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Fatshion, Food & Frivolities – Life in Las Vegas & Singapore


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Fat-shionista #506

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As of today, it’s 1 day shy of 3 weeks since I’ve been here with T. I have been enjoying every moment and savouring our time together – long-distance relationships are hard and I always forget how much I missed being together until whenever we are physically together.

When T is out at work, I try to do the household chores (make the bed, laundry, dishes, walk Max, collect mail, cook and some serious spring cleaning of closets/rooms), come online to read blogs, chat with my friends, email my family, then potter around the house doing random things. I look forward to the evenings when T gets home from work. We usually get a little time together at dinner then he goes off to work on his game. I sit and read or do more surfing of the internet while he and Max snuggle up on the couch to code. Other than visiting his family the last 2 weekends, I get to go out once or twice a week like to the supermarket or follow T to run errands. It definitely is a far cry from what I’m normally up to  but this to me (for now at least), is domestic bliss.

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Yesterday, he rushed home from work in the afternoon to get me so that we could go get his vision corrected. He could drive there but needed me to drive him home after surgery. I am “proud” to say that his Corvette only stalled like 10 freaking times under my driving *bleagh* I’m so terrible at driving manual transmission cars – why do they even have them anymore?!?! The clutch is there to help you change gears but they have found a better way of doing that – it’s called AUTOMATIC transmission… HELLO?

Anyway, this was what I wore yesterday:

Top: Black sleeveless KISS Hello Kitty t-shirt from FOREVER21

Outerwear: Black 3/4 sleeved babydoll cardigan from ESPRIT

Accessories: Set of 4 bangles from PRIMARK; Neon Green teardrop thread earrings from FOREVER21

Bottom: Lilac polka dotted jeans from OLD NAVY

Footwear: Sparkly purple patent leather ballet flats from STEVE MADDEN

I love the colour of my brand new OLD NAVY jeans which I got for a steal at just over USD12 with FREE SHIPPING. I’m wearing a US14 Petite and they are still kinda long (see how they bunch up at my ankles) – this happens ALL THE TIME. I’m just about 5′ tall. Anyhoos, I don’t love the fact that they are “super skinnies”. I think my legs are too chunky and my calves are HUGE – they are tighter at my calves than anywhere else. Other than that, such a cute lilac right? And my shoes were sparkling in the sunlight yesterday!


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What IS made in Singapore?

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I’m shopping for gifts to bring to the US next month when we visit T’s family. His mother and the extended family live in New York. His father and step-mother are in Arizona. His elder sister’s family is in California. Except for 1 of T’s uncles who has travelled to Singapore for work, I can safely say that the rest of the family only know Singapore is in the general vicinity of Asia so I can literally get anything. I’d love to get something really good though.

Forget tacky Merlion key chains or t-shirts with slogans like “Singapore is a FINE city”. I think those are my last resort.

My search for nice “Singapore” things to gift them has brought me to trawl the interwebs. I now have a short list of things that I might get. I haven’t decided if I want to and how I’m going to lug them over but I’m prepared to fill one entire suitcase with gifts. Here’s my list:

  • Charles & Keith handbags (shoes are difficult because I don’t know sizes)
  • TWG tea bags or kits
  • Tiger Balm ointment and lotions
  • +65 Indie Underground CD compilation released by UNIVERSAL MUSIC (I actually had a hand in this.)
  • Khong Guan biscuits (don’t knock it! I love Marie biccys dunked in milk tea or Milo!)
  • OSIM back or eye massager (anything bigger and I can’t carry it)
  • RISIS gold-plated Orchid necklace (T’s mother loves to garden and by extension, flowers.)
  • Uyii handmade bags (I ordered 3 purses with customized leather tags that they sadly don’t seem to carry anymore.)
  • Gryphon tea (more tea?)

Are there any other things you can think of? What about kiddie things?

Please send me your recommendations. I still have more than a month to go, so I have got lots of time to shop.


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Surviving the Distance with Selfies

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I love the selfies that T sends me on a daily basis. Some days I get more than 1. Other days, I get photos of what he’s eating or of Max running in circles, wagging his tail excitedly. I also have a lot of location shots of different places in Las Vegas as T does his groceries or shopping at the malls.

What would we do without technology, smart phones and 3G connectivity?

T and I are constantly communicating. Whatsapp, emails, Facebook, Skype and phone calls are a daily occurrence. We drop pin and let each other know where we are; send photos of whatever is in front of us; update each other of daily routines; and of course… Fight. *Koffkoff*

I love his selfies the most. You can see how he’s changed over time and I love looking back at the older pictures to compare too. The goofy ones are of course the best. He’s such a big nerd, he can wear hipster clothes without a hint of irony. I LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!

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How do you survive your long distance relationship?


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Rants & Raves: My beloved gave me a toilet bowl

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Yes, he did! And it has made me deliriously happy for the last few weeks…

In case you’re curious, it’s a

When he went shopping for the throne itself, T kept sending me pictures and links via Whatsapp. Would you like it higher? Which one do you like better? I said I preferred one with dual-flush to save water. He said he preferred something higher. We read reviews online and compared prices. The bidet attachment was something we talked about because we were spoilt by the nice hotel toilets we experienced during our last holiday. Aren’t we wannabe fancy-smancy? I love it because it’s OUR toilet! However, in T’s own words, he “haven’t had to poop at home” yet and “so no chance to test its mettle”. Perhaps I might even do a separate review about my loo! Mwahaha!

This toilet is in the new Master Bedroom which T has been trying to put together for ages. (He laid the tiles, grouted and caulked on his own.) In the last few weeks, he’s been speeding it up so that he can finally move into it and I get to share it with him when I go visit in May! I’m really a practical person and this means a lot more to me than a luxury holiday or other material goods. And I appreciate that this is how T shows love. Instead of fireworks, romancing me with fancy dinners or expensive gems, I get a high-tech, sanitation device. Here’s an open secret – I love pooping and a good, thorough poop with smooth delivery puts me in a good mood ANYTIME! So here’s a man after my heart… C’mon and say Aawwww…

I suppose in a very important way, this toilet is more than just a toilet. He’s giving me my very own throne. Instead of a pedestal, he puts me on a comfortable toilet.

So yeah, my beloved gave me a toilet bowl and it sent me to the moon!


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Tea for Two at Twinings Tea Boutique in Bangkok

What: An afternoon “Tea for Two” session at Twinings Tea Boutique, Bangkok

Located: 1F, Atrium Zone, Central World (near Kate Spade), Bangkok (Thailand)

So I was at the Twinings Tea Boutique in Bangkok, Thailand just last Monday. I was there with Tom to enjoy the voucher I got from the kind people at Twinings (Singapore).

On November 25, Ryddy and I went to the TWININGS Pop-up store along Orchard and I blogged about it (here). He took a photo of me and I won a trip for 2 (2D1N) to Bangkok and a chance to sample teas there. It turned out to be an afternoon tea set for two! I had originally wanted to take Ryddy but he’d already gone on business trip to Bangkok recently so he turned me down. Instead, I went with Tom since we were already going to Bangkok and what a wonderfully lovely way for us to end our  2-week long vacation… (Thank you Ryddy! Thank you, Twinings!)

Here are some photos Tom took with his camera…

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This is the tea boutique and those were the seats we sat in. Such comfy armchairs! I just sank into mine. We got to Central Mall at around 1pm on a Monday and it was relatively easy to locate the salon. Tom felt that it was as good as it could be considering it was in the middle of a thoroughfare in a mall. Unlike Tom, I enjoyed that it was in an open space  near shops rather than tucked away. I kept looking into the Kate Spade boutique that was right next to us! (heehee…)

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In our set, there were more than 20 different teas to choose from and we were just overwhelmed. In the end, we had the Lady Grey on recommendation. It has a delicate fragrance and quite different from Earl Grey. We were told that it had Bergamot (that’s what’s in my hand lotion, OMG), lemon peel and orange peel (if I remember correctly).

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That’s a timer for how long we need to steep different types teas before drinking. White teas, Green Tea & Influsions and Black Tea. We were watching the hourglass that said Black Tea.

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Yum! Scones, cream and jam were the order of the day! They kindly swopped some of the sandwiches when I informed them that we were vegetarian – no questions, done swiftly. I loved the scones and the cucumber sandwiches! This Tea for Two was obviously not tea for the two of us greedy ones. Everything was so delicious that we could’ve eaten more even though we’d just finished a late breakfast at 10am! I’d recommend that you add on with some other delectable treats they have on offer.

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Tea strainer because we had loose leaf tea instead of a bag. Choose the loose leaf teas because it’s more value for money! With teabags you don’t get a refill.

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I had sugar with my tea, of course!

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When we left, we realised that there were so many other yummy treats we didn’t get a chance to try! OH MY! For the next trip then *wink*

And here are some photos I took with my iPhone 5

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One word – lovely!

I’d recommend this to anyone who wants to escape the hustle and bustle of Bangkok city life just for a little bit. Take a leisurely sip of the bazillion teas on offer and enjoy some quiet (and air-conditioning) for only 450 baht. I had a lovely time with my date and I’ll definitely be trying out more Twinings flavours in the near future… Mmmm…

Thanks Twinings for giving Tom and I a special treat on one of our ultra rare (in person) dates since we’re a long-distance couple!