Monthly Archives: January 2015

Diary
Five Cinspirations

Here are 5 Cinspirations that made my week sparkly: 1. Mum’s homemade biscotti with personalized cards for my favorite colleagues {an early attempt to make Chinese New Year feel slightly less ching chong and more like Christmas – at work} 2. These mini fish balls {because it has swirls of cotton candy pink and blue instead of the usual Japanese fish cake in miso soups} 3. These new suede shoes […]

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When I was a girl, mum used to tuck me into bed with a warm glass of milk and wished me sweet dreams. When I grew up to be a teenager, I always turned to the same idea for comfort when exams stressed me out. Now that I am a working lady juggling 3 jobs, at night I find myself under the covers thinking of a glass of milk; which […]

Travel
Fushimi Inari-taisha

If there was one valuable lesson I learn from Kyoto, it would be that ’2 days 1 night’ is not enough, and I learned that with a short sharp pain. As much as I’d like to visit Kiyomizu-dera, Ryōan-ji and The Golden Pavilion, this shrine that boasts thousands of torii gates was my second main highlight after Arashiyama bamboo grove. I did a mistake by placing it as our last stop of […]

Travel
Kiyomizu-dera

Can a romanticist not visit a place with the word -Love attached to it? No, she can not. Ohayo from a faraway temple in Kyoto, where I walked through a pitch black basement dedicated to Buddha’s mother, designed to symbolize a mother’s womb (you hold a rope and walk till you touch a stone – there is NO turning back – marking the l-o-n-g-e-s-t minute of my life). Then, I took the […]

Diary
Five Cinspirations

Here are 5 sweet Cinspirations that made my past weekend delightful. 1. These fresh plums {for tasting like peaches because Big Guy washed, sliced and seeded them for me – the only next person other than my mum who would provide such a loving gesture} 2. This hard-headed kitty {for having to place her tail right in the middle of my working desk; which tickled my heart and gave me a […]

Travel
Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

Fixing my itinerary for Kyoto was almost as frenzied as actually touring it, especially when Typhoon Vongfong hit Japan, hence the connecting train we were bound to embark stopped operating. The transfer via the bus was the most organized havoc I’ve ever seen in my life. Despite the extreme panic, the Japanese queued and waited patiently for their turn. I wondered how that would look like in Malaysia. I remember how […]

As 2014 went by, I secretly made an effort from the start to put down a simple note about what I learned every month. Looking at it now, I find it to be a really great idea to see how (much) I’ve grown. No doubt, I’ll be continuing this annual series again this year round! 2014 had patiently taught me: January To be happy is a conscious decision. The pursuit […]