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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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Monday, October 20, 2014


It's my Chinese birthday (the lunar date, not that of the Gregorian calendar) today.

Happy lunar birthday, me!


Just been doing work the past week, nothing much else to report. Empress decided to make pizza yesterday. I helped cut the ham and pineapple and put mozzarella and she toasted them in our oven toaster + chicken wings + mushroom soup. Mmmmmm.


pretty little red butterfly.
11:50 PM

Sunday, October 12, 2014


Note to self: do not ever be patronising towards anyone, especially if they are younger than me.


pretty little red butterfly.
1:55 PM

Friday, October 10, 2014


Nothing riles me up like sexism in all its GLORIOUS forms.

Focus On The Family, you say you don't support rape culture? Your materials suggest otherwise.....

And using 'gals' in a sort-of OFFICIAL brochure for dissemination? What is this, 1999?

(Well at the rate we are going with objectifying women and pushing ALL the blame on women no matter anything, it might just BE still 1999.)

I've already tweeted it but HUGE KUDOS to Agatha Tan, the Hwa Chong girl who called them out on their bullshit. She is sooo articulate and so much more mature than I was when I was 17.

Sex education in general just needs a WHOLE REVAMP, all the preaching abstinence stuff is NOT ENOUGH.

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pretty little red butterfly.
11:17 PM

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

blood moon

I managed to see the blood moon!!

Taken with my Canon IXUS 210 on the maximum 20x zoom haha:

20 mins later at about 8.45pm:

So pretty.


Just a short life update: still going around the island administering language tasks to young chewren. Still not getting enough sleep like I should. Midterms last Friday gave me an existential crisis at 1am two nights ago and I took a while to fall asleep after that. AHHH.

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pretty little red butterfly.
10:44 PM

Monday, October 06, 2014

note to self

Few things trigger me more than things that I thought I would not need to experience again. Especially if it's the same old gender bullshit/unfair treatment of me vs. the brother.

I'm going to start a new category on this blog called 'Note to Self'. I have this tag on my Tumblr for pretty things to take note of for the future and general life advice for Future Ruiqi to read, so I should also have this tag for this blog.

Note to Future Ruiqi if she has more than one child: do not ever take something away from ALL children just because ONE child is disobedient. It is bleddy unfair and just URGH for the other(s) that did no wrong.

Related, kinda: for anyone who has not watched Emma Watson's wondrous speech on feminism given at the UN #HeforShe campaign (Hermione Granger being a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador!! HOW GREAT IS THAT!!), please feast your eyes and ears on it here:

If reading is more your thing, click here.

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10:56 PM

Monday, September 29, 2014


So I made myself dinner today: pasta + hard-boiled egg + smoked BBQ / black pepper and lime chips + guacamole.

I didn't realise I still had that much pasta, I thought it was just a half portion.

It was a full portion.

I didn't realise the half bag of BBQ chips I had left was not a half portion.

It took up three quarters of my bowl, I had only intended half so that I could have the other half be the black pepper and lime one. I reduced the latter to a quarter instead.

I didn't think the avocado (which incidentally Cold Storage's sign said $2.45 yet the manager keyed in $2.90 into the machine and I was already slightly blur cuz I was trying to figure out the self-checkout counter and didn't think much of it, aiyaya) and one tomato could amount to that much.

It was A LOT.

I ate up the pasta in 15 mins. I ate the chips and guacamole in THE NEXT HOUR.


Note to self: chooahqi, it was a good thing you were lazy to buy avocados and lemons to make guacamole/salsa previously. Today you learnt why. Please do not buy avocados anymore especially if it's just you one person eating up the entire thing.

*stares blankly into space from avocado overload*

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9:46 PM

Thursday, September 25, 2014


Yesterday the tears freely flowed because was mainly upset with myself.

Today nearly because I was touched by a cute message.

Every month a different emotion takes centrestage. Sometimes it's angst, this month is down-ness (is that a word? It is now).

Sigh. *wipes tear* (ha)

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9:24 PM

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Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ❀ RUIQI ★♥♦♣♠


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


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