Tuesday, January 21, 2014

I Hear Your Voice



Annyeonghaaaasaeyo 

Recently finished watching a drama called I Hear Your Voice. Yes, I know I am very outdated HAHAHA since this drama's from 2013 but I didn't get to watch it then because of STPM. I must say that I didn't expect this show to be so nice! In fact, I liked the entire story line and how the drama ended. Because you know, most K dramas have a really nice beginning, average climax, and a suckish ending which makes you exclaim, 'I spent a few weeks chasing this drama for nothing!' This one is okay though, it was thrilling (yes, thrilling) from beginning till the end.


 
I Hear Your Voice (너의 목소리가 들려) stars Lee Bo Young and Lee Jong Suk, alongside Yoon Sang Hyun (Oska from Secret Garden) and Lee Da Hee. But my favourite actor in the entire cast would be Jung Woong In, or Min Jong Kook in the drama, who is the murderer of Park Soo Ha (Jong Suk)'s father.

Min. Jong. Kook
See his face now also I scared nuuuuuu

The story is kind of hard to explain, since every small bit is related to another big part and you can't miss a single clue. Okay, lemme break it down in points, and try not to spoil you guys.

Park Soo Ha's father was murdered by Min Jong Kook. Jang Hye Sung (Lee Bo Young) stood up in court with evidence, Min Jong Kook seeks revenge after being released from his 10-year jail sentence.

Hye Sung became a public defender, Park Soo Ha who was looking for her since I don't know when, saw her in the papers and went to meet her. They soon found out that Min Jong Kook was out of jail, and also received certain threats from him :O

Min Jong Kook continues to follow his plot to kill Hye Sung. Soo Ha tries to protect her, then both of them got really close lalala Then, begins the chase lah of Min Jong Kook, trying to kill Hye Sung.

Honestly I have no idea which part of the story is the climax, because to me almost every kan cheong part is the climax!! Min Jong Kook (the murderer) was played so well in the entire drama. He makes you think of him at night and I got creeps when I was in bed, praying that he will not appear suddenly in my room and kill me  :OOO No boring parts in the drama, people!! Lee Bo Young was super funny with her facial expressions, Lee Jong Suk improved a lot in his acting, the killer is so the killer, and the other cast members contributed all the witty and funny parts. GO AND WATCH CAN? Okay maybe all of you watched already HAHAHA I'm the slow one yes, yes.

Oh I missed the best part, after Park Soo Ha and his father met the car crash (which later led to his Father's murder), he gained the ability to read other people's thoughts. :OOO Cool right?????? No. to me very scary HAHAHA If someone reads my thoughts I would die of embarrassment, and the person would faint of lameness. hahs


Lee Bo Young and Lee Jong Suk
Gotta love their chemistry on set.

I realize that quite a lot of K dramas have 姐弟恋 as their love line. Is this common in South Korea? I read somewhere online that Korean men in general like older women. Any truth to that? hahaha just wondering since it's not really common here...

Okay, so the first time I saw Lee Jong Suk acting was in Secret Garden, and he played the singer/songwriter who was very sissy and girly. Then I saw him on Strong Heart doing a girl group dance and I was like, 'NUUUUU WHAT HAPPENED TO MANHOOD?!' BUT I give him 100,000 claps for his work on I Hear Your Voice, because even with a pretty face he was able to act manly and cool. Okay lah maybe he is really manly in real life I don't know. I guess he is one of the young actors to look out for, after his roles in School 2013 and this. 

 OHMAI PHOTOBOMBER HAHAHA

Currently watching That Winter, The Wind Blows. The story is going too slow and the whole show macam very emo and sad!! hahahaha

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Abdate: Ipoh trip

Fione, Yukmoi, Shnwei and I went to Ipoh last Sunday for our long planned taufufah trip! :D It was a short and sweet holiday and I didn't realize how tired I was, until I reached home and KO until 10+am the next day... hahaha

It was our first time flying with Malindo Air. I don't know what to say about the flight. It wasn't really good, but it's not bad either. They promised to give us a 'light meal', and from what I heard, it was sandwich and a bottle of water. All we got were a packet of soda crackers and a cup of water. The stewardess didn't even give the biscuits to me =___= don't know why she skipped our row whalao


Yukmoi and Shnwei on flight.

So the first day of the trip didn't go as planned. We were supposed to take the 1.30pm airport coach from KLIA to KL Sentral, and then take the 3pm ETS fast train to Ipoh. First miss was the airport coach, it was full so we were asked to take the next one, which was 2pm. If we took that option, we would end up missing the 3pm train. We didn't want that as the next train was 6pm :OO

We opt to take the KLIA express (which is only 28 minutes to KL Sentral) which costed RM35 HAHAHA but when we arrived KL Sentral we were told that the 3pm train is full, and the only available tickets is the 8pm one!!!

So we felt so defeated and tired :( It was fully my fault because I was supposed to purchase the tickets online before the travel date, but I totally forgot until I reached the airport :O And when we tried to access the website during out journey from KLIA-KL Sentral, we website was super slow and lousy on mobile!!

Ended up on the 8pm train ride, arrived Ipoh at 1030pm WAAAAAAAH. Missed the meet up with Jeck :( BUT we did get a chance to visit KLCC, which wasn't in out travel plan :P We also went to the mall opposite KLCC called Avenue K hehehe It's not bad after all...

Us at Sushi Zanmai @ Avenue K for late lunch. It was 3pm when we arrived! Super hungraaaay


Niku Udon
It was my first time trying Sushi Zanmai. Love the fact that they have small and large portions. I ordered a small, good enough for a single serve :)


KLCC. Got a chance to see the CNY deco there wheeeee


Year of the horse! Neiggggh hei hei


Hello Song Joong Ki :D


Finally on the ETS train. What a day!

We stayed in D Eastern Hotel for 2 nights. We booked a family room fit for 4, but I think the room itself can fit in more than four persons!! The hotel is located near town, walk 5 minutes down the road and you will find a stretch of restaurants and kopitiam!

The room.
Opposite the beds there's a cupboard, dressing table, tv and a sofa! The entire room is really spacious. Only bad part is that the room is facing the main road, so it's noisy during the night. Otherwise, all is gooooood

Dinner/supper.
Subway of which we were supposed to eat in the train, but didn't get to.


Woke up early the next day to have dim sum at Foh San. The last time I went there, the dim sum served was just so-so. This time it was better!! Foh San is the famous dim sum restaurant, but I heard that there are better, more humble ones around it.

Steamed pai kut (Pork Ribs). Fave!

We decided to go to the Ipoh Railway Station to get the train tickets for the next day, before they run out!! Didn't want history to repeat itself hahaha I had no idea why we wanted to walk =___= It's quite far from town you know, I think it's located at the Ipoh Old Town area.. We were at the New Town centre that time. Maybe the taxi ride was really quick so we assumed that it wasn't that far from our hotel. HAHAHA It took us about 20 minutes maybe? Got a little lost, ended up in the tourist info centre, and found out the railway station is just behind the info centre -.- hahahaha

Getting lost means more random roaming!! We managed to walk a part of the Ipoh Heritage Trail :) So if we took a taxi instead of walking, we might not get the chance to see these old buildings and architecture wheeeeee



Ipoh Railway Station


Ipoh City Hall
It's opposite the railway station, beside it is the War Memorial...


St. Michael's Institute
I think this is a school, don't know private or government owned but it's super big and nice!! I bet this is the first school in Malaysia that made me go 'Whalao I wanna study there!!' hahaha


The historic buildings in Ipoh are all well maintained and still very stunning!! The free maps can be found in the railway station, selected hotels and of course, the Tourist Info Centre.

Heritage Trail Map (1st map)
Heritage Trail Map (2nd map)

Bought the tickets and headed down to Ipoh Old Town to visit one of the oldest coffee shops in Ipoh, House of Mirrors, or Thean Chun (天津). This shop is famous for the Ipoh hor fun, and caramel custard.


Half eaten caramel custard. hahah too hungry forgot to take picture
At first I was like, 'WHAT LAH EAT CUSTARD IN A KOPITIAM?!?!' But after tasting it, I felt like I was in a fine dine restaurant HAHAHA it was not bad!! I didn't expect it to taste so nice


Iced white coffee.
I love the coffee in Ipoh, it's super kaw (thick) and creaaaamy. Yums. I only had a cup!! :(



Now you know why it's called the House of Mirrors.



Ipoh Hor Fun.
 RM5.50 for a large bowl, Rm4.50 for small. Tastes pretty good but I didn't really like it because of the strong prawn taste from the broth :/ The chicken strips were so little I didn't even see any :O

There was a stall selling satay at the side of the shop. Don't know if it's famous or not but we saw most of the tables ordering so we decided to try, since they have... *drum roll* PORK SATAY!!!! hahaha They also have Chicken satay, pork liver & intestines :OOO Minimum order is 10 sticks, I think it's 70 sen per stick..

Ordered 5 pork, 4 chicken and 1 intestine. The intestine one is for me because I wanted to try hahaha normally I have it in Bak Kut Teh but the satay one tastes so good!!! The pork satay is nice as well. WAH I SO HUNGRY NAO

Walked back to new town (YES. WALK. AGAIN.) for Funny Mountain Tau Fu Fah!!! This was supposed to be the highlight of the trip but I think we were too full, and too tired to enjoy more than one bowl hahaha The tau fu fah naik harga liao HAHAHA initially it was 90 sen but now RM1. The also changed their glass bowls and spoons to plastic ones! The feel is very different... using plastic bowls hahaha


YUMS


Walked around the area, tapau-ed the famous Yim Gook Gai (Salted Chicken) for Aun Kheng Lim
It's gonna be our lunch!!

Salted Chicken!! RM17 per piece. Yes it looks gross in the picture but when you taste it... tears will automatically drop down I tell you because it's too yummy HAHAHA


Lunch in the hotel :) Super regret lah we should have bought another chicken, or maybe one person one chicken is better HAHAHA eat until crazyyyy

Went to Ipoh Parade after that, Tong Sui Kai (which SUCKED compared to the last time I went there) and the day ended with dinner at Lou Wong's Bean Sprout Chicken I remember that time we were super tired and cranky (after shopping and mad walking the whole day zzzz)


Sorry forgot to take pic of the bean sprout chicken. Give you some pork balls instead.



Spotted purikura booths at the arcade in Ipoh Parade, so we took some!!

Took the 10am train back to KL the next day. Did tons of shopping and now I am broke!! hahahaha Some photos we took in The Gardens Mid Valley. They set up various booths for shoppers to take pictures. You can share the pictures on Instagram and win some stuff hehehe (but you can't share mine please hello privacy!!!)


 You know I can't fit in a cheongsam



Mad floral patterns for each booth! like!



Hello, green chair

 Fruit bowl
Took a break from shopping at Tong Pak Fu.


So that's about it! It was a fun trip I must say. Ate a lot, saw a lot, and shopped a lot. It's Visit Malaysia year this year so make sure you visit a part of our country hehehehe I plan to go to Kelantan or Sarawak this year end. Who wants to go with me?

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Guilin 2013

Abby blogging mode on. HAHAHA I should start being a better blogger because I can see spider webs forming around the corners of this page... 

I joined a tour with my family to Guilin, China in mid December last year. I wanted to go back to China since the first time I went there to visit my... grandfather's hometown in Dabu. I loved that place! But Guilin didn't live up to my expectations. The tour was pretty bad. The food was below average, the smog during our stay there was horrible, not to mention the freeze =__=

But it was still a fun trip abroad. The landscapes in Guilin were hands down, really really pretty. I always thought that the scenes in Mandarin dramas were all fake, all green screen, but they are not. They really do exist, on this Earth. The sad thing is that the pollution in China is quite bad, most of the sceneries were coated with haze, the sky grey and dead..

Here are some pictures I took during the whole one week I was there... 

First day we arrived, we travelled from mid morning till almost midnight. Sat on a plane to Hong Kong, took a bus to Shenzhen. We were supposed rest for a night there, but the local tour guide changed our itenary without our knowing (only informing us when we were in the bus), and told us that we will be travelling a few hours to a place called Gaoyao, Guangzhou. Great.


Hong Kong. See the smog, I am not kidding when I say it's bad.



Shenzhen Bus Terminal. It's not a place that I would like to revisit. So hectic!!


First dinner in Shenzhen. A dish that I didn't touch.



Our hotel in Gaoyao, taken the next morning. Gaoyao turns out to be a city very close to Hong Kong. The tour guide told us that many Hong Kees like to invest here.. Didn't see much of the place as the hotel is located on a hill, and we left the town at 8am -.- wow.


Gaoyao is famous for 粽子 (zong zi), or rice dumplings. They even have factories producing these!!


A famous lake somewhere. Too lazy to grab my travel notebook in my room sorry HAHAHA


Lover's street.


China knows One Direction too?!


Lunch somewhere in the middle of nowhere. It really was nowhere. The whole area's filled with dust and dirt.
The famous Li River. See how pretty the mountains are! Too bad the weather wasn't really good so most of the pictures turn out so sad :(


We watched a musical that night. The stage was a part of the Li River, so the set was actually the mountains, and they performed on water! The musical is called 'Impression, Liu San Jie', directed by Zhang Yi Mou. If you don't already know, Zhang is one of the directors of the 2008 Beijing Olympics! I was really impressed and enjoyed every bit of it, though until today I have no idea what it's about hahaha I was just amazed at the fact that China has such talent to produce something so magnificent.
 Most of the cities/towns we stayed in were surrounded by these limestone mountains. Pretty huh? Most of the these pictures were taken in the bus :( Didn't get a chance to stand under the mountain (?) to snap a picture :(


芦笛岩 (Reed Flute Cave)
The paling famous cave in Guilin. I felt like I was in an alien movie while I was there, all the formations were like mutated jellyfish :O
 
 
 Guilin is famous for its river rafts made of bamboo. We took a ride while singing folk songs to the local ladies.. okay only the men sang lah HAHAHA so weird if girls sing to girls ameeeeh



 Got a chance to try rowing the raft!! It's not an easy job! The raft-man we had was maybe in his 50s or 60s but can row the raft 10 times faster than I. All I did was turn the raft in circles and ended up almost falling into the water -.- But I think I did better than Nick.. HAHAHA


Hiked up the famous 龙脊 (long ji), which translates to Dragon's Backbone? HAHAHA This is where you can get a view of the Long Sheng Rice Terraces.



 Love this photo I accidentally snapped while hiking
  Rice Terraces. The locals actually plant and harvest rice here so it is not just for show!

The Sun and Moon Pagodas. At night they are called the Gold and Silver Pagodas because of the lights. After our day in Long Sheng, it was rain and rain and rain for the next few days until our departure.. The wet weather made the cold even worse. The tour guide told us that winter in Guilin is cold and wet, instead of cold and dry. So the cold actually seeps into your bones. I experienced it when it rained, you can feel the cold stinging under your skin (in my case, my fats)


I have no idea what this place is called and I don't wish to know. All I know is that we walked for about half an hour IN THE RAIN just to see this block of building, which is said to have some history since post-war times. When the tour guide showed us this place, the entire tour group showed a zadao (unamused) face, probably thinking 'you drag me all the way to see this?!' HELLO? IT WAS RAINING, DRIPPING COLD AND WET AND ALL WE GET IS THIS?! SIAO.

Tour guide gave us about 45 minutes to rome the streets nearby, since some shops and food stalls are open at that time.. and she probably knows how we felt about having to walk a few miles just to see this -.-

AND THEN I FOUND THIS


BEST THING I ATE IN THE ENTIRE TRIP.
It's called 牛肠酸 (niu chang suan), or sour cow innards? It's basically beef and innards boiled in a special sour soup. The lady at the stall was really friendly and kind. I love the soup (though it was super sour and spicy) and the radish! The most fulfilling meal of the trip! After this I felt like I could die happy HAHAHA


Yin-Yang river somewhere, under the rain


 The rain makes you emo.


 At the ferry terminal in Shenzhen. Yes people we have sat in almost all the land, sea, air transportation during the trip. We took a plane, rode in the bus for more than 40 hours, sat in rafts, cross borders by ferry. MY BUTT IS FLATTER THAN FLAT PLEASE.


On the way home. I realized why Peeta Mellark likes orange, that sunset-kind of orange.



I think this tour didn't do Guilin justice. It would be insane to say that I would like to revisit. But yes, I do want to visit again (OHMAI YOU CRAZY AH?!?!). But I do mean it. I want to see those mountains again before I die, but not on a tour. Maybe I should backpack there someday... hehehe