MacRitchie Reservoir

Entranced by the beauty of the reservoir that day. This is kind of like a throwback here, visiting the reservoir made me feel as if I was one with nature. In Singapore, we live in an urbanized city. We don’t often see many types of animals walking around freely in the streets and most of the nature that is located in the areas were often touched and rearranged by mankind. Since the reservoir has a nature reserve, my friend and I took a 10km hike in the trail, looking out for nature which wasn’t shifted that much by the hands of humans.

In this country, I doubt we are able to find long stretches of beautiful nature, heck we don’t even have mountains here. If this place is the closest place that can bring me to all my hiking desires, then so be it.

So we were out there after a small shower of rain, I must say that season was a pretty hard time to catch a good weather. I’ve been there a few times and it was pouring cats and dogs, much to my dismay. But this time, I came prepared with disposable raincoats and a transparent ziplock bag for my phone, just in case I want to use it out in the rain.

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This picture was taken right after the rain.

I feel so happy and pleased to be able to see stretches of green, clear waters and foliage enveloped around me. I’ve always loved nature trails as a kid, but some of them are hard to get to here since it isn’t frequented by many. This nature trail in MacRitchie never cease to impress me every time I go for a visit.

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I mean, look at the treetop walk?

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The view is stunning right? Oh and this is the moment where the incoming rain was about to hit us in a few minutes.

I’m so glad we brought raincoats. I repeat, always always bring raincoats. The last time when I was caught in a storm there my clothes were soaked wet and I looked like I jumped into a pool and came out drenched. It was freezing and we had to make so many stops at the huts there to regain our warmth for a bit. The trail in the rain was terrible as well, some of the sandy paths were flooded with water, leaving either little or no space for us to walk without getting our feet wet. Since it was raining and the ground was moist, gigantic centipedes love to come up to the surface and scare the shit out of you.

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This centipede was longer then my finger

It was funny how everyone in the hut huddled around at the corner and here I was with about two other guys, trying to take a picture of this creepy thing.

Nonetheless, the nature trail is simply beautiful, so come prepared, spot the squirrels, be careful of the monkeys that are loafing around everywhere and DO NOT bring food.

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The last time I tried to bring food this happened.

So yea I totally FORGOT that there were monkeys around the area.

Survival tip: Do not stare into its eyes or bare your teeth at a monkey.

Moving on, enjoy the scenery, the reptiles, animals and insects of the nature trail.

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It just helps you take a deep breath, relax, throw away the negative thoughts and inhale those positive ones. Take a break, visit MacRitchie reservoir or one of your local nature reserves.

Hello Kitty Cafe In Singapore

Treat yourself to hello kitty themed furniture such as their chairs, tables, and even their teapots and cups are hello kitty based. The cafe itself is eye catching, what attracts you to it is its garden-like design, white garden fencing surrounding the outer perimeter of the cafe. The flowers you will see are the orchids, representing the country of Singapore. I was served by the friendly and well mannered staff, taking home with me a wonderful experience.

 

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I went there for desserts and drinks, and as shown in the picture above I ordered the Kitty goes Banana Split. The macaroons were what tempted me to pick this from the menu, and the presentation of the dish itself looked amazing.

The strawberry, chocolate and vanilla ice cream, one of the three main ice cream flavors that you will find anywhere complimented each other, and I might say the quality itself is slightly better than the usual ice-cream you get from grocery stores. The flower petals sprinkled around the banana added on to the garden touch, upholding the theme of its orchid garden cafe.

The next item I ordered was the strawberry marshmallow tea. The scent of it represents a sweet blend of both strawberry and marshmallow together, it smelt exactly like a strawberry, except slightly sweeter. When I tasted it i could barely taste the marshmallow in the tea, but the taste of strawberry was distinct but not overpowering. So if you are looking for some tea with a subtle touch to it, I strongly recommend the strawberry marshmallow tea. There is also a hello-kitty shaped buttered biscuit accompanied with your dish and it goes really well with the tea. If my memory serves, the price for the tea isn’t that expensive, given a sanrio themed cafe like this.

The next order was the ice salted caramel latte. I would recommend it to latte lovers of course, its unique flavor which was enriched with a pinch of saltiness behind will leave you coming back for more.

The Price

For a character themed cafe get ready to bring spare cash with you, because the amount you going to pay isn’t much for the quality of its food but of course it is all for the ambience as well.

 

Conclusion

On average I’ll rate the taste of the food there approximately 7-7.5 out of 10. It is worth visiting, given the insufficient (in my opinion) number of such cafes located in Singapore.

 

 

Are dream jobs only just a dream?

You strive, to become a teacher, a successful entrepreneur, a great politician, an astronaut, be part of the police force, an artist, a writer- basically, you want to steer yourself to the direction of who you want to be. And to be what you want to be, you must have an interest in that particular job. So tell me, how many of you have actually managed to get your dream job?

Well, from my observation, not everyone.

Today I want to talk about being so caught up in our goals and forgetting about what is really important in our lives. Imagine, getting your dream course and working your way at full speed towards your dream job, only to bump into certain obstacles on your way.

Obstacles?

You know, like not getting the grades you desire, having family problems that affect your life, relationship problems and those kind of things. Obstacles can also refer to other things like not getting into the course you want, not having enough money to attend the school of your choice or even letting your fear overtake you. You might tell me, oh these are normal, they fall into everyone’s way at a certain point of time. 

But when the time actually comes, do you know how to handle any of it?

 

Sometimes, these obstacles hit you like a thunderstorm, leaving you hopeless and dreary, letting you succumb into the negativity of your conundrums. They will drain you, take away that drive that you once had, replace it with depressing thoughts and finally let desperation consume you.

Desperation of what sorts?

The desperation to find the drive to continue with your end goals. Everywhere you turn, you face the same questions over and over.

How?

How do I solve this?

When will this end?

Am I ever going to make it?

Your friends can only try to convince you to never stop giving up, but only you know how to continue with this journey you planned out for yourself. For example, fear is a popular factor among us that will prevent us from achieving our goals. Some people fear interviews, others fear going to school, people might be petrified of the work environment they have to face.

This is when your dream job remains only as a dream, and that’s because some people give up after being stopped by their fears. I’m not saying that it is wrong, taking the easy way out. It is in the nature of us humans to want to lead an easy life- at least, from my point of view. I mean why not? It would be best if we don’t have to ever face our fears right?

But if we do not face our fears,,it might emerge as our greatest regret. Yes, we know the peripheral dangers that are looming in our path towards success, yet we chose to stray from the path, take a different one we are not satisfied with and later wonder why we did not have the determination to stay on with the path that we originally took. That my friend, is pure, bitter regret. And whose fault is it?

Our own.

Well if this sounds familiar to you then fear no further. Those, are only your goals. The battle has not subsided as long as you are still breathing. Think about what has happened. If its your grades that are preventing you from getting the course to your desired job, have you considered studying? No pain no gain.

And if you did study excessively hard for it, is it the criteria that the education system has set for you too difficult to achieve? You have to look at the situation from 2 different perspectives. Sometimes, its really not your fault. Things like being a doctor or maybe a lawyer, mostly you have to be the cream of the crop to get into such jobs.

Why is the criteria so high?

Its the things that are taught that affects the criteria for entering the course or the line of job. Some theories are too complex for some people to understand, so the criteria is just a benchmark set to check on whether one can handle complex information easily. And that is when one proves it with their grades or interviews, to show their capability in handling the questions or tasks with this level of difficulty.

How bad do you want it? If you want it bad, it just means that you have to work towards it as much as you want it. No one is going to help you if you aren’t going to help yourself.

With much to say, I just want to remind you that its not only your goals that drives you. Look at the people around you, think about those that care for you. When you’re tired from work or school, who was the one that always makes you meals, or who was the one that gives you encouragement whenever you’re down? These are external factors that actually keeps you going without realizing it. Don’t get so caught up with the end of the journey that you forget to appreciate the journey itself. Different situations teaches you different things, different people makes you learn different things. It shapes up your mindset, your drive, your willpower and energy to pursue in what you love.

 

It doesn’t matter how long it takes before you reach your dream goals, but what’s important is your own person. Determination is what you need to carry on, and determination is engraved in your character itself. By how you develop your own character is well, how you perceive what life has taught you.

Just like the piano, the black and white keys both create a sound. But you need them both so that you can create a melody, and each part of the melody is important because that’s what shapes it to become a song.

So whether your dream job is just a mere dream? It is up to you to decide for yourself.