I ended up staying at home today, because I was out for nearly the whole of yesterday.

The day started off with me meeting Grumpy Cat for lunch. We knew that Tendon Kohaku was offering its special tendon bowls at only $10++ because they were celebrating their 2nd anniversary in Singapore. However, as per the T&Cs, these bowls were only limited to 200 bowls per day, from 6th to 8th July 2018. Grumps and I knew how cray the queues could get for this particular store (we've seen it first-hand), so we decided to meet earlier at 11 am to get in line.

Thankfully, we had the foresight to do so, because while there weren't as many people when we first started queuing, the queue got progressively longer as it got close to the restaurant's opening time of 11.30 am. By the time we left the restaurant after our very sumptuous meal at 12.15 pm, the queue was damn crazy (there were at least 60+ people in line), and my lunch kaki who arrived later after that had to wait for 2 hours before she could be shown to her seat. O.O'''

Though we were among the first few to step into the restaurant, we had to wait for about 20 minutes for our food, as our tempura pieces were fried individually.

Both Grumps and I love eating at Kohaku, and every time we've been there, we always enjoyed ourselves as this place does serve quality tendon bowls at really affordable prices. The tempura here ain't oily at all, batter thickness was just right, and best of all, only premium and fresh ingredients were used.

For the special anniversary bowls that we ordered, it came with fish, anago, king crabstick, corn, long beans, enoki and 2 pieces of prawns. As with their normal tendon bowls, this portion was damn huge, and more than enough for 1 person. We were both thoroughly stuffed after our meal, but oh gosh, it was just damn satisfying!!

Presenting to you, Kohaku's special anniversary tendon, dubbed the "Golden Fuji" bowl lol. At just only $10++ a bowl, this was an effing steal. Even if this was sold at their normal price of $15.90++, I'd still gladly pay for it, for its superb food quality.

As our movie Ant-Man and the Wasp would only start at 1.40 pm, we dropped by UOB so that Grumps could open up a new account there. Setting up of his account did take some time, but he managed to settle everything 10 minutes before the movie started. Ant-Man overall was a really action-packed movie, as expected from a Marvel movie. I did enjoy this movie very much, especially with its special effects. I think I'm spoiled by the Gold Class seats though, 'cos I felt rather "constrained" in the normal seat. ;( I had wanted to stretch and lounge about, but I couldn't do so in the normal theatre.

I had gotten free tickets to Lee Seung-gi's Singapore fanmeet from one of the CMO HODs, because said HOD and her husband dined in a Korean restaurant and managed to snag a pair of VIP tickets worth nearly $500 during the restaurant's lucky draw. Before this fanmeet, I had no idea that there was an auditorium at Big Box. ._.

Our tickets worth nearly $500. #cray ._.

Before this, despite being the big Korean fan I am, I actually have not spent on any kind of concert or fanmeet tickets before.

Finally here!

When we finally got in after bag check, me and D entered the auditorium, only to feel quite disappointed lol. Despite having VIP seats, we were still quite far away from the stage. Anyway, it did seem that there were a lot more VIP seats than there were normal seats. The seats that we got weren't in the centre as well, so it didn't make us feel as if we did really get the VIP tickets. Moreover, water, photo and video-taking weren't allowed as well, which really got onto my nerves. Even when I was innocently texting, the minders would be walking around to try and peek at our phones. Damn irritating can?

There was only a fan?? Lol? Like that only ah? I was expecting something much more tbh, given how expensive the VIP ticket was.

Before the fanmeet started...

Seung-gi's singing was really good though, and I could tell that he did put his heart into it. After the fanmeet ended, the VIP ticket-holders stayed back and lined up for their chance to "touch" Seung-gi's hand and admire him lol. I must say that he was really very good-looking; his face was really small and smooth. It was so surreal to see him up close, especially when I've spent my years watching him through my TV/tablet.

The only picture I got with him, before the annoying minders came around. This picture was super zoomed in though, sigh... ;(

This fan-meet was really just a fan-meet, with Seung-gi having some interactions with a few lucky fans and singing 3 songs. I did feel bored, probably because as much as I do find Lee Seung-gi adorable and likeable, I guess I've already past my fangirling age, and the host kept talking about The Korean Odyssey (his latest Korean drama), which I honestly wasn't much of a fan. Had I been given this ticket 10 years back, I'd probably be screaming my lungs out about finally being able to meet a Korean celeb in person. However, right now, I'd honestly not spend nearly $250 just on a ticket, which only gave me a chance to hi-5 Seung-gi and get 2 L-shaped folders. I felt that it wasn't worth it at all. Tbh, I'd rather spend money to watch a full concert by a singer/celeb whom I really adore.

Of course, this ticket was given to me free by a very nice HOD, who chose to give it to us instead of selling it to other people, so despite me and D not really enjoying this fanmeet as much as we thought we would have liked, nonetheless, I felt really lucky to have gotten the chance to see him up close, even if it was just for those few seconds. Nevertheless, it reaffirmed my decision to spend my money more wisely on things that I think are more worth my money and time on.

Nice meeting you, oppa, but I will probably not attend another fanmeet again LOL.

Anyway, July has started off being really good to me. I'll be leaving my company this month, going for my long-awaited holiday (to fulfill some items on my bucket list) this month, and yes, I've managed to secure a much better-paying job with hopefully a better work-life balance (that was what the hiring manager assured me lah!) this month as well! How very lucky I am. In fact, when I threw my letter without securing another job, I did feel very scared and uncertain about my future. Despite having sent nearly 100 resumes over the past month, only 3 companies got back to me to go for their interviews. I was resigned to the fact that I have to continue with my job-search after I come back from my holidays, but thank God! The last company which I interviewed for seemed really intent on hiring me, and they even offered me more than my expected salary. How very rare for a company to do this, since most companies would try to negotiate for a lower compensation. Even the recruitment agencies who had contacted me told me to lower my salary expectation, since most companies would only give at most a 15% raise on top of what I am currently drawing right now. Well, you can just suck on that peeps, for I managed to secure a job that has even exceeded my salary expectations.

I'll talk more about this the other time, but so far, July has been really looking good. May the rest of the year be as good to me.


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