Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Here's to a Happy New Year to Everyone!

In the spirit of Chinese New Year... here's wishing everyone (this wish is also meant to tempias to everyone I know but who don't know me and everyone I don't know but knows me) a super duper Happy New Year!


Monday, 28 October 2013

September and October Stories

Yeah, I know. I have not been blogging for months! So since I'll be back to work tomorrow after a two week hiatus, getting the "work-wagon" moving in preparation to more work tomorrow! Meh...

So, let me first entertain you with my woogie antics I managed to catch on camera...

Woogie love...

September

Mel's friend introduced her to this awesome place selling fresh imported fish and also serves salmon sashimi, to eat in or take away! Problem of having it there is, the shop does not have a sitting space so customers who pre-order will need to look for a place to sit outside (sharing with the chinese coffee shop customers) and order a drink or two from the coffee shop, let the salmon shop know and they will bring over the salmon sashimi platter, complete with wasabi and chopsticks! So yummy!

This platter was for 6 people! All gone in 10-15 mins!
Yums... Need to do this again! Soon!

About a week plus before our Bali trip, he got an email from the bride telling everyone that there is a theme colour for her wedding! OMG! I always like to try to dress up as I can to the theme so I was stressing myself out to get an Emerald Green dress within my budget, body shape and good material. Tough especially when the colour is not in season, and my body shape is not the standard mannequin measurement so lots of dresses looks like a sack on me (meh).

Finally, after long and many many hours of dress-shopping, finally shortlisted to these 2 dresses!

Emerald Green dinner dress

So the story was, was randomly walking in Debenhams, Starhill looking for a dress and stumbled on the one on the right. A floral design with emerald green still on it. Loved the long flare skirt and somehow the design and cutting of this dress suits me perfectly. But, price tag was an "ouch" for my wallet. He loved this dress too and offered to buy this for my birthday present (what?!? no!) but I decided to go around some more and look for other (and cheaper) option. So, the next few days saw the green dress on the left at 1/3 of price of the the former dress. OK. Just need to go get some ehem corset coz the material super clings to every curve and spare tyre on my body. Meh. So, he got this dress for me. And it's not gonna be my birthday present (hahaha).

Our Bali Trip - This was his first time and my second time to Bali. He says he wanna do this every year. I'm fine with that idea :)

The 101 Legian - booked via Groupon

Coconut at Tanah Lot, while waiting for the sunset

Amused with this dog chilling on the sand at Tanah Lot

The tide was low at Tanah Lot

Me with him and Mini UJ at Tanah Lot

Our first dinner in Bali at The Kopi Pot, Kuta

He wanted to soak in some Bali culture,
so watched the Barong dance on our way to Ubud

Stone sculpting, pit stop on our way to Ubud

Was waiting to try this again, and he gave this a thumbs up!
Babi Guling Ibu Oka, Ubud for lunch

Dinner was grilled duck and smoked chicken at
Bebek Tepi Sawah, Ubud

Yes - succumbed into buying this expensive dress for myself!

Main reason we came to Bali was to attend the wedding in Uluwatu
CONGRATULATIONS JOJO & MICHEAL!

My (impromptu) lobster birthday dinner at Jimbaran

So, some snapshots of our activities in Bali. There were a bit more shopping and monkeys involved, and also temples but was too busy with the monkeys to Instagram them :)

After a long day at work, TWG tea after dinner to wind things down

And then, it's back to work. Sigh.

October

The story goes on that 2 weeks after we came back from Bali, I had to go off-work again, but this time not for a jolly holiday instead I got infected with dengue fever. I was down with sudden super high fever one night and the concerned BF insisted that I go to the ER the next day. The doctor listened to my story and ordered up a blood test for viral and also dengue fever.

Blood test ER day 1

The viral test result came back negative, but took a while for the dengue test results to come back so we went home first. He called up the clinic that evening for the results but somehow they could not get back to us then and so he called again the next morning. Clinic asks to come back for another blood test coz the results came back with dengue detected.

Blood test ER day 2

Doc says I have dengue fever but my condition was still mild enough to not get admitted just yet so I was allowed to go home first, to come back for another round of blood test in two days time. Got an MC for the week so had to skip the company's team building (apparently I did not miss much anyway) and was out of commission in bed for the next few days.

Friski Ho - my companion at home

The next visit to the ER for my blood test finally got me admitted into the hospital. My blood pressure that day particularly was super low and the platelet count dropped further.

Thus, the story of my virginal stay in the hospital.

UJ my loyal companion in the ward

Was in the hospital for four days. Luckily my dengue fever was not very serious and I did not get all the usual symptoms like scarred rashes, nausea, vomiting etc so I was thankful for that. Just did lotsa eat, sleep, tv, sleep and more sleep. Thanks to my friends and family who visited, and the BF for sleeping over on the last night to keep me company :)

UJ was glad to see me discharged

Daily blood test needles and my arms now looks bruised

My doctor gave me another week of MC to recuperate at home. So my woogies were my daily companion during this time.

Woogie love!

During my down time at home, had to go tapau lunch on my own (no hospital food service meh) but tried to cook dinner for myself and also sis and the BF every evening to keep me busy. There were only two occassion when I cooked for more than one person. The other times I did a simple stir fried kangkung with white rice just for myself.

Steamed tofu and stir fried chives

Salted fish fried bean sprouts and asam pedas fish - nyums

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

My Crafty Side

Was thinking, since I now occasionally work on craft stuff and my hands for random events, parties, occasions, etc - decided to create an entire new blog dedicated to the love or arts and crafts.

So here it is...

http://qwerkeeqrafts.blogspot.com/

Come visit and have a look. Qwerk your comments. Let me know what you think. Share ideas.

Who knows, one day this may be able to provide me with a happy income.

Monday, 5 August 2013

From London to Paris and back to REALITY (Part 3)

Ok. I hope that this will be the last installment of my London - Paris trip. Phew! So, from London, we took the Eurostar to Paris... all in 2 hours!

Mini UJ enjoying his Eurostar ride...

We stayed (shit I forgot the name of the place) which was near the river and also central to almost everything Paris... the next time we come to Paris, will look for accommodation around this area too...

The river... nais...

The first evening we arrived, we walked along the river banks... a very nice place to just stroll along and have a picnic, or even just having wine with friends... in the cool crisp air...

Mini UJ with us sitting by the river bank.

The first evening we arrived, we walked along the river banks... a very nice place to just stroll along and have a picnic, or even just having wine with friends... in the cool crisp air...

Love carvings made into a nice tree art, but kelian lor the tree...

Wanted to go to the Lourve that day (as it was a free Sunday) but by the time we got there it was already closed from entering... so we moved on to Notre Dame instead. Promised Boo that we will go to the Lourve the next day lah, even though need to pay for it.

The Lourve - Remember this from the Da Vinci Code movie?

I noticed from visits to St. Paul's Cathedral (in London) and also at the Lourve, they have all replaced the curators to digital... although it's pretty impressive (St. Paul uses iPod Touch and Lourve uses the Nintendo DS XL) it then makes it impersonal as opposed to someone explaining to you in detail, especially if the guide does not give any additional guide.

The super hi-tech Lourve Guide!

The next day was the rest of the Paris must-do sightseeing... and of course, the infamous Eiffel Tower! But we did not go up this time, for the interest of time. In my checklist the next time we come!

Standing majestically amongst greens and blues...

Mini UJ trying its best to terrorise the tower! Epic fail!

Caught this drama ad when we were at Champ de Elysees

We also took this opportunity to be like all other tourists and love locks suckers, to have our padlock "locked" onto this famous Pont des Arts bridge.

Lotsa lurve...

So, we "locked" our love - apparently lah! :D

Our lock dressed in pink! :)

Well, our stay in Paris was short. Too short to go to every tourist spot and spend more time exploring. The next time, we gonna spend a longer time in Paris doing things we never got to do the first time round.

And so we close this three-post chapter and it's now back to the harsh reality of life and work and other stuff.

I'm still getting the withdrawal syndrome from this trip! Arghhh!

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

From London to Paris and back to REALITY (Part 2)

The blogging bandwagon has temporarily abandoned me as reality of life and work hit hard the past couple of months. The dust has finally settled for now and I think I better just finish up the rest of my London and Paris trip... in Insta-mmary version.

Did some Monopoly stops. Yes. I actually dug out my Monopoly set at home and brought along the deed cards with me. Boo said I was crazy and actually shook his head in disbelief when he saw me took them out when we were in London. He also rolled his eyes when I asked him to take the few shots with my S3 but he helped anyway!

Euston Road. Actually pretty near our hotel.

The Angel Islington. Where Boo's 'hood use to be.

Regent Street. Where the posh and not shops till they drop.

Oxford Street. Where the shops to go to are.

Vine Street. Found this by chance. Was a bit hidden.

One of the days we scheduled for some London sights, was apparently a good sunny day, a combination of sun and cool breeze. Did not do much Instagram shots (saving S3 battery power) so here's the few from London Eye.

London Eye on a bright sunny day. Shot from the river cruise.

Boo and I on top of the London Eye!

Pardner in shopping crime.
But I not as shopaholic. Haha!

Slushies on the grass! Boo couldn't resist.

Later on the same evening, we made our way to The Shard. A new building in London - almost equivalent to KL's Twin Towers.

The Shard. Looking up from the 72nd floor.

The Shard. View of London from the 72nd floor.
Some other stuff we did as well as random walkabouts in between, discovering interesting stuff and shots.

Watched "The Chorus Line". Last minute decision.
Highly recommended!

Platform 9 3/4 at King's Cross. Just had to do the tourist thing.

Mini #UJ and I walking the streets and markets of London.

Pretty tulips in the park.

Shadows.

Love this composition. Some random place in Liverpool.

Must admit. This was the best hot chocolate so far.

Apparently, Boo said that this stuffed woogie was sleeping
in the same position when it was still alive. Creepy!

Hot mocha before Iron Man 3.

I like! Tulips in flower boxes doubling up as your wheel's parking.

Cannot resist! Chinese roast meat in London.

Pretty flowers. Almost felt like I was in Japan.

Random. Someone's garden.

Yummers brunch at Angel. The Breakfast Club.

Shopping was one of the agenda as well. No specific objective on what to buy. Just got stuff that cannot get back at home.

Bought wands! Mine's Hermione. Boo's Snape.

Bought this random choo-choo train
brooch in the markets of Angel. Pwetty.

Bought milk bottles in tray. Coz it was cheaper
and prettier than what I can get back home for.

Primark shopping. Best place to get souveniers.

Blaming Mama-D for a new obsession!

See what I mean?!? So pwetty!

Result? A new polka-dot bag!

Sainsbury student meal ticket.
How I wish Malaysia has this too.

I love it here! Check out the shelves in Sainsbury!

Cakes! Keeping you calm.

Cakes! Web-slinging ones.

Cakes! Specially thinking of Mama-D!

Cakes! Pretty the cake it was.

Cakes! Vrooommm! Vrooommm!

Saw this in one of the weekend markets. Cool right?

So tempted to get this for someone,
but the price tag was a wee bit too steep.
Hmmm... that's almost all. Oh! Met up with an old friend while in London!

Saw hello to Rustam! It's been good seeing you again!

And one more last one from UJ and his new friend Pillo-Woogs...

New BFFs!

I think I will blog about Paris in part 3. This is already too picture-heavy. And I did not put a day-to-day summary!

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