Saturday, November 22, 2014

How to Burger

So when a bunch of friends decided to squeeze some time off their busy schedules and meet up... 
What do they usually do?
Chill at a cafe? Lunch at a fancy restaurant? Or grab a movie at the nearest mall?
We go back to the basics: man, nature, AND burger

First off, deciding to meet at 10pm at a Friday night is already as crazy as it sounds
But, to insist on having a nice warm BBQ session right after a rain? 
You know nothing's gonna stop us!

So here we are at our fav spot
Underneath Penang Bridge

A nice view to look at while we prepare our fire...
Which was sipek challenging cause of the rain

Finding tree branches and leaves are the easy part
Lighting em up to a decent fire took us about 1 hour

So it's 1 hour of non stop fanning, blowing onto almost-dead flames and throwing in small branches

But the guys did manage to ignite the whole BBQ set with only 1 火种 and a few charcoals

As fo me... Well, while I was waiting for the others to arrive, I was busy taking selfies
Until I tripped and sprained my ankle...
Which confined me to sitting on a tiny rock afterwards for the whole night

Readying the fire

Baby you're a firework...

 You just gotto ignite, the light...

And let, it shine!

Burger in the making

Look at em go

Mr.Tommy - chicken tosser

Mr.Sheng - fire controller

Ms.Wendy - Rock sitter / Selfie taker

United, as one!
Pepo, these are the rare instances where you can see
womenfolk sitting around doing nothing, while the guys do all the work.
A toast, to you both!

Then 3 random strangers decided to come join our fire
Yes, they are totally random :D

How to prepare a mouth watering burger?
(hidden episode from how-to basics)
#1 - Ready the ingredients
#2 - Burn the buns
#3 - Slap waaaay too much mayo on your bun
#4 - Put in cheese that doesnt look like cheese
#5 - Smash in readied chicken breast
#6 - Regret your decision and try to save it by slapping black pepper sauce
#7 - Enjoy it anyways! 

Moar photos!

Le first burger taster

Working with almost melted cheese
Reminds us of... Stuff.

Fire burning our burnt bun

Mayo slapper

Everyone enjoyed their burger

Nice chilling and catching up with everyone :)

All in all, an awesome experience!
Even tho I got a bit tipsy towards the end, but I self-declare this gathering...
I had an awesome time hanging out with you guys
Hopefully, there will be another one soon!

To end this amazing blog post, a photo of our beloved 大姐!
To many many more gatherings in near future

"I love you guys, you guys are awesomeeeeee"
- Jacky, 2014

Signing off

Sunday, November 16, 2014

My First Ever Marathon!

Everybody has got their own bucket list of things to do...
Well, I dont. (Caught you there right? heehee)
But running a marathon is something I longed to do for sometime.
Not because of the photo opportunities (but who's complaining anyways), but it is a checkpoint for me in my life.
I am into fitness, and I believe by running a marathon, this brings me closer to what I've been working towards - a healthier me in general.
So I bought entries for Sheng and my lil brother for Penang Bridge International Marathon, and that's that!

Fast forward to THE day!
I met up my buddies Chiakee and Yumei at Queensbay mall
(BTDubs, it's pretty hard finding friends to run a marathon with you, everybody seems to have their own obligations, so I'm really thankful i gotto meet up with these 2 crazy pepo and run together with em!)
So off we go!... Only to get deterred at the pick up spot...
The crowd waiting in line for the shutter was so freaking long!
We were tempted to go home right at that moment!
But we didn't, and boy isn't that the best decision ever.

We finally got onto our shutter and we were dropped off at the starting point.
We navigated through bodies of sweat and faces of despair
People looking so genuinely mad at the blazing sun running in slow but steady pace
But I do admit, running becomes easier when you have a pal beside you, which I am really thankful to Yumei for...
We distracted ourselves by looking at runners along the way, and boy what a sight!
We actually saw Darth Vader in sarung running!

So when we finally meet up (Sheng and us), we rushed towards the finishing line
That feeling of exhilaration and relief swept through our bodies as we crossed the finish line
It was a moment of indescribable happiness to me
We went on roaming around the tent sites and decided to go back to Queensbay by foot.
Not our smartest decision... We actually gotto walk for another 1 hour to reach the place!

But we did end our day with a decent lunch, decent movie and decent high tea.
Everybody's physically tired, but mentally, I think we can go even further if we wanted to.
However, we called it a day and went back around evening.
I'm glad to say it was a fruitful day indeed. :)

*warning, shaky part when we are reaching finishing line

Signing off
A happy JCG

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Searching for myself

Well, it's been a month since I've written.
Yes, I miss the times when I could just sit down and write about anything that comes to mind.
But now, with so many plannings, preparations and work going on...
Yea, I still have free time, I'm just a lazy b*tch.

Well, convocation's this Saturday, so that's new.
Excited? Perhaps, but still, the last hurdle before entering society for real.
Which brings me to my dilemma, finding the right career.

I'm pretty tied up so far, working on off in projects, researchers, and others.
I'm also taking my teacher's course in music.
Well, at times I could be really free and at times, I would stay up late nights to finish off work.

I am shaping my future towards education, but I'm not too sure if that's what I want.
People around me advised me to go for what you CAN, instead of what you WANT to get me up on my feet.
While I agreed to that to some point, I just can't shake the feeling of me wanting to do so much more in life!
I want to write articles, I want to learn and meet exciting people and stuff, I want to travel...
So many things I've wanted, but is it for me?

That's why lately I've been bubbling myself into vacation plannings & field trips.
It's like my go-to escape plan to explore the world without actually needing to stray too far away from my future career now.
Who know where I'll end up next.

When in doubt, I actually stumbled on this article on career choices, if you are facing some sort of career problem, you can definitely look it up.

Finally, I'd like to say, what I'm going through is something pretty common.
But it is something new to me, so I need time to adjust to everything.
I know that no matter what we do, we just gotto inject some fun, humour and life into it...
And voilà, life's beautiful again!

What better way to end a blog with a chicken selfie!
Bak Bak! hehehehehehehehe
(Taken after my taman run - training for Penang Marathon yo! 7km!)

Signing off,