Update – QZ 8501 Tragedy

PRESS STATEMENT BY YB DATO’ SRI LIOW TIONG LAI MINISTER OF TRANSPORT


Tuesday, 30 December 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Malaysia stands in solidarity with those affected by QZ 8501 tragedy

In light of recent developments, we are greatly saddened by the confirmation from the Badan SAR Nasional Indonesia (BASARNAS) in relation to Air Asia Indonesia Flight QZ 8501. Malaysia stands in solidarity with the families and loved ones of those onboard and offers our deepest condolences.  

This is indeed a trying time for those affected and Malaysia is deeply saddened by this tragedy. Malaysia is committed to providing all available assistance and continues to support the ongoing search and recovery efforts led by Indonesia.

We are in close contact with our Indonesian counterpart and will continue to offer any assistance required during this tragic time.


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*Note: As ‘colourful and confusing’ as my blog appears, well, I’m doing my part as a concerned citizen. This statement is recently shared among a media Whatsapp group. Note to self, get my developer to help with Pages! I only write, sorry!


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In times of grief – I, too, have lost

Dealing with Grief As Best As We Could

Recently, it hasn’t been all good time and laughter for all of us. In fact, I dare say, for Malaysians particularly, 2014 had been a rather challenging year. 

What we expected last year (2013) to be a glorious Visit Malaysia Year 2014, turned topsy turvy with one tragedy after another. 


MH370 – Plane disappearance

It all began with the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, commonly known as MH370 on Saturday, 8th March 2014. This scheduled international flight last made voice contact with air traffic control at 01:19 Malaysian time just as it flew over the South China Sea, less than an hour after take-off. Up until today, MH370 is yet to be found.

The question remains, where is MH370? (Source: Internet)



MH17 – Plane Crash

Not too long after that, another scheduled international passenger flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 or known as MH17 crashed on 17th July 2014, having been shot down. The major shocking event caused the deaths of 283 passengers and 15 crew on board. In fact, one of the co-pilots, the late Muhd Firdaus Abdul Rahim was a close cousin of my ex-colleague, Edlynn. I was also involved in assisting a Russian TV Crew from Russia-1 Broadcasting Station with their documentary. 

Please excuse me, even the subtitle is in Russian (Source: Russia 1)



Flood Disaster 2014

And recently, when most of us were thinking of relaxing until year end, again, we were shocked with what people deemed as the worst flood disaster in 30 years, hitting most states in Peninsular Malaysia with the East Coast recording the worst case of all. A senior meteorological officer from the Meteorological Department National Weather Centre, Dr. Mohd. Hisham Mohd. Anip said, the full moon phenomenon; when the moon is closest to Earth and causes high tide; is among factors that triggered extraordinary flooding this year. With everything we see on local and foreign media, we could only pray for the best until things get better. 


The worst flood ever hit Malaysia in 30 years (Source: Reuters)



AirAsia QZ 8501 – Plane Crash

Just when we thought, we could focus our energy to help the flood victims as much as we could, again, the world was shocked with the missing of AirAsia Indonesia QZ 8501, which was later confirmed to have crashed in the Java sea, off the Indonesian part of Borneo. One of the passengers was Malaysian. Among others, the flight from Surabaya to Singapore also had 155 passengers (including 16 children and 1 infant) and a crew of 6 (including 2 pilots) on board. 

Be it a global tragedy or a small incident, a loss is still a loss and people grieve over losses. Although I’ve never faced a dramatic incident like losing someone in a plane crash, but I’ve grieved over loss too. In fact, I believe I’m still grieving over the death of my brother, Mohd. Hafiz Mohd. Supian who was just 17 at that time.

In fact, my brother died on Friday, 19th December 2008, just as I joined the broadcasting station. To make things worse, he died just 10 days after my Mum’s birthday and he was on a holiday with his friends (one of them was Amir, his BFF since we first moved to Setapak in 1991) right after his SPM exams (that’s Malaysian equivalent to O’Level). When SPM is supposed to be the turning point of every teenager in Malaysia to step into adulthood, well, SPM was Hafiz’s last stop; and a turning point for our family. Only not in a good way, as we drifted apart ever since. 

Hafiz is the third one from left, top row (Source: Hafiz’s Facebook)


Hafiz was always the link between every member of the family. He was the only boy, and youngest too. Born 27th April 1991 (so you can imagine Hafiz and Amir grew up together, Amir is just a year or two older), he completed the April Triplet. You see, I was born on April 7th and my sister, April 28th. Being the youngest and having two much older sisters, he was always the spoiled one. 

I remember the first time, my Mum brought him home from Hospital Besar Kuala Lumpur (now Hospital Kuala Lumpur), it was drizzling and our maid at that time, Kak Yaya brought an umbrella to meet my Mum at the car. My sister and I were very happy, there was a baby at home. Only to find out much later, it was a boy. Well, growing up as girls, Sasha and I had always wanted another girl in the house. We even asked our Mum to return to the hospital and exchange the baby with a baby girl. Mum being the smart one, she said, the hospital ran out of baby girls, so the baby boy was all that was left


My aunt Whatsapped me this photo just a few weeks ago


After some time of being upset, finally Sasha and I opened up to the little baby that we had at home. Well, there wasn’t going to be another baby at the hospital for purchase, so we thought, why not settle for this one for the time being? 

Of course, growing up, we were constantly jealous of the baby. Well, when you’re a girl and you have a sister, you’ll have to share your dolls and toys. So, with a new baby boy, everything was new! 

We had a lot of fond memories growing up together, perhaps, I will share that in my other confession. Hafiz had always been closest to me, perhaps being the eldest, it was always easy to give in to the younger siblings. It just so happened that we both looked more alike compared to Sasha. The April Triplet might even be the face of 1Malaysia, with me looking obviously Malay (sometimes confused with Mexican or Filipino, haha), Sasha was the Ah-Moi (with her Chinese looks) and Hafiz was the Indian boy (he was often outside, so his skin was very tanned). 


Always the funny boy 


When I started working with the broadcasting station, I knew that I was not going to do well unless I worked really hard to learn all the tricks of broadcasting; broadcasting was not quite my favourite subject at the university. I was trying to fit in too. Working for an English radio station at that time, clueless about the tech-bits, and going out with one of the DJs there, I usually came home late. So, I didn’t really have time for Hafiz.

So, on that 19th December 2008, I was working during one of our Christmas outdoor events in Klang. I wore a Santarina outfit. Then, I saw my sister’s texts, saying that something happened and she couldn’t go to the grocery to buy the ingredients I needed to make pasta. Hafiz had always loved my spaghetti bolognaise. She didn’t specify why. It was much later that my aunt, whom I fondly call Ibu, called me with the worst news, Hafiz was gone. 

What started out as a fun, Christmas celebration to cheer up some orphans in Klang, ended up in a tragedy for me. I cried and told the senior producer about it, asking to go home. With a flat face, she just said, “Sure, go ahead“. I asked the driver to send me back to Setapak, he refused. He said, it was too far from Klang. I explained that my brother died and unfortunately, it fell on deaf ears. Finally, after some time begging for mercy, the driver agreed to send me to KTM Klang. 


Hafiz followed our parents to perform Hajj when he was 16 (Source: Hafiz’s Facebook)


On my way, the DJ I went out with (by then, we’ve broken up over certain issues unsurprisingly sparked by rumours) called and told me to get off the car, offering to send me straight to Setapak. At first, I didn’t want to because I knew, nobody at work liked us hanging out. Some even told me he was married, when he told me he was already divorced. Long story short, I’ll be forever grateful to his good deed when I was in need. 

I managed to call a few people, including an ex-boyfriend from Singapore and my lecturer/mentor, Puan Hajah Kamaliah Abu. Other than my aunts calling back, asking to confirm the news; Puan Hajah Kamaliah whom I usually called ‘Bonda‘ called back and reminded me to ‘istighfar‘ repeatedly for comfort. She told me she was already at her hometown in Kedah and couldn’t visit me, but she called a few times to ask how I was doing. 

Reaching home, the DJ parked a little further and gave me one of his biiiig spare shirts to cover my Santarina outfit. It wouldn’t look good coming home as Santa’s Little Helper when your brother just died. Also, another of his good deed that I always remember until today. Perhaps, he felt guilty because Hafiz had wanted to meet the DJ. Once Hafiz waited outside a club at Avenue K where the DJ was spinning to just meet him for a while, but the DJ didn’t come out even after I went inside to call him. But, let’s not dwell into that anymore.


Like me, he loved taking photos of places he visited (Source: Hafiz’s Facebook)



I was informed Hafiz died on his way to the hospital after taking a fall at Telaga Tujuh, Langkawi, head first; breaking his skull, knee-cap and leg and his shoulders. Apparently, one of the bones from his shoulder (forgive my lack of knowledge of the human anatomy) could’ve poked through his skin. 

His funeral was held the next day. At first, the Langkawi authority only planned to send Hafiz’s body to Kuala Lumpur much later, it being a Friday. Through my Dad’s connection (with him formerly a navy officer), he managed to push for the body to be returned immediately. It arrived on Saturday, around 11 am. 

I woke up on Saturday, thinking I was dreaming. Only to realize there were so many people at our home, downstairs, crying and mourning with us. Hafiz was a well-liked student at his school. He was known as a very kind boy, who often helped his teachers and friends. It was not a surprise, many came to pay their last respect. I looked at my brother’s face one last time, wishing I had spent more time with him. But I guess, everything was too late. 


Hafiz and his friends (Source: Hafiz’s Facebook)


We Muslims believe, some people can sense their demise within a certain time frame before ‘the last stop‘. These people who are going to leave us, also leave clues or show signs that are so ordinary, that most of us rarely notice, but afterwards, you’ll remember those signs as THE SIGNS

Before he left for the Langkawi trip, he took a lot of photos with our Mum with the digital camera. Our Mum actually told him, “Save the memory space for your photos, so you can show me when you come back“. To which he replied, “Oh, come on, Mum, you never know, we may not get to take photos together again“. And he was right.

He also told our Mum to give away all his clothes to the needy, especially the branded items. He also said, “Those so-called victims of landslide in Bukit Antarabangsa don’t count“. My aunts told me the same story and we all loved him for his kindness. 

With me, I remember it very well. It was on my off-day and I just wanted to stay at home, lazing in front of the TV when my brother approached me.

Hafiz: Hey, it’s your off-day? Do you want to go out?

Me: No, I just wanna stay inside.

Hafiz: Along (a nickname common among eldest children), when was the last time we had that yummy ‘nasi kukus ayam berempah‘?

Me: Yeah, it’s been a while.

Hafiz: Can we go and eat that today?  

Me: No, I’m too lazy!

Hafiz: Oh, please! Let’s take the scooter and go.

Me: No! Too lazy!

Hafiz: Please, please, please, I’ll pay my half.

Although I knew very well that RM7 was nothing to me, I often told him, he should start paying for his food, no more treats or ‘belanja‘. So, we went to his favourite stall near our house and bought two packets of steamed rice with marinated chicken. I even remember how he liked it, drumstick and extra spices or what we usually called ‘sampah’. 

Upon reaching home, we both enjoyed the food. My brother showed THE SIGN.

Hafiz: It’s so good, thank you for the treat.

Me: Sure, sure, next time, I won’t ‘belanja’ you again (I always said that, and still ended up treating him. He was after all my only brother)

Hafiz: Don’t know when we’ll eat together like this again.

And I didn’t see THE SIGN. I really didn’t see THE SIGN

A few weeks later, Hafiz’s best friend, Amir (he lives just 2 doors away) met me and told me the actual truth of the day of the incident. He told me, my brother’s death was swift. He didn’t suffer at all, just one fall and that was it. Amir said, he and the others were hesitant to tell the truth to my parents, worrying of their conditions. I didn’t blame the boys, they were only boys, with Amir being the oldest of the group. So, they boys had to say that Hafiz died on the way to the hospital. 

In fact, before I was drafting this confession, I posted something on his Facebook timeline, hoping that his friends will notice and remember to pray for him. One girl replied. I’m so grateful, at least his friends still think of him.


I post a reminder on his timeline every year



So, a loss, no matter how big, no matter how small, as long as it was of love, it will leave a deep mark in your heart. That mark doesn’t really heal over time. It just closes up like a wound and leave a scar. Once in a while, the old wound acts up and reminds you to look back. 

Losing my brother was one of the biggest challenges I’ve ever faced so far. I dream of him once in a while, something from our childhood together; usually funny things that he said to me to get my attention.

 I often wonder what it’d be like, if he’s still around. He’d probably grow close to a foot taller than me, I’m 5’6 by the way. He was already 5’9 or 5’10 when he was 17. I know he will be the protector of the house and family, just as he had always been. He’d probably bug me to ‘belanja’ his favourite food whenever he has the chance. I often wonder, which girl he’d marry, he was quite popular among the girls too. Even when I was studying in Germany, little blonde German girls developed a lil’ crush seeing his photos. 


When he first showed me this photo, I couldn’t stop laughing at
his ‘model pose’ (Source: Hafiz’s Facebook)

Of course, Allah has better plans for all of us. No matter how much I hope things are different, but deep inside we all know Allah is great and He decides to give and take some things for a good reason. I guess, when my brother was taken, at least we didn’t have to worry about him anymore, as he is in a good place now. 

I’m sure many people have lost along the way. And sometimes, we got lost along the way too. So, when you feel lost, you don’t know where to turn to, turn to the Creator, and He will show your way back. Al-Fatihah to my beloved brother, Allahyarham Haji Mohamad Hafiz bin Haji Mohamad Sapar. 


Recite this and you’ll sleep better (Source: Internet)



*Note: Last year I met a nice lady working at TalentCorp Malaysia, Farah Delah. We met at an event and started chatting immediately, since we have a mutual acquaintance, Ardi Gunsuh; a friend who was there for me during my 2013 Tragedy (perhaps, another day). After a while, we found out that my brother’s grave and her mother’s were next to one another. How small the world is! 

Have a Happy New Year, everybody!


See you in the next confession!

All my love, XOXO,
Miss Paris

















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Gone Girl (2014) – Movie Diary

Hell Hath No Fury Than A Woman Scorned

What does this picture say to you? (Source: Internet)


Honestly, when was the last time Ben Affleck acted in something that you really enjoyed? There was Armageddon 1998, Pearl Harbor 2001 and He’s Just Not That Into You 2009. The rest were either not impactful enought, or just plain boring; like Daredevil 2003. Or yes, probably I missed the others at Malaysian theatres. 

*Note: Excuse me for bursting your Harlequin romance bubbles, oh big fans of Ben Affleck, but you have to admit, he is constantly overshadowed by his more popular and successful BFF, Matt Damon

Rosamund Pike, however, although I didn’t watch her during her earlier rise in James Bond 007’s ‘Die Another Day’ in 2002 with the forever sexxxayyy Pierce Brosnan; I really liked her in ‘Surrogates’ 2009 with Bruce Willis; Johnny English Reborn 2011 with Rowan Atkinson of Mr. Bean fame; ‘Wrath of the Titans’ 2012 with Sam Worthington and ‘Jack Reacher’ with Tom Cruise, also in 2012. There is something about these English roses of the movie industry that you can’t explain; their on-screen charms and charisma that left you continuously adoring them whether they play the good girls or the bad girls. 

The Official Trailer of ‘Gone Girl’



I read great reviews on the movie, ‘Gone Girl‘ which brought Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike together. And reading reviews was not enough, I just had to read the whole story on Wikipedia. Yes, I’m a certified Wiki-addict/Party Pooper of the Movie Spoilers, and I’m proud of it.

Knowing that Oliver is happily celebrating Christmas at the moment with his family in Sarawak, I was without a movie partner-in-crime for a while until he comes back usually within the first week of January. A Whatsapp message from a friend, whom I fondly nickname ‘Beckham‘ who works for Capital TV (Channel 420 HyppTV) wanting to hang out was like a blessing on Sunday morning. So, we both agreed to have a late lunch and watch ‘Gone Girl‘ at GSC 1Utama.


What a great movie to watch to end my 2014! (Source: New Regency Pictures)


The movie began with Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) who goes to see his twin sister, Margo (Carrie Coon) at a local bar they own, well, it’s called The Bar. Nick discusses with Margo how he has a hard time looking for the 5th wedding anniversary present for Amy Elliot-Dunne (Rosamund Pike). Apparently, this year’s theme is ‘wood’. 

This is an excerpt I found on IMBd.com, joking about the ‘wood’ theme:

Margo: So, what are you going to give her?

Nick: I don’t know, there’s nothing good for wood.


Margo: I know what you can do. You go home and f**k her brains out. Then you take your p*n*s and smack her in the fact with it, and you say, “There’s some wood, b***h!”

Carrie Coon played Margo Dunne so effortlessly (Source: Internet)

Later, he returns home to see signs of break-in and Amy goes missing. He reports to the police and meet Det. Rhonda Boney (Kim Dickens) and Officer James Gilpin (Patrick Fugit). You’ll see what a sharp character Det. Boney is, she seems to notice tiny little details that Nick didn’t before. For example, the iron is left on with a dress still on the ironing board and an extremely tiny blood stain on the kitchen cabinet. 

The story goes back and forth throughout their relationship, 2 years of dating and 5 years of marriage. Nick and Amy first met a party in New York with Nick approaching her and playfully suggested who she should be dating. Intrigued, Amy and Nick quizzed each other; which I guess became the foundation of their annual Wedding Anniversary Treasure Hunt. It is revealed how Nick and Amy had ‘cotton’ before, exchanging gifts of cotton bed sheet at a Chinese restaurant. I thought it was cute how they seem to love and adore each other.


Amy is happy upon meeting Nick for the first time (Source: Internet)


Both Nick and Amy are writers based in New York. Amy’s parents; also writers made a fortune by writing a series of children books titled ‘Amazing Amy‘; supposedly inspired by their own Amazing Amy. However you’ll see that during one event, it seems that Amy feels inadequate compared to Amazing Amy, by stating that Amazing Amy is always one step ahead of her. Amy also reveals to Nick how Amazing Amy is a depiction of what Amy might’ve become if she didn’t stop or fail at everything that she does. Take, music lessons for example. When Amazing Amy plays cello, the real Amy stopped half-way. When Amazing Amy excels at sports, the real Amy gets cut off from varsity. The same night, Nick, always the charmer, pretends to interview Amy and asks her to marry him. 


The night Nick proposes to Amy, their
 chemistry is amaaaazing (Source: Internet)


Fast-forward, their marriage seems to disintegrate over time. What may seem to us at the beginning as something perfect, a match made in heaven, turns sour. In Amy’s diary as written here in The Miss Paris Diaries, she says, one recession and two writers out of work have turned the whole marriage upside down. At first, it seems like they agree to go through it together, because ‘the rest is just background’. Then, problems start arising between Nick and Amy. Out of depression, Nick seems to have become a total slacker who plays video game all the time. 

And this movie definitely has its funny moments too in the midst of tension. Thank you, IMDb.com!

Amy: What’s the laptop for?

Nick: Laptopping!

Later, Amy reveals to Nick that she decides to give a major chunk of her trust fund to her parents as their publishers let them go as well. Nick appears to be furious since Amy makes the decision without discussing it first with him, further straining their relationship. Then, when Nick’s mother suffered from breast cancer stage 4, Amy writes in her diary how she feels unwelcome having to move to North Carthage, Missouri; Nick’s hometown. 


Amy seems depressed like a fish out of water when she moves
 from fabulous New York to Missouri (Source: Internet)


A nationwide search is conducted to find Amy. In fact, fans of Amazing Amy offer themselves to help with the search. Det. Boney and Officer Gilpin keep searching for evidence in Nick’s house and find questionable items, such as credit card statements of extravagant purchase although the purchased items are not found and a medical report indicating that Amy is pregnant. At the same time, Nick is becoming a target of Ellen Abbot (Missi Pyle), a TV personality who openly berate him as a sociopath and potential murderer. 


The smug smile of a murderer? (Source: Internet)


Later, we also find out that Nick has a 20-something year old mistress who was formerly his student at a college, Andie Fitzgerald (Emily Ratajkowski) for over a year. When she comes to Margo’s house one night to meet Nick, they end up having sex. As Andie leaves the house, it turns out that Margo is already awake and watching them. She expresses her anger towards Nick for putting himself into a much higher jeopardy. Finally, Nick confesses how he has always wanted to leave Amy for good. 

As Nick finds clues left by Amy, he finally realizes that Amy stages the whole thing to get him accused of her murder. As he shares it with Margo, they both seek legal advice from Tanner Bolt (Tyler Perry), an attorney who is famous for representing husbands accused of murder. 


A good lawyer can keep you off the gallows (Source: Internet)


At the same time, Amy’s real plan is revealed from the very beginning to the carefully planned and executed scheme. From the bored stay-at-home wife who is angered over her husband’s changed behaviour, no longer dotting her as the prized wife, she sees herself as already dead. Blaming Nick, she starts planting various evidence from the purchase, to befriending somewhat a dim-witted neighbour, Noelle Hawthorne (Casey Wilson) and her family; and finally the staged ‘murder’. 

It was amazing how you see murderers, both amateur and professional in the CSI Franchise tend to leave out some evidences in the least expected places; Amy carefully planted them with logical explanation just enough for the police to find them and deduce a hypothesis. As she says it, it needs DISCIPLINE


Taking her own sweet time to become the ultimate bitter wife (Source: Internet)



We’ve seen how other movies portray people faking journal entries to confuse the authorities, but quite honestly, not like this. According to Amy, in order to be believable, she wrote at least 300 entries about her life with Nick; starting with their extremely happy moments together and later, facing problems. Then, she writes about Nick’s made-up aggressive behaviour up to the extent that he hits her when she mentions about wanting to have a baby together. 


Oh, remember the blood stain on the kitchen cabinet? Well, yes, it was blood and it WAS Amy’s blood. I thought, Amy deserves an Academy award for playing the victim here! She actually injures herself, gathers the blood and splashes it all over the kitchen; marks her hand print on the floor and cleans it back up ‘just the way Nick would’ve done it‘. 

Amy changes her appearances and hides in a secluded area, pretending to be a battered wife named Nancy. During her stay away from her real world, she fantasizes of killing herself one too many times; which she marks in her calendar. She imagines filling her pockets with stones and jump into the water. She even tries to hit her head with a hammer. 


Sort of reminds me of Helena Bonham-Carter in ‘Dark Shadows’ (Source: Internet)


Amy reluctantly befriends Jeff (Boyd Holbrook) and Greta (Lola Kirke) while hiding. During a miniature golf game, she drops her stack of money which attracts those two. Later, she is attacked and robbed by the couple. Out of desperation, she calls her ex-boyfriend, Desi Collings (Neil Patrick Harris) and lies to him, saying that she runs away from Nick’s abuse. 

During this period, Amy sees Andie confessing at a press conference to being Nick’s mistress, just before Nick appeared for a special interview with Sharon Schreiber (Sela Ward); an exclusive which appeared a day after. Amy wants to return to Nick after watching him begging for forgiveness for being an adulterer. She seduces Desi and kills him while having sex. 

She plants yet another set of fake evidences around Desi’s lake house, making it look like he kidnapped and raped her. I have to tell you, the scene where she does the Amazingly Psychotic Amy stuff with the surveillance cameras was brilliant! And how she stages her rape! Wow! Should I share how she ‘poked’ herself with a champagne bottle to convince her medical exams later? Too gory? Okay, then I won’t share that, haha!

She comes back to Nick, covered in blood and hugs Nick. When Nick whispers, “You. F**king. B***h!“, that was priceless and being the drama queen that Amy has been throughout the movie, she faints. 

Later at the hospital, during interrogation by the FBI and police, she plays victim again. Of course, at this point, Nick, Margo, Det. Boney and Tanner Bolt know the real Amy, they just can’t prove it. In fact, upon returning home together, Nick tells Amy that he plans to leave her and they argue. Finally, Nick can’t take it anymore and slams Amy’s body to the wall. Here’s what I got from IMDb.com:

Nick Dunne: You f**king c**t!

Amy Dunne: I’m the c**t you married. The only time you liked yourself was when you were trying to be someone this c**t might like. I’m not a quitter, I’m that c**t. I killed for you; who else can say that? You think you’d be happy with a nice Midwestern girl? No way, baby! I’m it.

Nick Dunne: F**k. You’re delusional. I mean, you’re insane, why would you even want this? Yes, I loved you and then all we did was resent each other, try to control each other. We caused each other pain.

Amy Dunne: That’s marriage.



Now, Nick really wishes Amy is Gone Girl (Source: Internet)

In the end, Amy impregnates herself with Nick’s semen from the fertility clinic and uses it as a leverage to keep Nick by her side. The movie ends with the couple being interviewed on TV and announcing they’re going to become parents.


Dare you say no to this face? (Source: Internet)


Nick Dunne: When I think of my wife, I always think of the back of her head. I picture cracking her lovely skull, unspooling her brain, trying to get answers. The primal questions of a marriage: What are you thinking? How are you feeling? What have we done to each other? What will we do?

Read the line above and imagine Rosamund Pike looking at you with a blank expression! Thank you, IMDb.com!

Phewwwww! What a movie! Although I’ve read about it on Wikipedia, but to actually watch it and enjoy every minute of it… phewwwww! Surprising as it may sound, Rosamund Pike’s Amy Elliot-Dunne is still my favourite character. I guess, Gillian Flynn really know her stuff. Instead of hating Amy for good, you tend to sympathize for her. When you know, she’s the real coo-coo in the movie, but you still think, Nick somewhat deserves it, haha! Okay, that’s probably the feminist side of me speaking, haha! 

Throughout the movie, Beckham and I kept whispering at each other, gasping and wincing in excitement. Sometimes we said, ‘Serves you right, Nick!’ and later we said, ‘Oh, my God, Amy is so evil!‘. 

We particularly felt pity towards Amy when she was attacked and robbed by Jeff and Greta. I actually told Beckham, ‘If it was me, I’d burn lock those two in one of those houses and burn them alive’. Haha, this is what we Malay would say, ‘Alang-alang menyeluk pekasam!’. I mean, she’s gone so far to accusing her husband of murder, an ex-boyfriend of rape, and bla bla bla. Well, getting rid of Jeff and Greta will be like doing the world a favour! Hahaha! 


Thank you for the movie treat, Beckham!


The scene-stealer was undeniably Rosamund Pike. From her charming character of a woman in love right to her conniving, delusional self that every woman hates and every man wants to kill. I’d say she’s one of those very versatile actors around. Even when she fakes a Southern accent during hiding. For my tone-deaf, Malaysian ears, it sounded alright!


Gone Girl Team (Source: Internet)



Again, I don’t hate her. I just can’t hate her. These English roses have that, you just can’t hate them! 

Here are some photos I grabbed from Gone Girl’s official Facebook, dont’t forget to like their page!




The make-belief ‘Amazing Amy’ has a website: www.findamazingamy.com 

Trivia

  • Gone Girl is a 2014 American thriller film directed by David Fincher and adapted from Gillian Flynn’s best-seller, ‘Gone Girl’. Gillian Flynn also writes the screenplay to ensure the quality of the film adaptation.
  • One of the film’s producers, Leslie Dixon, read the manuscript of the novel  and brought it to the attention of Reese Witherspoon in December 2011.
  • It stars Ben AffleckRosamund PikeNeil Patrick HarrisTyler Perry, and Carrie Coon.
  • Kim Dickens who played Det. Rhonda Boney was also in Hollow Man 2000; playing Sarah Kennedy. You might remember her as the girl who went to the lab to get blood bag for a transfusion and ended up splashing blood on the floor to track Kevin Bacon’s Sebastian Cain/Hollow Man. 
  • While Det. Boney’s assistant, Officer James Gilpin who constantly pressures Det. Boney to arrest Nick Dunne is played by Patrick Fugit. I don’t blame you if you don’t recognize him. It’s pretty hard to imagine how he looks like underneath the heavy green scaly make-up. Yup, he played Ezra Von in Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant in 2009. 
  • Missi Pyle’s favourite character of all time is when she acted in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story 2004 as Fran Stalinovskovichdavidovitchsky and her theme song was ‘Lady in Red’ by Chris de Burgh
  • Boyd Holbrook who played Jeff, the asshole who mugs Amy in the movie appeared in the movie The Host in 2013, playing Kyle O’Shea, the asshole who wants to kill Saoirse Ronan’s character, Wanderer. So, I guess he likes playing assholes!
  • Gone Girl garnered four Golden Globe Award nominations, including Best Director for Fincher and Best Actress – Drama for Rosamund Pike.
  • The covers of some of the “Amazing Amy” novels were beautifully illustrated by artist Kirk Van Wormer


Additional Info


The proverb/phraseHell hath no fury than a woman scornedis defined asthere is nothing as unpleasant as a woman who has been offended or whose love has not been returned‘ (idioms.thefreedictionary.com) or ‘a woman rejected in love can be very angry and dangerous‘ (www.englishclub.com). 

The line was originated by William Congreve, an English playwright and poet who was born on January 24th, 1670 in Bardsey, West Yorkshire, England; somewhere near Leeds. He wrote a tragic play titled ‘The Mourning Bride’ in 1697

This is the original excerpt spoken by Zara in Act III, Scene VIII.

As you’ll answer it, take heed
This Slave commit no Violence upon
Himself. I’ve been deceiv’d. The Publick Safety
Requires he should be more confin’d; and none,
No not the Princes self, permitted to
Confer with him. I’ll quit you to the King.
Vile and ingrate! too late thou shalt repent
The base Injustice thou hast done my Love:
Yes, thou shalt know, spite of thy past Distress,
And all those Ills which thou so long hast mourn’d;
Heav’n has no Rage, like Love to Hatred turn’d,
Nor Hell a Fury, like a Woman scorn’d.

See you in the next confession!

All my love, XOXO,
Miss Paris

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I Was There During the Flood Incident in Perlis, November 2010

When Natural Disasters Bring People Together


It’s quite a shocking to know that the recent flood cases hitting the several states in Peninsular Malaysia are reported to be the worst natural disaster recorded in Malaysia in 30 years, with more than 100,000 people evacuated from their homes. Various organizations have been rallying their strengths to gather as much fund and contributions from fellow Malaysians to help the flood victims. 


The recent flood in certainly a shocking experience
in the history of Malaysia (Source: Internet)


Of course, when natural disaster strikes, there are always people who voice out their disagreement and contempt towards certain parties and individuals. In fact, recently, I noticed an old friend from high-school who shared a rather long Facebook status on how people think that the authorities and security personnel would actually steal food supply at shelters, leaving only the bad ones for sharing. 

You see, my friend, Syed Hood was in the airforce for a while. After 10 years, he decided to resign to start his own business, particularly in the agricultural industry. He expressed his frustration towards negative perception of security personnel who were accused of stealing food supply. Most of the time, the assigned rescue team don’t even have time to sit down nor even enjoy a good meal during events as such.


Most people don’t understand the contributions of
police and military personnel involved during disasters (Source: Internet)


I totally agree, not because he is my good friend, but because I know what it was like when facing natural disasters like flood. 

Today, the confession is not all about me. It’s about one of the most memorable assignments I worked on when I was working at the broadcasting station; the flood coverage in Perlis, November 2010.

The truth is, another broadcast journalist was supposed to go for this flood coverage in Perlis. However, according to him, his hadn’t received his monthly salary (being a contract staff) and suggested that a permanent staff go instead. During that time, I was probably one of those permanent staff who had received our monthly salary, which was not much but enough to help me survive for some time, haha!

As irresponsible as I thought that decision was, to send me not because of my skills as a journalist, but because I was one of those who had received our salary; I took the opportunity, knowing that it’d be good for my CV since I knew that I was and forever will be the Unpopular Rebel of that TV Station. 

**Note: And my Dad was wonderful! He actually gave me some cash before I left for Perlis; worried I might not have access to the ATM machine there. Thank you, Abah for your never-ending support!


The quiet and serene town of Kangar, Perlis (Source: Internet)


So, as usual I was assigned with a driver, a cameraman and a sound technician. We had to take the Toyota Hilux since we had to cross Kedah which also suffered from a much worse flood incident. There was another group of broadcast journalists who were sent to Kedah, including a team from our station in Perlis. So, I was supposed to assist the remaining team in Perlis. If I’m not mistaken, Wanie; the broadcast journalist there has resigned some time ago. I just don’t know where she is now. 

Passing the already flooded roads in the northern states proved to be heart-wrenching. When I was happily enjoying life in Kuala Lumpur with my family and friends just before arriving in Perlis, I remember seeing the water level rising so high; if I had gotten down from our official vehicle, I was probably soaked to my waist. 

All we could see while driving was the rainy weather and brown-coloured water. In fact, the driver had to slow down to avoid from driving into holes or drains that we couldn’t see; at the risk of water damaging our engine. Although the Perlis office was in Kangar, we actually stayed at our cameraman, Abang Saiful’s house in Jejawi. Apparently, Jejawi was not badly affected by the flood compared to Kangar


Beware of flood ahead (Source: Kosmo)


I believe, we arrived in Perlis on Thursday, November 4th, 2010 because I was checking my Gmail earlier and I found my e-mail reports on the event dated 5th November 2010. Naturally, we’d take about a day to settle in and plan the media coverage. Before we reached Abang Saiful’s house, we made a stop at a nearby grocery store. It was a typical kampung-style grocery store with cement foundation and brick walls up about a metre high; and the rest of the wall was made of wooden planks. 

By the time we arrived, it was already the 5th day of flood in Perlis. So, you can imagine what I managed to buy from the grocery store; only mere biscuits, junk food, a couple of packets of instant noodle and probably one or two loaves of bread. Abang Saiful convinced me not to worry, since Jejawi area was not flooded. He even told me, there was plenty of food at his house. 

*Note: I didn’t know what to expect, because when flood hit since our kampung in Batu Pahat was somehow spared during the major floor before that. When other homes in Batu Pahat were immersed in the water, we were grateful ours wasn’t. 


Any natural disaster should NOT be a platform for
 personal or political gains (Source: Internet)


We also visited the Perlis office, only to find out that some of our colleagues actually took shelter there. I asked, why would they stay there if the water went up their thighs? Most of them answered calmly, “It’s not too bad compared to our own homes. The water was up to our chest actually”. 

So, we exchanged plans for media coverage among us. It was really sad to know how most of them hadn’t been home for a while, due to the flood. And for us to send over the visual to the head office, we had to go to a TELEKOM broadcasting substation to do it. In case of any problem, we’d have to call the technician one hour in advance since his house was flooded too and he couldn’t drive at all. 

The following are excerpts from my old TV reports in 2010. 

5th November 2010 – Morning Edition

Based on the locals there, it hadn’t rained in two days. In fact, the flood subsided in some areas including Kangar and Arau (where I used to study). However, it was drizzling since early morning. By 8 am, it rained heavily. Yet, we continued with our plans to scout the neighbourhood; particularly the smaller towns around Kangar

We passed by the paddy fields around Lomboh area where the water rose to about one and a half feet high, circa knee’s length of an adult. It was unfortunate among the paddy farmers because they had just planted the seedlings for the upcoming harvest. The loss was estimated to be about RM20,000 per hectare

In Kangar town itself, the Alwi Mosque was no longer in use since the compound was heavily flooded up to the entrance. Fortunately, another mosque nearby, Masjid Tun Abdul Razak was still dry and safe for the Friday prayers that day. 

Despite the road closures, some people still braved through the flood either with their cars or motorcycles to get to places. 


Masjid Alwi is among the prominent landmarks in Perlis (Source: Internet)



5th November 2010 – Afternoon edition

Universiti Teknologi MARA (yes, my alma mater) was among the many organizations that came all the way to send aid. It was part of their contributions through the UiTM’s Flood Victims Fund organized among the the head quarter and state branches throughout Malaysia to help ease the burden of the flood victims. 

According to the Deputy Vice Chancellor of UiTM, Prof. Datuk Dr. Abdullah Mohamed Said, UiTM’s effort to organize the fund drive received full support from the Ministry of Higher Education and the State Government of Perlis. When the interview was conducted, UiTM managed to gather funds and contributions from UiTM Shah Alam, UiTM Kedah and UiTM Pulau Pinang. He expected other branches to send their contributions soon. 

The contributions were sent to homes of around Kangar and Arau, where one of UiTM’s largest branches was established. About 60 volunteers participated during the donation drive.

*Note: I actually bumped into my old mentor, Puan Hajah Kamaliah Abu who was from the Students Affairs Department in Shah Alam. She was the one who opened a lot of doors for me improve my skills as an MC and allowed me to co-host a few important students events at UiTM Shah Alam. 


Home sweet Home, UiTM Perlis (Source: Internet)


6th November 2014 – Morning Edition

During our recce around town, we noticed children were fearlessly bathing and playing in the flood water. It seemed like a norm among the children to see flood cases as their licence to enjoy a vacation at the water theme park. Some even dived in the deep water or rolled on the flooded roads, unaware of the possibilities of drowning or infections. Surprisingly, most of them were unattended by parents. 

We spoke to some residents to get their feedback on this so-called ‘Water Feast‘. Would you be surprised if I said that all the people I interviewed didn’t see it as an issue? In fact, one parent I interviewed named Ahmad Fadhly J was not worried because he thought the flood was not going to pose a danger to his children, claiming that the water level was not that high to begin with. 

Another parent, Rita Mohd R even joined in the water feast. According to her, she felt bad not letting her children play in the water when other children were having fun during the flood. 

I even asked some children if they knew what they were doing was dangerous. Apparently, most of them were oblivious with what might result from their action. To them, it was just like another trip to the beach. 

Floods can potentially increase the transmission of various communicable diseases. Water-borne diseases include typhoid fever (demam kepialu), cholera (taun), leptospirosis (penyakit kencing tikus)and Hepatitis A. The other group is vector-borne diseases such as dengue, malaria, fever and yellow fever


Guess some kids will never learn, photo was taken 
recently in Tumpat, Kelantan (Source: AP Photo)


6th November 2010 – Afternoon Edition

The flood has also put a halt to various daily activities including administration and trade. 

The latest concern among the residents of Perlis was the shortage of fuel. In fact, that day, one petrol kiosk in Kangar re-opened after a week-long ‘holiday’. My crew and I spotted a long queue from a distance to refill their gas tanks so that they could still commute on their vehicles. 

Speaking to some of the customers, most of them were relieved with the re-opening. Some even claimed to have travelled to the Kedah-Perlis border to find fuel. Some had to leave their vehicles behind since they last ran out of fuel. 

I managed to get a reaction from the petrol station operator too. He said, within 3 hours he managed to collect more than RM3,000; an amount he rarely achieved on a regular basis. 


This photo from the recent flood reminds me so much of
my Kangar Flood 2010 assignment (Source: Internet)


6th November 2010 – Evening Edition

While the public was mourning over flood and the losses it caused, criminals saw the evacuation as an invitation for a robbing spree around Perlis. The Deputy Police Chief of Perlis, ACP Zull Aznam Haron said, more than 900 police officers from IPD Kangar, IPD Arau and IPD Padang Besar were stationed across the state to ensure the safety and security throughout this ordeal. 

Other than assisting with evacuation of flood victims and traffic control, regular patrols were made focussing on the residential and commercial areas that suffered from power outages

2 police officers were assigned at each shelter. ACP Zull Aznam believed, the flood was under control as the water began to subside and major roads were re-opening soon. He reminded the flood victims who planned to return home to be extra cautious and report to the police immediately should there be signs of break-in and robbery. 

*Note: Currently,  Datuk Zull Aznam Haron is the Police Chief of Perlis


Datuk Zull Aznam Haron and his team. 
Photo from Berita Harian dated 30th October 2014



6th November 2010 – Evening Edition (Part 2)

Even police officers had their fair share of the flood disaster. 

Following the first interview, ACP Zull Aznam Haron gently reminded the public that the police force was also part of the society. Also affected by flood, 286 families from Taman Perumahan Polis Seriab were evacuated, with total of 1008 victims

The water level rose to about one foot high, forcing them to move out and seek shelter at their relatives’ homes to make way for other flood victims who need the public shelters more. 


7th November 2010 – Morning Edition

The next day, our crew visited the commercial area and noticed some shops owners were cleaning their premises for reopening. Although the flood hadn’t fully subsided, they couldn’t bear the losses from closing shop after a week of flood. 

The weather was rather warm that day and most of the flooded areas were drying up. 

Most of the shop owners agreed that this time, the flood was worse than the last one that hit Perlis. In fact, one of the shop owners actually showed our crew the two marks he made to compare the water level during these two occasions. It actually doubled from the last flood, causing a lot more damages to their shop inventories. 

A lot of them claimed losses in thousands of ringgit per day, hence the pressure to re-open their shops soon to compensate the amount. 

7th November 2010 – Afternoon Edition

Our next stop was the Kangar Bus Station. We saw some bus companies were already operating. One operator from KKKL Express, Norazliza Abdul A said, the past last week was not suitable to plan any travel as it would jeopardize the safety of her passengers. She also stated the Kangar roundabout and the stretch from Kangar to Alor Setar were heavily flooded, making it impossible for even a bus to drive through.

Another two operators from Sani Express, Zarina Y and Raudhah S reported damages to their computing system, resulting in losses as they could not print check the bus schedule nor print tickets. 

Most of the passengers were forced to buy their tickets from the Kuala Perlis Bus Station instead. The flood not only caused damages to the transportation industry in Perlis, but also losses to passengers who have bought tickets much earlier for Deepavali and Hari Raya Haji as most company policies did not practice reimbursement to their customers.

We also spoke to some of the passengers to get their feedback. 

An elderly man, Abdullah Awang N was glad that the bus started operating because his daughter was stranded until the day before. Luckily, since the main road was reopened, she could return to meet her husband in Butterworth, Penang.

Another elderly man, Md Isa H had to drive all the way to Alor Setar through the flood to pick his daughter up. He was glad she was safe. 

When some bus companies were already selling tickets to customers, some had to postpone their operation as the flood had damaged the bus engines. 

*Note: As students, my friends and I often took the last bus to Kuala Lumpur which was usually scheduled around 10.00 pm. Although the bus operators always told us, we’d reach KL by 6am; more often than not we arrived at 4.30 to 5.00 am right in front of Menara Maybank Kuala Lumpur. Refusing to end up paying extra for cab, we’d go to a mamak place and hang out until the LRT started to operate. 


The ‘sendu’ sight of Kangar Bus Station, this does
bring back memories  (Source: Internet)


7th November 2010 – Evening Edition

Our crew went on another recce to check on Kangar and neighbouring towns around 3.00 pm. It seemed that most major roads were clearing up and ready for public use. 

Hospital Tuanku Fauziah in Kangar had also dried up and was open for operation. Prior to this, according to the hospital personnel, water rose over one foot high causing the temporary shut-down.

So, was Persiaran Jubli Emas Kangar, the main road in Kangar that connected the city centre to other parts of Perlis. This Federal Route 179 is known as one of the major landmarks of Kangar Town

Although many flood victims started to return to their homes, assistance and food supply were still provided to the needy. 

We also visited Repoh River (Sungai Repoh) and saw the water level slowly subsided, although it was still considered dangerous with its depth and fast current. The officials expected Kangar town to recover within the next one week.


When a hospital is hit by a flood, it’s almost unimaginable
how chronic patients will receive their treatment. 

A scene at Hospital Tuanku Fauziah (Source: Internet)

For further info on Hospital Tuanku Fauziah, read here

Other News

Within that week staying in Perlis, our crew also visited a couple of schools which were turned into flood shelters. You can’t imagine how such sight of the victims there would really touch you deep inside, particularly young children and senior citizens. It made me realize how grateful I should be never having to experience this at home or back in my kampung. 

At one of the schools we visited, there were too many victims, some of them had to seek shelter at the open hall instead of class rooms. They had to huddle in heaps of clothes to keep warm, especially at night. The sight of an old grandmother shivering in cold and crying when our crew came close was really heart-breaking. She couldn’t speak Malay, so her grandson had to translate for us. I remember the grandson told me how the grandmother initially refused to leave home until the water level got so high that the whole family was forced to evacuate. I have to admit, my assignment in Perlis actually moved to tears a few times. 

Seeing such sight will leave a deep mark in your heart (Source: Internet)


At another shelter, a young man found two cobras lurking within the compound. The mixed Malay-Thai man in his early 20s claimed to have experiences in hunting and trapping small wild animals in his leisure time around Bukit Gua Sami, Perlis. According to the young man, he first caught the female snake 2 days before. The male snake was caught a day after the first reptilian encounter. He believed, the male cobra was looking for its mate. Although at first, I was personally disgusted with the fact that he was trying to make some money by selling the cobras to interested parties, coming to think about it, at least when the cobras were caught, he actually saved hundreds of families who were seeking shelter there. 

*Note: Cobra is the Portuguese word for ‘snake’. Most of those species are in the family Elapidae, all of which are venomous. Most of them can spread their neck ribs to form a flattened, widened hood. Snake venom is actually modified saliva used for prey immobilization and self-defence. The number of snakebites that occur each year may be as high as five million which results between 20, 000 to 125,000 deaths globally. 
(Source: Wikipedia)

Imagine this lurking around when you’re fast asleep (Source: Internet)

I was also glad, despite the almost inaccessibility to Perlis during the flood (with Kedah suffering a much severe flood disaster at that time), the government and NGOs continuously strived to send assistance and supplies to all shelters in Perlis. In fact, the then-Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil and her team came with assistance. Other than food and medicine, the victims were also provided with new mattresses. At least, the victims could sleep more comfortably while waiting for the flood to subside and they could finally return home. 

I couldn’t post the exact news I emailed since they were written in Malay, besides, I may be subjected to copyright issues too because all of them were published repetitiously on the national and regional news platform. The same goes for names, I may not expose them all for various reasons. 

Still, this was a valuable experience for me as a broadcast journalist. Although, I am not walking on that path anymore, every memory I had, be it good or bad, will always be in my mind and heart. I suppose, I may not experience something like this in the near future, Insya-Allah and I pray that my family and friends will not have to endure such devastating ordeal.

If people still think people who were assigned to work and assist during a natural disaster are lazing around, well, let me share with you this:

  • Throughout our assignment, my crew and I had to go to various places in rain and flood most of the time. If not for my Perlis-born-and-bred cameraman, we might’ve gotten lost during our trip or ended up driving into drains.
  • When at first we thought we could send the visual and story using the Internet 100%, we found out on the first night itself, we couldn’t. Everything had to be done manually. Meaning, after each news, we had to go to the TELEKOM broadcasting substation in Kangar to transmit the visual.
  • Even the technician from the TELEKOM broadcasting substation was a flood victim himself. He had to walk through the flood (a little less than an hour) to meet us at the substation when things went wrong. Mind you, our sound technician was not trained for this system. Hence, the outsourcing of expertise.
  • All of our colleagues in Perlis were also flood victims. Yet they still committed themselves to their job. Imagine, leaving a flooded home to stay at a flooded office to make sure news were sent immediately.
  • Some of us, including myself had allergies during the flood. Never mind the rashes on our skin which wouldn’t go away for a month even after we came back to Kuala Lumpur, but some showed signs of diarrhoea and fever as well. My cameraman’s mother, despite her newly planted paddy seedlings loss, took some time to make ‘bedak sejuk’ for me to ease the itchiness and redness.
  • Even the Putra Palace Hotel in Kangar where most government officials were stationed during the disaster was flooded and I believe at some point, there was power outage and water shortage around town too. If you think, they were lucky to stay at that hotel, well, I guess most of you haven’t seen that hotel during the flood
For those who are involved in this recent flood, either you are a victim or on-duty, have faith. Allah is with you.


Finally…

Instead of making your own assumptions or spreading baseless stories on Social Media, why not go to the Official Disaster Portal and get the latest info here? At least, respect the family and friends of flood victims who may be confused with unofficial information people spread online. 


Here are some info and photos on Perlis Flood in November 2010 I found posted online:

http://ww1.utusan.com.my/utusan/info.asp?y=2010&dt=1101&sec=Terkini&pg=bt_28.htm

http://www.mstar.com.my/berita/berita-semasa/2010/11/02/banjir-terburuk-sejak-tahun-2005-di-kedah-perlis/


http://w3hafizm.blogspot.com/2010/11/gambar-banjir-kangar-perlis-02-nov-2010.html


http://w3hafizm.blogspot.com/2010/11/gambar-banjir-di-seriab-perlis-03-nov.html





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Missing AirAsia Indonesia QZ 8501

MISSING AIRASIA INDONESIA QZ 8501 

YB Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dato’ Sri Anifah Hj Aman, spoke to his Indonesian counterpart, H.E. Retno Marsudi, on the missing AirAsia Indonesia Flight QZ8501 on 28 December 2014. YB Minister extended his sadness and prayers to H.E. Retno and through her to the families of the missing crew and passengers of flight QZ 8501. YB Minister also conveyed Malaysia’s readiness to assist in the search and rescue operations conducted by the Indonesian authorities.
In light of the tragedy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malaysia has opened a 24-hour Operations Room, which is reachable at +603 – 8887 4570 and +603 – 8889 2746.
The Ministry, through its Missions in Indonesia, will continue to monitor the situation.  Based on the flight manifest, one Malaysian passenger is on-board the flight. Our Missions in Indonesia will continue to work closely with Indonesian authorities on the matter.
PUTRAJAYA
28 December 2014

AirAsia Flight QZ 8501 path (Source: Internet)

*Note: This information was shared among local and foreign media representatives. Hopefully this information will be useful to many people out there. 

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Why people don’t stick to their New Year’s Resolutions?

The New Year Syndrome


With 2015 is blooming, we see the trend of people all around the world posting on their social media and bragging among friends about their 2015 New Year’s Resolutions. How many times have you heard people saying, “This is the year!” and you see most of them don’t stick to their New Year’s Resolutions by the end of January itself.


It’s all about the right attitude (Source: Internet)


Well, jokes aside, I’ve had my fair share of making New Year’s resolutions too a couple of years ago. And yes, I actually fell into the failed statistics. I couldn’t remember, was it the time or the discipline, I always found excuses NOT to follow the resolutions.

Of course, my Top 5 New Year’s resolutions were:
1. Lose weight
2. Save more money
3. Find love 
4. Learn something new
5. Finish my degree

Hahahah! Of course, let’s face it, with my lifestyle back then, no 3 and 4 were often achievable, but the rest, haha! Still, I count myself as ‘failed’ because what I’ve done was not even half of the actual list and most of them were accidental instead of incidental. So, they don’t count! Haha!


This is the year! Or is it? (Source: Internet)


As I was thinking to write this confession, I Googled here and there a bit for information and I came across this article on www.shape.com, titled ‘Top 10 Reasons You Don’t Stick to Your Resolutions’ by Jené Luciani. Let’s see what happened between us and our resolutions, shall we?

1. Going It Alone
Apparently, like almost everything we do in life, new year’s resolutions are better done with a partner or in a group. Just like we do when watching movies, playing bowling, shopping for new outfit, etc. Having a partner or group actually provides more support to stick to the new year’s resolutions. I mean, imagine wanting to quit smoking (not that I smoke), but you’re surrounded by smokers. Consequently, you’ll want to smoke again.

All for one and one for all (Source: Internet)


It was just like when I joined a gym last year. Yes, it shouldn’t feel too bad going to the gym alone. I thought, “Hey, more hotties for me to ogle without having to share with a partner”. Unfortunately, after the incident of 3 motorcyclists trying to rob me just as I went into the car before heading to the gym one Saturday morning, I realized, I couldn’t go to the gym alone. Somebody might be watching my daily/weekend patterns from afar.  —> Does it sound like an excuse to you? Well, it still spooked me until today. So perhaps, I’ll go to the gym at the office after work instead. 

You’re not alone, you have us (Source: Internet)


And getting the right partner/group is equally important. Like when I started this blog, I noticed only some of my blogger friends actually supported this. The rest, well, let’s just say, it’s a blogger-eat-blogger world here in Malaysia. Heck, I’m not going to stand down just because some people see me as a threat, I paid for this effin’ thing already! Haha! So, let’s start 2015 with more positive blogger friends, shall we? Positive energy leads to positive results!

2. Extremely Lofty Resolutions
This is what we Malaysians commonly known as ‘Angan-angan Mat Jenin‘, another syndrome when you’re dreaming too big and too high. Well, there’s nothing wrong with dreaming. Or else Marthin Luther King Jr wouldn’t have delivered his famous ‘I Have A Dream’ speech on August 28th, 1963. 


Building castles in the air, sure, when you have the resources (Source: Internet)


In fact, I came across another quote on dreams by Harriet Tubman that says, “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world

Only most of us often forgot to wake up from a long, drifting dream sometimes, haha! Like my old childhood dream to become Miss Malaysia, which was totally unattainable with Malaysia banning Muslim women to participate. Or to be a cabin crew when I’m obviously too old and too fat. And, I can’t expect 1,000,000 hits for The Miss Paris Diaries if I don’t work hard for it, right?


We each have our own dream and desire (Source: Internet)


So, why don’t we start small yet achievable. Whatever that we aim for 2015 as part of the New Year’s resolutions, why don’t we divide them into smaller sections and put timeline to each too? So, when you’ve reached a quarter of your target, it’ll motivate you to finish the rest.


The article also quotes a life coach, Hunter Pheonix who says, “Take it day by day. I’ve made a pact with myself to stop obsessing about the past, fantasizing about the future and to instead embrace the present and what I can do to make a difference here and now“. That is so true. So, Miss Paris, stop obsessing about your old 34-European-size back in Germany and embrace your 12/14-UK-size now. If you want to get back to the old self, get back on the treadmill and start running! Haha!


Women (myself included) are often obsessed about losing weight (Source:Internet)


3. Giving Up Too Easily
This is possibly one of the biggest resolution breaker, the reason why people don’t stick to their New Year’s resolutions. More often than not, we get discouraged and eventually lose interest towards something when things don’t happen the way we wanted them. Sometimes, the excitement wears off after a while.


Never give up, fight till the last breath (Source: Internet)


It was like when I started some new projects in whichever line I worked in. For example, the time when I was working on some special reports for the TV stations. I was often ridiculed for being too radical or too inclined towards the private TV station’s style of presenting. After a while, I got so fed-up that I stopped. Apparently after I left, people still remember me for my distinctive style of reporting. Okay, let’s not dwell into the past too much (refer to No 2); but it just reminded me not to give up too easily. And it proved to be right with the current company, when my immediate supervisor spoke of her disagreement when I was too close to a certain embassy at work, often giving them assistance pro bono. I decided to ignore it and followed my guts, and I guess my gamble paid off. 

Never know when you’re going to strike gold, or diamonds! (Source: Internet)


So, moral of the story is, NEVER allow negative people AND negative energy get the best of you in whatever that you do. The more you surround yourself with positivity, the stronger you become and the better chances you have at succeeding. Do the same with your resolutions, don’t give up! Keep a reminder at the most visible/accessible places like your diary (which I don’t have, other than this one,haha), your working desk, the mirror in your room/bathroom, the side of your bed, anything. Of course, this will also help you to keep track of your achievements and will further motivate you. 


As time runs out… (Source: Internet)


4. Time Management
According to the article, people often realize that the resolution is a bigger time commitment that originally intended, which is true. Let’s say, losing weight is your aim, heck, we all know you’re not gonna lose weight in 5 minutes! But there are things that you can do in 5 minutes to help you to achieve your goal to lose weight. For example, run up and down the staircase for 5 minutes on a daily basis. Once you’ve stopped huffing and puffing, perhaps you can increase to another 5 minutes. 


Make time for something or someone you love (Source: Internet)


Or if you think you need to spend more time reading a story book or for the Muslims, to read the Holy Quran; why not start with 5 to 10 minutes each day? Although, I’m not known among my friends to be religious or anything close to that, but I personally find Quran recital (read by myself or others) extremely therapeutic. There was a time when I was reciting the Yassin and I actually realized that I managed to finish it in less than 10 minutes. It’s pretty amazing to know how 10 minutes of your time daily can make a big difference in your whole year.

5. Financial Burden
Oh, yes! Some resolutions can be quite expensive. Particularly that of ‘Losing weight’ (we’re back to this???), or ‘Spending time with family and loved ones’ or ‘Taking a trip abroad’.

Who let the bucks out? (Source: Internet)


When you think that you can only lose weight by working out at the gym, which I personally think works better than other methods, there are actually ways to cut the cost. Yes, you can choose to jog around the neighbourhood or a recreational park, but let’s be realistic here. How many of you can find the strength to go out again once you’ve reached home, showered and sat on your favourite couch? Haha! My point exactly. 

Either, you can invest in an exercise machine AND use it daily, or you can opt for working out at one of those gyms that allow you entrance at a mere RM5 per visit. It’s pretty much the same as joining a gym at RM100-RM200 per month. Scientifically, you only need to dedicate 20-30 minutes of your time for a workout at the frequency of 3-4 times a week. That’s like RM 5 times 4 a week, equals to RM20 times 4 weeks in a month, equals to RM80. Even if suddenly, you stop going to the gym to opt for regular runs instead, at least you don’t lose your registration/commitment fees. 


Only sign up when you really can commit to every
single cent you spent on a gym (Source: Internet)


Spending time with your family can be expensive when you resort to taking them out for movies or dinner or vacations. Let’s start to be creative. Why not go back to the good old days of board or card games? You’d be surprised to know how some kids will grow to love Monopoly and Scrabble as much as we did back then. Usually, games with a purpose or target have longer span of garnering attention. Just keep the gadgets away for a while. So, what’s your alternative for movies? Well, have you heard of HyppTV’s Video-On-Demand (VOD) on Hypp Flicks? Yup, that’s a good channel of entertainment too. Just get everyone present in the house and immerse yourselves in a world of fun-filled, family entertainment between RM6 to RM15 per movie. Beats paying RM12 per head at the cinema too!

Taking a trip abroad is undeniably an expensive resolution and there’s no two-way about it. Even when you win trips or get a fully-sponsored vacation, somehow money will find its way OUT from your wallet. And I’m not going to deprive you of an exciting experience away from home too. So, if it’s really necessary, why not set aside an X percentage of your monthly income dedicated to this, on top of the X percentage of income to pay your bills AND for your savings? Planning ahead is always the best way to go, then you’ll get the Early Bird Rate everywhere you go.


There’s no harm in travelling, just plan wisely (Source: Internet)



One trick that I learned when I was planning for my exchange year with AFS was, instead of going to the famous countries like the USA, Australia or Japan, I opted to go to Germany. Well, back in early 2000s, Germany was often frowned upon by those who watched too much American movies about Hitler and the Nazis. And I never regretted any single day spent there, I just wished I hadn’t lose all my cans of films in a snatch-theft, F**k those souls who stole from me! Okay, back to my confession. I noticed that most of my friends who want to travel abroad are usually influenced by the current pop culture. Destinations like South Korea, Turkey and the more traditional ones like the UK, France, etc. are undeniably attractive, but of course, they may cost a lot of money too. Do some research, perhaps there are more affordable foreign destinations that you can visit. Thank God, I’m not one of those who can enjoy travelling so much. Haha! Surprisingly, my brain and heart are designed to travel on business instead of leisure. So, anything that doesn’t involve a laptop and Internet probably wouldn’t last longer than 2 days. Haha!


That’s like the cartoon version of me (Source: Internet)


6. Unrealistic Resolutions
BINGO! This relates to our No 2. Unrealistic resolutions also happen when you’re not being specific enough with your resolutions. For example, if you say you want to learn new things, what new things are you looking at? One may say, you want to learn a new language. So, what is that language and how are you going to do that? Are you attending classes or self-taught? How fast can you hold on to that resolution when you’re being challenged against time or opportunity? See, there are a lot of questions playing in your mind. 

That’s why, when I was offered to attend a Russian class at a great discount, I told the Director of the Russian Centre for Science and Culture, Mr. Alexander Gulko, I simply couldn’t commit to it. As much as I adore the kind-hearted old softie, I know my limit. Yes, perhaps I can afford RM700 per course, it is a very affordable rate compared to other language classes available in Malaysia. But truth be told, with a Russian ex-boyfriend who’s NEVER flying back to Kuala Lumpur, a Russian girlfriend who’s considering to leave her posting soon and a very small Russian-speaking community who is known to be extremely cautious with outsiders; I just don’t find a strong motivation to learn the language. I may consider Spanish though, since there are sooo many Spanish telenovelas shown on Malaysian TV and I can practise to be Paola Bracho (La Usurpadora) or Rubí Pérez (Rubí) when I’m in the bathroom, haha!

Too complicated to digest? Okay, let’s go back to the easiest example; losing weight. Haha! Of course, you can lose weight and achieve that size-6 body that you’ve dreamed of, ladies, but how many of you can actually commit to exercising everyday without fail at least 30 minutes a day with the right combination of cardio and toning and at the same time, eat the right food for the next 365 days? Tough isn’t it?


Beauty is pain? (Source: Internet)


In fact, a healthy weight loss shouldn’t exceed 1 kilogramme per week (depending on your age and level of fitness). If you weigh yourself and see more than 1kg, chances are it’s water that you lost. Yes, there is always a short-cut that promises instant weight-loss like diet pills or slimming centres, but think again, what’s the fine print on each promise? The last time I had my dose of diet pills, either I ended up with flatulence problem or I nearly crap myself silly in an expensive saree. That’s a story in another confession.


Don’t weigh yourself everyday, it demotivates you (Source: Internet)


So, let’s try to break down each resolution into something smaller and achievable. Instead of 10kg a month, why not aim for 2kg a month in your weight-loss plan. The slower yet more consistent your exercise regime is, the better the result it. At least, you don’t need to worry about yoyo-effect anymore. By the end of the year, before you know it, you’ve lost about a steady 20kg, plus minus the unavoidable Hari Raya binging and the likes.

7. No Plan
Remember the saying, failing to plan is planning to fail? Yes, even when New Year’s resolutions are concerned, one ought to plan well on the mechanics in order to succeed. Get your own personal planner and mark the dates accordingly. Perhaps you can dedicate one day of the week to help you achieve your goals. Like, Meatless Monday dedicated to a healthier vegetarian diet. Or Fruity Friday, everything you eat must have a good serving of fruits and let’s be realistic about it, you can’t live on fruits the whole day. So, if you want to have your regular nasi lemak for breakfast, start with a banana or two. When you have your nasi campur for lunch, make sure your lauk (side dishes)contains fruits like tomatoes, avocados, eggplants, cucumbers, squash, bell peppers, okra or ladies’ fingers, olive and pumpkins. Yes, these are actually fruits and NOT vegetables. So, you can imagine the variety of fruit-based side dishes that you can enjoy, even on a daily basis. 

Keep it real, people (Source: Internet)


Let’s say, you plan to save more money. Instead of trusting yourself to keep the money aside on a monthly basis and more often than not find excuses to use it, why not sign up for one of those investment plans with trustworthy financial institutions? I dare to say this because I don’t trust myself to keep my own money. So, I entrusted my banks instead. It doesn’t have to start big when you know you may not commit to such amount, why not start small? Once your finances are getting better, you can always call the banks to increase your investments. There’s no harm in asking your financial provider if they can recommend an investment programme that is tailored to your financial capacity. Of course, this has been told many times over, there is no such thing as a ‘SKIM CEPAT KAYA‘ in the world. How many cases we’ve read in the newspaper about people losing their lifetime savings because of those schemes? Speaking of which, I might sign up for another investment plan, haha! Insya-Allah!


Plan something that’s within your means and abide by it (Source: Internet)


But what happens when you planned something but it didn’t work out? Should you have a plan B? Well, I’ve been thinking, when Plan B might be a great alternative, but never forget your Plan A. Plan A is your first and foremost plan after all. Let’s say, you plan to jog today, but you can’t go because it rains, then opt for Plan B; you use the same amount of time to do stretching exercise or pilates at home instead. When it’s not raining the next day, you can continue jogging as usual. 

8. Lack of Honesty
Well, when people say, honesty is the best policy, yup, it’s true. How honest are you at achieving your New Year’s resolutions? 100% honest? 95% honest? Quite honest? Almost honest? Well, don’t tell me your answer, just be honest to yourself and answer this quietly; how strongly you want to achieve your New Year’s resolutions?


Be true to yourself and your resolutions (Source:Internet)


Another thing that I myself noticed about my recent years resolutions is that, I don’t quite honestly want to achieve them. Hence, the lack of motivation and finally, they all went down the drain. Let’s say, lose weight, easy example. How could I lose weight when I couldn’t stop binging at food? When I tried to live on white meat, then suddenly, I was turning into a carnivore that eats mostly red meat and in big portions too! So, I guess, if I were to set New Year’s resolutions again for 2015, I’d like them to be honest, realistic and achievable. 

9. Wrong Perspective
I really like the part of the article that says, “Quite dwelling on what you have NOT accomplished and focus on what you WILL accomplish instead“. It’s like a reminder on how we often think of the unachieved resolutions in the past, instead of moving on with better plans to achieve our resolutions. 


Perhaps, a different perspective will lead to a more positive change (Source: Internet)


And perhaps, people often see New Year’s resolutions as something that you must achieve within that year. Well, why not make it a life-long target? I mean, who wouldn’t want to live a better, healthier life for the rest of their lives? And why would you want to save money through-out 2015 when you plan to spend it all in 2016? 

10.  Not Believing in Yourself
The article quoted Beverly Hills psychotherapist Barbara Neitlich saying, “Sometimes all you need to keep going is a pat on the back from yourself. Congratulate yourself for your progress. The problem is that many individuals have a very black and white attitude. They see it as either you have achieved your goals or you have failed, but there is a grey area“. 


Believe in yourself (Source: Internet)


I find that to be very true. Some people are just so amped up with their New Year’s resolutions that they miss out on the real thing, their own happiness. Of course, the binging at full will is really NOT a type of happiness, that’s just the start of a serious case of UNHAPPINESS when you realize that you’re subjecting yourself to other medical complications. 

What I meant it, little accomplishment is better than no accomplishment at all. So, that’s when starting small is the key to everything, especially when planning New Year’s resolution. Besides, your brain, body and emotion must be trained to do something regularly before they can turn something into a habitual, daily routine. It’s like muscle-memory. Change what you think is bad for you in the long-run. In my case, it’s always forgetting to hang my laundry to dry after washing them and constantly have my Dad to do it for me; bad, bad girl! Haha!


Keep repeating this to yourself (Source: Internet)


Always reward yourself with something good every time you achieve something. Let’s say, you’ve met your target to lose (weight-loss again?) 2 kg by January; celebrate NOT by a heavy barbecue dinner but set aside some cash to buy a dress that (with hard work and discipline) you’ll fit into later. Remember, set aside the cash, don’t buy it just yet. You might get demotivated along the way and have you give the dress up to your skinnier best friend. That will further demotivate you.

Wow, writing this confession makes me want to set my 2015 New Year’s resolutions, hahaha! Perhaps, I will, only something very realistic! 

You can read the original article here

See you in the next confession!

All my love, XOXO,
Miss Paris

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Christmas Fairy Tails – Midvalley Mega Mall – Photo Diary

A Journey into Wonderland

When I was working for that broadcast station, Oli and I were regulars of the Mid Valley Megamall. It was just across the street, haha. Well, I guess, in 2015, I’ll be a regular again since our new office has been moved to the headquarter, which is also just across the street of Mid Valley Megamall

I managed to snap some photos recently during the opening of Magnum Cafe upstairs. I couldn’t resist from being the amateur photographer I’ve become, haha. 

Here is the info I found on www.midvalley.com.my 


In an enchanted Christmas land, or so the fairy tale goes, there lives four Fairy Tails of Christmas. As the most wonderful season of the year draws near, the four furry friends are busy gearing up for the festivities in a wonderland filled with the season’s surprises.
Escape into the luscious greenery spanning the Ground Floor of Mid Valley Megamall and tumble into a mystical land filled with giant mushrooms, brightly coloured flowers, well-decorated gazebos, and the evergreen Christmas trees decked with festive baubles with the Fairy Tails as they work with Santa Claus to bring you a season filled with joy, love, and laughter.

And here are the photos:


And here is Miss Paris

See you in the next photo diary!

All my love, XOXO,
Miss Paris

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The Rustic Woodland Christmas @1Utama Shopping Centre- The Christmas Diary

It’s all about love and joy


Oliver and I usually go to 1Utama Shopping Centre for our weekly movie date. And he knows how much I love to take photos every time 1Utama Shopping Centre sets up their special theme at the New Wing. 

Oooh, this year is quite a festive! The theme is ‘The Rustic Woodland Christmas – Love & Joy’. I felt like I took a journey into the wardrobe and on the other side, I discovered the snowy, magical world of Narnia like that of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Just look at those adorable forest creatures celebrating Christmas!


Some are playing musical instruments
The squirrels hang around to enjoy the music
And the birds watch on from high above

Of course, hats off to 1Utama Shopping Centre for making those polystyrene snow for the children to enjoy.  When some countries may not experience snow until much later, it seems like Malaysia welcomes snow flakes right here at 1Utama Shopping Centre.


Even the smallest things do matter to make one happy
The whole floor is covered in snow for the little kids to enjoy
Awwwww, isn’t that cute?
She probably asks mummy and daddy to stay longer
This little princess is enjoying the snow as much as the other children

Of course, Oliver and I couldn’t stay long since we’ve got a movie to catch.

So, I’ll share with other photos that I manage to snap.


The happy woodland creatures



Of Love and Joy



A favourite Christmas classic, the Nutcracker Prince



Christmas decorations



Plushies for Christmas!



The whole gang is here!


Glass works are lovely Christmas gifts

Santa and Elf-Monsters, aaarrrrrggghhhh!!!!

Something for you

A word from the wise, shop and celebrate in moderation

Have a great Merry Christmas, everybody!

About 1Utama Shopping Centre

  • 1Utama Shopping Centre is situated in Bandar Utama Damansara, a township in the north of Petaling Jaya, Selangor and is also adjacent to the Taman Tun Dr. Ismail township in Kuala Lumpur; the capital city of Malaysia. 
  • Its gross built-up area totals 5,000,000 square feet (465,000 square metres), making it the largest shopping mall in Malaysia and the fourth largest in the world as reported by Violet Kim for CNN on 19th February 2014
  • Wittily tag-lined “It’s all in one!”, 1Utama Shopping Centre is indisputably a premier lifestyle and entertainment mecca with something for everyone.
  • 1Utama Shopping Centre is an award-winning shopping centre that redefinces the shopping scene, achieving many industry firsts such as the Skybridge, a lush tropical Rainforest inside the mall and its Secret Garden, South East Asia’s largest rooftop garden.
  • 1Utama Shopping Centre boasts 6 retails levels for your shopping pleasure with over 650 trendy shops for an experience like no other. 
  • For easier navigation, 1Utama Shopping Centre has various themed zones: Highstreet, Oval, Rainforest, Secret Garden, Promenade, Promenade Lakeside, Centre Court, Sportszone and the Entertainment Zone

(Source: www.wikipedia.org & www.1utama.com.my)

Yours truly enjoying the Rustic Woodland Christmas
Have a Merry Christmas, everybody and Happy New Year 2015!

See you in the next confession!

All my love, XOXO,
Miss Paris

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The Sweet Escape @Quill City Mall – Photo Diary

Could this be any sweeter?


More photos from ‘The Sweet Escape’ at Quill City Mall

A box of these??? Yes, I say, I do!
The Candy Factory

The Candy Kane!!!

This is the marshmallows dispenser


See you in the next photo diary!

All my love, XOXO,
Miss Paris

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The Sweet Escape- The Christmas Diary @Quill City Mall

It’s the sweet tooth, baby


We all know the story of Hansel and Gretel, we’ve been reading it since we were such wee toddlers. Hansel and Gretel is a well-known fairy tale of German origin, recorded by the Brothers Grimm and published in 1812. How two siblings, a brother and a sister were sent to the forest by their mother (some said, stepmother) and nearly became victims of a children-eating witch.



Beware of everything nice and sweet, there might be evil inside of it (Source: Internet)


Reading the story over and over again, watching some TV drama and movies based on Hansel and Gretel often make me think what will it be like to see such appetizing gingerbread house with candies, lollipops and cream all over it. 


My recent visit to one of the latest shopping attractions in Kuala Lumpur has answered my prayers. Quill City Mall is a new lifestyle mall located along Jalan Sultan Ismail with shopping, dining and entertainment attractions. When my brother invited me for a free movie screening at the recently opened GSC Quill City Mall, it marked my first official visit to Quill City Mall. 



You can’t miss this lifestyle shopping mall (Source: Internet)


Quill City Mall is very spacious for a shopping mall right in the hustle and bustle area of Kuala Lumpur, where most of the actions are. It’s accessible by public transportation with the Medan Tuanku Monorail just a few minutes away by foot. Of course, driving might be a little bit of a problem when you’re stuck in the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad traffic in Kuala Lumpur. Just make sure you’re driving on the correct side of the road or else, you’ll have to make a big U-Turn to reach Quill City Mall.


Landmarks close to Quill City Mall:

  • Medan Tuanku Monorail
  • Sheraton Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
  • UniKL (Universiti Kuala Lumpur)
How to get to Quill City Mall (www.quillcitymall.com.my)


Anyway, while waiting for my brother, Meor Arif, I took some sweet time to snap photos at the centre court, where the beautiful Christmas set-up was. Oh, my sweet Lord! I mean, literally SWEET! I immediately found myself in the midst of Hansel and Gretel fairy tale; just before they discovered that they were going to be kidnapped by the Witch, haha!


It was breath-takingly beautiful! Adorable more like it. The Christmas theme at Quill City Mall was ‘The Sweet Escape‘, yes, like Gwen Stefani‘s song. When I first arrived, I was actually at the upper floor of Quill City Mall, so I got some great angles to snap photos. 


Isn’t it SWEET? You got the candies AND the LED screen!

Don’t you feel like grabbing the cupcake hot air balloon?

Ahhh, the cupcake has flown away!

 What I really love about this Christmas set-up at Quill City Mall is the vibrant pop colours used when pulling everything together. Of course, once I went downstairs to take a closer look, it felt like I just stepped into Candy Heaven! Even the floor was so colourful with swirl lollipop concept that you wouldn’t want to stain it!


The journey to a sweet life begins here

You love swirl lollipops? Well, I do too! In fact, imagine swirl lollipops as trees with decorative lights to bring out the colours. They make you want to pull one and start licking, haha, if that didn’t sound so wrong!



A tree with lollipops for branches! Yummy!

As the lollipop branches touch the roof of the gingerbread house… Aaaahhh, bliss!

 Not into lollipops? Well, how about cupcakes? Quill City Mall also has the production site set-up. This is where all the delicious giant muffins are baked. It will definitely remind you of either the Sugar Rush game in Wreck-It Ralf or CANDY CRUSH!


Which flavour would you like for your cupcake?
How about chocolate with cream and cherry or sprinkles on top?
Some prefer strawberry and cream!
This strawberry cupcake looks like it’s about to take off! Delivery order perhaps?
Let’s buy fresh strawberries at Cameron Highland!

Naturally, the highlight of every Christmas theme at shopping malls is the Christmas tree! Just like some people feel empty without a Christmas tree at home when celebrating. Even a small one would do. Just for the spirit of Christmas. Well, here at Quill City Mall, it’s huuuge and it’s made of lollipops too!


Lollipops are stacked in multi layers to create this Christmas tree.
This is me looking up the Christmas tree



Congratulations, Quill City Mall! Can’t wait to see the Chinese New Year theme soon!

Let’s strike a pose, shall we?
Any closer, you’ll see the bulges I meant to hide
This is my brother, Meor Arif. You should watch his funny videos!


About Quill City Mall
As a lifestyle destination, Quill City Retail Mall will accentuate a vibrant city lifestyle. This 7-storey shopping mall, encompasses a nett area of 770,000 sq.ft. and has been designed to create a modern destination for people to meet, gather and socialize. Essentially, the exterior façade of the mall was created to complement the surrounding commercial area and neighbourhood to reflect what the area was missing.
(Source: www.quill.com.my / www.quillcitymall.com.my)

 See you in the next confession & Merry Christmas!

All my love, XOXO,
Miss Paris



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