, and winner of CLEO Beauty Hall of Fame 2013 Best Foundation for Sensitive Skin. Get your glitter eye makeover!

Food and party right in the heart of the city. Yes, it’s Fashion In A City! 

Fashion shows will be from 1 to 4 pm with lots of giveaways from brands!!

What could be a better girl’s day out than shopping, fashion shows, freebies and a chance to win a cool new outfit home?!?!

How to take part in a chance to win some Fashvacation Giveaways? Like Fashvacation and RSVP! http://fiactheco.eventbrite.com/

Venue :

The Co
75 High Street
Singapore 179435

Timing :

Saturday, July 5, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM (SGT)

My first trail run – Lion Dash 2014 @ Tampines Bike Park

I thought since I’ve been into fitness and diet myself, why not share with other girls who are keen?

Let’s start with sharing my experience in a very recent run event – Lion Dash 2014. As this was our first trail run, we opted for ‘Fun Run’ instead of the other 2 categories. It was also because I didn’t want to get all muddy and dirty which we eventually did covered ourselves with even for the ‘Fun Run’.

Don’t let its name mislead you, it was definitely not fun at all. Or perhaps, challenging would be a more appropriate word.

We have been participating in other run events (I don’t use the word ‘marathon’ because that would technically mean 42.195km) since 2013.

These are the medals I have achieved thus far, excluding a Nike Run which didn’t give out any medal but just a finisher tee -_-” (Nike u so rich , y u no give medal?!)

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The bf started joining such events with his friends first and later, I got roped in and from then on, my interest grew. Of course, I had another agenda which is to lose weight!!! Consequently, I run on my own on certain evenings after work as well.

At the start of the race.

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The Lion Dash as mentioned was the most challenging run ever I have experienced. Apart from the puddles of mud which some could be intentionally avoided, there were deep pools of muddy water as  well. It was knee-level and because the water was muddy, we could not see how deep or shallow it was. Hence, we took some time to cross over the long stretch of the pool of muddy water and because the ground was so soft due to mud, we nearly fell.

I read from other runners’ experience that some of them suffered some cuts and abrasions as well.

In addition, as with all trail runs, the incline is definitely not a flat-level one. Running up-slope was very exhausting and I was very much not prepared for that since most of my runs were on flat-grounds. Running down-slope was also a tricky one because some were so steep that I was so afraid of falling or roll downhill…LOL!

We did not bring our phones along and kept it at the baggage corner for safekeeping since we were afraid that our phones might get dirty or drop into the mud, so there are no pictures from my camera.

These are some pictures which I got off from their official Facebook account. 

I guess the deep pool of muddy water wasn’t captured because the photographers were afraid too.

You may view the rest of the pictures here via Running Shots’ Facebook.

These were the only 3 pictures of us.

I know right, that serious look that I’m wearing on my face….I dont know why the bf is looking so chirpy…?!

I don’t know how long I took but I think it was approx 1h30min for 8km? Usually I’ll take about 1h20min for 10km so you can imagine the reasons for the delay.

And even though our race category did not include obstacles, apart from the above-mentioned ones, we needed to climb over huge logs and branches. There was one that was so high that I had difficulty climbing over because my legs are just too short -_-”

The huge ass log was placed in the muddy water and I couldn’t balance myself and decided to just tramp on the muddy waters instead.

On top of that, we also had to climb over a mountain of huge tyres…

Yeah, see that mountain of tyres behind?

We didn’t had to roll or carry the tyres because it wasn’t in our race category.

You know, I actually feel kinda cheated because we still had to encounter some obstacles, argh!

Anyhoo, we still managed to find some energy to snap pics after the run.

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I’m keen to join Shape Run and Great Eastern Women’s race (thinking of whether to try out 1/2 marathon – 21km) since I’ve not tried before…Looking for kakis to join me! 😀

If you are gonna join too, maybe you will see me there too? 😛

[Food Review] Spizza @ Katong

I brought the bf and treated him to Spizza for his commendable exam results recently at the Katong branch. I have been wanting to introduce this awesome eatery cafe because I enjoyed myself there previously with my ex-colleague and ex-boss, who treated me for my farewell lunch but it was at the Jalan Kayu branch.

We made a reservation for 2 and headed down for a TGIF dinner that evening.

These were what we ordered :

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We wanted to order 4 initially but the bf is a chicken-wing lover and so we ordered 6 and totally regretted…Not tasty at all!

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I had carbonara previously at the Jalan Kayu branch but chose this mushroom and chicken pasta, which was quite tasteless 😦

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I can’t remember the name of this pizza (Spizza name their pizzas after women’s names…) but includes sausages, mushroom and I recall that the sauce base is spicy.

 

Sad to say, I was extremely disappointed with the taste and quality of the food at Spizza at the Katong branch. Totally embarrassed me in front of my bf although there should be nothing to be ashamed of since we are such a close-knitted couple…but still! Gosh!

Perhaps the only saving grace was the pizza which tasted the best and their customer service was quite awesome (staff taking initiative to pull out another chair for us to place our bags and another chair to place the pizza due to space constraint), but still, we left the cafe devastated, especially myself.

My take is to dine at the Jalan Kayu branch. The Katong branch seriously need to reflect on their other dishes other than the pizzas.

Spizza East Coast

217 East Coast Road
#01-01 Tides
Tel: 6440 8300

Overall (Katong branch) :

1 star each for Customer Service and another for the pizza.

1 star each for Customer Service and another for the pizza.

Dinner date at Doggiestyle Cafe with 2 loves of my life!

Finally….The bf and I have been wanting to head down to Doggiestyle Cafe like for the longest time! Although the cafe is located just a stone throw away from my house, we have been bad bad bad parents to Jingles because we procrastinated 😦

Anyhoo, we finally dined there a few weeks ago!

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The food was quite acceptable taking into consideration of their affordable prices.  However, the bf thought that the truffle fries were not worth it for its price….

When we arrived at about 8+, there weren’t many customers. Those who were there whom I believed are friends of the owner left earlier than us and we were the last customers to leave.

They had 2 french bulldogs (hope I got this right) there who were friendly.

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And they have 2 cute bunnies too, although I think that white ones are cuter…more innocent with the doe-eyed look…

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It’s great to bring along your dogs for such ‘socialising’ activities because Jingles stay home most of the times and does not get to interact often with other dogs. Consequentially, she becomes quite a shy and timid dog, and she would always come back to me and look at me with those puppy eyes, as if to ask for help. Haha!

Here’s Jingles’ food!

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It was served piping hot and I had to smash the chicken pie up and let it cool down first before serving it to Jingles 🙂

Surprisingly, she did manage to eat a little. I recalled the last time we brought her to another dog cafe, she wasn’t even one bit interested in the food. Could be the cause of staying home too frequent….? 😦

Then she decided to stop inspecting the place and rested beside me. I was skeptical and afraid to unleash her because of the fear or what she and the other dogs might do. But my baby girl behaved rather well, except for sniffing strangers and got a little defensive and barked at the owner when he approached her. I guess she’s as wary as her mummy! 😛

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I was a happy mama when I saw she took interest in the pie but was left disappointed in the end because she didn’t finish it. There was still lots left and the 2 french bulldogs have been eyeing on the leftovers for some time but didn’t dare to get close to the dish bowl. The bf and I thought that since Jingles couldn’t finish it, it would be good if other dogs could help to finish to prevent wastage. And we pushed the dish bowl towards them, who approached it cautiously…Their owners did not know after awhile though and scolded them for eating Jingles’ food…HAHA!

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Afterall, I thought that we quite enjoyed ourselves at Doggiestyle Cafe, in terms of the food, pricing and overall ambience. Oh and the owner was quite friendly too! 🙂

5 stars

Okay, technically ‘buy’ is incorrect but would I be back? YES! Would I recommend to others? YES too! 🙂

Doggiestyle Cafe

496 Changi Road

Singapore 419902

6449 1296

Doggiestylecafe@gmail.com

http://doggiestylecafe.blogspot.sg

Authentic branded bags at affordable prices – cheaper than retail!

Hello all! Hope your week’s been treating you good so far and hope that your weekend would rock even more 🙂

I’ve started another online shop (I know I’ve countless in the past…) called Branded Vogue and am starting a weebly platform first since most items are on a pre-order basis so there isn’t really a need for a tech-y e-commerce one yet.

There is currently an ongoing promotion in conjunction with our Grand Opening and the upcoming Festive season, we are offering a $30 discount applicable to ALL OUR ITEMS!!!  Valid till 25th Dec 2013

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It’s totally a saving tool and a good time to splurge on yourself and maybe get a Christmas present for your loved ones? 🙂

Prices are waaaayyyy totally below retail prices hence Branded Vogue is able to incur less overhead expenses which simply translates into more cost-savings for our customers!
You can now get hold of your favourite dream bag at a much lower prices without compromising on its authenticity and quality! 

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Nova Check Tote Bag with Zip

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35 x 23.5 x 13.5cm
RP : S$1050
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Burberry bowling bag (Medium/Small)

Bowling bag medium
Item Code : #BBNovaCheckBowlingBagMed
Colours : black, blue and red
-Nova check coated canvas bowling bag with patent leather trims
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You save : S$245!!!

Bowling bag small
Item Code : #BBNovaCheckBowlingBagSmall
Colours : black, blue and red
-Nova check coated canvas bowling bag with patent leather trims
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-One interior zip pocket and two patch pockets
-PVC and leather
-Cotton twill lining
RP : S$855
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You save : S$225

 

 

Prada Vitello Daino Bluette 

Product Code: BN2420
Color in Bluette
Grained Calf leather tote
Zipper closure
Metal lettering logo
2 zippered compartments
1 main compartment
3 pockets: 1 zipper pocket and 2 open pockets
Gold tone hardware
Double  Handles with 13 cm handle
33.5cm(length) x 27cm(height) x 15.5cm(depth) 

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You save S$930!!!

 

 

 

 

Michael Kors Small Selma Studded Satchel

Saffiano leather with golden pyramid-stud trim.
Tote handles.
Removable shoulder strap.
Side pockets.
Top zip.
Inside, monogram lining; one zip and four open pockets.
11 1/2″H x 15 1/2″W x 6″D.
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Michael Kors Hamilton Satchel 

Luggage leather.
Golden hardware.
Top handles with rings; 4 3/4″ drop.
Chain shoulder strap.
Frame top with MK logo-engraved lock; magnetic snap closure.
Hanging luggage tag.
Inside, one zip pocket, two open pockets.
9″H x 12 3/4″W x 4 1/2″D.
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Do check out Branded Vogue for more items! 🙂

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Thanks for your kind support!!! 😀

Am I getting married?

That’s the question more and more people are asking me nowadays, I guess that comes with age.

I’ve friends who have made plans, got engaged, gotten their bto/houses, married, given birth, given birth like their 2nd/3rd time…

Correction, most of these friends are my bf’s friends whereas for my own group of close friends, they are either single or attached.

And just that, nothing further.

Why do I keep getting that question again and again?

Sometimes, it does annoy me, to be honest.

The bf and I have been together for 5 years + and whether we made plans or not, it’s really kept between us.

Some of our friends know our plans whereas some don’t. Dont read too much into things. For all you might know, I might say no plans yet but actually have made some, or I may have said, yeah we have already gotten a flat but am lying…HAHAHA!

*I hope this confuses you* 😛

I don’t see a point to publicise to everyone until we are both ready.

I mean you can keep guessing, whether we applied for a BTO, whether we got shortlisted, whether I was secretly and quietly proposed to, whether we secretly got married… Maybe I’m preggy at my 1st trimester? Maybe this, maybe that…

Maybe I’ve proposed to him?! HAHAHA

It’s anyone’s guess.

And whether we are ready to settle down, whether we think we are The One, whether blah blah blah is up to us.

Sometimes divulging info to others would lead to more unnecessary questions, lead to annoying comparisons and attract even more nosey parkers.

And I hate that.

Exchanging useful info is okay but if you’re gonna compare at stage your relationship is at, the price of your BTO, the price of the engagement of interior designers, the this the that… then please get lost.

So bottom-line is, no hard feelings to those who have asked though, but questions that surface so frequently recently do get me thinking :-

1. Does the length of the relationship determine marriage?

2. Am I of the ‘marriage-age’ already?! i.e. OLD.

3. Questioners, are they really concerned or just plain nosey? More often than not, it’s the latter la.

For now, it’s best that my bf concentrates on his education first. I guess that’s more important more than anything else, in the Singapore context and based on my upbringing.

OH YES! Before I forget, I was really pissed at the person who said straight to my face, “You’re waiting for him (to propose) right?”

SHIT YOU. (I usually curse in a more crude way though).

Don’t make me sound as if I’m so despo to marry off right away! Before you forget, I’m still studying for my Masters too (graduating next year tentatively, YAY!) and I’ve not even settled my own career path proper.

And why the hell would you think my current bf would be the one I want to marry and live together for the rest of my life? Maybe I don’t think he’s The One? You know, being together in a relationship and marry someone (chuck the divorce issue aside pls – given a choice, nobody would want that) is totally 2 different and separate issues!

On a brighter note, I’ve received red bombs (i.e. wedding invitations) here and there and will be receiving even more soon, especially next year…and I’m really happy for them…well, most 😉