Korea Day 6 : Lotte World | carol_herbert

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Strawberries were our breakfast and I went to get my coffee at one the back lane cafes they had. Once I got my coffee, we headed to the subway to get our butts to Lotte World. From Chungmuro, we took the subway towards Dongdaemun Historical Park and then headed to Jamsil. Jamsil is much nearer to Lotte World. We had to find South Gate Entrance in order to get into the theme park. When we reached Lotte World, it was like a mall attached to a hotel attached to a shopping area. I was pretty confused and was kinda walking all around following Evon.hahahahha…We stopped by a accessories shop that were having 50% discounts. Crazily bought some accessories and then headed to get our tickets. Once we entered, the feeling was as if I was entering Disneyland in LA. I was so excited. We got the map and got ready to play all the games and crazy out of this world rides and thank goodness the que wasn’t too long. God’s mercy is always with us. We went on rides and roller coasters and I bet Erica and Elaine were scared to death. I need to get a gopro soon for our next adventure then only I can capture all those crazy rides we went on. The main rides were outdoors and were called Magic Island. It was freezing but we enjoyed all the rides.

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We left for Myeongdong after that. We had dinner at one of the Chinese restaurant and went on mainly for the street food. We shopped till we dropped in Myeongdong. Like seriously!!! I went to get my Innisfree products and got some tax refund. Not bad huh?? I also got some masks and some face soaps also. Evon and I went and tried this grilled lobster with cheese.

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It cost us about 15000won, meaning about RM60 so we had to share. It was too ridiculous for us to pay each for a lobster. Hence, we decided to share. Two bites gone a pay for a day. Sad right .hahaha….what to do?? With our currency dropping, we can’t afford to waste money just like that. We had to choose wisely on what to spend on and what not to. After shopping and eating and being content with whatever we have, we headed back home happily and satisfied. We rushed to pack and had to get ready all our things as we need to wake up early and head out to get the first subway by 5.30am.

Our flight was at 9.30am so we had to be at the airport to check in and make sure we didn’t have to run for our lives as how we did when we took our flight from Malaysia. We bathed and wore whatever we need so that when we get up, we just need to have breakfast and straight check out and head out. What a week of journey we had in Seoul. I lost my dad’s Innisfree at the airport because I forgot to check the facial wash in. It was 180ml and wasn’t allowed in. I pleaded and beg the person but we ought to follow the rules so yeah. I had to throw it away. My money was gone just like that! HMMPPHHH next time, make sure you check your hand carry bag and make sure you don’t carry any liquid more than 100ml. i HAD LEARN A BIG LESSON FROM HERE.

My next trip will be to Krabi, Thailand.

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Indian Weddings in Malaysia | carol_herbert

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Wearing a blue lengha 😀

During Hari Raya, my best friend got married. I have never attended a full ceremony of a Hindu wedding, so i decided now is the time to go and see for myself and get my friend married off. She was the most beautiful bride ever i could imagine. She was wearing a green saree and decorated with flowers. The wedding was the Bomb.

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Met my childhood school friends

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This gorgeous lady , my high school senior.

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Family pic with the wedding gang.

The event started at 6pm. It started with the groom doing his ceremony alone with the priest then only my friend comes in and do her part. After that , they came in together and sat at the wedding platform to be getting ready to marry . They did what the priest ask them to do and then the groom tied the THALI’ around my friend’s neck. It is a symbol that they are married and my friend now is his.

After the ceremony, we all started eating and we had buffet indian food of course. It was a fun night and we all went home happy.

My turn? hahaha..i am guessing ,well not too soon. I am gonna travel soon to Korea and krabi. Lets see whether i can find any groom there.

 

The Life I Always Wanted? | carol_herbert

Life is so unpredictable and fragile. To me I felt so lifeless lately. Maybe its due to my emotional breakdown and had been feeling that I have lost the connection with my God. Distractions were there and I wasn’t aware much of it lately till I was losing all the blessings I had in life.So back to my story. I told myself that I would graduate, work and make money first. That was part of the plan I had and it turned out to be good. The next phase in life is getting married. I wouldn’t say I fancy much of it yet as I know I myself am not prepared for this kind of drama and love and live happily ever after kinda thing. Parents pressure and relatives are always compressing me till I just ignore them every time they brought up the topic. In my list of so-called my prince charming, he needs to be very prepared I would say. If you seen my list , you will just be speechless.

Sighhhh why do girls have lists for finding a husband that is so prefect? Can’t you just find one that suits you and live happy and content? I have seen so many of my friends married with the one they love and are happy with it. They didn’t come out with any list attached to that. I on the other hand, am depressed with my stupid list and decided to go with the flow. Not to say that I am hunting a guy right now but who knows in future he will be standing there right beside me and I will know its time. To me, I just commit it to God and ask him to kinda survey for me. HAHA..talking about faith huh? Yes!! Having faith as lil as a mustard seed can do wonders. I have always dreamt of living near the sea with a house that fully equipped, enough for a family to live in. I also always wanted an animal farm together with the house so that I could do some business with it. I planned lots of stuffs for the future and am saving up for that. But the real deal is whether is it God’s will that I am pursuing? Sometimes I myself do not know why am I doing or what am I aiming for. Is it worth the risk? People especially leaders in church always encourage us in seeking God first and wait for HIM to answer. How long would it take? No idea!! It depends on ones’ trust and faith in dealing with this kind of matter and situation.

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About my emo feelings lately. I don’t know. I felt that I have kinda lost everything. Not physically much but the inner happiness and feelings that one get when they are drained up. Maybe working life got hold of me. Yes, I don’t fancy this job at all, and it’s just part of a daily routine for me to earn money and pursue my masters. I am more interested in going and working overseas. My desire is to migrate and explore the world on my very own terms without having any life problems or crisis. I hate the fact where everyday we get up, we start to think about the problems we are going to face in the work place. I really hate that and I always try my best to stay out of it and be happy at all times. That is the only way I can get my emotions straight and not break down just because a lil thing that could cause a huge problem. I am planning to go back to USA to further my studies in either Animal Psychology or Forensic Psychology. I have committed it to the Lord and i know my answers are on the way. He has his hands over me and I always know that. Protection comes from him and grace and mercy also do.

I started drinking while I was US. HAHAHA..This is one top-secret that one shouldn’t know but still it will be stupid. God knows it. Who cares if you hide it from the world?The most important thing is He knows every single thing you do. But still I see there is no harm in drinking wine or apple cider but you have to drink with limits. I tried a few times drinking and I ended up crying. I do not know why but still I knew that deep inside me I was a sad girl. Outside I was a happy bubbly girl and people always come to me to pour out their hearts. But what about me? I realise one thing that I am the person that would help people no matter what and in the end I myself don’t get help to treat myself. You know how this feels? It feels depressing yet sorrowful.

When I got back to Malaysia, I stopped drinking as I was back home. Parents don’t really like alcohol, especially my mum. She totally hates it. My dad still can accept it and live with it. When I started working I got back into action. Apple cider was all I ever drank and it was super disgusting and unhealthy. OMG super fattening too. And I was in a diet? This is hilarious isn’t it? I only drink with my drinking buddy. He is a friend that connects with me somehow and we are like friends forever. Nobody knows much about our relationship but us. It was kept kinda secret till lately we decided that we just gonna hang out normally like normal friends do. I appreciate his company and he does too. He works in Singapore as an officer and was always busy. I myself am busy with life till i almost forgot to even contact him even just a simple HELLO via FB was tough. I was living in my world back then. To my surprise i noticed that he was the one who makes the effort in calling me just to know how was i doing and stuffs. Its kinda hard to have such a friend like this.

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Anyways I was taught that whatever happens give thanks. Bad things, good things. God cares. Thats it. Simple as that. I may cry myself to sleep but he is always there to comfort me. I may think that I have sinned badly against HIm but still he Loved ❤ me. He is my God and no one could ever take Him away from me. He is my first love and the second will come somehow. The life I have always wanted? Nowadays I don’t even know what I want anymore. I just uphold all things into HIS hands and he will direct me according to his very own pathway. Lessons are made to be learnt and i know that my journey has yet to begun. Once it has started it has no ending but I know HIS hands will be with me 24/7. Have some courage and faith to begin with and always stay alert with HIM. Nobody knows when and how but when it is done, you will enjoy the fruits of it. Stay blessed.

Cameron Highlands 2014 | carol_herbert

Last Raya i went to Cameron Highlands for a family trip. My family and i were thinking really hard on where to go and what to do during the festive season. Well who knows we all came up with Cameron Highlands. I was like ‘can we please go to somewhere cool and relaxing’? Cause the weather here in Malaysia is just too hot and i can feel myself melting all the time. Plus my skin was fair and now its like a roasted chicken. Anyways thank God for a skin to protect me. Ok!! So back to my story. We left Malacca like about 7am ish and took like a slow ride as it was a 5 hours journey. When it came to driving, I was indeed a fast one and my dad was a cool one. So it was a roller coaster ride I could say. My mum , she was cool and was the passenger , relaxing behind , enjoying the scenery and traffic jam while me and my dad was like so focused as we were the drivers and so-called co-pilot. The road was super winding and scary as it was like a two-way road and if you were to drive fast a lil…HELLO CLIFF!!soooo ..We first stopped by this amazing Lata Iskandar Waterfall and it was just refreshing to see the water falling through the rocks and giving you the breeze.

We could see lil kids bathing and people taking pictures and selfies as usual. Not much to see but still there were antique and fruit shops around for us to linger around to buy some time. Then we went to the washroom and it was a disaster. I wouldn’t recommend you people to go and pee there ! LIKE SERIOUSLY…it was horrible..The systems were not functioning and water were flooding like everywhere . It was so dirty until i had to come out fast as i was afraid i would puke in there. Emergency wise you may go ahead but still ,,, if you can bear it for a lil longer please do. Once the site seeing was done, we continued our tiring journey and i could even see that my gps was loosing its signal, so it was a sign that we were reaching really soon. Finally after such long hours of driving we finally reached MADANI hotel 😀 A cheap yet clean hotel for our 3 day trip.

We started our first place of visit to the Big Red Strawberry farm. It was a pretty place where you could self-pick your strawberries there. To me it wasn’t worth it as most of the strawberries were half dead and not really ripe. I decided to keep that activity for the next visit. Most of the time I took pictures and NOMMeD to my sweet corn which I bought as I was so hungry at that time. My parents were just tired of walking but it was fun.

Walking walking walking..Tired of seeing flowers maybe? I took an awesome picture of a sunflower which stands out among the rest. Talking about becoming the salient one huh? I always teach myself to be the salient one.. The one that stands out among the rest but it’s just too tough..I am an introvert and yes I can be friendly only to the people I am close at. But yea i am still learning to be the best of me and try not to be a copy cat of others. BE THE ORIGINAL KUMAR 😀

We headed back to our hotel after such a long day. Looking at all the AMGMOSsss walking and walking and not getting tired makes me feel tired for them.HAHAHA>>>anyways it was nap time. Always take a good nap when you are travelling so that you will not get too tired and look horrible in all the pictures you take. I AM JUST SAYING DUE TO EXPERIENCE..Next was dinner part 1…wooohooo…time for some indian food. I was craving for Indian food like forever and I am indeed turning to be a Chinese soon .. people who knows me well knows what I am talking about. Moving on , yes Indian food..We went to this indian restaurant and ordered like a pure authentic indian food. Once you enter into the restaurant, you might want to stop the drooling, as you can just smell the aroma and spices oozing through the air into your nostrils and it might just make you feel full by just smelling it.

The next day we went to check out the tea plantations at Cameron valley. It was a good ride as it wasn’t really jammed while we were driving. Breakfast was ok! We had like a ‘mamak’ version of breakfast, so MALAYSIAN 😀 Didn’t want to be filled up too full as we were scared it would upset the tummy the whole journey through. Moving on, yes we ended up in Cameron Valley. The place is filled with tea aromas and we could see people lining up just to get a cup of Cameron tea and their amazing scones. We wanted to try but looking at the line we decided to not have it but just went for a walk through the tea plantation.

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Cameron Valley Tea Plantation

So here is the magnificent view of the tea plantation. Looking in awe i took a gasp of breath just to thank God that i am still alive and am able to view this with my own eyes. The plantation was kinda interesting to see because the tea leaves were planted like till the most top hill and it was really hard to even climb down the plantation. The slopes were very steep and there isn’t a single thing that you could hold or grip on if you were to fall except the tea leaves..huhuhu…imagine how in the world the workers climb just to hand-pick the tea leaves? MY GOODNESS, it would be a challenging one 😀 If i am were to pick it myself it would be a disaster. We also took a family selfie at the end of our walk. My dad is just exhausted of walking and decided to head back to the car and drive off to our next destination.

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We are the KUMARS 🙂

Next we went up to a Bee farm to see BEES of course. I was thinking what is there to see in a bee? Anyways since we were reaching there why not stop by and check it out. It was pretty an interesting place as there weren’t much bees flying above or around you and it was mostly just a plain strawberry farm. There were gigantic sunflowers at the side of each farm and they were planted especially for the bees to take pollinate and make us some really good honey. The bees were already working in their honey comb and those ready ones will be harvested and sold. Quite interesting to see. Then we took our leave and move on to the BOH plantation which is really really high up. And this I could confirm you that your life is pretty in danger if you were to drive a big car up that road. My myvi almost didn’t survive but by God’s grace we managed to reach there safely without any scratch. The road up the hill was very very very narrow like it’s a one car lane kinda thing. So imagine if you were driving up the hill and there is an on coming car opposite you, how in the world you are gonna squeeze in just to let the fella pass by? Thank God for my awesome skills i managed to pull it through and my dad declared we are never coming here again. I think our blood pressures just raised like dunno how many millions of times when we see a car coming from the opposite lane.

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My dad knows a lil of theBOH history so he was telling me the whole story like how it was first brought by the British and was handed over to the Indians to take over and run the business. I was shocked myself when I saw like Indians everywhere in Cameron but then when the story was told then it all falls in place. No wonder INDIANS rule in CAMERON HIGHLANDS..hahahaha..good for them.. From the view up here, we could see like the most top high mountains were full with tea plants and workers are like standing at the slopes picking them up.Such brave people. We ended up in a souvenir shop and  bought like a few packets of tea leaves and rode back down to our next destination. We went up to Brinching town and bought our tickets to the Time Tunnel Museum. It was indeed a museum full of antiques from different generations. It was an eye opener as i could see various things sold during my dad’s generation and the years before him. It was such a wonder indeed. There were like tricyles, food brands and money from the old days. There were also a replica of a Chinese tea shop and it was kinda of fun seeing the materials they used and how it was the trend those days. Adding to that, they also framed like movie posters, tickets and even advertisement which we could hardly see these days. Amazingly i was enjoying myself as a tourist here.“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust

Continuing my long long story, we headed down and went for steamboat for dinner. It was a good and relaxation time for the family as we only had that 3 days to spend time with each other. That night we slept well as we were dead tired. The next morning we went for breakfast at one of the restaurants in town and headed straight to Lavender Farm. It was our last place to visit before we headed back home to Malacca. Lavender Farm is indeed a pretty place with lots of pretty flowers. My favourite flower? NAHHHHH i don’t fancy of flowers much but i love taking picture of them.

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Flowers ❤

It was a fun journey through. People say the most time spent with the family is the most precious time money can’t buy. We had enjoyed this few days together as family and will plan more trip soon. Not wanting dramas but who knows maybe the next adventure will be an awesome one and full of excitement. Time to save more money and travel. Till i blog the next time.