Monday, December 31, 2012

Day 12: Hands

Remember that one time you nearly dropped something? Your phone or a bar of slippery soap or a chunky stack of books? Yeah, you nearly dropped it - if not for your hands, shit disaster befalls you. And if it was your phone that you lost grip of, a possibly huger disaster befalls your financial source. But nope, thank Hands for they are what saved you from squandering money you didn't have to squander on to get your phone repaired or to get a new one that'll work, from the hassle of having to clean that soapy spot on the ground or from a public discomfiture (it's unlikely for someone else to help you out if you drop a stack of papers or books or anything when other people are present - Diffusion of Responsibility, the truth speaks!).

Thank Hands; they are a whole lot more useful and needed than we think they are. Your hands don't get to just get a grasp of an object or another's hands - you are able to get a grasp of much more. I didn't mean for you to literally hold an object or your lover's hands just to comprehend them (only if you wish); it is the hand gestures that portrays more than just actions and movements. Sometimes our bodily structures don't seem just physical huh?

I'm not much of an observer as much as I try to be occasionally, or I'm never really good at making presumptions pertaining people by looking at or observing their behavior or gestures. I've been talking to a few friends over hours of Skype sessions lately. Being far from home and from them, I can't really do anything but to ask them What's up, to listen and to share - to offer a helping hand. Hands and their gestures may tell you much and help you perceive much, but when we're the ones observing, we have no power to do much. Whether a helping hand may seem helpful or helpless, I thought if to offer a helping hand is the most I could do, then offer I will. If someone does the same to me, I will make it a habit to thank them. We may never truly know if a person is sincere or not, but if the most they can do is to offer help, the least we could do is to appreciate their offer.

A Sunday night song for your Sunday nights. Last Dinosaurs wohooo

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Day 11: Something Old

I'm not sure if this is considered old but I've owned this mobile phone for nearly five years now. Oh and this was a hand-me-down from my parents so it was probably in use for a good couple of years before I called it mine. This gizmo is hard as nails (possibly heaps harder). Its countless (at least 438 times) hard hits on the ground from a height of at least three feet above might have been the reason to why the files and music player were messed up for a period of time, and why parts of the mobile were detached from its body a few times (saved by the adhesiveness of superglue!).

Nonetheless as hard as it falls, nothing as destructive or defective has happened. I've been told multiple times that it's about time I get a smartphone and I have thought of it but I figured I should continue using this phone since it's still functioning pretty well. Purchasing a new smartphone or even just a new phone would mean having to fork out a bunch of money that I could use for essentials and in cases in which I get a smartphone would mean having to be hypnotized and possibly having to spend three quarter of my day seven days a week playing with my new gadget. A part of my daily routine will feasibly be filled with taking pictures and uploading them on Instagram, playing Panda BBQ for hundreds of times a day and looking up tons of apps to toy with.

But I think it's all good for now, my current phone is still working well and I'll most probably use it until it can no longer subsist. Over the years I haven't been using my phone's functions as much as I used to. For now I use my phone for text messaging, although I'm not much of a texter, for emergency calls, for the occasional picture-snapping and for waking me up early, only when necessary. I guess I've learned to just deal with what I have. Oh and I've had the same theme for my phone for over a year or two now, lol. The bird and splashes of radiant colors are pretty neat.

Song of the day.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Day 10: Nature

taken at Fraser Avenue Lookout, Perth

One of the things I enjoy doing, may it be at a gallery, a park, a beach or the city, is to just look around. Not just a glimpse or a glance but really take a moment, find a nice spot to sit at the park, gaze into the sky, be awed by the vastness of the trees and its surrounding, and just get a load of nature at its finest.

Well yeah I guess I could've summarized all that fandangle into sightseeing but it's really not the same as taking a while to look around or observe. I could be traveling to places like the Giant's Causeway, the Grand Canyon and the Great Barrief Reef and I could be telling people that I've been to the most spectacular places on Earth and that I managed to get panoramic pictures of everything but never would I be able to wholly take pleasure in its nature if I do not look around, and never would I not feel regretful for not enjoying my time in wherever I was fortunate to be sightseeing at.

It's more than about where I go and what I get to look at; it is what I see, what I learn and what I am awaken to.

Slow down, take time and be at peace.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Day 9: Inspiring Person

I'd be lying or speaking rashly if I were to say there is only one person that has ever inspired me to do or say something, or to look at things in a different perspective. My parents are more than just a couple of down-to-earth people who has been and still are taking care of me; they are my push - together they are the force that jolts me to open my mind and to initiate energy and aspiration. From communicating to people, taking charge, driving with better astuteness and to cooking omelettes, I've learned heaps from these two peeps.

This song especially reminds me of my (groovy) parents. Listen, and get your groove on.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Day 8: Favorite Color

Being younger as a child, I was easily attracted to things that were pink in color. But over the years at different points in my life I've had different preferences when it comes to colors; I've been really fond of the colors black, gray and white at one time (which might explain why my dressing style appeared 'emo' to others) but now I don't think I really have a favorite color. I guess my color preference heavily depends on what the subject is, like how I prefer greens on trees and reds on strawberries, you know those kind of things. Not many examples are coming to my mind at the moment but I personally prefer darker colors for my coats, jackets and bottoms, but other than that I like bright colors too. Not saying I like all colors though, I just don't have a favorite.

Here's a video for the ears and eyes. Colors are pretty rad. 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Day 7: Something Funny

Meet Andi! She's probably more entertaining than funny, but shyeah she's funny. I'd like to pour my thoughts on Christmas and recent happenings regarding our stay in St Louis but Christmas has been keeping us occupied! So far so good, well more than good to be honest.

Merry Christmas!!! Enjoy.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Day 6: Books

Figured I might as well learn more pertaining my major and possibly future career. Also because I needed an extra activity to occupy my time and to entertain myself this winter break.

Fun fun song for today's fun fun time.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Day 5: Morning Sky

Nature at its truest. Morning sky, you make me see in a new light.

First day in St Louis for Christmas went by quick but it has been grandeur, mostly because of the dazzling Christmas lights on the streets. Here with me on our Christmas expedition are my sister Jojo, Tommy Toto and Yumo Momomo. Looking forward to tomorrow and the rest of the Christmas celebration!

A song to wrap up Day One in St Louis.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Day 4: Leaves

Tell me, what do you see?

I see leaves so alike and abundance of them. I see them laying still, fallen from trees of glory and of meagerness. I see wind strong enough to blow them off the vivid green grass, only to leave them laying once more. I see them fade of color and of being. I see leaves in vain attempts to rise, to be picked up and to be given life once more. I see again and I see now nothing but a bunch of leaves. Tell me, what do you see?

On a different note, Facebook is asking how I'm doing.

Music to render both you and me serenity.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Day 3: Happiness

'Often we forget how happiness truly feels'
inspired by Malaysia's graphic novel The Kampung Boy and feelings of incertitude

Is happiness overrated? Why do we seek for happiness? Is life's ultimate goal about achieving happiness? Is that my goal in life? Does it matter being happy in the end? Is there a reward for being happy or having a happy life? Is happiness worth it? If so what makes it worth it? Is life worth it? What makes it so? Can I just stay emo? (jokes)

Heaps of questions unanswered but that's okay. Reading and thinking (although not too much) helps. I am in no rush to find answers. If I've figured out everything, what could or should I continue to live for? Shit, more questions (jokes)

Don't overanalyze. Watch, listen and enjoy.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Day 2: Smile

Why do we smile? Why is it that our mouth does this thing where its corners turn up and our teeth are exposed? Why do we have these emoticons? → :), :-), =), :D, =D, ^_^ (asian smile)

Photo challenge Day 2 will not be about why you should smile or why you should be happier than ever or how a smile can magically make you look more attractive [ gotta admit this is true ;) ].

Picture this. You're walking, to somewhere, anywhere - and you pass by a stranger, who smiles at you. You smile back. Easy huh? It's simple; the idea of concealment by merely wearing a smile and saying "I'm good" whenever someone asks how you are. No need to mention anything, better yet you get to save time and the hassle of explaining why you feel how you feel.

Covering up seemed like a cinch. Closure seemed comfortable. You're doing all so good, no one knows and you still have that smile on your face. You look even happier when you say "Yeah I'm good, my day's been pretty good so far". Soon enough you'll be able to fool yourself into thinking you're actually happy. Until it all no longer seem like a piece of cake. It didn't feel like 'pretending'  but it just felt like a lot of work that it's draining you; so much work to be who you're not and to feel what you don't truly feel. You question yourself, what now?

Talk to someone, no not that stranger that smiles at you but someone you trust. You might think at first no one in the whole wide world would understand you, but there is at least one person that will spare some time to listen to you. Give them and yourself some time; no one including you and me will be able to understand someone else's feelings or thoughts immediately. Also, just saying "I hate my life and everything sucks" doesn't really do justice to your situation or feelings whatever they may be. Explanation or clarification would be nice and helpful, as long as you are comfortable sharing. The person listening to you can't guarantee solutions that'll help you feel better completely but give it a try; let it out and you'll feel better. We're human and sometimes we all just need to express how we truly feel.

You don't have to smile if you don't want to. You don't have to do things that you aren't happy or comfortable doing. You are your own person and you're allowed to do things that make you happy.

On a brighter note, here I present you a song that'll (hopefully) put a smile on your face.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Day 1: Favorite Food

"Close your eyes, maybe it'll taste better", uttered my sister as I stared into a bowl of what seemed like a jumble of anchovies, cabbage and more cabbage.

Do you believe that food tastes better when you eat with your eyes closed? 

May our eyes be closed or wide opened, may the food look savory or shit unsavory, may the food smells of delight or of disgust - I personally don't think it changes the taste of what we consume but it changes how we perceive the taste of the food; and people perceive the taste of food differently, which suggests why people have dissimilar preferences. You may like more sugar in your coffee, but I might not.

I can't deny the fact that I am pretty fussy and not as adventurous when it comes to food. Nonetheless as picky I may seem, like everyone else, I have more than one favorite food. Sure I like dim sum, banana bread, buttered shrimp, fried scallops, cookies and cream ice cream, egg tarts, and loads more but I simply can't pick just one ultimate favorite. I don't have pictures of all the food I like but here's one (or two) of one of my favorite food:

(Waffle goodness @ Cicerello's, Mandurah during a family getaway to Aussie)

(Waffle goodness @ KLCC's Signatures Food Court)

You know it. WAFFLES
At one point this year I pretty much had a fervent addiction to waffles; coated with rich Nutella spread (sometimes topped along with chocolate sprinkles and whipped cream - only occasionally), it sort of became something I had to have nearly every night for supper. Lately I don't eat waffles as often (once or twice in a fortnight) but whenever I do it'd be in the on-campus dining halls and I'd have my waffles with at least four scoops of ice cream, chocolate syrup, chocolate sprinkles and Fruit Loops - DA BOMB.

Here's a 31 second clip of a waffle (and pancakes and french toast) song. Indulge.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

challenge here we go

Here I am again, pacing from one thought to another. A voice in my head deliberately saying "Say, what do you want to say?". Always, I am unsure of where to begin and how my words should be put together eloquently. In my mind thoughts run around ceaselessly that it's almost redundant because in the end my mind holds the same questions or subject matters, with neither answers nor resolutions. Nonetheless I might have just come to realize something; maybe it isn't all about finding answers or figuring things out, or maybe that shouldn't be one of my greatest concerns for now. Life? Career? Purpose? I don't know for now and I can't guarantee I will know but I've pondered and realized; it's okay to not know for now, it's okay to have doubts, it's okay to just take it easy and not rush making decisions. Life isn't a race, at least not for me.

I've been wanting to blog about something but I haven't, not because I can't think of any thing to blog about but because I take too long of a time mulling over what to blog about. Hence I have taken the initiative to take up this photo challenge, one similar to the photography challenge my sister is currently engaged into but differs because this one has a main theme:

Also because winter break is a month long and hopefully my endeavor to occupy (a lot) time with productive activities to do will be accomplished. In spirit of the challenge, I am grateful to have stumbled upon this photo challenge hence I will do my best and have faith. May the force be with you, me and us all.

oh boy oh boy oh boy I'm excited to do this! Ok I'll start tomorrow for sure.


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

I want to decide. I want to be able to settle on a choice. I want to finally know what I truly want.

I still think I can never be entirely sure of what I truly want but for now, I feel pretty contented with my thoughts, or plan, or goal.

I was reminded, by people closest to my heart and people who I spontaneously talked to about life, that I used to know what I wanted to do. I don't know what happened but I no longer feel the same way about what I want - and if feasible, I want to change that. I want to get back on track and be optimistic once more and hopefully find ways to stay optimistic.

My thoughts are topsy turvy at the moment but I'll figure things out.


Sunday, September 2, 2012

my current room!

Thought I'd go with "the barrenness of my current room" but that sounds a tad gloomy for a photo caption. It took me a couple of weeks to complete this adequately spacious part of the wall in my room, only because I scrupulously embellished the wall with personal photos, arbitrary artworks, glow in the dark stickers (really cute stickers) and a lot of thought. In this picture it might seem that I don't have a lot of things up on the wall, but they're enough to remind me of home. I can never say no to missing home, simply because there is no place like it. Sure, I do ponder about home from time to time but a little optimism helps (most of the times). So I figured I could just stick with "my current room!" for the caption. And I did.

Nonetheless, I am not filled with glum or gloom as I might seem to be (at least not for now!) - of course as usual, there are ups and downs here and there but life goes on and there really isn't much to complain or to grumble about here. I'm having a pretty good time here and I can say that things have been going fairly great so far. More updates coming soon!


Tuesday, July 10, 2012


About a month ago, from 2nd to 7th June my family and I travelled to Perth. It's been a while since we last went on a holiday as a family and so this trip was a nice getaway; 6 days might not seem long but during that period of our excursion it felt like we had a lot of time on our hands. 

And here are 73 photos from our visit to Perth to briefly (or rather explicitly if you consider a blog post along with 73 photos a scrupulous enlightenment on a trip to a foreign place) share what was so darn pleasant about Perth.

This time around we flew by MAS Airlines on a Saturday morning and one great thing about our flight was that it took only five hours. It seemed pretty short I'd say, only because my siblings and I kept ourselves well occupied with some good airplane food, a couple of movies and several rounds of Tetris Battle lol. We were initially estimated to take a shorter time to arrive at Perth but upon reaching the Western Australia region, our flight was lengthened by fifteen minutes due to the rainy and cloudy weather conditions.

Nonetheless, we arrived safely at nearly four in the afternoon, and rain or shine, we were eager and ecstatic to commence our jaunt in Perth!

As soon as we got our bags, we left the airport and made our way to Criterion Hotel. Fortunately, the hotel was located conveniently on Hay Street, where discovering numerous places to go (for food, shopping and sightseeing) became a cinch.

One of the first places we headed to was the convenience store nearby the hotel. How convenient, once again. 

Dinner at Pepper Lunch! Rice and pepper, as simple as it sounds, can be a pretty good combination. But then like quite a number of other food akin to this one, the gravy or sauce really makes a difference; all in all, it made my dinner an appetizing one.

Street art on Hay Street!

During our expedition for food around Perth we came across an abundance of  Asian restaurants and guess what, just two or three shops away from our hotel was a Malaysian restaurant - D' Nyonya Penang. 

In the hotel, desperately getting some internet connection within the diminutive expanse of our little cute room. But in the end we eventually surrendered and gave up trying to go online, hence the series of movie watching every night in the hotel room lol.

It was pretty easy getting around places in Perth as we took the Transperth train at most times. Sure it was trouble-free to simply take trains to places here and there but it was the long, tedious journey back and forth that made us enervated. Travelling can be tiring, no?

One of the several humorous posters in the Transperth train!

Day two in Perth kicked off with a visit to Fremantle! The three pictures above were taken in the Fremantle Market; an ideal spot to get good food and do some shopping!

And here somewhere nearby the Fremantle Market we stumbled upon masses of dream catchers for sale!

Now how often do we see a park this massive with lavishing greenery and this clean and this heavenly for people to just kick back, relax and have a nice day out? Mmhmm.

In we went to the Shipwreck Galleries; a museum showcasing ship-related or rather, shipwreck-related matters - basically what my dad enjoyed exploring, and I'd have to admit this was one pretty interesting and insightful museum. 

I can't remember the last time I was at a real beach - one that's got nice sands your feet just sink into whle your toes actually feel like they're happy, one that's got clear blue water, one that's actually unpolluted, one that's got naked people (ah well, next time maybe) - the one at Fremantle was superb.

If you know me well, then you'd probably know that I'm a pretty huge fan of fish and chips. Ever since our voyage to Perth, I've been longing and yearning for some well baked fish and chips - of course with mayonnaise spread and a tinge of lemon flavour. Mmm just thinking about it makes me hungry already. The Kailis Fish Market Cafe is a must-drop-by place to get a taste of some fish and chips goodness! Hmm, I really have to remember to take pictures of the food instead of just the drinks. 

Portraits of famous people and sketches seen when we walked along the streets in Fremantle!

As day three in Perth commenced, we embarked on a journey to Mandurah - and might I add, the journey to Mandurah which felt awfully long. While my parents and my siblings had already dozed off in the train, I tried my best to keep my eyes open, squinting and hoping we would arrive at Mandurah in the next five minutes. But that five minutes took much longer than I thought it would. Nevertheless as soon as we got off the train and hopped on a bus to a place nearby the sea, the seemingly dreadful lengthy train ride was worthwhile after all.

Here I present you some waffle goodness! Which was one of the things we had for breakfast at Cicerellos.

After breakfast and a little photography session, we decided to take a cruise ride; which was a little costly I'd have to say, but on a lovely sunny day with a little breeze and in Mandurah with plenty to see, why not? The cruise ride was around an hour long and during the ride, as we sailed through the waves of the sea, we caught glimpses of big fancy houses (yup, along the sea!), huge ships, other huge ships cruising, clusters of birds soaring in a certain pattern, clusters of birds chilling by the sea, the calm and clear blue water, the water waves rocking and swaying, and with the sky, everything summed up to be a breathtaking sight.

After the cruise ride, we travelled back to the city centre of Perth and came upon a Chinese restaurant where we had our lunch at.

Obligated by my dad to take a few photos by the streets of Perth, while waiting for a bus...

Our next stop was at the Kings Park and Botanic Garden, where we unfortunately did not catch a sight of everything there as we didn't spend long at the park and the garden, but we still enjoyed being there regardless.

Now this, to me, was the highlight of the trip - The Fraser Avenue Lookout. A spectacular view eh?

As day four in Perth had arisen, we were off to explore Perth Cultural Centre and we first stopped by at the Western Australian Museum.

The museum had heaps of various exhibitions and galleries but one of my favourite was the section pertaining coral reefs. The other sections were interesting as well, and there was just an abundance to see, to learn about and to delve into. All in all, the museum was so cool.

Mmhmm brother and sister just horsing around... :p

The Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA)- just the place I wanted to drop by after visiting the Art Gallery of Western Australia (but we didn't get to go there as it closes on Tuesdays, I was hell bent on going back the next day!). The PICA isn't a very huge arts venue but I thoroughly enjoyed the exhibitions shown!

These were taken in Perth Cultural Centre, one was near the Western Australian Museum and another was close to the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts.

Lunch at a food court in Northbridge!

On the very next day, day five in Perth, we made it to the Art Gallery of Western Australia!! This had to be another highlight of the trip for me.

There was a section in the gallery where visitors could put up their own drawing and the subject was still life. While attempting to make my own masterpiece I was initially oblivious of the fact that the subject had to be still life and so I drew some Medusa-like lady lol... But this little girl who was also drawing told me about it and then we somehow started chatting. If I can still recall, her name is Antonia, she's from London, she's around the age of 10 to 12, she's home schooled and she happens to be travelling around the world with her parents. By the time they were in Perth they had already been travelling for a year and a half, and they're continuing their expedition for another half year. I was just in awe, and thinking 'Lucky girl, some of us have to wait at least another fifty years (or maybe never) to be able to travel around the world' - but I'm kidding. Getting to travel to one or a few places is already a blessing and a bliss, but it certainly would be an extraordinary experience to travel around the world eh?

This is a mini London in Perth called London Court, where there were shops with designs based on architectural features from Elizabethan times. 

As the sun set and day five was nearly coming to an end, we toured around Supreme Court Gardens and a few streets located nearby Hay Street where our hotel was at.

And for dinner, we dined at the restaurant in our hotel lol, the fifth day was considered our last day in Perth and so by the end of the trip or nearly the end, we were feeling a little laid-back and weary! 

On the last day, in a bus heading to the airport. Our flight was delayed about an hour or so as the arrival of the MAS Airlines plane at Perth had been delayed, due to weather conditions. We arrived home sometime around midnight and as soon as we did, we took quick showers, did a little unpacking and at last, hit the sack! On the whole, the pictures might not have done much justice to enlighten you on what was so nice about the whole trip, but in all honesty, we had a great time in Perth. I enjoyed the trip mostly because I got to spend some quality time with my family while exploring and sightseeing the city of Perth. No doubt this trip is definitely one to be remembered for days to come.