The night I went to being 16 years old again.

21st October 2017, Saturday

2 months ago – news about the Backstreet Boys coming over to Singapore made headlines as this was their ONLY Asia stop for their Larger than Life Tour. So, when I saw that the venue was the National Stadium – I knew that I should just make a purchase and go for it. After all, October was my Birthday month and since I didn’t had any travel plans this year for the special month – I thought, why not? It’s been yonks since I saw them on stage – as a 5 members anyway. The last time I attended their concert was their “Never Gone” Tour – where then after that, Kevin announced his departure/break.

I cried, okay.

Kevin might not be my most favorite-est member of the group. But I felt that he’s the one that keeps the group together as the fatherly figure of the group. Yes, yes. I was #TeamFrickFrack – I was either a Brian or Nick fan back then. But for a moment, I was so into AJ – this eccentric guy that always looked different from the pretty-normal member. You know what, I lurveeee them all. Including Howie. Yes, Howie. Dee. *winks*

Anyway, back to where I was, it’s been 24 years since this group was formed. I knew about their existence only in 1996. But I only went crazy fan girl-ing mode, in 1997 – when they released their 2nd album (I saved up my lunch money to buy their Cassette!) I remembered running to the Music Store to find it and I literally stood there holding the cassette and asked myself if I am really finally getting this album. I shrieked when they gave me a free poster then! Stan them for like the next few years – arguing with every Nsync fan that they’re sooo much better in terms or singing and, looks. (HAHAHA – OMG?!)

So can you imagine, being able to see them perform once again, on the year of 2017? It was so good. The boys, okay, not literally boys anymore. These hot daddies (OK is this too much then? Haha!) are just doing fine, still performing on stage. I was so amazed that they’d still managed to blow me off my feet still, like back then!

I snapped the picture below with my Powershot – and I love it.

They are still standing there, because they still have the passion for it.

“As long as there’ll be music, we’ll be coming back again..,” sang Nick once in “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back).

You’re right, and we fans, couldn’t be more than contented about it.

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Still a BSB fan,

Leejah, ❤

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Shots of Melbourne – Aug 2017

25 Aug 2017 – Friday.

Spent a week in chilling Melbourne, and you know what, I fell in love – with their awesome coffee. Hah, I kid you not.

Everywhere I went, the smell of coffee was so enchanting that I was telling myself that I could probably live here and lived happily with the amount of good coffee I can get, every day.

Of course, I was just bluffing myself then. How could a cup of coffee define, my decision to migrate there right? Haha, but, I am missing their coffee so much, as I am typing this. Our office had those coffee machine that you make your coffee, straight from the beans, etc. I-LOVE-IT. I was even thinking of investing one, back home in SG – but again who am I kidding right?

But, it was a quick change of destination as I was here for a short work trip. I was loving every moment spent here. The weather, the people, the good coffee (yes, insert to emphasized this again) and on top of it all, the pace of Life there. I, love, it.

Back home in Singapore, everyone is just minding their own business, caught up with their phones, walking so fast – it’s like you’re breaking the rules for walking so slow.

So when I was in Melbourne, I appreciated the slow, pace for once. It was really a good change of environment, but heck, I don’t know how I got jet-lagged when I got back home! Falling asleep at 10 pm everyday and waking up 2 hours earlier than usual – for a week. For once, I thought I was such a productive person, always the first one to step into the office.

Anyway, below are some shots I managed to capture of the City of Melbourne.

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So till then Melbourne, you left quite an impression in my heart. I might return InshaAllah.

Leejah.

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김녕해수욕장 – Gimnyeong Beach

8th April 2017

Our first day in Jeju was spent at the beach. Raihan, our personal tour guide, picked us up at the Hotel. And we drove to Gimnyeong Beach, our first stop in Jeju, for Day One.

The weather was just nice, a cooling temperature of 16 degrees. The water was turquoise in color – that made so emerald looking. While sipping our drinks, we just hang around the beach to capture moments of us there, sniffing also, fresh air from the sea. MasyaAllah, as I am typing this, I can remember that, sudden relieve, that I was away from work and finally am having my short break – away from the city madness.

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The picture would have been perfect – if the ahjussi wouldn’t have walked in the middle, hor? Haha. But it’s okay this picture turned out so well, anyway.

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Jeju-do

Missing the pretty flowers – as you drive around the street. MasyaAllah. I have never been a flower person. But travelling to Seoul in April 2013 – for the very first time, made me fell in love with Cherry Blossoms (cause it’s pink – bias much!) and the country itself. Thus – the need to go back every year was such a disease, really!

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❤ ❤

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First ever Solo (work) trip – Hong Kong

Technically it wasn’t my first work trip. I’ve travelled to Kuala Lumpur, alone, once before. But being on an hour flight, and being in a Muslim country. I didn’t feel alone most of the time. So the work trip to KL was okay for me.

But the boss decides to drop the bomb on me, 2 weeks prior that is – that I will be heading up to Hong Kong for a week, as a representative from our local office. I was, ecstatic.. not.

In just 2 weeks, I had to prep myself. We were already busy with work itself here, locally, so it didn’t help that I had no time at all  to figure out where to go, to find Halal food, etc.

But my bosses gave me an assurance that they would take care of me there, so I thought okay. Leave to HIS will. For whatever happens – only happens cause HE wills for it too right? So with prayers, I went for this trip. Almost crying like a baby when my parents sent me off at the Airport. (Read: I am not that young anymore)

So I was there from 13th till 17th Feb, home-sicked on the 2nd day. Haha. I am such a spoil child, at heart I guess.

Upon arriving in Hong Kong – as per advised by everyone else, I got out from the Arrival Gate. Went to get myself an Octopus card from the very tourist friendly information counter near the Airport Express Train. On board the Train, to the Hong Kong MTR Station. I almost took a cab from the station to my hotel which was located in Sheung Wan. But I was advised by my friend that there’s free shuttle buses from the Hong Kong station to few hotels. I checked – and tada! Save my monies, when I found out about this. I was contemplating though, when I was still in the express train, I was telling myself to just forget about it and hop into a cab – cause it was already evening by the time I arrived in Hong Kong. But upon tapping out from the Hong Kong MTR station – the shuttle bus waiting area was, just there. Haha! I approached one of the staff there and he asked me which hotel I was staying and directed me to the bus waiting area! Woohooo!

I was thinking – is this similar to the shuttle bus / airport limousine in Seoul? But nope, haha! I had to lug my own luggage up and off the bus, on my own.

Thanks Hong Kong, thanks.

Anyhoot, I arrived at the door step of my hotel safe and sound of course.

Which then after checking in, I went to the area near Hysan and got myself a Halal Indonesian Restaurant meal along with my superiors.

Through out the whole week, I was mostly occupied with work. So I was up and about from 7am till 2 in the afternoon. Short break in the evening, before continuing at 9pm till 1 – 2am in the morning. So sightseeing was already not in my itinerary, as I was telling myself that I want to lie on bed, alllllll day if there was a rest day. So I didn’t explore Disney Land, nor the mosque or whatever. I was just around the Central, Sheung Wan, Hysan, Harbour City area – most of the time.

This city reminds me a lot of my home country- just that their first language is not English. It was a bit hard for me, as even when I am speaking Chinese Mandarin (Singapore standard of course!), no one understands me. I just stick to my colleague who was kind enough to company everywhere I go, over there. Bless the kind soul, that he is. 🙂

 

In terms of Halal Food – there are plenty, actually. I was quite surprised. I was so worried that I can’t find my way around that I bought myself a electric hot pot – that was so useful! Mak’s sambal and rendang comes in handy of course. So since most of the time,  I am back at the hotel room.

Anyway, Around the Chungking Mansion there’s loads of tourists friendly, and middle eastern food. Somehow, it didn’t remind much of Itaewon! (Again not being bias please!) There was a few Indonesian / Middle Eastern Restaurant that was around the area. And yes, how can I forget the Halal Popeye’s at Hong Kong International Airport? Ah yes, the infamous Halal Dim Sum at the Masjid (Islamic Centre) near Hysan Place MTR Station..

But in terms of living, what did this city left me with a remarkable impression?

Cold.

Haha.

I’ve travelled to Seoul so many times. Not being bias, but it is a warm (not technically!) country with ahjummas / ahjussis looking at you – asking where are you from and telling your headscarf is pretty, etc. The main point is, Interaction. I was probably expecting people to smile at me, without judging me, when I smiled at them. But sadly, it did not happened to me in Hong Kong. When I smiled at a stranger there – either they hesitant to smile back or they just looked away. So I was, to be honest, disappointed.

So yes, Hong Kong reminds me of my home county. Except that all the signboards there – are un-readable by me. Cause of the language barrier. And people here are not thatttt friendly. 😦 I was there when the weather went as cold as 9 Deg! So, cold weather + cold people = not very impressive please!

So sorry Hong Kong. I thought of coming back, but now I am thinking twice about it.

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Sheung Wan Area

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Central

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Old school way of navigating!

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Hong Kong Subway

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Beautiful Sunset!

Till then!

<3,
Leejah

 

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Leisure or Work?

This year was a whole chunk of impromptu trips – either for leisure and work.

One of them was this :

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And the next was :

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So I shall find motivation to jot them down soon, inshaAllah.

<3,
Leejah

 

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Jeju I’m in Love ~

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Beautiful ain’t it? This was my 2nd time in Jeju-do and I fell in love, all over again. Clean air, beautiful natural sights – I am such a city girl, so it was so easy for me to fall in love with this island!

This time, with my sister as a companion for trip it was a little worth it. 🙂

<3,
Leejah

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