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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Wednesday, September 17, 2014



Oh dear, I'm really barely ever on here anymore eh. Sorry, it's so troublesome to keep logging out of my other gmail account that's used for Official Purposes hur.

I still want to get the US posts done, a few more to go, although it's been two months (TWO?!?!?!) already hur.

I've also just started intensive data collection round two at the student care centres so these few days I've been waking up at the glorious hour of 6.30am to go to the wild wild (Jurong) west from the east and only reach back home at around 9pm. PHEW.

Some of the centre teachers still say things which make me go o.O and some are still as grumpy as ever.

Anyway main point of this post is that I heard a cute convo between a young girl and her father on the bus. The stop they got on was the last stop before the interchange. The girl ran up all the way to the back of the bus. The father said, "Aiyo, one stop only, don't need to go so far."

She responded, "I want to sit with you."

He awkwardly cutely smiled cuz all of us could hear the convo, "Okay then." The two women in front of me looked at each other and smiled.


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9:59 PM

Saturday, September 06, 2014


A few options to explain why I've been getting slight static sounds when I want to listen to stuff on the laptop:

- my laptop sound is going cuckoo
- my laptop sound on Chrome only is going cuckoo - instagram videos cannot, YouTube cannot, since Mozilla seems fine - instagram videos okay, YouTube erratically okay
- YouTube is going cuckoo / all Google sites are experiencing down time now
- my headset is going cuckoo after a few times of pulling it accidentally or me forgetting that I'm physically attached to the laptop
- finally, the most dreaded: my ears are slowly giving way, which would explain why I need to turn up the volume slightly because I can't hear sounds loudly enough at my usual. Mind you: I am not one of those who blast stuff in my ears, but still.

If not, why is the sound on my laptop being so cuckoo??

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3:34 PM

Thursday, September 04, 2014

once more, with feeling

Cross-posted from Tumblr:

Feminism is not about who opens the jar. 

It is not about who pays for the date. It is not about who moves the couch. It is not about who kills the bugs. It is not about who cooks the dinner. It’s not even about who stays home with the kids, as long as the decision was made together, after thinking carefully about your situation and coming to an agreement that makes sense for your particular marriage and family. 

It is about making sure that nobody ever has to do anything by “default” because of their gender. The stronger person should move the couch. The person who enjoys cooking more, has more time for it, and/or is better at it should do the cooking. Sometimes the stronger person is male, sometimes not. Sometimes the person who is best suited for cooking is female, sometimes not. You should do what works. 

But it is also about letting people know that it is okay to change. If you’re a woman who wants to become stronger, that’s great. If you’re a man who wants to learn how to cook, that’s also great. You might start out with a relationship where the guy opens all the jars and the girl cooks all the meals, but you might find that you want to try something else. So try it.
— 4 ignorant delusions people have about feminism (via brutereason)

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7:49 PM

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

unbelievable / resignation

Advocating feminism (i.e., social, political and economic equality for all genders, as in male and female and everything in between and outside the binary) aka EQUALITY for everybardy

and get told it's a bit "much".

It's a bit much to advocate for equality of representation and no gender bullshit and no gendered bullshit.

Okay can.

For once, to keep hearing FEMALE GOOD MALE BAD is so jarring right. How about living in OUR world where the worst thing a person can be is to be female. This is PRECISELY the problem. Stop treating males as the de facto good!

Just checking, this is the year 2014 right?

Wake me up when we are no longer living in a patriarchal world where males don't understand the privilege they get by just being MALE.

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11:30 PM

Saturday, August 30, 2014


Went to Chinatown yesterday to see the beautiful lights and lanterns and eeeee the flowers were so pretty. I thought about just using words and no pictures and thought aiya why not and so decided to include aforesaid pretty flowers. You're welcome.

Favourite picture of the night.

Before this photo, I was waiting for the crowd to clear. I've taken this type of pictures many times and I know how to aim fast and click. I said to J, "Don't worry, I'll be snappy." AND LAUGHED SO HARD AT MY OWN SUPER DID NOT INTEND TO PUN PUN THAT I REALISED WAS A PUN ONLY AT THE MOMENT I SAID IT. *pats self on back*

Then it started pouring and it was so pretty but kuakuakua my camera hit the max number it can store the images by i.e., it was up to the number 9999 already and it didn't let me take any more pictures until I formatted the card. AIYA THE RAIN SO PRETTY ALSO YOU KNOW. *sobs*

Pretty flowers, impromptu pun, happy ruiqi.

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2:03 PM

Monday, August 25, 2014


Last Thursday, I brought E my Russian friend (he's my first foreign friend, wooo!) and A along to watch a getai show which Big Uncle's wife was the MC. Of course must pick her right, what for go to the rest. Ha.

E and I met first for dinner, then met A at the venue.

We stayed about an hour, because we still planned to go for supper and then I needed to wake up at 7am in time for a 9am meeting in school the day after.

Rojak, oyster omelette, fruits and cheng tng for supper! Met my uncle and aunt again at the supper place heh. She was calling me 美女 for so many times, I heard but didn't answer because um why would I look up? Hur.

Anyway, rather the main point of this was what happened on Saturday. J asked me about going for a getai show and I was wondering how come she knew. She said Big Uncle "reported" (her words not mine) it, and had asked Empress whether the Russian guy was my ta por peng you (male friend, but in this instance, specifically, boyfriend) HAAA. Empress just replied, yes it's ta por peng you in the male friend way. I asked J how come Big Uncle didn't think about the OTHER ta por peng you who was also there. Empress said cuz he thinks you may be an SPG.


For the record, all of us are not available, and separately consorting with other people. Hurrr. (P.S. Author Maureen Johnson is the one from whom I'm adapting my use of 'consort' heh.)


Day 4 of New Mexico updated! Sorry I'm taking such a while. - Day 4: pretty lights and clouds

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3:54 PM

Sunday, August 17, 2014

do all the things

Hello there.

I realise I left my last post angsty. Still angsty, not to worry, that's a constant. Hur. But then again I am good at living in denial.

Also, this week I was mainly in school because I needed to Get Things Done and at home all I do is eat/nap/Twitter/Tumblr. In school I do work/Twitter/Tumblr/drink kopi-o that increased by 10 cents to 70 cents but still powerful to make me FEEL LIKE I CAN DO ALLLLL THE THINGS AND SO I DO ALLLLL THE THINGS.

The New Mexico posts are still coming, I do still want to upload them. Although it's BEEN A MONTH! AH! Time flies when you have fun.

Shall watch the rally and upload photos!

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8:44 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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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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