Life is the art of drawing without an eraser ~ John W. Gardner

Celebration

A Year Wiser

My surprises started since 12am, 1 April 2013.

Cheeky Andrew came into the bedroom, with his right hand clenched.

Andrew: Come, give me your hand. I have something for you.
Me: *Wide eye* HUH?! Eeeeeee!!! What’s in your hand???!!! Don’t want! Must be “kar juak” (cockroach in hokkien)!!! You just want to trick me!!! Don’t want!!!
Andrew: Aiyoooo…… Come lah!!!
Me: Don’t want!!! Don’t know what’s inside!!!
Andrew: NAH!!!! *He opened his hand and took out the pendant*
Me: Ohhhhh…… Hehe…… Thank you ah.
Andrew: What lah you…… “kar juak” pulak……

Not that I don’t trust him, he is just too cheeky at times and I gotta learn to “protect” myself from all his tricks. :P

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It’s another charm pendant from Thomas Sabo. He wanted to buy the same one that I lost, which he gave me during one of the Valentine’s Day years ago, but it is no longer in the production. :( Really clumsy me, how could I have lost the first ever charm from him! The most precious one…… *Cries*

Few weeks ago, I’ve bought a beauty box for myself. Did not expect to receive it right on this day though. Was so excited and happy to receive it yesterday! It smells so pleasant the moment I open the box! Ahh…… What a pleasant pick-me-up. First time I bought myself a birthday gift. Hahaha. Never thought that it would feel so nice to receive a gift from myself! Guess I should do this every year, buy something as a gift and have it delivered to myself. :D

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Beauty box from TheLilacBox.

During lunch time, I got another surprise. When a close friend asked me for my office address last week I already knew she was up to something. What I did not expect was the gift! Never would I have thought that they would send me a bouquet of flowers! Flowers from my girl-friends! This is another first! Aww…… I’m so touched. So sweet of them to surprise me with such a lovely gift. Now, who said you could only be surprised with flowers from your partner/spouse? ;) Girl-friends know how to sweep you off your feet, too!

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I actually thought the flowers were from Andrew, ’cause there wasn’t any card attached. Hahaha. You girls really fooled me lor, on April Fools’ Day! Really love the fa-wer!!! I couldn’t help but smile whenever I see this photo, even right now when I’m writing this.

Girl-friends rock! XOXO


Christmas 2012

If you haven’t already know, I usually spent my Christmas with Andrew’s aunt and her family. It is very generous of her to always invite us over for Christmas. We are very grateful of her generosity and kindness.

This year, she prepared a lovely feast for all of us!

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Not just a great feast we had, all of us gotten a Christmas present from Aunt Felicia too! It is really thoughtful and sweet of her to personally hand-pick a Christmas present for us. Very much to my surprise, Andrew’s cousin got us some gifts too! So sweet of her.

It was a night filled with joy and love. We talked, watched TV, ate, laughed, made noise…… It was so merry! Indeed a merry Christmas. :)

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With my lovely Aunt Felicia and family :)

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Cousins rule!

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All the pretty ladies. Hahahaha. :P They’re all cousins of Andrew.

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All 19 of us in the house!

I am truly blessed, to have a loving family of my own, and a loving family of Andrew’s. I am so grateful to be surrounded by so many great people despite the fact that I do not have many close friends.

Nothing beats the love from your family. Cherish your family.


Thistle, Port Dickson

I’ve written this last year, but only managed to find time to upload the photos now. Hahaha. :P

Last year, I was looking for a place for our third wedding anniversary getaway. My intention was merely a getaway for both of us, to be away from the bustling town and the nuisance from the house renovation.

Was tempted by Golden Palm Tree located in Sepang Gold Coast. It’s pretty pricey but was thinking to go for the experience at least once. Then remembered my colleague went to Thistle PD early last year and she rated highly of the place because it has a private beach. Checked out their promotions and was so happy to see they had the Spa Package at RM635 nett per room per night. Was so happy when I gotten the green light from Andrew. :D You can check out their various promotions HERE.

Reached Thistle around 1pm. There’s 4 desks in the lobby, 3 were opened. I got a little impatient after waiting for 10 minutes, then a staff came to me and asked if I wanted to do the check-in. She then told us they have upgraded our deluxe sea-view room to a honeymoon suite at no extra charges. Oh… Wow… I was shocked and I didn’t ask her why. Was thinking perhaps it’s just a suite that no one booked and they could just upgrade ours and rent out the vacated deluxe room then. Mr. Faizal then came to greet us and wished us happy anniversary. Oh yes, I left a remark when I booked the room online that we would be celebrating our 3rd wedding anniversary and hope they could decorate the room a little bit to make our stay more memorable.

Went to the honeymoon suite, my jaw dropped open and I gasped. Gosh, it is so huge! I was so excited to see the bathtub in the bedroom! The dressing area is so spacious! The shower area is big! Geez…… Head over heels in love with the suite.

The door to the backyard was faulty, called the room service and someone came to fix it in less than 15 minutes. Good service.

We went for a stroll at the beach. It was a weekend but it wasn’t crowded, we get to enjoy some quiet time by the beach, having fun with the swings. The pool in Thistle is huge too. There is a jacuzzi beside the pool as well! Gosh, I just love this place.

Since it’s a spa package, we went for the 1-hour spa treatment in the evening. Totally relaxing!

The swimming pool is huge too! There is this small jacuzzi at the side. The adults pool’s depth is of minimum 1.6 metres if I remember correctly. A bit challenging for me since I’m not a good swimmer. Andrew challenged me to the deeper one, I tried and I nearly drowned! Kanasai!!!!! What kind of husband is this! So, people, don’t ever challenge yourselves with your life!

The only negative point is the variety of breakfast. The roti Jala is delicious, but they didn’t replenish it quick enough. I only managed to have 2 small pieces. Also, they did not clear the empty plates from our table too. We were stacking all the empty plates. Perhaps they were having some big groups of people for some company events, short of hands.

Our stay in Thistle was definitely a pleasant one. I wouldn’t mind going back again, but guess we wouldn’t be so lucky next time to have them upgraded our room. Hahahaha.

Jaw dropped open the moment we opened the door!

There is a common toilet in hall area!

The mini bar.

The room with the bathtub!!! Lovely!

The king-size bed!

The shower area! Very nice!

Wash and dress area, with the toilet.

The door leading to the huge deck outside.

At the swimming pool. The jacuzzi at the far end.

Fruits basket complimentary of the hotel.

Surprise from the hotel! Not very nice, plus the ants were covering most of the cake when we came back from the massage! We ate the little corner untouched by the “merciful little friends”.

Another surprise!

3rd surprise! Thought Mr. Faizal would replace the flowers in the vase, instead they sent me a bouquet of fresh lilies! How lovely!

A late night soak before bed! Heaven!

The yummy roti Jala!

Had another stroll on the beach the next day. No crowds, it was nice.

Don’t we all love swing regardless of what your age is? :)

My man was totally enjoying it until his sandals got washed away by the waves! I was laughing hysterically! Lucky managed to get them back! Hahahahaha!

The beautiful empty field and pathway connecting the hotel and the beach.

Loved the lilies so much!

Last one, been wanting to do this, PLANKING! LOL! :


Love Is In The Air

First of all, I am seriously and terribly sorry for not blogging for so long. Work, house, family and friends occupied most of my time for the past few weeks.

It is February, the month of love. Wanted to write about this as I’ve seen how people went crazy with food and gifts on Valentine’s Day.

If you know me, you’ll know that I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. I’ve mentioned it again and again, we shall celebrate love each and every single day, not just one particular day. Furthermore, Valentine’s Day has gotten so commercialised now. Every restaurant is offering special menu on Valentine’s Day itself. Florists mark up the prices of flowers (sometimes even triple) on that very day. Jewellery shops have all kinds of designs specially for the day just to fish your money from your wallet.

I don’t like the thought of it, that Valentine’s Day has become so commercialised that it lost its meaning. Seriously, if I want to splurge on food or gifts, why must I wait for that particular day? I can do it any time of the year.

The love, is in the air. You don’t need to dedicate a day to celebrate love. Are you telling me you don’t feel the love as strong as the other 364 days?

Some has told me that Andrew is a lucky man, that I don’t celebrate anniversaries and Valentine’s Day, save lots of money, time and hassle. Well, they should probably say that I am lucky to have a man that loves me 365 days and shower me with the same amount of love (if not stronger) every single day. :)

I love YOU. Have you said that today? :)


Lucky End of 2011

Year 2011 ended great!

Lucky star was shining upon me at the very last minute! I got the present from the MD, and it’s an iPad2!!! :D Although I have one, who wouldn’t be happy to win another one? :) I was so happy! When the MD called my name, I thought he was joking! LOL!

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Un-boxing my new iPad2 :D From the MD. Now, Andrew is using my 16GB whilst the 32GB new iPad2 is mine. Wuahahahahaha…… :P

My boss was telling me not to stop dreaming yet. Just before I managed to ask him what he meant, he handed me a L’Occitane paper bag with a gift box inside. “Here, for you.” I was so surprised! This is the first time he bought me a Christmas gift! Double happiness! :D Andrew was saying it’s an appreciation gift as well. Hahahaha……

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It’s a Peony Set! :D Aww… Smell lovely!

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On the contrary, I feel a teeny bit of uneasy. Yes, he appreciates what I have contributed thus far, that is also sort of reminding me to continue doing the best. Do you see that invisible “pressure” haloing over my head? -_- Ohmmmm…………..

Will the good luck at the end of year 2011 follow me to the year of 2012????? I hope so! Ah…… Everything is so full of hope now.

I am so full of hope even with the house issue I have with Kubiq.

2012, end of the world or not, let’s live like there’s no tomorrow. :) Cheers!


This Is It, 2012!

The movie, 2012, has created a lot of fear in a hell lot of people. I say, if the end of the world is coming tomorrow, why worry now? You’re still going to die if you worry, so why not die happily? And, everybody will die together with you, you’re not alone. So, why fear? I have so many things that I want to do, and yes, I fear death. However, I do not fear the end of the world. The selfish part of me is thinking, everyone is going to die with me, why worry? The angel part of me is thinking, everything ends, so I could continue my journey on the other world, why fear? :)

Okay, end of the world or not, life has to go on. Here I am, hoping for a better 2012, looking back at what I’ve done in year 2011.

My many firsts in year 2011:

  1. First time been to Melbourne, Australia.
  2. Took my first heli ride in 12 Apostles, Melbourne.
  3. Got my first iPad (iPad2)!
  4. Went to Seoul for the first time.
  5. Gotten the house key to my first house!
  6. First time been to Cameron Highlands.
  7. First free dinner in Nando’s! (Wuahahahahaha)
  8. Gotten my first Chuck Taylor All Star :)

Didn’t travel as much as I did back in year 2010, most of the times busy with the house. The most memorable one would be the heli ride over the 12 Apostles, amazing!

For year 2012, I will…

  • Exercise at least once a week
  • Read at least one book a month
  • Eat healthier
  • Sleep early (latest by 12am)

I think I can easily do the second and third, the exercise requires strong determination though. Sleep early…… Which means cut down on TV time……

We shall see……

Happy New Year! Here’s wishing everyone a greater and healthier 2012! World peace! :)


Jingle Bell. Jingle Bell. Jingle Bell Rock.

‘Tis the season to be jolly!!! YAY! Christmas is almost here!

I’m not a Christian, but I love Christmas. ‘Tis a season to share, give and receive love. I love the Christmas ‘smell’ in the air. Everywhere is so Christmas-sy. You see, the magic of Christmas. Whether you’re of Christianity or not, you celebrate Christmas. It is so contagious. :) You just want to get into that jolly mood. :)

This year, we may be able to get ourselves a Christmas tree in the house. Andrew and I are already hunting for one. We are so excited. Although we are slowly building the home with the limited dime, we would still want to get the home into the festive mood.

The Christmas shopping shall start any time soon. I don’t usually buy gifts for every friend I have, only among a small group of us that we would exchange gifts. Also, we always have gifts exchange and Christmas celebration in the office. This year, guess I could do a gift exchange with Andrew too. :D

I am already feeling like Christmas…… Christmas, Christmas, can you come faster? Hahahahahaha…… I love Christmas!


With Love

3 good and happy years. :) Happy, is the most important thing in life.

We quarrel and fight like every other couples, there are ups and downs and unhappy moments too. However, the happy ones always outweigh the unhappy ones. I can still say that I am happily married. In fact, Andrew has been showering me with all the love and care. Sometimes I think I am a spoiled child, I throw tantrums just to get more attention.

Last night, I half-heartedly asked him how shall we celebrate this special day, wasn’t expecting him to answer. I was so concentrating on my Smurfs’ Village and I didn’t hear what he said. When I was done with those little  blue people and lifted my head, I was surprised to see that we were in KLCC’s car park! Didn’t expect him to really go somewhere for some dinner. He has been picking up the tab for the past few days, so I told him I shall be the “host” for this dinner. He was sweet enough to tell me the dinner would be on himl. :)

He wanted to have the dinner in KiKi, there we were, having a great time in KiKi Taiwan Cuisine.

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Top: Andrew’s Sweet & Sour Chicken Set (so expected of him lah). Bottom: Stewed Beef Set. The stewed beef is nice! Must try. The portion is big too, I was so full.

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Camwhoring with iPad whilst waiting for the food. The restaurant attendants were looking and giggling at us playing with the iPad camera! LOL!

Wishing myself, Happy Anniversary! May our happy marriage last forever. :)


Nando’s During Public Holiday

First day of Raya, went to Mid Valley. Been craving for Nando’s for weeks! So, there I was, having Nando’s during Raya. :D

When the meal was served, I wasn’t too happy.

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This is Andrew’s order, the amount of fries, lesser than what we usually get. It’s ok, he could still live with that.

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This is mine. The whole thing just wasn’t in good presentation, the sauce was all over the plate, the rice was “messy”, and my favorite grilled vegetables, were missing the usual mushrooms, cucumber and brinjal. All I got was carrot and bell peppers. :(

I was famished and since it was a Raya, I thought perhaps there was some shortage of supplies, didn’t really bother much. Was just surprised that the standard of Nando’s was compromised because of public holiday. At the very least, this time they gave me a spoon whereby usually I had to eat the rice with the fork. Hahahahaha.

It’s alright, it’s Raya, maaf zahir dan batin.

Perhaps I should stick to Nando’s KLCC. The service there is also better.


KiKi Taiwan Cuisine – Suria KLCC

Supposed to go for a Japanese cuisine with Andrew, for his birthday, but he was being nice and not wanting me to splurge so much on the food, he suggested this Taiwan cuisine, KiKi by Fong Lye Restaurant. KiKi is there since last year, but we did not give it a try as we know that it’s the same with Fong Lye and we’ve been to FL few times, so it never crossed our minds to dine in KiKi.

KiKi is located on 4th floor of Suria KLCC, just another branch by Fong Lye Restaurant in The Gardens (Mid Valley City). I wonder why it is called KiKi and what has it got to do with cat? There is this cat cartoon on their signboard, name card and menu. Anyway, the cat looks cute. :)

The decorations and everything is pretty similar to Fong Lye, but KiKi is a bit more comfortable as there is lesser patrons. Full attention from the waiters. Unlike Fong Lye in The Gardens, so often we had to call for a few times in order to get someone to attend to us. The menu is similar too, it seems that KiKi has lesser a-la-carte choices.

I was surprised with the food. They taste slightly better than Fong Lye!

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The menu.

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The back of the menu.

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Chrysanthemum Oolong tea, RM12 for 2 persons. I usually go for the tea. There are still other choices of tea to select from.

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Set meal: Fresh tomato fried eggs with fish, RM19.80. This is nice, better than the one in Fong Lye.

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Fuyooohhhh…… Love the gravy!

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Set Meal: Fried sliced beef with green onion in claypot, RM19.80. This is so yummy and I couldn’t have enough of it!

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The beef is so tender and juicy! My favorite.

Oh, not forgetting the soup that comes with the set meal. The soup is so, so, so yummy! I wonder, is it the Ajinomoto or they truly use the genuine ingredients? Hahahaha.

Now, I can see myself frequenting KiKi more in the near future. Hahaha.

Happy Birthday to my dearest husband ever. :) Wish you success in every aspect of your life. XOXO 


AIDS Awareness & Women’s Day

Went to The Gardens Mall in Mid Valley city 2 weeks ago, with Wan Yi, Melissa and Nicole. Wan Yi was going back to Singapore and we wouldn’t be seeing her for some time, hence the small gathering to bid her short farewell, until we meet again.

After the lunch, we were surprised to see the AIDS Awareness campaign in The Gardens. All those photos with various local artists/celebrities holding up different messages about AIDS. What a nice campaign! It is all truly about educating the public. I wish they could do it in Suria KLCC and Pavilion KL too, where more youngsters and crowds are.

It was the International Women’s Day on 8th March, told Andrew I would like to celebrate MY day. No celebration on Valentine’s day and anniversary, ’cause we don’t celebrate love on one particular day, we celebrate love everyday. However, Women’s Day, how often do you celebrate yourselves as a woman? I bet not so often, or perhaps never. That is the day I want to celebrate for being a woman, no one appreciates myself better than I do. Don’t you agree? So being my husband, Andrew of course has to celebrate with me. Hahaha.

Went to The Gardens again, saw the AIDS campaign photos again, but this time on the other side of the mall. Wow, they’re different. I shall let the photos do the talking.

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I think it was good education to the public, Andrew thinks otherwise after seeing all those public display of condoms. He was saying we shall educate people about sex, not like this, it seems that they’re encouraging people to have sex, sex and sex. LOL! Safe sex, my dear, safe sex. We can’t deny that we’re now living in a society where sex is so widely “advertised”, education on safe sex, STDs, AIDS, responsibilities and monogamy, is a must. We are having a lot of baby-dumping cases, averagely 1 baby-dumping case in 2 days! Guess what, 80,000 Malaysians are living with AIDS. We should really educate ourselves about AIDS and safe sex!

Ladies out there, love yourselves and your body. If you don’t even love or have respect for yourselves, who’s gonna love or respect you then? No condom, no play.

Guys out there, love and respect the ladies. If you can’t show your love and respect to the ladies, how do you expect them to love and respect you in return? Love her, and you shall have the respect.

Note: Photos taken using my Galaxy S, surprisingly good!


Wish For A Wish – Birthday

What? It’s that time of the year, again? Geez…… Time is really flying pass!

Guess what, this year I’ll be having my birthday in Melbourne!!! Hahaha. Did I choose the dates on purpose? Of course I did! LOL! Well, with a little bit of coincidence. I can’t wait, you know, celebrating birthday in another country! How’s it going to be? I don’t know. Perhaps there won’t be any celebration, but it is still going to be a special one. :D Go on laughing, but silly Ashley is all smiling at just the thought of it.

New iPad 2 is out! Gosh, with front and rear camera! 30% thinner than iPad 1! And the iPad 2 smart cover! Have you seen it? Gosh…… Though it still looks pretty the same with iPad 1, iPad 2 is simply gorgeous (although the rumors about the UBS port stay as a rumors, bah)! It has white! Furthermore, the price is going to be the same as iPad 1!!! AHHHH!!! I want one!

Emailed Andrew yesterday about my birthday wish, he in return, emailed a link to me, about iPad 2 is just a teaser for iPad 3, which is coming real soon. Nah, that was bulls***. Even if it was real, it won’t be so soon. Do you think Apple is stupid enough to mass produce the iPad 2 now only to launch iPad 3 soon enough to replace iPad 2? They sure are going to make a big fortune first!

iPad 2, when are you going to be mine???

Watch this video and you’ll get “poisoned”. LOL.


Valentine’s Surprise

It’s not our (Andrew and I) habit to celebrate Valentine’s Day. We both think the same that, one does not have to wait for one particular day to celebrate love with his/her loved ones. Even during our dating days, we have never celebrated Valentine’s Day. However, he did buy me gifts during Valentine’s Day when he feels like to. Yeah, not every year, only when he feels like to. :) Well, that is enough, to make me happy.

Today, as usual, it’s going to be a normal day for us. I do not expect any flowers or gifts or a romantic dinner. Just when I was busy multi-tasking (working and planning Melbourne trip at the same time), I received this email out of no where.

I rubbed my eyes and read again. It’s from him all right, but I thought his email account has been hacked! LOL! This is not an everyday thing you’d get!

That really caught me off guard. While in the midst of all the business, it is so sweet to receive an email like that. Nothing fancy, no fabrications, as blunt and plain as that, but the message is loud and clear. :) That also showed that he actually was thinking of me when he was at work.

Who says my husband ain’t romantic? He is, in his own way. :) Sometimes you just gotta appreciate even the smallest thing in life.

I’m contented, with what I have for this Valentine’s Day.

*I just couldn’t shake that smile off my face! LOL!*


兔年点滴

这里,那里;一点,一滴。

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*Photos from my Samsung Galaxy S*


Gong Xi Fa Cai

I’ll be travelling home today. I foresee that I may not be able to blog everyday for the coming week as it is the most important festive season for us chinese. :) I’d like to spend more time with my family instead of with the computer.

Here’s wishing everyone a very happy Chinese New Year. May the year of Rabbit be the year full of happiness and joy. May your businesses/careers/studies ‘leap and bounce’ greatly. :D

For those who are not celebrating, happy holidays.

During this festive season, eat and drink all you can but be mindful of your health and safety too. :)

Gong Xi Fa Cai! Gong Hei Fatt Choi! 恭喜发财!新年快乐!


A mini gathering @Fong Lye Taiwan Restaurant (via This is Me; Melissa’s Blog)

I seriously believe that our almighty TIME is flying on a rocket! Hahaha. It has been a year since our Taiwan trip! Good grief!

It was a coincidence that we planned to meet up on this day, 22 January. One year ago, this particular day, we were in Leo Foo Village (theme park in Xinzhu, Taiwan) having fun. Yes, Melissa, you’re right. :) We miss our Taiwan trip so much and have been wanting to relive the moments. Since 3 of us were already in the mall, Alex was on his way too, both Wan Yi and I called our lovely husbands to come join us for dinner too.

Here we are, sitting in Fong Lye in The Gardens for our dinner! So nice to see 6 of us sit, eat, chat and laugh together again! I HEART you all!!!

For the details on the food, please visit Melissa’s blog at the bottom. :D

A mini gathering @Fong Lye Taiwan Restaurant On last Saturday dated 22 January was exactly 1 year since we were in Taiwan. It was on 20 January 2010, since our trip to Taiwan together. If  I’m not mistaken, on 22 January 2010, we were at LeoFoo Village right Ashley, Wanyi??   Wanting to remember these sweet memories we had, therefore we made a small anniversary dinner. Wanyi suggested to have Taiwan food. Apparently, Fong Lye is the Taiwan restaurant which came across our mind.   … Read More

via This is Me; Melissa’s Blog


Pre-Chinese New Year Dinner

With the help of a few other colleagues, we organised a dinner before the company closes for the Chinese New Year holiday. It has become a tradition to have this dinner before the CNY, in Cantonese, we call it “Sau Gong Jau”.

This year, we decided to buy some gifts for each of the staff. So that everyone would get to have something to bring back home for CNY. We got Eu Yan Sang’s chicken essence and Tai Thong’s dried meat. Everybody was so surprised and happy to see the gift. LOL.

Since we have some Muslim friends, we went to Spring Garden Restaurant (Halal) in KLCC for the dinner. Mind you, I made the bookings 3 weeks ago in order to get a private room! Last year I called 2 weeks in advance and I couldn’t get a private room.

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Testing my handphone camera first. :D

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Spring Garden KLCC

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First thing of course would be Yee Sang.

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Braised shark’s fin soup with Bamboo pith, dried scallop and crab meat. This is not real shark’s fin of course. This is the best amongst all the 9 dishes.

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Steamed grouper with soy sauce. The fish was not fully cooked! Ish.

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Sauteed white prawns with Sichuan style. Very unique, not bad.

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My boss complained about the fish, and they gave us additional dish, complimentary. :D Don’t know what vegetable is this, but it is so juicy and crispy. :)

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Special fried rice. Dull and tasteless.

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Desserts – Boring.

There are another 3 dishes in between, I was too busy eating and forgot to take photos. Hahaha. When I took photos, my boss said “ish… again! Faster lah. You going to take photos of all of them?!” Kakakaka……

Out of the 9 dishes, the soup and the roasted chicken were the best. The rest of them are so-so only. There was this double-boiled sea coconut with white fungus dessert, it was so sweet that I stopped drinking it at the second sip. Eewwww……

The standard of the food has dropped so much. I wonder why.

 


Chinese New Year 2011

It is only a week away to the most celebrated and biggest Chinese festive season, Chinese New Year! :D

I am already in the CNY mood. Done my CNY shopping last weekend. It actually isn’t the CNY that got me excited. It is because I am going to spend the whole CNY holiday in my hometown! It’s been 2 years I did not have the reunion luncheon with my parents. Finally this year, I get to spend my CNY with them again. All thanks to the short holiday. :)

Hmm…… Was interrupted by someone just now, and now I do not know how to continue with this post! Geez……

Let’s just end it here before I go out of the topic.

Gong Xi Fa Cai! :D


2011 Says Hello. 2010 Says Goodbye.

It has become my yearly ritual, to look at what I have done in the past one year. I must say that every year, it just gets better. There is nothing to regret or I would want to do it differently if I were given a second chance.

I thought I travelled the most in year 2009, obviously I was wrong. I travelled so much in 2010 and everybody was kind of like asking where on earth did I get the money. Well…… I don’t know what to say. There’s no need to explain too. :)

Again, there is always the first time for everything. Year 2010, the many first’s:

  1. Went to Taipei, Taiwan for the first time in my life.
  2. My first 30th year!
  3. Gave my Andrew dearest a surprise birthday gift.
  4. Had my first personal portraits with Melissa and Wan Yi.
  5. First time been to Bali, Indonesia.
  6. Finally set foot in Disneyland Hong Kong.
  7. Got my first Coach tote bag.
  8. My blog hit the first 10,000 visits.
  9. First time ever lost a handphone! My precious iPhone. :(
  10. My first online blogshop.

That’s about it. I travelled so much this year and I totally enjoy my life as it is now. I am not filthy rich, but it is proven that I don’t need to be rich to enjoy life to the fullest.

However, from now on, I have to really cut down on unnecessary expenses. Andrew and I have reached an agreement, no more fancy food in the coming year. I, on the other hand, have to really say bye-bye to my impulsive shopping habits.

Soon, there’ll be the OZ trip. I have told Andrew to leave the trip planning to one of his colleagues as she is good in planning budget trip. I just hope that she would not overly compromise on the quality.

All right, I shall only reveal my new year resolutions in year 2011. Right now, Happy New Year 2011. May everyone has an even greater 2011. Last but not least, WORLD PEACE. V^_^V


Cheapo Surprise. Real Surprise.

Few days before Christmas, Andrew and I went to Memory Lane in KLCC for last minute Christmas shopping. While Andrew was queuing at the cashier, I saw this milky bear with an incredible price tag, RM10!!! I almost screamed and I quickly grabbed one.

Me: Wei…… (with the “manja” tone) Can you buy this for me? Puhhllleeesseeeee.
Andrew: (Looked at the bear wide-eyed) HUH?! What for? NO! Put it back!
Me: Duh! It’s RM10 only!!! It’s cheap you know! Puuuhhhhllleeeessseeeeee…… Buy lah. I want…… Christmas present lah……
Andrew: NO! Bought you so many and now you just chuck them aside, this one just adds to the pile only. NO! Don’t want!

:( With all the unwillingness in the world, I basically dragged myself (yes, with both hands down on the side) back to the shelf full of the milky bears, took one last look, then put it back. :( Sorry, you can’t follow me home. *Sobs*

Before we left, I stole one last glimpse at the bear, and I asked one last time, “Really cannot buy meh? I really like it oh.” Of course the answer I got is negative. :( Kanasai (Sorry I have to use this to express my disappointment)…… With all the pity look on my face and he could still say NO!!!!

Christmas eve, after work, Andrew suggested to go Mid Valley Megamall. Wah!!! I was surprised that he suggested that! He said, “Of course you wouldn’t want to go home now.” Hehehe. Speaking of who understands me better. :P

He even treated me to my favorite, Nando’s! Hmm…… I was thinking perhaps he was guilty of not buying me any Christmas present. Anyway, I was already a happy person with the Nando’s in my stomach. :D

Went home, came midnight…… I was grumbling that it’s such boring Christmas eve, no pressie to open. Cheeky Andrew came in to the room with that milky bear!!! Hahahahahahahaha…… I was smiling from ear to ear. :D

Me: Eeeeeeee…… Bear bear!!! When did you buy it???
Andrew: Got lah……
Me: Thank you ah…… Thank you leh…… Xie xie ni ah……
Andrew: Oi! Enough of thank-you. ‘Sot sot’ de……

Then, I went back to my Facebook and TV. Obviously still soaking in the joy of having a Christmas present. :D

Half an hour later, that cheeky Andrew, came in with a big present.

Andrew: Nah, for you. *Smiling evilly*
Me: What?!
Andrew: For you lah.
Me: Don’t joke with me lor. You bought this for your aunt is it?
Andrew: For YOU lah! Take! Open.
Me: No lor…… Not for me lor. Later I open then you’ll ask me to wrap it back.
Andrew: Walau ehh…… For you lah!!! You think I’m so cheapo to just buy you that RM10 bear?!
Me: Hahahaha…… Why not? I’d still be happy if you just gave me that bear. *Opening the box*

WOW!!! It’s a glass snow ball!!! :D

I like glass snow balls or crystal balls, with or without music. I just love to shake them and see the bits flying inside. I don’t know why, it gives me a kind of serenity when I’m watching it. The prices for those big ones aren’t cheap, that is the only reason that stops me from collecting. Now, I have the first one and it came from someone special. :D

You may call me vain, for always wanting a present. To me, a present isn’t just a thing, it’s a gift of love. Big or small, cheap or expensive, all that matters is the heart. He pays attention to what I love and like, and he shows it in the action. That is what matters the most. If your other half would to buy the same snow ball for you, knowing very well that you do not like it, trust me, the result would be different. It’s the matter of knowing it, and doing it. :)

Thank you my dear.


Jingle All The Way2010

To let you have the idea of the importance of this gathering, I actually postponed my trip to BP home town (okay, I sound so sweet right? Hahahaha). :D Angie is back from Australia and I was so glad that she could make time for us on Christmas.

Was discussing with Christine about where we should meet. We were thinking of dinner, but then both of us thought, “we wouldn’t have much time to chat and catch up, let’s make it lunch!” LOL.

Then we found Poco Homemade, saw it in Berry’s blog before, the place looks special and unique. The place is not really so hard to find, there’s a very easy-to-read map in their blog. It’s just that Poco is not facing the main road, you will miss it easily. So, remember to always look to your left or right (depends on which direction you’re coming) for that little shop with pastel blue exterior. :)

Christine was the first to reach, both of us sitting and chatting and eating in Poco, waiting for the other 2 ladies to arrive.

Poco isn’t as spacious as it seems on the photos. It is pretty small, accommodating up to 20 persons or so perhaps. The decorations inside are pretty vintage and simple. It feels like we are back in the school days with those specially made wooden tables. Feel pretty much like home too.

The menu! So creative. There’s another menu made of wooden board. :)

I’m sure some of you may find this familiar. Yep, the trick that we used to play in primary school. :) It’s in Poco too, with the menu written on it.

Poco’s menu is pretty Japanese. I’d say most of them are of Japanese style. There is Katsu Don, soba, udon and Japanese cake.

Omelette Rice with Curry, RM13.80. With the Ho-Ho-Ho, it is so Christmas-y. :D

It is quite a lot! However, this is so-so only. The curry isn’t spicy at all and the rice is pretty “dull”.

Japanese cake. With squid, prawn, veggie and egg. :D This is delicious! Must try! (Sorry, I forgot the price. RM10 or so I think.)

Vivian and Angie came, but they have already taken their lunch. So, we went on to order all the desserts! Hahaha.

Green Tea Pudding with Red Bean, RM4. The green tea is so strong and it is so refreshing and aromatic!

Molten Chocolate Cake, RM5.80 or so.  Sorry I couldn’t remember exactly how much. This is super yummy! The waiter asked if we would like to add a scoop of vanilla ice-cream! Of course we said YES! :D

Peanut Butter cake. The name says it all. It tastes good and sweet, just that it’s pretty dry to eat on its own. It would be better to dip this with some creamer or milk. Have a cup of coffee to go with this one would definitely be heaven too. :)

Tofu Cheese Cake. We got curious because of its name, so we ordered it. There is different layers of tastes in this cake. The tofu came first, then followed  by the cheese and then all of them melted in your mouth together. If you do not like tofu, please don’t be adventurous. :) I love tofu, but honestly, I find this weird. :P

Rum Mascarpone. Super-duper delicious! You gotta try this. The rum may come off strong initially, but the sweetness followed and the chunky nuts and raisin blend in so well! Love it.

Overall, we like the desserts more. :) We have not tried the rest of the food, I shall return to try them all out. :D Perhaps with another bunch of crazy friends.

You may notice there isn’t any photo of drinks. Poco doesn’t have drinks? Nope. I was too thirsty, by the time I realised, my glass was already half  empty. Anyway, the drinks are, normal. There isn’t anything to shout about. Some of them do not even worth the price. I suggest you to try the green tea, RM2 per cup. :) Not that it is nice, it’s the cheapest compared with other drinks which do not taste fantastic. We drank a lot! That’s because we talked a lot! LOL!

For the address and the map to Poco Homemade, you may visit their blog. To avoid disappointment that you may not be able to get a table, I suggest you to make a reservation before you go. Or, go early. They open at 12pm.

Here’s some photos of us having fun in Poco. :)

Vivian brought this cute Santa Claus hair band! What a coincidence that we both wore red. :D

Having fun with the artwork on the wall. :D

A surprise from Vivian. :D

And Chris got creative with all the props! LOL.

Angie, Chris and I headed to One Utama. Chris got me this arm massager as Christmas gift. :D Sorry my dear, didn’t get you anything in return. Thanks for the gift!

Had such a wonderful time with the girls. A special Christmas indeed. :)


Happy Christmas 2010

It’s Christmas eve! Finally, my favorite festive of all time is here!!! Okay, it’s nothing to do with my religion. I just love Christmas. You have Santa Claus, Christmas tree, mistletoes, snow, elves, carols, Christmas songs…… Everything is everywhere!!! Whether Christian or not, people are celebrating.

Ti’s the season to be jolly! Where are you going tonight then? :) I’m not celebrating with a bunch of friends tonight, it’s going to be just Andrew and I. Guess I’ll do some shopping then.

Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas and happy holiday!

Do not drink and drive! Celebrate passionately, eat and drink moderately. :)

 


粽子。端午节。

这是篇迟来的文章。想家了,把照片拿出来看看,解一解乡愁。

今年的端午节,又回家吃粽子了。呵呵呵。妈妈说我有回才包,为了大家着想,我当然是选择回去啦。爸爸说托我的福大家才能吃到妈妈包的粽子。哈哈哈。可是今年我没吃太多,怕消化不良,然后肚子又造反。

看到爸爸也帮妈妈一起包粽子,感觉好温馨。虽然老爸没一会儿就喊不会包,可是那份心意早就让妈妈的心觉得暖暖的了。看着包好的粽子,觉得好幸福。吃着热腾腾的粽子,好感动。没骗你,妈妈包的粽子,一定要用心去吃,一定要心存感恩。

一颗小小的粽子,不简单。

爸爸很认真滴在帮忙噢。

谁知盘中粽,粒粒皆辛苦。:) 妈妈的粽子,卖相和馅料都是没得比的。:)

早餐、拜祭祖先、茶点。。。 :)

啊,忽然间想念那家乡味。。。。。。尽管尝过不同地方的佳肴美食,唯独妈妈的家乡味是最令人难忘的。


Late Birthday Post

I’ve been wanting to blog about this but it has always slipped my mind. Bad Ashley.

This year birthday, which was in April, I received some unexpected gifts from friends. They came really unexpected and I was very touched with their gestures. As years gone by, I do not expect to receive birthday presents from friends and family. It is the thought that counts, and I would prefer spend my birthday with my family. Gift or not, doesn’t really matter to me. My worst fear is, spending birthday alone. Perhaps I am used to spending my birthday with my lovely family as I grew, to be alone during my own birthday has always been my nightmare. Nightmare happened once and I wish that it would not happen again.

The unexpected gifts, I must say these friends really understand me well. They know what I like. :) Love them so much. I haven’t had the chance to wear them, yet. It’s just because I do not want to dirty them.

Thank you, my dearest one-in-a-million friends. I was surprised, and I am deeply grateful for the gifts. (Not sure if they’re going to read this. Well, I’m just going to say thank you again.)

Now, let the photos speak for themselves. :)

The “Holiday” charm is from friend, whilst the 4-leaf clover lucky charm is a gift I bought for myself. :)

Lovely “butterfly” necklace. This is just so “Ashley”. Haha. :)

Note: Soon, I shall make a count for my Thomas Sabo collection. LOL. :p


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