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


10 things I learned from being away from my iPhone.



The good, the bad, and the ugly.

Hi! No I’m not dead. I’m just not online. Many of you (sweethearts) have called or sent me emails asking if I’m alright, how I’m doing or if everything is okay.

Yes, my dears, I’m fine.
I just haven’t been living in my online sphere that’s all.


I’m still kicking and very much alive – in a place called the real world.

There’s such a thing, you know? :P



Two weeks ago, I sent in my iPhone 5S to Maxis for some troubleshooting due to some battery issues. It all started a month ago.

When my iPhone’s usual 6-7 hour battery life took a nosedive into a miserable 3 hour lifespan, I began to think something was amiss.



But I only knew for certain that something was dreadfully wrong was when one night’s sleep – without touching my iPhone, could deplete its juice from 100% down to 17%.


Before any of you techies jump to conclusion, yes – all my apps are turned off, battery-draining features/settings are disabled and nothing is running in the background.

Chop sign confirm la. Cool
Okay, back to the story.
So I sent it in and I was told that within 14 working days, Apple’s standard practice usually has customers getting back a new iPhone of the same model to replace their faulty current one! Hurrah! New iPhone. Laughing


Looks like I won’t be needing to get my iPhone 6 after all hehe. Big Smile


Anyway, it has been almost 2 weeks and I’ve been having pretty mixed feelings about being deprived of a smartphone in today’s fast-paced bubble, home to my own kind, Generation X & Y. Here’s what I have to say.




1.     I actually READ THE NEWSPAPER now.

No, it isn’t an ‘old-man thing to do’.  I am sitting in San Francisco Coffee as we speak and I’ve just finished reading the New Straits Times, The Star and the New York Times.


It has been a long time since I’ve touched a hard copy of a periodical.

And hey look – my fingers are darkened with carbon-stained ink. Laughing This reminds me of my high school days where my fingers will all be blackened after reading the newspaper!

I’ve begun to continue where I left off in my daily reading habits.
Truth be told, there’s nothing like the tactile pleasure of flipping pages. Not e-pages or Kindles, mind you, I’m referring to actual paperback novels.


My bookmarks and bookshelves at home now play more than just decoration feigning intelligence. I used to be such an avid reader when I was younger and now… I’m back to reading bedtime stories! (Gee, I hope this lasts)


Oh and you know when I see well-dressed guys in geeky glasses reading a novel while waiting at a café, a bus stop or whatever?  That is so sexy. Just saying.Cool


2.    I pay attention to my surroundings!
Ergo, I realize I don’t bump into objects/people while walking.

OR walk into the wrong bathroom as often anymore. Damn. Been one too many times… Yell



I tend to look around more around the suburbs, towns and cities I’m in and the places I go, instead of keeping my eyes fixated on my phone running my blog, replying emails, replying texts and keeping updated with social media feeds & digital marketing pointers on all platforms. Surprised

Hey, don’t blame me. Social media is my profession.

That’s the industry that puts the food on my plate.


Sometimes, I take multitasking too seriously when I’m with my iPhone.



3.    I am closer to the people around me.
Chatting with my loved ones and friends face-to-face beats typing on a touch screen, hands down! Social media…? More like anti-social media, because most smartphone savvy & social media junkies neglect their nearest and dearest way too often.

It is not only disrespectful to be glued to your phones whilst out with anyone, but it also implies that whatever it is on your screen is more interesting that the person/company you’re with. Undecided




Talking to other people when you’re supposed to be talking to the ones in close proximity?

Not a very nice thing to do.
Being apart from my iPhone has brought me even closer to my bestest buddies during outings and I’m thankful for those real moments spent side by side.

Thankfully, I never ever have this problem with moo, as we naturally put away our phones when we’re spending quality time together or out on dates. Kiss Yay!



4.    Living in the moment instead of always trying to capture the moment.
This is where photographic memory kicked in. During those two weeks, I got to live in the moment and depended on my memory to smile back on, instead of trying relentlessly to capture everything on my camera roll and video stream.

Just like the old times – wasn’t life much easier to take in all you see with your OWN RETINA instead of that retina display?



 I know how good memories ought to be recorded for keepsake and good things ought to be shared; but to a certain extent. Having the liberty and the growing dependency on my iPhone has exceeded this ‘certain extent’ to every hour and every day.



5.    Admittedly, I now pay rock solid attention on the road.
Don’t chide me for this. I know how dangerous it is, but I’ve been doing this throughout all my years of driving. Maybe I’m just good at it – LOL I shouldn’t speak too soon.

But I’ve got a clean track record of driving to prove it. Nothing to be proud of but yes, just putting it out there :P #JustSaying


This only becomes a bane when you’re stuck in a merciless traffic jam alone and there’s absolutely nothing to do and no one to chat with or nothing to entertain yourself with.

I used to smoke while driving on the road but ever since I quit smoking, I now have even lesser things to do. 


6.    Safety reasons.
My phone is now always snugly in my bag instead of exposed to snatch thieves.

As mentioned in previous blog posts, my iPhone never leaves the palm of my hand. I like being extremely contactable and almost all my replies are instant – sue me.

But for the past 2 weeks, I’m hardly ever contactable so I didn’t see the point of holding my phone 24/7 anymore. Surprised



Sometimes, I even forget that I have my phone in my bag at all! Which is a good thing… I think. Since this exhibits a significant detachment to my phone.

Yay! Progress. Big Smile

Crap. I sound like I need rehab for mobile phone & internet addiction. Surprised


THE BAD  Furious


1.    I get lost on the road!


I am a hopeless nut on the road without my GPS, Waze or even Google Maps, resulting in unnecessary time wasted in traffic gridlocks due to all the wrong turns and detours.

Time & fuel wasted – now that’s frustrating. Yell



2.    Moo & I can’t get in touch
We talk and chat on a daily (more like hourly! Haha) basis and without my phone, we weren’t able to text via Whatsapp! That really sucks. Cry

Sure, there’s always SMS but seriously…? This isn’t the year 2002 anymore.

Nobody CHATS via SMS, unless you’re willing to pay for each time a text is sent. Yikes. That’s not chatting to me.

So we resorted to things like Gtalk, emails and Skype when I’m on the computer.


For the record, I use SMS too but the only SMS I receive is from Maxis.



3.    Similar to the above, I am unreachable instantly.
None of my clients are able to quickly get in touch with me or invite me to their events.

It will leave them wondering why I’m not keen all of a sudden. I also don’t get to chat with my family in our chatroom anymore.


Random (silly) Whatsapp chats with mom.


My friends also wonder why I’ve stopped replying them on Whatsapp…



4.    No access to details and information.
You know how sometimes when you just want a quick check of information, names, prices, dates, spelling, location and so on? Google is always your best friend.


Yeah, being able to access details like that in under 5 seconds now leaves me hanging in the dark and struggling to retrieve information I need, especially when I really need to know something on the spot. Cry 

It absolutely sucks when you’re just so used to finding out the answers to your questions almost immediately!



Looks like we’ve weighed both the bad and the good… so which one triumphs?


Being away from your phone for so long makes you realize u can actually live without it and maximize LIFE as it is, nature, surroundings, people and everything around you instead of occupying yourself with only your phone.




First world problems, indeed. Ahh!

That said, of course you can easily say ‘why not just put it down or turn it off?’ Easier said than done, darling. People have become so attached to their gadgets that it’s as though their lives depended on it.

There’s more to life than the windows in your gadget.


Using the mobile phone is inevitable, but I guess being apart from my iPhone for what feels like eternity was a very interesting life lesson. A kind of lesson that reminds you of what really matters most.



Now… moving on, dear Maxis, would you give me back my phone already?

I think you’ve done me a good favour by teaching me this wonderful lesson. Also, I think I’ve had enough isolation. :P I promise I won’t abuse this freedom again. Teehee. Laughing


Guess who’s beautiful AND hardcore at the same time? Otterbox Symmetry is my new tough love!



Go ahead, let your phone slip right out of your hand carelessly or let it fall off your lap absent-mindedly. Drop your phone on the ground or lose your grip accidentally before watching it fall prey to gravity.

I worry not about your phone… for I worry more about the concrete floor instead! WHY?


Allow me to introduce my stylish new iPhone case from OtterBox’s Symmetry Series in Dreamy Pink. Say hi! She’s pretty, isn’t she? Kiss


OtterBox, the #1 Most trusted smartphone case protection in the US and Canada, has recently created one of the slimmest and most protective smartphone case in its class.

If you haven’t heard of OtterBox, you must be living under a rock… far, far away from the tech world, for Otterbox is a global leader and award-winner in protection for smartphones, gadgets and mobile devices since the year 1998!



Needless to say, I was truly delighted when I received a surprise parcel addressed to me from OtterBox themselves! Laughing

Check it out:


Opened the parcel to find the latest Symmetry Series in Dreamy Pink,

alongside a beauty-fashion survival kit and a lovely handwritten note.


OtterBox’s picks in their fashion survival kit:

Travel-sized Sephora beauty/cosmetic/vanity goodies to keep me looking good at all times!


What has a beauty-fashion survival kit got to do with a smartphone case protection, you ask? Because style matters! Wink

Compared to its other hardcore predecessors, such as the Armor Series, Defender Series and Commuter Series, the Symmetry Series takes style and fashion seriously.




If style & personality didn’t matter, you could just wrap your phone in a plastic shell and call it a day, right? I know that I simply cannot. Admittedly, I am one who loves everything to be aesthetically pleasing on top of its practicality. Tongue Out

My gadgets, tools of trade, apparel, footwear, accessories or heck, even the furniture & walls around me has to look pretty. (Geez  I can’t wait to own my first house. It’s gonna look like the best of an IKEA showroom – I swear)


Yes, I do go out colour coordinated. Last Wednesday’s theme was white.


I actually love how versatile my dreamy pink Symmetry iPhone case is.

It is simple, pretty, mildly funky yet has this touch of femininity – something I would definitely take to every business meeting, every party, every dinner date, every music festival and every outdoor activity! Cool

Here’s some pictures of me going out with it:


Another day in the office – jives effortlessly on casual Fridays!

Contrasted well with my vibrant outfit on regular outings and spontaneous meetings

Hello from the fitting room!

Matches well with my eccentric wear on outings and rave parties!


And yet goes seamlessly well with my corporate attire for business meetings!


My iPhone and iPad tag-team also dresses up in matching pastel pink shades!


Now you see how style matters to me so much? Big Smile

OtterBox must’ve granted my wishes in my sleep. The new Symmetry Series lets us choose from a wide array of colours and graphics, so we can protect our precious smartphones yet strut our style and stand out from the rest at the same time.

Look at some of the designs they have!





Having a dull boring colour on hardcore gadget protection is so yesterday – unless you’re a person who likes monotonous &  monochromatic colours, then I guess that’s fine by you. Shocked

But for the ones sitting on the opposing spectrum of design, you can continue to revel in delight. Symmetry does come in a full range of both bright & breezy colours (RM169) as well as the solid single-coloured ones (RM149). Laughing



I know all you’re seeing is about the iPhone. It’s also available for the iPhone 6 now too! Talk about being quick, eh? Tongue Out

But fret not. For those of you non-Apple iWorshippers, the Symmetry Series is also available for the Samsung Galaxy S4/S4 and the HTC One M8.



Moving on…


I haven’t even come to the BEST PART of the Symmetry Series yet. Ha Ha

Aside from it’s pretty sight, it is specially made to protect your phone from heart-stopping drops, without doing any damage to you or your phone’s pristine state.

So yes, go ahead and drop it in style; tough smartphone protection just got prettier.



I’m sure nothing makes us happier than getting protection from a brand we can trust. And I mean this in more ways than one… :P *coughs*

Featuring a streamlined design that delivers tough protection from drops and shock, this stylish OtterBox case gives you something no one else can — confidence knowing your device is well protected by a shockproof, drop-proof and scratchproof (pretty!) armour.


My iPhone all pretty & protected every single day at all times!


Its internal synthetic ruber means its ready for the hardest of bumps and the specially designed, raised beveled edge keeps your touchscreen safe from harm too. Say goodbye to unsightly scratches on your screen.

Mine was badly slashed up before OtterBox saved my (phone’s) life! I Surrender!



As illustrated in the video above, its dual material construction absorbs shock and withstands drops with ease. Watch it; it will give you a better understanding of how the shockproof feature works in your favour.

The style you want, the protection you need… is now all yours. Go get it and thank me later!


So hardcore that I have no worries bringing it to the gym!

Let my barbells drop on it for all I care. Whooops. Sorry. Are you hurt? I guess not. :P


I have to honestly acknowledge that Symmetry is a God sent gift by OtterBox!

For a person that is rather lackadaisical with the protection of my belongings, most of my gadgets are often scratched and dented due to my nonchalance. Undecided

I also tend to multitask by taking pictures & selfies, texting and catching up with my social media feeds all while walking and running my errands. Frown


You can see how my iPhone is always snug in the palm of my hands – never leaving my sight. I don’t put it in my handbag nor my pockets ever. Therefore, I tend to drop it a lot :(

Speaking of dropping phones, watch this funny and cute ad for the Symmetry Series!


 HAHHAAHAH. Yup, doesn’t hurt at all!


OtterBox Symmetry in dreamy pink amongst my notes and work scribbles


OtterBox even has a built-in powerbank case called the Resurgence Series. Surprised

Imagine a heavy user like me trying to efficiently use my iPhone without draining its battery before midday – don’t even get me started.



Hey, I work in social media 24/7, what do you expect? Hit with Brick

I will be sharing all about my new Resurgence iPhone case with you soon! Definitely another God-sent gift to Generation Y.


Thank you OtterBox, for Symmetry – a revolutionary invention!

Now that’s what I call beauty with a purpose.



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With love from KL to Penang – Happy Birthday, mommy & daddy!



September has come around again, which means, it’s mom & dad’s birthday!

It’s the month where I annually surprise them with a trip back home – but wait a sec – If I return home every year for their birthday without fail, guess that’s not so much of a surprise anymore, eh?



Anyway. I booked a trip back a few days ago but guess what? I missed my flight.

Yep. Don’t ask why or how. Meh. Yell


I began racking my brains on how to go back on such a short notice. I didn’t want to miss being home for mom & dad’s birthday for the world!

Being the Malaysia Day long weekend + school holidays, I can bet my bottom dollar that the highways will be full if I decide to get on a bus. Thankfully, buddyEdwin & his brother was scheduled to visit Penang the next day at 2am (to avoid the traffic I suppose?).

I immediately hopped on for a ride. Phew. At least I didn’t need to waste the flight back to KL. Thanks Ed! Laughing


Throughout the long journey, I was prepping this blog post for the birthday celebration – only to realize I haven’t shared the pictures FROM THEIR BIRTHDAY LAST YEAR! SurprisedSurprisedSurprised




Drats. Yes yes, just so you know, I have at least 2 years of backlog for this blog. Forgive me, time isn’t a luxury for me at all  :(

Anyway, speaking of which, here’s what went down during their birthday in 2013!


 I took them to Flamingo Hotel in Batu Fehringgi for a Seafood Buffet.


Flanked by mom & dad. From this picture. I can safely guess what’s going on in your mind.

Yes, I am tall. I know.


But… believe me, being a tall Asian girl in an Asian country really sucks. Frown

One day, if time permits a lengthy rant of a blog article, I will tell you why.

But that’s another story…


Back to the birthday last year. It’s us – and dearest kakak in tow!


The hospitality of the waiting staff was commendable, while the restaurant was large, brightly-lit and spacious.


Just one of our favorite meals at the seafood buffet spread!

Cheese-baked mussels and scallops.


 Daddy was a very happy boy that night.

Judging by the amount of prawns, crabs, and shrimps he took, I think I’m pretty sure he was. He also went back for seconds and thirds! Hurrah! Mission accomplished :P


My beautiful parents – say hi to mom & dad!


 And of course, yours truly.


 The buffet spread was so extensive that they even had more choices at the patio by the swimming pool, which mostly consisted of barbequed choices and roasts.


 So glad kakak enjoyed herself too – she stuffed herself silly! Hahaha.


 Momsie and I always have room for dessert…

 Then again, don’t we all? Big Smile


 Birthday cakes do count as dessert too! :D Happy birthday dearest mom & dad!


Big hugs! Love you to the moon and back mom!


After dinner, we decided to unbuckle our belts and unwind with a short stroll around the vicinity of the hotel.

The al-fresco and poolside area was looking pretty magnificent at night, so why not?


 All lit-up at night.


 The trio by the poolside bench.


Too fantastic a night-light scene not to take a selfie!


Can’t deny how serene and breathtaking the ambiance was.


Seeing that typical ‘official’ and rigid family photoshoots taken in studios with a wallpaper of meadows and bookshelves as the portrait background with results so overly contrasted and flawlessly airbrushed, isn’t my thing at all, I came up with a random idea.

It’s time for some fun, unofficial and an impromptu family photoshoot! Ha Ha


 Which reminds me, I actually want to get these printed,

blown up into an 8R and framed in my room.


 Take two!


One last shot for Instagram and for the road! That’s a wrap for le folk’s 2013 birthday celebration.


Thanks for sticking around with me during the long car ride. It’s fast-forward to the year 2014 now.

We’ve just arrived Penang. Did you forget that I was still on the North-South Highway heading back home? :P




Dolled up for brunch for mom & dad’s birthday!


Needless to say, I didn’t have even a wink of sleep, but I didn’t want to fall into slumber upon arrival because the time taken for my snoozes could very well be used to spend time with le folks on this shortened trip.

And I know it’s gonna be worth it. Cool



This year, mom, dad and I  went to our all-time favorite buffet place, Coffee Garden in Hotel Equatorial, Penang.

I don’t remember how many millions of photos we took here in our lifetime. Surprised

My family has  been regularly patronizing this place ever since I was a toddler, to a kid, to a teenager, and finally, to the young adult I am now.


Almost two decades have passed and we still love this place to bits.


  I’m genuinely amazed how the food standards are impressively maintained (if not better!) and even more so, how this place can remain this evergreen after all these years. Thumbs up!


Greeted to this upon entering the restaurant!


Here are some of the choices from the continental and local spread.

Didn’t manage to snap all of them as hey, tummies were a priority here.Tongue Out


See Kor Theng – a Chinese delicacy that I’m not to familiar with


The Hungarian Beef Goulash was fabulous!


Nasi Lemak table with lots and lots of condiments!

Yum yum!

Appease the oriental side in you.

More mouthwatering delights!


The sashimi & cold cut table – one of my favorite platters of the buffet!

Equatorial Hotel certainly has a breathtaking view of the residential bungalows, the condominiums in the near distance and of course, Bukit Jambul Country Club’s golf course.


Aerial shot of mom & dad’s selection.


More random choices!


Just HAD to snap this picture of mom & dad with the superb view behind them.


Hi! Mom & dad aren’t the only people enjoying the food. Hehe!


Satay tops my list!

Fruits! Fruits! Oh, glorious fruits!

You’re probably wondering… where’s the meat?

Well here it is! Tasty and succulent no doubt!

Happy tummy today! #cheatday Ahh!


Here’s some more of my fave picks!



Can’t be more blessed to have parents like them. Also, I was really glad I made it back despite the circumstances. Smile


We had a very intimate family lunch and shared lots of banter as well as deep-diving into serious discussions of life, love, politics and other general knowledge. Such a gathering between the three of us is indeed priceless!


Okay, dessert time. How can anyone not have space for desserts? Ahh!


Ice Kacang!

Happy mama at the dessert table!

Oh my goodness, they serve New Zealand Natural ice cream. Love it!


Our favorite dessert of all – Bread & Butter Pudding!

No idea how they made it THIS IRRESISTIBLE!

*mental note to self: gotta attempt making this one day*


Family selfie to end the celebration!


Happy birthday again, mom & dad. May you both stay young at heart and brilliant in more ways than ever!