Monday, April 27, 2015

Food-filled Easter Break

My three week Easter break ended on 20th April and it was all food food and more food! If you are hungry now kindly click away because this post is filled with food I had during. :) 

Intro pic taken during the outing with Sue. Thankful for this or else I wouldn't have anything decent to post as intro pic! LOL #firstworldproblems Giving myself a break and an excuse to blog because I've finally finalised my dissertation paper due tomorrow, all printed and bound ready to be submitted! One more assingment to go and exactly 23 days till final exams omg.

Cakes and coffee session at Hotel Chocolat in city centre. Had their Raspberry and Lemon cake, Banana Bread and Salted Caramel Shortbread. :)

Finally got to catch up with this girl after 2 months of not seeing each other omg. And we only live down the street from each other lol what'sour excuse. Switched to another coffee house called Muffin Break in Trinity Leeds for another round of coffee before we went to eat Nando's for dinner. Didn't take any pictures of Nando's because I believe every one knows how Nando's looks like lol.

Fatty arms aside, I love this picture Sue took for me. :3 

Round 1 steamboat without any special occasion with the law school gang. :) And we had three rounds of dessert through out the night in the middle of game sessions omg haha: Longan drink, red bean soup with glutinous rice balls and roti canai. Regret not taking pictures with my friends and of the desserts!

Friends revolutionised Avalon and created a character called Spylin wtf what kind of name is that LOL. I always took pride in being good at Avalon but they changed the format and so I didn't know how to play anymore = Keryn was clueless and sad during that game LOL. Fun night thou! Enjoyed their company as usual. ♥

In the kitchen of Charles Morris residences with an amazing view, round 2 steamboat was with the Mnight dancer group to celebrate our hard work for the Mnight performance. :) Three pots of yums and loads of food then alcohol and games after dinner. If you haven't read about my Mnight performance click here!

The before and after pictures. Compare the two pictures and identify the lame ones who left half way ahaha. Either they need to sleep or gotten too drunk to continue. LAMOS! When we were playing games in Charles Morris we were too loud and got kicked out by the warden lol so we moved to Henry Price residences instead. The rest of us stayed and talked until 6am the next morning hence the survivors. Travelled home like a zombie that morning.

Before school reopened, I took a 5-day trip down to Derby to visit my relatives. :) First meal there was this Sunday roast that tasted way better than it looked I swear lol.

Then I told my aunt I was craving for Nasi Lemak and she made it for me. Do I have the best aunt in the world or what. :) Ate at the mahjong table again because that's us youngsters' main activity whenever I visit. Cards and 'jiapkut'.

Aunt cooked white curry noodles with steamboat condiments like prawns and seafood tofu and all that good stuff for lunch one day. And Domino's take out for dinner was a treat by Leon. :D Them garlic herb dips tho! Super good.

Leon kept wanting to take me to TGI Fridays so we went to have dinner there the evening before I travelled back to Leeds. The restaurant is located in Intu Derby next to the food court. It was a nice treat from my aunt! :)

Mad love this couple omg. :D

With darling Chloe. :D Made her call me her favourite cousin on her instagram post ahaha #thickskinnedmax. When she was younger people always say she and Bev look alike but I don't see the resemblance anymore. What do you think?

The starters. :D Had the Mozzarella Dippers, the Jack Daniel's Sesame Chicken Strips (left) and the Jack Daniel's Chicken Wings (right). The Chicken strips and the sauce were super good! A must try.

Mozzarella Dippers. :D When we ordered this, I told them how back in Malaysia the cheese can be stretched a mile long LOL see evidence here (flash back to when I first started hanging out with TUDC ♥) But here the longest the cheese could go was Chloe's attempt in the picture above. #MalaysiaTGIFWins

And yes you do Monika, yes you do. :D

And the main courses arrived. :D Jack Daniel's Full Rack Ribs, Sizzling Chicken, Chicken Quesadilla with Cajun-spiced Rice, Chicken Finger BLT Sandwich and Cheeseburger Deluxe. 

Everyone enjoyed the ribs! I don't enjoy chicken breasts but the Sizzling Chicken dish was so good! Note the base was all cheese. O.O Back in Malaysia I always enjoyed my trips to TGI Fridays but unlike Nando's I just never developed a loving for it. Hence when Leon said he wanted to bring me there this time round I was really reluctant at first LOL. Luckily we still went thou because the food was simply amazing!

♥♥♥♥♥ (Aunt always say she doesn't look good in pictures. Don't know what she's talking about LOL I find her super photogenic. Uncle was not here because he had work. :C)

Train back to Leeds on the Sunday was at 11.44am. The whole family brought me out to have breakfast before sending me off. :))

So yea, that wraps up my amazing Easter break with an amazing balance of studying, assignments, socializing and good food. Back to reality now with loads of studying and assignments, zero social life and hello eating alone at home all the time :C lol. Till the next time!

With all the love,

Saturday, April 11, 2015

5 Travelling Tips for Couples

Want to blog about my Spain trip but since I have the due dates for both my dissertation and a family law paper around the corner, I don't really have the luxury of time to commit to that. So for the time being I will write a short post on a topic that I've been thinking to write about for quite awhile now. :)

As they always say, travelling can either make or break your relationship. You would want to try your best to make each trip you go on with your special one as beneficial to your relationship as possible. Tim and I have been very privileged to get a lot of chances to travel together. Lucky for us travelling not only helped us learn more about each other, it definitely brought us closer together. So here are my top 5 tips for couples who are going to travel together.

1. Delegate task of planning the trip and be involved

Planning trips can be a tedious process. Especially when you are a young relationship and you do not know what your partner likes. If you are the one planning, include your partner in the process. If you are the passive one, appreciate the effort your partner puts into the planning. Because trust me, planning a trip is not easy! The worst kind of people are those who don't help with the planning, and when they dislike something about the trip, they make a big fuss and complain non-stop. If you want to be a lazy ass (excuse my language lol), the least you can do is be a decent human being and not complain about your partner's efforts. And if your partner did an amazing job and planned an amazing trip, make sure he/she knows that the effort is appreciated. Tim did an amazing job taking care of every single detail for our Taiwan trip and on that, I showered him with loads and loads of compliments haha.

If a partner always take up the task of planning the trips, it can get tiring. Try to take turns in doing the planning. :) Tim was the planner of our Taiwan trip- everything from accommodation to transportation and asked me whether or not I would like for any places to be included in the itinerary. For our Europe trip I was the one doing the planning, and I did the same.

In front of Taipei 101, Taiwan

2. Make sure your expectations of the trip are on par with one another

This differs couple to couple. Do make sure that you know what you and your partner are looking for during the trip. Communication is key. If one expects the trip to be a relaxed one but the other had the whole day jam packed with activities, there's bound to be conflict. Make sure you know the theme of your trip! If both of you enjoy good food, research on good restaurants to go to during the trip. If both of you are adventurous, plan something exciting. If the point of the trip is shopping, try to get the hotel near good shopping spots so you can easily drop off your buys at the hotel instead of lugging them around the whole day with you.

Our accommodation for two nights in Paris

Expectations on the accommodation should match too! Even though we don't have the money to splurge on 5 star hotels during travelling, Tim and I prefer to live comfortably during our trips so we would rather spend a little more on a better hotel. Plus, Tim is super against shared bathrooms so cheap hostels are no no. But other couples may prefer to live in apartment styled or hostels during trips to save money on accommodation and spend more on activities. It's definitely one to take note of!

3. Plan activities that will interest both parties

Make sure you don't only include activities that you yourself will enjoy cuz the trip then would not be enjoyable for your partner. If both of you enjoy similar activities then good for you! But if you don't (ie. you wanna shop but he wants to visit churches), make sure there is a balance of activities that you both would enjoy. For it just wouldn't be worth the time and money if your partner does not enjoy the activities as you do.

A personal example would be the fact that Tim hates visiting museums but I love them a lot! So I make sure I choose the museums that would attract his interest more. For example, when in London we chose to go to the British Museum instead of the Natural History Museum (which I really really wanted to go to!) because it was more attractive to Tim as it was the filming location for the film Night in the Museum 3. We did not visit art museums in Paris nor famous museums in Amsterdam because we'd rather spend the time and money on activities that both of us would enjoy together.

In front of the British Museum

4. Plan your journey around your budget to make sure you make the most of the trip

This depends on your budget and again this differs from couple to couple. Budget planning is key to avoid the risk of disappointment and unfulfilled expectations. If you want to visit museums or amusement parks, include the entrance fees in your budget to make sure you have enough for those activities. If you are on a shopping trip then make sure you have enough to shop on top of visiting tourist spots and transportation expenses!

And one main element to take note of is expenses on food. Tim and I enjoy good food together and I think that's what we do most during our trips and where most of our travelling money went. We always spend our money on food that at the end of the day we would dread having no money to shop but that's just our thing! Haha.

Burger & Lobster in London

Sushi buffet in Amsterdam

5. It doesn't have to be perfect! Remember the point of the trip is to spend time with one another.

Even with the most perfect planning there would inevitably be sudden situations that would throw you off your plan. It may be the weather, it may be the traffic. There's no end to the bad possibilities that would happen to ruin your so called 'perfect trip'. You'd feel frustrated about the situation or even get angry at your partner and there may be fights. But at the end of the day, remind yourself that you are blessed to be able to come on this trip with your partner to celebrate your relationship and enjoy the beauty the world has to offer. That should be the an essential element if not the ultimate aim of your trip.

It doesn't have to be extravagant! As long as it's with the one you love. It doesn't have to be perfect. As long as it's with the one you love. :) Appreciate the little things and the time you get to spend with your partner, and cherish the memories you are making with one another.

Cherating Beach Resort, Kuantan

Above is one of my favourite pictures of Tim to date taken during our travels. It was a weekend trip to a beach resort in Malaysia. There are no words to describe how I feel when I look at the picture. To say I feel blessed, is an understatement.

(6.) Told Tim I'm writing this post and asked him whether or not there are any advice for couples he'd like to contribute. Must have a good boyfriend with good personality, was what he said.

Haha yes yes. He is the patient one in the relationship and he puts up with my short temper during our trips. But he can't take all the credit because I work really hard on my temper too! But he is right, compromise is really important if you want a good trip with your other half. :) You wouldn't necessarily see eye to eye when making every decision but with compromise and communication you can solve all issues.

Musee du Lourve, Paris

And that's the top 5 tips I have for all you out there that are going on trips with your significant other. Hope you find this helpful and hope you'll have an unforgettable journey with your special someone! :) 

With all the love,

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Photo diary: Leeds Mnight 2015

Calling it a day from unproductive studying and decided to blog. :) I was dressed in a pretty pale blush coloured dress, with black smokey eyes and nude pink lip, ready for a lovely night out.

Andrew was my date that evening. :) He was in a white button down and jeans. We sat opposite of each other, had wine and talked the night away. 

The lights were dim in the restaurant and smooth jazz was playing in the background. It was so romantic. The waiter that served us was really professional too! 

But our nice evening was eventually destroyed by the drama that was happening on the table beside ours. It was loud conflict that escalated into shouting in the classy restaurant. I was appalled by these peoples' behaviour! 

Haha did I fool you. It was a scene from the recent Massoc play Mnight and I was just an extra sitting in the background supposed to act like I'm on a date when the main actors were in front quarrelling about the girl's douche boyfriend lol.

Mnight (Malaysian Night) is a play that Malaysian students in the UK organise to showcase the Malaysian culture to the world. Our Mnight play 2015 was titled No Matter How Far and I participated in the performance as a dancer. :)

Picture taken during one of the rehearsal nights. Even though we do not have lines and do not act, we dancers worked really hard for the production too! :)

There were times when I regretted joining because rehearsal hours were long took up a lot of my time and energy. Practice location is far from home and practice hours often last until 10/11pm. I'd be exhausted by the time I reach home and I was so burnt out that waking up for classes were dreadful even after long hours of rest. Other than classes and practice (and rehearsals for Freestyle competition), I literally had no time for other things in my life. :O But at the end of the day it was all worth it!

Got to meet so many new people from Massoc and got close to quite a few. The dancer group get along really well and I always enjoyed myself in their company. And I got to spend my time doing the thing that I love most that is dance. :)

It was 1am on the 20th March, one day before Mnight. A few of us gathered outside the student union on campus and did some advertising with chalk. We drew and drew until 3am. The giant paper plane replicating the one in the poster looked super good! Mission success. :D

Backstage shots before heading up on stage. :) Love these pictures! Our segment is that Talent Show scene so almost our dances are back to back with singing and other performances slotted in between. We had to change really fast and some times run from one side of the stage to the other during the song it was almost chaotic! But still, we manage to stop and selfie because picture taking is most important right haha.

K-pop performance, because Malaysians are crazy for K-pop. Did 'I am the best- 2NE1' and 'Ringa Linga- Taeyang'. And for Kpop, checkered shirts around the waist are a must! Even for the guys (Cj was super reluctant haha).

Chinese dance, with fan and cloth. :) Really enjoyed this dance! And the flower in our hair.

But I did not enjoy the dress... It is super pretty and every one looked beautiful in them, Down side is the dresses were all same sized and other girls are super petite. Being two sizes up from them I had to wear a dress of the same size with them lol imagine my situation TT. But luckily the dress with its stretchy material didn't rip and I survived the performance YAY.

Malay dance, completed with baju kurung and flower in our hair that matched our outfits respectively. :)

I really like the outfit because I love white and I always feel very graceful and feminine in baju kurungs. :) To be honest in the beginning I hated the dance. I am a street dancer and but opposite of street dance, Malay dance is super slow and soft. The beats to the songs are really not normal too lol so it was hard for me to relay and remember steps. During rehearsals sometimes I couldn't help but doze off during the dance lol. Haha but a good dancer have to adapt to all kinds of dances! In the end I grew fond of this dance and I hope we made the instructor proud with this performance!

Bollywood dance. :) It is a couple piece and I got paired up with Krish because we were both the tallest among the same sexes. It was really upbeat and fun piece to do! Really love the outfit too!

Law school gang that came to show support YAY. The night ended with an after party with the cast and crew and the following morning, we went to Blackpool. :D

For now no videos of the performances or the play are released but I will share them on here when I do get them! :)

With all the love,