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Dear Dayre,

To the lady I thought I saw wearing TVD Digital Print Shift Dress yesterday at ION, I'm sorry if I looked unfriendly or stuck up ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…

So if you're wondering how I feel when I walk into or spot someone wearing #thevelvetdolls on the streets, my first feeling is..

Sibei Happy.

In my head I'll be like OMGGG that person is she wearing a TVD top/skirt/dress??

Then I try to surreptitiously take another look to determine whether or not I am mistaken or it is just a similar item from somewhere else.

Abit Paiseh.

I have no statistics to back this up but I think at least 50%-75% of customers might potentially recognize me as the owner of TVD, and if I were a customer too I would feel paiseh to run into the store owner when I'm wearing something from her label. I don't know la, I just feel so cos you know Singaporeans are so shy and all. ๐Ÿ™ˆ

Would you feel paiseh if it were you?

Act ไธ€ไธช Keep Calm & Carry On

This is the part when I pretend I didn't see anything and just act like I'm minding my own business, if I'm with a friend (like I was with @evonnz last night ๐Ÿ˜‚) I usually carry on talking to said-friend and then 20 steps later say in a whisper "WAH I THINK THAT GIRL WAS WEARING TVD LEH!"

Which is also the part when I feel slightly ไธ็Ÿฅๆ‰€ๆŽช because what if I smile at "Girl In Potential TVD" and 1. She doesn't know who the heck this is smiling at her or worse 2. She's not actually wearing TVD?!

Makes me a confused person cos I'm not sure what I should do.

So the end result is probably I look super dao as I pretend to MYOB and that customer (or not) might be thinking "Hey that girl looks familiar is she Yina? But she looks so unfriendly…๐Ÿ˜’"

What do you all think I ought to do when I find myself in a situation like this? ๐Ÿ˜ง

Hi Dayre,

I'm currently at Salon Vim getting my hair color touched-up and also nourished with treatment, must take good care of my hair up to the wedding! Then I intend to do something drastic like cut away my fringe or snip my hair short ๐Ÿ’‡ Until then.. It's just gonna be long and boring!!

Anyways, scrolling through the photos in my phone cos I need to delete photos. Not enough storage on my device FML. And this is my mom's old phone so there's some of her photos on it too!

This is papa and mama in the year '99, which would make me about 12 years old.

Papa and mama got married when they were 23 and 18 respectively! By the time mama was my age, she already had three kids and @zuanqing was 8 years old wtf.

That's Gina, mummy, me and Lina!

@zuanqing is pretty much a photocopy of my mother which became more obvious once Gina grew into her 20s. Lina resembles my dad abit more, and I'm like somewhere in between strangely.

And as kids, all three of us looked so different you wouldn't have taken us for sisters, the closest resemblance is in our names (Gina Yina Lina)

Mama and my popo, whom mum showed me a photo of when she was in her younger days, when we were out for lunch yesterday. Popo was so beautiful in her youth too! Mummy resembles popo a lot. Though mummy said when popo got old she turned really fat ๐Ÿ˜‚ Is that gonna happen to mama too!

Oh my god horrible neoprint cards of us. I obviously didn't have to wait 60 years to be fat.

Goh family earlier this year when we went for a family trip to HK. All grown up, even my monkey of a little sister!

There are no boys in my family, so we grew up under the iron rule of Papa Goh, who was a terrifying father. There were times I hated him, just because of how damn strict with us he were.

@zuanqing, remember how our allowance in primary school was only $2 a week? We'd give the $2 to the noodle stall auntie every Monday and she'd place a bowl of noodles on the canteen table for us everyday during recess time.

Papa and mama never once sent us to school (or to anywhere else for that matter) and we walked to school and back home for 30mins every day through primary school.

I also remember how they never attended any of my prize-giving ceremonies at all cos both of them had to work.

Chinese and maths are Papa Goh's strongest subjects and my weakest, and he used to make me sit at the table to learn my "ๅฌๅ†™" only to come back and find me dozing off ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ One huge palm slamming down on the table and I'd be shocked awake hahahaha.

But to be honest, I was the closest to Papa Goh in my childhood cos I was very boyish (I was the tomboy and not Lina in our younger days) and I would follow him all over the place.

This is Papa Goh at the fish farm. I'd follow him to the fish farms, dog farms, out to sea (he studied for a boating license in his 30s and would often bring me out on a boat or on a jet-ski) and even to the pork factories sometimes.

(@zuanqing doesn't remember how Daddy kept his notes in the toilet, I assume he studied as he did his big business ๐Ÿ’ฉ, how else do you think daddy knew how to operate the jet-ski?)

I love animals just like Papa Goh and I can whistle as well as him!

Sometimes I'd go bug them at the market stall and hopefully get $10 to buy myself a McDonalds meal next door. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Okay here is the part where I admit that I conned my daddy tons of times into giving me small amounts of money cos he was SO strict with us, our allowance was pathetic. Like $20 a week in secondary school?

So I would make up random excuses "Daddy I need to buy assessment books. Daddy I need to pay for this and that. Daddy I need to buy stationery" ๐Ÿ˜‚

They wake up every morning at 5am and work 6 days a week (7 for my mother) and every time I drop by the market, my dad will say something along the lines of..(inside is proud but outside nonchalant) "This is my second daughter la, last time 2 months pre-mature now very big already. Now running her own business and dunno do all kinds of advertising la (he means blogging), aiya don't want to study then now don't want to find proper job."

If I could travel back in time to talk to the younger me who often sulked and orchestrated all kinds of rebellion against my parents, I would want to tell the 15-year-old Yina all the things that I understand now as an adult but never gave a second thought to as a child.


My parents and YZ in ๆƒ…ไพฃ่ฃ… all of them wearing stripes yesterday wtf.

I'm really happy YZ got to spend time with my parents yesterday. I want him to love my parents despite how hard they are to love, and I want him to remember that every parent only want the best for us children.

Ok this is so embarrassing I got emotional writing and thinking about all these and then Gary (Salon Vim ่€ๆฟ) walked by to talk to me and I started tearing wtf I told him "ๆˆ‘็œผ็›ๆ•ๆ„Ÿ" but he probably thinks I'm mad ๐Ÿ˜‚

See I talk so much until I'm already done with my hair!!! Yayyyyyy. Touched up my highlights with more purple so now there's a nice blend of blue-ish purple, so pretty!

Anyway, I've got something to ask you readers.

You know I try to update Dayre frequently (I'm crazy to try to update it DAILY previously but I really think it's impossible now) and usually I do it when I have free time while waiting or late at night in bed.

I honestly enjoy sharing very much on Dayre, but then again, you know how too much of a good thing becomes a bad thing. I ask this because my friend asked me a couple days ago in a very delicate manner: "Yinana, do you think you're updating too frequently on Dayre?"

So the question is..

Am I updating too much ah? ๐Ÿ˜“

You can be honest. If you have thoughts of unfollowing me from overly frequent updates (I sure have those feelings abt some Instagrammers) and seeing my Dayre pop up in your feed is just plain annoying.. Hahahaha tell me la ok ok? Maybe I can also tell myself to let go of my moral obligation to want to update daily. It'd save me some effort, for sure. ๐Ÿ˜ฐ

Photobombed by my hairstylist Fiona!! She does an amazing job on my hair all the time. Love the current hair color! ๐Ÿ˜

Ok Imma gonna go for rehearsal now. ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽค๐ŸŽถ

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