Monday, June 15, 2015

Backstreet Boys In A World Like This Tour Live in KL – 3rd May 2015

Monday, June 15, 2015
I anticipated this since I was 15. Their first song that took my heart away was Anywhere Like You with Nick Carter’s baby crooning voice hehe! Alright, that was when my hormones were raging and I was a teen!

But after 1997, they never came until much later but only for brief appearances. Never a full on concert. Early this year, they announced Kuala Lumpur as one of their stop for their In A World Like This Tour. I was ecstatic! I queued up outside of Rock Corner early in the morning for the ticket despite the slight giggle and remark from my younger sister on how everyone there who queued up looked like my age.

I was lucky to get the early bird price for the Category 3 seating and it was one of the best decisions. I met up with the Sunflower and went there with her friend and the friend’s brother. Everyone was so chilled out and it was so different from Taylor Swift’s concert. It was after all…people around my age. No more screaming teenagers. LOL!

They came bursting out on stage with their first song, The Call, in suits and tie that sent all of us off our chairs screaming. Rela guard tried to calm us down and made us sit but it was a futile effort. They took us back to some of their earlier hits and introduced some of their new ones too. In between, they tried a cappella and played instruments. Everyone went mad when they sang “I Want It That Way” and “Larger Than Life”. I think the Millennium album is still by far everyone’s favourite album. It was undoubtedly one of my best nights ever! 


This was how close the stage was. Worth the price I paid. 



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Monday, May 25, 2015

Watercolour Workshop @ Stickerrific

Monday, May 25, 2015
For the first time, I decided to try something new so I decided to sign up for a watercolour workshop last week organised by Stickerrific. For your information, I have no clue in watercolouring and I am really bad at arts. Before this, I tried the pencil colour with water colour feature and I don’t know why, I just turned out ugly weird. When I saw SzeToo from Stickerrific posted the workshop (and she stressed only for beginners with no basics), I immediately signed up.

A few days before the workshop, I was fretting on where to get my watercolour. I wanted to get the palette ones but all the real good ones are very expensive. A Windsor and Newton palette can easily cost RM120! I texted a friend whom I know is going and she told me Cziplee does sell the lower end ones and I drove over after work immediately. Jovi 12 watercolours for RM14.50 sounds like an awesome deal eh? For any of you who would like to get it, they also sell the larger palettes (with more colours) at around RM25-ish. But do get your brushes separately because the brush that comes with the palette doesn't hold and disintegrates easily.

I arrived 10 minutes earlier and went around checking out some stuff in Stickerrific. It’s hard not to shop for washi tapes and stickers when you are here. This place is a heaven. Heaven loads of goodies for stationery junkie like me. She started the class with a little introduction to watercolouring and then told us to test out each of the colours available in our palette. Just simply wet the colours and brush them on our paper/notebook. SzeToo also did mention the difference between the higher end (more expensive) palette and the lower end ones. Apparently the lower end ones is a little more powdery and do not wet easily.


 Next, we were introduced to the basics in watercolouring skills such as solid wash,  scumbling, gradient wash,etc. I had fun and thought I did pretty well here. Hehe!




SzeToo then proceeded to put fruits and vegetables on each tables. She sorted them into colours. My table got oranges, lemon and ginger and oh my gawd. Ginger is the hardest thing to paint. I messed it up so badly I had to apply contingency plan to it by turning it into a potato. Still, SzeToo was very patient and went on to provide me with tips while I was on the verge of giving up. It was very nice of her!


It was definitely a fun experience for me. Like everyone kept telling me, practice makes perfect so yes, I will be practicing more. Now, let me just go and get one or two brushes.



As usual, one do not leave Stickerrific empty handed. Love the Amifa flake stickers and washi tapes I have gotten. Now my outgoing mail would have a little something  ;)


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

sketching in a cafe

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

One of the favourite things I do when I go offline was to sit in a cafe alone with my Midori Traveler's Notebook. While I love blogging and journaling online, I find it therapeutic to just sit there and sketch whatever is in front of me.

I am terrible at sketching people/portrait so normally I'll do the static stuffs. I'll pick a spot (my usual favourite will be the one facing the front counter) and just sketch whatever I saw. I was and always have been bad at arts but my sister once mentioned this to me,

"Everyone is never good at drawing until they start to pick up the pencil and draw. Even the most talented artist will not be able to draw without practice." 

I didn't realise how true that sentence was until I started to pick my own pencil up and just bring something to life. However, what kept me going is mostly that few minutes of calm and zen feeling I got when I sketched. My mind went into a trance mode and all I need to focus on was the blank paper in front of me.

That is why I draw/sketch. That peaceful feeling and happiness is something money cannot buy.

Friday, May 8, 2015

You Look Fine

Friday, May 8, 2015

Hey girl!
There isn’t anything wrong with the way you look. Skip that eyeliner today if you feel like it. Wear that sweat pants if makes you happy. And if that long hair has been bothering you bunch them up into a cute ponytail and trust me, you still look fabulous. Flats, sneakers or heels, it’s your call. Wear them high and wear them proud.  In the end of the day, YOU and your smile matter.


p/s – You look fine!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Dear Universe

Monday, April 27, 2015
Dear Universe,

It has been some time since I last talked to you but today, I feel the need to. I feel I need to tell you what is happening to me lately which I do not understand and I hope by talking to you, you will be able to shed some light. I find it easier to communicate with you through writing because my imagination plays along better with words. I could monologue with you but my memories are rather short. This is lengthy but I hope you will bear with me.

I have not been feeling great lately. Let’s not be ambitious and let me rephrase. I didn’t even come close feeling good. Every single day, I questioned my purpose here and my existence. I was once upon a time, a bubbly girl bursting with positive vibes and now, I am rather stuck in between looking at that girl who seem so far away in a distant and looking at this person I am now, whom I do not recognize. This girl now has a dishevelled hair, walked with slump shoulders most of the time and with heavy steps. It started with feeling demotivated and it gradually affected me to the point where I did not want to meet anyone, not even close friends. 

Conversation and social life is now a tough effort and therefore, many times, I prefer to go home, work out and then lie on my bed, staring into the space. I refused to eat with anyone and only prefer to spend time alone. All the time. I’ve morphed into this girl that I myself resent but at the same time, did not know how to overcome this. I know how the law of attraction works and I am aware how every action and thoughts of mine have been attracting all the wrong sort of things.
Just the other day Mr J told me that he loves me and for the first time, I could not utter the words back.

How could I have any love left for anyone when I could not even love myself at this point?

That was also when I realised I have been doing more harm than good to my physical and mental health. So a week ago I made a decision and I hope it is the right one. A decision that I will execute next week and this is where you will come to play a major part in this decision. If ever you think my decision is questionable or you have alternate plans for me, by all means show me the signs. I am open for everything.

I am standing in a crossroad and I had all the choices and now, I have made mine. I know this choice that I made will bring me change. And I’m fully aware, you are behind this change.

So I laid it all bare for you now. In the meantime, I am now picking myself up. I find myself healing and taking one step at a time ever since I made that decision.

Thank you for reading and taking the time to weave your magic on me.

Till the next time I write to you.
-Shin

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tian Tan Buddha at Ngong Ping & Disneyland

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Writer’s note: This was rather a very long delayed entry but somehow I felt it will only do my trip right if I write something down. This was about my trip to Hong Kong & Macau for 7 days 6 nights. Unfortunately, I have lost my pictures due to robbery therefore limited pictures are available.

It was my dream come true to visit the happiest place on earth a.k.a. Disneyland. (cue happy tunes)
When I confirmed my flight to Hong Kong on July 2013, I knew I had to visit Disneyland. I told the girls that no matter what, we have to be there. Our trip to Hong Kong & Macau was fun albeit a rushed one. I could barely remember all the tiny details but I remember having a lot of fun with the girls. We arrived at Hong Kong late at night. Upon checking in, it was already 10.30pm. We headed out and walked along the shops next to our hotel for a quick supper before calling the night.


The next day, our itinerary was to visit the Tian Tan Buddha at Ngong Ping 360, Lantau Island in the morning and later Disneyland after lunch. Our main transportation around Hong Kong was their MRT. I did not have the opportunity to try their tram. Getting around was super convenient. Just purchase their Octopus card, load it with some credits and you are good to go. 




We had to take the cable car to the island. If you were wondering, we bought all the attraction entry tickets and some of it includes the transports in one package. The package was sourced by a friend. I have no further information on the package but I remember we got a really good deal. If I was not mistaken, it is wise to purchase the cable car ticket beforehand to avoid tickets being sold out.




The place had such calm vibe to it that made me regretted that we should have spent longer there. Nevertheless, it was a privilege to visit the place. Every step I took towards the statue was a liberating one. It was as if I was walking that middle path.
After all the obligatory pictures, we made our way to Disneyland. Aha! Finally! 




We reached Disneyland after 2pm and we did not have much time for rides. I remembered queueing for pictures with Mickey Mouse and Goofy. Mickey is really cute and handsome! Growing up, I didn't have a lot of TV time and one of the very few cartoons that I know of and love is Mickey. So I guess that explains the burning desire to go to Disneyland. 


Cinderella & 7 Dwarfs!
I love the Toy Story land with all the letter blocks
We also watch the disney parade and gotten sprayed by water from the characters. 


I saw "it's a small small world" ride and insisted we HAD to go on it. I remembered reading somewhere it is a must-take ride in Disneyland being that it will make you really happy.


And it really did. I was grinning from ear to ear.

Little Mermaid

We stayed until it was night time to watch the firework show from the Beauty and The Beast castle. It felt and enchanting and magical to me. But well, I am rather easy to please. 


At the end of the day, all of our feet were dying and almost giving up on us. I think it was because none of us were in sport shoes. All of us were in trendy sneakers that we forgo comfort for the sake of looking good. Oh well, fashion does pay a price. Anyway, the next HK entry will be on Ocean Park!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Glamping @ Caravan Serai, Bentong

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Last weekend, Mr J and I went “glamping” (glamour+camping) at Caravan Serai, Bentong. It was a much needed escapade mainly for me before I became crazy due to some recent situations. Anyway, I did not know anything about glamping until I saw an article which listed the glamping sites in Malaysia and Caravan Serai was one of it. At the same time, I saw Groupon featured a voucher for them so Mr J and I decided to buy it at the spur of the moment and off we went a week later.

For RM308, the Groupon package included a night stay in the Caravan Suite Tent, steamboat dinner, breakfast and nature walk for two. I thought that was pretty worth the money. Bentong is only an hour and 30 minutes’ drive away from KL. The peeps at Caravan Serai even gave us recommendations through text what to eat or see at Bentong town before checking in. We reached Bentong town a little too late for the fanous wantan mee so we decided to head straight to Kow Po Coffee Shop for their ice cream. Sorry there isn't any pictures because it was so hot and we devoured the ice cream right away but you may check out Kyspeaks' review here. We finished our ice cream right on time for check in.


Roslin, the guy at the counter briefed us with the access card/key as well as the programme included in our package. It turned out that we also have nature walk included in the package we bought. The area is very spacious and quiet.




We chose tent no. 4
The tent can be pretty warm in the afternoon. It is equipped with a portable air-cond but our tent was exceptionally warm and I did not know why initially. Until the next day when we were about to check out, only that I know the pipe connecting to the exhaust fan from the air-cond was disconnected. Therefore the warm air has somehow been circulating in our tent. However, the tent was lovely. It was spacious with chairs to sit and attached bathroom. Because this is a camping style, please don’t expect them to have hot shower alright? But I am glad for the cold shower because it was rather warm.


They even have a river pool where they pumped the water from the river and it was very cooling. Since there isn't much to do there, we chilled around and later dipped in the river pool. The water is pumped directly from the river according to Roslin and you could even see small fishes. It was definitely blissful to dip on the pool on a hot afternoon like that. Oh, did I also mention that the pool is right in front of our tent? Sorry...again, I forgot to take a picture! :(



Dinner was served at 7pm and it was steamboat dinner provided by Caravan Serai.


They are very generous with our portion of dinner. These for only two people…we were really full by the end of the meal. 
The next morning, we were up and ready at 7.30am for the nature walk. We were each given a pair of yellow boots for the walk because apparently we will be walking through streams. 



The nature walk isn't too difficult and in fact, it is more like just a small short hike. In the middle of the walk, we came cross rubber trees and Roslin gave each of us an opportunity to be "rubber tappers".

I do not know why did I look so serious here. Haha!
The walk took about an hour and we came back to breakfast. The breakfast wasn't too shabby but I wished there were lesser fried stuffs but more of food such as bread or some salads or perhaps our good ol' nasi lemak. 


Overall, it was not too bad for a short escape. I wouldn’t recommend staying more than a night since there isn’t much to do there and those who went were the ones who really would just like to rest and not do anything.  I think we have more of this quirky kind of getaway lately. What with the time capsule retreat and now glamping…and I actually quite like quirky accommodation like this.

One picture to end the entry!

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