Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places

It’s so addicting that I spent one Saturday mentally “partying” in this book. At some point, I even uttered “It’s even better than Gone Girl!”. I know; blasphemy, isn’t it? But such is the awesomeness of Dark Places. Also, I can’t wait for the movie. If you’re a Chloe Grace Moretz fan, this is definitely the movie you should be excited about. SHE’S GOING TO PLAY DIONDRA! Once you’ve read the book, you’ll understand why that is exciting.

This review is not in any way sponsored or paid by Dark Places’ author Gillian Flynn but if Flynn feels it is in her best interest to pay Jenn, the latter is open to the idea of receiving payment (galleons preferred, but a real-life version of Lyle, that dude in the book who’s so nerdy and talks in an unsure way sometimes, which makes him cute, would be nice as well).

Things To Do In Singapore



LUGEI cannot stress enough how fun this ride is. You can race with your friends, go slowly while enjoying the scenery, or just go really fast, forgetting about everything–just you, the luge, and the track filled with trees on both sides. It’s like driving inside a forest, which just made it scarier when at some point I couldn’t see my sister at the track. I stopped and waited for her, calling out for her behind me. I was alone at the track then and no one was really coming along for a few seconds.

It was really scary that I just proceeded driving my luge, thinking that maybe she went ahead and I just didn’t notice. I finished the track.

Few minutes later, my sister emerged from it, laughing at herself about how her luge got stuck. I have no idea why that happened to her. Believe me, the luge is pretty easy to drive. You just have to push the handle, but not too far or else it will stop.

Singapore SkyRide

Luge tickets usually come with Skyride. It wasn’t as brilliant as luge but it’s still a good experience being up there. Not to mention the getting on/off the ride part is fun! We had to stand on a circle then the ride would be behind us, not stopping, and we had to immediately sit! There was that thrill of dying by getting hit by the ride. Not really. It keeps moving but not fast enough to kill you. Not yet anyway. Who knows if that is their goal and they’re just not yet succeeding.



Swim at the Beach


Even though we didn’t swim ourselves (sobs), I really recommend doing that. The place is beautiful and free. What more can I say?


Tram in Sentosa. It’s free!


Have a Picnic at the Beach



Well not there in front of the beach but there’s a place there on the right side of the sea where some people can have picnic. We did!

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My sister, my cousin, and my uncle.

Here's our messy but yummy picnic food.


Singapore Zoo







Singapore Zoo

I love how Singapore’s zoo is full of trees. It’s as though the place is really a forest with animals and you’re a welcome visitor.

A tip: go early and check the shows’ schedule. The best show I’ve witnessed there was the elephant show. They were so smart, talented, and cute. No kidding, they’re really smart, doing some tricks here and there.

Overstay and Never Come Back To Your Homeland.*

You didn’t read that here.


That’s it for now. I’ll write about other things we did, places we visited and yummy food we ate at a separate post, which I will write godzilla knows when.

 *A joke. I’m back in PH and just stayed in Singapore for 10 days. I don’t want immigration officers searching for me. Thank you. 


Ying Ying Tea House (Binondo) Review




One of the best food I’ve tasted in Singapore is Shrimp Dumpling. Imagine our excitement when my sister and I found a place here that sells it.

Found in Binondo, Ying Ying Tea House is a Chinese restaurant. I googled for reviews before going to the place and it’s still beyond me how no one mentioned what to really expect at Ying Ying. So here’s a realistic review about the place. Maybe it can even help you lower your expectations.

The verdict: Their hakao (shrimp dumpling) tastes good but the place is dirty, not to mention smelly. The stairs part reeked of what could only be pee.

In hushed tones, my sister and I were just making fun of the place to each other about how it’s so Imbestigador-worthy. I was joking how our Pepsi can was previously used as ash tray because it had dirt on it.

We tried fish fillet congee as well but it was definitely inferior to the taste of King Chef’s congee.

I’m definitely okay with dirt sometimes (secret ingredient!) but not when I have to shell out P110 just for congee (lugaw!), which was edible but the fish tasted putrid, as though it wasn’t cooked well.

Suggestion: Just order P80 Hakao (shrimp dumpling) as a take away. Or just eat at King Chef found in Lucky Chinatown Mall. It might look as though it’s just for posh people, but I promise you their congee is the food of gods. They also have hakaw/shrimp dumpling anyway. (Now I seem to be paid to talk about King Chef, but I’m not; wouldn’t it be amazing if I were though?)

A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami

a wild sheep chase


Close to the end, my reaction at one sentence in this book was “What? What the fuck?!” It was so weird and unexpected; I love it.

Reading this will make you feel as though you’re observing someone else’s dream or even experiencing it yourself. However mundane some stuff are, Murakami managed to write about them interestingly. Often, you’ll think it’s such a serious book, and then Murakami would just drop a little humour here and there nonchalantly; they actually made me laugh.

Finishing the book is like waking up from a dream. “What does the whole thing mean?” you’d find yourself asking. And then you google “meaning behind A Wild Sheep Chase”, read a New York Times 1989 review of the book, google “Murakami’s interview on A Wild Sheep Chase”, find nothing, and still continue thinking about the book, and continue with your “A Wild Sheep Chase” chase for meaning behind it.

Favourite quotes:

“I still love you. But I guess that’s not the point now, is it? I know that well enough myself.”


“So why’d you get divorced?’

“Personal reasons.”

“I know that,” he said. “Never heard of a divorce for other than personal reasons.”


We can, if we so choose, wander aimlessly over the continent of the arbitrary.”


“Whether you take a doughnut hole as blank space or as an entity unto itself is a purely metaphysical question and does not affect the taste of the doughnut one bit.”


That’s only the dark side of things. Good things happen too, good people can make things worthwhile.


“I was always the one who waited, until I got tired of waiting, and in the end I didn’t care.”


Speaking frankly and speaking the truth are two different things entirely. Honesty is to truth as prow is to stern. Honesty appears first and truth appears last.


World itself is so mediocre that you are mediocre as such.


Body cells replace themselves every month. Even at this very moment. . . Most everything you think you know about me is nothing more than memories.


I swear, in the kingdom of generalities, you could be imperius rex.”