Wednesday, 14 January 2015

TOMS Original Canvas Classic


I may not be the most stylish person to walk down the street, but that doesn't mean I'm not into fashion. I have a hidden obsession like everybody else too, I really love shoes ever since my childhood. I love to observe what people wear on their feet. I don't have that many shoes like most ladies as I'm very choosy, especially regarding comfort and style. Having torn meniscus in the right knee and torn ACL in the left one definitely will influence the way I pick my shoes. Comfort, design, quality and price always come into mind before I make any decision to purchase a pair of shoes. Flat shoes is always the best option.

I've been following TOMS Instagram since I knew about its existence. Each time we buy a pair of TOMS, we are actually giving another pair to a child in need. The idea came about when an American traveller Blake Mycoskie became friends with children who had no shoes to wear in an Argentinian village. That was how he started the company TOMS, to help these children to protect their precious little feet. It's good to know that we can give back to the world by getting a pair of TOMS. So, for my first pair I bought the Original Canvas Classic Navy as I love simplicity and blue colour. The shoes come with stickers and shoe bag. TOMS has just opened its first store in Malaysia back in 2014. I hope it will reach our shore soon! 





Wednesday, 24 December 2014

It's Christmas!


It's that time of the year again! I'm just as excited as everybody else. Although my family choose not to organise an open-house for friends and family this year, but we do decorate our home a little bit. After all we perfectly understood Jesus Christ is the reason for the season. He should be the centre of this festivity, not the Christmas shopping, the Christmas presents nor Santa!

What I'm grateful for this year's Christmas is having such an amazing and yet a crazy life. There were lots of changes and challenges. Hopefully I'll have lots more blasts in 2015 (Amen to that!). Lastly, I want to wish everyone who is reading this blog have a BLESSED MERRY CHRISTMAS and Happy Holiday! 

Here's my Christmas gift to all of you, a video... 


Thursday, 18 December 2014

JOBY UltraFit Sling Strap


After researching online for the best sling strap for a couple of months, I eventually made up my mind to purchase the JOBY UltraFit Sling Strap. I should have done this long time ago since the Canon neck strap is very uncomfortable to use while taking photos. Having been to some events as a photography enthusiast and a blogger, the experience has taught me to minimise as much discomforts as possible while shooting. There's no way one can stay focus in getting a good shot if you are suffering neck pain. I get muscles sore a lot these days after coming back from events which take a few days to cover, especially around the neck, shoulders and arms. Those who own a DSLR camera, you'd surely know how much weight you need carry around due to the bulky size. What more can I say about the heavy load when I'm on an assignment, having a DSLR camera strapped to me all the time is already quite a burden and that doesn't include the additional weight of other gadgets I carry inside a backpack. 

The reason I choose a costly sling strap produced for JOBY is because of the SpeedCinch System which allows the strap to adjust in seconds with a simple pull as demonstrated in JOBY's Youtube video. The system helps us to capture moments in the nick of time. It also prevents your DSLR camera from bumping and swinging around using the strap lock. Besides, it's advisable to buy a good quality sling strap rather than a cheap one. Don't put your DSLR camera at risk just to save a few bucks by getting a cheap strap that doesn't guarantee your expensive equipment won't subject to heavy drop. It might cost you a lot more to repair the camera later. 

I found it easy to install the strap to my Canon DSLR camera. I have a feeling I'll be using this strap for a long time. It surely meets my needs especially during an event or while travelling. To read more about the highly recommended JOBY UltraFit Sling Strap, kindly visit its website at http://joby.com/camera-straps/ultrafit-sling-strap-for-men#features_specs . It comes in two sizes, for men and women. I also include the video down below. The item can be purchased at http://www.lazada.com.my/joby-ultrafit-sling-strap-for-men-512336.html or http://www.lazada.com.my/joby-ultrafit-sling-strap-for-women-512338.html . 






Friday, 12 December 2014

Trenos Coffee


Garner, Aliey, Khairool and I recently went to Trenos Coffee to try out the food and drink at the new eatery in Kuching. I discovered this place on Instagram. Trenos Coffee situated next to 3rd Mile McDonald's, it was easy to find the place. We decided to gather here to celebrate Aliey's belated birthday. The night we were there it was a full house, most of the customers were either family or group of friends. The food was so good, especially the Trenos Signature Homemade Burger. The homemade burger was juicy, tender and seasoned to perfection. The portion was huge that we had to request the staff to cut it into half so that we could share. I did not order any coffee as I did not want to stay up all night, so I opted for Hot Chocolate. I also ordered for Grilled Pesto Chicken which was delicious too. 

I would recommend this place to anyone, they definitely served great food and drinks at Trenos Coffee. One thing we all agreed was the staffs were really friendly and attentive, that one magical thing which not every eatery has. You guys may want to check out and follow them on their Instagram too: http://instagram.com/trenoscoffee/ 


Trenos Signature Homemade Burger


Grilled Pesto Chicken

Hot Chocolate

We made new friends with these two standing guys.

G. A. O. K.

Business Hours: 9am - 12am 
Location:
Ground Floor, Lot 2718, 
Block 10, Jalan Tun Ahmad Zaidi Adruce, 
93150, Kuching, Sarawak. 
Tel. No.: +6082252517

Saturday, 29 November 2014

A Tale Of A Christmas Sock


Where should I begin? This post is something to do with faith and transfer. I'm not trying to portray myself as a pious person neither do I want to deny I truly believe in Jesus Christ. I just want to share a miracle I experienced back in late 2013. I wanted to write this down to remind myself what I'm thankful for in year 2014.

I'm born into a Christian family but I don't really get to know God that much until the last decade of my life. Well, I've lived for three decades. The churches I attended during tertiary study and my university friends played a big role throughout my spiritual walk in discovering God.

I'm just a human and I tend to get worried a lot sometimes. People kept telling me to stop worrying because it showed we were lacked of faith in what God could do in our lives. So, before my first posting to a rural school, I prayed to God that if I had given my best during my first five years service He would help with transferring me back to my own hometown. Thinking about it right now, I don't even know why I make such a deal back then. I'm not even worthy of it. Let me be honest, I'd tried to apply for transfer prematurely (before the fifth year of my service). Yes, you can call it a cheat but there were too many things which weighed me down to the extent I felt like giving up on a lot of stuff. As time gone by, people changed, things changed and I changed too. Perhaps finding a greener pasture could be the solution to all my worries.

I applied for a transfer in September 2013 but when I found out it got rejected in November I didn't feel as bad as the first time. I told myself this time I just had to write an appeal letter to our HQ in Putrajaya. It was my first time to appeal and the result would only be known by early January 2014. As everybody went off for the year-end holiday, I stayed back because I was invigilating SPM examination. Normally I would be very impatient to leave, like ASAP once the school holiday began or right after the invigilation ended. I would drive like a mad woman, blasting my favourite music in the car and singing my heart out the entire journey down the country road back to my hometown. 

It wasn't the same during December 2013. I stayed a few more days at 'Bumpkins Town' after the invigilation (it sounded rad to me hence the nickname). I took my own sweet time to clean and tidy up my rented house. The funny thing was I already beginning to pack some stuff to be brought back to my parents' home. The feelings were so different from previous years. I felt as if this would be my last time living here alone. The sense of peacefulness, calmness and assurance suddenly came into my heart, persuading me to enjoy every bit of the last moment living far away from my family. Then, I decided to hang a Christmas sock in the living room before I left the cozy 'bachelorette's pad' for my 2013 Christmas holiday. The sock symbolised my hope for everything, especially my transfer. I said to God in my heart I hoped to come back seeing this sock filled with a precious gift from You! 

Just a week after going back to school, I went online to check on the appeal result. To my not-so-surprise I finally got my transfer! The One up in heaven for sure kept His words. God heard my prayers all these years and He was being faithful all the way. I could finally go back to my family after working for five years in Bumpkins Town. That was the time I realised simple prayers and faith were both so powerful. Like a pastor once said, no 'cable' or 'connection' was needed because we already have an Advocate in heaven to help us did the incredible things in our lives. 

Somehow this experience taught me God is faithful all the time despite us human having so much flaws. If we were to celebrate Thanksgiving in this country, this chapter in my life would be the one I'm truly grateful for in year 2014. Being transferred from a vocational school to an academic school was 99.9% an impossible thing to happen especially if you're single, unmarried and not well-connected to some big shots in education ministry. That was what those skeptical people once told me, but guess what, I'd proven that nothing is impossible with God. 

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Black & White Photo Challenge

Day 4 Photo, taken with a DSLR camera.

I used to be nominated for the Ice Bucket Challenge and just a moment ago I completed the B&W Photo Challenge. The rule is pretty simple. First, you need to be nominated. I was nominated by my aunt Jezzy Dior. Every day I had to take one photo and nominate a friend or two to take up the challenge. No forcing though. The theme for the photo challenge is Black and White. I took four photos using my obsolete iPhone 4S and one with the DSLR camera. I edited all photos using VSCOcam (photography app). I also nominated ten friends to take up the challenge although not all of them would accept it. But that was fine as we did it just for fun. For your information there was no reward offered at the end of the challenge, just mere satisfaction. Photography enthusiasts would surely love this although it does require a little commitment. Nevertheless, I did enjoy the journey and looking forward to another photo challenge with a different theme. Those I nominated within five days were Garner, Aliey, Sentia, Lindy, Ambrose, Mariana, Khairool, Alyssa, Cyril and Ibrahim. 

Day 1 Photo

Day 2 Photo

Day 3 Photo

Day 5 Photo

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Sarawak Bloggers Society Donates Blood



On the 16th of September 2014, Aliey and I went to ASTRO Blood Donation Drive #kitasama at Merdeka Plaza. It was held in conjunction with Malaysia's 57th Merdeka Day to reinforce the message of 'Unity Runs in Our Blood'. Aliey managed to donate her blood but I could not. I had never taken the time to observe the whole process of donating blood, therefore this was my opportunity to do so. During the blood donation we were entertained by a busking duo (father and daughter). Shantel Sonia Ganth, 8, could sing so well in different languages such as Mandarin, Malay, English and Iban. According to friends and family, Shantel and her dad were always seen busking at Kuching Waterfront and other events. She also has her own Youtube channel and you might want to check it out here. Just for your information, all the photos and video for this event were entirely shot with my iPhone 4S. Thanks ASTRO Sarawak for inviting Sarawak Bloggers Society to this meaningful event!