Monday, March 28, 2016

Office Lunch Solution with Foodpanda and ShopBack

Ever since I started working, eating has become a chore, or rather thinking of what to eat has become a chore. Honestly, sometimes it’s easier to just skip lunch. Even when there’s a lot of options around the office somehow when it comes to lunch time, everyone would start to ask the golden question: What’s for lunch today?

Packed meals from home!

After about 3 months now, I’m starting to get tired of “office food” and I thought it was time for a change, so I’ve been bringing packed meals from home the last 2 weeks, specially prepared by my mum (yay!).

Side note, one of my colleague also recently signed up for a Dah Makan package. Dah Makan is a local healthy food delivery service. So, she’s been having meals delivered to her everyday.

Out of my own curiosity, I would go over and peep at her meal almost everyday to see how are the meals. So far, so good I must say.

Speaking of which, one of my friends have told me to try out Foodpanda because they deliver your favorite food straight to your desk or doorstep. So basically, you can order from over 600 restaurants like Nando’s, Madam Kwan or even Tangkak Beef Noodle. So I guess it’s a good option too, though in all honesty I haven’t tried it out for myself yet.

Imagine getting Nando's delivered to you!

Of course, I personally don’t think it’s the cheapest option out there since it’s a really good service (I mean, isn’t it awesome getting Nando’s delivered to you?!) BUT there’s this thing called ShopBack, a cashback site for online promotions.

Image source from MalayMailOnline

What this means is you get back cash when you purchase through to the partner merchants from their site. So you enjoy the best deals online and get cashback with Foodpanda vouchers. Also, they are running special promo called Pay Day Sale until this 29 March. Overall, it seems legit, since they’ve been around for quite some time in Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines and Indonesia. 

Food delivery aside, there’s a lot of lunch ideas around on the Internet, so I guess if you’re not into food delivery, you could try making your own lunch. Fortunately for me, I don’t have to do it myself for now :P

Know any other office lunch tips? Do let me know!

Note: This post was produced by invitation from ShopBack.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Fun Feb, Or Not.

The last few weekends have been really busy weeks for me, but today is a little more relaxed so I'm thankful for that.

Nothing eventful - I went to the dentist today and got my last wisdom tooth extracted.

Life's been like a blur since I started work because I'm thinking about work almost all the time. How do people find time to do what they like when they're working? Since I started work, I hardly touch my camera anymore. When people ask about what I do and if I enjoy my job, I usually say it's OK. The fact is, I don't really know what to say. I love what I am doing, and I really want to give my best.

So... actually, I don't think I will be blogging often anymore, not that I was blogging actively in the last 6 months anyway. 

This blog has brought me many opportunities but above all, this was a place that I documented all the memories I have in life, good or bad.

So, till the next time!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Chasing The Sun

Hey everyone! I hope you are well. A month just flew by and 2016 has been good so far.

Work can be quite exhausting but I love every bit of it so far. In fact, I just came back from my first ever company retreat and it was great!

Honestly, I have nothing to update here but well, I couldn't let January 2016 go on without a post here right? Hah. :)

See you guys soon, when I do something cool.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

A Year Of Milestones

This year:

... Malaysia has been experiencing terrible haze, probably one of the worst in history.
... the government implemented GST.
... MYR is losing its battles.
... Malaysians are paying more for tolls thanks to the recent toll hike.
... the spike in the number of dengue cases in Malaysia is the highest in history.
... we saw rabies cases giving us a scare.
... we saw a typhoid outbreak.

Okay the list of bad news can go on and on, but really chances are things are going to get a lot worse as we near the end...

But personally, this year has been a significant year for myself. As we're nearing the end of the year, I took some time to reflect back on what happened in the last 12 months. Some highlights I can remember while I'm typing this down:

1. University life is over. So while I was bumming around and doing internship (post-uni), some of my friends were still attending classes and I felt a little left out in the WhatsApp chats. Hah. 4 years just flew by and though there's no campus life (thanks to the lack of campus environment), I enjoyed the time spent learning, chattering away and picking some skills here and there.

2. Transitioning from uni to work is... how should I put this? I can't think of a suitable word from my vocab right now but it has been interesting. I did a lot more networking this year, and though I dread it, I try. I'm also happy that I'm finally going to settle for a full time work in Jan.

3. For the 2-3 years, reflection posts used to include what are the main things that I've won this year. This year I didn't win anything significant that I'm utterly proud this year of but I'm happy I won the battle against time and expectations. Against all odds, I've finished my bachelor's degree on a high note and I was one of the first from my batch to finish.

4. I met more people, made a few friends and acquaintance and lost a few too. Well, not really lost but you know when relationships are estranged, you feel it. The 15-year-old me and the me typing this now are the same. I still feel bad when relationships fall apart and I wonder, how did it all happen. How did we arrive to that point when you feel like you've met a stranger when actually you've known the same person for almost more than 15 years, a friend that you grew up together.

5. This blog has surpassed 500k views, after blogging for about 8 years. I'm really proud because it's a personal feat and it's one of the few things that I've been consistently doing over the last decade. I really doubt anyone is really following the blog, just mainly getting hits from SEO. But I've actually removed a lot of posts from public, and views are slowing down but I don't really care. In the past I've made a lot of stupid posts and while I'm not ashamed of them (it's part of growing up), it's just that I value some privacy now.

6. This year, I walked with thousands and thousands of Malaysians in Kuala Lumpur, and other parts of the world calling for better and cleaner government. Malaysia's political turmoil and economic situation is worrying but we pick ourselves up and everyday, we fight for a better Malaysia because that is how much we love this country.

7. This year, I went to Singapore for the first time in my life. I love Malaysia better.

8. I attended a makan + chit chat session with the top political leaders from Parti Amanah Negara and met a few others from DAP too, including Tony Pua and Rajiv Rishyakaran.

9. 2015 has made me see drastic changes of the people around me. There's a lot to think about and digest. It's been a challenging year when often times people and circumstances around have made me question my beliefs. Disappointments crept in to cast doubts over my own judgments. Yet, although it's difficult to see what's beyond the terrible and annoying situations which are beyond my own control, perhaps it's very well that I finally see the hidden side of people and start to embrace and appreciate what's real.

10. Some things in 2015 ended in a sombre mood and there the feeling of regret still lingers while I write this down. I wish I done this. I wished I said it better. I wished I took the chance. But more than anything, I look forward to 2016, to new beginnings. The hardest thing is to find peace with yourself and I resolve in my heart that certain things happens, and those things are just beyond my control. I pray that as I continue to journey this life, I continue to learn to be at rest and trust in the amazing Father I have.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Review: Cow Sense for Young People by Lydia Teh

I buy dozens of books every year but I'm guilty because I probably only read half of them most of the time. Although I love reading, I've never written a book review. So here's my first attempt, and this is for Lydia Teh's latest book, 'Cow Sense for Young People'.

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'Cow Sense for Young People' is the author's 9th book, a compilation of articles first published in The Sun. The book is structured in a series of frequently asked questions (FAQ) format. 

Frankly, I personally feel that humor is always a hit and miss thing but one thing's for sure, Lydia Teh is one witty writer. The book is perfect for light reading, and the style of writing (plus the usage of Manglish) makes this book not just relatable but also enjoyable and easy to read. Though it is difficult for me to say that it's the kind of book that I will pack inside a bag and bring with for an adventure, I do see myself picking up the book and re-reading it over and over again for leisure.

On surface, people may quickly dismiss it as a book under the 'Funny' genre, but really it's a self-development book that offers nuggets of wisdom and plenty useful advice for youngsters. I can foresee that some may not completely agree with the author on certain points, but I believe they are great food for thought.

On another note, I am pleased to find lots of reference to pop icons such as Adele, Simon Cowell and even Youtube personality, Ryan Higa. These names should resonate with the ordinary youth and young adult. 

Perhaps I'm nitpicking but I think it's crucial to mention the following since the book is targeted at young people (though it's also obvious that adults may also enjoy this book). There's a reference in the book to Finding Nemo's Dory but the name was referenced as 'Dora'. So yes, the popular fish is Dory, not Dora (The Explorer). I do think that young people would have spotted this mistake since Finding Nemo is extremely popular - one of the highest grossing animated film of all time and is the best selling DVD of all time. And personal pet peeve, Nicol David was spelled as Nicole David.

Favourite line from the book: Once you’ve decided that happiness is a choice, it is easier to align your attitude to make happiness a reality.

In essence, 'Cow Sense for Young People' appears to be a book of answers to questions that I may not have even thought about before, and it's a great read. There's nothing really controversial except perhaps (it's arguable) that the author often offers a conventional worldview of things which the modern youth may cease to agree. 

Finally, sit back and relax as you read on as Lydia Teh is going to give you an entertaining look at the world of young people who wonders about the practicalities of life.