Weirdest pimple ever

Monday, March 31, 2014

Hi! Yes I'm still here.

I'm just a tad busy with my clinical placement.. and the freaking pimple which grew on the top inner portion of my right eyelid. It is where you would tightline your eyes.

Tightlining the eye

Yes I know it is a weird place for a pimple to grow, and the even weirder thing is.. I DON'T EVEN TIGHTLINE MY EYES!!! So I have no freaking idea why or even how a pimple could grow there.

Initially I thought I had an eye infection or something? But I went to the doctor's this afternoon because my right eye became too disturbing and uncomfortable, and the doctor gave me a diagnosis of PIMPLE.

I've got pimples on my cheeks, on my forehead, on my eyebrows, on my nose and on my back.. but on my eyelids?? This is a first!!!

See that little pus near my eye? That's my weirdass pimple!

It is painful and also annoying because my eyes are now swollen. It all started yesterday and it got worst this morning when I woke up. What started out to be a dull aching pain which would only be obvious when I touch my eye, has become an aching pain which acts up every time that I blink my eye.

Right now it feels as though someone gave me a punch at my right eye and I look like half of a raccoon (well minus the black eye part)

Who you talking about? Me??

The doctor prescribed me with two kinds of eyedrop. One of them is in a liquid form for me to wash my eyes, whereas the other is more viscous and I'm suppose to rub it on my pimple (FYI which is a very challenging thing to do!)

Am I the only one in the world who has pimples growing in weird areas????

I'm still trying to get over this stupid pimple. And the cost to see a doctor on a Sunday.

I went to the nearest 24 hours clinic from my home because I knew that the usual GP clinics that I got to closes at 12pm on Sunday and I woke up at 11am today. I wouldn't be able to rush there in time because they stop registering patients 30-45 minutes before the closing time *angry face*

So anyway I went to the nearest 24 hours clinic and... lo and behold!!! I walked out of the clinic once I saw their consultation price list. To see a doctor from 1-6pm on a Sunday costs $45!!!!! (excluding medications, GST and any other external costs)

FREAKING OUTRAGEOUS PRICE!!!!!

Anyway luckily for me, there was another private GP clinic (name: Banyan Clinic) next to the 24-hours clinic which was still opened.. I went there to seek medical attention for my right eye and the costs were so much more reasonable. $32 consultation fee, $15 for my meds.c

Luckily I went next door to check out the other clinic, or I would have burned a hole in my wallet just for a freaking stupid pimple.


Well actually I did burn a tiny hole in my wallet, not for my right eye (thankfully not!) but for something which was a lot more worthy!!!!!!

I discovered a flea market when I was walking towards the clinic. The flea market was held at the void deck, under some block of flats, and it was mainly for residents who stayed in the vicinity.

The items sold there were mostly secondhand goods that ranged from old photo frames to accessories, clothes and shoes. Some of the items sold there were brand new too, still in their packaging. Most of the new items were accessories or squishies.

For the purpose of your understanding, these are "squishy".

This is the RAGING HOT! thing amongst primary/(?)secondary school kids now. I don't understand what is so fab about these weird bread-like 'thingys' but okay.. I've been through that era where things don't make sense and they are popular JUST BECAUSE. And so, I rest my case.

There were also handmade items for sale, just as flowers and bracelets.

But the thing which really caught my eye were....

THESE POLO TEES!!!!

My eyes literally became the size of fishballs (yes even my weirdass pimple right eye) when I saw these, and I dashed towards them!!!

From left to right, top to bottom: Tommy Hilfiger (male), Timbaland (male), Yves Saint Lauren (female), Polo Ralph Lauren (female), Abercrombie (female).

All of the tees, except for the Polo Ralph Lauren one, costs $15 each! The lady stall owner sold the Polo Ralph Lauren to me for $10 because of a slight stain at the button area.

I know you are gonna say that these must be fake because they are so damn cheap, but I don't care!!!! Let me tell you why:
  1. THE QUALITY IS DAMN GOOD
  2. IT FEELS SOFT TO MY TOUCH
  3. THEY DON'T LOOK FAKE TO MY NAKED EYE
  4. I'M A STUDENT WITH A TIGHT BUDGET
  5. AND THEY ARE DAMN CHEAP!!!! LOL

FOUR perfect reasons WHY!!!

I have no monies to buy the authentic goods now so I'll make do with the fake ones first lah! When I have the $ka-chink ka-chink$, I will get the real ones and then show off to you all again, okay?? LOL

I don't live for brands but I wouldn't deny that I prefer branded clothes sometimes because usually the quality is better and the cutting is slimmer and smarter. Days that I do not prefer branded clothes are when the tags on them reveal prices which are unfriendly to me :(

Anyway this is what I have to share about this weekend of mine!!

Bye!


Hearts,
Soph

It's that time of the year again

Sunday, March 23, 2014

It's MY busy period of the year again. Having clinical attachment now.

Unfortunately due to confidentiality issues, I am not allowed to disclose where I am currently having my clinical attachment... however there isn't a clause that says I am not allowed to say that I FINALLY GOT THE CLINICAL PLACEMENT OF MY DREAM!!!!!!!!

Maybe I will disclose it one day.... Like a few years after I graduate or something. It's not like I have anything bad to say about it or what! If there is anything that I have to say, it would be how good it is to finally be serving my attachment at the placement of my dreams and how awesome it feels!!!

Ok I shall not continue rubbing salt into the wounds of people who unfortunately did not get the placement of their choice and is currently having a really stressful and unenjoyable time at their placement area. (This also goes out to those people who are currently serving their internship)

Basically, Health Science students term their internship as "clinical attachment". It is actually the same thing. I don't know why Health Science students in Singapore need to be 'special'. I know that the Singapore medical students (ie. students studying to be doctors) term theirs as internship. Why are we the odd ones out???


Anyway, a really short and really quick update!!

This is the first time that I have had dinner outside with Rod since I came back from Taiwan. I've pretty much been nua-ing (meaning: slacking) at home since my return because Taiwan drained more energy out of me than what I had initially presumed and planned.

In early 2013, I went for a class lunch with my poly classmates at Yishun's Swensens. I love and missed their baked mussels, and so I have been wanting to go back to Swensen's since then to have their delectable baked mussels.

Oh I can tell you a whole story about how yummy mussels are when they are baked with some herbs, garlic and cheese... My mouth is already watering just with me talking about it right now.

Think I shall go to the nearest supermarket soon to buy some mussels and cook them myself at home! I shall also sauteed up some fresh white/brown button mushrooms to go with the mussels, and to top it off with a nice glass of Moscato! #reallyknowhowtoenjoylife #partofmy2014resolutionlist


Last night, I decided to attend to my craving and so I went for dinner at Tampines Mall's Swensens. It was an incredibly bad decision because the food was edible but terrible.

If anything, at least the food looked presentable enough for photography purposes.

First up, Bruschetta (pronounched 'brusketta') . Which was incredulously soggy.

The first bite wasn't too bad but after that.. it was bad. The tomato topping was tasteless and it definitely lacked of a certain seductive ability to make you wanna order another plate. I could not taste the balsamic vinegar. Ok wait, it wasn't tasteless at all. It tasted of ONIONS. Every single bite tasted of onions.

I know, you can't see the onions right? Neither could I initially. But there are indeed little potent bits of onion which ruined the entire taste of the bruschetta. If it isn't obvious enough, I am disappointed. I never thought anyone could ever go THAT wrong with such a simple dish.


Deep fried blue mussels

Apparently a new dish on their menu? I couldn't find the good ol' baked mussels. I don't understand why they switched it to this horrible deep fried dish. No seriously, it is incredibly bad.

To start it off, it is such a hassle to eat this dish. Because of the thick layer of flour coating on top, I could not simply pull the mussel meat off from its shell using my fork. I had to use MY HANDS to pull off the extremely thick layer of flour to get to the mussel meat. 3 words: WHAT A MESS!

Also, I don't know what happened in the kitchen but the first mussel that I ate... I had a nasty surprise installed for me. There were lots of bits of shell in the mussel meat. I don't mean the gap between the layer of flour and the mussel meat. I seriously mean IN THE MUSSEL MEAT!

I took my first bite of the mussel and.. I bit into my first bit of shell. I thought it was an accident so I simply pulled that bit out of my mouth and tried to continue chewing. Then I bit into my second bit of shell, and then I felt it with my tongue.. lots of bits of shell. I took out the mussel meat from my mouth to examine and it was so weird. There were almost 10 bits of tiny shell pieces in the mussel meat. It looked as if someone was fooling around in the kitchen and put all that bits into the mussel.

I couldn't be bothered to complain because it was just that ONE mussel and I had had enough of the horrible food and wanted to get out of there ASAP.

In case you're wondering what I did with the rest of the mussels, I packed it to-go. After I reached Rod's home and got hungry, I took the mussels out, pulled out the thick coat of flour from every mussel, chopped up some garlic, mixed it with butter, placed it atop the mussels and placed them neatly in a pot (a pot because Rod ran out of Aluminium foil at home and so I couldn't use the oven).

It tasted better than the nasty deep fried version. Urrgh!


American Cheeseburger Pizza

This dish tasted the best amongst them all, but I feel conned by this dish.

Why?

Simply because...

On the menu, it looked like there were so many toppings on the pizza!!!

Just look at the one I had!!! It's measly!!!!

Nothing more to add. One word: Cheated


Crabmeat Baked Rice

This dish broke my heart too. It looked so appetizing in the menu, but when it was served to me.. I felt so devastated and in shock. I'll let you compare it yourself.

This is what it looks like on the menu:


Which looks entirely different from what I was presented. Then again, okay.. I get that pictures in the menu are just pictures and they are merely for illustration purposes to give us a better understanding of what the dish is like.

Fine then, what about the words? It wrote there "savory rice, smothered with lusciously creamy sauce".

The one I had was D-R-Y

For every bite of the baked rice I had, I drank half a cup of water because it was just sooooooooooo DRY!!!!

I had such a hard time eating it that I didn't even bother to attempt to finish it. I left the restaurant with 2/3 of the baked rice remaining.

Yes I feel guilty for wasting food but I really really really couldn't take another bite. It was just so horribly dry and hard to eat and hard to swallow. I felt like I was tormenting myself for every bite I took. I swear upon that last sentence. It is honestly that bad.

I actually ordered another appetiser... Cream of Mushroom. I didn't bothered to take any pictures of it though because it wasn't photogenic enough plus it was made out of button mushrooms that came from a can. The taste was mediocre.

Oh well, I've been warned before. Swensens serve mediocre food.

If you are ever looking for good food from Swensens, try their outlet at Yishun. I find it to be more promising!

And that concludes my Saturday dinner.

Back to Monday again tomorrow!

Back from Taipei

Saturday, March 15, 2014

HI!!!

I touched down in Singapore on Wednesday at 1835hours. The trip was awesome! I bought quite an amount of items! I didn't get to buy much clothes (suitable for our climate here in Singapore) because the clothes sold there are mostly for the cold season which the Taiwanese are currently experiencing.. I got a lot of shoes!!!!

Taiwan shoes are sooooooo cheap and the quality is really good! During my last trip to Taiwan, I bought loads of shoes back too and the shoes lasted me for over a year! That will never happen for any shoes that I buy in my homeland. The max that the shoes can last me is for.. 2 or 3 months tops? If I'm unlucky, they won't even last me for 2 weeks! #yikes

4 pairs which I shipped back in my luggage

And the 5th which I wore back. Need to praise this 5th pair of shoes!!

The lady who sold it to me wasn't kidding when she said that this pair of shoe is waterproof. Everyone else in my family had utterly soaked-through shoes and socks when we went to JiuFen because it was pouring. All of their shoes and socks were so wet that they made squeaky sounds and ooze out water with every step that they took.

My shoes made no noise and my socks were just damp because of the water that seeped in through the gaps. My socks dried within half an hour after I left them after the heater, whereas my lil brother who had soaked socks needed about 3-4 hours for his socks to be dry?

SUPER AWESOME SHOES!!!!!!!

Technically there should be 6 pairs in total but I can't find the 6th pair because I don't know where is it :/

I borrowed my sister's luggage space to bring it back and I know she has unpacked her luggage but I don't know where she placed my shoes and so for now.. my 6th pair of shoes is MIA! Lol!



Anyway here are some of my other hauls from Taiwan!


Bought a solid perfume and Acnepen from a 7-Eleven convenience store in Taipei!

Foremostly, I regret buying the solid perfume. It stinks and its "fragrance" gives me a headache. I bought it only because I saw the word "rose" and then I caved.

I love roses but this rose perfume... has seriously scarred me for life.

I think I will stick to strawberry-scented perfumes from here on.

As for the acnepen.. I love it!!!

It has a really interesting top, where the acne liquid would ooze out!

The liquid is tea tree oil which is great for dealing with acne!


Next haul:
From Tony Moly!

I was so excited when I saw a Tony Moly outlet in XiMenDing (the area where I stayed in Taipei)! I bought a concealer and a brown liquid eyeliner because everything else was a little beyond my current budget and a tad too heavy to lug back! Will do reviews on these 2 darlings really soon!


Night market hauls:

Bought adorable face masks!!! Bought 4 packs of these masks for SGD 4.30!
Damn suitable to use right now because of the haze.

Speaking of the haze.. I need to give my piece of mind about it.

I HATE THE FREAKING HAZE!!!!!!!!!!

It's one thing that I am breathing in polluted air, and another thing that the air smells so nasty!!!!

BUT IT'S A WHOLE DIFFERENT THING WHEN I AM GETTING CONSTANT HEADACHES BECAUSE OF THE AIR THAT I AM BREATHING IN!!!!!

For people who have migraines, I think you can feel and understand me. Headaches which are beyond your control and all you can do is take drugs to have the pain taken away, or that you tolerate the sickening pain.

The moment that I stepped out of Changi Airport Terminal II, and took in my first breath of air.. I knew I was back in Singapore...

BECAUSE THE AIR THAT I BREATHED IN SMELT COMPLETELY FULL OF SMOKE!!!!

It smelt so nasty and so horrible that it is beyond comprehension. For the past few days, I have cooped myself in my room with the air-con turned on 24/7. You can say that I am being extreme, but I rather be extreme than to suffer pounding headaches because of the freaking bad air.

Moving on.

IPhone 4 cases!!!!

These were damn cheap. Each casing was for SGD 4.30? I guess it is because iPhone 4 is becoming extinct soon.. just like the old iPhone 3G(S). #lol

If it isn't obvious enough... I BOUGHT A WHOLE LOT OF SOCKS!!!!

WHAT?! THEY WERE CHEAP!!!!!!

Like damn cheap. 5 pairs of these adorable socks for only SGD 4.30!!!!

Not even a dollar per pair k! TAKE THEM ALL!!!! *gives greedy face*

There are suppose to be more but I wore some of them during my trip and I took out those which are meant for my cousins. Some of the ones in the picture are for my friends and the rest are...

ALL FOR ME!!!!!!!!!

About 10 to 15 pairs of the socks are mine. Still think that I should have bought more. #socheap #darn

Bought 3 pouches. Each for SGD 4.30!

Each of these pouches have an inner lining!!

Quality can be considered to be really good for something at such a price!

Bought 2 dresses at SGD 6.50 each! SO CHEAP!!!!!

Couldn't decide which colour to get so I got both since they were so cheap anyway!

2 tees from Uniqlo!

These were a bit more pricey as compared to the other stuff that I bought. Each tee was about SGD 16.

I bought them because the cotton quality was good and well.. price range quite acceptable since it is Uniqlo. And also, they were from the section called "Ximen Special" and so I'm assuming that they are really THAT SPECIAL!

If I can find the same designs in Singapore, then okay lor, I admit that I got suey and my feelings have been scammed!!! LOL

Bought a long sleeve navy design top, a blue/white striped hoodie and a floral dress.

Each for SGD 4.30! DAMN CHEAP I KNOW!!!! Not even $5 each!

They are all thin enough for Singapore's weather so yay! Happy happy me!!

3 skirts! LOVE ALL THE COLOURS!!!! Each for SGD 8.60!

The orange and yellow one is made of really really soft cotton and I loooovveeeeeee how soft they feel!

All of the skirts have shorts inside!! Can't believe I bought each of them at less than $10!!! What a buy!!

Bought a denim jacket for Rod.

This denim jacket was on sale at an unbelievable price! The original RTP was SGD 116!!!!

I bought it for SGD 16!! #iloveshoppingintaiwan

Bought him some shoes too as per his request

The one on the left was sold for SGD 15 whereas the one on the right was for SGD 25!! Super good buy!

Usually the shoes that he buy are from the price range of $75 and above? His feet made of gold one I think.

Bought some tights too!!! Each at SGD $4.30!

I had difficulty finding for good quality OPAQUE tights in Singapore that covered me from my foot to my hips. So glad that I found these at Shilin night market and they were sold for less than $5 each!!

I wanted to buy coloured ones too but my mom stopped me because she said that I might have difficulty matching them with the clothes that I already have (which is quite true) and if I really wanted the coloured ones.. I can always get them if I do manage to go to Taipei again with my mom in July!

My mom is going there for a company trip. She wanted to bring my dad but he says he needs to "consider". Hence my mom said that if he isn't going, she will bring me if I don't have school during that period! YAY!! #idontmindskippingschoolforit #helltoschool #whatisschool #lastthingonmymind

Bought a new leather wallet for SGD 34! YES IT'S GENUINE LEATHER!!
FEELS DAMN SOFT!!!!

Clumsy Beryl spilled white nail polish over my current leather wallet. Don't ask me how she did it. I wish I knew too. I gotta keep her away from my new leather baby!

Some hair accessories.

Mike and Sulley!

Lil bro caught these for me from a UFO machine in Taiwan! It's really easy to catch these from the machines in Taiwan and each try is super cheap too!! TWD 10 each! (Approximate rate: SGD 1 = TWD 23)

So it's less than $0.50 per try!!! The staff is really friendly too and they aim to help you win the prizes home! Sulley was practically placed over the edge of the plastic panel for me by the staff (after she knew that I wanted to get Sulley) and all I had to do was to give him a slight push to tip him over the edge and tadah! I got him!!!

Bought some food too. The must-buy paper bakkwa!

And tie dan (iron eggs) as a gift for Joey! I promised that I would buy this back for her!

And that kinda concludes my haul from Taiwan!!

I still have a couple more stuff that my sister bought for me without me knowing... I only got to know them after she already paid for it/returned to the hotel room/came back to Singapore.

Yes that's how slow I am. And how lovely my sister is!!! *heart eyes emoticon*

I will share my photos from Taiwan during my next entry. I wanted to upload the pictures after the end of each day during my trip... but that attempt was an epic fail because I was so worn out by the end of each day.

The only thing that I had in mind after I got back to my hotel each day was to quickly take a shower, to quickly pack my luggage so that I wouldn't have to rush the next morning, and then to jump into my bed to get ample rest for the next day's itinerary.

This is why I don't like itinerary with time schedules and obviously enough, I don't like tour groups.

Free-and-easy is the way to go, baby!



Till next time,
Soph <3

Travelling around Taiwan

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Yo!!!

I have been travelling around Taiwan – went to Jiu Fen and Yilan! I left my MacAir back in Taipei with my luggage and moved around with just a light bagpack of a few clothings for change, my toiletries, make-up and chargers.

Using the blogger mobile app now to write this post! I've got so many pretty pictures to share but I've gotta wait till I get back to Taipei later today so that I can do it with my laptop!

The mountain view at Jiu Fen was gorgeous.... And the room which my sister assigned for my brother and I had the best view of the mountain amongst all the rooms. I took so many videos because stationary pictures were insufficient to capture the cosy-ness of the room and the breathtaking mountain view included with it.

As for Yilan... It provided a beautiful countryside view. Plots of agriculture and three storey mansions. I even stayed in one of them! The mansion... Gosh! How should I describe?

It was grand. It was luxurious. It was warm. It was... everything that I wanted for my future home and more.

Ok then again my future home will contain a little bit more modern techno stuff, such as lights that switch on when I clap? I'm dying to try that technology ever since I saw it on the internet. I can't imagine what happens when a whole lot of people clap during a birthday celebration. The lights will be confused and flicker on and off like mad! Hahaha!!

Talk more again (WITH PICTURES) when I'm back in Taipei. In the meantime, make do with the pictures at my Instagram!


Hearts,
Soph <3

Taiwan 2014

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

SUP!!!!!

I've arrived in Taiwan safely this afternoon around 1.30pm! Brought my MacAir along to get some work done, hence I am able to blog a little bit now!!!

So anyway, here are photos from day 1!!

Tigerair finally decided to issue its passengers proper air tickets!!

In the past, the air tickets issued out by Tigerair looked very much like.. receipts. It looked nothing like as what you see in the above image! Great decision made on the change, Tigerair!

Mothers and orchids.
#okaycanz #whilewalkingtowardstheboardinggate




Uploading this because I think it looks nice. HAHAHAHA!!!

I took this at the boarding gate hall, because I wanted to see if my eyes were still puffy due to the lack of sleep. Speaking of which, I should be asleep now!!! #theneedtoblog #thewanttoblog #thedesiretoblog #blogger4life

On the way to board the plane!! How can I resist snapping a shot when (1) I am surrounded by all the full-length mirrors around me and (2) bored to death due to a freaking long waiting line...

Does this count as an #ootd shot?

Arrived safely in Taipei after a 4 hours and 45 minutes flight!

It is super cold in Taipei now and the temperature was about.. 12 to 14 degrees today? It was raining when I arrived. The moment that I stepped out of the airport, I could see my breath because it was THAT COLD!

For a moment, you can see the building.. And the next minute, you can't.

It was extremely foggy when I took a bus from Taoyuan International Airport to Zhongshan station, where I then took a train to Ximending as it is where my hotel is located at!

At Zhongshan train station

Taiwan was the first place where I had my virgin experience of dragging a luggage around.

It was something which I never thought that I would ever do! If you haven't tried it before, TRY IT!!!

It's even more fun dragging it across the streets... lololol!

A store right beside my hotel that is filled with leather products. #ilovethesmellofleather #justsaying

Lunch at 牛店 (literal translation: beef restaurant): Beef noodles

Beef imported from Australia.

The beef was extremely tender, and the noodles were very chewy and surprisingly tasty too!! The beef broth was good and addictive! It's not like some beef broths that I've had where after a few mouths, I get sick of drinking the soup.

牛津

Didn't try it. Can't tell you how it tastes like. But if I have to make a guess, I suppose it would taste jelly-like?

I love the convenience stores in Taiwan!! This is taken in Family Mart (one of the convenience stores).

They have this section where the food is REAL FOOD. Not processed, artificial food or snacks. It's proper food!!!

Bought ice-cream from their convenience store!

Another reason why I love Taiwan...

Food from their CONVENIENCE STORE tastes AWESOME!!!!! Like seriously, it blows me away. Maybe I did lower my expectations because I am abroad (?) but.. damn. The standard of the food served in their convenience store is just unbelievable.

Ice-cream made on the spot!! The waffle cone was really crispy and fragrant!


Taiwan's fruit beer

Bloody tasty shit. Unbelievable k. First time that I am trying this and I LOVE IT!!!! I prefer the peach flavoured one over the grape one.. didn't try the mango one because I was too full already from all the food from before lol

My attempt at Facetiming Rod.

I couldn't do it though because the WiFi here is too weak for a Facetime connection between a Macbook and an iPhone :(

Hence I crashed on my bed and slept.... And when I woke up, it was time for dinner!!! #whatthehell #gonnagetfat


Food from dinner:
Braised pork rice. Cold dishes: seaweed & tofu

Oyster omelette & carrot cake

Meatball soup (or as they call it here, 贡丸汤) and vegetable soup

All of the above food that I had for dinner are considered to be of average standard and are graded to be as simply being JUST EDIBLE. The waitress who served us wasn't very friendly either. I hope its just because she's had a long day, hence she was feeling grumpy due to lethargy!

To the waitress, press on!!!

Group shot

Look closely: The 2 "weird furry beings" that you see in the tank are known as 'LUCKY SHRIMPS'

I found this in a store that is like Singapore's Toy OutPost/Hako. They sell a small bottle of this containing about 60 of its eggs for about.. SGD$1-2?

I was reading the available information in the tiny shelf and it says that it takes approximately 2 weeks for a shrimp to grow and reproduce. And so in 2 weeks, you'll get your next generation of lucky shrimps!!!

There is a difference between male and female lucky shrimps. The male has a crown on its head, whereas the female has this orange thing around it's middle area. The 2 shrimps that you see in the picture are females!!

Another reason why I love Taiwan: Full of such weird, interesting and fascinating stuff!

Ok time for me to sleep. More again tomorrow night!



Hearts,
Soph <3