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