Saturday, February 27, 2016

Happenings in February - Chinese New Year + Gathering

Monday 8/2/16

Whatsup for your long weekend?

For me, I spent my Friday night in school for lecture, Saturday and Sunday noon at home rushing for my school assignment which will be due 2 days after CNY. So sian right?
Finally a break on Monday.

Say hello to the year of Monkey.

Actually the thought of how fast time has passed scared me, now all of us have already grown up. We all have our career and some even started their family. Still remember the days when we were young, we always played football at the corridor during CNY, those days were so carefree.

My family had chap chye and curry chicken for lunch.

Cute pie, Aiden, was here.
He was so easily contented with toy cars.
Aiden is coming to 2 years old in another month time. Becoming a big boy now.

Preparing for our steamboat dinner.
The cousins were fascinated with the size of the abalone.

There are close to 30 of us for our lunar new year reunion dinner.
By the time I ate, it was the third round. By then, the broth of the soup was already very tasty.
Having steamboat with the big family has become the usual and memorable practice during CNY. 

While mummy was preparing yusheng, Aiden was standing by the side, looking interested. He even helped to carry the paper plates over to the living room.

Yusheng has now officially become our yearly tradition practice on CNY.
Let's toss to a prosperity year ahead and may all our dreams come true. 
Happy new year to all of you.

Saturday 27/2/16

Finally weekend is here. 
How I wish I could the rewind the time back to last week where I spent my weekend in JB for a relaxing weekend.

This weekend, GF brought me to South Bridge Aesthetics Clinic open house where we find out more about the treatment and services available at the clinic.

The clinic has a nice spiral staircase at their back door that is good for photo shoot.
My OOTD that day.

GF and I met HP and Jonathan at the open house. Haven't seen the guys for a long time.
Today was really a day for gathering. We have a mini chillout session of our own, cheers.

We went to their toilet at level 2 and this altar look alike basin caught our attention. The clinic has a good mix of western and oriental elements in their interior design.

Meryl and Yueqing came over to join us as well.
Here's a group photo with the girls before we left.

After our long chat, we decided to visit Cafe Insadong which was just besides the clinic to try their bingsu. 
My first visit to Cafe Insadong.

We ordered Red Bean & Sweet Potato Bingsu. 
This was my first time eating bingsu as well. I love the shaved ice and taro ice-cream.
The perfect dessert to order on a hot and sunny day.

I love days like this where I can chill out with friends without worrying about time. Attending school really took already all my free time. Other than attending classes, usually I will dedicate my weekend to do quiz and rush school assignment/project. So I really cherish my free time spent with friends.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

2D1N Road Trip to Johor Bahru - Taman Mount Austin

Day 1: Saturday 20/2/16

Be warned, long and photo heavy post ahead.

Our long waited road trip was finally here after a month of waiting.

It's been awhile since four of us last have an outing together. We decided to leave our busy city and traveled to the neighbouring state, Johor Bahru (JB), for a well deserving weekend doing some of our favourite things and spending quality time together.

My weekend has been monotonous lately, mugging on assignments and projects. It's time to give myself a break from all these shits.

The travel-mates: Kelvin, GF, Meryl, Jasmine and me.
 Thanks Kelvin and GF for organising this trip, we enjoyed the trip very much.

We met up at about 2.30pm after Jasmine ended her work and drove in to JB. Be prepared for at least an hour of jam from both Singapore and Malaysia custom.

Usually when I went JB, I will only went to places close to Johor custom like City Square and KSL City Mall as I don't feel comfortable to travel far in cab. This time round, Kelvin brought us to outskirt of JB - Taman Mount Austin. We traveled via Kota Tinggi Highway to our destination which is about 15 minutes drive.

It was about 4.15pm when we reached. 
The first thing we did when we reached Taman Mount Austin was to check in to Hotel Austin Paradise to secure a room. We will be staying over for a night.

Hotel Austin Paradise is a three-storey high hotel. The surrounding was all low rise building.

GF and I lepak at the hotel lobby while the others were doing checked in.
The royal alike sofa seat was too comfortable

We were all staying at level 3.  
We went up to check out our room, it costs us RM180 for a night stay. The room was small but pretty decent with the basic modern amenities cater to our needs for having a comfortable stay. 
I'm rooming with Jasmine and Meryl while GF and Kelvin stayed in another room a few unit away from us.

We dropped our barang barang and ready to head out again.

Hop on to the car and off for our first meal in JB. Super hungry as I only had a few mouthful of fried beehoon for lunch. 

We were introduced by rkm to Auntie Lim Cafe located at Jalan Austin Height 3, it was just a few street from our hotel. 

The cafe served a fusion of Asia food, pretty similar to what Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe served.

Welfie with Meryl while waiting for our food.

Our afternoon tea cum dinner.
I have ice milk tea and fried yee mee. We also ordered 2 plates of chives pancakes to share among the 5 of us. I love the pancake, it was tasty and spicy.

Thanks Kelvin for the treat (:

The fantastic four feeling happy after our meal but not quite satisfied because our meal will never be complete without dessert. We went Blackball which was just few stalls away. 

We ordered 2 bowls of Blackball signature.
I always eat this when I go JB.

After which, we went explored around the neighbourhood before we headed for some shopping at Aeon Tebrau City Shopping Centre. 

While exploring, we chanced upon deCAST Karaoke. We were being attracted by this New York theater concept exterior and decided to book our karaoke slot at 10pm after checking out the price.

My Saturday comfort outfit - pairing a loose t-shirt with skorts (skirt + short). Skort is now a staple piece that I must have in my closet, it is easy to mix and match. I got at least 5 pieces of skort in my closet and I still want more.

The girls have a great shopping experience till we don't feel like leaving. I got myself 4 shirts from the mall. We left the mall at about 9.30pm to proceed for our next activity - Karaoke session.

We reached DeCAST in the nick of time for our booking.

The charging at DeCAST was by hour per room. An hour of booking per room was RM29. We booked the slot from 10pm to 1am, the 3 hours singing with free flow of drinks cost us RM87. I like how DeCAST charged us by per room and not by headcount.

Now I no longer sing karaoke in Singapore, where to find such price in Singapore?

We were super hungry halfway singing so I ordered fried rice for my dinner at 11pm. The sausage fried rice cost RM6, not really very nice though.

We came here with the intention to sing our heart out, that's the main objective of our JB trip. I am happy to say that: Mission completed.

3 hours of happy time passed so fast, we slowly switched ourselves from Chinese songs to English songs. So many songs haven't sing yet. 

Not satisfied with the fried rice we had earlier, we drove back to our hotel for wee morning supper. There was a coffeeshop selling Roti Canai besides our hotel. I had one roti kosong and hot milo.  

We had a long chat over our supper. I enjoyed such feeling: no stress, no worries, just enjoy the moment.

Without realisation, the time was already 2.15am.
JB seems to be a town that never sleep, there was still so much activities we could do in the middle of the night with many stores still operating.

We called it a day with our activities and went back to our hotel to catch some beauty sleep. It was a long day for all of us. Nevertheless, we had a fun and fulfilling day.

Back to comfort zone.
Our room was equipped with a queen size platform bed, telephone, TV set, internet connection, a desk and air conditioner. 
When we switched on the TV, Channel 5 was showing The Walking Dead. Though I love watching The Walking Dead, we shouldn't be watching in the middle of the night at hotel.

Feel so good after shower. I felt wide awake after the hot shower.

Reading a magazine while waiting for Meryl to come out from shower.

Jasmine was nice, she brought us cute animal masks to put on after our shower. So thoughtful of her right?

I got myself a tiger mask after a random selection.

The animals came alive, can't believe we were still so hyper at 3am. We have so much fun and laughter welfie with our masks. Jasmine got a sheep mask, Meryl got a cat mask and I got a tiger mask.

Never know that having roommate is so fun. 
Best roommate ever.

Ready to fall asleep in the comfy bed and soft, white blanket. After a relaxing mask treatment, we were slowly dozing off. Good night.

Day 2: Sunday 21/2/16

Good morning, we woke up after 5 hours of rest.
Checking out the view from our hotel in the morning.

Got myself freshened up with light makeup done.

OOTD - Outfit of the day.

A black t-shirt with overlap shorts. It looked like a skirt from front and shorts at the back. The overlap shorts is versatile and comfortable. It added details to spice up our outfit, a perfect piece to wear for a casual day out.

With this, we were ready to set up for day 2.

We drove to a nearby eatery at Big Bowl for our breakfast. I had a cup of milo and dry mee siam at RM7.

The ladies in our second day outfit.
Off we went to Tesco, I got lots of snacks from Tesco. Time to replenish my kitchen stocks.

We went back to our hotel reluctantly to pack up our stuffs before doing the checkout.

Last welfie with the roommate before we left our room. Aww, we will miss our happy time together.

Leaving our room. 
We stayed at room 311. We had a nice and pleasant stay with Hotel Austin Paradise. I won't mind coming here next time again.

Last group welfie in the lift.

With GF while the others doing check out.
Our mandatory photos, we sat on the same chair, same spot when we did check in. Of course we must have a photo for check out too.

We had our lunch at Ichiban Ramen at Aeon Tebrau City Shopping Centre before we left JB and reach Singapore at about 5 plus.

Looking at all these photos brought back all the wonderful memories, I really enjoyed myself very much during these 2 days. Travelling is always enjoyable with your close friends. I changed $100 and I spent everything. We could eat and shopping all day long.

Hope to have another round of visit to JB with the girls soon again.


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