September/October Photo Diary | 2017

Quench your thirst by sipping a cup of tea or coffee while reading. I apologise this is up late as December is just a few days ahead but hope you find a few fresh new ideas of food and places to try and visit. I am counting down for Christmas, and I hope you are excited for the season as well. Take care and have a great weekend :)

Kampung Telaga Air
This is a Malay fishing village that is somehow commercialised for fishing activities, selling fresh fishes and restaurants serving seafoods. The fishes that we buy from the wet market are fresh and tasty. The view there is also breathtaking. Plan a day trip there, enjoying the scenery, taking the chance to buy fresh fishes, and trying their popular street food: fresh/pickled mangoes and 'keropok ikan' (fish chips). These two snacks are must-try if you visit there. On your way back home, grab a refreshing mango ice blend that is just a few kilometres away from Telaga Air. 

Typical Sarawak Breakfast
Popiah (local spring rolls), kampua noodles, beef noodles, 3 layer tea are a few of the breakfast that Sarawakian's will order in a 'kopitiam' (cafe) early in the morning.

Seafood that everyone must try
Gingered meat, Thai style tofu and sea cucumber soup are top seafood dishes that you need to taste aside from other seafoods such as prawns and crabs. 

I found a decoration service company with a similar name as mine. I ever wish that I am a creative director of interiors and I guess this somehow push me to achieve my dreams and have my name carved on a signboard. Interestingly, my face is among the many faces that is included in this month's college newsletter, I'm honoured. I also written a Haiku for my English literature class, which was cool. 

This unique orange taste the best of best among all other oranges. The feature appears to be the mix between local orange and pamelo. I'm not sure if they marry each other or the result of crop engineering. I have a favourite shower gel for these few months, Dettol pH balanced body wash in cucumber. Once I showered using this wash, I smelled good throughout the day (no kidding) and lasted for a day (without much sweating). Even with sweating, the smell lasted for half a day.

Serian Ranchan Waterfall
My family hadn't been to this recreational park for ages now and to be able to visit here again on a short trip is worth it. There were a few changes that were better, tourist-friendly and easier to access such as a bridge to view the waterfall, a concrete hut to rest and cool place to hike. Oh, we also went downtown to Serian for a quick lunch, a mix rice dish called 'nasi campur', whereby they mix different cooking styles of meat in one plate. They taste delicious together with their chicken soup and hot chilli sauce. On our way there, we saw a petrol station that looks like a place that zombie apocalypse movie will shoot. It looks creepy but unfortunately I didn't manage to take a picture of it. 

This restaurant serves amazing Western cuisine that is unlike your typical chicken chop or fish and chips. They serve hams, beefs, pizzas, soups and a lot more. The menu is slightly on the pricier side but the portion is worth the splurge. Avoid the salads as we had diarrhoea the next day. Other than that, the ambience is cosy and comes with free wifi. Great place to celebrate special occasions as we had our dinner celebrating my sister's pre-birthday and there was a baby bash a table next to us. 

Not worth it
This matcha soft serve cost me RM25. It was a pretty big cup for one person to devour it all but the taste wasn't up to the standard of the price, imo :(

Sis's Birthday
I wasn't able to celebrate my sister's birthday this year but hearing her loving her favourite cake makes it all well.  

Inspiration of the month
I captured a few moments that I found creative and inspiring. This month I'm drawn towards graphic design elements such as fonts, shading of colours and rose patterns, of course.

All photos by yours truly



20 Things I'd Learned Before I Turned 21

 This post is a little late but nonetheless sharing is caring. I reckon 'My top 20 lessons I'd learned throughout the years' will be meaningful to ponder on. 24 hours of birthday is a lot of time to shape meaningful moments (which I thought was quite insane as I was born within that few seconds and demanded for a full day to celebrate) with friends and family. I was so blessed with amazing people around me and I will never forget this decade of my life.  Hope this inspires and encourages you somehow ;)

1 Prayers are the backbone of my life. Prayers made me strong in believing that God is there with me in all circumstances, good or bad. He is my best friend and He will always be. He is my wonderwall, the beginning and the end.

2 Beauty does not comes from your flesh but your heart. Beauty is something that you can genuinely feel deep down that appears externally on a person’s life. You are beautiful, remember that. “As water reflects the faces, so one’s life reflects the heart.”- Proverbs 27:19

3 Love is the greatest of all things. You can’t love if you don’t have love. Love is a feeling with action. If you love someone, do something for them like help them to fix their chair even when you’re busy. You do it because you love them. Love is for everyone-friends, family, random strangers and even your enemies. If you have love in you, you’ll love everybody without even you realising it. Never hold grudges because love fights all multitude of sins. 

4 “Surround yourself with people who will lift you higher.” Yes. Positive minded people can encourage you to reach your maximum potential or even more. Positive friends are always together to bring each other up without saying “I’m the best amongst them”, but rather, “We are the best together”. If your friend’s presence lowers down your self esteem, you should let them go and move on. I’m not saying to hate them. Everyone has different personality and each of us clicks to different friends that share the same interest and similarities. Trust me, you have at least one friend-even if he/she is your brother or sister.

5 Put yourself last. Think of other person’s importance first rather than yours. If I am being selfish to constantly be the first to get attention or speak, I will not be able to enjoy other person’s life and company. 

6 Life is imperfectly perfect. Embrace the imperfections of yourself. When things are prefect, you will never understand what are feelings and emotions. You’ll be lifeless. Think less of fixing the imperfection. Fix only weakness. Embrace your flaws. Put more effort in improving flaws rather than hiding them.

7 Be a person you admire to be. If you want to be a writer, be one. We tend to get hopeless when we think of reaching our goals or dreams. Nothing is impossible. You can do it if you have the passion and willingness to sacrifice your time and sweat for it. It takes year but I know it’s worth it. 

8 “Your character is how you treat those who can do nothing for you.” This is one of the toughest quote to live by. Once someone treats me badly or act as I never exist, and to do something sweet for them is definitely beyond a normal human response. Nonetheless, I choose to think more simply. Smile towards strangers can be a treat and encouragement to that person that day. Helping someone to open the door is a small great act as well.

9 Confidence is the key to be original. Ignore those people who give nasty comments or looks on you because they don’t give a damn of what you’re trying to do. This sounds clique, but just do it. There will be people who will appreciate your artistic expression. You don’t have to act different because you are already different. Express your own thoughts and differences to the world. There will be people who wants to hear your story and shares the same personality as you. “Confidence comes from not always being right but not fearing to be wrong.”- Peter T. Mcintyre

10 Value is worth more than the price. Once you nurture a habit in lives, it stays on for the longest time. So, if you practice positive values in lives, it stays on forever. It's the worth that matters most when others see in you. Others will see only the value in you not how much you spend to get that value.

11 The people that you should never sacrifice: Family, your heart and dignity. Family is so important in building your self growth and characters. Family members are those people who tells us how to live and steps to carry ourselves up when we fall. Family are those people whom you love and who love you dearly. Take care of your heart because what you do comes from your heart. Never loose your own dignity. Dignity is your pride.

12 Friends are a part of your life. I understand that not everyone has friends or has the right friends to be with. But I’ll have to say that friends are important in your growth because in everything you do, you are part of a team. At home, you are a team with your family. In school, when doing assignments or talking to new people, you are a part of your group of friends. You will never be able to walk alone in this world. You are always a part of a team everywhere you go. Be wise when choosing the right friends because they are the ones who support and trust you in your ups and downs. 

13 Do what you love. Never restraint yourself from doing things you love. Try them out before declining or saying “I’m not good at it”. You have your own talents. Discover them.

14 Self reflection is a good habit. Too often I overlook my own attitude and I don't realise who and what I have become until people pointed out to me. I find it difficult to digest what people has to say about me but I know they're genuinely helping me to realise my individual self. I learnt that reflecting what others have to say about you can help you change to become a better person.

15 Never overthink. Our mind is the strongest piece of our body. Overthink kills which anxiety and panic creeps in. Once you overthink, your action stop performing what it should do to move you further. Talk to your mind once in awhile. Let you control your mind and not your mind controls you. 

16 Weakness means strength. Never let your weakness turns you down rather transform them into strength. Never let others' negative opinion or judgement disappoint or stop you from becoming stronger. Accept constructive criticisms and positive notes. 

17 Listen to yourself. Take good care of yourself and listen to your body. Never body shame yourself. Keep a healthy lifestyle such as exercise, consume nutritious food, and meditate. Have a 'me' time. 

18 Be positive & patient. Stay positive even when life's shaking. Waiting is never a failure. Never rush to get to the peak rather walk your way up especially when making decision. Learn new things along the way. Spread and share positivity. 

19 Travel. Plan goals. Keep a journal to organise and jot down the activities coming up or to plan ahead. Set goals within a year and try your best to achieve it. 

20 Never give up on your dreams. Dreams are for dreamers. Dreamer's dream can be reality if you work hard to achieve it. Never say never before you try it.


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Wearing: thrifted wrap/tie up blouse, H&M denim skirt, old trusty converse
All photos by Phoe