Thursday, December 18, 2014

wonderful surprise part 2



Before I call it a night, I just want to say I really had an awesome Thursday.

First, I got to meet Isaac at KLCC.

Second, my friend Im contacted me. You see, I just found out Im has been diagnosed with cancer. He is away for medical treatment and resting. He is not allowed to have a handphone with him due to radiation and stuff. Once in a while when he has his iPad around, we chat via WeChat. The last time I heard from him was in October. Despite my constant attempt to ask him how he's been doing since then and December, the messages were left unanswered.

Just an hour or so ago, I received a text from him. I just feel grateful to know he is doing ok. We're still messaging each other now but I am just squeezing some 5-minute to blog about it. So glad to hear from him.

Alhamdulilah.

wonderful surprise


Life is just full of surprises. REALLY!

It has been a while since I met Isaac (read his Best Advice Q&A here) and we've been WhatsApp-ing each other on when to meet. He told me he's free after the 18th.

Well, I went to KLCC since it's my off day. Had some dessert at Avenue K (check out bestfoodKL's Instagram for what I had! *shameless promo* *come on... I want people to read my food blog too!*

Mum was hungry and she wanted to eat at her favourite Mee Curry place at Level 4 food court. Somehow we ended up eating ayam penyet *LOL*

She told me to buy her some drink. I was queuing, minding my own business and flipping through a copy of The Sun left on the counter until I got this WhatsApp from Isaac. 

I can be lurus bendul at times *sshhh! most of the times!* so I was like, he must have sent this message to the wrong person.

I turned around and it was him.

Seriously, it was a wonderful surprise since we've not seen in each other for months. Thank god for WhatsApp and social media.

He was with his friends and I was with my mum (who was thirsty, and patiently waited for her drink) so we just squeezed whatever gossip we could in that 5 minutes!

What about you guys? Any surprises in your life lately?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

what do you know for sure?


Can you believe that it won't be long before we bid farewell to 2014, and welcoming a brand new year: 2015! To be honest, I'm just not ready... times flies so fast these days. *someone, make it stop! Okkk we can't!*

December is a great time to reflect - the things we've learned, unlearned and just marching on with life! (We've made it this far, guys! *pats on the back*)

Over the next few days and weeks, you'll be seeing a lot more reflective posts here! Yes, this blog was on a hiatus from May - September, with no new posts! But over that period, there were so many changes made, both in my life as a journalist and a blogger. This is the right time for me to just share with you what I've been through.

For a start though, I'll share some wisdom from Oprah's Winfrey's wonderful book "What I Know For Sure" (Yes, yes... you know how much I love Lady O right??)



 So... 5 things I learned from "What I Know For Sure" book (all quotes below from Oprah Winfrey):

1. Being grateful all the time isn't easy.

"But it's when you feel least that you are most in need of what gratitude can give you: perspective."

2. The joy of giving

"I can honestly say that every gift I've ever given has brought at least as much happiness to me as it has to the person I've given it to."

3. The true measure of courage

"The true measure of your courage is not whether you reach your goal, it's whether you decide to get back on your feet no matter how many times you've failed."

4. Living in the truth

"Everything you do and say shows the world who you are. Let it be the truth."

5. Life's full circle moment

"Eventually I learned that we receive from the world what we give to the world."




What do you know for sure? What have you learned in 2014?

Sunday, December 7, 2014

#ItsACommunity

Say what you may about social media, but it's really a great too to build small communities. I started motivationMY in 2011 and I'm so grateful for the small but loyal base we have. Who does not want to build a large community, but I'm just grateful to whoever who has interacted with @motivtionMY on Twitter or Instagram.  Whether you've RT-ed the tweets, or repost our Instagram... thank you.

It is also my dream to do just that with bestfoodKL.com. It's still a baby. I've played around with the blog since last year and it was only a few months ago I started a Twitter and Instagram account for bestfoodKL. Mind you, I was very reluctant to do so as I wanted to concentrate on the blog.

Here's a little confession. I have a set of hashtags that I use in each post for bestfoodKL. Come on, it makes my job easier. We all do that, right? right? I do not have to type it manually, so I just copy and paste it from my Notes. Of all the hashtags that I use, I forgot to use the #bestfoodKL hashtag. So much for BRANDING!!!!!

Since it is my job to monitor the hashtags and all, it's amazing that people DO post with the #bestfoodKL hashtag. You foodies are awesome!


With social media, we all have our own small communities. Big or small, it's great to see people come together for a common cause. 

Tell me, do you have your own online community? What do you guys talk about? 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

15 years

It's hard to meet my best friend Ken. He lives in Singapore so the only time we are able to see each other is when we visit each other's city.

I was in Singapore in August (he was nice to be our tour guide and treated us for some nice food).

This weekend, Ken is in town to attend a wedding. He was kind enough to clear his schedule (chewah!) to meet my brother and me.

But of course, I decided to be that annoying, clingy best friend this morning! haha!




We decided to take him to Acme Bar and Coffee. The original plan was to have dessert but somehow we ended up having lunch there. Pics of what we ate was posted on bestfoodKL's Instagram here and here.


When you have a best friend or friend whom you have known for over 15 years, keep them. After all, they know your darkest secrets. No matter what happens, or whatever dramas that may come along, know that the friendship is more important.

I'm just so lucky to have Ken as a best friend. Yes, we've known each other over 15 years but it wasn't smooth sailing. We had our misunderstandings (I still remember our feud on ICQ. Remember ICQ, guys?).

As we're about to enter our thirties (NOOOOO.......!!!!!! But Ken is already past 30!), I just think we know who our real friends are and we should keep them closer. Even if they live in other countries, there's social media and WhatsApp to just keep in touch with each other.

So happy to see my BFF this afternoon. Hopefully I'll make a trip to Singapore again soon!

Argh. Enough with this sappy post. Ken, you owe me Godiva! hehehe....
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