Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Someone once asked me and I replied, "When it comes to happiness, how I feel is all that matters. I know that I'm happiest when I feel deeply connected to another life." Since this is a Wordless Wednesday post, I won't go into a ton of detail today, loll.

Let's face it. Everyone's idea of happiness is different. So I'm curious to understand what your idea of happiness is. We can be deeply unhappy even though we "have it all" and conversely, we can be content with what we have; rejoice in the way things are.

Denis Waitley said it well:

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.

Be happy everyone!

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Heart Of The 80s

Sunday, August 25, 2013

As much as I had heard about the restaurant, which situated next to a lake and passed by this place many times, I didn't know that the restaurant was actually located at Plaza Kelana Jaya. In fact, I had never heard of this plaza before.

I'm not sure why it took so long, but I'm glad we finally came here a few months ago (January, to be exact!). Oh, and their Christmas decorations were still up.

Well, the restaurant definitely has a laid-back country and rustic feel to it. We dined alfresco in the dining area overlooking the lake. The atmosphere was cozy-romantic with dim lighting.

The staff were friendly, the service was great and we did not wait for long before the food arrived – could be because of the lack of patrons!?

Secrets of Louisiana serves Cajun-style food. We had a party of 5 for dinner, and we all enjoyed our flavorful dishes.

I had Gulf Shrimps & Crawfish Bisque (RM19.90) as an appetizer. It was tasty, with little shrimps and crawfish.

Louisiana's Fish & Chips (RM28.90)

Original American Cheese Burger (RM26.90)

Philly Cheese Steak (RM26.90)

My favorite dish was the Poached Salmon & Mango Salsa (RM39.90)!

Cajun Chicken Cordon Bleu (RM29.90)

For dessert (despite a bulging tummy), I decided to try the Louisiana's Mud Pie (RM16.90). A piece of rich hot chocolate cake topped with chocolate ice cream, hot fudge, and whipped cream - OMG! I went into a sugar/chocolate coma... haha oh so good!

The total bill (including beverages and a glass of beer) came to around RM250 if I'm not mistaken, and we left with the "When are we coming back?" feeling.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

It all started when I was in high school, quite innocently, and it never ended.

Here are some of my nail polishes.

I often do a polish switch and it's like a weekly ritual for me, so it's a rare occurrence that my fingernails and toenails are naked. Different colors are always a breath of fresh air! You may not feel the same way, but a manicure or pedicure, even done at home, lifts my spirits, as you would not believe. It just appeals to me, and I think that is reason enough to do it.

However, I suck at nail art. Every freehand nail art designs I did turned out crap loll, so these nail art rhinestones, glitter and flitter would make my life so much easier.

I love these 3D nail stickers too as it doesn't require me to test my creative skills and it's non-messy.

Right before I went on vacation, I had my mani-pedi but 5 days later, a glaring chip in my polished toe was screaming for a pedicure. I don't like to see chipped nail polish; I just can't stand it!

So I had a mani-pedi right there at the night market when I found a stall where they offer manicure and pedicure services for NT$300!

Simple nail designs on my nails.

Starry, starry night... felt like I had starry skies on my toenails haha. I absolutely loved it!

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

I've had gastritis (caused by poor eating habits) off and on for over ten years now and always suffer mild forms of gastritis quite often. The day before yesterday was the worst I've had yet! While I was rushing to get some work done, I felt the pain coming on, so I had to force myself to eat even though I had no appetite. Just as I finished a cup of coffee and some Kjeldsens butter cookies, it hit me. The attack lasted until I vomited rainbow in the middle of the night. Then the nausea set in. I almost passed out from the pain and I came close to calling 999.

After spending two days in bed, I do feel somewhat better today. And feel very thirsty too! *loll*

It's been a long time since I felt so sick. Blergh!

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Wednesday, August 07, 2013

After settling into our rooms, we freshened up and were ready to head out to the largest night market in Taiwan! Fengjia Night Market, which occupies the front part and left side of Feng Chia University, consisting not just thousands of food stalls, but also clothing stores (actual stores on the side of the street) that filled with fashions of all kinds. I really love the night markets in Taiwan; they're not the same as the pasar malam in Malaysia!

With Taiwan bubble tea in one hand and shopping bags in the other, I ended up taking only a few pictures.



#3 There's no MRT system in Taichung (Taiwan's 3rd largest city) hence traffic is heavy with plenty of motorbikes zooming around.





We took our time to walk through the stalls and just followed whatever stalls have long queues. You'll come across things that are unique and perhaps never heard of, let alone had, and I was so excited to try all the food in sight. And you'll come across things that smell utterly god awful too, haha.

#8 The smelliest stinky tofu in Taichung was at a stall with a large seating area on one of the side streets that radiate off from the market itself.

#9 If a stall has a long line, the odds are that the food is worth trying. Well, I've tried it once and I'll be so strong that no one will ever force-feed me stinky tofu ever again.





#14 Da Chang bao Xiao Chang (literally means "big sausage wrapped around small sausage") - It's basically like a hot dog, but a Taiwanese sausage (small) is stuffed inside a glutinous-rice-filled sausage (big) instead of a bun, get it? I wish I could have this right now!

#15 Another popular local snack is the deep-fried chicken cutlets. It was just as I'd hoped: crispy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside. Smiley

#16 Since my parents are not a fan of walking around and eating at the same time, thus we randomly walked into a restaurant.

#17 Food here was OK, but I'd still opt for delicious Taiwanese street food.

After dinner, my sister and I continued wandering around while the rest went back to the hotel for a rest. Oh, I even got a manicure and pedicure here! I'll post the pictures in my next blog post, okay?

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