Friday, August 29, 2014

Cafe.Waiting.Love 等一個人咖啡

Note: Spoiler ahead and may spoil the movie for you :P


I highly anticipated this movie since the beginning of the year and last night, I finally watched it. Ever since the record breaking of Giddens Ko's debut movie three years ago, You Are The Apple Of My Eye (which is a favourite of mine) was released, he is now back with another movie with the title Cafe.Waiting.Love 等一個人咖啡


I thought the translation of the title is a little weird but come to think of it, it is rather impossible to do a direct translation for this title.

It is a romantic comedy based on Giddens Ko's novel with the same title. It is funny and has its own appeal but lack of something compared to his previous movie. Still, it is worth the watch. 

The film begins with Siying (Vivian Sung), a loud and outspoken girl who fall in love with Zeyu (Marcus Chang) who happen to rescue her from almost being hit by the bus. She then follows Zeyu to the cafe called Cafe.Waiting.Love 
where tomboy barista, Abusi (Megan Lai) is working. 
She is hired by the cafe's boss (Vivian Chow) by mistake while standing up to A-Tuo (Bruce), her college mate from being bullied by his friend. A-Tuo is weird, silly, funny and has interesting circle of friends and is working various part time jobs to save up for his travel.  The two become good friends ever since then. 
She admires and is attracted to Zeyu until she confesses her love to him.
And...I shall stop here. Watch the movie to find out what happen in the end. For those of you who do not understand Mandarin, there is English subtitle in the movie. 

Overall, the movie is good. Giddens Ko has done it again and the movie is beautifully filmed. On whether it's a good movie based on the book, I would not be able to tell since I did not and could not read the book. I would give it a 8/10. 
Here's a trailer for you to get a preview of the movie:

*Pictures taken from various sources from Google.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

I want to travel the world. To fly again to some foreign land. To walk on those unfamiliar grounds. To immerse myself in the local cultures. I want to stroll down the pristine beach of Lombok, hiking through the volcanic mountain, walking among the locals in Vietnam and stare at the vast beauty of Halong Bay.
I also have plans to explore the land down under. Take a gap year off. Work in the cherry farm, running through the vineyard and selling fresh fruits. Work a couple of months as a barista making fresh coffee for the locals. I plan to do all these alone. Because alone is what I have now. 
What happen if you are no longer 'alone' next year?
Oh well, who knows what happen next year and who cares. Right now, I just want to live in the moment. 

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!