Thursday, September 21

Product of the Month | Self-Stirring Mug

I think I *probably* saw about Self Stirring Mug in a video from a popular site, I hardly remember. But since, I been thinking of owning one. I thought it was really pricey, but nope nope nope! 

The self stirring mug is RM19.90 at the DIY store (approximately USD3.5-4), and I grabbed it! 

Love my mug!

I has always been a mug mania. I love collecting mugs and containters and watter bottles. I think this stuffs are so fascinating. Although I only use one per day but I kept on buying. My latest baby is  the A5 Memo Bottle, which I will talk about soon!

So how does the self stirring mug works? Here's a video!

There's a lot of critique of how lazy people is by getting a self-stirring mug, but I don't think that is a problem. You don't have to use spoons and it's well blended to the bottom of the mug. Though thick powder may limits the movement of the spinner, but I think it's fine for now. It's cool to have this stuff around.

I don't think I'll stop buying mugs, anyway!

Just my happy working desk!

Monday, September 18

Javian | Exploring Sarawak Food in Kuala Lumpur

The struggle of looking for Sarawak food in Peninsular Malaysia is real, y'all. When you miss home and you remind yourself of your mom's cooking hot, brewed Laksa Sarawak in the morning (well, I eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner). 

I was exploring around to find if I can eat my favourite Laksa Sarawak - and I found Javian Kitchen in The Atmosphere, Seri Kembangan! I was based in Bandar Tasik Selatan, so Seri Kembangan is around 15 minutes from my place. I was so happy, I planned to go with my best friend, Intan there.

The place is rad tho! Photo source: Javian

Cool interior design! It was filled with Sarawak creative products as well, too bad I didn't take much pictures. 

The savoury Laksa Sarawak. Tastes sweet and spicy and fat-sy! Haha! Probably among the best Laksa I've tasted so far. A big full bowl, with portions of chicken and prawns. Satisfying!

They have wide range of Sarawak food, but I go straight for Laksa Sarawak. I saw Nasi Goreng Cornbeef (Fried Rice with Minced Beef), I was craving for that too! Well, maybe next time :)

You can like their Facebook Page: Javian

Here's their promotional video made by Saffa TV!

Check and look out for nice Sarawakian taste around :)

Thursday, September 14

Eating Good | The Apps that You Need

100kg is the weight that I have now.

I've bear with it for one year - I was simply very comfortable with my weight without noticing how much it impacted me, mentally and physically.  

Physically, I'm weak, I'm always exhausted, I didn't do exercise and usually have trouble sleeping; due to overeating, extra energy, unregulated sleeping schedule and most of the time, insomnia. I also suffered from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) which leads to hirsutism and irregular periods. 

Mentally, I have trouble coping with my bipolar disorder and anxiety issues - when it hits me hard, I either eat too much or too little. Body image issues, insecurities, engulfed me into a dread of continuous sorrow.

So just few weeks back, I discovered this apps on Play Store, Lifesum.

I managed to track on calories that I take for a day. It also sync to my Google Fit tracker, which I know how much steps I taken, exercise etc. I set myself to walk 5,000 steps a day. I found out that my morning commute is 2,500 steps back and forth, so I easily achieved this goal everyday.

I think the good thing about this Lifesum app is it tracks whatever type of food that we have, even local food. Nasi lemak, apam balik, any other Malaysian food is available in this app with their calorie count. So cool! 

It also reminds you to drink 8 glasses of water everyday, which is 2L, and reminds when is the best time to drink one. Whenever the food is too high in calories, it gives reminder on not to take too much of the food, again.

You can check out their website here

I'm currently managing my current weight and calories better now! It became a habit to record food intake, every single time! 

Monday, September 11

Monday Motivation | Anything Is Possible If You Pay The Price

Hey guys, let's take a break from book talks this week.

Just want to share this gem by Benjamin Hardy - which reminds me that my life was miserable and unorganised at all.

You can learn, have, or be anything if you are willing to pay the price.

You can be a millionaire in not a long period of time.

You could be an established expert on any topic.

You could be a successful business owner.

You could have deep spiritual understanding.

You could do an Iron Man triathlon.

You could be an empathetic, caring, and loving person.

You could have beautiful and meaningful relationships with your romantic partner, business colleagues, mentors, and other people who inspire you.

You could be the person you know within yourself you can be.

You can live the life you know within yourself you are meant to live.

But you have to pay the price.

You have to actually make a decision. If you try to be everywhere, you’ll end up nowhere. If you try to be everyone, you’ll end up no one.

You have to choose what you want to do and who you want to be.

You have to forego the trivial many for the essential few.

You have to forego the endless good options for the few best ones.

You have to manage your mind and your time.

You can’t continue to justify living beneath your dreams.

You have to really want it. Because once you do, nothing will be able to stop you from having it.

You have to let go of your bad habits.

You have to re-arrange your priorities.

You have to say “No” more.

You need to put first things first, every single day.

You have to pay the price.

If you’re willing to pay the price, you can have absolutely anything you want.

But you need to be uncomfortable enough with your current situation to get off Facebook. To stop consuming and wasting your time.

To focus on learning and creating rather than being entertained and distracted.

There are probably dozens are recurring activities you do on a daily basis that aren’t serving you.

You need to drop those activities from your life. Leave them in your past and fill your future with the activities that will take you to where you really want to go.

When you have 5 extra minutes, what do you do? Do you entertain and distract yourself? Or do you pay the price?

When your alarm goes off in the morning, do you hit the snooze button or do you pay the price?

When you know you should be creating, do you distract yourself or do you pay the price?

When you’re with your loved ones, do you look at your smart phone or do you pay the price?

Are you serious or still pretending?

Do you really want it or are you still unsure?

Are you moving one step in 20 directions or 20 steps in one direction?

How many hours did you waste today? How many hours were you paying the price?

What do you really want?

Are you willing to pay the price?

Nothing in life is free, especially your time. Everything has a cost. And when it comes to your time, the cost is heavy. You can never get even one second back.

You can live your life on purpose. You can spend your time on things you value. You can be who you intended to become. You can continue to progress and evolve, even after you’ve become successful and fulfilled.

But the price must be paid.

You can’t fake it.

It’s available if you want it. But you must choose it.

Thursday, September 7

Astrology Freaks | September Sagittarius

One of my favourite website is Magdalene, a feminist website from Indonesia. I just recently followed them and they have really good content on South Asian feminism that is very related to Islamic principles as well. 

So yeah, I was born on November 29th. My sign is Sagittarius.

Here's what Aisyah Llewellyn has written on September horoscopes:

Important dates:

5th September – Mercury goes direct

Mercury, planet of communication and technology, goes direct meaning that everything stops being hit by delays. Wait however for a few days before you buy electronic appliances or make big changes. Why? Mercury is still in the shadow period and Neptune is conjunct the Full Moon in Pisces. There is still a foggy feeling around and we won’t see the bigger picture. Leave big decisions until the middle or end of September.

19th September – New Moon in Virgo

We have a nice New Moon now in Virgo which brings opportunity to all of us. You could get a windfall at this time or hear good news regarding a partner. If you put in a job application then now might be a time when you get positive news. Highlight this day to also put your best foot forward and start something new. Virgo rules health so this is a great time to begin a new diet or exercise regime.

28th September – Uranus opposition Jupiter

This is a bumpy day when Uranus, planet of surprises, clashes with Jupiter which rules global endeavours. Circle this date in your diary as we are likely to see some rash moves by top leaders and surprises related to higher learning, travel and spirituality. These will all be challenged now and people will tend to speak without thinking. Make sure that this isn’t you by watching what you say!
And now for a look at each individual sign...

For Sagittarius, here's what it got to say:

You have a good month coming Sagittarius. Your star is on the rise and money is highlighted for you. There is an issue however of how you carve this up. Money may need to be divided between several people and you may be called upon to help with this. As a famously fair sign, this should be easy for you and the more you work to make sure that others get their share of the profits, the more you will also receive. Work will come good for you this month and you will get opportunities or offers that will continue to be lucrative down the road. There is also a sense that anything you started around the Total Solar Eclipse now comes back to you and all will be revealed. Make the most of September as you could get a lot done, provided you chase up all the leads that are presented to you.

Want to check out on your sign? Here it is!

I honestly hope that September will be a good month for me, after all the bent and broken life I had till June this year - when everything crumbles and didn't favor my side. Severe depression and crippling anxiety, countless panic attacks are something that I have been facing daily, but I hope September will be a new fresh book for me, even if it means we have 3 months to end this year!

Tuesday, September 5

10 Minute Creative | Day 1

I stumbled upon this challenge from Nadine Adele, a mutual of mine from Twitter and I was wondering, why not? I mean, art is art, creativity comes in many forms. So I spend some time today during my lunch hour break to accept the first day challenge, LINE!

What is a Line?

Line Noun
A mark or stroke long in proportion to its breadth, made with a pen, pencil, tool etc. on a surface.

Line is probably one of the most important parts of an artwork. Imagine creating a drawing, painting, sculpture, letter, poem, design, chart or table without drawing lines to divide the surface into shapes and forms – it’s near impossible to imagine lines anywhere hence why it’s an important part of near enough everything!  Lines can express feelings and emotions.

Types of lines: zigzag, curved, spiral, thick, thin, diagonal, curly, vertical, horizontal!

So the challenge is: 

o Pick 3 songs; your favourite song, a song you like the least and a song that makes you want to dance. All three songs need to total up to 10 minutes (if you have the time to go longer, then go for it!) and is best to listen to through headphones! 

o Using a pen (or any mark making tool of your choice) and paper, hold the pen in the middle of the page. 

o Press play, close your eyes and move your pen with the music. DON’T look at the page – just let the pen flow. 

o Once the first song is done, grab another sheet of paper and repeat step 2 and 3 with the next 2 songs. 

o If you want to make things even more interesting, you can use just 1 sheet of paper for all three songs, change colours for each song or change materials – it’s entirely up to you!

Here comes my thoughtful lines of art LOL

From my favourite song (currently): LOYALTY - Kendrick Lamar ft. Rihanna (04:00)

This was my mind when I was listening to All About That Bass from Meghan Trainor (03:10)

Song that makes me dance: De Ra Go from Jill (02:50)

I'm so excited to know what is going to happen tomorrow, but I feel glad I got to scribble my thoughts in a way that I didn't expect!

Thursday, August 31

13 Things about 31st of August

2017 Independence Day logo and theme

1. Malaysia gained her independence from Great Britain in 1957. Over 20,000 people gathered in Merdeka Square to mark the occasion, including the Duke of Gloucester, the King and Queen of Thailand and the Prime Minister of India. The first prime minister of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman, chanted some of the most iconic words in Malaysian history, “Merdeka, Merdeka, Merdeka”.

2. From 1957 onwards, Merdeka celebrations have been held every year in all its grandeur. Dignitaries wear traditional uniforms and costumes, fighter jets fly overhead in a blaze of smoke and military personnel and Kadazan tribal people march through the streets.

3. Inaugural celebrations featured dancing formations that depicted the emblem of the ruling party, Barisan Nasional — or the National Front Coalition Party. Barisan Nasional has ruled Malaysia since 1957, making it one of the longest ruling, democratically installed governments in the world.

4. Up until September 16, 1963, Malaysia was still known as the Federation of Malaya. Two years after Singapore left the federation in 1961, the Bornean states of Sabah and Sarawak merged with Peninsula Malaya to form the new Malaysia.

5. Merdeka Day celebrations in 1963 were nothing short of extravagant with traditional dancers from East Malaysia appearing for the first time in full ceremonial regalia, armed with spears and other tribal items.

6. Malaysia Day, not to be confused with Merdeka Day, is held every September 16 to mark the formation of Malaysia.

7. In 1967, Merdeka celebrations saw perhaps the biggest crowd in Malaysian history. An estimated 50,000 people attended the ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of Malaysia’s independence. Thousands of law enforcement and military personnel marched through Merdeka Square.

Military procession passes dignitaries at inaugural Merdeka celebration in 1957

8. Merdeka Football Festival has run concurrently with Merdeka celebrations from 1957. The festival is the oldest football event in Asia and has seen teams from all over the world compete for the prestigious trophy. Hong Kong were the inaugural winners in 1957.

9. Malacca City hosted the first Merdeka celebration outside of Stadium Merdeka and Dataran Merdeka in 1985. The decision was the brainchild of Malaysia’s “Father of Development” Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad. The Malacca Club was turned into a Merdeka memorial called the Merdeka Declaration Memorial to archive all past and future Merdeka celebrations.

10. In the same year, one of Malaysia’s most iconic acts, the Alleycats, released their chart-topping album Suara Kekasih. Founded in 1978, the Alleycats went on to have a profound impact on Malaysian people and the Malaysian music industry.

Music icons the Alleycats

11. Following 1963, there was a push for Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines to form a confederation called Maphilindo. However, there were too many controversies and disputes over territory with then Indonesian president Sukarno putting an end to discussions.

12. Shortly after, Indonesia provided Malaysia with the greatest threat to her independence. They declared war on the Kalimantan-East Malaysia border, laying claims to territories north of Kalimantan. Indonesia only came to officially acknowledge the formation of Malaysia three years later in 1966.

13. Malaysia and her states have been ruled by many invaders over the years from Srivijayan Buddhists and Majapahit Hindus to Portuguese, Dutch and British settlers as well as the Japanese in World War II. Many of these cultures are still present in current day Merdeka celebrations.