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Monday, February 17, 2014

Sergeant Green Thumb Activated

The stretch of plant nurseries at Sungai Buloh was exciting. I was so happy I found all the plants I wanted at very reasonable prices, I'm gonna show them off right now!
 Hydrangea; not the color I fancy but look at all the new shoots! Very promising. This one is not fully acclimatized yet so I have to take caution. The chance of not flowering anymore is also present.

Acclimatized blue hydrangea. Also not the colour I wanted and it doesn't look as healthy as the other one but I've seen the parent and it looks ok. I was told they flower about 3-4 times a year. Awesomeness.

 My very own fiddle leaf fig! Hell yeah. I had two of this at my old Coach store and they were so easy to take care. I chose a 3-feet one thinking anything than that will be too big but I am wrong, it is kinda too small. A 5-footer is ideal. The bigger the better.

Ta-da! My 2-footer deep red plumeria, locally known as frangipani. Many of the houses at my neighbourhood have them and they are so gorgeous, too bad I don't have a yard. This will do for now.

Will definitely get more after moving to the new apartment. I still need some smaller plants (which plants I know not yet) for the kitchen and one for perhaps the guestroom and BF's office but I don't remember how well the rooms are naturally-lit so that will have to wait. Just so you know, having plants indoor is a good thing. There are certain plants that act as air purifier at the same time.
To encourage myself with this hobby and to keep things in track, I've made a new blog to chronicle my experience in gardening. Oh, I unconsciously made gardening my thing for 2014. Good for me! I hope you guys have/found something new to do this year too!

Rae wrote @ 18:02



Sunday, February 16, 2014

The New Abode

We are moving to a bigger apartment soon after living in a 2-bedroom  apartment for 2 years. I do like the current place for its strategic location, but I love most about it is its a relatively small building, thus it's quiet and private. The postcode plays a fair part too. The place has it downside too which I won't dwell on it so let's move on.
Finally, the BF will have the proper office for his own and since the new place is not fully-furnished, we have the opportunity to decorate it how we want it to be. Are we excited? I don't know about him but heck sure I am!
First thing first, I would want our living room to be bright and clean. Like so. The base colour would be white and off-white. A natural wood coffee would be great and I leave colour accents to accessories that I can always change; pillows, pots, the small knick knacks. Another thing that is a must would be plants. I'm aiming for a fiddle leaf tree to give the room a complete look. Potted frangipani and hydrangea (I have not given up!) are in the list too. 

Dining room and kitchen are pretty much done. I just need a centrepiece for the table while a couple of succulents in the kitchen.
We have a huge master bedroom. I'm moving the existing (ugly) blue couch to the bedroom and have some plants too.
We have a small entryway and it is always ideal to have at least a console there so I can have a clean dining table.
Oh I'm excited!

Rae wrote @ 13:13



Monday, February 03, 2014

Phuket in 2014

Phuket was fabulous. The BF did it in style this time, we stayed in 3 different luxurious resorts and got upgraded to suite in 2 occasions. Our predicament of falling off the motorbike (yes, our mode of transportion was a scooter. Was nice at first, after a while, my butt start to hurt and my Fendi shades flew off my face while on the way to Khao Lak) at the entrance of The Sarojin and me spraining my ankle at JW Marriott Khao Lak when we went for dinner could not beat how amazing this trip was.
This trip, we explored two specific areas; north of Phuket and Khao Lak. We were hoping to do some snorkeling at Similan but turned out we had too short of a time. We snorkeled at Banana Beach instead and it wasn't disappointing at all. Me being a non-swimmer and a huge chicken in the water, I managed to master it and enjoyed it very much. I would do it again.
The first resort we stayed was JW Marriott Phuket. The resort had myriad of activities, we went for hatha yoga class and then cooled off at the beach. I had tummyache from the lunch though.
 JW Marriott Phuket's Mai Kao Beach. Water clear as crystal. 

 Marriott's ocean front suite proved to be an amazing room; hot tub at the balcony and another in the bathroom.

Angry-looking turtle, it's a mosquito coil container.

We traveled upnorth the next day. Before starting the journey, we went to Banana Beach for a snorkelling crash course, BF was concerned as I have never done it before. Scared like shit at first but after a while, I mastered it and enjoyed it very much. 

It took us about one and a half hour to reach our next destination. The second resort we went was The Sarojin, we got upgraded to the Palaphan Suite.
Entrance to the Palaphan Suite.

It felt like home, the moment you walk in.

My kind of bathroom, too bad the rainshower didn't feel like a rainshower. 

The swimming pool was gorgeous. And breakfast was all-day and you can go eat as many times as you can. Too bad we only stayed there for a night. I like the fact that they don't allow guests below 10 years of age to stay there.

Sunset at Khao Lak Beach. Gorgeous.

Entrance of another paradise at Sentido Graceland. We were upgraded to garden pool villa.

It was an open concept, our bed faces the private pool, we had a hot tub at the other side of the villa. The rainshower was great.

Elephant ride. Bumpy and nice at first, Got bored after 10 minutes. We trekked through a rubber tree plantation and ended up at a small waterfall.

It looked like autumn at some part of the elephant trek.

Baby elephant at another elephant camp. The BF made sure I meet one when I said I would like to see one.

Rae wrote @ 13:29