Thursday, August 29, 2013

Jeff + Pam play at Jeju Island Trick Art Museum 2013



A recent comment left on my My 8D6N Honeymoon Trip to Korea with Apple Vacations posts reminded me that I actually haven't told you guys about my awesome trip to Korea earlier this year. Oops!

We played at the Trick Museum in Jeju Island, Korea. I highly recommend getting a camera tripod (mine was less than RM20) especially if you're going on a trip for just two people.


So much WIN in this pic. Check out our masterpieces! 



I call this: Itchy. 


Somebody's gonna get butt-hurt soon... 


Defend the husband!


Whoops.


Whee!


Can we keep her?


I'm ancient, and I still make faces in front of the camera (part I) 



Whoaaaa


I'm ancient, and I still make faces at the camera (part II)


Maybe if we keep very still, it'll go away.


Can we keep him?


Brush. Your. Teeth!


I look weird today.



Freaking dragon power!


Angel!


Angel.


Tomb raider (part I)


Tomb raider (part II)


Tomb raider and his love interest 


So many things going on in this photo.


Highlights of Jeju Island for me are the Trick Museum, Mysterious Road and black pork meat. 


Check it out! We had two hours of great fun in there!

For more info on Jeju Island Trick Art Museum, click here.


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Our very first magazine feature (aka your Malaysian wedding budget)

Can I just say that Racheal is AMAZE-balls and I can't even remember how we became friends but Racheal, if you're reading this, you are AMAZE-balls and you need to get your very own blog. And Pinterest site. And Youtube. So there.

Anyway, I'm in the middle of transitioning between writing and cleaning the house right now, so this is going to be a quick update. We enjoyed 15-seconds of fame today as we flipped through FACES magazine and saw our names and a write up on our wedding. AMAZING and it's all thanks to Racheal!

I'd never imagined getting my detailed budget list printed on actual paper, but I'm glad that I agreed to it because everyone can now view the full list of the best wedding vendors in Malaysia. Seriously, stop your browsing right now and just contact everybody in this list. I guarantee that they will do a good job of it and all you'll need to do is bring over your craziest friends, relatives and loved ones to create The Best Wedding Ever.




OMG OMG




And the awesome wedding card I created was ALSO featured in a separate article! Can I also say that the writer, Marcus, is AMAZE-balls too, but less so than Racheal. But still. Love! 


One new fact that you may not know about me is that I'm actually a very practical person. Before Wewo even proposed, I'd already made it clear that I would only settle down if we had a car, home and CASH for the wedding. I do not believe in going into debt for weddings.

Valiant gentlemen that he is, Wewo worked very hard so we could get hitched with RM50,000 cash. The entire wedding budget (listed up there!) totals up to under RM45,000. Since we're Chinese, we got to receive money packets during the reception which brought down the grand total cost of our super awesome pink wedding to under RM25,000.

Of course, I also had bouts of erratic spending, but my maid of honor did a good job of ensuring that I didn't go too crazy. I remember wanting to setup a large teatime buffet before the wedding which would cost around RM4,000, lol. In the end, I had cupcakes and sandwiches for less than RM300. It's really important that you have someone to ground you, especially when it comes to money matters. Your future husband is a bad grounder because he'll either (a) not want you to spend anything or (b) give you everything you could ever possibly want!

So, yeah. Have fun and happy planning!


// back to work

Friday, August 23, 2013

Monday, August 19, 2013

Pam Recommends Awesome Books for Young Adults and Teens!

What do you mean it’s Monday again!!! RAWRR!!! DOMO SMASH!!! 


Haha, I kid. I write almost every other day, so the days just sort-of blend together for me. Remember, kids. If you’re working from home, then you have to be prepared to work every day. But it's fun, so it's all good. 

Here are some photos of things I ate this weekend.


I freaking cooked delicious lasagna in our kitchen, which doesn't even have a gas stove. Impressed Wewo with brownie points over 9,000! Ho ho. 


I ate this! Red velvet pancakes at Mid Valley. 


I also ate this! Did you know you can still find a meal for two people for less than RM20? Try the hidden Asam Laksa shack at AEON Jusco, Mid Valley. The meal comes with a vintage coke bottle and the laksa is delicious. 


I made this! Fresh yoghurt, strawberry yoghurt, cut strawberries and cereal layered together to make a happy, guilt-free Saturday breakfast. 


Scrumptious, huh! And here are some photos of what Oscar and Poppy were up to this weekend:


Everyday is Poppy day to Ms Poppy. PLAY WITH ME, MORTAL HUMAN!!!


Wewo and Poppy negotiating terms. It was a hairy situation.


Appeased Poppy with the dog-friendly movie, Frankenweenie. 



Meanwhile, the boys had a pretty chill weekend reading and watching TV. 


And now that I’ve posted up some obligatory photos I took with my iPhone, let’s get down to my latest obsession --- YA/New Adult book reading!!! 

The following are books that I have read over the past two weeks. Because the legendary Ms Tammara Webber does not condone book bashing, I’ve also decided to evoke Thumper’s Rule and not say anything mean about the books that I couldn't finish because my eyes were rolling so much that it was giving me a migraine

Anyway, do check out the books I recommend! Ahem, I don’t mean to brag, but I was basically the very first Edward Cullen fan girl in Malaysia wayyyy before they started making the movies. And I also read Harry Potter around the turn of the century (when most of you were in diapers! DIAPERS I TELL YOU!) and I still have a Mockingjay pin hanging in my car as my devotion to the awesomeness that is the Hunger Games (book one and book two only). Well, now that you have a rough idea of my book tastes, here are the books that You Simply Must Read:

Awesome Books, Must Must Read
Easy by Tammara Webber (my new hero)
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
Sea of Tranquillity by Katja Millay


Books that were OK, I had Fun
Slammed series by Colleen Hoover
On Dublin Street series by Samantha Young
Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire
The Vincent Boys series by Abbi Glines
Sea Breeze series by Abbi Glines
Losing it by Cora Carmack
Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Books I couldn’t finish because... because hmmm, I guess it’s just not for me.
Divergent series by Veronica Roth
Thoughtless series by S.C. Stephens
Crossfire series by Sylvia Day
The Edge of Never Series by J.A. Redmerseki
Too Far series by Abbi Glines
Gabriel’s Inferno series by Sylvain Reynard
Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout (well, I liked Obsidian, but the books after that...)
Wallbanger by Alice Clayton
Breathing series by Rebecca Donovan
The Blackstone Affair by Raine Miller



There you go! Expand your mind with new stories and wonder! It never ceases to amaze me how creative people are! 

As usual, drop me a line if you can think of any good book for me to read! I only like books with happy endings, or at least happy endings for now. Blood and gore is ok, as long as everybody is happy at the end.  I heard ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ by John Green is pretty awesome too, but they also said to prepare tissue paper so... I’m just not emotionally ready for ... you know... \(>_<) / I believe it was Jane Eyre who said that all characters in novels deserve a happy ending but I totally understand why some people would prefer a more hard-hitting, dystopian-ish conclusion. Ahem.


Onward, Monday! 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

How to Have a 5-Star Holiday in Pangkor Island for 6pax, RM800 only

I had a good rest during Hari Raya holidays! 


I am a girl who tends to over extend herself. For instance, I promise a good time when I’m usually the first one to pass out at sleepovers. I promise giving birth to plenty of precious little babies before actually experiencing the pain of child birth and I’ve also promised to serve regularly at a nice little family church but I haven't actually found a church I'd like to attend regularly. Ahem. Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of holiday planning as well, and the reason why people keep letting me do it is because I’m quite good at keeping my promises, 8 times out of 10. Ahem ahem. 

We're a good looking bunch, eh! (^_^) Family love!


That’s how the Pangkor trip came about. The lovely family decided to go on a holiday trip and I took it upon myself to helm the project by first suggesting, then researching and then finally booking the perfect holiday for my family and me. We had a GREAT TIME and you’ll be surprised with the parameters that I had to work with. Well, if you've ever planned a big family trip, you'll know how challenging it can be to please everybody, especially if everyone is old enough to vote! 

♫♪ 4 out of the 6 family members lived in Penang. We live in KL. We needed to decide on a middle place (Pangkor!)

♫♪ One member is pregnant (not me eheheheheh) so nothing crazy during the holiday, please.

♫♪ Two of them are old enough to qualify for senior citizen discounts, and they like doing crazy things.

♫♪ More importantly, it must be LOW BUDGET, which was why my suggestion to head on over to Pangkor Laut for a glamorous holiday was mooted earlier on.

And now I’m going to tell you the story of how you can spend RM800 for 6pax in Pangkor. Bookmark this page OK because this holiday is recommended for single people, friends, lovers and families! 

God bless Nipah Guesthouse resort, an awesome bed-and-breakfast inn walking distance from the gorgeous Coral Beach!


AWARD winning place, not a dodgy place OK! 


Soooo pretty. 



The perfect inn popular with kids, families, cats and horn bills. 


The actual interior of the lobby/dining area


Welcome!


The site's landmark 


Welcome to paradise. I highly recommend eating snacks and having a late night swim, or lying back and watching stars after the sun sets. 


Our room for 6pax!

The awesome place includes cook-it-yourself breakfast, your very own private dipping pool and a gorgeous location walking distance from beach and food. The boarding is RM400 per night for 6 pax, but I recommend that you try out the cute triangle houses for 2 pax, it’s super cute and romantic! Sure to impress your lady love!



A Pam buying Apam kuih. Hee hee. 



This ice-cream didn't taste like anything much, but the container was SO PRETTY! 


We had dinner at DADDY's restaurant, also walking distance from Nipah Guesthouse. The tourists next table were all slim and beautiful, and half naked in their bikinis. I like. 

It's not a beach holiday without a beach drink! We ordered a main meal and fancy drink for 7 pax, and the bill only came up to less than RM200! I recommend eating at Daddy's, too. 

Couple hornbills! Called Bobby and Samantha. There's another hornbill that I named Billy. They asked me why Billy, and I said because he's a hornbilly, so Billy. Wewo suggested that Billy should be named "Horny" instead. We are geeky and corrupted like that. 

Exclusive long dining table for 6 pax! 


Samantha and Bobby arrive in the mornings for their breakfast feeding right in Nipah Guesthouse. 
No need to go out! Yes, we are lazy like that. Tee hee.


I cooked this! Breakfast includes sausage, egg, pancake, toast and fresh fruits. 

I also discovered this awesome new method of eating Asam Pedas, Pangkor style!
First eat up all the noodles. Then add in the mi snack packet and then enjoy a bowl of crunchy goodness. Yum!

Step One

Step Two

Step Three

We also decided to sneak attack Api with a birthday celebration. So we improvised with a tub of ice-cream and candles bought from the convenience store nearby. Ta-dah, birthday cake celebration on Pangkor island mission success!  

Another happy memory made! 

Also, we brought hero capes along for the trip, because we are trippy bad ass that way:



Beautiful beach, fun people and beautiful memories. Pangkor, I’ll miss you! It was totally worth it, even though it took us 11 hours to reach home due to the Hari Raya exodus traffic back home.

Two weeks from now, I’ll be helming a wild bridal shower for not one, not two, but THREE brides-to-be too! That’s going to be pretty awesome too and I’m excited to tell you guys all about it in September. Also, the Pangkor trip was such a hit that my in-laws have requested that we celebrate Christmas in Hong Kong end of the year. I said OK and promised to plan for the trip.

But I’m not promising anything else, OK!


BTW, better book your reservation at Nipah Guesthouse ASAP as they get filled up very fast. They only run 8 units to ensure privacy and quiet at all times.

Nipah Guesthouse facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nipahguesthouse.pangkor
Booking can be done via email to nipah.guesthouse@gmail.com
For more info on price list: http://pangkorbeachchalet.com/



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