A new beginning in 2016! Hmm really?

How have you fellas been? I am doing great here. I am still thinking on what to focus in 2016, the year of monkey! Personally things has been smooth for me however I can’t say the same about work. It has been a bit rough, especially throughout December 2015.

Moving on, it’s been a while since I posted here so I thought of updating myself here. It has been a tough call in choosing my resolutions for this year, here is the short version of it.

  • Eat healthier (always been an issue, why does it have to be so hard!)
  • Lose weight (would be easier if I can follow the above)
  • Travel more (Dreaming of going to US!)
  • To remain happy and positive
  • To be more active on my blog (I have lots of
  • To be richer to do all the above LOL

I have spoken to few people and not many of them are ‘enthusiastic’ with resolutions. I wonder why. Personally I think it’s good to have some personal targets set to bring you to right course in your life. Or is it too ambitious? Have you decided on your resolutions?

 

 

 

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Brussels… often overlooked but you shouldn’t!

Brussels is the capital and largest city of Belgium and the de facto capital of the European Union (EU) and headquarters for NATO. A lot of people tend to skip Brussels when they are in Europe. I have made the same mistake too earlier. This time I was determined to see what Brussels has to offer.

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Map of Belgium.

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Travelling from London via Eurostar.

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The Brussels Central Station

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A short walk to the hotel.. beautiful sunny day!

We arrived at Brussels Midi via Eurostar train from London. From here you will need to take a train to get to Brussels Central which is a metro and railway station in the central of Brussels. The journey from Brussels Midi to Brussels Central only took a while (less than 10minutes) as it was only two stop away. After getting our directions right, we decided to walk to our hotel which is located pretty near from here.

We reached the hotel in about 10 minutes. It seems to be in a good location and I can see lots of eateries and shops nearby. Without wasting time we got ourselves checked in and ready to explore Brussels. The location of this hotel is just perfect, just a few street away from the Grand place. I will be posting about the hotel in another post soon.

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Walking around in Brussels.

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Walking around in Brussels.

So what is considered as a must do when in Brussels? Well, here is my take on that;

Discover the city on foot. There is so much to see when you are exploring the city on foot. The city is not that big and you can see most things in one day.

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The Grand Place, Brussels.

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The Grand Place, Brussels.

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The Grand Place, Brussels.

Grand Place.

This a must see buildings in Brussels. It’s a huge cobblestone square with amazing buildings from the earlier centuries (some reference say from the 12th century). Amazing architecture and if can, check out the view at night. The surrounding area are now occupied by many cafes and restaurants. It is an UNESCO World Heritage site since 1998.

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Enjoying our meal @ Fritland.

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This is one of their signature sandwich, chicken @ Fritland.

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Lots of waffle shops like this one..

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Waffle with dark chocolate dressing and fresh strawberry. This was really really good!

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Churros. What can i say it was good too! Drizzled with nutella & caramel sauce, whipped cream.

Waffles, Chocolate, Beers, Mussels and Fries.

These are some of the food which are very famous in Belgium. There are so many different shops/café who claims to be selling the best version so it all depends on your budget.  You can also check with your hotel on where to go to get these.

Do check out my review on Pierre Marcolini chocolate here: http://www.tripadvisor.com.my/ShowUserReviews-g188644-d2090796-r290614503-Pierre_Marcolini-Brussels.html

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All these people are here to see the little fella..

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Here is the little fella, The Manneken Pis.

Manneken Pis.

Its basically means ‘little man pee’ which is a small bronze sculpture and considered as a landmark. Apparently it has been there since 1619. The statue is located at the junction of Rue de l’Étuve/Stoofstraat and Rue du Chêne/Eikstraat.

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Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula.

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Inside of Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula.

Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula.

This is a Roman Catholic Church. The church was given cathedral status in 1962. The patron saints of the church, St. Michael and St. Gudula, are also the patron saints of the city of Brussels.

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The entrance of Galeries Royales St Hubert.

Galeries Royales St Hubert.

Located near the Grand Place, the Galerie de la Reine is beautiful shopping mall. You will find lots of luxury boutiques, chocolate shops, watchmakers and restaurants in here.

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Hard Rock Cafe Brussels. A must place for me to visit in any country.

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Hard Rock Cafe Brussels. A must place for me to visit in any country.

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Brussels seems to be famous for their street art too..

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This is right in front of the hotel. So many shops, cafe and stores around. Very convenient.

To wrap it up, I loved Brussels. It was pretty easy going and quite laid back city. I do enjoy the food especially the chocolates!

Top 10 slangs only Malaysians would say

How to speak like a local and make Malaysian friends!

1. Best/Syok
Which means superlatively good. Add ‘giler’ at the end of the sentence to connote ‘craaaaaazilly good’.
How to use: ‘Fuah, this Milo Dinosaur best giler’. Or, ‘Watching “Interstellar” on IMAX is damn syok.’

2. Bo jio
‘Bo jio’ is coming up as one of our favourite phrases, which translates as ‘never invite’ in Hokkien. You don’t really have to mean it to say ‘bo jio’ – it can be used to annoy your friends who are having a better time than you.
How to use: ‘You’re holidaying at Langkawi with your girlfriend ah? Bo jio!’

3. Boss
‘Boss’ here doesn’t really refer to your manager. You call someone ‘boss’ when you don’t know his/her name. Or when you need to suck up to get into the person’s good books. Or when you need to order at the mamak.
How to use: ‘Boss, teh tarik satu’ [at the mamak]; ‘Okay boss, I’ll do everything you say’ [to suck up].

4. Cincai
It really just means ‘whatever’ but you can also use it to describe an action where one does anything casually or as one pleases.
How to use: ‘Eat what? Cincai lah’ or ‘I cincai order for you, okay?’

5. Gostan
Our local ministers say it. The taxi driver says it. Your grandfather says it. Who cares if ‘gostan’ stems from the term ‘go astern’ as long as you know it means ‘to reverse’?
How to use: ‘Eh, don’t gostan into the longkang!’

6. Mempersiasuikan
If a portmanteau between a Malay and English word can exist in Malaysia, there’s no way we can’t do the same with other dialects, like this Hokkien verb, ‘sia sui’, which means ‘to embarrass’.
How to use: ‘You don’t mempersiasuikan the human race can or not?’

7. Yum cha
Yum cha is a Cantonese phrase, which means ‘go have tea’. But this favourite slang has been adapted by most Malaysians to ask their friends to hang out.
How to use: ‘Jom, we yum cha at Bangsar tonight.’

8. Potong stim
A buzzkill that ruins your high, like how your friends flaked out on you at a Taylor Swift concert. Or that scene when Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike stepped into the shower in ‘Gone Girl’ but the Malaysian cinemas… well, you know what happened next.
How to use: ‘Wah, Ben Affleck is stark naked and he’s gonna… Oi! Why fast forward? Damn potong stim lah!’

9. On the way
To be used when you’re late for an appointment, wedding or yum cha session but you’re actually still in the shower. Malaysian timing mah.
How to use: ‘Ah? You wedding now ah? Okay, on the way… on the way’ [still napping at home].

10. Then/Abuden?
As a nation fond of short cuts, we strive to be as economical as possible with our words. ‘Then/Abuden’ is a sarcastic reply to indicate ‘What else did you expect?’
How to use: ‘Abuden? You think this company is going to give you a raise ah?’

The above content was originally published by TimeOut Kuala Lumpur (www.timeout.com/kuala-lumpur/things-to-do/top-10-slangs-only-malaysians-would-say). Couldnt resist myself from sharing it with you guys! 🙂 Hope you had a good read!

My dream trip… here I come Europe!

I am all excited that I have confirmed by flight booking to London in June. Six more weeks to go people! I have done some thinking and planning, I will be doing a bit of tour in Western Europe. I will be heading Brussels, Venice, Milan, Zermatt, Geneva, Barcelona, Paris and back to London. I wanted to go to Lisbon but don’t think i will have sufficient time.

So if you are any good suggestions, please share it with me!
Europe Map

Blown away with FAF7! 

Hello guys.. I have just seen the Fast and Furious 7 movie which was freaking awesome! The story line was good. The action scenes was really good (and some what rediculous) but entertaining. There is some comedy punch lines which are good to break the tension. Overall loved it and giving it a 5* star rating.. RIP Paul! ✌️

Hope you guys are having some fun too this weekend!

Worthy Book… Pretty awesome!

Have you heard of Worthy Book? To be honest, I have never heard of it until I saw it on the coffee table at home the other day (which belongs to my sister). Since she wasn’t there at that point of time, I took the liberty to check it out. Although the cover of the book made it obvious that the content is meant for ladies but I have I couldn’t resist my curiosity. The first few pages of the book was the content which is sorted by category, by area and by malls which is actually pretty cool. I mean it makes life so easier to see what is going on where instead of flipping to here and there.

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The Worthy Book

So, my curiosity became greater as I am keen to know what the hype is all about. I as run through few pages, I notice that the book offers lots of vouchers. There are a few type of vouchers, some gives you free gift (with or without purchase), some with discount value up to 60%, free memberships, buy1-free1 offers, rebate vouchers and more which seems like good offer. Some of the brands featured here are well known brands such as Yves Rocher, Celebrity Fitness, Skinlab, The Body Shop and Jojoba Spa.

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The Worthy Book

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The Worthy Book

A few voucher caught my attention however I immediately liked what Himalaya was offering on their shampoo. Since my current shampoo is running low and obviously I need to get one soon, why not grab it now since the voucher offers a good deal; buy a shampoo (400ml) and get a bottle of FREE hair conditioner (200ml)! Hmmm that’s like a good deal right. Next step, to get permission from my sis that I am taking her voucher! Lol

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Himalaya Voucher from the Worthy Book

I was at Midvalley the other day so I went to Himalaya’s outlet which is located on the lower ground floor, in between Sushi King and Teppanyaki. I informed the staff that I would like to get some recommendation on the shampoo and she assisted me accordingly as I am new to their brand. Then I showed her the voucher and she assisted me to get the conditioner. I paid RM27.40 for the shampoo and got the conditioner FREE, which is selling at RM27.40 as well! Wow, that’s a good deal ha! If I would have bought without the Worthy Book voucher I would have paid RM54.80. The whole process of using the voucher was easy and the outlet staff seemed familiar on the voucher.

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Himalaya Store at Midvalley.

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Tadaa.. my shampoo and free conditioner! 🙂

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The bill from Himalaya. Savings of RM27.40!

I shared my experience with my sis and told her that I have just saved RM27.40 by using one voucher. She was not too impressed as she has been enjoying all the saving all this while! Hmmm… One can get the Worthy Book for a small amount of RM25.00 (I mean that’s all?, sounds reasonable to me) Can you imagine much saving one could have by just using these Worthy Book vouchers? I mean despite the fact that you need to pay for it, it still gives you a lot of bang for your money. Definitely a WORTHY BOOK!

p/s – in case you are wondering how and where to get the Worthy Book, check them out at: worthybook.blogspot.com or facebook.com/worthybook or worthybook in instagram. Or just google la..