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.


10 Years

The first entry in this blog was written exactly 10 years ago today, on 7 June 2007. You probably can't see it now because I've unpublished half of the entries on this blog into drafts.




In 2007, blogging was a fad that was fast spreading teens and young adults. Blogging was the "in-thing". I was already blogging on MSN's Windows Live Spaces when I was 13. There were many mundane, silly entries about... feelings and life as a teen who was discovering her own identity. 

I don't remember how I got to know about Google's Blogspot but the 14-year-old me decided to simply start afresh and dump the blog on Windows Live Spaces and started blogging here. I think it was some time before or after the 2007 YPF Camp that I decided to do so. I think so. 

I chose the url 'xtremezx.blogspot.com'. HAHA. Yes, so silly. 

Back then, I can't spell to save my life and I didn't care that I wrote who as 'hu' and disappointed with two 's'.

A few years later, I changed my blog url to 'hazelzlurps.blogspot.com'.

By September 2010, I won a contest to get a free domain for a year and it was then that I permanently used 'ruxyn.com' until today.



October 2010.

Blogging has taught me a lot of things, whether intentionally or unintentionally. I learned some basic HTML from the Internet because I thought was cool to have my own layout for this blog. I was doing some things right to improve my blog's SEO even when I don't know what the heck it was then. It was the beginning of my stalkerish behaviour of wanting to know what people was saying, what people was interested in. I started paying attention to social trends and understanding little things.

Then suddenly, after years of blogging, I have PR personnel looking for me, giving me small opportunities to earn a side income even when I am a nobody (definitely not an influencer with followings). These things mattered because I was and am flattered - wow, people actually want me to write for them and they'll actually pay me for it?

All of a sudden, I started meeting new people too because I was "blogger". I started joining some communities and landed some new opportunities, just because I was "blogger". I got invites to events because I was "blogger".

But then I didn't like this label actually. I never liked introducing myself at events and say that - "Oh, I'm a blogger at so and so."



October 2012


November 2013


December 2014

But those were experiences that I treasure and they gave me an idea of what I want to do.

Somehow, everything just fell into place. Almost perfectly.

After SPM, I went to college - with little idea about what I really wanted to do. But one thing led to another and I found myself pursuing a degree in Communications because I really love this thing about people, ideas, and the media.

Towards the end of Year 3, I was already anxious about what's my next step. But God is so good and gracious, He has great plans for all of us. I didn't have to wait for long and the next thing I know, I applied for this internship and I was accepted. I was humbled and amazed.

And months after the internship, I'm still at the company today (not as an intern anymore, of course, :p) - writing almost every day, which is why I no longer update this blog regularly anymore.

And often when I think of it, wow - I feel very privileged to be part of something that I've never even imagined. This is what I've dreamt of and it's reality for me. I'll be the first to admit that I don't have the best command of English but I thank you to everyone who've given me an opportunity and let me try to improve.

Blogging is one of those things in this lifetime that is always close to my heart. While many social media platforms have come and gone, I'll hope to be a part of this for as long as I can.

For me, this blog is a small part that has helped to shape Ruxyn. It's a small fragment of my own identity, and it's here to remind me of the little milestones I've achieved in life.


Goodbye, Tora Aman. You'l Be Missed

I made an impromptu trip to Puchong yesterday as I silently bid goodbye to Tora Aman, as the local publishing company shut downs for good, soon.

Scalpers and fans alike have already rushed there earlier to get their hands on the comics from RM2, which is really dirt cheap as the comics are in pretty good condition (most of it).

It was packed but it's still easy to see who the publisher appeals to - one glance and you'll notice that the people here are mostly in their 20s and 30s.



You see, I grew up reading Detektif Conan comics. Those days, the comics were easily available but as a little kid, it was a luxury so every book was like a treasure. Today, the comics are treasures too as Tora Aman will cease to exist and nobody knows if there will be another publisher like Tora Aman that bring our favourite mangas here.

Like many businesses that have suffered since 2014, the introduction of GST has ultimately killed another player in the cruel publishing industry.

Even at the last minute, Tora Aman 'gifted' fans a big goodbye with the closing sale. Slated to last for two weeks, the closing down sale has ended prematurely yesterday.

It was a sad sight, but I guess all fans will always remember Tora Aman for bringing us the best things during our childhood. We'll remember them, us '80s and '90s kids.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) - Review And First Impressions


About 1 month ago I made the jump and got myself the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) for RM299 (excluding GST) by getting the Maxis One Club RM158 plan. Sold my previous phone (the Redmi 2 Enhanced, so I didn't have fork out a lot of money for the device).

I was a proud owner of the Samsung Galaxy S2, which took the world by storm, so it's nice to be a Samsung user again.

RRP is set at RM1,899 by Samsung Malaysia. Sadly at that price, this phone is parked under the 'midrange category'. With flagship price going higher and higher, this is no surprise actually.

Early reviews by critics gave the latest Galaxy A7 considerably good ratings as the A7 has gotten many great features from the big brother Galaxy S7, which is the flagship of the Galaxy S series.

What I love: 

1. Smart View - This is an exceptionally great feature as this means that I no longer need to use another app to cast a content from my phone to the smart TV. Everything is mirror-image, which makes viewing videos on my smart TV using my phone much easier. Instant.

2. Blue Light Filter - Many people would know by now that the blue light from electronic displays aren't good for your eyes and is said to have caused sleeplessness. Forget installing the 'Twilight' app to reduce the blue light emission as Samsung has got me covered with this feature. Handy.

3. Camera - I know people have criticised Samsung for not including the best camera for the mid-range phones to ensure that only the flagships get the best. However, coming as a user who was previously using Mi's Redmi 2 Enhanced, there is no doubt that this camera is a great upgrade for myself. However, people are right to slam Samsung for excluding the ois (optical image stabilisation) cause it's such an important feature for camera.

4. Battery - Battery life is impressive! Enough said.

5. Display - I've always love the Super AMOLED displays.

What I dislike:

1. Always On Display - This feature means that your phone is 'never really turned off'. There's always something showing on your scree. A real good feature because I can see what time it is all the time... and whatever notifications on the screen without having to wake the phone. However, this also means that Samsung has do away with the LED notifications. While I still like if I have the option to enable LED notifications instead of just Always On Display.

2. Sound Mode - This a Android thing that I faced back when I was using Moto G (I didn't have such problems with MIUI, though). When I switch to the Vibrate sound mode - Ringtone, Notifications and Systems sounds are all muted EXCEPT for Media. Which means that I get startled when I accidentally scrolled and tapped on a video on Facebook. This is annoying but I googled and found a quick fix for this. Just download the 'Media-Mute' app on Google Playstore and the phone will immediately mute all sounds - including Media - when I switch to Vibrate sound mode.

3. Default Apps - In most phones, users are given the choice of a couple of apps and they would have to taps "Always" or "Just once" . Choosing "Always" means that you've set the app to be your default app when opening certain things (ie. default browser - Chrome) and "just once" means that you'll have to choose again the next time. I'm not sure who thought it was a great idea to do away with it in the Samsung. But once again, the world is full of alternatives so there's this app called 'Better Open With' that fix the situation but that means there's one extra step to make sure that I can still have the option to choose.

So there, a quick review and first impressions after using the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) for more than a month.

Have a question? Leave it in the comment section below :)



Food: Sushiya, Plaza Mont Kiara

I actually went to Sushiya some time back in December and I've finally decided to sit and write something about it - two months later.

Forgive me. But since this is still a fairly new place I decided to blog about it although I didn't intend to in the first place. That is why you'll find very little photos in this post, which is a real shame for a food entry.


If that bowl above looks familiar, it's because Sushiya is the sister branch of the highly rated Ichiro Sushi Bar at Isetan 1Utama. Sushiya opened its doors not too long ago and when I was there it was fairly empty. There should be more people now since many would prefer to come here instead of queuing at Ichiro.

The first thing that stood out was of course the space! If you've been to Ichiro, the place is awfully narrow and small. Actually the table here are quite small too, and we did struggle a little bit to arrange the food we ordered so that there's enough space for everyone.

But this place is huge, and I think they take in reservations, unlike Ichiro.








For value, it's better to go during lunch as it's way cheaper for sets. Jap food lovers love Ichiro for its reasonable price (it may be on the high-side for some though) and it's the same here - they're under the same company after all.

Menu is slightly limited if compared to Ichiro but otherwise if you're not too picky, this is definitely the place to go if you're craving for fresh sushi and sashimi. Quality assured.

Would definitely go there again!