THE BIRTH OF MY NEW FACEBOOK PAGE – THEJESSICAT! (Finally, right?)

2014Aug4

 

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ANNOUNCEMENT

I now have a new Facebook page for this blog! Do show some love and support at – 

www.Facebook.com/thejessicat.com Smile

 

 

After running this blog for 9 years, you must be wondering why there never was a Facebook page for my blog all this while!

Haha. Well, there is actually a little background story to it. Big Smile

 

When this blog started to gain traction back in 2007, that was coincidentally when Facebook began to roll out their latest product, Facebook Fan Pages. The blogger community was then quick to jump onto the bandwagon and started creating ‘fan pages’ for themselves. 

For some reason, I didn’t quite agree to this. Ugh!

And I still don’t. 

 

 

Fan pages? Really? I have never fancied the idea of self-proclamation of one’s non-existent celebrity status and I especially despise the word ‘famous blogger’ and ‘celebrity blogger’.

Do you really reckon you’re that ‘famous’ and worthy of creating a ‘fan page’ for yourself? 

 

This video might interest you. No, really. You’ve GOTTA watch it! It’s funny

 

Admittedly, maybe I might have taken this ‘fan page’ word a tad too literally and seriously. Surprised But still, I believe I am entitled to my own opinion, especially if I have never voiced my thoughts out nor offend anyone. 

Anyway, despite disagreeing with ‘fan pages’, I have always given my support and LIKEs to fellow blogger friends’ pages. So don’t chide me! 😛

 

As time passed, Facebook somehow rebranded their ‘Fan Pages’ to ‘Facebook Pages’.

Only then I began to embrace and accept this. But still never created one because I still felt it was such a ‘perasan’ thing to do! Yell (For my non-Malaysian readers, it basically translates to being self-absorbed or being too full of yourself)

 

 

Anyway, fast-forward to 2012, I saw myself landing in the social media industry after being in the journalism & publication industry for a good number of years.

Being in this field and handling many major social media accounts for various brands made me see the importance of having a Facebook Page especially if you are your own brand/personality.

Another couple of years passed, with many clients and blog readers genuinely wondering and casually questioning me why there isn’t a public page to represent this blog. Tongue Out 

 

Good question.

I don’t know the answer either. Because I just never created one? What?!

 

And then it gradually dawned upon me that it was a necessity.

Facebook pages allowed me to tailor my content better on social media. I also wasn’t able to approve all friend requests, especially people I haven’t met or didn’t know personally/too well.

Facebook pages also provided me the audience demographics, analytics and insights which I needed to further improve to continue becoming a better blogger!

 

So there you go, after so much convincing from my fellow blogger mates around the world, my sponsors & clients, my blog managers, and even you dearest readers, I decided to give myself a very different birthday present this year.

 

Thus TheJessicat’s official Facebook page was born three days ago! Ha Ha

Do show some love on my new page, pretty please? Hehe. 

 

 

Will no longer be posting on my personal account anymore. Blog features, latest updates & pictures will all be moved from now onwards, so your likes on my new page would make me a very happy girl!

Also thinking of throwing a big birthday bash on this blog’s 10th Anniversary next year! I’m excited to make this happen. Wink

 

It’s been a long ride. Thank you for your all your support all this while, beautiful people!

Lots of love.

 

Gods of Egypt – from the eyes of an Egyptian culture fangirl

2016May8

 

This won’t be your typical movie review. The reason why I’m even talking about this movie today is because I’ve always been particularly captivated by Egyptian culture. So here you go, dedicated to ancient Egypt.

Anyone who’s been a long-time reader of my blog would definitely know!

 

19 year old Jessicat at Universal Studios, Singapore.

 

I’m not very sure how I acquired this interest in everything related to ancient Egypt and it’s hieroglyphic designs but I think it could’ve possibly grown from constant exposure to my Uncle Mike’s Egyptian-themed living room.

From there, I began to harbour curiosity & fascination at this civilization of wonder that I started to read up several encyclopaedias (yes, I could’ve Googled it but Google’s search engine didn’t exist when I was 10 years old) about the Pyramids of Giza and The Great Sphinx.

 

That was, assumably, how I took an instant liking towards the Kingdom of Egypt. Matrix

No, I assure you, it’s certainly not an obsession of any sort. I just found it relatively captivating.

 

 Case in point; these blogposts:

My Eye of Horus wrist tattoo & My visit to the King Tutankhamun Museum episodes.

 

Allow me to refresh your memory. Big Smile

 

21 year old Jessicat with her freshly done Eye of Horus tattoo

22 year old Jessicat at the King Tutankhamun and the

Golden Age of the Pharaohs museum, Melbourne.

 

 

Needless to say, I was particularly psyched when Gods of Egypt released in cinemas about 3 weeks ago. Moo took me to catch the movie at TGV Cinema’s IMAX and boy, we enjoyed it so very much! Ha Ha

 

 

So… why should you totally watch Gods of Egypt (if you haven’t already!)?

 

1. It will totally keep you on the edge of your seatAdore

I totally sat upright and almost throughout the entire movie. The major suspense this movie brings was unlike any other. The fights, war and conflicts between the protagonist & antagonists were intense! Not to mention the battles between the Gods, mortals and the gargantuan mythical creatures and demons – exhilarating.

 

My face throughout the 127 minutes of showtime.

 

2. Gerard Butler was such a bad-ass.Ahh!

‘Nuff said. Really, do I need to say more? It’s GERARD BUTLER.

Oh Gerard Butler. Always my #1 Spartan King!

I think I need to say this one more time…

IT IS GERARD BUTLER. Ok I think I should stop now.

 

3. It’s a beautiful love story of true love & sacrificeSweet Kiss

Very thought provoking, how a mere mortal would go through great lengths just to see a smile from the love of his life and to eventually rescue her from the evil deeds of the dark empire of Set. It’s amazing to watch how love triumphs over evil in an emotional rollercoaster of deceit, trust, sacrifice, betrayal and more. Hathor, The Goddess of Love’s kind and committed ways of upholding her duties were also rather tear-inducing.

 

4. Highly informational & visual depiction of the ancient Egyptian empireBig Boss

If you’re keen for a fast-track into what this culture is all about, you have it all in a rather concise 127 minutes. Well, not sure if it would strike an interest in you as it did in me, but if there was any motion picture that would best exemplify the Egyptian gods, goddesses and legendary creatures, it would be this film – hands down!

 

5. Because the cast is just so damn fine. Big Smile

I don’t discriminate. The male leads and the female leads were definitely eye-candy. 

 

 

Now, don’t just read this blog and not watch it! Doubt it!

It’s grossing 13th (as at time of writing) on the Box Office charts. Watch it to learn more about an age-old culture and then maybe possibly, you’d see why I am so enchanted by the likes of everything Egyptian. 

 

 

I shall say no more. Go watch it now – I implore you, with the mighty power of Ra!

But before you go… Enjoy the trailer!

 

My unconventional 15 Days of Chinese New Year.

2016Mar21

 

Like every other year that was, Chinese New Year meant heading back to Penang & Ipoh to celebrate with my family & friends back home.

This year was no different. With theboyf sending me off again with a farewell lunch date, he watched me adjourn to Penang for a week of R&R and festivity.

 

See ya real soon, baby!

 

 

The moment he sent me off at the airport, guess who I bumped into at the departure hall?

What are the odds – my very own cousin Maddy! 😀

 

We were on the same flight but many seats apart, unfortunately.

Nevertheless, caught up for a bit!

 

Touched down in homeland Penang. Greeted to homecooked food. Ahh.. bliss.

 

1st Round of Reunion Dinners have always been just the 3 of us.

It’s the 2nd & 3rd Round that are full of relatives! 😀

 

Post-Reunion Dinner fun; fireworks!

 

We’re all dolled up – it’s the first day of Chinese New Year!

 

Embracing my oriental side.

 

Love mom’s cherry blossom plant!

 

After the morning & day’s festivity simmered down, I took a quick escape to Nail World off Burmah Road with the bestie Joyce for some much-needed pampering.
She had to drag me there and I was a tad reluctant.

 

En route.

 

You see, I generally am not one to book myself an appointment at a manicure-pedicure salon because I can very well do my nails myself. In fact, I do my own nails every fortnight! 🙂 Surprised? Teehee.
Although I must say, that one of the other reasons I also don’t go for manicures & pedicures is because I can’t see myself paying RM75 – RM100 bucks for my nails to be professionally painted.

 

But I had a wonderful time having a girly catch-up with her regardless.

Sometimes, it’s not what we do… but who we’re with that matters 🙂

 

Walked into a pet grooming store attached to it and
I kept myself busy with the pomeranians!

 

Mom took me to Queensbay Mall for some shopping & sight-seeing. Ha Ha

I have to give it to the team for its enormous Chinese New Year decor this year… it’s simply amazing and stretched up to 3 storeys.

 

I was truly impressed with its makeshift 19th century Chinatown.

 

Hi! Who’s there? Am I in the Forbidden City?

 

Shopping with mom is always fun! Love the NAKED Smoky palette by Urban Decay.

 

Won’t wanna buy this though 🙁 I still have so many eye shadow palettes at home that I know I’ll neglect if I bought this wonder of a marble-themed palette.

 

Mom bought this cute top for me. Love the floral pocket!

 Yes, forgive me for shopping for glasses again.
Lil sis Victoria scolds me for having too many pairs.

 

I can’t deny that 🙁 To date, I have 6 pairs, including the one theboyf bought for me last week. Adore

 

First time at VapeTech, Penang!

Always a supporter of VapeTech, so I googled for a VapeTech in Penang and voila!

 

Caught up with buddy Sim for a quick shisha session in Georgetown.

 

That’s all I managed to squeeze my days for in Penang.

Had a brilliant time albeit the short time I have.

 

And we’re off to Ipoh to visit the rest of the fam bam!

 

Enjoying the journey indeed!

 

Every trip to Ipoh has always been a rewarding family experience,
particularly with Popoh around!

I love her to bits and she knows it. Ha Ha

 

We are very much alike in so many ways!

 

Popoh & kakak’s fabulous homemade Nasi Lemak that I could vouch for
over and over again!

 

I even had seconds! No wait… was it thirds? 😛

 

Selfie time with mom whilst at a relative’s house 🙂

 

You know what came perfectly in time for Chinese New Year too?

The Wild Things Chinese New Year set!

Picked them out to try. Absolute love!

The Wild Things has always been my favorite local accessories brand 🙂

 

Take two!

What also arrived this Chinese New Year was my Cubecrate CNY edition box as well.

Full blog post about how amazing Cubecrate is real soon! Can’t wait to share how proud I am of this local surprise gift box brand too.

 

 

After happily unwrapping my parcels, it’s time for dinner with the fambam! Big Smile

 

At Akamomiji Japanese Restaurant, Medan Ipoh.

 

A shot of the delicious spread that evening.

 

After a short two days in Ipoh, it’s now time to head back to the daily grind in KL.

Funny how I always dread going back despite the abundance that the city has to offer, and of course, the presence of going ‘home’ into theboyf’s warm embrace. Despite that all, a tinge of reluctance will always find its way to creep up on me. 🙁

 

Hello again, Ipoh Railway Station.

 

I’m coming home, Kay Elle! 😀

 

Got super bored in the 2.5 hour journey train ride so I started Snapchatting and playing with Snapchat filters.

Add me: imthejessicat 😀

 

Here’s how I’d look with a side-by-side comparison about 40 years later.

 

Back in KL, the housies and I headed out to Publika for some Japanese cuisine & coffee!

Guess which stores were our picks? 😀

 

Dinner at Rakuzen.

 

Definitely left a huge dent in our wallets but hey, we don’t mind indulging in top-quality Jap food every now and then! As if we didn’t already spend enough, we adjourned to Coffee Societe for some chocolate & coffee sips.

 

Yep. That’s mine. Coffee + Milk + Nutella Ice Cubes.

Pretty wicked combo! Tasted absolutely divine.

 

With Publika being my second home, it was no surprise that I found myself there again the very next day.

This artsy-fartsy mall became our choice of venue for my couzzie and I’s meet up!

 

But first… vape time!

eVic-VTC Mini mod + Zephyrus V2 tank + Chikai Mango by VapeTech

An afternoon of girl talks and catching up over lost time.

This chicka here resides in the US of A and I’m lucky to catch her one arvo!

 

We headed to The Red Beanbag to have some coffee, Eggs Benedict & Seafood Pasta.

Absolute faves! That’s why I always come here.

 

Days got merrier when I headed out with the godsis & her mom.

A night of awesome girl talk, wisdom and laughter.

 

Turned up the party dial over the weekend at Zion Club KL at Changkat Bukit Bintang

with the boyfie and some of my fave partymates, Venny & Vinna.

Me-times are best spent with Dr. Sheldon Cooper. Would you vape with me?

Quiet nights in geeking over The Big Bang Theory is indeed, therapy.

 

Just when I finally got into the momentum of enjoying my CNY holidays, it’s time for work again. That being said, the long break did give me heaps of rejuvenation and a much-needed recharge!

 

Our ‘hoi-kung’ office CNY lunch with the colleagues & bosses.

Oh and that’s what my fortune cookie says. Hardy-har-har.

 

And right smack in the middle of CNY season, was Valentines Day! 😀

Read my take on Valentines Day in an interview by comparehero.my here.

Nowadays, I wouldn’t say I’m that big of a fan of Vday as I used to be. IMHO, as I grow up, I realized that Valentines Day shouldn’t be just a one-off thing, but more of something to be celebrated and felt every single day with the ones you love. 

And with that, I am blessed to say that this one never ceased to make me feel loved and adored. Sure, there may be down-times, but then again, which relationship doesn’t? 🙂

 

Our Valentines Day in pictures.

 

Outfit of the Day on our Valentines Day date-night.

Hair by: The Scizzors Palace | Top by:  Monki |
Jeans by: Uniqlo | Bag by: Chanel| Heels by: Aldo

(Quote THEJESSICAT to receive 20% off any hair services!)

 

Every day is Valentines Day when I’m with you.

 

Almost got matching shoes that night but it was a little over our budgets that month!

(Shh… I hope he doesn’t read this, but I’m getting it for him secretly)

 

Towards the end of Chinese New Year, things went a little downhill. Crying

Granny had to be admitted to the hospital for some complications in her breathing & water retention in her lungs. She was practically coughing her lungs out and had high fever for several days.

As soon as I received the news, I sped down to Ipoh with tears streaming down my cheeks non-stop. Bad memories of my late grandfather came flashing into vision like lightning bolts amidst a stormy sky. 🙁

 

 

Seeing her on the hospital bed attached to an oxygen mask with tubes & needles leading in and out of her body – this was too much to take in. All control of the waterworks were completely lost and I burst into tears. I certainly did not want to see her in such pain and discomfort!

A few days later, her arteries that were leading to her left side of the lower body were discovered to be blocked.

She is making great progress as we speak and have since been discharged, and I believe with God’s will, her health will be restored with His grace & healing.

 

So yes, a little late but that’s how my 15 days of Chinese New Year went.

How did you spend yours? 😀

Santa is late, but worth the wait! Christmas 2015 – Part 2

2016Feb2

It’s exactly 1 month after Christmas and I just realized I haven’t blogged about Part 2 of my Christmas celebrations yet. Whoops.

So today will be all about my Christmas celebrations in WEIL Hotel, Ipoh with la familia!

 

 

Just like every year, we’ll either head back to Ipoh or Penang to spend Christmas eve all through the Christmas weekend together.

Not for religious purposes, Christmas, to us, is really just an annual ‘year end’ family thing we’ve always been doing since I was a kid. Fast-forward decades later, I’m glad this family tradition never changed 🙂

 

But first… tonight’s OOTD! Big Smile

Outfit of the day/night would be this beautiful, elegant dark fuchsia dress and nude heels.

If you haven’t already realized from my Instagram photos and recent blog posts, I’ve (almost) completely revamped my wardrobe.

Slowly but surely, my style has gradually changed from being a tad too revealing & low-cut, to more of an elegant & classy yet decent one… simply because I’ve learned that a woman’s beauty and purity lies in her modesty.

 

Dress by: Dorothy Perkins

Gladiator nude heels by: Steve Madden

Accessories by: DIVA

Back to the story!

It wasn’t a long drive there, about a little under 30 minutes from my folks’ place.

One thing’s for sure though, we were starving already. Certainly couldn’t wait for the feast awaiting us! Teehee.

Mom & I – selfie from the backseat!

Hurrah! We’ve arrived.

Festive interior and table decor!

I remember being here before! La familia took me to WEIL Hotel’s rooftop restaurant for my birthday. It’s a shame that I haven’t blogged about it… or have I? Don’t think so. Guess I’ll backtrack later to check 😀

 

My, my, what a big Christmas tree you have!

 

Arriving WEIL Hotel I caught sight of this humongous tree that wasn’t typically made out of artificial leaves & branches, but made out of planks spray painted in white, decorated with fairy lights and Christmas ornaments.

How clever! Adore

 

 

3-piece classical live band in motion! A wonderful medley of brass, string & keyboard instruments indeed.

It’s not everyday you get to watch someone playing the bass, keyboard piano & saxophone in perfect unison.

Time to eat! I was immensely impressed by the generous variety & portions of dishes that they had to offer on the buffet spread.

The food there was not only the closest traditional Christmas menu one can ever get in Ipoh but of top quality too – fresh cuts of meat, seasonal veggies right off the pan, hot soups, elaborate desserts, live cooking & carving stations and so much more – you definitely catch my drift, don’t you? 😀

 

Spotted many people coming back for seconds and thirds!

 

I happily hogged the dessert station. LOL

Would you just LOOK at these beautifully crafted gingerbread houses? 

 

Not long after being spoilt for choice at their huge variety, I chomped down my Christmas dinner and went back for seconds. 😛 *burp*

 

 Stored what may look like a week’s worth of fresh vegetables & prime cuts of lean meat

Oh and a bit of pasta 🙂 

 

Here, take a closer look 🙂

 

 A photo with these dearest women in my life

 

 Got caught red-handed while taking a selfie!

 

 

Ignore the dirt on my Huawei Mate S casing. 🙁

I was reading the newspaper and as usual, the ink got onto everything I touched next. Oh well 🙁 Anyway, here’s the result of the selfie in question. LOL

 

My Huawei Mate S’ beauty mode certainly does wonders for the skin!

 

 RIIIIGHHHTT???? 😀 😀  Told you!

 

Skin level: Flawless

Thanks to my Mate S’ auto beautify mode! No edits needed.

 

 Oh and, say hello to my very suave Uncle Mike

Apart from the scrumptious dinner spread, melodious music and amazing company, what really tickled my fancy tonight was their gigantic, life-sized gingerbread houses! It was so huge and well-decorated.

Absolutely loving it! Big Smile

 

 Hello? Who’s there? 🙂 

But it gets even better.

From a distance, the gingerbread house caught my attention. Needless to say, they would obviously be makeshift gingerbreads – made out of cardboard or styrofoam, perhaps, made to look like actual gingerbreads.

 

 

But I was wrong. I tried to peel it just for fun AND A CHUNK OF IT CAME RIGHT OFF! Dribble

The texture was doughy, soft and smelt exactly like gingerbread. Who in the right mind would bake THIS MANY huge gingerbread pieces just to build several gingerbread houses, block by block, for Christmas?

Give yourselves a pat on the back. Takes effort and dedication, yo. Totally didn’t expect this. Great job!

 

 Candid shot of momsie and I

 

In the spirit of Christmas, let’s all take some time to reflect on all our good tidings and wrongdoings for the year.

I sure am aware of mine 🙂

 

Merry Christmas and on for a better 2016 ahead! 🙂