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Happy 2019 & 2018 Reflections

January 1st, 2019 · 2 surrendered

All right! It’s that time of the year again. I don’t think I did a yearly reflections for so many years, I lost track! Looks like this is going to be one long post! Hehehe… I don’t think you will read till the end, it will be too long but I don’t care… It’s my blog ;p

I’ve been blogging inconsistently because I had nothing much to blog about! I also didn’t blog much about my personal life since I came back to Kuching. It’s very much due to having a full-time job. I did not have much time and energy left to blog, so much time and efforts needed! Furthermore, because I was working full-time, I couldn’t attend events happened during office hours (also those in the evenings or weekends because I was tied up with my job commitments or would be flat by then), so I had less contents to update. Blogging is hard work! It’s not like what everyone thinks that all you need to do is just take some photos and write something. There’s so much more to that, you need to do research, edit the photos/videos, plan the content, compose the content, proofreading and more! It can take hours or days for a post!

If you’re working full-time for 6 days a week or 5 days a week with tonnes of work that need to be done out of office hours due to ad-hoc requests and traveling needed for the job, it is not easy to maintain the blog. It’s also because of the position I was holding since 2014, I was not able to share publicly as I felt that it is not appropriate. No… I’m not disclosing it today too even though I’ve left the jobs *LOL* Some of you might know where I worked by looking at some subtle hints posted everywhere on my social media channels(Instagram and Facebook, Twitter) but most don’t.

Ok… Let’s get into business *LOL* This will be more like reflections from 2014 to 2018 as all these made up the me of 2018.

The longest time I stayed with a company is 2 years 1 month followed by 2 years. Ever since I’m back in Kuching after 2 years stint in Adelaide, I had changed three workplaces in Kuching.

First was in 2013, just a part-time job. I decided to leave after 3 months as it is not a place that I want to stay any longer. Besides, I had done the project I promised to deliver in less than 2 months. So, it’s time to move on. I made friends there and we’re still hanging out with each other from time to time. I then took few months break just to realign my life. At the same time, I was offered a tutoring job in a local adult learning institute, still doing it.

From the previous job, an ex-colleague left the company too and joined a new company. In 2014, she recommended me to join her new workplace. I went for interview and was accepted to join the company. I was there for 2 years 1 month. I enjoyed my time there even though I didn’t get to have a lot of work-life balance such as I had to work on the weekends and evenings when required, even had to go back to work at odd hours of the night for an hour or two; dealt with all sort of people from colleagues to the public; did most of the job without an assistant from marketing to communications to PR to event to social media to web maintenance and sometimes a bit of graphic design and photography, it’s a one-man show! Still, at least I still had the energy to enjoy some me-time. I did not drag myself to work, only 2 sick leaves applied for the 2 years and 1 month. I learnt so much! I’m so glad that I was given the opportunity to be there and given trust to hold the position without any experience in the industry. However, at a certain point of time, there were some changes happened, since I had laid some foundations, left a legacy(I believe I did), I decided that it’s my time to leave and move on. I resigned in 2016 without having a job waiting for me. To me, I don’t mind at all, I just wanted to take a break for few more months, traveled with my parents before looking for a new job again. I’ve never work for money anyway(that said, the wages must justify the position la…), it’s all for the experiences. To me, a job is like a project, I do what I need to do, achieve something from it, leave a legacy and move on and let other people take over.

I just can’t stay in a place for too long… My butt is always very itchy to move around hahaha…

So I left… Thinking that I’m gonna enjoy the next few months holidaying, an opportunity knocked on the door. I had totally forgotten about a job I applied few months back before I resigned. It was for fun anyway knowing that it’s not easy to get in if you do not have any backing or connection. I went for interview and was offered the job. Holding high hopes in this new workplace, certainly look nice to have in one’s resume(but I have problem now telling interviewer about this job especially on what I had achieved and why I left hahaha…), I went in hopeful. Guess what?!? HAHAHA!! There… The nightmare began… *WINK* Welcome to hell(I didn’t get it when a friend wished me that πŸ˜›)… Seriously! I won’t go into much details on what happened but I’m still grateful that I was able to work there, I didn’t learn or gain much skills related to the job but I did learn a lot about being more street smart and how ugly the society can be *LOL* I also believe I did leave a legacy by giving some people a whale of hell throughout my time there πŸ˜› Made some good friends there too though. Not bad at all actually, I’ll never trade anything for this experience. How many can experience such thing?!? Thanks to those whom trusted and supported me while I was there. It made me grow and discover myself more. Apparently, ball carrying and polishing are not my forte.

It’s a 2-year contract, I wanted to leave so badly after 3 months, I just couldn’t fit in. Lalala… However, with some strengths, supports, and assurance given(you know who you are), I dragged on with many sick leaves and emergency leaves taken. I think I was on the verge of sinking into depression too. I was left with no me-time even though only 5-day work week. I was constantly in bad mood, suffer bad skin, bad hair fall, and going to work was a chore. Finally… Cleared my leaves, contract ended, not knowing whether I have a new contract or not *LOL* it’s complicated(long story, can’t share it here, what’s done is done, just let karma works), no one said anything to me! People just expected me to not show up to work automatically after end of contract *LOL* I still showed up for few days because labour ordinance said so and then I submitted my resignation letter which was also quite eventful πŸ˜€ OMG! Want to resign also cannot process my resignation properly. Go figure… I don’t know what weed they’re smoking hahaha… It was one huge breath of relief after sending in the letter!! MAKAN SELAMAT straight way and shredded my name cards! *LOL* Never felt so good. Well… There are still people asking whether I want to take legal actions or go back since there’s a new boss who is very capable… No need, no thanks, I’m fine, thank you. Karma will take its own course. Hope with the new leadership, things will improve for my ex-colleagues. I salute them for being able to stay on for so long. Not me… I just cannot… πŸ˜›

I am now more selfish when it comes to my well-being. No job is worth sacrificing your overall well-being. There is really no point to force yourself to stay to prove your worth/capability; or to satisfy your ego; or to be a hero to stand-by/support certain people. If someone really cares for you, he/she won’t mind that you get out of the toxic environment a.s.a.p. or take a needed break to recover. Your health is your own responsibility, there is nothing more important than that. Unless you really need the money and you have no choice. If that is the case, just be prepared to bear the consequences until you are unfit for work and your place will be filled immediately by another person. It’s business as usual, the company won’t die without you. Otherwise, listen to your body, it’s crying for help, spare yourself the agony! If you are capable, you don’t even have to worry there is no job for you. I’m living by this belief now. All I can say is that I’m lucky enough to be able to take control of my life before it is too late. Seriously people! It’s not worth to die or suffer this way.

Also, work with integrity is very important. When there is no integrity, there is no trust. It’s gonna be one hell of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual torture which can lead to breakdown be it yourself or your team. You’ll end up being a victim of blame or drag into unwanted conflicts even when you try so hard to mind your own business, you have no idea what people are doing behind you!

Since the eventful resignation, I’ve been enjoying my time, doing nothing, having fun πŸ˜› Traveled with parents and friends, started to be more active on social media and my blog, did some ad-hoc projects, and got back into my part-time tutoring job. I’m so happy that I’ve been chosen by Althea to be one of their angels too.

Here’s the one last unboxing video of the year, received it yesterday! So excited!

I rejected 3 job offers… HAHAHA!! First one, they wanted me to start immediately but I had 3 months of traveling ahead of me! Second one, it’s not the kind of thing I wanted to do. Third one, my instinct just worked its wonder for me to give it a miss.

All right, enough of work… On to personal life… Hmm… I don’t think I have any to share! *LOL* Work had basically taken up bulk of my life all these years! Sounds pathetic. Hahaha… I had traveled to Taiwan, England, Wales, and Osaka this year. England, Wales, and Osaka posts not completed yet -.-” Wonder how long into 2019 to complete them hahaha…. I’ve discovered myself more and feel so liberated. Thanks to those who had came in and out of my life for the experience. Remember… Karma… *GRIN*

I have plan to start a weekly video this year but we’ll see… It’s gonna take so much time to do it, planning, recording, editing, publishing and so much more!

Also, I will also start to not mind things that are no longer my problem. Why waste all the time, energy, and efforts for something that has got nothing to do with you? I would like to apologize to anyone who I “terrorized” intentionally or unintentionally all these years(many of them for sure). I do agree I’ve been a terrible person(if you think I am, then I am, no point for me to refute, like it or not, I can’t control what you think about me and vice versa).

As for resolutions, I don’t have any for as long as I can recall hehehe… I don’t see the point of having it. Come what may and take it a step at a time.

So… I guess that’s about it. We will see what 2019 has to offer. Thank you for reading πŸ˜‰ Happy 2019!

Categories: Bulletin Board · Heart Matters

Althea Pore Purifying Serum Cleanser & Althea X Titi Kamal Stay Fresh Body Sparkling Mist

December 27th, 2018 · Nobody Surrendered

I received the new cleanser from Althea for review few weeks back. They are really expanding their product range now. You’ll see more next year. WOW!

Anyway, let’s talk about Althea Pore Purifying Serum Cleanser. It’s a makeup remover that is suitable for sensitive skin which is mild enough to be used daily. The texture is serum-like which can remove makeup, dirt, and oil without making your skin feeling taut or felt like left with a layer of ‘something’ after cleansing. It also helps in balance the pH levels of the skin for a healthier skin.

See the colours on my arm? They made up of very stubborn mascara, smudge-proof eyeliners, eyeshadows, and blusher. I took the challenge of using this cleanser to remove all these products from my arm in one wipe without holding the cotton on them for a period of time to dissolve them. Check out my video below that I posted in my Instagram.

The key ingredients are mint leaf extract which is able to cool down the skin and soothes irritations; jojoba seed oil can deeply moisturize any dryness without feeling heavy; tea tree leaf extract has antibacterial properties that purify the skin.

Impressive! Even the most-stubborn mascara(the biggest black mark that was still there after first wipe in the photo on the left) that I could only remove with specific makeup remover can be removed without much hassle. Even though not one wipe, three wipes did clean it well. Other brands will not be able to clean it at all no matter how much product I used.

The way to use it is just like any makeup remover, you can use cotton pad or just use it by massage onto your face with your finger to melt everything away. After that, you can just clean it with water or do a second cleansing. I notice that there is no need for second cleansing though.

It’s a very good makeup remover, I highly recommend it. The only down side that I experienced was having difficulty in getting the product out. You might want to replace the top with a pump dispenser(suggested by a fellow Angel) for easier dispensing without making the whole bottle covered with the cleanser from your hand. It can be slippery if you are not careful.

The price is RM33.00 for 150ml. You can get it from Althea website or mobile app.

Full ingredients:

Water, Peg-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Cyclomethicone, Isononyl Isononanoate, Dipropylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Mentha Arvensis Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Citric Acid, Hydroxyacetophenone, Disodium Edta, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Citrate, Butylene Glycol, Fragrance.


Next, Althea has body mist now! It’s called Althea X Titi Kamal Stay Fresh Body Sparkling Mist which is a collaboration with a very pretty celebrity from Indonesia, Titi Kamal. It comes in 100ml, quite big in size fpr me. Even though there’s mention that it is small enough to be carried around, it really depends on the bag you’re using. I don’t carry big bag, it definitely cannot fit into my bag hehehe…

The smell is very light with sweet orange and peach, followed by rosy floral notes. I like the scent, not bad, was quite worry that it will be overly sweet. Not overpowering at all. Very lightweight to use. However, do not expect it to last because it is not perfume. The scent on me lasted for less than 1 hour. You can keep the smell longer by spraying it on your clothes which I did by accident *lol*. Bear in mind though, there’s alcohol in the ingredient hmmm… It’s not advisable to spray on your expensive clothes such as clothes made from silk.

The key ingredients consist of Damask rose water that can keep the skin hydrated and give a gentle fragrance; sweet orange oil to refresh the senses; and elder flower extract to cools and soothes the skin.

It’s now available in Althea website or mobile app at the price of RM35.00 per 100ml. Only available in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and Philippines.

Full ingredients:

Alcohol, Water, Glycerin, Fragrance, Pentylene Glycol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sambucus Nigra Flower Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Extract, Magnolia Liliflora Flower Extract, Plumeria Rubra Flower Extract, Lilium Tigrinum Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin

There you go… Few more days to 2019… Then not long later Lunar New Year is around the corner! How time flies.

Categories: Althea Angels · Girl Stuffs · Review It!

Merry Christmas 2018

December 25th, 2018 · 2 surrendered

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!! Few more days to 2019… What and how will the next year be?

Here’s the video of the Kuching Christmas Parade 2018 that happened on 8th December 2018.

Till then, enjoy your holiday seasons.

Categories: Bulletin Board · Me, myself and I · Public Events · Uniquely Kuching

Rohto Deoball Deoderant 24H

December 22nd, 2018 · Nobody Surrendered

You know… It can be really embarrassing at times when you have body odour especially from your armpit. Living in such humid country, it is easy to develop unpleasant smell because you sweat so much with air pollutant around as well. Even when you are nervous or angry, you will sweat a lot even in cold environment. You might notice the smell can be unpleasant when your adrenaline runs high compare to just normal sweating.

Anyway, I discovered Rohto Deoball Deoderant 24H from… I don’t remember where even though I’ve known about its existence for a long time! Hahaha… Can’t get it in Malaysia. When I saw it in Taiwan, I didn’t think twice and bought one to try.

I’ve tried various deodorant before and they’re all a disappointment. Either the smell is too strong or leaving stubborn stain on your clothes or it just didn’t work or it smell worst when it mixes with your sweat or it’s messy to use especially in liquid form.

I purchased the one in Bloom Rose scent. It was a gamble as I didn’t know how it smell like. Luckily, I do like it. Very mild and gentle rose scent, not overpowering. The scent will only activate when you sweat. Based on my personal experience, I still sweat in my armpit, still wet but there’s no unpleasant smell at all! I’ve been using it for over 8 months, almost everyday. It did not fail me and I go about more confidently in the Malaysian weather.

I restock when I went to Taiwan mid of this year. Saw it in Japan and was tempted to buy another one but I did not. I think the new one I got should last me until 2020. I figured I might be going to Taiwan or Japan again by then so I will stock it up by then.

It’s cheaper in Japan’s drugstores than Taiwan’s. I can’t remember the actual price though, below RM40 after conversion if not mistaken. It’s indeed more expensive than the usual deodorant in the market but with how well it keeps odour at bay, it’s totally worth it!

One down side will be having your dark colour clothes rubbing on your armpit when you wear them after application. However, it is not stubborn, you just need to rub it off with your hand or dust it away or use a damp towel to wipe it off. Another downside is that it doesn’t keep you dry but I don’t mind, it’s the body odour that is worst.

Overall, I highly recommend it. I don’t think I will look at other deodorant anymore. Hopefully it will be available in Malaysia soon(after so many years, I’ve never came across it in Malaysia… Go figure…).

Categories: Girl Stuffs · Review It!

A Quick Visit to Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City UNESCO World Heritage Site

December 18th, 2018 · Nobody Surrendered

Before we head to the next destination, we did a quick stop at Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City UNESCO World Heritage Site which is a riverside location in the city centre of Liverpool, England. We all know Liverpool when mention football, this time I had the opportunity to visit Liverpool not for the football though.

Source of Wikipedia:

It is part of the Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City UNESCO World Heritage Site, which was inscribed in 2004. As well as a collection of landmark buildings, recreational open space, and a number of memorials, the Pier Head was (and for some traffic still is) the landing site for passenger ships traveling to and from the city.

It’s definitely a must-visit for tourists, so many of them! Even coming in bus load of them.

Left: Royal Liver Building, the most recognizable landmark in Liverpool. It was the tallest in the United Kingdom from 1911 to 1961. Truth to be told, I didn’t even know all these landmarks until I’m doing this blog post hahaha!! You can imagine how carefree I was, didn’t even care where we visit and what’s around. No prior research was done too. Was just tagging along.

Right: When you’re there, you will see the The Wheel of Liverpool with the height of 60m. It is also known as the Echo Wheel of Liverpool due to its close proximity to the Echo Arena Liverpool.

The Royal Albert Dock Liverpool is a complex of dock buildings and warehouses. This is the first structure in Britain to be built from cast iron, brick and stone, with no structural wood.

In other words, it was the first non-combustible warehouse system in the world. WOW! Ok… WOW! Now I know… I didn’t know at all when I was there. Hahaha… Look what we found?!?! The portrait of The Beatles made with jellybeans!

This is parts of the surroundings. No idea what are those buildings LOL!!

Left: Love The Beatles, then you should visit The Beatles Story where you can learn all about the Beatles and their history.

Right: The Beatles Statue is surely one of the most photographed statue in Liverpool hahaha… So many people! I didn’t take a photo with them, just too many people waiting for their turn.

Look! A huge cat! You will surely spot this sculpture there. It’s known as the Ship’s Cat. It is entirely made out of milk bottles by Faith Bebbington. Actually there’s also Super Rat sculpture nearby too but I didn’t take the photo because of the angle and people around blocking it too.

Lastly, Museum of Liverpool can be seen on the left of this photo. Didn’t visit though, just quick stop for toilet break at one of the nearest buildings and take photos of The Beatles statue.

In fact there’s a lot more to see in this area but we do not have the luxury of time for that. Would recommend you to stay nearby if you do not drive. Many accommodations around the area too.

Still a long way to go to complete my July trip… Guess it will stretch till 2019 hahaha… Osaka trip in August still in queue…

Categories: Driving All the Way - England · Going Places