Naiise Conversations and some Personal Traveling Tips

I had the opportunity to work with the Naiise team and curated a collection for their travel campaign. I even had the chance to come up with the theme! I went with”Into the Wild“. If you’re unfamiliar with Naiise, they sell really well-designed products.

Like this Milk Jug Glass Vase

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And this Outdoor Sky Planter

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In addition, I answered a series of short questions and provided some travel tips. Thought I could share some of my answers here.  

‘Top 3 must-haves while travelling?”. 

1) Smartphone

– Smartphone. I know this may sound like a luxury and as much as we wish to disconnect when we travel, it’s hard to discredit the convenience of having one. I am able to go paperless and carry all my documents such as itinerary, boarding passes in a device (just don’t forget your travel adaptor and charger). I also rely on the language app that allows me to communicate with the locals easily. There’s also offline maps and XE currency app, which keeps me moving. I have written an article about useful travel apps, which can be read here.

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2) Sarong

– Sarong. A sarong is so versatile. You can wrap it around when you’re cold, shield yourself from the sun when it gets too hot, use it as a mat on the beach, a towel or turn it into a dress. For ladies, it can be handy when you visit temples!

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3) Trusty and comfortable pair of shoes 

– Trusty and comfortable pair of shoes. I tend to do a lot of walking on my travels (and steer on to off-beaten paths once in a while). Therefore I need proper footwear to take me to places. You don’t want to be worrying about sore feet when there’s so much to see!

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Best Traveling Tip?

Keep an open mind – travelling is all about seeing new things, learning new cultures and trying things that you’ve never thought about doing. Do not be afraid to embrace it with all your senses.

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You can read the rest of my interview here, and remember to check out all the other cool stuff on Naiise!

PS: For the benefit of all those who love knick-knacks and designs with a Singapore touch, Naiise.com has a great selection of such items. Including accessories inspired by nostalgic Singaporean snacks (i.e. Gem biscuits, Kueh Lapis), Singlish Perpetual Calendar, as well as the Kan Cheong Spider watch.

Thank you Naiise team again for this wonderful opportunity! 🙂

Peace & Love,

Eileen x

18 Reactions Singaporeans Get When We’re Abroad

1. After a long chat about anything and everything, they compliment you with:

“By the way, your English is really good! Where did you learn?”

2. And then you tell them you’re from Singapore and they answer

“Wait, where is Singapore again?”

3. And even before you can tell them

“Oh I know, IT’S IN CHINA!”

(Why of course, I can’t even tell the difference)

4. And they follow with a mistake even Cartoon Network has made.

“Noooo, it’s in Malaysia!!!”

(Nice try)

5. “I’ve had the ‘Singapore Noodles’ at Chinatown!”

(Wtf is that?)

6. When they meet more of your Singaporean friends

“People from your country speak funny”

(Hmmmmmmmm)

7. When they learn about Singlish

“Okay LAH, lets go LAH (winks)”

(Please, just stop the overemphasis on the LAH)

8. Their reaction when you tell them chewing gum is illegal

“Chewing gum is illegal in your country?!?!”

Them:

Us:

9. Wait till you hear about our drug laws

“You HANG people?!?!”

(Not me)

10. Or the prices of our cars

11. And to some (or most) of them we’re just a stopover

“I’ve been there once, to transit to Australia”

12. Or just a nice airport

“The airport is soooooo nice!”

(That’s it?)

13. At times, they ask you tricky questions

“What’s the capital of Singapore?”

(Not Orchard Road)

14. And by the way, our SQ girls have a really good reputation

“I heard that the girls on Singapore Airlines are gorgeous. They wear really tight skirts too. Is that true?”

(is that really all that you care about?)

15. But once in a while, you talk to people who HAVE been there

“THE FOOD IS SO GOOD!!”

(Now we’re talking!)

16. “It’s so clean everywhere!”

17. “And safe!”

18. “People are so friendly. I love that everyone is your ‘aunty’ and ‘uncle'”

It’s always nice to hear people say good things about Singapore and you can’t help but feel slightly proud

And yes, our SQ girls are gorgeous.

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Peace & Love,

Eileen x

10 Reasons Why Flappy Bird is a Brilliant Game

This is a totally random post but thanks to my cousins, I’ve been hooked on Flappy Bird since CNY. It is a ridiculously popular game with millions of downloads. Some love it some hate (there’s even an anti-flappy bird game called squishy bird). I think it’s a brilliant game and here’s why.

1. You get the game instantly

It literally took me 1 second to learn. 1 second.

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2. Your only goal is to beat your highscore

Because it is so pathetic

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3. It teaches you the virtue of being patient

You can’t rush flappy bird.

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4. Trains your concentration level

Precision is key. Focus, focus, focus.

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5. You earn the points fair and square

Everyone will know if your high score is 9038437671737.

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6. The game only truly ends when you say so

Or when you smash your phone from frustration

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7. It helps to control anger management

If you carry on playing when you’re frustrated, you bird ain’t gonna flap anywhere.

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8. With such a simple concept, the game is unbelievably hard

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9. Life Lesson: Don’t give up

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10. It is highly addictive

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This is probably one of the hardest games I’ve played but yet it gets you so hooked on to it. The hype is evidence that this is a brilliant game. Or perhaps I’m just justifying the hours I’ve spent (or some might say, wasted) on flapping the damn bird.

Arghhhhh, you can’t deny that you’re itching to have a go at it now.

Just keep flapping, just keep flapping, just flapping…

Peace & Love,

Eileen x

What I REALLY Achieved in 2013

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It’s the last day of 2013 and here I am, sharing my moment of self-reflection. After 2012, I really thought that it would be hard to top it considering the places I visited and milestones I achieved. I freaking graduated from law school. Went to NYC for the first time ever. Had my summer vacay in Greece. Traveled solo in Prague – and so on. How could I have possibly top that? Well, I did.

At the beginning of this year, I ushered 2013 with the weirdest countdown at Shibuya junction. It was seriously weird. Everyone was somehow waiting for something to happen. People cheering here and there. It was PACKED. Next thing I knew, my friend went ‘dude it’s like 12.10am’ – WHAT?!

It was barely 6 months since I returned home after staying abroad for 4 years and I braced myself to face reality. Getting bogged down by work and responsibility means I wouldn’t get to travel as much, right? To prevent myself from getting bored out of my wits, I started to explore my own city – yes I’m restless like that. Being away for 4 years, Singapore has grown so much. Thanks to my art loving boss, I began visiting galleries after galleries (which I never knew existed). I started watching plays (because musicals are so god damn expensive in this country) and attending events, trying new restaurants/café – basically just keeping myself entertained. I began to realise how vibrant my own country is! I was stupidly close-minded about this little red dot (because I think I grew up here and therefore I knew it well), like majority of the society who only want to ‘get out of this place whenever they can.

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It is so unrealistic to hinge on the dream of traveling and escaping. That’s what I realised since I came home. The problem didn’t lie with me being too busy, too poor or too whatever. It was with my attitude. I thought that these were vital to my happiness but I was so WRONG.  I found the power of having a strong positive attitude and a zest for life through the amazing people I’ve met along the way (and I’m truly thankful!). No matter how busy, how poor, how whatever other excuses, if you really want something so bad, and I mean SO BAD, you will make it happen. The trick is to having a positive attitude and believing that it will happen. When I started ‘peregrinate with me‘, it wasn’t just about traveling I wanted to promote. I wanted to influence the way people view life. When you have a zest for life and a positive attitude, you’re unstoppable. In 2013 alone, I reached out of my comfort zone, I climbed mountains, I dived the ocean, I jumped out of a plane, I made new friends, I made a difference however small it may be when I volunteered and I am truly happy with where I am in life.

Seriously, how many of you can say that you’re truly happy? Singaporeans were polled the unhappiest people on this planet – GEEZ! (Read it here) Most either wish that they were richer, or been to more places in the world, didn’t have to work such long hours, have more friends on Facebook – I don’t know what people wish for these days. (Read Daniel Wong’s Article on ‘How to be an Unhappy Singaporean‘) It is so hard to find contentment and happiness because we constantly want more and more. We feel so entitled that when we don’t get what we want, we get upset, we get angry. But why? Are we THAT entitled?

What  I really achieved in 2013 is discovering this zest for life and possessing this positive attitude throughout. My year was better not solely because of the things I did but my change in attitude that led to the awesome achievements.

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If your 2013 sucked balls, you shouldn’t be having stuff like “get a promotion, visit a new country, eat more salad” in your New Year’s Resolution. Instead, consider the following:

STOP:

1. STOP FEELING ENTITLED

2. STOP COMPARING

3. STOP COMPLAINING

BE:

4. BE POSITIVE

5. BE APPRECIATIVE

6. BE HUMBLE

7. BE KIND

8. BE RESPECTFUL

MORE IMPORTANTLY:

9. LOVE YOURSELF & YOUR OWN BODY

10. LIVE LIFE BECAUSE YOU LOVE LIFE

I wish you all a Happy 2014 ahead. 🙂

 

Peace & Love,

Eileen x