Going to be away for more than a week. Will be in my late grandfather’s motherland.

Lots of things have happened, some good some bad some great some not.

But part of growing up means learning to appreciate the better side of unfortunate luck.

For example, my car battery died as I was about to go run errands. But luckily for me, the next day was a Saturday and not a Sunday when most mechanics would be closed.

Last night, my notebook died. Really sucks BUT luckily for me, it happened last night so I could send it to the ‘hospital’ where it’d take at least a week for them to look into it. As I won’t be needing it until I return, what a good stroke of luck for me, eh?

Other things to be appreciative of: having a free ebook reader from KY which I’ve loaded with lots of free books for the almost daily 4 hour journeys in China.

See you when I see you.

I turned 31, still the luckiest girl in the world :)

… or woman. But that’s just semantics 😉

Not sure if I should apologise for all these ‘feel good’, ‘the sun is shining, birds are chirping’ stuff. But I’m feeling real good about life (at the moment, have been for a while now). Definitely comes with growing older. Plus it’s hard to be miserable when you’re surrounded by super awesome people!

So, deal with happiness 😀 As well as a long blog post with 12 photos.

All in all, I had an amazing 25th 31st birthday celebration. A few days before the actual date, I was at a get-together with old YBF friends. Hui Hui made a mille crepe for Richard and I as our birthdays are close together.

Birthday Presents - Cake by Hui Hui
We had a fun time ‘decorating’ the cake 😛

Shirley came to KL for my birthday weekend, she got me…

Birthday Presents - feet peeling liquid
Peel feet, peel!

I’d used them before and oddly enough, enjoyed the peeling sensation. The downside to it is, you can’t control when it peels. I probably deposited my DNA in half of Klang Valley..

She also bought me dinner at Jogoya where I mostly ate..

Birthday Presents - Dessert at Jogoya
Best dessert in the world!

New Zealand macadamia ice cream with honeycomb cake! Best combination ever! I ate way too much of this, I don’t want to remember how much.

Then we went to hang out with Jaime and Timm, and Jaime got me…

Birthday Presents - Cake by Jaime
Delicious chocolate banana cake from Ben’s

The next day, I had to stand around at a job fair for work for a bit. My colleagues got me…

Birthday Presents - Cake from colleagues 01
Thanks girls :)

Then it was off to the Cheangs for a lovely evening of BBQ, fun and laughter.

Birthday Presents - BBQ dinner from Lance
Part of dinner! BBQ wagyu beef! Noms!

Mel got me a happy cake…

Birthday Presents - cake by BBQAddicts

I was excited about this cake as it gives out such a happy vibe, don’t you think? Mike and Lance’s dad (who was fed with lots of alcohol by AhFa) was caught up in my enthusiasm and decided to put a smile on the cake…


So he took the plastic cake knife and drew a smiley face on the side. I didn’t manage to get a good photo as I was doubled up with laughter.

Also got leftover from the BBQ from Mike

Birthday Presents - Kronenbourg Blanc
Mmmmm I seem to be the only one who enjoy this though…

One of my sisters gave me…

Birthday Presents - rims
New rims for Gladys!

The other one gave me…

Birthday Presents - Airfryer
Airfryer for new cooking adventures!

It’s a couple hundreds cheaper to buy in Singapore, so Shirley helped me get it and hand carried it into Malaysia <3 AhFa got me this! Birthday Presents - Absolut Vodka

Then yesterday in the office (way after my birthday), my colleagues got me this!

Birthday Presents - Cake from colleagues 02

Life’s awesome or what???

Thanks everyone for your kind thoughts, gestures, songs and wishes. I am truly touched, humbled and I appreciate everything! Thank you for making me feel like I’m the luckiest girl in the world, thank you :)

Growing older means paying attention to food labels

Ingredients in dried sunflower seeds

All these things for sunflower seeds. Read the label, people!

What my Mom said… (2)

After a period of deliberation, I decided to go on the pill.

Entering the 30s, it’s embarrassing that my face still breaks out like a rebellious teenager! Bloody hormones and genetics! Not sure if genetics was to be blamed, but might as well..

Also there’s the issue of irregular menstruation since the day I started bleeding. I’m not fussed about the reproductive part, more worried on the elaborated PMS part. It really does not feel good to be on the edge most of the time.

The pill is supposed to stop all these. Or at least make things better. And it did. Another post on this another time, maybe…

Asked my sister and doctor for advice. Finally decided to start off with Yasmin, a 21-day cycle pill. There are loads of information on the Net about it that would make you feel like burning all pharmacies that sell contraceptive pills. But if you feel so angry about everything, maybe it IS time to get started on the pill, you know what I mean?

It so happened that my sister and I were talking about Yasmin in front of our Mom. She asked what we were talking about? My sister replied that I was going to start on contraceptive pills. We were conversing in Mandarin so the Mandarin term for it is bi4 yun4 yao4, directly translated as ‘prevent pregnancy pill’.

And so in my Mom’s liberal albeit clouded desire for more grandchildren, she exclaimed, “Har, no need to bi4 yun4 la…”

Creative tipping request @ Whisk Outpost, 1Utama


Think it’s working. Took a peek, Apple’s winning… so far.

While shopping at Parkson…


A woman’s passion for shoes is a mysterious lifetime love affair. I can’t explain it myself. Though not traditionally a girly girl, something takes over my being when it comes to shoes. I can’t have just one, I can’t have enough. 

They are so prettyyyyyyyyy :)

Drama minggu ini

For the first time in my life, I had an allergy reaction to… something.

I used to be one of those lucky sods who could eat anything and not have to worry about getting a reaction. Except for the weight and cholesterol level lah, but that’s another story.

Well, looks like I’m out of that category.

Earlier today, I felt that something was not right.

Sure I’m a bit under the weather (STILL! CAN ANYONE MAKE IT STOP?!?) but this level of discomfort was… different.

My palms felt prickly, as though all the blood rushed there. I could see the congregation of blood as my palms turned red then slightly purple. And yes, prickly as the sudden blood rush made the nerves sensitive.

They itched like hell too.

I rushed to the toilet, looked at the mirror and saw that my T-zone was flushed and bright red. The ears too, and feeling rather hot. What is this sorcery??

Had to puke. Did. Stayed in the toilet for a while before going back to my office and had the most uncomfortable shut-eye ever.

After an hour, I woke up and I was okay again.

Damn odd, right? It was either an allergy reaction (I don’t really know, never had that before) or gong tau.

I haven’t made any terrible enemies to kena gong tau so I doubt it lah.

Anyway the only link I could find was this honey that my sister gave me.

Mysterious honey

I don’t really know what it says on the label. What does it say on the label?

I’ve taken honey before without any problems, so maybe this was some sort of special 9 9 mother of all honey.

Ah well, who knows.