Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019!

Time passes quickly when one's life is bustling! I felt that 2018 passed by in a blur, sometimes I mix up the events in 2017 and 2018! Some highlights from 2017-2018:  Winter Holiday 2017 I was super eager for this trip; I had tied up my work from an intense project and missing my beau, plus it was my first trip back to Europe since graduation! My bf planned the trip so well and the trip strengthened our relationship. I will share more details in a separate post, but needless to say it was a fine finish to 2017!  She Works Hard for the Money... On the career-front, I'm fortunate to still have a steady income; the industry is still sluggish despite the rise in petrol prices. The low workload was a blessing because it allowed me to recover from my cubital tunnel syndrome and reflect on my long term career goal. I plan to specialize in heat transfer design and take on more responsibilities as I move up the ladder. Bonjour Paris!  I had the opportunity to work in o

Dry Needling

I've been suffering from the following maladies for quite a while now: - stiff shoulders due to lack of stretching before and after a workout - lax and aching ankles due to multiple ankle sprains Massages have only provided temporary relief, but it was only in 2015 that I decided to seek pain management treatment particularly for my stiff shoulders. This decision was triggered by my experience of pain radiating from my shoulders up my neck to the base of my skull especially when I am tired/stressed out. It would sometimes leave me disoriented and feeling fatigued.  My 1st experience with pain management was with Dr Maya N at Pantai Pain Centre. Seh diagnosed I have myofascial pain syndrome; muscles in my shoulders were tense and squeezing the nerve, thus the waves of pain. She prescribed the PENS treatment (Percutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) where needles are inserted in the affected nerve to transmit a low electric current and block the pain (she has written a ve

Baddy Venues

I play badminton (affectionate term: baddy) regularly (3-4 times a week) and a good venue is very important. Bangsar doesn't have many venues, so I frequent the following:  1) Bangsar Sports Complex Managed by DBKL, the complex has been serving the community for many years. Amenities include badminton (rubber) and squash courts, a swimming pool, gym, outdoor basketball, tennis and futsal courts.  2) Pusat Komuniti Bukit Bandaraya Also managed by DBKL, this is a recent addition albeit smaller than the aforementioned. It's got badminton (rubber) and tennis courts, and a gym.  3) TNB Bukit Pantai Housed under TNB building at Jalan Pantai (opposite Pantai Hospital), the court is open to public but bookings to be made with TNB staff. I'm not sure of the rate but it's parquet surface. 4) Lee Chong Wei Sports Centre This high-profile complex (thanks to its namesake) has many facilities: badminton, futsal, gym, body building, yoga, gymnastics, ping long a

The MRT Food Trail

Inspired by the Star's article , I will post this live post on food spots that are accessible from t he newly opened Sg Buloh-Kajang MRT line . As this is a live post, it will be updated from time to time, and I welcome feedback from you all! I will also try to upload pics for better reference! Note that Pasar Rakyat station has been renamed to TRX TTDI The station is adjacent to  Glo Damansara  from Gate B. Cross Jalan Damansara to the older neighborhood shops. Try the Indian fare at Restoran PJ Hills -- the masala tea had real kick and their dishes are generous with the spices! If the food is too spicy, remember there is delicious cheesecake and matcha ice cream from Family Mart back at the station!  Side note: the  Kuala Lumpur City Opera  studio is also near here, drop in to find out more about their events!  Pusat Bandar Damansara Exit through gate A and walk up the hill past Menara Bangsar to reach Bangsar Shopping Center . Either spend a day in the mall or take bu

GrabHitch Beta: Discontinued

Effective 18 June 2017, the GrabHitch service has been discontinued. You may opt for carpooling service with GrabShare .  ---------- These days, Malaysians can opt for civilian driver service thanks to apps like Uber and GrabCar. The service is basically a relatively cheaper taxi service with civilian drivers behind the wheel, made convenient by the app provided. Simply key in your pickup and drop-off location, and the app will provide a driver + fare. I've used GrabCar (not Uber) and so far I'm satisfied with the service. Some friends have opted to drive for both/either apps as a part time occupation or in between jobs (considering the current economic slump); I find iMoney's article comparing the two apps in terms of commission a good read.  I've signed up as a GrabHitch driver -- what is GrabHitch? As per GrabHitch's site , it's a carpooling service. Drivers key in their route (either once-off or a routine one) and the app will match riders within t

Steamboat at Caprilicious

My 1st steamboat (or hot pot) experience was lunch at a university mate's house. I liked the idea that you can custom design the meal to your liking, be it the soup stock, the fresh ingredients, the sauces and of course the shared company that is a must with steamboat meals. Since then I've always been open to eating steamboat meals with family and friends, so it was no surprise that I bought the Groupon for steamboat dinner at Caprilicious, in Capri by Fraser, Bangsar.  The deal entitles you (and guests) to buffet steamboat dinner. There was a wide array of fresh meats, seafood, vegetables, processed food (all the bola bola), assorted yong tau foo and desserts. Coffee and tea is free flow, and you may request for free flow wine RM40 per pax. Choice of soup is tom yam and chicken. Service was good and attentive, plus they promptly replenished the buffet spread.  There are just 2 main steps:  1) Pick the soup and start cooking:  I persona

Music from Movies & Musicals

The Choir of the Philharmonic Society of Selangor (PSS) will present Music from Movies and Musicals on 29 to 31 July 2016 at Pentas 1, klpac. The show will feature memorable showtunes and popular music from movies, like Frozen and the Lion King.  PSS is a community-based performing arts society and this show aims to make musical shows accessible for all music lovers.  Tickets are available at Ticketpro but I would like you to consider the Fri show (29 July) where proceeds will be donated to Hospis Malaysia . Hospis Malaysia is a charitable organization that offers professional palliative care to patients who suffer from terminal illness within the Klang Valley. Proceeds will fund medicine and medical equipment, training and education and other operating expenses.  Click here for more details on how you can donate to Hospis Malaysia and enjoy a fun-filled night :)