One good thing about my internship is that outside of time in the office, I don’t have to think about or do anything related to my work. So I’ve been having a lot of free time at home to do my own stuff! Which includes running ~twice a week, reading books (finished the selfish gene, norwegian wood and the time traveler’s wife so far, now re-reading TCIOTDITNT), trying to learn a few songs on the piano (which I haven’t touched in years LOL), and of course baking! I’ve wanted to try making macarons for a long time but never got round to it because it seemed hard and time-consuming. But yeah I finally decided to try baking them a few weeks ago. I looked through a whole bunch of recipes/ tutorial videos and decided to follow this recipe, and it’s really legit hehe my macarons rose nicely and had feet like they’re supposed to!!
Ok time for picture spam!
My first batch – was afraid of over-mixing but ended up not mixing enough, so the batter wasn’t runny enough and it didn’t spread out and smoothen nicely. But they rose anyway!!
I mixed the next batch for a longer time so the consistency was better, and they turned out nicely!! I added a bit too much food colouring for the blue one but the colours fade after baking so it was still okay.
Wow wordpress changed the new post screen again?? And it now uses the apple font hmm I like how everything looks v clean but like a bit boring/ no character leh lol. At least this posting field still uses an interesting font (got curious and went to check, it’s called Merriweather).
Anyway I went to i light at marina bay last night, it was quite nice but tiring – we walked one whole round from esplanade to MBS and back to raffles place whew. Sadly I didn’t have my camera cos I went from school :( but I guess it doesn’t really matter cos I just used my phone and the quality was surprisingly good!
(wow much minimalist, there isn’t even a button for adding media anymore lol. seems like you have to drag and drop?)
Using a different layout for fun, click to view the whole photo with captions!
just realised that these are hexagons but the first pic’s structure has pentagons for its sides??? confused
more hexagons! and oo there are some dodecahedrons and some structures-with-hexagon-and-square-sides, didn’t notice that when I was there :o
giant inflatable animals at art-zoo!! so cooll but sadly not free and wj wasn’t too keen so we didn’t go
sparkly helix bridge hahaha
not the sharpest photo but I always like taking the sg skyline!! this was from the 4th floor of the shoppes at marina bay, never knew you could go up there
everybody loves bubbles :D
tie some rubber bands to poles and shine light at them = art!
‘northern lights’ in singapore
cool installation by mohan (one of my design profs)!!
Went to Ayutthaya, Bangkok and Chiangmai (ABC!) for my family’s end of year holiday!
Most of the trip can be summarised in 2 words: markets and temples LOL. Pretty much all my photos are of temples cos I didn’t want to carry the dslr around for the other stuff.
didn’t wanna take the typical tourist shots so I tried shooting random stuff. like this sunburst!
the grand palace which was v hot and big but still crowded
yay sunburst again
on the ayutthaya boat ride
so sad that all the statues got beheaded/ destroyed :/
Highlights of the trip:
Food: had lots of mango sticky rice and thai milk tea! We ate at night markets/ roadside stalls quite a few times also, was v yummy and cheap 8) Most memorable was the first night in bangkok where we all went around to buy different stuff and ended up with too much food hahaha. The pork leg rice at chiang mai was goooddd too
Yay finally have some time to blog about my rinjani trip! Vivek, nick and I were talking about going since earlier this year and we already had a whatsapp group since may, but we only legitly started planning after we all came back to singapore (i.e. less than 2 weeks in advance) so I’m quite impressed that this trip happened at all. Luckily planning was pretty easy cos we just used the same agency as my dad and they settled everything in the trek for us.
So yup on to the trek! We chose to do the 4d3n trek starting from Sembalun village and ending at Senaru, which was good cos we got to see both the summit and lake and it was much more manageable than the other treks that we saw people doing (either the same route but in 3d2n, or the opposite direction which seems a lot harder). The first day we started walking at around 9am, it was mostly flat savanna(h?) kinda terrain at first but gradually increased in steepness as we passed each ‘pos’ (resting stop).
Finally got around to choosing and editing the rest of the photos! And my school’s adobe subscription now includes lightroom so I used it to edit these photos – I’m still more familiar with photoshop but lightroom is pretty cool and more suited for editing photos I guess.
lake kawaguchiko on a foggy day
a different edit of the same photo x)
fuji-Q highland!! we didn’t get to go this time but the rollercoasters look funnn
kawaguchiko train station with mt fuji behind! when we arrived it was really foggy but luckily the skies were clear and we got to see this when we were leaving that area
I’m back from japan!! This was one of my family’s longest holidays I think? My parents and sis went first, then a few days later after my exams I flew there by myself to join them (that itself was quite an interesting experience, I had a 1h+ transit at bangkok but the sg to bkk flight was delayed so there was just enough time for me to go through the transit counter and briskwalk to the other gate and board the plane! And for once I barely slept on the plane, partly cos I was in the middle seat :( but the view of bangkok at night and also sunrise from the plane were rly nice!! But I couldn’t take photos cos yeah I wasn’t at the window seat boohoo)
We mostly stayed at airbnb places or hotels with onsens = sleeping on futons almost every night, and two of my mum’s friends stay in tokyo so we went around/ ate with them a few times. Quite cool haha I wonder if next time I’ll have friends living overseas too then we can visit each other :o
Disney sea was a bit disappointing?? Like not very magical leh… cos it’s so crowded and money-sucking HAHA. Ok the shows were not bad (but mostly in jap except some of the songs) haha but I don’t like how the park has no signs so you can’t navigate around easily D< I was thinking about how maybe theme parks can have some system to eliminate queues, like a fastpass thing but more effective. But I figured if there are no queues, there probably won’t be enough things for people to spend their time on so they won’t stay at the park for as long, which is bad for the theme park operator. So queues are most likely gonna remain LOL sigh. Oh ya but wow the japanese are so enthu about disney stuff, everyone there has like some disney character hat/ hoodie/ soft toy/ keychain/ popcorn bucket?!
Anywayy ok time for photos! Pls click on them to see bigger photos hehe
artistic shot of my mum @ tokyo station
nice windows :D and the reflection of tokyo station hehe
guard tower of the imperial palace
roof of some building and the moon!
leftover autumn colourssss
my fav maple leaves photo (out of the many that I took)
ginko trees with yellow leaves lining the streets
tokyo tower! shot from an open top bus tour
tokyo bay area
one of the gates leading to meiji shrine
there was a traditional wedding procession at the shrine
a very long procession! and all the other tourists/visitors taking photos of the wedding people
barrels of sake along the path to the shrine
super crowded street in harajuku area – try to spot me LOL
went to look around in an apple store! there’s nothing but rows and rows of iphones/ other apple stuff wow
sumida river (I think?) and the tokyo skytree in the distance
tsukiji fish market! quite a crazy place haha filled with never-ending rows of stores
we took some train where if you sit at the front you can see the tracks in front so it kinda feels like a rollercoaster!
colourful ferris wheel :D
a huge globe at the miraikan (museum of emerging science and innovation) – the museum wasn’t that cool but I like the globe hahaha
Fact of the day: June’s full moon is called the strawberry moon, named after the season for harvesting strawberries (from http://fullmoonphases.com/full-moon-names/ – each month’s full moon has a name! and there’s really one called a blue moon hahaha cool)
I tried taking photos of the full moon last night and it turned out not bad! I’m amazed that so much detail can be seen cos even after zooming to the max, the moon only took up 2% (legit) of the photo so this is a very cropped version:
The second one is a photo from online that has pretty much the same orientation for comparison – it’s obviously a lot sharper and with much more detail but I think mine’s already pretty cool!