Another Year, Another Chapter

What a year it has been! Cliche, Cliche, but the year really did zoomed past. I really can’t believe, here I am again, writing this post in the airport while waiting to catch my final flight for 2015 back to Penang.

As much as I’ve always busy or lazy to write any post throughout the year, I’m quite determine to at least keep up with the tradition of posting my year highlight. Anyone close to me will know how taxing my work has been and will continue to be. There’s no avoiding it when I’m in this industry,     serving this particular client. Career has been good to be but I’m anticipating an even more crazier year.

Personal Goals – Travel More!
I believe I did well in that albeit my work schedule.

I went to Cameron Highlands again after not been there since 6 years ago.
I went to Perlis with the crazy bunch and turns out to be the really just nothingness there.
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Vientiane, Laos and NongKhai for my cousin’s wedding.
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Bangkok stopover just to eat all the food!
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Hong Kong and Macao for the first time ever. Can you believe it? 8 hours of transit in the airport doesn’t count. No one ever believed me when I told them I’ve never been to Hong Kong before. Not anymore!!

And the highlight was going to Disneyland for the very first time!!!IMG_6168

I think I’ve been quite into Korean entertainment for quite a few years now and who wouldn’t know who BigBang is. Even way before I started watching Running Man, I absolutely hated BigBang because my first encounter with them was Fantastic Baby mtv

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Never say never, because now I know how they started, their real name, their age, and even most of their songs  -______-

Earlier of this year, me and cousinTing won ourselves a pair of tickets to watch TaeYang and the photo caption that went on my Facebook was
“First concert for the year! …..Next aim: to watch GD/BigBang live!” 

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Guess what!!!!!
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Passes to sound check, best seat in the house and sending them off, all that jazz.

Best of all, it’s all complimentary!!! Woot Woot! To date, I still think getting to watch BigBang live was the highlight of  my 2015. Definitely it sits damn high on my chart.

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Of all the concerts I’ve been to, this one will be hard to beat. The sound and lighting and fireworks were all so on point. And they were sooooo near to me…..Okay, enough of fangirling. Moving on..

Entering my thirties with fireworks. Who uses candle anymore? I would think that in the next decade, no kid will know how to blow out candles on their anymore.

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At this age, I would say wedding season would be at their PEAK while babies birthday are slowly but surely catching up. I counted I’ve attended at least 10 weddings last year alone excluding ROMs.. Not that I hated any of it. I love weddings to bits because I am very picky on the ones that I attend. I love to watch the people I know so well and love unite for life with their other half. I love it even more when they exchange meaningful vows. It could be just me, all sentimental and hopeless romantic.

The world is so big, why did we meet?
Could it have been chance?
Could it have been destiny?

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I also noticed that I have 10 new dresses in my wardrobe too smilesweat

Top highlight of the year?

My only chance of becoming a small face person, title also take

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Next year is gonna be another whirlwind year for me. Bridezilla mode: ON!

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The big Three-Ohhhh

10 years back, I would have definitely imagined and expected a very different kind of party for my 30th birthday.

Instead of cooking for the closest friends and family, I would have thought I will be out all night, partying. Champagnes, VIP area, and all that jazz. After all, I’ve already reach a milestone in life and when I’m at 20, 30 seems so far away and definitely I can afford it by then. It’s called dirtythirty for a reason. That’s the life isn’t it? Apparently not anymore.

Dressing up and going out is a hassle. Getting to stay home and cook is a luxury, especially when all the people I love to be with are at the same place. Having my best friend over to help me with the cooking is love. No need to wash up the dishes after all the cooking is major love.

When we are at this stage of life, time is so scarce. We set our priorities right especially during the weekends, where we choose carefully how and who we spend it with. It’s definitely a blessing the people here chose to spend it at our humble abode and with me. love

I had the loveliest time ever!

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My Merdeka Weekend

In my younger days, Merdeka Eve’s will be spend watching fireworks with my parents from the TV and if I’m lucky, my dad will drive us out to the ever crowded Esplanade.

Then, I would spend it at one of the many countdown parties around. It was purely an excuse to stay out late and have fun. Then, it slowly mellowed down to house parties or just a night in, glad that I’m not working the next day.

This year was very different from any of the above. From the moment BERSIH announced that this would be an overnight rally, I was very sure it will not happen. But it did. So I went almost prepared, everything was in ziplock bags. Almost, because I was a noob at rallies like this. I was expecting the worse. Yet, what I witnessed was the best sides of Malaysians.

Rakyat Malaysia mudah lupa. That’s what they always say.

But let’s not forget this weekend.

  • When we all come together, people from all walks of life, regardless of social status, when you enter the sea of yellow, we were there for pretty much the same reason.
  • where most of us are picking up ourselves or some others rubbish. No litterbugs allowed at an event called Bersih.
  • where everyone is being tolerant of others despite the unforgiving heat during the afternoon.
  • where people are volunteering to keep things organize. Like the guy who held the signage “Toilet & Medic –>” up high. Some arm exercise there.
  • when I actually walked/explored the inner streets of KL despite living here for so long.
  • when silence fell through the streets of thousands during waktu solat.
  • the beautiful moment where thousands of us were singing/humming together under the stars.
  • when everyone was singing the most heartfelt “Negaraku”

Let’s not make these just for this weekend only. We all know we don’t behave that way in real life, so let’s try practice this in our everyday life, for a better Malaysia. Of course there were some parts of the rally which made me feel ??? like, why were there so many place cards in Chinese? But let’s not dwell on that. I’m penning this down as a reminder to myself too. The list can go on and on, but for me, those are the most memorable moments to me.

Day 1

Gathering point, Menara Maybank. Before some of the group went missing.
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Saw this monk marching infront of me. Very intriguing sight. 佛都有火
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I spotted several water stations but while resting on the side walk, this huge lorry pulled up and the driver came down exclaiming it’s free water! Without being asked, men went up to the lorry and help carried these boxes down the streets to distribute. Irony is that I was afraid access to water might be limited so I’ve prepared 4 bottles in my backpack -_-
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Day 2

We went again around 6pm on the second day, with a much lighter feeling.
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Can feel that the spirits were still very high from the crowd and people are still coming into the city at 11pm. The view from Masjid Jamek LRT.
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I do not expect any change will happen today nor tomorrow. But I hope that with this, it will somehow carry some sort of ripple effect towards the future we hope for.

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Vientiane, Laos

Had the opportunity to see Vientiane in less than 12 hour last month when I attended my cousin’s wedding at Nong Khai, which is a border town to Laos.

The host kindly organized a tour for almost 30 friends and relatives to cross the border over the Friendship Bridge. It was interesting to see how similar yet there are subtle differences in these Southeastern Asia countries. Also, how they adapt to it like pouring water into various glasses. The driver of the shuttle bus drove so smoothly that most of us don’t realize that the Thai drives on the left while Laos drives on the right.

First stop, the Presidential Palace.

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On the opposite end of the long road, Lane Xang Avenue, is a structure that reminds me of Arc de Triomphe. It is in fact called Patuxai or Gate of Triumph, built in similar in style to the Arc de Triomphe! Same same but different ya.

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View from the top. That’s the palace again at the end of the avenue.

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With CousinTing. We only had 20 minutes to explore the monument.

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It was indeed a scorching HOT day. Turns out its was around 39c. No wonder we were all baked. But then again, it is during these kind of day where the photos turn out so good.

This is Pha That Luang. This again, looks very similar to the golden pagoda of Myanmar but I believe in a smaller scale. Perhaps I will be able to compare it myself one day. However, this pagoda to me is an impressive structure.

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Great minds think alike! We were all dressed so alike on that day. Cool kids gang yo.

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Vientiane in a nutshell. Very obvious strong influence from the French as most of the official buildings secondary language are all written in French. Banh Mi which are baguette are their street food, just like Vietnam. Being there for such a short time feels like a preview of what’s its like. The main street are filled with small hipsters cafe. French cafes.  I saw a few groups of bicycle tours. There’s plenty of Koreans. Everywhere. So yea, it seems like a great destination for a short getaway from the hectic life I’m living right now. I’m sure there are more to what I’ve described, so it’s just a matter of time and effort before I know for sure :)

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Color Run 2015

I’ve been trying to figure out how to connect the wordpress app from my phone so I can at least upload the photos faster. So finally had some time to do it and ta-da! Anyway, it’s quite a buggy app that sometime just refuse to work.

Last weekend was another eventful one! Went for another version of color run with my lovelies. Seems like there’s a color run every other month ever since the first one last year. Anyway, don’t think this is under the real franchise. Not as well organized but we had fun nonetheless.

All clean and proper 6am. Sleepy and hungry though. Not gonna lie, it’s tough waking up that early to run -_-

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We were walking 90% of the time, being the nanny crew to the little princess. Plenty of folks took photos of/with her and one kind auntie even gave her RM2o -__- The 10% of running was when the little princess suddenly “naik form” and started running so we all went chasing after her.

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At the end of the race course! All covered with color and the little one fell asleep hahaha

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I think we all came out of the race cleaner than last year! :) Found this photo as comparison and indeed, we were more “into” the colors. It’s as though we were dipped in dye.

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