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

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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! :P

 

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.

 

My unconventional 15 Days of Chinese New Year.

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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! :D

 

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! :D

 

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? :P

 

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! :D

 

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

Add me: imthejessicat :D

 

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? :D

 

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! :D

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? :D

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

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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 :D

 

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? :D

 

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. :P *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???? :D :D  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! :)  

Ushering in 2016 – all weekend!

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As we bid adieu to 2015 and welcome 2016 with open arms, the one spot I’d love to be on New Year’s Eve is on a rooftop of basically anywhere.

Why? In case you didn’t know, I’m an absolute sucker for fireworks. :D

 

So this year, I found myself atop View Rooftop Bar at GTower Hotel in Ampang Park for the countdown to the new year with moo and two of our closest friends, Bilal & Nickee.

But first! Before the night began, New Year’s Eve started in the mid morning with a homemade brunch at the comfort of our home.

 

Some of our favorite homecooked breakfast essentials.

Buttered toast, scrambled eggs, mushrooms and of course, strawberry milkshake!

 

After chomping down breakfast, Moo and I practically did nothing all day except rest, basking in each other’s company and binge on TV series. Take it as some sort of a recharge for the impending hectic night out to come. Heh. Heh. :P

But before we get too comfy (or lazy!) at home, we adjourned for dinner at TGI Fridays, Wangsa Walk mall.

 

Looks like it was a sweater kind of day for us,

when we both happened to be wearing sweaters that night.

 

So… what’s for dinner? Big Smile

We indulged in Fish & Chips (for me), and a Beef Bacon Cheeseburger (for him).

Not forgetting both our favorites – Chocolate Silk Shake & Fried Mac n’ Cheese for sharing, before zooming off to our New Year’s countdown party. *burp*

 

Arriving at a little after 9pm, Bilal and Nickee were already there at GTower’s hotel lobby waiting for us :)

Without further ado, it’s up up up we go! Somewhat a little thankful that the queue wasn’t unbearable, despite not booking or planning our night in advance. Guess we got lucky!

 

With moo, Nickee & Bilal at The View Rooftop Bar!

Is this our first double date in 2016? Oh yes, it is!

 

Nickee & I had some selfie time while our boys were busy jumping to the beat!

 

Never trust a busy waiter to take a good, clear photo.

 

I had lots of fun at the party, but the tracks played throughout the 2.5 hours before midnight struck wasn’t exactly my cup of tea.

It was a medley of old skool tunes ranging from RnB, Mainstream Top-40 Pop & Hip Hop. And we all know that’s definitely not my jam. Neither was it Moo’s. But that doesn’t really matter, especially if we’re with great company! :D

 

Thanks for making the night fun, guys!

Fooling around on camera!

 

It’s the people whom we’re celebrating with, that matters most.

I wouldn’t have wanted the night to turn out any other way :)  

The four of us!

 

One hour to go before 2016! Time to crank up the party gear.

 

We waited for the fireworks to burst into the open of the still night sky.

 

And then the magic that was 2016, happened.

 

We didn’t have to look any further,

as View Rooftop Bar had their very own stunning show of fireworks!

 

ONE successful shot out of several failed selfies with the fireworks! Yaayyyy!

 

It went on for about a good 5-10 minutes.

 

Since my firework photos doesn’t seem to do the night justice, 

here’s a spectacular video I found of fireworks. Wish I could that, but I’d need a droid first. :P

When we got back to our table, we got acquainted with some new friends and partygoers from Finland and Germany!

 

They were def a wacky bunch!

 

Nils & Katerina were such nice people too!

 

After the night ended at View Rooftop Bar, we adjourned to Zion Club KL, in Changkat Bukit Bintang.

Thank you, KS, for bringing us upstairs to check out Phabric!

Keep it up! :) This Penang girl is proud of ya.

 

The night was a rather heavy one, rendering us incapable of motion and speech the very next morning. Haha. I’m exaggerating, but yeah, we sure felt like zombies from the walking dead.

The only time we dragged ourselves out of bed was to head to the kitchen to whip up a quick hot meal (thanks for brunch, love!) and fell fast asleep again till late afternoon.

Never mind the non-eventful day. So Tired

The very next day, we did something more interesting.

Cooked up a storm and made spaghetti, according to his mom’s recipe! Ha Ha

Yup, we were lucky that she was just one international phone call away, just as we were picking out the ingredients at Jaya Grocer, Verve® Shops in Mont Kiara.

 

After a hearty dinner (high-five!),

off we went to TGV Cinemas to catch Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens.

 

I’ve never been a diehard fan of Star Wars in general, the first and only episode I’ve ever watched was in the cinemas with my family when I was ten. It was The Phantom Menace. And that was it.

I loved loved loved loved the movie.

Not going to spoil the movie for you, so I shall stop here.

But watching the latest episode yesterday made me download the original & sequel trilogies to binge watch aka marathon all over again! :D :D

 

Oh! Before I forget, one of the highlights of the day was the fact that somebody joined me on the Light side of the Force!

 

Welcoming another member of the Vape community!

Now we have two Joyetech eVic-VTC Mini mods :D  One in turquoise and one in black. 

Thanks VapeBoss, Solaris & Vape Empire/Vape Tech, Hartamas!

 

This 2016, which side are you on?  

For those of you who smoke, why don’t you try to quit smoking again, guys? :D

 

Last year, I didn’t make New Year Resolutions because I was of the opinion that I didn’t need a new year to resolve to be a better version of myself or to do something different. Change doesn’t need a new year to kick it off; change should come from within.

The change starts in you and only you can change whenever you are ready to be a better version of yourself.

 

This year, I am not of a different opinion but I chanced upon a really interesting quote which made me question my stand as of last year.

So looks like we’ll never ever be entirely ready, huh?

Looks like I’ll be making my resolutions this 2016 then. At least it can serve as a guideline for the year. *shrugs*

 

And so my New Year Resolutions are:

 

1. Quit smoking

Because clearly my lungs aren’t made of titanium.

 

2. Quit reckless & excessive partying

Because it ain’t doing me any good. Fun it may be, but damaging too.

 

3. Be closer to God and my newfound path

Because, just because :) This is for another blog post to come.

 

4. Lose at least 5% of body fat by mid 2016

Because I’ve been skipping the gym, my abs cry for existence once more.

 

5. Save at least 10 grand by end 2016

Because I’m getting a condominium unit to settle down in! :)

 

6. Read 1 novel every 2 months.

Because I’ve got piles from my Big Bad Wolf  haul staring at me every day!

 

Here’s to hoping I stick to my new year resolutions!

I pray for another blessed, successful & happy year ahead… and this year, I know and trust that all will be right for me. Ameen!

 

They say behind every successful man there is a woman.

I say behind every successful woman, is a man that will always have her back too!

Thank you for another wonderful year, my Knight in Shining Armour.

 

Have a brilliant 2016, dear readers!