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Best Les Miserables Dream Cast In A Perfect World

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The musical that has been seen by an audience of over 70 million worldwide in 42 countries, sweeping over 125 major awards internationally, and which I have watched various versions repeatedly is coming to our sunny shores! The hit musical, produced by Cameron Mackintosh, has returned to Singapore for the first time in TWENTY years.

AND I AM GOING TO WATCH IT!! 😀 OMGOMG I’m such a huge fan of Les Miserables you cannot imagine. It’s such a dream come true to be able to watch the musical LIVE.

It’s not fair to pit actors from the movie against singers from the musicals because they’re inherently differently mediums performed for different audiences. So here’s my idea of a Les Miserables dream cast in my perfect world for a musical, where one possesses the voice and presence to sing for a 5-digit audience size, not just in front of a camera.

Before that, a little history here first. Many people think Les Miserables is about the French Revolution of 1789-99. Truth is, Les Miserables is actually set 26 years after this Revolution, and concerns a rebellion that occurred in Paris in June 1832 against the rule of King Louis-Philippe. I only understood this after watching the movie.

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(screenshots from Les Miserables 2012)

My Les Miserables addiction began after watching the movie twice. I then watched the 10th anniversary (original broadway 1985) and 25th anniversary (2010) on YT. The full videos have since been taken down due to copyright issues, but if you know the way of the Internet, it isn’t that hard to look. Heh.

The movie was fantastic for it provided a visual framework for all that story-singing to happen. If I had watched the broadway musicals before the movie, I wouldn’t have understood half of it. The movie helped me understand the little details so that I can further appreciate the musicals.

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Skin & Life After Facial Incident: What You’ve Always Wanted To Know – Part 1

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Hello friends! Sorry for this long overdue post, whoops! I’ve been meaning to write about how life and my skin have been since the terrible facial but there really is SO MUCH that getting started gave me a headache. And then my iMac went mad when I was close to publishing so that sat me back by a couple more weeks. @_@

Well, here it is, and it so happens to also be the month the outbreak occurred 3 years ago. So…. Happy anniversary to me! LOL.

After more than 3 years since the horrible facial happened, I still get asked questions pertaining to the incident. I don’t mind getting questions, really, in fact I am glad that my posts have touched many people and given them the courage to reach out to someone for help. Or shed light on the potential consequences of a facial.

However, sometimes I do find it tiring to be replying the same questions over and over again, all day, every day. To me, this incident happened very long ago and I do want to put it behind me. But every now and then a website picks up this piece of old news and it goes viral and then I get flooded with questions again. To people who don’t notice the date or look at my life updates, they think it happened yesterday.

So I decided to put together a two-part series, covering the most frequently asked questions, across various topics to help as many people as possible. I wanted to break it further but three posts seemed like an overkill.

Here’s Skin & Life Post-Facial: What You’ve Always Wanted To Know

Part 1: Salon Identity, Case Resolution, Skin Updates

Part 2: Skin Updates, Doctors, Dealing With Skin Conditions

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Childhood Chap Chye With Red Fermented Bean Curd – Grandma Would Be Proud

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When I was growing up, besides the other fabulous food and snacks and angbaos, what I looked forward to the MOST on the first day of Chinese New Day was the chap chye borne out of my grandmother’s kitchen.

Most kids who grew up in a Chinese family would have grown up with chap chye in some form. There are plenty of ways to make chap chye, and they all differ in taste – some are made with stock, some have taojio (salty fermented soya bean), some add flour, some add belachan, some make it soupy, some make it thick.

The one made by my grandmother was a meatless version. My dad said eating vegetarian chap chye on the first day of Chinese New Year represents a cleansing of the system, the welcoming of a brand new year. Something like that.

Despite its origins being a vegetarian dish, there are plenty of recipes that incorporate prawns, dried shrimps, pork belly, sotong. So whatever makes you and your family happy! =D

The Peranakans have their own methods, the Cantonese have their own dish origins, the Hokkiens seem to have their own secret theories too. But to me, it matters not the origins of the chap chye, but the taste of childhood.

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Where To Find Good Quality & Affordable Makeup Brushes In Singapore

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I often get the reply “But I don’t know how to use brushes or which brush to use” when people ask me what do I use to apply my makeup and I ask them back.

Considering the crazy number of brushes I own – I think I stopped counting at 180? – it might seem torturous to have to wade through the army of brushes before deciding what to use, and how to use it.

But in fact, no, usually this is more the case:

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Lalalalalalalala~~ 😀

It’s precisely because I’ve gone through so many brushes that I know exactly what’s good and how to maximise each brush’s potential.

So today, I’m gonna share with you some of my commonly used brushes that are of great quality, super affordable, and easy to use. I love these brushes, that’s why I brought them in to make them accessible to more people, and at a lower price (coz there is no rent and no employees to pay LOL).

I hope through this post you’ll have a better understanding of various brushes and their versatility – every brush has more use than what its name states! You can drop me a message on the Gumtree app if you have any questions.

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HERE WE GO!!

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Why We Don’t Celebrate Valentine’s Day

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Yesterday my husband and I finally got to celebrate our first wedding anniversary, at the place we got married one year ago. Correction – technically it should be 1 year and 5 months. But that’s okie since we’ve never been big on dates and anniversaries. We’ve been together for so long we don’t even remember when we actually got together 11 years ago.

Here’s a little story on our childhood romance if you’re interested. 😉

Depending on your current status, I guess Valentine’s Day can either can a loving or cursed day. As far as I can remember, I never understood what the fuss about Valentine’s Day was, why people bothered buying gigantic overpriced bouquet of flowers or getting stacked like sardines next to a ton of other couples or why all these only happened on one day of the year. It always seemed a bit contrived and quite unromantic. Obviously the pressure to conform comes mostly from advertisers and retailers who created the need, making it sound like if you don’t shower your lover with gifts on February 14, then you’re not expressing your love well.

But shouldn’t love be celebrated and exhibited every day?

Mr Mode and I tried celebrating Valentine’s Day on the actual day a couple of times (back when we were young and carefree lol), and to be honest they didn’t feel any more special than any other day. Just more expensive, more forced, more pre-packaged.

As his 32-year-old self replied ‘just another day’ when I asked what Valentine’s Day means to him, I too feel that Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean anything except for the meaning we give it. It should not be a way to gauge your self worth or commitment to your partner. I’m not saying that Valentine’s Day is bad, but it shouldn’t make you feel less assured of your love or that buying expensive gifts and dinner means you’ve done your part in the relationship.

Instead of professing eternal love on that one special day, I would think fostering romance every day and sprinkling little surprises into daily life is the stuff love is made of.

When you are tempted to complain that he isn’t romantic (I do, sometimes), try making a list of things to remind yourself that he does, in his own quiet ways. This is particularly effective if your husband is shy and introverted or a hopeless non-romantic, like mine!

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Salted Egg Yolk Cookies In Octopus Man-Heart Shape

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Salted eggs are most commonly found at tze char stalls in Singapore as people like eating them with rice or porridge. The yolks are also an important ingredient in mooncakes. I like the yolk while Mr Mode likes the white. In recent years salted egg yolks have gained so much popularity they can now be found in anything from chicken/pork/ribs/crabs/prawns, fries, pizza, pasta, ice-cream, vegetables, etc. Not forgetting liu sha bao! 😀

I wondered if anyone would make cookies with salted eggs, and indeed there are! I researched on a few recipes to conclude this one that I’ll be sharing today. 😀

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Salted Egg Yolk Cookies

Makes about 70 cookies

Ingredients

Pastry:
85g unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
40g caster sugar
Pinch of salt
3 cooked salted egg yolks, mashed
125g all purpose flour
10g corn flour
1/8 tsp baking powder

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