Friday, 19 February 2016

Let's Play Catch Up.

1. Truly enjoy drinking tea. 


Makes me feel a step closer to being a British. 

Kidding! 

I am fond of tea solely for its taste, and I like in its original form, just the tea bag alone, no need for sugar and milk, please, thank you. 

Quick fact? 

I don't drink coffee, never tasted it because I anticipate the possibility of addiction towards coffee and that thought itself leaves me feeling vulnerable.

(I think too far, and I think too much.)

Either way, I can't consume too much tea as well since I'm prone to acid reflux!

Everything in moderation, I suppose?
2. Baking episodes.



Pre entering the oven. Unfortunately I didn't manage to capture pictures of these babies after they were done baking!

3. Skype sessions.


Skype session last weekend with Ying, my best friend in the UK (the humourous and kind Cia Yee joined too!). Ever bright and talented as a Vice President of AISEC in Nottingham, yet forever modest and humble and down-to-earth. She's one of those attractive people you can't help but love and adore! Thank you for being my faithful, trust-worthy listener, Ying. In good times and bad times, I promise to cling tight onto you like a Koala bear onto a tree. 

4. Home cooked meals.




5. Outside food.





Especially Japanese cuisine!

Steamboat dinner.

I broke down in tears in the car a few days back and mama was there to witness it. The releasing of my overwhelming emotions was possibly contributed by a combination of hunger, intense stress and pressure building up from not living up to my expectations (the 'What the heck am I doing with my life' kind of questioning myself when all my peers seem to have their life's all mapped out), and just fear for more possible failures in life that I may encounter. 
I'm, however, strikingly glad for supportive parents and family during times like these. I'm extremely grateful for my brother, Sean who would crack jokes, and go the distance to make me laugh and forget about my worries temporarily. And my patient, caring parents, who assure me always that they recognise my effort and that they support me to take every chance, and drop every fear
Dare to dream, but also work hard, work very, very hard to fulfill those dreams. 
Focus on our goals, and never give up.  
We only have ONE life, make it count. 
And because on of the many ways to make life count is to also celebrate the mirthful occasions and share our happiness, we have decided to treat our guests with a delicious steamboat dinner last Sunday night.

It was quite the feast.
It took mama and helper an afternoon to prepare these! I'm ever so impressed and in awe of their showcase of talent and dedication in the kitchen!
I admit: I am currently feeling a pinch of awkwardness posting these pictures right now as CNY to so many people has been long over and everyone has been diving back into reality but hey, since it was an eventful day, you''ll let me indulge in the pictures a little longer, okay? 
I promise my life doesn't only revolve around food. As much as it seems otherwise seeing the staggering number of posts of food on my blog.
And... Our family does more than just inviting people over and feast all day.
My mum officially raised her hands after that night and declared, "Phew, that's a wrap! Enough with the feasting! I could use a break from cooking! It all ends here." Hahahaha.
 
Soon the family and baby Jerome arrived!!!! You may remember him from the event we attended back in Dec 20th- his 1st birthday party in Euro Deli. 
This is Uncle Ong carrying him. I may have mentioned 'Uncle', but we're not tied to a common family tree- it simply is the way Malaysians in general address the elderly. 
Everyone on the street, at the market, in the mall, at the park... seems in one way or another our kor kor (brothers) and jie jie (sisters), uncles and aunties, gong gong (grandfather) and ah ma (grandmother), but that doesn't necessarily mean we're blood-related! 
Malaysian slang, uniquely Malaysian. Hahahaha. 
I have tons of pics of baby Jerome to be posted so if babies aren't your thing then you can't sit with me. Hahahahahaha kidding. No demands to sit with me anyway. Aiyoh sounding so pitiful.
Hello baby... Over here!!!
That's his beautiful, fair mama at the back, Violet Jie Jie.
Daddy holding baby Jerome who is currently absolutely active at a year and 3 months old and just couldn't stop moving now that he has figured out crawling and walking. 


His overflowing cheeks!!! A challenge indeed to resist pinching them.
Thank you for coming over to spend the night with us! It was great seeing you guys again!

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Farewell dinner for Zen.

For weeks we've been debating on where to dine on the occasion of a farewell dinner for Zen. We settled at Canton-I at last, because HQ's initial suggestion, Serai, was not received fondly by a couple of friends who didn't enjoy their previous dining experience there. 

"For such an exorbitant price, I could get a tastier food at a lesser price elsewhere." 

Triggered me into starting to ponder because I have always assumed food in Serai to match its fame because of the long queue outside of the restaurant I spot whenever I'm at Empire.




Sweetie pie Wen Qi.




Eik Ren's mango dessert.



He was kind to offer all of us but I politely declined because I was gleefully slurping on my water.


Pictures credits to Jeanne!




My photos all of a sudden have gone on an auto-rotate mode so please bear with the malfunction!

 



Incase you are puzzled as to why there seems to always be a hand shooting out in the middle of the picture... Read on because I'll explain.



That's HQ mischievously attempting to prevent Jeanne from capturing a picture of the food.


Ooh, someone's caught red handed. Hahahaha. 



The aftermath.



My hair that night was horrible (also I cannot explain why was I captured with that bottle in my hand hahaha) but I decided to have these posted because my long lost dear friend, Yu En, finally made a come back in our hang out session after such a long disappearance hahaha.


My friend, Jeanne took these and sent them to me. Sighhhhhh these negative body image thoughts are real and will haunt me. 

I had NO IDEA AT ALL Jeanne took these pictures of me, until she later showed me.


Resting bitch face is real. 

Forgive me for I do not mean to send out these angry vibes. Promise I wasn't agitated, probably just allowing my mind to wander off.



Check out Jeanne's gorgeous Cheongsam! Love these guys!


After dinner we stopped by HQ's house to hang out a little while. 


Chin Siang, my fellow Putra Heights residence buddy, always delightfully optimistic and positive I'm inclined to smile and laugh more whenever I'm with him.


With HQ who graciously hosted us for the night. Hope we didn't cause too much of a nuisance or trouble to your family! 



I wasn't in the picture because I served as the photographer! Of course my friends look fantastic!



Ah Gong Ah Ma seated with all their grandchildren standing behind respectfully. HAHAHAHAHAHA.


Look at the three gentlemen at the back clearly upset about Zenny's departure especially a certain someone who holds her fiercely close to his heart. *coughs* Not going to mention names to respect privacy, or rather to avoid being bashed up. Hahahaha. 




Such cuties.


By the time this picture was taken, the boys were walking out of the picture muttering: "好了好了" which in this context meant "Enough, enough of the pictures..." Hahahaha.


Yu En couldn't be bothered to entertain my non stop clicking. Hahahaha I'm amused.


CS helped take these pictures, just so I could join in. Many thanks. 




Next to my super chio and stylish girls
 


We arrived around 10.30 p.m. and left as soon as the clock turned 11.30 p.m. because we felt awful getting in their way to rest and a few among us, namely Zen and Aril were especially overcome by fatigue last night. 

Thank you, once again, for the great night. 


The one we're bidding goodbye to in hours *cue tears*- our darling, petite (but don't estimate her size- she's a powerhouse packed with talent!) Zenny Zen will be taking off to the University of Melbourne tonight to further her studies in Accounting & Finance. 

Wishing you the best of luck and a safe, smooth flight! 
Take care, Zenny Zen! Remember we all care and love you, I've no doubt your cheery and exuberant personality will win you so many friends, and may you have the best time of your life living your dream! 

Keep in touch! Take care! And always, always have faith in yourself.