Everything is figure-out-able

Aug 10, 2016 by

Everything is figure-out-able
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Dear blog,

I know I haven’t been writing here for so long. Just to update that I am still alive. ๐Ÿ™‚

Last year was quite hectic with personal, work and family obligations. I was not at my healthiest state at that time. Stressful life takes a toll on me.

2016 has turned a new leaf. My husband and I faced some uncertainties in our career path, and some challenging situations. Despite all that, we just take it day by day, month by month. Living the present moment, and keeping our relationship strong.

We are grateful that we are able to see the silver lining out of the life challenges. “Everything is figure-out-able” is my current favourite quote (the term originally coined by @marieforleo). No matter how challenging the situation you’re facing, just remember that you’ll be able to figure something out (and solve the issues). Have faith, and trust that The Universe (God) has your back.

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Photo taken last weekend. Spending time with each other (working), yet can safely ignore each other ๐Ÿ™‚


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Hello again..!

Nov 26, 2014 by

Hello again..!
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“Either write something worth reading, or do something worth writing”. – Benjamin Franklin



After not writing for so long, now I’m trying to post an entry from my phone. Need to make use of mobile blogging; where I can draft a blog post on my smartphone while lying in bed. Malas enough? Pfft!

I miss writing in my blog. Though I know people nowadays are not much into blogs. Some turns their Instagram entry into a long blog post. I don’t think it’s justified. Though I understand it is a lot easier to do than blogging.


“I don’t have time to write” is my over-used phrase. I should find time to share thoughts from my head.


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Photo taken at Coffee Planet, Nu Sentral mall. I LOVE their Hazelnut Hot Choc, big time! Better than Starbuck’s



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Wordless Wednesday #13

May 1, 2013 by

Wordless Wednesday #13
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Writing Retreat

Apr 27, 2013 by

Writing Retreat
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Doing my writing work at my favourite resort. To clear my mind, enjoy the green view, and be productive!

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Hotel Review: Impiana Resort Cherating

Mar 23, 2013 by

Hotel Review: Impiana Resort Cherating
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My other half and I went to Cherating as he has to attend a business meeting nearby. Stayed in this resort for 3D2N. Reserved Superior Deluxe with Seaview (all rooms are sea-view anyway) via Booking.com. Check-in was a breeze.

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Though we really appreciate the beach side location, the resort looks old and do need upgrade/refurbishment.

It has the charm of the old days, as if staying in a village house. It has quite a big living area, and study desk overlooking the window with beach view. Very nice! Anyhow, people who expect modern layout or design may have different view about this resort.

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The room was big with all the basic amenities required. With the price given, it is really good value for money. Some area can be improved like the zinc/aluminum roof that the resort use for to cover the balcony, when it was raining heavily it was noisy so maybe some insulation can be done to reduce it.

Staffs were attentive, polite and always smile. Ordered room service a few times. Reasonable delivery time. Food presentation and taste are satisfactory, only can get better if they can expand the menu. Nasi Goreng Impiana (both the Kampung and Chinese style) was delicious.

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They served standard breakfast spread with international and local delicacies. Choice not that wide, but acceptable for me. We love their nasi lemak. Ordered omelet from the egg counter.

The hotel has a big swimming pool, but I did not have the chance to try it.

The only downside for this hotel is that the rooms already shown signs of worn out. For some, it may give eerie feeling due to the (almost) antique atmosphere in the room. It can be made even better if the ambient and some furniture be upgraded. They have to spend some money for the resort to look ‘fresh’ and more inviting. I can see some works done and ongoing to replace old/rotten wood planks, commendable and hopefully to continue and intensify.

However if you look for quiet and peaceful stay, this resort is good for you. I would recommend this place if you need a place to be secluded from hussle and bussle of city/town life. It may be beneficial for someone who wants full concentration and avoiding distractions (e.g.: writer, people on certain assignment).

Tip:
The resort does not have any elevator and lack of ramps to slide/roll your luggage, so avoid bringing large & heavy luggage if you cannot lift them.

Do request for room near to- and same level as the lobby if you have walking difficulties, or plan to bring large/heavy luggage.

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Serena Brasserie @ Intercontinental KL: a delightful experience

Feb 25, 2013 by

Serena Brasserie @ Intercontinental KL: a delightful experience
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I came here to celebrate my other halfโ€™s birthday. We chose a dinner buffet as it is one of the things that makes him happy: eating. Smile  Yes, I love the ambience much. We came on a Sunday night and not many people were there (off-peak season).

 

 

 

 

 

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Buffet spread was great. They serve rice with various selection of local dishes, Japanese sushi and salad selection. Too bad I did not capture many photos. Was too busy enjoying the food. The chef prepared lamb chop and mee goreng mamak (Indian-style fried noodles) upon request. They were delicious! Another dish that I personally enjoy much was their chicken satay. It’s juicy and sweet, perfect for my liking. It’s good that their satay gravy was not too oily.

 

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We tried some desserts and ice cream afterwards.

 

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They even served us complimentary Teh Tarik drinks before we go home, a nice touch indeed.



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Langkawi Trip: Four Points by Sheraton review

Feb 15, 2013 by

Langkawi Trip: Four Points by Sheraton review
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Chinese New Year (CNY) holiday: a long weekend (Saturday-Tuesday), we decided to go for a Cuti-Cuti Malaysia trip to Langkawi for 3D2N. A reward for my small achievement; having presented my research progress to the faculty 2 days earlier.

Day 1
We booked AEROCAB to pick us up at 640am, since our usual ride AIRPORT LIMO (AL) fully booked this holiday season. Similar with AL, driver arrived punctual to time, and we were informed of driver contact number beforehand. The 1 hour ride was smooth. Since we checked in via web earlier, we had ample time to drop our luggage and settled for a cuppa.

Flight to langkawi took one hour. We just realized that Four Points by Sheraton is just two minute away from the airport. We arrived at 1130am. Official check in time is at 3pm. But the front desk staffs were kind enough to allow us to check in early. We paid for the Junior Suite, but luckily received free upgrade to a Premier Suite.

I was stunned by the breathtaking view from the infinity pool. It’s the main attraction of this hotel.

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They also provide a kiddy pool and a playroom for children.

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HOTEL REVIEW: FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON, LANGKAWI



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Our Premier Suite was EXTREMELY HUGE (926sq feet) – as if we brought half of our home space here. Typical suite with a kitchenette, dining table for 4, a living area, and lounge sofas. Bathroom with bathtub was spacious. The bedroom and living area was separated by a sliding door. Useful to maintain privacy if you’re having guests. Big flat screen TVs in bedroom and living area. The Premier Suite located at ground floor, with full view of the beach, and a few steps away from the swimming pool.




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We had the chance to swim on first and second day of our stay. Luckily our room located nearby the pool.

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After spending 3 days and 2 nights there, the good and bad things about the resort are:

Good :
+ Near to airport. Our taxi ride was less than 10 minutes.

+ Quiet location. Away from the busy Chenang Beach. Good place if you just want to relax.

+ Very spacious room. Our Premier Suite can really fit a family of 6 nicely plus your shopping stuff.

+ In-room Wi-Fi was available for free. Signal is OK at the living area but not at the bedroom.

+ Large and nicely keep infinity pool, with a kids pool available. The scenery at the pool during sunset was stunning. The pool was open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. so lots of time for swimming. The infinity pool was facing a private beach which was clean and nice to hang out.

+ Gymnasium which open 24 hours a day. The equipment – a weight station, two thread-mills, two exercise bikes, two elliptical-trainers – were almost new and in good condition. The gym was almost always empty so if you are gym buff, you can get a a good workout there which I did.

+ Easy to get taxi to go anywhere, if you are renting a car/van. Just tell the front desk personnel and they can get you a taxi really fast.ย 

Bad:
– The room was soulless. It was very bare and bland. The resort has some sort of minimalist concept, but it was simply taking the concept to the extreme. It will not do any harm to put some decorations.

– Not value for money. For a big sum of money, we expect way better. As an example, the room did have a small pantry with complimentary coffee making set and lots of shelves and drawers, but no mini fridge. While this did not affect our stay, but having to countless Hotels and Resorts where many of them were way cheaper and smaller but can provide a mini fridge as a standard, why not a Premier Suite which should be one of best room available in this resort? Breakfast was average, selection was limited but the charge was RM50 per head. No room service.

– Maintenance was an issue. Bedsheet was stained, big cracks can be seen on the wall, our front door’s chain lock was damaged, floor tiles was stained. While the room was made up every morning but there was no effort shown to get things repaired.

– If you are afraid of insect especially ants, take precaution. We had ants invasion after we left our soft drink uncovered on the tea table overnight.

– No ‘Please Do Not Disturb’ and “Please Make Up My Room’ sign. Unless you are happen to be in the room and lock the secondary lock/knob, there is no way for you to tell the Housekeeping personnel to give you privacy during the morning rounds.

If you are on business and need to be near to airport, with money to spent, and just need a room to drop off your bags and doze off, this resort will be good for you. The resort is also good for someone who likes to swim at pool or working out at the gym, as long as not spending much time at the room itself. However if you looking for value for money, excellent services and attention to details, think twice.

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I Miss Him..

Jan 31, 2012 by

I Miss Him..
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I just had a dream, a vivid one. It felt so real. About my late grandfather.

In that dream, our family gathered at our house. We talked about how Bak (my grandfather)’s health deteriorating. He showed some ‘changes’. At that time, we kind of ‘knew’ that his last days were approaching. We said our goodbyes when Bak was going back to his house. I saw my younger cousins started to cry. He left the house finally. I was about to grab my phone, to call him and talk. I had this tiny feeling inside saying that it might be my last time talking to him. But, that dream ended there!

I opened my eyes. It’s in the middle of the night, and I saw my husband sleeping beside me. The moment I realized it was just a dream, I cried hard.

The truth is, I (we) didn’t had the chance to say goodbye to him. By Allah’s will, he left us during a weekend when most of our family members were not home. After having chest discomfort, he drove himself to the hospital not far from home, at 4am. And he took his last breath at the emergency department, not long after that. The report says it was due to cardiogenic shock.

It’s 2 years after he left all of us (on Dec 26th, 2009). How fast time flies. But I barely talked about it (the lost). Whenever I miss him, I cried alone. Not even my husband realizes it. I was so close to arwah and love him dearly. I lived with him and my late grandmother since I was an infant until I went for boarding school in Form 1. Her favourite granddaughter, i was.

He was a schoolteacher. When I was 6 years old, I joined Standard One class at his school. Despite being a year younger than my peers, I managed to get first and second ranking in class during exams. I cried many times at that school, though: when I forgot to bring certain books, when a naughty boy teases me, when I want to fast during Ramadhan but all my friends went to canteen instead. Whenever I had that ‘problem’, I went to teacher’s room to find him.

I have interests in books since I was young. I inherited it from Pa, my father. While he encourages me to read since my early years, my grandfather also contributed in some ways. Thanks to Bak for endless trips to Pustaka Dayang (now Pustaka Seri Intan?), the big & famous bookstore in Kuala Trg. Books became my best friend, until now.

Bak had seen me grown up from a little girl, becoming a woman. Besides my parents, he was very much involved. I still remember him being so happy on my engagement day (5 months before he left us). Unfortunately, he was not there to share happiness during my wedding day.

I miss him, every now and then. Maybe this dream I had serves to remind me that we still can ‘communicate’ with him through Do’a & Yasin recitation. That’s the thing we can still do, to show our love for arwah. Al-Fatihah..

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Wordless Wednesday #13

Nov 30, 2011 by

Wordless Wednesday #13
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Hagia Sophia @ Istanbul, Turkey

Nov 27, 2011 by

Hagia Sophia @ Istanbul, Turkey
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After visiting Blue Mosque, we walked to the nearby Hagia Sophia (pronounced as “Aya Sofia”), another historical establishment in Sultanahmet. The architecture is amazing! Too bad my camera ran out of battery when we were inside the museum. Here are the pictures we managed to snap. Some of them using iPhone4.


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Top: Hagia Sophia from the outside.

Left: Entry ticket (20 Turkish Lira = RM 34)/person

Right: Hubby outside Hagia Sophia




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Top: View from outside, near main gate

Left & Right: Us in front of museum entrance




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View inside the former mosque/church & now a museum




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Break for lunch at a cafeteria outside Hagia Sophia museum

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