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Monday, January 2, 2012

the last of 2011

HAPPY 2012 EVERYBARDI!!!!!!

didn't party as usual, but spent my new year's eve afternoon in office, and then new year's day quietly just having quality time with YZ, haha. we had a movie marathon and watched Harry Potter 7 part 1 and part 2!!! quite draggy, didn't think it was that good. i still like the books best! but i had such a relaxed two days that it feels strange for Monday to still be a public holiday! guess i've been working too much through the weekends, and i don't know what two full rest days feel like anymore lol.

yet another new year D: time is passing by so quickly, i feel like i don't even have time to catch up! :( and this year i'm hitting the dreaded quarter century age..... i don't even want to think about it. on the other hand, life has been treating me well, and every year has been bringing about new blessings and treasured friendships that i sometimes feel undeserving of. i mean, i hardly have time to go out and meet friends to maintain relationships, and most of the time i have so many things on my mind, i don't even like, check Facebook and realize that it's a friend's birthday or something??? and if my friends want to meet me, they either have to book me 1 month in advance, or come down to office to look for me. *guilt stricken* i'm such a terrible person! (in fact, i only remembered it was my little sister's birthday some time ago on the afternoon of the day itself cos she mentioned she was going out for a birthday celebration with her friends cos i didn't even know what the date was. YES. i'm that bad)

nevertheless, i don't know how i still have so many wonderful friends and people around me, and they're such a blessing to me! i must have accumulated a lot of good karma in my past life or something :D :D :D

went out for a Christmas dinner with this bunch of lovely girls during Christmas week! wanted to eat XLB one, but it was so damn crowded everywhere, we settled for a spot at Skinny Pizza, Raffles City!
 
as usual, we had the early birds and late comers hahaha so we went ahead to place our orders first cos we were starving already, plus i guess cos it was Christmas week or something, they needed us to place our orders for mains within 15 minutes or something! oh well. 

anyhow, it's not a very good idea to be writing this entry right now when i'm like OHSOHUNGRY but cannot eat cos i busted my calories on lunch today.... more on that later =_=

here's the food we ordered for sharing! Skinny Pizza has a good selection good for sharing, ranging from pizzas to mains to pastas. four of us (who arrived earlier) had two pizzas, one pasta, and a selection of side dishes!
 
squid ink pizza, which is supposed to be a must-have! i liked the flavor but the squid was a little too tough for my liking. the crust is really crispy and crunchy, cos their speciality is (obviously) their skinny thin crust pizzas! :D pretty awesome. especially if you're the kind who doesn't like too much dough in your pizza!
 
black pepper prawn linguine. would rate this a 7/10, tasty but not super good until want to keep on eating kind. the prawns were huge but i felt the pasta was slightly dry! had a nice peppery taste to it though :)
 
selection of three sides, we chose truffle fries, sweet potato fritters and a sausage! yummeh. liked all three! especially the sweet potato fritter thingamies! :D
 
my favorite dish of the lot, don't know what's the name hahaha but it comes with a sunny side up and bacon!!!! awesomeeeeeeeeeemax. very tasty and the crispy crust was really shiok with these ingredients :D

Joyce and Steph were late: but forgiven cos Joyce showed up with delish cupcakes from twelvecupcakes!!!
 
this is really not doing my self-control to diet any good right now. boohoo.. i tried the oreo one and the salted caramel one!!! super sinful, but very rich and decadent!!! NOMS.
 
when everyone had arrived and all our tummies were fed, we moved on to our gift exchange!!! :D this was my idea ok. HAHAHA. gift exchanges are always fun!!! bwahaha Steph has a sad emoticon next to her name cos she said she bought a paperweight and no one wanted her present LOL. 
 
yay all the gifts up for exchange!!!

after a few mishaps, we all managed to pick a name each LOL. but we still got swap gifts around so that everyone would get something they would use!!!
after swapping around, i ended up with this! :D :D :D miniature mail polish set and facial masks from Fel! yay!!! still got a sweet little handwritten card from Fel as well! thank you dear!!
 
Nancy handmade this gorgeous frame and printed out photos of us to put in it :D :D :D wahahaha i kept on telling Nancy i didn't want to get her gift cos it looked so bulky, but awwww it's such a sweet gift!!! Wendy ended up with it in the end! :D
 
and the "paperweight" went to Fel... LOL. it's actually a loooovely Christmas musical box!!! exactly what Fel likes hahaha. not such a bad gift after all!
 
uh, dunno what the siao kias doing. hahaha
 
Joyce and Steph! oh i think Joyce got my gift in the end lolol it was a REALLY CUTE hand cream and lip balm from Etude House!!
group picture!!! ♥♥♥ missing Noi that day! ): we need to have another gathering with full attendance soon!

always happy to meet up with this bunch of girls that were brought together by chance via the WWW! wahaha, like those online dating websites like that. who would ever know that i'd actually make friends online, and friends that would actually become close in real life??? ah, the wonders of technology never cease. isn't it amazing?

those following me on Twitter or Instagram would know that i've been busy with getting our new office in order of late... Vera is not in Singapore so i've been settling most of the stuff, renovating, repainting, cleaning, and getting the racks up! YAY, so happy that we're almost ready to move into our new space soon!!!! EXCITEDMUCH!!!! now, we just need to get the furniture and studio set up in place! oh and internet as well :D this time round, making sure we have a big enough refrigerator so that i can keep froyo in the freezer compartment and fruits in the fridge! wahaha.

deng deng deng deng!!! all our racks up last Friday!

and my lovely pixies Trish, Shirl and Xuan were even more excited than me to start packing LOL. these girls are a bit siao one. hahahahaha. we shifted up half our stocks to start organizing neatly onto the new racks already! :))))))

MAD NEAT!! come 2012, we're gonna do a total overhaul to TVD's operations, and this will mean more organization to maximize our efficiency, so that we can serve the customers better! such a daunting task, but i hope we're more than ready to do this!

my pixies didn't just come down to help with the packing, they even got me little gifts for Christmas!!! ♥♥♥ i told you i was blessed already. thank you girls! sigh. i really dunno where all these good karma come from ;')

and the last sunset of 2011. it was just gorgeous! :) so glad i managed to catch it while on the roads.

on the weight loss/ dieting front, i've been quite good this week! thanks to myfitnesspal, counting my calories is really easy and i'm being a lot more conscious of what i'm taking in, cos my calories are precious and i don't wanna waste them on sinful food!!!

went to the supermart to grab some healthy/calorie light food earlier LOL. strawbies and grapes!! and CP wonton has amazingly little calories!! miso soup is good for a quick fix as well. bought some other snacks too that are somewhat more sinful like digestives and granola cookies/bars, but it's all about portion control!

wahaha been quite addicted to myfitnesspal :X it's quite fun, plus you can change your settings so that your friends can view your food diary! stalking all my friends to make sure they're keeping to their diet. LOL. hope all the friends who's joined me so far will keep up with their diet too! cos it's only a short 3 weeks to CNY!!!! horrors. happy to report that i've lost 2kg already!! that were probably mostly food weight from all the overeating during Christmas :X i'm still 1.5kg above my regular weight!! =_=

went for lunch with Daddy and Mummy earlier cos i wanted to spend more time with them! good for tummy, bad for diet. today's lunch busted all my calories for the day which is why all i had for dinner were five miserable strawberries!!!!! hai. trying very hard to keep to my calorie count! cannot cannot cannot overeat.

i'm so determined, i drove out to buy roti prata and mee goreng for daddy's supper last night, and i didn't get anything for myself!!!! the temptation......

on the plus point... i still managed to keep within my calories for the past seven days!! yippee!! MUST.. KEEP... IT.... UP..... determined to shed off some weight by CNY! (and hopefully not gain it back during CNY, lolol)

last self portrait for 2011 :D with crappy iPhone frontal camera that makes everyone look good :D

and my OTD! boho frock that i haven't worn for ages. still love it :D

my new year resolutions for every year almost always remain the same: stay happy, healthy and love those around me :) this year, i also want to remind myself to work hard, and not bum my time away cos time is so precious. i will love, work, and play with equal fervor. i'm so blessed already, so i'm not gonna take it for granted.

jiayou to a bigger and better year ahead, with a slimmer, healthier and happier me!!!
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