27 SEPTEMBER 2014
September 2014 - Seoul, South Korea
When I last left with you with my last post on Seoul… I was actually waiting for my flight to Seoul *grins* Yes, that would have made my recent trip a 2nd visit to this beautiful city :)
It was a pretty dramatic start to that trip. I had a pretty LONG 2 weeks riding up to the trip what with work, the self-startup business and organising of what to do in Seoul with the family. So in that stress of booking for the trip, little did I realise that I had misread the booking for my trip to be for the early morning on Saturday which to me was Friday night. In actual fact *drumrolls please…!* it was for early Friday morning which is actually on Thursday night!!!
Well, that’s dramatic by my standards, for someone who likens herself to be pretty organised and always well-prepared! Needless to say, I was pretty stunned and was totally caught off-guard when the nice lady at the check-in counter mentioned I had missed my flight and that she’s booking me for the next available flight, WHICH (!!!) can only be 24 hours later. You know… this means that I had actually lost 2 days of holiday time.
THAT feeling of missing a flight when you were sooooo looking forward to… trust me. It’s not a feeling I ever want to have ever again. Boohoo!
That explains the pretty picture above - that’s on Nami Island (in rain), by the way. I will write more the next time that I can write. In the mean time, I sure learnt a lesson here ;-)
Ciao beautiful! (and safe travels to wherever you’re headed!)
30 AUGUST 2014
December 2012 - Seoul, Korea
As I am writing back-dated posts, I came to realise that I never shared with you my trip to South Korea from Winter 2012! It’s almost 2 years to the day, and here I am waiting for my next flight to Seoul again tonight ~ Yes, I am heading to South Korea again, but this time for Autumn with my brother and the parents :) My parents are already there, so we will be joining with them by this time tomorrow!
It will be a lengthy post reminiscing our winter holiday from 2012, but first, enjoy the photos from above and I will share with you the experience of that holiday with 14 others of my family members. No easy task but every bit wonderful I must say!
30 AUGUST 2014
May 2014 - Krabi, Thailand
I went to paradise in May.
(Please click on the pictures above for captions/information)
Krabi was as beautiful as I last remembered it from 2007.
This was a trip that was planned with my colleagues back over Chinese New Year in February. I never thought I will have the chance at traveling with colleagues and it was an awesome experience :-) Feels like my dream came true. Haha!
We stayed at Krabi Glur Hostel but don’t let the idea of a bad hostel make you go, “Euw. Hostel?”. The place that Chan chose was awesome - in the midst of lush greenery. Yes, it’s simple and sure there is none of those luxury you get from a Hilton. However, it was clean and it was amaaaaazingly serene. Nestled in this greenery seems to be the perfect getaway for the 4D3N trip.
Obviously you shouldn’t miss out on the island hopping ~ dUh! The last trip in 2007 I went for the “4 Island Tour” which was amazing and highly recommended. Crystal clear waters and you get to play with fishes (macam jakun lah pulak!). Obviously a good memory from 7 years ago just goes to show how awesome the place is!
This time round I went for the “Hong Island Tour” which is great - only at the 1st stop where they took us to Hong Lagoon. I LOVE THIS lagoon too :) Clear waters too! The remaining of the tour is nothing to shout about but I am glad I still experienced it. What’s traveling if you don’t try things out yes?!
HALAL FOOD IS EASILY AVAILABLE! Seriously :-D As a Muslim traveler, food is one of the key things that makes a trip even more exciting because it forces me to look harder and make an effort. In the process of “looking hard”, you never know what you might find! :)
Hope anyone planning for a trip to Krabi, this may be somewhat helpful, if at all.
30 AUGUST 2014
April 2014 - KL, Malaysia
We went twice to Kuala Lumpur earlier this year.
I. LOVE. KL.
For the food and for the shopping of Malaysian designers’ clothes. I love the constant and ever-progressive fashion that comes out of Malaysia. They inspire and excite me to the point of… well, let’s just say that I am already in the plans for fashion-related extraordinaire (if I can call it that, humbly).
I follow fashion entrepreneur Vivy Yusof on http://www.proudduck.com/ Her husband & herself started Fashion Valet (FV) and it has got to be the best invention (IF i can even call it that)! It makes Malaysian fashion so easily accessible, it’s amazing!
I also discovered Kree via FV and I got to know the humble owners/founders when I met them personally to haul home a luggage-load of outfits from them! You can shop with them on http://kree.my/ or via their Instagram to know where they might hold their next pop-up sale :-)
I can continue about what I love and enjoy but let’s save it for another post. Pretty certain I will be making my way there again sooner than later. Insya’allah! Afterall, they are only a 4-hr drive or 45-min flight away!
30 AUGUST 2014
As I sit at home while waiting for my delayed flight tonight (that’s a whole blog post on its own!), I shall attempt to blog on some of the memorable events and trips that I have made to-date. Ones which I think have been fairly immortalised via my FB and Instagram accounts… but should be recorded for future flashbacks and reading :)
Mum’s birthday earlier in the 1st quarter of the year. She insisted that I shouldn’t have declared on my social media her true age… but I insisted otherwise. Only because I wanted to really show that my mum looks way younger than her age! She’s growing so gracefully… my role model okayyy :-D
I remembered that I was under the weather and had to miss work, so it was a simple day at home with her… Although actually, she went out to get herself a birthday present. I didn’t get her anything coz well, I considered whatever shoes I got for her in December/January as advanced presents! Haha :-D Anyhow, the bouquet was planned to be delivered to her just a day before and it was sooo beautiful IMHO :) So sweet right the pinkkkk… got butterfly some more.
As always, I hope she loved it!
3 February 2014 - Striped Cheesecake
It was a long weekend here in Singapore - Chinese New Year - & so I had plenty of rest, which was wonderful! I can’t wait to get back to work tomorrow morning :)
I have had this Chocolate recipe book that I brought back with me from Brisbane. Initially, I borrowed it from a dear friend because I was in that baking phase back then. But I never got round to returning it and when I (almost) did, she told me to keep it. I love the book. And I love my friend. Ok, not just for the book, but I do love her coz she’s so dear. She offered me Arnott’s caramel chocolates when we first met in uni. Love it <insert googly love eyes here>
So anyway, back to the cheesecake. This was not my first time baking it, but I don’t remember how tedious it was to bake one! My family had to wait overnight for this :)
I normally take pictures of my baking process - from beginning to the end - the WHOLE process in case I want to blog about it. I think it’s just more meaningful to share the whole process instead of the end product isn’t it. IMHO :) Plus, it helps with the whole memory thingie I have going - I have bad memory & I really love taking pictures of every step of the process so that I can go back to it for reference in the future. But I haven’t been that disciplined lately :( I will try, next time :) I am really nowhere near an expert in baking coz this was how my cheesecake was “baked”…
1.5hrs in the oven at 160degreesC, and then 1hr to rest in the oven (switched off), AND then 1hr to rest outside the oven, ANDDDDD then it goes into the freezer overnight (about 12 hours). The recipe book didn’t even tell me all these! I had to keep googling after that initial 1.5hrs of baking wondering why my cake was still wobbly in the center. Haha!
All that effort hey… and I’m not sure if I’m even doing it right!
Well, goodnight and have a good week ahead my friends! Will share recipe next time, insya’Allah :)
24 November 2013
Flipping through online articles, and I came across this. West End, Brisbane (Australia). The first thing that came up to my head;
"I really haven’t made it back there in more than 2 years now. Should I, soon…?"
Yeah, I’ll drop by West End again if I do.
23 November 2013
I’ve hit the 2 year mark with where I’m working right now. Quite happy but no guilt in feeling and wanting more either :) When I was still an intern as well as a fresh poly graduate some +/-8 years ago, I still feel almost the same way now. There is still just so darn much to learn. It’s exhausting although, depending on the type of work I’m doing, it’s exhilarating too ;)
But for sure, it’s exhausting.
So exhausting that every single day of the year, all I wanna do when I get home is do exactly as I did when I lay on the snow at the top of Mt Buller in Melbourne (this was in June 2013 obviously). Not that I’m complaining but it HAS been a really busy year where work and family is concerned. I’ve sacrificed my time with my friends a LOT due to work and family. I’ve even sacrificed a lot of my personal time to indulge in reading and writing for my next career step - although, I’m still mulling whether I should pursue urban planning or try steer that course through my current architectural profession. I mean, I am growing to enjoy where I am at the moment with work! Not that it’s a reason to procrastinate :)
I can’t wait for my break next weekend. I can’t wait for the year to end. I can’t wait to be with my partner again. I can’t wait for a brand new year. I can’t wait to plan for my 2014 holidays. I can’t wait to continue learning and cultivate my work relationships even further. I can’t wait to keep growing in what I do. I can’t wait to spend time with my family and FRIENDS!
So many things I want to do :) And as I’m writing this post, my partner is continuously sending me pics from London city. Hey, I wanna go London too!
Yes, the US vs. Europe comparisons (particularly with cities) are tiresome and unfair. Obviously, old European cities were not built for cars the way many US cities were.
But this does nicely illustrate one of the many reasons to undo the damage of US car dependency, particularly by ceasing sprawl and switching to infill growth — alternative transportation modes like cycling more easily serve compact developments than they do car-sprawl.
See the larger infographic here
10 November 2013
It can get quite old when in this day and age we still keep making and looking at comparisons between various continents. BUT in spite of that, this sort of infographic is still a useful and simplest form of reminder and educating fellow mankind, no matter how “old” the information gets. I’m all for it if it’s about educating the future generation. This brings me to a point about how Asia/Southeast Asia keeps wanting to compare itself, and sometimes emulate the ways of the American and/or European.
I would like very much for Singapore to be a walkable city, and I HAVE read that some Singaporeans actually have attempted doing this in various scenarios and situations, hence it’s obviously possible. But our infrastructure has been built in such a way that it is really convenient to do them ALL. I don’t ride a bike, though, so I can’t speak for them bikers. However, I am fully aware that our built environment policies are really for the convenience of EVERY.SINGLE.ONE - from the young to the old, from the able-bodied to lack thereof, etc.
In anyways, this infographic keeps me reminded why I continue to do what I do professionally in order to make Singapore a little bit more livable for… everyone, regardless.
10 November 2013
Taken on 8 June 2013 during my birthday trip up the mountains in Melbourne. I love the idea of traveling at least once a year especially on my birthday.