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IG Saturday

Catch up on all my Instagram snaps!

ICYMI, here are some of my latest snaps from my Instagram. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram (username: fabulous_red)


As the night falls and lights illuminate the skyscrapers and the river ✨ #spon


Don’t fear even if the night falls, as light will shine ✨ and show you the way. #MyNikonLife #spon 🎑


#FlashbackFriday Evening stroll in Brisbane along Victoria Bridge πŸ’™

Posted in Music

#TBT Apologize

Apologize turns 10 this year!

 

Can you believe this song is 10 years old this year? After a decade whenever I think about One Republic, this is definitely one of the songs that comes up on my mind.

Posted in Articles, Feelings, Fitness, Life, Travel

Reflection: A Moment of Silence in the Sky

Moment to myself to reflect!

There is something very emotional or at least thought provoking as you watch the last ray of sunlight gradually gives way to darkness. From the comfort of my seat approximately thousands feet above ground, I watch the beautiful shades of red and orange slowly fade into darkness, as the day comes to an end. Sometimes I wonder if it is a blessing or a curse being disconnected from the rest of the world when I am on a plane. It is a curse for someone like me who spend most of my time glued to my MacBook, iPad or iPhone with Internet connectivity where information is endless and social media notifications keep me occupied. It is a blessing in a disguise, in some way, it gives me the moment to reflect upon life in general and perhaps an opportunity for some technology detox. My work surrounds digital marketing and social media where Internet is parts and parcel of my life. My life depends greatly on the Internet. The Internet to me in some way is like water to fish.

Flight from Brisbane to Perth takes approximately over five hours. It could be torture for someone like me. After a whirlwind trip with The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) to attend a conference in Brisbane, I pack not only my luggage with me but also a wide range of emotions to process. Perhaps this five-hour flight is just the thing that I need – to unpack and process these emotions before I am ready to start my Monday after an eventful weekend.

It has been my third conference with the Institution but with every conference I walk away with bags of emotions. This conference has fuelled me with enthusiasm and motivation. Having seated in a room filled with like-minded driven individuals for two days, it has given me the motivation to march forward. Like-minded passionate individuals have always been able to give me an adrenaline rush to get back home and share with others what I learn. I am beyond eager to share with my mates all the great things that are happening across the Australia New Zealand region. I feel so happy to be in these conferences, having reunited with familiar faces. One of the highlights of all these travels is to reconnect with familiar faces and to forge new bond. I am forever grateful of the opportunity the IET has provided me with. It broadens my network and social circle. Having friends from all around this region is such a cool thing, don’t you reckon? It is always great to catch up with old mates and to see what everyone is up to.

Brisbane is a city where I have not been before. I live for the quote “Make an effort to travel to a place that you have never been before once a year.” Across social medias, we see people showing off their travel snaps and stories. It is only human nature to feel slightly jealous and the urge to hop on the popular culture bandwagon to fit in the norm. However, are we that desperate to hop onto that bandwagon that we lose our rationale? This could be another topic of discussion some other day. What I wanted to say is that I feel extremely privileged to be flown to places I have never been before and the deal becomes sweeter when it is an all-expenses paid trip. Of course I have done a lot of work prior to this conference but I still feel extremely privileged. I reflect upon all the opportunities that I have. Firstly I am forever indebted to my parents who worked hard, saved every single penny to move our family to Australia. Australians take pride in the value of fair go for all regardless of who you are. If you ask me 10 years ago, do I see myself as a migrant in a Western country who adapts well and functions in the country, and has all these wonderful travel opportunities? I will call that out as a joke. Without my parents’ support I will never get to where I am today. My parents have first given me the good head start and the rest undeniably is through diligent work and perseverance. This ties back to what my dear grandmother has taught me growing up. Hard work and perseverance bring you far. My grandmother was the most hardworking individual I have ever known. She saw through hardships and odds such as World War 2, economy destabilisation and much more. In many ways that has shaped me to put in effort and above all, to be grateful of everything that I have today.

Today as I take the last glimpse of the breathtaking Brisbane city skyline, emerging skyscrapers along Brisbane river, I feel sad to leave this beautiful city. On the first day of arrival, I leisurely strolled along South Bank and in many ways it does have a vibe similar to that of Perth. People jogging along the river foreshore, tourists with their cameras or iPhones snapping the picturesque views and cool breeze with warm sunshine, these ingredients make the perfect love potion for people to fall in love with the city. I took my time to take in all the views and snapped photos for my Instagram. I had not explore the city in great depth as I believe Brisbane still have a lot to offer. However I know I am here for work so I am contented that I have the chance to walk around the central business district and South Bank area. Brisbane has definitely its own charm and it is a city I would visit over and over again.

They say travel can change one’s perspective. I could not agree more. This business trip has not only given me the privilege to visit a place I have never been before, it taught me a lot of things which makes me feel that in many way I am very lucky and sheltered. It gives me the urge to step up and grow. It has also let me grow closer to these people whom I feel extremely lucky to call friends. The experience which we share together is forever irreplaceable and it would not be something easily forgotten. It is a shame that my trip to Brisbane is such a short one but I decided against the idea to extend my stay in Brisbane. I recalled the last time in Sydney, having to return to the same hotel where we had eventful days and nights together, suddenly the hotel seemed so empty after everyone left. I loathe the feeling of emptiness from within. This time I decided to avoid the feeling by heading home the same time as most people. Whilst it is always sad when a trip comes to an end, I would much rather be home soon in the comfort of my own bed. Home, it is forever irreplaceable and now as an adult, I finally understand the saying home is where the heart is. I gladly say that I cannot wait to be home.

As I lift my head and look outside the window, darkness has completely engulfed the light. Whilst to many this is just another flight transporting passengers safely from one city to another it signifies more to me. For one, I am filled with sense of gratefulness. I feel so motivated and recharged, ready for new challenges ahead. Another thing is I realised that I am flying home – yes even though it has been nearly a decade, sometimes it is still surreal to think about that I have called Perth my home.

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IG Saturday

Catch up on all my Instagram snaps!

ICYMI, here are some of my latest snaps from my Instagram. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram (username: fabulous_red)


Tea poached salmon πŸƒπŸŸ from @typikaclaremont


Outdoor running πŸƒ on a Perth autumn arvo πŸ’™πŸ’š


Post workout chill by the pool at @doubletree thanks to @nupurebeverages πŸ’¦πŸ’™

 


An all-time Malaysian favourite πŸ‡²πŸ‡Ύβ€οΈ

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IG Saturday

Catch up on all my Instagram snaps!

ICYMI, here are some of my latest snaps from my Instagram. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram (username: fabulous_red)


Flinders Bay β€’ Augusta WA 🌊


Halong Bay β€’ Vietnam πŸ‡»πŸ‡³


Bird’s Nest 鸟巒 πŸ₯ β€’ Beijing China πŸ‡¨πŸ‡³ 2013

Just before night falls πŸŒ† #NoFilter #NoFilterNeeded

Posted in Food

Recipes: ANZAC Biscuit

ANZAC spirit in your kitchen!

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With ANZAC Day just past, I thought we could continue to honour the spirit of ANZAC from home by sharing this recipe on how to make ANZAC biscuit from the comfort of your own kitchen.

Ingredients:

  • 2Β cups rolled oats
  • all-purpose flour (1 cup, 150g plain)
  • 2/3Β cups caster (superfine sugar)
  • 3/4Β cups dry coconut
  • 1/3Β cups honey or golden syrup
  • 125Β grams unsalted butter
  • baking soda (1 teaspoon bicarbonate of)
  • 2Β tablespoons hot water

You can make gluten free ANZAC biscuit by swapping all-purpose flour with rice flour or coconut flour.

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 160Β°C. Place the oats, flour, sugar and coconut in a bowl and mix to combine.
  2. Place the golden syrup and butter in a saucepan over low heat and cook, stirring, until melted. Combine the bicarbonate of soda with the water and add to the butter mixture. Pour into the oat mixture and mix well to combine.
  3. Place tablespoonfuls of the mixture onto baking trays lined with non-stick baking paper and flatten to 7cm rounds, allowing room to spread. Bake for 8–10 minutes or until deep golden. Allow to cool on baking trays for 5 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

 

Posted in Articles

ANZAC Day

Lest We Forget.

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25 April is a day we remind ourselves of the sacrifice past and present soldiers have made to make our soil safe and sound. ANZAC Day is a day which brings all Australians together to reflect upon what we have today and learn to be grateful to both men and women who serviced or servicing our country. These valorous men and women work day and night, regardless of public holidays or festive seasons to keep us safe, be it in Australia or overseas.

This year on ANZAC Day let us reflect upon the ongoing chaos and terrorism around Australia. With each inhumane terrorist attack, we ought not to point our fingers at certain groups of Australians. We should stay strong together as a nation and rise above. Looking ahead with major changes to immigration in Australia, we as an everyday John Doe should do what we can do – educate ourselves and learn more about others and the differences in our lives.

Today as we play The Last Post during the dawn service, let us offer a moment of silence for the past fallen diggers who has fought courageously for our countries. May the family members and generations to come continue to feel proud of their courageous spirit. May them have the might and courage to move on from the tragedy that strikes them. May we all continue to offer all our mates one of the best outstanding values of being an Australian – the value of mateship.

Lest We Forget.

Posted in Family

54 Years Young

Happy Belated Birthday Daddy!

Happy 54th Birthday Daddy ❀️!

Words can’t describe how fortunate I am to have you in my life. Thank you for being the strongest unfailing support system for our family and I am forever grateful of what you have done for us. You’re not just a father but a good friend, advisor and mentor to me too. I couldn’t be where I am today without you.

Ps: I hope South America is treating you and mum well πŸ˜‚.

#ShotoniPhoneSE #FatherAndSon

Posted in Causes

Learn More About (RED)

Learn and help educate others!

In this short video, learn how you can be part of this global organisation to help fight AIDS and stop the transmission of HIV from HIV-positive mothers to their children. Together we can be powerful enough to stop this and be a generation that put an end to AIDS. Together we can help turn more funerals into more birthdays and celebrate life.

For more information on how you can help to combat AIDS, visit (RED) today.