Monday, January 23, 2017

Turning 24!

So since the last time I blogged, one thing's changed...


... I've turned a year older!!! Yay!

I'm pretty big on birthdays and it brings me so much joy so I was pretty pumped about turning a year older. It's no different (because a lot of people have asked, "Best tak 24?" FEELS THE SAME, PEOPLE!), lemme just tell you that. I'm not particularly affected by my age because I feel pretty young anyway. When I was at my birthday dinner with my family, we gave some cake to the ladies at the next table and one of them asked, "So how young are you, miss?" and I said, "24" and she replied, "Ugh, me too!". She completely wasn't btw and I don't know why but that made me feel young for some reason?? I think it must be that I'm starting to surround myself with people older than I am (instead of my same aged friends) that I actually consider myself still quite young. 

So I just went on a paragraph basically patting myself on the back for still being 24. Great post so far zz.

My birthday was a pretty mellow, chilled one. Marissa called me half an hour before the clock hit 12 as expected of the ultimate best friend!!! We laughed and we talked and we sang. I'm not going to go on a whole novel about how I love the girl because it's pretty given that I do but her call gave me a wonderful start to my day. Tasha and Amira from work gave me cute presents; Tasha gave me earrings and Amira got me a H&M gift card and I was so happy because I was really about to buy something from H&M so this came at great timing. Tasha even made me a card with my face all over it and "SELAMAT HARI NADIA" written across it. Looove! I lucked out at work because I've got some really good company with me, would've been not too fun if I had boring colleagues! 

For dinner, we went to one of our (but mostly, MY) favourite restaurants called 'Dancing Fish'. No food photos because I suck at taking them and was too hungry that I wasn't bothered. Mama got me a BEAUUUUUTIFUL cake, the prettiest I've had to date! And I've had pretty damn good cakes in the past. And this one TASTED just as good as it looked. They're from @tigrelilycakes if anyone's interested. My mum has always been very enthusiastic about birthday cakes since we were young (sit her down for a conversation on the parties she's hosted and she'll gladly talk to you for a good hour and a half about it all) but this was my favourite one. It had actual REAL flowers in it!!! I insisted that we had to cut from the back because didn't want to ruin the cake. And it stayed like that 2 days after hahaha, so sayang to remove all the decoration! 

My frilly baby pink blouse is from Forever 21, my pants are from Seoul, and silver heels are from Nelissa Hilman. Of course.

HOW BEAUTIFUL, right?? I'm so only going to order from @tigrelilycakes from now on. This was a strawberry cake and it was really quite tasty!

Iman got me a perfume for my birthday with her own money!! How sweet is the little kiddo! 

Missing my other two siblings.

Though it was actually quite difficult to cut into the cake because of all the flowers so this took me a good minute to figure what was best for the cake. Haha not for my family who wanted to eat it but for the cake. 

Birthdays are when you're reminded again and again throughout that you have some pretty sweet company around you which is why I really love them. Very, super blessed for the family and friends I have and very, super touched for all the personal messages I got - whether it was from phone calls, lengthy Whatsapp messages, direct messages, everywhere! I highly appreciate that hot minute everyone took to wish me a happy 24th because I felt appreciated. So far I haven't had a bad year (alhamdulillah syukur let this not be a jinx amin!) and it's a lot thanks to the people I surround myself with. 

So thank you, you've made this 24 year old girl very happy!

Another trip around the sun, insyaAllah! Let this be a wonderful year for me and for everyone. Amin!


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sat & Sun

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Ok so today was gross.

I slept practically all day! Slept pretty late last night because I was out with the boys for drinks. Only slept at 4 something and woke up at 12. Came down for lunch and after having 2 plates of rice, I came up to continue watching Goblin only to fall asleep while watching. AGAIN!! Next thing I knew, it was 6 pm. I don't recall my week to be that tiring so I don't know what got into me that I slept all day today. But I quickly consoled myself saying that it's the weekend, when else can I sleep all day, right?


I'm determined to have an early start to my day tomorrow - to make up for today's lack of activity. 

I'm turning 24 this Thursday!! Pretty wild that it's already a whole year of me being 23. Too fast, too fast!! I'm pretty stoked for this birthday, not because I have a million things planned but because it's my first time celebrating at home! It's been a good 3 years since I had a proper birthday dinner with my family. I've had great times celebrating with my friends in the UK but it wasn't quite the same without family with me. We're having dinner at one of my favourite restaurants and I can't wait for the actual dinner because of the food to be quite honest. And the cake. Who doesn't love a good birthday cake?

I'm still doing good with my monthly resolution - it's been a No Sweet Drinks January for me so I haven't had a glass of sirap limau in what seems like ages! But I think I'm cutting a huge amount of sugar. I drink sirap limau every working day and I drink coke atleast once during the weekends. I've only, **ONLY** been drinking plain water and/or green tea. I'm dyiiiiing for a glass of sirap limau and McDonalds don't feel the same without coke.

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Ok, so waking up early failed totally. Slept late again last night because I was watching every video on The View's Youtube channel. I love myself some Whoopi and Joy.

Only left for Starhill for my hair appointment at 3:30. Reached 10 minutes late because parking is a struggle forever and always on a Sunday. Thank goodness for valet. I love Pavi for its valet parking, KLCC and Curve for its all-female parking space. It's just so much easier for us lone shoppers. And safer, of course.

This was my 2nd time at Number 76. Last time I went, I went to colour my hair and I really disliked the result - it was beautiful first few days but the colour totally ran 2 weeks in in which I had to recolour it. So I didn't bother going for anything else sine then but I got an email this week saying I was entitled for a complimentary hair treatment because it's my birthday month.

Umm... yes please sign me up??

I had to wait for an hour from my scheduled time but I wasn't going to be a fussy customer because this was free so I wasn't going to make a huge deal out of it. And they were very apologetic about it so that's fine. It'd be a totally different story if they were indifferent to me. TBH I don't see a huge difference. It just looks nice now because they blew dry it but I don't know how my hair feels post-treatment. But whatever, it was free.
(EDIT : Writing this 2 days after the treatment. My hair actually feels moisturised and less frizzy. Blew dry my hair this morning and it was just a lot more easy to straighten it out than it was pre-treatment. And when I was shampooing my hair, my wet hair felt a lot softer to the touch which wasn't the case before this. I kinda really like it but we'll see. I'm still doubtful!) 

I finally got myself a 2017 diary because holy cow it is SO difficult to find a decent one. My 2016 one was from Paperchase and I miss it! I feel like Typo is the one and only option here and although some of their things are cool and quirky, I'd appreciate more choices in the market. It's pretty sad that there's not much stationery-dedicated stores here.


That's my weekend. I'm going to blog more on Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo (henceforth referred to as 'Fairy') because it ended this week and I've never felt this happy and this sad for the ending of a Korean drama since Reply 1988 (which if you've not been following my blog and/or myself you wouldn't have known that I'm practically the ambassador for that drama). I've got so much to say and it's really one of the best things I've watched ever and I can't wait to blog about it and post all the photos!!

Hope January has been pleasant for everyone! Drink more water because it's hella hot these days and don't forget to slap on some sunblock. Very important, girls!


Sunday, January 1, 2017

HAPPY 2017

It's about an hour to 2017.


I don't know why but I get kinda emotional getting into the new year. I don't know if it's regret for not living it to the most or if it's the feeling of leaving something. I'm excited for 2017 and I'm determined to be a newer me but 2016 was my big-girl year. I graduated from university and I started my first ever job. I'm more stuck by the fact that it's leaving a chapter rather than starting a new one. 2016 saw me leave my student years behind and embracing the working adult life. And I see that as such a huge step and it's the beginning of a whole new phase of life and being the nostalgic girl I am, I kinda need a moment to take that in. I've had the absolute best student years ever and I loved school and college and university so this year was finally my farewell to all that. I always say I hate exams and dislike studying but I've been doing that since I was 7! That's 17 years!!! You can't just leave 17 years of a phase in life just like that. So I'm still trying to adapt to being an adult and I personally think I'm adjusting to it well but man, I miss being a student. InsyaAllah to more and more meaningful and beautiful moments in life in the future but thank you ya Allah for blessing me with such great schooling years. Unforgettable!

But as we inch into a new year, I have to adjust accordingly and I have to look through big-girl lenses now. I'm excited and I'm looking forward to a lot of things. I've made some New Year resolutions and all of them contributes to my own personal growth; to be a better version of myself now, to be more responsible, to be a better friend, sister and daughter and just to be a well-rounded adult. I want to have fun more, I want to create better and bigger memories, I want to learn more and I want to be more ambitious. I want to start taking some action in my life. I want to be a go-getter. I need 2017 to be my go-getter year. If I want it, I'm going to do all that is needed to get it done and I'll just pray that Allah blesses my work and my efforts along the way.

Eeep! Excited!

Be kind, be generous and be great. Let's make this year our favourite one yet.