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MY 21ST BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION!


Your girl is officially 21!! 

I am super excited to blog about my birthday party!! To be honest, I have never thrown a birthday party in my life lolol. Oh wait, I actually did throw a mini birthday party in McDonalds when I was 10 lolol! Anyway, I usually celebrate my birthday only with my close friends and family, nothing fancy, nothing big. 

I couldn't recall how everything came about, but back in June, my talent manager and I were talking about birthdays. Then, she asked me: "Eh, are you going to throw a birthday party this year? You are turning 21 right?" 

I shook my head and said: "Aiya, no la, I don't really know how to decorate and set up everything and it requires so much time and effort to actually organise a birthday party!" 

Then she said: "Oh no, this is your 21st birthday, you should definitely throw a party la!! For the decorations and everything, I will help you to contact a birthday planner to plan everything for you ok!!"

So I was like: Wow, since I have a team of professionals helping me to plan everything, WHY NOT?!! 

We then approached PaperGoodz, which is a team of very nice and creative talents that specialise in events planning. PERFECT FOR LAZY (AND UNCREATIVE) PEOPLE LIKE ME. 

We met up in Starbucks in late June and there, I told them about the kind of theme I want for my birthday party. Initially, I wanted to go for a "rose gold" theme but I realised that it's not really special...so I thought of going for a funkier, colourful theme. Then, I took a look at my own wardrobe and noticed that I actually have a lot of jackets and clothes with PATCHES and LOGOS. (I am a big fan of anything with patches and logos ok!!) 

So yup, A THEME OF PATCHES AND LOGOS IT IS!!! 

I showed them some samples of patches from Google and they told me it's a totally fresh idea to them, as they haven't actually done anything similar before! Within a few days, they started giving me a list of things that they will be preparing for my birthday party, such as a photobooth, a backdrop, a candy bar, balloons, a birthday cake and etc! I would say that they really covered most of the necessary things for a birthday, which left me with almost nothing to worry about at all. Totally hassle-free and stress-free!
When you actually have a team of creative people that work out everything for you = BAGUSNYA. 

We then had a 2nd meeting just a week before my birthday to finalise everything, including the venue and the "floor map", which illustrated the exact spots where they would set up the photobooth, the tables, and etc. 

FAST FORWARD TO 7TH AUGUST. 

It's someone's big day. It's my big day. 
Without any expectation or any idea how the party will be like, I was nervous yet extremely excited. 
I wonder how the set-up would look like (I didn't know what the decoration will look like at all until I reached the venue)
I wonder how many people would turn up for the celebration. 
I just couldn't help pondering about so many trivial things! 

At 10.30am, my family and I headed out to the party venue, which is at Awegallery, PJ. 
The reason why I chose Awegallery is because it is spacious and it can accommodate up to 60 people!

Upon reaching, I could already see the Papergoodz team buzzing about in the place, setting up and paying attention to every single detail of the decorations. I got to witness how they actually set up everything from scratch. The whole picture was as if the many hands of Maker are putting together pieces of your Puzzle of Destiny, as your dream slowly unfolds and solidifies into a formless matter marked existent by time, before your very eyes.

The crew from Papergoodz setting up the backdrop. 

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I can't believe they even prepared a welcome board!! It's so cute, isn't it?! 
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The beautiful macaron tower from 21st Qi Pastries!! Well, actually we ordered this on the very last-minute, but I couldn't be more impressed by how they still managed to bake and deliver this on time!! Thumbs up for their efficient and impeccable service!
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Ugh, this is genuinely a dream came true.
*Everything on this table was prepared by Papergoodz.
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Little marshmallows, so cute! 
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Ferrero Rocher chocolate packed in pastel wraps. 
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Mini colourful cupcakes!!
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M&M candies! LOOK AT HOW ADORABLE THE PACKAGING IS!! 
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Cake pops
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Kit Kats with my name printed on the wrapper. SO CUTE I CAN'T!!!!
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Big thanks to Awesome Canteen for providing some delicious bites for my guests!!
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Birthday cake from @Buttercake_factory! 
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With my cousin sis!
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With my parents and also Lucky!
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With my awesome uni mates!! 
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With my Goddess Gang haha!
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My lovely high-school friends!! We've known each other for more than 6 years!
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Baby J.
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With Paige <3 font="" nbsp="">
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With Shenmim!<3 font="" nbsp="">
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With my new girlfriend - Jestinna!
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With Karen and Tzia!
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With dear Melissa!
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Last but not least, the awesome team from Papergoodz!!!
Yup, that's all for my birthday. It was indeed a very special and memorable one. Thank you everyone who came to my birthday, you have no idea how precious your presence means to me! Thank you so much for being a part of this.

I know I had said this a lot, but thank you thank you thank you Papergoodz for organising my birthday. Without them, this party wouldn't be a successful one. T___T If you are looking for a creative team of party / event planner, do not hesitate to contact Papergoodz. They are really passionate and good at what they are doing, which is why I enjoyed working with them so much.

And, special shoutout to Michelle, my talent manager from Nuffnang, for "convincing" me to throw a birthday party and also liaising with Papergoodz as well as Awegallery!!

Besides, I would like to thank Benefit Cosmetics and Shu Uemura for sponsoring my birthday doorgifts! These 2 brands are the brands that I adore and have been working with for years now, so it was really my honour to be able to share my love for them with all my guests!

#JCSINSEOUL DAY 8: EWHA UNIVERSITY SHOPPING STREET & NORYANGJIN FISH MARKET


On the second last day of our Seoul trip, we went to Ewha University as well as the shopping street right in front of it! Let me tell you, EWHA UNIVERSITY SHOPPING STREET is my ultimate favourite shopping street of all. WHY?

- DIVERSITY - 
The street is loaded with boutiques selling clothes, socks, shoes, stationeries, beauty products, etc. You will be spoiled for choices. No joke.

- AFFORDABLE PRICING -
Most of the clothes are only 10,000 won per piece (which equivalent to RM35, super affordable)

I brought home soooo much clothes and socks from Ewha University Shopping Street. I seriously miss shopping there now!!

I don't know why most of the people recommend Dong Dae Mun for clothing shopping, but not Ewha. I mean, Ewha has so many more choices and is definitely cheaper than DDM!!! DDM is overrated and the clothes aren't that cute after all lolol. (Well, it's just what I think la)

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Holika Holika x Gudetama collection!! It's so cute that it makes me want to buy it even though I don't need it hahaha!
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Strolling around Ewha University.
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Seriously, how can a campus be this beautiful?!? 
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I went on a crazy shopping mode in this store selling socks. The designs are just too adorable - Song Joong Ki and Big Bang!! 
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I bought so many socks that they could supply me for the entire year hahahahah!

After a round of insane shopping in Ewha University Shopping Street, we went to Noryangjin Fish Market for a splendid seafood dinner!

Noryangjin Fish Market is one of the largest seafood markets in Korea, and here, you can get FRESH seafood at competitive prices!

If you love seafood, you should definitely come here! 
OK, SO HOW DOES THE TRADE WORK IN THIS FISH MARKET?

Firstly,
 Pick the seafood you want and pay. [Do take note that most of the stalls only accept CASH]

Then,
you will be directed to a restaurant nearby, and they will cook the seafood for you.
Of course, you will have to pay for their services!

What we had:

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Abalonesssssss 
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Freshly-cooked prawns!
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King Crab omgggggg. It was my first time having King Crab in my life and I had no idea what to expect. But dayum, the flesh was fresh as hell!!!
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DAEBAK!!! 
This meal costed us around RM400, so it's like RM133 per person, which was totally worth the money because everything tasted like heaven!!!!

I will definitely go back for more seafood if I were to visit Seoul again next time!

Blog posts that you might be interested in:
My 10D9N Korea Trip Itinerary 
Day 1 in Seoul: Gangnam Underground Shopping Street
Day 2 in Seoul: SM Town, Gentle Monster, Sinsa-dong, Express Bus Terminal Shopping 
Day 3 in Seoul (part 1): Gyeongbokgung Palace, Bukchon Hanok Village 
Day 3 in Seoul (part 2): Myeongdong
Day 4 in Seoul: N Seoul Tower, Dongdaemun, Hongdae
Day 5 in Seoul: Everland Theme Park
Day 6 in Seoul: Common Ground, Dior Cafe, Gwangjang Market 
Day 7 in Seoul: Petite France, Nami Island

Youtube videos of my Korea trip:
What we ate in Seoul 
Seoul Travel Vlog (Part 1)
Seoul Travel Vlog: EVERLAND edition
Seoul Travel Vlog (Part 2): Nami Island, Cafe Dior, Ewha University, Raccoon Cafe

BITS AND PIECES OF AUGUST: JAY CHOU'S THE INVINCIBLE CONCERT



6th August 2016

Jay Chou was here in Malaysia for his tour. His concert tickets sold out in a snap, and I was terribly lucky that my friend managed to buy one VVIP ticket for me on the same day the tickets were officially for sale.

For those who haven't already known, Jay Chou has been my one and only idol since I was 10. Of course, along the way, I did idolise other celebrities but none of them could ever replace Jay Chou in my heart. He is, and always will be, my ultimate favourite.

I still clearly remember how his songs accompanied and motivated me when I was in high school. Basically, I would just listen to his songs every time when I did my revisions. Somehow his songs (and only his songs) have the power to encourage and push me forward to become better.

I have never missed any of his concerts the past 4 years.
The first Jay Chou's concert that I attended was "The Era" and that was way back in 2011!!! *baffled*
Then I also went to 2 of his "Opus World Tours" in 2013 and 2014.

After 2 years, he is finally back with a tour and of course, I did not miss the opportunity to catch him performing live. To be honest, Opus World Tour 2 was a bit disappointing, but The Invincible was supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (yup, I had to)!!

The concert took place in Stadium Merdeka, but I actually preferred Stadium Putra Bukit Jalil more lolol. Anyway, there were SO MANY PEOPLE in the stadium, and we had to queue for almost half an hour before making it to our seats. Not to mention the poorly designed entrance! It was just too narrow for 2 million people to squeeze queue up and go through. It was suffocating. In Stadium Putra, I've never experienced this kind of "human-traffic congestion" at all.

But anyway, let's talk about the songs that he performed. 
Not only did he perform his new songs, but he also sang so many of his classical songs which had stirred so much emotions deep in me!!! I was so surprised that he sang 以父之名,夜的第七章,将军,她的睫毛, 三年二班,半岛铁盒!!! 真的好感动.
Then there were the ones he'd always performed without fail: 开不了口,安静,晴天,屋顶,白色风车...
He also sang some of his latest hits like "Now You See Me", 床边故事,说走就走,英雄,etc.

Next, let's talk about the stage design.

One moment he brought us to a 3D fantasy visual space at the opening, then the next moment we took a dive into the underwater world when he sang 美人鱼 and in an instant, the stage transformed into a Broadway show with live bands and back-up vocalists standing in a vintage Shanghai-ish street. It was no question - all the stage effects rendered a diversity of exceptionally stunning visual experiences, and each one really took my breath away.

Now, let's talk about his ENCORE.
As usual, I crept to the very first row from my row (I was seated in row 27 in VVIP), right before the barricade in the VVIP section HAHA. That was my only chance of standing so near to him (which you can see in the videos I posted on Instagram). Watching him at such a close distance made the whole idea of time and space around me feel so surreal. I could see his face so clearly I wanted to cry. #sorry #fangirling #brb

Anyway, he sang a lot of songs this time during the encore!! It was also noticeable that he interacted with his audiences more this time. Some of the lucky fans even got chosen to sing with him! T__T
I was waving and screaming so hard, wishing that he would pick me hahaha! If I got chosen, I would definitely request to sing 我不配 or 彩虹 with him. But anyway, my man surely knows how to entertain his fans! There was a moment when he attempted to speak Cantonese, and it really cracked the audience up! He also praised us for being so enthusiastic and passionate, as always.

The concert started at 8.30pm and ended at 11pm, which was a duration much longer compared to his past concerts. Although I was drenched in sweat and I nearly lost my voice due to excessive screaming and singing, the night just didn't feel enough for me!! I wished as hell I could watch him longer. I wish time could pause and everything just stays frozen in the moment. :(

The feelings he gave me are why I made it a point to go to his concert every time.
每一次都很珍惜 因为不知道他几时会再来 也不知道他会唱到几岁
但是只要他继续唱 我也会继续听

The post-concert depression is real now. I believe everyone who went to his concert is probably feeling the same right now. For those who didn't manage to catch him live, I have compiled the clips and made a video for you guys:



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