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, 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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pretty little red butterfly.
9:40 p.m.

Friday, August 14, 2015


The light blue cover of the soft-bound thesis is sooo beautifulllll.

Still debating whether to publicise the Acknowledgements page on Facebook like the previous round. Now everything is privater and privater ha.

Goodbye student life, hello working life. This also means hello basic statistics, we meet again, you are more willing to meet me than I you.

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4:51 p.m.

Saturday, August 01, 2015


The inside jokes of drinking (water, important to stay hydrated) whenever you point out a Starbucks to me/I say "花!", the beautiful flowers and sky, fighting to pay for things, my beloved Cambridge, the Harrods light up *heart eyes emoji*, plenty others.

I'm glad you were with me. :)

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11:59 p.m.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015


Prof: *gestures to empty Acknowledgements page*
R: *nods* Yea, I know, I have it written out elsewhere.
Prof: As long as you don't put 'god' above me.
R: Haha I know, and I won't, I have no god in my life!
Prof: Oh yea, good.


I said that without having time to think, and after that I was amused at my phrasing.

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11:59 p.m.

Monday, July 06, 2015

letter to July

This is apparently the 2500th post. It took a while to get here heh. I am still editing editing editing and need to find time to squeeze in packing the mess and how about doing some yoga which I have not done in a year maybe.

This post is inspired by Emily Diana Ruth's 'Letters to July' series. Please go check that out, all the letters are so poignant and beautiful and makes you Think about Life and all that big jazz.

Dear July,

You are going to be another hectic month, just like the previous two years' Julys were too, but this time round, I think you will be the most hectic one yet, and hopefully the last most hectic one. I am ready for you.


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3:58 p.m.

Saturday, June 27, 2015


In honor (see, I'm even using the US spelling ha) of a US ruling today, here, have a double rainbow, it's apt that this photo was taken in New Mexico, USA too (I took this last July when I was there for a conference):

To all who are 'conservative', I only have this one thing to say: that is not a term that is mutually exclusive with 'treating fellow human beings with kindness and respect and not taking away their rights because they happen to like the people that they like that is not in line with your own thinking'.

Side note, the conversations I had today about this - ♥♥♥

I tweeted early this morning, "One day, it will be universal. One day....."

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11:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

lock up

Finally got back Draft 1's comments plus Draft 2 too, so am locking myself up to create Draft 3.

All I post about is my draft progress now eh. I was scrolling down the most recent posts and saw the one about cooking. I did make cookies a few weeks back. Might post about them after Draft 3. For now, I just need to get my brain that's still on holiday and post-slight-cough mode to workkkkkit. Aye.

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12:22 p.m.

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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


Inspiration from everywhere, including my previous blog templates.
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