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His Pre-Birthday Getaway @ Sepang

This year, I whisked Jordan off for a surprise birthday getaway.

Well, I was cracking my head really hard over his birthday this year (he warned me not to buy him anything). Then I thought, maybe, I should plan for a weekend getaway! After all, both us have been so busy with our work, guess we really need to carve out some quality time for a relaxing getaway.

Initially I wanted it to be a surprise, but knowing Jordan often has appointments over the weekend, I decided to do it differently. I still want to surprise him, but it should come before the trip.

Few days before our trip, I make this layered self decorated gift box. ♥

Firstly, a handmade love envelope with the resort booking voucher.
Next layer : 8 pieces of handmade photo frame with loves notes and birthday wishes.
Lastly, topped it all with colorful stars.

I told him to go layer by layer, the stars, the handmade photo frames with messages expressing my love (the last card is to thank him for loving me, hence, I will award him with a pre-birthday getaway). Haha. &, he said he was really surprised! Woohoo, #success.jpg (^▽^)/ ʸᵉᔆᵎ
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A week before his birthday.
Pre-birthday getaway @ Avani, Sepang.
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I really enjoyed my previous 2D1N stay at Lexis, PD. Hence, I decided to bring Jordan for a getaway at this 5 Star palm tree water chalet resort. Here’s our deluxe room. The bed is so comfy, & the bathroom is clean; well, that has always been my main concern. If it’s good means all is good.
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Always love getaway like this. Such a happy girl.
I think I am more excited than the birthday boy, oops! Hehe.
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Thank you, for appreciating the smallest thing I did for you.
Thank you, for that smile.
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Presence..。o♡

I can lay all day like this, with you.
Not moving, not doing anything, just lay down like this quietly.
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Ready for a dip by the pool.

Haven’t wore my bikini for awhile, & realized I have truly gained some weight.
(of course you tell me you dont think so, I know; it’s all because of the angle. Jordan was like “dear, turn a bit, this angle looks fat, yayayaya..) #truth
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I promised. I got to be fitter on #2015.
#annoyingbff adelechow, can we start exercising, like seriously?
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I literally risk my camera for this shot.
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The infinity pool; it was filled with kids, splashing water all around.
Oh my, I have totally forgotten that it was school holidays then. UGHHHH.

I was so looking forward for a relaxing, quiet dip, with uninterrupted views over the ocean with my love. Not, anymore. We decided to try our luck the next morning.
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We then went for a drink at the bar by the pool.

I really enjoy this trip, probably because I set a rule for myself to not glu my hand on the phone, NO INSTA UPDATE NO DAYRE. However, this time round, Jordan is a little different, he seems to pretty excited, he keep taking photos and whatsapp it to his friends & family. Share the joy worrr. haha.
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Really, this boy now take really nice photo of me.
Job well done, so proud of you!
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Dinner time, steamboat @ STIMBOT. Chose steamboat instead of anything else, because we were starving. So, we thought at least we can control how fast the food can be cooked. lol.

Honest verdict. Everything was pretty decent, but not the tau-fu-bok, it tastes weird. Well, it’s not an amazing one, but satisfying! We had a good time, chit and chat over the dinner!
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Jasmine tea.
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他煮,我吃。
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It has always been like that.
Me, so pampered. I know. Hehehe.
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Boiling hot broth, tempting enough.
Especially for hungry people like us.
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My favorite way of eating yee mee. So EGGcited!
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Done with dinner, we took a stroll around the chalets. Love how the gushing wind come brushing by my cheeks, while admiring the night lights reflecting on the water. Simply fascinating.

Sometimes, we got to slow down, & start appreciating people, things & life.

Life have been so busy for both us, and we all have expectations of what it “should” look like. Afterall, I really learn to appreciate moment like this with him; no agendas to rush, just willful ignorance. Well, face it, we all need some time like this, to go further.
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Our room.
Can’t wait to cuddle in the exceptionally comfy soft huggy pillows & bed!(︶.̮︶✽)
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There’s nothing like a nice hot shower after a long day.
I felt so clean, & comfortable after the long steamy shower!

Spent the rest of the night, chilling, listening to slow jams, & watching tv, with him.
Intentionally slow down our steps, be present, & enjoy the moments.

(ღ˘⌣˘ღ) ♫・*:.。. .。.:*・
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Spontaneously thought we should go for a drink, for better sleep. (what an excuse, lol)
A glass of beer by the beach is not bad at all.
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Next morning.

Hooray! The pool wasn’t too crowded yet, thus, an early morning dip.
We had a small portion of it by ourself, good enough!
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Blue skies & sea. This spell, serenity.

Started the day with a breathe of the sea. (ღ˘⌣˘ღ)
If only I can do this, e v e r y d a y. #lifegoal
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Oh, my swollen just-wake-up eyes!
Thank you for calling me beautiful even I when I look so crappy!
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B R E A K F A S T.
Mandatory breakfast photo. #flatlay
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Say “cheez”. Hehe. ( ՞ ڡ ՞ )
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His heavy breakfast, nasi lemak + sausages!
The breakfast served is pretty good.
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We checked in late the day before, so we are allowed to check out on 3pm.
After breakfast, we went cycling! Bicycles are all around so you can just grab one and cycle around.

Jordan asked “Can you cycle?”
I was like. DUHHHHHH! ┐(‘д’)┌

I am glad my dad took the time to teach me so young. When I was younger, I used to think everyone knows how to cycle, just like how everyone knows how to walk.
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The sunny, but windy weather was lovely!
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Life is fast, time is precious.
We cycled, we laughed loudly, we had a lot of fun being together.

Boy, you made everything even better. ❤
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Love all these shots, thanks dear. ( ˘ ³˘)❤
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We cycled to the beach, & chilled in a beach cafe.

The only downside of the whole place is that the beach is pretty much contaminated. You wouldn’t want to step feet on it. I wish they could do something to improve it. It will then be a really awesome vacation spot. (|||❛︵❛.)
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Last few moments before we leave.

2D1N is definitely not enough, but at least we get to spend quality time together as a couple, time that doesn’t involve endless agendas, and stress. Everything, was slow but we were really soaked in the moment.

Thank you, for making time for us.
I love you. (ɔˆ ³(ˆ⌣ˆc)
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Ended the getway with my fav. yam + strawberry ice cream in cone during my school time.
Embracing the inner child!

Cheers to my fav. boy’s birthday, & to many more exciting years ahead for the both of us as a couple! ❤
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Nuffnang 8irthday

It was #Nuffnang8irthday!
Happy Birthday, to the best blog advertising family!

I am very honored to be invited to Nuffnang 8th birthday party held at Zouk, KL.
The theme of the party is 1960s’ Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
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To me, 1960s’ means colorful, midi length dress (which I do not have any in my wardrobe, T.T). I was initially scratching my head thinking what should I wear.

Thank God, #RAD (Rent A Dress KL) saved my life.
#OOTD for #Nuffnang8irthday.

Dress – Badgley Mischka Fuchsia Cocoktail Dress from RAD
Heels – Silver Peep Toe Pumps from Charles & Keith
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Together with my #annoyingbff adelechow who was kind enough to drive me there. Love you, as always! & she’s looking all pretty today dressing up in the Breakfast at Tiffany’s theme.
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Mel, rocking in her polkas.
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Another selfie with Del while queuing up for the photobox.
The power of ZR, i look extremely flawless here. Hahaha.
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I had my camera fully charged the night before, because nuffnang event means you are going to take millions of photos, hehehe! With Boss Tim, the extremely adorable Fighter, the Audrey Hepburn inspired Sam, & Del at the back.
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Fighter looks at the camera every time we call his name, so precious, so cute! I cannot.
In fact, he’s definitely one of the most adorable toddlers I have ever seen.
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Also bumped into my highschool friend, LynnShane.
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Such a long queue for the Photobox!
&, finally, it’s our turn!

Always love these photos booth which prep you with chio props!
& just so you know, I love having actually printed out photos.
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Stepping in to the main room. The whole place is beautifully decorated in Tiffany Blue & White handmade decors by the ever so creative Nuffies. The amount of effort is seriously impressive!
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Caution: Desserts contain alcohol.
Specially crafted desserts by Foret Blanc, with FiftySixDegrees whisky!

Did I mention, it was a party perfect for the sweet-tooth like me. The amount of dessert served is definitely enough to satisfy my big sweet tooth.
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What caught my attention was the MILKCOW station. As much as I was dying to try, I’ve never have the chance to try it. Now, Nuffnang brought it to us. How lucky! *jumping in joy* Freeflow soft serve ice cream #ftw.

Customizing my milk cow.
with honeycomb, of course; & lots of chocolates!
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Macarons, a straight injection of sugar.
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More honey?
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Xingyi. She looks extremely classy with the golden threaded design dress.
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The emcee of the night, the ever so talented CareenTan.

Babe, you look absolutely stunning! & did such a great job!
So proud to be your friend. *tumpang glamour sikit*, haha!
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More sweet treats. Dessert table by ForetBlanc.

The beautiful macaron is the bomb! The crunchiness of the shell, with airy, creamy raspberry filling within it… Ahh, So good! It’s extremely flavorful, yet maintain a moderate sweetness. So good, it’s simply to die for.
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Cupcakes. It tastes as good as it looks!
Enough said.
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The dazzling bling bling Nuffnang’s birthday cake specially made by ForetBlanc.
“Aim for Infinity”, and many more great years to come!
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Boss Tim giving his speech!

Listening to Boss Tim in club, reminded me of how I first met him (also in a club, haha) about 7 years ago, & how time flies. This is already my 7th year being in this awesome big family, & it is definitely one of my best decision made.

Thank you for the 7 years of support & opportunities.
Thank you, Nuffnang!
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Cake cutting ceremony.
Look at all the happy faces! So much happiness!

Once again, happy birthday, Nuffnang!
Many more marvelous and prosperous years.
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Another surprise from the Nuffies, popping confetti ballons right after the cake cutting ceremony, commemorating this precious moment!
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It is indeed a pleasant mess.
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Adrian, my lengzai talent manager!
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The beautiful ladies.
Bobo, who is forever so effortlessly beautiful. & the very sweet kampungboycitygirl.
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So many pretty faces that day.
Here’s Michiekins, Jasmine, & Del.

Besides looking pretty, they have got really interesting life stories, & attractive personalities!
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Lizz Chloe, & Ernest.
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Boss Tim. Always an inspirations to me.
Thank you for Nuffnang, & thank you for having me. I just couldn’t be more thankful.
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Hi Matt. Always the person I ask for help when I need a table in Zouk.
He has always been so helpful. *grateful*
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Went outside to take another photo with the Nuffnang Helium balloons.
From left my #annoyingbff, Melissa, & sweetheart Jessica.
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Just when I was about to leave (I was rushing for a getaway with my boy!), my talent manager, Jack, rushed out telling me “tzia, best dressed, best dressed, you won.”

I was like, “what, I won what?”

Not know what exactly happened, I was invited on stage.
&, I was awarded as one of the best dressed female. *overwhelmed~*
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with that, I now have RM400 pedro voucher. It’s shopping time!
thank you, nuffnang!
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Once again. Happy Birthday, Nuffnang!
Thank you for hosting such a great birthday bash!

Looking forward for many more exciting years to come!

Till then. ❤

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Weekend Gateaway

So, it has been awhile.

I have been so busy, so swamped with work. But I shouldn’t complain, because that’s what I asked for. I believe that being busy means I am using my time wisely. I want to be productive, my focus is to get things done. & to me, if you are busy, you are a step nearer to a better life.

True enough, it’s very exhausting to live on such a hectic lifestyle. But, it gave me hope that it’s all these hard work that someday I could finally slow down & be free.

However, from time to time, I gave myself space to do the things I enjoy doing with no agendas.
I went for a extremely spontaneous weekend gateaway @ Lexis Water Chalet some time ago .
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This is definitely not a proper travel post. (don’t say I didnt tell yea!) Because, I literally disconnected my mind, left my phone & camera aside; I was in a 100% relaxed mode. I just want to do nothing at all.

Well, there’s still a few good portrait photos of mine taken by my amazing personal photographers, MK.
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When the sun goes down, we went for a dip to rewind.
Have been longing for this, could I stay here for a little longer?
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With MK. That night, we had the whole pool room to ourselves. I loved the serenity of the poolroom when it was empty. Very peaceful, very chilling, we certainly enjoyed our night in the pool.
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Thank you, Esten for inviting us.
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Night view of the water chalet while walking back to my room after dinner.

We had our dinner at a chinese restaurant nearby, & spent the rest of our night in the over water air conditioned chalet. The room is clean, spacious and comfy; I love the solid glass floor-paneling for seawater view in the middle of the room. I heard it’s very affordable too, definitely make it a even better choice for a weekend getaway.

Well, most of the time, I was just sitting at the balcony, enjoying whole view of the sea and the sky all for myself while listening to my fav. playlist. Though it’s just PD, but it’s good enough to transport you away from the hustle and bustle of KL city.
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Had a really good uninterrupted sleep, & woke up to the sea view. I was thinking, wishing & hoping. Then, I decided to do my morning prayers; & yes, I had my best times with the Lord Father. Such a blessed morning!
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I have been so engrossed with crossing items off my bucket list, because it feels so freaking good. I crave for the accomplishment feeling when I get everything checked off my to-do lists.

However, once in awhile, a little weekend getaway like this is all we need to recharge & refocus. We simply need to pull away from the monotonous rhythm of life, & look out for new inspirations.
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Ended our trip with extremely delicious BBQ crab @ Seremban Seafood Village (芙蓉烧蟹海鲜村).

Baked Crab, coated with the thick sweet BBQ sauce, accompanied with a bowlful of sweet-sour chilli dip. It’s finger licking good, literally satisfied our taste buds with every licks. It’s orgasmic. Nonetheless, the crab is sweet and meaty. Oh my, I am still craving for it!

#MustTryInSeremban
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Overall, the trip was nothing short of amazing.
Now, I am back to work & got to work harder for my next getaway!

Till then! (:

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INVISALIGN

Hi. Today I decided to share something that I have been secretly ashamed of for the past few years (it took me a lot of courage to do this).

It’s about my TEETH.
My teeth were horrible. All my teeth were crooked, cluttered & unaligned!

I then had my mouth filled with metal for two years, everyone was calling me brace face, or ugly betty. That 2 years felt as if it was 20 years. The ugly awkward braces experience was very unpleasant. That two years of braces life was a pain in the ass, I haven’t been really smiling with my mouth open, not being able to eat properly & constantly feeling the metal brackets scrapes against the inside of my mouth for 2 years. It was truly devastating, but why do I still decided to have those metal in my mouth?

“I’m tired of all this nonsense about beauty being only skin-deep. That’s deep enough. What do you want — an adorable pancreas?” – Jean Kerr

How true! Who doesn’t want to look pretty? I keep convincing myself that it will be worth it! Finally, I get a set of straight teeth on 2008. (I feel tears welling up my eyes….)

Sadly, my set of pretty teeth didn’t last too long.
My teeth went out of shape after a while.

My biggest regret — never wearing my retainer.

NOW, I have B U C K T O O T H.
Bucktooth according to urban dictionary, means someone with messed up, disgusting teeth.

My teeth are naturally big. & when it’s projecting, it looks H O R R I B L E.

Ever since them, I haven’t been able to smile naturally/confidently. It’s destroying me emotionally! It’s like after going through so much pain – physically & emotionally, wearing metal braces for 2 years. I still not able to obtain the smile I dream to have! I BROKE DOWN…..

These are some of the comments that I would normally get regarding my smile. It is painful to see. It just makes everything worst.

“Bucktooth, weird smile, unnatural smile, etc.” I have no choice. I have to smile this way to hide my annoying bucktooth (especially for closed up)! I am paranoid, to the extent that whenever I am talking with somebody, I could see their eyes focus on my mouth and teeth. I even train how to smile nicely in front of the mirror. Sigh.

This is what happened when I smile naturally, #nightmare. That’s why I always use my hand to close my mouth when I laugh. A smile can change everything, your confidence. Your outlook. Your life.

I was struggling. I want to have a set of beautiful teeth, but I am definitely not willing to go through another two years with metals in my mouth! After a lot of online research (I have been doing that for months), I discovered INVISALIGN treatment through a friend. & when it comes to straightening my teeth, the choice is extremely clear: I N V I S A L I G N treatment.

It is probably the BEST INVENTION!!!!!! (Jumping in joy~~!)

WHY?

1) Customized – Invisalign treatment straightens teeth using a series of nearly invisible aligners that are custom-made specifically for your teeth. As you replace each aligner every two weeks, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week, gradually moving towards the projected final position.

2) Removable – you can pop the aligners out whenever you eat, brush & floss & usual, without bracket & wires to clean around!

3) Comfortable – They are snug fit; it’s like contact lenses for your teeth. It’s comfortable to wear as there are no metal wire and brackets that could potentially irritate your mouth or gums. Which means no ulcers!!!??

4) Clear – Virtually invisible. People wouldn’t even notice you are wearing them!

The ugly truth revealed. See my BUCKTOOTH? (Yes, these are images of my teeth)
This 3D simulating software is used to show you the difference from beginning (top photo) to end of Invisalign treatment (bottom photo), even before you start the treatment to obtain maximum satisfaction. I was literally blown away, it’s amazing!

Oh my gawd, seriously no words can describe how thankful am I for this brilliant invention!
I am just all excited, I can’t wait!!!!

The big day is here! Finally, I met up with Dr Dennis 2 weeks ago, at Q&M Solaris Dental Centre. Because, my aligner has arrived! A whole box of 21 set of aligners are waiting for me!

Tadah, see my name there?

& this Dr Dennis, showing me my aligners and explained that the numbers on the inside of them refer to which teeth they cover, upper or lower, and which number they are in the set. He also mentioned that my treatment time can be as short as 10 months. As I will be wearing each set of aligner for 2 weeks.

My 1st clear set of aligners. When Dr Dennis was unpackaging it, I was like a kid so impatiently waiting for it! It’s like waiting for someone to unwrap your present!

I immediately tried it on with Dr Dennis guidance. How do I feel?

Well, I am not going to lie telling you it’s super comfortable or so. It’s a little tight initially, but they weren’t agony. & I kept playing with it, it felt like your teeth is super smooth & very well protected!

They you go! Me, showing off my INVISALIGN SMILE!
Hehehe. (:

Before I left, Dr Dennis also gave me a set of aligner case for me to keep my aligners.

Thank you, Dr Dennis!
Hello soon, awesomely straight teeth!

1 thing I love so much about my Invisalign treatment, is when I smile my teeth looks as if it’s glowing!
My friends were telling me how beautiful it is. *flips hair*, haha.

For now, if you are interested to get your teeth fix! Do check out:
Invisalign Official Site
Invisalign FB

At the same time! Nuffnang Malaysia is currently holding a blog contest where you stand a chance to win a full Invisalign Treatment! Head over to Nuffnang Malaysia Official Blog Post to find out more about the contest.

*Disclaimer: I have received complimentary Invisalign treatment and/or compensation from Align Technology, Inc. in exchange for voluntarily promoting and sharing my Invisalign experience. The experiences shared and views expressed are my own.

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5 things I love about CNY ❤

1- CNY OOTD

They say, “For good luck, all the clothing you wear on Chinese New Year should be new, to symbolize a fresh new start.” For me, it’s a really good time to wear all the RED & all the traditionally inspired chinese dresses. Well, we do not get to wear it all the time. (*^▽^*)

Here’s my #OOTD pick for this CNY.

#1 Red traditional Cut Cheongsum Dress

One of my favorite piece this CNY. What can be more Chinese than this full RED cheongsum inspired dress. Love the cut out design on the dress, added a hint of modernity to the classic design. ❤

#2 Printed Cap Sleeves Sheath Dress

ღゝ◡╹)ノ❤ I received heaps of compliments for the fits & color of this dress! The jacquard inspired design fits the CNY mood well. Love the beautiful scalloped hemline, & how the stretchy thick fabrics make it fits so well on me! This dress will show off your figures, without exposing your skin.

#3 Good Ol’ Red Skater Dress

Vivid red skater dress’ cuts is perfect for CNY, showing off your waistline, while hiding your tummy! Haha! I love ‘em flare! Skater dress is lovely, it flatters your figures naturally; always my favorite design for dresses. ❤

#4 Floral Printed Playsuit

This floral print off-shoulder jumpsuit created a wear-everywhere silhouette. This piece fits perfectly when you going to your friend’s place to gamble (most of the time we’ll be sitting on the floor, a dress will be rather inconvenient)

#5 Red White Coordinated Outfit

Paired up the petite sized red cropped top with an edgy “V” cut in the front, with a versatile white flare skirt. Femininely sexy! (◍•ᴗ•◍)❤

2 – FAMILY REUNION @ YONGPENG

Every CNY, my family will be visiting my grandma at YongPeng, Johor.
& the visit always make this festive season worthwhile.

My grandma’s. This is the home that gathers all her 14 children, and all her grandchildren & great-granchildren every year. It is a really big house with a lot of rooms, a big patio, and a garden with a lot of beautiful blooms; My grandma loves pretty things like flowers. ❤o。.(✿ฺ。 ✿ฺ)

My grandma is really old, she’s 93 this year. She can barely hear what we say anymore, she doesn’t even talk much now, but she’s always smiling whenever she sees us. I guess it’s pure joy to see all her children and grandchildren gather together to celebrate the lunar new year with her.

Despite everything. She’s still beautiful.
She’s very beautiful but most important her heart and soul. ~♥”

My mom, & her sisters.

They are all indeed the WONDERMAMAs. My grandma now needed to be fed because she no longer had the strength to feed herself. It really touched me to see how they would convince my grandma to eat more like how they used to convince us when we were small; & how they spoon fed my grandma like how they spoon fed us when we were little.

One day, I will be pampering my parents like how they used to take care of me when I was a kid, to repay their loving kindness. Everyone should be filial to their parents. (ɔˆ ³(ˆ⌣ˆc)

My dad, & the uncles.

It’s great to just sit down quietly listening to them talking about the past and current, life stories. From how my granddad raised up 14 of ‘em with only 30 cents earnings a day till he started owning rubber estates to the latest political issues. Interesting much.

My cousins. ( I have a lot of cousins, some of my nieces are as old as me.) But those that I am particular closer to are all younger than me; Hence, I am the big sisters who holds the responsibility to bring them out for good food! Heh!

We will have this cendol every year when we’re back in YP. (๑╹ڡ╹)

Alongside, there’s always wedding lunch held during CNY because it’s the best time when everyone of us will be gathered together. This time round, it’s my cousin sister who has always been my inspiration, Jane. She is smart (infact, very smart), & extremely humble.

Such a beautiful couple and may both of you be a blessing to each other!
May God look upon you kindly. ♥(ˆ⌣ˆԅ)

‘em two, my greatest gift from parents. ♥

Parents & uncleauntie from Taiwan.

Last but not least, a happy family portrait!
I initiated it, & insisted it every year. Hehe.

Thank God, for another year of togetherness! (^^)-(^^)-(^^)-(^^)-(^^) ❤

3 – FRIENDS GATHERING

As we grow up, we get to know more people, & have met heaps of good people. But, we do not forget the old friends. It’s hard to catch up with everyone due to our busy schedule, but when it’s CNY, everyone would squeeze out time to attend the annual lousang dinner. Here’s some of those people who I treasure a lot.

The boys, they called this “哥兒們的撈生夜”, true enough us girls are the plus one to the boys. ʅ(‾◡◝)ʃ

I love how this bunch of people, especially those 2 that I am closest to, James and Darel, would be there for me whenever I need. I am like a sister to ‘em, and I have to admit that they have been taking good care of me all these years.

They are definitely the best “best “放火專家” and “滅火專家”. At the same time, really good friends to both Jordan & I, who helped us so much along the way. (๑′ᴗ‵๑)

Dinner at Harmony Banquet, rm80/person.
Dishes were just ordinary, but the company won it all.

Second lousang dinner with my cell group, #D9CG.
My brothers and sisters in Christ. ヽ( ^^)人(^^ )ノ

We are from them same church, but we do not usually get to hang out and chill like how we do now. We are always rushing, because everyone has crazily hectic schedule. Like, the #annoyingbff adelechow said, everyone in this cg is too busy impacting the market place, shining in God’s name! ୧( “̮ )୨✧

(>’o’)> ♥ <(‘o'<)

But I am really thankful for these sincere and humble bunch who is always so loving and keeping each and every one of us in our prayers. Let us pray for a year full of new opportunities and abundance of good people among us a life with God in our midst! ❤

Special thanks to our rockstar, CG leaders, LEONARD for this “customized” CG, and for the effort in working so hard to manage all our expectations, in sowing into our life, and loving each and everyone of us. Impacting us with very relevant words of God and make us realize each and everyone of us deserve God’s love, deserve to love God!

Oh we booked the whole room in Phoenix Banquet that night, including dinner and karaoke, it was about rm140/person.

My ex-colleagues.
From only colleagues, we became #morethancollegues, & now we are really good friends.

They are the bunch of people who I can yell at ‘em “I HATE YOU” right at their face when they pissed me off! Oh yes, #lovehate relationship with ‘em! ~ヾ(^∇^)

It’s so hard for us to gather together nowadays because we now all work in different company. Hence, we really appreciate gathering like this. So much laughter with all the silly jokes and random talks. Thank you for making me feel so comfortable with you guys! ෆ╹ .̮ ╹ෆ

Oh, & it was our shortestsmallestgirl, MK’s birthday.
We surprised her, we obviously succeeded. So glad that she’s happy! (❁´▽`❁)*✲゚*

A very good night catching up with these people.

PANTAI SEAFOOD RESTAURANT. Scotland clam // Potato leaf // Deep fried squid with salted egg // Steamed red telapia // Buttered tiger prawns // Steamed salted chicken // + lousang + tea (9 pax) = RM593.40

It was slightly pricey as the Scotland clam itself it’s already RM201.
But overall a satisfying meal! (っ˘ڡ˘ς)

4 -HOME COOKED FOOD

All thanks to my mummy! She is such a good cook!

Every year when we were beautifully dressed up to celebrate this awesome festival! My mom, and the aunties will be dressed in t shirt and shorts, got all busy from morning to night, just to prepare such great dinner for the big big family. So much effort, I am so grateful of these wondermamas. It is when I grow up, I really learn to appreciate these sacrificial effort!

各式各樣的福州年菜,太棒了!有芋頭扣肉、福州麵、黑木耳炸肉、魚漂、酸甜排骨、酸辣魚、燒肉、燒鴨、雞腳、乳雞腳、太平蛋、蓮藕湯,等等⋯ 每年新年我們這些幸福的傢伙就懂等吃,媽媽阿姨舅母則從早忙到晚就為了讓我們吃得好。現在長大了,吃了這麼多年的好料,想想還真的很感動!

ॱ॰⋆(˶ॢ‾᷄﹃‾᷅˵ॢ)ӵᵘᵐᵐᵞ❤

Mom’s cook is so good that dad’s friend would insist an open house with all my mom’s cook every year.

Here it is, everything prepared by my supermom! She’s beyond awesome! I love all of these! Every dishes is so damn good, it’s orgasmic! My mom’s cooking has always given me comfort. Well, I didn’t get her cooking gene, but I secretly wish that one day I can be half as good as my mom. (๑´ڤ`๑)

5 – CNY GOODIES

It’s packed with sugar & fats, it’s extremely sinful!
BakKwa & Pineapple tarts are my favorite! I can never stop snaking on it!

This year round, my uncle from Sabah made FriedBun as our CNY snacks! I have always love red bean fried buns & sugared donuts, & these are just really to die for! Onnomnomnom! ( ՞ ڡ ՞ )っ─∈

& here’s a video compiled by my lil sister shoot at my grandma’s.❤

That’s all for now!

Wishing all of you a prosperous and fruitful Lunar New Year!
Mehhhhhhh the HUAT be with you in this Kambing year!

Cheers! (ღ˘⌣˘ღ)

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LOVE is…

In conjunction with Valentine’s, I had the privileged to listen to Careen preach about LOVE. She is ever so inspiring. I have a deep thought about it, & decided to share with all of you.

So, how do you define LOVE? ❤

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

#1 LOVE is inconvenient

LOVE = COMMITMENT = INCONVENIENCE
Face it, that’s the fact.

I am a hopeless romantic. I love romantic surprises, & I love roses! But, Jordan was no way near there. He just do not has the romantic bone in him. He is more of a straight forward type of guy.

But, he loves me. Hence, he learned.
I once mentioned how much I love roses, & how romantic it is.

He now make himself committed to give a bouquet of beautiful blooms to me every month.
He would even send flowers to my office randomly just to put a smile on my face. Simple act like that truly sweep me off my feet. (yayy, a hopeless romantic is very easily touched especially by all these sweet thoughtful act, heh).

Believe me, it is inconvenient for him to do so, every month.
But, for LOVE, he committed.✿♥‿♥✿

It’s just as inconvenient as how you will have to inform your other half on where you going, what you doing; to say good morning/good night everyday no matter how tired you are.

If all you want is Freedom, if you are not ready to commit;
DO NOT get into a relationship, DO NOT talk about love.

#2 LOVE is giving.

“You can give without love, but you cannot love without giving.”

This year for Valentine’s day, I did a handmade LOVE card for Jordan. It’s literally all my blood & sweat. I spent days working on this card. (below is a step to step guide on how to make a LOVE card.)

At the same time, I worked really hard & saved up to get him the wallet he has been eyeing on for so so long. Well, when you love, money is no longer an issue. You wouldn’t mind to work your ass off to get your loved one something he really like. & yes, you wouldn’t even expect him to do the same. You would rather he save up the cash.

Just like how our parents would spend the rest of their life working so hard just to give us a better education, better love with no complains at all. Now, that’s love.(ღˇ◡ˇ)♥

Having that said, GIVING, is not just in monetary terms.
It also means to give away your ego & pride, to be selfless.

We used to argue so much because we put our ego & pride in front of everything. But we slowly realize, we gained nothing through these arguments, but we hurt our loved one so much. It definitely does not worth it to do so.

We both then learn to give in. It always start from one party went out of the way to please, & to compromise for the relationship. Jordan learned to be really considerate of what is important to me. It really moved me, & I just really want to do things that makes him happy now. Without us realizing, we do not really argue anymore.

Relationship takes effort from both party, making each other a better person. (っ˘з(˘⌣˘ )

#2 LOVE is respect.

“However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.” – Ephesians 5:33

Women need loves, Men need respect.
In fact, it has to be mutual.

A man show loves by WAITING. You have to be willing to wait, as you show her respect.
Women, respect yourself and know your value; then, the gentlemen will start respecting you.

You got to admit there’s always a value of waiting, we often appreciate things more after a long wait.

Jordan went after me for 2 years plus before I finally say yes. He was always there for me whenever I need him, while I took quite some time to ask myself if I am sure that I am really in love with him, not just merely in love with the idea of being in love.

The strongest relationship begins with the optimal timing of both. On December 2013, we are sure that we want to commit into this relationship. It wasn’t perfect, there’s a lot of flaws. But he has been there long enough to know all my shits and yet still so in love with me, vice versa.

After careen’s preaching that night, I asked him, “Is it true that you appreciate me more after such a long wait.” He answered. “Yes, I told myself I will never let you go when you said yes.

Aww. Guess that’s the beauty of waiting, the power of LOVE.

For the ladies, show your man some respect.
Honor him & show him respect in front of everyone.

Too often we only look at their bads, belittled them & getting all upset with them not meeting our needs. I told Jordan, he has to earn my respect. We argued so much over the discontentment of both parties.

Learn this, “Glorify even when you don’t feel like doing it.

Treat him like a king, give him the full respect, pray for him and watch him grow into the man God made him to be. I even started to keep a list of Jordan’s thoughtful acts that I really appreciate.

You make your own magic. ♥(ˆ⌣ˆԅ)

Last but not least,

“Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.” – Hebrews 13:4

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IPOH Cafe: Ben & Lynette ❤

Was on a trip to IPOH with my “morethancolleagues” two months back. While we were planning our itinerary, I insisted that we have to visit some of the coffee houses in Ipoh. ٩(^ᴗ^)۶

Hence, Ben & Lynette is our first choice since they are one of the most talk-about cafe in Ipoh. It is set in a beautiful colonial bangalow, a little tucked away in the back lanes. However, not too hard to find with a GPS.

Fell in love with this place upon arrival. The whole place is so beautifully decorated with mainly retro and vintage oriented stuff. Even the outdoor section can be such a comfortable spot, we settled down & chilled there for hours.(♥ω♥ ) ~♪

Sofa. EK felt asleep here (it must be too comfy!)

Food & beverage board menu hung on the wall.

Coffee chart.

Espresso coffee:
“It’s not particular type of bean, roast or blend. Espresso is just a way that coffee is prepared!” #facts

Mono-toned setting, bringing back a sense of nostalgia.

Cakes, & desserts!

Ben & Lynette has a wide range for food selection, they even have a sandwich bar!
I heard their sandwich is pretty good; Unfortunately, we were all too full to give it a try.

But anyhoo, their cakes look super tempting too! (ˆ ڡ ˆ)
I have to try, I just have to; Otherwise, I will regret, I know.

The 90s’ Candy. Blast from the past.

Reliving the childhood yo! If you grew up in the ’90s, you know exactly what I am talking about! These candies are all over the cafe. It sure brought back many memories, it was sweet to be a 90s’ kid.

Eyeglass candy!

Retro scooter!
This is super cool. I always wanted to have a scooter like this!

Coffee, the warmth, the smell, the taste; It got me addicted!
Also the only bitterness I love in my life, haha.

In life, all you need is love, & more coffee. (ღ˘⌣˘ღ)

Caffe Latte (RM10).
Very decent cup of coffee, I like it stronger with lesser milk.

Chocolate Praline (RM12.90).

A layer of praline fudge sandwiches between two layers of chocolate fudge.
So fat, but it’s good! (ノ≧ڡ≦)

MoreThanColleague#1, Esten Mok.

Joined the same day as me, but now the Head of Lamido.
Extremely annoying, but you know he’s good at heart! ❤

MoreThanColleague#2, MK the Penguin.

This might not be the most suitable picture now. But well, both good friends of mine. We spent so much time together! All I can say is, “Don’t be worry now, God is busy writing the best love story for each of us. HE will not leave you alone.” Hugs! (/^-^(^ ^*)/

MoreThanColleague#3, Zoey See Wee.

My all time toilet partner. She caught my attention the first day she joined us. I have been telling her “你很美“, for a million times. Haha. She is so effortlessly pretty, big eyes, & extremely fair/good skin. Very soft spoken, & a good listener! ♥(ˆ⌣ˆԅ) #toobadsheistaken

MoreThanColleague#3, EngKeat.

Definitely one of the most kind hearted person I’ve met.
He rarely say no to any of our request! (*^▽^*)

We work together during the weekdays, & hang out together during the weekends (simply because seeing each other 5 days a week isn’t enough, oh well). We also served as an ear to each other to bounce all our complains off after work.

We communicates through facial expressions, & in code/terms which only us will understand. (e.g. waterfall)
They are the reasons why I look forward to work everyday.

“If you have good friends colleagues, no matter how life is sucking, they can make you laugh.” (•‾⌣‾•)و ̑̑♡

Hi, 臭臉MK!你很可愛。
要笑多一點,呵呵~ ❤

We had a great time laughing & catching up with each other in this lovely cafe!
I promise, I will have to be back another time to try their sandwiches!

Till then! ❤ ❤ ❤

Ben & Lynette
No.42, Lorong Cheah Cheang Lim, 30350 Ipoh, Perak
facebook.com/Ben-Lynette