5 Years With WordPress

Logged in to WordPress and I saw this notification:-

Happy Anniversary!

You registered on WordPress.com 5 years ago!

Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging!

It reminds me of how I started blogging.

Started 7 years ago with Friendster, the “IN” thing back then. Then with myspace. Then went on full blogging mode with Blogger (Blogspot back then). I was so frustrated with Blogger’s functions and templates, and for security reason, I switched to WordPress. And I never look back since.

WordPress is so much cleaner, tidier and easier to understand. Although I can’t play with the HTML codes to change the template, I am happy with the ready templates available.

5 years with WordPress, I’m still loving it.

A Year Wiser

My surprises started since 12am, 1 April 2013.

Cheeky Andrew came into the bedroom, with his right hand clenched.

Andrew: Come, give me your hand. I have something for you.
Me: *Wide eye* HUH?! Eeeeeee!!! What’s in your hand???!!! Don’t want! Must be “kar juak” (cockroach in hokkien)!!! You just want to trick me!!! Don’t want!!!
Andrew: Aiyoooo…… Come lah!!!
Me: Don’t want!!! Don’t know what’s inside!!!
Andrew: NAH!!!! *He opened his hand and took out the pendant*
Me: Ohhhhh…… Hehe…… Thank you ah.
Andrew: What lah you…… “kar juak” pulak……

Not that I don’t trust him, he is just too cheeky at times and I gotta learn to “protect” myself from all his tricks. :P

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It’s another charm pendant from Thomas Sabo. He wanted to buy the same one that I lost, which he gave me during one of the Valentine’s Day years ago, but it is no longer in the production. :( Really clumsy me, how could I have lost the first ever charm from him! The most precious one…… *Cries*

Few weeks ago, I’ve bought a beauty box for myself. Did not expect to receive it right on this day though. Was so excited and happy to receive it yesterday! It smells so pleasant the moment I open the box! Ahh…… What a pleasant pick-me-up. First time I bought myself a birthday gift. Hahaha. Never thought that it would feel so nice to receive a gift from myself! Guess I should do this every year, buy something as a gift and have it delivered to myself. :D

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Beauty box from TheLilacBox.

During lunch time, I got another surprise. When a close friend asked me for my office address last week I already knew she was up to something. What I did not expect was the gift! Never would I have thought that they would send me a bouquet of flowers! Flowers from my girl-friends! This is another first! Aww…… I’m so touched. So sweet of them to surprise me with such a lovely gift. Now, who said you could only be surprised with flowers from your partner/spouse? ;) Girl-friends know how to sweep you off your feet, too!

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I actually thought the flowers were from Andrew, ’cause there wasn’t any card attached. Hahaha. You girls really fooled me lor, on April Fools’ Day! Really love the fa-wer!!! I couldn’t help but smile whenever I see this photo, even right now when I’m writing this.

Girl-friends rock! XOXO

Fantastic 4

Nope, this isn’t about the movie. :P It’s about me, Andrew, and our marriage. Hahahahaha.

Without feeling how fast time flies, Andrew and I are married for 4 years. We’ve been together for 11 years.

Never have we felt less loved. Instead, the love we share is growing stronger everyday. I can’t understand people who said the love is disappearing after they’re married. I don’t get it and I certainly don’t feel what they feel. I don’t understand this, “stop loving someone”. How can you stop loving someone? How can such feeling disappear? Unless he/she did something horrible.

4 years…… I am still happily married, so is Andrew (at least I feel he is).

He spoils me with all his love and I think I am like a spoiled kid when I’m with him. A lot of men would have run to the end of the world and commit suicide if they see how Andrew treats me. Hahaha. Of course, he doesn’t give in to me all the time. And, I don’t take things for granted.

Over the past one year, there were some unhappy incidents. Lucky that we sorted them out and things worked out just fine. I guess it is only right to say that every relationship or marriage has to have its own ups and downs. That is essential for the relationship to move on to the next level or stage. It’s just like, “you have to fall before you can rise again”. Without differences and disagreement, there will be no similarities and agreement.

Some people are still saying that I am lucky to have found such a nice man. They should have said, I am lucky to be found by such a nice man. I did not let go, that is all I did.

Very often, I wonder, if I were to make a different decision 12 years ago, I wouldn’t have met Andrew, and we wouldn’t be married now. Just one small decision, is all it takes to change the course of history. So, if you were to ask me what would I change if I could go back in time, I would tell you, “nothing”. Every decision I made leads me to where I am now, I am happy with where I am now. I would not risk losing something I have now to change something in the past.

Hope we have many more happy years to comes.

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Gift For HIM

I am a gift person, I like receiving gifts, and I like to gift too. Be it small or big, cheap or expensive, or doesn’t need money at all, I love gifts. When I give you something, a piece of chocolate or sweet, you should know at least you have a place in my heart. :) Sometimes, I will gift for no reason. I see something cute, reminds me of you, I’ll buy it and give it to you. To me, I don’t need a reason to buy someone a gift.

Andrew, is the one that makes me headache when it comes to gifts/presents.

If it’s a female friend, I can always buy jewellery, accessories, skincare, cosmetics, cute little soft toys…… You name it. If it’s a male friend, there is always neck tie, cuff links, shirts, t-shirts, socks, watches, wallets…… Again, you name it. However, Andrew is no female friend, and certainly NOT my other normal male friend! Confession, I ran out of gift ideas for his birthday.

I will buy him wallet when it is time to change, it doesn’t have to wait until his birthday.

I always buy him clothes. I see t-shirt that is cute, I’ll buy. So, clothes is no longer a surprise.

I bought him shoes, but recently he has just bought himself some new shoes. So, shoe is out.

I’ve bought him nothing, but given him a surprise with those cute cupcakes. Am not going to do that again in near future.

I have bought him a very tiny birthday card with LOVE! Hahahahahaha……

I can’t afford to buy him new computer (I’ll buy for myself first lah! Hahaha!).

I can’t afford to buy a PS3 for him now.

I can’t afford to buy him a car! (Anyway, he has already got one.)

I have bought him a watch before…… Hmm… Perhaps a watch again? But that watch is still good, and I can’t decide what watch to buy.

Oh! Perhaps a bag! Hmm……

A neck tie? Have not really bought him a good one.

A pen? Aiyoo…… He will tell me he only uses Kilometrico!

A handphone? NO WAY! Too expensive and he’s happy with his HTC Evo now.

A Ferrari F1 car model? Nah…… He’s very fussy and particular over the brand and all.

A toy helicopter? Sheesh…… He only wants the good one and it is not CHEAP ok!

Chocolates? Ya right! I’ll be the one eating them at the end.

Flowers? Am I out of my mind?! He’s not a flower person!

There were times I didn’t buy him any birthday present because I really didn’t know what to buy for him anymore!

ARGH! Who says buying gifts for partner/spouse is easier??? Who? Who?

SIGH……

Thistle, Port Dickson

I’ve written this last year, but only managed to find time to upload the photos now. Hahaha. :P

Last year, I was looking for a place for our third wedding anniversary getaway. My intention was merely a getaway for both of us, to be away from the bustling town and the nuisance from the house renovation.

Was tempted by Golden Palm Tree located in Sepang Gold Coast. It’s pretty pricey but was thinking to go for the experience at least once. Then remembered my colleague went to Thistle PD early last year and she rated highly of the place because it has a private beach. Checked out their promotions and was so happy to see they had the Spa Package at RM635 nett per room per night. Was so happy when I gotten the green light from Andrew. :D You can check out their various promotions HERE.

Reached Thistle around 1pm. There’s 4 desks in the lobby, 3 were opened. I got a little impatient after waiting for 10 minutes, then a staff came to me and asked if I wanted to do the check-in. She then told us they have upgraded our deluxe sea-view room to a honeymoon suite at no extra charges. Oh… Wow… I was shocked and I didn’t ask her why. Was thinking perhaps it’s just a suite that no one booked and they could just upgrade ours and rent out the vacated deluxe room then. Mr. Faizal then came to greet us and wished us happy anniversary. Oh yes, I left a remark when I booked the room online that we would be celebrating our 3rd wedding anniversary and hope they could decorate the room a little bit to make our stay more memorable.

Went to the honeymoon suite, my jaw dropped open and I gasped. Gosh, it is so huge! I was so excited to see the bathtub in the bedroom! The dressing area is so spacious! The shower area is big! Geez…… Head over heels in love with the suite.

The door to the backyard was faulty, called the room service and someone came to fix it in less than 15 minutes. Good service.

We went for a stroll at the beach. It was a weekend but it wasn’t crowded, we get to enjoy some quiet time by the beach, having fun with the swings. The pool in Thistle is huge too. There is a jacuzzi beside the pool as well! Gosh, I just love this place.

Since it’s a spa package, we went for the 1-hour spa treatment in the evening. Totally relaxing!

The swimming pool is huge too! There is this small jacuzzi at the side. The adults pool’s depth is of minimum 1.6 metres if I remember correctly. A bit challenging for me since I’m not a good swimmer. Andrew challenged me to the deeper one, I tried and I nearly drowned! Kanasai!!!!! What kind of husband is this! So, people, don’t ever challenge yourselves with your life!

The only negative point is the variety of breakfast. The roti Jala is delicious, but they didn’t replenish it quick enough. I only managed to have 2 small pieces. Also, they did not clear the empty plates from our table too. We were stacking all the empty plates. Perhaps they were having some big groups of people for some company events, short of hands.

Our stay in Thistle was definitely a pleasant one. I wouldn’t mind going back again, but guess we wouldn’t be so lucky next time to have them upgraded our room. Hahahaha.

Jaw dropped open the moment we opened the door!

There is a common toilet in hall area!

The mini bar.

The room with the bathtub!!! Lovely!

The king-size bed!

The shower area! Very nice!

Wash and dress area, with the toilet.

The door leading to the huge deck outside.

At the swimming pool. The jacuzzi at the far end.

Fruits basket complimentary of the hotel.

Surprise from the hotel! Not very nice, plus the ants were covering most of the cake when we came back from the massage! We ate the little corner untouched by the “merciful little friends”.

Another surprise!

3rd surprise! Thought Mr. Faizal would replace the flowers in the vase, instead they sent me a bouquet of fresh lilies! How lovely!

A late night soak before bed! Heaven!

The yummy roti Jala!

Had another stroll on the beach the next day. No crowds, it was nice.

Don’t we all love swing regardless of what your age is? :)

My man was totally enjoying it until his sandals got washed away by the waves! I was laughing hysterically! Lucky managed to get them back! Hahahahaha!

The beautiful empty field and pathway connecting the hotel and the beach.

Loved the lilies so much!

Last one, been wanting to do this, PLANKING! LOL! :

Love Is In The Air

First of all, I am seriously and terribly sorry for not blogging for so long. Work, house, family and friends occupied most of my time for the past few weeks.

It is February, the month of love. Wanted to write about this as I’ve seen how people went crazy with food and gifts on Valentine’s Day.

If you know me, you’ll know that I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. I’ve mentioned it again and again, we shall celebrate love each and every single day, not just one particular day. Furthermore, Valentine’s Day has gotten so commercialised now. Every restaurant is offering special menu on Valentine’s Day itself. Florists mark up the prices of flowers (sometimes even triple) on that very day. Jewellery shops have all kinds of designs specially for the day just to fish your money from your wallet.

I don’t like the thought of it, that Valentine’s Day has become so commercialised that it lost its meaning. Seriously, if I want to splurge on food or gifts, why must I wait for that particular day? I can do it any time of the year.

The love, is in the air. You don’t need to dedicate a day to celebrate love. Are you telling me you don’t feel the love as strong as the other 364 days?

Some has told me that Andrew is a lucky man, that I don’t celebrate anniversaries and Valentine’s Day, save lots of money, time and hassle. Well, they should probably say that I am lucky to have a man that loves me 365 days and shower me with the same amount of love (if not stronger) every single day. :)

I love YOU. Have you said that today? :)

With Love

3 good and happy years. :) Happy, is the most important thing in life.

We quarrel and fight like every other couples, there are ups and downs and unhappy moments too. However, the happy ones always outweigh the unhappy ones. I can still say that I am happily married. In fact, Andrew has been showering me with all the love and care. Sometimes I think I am a spoiled child, I throw tantrums just to get more attention.

Last night, I half-heartedly asked him how shall we celebrate this special day, wasn’t expecting him to answer. I was so concentrating on my Smurfs’ Village and I didn’t hear what he said. When I was done with those little  blue people and lifted my head, I was surprised to see that we were in KLCC’s car park! Didn’t expect him to really go somewhere for some dinner. He has been picking up the tab for the past few days, so I told him I shall be the “host” for this dinner. He was sweet enough to tell me the dinner would be on himl. :)

He wanted to have the dinner in KiKi, there we were, having a great time in KiKi Taiwan Cuisine.

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Top: Andrew’s Sweet & Sour Chicken Set (so expected of him lah). Bottom: Stewed Beef Set. The stewed beef is nice! Must try. The portion is big too, I was so full.

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Camwhoring with iPad whilst waiting for the food. The restaurant attendants were looking and giggling at us playing with the iPad camera! LOL!

Wishing myself, Happy Anniversary! May our happy marriage last forever. :)

Wish or Not

How do you view wishing your friend on his/her birthday? Is it a must? Is it unforgivable if you forgot his/her birthday? Is it a sin for not wishing him/her?

I have a very small database for friends’ birthdays. No matter how long you’ve been friends with me, there is still a high chance that I don’t remember your birth date. My brain is not programmed for dates I guess. There was once I even forgot the most important man-in-my-life’s birthday! My siblings will usually buzz me to remind me of another sister’s birthday. See, I don’t even remember my sisters’ birthday, except my younger sister as the birth date is a special one to me.

Hence, when it comes to friends’ birthdays, I feel pressured.

If I couldn’t remember and asked another friend about the exact date, that another friend would often reply, “HUH?! What?! You FORGOT her birthday??!! How can you forget her birthday after so long together?” Ya right, as if my brain is stone and the date is carved on it. Hello, even the stone also will get weathering ok.

If I did not log in to Facebook over the weekends and so happened it was someone’s birthday and I missed it, it looks so bad on me for not wishing that friend! I had people came asking me, “how come you did not wish her? Did you know it was her birthday? Didn’t you check your Facebook?” Gosh, give me a break. Facebook is not a calendar! And I do not check Facebook every single day.

I’m not sure how the other person feels when I forgot to wish them on their birthdays. More often than not, they would tell me it’s okay when I apologised and wish them a happy belated birthday. Whether it is truly okay for them, I have no way to tell. If they go behind my back and tell the whole world that I forgot their birthdays, I wouldn’t know. I do not bother either if they want to do so.

Is it really so important to wish someone on their birthdays? Will he/she be less happy or blessed without my wishes?

You may say I should at least remember some close friends’ birthdays. Well, I don’t. Except for a few special ones like born on the 1st of January or Labor’s Day or National Day or Christmas. Even when I know it is the Christmas, I may well forget to wish him/her. Bummer.

To me, I do not mind if someone says happy birthday to me or not. Yes, thank you if you do, but if you don’t, I won’t go all the way to remember who you are and mark you as a bad friend for life. Gosh, being friends isn’t just about wishing you on your birthdays.

I know, I can’t force you to think exactly the same like me. And you have all the rights under the sun to blame me for not wishing you happy birthday. Just don’t force me to remember your birthday either, even if you are a close friend of mine, please allow me the room to be forgetful at times. I’ll apologise for being late and it doesn’t mean I do not wish you good when I do not wish you happy birthday. I seriously wish all the good things to happen to you, not just on your birthday, but every single day.

A very Happy (Birth)day to all of you!

Photo by Ashley @ ashwoo.com

So, what do you do if you forgot a friend’s birthday?

KiKi Taiwan Cuisine – Suria KLCC

Supposed to go for a Japanese cuisine with Andrew, for his birthday, but he was being nice and not wanting me to splurge so much on the food, he suggested this Taiwan cuisine, KiKi by Fong Lye Restaurant. KiKi is there since last year, but we did not give it a try as we know that it’s the same with Fong Lye and we’ve been to FL few times, so it never crossed our minds to dine in KiKi.

KiKi is located on 4th floor of Suria KLCC, just another branch by Fong Lye Restaurant in The Gardens (Mid Valley City). I wonder why it is called KiKi and what has it got to do with cat? There is this cat cartoon on their signboard, name card and menu. Anyway, the cat looks cute. :)

The decorations and everything is pretty similar to Fong Lye, but KiKi is a bit more comfortable as there is lesser patrons. Full attention from the waiters. Unlike Fong Lye in The Gardens, so often we had to call for a few times in order to get someone to attend to us. The menu is similar too, it seems that KiKi has lesser a-la-carte choices.

I was surprised with the food. They taste slightly better than Fong Lye!

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The menu.

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The back of the menu.

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Chrysanthemum Oolong tea, RM12 for 2 persons. I usually go for the tea. There are still other choices of tea to select from.

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Set meal: Fresh tomato fried eggs with fish, RM19.80. This is nice, better than the one in Fong Lye.

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Fuyooohhhh…… Love the gravy!

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Set Meal: Fried sliced beef with green onion in claypot, RM19.80. This is so yummy and I couldn’t have enough of it!

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The beef is so tender and juicy! My favorite.

Oh, not forgetting the soup that comes with the set meal. The soup is so, so, so yummy! I wonder, is it the Ajinomoto or they truly use the genuine ingredients? Hahahaha.

Now, I can see myself frequenting KiKi more in the near future. Hahaha.

Happy Birthday to my dearest husband ever. :) Wish you success in every aspect of your life. XOXO 

Wish For A Wish – Birthday

What? It’s that time of the year, again? Geez…… Time is really flying pass!

Guess what, this year I’ll be having my birthday in Melbourne!!! Hahaha. Did I choose the dates on purpose? Of course I did! LOL! Well, with a little bit of coincidence. I can’t wait, you know, celebrating birthday in another country! How’s it going to be? I don’t know. Perhaps there won’t be any celebration, but it is still going to be a special one. :D Go on laughing, but silly Ashley is all smiling at just the thought of it.

New iPad 2 is out! Gosh, with front and rear camera! 30% thinner than iPad 1! And the iPad 2 smart cover! Have you seen it? Gosh…… Though it still looks pretty the same with iPad 1, iPad 2 is simply gorgeous (although the rumors about the UBS port stay as a rumors, bah)! It has white! Furthermore, the price is going to be the same as iPad 1!!! AHHHH!!! I want one!

Emailed Andrew yesterday about my birthday wish, he in return, emailed a link to me, about iPad 2 is just a teaser for iPad 3, which is coming real soon. Nah, that was bulls***. Even if it was real, it won’t be so soon. Do you think Apple is stupid enough to mass produce the iPad 2 now only to launch iPad 3 soon enough to replace iPad 2? They sure are going to make a big fortune first!

iPad 2, when are you going to be mine???

Watch this video and you’ll get “poisoned”. LOL.