Archive for May, 2015

May 28, 2015

To Kundasang we go! #connieandlaurendoKK #sabah #kotakinabalu #Day2

We left the house about 9am, had a bit of a bout with the car, as it started to die on us even before we left the house. So we dropped by Mom’s mechanic and asked him to check on the car. So far no problems found there, and as we left the mechanic’s shop, we prayed over the car and asked God for a safe journey up to the mountains and for no break downs. It was a journey we took driving the little car up there by faith!

Had Tuaran mee for breakfast at the Inanam area recommended by Tommy and my sister previously, and I had ordered my Lihing version of Tuaran Mee, while I gave Tita Connie and Lauren a taste of the original Tuaran Mee. Lauren ended up loving mine instead and even had 1 ordered to go!

After 2 hours of driving up to Kundasang, we finally arrived at the Kinabalu Park around 12:30pm. From there we drove around the park area, went to the Botanical Garden, but I was super disappointed by that place though! Can’t believe they had to even charge guests to go there to a very lousy and dull garden! Everything seemed so poorly maintained and there wasn’t much flower around or anything to rave about really.

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After getting out of the garden, we went around the park and found a spot “The Kiau Gap View” which had a very close up view of the mountain and stopped by there to take some photos. Getting back to the main Kinabalu park entrance, we were getting quite hungry as our lasta meal was since 10:30am, but because we also wanted to catch the Desa Milk Farm, we went by for a quick snack at the Ranau town and got some fried spinach and chicken wings. But we had to rent a car at the Kinabalu park though since the tiny Kelisa wouldn’t be able to survive the terrains there, especially since it started raining.

The Avanza we rented was worth RM 180 for the ride to Desa Farm and back to the Park. It was expensive if you ask me, I mean, that kind of price could be worth for a day’s car rent, when we were only renting it for less than 5 hours! Aaaaanywhoo.. since that was our only choice, we went ahead with it. At least the car also came with a driver so we could just chillax and enjoy the ride.

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By 4pm, we arrived at the Desa Farm just in time to watch the cows get ready to pump their milk! It was all machine processed now, no more manually squeezing the milk out of the cows and I we didn’t even get to see a close up of the cows. We did however manage to get a nice photo with the cows outside! Thank God the skies cleared out and we got to take some nice views and shots outside. And oh, the ice cream there, so fresh!!! Yummeeehhhh

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After the farm, it started raining really heavily, so we decided to go on to the Hallelujah Retreat home and settle down for a bit and just eat whatever dinner they could have there. Unfortunately, the sign to the Hallelujah Retreat was so small that we didn’t see it and I missed the turn so my mom was just nagging at me while I drove and it was stressing me out. It was embarrassing that we had to even argue in front of our guests.

But we manage to finally find the place, and then as we started settling down, the rain stopped! So we figured we could go out for a quick dinner and come back and rest. I also contacted my sister that time to ask her about the retreat and how much they would charge us per night, and we managed to get a chalet for the 4 of us which had 2 rooms with bunk beds on each. The chalet even came with a kitchen and a bathroom. Nice! And they charged us RM 150 per night for that chalet. Woohooo!

Brenda, the retreat owner and manager, a far relative to Tommy, also suggested that we go eat at this Chinese place just near the retreat. I was glad it was Chinese food though but there wasn’t anything great about the food there. They didn’t have anything special that I recommend to Tita Connie and Lauren to really enjoy.

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After dinner, back to the Chalet and we turned in early since there was no signal and no tv, nothing much to do anyway. It was super cold, about 18 degrees Celsius or even lower perhaps. And we weren’t really prepared for that cold of a weather, good thing Tita Connie and Lauren had some extra clothes for layering.

Check out Lauren’s post here on her Kota Kinabalu experience!

May 27, 2015

Tourist Guide mode on. #connieandlaurendoKK #sabah #kotakinabalu #Day1

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First thing we did after touch down, Yee Fung Laksa for Lauren’s craving! It was RM 7 per bowl. Right after Yee Fung, we went on to Wisma Merdeka to get some currency converted and then off to the Sabah Museum at 2pm.

 

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This was the only shot we managed to take since Photography isn’t allowed inside the museum. That sucks by the way. Although, I wasn’t impressed with the Museum much even though they had added new stuff there since the last time I was there. And for foreigners the entry fee is RM 15.00 per person! Too pricey if you ask me. I paid only RM 2.00 for a local price but even if the price doubles for tourists, it shouldn’t cost up to RM 15.

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We did also managed to visit the Heritage Village down the hill from the Museum. By 3:30pm, we were done with the Museum area and proceeded towards the City Mosque at Tanjung Lipat.

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This was my first time ever to visit a Mosque and we had to wear the whole gear to cover ourselves up. Theres a store just outside the mosque where you could rent the robe with head scarf for only RM 3.00 per person. I was glad we weren’t the only tourist there though. But there was a set time of schedules that they allowed tourists to go into the mosque to pay a visit and each visit is limited to 15minutes only.

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Inside the mosque the building was pretty simple and straight forward, a large hall for prayer with carpeted floor and another section that is restricted to Muslim devotees only. If you were not Muslim, you are not allowed to step into that area. Sort of like the holy place or something. We had a guide who toured us around the place very briefly but it was nice that he could do some explanation in English so it helped Lauren and Tita Connie enjoy the visit a little more.

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The best part of the city mosque tour, was the floating boat ride! We get to maneuver it ourselves and go around the lake to view the whole 360 degree of the architecture. Nice!

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Tita Connie did the maneuvering all by herself by the way, awesome job too cos it felt like she’s been doing that steering and driving the floating boat for years! Mom skipped this ride though which I figured is best too since she would’ve made the boat gone off balance. The ride is RM5.00 per person and without time limit too. Nice!

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After the visit to the mosque, we went home to freshen up and then went for a dinner out with sis and the family. Where else but the usual, Yu Kee Bah Kut Teh down at Gaya Street.

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May 27, 2015

Bound for KTown with Lauren and Tita Connie.

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At the coffee shop waiting to board the plane!

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See you soon KK!

May 26, 2015

Farewell Kevin-san!

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With the American Japanese Financial Language Analyst, Mr Kevin Steinbach. Because its his last day at Factset this Friday but Lauren and I are leaving for KK tomorrow, today will be the last day we see him at the office 😥

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Gave him a wooden bookmark I had in my stash thats from the beautiful land below the wind and a simple goodbye note to wish him well.

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At the pantry with some others! Bernice, Kevin, Mart, Jamie, Lauren and Irah.

And just before we ended the shift, Kevin gave me a little goodbye note too! Aaawww..

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Its like a postcard from Papemelroti.
“My FAVORITE Weather is BIRD CHIRPING weather.” I guess thats what Kevin did mentioned before, his favorite season on the Fall!

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Seeing what a long message he left me, kinda makes me feel my message was overly generic and waay too simple and insincere! 😰

Dear Pam,
When we were going around the room and describing ourselves that first day, I used the word “shy” but I’ve always thought that what I should’ve said was “sentimental”. Thank you so much for being part of my time at Factset. I’m glad we were often able to help each other out, and I’m grateful for the times we could share a meal or chat together. Thank you, too, for modeling for me a deeply-felt but never ostentatious faith, a trait I’ve always admired in you and would like to learn to emulate myself. I wish you all the best at Factset and beyond. I hope you’ll let me know where you go next – you can reach me on Facebook or write xxxx@gmail.com.

Take care,
Kevin.

Awww.. wasn’t that such a nice message. Here I was thinking I didn’t want to overdo the compliment and step out of bounds cos I didn’t want his spouse to think why I especially gave him a little bookmark. But I did because Kevin is really such a gentleman. Of all those American shows and stereotypes we see on TV, Kevin is by far the nicest person you can get to work with.

Thank You Lord for Kevin. I pray You will lead Him to You again in Your timing. Amen!

May 25, 2015

Discovering Your Professional Self. #workshop #factset

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One sleepy but excited workshop participant.

These are the perks of being in Factset. The workshops for self development! And best of all, the free food that comes with the workshop! Hurray!!

Here’s another group activity we did where we had to do mind mapping and describe Factset as a company.

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I did most of the doodles. 😜

With my workshop batch mate, Marty!

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May 25, 2015

Breakfast is Served. #Mondays #dietfood #unhappy

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Chilli beef and beans, hard boiled egg, cucumbers and hot Milo.

And you wish this was only worth 250 calories. 😒

Did I mention that I can’t seem to fit into even my garterized pants anymore?? Ugh.

May 24, 2015

Pitch Perfect 2 👭👭👄👏🎶🎼🎵

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Watching the Acapella group! With Jobelle!

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We even got a popcorn treat to go with the tickets! Thank You Lord!

And out of the excitement of catching up with each other and the movie and the food, we forgot to take a #wefie photo! Bummer.

The movie was awesome and fun to watch by the way. Not to mention the songs! Woohoo to 90’s HipHop!! Yeaaahhhhh

Couldn’t hold it any longer what with everyone around me raving about the movie and how great it was so I just had to spontaneously ask Belle if she wanted to watch it this evening. We met up about 3:30pm at SM Aura after I did a bit of shopping and I just randomly asked if she wanted to watch a movie and surprisingly she was game for it.

Movie was at 5pm and before we hit the cinemas, went for an early dinner and ate at the Food court at SM Aura. I ordered beef wrap worth 265 pesos from the Braza food stall I think.

Talked about the usual stuff, catching up with her life and her recent vacation back to Leyte and how she is still looking around for a job since she had quit her previous job. So thankful to God for this sister in Christ. Sure gonna miss these bonding moments when I leave Manila for good. 😦

May 22, 2015

Dessert time at Amici. 🍰

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Photo taken by Mack just before we headed to KFC for our Friday lunch out. Missing Lauren since she’s out on leave, so this was a shot just to make her envious that she’s not with us. Hehehehehe…

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No photos taken in KFC since we just had one last week, so here’s one after KFC, where we headed on towards for dessert.

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I ordered the Chocolate Smores Cake! 110 pesos per slice.

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Group photo with the ladies, Irah, Stephy and Rosel.

 

May 22, 2015

The Duhat. 🍇 #somethingnew

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Mack brought a type of fruit that I have never tried before. First timer!

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It looks like grapes or berries but its actually Java Plum, and comes with a big seed!

May 20, 2015

Bless me! 🙏

1Chronicles 4:10 NIV

Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.

Heavenly Father, may You also grant my similar request. In Jesus name, Amen!