Travel

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 

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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!

Sape 

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.

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. 

Ernest Zacharevic’s Exhibition: Art is Rubbish

These neat neon lights greeted me at the entrance highlighting the exhibition theme of using materials that are available to create art, materials which some might discard as rubbish. What a great idea!

As soon as I heard of Ernest Zacharevic’s graffiti art exhibition, I decided to head up to Penang. I am pleased I did. I feasted my eyes and mind on Ernest’s perspective of creating art from rubbish in Malaysia.

Self-Portrait?

Self-Portrait?

I wonder if this piece is a self-portrait of the artist himself? The usage of old wooden cupboards & a carburettor was used to create this piece. The self-portrait has a disjointed, ethereal & uplifting feel to it. On a personal note, I loved it because it gave the impression that his soul is ethereal although his body is a standard machine like every other sentient being. His feet are arched on tip toes as if reaching for a higher platform or purpose. Next to this portrait, on the right, are his framed paint splattered trousers, akin to expressing that gifting his art to people is his life’s centrepiece. *perhaps I’m reading too much into this. Whatever he means, I like these pieces.

Produce of Indonesia

Produce of Indonesia

The tenderness of this piece portrayed on a jute sack in the way this lady lovingly protects the baby’s head. This art piece makes me think of the hired Indonesian helpers in Malaysian homes who leave their own families to earn wages which are repatriated back to their home countries for their families livelihood. Ernest has acute cultural observations of Malaysia because he has fresh eyes of a traveller. This is a trait I can relate to because the local societal norms are an anomaly for a traveller who is accustomed to a different cultural perspective.

After being away from Malaysia, I’ve had to piece my own puzzle and I am sometimes startled by the pieces that I find amongst us. The next piece of art is an example of how I felt. I love how Ernest painted on wooden blinds.

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KL Streets

KL Streets

Similarly, I took this photo, on my way home from work at about midnight and it struck me how difficult earning a living was for this man. He is impoverished and has to use the effort of his legs to cycle, collect and sell recycled rubbish to make ends meet. When I saw Ernest’s art in the gallery, I remembered that particular evening.

Sculpture piece

Sculpture piece

This piece made me giggle because I was trying to capture an appropriate angle to photograph it to interpret what it meant to me. It is a dark sculpture of a desolate, limbless prisoner cowering under the great light of inquisition. Being Malaysian, it reminds me of the limits of freedom of expression thereby restricting individuals rendering us constantly answerable to the authorities.

On to slightly more cheerful & very cute portraits of playful children:

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There was more art outdoors. I thought it was funny how this kid was scratching his head, trying to figure out what this art contraption was.

What's this?*scratches head

What’s this?*scratches head

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All right! I’ll stop here. His artwork was a pleasure and I highly recommend going for it. The exhibition details can be found here and the Facebook page for this event.

The taxi driver was confused and did not seem to know the directions. I think this the best way to describe it: 59, Jalan Gurdwara, Penang opposite to Grand Continental Hotel and next to SRJK Kampung Jawa, behind Times Square, next to Aik Soon & Company.

This is a photo of the entrance.

Entrance to the Hin Company Bus Depot! Tada!

Entrance to the Hin Company Bus Depot! Tada!

The gates are locked in the photo above because I arrived about 45 minutes too early.

I managed to coax a photo and some conversation out of the really friendly artist, Ernest although he was tired and busy manning the gift shop.

with the artist!

with the artist, Ernest Zacharevic!

I am weatherbeaten by the Penang heat. Please excuse my boho-dishevelled look.

Ernest’s art is a delightful, thought provoking perspective.

Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur

9 am            Good Morning Malaysia! What’s for breakfast?

Teh tarik, tea with a touch of condensed milk & Nasi Lemak which is rice cooked in coconut milk served with a spicy sambal, anchovies, peanuts, cucumber & a boiled egg. Add a fried chicken for some protein goodness! Try not to fall into a post-prandial coma after gorging such a heavy meal. We had nasi lemak at Village Park, address is No 5, Jalan SS 21/37, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. Phone:+60 3-7710 7860.

Nasi Lemak

We headed to the Petronas Twin towers for an aerial view of KL.

At the time of writing, Malaysians pay a concession price of RM 35 whilst tourists pay RM 80. Its advisable to book tickets in advance to free up your time. Link here.

The sky bridge is situated at the 41st floor of the Petronas Twin Towers. We were fortunate that it was a clear day. I reckon I saw my home from the sky bridge at the Twin Towers. We were then brought to the 86th floor of the Petronas Twin Towers which had a spectacular aerial view of KL city. I loved this perspective!

I loved how the pockets of green interspersed with the sky scrapers . It was a spectacular view of the city I grew up in.

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