March 20, 2017

March 20, 2017

Starting My Boring Life Again

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People usually would do a post of 'What I did for the week' on Sunday but I was just too busy so I'm doing it today. I never did this kind of post before but I thought I want to share with you guys an update of my life currently because honestly, I didn't have the time to do a more beneficial and educated post, LOL. This is just a short post as I've been itching to write but got no time to.

As I told you in my older posts, I've resigned from my last job and currently applying for master study in some local universities and dare to try an oversea university, I chose Deakin University, Australia btw. Not yet completed the application but currently preparing for it. But of course, in the meantime, I NEED A JOB. 

I've sent my resume to various architectural firms but unfortunately, I got no feedback at all. It's understandable actually, with our current downfall of economic condition so I redha dah and thought to just do a part-time job at any hipster cafe or shopping mall instead. 

But one day my friend, Aya, suggested me to apply for Skim Latihan 1 Malaysia (SL1M) programme by Khazanah Nasional because they were looking for graduates in some fields and architecture was one of them. She got accepted to an architectural firm in Kulim and the firm wanted another graduate so that's why she approached me to apply for it.

Fortunately, I got the job too. I actually applied for it two weeks ago on Tuesday and I got accepted right away so, on Sunday we went to Kulim to find a rented house for us to stay. It was so hectic because of the short notice but fortunately everything went well that day.

Since I applied for the job under SL1M, so it was necessary to undergo a one-month training on soft skills first before starting the actual job. The training was held in Bertam but our rented house was in Kulim so it'll be 30 minutes drive everyday fo a month for attending the training. It's tiring as hell, I know and that's why I've been missing from the blogging world for the whole week or more, if you noticed lah.

Sadly there's NO WIFI at my rent house and currently updating my blog depending on my mobile data connection to my laptop using the hotspot. I've lived my whole life with stable WiFi connection so not having WiFi right now made my life went miserably miserable. Unfortunately, for the whole 7-8 months I'll be here, we won't apply for WiFi. So guys, please pray so that I won't go into madness-state of mind and so that my Umobile internet data will always be in a good condition (I still didn't watch the last two episodes of Innocent Defendant yet and I'm going crazy for that!).

Anyway, I've missed blogging so much so I think I should try my best to update regularly as I used to. I also hope that I could manage to live here with no WiFi and limited entertainment  and I wish the job which would start on April will be the best one, hopefully better than my last job. I'll update about it when the time comes.

How is your life going, guys? Oh, I'll find out about it on your posts, hee.

Till then,
Lya.

March 16, 2017

March 16, 2017

Travellers, it's time for Traveloka SALE-ABRATION!

I love to travel. I mean, who wouldn't want to be on that airplane and travel to other countries or even just to visit local attractions. I'm sure 9 out of 10 people would say that they love travelling. But of course, for some, the high expenses needed to spend on flight tickets and hotel bookings made they hold back their dream of travelling.

It is now the time to realize that dream of yours as Traveloka currently offering you the best of the best flight and hotel booking deals you can get. So travellers, let out your excitement because it's the time for SALE-ABRATIONNN! *clap clap.

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But first thing first, What is Traveloka?
Almost everything is available at the tips of the fingers nowadays as there are tonnes of website for us to purchase something we want such as apparels, gadgets and of course, travelling deals. It's just that online shopping is far more convenience for us.

So Traveloka is a one-stop flight and hotel booking platform for both domestic and international destinations. The booking process with Traveloka would be the best choice as their website has a minimalist design and free from unrelated advertisements which would make searching, booking and managing your next trip hassle-free! 

You can also book your next flight or hotel using Traveloka's free app from your expensive smartphones immediately. Just search 'Traveloka' in the App Store and the app would be the first suggestion or just simply enter your number or email address at the footer section of Traveloka's website and they will send you the download link for the app.

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You will never miss out any promotion again if you download the app. Just click the 'Ongoing Promos' button on its homepage and you'll be directed to the current promotions Traveloka is offering. I must tell you that the promotions are very enticing and you wouldn't want to miss that!

Flight Deals
You will never have to use multiple tabs for different airlines websites again as Traveloka would help to compare flight deals across those multiple airlines instead for you. They will also book only the best deal value for your money to your dream domestic or international destinations.

The flight deals come for every kind of budget which are as low as RM40 to domestic destinations and below RM100 to international destinations. They are so affordable that you don't need to empty out your pockets again!

Hotel deals
Partner hotels have been carefully selected to cater to various types of travel purposes, whether for shopping, visiting cities rich with culture and heritage, relaxing by the beach and many more to ensure you have a great stay for your next trip.

With easy booking access through Traveloka's website or their free app, over 100 exclusive Traveloka-only hotel deals for destinations around Southeast Asia to cater for different types of travel purposes for you. You don't have to trouble yourself comparing hotel deals from their respective websites or making reservation calls anymore.

Why Traveloka?
The things that we would be concerned regarding making an online booking is the privacy of our personal information and banking details. Just know that all information in Traveloka are fully encrypted and protected for data security, so there's nothing you need to worry!

Traveloka only offers the best and honest price for you to choose. What you see on the booking details is what you need to pay as they don't have any hidden charges so it's easier to plan for your expenses.

The faster way to make your bookings by adding your card details only once for all future transactions. Less effort and time consuming for the process, you know you love that!

Traveloka also offers a 24/7 customer service so it's very convenience for you, especially if you're a working person. You can contact them for any inquiries even at night!

Traveloka always have hotel and flight promos and this time, it's the SALE-ABRATION! You surely don't want to miss that so click the link below to start your booking!


I myself had booked with Traveloka a few times for flight and hotel deals and I can ensure you that your spending would be worth the deals offered. Don't wait any longer, click the link and start your booking before the promotion ends!

Have you ever book flight or hotel deals with Traveloka before? Tell me your experience!

Till then,
Lya.

March 9, 2017

March 09, 2017

Assistant Architect : The Reality

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I've been asked a lot about how exactly it is, working as an assistant architect especially from my high school juniors who are considering architecture as their major. So why not do a blog post to give you a clear vision on this.

An assistant architect, in mere fact, even as an architect itself, is not a job like what has been told in dramas and movies. Not the kind of job where you work exactly 9.00am to 6.00pm, a job where you bring AO size drawings on your back all the time to meetings or a job where you earn millions in a month time. No, it's not like that at all.

Working in the architectural field, even when studying architecture, pulling an all-nighter is a routine you'll never be able to avoid especially if you're working in a small firm with few staffs. I once stayed up till 6.00am in the office to finish the drawings and printings, only went home to shower and Subuh prayer, then at 8.00am went to tender briefing.

Sounds exhausted right? But the hard work would all be worth it especially if you got compliments from other consultants.

People often think that architects are good at drawing manually as it's our job. No, we draw using computer software, for example, AutoCAD, Sketchup, Revit, etc. But yes, the initial idea usually was done manually, a rough sketch. Since we now do drawings in computer and we have LCD, no one brings AO drawings to meeting nowadays even submitting the drawings was done online. Even if a hard copy of the drawings required for the meeting, folding the drawings into A4 size would be easier so don't dream of carrying the drawing tube on your back to meetings. You'll do that when you're in university, that is if the university still practices students for manual drafting.

When I tell someone that I'm an assistant architect, all they see in me is a rich young woman who works in the professional field. Little did they know that architect is listed as one of the low-paying jobs in the world. I'll just tell you what happen in Malaysia since it'll be more relatable. A starting salary of an assistant architect (fresh graduate of bachelor's degree Part I), is about RM1400-RM1800. But you'll get paid higher if your portfolio is outstanding and you work in a big firm in KL. So yeah, we don't get paid RM2000 and above like everyone else is thinking.

But of course, if we put our heart and sincerity in our job, God will make us feel richer than what we actually earn.

So did you know these things I mentioned about an assistant architect?

Well, when I read this post again, it feels like I only give the negative things but hey, I just want to be real here, okay. Don't get me wrong, I love my job, I love what I do. Passion is all you need to survive architecture field so if you have passion, just go for it.

If you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life - Marc Anthony

I'm sure all of us agree with this quote, right?

Till then,
Lya 

March 7, 2017

March 07, 2017

March Sketch : Shenlong

Guess I should take a break from drawing buildings so this month is a sketch of Shenlong, the dragon from 'Dragon Ball'. Dragon Ball had been my favourite series when I was a kid, still remember the excitement every time the hero shouted 'kamehamehaaa!' to release his power. This drawing was requested by my brother and he wanted it to be coloured. 

If you follow my Instagram, you'll find that I only produce black and white sketches. Thing is, I am bad at colouring so I never display any coloured sketch before. I do realize that my watercolour set getting dusty so why not just try it for this one, right? But since I'm taking a risk of it to be ruined, here's the black and white version first.

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I don't know how it will turn out after I put colour in it as it'll be my first time in years trying to colour my drawing so please pray for it to be okay, okay?

Hope you like this one, though.

Till then,
Lya.

March 5, 2017

March 05, 2017

Sunshine Blogger Award


A big bow to Afifah as she nominated me to do this Sunshine Blogger Award. It's been years since I did something like this so here we go.

The Rules:
  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog

Afifah's questions:

1. Introduce yourself as if you really want me to know you and you know I wouldn't judge even if you say your secret crush is Hitler OR just introduce yourself in five words.
Art and writing are my passion.

2. If you never have to work and never have to worry about money anymore, what will you do?
This might be a cliche answer but all if I don't have to worry about money anymore, I'll be traveling the world, alone. Going on a solo trip has always been my dream!

3. What is the craziest thing you have ever done?
My life so far was dull. I'm still living in my comfort zone but the craziest thing I did, I think was when I declined the offer for studying in Beijing. I keep regretting it a lot these days. You can read about it here.

4. Favourite movie of all time and why so?
Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone. Harry Potter series movie is an adaption of the novels of the same name. It's a tale of a wizarding world of a boy, Harry Potter. It has a total of 8 movies. I love Harry Potter series but the first one is my favourite of all time. It's the first ever movie with great CGI I watched when I was a kid so I thought the magic was real. Can you imagine how excited I was?

5. Share with me your quirky-est nickname and how did you get that?
I've never been called by my real name, Alia as I always have a friend of the same name, and that friend got to be called Alia instead. Here's a list: Rabiatul (primary school. I hate to be called Rabiatul by the way), Roya/Roy (high school), A'a (university) and Lya (blog)

The quirky-est would be Roya/Roy, a combination of my real name, Rabiatul Alia, A friend of mine, Fafiq started the name and the others just followed along. I hated it at first but I got used to it over time.

6. What is your greatest weakness?
My sense of direction. I'll have to go on the route 10-20 times before I can memorize it and because of that, GPS is my best friend. 

7. What is your greatest strength?
I have a high degree of attention to details, thanks to my architectural background. 

8. What is your best childhood memory?
Everything I did with my late grandparents. 

9. If you can only keep five possessions, what would that be?
My phone, laptop, car, notebook, lipstick.

10. What is the biggest character turn-off for you?
Self-boasting people who're also good at looking down on other people aka an A-hole.

11. If you could have any superpower, what power would it be and why? - it must be skills, not something like time-travelling or immortality.
Teleporting! I've always want to travel alone so teleporting would be a great advantage for it.

My nominees for this Sunshine Blogger Award:


I love reading personal related post so here are my questions:

1. A simple introduction about yourself and your blog.
1. Satu pengenalan ringkas mengenai diri anda dan blog anda

2. What's your fear/phobia? Why?
2. Apa yang takut / fobia anda? Mengapa?

3. What makes you happy? Why?
3. Perkara yang membuatkan anda rasa gembira? Mengapa?

4. What the one thing you would like to change about yourself? Why?
4. Satu perkara yang anda ingin tukar tentang diri anda? Mengapa?

5. What was the last movie/book you went to/read? How was it?
5. Apakah filem/buku terakhir yang anda tengok/baca? Jadi, bagaimana?

6. When was the last time you broke someone's heart? Why?
6. Bilakah kali terakhir anda lukakan hati seseorang? Mengapa?

7. Which would you rather do: wash dishes, clean bathroom or vacuum the house?
7. Yang mana satu yang anda lebih rela lakukan: mencuci pinggan, mecuci bilik mandi atau vakum rumah?

8. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
8. Di manakah anda melihat diri anda dalam masa 10 tahun?

9. What is one thing you will never do?
9. Apa satu perkara yang tidak akan anda lakukan?

10. If you could eat only one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
10. Jika anda boleh makan hanya satu hidangan untuk sepanjang hidup anda, apakah ia?

11. Name 2 items and 1 person you'll bring along to survive with on a deserted island. Why?
11. Namakan 2 item dan seorang individu anda akan membawa bersama-sama untuk hidup di pulau terpencil. Mengapa?

Till then,
Lya.

March 2, 2017

March 02, 2017

My Simple Everyday Makeup Routine

My Simple Everyday Make Up Routine

Since going to work is a daily routine, I couldn't stand heavy makeup as I'm too lazy to re-apply it after the Zohor prayer. Also, eye shadow, contouring and all takes too much time and I wouldn't sacrifice my longer bed time just to do them. So here is my simple everyday makeup routine whenever I go to work.

Skincare - Clinique
After cleansing, I apply toner and moisturiser to clean my face before applying any makeup on. Clinique skincare works best for me when I started using them 8 years ago but I think they gradually losing their touch on me so I'm considering changing my skincare actually. Would you do me a favour to suggest some?

Foundation - Sephora Brightening & Hydrating Foundation, No 30
After the toner and moisturiser dried, I'll start to apply foundation all over my face, tapping them using a beauty blender I bought from H&M. Of all the foundations I've tried, this Sephora one really suits me and could almost cover my acne and dark spots that I don't really need to touch them up with a concealer.

Powder - Silkygirl Magic BB White Chiffon Powder Foundation, Code 02 Natural
I'll apply face powder on top of the foundation using a powder brush, also from H&M. I'm comfortable with Silkygirl for face powder, I literally had tried every face powder the store has and I love all of them.

Blusher - Silkygirl Blush Hour, Code 03 Flushing Rose
I apply blusher on my cheekbone to give some colour to my face since I don't do contouring nor highlighting. Silkygirl is basically my first ever make up brand that I used (and still is) so the blusher is Silkygirl's. I never tried other colour blusher as I'm afraid of the too-heavy makeup look but actually I'm considering it so please suggest me some!

Mascara - Maybelline Magnum Volume Express Waterproof
Even though my eyes are small (sepet), I dare to skip everything for eye makeup to save time but mascara is a must. Since I wear contact lenses, I'll look like a ghost if I don't have anything on my eyes. However, I suck at applying mascara on my bottom lashes, they're so short and sikit! Might as well say that I've tried every mascara they have in drugstores but this yellow Maybelline one is my current favourite.

Lip Balm - Mary Kay Satin Lips Shea Butter Balm
It's actually my first time using lip balm because I finally decided to care for my lips as it always get dry and cracked. I love the one I'm currently using, from Mary Kay.

Lipstick - IN2IT Moisture Intense Lipstick, Code MI 10 Cranberry
I don't know whether the sequence of my lips routine is right or wrong, but I'll apply lip balm first, and then the lipstick. I use this IN2IT lipstick since forever because I think the colour and moist finish suits me the best.

Makeup Remover - Simplisity Simply Dual Action Make Up Remover
Of course, ending the day with removing all the makeup to let my face breathe its fresh air.

I'm no beauty expert but I just wanted to share my simple make up routine with you guys.

Do we have the same routine? 

Till then,
Lya.
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