Palsaik BBQ Media Appreciation Night

Had some good nommy in the morning!

About two weeks ago I received an email inviting me for a media appreciation night because of a review I put up online (not requested by them of course). I’ve also realized that many of the readers end up here because of all these food reviews and Palsaik BBQ has been one of the more popular posts in that genre over the past few months since I’ve put that up. This time I didn’t know how to expect so I invited a friend who I knew loved samgyupsal as much as I do. Jocelyn came over to pick me up 45 minutes before the event and we headed on to the Scotts Garden outlet. Palsaik BBQ has one outlet in Soho KL but the one in Scotts Garden is their second outlet. I’ve never been to this branch.

The outlet here is pretty isolated I must say – the building felt a little dodgy, but Jocelyn said its a popular spot for the people who are working in the offices nearby. Probably that’s where they get the crowd. We arrived at the place just 5 minutes before the event. I was kinda worried that there wasn’t going to be anything going on because I didn’t receive any call of sorts or a confirmation email for my RSVP. I think I’m just not good with RSVPs haha.

Walking towards the restaurant there still didn’t seem like there was any set up outside. I was getting a little worried until we walked in and we saw a reception counter set up. Registered ourselves and we could choose a place to sit at. Palsaik reserved a whole area in the restaurant just for the bloggers and media in conjunction with their anniversary. We were one of the earlier ones (although we were on time!) so we got to choose our spot.


We chose Table No 1 at the corner!

This is like Jocelyn’s staple angle everytime I try to take a photo. She turns a side and pretends to look at something.

The servers quickly came to ask what we’d like to have. It was free flow night so we could have anything we wanted. There was some grape wine, makgeolli, and everything to choose from. We just chose the basics and had lemon cider.

For those who missed out my first Palsaik review, you will first be served 3 bowls. One with a snack appetizer of cucumber and a sauce. It tastes quite nice if you treat it as a dip. The salad has a soury vinegar kind of taste to it. I usually take alot of this when we got for BBQ! Another empty bowl is for the soup that they will serve with the sets.

Soon people start flocking in and filling up the place. I think this was only at about 7.50ish?

Soon we could start eating! They started to serve us some kimchi on the BBQ plates. Apparently these plates are all customised for Palsaik and are made to not stick to your meat! They also go through maintenance every 3 months to make sure they are clean and glossed.


The famous stretch of 8 Flavored Pork Slices!

Jocelyn just….wishing meat cooked faster.


We were also served the premium kimchi. This one you usually have to order of the menu. It tastes different from the ones you are served on the BBQ plate. This kimchi is fermented for about a month before being served to you so it has a really sour taste to it. May taste bad for some people who isn’t used to the taste. But it is super yummy when you put it in a wrap!


All these food – just for TWO OF US!

Slicing the meat up one by one. Perfect bite size. You can order rice to go with it if you want, but because it was just both of us we didn’t want to order any rice so we can finish everything!


Lanceolate root! The server initially introduced it as ginseng root. I was hesitating a little because I didn’t like ginseng. I just assumed it was going to taste like one cause it was a root. But to my surprise, it was actually quite yummy! The texture is similiar to one of a mushroom, and because the red sauce (which wasn’t spicy) is quite strong – it overpowers the taste. So good for those who are a little scared of the taste of ginseng, good for you – cause its not ginseng! 

Also, random fact. The Lanceolate root is a herb that can be eaten raw or cooked. It is used to treat lung abscesses, milk-flow obstruction (good for mummies?) and inflamed boil among many other. Many of the Koreans eat it as a food medicine apparently. All these Karen, the media relations email to tell me one pfft. Actually not so intelligent can remember so many things. When you are there just eat eat eat saje.

My kind of wrap. We call is ssam! I love big big ssams!

Pajeon! Or known as Korean pancake. This had some vegetables and squid – but the taste was yummy too. Not sure if this is in the menu. I think the samonim (lady boss) specially made this for the event.

There was also a lucky draw! They had three tiers. Two vacuum cleaners, a TV, and the Grand Prize Winner could get TWO RETURN TICKETS TO KOREA!!! GOSH!!

Damn lucky right the winner! At first I was looking at the vacuum cleaners because they looks so high tech. I always like cleaning gadgets not sure why. They started the lucky draw and of course my name wasn’t called for both vacuum cleaners. I was abit sad – then I started eyeing on the TV. Then I started to think so much about what if I won the TV. Where should I put the TV? I don’t have a place in my room. My living room TV still works well. If I choose to give it to my aunty, i heard she just recently got a new TV. Gosh think so much for what. Then anyway, they drew the winner for the TV. Clearly not me.

Okla second runner up and first runner up not me. Not my business anymore. Jocelyn and I looked at each other and just said “Nothing to do here” and continued eating while the picked the winner for the two return tickets to Korea. Suddenly, I heard my name being called along with my blog name. Jocelyn and I looked at each other for abit with our eyes extended to its widest. Then it hit me.



Crap, I really did. I stood up slowly and walked towards the front, still in disbelief. Didn’t know what to do, didn’t even know what it meant to win the tickets. Does this mean I’m going to Korea for free? O.O My gawd. So I took a photo with the mock cheque or something and went back to eat. Texted my mom and told her we’re probably going to Korea pfft. But I haven’t gotten any details on the tickets yet. BUT GOSH.


Checked off my to-experience list!

So yes, that pretty much wrapped up the night. So glad I actually decided to go! Thanks Jocelyn for coming with me!

Thanks Palsaik BBQ for organizing this. Thank God for allowing my humble name to be picked. It is a blessing of some sort and I honestly appreciate it!


Samgyupsal Fan Forever


5 Questions – Once Every Month.

I don’t think I’ve ever been bothered by menstruation as much I am becoming to be over the past years. To the extend that I will actually blog about it. It probably is the most ‘personal’ post I have ever put on this blog that has to do with human excretes. ANYWAY, yes – menstruation. Slowly, the idea and its uncertainty of timing slowly creeps on me every single month. Every month I find myself asking The 4W1H.

  1. Who EXACTLY will I be with when you come?
  2. What EXACTLY should I wear on the day you come?
  3. Where EXACTLY will you come?
  4. When EXACTLY are you going to come?
  5. How EXACTLY are you going to tell me you are coming?

Honestly, timing has never really been a problem. All these while, period come on the same day EVERY single month and I thought I was the luckiest girl in the world. I didn’t even need to know if I was craving for chocolates, I just KNEW and expected the arrival of Aunty P. But as years past (and probably comes with age when hormones change), I think things just start to slowly shift and for a good few months now there has been so much guessing. Ladies out there, let’s all hold hands and pray for a universal period date pfft.

Actually you know what, a friend of mine actually came to me and asked “Hey girls, so when exactly is the date you girls get your period?” So a few of us was like “Uhm..” and answering our own dates (we’re all close friends!). Then he blinked and said “Huh, you mean you all get it on different dates?”. HAHAHAHA.

But that got me thinking – how awesome can that be? Everybody having synchronised menstruation timing. Everybody would have extra sanitaries for each other when we’re short, we can just knock on the strangers cubicle next door in a public washroom and she is BOUND to have something to save you when you welcome the unexpected. How convenient. You don’t ever have to be confused if whether  your tummy ache is a pre-period tummy ache or if its from breakfast. Universal period dates makes life much more easier!

Guys, if you don’t know what this does to us – it spoils quite a good number of our plans. We don’t get to wear that white dress in case of leakage, some of us can’t get something cold to drink because it hurts, and most importantly for me – I hate it when it clashes with holidays. However, it seems to always be the case. When it comes during a holiday or when you are away from home, you worry about other things like if the bathroom is well equipped in the place you are going to be at. Because really, I don’t know about you – but there is a degree of filth that  I feel NEEDS to get out of my system when it is MY week.

I have also recently encountered losing appetite because of menstruation. Didn’t feel like eating the WHOLE day – that’s quite crazy actually. I asked to share a bowl of noodles with my mom but I ended up eating only quarter of it. Just wasn’t feeling it at all. Meow.

Yes anyway, just wanted to say this. And if I could get something to just give me the answers to all the 5 Golden questions above – that’d be great.

But I say first ah – this one joking only please  (incase this one becomes a curse or something pfft)


How I Learnt New Languages Efficiently!


Well, given that I’ve attempted learning Korean and Chinese (both written and spoken) and have somewhat managed to go through it without losing my hair, I’d like to think that I kind of have a grasp of what works and not when learning a new language. People come to me and ask if it’s tough, learning these language – it is. I’m not going to hide it – but it wasn’t so difficult that I was on the verge of giving up at any point. I’ll probably put up a vlog on this when I have time but for now let’s do a blog post!

Let’s get real – Chinese is one of the MOST difficult languages that we can ever imagine to have. And who in the world learns Korean just for fun? Nobody. I didn’t, but I’ll work on that later. I have decided to break down what worked for me  in points!


#1 : Learn to love the hardest part of the language – written form.

Korean : You would have thought it’s the weirdest language out there with squares and boxes, and it must be so hard learning to read all that stuff. The hook that got me to learning this was when I found out the language was alphabetical and in nowhere near Chinese where a stroke could change the whole meaning of the word. I got so enticed just realizing that fact – that I was on a roller coaster on memorizing the words over two days.

Chinese : All Chinese letters are pretty easy to write. You just have to remember the simple elements of fire, wood, animal, food, water. Anything that has to do with water (sea, ocean, pool) always has the water element next to the word. The supporting character for you to read it out and give it its own meaning would be another simple character.


#2 : You CAN’T stop at intermediate level. KEEP GOING.

Before you start, prepare mentally to survive till advanced level. This is an advice that has been given by SO MANY lecturers from Korea and Beijing – and I stay true to that.

Just because you can already read the words, and hold a simple conversation now – doesn’t mean you will remember how in a couple of years down. Your brain can only sustain information (especially when it comes to a foreign language that you may not use commonly) when you reach an advanced level where you do not need to thread words together before saying them. This makes it that when you stop using it as often as when you learnt the language, it just degrades to an intermediate level – but you will still be able to brush things up in no time when you are determined to get back to advanced level.

For those who stopped at intermediate level will probably see what I mean.


#3: Learn with New Media

I love songs and watching movies. I made it a point to polish pronunciation and listening skills by switching all entertainment to the language I was learning. When I was learning Korean, almost everything on my playlist was Korean. I watched Korean movies, dramas, sitcoms. I didn’t go through a day without listening to Korean. Same thing too when I was in Beijing.

I downloaded a music app that only played Chinese songs that had lyrics in Chinese and romanized words so I turned that on every morning when I was getting ready. Before going to bed, I just let the TV play so that I could watch dramas or them reading news. Even if this may not mean that I could understand everything, your brain is actually absorbing on the pronunciation and placement of grammar. It may even be something as simple as “News is brought to you by…” or “Coming up next..”. Your brain picks that up unknowingly because its on repeat – and it may not be a practical thing you will be able to use right away. But you will be surprised how fast your sleeping mind picks up compared to your conscious state.


#4 : Start translating early!

Yeap. Even as a newbie. 3-4 weeks into learning the language.

For those learning Korean, you’ve got the best choice of songs. Kpop songs usually don’t make sense and are CRAZY repetitive. Learn translating those songs line by line – download one of those dictionary apps on your phone. I personally recommend Daum Dictionary. For example, I’m just going to pick the simplest and most famous Korean song. Gangnam Style. You will realize that there are repetitions of the same word. Find out what they are and they probably are words that are very commonly used in the context of conversational language.

Romanised Version

Areumdawo / sarangseureowo /
Keurae neo /  hey / keurae / baro / neo /hey
Areumdawo / sarangseureowo /
Keurae / neo / hey / keurae /baro/ neo hey

Translated Version :

Beautiful, loveable
Yes you, hey, yes you, hey
Beautiful, loveable
Yes you, hey, yes you, hey
Now let’s go until the end

Well, now you know Areumdawo is Beautiful. And Sarangseureowo is Loveable!

It is a proven method to work and get the words in your head.

Translate your favorite songs of the language even if its tough. Go through it over and over again. The feeling of understanding the song upon your own research is not an explainable feeling. It’s alot different than getting readily translated versions online. Doing this well enable you to identify the most common words and having translate c0untless of songs will remind you vocab by vocab each time they appear. You really only need 300 vocabs or so to be able to start speaking normally!


#5 Carry a D.I.Y Vocab book!

I wrote down words that I didn’t know but would like to know and went back to write it down. For example, after translating a song of choice – and I find that a word is used so ever so frequently I would write it down and separate it based on columns. It doesn’t have to be words you can use. Write down things that you find interesting, even if it is vulgar or too sexual. Yes I said it. There would be no context that you will be able to use it, but sometimes it’s these triggers that helps us remember grammar better because of its shock level.

Here’s a glimpse into my first DIY book. I have two of these over the span of time I was learning. But really, the first one already had me speaking quite comfortably!



After jotting down random words, you can advance to writing down sentences that you learn or hear by the streets like this below.


What you do with this book, is that it has to be SMALL SIZED and you would be able to bring this book EVERYWHERE you go, or at least to the toilet when you can. Take it out and test yourself page by page, slowly. You don’t have to memorize everything. But what I do is I try to memorize one page (that probably has like 10 words?) and i test myself at the end of it – by covering the translation of it in English. I do that again the next session – and slowly you start to remember. Don’t move on so quickly just because you feel like you’ve got it. Get back to it at random times just to see if you know the words still.

You’d be surprised at how much you’ve grown. Looking back at my D.I.Y book now, puzzles me how those words were like algebra.


#6 Learn it with at least one friend that you know prior to classes (who is as determined as you are!) 

This is important because of the beginning stage of the learning experience. Enrolling yourself into a class will still get you friends to talk to. But you may not be as comfortable texting or conversing in the language because you may still be quite distant from each other. However if you get a friend to come in with you, you start making silly mistakes and you may even be braver to ask questions on what you missed out and make fun of the people in the class or parts of the class.

Maybe you both found one of the words to sound very much like a very obscene word in your first language, that would be a good thing to laugh over – and also will be a good memory trigger 🙂 You will also end up growing with a friend and it just makes it more fun to be able to share secrets over a foreign language that nobody else knows. It’s almost like a special power.


#7 Be Brave To Make Mistakes! 

There is no more advice more previous than this.

Make your mistakes, with whatever you have. Use sign language – you will learn from this making mistakes and being corrected because it also triggers a shock factor into your mind and you WILL remember it because there is an instance that helps you. Everybody has student ego at some point, when you believe you have known enough for your own liking. It is at these times that it is best to test it out and be prepared to be corrected. I still am being corrected till this day and do not mind it one bit! You NEED grammar nazi’s to help you with this.


#8 Talk to yourself. Have an imaginary friend.

I’ve never told anybody this. But I had my imagination turned on ever so often when I was learning the languages. Before I slept, I imagined instances and I would speak out loud as part of being in a conversation. I was both A and B who was speaking to each other. I know it sounds kind of odd and not everybody can do this. But doing this more gave me confidence and realization that I could actually say the things I want to say. It can’t be scripted, I had to come up with my own impromptu responses. Nobody was there to judge me – and I was braved to use words that were at the back of my head!

I imagine marketplaces alot and quarreling with old nasty women. That was a way to fire up conversations.

Then I’d go to bed. Not long after, I started dreaming in the language I was learning. Always happens 🙂

Tracking Mania


I feel like I’m almost getting obsessed with refreshing my DHL parcel. I ordered a laptop sometime last week and because I’ve heard reviews about it coming super quickly – I am so excited. My current one is working just alright (have I mentioned this before, cause this feels like deja vu), but it is beginning to slow down when I need to multitask. And I am that absolute multi tasker when I am online, because I always have at least like 10 tabs opened and each are loading a video. I may also have Photoshop and the video editor opened simultaneously and they take up alot of memory just processing the applications. So I decided to grit my teeth and get myself a new one, so waiting on it is just so exciting.

I keep refreshing the tracking page, and each time I wake up I hope it says its being delivered – but it’s never that. So at one points it says, processing cleared, sent to facility – I was like heck yes! Then two hours later, it updates again and says processing cleared. How many processings need to be cleared ah? Can’t just all processing stages be cleared before you tell me processing is cleared because for me all processing is one thing.

But then again, nothing is ever enough. Maybe I’d also be  complaining if they dont break down every cleared process to me pfft – but if I never knew, I wouldn’t right?

I called DHL just to check if my package was gonna come in today because I was afraid that they would send it after office hours. Got it to be sent to my dad’s shop because it’s such a hassle to send it to my house because there are alot of security barriers that I or the deliveryman will have to deal with. Then I got paranoid before I called so I Googled “Does anybody check if their package will arrive at the office today”, or “Should I call DHL, will they know if I am another annoying buyer of this brand”. Didn’t want the customer service person from DHL go generalizing and be all “These people, always calling to check on a small thing – I know just who and what type of person you are”. Afraid of being judged pfft. Turns out so many people DO call up to ask the same question, so I decided to take advantage of the majority actions so I wouldn’t be identified pfft. I know, my brain goes both sides.

Few hours later, I wanted to call again but was paranoid that the system says “Second Attempt Caller” with regards to my mobile number. So I’ve decided to play it cool with DHL. So now my records are clean, and I am an appropriate and patient person by records!

Here’s the thing with me, when you give me a tracking code – all I want to do with my life is just to track it down until it gets delivered to my place. Be it Pizza, Dominos, McDonalds or even just online shopping! Are you guys with me on this! Now I’m trying to play a game with myself to see if my mind control is stronger or if my impatience is stronger. It’s like I’m playing pull and push with nobody but myself. Sigh.

ALSO, random fact – my tracking number has my exact birthday on it, the year, month and date all put together. Now I feel like my new laptop is going be my soulmate pfft. And it’s not even tailored based on my buying information. It’s an airway bill. Whutt?  /cues You Are My Destiny song

Okay that’s all I wanna say for now.

P/S : I know the world doesn’t really work like that, but you know what I mean!

UPDATE : Okay, I didn’t get to stop myself from making that second call. So I did. This morning I was told it’d come by 2 or latest by tomorrow. I didn’t have high hopes for it to arrive today. But I made a second call – and it probably is only coming NEXT Wednesday/Thursday because we have a Public Holiday on Mon and Tues. Smoking bacon. I need some of that for comfort.

Vlogging and Blogging

Hello everybody!

2015 has been quite quiet so far, and I’ve just been enjoying and resting before I take on another chapter in life (will share this when this is set in stone!). Besides that, I have been really clearing out my system and just really trying to get the fact that 2015 is FINALLY here. It’s that feeling when you are getting used to a new environment and suddenly you have to move cause its time (referring to the years here). I mean honestly, who’s still writing 2014 in your dates! I’ve written so many dates this year and they are usually “4th January 2014, 15th January 2014”.

So what’s been different this year? This year I’m opening myself to a lot more things. Previously, I shoved away a couple of ad hoc jobs because I had a 9-6 job although they were good offers.This year I want to improve on managing my time better, and moving ahead with more multi tasking. It’s not something I am naturally good at – but it is a challenge that I think is time to bring upon myself!

I have also started to do vlogging because I realized switching on a camera and talking is easier than remembering details to write down in a blog. I’m still coming back, but vlogging is a good alternative to what keeping memories and ideas fresh and visual. Hence, I’ve done some housekeeping to my channel (that has been there for years and years!) and released it fresh with my having done vlogs for the past three weeks already. But I’m having a little bit of a struggle because second week was when my camera broke down on me and I had to opt for my phone at times, which affected the quality of sound. Finally I managed to fix it (by hitting the lens – that’s crazy!) and now Windows Movie Maker is giving me LOADS of problems. It wouldn’t connect my clips smoothly, and would buffer 0.5 seconds before moving on the next clip – which is a complete editing nightmare! But beggars can’t be choosers, I just decided to take it on and churn out weekly vlogs as much as possible. Saving is a hassle too, cause my computer won’t process 1080 quality videos for me, and the next alternative was to save them in 480. First world problems, really.

With that being said, I’m also set on probably changing out my laptop because this one has been serving me loyally for many many years now but I just can’t seem to get anything done with it past Photoshop (with just one working file). It’s a very basic student laptop but I absolutely loved how wide the screen is (16 inch?!). Not trying to sell it, probably just replacing one of the EVEN more old laptops that’s sitting around in my house so somebody can make good use of it. I tried rebooting and restoring it to its original factory settings to see if performance would improve. I would do that, and revisit certain sites to see that my passwords and information are still being stored! (Even after cleaning out temp files, caches and whatnot). I can’t deal with technology – just don’t know how to wipe these data out so I figured the best way would still have it serve my family – just in silence.

One of the more interesting facts lately, is that I realized my Youtube subscription list has been growing on two things that I have never ever paid attention to! Food, and occasionally make up! Is this a real smack of adulthood? Food and cooking has been getting me real good though. The under 5 minute tutorials on how to make food that looks better than those you get in hipster cafes in Bangsar – man, makes me really wanna pounce on woks and pans in the middle of the night. Make up, well – I still don’t understand so many things, but I just realize I enjoy looking people making themselves look good and having flawless skin. I’ve known about Michelle Phan since long ago, but never knew that since then – SO many beauty gurus have popped up on Youtube, and some funny and interesting ones too!

That’s pretty much what has been happening lately. For those who wants to have a glimpse at my daily vlogs – I’ve put them down below in chronological order. This week has been pretty dull so I haven’t really got to vlog anything yet. Hopefully I see you guys there. If you’re kind enough, to leave a comment in the video – and subscribe too! Can’t imagine being able to talk to all of you through Youtube!

This week’s vlog goes into the amazing eat outs, our birthday surprise for Nick, my 2015 resolution and probably some kiwi cutting.

Painted my 13-15 year old room to another colour this week. Quite sentimental for me because I truly loved my old colour!

I share my thoughts on the latest kpop skinship fiasco with B1A4, more painting in the house, meeting ex colleagues, getting to Bentong for a one day trip AND MORE.


That’s all for today guys!


Best Bibimbap in Ampang! (HALAL)

Recently discovered one of the most legit tasting Korean food in Ampang. I have yet to try ALL Korean restaurants, but among all of them – this one has GOT to take the care for being one of the best I have tasted so far. They don’t serve barbecue (which is GREAT if we’re not feeling BBQ) so girls, you don’t have to worry about that freshly washed hair! Came to this restaurant because it was introduced by my Korean teacher, Gloria – and I had to bring my family here. They LOVE it. My mom is quite a picky eater, and although she does like all the other restaurants we usually go to – this is the only one that has made her continuously comment on how good the food is. The taste here resembles the taste in Seoul the MOST among the rest of the restaurants I’ve been to.

So many people ask me where the best bibimbap is. You have no idea. Actually I think the only fact that I’ve lived in Seoul for abit makes me the most legit person to go to among my friends when it comes to Korean related stuff. I’m not going to deny that, I probably will do that to somebody else who has lived in Japan. Ask if the food in each restaurant is good, cause we all want the best. But I wonder if anybody actually goes to somebody who has lived in the U.K for the best fish and chips in KL? Hmm.

Anyway, I don’t have much to share – just going to show you some photos of the few things I always order when I’m there so you know what to order. The owners are Koreans but they speak decent English, so you don’t have to worry about not being able to communicate. Also, I have to say – if you don’t like this place, you probably don’t like how real Korean food tastes like because this is the closest I have found so far! Best part is that is Halal too!

So where is this super special good place?

AMPANG POINT. Level 3. Its called Gangnam Gimbap!

They have a takeaway gimbap service so if you don’t have much time on the clock, just pop your head in and ask for your preferred choice of gimbap and you are good to go!


A sneak peek to how the menu looks like



We ordered chicken gimbap. But the most basic one is also quite good. I personally like beef gimbap, but I have yet to try that for myself. If the ones here is great, it is going to become my favorite Korean restaurant after Uncle Jang!



Dwenjang Jjigae // Soybean Paste Stew. Usually people don’t like the taste of this, but because my brother’s a big fan of this – he always orders this every Korean restaurant he goes to. And he gives this one a thumbs up too. There are some seafood and tofu inside 🙂



Did not try this for myself because I don’t eat capsicums (or probably anything that is cooked with it). Mom said the sesame taste to the dish was quite strong. Koreans love sesame oil in their food – so be ready for it!



And my favorite bibimbap in KL! It is so simply, but the sauce is the main factor as to why its so good. It’s almost exactly how it is in Korea, and the egg yolk just melts into the rice so everything just taste extra yummy. Bibimbap is a very healthy rice dish that gives you a good amount of vege to kick start your day. If you’re into the stone pot one, they have that too for an extra RM 1! This bibimbap was RM 15.

DSC04098Another  dish I love from this restaurant is their kimchi jjigae. I have another favorite when it comes to this (and must say that I still like the one in another restaurant better) but this was pretty good itself because it didn’t have that diluted tomato paste taste to it that many, many Korean restaurants tend to have. I think stews have largely to do with the kimchi that the restaurant uses, and Gangnam Gimbab’s kimchi is GOOD!

That’s all for today’s post – and if anybody is curious how the food looks like in real life, check out my latest vlog HERE!

Hope you guys will love this place 🙂


The Best Job (And Colleagues) Ever!

Hello everybody.


Not sure if any of you have noticed – but for anyone who follows me on social media may realize that I have been absolutely in love with my job. Everytime somebody asks me how is it doing, I am more than happy to share with them this blessed job I have chanced upon! Everything in here is amazing from the start to the end. I just want to share with you guys on how great my first proper job has been, and not only limiting it to people who ask, because everybody deserves to know that not every job is supposed to make you feel like you should have Monday Blues. You really just need to love everything around you when its awesome, and always stay grounded and appreciative. That will make you realize so much more of what you have.

I applied for this job right after I finished my Mandarin course in Beijing. I wasn’t the type that wanted to hang around for too long doing nothing. How did I apply? The one reason why I did what I did was because I was already a user of KT, and was more than delighted to see that it was finally come to Malaysia to be introduced to the mass crowd. The company didn’t have a direct email, so I did a little more research and found that the brand was brought into the country under a huge online portal company. I just wrote in customer’s service of the parent company and stated that I wanted a job in KT – not expecting anything. Who applies for a job through CS? Especially amidst all the emails that may come in for such a prestigious company. Me.

And I got a reply – asking me to come in for interview. I did. And I got the job. Little did I know that the team was just starting to build and they were JUST looking to hire. This was a sign for me that everything was about to be super fabulous – nobody gets THIS lucky. It was almost a dream job.

First day of work, I walked in the office not knowing what to expect. I was dressed in heels and formal wear. My first worry was probably what every person with a new job has to worry about – who will I have lunch with? I walked in the office slowly being introduced to everybody in the office, and then specifically my team. They were two girls, one was new and the other was a long term employee. Meet Jocelyn and Alexa. In fear of having to eat alone, I initiated for lunch with the girls – didn’t even give them a chance to reject I just asked “So where should we go for lunch!”. This is a 101 for you people out there who don’t want to feel so lonely on your first day. It should work! And if it doesn’t, you sure know who to not mingle with in the future!

Moving forward, we grew from a small team of 3 to 4,5,6,7,8,9,10 – inclusive of a cool intern! We started as an All-Girl’s team, but numbers started changing from the 5th person – how turned out to be the world’s MOST patient Graphic Designer anybody can EVER ask for. He is the only one in the team, and with all the fast moving workload we have, you can only imagine his hands and dedication to be as quick. Anything that we ask for – “Caaaannnnn”.

I’m just going to show you photos from my whole journey so far with the company and share with you different stories about what has happened and the different projects we have done. You will probably know who I’ve been working for – but that’s alright, because it IS an amazing place that people needs to know about. Pictures speak more than words. I’m about to introduce you to the greatest team that anybody may ever have as colleagues. They have now genuinely become the people I turn to, my real family other from my blood related ones. Each and everyone of them made the team so special to work with, and my job so enjoyable throughout the times I’ve been here.

Photos may not be in chronological order, and in blurry photo quality – but this deserves the amount of photos that is stuffed in this one post. And I write this with all sincerity. People ask me what I do – I do many many things in this small team. But one of the things I do every single day, without fail – is to be happy. Sounds cliche, but THAT is the reality in my job my industry. That’s the mobile industry we’re looking at. I think what makes my job fun has got to do with the mentality of everyone who comes in as colleague. We work and get things done, but realize that doesn’t mean slaving away to OT hours and not getting happiness out of it. We even came to a point and talked about Monday Blues just to see who has it.

Nobody did.

That’s how much we really love working where we work! Waking up everyday, looking forward to see everybody. Will just do captions to remember the times!


When the office was just rented out and we could only wish for it to start renovating soon!


 When our desks where still super clean and just moved in


When the wallpapers were up and we had a complete office – the joy!


Looks like a little kindergarten, and probably not in the books of many corporate people whose quality of work seems to be determined by how the colours of the walls may look like – but it made all of us so excited to head to work everyday.


As it was my first job, starting off wasn’t easy, but when you have a group of people your age – it makes the equation so much more easier to figure out. We had an All-Girls team in the beginning!



When all the girls in the office (ALL) decided to go on an eat clean week and ordered extremely expensive healthy food that tasted yuck.


When we could hang out at a make up store to do quick events one weekends and enjoy the rest of the days having dinner together.

For those who wonder, I am officially hired as a Communications Executive. That sounds vague, right? I guess it’s cause it IS a vague job. My company is a chatting app entity, and is one of the leading chat apps with the rest that you already know. What do I do? I work with local artists and talents to develop emoticons for you to buy and use (or get for free at times!). Most of the time, I will be first stages of review of the artwork before we send it to the HQ. So yes, fellow artists, the size of the cup held in your character’s hands matter to me. I have learned to look at emoticons at an entirely different level.

Is that ALL I do? Of course now. I work with partnerships and marketing as well – and do alot of the copywriting. What makes my job interesting is that we get to meet all different brands and line in the market right now. The fact that we are working to market a chatting app makes it even more interesting because we can fit ourselves to ANY industry. It doesn’t matter if you’re F&B, Fashion, Car Wash, Tranportation, Government etc. We always can come in – and that is were I start meeting people of all sorts in many industries to listen and understand how all their industry works from the inside. Now that’s a real inside scoop. With this job, I’ve learnt heard and seen an incredible amount of things. It amazes me how much more information is being untouched and kept safe within the industries. Prepare to be shocked at times because there are industries hmmm i post the blog in less than half an hour my traffic for today 300+ but  you never knew existed that is making loads of moolah!


When I got to work with amazing local artists such as Akiraceo to make emoticons with us


When I got to visit the office of the legendary Gempak Starz!


When you go out for desserts with your colleagues after work because you love spending time together! (Not for PR purposes!)


When nobody is full after lunch, and decide to have Crepe trips in the mall.


When all your colleagues are animated as you can be


When colleagues are cool enough to do things like these from home and pull on the people having birthdays! Troll level 999.


When we got some youths to help out with the homeless to do some charity work


When we got treated doughnuts by Wawan ON HIS OWN BIRTHDAY

KakaoTalk_20141128_123335815When your deskmate accepts your for the ostrich side of you choosing to work this way


When you get to visit cool offices of partners and affiliates. Agencies and corporates : bet you didn’t guess that that kindergarten office I have opens up gates to many cool people and offices 🙂



When you deal with all these fluffiness as an everyday experience. I was never into cute and character-y stuff, but living day  by day with these characters has turned me into somebody different. I can officially declare that I appreciate cuteness more.


When you get your debts demanded this way by your colleagues instead of the awkward “Oh, uhm..did you pay me back for lunch last week?”



When you can just grab anything from your desk and still manage to grab an excuse to take a selfie with.


When we were brought to Universal Studios in Singapore for a company trip!


When Joce and I just started  getting to know each other. This bus ride was a horrific experience because we both found out that we were sharing a room and NONE of us was a light sleeper. We suspected we may not back the bus back because there’s a high possibilty of us oversleeping.


 When you get to bring this awkward duck home as a gift!


When you get an even greater souvenier by the HQ counterparts – perfect minimalist notebooks!


 When I finally got to be IN a suit. Have always wanted to try this. No I wasn’t hired to be the person, as you may notice I was too tall and big for the kid sized suit.

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When we were out for our first on-ground event. This was a true ice breaker!


When you get to get some yummy nom noms.

KakaoTalk_20141128_123117151When the team comes together to bring a little surprise although we weren’t close at all!


 When you have to get to desperate attempts of making cut out props – and still manage to come through although you suck so bad in art!


When mid-day team ice cream treats are a reward when you work in a mall


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 When we wanted to  be a little funky in the office and decided it was animal themed day!


 When I passed this little pot to my colleague to take care while I was gone, and she got SO into it that she teared when it died and fell.


They also gather at odd times for a pot of BudaeJjigae you make, and eat everything up with smiles. Just like your own family.


When we got to hire these little cool machines for work 🙂


Working with them always feels like this


 You also get to do so many creative partnerships with local talents.


 When you just know to strike a pose when one lifts a camera up


 When we go through such extends and hide for a long period just to surprise a birthday boy! Alexa even got her her stuck in the zipper.


When we appreciate fun in work


When you are privileged to go up in the sky and experience this for yourself


Definitely a good experience that I’d probably never get to do a second time.


When you colleague will pretend to strike a pose for you so you can take photo of that cutie you want to show everybody


When you get discouraged and hot at a busy event, but one of us will come comfort and talk to you


When you get to learn so much about freelance girls with ushering jobs and mother henning


 When we got to stay together for that event in Putrajaya


 When we went out for the first time at night and found out how everybody is when they are tipsy. That’s a whole new level of getting to know each other.


 When you realize all your colleagues are actually good looking!


 When it’s the first week of a new colleague’s entry but you already feel super attached!


When you just feel the need to attend a debrief even if that means you’re not in the office. You want to be involved in everything!

 When we got to experience FMFA 2014!




Visiting campuses and reflecting on the journey from tertiary days.


When we received these little tokens from partners


When it comes to lunch, we always went to lunch together. All 10 of us! (This photo excludes Kylie and Fadz who was MIA)


 When its not just you who find selfies like these fun in the moment. Looking back, pretty lame.


 When this is our office pantry – we get these amazing hampers and just can’t wait to gobble off of em upp!


 When you get lucky blessings like these in the office on CNY




Coming up with different themes for our Instagram posts


There are also times when we get a little too lazy to grab lunch so we go on a Boost date.


We ALWAYS celebrate each other’s birthdays 🙂


 Work is not ALWAYS full of smiles – sometimes we have to lug and push inventories from storage or lorries that drive them over. But everybody offers a hand, and we make the best out of the sweaty paths.


There are times when we argue and do not agree with each other, but make sure to apologize and hold hands on the same day.


Lunch, lunch, lunch


Hello Syazwan


Hello Jocelyn


Hello Alexa


Hello Nick.


Hello Noel



Christmas last year on our comfy bean bag section of the office!








We meet outside work for Breakout/Escape Room because there’s NO such thing as TOO MANY meet ups. Time for a break from work, means more free time to have fun with the peeps off professional bars.


Let’s just say it’s not often you get a guy colleague who is more narcissistic that you, and always looks better for the camera. This means he understands the several times you want to have a retake!


Being able to give away different prizes to loyal users also makes all our hearts very fuzzy.



You get kind reminders that you have been fraped.



Different kind of events everywhere


I was also able to meet different personalities.

Every moment and time in my job has been super blissful and happy. There have been times when the entire team is down with certain bumps in the journey of our work, but we go through things together. Although the images above depict a very carefree and easy job, but I’m just here to clarify that there is no need to bring the difficult to surface. What’s most important that we all have our specific roles, and it was a blessing that everybody gelled so well with each other. We were honest, without being too blunt with each other.

And with this post, I’d just like to remind everybody that your job can be fun, depending on the way and aspects you choose to focus on. The people around you are important, but if everybody gives in a step and try to come together – this is what you get, a family! Kakao has given me more than a job. It has given me a group of friends I will cherish for a long, long, time.

And that, is the best kind of job anybody can ever get.

And for those who is still isn’t convinced how cool of a bunch this, check out this random video we took during lunch!

How To Ease Your Christmas Gift Shopping!

Christmas is here! Christmas is here!


All our gifts before we unwrap! Had a great time out with my friends from work (yes, they are too close to me to just be labelled colleagues!) do do Secret Santa. We did one session last year, when there was just five us in the team. This time round we have 10 of us all from top to toe and it was even better because instead of drawing lots with shredded paper, we used the super useful Secret Santa helper website called Secret Santa Organizer.

It is super recommended for anybody who is looking to buy presents for each other because it comes with a list for you to edit to help you tell your Santa what’s on your wishlist so you don’t be too disappointed. Some people still get photo frames nowadays, not that I don’t appreciate it – but it really is just a little too thoughtless for Christmas guys.

It’s almost like a note to the receiver saying “Here is me telling you that I don’t really care about getting you a gift”.

For those who are curious as to how Secret Santa Organizer works, a main admin adds all of the participants into the list and then the system just randomly selects your recipient for you. You will be able to edit your wishlists from time to time (with a time limitation before date of event). It helps alot because you will be able to sort of grasp what is useful for your recipient, so you don’t end up buying random gifts that may end up in the shelves for the next 5 years. When it was finalized, this was what I saw on the site when I logged in.

My surprise recipient was…..



For those who are curious as to how you get to put in stuff in your wishlist, here is a sample of my wishlist.

It’s just a glimpse of how things work with the site and you can see I was very detailed ad specific (and I would choose to say helpful) with my gifts. Super demanding Natalie right here. Must be big boxes la, big lines la, grapes also must be Korean la.  But yes you get the idea. You get to edit your wishlist from time to time and the site notifies your Secret Santa each time you edit the page.


Our budget for the exchange was a minimum of RM 30 and maximum of RM 50, just so we can put a bit of thought into it. Had our secret meetup at Hokkaido Ichiba at Gardens. We had about 10 of us so we decided to take the room (at no extra charge!) so it could be a little private.

FYI, this isn’t a team building session. We made it a point to meet up every now and then outside work. Can’t repeat how many times I have to say I’m so happy to have met this group of people I can REALLY call my own friends.


 The early comers – we had ourselves dressed in Christmas colours. Ai phing chose a yellow because that was the most festive color attire she could find in her closet. Nick was writing a card to the recipient of his gift with his left hand so it wouldn’t be obvious.


 We also brought wrappers and photos from our Wall of Fame in the office to just talk about what has happened throughout the year. Everybody had to share their most memorable event so far with the company.


Syazwan and Mei Fenn meeting after a long time! We still find ways to work together even after we parted ways so its super surreal to just be together as one again!


First class dinner view over a construction site pfft.


 My part-time carpool buddy Jocelyn. She drops by my house almost every morning now that my guard greets her by her name.

“Good Morning Jocelyn”. I doubt he even recognizes me at all.


Love round tables because we can all carry the same conversation.


Everyone had to leave their fully disguised gifts in our own Kakao bags so nobody can recognize the Santa wrapper.


Got a little fuzzy inside when I saw that Mei Fenn had our photo as her wallpaper. #truelove


In every social event there will be an anti social session where everybody is just stuck with devices.

At this point of time, my device was the camera.


 Some came with their gifts wrapped in their own so they all had to wrap theirs again in another corner.

We all brought tape wrappers and extra bags just incase cause we KNEW people would come unprepared.


Our designated wrapping corner pfft


 It’s time to give the presents – while waiting for the food!

Wawan self elected himself to be the real Santa this time round.


The rest of the boys got a little impatient and just had to start being Santa.

So we had three Santa’s in the house.


Everybody arguing and guessing who got which.


 Mei Fenn was delighted to receive TWO presents! We all wished we got her Santa!


Ai Phing couldn’t stand WAITING to ope her present she just had to ask “CAN I OPEN IT NOW”. Of course we all denied the request pfft. Everybody had to open it one by one and had to guess who Santa was. The funniest part of the whole session is that we all could guess who bought what just by seeing which item they chose.


My gift was pretty heavy when I shook it abit – wonder what is it!


First one to go – Syazwan! Melissa got him this year (she got Wawan last year too!) and was totally lost as to what to get for him so she asked for some help. Did some stalking and found out that he was looking for a pair of lifting gloves! Mel quickly went to get them and his face when he unwrapped was priceless. All he could say was “O.M.G”. Believe it or not he wore the pair of gloves throughout the whole dinner. Hilarious!  Thanks to his huge hint he left on Instagram his Santa managed to get a good gift 🙂


 Mei Fenn got FIVE shoeboxes and a photoframe with us in the photo. Her Secret Santa was no other than her #gbff Noel. I love shoe compartments, or any compartments actually. So I was SO HAPPY in her place. I wish my Secret Santa got me shoe boxes too.


I absolutely do not excel in wrapping gifts, and unwrapping them either. I knew who it was from once I opened it cause Mei Fenn now works in Tony Moly. And I got my Aloe Vera gels and masks. She was getting highly concerned that I wasn’t using anything for my face (cause skin is aging from now, apparently) so she was determined to get everything aloe vera for me. Thanks!


Jocelyn had a couple of things on her wishlist too – and she got that one that was at the bottom of her list, and it suit her SO WELL. An oversized jumper from HnM by Syazwan! It was the perfect item to be on Jocelyn. What a foxy. The other items Jo had on her list was a snapback, and some aloe vera gel. I think Wawan picked well though.


Alexa requested for cookies/brownies, giftcards, mug with xmas messages, candles or a notebook with a nice cover. She got a cute and presentable notebook of A5 size from Jocelyn. Love love Typo gifts! I guess Alexa didn’t really want a pony after all 😛


Finally it was Ai Phing’s turn – and she got her dream mug! Such a sweet colour that Nick went high and low to search for. Did you know it takes alot of trouble to look for a pink mug. No? Me too. Ai Phing finally has a mug for the office, with a cute little cover to boot!


Forever optmistic Nick!

His wishlist was also granted (among gift cards, environment friendly mug, notebooks)  – his Secret Santa got him three different notebook of various sizes. Man, I could also use that!


Noel was the last to go, but was the only one who didn’t have any of his wishlist items granted. He asked for either an angpau OR a Christmas Tree. His Secret Santa Ai Phing thought it was too odd to just buy a Christmas Tree so she got him body wash and a box of chocolates.


 Dinner for the night : Sukiyaki!


I forced my Sukiyaki into a nabe where we boil down the rice and make it into porridge like texture. It was sukiyaki so the soup was extremely salty/sweet so we ended up pouring a whole glass of warm water to dilute the taste a little. Turned out perfect!


 My very own colleague turned ohana!


Can’t choose which photo to post so I’m just going to put up both of them

Favorite Month of The Year In A Nutshell : November!

Hello there.

I feel like I only update the blog once a month and each time I go on a streak it is so frequent. I sometimes do admit I get lazy to extract photos to upload and such but looking at my archives reminds me about the times I don’t remember I’ve ever had and I want to continue blogging as much as I can although I know most of my readers have probably gone over the years! It has been about 2 years or more since I was last inactive.
Anyway I’m just going to do a little update and show you some things I’ve done over the past few days I’ve been missing! You will probably see why I run out of things to talk about – and I wonder where’d my content come from when I was younger because I was even more constrained in within the walls of school and home.

Now that I’m grown up I feel like there should be so much more coming from me. Probably people imagine my life to be of fine wine, long dresses, drinks, product reviews – but my life HAS gone toned down so much (from nothing actually) because a huge part of my excitement since I was 18 has always been being away from the country. Being in the country means I spend more time at home because transportation is such a hassle, and that also means less social life, less time out, less interesting stories to share.

First off, November has always been close to heart cause I was named after it’s initials, also cause I was born on this eleventh month of the year. Over the years, November babies have always gotten teased for being Valentines babies – nothing wrong with that. I just think like to think we’re lucky enough to be brought to earth before the jolly and festive month of December! This month has been quite a deciding month for me to go big leaps, and take a step out of my comfort zone so let’s hope decisions made this month will be a blessing 🙂

Now now let’s get to what’s been up.

1. Vivien & Cindy’s Food Party

Always look forward to attending this duo’s party every year because they are probably the only friends that I have who ALWAYS make themed parties. This year we had it at Cindy’s place so that everybody can just chill and grub. That BBQ area in her house was perfect too. I love BBQ areas and have always wished my house had that kinda thing so I could host small gatherings and parties. I think I’m the type that likes people to come by and have a chit chat over good food.

This years team was food – so we could go all food crazy. I went as a watermelon! 🙂






2. Keratin Hair Treatment

Had my hair undergo a Keratin Hair Treatment kindly done by The Salon Hair Workshop in Cyberjaya. For those who are looking to do an affordable Brazillian Hair Treatment in KL – you can look into their site. These treatments only go from RM 200 – 300! The usual hair salons are charging at RM 600 so if you want to try it out first before you go all expensive, these people give you the real deal but at a lower price. The reason why it’s slightly cheaper is because they don’t use KERASTESE, which is the defining price factor for many places. But what you want is just to get the job done, and I’m just gonna show you how it looks right after!




3. City Harvest CHROMEHEART

Got invited by my friends to watch this and was especially persuaded by Careen and Jean because both of them kept going on about how I had to watch it. They were serious about getting people there to experience watching the play for themselves because it was ‘magical’, and gosh it was! Did not regret going there any second into the show and is fully grateful to Jean for picking me up all the way from Putrajaya! Lots of love!

Here are some photos but they are at super low rest cause I took them with my phone.





4. Pre-Birthday dinner with Careen

This woman and I have our birthdays only 2 days apart and we were more than happy to celebrate it together. Pavilion’s always the best place to go to if we want to eat in a good environment and Tony Romas was the hosting venue of our dinner! We arrived at the place at 7.30 but talked till they switched off the aircond! No wonder we were sweating halfway towards the end.

Check out every yummy wallah we ate!





5. I am 24!

I have JUST turned 24! Spent the day with some of my closest friends who I can almost call family and dearest people around me, my real family. In the morning, I was out at karaoke at Red Box Plus in Gardens, because I knew I had a free pass to the buffet and to sing a whole session for FREE! Boy, when it comes to this time of the year – I always whip out ALL my member cards to see what I can get for free from brands that I go to often! This year I was eyeing on Red Box, Starbucks and BOOST! I Love Boost Juice and I have been collecting points like a crazy maniac just to get a free juice. Marketings works on me, alright. So I planned my dinner to be at somewhere I can claim my juice – Pavilion!

Every year without fail I always choose to have Thai food, good Thai food for dinner. This year I chose to eat at Celadon in Pavilion, and I was surely satisfied. Was SO stuffed after, and because I STILL wanted my Boost – I recommended walking around with the family just for a bit before we head home. We walked around for abit for too long that the folks all wanted to have tea, so we sat down at another cafe and ordered cakes and teas. I was even more stuffed. But I triumphed through all that – and still fought for my Strawberry Squeeze.

So I got Nick to take a photo with me and my redeemed Boost Juice. But he quickly got embarrassed for having such a sister but reluctantly took one for me after loads of questioning. 24 year old girl wants her free Boost, what’s wrong!





And then there was dinner with my family! Love love love Thai food so much I could go everyday with it. If I had to choose between Thai and Korean, Thai would DEFINITELY take the cake. Korean comes close, but Thai just give me that soury taste I love 🙂









DSC03597After getting my Boost, and Nick’s best shot – because he just simply took one to satisfy me and my proof of free Boost


Releasing Turtles In Cherating!


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Hello everybody!

This is going to be a fairly interesting post that I believe most of the animal loving adventure seekers will like to read about. It’s one of my favorite experiences with relevance to animals by far. Before we go further, just a quick recap on what led us here at Cherating during the weekend. My family and I went for a getaway to spend omoni’s birthday away from the hustle bustle of the city. We looked up places to stay and found there to be the Impiana Hotel, apart from Club Med. The rest seemed to have less good reviews so we decided on Impiana Resort at last.

It was a smooth 3 hour ride with short stops in between. It’s been awhile since I took the back seat (pun intended) so it felt absolutely luxurious to sleep like Business Class at the back of my dad’s ride with an airline blanket draped all over me.  We first got to the restaurant in the resort because we skipped breakfast as we headed out late from home!

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I stared at this photo for so long because I’m so amazed at the clarity!

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I was in the mood for lasagna this morning and when this came I was even hungrier! It looks SO good. But one bite into it, I ate 4-5 more and left it aside. It was hands down the worst lasagne I’ve ever had. Never ever order this.

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We took a stroll around the empty resort on a Friday afternoon. Nobody was there  – we had the beach to ourselves and found this little tyre to play with.

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Happy dad

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Excited omoni

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Scared Natalie

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 Got to learn the hang of it after a few times – but it takes alot of arm strength, which I have none of.

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They also had this area full of flags. Someone can enlighten me  on what this area is probably for if not to see if there’s wind.

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Probably a good place to take photos, I thought.

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We rented bikes for RM 25 for two hours. It seemed like it was going to rain so we asked if we could do a hour, and come back the next day to redeem. The staff kindly said YES! We ended up using all two hours anyway. It was also a good reunion with my Biking Balance. It’s been a year since I’ve been no a bicycle.

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Clearly edited the colour of the photo but only cause I always love red and green put together in photos!

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They also had this place where you could play handball/volleyball by the beach. The place was really SO empty I could take shots like these.

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She said “Don’t take my photo!”. I did.

We walked around the area for quite a bit waiting for 6.45PM because we had booked to release little sea turtles back into the sea for RM 15 each. My parents, brother and I all got one to release so at least we let four into its nature. At first I was completely stoked to be doing this for them – it made me feel very happy! Money also goes to charity, to the preservation of the turtles from Club Med so it was a super feel good activity to do. I was wondering where’d they get the turtles for us, turned out they were keeping these babies in a chiller box to be chosen by the releasers everyday. There was easily about 30-40 of them in the box and we were even wondering if there was a package price to release ALL of these babies into the sea at once.

We were to wait till release time so that the sky is no longer as bright in order to prevent possible predators to see the babies when they are at sea and get them killed. So we had some dessert about half an hour before activity time.

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We got two ice kacangs and man, were they huge! Only at RM 10 each. In a resort, I must say that’s a pretty good price

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 Absolutely huge – we could have just ordered one to share.

And then it was time to release the baby sea turtles! Little penyu’s we call them. You don’t always get to do this all year round, there are seasons. We apparently just missed the egg laying season where you can all wake up early in the morning (or stay late enough) to watch the mother turtle come on shore to lay eggs. These turtles apparently always come back to where they were born and released, and everytime they lay eggs they always tear cause of the pain.

All of us who signed up gathered around the staff who gave us a short brief on the turtles. On this day, there were about 7 turtles that was scheduled to be released. They put in about 10 in that pale and we all had to choose one that we wanted to release. The remaining ones I felt horrible for leaving them there, but how many can you let go?

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They were only about 4 days old

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 He was telling us how the stomach is very fragile so we should all only hold the turtles by the side of its shell. Hold it vertically, not horizontally in between your finger tips.

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 I’m not a turtle expert, but doesn’t its eyes look slightly under developed? Like a layer still hasn’t fully peeled off yet.

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Then it was time to choose the turtles of our choice. When it comes to these things I always think a little too far back, and imagine maybe this turtle’s spirit has saved me from past life and now I am the chosen on to return the favor to release it back into nature pfft. Do you all think like this too? Or maybe I’m just crazy.

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Don’t worr we did not torture the turtles! Photo taking session was only about a minute before we had to quickly release them into the sea

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 My little chosen one. It was so active, waddling and pushing away my fingers with all its might! Strong one

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I think it’s quite funny how people distant themselves from animals when they are picking it up!

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Mom’s lazy little turtle, not even struggling to paddle out from grasp

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And then it was time to go!

Honestly I felt a little melancholy because we were briefed that their chance of living is even lesser than 5%. This is because they are still too young and do not know how to dive into the water and save themselves from danger. Letting them out into the sea only leaves them prone to predators like flying eagles or sea creatures from below who can gobble them up in a second. I really wanted to release the rest of the turtles in the chiller box earlier, but having heard this I just wanted to give them a little more time to grow up so that the develop diving skills. But this is nature, and they only belong here.

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Ready! Get set! Go!

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My little one charging forth, the first among the crowd. Hopefully its a good sign of its survival! /teary

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This was mom’s and one of it’s legs seemed to not be working so it slowly trampled its way towards the sounds of the ocean. I was THIS close to picking it up and swapping it with another. How can you let a slightly disabled one into the sea just like that? I was stopped, but honestly felt wished so hard inside that it would survive!


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The closer it got into the ocean, the faster it paddled it way! Back home.

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And then a wave came by, and ALL of them got swept and pulled into the ocean. You can still see one of its heads popping up at the centre of the photo.That little dot black there. So happy to see its head poking out like that. It was goodbye.

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Another wave crashed and they were all finally out of sight. We said our final goodbyes and wished them the best!

Went to bed that night wondering if my little turtle was still alive – and I have a strong feeling it was.

Absolutely one of the more interesting things I’ve done lately – hopefully you care to try it out at least once too.