I went on my first hike last Saturday and boy it was awesome.  I didn’t know I would try hiking but after hearing my friends talk about it many times, I decided to follow them last week. We went to the Ayer Keroh Forest Reserve in Puchong to hike.  The terrains are quite challenging and luckily I have a pair of hiking shoes which I bought a year ago and also a hiking pole.   I had to catch my breath at a few stretches while going uphill. t is like climbing a set of  very tall stairs.   I prefer going up than coming down as the descent was steep and slippery.  Didn’t help that it rained the day before. I need to learn how to navigate going downhill gracefully so that I won’t exert my knee.  We were done in about 2 hours and I was drenched with sweat. Must remember to get this deodorant :D It is such a good workout and I can’t wait to go on my next hiking adventure.

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 Lovely view of the hill

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Caught this beautiful sight on our way up

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 One of the steep trail we had to hike

Chinese New Year has come and gone. The 15 days seemed to just whiz by. As usual we went back to Ipoh for the celebration.  It was great to see my relatives and friends.  Had wonderful gatherings with the families.  I thought I would be blogging more this year but looks like it is not going to happen :)  Life has been busy but I ain’t complaining.  Busy with work, family and keeping fit.  I hope the Year of the Ram will bring us abundance happiness, better health and greater prosperity.

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I love coffee and I must have a cup in the morning so that I can function *chuckle*.   I also have one in the afternoon and sometimes another one at night.  I used to be able to sleep even after having a cup of espresso at night.  However I noticed that coffee keeps me awake at night now. I never had this problem before and now I have to be careful when I drink coffee at night.  I would be tossing and turning in bed all night long.  Could it be age? Hormonal changes?  I ought to read up on sleep health to find out more.  Do you have such problems?

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Almond salted caramel mille crepe and ice latte at my favourite cafe.

 

Last December, The Star newspaper printed a Christmas wrapper design on the paper, encouraging its readers to use it for gift wrapping.  I was delighted to see it and immediately use the lovely page to wrap my presents.

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Nice eh?

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Here is how the gift looks like.  I completed it with a piece of twine and tied a bow using a red tissue paper.  I just love recycled gift wrapping papers :)

I celebrated my birthday earlier this month.  Coincidentally, my birthday falls on the same day as school reopens. So hubs and I were busy going to school to see how missy was doing and which class she would be in.  It was a quiet celebration for me after a long day.  There was no birthday cake or birthday song being played on the midi keyboards. We just went out for some delicious ramen noodles nearby.

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After that, we had coffee at cafe located just a few doors away from the ramen noodle shop.

 

Oh boy.  It has been so long since I last blogged.  Can’t believe that this is my first post in 2015.  Life is certainly getting very busy.  Missy is in P4 now and she is now in a new school.  I was a little afraid how she would cope in her new school and if she would like it or not.  I am glad that she likes her school and has made new friends. This is the 2nd week since school reopens.  Missy is busy juggling her school work, activities after school as well as her tuition classes.  Poor kiddo.  Ain’t easy being a kid these days.

Recently I came across a post in Facebook regarding Pomander Balls.  They are actually a piece of fruit pierced with cloves.  Then they are left to dry so that they let off a wonderful aroma.  Pomander balls are traditionally used as decorations at Christmas time.   I understand that these balls can fill a room with the Christmas scent.  Can’t believe that Christmas is only 2 weeks away.   Missy has been looking at some kids instruments and wondering if Santa would bring her an ukulele.   I don’t think she’s getting a musical instrument this year though *wink*.  Ok, back to the pomander balls.  I have decided to make a few with oranges.  Here’s what I did.

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Now I just have to wait for them to dry.

On Sunday, 30th November, 2014, we were invited by TGV Cinemas to watch the premiere of the Disney Frozen Sing-A-Long Movie that was held in TGV Sunway Pyramid.  Although Ashley has watched this movie like more than 10 times, she was jumping with joy when I told her about our invitation.  She couldn’t wait to watch her favourite movie and sing out loud in the cinema.   To be honest, I have never sat down to watch Frozen before although I did catch a snippet here and there or listened to the songs on tv. I am really glad that we got the opportunity to watch it at TGV Cinema last Sunday.   I enjoyed singing along to my favourite songs which are Do You Want To Build A Snowman and Love Is An Open Door.

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 So happy to pose with the beautiful Queen Elsa before

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 Can you spot all the little Queen Elsas in the audience?

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 Getting ready for the show to start

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 Students from the Yamaha Academy of Arts and Music performing Let It Go before the movie starts.

FROZEN is currently the highest-grossing animated film of all time and it has won numerous awards such as the prestigious Academy Awards – Best Animated Feature and the Best Original Song (Let It Go), Best Animated Film by Critics Associations, Golden Globe Awards for Best Animated Feature and more.

Disney Frozen Sing-A-Long Movie will be screened in selected TGV Cinemas for two weeks beginning 4th December 2014 to 28 December 2014.

If you would like to bring your children to watch FROZEN Sing-A-Long, do head over to selected TGV Cinemas locations – TGV Cinemas 1Utama, TGV Cinemas Sunway Pyramid, TGV Cinemas Wangsa Walk, TGV Cinemas Encorp Strand, TGV Cinemas Cheras Sentral, TGV Cinemas Bukit Indah and TGV Cinemas Gurney Paragon.  You may purchase the tickets online at www.tgv.com.my or at the above-mentioned locations.

We were back to Ipoh over the weekend for a short break.  It was nice eventhough I was under the weather.   We spent some time around Old Town on Saturday and went around to look for the wall murals that were painted by Ernest Zacharevic.  I spotted 3 of them and they are :-

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A small packet of Kopi O just opposite Kong Heng coffeeshop.  This is his first painting.

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Hummingbird

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A few packets of Kopi O.  Apparently Ernest likes to drink his coffee from the plastic bag so I guess that’s why he has been painting them in Ipoh which is famous for coffee.

There are a few more paintings which I haven’t located yet.  Will do that on our next trip back to Ipoh.  It is so fun to try to find these iconic paintings.

It is funny that some people like to talk about something which they say they are not bothered about it.  That certainly makes me wonder.  If you are not bothered about it, if you don’t care, then why are you still harping about it over and over again?  Came across this quote which is so apt.

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So this means if you are still talking about it, you are still bothered about it.  Doesn’t take a genius to figure that out *wink*

 

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