Saturday, May 23, 2015

On 9:00 AM by siti shyuhaila in , ,

The beauty of nature is all around us.
Open our eyes or we may not see them again.
Captured them once and kept them in our mind, that even if one day all these are to go away it will be etched in our memories.
The only setback is if the main connection is lost, then all that we have seen means nothing at all.
Does this mean, we should just give up and do nothing about our lives?
Again its a gamble that we are taking, I can't explain in words
But as I walk down the sidewalk of the road, these words goes by in my mind.
Life goes on and life always move, even if we stop walking and stood still or lie on the ground motionless.
We grow, we age, we live and we die. It's all the same for you & I.
What really matters then is today, cause today there is you and for me there is I

Till we meet again, this has been zsiti.
Peace!
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Monday, May 18, 2015

On 9:00 AM by siti shyuhaila in , , , , ,

For all my muslim brothers and sisters out there, we are reaching our fasting month soon. May I pray that we complete this holy month responsibility to Fast, abstain from unwanted bad things and spend this moment wisely to reflect on ourself as a muslim.

After the period of 30 days passed, let us all celebrate the new year with a brand new start and beginnings. Putting our reflections into practise with continuity. Do good and be good :)

I am guessing that most of us would be busy with the preparation of welcoming Hari Raya Puasa as well. New clothes, new furnitures, new household decorations, new food...wait what? Okay, so I am joking about that. 


The most exciting part for me would be going to the Bazaar at Geylang Serai. Shopping for kuih/snacks/cookies (Hari Raya goodies). Of course the latest fashionable Malay Baju will also be selling there and then. I look forward to going there with my friends and also with my family as we enjoy the lighting decorations that have been put up and celebrate amidst the air of festivities around the area.










But being a specific shopper, I like to do my homework first and see what is not just trendy yet will look good on me. I will do my Hari Raya Shopping online and browse through the various design. I prefer long maxi dresses rather than the normal 2 piece baju kurung and I will also wear it on other occassions after new year. But rather than just long straight cuts, the malay long dress aka jubah, can be in many different design and cutting. It does not necessarily have to be skin tight or shapeless but it can design with peplums, layers with "mermaid" line and thus making each individual dress unique. 
Personally, I'd recommend the use of scarf/shawl, brooch, bag or even a hat to accessorise the whole outfit.







What do you think would be the trending fashion in 2015?

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Till we meet again, this has been zsiti.

Peace!
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

On 9:00 AM by siti shyuhaila in , , ,

Imagine, a weekend away from work and home. Just indulge in a moment of peace, relaxation and zen. 

You can now achieve all that in just an hour away from Singapore. I cruised over to a Spa Villa in Batam to enjoy such treatment. For a small package fee, you can buy yourself some beautiful ME time.

I contacted the Spa Villa at KTM Resort on their Day Trip Spa package. After seeing what it covers and all, I decided to head down to try them out. Our ferry timing was at 9.20am (SGT) and in about 40mins, we would have reached Sekupang Ferry Terminal in Batam.


Upon reaching, someone will be holding a placard with my name on it to bring us to the resort itself. The journey takes about another 5-10 minutes. At the resort, welcome drink was served (ice cold juice) good to combat the heat and everyone had a charming shell necklace given to us by the welcoming reception...oooh laa laaa makes me wanna dance that hula hula dance in Hawaii~



After a short registration, we were ushered to head down to the spa villa by the sea. The green water and sea breeze was good and calming to the mind as we strolled to the villa.
Our massage therapists welcomed us in the serene looking wooden room which opens up right to the sea. Our room meant for two person willl have two massage bed, bigger jacuzzi bath and also double of everything.





The treatment begins with a simple sea salt foot bath and scrub and then a Hydro Bath Jacuzzi. Living it up yaw!

As we enjoyed that moment to soak in the bubble bath as well as the nature of the sea which was right beside us, the body starts to unwind and relax. It was also the time to release the mind from the stress of work, being in Singapore and from the early rise that morning. This was all so worth it.

After a quick rinse, we changed to a dry clothing and bathrobe as we sat to enjoy the view while sipping on a cup of ginger tea and plain water. The key is to all hydrate, hydrate and always hydrate. 
This was to prepare us for the full body massage coming next. In about an hour and a half, I had the best of my life as the therapist massage all the stress notes away from my shoulders, back, legs and EVERYWHERE! The background music still plays softly which trickles to my mind and soothe my mind as I can recognise some classical music or even some instrumentals of recent pop songs. But I refuse to use too much of my brain trying to figure it out as I wanted to just enjoy my relaxation time. 


It ended with a 30 minutes foot massage and that was the bomb, cause the feet is the fundamental of a wholesome being. Okay, I may not know what I am talking about now but all I can say is I LOVE my therapist massaging skills! At the end of the session, I am one happy girl...


After we have gotten all dressed up, it was time for lunch oh and did I mentioned that lunch was provided. (I KNOW RIGHT, are you impressed or impressed right now?) Good deals can't go wrong!






We were treated to a sumptuous spread of loveliness and deliciousness...Yummmm and right beside the sea. Ate till our tummy nearly bursted and next we were ready to go shopping.

Transport was provided 2 ways between the terminal to the hotel but since we were going to town to shop, we gotten the resort's help to get a taxi. For a 20 minutes ride, one taxi cost around SGD10-13 which was slightly hire since we took from the hotel. But it is not convenient to just go out to the main road to take a taxi as the resort location is quite far off.

My favourite shopping area would have to be Nagoya Shopping mall. I would not touch a lot of my shopping deets here. If you want to know where to go and what to do, just leave me a comment in my blog or you can find me on twitter: @ zsiti or instagram: @ zsiti_

At the end of the day, after working hard enough your body would thank you for such pampering session which you can go with your family, friends or even loved ones.

Just imagine your body singing to you "Love Me Like you do"~

If you would like such wonderful sessions or even more, you can email to: spavilla@batamspavilla.com Someone friendly and helpful would be at the other end to receive your enquiries. One of their staff who assisted me throughout was Wani and she had been of wonderful help to bringing me and Linko over from Singapore right to KTM Resort!

Till we meet again, this has been zsiti.
Peace!
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Sunday, May 10, 2015

On 9:00 AM by siti shyuhaila in , , , ,
picture credit Hotel Fort Canning
My youngest brother gotten the family a room for our staycation recently. It was a wow-zing suite at Hotel Fort Canning. I have been there before to attend seminars, training and even a wedding reception. But I have not stayed in their luxurious suite!

This was an amazing experience for my family as it was a weekend away from home, yet near home :)

The Queen have arrived into another part of town...#zsiti ���� #snapchat

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We were staying in the Majapahit and Governor's suite, which was 94sqm big. Enough space for you to run about and do brisk walking inside the room Hahaha... Basically, the place was divided into the main room which is made up of the living room, bedroom and shower area. While the other space comprise of the dining room and a toilet cubicle.



As you can see here, there is an open bath tub blocked by the visor so this is definitely a lovely and ideal couple's staycation. But no worries, they do have the-most-define-state-of-the-art shower facilities. The rainfall shower is so darn high that it really falls softly on you as if it's REAL rain. I'm impressed.

Of course, my other brother also have to show his moment of arty-fartiness as if he is appreciating some Fine Arts at the museum. To me, these looks like bowls, meant to hold rice...and oh I am so hungry as I am typing this now...



As for me, I had my work to do, but I did my task of taking tons of pictures inside the wonderful suite. I had cups of coffee to keep awake the whole afternoon since I was up really early to prepare the food for my youngest brother's party (yes, I cooked...a lot).


During bedtime, the gentlemen in my household, allow me full usage of the Queen sized bed, while they choose the sofa and living room area. But honestly, we were all very cosy and pampered to the max.


The next morning, we were all unwilling to leave this place, but one of my brother had to work (yes, on a Sunday). My dad and I checked out at 12pm promptly as good citizen to make our way home and continue our break over the weekend. I made a simple breakfast of bread and coffee before we left the place.







So where do you think I will be heading next? Or where should I be staying at? Is there any place which you would like me to go?



Leave me a note on my twitter: @ zsiti or Instagram: @ zsiti_

Till we meet again, this has been zsiti.
Peace!
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Thursday, May 7, 2015

On 9:00 AM by siti shyuhaila in , , , , ,

I enjoy watching Korean variety shows and one of my favourite has to be 2D1N. Not only because of the Season 3 casts (Mr Cha and Mr Kim Junho and Joonyoung and Jongmin and Defconn and JooHyuk also the wonderful PD). I am totally in love with the places that they have been and most importantly...the food.

In one episode, I saw Cha Tae Hyun made kimchi jigae with the most basic ingredient: Kimchi and it was a satisfying meal for the crew (although it was part of a punishment and he was left all alone high up in the mountain at KBS TV station...)

I ring up a few recipes online and prepare to get the dish produced in my kitchen. So here we go, Kimchi Jigae:

Ingredients are simple, I went to the nearest Korean Mart and they include:

Kimchi (I bought a full length cabbage rather than those ready cut veg) 1 cup
Tuna (canned with oil) 1 can
Chicken midjoint (boneless) 1 cup
Red Chilli flakes 2 tbs
Salt to taste
Water 1-2 cups


How to do it:
- Heat up a tsp oil and stir fry the tuna and chicken
- When the meat have changed colour, add in the kimchi and fry it as well.
- The smell will start to rise, add in water and let it simmer over low heat.
- You can add chilli flakes if you want it to be spicy, other optional ingredient which you can add is soft tofu.
- Add salt to taste, if your kimchi is not aged for very long, the sourness is not as strong. Here you can add in 1-2 tsp of vinegar or cider to taste (which I added in to make the stew a little bit more kick of spicy and sourness)

There you have it!

Served bubbling hot with a bowl of steamed rice and some homemade fried chicken wings, completed my family dinner!

Do try my simple recipe and leave me a note on my twitter: @ zsiti or Instagram: @ zsiti_

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Till we meet again, this has been zsiti.
Peace!
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