Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Weekie 2016 - Geno Hotel

"One day, I am going to write a travel guide containing only maps and addresses of hotels, and with the rest of the pages blank. That way, people will have to make their own itinerary, to discover themselves restaurants, monuments and all the magnificent things that every city has, but which are never mentioned because 'the history that we have been taught' does not include them in the list of things you must see..." ~ Paul Coelho

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Most Merciful.

Hello readers.

Time for a weekie update.
There have been a lot of things going on at work and at home, rendering an update almost impossible to write.

It is the 59th anniversary of Merdeka in Malaysia today and in between finishing some work, I am finding time to squeeze this in. Just last week the familia, sans Airiel's Nenda and Atok decided to go for a quick weekie getaway since Airiel's Bonda and Nenda had to cancel  their South Africa trip as the health of a close family member was failing. 

This time we went to a relatively new hotel in the Shah Alam area, Geno Hotel.

Pics below.







The lobby was gorgeous. Huge and spacious with metres long chandeliers. Have not seen that in a while. Airiel was admiring all these gold statues. Haha I think the last bottom one is swinging a golf club.

There was ample parking as well.







Views of the room and bathroom. I love the quirky standing light. TV was embedded into a feature wall and had games inside it so Airiel was happy. Everything was squeaky clean.







The pool, gym and sauna were located on the 4th floor.  The pool setup was simple and was super clean. It was practically empty so Airiel had the pool all to himself. It was a windy day so the water felt a bit cold I think. The gym was located beside the pool and had some nice equipment.




I was too lazy to venture out to find food so ate ala carte as the hotel restaurant named Taste. I was so pleasantly surprised to see the prices of the ala carte food here!. It was believe it or not, cheaper than what a meal would cost in Publika. I would highly recommend the Aglio Oglio seafood pasta, the prawn bisque, the kids meals. I ordered food for 4 pax (2 adults and 2 kids, because my uncle and her daughter dropped by for dinner) and total was about RM80 ish. Awesome and the food was good!.



The views from my room were pretty awesome.

 'Some person with oversized shoulder pads'  said Airiel


'Fat blob of gold poop' said Airiel. Hahahaha

I would highly recommend this hotel for quick weekend getaways. No complaints and was pleasantly surprised by everything. The staff was very friendly and helpful as well.

I made my booking via booking.com and my review of the hotel is in there somewhere. The link to the hotel is here.

Alright readers.

Until the next update, much love from Airiel and I. 

Peace and love to everyone.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

The Missing Piece...


"Strange as it may seem, I still hope for the best, even though the best, like an interesting piece of mail, so rarely arrives, and even when it does it can be lost so easily..." ~ Lemony Snicket

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Almighty.

Hello readers.

I am happy to state that the family's open house cum mini launch of Aracare went smoothly yesterday. With a few hiccups, we managed to sail through.

Such a blessed day yesterday was. No more open houses for the next 5 years Bonda and I say, although Airiel's atok is already silently planning for the next one, I know it! haha.

Thank you for the friends that took their time to attend. You guys are rock stars.

I know I have not written about any serious topics for a while, most recent blog posts are usually about travels, food and other reviews. So I think it's about time for one of those.

I realised that with time I am able to speak about angel Akif more casually without bursting into tears. But one of my triggers on what kills me (I am not sure how to explain it but the emotional distress does sometime feel and translate so much so that it feels like physical pain) are social events.

I look around and realise my family is NOT complete. That whilst I was preparing and breezing through the day before and during the event that my angel Akif should be here with me and Airiel. That he would have been 3 and a half. That he should be with me but he just isn't. That there is a hole in my heart that can never be filled.

That he is not with me.

That he is not here.

That he is gone.

That he should be with me but he isn't.

I saw a post on grief  by Patton Oswalt that struck me. His wife died in her sleep, shocking him and daughter. He said:-

"Thanks for making depression look like the buzzing little bully it always was. Depression is the tallest kid in the 4th grade, dinging rubber bands off the back of your head and feeling safe on the playground, knowing that no teacher is coming to help you.
But grief? Grief is Jason Statham holding that 4th grade bully's head in a toilet and then fu**ing the teacher you've got a crush on in front of the class. Grief makes depression cower behind you and apologize for being such a di**.
If you spend 102 days completely focused on ONE thing you can achieve miracles. Make a film, write a novel, get MMA ripped, kick heroin, learn a language, travel around the world. Fall in love with someone. Get 'em to love you back.
But 102 days at the mercy of grief and loss feels like 102 years and you have sh** to show for it. You will not be physically healthier. You will not feel "wiser." You will not have 'closure.' You will not have 'perspective' or 'resilience' or 'a new sense of self.' You WILL have solid knowledge of fear, exhaustion and a new appreciation for the randomness and horror of the universe. And you'll also realize that 102 days is nothing but a warm-up for things to come."

And his ending words about him getting up everyday and moving on:-


And I'm going to start telling jokes again soon. And writing
. And acting in stuff and making things I like and working with friends on projects and do all the stuff I was always so privileged to get to do before the air caught fire around me and the sun died. It's all I knew how to do before I met Michelle. I don't know what else I'm supposed to do now without her.

The link to Patton's article is here.

I realise while I can function normally on most days, when the grief hits once in a while, it is absolutely devastating. It is a crippling and an all consuming pain. I cannot eat, I cannot breathe, I cannot sleep, I cannot stay still, I cannot move, I cannot do anything. I curve myself up into a little ball and wait for the stabbing sensations to subside and yes, it takes a while.

Does that mean I am not grateful for my life? Hell no. On the contrary I appreciate every single little thing and detail more and more. That beautiful ray of sunshine, the fluffy cloulds, airiel's laughter, my favourite bowl of vietnamese noodles. I am alive, I am breathing, I survived.


There he is. Xoxo kid...


And if I can do it, all of you out there can do it too. This is the purpose of me sharing what I share. So that we can all continue to fight battles no one knows about, and yet not feel so alone while doing it.

Everyday is a battle. But it is a battle we can overcome.

The ones that have been taken from us are forever gone, never to return. Let us be the best person we can ever be in their memory and continue their legacy.

Much love from Airiel and I.

Peace and love to everyone.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

(i) Morco Milkshakes (ii) Xin Chao Vietnam - Publika

"What I need is the dandelion in the spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction. The promise that life can go on, no matter how bad our losses. That it can be good again..." ~ Suzanne Collins

In the name of Allah, the Beneficient, the Almighty.

Hello readers.

It's time for another foodie update.

(i) Morco

First up. Morco has come up with a series of insanely rich drinks. FSD tried the matcha one the other day. And my jaw dropped when I saw it.


The drink is at bottom, but before you get to the drink, be prepared to eat through the following:-

1. 2 bars of kit kat
2. Cornflakes (you can't see it from this picture but its there trust me)
3. There is an entire slice of cake on top of the drink (the original topping is supposed to be a doughnut, but was changed to a cake since the doughnuts were finished); and
4. A very rich layer of cream. 

It was all mind numbingly awesome and is a meal in itself. Ohh and there are other equally jaw dropping concoctions as well. See the menu below.



(ii) Xin Chao Vietnam

This is new vietnamese restaurant open where Bandariya Ayam Kampung once was. It's a few doors down from the Chicken Rice place in Publika.

Right now there is a lunch set where you order a main course and only add RM2.00 for a mini starter and vietnamese tea.




The restaurant is reminds me of the restaurants in Hanoi, look at the pictures adorning the walls!

My mini starter

My hot vietnamese sweet tea. Not bottomless unfortunately. But good on our current rainy days weather

The condiments. This sets it apart from Pho Hoa in Curve which has a different selection of sauces. This place for instance do not serve fish sauce like Pho Hoa. My absolute fave of the 4 condiments here? The pickled garlic and chilli. Yumms

And this is my noodle. I took the all in Pho with meatballs, tripe and everything thrown in. This retails at RM20.90. The basic normal Pho is RM16.90. It was yummy!

Do give the places a visit!

Much love from Airiel and I

Peace and love to everyone.


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Weekie 2016 - Avillion Admiral Cove

"Hotel rooms inhabit a separate moral universe..." ~ Tom Stoppard

In the name of Allah, the Beneficient and the Most Merciful...

Hello readers, a weekie update which is long overdue.

I went to the Avillion Admiral Cove with my family and my grandma tagged along.

So here is the picture of the hotel room.

I think I accidentally deleted the pictures. So here is one from Instagram.

The rooms were beautiful and spacious, although there were some minor problems like how the air-conditioner was dripping, the rooms were great to me.

This was the view from my room... awesome right?





I of course wandered around the rather huge grounds of the resort at night. It has its own little dock with yachts parked! How cute.

It has a decent sized, kids pool, baby pool and adult pool all smartly interconnected to each other as well.

The pros and cons are listed below:-

Pros:-

1. The rooms;
2. The pool; 
3. Breakfast buffet was decent; and
4. Nice and friendly luggage boys and doorman.

Cons:-

1. The front desk staff. Sigh, not one of my best experience with hotel staffs at all. Standoffish. Needs more training in dealing with people. My sister had to wait 45 minutes to CHECK OUT. Hadoiii; and

2. Hotel was not really handicap friendly.

I made my reservations from booking.com and my review is there somewhere.

Until the next update readers.

Much love from Airiel and I.

Peace and love to everyone.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Dr. Althea Cushion Review

"It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness..." ~ Leo Tolstoy

In the name of Allah, the Beneficient, the Most Merciful.

Hello readers!

I was hinting on this awesome discovery I made regarding an awesome korean beauty product. It is just too awesome so I had to share it with you guys.

I have always had ultra dry skin, and it took years of finding the right compact powder and liquid foundation for me. But I can bypass all those products since I found the CUSHION.

Yes, it deserve a caps lock when it is typed.

The Cushion is a combination of BB cream, moisturiser, liquid foundation, compact powder all rolled into one.

For my purchase, I bought the Althea BB Cushion after extensive research online on what would work for dry skin.



I bought 2, since it was on sale. One called the Water Glow Cushion, Luminous Venus Cushion.

 How does the Cushion look like? I opened it up

See that little brown thingymajig, the cushion is there and it is moist, filled with the Cushion foundation.

 It has a special sponge that absorbs the liquid. It it amazing because it just glides on your skin and turns slightly powdery upon contact. 

The result of it on my skin is simply gorgeous. My skin literally glows and doesn't flake or dry up. And I don't have to use separate compact powder and liquid foundation anymore!

The top picture basically shows the cushion's effect on my skin. I just put some loose finishing powder on top and I am done!  I.Love.This.Thing.

You guys must try this Cushion! I bought mine on Althea. It is not really so cheap but if I compared it to how much I spend on my liquid foundation and compact powder (both Dior), its a steal!. 

Go check it out!!

Some requests from readers on my weekies. Let me update you guys on that later. Pinky promise.

Much love from Airiel and I.

Peace and love to everyone.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Salam Aidilfitri 2016

"Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them..." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

In the name of Allah, the Beneficient, the Most Merciful.

Salam Aidilfitri 2016 to all Muslims in the world!

Last year I spent my Aidilfitri in Turkiye. This year I decided to stick around in the country and beraya di kampung.

Airiel went back to his father's village.

I went back to Sungai Siput and Kuala Kangsar.

Despite missing Airiel terribly, I realised I have pretty much adapted to this new tradition.

1st raya in KL when I visit Akif's grave.

Airiel will beraya with his father.

I am well adjusted and extremely happy with my life. Who would have thought I would have said this 2-3 years ago? But I have learned that time can heal wounds, the scars make you wiser, the healing forges old relationships and becomes the foundation of new ones.

I cherish Airiel, not everybody has the privilege of having kids.

I miss Akif, but I accept his passing and is content with the fact that he is heaven. Not everybody has the privilege to have all their kids with them at all.

I am in a good co-parenting relationship with Airiel's father and for this I am grateful. Not everybody has that privilege after going their separate ways in a marriage. I am hoping it gets even better with time and pray that it will last.

There are many things to mourn over, and yet there are so many things to rejoice in and be happy about.

I am excited about my family's NGO, we plan on helping, one life at a time. It is so true when people say 'Without suffering there is no compassion'. I find this to be so true. Without what I have been through, or what the family has gone through, I doubt that this NGO would have been born, or that I will feel so strongly about making a difference, no matter how small and be so determined to do it.

So watch this space for upcoming projects!

And last but not least. A meme!! A RAYA meme hahaha.

Wakakaka.

Damn straight!

I am also excited about this new Korean product which I have been using that is AWESOME.

Wait for it. Maybe I will update this next week kalau ada masa.

Much love from Airiel and I.

Peace and love to everyone.