Saturday, December 31, 2011

Goodbye 2001. Hello 2012!

Here it is again. Another year ends. Yet another year begins. So, how was my 2011 so far?

Love wise, things between me and hubby just gets better and better :) The support, the love, the many hugs and kisses and quality time spent together, strengthens the bond every time. Little petty arguments now and then, but nothing serious which we drag for long. A little patience, a dash of luck, a sprinkle of hope and a truckload of love <3

Health wise, I've never felt better. I feel much better about myself than I ever have 5 years ago. Running may not be my cup of tea for now, as I have decided to quit running for at least 6 months, to give my right knee a break. Switching to other forms of cardio workout for now, and of course, yoga <3

Work wise, things have been pretty ok for me so far. Towards the end of 2011, there was a little bit of a rough patch for me, as I try to work things out, grappling the new situation and all. I'm still trying to find ways to solve it, cos what I've been asked to consider, is really not something I want to do long term.

The next question would be: Any resolutions or hopes for 2012?
Well, if the world doesn't end in 2012 (LOL!), maybe wanna plan some holidays with the hubby :) Not sure if we wanna still think of conceiving again, cos really, somehow I'm not sure nor am I keen about it right now. In fact, we like how things are now. Maybe give it some thoughts again after the coming Chinese New year la, no rush on that matter. Rather go holidays hah!

Here's wishing everyone a great 2012 ahead. Peace, harmony, love for all~

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Arrowroot Chips a.k.a Nga Gu

Arrowroot chips, the only snack in the world I cannot stop nomming :) Also a clear reminder that Chinese New year is not too far away :)



Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas 2011

Merry Christmas folks!
Let's welcome 2012 with a blast!


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Malakoff Kuala Lumpur 2011

Finisher medals from Malakoff KL2011.
Much, pain, much sweat, much inspiration, much improvement. I completed the 12KM trail despite a non-cooperative right knee midway through the 1st lap. Instead of pushing myself too hard, I decided not to further aggravate the knee and took it easy. During the 2nd lap, I tried to do a slow jog, but after a while, the knee was telling me to fuck off and just walk the rest of the way.

My timing was probably slower this time around, but it's a given when you're suffering from a painful knee. Not gonna be sad about it, I did try my best after all, given my physique. Bumped into some friends who also took part in the event this year, and usually I hardly bump into anyone due to the large crowd. This time around, I bumped into a long time friend Alex Auyong, my neighbour Jason Loke, an ex-colleague Jeremy Chin and saw my cousin Nick Yow whizzed pass me somewhere during the first lap.

While I was in the first lap, probably 20mins in, I saw a black dude whizz by all of us. And he whizzed by me again later, and I was still in my first lap, heading towards the main junction to start my second lap...! That guys is not human, I'm telling ya...



Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas-Year End Annual Dinner 2011 @ Mizu Japanese Fine Dining, TTDI

The company had our year-end dinner at Mizu this year, a good choice for good Japanese food. It's a short drive from the office and the food won't disappoint. My GM had made special arrangements for them to arrange for a buffet dinner for us on a weekday, and because we had the numbers, that arrangement was granted. At RM 65++ per pax, which is their normal dinner buffet rate on weekends, everyone trotted there after work for some massive wolf down.

As usual, one of the highlights of the dinner was also playing Dirty Santa. This time around, I exchanged my gift with a stainless steel water bottle :D I knew no one would want the bottle, so I took the chance to exchange for it MUAHAHAHAHAHA!!! 


It's such a cool water bottle! Using the Jack Daniels emblem and modifying it, how awesome is that! Plus hubby and I are actually phasing out plastic bottles at home, and replacing them with either stainless steel water bottles or glass jugs. All part of our continuous effort to help the environment :)

On top of that, this year we also had some special awards handed out, just like last year. Last year, I won the "Best Dressed in Theme". This year, I won the "Sportiest Person" (active in sports) hehehehehehe! Can't wait till Isetan opens in 1U, then I can utilize my RM50 voucher w00t!


Friday, December 16, 2011

Uncertainties

I've been plagued by uncertainties lately. A lot of confusion and just the feeling of being unsure. For some, it's no big deal. Maybe I tend to think too far ahead of things, but that's who I am. To a certain extent, I'm a planner-cum-worrier.

Hubby and I had been planning to make a trip up to Mount KK early next year, but due to some technical mismanagement and sudden high cost, we're pulling out from the trip. Prior to the trip, hubby and I had thought of perhaps after scaling the mountain, maybe we can think of trying to conceive again. But off late, we're not entirely sure anymore if we even want to try to conceive again.

Here's the reason why we're no longer certain if we want an additional family member:

  1. I've been through 2 miscarriages, which puts me in a higher risk of going through another miscarriage.
  2. The 2nd miscarriage was due to a virus (CMV), and despite me having gone through the short drug treatment to boost my immunity against the virus, the doctor said there's still a risk of the virus coming back.
  3. I'm afraid of going through the same emotional and mental pain all over again. I haven't fully recovered from the last 2, and I don't think I will ever fully recover from it.
  4. Getting pregnant again just seemed so stressful to me now. I might just constantly worry if this one would end up the same as the other 2: miscarriage again.
  5. One of the main reason I've delayed the idea for so long was also because I didn't want to get hurt again.
  6. Hubby's also not sure if he wants to have a child in the family anymore.
  7. I've heard stories about pregnancies going wrong and abnormalities develop. I'm afraid it might just happen to us.
  8. A close family friend of mine had a perfectly normal and healthy pregnancy. The baby is now >18 months old, but still cannot walk nor sit up on her own. I don't know what I will do if that were to occur to us, for it's already hard to raise a child, what more a child with special needs.
  9. If we do decide to conceive again, it's a do or die situation. Which means if our luck is damn 'suey' and this third one also doesn't make it, the baby idea goes totally out of the window, with no chance of revival. I'll rather adopt than to conceive again.
  10. I can't stand wailing screaming babies. Never have, never will. I'm a bad cop.

Yes I'm selfish, and I have every reason to be. I'm only protecting myself and my emotions from getting hurt. It's not being told that your pregnancy has failed. It's not fun being wheeled into the cold operating room. It's not fun to hear words from people who start questioning what's wrong. It's not fun to hear your own father calling you weak.

And besides, it's not compulsory to have kids after you're married. With the cost of living these days, everything is so expensive now, and will only get higher. Is it worth all that stress?


Monday, December 12, 2011

Jacky Cheung 1/2 Century Tour 2011 - Kuala Lumpur

Hubby and I had our first concert experience recently at Stadium Putra, Bukit Jalil. And it was a date with a THE Heavenly King: Jacky Cheung Hock Yau. My sister and BIL had flown in from Kota Kinabalu to catch this concert (their seats were 4 rows from the stage, yowza!), and I was supposed to meet them up the next day, but whaddaya know, lady luck was with hubby and I, and both of us also got to watch Jacky Cheung as well :D

It was really by a stroke of luck we got the tickets, a close friend of hubby's happens to be working with Tune Group, one of the sponsors of the concert, and he offered us complimentary tickets just a couple of days before the scheduled Friday night concert.

Seating positions during the concert. Image from TicketCharge.
Our seats were at VIP L, indicated with a dark blue box. Very good seats with a clear view of the stage :D

Initially we were supposed to get the Royal Box tickets, which is seated on the left hand side of the stage. At the last minute, our friend said he had no more Box tickets, but offered us VIP tickets instead. Woohoo! Even better! 

VIP seats w00t!
We arrived at the stadium to be greeted by a throng of Jacky Cheung fans from all over the country. That Friday was actually the 2nd show for the week, 2 more shows over the weekend. With 4 shows in total, it's really a miracle he can perform for all shows *salute*. Security was rather strict, you can't bring mineral bottles into the stadium. The people on duty needed to scan through our bags before we could enter. Once inside, we were guided to our seats. Since it was in an indoor stadium, there was air-conditioning, temperature was just OK for the night. At least you won't sweat during the concert.

Everyone is waiting patiently for the concert to start.
Here we are at our seats, patiently waiting for the King to make his appearance. Hubby and I were really excited, as this was our first concert ever! I've never been a fan to concerts because of the crowd and heat, not to mention the costly tickets. But hey, no one would say no to complimentary tickets, right? Not just complimentary tickets, tickets to watch the one and only Jacky Cheung, an awesome singer.

Full house!
The crowd behind me minutes before the concert started. The whole stadium was full, the concert was a sellout not just for Friday night, but for all 4 nights he was to perform! Later I found out that Jacky Cheung was initially scheduled to perform for 2 nights only: 9th & 10th Dec 2011. Due to the overwhelming response, the organizers added 2 extra nights. And still it was a sellout!

Bright lights above.



The above images were taken during the first 2 songs Jacky Cheung belted out. For a man in his 50s, he looks damn good. We were pretty sure he does yoga or pilates, or both. His movements were still pretty nimble and agile for someone his age, although stamina wise, it's not as good as his younger days of course. In fact, at one point of the concert, he had to tell his musicians to hold off for a while, as he had to catch his breath.

Never the less, Jacky Cheung was amazing. He had the whole crowd mesmerized and singing along to every song he sang. Everyone was constantly cheering his name (myself included). Everyone was well behaved, no rowdy teenagers and bottle throwing maniacs. Then again, the crowd that night was probably more mature and are from the generation who grew up listening to Jacky Cheung haha!

Not only that, Jacky Cheung also paid tribute to the late Lydia Sum, who was an inspiration to a lot of the Hong Kong entertainers.

This was probably the only time I can get this close to a superstar. The photos above may look as thought our seats are far, but in actual fact, it was near enough to see his facial expressions very clearly. Hock Yau, thank you for an amazing Friday night. You are THE REAL HEAVENLY KING...!


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Guardian Angel 2011

It's that time of the year again at work, where we play the Guardian Angel/Mortal game. And one of the surprises I got this year was a pink iPhone cable charger!


Honestly, I didn't expect to receive this. One of my bosses had received one and he posted a photo of it in our company FB page. All I did was jokingly commented that I would love to have one new cable too, and the next morning, I discovered one on my desk. Thank you dear Angel, whoever you are. I've been thinking of getting a spare one, so this came at the right time :D


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Oli's Japanese Restaurant Take

*Entirely my own opinion.
I love Japanese food. If you're asking me about my top list of favourite food, Japanese food is sitting pretty close to the top. I love Chinese food too, so it's really quite tough between choosing those two you know *greedy*.

And when I say Japanese food, I most certainly do not mean places with the conveyor belts. In my opinion, those places are complete rip-offs. They're crap! They serve you shit! Even my family friend's Japanese boss says convenyor belts are crap!

I'm talking about the real deal. I'm talking about proper Japanese food. I'm talking you sitting down in a Japanese restaurant and actually ordering from a proper menu. Not taking the plates of food which has been sitting on the belt for the past 1 hour.

Shun was no doubt, one of my favourite Japanese restaurant for the time being. Located in Subang Jaya (same row was Domino's pizza and Windmill, next to SDMC), it's authentic settings and ambiance attracts many Japanese patrons everytime. You know what they say, go where the Japanese go. Too bad the establishment is no longer around :( Taking its place now i's Sakura Sakura Hatana, possibly same owner, just with a different signage. However, the menu has a slight change and the yummy Shun Bento is no longer available :(

Rakuzen is one of my favourites too. Quality of the food is well QC-ed, and for the price that you're paying, it's very well worth it. Another Japanese restaurant I love is Hanazen, located at Jaya One.

And if I want to eat cheap but good Japanese food, I head to Hokano @ Uptown, Damansara Utama. Value for money, this place serves some really good Japanese sets that will keep you coming back for more.

And no, I'm not advocating that you have to pay through your noses for good Japanese food. You can get a good spread without having to check into a 5-star hotel. And if you're craving for a good Japanese buffet spread, head over to Mizu @ TTDI (weekends only). Honestly, conveyor belts... are just ripping you off. You want the real deal, get out there and away from conveyor belts.