Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 Wrap Up

2016. The year many people loathe. Let's not talk about all the sad stuff that happened this year (I choose not to this time around) but let's focus on happy things :D

It dawned on me that this blog is turning 10 years old in June next year, and my, this blog is still one of the things I take pride in although I know I have not been consistent in blogging anymore for the last few years.

As I'm typing this down, I'm slightly down with fever (and that kinda sucks since I've been healthy most of the year) but let me just try to pen down some thoughts I have planned for this blogpost since... October (yes, I actually created a draft almost two months ago).

In no particular order:

This year, I attended my first concert! I've been to several other concerts but none by an international band. Simple Plan. Nostalgic. I'm not the biggest SP fan but I have repeated their songs enough during high school to know most of the lyrics. lol.



I paid RM900 to attend my own convocation. Waste. of. money. Not really. Okay fine. I was so mad that the uni raised the price to such expensive rates that I actually went around asking for the rates of other unis. Guess what? None of them paid higher than RM900 of course. I'm still angry at the thought of it but I'll just take it that I'm donating to the uni. I still had a great time with my family, friends and uni friends that day.

Oh yes, allow me to brag, please. First class honours. :p



This year, I travelled to Japan. I thank God for the most amazing experience throughout the whole tour. The group of people I travelled with was all good and nice generally. What's even better was the whole trip was kind of a miracle - great weather overall (there was rain here and there but can't complain). No crazy crowd at Tokyo Disneyland (see picture below for proof) - which was a miracle! Even Shibuya was empty by normal standards. Yaass. It was great. It has been one of my dreams to travel to Japan and I'm glad I'm blessed with this opportunity.




This year, I also bought my first full-frame camera. And it's a Sony! I have to admit though, I've became lazier after buying this camera because I'm always on Auto mode. Hey, it does the job for me. #dontjudge



I went to watch my first show at KLPAC! (Got photos but don't want to put it in here :p)

I also went to my first watercolour class. It was fun and stressful because #noob.



I also went to watch a movie at GSC Signature for the first time ever.



Took Uber first time this year too.

There are probably many other events this year that I've forgotten to include in this blogpost here but I have photos in my harddisk to remind me of the things that have happened this year.

Thank you, my family and all my friends for making 2016 a good year. I've made many new friends, reconnected with some old ones and stayed close to all my closest friends.

As usual, I don't have any resolution but every year, my main intention in everything that I'm committed to doing is to dig deeper and be better.

Have a good NYE celebration everyone!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

First Look At The Box Of Joy From Lazada Malaysia

Courtesy of Lazada Malaysia and its partners, I managed to get my hands on the 'Box Of Joy' which is a special initiative in conjunction of Online Revolution, the 'Biggest Sale in Southeast Asia'.




Aside from the Ola-Bola Bag and the Tefal Manual Chopper, here's what inside the Box Of Joy:

- Nescafe White Coffee (Pandan)
- Foodpanda Voucher
- Nestle Just Milk (Full Cream Milk)
- Lazada RM11 Voucher
- Nestle Cerelac
- MamyPoko Gentle Baby Wipes
- Nestle Lactokid Pouch And Pens
- L'oreal Mythic Oil
- L'oreal Dual Styler Packs
- Maggi Royale Tom Yam

If you didn't know, Lazada gave out this Box Of Joy in conjunction with the Online Revolution sale. The tagline is cool, "Find Joy In Every Parcel" and I have to admit that I love receiving and opening parcels.

Anyway, as you can see the contents of the Box Of Joy are all lifestyle items, available on Lazada.

Just a few days ago, on 11 November, Lazada had a huge sale. If you've missed out, fret not! There will be ongoing sales from time-to-time as usual and with the Online Revolution sale that is happening for the whole month, do keep an eye out always!

Sidenote, this is too good for a deal so I have to share. In conjunction with the Online Revolution sale on Lazada, my friends and I bought the Redmi Note 3. Super value at RM499 (discounted RM200). With the right vouchers, we got up to RM100 off - which mean at the end of the day we only paid RM399 for the phone. What a steal :) Check it out here while you can cause the promo is for a super limited time only!


Sunday, October 30, 2016

Venture Electronics (VE) Monk Plus - The "RM20 Earphones"


Venture Electronics (VE) Monk Plus comes in the most dodgy packaging ever but I reckon it's one of the best things I've ever bought in my life.

I've bought a couple of headphones and earphones over the last few years but I only use one consistently for the last two years. It was a Sony earphones (I don't even remember which model cause I randomly bought it from Harvey Norman) that cost me about RM30. I've been using that almost every night since I use it to sleep and finally one of the earbud died one me.


Awhile ago I read an article on Lowyat about this "RM20 earphones" and the good reviews about it. It was a no-brainer to get this, I thought... because after a quick 30-minutes search on Google and YouTube, somehow I'm convinced. (I'm not the gullible type k, I usually take more time to research :p)

The problem is I have to buy it online and I was kind of lazy to wait for the shipping from overseas so eventually I paid about RM34 to get it from a local seller that was selling online on Lowyat forum.



Got to say that I'm blown away by the sounds this little guy produces. I'm no audiophile nor a pro critic but I know that I like what I hear when using the VE Monk Plus, and I know it's good stuff. Don't ask me the technical stuff, I have very little knowledge in all that.



I preferred the previous Sony earbuds I own, because it was slightly smaller and it was a good fit for my ears. VE Monk Plus is a bit larger for my own liking.

I don't bother using the foams anymore because they come off too easily.

The cable quality is not bad.

Why so cheap leh? If you guessed "China", you're right. VE is an audio company based in China and I'm guessing that's why. Also. the last I read, the company only has 5 employees. OMG. They're doing some great stuff.

Overall, I think it lives up to the motto stamped in front of the dodgy packaging - "The biggest bang you'll ever hear for your buck."


Saturday, October 1, 2016

Japan Spring Trip: Tokyo - Tokyo Disneyland (Apple Holiday)

In continuation of my previous blogpost on my Japan trip, here's what happened!



It was my second time at Disneyland, my first was at Hong Kong. My siblings and I grew up watching Disney cartoons and, undeniably, we kind of let loose little kid inside of us. :p

It's such a magical land.





Look at how happy the little girl is!






The other time when we went to Hong Kong Disneyland, we had no idea about the Disney FASTPASS service. This time, thankfully we had a tour guide and he kindly led us and taught us how to strategically use this service.  






Got to thank God that the crowd that day was "extremely little" compared to the usual standards. There were much lesser people, which was a good thing for us since the queues were shorter. But the atmosphere was still lively nevertheless. 









The famous Disney Jumbo Turkey Leg! On a usual day, it may take up to one hour to buy this from the stall but thankfully, since there wasn't many people we got to buy it immediately - no queue! Yay :D It was nice.





Weather was extremely fine. Forecast said it would rain but thank God it didn't BUT, the wind was extremely strong - violent at times - that the parades had to be cancelled. That was my only disappointment :( Didn't get to watch the parade nor stay for the fireworks this time but most likely it would be cancelled too due to the weather.




When I came back, many people ask me which was my favourite ride or attraction but I can't tell. I only went for a few: Mark Twain Riverboat, It's A Small World, Pooh's Hunny Hunt, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Mickey's PhilharMagic.

To me, I love every single moment I spent at Disneyland and everything was equally great. Even if I didn't get to play any rides (but it would be a waste :p), just mingling around and watching the characters interact with the public was good enough.










Admittedly, I wished I took more photos on that day but I was too busy living the magically moment. Time flew by too quickly and boy were we reluctant to bid goodbye to Disneyland :( Would have wanted to spend more time here. Even just sitting down and watching everyone else made me happy. This is the Disney effect.

So we left, and headed to this place to have our final dinner at Tokyo, before we head home the next day. 











Two slabs of Kobe beef (upper right). 




Food was greatttt. The meat selection was awesome and the sushi was not bad too! Even there was a great variety for drinks! I prepared myself mentally that I was going to smell like BBQ meat at the end of the meal but lo and behold, I still smell good when my belly was fully :P How did that happen? Amazing ventilation system!



Anyway, this was some of the things we got back from Disneyland. Photo taken at home haha. Would love to visit Disneyland again one day :)

I guess this is the end of the Japan trip posts. It was a great trip. As it was a group tour, I thank God all the participants were cooperative, everyone was punctual most of the time and there was no drama. I'd love to visit Japan again another time when I can. I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

READ Part 5 HERE.
READ Part 4 HERE.
READ Part 3 HERE.
READ Part 2 HERE.
READ Part 1 HERE.