Monday, February 17, 2014

Samsung GALAXY Note 3 Rose Gold Edition

Roses. English roses especially, are wonderfully lush and elegant. 

Gold. The ultimate epitome of luxury and affluence. 

Put these two power elements together and there you have it. Rose gold.

Personally, I don't fancy the colour of gold but rose gold, rose gold is simply fabulous!

The world of makeup has long since embraced this gorgeous hue. 

This year, Celcom First is proud to usher in the Year of the Horse with the Samsung GALAXY Note 3 Rose Gold Edition. No worries, the Samsung GALAXY Note 3 comes in Black, White, Black with Rose Gold and White with Rose Gold. I think the Rose Gold editions are great though, just my type. Especially when it comes with a 5.7 inch HD screen for a more vivid experience. Watch everything in HD! 

 Tasteful and sophisticated. Refreshingly stylish too.

Here's an insider's tip for more rewards when you get a Samsung GALAXY Note, sign up for any Celcom First with mPro plan an you can enjoy the Samsung GALAXY Gear (Orange) at only RM288. They’re known to have one of the best packages and plans after all. This is also the time to up your (fashion) game with a Moschino case to complement the cool tones and guess what, Celcom First rewards you with a complimentary case when you purchase a Samsung GALAXY Note 3 Rose Gold Edition, it's worth RM189. It's no wonder the good people of Celcom First are consecutive winners of Frost & Sullivan Awards, Malaysia’s best network indeed.

You know the more I look at Samsung GALAXY Note 3 Rose Gold Edition the more I can appreciate them. 

Can't imagine a better combination of style and substance - it's like a sign from the fashion deities to start positioning your nifty gadgets as a fashion statement. DO IT NOW.

Seen at MOSCHINO’s 2014 Spring/Summer runway show.

Well if you put it that way, everybody is going to be wanting it real bad.

More reasons to go for Celcom First for Samsung GALAXY Note 3. You know, besides the fact that it's the fastest network that keep you connected, anytime anywhere, without compromise. Plus, the Celcom Customer Service is always ready at your service. Or just click here for a whole new world that is shining, shimmering and splendid. Unless you already have the Samsung GALAXY Note 3 Rose Gold Edition. Then by all means please, just sit back relax and enjoy the fabulosity. 

All hail the glorious rose gold. 

all images credits to the World Wide Web

Function and fashion, unf. All of the above, I insist.


Good luck my way!

 Gong xi gong xi, here's to good fortune and a (rose) golden year ahead!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

For Old Times' Sake

This year's Chinese New Year celebration's a little quiet, isn't it? 

Perhaps it came too soon after Christmas, or perhaps it's just me who is feeling this way. Been thinking a lot about the past lately. Old memories sneaks in on the train of thoughts and decide to stay. We've always traveled around druring CNY (Kuantan-KL-Sitiawan-Kuantan) but now that all the grandparents are gone, we're staying put in KL. 

Earlier today I visited some relatives from mom's side. This old couple (mom's cousin, if I'm not mistaken) used to live in Sitiawan but moved over to KL so that their children can take care of them better and they could be closer to their first grandchild as well. I haven't meet them in several years and today I learned again that time brings forth changes that are not always pleasant, but we have no choice but to accept them and make the best out of it.

I remembered my uncle (don't know how else to call my mom's cousin's husband lol) as a healthy slender man whom I meet a few times each year when mom and I return to Sitiawan during the school holidays. He owned a little stationery store at the corner near that popular kompiang place in the heart of Sitiawan. I've always loved stationeries as a child so I looked forward to dropping by the store to look at all the wonderful stuff while munching on a freshly baked kompiang. Usually the conversations between my mom and her relatives go on for quite a bit and I'd soon be bored out of my mind. There's only so much stationeries you can look at in a day haha and this uncle was always, always welcoming. He greets everyone with an sincere smile and he spoke gently, almost too soft sometimes.

Often he invites us to take the chatter over a cup of tea at the kopitiam on the same row but rarely do we take that offer because mom has to go off somewhere to catch up with others. She has so many relatives in Sitiawan that dad likes to state that if you throw a stone in Sitiawan you're bound of hit a relative. Of the many many relatives, he's one of the few that I remember well because he's also the few rare ones that can speak Cantonese with me while the others go all Hokkien all the time. He was always so kind and spoke to me properly as if I mattered, even as a child. The complete opposite of his bubbly and cheeky wife, with whom mom loved to tease and laugh with.

So today I met them again and was surprised to see my uncle looking rather frail. 

He is definitely a changed man, physically speaking. It seems that he have had health difficulties in the past couple years and couldn't sustain the stationery shop anymore. Now he is dependant on daily medication and could not see nor walk as he used to. Despite the obvious pain, he slowly made his way to the door to greet us with the same old warm smile and proceeded to make conversation. 

Mom was cheekily arguing with his wife on the CNY gifts - she insisted we take back all the biscuits and mandarin oranges and only compromised by accepting the siew yoke that my dad made - in their usual Phuah-family nonsensical style peppered with name-callings and hearty laughter hahaha I couldn't join in that conversation at all so my uncle starting asking me little questions about how we're doing and next thing I knew we were both at the balcony and chatting about the condo's great view and location. 

I asked how he was getting used to this place and he said at first it wasn't easy but having given a little time to get used to things he gradually learned to enjoy it. He also gushed about his little grandson, unfortunately I haven't had the opportunity to meet the toddler yet as they weren't home that day. By then it was time to leave and as we were saying goodbye, mom was asking him to pick a day where my dad would take time off and they could all drive back to Sitiawan together for a short trip. No walking no rushing, just a chillout drive to wherever they wish to visit.

I observed him closely when my mom said that and he went quiet for a quick second or two before nodding in agreement to the proposal. It wasn't exactly his style to respond with expressive bursts of emotions so to be honest I couldn't really tell how he was feeling. He is always so smiling that it gets difficult to read. It wasn't until we were going down in the elevator that mom said he's mentioned to a relative a while back ago his wish to go home to Sitiawan for a while, to meet old friends.

I suppose this little trip could really ease the ache that comes with feeling homesick. Heck it took me pretty long to finally get used to the idea of living in KL, what more an elderly man who used to be surrounded by familiar faces in the comfort of his beloved hometown. Small town people are the best, really. Since that moment this afternoon, a queer feeling entered my heart and these old memories, along with many others, pushed past reality and circled my mind all day. 

It's a real quiet Chinese New Year, isn't it?

Saturday, February 1, 2014

GakuPuro #2: Fukushima University & Game Nights

Second day in Fukushima - we're checking out of Tsuchiyu and heading to Fukushima City
Short point-form narrations here because nothing crazy happened, just a discussion-heavy day.

Sleeping on futons in a tatami room was a great first. Woke up feeling great!

Yeah, that's my peace-ful pose amidst Tsuchiyu's lush greens. Hahahahaha

Okay I fell asleep in the bus again. Woke up just in time as we're already at Fukushima University.
It's small, but real peaceful and nice. Well the weather nice, so by default everything else is nice lol (✿◠‿◠)

Extra precaution taken after the nuclear disaster, to assure peace of mind.
Didn't exactly researched radiation levels but judging by the usual state of affairs I dare say this is safe.

Couldn't resist testing out the accuracy ourselves. 
We had this handheld radiation tracking device throughout the whole program
and the boys really enjoyed reading the radiation level of many many things.

Results are immediate and this is it. Apparently wet/damp stuff tends to have a higher read.
That's why they were targeting the damp clumps of fallen leaves by the steps.

A little field for assembly etc oh I'd love to have a picnic to enjoy the beautiful sun and nature here.

Smooth pathways leading to mysterious corners and faculties. If only we could explore more!

Another side of Fukushima University. There's a little mart and cafeteria. 
We bought some snacks there before heading into all the serious business of the day.

Oh hai serious business.╭ (oㅇ‿ o#)ᕗ 

We were all separated into groups and was given time to discuss our first impressions of Fukushima
after which we gathered our thoughts to be summarized and presented by a few group representatives.
Key members of the Minami Souma Rotary Club were also there to make merry ahem assist.

Stacks of post-its were used. A bit of a culture shock there, not used to these sort of group discussions
Internesting insights into how Japanese students work really. Is this a norm though, or just a one-time thing? 
We look pretty serious, but really it was all quite casual - opinions and feedback flowed freely. Oh youth!

Luckily I had the help of a translator for all these complicated jargons.
Also, snack time hahaha these fluffy bits of stuff cannot be explained. Had no idea what's in it either.

aaaaand it was presentation time for each group! There were four/five groups if I'm not mistaken. 

A reporter and her camera crew were also there to capture our discussion process and presentation.
This is Hikaru and Tsuguto in action for their team!

My group mates presenting...without me hahahaha it'll take forever for me to explain so yeah #leftout
That's Erika, Hama-chan, Takahashi and Reiya (who can speak German woar!) 

Mandatory group picture after all's done. Thanks everyone for the hard work! (●⌒∇⌒●)  

After that mentally-exhausting afternoon, we checked in this youth hostel place.
Crap I really can't recall what this place is called, but we're to stay here for the new couple days. 
There's a huge hall covered in tatami mats and the boys are sleeping here. The girls got to share rooms yay!

Hanging out with Momoa, Rina and Chiharu while waiting for room keys. 
Everyone had tags and personal radiation-level-tracking devices hanging off our necks all the time.

Here's a bigger picture with all the participants. Why the guys and girls separated so properly hahaha
Everyone was saying how nostalgic this place is, and they're not from around town hmm
I'm guessing that as students, out-of-town trips and camps are usually held in places like this.

We were there for quite a bit and suddenly one of the organizers rushed in and turned on the tv
The reporter got her scoop and it went on air within hours. Super efficient or super efficient!
I am THAT close to Arashi already ok hahaha #waitwhat 

Dinner time at the cafeteria downstairs. 
That's hamburg with siew mai and salad and rice. YUMS.

Then we attempted to cycle out just to explore the area because everyone's never been to Fukushima
That's Hikaru, Ribon and Chiharu with me! I say attempted because I was real shit and Ribon had to take over
Plus we had no idea which way to go, somehow ended up in Baskin Robbins
It was a chilly night, but we were so keen for it hahahaha don't ask me how much it costs wtf

It was really getting cold so we went back for a nice hot bath at the communal bath place
Please allow me to state that there are no such thing as language barrier when it comes to fun time!
We played soooo many card games that night in the main hall and some of the guys bought snacks
They're pretty much the same card games we play in Malaysia like 21 and Bullshit (●⌒∇⌒●) 

Oh this is hilarious, because Hama-chan kept losing over and over again 
so he had to shuffle the cards for everyone over and over again we laughed like mad anticipating his loss

As the night went on some went to bed and some split into little groups
There were the Serious Conversation group, the Light ChitChat group, the Snacking group
and this is the Jenga Make A Lot of Noise group ahahahaha  

My hair so bright man serious. 
That's Diida, btw, from Indonesia he's so fun!

I love this photo like anything because of all the crazy unintentional poses everyone got caught in!
It was super late already and more went to bed so naturally those left are split into smaller groups and I got caught 
in the Serious Conversation group with Hama-chan and Sawa-san. Don't know what the rest are doing lol

Time to go to bed. Putting on our night time yukata  for commemoration haha
Super grateful to have them as roomies, so accomodating and easy to talk to ♥♥♥ 

Day two ends. Intense day three coming up soon. Ok maybe not soon. But it will come.