Saturday, April 30, 2016

CNY 2016


I'm sure the super red intro pic says enough lol. Finally I am here to blog about my Chinese New Year this year. :D 

CNY gave two days off, I took an additional 3-day leave from work and flew back home for a 5-day visit. I arrived home late on CNY eve. Flight was delayed from arriving at 9pm to 12am so I missed reunion dinner and counted down at the airport lol fml.



CNY Outfit Day 1 ft. Mum's feet lol. Opted for white and red instead of my usual black and red. :)

 Worth a mention this is the first year I'm doing CNY shopping with my own money!! Proud but sad LOL conflicted emotions. As a fresh grad with her first job, I'm thankful I do not depend on my parents anymore but imagine having to fork out a big chunk from your one-month pay to prepare for CNY? lol my spending was not too hefty but I'm glad I managed to put together a decent CNY wardrobe so YAY. Will get more accustomed to this whole grown-up thing eventually!





With the siblings. ♥ Cute la how the doggies always look at us longingly to let them out to the living room lol.



Mandatory family portrait. ♥ I missed last year's! So happy I am here this year. :)






Day 1 evening at Lydia's. In the pictures above we positioned ourselves on the staircase like we did for pictures taken many years ago but somehow I cannot access on Facebook pictures pre-2012 anymore. Facebook give me back my tagged pictures!

See the double chin picture how some with full force couldn't even squeeze out a tiny one while mine was really easy to achieve LOL fml.






Day 2 in black. Usually second day is with Dad visiting his friends, then over to 2nd aunt's house for Lion Dance.



At 2nd aunt's, the home where I grew up in during my kindergarten years. ♥ Coincidentally we were each matching within our families lol. Us in black, while the cousins coordinated in high low tops and preppy dresses.




Day 2 evening in a blue stripey dress with poofy sleeves . When I came across this dress I thought it was too cutesy and so not my style but thinking I only have a few years left to get away with wearing something like this lol I went with it and it turned out quite nice imo. :)



Hung out at aunt's house and played cards with cousins and their SOs. (Forgot to get rid of the coin on the floor lol...... #soclose #editingfail)



Chilling at the living room with the overly attached doggies lol.




On Day 3, hung out with the Form 6 gang and went visiting with them. And Ivelyn of course. :)




Day 3 evening, the usual gathering at my house for the extended family and my night as expected, revolved around this bunch. :) This is also the chinese new year I started to enjoy wine so cheers to growing up!



Coordinated with the girls to wear white and I loved how it turned out. ♥



The theme for this picture was sexy.....? LOL.






 They are so beautiful to me. ♥♥♥♥♥




Lester was back only on Day 4 so the whole day was dedicated to spending it with him. :)




Throwback to 2011 LOL. Don't think we changed much except I was way slimmer back then......

Had a lovely break back in Kuching although didn't get to meet all the people that I wanted to meet such as Soul Dance. :( Went back to the office on Monday and colleagues told me I looked happy and refreshed. Didn't know it would show on my face but I really enjoyed myself so much back home. :)




With all the love,
Kxin

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Travelogue: Labuan, Sabah

Two weeks after my visit to KK, I've the chance to visit Labuan island, Sabah. :) Labuan is a Federal Territory of Malaysia and it was my first time visiting so I was quite excited!



Took an evening flight to the island and admired God's beautiful creation outside the window.





Checked into Sara Hotel. Went out for food and made myself some coffee and chilled in the room for the rest of the evening.





Duty calls! Next morning attended an appointment at the Ujana Kewangan Labuan. After that, I had the rest of the day free to explore the unfamiliar seaside town.






The Labuan Square.






The Labuan International Sea Sport Complex and while there, visited the Marine Museum. A shark was circling the Touch Pool but I didn't dare to touch it! Where has my courage gone.






The museum was so empty the fishes started to look creepy af. It was like they were just staring at me with their non-blinking eyes *chills*. And generally I have this fear against fish so yea.



The stairway of horror where the museum decided it was a good idea to paste 3D giant fishes along the walls.



The dugong's frontal view gave me a jump when I saw it suddenly on my right. I jumped and I screamed in my mind, what the heck is that?? And usually I find dugongs super cute!




A nice seashells display and some coral reef fishes. And that was the end of my almost traumatic visit to the Marine Museum lol.







Visited the Clock Tower near the Sea Sport Complex and chilled by the beach for a little.



Ramsey Point, a historical spot for Labuan where an exchange between the local and the English took place here, if not mistaken. (Read something on this at the Labuan Museum lol)



And yes I visited the Labuan Museum.





And many of you might have already known, I only stumbled upon the fact that Labuan is a duty free heaven! I randomly discovered a duty free store and only realized there after that there were tons laying around town lol. I went crazy with the Ritter Sports which usually retails for RM9.9-RM11+ but here it is sold at RM5.70 *hearts*. Back in KL the boxed Ritter Sports in the picture above are usually sold for Rm50+? While there I also enjoyed some ciders that I used to love when I was back in the UK, which was so inexpensive.

Overall it was quite a chilled visit if I'd say so myself. The town was quite underwhelming but since I only confined myself within the town centre area due to limitation of time, I would assume the west end of the island to be more exciting? That's where the beaches and the wrecks are located at, and it would have been amazing to be able to do some beach activities. Oh well, there's always a next time! Evening flight back was delayed and I only landed in KL at 12+ midnight. D:

And that's the end of my short visit to Labuan.





With all the love,
Kxin