Thursday, December 08, 2016

♡ Penang Island ♡ Ghee Hup Nutmeg Factory ❀

It's the year end holiday season. Penang Island has everything and making a trip to Balik Pulau for one whole day is worth it. 
My first stop was the Ghee Hup's nutmeg factory. It was not difficult to find but when you see the simple arch at the bend of the road, you thought you're driving to Timbuktu~! It was quite steep and it was down in the ravine.
The uncle is still there working I think. Anyway, this was two years ago. I am a Penang lass, born and bred here but I just realized that Balik Pulau was worth going at that point of time. Earlier on, there was not much to see except to eat laksa. 
The uncle gave us simple lessons on how to recognize between a male and a female nutmeg fruit. Haih... form 3 Science lesson of reproduction in plants. Boring~!
I don't like nutmeg drinks but the one prepared at this factory by the uncle was my favourite because it was sweet enough. Since other kopitiam have no expertise in preparing the exact same taste, the hubby learned from the uncle and brewed the nutmeg drink at home. Yay~! 
I have bought the many processed nutmeg items and brought them to China. They were all good stuff~! Made in Penang~! Don't always stuck yourself at the Heritage Zone in Penang. It's better to come over to Balik Pulau~!

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Grabbing in Atomy Malaysia's Shopping Mall...

In my life, I learn not to grab anything. If it's mine, it will always be mine. Even if someone took it away from me, I will receive something else better or it will come back to me somehow or other.

I'm not an online shopping fan because I want to feel the items that I am going to buy in my hands. Once I've felt them in my hands then I don't mind buying online. I used to go over the counter to get my AirAsia flight tickets but now I'm an expert in getting them online at a cheap bargain. After so many years in going to Tesco, I finally get the Tesco truck to send them over. I went to the yarn shop in Simpang Ampat twice to look see and now, Poslaju sent them to my doorstep.

Now, with Atomy, I have seen everything and it's the tedious work of having to sit at the computer 10 minutes before the released time. Then, it was a heart-pumping moment where you put them in the shopping cart and yet, before you could key in your full address, someone took it out of your cart and put them into their cart.

Do you know that it's very rude to do that? If I'm in Tesco and I have my things in my cart and you grabbed them from my cart, I will let you eat my shoes and taste my fist. But in Atomy shopping mall, it's like shopping with polite barbarians. You never get to see the one who took away your things from the shopping cart. Even with so much cash in hand, you cannot buy anything, not even Atomy's shopping bag. 

I bet many shoppers were pissed off and venting out their frustration in the Band chatroom the day the limited stock was released. Again, I think I'm smart enough not to join in the crowd of Band. I still want to stand one foot away from crowd. 

Friday, December 02, 2016

I Am Your Mysterious Atomy Product Speaker for ODS Penang...

How did I end up on stage? I was forced, pushed and cornered into it. The first time I was on stage, I was dancing for the kindergarten performances, then in my primary school life, I was up on stage to receive prizes and also to perform, then in secondary school, I spent less time on stage and that's it. I had a shouting match with my guest from Korea. My first time screaming at my own guest and she was so disappointed in me and broke down emotionally. I was about to have mental breakdown. In the end, I started using Google and read through every single write-up I can click on about Atomy and its skin care products including the scientific processes. I asked the hubby to chop off my hair in defiance as I know my guest, also my sponsor by then, plans to roll up my hair. You can't roll up short hair... hiah hiah hiah...
All my life, I just used water to splash on my face. No soap or anything on my face. I know I have good complexion but I have potholes on my face, thanks to my itchy fingers. I dug those potholes when I was seven and had a really bad case of chicken pox. It was really self-entertaining and an enjoyable pastime to dig those itchy scabs loose. 
I was adamant not to touch any of the products when my guest first stepped into my house. Actually I almost fainted when she opened her bag and I saw the monstrous amount of tubes and bottles. My life was thrown off the tower, it's not like doing a bungee jump. There was no rope tied and wrapped around my feet. I was flung off a very tall building when I was forced to use all of them.
In the end, I pounded 13 different stuff on my face day and night. I have to do it or else I could not go up the stage to be the product speaker. I prepared my speech like I am writing an essay. I am an expert in writing essays in both Malay and English language. I typed it out into my phone memo so instead of holding pieces of A4 sized paper on stage, I just need to hold on to my phone. It looked more professional like that.
I texted my travel buddy in the land of Oz, she asked me to just crap along. I told her I could not crap in front of 600 and more people. I must be serious because Atomy is a serious company. While I was waiting for my turn to go on stage, one of the company crew men suddenly came to me and said I need to control the slides myself. My mind made a somersault and landed face down on the ground. My initial plan was to hold the microphone in my right hand and my phone in my left hand so should I just put the controller on the floor and use my foot to press it? In the end, I put my phone on the table with product display and I thought I was so smart, I did not wear my spectacles so that I could not see anyone clearly. The con was I could not even read my phone memo clearly. I have 4 lengthy pages of them but I could not even make out one word of it. 
Before I went up for the product introductory speech, a video of the CEO of the company giving a speech or I should say a lecture was played. So many people dozed off into dreamland. I could not doze off because I was given the VIP seat on the front row. Out of the lengthy video, I caught only two sentences by Mr. Park Han-Gil,"YOU DO NOT NEED TO KNOW THE PROCESS OF HOW THE PRODUCTS ARE MADE. YOU ONLY NEED TO KNOW HOW TO INTRODUCE THEM TO PEOPLE." I might not have gotten the exact same words but I was shocked awake. What am I going to explain then since there were 4 slides on the technology used to produce the products? Then, I looked around and snickered to myself. No one heard that phrase. It's okay... I'm going to carry on with my Science lesson on purification, extraction, fermentation and nano capsulation technology.

Since I could not read my notes properly and I did not memorize anything, I started to stumble in the beginning. Then, I remembered all the encouragements that I received and what my travel buddy told me. I hate seeing people sleep if I'm giving a speech. I abandoned what I wrote on my memo since I could not even read them clearly and I just be myself. Be myself means I turned into a stand-up comedian.... hahahhahahahaha.... sorry, I'm just not the serious type. I was asked to watch how the product speakers from other countries give their speeches and I almost fall asleep in less than one minute. I just cannot stand being so serious and monotone-d. A good laugh would wake anyone up. Don't you dare sleep when I'm giving a speech, I will make you laugh until you embarrass yourself rolling on the floor. I, on the other hand, am a beh pai seh eh lang *hokkien dialect* Go figure what it means...

On a different note, I have changed my toothbrush to Atomy's gold-bristle anti-bacterial toothbrush. Changed my polar bear toothpaste to propolis toothpaste.
My Sunsilk shampoo is converted to the herbal shampoo and the best conditioner ever~! My goat milk shower cream is kicked out of the shower cubicle and replaced with Atomy's herbal body cleanser.
I asked myself what am I doing and until today I still don't know what I am doing. I do not have a photo of myself on stage and I have not seen myself on video. I don't intend to watch it at all. Don't bother sending me one. I'll scare myself away. The last time I watched my own video was when I played my Grade 7 pieces to my Uncle Joe. Looking at my own fingers playing scared me so much I kept thinking whose fingers were those and I flopped my third piece but survived just enough to get a distinction. Please excuse me, I need to plaster my face so that I can have natural porcelain-like face when you see me in person.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Supermoon from Penang...

I waited. I waited. I waited some more. I was waiting for a huge moon. I waited yesterday and today. Today was a little bit upsetting as it was raining.I did not have to go far. I just need to push the window open but I chose to be more hardworking. I opened the front door and walked out of the house *cheer for me please* and stood at the front gate, of course on the inside part, not the outside.
Thank you for the borrowed patience...
Thank you for the borrowed professionalism...

I begged one of the SunChasers to snap the supermoon for me. Actually, not much begging. I was trying to convert a SunChaser into a MoonChaser. No... no... no... that sounded very wrong. Let me try to rephrase that. I was borrowing the patience and professionalism of a passionate photographer. If one can chase after the sun, one can surely wait upon the moon to appear from behind the clouds. I don't want to chase anything. I just want what I wanted to fall on my lap. The two photos ↟ of course, were taken by the professional with lots of patience. Mine was done in a fast motion. 
This is mine~!
No clouds... just the bright moon

When it was blood moon, Penang did not really see it. Now that it was Supermoon, we did not see it clearly either. It was just brighter than before but the size, the size was just like the usual moon. I know, I speak as if we have a few moons orbiting around the Earth. 
I feel like howling like a wolf~!
Can't you just grow any bigger?

I did take a few more today but it was just the same as yesterday's. Until I saw that same moon taken from Tibet, at the border of China. Okay, I think I have nothing to say. I can only say Supermoon really never exist in this part of the Earth. No shooting stars in Penang also. No twinkle twinkly little stars. If I really want to chase after the moon all the way to another country, I need to convince my travel buddy. My travel buddy no longer believes in looking at sunrise. She would say,"Shut up~! Go back to bed~! Don't disturb me~!" If I say I want to see sunset, she will Google those images for me. The travel buddy has never stare at the moon as well, she would rather stare on her iPad screen watching the handsome Korean artistes. 

Sunday, November 13, 2016

KL Food Hunt: American Burgers and American Popcorns...

Carl's Jr.
We do enjoy burgers. That was our second time having Carl's Jr. They were burgers, what more to say?
Johnny Rockets 
Johnny Rockets came to Malaysia. We had this at the airport before Johnny Rockets came to Penang. Johnny Rockets claimed to be the original burger. I think I will go to America and find out about it and taste other burgers in America, if only I get to apply the visa in future.
Garrett Popcorn
Yes, nice. I like the caramel ones. What about Planet Popcorn? Isn't Planet Popcorn equally as good?

KL Food Hunt: Suki-ya at 1 Mont Kiara...

Our Pakistanis friends have arrived. I brought them to a eat-all-you-can Japanese-styled steamboat. 
It was their first time having steamboat and eating shellfish. There was an array of food to choose from. 
The shabu shabu meat was refillable but we could not do that. I think our stomach has shrunk. My stamina for eat-all-you-can buffet was no longer there. Oh, no~!
Not bad la the food just that the shopping mall was small and really quiet.

KL Food Hunt: Hokkaido Ichiba - KITA no Zen

Lunch was a treat from hubby's best friend. We were asked to decide where we would want our lunch to be. My precious and I went searching for the big screen to see what was there for us to eat. We took quite some time to think, hogging the screen. In the end, we decided to go for Japanese.
Hokkaido Ichiban was as the basement. Whoa~! The place was huge~!! 
I love the sashimi set the most. Everything else was excellent. Japanese cuisine is really good but of course, Chinese Cantonese cuisine is good, too. Cannot compare between these two. 
Thank you for the lunch treat~!