Bukit Ketumbar, Cheras : Hiking with a dog and wild boars

It was my first attempt hiking at Bukit Ketumbar with my dog and it was a very pleasant experience. We were lucky with the weather as it was slightly overcast.

It was an up hill climb that I would rate as moderate to easy.

This is one of the view points on the way up hill.

My dog had a great time and I was trying to keep up with her. People were really friendly and there were a lot of families hiking together.

At the top, we were welcomed by some boars and makeshift jungle gym. The boars were very tame and there were lots of people taking a break from the hike and exercising.

This was a fun hike but I think I would probably bring a stick the next time I hike because I think it would make the hike a bit easier.

How to get there? Waze or use Googlemaps to Ketumbar Heights Condominium

Parking? this can be a bit difficult. We parked a short walk away from the entrance.

What to bring? insect repellent, drinking water, mobile phone, walking stick.

Level of hike: easy to moderate

Time: 40 minutes to 60 minutes

Here is a picture of my dog waiting for me 😂 during the hike.

Ashikaga Flower Park & Wisteria

“All my flower dreams came true!”

Ashikaga Flower Park is one of the most beautiful gardens I have visited.

This was an unplanned side trip which was definitely worthwhile. Although we missed the sakura, we arrived just in time to see the wisteria.

This was one of the best trips ever.

How to get from Tokyo to Ashikaga Flower Park?

This was a day trip from Tokyo and takes about 2 hours to get there. The route is now straightforward since they opened the JR Ashikaga Flower Park station in April 2018.

Click here for the official website link which has the transport details.
We used this route:

Tokyo Station >Ueno>Oyama>Ashikaga Flower Park Station

It is important to keep in mind the connecting train schedule from Oyama Station to Ashikaga Flower Station because on the day we were travelling, the frequency of the connecting train was an hourly basis.

Try using Hyperdia to check the train schedule.

Entrance Fees

We didn’t purchase our tickets in advance and in true DIY style we just made our way ourselves. The queue was long but fast and we got our tickets pretty quickly.

The entrance fees varies according to the condition of the garden. We visited during the peak period and paid 1800Yen per person.

I spent the whole day there because I absolutely love flowers.

I recommend staying past sunset because the ambience transforms with the sunset and in the evening, the park is lit up.

Definitely one of the best days of my life!

MariCAR Tokyo

Ohayo gozaimasu from Tokyo!

We went for our maricar experience yesterday and it was great.

I unfortunately didn’t manage to complete the experience because I didn’t feel comfortable driving in a go-cart at a fast speed. I’m an anomaly though and in retrospect I should have tried go-karting at the speed of 40-50km per hour. It just felt too fast for me and I could not keep up with everyone else. Most people take to it very naturally. The staff and the guide, Pablo were amazing and they were very professional and friendly throughout.

You can book the experience by contacting them via their e-mail or Facebook page. They are very responsive. This is the link to their website.

If you’re Malaysian, you need to convert your Malaysian licence into an international licence. You can do so at JPJ. The process is simple but I recommend heading there early on a weekend to get it done because of the long queue. I went to apply for the international driving licence at the Pudu UTC on a Saturday morning.

Meal Preparation Animation

Fun video of meal preparation from this morning. 

Preparation is one part of ensuring I eat well during the hectic work week. 

I need my meals to be simple, quick and hassle free with minimal effort during the week which means that I spend a part of my Sunday preparing for the week ahead. 

Varied vegetables & a colourful meal palette add a 🌈 to days when I’m busy working. 

Yes, it can be a chore and an effort but it saves time, money and is a healthier option in the long run. I’m not the most consistent at meal prepping but I do what I can when I have time.

 #mealprep #healthyfood #fitness #cooking #cookingvideo #joadores #vegetables #stopmotion 


Stop motion animation 🎥: @khairulhakim

Captivating African Print

Just look at this captivating print!

This fabric is an Original Wax Print which is printed in Holland. I’m lucky to have been able to get my hands on authentic, original fabric as the quality is without a doubt, better.

You can get this fabric from Sheraton Textiles, London. 

Check out the store at their address which is 16 Cobb Street, London E1 7TF, United Kingdom.

For more amazing designs and to get your next dress idea, browse @sheratontextiles.

I love the designs by a homegrown Malaysian brand, Maarimaia, so I approached them to tailor this dress for me. They did such a great job. Check out Maarimaia’s Instagram page @maarimaiaofficial and their Etsy to shop Maarimaia.

Look at those gorgeous butterfly style ruffles.

I’m very happy with the result and I choose the right brand and style to tailor my precious cloth.

Just frolicking around in grass on a Sunday.

​ Cheeky Video 🌈❤️🌈 Music Credit: Girl from Ipanema by Antonio Carlos Jobim
Photographer & Videographer: Khairul Hakim. Instagram here
Styled, make up and hair by: me! Instagram here

Bento lunch box 

It’s bento time! 

Bento lunches are a great way to save time, save money and get healthy.

This is a stacked bento with wild rice and stir-fried chicken with vegetables.

I got the glass jar idea from one of my best friends. In the picture above is konyaku noodles, kim chi, an omelette, some bok choy and spring onions.

I will definitely add more protein to this meal because I was hungry after about 2 hours.

The glass jars are also handy for overnight oats and salads.

If you have any other ideas about meal prep, give me a shoutout in the comment box below. 

Glass jars are from Daiso, KL and cost RM5:30 each.

Bento box, lunch bag and the accessories are from Tokyu Hands, Japan.

Such a cute bag and bento box set. I love it!


Happy Malaysia 🇲🇾 Day!

We tend to forget our brothers and sisters in Sabah and Sarawak. Their narrative is drowned in Peninsula Malaysia. I grew up not knowing much about Sabah and Sarawak apart from geographical and historical facts for my high school exams. I was fortunate to make Sarawakian friends upon my return, such as Saran and I loved it when she told me about her Lun Bawang heritage.

I was spellbound by Alena Murang’s music and Sape performance. Alena Murang live

So when I heard there was an introduction session for the Sape, I attended it out of curiosity and it was fun.

The Sape is a beautiful wood carved instrument which is a traditional lute.

The music is so soothing and healing.

Bowl-ed over pinggan viral

This year, I’ve participated in the frenzy that comes with setting up a home.

Lights, furnishings and ceramic ware have become items that pique my interest.

All right, dear friends, here are the little gems I’ve found while traipsing around Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur (KL).

  1. Central Market, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock

Across the parking lot at Central Market.

I was actually attending a law seminar, when I peeked out of the window and my heart skipped when I saw the ceramic store I was looking for. No one up to that moment was able to describe the exact location of this store to me.


Every corner of this store was crammed with colourful ceramic plates, bowls and spoons.

The prices ranged from about RM5-RM20 for a medium sized bowl.


2. Centerpoint 1 Utama, N.A.E. Kitchenette 

Across the indoor playground and food court.


The bowls and the prices here were similar to the store in Central Market but at the time I visited this store, there were more plain white ceramics items.

For the foodies: the wan tan noodle stall at the food court is worth a visit.

3. Chaktujak Market, Bangkok

Although the designated sections for ceramics were Section 17 and 19, there were other sections that sold the ceramics we were looking for, so it is worth walking around the market to have a look.


Happy shopping! (more…)

Ha Long Bay

As I write this, Sonya has flown back to the hustle that is New York and I resume work in KL. 

“What do you feel is the energy of this place?”, asked Sonya.

 I couldn’t put a finger on the vibes I felt and took a moment. It was wonderful waking up on the cruise ship, staring at the limestone pillars that met the clear blue skies which outlines Ha Long Bay. I have memories of the view, sitting on the deck sipping our Vietnamese coffee accompanied by mild winds and the gentle sun. 

On the kayak
We went kayaking and it was a great relief when I realised I wasn’t terrible at kayaking. We chatted intermittently and sometimes we would just be silent, inhaling the view until we heard a creaking sound from our kayak. A kayak is technically not supposed to creak. Our kayak was creaking and had a bit of water in it. We were a bit concerned when we heard the creak but there were moments when we forgot about our creaky kayak. 

After pondering about her question, I felt energy of Ha Long Bay was peaceful and serene. It was quiet and calm, just the way we needed it to be.