Guide to Getting A Tattoo

I've been contemplating for about a year if I should get a tattoo, and I finally had it done on October 3, 2012. Here's the process:

I did my research and I found a quote that I really like and that I can totally relate to. Did some inquiries and surveys before deciding which shop is the best in terms of reliability & pricing. It is important to take into consideration factors like the cleanliness (make sure you are there to see the needle being removed from its packaging) and the price (do your survey at two tattoo parlors or more to see if there's a vast difference in the pricing and proceed to look for a cheaper alternative - only if you are a penny-pincher like me)

It's important that you take note of the precautions and be vigilant of the dos and don'ts to make sure that your tattoo will look its best for the longest time possible.

Step 1: Tracing. This is a quote that I've taken from White Oleander, a literature novel by Janet Fitch. Did a little alteration, and used 'a' instead of 'the'.

A Phoenix Must Burn To Emerge

The phoenix is a mythical bird with colorful plumage and a golden tail, described to have a life-span of up to 1000 years. Towards the end of its life, it will make a nest for itself out of twigs and sprigs, which will then ignite to set both the nest and the bird on fire. The bird burns and turns into ashes, and from it, a new phoenix emerges, and the cycle continues ad infinitum.

This quote is pretty inspirational, as it tells me that I have to undergo the toughest paths before I can achieve the goals I've set in life. The purpose of the tattoo is to act as a (permanent) reminder for me to not give up but to persevere through adversities until I see success coming my way.

To be honest, it really isn't as painful as it may appear to be. You might experience a tingling sensation every time the needle hits your bone but the whole experience was surprisingly relaxing and pleasant. (Have to give it to my thick skin :P)

The end result

Few days later when the skin started to peel off.

The recovery period might differ for different people but mine was completely healed by the second week without having to experience any sort of irritation or awful infection. Remember to keep away from the sun, hot shower and seafood. I have had an awesome time getting inked, and I am already considering a second one!

Hope this helps! :)


Doll face.

Finally got to hang out with my sweetheart again!

Drove all the way to frisk for a dress for prom at Bangsar.

Being able to shop and try on pretty dresses is probably something that every girl loves doing! I don't know about other girls, but experience tells me that it is rarely possible that a girl will be contented by just trying on a dress once. Instead, purchases will be not made, not before she has visited a few boutiques and after amassing a cluster of clothes to be tried in the fitting room. Guys ought to understand and infix this in their heads so that they can be extra patient the next time their girlfriends shop. After all, WE splurge to look good to impress YOU. :P

She finally made up her mind!

She had to meet a few friends in the Curve so I was entrusted with her car teehee :P Without the slightest hesitation, I picked the guys up after dropping her off and we proceeded to have....

BANANA LEAVE RICE! Our ultimate favorite :P

We ate like pigs lol :)

Met up with my her again a few weeks later. This time to Bangsar again for threading session. Really respect her for having the guts to go through so much pain to look pretty. I still remember the first time she went for threading at KL Sentral. She teared and moaned like a baby lol!

First stop: Banana leave rice (again) at Nirwana.

Next, to Bangsar Village Mall, just to kill time lol.

Grace at Grace Salon :P

Had so much fun randomly posing at the mall.

Why do they look like they're going for ice-skating?!! Must be her boots!

We soon felt bored and PY came up with the idea to chill at Midvalley when I mentioned that it was about time that we should sit down, have a drink and a good chat.

To Delicious it is. :)

Recommended PY to get this. Was rather disappointed because the ones served in One Utama have a bigger portion of ice cream and more generous amount of chocolate syrup, hence they're worth the price you pay.

This is just what bloggers do when they hang out.

Our drinks. Vanilla milk shake for me and that pink thing for PY.

I can't remember exactly what it's called but it sounded something like strawberry lychee blast (?) and she thought it is really refreshing and she really liked it. Not something that I'll take more than a sip though because they blended in mint leaves as well. Yikes!



Erm.. brown?

Guess who we bumped into, again? The Gujarati lovebirds! :P Forever dating, ish.

And as though we weren't feeling worn out, we've decided to end the night with a shisha session at MJ. (the shisha there sucks now btw but it's the nearest option we've got)

Trying to be healthy? Thrifty?


Good night! 


The Types of Mooncakes.

The Mid-Autumn Festival was on September 30 and being Chinese, mum couldn't help it but to buy plentiful boxes of mooncakes for the extended family and ourselves. 

If there's one thing that we love during this festive season, it has gotta be mooncakes!
&I bet most of you only know of one type of mooncake, which is also probably the most common ones: 

If what I said is true, you're missing out a lot in life buddy. Introducing:

Shanghai mooncake! 上海月饼
w/ yummy lotus paste and as usual, salted egg yolk in the middle.
This is my ultimate favorite! It could be pricey depending on where you get it from but my family has always ordered ours all the way from Kluang, Johore, either from the Star Coffee House or a bakery (which name I've unfortunately forgotten) located in Taman Kluang Baru.

This, on the other hand, is not so much of a mooncake. It is more like those pastries which Chinese mothers give out when their babies turn one month old. (Screw my Mandarin, it's like I have the object that I wanna describe mentally depicted in my head but I have no idea what the heck they are called -_-)

To all my non-Chinese readers, give Shanghai mooncake a try the next time around. No regrets, I promise :) My Nepali boyf loved it! :)


Nasi Kerabu @The Treats, KL Sentral.

Was at KL Sentral one day after class and we were starving, just walking around hunting for food.
It finally came down to either Nasi Ayam Penyet or Nasi Kerabu.
And deciding which took us another 10 minutes. -_-''

Ended up having our dinner here.

Really simple garniture.

Sirap bandung.

It was our first time eating Nasi Kerabu!

The food came with the drink, each set for RM16 only. Very cheap in my opinion for the rice and dishes come in really huge portion. Other than the fact that the meal include both fried chicken and fish, I was relished that there are 3 kinds of sambal belacan. One is enough to make me happy, but 3? WEEEE.

How often do you get good food from restaurants franchise? Hardly. What more can you ask for? Heed my advice and give this Nasi Kerabu a try. It's definitely worth it :)

Food: ★★★★
Price: ★★★★
Service :★★★★
Ambience: ★★★
Cleanliness: ★★★★

Address: Ground floor, KL Sentral, Brickfields.
Landmarks: The Chicken Rice Shop, ATMs, entrance to KLIA Express 

Bon appetit!