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Where’s my Easter egg?

Last day of the Easter break. Haven’t have any Easter egg. Not that I must have one though… but I am missing chocolate hot cross bun! Oh boy how I wish I’m in Aussieland now where it’s available almost everywhere.

Went Festival Walk for a sweet and short retail therapy on my own. Yes I enjoy my alone time while R is home. Bought 3 blue rays – Frozen, Mama Mia and Princess Mononoke. They are my all time favourite! I thought it’d be great to save these lovely movies for my future kids.

I have been using different skin cares. Sny-ake,  Aqua Moist,  Laroche and Laneige. Thought of trying Kielh’s for a while now. Read their product reviews and their products seems to be quite natural and with lots of positive testimonials. So, went in and got my skin tested (I’m considered oily skin btw), tried the samples and bought the whole series of clearly corrective white. to have clear, white and even skin tone. Hope it works!

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Lunch is Kimchi Jigae at the food court. Big fan of Korean food. okay maybe not just Korean. I’m generally just biggest fan of all good food. That’s also why my weight hasn’t been dropping since… well, since I can pay my own bill. Yes I’m serious. I spend righteously now then I was before. Perhaps it’s because back then I’m spending my parents hard earn money. Definitely not mine although it’s my pocket money or monthly allowance.

Now I spend what I earn and it makes me happy.

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Traveling with a bunch of monkeys!

I wasn’t sure if I’m going to blog about my sort of weekend getaway trip to Phuket with the keeper and his childhood friends. You see how lazy I got since my new job (not so New now it’s almost 10 months). Anyway,I wanted to share for… if anyone ever come across my blog or if they are searching for an idea for Phuket vacation. So here I go..

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Basics
Duration: 4 days 3 nights
People: 6 of us. 4 boys 2 girls.
Airline: Thai Airways
Hotel: Outrigger Laguna Phuket Resort & Villa
Fixed cost (air ticket plus hotel) for the whole trip: HKD 4600 per person.

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Standard group photo in front of our boarding gate. We took the 10.25am direct flight, but flight delay due to bad weather, anyway we reached Phuket at 2.30pm local time. It’s about 3 hours flight if you’re wondering.

Prepay SIM with Internet Data
As new gens and with smartphones and social medias, we probably can’t enjoy the fullest without having access to the internet. Don’t bother going roaming. There’s a counter at the baggage claim area, offering prepay SIM card for tourist (TrueMove) at TBH 250 for 5days unlimited data usage. I have zero interest in international call and sms as all can be done freely via whatsapp, line, wechat, viber etc. The only essential is DATA USAGE. To save all troubles as everything is mostly in Thai, just tell the staffs which plan you need, pay them and pass your phone. They will fix it for you.

Car rental
6 of us traveling, taxi or bus is obviously not a good choice so we rent a 4WD. There are few car rental, the big brands like Hertz, Avis, Budget are on your right once you passed the final gate. We picked National though. Budget was expensive and Hertz was fully booked. Anyway,service at National was really pleasant. Took their Toyota Fortune at TBH 10,350 for 3 days, with navigator and full insurance coverage included.
Tips:
# Pay by cash so you won’t have to deal with the currency with your bank after. And a friend told us some car rental convert locally at high price before charging your card. BUT you do have to swipe your card holding some amount for deposit. There won’t be any transaction unless you badly damaged the car.
# Strongly advice not to take your mobile phone as gps navigator. Although you have data access, it’s on 3G and most of the time, it doesn’t work.

Accommodation
We booked a 3 bedrooms Pool Villa at Outrigger Laguna Phuket Resort & Villa. It’s 25 mins drive from the airport and about 35 mins to Phuket Town or Patong. It’s not crowded and definitely no tour group. All are on free and easy, mostly European. Also, 5 mins shuttle bus to hotel’s private beach. The following photos are taken by myself, so it’s real, no photoshop and not as professionally pretty as the hotel’s website’s:
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Main pool at the reception. Where you find the resort hotel room, cafe, kids club and tour information counter.

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I forgot to take external picture of the villa. It pretty much look exactly like a 2 storey house. First floor, we have a guest toilet, the living & dining area plus open kitchen.

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Private pool! It’s a small pool with about 1.4m dept. Not exactly for swimmer but perfectly fine to hang out and play water ball fight with friends.
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We bought the ball for about TBH150. The most well spend as everyone loves it. It brought out our inner child. Floating bed is free. Got it from the store room next to the pool.

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Bedrooms are pretty much the same. 1 master room with a king bed toilet with jacuzzi and walk in wardrobe, 1 room with a queen bed and sharing toilet with the other room with 2 single bed. Comfortable mattress and squeaky clean.

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Oh, and you can take the shuttle bus from your villa to the private beach owns by the hotel group. What to do at the beach? If you’re really asking… Sunbathing, swimming, beach volley ball, foot massage, food and alcohol available. It arrived at Canal Village where you’ll find restaurants, souvenir shops, money changer. There are shuttle bus to Angsana Laguna for Spa and Massage too!

Day Tour
Its definitely cheaper if you have the time to find one in town. We are super lazy so we asked the reception for recommendations. First timer, Phi Phi Islands are a must. And we went with ALP Adventure. No tour group, having different nationalities on board i.e European, Russian, American, Singaporean, African, Australian, Malaysian (myself),Hong Konger and only 3 PRC.

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Groupie before we gets wet and wild.

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I love the ocean.

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Stop by a beach they called the Leonardo DiCaprio Beach. I think it’s from a movie or something but… it’s so crowded! We walked further for some crazy pose.

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Selfie with my keeper.

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TBH200 for this picture and frame from the agency. We didn’t pay for the videos although I remember posing a lot while he filming haha.

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If you’re there for the weekend, don’t missed their weekend market, near Phuket Town, open till 11pm. There are food and goods at cheap price.

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Don’t just go to restaurants recommended by the tourist book, explore yourselves. Ask the local, ask the money changer… You might be surprised.

That’s my trip.
xoxo

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MH370

I haven’t comment on the missing of MH370 as I think my comment is not the point; in fact I think everyone’s comments are unnecessary. Our comments? It doesn’t help. Our prayers? I’m sorry but I’m not sure if it works. BUT… that’s the least we could do right? Sending our prayers.

Having no comment does not mean I don’t care. Even though I know no one on board, but the ache of losing family and friends… you really don’t have to experience it to understand. Simply close your eyes and picture it. Yes, that’s the feeling. Its not just pain, its more than that isn’t it? How you never thought it may be your last good bye.

I read about news or short updates on MH370 but to be honest I am not sure which to believe. I saw blame and complaint; rage and sadness. But really, all I ever want is for MH370 to be found, and yes let’s face it.. dead or alive.

Why haven’t they confirm of the crashing? people ask. Perhaps it’s a protocol that if no debris found it can’t be treated as crashed. Spilt oil and some suspected items haven’t been verified excluded. Or maybe. .. they are hoping. Hoping that it’s some signal error,  hoping that MH370 is still out there,  flying or floating with 227 passenger and 12 crews alive.

Relating the incident to politics? Suspecting terrorists attack due to usage of 2 fake passports?  Honestly,  we don’t care. We don’t even care what happened, if only M370 could return unharmed and everyone’s living.

I pray, for everyone on board of MH370 to feel the love and hope sending out from around the world .

I pray, for those who are waiting for the returning of their love ones to hold on to their beliefs and facing all with unimaginable strengths.

I pray, for those who have nothing nice to say to stop commenting and giving personal opinion. . (screw freedom of speech and) just move on with your life like this never happened.

With hope.

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Just another roll of films

Wow. Mid October already. Have I missed blogging? To be honest, not really. It’s hard to squeeze time for it, too much to write about. Or perhaps it’s all because I haven’t been blogging often, everything piles up, and my fish memory just couldn’t store much that I forgot most of the details. Everytime I try to start blogging again, I end up deleting what I’ve written and just turn away.

Let’s see if I flash to the pictures I took.

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So the day I dropped off my siblings at the airport.  Roy and I thought it’d be great to have lunch at discovery bay. U know, to cheer me up as I was a cry baby while sending them off the departure gate. Hey don’t judge, I am a very emotional and family-attached kind of girl.

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Thanks to Ms T we got free tickets to watch the FIVB 2013 Hong Kong. It wasn’t as good as the games in 2011. I’ve misses USA and Kazakhstan girls and their spirits in court.

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Amazing experience in the dark with beautiful voices. I think I blog about it. Anyway, can’t wait for next year’s.

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Uncle Henry and Alex from Taiwan visits. And my buay paiseh request for these spicy biscuits. 

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Know this amazingly friendly family for so many years. I practically see Alex growing from pre-school. And bam ! Now he’s taller than me.

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Housewarming with the keeper’s childhood buds and plus one. One of them is our interior designer who make our dream home come true. Truly appreciate his effort and dedication.

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Our sixth anniversary.  Dining at Shangri La with an absolute delicious 5 course meal by specially prepared by Michelin chef.

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One of our favorite things to do on Sundays is hanging out at Sai Kung Town with many angmohs Kids playing around with their rollers & scooters and hunt for good food.

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I rarely take pictures with my colleagues.  Somehow thought they are not big fan of camwhoring.  But I do have this one group pic we took at Liz’s birthday lunch. They are my lunch group. 

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The keeper and myself are on diet. We have yogurt and salads for weekdays’ dinner. And weekend will be our cheat day except control carb intake at dinner. So it makes our food discovery weekend amazing.

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Given our home theme are quite natural and in fact some say it’s very green friendly, we decided to get some real plants to decorate our mini balcony.

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So for now,  we got these.

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Went camping with the other two pairs at Wan Tsai. (Not the one in HK island). Never though we’d enjoy camping so much. Definitely at least once a month for the next 4months.

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Lastly, at the pier.

Love,
-S

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It’s a siblings kind of things

Good day.

Mid July. Brother and sister were here for weeks. It’s been a very long time. The last siblings reunion like this was 3 years ago, in Las Vegas with our parents. We had great fun together.

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This is when we’re at nichigyu for dinner treated by bro because he lost in “scissors – paper – stone”. Silly games we never get bored of. Of course we picked the premium beef : )

Now that Roy and I started working, brother in the UK and sister soon to be college freshmen, we realized it’s getting harder (and it will only gets harder) to go on a family trip.

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Enjoy my time with sis even if it means me spending more money than usual.

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I took them to Pui O for some sea action – clamp fetching. We all had fun. Then I realized how much I miss this whole with my brother and sister thing. It’d be great if our parents can make it too. ANYWAY, I’m sure we will do this again, as a family.

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Did I mentioned how much they love Japanese food? To the extent its qlmost (literally) everyday. So we had Japanese buffet before sending them off to the airport.

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Aunt and uncle stopped by on their way back to Malaysia too. I guess we’ve never been so happy for a flight delay. If not because of the delay, we won’t be able to have this small gathering. According to bro, the last time the three of us together with aunt having time to sit for dinner and a lil catch ups was 7 years ago. How time flies.
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I hate saying goodbye. Cried uncontrollably when they walk into the departure gate. Although we annoyed and irritated each other a lot (that’s what siblings do)… I love them. Unconditionally. Always and forever.

-64.6

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Concert in the Dark

This is an experience I will never forget.

In fact, I’ve got a few draft sitting in the box that I’ve been writing but haven’t got time to finish it. Oh well, they can wait or can be ignored (oops).  But what happen today? I just can’t wait to share this amazing experience!

So, what is Concert in the Dark? I first heard it from Roy. He overheard the event on the radio one night and thought it’d be quite an experience for us. On Thursday, we decided to go and bought our tickets for Sunday noon’s show.

A little intro: Concert in the Dark is a pure sound concert. It is the world’s only concert held in complete darkness and managed with the participation of the visually impaired. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the foundation (Dialogue in the Dark) to support visually impaired persons to take professionally recognized courses for education advancement and career development, and to sponsor underprivileged families.

It’s definitely our first time. The concert held at an auditorium of Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre. At admission, all our personal belongings were stored at the Cloakroom but small black bag was provided so we can carry our wallets and mobile phones. Then, we queue outside the Tunnel before being guided into the Dark Hall. We entered the Dark Hall in groups of 10 people, holding a rope with knots, moving slowly, keeping a comfortable distance so we don’t step on or accidentally push one another. After passing through the Tunnel, visually impaired ushers greet us and guide us to our seats.

Inside the Dark Hall, everything is pitch black. You can’t see a thing. Not even Roy’s hand when he put it in my face. I’ve heard many couldn’t stand the darkness, it kind of triggered scotophobia sufferers, or some who just don’t feel comfortable being temporary “visually impaired”. To be frank, I was worried before entering the Dark Hall. Never have I been in a place in complete darkness, so I have no idea of my adaptability or whatever you called it. Luckily, I am comfortable with in the dark. And I think one thing the Dark Hall done to me is that now I know I enjoy music even more, especially in the dark.

Today’s guest singers are Rubberband and Yoyo Sham.I am surprised by Yoyo’s voice. She sings beautifully. Both English and Chinese song. Rubberband really live up the atmosphere. The song list is great. Matching phrases and little notes by voice of Shuqi and Dayo Wong. One of the story shared by Dayo that I really like.. it’s about moth. Why does moth swoop towards light? Be it candles or lamp. They got burnt to death. What does moth dive into before the invention of lamp and fire? It’s said that moth attracts by moonlight. They flew over the moon as that’s how they find their other half.

The concept and implementation of this concert gave us an opportunity to feel world of the blinds. It truly enhanced our feeling and senses. I experiences the same songs in a total different way. Today, I see the movement of the music, I hear the true tone of the music, I feel the mood of the music, I sense it all in the dark.  Then I realize, how much have I unintentionally missed out.

I’m thankful of this experience in the darkness. To understand a little of the world of the blinds. And I thank for all the good Dialogue of the Dark is doing. Not only for the visually impaired,and for us visual-able to understand and appreciate.

– 64.6

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What happen in June? 1, New home. 2, New job.

Dear Dreamer,

So, June just went by and July is passing too! I promised I will blog about my new apartment long ago. Sorry for the slight delay, I have been busy coping with new lifestyle. Yeah, new home and new job. As many already know, I quit my job in May. Given me time to clean our new home and move in. I haven’t got time to finish up all the house warming for different group of friends. Anyway, it take times, right? So…. Let’s get back to our apartment photos !!!

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Of course, I have to start with one of the prettiest part of my home. The entrance. This is what you see when you walk in.

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The wooden art hanging on the wall is from Hokkaido. It’s all made of real wood around the area in Biei. Love how it matches our home style, modern Japanese.

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My living room. Personal favorite white brick wall(paper). Taobao lime green sofa and foot rest. Samsung 55″ smart TV. Sony 5.1 entertainment set.

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Dining area plus part of my open kitchen. Marc James designer dining table. Thailand wooden stool. Modern Design chairs.

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Even though I don’t cook often (yet), I think it’s fair to say everyone likes an open and clean and spacey kitchen.

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Full view of the dining area. Simple.

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Master bathroom. Grey tinted glass. Natural cemented vanity.

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Personally pick the toilet bowl, basin and faucet. It looks clean and modern.

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My Japanese bath area. Pick this Japanese tiles to match.

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Study corner aka work station. Beautiful blue to bring some warmth.

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Walk-in wardrobe. It’s a female thing.

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When you walk in to the master this is what you see. Left is the walk-in wardrobe, right is master bathroom, and right at the front is our king size bed on top of floor slab/ storage platform.

In addition, umagzine Hong Kong came over to take some pictures and words for their magazine, introducing home design.
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Beside Umagazine, Hong Kong i-Cable TV came over for an interview too. You may watch it at http://ent.i-cable.com/program/space/videoPlay.php?video_id=34879%3F6

This is really our dream apartment. I can’t show enough appreciation to our dearest friend (also our interior designer) Mr Kiros Ng from Studioparti and his team. He turn our ideas into reality, he’s given full support into making us a perfect home. Simple and elegant. Modern and natural.

Love,
– S