Friday, August 14, 2015

Second Quarter of 2015

Second quarter of 2015 had been a life changing quarter.

Why?

Continue to read on to find out more!

April had always been the most looking forward month to me. No, it was not because due to April Fool. It was because I went to Korea! I had already blogged about it here, here, here , here , here and here. It was a wonderful trip as I went with my beloved mum. I had been looking forward to this trip for almost a year, after Melbourne!

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When I came back from Korea, I did my final move from Mainland to Island! Yes, I am back to staying on island, babeh! Left this island for two years. The move was partly because I working on island which leads to the next life changing event.

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I left Etiqa!

Yes, after two years in Etiqa, I left. It was my very first time to break into tears for leaving a company. Those two years had been beautiful to me. I was really fortunate to have known and worked with them. The Etiqans are well-known for their friendliness and warmth. It is TRUE! I miss them a lot up until now. However, due to better opportunity, I decided to leave this wonderful place.

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Right after my last day in Etiqa, I left Penang to Langkawi to attend District 51’s Annual Conference. It was a great experience as I was invited to be one of the emcees for one of the events. I was really blessed to be given such opportunity. Also, I managed to witness one of my closest friends to win both contests. I am glad that he was rewarded well after putting so many attempts throughout his four years in Toastmasters.

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What happened after I came back from Langkawi?

Where do I work?

Ta-dah! I am finally back in AIA!

Back to Corporate Solutions Department. However, instead of being in the Agency Channel, I am now in Direct Channel. It is more challenging as compared to Agency. ‘She’ is right. When I first joined AIA, I was supposed to be in Direct Channel. However, ‘she’ told me that I was too new to be in Direct and it was best for me to start my foundation in Agency.

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What other life changing moment?

I finally met the man who is awesome to change my relationship status from ‘single’ to ‘in a relationship.’ We had known each other for almost two years and if you asked if I had ever thought we would be together when we first met, the answer is ‘no’! God really has His own plan for each and every one of us. I had to go through one BIG circle and only to realise that HE is just right next to me. I am truly blessed.

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Any other life changing moment?

Yes!

I was elected to be the MEF Toastmasters Club President. It will definitely be a tough term for me. Not because I am the Club President. It is because I am also being elected to be Division H Club Growth Director. Plus my workload in AIA, I really need to learn how to manage my stress, time and work.

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Despite having two hectic months, I managed to get a long weekend off to head to Central Region of West Malaysia! I drove my bubu down to Kuala Lumpur for the very first time. I did not drive alone though. I had my boyfriend to accompany me. I was glad to see him mixing well with my friends and also my brother. We stayed in KL for a night before we left to Genting Highlands for another night stay before we drove back to Penang. Though it was a tiring trip, I really had fun.

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However, all the fun times dieded when I received a news from home that my maternal grandfather passed away. Though I could not get home in time to attend the funeral service, I still went back home to be with my mother. I know my grandfather is in a better place and he is no longer in pain. I know I must be happy for him and that we have another Guardian Angel who will watch over us. Over me.

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As I got back to Penang from that short trip, I decided to cut my hair short.

It was my very first time to chop my hair off just like that. Once I touched down Penang, took my car at airport carpark and drove straight to the hair saloon to get my hair chopped off! It was the most spontaneous thing I had ever done! And that ended my second quarter of 2015 with a bam!

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By looking at the hectic-ness of the second quarter, the third quarter will not be any better.

Therefore, do stay tuned for my update!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

South Korea: Day 6

Last day in Korea was basically shopping trips.

We were first brought to this ginseng distributor but I bought nothing there. It was not of my interest.

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However, the damages were done in the next trip – skin care products. That was where my pockets got burned big holes!

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Of course it was not shopping the whole day. We had a little bit of sightseeing in Busan. My, Busan was really hot!

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We ended our Korea trip at Busan Tower and that night we had a fulfilling dinner at local Korean seafood barbeque. Frankly speaking, I learned a lot of Korean culture during this trip. I guess this is the upside of following tour – you got to learn a lot of things from the tour guide. However, the next time I visit Korea again, it will be backpacking!

Monday, July 27, 2015

South Korea: Day 5

In Daegu. the first place we went was the Seok-guram Grotto. It is not only known as one of the finest masterpiece of Korean art, but is also recognised all over the world as a cultural treasure that is the quintessence of Buddhist art works. A glass wall has been set up in front of it so that the inner portion may be protected from the outsiders.

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We then proceeded to the stone pagoda Dabotap, which is also known as pagoda of many treasures that is located in the temple of Bulguksa.

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We continued our journey to Busan but stopped for lunch. After lunch, we went to explore this beautiful piece of land. However, it was really hot and sunny that I enjoyed myself for only 1 minute and that was my limit.

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Later, we were sent to check out the beach of South Korea. The  view was breathtaking and it reminded me of The Bund in Shanghai.

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Since dinner was not covered that night, we had our dinner at McDonald’s. Also, we walked around the night market before we called it a day.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

South Korea: Day 4

We started our day to Sangsoo Herb Land which houses 1,000 species of herbs. The greenhouse keeps herbs fresh even during winter. Sangsoo Herb Land is well-know for its flowers that bloom all year. The highlight of this visit was we got to have flowers for lunch. I added too much chili and therefore, mine went kaput. Anyhow, it was a different experience so, I am giving two thumbs up for this.

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On our way to Daegu, we stopped at The Gam Wine Tunnel. It claimed to be the world’s first persimmon wine cellar. This tunnel is a the perfect place for aging persimmon wine which is made by the process of fermenting seedless persimmons. It has become increasingly popular due to its scenic location. Inside the tunnel, the temperature stays at 15 Celsius all year! It is really cooling inside but wet. Definitely a good place to hide during summer. Anyhow, the highlight of this trip was wine sampling! I know, right?

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We called it a day at Daegu. Before we were sent back to our hotel, we went to a nearby shopping mall.

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I walked up to the top of the mall and came across this Ticket Box. It is so advanced in Korea! If this is brought into Malaysia, we can kiss the queue goodbye and welcome ticket box with open arms!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

South Korea: Day 3

We started our day to Yeoju Premium Outlet. It is Korea’s first premium designer outlet. It was claimed that the prices here are lower than the duty-free shops. No wonder most of the people in the group bought either bags or clothes there. Me? Nahhh.. I got myself some drinks and food instead. Oh, I bought a glass bottle though. It is very handy and safe to be kept inside the car.

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We continued to head further south of South Korea and stopped by Beartree Park. Just more animals, flowers, grasses and trees to look at. Anyhow, it is a beautiful natural space that is built to honour the Manchurian Black Bear. Indoor and outdoor botanical gardens are tended with the utmost of care. At the bear enclosure, we bought some food to feed them.

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Later, we called it a day at Cheonansi.

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I grabbed Café Latte’s Chocolate Latte at one of the convenience stores. Why? I had been seeing its advertisement all over Korea. Therefore, I decided to give it a shot and oh my, it was really good! Something that I hope will be brought into Malaysia.