Bright Stars

October has.. undoubtedly been a whirlwind journey! From the late nights to endless rehearsals, looking back.. I wouldn’t have wished for anything to be enhanced or altered.

Kiwanis charity performance was a success! Crowd loved every moment of the evening, “What a refreshing performance!”, “Not a dull moment”, “All performers were brilliant and charming” and the list goes on. Knowing that everyone put their best contributing to perfect this event, I have to say I am proud to be part of this, the feeling is beyond comprehension. More to come hopefully? heh…

One scenario definitely highlighted my entire evening, backstage where everyone was in the midst of mad rushing, changing into their outfits, getting called on stage.. my favourite dress decided to fail on me! One by one, people were disappearing from the changing room, it was this moment of despair where everything was so messed up and I was stuck in the center of a bloody turmoil. Then, this so-called-Poofer came up to me, stood by me and told me to Never Give Up. What does not kill you makes you stronger indeed.. Till this very moment, typing away on my keyboard, I am grateful to have those who stayed with me even when times get rough. You are truly gems.

Stated in my previous post about my int. interpreter job, little did I know that was just the beginning to more endurance tests waiting to unfold. Besides having 2 weeks of intense training and terminology studying, sitting still in my work station for hours trying to get as much information absorbed into my neuron-blob which later on leads to a dramatic episode of spraining my back, drenched in tears and desperately needing help to get off the floor due to immense pain shooting through my veins.. I am officially a medical/law interpreter and oh boy! I wouldn’t want to go through all that again.. haha.. wish I could say they were all worth it though.

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Till next time 🙂

~Rowie

 

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Catch Feels

Not too dusty here. Just 4 months since I last updated… but heck, so much has happened in just a few months!

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First and foremost, finally and officially an international translator now yayyah!

Definitely excited to embark on this new journey! It is quite funny how in college, I used to tell my family how I wanted to be a translator cause I love different languages, they help people and possibilities are endless! Never had I expected then that it would be possible! 

Moving on, there was a post about a Frog Prince which I posted years back in Melbourne, as much tornado episodes and I swear there were a few hurricanes in between as well, things were finally called to a halt, it became a lil TOO crazy *this includes a face-off with an older adult*. On the bright side, the best thing I’ve learnt walking away from this was –> It takes time to truly know someone (or in this case, the ones that come with them), it might even take plenty more years to uncover all those layers. BUT what’s more interesting is that, I am constantly learning more about myself.

Penang trip coming up! Scuba diving with some melby peeps after 🙂 and WORK HARD. I am thankful for how things are now. Let’s embrace the peace, till then.. always be ready for another possible face-off.

for now, sun, beach and wavessss… HERE I COME!

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p/s: J’aimerais vivre dans tes chaussures pour être avec toi à chacun de tes pas

A tout a l’heure!

 

xoxo,

Rowena

Kiss and Keep Calm

*Both fictional and non-fictional contents can be subjected to analysis and interpretation.

3/4 Check List:

  1. Hair – split ends, split ends, split ends *ignore*. Natural feminine waves, dash of Argan oil for easy, breezy, beautiful cover look!
  2. Makeup – features contour, mesmerizing look, sophisticated if that’s possible, Audrey Hepburn vibes…
    Note: natural makeup at its best. And, une dose de Chanel No.5~ Voila! Smile at the mirror.
  3. Outfit – something not too sleazy yet comfortable.
    Note: It’s a date! Try not to dress like it’s a Sunday morning and there are errands to run.
  4. Call Desiree, MUST.
  5. Recheck hair.
  6. Recheck smile.
  7. Recheck confidence.

All set.

#Are you ready? I’m here missy.

#On my way! See you.

Then you live happily ever after, after having that chilli kransky off some roadside Snag Stand.

NOT THE CASE.

Initial stages of dating someone is exciting, even more enticing when everything about that someone is a mystery awaiting to be figured out. Like a box of Patchi chocolates. Difference is Patchi — not much of a risk, except for the Cranberry-filled ones.

What comes along next? That’s a crucial part. We all fall back to our comfort zone whilst being in an unfamiliar situation. Without knowing it, all those initial effort might be washed down the drain!

Instead of this:

  • Getting to know someone -> Think you have their whole personality chart in hand -> Preconception -> Disappointments -> Split paths

Consider this (4A’s):

  • Analyze -> Acknowledge -> Acceptance -> ADVENTURE

If you would even consider the latter being the better option, brilliant! Relationship has no dead set of rules, ditto. Whatever you think you know, are merely observational learning you have acquired in the past few years or media exposure. Dependable? Ever questioned if those were reliable?

Instead of clinging on to matters and knowledge you currently possess, believe that there are more possibilities to life. Stay curious.

Keep calm, Be organized and Pursue your dreams. You deserve to spoil that inner child of yours.

T minus 3 days!

Rowena

Hindsight happiness

Happiness. A connotation that has strongly influenced many of us in life. An achievement, a contribution, a trophy, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, and all sorts of theories we come across. Some sees it as a motivation to pursue further. Others might simply find it in a smile of their loved ones.

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I occasionally find it here. Peacefulness of the mind. Doesn’t get any better than this.

Happiness translates to one being at ease, mentally and spiritually. Even with distractions happening on a daily basis, they’re simply just there to widen our horizons, not necessarily being a decision-maker whether we feel contented or happy.

What makes a choice a decision? What makes us feel at ease? Last but not least, what dignifies you? That’s an easy one. You.

Happy weekend, much love from a far far away island.

xoxo,

Rowena

Seri Muka

Disclaimer # 1 None of my recreational posts are meant to shoot arrows, if you feel the words, all is good.

Disclaimer # 2 Most theories are falsifiable, limit and boundaries exploring. Except for those universal truths. Please proceed with a clear mind, what is certain is certain, don’t go pushing everything or everyone else into a dangerous zone.

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Seri Muka is a famous traditional pandan and glutinous rice (kuih) sweet cake (picture as shown below). These little heavenly bites can be seen in pasar malam (night markets) or Malay shops. Mom has the BEST recipe which drives her friends and family up the wall begging for more! *Mental note: learn it asap.*

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The reason this delicacy being a match-made-in-heaven heavily relies on the taste balance of sweet and savoury. If it’s only the green pandan layer, it would just be overly sweet, same goes if the glutinous rice layer itself, not having a unique character by just being sticky rice. *sushi pops to mind suddenly, drools…*

Distinctive taste is somewhat parallel to the notion of individual characteristics. You’re embodied by certain beliefs, values, tradition, and so on. This means all individuals are different. Heck! Even the most identical twins on Earth do not possess genes that are exactly the same. Individual differences, embrace or reject?

Have you ever wondered? Things that are less complicated might be more stressed upon (single particle). Whereas, if things are more complicated (combination of different particles), our minds might automatically block it and be concluded as a “simple matter” because we let LIFE or FATE decide.

Eyes are given to us to see the outside world, but I can’t stress more on the importance for us to grow and flourish our inner universe. What is certain to a person, ought to be reflected but never rejected.

 

Happy weekend to come 🙂

A tout a l’heure!

Rowena

Hot Out of the Oven

Hey chicadees and chicaroos! Time for a comeback, I’ve missed you my space. Well if you have been experiencing a difficult time, stay strong, chug a few cuppa joes and let your mind relax. Few years ago in Perth, I published an article on “Different Parenting Styles”.

Read here: https://rowiemacherie.wordpress.com/2011/09/04/parenting-styles/

Parenting, a word that I realize many would argue according to their own beliefs and/or styles, but HECK! If it means wanting to teach your kids to see from YOUR own point of view and please oneself, I’m never going to learn how to be a parent for sure.

No comprende yet? Let’s say you’re having your daily disagreement with your lover, and the parent do not see eye to eye with you from the start, now now… some of you might get defensive and say “but my parents only want what is best for me!” DUH.

I have parents too, and they’re the most sporting and not to forget, humble and reputable people who raised me up to understand the fact that end of the day, I am the person responsible for my own life, my own choices and leading to being responsible for that solely, without blaming it on others (even if you think they’re the wrong doers).  Does that mean humane respect have to fly out of the window? Hell no! Does that mean the parent has all the right to behave like a child for attention, coming up with obstacles on purpose and meddling with your relationship journey? Children need to learn how to path their own footsteps in life, falling, getting hurt, climbing back up and the best part? This might happen countless times and that’s the beauty in life.

Parenting is a humongous responsibility, only now that I can comprehend so much. Seeing how selfish some humans can be, really makes me wonder if all humans have the right to be parents in the first place. But all in all, there’s light and darkness in the world, without darkness – selfishness, light – unselfish love would not shine through. Stay strong to those who are struggling, it’s only temporary if you make a move.

Australia in one month! Let’s adventure! A tout a l’heure.

xoxo,

Rowena

“It’s Borah-Kaii, Not Bora-Kay” – locals

Traveling broadens the mind and the soul.. However, educating ourselves beforehand won’t harm anyone! Following the flow is indeed exciting, adventurous, carefree, live like a bird, FREEDOM!!! Never neglect the mishaps though, hence it is advisable to do at least a minimal amount of research before stepping into a foreign land!

This trip round, it’s the famous white beach in Boracay with a few good mates! I admit it took quite some time and articles (maps including) to convince my family it is a safer island compared to others in the Philippines region due to abductions/rapes/killings bombarding news all over the world.

If you are ever interested in visiting Boracay, here’s our journey itinerary:

3 hours +- flight –> 2 hours car ride to the jetty –> 15 minutes boat ride to the island (accompanied by the beautiful ocean)

Our trip was made fairly simple thanks to our local tour guides, link below! Super friendly and attentive people, who also helped us so much on some serious negotiating! It is well known that tourists are usually charged higher in most countries, no?

Tour guide ~ Barbie Trinidad Delos Santos

Before I proceed, I have the best place for lunch in Kalibo! Take-outs would be recommended to save time while you still have a boat to catch!

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My stay in Boracay wouldn’t have felt complete if it wasn’t for Henann Garden Resort. They provide tight security which means no locals without permission are allowed in.

There are a number of pools that are very well maintained, guests do not need to worry if there’s limited space for suntanning or a quick dip in the waters. Did I mention pool boys who serve complimentary icy cold beverages while you’re at it!?

Boracay has been voted the second-best island destination in the world after Palawan, with its postcard-perfect stretch of sand line from one end to the other, blocks after blocks of hotels, restaurants, dive shops, massage parlours.. It is no wonder that this island is usually packed with tourists from all over the world!

There were times when I thought I was in Korea instead because of the volume of Korean tourists, checking in, checking out.. Besides that, loads of ocean activities or even packages can be found on the island, I am very grateful for our local tour guide to recommend some of the most interesting ones and of course, more negotiations!

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Helmet diving

 

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Famous mango shake

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Reverse bungee

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Oink! Scrumptious buffet which costs around RM40++ per pax along station 2

 

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GoPro Dive!

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Already planning for the next trip perhaps?! Looking forward to more adventures =)

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Till next time!

Rowena

To My Furball, My Light

It was a Sunday morning at nine, banging on the door kept going.. Feeling groggy, headed to bed pretty late the previous night as I was accompanying my baby, talking to him, making sure he is alright.

He has this habit of following me everywhere, even when I’m not around, he would just wait for me. As I furthered my studies in Australia, my family would send pictures of him waiting at my door, at the bottom of the stairs without fail. I bet he knows I miss him just as much as he misses me.

He was bright, always jumping everywhere, food never fail to make him happy, until he lost all his appetite and liveliness, we found a huge lump behind his foreleg, doctor diagnosed him with critical cancerous tumor.

“It’s Sunday, how can I help you?!” No answer. Just then I heard a worried voice saying, “You need to come now.” I transformed from a bedhead to full-alert state in just a split second, something inside was twisting and turning, not in a good way, I rushed down the fleet of stairs.

Looking from the right to the left.. Baby.. I whispered to myself.

Scanning every corner of the home.. Shiro, I mumbled repetitively. Nothing. I followed the chattering that lead me to the garden. This. Is. Not. Happening. He was lying on the freshly-mowed green grass. No movements. I wait.. then my heart sunk into my stomach, no heartbeat. The sun was shining up above, and my day cannot be any gloomier.

Shiro was his name, I call him babychee. He was 12. A little over a month more to his 13th birthday. Guess it’ll just be me this year.

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Coping with the loss is tough. I do go from being mellow to bursting into tears every hour. Constantly reminding myself that he is at a better place now, I find a whole lot of comfort from it, our memories bring bittersweet tears to my heart as I will learn to cherish them.

In loving memory of Shiro

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A Poem to Remember

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C’est la vie!

A lil here and there…

Started 2016 with a big bang, fireworks aside… Oh let year 2016 be a sweet one, pretty please?


 

Pince & Pints Bangsar

Lunch treat for Rowie!!

I was really surprised because it wasn’t planned AT ALL. I’ve gotten plenty of good reviews from this dine shack and nonetheless, very delighted to agree with them – the place, the food, the ambiance really did match to whatever was being praised, yummers!

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The lobster roll was really good, crunchy soft bread stuffed with generous chunks of lobster meat and condiments. We also had an Asian dish which was the lobster yee mee, absolutely worth drooling over. Would definitely head back for the other dishes!

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Managed to slip in for a Deesse mask session few days ago.. and also some pictures! Perfect for a pampering relaxation prior to Chinese New Year yes?? =)

The Laureate Signature Wellness Clubhouse

Booking for appointments should be done as it is getting more and more crowded and no dreadful long waits for everyone!

Contact: +6010-239 6323 / +603 7931 8996

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my favourite brunch place – Yellow Brick Road café (Bangsar)

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Jam & Kaya sweet and savoury pancakes!

 

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Chinese New Year is round the corner and what do we do? Shopping definitely. Some people get excited – shopping therapy, some people dread it because they find it tedious. All in all, we all don’t mind a good stroll around the mall, no? Sometimes looking at things we want but maybe not, “yes no maybe no no wait yes I don’t know”.. sometimes “no no no no no ok I’m done”.

It’s fun, good exercise.

And I found THE ONE that made me go YEEEEEESSSSS

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Emrie Limited Edition. THAT DRESS…

Coast, Robinsons Department Store

That waistline… That fabric!

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and more!!

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at last! It’s mine  ❤

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Unstoppable Momentum

End of 2015 is reaching soon, what’s your new year’s resolution??

I go blank whenever that question is asked. Does that mean I have no dreams or goals to achieve? Well… just my way and I’d like to keep it like that, not much of a long-list planner =)

First and foremost, happy holidays!! Christmas is still lingering around and everyone’s still jingle here~ jingle there~ I can tell, with new years coming in just 2 more days, it is time to bid year 2015 a warm farewell.

Looking back, there’s happiness but plenty of sadness/frustrations too, still I am thankful for each and every one of them. Here’s a recap!


 

  1. Leaving Australia was one of the best decisions, also the worst decision I have made so far.

It has been almost 2 years since the time I boarded my plane at Melbourne International Airport. I loved Melbourne streets yet visiting Msian mamaks has been my favourite pastime. I loved my studio apartment yet I love being closer to my family and friends. Melbourne was like a huge box of Baci chocolates, everything was surprising and new yet home is where the heart is, having the sense of familiarity back here, who knows in the near future things might differ.

2. People can be rude, even if they don’t know you.

“Oh well, he might have his own reasons for acting that way, we should give him the benefit of doubt.”

“It is ok, she is just mentally challenged, see her as your patient and try to understand her more.”

WHAT ABOUT ME THEN?

Nono, I’m not being selfish but fairly asking a question here. If some psycho-B starts acting crazy around me, should I be like “oh poor you, here, let me lend you a cheek and please, do release your depression or anxiety attacks on me because we are somehow connected in the universe.”

Everyone has their own part in this world and it is called being “humane”. Basic principles of being that requires a brain, a heart and empathy towards OTHERS.

Oh and trust me, if I do burst out, that arse must have crossed my border again and again and again. I do give chances when I’m wronged for reasons beyond my imagination, everyone is responsible to reflect and repent on their own anyways.

3. You’ll know when you met that someone, you just know he/she is going to be the right one and just settle, JUST SETTLE.

WRONG. Relationships means more than just the first encounter of two souls (and the next few times), how they make you feel, how they treat you, yada yada… It is more about what you become when you are with that someone, this can be observed through how you contribute to the equation, how you treat your partner, how you react when he or she is being “difficult”? Do you allow yourself to be treated that way?

I gotta admit, sometimes I couldn’t feel any lonelier being in a relationship than I was being single. Not a bad thing though, through times like this, I had the opportunity to learn more about myself, my qualities, my likes and dislikes then methods to adjust and change. Focus more on yourself, being a bigger person requires a bigger heart. Kill snobs with kindness. They are the ones who need kindness most in this world. Just like the saying “No matter how much you love someone, love yourself first and know your worth.” What is love then? Whatever makes you happy.

4. Workplace does not define you, it is certainly NOT your house nor is it your home.

It is a place where serious politics come in play. No one wants to be the hangman, no one wants to be seen as someone who is incapable of doing their tasks right.

Here’s the golden rule, no one is playing by the rules. So why push yourself to one corner? Remember, everyone is at work too! True focus comes from a serene place, if the mind is scattered, what work can be done well? NONE. Come to think of it, many times my manager has been a tough cookie for me to deal with but I am not the easiest employee to be pushed around neither, guilty as charged!

 

So, what is your new year’s resolution? I hope this read does you well, even just the tiniest bits.

 

Till then!

xo,

Rowena