Disclaimer: T suggested this; I'm not so bhb.

1. Oven
2. Stand mixer. My dream is to own a RED (so gorgeous, the colour!) KitchenAid but it costs two bombs.
3. Coin spoons from Ireland. (Click to see blog post and picture)



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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

forever stars

Half (!) my life ago, I was introduced to S.H.E by E. They've been with me ever since then. They were part of my youth, accompanied me through all the ups and downs and inside outs. Need a song for friendship? 老婆. Need a song for that beginning spark with someone? 触电. Need a song for that something more? 恋人未满. Need a song for when you're happily in love? 爱上你. Need a song for heartbreak? One is not enough, and because I lurve sad songs, here, have some of my faves: 沿海公路的出口, 他还是不懂, 我们怎么了, and more recently, 安静了. Till now, I can still find a song to suit whatever occasion it is, even if it's non-relationship-related. (The examples I gave are mostly relationship-related because they are at the top of my head now.)

Thanks T and your friend C for the damn good seats! I really enjoyed myself, so many moments where the lyrics brought me back to all those so many years ago.

Till the next time!

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pretty little red butterfly.
11:09 p.m.

Monday, November 02, 2015


2011: 那些年,我们一起追的女孩

Cried so much, for the memories of my youth.

2015: 我的少女时代

Cried not as much, because it subverted what happened in my youth.

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pretty little red butterfly.
11:17 p.m.

Thursday, October 22, 2015


It's been 13 years. The days are long, the years are short.

Happy birthday, nonetheless.

pretty little red butterfly.
11:45 p.m.

Saturday, October 03, 2015


Emperor: I think the shortbread you bought back from the US tastes better. This time round's is very heaty.
M: I ever bought shortbread from the US?? *thinks out loud* I don't think I bought any food from Santa Fe... *light bulb* I baked it before though, I bake wan izzit.
Emperor: Oh yea, you baked wan.
M: Wah cheyyyyy.
Empress: Cheyyyyy.

Hello, it's been a while, and it will be like this for a while, because I'm currently not really in a position where I can pour my life and soul out onto an internet space anymore hur. Also I have hardly any time for YouTube videos, much less blogging now heh. Hope you've all been well!

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11:57 a.m.

Thursday, September 17, 2015


Empress put a book on my table two weeks ago - 'Poems for Weddings'. "Happened to see it, borrowed for fun."

Emperor sent me a document yesterday from the BBC about eating vegetables by both parties during conception so that the child will have a strong immune system.

Woah woah woah, slow down there, buddies.

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9:25 p.m.

Friday, September 04, 2015


Two years ago, when it was time to decide what I wanted to do, I was so sure of it. And I did it.

Two years later now, I'm faced with the same question, yet I am SO unsure of everything.

I think this is one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make yet. Because there are so many confounding variables to consider. And we psychologists dislike confounds and need to find ways and means to either manipulate them or control for them. I can't manipulate them, neither can I control them, I just have to let them BE. And dear goodness is it URGH to let them BE.

Our prefrontal cortices, the main area for decision-making and general everything, are only fully developed when we are past 30 years of age - why are we tasked to make the most important decisions of our life before age 30?!

Do one thing that scares you every day right. Should I choose to go ahead with it, this will be that one thing that will constantly be scaring me every day then.


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11:44 p.m.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015


Yoga with Adriene Day 19 and she asks us to ask ourselves what we need in our body today.

I think my body is fine, my mind would like some stability in quite many different aspects.

Been thinking about the future in terms of the next few years: what should I be doing after this one year? Where should I go? And also thinking in terms of the next ten years: who's with me? Where will I be?

These few days I also find myself needing to be ready to produce a spiel about my research any time.

Is it written in our stars to be separated by bodies of water at various times?

I was blissfully feeling forever 19 early 20s for such a long while, when did I suddenly need to keep an eye on the clock?

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9:40 p.m.

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The name is Rui Qi (pronounced 'Ray Chee', 'q' has a ch- sound like that in 'chair'). But I have also heard enough manglings of my name to respond to anything that you may wish to call, so you're in luck there.

Has a "lively playful disposition that delight[s] in anything ridiculous", wants to be a "beautiful little fool".

Introductory posts you may wish to read first: #1; #2

The past me decided on this childish name of a blog link, the present me is slightly regretful but is still a sentimental mess.

Don't take what I say at face value, don't read too much into things, either. If you read Chinese, 不要对号入座也别胡思乱想.

I am an agnostic/non-theist.

"Before you assume, learn the facts. Before you judge, understand why. Before you hurt someone, feel. Before you speak, think."

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TL;DR: you cannot republish any or part of my posts at all, but if you ask me for permission and I grant it, you can do whatever you please with it. Sounds fair innit.




JAPAN 2011

6 July 2011 Nippon nuggets #1
6 July 2011 Day 1: the start of the matcha float obsession
7 July 2011 Nippon nuggets #2
7 July 2011 Day 2: of places not worth going
8 July 2011 Nippon nuggets #3
8 July 2011 Day 3: the love/hate relationship with the word 押
9 July 2011 Nippon nuggets #4
9 July 2011 Day 4: of the well water I should not have drunk
10 July 2011 Nippon nuggets #5
10 July 2011 Day 5: burnt and fried
11 July 2011 Nippon nuggets #6
11 July 2011 Day 6: royalty, gold and luck
12 July 2011 Nippon nuggets #7
12 July 2011 Day 7: of 散心 and a lot of writing
13 July 2011 Nippon nuggets #8
13 July 2011 Day 8: of deer and drama
14 July 2011 Nippon nuggets #9
14 July 2011 Day 9: distinctively Japanese
15 July 2011 Nippon nuggets #10
15 July 2011 Day 10: vermillion and socially awkwardness
16 July 2011 Nippon nuggets #11
16 July 2011 Day 11: speed
17 July 2011 Nippon nuggets #12
17 July 2011 Day 12: red-faced, distress and weri cute xiong mao
18 July 2011 Nippon nuggets #13
18 July 2011 Day 13: Idontwannagohome!
19 July 2011 Day 14: sayonara sakura



Being slightly narcissistic here, but these are the blog entries I like/you should read.

The Hot Girl's Defense
one setting, two stories
flowers make me happy :)
how NOT to make an origami Eevee
botak pantai
the alternate marriage vow
the wisest words are said by children
family ♡♡♡
now the holly bears a berry
a decade on...
yukata FTW
toadally awesome
of sexting and pick-up lines
of vlogging and blogging
"you're going to scald your baby next time"
the sociological perspective
letting go
no work and all play
seeking perfection
save the day
the joys of driving
of quotes and thoughts
killjoy + joy
the send-off + outtakes
stream of consciousness x 7
balloons love
celebrities galore
to come up with marvellous ideas, eat duck rice
of music and lyrics PR
Carmen - the epitome of feminism
mind your grammar, please
tres amusing
let nature take its course
sunshine after the rain
it's up to the Powerpuff Girls to save the day!
the perks/perils of black stockings
"endearing hug"
thinking deep thoughts
convincing writing like never before
lost in translation
drink drank drunk
you believe because you believe
"love never dies"
they deserve a post to themselves
must be the funnest recess/exam week ever
this should have been highlight of the year too, I killed a cockroach! - cooking/screaming up a storm
it actually deserves an update, but here's letter to my 16-year-old self
privacy in the online world? forget it
word of the day: exposure
maybe we should get back, to the old days
of blogging
happy birthday, you inanimate thing


Inspiration from everywhere, including my previous blog templates.
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