Sunday, January 31, 2016

Two-Oh-One-Five Recap!

Loads had happened in the year.

I started the year by moving from Alma to Butterworth just so I could be close to everyone. Moving is never easy. It is tiring. However, when you have true friends who were there to give you some hands, it was not that bad. I had a few girl friends who came to my aid to clean the place before I officially moved in. Later, I had a few guy friends who came to help me up. Then another pair of friends who came to my place in the middle of the night to fix the curtains in my room and brought me out for supper after.

Everything was good in Butterworth until I accepted a new job opportunity in Georgetown which means I had to make a move again. Second time in the same year! But before I made the move, I went to Seoul with my mom along with a tour. I had a great time especially with my mom and trust me, Korea is lovely! I will definitely go back again.

After I got back from my trip, it was time for me to bid farewell to my colleagues in Etiqa. I really did not wish to leave them. I really had a great time with them. Two years – neither a short nor long period of time. We had been through a lot together in those two years and they were really supportive and helped me up a lot. I cried when I got into the car after I said goodbye to them. Yes, I cried and I was surprised to learn that I cried too.

As I started my new job in Georgetown, I finally got into a relationship with a close friend of mine. We have known each other for more than a year and no, I had never imagined this would happen. I remember once my sister-in-law asked me if there is a possibility for the two of us to be together. I directly answered her no. I guess life is like a box of chocolate – you will never know what you will get inside until you opened it.

It was not a smooth sailing journey in my new workplace. I could not have regular meals on time and that was how I got multiple gastri attacks. The very first attack happened when I was in Kuala Lumpur when I was attending the new employees orientation. I thought I had a heart attack because I had difficulties to breathe and my fingers and toes were frozen and numb and I was beginning to lose my consciousness. I decided to give a call to both my brother and a friend. My friend drove all the way from Petaling Jaya to where I stayed (Jalan Ampang) and brought me to the nearest hospital, Hospital Kuala Lumpur. My brother and my sister-in-law arrived later. Another two friends arrived much later too. I am really blessed and grateful to have such wonderful people in my life.

There was a big change in my Toastmasters journey as well. I was elected the President of my club and it was not an easy job to run a club. Fortunately I have a great team to run the club together. Furthermore, I participated the Evaluation contest and little did I know, I went all the way to District level. It is definitely the dream of every Toastmaster to compete in that stage. I am really grateful to have all the encouragement and support from friends especially the boyfriend. He never failed to be there for me in each and every contest I went.

As I had promised myself to go traveling twice in a year, the second vacation I had in the year two-oh-one-five was my birthday getaway to Koh Lipe. I had been looking at this place for a very long time and finally, I decided that this place would be my place for my birthday treat. Initially, I wanted to go all by myself – alone. Later, I decided to ask my family members to join me. Then since I got into a relationsip, the boyfriend. In the end, I had my boyfriend, my cousin and her husband and myself in the trip. My baby brother pulled out due to a change of his career and was not able to take some leave for this vacation. I had a great time and felt rejuvenated after the getaway.

I had a new boss when I came back from my trip and later, another new change in my career. From Direct Unit, I was given the opportunity to be in Broking Unit, a very infamous unit to be in. It is difficult and not just difficult, it is challenging and really push you to the limit. Honestly, I am already burnt. Therefore, I really respect those in this unit for a very long time. I regretted and not regretted at the same time for taking up this opportunity. Regretted because this unit is not for me. Not regretted because it cleared my curiosity and learned that this unit is definitely NOT for me. If I had the chance to get back to Agency Unit, I would want to.

So yeah, two-oh-one-five had been a roller coaster and I doubt two-oh-one-six is any different.

Let’s hope it will be nice to me!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

December 2015

December had been different. Something big had happened. I was being transferred to another channel at work. Trust me, it is a whole different level. I knew it was not easy. I was probably not ready for it. The pressure was overwhelming and I started to feel inconfident and doubt my own capability.

Good thing Christmas is in December and I had loads of Christmas activities to give myself a piece of mind.

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There was a Christmas karaoke with Dell Penang Toastmasters Club.

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Then a fancy Christmas dinner with some of my favourite people.

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Then a Christmas gathering with my lovely MEF-ians.

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And then another Christmas gathering with the friends that I had not met for a very long time.

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Later a Christmas meeting in Penang Toastmasters Club.

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And finally, a Christmas dinner with my colleagues in the same department.

December was not easy but I am a fighter and I had fought in many battles. Therefore, I should not falter. Plus, I have a great support from my team. All I can hope for is that 2016 will be good to me. Please!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

November 2015

November had been a great month to me. It started off with the District 51 Humourous Speech & Speech Evaluation Contests. Never had I imagined myself to be on that stage. Not everyone would reach that stage. From Club to Area, then to Division and finally District. It was in Johor. To be honest, I did not want to go initially. However, the boyfriend encouraged me and he planned everything – the accommodation as well as the transportation. He wanted me to focus on the contest.

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Then I received a handmade gift from the boyfriend. Actually, I blew the surprise myself. He wanted to give it to me on my birthday itself however, I got home earlier that day while he was working on the present. Therefore, I blew the surprise.

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Also, the boyfriend got me a new charm – Japan. Why? We are going to Japan together next year! I am really looking forward to it.

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So what did I do for my birthday? I actually planned a getaway. I wrote about it here, here, here and here. Enjoy reading!

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Since I have never had a fine dining before, the boyfriend decided to take me to one. It was 59Sixty Restaurant. We had a few dishes and though all the portion were small, we were really full at the end of the day. Lovely experience.

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I ended November with a weekend getaway trip with my favourite people. We went to Ipoh for the weekend. Though it was just a night stay, we had a lot of fun. I really hope we will do another one again.

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One more month and it is the end of year 2015. Frankly speaking, a lot had happened – the good, the bad, the ugly. However, those were not as ugly as December. I will share with you in my next update.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Birthday Getaway: Day 4

It was our last in Koh Lipe. To be honest, I was devastated. I really had a piece of mind during my stay and now I had to go back to reality.

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Since we had until afternoon, we requested to extend one room and fortunately, the hotel staff was really nice and she extended the room for us with no charges! Lovely! Therefore, we could still walk around and then, took our shower after.

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We lazed by the beach after breakfast. The air, the breeze, the view and dogs around us.

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It was then we decided to walked to Walking Street, hailed a tuk-tuk and made our way to Aroy Mexicana for lunch. The owner was friendly and the food was great. He even asked us how we knew about his restaurant. As it became cloudy and windy by the time we were done, we were more than happy to walk back to our hotel to freshen up and pack our luggage.

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While we were waiting for the immigration process, the boyfriend was contemplating to go to 7Eleven to buy a few of his favourite tom-yum cup noodles. Since we had a lot of time to kill, I told him to go ahead. He went and guess what? He came back with 5 that cup noodles and a cocnut ice-cream. Why 5 when it is his favourite? They left only 5 of that in the shelf. Otherwise, he would have gotten even more.

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It was already 8pm when we reached Langkawi. We had to go through another round of immigration before we could catch a cab to our hotel. Once we had checked-in our luggage, we headed straight to The Cliff without even taking a shower. Yes, we were really hungry. It was my very first time to see the boyfriend walking so fast ahead of me.

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While we were enjoying our food, the restaurant played a birthday song. I saw one of the waiters brought a cake to one of the tables. After a while, another birthday song was played. I thought it was another table so I was looking at one direction when a waitress brought a cake from another direction to me. It was surprise planned by the boyfriend. Now it all made sense – him, walking so fast. He had made an arrangement earlier and did not want to be late for it.

“I did not want your birthday this year to go without a cake” was what he said. Actually we were looking for cakes in Koh Lipe but to our avail. Therefore, he decided to make this arrangement when we were back in Langkawi.

Honestly, I am a very happy woman.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Birthday Getaway: Day 3

Having breakfast with a stunning view of the ocean – bliss. I wish I could do this everyday. Now that we had a full day in Koh Lipe, there was just so little for us to do. Seriously, the best part about this getaway was to do nothing. All we did were eating, drinking, walking and sleeping, eating, drinking, walking and sleeping.

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We started off with taking pictures at this big tree right in front of our hotel. When we were having our breakfast, I saw a few couples took pictures there as well. That’s when I told the boyfriend “let’s take some photos there later!”

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As there are three beaches in Koh Lipe, we decided to explore the other two beaches that day. They are all within walking distance. We decided to go Sunrise Beach, leaving Sunset Beach in the evening. On our way, we had coconut ice-cream and it is the bomb! The boyfriend love it a lot.

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It took us about 5 to 10 minutes walk to reach the beach. The waves are stronger and the crowd is smaller compared to Pattaya Beach.

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We decided to stop at Sunrise Beach Restaurant for some drinks and food while enjoying the view before we left the beach. On our way back to the hotel, I realised there was a shorter route compared to the route we used earlier. We reached Walking Street in less than 5 minutes! Oh well, at least we explored like the locals.

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When we got back to the hotel, the boyfriend said he wanted to dip in the water. It was three in the afternoon and he wanted to dip in the water. I did not join him but one of the dogs did. This particular dog loves to be in the water.

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Before I took my nap, I had this Thai’s cup noodles – minced pork flavour. Delicious! Unfortunately, I could not bring a few back to Penang with me.

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It was about 5.30pm when we left the hotel to Sunset Beach. I did not want to miss the view. Trust me, though the sun was setting, it was still quite hot! I had to hide in the shadows of the big rocks.

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Then we decided to walk to Walking Street to have dinner. On our way, there were a few taxis or probably tuk-tuk passed by us. Since we had never taken a ride before, we decided to hail one. Guess what? Fortunately we took the ride. It was so far to walk to Walking Street and the streets were dark!

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We had our last dinner in Koh Lipe at Rak-Lay Restaurant. It was a satisfying dinner and oh, the boyfriend found a stray lover..

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..a kitten! She was sleeping under my chair and we woke her up with some food. Then she started to jump up to the boyfriend’s thigh and that’s when their relationship started. Such an adorable kitten..