Saturday, 23 August 2014

What Color Works for you?

So... it's still semester break for me HAHA. Quite a chill one before I go on 2 more trips(?). Cleared my place, gave away things esp clothes, recycled papers, magazines, old books and notes.. took me hours to do so. Yet to sort out some stuff I brought back from hostel LOL. what an unorganized person am I huh? well, at least I know I don't need anymore clothing in the meantime until I figure out what I actually don't have or not have enough. I'm not fashionably in trend, I just put on proper clothes and I'm good to go LOL. Oh and beauty products, I don't need that many either :) Being a minimalist I guess, heard of it? ;) 

Found Mimi's video on "what colors work for you?" rather helpful. Check it out :)

I think I'm a Fall. What season are you in? :) Happy discovering!

Friday, 22 August 2014

Ipoh trip with the Gad fam

2nd Gad fam trip, yays! Kor Raee and Evangelin are our Ipoh hosts. I decided to travel by train, thanks to Klin's advice :) and again, my parents gave me the permission to go ahead even if I have to travel alone. (when I bought my ticket, nobody else responded if they are going with me from KL/Selangor). Anyways, I met up with Papa Ben and Kor Soon Sin in Kl sentral, they got their tickets on the spot. Here's just a glimpse of the trip :)

Meet the fam :D From top left (clockwise): Soon Sin, Shaun, Sarah, Papa Ben, Evan, Yan, Raee, Elucia, Me and Mama Rachel. God provides, we had 2 cars that fit us all in :)

While waiting for the rest to arrive Ipoh, Raee brought us here, somewhere on the way to Cameron Highlands to drink water. No comment but Soon Sin liked it LOL.

We hung out at Buku Tiga Lima cafe for tea break and had a walk. Missing Hopscotch spotted around that area.

Quote. Near Plan b.

We "checked in" at Evan's grandma's place and played Heads up charades! Yeap, thank God also for accommodation. Lovely place. The fam took turns using 1 washroom without complaints :)

Evan's parents invited us over for dinner. Yummy home cooked Indian cuisine! *drools*

Using Jie Sarah's new cam ^_^ Thanks Auntie and Uncle (not in the pic) for having us. We had our tummies filled with yummies and had a wonderful fellowship :)

Night walk at Kinta Riverfront.

Day 2: Apom and teh tarik for breakfast

Congrats to Jie Sarah for she is now officially Dr Low! :)
Congrats to Raee, he was selected to join TFM :)

Stopped by Raee's house and soap making stuff spotted. All belongs to his mum btw. I was of course, excited *snapsnap* Soap molds, oils and essential oils.

Lubuk Timah. Waterfall and Hot springs. Quite a nobody.knows.secret place according to Raee. We enjoyed the cool and warm water :)

Nasi Kandar Ayam Merah Ipoh aka Nasi Ganja. I can't take spicy but this was delicious. Maybe I was hungry but I managed to finish it, with the help of iced lime water :)

Happy faces. Actually the traffic light colors, Elucia was wearing Green shorts LOL.

We sent Jie Sarah off to the bus station as she has another gathering. After that, we headed to Ipoh Parade for 3 games of Laser tag. My first time and it was so exciting, and sweaty HAHA. 

We had quite a long day. I was tired that I didn't bother to take pic of what we had for dinner and supperS LOL. We went back to the house, washed up and had a long night chat with Yan, ahh, it's been awhile ♥ 

Day 3: We went our separate ways after breakfast as we have different time of departure. 

Evan brought me and Soon Sin around town before our train journey. I was quite full from breakfast but can't resist Tau fu fah! :D 

Funny Mountain Soya Bean shop. RM 1 ONLY! I want more if I wasn't that full LOL.

Evan dropped me and Soon Sin at the train station and here I managed to meet up with Shi Yun, my floor mate during 1st year. Time flies! The first time we chatted and shared life stories was during MHS aka orientation week, to keep each other awake LOL. We chatted until it was time for me to leave. 

Bye Ipoh :) bye fam, till we meet again ♥

Pleasant journey back home. A blessed trip, catching up with one another, some after a year plus of not meeting each other. God is good. The fam celebrates with Sarah and Raee for their new jobs, Papa Ben and Shaun are Christian Fellowship president in their respective campuses, updates here and there from the fam basically. New discoveries too, esp Soon Sin, he was from the same primary school that I attended :O I don't remember meeting him before. We still remember our school anthem LOL. Ahh, I love these ppl who I call fam :)

Thanks for reading. God bless you ♥

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Cold Process soap making workshop

I have tried handmade soaps and still use them. I have this weird interest in soaps LOL, of course, am more aware with what ingredient is in the products I use. Watched some Youtube vids on cold process soap but it was definitely not a hands-on experience. When Groupon had a deal, redemption period was during sem break and the fees were reasonable, I decided to sign up ;) Here is where I drove to. Quite a journey but thank God I have Myan. So glad she agreed to join this 2-hour workshop with me. Little Deer Hand Craft Center.

We were requested to prepare 1 litre empty milk carton (cardboard kind, not the plastic ones) and a polystyrene box each. For the polystyrene boxes, both of us didn't want to buy from the centre, which costs RM10 per box. By the day we were to attend the workshop, we found a few big ones (big enough to fit more than 2 milk cartons LOL) and just brought them along anyway.

The instructor 

We were taught how to handle sodium hydroxide, briefed on the formula of soap making (sodium hydroxide + water + oil = soap + glycerin) then hands-on soap making! Here's Myan measuring the ingredients.

It was like a fun science experiment. Though I'm not a science stream student, I enjoyed general science back in school and we did an experiment on saponification. Credits to Myan. behold, my concentrating face :P I used peppermint essential oil while Myan used Lemon for extra benefits and to add scent to the soap :) Initially, I chose lavender essential oil without knowing how much it costs. It's almost 3 times more expensive than any of the other essential oils o.o the little accountant in me said go easy for first time soap making, yay ;) 

Guess what, the big polystyrene box we brought can be used, it's just to place the milk cartons in, cover with cling wrapper (cuz we lost the cover for the box LOL) (according to YT, a towel will do the job). The soap was left covered in the box for a day. The next night, Myan came over and we cut our soap into less than 100 g per piece.

Then the curing process begins. These will be left for 4-6 weeks, preferably 6 weeks before we can use it. Can't wait for the 14th of September! ;D Jie Rachel will definitely be one of my testers muahaha!

It's been a new and interesting experience for me. I don't know if I'll make soaps again but I'll be purchasing them and supporting this industry. I recommend The Kinder soap company and Claire :) Thanks for reading. God bless you! ♥

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Melaka with the Gads

We had our 1st Gad family trip on the 5th-6th of February 2014 :D These are the peeps I spent 20 days with in Cameron Highlands during Camp Cameron/Camp Cam (July 2013) learning and growing together. 

With Papa, Mama, Evan, KK, Shaun, Elucia and Raee :D We're to-gad-ther again. (can't stop the Gad thing :P)

Sarah joined us later on. We visited Grandpa, Grandma AND Baby Naiomi ♥ 
First time meeting and carrying this lovely princess :) 

Of course, our lovely hosts, Rachel and Shaun took us around the historical city. *Tourist mode ON*

Lunch: Baba Laksa

Durian Cendol

Tea time: Klebang original coconut shake

Dinner at Wok and Pan restaurant. Yummy and reasonably priced.

Supper at Ban Lee Siang Satay Celup

2nd day's lunch at Hoe Kee Chicken Rice Balls. Dislike the polystyrene plates :/

Taste Better Durian Puffs. Eat in 1 mouthful to avoid "explosion" LOL

Tea break at Nadeje. Mille crepes.

The Melaccans taught us how to it eat the non-mainstream way.

It was good going places with the fam, chilling and sharing life. God took care of everything: Lovely hosts, Safe journey, Transport to and fro and around Melaka (8 of us in Shaun's Innova wohoo~), accommodation (thanks to KK's dad).

Bonding over King of Opera after a long day out. 

Super throwback post I know. It was a new travel experience for me, first time taking the bus to Melaka alone, yay to me, and to my parents for letting me do so. I feel a bit grown up now LOL. Tomorrow, I'll be making my way up to Ipoh for our 2nd Gad family trip. Can't wait to meet the fam again, esp those that I haven't seen for a year plus!

God bless you! ♥