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Jun 23 15

Relationship Level Up

by melmonica

 

The other night the boyfriend was doing the dishes. I was chilling by his side attentively listening to him talk about his day.

 

Him: … we were busy for a while and then… wait. What’s that smell? OMG YOU FART!!! *runs away from me*

Me pretending to chase after him in our tiny teeny house. He then seek refuge in our room and attempted to close the door but i was fast. And he went to our bed and tried to create a barrier between us.

I was breathless from all the laughing to even bother chasing after him anymore. I was literally ROFL at the door.

“OMG YOU AHH. WHY SO BUSUK WAN!”

ROFL.

“YOUR FART STINK LIKE HELL. OMG I KNOW THE SMELL. YOU FARTED AT COUNTDOWN JUST NOW RIGHT????!!!!!! AT THE BUN AREA WHILE WE WERE CHOOSING BUNS! OH MY GODDD I CAN’T BELIEVE IT!!!!”

HAHAHAHAHAHA. I just couldn’t stop laughing.

 

I don’t usually fart but when i do it’s a silent killer LOL. Whereas baby Ozias (he insisted that i call him this here) fart loudly all the time. It’s usually odor-less but damn annoying!

It’s funny how we are at a phase where we can be totally comfortable with each other’s quirks. When i first move in with him, i always ‘maintain’ my behaviour. Making sure our home is in tip-top condition before he comes back. I was very self conscious of myself and obviously, i wasn’t being me lah. I was pretending to be one of those Stepford wives. I think when i need to fart, I’d go somewhere else to release it.

After a while, he felt more comfortable farting in my face in front of me and that always make us cringe and laugh hysterically. After some time, I also felt comfortable making him smell my one-of-a-kind EDT. LOL.

 

Anyway, they said your have taken your relationship to the next level when you feel comfortable farting in front of your partner. Hence, the title! What…. did i mislead you into thinking something else? 😛

 

 

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Jun 21 15

29.

by melmonica

 

It is the dreaded time of the year. The day when i turn one year older. And this year it’s a little bit more depressing because 29 is the last year of my 20s *sobs*. Goodbye carefree life, goodbye youthfulness. And welcome to the trial and tribulation of an adult.

 

However, it wasn’t all bad actually. At 29, i feel more confident of what i want and how to achieve it. When i was in my 20s, i was exposing myself with as much experience as i could possibly have – jumping from jobs to jobs, country to country. After all the ups and down, i now know what i’m good at and work on it. No more jack of all trades, master of none anymore!

 

During my working holiday time, i always wanted to celebrate my birthday in a foreign country. Last year was my first, pretty exciting time. This year… not so much. Just cuz, i always envisioned that celebrating your birthday in a foreign country means lots of excitement and party with fireworks (hahaha my dream birthday) but… celebrating your birthday particularly in Invercargill means you’re stuck at home, covering yourselves in the duvet with hot chocolate. Yeah, one of those sober grandmother’s birthday. Heck… i think my grandmother has more happening birthday than mine wtf.

 

Anyway, reality is celebrating your birthday overseas means not having your family and friends around, celebrating with the wind from South Pole blowing at the speed of 70km/h. Yepp, it was that horrible. But i owe it to my boyfriend Ozias for making it as special as he can.

 

So here’s the best bit – we celebrated my birthday on 2 different days! Why you asked? Why not?!

 

On his day off – Monday the 8 of June, we did normal couple housework stuffs. Eating Chinese takeaway at the launderette. Groceries bla bla bla then we went to watch Aloha.

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Holy smokes, the movie sucks big time. I am so surprised that 3 of the top Hollywood blockbuster actor and actresses agreed to act in a movie with no storyline. AT ALL! I came out not understanding a single bit. I overheard the other patrons commented, “I fell asleep.” Another one said, “I almost but Bradley Cooper kept me awake”. Seriously?! Initially i thought it’s a rom com but it is far from it. I just… i don’t even know what to label this movie. Worst movie i ever watched wtf.

To end the night off, we had dinner at Buster Crabb. It’s conveniently near to our place and passing by this place for a year and a half, i am really so curious about this restaurant because the door is always close. It’s tradition to have your wishes come true on your birthday right?

The boy and i ordered 2 mains and a dessert (learnt our lesson from Valentine’s Day)

 

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Moi’s 250g Eye Fillet wrapped in Bacon with garlic prawn and risolle potatoes and garlic butter sauce on the side.

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The boy’s Mixed Grill that comes with 200g of Rib Eye, Lamb Rump, Chicken Breast and Bacon (basically the whole farm lah!) with garlic prawn and marinated mushrooms on the side.

Food was great! I tend not to order chicken when i eat out because i’m sick of eating chicken at home (it’s the cheapest meat at the supermarket) But boy oh boy. I always find eating chicken is so boring but sayang’s chicken breast was so delicious. It was cooked to perfection and it changed my perception on chicken! Life changing moment for my tongue. We were there for the steak but the chicken breast stole the show. It is a damn good chicken coming from a chicken meat hater wtf.

For drinks the boy had Irish Coffee and I had Fresh Plum Daiquiri. Oh gosh, another refreshing, mouth watering cocktail. Fell in love at first sip. Told the boy, we gotta come back here again.

To finish it off, we had Banofee Cheesecake.

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Not my favourite lah since I don’t fancy banana flavoured food. But it’s a well balanced dessert because I had the raspberry, cream and ice cream (something that the boy doesn’t like) and he finished the (deconstructed) banana cheesecake.

And when we returned home, i pestered the bf and asked if he got me anything for my birthday. He said sorry don’t have but understandable lah coz we need to save money for a million things (sigh growing up). Took a long shower and when i came out of the bathroom, this was hanging at the door!

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I was like WTFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF!!!!! Quickly put on my PJs and went to open my present!

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Tadah! A earring from him! I’ve have been looking for a simple earring design for the longest time and I finally have one now :)

Told him next time not to get Pandora liao (I actually not a fan of the brand) But quickly add “Other brand can lah ok!” HAHAHAHAHA.

When the clock struck 12 on my actual birthday we celebrated with cake! Birthday is the only time that i shamelessly and guiltless-ly eat cake without a care about how much calories i’m consuming.

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Nah an ugly picture of me here. No make up, pic taken in yellowish fluorescent light. No amount of editing can save it T3T

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A closer shot of the cake. I requested for salted caramel flavour (my fav!) but according to the baker they can’t do salted caramel. Can only do caramel. So… overly-sweet-borderline-diabetic cake for me! The boy got it from Colonial bakery. He didn’t request for any design and it turned out to be so old fashioned one! I used to see this cake design when i was young i.e. in my teens? Now people still make cake like this meh!

Aesthetic aside, the cake was fluffy and yummy. My teeth sinks into its soft flesh. Despite it being too sweet for my liking, i still enjoyed it. Until i found egg shells in the cake wtf! Seriously?!!!!! This is unacceptable! But working in the F&B line, i understand sometimes people make mistake. I rang them up and just casually told them about it. They wanted to compensate for it but i was fine with it. Didn’t make a big fuss out of it, just give them a heads up so that the baker would be more careful in the future.

Anyway, while i was making my wish the bf sneaked into the room. I was like, “Eh where are you going. What are you doing?” And i can hear him opening the cupboard. Weird… why the sudden? And when i finished with my wishes, opened my eyes and the bf shoved a plastic bag into my hand. Yay another present *spoilt* And it’s a bag.

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A bag that i really really want! I’ve always wanted a bucket bag. Saw this when we were shopping before our trip but i didn’t get it. At that time, i was secretly wishing that he would get for me on the spot but he didn’t and i sadly went home LOL. Smart fella got this for my birthday instead! Ok la you passed the test lah. You know me really well 😉 I cried when i saw the bag. Because i used to have one – dad bought it from Africa and it’s brown. It’s simple but unique at the same time because nobody in Malaysia has the same as me. After my working holiday, i went back and look for the bag but it got moldy. My heart broke into a million pieces. Same feeling as losing your pet. So this was a really good surprise! Love the details of the bag. Can’t wait till it’s warmer to bring this baby out to play!

The next morning, after brainstorming on which cafe to go for breakfast (we tried all the cafe here liao) we settled for EAT on Windsor.

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The boy had fluffy pancakes served with crispy bacon, fresh banana and maple syrup.

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I like savory breakfast! Had the famous hash brown. Description copied from the website : Grated potato, whole see mustard, cheese and onion, combined into a cake. Wrapped in fresh bread crumbs and fried till it is golden and crispy. Served with creamy button mushroom, grilled bacon, fresh tomato salsa and a poached egg.

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I’m sold!

All the different components taste beautifully individually. When eat it together, you can taste all these different flavours – sweet, sourish and salty. Yums! Portion is huge. Unfortunately it was too heavy for 10am so i ended up doggy bag ’em.

I’m very particular about my coffee and it was so-so. Not the best but not the worst too. It leans on the pricier side for cafe but worth every single cent.

When i arrived home, there was a delivery for me! Smarty pants boyfriend got me roses over the internet tsk. Asked him not to get a huge bouquet anymore coz i feel so reluctant to throw them away when they wilted. Told him next time get me 1 rose can already. At least my heart doesn’t ache as much when i throw it (oopssss)

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He insisted that i take pic with my roses.

But seriously, i think they’re beautiful on its own.

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The only good thing about living in a very cold area is my flowers can last for a month. I know in Malaysia, my flowers would probably last for days then i have to chuck them away.

Overall i had a fantastic birthday. I felt really special on my birthday. Although the activities are pretty normal but the moment spent together that matters. Now now, this set a very high standard for the next birthday. Seriously, i can feel the pressure to make his birthday equally special now.

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Jun 5 15

Apia – The Good and The Ugly Side of It

by melmonica

 

Hi guys! How are you doing? Took me such a long time to write about my travels. That’s because I was going through post-holiday depression wtf. Was really emo about leaving Samoa because… I’ll write another blogpost about it okay 😉

 

I was contemplating to do a chronological blogpost but thought better to do it place-specific.

 

So we landed at Faleoleo Airport which is 30 minutes away from Apia, the capital city.

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It is an open aired airport lol.

Above – front view.

Below – back view.

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I gotta say i LOVE flying with Air New Zealand. I love how the company updates its safety video. 2 years ago, when I flew with them it was Lord of the Ring safety video.

 

This time when i flew with them, they played this video!

So apt right?

 

That time semangat already wana sink my feet into the sand and dipped myself in the sea.

 

To be honest, first impression of Samoa – very village like. It is one of the most underdeveloped island in the South Pacific. So… show you some photos of our drive through the island.

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This is one of the building along the road.

 

Oh i should mention – upon arriving, we rented a car from the first car rental that we saw. Smartie pants us for not exploring outside and immediately signed up for the first thing we see tsk.

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Anyway, we rented a Rav 4 for $110 Tala per day. That’s equivalent to about NZD$55. Not sure if this is the cheapest as we didn’t check out the other car rental agencies.

The car wasn’t in the best condition. As we drove, it felt like it’s going to break apart. At times I was paranoid because the island is hilly and i don’t want anything to ruin my vacation. Anyway, we traveled around in one piece. Fuh.

On our first night, we stayed in Tatiana Motel, Apia. As I am a terrific blogger, I don’t have a picture of the place but feel free to browse the pictures on its website la ok 😉

But I have picture of our breakfast! Hahaha. Living the name of a Malaysian.

Anyway, we stayed in a room with double bed and single bed with ensuite bathroom. The rate was $110 Tala inclusive of breakfast. I think it’s a pretty good deal. However, it is rather far from city center thus having your own car is essential.

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So while i was having breakfast, i was curious about the food that they served. As it is one of the most underdeveloped country, i was curious if they manufactured any products or is it all imported ones?

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This… this ugly looking jam is made in Malaysia wtf. Don’t know whether to be proud or not. The jam was too sweet for my liking. Also could be because i’m not a sweet breakfast person. I prefer it savoury.

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Check out time is the usual 10am and then off we went to the flea market. Told you it’s very Malaysia right. Actually, the whole place reminds me of Sabah. The city center – Kota Kinabalu (minus the multi-storey shopping centre) and the village – Kudat.

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Samoans are very religious people thus you can see churches scattered sporadically around the island. This majestic one is opposite the i-Site. Tourists are allowed to enter the church but you must dressed appropriately. No sleeveless tops and bottom must be knee-length (or longer). As i was mostly in tak tutup aurat beach wear, so I skipped that.

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This is a common sight in the village. This house is consider rather modern already. Some houses are only made of wood. And if you see closely, there’s a cemetery on the left side of the house. In Samoa and Rarotonga (can’t talk for the other islands) it is common to have your ancestor’s cemetery buried right in front of the house. Not sure why though. I wish i have a tour guide or local to explain this.

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Made the bf stopped in the middle of the road so that i can take pic of the tong sampah. You’re welcome. Not sure to label it creative anot haha.

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And also paparazzi shot of the garbage men. (Is there a nicer way to address them?)

So when you’re in the village, seeing chicken and ducks roaming around is a norm right? Have you seen…

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A horse walking towards your car as you drive past it?

Have you…

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seen Size 2 before? LOL. It’s actually piglets but the Samoan called pigs as Size 2. This bf super excited every time he sees a group of them. Entertained the cuteness but after 5 times it doesn’t get any cuter, more like irritating la. But the bf still gushes about its cuteness tsk.

So i’ve written the good side of Upolu in general. Now for the ugly side of it *jeng jeng jeng*

 

Generally, the Samoans are big sized people like Dwayne Johnson (he’s half Samoan btw). And come these 2 Asian kids, so naturally we stood out like sore thumb la. A Dutch friend said that if you hear the word ‘Palangi’ it means they’re talking about you. It actually means white people but i’m not sure why we’re in that category la. Anyway, whenever they see tourist, they see the $$ sign. Which is a normal case in many tourist spot. But what is unfair is that if you go to say food court, the cashier will purposely hike up the price. We were in this kopitiam where the majority are local. No tourist in sight. So the price must be cheap right for locals to makan? Unfortunately a bottle of water cost $5 Tala (supermarket was selling at $2 Tala).

Next bad experience is the champion of all champion la.

So we were looking for this food court called Sunrise – said to have authentic Samoan food. As a foodie, i’m up to trying new food. While we were walking around searching for this particular restaurant, out of nowhere, a man came up to us and started talking to us.

Man: Hi, how are you? Remember me?

Us: Umm… no.

Man: I saw you the other day. I’m the immigration officer that stamped your passport.

Who on earth remember immigration officer face la. So at this point we just played along.

Man extended his hand for a handshake. Bf dutifully reciprocated the handshake. Me silently gasp.

 

Man: Where are you heading? You look lost.

Us: We are looking for Sunrise. We want to try the Samoan food there.

Man: Oh, i can bring you there. It’s just around the corner.

So he led the way…

Man: So how long have you been in Samoa?

Us: 5 days already. We’re leaving tonight.

Man: Oh, in that case I will see you tonight at the immigration check point. I start work at 6pm later. What do you think of Samoa people? They’re friendly right?

Us: Yes, they’re nice and friendly. We love the weather and the beaches here.

Once we arrived outside Sunrise.

Man: Okay, this is Sunrise. And please write your name for the donation of the junior football team.

He then shoved the paper to Ozias and didn’t even give us a chance to decline or think about it. On the A4 paper itself, there was 2 English names with the same handwriting. I doubt it was a genuine person and they both donated $50 Tala.

As it was our final day already, we actually budget our finance cukup cukup to last the day. And now there’s this person who out of nowhere extorting money from us. Dah ler we area already poor lagi kena makan.

Well, we definitely don’t have $50 Tala so the bf wrote $20 Tala. Only to later find out that we only have $15 Tala. Apologized to the guy and he looked pissed. PISSED AT US! Wow the audacity! He didn’t even thank us. Just walked away like we’re a waste of time wtf.

At that time i was super angry. Angry that we just got cheated right under our nose but at the same time worried if we have enough money to eat and pay for gas.

 

After that i was dying to go home already. Thanks stupid ass for ruining our vacation. Remember how he said he was going to see us at the airport? Bullshit. He wasn’t even there. So not sure if he’s a genuine immigration officer or just some random person trying to make money off the tourist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May 2 15

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Apr 16 15

Tu Eres Mi Vida

by melmonica

 

Hello people! I survived the week! Phew, new job is so intense. By day 3 I almost wana give up. But luckily the days thereafter was a-OK!

 

Honestly, i don’t think i can survive the week if it’s not for this guy right here.
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Sorry ah pictures today are all unedited coz my phone battery is critically low and I’m in the library with only one power plug here. Either I charge my phone and mobile blog or make do with yellowish pictures here. Contemplating with the phone option but i’m downloading movies. So yes, that’s my priority wtf.

Anyway, this guy here has countless times makes my heart melt, make me go weak in the knee and heart skipped a beat. Let me fill you in on mundane yet precious details of my days.

The night before my first day, I tried on the uniform and discovered some creases on the shirt. OK so i attempted to iron my clothes on… my bed wtf. Shamefully speaking, I have never ironed my clothes more than 10 times in my entire life. Growing up I always have my mom or grandma to do it #spoiledbrat >.< Inserting funny memories here –> When Ozias was in Malaysia with me, i wanted to impress him and tried ironing his t-shirt. In the end, i created more creases and he saw what I was doing, he went all haiyoh not like that la. And grabbed the iron away. I wanted to cry. Cos i not only failed to impress him but I also made myself looked like a fool. Luckily he still want me la hahaha.

Between the two of us I am the last minute one so 2 hours before my bed time i tried ironing my uniform, only to suddenly have this plastic residue on the shirt. I was horrified and thought die lah i have to tell my boss that i’ve ruined their uniform liao. And was pretty sure that i’d be fired. Or made to pay for it wtf. Then i very genius tried to scrape the residue out and it worked. I sprinkled some water and scratched it. After 30 mins, i was tired but it was still visible. When the bf comes back, can see the disappointment in his face like why he got so useless gf 1. But all he did was asked me to go to bed and he will settle it for me.

Of course, who am i kidding. How can i sleep at 11pm when my usual bed time is 2am. I tossed and turned, with one ear on alert listening to what the bf is doing in the living room. After a while he came into the room, took his pajamas and showered. When he returned to the room, i felt so happy to be in his arms. Within seconds (i swear) i immediately KO. It’s like having him by my side is a surefire method for me to sleep.

The next morning, I groggily woke up and put the kettle on. Then i saw this.

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OMGGGGG the bf surprised me with breakfast! I was so touched i wanted to cry. Why am i so lucky !!

Cannot dwell in the moment for too long. Have to jump into the shower and wash up.

And that’s part 1 of why my bf is awesome! :)

 

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He also makes my lunch box for work! Haha you must be wondering why do I only eat sandwich. That’s cuz it’s fast and fuss-free! For those who knows me well, i am the slowest and messiest eater ever. I love food too much to eat ’em hastily. So mini sandwich is perfect! Any bigger than that, i’ll make a mess.

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One fine morning, he woke up at 6am making this for breakfast and pack some for my lunch. OMG am i lucky or what? Am i dreaming? Is he really mine?! I believe in relationship you give and take but i’ve been taking so much lately I have to think of things to contribute to this relationship >.<

The bf and i are night owls and for him to wake up early to prepare meals then dropped me off at work and attempt to go back to sleep (he starts work at 11am) is too amazing for words.

The other night, i emo-cried because i was upset that we’re not spending time together. Our schedule is totally opposite. Due to work, I wake up at 5.30am thus I go to bed latest by 11pm. Whereas for him, he finished his work at 10pm. And it’s impossible to catch up on your day in 1 hour time lor! This new lifestyle bothered me a lot but the hours and learning curve is too good. Impossible to say no! But we’re making the best of every single seconds we have :)

One of the blessing in disguise is not having TV at home. Instead of being hooked to the idiot box, we get to have quality time together.

And recently, i watched P.S. I love you the movie and thought it’s a sappy love story. But no lor! It’s about a wife mourning her late husband. Every 5 minutes i’m in tears coz i can’t imagine my life without Ozias. Can’t imagine what i would do if I were Holly in the movie. Next Monday we’re catching The Longest Ride hopefully it’ll sweep me off my feet like how The Vow did! <3

 

Anyway sayang, thank you so much for all the little efforts and things that you have done for me. Thank you for your patience and kindness and love. Thank you for spoiling me to bits! Keep them coming ya. Haha.

 

Lots of love.

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Apr 8 15

T O M O R R O W

by melmonica

 

Hello! Tomorrow is the day when I start at my new workplace! I’m extremely nervous for the fact that I am not a morning person and I’m determined to let it derail my first day.

The only early morning work that I had experience was in the Talley’s mussel factory. Back then it was a little easier to persevere as my housemates were my colleagues, weather wasn’t as chilly as Invercargill and I had a cut-off date for my employment. Plus a 7-weeks of traveling is every bit of motivation I needed every time I wake up in the morning.

But now… obviously I don’t have a cut-off date. For now, I’ll probably be here forever. Sadly my 2 weeks trip next May doesn’t look so enticing. I think I’m too worried for the job to be excited for a holiday.

Anyway, tomorrow is going to be such a long day it’s not even funny. Juggling 2 work > 7am – 3pm, 5pm – 9.30pm and repeat. Luckily I only work at Subway 2 days a week. Thought I’d be greedy and ask for more hours but better not la. Don’t think I’m physically fit to be laborious.

One of the thing that I’m also worried is food. I’m the type of person who needs a huge meal to kick-start my day. Fried rice at 6am? My tummy hasn’t wake up leh. And i’m stressed about what sort of food do I pack? I wana pack a hearty meal like noodle or rice but at the same time I don’t want to eat them cold (which makes me miss the heating food rack in all the factories I’ve worked in) So for now, I’m just going to test the water by bringing some tuna sandwiches. Hope it’s enough to last me a day la. I’ve already mentally planned what to eat after work for the next 2 days already. Yes, I am that paranoid about hunger.

 

Time check: 5.45pm. It looks like the sky is brewing up a storm. I shall go home soon and try on my new uniform. OMG this is real.

Hello Global Byte Cafe.

Hello me as a barista!

Hello 7am hell too wtf.

PS: NZ-MY time difference is 4 hours woohoo! <3

 

 

 

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Apr 1 15

Waddup!

by melmonica

 

Happiness is

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discovering new music <3

Am a little bored with my current playlist. Few weeks ago I was feeling nostalgic so I have a lot of 90s songs i.e. Spice Girls/ Britney Spears etc and now I want more sophisticated genre wtf. Don’t want too boring yet too pumped up. And also I am on a mission to compile a playlist for my up-coming trip! Yes I’m going for a holiday. Haven’t blogged about it hor. Wait ya lemme download some songs from this playlist first before I change to another soundtrack – #TFIOS!

OK this version is pretty cool. Have a listen guys. I am on top of the world. Yeah, music makes me REALLY HAPPY <3

 

OK #TFIOS soundtrack is surprisingly disappointing. Maybe i’m just not in the mood for mellow music.

 

Updates about my life. Where do i begin?!

 

Let’s go for the exciting news 1 first la ok. As I mentioned earlier the boy and I have booked our 2 years anniversary trip to Auckland & Samoa woohoo! We will be having 2 weeks off from the humdrum-ness that we call working life and seek for an adventure outside of South Island. Homaigod I can’t wait to get out of here just cuz the weather has been really depressing and it annoys the shit out of me!

 

And we are going to watch Backstreet Boys in Vector Arena!

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This is such a good coincident because our anniversary is on the 14th May and BSB is performing on the 12th so the appropriate thing to do is go enjoy one-shot right!

Plus the bf has not been to a concert before so all the more reason to go right (and of course fulfilling our childhood dream) I really hope they’d sing more of the old songs than the new ones coz I don’t follow them anymore. Only have memories of them during my teens.

Planning our travels is a little stressful. It takes a substantial amount of effort to be considerate. Ozias and I are two totally different type of people when it comes to planning for a holiday. I am the type of person who work hard & play hard so I do not mind paying extra for a little bit of luxury. But Ozias is the type who sets a budget and then plan accordingly strictly within the budget. To be honest, when we planned & discussed, I wasn’t looking forward and thought the trip would be canceled because the flight alone would cost us $2,000. And the budget is $3,000. I was feeling down, a little depressed in the sense that what’s the point of going for a holiday when you have no money to enjoy? And I haven’t thought of it for a while.

But in the end, the trip is ON! Fortunately for us, the flight tix price dropped and we managed to get the flight tix + BSB tix under $2000. Quite an achievement I’d say. Now left accommodation part nia.

 

My second good news is… I got a new job!

Remember last year when I did work experience in a cafe, out-of-the-blue they called me up and offered me a position. Ozias was more excited than me whereas I… I feel shocked to be honest. I wasn’t expecting to change a job and when the opportunity came, the right thing to do is grab it.

Right now I’ll be working full time with Global Byte Cafe & casual hours with Subway *sob*. I feel nervous > excited coz 1) I will be working 7am – 3pm, 5pm – 9.30pm on my first 2 days. I’m not sure how I’d cope especially Global Byte is the 2nd busiest cafe in Invercargill.

Also I can already feel the pressure as I’ll be trained to do the opening on the first 2 days and closing on the next 2 days. To me, opening shift is a crucial shift as it will determined how the rest of the shift/ service would be. I’ve seen and experienced it first hand how an opening staff in Subway was incompetent and subsequently affect all the shifts thereafter. I vow to never be that person and put my colleagues in that predicament so putting myself a lot of pressure there heh!

Even more difficult is to adjust my body clock to waking up before 7am! In Subway, I mostly do night shifts. Occasionally I helped out with morning shifts but that starts at 10am and I have a bit of hours to sleep in (and manja with him) But 7am. 7 FREAKING AM! I can do it 1. Just have to sleep at 10pm which is another impossible task as I’m so used to sleeping at 2 or 3am.

Ok let’s focus on positivity shall we? I’m looking forward to be trained as a barista. I reckon if you’re working in F&B in NZ, you should be a trained barista or bartender. If you are pro in either of this field, you’d be wanted in the job market.

 

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So last week we met up with the Mt. Cook ladies in Dunedin. A much needed getaway from the senior citizen city. It was also the day that I had about 5 hours of sleep & 3 cups of coffee in 24 hours. I was rather quiet on that day coz… oh i had a fight with him. Hrmph.

 

Anyway, I hate saying goodbye. Meeting them is like breathing in fresh air. Wish we don’t have to say goodbye or separate. Wishing that one day all of us will be living in the same city. Looking forward to freshly brewed coffee from Catherine and yummy fattening desserts from Christine.

 

On a more personal note, I have been adding more greens in my diet and snacking on fruits as a habit. Trying to be leaner, healthier for the trip. I wana shop for new bikini though i probably gonna wear it like a couple of times a year only :(

Also been reading a lot lately. Thanks to him I have my hands on 50 Shades of Grey book. My mind kept making comparisons to the movie and of course the book is so much better. But overall, it’s not the book that I’d hold it dear to my heart. After completing that, I was ready for some Murakami but the bf secretly bought 50 Shades Darker and oh my I could not put the book down. I am taking my time reading it but before I know it, I’m almost the end of the book already *gasp*. Not planning to read 50 Shades Freed so soon. My Murakami is calling me. Plus after that I have to start reading the books that I have in our mini home library.

Ok ending this post with a picture of the bf since we hardly take pics together anymore.

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Did a B&W version of this and wanted to put it as my FB Cover Photo but thought it’d be too cheesy. So ok la put in my blog also nice right?

Love this boy very much. When we are happy, we’re at our happiest. I guess the reason why we fought so much last year is because we were learning about each other and the whole compromising thing is a foreign concept to the both of us.

But now at least, we rarely have big fights. And we know that in the most heated argument, deep down we still love each other very much. Love you so much sayang. Looking forward to doing nothing with you in Samoa. Can’t wait for you to be home tonight. See you muacks xx.

 

 

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Feb 20 15

Our First Valentine’s

by melmonica

Obligatory Valentine’s post because the boy pressured me to update my blog LOL. Sometimes i feel that he secretly (or shamelessly) likes to read my blogposts about him. Feel like a superstar huh, sayang? 😛

We celebrated a few days earlier because on the 9th is the only day we are free. And we had pre-planned activities for the day.

Started off with tenpura sushi for $1.50/piece and 2 to-go Starbucks cuppa. I ordered Caramel Machiatto but it tasted like Flat White and I don’t take Flat White. Was contemplating of changing it but i drank 1/4 already so i bitterly switched my drink with the bf’s. Felt guilty that he has to drink my shitty drink but since his go-to cuppa is always Flat White then i guess it’s okay?

After that, we went to watch…

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My bestie warned me that it isn’t a good Valentine’s movie but i really really wana watch this so just wing it and we both like it very much. I was in awe of how pretty the movie is (pretty in an cinematic artistic sense) and true, there wasn’t a happy ever after but at least it has a happy ending. Not gonna say more but I’d urge you to go watch it!!

After that we went swimming/ chilling at the sauna & hot pool. Chill till we’re hungry and went for dins!

We almost couldn’t make it to our dinner because we arrived at Waxy O’ Shea’s at 8.45pm and the maître d’ had to go into the kitchen and ask the chef if the kitchen is still open. Luckily it was (phew!). If not, all my dressing up and make up efforts are wasted lor. At that time, I doubt other restaurant is still open so last resort is to eat Chinese takeaway from a box T3T

Still, thankful that that didn’t ruin our Valentine’s celebration.

For starters, we had Seafood Chowder.

 

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It came in this huge ass bowl – sort of like the huge bowl used for tomyam soup at home. I was shocked to see how gigantic it is and was a little worried if we could finish it. And even if we could, we would be full and what about our mains then? Anyway, no time for negative thought. Just dig in!

Greedy me gulped a huge spoonful and it burnt my tongue but don’t care. It’s so creamy and delish! As I’m typing, i’m silently swallowing my saliva. Anyway, because of this yummy experience, the bf gasped excitedly whenever he sees seafood chowder in any cafe. Which is like… always. Haha.

Then came our mains.

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While i had the Surf & Turf.

In the end, we only finished the meat then doggy-bagged the rest. YES! LEFTOVER! I love leftover food!

Throughout the night, I sneakily asked about my presents. In the past, I was always good at finding loop hole until my ex would reluctantly spill the beans. But with Ozias leh… he is very smart at dodging the question. He is so good at changing topic i can’t even. He will keep avoiding answering my questions but i have the patience to repeat till I get what I want. And he came up with a ridiculous answer which was pfft.

After dinner & grocery, I continued asking him about my present.

Him: Neh the Loreal serum I bought you just now.

Me: Hah my present is only $20 ah?

Him: Wahhhhhhhh (in disbelief that I would say such thing)

Me: Hahaha no la kidding la.

Him: You sad ah your present so cheap?

Me: No la. I’ve always wanted it anyway… so thanks!

 

Then he asked me to boil the water. I begrudgingly do it while sighing “Haih, come back home still need to kerja (boil water)”

And I heard a very loud thump in the bedroom. And walah!

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My prezzies!!!

I squealed in delight but what made me super excited was the book. 50 Shades of Grey book! I asked him why he got me the pillow and his replied, “Because few weeks ago you complained about neck pain so bought you this.” Aww…. melt <3

Umm, wasn’t so happy with the chocs as i’m trying to be in shape BUT I’LL STILL TAKE IT! 😀

A close-up of the chocs.

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It’s from The Seriously Good Chocolate Company!!! A couple of weeks ago we went there and check out the coffee but good job bf for thinking ahead of time and got me this. Haha.

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The inside – only 9 pieces?! Why so luxurious 1?! I’m hesitant to eat it already. Can i keep it forever?

 

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On the 14th, we popped this open. Although not my fav but still good enough. On the night itself he gave me a small card and i wrote him a letter to fulfill our “gift exchange” ritual LOL.

 

Now, you must be wondering where’s my present to him right? I am embarrassed to announce that… it is still in progress. I made this something something that requires me to be attentive and detailed oriented. It is so delicate that… it is a really time-consuming project. I reckon it will take another 60 hours to complete. From my rough estimation, a vertical line takes an hour to complete. Huge project with very fine details. Can’t reveal more. I promised the bf to claim it on the 14th March. Fingers crossed it will be done by then la hor.

 

Okies, thanks for reading. Hope you guys had a lovely Valentine’s Day with your other half and Happy CNY y’all!

 

 

 

 

 

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Feb 12 15

No More Dunedin For Us

by melmonica

 

2 Mondays ago, the bf and I made an impromptu decision to go to Dunedin. What to do there? Eat lah! 😀 Plus we’ve been there during winter & spring. So must also go there during summer time so that… i can do fashion show there wtf.

 

I had a hankering for dimsum so we went to Sichuan 88 at Mornington.

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The bf decided to be adventurous and wanted to try the Egg Chee Cheong Fun. I was leaning towards the shrimp one but nevermind lah sayang him so let him order this. We limited ourselves to only 5 plates so that we have room for more food hehe.

And the other 4 plates are… in my tummy wtf. Too ravenous to bother letting my camera eat first. It’s my trip, i eat first!

Total damage was about $25 if i’m not mistaken. So cheap leh!

 

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We went a walk around town and it started drizzling. Absolute good day to wear maxi dress, no?

We went to the museum to seek shelter.

Him: We came here before!

Her: I know. But they change their exhibition every month one. So it’s new.

 

I was wrong. Sigh. But they had an insect exhibition and i don’t remember visiting it the other time so in, boy! Entertained ourselves with useless facts and the countless varieties of insects then headed to the top floor to see the Island heritage.

The bf and i are planning to go to Samoa for our 2nd year anniversary so we went and got familiarized ourselves with the Samoan heritage. The outcome: Samoa/ Fiji/ Cook Island/ Tonga – all also lookalike and similar one.

I’m kinda excited for the trip as I’ve been to the South Pacific in 2013 and enjoyed the beautiful scenery extensively. So happy that this time i get to enjoy it with him <3

 

Okay back to Dunedin.

We were feeling for a quick snack but don’t know what to have. Walked past this ice cream store which had a beeline of students so we decided to check it out. Had boysenberry (very NZ) and frozen yogurt (act healthy) but nah… taste absolutely ordinary.

One hand tugging my dress, the other juggling my melting ice cream is no easy feat. Sumore i’m so clumsy that i had my nose dipped into the ice cream a couple of times. A bit embarrassing but as my usual antics i’ll just laugh it off.

 

Then… we googled best coffee in Dunedin. Answer : The Good Oil Cafe. We were there at 3.45 pm and they told us that the kitchen is closed. Ok fine coz i’m just here to have my cuppa.

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Trim Cappuccino for him.

Trim Mocha for her.

At 4pm, they locked the 2nd door, people slowly making their way out and they started to do closing. Gahhhhh! Obviously i wasn’t so happy that I had to hastily drink my coffee. Can’t a girl who traveled for 3 hours drink her coffee in peace? Working in F&B line i understand their predicament. So nevermind la. Give you face!

The verdict: True to the reviews, the coffee was great! Can rival the one at Vudu Cafe, Queenstown. Would have put them above Vudu if they had just let me enjoy my coffee. Hrmph.

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After that, we went to watch The Imitation Game and it was mediocre for me. With all due respect, the previous week, I watched Unbroken which was brilliant and to (unfairly) compare them both, hence the average point for it.

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After that we went for Japs coz we haven’t tried Japs in Dunedin before. Googled for the best one wtf and decided on Tokyo Garden Restaurant. Saw a group of Japs and thought ok lah should be good right?

Umm, it was a missed wtf. Food was too average for the exorbitant price. I would rather have Chopstick 101 anytime. At 8.45pm I wanted to tapau bubble milk tea but the restaurant is closed wtf. Seriously, living in NZ ah. On Monday nights, restaurant etc closed early one. Needless to say, I went home with a broken heart :(

 

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Jan 21 15

I’m Confused

by melmonica

 

Heya, how are you guys doing? Today’s post is nothing special, just a rant about something. Lately i’ve been toying with the idea of going back home for a short break (3 weeks) for a couple of reasons.

1) For my bestie’s wedding & my 2 besties’s baby.

2) To see my grandma.

3) To visit my family & friends.

 

Allocate 1 week each. Fair enough, no?

 

What’s stopping me is obviously, it’s too much money for a 3 week break. Plus if i were to successfully get a new job that pays a lot, it’s not cool (and unwise) to walk away from a pool of money. But i’m the type of person who wouldn’t hesitate to sacrifice something on my end to put a smile on the people i care face. I know my bestie, my grandma and family would be thrilled to see me. How now brown cow?

 

Since I would be coming home May 2016, it would be wiser to save the money and spend them all at one go wtf rather than going back home now with pennies and come back to NZ broke. Sigh, dilemma. The vanity in me is desperate for a hair makeover, facials, proper eyebrow trimming and massage wtf.

 

Yay/ Nay to home? Lemme know guys!

 

On another hand, i’m not sure what to do with my Nikon D5000 camera. I am still into photography albeit the lack of usage except for my mobile phone camera. Part of me wants to sell it and get a new, lighter camera with more advance features coz D5000 technology is so obsolete liao :( But another part of me is reluctant to do anything with it coz it was a gift from my parent’s for my graduation and it holds so much precious memories. It is heartbreaking to see it collecting dust on the shelf but i has no kaki photography/ hipster here. Bf hates being photographed so… :(

 

Oh wow, I’m in the library sitting with my back facing the floor-to-ceiling window. And there was a group of boys knocking on the windows loudly clearly disturbing a girl who is sitting facing the window. Two librarians came to check out the commotion and I overheard them saying that if the boys were to disturb us again, they would call the cops. Wow, the librarian takes their job so seriously huh although the patrons did not file a complain. And i guess this isn’t their first case coz they said when a phone call is made, the police will arrive immediately. And bear in mind, this is no life-threatening case whatsoever, it’s just a case of mischievous kids making a 20-second scene. Still, the police takes every matter seriously. Kudos to them. If Malaysian police ahh… in the event of a snatch thief affair, don’t bother calling the authorities coz all they’d do is just fill in a report form and… that’s it! No actions taken except for producing your new ID etc.

 

Phew! Such a wordy post! Sorry for not being visually pleasant. There are a couple of nice pics on my phone that i am just too lazy to bluetooth it to my comp. Thanks for reading, peeps!

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