Monday, October 30, 2017

Exploring Perhentian Kecil Island with Sealife Inn

I have always wanted to go to Terengganu especially those beautiful islands there but unable to do so due to few constraints such as time, money, and distance. So, when I got back from Canada last year and had ample free time and a lil bit of savings, I made an impromptu suggestion to my Adik to go for a trip to Perhentian Kecil Island. Thankfully, she said yes and she even suggested that we should explore few other places in Terengganu.

Anyway, we started searching for the best Perhentian Kecil Island package once we got consent from our parents. I faintly remembered reading about a package offered by Sealife Inn on Kak Huda's blog. So, I made a quick Google search about packages offered by Sealife Inn and showed a package that I considered suitable for us to my Adik. Thankfully, she said the package was quite good. Not exactly the cheapest (there were a lot of other cheaper options offered by Sealife Inn and other parties) but we liked what they offered.

Perhentian Islands

We booked 3 Days 2 Night Full Board Package at Sealife Inn's VIP Room as there were only two of us. Each of us paid MYR 320 for this package which we thought was quite affordable. Listed below were the things that included in the package.

  • Two ways speedboat transfer from Kuala Besut jetty
  • 3 days 2 nights stay at Sealife Inn (air-conditioned room)
  • 2 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 1 dinner
  • 1 BBQ dinner
  • 1 snorkeling trip by boat including the equipment (5-6 snorkeling points) 


What made we (I, actually) chose this package were the air-conditioned room and 24 hours of electrical supply. I have yet to reacclimatize to Malaysia's weather at that time so air-conditioned room was a must for me for Malaysia's heat and humidity were killing me. I was truly grateful for the air-conditioned room! :)

In terms of booking, it was super easy and hassle-free to book the package. I just whatsapp-ed the number on Sealife Inn's website. The staffs replied us promptly with the needed information. They also patiently answered all my stupid and childish questions.

Farah & School of Fish

My Adik and I were greatly satisfied with the services and hospitality provided by Sealife Inn. Sealife Inn's staffs that we met during our actual trip were courteous, helpful, friendly, and professional. The room that we stayed was cozy, clean, and spacious. The food served throughout the three days were fulfilling and delicious too, alhamdulillah.

I highly recommend this package or other packages offered by Sealife Inn if you're looking to visit Perhentian Islands on a tight budget yet you don't want to compromise the comfort.

P.s: Full details about this trip to Perhentian Kecil Island and Terengganu in general should be up in the next few months, insya Allah :)

Friday, October 27, 2017

First Sunset in Town of Banff

Recently (October 24, 2017 to be exact), I got a chance to witness my first sunset in Town of Banff. A beautiful one in this case. It was a tad late considering I have been living here for almost two months. Nevertheless, I was truly grateful for the sweet chance, alhamdulillah.

Below was the picture of the sunset that I uploaded on my public Instagram.

Sunset in Town of Banff
Town of Banff
October 24, 2017
6:47 PM

Below is the picture of the opposite side of the sunset that I do not get to upload anywhere.

Sunset in Town of Banff
Town of Banff
October 24, 2017
6:45 PM

This first sunset served as a reminder for me that my days in Canada are numbered and I should start exploring and enjoying more what Banff is offering. I guess, cheers to a lil bit more active and outdoor lifestyle?

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Hongdae Free Market (홍대 프리마켓)

Hongdae (홍대) in general is one of my favourite neighborhoods in South Korea as I mentioned in my previous post. Besides street performances that usually take place at the Hongdae Walking Street, another reason that I love Hongdae so much is because of Hongdae Free Market (홍대 프리마켓). Hongdae Free Market is an arts market cum festival which takes place every Saturday from 1:00 PM until 6:00 PM. However, it is only held from March to November. Cause let's be real, nobody got time to sit outside during the cold winter, right?

Hongdae Free Market (홍대 프리마켓)
Wanted to buy the passport cover but I just bought a new passport cover few months before T___T

I like going to Hongdae Free Market because I want to treat my eyes with those beautiful arts and creations. I am in no way an artsy person (well, I can't even draw proper stick figures) but I do love seeing cute and beautiful stuff. So, my heart always feel full and light whenever I'm at the Hongdae Free Market. However, one may have different opinions from me. I read few reviews saying the arts and creations at Hongdae Free Market are just ordinary and there are nothing special about them. I guess, each to their own, right :)

Hongdae Free Market (홍대 프리마켓)

It was pretty busy and crowded when I went to the Hongdae Free Market. I expected it to be less busier as I went there quite late, around 4 PM but oh boy, was I wrong. It seemed like everyone and their mothers (just kidding!) decided to go there around 4 PM too. I actually felt too overwhelmed that I was frozen for almost five minutes just to process all things that were happening around me.


Tip: Go to Hongdae Free Market later at evening if you do not mind being in the crowded place, as you may get a number of discounts from the sellers.

Hongdae Free Market (홍대 프리마켓)
One of the two performers that I managed to watch. I believe they are called 2story.

I walked around the market for few times just to fully satisfy my inner desires and to mark few things that I really want to buy. After walking around for the umpteenth time, I decided to sit and watch the Afternoon Stage. There were few performers performing at that time. I managed to watch two performers only which was not too bad. I did not really like their music as much as I like WeAreYoung's music but again, each to their own :)

Hongdae Free Market (홍대 프리마켓) - Renci Candy
Renci Candy

My highlight for this visit to Hongdae Free Market was to meet this lovely lady and to purchase her postcards. I liked almost all her products, be it fan, stickers, fridge magnets, wall decorations, or postcards. They were so cute and totally my style. I wanted to buy them all but couldn't to do so due to my limited budget T___T

Tip: Be friendly to the art creators and buy numbers of things for that you will get a friendly service and some free stuff.

Hongdae Free Market (홍대 프리마켓)

Is Hongdae Free Market worth visiting and would I go to Hongdae Free Market again?
Yes, Hongdae Free Market is worth visiting if you like arts and cute stuff. If you are not into these, it is best for you to skip Hongdae Free Market.

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As much as I love Hongdae Free Market, I'm not sure if I want to go to again. Yes, the arts, creations, and performances will be different each time so they might offer different experience but I think I have grabbed the essence of it so it does not really excite me anymore.

Side note: I actually went to the Hongdae Free Market again during my recent layover but I guess that will be another story for another blog post :)

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Misaeng: Incomplete Life (미생 - 아직 살아 있지 못한 자) (2014)

Wow! Wow! Wow! I didn't realize that it has been 3 years since Misaeng: Incomplete Life (미생 - 아직 살아 있지 못한 자) was aired in South Korea. Meant to do a review about this drama 3 years ago, but I was too occupied with my study and all fun stuff :p I missed the golden timing to do the review (okay, more like to fangirling honestly) but I think this drama is too precious and valuable to be ignored.

Snippet of the drama (From Wikipedia)
Since he was a child, the board game baduk has been everything to Jang Geu-rae (Im Si Wan). But when he fails at achieving his dream of becoming a professional baduk player, Geu-rae must leave his isolated existence and enter the real world armed with nothing but a high school equivalency exam on his resume. Through an acquaintance's recommendation, he gets hired as an intern at One International, a large trading company.

There, Geu-rae meets his boss, manager Oh Sang-shik (Lee Sung Min), who's a workaholic and has a warm personality; fellow intern Ahn Young-yi (Kang Sora), who attracts her colleagues' ire because of her impressive educational credentials and by being extremely competent at any task; and Jang Baek-ki (Kang Ha Neul), a geeky co-worker whose anxious nature masks his inner ambition. Geu-rae learns to navigate and adapt to corporate culture, with baduk as his guide

Misaeng: Incomplete Life (미생 - 아직 살아 있지 못한 자)
Credit: Here

My thoughts
If I were to choose the best Korean drama that I ever watched in my entire life, Misaeng would be the winner! And I think that weighs a lot as I have watched a good amount of Korean dramas for the past 13 years. *Wow! Couldn't believe I started watching Korean dramas 13 years ago.* But then, I only started watching Korean drama religiously since 8 years ago, so I guess the first 5 years does not really count :p

Honestly, I started watching Misaeng because of Kang Ha Neul (강하늘) cause y'know #kanghaneulmydreamoppa but I decided to keep watching the drama because of the drama itself. Misaeng has such a beautiful cinematography despite having a dark and dull tones throughout 20 episodes. All the characters were excellently portrayed too. Scarily (in a very good way), Misaeng managed to flip your opinions about some characters because you will be reminded that all of them are humans and there are no perfect human beings. I hated Jang Baek Ki (I hated Kang Ha Neul guysss T____T) and Han Seok Yeol at first but I learnt to accept them and love them throughout the drama.

However, I think I loved Misaeng so much (maybe a lil bit too much!) because it spoke to me on so many levels. I can relate to almost everything that happened in Misaeng so much that it hurts. Misaeng might be the only drama that I felt so emotionally connected and invested that it drained my energy and emotions. I was a total wreck whenever I watched this drama.


I felt like I learnt new things and grew together with all my favourite characters. I cried together with them whenever they cried. I felt their pain whenever they were in pain. I was genuinely happy for them whenever they were happy. I struggled together with them whenever they struggled. I rooted and prayed for their success. I became so protective of my favourite characters especially Jang Geu-Rae and Chief Oh. I also hated all the antagonists who made my favourite characters' lives hard to my bones. God knows how much tears I spilled, how many curse words I uttered and how much time I spent sleeping just to relieve my headache and frustration after watching every episodes of Misaeng.

Misaeng felt so honest, real and relatable to its core. There was something about Misaeng that hit home for me. Yes, sometimes it was hard for me to enjoy this drama because it was too depressing, but I found myself to keep coming and watching this drama because it was so relatable.

I highly recommend this drama if you are looking for something real and honest and something other than cheesy and romance dramas. Admittedly, this drama might not be a cup tea for everyone but sadly, you will be missing out such an excellent and high quality drama if you do not watch this drama. That's all I can say.

Update: I have included the trailer of this drama so that you can peek through this goodness called Misaeng :)

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Looking Back at All My Old Blog Posts

I took my time recently rereading my old blog posts, from this blog and the previous two, just to see what I had been thinking and posting for the past eight years. And boy, did I get a good laugh just from rereading all of them :)

For most part, I can see how childish and simple-minded I was when writing and publishing all those hundred posts. Especially all the blog posts that was written when I was in high school and my first two years in university. How come no one ever told me about that? I am so sorry to all the previous and/or current readers for you to read all those childish stuff.

I also noticed a trend in my blog posts that still exists until now. I always write about my life. As if my life is so interesting to talk about, eh. But when I think about it, I started writing blog because I wanted it to be a medium where I can express my feelings, my tangled thoughts and my homesickness. I also wanted it to be a medium where I can come back to reminisce my old memories and to look back at my past which I may have forgotten. So, I think all my blogs, including this one have served or currently serve their ultimate purpose.

On a side note, I am very much aware that all my blogs did not and still does not give added benefits to most of the readers. For that, I am deeply sorry.

Additionally, what I love from rereading all those post was I can see how I actually valued and felt thankful for all the small things that happened in my life. And what made me extra happy was to see that this attribute of mine has not really changed after all these years. Indeed, I was and still am #easilypleased #easilytouched #mudahterhibur.


Her Little Guilty Pleasures
My current happy space :)

I also have noticed few different things after rereading all my blog posts and honestly, I had mixed feelings upon discovering all these things. Firstly, I used to write a good number of blog posts in fully Malay. While I like the fact that I can actually write in Malay, it made my head and heart hurt cause I sounded so childish, awkward and skema whenever I wrote blog posts in fully Malay.

Secondly, I had a lot of blog posts written in bahasa rojak. I honestly love bahasa rojak so much that it hurts. In fact, I think I prefer bahasa rojak more than English. I realized that I actually sounded more happy and natural whenever I wrote blog posts in bahasa rojak. However, I sounded too childish too whenever I wrote in bahasa rojak and this really kills me.

I know I am very much childish at heart, but how come this little fact is so apparent and crystal clear whenever I am writing? For god sake, I'm nearing my mid 20s and I still sound like an excited little girl T___T

Nevertheless, I have enjoyed my time rereading all my old blog posts. It was a joyful ride filled with laughter mostly due to my embarrassment. Most probably will not do it again in the next few months as I have decided to enjoy my current life and live in the present! :)

That being said, I have decided to repost a number of blog posts that have never seen the light due to various reasons. I also will repost a number of travel-related and Canada-related blog posts so that it will be easier for me to talk a trip down memory lane which probably will take place in the next few years? :)

For those who have been with me and my blogs since few years ago, what did you like the most and the least about my blogs and my blog posts? What kind of content would like to see more on this humbly blog of mine? Would appreciate any inputs for that I can improve in the future, insya Allah. Many thanks in advance! :)

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Because I Love You (사랑하기 때문에) (2017)

It is no secret for people around me that I am a huge fan of Cha Tae Hyun (차태현). I like him for his personality but I am obsessed with him because of his laughter. Never in my life I would think that I can fancy someone just because of his/her laughter but Cha Tae Hyun did just that. I even have my own hashtag for Cha Tae Hyun #chataehyunmydreamnampyeon that I used when I went to South Korea last year.

So, it was no-brainer for me to watch one of his latest movies; Because I Love You (사랑하기 때문에). Anything that can help me with my fix of Cha Tae Hyun, right? And boy did I glad that I picked up this movie :)

Snippet of the movie (based on few of my readings)
Because I Love You is about Lee Hyeong (Cha Tae Hyun) who becomes a spirit after an accident and starts entering the bodies of several different people struggling with love. As he enters several bodies, he gets to experience love at all ages; from the flaming youth, to middle-aged enlightenment, to an older couple who have years of strong love behind them. While possessing the bodies, he acts as a Cupid who helps to remind the person of what it means to love.

Credit: Here

My thoughts
This movie screams Cha Tae Hyun so much! You will know what I mean by that if you have watched any Cha Tae Hyun's movies. It was a simple and enjoyable movie yet very heartwarming. I laughed, I giggled, and I cried to my heart content while watching this movie. It was such an emotional roller coaster ride for me. I did not expect it to be like this because for the good first half of the movie, it was funny and humorous. Then, the emotions changed for the later half. I especially bawled my eyes out when the older couple appeared and when Lee Hyeong tried to conclude his own story. The only thing that I find it regretful was each story in this movie felt too short. I just wish each story had a tad in-depth background story. Other than that, I'm good!


Additionally, I particularly love this movie so much because they use Because I Love You by Yoo Jae Ha. This movie is actually a tribute to Yoo Jae Ha. The movie's name comes from Yoo Jae Ha's hit song; Because I Love You which happens to be one of my favourite songs too. If you read my previous post; Songs To Listen To When You Work Graveyard Shifts, you can see Because I Love You (though I put Heaven's version) was on the top of the list.

Anyway, I highly recommend this movie if you need something that will make you feel good or if you are in need of heartwarming dosage in your life :)

p.s: Please prepare a box of tissue too as you may cry while watching this movie.

Update: I have included the trailer of this movie so that you can have a better sense of this movie.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Songs to Listen to when You Work Graveyard Shifts

I noticed that I have been listening to these few same songs every night to help me get through my graveyard shifts. Love to share them with the rest of you as they may be your cup of tea as well. As you reading this post and listening to the songs, you may notice that most of the songs are kinda slow and soothing or fall in acoustic genre. 

These kind of songs are all that I need instead of upbeat songs as I value peaceful and quiet night. They may not wake me up (well, I don't really feel sleepy when I am working) but they make me happy in a calming way and make the nights more bearable whenever I have nothing to do. Maybe you will feel the same way too?

The songs are listed solely according to my preference; from the most played song to the least played song. Enjoy :)

Heaven - Because I Love You (사랑하기 때문에)

WeAreYoung (위아영) - The First Moment #2 (처음 널 보고 #2)

 
Sweet Sorrow (스윗소로우) - Because You're Here (그대가 있어서)

 
Lee Juck (이적) - Don't Worry, Dear (걱정말아요 그대)


John Park(존박) - Thought Of You (네 생각)

One More Chance - Thinking of You (널 생각해)

MAKTUB (마크툽) & Yoon Hoe Gu (구윤회) - Marry Me 
P.s: I put only 7 songs because I like number 7 :)

Sunday, October 08, 2017

On Starting Anew & Challenging Myself

Am writing this post to remind myself that I actually started doing something for the betterment of my life after going through a long dark period. 

Some of you might have been wondering where did I go for the past one year. I rarely appeared online. I stopped updating my previous blog (and eventually closed the blog down) and Instagram. Basically, I left my virtual life hanging. I received few comments and DMs from other bloggers asking about my whereabouts which I unintentionally ignored. Sorry for that and thank you so much for showing that you care :)

Honestly, I did not go anywhere. I was exactly in my place but at the dark corner of it. I was struggling emotionally and mentally due to the changes that happened in my life. I am not ready to go into the details yet but the essence of the dark feelings revolved mainly around my failure to get a decent job in Malaysia and the struggle to readapt myself with Malaysia.

I knew how dangerous those feeling were, so I decided to come back to Canada despite getting resistance from my family, initially. It might not be the best decision as I might experience those feelings again in the future but at least, this decision that I made provided me with some temporary comfort while I am looking for another permanent solution.



When I decided to come back to Canada, I told myself that I will not allow myself to feel that way again. As such, I have decided to take few new challenges in order to give my life a new life and to celebrate the new start. Some of the challenges that I decided to embrace are; 
  • to revisit my hafazan
  • to lose weight
  • to learn how to use chopsticks
  • to do something that I am uncomfortable doing 
  • to learn how to read Hangul
  • to gain new sets of skill and knowledge
  • to read more English books
just to name a few. These challenges might seem small to other people but they are really big for me. These are things that I put a hold on from doing for years just because I'm afraid of the failure and to step out from my comfort zone or I don't feel like doing it or I'm just plain lazy. 

The progress of embracing these challenges has been somewhat encouraging. I know I can do better but I like to remind myself that it is okay not to rush things and it is okay if I have hiccups along the way. Some of the progress that I have made;
  • My hafazan are slowly coming back to me
  • I have lost nearly 6 kg - I think altitude played a big role here. haha!
  • I can somewhat use chopsticks now. I can even use Korean chopsticks to eat banchan.
  • I am currently working in a position where I need to do all sort of stuff that I am not comfortable doing.
  • I finally have memorized all the Hangul characters! :D
I guess, cheers to the new start and challenges? :)

p.s: Would appreciate a prayer from you. May Allah ease everything for us. Insya Allah :)

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Lost & Found | WeAreYoung (위아영)

I was lost while making my way to the Hongdae Free Market (홍대 프리마켓) and I accidentally discovered this indie band called WeAreYoung (위아영) when I was busy looking for the right direction. I absentmindedly watched their rehearsal and was intrigued to know more about the band (cause I love their music - it is totally my style!) that I decided to show up during the actual show. Did not regret my decision at all though I have to cut my visit to Hongdae Free Market short and change my whole plan for that day.

Hongdae (홍대) Walking Street

They had just a nice 45-minutes performances with most of the songs are cover songs. If I remember correctly, they only sang one or two of their own songs. However, I can be wrong too as I did not understand the whole ment that they had during the show. lol! I think this show was a part of series of introducing relatively new and well-known indie bands who have been performing at coffee shops all over Hongdae. Additionally, I think the show was meant to hopefully introduce them to a larger crowd before debuting.


In case you're wondering, they have not debuted yet at that time. I think they just debuted this year with the song - Only I Love You (다만 널 사랑하고 있어). I listened to this song for the first time during their show. Did not know that this song is theirs at that time. I love this song for its simplicity and melody.



Right after the show, I approached their manager (I think) and asked for their Facebook page cause I felt that I might need my dosage of WeAreYoung once I left South Korea. The manager was so nice and polite. He helped me to search their Facebook page and introduced me to the members, Kyungmin (경민) & Kihoon (기훈). Both of the members came across as quite shy but I think Kyungmin was too shy while Kihoon was a lil bit more bubbly and cheerful. We only talked for a bit (#languagebarrier) and took picture after that :)


Farah & WeAreYoung (위아영)
WeAreYoung (위아영) & I

Aside of knowing another K-indie band, I think this was one of the incidents that exemplify the beauty of travelling for me, personally. I find that it is okay to be lost (literally and figuratively) and not knowing where you should go next as you move along sometimes. I also learn that best-laid plans often fall apart. Well, I am not saying that I had the best-laid plans during that time but at least, I had a plan. And it fell through. Big time!  I also like to think that sometimes detours and bumps that you had along your way are meant to lead you and show you something new, interesting, and unexpected. A girl gotta find a silver lining, right?

P.s: They just released a new single yesterday and I love it so much! :D



Sunday, October 01, 2017

Hongdae (홍대)

Hongdae (홍대)

Hongdae (홍대) might be one of the neighborhoods in South Korea that I love so much. But then, I did not get to explore other neighborhoods like Sinchon-dong (신촌동), Daehangno (대학로), Hapjeong-dong (합정동) and Sinsa-dong (신사동) to name a few, so there's that. While I love Hongdae, I have made a note for myself that Hongdae always makes my senses overload and I might feel overwhelmed whenever I'm around the area.

Hongdae (홍대)

Interesting thing to note: you can barely see any older adults walking around Hongdae except the store owners as Hongdae is mainly dominated by local youths. So, this is the place that you want to go if you want to meet and see young locals.

Not the best picture, I know.

I love Hongdae mainly due to the street performances at the Hongdae Walking Street. Most of the times I stick to the acoustic performances or whoever performs songs that I am familiar with. I can easily spend a day here doing nothing but listening to all the street performances. I think I spent about almost 10 hours in Hongdae during my visit. I know, crazy right?

Street Performance at Hongdae
Absolutely adore this guy's voice!


I listened to him singing just for a bit during that time but his voice was truly ear-pleasing. Did not stay for longer cause I did not know the songs that he were singing. Fast forward almost a year later, I actually stayed for his performances for about 2 hours and I just realized that as I am writing this post! :) 

Street Performance at Hongdae
My favourite performers of that day! :)

These three buskers from Busan were the reason why I spent too much time at Hongdae. I was about to walk away from Hongdae when they started singing Cool's song - Sorrow. I told myself that I am going to stay until the end of the song only but then, they started singing GOD's song - One Candle after that. Next, they sang SECHSKIES' song - Couple. Guys, those are among of my zillions favourite old K-pop songs! It was hard to hear other performers singing those songs. I ended up listening to their performances for about 4 hours! 4 hours of my life just flew away like that. I regretted that fact a bit but who am I kidding? I truly enjoyed myself for that 4 hours.

Hongdae (홍대)

While I hate myself for spending too much time at Hongdae, Hongdae is definitely a neighborhood that I find myself keep coming to whenever I am in South Korea. The indie performances steal my heart. The interesting crowd makes people-watching so entertaining and fun! Maybe, just maybe, if I get a lil bit older, I will not fancy Hongdae anymore. Until then, I can picture myself enjoying Hongdae scene whenever I have a chance. Haha!
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