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.

 

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!

 

Guess who’s back? Ho ho ho! Christmas 2015 – Part 1.

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Hi there! Missed me?
It’s been a long time… I’m fully aware.

The longest absence it has ever been away from my blog, ever.

4 months would be an eternity away from something this close to your heart too. Trust me.

 

Just in case you’ve forgotten how this blogger looks. Haha!

Nah, it’s actually just an excuse to chuck in a selfie (or two) here.

 

It’s a rather common excuse to say this but, I speak in all honesty – the main reason for my 4-month hiatus was because work got in the way.

Exactly 4 months ago, was the day I got promoted at the office. Since then, I’ve been too preoccupied with meeting higher expectations, adhering to even stricter deadlines, striving for perfection for not just myself but my team, and working late nights in the pursuit of building my social media career.

So when I rose to the ranks of an Account Manager, my blogging mojo took an immediate backseat, much to my dismay. Cry Collateral damage, ya’ say? Haha.

 

Thank you for believing in me, Vocanic & GroupM.

 

I simply wasn’t able to commit juggling two of my greatest passions together – the demands of a social media strategy & management profession during the day and the diligence of blogging by nights & weekends.

As much as I enjoy being a workaholic, it dawned upon me that as I’m being overwhelmed with work, I’ve begun to forget living – my own dreams and my own hobbies.
The question is, am I able to dive deep into the latter again?Oops
The burning passion of writing, of retelling tales from wonderful experiences and fun opportunities that huge brands have given me, putting my kaleidoscope of opinions into words, stringing sentences together and penning a story; is something I live for.

This blog is where I’ve always been running to, armed with the wildest, wandering thoughts in my mind. After all, the pen is mightier than the sword. Wink

 

Or in this case of an era, the keyboard is mighter than the pen, of course. ;)

With my brand newHuawei Mate S in gold

I would go on a spiel to catch up on lost times and where I left off – my ‘The Sunday Times’ episodes, my 2014 recap (it’s already the end of 2015 now!),  my food & restaurant reviews, my event/party coverage, all my product reviews, my holiday travelogues, coffee hunting guides, and so much more, but that’s a challenge I’d like to undertake come this 2016.
On a lighter note, it’s Christmas! So… obviously, tis’ the season to be jolly.

 


I’ve got so much to share and to tell you, but in the meantime, let’s relish at lavish food, festive music, great company and spread some Christmas cheer this year end, shall we? :)

Despite having things really fast-paced and hectic at work, I’m lucky (and thankful!)  to have amazing colleagues & bosses.

 

Christmas at the office.

Dear designer, why did you put those swirly borders around the photo? :(
*stares at edwin*

 

All our Christmas presents under Vocanic’s little Christmas tree beckoning us!

But we’ll have to wait till the end of the celebration dinner, okay? :)

 

Check out what went down at Vocanic’s Christmas Dinner 2015!

 

Flanked by my girls at work.

From friends, to colleagues. We’ve come a long way!

With my bosses.

With the boys from work. Ok, men. :P

With the analytics duo. Hello from the other side! :)

We enjoyed a splendid buffet dinner at Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur hotel

And of course, the free flow wine!

Lots of fun and games! I’m so glad my Pass the Parcel idea went well!

Credits to Nickee dear for helping out xx

More random photos!

Babysistah and I xx

Hello from the Vocanic ladies!

Santarinas!

We were the last ones to leave Essence restaurant!

This may be all of us for tonight, but it’s certainly not all of us!

 

Though I had a terrific time, the best part of this year’s Christmas at work was not just the great company or the great food. It was the gift from my Secret Santa that encapsulates everything I’ve said in the beginning of this post.Smile

I still don’t know who you are, my dear Secret Santa, but it’s the best Christmas gift I’ve ever got this year.

And Santa, I hear you loud and clear. I won’t quit my dreams. I promise :)

Merry Christmas, everybody!