Destination: Singapore Day 2 of 4. Funan Digital Mall, IKEA, and Little India

This breakfast was really the reason why I picked the hostel. It looked pretty in the website – plus they have great coffee 😀

Went back to the camera store to get another unit. They just had to tell me that they were doing me a favor by giving me a new unit in exchange for the malfunctioning one, adding that they won’t be responsible if the new unit malfunctions. Searched online for this store and I found they’re quite notorious for overpricing, among other complaints. I do feel stupid for not checking the store background first before making a purchase. One darn expensive lesson. One I doubt I’ll ever forget.

Thankfully, the new unit worked fine. If it had not, I believe I would be spending the next two days sulking in Singapore (or locating the Panasonic Service Center.)

Went to IKEA in the afternoon. Got lost because I went to Ikea, not IKEA. Stupidity at work, once more 😐 Well, at least I got to try Tsujiri green tea sundae. It reminded me of the trip at Daehan Green Tea Plantation. I missed that green tea treat. Would have wanted to try their cakes and the rest of the cold drinks. Unfortunately, I just had lunch. Stuffed myself full at Funan Digital Mall Foodcourt. Hopefully, Tsujiri Tea House would open a branch in the Philippines.

I later found that going to IKEA on a Sunday isn’t such a bright idea. The store’s packed with families doing the weekend shopping. It was no surprise that the restaurant was packed. So much for trying that meatballs dish. Was too tired from the anxiety over the camera, getting to the wrong address, and the almost two hours of travel back to the hostel to stand and wait for a space.

It was overpriced. I realized that when I did a net research on the unit earlier today. Stupid move to buy before research. I’m just relieved it’s working fine. No more error prompts!

It was only in the evening that I got to enjoy the camera.

I made sure that I go back to Little India in the evening. The bus passed by the area earlier today and I saw the festive decorations. I just knew they’d be lovely in the evening.

Intersection between Lavander St. and Serangoon Rd. just a few minutes away from the hostel.
Wandered along the festively lit streets of Little India in search for dinner.
Ceremonies were ongoing for the Depavaali.



Dinner was a rice, ground pork, and a sauteed leafy dish at one of the Chinese stalls near the temple. Nearly ordered deep fried chicken heads. How was I to know chicken skulls were inside that delicious looking. Good thing the stall owner was kind enough to identify the main ingredient 😐

The best find for the evening was the iced coffee in the Indian restaurant across the street. They’re very generous with ice here. Also, tried a chrysanthemum flavored softdrink. It tasted. Still, it’s something new. It was better that the pine cone flavored softdrink from South Korea. But that iced coffee, incomparable to the what popular cafes offered. Served in a large beer mug filled with ice, sipping that coffee in one of the makeshift tables was the happiest I’ve been the past two days I’ve been here.

That mug of coffee made me look forward to more good things here in Singapore.


The day started at 4:30 am with freezing water from the faucet. The next thing I recall is releasing that sigh of relief about twelve hours later during the tricycle ride back to the inn.

I just remember having to wait for the 7 pm bus. I remember my disbelief when the now friendly attendant at the Ohayami booking office offered me a chair. The rest of the day, I can recall from my notes. Right now, I’d rather not.

The more pleasant memories were being shown Gihop Falls in Kinakin at Banaue, Ifugao.

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The best memory is having been settled in the bus looking forward to going home. I look forward to dreaming about weekends spent not on work.

This one day, I’m thankful I got through.

January jog log


A eight rounds, this would be my last jog for January.

January 2013


There’s a lot of work to be done but I’ just glad I managed to have a jog at least every week. January will (hopefully) be my baseline for this year. I’m hoping I could do better this February and the succeeding months.

The past years show that the motivation for keeping the weekly jog wanes as the year progresses. I may have to do something about that 😐


Had an early start. (For a Sunday, it was considered early.) Managed six rounds at the park early this morning.


I just hope I’d get greater motivation to continue the rounds. I still have a lot of the Christmas and New Year’s eve feast to burn.

Submitted the first set of tasks on time 😀

I still have three more entries to cross out 😐

Sunday cooking

Finally used the garlic and onion that’s been laying in the wood bowl for the last week (and a half?).

It’s been a long time. Suddenly, I miss the Sundays in the eldest sister’s house when I cooked lunch. I stayed with the eldest sister during my senior year and when I was in my first year at work. It was half a day’s preparation for that Sunday lunch. Lunch would be ready at noon when they arrive from church. Their family is an appreciative bunch.

Cooking for one is no fun. I get a lot of leftovers, which I will be forced to reheat. It’s not as good. Tonight’s dinner will be tomorrow’s breakfast and another meal. I think that was the reason why I stopped cooking for a while. I had to eat the same thing for two days because it’d be such a waste not to – and I’m too lazy to go out and buy the meal.

Garlic bread and fusilli in bacon and garlic sauce.

Had a craving for garlic bread and pasta when I saw pizza at the mother’s table. I dropped by to get the laundry and to spend some time with the mother, the latter being more important. Though, it doesn’t hurt that there’s pizza for their afternoon snack 😀

Darn that pizza. Now I have to sleep in garlic scented apartment – windows opened and space air sprayed. The can says it’s supposed to remind one of the cool mountain breeze. The garlic won.