Tuesday, August 19, 2014

How do you pick yourself up?

It has been a rather demotivating phase for me the past couple of days. I wasn't much of my bubbly self and I sort of withdraw from the usual crowd I hang out or have coffee with. I know what is wrong and I finally got down to tackling the matter. Normally I would try not to let negativity get on to me for too long. With the recent news of Robin Williams' death and him battling depression, I kept thinking how easy it is for people to slip into negativity and not knowing what to do or see the way out. It is so easy to stay in the darkness but not being able to see the light at the end of the tunnel and at times, this just leads to worse outcome. So what are the stuffs that I do to pick myself up?

I go to Pinterest and hit the board with inspirational words. When you see words like this...
it's impossible to still feel that bad. And Pinterest is so easy because it's a mobile app and I have a special board for all these sort of words.

I write. Oh I write my heart out. In a private journal or in an anonymous account online. I pour my thoughts and heart out unfiltered. And I let it be. I come back to it after a few days just to reread what I have written and it would all sound very, very silly. It provides me the channel when I need to vent and it also helps me to reflect and think afterwards.


I listen to music. I have to. I listen to catchy tunes to sad tunes and to zen tunes. I listen to them all until I feel better. For this, I recommend Spotify with endless range of musics and songs.

Sometimes when I need the time out and alone, I go and sit at my favourite cafes and doodle/draw/sketch on my Midori Traveler's Notebook while having my favourite cup of coffee. Then I spend another hour reading.
I find myself being able to block my thoughts out when I sketch and it seems like an awesome idea even though I can't really draw actually. 

I used to and now sometimes I still do worry about what people say or what people think but then time and time again I will tell myself, really, I cannot be responsible for how people think or feel all the time or I would go mad.

Nowadays, there are so many useful and positive articles out there and I think that really helps as well. So yeah, what do you do when you feel down?


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Mikey's New York Pizza

I have heard of this place but this one was an unplanned visit. J and I wanted to go to Fat Spoon but I forgot that they close on Mondays. Oh well. So I had to come up with a place and thought of Mikey's instantly. 
I have always been fascinated with anything New York so you can tell why am I attracted to Mikey's.


And if you want a place for casual hang out with your friends or even a not too formal date, then yes, pick this place. It's not too formal. I like the environment.


I ordered the Classic New York Pizza (RM8.88) and shared it with J. I think it is a standard New York slice of pizza size because it is really huge. I split this with J because we wanted side orders as well.

We upgraded this to a set that comes with the buffalo boneless chicken wing.
This is just as good. Love the ranch dressing but the chicken can be a bit too oily for certain people.

This is the Manhattan waffle fries and it's really good as well. It comes with cheese and beef gravy at the side.
After the very much satisfying meal, J and I decided to cross over to the opposite Coffee Coffea and my usual order; Flat White with Maestro beans. 

It is not easy to meet someone you can talk to for hours and you don't meet this kind of person every day. But when you do find this sort of person, appreciate them because this is what I felt with J. She was my previous senior and today a very good friend. She inspired me in many ways especially through her bubbly and positive personality. She taught me a lot in these few months that we know each other. We can actually talk endlessly and that day, we talked from 4pm to 12am. 


Till then! 


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Flying Back to Second Home

I think this must have been one of the trip that I looked forward to very, very much. Simply because I always look forward to flying back to KK, Sabah which is now my second home and also I know this time I will be able to see all of my Marine Family once again.

I made it just in time to KLIA2, Ken dropped me and I ran into the departure hall. I barely had time to say goodbye to him at all. KLIA2 is a huge transformation from the old LCCT. The airport reminds me of our good ol' KLIA but newer with more restaurants and retail.

After nervously passing the immigration check (I am always nervous when I have to walk through the immigration check and I have no idea why!) and checking into the departure hall, I sat down at Starbucks and got myself a cup of coffee while waiting for my flight.


What I packed with me this time? My La Sardina, Midori Traveler's Notebook, a book on Lost in Putrajaya (given by a friend yay!), my red backpack and that pink luggage. Heh!


I got lucky this time because I got the window seat!
Hence, the beautiful pictures...


A friend of mine from University back then picked me up from the airport and we went to lunch with my 4th sister from the Marine Family.

It was this noodle with tomato based soup and fried fish. It was one YUMMEH bowl of noodles!

Can you tell that this picture was taken using a monopod? Hehe!

Then Sherwynne and her boyfie accompanied me to Kudat. Oh, good old Kudat. I have always missed the place and I could never get enough of it even though I have been here several times.



It was nearing the sunset time but we didn't really stay back for the sunset. It would be too dark to drive back to KK if we were to stay back for the sunset though.


The wind was extremely strong. That explains the state of our hair.

We drove back to KK to meet up with the rest for a delicious bowl of "sheng rou mien". It's rather popular and you can find the shop at Lintas.


We booked two apartment at KK Marina Court through Booking.com and it was very convenient and hassle free! The price is really reasonable too!
Sigh...my marine family and their antics.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Mr. & Ms. Cafe

I have heard a lot of people raving (positive reviews of course!) on this cafe but I never have the opportunity until one of the public holidays which also happened to be Jane's birthday. The girl loves food and she loves brunch and coffee too and since it is a public holiday, we decided to drive to Oasis Square, Damansara to look for Mr & Ms Cafe. 


We reached slightly late and by the time, the cafe is full and they will only put you to your seats when you have all the guests. Since it was also a little bit hot outside, we waited about 40 minutes for a table for 6. So do come early if you do not wish to wait that long. 



Cappuccino, Flat White & black coffee. I ordered Flat White and I think it's okay. It wasn't very creamy but still alright for me. 


While waiting for our table to be ready, all of us decided to order the same thing for our main course. I think we were all attracted by The 'Meaty' Big Breakkie (RM21.90). Ash wanted the Egg Benedict but they sort of run out of that one on that day. I don't normally take baked beans but their baked beans is exceptional for me. It is their homemade baked bean and I kind of like the sauce. You can choose from poached or scrambled eggs. I had mine poached. It was good. Highly recommended.

While waiting for our food, we played around with their signature Mr & Ms props on the table. I think all of us had a lot of fun posing with the props.





And here's the pretty birthday girl! 

One last group picture before I end this entry.

Mr. & Ms. Cafe
B-G-3A, Block B, 
Oasis Ara Damansara, 
Jalan PJU 1A/7A,
47301 Petaling Jaya, 
Selangor


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Hello!

Hello, hello! I have been away for too long this time. I know work should not be an excuse but seriously, between flying to KK for a wedding (I know I did not mention about this one) and a major event at work, life has been crazy. But the good kind of crazy.

But wait...I think no one really misses me here anyway.

Other than this platform, I have also been updating in another platform called Dayre. That one is a channel where I get to update daily without any hassle, really. Not that I will abandon my blog here but for daily updates, it is so much easier for me to do it there. For the longer updates, I will always still do it here.

Will be back for longer updates as well as the pending updates from my solo trip to Taiwan. Before I leave, here's a picture of yours truly at Kudat from that recent KK trip!




Saturday, June 28, 2014

I Was Enchanted To Meet You

She is amazing, talented and beautiful. She is Taylor Swift.

I have the opportunity to see her Live in KL for her Red Tour and so co-incidentally her concert fell on the same day as my birthday. Dad bought the ticket for me and brother and the both of us went together with my colleague, Terence.

Yeap, so that was roughly the distance between us and the stage. Frankly I was quite surprise that it was rather near.  I bought the Cat. 2 ticket which cost me RM398.

The obligatory selfie that brother complied with. Hehe!

The concert was held at Stadium Indoor Putra, Bukit Jalil. Tickets were all sold out and I remembered how I queued from 7.20am for the ticket. The stadium was filling up fast and you could really feel the anticipation of the fans in the air.

She opened her Red Tour with her first track from the RED album called State of Grace. I had goosebumps. She was amazing.


She sang a total of 12 songs; State of Grace, Red, Holy Ground, I Knew You Were Trouble, All Too Well, 22, Enchanted, You Belong With Me, Love Story, The Lucky One, Sparks Fly and We are never ever getting back together.



She really knew how to deliver a fantastic performance what with all the break dancers, ballerinas, masquerades and circus acts.


She surprised us with Enchanted and I was blown away during the song. Literally the song I felt each time I had a crush on someone. Even now.

Here is a snippet from Enchanted


As I have foreseen, I had goosebumps and teared up during All Too Well somewhere along the line of "Time won't fly it's like I'm paralyzed by it..."


She closed her Red Tour with the hit single We are never ever getting back together.


Sigh...it was indeed a perfect night.

Friday, June 27, 2014

breakfast in bed

I rolled around in the bed and opened my eyes reluctantly. The sunlight was streaming into my room and the birds were chirping happily. I turned and look at the clock on my bed stand.

“8:00” That was too early to wake up at this time on a Saturday. I rolled to the other side trying to catch back on my sleep when I heard the slight noise which sounded like it came from the kitchen. Few minutes later, a couple of soft knock followed on my door. I woke up unglamorously with my messy hair and opened the door. There he was with his boyish grin and a tray of most delicious breakfast ever.

“GOOD MORNING!” That was too much happy even for me.

“Morning…” I grunted. “Wait, what’s the occasion? What’s with the breakfast? Did I forget something?” I said as the dates for birthdays, anniversaries and possible special occasions ran through my head at the speed of lightning. Nothing came close.

“I can’t believe you forget!” he gasped.

“Wait what did I forget? It isn't your birthday or is this some silly 123 days anniversary..?” I said.

He laughed while he set the tray down on my bed. I inspected the tray; there were two glasses of fresh milk, a cup of coffee, sandwiches and pancakes. Yum! I thought at the same time my stomach started to growl.

“I was just kidding Ms Grumpy! No special occasion but I just want to make you feel happy. You were all stressed out this week at work and well, if you have not notice, we did not exchange more than just good morning and good night every single day this week,” he said while sitting down on my bed.

“Awww…” was all I could manage.

“So I hope you don’t have plans today…” he said while giving me a mysterious smile.

“What did you have in mind exactly?” I eyed him warily.

“Snuggles, cuddles, movie marathon and some surprises along the way,” he answered. I was touched. Touched that I was loved so deeply by him and that it was as if making me happy was his life mission. I climbed into his arms and stayed there while I whispered, “I love you very much.”