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17 December 2012 @ 08:39 pm

Current Location: Singapore

Hello? This is Shinn speaking here.
I'm 19 going on 20 years old this year, graduated from my dream course/institution - Dip in Hospitality & Tourism Management at Temasek Polytechnic and here I am, about to embark on yet another brand new start, a journey in Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne, Switzerland for my degree. Fill my wardrobe up with comfortable and unique clothings, fill my life up with happiness - food and colours are sufficient. Photography - Film or digital amazes me too much. Vintage and retro items appeal as well. I'm really eager to see myself working in a hotel/resort and of course, a bonus of travelling around the world. That most probably sums up what you need to know!

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27 March 2011 @ 10:56 pm
Catch me over at Madeofballoons.com as I'm trying out wordpress instead!

A day of business networking sessions and cocktails, prepared for our Spotlight Singapore in Cape Town Business Tourism Plan Competition and in awe at "Selamat" theatre piece at Artscape.

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27 March 2011 @ 03:17 pm

To the first gentleman out there who have truly inspired me for the first time in my life, more like because it's the first time I've felt it so strongly, so close to me, so ambitious, daring to dream big and knowing what he want to do. Most importantly of all, knowing what he wants to do and going all out in doing them. Determination and perseverance, that kept him going. He hasn't done this all alone (though at times he did) but the strong support of those around him that will not only make his dream come true but because he's helping the others make their dreams come true too...

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26 March 2011 @ 03:14 pm

On the fourth day, we had the chance to visit the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront which is Cape Town's working harbour, also South Africa's most visited destination with the highest rate of foreign tourists of any attraction in the country. It's actually located between Robben Island and Table Mountain, so you've got both the mountan and the sea view. A place offering a variety of shopping, entertainment and f&b options - at the same time with accommodation such as hotels and apartments in this residential marina.

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A musical afternoon, a Red Bus city tour around Cape Town and a filling dinner at Trinity with comedy acts for entertainment...

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The day when I was mesmerised by the beauty of Cape Town Stadium...

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The group of us going to Cape Town under the learning component of Spotlight Singapore in Cape Town as students, now that has kept us hyped up for it since months ago! Finally we have...

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25 February 2011 @ 11:15 am
To the CYA 5th batch peers who were more than willing to start off with...

Muthu's Curry at Race Course Lane (Farrer Park MRT Exit F)

I quite like Muthu's Curry and this shall be yet another to-go restaurant for the curry-lovers! The free flow of papadum and vegetables, choice of Masala Chicken? Tandoori Chicken? Butter Chicken? The best of it our dearest Curry Fishhead! Service is quite fast and efficient, 15% off for AMEX cardholders so that makes it a yes yes for me and maybe you!

then move on to Ah Hung Durian at Geylang Lorong 13 in 3 cabs,

finally walked a super duper long way for Rochor Beancurd along Geylang as well.

Stomach was too full, guess we could even curb hunger for 2 days at least.

We are such foodiefreaks! So tell me, what's next?
18 January 2011 @ 02:48 pm
Life is full of small pieces of struggle that piece together to create peace within me. My life is yet to be complete, but I will try my best to pull it all together.

Mind over matter, quality over quantity, bros before hoes, education before infatuations, real music over mainstreams. Stay true to yourself, not for everyone else.

Just sit down somewhere and talk about life. If you knew me, you would know that I deeply enjoy an one-on-one conversation with someone that can relate to my stories and my life. Opportunity like this allows me to get to know the person while at the same time, let the person get to know me;

Put education before any of your infatuations and you will find life worth living.

Save your tears for the celebration, not frustration.

Trust is like that. You can break it for a good reason. But it still remains broken.

Sometimes you have to be apart from people you love. But that doesn’t mean you love them any less. Sometimes, it even makes you love them more.

We should all get close enough to have fun but not get attached enough to get hurt.

All you need is someone nice to make your day. (:
09 January 2011 @ 01:12 pm
Anchor Cafe
Anse la Mouche
Quite a peaceful ambience with adorable decorations related to the sea/ocean.

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Chez Batista
Taka Maka
Yet another restaurant by the beach - with seats and table settings allowing you to face the sea while dining. An impromptu dinner plan with my female Indonesian colleague - Asri! Wasn't quite what we expected, food wasn't the best but we were too full and our heart-to-heart chats most probably made it up. Wish we could go there in the morning next time, believe the beach's quite beautiful in the day. But one restaurant down, plus a bonding time with colleague :)

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20 December 2010 @ 03:01 am
Thank you my dearest family and friends who were here physically to celebrate my birthday together with me in Seychelles!

The day started off with touring in Praslin which I'll update in another post. Celebration somewhat started later in the evening when I invited my fun-loving Sey interns over to Bravo! Restaurant at Eden Island to join me and my parents for dinner.

Yet to have myself immersed in the infinity pool of my villa, I did so immediately after I returned from dinner - only to find myself being surprised by the group of them with a birthday cake.

Birthday cakes here are so precious, they are self-made/baked by the dearest them, no special gifts but pleasant surprises that really made me smile from the bottom of my heart.

Brownie cake with mint chocolate and peach and whipped cream, in addition to that were cookies baked by one of them personally, and an adorable card with hand-written messages and doodles so crappy I laughed my head off.


How can I forget my dearest friends who even bothered posting on my Facebook wall/ tweeting/ texting birthday wishes to me! Some of them I never even expected to wish me but they did, thank you so much dear friends! It was great waking up to such heartfelt birthday wishes no matter through which kinds of avenues.

THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR MAKING MY 19TH SO AWESOME! In return, now that I'm 19 years old, I wish for everyone to be happy in the next upcoming year and the many years to come! :)
15 December 2010 @ 02:09 pm


Banyan Tree Seychelles - Saffron Restaurant offers thai cuisine for their guests here in Paradise. Us the ones working in Front Office has been hearing a lot about guests wanting to make their dinner reservations at Saffron, thus all of a sudden on one day, I could not curb my craving for Asian food, we decided to pop by Saffron to give it a try for dinner.

In half an hour, we reached Banyan Tree Seychelles to be greeted by its beauty. Interesting how every resort/hotel has its own competitive advantage, different decor and finishings, an angle of uniqueness just differentiating themselves from others despite being in the same country/island.

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14 December 2010 @ 12:07 pm
Just went to 2 other islands last Thursday with the other 9 of us. Had our off day put together on the same day so we could explore elsewhere in Seychelles where they call it Paradise as well.

Basically it's Praslin & La Digue these 2 islands. Had some problems buying the ferry tickets initially because they wanted to see work permit but all we had was a letter by the Seychelles Tourism Academy, almost had to be charged the tourists' rate (well, that's what I'm going to face next week when I go there again with my parents in a few day's time). Yay for getting the resident rate and we somewhat enjoyed it with much peace.

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11 December 2010 @ 02:10 pm
As the bus swerved around the corners of hills and the winding roads, sunset was right by the window for us to totally be immersed in!

Arrived at Seychelles Tourism Academy, we were invited to join the students from Reunion who were on an exchange programme, for a farewell party.

STA has advanced diplomas in housekeeping, food production, catering and some others. They also teach the management level as well. In partnership with quite a few schools in various countries, they hope to allow more students to gain cross-cultural exposure not only with Seychelles, but through them, with other countries such as Ireland, Mauritius, Reunion, Singapore. Eg. Students from Reunion can go to Singapore with the assistance of Seychelles Tourism Academy handling their admin and immigration matters.

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01 December 2010 @ 09:09 pm

Four Seasons Resort Seychelles is located on the archipelago’s main island of Mahé, quietly secluded on the southwest coast – just 30 minutes from the international airport and the capital, Victoria. Laced across a steep hillside with granite outcroppings and dense jungle, the Resort covers an expanse of 69 hectares (170 acres), set around the horseshoe-shaped bay of Petite Anse. Black granite boulders line the powder-white beach – in bold contrast to the azure-blue sea.

Four Seasons offers the intimacy of just 67 villas – including five suites – each with veranda and plunge pool. The air is filled with tropical birdsong and scented by cinnamon trees and frangipani.

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01 December 2010 @ 08:47 pm

I finally visited Victoria, the smallest capital of Seychelles, also smallest in the world. It's usually closed on Sunday (which my off days happened to fall on) so I never got to visit until some time ago. I really quite enjoy the small town, now and then you see familiar faces of fellow co-workers of your workplace. I love how the buildings and items are very old school and vintage, it's all pretty simple. At times I randomly capture a glimpse of singapore imported items in supermarkets or the stores out there by the streets.

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25 November 2010 @ 09:09 pm

Days where we look forward to... none other than our off-days after learning and working in our respective departments of rooms, f&b and kitchen!

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25 November 2010 @ 08:32 pm

Thank you to the loved ones who sent me off for my departure for Seychelles on 3rd November 2010! It was really touching to see those who took time off and rushed down to the airport, for those who did not managed to make it, it was nice to receive your text messages with regards to my departure and asking me take care as well.

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