LIVE CHAT ROUND 5

Saturday, 15th January, 9+pm…


BE HERE!!!!!!!!!! ♥ ♥ ♥

Sam and I will challenging each other to games like Taboo. Plus you can check out my new hairstyle, I permed my whole head!!!

See you guys tomorrroooowwwwwww :)

xoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess

Penang Trip – Part 4

Continued from where I left off before - visitors must remove their shoes before entering the temple!

After removing my slippers I started prancing around like I was some indian native doing a ritual rain dance..

The floor was BURNING hot!!! There was no carpet or surface mat to absorb the heat besides our feet T_T

So I just googled for this temple’s name and it’s calledWat Chayamangkalara”… What a mouthful!!! I think I’m just going to call it “the temple” from now on lol

Upon entering, we were given these candles to light up and offer to the gods.. even though I’m not religious I do everything my mum says to humour her.

There’s something about a temple that is strangely comforting… it’s like when I step into a temple I immediately feel comforted and reassured if I have any worries on my mind. Maybe it’s the burning of incense sticks that is so familiar and welcoming…

Well it’s somewhere between welcoming and suffocating :3

Wat Chayamangkalara, or otherwise known as the Reclining Buddha temple is named so because it has a MASSIVE reclining Buddha in the middle of it – 99 feet long!

It is the largest reclining buddha statue in Malaysia, but the largest one in the WORLD is 300 feet ish!!! Crazy.

A real sight to behold.

Every inch of the temple was covered in intricate detail, I couldn’t stop admiring their work – is every temple this beautiful or did I just never notice this in all the previous temples I’ve been to before?

Ever since I’ve gotten my DSLR I seem to have developed an acute sense of detail.. even though my eyesight is still shit, I seem to be noticing things that I’ve left out before – it’s like when I look at something I see it from a new perspective every single time!

Don’t worry, I got permission for shooting these photos.. at least I think I did. Everyone else was doing it, plus the caretakers saw me doing it but didn’t give me any evil looks or shooed my away so I guess it’s ok?

The temple is made public to all races and religion, free-of-charge entry and it welcomes people to come admire the beauty of it all so I don’t suppose cameras would be a no-no! It is also a tourist destination after all..

Some people wished for health, love, wealth and good luck.. whereas others just wished for their debts to be cleared.

Don’t really know what this means, but then again religion never made any sense to me

My mum told me to donate some money into this particular box next to the buddha because it was “my” year, the year of the Monkey.

I could’ve been a rabbit, a tiger, or even a snake.. but I HAD to be a monkey!!! Whhhhhhy?

I blame my mum and my chinese zodiac for my unnecessarily hairy underarms and legs.

I can’t remember what the rest of the text said but apparently I’M GOING TO BE FAMOUS!!
Even the gods agree!! xoxoxoxoxo

I couldn’t have looked like a bigger tourist if I tried – snapping pictures of a wall.

Or a pillar / whatever it’s called.

At the entrance / exit of the temple.. I ♥ this picture – there’s so much colour and vibrant hues going on!!

And as you can tell, it was REALLY rlyrly hot. Possibly hotter than in Singapore..

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Our final destination was probably the most fascinating one – visiting a real Peranakan House!

It’s the same one used to film the Mediacorp’s channel 8 famous drama The Little Nyonya in – when it’s not hosting grand events and tv shows, it’s a museum open to the public.

Royalty who used to live in the house.. don’t know if they were REALLY royalty but they were very important people and obviously FILTHY rich!

Ancient trishaws outside their house – I assume this was their mode of transport back then? Well they probably had grand sedans and shit but this seemed like the very first “Taxi” we had in Asia.

GRAND entrance for a grand house!!

This house is undoubtedly the most amazing house I’ve ever seen. You’ll soon see why - so much tradition that is now lost still preserved in this house-museum!

This was the first thing that greeted me at the doorway…

Yeah, pretty amazing huh?

Janice & I and my mum looking very cheeky in the background, lol!!!!

Bonsai plant coz we azn like that.

Edited this picture to look vintage-ish like the 50′s :P

I assume this was the era of when the house was built?

Everything is so regal-looking wtf it reminded me of the Raffles Hotel because of its timeless look, except this was more detailed and chinese-y

They look right in place here hahahaha /I’m so mean I always tease them about their age/


Shiny and pretty… *________*

Must.. take… picture…..

This looks like a church window to me

I was just walking around the house imagining what it would feel like if it were mine. I’d have awesome backdrops for self-photoshoots all the time!!! And would totally have sleepover parties.

P.S – I know I wear those pair of slippers WAY too often.. but they broke when I was in Sunway Lagoon last weekend and I had to leave them behind in the hotel room, so I now bid them goodbye :’(

Thanks for your 2 years + usage!!! Sorry for abusing you and wearing you onto beaches, into toilets, anywhere and everywhere basically.

You were comfy, and you have served me well. RIP in flipflop heaven.

Got vintage?

Portrait of the original owner I guess? ……….I feel her / him / it staring into my soul T_T

I would be pissed if I were her too. Like “OI WTF YOU DOING IN MY HOUSE?! And take off your shoes for gods sake!!”

They have 2 levels and we’re only on the first one!!! This is ONE of their dining tables.. pretty sure there’s like 2 or 3 in total!

I hope my house in the future will have a fresh flower centerpiece on the dining table too :)

It just adds such a lovely homely feel!

A sparkly chandelier.. because nothing expensive is out of place in this house. You don’t even need a reason.

If it’s flashy and expensive then it goes with the theme!!! That’s why I love it.

AHAHAHAHA Uncle John looks soooo cheena here!!! In his defense he was blinking but it’s so funneh. It’s so ching it’s almost alien.

Don’t worry UJ you still cute (in a jolly grandpa fashion) and my mom adores you.

It was quite hard trying to find my family amidst the crowd and navigating through this ginormous house because I was too engrossed in taking pictures..

I know it looks empty but it was actually very crowded and I’d usually have to stop people in their tracks to take a photo that looks “empty”!

I really REALLY hate random passersby in my pictures.

Like “oooh here’s a nice pic, but say.. wait a minute – why is there an extra head popping out of my neck and who’s this guy picking his nose behind me?!”

Up the stairs and onto the 2nd level we go!!!


Kukubro and I!!!

Random pic but I just HAD to include this!! ♥ My mum is sooo cute :)

This was the master bedroom and it was strangely unimpressive. The rest of the house was SO big and grand, I was expecting the main bedroom to be something a lil more than this!!!

Still it’s heck loads better than mine though hahaha

Random stuff in the bedroom (that probably costs a bomb)

I don’t like dressing tables thanks to horror movies. I always imagine some ghost behind me while I brush my hair at midnight or something… so I go out to my living room to put on make up lol (where there are huge ceiling-to-floor mirrors)

I don’t know what this room is called but they had all sorts of colourful pots and other glass artifacts in here!! I shall call it the colorful glass chamber.

The funny thing about this house is that they have this rectangular empty space in the middle of it, so when it rains I suppose it’ll be pouring through this big hole in the roof.

Quite an innovative idea, since you can just sit on your couch admiring the rain from inside your house!!!! And write moving Chinese poetry. Or tell your man slaves to wash your feet or something.

(having someone else wash your feet is one of the greatest and simplest pleasures in life)

This is a weird photo of me but imma post it anyway since it’s with family!!! I should’ve have sat so far back haha my legs look so awkward.. what a goon.

Is that a big chair or is that a big chair?! You can’t exactly call it a couch can ya.


Ending this post off this pic of mum and I!!! ♥

It’s my desktop wallpaper now :):)))

Thank goodness I have her genes to look forward to as I’m growing up hehe.

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And so we’ve come to the end of my Penang Trip travelogues!!!

We did actually visit more places than that but my cam battery died, lol, and they weren’t as interesting anyway.

It was a short holiday but a super fun one, AMAZING FOOD was the highlight of the trip!

Besides the food, it was culturally enriching, physically exhausting but most of all, it was quality family time and that’s the whole point of holidays (besides having fun and relaxing)

I can’t wait for my next trip with my family :)

Will blog about getting a new hairstyle and Sunway Lagoon soon!!!

xoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess

Penang Trip – Part 3

So I totally forgot to blog about Part 3 of my Penang Trip, lol.

That’s what usually happens to my travelogues.. When I first get back, I’m still super psyched from the recent trip and wanna tell you guys allll about it but give it a week or two and I’ve forgotten most details already LOL my memory sucks.

I know I haven’t been updating as often as most people would like me to, but I’ve been quite busy recently, and I really don’t have much else to say sometimes!! I hate blogging everyday mundane posts. If I’m going to blog, I wanna make sure it’s something actually WORTH reading, not something people would take a look at and go, “Meh.” then close their browser..

Y’know??

So I figured this blogging style suits me much better - instead of updating every 2 or 3 days with insignificant posts, I’ll blog once or twice a week with long-ass posts and tons of pictures or food-for-thought wordy entries.

Sounds good?

I think so too! Quality over quantity, people!


Anyway, here’s Penang Part 3.

Group picture in Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa lobby!! ♥

I really miss that hotel.. It had such a relaxing seaside resort appeal.

I’m leaving for Sunway Lagoon in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in a couple of hours and I’m gonna be there for 3 nights – I hope I’ll take lotsa nice pictures so I can blog about my trip properly!!

I miss shooting with my DSLR so much, but I doubt I can / should bring my DSLR into theme parks.. :3

The 2 monkeys I’m going to Sunway Lagoon with, along with Sam :P

Mum booked a private tour bus just for us so that we could choose the exact attractions that interested us most – and silly me went to pick a Toy Museum as our first stop of the day, LOL.

They call themselves the World’s Largest Toy Museum but I highly doubt that is true!! It wasn’t all that big (it was big but not OMFG MASSIVE) and wouldn’t there be ginormous toy museums in places like Japan where there are crazy fanatics of manga and anime, etc??

Anyway all of us have never been in a toy museum before, and thought it’d be something to see at least once in our lives… cuz um.. you should do everything at least once?

Rows of cabinets filled with collectible figurines!! They must have hundreds of cabinets in there.

The corpse bride… right?

Why does the chick on the bottom right remind me of America Ferrera?? (Ugly Betty)

I think it’s the far apart eyes and face shape.


CHUCKY!!!

Holy crap, scariest toy character in history, hands down. I remember watching Chucky when I was a kid and I wanted to throw away all my soft toys after that :(

Why would anyone want to keep a chucky toy?..

WHAT IF HE COMES ALIVE AND KEELZ YOU!?!?!

Chucky and friends… *whimpers*

Together they will take over the world.

Now, is this creepy, or is this fucking creepy?!

I didn’t mean to start my post in such a morbid way, really, but when I walked into the toy museum I was expecting things like Domokun, Hello Kitty and other cute stuff.. not I WILL EAT YOUR BRAINS kinda toys o.O

Soldier boys!! Pew pew


LOL Terminator!

Below is a whole series of us posing silly with famous life sized characters


Angelina Jolie lookalike..
. yeah right I wish!


Have no fear, Spidey is here!!

Actually I don’t even have to purposely stick my gut out.. I’m a natural at being an ogre hahaha

“Did you buy em from Forever 21? I also want~ Looks very stretchy and snug!”

Long lost brothers :P

HAHAHA looking at Kung Fu Panda always makes me laugh!!!! He just looks so fat and cuddly and funneh yet annoying at the same time. Don’t you wish you had a friend like that??

I wanted to take pictures with more life sized characters but mum was rushing for us to go to our other attractions so we moved on to the other toys section :(

Shoulda taken our own sweet time coz we ended up with heaps of extra time at the end of the day!


How cool would it be to see a real mummy in real life??

HUANG ZHU GE GE FTW. I never liked the dowager from the start..

Such intricate craftsmanship!! You gotta admire their work. I love little handicraft items like these!

Barbie and Ken gettin’ in the swing yo!

Tell me I wasn’t the only one who forced my barbie dolls to french kiss each other when I was 8 years old, LOL. I almost feel a little sad for all my toys.. when I was angry I’d make them “murder” each other and they’d have to start getting revenge on each other.

Sadistic kid :(

Why can’t us mortals really look something like that in real life? Without all the plastic of course…

Lao fu zi - lmao they really do have the randomest toys! They also have street fighter, and some hello kitty – anything you can imagine, really :)

However since we weren’t toys or figurine fanatics, our amusement soon wore off and we were off to our next destination of the day!

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Our next stop was to visit a (supposedly rather famous in Penang) buddhist temple – which I enjoyed very much even though I’m not religious because I got to take a lot of nice pictures here!!

Squinty eyed people because the sun was BLINDING!! I was squinting even with huge shades on.. My brother was walking around with his eyes closed hahaha

I adore the beautiful, timeless architecture and design – churches, temples and mosques have amazing attention to detail! (well they did have a lot of money invested)


Gorgeous colours!!!

But sometimes these statues kinda freak me out.. though I guess that’s kinda the point coz I think they’re meant to guard against evil and scare away evil spirits?

Flowers in faithful devotion


How pretty are these candles?!
I wanted to take one home!

I really like snapping pictures of random stuff. This dragon looks so oil painting ish. Amirite or amirite?

Shoes must be taken off before entering the sacred temple!

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What does the inside of this beautiful temple look like and what happened the rest of the day…?

I guess you’ll have to find out next time, coz I have to go now, so sorry people!!!!!

LOL wtf I know, I hate to do this to you guys but omfg it’s 6:30am now and I have a coach to catch that leaves at 8am, and I gotta be there at least 30 mins in advance, and I haven’t picked out my outfit yet and I need to find my leggings and my clothes are in a pile of mess wtf and everything is so last minute I’m MAJOR panicking here.

Can you believe I only packed for my trip 3 hours before we’re meant to go and we didn’t even BOOK our transport and hotel until like 8 hours before the trip.. madness.
I won’t get internet connection there so I can’t blog there, but I promise to blog ONCE I GET BACK!!! I will only be gone for 3 nights :)

Don’t miss me too much, won’t be moderating comments / answering formspring / updating twitter when I’m gone (crazy 3G data charges)

There will be plenty of nice pictures to look forward to though!!!

Take care everyone!


Wooooooo I’m so excited
even though it’s only Malaysia.. haven’t been on a trip in awhile and I really fucking miss being on roller coasters and just in theme parks in general I CAN’T WAIT!!!!

I’ll talk to you guys sooooonnnn

xoxox,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess
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