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! :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.

 

Loving my new bumblebee GARION bicycle! #JomReunion 6X Foldable Bicycles Giveaway Contest

2015Feb20

 

On Valentine’s Day, my doorbell rang and the Citylink delivery man showed up at my doorstep with a huge parcel.

“What? No way!,” I thought to myself. Theboyfriend couldn’t possibly have any more surprises up his sleeve after a super surprise the night before, could he? After all, he was still fast asleep at noon when the parcel came.

 

 Turned out, it was a bicycle sponsored by the good folks of Bojio & Garion Bikes!

 

I excitedly dragged the huge box in (yes it was quite heavy!) before estimating its weight by trying to do bicep curls with it LOL. Cool

My first impression of it – boxed – was that it was compact enough to fit my car boot and most likely, slightly under 15KG.

 

 

 

Excitedly woke moo up and together, we ripped the box apart to unwrap, unfold and unveil our new bike! Big Smile

 

Kinda like this picture, as I can somewhat see the definition of my delts & triceps hehe.

Motivation to work harder at it! Laughing

 

I asked the sis who was watching us unwrap it, if she could cycle, and she answered smugly, “Duh of course I can, everyone can cycle lah.” 

I hung my head in embarrassment and looked at her pitifully, followed by a, “WHAT? YOU MEAN YOU CAN’T??” Yell

Yes, I absolutely cannot. For the very first time I cycled back in Ipoh, I was chased by a dog and fell off the bike resulting in deep, multiple scratches. CryThe second time I cycled was in Cambodia, and I got hit by a truck whilst on my way to Angkor Wat and ruined my holiday.

And that was the last time I ever I cycled a bicycle.Canny

Call it paranoia, but I affirm that I can no longer cycle a bicycle confidently anymore.

 

Almost toppled the bike over.

Candid shot that Moo took of me when I was freaking out.

 

I can, I will, I must. Baby steps – easy does it!

Picking up speed, balance and confidence all over again.

 

So thanks to Bojio and Garion Bikes, this is my third time attempting to cycle a bicycle again.

Thank you for giving me the incentive to face my fears! Smile

 

Also, major credits to the skilful boyfie of mine (yes, he’s doing the wheelie!),

who patiently taught me how to cycle again and rebuilt my confidence.

 

Hey hey hey! Look at me go! Slowly but surely :D

We had so much fun that Valentines outdoor date,

so much so that we’ve decided to make cycling a weekend affair! Kiss

 

Want to own a bike like mine? Read on…

Time to win yourself an awesome foldable bicycle by Garion Bikes, as Bojio is running a pretty cool contest!

 

 

It’s time to #JomReunion at all your favorite cafes and win yourself a bike worth RM699 while you’re at it!

This initiative aims to encourage people to socialize and see each other face-to-face beyond the screen of their smartphones.

 

Yup, specifically for these people. :P

 

From 12th Feb – 5th March:

ONLY 6 Lucky winners will receive a Garion Folding Bicycle!

Bojio’s #jomreunion is happy to invite everyone to come and join in the mission to make everyone meet & interact outside the online world – attempting to change back how people socialize, appreciate the people around them.

So take this long weekend break and have fun jio-ing your friends out this Chinese New Year #jomreunion. Smile

 

 

 

In short, this is how you do it:

Step 1 – LIKE Bojio’s Facebook page, Instagram page & Twitter page

Step 2 – Take a group SELFIE with your mates at the participating outlets/cafes

Step 3 – Post it up, TAG the outlet and HASHTAG it with #jomreunion

 

Here’s the list of participating outlets. Go check ‘em out and take your selfies there!

 

And voila! You’ll be riding home a Garion Bike folding bicycle! Big Smile

 

The kick-ass Garion G2017-BC

It looks like this when it is all folded up.

 

Here are some specs for the techy bike-geeks out there:

AVAILABLE COLOURS!

 

Mine is the adorable Black + Yellow one! Bumblebee will be proud.

 

It’s really easy to join, right? And the prize is irresistible! Laughing

You can take selfies as easily as this and don’t forget the #jomreunion hashtag.

 

 

 

Contest Terms & Conditions here:

 

 

Lastly, I’d like to share a very important public service announcement:
Whenever people jio you for hangouts, don’t disappoint them – MAKE SURE YOU TURN UP!

 

 

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For more on Bojio’s contest & their awesome sponsor, Garion, stay updated with them!
Bojio’s Facebook page: facebook.com/officialbojio
Garion Bikes Facebook page: facebook.com/garionbikes

2014 Rewind (Part 1) – The First Quarter.

2015Jan31

 

So it’s the end of January 2015 and I haven’t got round to my 2014 rewind yet.

Yes, yes, I’m a late bloomer but this is just one of the things I’d like to share today. The fact that I no longer have the luxury of time to write as frequently as I do on this blog as I used to. 

 

I tend to update my social channels more often than I update my blog now.

 

Not even joking. :(  I’m lucky if I get to even publish a post once a fortnight nowadays. It used to be 2-3 times a week! How times have changed. The new job has taken a huge chunk of my time and energy from churning out posts every night or every weekend, the way I used to.

Do you even know how many drafts have been abandoned in my blog editor?

At least 30.

 

Each time I excitedly blog immediately after, say, a food review, an event, a party or a holiday, so many things (mainly work-related) come in the way of my goal to finish it. Bleh. Yell

The result? A half-finished blog post draft and by the time I finally get round to continuing where I left of, months have passed and I am left dejected… not knowing if there still is novelty anymore.

 

Think of that and multiply it by 30. *grumbles*

 

Many a time people ask me: How do you juggle a full-time job and your blog at the same time?

The answer is: I don’t even know how anymore.Hit with Ball

Work:life ratio has been hectic last year and I can hardly remember the last time I am able to finish reading a novel, to religiously maintain with my gym-training routines or to keep up with the demands of my blogging mojo.

 

My desk at the office (at the former workplace).

 

Anyway, let’s get to the point, shall we?

Every year, I do an annual rewind of the year that was, highlighting my top blog posts and memorable moments.

But last year saw the steep decrease of the number of articles written in this blog – charted at only 45 posts in 2014 alone. That’s more than a 50% decline in quantity! I shouldn’t be upset, but rather endeavour to continue prioritizing what made me who I am today – to continue penning on my very own blog, here on TheJessicat.com. Cool

 

So since it is virtually impossible to do a best of TheJessicat.com 2014 wrap-up, I’ll show you what made my 2014, sans the blog posts okay?

Maybe one day I’ll get to it… actually not ‘maybe’. I will get to it. Just you wait. Hehe.

 

 

So what did I get up to on the year of the horse?

 

I aim to continue my The Sunday Times – a project that I’ve abandoned all of last year.

Let’s welcome the highlights of 2014 (Part 1) First Quarter of 2014!

 

JANUARY Big Smile

 

New Year’s luncheon with my ex-colleagues of Kraken Interactive!

We had Japanese food at Kura Japanese Restaurant at One World  Hotel.

 

 

I’ll always love this crazy bunch at Kraken Interactive! They make my workdays all the merrier.

 

Solved the Rubik’s Cube in under 3 minutes.

I even wanted to film a video of my cracking it but I never got round to shooting it.

Maybe I will, this year.

 

 

Apart from the Rubik’s Cube, I was also very addicted to Guess The Emoji,

a popular word-game app at the time. I wonder if they’ve added more levels yet?

 

Attended my boss’ wedding

 

 

This was what I wore :D

(Believe it or not, it was my high school prom dress!)

 

 

It was held at Mandarin Oriental. Such pretty Victorian decor!

 

 

Congrats again, Ron & Jasmine. Hey look, it’s been exactly 1 year now!

Happy 1st Anniversary!

 

 

 

We had our instant pictures printed!

 

Attended the media launch of Phat Barrels in Publika KL!

Blog post: here

 

 

Received an awesome new notebook with my name engraved onto it.

 

 

Spent time with the couzzie Maddy.

Thank you dearie, for all your advice on my floundering love life’s (mis)adventures.

Allow me to show you my fluffy furkid, Chivas.

Wait till you see how he looks when I give him a bath…

HAHAHHAHAHAHA.

Ex-colleagues introduced baba-nyonya food to me at Mum’s Place  in Damansara Perdana

And our usual after-dinner nearby watering hole at Tom, Dick & Harry’s at TTDI

Escaped to Genting Highlands for a day.

My heart broke when I saw the childhood themepark I grew up in, disintegrate to debris. :(

I love you, Genting!

Can’t wait for your transformation to FOX Studios Malaysia in a couple of years!

Spent time with the sister as always!

Relished in Morganfield’s sticky bones pork & lamb ribs.

SORRY | NON-HALAL meals.

Indulged in their pork ribs!

 

So that was practically what made up my January. 

Next up:

 

FEBRUARY Ha Ha

 

 

 CNY photo session with my former colleagues at Kraken Interactive!

 

 

 My favorite Krakenites.

 

 

The extended family! Kraken Interactive, Clicks Communications & MadLabs

 

 

 

 Company CNY dinner! Gawd I vaguely remember how drunk we got.

 

 

 Much love to them!

 

 

 Here’s a random picture of my 2-year old furkid, Chivas.

Loyal readers would know him by now. Kiss

 

 

Isn’t he the cutest?

 

 

He’s mine….. ALL MINE! 

 

 

 

 My blogmates Kounila & Shane flew down to Malaysia for a blogger’s conference.

Here we are after the event!

 

 

Aussie pal Jason happened to be globe-trotting around Asia so we managed to squeeze in a meet-up!

 

 

 Barbeque session with the former colleagues at big Ben’s house! :D

 

 Buddy Erin & I out for lunch at some fish place Aman Suria. 

OR was it Kota Damansara? Nevermind. I’ll find out and edit this space. :P  

 

 We adjourned for coffee thereafter at Wood & Steel in Kota Damansara.

 

 

 Lil bro came down from Singapore again and off hiking we go!

 

 

 Bukit Gasing Hill this round.

 

 Attended the Skream rave at Providence KL. 

Got a hair makeover from my hair sponsors A Cut Above.

Blog post: here

 

Got interviewed on the topic of entertainment outlets in Malaysia

Spent Chinese New Year back home in Penang!

Blog post: here

 

And that was what my February was made of. On to the next month!

 

MARCHBig Boss

 

 

 Got amazed by gargantuan banana. 

Who even eats this? Godzilla? :P  

 My girl Tove came to visit Malaysia. 

Spent some girly time over shisha and around the city.

 

 Hung out with the rest of the European backpacker buddies that came with her!

 

 

 

 Brought them all to Chateau De Caffeinees and showed them around KL too.

 

 

 Since I’m such a good host :P :P ahem..

Looking forward for your turn to host me when I *ever* get my arse to Germany/Sweden!

 

 

Headed to Reggae Mansion’s rooftop bar for some drinks and quality conversations.

 

 

 Guess where we headed to the next day? :D

They wanted to party in a super club with awesome drinks,  music & crowd.

 

 Zouk Club KL of course! Where else?

They had a blast there. Especially popping Moets after Moets ala the #RichKidsOnInstagram

HAHAH! Come back soon and I’ll bring ya’ll there again, I promise!

 

 

 Though I love to party & rave, life isn’t all about partying to me. 

Spent quality time catching up with the girlfriend, Anis, over coffee the next afternoon.

 

 Weekdays after work were spent having coffee at Mukha with the ex-colleagues.

 

 

Couzzie Nick came down from Australia to spend time with the family here!

Managed to catch up over coffee too. 

 

Yes it’s coffee all day, every day for me!

Clearly, I’m a massive coffee-nut.

 

 

 Also hung out with couzzie Maddy for brunch at The Grumpy Cyclist, TTDI.

Swimtime sessions with bigbro, Michael!

Underwent a procedure sponsored by Beverly Wilshire Medical Centre KL.

Blog post: here

 

 Here’s another random photo of my babyson.

 

 You’re getting in the way of mommy’s mealprep, honey.

 

 

 Attended a food tasting/review session at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.

Blog post: here

 

 

 Attended the launch of ‘Weekend Chillout’ sessions at Stratosphere, The Roof!

Blog post: here

 

 Off to our rave-ground, Zouk right after!

 

 

So that was how my first quarter of 2014 went. 

At that point in life, I vividly remember how I never thought I’d fall in love again. I was feeling broken yet living the life as a single girl for the first time in forever… but little did I know that the month of April would be the start of a beautiful journey. But that’s another story for the next quarter of this 2014 rewind. ;) Stay tuned.

Alrightey, logging off now. It’s almost 11PM – way past dinner time and I haven’t had a bite since lunch!

 

 

 

Aussie Aussie OI OI OI! Happy Australia Day 2015 to all my Straya mates from Down Under!

2015Jan26

 

Today is Australia Day and here I am sitting at my desk thinking about my one-year stint in Aussieland back in 2011.

Oh how I miss it. Those were the days where I could be a carefree student x wild child without a worry in the world – except for academic stress of course, but then again, that has never been an issue for me. *dusts shoulders :P :P :P

 

How I wish I was sitting right on this very sunny lawn in university right now

instead of being here at this cold, freezing office :P

 

I love doing throwback posts & flashbacks. I was meaning to write a post about Australia some time back but I never saw a connection or a proper timing for it. So… what better day to churn out this blog post about Aussie on Aussie Day itself, eh?

Let’s travel back in time in 2011 to the land Down Under! Big Smile

 

 

 

On my 4th week in Melbourne, Australia, Monash University decided to take us all to Luna Park in St. Kilda Beach as part of their orientation program for the exchange students & freshman year students.

 

Waiting for our bus!

Just a few of my observation whilst in Australia – Aussies love sitting on the grass.

I hardly see that here in Malaysia!

 

 

 

En route to Luna Park. Woohoo!!

 

For some reason, I didn’t have many (East) Asian friends whilst I was there.

Laura & Vanessa were among my favorite girlfriends who were fellow Asians too.

 

Lauz & I

 

 

Van & I – take one!

 

Van & I – take two!

 

Can’t remember how long the bus ride took, but we arrived before we knew it :)

 

HELLO FROM LUNA PARK!

Admittedly, the entrance gives me the creeps.

 

See what I mean? :P

 

We arrived really early in the morning just before the doors open.

LUNA PARK ALL TO OURSELVES!?

That can only mean…

Yup. Gonna be ridin’ all day, yo. ;)

 

Ferris Wheel!

At the carousel! Time for a merry-go-round!

 

With the RAs (Residential Advisors) Alia & Laura.

 

Playing with mirrors at Luna Park

Don’t we look short & stout here? HAHA

 

Everything was so merry and filled with people!

 

3 of my beautiful housemates!

 

Everything is still vividly in my mind. We were the girls of West 9.

That’s Elizabeth, Narelle and Camille. Camille used to leave me little cute notes on my door addressed to Jessicat, whenever I wasn’t home for days. Thanks for making my West 9 days a memorable one, ladies!

 

And my girlfriends from the house next door. Were you girls in West 8?

Not sure what we were doing at this point, waiting in line for a ride, I reckon.

 

Rollercoaster rides! Truth be told, I’m no daredevil.

Although I’m terrified of it, I’ll shut my eyes, scream my head off and enjoy the ride.

 

Likewise, for the Ghost Train, I’m pretty frightened of it as well but I don’t chicken out.

I endure the entire ride with my ears closed and eyes half-shut.

Here we are on some 3D ride thingamajiggy.

Fire-twirling demonstration!

Lining up for the rides with Mossy & Jade

Laura joined us soon enough!

And around the world we go!

One for the road with Lauz before we left!

 


Wildchild quirks of 21 year olds.

 

So dear Australia, on Australia Day today, let me take a moment in retrospect and reminiscence to say a few words.

Thank you for..

Being the drop-bear on my road and the chill to my coat

The Gold to my Coast and the vegemite on my toast

The sea to the sand and the VB in my hand

The Kanga to my roo and the barbie on my que

The Harbour to my bridge and the lamingtons in my fridge

The grog in the trams and the TimTams to my slams.

The surfer boys to my beach and the Uggs to my feet.

 

 

You can check out my other tales & chronicles during my one-year stint in Aussie, tagged under The Australian Diaries in this blog.

I’ll always be eternally grateful to such an enriching and fulfilling experience. And to all my bestest Melbie & Gippy friends, thank you for making me feel like home – you know who you all are. If given the chance, I would do it all over again.

HAPPY STRAYA DAY, TO ALL MY MATES, C*NTS & YES EVEN THE COUNTRY BOGANS WHO THREW TRASH AT ME FOR BEING ASIAN.