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Friday, January 31, 2014

Happy Chinese New Year {2014} !




Happy Chinese New Year everybody! How many containers of cookies have you ate so far? hehe.
Personally, Chinese New Year is my second most favourite festive season of the year! (Christmas is first of course, but it's a close fight!) 


During Chinese New Year, you get to buy tons of new clothes, eat ALL the good food, visit your relatives and friends, get ang pau (red packets with money inside), and maybe gamble and win some extra cash? haha. What's not to love about it?!





I don't gamble by the way, I just think it's such a waste of money and a huge risk. I mean, sure, chances of winning is there, but, er, it's just not my element I guess. I remember one time I had a gathering with my primary classmates and I was obliged to join them, we played small though, like 50cents/RM1, after about 2 rounds I pulled myself out. I won RM1, but I felt so guilty about it that I ended up giving that money to church. LOL. #partypooper #goodytwoshoes







Oh yes!! There's one thing I would like to clarify. It surprises me that so many people think that I don't celebrate Chinese New Year because I am a Christian. Chinese New Year is NOT a religious festival, it's celebrated by all Chinese despite our religion. I am a Chinese, that's why I celebrate Chinese New Year. Hope that's clear now. haha





Red wine midi dress , Black leather jacket from Honey Moon  l  Heels from Barry  l  Black sequined clutch from Happy2U  l  Paris Eiffel Tower watch (birthday gift)  l  Silver hoop earrings (birthday gift)


Anyways, we all know that there are a lot of superstitions during CNY, one of the most common one is to never sweep the floor on the first day (it means you'll be sweeping all your fortune away). Once my uncle was sweeping the floor outside my grandma's house and my aunt scolded him, but then he said, 'Aiya, never mind wan la, later I put all the dust in my pocket okay? The fortune won't be gone, don't worry' Haha.


Another thing is the clothes we wear. It's always a custom to wear red, gold, yellow or any shade in those colours as they mean wealth, prosperity and good luck. Black, 50 shades of grey, or any really dark colours, are waaay out of the question as it is considered as 'funeral' colours. Some may not be as superstitious as others but it's still nice to wear festive colours la. I never dare to wear full black or majority black outfits as I am afraid that my grandma's face will turn as black as my clothes when she sees me in them. hehe.


Thus, the red wine midi dress that I'm wearing! It's my first time wearing a dress that goes all the way to my knees. I was a bit doubtful at first because I thought it'll make me look really short, but ta-daa! The cutting is perfect and it's very body hugging. Also, the colour is not too bright, not that kind of chili red. I'm pretty sure we ALL have at least one experience of buying something super red and end up only wearing it once during CNY and then it turns up at the back of your closet collecting dust right? So go for more versatile shades of red is my advice. Red wine is very popular this season :)


Oh, I just realised I didn't take a close up of my clutch and watch >< I will do it next time as I'm going to use them a lot. They are really pretty accessories. Perfect to spice up a simple dress.





Okay, I think I've rambled long enough. Wishing all  新年快乐,万事如意,恭喜发财,年年有余!


红包...也记得给一个啦。


hehe


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Monday, January 27, 2014

Ichizen // Foodpanda Giveaway (CLOSED)


Two weeks ago was my mum's birthday, and since my mum loves Japanese Food, we went to Ichizen to have her birthday celebration dinner :D

There are quite a few Japanese restaurants in Melaka, I think Ichizen is one of the best so far! (Wazen is really good too of course.) 

Okay, so as I'm doing this post, I realised I didn't take a picture of the menu according to what we ordered and the receipt only contains all the Japanese names of the food =_= I don't know Japanese, so now I need to use Google to translate. #goodjobme

#FoodWeAte

Ninniku Yaki Meshi (Garlic Fried Rice)
RM6.00
Rate: 10/10

Personally am not a fan of garlic be it raw or fried, but their garlic fried rice is so fragrant and it is super yummy! It's always a must order when we go there.

1/2 Una & 1/2 Salmon Tataki Roll (basically, it's eel and salmon sushi lah)
RM 31.00
Rate: 7/10

Omg I didn't know this dish was so expensive till I'm writing this post! *hangs head in shame* *sorry I wasn't aware because I didn't order this and I didn't pay the bill* Okay, erm, well this kinda changes my perspective of this dish. lol. It was nice, but er, it's overpriced for sushi. However, if you really like eel and salmon (and have cash to spare), by all means, try this dish.


Mentai Soba  (I have no idea what 'mentai' is, but soba means 'noodles')
RM23.00
Rate: 8/10

Despite forgetting what is the main ingredient (which I suppose its 'mentai'), it tastes really good. Definitely worth a try :) 


Soft Kani Karaage To Shake Kawa Sarada *Goma Dressing
(Soft shell crab salad)
RM20.00
10/10

When I was reading the name of this dish from the receipt, I was like 'to shake?! Shake what??' I sincerely apologize to all Japanese, Japan lovers, anime characters and Hello Kitties for my lack of knowledge in Japanese. 

Anyway, like my mum, I love anything that has to do with soft shelled crabs. *sees soft shelled crab on the menu* *squeals in delight and shouts I WANT TO ORDER THIS* This salad is really nice and soft shell crabs are awesome because you can just eat them straight as opposed to the normal hard shell crabs where you risk getting cuts on your fingers just to eat their meat. Must try!!


Ichi Zen Pizza
RM 30.00
6/10

We had half of it salmon, half of it eel, just like the overpriced sushi above. This was just okay. Doesn't taste really special or anything. I would still prefer the good old Hawaiian Supreme Pizza over this any day.


Overall, it was a good meal. Ichizen is one of the awesome Japanese restaurants that is worth revisiting :)


Ichizen
30,32 and 34,
Jalan KSB 1,
Taman Kota Syahbandar,
75200 Melaka.
06-2880061




As much as I like visiting restaurants and cafes to eat, sometimes I just really want to stay home and hope that good food (besides the usual pizza or Mc Donald's) will just drop down from Heaven so that I can save the hassle of going out. 

Now with Foodpanda, this has been made possible.




Okay, so they don't really make food drop down from Heaven, but it's pretty darn close!

Foodpanda is a online food delivery service that brings your favourite food right to your doorstep!
They have menus of more than 350 restaurants located in Melaka, KL, JB, Ipoh, Petaling Jaya and Penang.

You want Indian food? Japanese food? Thai food? Seafood? Korean food? Western food?
They have it all!

All you have to do is go to their website www.foodpanda.my/ ...



Enter the city that you are living in and your current location. 

Press the 'Find food now!' button to search what type of restaurants are made available for Foodpanda deliveries in your area.


When you find a restaurant to your liking, just click 'go to menu' and check out what offers they have and choose your choice of food!



See? Very simple isn't it? You can pay for your food via PayPal, Online Payment or even Cash On Delivery (COD)!



They even have their own app that you can download on your smartphones! Just search 'Foodpanda' and you'll be able to find it in Google Play or the App Store (http://www.foodpanda.my/contents/apps) or just scan the QR code below!





Now for exciting news! I'll be giving away 10 Foodpanda vouchers, each worth RM10 to 5 people! Means 2 vouchers for each winner!  All you have to do is follow the simple step below to win!

GIVEAWAY

Just leave a comment below with these 3 things:
1. What you like about my blog
2. What you think I should improve on my blog
3. Your name and your email address

Very simple right?! Giveaway ends on the 3rd of February (12.00 midnight), I will be announcing the winners on my blog and also sending them an email, so please remember to leave your emails okay.


That's all for this post! Head on over to Foodpanda and check them out! :)


*Your comments must have all the 3 things listed above to be qualified
**This giveaway is opened to Malaysians only
***Voucher codes will be sent via email to the winners


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Friday, January 24, 2014

Nobody understands

Have you ever felt like you're really upset about something but you just don't want to tell anyone about it because you know no one understands?


It's not that you want to be 'emo' and not talk to anyone about it, it's not that you want to simply claim 'nobody understands'. It's just that there are some things that you have to experience yourself before you can truly understand what other people are going through.


Constantly fighting the urge of wanting to tell someone, wanting to talk to someone about it so badly, and yet, knowing that no one around will get it. Simply because they have not experience something like that before. 


And then, maybe, one day, when you really can't hold it in any longer, you choose to break down in front of someone, reveal all your inner thoughts, your darkest secrets, your fears, your worries. But then...the respond you get, is the one that you knew you will get all along. The person you broke down in front of, don't know how it feels like, how YOU feel like. 


It's not that they don't care. They do. At least, some of them really do. But it's different, just because they don't fully understand. You can't stomach their consoling words, you can't bear to hear their advices. Then you start to regret telling them in the first place. Why on earth did you just tell someone who you already knew, won't get it?


Sometimes, what people really need is just a listener, a shoulder to lean on, maybe even a hug. Not someone who pretends to 'get it', not someone who dishes out advice after advice when they haven't even been through a similar situation in the first place.


In the end, we choose to not talk about it. 
Keeping shut might not be the best option, but it does save the extra disappointment that you might get.


"Nobody understands"


Sadly, this is true at times.


But on a brighter side, maybe not relying on people might just help you learn how to pick yourself up when you fall.


Sunday, January 19, 2014

Delicate flowers




Finally! My first OOTD (Outfit Of The Day) of 2014! *throws confetti*  Hope the new year is still good for all of you :D
















White top with rose ruffled sleeves and Daisy printed high waisted skirt from Honey Moon (Dataran Pahlawan)  l  Jeffrey Campbell inspired boots from SingxFashion  l  Princess crown earrings from Voir


Chinese New Year is coming up soon and I can't wait for it! Been CNY clothes shopping, and these 2 pieces are part of my haul actually. So much will power is needed for me to not wear them out in order for them to still be counted as 'new' for CNY. But taking OOTDs is an exception okay. #excusestowearnewclothes C'mon guys, I can't be the only one who wants to wear new clothes out the minute you buy them right? 


Don't be fooled by these pictures by the way, I'm never usually this ladylike. And also, a lot of you commented that I look tall too, which I am not. (I'm only 5 feet 2. *sobs*) It's just that my mum has a knack of taking pictures so that my legs look extra long. Gotta love her for that.


Okay about my outfit, daisy prints are in trend! You can see them everywhere! I think they are cute, that's why I snagged one for myself. As for my top, the laced roses on the sleeves makes it look very chic. Gentle reminder to always try these type of laced clothing on before buying, because sometimes the lace can be quite pokey and will irritate you a lot.


For those who do celebrate CNY, enjoy your new year shopping! Buy tons!! It's the only time of the year where you won't feel guilty for buying too much!
For those who don't celebrate it......buy tons also!! There is no such thing as too many clothes. hehe


Have a great week ahead y'all ^^



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Sunday, January 12, 2014

DiGi Challenge for Change


You know one of the major differences between a smart phone and a dumb phone? (Yes, the phrase 'dumb phone' exists! *according to the Urban Dictionary anyway*) 

Well, do you? Do you?

It's apps. 


We all use apps, and if we admit it, some of us are addicted to them. Why? Because some apps make our life easier (Whatsapp, send messages to friends for free, group chats, photo sharing, voice messages,all made possible) , some entertain us when we're bored (Forever refreshing Instagram to see what other people are having for lunch or their latest buys, or where they're hanging out. Not forgetting to comment 'bojio' on their photos), some are educational (What. Don't people download books to read on their smartphones? Tell me I'm not the only person that does this), and the list goes on. 

We spend hours trying to find that one perfect app that suits our needs, spending again another few hours browsing through reviews and debate within ourselves as to which app will suit best. But, have you ever thought of creating an app yourself?


If you have, then I have great news for you. 


DiGi is now having the fifth edition of it's annual DiGi Challenge for Change (DiGiCFC) programme!
Basically, it's a competition where they invite Malaysians to submit ideas and apps, the 4 best ideas will be actually developed into real mobile apps that can be downloaded and used! Cool right?

There are 4 categories for this challenge. They are:




DiGi has also established two development events as part of the programme, which are #IDEAJAM (an 'idea hackathon') and #HACK!@DiGiCFC (a 'mobile app hackathon') to help maximise the quality and potential of each idea and mobile app!

This challenge will be divided into 2 parts:

Ideation Challenge (27th November 2013 - 18th January 2014), the phase where the public (YOU!) submit your ideas on www.digicfc.my and the best 4 ideas will be developed into mobile apps in the next phase.

App Development Challenge (26th January 2014 - 24th April 2014), this phase invites Malaysian developers to build mobile apps of the 4 winning ideas. Each app will be made available for download and review by the public. The most popular and feasible app will win the challenge!


There are loads of exciting prizes to be won and more than RM200,000 in cash are up for grabs this year!



This will be my entry! I used to learn dancing last time and have learnt Chinese Cultural dance before. That's why I came up with this idea. haha 




I've submitted my entry!

What are you waiting for?! Head on over to www.digicfc.my and submit your entry now!


Never try never know right? Your app might just become the next big thing and you will be able to laugh your way to the bank to collect all that $$$



*Challenge for Change is open to all Malaysians aged 12 and above
**for more info, please visit www.digicfc.my



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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Things that I'm looking forward to in 2014

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It's been 9 days into the New Year, hope all is still good for all of you :D
 
Haven't been updating much because my working schedule changed again and now I no longer have Saturdays and Sundays off :/ Am trying my best to work up a schedule so that I can fit everything in though :)


Anyway, it's a new year and this year I decided to do something that I've never really done before in the past years, that is to make a list of the things that I'm realllyyy looking forward to this 2014!


I think having things to look forward to in life is a great motivation to press on (especially on bad days) and also to keep you focused on the things that really matter.

So, to cut to the chase, here's my list of things that I am looking forward to in 2014!


#1

This is something that I really really want this year. Going to use my own money to buy myself a phone!

Still not sure what model I want yet. Wait till I managed to save a considerable amount before scouting for one that I will like. haha

Actually I love my current phone (Samsung Galaxy W), still intact even though I've dropped it couple of times before, the screen doesn't even have scratches on it. But unfortunately, it can't support my usage. What with Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Dayre and YouTube, it's starting to lag really badly. Went to reformat it before, but after awhile, it's still like this. =/

So a new phone it is.


#2

I want to go somewhere this year. Could be a short trip, long trip, trip with friends or trip with family, local trip or overseas trip, it doesn't really matter to me. I just really want to go somewhere to rewind and relax. I want to have fun before studying life starts again.


#3

Uni life! I don't know what to expect.

New place, new environment, new people, new subjects (?) All still in the question. Really unsure of where I'll be going or even what I'll be studying.

Guess I still have couple more months to think about this. Can't wait to have everything settled so that I don't need to crack my head on this issue anymore.

Kind of excited for uni life. It might just possibly be my last few years of studying, hopefully it'll be awesome :D


Mm, I guess that pretty much sums up some of the major things I'm looking forward to in 2014. What are you looking forward to this year? :)