The dreaded last day. So much to do before heading to the airport. Tim’s coursemate wanted to have a meal with us before we left so I picked a place that had a stationery store that I’ve been dying to go ;p Check out their website and you KNOW that it is one of the most comprehensive and well-stocked stationery store. It’s like Popular Bookstore but minus the rack of books and more journal, writing and art supplies! I didn’t take any picture of the interior because I was too busy indulging myself with all that they have. But if you check out their instagram or you know about their washi tape wall, you know this store is the real deal. Their recently hired Community Manager, Joy Chong came up to me while I was mesmerized by their collection of Tombow and Sakura Koi brush pens. Obviously she didn’t know who I was because she’s not a stalker like I am.
“Hi, do you need help with anything?”
“Oh, no worries I’m just exploring.”
“Okay, if you need anything just let me know.”
Being able to visit and enter the store is surreal enough but seeing and talking to the person I’ve been stalking and artwork I admire it’s as if I’ve met a celebrity. 😍
As I promised in Day 2, I’ll do a haul on the stationery I bought 🙂
We drove the car back to Jeff’s dad’s workshop, called a taxi and head to the airport. We made a stop to KLIA2 because our friends requested Garrett’s popcorn in their shopping list. Then, we took the express train from KLIA2 to KLIA1.
I really hope to go back again if I get the chance. It was a wonderful and memorable trip. The food, my friends, the shopping – I’ll be back for you.
Sukishi and Suki-Ya has the same concept: Japanese Shabu Shabu Buffet. The thin slices of pork/beef/chicken/lamb is endless. The only difference is that Suki-Ya doesn’t serve pork in their menu. They’re paired best with the sukiyaki soup base, I reckon. You swirl it in beaten raw eggs after scooping them out from the soup which cools them down considerably before you dip it in a spicy miso paste sauce (I think. Just dip it. It’s good) and into your mouth. It’s warm, smooth, flavourful, and the best thing is, it’s endless. Every seat has a sheet of paper introducing the types of meat, soup and sauces they have, as well as a guide for you to enjoy your shabu shabu time more efficiently. All the sauces will be served to you automatically. All you need to do is choose the soup base and meat. Yes, you can order all that they provide.
And like every buffet restaurant, there’s ice cream! They used to serve a black sesame ice cream but it wasn’t highly accepted by people so now they only serve green tea and chocolate ice cream, which is yum too!
After lunch Tim and I spent our time in Sunway Pyramid reminiscing about the good old times. It’s the best shopping mall to get anything because it has a wide price range and it has every kind of shop there is.
We bought llaollao – THE best frozen yogurt I’ve ever eaten after Yogurberry disappeared. Can’t decide on the sauce? Go for chocorock and I promise you will not regret it. The best deal is probably Sanum – you get 2 types of crunchies and 3 types of fruits and 1 sauce; that’s like, 6 toppings!
I can’t remember what we had for dinner. Before retiring back to our hotel, we managed to catch Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 from TGV Cinemas. How psychotic was his dad anyway?
It’s June already and I’m still not done blogging about my trip to KL in April. What’s taking so long? I just moved to a new place temporarily and there’s no wifi there. I’ve exhausted the limited data that I have on my phone. I usually dread going to work but it’s the nearest place I can get a wifi connection, so I find it weird that I look forward to go to work now. I know I’ve said this before but my monthly friend still hasn’t visited yet which makes me all moody and tired. To top it all off, it has been raining every evening everyday.
I initially didn’t plan to write today because I’ve been writing so much I fear that I’ll use up all the ideas I have to blog. But here I am, writing about nothing in particular (or do I?). I came across a blog post: What To Do When You Want to Write But Don’t Know What to Write and followed the writer’s advice. As usual my day is going by (still working) like an unchanging season. I don’t even know what season is since my country has only one season – perpetual summer with the occasional spring feel.
I was writing (actual writing, like on paper) and realised that my words are of a certain size. Everyone have their own special handwriting of different curves, size, squiggles whether it’s messy or neat but never exceeding a certain height. We’re so accustomed to writing on lined paper, governed by its fence that if we try writing beyond it, it doesn’t turn out nice because it’s unnatural. Our wrist have no muscle memory of that.
The night before I struggled to sleep in. I was awake almost the whole time because my head was pounding and my throat felt like sand paper and my nose was dripping phlegm down to my throat making me choke while I’m trying to sleep. I constantly had to go to toilet and expel the phlegm. The hotel room only had an aircond so my nose was acting up all night. Plus, I had high fever making me prone to having the chills. I didn’t bring any medicine in case of emergency nor a cardigan or long pants. It was late at night and there was no pharmacy open. Tim had a clean tshirt, he let me wore it over my own to battle the chills. my legs were still vulnerable though because the hotel blanket was not thick enough. But protect your heart and it’ll warm you up (that’s what I think anyway).
We had to meet Tim’s parents at 9am for breakfast but he woke at 7.30am and left. When he came back at around 8.30am, he came holding a plastic with take-away porridge and a bunch of medicine he bought from a pharmacy. I was so touched I could’ve cried. It was such a loving gesture.
So I had porridge for breakfast, had to miss out eating breakfast with his parents and the rest of the day out because I had plans with my friends at night so I knew that if I didn’t rest during the day, I wouldn’t be able to meet them at night which is like THE highlight of this trip.
Ate, popped some tablets and slept till evening.
At 4pm I had another appointment with Musee Platinum. I guess I have to return to KL from time to time because they don’t have a branch in KK. Musee is a hair removal salon. So far I’ve had 4 sessions and the results are as promised.
When I woke up at 2.30pm, I felt surprisingly rested and less warm to the touch. I washed up, changed my clothes and walked over to Sunway Pyramid. I slept so long I haven’t had my lunch yet so I walked over to Jusco; there’s a stall that sells sweet potato and I reckon they’re the best. Bought myself an apple + dragonfruit juice with aloe vera cubes to boost my immunity and sat at available benches to munch.
My best friend picked me and another friend up and off we went for dinner!
It hasn’t been a particularly difficult week in terms of work lately. I think my monthly visitor is due so I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and self-reflection on my behaviour and future (that explains the previous posts).
Day 3 was the main reason why we were having a trip in the first place: Tim’s convocation!
This year’s decoration is truly the most beautiful setting I’ve seen yet. The balloons makes all the difference. It imbues an environment of celebration, happiness and fun. Plus, the backgrounds for the photo-taking booth were exceptionally professional and polished. They had a few around the school grounds: the typical white background with the university’s logo, the “JUST GRADUATED”, and the abstract looking one.
There was 2 that Tim and his family did. I didn’t take picture of the one I’m about to mention, which is a aqua/pink/purple brushed over the background. That was really nice. The photo came out looking dreamy.
Next was this.
SO CUTE RIGHT? It’s a hot air balloon! We told the photographer that we wanted a funny pose. There were a few families before us and they just stood in the basket (still looking cute and pretty), but that’s what everyone was doing. So we decided that we wanted to do something a little different 😉 I mean, the photo costs RM10 per piece! We ought to make it count.
Dinner was at Madam Kwan’s at Sunway Pyramid with Tim’s family, aunt and uncle, and their family. I was too tired to take any photos, and I this was the day that I started to feel like I was falling sick.
As you all know from my previous post I’ve been moving boxes lately in preparation of my house being under renovation so I didn’t have time for leisure or energy to bring myself to type. But today finally I have some of that time to lie belly down on my bed and do nothing but breathe. So here goes, day two!
Early start in the morning because I couldn’t sit still thinking about visiting a stationary store I’ve been dying to go. We drove on the same road I used to travel to work for and boy, the nostalgia was hitting hard. I can still remember which junction to turn to, which roundabout to be aware of and when we would reach the traffic light. It’s funny to think that I hated the view on the way to work but now I miss it. HIMYM calls this the graduation goggles.
I took a photo of myself with my workplace in the background because I wanted to surprise and invite my colleagues out for lunch. How excited I was!
I sent this picture to 3 of my colleagues and waited while Tim and I went to Toast & Roast for their super delicious char siew! `(*^﹏^*)′ I devoured it before I realised that I didn’t take a picture of it D:
While we waited for my colleagues to reply, we went to Digital Mall because Tim wanted to find some stuff for his computer. Boys and their toys ;p. It was just next to Jaya One, The School so we killed some time there while waiting for replies ’cause I figured it may be a nice place to have lunch with them. There are many shops there that we used to go like Go Noodle House, Go Rice House, Streats Thai.
After many texts sent and received, turns out many of them were out for meeting and it wouldn’t have mattered ’cause I still could meet the others but the person I wanted to meet most was out too 😦 *sulk*
BUT my spirits were lifted because that means I had longer time to spend in the stationery store!
Needless to say I spent a solid 2 hours in there just walking back and forth eye candy-ing everything on the shelf. I wanted to buy EVERYTHING. Their wax seals, calligraphy inks, fountain pens, cute post it notes, notebooks – I WANTED THEM ALL! Good thing I wasn’t crazy about washi tapes (yet) otherwise the majority of my purchase would’ve been spent there. I struggled to decide whether I wanted to buy this or that or this and that until Tim found a place to sit while waiting for me resolve my inner conflict 😅
In the end, these are what I bought! I’ll do a review or a haul because I visited another 2 stationary stores the days after 😂 (update: click here for haul!)
Next stop, 1Utama! Tim said there are many new and interesting restaurants opened and he wanted to try them out. We were quite exhausted by then and hungry so we settled for Fish & Co. after all that walking and exploring hahahaha.
Pablo only opened after we left so this was another place we were looking forward to. These baked cheese tarts are a must eat if/when you visit KL. These are THE BOMB. there were many mixed reviews; some said it tasted great, some said it tasted horrible. If you love cheese, ignore ALL those bad reviews because this really is the baked cheese tarts of all baked cheese tarts. The crust is firm but crumbly, the cheese custard is creamy and watery but surprisingly can still hold its shape. One word: wow. The original flavour was so good we decided to buy the green tea flavour one and again, no regrets. YOU MUST TRY IT.
We went back to the hotel to rest and freshen up a bit before walking over to Sunway Pyramid for dinner. We were still full from our late lunch. It was between Carl’s Jr. or Sakae Sushi.
And day two ended with raw fish and sore ankles after visiting 4 shopping malls in a day.
I took a half day leave off work so I could do some last minute packing and shower before heading off to meet Tim at Riverson. You can read that here. On the way to the airport, my blood was rushing because I was so excited! I haven’t been on a trip for so long. We left Riverson at 5pm so you can imagine the rush hour. We made it to the airport with and hour and fifteen minutes to spare. I can’t remember if we bought anything to snack on before boarding the plane, hmm…
Time to fly!
I managed to sleep for a short while. It was the kind that you only realize you were asleep when you woke up. And man, I woke up so many times it made me even more exhausted. About 30 to 40 mins in, it was time for dinnurrr. The in-flight food was so good. SO GOOD. And also I was really hungry so it tasted ten times better.
I savoured every piece…
Ladies and gentlemen we are about to land so please return to your seats, fasten your seat belts, adjust your seat to and upright position and slide open the window.
(those were not the exact words)
THE EXCITEMENT WAS REAL.
We took a taxi to Jeff’s place from the airport because his parents were so kind to lend us their Kancil. If you’re travelling in KL, or anywhere really, getting around in a car is so much more convenient. And it was even more for us since we lived there before. Of course, public transports are a lot cheaper but you don’t always get to choose an accommodation that’s nearby and the effort of getting to the train or bus is just not worth it especially when the weather is hot af. You’re already dripping sweat otw to your first destination.
It was around 10pm when we reached his house. We only got to our hotel at almost midnight. Even though I was incredibly tired, I enjoyed every moment during our ride to the hotel. And when I saw that golden lion head with glowing eyes*, my heart stopped. There was a moment of silence. You know when you leave your camera out for a long time and the pictures developed, you captured the motion of the cars; yellow, orange, red ribbons sliding softly in the streets. It was that.