February 19, 2017

February 19, 2017

That Once In A Lifetime Chance

While doing blogwalking and scrolling down Zety's blog archive, I stumbled upon her post about what she missed out for not taking the chance she had for once in her lifetime. So I thought to write about mine. 

This would take me back when I was 18, a high schooler graduate. As long as I remembered, my ambitions I wrote in the three sections in my report card had never change in this sequences : 1. Architect, 2. Teacher/Lecturer, 3. Policewoman. 

I wanted to be an architect because I love drawing so much and I knew I have talent in that area but my parents wanted me to be a language teacher/lecturer. I mean, I'd love to be a teacher/lecturer but instead of majoring in language, I preferred mathematics or art. So my parents agreed to let me apply for a mathematics teacher in Institut Pendidikan Guru (IPG). For UPU application, I applied for architecture-related course for the first 5 rows and language-related course for the last rows (upon my mom's request).

I was called in for an interview for both in IPG and UiTM (architecture). Unfortunately I failed IPG's interview (till this day I'm so disappointed that I failed) so I waited the result for UiTM's. I was more than ecstatic when I was offered a place in UiTM for architecture course that I applied so I accepted it without hesitation.

I can't remember when was the result but I had to wait for nine months until the semester started. So one day, I stayed at my uncle's house in Ipoh, accompanied my brother who had a squash tournament. I went out to see my brother and left my phone at home that day and when I returned, I found three miscalls from an unknown number. I'm not someone who's eager to know who the hell called me so I ignored it. 

Exactly at 4pm, that unknown number called me again and turned out it was from IPG! They're offering me a full sponsorship program to be studying in Beijing, China and will be offered a job as a teacher when I return back home in Malaysia. I was so happy I got the offer to study abroad but the major I got offered was Chinese language (I swear if it was Korean, I wouldn't hesitate to accept the offer, hiks). Also, I had to give them the answer by 5pm and my parents were nowhere near me to give their opinion at that time so I made the decision to decline the offer. Besides, I already had accepted UiTM's so I think it's not much of a regret to decline it.


I think the offer was made to me because nobody wanted it. I mean, it made no sense that they offered me the place since I applied for mathematics, not Chinese language but I'm glad I was offered anyway since it'll forever be an unforgettable offer I got.

Now that I've gone through the hardship in architecture course and how bad our economy is currently in (I even lost my job due to lacking of projects) I sometimes regretted that I declined the offer. I even have a wishlist to learn Chinese and if I accepted the offer, I'll be fluent in Chinese by now already.

But every choice happened for a reason and mine turned out not that bad after all. I'm doing what I love and I've met really good people, Anarchive, my batchmate whom I know will always be there for me if I ever need them. I also got to brush up my sketching skills and I believe, having knowledge in building-politic-related things is a gift from studying architecture itself. 

The good turn out actually could overshadow the regret I feel so I still am happy with my life. Who knows what the future hold for me, I might have the chance to study abroad again, hope so.

Do you have any once-in-a-lifetime chance that you missed?

Till then,
Lya.

February 15, 2017

February 15, 2017

My Everyday Essentials

My Everyday Essentials

These are my everyday essentials which I can't go a day without except when I'm away from home for travelling.

Handphone
My Oppo N1 Mini is three years old already and still functioning so well. It's my first ever smartphone which was a present from my dad so it has sentimental value for me. The most important thing there is in my phone is my contact lists as I never jotted them down in a notebook. But I do remember my parents' number, thanks to their unchanging phone number for the past 24 years.

Laptop
Asus Republic Of Gamer is my first ever laptop that I bought using my own money so I treasure it a lot, like I never let any dust reside on it. I never miss to be on my laptop every night especially for my freelance works. I also do blogging only on my laptop as the phone screen isn't big enough to have a satisfying blogging experience. Other than that, of course, watching my favourite K-drama and online gaming, I can't survive without these two.

Earphone, headphone and power bank
As music is my sugar dose, I can't live without these two. I use headphone when I'm using laptop while earphone when I'm using phone. I have a bad habit of listening to music while sleeping and I use earphone for that purpose. On top of that, I charge my phone using my power bank at night as my phone's battery went drained for the day. Charging my phone using power bank + listening to music using earphone while sleeping is a bad combination, I know.

Notebook and pens
Though I have lots of notebook but I usually use only one, the British flag notebook in the photo above which was given by my brother. I jotted important notes such as account details, work-related notes, blogging ideas, simple sketches and even wrote diary in it so I'll be miserable without this notebook. The pens I use for writing and sketching are Artline 220 Super Fine 0.2mm tip in black and blue colour. I always carry the notebook and the two pens in my bag.

Contact lenses and glasses
As I mentioned before here, I couldn't live without contact lenses as I think that I'm hideous wearing glasses. I wear contact lenses even if I just want to go to a nearby market. Though I wear contact lenses the most, glasses is still an essential to me as I wear them when I'm staying home.

My everyday simple make up and my favourite bracelet
Just like contact lenses, I wouldn't step out of my house without applying my simple make up routine, except when I went for sport activities such as jogging or hiking. Along with the make up, I'll wear a bracelet too as I'd feel incomplete without something on my wrist. Though I have tons of bracelets, I always wear the one in the photo above as it's my favourite.

What's your everyday essentials?

Till then,
Lya.

February 13, 2017

February 13, 2017

Peak 300, Teluk Batik

I remembered that I was 12 when I last went hiking, on a school trip for camping at that time so I might as well say that this is my very first time hiking as a grown up. I went hiking at Peak 300 in Teluk Batik, Perak with my family yesterday. We got nothing to do after lunch so my dad made the suggestion. We started trekking the hill at 2.30pm.

Fun fact : The hill is called Peak 300 because the peak is 300m above sea level. The trek to reach the peak is about 2km long and has 9 checkpoints marked for hiker's reference.

Hiking on Peak 300, Teluk Batik
We first met a Chinese mother and her son before going uphill but heck yea, they overpass us and even returned before we reach the peak.

Hiking on Peak 300, Teluk Batik

Hiking on Peak 300, Teluk Batik
I was so excited the moment I saw the first checkpoint.

Hiking on Peak 300, Teluk Batik

Hiking on Peak 300, Teluk Batik

Hiking on Peak 300, Teluk Batik

Hiking on Peak 300, Teluk Batik

Hiking on Peak 300, Teluk Batik

Hiking on Peak 300, Teluk Batik
We went hiking without doing any research on the hill, so we got excited when we discovered a river stream along the way as we thought there'll be waterfall at the peak.

Hiking on Peak 300, Teluk Batik

Hiking on Peak 300, Teluk Batik

Hiking on Peak 300, Teluk Batik

Hiking on Peak 300, Teluk Batik

And there, we made it to the peak after an hour and 20 minutes but no sight of the waterfall, not even a beautiful scenery of the sea from afar like how I imagined it would've been. But the hiking was worth it nonetheless, maybe a road to achieve my losing weight resolution. We spent quite some time at the peak to regain our energy and descended the hill for about 50 minutes. We reached the entrance at 6.00pm and went home feeling exhausted.

I researched a bit about the hill before I write this post and it turns out there is a waterfall but you'll have to go downhill on another trek for about an hour. I believe not many people know about this waterfall as I can't find any photo of it in google. 
Click here for Mr. Ching Neng Bin's story of the trekking journey.

For a newbie like me, the trek would drain you but it's bearable as it's not steep slope all the time so go and check it out if you happen to be in Manjung.

I wish to get to the waterfall someday, very curious of the view.

Do you guys have any hiking experience?

Till then,
Lya.

February 12, 2017

February 12, 2017

My 2017 Started On February

I thought of posting an entry on January wrap up but I definitely didn't realize it has passed two weeks ago already. Might because of my hectic schedule since I had to move out of my rented house in Perlis as I've resigned and be back in Perak, also my cousin's wedding ceremony which took two weeks of my weekend occupied.

So I didn't get a chance to buy a planner on January, but I got it a few days back at Mr.DIY in Ipoh Parade. Actually, I hadn't own a planner for years as I usually abandoned it after a few months but I want to be more organize this year so I decided to buy one, aside from the inspiration I got whenever I see a blogger posts about his/her planner collections.

My 2017 Started On February

So this is how the front cover looks like and it is a hard cover which I preferred. I actually don't like green colour but this one is exceptional as the colour combination with the flowers pattern below is so adorable! I bought it at RM8.90 which to me is very cheap since most ugly planner I found in various bookstores costs up to RM19.90. 

My 2017 Started On February

The first half of the pages has grid style as shown in the photo above, as a planner should, which made it easier for me to jot down my to-do list or notes on the particular day, especially a reminder of someone's birthday. But the missing dates is really sucks as I have to write down the date myself.

My 2017 Started On February

The other half of the pages has lines like normal notebook, I might just use this section as a diary whenever I feel like to and of course, jotting down blog post ideas in here.

I'm satisfied with my new planner, though I don't know whether it'll be put to a good use for the year or I might left it untouched starting in the middle of June like I usually did before? Let's hope I won't do that sheesh and hopefully this good habit I'm planning to do will continue for years to come.

I hope you think that I made a good choice of buying this cute planner.

Did the January section of your planner full of notes already?

Till then,
Lya.

February 9, 2017

February 09, 2017

Favourite Artist : Choi Seung Hyun aka TOP


I've mentioned before here, that I love Bigbang and TOP is my bias in the group. Here's a bit about him, in case you don't know who he is.

Full Name : Choi Seung Hyun, better known as TOP (his stage name)
Born : November 4, 1987 in Seoul, South Korea
Occupation : Rapper/ Songwriter/ Actor

More about him at : wikipedia

TOP got the nickname 'Bingu' which means stupid in English because of his dorky and funny attitude, especially his goofy dance which he would do whenever he likes even when nobody asked him to.
Here's an example of his dorkiness : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZNKiBGcvOM

I first fell in love in this guy when I watched K-Drama IRIS (2007) where he played the role of an assassin. Though his scenes weren't that much in the drama but his intense stare and manly voice left a big impression to me and I immediately searched about him. That's when I learned that he's in Bigbang and I immediately fell in love in the whole group too. I mean, bunch of handsome men and great songs, who wouldn't like it, right? Especially if you're a Kpopper.

For your information, every healthy Korean man, before the age of 30 years old, they would be serving in the military for two years and celebrities are no exception. TOP's military service started earlier today, on 9th Feb 2017. 

And that guys, was why I needed to post this entry. Knowing that I won't be able to look at his handsome face for two years made my heart break into pieces. I know I'm just being a fan girl and all but WHY IS IT SO HARD TO LET HIM GO? *cries a river. I really feel like sending away a real boyfriend or maybe it even feels like we're breaking up while I still love him dearly, lol.

Hey TOP, if you ever read this (which I think you would, in my dream), just know that I'll forever love you, and I'll wait for you, that is if I'm still into Kpop at that time tehee.

Soz not soz for the fangirling mode in this post, guys.

Who artist do you love like the way I love TOP?

Till then, 
Lya.
February 09, 2017

Genting Highlands

The last time I went to Genting Highland was when I was 17, followed a school trip. I can barely remembered the feeling being on a roller coaster. To my delight, the family decided to spend one night in Genting, while on the journey to Johor for my cousin's wedding.


We spent our night in The First World Hotel since the price at that time wasn't expensive as it was off-peak season. One Standard Room which would cost up to RM500 during peak season was offered RM50 at that time, when booked with Booking.com. We chose two rooms which connect together, one of the rooms comes with two single beds while the other comes with one queen size bed. The room was so cozy and cold even without an air-cond since the temperature was below 20 Celsius.

Genting Highlands

Genting Highlands

Actually, I went to Genting with the mind of going on rides in the indoor theme park since the outdoor one is under construction but to my disappointment, the indoor theme park was under construction too so it was closed! We had no choice but just to look around and went to Sky Avenue.

Genting Highlands

After a while, we decided to go to the Ripley's Believe It Or Not museum where they display over 500 exhibitions regarding the show. The ticket costs RM25 for one adult, can't remember the price for a child though. Right after we're done with the museum, we went on the ride that go around the area which was so slow, you could've fall asleep if you're sleepy. It costs RM10 per person for one round but the kind staff gave us another round after we pleaded with our puppy eyes.

Genting Highlands

Genting Highlands

Genting Highlands

On the ground floor, right downstairs of Ripley's Believe It Or Not museum, there was a haunted house and my brothers and cousins decided to test their bravery by entering it. I must admit that I don't have the courage to enter any haunted house ever since I was a child, so I declined their persuasion to go in. Cameras weren't allowed in there but as far as my brothers told me, the haunted house was one of the most scary haunted house they've ever went to so the RM25 per person entry fee was worth it.

Genting Highlands

Finally at 6pm, we went to the Snow World which was located at the near end of the mall on the first floor. Before entering, we were given a sweater, gloves and boots to help us overcome the cold in there. I must say that the Snow World was the highlight of Genting while the theme park is still closed as it was the most fun thing to enjoy. The ticket is quite pricey, RM38 per person but it was totally worth it.

Genting Highlands

Genting Highlands

Genting Highlands

And that's the end of our time in Genting Highlands. The next morning, we took a walk outside the hotel and shortly after, continuing our journey to Johor. Though we didn't get to enjoy the theme park, I still love the short escape as the weather is so nice and the time spent with my family which I longed for.

Genting Highlands

I definitely will come back to Genting when the theme park is open again, I want to ride the roller coaster!

Till then,
Lya

February 5, 2017

February 05, 2017

February Sketch : Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

I've mentioned before here, that I'm going to post a series of sketch post at least once a month but pardon my laziness and procrastination that I couldn't make it for January teehee. So here is the sketch for this month, a sketch of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

If you read my 'About' section, you'll know that I'm a fan of Harry Potter (HP) and any HP fan would love Hogwarts. I had the idea to draw Hogwarts since forever but was afraid it will not turn out as good as I imagined since the school setting is huge. I thought I wouldn't dare to take the risk of getting my drawing ruined and tore up countless paper of efforts but I glad I did it anyway.

This final masterpiece is actually my third attempt, hope it turns out well enough to your eyes (it's embarrassing to call this drawing as a 'masterpiece' myself but bear with me hiks).

Till then,
Lya

February 3, 2017

February 03, 2017

Blogging Tips For Beginner

Blogging Tips For Beginner

I've encountered so many new bloggers lately, even some of my friends started their own blog. I personally love new bloggers as I know they are at the peak of their passion of writing, thus the start of their blog. So as a six years senior blogger of yours, I would like to share a few tips on blogging with you.

Don't wait to be better

I know there are people who want to start blogging but don't have the courage to do so as they think that their writing skill is still lacking. Well, even though I started blogging six years ago, I still think of myself as an amateur as I keep learning new things on blogging even to this day. In life, you'll never stop making mistakes, thus you'll never stop learning. So it's okay to start bad because through practices, you will improve.

Read and read

Prior to the first tip, reading is the most basic thing to do to improve your writing skills. I believe that most of us had the urge to start a blog because of certain bloggers we admired and these bloggers are good at writing. All you have to do is to hit the blog archive and read everything in there to get the inspiration to write. Other than blogs, reading novels or non fiction books would be a help too. Just get your lazy eyes onto those pages and start reading.

Write What You Love

When you write about things you enjoy writing, you would naturally write with passion which would help you making good contents. So it's okay to not have a blog niche because as long as you write about what you love, with passion, people will be attracted to read your blog.

Make Your Blog Known

Ain't nobody gonna magically stumbled upon your blog without your effort of making it known to others. The easiest thing to do to make your blog known is by blogwalking and leave your mark either in their Cbox or leave comments in their posts, or better yet, both. A nature of a blogger would visit your blog in return, trust me. Also, I know you have tons of social medias such as Facebook and Twitter so just share your blog link in there.

So that's my tips for you new bloggers, I hope these could help you in any ways.

Do you guys have any extra tips to share?

Till then,
Lya.

January 30, 2017

January 30, 2017

I'm Up For Surprises

Surprises can come in various way, various method and in various occasions, especially on birthdays and anniversaries. Some people would celebrate such special days by surprises that someone with romantic events such as a surprise birthday party where she/he never had the idea that she/he would be thrown balloons the moment she/he opened the door. It could also be just a romantic candle light dinner at a fancy restaurant or driving she/he in a limousine teehee.

But the most common birthday surprises, or specifically called birthday prank, where the birthday boy/girl be thrown raw egg, flour, or even the wastage from drainage. I remembered pranked a friend by pouring cooking oil on her.

Well, this might sounds sad but I never experienced both kind of surprises my whole life. My parents did held a birthday party up until I was twelve but the party wasn't a surprise since I knew about it and I never had a serious relationship with a guy before so yea. For the last 10 years, I spent my birthday just living my normal daily routine so being a typical girl, I really want to experience such surprises. I think it's okay to add 'experiencing birthday surprise' into my bucket list, right?

If a girl ever told you that she hates surprises, trust me, she lied. Even guys love surprises, how could a girl hates surprises?

Oh and actually it's my birthday today, 30th January, turning 24 this year. So surprise me with a birthday wish, will you? Hiks.

I'm Up For Surprises
a year older a year wiser

Till then,
Lya.

January 25, 2017

January 25, 2017

Goblin : The Lonely And Great God

Kdrama Goblin : The Great and Lonely God has just concluded last week. Goblin has officially landed as my most favourite Kdrama of all time, I'm still having a hard time to get over it. It does have flaws here and there but the overall story satisfied me. If you're wondering, Iris (2007) was my most favourite Kdrama before Goblin took over. So here's what I like about this drama.

The Cast


from left : Lee Dong Wook (as Grim Reaper/Wang Yeo), Yoo In Na (as Sunny/Kim Sun), Yook Sung Jae (as Yu Deok Hwa), Gong Yoo (as Goblin/Kim Shin) and Kim Go Eun (as Ji Eun Tak)

I was anticipating this drama way before they released their teasers, I was hyped the moment I found out that Lee Dong Wook was going to be in it as he is my most favourite K-actor, after Kim Soo Hyun. Gong Yoo as the lead really set my expectation high since his 'Train to Busan' was so awesome and he did a great job in Goblin, almost stole my heart from Lee Dong Wook teehee. I love the female leads especially Yoo In Na, she's my favourite K-actress. The antagonist character, Park Joong Won, played by actor Kim Byung Chul also did a very great job as I hated him with all my guts.

The Plot

It is a fantasy story about a Goblin, Kim Shin, being punished by the deity because he killed thousands by being immortal and only his bride can pull out the sword in his chest for him to finally return to ashes and die. Along his search of his bride, he met an amnesiac Grim Reaper and somehow they ended up living together. Things got complicated when Goblin finally meet his bride, Ji Eun Tak, their tragic destiny and the true identity of Grim Reaper and Ji Eun Tak's boss.

I really really love the plot as it was new and fresh, unlike typical drama where two heroes falling in love in one girl. The mystery was revealed one by one perfectly as I had goosebumps every time it unfolded. Though there are scenes that I found are disappointing such as it was too easy for Ji Eun Tak remembered Kim Shin. But overall, I love this drama!

The Bromance



I really love the mystery about the relationship between Kim Shin-Grim Reaper-Sunny and the love between the lead actors but my favourite relationship is the bromance between Grim Reaper and Goblin, with additional help from Deok Hwa. These three really steals the scene, I never get enough of them each episode. I mean come on, handsome men and funny scenes, whom girls wouldn't like it?

The OST

I love all the OST in this drama especially 'Round and Round' and 'Stay With Me'. Though there's controversy around 'Round and Round' as fans were attached to the intro singer, Han Soo Ji, I was too actually, but the full version with Heize's voice wasn't that bad, seriously. I love how perfect her voice blends with the melody of the song. Also, I really love Punch's voice in 'Stay With Me'. Hit the link below to listen to the song on Youtube, especially if you're a Kpoper.

Round and Round : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1OJ2LdrRy4
Stay With Me : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcKR0LPwoYs

If you're a fan of K-drama and you're hype for fantasy genre, Goblin should be in your must watch list. I still can't believe the drama is over, the syndrome doesn't seem ending that soon. I'll miss Goblin so much.

So there goes my most favourite K-drama so far. What's yours?

Till then,
Lya.

January 24, 2017

January 24, 2017

If You're Thinking Of Studying Architecture


So I've been asked by adik Khaidir to post an entry on a brief on architecture. First of all, I'm sorry Khaidir, if this post took too long as I've been busy with works and my cousin's wedding ceremony, also trying to figure out proper words with encouragement in here. Might as well say that this post is for you guys whom are in high school, especially Form 5 students as I'm listing a glimpse of what you need to know before taking architecture as your course.

There is no definite answer

Unlike accounting where there's answer on how to balance the numbers or medic where you'll learn of answers to cure illness, architecture, or more precisely, art, has no definite answer. There is no wrong or right in art as everyone has their own creativity. One could design animal-like building, another could design nature-like, but both are on the right path. The crucial part is whether your right path is acceptable or not, this, the lecturers are there to guide you.

Is not all about drawing buildings

This was my first misunderstanding on architecture. The first two semesters, or at least in UiTM, you'll do sketching and creative works. such as interpreting mood into visual. Only on semester three you'll start learning real architecture, designing building but you'll have to take construction into consideration which might make your imagination design to put in hard work.

To prepare mentally and physically

In architecture you will have to pull an all-nighter (this might apply to all courses) especially when it's nearing to the submission deadline and your design got rejected in the last minute. This is where you have to prepare your physical, your health, as you won't dare to be sick and repeat the semester. Though it sounds like there's no life for architecture students, but hey, we do know how to have fun and we have fun events such as the workshop (click).

Architecture lecturers and seniors are brutal during submission, they'll directly condemn your design like "design kau ni buruk tau tak" in front of the whole class or even tore your drawings. This is why you must not skip the class as in class is where you'll improve your design, gaining help from them before exhibit the drawings on submission day. But bare in mind that these people will help you despite all the sarcasm they spout off.

High cost

When you're in your early year, you'll have to spend money on water colour, drawing tools, model making tools and stuff and they are expensive. When you're in your final year, you'll need to spend money on printing, where one A1 paper costs RM5 but you'll at least spend on 8 A1 papers on every crit session, where there'll be at least 4 crit sessions. But it all depends on you, if you don't waste your money on useless things and hipster cafes every weekend, you'll be okay.

You Must Have Passion

You don't have to be creative or good at sketching as these could improve but passion is the one thing you must hold on to survive architecture. I know that we shouldn't compare the difficulties of different courses but I still think that architecture is a very very very tough course, even to those who have the passion. So passion is the most important thing you must have because at least, when you have the passion, you'll enjoy doing it despite all the struggle.

So there's my two cents on introduction to architecture, I hope it'll help you making the decision of whether to go for architecture or not. But just know that no course is easy or hard, it all depends on your effort.

Till then,
Lya.

January 16, 2017

January 16, 2017

Searching For Happiness


When I was a child, I always thought that being an adult was what best define happiness. With tons of money, they could buy whatever they want without the need to whining and begging with puppy eyes to your parents. Not to mention the scolding you get from those actions.

Now that I'm an adult, I know that having money, having the ability to buy whatever you want still couldn't make you happy. Satisfaction, yes, but not happiness.

To me, being happy is the most difficult thing to achieve but it doesn't mean it never happened along my twenty-four years of living. I had my happy moments when I went travelling, when I got my first bike, when I achieved good grades for SPM, when I graduated, well the lists go on and on.

However as I'm older, I find myself desperately searching for living a happy life instead of experiencing happy moments like what I've been through. You know, the feeling of having a positive vibe all day, when you can't stop smiling everyday and keep looking forward for tomorrow. I have yet to live such life.

But I do think that there is no greater happiness than to make someone else happy. I'm blessed to have my family and friends whom I know would always be there for me. I'm the happiest when I got to make these people happy. I'm the happiest when I see the smiles on these people's faces and I would risk anything to make sure those smiles would never fade.

Happiness is subjective, it doesn't have a definite answer to what exactly the meaning is. You would know it when you feel it so it's you who should define your own happiness.

So have you find your definition of happiness?

Till then,
Lya.
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