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Friday, July 1, 2016

TOP 10 Things To Do in Sri Lanka


Hello lovelies! During the early of June, I had the most spontaneous decision - to book an flight ticket the very last minute to en route to a tear-shaped island called Sri Lanka. My mum did asked me quite some time if I wanted to travel to Sri Lanka with her but I was hesitant at that time. Due to the fact that she travel to Sri Lanka for a purpose - doing volunteering work at a couple of Buddhist Monastery and giving donations and offerings to the monks. Literally few days before my departure, I made my decision to follow her. 

Therefore I've complied 10 things that I did in Sri Lanka and perhaps, it can give an idea of what attractions to see and do when you visit! 

#1 SPEND A NIGHT IN A BUDDHIST MONASTERY 
I spend my entire trip staying in Buddhist Monastery. Not just one but 2 monasteries in different location. The first few days I stayed in a temple in Kottawa, suburb city of Colombo. During our stay, we sleep on the floor with thin floor mats with a huge group of people in a big hall right behind the temple along with outdoor bathrooms. I wasn't surprised because we were informed that the temple might not provide any beds in the monastery unless you brought your own sleeping bag. 

The last few days, we moved to a Buddhist Monastery in Kurnegara (literally translates "Elephant Rock" in Sinhala), a major capital city in North Western Province. They are known mainly on agriculture such as coconut, rubber and rice. The entire journey was about 2 hours away from Colombo and going to the temple was pretty difficult as we need small vehicle to get through. I was being told that there might be snakes, lizards or scorpions appears during on our stay but I wasn't surprised as there were paddy fields nearby. Fortunately, the temple is in full form as they provide rooms with beds along with indoor bathrooms. The picture shown above is the monastery in Kurnegara as it is influenced with Chinese culture while the temple in Kottawa is a Sri Lankan Buddhist Monastery. 


#2 VISIT FAMOUS TEMPLES IN SRI LANKA 
Sri Lanka's population are predominantly Buddhist and they were known to be the oldest continually Buddhist country, Theravada Buddhism being the major religion since 2nd century BC. Hence, most of the temples are mostly enriched with history for thousand of years. For the entire trip, I visited 4 of the most famous and iconic temples that was known in Sri Lanka. 

Tip for you: White clothing are compulsory in some temples and are usually barefoot to enter the temple. I advised to wear white clothing and sandals (Sri Lanka weather is unpredictable) 

GOLDEN TEMPLE OF DAMBULLA 
Famously known as UNESCO World Heritage Site, this cave monastery was the largest and best-preserved cave temples in Sri Lanka. The cave monastery was pretty high up and it took a few minutes to walk up before reaching the top of the hill. 
The bottom of the hill, there's a Buddhist museum and library.  

The view was breathtakingly beautiful as you are able to view the mountains nearby   

Is it me or the view just reminds me of the Disney movie, Lion King?

Yes, the temple is filled with monkeys roaming around and we were advised not to bring any food unless you're planning to feed them.  
Monkey's way of friendship: You check my flea, I check your flea.

 Inside the cave, the ceilings are painted with intricate patterns of religion images following the contours of the rock.

While on the way up, we are able to buy some lotus flowers for offering to the Buddha 

Look at that baby Monkey!

RIDI VIHARAYA
Ridi Viharaya or the Silver Temple which was founded since 2nd Century BC. Located in the Northeast of Kurnegara. The only significant thing I recall when I saw this temple on my camera was Jackfruit. The history about the temple and Jackfruit was pretty long, so I suggest find out more on Wikipedia lol
Inside the temple cave, the ceilings were beautifully painted with brightly colours but we were not allowed to take any photos during the visit. Honestly, pictures can't do any justice until you see it for yourself. 

Faded Buddha paintings on top of the temple 

TEMPLE OF THE SACRED TOOTH RELIC 
Sri Dalada Maligawa or Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic was located in Kandy, Sri Lanka. This temple was one of the iconic places to visit in Kandy and it was known as World Heritage Site. During the ancient times, the Buddha relic holds an important role as it was believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. On the day of my visit, I was lucky enough to see the tooth relic (housed in a golden casket) where it was kept away from the public eye for every 11 months! However, I was able to see the casket as the allowed distance was about few meters away. 


The temple was filled with people and I needed to queue in order to view the relic and it was scheduled from 8am till 10am.


Small stalls along the streets right outside the temple 

KELANIYA TEMPLE
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara or known as Kelaniya temple, located in Kelaniya which was 7 miles from Colombo. It was believed that Guatama Buddha had visited this temple as many as three times during his departure in Sri Lanka. This was my last temple visit before I head back to Malaysia. 



Flower and water offerings to the Buddha




#3 SHOP SOME GEMS AND JEWELS 
Once upon a time, Sri Lanka was known as Gem Island (Ratna-Dweepa), known for valuable gems such as sapphires, amethysts and topaz. So, if you're interested to purchase them, make sure you bring your credit cards or cash in US dollars. If you're wondering if i brought any - I wish I'm able to buy at least one Aquamarine Sapphire T-T

#4 FRESH AVOCADOS! 
What can I say? Things I go crazy for - Avocados! Back in KL, Avocado are really expensive. Guess what? In Sri Lanka, it sells only less than RM1 each! If you are good at haggling, you can get more cheaper price. We stopped by a road where stalls sells fresh Avocados in Kandy. As I was told, Sri Lankans eat their avocados sweet by pouring some honey on top or making them into a milkshake. Avocado milkshake, yums. 

If you noticed that the skin looks different from the ones you typically see in supermarkets. 

#5 EATING SRI LANKAN CUISINE 
One of the best things in the trip - food, of course! My expectations would be similar with Indian food, but I was wrong. Despite Sri Lankan staple meals are rice, curry and coconut just like Indian food, the flavours are entirely different. For me, the flavours are more heavily spiced, thin broth, less spicy as well (or maybe i didn't get to eat the spicier curries). Even though, my meals in Sri Lanka are vegan or vegetarian but it still taste really good. I mean amazingly good. The only Sri Lankan dessert I was able to try was Kiri-Pani - traditionally it was made with Buffalo milk curd in a earthenware pots and it is always eaten with treacle (kitul pani) aka Gula Melaka. For me, the dessert taste like yogurt and cheese had a baby lol

#6 DRINK YELLOW COCONUT

One of the recommendations from my Sri Lankan friend is to try King Coconut. The coconut here looks different compared what Malaysia has, definitely something we don't see often. The best time to chug down fresh coconut water on a hot day - sweet and refreshing! It costs about 60 LKR (RM1.60)

#7 WEAR TRADITIONAL SAREE
When you go to Korea, you wear a Hanbok. When you go to Sri Lanka, you wear a saree! If you're walking on the streets in Sri Lanka, you will noticed that majority of women wears saree as daily outfit. If you come across to a saree shop, definitely try out the saree and maybe haggle the price if find the saree that you really like. 

#8 WATCH SNAKE CHARMER PERFORM 
As most people know what is snake charming - playing flute and using hand motions to hypnotize a snake. Typically they will start performing when they see tourists nearby and do aware as they expected a tip when tourists take photos of him.

#9 RIDE A RICKSHAW
Sri Lankan rickshaw is like Bangkok's Tuk-tuk, do catch one for a ride, and trust me, it's another entire experience. 

#10 SHOP IN SRI LANKAN SUPERMARKET
Grocery shopping looks the same in all over the world but they offers mostly Sri Lankan food products such as Wood apple juice, Elephant house sodas, Milo drinks packaged like Capri Sun, Ginger biscuits and many more. The supermarket I went was Aprico Supermarket in Colombo as my mum was shopping for Sri Lankan white rice and red rice and it is pretty affordable. 


The entire trip was amazing and it was definitely an eye-opening experience where I expand my travel horizons by getting know the local culture by visiting the major attractions around and doing something different of what I usually do back home. Of course, I came here not just to travel around - my job as a volunteer had definitely made my entire experience much more satisfying and rewarding. This would not be the last time visiting, as there will be more things to discover in the beautiful country of Sri Lanka. 

Ayubowan, Sri Lanka! 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Sonny Angel's 12th Anniversary Celebration!

Hello lovelies! Do you have any love in collecting figurines? I do. Since my childhood days, I have been a fan of collecting Pokemon to Hello Kitty figurines and recently, I found out  these adorable 2 inch baby-like figurines that has been floating around the social media and it is really popular in Japan. They are called Sonny Angels
DO YOU KNOW? 
Sonny Angel was originally created with the intention of it being a companion to the Office Ladies (OL) and since then it was standing at 8 inch as Sonny Angels was meant to be placed at home while accompany OLs upon their return from work. Slowly, it has evolved to current popular 2 inch collectible figurine that can be carried anywhere for connivence. 
The original Sonny Angel has movable arms and legs (pose-able) with soft baby-smelling skin and comes with a birthday suit! FYI, he was born on the 15th May! :D


WHAT ARE THE UNIQUE FEATURES OF SONNY ANGELS? 
You must be wondering why are these figurines so unique? Well, Sonny Angel's facial feature and headgear is artistically hand-painted which explains the lively in their expression. Every detail are not identical just like us, humans! 


WHAT'S THE CONCEPT OF SONNY ANGELS?
So you already know some things about these babies and  how can you get your desired Sonny Angel? Well, Sonny Angels are sold in a blind box with no indication of which angel you will be getting. The blind box is wrapped with an element of 'surprise', hence the mystery will be unveiled upon opening the box and sealed foil wrapper! Another thing, I was told to make a wish of which Sonny Angel you wanted to get before opening them! 

THE BEST PART OF SONNY ANGELS
As there are consists of 12 angel designs in one series, there might be "Secret Angels" & "Robbys" hidden in random boxes which is really rare and command in high premium! Better pray hard to get them! 
I got my first Sonny Angel from Sonny Angel's Animal Series Volume 2!   

I was invited to Sonny Angel's 12th Birthday and I was able to meet Sonny Angel collectors and enthusiastic fans from Malaysia and also all the way from Singapore! They have so many collections and each of them are so rare and hard to get! 
Spot that Sonny Angel White Rabbit which was a "Secret Angel"  

Sonny Angels with cameras are really exclusive and unique, only few people are able to get their hands on! 
See those utterly adorable knitted pants? you can buy those pants and shoes, only in Malaysia! 

Sonny Angel 11th anniversary edition


This year, Sonny Angels 12th Birthday were held in Charms Cafe, One Utama and I'm glad to be invited and get to know more about these adorable figurines and how they collect and take care of them! 


SONNY ANGEL CARE AND SHARE PROGRAM
For every Sonny Angel purchased, RM1 will be donated to the charity as Sonny Angel Malaysia's vision of caring and sharing for the society with the hope of bringing some cheer and happiness back to our world. 



For more information, visit Sonny Angel Malaysia for more updates; 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Let your career take-off at GRADUAN® ASPIRE 2016 Career & Postgraduate Fair 2016!

Hello lovelies! If you have been following me on Instagram, you might know that I just graduated from my university! Congrats to myself, good job Angeline! *pat on my shoulder* Of course, Congratulations to everyone or you, who had just graduated at Class 2016! 

Any plans after your degree? 
Finding a job? or Continuing your postgraduate degree?
If you’re looking for the next step, why not stop by GRADUAN® ASPIRE 2016 Career & Postgraduate Fair 2016? There will be tons of exhibitors from large multinational companies such as Maybank, Celcom Axiata, UEM Group, Malaysia Airlines, Dell, Exxonmobil and Nestle, as well as postgraduate offers from the International Islamic University Malaysia, Taylor’s University, Curtin University, Multimedia University, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, University of Malaya and many more! 

 Last weekend, I witnessed a coool flashmob that was held in Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur. 

You think that’s it’s just a regular career fair? Not only that, GRADUAN® ASPIRE 2016 features a bunch of activities such as ASPIRE+, ASPIRE500 Conference, ASPIRE Lounge, Agents Race, contests and lucky draws which will help you keep updated in career trends in Malaysia!

“Not only will talents be exposed to the real demands of the working world and take the necessary steps to improve their employability; employers will also have the opportunity to understand what talents think of their presence, as well as measure the popularity of organizations in Malaysia amongst talents from different background and industries,"  
-Pn Elia Talib, Managing Director of GRADUAN®


The Exclusive ASPIRE+

The ASPIRE+ Corporate Luncheon made its debut last year, with only 200 hand-picked working professionals with min. 3 years of experience by networking with over 30 leading CEOs and corporate senior management in an exclusive invitation event. Top talents were selected and given the opportunity to gain exclusive insights on how to stay relevant in the current market with the changing of economic landscape to accelerate their careers. 
 For this year, due to popular by demand, ASPIRE+ features another 30 CEOs from leading Malaysian companies including Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, Group CEO of AirAsia; Sridharan Nair, Managing Partner of PwC Malaysia; Benyamin Bin Ismail, CEO of AirAsia X; Badlisyah Abdul Ghani, President of Chartered Institute of Islamic Finance Professionals; Mukhtar Hussain, CEO of HSBC Bank Malaysia Bhd! 


The Favourite ASPIRE 500 Conference 

GRADUAN® ASPIRE’s most anticipated event would be the ASPIRE 500 Conference, whereby 500 talents from universities (locally & internationally) and colleges will seize the opportunity be inspired by top Malaysian icons every year! 
This year's conference panel includes Nazrin Hassan, CEO of Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd; Leon Foong, General Manager of Uber Malaysia Sdn Bhd; Goh Ai Ching, Founder of Piktochart; and Ashran Dato’ Ghazi, CEO of The Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MAGIC). These Malaysian icons will share their experience and expertise in order to develop Malaysian talent into a more advanced and productive workforce in “The Digital Age”. You definitely do not want to miss that! 

Since I’m currently looking for a job, I’m definitely heading there to meet my possible future employers to see what are the opportunities that are available for me! It’s like on-the-spot job interview! I’ve pre-register and getting my CV ready! 

What are you waiting for? Pre-register now at http://graduan.com/aspire!


GRADUAN® ASPIRE 2016 will be opened to the public; 
DATE: 28th - 29th May 2016
TIME: 11am to 6pm 
VENUE: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre


See you at GRADUAN® ASPIRE 2016 Career Postgraduate Fair 2016!


For more information on Malaysia’s premier career and post-graduate fair, or on ASPIRE 500 Conference, ASPIRE+ and other activities, log on to http://graduan.com/aspire

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Level up your inner wear with Sloggi ZERO Lace!

Hello lovelies! You guys already know my go-to inner wear is Sloggi which I’ve mentioned couple of times before on my blog and social media. I wear them everyday and I’m loving it! Superb quality and amazing fit and I can’t say enough things about this brand. Sloggi ZERO has 4 range - Basic, Cotton, Micro and finally Lace - which is what I’m gonna talk about in this blog post. 
Sometimes finding a perfect fit can be tough - from the size to the material. Especially seeing those visible lines of your inner wear can sometimes be embarrassingly enough, those underwear lines when wearing a slim fit dress, just no. Hence, it’s really important to choose the right innerwear for yourself while physically looking good. 

 If you’re a person who prefer basic while likes a little of lace, this collection is might be for you!  Which basically means - your personality are simple but playful at the same time. Honestly, who doesn’t love lace details?

WHY SLOGGI ZERO LACE IS EVERY GIRL’S NEEDS?
  • Seamless Innerwear 
  • Soft & Smooth
  • Breathable & Natural
  • Provide some volume to look more fuller 
  • Comfortable enough like you’re not wearing a bra 
Even though it has lacey finish, it was comfortable as the innerwear has satin-smooth skin feel created by light fabric and it was enhanced with micro-brush technique. Sloggi ZERO Lace has a unique technology called Advance Bonding Technology for thin cup edges under all clothing which allows truly visible fashionable look all the time. 


The collections comes with amazing pastel colours and various types of bras such as push up bra, push up non-wired and detachable ones! 

As usual, I was consulted by a lady staff in the store and she recommended couple of bras to try on according to my size and fit. 


I proceeded to try out couple of colours available to see which colours looks good on me and therefore, I decided to go out of my choice of nudes and choose this blue colour instead! Doesn’t this color looks pretty on flatlay? 

I love how the delicate lace finish does brings out the playful silhouette while you can look playful and feeling invisible at the same time!

I’ve always has bad impression on lacey bras as they can be rough and making my body itchy at the same time which I tend to avoid them as much as I could but for Sloggi ZERO, I don’t have any problems at all! It’s ultra soft and smooth as it feels like I’m wearing satin and the fit was amazing as I don’t feel like I’m wearing bra! While wearing other clothing, it look seamless and flawless at the same time and not only that, I love wearing their undies especially wearing slim fit dress!


I highly recommend to try out Sloggi ZERO Lace and you can ease your worries away with this range as you can say GOODBYE to embarrassing visible lines! 



Sloggi ZERO collection retails at; 
Bras:  RM169 | Panties: RM59.90

Available at all Sloggi counters nationwide. 


For more information, visit Sloggi Malaysia for more updates; 

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