October 14, 2018

The Air BnB Homestay for my ROM

(oops, I actually wanted to start this post like my own personal introduction with my personal feelings, then I realised it's actually a  kind-of-like Air BnB review). 

If you want to read about the major and minor milestones, journeys of my wedding. Here it is. 

Anyhow, this is the homestay that we have chose to bride's house for staying overnight on ROM's eve

The reason that I blogged about this particular homestay (It's not my first time staying Air BnB also). is because that the host actually paying delicate attention to the house to make sure that the guests would stay comfortably. 

The reason that I chose this room because it is nearer to my hubby's house. and we planned to head to Thean Hou Temple early in the morning, like 8am when our ROM started at 10am. I want to have a mini photoshoot.(Afterall, I do not dress in this way, and most importantly, It's the meaningful day when I officially become Mrs Tan! ) but, hey, I should have booked the room near to Thean Hou Temple, because it was a normal working day, then going out at 8am with the only choice of travelling using Subang Airport road, then linked to the notorious Federal Highway is a huge turn off.

First, though the house was small, the host manages to make it so big with a see-through glass to separate the living room and kitchen.

Second, the high speed of internet

Third, I literally using the big mirror in the living room to dress up myself. (make up and hairstyling)

 Masterbedroom with TV inside. and an attached bathroom as usual.

 This is what I mean paying delicate attention to ensure the comfort of the guests. The host provides a coat racks for us to hang out clothes, towel etc. and the mirror really delights me, cause I get to see myself the entire time, haha.

The bed
Mattress is quite important in a homestay, there's where everybody will use it! I have experienced staying in nice, fancy homestay. The mattress sheets were so beautiful, looking comfy. But the mattress is not as comfortable, like you can feel that they use normal spring coil mattress, and the blanket is so thin when it's very cold

However, staying here, you can turn of the aircond, adjust to your liking, and snuggle under the thick, cotton (not linen) blanket to keep warm.

The toilet also comes with the necessary toiletries. and of course, the quality toilet paper. (You know, most of the stay in hotel would use only cheap toilet paper) and the hand towel, which is I said the host really provide a comfortable staying experience. 

Though I only stayed there for few hours. But the yellow chillax environment, mirrors. delight me. 
and the basic facilities you will definitely use like toilet, mattress, clothes hanger, dining table, pantry is so convenient and never lacking things. 

Apparently , the rate of the homestay is RM 175 in general. That is quite okay, considering it allows first to wash clothes, cooking (which of course we didn't enjoy any of them, as we just stay there for few hours for sleeping only)

Anyhow,  please note that 

1. When you book from the Air BnB, the room's rate will increase as you increase the no of guest. My sis booked the room, and it actually soar to Rm 400 or Rm 600 when we indicated 6 guests. So my sis resorted to turn to booking.com to book the room. And yes, that's how we save a bundle! 

2. Fully utilise your discount voucher (If you have any)

In the end, we asked among ourselves why is it only RM 175 when 5 people can stay there, and all the facilities inside. I guess it's because the not-so-strategic location. If you happen to need a homestay for 5- 7 people in Ara Damansara area, This is the ideal, affordable homestay for you.  It's located in Nova Saujana. 

The DIY ROM bridal bouquet

That's the DIY bridal bouquet from me!
 Or maybe by both my hubby and me! Yeap, we have our ROM in the Thean Hou Temple

We did it together the night before.

I searched everywhere for bridal bouquet less than RM 100, but most of the time It would be Rm 150 the cheapest. Feeling not worthy to splurge so much at the bridal bouquet, and also because I  love to DIY beautiful things. (FLowers are beautiful, don't they?)

I did a lot of survey , rummaging google for the best bridal bouquet looks that suits my outfits as well as the bridegroom. I thought that red roses will be the limelight, but in the end, it turns out that everything look pale in comparison.

Anyway, the expenses for the Bridal Bouquet were only Rm 78

Guni string - Rm 5 (Kaison @ One Utama)

I bought 2 rope of 2 different thickness, worrying one would look better than others. 

a bag of roses (20 or 24 stalks of pink roses) - Rm 28
a huge bag of baby breath - Rm 45

(see, the baby breath is actually much more expensive than roses, and that roses wither faster than baby breath too )

Hence the total sum is Rm 78 , oh I actually manage to make 2 bouquets out of it! 

I am quite happy and full of satisfaction knowing I could save so much. LOL . and here's the outcome of the bouquet.

The bouquet, even though looks a bit messy at the closer look, but it looks fine in the photos! 

 Then only I realised that light-coloured roses look so pale in comparison to my dress. 

If you don't understand what I mean. Let me show you. These are exactly the very 2 same photos. The top one is the original photo. 

(omg, I just noticed that even the tiang look so much fancy than me. Never mind la, I am still pretty btw)

The bottom one, if you notice, I photoshopped the colour of the roses to higher saturation. 

So, here's the simple tips

1. Opt for full bouquet of baby breath also not bad. or only roses (since rose is so much cheaper than baby breath)
2. If you wanna have contrast between the bouquet and the dress, choose red roses, and baby breath (Red roses surrounded by white baby breath)

See, the roses actually wither faster than the baby breath. 

September 23, 2018

Crazy Rich Asian: What I've thought/learnt

Pre- warning ahead:
THis is going to be another word post. 

I have spent so much time watching all the news/video clips about Crazy Rich Asian (CRA). I guess It just connect all of us at the some points or most of the point! 

and I have a new found perspective after watching some CRA interviews, esp the 30 mins video. 

I have no idea why am I so mad love at this movie! I guess initially it was because it brought Singapore and Malaysia and Asia so beautifully in Hollywood way, into the attention of Hollywood like Marvel hero's movie-kind of attention. 

and I am so so proud that the main character in the movie as well as the character that brought twist to the plot were Malaysian! Yas! I am so happy when I found out that Henry is a Malaysian, so Michelle, was indigenous Malaysian! A famous star from Ipoh, Malaysia. 

They don't particularly highlight that part, but we all know that. and there is something that make us connect to the movie....Don't you? 

Then as I continue to dwell into the movie. (I literally dwell ..almost everything about CRA), stalking all the stars through Instagram. Knowing their next direction and so on. In short, I spent on average 20 mins per day to just watch anything about CRA). It was too empowering, aspiring, overwhelming. I feel the need to express it somewhere. 

What I've learnt

1. Never settle for something less than what you wanted. 

Being a Malaysian/CHinese, we were taught to stick to reality. Our life doesn't live like fairy tales...live happily ever after. Well, no body deny of that, and it's true. However, it brought to me that we can actually look deeper into it. 

Yea, correct. Reality is cruel sometime, accept it and learn how to handle it. Eventually, with perpetual consistent and arduous effort  and time, we will at least get something if we didn't get what we expected. 

Throughout of my life, I was living with full of enthusiasm, (I believe I was, not shame to admit that), but you know after started working, worrying about how to earning stable bread and butter, regular daily routine just worn me out a little, every day is the same routine for me. And I work hard to save money, until at some point, sometimes, I feel just like giving up , not wanting save but splurging on something I like. 

Reflecting on all my journey working like a cow with constant routine, don't get me wrong, I do enjoy my work, I just don't like to living the same routine day in and day out. but at one time, I do enjoy staying in my comfort zone. ..... a bit of irony, but as a human, young working adult, you know what I mean ,don't you? )

There is also another of example of Never Settle for the less. Sometimes, I would just give in for something I want to make peace with people. I mean, I am okay with it, although it doesn't go as what I thought, but I've seen (through videos) how the director of CRA live up with perserverance in many small details in making the movie, it inspires me. 

I learnt that I should balanced between working life, and indulge in my lazy pleasure (shopping, blogging, doing something vain, eating). I mean we all deserve it after working so hard,right? 

I dare to say this because sometimes when I keep myself away from all my pleasure indulgence, I suddenly lost the motivation to work hard. LITERALLY. Am I working so hard just to save money? 
That's why I feel like it's very important to live with enthusiasm with the right motivation towards the right direction. 

As I mention, I use to live with enthusiasm , go with what comes along my way, but at the end of the day, it does show result, but not towards the right direction. I am talking about....MONEY. Henry Golding in the movie and in the real life is just someone with so much charm, and enthusiasm! Simply google or youtube any video of him, and you will understand! 

He also said that we need to change our mindset to work things out. For instance, he came back to Malaysia, and wanted to start in broadcasting industry, with zero experience or skills, however, he changes his mind , and start introducing himself with lines like this..." I am Henry Golding...I am a presenter, a host.." Eventually, when people notice you and your identity, they tend to link you to the position you want from the way you brought yourself, and the way you introduce yourself, and the feeling you exude to them. 

2. Master a skill, make it your own.

Being a Malaysia, have you ever heard of saying like this.. " We Malaysians look like we know everything, but when dwell into it, it seems like we are not really good at it. We macam know here a bit, then know there a bit, in the end Macam Yes"

But here it is. I am so proud of Malaysia ever since 509, in the year of 2018. and fall in love with my own identity, myself because there are actually many mega talented Malaysians every where! In CRA, there is a controversy that Henry Golding wasn't just the right person to play Nick Young , because he isn't the true Asian. (He is half-British as well)

Here's how he explains it.

“Being sort of half British, I have always struggled with my identity and the one thing that I learnt very young was to own my identity.” Henry Golding

Bam! Why so much of wisdom ar? 

Sometimes, I tend to blame it the environment, like I am not lucky enough to got the change to be in the position I want, which is true. But I have learnt that, ....develop a very serious, consistent, long term motivation, a motivation huge enough to keep  you alert, and aware that you don't have to be in a better place to own it. 

For example,  
I used to wanting to live and work in Singapore very very much! (I still do. ) Not because of the triple increase in income, but also the environment of people speaking English there, and the way how they eat healthily in general, because of their gov policy, less salt , less sugar.....erm.....I think if you fall in love with something, you will just love whatever it has offered. (Positive framing it is)

and now, Henry Golding is living in Singapore....How i wish that I actually staying in Singapore, then one day I can actually bump into him somewhere in a corner in Singapore! 

But to think in a deeper lever, Singapore was, at one point, sharing the same standard as with Malaysia, in everything! Economic, Law, Policy....development and stuff.

So it is the people who make the change. Of course there are so many things I can blame if I want to. But recently, I have learnt that we can actually be the key changer. Just like how the cast of CRA be the first wave of whitewashing movement. and the great thing is....there would be sequel about CRA!
Anyway, at this point of time, I just wish to watch all the movie with Henry Golding's presence. (A SIMPLE FAVOUR, Last Christmas)

Testing testing

July 7, 2018

#7072018 随手一拍

Am transferring my photos for the past 2 years into my phone now. So I thought It's better for me to chronicle some of them here, before I forget them.

#22nd July 2017
 Came across for thirth book store here in The Curve after I have finished food review in Pak John Restaurant.

A place where I can go if I want to get some leisure reading and cheap books, and paramount of cooking books there!

#22nd July 2017 - Celebrating my 大伯娘 birthday. The birthday celebration was indeed a cozy and luxurious one! It's small size but so grand! I wish that I can throw such birthday celebration for my parents too!

I just wanna make them proud!

the bottle so special hor

M for Maple

with my then boyfriend, now our status upgrade to become Mr & Mrs Tan in 2 more months! He is my fiance now! 

With my sister who works in KL

part of the delicate- eye-popping decor. 

and my cousin sister also gave her mum a bouquet of red roses! 

Meeting up with Nitya!! She is one of my closest coursemate!

Then in August. I had the chance to feast on wonderful palate. 

Had the chance to try on the biggest burger in Malaysia 


All thanks to my blogger babe, Kimora.

Attending my ex-boss' wedding reception in Subang Dorset 

Life is not a smooth sailing after all

I can be
Pretty when my heart is blossoming
Moody when I hit road bump
Overwhelming when I am overloaded with consuming/arduous workload
Shitty/Tension when I am lost

Pretty me

Bare face me

6th August 2017

The first meeting to discuss about Dharma Walk carnival on 30th September 2017.

 人少少时,随便拍一拍。 I like to mingle with people of the same age.

两位 91 很逗趣的样子。 

真的没有东西做, 随便拍一拍, 嘉雯很美丽。 

Okay, 开始认真了。 

 开始全部人到齐了, 我也开始收敛了。

 认真meeting中。 因为我是宣传组的, 所以会一直拍照。 that's my best strategy to keep on increasing the exposure for the event mar~~


8th August 2017

Teaching tuition to the adorable sisters! The other one was not in the photo.

I used to have my dinner settled in Petrol station most of them before attending to giving home tuition. Today, the fellow in the pic gave me a cup of free chocolate cause they have just installed the coffee making machine! The chocolate was wonderful! 

You can choose the amount of sugar and others. 

My dinner in petrol station before giving tuition. 


Colourful.  Bright Indian Garland.  
12th August 2017

Before Subang Jaya Buddhist Association. 

护法行宣传组also in charged with designing poster. 

The vouchers were ready. Ready to be distributed! I guess between August and Sept was the peak time for Dharma Walk promotion. I was at my most busiest time doing Dharma Walk during the last 2 weeks before the actual day. 

 Dharma Walk publicity tour: Alvin promoting in Hoeh Beng Buddhist  temple. A very serene wonderful temple in  heart of Kuala Lumpur. city. Accessible with public transport. Just go down at  Monorail Chow Kit and walk roughly 500m and you will reach!

jia you! Alvin!

23rd August 2017
I'm too stress I deserve some goodness to refuel myself. LOL 

23rd August 2017- Hubby purposely sent me this during the lunch hour!

My working outfit on 23rd August. 

24th August 2017- Departing to Sabah , for YBAM Biannual Convention. 

I just cannot re-call how I reach KLIA that time. Perhaps we were by then too rush, and I got confused to store in my memory. 

Air BnB on the first night. 

Til then. Will try to update again if I have free time in the future. Afterall, there is a lot of ways to do self reflection and throwback. I am blessed that I got get involved in Selangor Dharma Walk 2017 preparation. It was  nearly a 6-month preparation. I got to learn so much, getting closer with some friends, and knowing a lot of new friends though facing a lot of difficulties which eventually settled because of the teamwork.

It was by far one of the frequently played memories in my mind til now.