Thursday, September 27, 2012

KFC shots + Vivi September Issue

So the other day I went horsing around town with Angel. This is her more colorful account of what happened that day which included a pervertic encounter 0.o

Read HERE.

Anyways... here are some shots of us in KFC.

I love KFC. So much...


We were both wearing mustard colored shorts and I nearly wore a tank top, but decided against it as I was going to be walking back later... alone. That is why I need my boyfriend. So I can wear as scantily as possible.

That was a joke.

We also each bought Vivi mags! *love*

I *ahem* am a Japanese-fashion convert.


While waiting for Angel to order food.


Fried chicken, freaking glorious fried chicken.


Vivi's latest September Issue.

This is my second Vivi purchase and so far, I am liking what I see :D


One thing that attracted me to this month's issue was Cheesie from Cheeserland!

Oh my god, if I can live my life like her - travelling FREE, clothes SPONSORED, advertisements and publicity rolling in BIG TIME, NEW fashion line - I would have nearly achieved nirvana. Nearly.

Come to think of it, her "main" job is blogging. That is so... very nice.



I'm not familiar with Japanese models. But this girl - Arisa Yagi - caught my eye. Me thinks she's veli pretty and veli cute and veli fresh.

I like her hair btw. It looks very achievable and low-maintenance because there're no perms and her hair is dark. Which I like because I'm natural and risk-avert like that.

Mother is asking me to gettoff her computer. That is an order I cannot disobey.

Okay goodbye my blog. Hello my books.

Friday, September 21, 2012

World Chess Olympiad 2012: Part 2

Part 1 HERE.

One thing about Turkey is the girls and I loved gallivanting down to Armoni Park, a shopping complex which is about a 15-minute walk from the hotel.

Never bothered taking picture of that place. But then THIS caught our eye.

Biber! Geddit, geddit? That's chilli in Turkish. And yeah, we were in the grocery section. Problem?

Along the way, there would be side shops where we would buy cheap clothes and accessories.

I think I've walked to and fro Armoni Park at least 5 times already 0.o And no, I was not stalking some hot guy living there. I just like walking. And one other thing is the weather there. It's like Cameron Highlands. Sooo refreshing!

Before embarking on one of our numerous walks to Carrefour. Har-har.

One of the highlights of the non-tournament times (for the lack of something better to say) was the Bermuda Party - held on the night before the first free day of the tournament for players to let loose and have fun.



Indonesian girls are hot. 'Nuff said.

Citra and I~!

After the party.


The next day - on the first free day - we went touring around Istanbul. Entrance to Hagia Sofea museum cost 25 turkey lira. That's like RM43. I decided not to go in as I was on a budget... I always seem to be on a budget. Dang.

The scenery around that place was BEAUUTIFULL~


Biela!



Camilia and I! :)



Okay la, I think I'm getting nauseous looking at my face. But no matter... MORE! Rawr!!!



Then later we toured the area around the Grand Bazaar. What was that place called again? Dunno. All I knew was that part was the more atas place in Istanbul where many tourist flocked to, there were trams passing through the streets every once in a while, lots of food stalls littering the side walks, parks, fountains and where prices were jacked up compared to other... non-tourist-y places.

We also celebrated Camilia and Li Ting's birthdays together which also fell during the Olympiad. Their birthdays are only 3 days apart - one on the 5th of September and the other on the 8th. 

Mine fell after the Olympiad - on the 14th - so tak dapat celebrate :( 

But oh well, September babies rock! Hee.


I guess this was the part where we were all singing "Happy Birthday". 


 On one of my rest days, I accompanied Kak Linda to the Blue Mosque. It was really pretty. The ambience in the compound was very soothing and peaceful and the feeling of the soft wind blowing through my hair... damn romantic okay?

Okay. I find my vocabulary very limited.

Compound of the Blue Mosque.


So this was what I was left after that little tour/trip/whatever you wanna call it.


And my small haul from Turkey


The tops cost me 5 Turkey lira (about RM8.50) each. And the bracelets I bought were like 1 lira (RM1.70) each! Woot! So cheap leh. I think I can be the next budget barbie. Haha. No serious. 

*ahem* The flower band cost me 6 lira (do the freaking maths yourself), not THAT cheap but it's pretty!!! And as a tourist, it is my duty to buy flower bands. 

Okayy... 

The rest were souvenirs from my opponents from Canada, UAE, Japan, Bolivia and... oh shit, I forgot.

Anyways...

Breakfast (usually we'd eat at 7.30am to 8.00am) was almost always sausage, scrambled eggs, boiled eggs, bread with butter/cream cheese/honey/sugar, cereals and fruits. At least those would be what filled my platter every morning.

After that off we went for a 2-hour intensive prep with Sir Peter.


Lunch (12.30pm) consisted of soup (my favorite being mushroom soup - I'm so predictable), rice/pasta, chicken, fish, meatballs, cauliflower/broccoli, lots of salad and a host of other dishes which I'm too lazy to recall. Lalala...

Dinner, something like lunch la. But the food were more... dinner-ish. Oh I suck at being a food blogger. Food isn't my strong point.

BUT! I do know that Malaysia is still my FAVORITE food destination. Food in Malaysia rocks my socks! :) Nothing can beat that.

Anyway, I felt a bit sore I had to leave Istanbul because I was in love with...

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MY DELICIOUS-LY DELICIOUS BED!!! Oh, how I've missed you baby.


No kidding ok, dunno why their beds damn SOFT and pillows damn FLUFFY! Ergh...

Okay lah, my back pain ad. Post gonna end soon. So the below picture was a picture at the airport - yes, we were going back to Malaysia already. T___T


So I return to Malaysia with a heavy heart knowing... I have to key in my games. Haha. Okay la, I enjoy keying in my games. It's like watching yourself on TV. I know. Weird.


Oh, and returning to Malaysia also means I return to society and civilisation which means - I need to study.

This picture reminds me I still have to finish 3 more pages to complete a days' quota. And I need to freaking sleep already cuz my skin needs the rest so bad. Just SO bad.

Ok abrupt end.

(p.s. Will update anything I've missed when I remember)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

NuffnangX

Omigosh!


"NuffnangX is a free mobile application available on both the Android and iOS platforms enabling users to find, follow, and communicate with bloggers easily and swiftly on the go."

NuffnangX is now officially live! It was launched on the 18th lah, but its still officially out from now onwards. Which means my bombastic sentence above will forever be valid.

Ok, skip it.

It's an awesome mobile-app that helps you keep tab of your favorite blogs. Much like instagram, you get to interact with other bloggers by liking and commenting on their blog posts on the go - making connecting with and um... stalking them so much more personal and fun :D

Also, reading blogs on your mobile is made simpler because NuffnangX shrinks blog contents into a more mobile-friendly screen size.

And there's this NuffnangX feed that makes tracking blogs that have been updated way more easier akin to your Facebook newsfeed.


Do check out their website HERE. Once I received the news of its launch on twitter, I immediately downloaded NuffnangX through my android PlayStore.

Screenshot of my feed:


And um... yeah, I followed myself... -oh, look a butterfly!

I'm following more blogs now so the above isn't the most current. But as can be seen from the screen shot, the 2 first blogs I followed (other than my own. psh...) - foufeetnine and SOAPZ - are my current 2 favorite respective Malaysian and Singaporean blogs.

At times like this, I sooo cherish my S2 Android phone :) *cries tears of joy*

But do note that to claim your blog, you will have to manually go to their NuffnangX website stated above and not through their mobile app.

If you noticed at the bottom of my posts, my comment section has been integrated with NuffnangX's conversation.So when you comment on my blog from your mobile-app, it appears here too! Cool not? Cool leh.

On an end note - Blogging rocks! Wooo!

xoxo

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Review: A Singapore Love Story by Low Kay Hwa

Today I am doing a review on a sponsored Singaporean best-seller novel by Low Kay Hwa: A Singapore Love Story. Thank you Mr Low! Truly honored :)


The cover and the short summary at the back of the book made it seem like your typical romance novel, but...


One word: MIND-BLOWING! Ok, that was 2 words. But I am not even freaking kidding you. For only 128-pages, this little love story sure did pack a whole load of punch. I did not expect such a big impact on me... and my outlook of love.

It's about a couple's love for each other, faced with the harsh realities of life and how they fight to be together... even when death do them part.


I finished the book in 2 days because I did not have the privilege of time to finish the book within a day. I was hooked on to the very first page (yes, the very first page). And after turning to the last page of the story, only did I realize I was tricked.

Oh man, you have got to read this book I tell ya.


The first half got me really relating the characters' story to MY own story. It made me grateful that my reality isn't as cruel as what was portrayed. And yes, I admit the strings of my heart were tugged at times. Many times.

And as the story tapered suddenly through the second half, that's where things got stranger and more exciting.

The narration is simple and clean, the title direct and to-the point; but the impact it left was... bewildering. I liked how it started off so simply and tastefully local, for Singapore is but our neighbour - I could not help but giggle at how realistic the story was to real life: the slang, the jokes, the atmosphere in general.

Watch out for the ending! Unexpected! I personally felt it was good - as in the creative, tricky kinda good - but my sister was begging for a Cinderella kinda happy ending. To each their own lah.


"A Singpore Love Story"  - your typical love story with a very, very sharp twist to it - will be expected to be available in Malaysia soon. When? I do not know. I said soon lah. Aiyo.

But this book got to the best-seller list in Singapore so surely it will be worth your cents.

All I know is that this book is definitely... a must-read :)


xoxo

Sunday, September 16, 2012

My birthday and other news

So yesterday was my sweet 16th birthday. Nyehehehe. Ok, fine it was my 21st birthday. I feel so legal now! Whoop whoop! Like I can do anything and not get arrested. Okay, maybe that was stretching it too much.

It was... a sweet one :)


I've been meaning to buy a bag after Turkey, but then Angel surprised me with this early birthday present! Thank you :)


This was 10 minutes after 12am and I didn't see it coming... *loves*

Oh and just yesterday, I received "A Singapore Love Story" through the mail. Even though it was "expected", it still came as a surprise! There's a story behind it but will blog more about this book later ;)


Holy-moly cute earrings given by mummy. Too cute couldn't resist posting it up!


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I like writing about my life. It's a kind of therapy. When you write something down - to be exposed to public scrutiny - you tend to prettify everything, be it yourself, your surroundings, anything. And I automatically bathe my life in a positive light. 

Now isn't that nice?

xoxo

Friday, September 14, 2012

World Chess Olympiad 2012: Part 1

This year's Olympiad was held in Turkey. The trip was a nice one. I know sometimes I may complain and all, but at the end of it all... yeah, it was pretty awesome! :D


The Malaysian team consisted of 13 people - split into players, delegates and a trainer. We gathered at KLIA, on the night of the 26th of August.


Before I delve further, here's a brief explanation of the team composition, schedule etc.:

There are 2 teams: Men and Girls/Women.

Each team consists of 5 players. For every round, 4 will play and the 5th player will rest.

We take turns resting. Duh.

Men's Team 

1. Mok Tze Meng
2. Jimmy Liew
3. Yeoh Li Tian
4. Lim Zhuo Ren
5. Lim Yee Weng

Women's Team 

1. Najiha Azman Hisham
2. Nabila Azman Hisham
3. Fong Mi Yen
4. Tan Li Ting
5. Camillia Johari

Stupid question: Spot my name.

There are 11 rounds, 1 round per day with 2 free days inserted.

Yes, I copied and pasted the above from my post HERE. Har-har.

From there, we departed to Changi airport, Singapore before embarking on an 11-hour flight all the way to Turkey.

Changi Airport! My first time there :) It was like this big, grand hotel lobby.




There's even a movie theatre provided for passengers who are waiting between flights yada, yada. And yes, it's free!


On the plane!


Bye Singapore!


Before taking off.

The flight meals were pretty good. I don't know. I just like to eat on the plane. Oh... that's where my tissue packet went. I wondered where I left it.



Upon reaching Turkey, a shuttle bus took us to Radisson blu,  our hotel where we'd be spending the next 2 weeks at.


Hotel lobby of Radisson blu.



After the flight.



Entrance to the dining hall.


The um... ceiling... lights... of the dining hall.


That night itself was the opening ceremony held at the Wow Convention Centre.


On the way there.


Biela and I :)


In our corporate shirts. I can't help but feel like I'm a waitress in a Chinese restaurant. That aside, the shirts were still pretty nice! The person on the extreme right is my roomie, Kak Linda. She's like my second mummy over in Turkey :)


In the... toilet.

The ceremony was... well, it wasn't the most memorable moment in my life.


So after 2 hours (or so), we finally lugged our butts back to the hotel ready for the first round that would start the following day.

Back in my awesome hotel room. 




In the above picture, I'm wearing Acuvue Define contacts in Vivid! Looks pretty natural eh?

The tournament hall was a 10-minute bus ride away from the hotel. It was 11 rounds, one game per day.

First round in front of the tournament hall. Us girls.


The boys/men team.


The rest of the pictures below would be pictures of the chess scene through out the tournament in no specific chronological order.


Inside the expo hall, posing with an awesomely creative chess set!


Start of the first round against Slovakia.


With GM Susan Polgar.


Our base camp.


Peace signs xoxo


Us with Medina, a strong Indonesian player - before our round against Netherlands - which was my last game there :(


This should be the round where I lost to Jackie Peng. Oh yes, we were playing the Canadian team. The one with Megan Fox in it a.k.a. Alexandra Botez :P

And every morning before the round started, we girls would spend a few hours in the training room preparing against our respective opponents. Thanks to our trainer, Peter Long :)



Oh, what "hardworking" little chipmunks we were :P

The closing ceremony was held at Wow Hotel on the 9th of September.

Not many of our players attended the closing ceremony. I can understand why.

The performance of the night was solely by a Turkish singer. I couldn't really appreciate her singing because... she sings in Turkish :(


Anyway, we got third in Category D. Nobody expected us to go on stage and collect our prize. We thought it was only for the champion. But who knew! Luckily, the 3 of us (Camy, Li Ting and I) were present!


Li Ting and I. She's a cutie yeah? XP


After getting our prize - posing with the fresh bouquet of flowers! Girls will always have an affinity with flowers. We also received a trophy, but um... it's with Peter, our trainer. Never got a chance to take a pic of it though :(




Finally at the end of it all, I wasn't impressed by my performance this time. Serves me right lah for being lazy. Haha. This ain't a chess blog so I'll be redirecting those of you who are interested in the results HERE.

BUT, suffice to say it was a fruitful outing for the team as a whole. Both the men and women's team improved their standings pretty impressively.

A few players got titles. Camilia got her WFM (so happy for this one!) and Li Ting got her WCM. But the most impressive was (obviously) Zhuo Ren's FM plus an IM norm.

I'm still a... wcm.

Pictures courtesy of friends from Facebook and also my own. Will list them out next post. Ta!

End of Part 1.

Part 2 will be more on non-chess related pictures in Turkey. (update: Part 2 HERE)

Oh and *ahem* today's me birthday. I had a really sweet start to my day. Sigh... ;)

Sweet "16" to me! :P

xoxo.