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Monday, 31 October 2016

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

Author had been listed down a year of happiness project in this book. After that she will do it and experiment it. She always updates her status of project in her blog. It has interaction with reader through comments.


Although it’s true that taking photography sometimes makes it hard to savor a moment when it’s happening, in the future, having pictures will help me recall a happy time- pg.121

I used HappyBirthday.com only for birthdays but a friend told me that he also added significant dates from his children’s lives. “That way I can be reminded of the first date the kids talked, waved bye-bye or whatever- pg.161

Life is too short to save your good china or your good lingerie or your good ANYTHING for later because truly, later may never come- pg.209

“I’d like the Greek salad, chopped, no dressing, no olives or stuffed grape leaves, plus a side order of grilled chicken and a side order of steamed broccoli.”- page 284



Friday, 28 October 2016

2016-09 Favorite Songs by Postcard Senders

In this month, my favorite song is “Don’t Talk Anymore” by Charlie Puth (feat. Selena Gomez).  After listening, you will keep sing “Don’t talk anymore”. Hehe..
Charles Otto “Charlie” Puth Jr. is an American singer, songwriter and record producer who gained his initial recognition by viral success of his song posts to YouTube- Wikipedia
Selena Marie Gomez is an American actress and singer- Wikipedia


The favorite song of Laura (Poland) is “Hold Me” by Tom Odell. She likes listens this song in the evening in autumn because this song is beautiful, romantic and energy. The way Tom plays the piano is so cool! You need to take a look at the video.
Thomas Peter Odell is an English singer-songwriter- Wikipedia



The favorite song of Klauu is “High Hopes” by Pink Floyd. It reminds him about youth.
Pink Floyd were an English rock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music- Wikipedia



The favorite song of Kauna (Lithuania) is “La Paloma Tango” by Sebastian Yradier.

Sebastian Iradier Salaverri or Sebastian Yradier was a Spanish Basque composer. He is known primarily for his habaneras especially the one titled “La Paloma”, written around 1860 after a visit to Cuba. It extremely popular in both Spain and the Americas (especially Mexico)- Wikipedia




The favorite song of Neyssi (Taiwan) is “新的心跳” by Gem Tang.  This is a motivation song.

就让我们忘了过去有多悲伤,
打开受伤的翅膀,
来为自己戴上掉下的皇冠。
Gloria Tang Tsz Kei is a Chinese Hong Kong singer-songwriter. She is better known by her stage name G.E.M, an acronym for Get Everybody Moving-Wikipedia


Emmanelle (France) has 2 favorite songs which are “Place Des Grands Hommes” by Patrick Bruel and “La-Bas” by Jean-Jacques Goldman.
Patrick Bruel is a French singer, actor and professional poker player of Jewish descent- Wikipedia
Jean-Jacques Goldman is a Grammy Award-winning French singer-songwriter Jewish origin- Wikipedia



The favorite song of Irinc is “Extatum Et Oratum” by Powerwolf. This is very heroic song and it always cheers she up.
Powerwolf is a German power metal band created in 2003 by Charles and Matthew Greywolf. The group is notable for having dark themes and images both musically and lyrically, bot counteractions to traditional power metal music and including usage if corpse paint, gothic-tinged compositions and songs about Romanian werewolf and vampire legends and dark religious tales- Wikipedia



Thursday, 27 October 2016

2016-09 Favorite Postcards Received

My Postcrossing ranking for September 2016 as below:-
On 68th most postcards sent from Malaysia
On 65th longest distance sent from Malaysia

I feel so happy and warm when I received this postcard because on the postcard has my name.  The drawing of Mr. Vegetabird is cute.


Belvedere Castle is a folly in Central Park in Manhattan, New York City. It contains exhibit rooms and an observation deck, and since 1919, the folly has also been the location of the official Central Park weather station. It looks beautiful!


This postcard is super cute which the illustrator has an inspiration of the Shiba Unu helps owners run the little store in Japan. Hope I have chance to visit the shop in future.


When travel to Krabi, my friends and I been took a jumping pose on the island. Received this postcard remind me of our happy times.


Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Wordless Wednesday: A Kiss on Postcard 0011

‘Wordless Wednesday: A Kiss on Postcard’ is my postcard project which collecting lip mark on postcard from all over the world. 

So far this is the most creative lip mark which I received. Debora from Netherlands made the lip mark into a flower.


Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Nine Emperor Gods Procession 2016

[2014]

6th October 2016


On 7 p.m., we had gone to the town to wait for the procession. We waited around 1 hour, the procession started around 8 p.m. something.  I used my camera to record the whole procession but in the end due to SD card problem, the video cannot be stored. So sad!




After procession, we went to temple. At there, a lady gave us three joss sticks. After a while, when Nine Emperor Gods came, all of us need to kneel down. During procession (Nine Emperor Gods part), I did not kneel down because I did not know need to kneel down and did not has such experiences before.



In this year, I ready with my head to be hit by Ji Gong during procession but last he did not come. 

Note: Did not join for Procession 2015 due to attend friend's wedding dinner.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Amazin’ Graze: Amazin’ Nut Butter

Here is sharing about my second purchase with Amazin’ Grace after first purchase. The purpose of making my second purchase is because of Amazin’ Nut Butter. Nowaday, the nut butter which can be find is added preservative which is not good for health until I knew Amazin’ Graze.




It has many types of nut butter for you to choose such as All natural Almond Butter, All Natural Cashew Butter, Orange Apricot Cashew Butter, Vanilla Cinnamon Almond Butter and many more. I chose for ABC Butter.



This butter is not added salt, sugar or oil so it is very healthy in nutrition. The taste is no so strong but when you chew it with bread, you can taste the nice smell of nuts. I like this butter very much. Beside with bread, you can add to cereals, fruits and vegetables or eat on its own.



For the nuts and granola, I usually eat with my overnight oats to make it taste better.




Five spices included star anise, cinnamon, fennel, cloves and Sichuan pepper. Al these five spices become powder and mix with nuts. It was my first time to try such favor so when eat it, I not used with the taste but after eat for few times, I quite likes with it.





These nuts have a little bit spices but I don’t expect that it is mix well with turmeric or curry powder.



Granola is a breakfast food and snack food consisting of rolled oat, nuts, honey or other sweeteners such as brown sugar and sometimes puffed rice that is usually baked until it is crisp, toasted and golden brown. Dried fruits such as raisins and dates and confections such as chocolate are sometimes added- Wikipedia

First I thought that I can see some banana in granola but it been mix well with nuts. It is taste good.

Coconut Curry Lime + Banana Bread Granola
5 Spice Tamari + Banana Bread Granola




Amazin’ Graze
G20, D7 Jalan Sentul,
Sentul, 51100, Kuala Lumpur.
Phone: 6 03 4065 0325
Facebook: Amazin’Graze
Instagram: amazingraze.com

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Sembonia Malaysia

Do you ever heard about the brand of “Sembonia”?

If not, let take a look at the video of “Sembonia Spring Summer 16 Campaign” to get some idea.


Do you feel attracted with the bags inside of the video? All the bags inside of the video are from brand of Sembonia which looks so beautiful that made me want to know more about it.


Sembonia was venturing into the leather wear business since 1994. It offers an extensive range of mens and women’s products such as shoes, bags and other leather accessories. Along with quality material and fine craftsmanship, Sembonia products have quickly made its way up into the list of top rapidly growing brands.

Let me show to you how to style with Sembonia.

Work

Satchel bag in sleek black or vintage brown (channel your inner woman confidence and power)


Sembonia monogram satchel bag (if you want to add a little more punch with a little print)



Brunch with friends or dinner with your significant other

Super cute and trendy clutch or cross body (more freedom in movement)


Sembonia bucket bag or modern designed backpack (feel a bit more young and fresh)



Feeling inspired already?

Let shop Sembonia Malaysia online to fill up your closet with the latest Sembonia collection.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Squeamish About Sushi and Other Food Adventures in Japan by Betty Reynolds

Betty and her husband moved to Tokyo in 1994. This illustration book is about food in Japan including some Japan culture too. This is a good book to know more about Japan food.


In Japan, if you want to eat inexpensive places, try look for Aka Chochin (Hanging lantern).


Through this book, I just knew Japan has grilled salamander. As Betty drawn it on book so I tried google to see the real look of salamander. It looks like lizards and quite disgusting if want me to eat it.


The toilet in Japan is high technology which has many different function of button.






Thursday, 20 October 2016

Kuching Trip 2016

12th September was public holiday in Labuan (Hari Raya Haji). Therefore my family and I travel to Kuching to enjoy the holiday. The flight ticket was RM 74 per way.  As the seat for cheap flight ticket is limited so one of my family members bought RM 119 for the flight to Kuching.


10th September 2016: Flight AK 6355 14:50-16:55
12th September 2016: Flight AK 6354 13:00-1505 (delay)


10th September 2016 (Saturday)

Labuan International Ferry Terminal >> Menumbok Bus Station >> Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) >> KFC (Lunch) >> Kuching International Airport >> Nova Kuching Hotel >> Top Spot Seafood Food Court (Dinner) >> Nova Kuching Hotel

Early of the morning, we took big ferry to Menumbok. It took around 1 hour plus to arrive, if I not mistake. The times we arrived, it was raining and one of the red buses had been full and second bus has some problem which caused delay. We wait for a while and lastly we been told to take Sipitang Express to Kota Kinabalu around 10.30 a.m.

As our destination was airport not Kota Kinabalu bus station so we told the bus conductor to stop at airport bus station. From airport bus station, we walked to airport. Luckily that time the rain was not big. In airport, we were having lunch at KFC.

When in Kuching airport, we took airport taxi to hotel which cost RM 43. We wait for a while for the taxi because the taxi which we took is not normal taxi (max 4 people) but is executive taxi. If you take normal taxi, it is very fast because all the taxi already queues up to take passengers.


The taxi driver (Sarip Chek- 0198865196- HQ1867) gave us his name card and offered RM 40 per trip from hotel to airport. He said that Kuching is very clean. If he sees someone throw the rubbish from car, he will honk that people. He ride us to a long way to hotel in order to show us some building or view of Kuching because using shortcut, less things can be seen.


At night, around Nova Kuching Hotel seems quite difficult to look for dinner. We walked and walked, lastly I saw UTC and I knew that at the top of UTC has Top Spot Seafood Food Court so we planned dinner at there.


11th September 2016 (Sunday)

Nova Kuching Hotel >> Chong Choon Café (Breakfast) >> Cat Statues >> Waterfront >> Chinese History Museum >> Tua Pek Kong Temple >> Carpenter Street >> Post Office >> Textile Museum >> Plaza Merdeka (Lunch) >> India Street >> Street Art >> Electra House Shopping Complex >> Kai Joo Lane >> James Brooke Bistro & Café >> Nova Kuching Hotel >> Sarawak Plaza >> Tun Jugah Mall (Dinner) >> Riverside Shopping Complex >> Nova Kuching Hotel 

Near with Nova Kuching Hotel has Chong Choon Café which is so famous and full of people every morning. After breakfast, we went to Padungan (opposite of Nova Kuching Hotel road) to search for cat statues. Padungan is known as China town in Kuching.



On the way to looks for cat statue, we shop at some traditional shops for souvenirs. The times we went to Kuching was near with Moon Cake Festival so can saw many mooncakes to be sell at shop. Most of them are handmade. My family looks for some biscuits and noodles.





This cat statue located at the end of Padungan Street. My dad said the “big door” has the China feel.



This cat statue not easy to take picture with because need to cross the road and the space is limited.


I think this is the most popular cat statue because I always saw people took picture with it. Sometimes the sun is too bright also difficult to get good lighting. Therefore we went there for picture taking for 2 times.


After took picture with this cat statue, we went down to Waterfront. It has a long path for you to walk for. We were a bit early reach Chinese History Museum so need wait for a while before it opens (10 a.m.). After visited museum, we cross a road and reach Tua Pek Kong temple (oldest temple).




Chinese History Museum




In accordance with the wishes of the 2nd Rajah, this distinctively non-Chinese building was originally built in 1912 to house the Chinese Civil Court, which arbitrated over business and domestic disputes in the Chinese community and served this purpose till 1921. From 1930 till 1990, the Chinese Chamber of Commerce occupied this premise. It is now under the charge of the Sarawak Museum and houses the Sarawak History Museum which chronicles the heritage, culture and lives of Chinese settlers in Sarawak up to present day.




Shang Ti Miao



Built by the early Teochew settlers from Swatow, this temple was originally sited on the Main Bazaar but moved to present site in 1863; it was restored in 1889 after the 1884 great fire, dedicated to the “Lord of the arcane heaven” or also known as the “Deity of North”, a mythical character who is part of the Taoist pantheon of gods. As with most Chinese temples, a stage is built to provide entertainment for the deity on feast day; this is usually done on the 4th day of the 12th lunar month. Most other days, this mini opera house serves as a food court with local dishes.


Carpenter Street

The heart of the early Chinese community of Kuching, this street still boasts 3 temples and various association buildings. Named for the carpenters that congregated here, many of the signs still announce Shanghainese carpenters within, though these have largely become furniture shops amongst the many bars, eateries and guests houses which abound now.



Carpenter Street full of Chinese shops. During Moon Cake Festival, it has night market. As it is very far from my hotel so I did not go night market. At Carpenter Street which near with Textile Museum has Post Office. The Post Office is very beautiful with European style.


The Central Post Office



Completed in 1931 during the time of the 3rd Rajah, Sir Vyner Brooke, this majestic neo-classical building differentiates itself from the other buildings in the vicinity and was designed by an architectural firm based in Singapore and who also designed the Brooke Memorial. Astonishing as it may seem, this once housed the 2nd Rajah’s stables where Areca palms fenced in the Rajah’s coach house, hayloft and harness room. The Brooke crest, at the centre of the pediment, bears the Brooke motto: Dum spero spiro which roughly can be translated as, “While I breathe, I hope.” This approximates the Iban rallying call, “Agi idup, aki ngelabang,” or “While I live, I contend.” 



Opposite Post Office has Textile Museum and Plaza Merdeka. Those very close with each other. In Plaza Merdeka, we lunch at Food Court. I ate hot plate rice.




From Plaza Merdeka can go to India Street. The purpose to India Street is looks for street art. As I scared I went out at wrong exit so I asked a boy who carried a box for donation and stand at exit there. I donated some money and double confirmed with the exit to India Street.


When walked at India Street, I was regret that just asked one question to the boy as I did not know the exact places for 2 street arts. I tried asked a staff in fabric shop but she did not know where street art and Jalan Power are.




I walked until the end and saw an India cat statue. Then I just knew that has India cat statue because never seen before. Beside India cat statue has wall art like “I Love Kuching”. At there, I also tried looked for Orang Utan street arts but cannot find. As cannot find so I planned walk to Electra House Shopping Complex and suddenly I saw it.



The Orang Utan street art located at the end of India Street there. When saw Orang Utan street art, I was quite disappointed because at the trolley there has lots of rubbish. Why people cannot throw rubbish to dustbin? Where is moral?


The other one Orang Utan street art has a bag of water which I saw online. Now, don’t have so I not sure what happen or original also did not has a bag of water?


On the way back, I saw police station and knew that Kai Joo Lane around it so go there to looks for Shao Pao (bun) but two shops closed. As all of us had been walked for half day so we planned rest and have some drinks at James Brooke Bistro & Café.



Kai Joo Lane

Unfortunately known to the locals as “Coffin Street” (Kua Ca Hung) from the trade once common here. Now it is famous for tailors and traditional pineapple tarts, particularly during Chinese New Year.

After resting in hotel, we went to Sarawak Plaza and Tun Jugah but that time was heavy raining. We cannot go too far. Luckily these two shopping malls are opposite with each other. Lastly we were having dinner at food court of Tun Jugah mall.  These entire malls are early closed the shops. I ate crispy chicken rice for dinner.




After dinner, the rain was getting small so we went to Riverside Shopping Mall.

                                          

                                          

At Jalan Main Bazaar has many stalls or shops are selling kek lapis or layer cake. It is very famous in Kuching. It has many types of layer cakes and the stalls we bought have bought 10 free 1 offer. At there you also can looks for souvenirs.


There are list which I hope can pay a visit in future:-

Winnie Café- need book early 2 days for main and small dishes.
Kai Joo Lane- Chong Chon Biscuit Maker (Shao Pao) & Tong Kee
Carpenter Street- Food court opposite Xuan Tian Shang Temple
Kim Joo- Cheng noodle
Sarawak Museum- near with Padang Merdeka
Open Air Market (Jalan Khoo Hun Yeang) near with Electra House Shopping Complex.


12th September 2016 (Monday)

Nova Kuching Hotel >> Min Hong Kee (Padungan- Breakfast) >> Kuching International Airport >> Sugar Bun (Lunch) >> KKIA >> Hua Mei Hotel >> Suria Sabah >> Sushi King (Dinner) >> Hua Mei Hotel

Early in the morning, we looked for our breakfast at Min Hong Kee. After that, go around and back to hotel for a rest before check out to airport. In airport, as my parents would like to eat some rice so we lunch at Sugar Bun which near with Old Town Coffee. I ate nasi lemak.



As the weather problem in Kota Kinabalu, pilot decided to stop at Labuan Airport. We requested direct go down from Labuan Airport. An airport staff needed our boarding pass and asked us to write a formal letter. When we wrote the letter, being informed that we cannot touch down from flight. Therefore we followed the flight back to Kota Kinabalu around 5 p.m. something.


From KKIA, we took shuttle bus which cost RM 5 per trip and our drop by point is at Horizon Hotel. From there we walked to Hua Mei Hotel. Hua Mei Hotel did upgrade a bit compare my previous stay that it has flat screen TV. We stay in Standard Twin Room which cost RM 115 per night.




13th September 2016 (Tuesday)

Hua Mei Hotel >> Qiang Sheng (Breakfast) >> Jesselton Point >> Labuan International Ferry Terminal

Early in the morning, we breakfast at Qiang Sheng (same row with hotel). After that we walked to Jesselton Point and backed to Labuan by using Ferry Express.


*All history of building which I copied from “Kuching Heritage Map Exploring 22 Landmarks”

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