Flight woe - my most expensive mistake to date!

It's that time of the year again where the wife makes her annual return home to spend time with her family in Michigan over the school break. After doing this for a few years now, you'd think we'd be somewhat of an expert when booking the flight tickets but, we messed up big time this year. Why I put the blame on us is because;

1. I was the one who booked the tickets.
2. She didn't check thoroughly.

So what happened?

Back in March, I got her return ticket via Google Flights and scored a decently priced ticket (about USD $1,360+) sold by American Airlines. This is the first time I've bought tickets via Google Flights as we would normally get it via Cheaptickets. For flights to the US, we would usually select our departure from Kota Kinabalu International Airport as oppose to Brunei International Airport which brings the cost of the tickets significantly down. And because of that option, we normally would get a seperate ticket from Brunei to Kota Kinabalu. What more, …

Review: Bellroy Note Sleeve Black Designer's Edition

I've been a fan of Bellroy products since 2014 when I was looking for a decent slim wallet for an upgrade. Prior to using Bellroy wallets, I was using a knock-off 'branded' wallet given by a friend. Yes, not ashamed because I'm cheap like that. But with my knock-off wallet, what I mainly loved about it was how slim the wallet is.

What made me decide to go on a hunt to look for a new wallet back then was because I wanted to treat myself to a decent wallet after working for about a year in New Zealand. So I was on a mission to look for the best slim wallet out there. After spending endless nights browsing the internet, I'm not sure how it came to be but - one of the Bellroy ads with their fancy-schmancy stop motion video really caught my attention. After contemplating for a few days, I decided to give Bellroy a try. And ever since getting my very first Note Sleeve wallet in 2014, I've never looked back and have been stuck with Bellroy wallets.

Between all the th…

Jerudong Park 2017

If you've lived or grew up in Brunei during the 90's you'd probably have a few fond memories of spending some time in Jerudong Park. It was the pride of the country back then as we were the only country around the South East Asia region with the largest amusement park. And of course, with it being free for all made it even more enticing for tourists to want to stop by Brunei just to experience what the park has to offer. But being a kid back then, it never really dawned on me how big of a deal this was. And because Jerudong Park has always been free growing up, I thought amusement parks all over the world works the same way - especially Disneyland!

Unfortunately after about a decade of free rides, things went downhill. I suppose when they announced back in 2004 that they will start charging BND $15 per entry - most people decided that it's no longer 'worth' it to visit Jerudong Park. Gradually, rides started breaking down, most of the big attraction rides were…

New look...sorta.

Just realized I've been using the old template for god knows how many number of years and decided to give it a little change. Nothing complicated, just something much tidier and cleaner. Was planning to just stick with the original template's background picture but decided to change it to a random photo I took back in 2014? That's 3 years ago. Damn. 

Also - I recently find myself counting back the number of years a lot. Not sure if that's part of the package you get mentally when you turn 30. Whatever songs that I hear now, I'll look up to see when it was released and I'll start counting how long ago that was. Same goes with movies, pictures, etc.

Or maybe I'm still in shock that 1997 is....20 years ago.

Birthday month is here....

I'll be turning 30 this year. While my wife is trying her best to hype it up for me, I just don't feel like there is a need to. To her, turning 30 is a very very big deal. Actually, every birthday is a big deal for her. I suppose that's one of the very many cultural differences between us. For me, I just feel like it's the same thing every year.

I suppose why I feel this way is due to a few life events. Me being overseas by myself throughout my teens and early adulthood and having spent a few birthdays by myself have numbed me from being disappointed. Also ever since my dad's passing, I haven't really felt like there's a need to remind myself that I am another year older. I was 20 years old when dad passed. I felt like I was forced to step up and be an adult.

Don't get me wrong though, I'm not saying I am not looking forward to my birthday or I'm being a Debbie Downer for my birthday. I am always grateful for every birthdays as I'm able to l…

I'm now a radio presenter!

Well the past month have been rather exciting. I've made the cut and somehow, managed to get a part time role being a radio dj / radio presenter on KRISTALfm. And to be honest, I'm still pinching myself whenever I'm scheduled to go on air. No doubt, there is a tremendous amount of pressure to know there's hundreds if not, thousands of people listening to you when you're on air where every single word you say is under scrutiny. But so far, I think it's been a great start of a journey in a completely different world for me. A lot of people who found out about my new side career have been really supportive - which I am extremely thankful for. But of course, there's always a pique of curiosity that sets in where I'll be asked..."so what made you apply for the job?"

Honestly, I don't know either. All I knew was back in November 2016, they posted an Instagram post where they're looking for 3 new part time English speaking DJs. And sometime i…

It's been a decade, dad.

Today marks the 10th year of my dad's passing. There are still days I wonder how our entire family life would be like if he was still around. Actually whenever my family talk about dad, we always bring that line up.

"If only dad was still here..." 

You'd hear quotes about how things will heal in time or time will heal all wounds, etc. That is true. The pain of losing him after 10 years doesn't feel as bad as the day when he took his last breath on the hospital bed. But what no one actually tells you is - how scary it is that time will also erases memory about the departed. As I grow older, there's many things about dad that slowly slipped my mind. How did his voice sound like? What's the cologne scent I usually smell whenever he picked me up from school? What are the other songs did he love to sing along to on the radio? Little details about him just slowly slipping through my mind as time goes by. I actually blanked out briefly when my sister reminded me …