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Saturday, November 08, 2014

Updates about bobo

I have not brought Bobo to the vet after last visit even though he had one seizure after that. For the following few days he seemed to be getting better, and we continued to feed him the same medication prescribed by the doctor.

Then today, it happened again. I was the only one who witnessed the initial two attacks but this time round, my brother saw it too. Once at 11pm and another at 3.45am, 15minutes ago. He's been bleeding from his mouth but I don't think it's internal. Could be bleeding from the roof of his mouth. I was able to take a picture during his seizure as he was opening his mouth and yelping away.

Yes, those blood stains are his
It looks like he might have accidentally his the roof of his mouth, I guess it's time to bring him back to the vet tomorrow. I can't imagine, the fees are so costly that I don't know if bobo's seizure is gonna be long term. He's usually healthy, even the recent blood tests revealed nothing! In my mind, I kept wondering if I have to put him down cause he seemed like he's in a lot of agony.

Gone were the days where Bobo would happily trot (literally, it's so cute cause of his short legs!) out and greet us when we come back. And gone were the days where he bark at neighbors. Now he sleeps most of the time and doesn't wanna move. I feel so sad for him....

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Maltese having seizure

It's been some time since I last posted something for myself and this time I wanna share something really personal. I seldom talk about my dog but he's the one first one to greet us when we come home from school or work. My dog, Bobo, has been sick for about a week already. The lethargy, labored breathing and sneezes wasn't enough for me to take him to the vet. You know, he's usually healthy and we thought that it would go away in a few days.

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This is how he sleep for the past few days, with his mouth opened and snoring away

Yesterday, I went back home for lunch and decided to take a quick nap. As I closed my eyes, I heard Bobo sneezing and I sensed him walking towards me. When I opened my eyes, he was sneezing so badly that there's mucus and blood spraying on me! I was so shocked that I told my mom to bring him to the vet.

The vet says that he's just having a normal flu and prescribed some flu medicine for him. Awhile later at home, he followed me to the kitchen and I wanted to feed him. Then he looked really dazed and confused and this is when it happened.

The seizure
It didn't occurred to me that it's a seizure but I know that something is terribly wrong when he arched his back so badly that I thought he's going to break his own neck. He was running on his sides, arching his back and yelping away. The whole episode probably lasted about a minute.

And he urinated on himself.

Sprawling on the floor, he was trying to stand up but he could barely crawl to a spot where he felt safe. Bobo managed to sit up after awhile and starting salivating. I was just so shocked because this is my first time witnessing it and I didn't know what to do. One part of me wanted to video it down so that I could show the vet what this is, but the other part of me was afraid that people would call me cruel to tape it down instead of helping my dog.

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Dazed bobo ignoring me when I try to coax him out

I told my mom and brought him to the vet. The vet explained that it's a seizure, and is unlikely to be a side effect from the medication she prescribed. So she asked if we could do an X-Ray and a blood test to see if there's anything wrong internally; I agreed.

Bobo is very fierce, as my friends whom came to my house before would know it. Still remember everyone would try to do a 'Dog Whisperer' on Bobo... Hahaha.
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The assistants held down Bobo as they did the scan
The results were normal and it showed nothing wrong with Bobo. The vet said that it is possible for a mass to be growing inside Bobo's head or an allergy to penicillin, causing the bloody mucus, panting and seizures. She gave Bobo an anti-inflammatory injection, switched his medication to a non-penicillin base.

Well, I didn't expect all that to be so expensive! The whole medical bill came up to $400. I rather it be me who's sick than Bobo, there's hardly any cheap vets around. Heck, when you are sick, you get medicine from government clinics and it's subsidized. But when pets fall sick, you can hardly find a cheap vet and it's simply unbearable to see your pet in pain.

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Let's go home, Bobo
It's been awhile since I last rode a bicycle, and it's the first time Bobo came out with me on a bicycle.

I went home to nap but I was woken up by Bobo's yelping. A groggy me thought Bobo was just randomly barking at my neighbors but then I realized, that yelping sounded familiar. So I quickly rushed out of my bedroom to see Bobo having a second seizure. It really broke me heart to see him in this state.

Here's a video of how a dog's seizure may look like:

Bobo on the other hand, didn't stood up as quickly as the dog did. It is very heart breaking to see your beloved pet in this state. The yelping, peeing on himself and being helpless to his seizure... I really wish with all my heart that Bobo recover soon.

Monday, November 03, 2014

Shop for skirts with Zalora

Flirting with the lengths and hems of different skirts, Zalora has brought you all kinds of fashionable skirts! From mini skirts to pencil skirts, there's a skirt for every occasion. Not to mention that they have a free delivery service for purchases above $40 and a 30 days free return policy! Enticed yet? Here, check out some of my picks from Zalora:

Black Zip Pocket Mini Skirt
With the zippers, it's a little funky and never goes out of trend for any season!

Tulle Full Midi Skirt
It's shaped like a tulip, and with a soft peach colour, it's a perfect skirt for every girl!

Tilt-A-Twirl Skirt

Chamomile Mesh Skirt
We don't get to experience fall in Singapore but that doesn't mean that the weather doesn't get a little chilly and rainy! So why not a cute mesh skirt for a start!

Aren't they all adorable? Now the fall trend is sheer sheer sheer! Even Carine Roitfeld, the 60 year old doyenne of french fashion has worn a sheer skirt during the Paris Fashion Week!

Styles by Zalora is often kept up to date with the latest trend and with the latest designs, what's not to love about shopping? Shop for skirts with Zalora and keep the trend going!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Babette Food Review

With the success of Chillax Café at Serangoon Gardens, “Towkay” DJ Darren Wee of 987FM went on to open his F&B restaurant at the new Parc Soverign Hotel. Babette, the name of the restaurant, was inspired by the 1980s Danish film ‘ Babette’s Feast’.
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Determined to come up with something that is affordable and delicious, a French-Japanese cuisine was created.
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Honey Yuzu Ice Blended [7] to quench my thirst. It was a hot day to begin with!

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Not quite your usual plain salad. This octopus salad includes grilled octopus, a good variety of vegetables and their own Babette sauce, all in one bowl. Quite a tasty start to a good meal!

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Bacon Tempura with yuzu mayo [10]
This is one that caught my eye while Darren was walking me through their menu. Crispy bacon with a coat of light and fluffy crust, it's good to order this with a beer! It's so delicious that I can't even describe it with words, other than to try it yourself!

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Steak & Foie Gras Donburi [28]
As someone who doesn't eat beef very often, this marbled cut steak is the best that I have ever tasted in my entire life. Cooked to medium-rare, the steak is flavorful and tender. Every bite of it with a spoonful of Japanese short-grain rice and a bit of creamy pan-seared foie gras tastes heavenly.

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Duck Confit Donburi [28]
Duck confit is a specialty of France and whipping it up with Japanese rice, every bite is so tender melting that it falls of the bone altogether. The in-house Babette sauce is drizzled all over and served together with pickles that gives you a whole spectrum of taste, a piece of heaven in one bowl!

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Matcha lava cake [12]
I don't think any girls would say no to desserts, really. This Matcha Lava cake is really a must-have dessert after a good meal. A perfect fusion of the east-west cuisine, the green tea infuse cake comes together with vanilla ice cream and azuki red beans. White chocolate fondant was used, which makes this lava cake THE lava cake. Betcha can see now why it's a must-have when you come and visit the restaurant!

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They have a very cosy setting that I really like, a great place to hold parties and all the better with the awesome food they have!

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Thanks for the invitation Darren! If you're lucky to spot him while dining there, do say hi!

Babette Restaurant & Bar
Babette Facebook
165 Tyrwhitt Road, #01-03, Parc Sovereign Hotel, Singapore 207569
(5-10 min walk from Lavender MRT, near Chye Seng Huat)
Tel: +65 6341 7727
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Black & White: The Dawn of Justice Movie Review

After watching the first movie of Black & White, I was very excited to be given an opportunity to attend the premiere of Black and White: The Dawn of Justice Gala Premiere at Vivocity GV. Director’s Tsai (蔡岳勳) and Actor’s Mark Chao (趙又廷) of the movie made an appearance at the premiere for fans meet as well as the press conference in Singapore.

Personally, I would rate this movie 2.5 against 5 stars. In terms of cinematography, Asian movies are slowly catching up with Hollywood films. With a style like Michael Bay's, lots of explosives can be expected in this action-packed movie. The visual effect however can be a little better, I feel. The storyline is pretty cool and humour can be expected in the movie, they did justice to the actors' past experience. Also, Fann Wong's husband Christopher Lee made a cameo appearance as a high-ranking officer in the movie! Do check out the trailer and synopsis below:

Police officer in the Southern Precinct, WU Ying-xiong, has been revered as a hero in the Harbor City ever since he stopped the terrorists on a Boeing 777 airplane and kept the city safe. Panic spreads the whole city as a series of bomb explosions happen within hours and this is just the beginning of a tight-knit conspiracy.

Righteous and impulsive, Wu is paired up with the intelligent but arrogant loner CHEN Zhen to track down the mastermind behind the bombing incidents. During the investigation, they find the clues are linked to a freeway kidnapping case. Worst of all, they find the next suicide bomber is XU Da-fu, a criminal who once helped Wu solve the airplane crisis and secretly ran away with his girlfriend Qiao-qing by faking death with Wu’s assistance.

Soon Wu and Chen will discover that the bombings are just the prelude to a massive destruction. Stolen military missiles are now aimed at the Harbor City; moreover, a deadly virus is about to breakout, which is so highly contagious that it can devour the whole world in 14 days. All the chaos is planned by the Nightwalkers—a secret assassination squad which used to serve the highest government officials. Facing the unprecedented crisis, the two-men team of totally opposite characteristics is the only hope to reverse the situation. Nonetheless, when moral standards are turned upside down, what faith should they keep to maintain the so-called justice?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Clover Films Upcoming Movies

As a movie buff, I am always on the lookout for upcoming movies! Clover Films has allowed a sneak peek of the upcoming movies by inviting several bloggers including myself, to the event held at Fullerton Hotel.

Those Asian movies like Jackie Chan blockbuster 'CZ12' and John Woo’s 'Reign of Assassins' that you see in the cinemas? Yeap, they were distributed and produced by Clover Films that was established in 2009.

With thanks to Kevin and Clover Films, I'm going to catch 'Black and White: The Dawn of Justice' !

Panic spreads the whole city as a series of bomb explosions happen within hours and this is just the beginning of a tight-knit conspiracy. Righteous and impulsive, Wu Ying-Xiong is paired up with the intelligent but arrogant loner Chen Zhen to track down the mastermind behind the bombing incidents. Soon Wu and Chen will discover that the bombings are just the prelude to a massive destruction. Stolen military missiles are now aimed at the Harbour City; moreover, a deadly virus is about to breakout, which is so highly contagious that it can devour the whole world in 14 days. All the chaos is planned by the Nightwalkers—a secret assassination squad which used to serve the highest government officials...

Here's the trailer:

Super excited to see Mark Chao and Lin Genxin on the big screen!!!!

The upcoming movies are:

Kungfu Jungle (一个人的武林), My Geeky Nerdy Buddies, The Golden Era (黄金时代),Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2 ,Haemoo, Black & White:The Dawn of Justice(痞子英雄:黎明再起)

Kungfu Jungle
Martial arts instructor (Donnie Yen) working at a police academy gets imprisoned after killing a man by accident. But when a vicious killer (Wang Baoqiang) starts targeting martial arts masters, the instructor offers to help the police in exchange of his freedom.

My Geeky Nerdy Buddies
Otaku (Jam Hsiao) and his roommate Mr. Cheap (Da Peng) are known as the ultimate geeks of their university. Like any other guys, their goal is to fall in love with their girls of their dreams. To get close to their goddess, Mr. Cheap pretends to be a spoiled rich kid, appearing everywhere Mei (Xie Na) goes. Meanwhile, Otaku tries to create a chance to talk to class beauty Ling (Maggie Jiang) by running into her in the hallway, only to have his plan fail awkwardly.
The school’s legendary couples party is fast approaching, and the only person to show up without a date will be etched on the “pillar of shame” and be mocked forever. To avoid this catastrophic fate, Otaku and Mr. Cheap decide to put away lame disguises and try winning their goddesses over by being sincere and earnest, and a fierce battle for love is about to kick off...."

The Golden Era
Born into a land-owning family in Manchuria, Xiao Hong's mother died when she was young. Her estrangement from her tyrannical father sparked a long quest for an independent and emotionally satisfying life. Rescued from destitution by hard-drinking fellow writer Xiao Jun, their fraught and competitive relationship brought her more heartache than joy...

Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2
As soon as Shen Ran loses his ingénue of a girlfriend Zixin to an architect, he revert to his usual womanizer self with a vengeance. He starts hitting on every pretty girl that crosses his path until he met the stock market maverick Yang Yang, whom is as gorgeous as she is talented…

HAEMOO is about a group of fishermen who are driven into madness when their attempt to smuggle illegal migrants ends in a horrible tragedy. Six crew members – led by the captain, ‘Wan-ho’(Moon Sung-geun) who had an eventful life and lives hidden on the boat. To the naive and youngest crew member ‘Dong-shik’(Park Yoochun) who just started working aboard the ship recently– begin their dream of having their boat with a full load of fish. However on the open sea, they are transporting something, it is not meat but human beings! An unknown ‘sea fog’ to which they cannot see what’s in front of themselves comes down and they become swept into an uncontrollable accident…

Monday, September 22, 2014

9th edition of N.E.mation! - Top 10 team selection

The 9th edition of N.E.mation! is here! A competition organised by Nexus for youths to turn their ideas about Total Defense into animation, the one-week selection here is to bring out the top 10 teams with ideas that are closest to the theme! During the call-for-entry phase, the top 100 teams had been selected for this one-week selection where they will be coached to refine and pitch their ideas to a panel of judges. During this very exciting process, 90 teams will be eliminated to bring out the top 10 teams!

These are the themes for Singapore's 50th anniversary:

  1. Believing in Singapore: Because This is Home
  2. Pioneers
  3. Forward-looking
  4. SAF50

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STLC George Goh, representative from Nexus and also one of the 4 judges for the selection giving a short speech before revealing the top 10 teams. And here we go!

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One more cheer for everyone who made it into the top 22! It was very difficult to decide who gets to be in the top 20 so this year was an exception, allowing 2 more teams to be in the top 20.

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The top 10 teams coming in your way!

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The ecstatic moment where this team found out that they will remain in the top 10. Several teams were called out and at every round, only few teams could stay in the competition. Sitting there, I couldn't help but marvel at the organisers whom did a really fantastic job at pumping up the atmosphere!

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Between this two teams, one of them would have to leave while the other one remains in the top 10. Both of the teams were very nervous; they grasp their team mates in hopes of remaining in the top 10, the other team held on tightly to their symbol of the team (the lemon of course). And who will it be?
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The Elemonators! I can tell that the initial reaction was disbelief and shock, like 'wut?'

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And they hugged each other knowing that they would endure the long journey ahead with each other's encouragement and support.

It was a tough fight between the top 22 teams, we all know it because the judges took nearly 2 hours to deliberate the final top 10 teams. Be it the ones who stayed or the ones who left, tears streamed down their faces. It was a memorable experience and no regrets for those who had to leave, it was not easy to make it to the top 22 in the first place.
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And with that being said, this year was a little more special. The teams who managed to make it there to the top 22 were all given medals as a token of participation.

As the selection came to an end, we can now reveal all out top 10 teams who will remain in the competition! Here they are:
1. Acrylics from Raffles Instituition
2. AlphaCrescent from Crescent Girls’ School
3. Believed Beliefs from CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School
4. Chunky Monkeys from Singapore Chinese Girls’ School
5. Elemonators from CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School
6. HigherThanYou from Cedar Girls’ Secondary School
7. IDK from Raffles Girls School (Secondary)
8. JJKN59 from Kent Ridge Secondary School
9. Millennium Dragons from CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School
10. wasd from Commonwealth Secondary School

Curious about how they really felt during the elimination round, I managed to talk to one of the teams who got into the top 10.
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This is AlphaCrescent from Crescent Girls' School. They are all schoolmates in the same CCA, and very excited for the next phase of the competition! All of them were in total disbelief when the results came out, they thought other teams had better ideas but it must have been their presentation and sincerity that won the judges' heart!

Image from Isiah who caught this special moment
Even though the journey ahead can put girls' friendship to a test, AlphaCrescent told me that they have faith that they will be able to make it through and will be giving their best efforts for it, even if it meant forgoing their holidays!

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Now that we finally have our top 10 teams, it's time to move on to the next phase!
The teams will be spending three weeks of their school holidays in November working on the animation and in between this period, they will be attending pre-animation production and workshops to help them in their final product.

All the best to all the teams! For updates of the competition, do visit N.E.mation! 9 official site and subscribe to the Facebook page!