Wednesday, May 6, 2015

My Life at Utar Sungai Long

In a blink of an eye, it's already my last trimester for Year 2 as an Accounting student in Utar. Please get yourself updated if you still think that I am studying in Kampar, *some of my friends still thought that I'm studying in Kampar :/*. The chapter of my life there already ended 2years ago. Here's my My 1 Year Life in Kampar.
Disclaimer : Utar doesn't pay me to write this post. This is purely for my own record and memories, and since quite a number of people e-mailed me to ask for information after I posted my life in Kampar. hehe


As mentioned, I am currently pursuing Bachelor of Accounting(4years degree) in UTAR Sungai Long. There is Commerce Accounting(3 years) in Kampar. Friends or family be like "Why don't you take the course in Kampar since its a year shorter and nearer to Penang while Sungai Long is further and the course is longer?". The one is Sg Long is so much harder, only for that MIA recognition. Every trimester is getting harder, very tiring. Imma already half dead. :X

Fyi, UTAR has 4 campuses in total which has different faculty at different campus. Main campus is in Kampar, Perak. Another three including the one I am studying right now - Sungai Long, Petaling Jaya and Setapak, which both of the campus will be moving to Sungai Long in this coming May2015 semester. Dont get confused.

I know most people has no clue where is Sungai Long, or never even heard about this place. So, Sungai Long is actually in Selangor, not KL. Many people mistaken that Sungai Long is in KL because it is near to KL. It's actually a small place in between Cheras and Kajang. Just around 25min distance to KL(Pudu, Times Square, Pavillion area) by car without jam.


preparation for RunningMan 2015 event.
UTAR Sg Long is very very different as compared to UTAR Kampar. Unlike Utar Kampar that has numbers of blocks, UTAR Sg Long is only a 9-floors building. A new building is constructed right behind the current building tho as PJ and Setapak campus are moving here.

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I have culture shocked when I first came here. Everything is so different here. It's only a 9-floors building with limited classrooms, a few small lecture halls*even the biggest lecture hall is way smaller compared to those in Kampar*, a small bookstore and Public Bank ATM, a small cafeteria, a 2-floors library, computer labs, some labs for MBBS Faculty. However, it definitely benefit those lazy people like me as we need not walk much, lifts will bring me to every floor I want :D. Anyway, I really hope that they will provide more facilities in the new building, like gym. hehehe



As for accommodation, most of the students here stay at the condominiums nearby. Flora Green, Scotpine, Cypress and Forest Green Condo are within walking distance. Many students even consider the Terrace house around or those condominiums slightly further nowadays cause there are limited rooms available since PJ and Setapak campus are moving here and the rental for the condo nearby increased like nobody business.


my jogging track :P

For me, I have been staying in Flora Green Condo, everything seems pretty good for me here except for the brainless owner I faced when I first moved out. The security here is quite strict, we need access card to enter and leave, visitors(students) are required to register at the guard house, which many students find it troublesome. There is a swimming pool and I can jog in the compound when I am free. It's near for me to get food at the shop lots out there. Most importantly, I need not wake up early to prepare for classes or I can just come home to take a nap when I have break time as it's only a few minutes walk to uni(right opposite). Best of all, we have Unifi here! *that's practically how I fell for Youtube :O*


Basically, my transport here - my leg, since it's only a few minutes walk to Uni. For those who plan to stay further, heard that Utar bus will be provided or some even considered cycling*personally thinks that it's quite dangerous here cause its unlike Kampar that has huge roads with little cars*. On the other hand, for those who plan to drive, the parking space around uni is very very limited.

Besides, I have personal drivers to bring me around - Rapid KL. U41 is all we have. Sg Long is the first station all the way to Pudu, and last station back to Sg Long. I kind of became indoorsy there cause I'm too lazy to hang out as it takes hours to reach home if I need to take public transport. For once my friends and I wanted to come back from KLCC at 9pm, and we ended up reaching Sg Long at 12am. However, it's convenience for us to reach MidValley as we can just take Rapid U41 to Serdang KTM then take KTM to MidValley station, that's it. Otherwise, take Rapid U41 to Serdang KTM, take the train to Bandar Tasik Selatan and change to LRT if wanna go somewhere else.

MRT please be done faster so that I can go Kai Kai easily :P.

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Bus and Plane will bring me back Penang. If there are cheap flights, then I will take plane. Otherwise, i'll take bus back Penang. Its quite inconvenience to take bus especially during public holiday. The jam is crazy. There was once I took bus from Penang at 5.30pm and ended up reached Puduraya at 2am. Luckily I have a 烂好人friend who stayed up to wait for me and fetch me back from Pudu. Besides, usually I need to leave Sg Long 2 hours before to catch the bus in Pudu, which ended up became a 7 hours journey. Plane will takes some times too as I need to reach airport earlier tho, but definitely not as much as Bus.


Food? Economy rice stalls are available here. There are a few chicken rice shops, coffee shops and hawker along the streets. Typical KL food like Pan Mee, 猪肉粉,碟子饭 are all available here. Sushi King, Uncle Jang, Padi House, Nando's, Primo, and many more are all available at Mahkota Cheras. There is a Pasar Malam behind the uni every Tuesday night and Pasar Pagi at the same spot everyday. Hungry at midnight, 24 hours Mamak will save you.

I usually prefer to have dinner at home *Yes, I have housemates that cook well* so we can save some money for good food once a while and have more healthy meal. I think my hair dropped a lot ever since I study at Kampar and have most of my meal outside.






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Kampar has beautiful scenery. So does Sungai Long, provided its not hazy. The previous house I stayed can view Sunrise, and the current one face the sunset and part of the sunrise.


I am grateful to meet good companions wherever I go. them. They play an important role to colour my life in Sg Long. Not forgetting Xiao Fei, that pig :P. We don't usually call each other best friend but somehow I feel that we are more than friends, like a family, more like sisters to me. Knowing that we will be there for each other, helping one another even though we might get mad at each other sometimes xD.


Not forgetting my previous housemates that helped me when I first came to this strange place, bring me out for dinner and care for me. :D


I kindda miss the feeling in Kampar that I need not worry if I cycle out at midnight, there are still lots of students on the street. Sg Long is so quiet after 10pm except for Mamak.

Going intern so soon! Hopefully I can find a good company and learn in it without becoming half dead. Dare not picture my life during intern T_T.



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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Ivory CNY Charity Concert 2015


Ivory CNY Charity Concert will be held on the 4th day of CNY, Feb 22. The concert will start at 8pm at Penang Times Square.

This concert is organized by Ivory Properties Group Berhad. It is supported by Penang Press Club and Persatuan Wartawan dan Jurugambar Media Cina Pulau Pinang and The Star as the media partner.

Ivory Properties Group Berhad managed to collect RM20,000 during their funds raising to rebuild homes for the east coast flood victims, which their initial target was RM15,000 according to the executive director and Ivorycares president Datuk Ooi Chin Loo. With the help of the concert, they hope to increase their target to RM25,000.


Performers for the Ivory CNY Charity Concert include Worldwide Platinum Records' North American chart toppers Ovaload and Cash Band. Former 988 FM radio station DJ Luke Loke will be performing selected tracks from his newly released Chinese New Year album 'Feat-ting Room'. Worldwide Platinum Records artistes Mickey, Satrina, Michelle and Max Ku who are featured in the 'Feat-ting Room' album will join the performance of DJ Luke Loke!

Jeffrey Ooi, the first runner-up for Astro Classic Golden Melody Singing Competition 2008 will be emceeing the concert with the master of ceremony Corrylincoln from Penang Times Square. Satrina can't wait to perform her new song 'Ketakutan' on that day too.

Besides, Kenya's Sarakasi dancers-cum-acrobats are invited to perform the mind-blowing elaborate tribal and modern dances as well as gymnastic show. Men On Heels and GoGoGirls will dance to pop tunes and funky beats during the show.


Ticket redemption : 
1. Public can redeem 2 tickets by cutting out the Ivory CNY Charity Concert advertisement each on The Star, Kwong Wah Yit Poh, Nanyang Siang Pau and bring the event banner advertisement to any of the 3 newspapers' office for redemption. The offices are located at, The Star - Star Northern Hub in Bayan Lepas, Kwong Wah Yit Poh Penang headquarters in Persgrave Street or irs regional offices in Bayan Baru, Bukit Mertajam and Butterworth, and Nanyang Siang Pau Penang office in Weld Quay.

2. Spend more than RM30 in a single receipt in Penang Times Square may also redeem 2 tickets at Penang Times Square information counter.

3. 2 VIP tickets will be given for those who donate RM100.

4. Only 2 tickets can be redeemed per person on a first come, first served basis.


Friday, January 9, 2015

Recap 2014

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Oh Heyyy! Many weird things happened in 2013 and 2014, which explains why I wasn't having much blogging mood lately that made me drag this Recap post until today, the 9th day of 2015. Also I usually take days to prepare a blog post, from transferring photos to processing photos to choosing photos to watermarking photos then upload photos, arrange them and lastly write the post. *Photography freak like me spend most of the time on photos cause nice photos make Camy happy! So, I will usually make sure that I am satisfied with the post especially photos before I publish a post. Anyway, I have made a to-blog-list, hopefully they will be up soon. :P

I wouldn't say that 2014 was a great year for me. There were lots of ups and downs last year, quite neutral I guess? I have the sudden urge to do Recap for last year since the last day of 2014 cause although not many good things happened on me but at least I managed to change my perception or perspective of those negative things happened to good lessons for myself. I think I have grown up in terms of thinking after going through all kind of weird things happened.

*most photos are embed from my Instagram


#1 Learned to appreciate people around me more
This sounds very common but yes, I have learned to appreciate people around me more.

I wasn't close to my dad since small. My impression towards my dad when I was young was that he was a dad that bullies us a lot and like to make us cry. He is not a expressive person, I understand that his intention was to play with us but his hands are quite rough that the tickling turned out to be painful, so we cried and dislike him doing that. He did try his best to spend his time with us by bringing us out to the mall or garden every weekend but his placing in our heart won't be high as he work outstation all the while and we hardly see him often.

Glad that things changed since my dad came over to KL to work and stay with me. Staying with my dad is like staying with a kid. I have to bring him out during weekend, mostly for movies so that he wouldn't feel bored, be the driver, wash his clothes and dishes, accompany him for dinner and share food with him. So, I manage to spend more time with him and talk to him more. On the other hand, as a dad, he won't usually help me to settle my problems, instead, he will try his best to guide me on what to do when I have problems cause he wants me to learn to be independent and decisive. Grateful that he forced me to learn and always back me up when things come to a point that I can't settle. He will also bring me to have good food whenever I request.

On the other hand, as I moved to KL from Kampar, time spent with my mom get lesser. I couldn't go back Penang as often as I did in Kampar, cause its quite inconvenient for me to go Pudu, tho I still go back whenever I can. 

Mommy seems older ever since she started her massaging life for others. We tried persuading her to work lesser and accept lesser customers but she still insist to work from day to night. She claimed that she feels happy helping others and communicating with others. But mommy, you gotta take care of yourself with enough rest also ma... Back to the topic, hugging her makes me feel so much better, secure after having nightmares or troubles. Although we usually ended up argue whenever we talk but I am really grateful that she still try to prepare lunch for me whenever I am back in Penang despite she busy with her work.

oh my dear baby sis is in National Service now. I think my relationship with my siblings are getting better nowadays. We can crap more, talk more deeper stuffs of what we feel and blah to each others more these days. Accompanied my brother to Gurney to make a new spectacles,  for movie and to buy Christmas presents. It was the first time that only we both hang out together for shopping and movie. Felt quite weird but it was a good bonding time (y).

I am also very grateful for those who spend their precious time or waste their time doing stupid things with me despite every of us are busy with our own stuffs now. I feel happy and blessed especially when friends take the initiative to date me.


Not forgetting few gathering during CNY, primary school's 90years Anniversary dinner, gathering at class teacher's house and BBQ party after the gathering at my house with primary schoolmates and teachers last year before everyone separates to further their studies. Definitely had a great time with them.

#2 Travelled to Lumut
travelled to Lumut with my family, brought Carmun along. Sadly my baby sis couldnt make it. I miss the Seafood and red wine noodles there now recalling the trip.. D:

It was my first time staying at Villa. It was really huge and comfy!

#3 Travelled to Kuching, Sarawak for the first time with my childhood friends.
Introducing my both childhood friends and the gf.
It was a great trip with them before both of them left to further their studies. One of them left to US and another one left to Unimas in September right after the trip in August.

*in one of my to-blog-list

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 I miss the clear blur sky and breathtaking view in Bako Nation Park, Kuching badly. In August, both Penang and KL were so hazy but the sky was really clear in Kuching, so healthy!

#4 Christmas at Krabi, Thailand, my first time to Thailand!
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It was my first time to Thailand and it was also my first time spending Christmas oversea. I was afraid if I will regret to go along for this trip as I will be the only youngster there. Surprisingly, the trip was cool! I did not regret being a light bulb there!
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Didnt expect that two of my dad's friend's wife also interested in photography! I have photography buddies in that trip! One of the aunty also taught me to snap panning effects for vehicles! So awesome! Stay tune for my post! :D

#5 Learned to manage a house on my own
the view from my house
As my dad bought a house in KL, and I am the only one in KL, so they kindda let me handle everything, from inside of the house to outside management stuffs. As example, things to settle with management for renovation, have to constantly go check out the progress of the renovation, to change name for electric bills, pay bills and management fees and stuffs, to find tenant, to prepare furniture, prepare contract, to collect rental and many more. My dad will check with me how's the things go on from time to time.  

#6 Settle problems with my previous owner on my own
Yes, my previous owner gave me so much troubles after I moved out. She didn't want to pay me back my deposit as stated in the contract. My dad forced me to handle it on my on, of course he did guide me on what should I do. I was very annoyed during that period, to the extend that I scolded in Facebook. *Camy don't usually scold people, if she does, you know how frustrating, annoyed, angry she is.* Thank god end up I manage to get it back with help from my friends and family. Learned to be more firm, and confidence through this experience. Don't ever think of bullying students kay!  *oh, its in my to-blog-list too, cause I wanna record down my lesson learned.

#7 First time conducting an interview
Our assignment was to interview a Human Resource Manager for the subject Organizational Psychology. We did it at the very last minute as we didn't get any response from the company we phoned initially. I felt grateful that 2 Human Resource Manage from 2 different companies accepted our interview at the very last minute. Instead of only interviewing one as what our lecturer requested, we manage to interview 2 HR Manager. One is manager from Coldstorage, another one is from MMC Sdn Bhd
HR Manager from MMC Sdn Bhd.
He was so kind that spend his time with us, sharing his stories throughout his 13 years experience as a HR manager. From recruitment process, to job performance appraisal, and training and development for the company to improve the skills of the employees. I really learned a lot during the interview.

#8 First time working for furniture company during fairs
Colleagues from Mylanohaus
It was the first fair that I worked requires formal attire. It was my first time selling such luxury stuffs too! Selling luxury stuffs is completely a different experience for me. Although I didn't sell any furniture during my work, I was so guilty for it, but I have learned that selling luxury stuffs, you got to concern about the way you behave, the way to sales the products, the way you speak, the way you should be in confidence in yourself so customers will have confidence in you to buy your products and of course how confidence you are towards your products and many more are important. Glad that I was given the chance to work with them. :) 

#9 First time watching sunrise at Penang Hill, twice a year.
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The first time I went up was with Xuan. Penang Hill is a nice place for sunrise! You should really try if you havent! Read my post here Catching Sunrise At Penang Hill.

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Second time with Mel!

#10 First time watching Meteor Shower
Sorry If I scared you with this photo XP
USM had a meteor shower event and Xuan, Mel and I decided to go even though we are not USM students. The event starts from 8pm to 6.30am, so you can actually sleep at the stadium till the next morning. We brought our own mat and lie down on the grass, played some musics and stared at the sky full of stars. We were so excited when we spotted meteors! Everyone screams at the stadium whenever they spotted one. Not that we manage to catch up with all the others spotted cause it came at different spots, but don't be disappointed and give up, stay focus! I was so lucky that spotted 9 meteors that night. I was too excited that I forgot to make a wish whenever I spotted one. Oh well, I feel so lucky that I manage to watch meteors shower with both my babes dy and that's enough to make me happy. :)

#11 More opportunities for blog
I would like to express my gratitude to those that gave me the opportunities to food review, gave me chance for sponsored post or advertorials. I manage to attend more food reviews this year and it was my first time doing fashion post this year too! Hopefully there are more to come!

#12 Exercise more, personal record for PBIM
Its the fact that I exercise more, eat lesser compared to last time, but I still get fatter :(. Oh well, fats me, I swam two days once from the starting of the year to mid of the year. Then I started jogging. I actually found my way to control my breathing during jogging now and I am still proud of my personal record during PBIM 2014! I hope that it will continues to motivate me to jog in the future constantly to keep myself healthy!

#13 Got myself an iPhone 6!
I have been eyeing on Apple for 2 years since iPhone5. Get the permission to buy it that time but phone still in the okay condition. Dragged until 2014, finally my phone decided to be half-dead. So ta-dahhhhh! :D Please stay with me kay?


I kindda find my tempered getting bad lately, should think of a way or try my best to control them and improve my patient level.

I don't exactly like to make resolutions for a new year cause I am more of a spontaneous person that prefer things to go spontaneously without planning. This explains why I always complete my stuffs at the very last minute, sometimes I'll start a little by little to ensure myself won't ended up stuck with a lot of undone stuffs, but usually that's like only less than 20% of the whole project. Anyway, here's a very simple resolutions that easy for me to achieve before I end this post :
#1 Eat more
#2 Sleep more
#3 Play more
#4 Enjoy more
#5 Travel more
#6 Take more beautiful photos
#7 Earn more
#8 Exercise more
#9 Spend more time with friends and family more
#10 Love myself more
#11 Appreciate more


I realise that I don't blog very often anymore, but my blog post these days are long. If you actually spend your time to finish reading this, here's my flying kiss to you. *muacks.


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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Tao Authentic Asian Cuisine & Lounge Japanese Buffet @ Autocity Juru, Penang

Are you drooling now? Does this photo tempt you? This is definitely a heaven especially for Japanese Food lover! Even I am missing this badly right now looking at this photo to get inspiration to blog!

Whenever we mention Japanese buffet in Penang, we will definitely think of Tao Cuisine. One is in Penang Times Square and another one is at Autocity Juru, Penang. They have another branch in Kota Damansara Sunway Giza too! It specialized in 70% Japanese and Korean, Chinese, Thai, Taiwan cuisine.

I like their concept of All-You-Can-Eat Ala Carte Buffet. Most of the time, we are afraid if the food already finish or the food no longer hot or fresh anymore when we arrived the venue late. Ala Carte Buffet surely save you from those troubles! All you need to do is just sit at your place, pick and order it from the staff. The chef will then cook it and send it to you.


Last week, I visited Tao Cuisine at Autocity Juru, Penang. It is located above Nandos, beside Starbucks. There are 2 ways to reach Tao which are the staircase beside Nandos and Ice-ice Baby.



Christmas decoration all around Tao Cuisine for Christmas month! 

Self-service buffet





Besides Ala Carte, you can grab some ready food at the self-service section too! :D

Shishamo on the left and Chawanmushi on the right.

Shishamo is grilled pregnant fish with salt and pepper while Chawanmushi is steamed egg with shark fin. They both taste good! It was a cold rainy day, the chef insisted to serve us Chawanmushi to keep us warm, very thoughtful chef!

Deep Fried Mantis Prawn (bottom), Ko Ebi Karaage(top)

Ko Ebi Karaage consists of deep fried baby shrimp. 


Gyoza

Gyoza is panfried minced chicken dumpling. They are served with a dipping sauce. They taste so well with the dipping sauce! 

Okonomiyaki

Japanese Pizza with seafood and assorted vegetables.

Deep Fried Mantis Prawn, Ko Ebi Karaage, Gyoza and Okonomiyaki are Zensai, which is appetizer in Japanese.

Crabmeat Cream Cheese

Deep fried flour skin wrapper with stuffed crabmeat and cream cheese.
This is one of my favorite! I like how the crabmeat with cream cheese melt in my mouth with the combination of the crispy flour skin wrapper!

Soft Shell Crab Karaage

It consists of deep fried soft shell crab with assorted vegetables.
Soft shell crab is one of the must-not-miss-out list when you dine in Japanese Restaurant. It taste good with the chili powder! I like the crispiness and sweetness of the crab!


Wakatori Karaage

Crispy deep fried marinated chicken with fried egg.
The chicken is very juicy and the egg with Mayonnaise melted in my mouth is so yummy! 

Crabmeat Cream Cheese, Soft Shell Crab Karaage and Wakatori Karaage are under Age Mono, which means deep fried food in the menu.


Sake Hamaguri

Clam, or we usually call it "lala" is my all-time-favourite since I was young. Sake Hamaguri is the stir fried clam with Japanese Wine. I think the Japanese Wine plays an important role to remove the seafood raw smell which makes the clams taste sweet. How can we not love those big clams anyway?

Sake Hamaguri is under stir fried dishes, Itame Mono.

Motoyaki Scallop

Baked scallop with spicy mayo.
I am not a fans of scallop but this impressed me as it comes along with the spicy mayo!

Misoyaki

Grilled butter fish with miso sauce.
The fish is really fresh and sweet!

Motoyaki Scallop and Misoyaki are under Yakimono, pan-fried dishes.

Beef Bacon

Hotplate beef bacon with cream cheese and spring onion.
I really love these beef bacon! Again, the cream cheese wrapped with beef bacon and spring onion melted very well in my mouth. Cheese and beef lover will definitely love this!

It is under Teppanyaki.

Finally, its Maki, Nigiri or Sashimi's turn!

Sushi Moriawase

Green Dragon Roll

Deep fried prawn, cucumber, kani, avocado, mango.


Sashimi Moriawase!

How can you not scream when you see this? My eyes went bling* when the chef serve the boat! of Salmon, Tuna, Tako, Hokkigai and many more... oh yummy...

Tao Cuisine is a great choice for celebration and a place for Japanese Food lover, big eater!


Tao Cuisine and Lounge @ Autocity Juru, Penang 
Official Website : http://www.tao-cuisine.com/
Official Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/TaoAuthenticAsianCuisine
Contact : +604 501 7826
Address : 1820-f1 & 1822-f1, Jalan Perusahaan Autocity, North South Highway,
Juru Interchange, 13600, Prai, Penang.

Operating Hours (Tao Cuisine @Autocity Juru, Penang)
Lunch
(12pm-4pm)
Monday to Friday - RM53++ per pax
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday - RM56++ per pax

Dinner
Monday to Thursday (5.30pm-10.30pm) (early bird special 10% discount dine in before 6.30pm)
Friday to Sunday, Eve Of & Public Holiday (5.30pm-11.00pm)
RM56++ per pax

Children charges are according to height measurement.
Below 90cm - FREE
90cm-140cm - Half Price
140cm & above - Adult Price



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