Soul Searching


Couple of weeks ago, I felt lost. I lost my sense of joy and happiness, not knowing what was the root cause of it. Probably due to the recent events that are happening around me; personal life included. But now I do, I guess deep down I always knew. In the midst of searching for the missing piece, things gets gradually clearer. I spent some time on my own, list down the things I want to do, meeting people, going places I want to visit and executed some of it. Now that I got back on track again, not only I discovered the root cause, I also gained clarity, peace, joy and new perspectives in life.

I was stressed up at work, stuck with the same problem that I tried my best to solve while competing with the time that obviously could never slow down, stop ticking, and turn back.

“Time and tide wait for no man” – Geoffrey Chaucer.

Being able to perform my best at work and prove myself in what I can do in my career, is something that not only I want to prove to others, but most importantly, to myself. After spending much time on it, I’m glad and relieved that I managed to solve it and gained new knowledge in the end. Learning is after all a life long process. 

On top of that, I was unhappy over things that I have no control off. Sometimes, you just wish you have the answers to how life is going to be for you. No matter how badly you want to find out what the future holds, no one in this world could ever give you a certain answer to that. And that leave us with only one option – Let our past be a lesson, live in the present and let tomorrow surprise you. I’ve always said that and understood it but to constantly remind yourself how beautiful life is, especially during the down times in life and live by it, is not easy.

During my soul searching moments, I’ve come to realise and reminded myself again that life is indeed short, and I should live in the present and be as happy as I can in life. I was speaking to a friend of mine, and she said that the universe has been good to me. I guess she is right. The universe has really been good to me; Life has been good to me. I was being blessed with a new job, new friends and new colleagues that came into my life. The sudden change of ambience that is filled with joyful events acted as a distraction for me, leaving me no room to ponder over sad matters, one of it was my peacefully-ended-relationship back in December. Hence, it’s no surprise at all that I had a speedy recovery from it. I moved on definitely and set sail to continue my own little adventure.

While I was losing hope and trust, I poured my attention to getting work done and that took the unnecessary thoughts off my head. I started executing items in my bucket list and spend some time on my own, letting no one stop me from doing things that I love. My clouded mind became clearer and I started noticing the signs (at least that is how I perceived it) that kept occurring repetitively. It really felt as though those messages were meant for me -“Timing is everything. If it’s meant to happen, it will, at the right time for the right reasons.” It occurred to me in the book I read, in a TV series I was watching and even verbally from friends. Suddenly, everything became clear to me and acceptance gave me the inner peace that I was searching for.

When the universe wants to make something happen, whether it be giving a young man lightning speed or putting two people together, it has a way of figuring those things out”  – Joe in The Flash TV Series

I’m proud that I am able to be tough, motivate myself and pull myself up instead of letting myself drown in my self-create pool of sadness, negativity and uncertainties. Nobody gets to dictate how I feel or put myself down, because only me, myself and I get to decide how I should be feeling. Sometimes, people even those who are close to you, judge you for what you did especially when you least expect them to be judgemental. But darling, they will never understand your situation truly by just imagining themselves being in your shoes, because they will never do until it happens to them.

Should you lost some things that are dear to you, be grateful that whatever it is that you had, it happened and the only thing you are able to do at this moment, is to embrace the sweet memories and experiences you’ve gained from it. Little did I know, I’m living an adventure,  a real life drama that could even make a great magazine article to read about in a women’s magazine! I did not even see it coming, at all! Life is indeed interesting, unpredictable and anything is possible, especially when you least expect it. Appreciate and live your life to the fullest, for we only live once and you will never know when it will be taken away from you.

“When you go through life
So sure of where you’re headin’
And you wind up lost
And it’s the best thing that could have happened
‘Cause sometimes when you lose your way
It’s really just as well
Because you find yourself
Yeah, that’s when you find yourself”

– Brad Paisley’s Find Yourself from Disney’s Cars.

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Jam & Kaya Café


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My friend Nazrin suggested that I should start blogging on my food steps journey instead of just posting it on Facebook & Instagram. So here I am, typing away my second post on one of the things that gave me joy in life; food! I’m not sure how long I can keep this food entries up, especially when I don’t really have the time to blog much, but I’ll give it a try. I have hundreds of food photos that you can take a peek at in my Food Steps album. For some reason, I could not help myself but to take well presented food photos before I dine in like monster. It’s a way for me to track where I’ve been dining and what had actually went into my stomach.

Been meaning to check this café out for quite some time ever since I saw drooling photos of the pancakes posted by my friends in Instagram. Jam & Kaya Cafe is located in PJ Palms Sports Centre which is at the opposite of Amcorp Mall. Love the cozy ambience! If you are looking for a place to dine in for a group catchup, date or a cup of coffee, consider this place. Staff are friendly as well. Tried their signature Jam & Kaya Pancake and Jam & Kaya Kampung Breakfast is pretty special as well. Totally recommend those! Price of the food range averagely from RM10+ to RM20+ which is a typical café price, and it is quite reasonable for the portion that you’re getting. You can view the photos that I’ve taken and the price of the particular food that ended up in my tummy above. I’ll definitely pay this place a visit again.

Check out my recommendation & photos on Jam & Kaya Café @ Seeties

*All photos are taken by honeyhong with Sony A6000, edited by iPhone5.

Strangers at 47


I got myself a new camera but didn’t fully utilize it. Now I will! I’ve always wanted to checkout Strangers at 47 @ Section 17, Petaling Jaya but didn’t have a reason to. Then I think again, why do I need one? YOLO all the way for 2016! I finally went with 2 of my colleagues and purposely took my Sony A6000 out for a date!

Light Bulb – photo taken by honeyhong with Sony A6000

So here’s my first blog post about my food steps! I managed to grab a couple of nice photos. I love the ambience, love the staff and definitely love the crepe. A chicken lover like me ordered myself A Hen’s Crush.

A Hen’s Crush – photo taken by honeyhong with Sony A6000

It was really delicious and “chicky”. Initially I thought it would be weird having it with crepe but I was wrong. The price of the crepes ranged from RM17 – RM20+. It was totally worth the price and the portion. The sweet crepe we ordered called the Dark Side is delicious as well.

Dark Side – photo taken by honeyhong with Sony A6000

Love the place and I will definitely go back there again! And if you haven’t visit the place, make sure you do!

Check out my recommendation & photos on Strangers at 47 @ Seeties

Happy New Year 2016


 

Walk our life with joy, happiness & positivity – Photo taken by honeyhong with Sony A6000

 

I know this post came in mid January but Happy New Year everyone!! This year I had a splendid, crazy and hot start to the year & look forward to go through the year with more crazy and fun new things. My 2015 ended with a great Christmas celebration and I just lazed at home during New Year Eve but I managed to catch awesome fireworks right in front of our condominium before heading to bed. I hope you guys had a great one as well. Toast to the beginning of a wonderful 2016!

Total Reset.


Merry Christmas everyone!!! I hope everyone has got a great plan for Christmas or had an awesome Christmas Eve! I haven’t been writing for the past 5 months. Been trying to find the time but didn’t manage to. In a blink of an eye, 2015 is coming to an end. So now here I am, pouring out everything that I went through for the past couple of months. There were ups & downs, good & bad, happy & sad.

August 2015 Highlight of the month of August would be my birthday! I celebrated my birthday with my boyfriend at Gobo Upstairs, Traders Hotel. He pre-ordered me a very delicious chocolate brownies and needless to say, the main courses were great! We both dressed up for the occasion and treated ourselves a good meal that night, accompanied with the perfect ambience.

Gobo Upstairs, Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Gobo Upstairs, Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur

September 2015 I went for Viper Challenge 2015 Genting King of the Mountain with my cousin, sister, aunt and friends! We reunited and teamed up with the guys who helped us during our first Viper Challenge last year at Sepang International Circuit. This year, I’ve made so much progress and improvement by training harder at the gym. I completed most of the challenges by myself and I’m proud to last half of the monkey bar challenge , when many of the men who participated aren’t able to.

Viper Challenge 2015 : Genting King of the Mountain Finisher

Viper Challenge 2015 : Genting King of the Mountain Finisher

October 2015 I left my job as a Mobile Team Lead with Ivis Group! There were many farewells that month. I had to go through the difficulties to search for a job that I have passion for and in the process, I learned what I’m lack of. Like every other major decision you have to make, there were doubts as to what is the right and best decision. Well, you will never know what lies ahead if you don’t take the first step, make a change, head out and just do it! I landed myself a job with Seeties.me.

My Farewell

My Farewell

November 2015 Took my parents to Ipoh for a long delayed family bonding session that had been pending for years. I could not even recall when all 5 of us coexists! When we are back to our home town, one of us will be missing from the picture. It was a close by trip, but yeah we decided to start small and we spent good 3 days 2 nights quality times together. Ipoh is small but we managed to keep our times occupied. Next year, we will go somewhere further! Gotta quit giving ourselves excuses and just do it!

People I love.

People I love.

December 2015 I started my new job with Seeties this month. I’m surrounded with fun and positive people and I really enjoyed going to work everyday. In recent event, an honest and transparent relationship of exactly 1 year and 3 months of mine heavy heartedly came to an end. It was a mutual decision that this is what’s best for us. As we are two individuals from two different world with different personalities and characters. I occupy my time with various activities and things I don’t usually do, partly to move on and most importantly, life’s too short. I decided to go crazy and go all out to enjoy my life to the fullest!

Seeties.me

Seeties.me

My 2015 had been reset totally. Career, relationship, new people, new things to do. On my Christmas eve, I went for my first basketball game after 12 years, ever since I dislocated my knee during my attempt to play basketball. This year I had a different Christmas celebration; slow dancing all night to great music, singing and chatting. I had my first tequila shot yesterday and damn it was so difficult to swallow! I’m looking forward to new adventures and welcoming 2016 with a positive mind! Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

Don’t let anyone limit yourself, live the life you want and blossom

Lumut & Pangkor Island, Perak


12 Dec 2014

Here are more of the little travel adventure of mine, starting with states within Malaysia. I’ve always wanted to travel not only in Malaysia, but there are always reasons and excuses that I came up with and ended up not going anywhere. Well, here I am, trying to make it happen.I’ve hit Genting Highlands and Cameron Highlands in Pahang, besides Penang my home town and KL, where I am residing. I’m still saving up money to go further but next in line was, Pangkor Island in Perak, Malaysia.

Teluk Batik Beach, Lumut

Teluk Batik Beach, Lumut

It was a 3 days 2 nights last minute, free-and-easy trip. I travelled here with my boyfriend and we spent our first day in Lumut and the 2nd day in Pangkor Island. We didn’t stay in the island as the resorts were expensive. Hence we spent 2 nights in Lumut instead as a budgetary trip was what we opted for. We arrived Lumut during lunch time, and our first lunch stop was at Amu Coconut Villa Seafood Restaurant, Sitiawan, Perak. The food there was pretty delicious. We didn’t order much as there were only two of us, so we settled for 2-3 dishes. We stayed at The Orient Star Resort, Lumut for a very affordable and reasonable price. Overall, the room and hotel is maintained in a good condition, I would not say it is a superb state, but it is good enough for a stay. It is a walking distance to the jetty, and there are restaurants nearby. Definitely convenient for travellers.

There’s not much places to visit in Lumut. We googled around and decided to head to Taman Paya Bakau, the Mangroves Parks there is not much to see in Lumut. After that, we went to Teluk Batik Beach to watch the sunset. Been longing to be around the sea after spending so much time surrounded by sky scrappers in KL! The place was pretty happening with the locals around. We then adjourned to Jook Joint Bistro for dinner, which was located near the hotel area. There were two Jook Joint Bistro and we mistakenly sat down at the bar than the restaurant itself. We waited for half an hour for the food to arrive, as there were too many people in the restaurant. On top of that, they had to bring the food all the way from the restaurant which was a couple of shop houses away. The restaurant was definitely more happening than the bar which was a total gloomy ambience. Regardless, the Western food were pretty good.

13 Dec 2014

Pulau Pangkor, Perak

Pulau Pangkor, Perak

We started our second day with breakfast at the hotel. Food! The only thing that is in my mind 24/7! The food was alright, although there wasn’t much options to choose from. We walked to Lumut Jetty and hopped on the next ferry to Pangkor Island. We’ve contacted Uncle Lim from Pangkor Holiday House to take us out for a boat trip, and if you ever want to head out to the sea, he is the man! He took us out on a boat trip for approximately 3 hours, and he charged us about RM100 per pax which was pretty affordable considering the amount of time he spent on us and the activities we could do. I had my first fishing experience on sea, and the first thing I caught was a squid! Unfortunately for us, there wasn’t any luck in getting big fishes or squids, but we managed to have some fresh sashimi! Yummy! He also showed us how to collect fresh oysters. Of course, we had them fresh. Not to forget, the creepy crawlies sharp sea urchin. We felt it moved on our palms and we had the egg. The only non pokey part that is edible. We wrapped up our fishing trip with water sport and needless to say, it was definitely a cool experience. We took the 2 squids that the uncle and I caught to the seafood restaurant, and my boyfriend and I had it as our lunch, Kam Heong Squid, before heading back to Lumut.

14 Dec 2014

We unintentionally slept 14 hours after the trip back from Pangkor Island. 14 freaking hours! We skipped yesterday’s dinner and breakfast. We tried waking up for dinner but failed terribly. Well, for some of you it may be a waste of time, but this trip is meant for relaxation, and hence getting a good sleep isn’t so bad. 🙂

Overall, I had a great time out in the sea, despite the sun burn afterwards.

More shots taken with my iPhone 5 here; some with default iPhone filters.

Him.


You know how people say, you will never know what lies ahead of you but you just gotta take that leap of faith and go through with it and see where it takes you? Well, I did just that and it took me into a pretty surprisingly joyful yet a little tumbling ride in life. I took a huge leap of faith and decided to change my job to explore new opportunities and experiences. Little did I know, I met someone on top of a pretty fresh challenging job I have right now.

I meet so many great new people. Some of them left and some of them still are my colleagues. It was just a daily go-to-work, coding and meeting routines, until life gets a little spiced up unexpectedly. Now that I think of it, it’s funny how things turned out to be. Things happened when you least expected it.

It all started with a misunderstanding after a night out with colleagues, which then led me in discovering what lies within this shy and quiet guy who insisted to fetch me home that night when I had a gastric attack. It went uphill, downhill and eventually, he is now my current 7 months boyfriend. 🙂 We’re two pretty different individuals, our personalities; hobbies. But we share common opinions on things and I guess we pretty much work things out from there.

Honesty, comfort & straight forwardness are the foundation of this relationship that we are having. It is too soon to call it love, but we care and trust for each other. He is there for me when I needed someone, takes care of me when I am sick, always accompany me to places that I wanna go, support me with things that I wanna do, entertain my unreasonable PMS moments, took the initiative to make me happy when I am upset and so much more. I’m not sure how this relationship will turn out to be, but as of now, we are definitely happy to have each other. We’re enjoying this relationship as we go, and look forward to many more month-saries and hopefully anniversaries to come.

Chon Hooi & I

Chon Hooi & I

Viper Challenge 2014


Been trying to write this post since November last year but didn’t manage to find the time. Viper Challenge! The experience was amazing. It was definitely a physical and mental challenge. 20 km run with 20 obstacles! Imagine that! For a person who doesn’t really fancy running like me, I considered this as a huge achievement. Went for badminton on Friday night. I had only 2 hours of sleep, fed on McDonalds at 3am on Saturday morning as breakfast and arrived there at Sepang International Circuit as early as 4am with my sister Judy, gym mate Kim and high school mate Ji-An as we chose the earliest slot for the run which was 6am. The team were left with 4 person as another 4 couldn’t make it.

I remembered running in the dark, soaked with water and mud, with shoes filled with sand, the soreness of the muscles when you tried to walk after running a long distance, and so much more. You gotta experience it to know it. It took us 5 and half hours to reach the finishing line. We sticked together along the way and helped each other out to complete the run and obstacles. Some of us cried out of overcoming their fear for height and being able to complete difficult challenges. Along the way, we met a team of 3 guys, Eugene, Seng Kiat & Chee Hong, who helped us through some tough challenges. Coincidentally, they were also being bailed by 4 person in their team. We somehow formed our group of 7 impromptu, completed the tough journey together as a team and most importantly, we’ve made new friends. 🙂

We are all Viper Challenge 2014 Finisher!!

We are all Viper Challenge 2014 Finisher!!

The aftermath of the run? Got myself some bruises on my wrist and knees. Slept for 14 hours straight that Saturday, vomited my dinner the next day due to indigestion as I had gastric along the run, couldn’t sleep due to my bloated stomach full of gas and took a jab for that at 4am in the morning, absent from work that day itself, couldn’t sleep until 6pm and…I had to feed on porridge for almost a week. Needless to say, no gym for that one week. I have a very sensitive stomach and bad gastric problem by the way. Hence, the misery. Well, there are a few Viper Challenge events coming up but I’m giving it all a skip and saving my energy for the one in November. Gotta find a way to solve the gastric issue by then.

Anyway, the organizer came out with the official video for 2014. This video totally summarized it all. Although there are few missing obstacles. These are what we’ve went through and I’m definitely going again!

Happy New Year 2015!


Hey all. Happy New Year!!! Let us welcome year 2015 with memorable events, and may everyone be blessed with good health and happiness!

It may not be all well for Malaysia last year with the missing MAS MH370, terrible flood and also the missing AirAsia QZ8501. I would like to take this opportunity to express my condolences to all the families of the victims and do hope that things will be better this year. Despite all these unfortunate events, I hope everyone else had a great 2014. Events like these taught us all to be grateful of what we have, the life we live, the things we own and most importantly, the people around us; our dearest family, love ones and friends. You will never know when life will be taken away from us. Regardless of the anger that you have towards a person, or how frustrating life can be for you, remind yourself to appreciate life as at this moment, you are still breathing and living a life that someone else no longer can. Live life to the fullest, with no regrets. I’m doing that, and I hope you are too.

There are still a few pending posts from last year that I haven’t got the time to write. I will get to it as soon as I have the time. Until then, just dropping by to say a quick Happy New Year to all of you!