Thursday, December 14, 2017

Korea, the land of Winter Sonata

Korea is geographically situated in a temperate climate zone at medium latitude. As a result, it has four distinct seasons. In general, spring is from March to May, summer from June to August, autumn from September to November, and winter from December to February. 

And now it's that time of the year again-WINTER, where Korea turns into a winter wonderland. In winter, the days are shorter and the mountainous regions are covered with snow. Though the weather can be brutal, put on your winter coat and enjoy South Korea! There are many things to do exclusively in winter and definitely worth every single Won, and I personally LOVE LOVE WINTER KOREA!

1. Eat! Eat! Eat!

When in South Korea during winter, don't forget to warm up with the oh-so-many glorious street food! Some of them are even serve exclusively during winter only!' Savory and sweet winter street foods like bungeoppang, hotteok, baked sweet potatoes, and hoppang, just to name a few, are all-time favorite snacks for Koreans regardless of age. Live up your K-Drama fantasy of eating out from carts and stalls which can easily be spotted at every street corner. It's super cheap too!


2. Ski! Ski! Ski! Ski!!
With 70% of mountainous regions in South Korea, skiing is the way to enjoy the mother nature at its best! There are many activities that can be done with the family or even among friends. Check out the offers below! Enjoy a day trip;

or opt to stay for more wintertastic experience;

3. Sightseeing + Winter Festivals

South Korea is a beautiful Narnia on snowing days. Enjoy trip to Nami Islands and even head off to Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival, where you make a hole in the frozen lake, catch mountain trout and get them cooked on sight. Don't forget to build the snowman, play snow fight and make your own snow angels too!

Don't forget to check all the promotions out and enjoy your winter vacation in South Korea!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Eye-Eye Captain Part 2: My Strabismus Story

(Eye-Eye Captain! This is the continuation from the part one . It took me almost a year later to blog about this life-changing experience. My life has been better since the operation.)

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so the quote said. But what if your eyes are the reason you're  afraid of having eye contact with others, low self-esteem and poor socializing skills just because people seems to not understand you. You speaks the proper language, you dresses to impress but nothing is working. Life is miserable. Well at least that what I felt while living with strabismus.

I wasn't even born with it. It developed when I was about 10-11 years old. As a child growing up with strabismus, it certainly was not fun. The hurtful feeling whenever I talked to somebody, and they keep on looking behind their back because they thought I was looking at others behind, instead of them. Thus, I stopped talking to others, I stop making new friends. I protect myself from being hurt by others. The world seems limited. It's just you, your family and your fewwww very close friend who seemed to get you and your stupid eyes ( I used to call them like that). So, what is strabismus? Let me explain!

If you have strabismus, one eye looks directly at the object you are viewing, while the other eye is misaligned - in my case it was exotopia (misaligned outwards). And my case even more special because I'm able to control the movement of my eyes muscles. My left eye vision was 20/20 while my right eye suffers from farsightedness. Even when I left my spectacles behind, I can switch to use my left eye to see clearly. Ha! That's creepy right?!

My strabismus-exotopia eyes
So, growing up, I recall keeping on reading about how to treat my condition. At that time I was growing up, I'm convinced that Malaysia doesn't have the technology to treat this eye problem. Fast forward, at 28 years old, after loads of reading about it. I decided to go to the local hospital. From my reading, I'm now informed that HUSM Kubang Kerian has one of the best facilities and Ophthalmology team in Malaysia.

On April 2016 I got myself an appointment at HUSM, through a refer from Klinik Kesihatan Pasir Puteh. (Well, this can be any Klinik Kesihatan near you). I got my eyes diagnosed by the Ophthal team, and I tell you, I was one famous case! One, because I'm old ; (usually it's get fixed when we're baby / young- at that times it's called lazy eyes) and two, because I'm able to control my eyes muscle. 
The team had so much fun examining me every time. After a tedious months of examining my eyes, they scheduled an operation for me on January 2017. I had another final examination at Pantai Hospital to conform my conditions, and we're set to fix my eyes!

Suddenly on 21st of December, I received a phone call asking whether or not I'm interested to fill in an operation slot for the next day because another patient cancelled off their operation. Hell yeah! I said YES, YES, YES! I got myself admitted to HUSM Kubang Kerian later on the afternoon ( I drove myself there) and my operation went well on the 22nd December 2016.

The operation was led by Prof. Dr. Shatriah Ismail, better known as Prof Shat; one of the very very well-known and top Doctor in Ophthal world. She even travels all over Malaysia to perform eyes surgery - WOW! I'm honored! My operation went for around 3-4 hours. They operated the muscles in both of my eyes. And funny thing was I woke up right away after the operation,while waiting to be transferred back to the ward, because the nurses forgot to remove the 3 layers of blankets from me-and I'm very sensitive to heat - I woke up while wiping sweat off my forehead. I can't bear being hot 😝 . On the 24th I was discharged from HUSM. And after that I just have to go to HUSM for operation follow up & check up. 

This was right after operation

This was about a few days later
It's a life changing operation for me. It given me back my confident, my life!
(It's prescribed as for cosmetic purpose and not covered by insurance yah.)
Years ago, I tend to look around while talking to others, I couldn't look at others in the eye, 
easy things like ordering foods & drinks over the counter was such a difficult task,
not knowing how to communicate well with minimum to no eyes contact at all-I'm devastated.
Trust me, the eyes are the gate to yourself.
If you're having eyes problems, get it fixed!
Schedule an appointment with the Ophthal team.
Don't listen to others, this is all about you.
Love yourself!

This is my current eyes condition. There's still a very-very small deviation (mm), me & my Ophthal team will discuss about whether or not second operation needed in our upcoming appointment next year.

Till then, wish me well & happy!

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Discovering Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap = Angkor Wat
Most absolutely right! That's the synonym of Siem Reap.

Day 1
Our flight AK 542 left Malaysia for Siem Reap at 6.50am.
We landed around 8.30am local time.

Right after landing, our driver, Safy already waiting for us

First view of Siem Reap town.
Wow, dirt road and whatnot.
Our first destination was the Tonle Sap Lake to check out the water village

Ticket is USD 15 per person. 
An additional USD 5 if you choose to ride on the small boat at the village. 
We opted not to.

Floating Village of Kampong Phlouk

We checked in at our hotel afterward. 
Had a nice rest before heading out to Night Market / Old Market
We had our dinner at Muslim Kitchen Family Restaurant, just nearby the market.
USD 28 dinner for 7 was reasonable & affordable.
I tried Khmer food : Spicy soup & sour soup. Sedap!

Day 2:  Temple Hopping
USD 37 per person -  1 Day Pass

First stop - Angkor Thom.
Our luck, it was cloudy and grey that day 😌

and later it's pouring!

Second stop: Bayon Temple

 Last one : Ta Prohm

Day 3: War Museum
Entrance fee is USD 5 per person

That's it! A weekend trip to Siem Reap.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Eye Eye Captain!

It's been months since my last update. Lazy bugs really got me this time. 
So yeah, I moved back to my hometown about a year ago. Time flies really fast, right.
Last January I realigned my eyes 😎, I'll share about it later.

I also teamed up with a friend and together we started a company from scratch, haa!
Currently we're trying to break into the local market with our very own, body mist. Sales are great, but we're yet to break-even. Finger-cross we could survive because it's a very very superb product.

In between that, I'm also weighing the possibilities to pursue my PhD.
Though now I'm in business, the final goal is to make it as Professor or some sort πŸ˜‰

Anyway, wish me luck

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Hidden Gem - Perhentian Islands

The Perhentian (pronounced Perhen-TEE-AHN) Islands lie approximately 10 nautical miles off the northeastern coast of West Malaysia in the state of Terengganu. The two main islands are Perhentian Besar and Perhentian Kecil. 

The Perhentian Islands have become a popular travel destination for families and backpackers alike due to the many lodging options that accommodate almost any budget (ones can splurge or go on shoestring budget). Both islands have palm-fringed white coral sand beaches (that can be tough on the feet) and turquoise blue sea. Popular tourist activities include scuba-diving, snorkeling, and swimming.


The tropical waters around the Perhentians are clear with turquoise hues. The designated marine park in the island has corals and fish life is quite excellent. The Perhentian Islands were once home to a significant green and hawks-bill sea turtle nesting population. Now the islands receive only 300 nesting per year,The Department of Fisheries runs a turtle hatchery on the islands to help address the declining turtle populations. There's also volunteering program you might want to check out 😊

Due to the eastern monsoon, the season in the Perhentians (and all other east coast islands) is effectively limited to the period between the beginning of March until late October. Outside this period the seas can be very rough and choppy, skies overcast, and with currents that make swimming dangerous and most (though not all) accommodation options are closed. However, many of them especially those located on Coral Bay start on beginning of Feb. Do contact me for more information regarding packages available at Perhentian Islands throughout the year. Trust me, I'm a local πŸ˜‰

Perhentian Island (Coral Bay): Full board all inclusive for 3 days 2 nights.
Inclusive of:
  • Return boat
  • Accommodation (Fan)
  • Meals ( 2 breakfast, 2 lunch, 1 dinner & 1 BBQ dinner!)
  • 1x Snorkeling trip around the island

From RM 350.00!!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Mist -Inspired Body Mist

Inspired Body Mist
by HR

 9 scents to choose from! 


•  Active - Polo Sport
• Classic - Hugo Boss Bottled
• Seductive - Mont Blanc Legend
• Masculine - Bvlgari Aqva Pour Homme

• Floral - Dior Addict 2
• Fresh - Ralph Lauren Romance
• Fruity - Victoria's Secret Bombshell
• Elegant - Chanel Coco Mademoiselle 
• Bliss - Salvatore Ferragamo Signorina

✔ 100% diinspirasikan dari wangian asli 
✔ Tekstur yang tidak berminyak 
✔ Bau yang menyenangkan

✔ 200ml / ✔ 60ml  /
  30ml (pocket size!)

.200ml comes in a beautiful box! Suitable as gift πŸ˜‰

Collection Box for 30ml x 6 also available upon request, custom your scents!

Harga pasaran : RM45 (200ml) / RM20 (60ml) / RM10 (30ml)
*tidak termasuk kos pos
Whatsapp: Fiqah Lee @ 6013-9562695