Wednesday, 23 August 2017

My Relationship with Books

After I finished my college, I happened to read more than ever. About at least 4 books in a month. That all started when I bought shit-load of books from the nation wide famous book fair -- Big Bad Wolf Book Fair.

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Back in the days, I find it hard to adapt the reading habit. English books are a bit pricey here. Thus, I don't consume books as much as I consume time to other English medium stuff like TV shows and music. Now that I'm able to afford some leisure stuff, finally I'm indulging into worthy cheaper books. Which is not that hard to find around Klang Valley.

I really love reading. I like how it brings me to someone else's point of view, and how their thoughts work. When I'm so into reading what I read, it is like I'm diving into a different universe. For a moment there, I forgot about my own reality. All of my depression and anxiety were gone for a while.

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But of course, when I put down the book, I needed a minute or two in order to find my balance back to reality. Only then, there is where the depression and anxiety come back.

My favourite genre is, of course, some fictional books. I don't get along with any non-fiction or self-help type of books. Although, I am trying to let myself be a little more flexible and have a go at other types of genre.

I really wish for more books to read. More books to own and fill up my bookcases. With beautifully shelved books. Ah, that feeling tho. Having a book collection of my own, with a little reading corner.

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Saturday, 3 June 2017

Bangkok 2017

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GOOD NEWS!

Coldplay just announced that they are touring Asia for the  AHOD tour.

But...

What's the catch?

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They are not coming to Malaysia.

Okay, okay. We can go to the show in Singapore. Won't be a problem.

However.....

"Coldplay tickets for Singapore concert sold out in less than 2 hours"


 - Channel News Asia



When you try your best but you don't succeed....

Dammit.

Now what?


HECK YEAH!! Finally another chance to get those hot cakes.

Thus, a start of a wonderful journey. Where I manage to get tickets to Coldplay's Bangkok show; after battling for their show in Singapore.

I tell you, the battle was hella worth it. Their show was beyond amazing. The special effects the hype. The everything is just really wonderful. It was a live show that is worth to watch at least once in a lifetime.

A few months before getting ready to fly off to Bangkok, I made a forum post on Trip Advisor and was wondering is there anyone else going to the same concert as well. To my surprise, there were a number of people who responded to my post. Most of them are first-timers to Bangkok as well. So in the end, we formed a whatsapp group for people who are going to Coldplay's concert in Bangkok. It was really a good platform to make new friends. We ended up having a short meetup in Bangkok, which was pleasing. Now because of common interest, I have friends from Indonesia, Thailand, and Philippines.

I'm trying to expose myself more into making conversations with a total stranger. The ones where we don't have any mutual friends or anything. It has been going great so far.

Regardless, the whole trip was a heck of an experience. I'd love to go to Bangkok again. Someday, maybe.

Also, check out my video for a glimpse of what I did there.



xo.
B

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Post Run Review : Neon Challenge 2017

Yesterday me and my friend, Afiq; who is now my running buddy went to a 10km run in Shah Alam. We registered for that run sometime in January I think due to the fact that Standard Chartered run was fully registered. So we chose this one.

Although with Afiq, his will participate in a run if

  1. They have a nice running t-shirt
  2. Runners will get a finisher's t-shirt
  3. A nice medal design
So in the end Neon Challenge 2017 was our choice of a run.


Choice of run : 10 km
Actual distance : 9.62 km
Average pace : 11'02"
Duration : 01:46:06

Throughout this whole run, I was a bit disappointed with the whole organiser.

Why you may ask? Well, these are some of the reasons why.
  • They didn't email the participants regarding the details of the race pack collection. Instead, they just posted on their social media and assuming people to follow on it.
  • Their arrangement of flag-off time is a disappointment. They didn't clearly usher the participants on how they are starting off which kinda sucks.
  • They even let their finisher t-shirt collection booth being eaten down by the participant who wanted those t-shirts. Talk about crowd control ey? Heck even I didn't get my t-shirt just because I didn't want to go through the whole mob-ish.
  • Also, I think this is just me, but the whole vibe of this "neon" run kinda just feels off. I mean I expected the venue would at least be more neon-like. I mean fully decorated with neon lights and such. In the end it's just dead.
Overall, was it great to me? It was meeeh. But hey at least I got off my butt to do some stuff,

Monday, 1 May 2017

A trip to Cambodia


Earlier this year, about a month coming into 2017, my family and I had the opportunity to go for a family trip to Cambodia. Specifically Siem Reap. Honestly, I never thought of Cambodia being on my travel bucket list or something. Until my mum brought up the idea of going for a trip to Cambodia and catch the sunrise in the background of Angkor Wat. After a hefty discussion, my brother and I took account with my mum's suggestion and thus we had a trip to Cambodia, along with my aunt and my grandmother.

When counting down the days to this family vacation, honestly I kinda almost forgot about it. I was so occupied with things that I didn't have time to do a little research on Cambodia or even Siem Reap. However, thank God that my mum and my aunt arranged a few tours and such. So I pretty much just went with it. Anyway, I just thought that I'll do a write-up based on my trip to this amazing city.

Facts that I discovered while being in Cambodia :

  1. In Cambodia, they accept US dollars and most of the prices displayed in stores are also in US dollars. I found out that shopkeepers would only give out Cambodia Riel as an exchange to US coins.
  2. By law, buildings in Cambodia shouldn't be taller than Angkor Wat which given that the height is about 213 meters (699 feet).
  3. They drive on the left side. Which I find a bit odd adapting to the situation.
Ok, I realised that my list of facts is not that impressive but hey at least I tried right? Still getting used to writing on travel posts. Anyway, let me share with you guys some of the places that we had a chance to visit.


Throughout this whole trip, I can honestly say that I'm really amazed at Angkor Wat itself. Being it so beautiful and how it become is just fascinating. I mean to know that it was once covered by a whole jungle before it being discovered by this French man. Also, the fact that it was once surrounded by gold plated Budha statues but now is nowhere to be seen at the site. However, those statues are probably being in possession of some collectors.

Anyway, I guess that is all for this post.

xo,
Bahiyah 

Friday, 14 April 2017

Krabi, Thailand - Long Awaited

Upon celebrating the fact that I manage to be living the “real” adult life, I planned a simple trip to Krabi in Thailand. Which is kind of bonkers to think of it? I mean doing it all by myself. From purchasing the flight tickets to planning the whole itinerary. When it comes to family vacation, the most I’d do is block the date, and maybe just plan the itinerary. This time, it’s all up to my decision.



However, with this such adult trip, I wasn't alone. I invited my close friend, Dayah to join in. Thank God she gracefully (lulz) accepted my invitation. So then we kinda agreed on a date and how long we were going to spend on this holiday. It was 4 days and 3 nights. This being our first trip out of the country without any adult supervision and we were kinda on a strict budget, I'd say we did pretty ok.

A vacation with a lot of first moments, we didn't put pressure on our itinerary. The only thing that we decided to book on was a 7 Island Hoping kind of tour, and this Krabi Illumanorah culture show. For the rest of the hours and days in our trip, we were kinda winging it. Like walking around, Krabi town, the pier, and somehow ended with us taking a tuk-tuk to Tiger Cave Temple. Which resulted in us climbing a heck of stairs, and having the chance on witnessing some breathtaking views from the top. Oh, did I mention that the temple has about 1237 steps to the top? We manage to conquer those stairs. Hiking up and strutting down the stairs. Of course, about a day after that, our thighs and calf were so sore until we can't even climb up any sort of steps or even small stairs.

I realised that when going to vacations, I kinda suck at taking touristy pictures like really I'm not even kidding. However, since I am planning to keep up with a blog, I thought that I might as well document some things from my travels. So as a result, I edited a whole video from my very first "adult" trip to Krabi. Do me a favour and take a viewing upon documented journey. Hope you guys liked it!




xo,
Bahiyah

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

The I-Do-Not-Know-Where-This-Is-Going Kind of Post

Why, hello there humans!

It has been kind of a while, now isn’t it? But come on, when is it never ‘a while’ with me? This time, I just don’t have any good reason on why I neglect this precious blog of mine. I guess, all this delay is because of procrastination. It seems like throughout this quarter journey of 2017, I have been procrastinating like nobody’s business.

Till this day, I was supposed to make a video compilation of my year end trip. But look at me now. We’re in March and yet a video still hasn’t been made. Well done to myself! Fairly, I’m very disappointed with my progress.

To put a cherry on top of this procrastination problem; while procrastinating, I get depressed most of the time also adding anxiety to the math too. Usually, I’ll be all depressed and demotivated which then will lead me to procrastination. Being surrounded with these depression cloud, seems to never go away.

I have no idea where this post is heading to. To be frank, this is not a post about on how to cure depression and anxiety or even on how to overcome procrastination. I’m merely just putting it in writing of how I’m feeling.

xo,

B

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

20 Things That Summarized 2016

When it comes to new year's / end year post, what would people usually write about? Of course, it's none other than listing out their new year's resolution or reminiscing the year kind of post.

So guys, how was your year? I mean really, was it just like any typical year or there's some certain situation that makes it different than others? I know, a number of people tend to say out how suck 2016 has been, but we shouldn't just focus on the bad things that happen. Those bad things are just a part of life. We have to move on at some point and take the bad situation as a lesson to be learned for your dearest future.

Upon almost finishing the first month of the year, I decided to list out good things that happened in 2016. It will be a good remembrance and for us to reflect back the things that have gone by, also to be grateful that we have a chance to step into a new year.

So, shall we start with the long awaited list?


1. I started the year by landing on my first real job!





2. Finally, flying on a plane on my own for the first time.




3. Took a bus to a foreign region on my own for the first time too!




4. I'm legit a college graduate now!





5. Started to pay my own bills. (lulz, even I'm wondering how is this a good thing?).




6. Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them came out!!




7. Dodie Clark had an EP produced!




8. Basically I started going to the gym




9. Took my first swimming class. Even though I'm no Michael Phelps yet, at least this is a start.




10. Purchased my first car!





11. Planned out my first travel trip on my own!





12. Karlie Kloss started a youtube channel.




13. Only this year I found out how awesome Casey Neistat is!




14. Found an amazing youtuber, as I like her aesthetic.



15. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child came out.




16. I think I read the most books this year.




17. Having the love hate relationship with makeups and yes that means that I'm trying to get a hang of it.




18. Took a huge step by deleting my instagram account. So by this time, I'm free of FB, twitter, and instagram. I should be called a granny by now. I'll probably make a post on my distaste with social medias.





19. My blogging rate still needs an update. Well that's not a surprise.






20. Realizing that I'll be 30 in 8 years.




I guess in the end, 2016 is just nothing but a number too. I have no bigger hopes for 2017 this time. My plan is just to improve myself whether it skills, emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually. Let's just see how the rest of 2017 goes and just hope for the best.

Cool cool,
Bahiyah MJ




ps: gif credits to google

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Mossery and Stuffs


Hello there internet!

How have you been? It's been a while since my last post. Well let's be frank, it will always be "a while" when it comes to me and posting a blog post. I really suck at thinking of a something to write about and keep it consistent. But let's go on with today's post shall we?

Recently about few weeks ago, I went to Kinokuniya in KLCC to have a look around their notebooks, planners, and other stationary stuff. So naturally, I went to their stationary section and had a little look through their notebooks which mostly are not to my liking. Its just meeeh. It doesn't scream "IT" as much.

Anyway, while I was browsing through the products they have to offer, I stumble upon this Mossery brand and their mezzanine floor. Honestly Mossery wasn't new to me as I've seen this brand like few years ago in a bazaar somewhere. I also actually bought their small notebooks that comes in a pack of 3, which they still have it only now it comes in various different designs.

Honestly though, I was rather impress and proud that Mossery manage to sell their products in Kinokuniya. So when I came back, I searched on the web regarding Mossery. Then I found out that they've been distributing their products to various other countries and even the well known stationary shop, Cziplee. Which was again, very impressive and proud that a Malaysian company brand have been gone so far.

After a weeks or so since my trip to Kinokuniya, Mossery came out with their 2017 planner. I studied through their planner virtually and their inlets were up to my liking. Which then I got myself a copy.




Here's a story, I originally had the planner delivered to my place but had to change to my office instead because there wasn't anyone home at the time as I was worried that the postman would just throw away the parcel through the gates and thus damaging the product. So in the end, the parcel arrived to my office and when I opened it, I was really pleased with the packaging procedure. I mean at that point, I wouldn't actually mind if the postman threw in the parcel through the gates. 

Apparently the Mossery team really carefully packed and wrap the product. For my planner, first, they covered in with this some kind of boxed-envelope. Then they wrapped it with bubble wrap and lastly they packed it in a proper box. Only then, they packed it in the mailing plastic bag. It really warms my heart how they took care the value of their product.

Though, from the original order, they only included a small tag and their business card along with my planner. As for the rest of the stuff, I received it when I attended their 2017 planner launch. Which was very nice and thoughtful of them.

I can't wait to utilize my planner for the year 2017. I would also like to get my 2018 planner with them too insyaAllah. I hope that they will produce more ranges like bigger notebooks and such.

Anyway guys, go check out their stuff HERE and get goo goo gaga over their stuffs just like me!! Also, I might give you guys on the insights of my planner!

Cool cool,
Bahiyah MJ

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Microwave Chocolate Chip Mug Cookie


Happy Sunday guys! Today I'm going to post about the most easiest treat ever. I know that when it comes to Sunday most of us are to lazy to go out and to lazy to cook because we "saving" our energy for Monday. Even though Monday is still a bore every time. So, this particular treat is a fave of mine and the ingredients used are the ones that you could find in your kitchen. You wouldn't have to hassle yourself on going out and getting the things.

The first time that I stumble upon these mug-type recipes were from pinterest. Then I started to make some of it which turned out good. It is also very well recommended for those who has a craving for such treats but too lazy to bake/cook the whole lot.

Anyhow, for this particular recipe I used the one from No.2 Pencil (click the link for the original recipe) but due to the fact that I was out of castor sugar, I had to substitute it with brown sugar and added a splash of milk to make it a bit softer. Also of course I added an extra tablespoon of chocolate chip (I have a weak spot for chocolates actually!).




So basically these are the only ingredients that you need but let me type it out so that it'll be easier for you to copy it and paste it in your virtual notebook or something.


Chocolate Chip Mug Cookie

Ingredients

1. 1 tbsp of butter
2. 2 tbsp of brown sugar
3. 3 drops of vanilla essence
4. 1 pinch of salt
5. 1 egg yolk
6. 1/4 cup flour
7. 2 tbsp of chocolate chip


Method

1. Melt your butter in a microwave. Remember just melted not boiled it.
2. Now add sugars, vanilla and salt. Stir the mixture.
3. Next add in the yolk and stir to combine.
4. Add in flour then stir again.
5. The best part, add in chocolate chips and give it a final stir.
6. Once done, pop it in the microwave for about 40-60 secs but not more than a minute.
7. Tada! Now you're done and serve warm.




This mug cookie may seem much for some so you could just share with another person while chilling out watching netflix or something. However I did imagine that it would taste nice with a vanilla ice cream topping or even a whipped cream. Again, I don't have any ice cream and whipped cream to fancy it off. So this is fine too.

Anyways, till then!

Cool cool,
Bahiyah MJ

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Top 9 All Time Fave Chick Flicks



Does anyone have those moments when for no good reason, you'll feel like pigging out with a tub of ice cream and just watch the most cheesiest movies? Well if you do.... I'm flattered that we have something in common and now I officially welcome you to the club!

Usually when I'm in that certain mood, I'd always go for the same movies. Here I'm sharing with you guys a list of my favourite chic flicks. However in no particular order because I can't decide which one is the best!


1. Love, Rosie



This movie is based from a novel Where Rainbow Ends by Cecilia Ahern. I read this novel before I watched the movie and I absolutely fell in love with the story. When the movie came out in the cinemas, I was watching by myself and I even caught myself crying on my own. Which was a bit pathetic but whatever. Hahahha. Who cares what other people think kan?




2. The Princess Diaries



My mom actually introduced to me this movie. I remembered that I was like 7 and we went out for a mother-daughter outing and she picked out this movie. After since, I was totally hooked up with it. Then I started reading a few books from the series which I loved even more!



3. The Princess Diaries 2 : Royal Engagement



This is a sequel to Princess Diaries. Now for this one I watched it in the cinemas with my primary school friend. Which was kinda awkward when you're 12 and going out for an 'outing' and your mom was with you during the whole outing.




4. Wild Child



I genuinely forgot when was the first time I watch this one. However I loved the whole movie's vibe but let's be honest I'm a bit bias for the British side actually ;)



5. Angus Thongs and Perfect Snogging


For this movie, it came out some time when I was in secondary school. I would say that I could totally relate to it since it's about teens exploring what the social world is like. Such as how boys are like and all the school hierarchy stuff.


6.  Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist



Now for this one I can't tell you enough how much I love love love this movie. I love the movie setting. I love the vibe. The amount of awkwardness is just perfect (come on combining Kat Dennings and Michael Cera was just awesome!!) and you can even feel it in real life. Also just how spontaneous the whole movie is just amazing!


7. 13 Going on 30



This is a mix of teen plus romance plus comedy type of movie. Which are nice to watch when you have a sudden throwback feel. Aaaaand having Mark Ruffalo in the movie was a bonus!



8. New Year's Eve


Also for those of you who don't know, I have a thing for those multiple stories in a movie. I just love how they set out how a stories could be related to another part of a story. When a movie with quite a number of well known actors were put in one movie, its kinda fun to watch.



9. Valentine's Day


This is just like New Year's Eve but it involves in Valentine's Day time setting. A movie directed by Garry Marshall is a must watch!



Thus that was a list of my favourite chic flick movies. These are the top most watch movies I'd watch and never get sick of it. I'm a bit sappy for these rom-com genre. So, I guess that's it for now.

Cool cool,
Bahiyah MJ

Ps: photos and gifs were taken from google images.