So I finally went for my first royal caribbean cruise, a 5D4N cruise to Port Klang and Phuket and it’s free! Yea, thanks to Aunt Tin.
They have rock climbing at Deck 14 and mini ice rink (Studio B).
A small area where their auctions are held (top left)
Casino (top right)
The entrance floor of the casino (bottom left)
Lotus Lounge, where singing sessions are held (bottom right)
The 24 hour cafe providing free pizza, mini pastry, sandwiches and beverages. At the side they sell Ben and Jerry ice creams.
They have this board beside the lift on every level to show you the list of activities and the venues.
There are indoor and outdoor Jacuzzi and pools.
The performance in Studio B,
The best thing about the gym is that there are A LOT of treadmills!
YY and his Mum.
As usual, Aunt Tin always takes care of us and so we have the priority to take the first ferry to Phuket.
It was a disappointment and it made me miss Virgo very much.
The crews are not really friendly, polite and patient. Not all, but maybe half.
Their Lido is small. The performing crews are not handsome/pretty/sexy, compared to Star Cruises.
Their activities are really limited. Performance last for 45mins only and only 1 kind of movie played everyday.
I’m alright with just Western food but the variety is way too little and it doesnt taste nice, not even the waffles, pancakes and scrambled eggs.
The TV programmes are damn terrible! Just a few channels and worse of all is that they have this movie channel which plays ONLY ‘Me Before You’. So the movie repeats again right after it ends. I tried not to watch it but still ended up watching about 7 times because there are no other shows to watch. Luckily Sam Claflin is really charming in that movie to make to watch so many times.
The casino has no guards so kids tend to go in and out sometimes, and this is bad for the them. So much smoke inside!
I dont like the Texas Holdem Poker’s rules there so I did not play.
Another thing I dislike is that mineral water bottles are not free! They only gave 2 free bottles to each room for the entire 5 days. Luckily we are under the VIPs so we can get free bottles from the VIP room.
Toilets are hard to find.
Can only sing during the singing session which is only 1 hour and we have to queue really early to sing.
Now for the good:
A little bigger room and washroom.
A little more spacious.
Have indoor jacuzzi and pools.
Have lots of treadmills.
Yea, that’s all.
This is only for this ship, not sure about other ships. YY said that there is another ship they took at Korea or Hong Kong, has better food.
Hopefully, I will get to experience other ships next time. =)
5 months ago, I let the hairdresser do whatever he wants to my hair.
I became just like a boy with high slope at the back and short sideburns.
After about 1 month, it still did not grow any longer.
After another about 1.5month, still short.
2 months ago,
and now! Finally I can put it behind my ears and able to clip it! Still unable to tie the hair at the back. But at least I feel more like a girl now. Haha.I think it will take another 6 months before I can tie them up…
Next, I wanna do this! That length with my fringe having the same length as the rest. As for the colour, I’ll choose again when the time comes. =)
With my ladies! hahahah
Found this photo taken when I was still working in the apple packhouse, when I realise how thin I became after just almost 2 weeks of work. I rarely have the chance to look into the long mirror and it was dark in the room everytime when I wake up and when I go to sleep so I didnt know how my body was like for that period. I lost about 2 to 3 kg and my clothes became a little loose.
I gained back my weight about 1 month after the apple packing season ended. haha.
My favourite song when I was in NZ, somehow telling me that no matter where I am, how far apart I am from all my loved ones, how lonely I am, we are just one call away and I am not alone.
Aww, finally she got married! Yea I am so outdated. I knew about it only after returning back to Singapore. Went to read about their love stories, and awww finally they are together after so many bad timings during the past 20 years.
I was like ‘Why not Eddie?!’ when I saw the news haha. 他们开心就好。 =) Stay happy forever!
I do miss Singapore alot, even though I always say I .miss my backpacking and new zealand life.
There were about 4 times I almost book my flight back to Singapore. The first two times, I was looking at the next day’s flight. As I got used to going anywhere and anytime I want to at the later part, I started to look at the next available flight, planning to buy the ticket, pack my bag immediately after that and leave straight. Packing my bag was easy because I didn’t have much stuff compared to others.
I remember tearing the moment the aircraft landed in Singapore, when the pilot said ‘For people from Singapore, welcome home’, and I said ‘Thank you. Finally I’m home’. And the Australian girl sitting beside me, who became friends with me during the flight, gave me the whole pack of tissue. hahah.
We were talking non-stop for about 6-7 hours on the flight! I was actually planning to take a nap on that flight after sleeping just 2 hours at the Honolulu airport, a less an hour nap from Honolulu to Auckland and 3 hours at the Auckland airport for about 2.5 days, plus the jet lag. But never mind, a new lovely Australia friend. =)
I brought her to try Bak Kut Teh and even durian after that! heheh. It’s a good thing the dessert uncle told me not to order the durian dessert for her as he had seen alot of westerners unable to take the smell and taste, and indeed, she couldn’t take it.
So, meetup meetup!
Went for K, surprised SY, Adr and DS since they didnt know I’m back. XY and I planned to surprise them by entering the room late, but turned out, all of them were late and there was no space for me to hide in the room. ….
Anyhow, it was good. I miss listening and singing Mandarin songs. I was listening to reggae and spanish music most of the time. And some Adam Levine songs because my Argentina friends love him. I listen to Mandarin songs only when Nga and I were in the room alone, and mostly Jay Chou’s songs because she loves him.
Reggae songs are good for chilling. Just close your eyes, relax and imagine you are on a beach with the music. Awesome.
Three little birds, No Woman No Cry and Buffalo Soldiers are my favourite.
Sometimes, it can make things happier:
but, not all pop to reggae version are nice.
The night we celebrated XY’s birthday before she leaves for her Korea trip.
Challenging darts! Loser to drink a glass of beer, but for me, eat the cake. I was still a good girl even after the trip. I still don’t really drink much, the only difference is that I like Jagger bomb too now. I did not try smoking at all, not even a puff, even though a few of them kept telling me to.
They kept burping after finishing two towers because of the gas and I kept burping too because I was so bloated.
Great night, great company.
Oh, HS said that she can see/feel the difference in me. She said that the short-tempered part of me is gone. Yea, I got that from an unhealthy company. Removing this was one of my trip objectives and I’m glad I did it.
I really think black lipstick suits me. hahaha.
AND, really grateful to Egg for being with me lately, checking if I’m alright even when I was in NZ when I told him about the big news, and loitering around with me. Even though we always roll eyes and shoot each other, we still miss each other. He was telling me to come back quickly when I was in NZ and I replied him ‘so now you know how I feel when you went to Bangkok to work for that few months!’. =)
So, my solo backpack working holiday trip has ended. It was an awesome unforgettable experience, making lots of friends with people from different countries, learning cultures from them and etc. I really love the life I was living where all you asked for is a shelter, food, short term jobs to earn money to keep yourself moving and go to wherever you want anytime.
I thought my English would improve but I ended up teaching others English because most of them can’t really speak well except for the Kiwis, Americans, Germans, Malaysians, French, UK and Scots. Til the day I leave, I did not meet any Singaporeans. I only heard of just a few from my friends.
Of course, there were difficult times too. Afterall, I was surviving on my own. I tried to earn as much as possible in a short period of time. It was tough but glad that I had friends working with me. We encouraged one another to work everyday. Most of the time I’m the one encouraging. The first thing I would say everytime when I wake up was: 2 more days to off day!/last day to off day! I dislike the job. No doubt it’s easy, but I prefer a job where I can use my brain.
I’m quite lucky actually, as in, I can just quit whenever I felt that I had enough but my poor friend Nga, has to continue no matter how unwilling she is. She told me that the amount of money she earned 3 days here, equals to the amount of money she earn for a month in her country. Hence, she has to keep working to earn and send the money back to her family.
As the meat is expensive, I hardly buy them. I remember not taking any meat for 3 months and when I finally had a few small pieces of chicken, I had a stomachache. haha. I do have money but I was trying to save as much as possible for my USA trip and to bring some money back to Singapore. I was earning about $600-800 each week (weekly paid). Sometimes people would ask me ‘Aren’t you sick of eating the same thing all the time?’ and I would always say ‘Well, nope, as long as it keeps me alive.’ Anyway, I get to eat free kiwifruits everyday. I could get as many as I want everyday. According to online, it is the healthiest fruit. So I was still healthy. =) I love kiwifruits now (gold one). I think I ate about more than 150 gold kiwikiwis in 2 months. I know which ones are bad and good, and which ones are definitely sweet, but the kiwis in Singapore are too expensive. $1/gold kiwi! CRAZY!
This is my favourite photo. We were having a farewell party for Fernanda and started dancing to the music. Then the ladies decided to go to the club and I joined for Fernanda’s sake. yea, it was my first time going to a club! I did not even visit the clubs in Singapore before. It was a great night, wearing the red dress I bought in Auckland and my long boots, and a big thanks to Fernanda, Juliana and Celine for protecting me from this kiwi guy who kept clinging to me and following me from club to club, explaining that he wanted to spend time with me. I was whispering in Fernanda’s ear, ‘Save me….’ and she took action immediately. haha.
I still can’t believe I am back in Singapore whenever I think about it. I remember the first time I thought about the next day morning after returning was ‘Oh, the spinach here is cheap. I should get some later.’ HAHAHA. So used to checking out all the food prices, managing my money and cooking my own meals. I stopped myself of course. I wanna relax and eat some local food that I missed first before cooking again. And when I went to the market, I thought I was in China. I wasnt used to seeing so many Chinese. Somehow I got really used to the life in NZ. I even felt like going back to NZ when I was in Hawaii due to the amount of people on the street and the culture.
I really miss my friends ALOT! I miss Nga, she was the one I turn to everytime.
I miss the funny conversations with Nga, Fernanda and Juliana about the ‘legendary hostel’. hahaha.
I did hitchhiking in NZ and couchsurfing in Hawaii.
I miss eating as much gold kiwifruits as I want everyday for free.
I took alot of photos of the supermarket and bought the biscuits, tidbits and spread I usually eat before I leave. Good thing I bought them back because I could find none of the items that day when I went to the cold storage and fairprice.
I’m used to packing lunch for work now. Hah.
I miss the friendly people there.
I miss saying thank you to the bus drivers, or waiter/waitress before I leave the restaurants.
I miss saying good morning and goodnight to almost everyone I see.
Can’t wait to see all my foreign friends when they visit Singapore. They were so upset when I told them that I’m back in Singapore already. Most of them were trying to arrange a meetup before I return. =(
I’m quite used to short hair now and I like it now. =) I don’t use much shampoo and need conditioner anymore. My hair drys faster and I dont have to care much about it. The current length now is the best as it doesn’t stand up when I wake up. But it’s boring. I can’t do much with my hair…
Well, I think it’s good to be back. I’m really happy to see my Mum too. She was already asleep by the time I got home and I woke her up to surprise her (she didn’t know I was coming back. I only told 9 people).
Me: Mummy, I’m back.
Mum: You are back?
Me: *tears started to roll down* Yea, I’m back.
Mum: Am I dreaming?! *rubbing her eyes*
Me: *burst into tears* No, I’m really back!
*grabbing onto each other* I wanted to hug her but she was lying down so it’s kinda difficult. haha.
I’m happy to share the facts of my country to others too. Some interesting question I received:
How do you say ‘Hello’ in Singapore?
Winnie is not your real name, isnt it? (White people thought there is no English name for all Chinese people)
Why do most Asians look so skinny? Are they malnutrition?
What do Asians do to make themselves look so young?
How many cities are there in Singapore?
THANK YOU NZ for everything, really.
I feel…….’simpler’ now.