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My husband’s video game on the Playstation Network in 2015

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This is a post about how the world of frivolous living (aka me) collides with my geeky husband’s video game career. If you haven’t already read on my Facebook fanpage, my husband has recently signed a publishing contract with Sony Playstation for a game he’s been working on since 4 years ago. He’s still a small-time indie game developer so to be recognised by a major player is a huge deal. I’m so proud of him and his multiple talents!

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I love reading the comments from his fans on the Axiom Verge Facebook fanpage and sometimes on the blog entries itself. But since Sony’s announcement, I’ve been hooked on the comments and frenzy by gamers who’ve been following the progress as well as those who’ve just discovered it. There are of course cynics and critics but among the commenters, there are also those genuinely stoked about Axiom Verge.

Here are some of my favourites:

This game promises to be a true masterpiece, pray together my brothers so that it comes out on PC. Amen! – Zhn Nico

NOOOO, “coming out in early 2015″…… I wanna play this right now! – vstarwow

@AxiomVerge was easily the standout star of yesterday’s @PlayStation indie blowout. That soundtrack is killer and the game looks incredible – @NOLAnerdcast

SWEET JESUS @AxiomVerge JUST TAKE MY MONEY NOW!!! – Logan Via

Holy crap, this looks amazing! Super Metroid is one of my favorite games ever, and I just had some serious deja vu watching this trailer. Thanks for supporting vita too. I’m torn, I want you to take your time and make it perfect, but I NEED to play it now! – rabidninjamonky

This is going to be one hell of a game that I’ll most likely play for days on end w/o ever stopping to do anything, I repeat, ANYTHING. I wanna play this NOW!!:D:D – Daniel Brydson

And then there’s me – I shamelessly gush about T’s work and I think he’s really talented for doing everything on his own – animation, coding and music. I know I’m biased because he’s my husband. But he truly deserves all his success because when he works at Petroglyph Games in the day, he still comes home every night and work on Axiom Verge for 3 to 4 hours (most days till midnight), and when he works from home, he’s in his office for 10 to 12 hours daily (leaving me to my own devices while we’re in the same house). Even when we’re on holiday, he works on it for hours on the plane AND in hotel rooms! Luckily for the both of us, I don’t need constant supervision and can entertain myself independently. Hahahahha!!

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Other than that, I don’t know video games – don’t play, don’t follow. Those comments are a huge kick in my butt for not understanding the extent of what Axiom Verge is and why people are so psyched for its release – that there are unrelated strangers around the world hanging onto every update. My mind is BLOWN!

I don’t care that I didn’t marry a fancy-pantsy $$$ corporate, I no longer live in a fast-paced cosmopolitan city, and the days of fortnightly spa treatments and new clothes are long gone (until I start making my own money again). Life is far from perfect – especially having to deal with unexpected grief in our new family recently. But hey, the universe does what it needs to keep things balanced, right? As we cope with the trials and tribulations that is life, I want us to be able to unabashedly celebrate T’s success while working through our loss.

These days, my narcissism has taken a backseat and I’m enjoying the scenery while riding T’s wave. It’s been months since I’ve posted outfit pictures or anything else. There hasn’t been much to shout about and I don’t really want to bother T with taking my frivolous photos. Honestly, I don’t think he does a very good job. He does what he does well BUT he takes ugly photos of me and doesn’t seem to see it. I guess it’s also a good thing he thinks I look beautiful when I’m not, right? Hahahahahaha!

My world has changed so much since taking a huge leap of faith leaving Singapore and moving across the globe after a whirlwind romance to marry T. I traded in championing indie music to be a housewife and it’s opened up so many new experiences! Far from losing myself, I consider this a privileged opportunity to rediscover forgotten possibilities and reconnect with what is important to me. It took me 10 years longer than my peers have on average to find their partners and I’m not afraid to say that I savour being married! I have a great husband!! I am still my own person but for now I want to dedicate my time to play the wifely unit of the creator of Axiom Verge and put everything in cruise control.

Anyway, what is this Axiom Verge I keep talking about? Here’s the trailer to show you more

AND here are some links to T’s world – please like, share, follow!


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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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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!