Monday, February 19, 2018

2018新年

去年的我,无法跟家人一起庆祝新年。
今年的我,提早回家陪家人而一起吃团圆饭。
明年的我,只能在远方一起庆祝华人新年了。

大学第一年,
就是我人生第一次无法跟家人一起过新年。
那时的我心里非常很难过。
可是这也教会了我什么叫感恩。

今年的新年比以往的比较冷当。
应该人都长大和老了。
都有属于自己的家。
单身的人的确会比较自由一点。

一个星期真的不够。
那一天我的外甥问我-
他:姨姨,妳回来了就不回去了吧?
我:没有啊。我回来一个星期。
他:Ha. 为什么妳不要在这里做工? 像妈咪和姨姨一样。妳留在这里啦。
那一刻的我不知道如何回答他。
家里的生活真的很爽而我真的有点心动。
不只是家人,身边的朋友也一样。
但,我的心不在那里。

简单, 开心,健康。
这三个是必须要的。
以往的我常常让别人开心而忽略自己的感受。
这一年,我可以自私一点吗?

这一年会在我人生但中最大和不可思议的决定。
心里有点害怕。
因为不知道会不会后悔。
放弃所有而离开。
但,而拥有身边人的支持,
我,其实觉得很满足了。

人,每一天都在成长。
而我,有没有在进步呢?
我,不再想起不开心的事了。
而期待那一天到来。

今天是初四。
明天又要开工了。
努力的学习。
努力的做个好人。
努力的对自己好一点。

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Embracing 2018

Yet another SOP before another year starts.
A little write up before this year ends.
A recap that I wish to sum up and put into a simple note.
How am I going to do it this time?

2017.
A year that I got disappointed most.
A year that I got sick pretty often.
A year that I hated working life.
A year that I got angry almost everyday.
A year that I wanted to ends everything.
A year that I lost hope, confidence and trust.
..... and I lost my way.
Everything seems so tough and impossible.
Abide by all negativity;
I got stronger mentally;
I learnt to be more independent;
I found back the happiness that I lost;
 I learnt to accept things in a more positive ways;
I stopped fighting for what doesn't belongs to me;
..... and I love myself more.

A place that I find love.
A place that I find comfort.
A place that will give 100% support.
A place that you can share almost everything.
..... and that is my FAMILY| Home.
I'm blessed. Indeed.

FRIENDS.
..... another thing that I wanted to thank for.
Best friends. Uni friends. Workplace friends.
Thanks for being so sincere.
Thanks for being supportive.
Thanks for lending ears without criticizing.
Thanks for being thoughtful and treating me as your precious.
At times I do feel that I do not deserve all your kindness.
..... and THANKS for being a part of my life.

2018.
Embarking another unknown year with a hope for more excitements and adventures.
A year that I need to be an adult and settle down.
..... but a year that I wanted to do something with no regrets.

Looking forward more challenges and write up soon.
Bidding goodbye to a great year that makes me grow a lot.
It's NYE and I'm gonna head out for a celebration with my close friends.
Signing off from ME of 2017.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

3 Days 2 Nights in Hatyai


Hat Yai is the largest city of Songkhla province that located southern of Thailand which near to Malaysia border. It is considered a more affordable short weekend gateway to visit. I visited Hat Yai in 2012 and briefly blogged about it.

Getting there

There are several ways to get there including flight, bus, private van, car (self-drive) or train. My friends and I opted for 2 hours self-drive from Penang Island to Bukit Kayu Hitam. We parked our car inside the parking lot in The ZON Duty Free Shopping Complex which costed RM16/day. It took about 5 minutes walk from The ZON to the Bukit Kayu Hitam ICQS complex. (Tips: There are van drivers at The ZON will offer to drive in Hat Yai for 500 baht so please do the maths before you take the offer). Upon exiting the immigration, there is a van service in front of the 7-11 which costed 57 baht/person (Tips: Do not eat inside the van). You can choose either Hat Yai bus station or Lee Gardens Plaza as your drop off point.

Accommodation

There are a lot of hotels, guest houses and backpacker inns around Hat Yai. Booking.com, Agoda, Hotels.com or hostelworld are open for searching. We booked Laem Thong Hotel from Agoda for RM285.80 for 2 nights stay with 3 double beds which located 5 minutes walk from Lee Gardens Plaza.

Transportation/ Getting around

You can easily get around in the centre of the city but some places are quite far to be accessed solely on foot so getting on tuk tuk is recommended. Bargain skill is required as some of the drivers tend to increase the market price so do your studies on the distances to avoid being overcharge. (Tips: Use Google maps/ Waze/ Apple maps to estimate the distances)


Day 1 - Tuk Tuk Day Tour

Credit photo taken from friend's blog.

AMA Dimsum
 is a self-service dim sum restaurant which provides internal and external dining space. The concept is easy: Get in > Find a seat > Get table number > Select dim sum > Bring the dim sum to steam area and mention your table number > Steamed dim sum will be served on your table. Location: 30/3 Klongrien 1 Rd. Opening hours: 0600-1300 and 1700-2100

Hatyai Municipal Park is located 6km from center of city. There are a large ponds, food stalls and a bunch of pavilions at the foot of the park. Four Face Buddha, Cable Car, Golden Buddha Temple and Guan Yin Temple are located up the hill which can be accessed on foot, bike or tuk tuk. (Tips: Tuk Tuk is recommended as walking up the hill requires physical strength and strong foot muscle). Do not forget to spot Hat Yai aerial city view when you drop by Golden Buddha Temple Location: Kanchanawanchi Rd. Opening hours: Daily 0800-1900 Admission: Free

Phranon Laem Pho Temple is located in Koyo where the back image of the Golden Reclining Buddha can be seen upon passing Tinsulanonda bridge. Apart from the reclining Buddha, there are temple and prayer halls as well as the lake with bridge view.

Samila Beach located east of Songkhla and considered one of the favorite spot for tourists. One is said never visit Songkhla without dropping by to take a picture with the Songkhla inconic symbol- Mermaid Statue. The statue has become a shrine which the locals believe it brings good luck to them. Cat and rat island can be seen across the Samila beach. According to the legend, a dog, a cat and a mouse traveled on a Chinese sampan whereby they stole the merchant's magic crystal and tried to swim ashore. However, it was unsuccessful and drowed. The mouse and cat became the islands in the Songkhla Lake while the dog died on the shore and became the hill. A sculpture of the mouse and cat can be found at Samila Beach.




Klonghae Floating Market is located about 15-20 minutes of tuk tuk ride from Hat Yai town. It is a modernized floating market concept where the boat vendors selling foods in sampans that are moored to wooden walkway. Other than that, there is a large roofed section on land which consists of stalls selling clothes, souvenirs and food with seating areas in front for crowds to enjoy the foods. Opening hours: Fri-Sun 1500-2100 Admission: Free

Rim Rua Kratha Ron Restaurant is a seafood lover's heaven where it offers eat-all-you-can seafood buffet. (Tips: Beware of Tuk Tuk driver that offer 300 baht for round trip from Lee Gardens Plaza. It only cost 20 baht/ person per trip.) It was crazily packed with humans so have fun in searching a sitting spot. It offers a typical BBQ with charcoal and a steamboat (normal soup base or tomyum) which cost 289 baht/ person. There are some other side dishes offered such as papaya salad, pad thai, fried foods and desserts. Opening hours: 1600-0000

Day 2 - Eat, Shop and Massage

Breakfast with a combination of braised pork trotter, chicken rice, seafood wantan mee and mixed fishball kueh tiaw t'ng.

Kim Yong Market is a local market located at the center city of Hat Yai which offers a wide range of clothes, fresh and dried fruits, snacks (eg. cashew nuts, pistachio, almonds), fresh flowers, electrical appliances, shoes and etc. Getting there by foot is recommended. Opening hours: Daily 0600-1800

Lee Gardens Plaza is a well known landmark in Hat Yai where it could be the most strategic place for meet up. It is a building that consists of hotel, restaurants, shopping malls and McDonalds. Do try out their signature pork burger.

Asean Night Bazaar consists of 2 sections. 1st section on the lower ground selling clothes, phone covers, bags and accessories whereas 2nd section on the 2nd floor selling foods. (Tips: Get there by tuk tuk cost about 20-30 baht/ person per trip from Lee Gardens Plaza)


Massage in Thai is considered affordable as an hour of whole body massage with price range 200-250 baht is considered a great deal. Free wifi available in all the massage shop.

Day 3 

Sky Buffet on the 33rd floor of Lee Gardens Plaza offers a great city aerial view while enjoying the lunch buffet. Personally, I think the food choices are limited but with 169 baht/ person deal is something that caught people attention to try it out. Opening hours: Daily 1100-1400