Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Kampung ku :)

As I sit here and type this, I am back at my hometown in Pahang. The cool breeze, the sound of the insects, the lush greenery, the calm environment... It’s definitely nothing compared to being in a city. And no, no amount of living in a resort will amount to this either. Why? Cuz that’s temporary and it’s expensive!

We arrived in the evening, and the weather was simply superb. The scene in front of NanaJi’s house was breathtaking. I mean, it’s like you are seeing something from a wallpaper collection. Go figure.

Break of dawn
Evening scene
I miss all this. Imagine just sitting out in the evening and doing nothing but admiring the scenery around you, the cool breeze to accompany you as you have a quiet moment. In the city, I can only think of the concrete jungle, the heat, the humidity and the race against the clock. Even right now, the fan is on at 1, and yet I am cold. Yes, that’s right. Cold. Ahhh bliss.

I saw a picture once, as if it was taken in New Zealand. But when I decided to find the source of it, I was shocked that it’s right here in Malaysia. My ex-colleague even confirmed it as she had been there before. So I guess even within our country we can find not only a serene, but awesome looking place too. Sometimes it’s good to get out of the city. I guess we ought to put Sabah on our list as well for next year eh?
Google Images: Kundasang, Sabah

Monday, December 30, 2013

Happiness with a condition (post inspired by Sweet Tooth)

I read a post by Sweet Tooth recently and it is so true kan? We always think we will be happy if we acquire / achieve something – whether it’s a goal, or a phase in our life, or just a materialistic thing.

Why can’t we just be happy as we are? Why do we have to wait for something to happen, or to get something, only then we think we will be happy? Remember, assume = ass you me. We got to stop making an ass out of others and ourselves. Who are we kidding? Will we really be happy if we have $10,000 in our bank account? What happens when the money is all spent? Back to being unhappy? There will always be something to achieve, something to get, something to think that you must have to feel happy.

But what happiness really is? Isn’t happiness is to be in all the little things around you? The people around you? You, yourself? Being alive each day is already something to be happy about, isn’t it?

I used to think that if I be a mom, I would be happy. But now I know, why my time wasn’t right. It probably never will be either. So am I suppose to dwell and be depressed about it?

Google Images

Now, I am just happy if I have a stress free day. Yeap. It’s that simple. No stress = Me happy.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Of Xmas and New Year

I think since about three years ago, since we shifted into our own "home", we've been celebrating Xmas. Well, not that we do really celebrate the event, but what's not to like about Xmas? It's the most exciting and fun holiday! Plus it's the year end! You are all geared up to usher in the New Year. So Xmas is getting you ready for it with all the excitement... 

We have two different small Xmas trees. First time, we went with white and colorful lights. Second time around, we went with the typical green tree. Both years we both each other pressies. I don't even remember what were they. 

This year though, no Xmas mood at all. We were not even looking forward to anything. Xmas eve we had a doctor's appt. Got home on a bad note. Xmas day itself, which is today, we took a day trip to Pahang to visit grampz. So well, yeah, there goes the Christmasy spirit. 

Now, are we looking forward to the New Year? Hell yeah. 2014, please be good. Please God, I can't take another roller coaster ride. I'd rather just drop dead if that's gonna be the case. Literally. 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Nail Salons

Over the years, I have tried many nail salons. Some very well established nail salons. But it is at these very well established nail salons that they are racist. Yes, sad but true. I am a non chinese, and they make it very obvious that I am not welcomed. C'mon, it's not that hard to notice especially when it's so obvious! 

Then came the phase of buying vouchers online and trying out different outlets. The best so far I have been to is Beau Monde Nail Boutique. The owner, Angeline, is so down to earth. Even her assistant is very nice. Their service is top notch. Although I was only redeeming my voucher, their service was as good as a walk in, full paying customer. Her customer service is what will get her to places.

Oh and another thing, since it's just two of them there, they go by appointments - one customer at a time. Or if you are in a group, then it's different. But really, I love the one customer at a time thingy :p

Mine & mom's.
The same day that afternoon, she was rushed to IJN emergency! What an irony eh? 
Again, mine & mom's. 
I went crazy that time. Sandy blue.
Matte purple/blue
It feels like home. It's so serene and cozy.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Perfumes, perfumes and more perfumes!

Hubby uses a lot of perfume. When I say a lot, I really mean A LOT. I am very skeptical buying perfumes online and even from some shops that claim it's original. Sometime around earlier this year, I decided to give M-works Perfume Avenue a try. That too after reading good comments from my friend about it. She even mentioned how good their service was. 

I have no regrets. Service is great and they are very prompt. They even tried to source out for me certain fragrance & even gave me a slightly cheaper pricing as compared to what I was getting at a local perfume shop in Mid Valley. So yeah, give them a try the next you wanna purchase a perfume. 

I can't seem to find the photos that I took when un-boxing the perfumes, so I guess this will just have to do :)

There's even a little free gift

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Hope to be back and stay

Well hello peeps! After 1 month and 28 days of being super silent, here I am. I just hope that I will stay. Haha 

Before I go on, thank you for your emails. Yes yes, my blog may not be a super famous one, but I do have some of you who emailed to ask if I am okay and one particular person wrote me a beautiful email of encouragement and well wishes. Thank you A & once again, sorry for the late reply.

So let's recap what's been happening.... 
NanaJi got worse. He is back home now in Pahang. He is surviving from day to day. Pains all of us to see him suffering. So all we hope for is if it's time, please let it be peaceful. 

Mom had to undergo an angiogram. That was another whole new experience for me. Nerve wrecking because I was told it would take only 1 hour a the most (well, actually 45 minutes), but it took her almost 3 hours! 

Dad had a platelet rich plasma therapy done on his knee. During that time mom had to follow grandparents back to Pahang to help them settle and we had to take care of dad. 

Oh and remember the delusional disorder?  Well it turns out hubby has HIV OCD stage two. More on this later yeah? 

Dad has to go for cataract operation on both his eyes soon. 

Ah how can I forget, mom was suspected to have a mild heart attack just two days ago. It was then diagnosed as an angina pectoris. Basically, it's a sign to getting a heart attack.

So overall, it hasn't been good at all. 2013 sucked. I am just tired of it all. I've hardly spent time at home in the recent months. What more take a seat back and just have some time to myself. Hmph!


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