Sunday, January 9, 2022

2022 already!!!?

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Reporting 9 days too late but ah well.

My resolution this year was to blog at least ONCE A WEEK. Yep, you read that right. Once a week. Once in 7 days. I've realised that in 2021 I've only written 12 posts in total. 15 year old Nadia would've disapproved. So I think I wanna at least try to update here once a week, be it a short post or ones just of photos. 

Alhamdulillah a new year has dawned and as always, I'm grateful for what the past year has gifted me. There were ups and downs but in hindsight, I'm thankful for all of it. It was definitely difficult what with the lockdowns and the uncertainties that we were faced with. We had a new PM, we had several MCO's, we had Covid cases highest it's ever been (in the 20k). We had a flood???? Damn. A lot. And also working in a pandemic has proven to be an absolute pain. First time round it was cute lah yknow? Like oh wow this is such a new experience! But this second time around was just.... awful. It was so suffocating and had no boundaries (to the point I'd take 5 in a midst of a meeting to cry). So penat and I couldn't take it anymore.

But all in all, I just am grateful for all that I have with me. My family, my friends, my job, my material things, my home. All that I have, I'm grateful. Covid has shown us that it is merciless and takes away so much from so many people. I'm thankful that I still have all that I love and care for. It helps put things into perspective kan? So all that we can do is be grateful and be empathetic and be generous where we can. Gotta look out for one another, man. 

For my NYE party, Mun and Nana hosted a powerpoint presentation party! How cute!! We've done this before, I think it was the year before Covid. So we all had to do a summary of our year. It was just 7 of us including Dayana who joined and presented virtually. But it was the best. As I've grown older, I much much much prefer being in intimate and small gatherings. You just get a lot more out of it, I think. As compared to having a big party of 30-50. We had some good food then we presented our slides and then we played some games on Amal's Switch. It was just so fun and I enjoyed it SO much. 

As for my 2022 resolutions, I've decided it shall be this; to blog more and take more photos. And hahaha I also said this to a friend. This year I'm going to look hot. Hahahahaha sounds ridiculous but all jokes aside, I wanna try (atleast) to always look presentable and decent. And that doesn't exclusively come from good hair and outfit days. But really through how confident and how friendly you are with the people around you. I've always been very attracted to people who can stand their own and navigate through social situations well. Like not to the point of being obnoxiously loud. But y'know, the cool kind. I'm going to try and do that this year to the best I can. Basically, be better. 

Here's some photos from the night! 

The sweetest hostesses who really went above and beyond for us. I love and appreciate parties like these, hosted by the best.

Also this was so cute, I had it on the whole night!!

A selfie with Dayana. Loved this sm!!

They even had party packs to give???? Sorry, I can't anymore. Too cute.

Ok guys, I'm going to continue watching the Harry Potter reunion and cry.

Love to all and may this year be your greatest!


Sunday, December 12, 2021

Vintage Thrift Shoppers in Penang

I'm in Penang! After more than a year, I'm back in my hometown. You already know this but this island is my second home. Two of my favourite people I've ever known live here; my grandparents. After such a long year of being stuck at home, I finally got to fly back to Penang for a good break. We (my sisters and I) flew here on Thursday evening and came in enthusiastically. My Pak Tok doesn't have great memory as of late so it takes a while for him to recognise us. I said "Nadia! I'm Nadia!" and he said "Oh.... my sweet Nadia". I mean, pure unadulterated tears.

Today was a rather fun day out. It started with my sisters going out to buy lunch, we had Bangkok Lane mee (I highly recommend!) and after we were all full and happy, we went out to get drinks. But before that, we went to this vintage shop at Jalan Nagor called Fujiyama Jeans. It's just SO cool, it's a thrift store for both men and women, a record store, and they also sell bit of coffee and film cameras! It was such a pleasant experience because the people were really friendly and their curated collection of clothes (imported from Japan!) were really top notch. And super affordable too! I managed to snag a beige sequinned evening bag and a Ralph Lauren-esque cardigan. Tania also managed to get herself a genuine vintage Moncler jacket! Love it. You have to go if you're around the area.

Then after that we drove to La Vie En Rose but we just so happened to find parking right in front of this shop called TEMU Coffee. Coincidence because I had just looked up this cafe on Instagram the night before so we just kinda got in and decided to have some drinks and desserts first before going to La Vie En Rose. We had the waffle and it was genuinely SO good. It was the topped with cream and ice-cream and had burnt bananas on the side. SO YUMMMMM. I love Penang and alllll its alleys and streets of really obscure but insanely cool cafes and eateries. So unassuming but they're always so occupied that you often had to be waitlisted or like... denied entry completely. So this was great that we had seating and no waiting time and the food was really good. 

We weren't quite done with thrift shopping so we Googled the next one and it was our stroke of luck that it was just a 3 min drive from where we were. It's even MORE obscure but we got there in the end haha. It's a smaller shop but still full of gems. Iman got an oversized rugby shirt and Tania got two blouses for super cheap. As we were leaving, there was a rack of t-shirts outside and we spotted one that was Harry Potter themed, had 'I solemnly swear I'm up to no good" and Iman freaked out, she's in her Potter phase now. Took the tee and went to the cashier to buy and the guy was like "If you buy 3, it'll be RM10" to which Iman said "No it's okay, I'll just take this one" and he just shrugged and said "Ok, then you can have it for free" and just put it in her bag. How sweet! Iman's a happy shopper.

Then we drove back home in time for a pizza dinner! Hahaha I know everyone who comes to Penang for holiday must want to kick me where it hurts but we actually don't always eat famous Penang food like chendol, nasi kandar, laksa and all that. We do have nasi kandar, that's a must of course but we rarely ever go out to eat it. We'd take away and have it home. So we don't really see the food sitch in Penang, unfortunately. Not until recently at least. 

Ok photo time! 

This was at our first stop; Fujiyama Jeans at Nagore Road. Not in photo: the divine beaded evening bag I got for 50 bucks.

Tania spotted this vintage Moncler jacket after buying her bucket bag. She couldn't stop thinking about it after trying it on. It looked pretty sick but we were weighing the pros and cons especially since it wasn't cheap. Like?? Where was she going to travel to warrant a purchase like this?? She said "With this jacket, I'll plan a damn trip somewhere". I told her to think about it and she put it back on the rack before heading out to our next spot; coffee and cakes at a cafe.

I definitely think I want to get a film camera for my birthday. I just don't know where to start looking.

But why are the tiles here so freaking cool.

The next thrift shop was an obscure one, hidden among small houses/shop houses. It's called Doppel Ganger (spelt that way).

Tania bought those two blouses for 40 bucks in total.

Ok so after that TEMU and La Vie En Rose trip, we went back to Fujiyama cause Tania decided she'll just get it instead of worrying it'll get snapped up by someone else. Idk who else is planning a winter trip but ok. Happy she got it though! I can pinjam duh.

It's about 1:16 am now and my uncle's buying nasi kandar for breakfast tomorrow and I'm so excited! Now I'm going to continue on this Downton Abbey episode before calling it a night. Have a great weekend, guys! 


Thursday, November 4, 2021

My inspiration

This is my appreciation post for my friends who I know I talk about a lot but I just love them A LOT. 

So here's a bunch of photos from the meet up's thus far with friends! 

Marissa and I had planned for a spa date at Lax. but on the morning of, they called to cancel my appointment because the lady who was supposed to do my massage had to take an emergency leave and they had no one else to replace her. Sad!! Dahlah I was looking forward to it so much and my body was in need of a massage from constantly hunching over the computer. But we had a great time anyway! We went to this place at the Zhongshan Building and it's called Tommy Le Bakers. They serve sandwiches and it was actually pretty yummy! I'm not really one for sandwiches as you might not know already but this was really good. I loved the fuss free place especially. And!! There wasn't a super long line and parking was so easy to get (and cheap considering right smack in the middle of KL) so that made the whole experience so much better. With a LOT of the new cafe pop-up's in KL these days, you suffer with both parking and reservations. And 8 times out of 10, food ain't that great and you find yourself at a McD drive thru for an order of fries to fill you up. I like just really easy going places like these. I'd go again solely for their onion soup. 

Then during that icky bit of time I had (still have, just a lot less), Fatin texted "Babe you wanna go out? Let's" and honestly!!!! It made my day just being able to go out with her and talk things out and pour my heart out. We constanttttlyyy text but nothing beats conversations over coffee and tea. Love her so much. This is actually a photo of her CRYING because we were talking about London. She studied in City so she spent all her time in the UK in London and I have the fondest memories of our sleepovers whenever I'd go over to London. 

Sighhhhh I'm so lucky to be friends with so many people who exude the best energy. Sofea and Hidayah were my colleagues in my current company but they've left and so it's only me remaining hahaha. We used to be sucha trio, always huddling over Hidayah's table to gossip and complain. Ever since they've left, I've missed them at the office a whole lot. We went to Jibby Chow at Bangsar and caught up with each other again after what feels so long. I can't wait to see them again. These girls are the kind to always leave the night in the best, sweetest energy. The ones who always hype you up and you're always motivated to be a better person because of them. Love them so much. Can you believe we're all single? Hahahahaha

If I could just tell you how much Aina means to me. She's a life changer. My life changer. Truly, in every sense of the word. I'm sure I've said this somewhere before but I'll say it again 'til I go blue in the face. Met Aina in school when we were 9, I had just moved from Taman Tun to the school near my house. Met her and she was the lifeeeee of the party, super popular and super fun and just kept everyone so energised and happy. I always say this, Aina's the kind of friend I'd be HAPPY to bring anywhere to meet anyone ever sebab she can get on with everyone she meets. She just has that one of a kind energy that you only hope you can one day also emulate. I say this with all my heart, Aina's my inspiration. So whenever I meet new people, I'd always try to channel my inner social butterfly energy and I'd always think of Aina. And think of what she'd do and what she'd say. She's definitely helped me to be the person I am whether she knows it or not.

Just last Sunday, I finallllyyyyy went out with Amal and Fatin. I mean, I met Fatin recently but Amal I haven't met in AGES! So I was just so happy to be able to spend time with her over lunch. After lunch I sent her home but I decided to stick around at her place for the next 5 hours! Hahahah. If you know me, you know I love and appreciate house hangs. It's just infinitely times better because 1) You're not pressured to leave your table when the queue is crazy outside 2) You have a dependable, clean toilet to go to 3) You can hang however you want, I basically laid down on her couch the whole time sipping on rootbeer and eating doughnuts that I randomly ordered on Grab. It was the best!!! Makes me miss the times where we'd go over each others chalet and just borak the whole time. It was mostly Amal coming over to my room lah but still. Love you both to bits and pieces and then into smaller bits and pieces.


Thought I'd pen it down here too. But the other day, my office had a training session conducted for us. They'd invited instructors over and in the second session, there was this lady. She was 56 but looked nothing above early 40s. She was absolutely wonderful. I rarely get struck by someone's energy but that morning, I was just in awe. She was so inspiring, her whole energy was contagious and I couldn't get over it. She told us straight up "Honey, live your own damn life! Don't worry about what people think. Spend on whatever you want! So what? You'll make more money after that right? Do it! Life's short, go enjoy" and even though that's all generic life advice you've all heard before, you just know that to her she holds these principles in her life so dearly and it shows in the energy she had. She left just before lunch and I kinda went "aww shucks, wish she stayed on longer" and I realised damn, how great is that? To have people want you there with them for a while longer because they love you. I had never met her before then but I already felt like I'd love to tell her all my problems and she'd give me the best advice. 

At the end of the work day when my colleagues and I were in the lift to go to the carpark together, I just noted that I really enjoyed that training session and loved the lady so much and my senior just turned to me and said "Yeah I get that because she really reminded me of you" and I was just.... so flattered and taken aback. This whole time I had looked up to this lady and made a mental note to be more like her when I grow up and to think some of the girls in the office already think of me like that made my whole week, month, year. Heart's full alhamdulillah.

I hope everyone gets to meet someone they're inspired by. Someone who makes you feel motivated to be better in life. And if you haven't lately, I think you should exercise your right to be that person to someone else anyway. Life's so precious and we're all living on borrowed time so the best thing you can do is wake up everyday and spend it in service to yourself. InsyaAllah that will have a domino effect on the people around you. We never lose out from being nice, helpful, and generous so go do it everyday. It'll come back to you in multiple folds insyaAllah. Trust.