Chinese New Year

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Chinese New Year is always an occasion I hold dear to my heart. It’s an occasion for family members to gather and catch up with each other. It starts with the night before the first day of Chinese New Year. It’s called Reunion Dinner. Family members will go home for the reunion dinner. It’s usually a huge feast where we celebrate and be grateful for our blessings for the past year and hope that we will have good health and good fortune in the upcoming year. There were times when I wasn’t able to celebrate with my family because I was away to study abroad. I celebrated it with my friends then.

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My family is really awesome! They sent me cards all the time. It felt really warm and sweet especially when I received Chinese New Year cards from them. All those cards reminded me that I wasn’t alone out there. I was just out there experiencing and getting more exposures for my own good.

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We missed home so much that we tried to recreate the atmosphere as close as we could.

Chinese New Year is a huge thing to, of course, Chinese. That’s when we go all out for it. It’s the time you’ll see us splurging on snacks, beverages, a lot of meat and food. On top of that, new clothes and shoes are a must as well! Some even go all the way to buying new bed sheets and pajamas too! If you notice, red is the preferred color for Chinese New Year. It’s supposed to bring good luck and prosperity for the upcoming year. Therefore, new personal belongings are preferred to be in red or be really colorful.

Just like most of the Chinese families, my parents always brought us for shopping when it’s nearing Chinese New Year. Now that I’m much older, I do my own shopping. Even when I was in the States, I did it still. Although I’m very much into monotone these days, I plan to wear some colors for the Chinese New Year just so I have a great year ahead with everything sail smoothly. However, if you know about the passing of my po po on the first day of this year, we aren’t supposed to celebrate Chinese New Year. After talking to my mom, she agreed that we should still wear some colors for Chinese New Year, at least on the first day of Chinese New Year. Not in an exaggerated way, of course! Therefore, I’ll be wearing some monotone outfits but I’m thinking of brightening up my outfits a bit with accessories.

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While most of us are busy with work and errands since we are only about half a month in this New Year, shopping for new clothes online is a fantastic option! We don’t have to waste our time squeezing through the traffic and hopping from one shopping mall to another shopping mall only to find ourselves roaming in the parking area looking for a parking slot. It’s tiring and exhausting. It’ll only add more stress on us for Chinese New Year. Fortunately, Zalora is currently offering Chinese New Year collection. That makes shopping at Zalora a great idea! Zalora offers a wide selection of red clothing for both female and male. I’ve been browsing through their Chinese New Year collection, I have to say everything is so ang (red in Hokkien) and pretty that I’m even debating if I should ditch monotone!

Personally, I really like EZRA’s collection. Especially Short Sleeved Fitted Lace DressLace Yoke Fitted Top and Lace Lantern Skirt. They are really functional as they can be worn to many occasions such as formal events like wedding dinners or even a casual day out with my girlfriends! I also think the Short Sleeved Fitted Lace Dress will be perfect for a date night. Lace is just so classy and feminine. Besides that, the pricing for EZRA’s Chinese New Year collection isn’t bad at all! In fact, I think they’re quite affordable. My inner aunty-ism is totally screaming right now!

If you’re like me looking for accessories to spice up your outfits, fret not! Zalora is also offering a really nice variety of accessories in their Chinese New Year collection. Well, I’m a huge ring person. & I think this KLF RASALAS Ring looks really lovely. Gem Encrusted Necklace and Multicolor Exaggerated Circle Pendant Necklaces are going to enhance your pretty tops as well. They are so vibrant but still classy. Either one of them should look good with one of those boring dresses that every girl has in their wardrobes too.

Alright, now if you would excuse me, I’m gonna head to Zalora to check out more of their Chinese New Year collection! Toodles! ;)

It’s not THAT late!

I swear I posted this on 18th of October in Instagram. Just reposting here because I know YOU will check out my blog! Hehe Nevertheless, I wish you all the best!

I can never thank you enough for everything you’ve done for me. You’re the first friend (together with WB) that made me cupcakes for my birthday! It was a great surprise! We’ve travelled to San Frans, L.A., & Seattle together. I honestly had so much fun with you & WB. I missed that trip a lot! We’ve had countless of Korean & Japanese. We attended each other’s graduation day. Thank you for being such a great host when my parents & I went to HKG. Thank you for coming to KL as well. I hope I will see you & WB next year! Happy birthday, b! I hope you have a great day!  <3 <3 <3

I’d cross oceans for you

I’ve been feeling a little low lately. I don’t know if it’s the fact that I’m tired of this city or if I just learned few weeks ago that my best friends are leaving me all alone here in Malaysia by 2015.

I definitely don’t mean to sound bossy but I love my best friends and they mean a lot to me. I certainly wish they are well and they are going to be doing something different and exploring different cities in the world. But I can’t help but to feel sad about it and wonder who I can run into when I have problem in the future (besides family & Duffy, of course!).

They are going to be scattered in different cities such as Tokyo/Hong Kong, somewhere in Australia as well as Seattle. Some are already having adventures and creating precious memories at Beijing/Taipei, Hong Kong (& potentially somewhere in Germany) and Singapore. Even a two-way flight ticket to Singapore costs a bomb these days. At least it is for me. That means I can barely see them anymore, especially the one in Seattle (or Germany, but that’s uncertain).

It makes me think so much about friendship lately. Friends that I’ve spent a fortune (maybe it wasn’t for you but it was for me when I was unemployed) on don’t talk to me anymore. Friends that you used to cross oceans for stop caring for you.

& friends that still care for you genuinely are leaving you. I totally understand that they are not leaving me as per se. But they’re not exactly just one phone call away either.

I miss going out with my best friends. We may get annoyed by each other at times but we actually enjoyed each other’s company. We may be drifted but we always go back to each other at the end of the day. We may not talk as often as we used to, but we update each other in any case of emergency.

I guess I’m just worried or even afraid that they will forget about me eventually. Like, I’ve never existed in their lives. Because I know they have made and still continue making a lot of impacts to my life. I was/am encouraged & inspired by them. They made me believe in myself and supported me through & through. I just wished that I could live in the same cities as them. It’s hard to pick a favorite one because each of them are unique & special in their own ways.

To all my best friends, I’d cross oceans for you. We may not be the best of friends in the future, but I swear we are at this moment. I love you all. Whatever happens in the future, just remember we have had each other yesteryears and today. <3

There are bright sides in everything

This week has been a rather tough week for me. I felt somewhat defeated and demotivated. A lot of things have been going on and I wish things could be a little bit more simpler. If you’ve hadn’t notice, I’ve stopped hanging out with a few people. Doesn’t matter if it’s intentional or accidental, because I am happier. I’m so done with gossiping day in & day out.

Maybe I really am getting older. I realized if I could make good use of all those time wasted in gossiping to improve myself in areas that I’m interested in, I could be a more useful person today. I like making nice conversation recently. I still like to joke around with the people around me and had some good laugh about it. Those are really fun moments that I enjoy. No complications, no drama, no confusions. I love simplicity these days. So I’d rather move away from people who gossip and complain all the time. On the surface, they preach about optimism and what’s not but they actually gossip and complain about so many things most of the time.

I’m not a saint. I still rant and complain sometimes. But I try to keep it as short as possible. And if I’m really that unhappy about it, I’ll just find a solution for it instead of faking like there’s nothing ever happened and continue bitching about it later. I’m not into hypocrisy. & I’m not into people who practice that too. That could be the reason why I’ve become more quiet lately.

Sometimes I wish people could see how blessed they are. But it’s probably not their fault. If they hadn’t seen the worse, they couldn’t imagine it. Therefore exposure is important.

I am so glad that the last working day of this week ended on a positive note, with colleagues listening to my frustration at work and finding out that I wasn’t the only one whom feeling that way was really comforting, boyfriend who has been here for me all the time, family who has been listening and supporting me as usual.

Things are not perfect, but there are bright sides in everything.