Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Just Saying Hi

Just a little update.

I'm still alive, still writing.

Just moved into a new house, no internet installed yet, swamped with work.

Assembled ALL of them + 1 wardrobe last weekend, everything is still very bare and smells like IKEA

Don't you forget about me just yet!

I'm still determined to write at least a post a week, which is why I wrote this pathetic little piece just so I fulfil my quota (how do bloggers come up with a lengthy piece everydayy??). Will be writing soon!!

Catch you later.

Much love,

Friday, January 9, 2015

Humans Are Funny Beings

image source: deviantart.net, overthinking by kijadoll

Don't you think so? Don't you think that humans are funny?

Don't you think how we sometimes think, or act, react to something defies logic completely?

Like for example okay, I have just realized that I'm happy.

I'm happy with my job, I'm happy with my marriage, I'm happy with where I live, I'm happy with my car, I'm happy with what I have.

Just you know, one of those rare stars-all-alligned happy.

You'd think I'd be okay with that, and continue on being happy wouldn't you.

But Noooooooo... of course not. Of course my brain has to go on overdrive, and plant a seed of doubt among all that rainbow-colored, butterfly-filled meadow of happiness.

Among that happiness, I feel doubt, like "Am I doing the right thing? Sure I'm happy now, but is it really ok to be happy with what I have? Am I being complacent?"

Do you get what I mean? I am exasperated with my own train of thoughts, but It's just there. Deeply rooted in my brain.

I don't know if your brain also does the same thing where it has this death grip on a string of cynicism within you, and sneakily use it on you whenever you're feeling content.

You: "Hey, I feel good. I'm happy, and content and the world is such a wonderful place"
Brain: "Hey there"
You : "hey Brain!"
Brain: "So...Word on the street is that... you're....happy...?"
You: "Yes! Totally! I feel like everything has finally fallen into place, and everything is going right!"
Brain: "So it's true then? You're definitely happy?"
You: "Yes!"
Brain: "HA!!! I DONT THINK SO!"

and then wham! every ounce of doubt you've ever felt hits you like a full-speed train that Bruno Mars won't even jump in front of for you. and then you hear a little voice inside of your head.

Brain: "now... isn't that better?"

Please tell me I'm not the only one, because if that's the case, I might have to check myself into a mental institution.

Much love,
Xs and Os

Monday, January 5, 2015

(Late Post About) Our 1st Wedding Anniversary

*(Also A Review of Minori Restaurant at Royale Bintang Hotel. IDEK. This Post is Confused)

So, we made it to the 1st year mark smoothly, alhamdulillah. hehehhee.

I have soo many things I want to write about this marriage, but I don't want to jinx it, so, I think it will suffice to simply say how grateful and lucky I am that I'm married to my husband, who always supports me and who makes me just....happy. Alhamdulillah.

Being a compulsive planner, I tried coming up with a plan for our anniversary about 1 month before the D-Day. Initially, I wanted to check us into a nice hotel, and just relax, you know, do the touristy suff, like go for a dip in the swimming pool, watch TV, wake up go downstairs and have buffet breakfast and the likes, but the husband said that he did not see any point in booking a hotel if we'd only be staying around KL, and I really was swamped with work, so I did not want to drive anywhere out of KL.

So the second plan was to have a nice dinner. My plan was to go to a buffet at KL tower, or Hyatt 38, have a nice dinenr while looking at the beautiful night view of KL, but the more I think about it, the more I don't feel like going. One, you have to drive ALLLLLL the way to KL (we're staying in Damansara and has been anti-KL traffic since) for a dinner, and two, the food was rather over-priced for my taste. Don't get me wrong though... I don't mind paying (or I don't mind letting my husband pay :p), as long as I think it's worth it. But, RM45 for a plate of Kuey Teow?? Yeah... maybe not.

So in the end, after a looooong search, I came across MINORI restaurant, newly opened in the corner of Royale Bintang hotel, that does buffet for a very reasonable price (about RM110 for a lunch buffet). So I thought "Hmmm, Japanese food, an a-la-carte buffet (which means that you can just order what you want from the menu and not walk around), and less than 5 minutes drive from home, this is perfect!". And so, that's where we ended up spending our anniversary at. And I loved it!

On the day (well, actually we celebrated our anniversary a bit early because the actuall date falls on a Monday), after we finished our chores (you know, laundry, and cleaning and what not-we're very responsible in this aspect), I dolled up, he shaved, and we went on a date. :)

I bought this scarf just for my anniversary, I wanted to look pretty and not Darth-Vader like.

Phones were absolutely banned during the lunch. Calls and messages were left unanswered for the duration of the lunch. The only topic allowed was topics related to our marriage.

Us - my eyes were earching for the waiter beacuse I was very hungry
A little bit like self-reflection - how we think we did the previous year, points that can be improved, what we love about each other, what we are grateful for... you know, the mushy stuff. It was lovely. :)

And we ate... ohh boy, did we eat!!

We decided that we should pace ourselves (the buffet time was about 2 hours and a half), so that we can continue eating for the whole 2 hours. So we steered clear of rice. And let me tell you, the food served in Minori was delectable!

The chawan-mushi was smooth, the sashimi cuts were thick and sweet, and melts in your mouth, the croquets were creamy and yum. You know what, I'll just let the pictures do all the talking.

Chawan-mushi - our first dish at Minori, Royale Bintang.

Age dashi tofu

Eda mame


Gyuu-tataki with Ponzu sauce

Crab Cream Croquets



Soft-shell crab


Cold-soba served with dashi and quail egg (my husband loved this!)
Home-made caramel pudding
Monaka - I had like 3 of these.

Green tea Ice-cream with anko 

So, during dessert, I noticed that my husband was a bit jittery, like his eyes kept darting all over the place, but I just put it down to excitement. Because I knew he absolutely loves Japanese food.

But then, a waiter came to us, carrying a bouquet of flowers, and said "Your husband wanted to surprise you..Happy anniversary!", and handed me to bouquet.

I almost wept.

My husband is very sweet, but he's terrible at these grand gestures (bless his heart). So, I know for a fact that things like this must have taken him a real emotional and mental effort to pull and I loved him for it.


 It was a very lovely lunch.

Dear husband, I know you sometimes visit my blog.

Please know how lucky I think I am to have met you, to have married you, and to have embarked on this journey together with you.

I was in love with you the whole 8 years we were together before tying the knot, and I am even more in love with you now. You are my bestfriend, and I feel safe and happy whenever I'm with you.

Here's to many more adventure, and here's to forever.

I love you.

Xs and Os

Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Year Dinner

So me and my friends (I don't know... it's awkward calling them friends, because they're more than that to me..but calling them "family" would be too presumptuous on my part, so I'll settle for "friends") decided that we need to come up with a tradition that we do every year.

At first it was once-a-week brunch, but everybody was so busy, and it's hard to maintain the attendance, so we changed it into once-a-month brunch, and still it's hard for everybody to be in the same place at the same time, so it turned into a bila-bila-free brunch.

But then again, without repitition, something wouldn't become a tradition now would it??

So Lyd, came up with an Idea, that every December, during christmas/new year time, that she's going to host a dinner at her house. So our future kids can complain to their friends that they can't go to the movies with their little friends "ughhh...my mom is making me go to Aunt Lyd's house for a New Year's dinner", but then they'll have friends at Aunt Lyd's place too (because we're planning to have kids at around the same age), so they can complain about us among each other.

Aaaanywaysies, during the first week of December, we had a brunch session, to draw names, to decide who's giving us what. Kind of like secret santa kind of thing. And I got Wahyu's name.

The Brunch Club!

This just looks so good I have to post it here!

Everybody had to come up with their wish list, so that they don't end up with a piece of pet rock or something. The list was revised for so many times, until everybody came up with their final version of wish-list!

Yus wanted make-up and shoe, and sports watch (Azielah got Yus' name and bought her make-ups)

Zt wanted a (very specific) list of make up (Wahyu got Zt's name and left her present home during dinner :p)

MY wish list!!  (Ayu got my name and bought me Mac Lipstick and Urban Decay's Naked3)

Wahyu's Wishlist (I got her name and got her personalized Starbucks tumbler and Pendrive)

Azielah's wishlist (Zt got azielah's name and bought her Monopoly)

Lyd's wishlist (Yus got Lyd's name and bought her a clutch bag)

Ayu's wishlist (Lyd got Ayu's name and got her Naked 1,2,3 and colored contact lenses!) 

Whoa... I just realized that Ayu bought me her wish list! how selfless is that??!!

So anyway the dinner was supposed to be a home-cooked potluck dinner, so I made lasagna, and busted my ass making the meat sauce on Sunday, and the white sauce on the day of the dinner itself! but it turned out that only me and Lyd made home cooked food, and the rest brought store-bought food. hahahahaha! Azielah was supposed to make Shepherd's Pie, but she made it halfway, and ran out of time, so she brought pizza! 

And the dinner was great!! The food was delicious, atmosphere was great, lots of laughter, and love around the table. One of the best dinner I've been to! Thanks for hosting Lyd! :)

And after dinner, retreated to the living room and surprised Azielah with a cake because it was her birthday month!

and after that, we exchanged presents! which was extremely exciting and heart warming. It's an amazing feeling watching people's reaction light up when they open a gift you got them, because it's what they've been wishing for!! Everybody was still pleasantly surprised although the presents were mostly what was written in the wishlist. hehehehe. We were so busy opening presents, so we  completely forgot to take pictures of the process, but Lyd has it on video, so let's hope she uploads it. hehehehe. We took pictures of our presents and our secret santa though..

happy facess!

my present from ayu! (been playing around with the eyeshadow for days now)

Now for Wahyu's present I was so relieved that she had such a specific wish list, hahahaha! So I got her a Starbucks tumbler, which I personalized.

Wahyu is a nurse, and loves cat, and Mary Poppins, so I got one of those tumbler that you can detatch and insert your own design into the glass slot. I personally designed her tumbler according to what she likes. Like I'm not even kidding, I have a board on my pinterest just for that.

So, I got the tumbler in lay off the internet and came up with several design that she might like.

I got them printed on an OHP sheet, because I bought her this really nice stainless steel Starbucks tumbler and I wanted to show off how nice the stainless steel actually looks (because if I were to paint the designs on a normal A4 paper, it would just be blegh).

And this is how they turned out.

Her very own personalized Starbucks tumbler!

I love how the design of the tumbler makes it look like Mary Poppins is just floating in a cloud of fog!

Wahyu was so surprised that Starbucks carried Marry Poppins Tumbler...hehehe.. I think she was pleased! 

It was a great night, and I loved every second of it!


Here's to more of this tradition, and everlasting friendship! Happy new year!

Much Love,
Xs and Os

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