April 28, 2017

April 28, 2017

Books I'm Yet To Read


Guys, I'm in the mood of reading *clap clap. I actually have tonnes of books I'm yet to read back in my hometown but currently, I just have these five books here in Kulim.

I did mention HERE in my older post, that I wish to learn Chinese and finally I bought 'Bahasa Mandarin untuk Pemula' for a stepping stone. But reading the book, I do have a problem; HOW TF SHOULD I PRONOUNCE THESE WORDS?! For example; wo xiang xuexi hanyu. Terbelit lidah k. By the way, it means 'I want to learn Mandarin'. 

maze runner

The Kill Order & The Fever Code - James Dashner
The Maze Runner is my favourite series. I have bought all the books in the series a long time ago and I've read the trilogy, but I'm yet to finish these two. They're the prequel to the trilogy, that's why I'm procrastinating in reading them because there's no Newt nor Minho (as far as I've read them lah). I'm currently reading 'The Kill Order', hoping to quickly finish it and start reading 'The Fever Code' as soon as possible.

maze runner

I just bought these two books about a few days back.

aA+bB - Hlovate
I don't know if it's just me but I think most of us so called writers, dream to publish a book. I bought 'aA+bB' by Hlovate because I'm planning to write a Malay novel manuscript. I've read a lot of good Malay novels especially from Aisya Sofea and Ahadiat Akashah but I never read Hlovate yet. It's been ages since I last read Malay novel so I thought to read Hlovate's for my manuscript reference since Hlovate is so popular among Malay novel lovers. I'm currently reading it but unfortunately, it is not up to my liking because the sentences are too simple and it made the cliche storyline uninterested. I would prefer the ayat-berbunga-jiwang-karat type of writing. But I would continue reading it nonetheless and maybe would buy Aisya Sofea's soon.

The Book of Tomorrow - Cecelia Ahern
Romance lovers wouldn't dare to deny Cecelia Ahern's books. Of course, 'Love, Rosie' was what made me fell in love with her writing. I was contemplating between 'The Book of Tomorrow' and 'The Time of My Life', I was thinking to buy both but since I have tonnes of books waiting to be read, I decided to buy just one and it is 'The Book of Tomorrow'. The synopsis was what attracted me to buy this book and hey, isn't the cover is the cutest?

Tamara Goodwin hs had everything given to her. She has never wasted a thought on tomorrow. But when tragedy turns her world upside down, she has to leave her comfortable life behind, abandoning an affluent existence for the charity of relatives deep in the countryside.
When travelling library arrives in the village, it offers an escape into the pages of the books on its shelves. One of them, a heavy leather-bound volume locked with a padlock, draws Tamara to it. And what she discovers within its pages starts to change her life in the most unexpected of ways...

Fun fact; I love collecting books, especially novels but I'm too lazy to read them. So here's a challenge from me, to myself; I should finish reading all five books before ending May because I was thinking to buy a new one next month teehee.

Do you have books you're yet to read?

Till then,
Lya

April 19, 2017

April 19, 2017

2 Days 1 Night in Hat Yai, Thailand

The busy working days made me couldn't catch up with life and that life included this blog. That's why I've been away for quite some time, soz not soz. Anyway, the hectic schedule also made me felt exhausted and wanted to escape the reality so my friends and I decided to go on a short vacation in Hat Yai, Thailand last weekend. Initially we wanted to experience the Songkran festival but unfortunately, they ended the festival on Friday in Hat Yai. But I enjoyed the trip nonetheless.

We went in a group of seven but actually, I only knew Jiha and Ed from the SL1M training while the other four were Jiha's friends whom I met for the first time on the day of the trip. I was nervous to think about how awkward we would be as it'll be a trip with total strangers but fortunately, it was easy for us to get close to each other since semua pon masuk air je perangai.

hat yai, thailand
Meet the squad: (from left) Ed, Silah, Aida, Kak Nurul, Yana, Me and Jiha

It has been quite a while since I last went on a vacation with friends so I was looking forward for it but damn it I had overtime the night before the trip (thanks, boss), I ended up sleeping only for 3 hours. 

Day 1
I slept at Jiha's house that night so that we could travel together to Tasek Gelugor train station and meet the others there. We woke up at 4:30 am, to catch the commuter which would depart at 5:48 am. The journey from Tasek Gelugor to Padang Besar took about one and a half hours by commuter. We went directly to the Musolla for Subuh prayer and had our breakfast when we arrived Padang Besar train station since the ticket counter for the train to Hatyai only opened at 9:00 am.

We boarded the train to Hat Yai after passing Immigration of both countries and the train departed at 10:40 am. This trip marked my third time travelling to Hat Yai but it was my first time travelling there by train. I was amazed at how comfy the seat and how cute the interior of the train was though it's an old train.

Hat Yai, Thailand
ada kipas on the ceiling hokayy, plus air-cond so it was so cold on the train

The train journey took about one hour and we arrived Hat Yai at 10:30 am (local time, which was an hour late from Malaysia). We booked a hotel for our 2 days and 1 night stay at Singapore Hotel using Booking.com. It would take us about 15mins by walking from the train station to our hotel but since we were so tired and our backpack was so heavy, we decided to take Tuk Tuk instead. We chose Tuk Tuk for our transportation there because it was the cheapest and fun ride for travellers, especially since we were on a tight budget. 

Hat Yai, Thailand

hat yai, thailand
pardon me, who was the only one feeling excited for riding this

I could say that I was satisfied with the hotel we stayed at, Singapore Hotel. The condition of the hotel was over the top for an affordable price. The room was spacious and so clean. The staff was so friendly and was a big help to us for being patient and layan karenah kami yang bermacam during our stay. It's no doubt that I will stay here if I went to Hat Yai again in the future (hopefully abang receptionist tu kenal I lagi teehee).

hat yai, thailand

hat yai, thailand

We took a rest for an hour and went for lunch and shopping at Hat Yai Plaza. Of course, barang-barang dijual memang harga runtuh. I spotted a bag and a shoe which I was interested in buying but managed to refrain myself. I definitely will go there again to buy those. But some of the sellers suka bebel (dan marah) whenever we discussed for discounts which made the mood of shopping was a bit down and turned to bengang jugak

The food court was located at the top floor of the Plaza. However, I think I won't eat at the food court again as I spotted a big fat mice in their kitchen after having my lunch (still thought of vomiting remembering it again).

hat yai, thailand
 Hat Yai Plaza from the second floor
hat yai, thailand

hat yai, thailand
 the bag and shoe I refrained myself from buying and sometimes regretting it, lol

We spent almost four hours at the Plaza and went back to the hotel briefly to put our shopping bags away before going to the Floating Market. The journey to Floating Market by Tuk Tuk took us about half an hour, we reached the Floating Market at 4:00 pm. Initially, we thought the market didn't open yet as there was no one selling their goods on the sampan. Turned out that the sea level was high at that time so everyone was on the land, which was quite disappointing as there was no 'floating market' feeling. 

But the variety of foods was good as always. I regretted having lunch earlier because I couldn't fill my stomach with more foods at the market. So if you plan to go to the Floating Market, make sure you went there with an empty stomach.

hat yai, thailand

hat yai, thailand

hat yai, thailand

hat yai, thailand

hat yai, thailand

After we filled our tummy and went souvenir shopping at the Floating Market, we went back to our hotel by the same Tuk Tuk we took to go to the market. You could tell your driver to wait for you while you went to the market as it would be quite difficult to catch new one there. Usually, the driver would wait for you for one or two hours, depending on your negotiation with them.

We didn't spend too much time at the hotel, only for two hours. We went to Asean Market after Maghrib prayer. For me personally, I liked Asean Market the most on this trip. The food court was clean and had variety of choices for you. The shopping area was way better and wider than the one at Hat Yai Plaza. There was also a recreational park for you to lepak with friends and family which was so nice.

hat yai, thailand

hat yai, thailand

hat yai, thailand
I swear this is the first and the last time I ever did this pose, lol 

hat yai, thailand

hat yai, thailand

Well, might as well says that this trip was all about Hat Yai's markets as we didn't go straight to the hotel after Asean Market. We went to the night market near our hotel by walking just to window shopping because no money left for more goods, lol. Finally, we went to bed at 1:00 am, feeling so exhausted from all the walking.

Day 2
Since the train to Padang Besar would have seat number, we went to buy the ticket in the morning, at 8:00 am by Tuk Tuk. We went touring the hotel area after we bought the tickets and we had our breakfast at Salma Restaurant. I would fully recommend you to try their Nasi Kerabu as it was the best in town.

Our train was at 1:00 am but we went there an hour early. The train to Padang Besar, the same one we rode heading to Hat Yai took us about one hour and we reached Padang Besar at 3:00 pm (Malaysian's time).

hat yai, thailand

hat yai, thailand

hat yai, thailand

hat yai, thailand

Expenses (without miscellaneous):

Day 1
Singapore Hotel, 1 night Per head: 170baht. (Jiha booked this, I don't know the actual price)
Commuter Tasek Gelugor - Padang Besar: RM10.40
Train Padang Besar - Hat Yai: 70baht
Tuk Tuk Sg Hotel - Hat Yai Plaza: 20baht
Tuk Tuk Hat Yai Plaza - Sg Hotel - Floating Market - Sg Hotel: 60baht
Tuk Tuk Sg Hotel - Asean Market - Sg Hotel: 40baht

Total: RM10.40 + 360 baht (RM46.21) = RM56.61

Day 2
Tuk Tuk Sg Hotel - Hat Yai Train Station - Sg Hotel: 40baht
Train Hat Yai - Padang Besar: 70 baht
Commuter Padang Besar - Tasek Gelugor: RM10.40

Total: 110baht (RM14.20) + RM10.40 = RM24.60

Grand Total: RM56.61 + RM24.60 = RM81.21

Since I didn't take note on how much I spent on foods and miscellaneous, I couldn't list down the things I bought but I did notice that I spent approximately RM150 for the whole trip. Though it was just a short vacay, with time mostly spent at markets, experiencing the culture and spent time with friends was what I loved the most on the two days trip. Can't wait for my next, proper vacation.

Soz not soz for the long post.

When and where was your last trip with friends?

Till then,
Lya.

April 9, 2017

April 09, 2017

The Strangers That Would Be My Lifetime Friends

I'm always fascinated at how a stranger could turn into a friend in a blink of an eye. How the first polite conversation of "hi, nice to meet you," could turn to "give my phone back, you b*tch" and of course, everything started with a simple "hi", an approach made by that someone, welcoming you to be friends.

To some people, like me, friends are the people who are a lot closer and know me more than my family does. They know more about what I like and what I don't rather than my family because I lived more than half of my life with them. I'm not saying that I cherished my friends more than my family but they do have a special place in my heart.

New friends would be a positive addition in our life as the quote 'new friends, new life' enhanced. The differences we have such as our hometown and education background made us get to learn from each other and view life from each other's perspective which I find is the most interesting part of having new friends.

But here's a confession. I am not good at making new friends. At all. A typical introvert me, I would never make the first step to approach someone like, "Hi, I'm Lya. You?" Sorry but nope, that never happened before and might as well says that it will never happen at all.

I think that might be the reason why I don't have thousands of friends like everyone else. But I do have few friends who are very close to me and I thank them for approaching me first or else, I'll never get to know them.

Anyway, this post is made dedicated to these six new friends of mine, amazing people I just met for 3 weeks but felt like we've been friends for 3 years already. I first met them during SL1M programme, the graduate's employment programme I joined as I mentioned in my older posts before.

I didn't expect that I'll be making friends in this programme because actually, I felt it wouldn't be worth it to have new friends during the 3 weeks training. So thank you guys for approaching me, for being a very good friend though we just knew each other less than a month and for making me realised that new friends worth just as much as longtime friends are.

*from left: me, Anis, Alia, Syam, Zul, Faruq and Jiha

It's been so long that I had new friends so soz not soz for an emotional post tonight, teehee.

How about you guys? When did you meet you latest new friends?

Till then,
Lya

April 6, 2017

April 06, 2017

Online Shopping With Ezbuy.my

I would have to admit that I'm an online shopper geek. For me, to have a convenience online shopping platform where I could get everything I wanted in one place would make my mood of shopping went on cloud nine. To my pleasure, I just recently found out about ezbuy.my, an online shopping platform that have what I've been looking for.


Ezbuy.my is an online shopping platform with a great variety of trendy goods from all over the world being delivered directly to you, transforming the way you shop! You can now shop 'overseas' without actually having to take a plane all the while still enjoying an authentic local shopping experience, indulged by the myriad of choices with high quality guaranteed products at the best prices. Trust me, every cents that you spend on ezbuy.my will be worth the items you purchased.

Ezbuy.my always offer you the latest trending collections. If you girls are into Korean beauty products and fashion, ezbuy.my is the right place for you as it is the current trend that they're currently offering! You won't have a hard time to find popular Korean brands such as Etude House and Laneige anymore as ezbuy.my have exactly what you're looking for.

Guys, please don't be discouraged because believe it or not, ezbuy.my also offers you the latest and trendy men's fashion from top and tees to suit and blazer! On top of that, they also have a variety collections of electronic gadgets, home and office appliance products for you to choose from. 


Prime
Prime is a membership programme which guarantees your shipping fee to be fixed at a flat rate of RM8.80 regardless of your parcel size, weight and quantity of items bought per checkout. This would be a great deal for you who are an online shopper geek like me! Prime labels are clearly marked on all Prime eligible items, with the Prime icon shown on the product page, ensuring easy identification. You can visit HERE for more info.

Brace yourself people, because the best thing is, with every registration to sign up with ezbuy.my, a RM15 voucher will be awarded! Tell me, who wouldn't want free money? Click the link below and sign up now so that the voucher will be yours!

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Happy shopping!

Till then,
Lya.

April 1, 2017

April 01, 2017

Break Your Limiting Belief

pixabay goal

As I mentioned in my previous post, I joined SL1M for a job placement in Kulim, Kedah. Honestly, before I actually join this programme, I thought the one-month training would be a boring lecture-like session on soft skills where I'll be dozing off in the first half an hour. Little did I know that it would be a training full of knowledge and fun where I'd feel like wasting my time for going to the toilet in the middle of the training.

I believe that by sharing our knowledge, we'll gain more so I would share with you all the things I've learned during the one-month SL1M programme training. The one topic I felt related to was 'Limiting Belief'. Limiting belief is something that you believe is your limit. For example, you studying accountancy but you don't think you can go for a professional level such as ACCA because you believe you WILL fail. You LIMIT yourself to only a degree because you think you CAN'T.

I can and I will
Honestly, before joining the programme I felt the same way, or maybe I still am, hehe, but I did boost my confident level a bit to think that I can and I will. Just dream big. It's not a sin and it doesn't cost money to dream, so why limit ourselves? You want to marry a prince, just dream that you WILL marry a prince. Who knows if he's not a prince, you'll marry a guy with handsome face and deep pocket like a prince instead. Gurl, you hit the jackpot, teehee.

SPM candidates, please believe that you CAN and you WILL achieve straight A's in SPM even if you're in the lowest class. If you think you can, you will work hard to make it true, that you can. Show them who think you can't, that they are 100% wrong because you can and you will.

Jot down your goal
Being an adult with success in mind means you should have a notebook with you. Jot down your goals, your bucket lists, your dreams and how you'll achieve them. Because without jotting them down, a dream will remain a dream that won't be achievable. Better yet, jot them down on an A4 paper, do it poster-like and paste them on the wall so you'll feel motivated every time you look at them.

We should stop believing that we can't without even try it yet. If we fail after we try, it won't hurt to try again. Even billionaire like JK Rowling failed to publish her books countless times but she didn't give up and finally, Harry Potter is now one of the most famous character in the world. Bear in mind that there is no failure, only feedback. If you failed, it only means that you got bad feedback that needs extra work to turn it into a better one.

The key is, don't limit yourself because whether you believe it or not, you actually don't know your limit. In a matter of fact, no one knows.

Hope my take on this post would help motivated you a bit. Cheer up, fellas!

Till then,
Lya.
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