Ah, the Lunar New Year is here again! Since it's the 7th day today, Happy Birthday to everyone reading this. :D

Every year, I get asked quite a handful of questions from relatives and friends. I've decided to pick out 5 of the most commonly asked ones. Although I try to disclose as much information as I can about myself, however, I wish to retain that little bit of private and mysterious side of me at the same time. :P

Ah Girl, what is your name again? I forgot.
My full name is Ong Jia Hui. You can also call me Joey; technically it's also my name, but my dad once mentioned that he forgot to write it down on my birth certificate. If you'd like something easier to remember (although my name is damn common), you can always address me as "Jong" or the most convenient "Eh"!

What are you doing right now?
Most of my time is dedicated to being a student pursuing a full-time Communications degree with the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). It is offered by the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM).  Growing up, I have always been stronger in my languages. I am a Year 2 student, thanks to module exemptions. Contrary to popular belief, it is not as easy as people assumed it to be. I don't have exams which is awesome, but it gets quite unbreathable at times with the pile of projects and tests. My classmates have been nothing but friendly so far. I will complete my studies by the end of next year and am planning to finish a semester or 2 over in Melbourne. If given the opportunity, I might stay on to work after my graduation.

Outside of my student life, I write some more on this personal blog. I don't update as much compared to the past because I prioritize my schoolwork first. But I definitely won't let this page fade away!

I am also working part-time as a waitress at a pet cafe called Sun Ray Cafe. I started work in July last year because I wanted extra pocket money and the opportunity to play with customer's pets! However, I am currently on the lookout for a part-time internship doing media-related jobs in hopes to broaden my knowledge in the field I am interested in venturing. Got lobang can tell me? :P

What exactly do you blog about these days?
I still write about everything and anything, but I am looking to concentrate more on the travels part. I have yet to complete my posts on the various cities I've visited in Italy, Taiwan, Thailand, China, Japan and Myanmar from the past few months and years! And I will be jetting off again in the next few months. There's a never-ending list of things to share!

Any plans of becoming a full-time blogger?
If there's the opportunity to, I say why not? But at this moment, I would say no. I do get some income from ads, but I am extremely selective about the topics I write. Although I am currently a contracted blogger with an agency, my contract is ending soon and I have hopes to go solo until I find the right one for me. Therefore, I don't earn a sufficient amount to make a living out of blogging yet.

I wish to hold a proper job in the communications field, like a PR personnel, for example. This blog acts as a portfolio for me, bringing me a step closer to an awesome first full-time job.

I am waiting to attend your wedding! When are you getting married?
Not so soon! I dreamt of exchanging vows at the age of 25, but now I would say 28 at the least! Hey, people and mindsets change. I don't really want a grand wedding though.. I'd very much prefer a private ceremony with just me and my future husband on a beautiful beach in Greece, lololol! Sorry to disappoint. But I doubt my parents will let me do just that.

Anyway, here's my rough life plan for the next 10 years:

2016 - Graduate & travel as far and as much as I can.
2017/2018 - Enter the society, find an internship or hopefully a job. Either that, or I travel around the world to teach the less privileged children.
2021 - Settle down & get married?
2023 - Have a kid? If all else fails, I don't mind being single & childless (oops, sorry SG's government)
2025 - If I DO end up getting married and having a kid, maybe I would want a second one?


Surprisingly, I receive quite a bit of questions regarding my blog every year! Looks like I have to do even better since so many people are watching...?

Anyway if you didn't know, I have refreshed my ask.fm account. We can bring the question-asking over there. Just a note though, I will not answer detailed personal questions about myself, my loved ones or my friends online. Respect our privacy please!

Dreaming about your next vaycay already?

We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us. Travelling is about stepping out of your comfort zone and being willing to take risks. It was the experiences I'd gained through getting lost and being clueless in an unfamiliar place that moulded me into someone stronger, mentally and physically.

"Once a year, go to someplace you haven't been before."

I love this quote to death and am living by it. Thanks to the Unravel Travel Team, I am one of the influencers who will be going off the beaten track to a mystery Southeast Asian city as a mentor with a pair of finalists to a place we've never been to before, all-expenses paid!

Putaxai what!? There's a Buddha Park!? How tall is that Mandalay Hill!? ∑(O_O;) YOU can be whisked off to your next travel destination with me for FREE to find out!

Wait... What is this all about?
The Unravel Travel Campaign is run by students from Nanyang Technological University's Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information as part of their final year communications project. It is supported by the Changi Airport Group.

They are seeking for young adults in Singapore like you and I to deepen our understanding of travel. For this campaign, the Unravel Travel Team will bring 4 lucky finalists and their +1 on an all-expenses paid trip to a mystery Southeast Asian city. They will be accompanied by 1 of the 4 blogger mentors. This is to encourage us to explore and share the lesser-known, undiscovered gem destinations.

The 4 mentors are Hendric, Darren, Stephanie and myself. As seasoned travellers, we will be imparting our skills to you on how we produce a quality travel entry.

So how do I get chosen?
There are 2 basic criteria: active on social media and desire to see the world. Aren't we all?

20 participants will be selected and asked to submit a short write up on why they should be 1 of the 4 finalists. That's super easy peasy!?

If I do get chosen, what am I supposed to do?
Gain travel experience points with me, that's what! :P

You'll also have to submit ONE travel entry about the destination at the end of the trip. This can be in the form of a blog entry, photo journal or vlog. The best travel entry will walk away with another Grand Prize!

When are the travel dates?
Here are the important dates you should note down in your schedule:

1) 28th February 2015 - Pre-trip Orientation at Changi Airport.
2) 6th - 8th March 2015 - TRIP! ☆*・・*\(^O^)/*・・*☆
3) 14th March 2015 - Last day of entry submission.

Dang, I wanna go so badly! How do I sign up?
Waiting for you to ask only!

1) Like Unravel Travel's Facebook Page here - https://www.facebook.com/unraveltravelSG
2) Visit Unravel Travel's website here - http://www.unraveltravel.info
3) Click on the 'CHALLENGE' tab and scroll down till you see 'CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!'
4) Fill up the Unravel Travel Challenge Registration Form, and voila~

Registration closes on 15th February 2015.

Travelling is the only thing we can buy that makes us richer. I hope that you'll be the one getting rich with me. Don't forget to share this with your friends so y'all can go together! Good luck!(*^3^)/~♡

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Probably the best Tiramisu I had in Venice.

It was around evening time on my first day in Venice, I was wandering after dinner when I chanced upon I Tre Mercanti. Actually, it was the rows of Tiramisu on display that drew my attention.

"Tiramisu is a must-eat in Italy! And hmmm these look good... Should I? Ok whatever, just enter, Ms Sweet Toothed!"

Snuck in a corner next to one of the many little bridges in Venice, I Tre Merchant sold all sorts of other things like oil and pasta. There was a little workshop area where passerbys get to witness the making of their desserts. There were not seats; patrons had to enjoy their dessert standing.

There were a whole range of Tiramisu flavours they offered. I chose the Classic flavour at €3.50, and took away the Pistachio flavour at €4.

I preferred the Classic flavour, of course. The delicious taste and the fact that it was hand-made had me sold. The creamy goodness was fresh and light, exactly like how a good tiramisu should be. I NEED to go back for this! *.*

Unexpectedly for a place like Italy, the staff were friendly and full of smiles! One of the (cute) staff patiently explained, with detailed drawings, the way back to my hotel when asked. Though the tiramisu here was not cheap, for the service and the taste, it was worth every cent! Please do yourself a favour and try out their desserts for yourself. You'll be equally obsessed as well!

I Tre Mercanti
Campo della Guerra, 5364, 30122 Castello, Venezia VE, Italy
+39 041 522 2901

After separating for a year, I am back onboard with my nail sponsor, Mynte Fingers☆*・゜゚・*\(^O^)/*・゜゚・*☆

I chose a few designs from the Internet as an inspiration of roughly what I was keen on trying. Knowing me, Mynt picked out and combined a few of the designs for a Korean-style result! She finished my nails off with a matte top coat I've never tried before.

I opted for the express manicure this time as I'll be heading back to her crib soon, in time for the Chinese New Year!

Want to be nail-ready for CNY? Hurry, because slots are limited!

Express Manicure - $6
Express Pedicure - $12
* File, Buff, and 1 Nail Color *

Classic Manicure - $15
Classic Pedicure - $25
* File, Buff, Cuticle Care, and 1 Nail Color *

Gel Manicure - $35
Gel Pedicure - $55
* File, Buff, Cuticle Care, and 1 Gel Color *

Nail art, stickers, and embellishments are of additional charges.

I don't know what you're hesitating for, the prices can't be anymore affordable!

For CNY bookings, there will be a surcharge of $10.  However, you can quote my name "Joey Ong" to waive off the CNY surcharge! Alternatively, you can also use my name to check on the latest promotions with Mynt.

For more on Mynte Fingers, read my previous posts:
For my posts on Venice:

The main attractions in Venice are easily accessible by foot! There are prominent signs on walls like this that will lead you mostly to San Marco and Ponte Rialto. It's pretty difficult to get lost by following the signs.

The Rialto Bridge is a must-visit for being the oldest and most famous bridge across the Grand Canal, having opened in 1591!? :O Can't believe I left my footprints on the piece of history! The bridge connects the districts of San Marco and San Polo.

Just next to the bridge is the bustling Rialto Outdoor Market which you won't miss for sure. It wasn't as big as I expected, but it was still an experience to peek into the daily lives of a Venetian. I spent probably half an hour looking around. Many of the stalls are open for most of the day, selling all sorts of items. You must snag the great deals for fruits, clothes, seafood, etc. because they are abundant!

And there we have it, THE bridge. The views were different in the day compared to the night. I can't decide which view I love the most because they're both equally breathtaking! Luckily for me, my accommodation was just next to the bridge, thus I was able to admire the scenic views every day that I was there! *.*

Night View :

To see my posts on Italy:

Rialto Bridge
Rialto Vaporetto Stop, 31024 Venice, Italy (San Marco)

Following the increasing popularity of the Korean culture thanks to the K-Wave, Korean cuisines have been high in demand with the growing sprout in Singapore. One of the latest talk of the town is Yoogane 요가네.

With a history dated back to 1981, the well-received chicken galbi restaurant hails from Busan, Korea. With 100 stores scattered all over South Korea, they pride themselves as one of the best and most popular Chicken Galbi Restaurants in the Land of Kimchi. Their first outlet in Singapore opened its doors at Bugis Junction in May last year, which caught attention for the snaking long queues.

The highly sought after restaurant has since opened its second outlet at Westgate! It's full house over at this side as well. Step into the restaurant and you'll feel as if you've teleported to Korea because of the Korean-ish vibe and songs playing in the background.

Korean Plum Rice Wine (Ume Makgeolli), $7.90.

I start off with the drinks! One of the most popular beverages in Yoogane, you need not fly over to Korea for a taste of this. This makgeolli is a fermented alcoholic drink that's derived from rice has an alcoholic content of 6-7%. You serve it in a bowl and drink it up, like soup.

There are 2 ways you can drink it:
1) Don't shake it! What you drink is unfiltered because the sediments are settled at the bottom. It tastes clearer and smoother, which is my choice of drinking.

2) Alright, shake it already. It tastes cloudy and slightly rougher.

Soju (Chamisu), $15.90 + Hite Beer, $8.90.

What better way to enjoy your food with beer, Korean style! I learnt that Koreans enjoy Somaek - adding a shot of Soju with Beer (Maekju). This is very popular with the Korean youths! You'll also get drunk quicker.. xD

Diners are provided aprons to prevent any splattering onto clothes. Let's get down to eating! *Takes out chopsticks and ready to go*

Cold Noodles (Naengmyeon), $9.90.

Starting with the popular side dishes, add in the mustard and vinegar to this dish, then stir! This was different from the other similar dishes I've had. I loved the refreshing taste, which was perfect for our humid weather.

I was worried that I'd be put off by the taste of mustard actually, but surprisingly when mixed, the ingredients matched well with the sauce!

Korean Style Seafood Pancake, $16.90.

This one I love!!! I've tried Korean pancakes in Singapore before, but this takes the crown. The slight crisp was what made me decided: "Ok, I NEED to be back for this!"

It is the thin kind, which explains why it's able to retain the crispness and not turn soggy after awhile. It is not very greasy, it is crunchy and it tastes fresh because of the fresh and generous amount of seafood and vegetables used. Dip it in the accompanying sauce for a better flavour.

Egg Roll with Cheese, $11.90.

There is a non-cheese version available at $9.90. Topped with tomato sauce, I am not a big fan, but it was good nonetheless! The cheese added flavour to the egg for sure. It was moist and the texture was so Q!

Seafood and Chicken Galbi, $48.90 for 2-3 pax, $58.90 for 3-4 pax.

...And on to the mains! Yoogane Singapore follows closely to the portion size given by Yoogane Korea.

I had the one for 2-3 pax. This dish consists of Yoogane's unique spicy sauce marinate with tender chicken meat, a variety of seafood and fresh vegetables. It's a tolerable spiciness level, unlike the Korean Fire Noodles. While the dalbi is the most popular option, you can order the Bulgogi version if you prefer something non-spicy.

You can add in Combination Fixings for $10.90.

For mine, I had glass noodles, ramyeon, topokki (rice cake), cheese topokki, sweet potato topokki, potato slices, golden mushrooms and capsicum. Out of the wide variety of topokkis, I can't get enough of the specially imported sweet potato topokki that's purple in colour! I am hungry with just the thought of it. *licks lips*

There will be the friendly crew at Yoogane who will assist you in cooking, making sure that your food is well-cooked and perfect to nomnom!

While the most popular noodle choice was the ramyeon, I preferred the glass noodles more. It was bouncier and tastier!

Marinated Chicken Galbi Fried Rice, $14.90.

For those self-proclaimed Rice Buckets, you might prefer this! This Cheese Fried Rice is a combination of Yoogane's signature Chicken Galbi and Fried Rice, with Mozerella Cheese sandwiched and fried altogether.

It was also slightly spicy, yet slightly sweet. Seems like everything goes really well with the Galbi sauce!

Oh My Cheese! Look at that Rice Pizza! *.*

Overall, the food was out of my expectations! I'd wanted to try Yoogane for the longest time ever since they opened here last year, but plans were shelved even when I visited Seoul last year. I honestly went with a heart that said "let me see whether it's another overrated restaurant...", but now that I've tasted it for myself, I can safely say that Yoogane deserves the hype its getting!

Yoogane's cute mascot, Yoo Chick!

I don't have many restaurants on my list of returning to, but I'm adding this in. With high ratings coming from the public and reviewers, you know that you HAVE to try this at least once!

Yoogane @ Westgate
Westgate Mall
3 Gateway Drive, #03-08, Singapore (608532)
Tel: 6337 7337

Yoogane @ Bugis
Bugis Junction
200 Victoria Street, #02-47/48, Singapore (188021)