Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Father’s Day

As we all know, Father’s Day was just last weekend. You can see the uncountable numbers of photos up on social media celebrating this special occasion for and with our respective greatest hero. Some do not celebrate this day, but that does not mean that the fathers mean nothing.

My dad is no exception, he’s the greatest father I can only imagine. I wouldn’t trade it with anyone else, ever. We might not be super rich, but, we were and are happy in our small family home. Time is what we want. My dad gave all his time to us when we were young, even right up til this day, nothing changes.

I can even write a novel about it. But let’s not go into that. So I was seeing all those Father Day’s pictures. It’s great of course, until, you see pictures of these men, certain men that celebrate like it’s a perfect family and everyone’s happy. That’s the ideal. But, when you know that these certain type of men are not good fathers. They cheat on their wives again and again, and it makes me cringe. All the time. No matter how happy the family looks, whether the wives are aware about it is another matter. However, these disrespectful men do not deserve this. Why procreate when you can not commit into one wife and one family? If you feel that you wanna play around, go, but don’t bring down your wife together to your level. Jesus. I’m still waiting for karma to hit it back on them. Patiently.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Melaka Trip

About a little more than a year ago in May last year, we took a drive down to Melaka. We have been there so many times. So, we didn’t really do those must-do touristy things. It’s more for a chill out session. Oh btw, testing out this app for blogger see if it turns out fine. Right after work on a Saturday, we drove to Melaka and picked Steffieko from a place she calls home haha.

We booked this boutique hotel. It’s located right at the corner of Jonker Street. Parking spaces might be a little limited. But I gotta say that it’s a pleasant nice hotel. If you’re too lazy to drive or walk from Jonker, you might wanna consider this place.

We were just strolling around in Jonker. Bought food along the way and check where our hotel is located. It’s on the left.

We had this for dinner and damn it was so good. This only meant one thing, my cholesterol would fly high as high as the sky.

That’s the three contributors to the food earlier haha

Before leaving Steffieko in Melaka, a mandatory picture of us.

We had an agreement that we would go down to Melaka after she comes up to KL. So, as long as she doesn’t come up, then we wouldn’t too haha. I am a strong believer in fairness and equality. Haha. 🤣

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Part 5: Seattle, Washington

Hello there. The birth of Instagram had killed blogs. haha.

Back to Snoqualmie Waterfall. It isn't that far off from downtown Seattle. Approx. 35 mins drive away, roughly 29 miles. It's really scenic and I am amazed by the volume of water gushing down this waterfall. Needless to say, it's really cooling. I've never seen one like this before! This is absolutely gorgeous.

Apart from the humans in the family, the four legged family got to enjoy too. I would probably guess that he's the happiest among all. He can't talk, but if he can, I am sure he's gonna say just that. His expression may not seem like it, but that's just how he looks. Regardless, he's still the most adorable dog.

You get to do some hiking here. There are some parts which are a little steep at the top. Other than that, it's fine. We all need a little work out right?

Then, we got to the bottom. Tadaaa.... I love the sound of the water, kiss your stresses away.

C'mon Rocky hahaha .... please co-operate. Just once. Please. Okay, at least he looked.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Part 4: Seattle, Washington

The long pause from Part 3. I have totally forgotten about it. I just had that sudden urge to blog out of the blue. Sometimes, you just wonder how all these things happen. You're just scrolling or browsing away, and suddenly, this blog pops up in your mind. I always think that there's a reason why it happened the way it did. Just like, how it leads me to something, and then to something more. Eventually, there's the answer. The truth is, I don't like solving all these things. Yet, I always wonder.

World famous museum. This is located right next to the Space Needle, the icon of Seattle. This is an exhibit showcasing the studio of Dale Chihuly. Galleries and sculptures are all made of glasses. This guy is amazing. I really enjoyed it

Sure, a picture that includes me. I wanna be part of it. hehe. The entrance is $29, but if it's combined with the Space Needle, it's $44. However, a better deal would be the Seattle city pass which comes up to $89 for 5 tourist attractions. It's worth it! This is definitely the highlight.
Rocky, the boy, not to be forgotten. He's just so cute!!

Us and the Asian food cannot be separated. I know! We had this in Tasty Thai located in Mercer Island. Being a Malaysian, I can't be THAT bad when it comes to spicy food. This, is just another level. There, we got to choose the level of spiciness. We thought, hey, this is not Thailand. They would cater to the local market, right? I'm not sure. But, the level 4 is just SO spicy. But, it's good, the food is so good.

We headed over to the east of Seattle, Snoqualmie Falls Park. It's a dog-friendly park. Cool! This is a preview. haha.

Walking Away

"I'm walking away from the troubles in my life
I'm walking away oh to find a better day"

To those who are familiar, it's by Craig David. I'm so good at this and I can only get better with time. Being a Libran, they have to be surrounded with people, there has to be a companion at all times. That does not make them an extrovert. They just want someone to be around because they can't be alone.

So many years had gone by, and I am walking away more and more. It does not make me sad, it does not make me angry, because, each person you walk away from makes you a stronger person. Each phase is a lesson to learn. If you think about it, it's not that all a bad thing. In fact, if these people are toxic, it's best you do. You know it best if you should, or shouldn't. This can be your close friends, your favorite friends, or your best friends. It does not matter anymore if you have decided if you should leave. If you think you are falling back, being low, and all those things, it's a sign.
That's exactly how I felt. It was complaint after complaint. From work, to family, to friends, to just random stuff that happens daily and it can go on and on and on. Well, I am not oblige to listen to all these BS every single day. Eventually, one gets fed up. Haha. When the complaint starts, I would pretend that I'm busy. Hahaha. But, how much more can I pretend? Not much honey.

Okay, on a separate note, I was told that I should be nicer. I should be considerate on their feelings. Ooh? Makes sense. Yes, they are right. However, not knowing that they were the same to me. "They" is a very general reference, not anyone in particular by the way. I don't get it, and I don't understand. Why is it okay that they are mean to me, but it is not okay that I return the treatment? Let me get this straight. I have to be nice all the time, and they don't have to? I have to be considerate, but they don't have to. But, why? I love to be the Karma judge. haha. Apart from that, I am a strong believer in equality. So, let's scrap the idea of it's okay them being that, and not okay me being this.
What do you do? That's when you play Craig David's song - walking away. There's no reason for you to stay being friends with these people. And, do you know the world's population? I bet you can find more friends. You don't need these people. You're better off alone than to be with these bunch. It amazes me that that I can be as chilled as this when it happened. I was as chill as I am right now when I walked off.

I do know that whatever I am doing right now, there are spies. Regardless where I am. Whether it's over social media, or at the streets. I know, people are watching, and people are looking. As I said it, it does not bother me. If you think that I am alone and as lonely as the lone wolf, you're wrong. Again, think as you please. It's okay. Every individual has the right and freedom to think whichever way they want. Thank you for being part of my life, once upon a time. You can always reply me "you're welcome" I really don't mind. But, please ask me this question. "Are you happy?" YES I AM. hehe.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Part 3: Seattle, Washington

Voila. Since I've been to Pike Place a few times within that one month I was there, here are more pictures.

I don't get this kind of privilege back home due to the hot and humid weather all year round. This was summer in Seattle, probably not the peak yet. But, it was a pleasant weather. Since US is well-known for their great parks, Seattle has this. Look at how people enjoy the sun here. If I live there, I would too. haha.

We went over to the Seattle aquarium. Fishes, snakes, sharks and many other animals. We purchased the city pass in which aquarium is included in it. That's 79 USD that includes 5 attractions.

I was back at Pike Place Market. There are states that had legalized a small amount of marijuana. Seattle is one of them under certain conditions. Overlooking the highway/freeway hehe.

 There comes the Spider-Man! haha

While waiting for the rest of the family members, here for Starbucks. This isn't the first ever Starbucks. Only here I am able to find a place.

We did the cruise, the Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour. It's at Pier 56. Enjoy the live-narrated tour while overlooking the breath taking beauty of the Washington state.

The weather was really good. This looks like the Columbia Center, skyscraper standing at 295m, the tallest building in Seattle. They have regulations that do not permit any buildings taller than a certain measurement.

We had our dinner here at Rainier Restaurant, a Vietnamese cuisine where Anthony Bourdain visited. haha!

Remember the city pass? The observation deck to the Space Needle is included. Woohoo!

Then, the other side of the city.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Brunch - Seeblick's St. Gallen

I'm not sure how many people are aware, but close friends know that my favorite country of all time is Switzerland. I studied there for my higher diploma and degree in the hospitality field. When it comes to hospitality, it's closely connected to Switzerland. Food defines that industry.

It is almost the end of the year. The end of the year reminds us all that it's time of the year to plan for our vacation. After all, Christmas comes only once a year. My countrymen love food, so we travel all around the world to taste different cuisines.

After a late night, or on a vacation, we would prefer to sleep in a little bit more than usual. That does not mean skipping your meal, because, we always have something called brunch! Thank you, to the person that invented brunch. Those in Switzerland, you may want to stop by at this restaurant in St. Gallen. The brunch here is the favorite spot among the tourists. The same goes for the locals too. If I live there, I would have patronized there every single Sunday. Unfortunately, I don't live there. Boo!

What I really like about this place is it caters for everyone with their own personal preference.  I like a bar and a steakhouse kind of setting during a time off from reality (work). Besides these 2, they even have café, buffet, restaurant and even outdoor settings (that's if the weather permits). Since we are all in a such a diversified culture and background, they have menus for my vegetarian friends and gluten-free friends too. That makes it so much easier to decide on where to have our meal!

Let's put aside my Malaysian roots, even with the existing different cultures in Switzerland, they offer local and international cuisines which is good. I have different cravings depending on my mood. Personally, I am a sucker for views, really nice, amazing and scenic views. How many times I've been taken away by the views in Switzerland? I could not even count. If you're like me, this is the place to be.

Sometimes, I am a lazy traveler. I prefer to have everything on site haha. God knows how much I love swimming. Man, and with a massage after that? Then, a brunch? Best part is, you don't even need to dress well. You just have to put a robe on and tadaaa..... brunch is served. This is the type of relaxation I look for when I get off from work. It's heavenly! Trust me on this.

How many friends had told me, Switzerland is one of their dream holiday. Fortunate for me, I studied there and managed to travel around. The Swiss Alps is famous world-wide. If you are looking forward to have a nice pleasant weather, St Gallen has a good amount of snow.

Oops, Grüezi is Hello in Swiss German =p

You can check them out here available in both German and English:
Restaurant St. Gallen

Happy Holidays!!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Part 2: Seattle, Washington

This was actually in 2016. I thought of giving up, but I thought again, hey, since I have done this for so many years. I should continue blogging. I was in Seattle for a month in May. The place I come from is really hot, so summer here for me, is not. Still, I don't really like the sun. That's how life is. The grass is always greener at the other side. haha.

Rocky is so cute. I cannot describe enough how cute he really is. But, he's so adorable and well-mannered.

 They are the reason why I re-consider my decision to not go to US.

During the sunset in Mercer Island. It was such a peaceful resident area.

 Just like back home in KL, we have the KL Tower. In Seattle, they have this, the Space Needle. It's Seattle's icon or symbol in the state of Washington. This observation tower stands at 605 ft.

They have buildings with unique designs too. That's the Amazon's office. haha.

We did groceries too. There's a whole section for Asian food. haha. That shows the amount of Asians here in Seattle haha.

That's Lake Washington. It's the second largest natural lake in Washington state. When the weather gets better, we can actually see Mt Rainier from where we were.

From the corner, there's this very sweet smell at downtown. Only to find out, it's all bubble gum or chewing gum that they stick at the brick wall behind me. Authorities tried to clean it up, but gave up as they later deem this as a tourist attraction. It is! I was amused when I first saw it. Those with extreme OCD can choose to stay away. haha.

 Is today your lucky day? haha

Seattle is famous for this pig at Pike Place, downstown Seattle. It's a really good landmark to meet people. haha. In front of this pig, there's where the market is and when there's crowd, the traders would throw fishes around to entertain the customers. Nice!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Part 1: Seattle, Washington

I honestly didn't think that I'll be back here ever since I completed my Siem Reap trip which I have done half-heartedly, or maybe lesser.  Well, people Instagram these days, right? Today, I am sitting here, in Houston, doing this. It's 2.30 AM in Malaysia and I should be feeling sleepy. But, I'm not. I am trying my best to stay awake until tonight to fight the jet lag problem.

The first time I applied for a US visa I got rejected. It was in 2010. I kinda gave up until 6 years later due to the arrival of Aria and Damian. a-ha! Everything fell into place, and the next I know, I boarded the plane heading to The States!

So many people had gone to Taiwan, a few went a couple of times, telling me how amazing the country is. I have gone, I experienced it and my conclusion is, it's not my type of place. Let's do that some other time. Let's focus on Seattle now. haha. This was a layover of 3 hours.

 We were going to land in Seattle from Taipei! I was getting excited. OMG!

 So to say, welcome to Seattle. We finally arrived. The city gave me a really nice feeling.

This is the Luther Burbank Park. The happiest of all was Rocky. haha! He played water and ran like the happiest dog on Earth.

 The harbor at the park

 We went for Chinese food. Yeah I know. Haha. The sizes of the dim sum is humongous. My Lordz!

Let's not forget that, as long as there's a Chinatown, this arch is always there. All around the world, regardless if you're in US, or Asia.

Centurylink, the multi-purpose stadium. Home field for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League and Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer.

 Right beside Centutylink, there's the Safeco Field, and that's where the baseball fans are.

Randomly, over the weekend, went to Factoria and I saw the Apple store, I got a culture shock. That's like a few stores combined back home!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Day 3: Siem Reap July 6th, 2015

LOL. It has been 2 years. It has been quiet. So many things had changed for the past 2 years. Some good, some bad, and some whatever. I'm sure whatever that happened, happened for a reason. No complaints. And, whatever that may come, will come. I've aged 2 years. haha... damn.

Since Ratha, my Cambodian friend had to work, the same driver took us around. Continue with the temple hunting since the ticket to Angkor Wat has been paid. It was a long journey, so I learned some Cambodian along the way. haha. Of course by now, I have forgotten everything.

As expected, I can't remember much from the trip. It has been 2 years! ahhaa. This is Banteay Srei. The sand has a different color, it's special!

This is Kbal Spean. Some hiking to do. This supposed to have water. But, it was the dry season when I went. It was hot until I turned black when I came home. And, I am not even exaggerating.

Finally, the night market.

After 2 years, that's the wrap up of my Cambodian trip. After this trip, I had quite a few trips. But, judging from my never-ending procrastination, I am not even sure if I should start it. Gosh, dilemma.