Monday, July 07, 2014

Insta-May & Insta-June

I am absolutely obssessed with this blog right now. Makes me want to go Korea asap! 


For those who know me, will know that I am an avid Instagrammer. Despite having an Iphone 4, the photos produced aren't of as great quality as I would like. That is when Instagram plays a role with its multiple filters. Not trying to promote the app, just saying that Instagram is a great alternative to blogging because a photo is all it needs to summarize my daily life. I guess it is true the saying: "A picture speaks a thousand words."

Here are just a few highlights from May & June 2014. My life is not such a happening one, but there have been some priceless memories during these past 2 months that I feel like sharing.

*MAY 2014*

My mom was the one who decided to try out this new restaurant at Gardens Mid Valley. It is called "Nana's Green Tea" and I am totally obssessed with it. I may be biased as I absolutely love green tea A LOT. And their green tea ice-cream is to die for. They have a set meal from 12 - 3pm, hence a long queue during that period. It comes with drinks so definitely cheaper than if you were to order ala carte. I had the salmon rice and it was so so so good. Service was fast and efficient, I guess what you were to expect coming from a Japanese establishment. Just blogging about this makes my mouth salivate.

The month of May is also the month that Clara Sia has officially make her move to KL. Her transfer from Hospital Kapit to Hospital Kuala Lumpur has been approved and she is starting her new working life in KL. I am absolutely estatic that she is now in KL and could not wait to celebrate her move by having a one day makan and shopping trip in KL. 

As seen in the pic above, we stopped by Tous Les Jours after a tired shopping day in Pavilion. It is my 2nd time there and just cannot understand the crowd it draws. The food and coffee is just so-so. However, the decor is quite lovely, very cosy and rustic. 

After that, we headed to Publika for dinner as she has never been there before. Had dinner at Namoo Cafe, same place that I brought Suzane when I last went to Publika. This time, we tried the "ssam" dish. Not sure I spelt it correctly but from the dish above, you can guess how it looks like. It consists of rice, marinated beef, tofu, lettuce, garlic and chilli paste. Very delicious that I cannot get enough of it.

I wanted to try the soy sauce and sesame ttokbokki as well because I was curious how it tasted. It was actually pretty good! They also added some honey so it was sweet yet salty and the sesame made it very fragrant. We also ordered a sweet potato cake but it was so-so, maybe because we were really full.

I had another pleasant surprise in May as my ex-roommate BB came to KL as well. She is now based in Ipoh and leads such a busy working life that she rarely comes to KL. She was visiting her former coursemate and spare some time to have dinner with me. Yays ;) We met up in Paradigm Mall and had dinner at Italiannies, another one of my favourite Italian restaurant. The food was great and the company was even better. It was also my first time to Paradigm Mall and I am surprised by all the awesome shopping shops they had.

*JUNE 2014*
And before I knew it, it was the month of June. One of the memorable moments in June was the first outing for outpatient department pharmacists. I was transferred to OPD in January after spending more than a year in Methadone Pharmacy. It is definitely a better working environment but a lot busier. I am learning a lot being here and there are still so much to learn and do as well. Anyway, we had dinner at Sushi Zanmai @ Gardens Mid Valley where we also celebrated the birthdays of June babies - Choon Wei, Teng Wai and Adelin. 

A few days after that, I went to Sushi Zanmai again with my mom. Sushi is my most favourite thing to eat in the whole wide world. These salmon sushi were mouth-wateringly good. It practically melts in your mouth. I could eat thousands of these.


In the beginning of June, BFClassmates organized a short weekend getaway to Sungai Gombak. We stayed at a dormitory in a property under PPUM, meant for research purposes. Mostly planned by Ben, who previously stayed there before. It was also a meaningful trip, as it would be the last BF trip just before Melody makes her big move to Hong Kong. We also had the chance to know Vanessa, Ben's fiancé, who coincidentally is also a pharmacist so it was fun listening to her stories being a government pharmacist in the rural parts of Sarawak.

After river trekking, the best meal would be a hot homemade steamboat, thanks to our BF Chef Phon. It has been such a long time since I had steamboat and it was just so good.

A group selfie before we left the premises. It was a short trip but I always always have a good time when I am with these people. Here is to 9 years of friendship and more! Pic credited to Melody.

Towards the end of June, I decided to sacrifice one of my weekends to volunteer in Kempen Kenali Ubat Anda held by HKL in Taman Tasik Titiwangsa. Turnout was poor, not surprisingly. Most people just are not interested to learn about their medications and the services provided by HKL Pharmacy Dept. I was in charge of the value-added services poster booth. HKL offer services such as postal delivery of medications, drive-thru pharmacy and SMART appointment services to make it more convenient for patients to get their medications without waiting long in the queue. It is hard trying to promote these services. I really hope patients can understand and fully utilize these services.

The end of June also signifies farewell for 3 pharmacists who are reshuffled to other departments. Farewell to Adelin, Shafnah and Safa. It has only been 6 months working with them but they had been the most wonderful colleagues. Alas, change is necessary and I wish them all the best in their new departments!

Towards the end of June, was esctatic that Suzane will be in KL for her company exams. We chatted about all the things to do during the short weekend that she will be here. Despite the bad traffic that weekends, am glad we accomplished almost all of it. This time around, we have Clara to join us for a fun-filled girls-only weekend!

Friday: Picked up Suzane from the station and we straight away headed to Seoul Korea restaurant. For those unfamiliar with this Korean BBQ restaurant, it is very notorious for its long queue. Luckily, we had Suzane to wait in line whilst we scoured for a parking space. Very impossible task for a Friday night. Despite it being really late for dinner (around 8pm), we still had to wait for our food. Of course the food is awesome and even more because we were dead hungry.

After dinner, we went back to my house for bath and change of clothese before heading to our 11.30pm screening of Transformers: Age of Extinction. First time watching a movie at so late an hour but no choice because Suzane and me really wanted to watch it and there are no other time available. The movie was kind of disappointing actually, too much action scenes and no Shia. *Sigh*

Saturday: Late morning and first thing on our itinerary is FOOD! We went to Antipodean Cafe at Bangsar for brunch. Again, parking was another issue. I know right, what else is new in KL? Once we are there, again we had to wait in line because there was a huge crowd inside the restaurant.

Selfie inside Antipodean. Luckily the food arrived quickly as we were starving. My first time here and really enjoyed their food. Definitely going to come here again.

OOTD shot along the streets of Bangsar. Love my new dress although it was a bit warm to wear in the hot weather. The girls also like my cheapo necklace that I got from Hong Kong. Anyway, I also posted this pic to show how ugly my hair has become. It needed a haircut stat.

Actually, the main reason we went to Bangsar is to try out Number 76 hair salon. The whole blogosphere has been raving about this Japanese-based hair salon and Suzane found out about a promotion they had online. So, she booked for us three appointments at their outlet in Bangsar 2. 

I initially wanted to do dip-dye ombre hair but my hairstylist, Calvin, said that if I were to do dip dye, it is best in bright colours. Of course, bright hair colours aren't exactly that welcomed in my profession. Instead, he suggested red highlights and brown base. I admit, I was sceptical in the beginning as I have never dyed my whole hair before. Initially, after the hair wash, I thought the red was way too bright and didn't match me. But as I look at it more, I am totally in love with it. This is exactly the kind of hairstyle I wanted to try but was afraid to do so.

Calvin also gave me some soft curls which was really pretty but they didn't last lol. Overall, I am loving this salon and cannot wait to try some new styles!

P.S. My mom says I look like a Kpop idol now. Tee-hee. Maybe that is why I love this hairstyle LOL.

Since our hair got done so quickly, we had some time to go to Pavilion for some shopping. Sales are everywhere but we only had enough time to visit one shop - Forever 21. Dinner was at Hakata Ippudo Ramen, which was delicious as usual but so damn hot. Don't know why the air-con was not working or something. Hot ramen + hot weather + no air-con = an unhappy me. I was glad to quickly pay the bill and leave immediately.

Our final item on our itinerary that day: To visit Skybar @ Traders Hotel KLCC.

Many bloggers have been raving about this place. Despite us being tired, we still took the long walk from Pavilion to Traders Hotel KLCC. Once we got there, we had to put our names in the waiting list for a window seats. Luckily, we didn't have to wait long before we finally got our window seats. Once seated, we became obssessed with taking photos and selfies non-stop. LOL. The magnificent view of KL skyline was the main reason we were there and we were not disappointed. Also, again thank you to our lucky stars as there was a slight drizzle earlier so the weather was not as hazy. If not, we won't be able to capture such great view.

That is a wrap for May & June. This post turned out longer than I expected. But for now, nothing interesting planned for July but just rest & relax moments at home. Probably better as there will be throngs of crowds in malls for the upcoming Raya festival ;)

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