2018 So Far // Photo Journal

What I’ve been up to since moving back from Melbourne.

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Sin Sze Si Ya Temple: 14A, Lebuh Pudu, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Every year, my family and I would visit Sin Sze Si Ya temple to ask for blessings. We tend to do this before Chinese New Year or when my brother comes back to visit. In the past my brother and I would come by more frequently to pray to 文昌王 (Wenchang Wang), the god of culture and literature in Taoism, before we sit for our final examinations. 19 years and this place hasn’t changed a bit!

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I turned 26 in January (featured photo) and celebrated with some of my closest friends (I’ve known them since high school!) and, of course, my family. We relished some Mexican food, warm delicious scones, hearty pasta and cakes!

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Orchard View Yong Tau Foo: 621, Jalan Merdeka, Kampung Baru Ampang, 68000 Ampang, Selangor

KUJICAM_2018-02-04-17-42-25_developedAlthough I miss my second home (Melbourne), coming back to Kuala Lumpur has its perks. I’ve been going around town eating foods that I miss: yong tau foo (a Hakka Chinese cuisine consisting primarily of tofu filled with ground meat mixture or fish paste), rice noodle roll (a Cantonese dish from southern China including Hong Kong, commonly served either as a snack, small meal or as a variety of dim sum), apam balik/ ban-jian-kue 曼煎糕 (a type of griddle pancake), nasi briyani and more. There are good places to eat in Melbourne, but the dishes/snacks there just aren’t authentic enough. Plus, it’s far more expensive to indulge oversea than when I’m at home.

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I stumbled across an old watercolor paint set when I was packing at my old house and it sparked a huge desire in me to paint again. I think the last time I painted something was about 12 years ago. It took me two hours to paint the above, but I liked the process. I didn’t think about anything else except what colors to use and what patterns I should draw next. I was present and relaxed; perfect for when I need some alone time or when I’m stressed out.

Anyway, I had a crazy thought after I taped this one up. I was thinking of creating enough paintings to fill my entire bathroom door…I might just do that.

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I grew up in Kuala Lumpur but I never visit the museums, galleries and other attraction sites. During my primary and secondary school days, I’ve been to the National Museum, Cameron Highlands…and that was about it. I would add National Zoo to the list but the 8 year old me couldn’t make it because I was down with fever the day before the trip. I was very very disappointed.

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National Planetarium: Jalan Perdana, Tasik Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
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Royal Malaysian Police Museum // Memorial: 5, Jalan Perdana, Tasik Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
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Islamic Arts Museum: Jalan Lembah Perdana, Tasik Perdana, Wilayah Persekutuan, 50480 Kuala Lumpur

KUJICAM_2018-02-08-13-48-38_developedI made it my mission to visit places I’ve never been to in Malaysia. Whether it’s a market, an eatery, an exhibition, a suburb, anything! So far, I’m doing alright. Here’s to more adventures!

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A belated birthday gift from Diyana // From the Happy Bunch

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Photos were taken using Xiaomi Redmi 3, Fujifilm X-A1 and Kuji Cam app. Some were edited using Photoshop CC.

My Zalora Wishlist // Styles To Hunt For In Second-Hand Stores

As 2018 approaches, I have a few styles I’d like to try.

Hello hello! I hope you’re having a great day today. What will you be doing this weekend? I’m sitting in the midst of boxes and luggage bags because I’ll be moving to my brother’s place tomorrow morning. I’m excited for the change, albeit it’ll only be a week long before both of us fly home for the holidays.

Most people prefer to do a wardrobe audit when the season changes or when they realized that they have too many clothes. I tend to do mine when my wardrobe is disorganized or when I’m not wearing all the clothes that I own. Since my parents moved into a new place recently, I feel that this would be a good opportunity to downsize and revamp my wardrobe. My style has changed over the years and my goal is to have a wardrobe filled with clothes that I absolutely love. 

Two days ago, I went on Zalora (Malaysia website) for a quick browse and I found several pieces that I’d like to have in my wardrobe. I usually get brand new clothes but I want to challenge myself and see if I can find styles that I like in second hand stores. It’s easy to thrift shop while in Melbourne but I’m not so sure about Kuala Lumpur. Still, I’m excited to discover good thrift shops around my home city.

Su’s Wishlist

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1. ZALORA
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2. Dorothy Perkins
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3. Vera Moda
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4. Love, Bonito
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5. River Island
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6. ZALORA
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7. Dorothy Perkins
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8. Megane
  1. Shell top with ruffles RM99
  2. Square neck pencil dress RM229
  3. Camille dress RM172
  4. Miranna ruffle midi dress RM175
  5. Dark green embroidered flare sleeve mesh top RM312.9
  6. Jacket with flare sleeve RM79
  7. Black velvet bardot dress RM169
  8. Printed wrap top RM107.9

 

If you live in K.L and you know some awesome thrift shops, please do let me know!

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Watch What You Throw P. 1

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Source: http://www.wastelandmovie.com

We tend to think that our actions have little impact on the environment. But I beg to differ.

Malaysia produces about 30,000 tonnes of waste every day and only 5% are recycled. Institutions in Malaysia sometimes run programs or seminars to educate students about the impact recycling and provide tips on how to get started. My family reuses plastic bags, glass jars and plastic containers. We also recycle our newspapers and magazines. Some of us try to do our part but it is not enough. Growing up in Malaysia, I realized that:

  1. A lot of Malaysians still don’t know about the benefits of recycling (especially the older generation).
  2. Surprisingly, there aren’t a lot of recycling bins around the city to make it easier for communities to recycle.
  3. Finally, I have a feeling that most people think that engaging in recycling activities won’t make a difference on the environment. Cameron Brick, a PhD candidate in Social Psychology from the University of California, points out that people look at the big problem and often decide that there’s nothing they could do that would create enough change to be worth the effort.

Well-run recycling programs cost less to operate than waste collection, land-filling, and incineration. National Recycling Coalition

In my opinion, an action, no matter how big or small, can create an impact. Every day, people around the world buy, consume and produce waste. If we all take responsibility towards our environment (or at least try to), do you think that will have an impact? Yes!

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Now, I’m not saying that the Malaysian government isn’t making an effort. In fact, I found out that the waste segregation law was recently implemented in K.L., Putrajaya and several other states with the goal to increase the recycling rate to 22% by 2020. Residents living in these states are required to separate waste into categories or they will be fined RM 50 for the first offence, RM 100 for the second and RM 500 for the third. For subsequent offences, court action will be taken. These punishments are certainly harsh but Malaysia still has a long way to go as most foreign countries have recycling rates between 50-60%.

Considering that the average person recycles (or composts) 1.5 pounds of municipal solid waste (MSW) every day, it can add up. Every ton of recycled MSW saves 2.27 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. How Stuff Works

One thing I really like about living in Melbourne is that recycling bins are easily and readily accessible. Unlike in Malaysia, most residents here have their own recycle bin. The Victorian government makes an effort to encourage recycling through a rewards program called GreenMoney. Although it was initially trialed in Southbank and Docklands, it has since been implemented to all City of Melbourne residents after its huge success. GreenMoney allows communities to gain points through recycling, which can then be used to redeem vouchers or get discounts on food, beauty products and more. When more people join the program (those living in the same building), more points will be gathered collectively. This encourages us to actively influence others to practice the habit of recycling.

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Source: melbourne.greenmoney.com.au

Besides that, GreenMoney sends out monthly newsletters (through e-mails of course) to alert its members of challenges and programs that keep the community engaged. Last month, Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) hosted a free screening for the documentary called Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story. Of course I had to check it out. I love documentaries!

Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story documents filmmakers Jen Rustemeyer’s and Grant Baldwin’s journey on uncovering just how much food is wasted across the supply chain (and why). According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, about 133 billion pounds of food is wasted each year in the United States alone. The staggering amount inspired Jen and Grant to take on the challenge to survive on discarded food for six months.

“Those date labels -especially the “best before” date – it’s really all about peak freshness, it has absolutely nothing to do with safety.” Rustemeyer

How do you think they will fare? I highly recommend that you watch the documentary to discover for yourself.

Documentary Just Eat It, part of the local Film Series by the South Cariboo Sustainablity Society in 100 Mile House
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Happy Monday and stay tuned for Watch What You Throw P. 2!