Friday, July 05, 2013

Never judge a baju from its pictures

I just spent quite an hour browsing through online shopsss.Some are affordable and some are just too ridiculously pricey to purchased online. At least for me, I like to have the joy of trying out and swirling around with it for awhile before I fork out a grand for the dress. As much as pictures can tell a thousand words, pictures can be equally deceiving too. 

So think twice, trice or as many times you can before you click the 'add to cart' button ;)

Speaking of pictures can be deceiving.. I was checking out a designer's Raya collection. Yes it is mass production but it still does not carry a Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia price tag. Good that you want to reach out to the mass... But should not compromise on the quality.

For consumers on the other hand, maybe you might want to check on the details and workmanship before you proudly take a picture of you in your 'I got my xxxx raya collection' Instagram post. It is not just about which designer are you wearing, it is also about value for money as well...before the right hashtag will be #buruk #notworthit #menyesal

Just my two cents. Goodnight y'all~

Sunday, June 09, 2013

My days after Blackberry

I never thought that a mobile phone can actually alter your daily life.. which I only realise when I sent mine to the distributor for the 3rd time last year. Life was taxing busy as usual and I cannot afford to wait for the 14 working days period to get back my phone which at that point in time. The urge to check on BBM, to check on email, tweets, FB and the list go on and on. I resulted to buy the cheapest smartphone in the market to cater for my emailing needs (Thats what I told myself, or I self-claimed ). Hello Samsung Galaxy Y. Retailed at RM350 at most handphone shops around at the time I bought it.

It could do almost everything a smartphone can do with a lower specs (2.0Mp camera, minimal internal memory & single core processor). Please bear in mind that I am shifting from 'The best Blackberry just yet' to this entry level Android.

Life took its turn. From the tonnes of notifications to check in the morning and such, everything just went quiet. I learnt to appreciate Whatsapp to replace BBM. It is not the same but I found it less addictive than the other. 

Went to my mobile service provider to stop my BIS service and guess what? I actually learnt that I can save RM30/month. That is actually RM360 a year! ( can buy me a running shoe ouhkay :) ). You might want to check how much you have been spending a month for your mobile. It is a possible expense that you can actually lower.

Yes I have tweeted and updated my Facebook lesser ever since but that was not because of my new phone.. merely of somthing else. Come 2013, one thing that I wish I'd do more is to write more.

I miss blogging.. Yes it does take some time to gather your thoughts and put it into writing.. but it is also nice to reflect on certain things that have happened in your life.

Most of the time, I found myself too mentally tired after a day's work. Maybe you would want to check your day to. Have some 'me' time for yourself to take your mind off the day work. Go hit the gym and sweat out or something.. or go for a good run. It is not something easy to start with but you'll love it.

Sometimes you might want to take a step back and think above all the daily 'busy-ness' at work plus the self-allowed juggling notifications and email in your phone or the end of the day, your life and your fullness of everyday day-to-day living needs to be in the top priority.

Bidding goodbye to Blackberry leads me to discover more on the real life. I am not suggesting you to do the same but I do suggest you to identify your own possible mobile addiction and to take yourself away from it. Be it texting, Instagram,Candy Crush or anything else under the sky. If it keeps you away from connecting you with the people around you, time to rethink and make your first move for a better you.


Monday, April 29, 2013

Who You Are by Jessie J

  • I stare at my reflection in the mirror
    Why am I doing this to myself?
    Losing my mind on a tiny error,
    I nearly left the real me on the shelf 
    No, no, no, no

    Don't lose who you are, in the blur of the stars
    Seeing is deceiving, dreaming is believing,
    It's okay not to be okay
    Sometimes it's hard, to follow your heart
    Tears don't mean you're losing, everybody's bruising,
    Just be true to who you are

    (Who you are, who you are, who you are)
    (Who you are, who you are, who you are)

    (Who you are, who you are, who you are)

    (Who you are, who you are)

    Brushing my hair, do I look perfect?
    I forgot what to do to fit the mold, yeah
    The more I try the less it's working, yeah, 
    'Cause everything inside me screams, no, no, no, no, yeah

    Don't lose who you are, in the blur of the stars
    Seeing is deceiving, dreaming is believing
    It's okay not to be okay
    Sometimes it's hard, to follow your heart
    But tears don't mean you're losing, everybody's bruising
    There's nothing wrong with who you are

    Yes, no's, egos, fake shows
    Like woo, just go, and leave me alone
    Real talk, real life, good love, goodnight
    With a smile , that's my own
    That's my own, no, no, no, no, no

    Don't lose who you are, in the blur of the stars
    Seeing is deceiving, dreaming is believing
    It's okay not to be okay
    Sometimes it's hard, to follow your heart
    Tears don't mean you're losing, everybody's bruising
    Just be true to who you are, yeah, yeah, yeah

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Change is Possible

I remembered very well when I took my first step into the glass door. Nervous and anxious I was down, almost helpless, feeling stressed, ugly and full of negativity. I knew I needed to do something to change the way I have been living.

It was not funny to have people telling you, "Hey.. U grew.." "Aimi, what happened??"  "Waah, makin 'sihat' ". Trust me, it cut deep inside, when it was heard over and over again. Worse case, when you have the opposite sex telling straight to your face "If I want a girlfriend, I want her to be hot, to be in shape, bla bla bla". Thanks for the statements.  I was angry but I myself could not deny the fact that I no longer fit my skinnies and many other pieces in my wardrobe which resulted me to have to buy for new clothes and pants with a bigger size.

My turning point was when I accidently torn my favourite pants when I tried to force myself to zip it. Crushed, I knew I have to do something about it.

The ever famous quote rang in my head; for things to change I must change first.  After much thinking, search and reading of review, I headed to Fitness First which marked the beginning of my journey.

The brochure said, it takes 8 weeks for you to notice your body change, and 12 weeks for others to start to notice. 12 weeks?! I shrug.

Every new sign-up will get you a 3 sessions with a Personal Trainer. I cannot imagine myself being trained by a heavy muscle guy with tonnes of popping veins. The first person that came into my mind was Sazali Samad. Gosh!

Thank God my Personal Trainer was not intimidating by nature or monstrous as I imagined (Note: Not a big fan of big biceps, popping vein and having chest bigger than a lady's :P ). I created a drama on our first warm-up right after the ice-breaking session. I realised that I have no idea when was the last time I exercise.

Short term goal: I wanted look good in my dress for my sister’s wedding .Period.

Question: When is the wedding?
Answer:  I have about 6 weeks from now.
Mr Trainer: 6 weeks?!
But well, he said it can be done, provided if I am disciplined.

Aye aye captain!

I never knew how bad muscle sore can be until I experienced my first after my workout. I was working on my back the day before and got the sore the morning after. I struggled to take the parking ticket from my car window. I googled about it and that also started the series of me reading articles on health , fitness and other inspiring success stories.

Muscle sore, checked. Crazy moves?  More to come!

When he first demonstrated plank to push up; my first word was WTH. I struggled it through. When I thought that was challenging, a few weeks later he made me move a Vipr underneath my chest from side to side while doing plank. Gosh, that was tough!

One fine day, I got introduced to this ugly cannon ball-like-thing that looks harmless but will challenge you for a total body workout call Kettlebell. I hated it so much when I need to use that.

"If you want result, you have to do it.. Nak badan cantik kan.. " That is one of his favourite among many other encouraging, motivating and more importantly the extraordinary ability to empower me to do things that I never thought I could. I must admit there are times when I just feel like throwing him a kettlebell :P

Came to my sister’s wedding, I could fit my dress well and my designer was impressed that my effort to go to gym yielded a positive result. He wanted me to buy corset to wear with my dress, but after the final fitting, bye bye idea of corset…hello straight nice looking back.

Short term goal – achieved.  Next? To lose the fatty flabby fats here and there.

My journey continues for a fitter me. I took it positively, I was not on diet, but I was changing my lifestyle to start watching my food intake. Kilograms started to shred, and skinny jeans started to fit in and anything L size is just not wearable anymore.

True, many started to notice the change at 12th week. It was very motivating.

For myself, I notice the difference in me too. I can do more things, my dumbell and kettlebell weight is increasing, and so does the vipr. Plank to push up is no longer alien to me, so does moving the vipr underneath while doing plank. I do not hate kettlebell anymore. Workout intensity increased as well. Now, I started to lift up weight! Hohoho.

Today, after I almost fainted on the 6th minute of my first ever session with my trainer 4-months ago (telenovela of the month!), with a smile my trainer told me:

"You know what, today, you have achieved what your real size is supposed to be. When you first came, you have no idea how much and what that you have been carrying around".  He also asked me to keep at least twice a week workout to maintain and give myself a treat.

 I was speechless, trying to digest the news. The sweat, the muscle sores, the will to push forward all paid off. Alhamdulillah, everything was going on well.

My appreciation goes to my trainer, Parn for putting up with my tantrums, my mood swings and my fears to guide me to achieve the result that I wished for.  Not forgetting, my family for being understanding and supportive.

I learnt that, “Nothing is Impossible when you say I'm possible”. Change comes from within.

As my high school teacher always said, success is a journey not a destination. I shall continue this beautiful journey that has thought me to love myself more and appreciate the gift of health and fitness that God has given me every day to live and lead my everyday life.

"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what kept you going", a saying on Fitness First wall.

Start the first move; I believe you can do it too.



** UPDATE : Parn is no longer with Fitness First to pursue his dream. Starting May 2013, I am now training with Faizal Ishak, Advanced Personal Trainer. Cool guy, patient and strict (no bargaining..even if it is your birthday :P ) Shall write about my new trainer later. So far so good, sessions going on well as I continue to sweat buckets and training with weights :)

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

"I dont need second chance.. I just need a chance from you to make you happy"

Istanbul here I come. That is the direct translation of the movie that I watched last night.
It was an in promptu decision for us to go and hace a movie outing in a weekday night. Aha!
So how was it? It was a Malay chick flick movie. Just a light one...mediocre acting but the nice part was where the shooting took place, Istanbul! From James Bond to this movie.. I think has caught my eye to have a visit to Istanbul. It's really beautiful :)

Back about the movie.. It is about a girl that went to Istanbul to look for her boyfriend of 6-years to make him propose. Well, to cut the story short, something went wrong in between they got into a fight instead and she got to rethink of whether is he the guy that she wants to be with.

What caught my attention and stuck into my mind was the what the new guy told the girl before she went back to Malaysia. It went something like this upon translation:

"I dont need second chance.. I just need a chance from you to make you happy".

That phrase just got stuck into my mind. Sometimes, many actually blew the chances given to them. Second chance is ok but not to be used in all aspects. I did experience seeing how some people still blew their second chance given which I bet many rethink why did they even give the second chance.

For what ever the reason behind the chances given, I believe that we must always appreciate any chances that is given to us...Chances are we never know when it will come knocking back to us again.

Sometimes we question the decisions we made... Sometimes we ponder what will it be like to go through the road that we did not take...

May it is high time for us to stop and think...are we actually doing the right thing :)


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

It's a leaf? it's a lipstick? it's a Nokia!

It tickled me reading the title "Nokia unveils crazy-looking X5 smartphone" . Oh well, Nokia has its own stint of making weird looking phones since way back. Remember the leaf shape phone? The maze like and the lipstick phone ? I so wanted to have the lipstick phone back then.. not as the primary phone, just as a collection..but somehow until now, if you check out on ebay, that lipstick phone still cost more than $120. It does have some aesthetic value till now.

Technology has always excite me in many ways, not just mobile phones, other gadgets as well. No I dont have thick specs, binary watch or speak programming language. I am just someone who will try to utilize what she has to the fullest. Trying to make every cents paid counts ;)

Currently, no doubt there is a discussion between smartphone and non-smartphone. Some may ask why does company like Nokia is still producing non-smartphone. Simple, not everyone wants the phone more than just answering call and text. Sometimes I do wonder, do we actually need all the functions needed in a smartphone?

It is no doubt that smartphones gets us connected, do work on the go, make one want to share almost every detail of your daily life some (schedules, whereabout etc). First thing to look at in the morning and last thing before sleeping. Well, that was me. You may or may not experience the same thing. Oh ya, and not forgetting treating the phone as the comfort teddy bear when you just dont feel like talking or lonely at a new/foreign space.

I have been off my Blackberry for more than a week right now (Thanks for the ever popular red light error). Currently using my 'crazy-looking X5 Smartphone'. Still a smartphone but running on Symbian. Sounded a lil early 2000s but I think it still served the basic needs. Shall discuss more on that another time and this time, I got to experience biNu

Looking on another side of the coin, if my Nokia phone can actually say something, I am pretty sure it'll say " Karma is a b**** , isnt it? " and give me a super wide grin :D Well, truth be told, I must admit that my X5 phone I consider as a worth buy. Bought it at about RM600 at that time,this phone with physical slider QWERTY keyboard has 5 megapixel on-board camera with a 4x digital zoom, with a LED flash, 2Gb card in the box, ability to sync your email and connect to internet via wifi. Come to think of it,it's pretty decent actually. Obviously, I ditch aside making way for my Blackberry. Oh well.. sorry N, I needed more emails to push ( that was what I thought at that time)

Will share more on my next post. Before that, I would like to take everyone back to the memory lane when BBM was not in our daily dictionary, Whatsapp have not existed and so are Viber, Kakaotalk, Tango and the list will go on and on. Back then, we text, text and text and yes, remember those pixel picture messages, polyphonic ringtone, and snake? Checkout this post by CNet Nokia: A long and innovative history

Have fun!


Tuesday, October 02, 2012

He said "Be, so it is"


The last entry I wrote in was 2nd August 2012, and now is 0015 2nd October 2012. Time just kept on going and going without waiting. So thus life and its surrounding...moving and changing.

Judging from my last post, that was before my life took a big turn, to make me revisit about love, relationship and of course, the Almighty. I wish I could share it out with everyone but that'll be another real life drama. I do wish to share what I observed from it.

Re collecting my thoughts on the days after 2nd August leads me to one thought..In everything we do..we must never stop to pray and ask God for forgiveness from the Almighty. Allah showed me love, He showed me changed and above all,He made me realised my mistakes as well. When going through the emotional turbulence,nothing else can keep you to stay put, other than Him.

Insyallah my friends, when you're in doubt, seek for answers from Him, when you're in need, go look for Him, when you feel weak, seek for strength but when you're happy, never ever forget Him. There's no love greater than His love...all you need, is just to come back to Him, remember Him, repent and appreciate all the time you have before it's too late.

In loving memory of...the girl that showed me what it is to never give up, the girl that made me realised what love is...the girl that once filled the joy and happiness, the center universe of another soul. Rest in peace my dear...I believe you'll be ok lil angel..paradise is where you belong Insyallah. Al Fatihah.

Everything happened for a reason. Allah knows best

"His command, when He intends anything, is only to say to it: Be, so it is". 36:82

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