Saturday, April 09, 2016

The end is (almost) near



This is by far the hardest research topic that I've chosen to write about and this is what you call 'sendiri cari pasal' because of all the topics that I can choose from, I decided to go to choose something related to home and my own culture. I have 12 more days to go. TWELVE! Wish me luck and I am praying crazily hard that I won't fail this subject. AMEN.

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

March

From what I forsee, March will be another hectic month for me...and yes, especially with my studies cos I have a deadline next month which requires me to write 4000 words of essay. If you're wondering if I've started or not? Well, let's just say that I am still in the midst of finding more resources at the moment. I've been thinking and counting down the deadline every day. I kid you not, every effing single day without a miss. So if I've been silent again here in my blog, you know what I am currently dealing with at the moment. On the other note, I've been going back to Zumba classes again even though I still prefer my original ZIN classes but it's alright. At least I still can do some workout so it's still fine. Been staying late in the office after work as well so that I can just directly continue doing my studies here since it is so much better to be focused in the office. There's just way too much distraction at home and I knew that if I am home from work, I will totally feel like not doing anything at all. So staying late in the office is the best option but sometimes, I still can procrastinate in the office too lol. Don't really wanna give myself a hard time because if I do, I'll end up going into the 'depression dungeon' again.

Anyway, time to continue with my work now...in the meantime, here's a lil vlog that I made on my visit to Pasar Seni and Chinatown with my cousins last weekend. Decided to film some footages just to test out my new Xiaomi Yi Action camera that I recently purchased at a decent price. Of course, a Go Pro Hero would be so much better but, I can't really afford a Go Pro now so Xiaomi it is haha. Quality's not bad tbh. If you're planning to head down to Chinatown this month, do wear something comfortable and apply tons of sunblock cos damn, the weather is just insane!


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

That post holiday blues


Wrote this quote in a rush before I went to the airport for my flight back to the Peninsula hence the missing letter 'M' in the word 'remember'. Still not purely satisfied with my lettering style but I can honestly tell you that I've improved a lot now. Remind me to do a blog post about that. It was definitely not a great idea to fly back on Sunday where practically every human being decided that Sunday was the best time to fly too. I mean, I don't blame 'em but Sunday (February 14th) was the 7th day of Chinese New Year and since CNY falls on Monday and Tuesday, it was just the perfect time for everyone to fly to whichever destinations that they are headed to. So, Valentine's Day for me this year was spent on an aeroplane with  a whole bunch of people. Actually, Valentine's Day also marked my 8th year working here in my old college as a lecturer. I remembered I told myself that I would probably work for 5 years and then I'll see where my future goes. Obviously, 5 years have passed and  I don't really see my future getting anywhere LOL plus, since the college is helping to pay half of my MA study tuition fees, I might still have to  stay and work here for a longer period of time.

How good it is if I can be risky enough to try and do other things...to go and settle in an unfamiliar place and start all over. How is it possible that I can't plan what I wanna do next in the future? Yeah, if life was that easy right? The end of this CNY holiday means it is definitely CRUNCH time for me but then again no matter how many times I motivate myself to study study study and not procrastinate, I'll end up doing the latter. There is just too many things to do and to catch up but I really don't want to bore anyone with another of my I'm-so-stress-with-my-studies complain. In the meantime, it's back to work for now but looking at the faces of my students in yesterday's class, I so can tell that they are feeling the post-holiday blues as well haha. But I think it would be really good to re-energize our mind, body and spirit again when the holidays have come to an end. I also probably need to resume back my zumba classes after not going for a while just because my favourite ZIN no longer conduct classes in CF Sunway anymore. Hope your CNY holiday has been good tho!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

#LunarNewYear2016


Happy Lunar New Year/Chinese New Year! Just like all the previous years, I am back in my hometown again to celebrate CNY with everyone at home. As always, CNY in KK is definitely more quiet compared to the ones I celebrated in Tawau but it's still alright I guess. My mum can be super emotional whenever the CNY festive is on so she has her reasons not to go back to Tawau this year. Anyway, I hope you are having a good CNY celebration so far with your family and friends. My family was invited to a dinner by my aunt during CNY eve and I had a good time catching up with my aunt and her family. Dinner was a little 'odd' cos the was food a mixture of Asian and Western. My inner Asian self was like, "Where's the steamed chicken and steamed fish?" But nevertheless, it was all good. My uncle gave a lot of good life advices to me that night and I shall remember to put it into practice through my daily life :)

CNY Eve dinner.



Lion Dance performance at St. Michael's Church. Photo taken with my new Xiaomi Yi Action Cam.

Woke up super early the next day (6.00am to be exact) to attend the CNY mass in St. Michael's Church and watched the first lion dance performance for CNY this year. Obviously, I was also one of those people who get excited whenever there's a lion dance performance so I definitely had to watch it in a more closer view lol. Today was CNY Day 2 and my cousins and I were invited to Fred (who's my cousin Audrey's BF) open house. Fred's family was super nice and welcoming to all of us, I totally felt less awkward because of that haha. At 2pm, the lion dance troop came and delivered a pretty good performance. The troop came with few other additional 'props' like the monkey king, money God and the happy monk. Everyone basically took selfies with them when the lion dance performance was on a short break. I enjoyed myself today,  although I ended up with another massive migraine since I was standing under the sun most of the time watching the lion dance performance. Totally hate that migraine feeling but I am alright now. Thank you Fred for inviting us to your open house! 

Lions in vivid colours.

The aftermath.
Chinese New Year is definitely a season of togetherness where all family, relatives and friends gather at the same place to catch up with each other. Sure, as time goes by, things might change...but preserving the culture of togetherness is no doubt, very important especially being in a Chinese family. This also explains why those Petronas CNY TV commercials always emphasis the importance of being with your family. No matter how far you are, try to always come home. Okay, I think I am going off topic here haha. Here's wishing everyone a Blessed Lunar New Year and may the year of Monkey brings a lot of luck, blessing and prosperity to you. On the other note, I need to make use of this one week break to focus on my studies again *sigh* Something that I felt so reluctant to do since it's the holidays and all but I still have to do it. My procrastination is probably due to the fact that I've been watching shows like 'Keeping With Kardasian' and all the other unnecessary reality TV dramas on E! So much drama but just oh-so-entertaining lol.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

2015 recap

A little late to do this recap but as they say, better late than never :) I listed down 5 highlights in year 2015. There's definitely more but then, I wouldn't want to bore you with a freaking long list of things...so five is just good enough!

1. Braces Off!
After wearing braces for 1 year 6 months...I officially took it off in May 2015 and the result was definitely very rewarding! In an odd way, I kinda miss wearing braces now even though I hate getting all the food stuck around lol. I had a very bad set of crooked teeth for years and I wondered why it took me so long to finally get it fixed. But hey, it's better late than never right? Now I can smile without having to think about that crooked two front teeth. Only problem is that I am a serious coffee/tea drinker hence my teeth is not sparkling white *sigh* 

Anyway, wearing braces does make you lose weight but in my case, I re-gained my weight again cos obviously I eat a lot over the past year -_- Wearing braces also does change your face structure. I don't really see it but all my colleagues seen the difference so I'm pretty sure it really does  :) I personally would say that it was a good decision for me to wear braces, especially when I have serious crooked teeth, even the dentist advised me to do so since crooked teeth is prone to get cavities easily. So glad I did it :)

Brace yourself (don't mind the pun lol) for the before and after photo of my teeth. 
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Smilin' like a winner haha. Taken the day after I took my braces off.
 2. My 1st Art Bazaar.
Well, in all honesty...it wasn't a success and I only earned enough to cover my transport expenses from my place to Berjaya Times Square for two days. I knew that there wasn't that much crowd that would be keen to buy artsy stuff in Berjaya Times Square, I mean I don't even visit that shopping mall very often. But, it was my first time and I thought why not just try right? Initially, doing this bazaar was to tie-in with my assignment for my MA study, since the plan didn't really worked out, I told myself to just give it a shot and see how it goes. It was actually a good experience for me to learn about this 'art bazaar' culture here in the Klang Valley. I met new people who has been in a bazaar scene more than me and they are very nice too! One seller who has a booth right next to me even bought me dinner on the last day of the bazaar :) I would love to do this again, but only when I am done with my studies and are able to produce more artworks. In the meantime, I'll just take my time to attend more art bazaars this year.