Happy New Year guys! Another chapter has come and gone, and it’s time to begin a new one. :) Since I’ve done a Year in Pictures for 2014 and 2015, I thought of continuing the tradition this time around too. :) Another interesting year, with lots of ups and downs, food and travelling:
Started the year full of zest! Work was going well at the startup I joined, my colleagues were fun, and I was thoroughly enjoying my job. Highlights this month: My big boss treated us to some good food at Makan Kitchen, DoubleTree by Hilton KL.
Went to Manila, Philippines for the first time. I still can’t make up my mind if I love or hate this city. It’s colourful to say the least. I like the history and the culture, not so much the poverty and poor infrastructure. Visited places like Rizal Park, Intramuros, Ocean Park, Quezon City and more.
Also went to Tagaytay and met up with two friends, Bonny and Geldy. While in Manila, met up with Kris.
Attended the Hot Air Balloon Festival in Putrajaya.
Went with H to the Lost World of Tambun Hot Spring and Spa/Theme Park for a review.
Sneak peek of the Dragon Run – an inflatable obstacle course race in Genting Highlands. Got to try it before everyone else! :)
Lucky me won an iPod from a draw at an event.
Had fancy and authentic French food for the first time at 2OX Bistro in KL.
Went to a dog cafe for the first time.
Visited the National Visual Arts Gallery.
Brought my editor to Thean Hou Gong Temple in KL.
Tried to surprise Yasmin for her birthday. Note: tried. She saw the whatsapp group created on her boyfriend’s phone so it got spoilt lol. Still had loads of fun :D
Brought the bro to JumpStreet Trampoline Park.
Things weren’t going well at work at this time because of a certain individual in the company, who was an unethical twat – using office hours to do outside work, lying, cheating, making up stories, playing politics, etc. I had a fight with her and decided I had enough….so I quit my job.
Started seeing a lot of floaters. Doc said I had a small hole in the retina, so I did laser eye surgery.
Tried out this friggin awesome cafe called Owls Cafe in Bukit Jalil. They serve amazing waffles and breakfasts.
Went to ComicFest with the bro. Finally met my favourite local cartoonist, Abam Apam. :D
Fam trip to Bandung, Indonesia. Visited two volcanoes, hot springs, a giant lake in the mountains and loads of natural attractions.
Also met up with Liv while in Bandung! :)
Mum had her cataract surgery. Since I was at home doing freelancing while looking for a new job, I had to do chores, ferry her to the hospital and take care of her. I got a little depressed from not having a job, and also because of my mum’s condition.
Took a break to Pulau Ketam, a fishing island off the coast of Selangor.
Parents went meditating at Genting’s Swee Chin Temples so I tagged along.
Also visited the French Village at Bukit Tinggi.
Finally landed a job, which was a great mood booster! It was also my birthday month. :)
Went with Evelyn to check out the LED Flower exhibition at MAEPS.
Visited the Islamic Arts Museum.
Birthday celebration with college mates, and to see Nicole off for her 1-year working holiday in New Zealand.
Went for Nights of Fright at Sunway Lagoon with C.
Introduced to an amazing Italian restaurant called Enorme.
Attended the Malaysian International Gourmet Festival in Genting.
Tried Dining in the Sky at the Sepang F1 Circuit.
Went for Escape the Fate Live in Malaysia with Danial.
Traveled back to Ipoh. Visited the Agarwood Plantation, Concubine Lane, Gopeng and Museums.
Flew to Penang for the opening of Penang Design Village, for work.
Stayed at a classy 5-star suite with my own private dipping pool and like 10 pillows to each bed lol.
Went to catch a local musical with Evelyn.
Traveled to Singapore for a media trip. Visited art galleries, museums, and historical/cultural places of interest. Met up with my high school bestie Grace and went out drinking til morning at Clarke Quay.
Cousin’s wedding in Ipoh.
Back in Manila again! Went to more places – Marikina, San Sebastian Church, Bonifacio Global City.
Then on to Sabah in East Malaysia. Fresh seafood, sea views, and visited a CSR project in the interior. Rode in a Range Rover deep into the jungle and hiked to the village dam. Interesting experience!
Succumbed to temptation and bought more books at the Big Bad Wolf Sale.
And finally, made this site into a .com!
Hope you guys had a great year and here’s to a better 2017! :)