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Julie’s The Best of You 2017

November 9th, 2017 · Nobody Surrendered

Everyone has their own story. Be it bad or good, big or small, it will indirectly impacting someone’s life. We are living in a community where everyone is a part of the ecosystem whether you like it or not. At times, we feel down, we feel that the whole world is against us, we feel hopeless, and all the negative feelings but there are people who are living a life worst than us. We live to learn from people around us, that’s life.

Learn to appreciate, slow down, acknowledge, celebrate and share. To bring the best out of you and those around you. Julie’s(yes… The biscuit manufacture) has launched the Best of You Movement in May 2014. The social awareness movement is to celebrate everyday heroes. What is your story? Do you have one? Would you like to share? If yes, just drop by the-best-of-you.com

If you would like to see more, read more, know more about this social movement, head over to Vivacity Megamall from 16th-19th November for the first ever The Best of You exhibition in East Malaysia. Get inspired by the stories of appreciation, love, triumph, hopes and dreams from people of all walks of life, in one space! MYFM DJ Winson will also have a session sharing his story on 19th Nov, Sun from 3-4pm.

There are two workshops for you to join and the slot is limited.
1. Special Art Jamming Workshop conducted specially by abstract artist, David Chew.
18 Nov, Sat : 2.30pm – 3.30pm
*Session suitable for participants above 18 years old
Limited to 12 slots only

2. Learn how to do paper quilling in a deaf-friendly setting with artist, Yvonne Yeo.
19 Nov, Sun : 11.30pm – 12.30pm
*Session suitable for participants aged above 12 years old
Limited to 20 slots only

You have to register online: http://the-best-of-you.com/exhibition

Left to third right are the people who had shared their story with us. They are Allison, Amy, and Wan.

Allison and Amy are best friends of different race. In West Malaysia, this is uncommon and their story had touched people’s heart. In Sarawak, we might see it as normal, nothing special. Having best friends of different races and hanging out together is just part of our lives but it means a lot for those who are not used to see this kind of friendship.

Wan had to get his foot amputated to set himself free. He suffered from childhood sickness that caused him to not able to enjoy a normal childhood. Now, he is living an active lifestyle even with a prosthetic leg. He can swim with one leg too!

One the right, it’s the founder and consultant, Mr. Sai Tzy Horng.

Last but not least, don’t forget your date with The Best of You at Vivacity next week.

P/S: This last photo is not staged, just snap and go. I only realized when I prepared it for this post. Pretty cool.

Categories: Public Events

Elizavecca Milky Piggy 24K Gold Snail Cleansing Foam

October 25th, 2017 · Nobody Surrendered

While I’m away… A post from yours truly ;p I’m not sure when will the next post come… Soooooo busy!

I was sourcing for new facial cleanser to try after I ran out of Taiwan Magnolia Facial Cleansing. Instead of going to Watsons or Guardian, I went online to look for it, trying my luck in Althea. Too many to choose and I ended up buying Elizavecca Milky Piggy 24K Gold Snail Cleansing Foam because it is big in size and only cost RM25!! No harm trying, price is so affordable. If not suitable, I’ll just use it on my body hahaha…

It came all the way from Korea. The packaging is very unique! Not your normal box but in the shape gold bar. How cute?!?! Even the tube is gold in colour.

It claims that the cleanser consists of snail filtrate (1000ppm) which can sooth and protect your skin from environment harm and gold (10ppm) which is able to provide moisture and brighten your skin. I’ll just take it as it *LOL*

The smell isn’t too bad at first. However, when I lathered it up, there’s some “fishy” smell but still bearable. Now, I got used to the smell already. Been using it for almost 3 months.

The texture of the cleansing form is quite dense, you only need a little and it foams up very well. The bubbles are so fine and rich. I let the bubbles do the cleaning and massaging by very lightly massage it on my face instead of applying too much pressure. Sometimes I’ll leave it for a little longer then I rinsed it off. I’m blown away by the effect. No tout feeling, no dry skin. The face felt so clean, supple, and smooth. Once in a while, I will use it on my body too.

I highly recommend this cleanser. Shouldn’t be a problem to those having dry and/or sensitive skin (I guess…) as I don’t suffer any red patches or itchiness from using it.

Categories: Girl Stuffs · Review It!

The Borneo House Museum

October 15th, 2017 · Nobody Surrendered

Oppsss… This sure is taking a long time to come out. I’m sure many Kuchingites know this place already. It’s located at 7th mile area, can be seen at the roadside, a white colonial like building.

It won’t be a lengthy post, photos will able to tell more stories. Whatever posted here were taken back in June 2017. If I’m not mistaken, there are more new exhibits being introduced now.

Entrance fee(fee as of June 2017):
Foreinger: Adult – RM29, Child – RM25
Local(with mykad): Adult – RM19, Child – RM15
Children below 3 years old, FOC

We spent about 2 hours there. Each exhibit is coupled with descriptions. Hence, it’s very educational aside from being fun.

Of all, the food section was my favourite. Really love how the food were created. So real!

Fun? It’s a family friendly place to visit. Do visit it if you have time.
Address: No.1, Jalan Batu 6-7, Jalan Penrissen, 93250 Kuching, Sarawak
Opening hours: 9am-6pm

Categories: Uniquely Kuching

Luoyang Old Street, Luoyang, China

October 8th, 2017 · Nobody Surrendered

While at Luoyang, after dinner one night, we decided to go to their old street which is one of Luoyang’s tourist attractions. I went there twice, two nights in a row! LOL!! Well… It’s not that I like to go but I promised to bring another group of people to visit the place as they didn’t go on the first night. First night, I just tagged along. Second time, I lost my way when I wanted to go to the South street, oppsss… The blind leading the blinds. I have no sense of direction. HAHAHAH!!

Lijing Gate, the entrance to the old street. Such architecture, impressive and the structure/building dated centuries back. The crowd is massive just like any other attractions in China.

Source: https://www.topchinatravel.com/china-food-restaurant/where-to-eat-in-luoyang.htm
Before liberation, north, south, east, and west four streets constitute the old basic pattern in Luoyang. Old market also called Luoyang old street, old street starts at Lijing Gate in the west up to Drum Tower in the east, and the central part is called the cross street. The center of the old city is basically the cross street. Old street culture formed in the AD 1214, Old Street was built in the east old site of Sui dynasty and Tang dynasty, it has a history of more than 3050 years. Old Street is the epitome of the history and culture of Luoyang city, Lijing Gate, Octagon House, Writing Brush Peak, Drum Tower, such buildings stand tall, recording the glory days of the ancient city of Luoyang. The cross street is a center for Luoyang snacks.

There are so many shops greeting you once you are in there from selling souvenirs to food. New style, old style, all blend in very comfortably. You can find people busking too. Business looks pretty good. The visitors there made up of domestic tourists the most.

Left: Honeycomb and ginger sweets are everywhere along the street. A packet cost RMB100(if I recall it correctly).
Right: Local artists setting up stalls drawing and making handicrafts for sale.

You’ll never miss exotic food here. Insects and worms, BBQ or deep fried, are available for you to savour. Don’t worry, there are also proper/normal food for those of you who are not adventurous enough.

The buildings along the street are very fascinating. At the same time, it looks eerie too. Walking through it, it’s like whatever you’ve seen in the olden Chinese movie except you’re surrounded by modern people and with a mix of old and new things around you.

We continue walking until the end of the street, I couldn’t remember which turning we took. I was lost the second night hahaha! Ended up had to ask people for direction on the second night but still couldn’t find South street where the whole street is screaming food, food, food, and food. We simply walked around and saw all the red lanterns, there it was!!

Had our dinner here on the second night. So many food and it was a hard decision to make. We just ordered whatever we felt safe to eat *LOL*

By the way, it’s not easy to hail a taxi back to the hotel or your nest destination. I practically had to fight for a taxi as most taxis were already booked via hailing app. Those not booked were hard to come by. You have to try your luck stopping one after another to find one that is available to give you a ride. Best is to use the hailing app like how the Chinese is doing.

Finally completed my Luoyang trip post. Half year later hahaha… Sure took me a long time to get it done.

Next will be somewhere local.

Categories: City of Peonies - Luoyang · Food Porn · Going Places

Longmen Grottoes, Luoyang, China

September 22nd, 2017 · Nobody Surrendered

Had the opportunity to visit Longmen Grottoes back in April.

Wikipedia: The Longmen Grottoes or Longmen Caves are some of the finest examples of Chinese Buddhist art. Housing tens of thousands of statues of Buddha and his disciples, they are located 12 kilometres south of present-day Luòyáng in Hénán province, China.

The site is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites.

We paid RMB100 for entrance. The area is rather huge and The weather was so fine that day. I got sunburn on my forehead 😛 Be sure to wear a hat if you don’t want to get burnt hahaha…

Here’s some general information found at the entrance. Well… Great effort for having dual language albeit funny ones hahah…

The scenery is not bad. However, could see many steel rods coming up in the middle of the trees which are all solar panels and transmission towers to cater for mobile devices needs. QR Code signboards are also everywhere too. This is how advance the Chinese are now.

Wikipedia: There are as many as 100,000 statues within the 2,345 caves, ranging from an 1 inch (25 mm) to 57 feet (17 m) in height. The area also contains nearly 2,500 stelae and inscriptions, whence the name “Forest of Ancient Stelae”, as well as over sixty Buddhist pagodas. Situated in a scenic natural environment, the caves were dug from a 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) stretch of cliff running along both banks of the river. 30% date from the Northern Wei Dynasty and 60% from the Tang, caves from other periods accounting for less than 10% of the total.Starting with the Northern Wei Dynasty in 493 AD, patrons and donors included emperors, Wu Zetian of the Second Zhou Dynasty, members of the royal family, other rich families, generals, and religious groups.

So many tourists, most of them are domestic tourists. The place is always filled with people! Even the walking paths, stairs, and handrails turned so slippery and shinny from the frictions endured daily. No doubt the facilities are well maintained.

The site management also set up places where tourists can interact or get up close with some of the items there. The flowery rock is known as Chrysanthemum stone.

The relics are all surrounded by fence because people like to touch it! We could see the previous fence was built nearer to the relics. Now they built it further away to avoid people from touching it. The damages done by visitors are very obvious where the relics were “polished” because of all the touchings until it become smooth and shiny.The text that couldn’t be read before can now be read *LOL*

How grand and huge the place is… These are just part of the attractions.

You can also go on the boat if you are lazy to walk to the exit because there is a lot of walking needed. We lost our direction and got off the boat at the wrong jetty 😛 Ended up had to walk for quite a distance to get ourselves out of the place.

Anyway, looking at how the Chinese develop and maintain their tourist attractions, it gave me goosebumps. When will we be able to reach that standard? Are we able to cope with such influx of them coming to our state? We are still very far lagging behind. Imagine our national parks become like this? I hope it won’t happen…

Categories: City of Peonies - Luoyang · Going Places