A Quarter


The end of Q1 is here. It's that time of the year I have some spare time to come here and jot down some thoughts since I get to clear my AL while I run errands that I've probably put off for at least months or even a year. Oops.

Since the start of the year, it has been a new challenge to take on a new role. More expectations on myself, and it's another learning curve. The last few weeks have been hectic, challenging to say the least.

Embarking on new challenges as old projects come to an end.

So many uncertainties and the outlook doesn't seem "promising" for a lot of things but... we'll see.

I know I don't really talk about politics (here) anymore as often as I used to when I was a teen lol, but I'm looking forward to the next one month or so since we all know GE is around the corner.

Anyway, just putting here a song that I've been listening to in the past few weeks. It's not a new song but as I've been listening to it again, I find new meaning... in appreciating the lyrics and understanding God's love in a different view. Like a new revelation kinda thing.


How I Wrote Ten Books By Lydia Teh

Since we're still in the new year mood, I figured that it might be good that I start the first post of the year with this entry. If it is one of your resolutions this year to read more books, or even write more, then perhaps this is quite fitting.



Lydia Teh's 'How I Wrote Ten Books' (HIWTB) is a lot about her own journey as an author. I think in many aspects, the books is a memoir on its own as Teh breaks down systematically the processes involved. From identifying her readers to marketing campaigns, she goes step-by-step into her concerns and her triumphs; all in relation to her writing and getting her books published.

It's very easy to read - I finished in just a couple of hours. To a certain extent, the book can be a little disjointed but I like that it's organised this way because that means I could read it in parts.

As always, Teh is true to herself and I've liked her books because they're always very witty and honest. Teh's not afraid to disclose her past mistakes and she'd even go into details on things like why some books work and some don't - things perhaps most of us would find embarrassing to admit.

Some may pick up such a book expecting to finish it knowing what to do and how to do it - there are plenty of examples from Teh here. Teh has a lot of insights on her journey, like what worked for her and what didn't, so pick up those that might be relevant to you. One of the things that stood out for me is that Teh's story reminded me a lot about the power of networking.

I personally don't find HIWTB as a cheerleader-style kind of writing to inspire you to write and get published. It's a lot more than Teh sharing what is the art of good writing, or the craft. Rather, there are little nuggets waiting to be found within the book, like what was going on behind the scenes in the industry and the various aspects of book promotion, especially in local context. I think these are extremely valuable advice, given that Teh is of one of the most famous Malaysian authors in the 21st century.

My favourite line from the book: "Here's another universal truth: writing is recycling." As someone who writes almost everyday, I can resonate. Of course, there's a full context to this, go grab the book and read it. ;)

You can purchase How I Wrote Ten Books online here from MPH.

PS: Huge thanks to Lydia Teh for sending a copy for the review. I enjoyed it thoroughly!

2017: Being Thankful

Hello.

It's that time of the year again for "reflection post", duh. Sometimes, I just want to shut down this space because I don't fill it up as often anymore. Not even food posts. I think this year's entries have been at a all-time low with less than 10 posts.

10 years. It's been 10 years and more since I started writing in the virtual space. Thankfully, I wasn't that lazy to update for the "10 years" post.

Many important life events took place this year. A wedding in a family, among others. Everything went on smoothly, and frankly, in a blink of an eye. Great to have photos to remind me about things that happened that day. Heh.


Most recently, I got this once in a lifetime opportunity to travel to Switzerland (work trip). I cannot even begin to describe the immense gratitude I have that I was given this privilege.

I have never thought or ever dared dreamed of going places. While the people around me travel from one place to another, fulfilling their "wanderlust"... I am a potato who's super kedekut. I'm always counting how much I need for the things I want without breaking the bank. Then, suddenly, there's this opportunity to travel and all expenses are covered?! I'm speechless till today. I'm terribly humbled.

Maybe I'll blog about it one day, but there are already two articles about some of the things I learnt about the beautiful country while I was there. And if you wanna know more, message me. I'll tell you all about it. :)

In hindsight, I wish I bought more things. All I bought was chocolates. Even then, there's not enough. I'm sorry, friends and family. :/ I was too worried lugging around the bags alone while travelling on the trains. I shouldn't be such a chicken.

There were some scares this year too. Break-ins, family member getting hospitalised, and such. But thank God, through it all, He was and is good.

This year I am also extremely thankful for all the level-headed people around me who remind me that I don't get too emotional about things. I'm thankful for friends who trust in me, and for having my back.

2017 was great. Looking forward to 2018. 'Quarter life age', here I come. Lol.

Food: Papasan Canteen/883 Jalan Kuchai Lama, Old Klang Road

I was searching for a good cafe to eat earlier this year when I saw Papasan Canteen being featured on some of the most popular blogs in Malaysia. I was skeptical, because these bloggers tend to say "this nice, that also nice" - or basically everything also nice. But, at the same time I was won over by the photos and the price of food!  

I had always thought it was Papa-san Canteen. As in papa-'san', the Japanese honorific title. But I'm guessing the name Papasan is actually wordplay of the numbers '883' in Chinese. Either way, I thought it was interesting to know. 

At the time of writing, I've been here more than a couple of times. Here are some photos of the food from the multiple visits: 














Takeaways:
Service here is excellent. During my first visit, it was full house and they were a bit kelam-kabut but they were very apologetic that they couldn't serve us better, and their mannerism was 100% professional.

Their menu have quickly expanded since the first visit as well. So you can say they're still keeping up their game.

I discovered a very good friend of mine really liked this place too.

Basically it's a good place to makan with family and friends cause there's a lot of things to try, at a very reasonable price.



Calling 999 At 12:50AM


This happened less than 24 hours ago.

...

It was past midnight, a woman just arrived home. Tired after a long day of work.

The front door of the house was locked, latched from the inside. Strange. The owner of the house managed to peep through the tinted window and noticed that something was off. The living hall looked like it was trashed.

Finally, it dawned on her that someone had broken into her house. Initially, she hesitated but she called for help - calling 999 - at about 12:50am. Please send the police.

...

Five minutes later, relatives arrived at the woman's house. Three sisters, and one of the sibling's husband (called Mister) came together. 

They waited. By 1.15am - that's almost 20 minutes after the call - still no sign of the cops. Where are they? 

...

The woman then called the community police station's number. She waited and waited, nobody picked up. She dialled 999 again, asking for status. When will help arrive? The operator was unsure. He said he had to call the nearest station.

So the woman, the siblings and Mister waited.

Almost 35 minutes after the first 999 call, two cops arrived slowly in the police car. The woman and the relatives spotted it from a far. It was difficult to miss the siren light that was glaring in that cold, dark night. 

...

It was still drizzling when the men got out from the car slowly, without any urgency, and approached the anxious relatives who have been waiting for their arrival. 

The officers asked a few questions, trying to understand the situation.

Then, the woman, together with the officers and Mister scouted the house, while the siblings waited in their own cars. 

...

They went to the back of the house and discovered a broken window and grille. 

No one could be sure if the thief/thieves were still inside the house, although it was speculated that they should be gone already. 

There was no other way in and to get into the house, someone had to climb in through the window to get to the main door and unlock the latch.

But it was not the two officers. They looked the civilian, Mister, and asked him to do it instead. Would they have asked the woman or perhaps the siblings if Mister was not there? 

...

Mister climbed into the house through the window and thankfully, no one else was there.

He unlocked the door and everyone else at the scene came in to have a look. The entire place was in a mess.

...


31 August

Politics is not the only thing that we should care about, but it's at the centre of any nation in this world.

I read, catch-up, follow local politics right, left, centre. Of course, it helps that I personally have been interested in the political scene since I was a teen. But it was not enough to just know, but to understand the rhetorics of the media, how propaganda works, and the intended message for readers.

But it's easy to operate based on emotions rather than information. We, or I, would much rather be inclined to something that I already know or belief in. Validation.

I'm surrounded with very different people with very different ideals and I'm okay with that. But what's terrifying is that as the days past I realised how many people out there who refuse to acknowledge the fact that the leaders of this country do screw up - be it the ruling government or the opposition - and would rather not talk about the elephant in the room and go on thinking happy thoughts. Perhaps it makes them feels better that way - I feel better not knowing but I can't.

They say, "What's the point of saying this out?"

The moment we start admitting our own mistakes and stop sweeping issues under the carpet, we'll get to where we want to be.

Are we ready to move forward as a nation?

Our forefathers struggled under colonisation. Today, we still struggle but almost similar but differently. At the end of the day, we're fighting against ideologies. Corruption is not okay at any level. It is not okay to keep quiet when you see injustice. Differences in opinions is not the end of the world.

I'm not asking us to ride on the high horse. I'm simply asking us to try to be better because we're capable of doing so.

My hope is that we can finally mature as a nation and choose to be grateful, because we've all been blessed in one way or another.

New Zealand-Inspired Apple Fox Cider Is Now Available In Malaysia


#WhatTheFox? There’s a new fox in town and it comes in the form of a cider! If you didn’t know yet, Apple Fox Cider is the new refreshing apple cider in town to hit Malaysian shelves.




My friends (who are always the first when it comes to fun, new things) had already tried the drink ahead of me, and they are already raving about how much they love it.

Apple Fox Cider contains 4.5% ABV (alcohol by volume) and this New Zealand-inspired apple cider is known to ripple your senses for its authentic and crisp refreshing taste. Each drink is made of real, quality apples that are from the heart of all natural freshness - the orchards, under the most meticulous process and best-kept secrets of cider making to produce that crisp refreshing apple taste.

Just as how those bushy-tailed foxes that stealthily hunt in orchards cannot resist looking for delicious and juicy apples, there is no point resisting this alcoholic cider which will appeal to many of us who are in search of a brand with that stands for straight-up and instant refreshment with a contemporary and bold edge.

As mentioned earlier, my friends are loving this drink after getting a taste and they are quite convinced that this cider is going to be their go-to cider for a distinct, refreshing smooth drinking experience whether it is for afternoon pick-ups or during a fun night out.

A pro tip: Always serve this with ice because it tastes even better that way!


Apple Fox Cider comes in two sizes namely 320ml (cans) and 325ml (bottle). You can find Apple Fox Cider at hypermarkets, supermarkets and convenience stores from August 2017. They are also available in bars, pubs, and restaurants.

Don’t wait to get one (or more!) because there’s a special introductory price from RM5.80 per can and this is only for a limited time.

Follow the Apple Fox Facebook page and Apple Fox Instagram for all the latest update. You can also visit the Official Apple Fox website for more information.

If you’re about to grab a Apple Fox Cider to enjoy with your friends, don’t forget to use the hashtags #WhatTheFox and #AppleFox.