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    Coral Flyer – 1 of the “Must-Do” activities in KK City!

    Hey guys! Much apologies for the long hiatus and now I am back with an update!

    I must say that I am truly blessed being a Sabahan as I get to visit beautiful island without having to travel far! That being said, yesterday (4th March 2017) I was able to visit Sapi Island and of course, I did the Coral Flyer together with some of the #kkbloggers Maslight, Fay and two of the Hitz.fm Sabah radio announcers Calista and Farhan!

    The Coral Flyer is Borneo’s longest zipline that connects the Gaya island and Sapi island. In order to experience it, you have to register yourself at the Coral Flyer counter at the Sapi Island entrance and there will be a boat that will send you to the Gaya island as the Coral Flyer starts at Gaya island and ends at Sapi island. The staff of Coral Flyer are so friendly and they really concerned about our safety and even double checking our gears!

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    Registering ourselves at the Coral Flyer counter

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    That fine line connecting both of the island is the Coral Flyer! It was such a beautiful day!#nofilterneeded

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    Deep down so nervous, right Massy? LOL!

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    Arriving at Padang Point, Gaya Island. Hi Fay 🙂

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    Gear up! Photo credit: Maslight

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    A little hike before arriving at the platform. Photo credit: Maslight

     

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    Pouting before the scream! Photo Credit: Maslight

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    A group photo before going off is a must! Photo credit: Maslight

    Anybody who knew me long enough, they know that I am afraid of heights but when Maslight invited me to join them, I just couldn’t reject the chance of doing the Coral Flyer even though that I have done it once in 2015. I seriously thought that since I have done it before, I would not be afraid of doing it again but boy, I was so wrong! I was super nervous when it was my turn to go off and I screamed all the way through and even louder this second time. But all in all, it was such a good adrenaline rush and I would definitely do it again next time!

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    20 seconds of pure screams and high on adrenaline! Photo credit: Maslight

    Check out my instagram if you are wondering how loud I was screaming! HAHAHAHAHA

    I’ll see you again, Coral Flyer!

    Jess x

    Food

    Lunchbox Meals To Work Ideas

    This year, I promised myself that I wanted to be wiser when it comes to choosing what goes into my belly and to save more moolah on buying lunch every day. With that in mind, I started to bring my own lunchbox to work during the weekdays and I woke up way earlier than my regular morning alarm to prepare for my lunchbox for 5 straight days. I didn’t expect that I would be this diligent and committed but I managed and I think deserved a pat on the back for being so devoted to my goals.

    All the lunchbox meal that I prepared were super easy but of course, I need to prepare the mise en place which means all the cutting and chopping activities, I have to prepare the night before. So now, I have to spend some time in the kitchen before bed to prepare all the ingredients that I need to cook the next day so that  I won’t have to wake up super early to prepare for my lunchbox. Believe me, if you have all your ingredients ready, it saves so much time that you just have to throw everything into the pan.

    Beside, you don’t have to think much on what to cook, which can be a tough thing to do given that you just woke up and hating yourself for having to wake up to go to work. So prepare your mise en place the night before to avoid not knowing what to cook and wasting time cutting and chopping that could lead you to be late for work.

    This is going to be a very long post as I wanted to share with you the lunchbox menus that I brought to work this week. I even include the prep time and how long did it take to cook all the meals listed below!

    Day 1: Vegetarian Linguine sautéed with mushrooms, pan grilled chicken breast and boiled broccoli.

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    Mise en place prep time: 15 mins (chopping garlic, cutting mushrooms and broccoli and marinating chicken breast)

    Cooking time: 35 mins (includes cleaning time and putting the food into my lunchbox)

    Ingredients:

    1 cup of mushrooms
    ½ chicken breast
    1 cup of broccoli
    Vegetarian Linguine
    Chopped garlic
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Canola oil for sauté and for pan-grilling

     I used 1 cooking and a pot for cooking the food. The first thing I did was to pan grilled the chicken because it took the longest to cook. Pan-grill the chicken breast until golden and cooked the way through and still juicy when gently pressing the protein. While pan-grilling the chicken, I boiled water in the pot and when the water boiled up, I add some salt into the boiling water and then the broccoli so that the broccoli would not taste bland. I boiled the broccoli until they change color to a really bright green and soften a little then strained them and them into running water to stop them from still cooking as I don’t like my broccoli to be mushy.

    Next, I boiled some water again so that I can boil my spaghetti and the spaghetti only took 3 minutes to be al denté. While I was boiling my spaghetti, my chicken was already done and I moved the chicken into my lunchbox and with the same pan, I sauté my garlic and mushrooms. I put the spaghetti into the pan and add some salt and pepper for taste until everything combined together. I then arrange all the cooked food into my lunchbox and it was all done in just 35 minutes.

    Day 2: Roasted chicken and broccoli with halves cherry tomatoes.

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    Mise en place prep time: 10 mins (halving tomato cherries, cutting broccoli and marinating chicken)
    Cooking time: 40 mins (includes cleaning time and putting the food into my lunchbox)

    1 chicken thigh
    A cup of broccoli
    A cup of tomato cherries
    Salt and pepper to taste

    I was in fact woke up a little late on that day but thankfully, I have all my ingredients ready (mise en place is so IMPORTANT) so all I need to do is to heat up the oven, put the marinated chicken in the roasting pan and put it into the oven and go to shower. By the time I finished my shower, the chicken was done and cooked all the way through then I put in the broccoli and let it roast with the chicken for 5 minutes. Arrange the chicken, broccoli and the tomato cherries into my lunchbox. I did not do anything with the tomato cherries as I prefer to eat it raw.

    Day 3: Sautéed vegetarian linguine with roasted cherry tomatoes, roasted chicken breast chunks and mushrooms.

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    Mise en place prep time: 30 mins (chopping garlic, cutting and roasting cherry tomatoes, marinating and roasting the chicken breast)
    Cooking time: 15 mins (includes cleaning time and putting the food into my lunchbox)

    1 cup of mushrooms
    ½ chicken breast
    1 cup of cherry tomatoes
    Vegetarian Linguine
    Chopped garlic
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Virgin coconut oil for sauté
    Chopped parsley for garnish

    Another super easy meal! I boiled water in a pot and put tiny droplets of oil so that the spaghetti won’t stick together and salt to give some flavour to the spaghetti. When the spaghetti is done, I then strained them and put them aside. I heat up the pan and I add in enough virgin coconut oil that was made by my dad. I then sauté garlic, put in the mushroom then the roasted cherry tomatoes and a little bit of water to make a sauce. The linguine then being added into the pan and let it cooked for 5 minutes, put the roasted chicken chunks in and finally the parsley for garnish.

    Day 4: Newly harvested brown rice, stir-fried broccoli with chicken, Bosou and Tuhau as side dishes.

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    Mise en place prep time: 15 mins (chopping garlic, cutting broccoli, marinating chicken breast and cooking the rice)
    Cooking time: 15 mins (includes cleaning time and putting the food into my lunchbox)

    Chicken breast chunks
    1 cup of broccoli
    1 cup of newly harvested brown rice
    Chopped garlic
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Virgin coconut oil for sauté
    Already made Bosou and Tuhau

    For the rice, I cooked it while I was preparing mise en place because rice takes longer time to cook and I just leave it the rice cooker on so that the rice will be kept warm until the next day. I then heat the virgin coconut oil in a pan and sauté the garlic and I put in the chicken breast chunk and let it browned, then I added in the broccoli. Let it all cooked together then lastly I put some salt and pepper for taste. For the Tuhau, I actually made it ahead of time because I always have it in stock in my fridge and as for the Bosou, it was actually given by a friend who also gave me the newly harvested brown rice. Bless his kind heart for giving me high quality brown rice and the yummy Bosou.

    Day 5: Vegetarian Linguine Aglio Olio with roasted chicken chunks and mushroom

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    Mise en place prep time: 30 mins (chopping garlic, cutting mushroom, marinating and roasting the chicken breast)
    Cooking time: 15 mins (includes cleaning time and putting the food into my lunchbox)

    1 cup of mushrooms
    1 cup chicken breast chunks
    Vegetarian Linguine
    Chopped garlic
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1 piece of dried chilli (chopped) to substitute pepper flakes
    Olive oil for sauté
    Chopped parsley for garnish

    When you think that preparing Aglio Olio is hard, No! It is actually one of the easiest ways to cook your pasta. It is actually one of my favourite pasta dishes because I just love olive oil! Firstly, boil the linguine so that it will become soften and then strain it. After that I put it into a bowl and put some salt and pepper to taste and the chopped parsley. After that, I heat the pan with olive oil in it and sauté the garlic,chopped dried chilli and lastly I put the roasted chicken chunks. Next, switch off the stove after the garlic has become golden brown. Pour everything into the bowl with the linguine in it. I tossed the linguine so that it combine with the olive oil. Add a little bit salt and pepper to taste and it’s done!

    I hope this post will inspire you to prepare and bring your own lunchbox to work. Not only you are in control of what’s going into your belly, you can also save up some money! You can use it to get a new phone, get that dress that you’ve been eyeing on or to take you somewhere you’ve been wanting to go. Besides, it can spice up your feed when you posted it up on Instagram and maybe the one that you’ve been having a crush on finally notice you and your awesome skills in cooking!

    Until next post, Jessica x

    Beauty

    Skincare Product Review: The Borneo Scrub

    I would say that I am a type of person who takes care of her skin diligently. I have a skincare routine which I religiously follow every day! The routine contains cleansing, toning and moisturizing but there is also one important step, which is to exfoliate the skin. It is vital to exfoliate your skin as it helps with the removal of dead skin that could lead to impurities built-up and pores clogging. Once the skin is exfoliated, it shall stimulate to regenerate new skin cells that it will leave you with glowing and healthy skin.

     

    The Borneo Scrub

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    The packaging should not be made out of paper, that’s my only criticism.

    The Borneo Scrub is a product that I saw on Instagram. At that time I was looking for a scrub that is not too rough for the skin. I am really intrigued to buy the scrub is because it is made from 100% all natural and local ingredients, whereby COFFEE being the main ingredient. As per the packaging, it mentioned that the ingredients comprise of fine coffee grounds, virgin coconut oil, cinnamon, brown sugar and others. The main ingredients mentioned are in fact amongst the popular ingredients in skincare products for their proven benefits to the skin.

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    Those are REAL coffee grounds

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    Loveee the coffee aroma

    I was really in love with this product because of the immediate effect from my first use. The way I use the product is that I put a nice amount on my palm and scrub my face and the whole body after shower. What I love about this product is that it is not harsh on my skin at all! I can feel the effect of this scrub immediately. I swear that I can literally feel the effect from the scrub straightaway! While scrubbing, I can already feel the smoothness of my skin. After scrubbing, I can definitely feel how smooth my skin!

    However, I would not recommend to exfoliate on a daily basis. You don’t want your precious skin to get overly dry, irritated and redness from over exfoliation. I only exfoliate 3 times a week and usually I do it on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

    To get The Borneo Scrub, visit their Instagram account by clicking here and get in touch with them to purchase.

    That’s all for now, till the next post and have a nice day! x

    Personal

    Bye 2016, Hello year 2017

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    I hope it’s still not too late to wish everybody Happy New Year 2017! I am back from blogging hiatus and I hope this commitment of mine is here to stay. One of my resolutions is to be blogging more often like I used to and to make this resolution a success, I have scheduled myself to post something at least twice a week and lets keep our fingers crossed so that I will be committed this time.

    2016 has been such a wonderful year to me whereby it was a year of self discovery and I dare to say I loved myself so much last year that I basically did everything that my heart desires while at the same time burnt quite a huge amount cash for those amazing experiences but hey, I absolutely have no regrets for all of it. In the relationship department, I was single the whole year of 2016 (albeit a few misunderstandings with some guys) and I choose to be that way cos I just want a year that I can just focus on loving, splurging and spend time for myself.

    As for 2017, I shall keep the same vibe from 2016 that is to live life happily but at the same time I want to achieve even more in 2017, which are to create and to inspire. In fact, I was inspired from reading my friend’s blogpost by setting easy themes/goals and grouping all the resolutions that I have into each goals that I have set so that I can really execute all of them and making my 2017 awesome! So I have finally came up with these 2 themes which are Focused and Creativity.

    Focused

    • To be more focused on achieving my health goals (eat cleaner, run more and further, keep hydrating)
    • Save more money for future use (travel, new experiences and more travel)
    • Focused more on my own happiness (counting blessings)
    • Spend more time with family and God
    • Looking at the positive side of things
    • To be more organized of my own life

     

    Creativity

    • Cook more variety (trying out more cuisines)
    • Be more creative in my workout routines (MMA, Boxing)
    • #apictureaday for Instagram
    • Post varied blog contents (fashion, cooking recipes, adventures)
    • Continuing on my poetry project
    • To go for hand lettering workshop
    • Bedroom revamp

     

    Cheers to a happier, prosperous, even more blessings in 2017. Let’s live!!

    Personal

    A new journey…

    Hi there and welcome to this new humble blog of mine. I believe that first step is the toughest for anything. That includes figuring out what I wanted to start things off with this blog. I guess I should share with you guys the decision to create this new blog. Why would I make a new blog whereas I already have one? After deep thoughts with heavy consideration and not forgetting endless mugs of coffee, I have decided to have a new blog. With a very heavy heart, I will be abandoning the old one that I have circa 2009.

    Here goes..

    This decision was indeed a very hard one for me to make. I easily attach my feelings or emotions with lifeless things, indeed the old blog definitely has a special place in my heart. The intention to have a new blog has long been lingering since last year. The reason for that is I have lost the excitement in blogging and I believe blogging to the old blog is one of the main reasons that caused that excitement to dim itself. It’s not that I want to find anything to put the blame on but I guess I just want to keep myself away from the many fond memories that have turned to bad remembrance that I have shared on that blog. I just can’t make myself to delete those posts as they were writings that were honest and emotional, especially posts that are related to my ex. I know this reason might seemed a little dramatic to some people cos yeah those are just postings. But to me, they were more than that. They were my heart-pours.

    Another reason that also highly affects the decision is because I am now more interested to produce more “mature” contents. In addition to that, I actually have a future planning for my blog. I really want to get my blog its own domain and self-hosting. If I still continue to post for the old blog, it would not have the vibe that I wanted. The old blog actually contains all my immature rants in my teen years about hating school, the “I can’t wait to graduate so that I can work and get my own money” type of posts. I must say re-reading them irk me but they made me go down the memory lane. It made me reminisce and I can’t believe that I was such a dramatic bitch back then.

    So…

    Those are the main reasons for this new voyage. I hope that my writing muse will come back strong as I do not want this passion of mine to be M.I.A again. I pray that I can keep up and maintain this blog much better than the old one.