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Movember!

Courtesy of Google Images

Courtesy of Google Images

Here’s letting all the guys know that November is officially Movember! It’s time to do your part in raising awareness for prostrate and testicular cancer and mental health by growing a moustache (were you expecting something else?) for 30 days. Day 1 started yesterday but it’s never too late! For more information (Singapore based), check out this site: http://sg.movember.com/about or if you’re not in Singapore but want to know about this movement, go here: http://www.movember.com/

Unfortunately, I can’t grow a moustache but hey, it’s the thought that counts! (And psst: if you look good with one on, it’s points when talking to the ladies…just don’t make that your ulterior motive)

Be kind to one another 🙂 x

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Review: The Phantom of the Opera

Oh. My. Dear. Lord. It was soooooooooo goood!! Well, I have no other performances of this brilliant musical to compare with as it was my first time watching it on stage. The Phantom of the Opera has been my favourite musical since I was a child, after watching it on TV. I remember wearing my mum’s white dress and singing to the mirror “The Phantom of the Opera” while combing my hair. In fact, I was so much in love with it that the soundtrack CD was blasted on my speakers almost every day.

The Phantom of the Opera was held in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore this time. Despite the smaller stage compared to that of Esplanade (where it was previously shown), it was still a breathtaking set. Like I said before, I don’t have anything to compare it with except for my friends’ comments. Nonetheless, like always, I am super excited for musicals and just feeling the energy of the crowd always makes it more fun. To be seated early and capturing moments with my friend, to admiring the details of the set (The Phantom of the Opera has one of the most beautiful sets I’ve seen so far)…just breathtaking.

When it started, all I got was the jitters. Good jitters. The cast did it so spectacularly! There were times when I didn’t understand a word cos of the thick accent of the Senora and the Indian dude, but their actions were hilarious. But boy, the Senora is loud! It was hard concentrating on other parts when they did a mash-up of sorts for a scene as she pretty much stole the song. And my brain went blank for those few minutes.

I couldn’t stop smiling when “The Phantom of the Opera” started. Despite having some of the Phantom’s parts lower than the original key, it still brought goosebumps to me, especially when Christine sang the last bit of the song, hitting the extremely high notes.

However, I would say that “All I Ask Of You” really stole the show for me. Oh, and it also makes a very good song for a wedding. Haha! I was almost to tears hearing them perform that item. Here’s the video from the movie starring Gerard Butler (Phantom/Erik), Patrick Wilson (Raoul) and Emmy Rossum (Christine):

Of course, I have to add something about “Masquerade”! The colourful outfits and again, breathtaking details of the set to the dancers – everything was just spectacular.

Not forgetting, the heartbreaking scene where The Phantom almost kills Raoul if Christine doesn’t marry him, and when she wants to just to save Raoul’s life, he lets her go. Gosh, that scene was just bursting with so much raw emotions that even my stomach felt it.

Simply a standing ovation worthy performance. The entire cast did everything so effortlessly and really made me fall in love with it again. I would gladly watch it on a bigger stage next time – maybe in Albert Hall, perhaps? Any sponsors? 😉

Be kind to one another.

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Day’s Adventure: We ended up in Bukit Batok…

It was supposed to be a photography day out with my crazy friend yesterday, and it surprisingly did turn out to be a bit of an adventure for us. No, sadly, we didn’t take as many photos as we wished we did with our DSLRs but we discovered….hold on to your seats…WEST MALL at Bukit Batok!

The day started at Holland Village, where I discovered that it was a pretty boring place in the day (no offence to Holland Villagers). Oh, and we found where Wala-Wala’s is! Like finally! It was a bit of a kill-joy when nobody else was as excited as me though. Even my friends whom I texted were plainly shocked that I have never been to Holland Village. 1) I don’t drink alcohol often, and 2) I wouldn’t travel all the way there for a drink unless I’m driving…but then again, the whole drinking and driving thing is a big no-no. There really is no win-win situation here, someone’s gotta sacrifice (most probably taxi drivers). However, I gotta say that being in Holland Village made me feel like I was sort of back in a part of Melbourne (if you went to the dangerous zone), which to me was great! The atmosphere was a tad of old-school meets modern era. And just to clear things out, I’m not saying Holland Village is a danger zone.

As the day was coming to a close end, we decided to take our adventure to a different level – hopped on the first bus that came to a random bus stop, and ended up in Bukit Batok Interchange. It was ironic as I had previously stated the furthest we’d go was Woodlands, and well, if you’re much more of a Singaporean than I am, you’d know it’s pretty much beyond Woodlands. Pretty crazy stuff. Boarded the MRT and welcomed our 1-hour journey to Raffles Place. The longest I’ve been on the train for a long time. What can I say? I’m a bus person.

Pretty much the entire day was finding for things that was not there – Cotton On in Holland Village and West Mall, followed by Margarita’s in Clarke Quay. On another hand, they might have been there but we missed it by miles. Sometimes, not wanting to use technology can be a bad thing, but hey, we learn. We shouldn’t be slaves to our phones anyway.

But, after all that chaos, we finally rested upon Octapas at Clarke Quay (pretty good play on words since it was a Tapas bar). This was where, however, where the whole “cheap” day came to a bust. Well, deciding on dining at Clarke Quay was already a bad decision. Hahaha, but no regrets! Their bacon wrapped prawns was super delish, though a tad bit too small. They were more like newly born prawns, or prawns that had shrunken so much cos the bacon was suffocating them. Can you imagine that? My imagination gets too crazy for me to understand at times. Moving on, the main course was Valenciana Paella. It was a good blend of salty and sweet, due to the ingredients. Despite the sad size of the prawns on both dishes (yes, I love my prawns), the serving for the paella was way too much for 2 of us, even when we ordered the smaller serving for 2. Maybe it was meant for 2 guys, or 2 very hungry women…hmm…

So, the moral of the story is that even when you could plan for a “cheap” day, make sure to make it foolproof, or you’d end up spending $80+ on a simple dinner despite not spending any cash the entire day. But most importantly, always have fun doing what you do. Always.

Happy job hunting!

Be good to each other 🙂

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Part I: Cheap ideas for a day/evening out

I’m starting from what’s coming off my mind right now, so I shall apologize in advance if the list is rather short. It’s all about using your imagination when money is not readily available for you. Some of the ideas are pretty old-school, as you will see when you continue reading. Let’s start rolling!

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  • A trip to the movies* and a walk by the many parks in Singapore/ Sentosa (perfect for evening dates).
  • While you’re at Sentosa, check out Songs of the Sea for its breathtaking visual effects and fireworks. Tickets are priced at S$12-S$15.
  • Museum trips (most are free for citizens/PRs – if you’re otherwise, please do visit the respective sites).
  • Take a walk down memory lane along Sentosa, Fort Canning Park, Little India, Chinatown, Haw Par Villa, Geylang Serai, etc. Ever tried being in the shoes of a tourist for a day? It’s fun! Just grab a camera and a few brochures, and head out! Food** around those areas are not expensive too, unless you dine in a restaurant.
  • Help the needy. Volunteer your services. It’s always good to give back 🙂
  • Stay-at-home movie marathons. Invite your friends over, get some snacks or do a pot-luck party while you’re at it! This never gets boring no matter how old you are.

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I’m actually pretty smitten by Sentosa recently, honestly. There are tons of things to do and you can find the whole line up on their site @ http://www.sentosa.com.sg/en/

*For money’s worth, I’d suggest good action movies rather than other light genres as there’s really no need to watch them on the big screen. Some things can wait. Also, watching a movie on a weekday (especially Tuesdays) is cheaper than weekends.

**Will be covering some of the awesome cheap food around soon! Stay tuned!

Till next time! Stay safe and remember to leave comments/ suggestions for more cheap ways to spend a day, or affordable food places!

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Introduction: Le Jobless

So, my first post. The inaugural post. We all have been through that tough financial period, or may be in it right now (I know I am). Hence, the whole purpose of this site is to allow you to explore the cheap world to its fullest. Some things, however, do require more planning and execution than others, but hey, we can’t be picky every time. I shall, also, refrain from using the word “free” as nothing is ever free.

Before we get the ball rolling, I will have to stress that comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated. Let’s all help each other through the tough times, shall we?

Ready? Let’s go!

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