Thursday, 17 January 2019

Seeing an old friend after 22 years!

My friend Lexi messaged me over FB a few months back telling me that she will be visiting Malaysia and she wonders if I would like a quick meet up. OF COURSE i told her!

Lexi is South African but we met when we were 12 (in 1994) in Australia. We went to the same primary school and became best friends! Most Fridays I would follow her back to her house for a swim and we would watch this series called "Ready or Not" which was so terrible! haha Then we would eat toast with apricot jam or Maggi noodles! But by the year end she moved back to South Africa. However a few years later in 1997 she came back to Australia and went to the same high school so we became friends again. At the end of 1997 I went back to Malaysia and we haven't seen each other since. Thank god for Facebook for connecting us again!

So in December, she had a few nights in KL before her trip to Cameron, Penang and Langkawi so I dropped by her hotel after work. So within the hour plus we managed to catch up with what's been happening for the past 22 years!

She is now working and living in North Carolina and she is now a PROFESSOR! How amazing is that!






After coming back to Langkawi, she stopped by KL before her flight back to the US and we met up for lunch at Din Tai Fung. She loved Malaysia! She said it was beautiful and clean (I was surprised that this! but yeay!) and she loved the food.



It was so nice to meet up with old friends again! Thanks for getting in touch Lexi and I hope it's not another 20 years until we meet again!





Sunday, 6 January 2019

End of 2018

Happy new year everyone!!
Sorry for the lack of updates! I have so many posts in drafts but sigh, no time to type up!
Is blogging even relevant anymore? Most people are on YoutTube these days. But I do like to pen my thoughts and read them again after you know, kinda like a diary. So I guess I will keep writing when I have the time.

Anyways had 2 year end get-togethers with my Bangi peeps.

Sexy Bombshells

First were the SexyBombshells. We went to Koryo-Won for lunch. That place is officially our AGM venue coz we always seem to end up there. But it serves good food and not too crowded on a Friday lunch so that's a win for us. Everyone managed to turn up for our AGM except for Nadia who is in Denmark and Ally who was in London.



Had the gift-exchange (tak nak panggil Secret Santa, walaupon obviously it is sbb pakai santa hat bagai! :P)




Lynne was my Secret Santa and she got me Nars Climax Mascara which was on my wishlist. Thank you Lynne!



I had to get a present for Ann and she wanted mascara first and she told us in the group chat. So when I went out to get her present, I tried it on and like it and immediately put it on top of my wish list. So yeah me and Ann got the exact same thing (which we both wanted!)







Bimbotches x Ganyuts

The other dinner was with these girls + 1 boy. Basically Ann, Paris and I (and Nadia) are best friends from High School and Ann's sister and mine are best friends too. So we are all very close and essentially are in the same anyway.



Our dinner was at Zenzero and I had the pasta which was YUMMY!



We had gift exchange too and here are all our presents. Funny enough, I had to get a present for my own little sister and being the lazy, can't-be-bothered-to-add-to-the-wishlist person that she is, I had to think about what she wanted. Luckily, I remembered that she asked me about wanting some pyjamas so that's what I got for her! I added some stuff from Tarte and some sheet masks from Sephora too. The next day after I bought her stuff, she said in the group chat that she wanted an EXERCISE MATT (pulakkk!). I did consider returning the pyjamas and getting the matt but I also couldn't be bothered la. Good thing I didn't coz she loved the pyjamas. Oh I did mention that she wasn't even at the dinner. She planned a last minute trip to Langkawi with her family!



What did I get? A LULULEMON microfibre towel! wow sayang nak guna sbb LULULEMON :P



Anyways hope everyone had a good year in 2018. Mine was great Alhamdulillah and the highlight was my Umrah trip (that post is in Draft). I pray that everyone has a great and blessed year in 2019!













Monday, 12 November 2018

Just one of dem days!















Sunday, 14 October 2018

The Sticks Guide Review

After our first jungle trekking adventure at Sg Chilling, I have been wanting to go again. I found that being in the forest is really calming and peaceful. This time we decided to go Glamping and booked a Tendok (tent+pondok) at The Sticks which is a mere 400 metres from Sg. Chilling. It is around 45 minutes away from KL.

After parking at the guarded parking area, we had to take a walk to The Sticks. We even had to cross a bridge to the other side to get to the main accommodation area.

Our tendok was cozy where it fitted a double bed and an extra single mattress.

Our beds

It was situated next to the river so the sound of the water from the river was soothing (at first). Unfortunately, for some reason I couldn't sleep that night. It's not like I saw "anything" but I suspect the sound of the river was actually too loud for my liking, so I didn't get much sleep that night.

Our Tendok (from the outside)

But most important of all, the shower had HOT WATER! This was perfect after being in the cold river water!


Our bathroom

We even had our own area to swim with stairs directly from our Tendok. But the area looked very deep so we didn't dare bring the kids there.

Private area

The Sticks had its own private section of the river. The depth of the river was perfect for kids as it was shallow.



We brought our own floats but they also provided tubes which you could use. We brought a rope too so that we could tie up the floats and tubes while the kids were on them which we found very useful.


The water could get pretty cold though. We played in the water on the day of arrival after 5pm and with no sun around, it was very chilly! The kid's teeth were chattering and their lips turned blue. The next morning, we only went in after 10ish and when the sun was beaming, then it was nice to be in the water. The kids had so much fun playing in the river and I had so much fun too flowing down the river in the float.

Floating down the river

A family photo 

The price at The Sticks were inclusive of meals. We had french toast and pisang goreng for tea.

Tea

A bbq with assorted meats for dinner.

Dinner

An English breakfast! Food were plentiful and we never got the chance to eat any of the extra food we brought!

Breakfast

Lunch was served before we left and again, we were fed to the brim!

Lunch

Hot drinks and water were provided free of charge. They had soft drinks and other drinks too available for purchase. The dining area was nice with hammocks you could chill in and we had our own designated tables. They even had toys for the kids to play with.

Dining and relax area
Coincidently a friend of mine, Ray from university was also there with his family. His wife Farah was also in Edinburgh where Kimi studies so they knew each other too. What a small world indeed! Our kids had a nice time playing together at breakfast and we all had a nice walk around the compound looking at local fruits and trees.





All in all, we had a lovely time at The Sticks (minus the fact that I couldn't sleep). The facilities were nice and clean and the river area was safe and perfect for kids. Farah and I were bummed though that they took out the floating bamboo raft which was an Instagram spot made famous by @yuilin! We would definitely come again!

Last pic before heading home!

Head to http://thesticks.my for more details and bookings!


Thursday, 30 August 2018

Lash Lift - I finally have lashes!

So anyone who knows me, know that I long for long curly lashes. I envy my boys who have beautiful lashes! So then a week ago, as I was watching videos on Instagram on how they do eyelash perming, my SIL messaged me asking me if I wanted to join her to do lash lifting! What a co-incidence!! I immediately said YES! This is the account detail of the person who did our lashes. Her name is Ain and you can check out her work.



Ok here are my lashes before the lift.



Check it out AFTER! (the pic below is without mascara).



I am loving my lashes now and as it turns out, I DO HAVE THEM! This is supposed to last for 2 months and then you need a top up. After a few treatments, you might be lucky and may not need them anymore. But that depends on your lashes.



The treatment takes 45 minutes where they apply a number of things to the lashes. She applied serums, keratin and lifting serum, tint and finally treatment. You're not suppose to have any contact with water for 2 hours after, but since I couldn't pray I refrained from washing my eye area at all until the next morning. My SIL's lashes went down the next morning on one side. Ain was nice enough to come and re-do it again for her the next day. It was fine after that.

Now 1 week in, my lashes are still curled. I can't believe I have never discovered this before! If you're looking to lift up your lashes do check out Ain's services. Totally recommended!

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Daiso Washing Drum Cleaner and TIPS

Have you notice black flakes stuck to your laundry after washing them? That's what I have been having and I suspect that it's from my washing drum. I saw a few posts on how to clean your washing machine such us using bicarb + vinegar and also cleaner for Cosway but I saw that Daiso also has something similar. So after searching a few Daiso, I managed to find it!



Instructions in Japanese
Here is a very helpful forum with the translations. Link

The product
So basically you put this in your washing machine with the max water setting. Ideally you let it soak for hours but I didn't wait and just let the machine run. Check out all the gunk and dirt coming out from the washing drum!



When you see the dirt floating, you should get a strainer and scoop it out. I didn't have any so I just let the washing machine do its full cycle. At the end of the cycle I had to wipe out the dirty stuff that came out and it was A LOT! Then I ran the cleaning cycle and had to wipe again at the end. There were still stuff coming out, so I ran the wash and rinse cycle twice before I dared using the washing machine again!

So warning! You have to run a few cycles before you can use your machine again!


But after that, the satisfaction of knowing that you got all that dirty disgusting gunk out was awesome! No more black flakes in your clothes!! YEAY!!




Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Old pics

Found these old pics at my mum's the other day and started scanning them.
Here are some pictures and why they are so precious!

This is a pic with my grandparents from my dad's side. I think this is the only picture that I have of my late Tok Man as he passed away when I was 10 i think. I remember that he was funny and likes to make jokes. Meanwhile my grandmother, we call her Pah Salak, she stayed with us for years as her eyesight deteriorated. What I remember about her was when she was still able, she would make agar2 kering for raya because that was my favourite.


There were loads of pictures of me and my brother. I guess as my parents had more kids, they didn't have time to take loads of pictures. Here are some of my favourites (ie where I think I was cute! hehe)





Here is a fun fact about me, I can vividly remember certain memories from my childhood. Like in the following 2 pics, I remember these moments as I lived them. I remember sitting there eating that ice cream.


And I remember going to this golf course with my parents and my neighbour!


Here are some more cute pictures!






This is me at kindergarten and yes I went to ABIM.


Finally a pic of a moody me at the zoo. This must be in the 90's coz my youngest sister is there!


Aww I love looking at pics. Now I always try to print them off and am finding that Lifebuuk is the easiest and fastest app for printing photos. Photobook takes too much effort to organise and sort into the boxes! So Lifebuuk for the win!




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