Doodles of Life: December 2015

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Boat Noodle, IOI City Mall

Boat Noodle, IOI City Mall

My sisters and I went to the Boat Noodle, IOI City Mall yesterday. At last! All this while I have been reading about Boat Noodle on various blogs. And I usually left comments like, "Famous ya tempat ni. Selalu nampak orang shared pasal Boat Noodle ni" or "Nampak sedap sangat!" or "Bilalah nak dapat peluang rasa Boat Noodle ni?" or something along those lines. Now, it is my turn to try this Boat Noodle. Alhamdulillah. All thanks to Along for treating us! :)

Boat Noodle, IOI City Mall

I have no idea how Boat Noodle restaurants should look like (I assume Boat Noodle is a franchise, so all the restaurants should have more or less the same interior and deco) but the Boat Noodle at IOI City Mall is quite small. It is divided into two sections. The first section is as seen on the first picture while the second section is as seen on the second picture.

Both sections were so full when we were there. We were lucky to get seated! Though our seats were not really the most strategic one. But, beggars cannot be choosy right, haha! Oh, before I forget, Boat Noodle at IOI City Mall is located at the second floor. Hujung dunia punya tempat! And from my random observation, all Boat Noodle's employees here are men. Makes me wonder, dimanakah pekerja perempuan? Or, does Boat Noodle only hire men as its employees?

Boat Noodle, IOI City Mall

I let Along decided what to eat as I have no idea benda apa yang sedap dekat sini. And you know, if the food is not delicious, I can blame her for ordering those food! hahaha. Just kidding :p All I know about Boat Noddle is orang selalu makan bermangkuk-mangkuk kalau datang sini. That's it!

And Along being a good sister who knows how picky I am about food, she tried her best to order things that I will find delicious or at least good enough for my taste buds. I can say that she did quite a good job. I was not fully satisfied with the noodles that I ate. A bowl of noodles (I don't know which flavor) tasted quite funny but the rest were so good!

Boat Noodle, IOI City Mall 
Things that we ordered 

Pathumthani Chicken Thai Rice Noodle / Ayutthaya Chicken Thai Rice Noodle (MYR 1.90/bowl)
One of these flavors tasted funny! I don't know which one but the other one tasted so so so good! I have to figure out which one is the delicious one so that I can order it next time :)

Chicken Wings (MYR 4.90)
I didn't get to taste the chicken wings but according to Along's friend, they were quite salty.

Thai's Popeye Tempura (MYR 6.90)
This one was delicious. I was reluctant to eat it at first because I am not a big fan of vegetables, but I was glad I decided to try it. It was crunchy and quite addictive. Thai's Popeye Tempura is made from spinach by the way.

Ka Num Tuay (MYR 1.00/set - 1 set 2 pcs)
This one was good too! It looked and tasted like kuih tepung pelita but the texture was quite different from kuih tepung pelita. Keras sikit dari kuih tepung pelita I would say.

Ice Blended Thai Green Tea (MYR 8.90)
Along and her friend ordered this. I'm not a big fan of green tea, so kita pass sahajalah. According to Along, Ice Blended Thai Green Tea is the most famous drink at Boat Noodle. Kiranya, kalau setiap kali orang datang Boat Noodle, memang mereka akan order Ice Blended Thai Green Tea ni.

Coconut Blended (MYR 8.90)
Kak Nur and I ordered this Coconut Blended. Oh my! Oh my! It tasted so so so good! You have to see my expression after I took my first sip! I was like, "Kemanisan dan kebahagiaan apakah ini?" Begitu sekali reaction seorang Farah :p

Boat Noodle, IOI City Mall
Seorang Farah yang sangat excited dengan Coconut Blended dia!

So, here is the final verdict. I would not mind to come again to Boat Noodle because at least there are some things that are pleasurable to my taste buds. And there are still a lot more things that I have to try! For instance, Boat Noodle has other things than noodles in its menu that are waiting to be tried. But, I have to try my best to avoid the tasted funny noodles.

And of course, I would not mind to come again because of the Coconut Blended! Coconut Blended Boat Noodle ni sedap sangat-sangat! Mohon tak terbayang-bayang kesedapan Coconut Blended Boat Noodle ni bila dah balik Canada nanti.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Bila Awak Tak Pandai Selfie

Family selfie
Bila awak tak pandai selfie
1. You don't know how to hold your phone when taking picture
2. You look at the phone screen instead of the phone camera
3. Unflattering angle is a must (oh my double chin!!!)

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Naturally Langkawi

Naturally Langkawi
Langkawi, you have been amazing :)

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Field Trip To 13th Street Winery

On September 29, my Operations Planning class went to the 13th Street Winery as part of our capstone project. We went there to get a clearer idea about the winery. Believe it or not, it was my first time going to a winery. I would say that the visit to 13th Street Winery was quite exciting and pleasant. The 13th Street Winery is so beautiful!

13th Street Winery
I'm in love with the building

We did site visit ala-ala fam tour la. The owners themselves guided us around the property. We got a chance to visit the wine store or The Gallery. We also got to go to its famous bakery; 13th Bakery and Marketplace. The Gallery looked super cool, okay. I was in awe all the time!

The Table at The Gallery of the 13th Street Winery

I want this kind of dining room in my own place satu hari nanti, aci tak? Bila pertama kali kami menjejakkan kaki ke dalam wine shop or The Gallery ni, semua orang kagum dengan interior dia. Sangat bersih, kemas, dan nampak exclusive. Rasa bersalah nak pijak lantai wine shop/The Gallery tu. haha.

The Table at The Gallery of the 13th Street Winery
Entrance to the 13th Bakery and Marketplace

The 13th Bakery and Marketplace ni macam kedai-kedai biasa yang awak boleh jumpa kalau awak pergi ke ladang apple. Diaorang jual a lil bit of wine, fresh produces macam tomatoes, strawberries, pumpkins, prunes, and pumpkins. Diaorang juga jual homemade jams dan homemade frozen soups. Dekat 13th Bakery and Marketplace ni banyak juga benda-benda arts yang sangat-sangat comel! Rasa macam nak beli tapi rasa macam membazir pula kalau beli sebab takut tak guna. haha!

The 13th Bakery and Marketplace
The 13th Bakery and Marketplace

Tapi, kalau dah sampai dekat 13th Street Winery ni, benda yang awak kena try dekat 13th Bakery and Marketplace ini ialah buttertarts. 13th Bakery and Marketplace ni memang sangat famous dengan buttertarts dia. Serious, memang sedap sangat buttertarts dia. Buttertarts dia ada 2 perasa; Raisin Buttertart dengan Pecan Buttertart. 

Pastries at the 13th Bakery and Marketplace
Pastries at the 13th Bakery and Marketplace

Saya rasa dua-dua buttertarts tu. Tapi, saya lagi suka Pecan Buttertart tu sebab saya tak suka raisins. hehe! Buttertarts 13th Bakery and Marketplace ni manis sangat-sangat! So, kalau awak diabetic, saya tak galakkan awak cubalah. Kalau awak tak diabetic, makan satu pun cukup sebab takut muak pula.

Wine and cheese tasting at the 13th Street Winery
Wine and cheese tasting at the 13th Street Winery

Habis je buat site visit, pihak 13th Street Winery sediakan wine and cheese tasting session untuk kami. Saya yang tak minum ni, berdiri sahajalah mendengar penjelasan pasal wine dan cara untuk minum wine. They prepared 3 types of wine and 2 types of cheese for us. Saya cuma rasa cheese yang pertama sahaja sebab cheese kedua tu, 13th Street Winery campur dengan red wine. 

Wine sold at the 13th Winery
Salah satu wine yang diguna semasa wine tasting (kalau tak silap sayalah)

Cheese yang saya rasa tu rasanya agak sedap cuma sedikit masin. Dia punya rasa tu pekat dan melekat sebab even lepas saya makan lunch saya pun, saya boleh rasa cheese tu lagi. Walhal rasa sikit je cheese tu. Tapi, kawan saya yang minum wine tu kata, cheese tu memang sedap sangat! Memang masuk dengan wine yang dia minum. Well, tak boleh nak complain apalah sebab the purpose of that cheese tu memang sebagai complement kepada wine tu.

13th Wine Shop and 13th Bakery
13th Wine Shop and 13th Bakery

Habis lunch dan wine and cheese tasting, kami dibenarkan untuk explore 13th Street Winery tu. Saya teringin sangat nak ke vineyards 13th Street Winery. Sebabnya, tak lengkaplah visit to winery kalau tak jejakkan kaki ke vineyards. Tapi, saya tak berpeluang nak ke vineyards 13th Street Winery sebab cuaca tidak mengizinkan. Hujan turun mencurah-curah dari langit. So, I went back to the 13th Bakery and Marketplace and stayed there until our bus came.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Rasa Bersalah

Rasa bersalah sangat bila balik ni dan tengok Mama dan Ayah cuba penuhkan segala permintaan anak mereka yang mengada-ngada seorang ni. Lepas ni, memang kena hati-hati bila cakap pasal teringin ni. Kena kurangkan sebut teringin tu, teringin ni.

Macam sekarang, rasa sedikit bersalah sebab teringin nak makan few things yang Mama masak. Oh man! Mama is not as healthy as she used to be. She does not even cook that much pun for the past few years.

Tapi, pasal anak mengada-ngada ni teringin nak makan, terpaksalah Mama masak untuk saya. Like right now, she is at the morning market shopping for fresh seafood and groceries, I guess. Tapi, anak dia yang seorang ni sedap-sedap je online dekat rumah.

Rasa bersalah sangat-sangat! I should follow her to the market just now. Darn you, jet lag!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Macam Manalah Hati Tak Sayang

By the time you read this, hopefully I have safely landed in Hong Kong. Five more hours to home sweet home. Five more hours to the warm embrace of my family. Five more hours to being pampered like a spoiled child for 21 days. Allahu! I'm super stoked! See you in a bit, Malaysia!

Macam manalah hati tak sayang *heart emojis*

And, see you in two days, Adik! Insya Allah :)

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Mudah Terhibur (Super Junior Version #2)

Assuming that the Evanesce performance was supposed to look like this. Everyone stood on the big circle platform and the big circle platform was lifted up and rotated,

They made some changes in Beijing. The small circle platform was lifted up instead of the big one. I guess Heechul forgot about it. The members' reactions especially Siwon, Kyuhyun, and Sungmin were priceless! Can you stop laughing, Siwon and Kyuhyun?! hahahaha

The most epic fail all the time! Cracked me up big time! How come an emotional and sad song can turn to such a funny song? hahaha! Apparently the staffs made a mistake. They were supposed to lift up the big circle platform, not the small one. Such a ridiculous situation that resulted in big laughters. Watch the start of the ridiculous situation [here]

No mistakes were made on this performance, but ELF's cheering made the situation so funny. And of course Siwon with his gestures. It's okay, Siwon! We got it :D

Okay, I should really stop with this Mudah Terhibur Super Junior Version thing. No more these childish stuff.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Mudah Terhibur (Super Junior Version #1)

What? Super Junior again?!

You guys have to understand that I don't really fangirl over Super Junior on a consistent basis. As I am getting older and busier with my school and life, I have many other priorities. Most of the time, I don't follow their comebacks and all. I don't watch their MVs when they are first released. I don't even listen to their new albums until after few months. But, when I do fangirl over them, I'll be in this state for maybe a week or two. haha!

I have no idea how I found this video. As far as I remember, I was doing something else when I stumbled upon this video. This video is a year old and I just found it today. I told ya, I don't really follow them on a consistent basis!

Cracked me up big time with Ryeowook's Mi, and Siwon's derp faces! Lots of laughter in the short 52 seconds which I needed the most right now.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

The Pretty Sapphire Blue Ocean

Because exam time is the best time to fangirl over Super Junior, right? 
Yeah, I know :p

Pongdang pondang tto fallin'
Sarangi dagawa
Jeulgeoun iyu i sesangneun
With too many beautiful girls
Come on come girls
Come come on yeah
Jeulgeoun iyu i sesangneun
With too many beautiful girls

Sapphire blue ocean looks so pretty I wanna cry! It literally gave me goosebumps. And this song is my current to go song whenever I need something upbeat and cheerful during these gloomy days.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Foggy Morning

Foggy Morning
Winegard Walk
8:00 AM
December 10th, 2015

Rasanya macam dah dekat lima hari tak nampak matahari dan langit biru. Macam manalah tak depress kalau dah berhari-hari cuaca macam ni. Langit biru mana? Langit biru? Matahari mana? Matahari? :(

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Connect & Interact Session

This post is going to be super long and super personal and there will be no pictures. So, if you come to see pictures, I suggest you close the tab, or you can go click [here] or [here].

I just came back from Connect & Interact Session with two officers of my sponsor. I thought the session will be lighthearted and such but oh boyyyyy, I was so wrong! Well, in some ways, it was a lighthearted session as we met in a very informal setting. No formal attire, protocol and all. We laughed a lot in that 2 1/2 hours.

But, the conversations we had, fuhhhh, terbakar otak, okay! Made me reflect about my life in this very stressful time. Rasa macam, why oh why! Why I have to think about this now? I'm supposed to think about my finals right now. ㅠㅠ

So, here are few things for me to ponder and remember. Included in the list too are things that I have to do (related to our conversations) after my finals.

  • Go back to Malaysia after graduation!
  • Government is investing at least MYR 1.2 million on you (I used to think my sponsorship is worth MYR 500K maximum, but I guess the weak MYR made my sponsorship worth double than what it is supposed to), so you have to go back to Malaysia and serve your country. 
  • You are required to serve the country, not the government.
  • You have to pay the ganti rugi if you do not go back to Malaysia. Or, your guarantors (in my case, my parents) will have to pay on your behalf.
  • You are a risky investment made by government. 
  • You are a precious human capital.
  • Read again the contract that you signed in your first year and clarify any confusion with officers in charge.
  • You are sent here to absorb the good culture and spread the good things that you have learned once you back to Malaysia. 
  • You are here to discover yourself, to unleash your hidden potential. 
  • Mix around with people around the world.
  • Be a good ambassador of Malaysia.
  • Be a Malaysian in Canada, not Canadized Malaysian.
  • You have to file borang lapor diri after graduation!
  • You are considered to be successfully filled in your borang lapor diri once you literally filled in the form, requested flight ticket back to Malaysia, and back to Malaysia! They are going to check your status at the Immigration Office.
  • You then have to apply for jobs at SPA website.
  • You are also required to apply for job STAR website if you did not get calls from SPA.
  • Most of government posts are filled up. 
  • You are most likely will not get a job with government especially Tourism Management students (That's me!)
  • You are released from your contract if you did not get any jobs after one year from your graduation.
  • Program Mahasiswa Cemerlang (PMC) is a JPA scholarship for post graduate studies (I do not think I made the cut, but it is worth to do research about)
  • Canadian education system is way better than UK education system in some ways. I should be thankful for it!
  • Should CC the officers when I am emailing the officers at HQ regarding my possible plan of working in Canada.
  • Government is most probably will not call me to go to PLKN after my graduation. Praying super hard that they will not call me! (I asked for 5-year extension)
  • Reach out, seek help whenever you feel down and depressed.
  • You can count on the officers whenever you need help.

Fuhhhh, what a list eh? Though the things on the list make me want to cry, it is actually good to be reminded about all those stuffs. They made me reevaluate my intention and reminded me about my purposes and responsibilities. They also made me appreciate things that I have taken for granted for a while.

Friday, December 04, 2015

Banff Trip 1.0 | Icefields Parkway (Lake Louise - Jasper)

This is the last post for my Banff Trip 1.0. Phewww, finally! 

Errr, kalau awak perasan, travelogues saya ni macam pelik sikit. Instead of doing it by day, I do it by attractions that I went or activities that I did. This is because I don't know the right way to write travelogues. Ada ke cara yang betul? Hmmm.

And the main reason of my travelogues sebenarnya bukanlah nak cerita sangat pengalaman saya. I'm not a good story teller. Tu pasallah kadang-kadang kalau awak baca posts saya, mesti macam tergantung. Saya cuma nak share gambar sahaja. So, harap faham kenapa highways pun boleh masuk dalam travelogues. haha!

Baca: Banff Trip 1.0 | BIcefields Parkway (Jasper - Banff)

I just want to share beautiful pictures of Icefields Parkway. Masa datang Banff hari tukan cuaca sendu habis. Gloomy je. Tapi bila balik Jasper, cuaca cantik sangat! Ada cahaya matahari, ada langit biru. Ya Allah, suka sangat!

Icefields Parkway

Icefields Parkway

Icefields Parkway

Icefields Parkway

Icefields Parkway

Tak banyak sangat gambar sebab saya dah penat masa tu. And the picture ended right before we arrived at Icefields Centre. Sebabnya lepas tu, memang saya tidur sahaja dalam bas. Kalau boleh, memang nak berjaga dan tengok pemandangan sekeliling tapi memang dah tak larat dah. So, goodbye beautiful view.

Footnote: This is the end of my Banff Trip 1.0 posts. Hope you enjoy seeing the beautiful view of Banff National Park from my camera lens. 
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