Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Summer Adventures Part 1: Johor

I can't believe that June is nearly over. Summer is always packed with bountiful laughter, fun and joy, the tendency to over-schedule and fit in just about every single activity made possible and more thrilling thanks to the glorious weather... I'm afraid I might blink and the good times will whizz by under my nose. 

I'm gleeful that I've been spending less time locking my eyes to the laptop screen and hitting the outdoors more with this summer, traveling and moving my feet because the world has so much to show. 

I am now temporarily back to reality (sobs) after 3 weeks or so of being away from home attending weddings and visiting relatives, and while my heart already ache terribly from missing the spectacular places, food and most importantly, the people that I wish desperately to tuck them back in my luggage... I'm nonetheless strikingly grateful for time back at home sweet home (minus all the wacky construction going on in my neighbourhood- tell me, why do people take up to more than a year to renovate their houses?!). 

Feeding my stomach and soul with home cooked food and winding down the day in my bed have been terrifically comforting, the fact that I'm lazing around at home grants me time to recap all the summer wilderness I've been riding on!


So backing up to last month- post exams, a couple of nights after dinner Sean and I snuggled up munching on popcorn (who buys RM 60 worth of popcorn? That would be us) while watching movies that I made him promise me to watch together after my grueling and arduous exam period (which is a post for another day because I don't think you'd want to hear me talk about the overwhelming stress and tension that had me breakdown crying a puddle of tears several times).

Prisoners the first night, Our Times the second night, and Nightcrawler the third. We overdosed on our share of Jake Gyllenhaal (both Prisoners and Nightcrawler starred him).

I also took the opportunity to catch up with my friends. Many of them were busy digging their heads in the books preparing for exams so only Han Qin was free and available to meet up. We hung out at Main Place, had lunch at Chili's, and talked. Only he had lunch, to be more accurate, for some reason I decided to skip lunch then. 

HQ set out to buy a gift wrapper sort of thing for his girlfriend, and it was absurd that we ended up at Toys R Us trying to hunt for gift wrappers, but since we were there we thought we might as well grab whatever items we could lay our hands on and played insanely with the toys because we're secretly 5 years old.


Finally we returned to Daiso, not contented that we didn't find what we wanted the first time we entered, we succeeded the second time around. 

I offered to help HQ pick a box to contain the present HQ got for his girlfriend. We thought it'd be more suitable than a wrapper to prevent the gift (a matching couple tee) from getting crumpled. Instead of getting a ribbon to tie the box, I suggested that a gift bag would make a lovely alternative and HQ gladly bought the idea (pun intended).

It was both amusing and heart-warming to see your friend (especially a guy) all giddy and blushing when teased about his first relationship. I wish you and your special one the best! 

He revealed his girlfriend's name after much coercion which I had unfortunately forgotten- what happens when you have a brain like a seive- BUT it's also appropriate since she's probably not ready to be exposed on a random person's blog- random because we haven't met yet but I know she must mean a great deal to HQ and I'm genuinely happy for the both of them!

What happens when your guy friend starts to date... No more smiles for pictures. 


I was on the verge of pretending to stomp away so he finally turned his frivolous grin into a proper smile. 

I have been on cloud nine getting to simmer down and lounge around the house guilt-free- watching YouTube videos and playing sports and LEAVING THE HOUSE- entertainment that I was determined to revisit until after finals come to an end. 

Knowing and being purely honest to myself on focusing precisely and shunning from distractions when sitting for my exams was necessary and perfect as it left me feeling utterly justified and relieved when I was taking a breather and having a high time after handing in the final paper of year 2015/2016.

We couldn't pass up on a chance to pay Ken a visit who is currently residing and working in Johor.

We were only there for 2 days, but surely managed to squeeze in precious family bonding time.

First, we went to Premium Outlet in Johor, and I  had the best partners to shop with that made the entire shopping experience even more memorable and sensual. I walked away with a pair of olive coloured shorts which I love from Cotton On. I've been wearing it a lot ever since! 

Later that night we dined at a Chinese restaurant 安记楼 at Pasir Gudang.

Salted Egg Yolk Custard Buns. The bomb. Sean's eyes glimmered with excitement when he was informed that the restaurant serves this crowd pleaser. The waiter added that we had to order a minimum of 10 buns, and we didn't hesitate. Bring it on.

I was that maniacal paparazzi for the night. 

In all seriousness, I was over the moon watching Mum and Dad beam so wide watching the interaction between my brothers. Growing older means increased separations, and treasured times like these don't come easily... We remain immensely thankful and pleased for the continuous unyielding bond in our family over the years which has been strong enough to withstand the distance, the up's and down's, and great personal changes. 

We definitely don't take it for granted and I am gratified that each one of us play our part in safeguarding and honouring this much cherished relationship. 



We stayed in Renaissance Hotel for the night, which serves THE BEST BUFFET BREAKFAST. EVER. You've lived up to your 5-star hotel title, and we'll return (aka tomorrow. YES!!!)





I was busy stuffing myself silly and the phone camera got neglected so you only get to see 1/10th of the servings we had. 



Ken shot some of these decorations which were elegant and chic, adding just the right amount of colour into the dining area.

We helped Ken tidy his room, ironed his clothes, mopped his room... and had to dreadfully unwillingly say goodbye to Ken in the afternoon, and despite being awfully sad and sorrowful, we promised to continue to keep in touch and pray for his safety, happiness and health. 

We love and care for you, Ken! I'll see you so very soon (again if you didn't catch that earlier, I'm headed to Johor tomorrow!).

We stopped by a restaurant famous for its fish balls in Tanjong Sembrong on the way back to Selangor.

It was large and looked clean, so we decided to have a late lunch there. WRONG MOVE. I'd tell you why. 

This bowl of noodles that Dad ordered HAD A FLY IN IT. GROSS. JUST GROSS. Totally unacceptable. 

Much to our dismay, he only discovered it after making his way halfway halfway. Ugh. 

We fought hard not to let that ruin our mood. 

We continued our post exams celebration by going bowling to use up all the bowling coupons Dad graciously gifted us. 

Since it applied only to weekdays, Sean and I had the pleasure of hitting up the bowling alley and playing a total of 3 rounds each. 


Probably injured my back bending like that, I'm not sure.



As you can see from the impressive way we bowled, we were quite the professionals bowling players.   



Or not. 


The results was horrible- we wanted to bury ourselves.

Luckily we picked up the pace eventually.

Still unimpressive, but, better.

Gazing far into his future, I mean, the pins. 

Oh, you know, just waving at my fans who were cheering for me.

Eyes on the prize.

We looked at each other in the end massaging our tired hands and there was a mutual understanding formed there and then- no more bowling for the rest of the year. Quota met and exceeded! 

This was Sean's 'Oh, I screwed up that one' face. 


I need to learn how to coordinate my outfit better, I know.

And comb my hair...


And lose that belly...

As well as keep my hands off irritating the pimples on my face. Mum doesn't have to remind me that I'm 21 and that means acne scars take longer to fade since my skin cells don't repair and replace themselves as quickly as it used to be.


I am supposed to be packing for our 3 days 2 nights Johor trip tomorrow but I'm putting it off because neither my parents have started. To be fair, they're engrossed in settling important matter whilst I have plans to... watch Singaporean dramas. Now that I'm typing this though I feel lousy about this procrastination so I'm going to do myself a favour and go upstairs and pack now.

This whole packing and unpacking thing... I seem to be gradually getting the hang of it. Whoops. Awesome?

Can't say for sure on that but a pronounced fantastic thing is that I managed to get in a quick swim with mama today and that made a very delighted June. Love spending time with my fabulous mama!

I'll also be able to blog further with no where to go other than primarily the hotel tomorrow (ha ha) and will be furnishing you with more summer adventures so stay tuned!

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