Tuesday, April 23, 2013

51. quarter of a century years old (part 2)

sorry if this post is overdue. way, way overdue.

My lovely friends surprised me the following day with a rainbow cake. I love cake! I love rainbow cute!  I felt so blessed that my friends took the time and effort for this :) Need to remind myself that I am blessed with so many things in life.

Thank you, girls, for always making me smile :) You guys never fail to do so. 
Thank you, God, for another day with my beautiful friends.
Thank you, God, for every second I have in life.
Thank you, for the beautiful day, which I will cherish. Always.

At this point, the only thing I wished I could have was more money. But hey, money will come. It will come. Hopefully next year, I can take a holiday abroad and get a new car. *Hopefully*

Quarter of a century now. Yippeeee. I am now officially an adult. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

50. quarter of a century years old (part 1)

7 April marked a significant day for me: it was my 25th birthday! I can't say much except that I had a lot of fun :) Let's just say that I was very rowdy. The initial plan was drinks on Saturday at TDH TTDI with a small number of people, and dinner on Sunday with another batch. Sarah got me a very curious set of pressies...

She got a nice set of aromatherapy candles and..

A few weeks back, we had a random conversation that lead to... dental floss:
Me: X uses a toothpick in front of people... eww
Her: It's good what. In fact, you should floss teeth too.
Me: Floss?? Hrmm can't remember the last time I flossed my teeth.
She: *horrified face* WHATTTT.
Further on into the night, we got up to all sorts of shenanigans haha. 


Most of the night was such a blur. (From other people's accounts, this is what I did):-
  1. Claimed I was going to rob a bank, went into one, plucked a branch from a plant and ran back to the bar barefoot.
  2. Shouted at a guy for using the girl's toilet. Then closed the door and opened it up again and told him off again.
  3. Screamed "it's my birthdayyyy" to random people.
  4. Knocked over a glass of ??? 
  5. Sat one someone's lap and told them IT'S SO COMFYYYY.
  6. Played Taiti (Chinese Poker) and put a bunch of nonsense number cards down saying I WON I WON.
  7. Asked time and time again, "is it a spoon or a fork?" at a long spoon.

If you saw me that night, I'm so sorry for being obnoxiously loud. The night was too blurred out for me =.= It happens once a year. I might need to apologize to the owners of TDH. There's also videos that will never see the light of day....

Thanks for putting up with my crazy, psycho side. Never again, I swear. 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

49. recycling

Everybody has big dreams. Fancy car, fancy house, fancy wedding, and so forth. This year I was eligible to "contribute" to my country and pay taxes. So I started rounding up all the receipts I had spent this year to organize for tax rebates and reliefs.

I'm not much of a saving person; I'm ashamed to admit I'll spend the money until my account is dry. When I started analyzing why I was barely surviving, the two main reasons why I was hemorrhaging money was because I spent too much on food, and retail therapy. I spent way too much on food. Let's assume:
Breakfast: RM 1.30 (Iced coffee) + RM 3 (whatever fatty food there is =.= ) = RM 4.30
Lunch: RM 6 (mixed rice/noodles/whatever)
Dinner: Usually between RM 10 - RM 20; let's average it to RM 15
So on average, I will spend around RM 25 for food, daily. If you times it by 5, I spend around RM 125 for food on a weekly basis during working days. On weekend, it's even worse. You know, you're out with your friends, you're spending on coffee, pasta, sushi, all the expensive things. 

On average, I spend approx. RM 400 - RM 500 on food/month!

Isn't that insane? I swear, when I move out of my current place (which doesn't have a countertop/gas stove), I'll move somewhere where the prerequisite of any eligible house will be to have a countertop and gas stove. I'll save so much more cooking at home.

I also spend way more on retail shit than I should. I don't even wear half of my wardrobe anymore. I usually wear the things I have bought within the last year or so.

Top: F21

After analyzing my finances, I decided that I needed to conserve and recycle my wardrobe, if I ever wanted to purchase my dream house, or dream car. So far, I've worn the top in the OOTD above thrice; pairing it with leggings, jeans, and a skirt on various occasions.

I also spring-cleaned my wardrobe a while back, and chucked all the clothes I haven't worn/too small/out of fashion into a plastic bag, thinking I would either donate it or sell it off online...

Then I discovered H&M was doing a promotion:-

Isn't that a great idea? For every bag of clothes you bring in, you will receive ONE 15% discount voucher for an apparel? It's not much, but at least you swap in like five pieces of clothes you don't wear, which is collecting dust and mothballs, for a voucher, and you can spend it on a new item? I love it when fashion does something like this. Why are they doing this?

All H&M stores in Malaysia accepts this barter trade system. You can find out more info at http://www.hm.com/my/longlivefashion#path=1.1.2&transition=10&duration=500

So get rid of wardrobe clutter, get a voucher, do your part for the environment, and all while you're doing something you love: shopping! Get it, girls!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

48. getaway to melaka: part 2 (jonker street + klebang coconut shake + hard rock cafe, melaka)

After eating the Ee Ji Ban chicken rice balls (hehe I love saying that, ee ji ban) we proceeded to head to the touristy side of Melaka town. Our first spot was to Jonker Street/Walk/whichever, an entire street devoted to souvenirs, cheap fruity soda, durian cream puffs and oriental trinkets. Some of the cool things we saw:

These pictures were taken from inside the car ngeh ngeh. This gwailo was standing on the side of the street, frowning at every car and just admiring the back-to-back traffic in front of her. 

We went into a Jonker Heritage World Heritage Park, dedicated to Datuk Wira Dr. Gan Boon Leong. In the year 2000, he was appointed to head a committee that aimed to bring life to the place, and expand it as a marketplace for local businesses. In 2008, UNESCO listed Jonker Walk as part of its World Heritage Site. It's now a very popular place for tourists and locals alike, especially during night time. 

We had some gorgeous durian cream puffs, Portuguese egg tarts, and durian ice cream in Jonker Street. On hindsight, we should have bought more, and I should have taken more photos. Oh well. I was too busy sweating and gobbling everything =.= On the way back to our car, we passed by the canal, and imagine what I saw. My eyes literally lit up.
YEAP Hard Rock Cafe in Melaka! How long has that been there? I  bought the magnet (I'm trying to collect the Hard Rock magnets) and forced him to take a photo.

Me: Make sure it's head to toe cause the last picture you took was just my torso and head.
Him: *grunts and clicks*
Me: You sure it's head to toe?
Him: *grunts*

When I checked it later, I saw that he took like 10 inches of the black wall below me and half of the guitar neck was not included, owwhh~~

On the drive back home, I asked him to pass by Klebang for the famous Klebang Coconut Shake. We were stuck in traffic for a good 20 minutes just trying to park the car, and queued for 45 minutes in the hot sun trying to get the shake. It was like 3 plus in the afternoon. Man, Malaysians really love their food. 

I suppose it was quite worth the wait. Even though it's just bits of fresh coconut with ice cream and what I presume to be a bit of fresh cream or milk. The main thing was that it was cheap. Like RM 2.50 per drink. Oh BTW, you can either queue up to tapau (takeaway) or sit and drink on the spot. You can't have it both ways.

The address and info pooled from other blogs:

Famous Coconut Shake Klebang
(Landmark: Caltex petrol station)
Business hours : 12.30pm-6.30pm daily
Friday: 2pm-6.30pm
Tel: +6 013-399 4061

Overall, Melaka provided us a sufficiently fun, day trip. It's full of food and walking around, if you're into that sort of thing :) Just remember that if you see it and like it, try it. Else you might be full of remorse like *some* people who thought they should have bought more durian cream puffs on the road back home. 

All photos are shot with Sony Xperia Z.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

47. getaway to melaka: part 1 (chicken rice balls)

I'm the sort of person who loves to travel. And adventure. I love spontaneous getaways, be it a day, a few hours, or a week. We were blessed with a beautiful, sunny Sunday, so we seized the day to visit my hometown and got up to all kinds of shenanigans.

After visiting my family's side, we headed to town and sought chicken rice balls. This was the first time I was having it, and originally we intended to head to Jonker Walk for the meal, but along the way we saw a blue signboard which intrigued us and lead us to..

There was many people there, and the shop was sheltered from the sweltering midday heat with tarpaulin that showcased the media coverage the shop had received. I was super excited, and believed that it would be an amazeballs experience.


After waiting a bit, we were finally seated and served by a cute little boy who took our orders with an iPhone. Our choice, was of course, the rice balls (hehehe, RM 0.30 each), and chicken (RM 4.00 per portion). We added the nyonya cili garam sotong + prawn, for RM 18.00 for a small portion (you can choose to add petai for an additional RM 4, but they ran out of petai).

So we waited... and waited... quite a bit actually. I think we waited for 40 minutes. And after drooling so long, the food finally arrived:

No picture of chicken. Forgot to take the picture of the chicken cause we were too hungry. 

Overall? TBH I was quite disappointed :( The rice could have tasted better if it was served piping hot, but after waiting 40 minutes, the rice was barely lukewarm. The portion for two people was very disappointing to say the least. The chicken was alright (we got half steamed, half roasted). However, the nyonya sotong and prawn was very delicious! But not as spicy as I thought it would be. And the portion was ridiculously small for the price. Behhh.

I'd go there again for the sotong. And not on a weekend. The table behind us ordered before we arrived, and by the time we were leaving they still didn't receive their food :( 

Rating? 6/10

Ee Ji Ban Chicken Rice Ball
275, Jalan Melaka Raya 3,
Taman Melaka Raya,
75000 Melaka
H/P: 0163665220 / 0162165220

*Stay tuned for more Melaka updates :)