September 17, 2017

September 17, 2017

Touring Ipoh, Perak.

Sometimes we just don't feel like touring our own city where we live in, thinking that there's not much to see anyway. That's how I always feel. Though I live in Ipoh, I don't go sightseeing around the city and whenever people ask me for tourist attractions, I became blank. Then I realized that there's so much more to see so last weekend, I went touring Ipoh and I want to share with you the beauty of Ipoh town.

Playing tourist would be so much fun when you have your camera but unfortunately, I forgot to bring mine so all the photos in this post were taken only by phone. Hope you guys aren't disturbed by the low-quality photos here, soz not soz.

On Saturday, I went touring Ipoh with my friend, Jiha. At 10.00am, we went for brunch at a stall in front of Ipoh Cargo. I just forgot to take a picture of the stall and I couldn't remember its name, I think there wasn't a name at all but you can just Waze for Ipoh Cargo and the stall is exactly in front of it. We ordered Wantan Mee Kicap with Soup and Chee Cheong Fun. I must assure you that the taste was over the top, or maybe because it was my first time trying them teehee.

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I've always wanted to go to nature surrounding places so we went to Taman Rekreasi Gunung Lang after our brunch. I heard that the other side of the lake was way more beautiful and the boat to cross the lake was as cheap as RM3 per person but we decided to just take a few photos from the front because there were too many people queuing for the boat. I will take the boat someday as I'm curious about the view from the other side.

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We spent about 30minutes at Gunung Lang and then we went to Concubine Lane located off Jalan Bandar Timah in Old Town. As far as I've read, rich Chinese men used to keep their concubines and mistresses in the townhouses along the lane, thus its name. Today's Concubine Lane is one of the tourist attraction of Ipoh town. Along the lane were Chinese Restaurants, street food, and many more. What attracted me the most was how vintage some of the townhouses were.

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After we exited Concubine Lane, we went to Plan B area, which was right next to it.

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Around 1.00pm, we went to Art Lane, located at Jalan Masjid. I heard that there'll be street performance or busking and stalls at the lane every weekend. However, there was nothing when we went there. We just got off to take few photos of the Art Lane and continue our tour to try Hokkaido Ice Cream Puff Ipoh. As an ice cream lover, the ice cream definitely was to die for.

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Around 2.30pm, we went to Petit Mary Patisserie to cure our thirst after having an ice cream. The cafe was so cute I wish I could decorate my house like the cafe in the future.

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Petit Mary Patisserie

Petit Mary Patisserie

After having our tea time, we went to Aeon Kinta to kill time before heading to Bulatan Amanjaya, Meru as there was Perak Festival of Ideas event. We wanted to have our dinner at the food truck but it was still early and they were not open yet so we went home around 7.00pm and had our dinner in a restaurant at Tambun.

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On Sunday, I decided to go to Pasar Karat. Since Jiha couldn't make it, I went with Nad. Pasar Karat full of stalls selling vintage goods. It would be a heaven for vintage lovers for their collections. However, there were also stalls selling clothes, street food, bags and regular merchandise where you can find at Pasar Malam. Pasar Karat was so huge we didn't get to tour it till the end as we went there on an empty stomach.

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Since we were starving after touring Pasar Karat, we went to the current viral restaurant, New Holly Wood at Taman Canning. There were too many people, we had a hard time finding an empty table. Fortunately, we got lucky to find one. We got ourselves Mee Kari, Chee Cheong Fun and toast with half boiled eggs. I ordered Cheong Chee Fun because it was delicious the first time I tried it at the stall in front of Ipoh Cargo. I was quite disappointed as the one sold at this restaurant had different Chee Cheong Fun but fortunately, it was delicious nonetheless.

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After the tour around Ipoh town ended that day I knew there are more places I didn't get to cover such as Tasik Cermin, Gua Tempurung, The Lost World of Tambun and many more. Hopefully, I got the chance again for these missing places.

If you guys were planning to visit Ipoh town, I hope this post will be a great help to you.

Till then,
Lya.

September 6, 2017

September 06, 2017

Pelukis/Arkitek Jalanan

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I went to my grandma's home in Terengganu during last Eid al-Adha and since it's in a rural area so there's no mobile line at all. I usually bring along a book or novel to read to kill time and this time I brought Arkitek Jalanan by Teme Abdullah with me. It's been ages since I last read Malay books. Wait, no. It's been ages since I last read any books at all (still not finished reading The Kill Order, haha) so reading Arkitek Jalanan had been a pleasure during that so-boring-no-internet period.

I've read the first book, Pelukis Jalanan, about two or three months before I purchased Arkitek Jalanan. Since I didn't post a review on Pelukis Jalanan before so I think why not just compile both books in one review post because both told quite the same storyline so here it is.

Synopsis
Both books told the story of life journey of Teme, the author himself. In Pelukis Jalanan, Teme wrote about his younger self who was ignorant of continuing his study for a brief moment so he failed to secure his sponsor for A-Level and how he overcomes that matter to continue his study in UK.
In Arkitek Jalanan, Teme wrote about his challenges and struggle to finish his degree in UK and more about his friendship with Ahmad, his best friend.

My Thoughts
To be honest, I bought these books because I knew Teme from his drawings in Instagram and because he's an architecture student. I wanted to satisfy my curiosity about Teme's architectural journey, whether he has the same thoughts or not and how he got the offer to continue his study in UK and finally was employed at an architectural firm there.

I personally love how realistic Teme portrayed his life as a student who struggles both in studying and financially in order to finish his degree while his friendship with Ahmad made me feel really thankful to my own close friends. I also love the bonus part in Pelukis Jalanan where Teme compiled his sketches with motivational captions.

However, I don't really like how Teme wrote the books using third person point of view considering that he actually was writing about himself. I prefer to read bombastic sentences rather than a simple one and Teme's style of writing was the simple one which didn't catch my interest to keep reading. It took me about three to four days to finish reading one book while others could finish it by only three hours.

Recommendation
The storyline was written well and both books were so full of inspiring incidents and quotes which made them a must read book especially for you who are going to continue your study in higher level or if you are on the verge of giving up with your study. These books definitely would be a motivation for you.

Till then,
Lya

August 31, 2017

August 31, 2017

A SEA Games Post, I Guess


I am so not into sport but I do love to watch national live games sometimes, no matter how dumb I am about that particular games, albeit everyone does. So the fact that we tops the medal tally with 145 golds which apparently made us the overall winners, really made me feel proud as a Malaysian. 

In response to the SEA games came to an end, let's talk about some things or issues related to it.

Opening ceremony
I don't think I can skip from talking about this hot topic. I watched the opening ceremony and I must say it was so UH-MAY-ZINGG! The futuristic concept was conveyed so well especially the part where our beloved diver, Dhabitah was flying to ignite the giant torch. I felt so proud knowing that we have the capability to conduct such an outstanding event.

Rimau is so cute
When our mascot Rimau first appeared, I'm sure we can't help but think that this fellow is so cute. Rimau's popularity further exploded when he made a twitter account and every interaction of him with Khairy Jamaluddin (KJ), the Minister of Youth and Sports was so adorable. Whoever was behind the mask really made a good job at being a cute Rimau.

Football match tickets
I don't have the place to criticize how they organize the ticketing system, or the venue so I don't want to comment on that. I'm sure they did their best in organizing and hoping for the event to run smoothly, I mean nobody wouldn't want that but things just turn out not like what they expected to be. I'm just furious at some people sick mentality, who bought too many tickets and selling them with marked up price even for 10 times more. The excuse of they were queuing so early to get the tickets are a total bullshit because there were other people who didn't get the tickets though they did queue no later than these touts.

Hate comments
Despite having these proud moments where our hard working athletes contributing to make us lead the medal tally, we still have hate comments about them, especially Muslim women athletes, I am so sick of comments about their aurah. I'm clarifying here that I'm okay for you to give good advice with nice words on that topic but mean comments with curse words are so disturbing. The same goes when Thailand won the football final match because of our keeper own goal. It's a mistake which nobody wanted to happen especially our goalkeeper himself so cursing him for it is a big NO.

But of course, the best of all was the announcement of a public holiday on Monday by our Prime Minister during the closing ceremony.
Happy holiday guys, have a good one!

Till then,
Lya.

August 7, 2017

August 07, 2017

Do What You Love


I believe that most parents would like it for their children to go for the career path that has a clear view of a 'promising future' and plus with big salary. Well, my parents are like that and to their pleasure, I just started that type of a career they wanted me to have.

But I hate it. Or maybe I'm just not used to it yet?

It's the first time in my life that I don't feel the love in the thing I do. I may have complained all the time during my study days and my past career as an assistant architect but by the time I changed to the 'promising future' career, I realized that I actually enjoyed my previous job. Though I had overtime almost everyday and my salary was lower, I definitely loved those days way better.

I now realize that money can't actually buy you happiness. What's the point to earn more money but you have to wake up every morning feeling shitty to do things you don't enjoy doing. To me, it's not worth it at all.

Now that I'm living that life, I'm advising you, especially youngsters who are yet to start your working life, find something that you love first and strive to have that as your career, definitely not the other way around. I used to advise people that you just need a job and you can slowly love the job though you don't like it at first. No, I find it's so hard to try to love your job.

But of course, though it's hard, we really should make an effort to try to love the job we're working on and that's what I'm currently trying to do. Since it's our responsibility, we also must do our job diligently with integrity no matter how much we hate it. Hopefully, we'll be fine and start enjoying the work we love in the future, eventually.

And that's the end of me complaining on my current life as the first post after so long hiatus teehee.

Till then,
Lya.

July 2, 2017

July 02, 2017

Happy Eid!

It's been three consecutive years that I celebrated Eid at Manjung which is my father's side. To reminiscence the feeling of celebrating Eid all over again, Imma just put this one nice photo of my family here.


I love meeting everyone's family and their #ootd on Instagram every time the month of Syawal comes. It's been a week since 1st Syawal but I hope it is still not too late to wish you guys Happy Eid al-Fitr! I hope this year had been the best Eid for you guys :)

The week felt too short I am so not ready for Monday tsk.

Soz not soz for the short update.

Till then,
Lya.

June 20, 2017

June 20, 2017

A Piece Of Me


Okay, the title of this post sounds quite dramatic which I didn't expect it to be but whatever. Anyway, hello blogosphere, I've missed blogging so much and I hope you missed me too. As cliche as it could be, I just had that blogging slump due to work overload and social life took over most of my time. Other than those busy schedule, having a lot of sleeping time was something I couldn't avoid to occupy myself with teehee, and of course, having no Wi-Fi at my rented house was the main reason I was on hiatus.

However, my itching fingers couldn't wait any longer and that was what brought me here. I have so much to tell you, even my draft is full of unfinished post but today's post will be just me, updating my life and sharing the lucky days I had for the past weeks of my blogging hiatus.

Interviews
Over the months I never give up in applying for a job position in government sector but I never had the chance to even get an interview. Finally, on 7th June, I got a call asking me to attend an interview for the position of an architect at Majlis Bandaraya Ipoh (MBI) the very next day! Though I wasn't ready at all, I went to the interview nonetheless.

I also got a love call for an interview at Majlis Perbandaran Manjung (MPM) for the same position as I was offered at MBI. Unfortunately, I got an interview for Master of Architecture at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) the very same day with MPM's. After so much contemplation, I decided to go for USM's. I will post an entry about my experience attending both the interviews in hoping to help you, who would need it.

Reading
I did finish reading aA+bB from the list of books I'm yet to read but currently on procrastinating mode to read the rest of the books. Currently reading The Kill Order but since there was no Newt nor Minho, I gradually lost interest in the book. I am so not a bookworm.

Watching
Since Kdrama 'Goblin' was so good, the dramas I watched after 'Goblin' such as 'Strong Woman Do Bong Soon' didn't hype me up. But maan Park Hyungsik was sooo hot teehee. Currently, I'm so into Korean variety show '2 days 1 night' rather than 'Runningman' and I also love 'I can see your voice' season 4.
Oh and believe it or not I'm currently watching 'Hero Seorang Cinderella' and 'Andai Itu Takdir' due to my new friend, Mimi's influence. After a few episodes of both dramas, I guess Malay drama wasn't that bad at all and I do enjoy watching them (these two are the first ever Malay drama I watched).

Listening
I think it's not just me but most of us are into the song by Louis Fonsi ft Daddy Yankee 'Despacito'. I was addicted to the song too but it's disappointing to know that the lyric was sexual. So I didn't download the song as I would've done when I found the song I like.
And damn G-Dragon's new album was so dope I love all the songs especially the title song, Untitled 2014. Try to give it a listen on youtube (click).

Though it's long overdue, I still want to wish you guys Happy Ramadhan! For the remaining days, let us together devoted ourselves in searching for Laylatul Qadr and may our ibadah in this holy month be accepted by Him.

Till then,
Lya.

May 20, 2017

May 20, 2017

My Actual Goal In Life

My Actual Goal In Life

I don't know if it's cliche but as I've been working for almost two years now (I know it's still early but whatever), I realised that I hate to work under other people's command. Though criticism would help us improve our work, the kind like 'Tu pon taktau, kau belajar apa dulu?' really hurts. So I decided that in the end, I WILL BE A BOSS.

If you read my post 'The Love-Hate Relationship' and 'That Once In A Lifetime Chance', you'll probably know that I sometimes still in dilemma between loving my job or hating it. Though I do enjoy my job but believe it or not, to be a professional architect is not my life goal (well, sometimes still contemplating about that).

My actual goal in life; I really really want to state that I want to be a traveller with full time blogging as my career but as far as I could see, it's almost impossible. But who knows what would happen in the future so I'll just leave it here, hoping that if this comes true, I could blog about it, saying 'Yes, I've achieved my dream'.

Looking far into the future with reality in mind, my actual goal in life is to own either an art cafe or a boutique, or maybe both(?), with freelancing doing architecture. I don't know how to cook or make coffee, nor I'm a fashionista tho, lol. I've always had a thing for these two kinds of business so yea.

Before owning any business, I really want to fulfil my parents' dream to see me working as a lecturer, plus it's a job I, myself want to experience too. To achieve this, I need to complete Master study first so wish me luck for my master application! I do plan to become a lecturer in 5 years time and slowly making my business career debut. I plan to own the art cafe/boutique before turning 40.

Of course, along with the life plan, I would travel oversea at least once a year. If some girls define their 'reward yourself' as shopping new handbags and stuff, mine would be travelling!

So that's a wrap of my life plan. Thought I needed to blog about it since I just recently decided what I want to do with my life. Oh, I planned the future without marriage in mind, maybe will get married at the age of 50? Teehee.

What's your life goal? Are you currently working on it?

Till then,
Lya.

May 15, 2017

May 15, 2017

Overcome The Past I'm Afraid Of

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Throughout our life, we wouldn't be able to avoid making mistakes, from as small as saying 'No' to your parents to as big as a crime where you'd be put in jail for it. I believe everyone has that one past they're afraid of, or is it just me?

I actually have that one particular incident happened that I'm afraid of. I won't reveal it here, but it's enough for you to know that I did something terrible, something I regretted a lot. That incident in some way affected my life at that moment and until now I'm afraid of it coming back to bite me in the future. Just the thought alone made me felt like committing suicide. Well, that's how huge the mistake I did, though I didn't go to jail for it, lol. Almost, maybe?

Here's what I learned after the incident;

Having the people you trust, the people who believe in you is a gift you will cherish for the rest of your life. I couldn't tell my family about the incident, I told my close friends instead. They didn't straightly judge me like everyone else. They listened to my side of the story, they helped me solve the problem and lent their shoulder for me to cry on. From that moment, I knew that these people are the friends I wouldn't be able to live without. I love you guys, you know who you are.

Be brave and confront the problem you caused. You were the one who did it so it's a cowardly act if you run from it. The problem wouldn't be solved if you don't confront and try to solve it. In the end, you're the one who would be imprisoned by it and trust me, it will affect your mental well-being, and that is a big NO.

One mistake doesn't make your whole world ends. No matter how huge the mistake you did, as long as you regretted doing it and you vow to not repeat it again, you're free from it! I know it will be hard to face the public, to hear insults and stuff but bear in mind that people were so boring they don't know what to do other than to talk bad and judge you, but it will only be temporary. Held your head high and face them like a boss, because these people who only brings you negativity shouldn't be in your life anyway.

Here's a confession; The incident happened over a year now but I still can't get over it. Sometimes it hunted me down in my dreams and like I mentioned earlier, I'm afraid of it coming back to bite me in the future. But for now, I choose to just embrace the present and slowly trying to let it go.

Do you have the past you're afraid of? Did you get over it yet?

Till then,
Lya.

May 6, 2017

May 06, 2017

The Blue Sky Tag


Well, I've been so busy lately but I hope I'm not that late for doing this 'Blue Sky Tag' post. Answering questions or doing this tagging post had always been so much fun especially when you have no idea on what to post. So thank you Farahz for tagging me.

And since this post had been long overdue, I'm gonna just answer Farahz's questions and ignore all the rules of this tag;

1. Thank the person who tagged you - Did this in the first paragraph, if you noticed *wink
2. Answer their 11 questions
3. Tag 11 people
4. Give them 11 questions to answer

So here are the questions:

1. What was the last song you listen to? Describe about it.
I listened to some music while driving this morning and it was Martin Garrix's Animals. The song is my all time favourite from him. I don't really know what to address the song (or track?) as it doesn't have singing in it. I first fell in love with such songs when I discovered people do covers of these songs using drum pads. I really enjoy Martin Garrix, Skrillex and Alan Walker.

Here's a link to the song, hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did: 

2. What kind of music do you prefer to listen when you're driving?
This actually depends on my mood. If I feel like speeding, I'll listen to fast beat songs especially hip hop such as Holup by Bobby. If I feel like driving peacefully, I'll listen to Ballad.

3. What is your favourite band?
I don't care if they don't consider as 'band' but I love them; BIGBANG, 5SOS, Fall Out Boy, 2NE1. Oh, I forgot to mention BLACKPINK, One Direction, iKON, Winner. Oh, and Twenty One Pilots, New Empire, Arctic Monkeys and the list goes on.

4. Do you prefer cheap but delicious food at mamak/warung or expensive and delicious food at hipster/famous cafe?
I'm okay with both (warung and hipster cafes) but not so much for mamak. I can only eat their roti canai. 

5. What is the thing that you're good at?
Eat, Sleep, Repeat. LOL
Okay, guess I'm good at drawing? Check out my works.

6. If you have to choose between friends and lover, which one would you prefer?
I've been single for the past 7 years and during that period my friends are my lover(s) so I would always choose them over my future lover.

7. How would you describe yourself?
Not friendly. Blunt. Bad temper. Love money and food. But despite all this, please still be my friend teehee.

8. Do you really love what you are doing now? (Study/job/etc)
I'm in a love-hate relationship with my job now. Sometimes it bores me to death but sometimes I love it that I don't wanna leave the office. You can read more about it HERE.

9. When did you start blogging?
When I was 16 years old (wow that's a long time ago).

10. Why did you start blogging?
It began as an assignment, and then for fun and fame and now it's a hobby. I've written about point 9 and 10 in a post HERE.

11. What do you love the most about your blog?
My face on the right sidebar. Okay, no. I love everything about my blog. I never regret whatever I wrote because they all came from my heart. But I do want to have my own domain and purchase at least one premium template. One day lah.

So you read all 11 questions I've answered? Thank you!

Till then,
Lya.

May 2, 2017

May 02, 2017

Dear Single Ladies...

I was so exhausted last weekend. Our big family had a family day on Saturday and I moved to a new rent house on Sunday, after the family day. A bit about my family day, we stayed at Chalet Terapung Segantang Garam. The room price varied for room types. We booked a house with three rooms which cost RM420 for one night. Though I loved the short getaway, I was quite dissatisfied with the bathroom as the water supply was low pressure and the bathroom wasn't as clean as I expected it to be. But overall, I had a wonderful time as I loved the view so much especially the sunset view from our room.

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chalet terapung segantang garam

Anyway, I moved to a new house last Sunday. I decided to move due to the long journey of 20minutes to my workplace from my old house while the distance between my new house to my workplace is only 8minutes. I rented the master bedroom with attached bathroom. 

As I didn't get a better look when I reviewed the room earlier, I was so shocked at the unhygienic conditions of the room. The ceiling and the wall were covered with cobweb while the ceiling fan was covered with thick dust. The white colour of the fan was hardly can be seen. The bathroom wall was so dirty, black spot was all over it. The toilet bowl was the worst of all, brown colour filled the bowl, clearly the previous owner never once cleaned her shit. I'm sorry for my language but I was so so mad at that time, still am, when recalling the moment. Like seriously, gurl? You left me your shit!

Dear single ladies,

I know we have all the freedom we want before we get married. We can do whatever we want, ignoring whatever people think about us but please, that doesn't mean we don't have to prepare ourselves for a married life and taking care of the hygiene around us is what should be our habit. Hell no, cleanliness is not only for married couple but it's our responsibility for ourselves. 

I honestly can't brain how you, unhygienic girls could dress up prettily when you went out but your room, your laundry was a mess and smelly and dirty! Harap muka je cantik. And the most important thing is, how can you perform your prayer in such a dirty surrounding as Islam clearly places great emphasis on cleanliness; 

"For Allah loves those who turn to Him constantly and He loves those who keep themselves pure and clean..." (al-Baqara, 222).

"He caused rain to descend on you from heaven, to clean you therewith..." (al-Anfal,11)

Dear single ladies,

I'm not saying to sweep the floor every second or clean the bathroom every time you take a bath but it's enough to just make sure your room, your house, is as clean as your appearance when you went out.

Siapa yang makan cili, dia yang terasa pedas. Soz not soz.

Till then,
Lya.

April 28, 2017

April 28, 2017

Books I'm Yet To Read


Guys, I'm in the mood of reading *clap clap. I actually have tonnes of books I'm yet to read back in my hometown but currently, I just have these five books here in Kulim.

I did mention HERE in my older post, that I wish to learn Chinese and finally I bought 'Bahasa Mandarin untuk Pemula' for a stepping stone. But reading the book, I do have a problem; HOW TF SHOULD I PRONOUNCE THESE WORDS?! For example; wo xiang xuexi hanyu. Terbelit lidah k. By the way, it means 'I want to learn Mandarin'. 

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The Kill Order & The Fever Code - James Dashner
The Maze Runner is my favourite series. I have bought all the books in the series a long time ago and I've read the trilogy, but I'm yet to finish these two. They're the prequel to the trilogy, that's why I'm procrastinating in reading them because there's no Newt nor Minho (as far as I've read them lah). I'm currently reading 'The Kill Order', hoping to quickly finish it and start reading 'The Fever Code' as soon as possible.

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I just bought these two books about a few days back.

aA+bB - Hlovate
I don't know if it's just me but I think most of us so called writers, dream to publish a book. I bought 'aA+bB' by Hlovate because I'm planning to write a Malay novel manuscript. I've read a lot of good Malay novels especially from Aisya Sofea and Ahadiat Akashah but I never read Hlovate yet. It's been ages since I last read Malay novel so I thought to read Hlovate's for my manuscript reference since Hlovate is so popular among Malay novel lovers. I'm currently reading it but unfortunately, it is not up to my liking because the sentences are too simple and it made the cliche storyline uninterested. I would prefer the ayat-berbunga-jiwang-karat type of writing. But I would continue reading it nonetheless and maybe would buy Aisya Sofea's soon.

The Book of Tomorrow - Cecelia Ahern
Romance lovers wouldn't dare to deny Cecelia Ahern's books. Of course, 'Love, Rosie' was what made me fell in love with her writing. I was contemplating between 'The Book of Tomorrow' and 'The Time of My Life', I was thinking to buy both but since I have tonnes of books waiting to be read, I decided to buy just one and it is 'The Book of Tomorrow'. The synopsis was what attracted me to buy this book and hey, isn't the cover is the cutest?

Tamara Goodwin hs had everything given to her. She has never wasted a thought on tomorrow. But when tragedy turns her world upside down, she has to leave her comfortable life behind, abandoning an affluent existence for the charity of relatives deep in the countryside.
When travelling library arrives in the village, it offers an escape into the pages of the books on its shelves. One of them, a heavy leather-bound volume locked with a padlock, draws Tamara to it. And what she discovers within its pages starts to change her life in the most unexpected of ways...

Fun fact; I love collecting books, especially novels but I'm too lazy to read them. So here's a challenge from me, to myself; I should finish reading all five books before ending May because I was thinking to buy a new one next month teehee.

Do you have books you're yet to read?

Till then,
Lya

April 19, 2017

April 19, 2017

2 Days 1 Night in Hat Yai, Thailand

The busy working days made me couldn't catch up with life and that life included this blog. That's why I've been away for quite some time, soz not soz. Anyway, the hectic schedule also made me felt exhausted and wanted to escape the reality so my friends and I decided to go on a short vacation in Hat Yai, Thailand last weekend. Initially we wanted to experience the Songkran festival but unfortunately, they ended the festival on Friday in Hat Yai. But I enjoyed the trip nonetheless.

We went in a group of seven but actually, I only knew Jiha and Ed from the SL1M training while the other four were Jiha's friends whom I met for the first time on the day of the trip. I was nervous to think about how awkward we would be as it'll be a trip with total strangers but fortunately, it was easy for us to get close to each other since semua pon masuk air je perangai.

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Meet the squad: (from left) Ed, Silah, Aida, Kak Nurul, Yana, Me and Jiha

It has been quite a while since I last went on a vacation with friends so I was looking forward for it but damn it I had overtime the night before the trip (thanks, boss), I ended up sleeping only for 3 hours. 

Day 1
I slept at Jiha's house that night so that we could travel together to Tasek Gelugor train station and meet the others there. We woke up at 4:30 am, to catch the commuter which would depart at 5:48 am. The journey from Tasek Gelugor to Padang Besar took about one and a half hours by commuter. We went directly to the Musolla for Subuh prayer and had our breakfast when we arrived Padang Besar train station since the ticket counter for the train to Hatyai only opened at 9:00 am.

We boarded the train to Hat Yai after passing Immigration of both countries and the train departed at 10:40 am. This trip marked my third time travelling to Hat Yai but it was my first time travelling there by train. I was amazed at how comfy the seat and how cute the interior of the train was though it's an old train.

Hat Yai, Thailand
ada kipas on the ceiling hokayy, plus air-cond so it was so cold on the train

The train journey took about one hour and we arrived Hat Yai at 10:30 am (local time, which was an hour late from Malaysia). We booked a hotel for our 2 days and 1 night stay at Singapore Hotel using Booking.com. It would take us about 15mins by walking from the train station to our hotel but since we were so tired and our backpack was so heavy, we decided to take Tuk Tuk instead. We chose Tuk Tuk for our transportation there because it was the cheapest and fun ride for travellers, especially since we were on a tight budget. 

Hat Yai, Thailand

hat yai, thailand
pardon me, who was the only one feeling excited for riding this

I could say that I was satisfied with the hotel we stayed at, Singapore Hotel. The condition of the hotel was over the top for an affordable price. The room was spacious and so clean. The staff was so friendly and was a big help to us for being patient and layan karenah kami yang bermacam during our stay. It's no doubt that I will stay here if I went to Hat Yai again in the future (hopefully abang receptionist tu kenal I lagi teehee).

hat yai, thailand

hat yai, thailand

We took a rest for an hour and went for lunch and shopping at Hat Yai Plaza. Of course, barang-barang dijual memang harga runtuh. I spotted a bag and a shoe which I was interested in buying but managed to refrain myself. I definitely will go there again to buy those. But some of the sellers suka bebel (dan marah) whenever we discussed for discounts which made the mood of shopping was a bit down and turned to bengang jugak

The food court was located at the top floor of the Plaza. However, I think I won't eat at the food court again as I spotted a big fat mice in their kitchen after having my lunch (still thought of vomiting remembering it again).

hat yai, thailand
 Hat Yai Plaza from the second floor
hat yai, thailand

hat yai, thailand
 the bag and shoe I refrained myself from buying and sometimes regretting it, lol

We spent almost four hours at the Plaza and went back to the hotel briefly to put our shopping bags away before going to the Floating Market. The journey to Floating Market by Tuk Tuk took us about half an hour, we reached the Floating Market at 4:00 pm. Initially, we thought the market didn't open yet as there was no one selling their goods on the sampan. Turned out that the sea level was high at that time so everyone was on the land, which was quite disappointing as there was no 'floating market' feeling. 

But the variety of foods was good as always. I regretted having lunch earlier because I couldn't fill my stomach with more foods at the market. So if you plan to go to the Floating Market, make sure you went there with an empty stomach.

hat yai, thailand

hat yai, thailand

hat yai, thailand

hat yai, thailand

hat yai, thailand

After we filled our tummy and went souvenir shopping at the Floating Market, we went back to our hotel by the same Tuk Tuk we took to go to the market. You could tell your driver to wait for you while you went to the market as it would be quite difficult to catch new one there. Usually, the driver would wait for you for one or two hours, depending on your negotiation with them.

We didn't spend too much time at the hotel, only for two hours. We went to Asean Market after Maghrib prayer. For me personally, I liked Asean Market the most on this trip. The food court was clean and had variety of choices for you. The shopping area was way better and wider than the one at Hat Yai Plaza. There was also a recreational park for you to lepak with friends and family which was so nice.

hat yai, thailand

hat yai, thailand

hat yai, thailand
I swear this is the first and the last time I ever did this pose, lol 

hat yai, thailand

hat yai, thailand

Well, might as well says that this trip was all about Hat Yai's markets as we didn't go straight to the hotel after Asean Market. We went to the night market near our hotel by walking just to window shopping because no money left for more goods, lol. Finally, we went to bed at 1:00 am, feeling so exhausted from all the walking.

Day 2
Since the train to Padang Besar would have seat number, we went to buy the ticket in the morning, at 8:00 am by Tuk Tuk. We went touring the hotel area after we bought the tickets and we had our breakfast at Salma Restaurant. I would fully recommend you to try their Nasi Kerabu as it was the best in town.

Our train was at 1:00 am but we went there an hour early. The train to Padang Besar, the same one we rode heading to Hat Yai took us about one hour and we reached Padang Besar at 3:00 pm (Malaysian's time).

hat yai, thailand

hat yai, thailand

hat yai, thailand

hat yai, thailand

Expenses (without miscellaneous):

Day 1
Singapore Hotel, 1 night Per head: 170baht. (Jiha booked this, I don't know the actual price)
Commuter Tasek Gelugor - Padang Besar: RM10.40
Train Padang Besar - Hat Yai: 70baht
Tuk Tuk Sg Hotel - Hat Yai Plaza: 20baht
Tuk Tuk Hat Yai Plaza - Sg Hotel - Floating Market - Sg Hotel: 60baht
Tuk Tuk Sg Hotel - Asean Market - Sg Hotel: 40baht

Total: RM10.40 + 360 baht (RM46.21) = RM56.61

Day 2
Tuk Tuk Sg Hotel - Hat Yai Train Station - Sg Hotel: 40baht
Train Hat Yai - Padang Besar: 70 baht
Commuter Padang Besar - Tasek Gelugor: RM10.40

Total: 110baht (RM14.20) + RM10.40 = RM24.60

Grand Total: RM56.61 + RM24.60 = RM81.21

Since I didn't take note on how much I spent on foods and miscellaneous, I couldn't list down the things I bought but I did notice that I spent approximately RM150 for the whole trip. Though it was just a short vacay, with time mostly spent at markets, experiencing the culture and spent time with friends was what I loved the most on the two days trip. Can't wait for my next, proper vacation.

Soz not soz for the long post.

When and where was your last trip with friends?

Till then,
Lya.
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