2016

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I hope it’s still not too late for me to wish you guys, Happy New Year! It’s still January right, so I guess it’s still relevant. Hehe.

2016…. It’s the time where I move from my sweet 20s to oh-not-so-young the big THREE-O phase. It’s scary. I think about lots of things. My future, mostly. Like, what’s gonna happen in this phase? Will kids be involved in this phase? Am I still gonna be a teacher? Will I still be living here in Muar? What about my health? Those and other endless questions…. To think about all these uncertainties, it makes you scared because you don’t have the answers to them. All you can do is just pray that these years ahead of you will be a smooth sailing one.

I’m not intending to write a long entry today, so I think that just might be it. Again, Happy New Year guys. Hope 2016 will bring all of us nothing but happiness and success.

Good luck to us all….

…..and 2016, please be nice.

Tagged! 4 Years Later

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It’s 3 a.m. right now and I can’t sleep. So since I’m already on my Macky right now, I thought why not I dig back all of those entries that I’ve published in my blog since 2008, just to kill the time. Just some random thing I do, right? While hopping from one entry to another, I accidentally found this interesting entry. Something that I liked doing back in those days with my other then-blogger-friends-who-just-dont-blog-anymore now.

So you know, since I can’t sleep, why not I redo this random tagged-thing and compare my answers right now with what I wrote 4 years ago.

On your mark, get set, GO!

Do you have any pets?
Yes. They are cats. (2011)
Yes, still cats. Only one left and the name’s Keykey a.k.a Al-Mokmok. (2015)

Name 3 things that are physically close to you.
My laptop, my phone, my wallet. (2011)
Rosie (my iPhone), Champion (my car), Macky (my Macbook). (2015)

What’s the weather like right now?
Owh, it’s raining. With thunders and all. (2011)
It’s dark outside (night). I don’t know. (2015)

Do you drive? If so have you crashed?
Yes, and crashed? Few times. ;-p (2011)
Yes and yes. (2015)

What time did you wake up this morning?
6.30am, snoozed the alarm and woke up again at…. Almost 7. (2011)
6.40am and snoozed the alarm. Wow, some things never change. (2015)

When was the last time you showered?
I won’t say. Haha (2011)
Yesterday morning. (2015)

What was the last movie you saw?
Killer Elite. It’s an action movie. (2011)
Hunger Games -Mockingjay Part 2 in GSC Melaka. (2015)

What does your last text message say?
Mom asked if I had cooked the sambal udang since I asked for the recipe before. (2011)
It’s my internet status, saying I have 1.2GB left and it will expire on 21st December 2015. (2015)

What’s your ringtone?
Takeover by Mizz Nina. (2011)
No Doubt About It by Jussie Smollett feat Pitbull. One of Empire OSTs. (2015)

Have you ever been to a different country?
Yes. Hongkong and Australia. Soon, Singapore. I hope. (2011)
Yes. Adding to the above said, Singapore, Indonesia and South Korea. (2015)

Do you like sushi?
I DO! (2011)
YUPS! Still do. (2015)

Where do you buy your groceries?
Depends. Sometimes Billions, or Econsave etc. (2011)
Econsave. No more Billions. It was shut down. (2015)

Have you ever taken medication to help you fall asleep faster?
Erm, yes. I drank ubat batuk syrup, but it didn’ really work. (2011)
Nope. Not anymore. (2015)

How many siblings do you have?
Six and I’m the 5th. (2011)
How is this changed? Lols (2015)

Do you have a desktop computer or a laptop?
I have laptop. (2011)
I have Macky, my Macbook Air 13″. (2015)

How old will you be turning on your next birthday?
26 years old, but I believe I will always look like 17. (2011)
Ohh… The big THREE-O! (2015)

Do you wear contacts or glasses?
I wear contacts, just for fun because my eyesight is actually just fine. (2011)
I used to, but it’s so hard to find the comfy ones! Btw, my eyesight is still perfect. (2015)

Do you color your hair?
Yes. I do. But you can’t really see the difference because my original hair itself is a bit brownish. (2011)
Nope! I’m in the process of improving my hair volume. Don’t mind the colour. (2015)

Tell me something you are planning to do today.
What I planned, I already did. Cooking. (2011)
Have a wedding to go to today. (2015)

When was the last time you cried?
I cry a lot. So, I don’t really know when was the last time. (2011)
Just now! While 
watching How I Met Your Mother on Iflix, S03EP20, where Ted was being friend again with Barney. I was totally moved by that scene.. (2015)

What is your perfect pizza topping?
I like pineapple, crab stick, octopus… Erm, basically, seafood. (2011)
Dominos, Meatasaurus! Meat meat meat! (2015)

Which do you prefer-hamburgers or cheeseburgers?
Hamburgers. (2011)
Still hamburgers! (2015)

Have you ever had an all-nighter?
Yes. Soooo many times especially when I was a student. (2011)
Errr.. RIGHT NOW?! (2015)

What is your eye color?
Black. (2011)
Total pitch black. (2015)

Can you taste the difference between Pepsi and Coke?
If you put two glasses of Pepsi and Coke, and ask me to drink them and tell the difference, I’m not sure I can. But I know for a fact that Pepsi is a bit sweeter. I just can’t taste the sweetness sometimes. Haha (2011)
I hardly drink those two now so NO! I can’t tell you the differences now. (2015)

Done!!

New Crush Alert!

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I just got over my crush on James Marsden and now I land on one again! Sighhh…

Few weeks ago, I caught a Cinderella clip on FOX, which would be premiered on that channel in a week time or so. I was kinda excited because I remember planning to watch Cinderella in the theatre but I didn’t manage to watch it at that time. It’s the well-known fairy tale Cinderella, everyone knows the story, everyone knows the villains, everyone knows the perfect happy ending. Owh and it’s Disney. What do you expect from Disney movies? Easy plot, light, not much conflicts and of course, the most important one, it’s almost always a happily-ever-after kind of story, which I like.🙂

One thing that I like about this particular movie directed by Kenneth Branagh, is how they keep it as close and classic as they can to the original one, with a lil bit more details here and there. I think it’s nice to see this original most anticipated Disney movie be transformed into a real film without changing the storyline too much. Of course we wanna see the real Cinderella and Prince Charming in human forms (not animated ones) because we wanna see who got what it takes to be the Cinderella and Prince Charming, right?

These people did!
Lily James (Lady Rose McClara from Downton Abbey)
Richard Madden (Robb Stark from Game of Thrones)

I love Lily James, the Cinderella. I think she could pass as a real life princess, but I ain’t gonna talk about her. I’m gonna talk about my celebrity crush right now. It’s none other than, the Prince Charming (duh!). This character was portrayed by Richard Madden. I mean, if you watch Game of Thrones, you’d know him as The King of The North. I don’t watch it tho, it’s too violent for me. Plus, they don’t air this series here in Malaysia hahaha. Anyway, siding aside that he’s super gorgeous, perfect and SO GOOD-LOOKING with his blue eyes like a real prince (which he could pass as one too), I also love his husky voice and later when you watch him in the interview clips where he was outside the character and being himself, you’ll love his laughs and his Scottish accent too. He’s just so very perfect I can’t even describe anymore. His smiles and laughs are going to murder my soul, seriously!

Here, my favourite scene of all from the movie, where Mr.Kit (the prince) met Ella (Cinderella) for the first time in the forest. According to the interviews, this scene took place on the first day of the filming where they (Richard and Lily) also met for the first time and barely knew each other. It added more to the magic of this scene, didn’t it? Too many first-times.

If you’ve watched this particular clip above, you’ll notice how cute they’re together like a real couple. Even Rachael love them together. And… Did you hear what they said in the end of the clip? That they’ll be working together again? With the same director? AS ROMEO AND JULIET??!!!
HOW PERFECT IS THAT??!!!!!
#scream #fangirling

The Romeo and Juliet promo! Omaigod can't wait!

The Romeo and Juliet promo! Omaigod can’t wait! Read more, here.

The ball scene.

The ball scene.

Perfect couple, on screen!

Perfect couple, on-screen!

Look how cute they're together off-screen!

EVEN CUTER, OFF-SCREEN!!

This one I find it hilarious! Like really, I still giggled and laughed after countless times watching it!

Those blue eyes!! SWOOOOONNN!

Those blue eyes!! SWOOOOONNN!

Yeay, I have Prince Charming on my screen!

Yeay, I have Prince Charming on my Macky screen!

Sigh.. After James Marsden, now it’s Richard Madden. Wonder who’ll be next?

Masuk Angin

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It’s the night of the weekend and this is what I’m up to. I’m not feeling well actually. I did go out with hubs just now just to get some fresh air out of the house but I asked him to just go home after a few drinks because I feel a bit lightheaded. I’ve been feeling this way since last week. No, I am not pregnant and I am so sure of that, seriously. This is just the sign of me ‘masuk angin’. It makes sense since I just had a light breakfast this morning and didn’t eat anything until 7 p.m. Few days go, I had to take an MC due to the same thing too. Sigh.. Do you know that it is just so hard to make sure this girl right here (pointing at me) to eat on time?

Anyway, this is just me blogging out of nowhere. Have nothing to share, really. Everything has been same old, same old. Maybe a lil bit busier, since it’s the end of the school session this year.

My victorious weekend. 'On the bed, feeling sick'

My victorious weekend. ‘On the bed, feeling sick’

Alright. I’ll blog again next time. Bye now.

In The Land of KPOP (Part 3)

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This continued from In The Land of Kpop (Part 2)

So, on Day 3, as what we have planned, it was time for some theme park adventures, it was time for Everland! I was so excited! Like the previous days, we had simple breakfast at Nungmaru, just some Lotte bread and Daily Spread that I bought from home. We started our journey to Everland at 10.15 a.m. The journey took about 45 minutes or less but mind you, since the traffic heading to the freeway was always heavy and busy, it might took more than an hour to get there.

We went there by car, by the way. Idham was driving, so we had time to snap some pictures along the way. It was so hard to see any Japan-made car here. Here’s why. Japan is a right-driving country so their cars are generally right-side, while Korea is a left-driving country. I guess that’s the biggest reason why it was hard to find any imported car, especially Japan-made ones here. Plus, I believe they’re very supportive of their local cars. If I were Korean myself, I would too, because Korean cars sangatlah cantik. Sadly, takde second value kat Malaysia. Sobs.

The journey to Eveland.

The journey to Everland.

The view along the freeway..

The view along the freeway..

Traffic was starting to get busy..

Traffic was starting to get busy..

Accident pulokk...

Ade accident pulokk…

We arrived at Everland Theme Park about an hour later. It was quite cold here. Its operating hours is from 10.00 on certain days and at 9.30 mostly. I’m not sure why, maybe due to the season or weather, but it is closed everyday at 10.00 p.m. The ticket prices are as followed:

Adult : KRW48k (RM160+-)
Children : KRW38k (RM126+-)

At the Everland entrance...

At the Everland entrance…

The atmosphere here..

The atmosphere here..

Before we entered, this is a must pic!

Before we entered, this is a must pic!

The uniforms they're wearing. :-D

The uniform they’re wearing at the entrance.😀

One of my fav pics, cause this looked so spring'y'.. Haha

One of my fav pics, cause this looked so spring’y’.. Haha

Like any other major theme parks, Everland Theme Park is divided into 5 sections, namely

Global Fair
American Adventure
Magic Land
European Adventure
Zootopia

You can download it here.

You can download it here.

As for starters at Global Fair section, we went to the Kpop Hologram since it was the first stop we saw at the entrance. There was a Big Bang hologram concert at that time. Not a fan at all, don’t even know the members of Big Bang, but like they say, ‘Layan je laa..’ No cameras allowed during the 3D concert, so I couldn’t show you how it looked like, but it’s the usual la, you know, dark, images of Big Bang performing, the music etc. I guess it was just typical, but not bad.

The Hologram

The KPOP Hologram

With the ticket girl. :-)

With the ticket girl.🙂

Inside the Hologram before the 3D concert started.

Inside the Hologram before the 3D concert started.

After that, we went to Sky Cruise Station to go to the other side of the park, which is at the European Adventure, on a cable car. Since we were already hungry, we decided to have a burger snack at Burger Cafe. Sorry no picture of it, we were hungry, so we just ate it right away. Haha

The Sky Cruise Station

The Sky Cruise Station

Yay!

Yay!

In the cable car.

In the cable car.

Had our shrimp burger here.

Had our shrimp burgers here.

There has been a culture here in Korea that I admire the most. After having meals, people will take their own trash and leftovers to the dustbin and dump it there on their own. They don’t need waiters or servants to do that for them. It’s the culture. It’s their thing. No argument about it. People won’t look you twice if you take your own trash and handle it yourself because that’s what you’re supposed to do. Handle your own trash. Unlike here in Malaysia, they do. Sometimes, siap tunjuk, jeling2 and bisik2 lagi. Dumping your own trust into the bin is like committing a crime. I guess, we still have a lot to catch up.

Good culture.

Good culture.

Maybe we should do the same.

Maybe we should do the same.

After having burgers, we walked around for our next adventure. Idham told us about the must-try roller coaster here in Everland, called the T-Express. It is located in the Alpine Village. When I looked at the famous T-Express, it didn’t look as convincing and safe especially after Idham told us that they’re all made of wood, instead of strong metals like any other normal roller-coasters. WOOD! What if one of the wooden rails suddenly cracked and broke into parts??????!!!!

Perfect timing, crazy brain!

However, this is quite interesting too because it is actually the first wooden roller coaster and the largest of any kind in South Korea. It would have been so cool if it wasn’t being too scary at the same time. It was a must-try but…… I was nervous, yet excited and then it went back to nervous especially looking at how high it was. Since Idham said it was a must-try and hubs kept repeating himself as an adrenaline junkie and kept pulling my arm like a little child, then okay laaa, let’s do this!

By the way, this is some of the information that you might wanna know about the T-Express.

By the way, this is some of the information that you might wanna know about the T-Express.

We queued to get to the station, and as usual the operators need to ensure that you are at a suitable height to ride this. Normal procedures, I thought we totally passed it. Hell, was I wrong! They didn’t check your height, they checked your waist measurement to see if the belt could be fastened to protect you. I was scared, not for me, but for hubs. I mean, they didn’t even have to check my waist measurement since I was… ehem.. slim, but hubs was a different case. He’s just ‘super cute’ like that! As I thought, he failed. The belt was not long enough to wrap his belly. Hubs was pretty down that he couldn’t try the ride, so I said, ‘It’s okay laaa yang, next time we’ll come here again la okay? Make sure you dah kurus la by then.’ A lil giggle at the end that eventually turned into a laughter. Sorry, couldn’t help it.

The operators welcomed me to proceed to the next checkpoint but I didnt wanna go if hubs couldn’t come with me. I didn’t wanna hurt his feeling and make him feel really bad about this whole thing. I was such a sweetheart, wasn’t I?

And NO! It wasn’t because I was afraid of going alone. Pffft!
Anyway, bye bye the must-try T-Express. See you never!
(You had no idea how relieved I was not riding that thing!)

(Fine, I WAS afraid! Happy?)

The famous T-Express. Picture courtesy from Google.

The famous T-Express. Picture courtesy from Google.

After being 'rejected' at the Alpine Village.

After being ‘rejected’ at the Alpine Village.

Tho hubs was pretty devastated about the whole T-Express thing, don’t worry, he got over it quickly, especially when we arrived at the Zoo-topia. It’s basically an animal themed section where you can pet animals, ride ponies and here’s the best part, there is also a mini safari where they put these big cats like tigers, white tigers and lions. There are bears too! Owh.. Bears. They were just so majestic and BIG!

How's that for you?

How’s that for you? Imagine you’re on a bus ride to school and you see this on your left..

I like this concept of mini safari where people are the ones who are caged up, instead of animals, and those animals are just roaming around, sleeping, you know, minding their own business.

In order to see those animals in their habitat, you need to take a safari bus ride and the driver will take you from sections to sections while explaining their names, their diet etc. Owh, you can also see the driver feeding them from the bus. But you’re not allowed to feed them tho, only the bus drivers are allowed to do that during the tour.

See that orange bus? That's how we are taken from sections to sections.

See that orange bus? That’s how we are taken from sections to sections. Excuse the bear.

The white tigers here were being lazy!

The white tigers here were being lazy!

Hey you, up there!

Hey you, up there!

Those lions!

Those lions!

Some hyenas too..

Some hyenas too..

Owh.. Look at them big cats!

Owh.. Look at them big cats, just sitting there and couldn’t be bothered by our presence. Haha

This particular bear was trying to follow the bus. Hahah

This particular bear was trying to follow us on her two feet. Hahah. So cute, right?

I really had fun here. I would consider myself as an animal person. In Malaysia, every time I visit some of the zoos, I usually feel sad looking at the condition of the animals here. Not only they’re caged up or put in a dirty place, not having freedom to move, but sometimes, they are left sick and untreated too. At the mini safari, the animals are free to move around, even the workers and bus drivers are very friendly with them. They are left just like they’re in their natural habitat and it’s us, humans, who are ‘caged up’ in a bus to see them. I like it that way.🙂

After we got off the bus, we used Amazon Express as our exit from the mini safari. It’s a raft ride where you’ll get swamped (if you’re not careful). I was quite lucky that I wasn’t wet at all. I looked around and saw some of the visitors even had their shoes drenched. Thank God it wasn’t me.

The Amazon Express

The Amazon Express

Hubs being his usual self..

Hubs being his usual self during the raft ride.

After the mini safari, we went to Petting Zoo to look at some cute foxes (can’t remember the actual name), wallabies, the baby of orang utan and so many other animals that I can’t recall right now. Owh, there was an animal show as well that we managed to watch when we there, but since the whole performance was in Korean, we couldn’t get the jokes, we couldn’t understand a thing, so it was quite boring for us.

That cute fox I've mentioned

That cute fox I’ve mentioned..

The hopping wallaby..

The hopping wallaby..

Orang utan junior.. Hehe

Orang utan junior.. Hehe

The animal show, featuring the seal (what's his name again?) and friendssss....

The animal show, featuring the seal (what’s his Korean name again?) and friendssss….

By then, it was almost 4. At this stage, we walked by ourselves since Idham said he wanted to take care of some things and would meet us again later. So, we just strolled around with our hands in our pockets (quite cold at this hour) and chatted a lil bit. It was such a long walk that we eventually just enjoyed our quiet stroll while trying to keep up with our breath.
Sigh… Fitness, where art thou?

Then, we arrived here. I can’t remember what section we were in here, Magic Land, maybe? We were told that they actually were preparing this place for Tulip Festival so you could see it was still in process. But still a nice spot for pictures and most importantly, to rest our feet.

RnR

There weren’t still many flowers here..

This was nice, but don't be fooled tho. They were artificial flowers with a light bulb in it. If you see this during the night, yeah, please be amazed. It was beautiful.

This was nice, but they weren’t real. They were artificial flowers with a light bulb in it. If you see this during the night, yeah, please be amazed. It was beautiful.

Yeah, after several turns. Hahah

After several turns. Hahah

Wohooo!

Wohooo!

Then, we walked a lil bit more towards the American Adventure section where we managed to try The Pirate Ship Ride. Then, the last one, bumper cars. Honestly, that was my first time trying bumper cars and I was quite hesitated at first since people could see how noob you were if you were a first-timer, but what the heck? I laughed at them too so let them laugh at me. It turned out, I wasn’t so bad. Only hit the dividers less than hmmmm….15 times.
Okay la tu. :-p

The only ride without the long queue... Less scarier too.

The only ride without the long queue.

The highest point of The Pirate Ship ride. Thank God I didn't drop my phone.

The highest point of The Pirate Ship ride. Thank God I didn’t drop my phone.

Us in action. Haha

Us in action. Haha

Bumper car station.

Bumper car station.

And.... Here we were, at the exit of Everland!

And…. Here we were, at the exit of Everland! Remember those giant tulips from the earlier picture? That’s how beautiful they were with their lights on.

Phewwww! It was dark, it was getting colder, my feet were tired, my body was exhausted, my tummy was hungry so I was just like, “Idham, just take us back to the city pleaseeee…”
I was asleep during the whole journey back to Myeong-dong. All I knew was, I woke up to this.

My dinner.

My dinner, Veggie Bibimbap.

Hubs' dinner.

Hubs’ dinner.

The newly renovated restaurant, just a few blocks away from our homestay.

The newly renovated restaurant, just a few blocks away from Nungmaru.

Stay tuned for In The Land of KPOP (Part 4).

Bye for now.