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… and today as I read through a couple of my previous posts, I felt that sudden urge to blog again.

So is this the moment where I tell you that just like the phoenix my blog will be rising from its own ashes? It seems like it for now! I don’t know how long this will last though. A month? 2 weeks? Or even worse, a day? I guess the only way to find out is to stay tuned!

Anyway, for some time now, I’ve been thinking about having another blog. An anonymous blog. You know… kind of like Gossip Girl where I would just bitch about people and how annoying they can be or even reveal dirty secrets about him or her – trust me, I do have a few saucy stories to tell. Hell yeah. I can be a spiteful devil if I want to. Don’t be fooled by the sweet smile. Just saying.

The idea of the anonymous blog was also triggered by the fact that lately I have been feeling depressed and sad for so many reasons. At times, I felt like blogging about my state of mind but it was getting way too personal at some point. And frankly speaking, I didn’t want some people close to me reading about what I was really going through. You see, I have never been good at handling messy feelings and dealing with them. That’s where the anonymous blog would have been my own therapeutic outlet.

So should I get another blog? Still thinking but even if I do, you won’t know about it :). See you around peeps!

 

 

All I need is you

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We can’t expect everybody to be there for us, all at once. So it’s a lucky thing that really, all you need is *someone*.

Tianjin and a wedding

So like I said in my previous post, I attended my cousin’s wedding in Tianjin. It was my first time ever in that part of China and the moment I set foot in Tianjin, I fell in love with the city.

Some snapshots of Tianjin.

We stayed at the Renaissance Hotel.

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Pedestrian streets nearby The Renaissance Hotel

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Shopping malls – Gucci, Loewe, Swarovski crystals, Dior… @_@

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I was quite impressed by the architecture in Tianjin. The city boasts an eclectic mix of 19th century western colonial architecture and striking modern buildings.

Concert Hall

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View of the Renaissance Hotel next to the concert hall

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Tianjin by night

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Some pictures of the wedding held in a private room at The Renaissance Hotel.

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Wedding feast loaded with foods symbolizing long life and prosperity.

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The bride and groom.

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The bride wore the traditional white gown during the wedding ceremony but throughout the meal, she would disappear to change dresses. Overall, I think she had 5 different dresses!

Amazing city and beautiful wedding. Tianjin is definitely a place to visit!

Exotic foods on a stick

I’m back! :D Well, actually I got back from my vacation more than a month ago but I was too lazy to update. Blogging hasn’t been high on my list of priorities lately and quite frankly, I’ve had a hard time finding my blogging mojo.
*sigh*
And yes, it has been happening very often this year! There! I said it. I’ve become a bad blogger!

Anyway! I haven’t come to you empty-handed. Here you go people. Some photos from my China – Malaysia vacation. My cousin tied the knot in Tianjin China and after the wedding, I spent a few days in Beijing. From there, I flew to Kuala Lumpur for a marathon shopping spree.

To my Malaysian friends, I know I didn’t tell you I was coming over but it was only a 3-day vacation to KL and kinda last minute as well. But I’m planning to travel to Malaysia again next year and this time I’ll stay much longer. I’ll let you guys know well in advance so we can plan a meetup, ok?

Photos on the way now! This post will include photos mostly from the night market and Wangfujing street.

Wangfujing night market – The most famous and popular snack street among Chinese and foreign visitors in Beijing – local Chinese snacks but also odd street foods such as deep fried insects, scorpions, sea star, seahorse, silk worm, and centipedes on a stick! I think I was more put off by the smell than by the sight of those peculiar snack foods. Let’s just say, it was not the most appealing aroma in the world but it sure was an interesting experience!

Caramelized fruits on a stick

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Bugs!

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Yess! Sheep penis! Yikes!

I bet you won’t feel very hungry after that, eh?

That’s all for tonight. Will have more photos on my next post. Yummylicious pictures this time I promise!

Ok so I think I’m done packing! In my typical procrastination mode, I’ve waited to the 11th hour to pack for my trip to another part of the world. My flight leaves in a few hours and I guess I’m ready to go!

Can’t wait to share more of my trip with you guys after I get back.

See you soon :).

Feeding my feelings?

Lately I have been consumed with thoughts about my weight and how to begin tackling with it. Let’s be honest here. I was never slim. In fact, I have always been curvy (but not plus sized). Sometimes I look in the mirror and I feel confident and sexy with my curves. At other times I feel ugly and fat. My mom says I am paranoid about my weight!

Anyways, I was surfing the net this morning and ran into an article that caught my attention. Have you ever wondered if you were an emotional eater? Maybe this article can help figure out if you are struggling with emotional eating.

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8 Traits Of Emotional Eaters
1. My hunger comes on suddenly – Physical hunger comes on slowly. Hunger from emotional eating often comes on quickly and suddenly.

2. I crave specific foods — generally not carrot sticks or steamed broccoli. Cravings for specific, usually unhealthy foods is a sign of emotional eating. Often people like the rush they get from satisfying their cravings. That rush is fulfilling emotional hunger.

3. My hunger feels urgent — I need a particular food right away and I’m willing to walk out of my way, or get in your car late at night, or raid my kid’s Halloween candy to get it. Physical hunger, unless you haven’t eaten for a very long time, is usually pretty patient. It will wait for food. Emotional hunger demands to be satisfied immediately.

4. My hunger is often paired with an upsetting emotion — if I backtrack a few hours or a few days I’ll usually find an upsetting event and feeling that triggered the urge. Hunger that’s connected to an upsetting emotion or situation is definitely emotional hunger. Physical hunger is not typically triggered by emotions.

5. My eating habits involve unconscious eating — all of a sudden I’m eating ice-cream and I find the whole container is gone. When you’re eating for physical reasons, you are usually mindful of what you’re doing. If you catch yourself eating “just because,” then it’s likely you’re eating for emotional reasons.

6. I don’t stop eating in response to being full — I keep wanting more of the taste of the food. Physical hunger doesn’t need to be stuffed in order to be satisfied. Emotional hunger on the other hand often demands more and more food to feel satisfied.

7. My hunger isn’t located in belly — I crave the taste of a certain food in my mouth or I can’t stop thinking of a certain food. Feeling hungry in this way is usually a sign of emotional hunger. Physical hunger is happy to get what it can, while emotional hunger usually focuses on specific tastes and textures.

8. After I satisfy my hunger, I am often filled with a sense of regret or guilt – Feeding your body what it needs is not something to feel guilty about. If you feel guilty after you eat, it’s likely because part of you knows you’re not eating just to satisfy physical hunger.

(extracts taken from the diet dotcom website)

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Funny, I never thought of myself as being an emotional eater but reading this article got me pondering. *cough*

Silence of love

Just feel like sharing this video on my blog. No matter how many times I watch this, it always brings tears to my eyes…

Yeah this is just a TV commercial. An extremely moving and touching commercial that actually makes you stop and think, even long after the commercial is over.

Ok, this was just me being emo.

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Random conversation between the boyfriend and I

Him :  I think this new TV show “Melissa & Joey” is cool. Melissa is cute. She’s blonde and has sexy curves… just like you! *grins*

Me :  Uh, ok I get it for the curves but I’m not blonde O.o

Him :  I know beb but occasionally you have your fair share of blonde moments!

Me :  …  -.-”

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Let’s get engaged

Hello peeps. Lately I haven’t been in the right mind frame to write a decent post. Hectic work schedule and my boss driving me insane but for sure the worst part was losing a close family member and dealing with grief… It was emotionally draining and mentally exhausting and I felt like a total mess. Sometimes life has a funny way of sneaking up on you when you think everything’s okay. Anyways, I won’t dwell upon this matter because talking about death always brings back painful memories.

So yeah, let’s just switch on to a lighter mood and ramble about … party favors and engagement plans! I’ve been browsing through many engagement and wedding websites for a while now and everything I’ve seen so far was so lovely! Invitation cards, flowers, dresses, cakes, buffets… *o*
But since the wedding bells won’t be ringing just now, what I was really looking for were engagement party favors!! Gosh, I never thought choosing party favors would be so stressful. From DIY trinkets to personalized keepsakes and goodie bags, my head was spinning and for days all I had in mind were those precious party gifts.

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Everything looked beautiful but I had my eye on.. cupcakes exquisitely presented in gift boxes! Cupcakes are slowly getting more popular in Mauritius and may become trendy in months to come. I wanted a specific kind of cupcake liners – like these :

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I fell in love with those pretty lace wrappers! But unfortunately I couldn’t find those in Mauritius and the ones being sold online were quite expensive. Cupcakes, cupcake wrappers if purchased abroad, gift boxes… The cupcake party favors were getting pricey considering our budget. In the end, we gave up the cupcake idea and opted for goodie bags with heart-shaped treats. And guess what? The treats will be homemade!
*gasps*
Better get my apron ready ‘cause a lot of baking will be going on in my kitchen pretty soon!

I am sure that I have left out many things, but basically this has been my life for the past few weeks. I’m a wreck, then I feel better, then I’m a wreck again. It’s all a lovely pattern woven together and we just call it life :).

P.S : Oops I forgot to mention one crucial detail. In case you’re wondering, I’m not the lucky one getting engaged here! Haha! But hey I still have a major part in the event : I’m planning most of the engagement party and God knows how exciting, nerve-wracking, and downright overwhelming all this can be at the same time!

Pictures ~ Courtesy of Google

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