Monthly Archives: July 2011

. light at the end of the tunnel .

I need a break. I need a break. I need a break. The same sentence ringing in my head over the past couple of weeks. I haven’t taken any leave since my Valentine’s Day trip with the boy to Bali back in Feb and honestly, I’m starved for a getaway. Was randomly surfing the net for a nearby island getaway when I came across this budget resort in the Eastern part of Bintan (away from the usual tourist spot in the Northern coast)! $40/night and we get to wake up to a breath-taking view of the sun rising from beyond the sea! The beauty of staying in an over-water chalet! You bet that it’s a deal that we cannot miss! Now, all we need to do is to find the time … Yes, the days can only get better. 

All pics credit to Yasin Bungalow 

It’s 6am now and I’m still at work rectifying issues caused by other departments that could have been easily avoided. Well, it’s hard not to be pissed after working close to a 24 hours work shift.

. look what i found! .

Look what I found while I was doing a minor spring cleaning of my room! A tiny Winnie the Pooh bear dressed in a doggy outfit. My room = treasure trove of little trinkets!

. much love monday .


Spot the heart in the picture above? 2 balloons turning into a heart! The past week has just been so trying and mentally-exhausting that come this week, I would like to concentrate on positive and optimistic thoughts. This week, I want to say I ♥ …

Having a wonderful & doting boyfriend who is always so accommodating despite my fickle tempers and busy schedule. Just yesterday, I had the monthly female emergency and the love didn’t hesitate to dash across the street to get a pack of pads for me! 
♥ Coming home to the wagging tails of both Archie & Frosty, especially after a long and draining day at work. Their loud barks irritate the hell out of me at times but my life would be so empty without them! 
♥ That my family is willing to make time for one another by catching the last Harry Potter movie together. 
♥  Having the luxury for a DIY pampering session @ home. Mask and manicure! 

Chase away the Monday blues by sharing what you love with others!

. SBA: Thank You .

It has been close to 3 weeks since the end of the voting period for the Singapore Blog Awards 2011. How time flies! Both work and part-time studies have been keeping me extremely busy and it’s little wonder that I look shagged and aged, accompanied by growing dark circles & eyebags, these days. My life, as of late, basically revolves around this very predictable and boring cycle: Wake up, work & barely having the time for proper meals, attend classes (twice a week) & sleep! In other word, I have officially joined the hordes of people who eagerly look forward to T.G.I.F at the start of the week … Thank god for that 1 day of rest that gives me the chance to do something that I actually enjoy, even if sleeping is rapidly climbing the chart! :p

Back to the topic, being selected as 1 of the top 10 finalist for the SBA Best Lifestyle Blog has certainly been quite an eventful journey for me, from the initial excitement of getting nominated to being invited to a couple of bloggers’ events (although work and studies take precede) to getting inquiries for advertorials. Would love to thank everyone – my no. 1 supporter – my mother! -, family, the boy, friends, readers and random strangers – for finding my blog an occasional delightful read and of course, for the support for keeping me in the top 3 finalists! Thank you, thank you & thank you! 

Anyway, I look forward to having a blast at the award show tomorrow and as much as it would be freaking awesome to win the award (HAHA. Think of all the prizes … I would be a lying fool if I were to say that I’m not attracted to those prizes!), my vote goes to Bing from storyofbing! Well, it’s hard to beat someone whose blog I visit on a regular basis to get my daily dose of inspiration and musing! 🙂

Here are some of my favourite lifestyle blogs to share with you:
Story of Bing
Rockstar Diaries
Angela Gray 

Legally Heidi

. when u’re having a HORRIBLE day, think of this .

Was sharing with the boy and my friends about my lack of tolerance dealing with people who are 1) a ticking time bomb, 2) outrageously unreasonable and 3) have a tendency to vacillate when a girlfriend sent me these HAPPY FOOD pictures to satisfy my raging sweet tooth! Thank you dear 🙂 

. marimo in the fish .

. much love monday .


♥ sleeping in on a lazy Sunday ♥ being a couch potato all day long, catching up on my fav shows such as CSI, Globe Trekker & anything else on the travel cable
♥ feasting on a seafood & japanese buffet ♥ taking a lovely stroll along the green corridor, also known as the railway tracks ♥ a boutique hotel getaway with the boy 

Chase away the Monday blues by sharing what you love with others!

A little piece of delightful news that added a smile to my face: My article on “Footsteps of the Faithful” was picked up & featured on 🙂 

. LISTEN by tay & val .

Once upon a time, there were 2 ladies who wanted to break free from the bird cage to seek for fulfillment and freedom in life. Taking it one step at a time, the girls – Tay & Val – have successfully managed to spread the inspirational message that dreams can come true across the following countries – From Singapore to Japan to Guatemala. Just like most of us, they had nothing and started their 1.5yrs long journey (as of now) around the world with nothing. However, along the way, they managed to secure sponsorship from various companies, organized an exhibition in Japan, scored many interviews with the foreign media and of course, inspired many nationalities to participate in this community project to share their dreams with the rest of the world. The difference that lies between the girls and the rest of us who are still dreaming? Their determination to set off on a dream project to inspire and share while they are still young and relatively freed of heavy commitments. In fact, the girls’ courage to step out of their comfort zone and live a life that they truly want played a huge factor in inspiring me to start Plant A Dream – A collection of dreams from people I know, admire and love. 

One dream shared, another gets inspired 

To express their gratitude towards everyone who had supported them in 1 way or another, Tay & Val decided to invite a few of us to preview their first short online film, “LISTEN” – A movie that was shot without a single cent but with lots of support and encouragement from the community. I have been very fortunate to be able to take a sneak peek into this short movie that aims to remind us to take a good moment to ignore the noise and judgmental views that we often face and truly listen to our heart and return to our intentions. 

1. Tay & Val – Please introduce yourselves to us!

Tay: I am a 33 year-old woman learning to live my truth everyday, learning to dream intensely every moment and learning to love my life every second.

Val:  我有一个梦。就是让小小的我,在大大的银幕上,和观众一起体验、感 受”生命”。I am a spirit endeavoring to live each moment intensely, vicariously; on-screen or otherwise, so that people around also give themselves the permission to enjoy their moments, to savour their emotions, to truly live. And I like to have fun while doing that. Having fun is very, very, VERY important to me. 😉

2. What are the strongest motivational factors that have inspired the both of you to take the less-trodden path to abandon your safe and stable jobs to travel around the world to inspire others? 

We always say it was Luo Papa who inspired this journey.  In reality, Luo Papa’s dream opened a door of opportunity for us.  His ability to live his dreams all his life allowed us to see the possibility of a dream come true for ourselves.  And at the end of the day, we ourselves have to take that leap of faith to jump through that door of opportunity which was opened for us.  I (Tay) remembered there was one night Val sat in front of me and asked me one question straight in my face, “I want you to forget about the ‘Hows’ for just this moment and answer me honestly, DO YOU WANT TO DO IT OR NOT?”  I had to be honest, I want to.  Deep within my heart, I couldn’t lie to myself, I WANT to.  We both know that ‘There is no fear that is greater than missing out what lies ahead of you.”  We know if we do not take this leap of faith, we will look back and regret it for the rest of our lives.  So, we jumped.

3. What are some of the most memorable highlights of your journey so far?

That is a tough question to answer because every moment is an unforgettable moment, both the ups and the downs.  People always ask us ‘what is our favorite country on our journey so far?’  And we will always answer: None.  We remember a place because of its people.  Likewise, all the unforgettable moments on this journey are with the people we met.  To this day, we still marvel at how is it even possible that we don’t own a single thing that we wear, use, eat, etc.  How is it possible that we have not spent a single cent on a place to sleep for a single night for all 465 days of this journey so far.  And it was made possible by all the people we meet on our journey, all the people we meet online, all the people who come to our sharing sessions.  And all because ‘everyone has a dream’.  All these people who opened their houses and opened their hearts to share their homes with us, their meals with us, their lives with us, their dreams with us, they make up the unforgettable moments of our lives. 

Click here to visit Plant A Dream

. cozycot beauty & fashion awards 2011 .

The Girl at the Traffic Light Junction is a Supporting Friend of the CozyCot Holy Grail Beauty and Fashion Awards 2011!

Join in the fun this coming Saturday (16th July) and Sunday (17th July) as you celebrate all things beauty and fashion! There will be a cooking demonstration by celebrity chef, Bobby Chinn, musical performances by Zsa + Claire & Elson Soh and fantastic sales of luxury goods of up to 70%! Waiting to hear the biggest piece of news? Get ready to oogle at the hot bods at this year’s Manhunt Finalist competition! Click here for more details 🙂