Quintessential...Europe Escapade

Friday, May 26, 2006

Travelling!!

I had a great goodbye party on wedsnesday at the new Club Venue...It was like a 2 storey shophouse and with lots of seating areas that are nice and comfy...Will pose pics up on another day...Really sad that my adventure has almost come to an end...I had a lot of fun with friends and now i'll be going back to another part of the world soon and because of the time difference it'll be hard to chat with them online...

Anyway, I'll be travellin to several places today with sabrina, christine and of cos RQ!! First off to Austria's Hintertux for snowboarding...We'll be stayin in this apartment which is like a chalet with a kitchen, living room etc...of cos minus the swimming pool...But there are a few apartments that have saunas and inddor swimming pool...of cos la wish i can choose that if not for the prices....

Then on to Belgium to Fangkai and Lijen!! The land of chocolates...hee...but i'm not a really a fan of chocos...However i knoe a girl whose name starts with a J who loves it...Choco addict...k will get lots for you..no white choco and what else? oops i forgot...haha...Then in Belgium we will do a day trip to Bruge which according to Fangkai is a very lovely place with very nice scenery...

On to Luxembourg next...this small lil country...i've no idea what to visit there...what main attractions there are cos its so small..haha...but i'll find out soon!!

Then to Amsterdam.....Hehe...of cos i'll be good...I'm still comin back to Singapore u know...too risky...But i know there's this singaporean restaurant there which everyone say must go for laughter and all..cos the singaporean lady very fierce...Haha the last time i heard she tried to matchmake one of my friends to a waitress there i think...then the other time one of my friends encouraged a waitress there to stand up for herself and she quit when that lady boss scolded her again...haha...see what will happen this time round with us...hope it's a free meal...

Then we will come back to brussels to enjoy the remainin and then we'll be off to Stockholm by ryanair...The thing is we will reach stockholm at 11pm...so no point goin to hostel and spend the 17 euros just for one nite..Me had a great idea...stayover in the airport!! haha the Skavsta Airport is for budget airlines like ryanair and is about 1 hour plus ride to the city...i've checked up the airport stayover website and they say its quite a pleasant place to sleep...Of cos they ranked Singapore airport as the no. 1...so proud of my lil Singapore...just hope that the next day we will not be sooo tired during our tour ard Stockholm..hehe...

After this we'll be back in Copenhagen...and Tivoli here we come!! Tivoli is an amusement park in Copenhagen in the inner city...and it has recently added a new ride which they claimed is the highest in Europe..so i'm definitely goin to try that..But now crossing fingers, hopin that the weather will be good by the time we are back...can u imagine takin the rides...you are up in the air and suddenly, the sky pour and windchill turns worse...you will be screamin because of the cold!!

So wait for photos...so excited abt my trip...hope i'll be able to do some good shoppin after my disappointment in Berlin...hehe...take care!!

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Exam Fever...

No i dun have a fever...how i wish i do then i can skip studyin and exams...of cos it'll be back to haunt me later....sigh...

Exams, exams and exams...Why am i so worried...i only need a pass...haha...maybe its cos of the habit and the singaporean culture i grew up in...gees chillaxzz...luckily i only have one more left on Monday...

Exams here are pretty different from Singapore...360 deg difference ah...Replacing project presentation, they have an 'interview' kind of exam where its only you and 2 examiners are in the exam room. Then you are suppose to make a short verbal presentation of your project in 3 mins!! The rest of the time, you have to answer the examiners' questions...They say its like a discussion...but a scary one ...haha...And the whole exam only last 15 to 20 mins per person..Guess what? After that, you go out for a while and go back into the room to receive your mark...SO FAST!!...like fast food...then its over...

Unique experience...but i hope SMU dun adopt such things...nay its not good for us...haha

Alrite gotta study now...sigh...tata!

Monday, May 08, 2006

'The Love Article'

Exams are coming soon...Lots of readings to do...But here i am writing...hee well i'm resting now alright...

Anyway, i was reading Glamour and i came across an article "How to make any MAN fall (and stay) in love with YOU" by Leah Hardy (some expert on relationship i think). I was laughing my head off at some of her suggestions and nearly puke at some. Well here's what she said and what i think...

Some Scientific Facts from the article:

  • 'It takes as little as 30 seconds for a man to fall in love.'


Hmm how did they measure that? If they measure it by heart rate, then its a lil dubious. Haha. We know that when we get aroused, our heart rate will definitely increase. 'Arousal has generally been conceived of as a drive state or a non-specific energiser of behaviour, something that describes the intensity of an experience but not it's quality (Duffy, 1962; Mandler, 1992). ' Notice the last part which says 'describes the intensity of an experience but not it's quality. If they really did measure it by heart rate, then an increase in heart rate does not equate to love. its just the intensity of the experience in that 30 seconds, and it does not say anything about the quality, which i would refer to love or deep feelings for the female counterpart. Because even if the intensity is high, the quality might not be positive or 'correct'. What i meant here is this: if a man can get aroused within 30 seconds, then he's either really deprived of women and sex or just mentally ill. Similarly, if the scientists really used heart rate as measurement, then isn't it wrong to attribute the increased heart rate, therefore arousal, to falling in love? I don't think the statement is true, i think its mere attraction. If anything, the statement just show how simple-minded or 'hot-blooded' the male species is. See a woman, and falls in love immediately...with her gigantic breasts or wat? haha...You need to make the leap from attraction to love...


  • 'And if you don't believe in love at first sight, you're missing a trick. A recent study from the Journal Of Social And Personal Relationship showed that the first few minutes of meeting someone has a huge influence on the course the relationship will ultimately take. Professor Artemio Ramirez, co-author of the study, says: "Earlier research had assumed there was a cumulative effect that happens in the first few days of meeting, which helps determine how a relationship will develop. But we're finding that it all happens much sooner than that - its literally within minutes."'


Well if you tell me that this is what will happen in a job interview, i would agree with you. First impressions count. But if you tell me this will land you a LOVE, then i disagree!! Its an understatement of love. I don't believe in love at first sight. Attraction at first sight, that i believe. Like i mentioned above, love is something deeper and more intense than mere attraction or arousal from the opposite sex. Love is not just an experience between 2 people (opposite sex or not) but its also the quality of the experience, the mutual understanding of 2 people that's beyond a true friendship, and the willingness to sacrifice for each other's sake. Ok do not misunderstand me with the word 'sacrifice'. The 'sacrifice' here does not refer to those cult sacrificial ceremonies. That's weird but i shall not comment about it here. Rather, the 'sacrifice' here meant compromising, living and helping with each other's flaws and compromising on things or issues for the greater benefit for the 2. Utilitarianism comes in for all relationships. Back to the point, you can't develop love at first sight. Love builts up over time. That is why there is no finite measurement of love. You can't say 'Dear, today i love you 1000kg and tomorrow i will increase by another 1000kg'. And its also the reason why romantic writers often say 'My love for you is deeper than the ocean, Higher than the mountains'. What's deeper than the ocean? What's higher than the mountains or the sky or teh universe? Its infinite. Love is infinite, it is built up overtime and can go on increasing and increasing. But of course, this applies to the 'right' one and it takes commitment and effort. All in all, love at first sight? Thumbs down!

  • In the article, it also states that ladies should wear red and put on scents of cinnamon and vanilla to increase the chances of man falling in love with you.

Muahaha...Okie, go shopping for red tops, red lipstick and red others. Oh a better way probably would be to dye your hair red. In this way, you can go out everyday with something red on you and in terms of finance, it is cheaper because the cost of dyeing will be spread over more days than buying something red and wearing only once every other day because its so unchic to be seen in the same red top for 7 days a week! Oh and you will probably smell so sweet that people who are sensitive to smell might find you revolting and puke at you!! Oh no!! Okay, bottomline don't do it everyday. Well, for those of you who do it only when you are on a man-hunt, tell me if it works. There are many more of such 'tricks' so if you come across any, do tell me! So 'cute'!

  • 'To make a man fall in love with you, you need to make him feel like you're very similar people.'

Examples given in the article includes:

  1. 'To co-react'. So if he's pissed off with his boss, you should act angry too.
  2. 'To pick up any unusual or specific words that he uses and occasionally drop them in your conversations.' So if he says something is 'unbelievable', echo by saying, 'Yes, totally unbelievable!'

Well according to the 'expert in love', 'using the same phrases that your perfect partner employs within his social circle will earn you a powerful place. He will feel like he has known you forever and can tell you anything and think that you are the one.'
Well what do you think? Doesn't it sound too familiar? Remember, you once complained about that classmate of yours who always 'suck up' to the teacher to earn brownie points? Sigh... how now brown cow? Should you forget about your principles then, and just 'suck up' this time round to this guy COS you are in need of a boyfriend and really (x 1 million) need one to walk down orchard road with him holding your hands or to show off to your single girlfriends? Wait, what if he knows? Hmmm...

  • This comes in after the above. The author agrees that the above mentioned actions (wear red and following) will only increase attraction not love. So she brought in another love expert and her trick? To look at that person 75% of the time when he is talking to you. 'The brain knows that the last time someone looked at them that long and often, it meant they were in love, so it thinks, 'Ok, i'm obviously in love with this person, too' and starts to release PEA (phenylethylamine, a rush of hormone that causes the feeling of being in love).

Haha...That's all i have to say to this.

Well having said all these, ther are some things that i agree with the article. It was recommended that during the encounter,

  • 'Make sure that the first thing you say is upbeat; positive people are more attractive - both emotionally and physically - than negative ones'

That's true... A positive personality will always get you far. You will live longer too! Having a friendly personality will allow him and encourage him to get closer to you. The positive vibes that you sent out will influence his mood as well as his impression of you. Great first impression counts, remember, thus leading to attraction. From attraction onwards, its up to your characters and depends on whether you 2 are able to commit to each other in a relationship.

  • 'Confidence is the Key'

Similarities in each other will definitely help in bringing the LOVE in. But remember, do not try to impress by being fake. Be yourself! You are as attractive as you think you are. When you love yourself, its more fun around you. Anyway, in order to love another, you must be able to love yourself first. Often, we ourselves are the most difficult person to handle. So if you can take charge of your life, it shows that you are ready to handle another person. Girls, never put yourself down! Wake up each morning with a smile and look in the mirror and say you're gorgeous!


Well that's my two cents worth...What do you think?


Cheers!
Pearly

Pictures...

Hey all,

If you wanna see pics of my travellin, you can go to pearlyzz.shutterfly.com. They will prompt you for a password. Just type jesus.

I'll post pictures up there on vienna (eelaine this is for you), berlin, munich and innsbruck...

Leave comments there if you want to...hee...


Take care!

Cheers!
Pearly

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Gosh...you will fall for him...





Hey all,

Just finished watching the korean drama that my mum bought to CPH for me...Gees, show was good...half cry half laugh type...really good...especially a character in it...

His name is Daniel Henny...A british korean actor who cannot speak a single word of korean...but who cares...his american accent (studied in University of Illinois, majored in biz) can just sweep you off ur feet...Plus his character in the show was a radiologist who persisted in his love for this girl even though she has a sweetheart and was getting back to him...*sigh...* (RQ pls dun get offended...)

Anyway below are some pictures i found of him...Happy going goo goo ga ga over him...












Ok...enjoy the videos? haha...well what do u say? cute rite?? haha any other photos share k...

Friday, April 28, 2006

My balloon burst!!

Was travellin around in the last two weeks...testing out the shopping streets of Europe haha...Well for photos of germany and austria, i'll post them up soon...but anyway this post is abt:

Darn! My balloon burst!! I was hopeful and , sigh, it is a huge disappointment now...
Was at Berlin during the Easter Holidays...bad time to be there at cos all shops were closed!!
Nevermind, took a stroll down the shopping street (also did some sightseeing...there's a church there with a bombed out tower...)
Then, it happened!
I saw this really really reallly reallllly nicccceee top...Short-sleeved purple and black polka dots...cutting was exactly what i wanted...but the shops are closed remember...
Nevermind, the shop is Vero Moda....hee..there's one in Copenhagen too...
Reached Copenhagen...went to town to buy the top...
But!!!
Reached the first store...two floors and not a sight of my dream top...
Second store...Not a sight too!!
Asked the salesgirl and she said they dun carry the same clothes here as Berlin...
SHUCKS!!! *pop* *pop*

Sigh...there goes my top...RQ say stopover in berlin in our next travel to get it...but nah...it would be wasting time and money to do a stopover there...sigh...why dun they have an online store!!! they dun even have that piece on their online catalogue...

gees...you want customers?? put everything online....tsk tsk

Anyway, to console myself...i went shoppin at other stores and tried on a lot of clothes...haha...retail therapy for a disappointed girl...well bought a top (mango sale...) and stockings to go with skirts...now i just have to look for a skirt...

Arghhh..i'm still dreaming of that top...someone help me?!?

Saturday, March 11, 2006



Alrite when i say soon...its real soon...haha ok i'm cranky its 3am!!

At the Mermaid (its really small...tot it was some huge statue...too small for a country's icon)

Naughty Sebastien and RQ...tsk...


At Carlsberg Brewery...This place is nice...except for the part where it smelt like horse pee...actually its the horse stable...The horses are huge!! like elephants...really i'm not bluffin...wanted to take a picture but the horse kept moving...sorry...but they are really huge like elephant...okok baby elephant....

That's Christian and Vera...They offered their place for us to stay when we go Innsbruck, Austria to snowboard...Very nice couple and funny...Well from the pics, we had a lot of beer...two each...well its a lot for me..These beers are free cos you get two complimentary beer coupons when you pay for the entrance ticket..A lot of my frens are just payin the 25 kronners entrance pass, skip all the exhibitions and go directly to the bar to get their beers..haha but its cheap...I finished one beer--really nice its called bramley whit--and my face was red!! haha so embarrassin...

Christian ( RQ's landlord) cooked us a evil steak patty dinner..danish style...and he even baked an apple pie!! to go with vanilla ice cream of cos...It was definitely undeniably the best dinner i had in Copenhagen...I was so full that my stomach was bloated...round and hard...haha...I think i know how to make the apple pie..haha learnt it from him but have not actually done it...DUn worry i'll practice and come back, bake one for you guys...


Me with the steak patty.. can see? umm pls ignore my ugly pants...

Tonight we had another wicked meal but photos still with RQ...when i get it will show again...it was fantastically-finger licking-good!! Christian wrapped bacon strips around a thick piece of pork...and marinated it with some killer sauce...The taste was delectable...ummm i'm still relishin the taste...sigh but the meal was over ...haha wish i can prolong the eatin and savouring of the meat...

Ok...well i'm goin to Paris next week so will have a lot of photos coming up...stay tune!!

Friday, February 17, 2006

Backdated photos...Malmo trip...

These are pictures we took in Malmo, Sweden... Really backdated we went there in feb...haha lazy me...



During the train ride...




From the train, the first sight of Malmo...

A lighthouse by the harbour...On our way to the 'Turning Torso'...Long walk man but very nice breeze, Sunshine and the seaview kept us alive...

Finally we reached the famous architecture...Haha i tried to twist my body parallel to it but nay didn't work out and i'm not showin the photo...bleah...

The Malmohus Castle...A castle with a frozen moat...and no high walls or high hills for defense...hmmm..It actually cost 40dkk to enter but 20 dkk for students i think...well i'm not sure of the price for students becos we went in free!! without them knowin of cos...haha we were early cos the castle open at 12pm so we went to the cafe beside and ate. Then when it was open, we followed a bunch of people into the castle thru the cafe's side door and saw them goin into a animal gallery so we just followed...Pretty soon we were wanderin around the whole castle and realised that we've entered for free and they didn't catch us...Muahaha...BIg castle and easy to get lost..haha...

More pictures from castle...

Pictures of Malmo city...Where the shoppin is...but shoppin was disppointing...even though its cheaper, there aren't much variety...the stores repeat themselves in ever square..abt 50 km...


Alrite will post more pictures...real soon...