Monday, May 12, 2014

Back to Blogging...missed me?

So I took a 4 month hiatus from blogging. Let's just say I was too busy to blog. "So busy with what?" you might ask. Busy getting fitter. Hahah. While I was still working at NTU, Mabel told me that she got a flyer from this thing called the Singapore Fit Challenge. She said registration fee is only $35 and that they have Zumba. I wasn't particularly attracted to it but I joined for Zumba's sake (I like to dance) and for experience's sake. 
         My first zumba session was awesome! I was totally in love with Betty, the Zumba instructor.          She always looks like she is having so much fun while she is dancing. For anyone who does
         not know what Zumba is, it is an aerobic fitness programme featuring movements inspired by various              styles of Latin American dance and performed primarily to Latin American dance music.  But usually                nowadays we don't just use Latin American moves for Zumba. We dance to all sorts of pop  
         songs and have all sorts of dance moves. Let me share with you a Zumba video from 
         Youtube that I find pretty cool. 
         
        So I joined that fit challenge. And I got addicted to it. Someone who hated exercise all her life.
        I got addicted to the atmosphere, the coaches, the people I met there and even to the                     exercise. Hahaha. I'd really like to give a shout out to this fit challenge because I lost 9kg.               Thank you to my Coach, Liz!! I never thought I'd lose so much weight EVER.
        
        

The next thing I knew, my coach approached me to ask me if I wanted to be a coach just like her. My immediate response was to go "HUH?!" because at that time I was probably 58kg and still feeling and looking fat. But Liz told me that it's ok to be a work in progress and a coach at the same time. So because I really liked the jobscope, I got signed up. License and all. Haha. And I am currently a coach, with my own small group of clients that I am helping. I have a wide range of people that I am helping. From people my age to people in their 50s. 

This really is a fulfilling career prospect for me but at the same time I still need a degree just to be safe. I did not do really well for my A levels so I have decided to go to MDIS and have already started school there. Fingers are still crossed that NTU or SIM gets back to me though. Didn't apply to NUS or SMU. Although if miraculously I get accepted by NTU or SIM, I will miss some MDIS peeps. :(

Finally I am studying something that I like: Mass Communications. I better get all As. Cannot afford to screw up anymore. I must say that the people at MDIS are really interesting. We all come from diverse backgrounds and some of them have really interesting stories. We have people who do DJing at clubs after school, we got people who can sing, people who can dance, people who teach art, people who ran away from home...hahahah. Oh and there are a lot of foreigners! For once I am not the only one. Hahaha. And the Russian girls look like supermodels. I swear. 

OK what else? I guess I am excited for the 17th? Organising a mini outing for WellnessXperts people and some fit challengers. :D TO USS. I need my healthy adrenaline rush. Haha. Also excited cus the Herbalife Extravagenza is coming to Singapore this year!! One needs to be at least a supervisor to qualify. Which I am not. So I can't attend. So disappointed. :( 20,000 Herbalifers from around the world are coming down to Singapore for this event. Next year it will be in some other country. Missed my chance :( Hope mom lets me go next year. I will definitely be Supervisor next year. 

I see so many potential coaches in my MDIS class. And since WellnessXperts is expanding, we do need more part time coaches. Hope I can get some peeps from my class to join as part time coaches :)

I am also super grateful to find out that one of my classmates, Zahara, lives a few bus stops away from me. At first I was just like "Yay, we can go home together on the train." But turns out she drives back and forth to school. So now I get free rides. THANK GOD. I HATE TRAVELING BY TRAIN AND BUS SO MUCH. This Zahara is God-sent I swear. Hahaha. Omg and she sings damn well. Gotta learn a thing or two from her. And she is like super cool and down to Earth. :) I am going to try really hard to not post a link to her soundcloud here because I already shared it with so many people. I don't want her to kill me. Ahahahaha.

Ok in my next post I will share my Before-After picture. This is my motivation. My awesome coach.

Shall leave you all with this funny video called "You are Single for a Reason".


I think they are trying to say it's because you don't get hints. Hahaha, funny nonetheless. 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Work

Time to divulge more about my job. I am working at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) as an administrative assistant. My office, the Graduates Studies Office (GSO) is on top of a hill. So I have to climb up a slope from the bus stop where I get down. By the time I reach the office, I am already sweating. LOL.

First week of work was lonely alone but luckily my colleagues were super nice. The person who hired me, Mui Gek, is SUPER nice. I had lunch with her and another temp. staff in the first week and I could actually chat with Mui Gek like as if she's my friend. :) She has a really cute laugh. 

Before I started working on 6 Jan, my agent had called me and asked if any of my friends were interested as there was one more position. I immediately started asking around and my Orientation Group mate, Meiyi, was both available and interested. So we signed her up. Then during the first week of work, my agent called me again and said there is one more position. So this time I signed Jessica up. 

Another one of the perm. staff, Doreen, had told me that Jess would be in the same section as another guy she had just hired. So I was like "Oooh, who is this mysterious new guy?" And on Sunday night, my friend Neeran messaged me and said that the new guy is her friend, Siddarth, whom I coincidentally kind of know since he is from the same college as me and is friends with my friend Shamira. What a small world!

So on 13 Jan, I met up with Meiyi, Jess and Sid at Jurong Point and took them to work with me and I no longer felt lonely any more. :D We eat lunch together, go to work together and usually go home together. I like our camaraderie! We also met a nice guy at work from Hwa Chong, who has finished his National Service and is waiting to start studying at NTU. He's called Tze Hao. 

Meiyi and I are both in the Exam committee and have to keep doing different things throughout the day and get really tired sometimes while Jess and Sid are in another comm. and do the same thing the whole day, which can make them really bored and their butts sore from sitting down for too long. So there are pros and cons.

Meiyi and I keep laughing during work!! Hope we continue to be able to entertain each other this way. :D

That's all for now. Bye! :)

Saturday, January 11, 2014

New year, same me?

The whole "New Year, new me" thing? It doesn't seem to be working out. I am the same :/

Anyways, time for new year resolutions (belated, I know)

1. Draw Closer to God

I have been going to more religious meetings lately. Just went for one last night and returned home from there at 11pm. LOL. It feels so good to get together with everyone and praise God.
Today I learned a new worship song called This is the Way. It's really nice.

2. Get a healthier lifestyle

NEED. TO. GO. RUNNING. Unfortunately with work, it's hard to find time. Fml. But I bought new running shoes (and they are very pretty) so I feel that it may motivate me to go running. xD 

3. Make new friends but keep and treasure
the old

Met really nice people at work :) Hope to get to know them more. At the same time, I must not lose touch with my sec school and JC besties.

Met up with Reetz after VERY long. We ate at breadtalk cafe at Westgate and talked and talked and talked. Glad that despite not meeting for over a year, everything's still the same. :D Same closeness. <3 br="" nbsp="">

SO HAPPY FOR REETZ FOR GETTING INTO OXFORD. Gratz girl! :) I must hang out with her more before she goes off to UK in August. :(

That brings me to the point, what am I doing with my life?

4. Be a better daughter

I must admit I lack many qualities that a good daughter should have. And sometimes I even talk back to my mom. :( Need to stop that and treasure her more. After all, I love her more than anyone else in the world. AND I need to spend more time with her. Going to watch a bollywood movie with her in the cinemas later :)

5. Have more adventures

By adventures I mean try out new things I have never tried before. For example, going hiking. :)



Short post, I know. Ok I have to go now. Toodles :)

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Uncategorized Thoughts

Well, I have a lot of stuff to say and I am going to chuck everything into one post so here goes:

A supernatural upbringing: 

I will NEVER, EVER, give my future child (if any) a supernatural upbringing. Do you have any idea how much damage it does? Take my mom for instance. Ever since my dad has died (Mr Dore says "passed away" is a stupid term) my mom has kept the living room lights on throughout the night while we sleep as well as a lamp on in her room. We normally sleep with all lights off.

Why the sudden change? Because she is afraid that my dad's spirit will visit the house. -.- I am a Christian who firmly believes that there are no ghosts, and that the dead do not come back to haunt us. Demon, I believe. Demons trying to scare us by "acting" as ghosts, I believe. But not spirits of dead people.

So while I sleep in peace, my mom is restless at night, fearing that she will see my dad's spirit. Gahhhh. The electricity bill this month is damn high thanks to her. I tried talking sense into her but it hasn't worked so far.

Hiking at Bukit Timah:

I went hiking at Bukit Timah for the first time with Judy in December! Unhealthy me was panting while going up the steep slope! I was glad to be in such close proximity with nature. The flora and fauna, the sweating, the fresh air and the company...I loved them all. Definitely going back there soon. In fact, maybe this Friday. (if my mom allows)

I was also glad to be able to spend some time with Judy NOT STUDYING. Because before that, during A levels, we met almost everyday to...study. And I am sure we both could use some exercise.

Here are some photos:
Look who reached the summit
Beautiful canopy
The trail of doom

Trip To Sentosa On Christmas Day:

Went to Sentosa on Christmas day with Wei Chin and Wan Ling. Darren couldn't make it...something about an upset stomach I think. Oh well, the three of us enjoyed ourselves at Palawan beach. We took the boardwalk there from Vivocity rather than take the tram. We should grab whatever chance we can to exercise right? Haha! Although we did take the travelator for most of the journey.

Wei Chin and I were worrying about the crowd but Wan Ling assured us that it won't be crowded from her experience of going there last Christmas. And she was right! Phew! And at Palawan beach we realised something interesting. A certain part of the beach has hard and rough sand while a certain part has really soft sand. At first we sat on the hard sand and had our picnic. Then it started to drizzle and we packed up, disappointed, and was waiting for the shuttle bus to GO HOME when it stopped drizzling. So we just came back to the beach again and we decided to change location and that's when we accidentally discovered the soft sand. It's near the bridge by the way. Near the CAUTION sign. :D

I hadn't met Wan Ling for AGES before that day so I must admit I was worried about awkwardness, despite the fact that she's my secondary school best friend. But I shouldn't have worried. :) Best friends never get awkward around each other. We hugged when we met up at Vivo and it was like old times again.

BFF Wan Ling :)


L for Love
Romantic right? U jealous?
Weight Issues:


Recently I tried some Xndo products. Basically Xndo provides meals, the ones we usually eat, but their meals have way less calories. For example, Tom Yam noodles may generally contain 300 plus calories but Xndo ones only contain 176 calories. 

"Our delicious complete meals are calorie controlled with at least 50% less calories of its similar traditional meals so you can keep eating the foods that you love while you limit your daily calorie intake. " Found this on their website.

I am sure I can trust their credibility but I was more worried about the taste. Well I tried the Black Pepper Fish, which is one of their bestsellers, and the Milk Tea. 

THE MILK TEA HAS NO TASTE. I don't mean to diss them or whatever, I'm just saying the honest truth. However, the one useful thing about the milk tea is that it can act as a carbohydrate blocker. If you drink a cup before a meal, for instance dinner, it will block the carbohydrates in that meal from being stored in your system. This is good for people trying to lose weight.

The Black pepper fish Bee Hoon is actually quite nice (very spicy). I would try it again :) 




Now for the price: 

Black pepper fish with Bee Hoon is $11.95. For one meal, that may feel like a hefty price to pay. So I would only recommend this company for despos who REALLY don't want to exercise and would rather diet. 

The milk tea, which consists of 5 sachets, costs $9.95. Once again, if you are despo enough go ahead. 

I for one, might not buy the meals again just because of the cost and the tea again cus I can't taste anything. But if cost is not a factor, the meals taste fine :)

for more information you can check out this website: http://www.xndo.net/

Where to buy: nearest outlet is Jurong Point B1 :)

Goodbye 2013:

And lastly, goodbye 2013 and HELLO 2014!

Hope it will be a healthy and blessed year for all of you and myself. :)

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

So after my father passed away, a lot of shit had to be done. Excuse my language. We had to go to the CPF building, Jurong Town Council, NTUC Income and AIA (insurance companies), Great Eastern, DBS, Citibank, SP Services and Courts headquarters. So much admin stuff to settle. So much paperwork to do. Been traveling around with my mom almost every single day. Even now we are not done. There are payments to settle on the 26th. Got a break because of Christmas (thank goodness).

So aside from all these admin stuff, I have also been attending interviews because I apparently did not get the other jobs I signed up for. I think the main reason is because I am screwing up my interviews -.- gahhhhhh. Ok no more screwing up, must get a job by start of Jan. Not for the money, but for the peace of mind. You know that horrible "odd-one-out" feeling? My close friends all seem to have jobs already and here I am jobless.

In my desperation, I googled "How to Ace an Interview". A relatively useful article came out. I shall be nice and share it with you all in case there is someone else losing hope like me.

http://jobsearch.about.com/cs/interviews/a/aceinterview.htm

In other news, during the first week, some of my friends came by to cheer me up and offer their condolences. Brielle and Wendy came by and I appreciated it a lot!! My class girls also came over! Thanks guys :')
Mazi couldn't be there because she was on vacation in Malaysia. She was sorely missed :(

Also, Wendy came over to my house today and introduced me to an American supernatural drama called Sleepy Hollow. OMG it is so awesome, totally my type. I can't stop hyperventilating. It is REALLY worth watching, I swear. Take my word for it. If you're bored at home, try watching this. I am going to force Wendy to come to my house this Saturday so that I can continue watching it on high definition on her laptop. I am not sure if I can find it in such good quality elsewhere. :/ HOOKED.

I'll be hanging out with Wan Ling and Wei Chin (and hopefully Darren) at Sentosa tmr. Hope the crowd isn't bad. >< Anyways, Merry Christmas to those who celebrate Xmas! :)

Brielle's going off to Australia tmr! Hope he has a safe flight! :)

That's all for now.
Goodnight,
Jaslin

Monday, December 16, 2013

He is gone

The last week went by in a blur, even faster than the A Levels week. As depressing as recounting the events might be, I have to write it down...for memory's sake? And also maybe because those who read my blog regularly deserve to know what happened.

I woke up at 7am plus, hoping to go for a morning jog. I rolled around in bed for about half an hour and finally walked out into the living room at about 7.30am to find my dad sitting in front of the TV. The TV was turned on and so were the lights and the fan. He appeared to have dozed off while watching TV. He sat upright, with his hands resting on his thighs and head slightly tilted to the side. I turned the TV and lights off so that he can sleep soundly and went back inside the room to prepare for my morning jog. My mom got up slightly after that and at about 8am, walked out to the  living room and asked my dad what he wanted for breakfast. Yes, we are all early-risers.

When she realised he wasn't responding, she tried to wake him up for breakfast and that's when she realised that he had become oddly cold and stiff. She called out to me once saying that something was wrong with my father and at first I thought it was just a joke. When she called out to me a second time, I sensed the urgency in her voice and sprinted out to the living room. I touched my father's forehead and face and found it to be very cold and lifeless. We tried to lay him down on the sofa - it was almost like trying to shift a statue. He was almost frozen into the position. After that we covered him with blankets and I heated some water. I dipped a handkerchief in the hot water and wiped it over his body, hoping to bring his temperature up.

We called the ambulance and the paramedics announced on the spot that he had passed away, probably a long time ago. Needless to say, my mom and I started bawling. Family friends started pouring in. Very thankful for their presence, my mom and I would have gone crazy if we were left alone. Also very thankful to Singapore Casket for being so hospitable and cooperative and arranging for my dad's cremation on the day itself.

He was cremated at 5.20pm on 10 Dec 2013. :( It was scary and sad to watch his coffin go into the furnace. Definitely not something I want to see again anytime soon. Also thanks to Zhiqi, her dad and her uncle for their help <3 p="">
One of my aunties (Aunty Lim) from my religious group actually accompanied me to Singapore Casket to make the payment for my dad's burial and then she accompanied me and my mom and our family friends all the way to Mandai Crematorium for the cremation and we were also joined by Aunty Lilian from my religious group. I am truly grateful for their support despite the fact that I have been inactive for religious meetings and stuff for the last few months. :')

My poor mom and I had to retell the "story" of what happened in the morning to so many people, it was really tiring and sad. My mom cried buckets of water :(

This was just a really short and quick description of that day. R.I.P papa. At least it wasn't a long, torturous and painful death. It was short and quick. Treasure your life and always make healthy choices in life. Don't smoke, don't drink excessively, exercise regularly and stay fit, sleep well, don't overwork yourself and maintain a good relationship with God. :)

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

Signing off, Jaslin





Saturday, December 7, 2013

Interviews

I am in a dilemma. :( I have an interview with a company on Monday 10am. I really want this job because it's an event company and I really love the idea of working for an events company. I have another interview at 11am and the company is quite reputable and the pay is even better than the pay offered by the events company. BUT I still want the 10am one more. :(

If the 10am one doesn't accept me, then of course I will pray that I get the 11am one. Here are the worst case scenarios: 

10am one tells me that they will need a day to consider. 11am one accepts me immediately. I can't say no to 11am one because it's rude. I say yes to 11am and the next day the 10am one accepts me too -.-

OR I reject the 11am offer in the hope that i get the 10am one and I DON'T get the 10am offer. -.- GAHHHHH

*pulls hair out* Hate such situations. Guess I will leave it to God. Whatever happens I will take it as His decision. :)

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Mabel came over to my house today. I was watching a sad Bollywood movie when she came and I cried like a baby in front of her. HAHA xD 

Watching another Bollywood movie now! The guy was angry with the girl and was avoiding the girl so the girl went and lay down on a railway track -.- DRAMA right? Then the guy came and carried her off the railway track. SO SWEET, can't take it xD