Hatyai and Danok 3D2N trip

15:22 Yannie 8 Comments

On 4 - 6 August 2017, I went for a 3D2N trip with my 11 zumba buddies to Hatyai and Danok. First time, I went with a group of girl friends without my spouse and children. I was very much anticipating the trip. I applied and got my leave approved two months before the date. I packed my travel outfits 2 weeks before the the trip. I was so excited like a child looking forwards to her first field trip with her classmates. lol!

However, I was so busy at work on the last few days before the trip. I worked from home until 1 am for 3 continuous nights. Luckily I got all the urgent issues settled on the night prior to the date. Therefore, I was able to keep a good spirits for the entire trip.

The pictures below will be able to tell the story of how enjoyable and happy that I was in the trip.

A few hours after the journey was started, when our transport stopped at the rest place.

Posing for the album at the hotel lobby.

We visited the Khlong Hae floating market.

Stainless Steel temple is the only one attraction that we went in Hatyai. 

Second day, we left Hatyai and went to stayed at Danok, and we visited the Asian Cultural Village. 

These were the twelve of us and we ate together at the meal time during the trip. The food pictures below can do the talking of how delicious the food in Hatyai. 

Other than having dim sum, chicken rice, we had mangoes kelabu, Tom Yam kung, grilled trotter, petai, omelette, green curry, tofu, and seafood. The Thai food at Hatyai is irresistible good.

Other than sight seeing and feasting on Thai food, we ladies did a great shopping too. This trip was a bit too short and we did not have time for the Thai massage.
Upon returning from the trip, these were some of my members with their shopping loots. Everyone shopped until dropped.

I went with one small black hand carry bag, and I brought back home another 3 bags, 1 basket and 1 box of Thai goodies, snacks and instant noodles.

I bought a Captain America T shirt for my husband, ADDA sandals for April and May, banana bread from 7 Eleven, Bento snacks, Snail White body lotions, Milk Plus salt scrub and lotions, Thailand junkfood and a few items were not in the pictures.

Frankly I still don't get enough shopping of the things that I like. I want to go to Hatyai again, because I enjoy the shopping and the food there a lot. 


Some excitement in stressful workplace

12:11 Yannie 11 Comments

Today let me share with you some excitement that had actually brightened up our stressful workplace. 

Last month, 5 local celebrities visited us during our work day. You hear it right! They came to our company to meet us. These five celebrities were Venice Min (model), Danny Koo (Singer), Geraldine Gan (Singer), Shawn Lee (Rapper), and Dianna Danielle (Artist). They are actually represented Toyota Gazoo Racing team, and our company is the sponsor for the event. 

It was not every day that we could meet celebrities, and especially we were given chance to have fun and take photographs with them. 
Of course, I put down the job for a short while and went selfie with the very beautiful Venice Min.

And also, the very cute and sweet looking Geraldine Gan. Loves her songs very much.

Not forgetting to take a group picture with the other celebrities in front of their racing car, sincce I didn't have the time and chance to take solo picture with each of them.

Two days ago, there were two racing cars parked in front of the company lobby. I went quickly to post with these racing cars before the others had done with their lunch.
This is yours truly in uniform and safety boots. I had a quick lunch that day. While I went to the pantry to make a cup of coffee to boost up my energy for the second half day to go. and I saw it. Since not many knowing the existence of these two handsome and sporty racing cars, I took the chance to pose with it.  

The Toyota 86 is a series of 2+2 seater sports cars which was jointly developed by Toyota and Subaru and solely manufactured by Subaru. These two handsome and sporty cars must have two good racers to drift them. 
Thursday, World Drift 3 times Champion, Masato Kawabata D1 Grand Prix and Drift Muscle 2 times Champion, Hideyuki Fujino from Japan visited us again to exhibit drift shows inside our company. Fuyoh! It was an eye opening experience for all of us. I tell ya! It was actually my first experience watching drifting live. It was very exciting! Luckily I went to join the fun despite my busy schedule. 
I managed to squeeze in the crowd and took a selfie with Fujino.

This is Kawabata, he attracted so many ladies to be his fans with his friendly smiles after the visit. Including yours truly. Muahahah!

Folks, if you are interested in the live drifting and racing shows by these two drifting champions and meeting the other TGR celebrities. Please do not forget to go to Toyota Gazoo Racing Festival at Stadium Batu Kawan, Penang this weekend. Free entry for all. Besides, Toyota is launching the C-HR at the event.

For more details, please check it up from the link below.


Sweet dessert soup again (糖水)

15:31 Yannie 8 Comments

I am a dessert person. Whenever I go for the buffet, the first thing I check it must the dessert corner. I have sweet tooth.

I cook dessert for myself almost every weekend too. When I checked the pictures in the dessert folder, I still have some more never been posted here.
Last year, April requested me to cook a few types of glutinous rice balls when she saw a few cute recipes in FB during the winter solstice festival.  This one was white and green color rice balls with mangoes in HL milk. It can be served cold and warm. It tastes good by adding a little bit sugar or condensed milk in it. This picture got me many "LIKE" when I posted on my FB wall.

These are pumpkin glutinous rice balls in homemade soy milk, which I bought from the hawker in the night market. I personally find this one tasted better than the one in HL milk.

These were glutinous rice balls in red bean soup. I have cooked this before. I previously blogged about this dessert here too.

The ingredients of this dessert are pumpkin, white fungus, red dates, hard boiled eggs and rock sugar.
I just love pumpkin a lot.

This dessert has ingredients of dried longan, red dates, white fungus, and ”桃胶“ (I can't find the English term of this brown color fruit/plant that grows on trees).

I cook dessert often, as it is not cheap to buy outside and the taste is always too sweet for my liking. 


My first night run

12:57 Yannie 9 Comments

As I mentioned in my earlier entry here that I went for a night run, the first run at night for myself, April and my town.

It was my working day and I worked from 8am to 5:30pm that day. I thought that I usually run in the evening, it was not a matter at all whether I work. I was wrong. My body was kind of tired that evening. It was also a rainy evening. It started to rain at 3:30pm, and the rain did not even stop a single bit when the race was flagged off at 9:15pm. Well, I just had to run regardless the weather.

It was a tough run for me. A runner from Ipoh led the run in my category. I was far behind her. Another runner also from Ipoh, overtook me half way through. I couldn't pace any faster at all, and I could only keep my own steady speed and running non-stop to complete the race.

So I was at the 3rd placing in women overall and also women veteran 8KM category.
Glory moment

With the 4th placing runner in the same category. We both are also Zumba buddies. 

With April before and after the run. She was at 10th placing Women Open 4KM. 

With my darlings. 
Till then, I have yet to sign up any run. I want a break for all the races. Don't get me wrong, I will still run every day on the treadmill in the gym, at the park outdoor, and also up and down the hill.


Astro CGM 2016 Final

10:15 Yannie 6 Comments

Another throwback post of watching Astro Classic Golden Melody 2016 Final at Stadium Negara on 17 December 2016. It was an awesome experience and I must blog about it.

I and my girls are a die hard fans of Astro CGM. We followed and watched every series of Astro CGM every year. Last year, Astro CGM was given away the final competition free tickets to the fans through FB.  I requested immediately and I got 4 free tickets right away.

When the date was here, April could not go with us, because she already registered herself to a Buddhist camping with friends.

I was so happy that my husband took leave and went with us to the show. He was actually not a fan of the program at all. We took ETS train from Taiping to KL. It was our first ETS ride.

My husband booked the Olympic Sports Hotel which was located just opposite Stadium Negara. The location of the hotel was too good for us to avoid of all the traffics madness. We just walked to watch the concert.
We walked to Stadium Negara as early as 4:30pm to collect the free tickets from the booth, and we managed to take a few pictures at the backdrop of the ten finalists.
Both, I and  May were really thrilled to watch our favorite programs that we always watch on TV, and now watching live from the big stage.
It was really great to watch Gan Jiang Han partnered with an actor from Singapore as the emcees of the show. You will be surprised that if I tell you that I like the only contestant from Singapore the most.  He was the first runner- up at the end.

It was a very fantastic show. It was actually our first experience watching a grand competition live. I do hope that we will have the same opportunity to watch this type of live show again in future. 


5 Tips Pre-race Day

16:53 Yannie 8 Comments

1 July 2017 9:00 pm, I am going for a run at Night Safari. I am taking part in 8KM, women veteran category. April is also joining the 4KM, women open fun race. This is the first night run in the town, and this is also my first ever run that I registered with my own money. The previous races were all sponsored by the company that I work.

Why I registered? I am actually not a fan of a marathon or run event, but I run at least 3 to 4 times a week in the gym. Night run sounds good to me as I always run in the evening. Therefore I signed up just to give myself a challenge.

After signing up the night event. I actually train myself harder, and I run at least once or twice a week on the road, and I can see myself improving in the stamina, strength, and speed too. Well, I happened to read a very useful article from http://www.justrunlah.com/2015/11/21/5-things-to-avoid-before-race-day

I love the tips that shared there.
1. The mistake: going for a final training run.
So true that I trained so hard during the Raya holiday and I think I should let my leg muscles rest and recover today and tomorrow. I will still go for a light run to upkeep my stamina, but I won’t force myself to run faster than my comfortable speed.

2. The mistake: carb loading
I will take healthy diet instead of loading myself with more carb than the normal intake.

3. The mistake: new workout gear
I bought new running shoes prior to my KOBL run on 9 April. I wore it for my last two training before the race to ensure that I could run comfortably on it.

4. The mistake: sleeping late
Honestly, I couldn’t sleep well the night before the race. I hope I can sleep better tonight because the race is at tomorrow night.

5. The mistake: alcohol
This is no issue, as I don’t take alcohol. I always take more fluid a few days before the race, so that I can go to the toilet more frequent to clear all the waste and make my body lighter for the run.

Do you have any tips to share with me?

I know, I must have confidence in my training, start the race slow, enjoy the run like my normal workout, prepare myself mentally, eat normal, sleep well, drink more water and set things earlier.


Acne Treatment

08:36 Yannie 8 Comments

When struggling with blemishes, people don’t have the time to scour reviews and test out products to see if they actually work. According to statistics, 95% of people will experience acne at some point in their lives, and 92% have felt their self-esteem has suffered because of it. Many acne cleansers contain ingredients that are counterproductive and cause oily skin, irritation and inflammation so it can be hard to find a formula that works! 

When looking for acne treatments you want to make sure you are treating all the symptoms not just one! There can be a combination of symptoms from redness to dryness, blackheads to pimples. This is why a set often is the most effective in fighting acne because it covers so many different skin symptoms. You also want to make sure you are using a set that has at a minimum 2 active ingredients to battle both comedones and pimples. Simple alcohols can harm your skin so make sure to avoid them to maintain your skin’s pH. 

The research team over at Reviews.com created a guide to acne treatments that goes very in-depth with identifying the best acne treatments and you can look at their work here:


A visit to Bukit Larut

11:05 Yannie 5 Comments

Throwback of a visit to Bukit Larut on January. It was the first weekend after school reopened, as I missed the chance to take April and May there during the December school break.

Though I will go hiking at the jungle trail on every weekend, I never hike higher up to more than 5KM. I believe the hill road is 13KM long. Because the King Bukit Larut longest running distance is 26KM up and down the hill.

Shame to admit that April and May had never gone up to the top of  Bukit Larut too until they were 13 and 11 years old this year. So happened that one of my aunties was back from Australia, I invited her and another aunt of mine to go up to Bukit Larut by jeep together.

Along the ride to the top of Bukit Larut, my both aunties shared their own stories of hiking up with their schoolmates when they were at the teenage age. They seem had so much fond memories in those days when they spent overnight at the bungalow house on the hill.

As for myself, it has been ages that I last visited the place, so I find it is so much different from last time that I had a barbecue gathering with schoolmates there.

My aunties brought along some fruits and we had a small picnic while chatting.  There is a cafe on the hill, but we didn't try. In fact, the scenery is nice, and the weather is kind of windy. It is indeed a good place for beautiful pictures if you like photographing.

Next time if you visit Taiping, and you want some good pictures for your album and a nice picnic place with your family and friends, please welcome to Bukit Larut. You just need to wake up early to come and buy the ticket of the jeep, because it is not selling online or in advance. It is always selling like a hot cake during a school break or a public holiday.
Besides, it is only 3 to 4 trips (limited to 4 to 5 jeeps per-trip) every day. The ticket price is RM10 for adult and RM5 for children.  Good luck!


Happy Father's Day!

12:51 Yannie 10 Comments

We were just back from the vacation in Krabi, Thailand last two weeks. Since tomorrow is the heroes in the house special day,  I shall just pick a few pictures of them to share here. I just publish the pictures of the father and the daughters which were taken during the trip.

First day, arrival and there started our Krabi city tour.
I was very tired due to the late night bus ride to KLIA2, then taking early flight to Krabi. I felt so drowsy and needed a nap immediately.
We took pictures at a few attraction spots at Krabi city.

Jin Jin and April still looked energetic to smile and pose for the camera. I was just hoping to check in the hotel room as soon as possible.

Day 4, we had a swim soak in Emerald pool which surrounded by rain forest.
We enjoyed and relax at the natural fresh water pool that is in the jungle.
After leaving the Emerald pool, we went to Tiger Cave, a praying place to Buddha and meditation center of Krabi.
The cave has 1237 steps to the top of the mountain. April was reluctant to take the steps to the top due to the very hot weather, I needed to sacrifice showing off my ability of being the queen of Tiger Cave to accompany this lazy princess of mine.
Therefore, Jin Jin and May went up to the top and got down again together. Kudos to May for accompany her dad to accomplish his mission of taking the 1237 steps in such a humid and hot weather in Tiger Cave.

This picture was taken at the night market in Krabi town on Friday evening. We enjoyed the good Thai street food and drinks from the night market, at the same time shopping for souvenir, watching some performance on stage.

I am not sure whether I will write more about our Krabi trip in my next post.

Till then, I wish all the wonderful dads, Happy Father's Day! Happy weekend, all.

I also want to thank my husband for planning, arranging and taking us for holiday each time during the girls' school break. Thanks for being such a great dad to our daughters. Happy Father's Day, April and May's hero!