Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Something happening

You should know that this is another lazy, blehhhh,
I mean short post because I am starting to get busy 
with assignments, quizzes, tests, lab reports and presentations. 

Unofficially stole these super low quality
photos from my yfrog.com because 
all are taken using my phone, yes dear I am quite active in 
Twitter so please follow me! :)

#1: Spot all my love items in the room! 
My Big Bang laptop wallpaper, my mini whiteboard,
well organized files and my Big Bang huge calender all the way from Korea!

#2: On this was a failed attempt on taking a selca 
after I found out this function on my cam.

#3: Had really bad pimples breakout last 2 weeks 
because I slept for 4-5 hours only everyday.
Getting better now so hopefully I get to have some more sleep after this :/

#4: Fell in love with tilt-shift function when it comes to scenery! 
This is my most frequently visited academic block :)

#5: Our water dispenser! Had been wanting to buy this but coincidentally
I went to the mart and got this back, roomie was so excited! Hahah.
Now we can drink more water!

#6: My key words for my presentation. 
Yes I suck because I memorized the sentences, not main points FML

#7: Freaked out due to the crazy amounts of pimples so I put on a mask.
But this The Face Shop mask was obviously too big for my face =.=

#8: Edited our group presentation slide in 20 minutes,
fell in love with the fire-bursting Earth background.
Can you see it?

#9: First baju kurung this semester and probably many to come.
What I wore for today's presentation.

#10: I didn't do well for my presentation but 
oh well life's great and thank God it is over! :D

Friday, February 24, 2012

Review: Woopzbikinis

............Guess what just arrived in the mail??

Think of hot sunny days, spending your time at the beach and doing water activities. And what not to be missed, in a pair of attractive and comfortable bikinis! I believe every girls out there should own a pair of bikini. Whether you are self conscious or not, thinking of wearing one anytime make me super concern about my body weight and shape. This is where you will start being motivated to work out. You don't need to get those pricey ones like Roxy or Victoria's Secret because at Woopzbikinis.com, you can buy pretty and comfortable bikinis at very affordable price! All below RM60!!

Sneak peak of their adorable pinkish-purple website :)

Look at those colourful bikinis not to be missed!

Woopzbikinis is own by 2 girls who love beaches so much that they decided to share the excitement with others! They also included a page on which type of bikinis suite your body the most. And even more fun, the bikinis at Woopz are mostly A to B cup which is a wonder because it is difficult to find small cups swimwear elsewhere.

The parcel boxes were in solid condition and you can be assured that your bikinis will arrive in perfect condition. No flat cups or torn bottoms. 

Anyways, here are the reviews of 4 bikinis I bought with my friends, in conjunction of buy 3 or more, get free postage for postage within Peninsular Malaysia :)

1. Classic Black Cup Bikinis with Ribbon 

For people with small cups like us, we had been looking high and low for cup bikinis with underwire and those selling in Woopzbikinis are just perfect! Enough support for cup A to B but not recommended for cup C onwards. This piece with ties for top and bottom is great because it is adjustable. 

This is the actual colour. It is really dark black but due to the silky surface, it looks dark blue because of the light reflection. It is a bit dull and boring but this is one to grab for those who loves classic look and going for a more mature image.

The padding is thick, comfortable but not removable.

The seams are nicely sewn and feels comfortable.

2. Tropics Green Frilled Bandeau Bikini

Do you know that bandeau and triangle bikinis are best for ladies with small cups? Check out Paris Hilton and her favourite bikinis style for inspiration :) This pair is love for small cups! Bandeau and frills are the best combinations to illustrate larger cups size.

Actual colour, don't you feel like running at the beach and splashing water already? This piece has a top with back ties and  triangle bottom with lovely frills as well! Nice to hide those unnecessary growth of fats.

The padding for this piece is removable and add-able! The ones given by woopzbikinis do looked a little funky, looked like the padding didn't fit the cup so if you prefer not to have them, can always take it out for sexier feel, else, use a nipple pad :P   Or to enhance the position or size, you can insert extra padding!

All the bikinis are seen to be made in Thailand. Thailand is one of the best islands and beaches paradise so I presume bikinis and swimwear made in Thailand are good quality, though cheap.

3. tropical Turquoise Bandeau Bikini

The colour itself is enough to attract attention. This turquoise bikini is definitely unique and you can wear it in 2 ways, halter or tube! :)

Actual colour is as attractive! Exactly like the one shown in the web. And the middle ring adds extra sexiness and give you a chance to show a peak of the cleavage :P

Paddings for this piece is also removable. 

The only part I dislike about this piece is the back clasps because I am really petite size so clasps will never work for by body. If you are a bit fleshier than me (I wish I am...and have larger cup size too T__T), this is a nice choice! I really love this piece for the colour, design but the clasps was the only downside.

4. Navy Stripes Cup Bikini with Red bottom

Another cup bikini! This one is a cuter and one with more designs. It is a fun with to try on when you hang out with your girls at the beach!

 Exact same design with the first classic black bikini but this piece with nautical patterns just add more fun and may just turn you into a little girl again!

Padded cups but again, not removable.

And this cute nautical bow tie when you tie your bottom is much love!

Overall the quality is great, really like any swimwear material. Seams and all well sewn and colours are really similar to what are displayed in their website. Customer service is great and delivery was super fast, considering they are using poslaju (next day delivery). I am looking forward to purchase my next bikini from them again! Rate: 9/10!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Kipas susah mati

Everyone knows I am a "kipas-susah-mati"
(direct translation for Die Hard Fan in Malay language) of Big Bang.
 So here goes! More than 3 million views in less than 48 hours!! 
 VIPs around the world are awesome :)

I present to you BLUE by Big Bang, 
their new single from 5th mini album ALIVE which will be released on 29th February 2012. 


And I think because it is a leap year with 29 days in February,
soooo many things are happening on that day T____T

Saturday, February 18, 2012

AirAsia Big Sale: Tips and tricks

I am sure most of you knew about AirAsia BIG Sale, especially if you subscribed to their newsletter, "like" AirAsia Facebook and even follow them on Twitter (yes, that's me). And even my Dad called when he saw the advertisement on the newspaper. AirAsia is not the most comfortable airline but it is low cost so not much to complain.

They have flights within Malaysia and to other parts of South East Asia countries from RM19 onwards, saw some at only RM17 though! I bought to Bangkok with the family and Clark with the friends :)

And sales on AirAsia X, which flies to further locations such as China, Australia, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea. Notice the "selling fast" section?? Grab yours asap!

The BIG Sale started on 15 February midnight and goshhh due to the worst internet connection in UTP, most of us here who really planned to fly somewhere actually stayed up all night to book the tickets. I slept at 6AM and still didn't manage to book anything so we decided to try the next day. We kept getting into the waiting room, which reloads itself every 15 seconds but sometimes all of a sudden it stops loading and shows an external error page.

Using Mobile to purchase the tickets is faster (using phone data plan since there is no wifi in my room) but I tried to avoid it because the processing fee is RM20 per transaction.

I had a few destinations in mind before the sale started. My first choice was of course Bangkok, Thailand because my Dad had been there way before he started a family and he had been wanting to go there again. And my cousin married his wife, who is a Thai and is currently residing in Bangkok. My family had not seen them ever since had took up a job there so this will be a good opportunity. And then, Japan as second choice because I really want to experience the culture there. Told my parents I aim for Australia during the year end but considering it will be Summer and will be hotter than Malaysia, I considered not to.

Here is the list of all the locations I checked and the flight charges including fuel, tax, 15kg baggage allowance and a RM12 meal:

1. Hanoi - round trip around RM279
2. Manila (clark) - round trip around RM169
3. Tokyo - round trip around RM567
4. Osaka - round trip around RM579
5. Taipei - round trip around RM736
6. Beijing - round trip around RM427
7. Shenzen - round trip around RM398
8. Bangkok - round trip around RM249

Maybe you've found cheaper prices because the prices depends a lot on the dates picked. Considering using this AirAsia Price Chart for your reference, it always work for me.

For all the extra charges included, I consider them cheap. I love to travel so I had been constantly checking on flights ticket. Even checked for MAS flight to London, RM1700 is freaking cheap but considering we only had 3 weeks before the semester starts, and the need to submit our Internship report after 3 weeks, we opted for somewhere nearer this time. We still dream of backpacking in Europe one day, most probably after graduation :)

TIPS: Here is some tips for a satisfying backpacking (cheap) trip, at least for me:

1. Budget
Consider the budget you have and make sure the destination you pick is within budget. In this budget section, also consider other basic necessities like accommodation and food. For us who backpack, these are the 2 basics, and others are extra money for transportation, sightseeing and entrance fees.

2. Travel companion
If you go backpacking, make sure you partner(s) agree to do the same. Sleeping in hostels, walking long distance and etc. It is important that you both share the same interests. You can't be going shopping alone while she goes to the club alone. Or if he loves seeing temples and you prefer the beaches. Misunderstanding during the trip will cause all of you to be moody. If you are daring enough, consider backpacking alone. Read: this or this. For me, I have yet to find the guts. Considering I am the only daughter in the family, it makes me think twice, or thrice. And makes my parents think forever :)

3. Language barrier
Consider language barrier when you travel. For example when travelling in South East Asia countries, using English is not a problem. But when you travel to China, Hong Kong or Taiwan, you will probably need to learn Mandarin or Cantonese. The same applies to Japan and Korea. Without learning the language, it will be really difficult because most of the signboards and instructions are in their language. The citizens rarely speak English and may treat you differently if you cannot converse in their language. Try considering whether you will have enough time to learn the language before you travel.

4. Weather
Since you knew when will you be travelling, try Google-ing for the weather during that period, especially for 4 seasons countries. The best time to travel is during Spring and Autumn. Summer is not bad be I am pretty sure not many Malaysians want to experience Summer because Malaysia is having Summer all year round. Winter is not that bad, considering those who want to touch some snow but be informed that the view may be all just, snow. And walking in the cold is not something really great to do.

5. Exchange rate
Survey for the best exchange rate near your place. After calculating your budget, you should know how much currency you should change. Consider having both large and small notes for convenience. Do not keep all your cash in your wallet or purse, place them in you bag or luggage as well (but always lock them and pay extra attention to them) so that if you lost them, you won't lost the whole amount. Activate your ATM card for overseas if you do not own a credit card. Easy, just call your bank and they will verify your identity. Inform them your travel period and walla!

6. Research
Do your research well on where to go and what to do. Do a daily planner and the locations for that day should be in one area, and move to the other area the next day. LonelyPlanet travel books are great reference for must go places and the must eat food (my favourite!). They also have prices for your reference. Plan on how long should you be in a location and how to get to the next as well.

TIPS: And you want to know how to grab AirAsia great deals?

1. Use Firefox or Google Chrome
I guess most of us knew that Internet Explorer is a pain in the ass so using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome definitely helps a lot, loads much faster as well and does not go into error all of a sudden.

2. Subscribe to the newsletter and follow AirAsia on Facebook & Twitter
Want to be the first to get the news, this is how it is. Or if your friends are AirAsia freaks, they may just spam Facebook with the AirAsia promotional posters. But pay attention to the booking period and travelling period to prevent disappointment. If you know about it earlier, you will be prepared earlier for the following steps.

3. Be an AirAsia member
This will enable you to fill up contact details fast. Add in up to 10 of your friends and family into the guests list so that you don't need to fill up over and over again if the page reloads. When there is an "error" message, do not panic, just hit reload. I also realized that whenever you sign in and click book, it loads faster.

4. Fix your date but be flexible
I know it sounded ironic but you must know when are you free to travel so that you will know when dates to check on. Loading during sales in way slower and each time you click on the book button, you will be directed to the waiting room. Which is why to prevent entering the waiting room too many times (and at the end you may miss the seats), fix the dates. And as I said, refer to the AirAsia Chart for the dates with cheap fares, usually on weekdays.

5. Book from 3AM to 6AM
Seriously, from someone who stayed up from 12AM to 6AM. At around 3.30AM, the booking was so fast you will only be directed to the waiting room if the location you picked is a hot spot. So you can sleep early, like me and my friends, and wake up during the wee hours to buy the tickets.

6. Debit banking or Bank transfer
Paying with debit card or through bank transfer will prevent you from being charged the processing fee. The processing fee for credit card is RM20 per transaction. However, make sure that if you use Bank Transfer, the online banking service for your bank is in service. For example I used CIMB clicks, they update the service every night from 11.30PM to 12 Midnight and sometimes the system is down up to 8AM (which is what I experienced when I booked for my Manila trip so we had to use credit card before the seats run out).

7. Pay attention to the website
Pay 100% attention to the site because they have time limit for you to fill up all the details (which is why it is better to do point #3 before you start booking). The page will expire and you will need to click OK before the page expires and reloads. Same goes for the payment page, make sure you are sure of all the details in order for you to fill them up fast.

The Sale is still on up to tomorrow so if you've read all the tips, quick! Go grab your seats! :)

I've wrote a lot, now time to play some cards before I get killed by my friends for saying "wait" too many times :P

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Vday! ♥

Either you are single or not, this one is dedicated to you :)


Happy Valentine's Day! ♥

Google is so cute today as well...much love!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

How to: Taro & Sweet Potato balls dessert

Here's a guide on how to make Taro balls and Sweet Potato balls, Easy as ABC, 123 
Just 10 steps and you will have edible yummy dessert! :D

I made Taro balls and Sweet potato balls in Red bean soup. The portion will be according to the amount of people. But the ingredients are so damn cheap, you can just make it when you are in the middle of the jungle *ehem UTP* and you craved for Snowflake. Not as nice but with the limitations of utensils and ingredients, this will pass as a great dessert in the jungle *errr UTP*

What to buy:
1. Taro(s); 2. Sweet Potato(es); 3. Brown sugar; 4. Tapioca flour; 5. Red beans

p/s: NOT wheat flour or Glutinous rice flour (as the one for Tang Yuan)

And yea, that's all. 
So easy my friends were asking what else I added and I had to say flour and potatoes at least twice wtf

Peel of the skin of Taro and Sweet potatoes. 
I got no pictures of this so all hail Google Image for this wonderful peeled sweet potatoes picture wtf

Slice into smaller pieces and steam.
All hail Google Image again, p/s: I can't live without you.

Mesh the taro(s) and sweet potato(es).
Here onwards I took some photos. But please don't mind some unpleasent sight because we were cooking in the pantry, not kitchen. And shared among 11 people. Thank you so much UTP, we do feel comfortable in the kitchen *ehem ehem*

Before you start kneading your dough, you can start boiling the red beans because it will take quite a long time for the beans to soften. Remember to add some sugar to the soup.

Alright! Now add Tapioca Flour to the meshed Taro and Sweet Potato bit by bit. You may want to separate Taro and Sweet Potato while doing this if you want 2 different types. If you want mix balls, you are welcomed to mix the meshes. Kneed the dough until it doesn't stick to your hand. For me, I decided to separate them.

Roll them into strips around 1cm width and slice them 1cm wide. Now you get little square cubes, you can roll them and make them round like Tang Yuan as well. Remember to add flour when you put them on the plate, else they will stick to each other.

Boil water. Add in Taro balls and Sweet Potato balls. Wait until all the balls float then considered cooked!

Move the Taro balls and Sweet Potato balls into cold water to remove additional starch. Now they won't stick to one another!

Boil water and add in Brown sugar.

Mix all 3! The balls, red bean and brown sugar....and wala!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Japanese Buffet Dinner

When we saw this deal on Groupon, we knew we had to grab it, even if we need to travel all the way from Ipoh to KL. And we had to fully utilized the 4 days break. So.. we had an impulse trip to KL during the last 4-days weekend (which turned out to be 6-days in the end because we MUST go on Thursday and most of us HAD TO skipped the Friday class). Initially wanted to have the buffet dinner on Sunday but it was fully booked from Friday till Sunday, closed on Monday so we packed in half an hour and  flew off to KL on Thursday. It was one very satisfying dinner, judging it from a 5-star hotel. Saw this Japanese couple eating there and they seemed very satisfied as well! 

And KL was full of waking up late, food, walking, shop, pricey carpark (cause we park whole day and walk whole day lol), monopoly deal, blackjack, gambling and super late showers. That was how our Chap Goh Mei went. :)

Anyways, customer service at Sunway Putra Hotel was superb! We mistakenly only printed 1 voucher despite having 5 of us cause we were in super rush. The receptionist brought us to the office and helped us with printing the other 4, with her smiling face and no extra charges. *thumbs up* And..the kid sitting next to our table was crying and this great waitress called Preeti (must mention her name, we even selected her to be worker of the month in their customer survey form) helped cheer him up and helped the kid wipe his mouth. Awww how sweet can a waitress be! And she never fail to fill our pot of tea :P

When I was taking all these pictures, I told my friends, oh God my blog is turning into a food blog. Haha! I guess so, cause we just bought the later edition of Ipoh Food Guide! (believe it or not, we had Ipoh food guide and Sarawak food guide. And whenever we travel, eating good food is a must! :D  For those who managed to grab the voucher, congrats! Else you can just have a try at normal price, probably not as good and much choice as Jogoya, but you don't get great 5-star-hotel-customer-service at Jogoya. 


Till then, probably some hiatus because the semester is rolling and assignments are pouring in. Internship applications are pain in the ass...so no travelling and food hunting for the time being, maybe my #emo self for a while but life's good so far. Me and my friends are totally crazy bout 9gag.com right now :P And this, is totally applicable for me:

Went through all 3 situations, it's called life cycle. You regret having bad grades, so you lessen sleep and social life. Then you regret not having social life so you lessen your sleep and studies. Then....you regret not sleeping enough so you reduced social life and studies...and it goes on and on and on.....