Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Happy Chinese New Year 2016!

Hello Year of The Monkey!

Huat ah! There you go give you angpau! Come come and take. Hahaha.

I am currently at my in-laws place. Penang. It is a feel good trip back to Penang this time around because me and the mister did not drive. Hurray! I like flying so much. Hahaha. I am so done with driving together with the holiday crowd like last year. Mad rush! Jam!!!

Reunion dinner is good as usual. My mom-in-law is a very very very good cook! Love her cooking. I did contribute one dish which I usually have during reunion dinner back home in Sabah which is the Sweet and Sour Pork (Ku Lau Nyuk). 

With all the good food here in Penang home, I am so gonna be putting on weight. OMG. 

So, me and the mister is wishing you all a prosperous new year and hopefully the economy also will bounce back this year. 

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Dreams to pieces

Well, to be dramatic, I should say that my dreams are shattered.

Like what dream?

To graduate my master with a perfect 4.0 CGPA.

Hahahaha. What a perfectionist hope. I got my first semester a perfect four. But the second one is like crap. Damn it.

Damn you Digital Libraries. The thing that I am not satisfied with this paper is that the group project was almost solely done by me - and to know that your group members actually scored better than you because of the scoring method and the shitty carry mark you had because you did the quiz way too honestly. Argh! I am on fire right now.


Okay, I am being way too dramatic now. I should be grateful. I should be GRATEFUL. ok ok. Anyway, I am so done with this coursework stuff and stupid group projects. I am so looking forward to doing my dissertation and graduate on time. This 2016 it is!

This emotional thingy shall pass. Let's start on a clean slate now.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Hello Hokkaido

Thank you Hokkaido, I can finally cross of the long overdue resolution of mine (to see snow). 

Also, I would like to share on the budget of the trip since this is the most FAQ.


It was 5 days trip only, the itinerary was pretty much as follows (I will blog more about it soon) :

19th January: Travelling day
  • KUL - CTS via Air Asia X 
20th January to 21st January : Tomamu, Hokkaido
  • Stayed at Risonare, Tomamu Resort
  • Skiing!
22nd January to 23rd January: Sapporo, Hokkaido
  • Stayed at Watermark Hotel, Sapporo
  • City tour by foot
24th January: Travelling day again
  • CTS - KUL via Air Asia X

We bought the flight tickets during sale time and it was RM1398 return trip for two person and also we add on bags and meals for both ways that cost around RM416. As for all the accomodations (Risonare and Watermark) and rental of ski gears which cost the most, it was RM3352 for two person. Extra expenses for the ski activity is the gondola use to go up the mountain to ski down which cost RM200 for two person (it's a day pass)

All in for flights and accomodation plus ski gears rental (head to toe all complete) = RM5362 for two person.

The transportation from airport to Tomamu by bus is RM280 for two and the train fare from Tomamu to Sapporo is RM76 for two. We spent like RM2000 for two for food, subway trains/bus and shopping- that's like your pocket money to bring.

To make it easy for you, the numbers for ONE person is

Lodging + ski stuff = RM1676
Flight + what not add ons = RM907
Gondola/lift = RM100
Bus (Airport -> Tomamu) = RM140
Train (Tomamu -> Sapporo) = RM38

Total = RM2861

Pocket money for meals, miscellaneous subway/bus trips and shopping = RM1000 (just to be on the safe side since most places in Hokkaido do not take credit cards)

We engaged H.I.S company for booking of the lodging and the ski stuff. It is a very good company and the staff is actually helpful in providing the itinerary for us plus the tips and directions in finding the correct train platforms and stations to go down. If you are up for a whole lot of adventure this semi DIY trip by this company is actually a lot better than those tour groups that usually bring you to the places that you do not want to go. Haha.

Do watch our travelogue here.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Eye Specialist

A trip to see any doctor usually scare the shit out of me, let alone a specialist; an eye specialist to be exact. I have been experiencing eye discomfort on my right eye and recently I discovered that my right vision has yellow tint to it aside seeing things relatively further from my left eye even with my glasses or lenses. It scared me so much man! Like seriously. 

At first, I thought it is just my eyes has increased the astigmatism problem or maybe the power / degree (whatever it is) increased as well. Went to get it checked, not much changed on the power or astigmatism and the optician asked me to see a doctor regarding this condition.

Before I actually went to see the doctor for referral letter to see a specialist, I googled my symptoms and of course usually googling things will always make feel very bad. Stupid right. Self diagnose is not the right thing to do.

Went to see doctor and got my referral letter to see an eye specialist in UM Specialist Centre. Freaked me out. Can't sleep well the night before.

My assigned eye specialist is Prof Dr Tajunisah. My condition is suspected to be a retina related problem, potentially the CSR where the retina might be swollen. You can google it to know more, I just do not know how to explain. Anyway, got my eyes scanned with my pupils dilated with some drops that my vision was blurred for a few hours. Thank God the mister accompany me to the hospital as driving home in that condition is practically unsafe.

So here's the scan of my retina using the OCT machine. The doctor was actually surprised to see the result as my retina was not swelling as she expected. Just some inflammation. Anyway, I was prescribed some eye drops that has steroid in it and have to put religiously four times a day for a week.

The doctor want to see me again at the end of the month. If my right eye vision still doesn't change, they might have to scan my brain to see what's the problem that might be causing it. Argh!!! I don't want things to escalate until that point. Praying hard everything will be ok.

By night time after the appointment with the doctor, my eye pupil is still very much dilated. It's causing me to see things with more exposure and brightness. You know like when you increase brightness for your photos on Instagram. The pupil dilation drops really have a long effect on me. The pupil came back to its original state only the next morning. 

Friday, January 15, 2016

Pole Dancing 101

I tried pole dancing yesterday. Seriously, it is not easy. I do not know maybe I am not used to it, I still do not know the correct techniques or I am too thick for this. I end up with bruises and blisters. They said it is normal. Hey, no pain no gain right?

The instructors taught some basic moves to swing around the pole. I can't remember the names, too many - it's like uhm some "Fireman something something". Whatevs! I had fun though although it is painful. I just cannot imagine those people who are in the advanced classes, what kind of pain that they have to endure to get there.

The studio is in Hartamas called Talent Hub. Parking is a nightmare here but I was lucky to find a parking nearby the studio yesterday, so it was alright.