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It has been a while & the WINTER is coming…

It has been a while…yeah, It’ has been a while…

American Idol Season 11’s fever was over. Really!! Nah…as for me, Phillip Phillips fever is still not so yet over though…still hawt hawt hawt ;-)) and now here comes EURO cups fever. Gosh! How time flies. Now I just realized that I have not updating my blog for almost half a year now…how bad !!

Okay Okay…It’s about time that I have to hit the keyboard again and start typing something…yeah, let’s do it ! ..

Year 2012 started very promising and I have gone through it day after day with excitements, joys and hopes…filled it to the max, in-fact OVER the max sometime! Works really took over me and I was like been captivated and hypnotized with it. Too focusing with works, doing my design proposals, running design projects, meeting datelines, at the same time have to juggle with housework chores, family commitments etc really burnt me out. I totally forgot to take a break, to ease myself…simply like…yeah, reward myself!!! How foolish of me!

Being a Workaholic Designnologista is somehow synonym with me…When it comes do do the design works…”Afiey, do your magic…Afiey, just do what you do best…Afiey, it’s a piece of cake…dadada“ No question whatsoever, I just do it with a single snap and will forget everything else. I dunno whether it’s great to be correlated with THAT though. The thing is…Yes! I am, I feel superbly GREAT!!! I love challenges and I can feel the fire in me whenever I accomplished a design challenge or competition. To make it perfect though…I won it !!

Crazee me, working like a bee, busy collecting honey like honey is the supreme thing in the universe!!!

So it’s half of 2012 already…HEY JUNE !!!…;-)) Humming to this song, kind of reminds me of HeeJun of AI11…”HeeJun, don’t make it bad”…;)) and when thinking of HeeJun makes me thinking of the Bromance momentous with his BFF Phillip Phillips, the Idol…Gosh! these two fellas really make me smile sometime and laugh out loud most of the time ;-D

Phillip Phillips on the other hand… is an unbelievable humble young guy from Leesburg, Georgia…the boy so talented his parents named him twice!! I was rooting for PP since his first audition in Savannah, Georgia with his unique renditions of classic Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. Those two songs straight away captured my attention and yeah that’s IT!!…This guy will be the next Idol of the season!! and yeah that’s IT!!…I was stuck with AI11 like never before…;-P

Phillip Phillips’s Best Audition

Following his journey in AI11 somehow inspiring me…His humbleness, his family bonding and love, his believe in his music and his courage to face the competition while soldering with his sickness really has taught me something!! The Finale between the Pilipino Mexican Diva Songstress, Jessica vs the humble talented so called “WMWG” the White Man With Guitar was the best AI Finale ever.

I remembered, when it was shown LIVE on cable tele, it’s on 24th May morning…I was at my client’s office waiting to go in the meeting room for my design presentation. While waiting, I was so busy following the tweets and updates…so excited to know the result! Just a few minutes before we were called to go in the room…I got the result and YEAHHHHH…PP was crowned the Idol!!! I was like, screaming in silence….YES YES YES!!! *happy and smile and my presentation went well too though…;-))

PP the Idol

…….“To Phillip Phillips…Big congrats all the way from Malaysia…Do not stop doing what you do best…can’t wait to own your music someday ;-)”…..

and yeah, you can call me “Philatic”…as I am playing all PP’s tracks throughout my day daily….! *I find it…a cool inspiring way to kick off my Design mode of a day…;-)

1st June 2012…Happy Birthday to da Red Armies leader, da mastermind of SW1 Solutions …Mr SJ – Hava Blast n a Bless one mate.!! And to me, may everything go well with my Ophthalmologist’s appointment…ameen !

After working so hard for few months….none stop, without break and breather somehow has triggered some unbalance stuff in my body. I guessed my body flagged some sign…with a simple ”Hello! You need to call for a break mam, I just cannot take it anymore” It was all started when I went to a construction site on a hot bright sunny day…I realized my both eyes cannot take the bright sunlight. I close my both eyes out of sudden with my both hands and open my only right eye…and discovered my right eye’s vision was very blurry!!

So, that was the first call for me…to go for a check up with my Ophthalmologist. I went to an eye specialist centre nearby my place “Centre for Sight”. That’s my 1st doctor’s appointment to check my eye sight issues.

I met with Dr. Zurina, the Ophthalmologist. But before that, I was examined by Optometrist…sitting in a dark room, asked to stare at a target, tested with shine a light into my both eyes…asked me to read some alphabets in different sizes…estimated by the Retinoscopy, an instrument called a Phoropter that has been put in front of my eyes with few lenses…did eye scanning…then I was asked to dilate my pupils by putting some eye drops in my both eyes for half an hours. My pupils was dilated…my both brown eyes look so big, kind of look like a cat’s eyes when staring at the light in the dark…:-P I can’t see thing at all…! This was when Dr.Zurina did few tests on my both eyes.

Dilated Pupils like a cat eyes…;-P

The result…my both eyes are healthy and perfect. There are no issues with my eyes, It is not about Long-sighted, Short-sighted, Astigmatic or Presbyopic…It is something else…so I was asked to come for 2nd appointment, which was on 3rd June.

3rd June 2012… Before I proceeded with my 2nd appointment with Dr. Zurina, again I have been asked to go through the eye test with Optometrist with the additional test called “Visual Field”. This test consists of lights flashing in the periphery of my vision while I have to stare at a light in the centre of my field of view. This is to measure my peripheral vision. My eyes will be alternately covered while I focus on a distant object. This test is to detect strabismus (eye turn), which can lead to Amblyopia (lazy eye), poor depth perception and other conditions.

The result…same as the 1st result, my both eyes are healthy and perfect. There are no issues with my eyes; It is not about Long-sighted, Short-sighted, Astigmatic or Presbyopic…everything is normal except my vision is still very poor, especially with my right eye. According to Dr Zurina’s advises, it is something got to do with my optical nerve which is behind my both eyes and recommended me to go through the MRI Orbit scan as I was suspected to have an Optic Neuritis, which is inflammation of the optic nerve…herrrmmm!!! Wondering !

MRI Orbit Scans

6th June 2012… MRI Orbit Scans? It sounded serious though and it’s costly too. Since Dr. Zurina wrote a recommendation letter to go for MRI scan after few tests…I took it, yeah! This is serious man! So I decided to do it. My 3rd appointment was…I went to KPJ Damansara Specilist Hospital, at X-ray and Radiography section alone, registered to proceed with my MRI Orbit scan. Only GOD knows how scared I was at that moment.

I have no idea what to expect. Sharp at 2pm, I was called to get ready. The nurse asked me to clean up my face, to make sure no make-up and whatsoever chemical substance on my face. So, I washed my face and put all my stuff in a locker. I was asked to wait at the waiting lounge. At first I did not know why I have to wait. Then, here came the nurse with a tray in her hand…with a Syringe Needle in it!!! OMG…I have to be injected!!! *scared like Hell and started shivering!!

I asked the nurse…do I need to be injected? and she said…”Yes mam, I have to insert the needle in your vein at your hand in order to pump it the dye injection for contrast exam”…I was like, errrr…Okay! Then, she took my left hand, tied my wrist to find the vein and …she poke it…damn!!! It hurts!!! It was stuck there secured with tape with the plastic head exposed…!!

I was lead to the white room with the MRI scan machine in the middle of the room. The machine is kind of like a gigantic cylinder with a table in it. I was asked to lie on it and not to move an inch, so I did. Then the nurse put me on a head phone gear with some cool music played in it. I guess it is to cut the machine noises. Yeah, true enough, the machine created so much noises and vibrations and I was stuck in it for almost 75 minutes and within the middle of the procedure I was injected again with the dye thingy and that was hurt!!! Bad enough I cannot event move and talk!!! What the AF !!

After 2 hours of struggles with coldness, stillness and noises…I thought it was over. No! It was yet over, It’s just started…It’s a new beginning…of a cold long WINTER!!!

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3 in 1…

3 in 1, All in 1, All for 1…Whatchamacallit…I do not bother what people call but I call it “What a fruitful weekend”…!!! Even though it just a normal 2 days weekend, Saturday and Sunday but this time around was amazingly full with quality time activities. It was all started from the Friday night itself….

…6pm on the dot on Friday evening, we left office slightly early to beat highway traffic to pick up Ally our little precious from my parent in-law place. We managed to reach there after one and half hour struggling on the road…just in time before my parent in-law leaving to North for my cousin’s wedding function on the next day. The function was at Tanah Rata, Cameron Highland on Saturday but they decided to travel on that night itself as we will start our journey the next day morning.

Three of us are set and ready to enter city centre for a superb show…STOMP’11, which held at Planetary Hall, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, KLCC. The show is on 8.30pm and we have one more hour to beat. It is Friday night and raining, I guess it is impossible to get there on time if we were driving down to the city so we took light rail transit, “LRT myRapid” instead. It took us slightly more than half an hour to reach KL Convention Centre, KLCC from Kelana Jaya, which we have to pass by 15 stations. Not a bad decision though as we managed to have our quick dinner just before the show.

STOMP’11 is a unique show, a piece of art theater created by musicians with no dialogue and melody but it is totally rhythmically based…Rhythm with movements with a touch of comedy…Interestingly, they used most all everyday objects that everybody can use, can find and can have a go at like a broom, a zippo lighters, an old news paper, an oil drum, a tin trash bin cover etc etc….just with a simple choreographed taps or clicks or claps or bangs…the amazing thing created… *Brilliant.

The show ended around 11pm. Husband and me were so glad that Ally had a great time there. I can see her continuous smiles from her face and nonstop talking about it, obviously she enjoyed the show and now eager to enrol to her drum class…*get to do that as soonest!

We took LRT back to Kelana Jaya and reached home around 12am. Done with the day and now it is time to pack up for the next day, a driving trip up to North for a cousin’s wedding in Cameron Highland. Alright you Highland people, be ready for us will ya !!

9.30am on bright shiny Saturday morning, we hit the road and heading up to the North using North South Expressway, to the highland. The traffic was okay, a lot of cars on the road but it was pretty smooth. We reached Tapah an hour later and took us another 1 ½ hours to reach Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands, which is approximately 70km from Tapah. The road condition was kind of better than before as it had been upgraded few times but it can be still considered winding and narrow. Tapah Route to Cameron valley used to be known as one of the dangerous routes in fact it is still now. Some part of the journey though, you are actually practically “U” turn as the road is somewhat so dangerously like that. I guess optimum cautious, good driving skills with a safe car conditions will help you to have a safe journey there. Just need to be aware with nature disaster such as heavy rains, landslides etc.

Thanks God, we safely reached at the function location that was at Convent School’s hall on time, by noon. The weather was surprisingly beautiful with no rain at all and not so chilly as usual. While waiting for the arrival of the bride and groom, we looked for a shaded spot at the school’s main entrance … waiting for the rest of our family clan to gather.

Everyone gathered, the bride and groom were ready to be walked to the function hall basically all were good to go. With flowers and photos snapping from every angle, leading by the Bride and Groom and followed with families at the back, we all walked slowly to the hall on the ally trying to follow the rhythm of beautiful flute sounds that plays some sweet wedding numbers. Passing by few round guesses tables on both left and right with foods that have been served on it… cannot help myself enjoying the alluring aroma of the served foods though. All of us were drooling like crazy…Yeah! We knew it, it is time for food…*Ravenous

I must tell that the food was good…*maybe we all of us were so AF hungry then. The wedding function do was a success. It ended around 3pm and all of us were still there lingering in front the hall entrance, busy with photo snapping sessions. After few hugs and kisses with families, slowly we left the hall and heading to our next destination…Staying a night at one of our favourite getaway , The Bala’s Holiday Resort at Tanah Rata, Cameron Highland…*Yay !!

Families decided to go back straight to Kuala Lumpur from the function instead so we asked them to pay a visit to The Bala’s as we were doing our registration. We want them to see and to feel the place like we see and we feel. We felt in love with the Bala’s since our first visit last 2 weeks ago. The tranquillity and serenity of the place had captured our heart…the strong historic ambiance feels of the guesthouse as a first boarding school for British colony in the Highland Valley way back in 1930’s is actually the beauty of this place… the design, the finishes, the structure, the landscape of the building still remain the same as original with a few upgrading works and good food at the in-house restaurant that claimed to serve the best scones in the Valley have placed the Bala’s as one of the must visit places in Cameron Highland.

The location of the Bala’s to Tanah Rata town approximately 2km, is an additional reason why we like this place so much. Tanah Rata town is where all the shops, restaurants are the most popular spot is Starbuck coffee, which most of our time we spent there. The weather is also a plus…sometime I feel like transported to another part of the world!

We have checked out from the Bala’s after a quick breakfast around 11am and heading to another must visit cool spot in the Valley, the Boh Visitor Centre at Sungai Palas, Cameron Highland.  We missed this spot when our last visit, where we ended up visiting Boh Plantation Center at Habu instead…*Confused

While heading to Sungai Palas, we stuck about an hour in a massive traffic at Brinchang town, which are few kilometres to the location. We almost to take U-turn to Tanah Rata but luckily the traffic started to move slowly. Finally we moved!!

To be to Sungai Palas is another challenge route. The road is extremely narrow and twistingly winding but with superbly sightings. The road is too narrow that only can fit one car and have to sound your horn whenever you need to take the corner to alert someone from the other way. The view is so spectacular that you do not mind to move a side to wait and give way for other car to pass.  Seriously I do not mind all those hitches when I reached the top, the Boh Visitor Centre. It is all worth it. The architectural of the centre is looking out-standing from the road leading to the spot as the design of the building is looks like a box that cantilevered out from the hill side. It is open ventilated space with all sustainable material and finishes. It’s one of the innovative designs by a local architect firm ZLG Design. The building was completed in July 2006 and had won few prestigious awards namely one of it… the International Barbara Cappochin Foundation Award 2007. 

I thought it was over for the day but NO…We have yet to attend another function back in Kuala Lumpur at 8.30pm. In order to be there on time, we have to get out from the highland latest by 4.30pm, which we did. We used Simpang Pulai route from Sungai Palas instead of Tapah route. It took longer hour but safer journey. The traffic was not so bad at first but heavy rains at the middle of the journey had kept us courteous. We reached Petaling Jaya around 7.30pm and diverted to the Curve mall to find a birthday gift for the 8.30pm function. It was actually my big brother in-law’s birthday dinner do at Lake Club, Kuala Lumpur.

We managed to reach Lake Club but a little bit late. Everybody was there, foods were served but luckily we can still have some as they were not fully finished. Just nice actually, we ate, we drank, we chat and we sang a birthday song…enjoyed the Hagen Daz  ice cream cake, gave birthday gifts, photo momentous and the highlight of the night somehow was actually for all daughter in-laws in the family. All three of us received a surprise gift from our beloved mother in-law…a gift from Barcelona. It was a box of jewellery set with a dressing watch. Thank you Mama, we love you…! Yeah, there goes my weekend, it was finally over….Fuuuuhhh !!…*What a Weekend!!

From Planetary Hall, KL Convention Centre, KLCC to Tanah Rata and Sungai Palas, Cameron Highland and back to Kuala Lumpur, Lake Club for a family get together all trough out the weekend were kind of “Awesome”.

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Sweet Belated Birthday Wishes…

Overwhelmed with all warm and sweet birthday wishes from family and friends …It’s the 6th day of my Bday today n still receiving it…*Touched & Blessed!!

The sweet Bday wish from Irda,,,Thanx darlin'

The sweetest thing was…I received a belated birthday wishes from my sweet BFF, the famous local blogger and script writer…Mrs Martias, Adza Irdawati a.k.a Mak Dara via my FB and she even blogged about it too…* hugs n kisses darl…xoxo

To Irda, I do not really mind about the lateness though as for me the thought that counts. I knew and understood that you were pretty tide up with your works and  script datelines. Seriously I appreciated that really!!!

God Bless n Love you and you all….xoxo

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In.THOR.xicated

Man with the Hammer

…Am So InTHORxicated…!

Kind of Intoxicated…Well, not that Intoxicated – INTOXICATED…I was kind of exhausted, smashed…with loads of works and Ally’s birthday party preparation wish is a few days to go.  I guess, having a little break, enjoying Chris Hemsworth in the new Marvel comics movie , THOR with my hubby was actually a great idea. Being a Marvel Comics freak we are, we will find any way and any how to watch it. I enjoyed the movie more as Chris is soooo HOT and so THOR !!!

Can’t wait to see him in coming “The Avengers” !!

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Hula to da He Mele No Lilo…

Feel like Hula to da He Mele No Lilo..

Month of April is a busy month for me. Besides managing few design projects as a Design Manager at work, I still need to manage my side project, a home project…The Alliyah’s 9th Luau Birthday Party of this year Ally’s theme Birthday party.

Started with editing some Luau Birthday party program…

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Hunting for some petites macaroons with my two Cintas  at 2 fantastic coffee shops, Whisk Espresso Bar and The Vanilla Place at Empire, Subang…for sweet stoff to the menus…

 

Whisk Cafe

Colorful Petit Macaroons at Whisk

Macaroons hunting continue at The Vanilla Place

Plus designing Ally’s Luau Birthday cake,a sketch for my dear friend, Eena to especially bake a cake for my princess…

Hula girl cake

And not to forget designing Ally’s Luau Birthday Party Invitation…

Luau's Birthday invitation card

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