Friday, July 29, 2011

Vacation Blues... Y.Y

OMG, So long since I posted AGAIN! lolz, no surprise there.

I got back from my trip to Japan and I got my forgotten purse back. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED-! \(^o^)/

Lets rewind back about a month ago to the end of the Singapore trip. I'm sure this probably happens a lot but I forgot an item on the plane and of course it has to be the most important thing I'm carrying; Yes, my purse. I forgot it on a plane in Japan and our connection was too close for me to go back and get it. I basically survived without my purse essentials like my wallet, phone, PSP (well, okay I probably don't need that one..) for roughly a month. There were a couple more expensive items in there like prescription reading glasses and my camera so I'm sooo happy that the Japanese people who found and dealt with my purse were so honest. I have a new respect for their honesty and integrity.

We got to the airport, went through customs, and then went to the baggage claim. It was a little wait but the guy was very helpful and led us to the right area and they brought my purse to me. The place was literally called "The Meeting Area."

Yikes, SO off topic. I always go off on a tangent, xP. So back to my topic of vacation blues. We got back from Japan on Tuesday and I felt so tired! I don't remember feeling like this the last time I travelled; I'm starting to wonder if my age is catching up to me... lolz

So the next two free days of my week, I just don't feel like doing anything. I don't even have an appetite nor desire for any kind of activity. I really just played on the PSP because I could think of nothing else that I'd want to do. I felt so unmotivated. I guess I did wash a few dishes here and there and let the dogs outside but that's about it. Thinking back on it, I must have been such a drab.

Then Friday rolls in and I can't even get up at the right time for work. It's like my internal clock is all wrong.

Right now it's the end of Friday and I think that I may have gotten at least somewhat back on track. I hate this post vacation depression so much. I'm glad that it seems like I'm getting out of it with the help of work. I really believe that having a job helps enormously with getting over the vacation blues. (^.^)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Giving L-O-V-E

We brought back Maxwell Scruffles (I renamed him that as it's close enough to his real name) about a week ago. It was a pretty crazy day actually.

The farewell wasn't too dramatic because it was just the father who was at home while the rest of the family was out. I think it may have been more sad for little Maxwell because that was probably the last time he'd see his brother... (;_;) He was very calm in the car. Sometimes I wonder how he feels because he accepts his fate so easily. When we got back, we re-introduced the two doggies in the backyard and Lady was accepting of him yet again. He was also well behaved. Maxwell was the more mellow of the two dogs as his brother didn't like Lady.

So we got home, and only an hour later, my dad and sis arrive from their road trip. So yeah, C-R-A-Z-Y family reunion~! We spent a lot of time just getting everyone settled down, including Maxwell, and unpacking. For some reason, he doesn't like men so he was barking at my dad and he barked at my sis too. Maybe it's because the whole situation contained too many changes for him.

He warmed up to my sis very quickly and a few days later, to my dad as well. Maxwell is still wary of my bro, most likely because my brother is hardly ever around, being either at work or playing video games in his room.. But he's stopped barking and growling at him so that's a good sign (^_~).

At first, I really wondered if I could love Maxwell as much as my own dog. I was so anxious and worried about if they would fight or if one would get jealous and resentful of the other. Of course in the end, my worries proved to be almost meaningless.

He sits like this often and it's so funny looking. xD

Over time, I'm growing to love little Maxwell more and more and I'm even appreciating and loving my own dog more. It's like, instead of thinking in the way that it's double the work with two dogs, it's more like double the love! ("^o^")

They're both so cute together. They walk, eat, and even sleep well together. I don't get the vibes that they're jealous of each other at all. In fact, I'm even giving my own dog more attention than before. I can take one for a walk and not feel bad about the other being at home because there's someone else in the family to take care of him/her. And if I get back home with one of the doggies, they greet each other. Cute, yeah? \(^.^)/

I love them both so much and I feel like my heart has gotten bigger because I'm actually starting to love another dog as much as my own. It's a very nice feeling because I feel like I'm a better person to truly open my heart to another dog.

My Singapore Travel Story

My bad, I went on yet another month hiatus...

Right now, it's raining and very cozy in the house. (^w^) My babycakes is scared of rainy weather, stemmed from her fear of thunder so she's leaning her whole weight against my leg under my desk. Kawaisoooo..

To catch up from what happened this whole time, I got back from my trip to Singapore before the last week of June. It was so hot there, I'd honestly describe the heat as being around 100 times more intense than Hawaii. We sweat a LOT during our trip and the night didn't give us any mercy either. Thank heaven's we had AC in the hotel.

Here's the area where we stayed. It looks reminiscent of the Chinatowns in America. Honestly, it was safer than it looks.

The teeny tiny bathroom, lol.

First time in my life I've ever had this kind of bathing experience...

The place we stayed at wasn't exactly the highest rated, lol. Very interesting experience to have the sink, toilet, and shower (if you can call it that) all fitting into a very small area without any tub for the bath. At first, it was quite the shock but after a while, we really didn't care, as long as we could wash off at the end of the day. We would get that sweaty and gross. (-___-)

It was cool though to experience a different country's culture and people. There were a lot of Chinese and Indian people living there. Singapore is a micro-nation so we could probably travel around that whole island within an hour by car, tho we didn't rent a car. Everyone speaks English there so it was easy to get around without the language barrier. They have a great subway system which is how we got around.

The food in Singapore seemed to consist of a lot of Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and Indian food. There were some western food areas in their gigantic malls. You find a lot of places called "Hawker Centres" where there are lots of food shops lined up and in the middle, a large seating area. We saw many of these in the malls. All of the food is of great quality and inexpensive. Their portions are small so of course, most of the people are skinny.

Food center in the basement of one of the mega malls. I'm not really sure if this kind of area is considered a hawker center.

This one seemed to fit the hawker center atmosphere more since it was outdoors. Okay, just to take note, I'm gonna seriously be food spamming after this picture, didn't take all those pics for nothin'! (*_*) FOOD SPAM... BEGIN!

First stuff we ate in Singapore. It was so good that I ate it all before I could take the pic! lolz I believe it was fish ball noodle soup. Yummm

LOL, fork about to attack food.

Fancy Desserts <3

The stone pot bibimbap always bakes the rice on the bottom so it's all crunchy.... which is why I prefer my bibimbap in a simple bowl. I'm not a fan of crunchy rice. D:

We had a lot of these tempura bentos (^o^).

All the food in Singapore is soooo goooooooooooood!!! I miss the food already.

Watermelon Tango

And Mango Tango. These are super yummy. Must have in Singapore if you pass by a Rockery.

Egg noodle.
Da best chicken and rice I ever had. ;)

These boba weren't from Singapore but they are SO good and it was on the way.. We stopped in Seattle at Oasis (BEST boba AKA bubble tea) before heading off on our flight to Narita. It took about 3 flights. (@_@)

This mango ice wasn't all that great but still okay. This was one of those foods that looked a lot prettier in the picture. It's good we didn't come across to many of these kinds of things.

Now onto the MALLS !

Singapore has a ton of malls that are maybe 6-8 stories high including 1-2 basement levels. All these malls are air conditioned so it gives so much relief to the vicious humidity and heat outside. You can seriously get dehydrated by all the sweating you do while walking around.
With so many malls, you can probably buy anything you want too. I only wonder where these Singaporeans put all their stuff as the majority of the population resides in apartments. We took the train out to the north side of the island and it's amazing how many of these 50-something-story apartment buildings tower over what looks like cleared out rain forest areas.


To wrap it all up, Singapore is a beautiful island country omit the intense heat and humidity. It seems like the people have a strong shopping culture with so many malls and places to eat food. I had fun visiting Singapore as the people there are nice and friendly and it was cool being almost halfway around the world and experiencing at least a piece of these people's lives.

The only thing that confused me was with all the Japanese and Korean influence, what exactly was the culture of Singapore? I was a little baffled by that because there's obviously Chinese and Indian people who may have followed Buddhism or Hinduism or some other religion but the 'culture' of Singapore is what I didn't quite grasp. For example, Japanese, American, and Korean people obviously have their own culture but what is the culture of Singapore? I did more research and found that Singapore is known as a melting pot of many different cultures with the Malay culture serving as a sort of anchor for everything else.

All of this makes me think about the American culture because America contains so many mixed ethnicity's of people. I actually don't know about WTH American culture IS aside from being fat bastards who waste and use up too many resources. D: