Here I am: 2012

Hi everyone! This is your stereotypical end-of-year reflection posts but I’ll try to avoid the clichés. So let’s cut to the chase and have a quick look my milestones for 2012:

  • February: Dyed my hair for the first time
  • March: Began studying at university
  • May: Started Malaysian Adventures 2012
  • June: Turned 19/Passed my learner’s permit/Got a part-time job
  • July: Got a digital perm
  • August: Bought my own laptop
  • September: Went to my first university ball
  • October: Started collecting charms/Selected my major
  • November: Completed my first year of university/Received my certificates in retail
  • December: Survived the Mayan Apocalypse/Finished off Malaysian Adventures 2012

They’re a bit silly but I’m putting it here for my personal reference (I think future Vivien will appreciate this, haha).

As you can see, 2012 was a pretty important year for me- namely beginning the next chapter of my life. The transition between high school and university life has been challenging but I think I’ve managed to get a good grip on things now.

Honestly speaking, I’m looking forward to the upcoming adventures in 2013. I hope everyone has a safe, prosperous and happy new year!


Epilogue: Malaysian Adventures 2012

We’ve finally reached the end of what seemed to be a year’s long journey. It’s funny to think that it only took me a month to travel around Malaysia but another ten months to write about it.

That aside, I wanted to end things with a some extra pictures from my trip. I originally wanted to make two collages but I’m not very good at that… so once again, let me paint you some word-pictures.

I’m just kidding, I managed to make one collage. The above was my best effort to squeeze in all the yummy food I made with my nephews and my cousin’s wife. As I might’ve mentioned in one of the posts, I went to Malaysia during the Lunar New Year season. Readers living in Asia will probably understand that this is a pretty big deal. Malaysia, of course, goes all out for the festive celebrations with firework displays, over-the-top decorations and plenty of good food. It’s fair to say that you will probably gain some weight over LNY!

The other thing I noticed was the huge Angry Bird craze that hit Malaysian shores. Angry Birds is undoubtedly successful, but I didn’t know it was so popular there. There were Angry Birds slippers, LNY decorations, pillows, backpacks, playing cards, futons, you name it and they’ve got it! I bet you can even find Angry Bird themed packets of tissue. It goes without saying that these items are unlicensed, but regardless of that they are still adorable.

Lastly, I want to thank everyone who has been reading this series. I must also apologise for how tardy I have been with these posts. I have to admit, I bit off more than I can chew with the number of posts promised. Whether it is online or offline, I usually have a problem committing to the projects I begin. This is why I am very proud that I managed to finish what I started this time around. Furthermore, this project has also help me explore my preferred writing style and has encouraged me to continue blogging.

Once again thank-you for your support and I look forward to our next adventure together!

Chapter 3 – Part 3 : Leaving Cameron Highlands

As I mentioned in my previous post, Cameron Highland is home to most of the vegetables grown in Malaysia. So it’s only common sense to purchase some local produce before heading home.

It seems like we weren’t the only ones who felt the same ways. Markets like these are quite common in Malaysia but be careful when you cross the street because there might be cars driving right behind you. Make sure to keep an eye out your handbags too!

Just like the stalls at Lata Iskandar, there are a lot of snacks for sale. The corn on cobs were the juiciest and sweetest corn I have ever tasted, and I don’t even like corn that much. I think my opinion on corn may change if I visited Cameron Highland on a regular basis.

If you prefer, fresh corn can also be purchased. It’s so fresh that the corn silk is still attached, I was tempted to buy one because it reminded me of Mei from My Neighbour Totoro.

In addition, there were also plenty of other fresh veggies up for sale. Such as radishes, carrots and cauliflowers.

As you can see, they sell a variety of cauliflowers- many of them larger than the size of my head. I love eating cauliflower but I am ashamed to say I didn’t know that they grow in other colours. I wonder if they taste the same, like whether the pink oyster mushroom from Genting Highland would taste like regular  oyster mushroom. Anyone mind shedding some light on this topic?

That is it for chapter, in fact … we’ve reached Malaysian Adventures 2012! In comparison to the previous two chapter, this one is relatively short. I blame my terrible memory but it really cannot be helped. Hopefully I will do a better job next time! There’s going to be an epilogue for the whole adventure, so come back tomorrow night if you are interested!