Note: OMFG this was supposed to be a Valentine’s post but procrastination took over me. Nevertheless, since i so susah payah wrote this i gotta post this wtf. Enjoy!
Anyway I’ve never really written about my love life here in NZ. And I don’t know where to start wtf. So i’ll just document it here.
My first thoughts when i saw him was “OMG SO HANDSOME!!”And i even contemplated to move in into their house just cuz he’s an eye candy *wiggles eyebrow*
Of course i didn’t laaa… not that desperate k.
But i did tweet about how comel he was.
What was the weirdest thing he has ever done
As you can see, he friggin’ ate my lollipop. I was happily sucking it when he just snatched it away from my mouth and finish it hrmph. It was a gift from Kevin, so i wasn’t really happy with it.
How did it start?
It happened at work! Nadia, my work partner hated the job so she left and Jay/ Ashton became my new work partner. 8 hours of seeing each other everyday, there are bound to be something developing.
And it was a motivation for me to go to work haha. I felt really happy to go to work albeit the job is pretty mundane.
He confessed to me after 1 week at work wtf haha. I was caught off guard and I can’t remember what was my respond when he confessed. Definitely not thank you haha. I’m not rude okay.
Official date together
Honestly, he didn’t really ask me lor. It sort of happened and he told his friends that i’m his gf then okay laaa haha.
Thus, 10.11.12 it is! Nice number sumore kan? It was also the first time I stayed over at his place and be let into his world *eyes wide open*
It actually happened before we got together. It was after the Golden Bay trip which i was pretty high on happiness. I swore a lot during the trip and he didn’t like it. I was pretty bumped about it cos I have no freaking idea about Korean culture. (I never watched Gangnam style video until Oct 2012 and that also my European friends opened it for me wan. I never watched any Korean drama nor follow any of the Kpop songs)
Basically, we quarrel over culture differences. The word “fuck” is nothing to me. At work, we said the work “fuck” all the time. But to him, one is forbidden to say it no matter the circumstances.
Sweetest thing he has ever done
Now, where do i start? Seriously, too many to list down here wtf. The sweet stuffs that he did isn’t like “i’ll catch the stars and moon for you”. It’s more of the small, simple lovey gesture. If i list it here, i think you’ll be sick to your stomach wtf. Please read at your own risk.
I like how we hold hands when we sleep. No joke. I used to find it very troublesome (when i was with my previous boyfriends) but I like doing it with him. If our sleeping time is not synchronize, then he will either sing Korean lullaby while stroking my hair gently/ hug me to sleep or hold my hands until i doze off. (OMG i write this also can feel how xinfu i am wtf)
We have developed the habit of hugging and kissing each other if we’re going to be apart from each other for more than 20 minutes.
What are the things that I love about him
The fact that he makes me really happy. Really, really happy without trying too hard (or maybe i’m so easily satisfied wtf)
The stuffs that I discover about him after I move in
He is so lazy!! Not lazy lazy but he is always geeking away with his laptop in the room. And he is not as adventurous as i am. He doesn’t wana go for short trips. He doesn’t like jungle trekking and he almost didn’t wana go kayaking with me.
But I am thankful to be in this relationship as it has matured me, it has also turned me into a (domesticated) woman. I can fully relate to Joyce’s post. With my previous boyfriends, I was the one glued to my laptop, watching series and waiting for the guy to bring me my meal. But with him, I took the effort to learn cooking and baking. You can ask China doll, I never cooked a really nice meal before I moved in with him. Heck, after i moved in I also never eaten and cooked sausage lor!!
Though we are two totally different individual but the beauty of the relationship is not how similar we are but the differences that makes us unique.
Language barrier sometimes do stand in between us thus google translate is our best friend wtf. There was once we communicate using google translate app. We were sitting side by side but i will type out a question and translate it to Korean, while he replied me with an answer translated to BM. I find it cute lor.
I could go on and on about the relationship but I don’t want to bore you with the details. All I can say is it is NOT EASY to date a foreigner.
Sorry for ending this post abruptly cos i actually wrote a pretty long post but it was not saved and i can’t recall what i wrote wtf. Till then!
This is a story of friendship between two kawan.
Mok and I have a “unique” kind of friendship.
We are always in our own world.
We can tell a joke telepathically and burst out laughing at the same time.
We express affection through insults (and some can really hurt like hell. it is certainly not for the short temper)
The things we say.
Me: You can eat my shit.
Mok: OK give me your shit and i will eat it for you to see.
Me: OK but my asshole is shy wtf.
Mok has this awesome sound system in his car. His playlist is awesome too. Will.I.Am, Kanye West, Jason Mraz, James Morrison and Maroon 5. (Purposely leave out Jamiroquai from this list cos sorry, I don’t know how to appreciate Jamiroquai’s song. Don’t know whether I spelled his name correctly or not.)
When Jamiroquai’s song playing. ..
Me: Change the song Mok. Chulseyo.
Mok: Sometimes I wonder why do you keep using the word “chulseyo”. Do you know that “chulseyo” means “please give it to me.” In this situation, I don’t have anything to give to you.
Me: Okay. Mok, change the song. Seyo.
Mok: What?! You can’t use the word “seyo”. It’s like saying “-ease” from the word “please”. Do you know what I mean?
Me: *embarrassed* Please don’t tell your Korean friend about your stupid Malaysian friend trying to learn Korean.
Mok: Seyo. HAHAHAHAHAHAH.
Driving past a group of black people. I pushed the horn.
Mok: OMG do you want me to kill you? 90% of people outside Countdown were looking at me. Maybe when i drive back now they will kill me.
Me: Yeah and do Korean BBQ on you.
At a zebra crossing while waiting for mother and daughter to cross the road.
Me: Aww, look so sweet.
(Fake attempt to push the horn)
Mok: Do you want to die?
Me: Wouldn’t it be funny? Aww, look so sweet. BEEEEEEEEEEPPPPPPPPPP.
Mok: Yeah, move your ass man.
The other day, Mok and I went to Richmond and pick up his car. He bought a secondhand BMW for NZD1,900. Honestly, I was a bit xing tong for him cos he didn’t have to spend unnecessarily since he has a good car.
2 hours after buying the car.
Me: Do you actually like your car now?
Mok: Well, okay… not to say i really like it.
Me: OK then you can text the seller and return it.
Mok: And tell him what? Thank you for renting your car to me for 2 hours?
Me: Yes, and ask for your NZD1,900 back too LOL.
Sometimes, I am not ashamed of saying what’s on my mind.
Me: I miss Ozias.
Mok: I think you should marry him.
Me: Come, lemme take sexy picture of you with the car.
Me: Mok! That’s not sexy. You look like a hairy monkey!
Sometimes I like to say ridunkculous things for a reaction.
After smoko, walking down the stairs.
Me: Hey Mok.
Me: Jung-mal. Saranghamida.
Mok: (making gestures like he wants to beat me up. LOL.)
Mok: (show middle finger)
Me: (mouth “fuck you”)
Is this same as me?
Me: Yes! Very similar! Please make one for me too.
Do you want me to kill you?!
I posted an instagram of Mok.
Me: You know, my friend said the before picture looks cuter. (stare at him for a mental “spot-the-difference”) I know why already. Your have very little hair on your head now. But elsewhere you are hairy.
Mok: You know, my hair travel downwards.
We love teasing one another.
As we walked along High Street, hand in hand, listening to happy, summery chatters around, heart flutters giddily inside.
As we walked past glass window, I can’t help checking myself out.
He would shake his head and sigh, “Narcissism”.
I call it:
Checking myself out to see how happy i am.
A reminder on how incredible this journey have been.
Which got me feeling this is too good to be true.
When I woke up this morning, I continued discovering and downloading new songs from YouTube. I had the sudden urge to check out how are my YouTube videos are doing. And to my delight, there are 2 videos exceeded the 10,000 views already. Woohoo!
10, 390 views
13, 496 views
Psst. Can you please view it so that it would be a nice 13, 500 views
And reading the comments makes me blush a little.
Haha. Let me gloat a little can or not. I’m a nobody and to get more than 10k views with no paid advertising is a feat for me.
While watching this, I had to tilt my computer against him. I don’t want him to catch me watching myself dancing awkwardly on Youtube. That would take narcissism to the next level, no?
It’s 10.30am – Watching him sleep peacefully is so soothing. I can’t help but to stroke his hair a little without waking him up. 8 more weeks to go. 8 more weeks with you till I’m gone for my travels. Yes, my so-called summer love will end by then.
It gets harder every day. The strength needed to last a whole 8 hours of standing, repetitively doing monotonous work resulting in backache, sore thumb. This job is draining out my soul, my happiness. It absorbs my energy, peculiarly the sensible side of me.
This is my fourth week working in the mussel factory. With Miss Teoh Hui Peng left to tanah air (home country), I am literally bored to death.
Waking up in the morning and cycling to work isn’t so bad. The negativity kicks in within the first hour into the job.
As you all know, I survive on music. It is the one thing that sooth me, the one thing that could spot on depicts my feeling in any situation.
Thank goodness for imagination, these were my mental playlist today.
This is on repeat every single day.
Somehow, this is always up on my mental playlist too.
First half of the day, I usually occupied myself with lots of thinking.
“OMG why am I enduring this pain, it’s killing me softly.”
“Persevere babe, persevere. Nobody said it’s going to be easy. Nobody said working holiday is like frolicking on cotton candy cloud.”
“Maybe I should try my hands on working in advertising here.”
“Should I work in the Thai restaurant to get more cash? I might be able to get work permit.”
“What about working in the fish factory? They earned $700++ this week.”
Then I thought about my travel plans to keep myself going. Tentatively, going to start my journey with a trip to Cook Island. Probably for 5 days. Get a visitor visa then back to NZ to travel around north island then south island. I haven’t researched on THE MUST VISIT PLACES.
But one thing’s for sure. I have changed. In a bad way (well, depends on how you look at it)
At 16, bungee jumping is in my bucket list.
At 26, I realized that I might be too chicken to do bungee. So, okay skydiving pun jadilah!
Few days ago, I figured skydiving is so passé. Every backpacker that you meet, he/ she has done/ would skydive. I know NZ is place for extreme sport + gorgeous view = something not to be missed.
But currently, I’m into trekking and would like to try camping. I have never camped in my life before and I think it would be pretty fun! Bonding session with nature. Plus it’s more affordable. They say skydiving is the easiest way to burn your hard-earned money. Just $600+ for that few minutes of thrill.
So maybe. Skydiving is at the bottom of my list for now. I wana spend my money wisely. Travel as much as possible with limited funds. Le sad.
2nd half of the day – I am my biggest motivator. My own personal cheerleader. Born a Gemini, I am easily bored. I feel like I’m trapped in this recurring nightmare. Daytime nightmare that is.
Time seems to be trolling me. I think it just enjoys watching me suffer. Every time I look at the clock, it’s always 5 minutes, 5 minutes, 5 minutes. Seriously? I feel like I’ve been here for an hour!
Supervisor came over and told us that we need to OT. Prior to that, I just cheered, “1 more hour to freedom!”
Hence, the most painful 2 hours of my life. The excruciating pain is unbearable. It is indescribable. Actually can be described la. Try this.
Step 1: Stand still for 8 hours with 20 minutes break every 2 hours.
Step 2: Eyes on the conveyor belt, hand in a motion.
Please repeat the above for 4 weeks (and counting)
At times. Most of the time, I questioned why do i even torture myself with this. I have not been living for a long time. I have not explored or learn something new or marvel at something simple yet beautiful for the longest time. Probably since the netball event la. The Asian side of me asked me to persevere and work hard. The Western side of me wants to be free-spirited and let go.
Well, it is a no-brainer on who wins.
Persevere babe, persevere.
And I just agreed to work on Saturday as well. $$ & future plans are what matters.
I miss Mok & Ozias too. My happy pills. When can I see you and laugh and be silly again
Andddddddddd to end this absolutely wordy blogpost, an announcement!
My cellphone is officially dunzo. It’s been 48 hours since it’s death. Why? Because the touch screen sensor doesn’t work. So practically I can’t unlock my phone/ text/ whatsapp/ call/ NOT EVEN TO SWITCH OFF THE ANNOYING ALARM. Thus, I put it to sleep since i can still online with my laptop.
It’s amazing how I’m only announcing it here on my blog. Not even a rant/ attention seeking statement on Twitter or Facebook. Amazing that I didn’t run around like a headless chicken. I didn’t freak out. Just felt sad cos it just surpassed its 1-year-old birthday. The bf thinks he can fix it but i gotta get the spare part. Well, my cellphone is not something I want to deal now. I have lots of shit going through my mind.
Sometimes I wonder how did I turn my working holiday into slaving for money?
How did it become so messed up?
What did I do to deserve it?
The other day I was self-evaluating all the major decisions that I made over the years. Though, it was painful but I am so thankful that I did what I had to do. That’s cuz, I’m at the happiest with you. And that I’m here, in NZ. Living my backpacking dream.
Thennnn….. something, someone had to crumple it up and toss it away.
I hate quitters. I hate it when you don’t try hard enough. I hate it when you complicate things when I am the most easy going girl you’ll ever meet in your entire life. Plus, I’m a non-judgmental person which is already so good lor!!!
Sigh, sometimes I feel like shaking you up and just ask you to chill.
But i guess, language barrier, stubbornness, unwilling to learn and see the beauty in the differences overpower the sincerity of a beautiful love.
Yes, I’m having that trouble in paradise thing.
Whatevs. As of now, I’m just going to make the best out of this misery.
Hola! How are you people doing? I had a great weekend. Saturday was spent dating with myself wtf and Sunday was well-utilized with my Malaysian friends cooking, eating, baking, eating. Oh my lord! Perutku buncit!! Hahaha!
I’m currently in my 6th month here and I absolutely loving it!
So jeng jeng. If you wana have fun like me in New Zealand, you can do so REAL SOON!
Application will be opened on the 22nd January 2013 (Tuesday), 10am NZ/ 5am MY time. Remember the time and date!! Set your alarm!!! Be the first to apply!!! (That was me la one year ago :X)
Nah nah… here’s the link. Currently it’s not working la since it’s not opened yet. Wait till Tuesday!!! Gancheong anot!!
OKOK what do you need when applying for a spot online.
1. Your passport
Please ensure the validity is about 2 years liddat. the longer, the better.
2. Mastercard/ Visa credit card.
I’m not sure if debit card can be used anot but according to the link, it stated credit card wor. So just use credit card la. Better be safe than sorry. You do want that spot, don’t you?
That’s all! So easy kan? No need to queue up, no need to present whatever certificate bla bla. And within 1 week your application will be approved (granted your credit card is valid and you apply before the quota is up)
If you have any doubts or questions or require further information, can just go to their FAQ page here.
Tips on the application.
1. Be early.
Last year the 1,150 spots were quickly filled within 48 hours. Me being kiasu, woke up at 5am to do it.
2. Get your documents ready.
Meaning your passport & credit card details lor.
How do you know if you have been granted a visa?
NZ immigration will send you an email to convey the good news!!! So make sure your email is working la ha. And do check the spam folder once in a while. Mana tau it is sent there.
What to do when you’re granted the working holiday visa?
Tell all your friends and family!!! LOL. Friggin’ get your flight tickets!! I used skyscanner to look for cheap flight. Last time I flew via AirAsia to Sydney first. I was there for 10 days then flew to Christchurch with Jetstar.
When is the best time to go to NZ?
Actually anytime that you desire lor. If you want to experience winter, then come during winter lor. But from my experience thus far, this is what I can share:-
Summer (Dec – Feb): There are tonnes of jobs everywhere. Also weather is like Malaysian weather minus the humidity.
Autumn (March – May): During this season also got a lot of jobs around. Though I haven’t experienced this particular season but from what I heard, the scenery is fucking lomantik.
Winter (June – August): Limited jobs available. If you decided to go to NZ during this period (like me) best is to head to Blenheim and work in the vineyards. Alternatively, you could woof to save on accommodation.
Spring (Sept – Nov): More jobs available during this period i.e. jobs in kiwi orchard is available.
How much to bring/pack to NZ? (For girls)
Well, it depends on which season you’re here. I came during winter so i brought all the winter shit that is so fucking heavy. But it’s necessary la. I hate the cold anyway so i wore layers like mad. Winter in NZ can be pretty horrible considering NZ is in the southern hemisphere so it’s colder la.
Casual clothes – just bring 3-5 tees. When you’re in NZ, you’ll see people donating their clothes everywhere and you can get pretty nice 2nd hand clothes.
Other stuffs that is optional to bring is sleeping bag. The bf said that you can get it for as low as NZD$6 at Warehouse.
Camping stuffs is pretty affordable here also when there are sales. And I think the sales season is quite frequent cos all the Malaysians that I met here bought their stuffs at Kathmandu which I think is not cheap lor but they say got sales ma.
So don’t worry about not bringing enough. The lesser you bring, the better. It will save your life when you travel. Always remember. You’re a backpacker, not a luxurious traveler.
Oh, if you have a cooler/ chiller bag in Malaysia, bring it!! It’s good for you to pack all your food stuffs when you travel. I have one from NZ Natural ice cream but the kawan didn’t ask me to bring for whatever stupid reason that only he can think of *pissed*
Is it better to get a job prior coming to NZ?
Hello. You are in an adventure of a lifetime. You have taken the first step to leave your comfort zone. So my advise is, do whatever you want (whether to get a job first or not) But usually, they would require to be in that place for you to secure the job. No chup chup 1 ok. It’s first come, first served.
My advise to you is to take the risk. Go with the uncertainty. Though it may be scary to not know what’s next, but think of it in another point of view. Wouldn’t that be exciting? Wouldn’t being spontaneous fun? Don’t be afraid if you don’t have a plan. Shake up! Do something different. Do something out of your comfort zone. It is wayyyy more exciting when things happen unexpectedly.
Trust your instinct. Trust your gut. Do what makes you happy. Put yourself first. You only have yourself to take care of
Always stay positive. Always believe that things will turn out better than expected. If things didn’t work out, don’t stress yourself out. Believe that the universe has planned greater things for you.
I believe in karma thus always be nice to everyone. Don’t be nice for a reason la. Be nice generally. Anyway, the NZ atmosphere will automatically make you nice la. Haha.
NZ is freakin’ small i tell you. Smaller than KL one. Everyone knows everyone. So behave. You may never know when you will bump into the same person again.
Best of all, just enjoy. The beauty of learning something new every day. The beauty of living in a dreamland. The beauty of meeting people all over the world, from all walks of life in a country.
I gotta end here jor. Need to wake up at 4.45am for work tomorrow. Eekkk! If you have any questions, just write them down in the comments section and i’ll try my best to answer
Good luck my fellow Malaysians <3
OMG I can almost die from exhaustion today. I don’t know how people can do this long term. My back hurts like hell, my neck feels crazy. It is very physically daunting. I finished work at 2.30pm, I thought of getting a part-time job in the evening but every day after work i showered, had something light to eat and KO straight. I’m dead tired/ flat on the bed by 4.30pm.
Although work is very mundane but I’m kinda (still) enjoying it. I’m always trying my best to push myself to work faster but down point is my machine sensor is wonky. It says that on my first 2 hours, I only opened 355 mussels. That is so ridunkculous. It is impossible for someone to be that slow.
After lunch, my sensor miraculously work. That really fires the spirit in me to just GO GO GO. At the end of 2 hours, HP said that I did 1,000 mussels. Woohoo, hard work is paid off!
Unfortunately, it went wonky again during the last session. Damn sien. And the mussels were really bad too.
On a brighter note, I have Samaritan on my side. Somehow, people gave me opened mussels on my workstation. Like, WOW Y SO NICE!! Seriously, I am so lucky that I have nice people all around me. When I was working in vineyard, I heard stories like how some contractor/ supervisor try to cheat the backpacker by underpaying them. Thus, you have to be really sure on how many plants you did and argue your way around. However, the situation that I had was completely different. There was a week which I was unwell for 2 days and my supervisor scared that I cannot make money to survive thus he did a row for me. And I have colleagues and other supervisors helping me out without asking anything for return #blessed.
Why am i so lucky i also don’t know. I suspect it’s because I look innocent wtf. I have big pupil, babies have big pupil. See the connection? Big pupil = innocent = too cute you just wana hug/ help me wtf.
Well, i think i crapped enough jor. It’s only 9.30pm and I’m ready to go to bed. FML I iz auntie. Like seriously, I can’t wait for April to come and start traveling my ass out. If I managed to stay in Talley’s until April that means out of 9 months, I worked for 7 months. Nah, don’t say I’m having a hippy life here lor. I do work and save money wan ah. Wana pay off my PTPTN in full when I’m back. So this 3 months of hell better be worth it.
Okok type until don’t know how to stop wtf. Oh Joyce just updated her blog! Imma read then date with my bed wtf.
I’m documenting this here because SO MANY THINGS HAPPENED ZOMG.
2nd day started on a bad note wtf. My alarm didn’t ring. I’m pretty sure it didn’t ring cos
1) I couldn’t have missed it. It is designed to disrupt my sleep
2) I didn’t snooze it. My phone was at the end of the bed, on the floor. Unless i telepathically snooze it in my dream wtf.
But luckily the bf’s alarm rang. At 5am. And I need to leave the house by 5.25am. And luckily I’ve already prepared my lunch so no rush *thumbs up*
I went to work by bike. It’s pretty fun to cycle so early in the morning in the cold. At first I was cycling leisurely while admiring the karerful sky until my Chilean friend asked me to speed up and I was immediately snapped back to reality.
Cycling is my favourite keep fit regime. I’ve been cycling since I was young – to school, to curriculum activities, sports practise, tuition and outing with friends. It’s kinda sad that it’s a little inconvenient for the younger generation these days to cycle as freely as I did i.e. my 16 year-old brother. Sitiawan used to be a small town but now the main road is built like a highway – 3 lanes on each side thus making it almost impossible and dangerous to cycle.
Aiyak, talk about cycling until zzz. OK back to 2nd day.
Anyway i shall skip the usual boring stuffs that we do. Only tell you the interesting part.
The rules here are pretty strict in the mussel factory. Hair must be covered with hair net. If your hand touches other than your knife or mussel, then you have to wash your hand to adhere to its strict cleanliness policy.
And don’t know what’s up with my hair today. I feel like it is a life on its own. It constantly cover my eyes and I can’t flick it back because i’m too lazy to run to the sink to wash my hand. Thus I try to adjust it with the back of my hand but to no avail. And I was struggling for a while until my “sergeant” supervisor came to me and asked me to adjust it. So I went over to the sink, quickly fix my hair and went back to my work station.
5 seconds later, it covered my eyes again -.-”
Frustrated, struggling to work as fast as i could but my idiotic hair cari pasal gahhhh.
After a while, the sergeant asked me to go out and properly adjust it. I obligingly went to the toilet and saw that my hair was so messy, it friggin’ looks like an afro under the hair net! I was mad at myself for this petty issue that wasted precious time and money.
A Maori guy at the opposite lane, threw a mussel at me and gave me a thumbs up if I’m alright. In reply, I mouthed “Good and thank you”.
Working in a mussel factory got target to hit one ah. A beginner is expected to open 2,000 – 3,000 mussels in a day. Let’s do some calculation.
1 day = 8 hours = 3,000 mussels
8 hours x 60 minutes = 480 minutes
3,000 mussels/ 480 minutes = 6.25 mussels
60 seconds/ 6.25 mussels = 9.6 seconds
It is actually very slow lor to be opening a mussel in 10 seconds. The slowest speed I allow myself is 5 seconds for a mussel. But don’t know why after the first break, when I went to look at my result, it was 268 mussels. Are you freaking kidding me? How can I only open 268 mussels in 240 minutes. That’s like… 1 minute per mussel? Laugh die me wtf. Anyway I suspect maybe the machine is not working (cos China doll’s one is not working) but it doesn’t matter. We are being paid hourly for the time being.
So to be able to hit the target, you will constantly look for a way to improve speed efficiency. I usually will collect all the good mussels, keep it aside and continue to open nice mussels that are constantly moving on the conveyor belt. So when there are no good mussels on the belt, I’ll work on the conserved mussels. (Tips: Bad mussels usually take a longer time to open)
But I very pandai lor. Today I call myself “tan xin mel” (greedy mel). Although I already keep a lot of good mussels don’t know why I kept taking more good ones and keep *shakes head*. Then before the 3rd break, I almost cannot finish opening my conserved mussels. Thus, I gave one to the Maori guy. Mana tau, he opened and gave it to me *sweet*.
And he’s quite lengchai lor. He has really nice body. Nice arms (I’m a sucker for nice arms) and has tattoo on his nicely shaped muscular arms. Then during the break, we were talking about cute guys. And HP and I agreed that there’s this Maori 小弟弟 who has the eyes that can “sot dian” (electrifying). So I guessed he’s elected as our new eye candy.
OK that’s all wtf. Sorry, blogpost is not as interesting as expected wtf. When you’re doing something repetitive, the slightest entertainment feels “tai king si” (big news).
OMG i feel like i’ve been writing more in Chinese these days. The effect of speaking Mandarin on a daily basis. Le sigh. I hope there’s cool Malaysian shifting in or please send cute Japanese (guys preferably) over. I iz dying to
ogle practise my Japanese.
Till then, goodnight peeps *tight hugs*
Hola! The much anticipated job of the year wtf. Yeah, I have been WAITING for this job since October 2012. And finally, FINALLY on the 7th of January 2013 I started working as a mussel opener (wtf at my attempt of making the job sound glamourous)
Actually not to say this job is like that nice to work also. Just that it’s stable; weather proof & it is paid hourly. Why do I say it’s weather proof is because it’s an indoor job. Unlike working in the orchard, job availability is depends on the weather. If it rains, usually there won’t be any work (boss dowan you to be sick mah). So no work –> no pay.
Plus point is that the job is paid hourly. $13.50 for the first 40 hours, $16.00 for the subsequent hours worked in a week. I work 8 hours/ day, 6 days/ week. So woohoo! $16.00/ hour for my work on Saturday.
Job is rather easy. Just use a knife and twist it open. But the tough part is you gotta open like 5,000 mussels a day if not you’ll be fired *evil voice*. So best is to open like 20 mussels/ minute which means 1 mussels = 3 seconds. Crazy! I think right now I take like 5 seconds to open a mussel. But the final 1 hour i was like fuck it i’m so bloody tired i just wana go home and lie on my bed #siewjie
For a few weeks, I’ve been having neck pain. When I was working in the vineyard, I consistently need to look down. Then when I worked in the kiwi orchard, I consistently need to look up. And that now I’m opening mussels, my job requires me to look down all the time. Seriously, one day my neck will just putus liddat wtf.
My back also ache. Don’t know if it’s because of my height but we are in a stationary position for 8 hours (except 3x 20 minutes smoko time) Can die i tell you.
PLUS NO MUSIC!!! However there were some songs playing over and over again in my head.
Ok here’s my silent playlist wtf.
1. Lana Del Ray – Born to Die
Ok it’s 10.40pm now. I gotta wake up at 4.45am tomorrow so I better go to bed now. Toodles people!
Another fantastic year has came and gone. It was a year filled with ups and downs with major personal growth.
I’ve been very bad at keeping up with my blog. Thus, imma take this opportunity to recap all the good & bad of 2012
Got it for winning the grand prize in McCann X’mas party. Lucky me!
2. Bloggers Lousang
With the people who didn’t attend Foster the People‘s concert. This has been an annual occasion for the bloggers to meet up. Kudos to the organizers for the effort
It was the bestest CNY to date with my family and friends!
A new tradition in the family – to wish grandma properly “not just saying xin nian kuai le, hong pau na lai wtf”.
Fu ru dong hai,
Shou bi nan san.
Okay I forgotten what does it means but whatevs #failed
1. Hello Chiang Mai
Photo credit to Jenn
My first company trip with Mccann! An exhausting trip, really. When i came home, i literally KO-ed till noon.
First concert of 2012! Was working with Ticket Pro as a ticket checker/ wrist band girl wtf. Worked for 3 hours, bro kidnapped us to the concert (front section yo!) and best of all, we were being paid.
Being able to watch her live is so surreal. I used to watch her on MTV from her Complicated days and now she’s totally matured musically. Super love the Pumped Up Kids cover that she did that night <3
1. Went to Chiling waterfall with the colleagues!
HAHAHAH i caption this picture as “Pulling the walruses up” cos I can feel that i’m damn fat here sumore need 2 people to push my ass up.
Yay, we made it! It was quite a feat actually. After that, we dived into the water from the top. Very exhilarating
Photo credit to Jenn (again)
Mata sepet amongst the pretty eyes girls.
Love this picture! The newly weds looked so blissfully happy, Pey Tsei also smile until very 开心 here and my belly is hanging wtf.
Wedding is also the best time to have reunion. Friends scattered all around came together for that one precious night.
Sister’s wedding deserves 3 pictures in this post
1. LMFAO yo!
Went with Michael but picture taken with my lengchai bro because… Michael is damn shy :X
It was the bestest concert I’ve ever been too! Love the atmosphere, love the showmanship, a night i’ll never forget <3
Went there solo in the VIP area but still i had tonnes of fun. They played all the songs except for my fav “Pieces” T3T
3. Odor Fighter launched!
It was my first Kinect game project launched. MRM MY was working on this project for Libresse. It was the fruit of the team’s sweat, blood & tears. And to see it come to life is just so… priceless. Even when it was launched, we were facing some complications but due to the event and tech team’s dedication & perseverance, bugs were fixed promptly and everything went smooth sailing.
1. Matthias graduated yo!
So proud of my baby bro (okay la he’s not a baby anymore). Initially i took half day leave to attend his convocation but because he hadn’t walked by noon time thus I extended it to full day. Time spent with them was so worth it. Seeing him walked, had celebratory lunch & dinner session with my bros are just irreplaceable.
Spent 5 days in the longhouse. There are major improvements in the village i.e. got electricity already and… that’s all i think XD. Actually, the more ulu (deserted) it is, the more i’ll love it So I hope it won’t become too modernize that it loses the authentic feelings of staying in a traditional longhouse.
It was also the last time i see my parents before embarking on my adventure.
This face was actually my baru finish cry face wtf. Throughout the day I was holding back, reminding myself constantly “don’t cry don’t cry don’t cry in the airport”. Just when I was about to leave, dad was like, “Don’t cry ahh” and tears started falling like waterfall and i hugged dad to cover my crying face haha.
Photo credit to one of the lomographers :X
With the super creative & cool Kuching lomographers. I am so honoured to join them for a session. I can’t wait to see them when i’m back for Gawai!
1. My birthday month y’all
Since my birthday coincide with my farewell week thus we make it 2-in-1. Had a very nice dinner with the bloggers
I told you Chingy but imma tell you again. Hair parting salah la
2. Farewell McCann!
After driving in and out of LYL for 18 months, I bid adieu to my second home. It was a bittersweet memory for me as I really did enjoy working in advertising industry plus it’s McCann!
With the coolest client on earth:)
I started in McCann managing Libresse’s digital advertising area, fell in love and nurtured the brand. It’s a bit sad to leave the baby that you’ve been taking care before seeing it grow full-fetched. But I was very privileged to start off my digital advertising career with the brand. Libresse has widen my perspective and knowledge in digital advertising and I hope to be working with them again in the future.
Nothing represents Sydney better than the Opera House.
I absolutely love this photograph. It has the calm, old skool feeling to it. Would be great to print and made it into a postcard.
1. Hello NZ!
Safely landed in Christchurch on the 5th of July. I had slight complication getting out of Australia for my flight to NZ. The Aussie immigration love me too much that they didn’t want to let me out of the country wtf.
I actually have a hard time pronouncing Dunedin. I used to pronounced it Doo-nee-din but actual pronunciation is Deh-nee-din. Picture taken at the second most photographer building in the southern hemisphere – Dunedin Railway Station (first is of course the Sydney Opera House).
Managed to catch Cadbury Jaffa race which was SO COOL! I officially went up the steepest street on the planet – Baldwin Street.
ZOMG I was also lucky enough to catch New Zealand Got Talent. Thanks to Li Kee for reserving tickets! What a way to kick-start my adventures here!
3. Goodbye friend.
Didn’t take picture with him before he leaves because I was bawling my eyes out. Looking back, I am SO GLAD that he decided to return home.
Without him, I learnt to stand on my own two feet.
Without him, I have grown into a much stronger person – mentally & spiritually.
Without him, I picked up cooking and baking (and loving it!)
Without him, the universe has blessed me with tonnes of love from people all around the world.
Without him, I have learnt to enjoy my freedom.
4. Hello Hector!
Initially, I signed up for swimming with the dolphin but because of bad weather + it’s winter… who swims during the winter? Thus, I decided to go see Hector swimming. I was in awe the entire time. Hector dolphins are the smallest dolphin in the world and they are just so playful. They kept swimming around the boat as if we were playing “spot the dolphin” game.
August – September
Malaysian NZ Working Holiday visa is valid for 6 months thus to prolong my stay here, I’d need to work in the agriculture sector for 12 weeks. Was in hell (okay la to be honest it wasn’t that bad) for 8 weeks. Income was sufficient only for survival (no savings).
Yeah, basically, I worked my butts off for 2 months. Nothing interesting happened #sadlife but I have to thank my supervisors, Thomas & Lim for teaching me how to cook. Like seriously, this girl who has never fry an egg prior coming to NZ and now she can cook BKT and awesome curry and bake the world most delicious muffin (according to my housemates ah, i’m not that buay pai seh 1)
2. Snowwwww! Skiiiiiiiiiii!
Ok i hate skiing. I fucking hate skiing. And snow? Meh it’s not that interesting also. Nothing fancy about it except that it smells like pee. But it’s white snow ah, i’ve checked the color wtf.
But i gotta say that it’s really an experience. I was the slowest learner in the group. I lost count on the number of times I fall. And little kids coming up and comforting me to try harder.
I was supposed to write a post on this but I didn’t get to retrieve the pictures from my friend’s camera
So imma just go straight to the most funny/ embarrassing part (depends on how you look at it)
Since I don’t think I’d go skiing anytime soon (fucking expensive okay… $150 for 5 hours) so I went up the hill. Mustered the courage from every fiber on my body, took a deep breathe and down I went.
I was doing slightly okay for about 5 seconds then I lost balanced and after that I all remembered was me tumbling down, my vision was snow –> sky –> snowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. It hurt so badly I was afraid that I might break a bone. A lady came by and helped me up. Then I tried again. Instead of going down, I went horizontally and almost went off on the other side of the hill wtf.
Because I was running outta time I told myself to fuck it and walked down.
1. 2nd familia
After all the ups & downs and drama in Blenheim, I escaped to Picton for a woofing job (work in exchange for accommodation) in Sequoia Lodge.
These amazing people were my support system away in a foreign country. The best thing about hanging out with the westerners is that you can just be yourself. They do not take things too seriously thus you can say just do anything; speak out your mind, the truth and they will respect you for your honesty.
I’ve stayed in an Asian home for about 2 months. Unlike our Asian counterpart we actually need to “act” a certain way to be accepted into the social group. Which is kinda sad la… went to a different continent and all you wana do is hang out with your own kind? Might as well just do that in your home country right?
No, I didn’t experience that when I was in Picton. The Malaysians I met there is lovely and i’m so excited for our dimsum session when I’m back.
In mid-October, I headed to Motueka for a kiwi thinning job (TQ Liew for your help in getting me the job. I tell you, the people I meet here are unbelievably nice) Am here for like almost 3 months already. And I remember during my 4th month in NZ, I tweeted, “I’m at the happiest point of my life.” I had the most awesome friends I could ever asked for, my job was super easy, fantastic and it paid well and I found a new excitement haha.
Anyway, the excitement that i found was him I haven’t blogged about how it happened etc (i have drafts of it! i’m still fine-tuning it) but seriously, it was the most out-of-the-world in a sweet romantic way experience haha.
Somehow in NZ, the speed of courtship is faster by 10x thus every day I would come back with a smile on my face and heart attack. Heart attack as in… the OMG I CAN’T BELIEVE WHAT JUST HAPPENED!!!
1. Meet the baker.
I’ve always wanted to learn to cook proper meal and bake. Back in the days, I grew up being more in touch with my Chinese side. My grandma was the one cooking for us and the kitchen is her territory. Whenever my mom/ grandma asked for help like peel of the taugeh’s tail or tumbuk the belacan, I would sulk and be unhappy that I was forced to do something that I despise.
I remembered clearly my grandma asked me to do something. I reluctantly helped out and did it half-heartedly. Grandma boh song then she said, “GO WATCH YOU TV LAA!” I immediately left and glued myself to the idiot box wtf.
People do grow up! So one fine day, I was 38-ing and observed my roommate. She was baking banana cake so I volunteered to help out and the following week, I baked for the first time.
With no practise beforehand, no supervision by my si fu, I baked with love and it was successful!!! Mommy would be so proud of me. Heheh.
In NZ, I hold by this saying, “It’s New Zealand. You have to try something new!” and fishing is one of the things I tried.
It was SO MUCH FUN!!! I am kinda addicted to fishing wtf. Though at times it can be as boring as hell but when a fish bites your bait, you just couldn’t contain the excitement
3. Single no more.
Actually, he didn’t like really ask me to be his gf wan wtf haha. It just sort of… happened. I mean, while working he will make his move from casual conversation about my life back in Malaysia to light physical brushes to uhm… :X A lady doesn’t kiss and tell
Sometimes I was a bit confused also la cos during work we’re like inseparable but once we’re back home, we do not keep the feelings alive. Sometimes I’ll be like, “YAY, i found a guy who gives me my space when I’m back home. I’m so happyyy!” but some days I’ll be like, “WTF why he didn’t choi me wannn!” Usually, I’ll brush it off, comforting myself by saying he’s not the texting type.
Anyway, things kinda confirmed after our 3.5 days of not seeing each other at work. The boys were placed in a different orchard doing kiwi pruning and when they came back, he just gave me this long i-don’t-want-to-let-you-go hug. But still to me, it might be just physical. It doesn’t confirm that we’re in a relationship also. To my perspective, if a guy tells his friend that you’re his gf then it’s onz wtf. So that weekend, the barbecue weekend, it was onz haha.
As you guys had known, i played netball in NZ. Once. And maybe… just maybe I will train with them in January.
On le first day of summer, we went kayaking!! My first time so i was very excited!!
My biggest fear is the kayak capsized. But the kayak instructor gave us a detailed instructions, guidance and we even have an SOS firework if the worst thing happened. It costed us $50 for 3 hours (4 hours for $55)
I didn’t wana spend unnecessary amount of money for NYE (HEY I forego that $50 top during boxing day ok. i iz awesome) My ideal way to end 2012 is to have a home-cooked meal.
I was dying for a picnic and he was very nice to do this heheh. I kinda like picnic. It gives the warmth, cute, romantic feeling without the overly cheesy-trying-too-hard stuffs.
Personally, 2012 is a year which I learn about myself. I understand myself better and I know where I stand and how to move forward. Traveling especially puts me out of my comfort zone and when you’re standing at the edge, the decision you make will reflect the person that you are.
Ironically, I don’t believe in making new year resolution (‘cos let’s face it. we tend to forget by Valentine’s). So, I just go with the flow. I don’t have the discipline to improve myself based on the list written. I am far more free-spirited than that haha. Thus, I try to improve myself whenever I can and in every aspect possible.
Guess what? Guess what people?! I have been living in NZ for 6 months already. So fast right?!!! I feel like I just got here. It’s amazing that I made it through so long. Out of the 6 months, I was 5.5 months happy 0.5 unhappy hahaha.
Always stay positive. As cliche as it may sound, life IS short. Whenever I face difficult situation, I try to look at it in the most positive way. I believe that you can control your emotion – you can choose to be sad or happy. Why waste your time dwelling in sadness when you can be brimming in happiness. Thus, whenever complication arises or things do not go my way, smile, move on and better things will definitely come your way.
Relationship wise, being with a Korean is not all roses. It’s cool in a way that I get to learn about the culture first hand but our upbringing is TOTALLY OPPOSITE. He was brought up rather traditionally and conservatively. Whereas I was brought up to MTV and the western values that come together with it wtf. There are a couple of hiccups throughout the relationship but I believe toleration, communication and compromising are the key to keeping the fire alive.
Apart from the differences, we complement each other perfectly. I wanted to share something funny happened recently however i can’t think of it at the moment >.<
One thing I must mention in this “self-reflecting” post is how much I *heart* cooking now. Previously I wasn’t cooking much because I think it’s so mafan to cook a nice meal for just a person. Somehow, moving in with him played a role in that transition. It makes me wana play the housewife role, the doting and understanding girlfriend.
The other day, I talked to my mom about cooking for full 30 minutes. Can see my mom’s contented smile. She must be thinking, “Oh finally my daughter has grown up!”.
OK I have been writing this post for a week already. I’m just going to click “Publish” and concentrate on Shrek 2. Tomorrow I shall start the first day of my “hell” period. 6 days a week, I work from 6am till 3.30pm in a factory. A mussel factory. With no music, fun and freedom. I am so going to be bored to death. Wish me luck.
Hello people! As much as 31/12 is important, how didja make history on the 1/1?
I had pretty much a day that is so me – simple & lazy wtf haha.
I woke up at sharp 10. Usually I’m awakened by the sound of airplanes wan (got airport nearby) but not this time. Went out from the room a.k.a. garage, the sun was beaming its rays so giddily. Sync-ing to its rhythm, i skipped happily to the toilet wtf.
Baby the pig was still asleep. Did my usual stuffs on the internet – read blogs. All my fav bloggers also didn’t update 1 (because they have a life wtf). As usual, only QQ didn’t disappoint. She always have something for me to read one.
While editing this picture, I was like… let’s edit the colors a bit crazy. And this is the craziest wtf.
Thennnnnnnnnnnn he woke up like after 2 hours. I decided to shower. But he kept pulling me to the bed to manja :X (why am i writing this out wtf)
Yesterday he bought a second hand bicycle for $30 (mad cheap i tell you & he can really bargain lor. salute!) So today he gave it a facelift and even drew some designs on it.
Lunch was great! Had pasta & marinated chicken.
Dessert was pineapples (Super cheap. 1 for $3. Don’t know whether it’s cheap or not in MYR)
China doll once said, “Guys who can cut pineapples are so SEXAY.” So ladies, if you wana pick your man, please get them to cut pineapple. If he successfully cut it, then you’re in good hands
Was lazying around when I thought to myself, “Eh this angle quite cute leh!”
Psst. Does anybody know MSI comes from which country ma?
Then I also wana #actcute
Don’t you just love his puppy dog eyes *melts*
But it was quickly interrupted by the sista!
(Okay la picture was actually taken on our NYE session 1 #cheat)
Dinner was great too! Had homecooked steak (again! yums) & dried/ fried cheesy potato wedges.
Was watching The Ugly Truth when miao missed me hahah.
Jian dengan lajunya showing off the length of his goatee don’t know for what. Movember is over la brother. Haha.
Chatting with him really cracks me up.
Before Video Call
Mel: Wait ah, i go to toilet sin.
Jian: Ok i comb hair first.
During Video Call
Mel: Eh where are you toilet ah?
Jian: No… my room.
Mel: Why your room sound like toilet wan. Thought you pangsai wtf.
And then he told me one of his readers read my blog but commented on his blogpost (tsk) and sounded angry sumore which really freaks me out.
Anyways, I always enjoy chatting with you, miao. Can’t wait for our next session. With kolo mee & teh tarik please (sorry, sudden urge of teh tarik out of nowhere)
Well, despite my so-called very nice life in NZ, I am sometimes frustrated over things that are bothering me wtf. Chatting with you guys are the only way to keep me sane. So please, if you wana catch up, don’t hesitate to be in touch with me via whatsapp/ FB/ Skype. I’m married to my phone one.
Stay in touch on the relevant things la ha. I must warn you first. Topics off limits are Malaysian food. I’m sorry. You can take the girl out of Malaysia but you can’t take Malaysia out of the girl. Sumore I 24/7 hungry 1.
I’m in NZ for almost 6 months and although i keep telling people how much I enjoy my life here/ how much I don’t wana go back, I do miss home actually. I miss being with my friends and family. I MISS SPEAKING GOOD ENGLISH OMG (when you are abroad, you’d notice that actually a lot of nationalities cannot speak proper English one even the angmohs. Our English is actually pretty good wan)
I also miss traveling laa. I’ve been stuck in Motueka for almost 3 months now. And it’s all because of work.
Seriously, i really can’t wait to travel and spend money. I’ve been a good girl for so long, the devil in me just can’t wait to get out and have fun