Thailand 1.0 (Food & Beverages)

Previously I’ve posted about what I packed for my trip, and also the highlights of my trip. In this final post about my Thailand 1.0 trip, it’s gonna be all about food (and beverages)! Just a heads up, many of the food I tried I don’t remember the price. Haha


This was actually onigiri from the Family Mart in KLIA2. I think it costed about RM5. It was so-so, I had to take a second bite before I hit the salmon flakes. I do wanna try the matcha ice-cream from Family Mart, haven’t got the chance to yet.




This was my first meal in Bangkok, right after we landed, boat noodles! It was at some stall/restaurant near a river (drain), I’m not too sure. I’ve always wanted to try boat noodles when I’m in Malaysia, but never really got the chance to. I tried a pork one, a beef one and a tomyam one. It was a pretty good snack. And later we tried that dessert thing which is green at the bottom and white on the top. Those were good, and pretty addictive. One bowl of boat noodles cost 12 baht, and one of those dessert thing costs 5 baht.


I tried this xtreme choc mint ice-cream from the 7-11 and it was so good!




Almost in all indoor food court, the Thais use a food court card system. You load a card with some money at a counter, and purchase your meal. You can redeem the balance from the card when you’re done. I tried the mango sticky rice (70 baht) and basic pad thai (30 baht) at the food court in Terminal 21. It was amazing! Sad thing was I only ate mango sticky rice once when I went to Thailand.


This was a Thai Tea flavoured ice-cream I got from an ice-cream stall at Ayutthaya train station. The stall was near the washroom. It was pretty yummy, I wish I could’ve tried all the flavours the man sold.



One of the things I like to do in a new country is try out the local beer. I’m not a fan of beers but I just like to try them. I tried Singha and Chang when I was in Thailand, I think it was alright, not a beer critique.


These were the Thai instant cup noodles that I tried.


This is called Betagen, it’s a cultured milk drink, something like Yakult or Vitagen. Betagen spray is also a topical skin treatment for dogs, so don’t get that mixed up.  Betagen is one of the items that all of us continuously get whenever we hit any 7-11. I love that they sell them in bottles, I’m not sure how many servings one bottle is for, but I’m glad I could drink till I’m satisfied. In Malaysia, Yakults and Vitagens come in really small bottles, the kind you can even finish in one gulp.


This is a coconut flavoured yogurt which according to Dave can only be found in Thailand. It’s super good. I wish they have them in Malaysia and I would totally stock up on it.


This was some noodle we got from a roadside stall in Pak Chong which costed 40 baht. I like how the Thais are generous with the meat, or at least it is proportionate.


This was coconut water from 7-11. Haha. This was during the third day when somehow I still couldn’t find fresh coconut water to drink!


This is another random noodle from a roadside stall in which the noodles wasn’t well cooked so it was kinda tough. But the owner of the stall was really happy that day I think cause suddenly she was making money from 19 people!


This was corn I got outside the winery! One of the mini highlights of my trip was eating corn on the bike ride, I was Xiao Zhu’s pillion rider. It was just so satisfying to be out in the open, wind hitting my face and munching on my corn. When I was done, I just threw the cob by the roadside, cause it’s organic and it’ll decompose.


This was my first fresh coconut drink! I got it from some road side stall when they were filling gas for the motorbikes. And I got it cause it was 30 baht. Whenever I see fresh coconut that cost 50 baht and above, I won’t buy it.


Dave recommended this yogurt as well but I didn’t fancy it.


Bugs for the tummy! I didn’t try this, hopefully next time. This was in Chinatown.


This was a glass noodle dish that Dave loves. I asked him what it’s called several times but I keep forgetting. I only love the glass noodle part, I didn’t quite like the quite raw vegetable, especially the cabbages.


This was Thai Bubble Milk Tea from this shop called CoCo. It was good! Only wished I had it more than once when I was in Thailand.


This was my second and last fresh coconut drink from a stall called Punjung in Mae Klong Railway Market.

Next up is a series of food Jashon, Guat Ling and I had at Amphawa Floating Market!


This was pork satay, which is delicious, especially when it’s still warm.


This was some glass noodle dish which I super love. Sorry I just didn’t remember the names to the dishes.


This was fried mussels, which is supposedly something like the Taiwanese fried oysters, but it was just meh. There was just a lot of flour and not many mussels. I could count them with one hand.


Pad Thai from Amphawa Floating Market. I was wondering, is there any Pad Thai in Thailand that doesn’t taste good?


Grilled squid! Also tastes better when it’s warm, I loved pairing this with the glass noodle dish.


This green caviar was not impressive at all. And it was 100 baht.


This salad dish with some seafood’s (I forgot what was the name of the seafood) egg was awesome! There was just this unique taste to it that made it pretty irresistible.


Coconut ice-cream that cost 40 baht! Something like this in Malaysia, maybe at Sangkaya would cost more than RM 10. Wth. It was super good too!

That’s pretty much the food I tried in Thailand. We had many meals in 7-11. The 7-11 in Thailand is impressive, you can find it everywhere except maybe the airport. And the instant and frozen food they sold were delicious and reasonably priced. God I wish the 7-11 in Malaysia was like that. They even sell frozen burgers which tasted good.



These were the last 2 items I had before boarding the flight back to KL. Pork Pepper Lunch, and also Crunchy Choco Dip from McDonalds. The crunchy choco dip was so good. I hope it comes to Malaysia some day. And that’s the last of Thailand 1.0, hope you enjoyed reading, or at least going through the photos. Haha.


Thailand 1.0 (Highlights)

Previously I talked about the things I packed during my Thailand 1.0 trip. In this post, I’m gonna talk about the highlights of my trip in chronological order!

How did I get to the airport?

My parents usually almost always sends anyone who needs to go to the airport. But this time, it was just a short 2 hour flight, and I didn’t want to trouble my parents. WC suggested I take the KLIA Transit, which goes from KL Sentral to KLIA / KLIA2. The few stops in between them includes Bandar Tasik Selatan (BTS), which is near my house. Click here for KLIA Transit fares.

And there’s a hack to it, if I take from BTS – KLIA2, it will cost me RM 38.40. However, if I take from BTS – Salak Tinggi (RM 12.40), and then from Salak Tinggi – KLIA2 (RM 4.90), it will only cost me RM 17.30, which is the child fare from BTS – KLIA2. However, this could only work if you have time to spare, since you have to wait for the next train in Salak Tinggi. So here, you don’t save time but you save more than 50% of the actual fare.

Brief Itinerary


Bangkok (1 day) – Ayutthaya (1 day) – Pak Chong / Khao Yai (1 day) – Bangkok (3 days)


  1. Fun Wan Hostel (Bangkok Day 1) – 6/10
  2. Rose Villa Resort (Pak Chong / Khao Yai) – 9/10
  3. New York Suite Hotel (Bangkok Day 4 – 6) – 5/10

Fun Wan Hostel’s location was pretty central, it was a walking distance from Terminal 21. There were 19 of us in total, since it was such a big group, we got split into 3 dorms. For me, the dorms were okay, some of my mates complaint that the floor was sandy. I really liked that the room wasn’t hot, they had plenty of fans and it was air-conditioned. The toilet was so-so, I don’t really fancy bathrooms where the shower area, sink and toilet area are not divided.


Rose Villa Resort was by far the best accommodation (that’s why I had a photo of it) that we stayed at when we were in Thailand! It looks a little eerie from the main road cause the main entrance of the resort is facing a small road. Somehow, all of us got rooms on the same floor (1st floor), and I shared a room with Yong Ling. The rooms were clean and homey, and there was this male staff which was super friendly and helpful too! They also provide free breakfast of toast and coffee / tea. The only downside about this place is that the WiFi signals in the rooms are quite weak, I always have to go to the lobby for strong WiFi signal.

New York Suite Hotel was an eye opening experience. First of all, we got lost trying to find the place. I guess maybe they had a branch but it closed or they shifted and did not update their address. The one we stayed at was near Suda Palace Hotel. They had 8 floors of rooms but their elevator only goes up to 7th floor. All our rooms were on the 7th and 8th floor. Initially I got room 801, which didn’t have a sink. I requested a room change and got room 805, which is a pretty decent room. Just take note that New York Suite Hotel is the kinda place horny men take prostitutes to to spend the night. Once I was walking down the stairs and there were few boxes of condoms by the stairs. Lol.


  1. Terminal 21 (Day 1)
  2. Ayutthaya World Historical Park (Day 2)
  3. The Bloom (Day 3)
  4. PB Valley Khao Yai Winery (Day 3)
  5. Primo Piazza (Day 3)
  6. Pak Chong Night Market (Day 3)
  7. Platinum Mall (Day 4)
  8. Bangkok Chinatown (Day 4)
  9. Asiatique (Day 4)
  10. Mae Klong Railway Market (Day 5)
  11. Amphawa Floating Market (Day 5)
  12. The Nativity of Our Lady Cathedral (Day 5)
  13. Chatuchak Night Market / Weekend Market (Day 5 & Day 6)
Terminal 21 




Terminal 21 is this themed shopping mall with 9 stories. Each floor has it’s own specific theme, such as Caribbean, Rome, Paris, London, Tokyo, Istanbul, San Francisca (City / Pier), and Hollywood. Even the toilets on each floor are themed. The large rolling pin in one of the photos above is the bakery themed washroom.

Honestly, I wasn’t that amazed by the themed floors. For example, when I was on the London floor, I didn’t feel as though I was in London. A London telephone stand doesn’t portray the whole of London. I was more amused by the themed washrooms, sadly though I didn’t manage to visit all the bathrooms. Haha. But overall it’s a nice mall to shop and hangout.

Ayutthaya World Historical Park















We took a train ride from Bangkok to Ayutthaya. Our mode of transportation in Ayutthaya was by motorbike and it was super fun! However, I think the place is quite commercialised, and I didn’t enjoy visiting temples that much. I enjoyed the bike rides the most in Ayutthaya and sometimes at the temples, I kinda felt like I was in Temple Run. You have to pay 50 baht to enter each temple, which is kind of a bummer, especially if you pay for the ticket and there wasn’t much to see. Some were nice, some were boring, and some were overcrowded. I probably won’t come back to Ayutthaya again, unless WC wants to. Haha.

The Bloom











The Bloom is a place I wouldn’t wanna go again. Haha. It was quite boring for me cause I’m not into taking pictures with flowers, real and/or fake. I also find the place to be filled with more fake flowers than real ones. Most of the time there I was just observing the rest having fun taking photos with flowers. There were also some goats there which I feel isn’t well taken care of. Anyway, I think most of the girls that went enjoyed this place a lot.

PB Valley Khao Yai Winery






Initially I was a bit sceptical, like why are we going to a winery in Thailand, cause Thailand isn’t one of the main wine producers. Later I found out that the grapes wasn’t just to be made into wines, but also grape juice, which Angie loves. This winery was also a pretty nice place to chill, plus entrance is free! You can pay 300 baht per pax for a tour guide.

Primo Piazza









Primo Piazza is a dainty little Italian-like place, with cutesy buildings, nicely mowed lawn, and farm animals which you can feed for free! I quite like this place, it definitely leaves an impression of tranquillity and zen. I especially enjoy teasing the donkeys, alpacas and sheep with grass. And there were no limits to how much grass one visitor can feed, you can always ask for more grass from the staff at the barn. The animals were also human friendly so you could pet them.

Pak Chong Night Market


Pak Chong Night Market was small, but sufficient. Soo and I strolled the night market together and bought any food that looked good or looked interesting. We ate till we were bloated. Undergarments in the night market were pretty cheap too I think! At least for those stick on bras and stuff. Haha.

Platinum Mall / Chinatown / Asiatique





No photos from Platinum Mall. So Platinum Mall is this huge ass shopping mall that sells mainly clothes. You can get really cheap deals there. People literally shop with a large trolley bag or canvas bag with them. I didn’t enjoy the shopping that much cause this trip I came for the Thai culture and not that much for the shopping. But it was a great experience. I would love to come back here with WC.

It took a boat ride to Chinatown and Asiatique. Chinatown was pretty quiet when we went there, most of the shops were closing. Nothing much to shout about, it was fairly similar to Petaling Street in KL. Asiatique was interesting. It was like this small lively area filled with games and food and shopping. It’s quite a hipster place I would say, and I wouldn’t mind coming back here again.

Mae Klong Railway Market (Rom Hoob Market) / Amphawa Floating Market 






Mae Klong Railway Market and Amphawa Floating Market was the highlight of the trip for me! Mae Klong Railway Market is a fresh market the vendor’s goods are sold along the railway line. The vendors have to move their goods away whenever a train passes. It was such a fascinating scene! Check out the timelapse of this scene I shot below.

I really like Amphawa Floating Market too cause maybe I had a lot to eat there. And also I got my very first Thai foot massage there! Since day 1 I was looking forward for a foot massage and I was so happy when I finally got it. Especially after all the walking in Bangkok. When I was there, there wasn’t much boats selling things, and those that sell on the boat were food. There were also many interesting shops along the river.

The Nativity of Our Lady Cathedral






This church was alright, there was a school nearby. I’m not sure if it’s a school in the church, or a church in the school. If you’re into taking pictures with church then this is a to-go place for you, but not for me. Haha. I kinda found this place a bit of a waste of time and money, I probably wouldn’t come here again. We couldn’t even go in the church.

Chatuchak Night Market / Weekend Market

Chatuchak is a really nice market in my opinion but sadly I didn’t have much time to browse the stalls there. Even thought I stated that I was there on the 5th day and 6th day, I was only there on the night of day 5 and the morning of day 6. And each time I was there I had about an hour to walk. One hour isn’t enough in a Thai market!

And that marks the highlights of my Thailand 1.0 trip! It was a mouthful of experience travelling a group of 19 people. I think I probably won’t be travelling in a group that big in the near future. A final post on Thai food I’ve tried coming soon!


Thailand 1.0 (What I packed)

I recently just got back from a 6 day 5 night trip to Thailand with a bunch of mates from university. It was my first time to Thailand, hence the title Thailand 1.0. Overall the trip was great, with ups and downs. In a few series of Thailand 1.0 posts, I will talk about what I packed, the highlights of my trip in chronological order and also the food I tried.

I researched a little before I started packing, Her Packing List was a great source of packing lists and tips. I was provided with a very brief itinerary of the trip, but didn’t research further of the places that I will be going. So my packing list is kinda casual, basic and general.

My Packing List


Here’s a shot of the items that I packed from my trip! I was aiming for the backpacker / lightweight / minimalistic packing style, so I went with my Mountain Warehouse Walkabout 30 backpack (30 L) and WC’s battered Nike pouch.

  • 1 face towel – did not use during the trip
  • 1 body towel – did not use during the trip
  • 1 windbreaker
  • 1 scarf – did not use during the trip
  • 4 shirts
  • 2 long pants
  • 1 legging
  • 1 shorts – did not use during the trip
  • 1 set of PJs (1 long sleeve shirt & 1 long pants)
  • 4 underwear
  • 2 bikini tops
  • 1 basic bra
  • 1 sports bra
  • 3 pairs of socks
  • 1 pair of flip flops (only worn in hostels / hotels room)
  • 1 pair of sport shoes
  • 1 pillowcase – did not use during the trip
  • 1 cap
  • 1 notebook + pen
  • Some paracord – did not use during the trip
  • 1 watch
  • 1 foldable bag
  • Tissues
  • Wet wipes
  • Hair ties
  • Raincoat – did not use during the trip
  • Medicines (Activated carbon, anti histamine, diarrhoea)
  • 1 pack Donkey card game – did not use during the trip
  • Some band aids – did not use during the trip
  • Sanitary pads + tampons (it had to come a day before the trip)
  • Mints
  • Passport
  • Currency
  • 1 water bottle
  • 1 toothbrush
  • 1 travel size toothpaste
  • 1 tongue scrapper
  • 1 travel size floss
  • 1 hand santizer
  • 1 lip balm
  • 1 medicated oil
  • 1 eye drop
  • 1 shower gel
  • 1 used bar soap
  • 1 travel size hair oil
  • 1 travel size sunscreen
  • 1 bug repellent – did not use during the trip
  • 1 mineral salt deodorant
  • 6 pairs daily contact lenses
  • 1 fully charged 10400 mAh power bank
  • 1 Malaysian adapter – did not use during the trip
  • 1 lightning cable
  • 1 USB cable – did not use during the trip
  • 1 iPhone
  • 1 earpods – did not use during the trip

Yeap, so that’s basically my packing list. Some of the items listed are not in the photo.

My daily attire was a plain tee and a patterned long pants, the kind with elastics waist bands. I didn’t use the towels I brought cause I didn’t want to have to pack a damp towel in my bag whenever we go to a different place and change accommodations. Our first accommodation didn’t provide towels so I used one of my t-shirts as my towel (since it dries quick). Our second and third accommodation provided us towels. Midway through the trip I hand washed some of my clothes, that’s how my clothes lasted me 6 days.

Bikini tops work great as a bra substitute. The windbreaker was great during the midnight train rides. A foldable bag is good for going to the shower, you can pack all your clothes and toiletries in it when you go to the bathroom. It works great as a shopping bag too! Mints are a saviour during the long bus rides / train rides / plane rides. Especially if you’re sleeping. Pop a mint when you wake up so you won’t have to worry about stale breath.

If you noticed, I did not pack shampoo and conditioner with me. I intended to use my bar soap as my shampoo. But God that was the worst decision I’ve made, for 2-3 days my hair was like hay and all I wanted to do was get my hair washed at a saloon. I used the shower gel for my body and I noticed that the hair near my neck, where some of the shower gel got on the hair as well, was softer and not hay-like! And I only realised that the shower gel would work better as shampoo than a bar soap on the second last day. Lol. But well, at least I learnt something. Haha.

You need a universal adapter when you go to Thailand, at least for Malaysians. I didn’t bring one, but I brought a fully charged power bank and was able to survive all 6 days with it! I used my phone mainly for the camera, and a some texting. I didn’t have mobile data on and my WiFi was only switched on from time to time a day, I guess that’s why my iPhone’s battery manage to last so long. I also have no idea why I brought my earpods along cause I have no songs on my iPhone, but Soo made use of it.

And that’s it for what I packed for my 6 day 5 nights trip to Thailand. More soon.


Post CNY

Disclaimer: Was suppose to publish this a week ago but was missing a photo, hence the odd perspective from the post.

Technically Chinese New Year is still on going cause it goes on for a span of 15 days. But I’m gonna do my post CNY now cause I’m leaving for Bangkok next week and will be back in campus the following week. And the main parts of my CNY celebrations are also done.

CNY Day 1 / 大年初一

At 12 midnight, we did some prayers and headed to bed. In the morning, I boiled some oyster porridge and got ready for the new year! One of my family tradition is to have oyster porridge for breakfast on the first day of Chinese New Year. I’m not too clear on the historical meaning of it but I believe it’s something the monks do, and that oysters are considered vegetarian in some context.

Post CNY

I used the leftover chicken soup from the reunion dinner to cook this so technically it isn’t a vegetarian dish anymore. We also finished up the leftovers from the reunion dinner for brunch. Since everyone woke up pretty late, we had the oyster porridge for brunch instead.

Another tradition of my family during the first day of CNY is the tea ceremony where the kids serve tea to the parents and the parents will give us angpao (red packet). A fun thing that my parents liked to do during the angpao giving session / tea ceremony is that they packed different amounts in the red packets.

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This is my mom and dad before the tea ceremony. In each red packets, are different amount of CNY money, usually just a few ringgit difference. So each kid will end up with a different amount, the lucky one would get a bigger amount. Previous years, my elder sister is always the first to pick her angpao and my younger sister the last. But this year, there were only Jon and I. It was still fun but not as exciting as previous years.

Post CNY

I guess it’s pretty much like a lucky draw. And this year, since there wasn’t much atmosphere at home due to the small amount of family members, we only took one family photo. Haha. In previous years, we used to take tons! Maybe because also that the house wasn’t very well decorated for the festive season so there wasn’t much hype to take photos.

Once we done and packed, we headed of to my Dad’s hometown, Malacca, which is south of Kuala Lumpur. I volunteered to drive, and boy was the traffic terrible! We left home about 1.30 pm and only reached Malacca after 4.30 pm! Normally, it would only take us at most 2 hours to get to Malacca from home.

We visited my Uncle Henry first, dad’s eldest brother somewhere at Bukit Katil if I’m not mistaken. Then we went to our final destination at my aunt Susan’s canteen in Ujong Pasir. I took a nap when I reached there. Haha cause I was pretty tired from the drive. I played some Gin Rummy this year, and won like RM 7. Haha.

We play Gin Rummy in Malacca every Chinese New Year. Usually the aunties play it but this year I decided to join in (plus also my mom was taking a nap too). I also realised that this year I wasn’t all about gambling luck games, I leaned towards luck + strategic games if I do gamble. I avoided centrepool this year.

It was great catching up with my relatives in Malacca, I haven’t been back to Malacca for more than a year! My little nieces and nephew have all grown up, time just flies. I kinda look forward to going back to Malacca again. We left Malacca slightly after midnight and arrived back home about 2 am.

CNY Day 2 – 4

Mom, dad and I headed back to Ipoh the following day. Jon didn’t follow cause he had work. There wasn’t much going on in Ipoh, we basically ate slept ate slept.

Post CNY

Here’s the famous Ipoh Kong Heng Gai Si Hor Fun (Chicken Slice Rice Noodles). It was crazy packed when we went on CNY Day 4. It costs RM 6.50 a bowl now and they’ve ditched the plastic chopsticks and now serves them with disposable chopsticks. It still tastes good and classic though.

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I also had the egg custard when I was at Kong Heng.

On CNY Day 3, we had dinner at Citrus Wine & Dine, which is just a stone’s throw away from my relatives’ house. My aunt Har Ying treated this scrumptious meal. I had the pumpkin soup, the scallop pasta and also pandan & ginger crème brûlée.

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Post CNY

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3/6 family photo in Ipoh.

CNY Day 5

Today I get to meet WC after almost a week! We had lunch with some of WC’s friends from high school. After going rounds for a while, we settled at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. for lunch. WC and I have been wanting to try this place for a while now. I thought that the food was just okay, for the price I paid, I could have gotten a larger portion at Tony Roman’s or TGIF.

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I had the pasta dish, there was only one pasta dish in the whole menu. It was good, but I was really expecting a bigger portion, the kind I can’t finish on my own. Haha.

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They also ordered these shrimps to share. I liked these!

Then we went to the apartment for dessert. I had an affogato, cause I saw Kenn having it the other day at Citrus and I’ve been wanting to try it ever since. Loved it too! After dessert, we spontaneously went for one round of Escape Room! It was RM 38.20 per person since it was a public holiday.

We went for the Space Voyager room, which apparently is the toughest room. There were 5 rooms to clear before the escape. I thought it was pretty fun, in addition to WC’s super expressive friends. Haha. We only have 45 minutes to figure out how to escape and we manage to escape in 44 minutes and 49 seconds! So close!

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We even earned a spot on the weekly challenge board! I didn’t really contribute much but I had tons of fun. I think WC contributed the most, that smart ass. After Escape Room, WC and I headed back to his place to have dinner with his family. We had mee suah for dinner. I like his mom’s mee suah, somehow to me it kinda tastes like ramen instead of mee suah. Maybe it’s cause of the tasty soup.

CNY Day 6 – 7

I didn’t do much on day 6, mainly stayed home. On day 7, I went to the gym with WC in the morning, we met his mom there. I didn’t do any running today. Previously I’ve only done running and I don’t feel much ache the next day. So I told WC I wanted to do something else today.

WC has always wanted me to do more cardio to activate my metabolism. Haha. But that day I did arms and legs and abs. It was a great workout, I didn’t sweat much though but I knew I was going to be sore af the next day. We had prawn noodles for lunch at Xan Ling Cafe Segambut. It’s pretty much our go-to food after gym most of the time.

Then we headed back to my place to wait for dinner time lol. Guess what, Soo called and said he was coming over. And when he came over, he asked Yen Fang if he was able to come over. So yeah I had impromptu CNY guest. It was great catching up with them. I haven’t seen Yen Fang in over a year.

After they left, WC helped me with the dogs and we got ready for dinner. Since it was the 7th day of CNY, it is also known as 人日 (birth of human beings). So sometimes in simple terms we call the 7th day of CNY as everyone’s birthday. So on this day my uncle organised this get together dinner at Pantai Seafood, his go to restaurant.

Dinner was alright. WC was kinda awkward at first. Haha. Best part of the dinner was the yee sang! To date I had 5 times of yee sang! This CNY is the best so far cause I get to stuff myself with them yee sang. I especially hate it when people waste them.

That’s pretty much the highlight of my CNY. I went on a trip to Thailand during the second week of CNY, will update on it soon!




Howdy dowdy. I’ve been spending the past 3 days pretty much helping out at home getting things ready for CNY. I’ve cleared my room (which is a plus cause I usually do it when I’m about to leave for hostel again), and I also helped mop the floor. Haha.

Managed to squeeze in a little gym time with WC and met up with his buds Su and Crystal. We had dim sum at Restaurant Jin Xuan Hong Kong Dim Sum for lunch. To be honest, I quite dislike dim sum. Cause in my mind I always portray it as more flour than meat. However, I enjoyed my dim sum meal yesterday!


Here’s why: We didn’t over-order. Usually when I have to eat dim sum with my family, we tend to over-order, cause Jon loves dim sum. And so we always end up stuffed. Too much dim sum is kinda jelak. When I had dim sum with WC, Su and Crystal, initially I thought they didn’t order enough, lol, compared to my family. But whatever they ordered was just nice.

After dim sum we headed to Hails Soft Serve cause it was just a stone throw away to grab dessert! I was supper excited when Crystal mentioned it cause I’ve been wanting to try it ever since I saw it featured by Insider. I really wanted to try the lady grey tea infused flavoured ice cream but they didn’t have it that day. So I tried the blue pea gula melaka. It was not bad.

Today is CNY eve. Where we mostly spend our time finalising the preparations of ourselves and our home for CNY I guess. Haha. I spent my morning helping out dad outside with the dogs. I have an achievement today! I cut all the dogs’ nails successfully on my own! Previously, I was always afraid to cut them cause they were afraid and they struggled which made me afraid I might hurt them.

One time, the first time I tried cutting a dog’s nail on my own, it was late Chako’s paw nail. It was so long that I wanted to cut it as short as I can (even though dad said to just cut the sharp part off). But I didn’t listen and cut it really short to her paw, blood oozed out and she yelped! And for a while I was afraid to cut nails for dogs.

But today, I saw that little Mireille’s nails was pretty long. And I think she hasn’t had her nails cut before. So I thought, if I could create a good first nail cut experience with her, it would be great for both Mireille and I. So I picked up all my nail cutting courage and cut her nails.And it went well! I ended up cutting nails for Angel, Stanley and Sandy too.

I spent my afternoon assisting mom with the CNY Reunion Dinner preparation. Haha. I did stuff like chopping the garlic and ginger and washing the green veggies. We manage to do settle most of the stuff pretty quickly. We had a total of 7 dishes this year for 4 pax! We finished everything except for the green raw veggies and chicken.


Tadaa! Only the yee sang and fatt choi dish were bought, others my mom prepared (with her trusty assistant Kim). This year is the first year we had yee sang at home. Here’s a funny story, after we mixed the yee sang only then I realised that we forgot to add in the raw salmon that was still in the fridge. Haha. I literally finished half of the yee sang.


This is my wonderful working mom that still manages to prepare such a wholesome reunion dinner.


My awesome folks that did 90% of the CNY preps! Speaking of that, I really wished Jon would have voluntarily helped out more at home. God he didn’t have to go to work today and all he did during his free time at home is camp out in front of his computer! After dinner, I thought that he would volunteer to do the dishes cause pretty much didn’t do anything at home today. But he didn’t, until I sounded him.

And because of his behaviour / attitude, sometime it makes me grumpy or impatient cause I feel like I’m doing my part and he isn’t doing a single thing. I do hope that my bro turns into a new leaf, or at least grow into a greener leaf (lol, does that make sense) in the new year of the rooster. Hopefully he becomes more reliable and useful.

I’m not talking bad about my brother, he’s a great guy, smart and/or funny at times, but he has so much to improve on given his age. There’s so much of him that I don’t want to be when I am his age. I too know that I’m flawed and have a lot to work on myself. Bring it on cock year.


First Haircut of the Year

I got up fairly early today to clean and vacuum the internal of the Latio before heading out to meet WC. Usually it takes more or less 30 minutes to go to WC’s home from mine. But today it took me about an hour to get there. Wait till you read about my trip home.

We went to the gym at Damai for about an hour.WC said I need to do more cardio. I ran about 30 minutes at 8.5 km/h speed while watching the very first episode of PLL Season 5! Watching the show through my tiny iPhone SE screen was quite annoying. My eye level goes up and down when I run so my vision for the phone screen is quite blurry.

I was quite jealous of the guy with the big ass tablet. Anyways, the run wasn’t that tiring at first since I was so focused on the show. After the run, I did some weighted lunges and some cycling to end the first workout of the year (literally). After a quick shower, we headed to Wendy’s for lunch.

We had a little bit of a bad experience at Wendy’s today. WC ordered the double Chicken Mushroom Melt for me but they gave us beef. When I went back to the counter to questions it, the waiter said that we didn’t mention we wanted chicken so beef was the default. I was pretty sure WC mentioned chicken, but since I wasn’t the one ordering, I just remained silent and waited for me new burger.

After lunch we went back to Damai cause WC wanted some photos for an Airbnb listing. I tried to be useful while he was doing his thing. Haha. I think he was done taking photos around 3.30 pm and when we arrived at the hair salon near Batu Caves, it was almost 4 pm. Initially at the beginning of the day I was targeting to head home around 4 pm to avoid the after office hours crowd.

This hair salon that we went to today is WC’s go to hairdresser. This lady has been cutting WC’s bushy hair since he was a kid! WC has always raved about it so I thought I’d give it a try. Plus I wasn’t super impressed with me last haircut. The hairdresser’s name is Nee, if I’m not mistaken. Her salon is above a mechanic workshop that her husband runs.

I had my hair washed first before giving it a trim. I loved the way she washed my hair, she took her time scrubbing my scalp and just giving it a good salon wash. I could almost fall asleep. I also really liked the way she took time to cut my hair. According to WC, she attended hair styling courses.

I’m not sure if I’m biased cause she is WC’s go to hairdresser, but I enjoyed my hair wash and hair cut. There were 2 other customers after me (one of them WC), but she still took her time to tend to my hair and did not rush to finish cutting my hair so that she can tend to other customers.

There was this guy who came after us that waited pretty long. The hairdresser didn’t let that get to her and cut WC’s alpaca hair nicely and skillfully. Both of us took at least an hour of the hairdresser’s time, poor guy had to wait so long! Both our haircut totalled to RM 50. Mine RM 30 and WC’s RM 20.

I think my mom would like this hairdresser, I can try recommending it to her. After our haircut, I dropped WC home and started my 2 hours plus journey home. Oh my God the traffic jam was terrible! There was one point the car behind me gave me a little knock. I called dad and he said to just let it be cause since it’s a small knock there’s nothing much  you can do about it.

But I jotted down the number plate of the car that gave me a little knock – AHM 6533, it was a silver Proton Saga. If this guy ever wants to tell me sorry, please do so. I would really appreciate it. When I finally got home, my dinner was some leftovers from last Friday. Lol. Also packed my boxdrobe, if you get what I mean.

Since mid of last year, I started transferring the items from my wardrobe into clear plastic boxes that I got from IKEA. I didn’t really like the wardrobes that I had cause both (I had 2 wardrobes) had some defects. I also wanted to organise my space better so I thought packing them in boxes and also using a clothes rack for hanging items would be good.

So far it’s been working good for me, except the times where I pack for hostel and come back for a few days, the system goes haywire for a bit. But once I repack, everything goes back to normal. I also thought that this idea would be great in case I wanna move out in the future, my clothes are pretty much good to go!


First 收工酒

Woke up, did some laundry and helped feed the dogs. Dad came home from work with food! I had the Herbal Chicken Rice for brunch before spending most of my day helping dad clean the altar. What I did mostly was polishing the urn and candle holders.

This is a before and after of part of one of the candle holder. Although a little scratched, it looks almost brand new!

These are the polished candle holders! I love how shiny they look. One of the most annoying thing about cleaning candle holders is cleaning off the old wax. At first I tried heating it away. But my dad had a smart technique which is soaking the candle holder parts in hot water then using a paper towel to wipe it clean once the wax has been melted off.

This is a half polished urn! In the yesteryears, my siblings and I used to challenge each other with who can polish the shiniest. However in the recent years, dad’s helping hands have reduced. I always try to help whenever I can cause this year there’s only Jon and I home. And Jon is always (so he says) busy. So yeah.

2 years ago, in 2015, dad got admitted to the hospital a few days before CNY. He couldn’t be home to prepare the altar for CNY so I took charge and did almost everything on my own! I cleaned the altar, changed the fabric and flowers, polished (with the help of Jon I think) and everything in between. I was so proud of myself then.

This morning also, before I started helping dad with the altar, I vacuumed and scrubbed the Latio’s mat. It was quite dirty and I want to clean it thoroughly before the CNY. Tomorrow before heading out I’m gonna vacuum the internal of the car before putting the floor mat and seat mat back in.

Tonight mom, dad and I attended this 收工酒, literally translates as end of work dinner. I guess it’s one of those dinners before CNY. This dinner was organised by the Longivitology community in Bukit Anggerik. My dad is starting to be quite active with the volunteer work there.

I mentioned earlier that my dad got admitted 2 years ago, this longivitology teaching/technique/art (I have no idea how to describe it) helped my dad heal from the blood clot in his brain. He recovered fairly quickly without the need of surgery! Over time dad sort of drag mom and I into this. I’ve learnt it but have not been practising much.

I was initially reluctant to go to this dinner because I didn’t really know anyone there. But turns out the dinner was pretty fun! It’s always fascinating and interesting to listen to older folks or elderly talk and share their stories. Frankly, I enjoyed the dinner. I’m glad my dad talked me into joining him and mom.

I also had my second Yee Sang in 2 days! SO MUCH LOVE FOR THIS DISH! And today’s one was so much bigger than yesterday’s. It even has more crunch and not to mention jellyfish and salmon were added too (since today’s meal wasn’t vegetarian)! I wish this dish was served yearly.

I think, if someone opens a place that serves Yee Sang all year round, it would be a hit.


CNY Reunion Dinner 1.0

I was supposed to follow mom and dad to the market this morning. I woke up at 6 am, brushed my teeth, changes and went back to bed to wait (nap/sleep) for my parents to call me when they wake up. But they left without me. Lol.

I spent most of my day doing the laundry, hanging rounds after rounds of laundry and collecting them whenever they are dry. It was a nice sunny day for laundry today. I also cleaned the ceiling fans downstairs and also put up the curtains in Mel’s room.

When I write it down it doesn’t seem like I’ve done a lot. But when I actually do it, it feels like it takes forever to get done. I’m pretty much solely the extra pair of hands mom and dad have for the CNY preparations. I really need to work more efficiently to get things done.

My family had our early CNY Reunion Dinner with Uncle Jesmond and his family at this vegetarian restaurant called Fan Cai Xiang. Guess what, mom, Jon and I had a McD set meal at around 5 pm so at dinner time we were still stuffed. Awesome mom buys McD meals for her kids. Haha. Thank you mommy.

First dish was Yee Sang, also known as Yu Sheng or Lou Sang or Prosperity Toss in English (by Wikipedia). One of my favourite dish during the CNY season is Yee Sang cause I love the crunch in it. I don’t care if my portion has no salmon, as long as I have a decent amount of crackers in mine, that’s fine with me. Haha.


This is a vegetarian version of the Yee Sang. Plenty of crunch so I love it! Didn’t take any pictures of the rest of the dishes but all of them tasted good. Fan Cai Xiang is a good place to go if you’re looking for yummy vegetarian food.

After dinner we sat and chatted with pots after pots of Chinese Tea. Haha. When we got home, I helped dad feed the dogs. Here are some photos of Angel and Mireille that I took tonight. Angel is the tiniest and Mireille is the youngest.


I wanted to keep my shoes that I brought home in boxes. So I opened a box and put it on the floor, and Angel happily jumped in and settle down.


A photo of Mireille with Angel in the background. It’s so hard to capture animals, especially hyperactive dogs. Haha.


And here’s out miracle pup, Mireille.


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Didn’t have time to blog daily during the last 4 days! Here’s a quick update.

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I finished all the required pre-hydrolysis characterisation studies for my FYP. Spent most of my day watching Season 4 of Pretty Little Liars. Season 4 is by far the most exciting season of PLL to me. Had McD for dinner. I tried Chicken McDeluxe for the first time and I don’t like it. It’s just like McChicken with cheese and tomato.

Also watched Sausage Party with WC. It was a very vulgar animation. Lol. But it was fun and interesting to watch. The villain was a douche. Initially both of us didn’t know what I douche was. All I know about douche is that sometimes people call some other people douchebag cause they are an arse or mean.

But the following day I googled what a douche is and in short it is a device used to rinse the vagina. Generally people know douche as a word to describe horrible people but actually, it is adapted from a device. Pretty cool fact ey.

I received loads of messages on Carousell regarding a Lenovo tablet I’m selling on behalf of my brother. My bro won this Lenovo tablet and he asked me to sell it for him. I posted it on Carousell and finally made a deal with this guy called Keith. Arranged to meet him on Friday at Cheras Sentral for COD.

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Watched Stork with WC and I thought that it was a great movie! I loved the concept of babies delivered by stork. Although it opposes to reality, but the magical concept of it is just so fun to watch. I’d totally recommend this movie to everyone. Maybe if you just don’t feel like explaining the birds and the bees to your kids yet, watch this movie with them!

WC and I had Spade’s Burger for lunch, and then I had a last meeting with my FYP supervisor where she briefed us a little on the theories of Minitab. I’m so glad I manage to finish the pre-lab characterisation studies. I also got back my Particle Size Analysis results. Mr Mokhtar was really nice and he even emailed me a copy of my results.

I totally binge watched PLL on Wednesday and Thursday. [PLL Spoilers] Just in case you’re just getting into this series, I know it’s almost end of season 7 now. So what got me hooked on in season 4 was the fact that Ezra has a double life (is this the right way to put it?) and that Alison was 100% confirmed alive.

WC and I had dinner with Soo at the air-conditioned tomyam place in Nibong Tebal. And for second round we went to Dragon Ball for bubble tea. Today’s bubble tea was pretty disappointing. Cause the pearls were quite hard and Soo’s drink had some plastic in it. I used to really like this place, but I don’t think I’m coming here again.

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I watched PLL till I finished Season 4 before I started packing for home. WC was ready to head home since a week ago. Haha. We had a quick breakfast at a kopitiam and started our journey back to KL. At noon, we stopped by a rest area and had A&W for lunch and reached KL about 2 pm I think.

After dropping WC home, I headed home to get the tablet before going to Cheras Sentral. Met up with Keith for like less than 30 secs for the exchange of item and money. Sold it for RM 200. Jon gave me 50% of it. So glad for my first Carousell transaction and I hope to have more in the future!

Spent my night changing my bed sheets, and settling down in my room for the next 3 weeks (more like 2).

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Woke up pretty late cause my bed at home is so comfy and cozy! Dad and I had leftovers, that Jon tapao-ed back last night, for quick lunch before heading to Yee Ling Temple for prayers. I had quite a grumpy time in the temple because of the slow and not systematic way of workers there.

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Dad found it quite amusing that the temple has a Facebook page. Welcome to the 21st century. We spent almost 2 hours in the temple before heading to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) to pick my Aunt Har Ying from Adelaide. Then we headed to Petaling Jaya to drop of my Aunt Har Ying at my Uncle Khai Ming’s place.

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We also had dinner at this Korean Restaurant called San Nae Deul in Empire Damansara. It was RM 45 per pax for BBQ buffet dinner. The food was pretty good. We had a big group of 13 people. I think Korean BBQ works better for smaller groups. Sometimes I can’t understand why all Korean BBQ places have such small tables.

You know there will be the BBQ stove, and the Korean side dishes, and the veggies, and the meats and any other extra stuffs. There is always not enough space! I was such an odd potato during dinner. I kept myself busy by cooking the meat. Today’s dinner was to celebrate my Uncle Khai Ming’s 60th birthday.

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Here’s a pretty car to end this post.


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I had a pretty productive morning! I bought bread yesterday so today I had proper breakfast before heading to the lab. My supervisor wasn’t on time, which isn’t a surprise. I managed to all of the approval signature I need from her this morning and submitted my samples for XRD, Particle Size Analysis and ash content.

For the FESEM testing, I will only do it when the semester reopens cause apparently I had to book a slot for it. And people start queuing up on Monday morning for one of the 10 slots in a week. If only my lecturer told me in advance, I would have booked a slot in the beginning of the week. I would even wait outside the lab at 7.30 am in the morning if I have to.

By lunch I was done for the day. Standard lunch with WC at Weipin and after lunch I had to buy some CDs cause the technicians will give me the results for XRD and Particle Size Analysis in the CDs. I don’t understand why they can’t just email the results to us. It’s free and more convenient.

I spent the afternoon indulging in some Pretty Little Liars. I’m almost in mid Season 4. I haven’t exactly started packing for home yet cause I still have to live in my room for another 2 days and if I start packing already it’s going to feel different. As much as I love my room here, I kinda can’t wait to go home.

WC and I had dinner at Shangrila. One of our go-to places if we want reasonably priced dinner in an air-conditioned room. WC had the Country Style Barbecue Chicken Chop and I had my all time favourite Singapore Fried Meehoon. Also ordered a mushroom soup to share. Fun fact about this place is they provide unlimited free table water.


This is quite a bad photo. Haha. I especially like it without the fried onions on top.


Here’s a photo of a cat in my hostel to compensate the bad food photography. Haha