Wednesday, September 18, 2019

HOW I TRANSFORM MY HONG KONG APARTMENT

From mouldy dust smell to new wallpaper, repainted furnitures and fresh linen...

Hello beautiful ones, today i bring you through my journey on HOW I TRANSFORM MY HONG KONG APARTMENT (to the best i could).

Hong Kong, you've totally tested my limits and patience. As you would know, housing is a big issue in Hong Kong. Flats are ultra small. Old buildings with leaking water coming from the air-con. If you are thinking about moving to Hong Kong (on a non-expat package), you need to think twice about the housing condition here (whispering to you: its pretty bad).

I was lucky enough to rent a much bigger flat than most people. Two rooms, one living room, one kitchen a toilet. I was told not to expect much because this is an old flat. Everything is old. So i mentally prepared myself but i totally missed out something - if something is very old, you should also expect that moldy smell. I completely miss this out.

Strong mould smell greeted me when i opened that door. What have i got myself into? Why did i do this?! Anyhow, after staying for one week i know this flat needs to be tear down and rebuild (literally). Well at the very least, those old wallpaper needs to go. Its making my nose itch.

I spent a total of 4 weeks to complete everything. I only had the weekend free to do since i had my full time job during weekdays.


My bedroom before


In the process of renovation...


Mould....
I also learned how to plaster wall. 

Adding on to the mouldy smell, my legs were ridiculously bitten by idk-wtf insects. I only realised its coming from beneath the mattress/the mattress when i was doing a deep clean in the bedroom.

BEWARE MY READERS FOR I'M ABOUT TO SHOW YOU MY UGLY LEG RAW PHOTO (also haven't shave for awhile).



I had a total 5 of these bites on both legs. The bites were so big even after 3 months, i'm still suffering from the scars. These idk-wtf insects were all living beneath the bed!!! So apparently the bed is a storage bed and apparently, the owner has his whole junk of items untouched which i predict for at least 5 years. 
I had to clear all these away.

After changing the wallpaper, repainting the furnitures, DIY cupboard knob, layering vinyl flooring, new curtains, new mattress and bedsheet, my bedroom is finally coming together. 



Isn't this looking SO MUCH BETTER?

Now comes the living room 


My living room before



And my living room after



You are welcome. Its looking so much better now.

Thing I've learned through this renovation: 
1. How to stick wallpaper
2. How to plaster the wall
3. How to overlay my floor with vinyl tiles
4. How to paint my furnitures and shine them


I purchased most of the renovating items from Taobao and that includes wallpaper and vinyl tiles. They are sold at a really affordable price!!!

To be honest, i'm very proud to how far i've come for this renovation. It took me so much patience and tolerance. I had to wait till weekend to continue my renovation because I had to work in the weekdays. There were a few times when i thought i should just change to a better apartment. But seriously, its really expensive to rent apartment in HK. They are expensive and ultra small.

I also have to thank my aunty, her husband and my boyfriend who came to help me. Without them, i really don't think i can make it. Its just too much work!

But i am glad that this is all over now.

So that's it my lovely ones! Hope you like this post I shared. And again, if you are thinking about moving to HK on your own, think again.

xx

Friday, June 28, 2019

I HAVE MOVED TO HONG KONG

Hello beautiful ones! I terribly apologise for the lack of posting. I spent a few months reflecting and enclosing myself "in a circle". Really want to thank all my friends and family who showed me support and care. I am feeling much better now.

And if you are not following my Instagram, which i am very active on, you are missing out! I have moved to Hong Kong! It has been a month since i came here, back to my old hometown. Just a brief background about myself: I was born in Hong Kong and migrated over to Singapore when i was 5. After graduated, I landed myself in a very good company and after 2.5 years of rolling, a thought came across my mind. "It is now or never". And here i am, transferred to Hong Kong. A whole new experience, new colleagues, new work environment.

There are so many things i want to talk about since moving here! My housing issue... the people here... It's just crazy. And that's when a thought suddenly came up (sorry i have many random thoughts everyday) - I CAN DO VLOGS!!!

Still working on it now. There are just that many hours in a day for you, for me, for everyone and really only these much you could do a day. So let's all work hard.


A sunset picture for you that i took in Beijing when i was having a meeting there two weeks ago.



Follow my Instagram! @kaceycho


xx

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Need Alone Time

Hello beautiful ones! I can't believe we are already in Mid-November! (Hearing Christmas bells ringing). Who is excited for Christmas and long holidays? Well... definitely me for sure. Ever since I started working, it took me a while to realise that, damn, i'm really into adulthood now. Am i enjoying my adulthood? Honestly.... nope.... I miss school frequently. I miss the carefree life style, the 'i don't care if i finish my hmk, my lecturer can't do anything about it' mentality, stay home movie days, experimenting new cooking dishes etc.... The only thing i didn't like about those carefree days is - I'M NOT PAID. Right now, i have a job in a lovely industry earning very reasonable pay check. I can basically spend on good meals, good clothes and take a lot of Grab rides without really looking at the bank account. I could afford my first branded bag - Celine, and a second branded bag - Prada, both bought in Paris few months ago. But as i get paid in a job, i'm losing something... I'm losing my time.

What does that even mean? I mean my very own time. My personal time. I spend most of my time working. It's like 9-6 job. I wake up at 7.20am, start preparing for work, 1hour transport journey to office, finish work at 6 but most of the time i really only get my ass up at 6.20-ish clearing last min stuff. By the time i reach home, it's about 7.30pm. I take a shower, have my dinner and its already close to 9pm. I go to bed at about 11 every day. So I literally only have 2 precious hours to myself on weekdays.

On a weekend, i spend my time with my boyfriend, or with my family, or with friends. Everyday on a general basis, i only have that 3 hours for myself. Do you know how much i cherish my alone time? A lot :( . i love spending alone time... watching movies and shows. Gardening... cooking... Oh yeah nowadays i barely cook. I just don't have that motivation. When you cook, u need buy ingredients and u spend time washing dishes after cooking. And all i want to do during this alone time is really just to sit down and watch my shows quietly. I feel like myself again when i do that. My thoughts are quiet. I need not entertain anybody. I am just..... me....

A lot has been going on lately in my life. I consistently ask myself, is this what i want? what do i really want? how can i get there? To be honest, i'm ... lost. Where has all my positive energy go?! Well... i need to find back me. i need time. Lots of alone time.

So yes, this is a short post about what is up with my weird thoughts recently. Till i come back me.... ciao~!


Sunday, August 19, 2018

My Zurich Trip


Hello All ! Wow its been a long time. The last post was on December last year. lol. This year has been an exciting year so far. I was travelling almost every month for the first half of this year. 

Before I go in-depth, i want to quickly share why i'm suddenly blogging again. Honestly i didn't have any inspiration for this blog for a long time. Or maybe.. i'm just lazy. Then someone asked me on my IG why aren't i blogging anymore. At that moment, I said to myself "wow someone actually reads it?". So ok, as long as one person is reading. I will continue to blog. Thank you @skmcyy . 

I was saying i've been travelling almost every month for the first half of this year. I was in Hong Kong in Feb, then went to Macau in March, then Shanghai in April and went to Europe in May. 

I was travelling for work in Zurich, Switzerland. (I extended my trip and took leave to go to Milan and Paris. Why not right? Will blog about that soon i promise :P ). 

The whole Europe trip has been amazing! Every city and places took my breathe away. Such an eye opener. I'm sorry to say this but this is my first time travelling out of Asia countries. I was soooooo happy and excited ! Until now (almost 3 months passed), i'm still reminiscing this trip. 

I love the air in Zurich, love the affordable Aqua Panna, love the mountains, love the buildings.. I love everything there except - pricey clothes. Yeah... they sell pretty expensive stuff in Zurich. High cost of living. I also love eating my Spaghetti at Bellevue (I literally went back again the next day for lunch). I will order a glass of wine or ice tea to pair with my food for every meal. The people there really knows how to enjoy their life. Its not surprising to see the westerners sitting at the cafes/restaurants by the road and just chilling with their beer or wine IN THE AFTERNOON. But yeah.. i think i mixed myself pretty well when i was here. haha. 

I went to see the famous Grossmunster, Lindenhorf, Old Town, Rhine Fall... Dine at Stallikon - Uetliberg, visited Läderach chocolate factory, had BBQ on a rented Yacht taking us from Lachen back to Zurich and basically really blending in with their culture LOL. 

Here are some things i noticed while in Zurich: 
1. Most of the streets are empty - Its like a ghost town. I could barely see anyone on streets unless you go to the touristy area. But somehow i also love the empty streets. It's so chilling, uncluttered and peaceful. 
2. The shop closes really early at 7pm. The restaurants closed by 8pm. 
3. The swiss love to enjoy their life. They love to sit at the outdoor area, with their wine/beer and just chill. Suddenly you feel yourself moving slower too. Once you slow down, u can feel the mountains, the wind, the blue sky, the life. 
4. Blue skies in Switzerland. Definitely the most blue sky i've seen so far. Absolutely amazing. 
5. You have to be ON TIME when taking the train. The train don't wait for you and once you miss it, you miss it. Its best you know the train schedule beforehand. 
6. In Zurich, you can walk. The streets are all linked and your best travel tool is your feet. Highest record 22,000 steps in Zurich. 

 
Location: Oberdorf (In Old Town) 
I love this picture simply because there was a stranger (whom also have beautiful golden hair) sitting there, the beautiful art wall at both sides in this narrow alley, the evening sun shinning at the my outfit and the blue sky.  



Location: Somewhere near the Zurich Lake 

Location:  Zurich Lake 

Location: Beside Grossmunster


Location:  On top of the hill at Linderhof 
Can u see on your right that there's these 2 tall structures? That's Grossmunster :)

Location: Oberdorf (In Old Town) 
I also love this picture because i like how the stranger suddenly pops out in my photo and it creates a memory forever. 

Location: Rhinefall 
The largest waterfall in Europe.


Location: Zurich subway station
Heading to Rhinefall !!! My first train ticket !!! I gotta take a picture :D

Location: Outside Laderach Chocolate Factory , Bilten 
Look at the mountains and the sky... I'm so thankful for this. 

Location: Zurich (somewhere near Park Hyatt Hotel where we stayed during this trip)
Just finished dinner and heading back to hotel. Saw this beautiful building with the street lights and the damp road (it just rained) and i had to take a picture. Somehow it just looks so 'romantically pleasing'. 

Location: Mt. Rigi 

Its an hour car ride from Zurich to Lucerne. From Lucerne take an hour boat ride to Vitznau. And from Vitznau take the cogwheel train up to Mount Rigi. You definitely MUST SEE Mt. Rigi. ITS SPEECHLESSLY BREATHTAKING ! 

Location: On the way to Mt. Rigi (In the cogwheel train)
 Look at the view !!! 

Location: On the way to Mt. Rigi (In the cogwheel train)
Oh this is stunning. No edits at all. A gorgeous painting to me. 

Location: At Lucerne (ready to take the boat to Vitznau) 
There's a souvenir store at Lucerne and as usual i wrote myself a post card. (Its my own tradition. I write myself a post card every time i visit a new city). 

Location: Mt. Rigi
I laid down on the green grass...look at the ice mountain, the blue sky, the swiss radio playing. This is my life. I don't want to leave this place. 

Location: Uetliberg 

Took a train ride from Zurich to Uetliberg. Once again, switzerland took my breathe away. I can still remember the 360 view. The air, the breeze and there was a rainbow when we were there! After soaking myself with the view as much as possible, my friends and I headed to the restaurant (the little glasshouse that's behind me in this picture) for dinner. 

Location: On the lake from Lachen to Zurich

BBQ Buffet dinner, wine, cheese, bread, Aqua panna !!! Sunset... What else can i ask for? Btw, when this photo was taken, it was already 9pm. The sun only completely sets at 10pm during the summer days. 


Location: On the lake from Lachen to Zurich

And this photo sums up my trip in Zurich. 

I took more than 500 photos in Zurich. And lots of IG stories. You can click on to 'Zurich' on my highlights on IG and check out the stories! 

If you haven't been to Switzerland before, I highly recommend. Like really, I recommend it 500%. 

xx




Tuesday, December 26, 2017

RAMEN KEISUKE LOBSTER KING WORTH THE TRY? | Honest Review

Hello everyone! I haven't been posting for a very long time! I have so many reviews that i want to share but was just very lazy to transfer the photos to my laptop. That is why i've been procrastinating. But OK, let's start.

RAMEN KEISUKE
LOBSTER KING

I notice that this shop always have long queues and i wondered why. "Is the food really nice?" because honestly i think this is the only shop that has long queue (Oh and Hai Di Lao) in Clarke Quay. Apparently Keisuke has many other outlets in Singapore but Clarke Quay is the only one with Lobster soup base. Ya u heard me correct, its lobster SOUP BASE. At first i thought there's really lobster meat in my ramen!!! LOL!

真的这么好吃吗?这么多人排队。

I like their shop front 

Thank god we arrived just 5 minutes earlier before the crowd came. The queue started to form by 6.15pm. 


In the restaurant, they serve you free tao geh (it has some chilli inside)... 

and free boiled eggs. Woah this is the first time i seen a restaurant giving me free eggs. lol. 

They are also well-known for the Green Tea Cola drink. $4 per bottle. To me, it tastes like lime soda. haha. 

We ordered 2 types of gyoza. Left is with pork and right is with prawn. 

I must say the prawn one is really good (for the price). You can skip the pork and go for the prawn if you can't finish 2 types of gyoza at once. 
Beef tataki. Not my kind of thing but worth a try! 

Fried Chicken with homemade TarTar sauce 

This is the Lobster ramen with clear soup base 


Lobster Ramen with thick broth 

There are 4 different kinds of soup base you can choose from: Clear soup, Rich soup, Miso soup and spicy Miso soup. 

Overall comment: Recommend to order rich soup with hard noodle. The soup itself really has lobster taste - which i think they probably just cook it with lobster head shell ... Too bad no lobster meat. Side dishes are worth the try. It is good overall ! And the prices are fairly competitive too! Just a side note... i got a little bit thirsty after eating the food, which HIGHLY LIKELY means got MSG inside la. But it is not that bad until i am super thirsty. (The one that made me SUPER DUPER ULTRA THIRSTY WAS HAI DI LAO MA LA SOUP BASE.) 

Worth to eat? YES 

For the prices in the menu, you visit the link here

Address:

Clarke quay 3C River Valley Road #01-07 The Cannery, Singapore 179022 
(It is just near the taxi stand in Clarke Quay) 

Opens from 6pm to 5am 

+65 6255 2928 
(They don't accept booking reservation. I've tried)


xx

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

OKINAWA TRIP 2017


Hello beautiful ones. I was thinking... HOW LONG HAVE YOU LAST SEEN MY FACE IN MY BLOG? hahaha. It seems like ages ago. So during my work trip in Okinawa, i had some free time to visit this beautiful island. Although it was a short trip, it was really good to visit Japan. Its my first time in Japan!!! The most disappointing thing was that i didn't eat any sushi. Strangely, BBQ beef is 'their thing'. I always thought i can eat plenty of sushi in Japan - maybe in Tokyo. 

I managed to do a 1min30secs video with minimal footage. Couldn't upload it directly into this blog so i had to upload as a youtube video - easier to watch too. Now u can see my face! Happy watching! :D





Tuesday, August 29, 2017

My Horrible Insurance Experience (Singapore)

Hello Everyone. Today I wanna talk about INSURANCE. Yes. Buying insurance in Singapore. I want to share with you my story on a VERY BAD EXPERIENCE with this insurance agent (and possibly the insurance company itself)!!! And to remind you how important it is TO KNOW EXACTLY HOW MUCH YOU ARE PAYING + WHO TO ASK if you have doubts + ALWAYS READ THEIR LETTERS MAILED TO YOU.

*I'm not going to state this insurance company but its super well-known in Singapore. 

Ok. 10+ years ago when i was still a child, my father bought me a hospital plan from this insurance company. So for the past 10 years he has been paying on yearly basis. Until recently last year, he wants to stop paying from his Medisave account and pay the premium by cash (i.e. thru AXS machine) instead.

Then there is this letter mailed to us informing us to make a payment. My father doesn't understand English and although i understand English (obviously), i don't know exactly know how much we need to pay via the AXS machine because the letter was so complicated.

So point 1 - KNOW EXACTLY HOW MUCH YOU ARE PAYING. 

So what did we do? Ask our insurance agent la. lol. Technically speaking, it is my father's insurance agent cum friend. Insurance agent told us to pay $75 via the AXS machine and our plan will continue to be covered. Next day, went to the AXS machine and paid $75. (Paid $75 each for my sister and my hospital plan. Yeap the agent screwed up both our plans).

And we happily carried on with our life... Thinking our hospital plan is covered.... Blah Blah fast forward 6 months.

I decided to do a surgery to remove my cyst on my wrist. My father checked with his insurance agent and he told us that my surgery will be covered under the insurance plan. So I was like "Ok, i will go and remove my cyst!"

Then the next day, the insurance agent gave us a shocking news - HE SAID MY PLAN WAS ALREADY LAPSED. AND MY SISTER'S PLAN WAS LAPSED TOO. I was super dumbfounded. My father was a bit blur and didn't know what was going on...

So immediately i asked my father to give me the insurance agent's number so i can call him to clarify the situation. Called him, line was pick up and started bombing him with a lot of questions.

Most importantly of all, WHY ARE OUR PLANS LAPSED WHEN WE MADE OUR PAYMENT????

The insurance agent didn't know the answer too. He said the system says our plans are lapsed and he will check with the company. The next day, he called me and said IT IS BECAUSE WE DIDN'T MAKE THE FULL PAYMENT SO INSURANCE COMPANY THOUGHT WE WANT TO CANCEL THIS PLAN AND SO THE PLAN WAS LAPSED.

Seriously guys. At that moment, i was speechless already. My anger started to boil. All my vulgarities almost choked out from my throat.

You were the one who told us to pay that amount. We even took a photo of the letter and showed you and asked you PROPERLY how much we need to pay to continue this plan. NOW YOU ARE TELLING US OUR PLANS GOT LAPSED??? This is ridiculous.

BEST PART was that he told me i can continue my plan now. I just need to renew it. At that time, i was very confused and blur so since he say i can renew it then i will just meet him up. In my mind, i thought it was going to be a very simple process. I thought my CURRENT plan can be continued as long as i renew it. So the next day, i met him after work.

ANOTHER BEST PART. HE BROUGHT HIS GIRLFRIEND WHILE MEETING ME because that day was actually his OFF WORK. WTF. Seriously, i had to share some of my personal information and your gf was there and she could hear everything. I remember he was asking me if i want to pay extra monthly to waive off the co-insurance. He explained to me how much i need to pay at my age & how much this will increase as i age. And then HIS GIRLFRIEND INTERRUPTED : "Oh? No wonder i need to pay so much." And began asking her boyfriend some questions..........

Ok maybe i should give a little background on this insurance agent first. He is not a young man anymore. My father bought our plans from him like 10+ years ago remember? From his look, he is most probably 40+ going 50. His GIRLFRIEND (and from accent i know its from China) is probably 40 already. Alright i don't want to judge. But can you imagine the whole situation i was going through during the meet up?

I agreed on paying the extra to waive off the co-insurance. In my mind, i just wanted to hurry and finish this. I asked him "So after signing this, my plan can be renewed and i can start claiming for my cyst right?" He said "Ya can". Ok, i signed. He skipped many information and let me signed page by page. Honestly at the back of my mind i didn't know what i was doing but simply listening to him and signing and hoping this would be done ASAP.

Last page. Signed. Off i went back home. I called my mother to update her immediately. She was mad that i signed that contract and asked me to cancel immediately. Because of one reason: WHY LET HIM EARN THE COMMISSION WHEN HE GAVE US SO MUCH SHIT?

Almost immediately, i texted the agent and told him i want to cancel this plan. I gave him a reason that its because i still don't quite understand how the whole plan works and i need time to re-think. He said ok he will cancel it.

That was the last time i talked to him.

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During that time, i met a new friend who happens to be an insurance agent in that company too. So i asked him for his help. I told him about my whole messy insurance plan story and asked him how i can continue my old plan. I also called the insurance hotline to enquire about my plan and to understand why it was lapsed. It was almost a 2 hour long call. It was only WHEN I CALLED THE HOTLINE that i understand what my hospital plan is about. It was DIFFERENT FROM THE ONE THAT AGENT TOLD ME. The sum assured that he gave me was already wrong.

My friend/new agent met me in my house to talk about the plan. He told me that i cannot continue this plan anymore as its already lapsed. And by 'renewing' the plan, it means that I AM BUYING A NEW PLAN. Its not continuing this old plan that i have (this old plan that my father paid for 10years + !!! ). So I CANNOT CLAIM FOR MY CYST.

I tried to argue that my father was already paying this plan for so many years and now because of this stupid mistake that the agent done, my plan has to be lapsed and i cannot claim??? My new agent said yes. ............. DEHHHHHHHHHH i was so effing mad i swear.

Now you must be wondering how can this whole thing happen? How can it be that i paid and the plan was lapsed? And how can it be that i didn't know about the lapsed plan at all? How can an insurance agent be so unprofessional & lack of knowledge???

To answer your questions:
Q - How can it be that i paid and the plan was lapsed? 
A - I paid but it was not the full amount. The insurance agent gave us the wrong payment amount. (vulgarities coming out while i'm typing this).


Q - And how can it be that i didn't know about the lapsed plan at all? 
A - When the plan was lapsed, the insurance agent DID NOT INFORM US. He most probably didn't even read his emails.
(more vulgarities coming out while i'm typing this).
A lapsed letter was said to be mailed to us BUT WE DID NOT RECALL RECEIVING THIS. (Also part of our fault here. We always take letters foregranted.)

Q - How can an insurance agent be so unprofessional & lack of knowledge??? 
A - He is not a full-time insurance agent now. So a lot of information he got is out-dated. (And he still dare to sell insurance plans??? omg). 


So point 2 and 3 here: Know WHO TO ASK if you have doubts + ALWAYS READ YOUR LETTERS MAILED TO YOU. 

Call the hotline and ask instead of depending on your insurance agent thinking he will do everything for you. Always read the letters that your insurance company mail you. 

I do want to STRONGLY RECOMMEND SOME POINTS to all insurance companies. 

1. PLEASE EDUCATE YOUR INSURANCE AGENTS AND MAKE SURE THEY HAVE THE MOST UPDATED INFORMATION. 
2. IF A PLAN IS GOING TO BE LAPSED, PLEASE MAIL OUT A RED COLOURED LETTER. This will at least alert people who don't usually read their letters as red indicates something important/urgent. 


What is the end of my story? 

- I bought a new hospital plan with my new agent. 
- My old plan was totally lapsed.
- My current cysts is totally excluded from my new plan (All thanks to the irresponsible agent) 

I also want to mention how troublesome it was for me to get back this plan. 

Initially they wanted to exclude my heart too because i visited a cardiac specialist when i was 14 as my mother and I were over-paranoid that time. My heart was perfectly fine and no issues at all. But in my medical history that the insurance company read in their stupid system, it only states one sentence 'irregular heartbeat'. They are not able to click in to view the whole report / read the FINAL conclusion about my heart. If they want to read, they need to pay. Which is stupid right? Idk if i'm understanding this correctly but this whole thing was so bullshit to me. First and foremost my old insurance plan was already on-going when i visited the cardiac specialist. Because of a stupid mistake the old insurance agent did, my plan was lapsed and now when i tried to re-purchase the plan, they dig out my medical history. 

Because of this, i had to specially go a clinic to do a ECG to get a report. I also wrote a complain letter about this irresponsible agent and let the new agent submit to the management on my behalf. My plan was most probably approved because of the complain letter. lol. 

Alright. That is all for my ranting and story. I strongly urge everyone to get a responsible agent who will still care about you even though u won't buy anything else from them after that. (lol hard to find but i'm sure there are some out there). I also strongly urge everyone to fully understand what you are buying. End of the day, you need to depend on yourself and not your insurance agent. 

That's all. xx.