臺北 · Chocolate Box Backpackers 近師大一帶
6 bed female dorm

花蓮 · Farmtastic Youth Hostel

屏東  墾丁· 橘月

南投  阿里山 · 閒云居


南投  集集 · 宜蓁的家


日月潭  清平樂民宿



I’m so distracted by all the Taiwanese 民宿porn online and I’m soo scared I can’t finish August’s GUM in time!

Some of the best examples:

国境之南 · 垦丁


榄人 · 台南

橙园 · 日月潭

Beauty comes with a price…

I’ve enquired with 国境之南 and I just might stay there if rooms aren’t already snapped up! If not, it’s 香蕉湾 or 宿 MUAHAHA.

My route for now:
Sg > Taipei > Hualien > Kenting > Tainan > Alishan > Jiji > Riyuetan > Taipei > Sg in 20 days!

Shut up

It’s interesting to see how people who appear the most “liberal” (Read: chain-smoking, beer-swigging, cussing hippie wannabes) almost always turn out to be the most narrow minded and risk averse. They take pride in imposing their ideas on others and are unreceptive to new ones. They also tend to crack crude, unfunny jokes at the expense of others – an attempt to inflate their egos perhaps?

The seemingly “conservative” ones – inconspicuous and quiet wallflowers – speak only when they’ve got something of value to say and they’re always open to trying new things. Most importantly, they’re receptive to unfamiliar ideas.

I think the world could do with more people like them.

I’m so stressed my heart’s pounding and I can hardly catch my breath

it’s not coffee

my world’s crashing down on me. it’s mt vesuvius all over again

things will all work out, they will

and i will leave Singapore with nothing on my to-do list, i will.




Pimping my photos on Photoscape is strangely therapeutic. 救命风油 (From left to right):  Niki’s, Cell’s, Mine

I think I can’t live without 风油, coffee and lemongrass oil.

pimped3总是要等到睡觉前    才知道功课只做了一点点

pimped1总是要等到考试以后    才知道该念的书都没有念

pimped4不听老师话   后果自负



I am constantly in an unstable state of mind thanks to work and coffee.  As if that’s not bad enough, I often find myself smiling like an idiot these days. To myself.

And I blame these people/things:

Gu Jun Pyo in Boys Over Flower – it’s the same old predictable storyline but I’m completely blown off my feet by Jun Pyo. Gawd, he’s too hawt! He really looks like Dao Ming Si doesn’t he.
My  husband Steven, who does not look the least bit worried about my obsession with Jun Pyo – note the kindly way he looks at JP. He knows it’s just a fling and he remains the irreplaceable love of my life.

My upcoming Taiwan trip!!!

I quote from the Hostelling International website:
The Farmtastic Hostel lies in the midst of beautiful unsullied surroundings reminiscent of Hokkaido in Japan , whilst the rustic tranquility brings to mind Provence in France.Close to Taroko national park and the pacific ocean coast.

I don’t mean to be a typical cynic, but it sounds too good to be true.

IF it really is smack in the middle of nothing but rolling green hills and fluffy white clouds, I’m gonna book it! And if this enticing photo dares to deceive I shall cry myself a river that leads to the Pacific.

I am so hopelessly excited about this trip! I 暗笑 whenever I think of it! And that’s every second of my waking time!

But I shall not be too happy/excited lest 乐极生悲。

My father is damn kuazhang. He’s not exactly excited about the fact that I’ll be travelling alone and he actually said these words:
“叫xx跟你一起去啦, 我帮她出一半。”

Wahlao eh, I’m paying for everything myself lah.

Interested candidates for a half-sponsored 20-day Taiwan Trip with a Tyrant, please contact my father.

Only applicants who are/look like Jun Pyo and Steven need apply.

My all-time favourite TVB theme songs


有心爱你却爱不到 抱紧了你却又未想终老
再等到与对方失散以后 就会知原来谁最好

[十月初五的月光 / 澳门街 – note my cutie Steven Ma inside!]

宁愿没拥抱 共你可到老
任由你 来去自如在我心底仍爱慕
如若碰到 他比我好 只望停在远处祝君安好 虽不可亲口细诉

This song makes me want to cry…


Farewell, my friends!

I’ll be off to Taiwan 3 July to 23 July. Be travelling alone and will try not to get myself killed/kidnapped/cheated.

I haven’t got much time to plan my itinerary and I might just forget about planning altogether.

Freedom awaits!

Farewell, farewell…

Oh and Mr Meow makes a guest appearance on June’s GUM. See if you can spot him!


First it was Mr Meow and all his hopelessly adorable idiosyncrasies.

Then I picked out a mountain pile of books at the library yesterday and ended up only reading one from back to back: Classic Cats by Great Photographers.

And then I was randomly clicking around Facebook today and chanced upon Cats of The World. (The deadline is 5 June!) I could feel my heart go pitter-pat with excitement – this sensation I miss! And I had sardines for dinner just now lah, wahlao.

So I reprocessed and submitted two of my favourites:

equanimity Equanimity

mr meow smallMr Meow

I hope they get chosen!

Send your feline photos to sublime.carla@gmail.com

The Cats of The World Blog

Some of my fave quotes from there:

“Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good many ailments, but I never heard of one who suffered from insomnia.” – Joseph Wood Krutch

“If a dog jumps into your lap, it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing, it is because your lap is warmer.” – Alfred North Whitehead

“Cats are smarter than dogs. You can’t get eight cats to pull a sled through snow.” – Jeff Valdez