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Days since my last post: 7

Once upon a time, my mum taught me how to operate the iron at home. It was the beginning of chore duties and what she wanted me to do was to iron my own school uniform. And then I burned my pinafore because I spent too much time texting my friends to explain how I couldn't text while ironing. And that was the end of the ironing era for me. #TrueStory

So my uniforms were never ironed. And my allowance got cut to buy a new pinafore.

But seriously, I was only 14 so I didn't know about the different settings on the dials and how they were supposed to be set differently...or that they couldn't be left on the piece of cloth for too long. I thought the longer it stayed, the quicker the crease would go off. I mean, why didn't anyone already think of an iron that switches itself off after a while and goes on any kind of cloth without the need for different settings on an old school dial?

Bam. Philips heard me. 

This, my fellow Shneep-ers is the Philips PerfectCare Azur Steam Iron. And it has no dials so no fuss for ironing dummies like me. This is thanks to the inbuilt Optimal Temp by Philips, a feature that allows you to iron on virtually any surface (Unless your shirt says not to iron it!) and it doesn't burn like regular irons do. 

So how do you set up an iron that doesn't burn the different fabrics that you wear but still sets things straighter than a teacher telling you that 1+1 is 2 and not a window?

First you add water to the water tank.

Then you wait for the light to blink. 

When the light stays blue, it means the iron is heated and ready to go!

There are 3 settings to choose from: 
Max for a super smooth ironing experience because there's steam that helps your iron glide through any material at all.
Eco for people who are majorly eco-friendly and cringe at the thought of using too much energy. Less steam comes out from the iron so in my honest opinion, it goes  back to the same result. 
No steam if you're not a fan of watching water vapor come out from your iron.

Mother duties includes ironing her son's wedding shirt.

Clearly as I've been banned from ironing duties, my mum had to step in and try out the Philips PerfectCare Azur Steam Iron. We first risked it on my brother's wedding shirt (Dear brother, if you are reading this, your shirt is very nicely ironed now!) because it was the main thing at home that needed ironing and here's what my mum had to say about the iron:

Very nice. Very smooth when ironing because the steam helps to smooth out the crease quicker. 
 
No need for me to PSHT PSHT PSHT (She literally said this...) with the water spray, I just press on the latch under the handle for more steam and then I can keep ironing. 

The tip is also very sharp so the joints and button areas also very easy to iron, saves me time and effort. Usually when I iron your daddy's clothes, so much work!

You can totally take the word of a housewife, okay? But just to make it more believable when Philips said the iron would switch itself off after 2 minutes of being left unattended, we put the one person who should never be allowed to iron to the test. Me.

My favourite denim dress.

Of course, we didn't fool around with my brother's wedding clothes anymore but because I was going to try it then my clothes were to be victimized. To prove a point, I even picked my favourite denim dress with swallow prints. I love this dress okay, Philips?

Smooth, smooth, smooth.

The result was actually quite amazing because even for a dummy like me, my dress still turned out smooth as ever at the Quattro Precision Tip ironed out the creases of the joint at the hip area very well. I was impressed because I kept nudging the tip over those areas and they somehow got ironed out.

The Philips Perfect Care Azur Steam Iron is also really easy to clean, thanks to the Calc Clean function. So once a month or as you see fit, simply press the Calc Clean button seen in bright orange here and the Anti-Calc tablet that has been built in will help remove dirt and scale particles from the iron.

One button to clean it all.

The Philips PerfectCare Azur range is available at major electrical and departmental stores and www.blipmy.com at a recommended price range of RM459 to RM599 (before GST). For more information, please visit http://www.philips.com.my
Days since my last post: 7

What's cooking, Shneep-ers? The blog layout isn't quite ready but my friend and I are working hard in making it work, so bear with the changes for a bit. So touched that he's helping me even through the nights so dinner for him beckons!

But while that's happening, let's talk about my newest enjoyment: Cooking. What a word to use for someone who hardly steps into the kitchen! Okay to be fair, it probably isn't really cooking but just boiling food and mixing it around before packing up and leaving it in the fridge to take to work the next day. Yes, I have started bringing food to work because it saves me tons of money, lots of time and I no longer have to deal with the smell of sweat from going out during lunch time!

Monday

In the Tupperware sits Japanese noodles with boiled broccoli, potatoes, and carrots drenched with Japanese roasted sesame sauce. While I underestimated the need for sauce that day, I realized that the Japanese noodles tasted amazing when cold. The brand here are Topvalu from Japan and Kewpie for the sauce, while the veges were sought from the morning market my mum visits. They're apparently potatoes from New Zealand and Australian broccoli and carrots. It's an international dish, alright?

Tuesday

In the tub for the day is Japanese noodles with carrot strips and Japanese roasted sesame sauce. It's almost like a cycle because I tend to prepare everything on the same day then throw it into the fridge before taking it out and just eating it for lunch. Some of you may say that this really isn't "cooking" anymore but to me, having to stand by the stove is cooking. Don't judge me.
 In progress

Wednesday

In my RM 2.99 Mason jar (Totally necessary to state how freaking cheap Mason jars can be!) sits boiled potatoes with home made mayonnaise and egg white strips. Granted, I did not make this. No, I merely mixed it to perfection because the true brain child of this was my brother who was back home for 2 days. That night however, I learned how to make mayonnaise from scratch. It was quite an interesting but extremely tiring process. The result was amazing but I probably wouldn't make this as much unless I have the cravings for the ultimate gourmet lunch experience again.

Colours galore!

Thursday

In my Tupperware are boiled potatoes, blanched broccoli, cherry tomatoes, and chopped carrot chunks. My brother was still home, improvising the mayonnaise he made from the night before. To make it taste even better and thicker, he added grated cheese and balsamic vinegar so this salad tasted much more different from the one in the day before. Not too shabby for a meal made a night before, right?
 At least I tried

I guess by the end of the day, cooking from home and preparing food the night before isn't really as difficult as I thought it would have been. Yes, we would have to buy tons of ingredients and think of what's good...or not but the result for an every day meal is really cool. In fact, I am sort of getting the hang of this quirky food preparation process! So here's to another week ahead with tons of work and good food for the middle of the day.

Feed week

In my two containers from Daiso (So amazing, it separates the food!) are spiral pasta drenched in tomato sauce paired with boiled broccoli and carrot thins. Yes, this will be for 2 days because it seems silly to only cook for a single day at a go. Would I ever get sick of this? Maybe. But I think 2 days should be fine. If you've got better cooking ideas for someone who has zero cooking knowledge and limited equipments, do leave me comments. And recipes. It's best if it's stuff that requires little to no need for immediate preparation because I usually cook the food a night before. 

Okay bye.
Days since my last post: 8

Hello Shneep-ers! Guess what's happening around here?

Maybe this would help.

Indeed, I have finally decided to give this space a revamp. It's funny how I started out in 2011 with different blog names till the day I learned to make a header before the purchase of my official domain and now it's time for the great big change.

What a journey, really. So bear with me over the weeks as I tweak things over and over again. You may notice changes in images, odd words running all over and little mistakes here and there but when all is done, it will hopefully be a great one.

Until then, give me some time. Maybe then you'll see a brand new space to fall in love with.
Days since my last post: 7

Raise your hands, ice cream lovers because Haagen Dazs has something out there that's brand new and bloody delicious. Really, it's so good that I'm eating it from the tub. Under the sun. While working on a Saturday.

I kid you not.

So what is this amazing flavour that they are rolling out, you ask? Imagine brownies. Yes, brownies that are fluffy and delicious, nothing overly sweet yet satisfying with swirls of chocolate fudge. And then imagine bananas, that fragrant yellow fruit that gives you more potassium than it takes for you to actually spell "potassium". Imagine all that encapsulated within the mixture of cream and milk from France...

And that is how you get Haagen Dazs' Banana Chocolate Brownie ice cream.

I am not saying this just because they have fed me with ice cream okay, because even my mum (!!!) has loudly announced her love for Haagen Dazs' Banana Chocolate Brownie ice cream and she almost never says ice cream is good with chocolate. This was just pure indulgence for us on a weekend and every spoonful just explodes with a flavourful punch, we couldn't stop digging from the pint. 

Case in point, excuse the background. 

Well done, Haagen Dazs. You have once again captured my heart with your superior craftsmanship and iconic luxury in the ice cream industry. Personally, exciting things like these are the true embodiments of a good day for me. And good day it is, on this very Saturday.

Very, very good day indeed.

Umph, who needs diets when you have Haagen Dazs' Banana Chocolate Brownie ice cream?
Days since my last post: 13

Oh no, have I really not been here for almost 2 weeks? Sorry people but life has been pretty...mundane to say the least. I know I probably say that every single week, but it really has. Anyway, here's a little update. I'm looking for...a new phone. And I am not even kidding anymore. I've finally had it with my phone dying on me in the middle of the night, then never waking me up with the morning alarm to go to work because...it is dead after all.

A random picture just because.

So here I am right now, reading up on more phone and technical things that my brain could ever figure out. What are chipsets? What's all these pixels and cores or funny studies they're all doing? I mean, who would have known a single phone could bring so many things to light where you'll have to study up from A-Z just to know if it's the right deal you're taking?

And just for the sake of process reading later on, here are the current picks:

SONY XPERIA Z3
HTC ONE (M8)
SAMSUNG GALAXY A7

I'm looking for more inspirations with lesser bucks so if you've got one on top of your head, do let me know! Until then, it's back to reading!
Days since my last post:8

Hello everyone! *Waves* Finally getting around to the weekends to post this up and I'm fairly excited to write because it's been in my head since Tuesday and I need to get it out before I go crazy.


Taken just before the LRT left the station. Not too shabby a sunset after a long day at work.

Kindness. We speak about being kind to people most of the time; hoping and wanting to do more for the unfortunate. I wouldn't deny being one of those people either, just donating my money or old clothes and assume that I have already done all the kindness I could possibly do. I would give myself excuses too. Being too busy to volunteer. Being too far to do good. But have you ever stopped to think about how a little bit of kindness can take you a long way?

Okay, that was very sentimental but I first wrote that down when I hopped up my aunt's car making it pretty emotional than it really seemed. But really, have you ever thought about how a small bit of kindness can take on a longer road? Now onto why I am even writing about this. You see, I usually drive to work but on rare days when my father has something up in town, he would take me to down instead. It would however mean that I have to take the public transportation home because he really didn't have the need to stay there from 9 AM till 6ish or 7 PM when I got off.

And that was my Tuesday. I always seem to have thoughts in the train because hey, it's the only time when I don't have much to think about and just look around at people's everyday antics. First you'll see the lazy ones. Then the rude ones. Maybe the tired ones and occasionally the happy ones. You would see the sad ones or the excited ones and sometimes, the ones who just wouldn't stop looking at time. This particular person I saw however, was at the station. She looked lost, tired and desperate for help.

And that was where I stepped in. Or at least, I wish I did. I could clearly see her tapping the receiver of the public phone, possibly hoping it would work for her. "What's a person doing without a cellphone in the world today?" I thought.

"Does she need help? To call someone?"

As I wondered on and off whether or not to approach her to ask if she needed help, I also thought of how she could possibly be a fake. Someone who would say, "Yes please!" to my help offer then pretend to walk away and run off into oblivion. "But she looks pregnant! How fast can a pregnant woman run?" I thought again. I weighed my options: To ignore her and wait for my mother or to walk up and speak to her. I thought of my consequences, I put in endless conclusions and then...my mother called.

And then I came home.

Phew, what a lengthy post by now. I knew for sure I had to blog about this because it's a reminder to myself over odd reasons. I'm still wondering right now, would it have been different if I did offer her my phone to make a call? Would she have gotten the person she had to reach? Or would she have proven my worries right and escaped with my dying phone because of the crook she is? I would never know. But doesn't it just make you wonder?

Beyond kindness.

TL;DR? I should have helped someone but doubted her authenticity. Now I'm beating myself over it and I don't even know why. Will you read the story now?
Days since my last post: 7

わたし荒川先生
Arakawa Sensei and I

It's official, I have finished up with Japanese class! I remember starting out in August 2013, not knowing a single word except the character  "の" of which most of us has probably seen but never knew what it stood for. Now however, I have drilled it in my head what my 48 hiraganas and katakanas look like, piecing them together to form words just as we put together our "ABCs". My only verdict is...what a journey.

一年ぐらいのしゅくだい
Homework a year and a half

Truth be told, these lessons grew from a love for the culture to the fascination of the language and later on blossomed to the possibilities I could derive from my every day attempt to inject just that it of Japanese inside, making every piece of homework a worthy challenge. Sure, I burned out every now and then, thinking I wasn't cut out for this or that I would never ace it but the satisfaction today is real. Very real.

練習帳とノート
Work books and notes

Having to say goodbye today only made me realize that I shouldn't just stop here; I should keep going. I should be writing notes and making memos. I should be reading novels and listening to music or watching movies, making every Japanese language connectivity I could just to improve. And maybe, that's just not too hard. 

いろいろ練習帳
Various work books

Before officially returning to Japan for good, my teacher decided to also leave me with books that would help in making sure I never stop. And so I assured him, I won't. The amount of time, agony and heart put into learning the language isn't worth a give up, really.

先生はプレゼントをくれます
Gifts from Arakawa Sensei
So I made my promise to an old man, to always improve however I can and to visit him in Nagoya someday. And then I said, "どうぞお元気で" and bowed my way out. さようなら、荒川先生。