Saturday, January 31, 2015

My Birthday Speech

I'm writing this on my bed now, really comfortable and I'm going to sleep after I finish writing this.

Yes, this is going to be my birthday speech. Actually it's not really considered as a speech, since I just wanna write down my thoughts for turning 26 this year. Everything seems so fly past so fast and I'm already 26 years old. The past year (2014) have been pretty overwhelming but I felt like I did work hard to achieve some of the milestones that happened in 2014.

Somehow, I had a pretty tough time in the beginning of the year and that's when I realised and felt the unconditional love and support from my family and friends. Thereafter, I started to go back to learn my driving and finally gotten my licence just in 3 months. Officially graduated from my degree course with decent results. Gotten few job offers and interviews even before I send out my CV. Went for interview and got a job as a social media manager/community manager at a digital marketing company, with a pay that is higher than most of my school mates that I know of. And also, found someone who love me more than anything else. :)

Should I be happy? Of course I am.

Should I be thankful? I definitely am.

Should I feel blessed? Yes, no doubt.

2014 was an amazing and important year where I got the chance to learn from every single incident that happened to me and I'm very glad that it was really smooth sailing throughout. A lot of people have been telling me that I'm not young anymore. I should plan for my future and stuff. I know that I look like I didn't have any plans but actually I do. Time will tell, and it will tell.

Anyway, for those who didn't know, I just left my job recently to really focus on doing what I love - blogging.

It's not easy to come this far in this industry and I know I can go even further, so I do not want to give up on what I've built up for, for the past 10 years. I'll talk more about my work experience on another entry, but I really learnt a lot and I'm glad I went through it. Not only I gained knowledge but also it made me realise what I really want in life as well.

So how did I celebrate my birthday this year?

My friends and loved ones planned a surprise birthday party for me the last weekend and they actually planned it way back in December. I'm so grateful to have them as I did not expect anything this year at all. At this age, birthday to me is not as a big deal as compared to when I was younger, although I still do think it's an important day where you got to celebrate with your loved ones and treat yourself like a king/queen for the day. And I was so surprised and shocked by them. I'm truly touched.

Sometimes I ask myself what did I do to deserve all these wonderful friends that I have in my life. What did I do to deserve all the love from you guys (which people call you guys, readers/followers/fans etc) who supported me unconditionally for years and years. I know a lot of you guys stayed with me for so many years and there are also some, that left in between because they think that I've changed throughout the years. People have been telling me that they missed the "old typicalben", the one that writes everything and anything on this blog. They say I've changed, but I did not. I just grew up as time goes by.

I wanted to address this issue for the longest time, because I actually felt sad and affected when I saw all these comments saying that I've changed when I did not. The only thing is that I've grow up with time and I also want to keep some stuff to myself.

I know I've said this many times, but you guys really meant a lot to me and I'm very thankful for all the love and support. I know some of you might think, here he go again, all the same generic saying to the supporters. Yes, I also do feel this way when those celebrity always say that during their interview or speech when they received an award. But honestly, who am I today without you guys reading my blog from the start? Nobody. I won't be typicalben. I won't be earning money from my blog or social media platform. I won't be able to support myself for my daily expenses with these money and I might have to work part time when I'm still studying in university. I won't be able to pay for my school fees. I won't be able to appear on newspaper or news. I won't be able to do a lot of things which I'm doing now. And I cannot claim all the credit to myself, like... Oh because I was really hardworking previously blogging. Yes I was blogging but with you all reading and supporting, that's how I can come such a long way.

I always feel very happy whenever people tell me they got inspired by me in different stages of their life as they are able to relate to what I've been through and what I've experienced before. Until today, I'll still be very happy when people tell me that they love reading my blog, love my pictures or love me for who I am. I'm still very happy when people asked me for photos in the street and I've never rejected anyone for photos, no matter how horrible looking I was at that moment. Except once, when I was eating with my family. I got no choice but to reject this guy because we were all eating halfway through the dinner, and table manners is important and so I rejected him for the photo and until today, whenever I think of it, I still feel very guilty and bad to have rejected him. I'm worried that he might think that I'm arrogant or a diva because I rejected his request, but I'm not. I do feel bad even until now. I know that this kind of things might sound stupid to some other bloggers/youtubers, like they will tell me why would you care so much, but I actually do care a lot about the people who are supporting me all these while.

Although I feel that the bond between us is there and its pretty strong, this year I'm going to make it even stronger by interacting more often with you guys online and probably more interactions whenever there's events. I want to know more about you guys and know what you guys are going through as well, as much as what you guys know about me.

For my social media wise, I've also worked with a lot of brands and companies the past year and this year, I know it will be even better and more amazing! I was already feeling the positive and amazing vibe for 2015, even before it started! :D

January had been a pretty laid back month for me, as I just left my job (which was really really really hectic and tiring, so I was resting for quite a bit). But now, I'll be back on track and do what I got to do. This year is off for a good start, and I'm glad that it's continuing the greatness from last year but it will definitely be even better.

Thank you guys for growing up with me and for those who just got to know me, please hold on tight and join in our journey.

Talking about that, on the day of my birthday, I received a lot of wishes from you guys (thank you all so much!!) and there's this particular email which touches me a lot . She mentioned that she have been consecutively sending me birthday emails for the past 3 years already and so I went to search her name to see, and she really did. I did remember her emails but I didn't realise it's been 3 years already, so I went to read back all her past wishes again. I actually remember some of you guys based on all your profile picture on Twitter or Instagram, if you guys interacted with me frequently. I'm always happy to see all the familiar faces during events and appreciate you guys for taking the time and effort to come to events to support me. She's one of them and I remember her coming for Cleo Hair event the other time.

Another thing that I'm very happy about is that I can be myself to you guys and you guys still love me for that. Many of my friends told me, not to upload the picture of me with the balloon that says "Happy Birthday Princess" (which Ran bought it for me for my birthday) because they think that it will spoil my image. But most of you guys know how am I like already, my character and how I behave. I also sometimes call myself princess on my social media platforms, so why can't I post the picture then?

For all our #BenRanAway video, you all can also see how am I like in real life too.

So I don't need to change myself for the videos or pictures because I know that you guys will still accept me for who I am and what I do. Which is really important. We just need to learn to judge people less and to accept people more. Everyone is different in their own ways and they all have their own stories that we might never know. When I was younger, I really do tend to judge people but now, I try my best not to anymore. It's in our human nature to judge people we see, but after that we need to remind ourselves not to do that because they are human, just like you and me too.

Thank you all for allowing me to be myself and still love me in this cruel internet world.

I think I'm getting really emotional writing this because I don't really address all these things nowadays anymore. The only thing I can do now is to work hard and achieve all my dreams and goals. So you guys also have to work hard on yours too okay? You'll be able to achieve what you want, only if you believe in yourself. Trust me. I don't wanna sound like I'm preaching here or something but if you don't believe in yourself, nobody will. There are bound to be people who will doubt you and try their very best to put you down. But in your heart and mind, you need to be strong and know that you can do it and prove them wrong. To end this off, I just wanna say that I really love my family, my friends, my love, and all of you guys who supported me in anyway.

Thank you and I really had a wonderful birthday this year. :)


Friday, January 30, 2015

Bistro du Vin

Went for The Drums concert the other day! I'm not a fan of the band nor neither do I listen to their music, I went because my friends wanted to go and I thought it might be good to expose myself to a different genre of music that are not that mainstream, you know? After that, we went for our late dinner and we decided on Bistro du Vin which is located at Shaw Centre.

I've heard people telling me that Bistro du Vin is one of the best French restaurant in Singapore and it's my first time there, so I'm pretty excited to try it out. The ambience was not that bad and it was still pretty packed even though it's after dinner hour.

Bistro du Vin Singapore

Adorable menu.

Bistro du Vin environment

bread -Bistro du Vin

Bread as appetiser before dinner.

escargots - Bistro du Vin

I ordered escargots because I really like them and wanted to try if its good here.

escargots - Bistro du Vin

Delicious! I really think they are a good starter dish for dinner.

le confit de Canard -Bistro du Vin

le confit de Canard. (Duck confit)

mushroom - Bistro du Vin

Sauteed mushroom as sides.

coq au vin - Bistro du Vin

I'm having the coq au vin - which is chicken braised with wine, lardons, mushrooms. I dare not say I love it a lot, although the first few mouthful of it, I really think it's yummy but after eating for awhile, it will make you feel quite 'gelat'.

typicalben with red wine

A red wine certainly goes well with my coq au vin! ;)

red wine typicalben

Sometimes wine is just necessary.

Bistro du Vin dessert

Always end a meal with a dessert. ;)

Ran just came back home and he keep disturbing me to accompany him to go jogging omg. I was just about to start writing here and then he came back and talk to me and got me distracted. Will go stop him from talking first then continue writing here later. :)


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Christmas & New Year Celebration 2014

Hello everyone, its official! My face is distorted! :/ I don't know why but yesterday I recorded a video and then when I transferred it to my laptop, I then realise that my face is swollen on one side wtf. What is this! I'm not sure whether it's because I'm getting fatter, by fatter I mean healthier because previously I was way TOO skinny, or what. So I was recording #AskTypicalben video yesterday night (answering all the questions asked by you guys on my Instagram) but I'm not sure whether am I going to rerecord it again though, will see how! But all I know is tomorrow we will be recording #BenRanAway video yay!!!

I know right, finally new video after so long!

Don't blame us okay, both of us were working previously! And Randy is still working now though! ;)

fingers christmas staycation

As usual, celebrated Christmas Eve with Fingers and it's a culture that we will never change and compromise lol. I know I say until like very serious but for those who are attached, we will have to tell our partner that Christmas Eve is always booked for bffs.

fingers christmas staycation

Christmas gifts! I gotten for them chocolates this year! Our gifts are usually very simple and affordable! ;) I wanted to say cheap but cheap doesn't sound like a right word and it's not classy, so yes affordable hahaha.

fingers christmas staycation

Snacks for us to munch for the whole night.

fingers christmas staycation

What's up Ting? What's up!

fingers christmas staycation

How crazy is my bffs? This crazy! I think they are trying to kill Kx lol.

fingers christmas 2014

Our annual Christmas family portrait.

fingers christmas staycation

Yule log!

fingers christmas log cake 2014

Last group photo together before we really laze on the bed till morning!

fingers christmas staycation

Went for breakfast the next morning before heading back home!

fingers christmas staycation

Porridge for breakfast with my besties!


Celebrated Christmas Eve with Fingers and on Christmas Day itself, I'll usually celebrate it with my family! Most of the time, we will just have a simple dinner and this year, mum cooked some simple dishes and we had our Christmas dinner at home yay! :D

family christmas dinner


family christmas dinner

Cheesy sausage.

family christmas dinner

Fruit salad!

family christmas dinner

Veggie salad!

family christmas dinner

Cream of chicken!

family christmas dinner

Tadah~ Our simple Christmas dinner at home, all whipped up by my awesome mum!

family christmas

All of us looked like we just woke up, and actually 3 of us do (except our mum). Because my dad was working the night before and Ran + Me was having our own Christmas celebration. So therefore, all 3 of us slept in till pretty late lol.

family christmas

Me and my mum so loving ah! Look at each other somemore! Hahahaha!


steamboat cny

Celebrated NYE at home and had steamboat with Fingers and mummy!

steamboat cny

family fingers cny

Using selfie stick and managed to snap some pictures on our phone! I'm so glad that I'm able to spend all these festive holidays with my loved ones and people who are truly important to me! I really hope this year, you guys will also try to spend and allocate some days to celebrate the festive season, not just with your friends, but with your family members too okay! :)

"The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege."


Friday, January 16, 2015

12 Commonly Mispronounced Words

Did an impromptu video with my family and I find it too cute and hilarious not to post it!

Check out the video below:

This video is up on my own personal channel, do subscribe to me there for more videos too! ;)


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

KFC Curry Rice Bucket

typicalben kfc

Hello everyone!!! I'm back again at KFC for their exclusive fan party to witness the launch of a new Rice Bucket flavour!! :D

I'm always super thrilled, when I know that KFC is going to launch a new menu!! I really like how they always surprise and bring us all these awesome new flavours that will never fail to satisfy and excite our taste buds! :p This time round, they are going to unveil another new flavour of Rice Bucket (apart from À La King & Original Recipe flavour) and it got us really excited!

kfc fans

Fans that are exclusively picked from their Facebook Page to attend the fan party!

kfc salted caramel

While waiting for my Rice Bucket, I ordered myself a Salted Caramel Latte from KFC Coffee, their new café concept!
First time trying the drinks from their café and its actually pretty good!

There are 4 across the island at KFC ARC, NTU, Valley Point and The Signature. Go check it out!

typicalben with kfc curry rice bucket

The new Rice Bucket is here!!!!! Let's all welcome the new, KFC Curry Rice Bucket!!

kfc curry rice bucket

I think most of us here love curry right and I was really happy to know it’s curry flavour! The Curry Rice Bucket comes with more than 300g of fragrant chicken rice, topped with crispy Popcorn Chicken and smothered in a creamy potato curry. De-li-cious!

kfc curry rice bucket

It's awesome how they thought of bringing 2 of our iconic Singaporean favourites, Chicken Rice & Curry together with KFC Popcorn Chicken and in a bucket! Giving it a slight twist to delight us with a localised flavour that tastes soooo good! *.*

typicalben qiuqiu kfc curry rice bucket

With Qiu before we devour the KFC Curry Rice Bucket! :'D

typicalben qiuqiu kfc curry rice bucket

And both of us actually find that the KFC Curry Rice Bucket comes at the right time since our nation commemorates its Golden Jubilee this year! SG50!!!! What better to celebrate the year with our very own localised flavours right!!!

typicalben kfc curry rice bucket

Time to eat this full of abundance and yummy, KFC Curry Rice Bucket! :D

typicalben eating kfc curry rice bucket

All along, I really love eating curry and I always eat a lot when my mum or grandma cooked it at home on normal days! So when it comes to the KFC Curry Rice Bucket, I also like it a lot since it's curry heh!! I personally find the serving portion pretty huge and satisfying, especially the rice (it comes with more than 300g of chicken rice wow!) which is so fragrant and nice!

kfc curry rice bucket

As for the curry taste, I find it just nice for everyone's taste buds as it is not way too spicy or too bland. So I'm sure all curry lovers (or even if you're not), you guys will sure love it with this new twist to their Rice Bucket!

What's even better is that, this delicious KFC Curry Rice Bucket is only at $4!!!!!

Curry Rice Bucket In-store Poster

Yes, it's just $4 with Popcorn Chicken, Creamy Potato Curry and Chicken Rice... all in bucket! So worth it!


Anyway we also ordered Cheese Fries to share among us! I always never fail to order this whenever I'm eating at KFC. Usually I'll change my Whipped Potato to Cheese Fries because I LOVE their Cheese Fries! Yum yum yum!

kfc chicken drumstick

We also had their signature Original Recipe chicken too!

typicalben kfc chicken

I just realised that we were such a glutton that day! But everything is so nice, we just couldn't stop eating!

kfc froyo

For dessert (yes, dessert), we had their very own, KFC Froyo! Which is amazing!!!

Okay, I don't want to be exaggerating but Isaac and Esther were with me for the food tasting and they told me that they love their froyo so much that they think it’s better than many of the froyo out there (which people are queuing up for). Recently they still text me to tell me that they miss eating it and they want to go eat again omg! I really liked it too and find it very affordable as well! There are 25 KFC restaurants serving KFC Froyo now so you can check out their website for one nearest you!

kfc froyo

I had the natural (they also have another passion fruit flavour) with Froot Loops topping, which is only $2!!!! Very affordable eh right and it's very nice some more!!! If you want the cone instead, it's only $1!!! :O

kfc froyo

All our Froyo! Some of them had the strawberry and mango sauce as toppings!

kfc team curry rice bucket

A group photo with the awesome KFC team that never fails to make us feel at home every single time! :D

typicalben qiuqiuq kfc curry rice bucket

Another photo with Qiu who is kinda my KFC buddy now? Hahaha! Talking about KFC buddy....
The new KFC Curry Rice Bucket also comes in a Meal and a Buddy Meal!

The Curry Rice Bucket Meal comes with a Curry Rice Bucket and a Regular Pepsi at $5!

They also have Rice Bucket Buddy Meal, which comes with Rice Bucket (where you can choose among Curry, À La King or Original Recipe), 2 pieces of chicken, 2 regular sides - Whipped Potato & Coleslaw and 2 medium Pepsi at $12.50!

I love how we can enjoy this bucketful of goodness at just $4 and $5 for a meal with regular Pepsi. And spoiling us for choices with the trio buckets (Curry, À La King & Original Recipe) when we order the Rice Bucket Buddy Meal! Because #youdeservemore!

kfc curry rice bucket

Go try it with your family and friends and let me know whether you guys like it as much as I do okay? :) Enjoy eating because they say people who love to eat, are always the best people! Thank you KFC once again for the hosting us! ♥
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