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Back in Las Vegas

So if you’ve noticed the lack of daily updates, that’s because I haven’t been at work and Sianny hasn’t been taking my pictures for me. To be exact, I’m currently on leave (and then some).

Shuttling back and forth has been quite tiring. Some of you might know how much I hate flying and this journey takes me about 24 hours (Singapore – Narita – Portland – Las Vegas). But I’m glad to be back home (where my heart is). I miss my bed back in Singapore though… then again, when I’m in Singapore, I miss T so much.

IMG_8469I’m so happy to be physically next to him again. It’s very hard, this long distance relationship. Isn’t he cute as a baby? He says he was a big nerd as a teenager and he found it difficult to gain weight – so much so that he was insecure about how thin he was. That’s him and his older sister, Julie , in front of their Dad’s old car.

IMG_8457So anyway, we haven’t done much. I’m not so much into partying and shopping – which is what people usually go to Vegas for (especially since I’m kinda skint these days. My flights cost half my monthly salary). He does want to get a new Jeep Wrangler and has been going on and on about it. And since I’m here, he finally went down to the car dealer to check them out in person. As you can see from the pictures, it’s quite a big deal for him and he was really engrossed in the details. I’m just glad that we’ll have a bigger (less expensive) vehicle and Max can now go on rides (or camping or road trips) with us! Right now, his 2-seater 2008 Corvette isn’t very useful. Each time I come here, I have to take a taxi from the airport because his trunk wouldn’t fit my gigantic suitcases! So fingers crossed that the plan to get a new car for free (after selling the Corvette) and maybe make a little money…

IMG_8487While he’s at work though, I have been home alone with Max the Maximum Dog. The house is erm… not quite apocalypse (to his credit, T did try to clean up before I returned), but I have to do a lot of work still. Sorting things out, throwing away expired food, dusting, vacuuming, etc. I haven’t got much done yet to be honest. I reckon as long as I do a little vacuuming and packing (say 2-3 hours a day for now), as well as cleaning up immediately after we use certain areas, I’ll soon get this place tidied up.

IMG_8508Other than that, I’ve been cooking. We ate out once so far (The Cheesecake Factory… YUM!!) but because it costs as much as 2 weeks worth of fresh/frozen groceries, I reckon it’s better if I cook. I do rather enjoy cooking (okay, I enjoy eating as I cook more). T also appears to like my food. I guess it’s a matter of perspective. He has limited cooking skills and relies a lot on frozen foods and pre-made sauces. I’ve watched my maids and aunts cook growing up. Also, living on my own helps. I can’t say I’m a good cook but I can make stuff that I myself love eating. T seems to love it too, so that’s a big plus! The funny thing is that he always asks if I made the sauce/gravy myself because “it’s so delicious” but it’s a very simple gravy made of the exact same steps EVERY TIME – sauteed minced garlic (or sauteed onions), vegetarian oyster sauce (mushroom sauce), water and corn starch. That is all. I just put in different vegetables each time. Hahahaa…

IMG_8517The other thing is when I arrived, T had this huge gift all wrapped up in HELLO KITTY wrapping paper (he said it took 2 rolls) in our bedroom. My birthday is in about 2 weeks and I turn 35. I can’t imagine what it could be. Maybe it’s a tent! We can go camping when we get the Jeep Wrangler! w000t! But for now, your guess is as good as mine. Bleagh… I can’t wait to open it! In the meantime, if you’d like to add to my happiness, here’s my AMAZON wishlist (hahahahaha…)

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I love how T has done up our bedroom and the vestibule since I was last here in May. All I did was pay for the furniture and he put them together. The tapestry behind our bed is from URBAN OUTFITTERS (Oh how I love that shop!!). The nightstands, hall tree, shoe rack and night stands are from AMAZON (so convenient hor?) and every time they deliver something I buy, he’d excitedly send me photos of the package and open it (because he usually has no idea what’s inside).

Life is simple but good. No need for wild parties, late nights, eating out or crazy shopping. I’m taking it slow for now and enjoying my time in the quiet neighbourhood of Cameron & Crestone.


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My week of domestic bliss in Las Vegas

I was away in Las Vegas for about a week and just got back this morning in the wee hours. It’s been surreal and I’m suffering withdrawal symptoms. Or maybe it’s just jet lag. It took me almost a day to get back to Singapore but here I am! Las Vegas, Portland, Narita, Singapore… bleagh… I hate flying. I hate this long-distance relationship thing even more.

Every moment was precious and other than spending time together, T and I managed to catch up with some friends. My dear friend G, whom I’ve known since we were 7 (we were Primary schoolmates at CHIJ Toa Payoh), specially drove in from Los Angeles with her husband and baby. G and I kept in touch even though she left Singapore to attend high school ages ago. I’ve hung out with her and her husband on several occasions when they came back to visit in Singapore but this is the first time I’m meeting her 2-year old, Conrad. We had our first sleepover guests and it was great!!! I loved every moment and I’m so terribly envious of her. Her son is not only gorgeous but so incredibly intelligent for a 2-year old! He’s definitely ahead of his peers in many ways! We had so much fun visiting Circus Circus and playing with the different claw machines! G’s husband was on a roll and won just about every kind of plushie possible for their baby. They ended up with a bunch of toy cars too!! It was crazy! We ended Day 2 of their visit at the Bacchanal Buffet at Ceasars Palace and after an hour long wait in line, I just went nuts! I think it was definitely made better eating with friends… I can’t wait to see them again in LA when I go visit next!

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T and I spent most of our time just doing nothing in particular. I loved cooking, cleaning, walking Max, splashing about the pool within the housing community, watching movie after movie on Netflix and just lounging about talking endlessly with T about the most inane things. He drove me around every other day just to see the sights – sometimes with the top of his Corvette down and now I’ve got a tan from the desert sun (my mother doesn’t like it and was lamenting about how my fair skin is now dark).

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Of course, I had to go to the Las Vegas Strip (well, kinda) and pay a visit to the premium outlet malls. We also drove up to Mount Charleston and I fell in love with the views. I’m thinking I want to spend a night in one of the log cabins there in Winter. Maybe Mount Charleston Lodge?

One of the highlights of my trip was visiting different supermarkets and buying a lot of household things. We just filled the house with food, containers, cutlery, and I even bought myself a super cute cupcake print apron from Cost Plus World Market. I think I also ate too much and would need to watch my food intake for the next month! We went to Gigi’s Cupcakes on E Flamingo (their mini ones are better), Claim Jumper in Henderson (love love love their Spinach Artichoke dip), had the best veggie cheeseburger in my entire life at Capriotti’s and an amazing avocado filled egg roll at The Cheesecake Factory (okay, their cheesecakes are faaaaaab too!).

My week has come and gone. We’ll be apart for another 92 days and I’ll go back again to this domestic bliss….

BTW, check out the awesome SHARE buttons that T installed for me. Now you can LIKE and SHARE and PIN my posts!


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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?