June 8, 2017

ID Photo Update.

OMG.

Check out the now and before ID photos. Photo on the right was taken in 2015.

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This is by far the ugliest id photo ever. Its bad enough that I am not a photogenic person, it makes it worse when I am FAT. With double chins and all its glory! ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

Have I mentioned how I hate taking ID photos??!! See below is a photo I took on 21 May, about 18 days ago, and I don’t think I look or feel any different now than I did at that time. But see the big difference??

That’s why I hate ID photos! they don’t allow you to smile, and you have to stare straight like you’re taking a mugshot! Urghh.. it’s frustrating. I have never been forced to use a photo I dislike on IDs, but in NZ visa applications, it is a requirement that photos should used should be taken within 6 months of the application. 6 months!! How much difference can a person look in 2 years? *COUGH COUGH.. and I only look different cos I gained weight and had make up on for the previous photo!

Oh well, guess I am stuck with this for now. I seriously need to start doing something about my weight but I can’t seem to find the motivation for it. HELP!!!

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June 2, 2017

First ever dress bought online!

I don’t usually buy clothes online, knowing how my curves abd edges are not exactly standard size you know. So when I do try to get clothes online, it’s either things that are stretchy and an easy fit that you can’t go wrong like socks and t shirts.

I saw this maxi dress on the Wish shopping app, and I just loved this vintage patterned dress. I don’t know if I am brave enough to wear this outside of my home but I can try I suppose ๐Ÿ˜œ

I spent around $28 (includind shipping) for this dress and I thought that was fair enough. Am quite happy with this purchase really, given its my first time buying clothes online.

Now I just need to figure out when and how wiuld I wear this without looking like I’m wearing a table cloth or curtains ๐Ÿ˜

If all fails, this would really be a nice nightgown too! ๐Ÿ˜‚

May 31, 2017

The Shack (2017)

The Shack movie is finally here! I read the book while I was in the Philippines, heard about it from Margy who told me it was a best selling book at the time. I even read it with the audio book and I loved the story. So I was really excited when I found out that they made a movie out of that book, I was not about to miss it.

God is so good, He made a way for me to watch the movie for free! Ladyboss’s church had a fund raising event and she blessed our Achieve team with free tickets to watch the movie!

I came by the office around 4pm, and Ladyboss had already told us we had to leave work earlier if we wanted to make it to the movie on time since it started at 6pm. We did take a detour before heading to the Monterey Cinema down at Howick, and took a trip to Ladyboss’s new house at Hamlin Road. I took a ride in the car with Jack while Jeisson rode with Elwin. Ladyboss had her friends with her to come along to the house too.

I was very amazed with the progress the house has had since the last time I was there helping her with painting the railings. Lovely curtains and the floor is all sanded up and polished. It should be all ready to rent out except for the second shower room.

Because of the horrible traffic enroute to Howick, we got there about 20 minutes late and missed a fair bit of the earlier story. However, it wasn’t too bad and we didn’t miss the main jist of it as we started from the part that they were just heading to the camp site.

The cinema was a small theater and by the time we got in, all the seats were pretty much packed. So I got to the end corner of the cinema but the view was still alright. Elwin was sitting beside me and I was a bit embarrassed cos I was balling my eyes out throughout the movie! Despite how much I knew about the story and how it would end, every word seem to touch me so much and its all the words that have come out of my very own mouth whenever I questioned God.

I do have to say, I have no idea why they chose to cast Sam Worthington in this movie. Is he a Christian? Did he have to audition for the role? Who knows. He was not entirely terrible but I think another actor would’ve made it more convincing, but hey, I still cried!

Whether or not this movie is Biblical, I have no idea and I don’t really care. It was wonderful and relate-able in my personal opinion so I’m gonna give it a 3.5 star out of 5. It would’ve been a 4 if not for the mediocre acting not just from the protagonist but also other characters in the movie could have been better.

May 28, 2017

Ladies Night.

The last time I had a catch up session with Rain was two month’s ago when I went to her house. This time, we met up in the city in a newly revamped restaurant called 1947 Eatery (formerly called “Handi”) and she also invited her friend Ritu and this sassy lady Analyn whom I have not seen since she graduated from our college.

It was a simple night of drinks and Indian food, girly chit chats of work, life, Ms India NZ, immigration issues and love life! I spent more time talking to Analyn this time, I guess being that we didn’t manage to catch up when I went to visit Rain the last time (they were flatmates). So now that she’s moved out of their place just recently, I guess she also took the opportunity to catch up with Rain.

Rithima was sweet, she’s also a sassy one and it was nice to finally meet her after seeing lots of photos they had of going out etc. I didn’t stay long though, met up with them around 6:40pm and then I left by 9:15pm. It was a Sunday night after all, a bit mellow mood since people are preparing to go to work the next day.

I told Rain that we should catch up next after 5 weeks when I finally finished my course and have a bit of a breather. And she should also organize that looooong overdue house warming party that I told her about!

May 21, 2017

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Winter. #bbrrrr

It’s 13 degree Celsius outside, it’s been a while that I have felt cold like this. I am loving the weather, even though it tends to get really chilly and I feel like I have to wear thick clothing all the time. But truth be told, its really better than a 40 degrees all year summer time.

I haven’t been writing much lately, I feel awful about it because I love keeping memories and writing about what goes on in my life. It’s just been so overwhelming lately that I always find myself starting an entry, and then don’t actually end up finishing my drafts. By the time I get to them, I feel like I’ve forgotten what I wanted to say and all the emotions that were felt at the point when I started those entries. Urgghh…

Anyway, besides the change of season and weather, I am also facing a change in career and life in general. I haven’t felt “happy” in a while. I mean, I’ve had moments of joy, but I tend fall back into that deep cave of mine where I hide all my true feelings and all that feeling and emotions eat me up little by little.

I have told myself many times, that I need to be more “positive”. To learn to look at the bright side of things and not always try to expect the worst-case scenario. Today in church, the message was about living by faith, and not in anger. It really is God telling me to live by faith, to trust in Him even when trials in life are so hard to deal with. I think “Trust” is a word that I feel I am able to do, but also at the same time struggle with.

Ok, enough about my rants and troubles. I told myself I needed to stay positive. So it should start now. Things to look forward to in the near future: the end of the mid term exams, The Shack movie! And… the end of my diploma! So that’s something to look forward to ^_^

March 29, 2017

Thy will be done #onrepeat

Iโ€™m so confused
I know I heard You loud and clear
So, I followed through
Somehow I ended up here
I donโ€™t wanna think
I may never understand
That my broken heart is a part of Your plan
When I try to pray
All Iโ€™ve got is hurt and these four words

Thy will be done

I know Youโ€™re good
But this donโ€™t feel good right now
And I know You think
Of things I could never think about
Itโ€™s hard to count it all joy
Distracted by the noise
Just trying to make sense
Of all Your promises
Sometimes I gotta stop
Remember that Youโ€™re God
And I am not
So..

Thy will be done
Like a child on my knees all that comes to me is
Thy will be done
Thy will be done

I know You see me
I know You hear me, Lord
Your plans are for me
Goodness You have in store
I know You hear me
I know You see me, Lord
Your plans are for me
Goodness You have in store

Thy will be done
Like a child on my knees all that comes to me is
Thy will be done

I know You see me
I know You hear me, Lord

A song by Hillary Scott & The Scott Family.

As my niece Danica would say, “Omaira!” (her version of OMG)

This song just bursts out what my heart is feeling and what my brain cannot express in words because of the stress I’ve gone through lately. So much so that I’ve been having suicidal thoughts and feel like giving up this life, this world where everything is a rat race and we have to keep working hard and always be at the top and ahead of everyone else.

Being average is not acceptable, being a simple person with simple lives just means you are not ambitious, you are lazy, etc etc. Sigh… and if you settle with simplicity, then you don’t get the luxury and earn a lot of money like the rest of the world.

Whatever…

 

March 19, 2017

Craving for the King of Fruits.

After church service today, had lunch with my ladyboss and Saj at a Filipino Cafe called Turo Turo down at K’Road. I must say, they took their time in preparing the food, and ladyboss was actually kinda disappointed with her dish which was the Sinigang Baboy that wasn’t even sour at all.

Anyway, after lunch, Saj and I headed to the famous Lim Chour supermarket to get some stuff that you wouldn’t otherwise find in the regular supermarket like Countdown or New World. And I got me some DURIAN!!!

They were both Thai durians but I think I liked the second one better than the first. The first one was “Seedless”!! Awesome how today’s packaging really makes it so much easier to consume the Durian. And I can have it all year round too! (I think) However, the seedless one sort of smelled a bit strange for me, I reckon it was because it wasn’t vacuum sealed and the fruit was packed with clingwrap.

It was kind of costly too, the first package costing $19.99 while the  vacuumed one was about $16.00

I guess getting this once in a blue moon wouldn’t hurt ๐Ÿ˜œ

March 18, 2017

Riverdale (2017)

I’m so glad I’ve got Netflix subscriptions. Although not all of the shows that I want to watch are in there, but at least the shows that are Netflix originals will come up in there and I get to watch it!

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I heard about this TV show that was coming up based on the Archies comics and since I am a big fan of Archies comics, I knew I would want to watch it when it comes out. Little did I know that it would be on Netflix! So when I was browsing around on what to watch, Riverdal caught my eye and it was a no brainer for me on choosing something to feast my eyes on.

I have to say that Archie does not look like Archie, but I am glad that Jughead doesn’t look like Jughead. I mean, they could’ve picked a better looking Archie or a more obvious Red Head, but oh well, I guess they just had to settle. Betty and Veronica were spot on, but Josie and the pussycats.. hmmm..

Overall I have to say that the story was very dark, unlike what I was expecting. I thought it was comedic like the comic of course but nope, I was wrong, it was not what I had hoped it could be. It was a bit too dramatic, and overall seemed like another type of “pretty little liar” story.

Let’s just see how it goes on. They’ve only released 7 episodes on Netflix at the moment, and watching Cole Sprouse as Jughead really is the highlight here.

March 12, 2017

UberEats newbie.

Uber Eats is finally in Auckland. Yay!

And what a day to try it out than on a rainy lazy Sunday. ๐Ÿ˜



I was very curious to try UberEats because I had an idea of what the services would be like. I thought that I could choose whatever I wanted to eat and then get someone to buy the food and deliver it to me. 

I was wrong of course. It was very much like Menulog, where you can only order from stores that are listed in the app. So KFC and McDonalds is not on the list obviously.

I ordered from this Tuck and Bao shop that serves Malaysian, Thai and Filipino fusion food. Had a Bene Bun and Nasi Goreng. The Bene Bun was good as it had spinach, tomato and salmon on it. The nasi goreng was sort of sweet rather than salty.


Delivery fee was $5.99 but in Menulog, some delivery fee wS $8.00 so I guess it depends on where you order from that the delivery fee changes? Perhaps. Will need to try out other stores in UberEats to find out ๐Ÿ˜‰

March 11, 2017

Chill Saturday Night

Because I had bumped into Rain’s brother las weekend, I figured I should go visit her at her new home after our last bonding session about a month or two ago.

Took the train up to Avondale station then hooked myself up with an Uber driver to get to Rain’s house down at Hendon Ave by about 7pm.

It was an easy going night where we just chilled, ate food and have some drinks. Just catching up with each others lives and general stuff. Rain’s sister was so hospitable and sliced all the fruits and fed us even when she was not feeling so great.


I brought them a bottle of the Feijoa Liquer that I got a while back from Matakana. But unfortunately they didn’t have a cork screw so we couldn’t get the liquer opened!


These sisters are just adorable. They were trying to get the cork out with a nail and hammer. It didn’t work obviously.

Rain and I even took her brother, Ad’s car out to Pak n Save to try and buy a corkscrew but they didn’t sell any! It was just ridiculous ๐Ÿ˜“

We gave up and went back to her house with just a bottle of Coke. Drank a bit of whiskey with coke and chatted up a bit more before I called it a night and headed home by 11pm.

It was just a short time spent with Rain and her sister but it was a nice catch up that I miss doing with them. Rain is definitely one of those friends that is dear to my heart and will always try to make time to catch up and bond with her whenever I can.