Friday, February 25, 2011

Terima Kasih Cinta / Thank you Love

Last night, I went to see a musical at Istana Budaya called Terima Kasih Cinta. One of my closest friends whom I have known since I was 7 years old, Hasanah was the organizer slash "ticket counter" for this musical. She organized and bought tickets for everyone to see this musical. To be honest, I did not really know what to expect from the musical because I mainly agreed to watching it because two friends of mine were in this, as well as to hang out with Sanah who had recently completed her second degree in Australia and who I haven't really had much time to spend with since she returned to Malaysia for good. Anyway, I can never (intentionally) refuse an invitation to go to a theatre and I've been going and enjoy going since my parents first brought me along when I was 10-11 years old.
The night did not start off too well because it took me two hours plus to get to Istana Budaya because of the heavy rain and the highly unusual traffic jam. Of course if you have lived in Kuala Lumpur long enough, you would know that it is a unique law of nature that heavy rains will always cause traffic jams here but this one was huge. I was stuck on the Jalan Tun Razak stretch which was not moving for about two hours.

Poster from google.
Bumped into Justine, my former SKBD schoolmate and uni-mate, and Fiza and Nazreen who I also bumped into the day before at the Curve before watching Burlesque!
Anyway, I managed to get to IB just in the nick of time before the musical started. Surprised to see some other friends I know there as well. The musical was great, it was headlined by a few well-known artistes and also Nadia Aqilah, a friend I got to know through Ruzana who put in a wonderful performance. There were some strong vocal performances although I felt that the acting at times were not that strong. However, I loved the ensemble. I spotted my junior, Haznita on stage too. We were cheerleaders together in school and she is also a gymnast.
Also met Azza who was my former primary schoolmate in CBN
Going into it, I did not know that Terima Kasih Cinta was an adaptation of the movie called Cinta which I watched over a year ago? I thought the flow of the story in the musical wasn't that smooth but for those who have watched the movie, they would be able to understand fully.That said, there were a few moments during the musical in which I teared. Those who love and have been in love would be able to relate to this multi-fractional insight on love. It does not just discuss about love in the normal context of boyfriend-girlfriend/husband-wife relationships, but also parental-child love, sibling love and much more. I did not wipe my tears because I was a bit embarrassed and didn't want people to know I was crying (It was only much later that I found out my friends also cried too and they also didn't want people to see them cry!). I really enjoyed the theme and some of the vocals made my hair stand on its ends and gave me goosebumps.
I later got to know from Iedil that every one in the ensemble were all talented singers capable of performing solo and were not just there to make up the numbers. No wonder the harmonization was excellent. It was also entertaining and funny throughout. Good job everyone involved in this show for succeeding in touching the hearts and senses of the audience!
Taking a picture with Sharifah Aleya who was very friendly and went around with her camera and video taking photos with everyone
After the musical ended, we waited for Iedil who, as always, injected all of his energy, fun and laughter on the set to finish up signing autographs (hehe) and we all went to the recently relocated restaurant Castle for late-night supper.
Iedil shaking his head in laughter at Pial's antics. So cute.
My brother listening in on the fun
We chatted the night away and had a lot of fun laughing at all sorts of topics, coupled with Pial Khadilla's outrageously funny antics. I ordered the Lamb Kabsa and I gotta tell you, Castle's Lamb Kabsa must be one of the best in town! It was a perfect way to end a very enjoyable night.

Hubba-hubba Lamb Kabsa!
So anyways, I wore this silk satin scarf bought online from an Australian online hijab shop and I love the colour and the weight of the scarf which flowed smoothly and nicely. Will hopefully be looking to get more of these in the future. I also wore a cropped jacket and Pu3 pants since it was a working day.

It was a long day, but it was all good.. :) Goodnight everyone and til my next post.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Speeches on a lazy Sunday

Happy birthday Nadhil.

It was his 18th birthday yesterday and today we went out to celebrate his birthday. Nothing much really, just a quiet family lunch and I wanted to bring my family to see Shaolin at the cinema.

Now, before you say "Shao-uhm-whaat??" I admit I too was a little apprehensive when my husband suggested we watch the movie a while ago and I refused. I really didn't know what it was about and didn't want to watch it. However, a colleague of mine could not stop talking about the movie at work and he said it was a good movie and not just your standard kung-fu flick guys all love.

So I went to see Shaolin a week or two ago and in my opinion it is an excellent movie and a movie I know my whole family would enjoy. I've been wanting to bring my whole family to see it since last week because it was THAT good. Somehow we never managed to watch together as many thingsincluding some unfortunate events happened this past week so I told them that I'd treat my family to watch it after the birthday lunch.

Sadly, after almost half an hour queuing up for the tickets at GSC, I was told that the seats left for Shaolin were only the ones riiiiight in front of the screen. So instead I bought tickets for The King's Speech. We came in, not knowing what it is about but came out pleasantly surprised. It is a really good, movie and worth all the nominations. You guys should really watch it.

One Utama was quite packed with people at the time, so we decided to have lunch at Fish & Co. We ordered one Fish & Co platter for 1 just to sample the different tastes. Guess what I had?

Yeah, the predictable me ordered grilled salmon & chips!

Anyways later on we got this scrumptious chocolate mud pie with ice cream dessert.

I wore this top called Lazy Sunday from the poplook since it suited today's mood. I also wore the butterfly brooch that I randomly bought at Penang Butterfly Farm last year to pin up my 'old school' leopard print satin-y headscarf. :) I love butterflies!

I accessorized the look with the metal knotted belt! I like. Reminds me of Knot Me Not!

What I wore today:
Lazy Sunday Blouse -
Black Jeans - Supre, Melbourne
Satin leopardprint headscarf - UIA pasar malam (night market)
Belt - Miss Selfridges
Butterfly Brooch - Penang Butterfly Farm's store

Saturday, February 12, 2011

A step back

I took this heartwarming picture of a mama cat and her kittens in front of my house.

We have just found out that one of my close relative has been diagnosed with acute leukemia. I am very saddened to hear the news. In fact all of us family members are still very shocked to hear it. She was admitted because of suspected dengue and they found out that she was suffering from a worse condition. She is undergoing chemotherapy now. She is still so young and has 7 very small kids that she can't see because of the chemo treatment in the hospital.

The news has made me think about the obvious. Anything can happen in an instant. Things happen when you least expect it.

She is one of the strongest person that I know. Juggling being a mother to seven little kids and work is not an easy task. God will not test someone beyond their limits. So I hope and pray that she stays strong and I am positive that she will overcome this test. God-willing.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Cousins stick together

My cousin Cho Azalea has been trying to do a cousins get-together since we've never had the time to do one in recent times. Too many memories with these girl cousins of mine. Crazy, fun, heartbreaking & ridiculous ones. *reminiscing mode*

Anyways, it has been a long time since we hung out together, apart from the family gatherings / events and whatnot. Even then, some of the time not all of us were around at the same time so we really felt like this get-together was necessary. Cho, Min, Zara, Fara, Mira and me was there. Ika unfortunately couldn't join, but there's always a next time.

We decided to eat Japanese as it was something ALL of us could agree on. We headed to Kin No Mizu, Intermark and before that we stopped by Pu3. We tried on some new stuffs on sale at Pu3, and in the process, took LOTS & LOTS OF PICTURES!

Me and the young (:p) cousins Fara and Mia. Mia is wearing her periwinkle Yadotsa top (I want the same top but its sold out!). Read about it here.

Warming up now. ;p Crazy pose attempt.
Me and Cho..

Who gave me this totally cool Pu3 button earring below!

The Five of us taking a picture. One of us was missing..

Yes, YOU!

Noticed who was missing? and Why is her top different? Haha. She was trying on tops but we just COULDN'T wait for her to change back and forced her to take a picture 'NOW'!!

It was off to the restaurant and we ordered Salmon Sashimi. Love the Salmon sashimi here, it's not Hajime but the slices were quite thick.

Unagi soft shell crab avocado maki. (Can't remember the exact name sorry)

This was the Salmon Shioyaki (buttered grilled salmon). Don't be fooled by the size, it is big and filling and probably too much to eat alone. The butter sauce was rich and creamy and this is one of their best dishes, in my opinion. Oh, the others agreed too! So much that we ordered more!

Among the other times we ordered. :) Yummayh!

We chatted for hours and hours at the restaurant and with everyone being the talkative creatures that they are (we are after all family), everyone was talking at the same time! It was fun and we lost track of time. We even forgot to take proper or decent pictures in the small, secluded and cozy room that we were seated in. It was a round table and it just felt good plus the ambience was great. We left the restaurant very happy.

I took a photo of the art on display at Intermark, while waiting for the girls to finish freshening up in the restroom. Although initially we had all planned to leave just before going to the restroom, we were chatting so much that we decided we were *NOT* done talking and sat and order coffee and drinks at the nearby coffee lounge. I ordered a Banana Smoothie and it was quite nice.

Me with the girls at the lounge. Min had already left and the rest of us should have also left, if we could just stop talking! (Impossible, I tell you).

Me and Cho. I love the painting behind us.
An attempt to Smize.. (I failed miserably)

A so called Tyra/tigerish pose~

At around 11.30, Zara and Fara had to say goodbye. Me, Cho and Mia also agreed to leave with them..
But we still ended up chatting!

Cho and Mia. Look at their lovely heels/platforms. I wish I could still wear those killer heels but I will have to wait til I get better first. Soon I hope! For now Fit Flops is the way to go. :) Better health this year God-willing. ^_^

And finally, we were done for the night.

My favourite pictures with my loves.

Thanks, girls. It was certainly a fun get-together and it was a non-stop talk-fest where at times every one was talking and no one was listening! That's just how we are with each other and I think Mia was at first surprised, but she quickly adapted and got on with the talking! haha. Read her post on the outing here. It was super fun. We all decided to meet up like this more often so I can't wait for the next outing! Till then :)

Jagged blues

I've been feeling the blues lately.
Thought I'd dress up according to my mood on a slow and lazy Sunday.

I love using my new Denim & Rose Pallette by Bobbi Brown. The range of colour in the pallete, especially the Pink Granite eye shadow & the Dark Rinse midnight blue Shimmer Wash eyeshadow are awesome. Oh, and I like the compact, denim-like cover too.

For you hijab wearers, I'm sure you can relate and know what I mean when there are times you are just too lazy to don the hijab properly. Well, this was one of those days! So I wore it loose and comfy without really fixing it up properly and caring exactly how it looked.

To top off the look, I used my studded leather bag bought from a boutique called Lulu in Seminyak, Bali.

The Black and Gold braided belt is from Zara.

The sky was clear as the shadows crept.

By the time I went out, the weather was nice and I was determined not to let the blues bring me down. I was ready to roll and meet up with my cousins! See ya later! ;)