Our Sydney Wedding

24 Oct

Anyong Everyone!

For those who just started following my blog, thank you! 🙂 Just in case any of you get confused, I used to live in Malaysia for 17 years and left for Korea for a few months last year, then moved to Sydney in December last year! When I had first come to Sydney, I remember being busy planning for two weddings! One in Seoul, South Korea, another in Sydney, Australia! (I will write up another post about how I went about the wedding planning + about the Korean traditional wedding too!) Dan, my husband and I got married on the 9th of March, 2014, at Sergeants Mess, Mosman, Sydney, Australia.

Two weeks before the wedding, I remember checking the weather almost every single day, and the weather forecast bom.gov.au which I call bom in short form, had stated that there would be heavy showers with thunderstorms. Aussies have to check the weather everyday unlike Malaysia because it changes like almost everyday! Well Sergeants Mess did have a back up plan for us to get wedded indoors but still, it was my dream to get married out under the sun with the clear bright blue skies!

I still clearly remember checking the weather forecast at 6am in the morning, while I was getting my make up and hair done, and again bom had stated that there was going to be showers and thunderstorms. That instance, all these troubling thoughts just flooded my brain. I was one heck of an anxious bride… like gosh, in my head I knew I could not do any photo shoots outside the venue,  that I have to be so darn careful with my dress, have to hold the ceremony indoors, would not have the bright blue waterfront background like how I had always imagined it to be, that it would potentially get really windy and mess my hair up …and the list went on and on. Then I calmed out and told myself that there was nothing I could do about it but pray and I prepared myself for an indoor wedding.

When I reached the venue at 9.45am, I was completely shocked to see that the sun was out! I looked outside and I did not see a single gray cloud in the sky and the bright blue skies reflected on the bay making the venue absolutely beautiful! Thank God the weather turned out to be the complete opposite! 🙂

The backdrop for our wedding!

We held our ceremony outdoor (Yayy!), went on to do a tea ceremony (whereby we served tea to our parents, grandparents, relatives and then get red packets (money)/jewelry) too), followed by a quick photo shoot with all the bridesmaids and groomsmen, and then on to the reception. 🙂  I’ve put a gallery below so click on the first photo and use your right arrow to view the gallery (Photos courtesy of Luna Studio –  yes we did fly them over from Korea).

Before I end this post, here are some advice to the brides on your wedding day:

  • Make sure you take deeeep breath and say this out loud to yourself, not in your head “I am getting married!”, then look around you to see whats happening and soak it in. Do this a few times. I still remember every single moment I said that to myself! Seriously, everything goes by too quickly on your wedding day. Soak everything in.
  • Have a videographer or at least a gopro/someone recording every single moment! While you are in your bridal suite, you don’t know what on earth is going on outside and after everything is over, you would want to go back and see what your husband had been doing while you were getting ready
  • When you sit down on your bridal table, EAT the moment you see the food. Well for me I was really hungry so I just whacked all the food. 🙂 Tell your bridesmaid to eat too because you can talk to them anytime after that. I have heard so many brides that had said that they didn’t even touch the food at all. So I was like damn, the food here is good so I have to eat it on my special day, and I remember finishing every single course 🙂 Hoorayyy

Well that’s it for now everyone~

Anyong! 🙂



Menu Tasting at Sergeants Mess, Mosman

16 Oct


With my latest addiction to instagram @jinnysun & @sunpetalsflorist, I just had to post about the menu tasting at Sergeants Mess, Mosman, Sydney that we went for, a few weeks before our wedding on the 12th of February, 2014. Sergeants Mess is owned by the Grand Pacific Group which also owns QVB The Tea Room, Dunbar House and Gunners Barracks.

As a foodie, I wanted to try the best dishes like how you would look up in google for reviews for any restaurants/cafes. But for this place, I could not find many. I myself blog because I know and I believe here is a need and want for people about particular topics. Of course I also do it because I do love jotting down my thoughts about me and my life too. So thank you to those who read my blog. Your interest in my blog and the comments you write do make my day! 🙂

Okay so… back to food!

Dan (fiance then, husband now) and I chose this place to get married here in Sydney because of the absolutely stunning waterfront view. The moment I first saw this place last year, I knew this was the one. We locked it in immediately and we both received a complimentary food tasting for this place.

waterfront view

Waterfront view at Sergeants Mess. Photo courtesy of Luna Studio.

We arrived at the venue at 6.30pm and our tables were already set up.  It felt like we were on a date!


Talk about how organised they are! They had everything labeled  and set up!

Weeks prior to our food tasting, we had to choose 2 different types of entrees, mains, desserts as well as the wines! I had no idea which ones to go for so after half and hour of googling, I ended up choosing the following ones.

Parmesan crumbed veal

Entree: Parmesan crumbed veal fig walnut and feta salad, hazelnut and cabinet sauvignon vinegar dressing. I couldn’t really taste the Parmesan. 6/10

Slow roast pork belly, fennel puree, green apple and tarragon, iceberg lettuce

Entree: Slow roast pork belly, fennel puree, green apple and tarragon, iceberg lettuce. This was the best pork belly dish I have ever tasted! It just melted in my mouth! I had to say, this was the best dish of the night. 10/10

Grilled lamb rump, potato fondant, romesco sauce, tuscan cabbage

Main: Grilled lamb rump, potato fondant, romesco sauce, tuscan cabbage. The meat was tender, and the potato complementing it was amazing! 8/10

Roast beef rump cap, chimichurri butter, beetroot, sauté potatoes

Main: Roast beef rump cap, chimichurri butter, beetroot, sauté potatoes. The beef was overcooked so we complained. We still went ahead with this dish for our wedding and on the day itself, it turned to be perfect. 🙂 7/10

Apple & cinnamon crème brulee, muscatels

Dessert: Apple & cinnamon crème brulee, muscatels. It wasn’t fantastic but it did enlighten my mood. 6/10

Fig and almond tart, sesame ice cream, port glaze

Dessert: Fig and almond tart, sesame ice cream, port glaze. I was so full after the main and the entree but still this was good. It wasn’t too sweet at all and they were generous with the figs too! 9/10

Lastly for our wines this is what we had:

  • Sparkling Wine: NV Angoves Chalk Hill Blue 8/10
  • White Wine: Angove’s Chalk Hill Blue, Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 8/10, Multi Regional, Bay Of Stones Sauvignon Blanc, South East 7/10
  • Red Wine: McPherson Cabernet Merlot, South East AUS 7/10, Angove’s Chalk Hill Blue Shiraz Cabernet, Multi Regional, AUS 6/10
Our view and our wines

Our view and our wines. (If you don’t like the wines you try on the day itself, you can always ask for a different one to try).

Unfortunately we could not taste the canapes as they were not included in our food tasting. So here’s how I rated them. After the ceremony at the site on our wedding day, Dan and I along with the bridesmaids, groomsmen went for our photoshoot nearby and came back to the bridal suite room and found out they had left canapes for us to try! I thought we were going to miss out on them. I was so touched by Sergeants Mess’s service!

1. Prawn tortellini, corn, harissa & lemon  2. Salt cod brandade, cured swordfish, mustard

1. Prawn tortellini, corn, harissa & lemon 8/10
2. Salt cod brandade, cured swordfish, mustard  8/10

Mushroom & Madeira consommé, foie gras ravioli

3.Mushroom & Madeira consommé, foie gras ravioli. It didn’t look appealing but it tasted real good! 9.5/10

And here’s our final menu we had for our wedding!

Our DIY menu

Our DIY menu which I got the template from etsy (https://blog.etsy.com/weddings/diy-wedding-menus/).  So we didn’t up adding the dessert to our final menu because we thought there was enough substantial food already in the entree and in the main.

Our DIY Menu

Our DIY Menu

Overall, the service at Sergeants Mess was exceptional and the food was something I would want to go back for just a meal if I ever could for another tasting! I would have to say the food surpassed my expectations even more on my wedding day and I was glad I chose this place to get married 🙂

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Web design and wedding flowers in Sydney

26 Mar

Anyong! So what else have I been doing lately? Well since early last year I got so motivated to learn something new and ended up learning HTML, CSS and a lil bit of java. I studied using the site Codecademy because they make it sooo easy to learn! Nowadays there are so many places to take courses online to learn about new things. edX and Coursera are one of websites that provide online courses, or you could just go to MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) which aggregates different providers of online courses. I mean these websites provide material from the most prestigious universities like Harvard, MIT, Yale, Stanford, etc.. you name it, and for some you can get a certificate too if you complete it. But you do have to have some sort of discipline because course duration can range from e.g. 8 weeks to 16 weeks and you do have assignments and tests to complete. Okay so back to why I was talking about coding. With the knowledge that I gained online last year, I managed to buy a domain and host a website on my own. I created and designed http://sunpetalsflorist.com.au.

Sunpetals Florist Official Website

Sunpetals Florist Official Website

In addition to that, I have learnt how to do wedding flowers and have been helping the founder of Sunpetals Florist, Christine Lee, in Sydney with wedding flowers.

This was the first throw bouquet (bouquet that you throw to the single ladies during the bouquet toss) that I made

This was the first throw bouquet (bouquet that you throw to the single ladies during the bouquet toss) that I made. (Photo courtesy of Derek Bogart Photography)

Throw bouquet

I became friends with the bride and attended her wedding! I managed to catch the throw bouquet that I made! How lucky is that?

I've been trying to come up with new designs and experimenting with flowers too

I’ve been trying to come up with new designs and experimenting with flowers too.

and created this miniature flower arrangement for fun.

and created this miniature flower arrangement for fun.

I partook in a photography session in which we collaborated with some models, photographer,jewelry designer, and hair & makeup artist. Click here for photos and details.

I partook in a photo shoot in which we collaborated with some models, photographer, jewelry designer, and hair & makeup artist. Click here for photos and details.

became a model too.

became a model too.

and a photographer

and a photographer too!!

and finally here are some photos of what Sunpetals Florist has been providing to the brides!

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Well that’s it for now! Anyong! 🙂

Pre-wedding photos in Gangnam, South Korea

25 Mar

Anyong everyone! So after I had left Malaysia for Korea, I didn’t get much time to go around Seoul because I was preparing for my own wedding! So in Korea, being a noob in organizing a wedding, I went to a wedding expo to find out where I could get my pre-wedding photos done. Just to let you know, if you decide on a particular studio at the wedding expo, it is much more expensive. It’s cheaper to go to the studio itself to get a pre-wedding photo-shoot package deal. 🙂 But going to a wedding expo is definitely a must to see all the different profiles for different studios. I looked through at least 10 different portfolios and ended up choosing the one from Luna Studio. Their website is not really up to date, but they do have a  blog, which has a portfolio of their pre-wedding photo-shoots. (In Korea it is common to have a blog that is used as a website to promote their products). Please do mind that the website is in Korean, but if you just want to browse through their photos, just scroll down and look on the left column and click on any link below Luna Studio Portfolio, for e.g. 2013 Olive Juice. Luna studio provided me with their own package that included make up, rental of the dress, photography for the pre-wedding photo-shoot and for the wedding day itself. They sent me a schedule in advance and all I needed to do was to show up with my fiancé for the dress trial, then the photo-shoot day itself. So on the pre-wedding photoshoot day, we had to be at the make up studio by 7.30am.

Jessica 1

Me getting my hair done for the pre-wedding photoshoot! I sooo loved being pampered.

They set my hair absolutely gorgeously

They set my hair absolutely gorgeously.

Daniel 1

and my fiance was looking exceptionally good. I have to say Korean make up is just awesome. They can make anyone look like an idol!

all dressed up and ready!

Then I was all dressed up and ready for the photoshoot!

I wore a fabulous white dress that made me feel like a princess  

I wore a fabulous white dress that made me feel like a princess.

Got to wear another white dress and took a garden look shot.

Got to wear another white dress and took some garden look shot.

Black & White

Took some shots in Black & White

With a cheongsam too!

With a cheongsam too!

not foregetting the Korean traditional dress

not for getting the Korean traditional dress

and finally some cute shots wearing casual clothes.

and finally some cute shots wearing casual clothes.

The photoshoot started at 12pm and ended around 6pm.  We didn’t have much time to eat so I would suggest that if you ever do go for this photoshoot, bring some food!! My fiance and I were both starrrving by the end of it. For me, I just let loose and I believe I had 3 portions of bbq straight after the photoshoot. But after receiving the photos, we both realized it was totally worth putting in so much effort because the photos just looked so amazing. 🙂 Thank you so much Luna Studio!

Last minute Malaysianised Korean touring Kuala Lumpur

16 Jan


During my last week in Kuala Lumpur, I did all the touristy things I could. I had 17 years to take photos at the tourist attraction places, but I hardly did. I was moving from place to place to capture every single moment in my camera that defined Malaysia. I was moving from KLCC to Pavillion to Bangsar, to Publika, and many more to take photos and eat last minute Malaysian food. I ended up spending heaps of money but it was totally worth it.

KLCC - Petronas twin towers during the day

I finally took a photo of KLCC – Petronas twin towers during the day

and at night too

and at night too

Char Kuey Teow

Had some Char Kuey Teow

and some Hokkien Mee

and some Hokkien Mee.

went to SS2, Petaling Jaya for some Durian

Went to SS2, Petaling Jaya for some Durian.

Had the real stuff inside the durian

Had the real stuff inside the durian ohhhh yeahh

Took a photo of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building  located in front of the Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square). The last time I was here was like 15 years ago during my school trip.

Took a photo of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building located in front of the Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square). The last time I was here was like 15 years ago during my school trip.

Chicken rice

Had some chicken rice,

and more chicken (from Nandos)

and more chicken (from Nandos)

and more chicken!!!! (from  Wong Ah Wah, Jalan Alor)

and more chicken!!!! (from Wong Ah Wah, Jalan Alor)

and not forgeting the fried rice from this same shop (Wong Ah Wah)

and not forgetting the fried rice from this same shop (Wong Ah Wah)

Sour Plum Lime Juice

and the sour plum lime juice too to cool myself down!

I went to Pavillion too

I went to Pavillion too,

and Paradigm mall. Bumped into DJ Goldfish and managed to take a photo with him!

and Paradigm mall. Bumped into DJ Goldfish and managed to take a photo with him!

Ate some jjamppong (Korean seafood noodle soup) from Buldojang in Sri Hartamas

Downed some jjamppong (Korean seafood noodle soup) from Buldojang in Sri Hartamas

said goodbye to my 20 year old TV

said goodbye to my 20 year old TV,

Played some congkak before I gave it away

played some congkak before I gave it away

Arranged my soft toys and took a group shot before I donated them

Arranged my soft toys and took a group shot before I donated them

Treated myself a good brunch meal at Yeast cafe, Bangsar

Treated myself a good brunch meal at Yeast cafe, Bangsar

Cappuccino at Plan B

then went on to have some good coffee at Plan B, Publika.

Bak kut teh at Kee Hiong, SS2

Almost missed out on eating this Bak kut teh, from Kee Hiong in SS2

Had some typical Chinese food; tofu at Fong Lye, Sri Hartamas

Steamboat at Suki-Ya at Paradigm mall

and some steamboat at Suki-Ya at Paradigm mall

Cooked a meal together with my friends

Cooked a meal together with my friends

also had Hoegaarden with pistachios and cheese

Chilled at my friend’s house. Had Hoegaarden with pistachios (I absolutely love these), belcube cheese and crackers

Said goodbye to my collection of Dolls before I   donated these too.

Said goodbye to my collection of Dolls before I donated these too.

Had More Malaysian Foood!!!

Had More Malaysian Foood at Publika!!!

I wasn't long before I had to say goodbye #onmywaytolcct

But it wasn’t long before I had to say goodbye #onmywaytotheairport

Sitting in a cab and seeing the last night lights of Kuala Lumpur made me cry a little on the inside. I could not believe that I was leaving. I had lived more than half of my life in Malaysia. I donated almost all my furniture and almost all the little things that I kept since I was young. I told myself that I wouldn’t need it and it would be of better use to kids in orphanages.

I was staring outside the cab window into the darkness and watched each and every streetlight we pass by. I felt numb. I couldn’t concentrate nor could I hear anything. Somehow, my mindless brain led me to the plane. I really don’t remember what had happened to me that night. But right before the plane took off, I remember I had a flashback of all the memories I had while I was in Malaysia. The moment the plane was off the Malaysian soil, I realized that I wasn’t dreaming. I had finally left Malaysia for good.

What a Korean in Malaysia really means

16 Jan

Anyong everyone.

It has been many months since I actually put the effort in to post a decent blog post. A lot had happened last year. On day 6322 , I left Malaysia for good. All the time I was there I never got a Permanent Residence in Malaysia as it was really hard for any foreigner to get. July 2013 came and I had to say goodbye to all my friends. I had lived in Kuala Lumpur (KL), Malaysia for 17 years and 4 months. KL was basically where I had grew up and I hardly lived my life in South Korea. Malaysia was like home to me.

I had so many memories that I will cherish from Malaysia. From since when I was a little girl, when I used to be so naughty and play computer games (Starcraft and Counter Strike especially) so much, going on school trips, talking about crushes to girlfriends, sleeping over at friend’s houses after doing movie marathons, going to prom, making trips to Korea in between and getting amazed by snow itself (yes I still do get amazed like how any Malaysian would), go to Korean school every Saturday, going to a Linkin park concert in 2003, seeing Desa Sri Hartamas being built,  going to Genting, Cameron Highlands, Lankawi, Redang and many more tourist spots, winning Prom Queen,  going to Singapore, going clubbing at Zouk, getting freakishly scared that I would fail a subject in Uni, karaoke-ing at red box, just yum cha-ing with friends, playing board games at friend’s houses, driving my Myvi around like a boss, going to Kpop concerts, going to Ipoh then Penang for food trips, going food hunting after looking at some tasty lookin’ food from blogs, watching japanese anime, getting addicted to Korean dramas and many more. There are so many overwhelming memories that I reminisce about which I miss.

Saying goodbyes to friends leaving Malaysia was something that I had been accustomed to. Since high school, friends left for overseas education and the Korean friends that came to Malaysia, usually didn’t stay as long as I did. They all left before me. I had always said it was going to be my turn every year. 3 years then became 17 years. This time it was my turn to say goodbye. A lot of my friends left to other  countries for a so called “better quality education”. After their studies, there weren’t many that came back. Those who did got into good companies, but surprisingly those who didn’t got into good companies too. For me it was different, I was pressurized to go back to Korea after uni to work. 

Malaysianised Korean versus Korean Koreans in Malaysia

Koreans in general are very proud of themselves. I am always proud to be a Korean. We very much are patriotic and are hardworking. My parents forced me to go to Korean so that I would not be a disgrace if I were to speak the language. It was embedded in my head since young that I must marry a Korean to keep the bloodline pure. But I know inside of me that they would love any race that I am going to marry, because they love me so much.

Two types of Koreans exist in Malaysia. The Malaysianised Koreans and the Korean Koreans. The way to differentiate them is Not all Korean Korean’s understand the Malaysian culture and they just hang around mostly with Koreans. They usually go to Korean restaurants to eat and the older one within the group usually pays for the meal. or sometimes you may see Ajummas (Korean aunties) fighting to pay the bill. Korean Koreans love fusion Malaysian food thinking it’s real Malaysian food such as restaurants like “Madam Kwan”. They speak more Korean and are obviously more comfortable using this language. A Malaysianed Korean however, like me, dutch pays (pays for own meal) and has more Malaysian friends rather than Korean. They may prefer to speak English more rather than Korean.

Another thing that distinguishes a Korean Korean is that they wear MLB (major league baseball) caps. You don’t only just see this in Malaysia. This happens like worldwide until it has become some universal fashion item. You know you see a Korean when you’re walking around in Mont Kiara, Sri Hartamas and Ampang and they’re talking really loud with their MLB caps and having some coffee at Starbucks, Coffee Bean or any one of the coffee franchises. Brands always matter to Korean Koreans. At one point in time, I even bought myself a MLB cap because I thought is was cool for awhile when I actually started hanging out with more Koreans. But that didn’t last long. I realised that I didn’t want to look like a stereotypical Korean. I am more open minded and my friends who are part of the idiosyncratic Gen Y generation want to be unique and special. Well I still do crave for authentic Korean food. Yeah, sure my mom is the greatest cook in the world but I do love going to eat Korean BBQ. I guess the most authentic restaurant that I have gone to is Bonga in Solaris Mont Kiara.


MLB Cap. Koreans wear any cap that has that MLB logo at the back of the cap.

So why do Koreans come to Malaysia?

Studies. High school Koreans stress out about one thing. Whether they will do well in their College Scholastic Ability Test or CSAT (Korean:대학수학능력시), also known as Suneung (수능). This one and only test determines whether you can get in to one of the top universities in Korea. The top prestigious universities are called SKY; S for Seoul National University, K for Korea University and Y for Yonsei University. Here in Malaysia, A Levels, Foundation courses, American Degree Program (ADP) can get you anywhere in the world if you work hard. That is why Parents in Korea send their kids overseas hoping that they will become fluent in English and eventually get into prestigious universities overseas by taking the route of undertaking 1~2 years of college. Malaysia is relatively cheaper than other countries so this is why they come.

These particular group of Korean students that come over to Malaysia usually go to a Korean Church and home stay (renting out a room and living with a Korean family that provides meals) around Mont Kiara or even Ampang. The Korean Churches in Malaysia provide Korean food to Korean students and always provide food to take back in generous amounts. In addition to this, Koreans in general have this strong community and we have a sense of pride in ourselves. You can never be excluded from this community because Koreans do know the best place to get anything. The best Kimchi, best food, etc. and all Koreans need Korean Ingredients from Korea. Malaysianised Koreans still need to be part of the Korean community so that they don’t forget their Korean language. But the number of Koreans living in Malaysia is relatively small. If you are a Korean in Malaysia, you would know the world is small. That Korean over there walking by the street? They probably are your friend’s friend or a third degree friend. Gossip is big amongst Ahjummas. One simple action can turn into a completely different story. That is why Malaysianised Koreans like to avoid Korean Koreans sometimes.

Not all Koreans leave Malaysia after college. Some of them stay, and go to local universities or private ones (especially Nottingham and Monash University). Some end up going back to Korea to work, some end up joining the Korean conglomerates based in Malyasia, and some join companies that require the ability to speak Korean in their jobs. Finding jobs as a Korean in Malaysia is not that hard and the pay is usually more than the locals. Opportunities are what they get. Back in the days when the Asian financial crisis hit, there weren’t many Koreans living in Malaysia. Now it has become a land of opportunities for all aged groups of Koreans. It could be anything ranging from running restaurants and doing trading. We all know that Malaysia is still a developing country so there are opportunities for e.g. business concepts, products from Korea. Not only this it is a land where employment is relatively easier. I have seen some Koreans who know nothing about Malaysia who fly in to find a job or have explored the potential of starting a business in Malaysia.

Korean Expatriates are seriously everywhere because of the presence of well established Korean conglomerates such as Samsung and Daewoo. Tea sipping is a common sight by Expat wives together with their babies and kids. Malaysia is good for raising kids; it has far better relaxed schooling and the socializing element is there for kids compared to Korea. However you can see the horror on children’s faces when they hear that their father’s work contract has ended. These children are reluctant to leave because of the stressful lifestyle back in in Korea. They worry that they will not adapt so some moms end up staying back to take care of their kid for their education.

Encounters as a Korean in Malaysia

Pretty girls get it a lot, as well as female tourists. Hearing that kissing sound while walking past mamaks was usual. This sound represents a waiter trying to get attention. Sometime I would react by giving a sarcastic look and putting my hand up as a gesture for fun (I wanted to show people that I was boss-like). There was no point frowning and getting extra wrinkles on my forehead. Ordering food at mamak in Malay was normal. I have seen too many surprised Malaysians, until the extent that I feel immune to it and I don’t really ever react.

Malaysians are fascinated when they see a Korean. When a random Malaysian would come up to me to ask whether I was Korean, my immediate response was “Yes” and they would greet me by saying “Anyeonghaseyo” (a formal way to say “Hello” in Korean). I of course replied back the same thing. The next question they would ask is, “how long have you lived in Malaysia?”. I would reply them X amount of years and as the number of years became longer, they got even more amazed and I would tell them that I can speak Malay sikit sikit (little little) and they would just be stunned. I quickly end my conversation while they’re still stunned and run off to do my own things. But comments like, “wow you have good skin”, “I love your natural makeup”, “you’re so white and pretty”, did make my day. Little girls would occasionally come up to me asking whether I was Korean? I would smile back and reply “yes”. I just loved how I was treated in Malaysia. I was glad I was living in a country where people were good natured to Koreans. Nowadays Kpop and Korean dramas have had an influence on the younger generation. I have met so many people who have said that they love Korean things so much. I really love how the Korean culture has penetrated the Malaysian market. Everyone here knows the existence of Girls Generation.

How localized have I become?

I went to an international school so my accent fluctuates often. It is predominantly a congregation of accents, maybe 40% British, 40% Korean and 30% Malaysian. But my Malaysian accent and British English accent are interchangeable. If I were at a Market, I would immediately switch on my Malaysian accent and say ” mahal lahh, cheaper can la bolehkah?” meaning it iss expensive, can you give it to me at a cheaper price? I know how to bargain in Malaysia. Even my friends get surprised when they follow me around.

Did I feel safe in Malaysia?

I was always cautious, but not afraid. I was raised to always be aware of my surroundings. Walking in the opposite direction of traffic, parking my car near the entrance, rushing to the car and locking it and getting out of the carpark ASAP were one of the many precautionary steps I took to keep myself safe. Just watching all the social media news alone makes you feel scared but it happens everywhere in the world. You have just got to accept it and be okay with it. If you do, Malaysia is not that of a scary place to live in.

Would I ever go back?

My friends are there, I know my roads around KL and Selangor, and the food is absolutely brilliant there. Malaysia’s multiculturism allowed me to build tolerance for diverse range of international friends.

So that is a definite YES.

but not now. I am moving forward, I am progressing.

I left Malaysia for Korea to prepare myself to go to the city I fell in love with.


Korean food delivery in Mont Kiara!

15 Jan

Anyong again! Forget McDonald’s, or whatever pizza delivery!

Yes this is that special black bean noodles that Koreans eat in dramas. It’s called Jjajangmyeon (짜장면) which has been my favorite food since I was a kid!  I still remember gobbling down two bowls when I was in primary one of it and telling my mom, “I’m going to marry a Korean Chinese restaurant Chef who can cook me Jjajangmyeon everyday!.”


I don’t even have a decent photo of this because I always end up eating it right away because it looks soooo good and it does indeed taste delicious!

 Yes that is how much I love these noodles. This black bean noodle tastes completely different from the Chinese zhájiàngmiàn. It is sweet and oh soooo good.

 On weekends when you feel like a lazy bum, THIS is the stuff you have to order!

I usually order my Jjajangmyeon along with some Korean spicy seafood noodle soup called Jjamppong (짬뽕) and sweet and sour crispy pork called Tangsuyuk (탕수육) shown below.

Tangsuyuk Jjamppong Jjajangmyeon

Tangsuyuk on the left, with the sweet and sour sauce. You can mix it all together but I prefer to dip it in the sauce because I like my deep fried pork crispy. The middle shows the Jjamppong, and the noodles have to go in the soup before eating. And of course on the right is Jjajangmyeon. The other stuff on the far right are pickled radish, onions, and black bean sauce to dip it with, just in case the food is too jelak (Malay term used to describe that feeling you get when you eat rich and creamy food).

The restaurant I go to or order from is Buldojang (불도장) which is located at:
Level 1, Jalan 24/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur, Sri Hartamas, 50480, Tel: 03 62013201. (They do delivery around Mont Kiara)

I mean this is where all Korean’s go. Almost all Koreans in Kuala Lumpur know this place.

Durian in Seremban, Malaysia

28 Jun

Mmmmmmmm. This is what I call AWESOME!

Had durian cravings since last night so I just had to go hunt it down today!
I am really going to miss this when I leave!!!

Okay. It’s time to whack.

Haze in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

23 Jun

Haze in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Anyong! So as you can see the haze is worsening in Kuala Lumpur. I have been trying to find the API levels for KL since last night but no newspaper is giving live/up-to-date API readings around the whole of Malaysia and the Department of Environment site that is supposed to have API readings is down is the closest that I could find but only has timepoints at 7am, 11am and 5pm. Singapore has theirs, but how come it is so hard for us living in Malaysia to get access to these kind of information?

According to the star API levels have spiked at 746 in Muar, Johor Bharu. Today the haze in KL seems to be worsening as the day progresses. For those who are asthmatic, please make sure you carry your inhalers… and everyone, please do drink plenty of fluids.

I just took another peek out the window and nooo wayyy am I going out today.

Have a good weekend everyone. 🙂

Where a Korean would go to have a haircut in KL

22 Jun

Anyong! So my friends always ask me where I go and get my hair done.. but the usual response I would give is.. ermm.. I went back to Korea a few months ago and got it done.  Of course I have tried going to local salons but every time I went, I remember never telling anyone “omg you need to go to Salon X because it’s cheap and worth it”.   Here in Kl, I find it  so hard to find someone who can give the right cut and style I want. I took a day off of work on Tuesday to run some errands and as I was driving along Solaris (솔라리스), Mont Kiara and I recalled my mom telling me her friend saying this one shop called “something pang” is good for their hairdressing skills. By the way you can never go wrong with comments from Korean Ajummas (middle-aged women).  This is usually how Koreans roll.

I then managed to find this shop called Hair Pang (헤어팡) on the first floor.  If you are at the coffee shop called “Dr. Cafe”, and you are facing towards the restaurant “Meat Works”, its about 10 o’clock your direction.


Hair Pang, on the first floor in Solaris Mont Kiara.


I saw the pricing, and it was not too expensive as I thought it would have been. 🙂

When I had entered the place, it was more spacious than I thought. The seats were new and everything seemed neat and tidy here.

When I had entered the place, it was more spacious than I thought. The seats were new and everything seemed neat and tidy here!


By the way, I say this place is good for ajummas to come with their kids and get their hair permed.


There were cute lil toys for kids to play with too!


Comfy seats for when you’re getting your hair washed!

In total I paid RM 50 for my hair cut and they styled it too! Talk about good service!!  My hair is usually straight and having curly hair for a day was definitely a different look for me! Maybe I might consider going back and getting my hair curled. 🙂

Jessica Chae

Got my hair styled ! 🙂 Yay!