If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?

This is easy. I would like the ability to  be clean at a blink of an eye.

Most people who know me know that I don’t like to shower. Before you give me that look of horror, let me be very clear: I like being clean I just don’t like the process of getting clean. For the record, that doesn’t mean I don’t do it. Let me say this again. I STILL SHOWER OK? I just feel one can do other things instead of shower. like write. or surf web, or read a book.

Now that I think about it, I think the main reason I don’t like showers is because I can’t do anything else while I’m showering. WOW. that’s quite a major breakthrough actually. hur hur hur. All this while, some people [you know who you are] kept saying I was just being gross (ONE JUST CALLED ME UNSANITARY!). BUT SEE! it’s not true! I am quite pleased with this revelation btw. Cause stupid people keep calling me gross and stinky.

So anyway, yes I would basically like to be clean without any effort. Blink my eyes and smell like roses? hell yeah.

This is part of my on-going mini project to answer all 36 questions that would apparently accelerate intimacy between two strangers by asking a specific series of personal questions. I’m just doing this as a writing exercise and answer one each Sunday. except this time. it’s on a Monday because reasons. 


Name three things you and your partner appear to have in common.

Name three things you and your partner appear to have in common.

1. Our love of clubbing and trance music.

although he prefers more break beats style and i prefer ah beng trashy trance. hahaha. #guiltypleasure. We bonded our love for a  (at that time)  not well known dj when we first met (while clubbing ha!) and the rest as they say, is history.

we went to our first zouk out in 2005 and here we are again 10 yrs later. HAHAHAH.



zouk out 2016.. we’ve come a long way baby

2. The love of traveling.

I think this stems more the need to  get away from the world than the actual need to wander.


We took a really long walk to take this photo. 


Here we are at Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal a couple of years back. It was tiring AF but the view was worth it. That and the food. I swear I put on weight during this holiday. zzzz.

All our holidays generally involve going to some where with lots of nature / off the beaten path type cause we don’t really like people. And even in urban areas like Tokyo or Hong Kong, we still try to go to the parks or take day trips out to escape. We also try to do at least one dive trip a year, it’s nice to literally submerge yourself in the escape.

Actually, now that I’m looking at our travel photos again, I’ve realised it’s either we’re on a

  1. Trek / Mountain
  2. Temple / Shrine
  3. Diving
  4. In a museum / art gallery
  5. Eating (or drinking)

There are seriously so many photos of us eating. WELL.

3. And lastly, maos. even though he will never admit it, we love the maos very much. [OK FINE. Jet is saying this not a thing we have in common. so i guess the next thing we have in common]

3. our love for zombie related stuff.

From zombie shows like 28 days later to zombie games, and even to dressing up like zombies for zombie walks (ok fine that’s just me and he comes along to take photos). We absolutely love it. Rumour has it that the day we ROMed, the au-chews wanted to go a LAN shop to play left for dead. HAHAHHA.


zombie wedding



Here we are on our wedding day. MUAHAHAHHA.

This is part of my on-going mini project to answer all 36 questions that would apparently accelerate intimacy between two strangers by asking a specific series of personal questions. I’m just doing this as a writing exercise and answer one each Sunday.


2016 Book Challenge – march update

given up – secret diary of a london call girl. cannot. it’s tries way too hard.

thinking of giving up – red house by mark haddon. who would have thought that this book would be so augh in the middle.

Completed (yay!) – Yes, my accent is real but Kunal Nayer. Fast and funny read. Loved it. totally had me smiling and laughing to myself on various modes of public transport like a crazy person. I love it cause it’s light, sincere and at the end of the day, he doesn’t take himself too seriously.

Currently reading – Yes Please! by Amy Poehler. love what I’m reading so far. WOOT.

God it’s like 3 months into the year and i’ve only read..4 books out of 40. kill me please.

  1. Book based on fairy tale
  2. National Book Award winner 
  3. YA bestseller
  4. Book you haven’t read since high school
  5. Book set in your home state – emily of emily hill? i’m ashamed to say i’ve never read it.
  6. Book translated to English – Maybe Blindness by Jose Saramago. I’ve watched the movie and it was very disturbing and the reviews seem quite polarised, you either hate it or love it. I’m not sure how I feel about the movie tbh.
  7. Romance set in the future
  8. Book set in Europe – maybe The Red House by Mark Haddon.
  9. Book that’s under 150 pages
  10. New York Times’ bestseller
  11. Book that’s becoming a movie this year  Maybe the Danish Girl. Also, really? WOOL is becoming a movie? I still don’t know how I feel about that series.
  12. Book recommended by someone you just met
  13. A self-improvement book
  14. A book you can finish in a day
  15. a book written by a celebrity – maybe that Mindy Kaling book if i can find it. couldn’t find it. THIS IS DONE. Read Yes, my accent is real by Kunal Nayer. Good stuff. 
  16. a political memoir – hmm. well i have been meaning to read that LKY book. so maybe.
  17. a book at least 100 years older than you
  18. a book that’s more than 600 pages – maybe i’ll get round to finishing A feast of crows by George R R Martin. This is assuming he finishes the bloody series this year.
  19. a book from oprah’s book club
  20. A science fiction novel – THIS IS DONE. I read Parasite by Mira Grant  and it was awesome (it’s also a reread cause I wanted to read the sequel and could not remember much of it, and I don’t care. It still counts).
  21. a book recommended by a family member
  22. a graphic novel – current plan is to read Sandman by Neil Gaiman. I know I know, how is it that I’ve not read this. I do not know but hey at least I’m going to read it now?
  23. a book that is published in 2016
  24. a book with a protaganist who has your occupation – er…
  25. a book that takes place during Summer
  26. a book and its prequel
  27. a murder mystery
  28. a book written by a comedian – i want to read  *READING NOW*  Yes Please by Amy Poehler, if it is anything like Tina Fey’s bossy pants it will be a fun read. [YES IT IS!]
  29. a dystopian novel
  30. a book with a blue cover*READING NOW* This is Done! Symbiont by Mira Grant. Sequel to Parasite (book 20 on this list)
  31. a book of poetry – Recommended by Lisa C. TS Eliot’s Cats.
  32. the first book you see in a bookstore
  33. a classic from the 20th century – maybe catch 22 which has been on my book shelf for the longest time or
  34. a book from the library
  35. an autobiography
  36. a book about a road trip
  37. a book about a culture you’re unfamiliar with
  38. a satirical book – terry pratchett counts right? i have the last few of his books left to read.
  39. a book that takes place on an island
  40. a book that’s guaranteed to bring you joy – Recommended by Wee Jin – Spark Joy, An illustrated master class on the art of organising and tidying up by Marie Kondo. HMMM. the irony of it all considering how messy I am. Most people have forgotten the colour of my desk at work cause it’s always covered with papers.. Er.. organised mess?

When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?

When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else

I feel I need to preface this by saying, I sing all the time. I try to sing to Jet but he tends to walk away very quickly. I don’t know why. My singing is awesome. So when I can’t sing to him I sing to the cats. They seem to like it. well at least they don’t run away. HUR HUR HUR.

I also can’t remember lyrics for the life of me, so my singing is usually illed with HMMM HMMM and trail-offs. I also make up my own songs to sing to the cats. They try to drown me out by meowing back sing along.

What I last sang?

These days by Take That. It came on the radio or whatever Jet was listening to in the morning and I just hopped around singing it at home.

To someone else?

Hooked on a feeling by Blue Swede. Jet started humming and I decided to amplify it for everyone else as we were walking home. that could explain the recent rain we’ve been getting. HAHAHHA

This is part of my on-going mini project to answer all 36 questions that would apparently accelerate intimacy between two strangers by asking a specific series of personal questions. I’m just doing this as a writing exercise and answer one each Sunday.



So there’s a general rule in the Au-Chew Household that no mandarin shows are watched cause I don’t like them. yes it’s selfish but jet humours me. Also, he just generally doesn’t watch mandarin shows. He’s free to watch them when i’m not around, which is a lot, but he also chooses to watch other shows. [also he doesnt know where to get them hahaha].

The one exception to this rule is during the Chinese New Year Period. It’s the time of the year where he’s allowed to binge watch as much as he wants and I humour him. This year, he started watching some weird show where the girl’s name is Yoyo Mah and the dude’s name is 13.  It was very odd. I think the name of the movie is called my sassy husband. This is the show that make me ban mandarin movies from my home. It’s very.. whingy. Maybe all rom coms are? I don’t know. I don’t watch any form of rom coms.

SO ANYWAY, I decide look if we’re going to watch a mandarin / canto movie. It should be at least one with some standards. So I go get myself a copy of IP Man and start watching.

Well. 10 mins into the film, I start texting my gfs and another friend.

[spoilers ahead. this is of IP Man 1]

Me: WHERE ARE THE HOT MEN! who is who? which one is donnie yen? isn’t he supposed to be good looking? that’s not good looking.

GFs: ip man IS donnie yen.

Me: I was told there was good looking men in this film

GFs: and no, not good looking. are you thinking magic mike?

Me: no. why is there so much dueling? did a child just cycle through a fight scene? HAHAHAHA. Now a feather duster is beating a sword. This is epic on so many levels. there are feathers everywhere.

GFs: because wing chun. wing chun is magic. wing chun is the answer to all

Me: actually, what does IP man do for work? he doesn’t take students (subs put it as dojo…i don’t think kung fu schools are called dojos) and he just lives like a really rich man

other friend: he is a rich man son. Ah xia kia.

Me: hur hur hur

Me: why is that speccy biz man dude always putting moisturier on his hands. HMMM. am i missing something?

~bunch of chinese words with no subs and sad music. think it has something to do with the jap invasion.~

Me: is that dude going to die? do people die in this movie! NO… THOUGHT THIS WAS A FEEL GOOD KUNG FU MOVIE?!

Is that guy even Japanese? he doesn’t look japanese. HMM.

OH no his wife is sick!

His friend is going to die over a bag of rice isnt he?

GFs: this is war, a bag of rice is everything dude.

Me: is this dude’s name crazy lin?! what sort of name is crazy lin? where is his steel box? oh no, this one is definitely going to die over a bag of rice without ever finding his steel box.

EH WHY GOT SHOOTING! this is a dojo! god damn it. now all the mats have blood on it!

Oh no. IP MAN is angry. ANGRY IP MAN is on FIRE FIRE FIRE!

He wants to fight 10 men? at the same time? how is that even fair?

other friend: yar lor, he lugi (loses out). at max he’ll get 10 bags of rice.

Me: why did he put the yam there. does he want to eat the yam later?

other friend: yar it’s for his family. aren’t you following?

Me: BUT why did he put it there? next to the bag of rice with blood?

Other friend: it’s war time. there’s nothing to eat. a bit of blood is fine.

Me: all i’m saying is that he could have just placed his yam somewhere futher. away from the blood pools. you know. BLOOD disease?

other friend: blood disease really isnt that big a deal.

ME: zzzz.

hahah the last of the 10 jap dudes fighting him is scared shitless. he’s like. Just kill me lah. I surrender.

What? no! don’t kick the rice. that’s rude. why didnt he take his 10 bags of rice? wth dude. why did you take the bloody bag of rice instead? don’t give that to the greiving family? you could have just taken a CLEAN bag of rice to give them you fool! you had 10 bags!

that yam again! don’t give it to your wife. surely it’s gone bad by now you could have given her proper rice. but you didn’t!

Other friend: it’s ok. just wash the rice a few times it will be ok. anyway pig blood a delicacy. so should be ok.

Me: -___-“

So he won’t train a disciples but he will train a factory of people? but also not his son. er ok.

actually, why didnt IP man get conscipted to go fight the war. I’m assuming they conscripted people. i could be wrong.

GFs: he is the everyman reluctant hero. his son doesn’t need wing chun. he has IP MAN.

Me: i see.

ok IP man saves the day and fights the jap dude in front of everyone.

wait. why don’t the soilders just kill the local people? they’re just trying to hold the line. EH? alright translator dude shoots annoying jap dude.

IP man escapes with family. WOO HOO

bunch of chinese words with no subs. i gather it’s something about them going to hong kong? 

so yes depsite the somewhat snarky comments above, I actually really liked this movie. it’s a good feel good movie with nice fight scenes that are believable unlike some other shows *cough*hero*cough* which have ridiculous ones. pretty but ridiculous. [i also only know this cause I went to watch Hero after watching IP MAN].

4000 steps to Heaven’s View

Nepal Trip Day 3, Annapurna Circuit Trek Day 1

We slept very well that night, well we did, Jenny got woken up by a bunch of noisy tourists who were leaving early in the morning.  HAHHAHA.. That’s two nights in a row now. After breakfast, we took a 90 min drive to Nayapul.. and then we started our trek for real (or so we thought).  DSC02112DSC02111

It turns out, the first bit of the trek was to Birethanti which is not considered part of the trek. And there we were thinking, this isn’t too bad.  HAHAH.  Little did we know, the trek only begins at Birethanti after you’ve checked in with the tourism office.  DSC02124DSC02113


The real beginning bit of our trek looked like something out of the Lord of the Rings set.  It felt like we were walking in the shire in Middle Earth.  I couldn’t help humming the shire theme as we walked here.  DSC02146DSC02159

Unfortunately Jenny’s shoe fell apart while we were walking and we had to wait for our porters to catch up to grab our repair kit out of the bags they were carrying. Au Chew Travel Tip: Always bring a shoe repair kit with things like super glue and duct tape on these trips.


Then it was time for lunch.  Jet had mixed fried noodles, I had mixed fried rice Jenny has chicken fried rice and the boys had dhal bat..They were telling us that they eat dhal bat for every meal (excluding breakfast) and we couldn’t figure out how they didn’t get bored eating the same thing over and over again.  We would soon come to understand this.


This is quite amazing, the place we had lunch had a school nearby, but the houses were nowhere in sight.  Lama explained that the kids had to walk up and down the trails that we’ve been walking to get to school and back home, EVERY DAY.  We were gobsmacked.



Lama told us at our nightly after dinner briefing that we’d face 4000 steps on this trail and after lunch we soon found out he wasn’t kidding.. It was steps after steps after steps! and very steep too! I had to stop so many times, it was embarrassing and when we got overtaken by some local old ladies, I just wanted to crawl into the ground and stay there.



About mid way up the stairs, the mules / donkeys we had seen earlier had caught up with us.  Lama had warned us earlier that if we were to see donkeys / mules / horses etc, always hug the wall or at least walk on the inner side of the trail.  People have been pushed off by them and it’s a long way down.  The good thing about donkeys / mules / horses is there you’ll always hear them coming cause the owners always put bells on them.  The bad thing is, it’s really noisy when you’ve got a herd of them near you!! DSC02222

So with this herd of mules, we decided to try to stay in front of them, and that worked for a while but soon, they started walking with us which wasn’t great cause the path is quite narrow.  We decided to let them pass first, but we soon realise walking behind them wasn’t a good idea either.  The mules will find any opportunity to stop and eat.  Walking behind them means we have to wait for them to graze or their herder to hurry them along.  And because they keep eating.. well, what goes in, must come out.  YEAH.  THE SMELL OF FRESH MULE POOP IS NOT SOMETHING I’D EVER NEED TO SMELL AGAIN. OMG.  Not to mention we now had to watch every step so we didn’t walk onto it.


Lama explained that as it was already the tail end of the climbing season, quite a number of the locals that live along the trek had gone back down to the towns etc and would only return when the climbing season reopened.  This explained a number of closed hospital / medical center and guest houses along the way.  One of the strange sights we saw along the way was a closed church with the words Merry Xmas on the window.

Somewhere around this point of this climb I was so hungry that I could not go on.  We were told we were going to reach the guest house soon (like 10 mins) but I was so exhausted that I was like no just give me food now.  Jet took out my snack pack which contained my trusted Jacob’s crackers and Toblerone chocolate.   Once I had some food in me, I felt revived and got my second wind.    Au Chew Travel Tip: Always have your snack pack with you and eat when you’re hungry!   DSC02234

When we got to this 10 min away guest house (located in Uleri), we were told they didn’t have any space!! I was so glad I had my chocolate earlier.  We were also quite thankful not to have stayed there as it was full of noisy tourists with kids.


30 mins later, we finally reached our lodge (located in Banthanti) and saw some crazy people playing volley ball.  Strangely the first thing we heard was a Singaporean accent in the midst of all yelling.. Loo and behold we meet a Singaporean couple staying there.  We also met a Japanese girl travelling alone and a motley crew of Ang mohs from various parts of Europe.  I love the name of our lodge Heaven View Guest house! I think it’s quite apt.


volley ball

As Lama put it, we deserved a hot shower after that crazy hike. He also managed to get us rooms with attached toilets (not showers) with is a real bonus on these treks. As it was quite late, the clouds had already descended so there wasn’t much of a view.  But the rooms were really nice.DSC02245 DSC02247DSC02248DSC02249

After a nice hot steaming shower, it was time for dinner, Jet and I had dhal bat with chicken.  Jenny had dhal bat with vege and we ordered a portion of sukuthi to share. While waiting for the food we snuck into the kitchen to see them prepare and they allowed us to take a photo.


The Ang Mohs sat next to us during dinner and we found out they were trekking without a guide and all 4 of them had different trip lengths.  The Ang Mohs then tried to play citadel.  Well one of them tried to teach the other 3 how to play and took so long to explain it that I think they eventually gave up.  They asked if we wanted to play as well but after listening to the instructions the first time, we decided not to.

Then Lama came over to give us our nightly briefing for the next day’s trek, we realised we had climbed about 1000m vertically today.  We started at Birenthanti which is approx 1100m above sea level and heaven view which is at Banthanti is approx 2200m above sea level.  During our briefing, you could see the Ang Mohs perk up and one of them started asking Lama a bunch of questions. It was around this time I think they gave up playing Citadel and we decided it was time for bed!

OH in the Au-Chew household

*random movie sounds*

D: What’s that you’re watching..

J: *silence*


J: but you’re not watching it! I am!


J: why? they’re both the same. They’re both about space travel in the future

D: *proceeds to hit J* NOT THE SAME!! star wars happened LONG LONG AGO IN A GALAXY FAR FAR AWAY!! *continues hitting J*

J: let me watch

D:NO! *stands in front of the tv until the movie is stopped!*

Just another day in the Au-Chew (star trek free) home