Best Days

What Was The Best Day of Your Life?

What was the best day of your life?

The question popped out on my phone. Sent by Jik. It got me thinking. The thing is, I have many.

The days I spent with my cousins, driving around Jakarta to buy the best road-side food.

The weekend I went to Malaka with my Uni friends and made more friends by the time we went back to Singapore.

Our three weeks honeymoon in Japan.

The weekend I went to Goa to attend my cousin’s wedding.

The first time I saw the Autumn colours IRL.

The many moments I shared with Cheryl when we worked together.

The day I went to the theme park as a kid with just my parents. I was wearing a red dress, and they let me do water rafting. It was so fun. I felt so happy and excited, and a bit of a grown-up.

The day I got a salary hike.

The day I got approval to move to Australia.

The day I stood in front of the sixteen floors National Library in Singapore.

The day I noticed Vi entering the classroom wearing her purple pyjamas.

The days I spent in Phi Phi Island, wearing a bikini for the first time and learning to be confident in it.

The day I bought my first MacBook.

Birthdays.

The hours I spent in the bookstores. And the hours I spent in Spellbox.

The night of the New Year’s Eve when I met Fafa.

The drunken night walk with my cousins in Copenhagen.

The day I ate MSG ridden fried-rice in a Chinese restaurant in Italy after not having rice for more than a week for the first time in my life.

Japan days.

My first snowfall day.

The days where Fafa kindness was the only support I had.

The weekend in Uluru.

The hours Jik and I spent in coffee shops in Hong Kong.

The time with LOL memories.

Quality times I spent with Amma and the moments of hugging her.

The day my Amma complimented me on my cousin’s engagement day.

Drinking Karak Chai in Dubai.

The nights I sat on the beach.

The hours I spent in the kitchen with my workmates – having lunch or just taking breaks.

The days I spent with Erwin and Vivi, rediscovering Jakarta.

The days and nights I spent with Thu just messing around while trying to figure out life.

My days in Singapore.

First dates. Second dates.

The days where I do very little but don’t feel guilty at all. The days when I do so much and feel a sense of accomplishment.

My post-grad days.

Sleepover nights.

My wedding days.

The day I realised I had all the support I needed in life.

The afternoon in Brisbane when we took an hour Uber-ride to eat good Indo food.

The day I discovered Serial podcast while travelling in Europe, which led into the true-crime rabbit hole.

The day I took Shinkansen for the first time, the second time and every single time after that.

The day I set up my blogs excitedly.

My last working day in Singapore.

Those are some of my best days—the ones I would love to redo. I realised now that most of them involve being surrounded by my loved ones, travelling and discovering myself. Here is to creating space in my life for more of those kinds of days.

Tsum Tsum

Technically, this isn’t my first Disney Tsum Tsum. The first one was Bing Bong from Inside Out which I got last June for my then 3mo old niece in the Shibuya Disney store. Even then I love the idea of these mini-sized soft toys, but since I didn’t know what it’s for, I couldn’t justify getting it for the adult me and I was worried that Miaw might get jealous (so much for being an adult, eh?). Also, that time I didn’t know that it’s called Tsum Tsum because I wasn’t Kawaii enough.

Life went by fine and dandy until the Star Wars craze hit us late last year and the internet exploded. A tiny piece of that explosion was the Star Wars Tsum Tsum. I kept seeing it everywhere and thought to myself “Hey, maybe I should get one for Fafa”, thus the beginning of me falling into the Disney Tsum Tsum rabbit hole. I was not long after when I completely forgot about getting him any Tsum. He already has the Darth Vader, the white Darth Vader, and the green E.T. master anyway.

Hours of “research” revealed that the most famous Disney Tsum Tsum was the Disney Princess Tsum Tsum. At least a few bloggers I frequently read had them, including Jemma of Dork Face. But I never really identified myself with any Disney Princess, not when I was young, definitely not now, so that choice was out of the window.

Also, all the princesses looked kinda.. err bloated? Don’t you think so?

I googled Harry Potter Tsum Tsum. Dammit, they didn’t have it! Next, I googled Gudetama. No luck. At least not the original ones. Finally, I stumbled upon the festive Tsum Tsum; Christmas, Halloween, and Birthdays and I went crazy.

I wanted it all.

After spending a few embarrassing days to decide, my first Disney Tsum Tsum which I assumed to be my last one due to the exuberant shipping cost to Jakarta needed to be the perfect *hint2*.

I liked the Christmas Mickey, the Halloween orange jumpsuit Mickey and I also liked the witch hat Mickey which might be the closest thing to the wizarding world. While contemplating which one of these three Mickeys to get I went to Amazon to check whether their shipping cost might be cheaper (not really). That’s when I saw it. Japan imported cat onesie wearing Mickey Mouse. Yes. Cat+Mickey+Onesie tied with a pretty red ribbon. How could I not? I clicked buy, with only one eye opened to avoid seeing the shipping cost and prayed that the purchase went through. I waited for it until I forgot about it.

The package came last Saturday. It was a happy treat to open when I was just back from Yogyakarta, all sick and flu-ey. Especially since it came in a tiny envelope so I didn’t think it would be the Disney Tsum Tsum. I decided that it’s gender fluid and named it Alexa Chung, inspired by her book IT. Yeah, I know, by right I should have named it IT, but that’s just cruel people.

Between the time I bought it and it came, before I completely forgot about it, I googled more about Tsum Tsum and found out that this mini cuteness can be used as a handphone rest/holder or screen cleaner. Talk about multifunction, eh?

I love Alexa Chung, both the girl and my Tsum Tsum, but I think, now that Che is going to Japan next month, I have room to love one or four more, especially this limited edition Kyoto Tsum Tsum. Love love love!

Do you get the Disney Tsum Tsum craze? Do you want one? What would be your choice of Tsum Tsum?

I am taking Alexa Chung to work tomorrow. Not sure whether I am going to put it on my table. I still need my boss to respect me.

Ps. Tsum Tsum festivalbento, dessert and sushi, game app, pachinko because great things do happen on a daily basis. Happy creating or collecting friends!

Hong Kong Ocean Park

Nursing a hangover, unlike eager kids, we decided to go to Hong Kong Ocean Park as late as possible, which turned out to be a bad move. When we arrived, it was oh-so-terribly hot, but we already bought the tickets and took a bus ride to the place, so we went in.

As soon as we entered, we got ourselves balloons. If I was with someone else, I would hesitate to get one, but it was with her, so I didn’t need to do it since I knew she would want to get one, too. Our weirdness connects us.

When we saw a very long queue outside an exhibition, we thought maybe it something interesting, so we joined in. It turned out to be a seahorse exhibition: different types of seahorses, their food sample, and infographics about their mating process. Boring! I have a feeling the seahorse is a big thing in Hong Kong.

Maybe something to do with luck? I need to look it up.

The highlight of the day happened at the Asian Animal exhibition. We entered the place solely because it was air-conditioned, but we were in for a treat. PANDAs were waiting for us. Okay, yes, they didn’t exactly wait for us. They were just sitting there, being much bigger than I ever imagined and chewing their bamboo with not a care in the world, the perks of being uber-cute.

Oh, btw, sometime in between the exhibitions, I got a fish painted on my face and from then on I started to draw the crowd’s attention. It was mostly kids who looked at my face with envy or pointed it out to their parents, but some adult strangers asked to take pictures with me, to which I happily obliged. I felt like a local celebrity! Is this what they call five minutes of fame?

We then proceed to have lunch in Hong Kong Ocean Park Food Court. I didn’t eat mine. The fish was a little uncooked, and I would be damned if I had food poisoning on the second day of our trip. The food experience was below par, and it reminded me of the same experience in the Toranga Zoo and Universal Studios. Why is it that the food at theme parks is always bad? I need to look that up, too.

After lunch, we took the cable car to go to the other side of the park. I love cable car rides. I have had good memories of them, with my school friends who officially became good friends after our ride together, with my besties to Hakone, and now with Jik, until she threatened to throw Miaw out of the window! Thankfully nothing happened. All three, four of us, if you count Liu, the dolphin balloon, reached the ground safely.

The next stop was Old Hong Kong. We spent some quality time there, taking pictures in some of our most ridiculous poses.

There was a miniature exhibition there featuring colorful stuff collected by a Sweden born Hong Kong based artist from a beach in ONE DAY. It felt like a nudge for me to be more mindful of my disposal.

Our final stop was the gift shop (obviously, it’s me we are talking about!), but Nah, Disney world has a much better collection, but it didn’t stop me from taking pictures with the shark hats.

I liked our Hong Kong Ocean Park day, though I thought I was done with theme parks for a while. A little while, because I do love theme parks

Academic Coffee Hong Kong

I am sitting here in front of one of the most famous coffee shops in Hong Kong. in front of me, a honey-drizzled strawberry tart. Two things I enjoy immensely combined. Ready to be devoured. But no. I can’t eat it just yet.

You know why? because Jik said:

Jangan kau makan apapun sebelum aku foto!*”

*”Don’t eat anything before I take picture!”

Why did I choose her to as a best friend?


We have decided to give this place a 5 star. Yes. I have eaten the tart above. OMG. So Good.

The service is good. The cafe plays music. It also has many types of seating (we are sitting by the window facing the street) and very friendly staff.

We are sold.

Jik just yelled out loud:

“AAAA…. sipping hot spicy apple cider”

Another thing she said just now:

Ahhh ayam gue tinggal satu!!!!

Ahhh, I only have one chicken left!!!!

hahahhaah congok (greedy)!

It didn’t miss out on me that today is Monday and instead of sitting on my cubicle on the left corner of the 33rd floor on the beach road, I am here.

Writing, traveling, coffee-ing, and with my BFF.

Who can’t stop talking about her spicy hot apple cider tea? To be fair, it’s really good. I almost admit it to her.

Oh btw, we just came from the book shop opposite of the road. Called Cosmos. Looked like a neighborhood bookstore but don’t be fooled my friends. It’s a huge two stories book store and the best part? They still have old English books. The ones I saw like years ago in Singapore borders and recently wake up with the premonition to buy it when I searched for it I couldn’t find it anymore in Kinokuniya these days.

With all this long paragraph you might think I bought one no? No, I didn’t. I bought a published homegrown blogger Jason Y.NG’s book titled Hong Kong State of Mind.

Wait, I think I should get another book of his while we are still in the neighborhood.

Disney

My colleagues went to Hong Kong last week, and I was so ready to plead-bribe them to get me another Disney Tsum Tsum when they told me they weren’t going to Disneyland. But why??? I don’t get it!

You go to Disneyland when you visit a city that has Disneyland. You eat dessert at brunch. Those are life rules.

“It’s Disneyland! The happiest place in the world. You want to be happy don’t you?? Don’t you?” I pestered them. The conversation stopped there, maybe it had to do with my crazy eyes. First, there was Augustus, who thought Hazel’s choice of using her wish from The Genie Foundation on Disneyland was lame (ref: The Fault In Our Stars). And now people who sat in the cubicle beside me refused to go there for no good reason. 

But it’s Disneyland, Mickey Mouse lives there!

For me, Disneyland was almost a myth growing up. I never thought I would ever visit it, but later life changed in a major way, and I was lucky enough to get to see not only one, but three. The first one was the Hong Kong Disneyland. I went there with Yin. The second one was in Paris where I stayed for two days and last one was in Tokyo a few months ago. 

During the weekend, I went through my iPhoto folder labeled Disneyland and reminisced one of my happiest travel moments. The best part about visiting Disneyland was not the rides and main attractions; I was too old to sit in a small chair that takes us into the cave of dancing dolls. We still did it though. Instead, it was about other happy inducing things like:

Riding Disneyland Train

On the day we went to the Hong Kong Disneyland, we started our journey by train. I was so excited to see the train. Everything was decorated with Disney stuff. There were Mickey Mouse shaped windows and Disney character statues on each corner.

Eating at Disneyland Cafe

We stopped for lunch at a Disney café, and I was overwhelmed by all the fun-named meal choices. I took time well after Yin made her choice, giving her a chance to snap the above picture. There were Mickey Mouse soup and cookies! And in the Paris one, I had breakfast and sipped coffee from an iconic Mickey cup and had a complete Disney Cars themed breakfast and dinner for two days. Meals shaped in Disney Character = one happy me.

Shopping at the Disneyland Gift Shop

Disneyland elevates my mood to a roaring 10/10, and I always want to bring back something as a remembrance. That, and I love all those cute little keychains, pens, mugs, notes, hats, and everything. I could spend hours in a gift shop and that’s exactly what I did in Paris’s Disneyland. Since we were staying the night I didn’t have a curfew. I came back many times, making a reason of forgetting to get someone something. And again.

Btw, may I suggest taking a page from Yin’s book? She bought a Disney tee and wore it straight away.

Meeting Disneyland Characters

For someone who is too lazy to ride on any attraction, I have an opposite reaction to meeting the characters, the ones in costumes or the life-size statues. I get really, REALLY excited whenever I see them. Admittedly, I was shy to approach the mascots to take a picture with them, especially when I had to explain to them that it’s for me and not my younger siblings. 

There was only one time when I excitedly asked a costume-wearing guy to take a picture with me. Why? Because without enough processing time, my brain thought he was Dumbledore (And I LOVE Dumbledore). He wasn’t. It’s Disney. He was Father Time.

Sleeping at Disneyland Hotel

We, two adult ladies with no kids, stayed in a Cars themed Disney Hotel. 

For some reason, it reminded me of a desert. Was the movie Cars shot in the desert? I am not sure, I haven’t watched it. 

Other than the boyish-themed room, the hotel stay was fun. We got all the special treatments for being staying guests, including a buffet dinner with Disney enthusiasts and their tired but proud parents and gift shops that were open until late at night were super worth it! I particularly enjoyed the buffet dinner because I finally got to eat rice after a week of baguettes.I would do it all over again and it should be on everyone’s bucket list! How about you? Have you been to Disneyland?

Chicken Curry in Cathay Pacific – HK to SG

I was flying back with Yin, I remember we both dreading to go back to reality after two weeks of fun. Seeing the last picture, I realized, I like to eat curry while flying. Above is chicken curry. “A little spicy” the stewardess warned us. I started with the main meal, ate the Haggen-Dazs (I LOVE IT WHEN THEY SERVED ICE CREAM ON THE PLANE), moved to the bread and fruits, and finally the apple juice. Let me share a secret, In-flight apple juice is the best!

I wish I had taken the meal we had on a Delta flight to Japan. I remember loving it so much, but I can’t remember what exactly did we eat. Vi, Yin, do you remember? Have you ever put thoughts on your in-flight meals? Would you ever record it? Strangers, who sat beside me always gave me the look whenever I snapped a picture of the food on my phone but hey, I don’t care. My life, my seat, my curry!

That’s all to start this Airline Dining series. Did this make you hungry? Well, I am! I am going to find a Bento place, sit in the small corner and pretend I am eating on the plane to relive the moment. Only this time, my feet will be touching the ground.

Stanley Market

Today, Yin and I took a bus to Stanley, a town located on a Hong Kong Island peninsula. We spent the day chilling by the beach. We couldn’t swim as it was too cold and windy, but we did some good-old people watching. By late afternoon, after soaking up up the sun and got a little tan, we took the same bus to go to Stanley market. Among the many markets in Hong Kong, Stanley Market is my favourite. There were handmade pieces of jewellery, cheap jades, Tin Tin stuff, painting and whatnot. We headed down to the pier for some gorgeous sunset watching while sipping a cold beer. We considered having dinner at the famous. It’s a 160-year-old restored three-storey colonial building with a restaurant on the first floor, with fantastic sea views. But at the end we decided to go back to the city to have yum-cha dinner instead.

The Peak Hong Kong

We went to The Peak today and had tons of fun (except climbing a long uphill road). We went to the observation deck to enjoy the Hong Kong skyline at its best, but unfortunately, it was a foggy day. It wasn’t pretty, no pictures were taken.

We stopped for lunch somewhere in the building before heading to my first ever visit to the Madame Tussauds museum. I was never a celebrity-crazed girl, so I assumed it wouldn’t be much fun. But I was so wrong! I had the best time ever posing with Angeline Jolie, The Beatles and my favourite, Marilyn Monroe! I took an epic picture with her and sent everyone I knew on the planet.