Tuesday, April 29, 2014

My favourite pick-me up this month is DEMONS


I really, really, really like Imagine Dragon's 'Demons' : 

They say it's what you make
I say it's up to fate
It's woven in my soul
I need to let you go

Your eyes, they shine so bright
I wanna save that light
I can't escape this now
Unless you show me how

Don’t get too close
It’s dark inside
It’s where my demons hide
It's where my demons hide


Of course I'm always happy - I think when God made me, He put a whole lot of sugar and everything nice in my head so it's always nice and fluffy. When I come home though, it's nice to just be. Still, quiet and just a little dark.

Don't forget to listen to that Demon song today, OK? OK!

Monday, April 28, 2014

5D4N in Bangkok/Hua Hin: Download the itinerary plus budget


Need some help planning for Bangkok? Scroll down to view the rough itinerary I had planned out for our 5D4N trip to Hua Hin and Bangkok. It was fun! In total, we budgeted about RM3,000 of spending money (the beautiful Glow Pratunam hotel was booked via Agoda.com). If you run out of money in Thailand, CIMB account holders can withdraw Thai baht from local CIMB ATMs, no additional transaction fee required! All you need to do is call up CIMB and let them know your travelling dates. 

Recommendations for a good tailor in Bangkok (high quality, cheap and within 24 hours!) 


If you live in Glow Pratunam, you must go to the Ground Floor of the shopping mall and look for the suitmaker. Wewo was so happy with his suit that he ordered extra pants as well - all done and delivered to our hotel within 24 hours! Do leave me a comment if you'd like more details about the tailor. He also does women's clothes and his sewing is of finest quality. We are actually planning going back to Bangkok for the weekend just to make more suits for Wewo. We purchased a full suit plus shirt and silk tie for only RM400. Due to the riots, business has been slow - which is why the tailor is charging us dirt cheap pricing. Do support great workmanship and don't let good businesses like these close down! 








Click to enlarge the itinerary: 






Want more info? Read my other previous blog posts about Bangkok and HuaHin:

The nicest taxi driver in Thailand (100% safe!)


2D1N in Hua Hin: Eco Village, Swiss Sheep Farm and Santorini Park


2D1N in Hua Hin from Suvarnabhumi Airport: Day One


Is it safe to travel to Bangkok? (Feb 2014)



And yes... no more traveling for me for awhile... oh well! Time to make more money! :) 

Friday, April 25, 2014

Should you matchmake your friends? (KL version)

Gonbawa minasan, I am so tired today because I just got back from Singapore last night. Today is a working day and I need to clean the house, get some work plus research done this weekend before we hit Monday again. Time flies by so fast because I'm having fun, not because I'm old, right? NFufufufufufu~


Just me and Cheffie the poodle hanging out tonight! 


Exhausted. EXHAUSTED. 


I ran out of black tea, so swapped with earl grey with milk today. Do you guys have your hot beverages ready? 


Let's start the weekend with a funny Real Life story that happened to me last Monday - for the very first time in my life, I actually introduced two of my friends together in hopes of forming a romantic liaison!

Him - Young 30s, Typical Korean Drama character type. Skinny, fair, rich, soft spoken, executive level, lives alone in a nice house, brought up overseas... 

Her - Late 20s, Type A personality with strong family bonds, super woman attitude and looks that turns heads. All her Chanel, LV and Prada are purchased on her own, thankyouverymuch 

It sounds like a good setup, right? I especially thought so since their homes are in the same neighbourhood.

The Mission
A group of us friends are to meet up for dinner. Previously, I'd already pitched the matchmaking idea to both sides, who agreed to meeting up casually as friends. So we'll just have dinner and then disperse. If there is chemistry, the two of them can take it to the next step from there. 

What Really Happened on the Actual Date
The 7 of us were supposed to meet up at 8pm. At 815pm, Him called to say that he punctured his tyre and his car was literally stuck in the middle of the road on a Monday evening (just after heavy rain). If you guys were around Bangsar Village on Monday 21st April, I'm sorry about that! 

As fate (or luck?) would have it, nobody had a car jack except for... Her! She also happened to be driving nearby (luck?), so their first introduction involved her helping him changed his car tyre in the middle of a busy street. Uhm, and while all this was happening, the rest of us had already reached the restaurant and decided to go have our dinner without them. I felt really bad about abandoning my friend at his time of need, but it seemed like a good chance to let the two of them meet in a very romantic setting, right? Right? 

30 minutes later, the duo caught up with us, we waited for them to finish their dinner and then continued on to Haagen Daaz for fondue desserts. 

Almost one week later, there have been no updates from his or her side and all I got out of it was indigestion from nervousness and an unbelievably unlucky (fateful?) story about two people meeting for the first time. 

So the lesson of the story is... never matchmake your friends! It's God's will, not yours! 

Sadly yours, 
Pam 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Melaka: How to Plan a 2D1N Company Trip (and have fun!)





Hello Internet, are you living well today?

It's Good Friday today, which always makes me a little melancholy. Technically, I understand how today should be a celebration but I can't really seem to get into the spirit of "Hurrah! Jesus died on the cross for me today!" 

Instead, I feel guilty. If only he was marketed correctly, Jesus might not have had to sacrifice himself like that. Hmm. Guilty, but I will live well! Let's all live well! 

This is my second post on Melaka, but it just can't be helped because I think a lot of people will find this useful - especially if they are planning a company trip. Read on to find out how you can plan a 2D1N trip to Melaka with your colleagues --- and have fun! 

Note:
This is not my company trip, but a trip I planned for my husband and his team. I did tag along for the trip though, so see if you can spot me without makeup! \(^_^)/ 


Also, this posting happens to be in conjunction with Seeties Getaway Treat Campaign. 
Click on the photo to find out more info! 

How to Plan a Monchichi 2D1N Melaka Trip 

(Recommended for friends and company trips) 


Here's the itinerary:





The basic plan was: 

Saturday morning - drive to Melaka 
Rendezvous at 1pm - Cendol, East & West
Lunch at 2pm - Laksa at Calanthe Art Cafe
Takeaway pork satay from Xiang Ji to bungalow 
Check in at Courtyard Residence bungalow
Chill
6pm - Dinner at Sin Yin Hoe 
730pm - Walkabout Jonker's Walk
830pm - Beer and karaoke session at Me and & Mrs Jones
10pm - Snacks and alcohol games at bungalow 
4am - Sleep!!! 

Sunday morning - Shower and pack 
11am - Burgers at the Baboon House  
1230pm - Takeaway Klebang Coconut Shake then drive back to KL! 


Number of people: 11
Bungalow cost per night: RM800 for 11pax + RM180 for three extra beds 
Food cost: RM100 per pax (approx) 


First stop: Durian cendol and nyonya dumplings at East & West Rendezvous. I love coming here because there are no tourists and no long queue. Just really delicious cendol! 






Saturday lunch: Laksa and coffee at Calanthe Art Cafe. It was not bad, but I prefer laksa from Baba Low 468. 




Exploring our bungalow with Xiang Ji Pork Satay. I don't know why, but I don't like pork satay LOL. I like chicken satay better! 




Saturday dinner - Sin Yin Hoe for softshell crabs and delicious omelette. This is perfect for a large group of people!  














Up next: Walking through Jonker's Walk





When you come to Melaka, you need to eat the Potato Pagoda right? 

Up next: Beer and live song at Me and Mrs Jones. If you're good at singing, they let you perform live! 




10pm is a good time for debauchery to begin after everyone goes home and change into PJs. The guys each brought a bottle of liquor with them, plus Wewo also brought an entire box of beer cans. 



Yup, I was the first to fall asleep. But you guys aren't surprised about that, right? 

Sunday morning - Brunch and Burgers at the Baboon's House. Look at all the faces of the hungover people. :D We really liked this burger place, and it's right next to Courtyard@Hereen! 



This is the best burger you'll ever eat in Malaysia, kid. You must go there. 




In conclusion, Wewo and his team had a great time. We might be hopping over to Penang next quarter! Also, the photos are so lovely this round because we had a part-time wedding photographer in our entourage. It's nice not having to carry a camera around! 

Also, also, I'm heading over to Singapore for about 48 hours next week. So now you know how to have fun with your colleagues for just less than RM300 per person (more costing details are in the Excel sheet printscreen above). 

Xoxo,
Pam 

You also might be interested in my previous Melaka post: 



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