It has been 2 months since my last update. With my workload being what it is, I may have to stop blogging for a little while. I was super busy for the past few months, been working like crazy from morning till late at night. And now, I just blog when I have the chance because it still remains one of my favourite forms of self expression. I always have a long entry drafted in my head while driving home from work but then again, I don't really have the time to have it all written out in the end.
Life obviously has not been perfect. There are bumps all over the place. But for a moment now, I felt as if I am exactly where I am supposed to be. At least for now, I am grateful to be where I am today. After 4 years plus of working experience, I got promoted to Assistant Manager in Ernst & Young. Still long way to go but I'm up for the challenge. Syukur to Allah for the stability, for a job I can depend on, for the calm and for my supportive family.
And to celebrate of the new position and recently I've passed an exam after 3rd freaking attempts, the hardest subject so far (P2 International Corporate Reporting), I've bought myself Louis Vuitton Speedy 30 Damier Ebene. Hehe. I've been aiming for one since forever. Will puasa from buying handbag at least for 6 months now. Hiks.
With all that of course, comes to awareness that life is a wheel, things will go down at some stage. So you just have to be prepared. Always.
Since I haven't had an OOTD-related entry in a while, here's one. Wearing tiffany blue mixed crepe shawl from @duckscarves, top from @mimpi_kita and skirt from @missfazura. I'm really into light pastel colours at the moment, and this picture was taken in Tanah Merah, Kelantan. #teamrayakelantan! Panas leting time ni, sweating constantly but still, had to pose for snaps.
Selamat Hari Raya semua, maaf zahir dan batin!
A bit too early. Hehe. I ended up arriving in Bangsar last weekend for Raya shopping spree. Well, my biggest guilty pleasure. Sobs.
Case in point;
Eden top (Mimpikita)
Masiera (Fazbulous Raya by Fazura)
Khadeja (Fazbulous Raya by Fazura)
That time of the year has come again alhamdulillah. Selamat berpuasa semua! Hoping that it would be a blessed and good month for all.
And I'm going back to my "strictly no-rice diet" to reduce few kilos and to get in shape. Jujurnya, I can live without rice tapi benda-benda manis macam kuih-muih semua tu memang susah nau nau nak tolak. Haha. How?
The photos above were taken during my visit to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi early this year. One of the most beautiful mosques I've ever seen. More on this later.
It is so incredibly naive to think that the world would stand still just because you're not paying attention. And it's amazing how people grow before your very eyes, and how beautiful and scary that is. And now, work has truly taken over my life and I think that's the scariest. Well, tax peak period has started and I am nothing but a person trapped inside "too busy" cycle. Sobs.
Anyway, my little sister is... pregnant. Ehem. She was recently married and so nothing untoward has happened. Its just that for the briefest of moments, I wondered; it would be nice to be pregnant, kan? Hehe. And right now, I am so thrilled to become an aunt. Maybe my niece or nephew can call me Ty Long. Hiks. Tetap taknak orang panggil kau maklong kan. Haha.
On a separate note, my life nowadays has been better alhamdulillah. Sometimes I think, life is about growing older and proving all those proverbs true. Like how "time heals all". I thought they were all crap, until they were not. Hehe.
And I have not mentioned about Mr. Arrogant anymore kan, have I? Well, time heals. But not all. Since we both have to be in the same building everyday, sometimes we bumped into each other. And we act like strangers. like we had never met before. It saddens me so much, I can't even say a simple 'hi'. Hmm, I don't really know what happened between us, but suddenly he's gone quiet on me. I secretly hope that we can work together one day. And I really want to know the reason(s) behind his silence. Did I do anything wrong or did I hurt his feelings?
I'll ask him one fine day. It's about taking up a life challenge and doing something because you wouldn't want to look back someday, and regret that you didn't do it. And that's one of my biggest fears, REGRET.
I wish the world might turn a little slower and everyone needs to stop going at the speed of light.
A different kind of Monday blues tomorrow. Will be working for 3 days ONLY this week, and I'll be on leave till next Tuesday inclusive! Haven't really applied for any leave this year but I'm looking forward to my next trip in December. We'll be going down-under, all the way to Perth. Soooo excited! Sebab tak pernah sampai OZ lagi so far. Hehe.
Anyway, back to the main topic, Mykonos in a nutshell is perfect. Really blew my mind. And the picture above brings back memories of a beautiful day. We had such a wonderful time discovering Mykonos and seeing more of Greece is very near the top of my travel wish-list.
So, we had to take a bus from Paradise Beach to Mykonos town and if I'm not mistaken, it was around 1.60€ one way. The buses are frequent and it takes 15 - 20 minutes to reach the town. Tapi tengoklah stesen bus dia ni, ibarat hidup segan mati tak mahu. Haha. Takde orang ok. Established since 1969 katanya.
One thing I've noticed in both Mykonos and Santorini, the rental agencies are everywhere. Not sure how much does it cost per day but I believe it's not exactly cheap. The cheapest would be scooter or ATV rental tapi pandai ke kau nak bawak? Haha. So kalau you are on an extreme budget, just rely on public transport je lah. Just bear in mind, public transport kat sini not so convenient.
Once we arrived, we had to find any travel agencies nearby to book our ferry tickets. Well, I think if you book on-line from the websites, there won't be any extra fees charged by the agents. But buying ferry tickets on-line is neither convenient or easy.
Our last day in Mykonos was spent wandering Chora (Mykonos town) which is the most popular part of the island. And FYI, Kim K revealed her growing baby bump for the first time kat sini ok. Haha.
If you can see, people here are quite laid back with their sense of style in Mykonos. Most of the women wear after bikini outfits like hot pants, sheer maxis, tank tops, tube gowns and the list is never ending. Haha.
And we were wearing our kimono tops! Hehe. They are light and airy and the most important thing is they still cover you up. Basically, there is no dress code in particular so you can just wear anything and everything.
So this is MYKONOS! A very beautiful place to shoot. White buildings and blue doors and windows are set against the blue sky. I really was drawn to all white buildings and pebbled walkways. Soooo pretty. Balik Malaysia terus make over bilik all white hehe. I'm easily influenced though. And Mykonos was just as heavenly as I had always imagined. I wasn't let down in the slightest.
The fashion nowadays is so messed up when you see a man wearing hot pants. Haha. The trend is going disastrous. Sobs.
Most of the first time visitors (like us) simply strolling through this perfect town and for shopping lovers there are high end boutiques selling brands like LV as well as plenty of souvenir shops, art galleries, hip boutiques and handmade jewellery shops. Cumanya kau ada duit ke tidak je nak membeli. Haha. Seriously the price of the souvenirs is not that expensive as compared to other European countries. Contoh macam dekat Frankfurt, 1 fridge magnet is at least 5€, tapi kat sini you can get around 2€ je. Sayangnya we really on a tight budget.
There is no elevator to SUCCESS. You have to take the stairs.And this advise is really spot on! There is no shortcut to success. Lets strive together ok!
So we finally found the famous pelican while walking down a street in Mykonos town. According to the locals, a pelican made its way to the Mykonos island from the mainland in the 1950s. So the residents took the bird and named it Petros and adopted him as the mascot. He died in 1986 (the year I was born, haha) and has been replaced by three pelicans. One of them has been named Petros, in honor of the original. Tapi, is this the one? Haha. Entahla. Mitos je semua ni.
Cubaan selfie dengan seekor pelican. Haha. Asal boleh je lah mamat ni. Terus teringat masa kecik-kecik dulu back in 90s ada pensel kaler brand pelikan ni. Hehe. Power of advertisements.
Well, this place has really made a special place in my heart. Blue and white breathtaking scenic view. The water really is the most stunning shades of blue you'll ever witness. Highly recommended for honeymoon destination. Hiks.
This area is called "Little Venice" and as the name suggests, adalah sikit rupa Venice tu. Hehe. You'll be able to see the cruise ships sailing in and out while eating at outdoor café. It was a lovely setting tapi tu lah, duit takde nak makan fancy-fancy. Sobs.
And here we go to the famous windmills along the coast of the town. It can be seen clearly from the Little Venice and this is the iconic Mykonos windmills (Kato Mili) standing right next to each other at the top of the hill. Very photogenic kan. Lawaaaaa. A true highlight of our Mykonos trip.
And this is the view from the windmills. I need to go back to the Greek islands pronto. Love love love the colours. Tenang lagi menenagkan. Hehe.
Lawa kan baju ni. I should have bought and pakai ni kat Santorini. Tapi mahal melampau. 80€ rasanya. Sangatlah tak mampu. Soooo Greek goddess ok.
We found a gelato shop that had FREE wifi so apalagi. Banyak sangat gambar instagram material yang kena upload like now now now. Hahaha. And then lepas dah makan ice-cream, upload apa yang patut, we headed back to Paradise Beach by bus to take our luggage.
Tumpang shalat dekat "syurga" haha. Orang pandang pun semacam je but I really takleh la solat duduk ni. Was-was dah rukuk ke, dah sujud ke. Hiks. Alhamdulillah sejak duduk UK ni memang tak kesah dah nak solat kat mana-mana pun, janji solat je kekdahnya. And the winds were so strong. Tu yang tak pasal-pasal ada assitant pegangkan telekung. Ada je lah pulak orang yang tukang ambik gamba untuk hantar dekat whatsapp group "Salam Uno" sebab memang selalu sangat solat merata, was-was punya pasal. Haha. MasyaAllah sistur.
We were lucky because the hotel also provided free shuttle to the port. Jimat sikit kat situ. Hehe. So, our ferry departs at 8.45 pm and the journey will take around 90 minutes approximately. Walaupun gambar kat atas ni Blue Star Ferries, we chose Hellenic Seaways (price: 12€ per pax) because we've been told that Hellenic has been more reliable and less bumpy ride.
Fabulous sunset to end the day. And it is even prettier in Santorini. Sumpah cantik sangat. Mykonos is everything I dream it would be. And yes a warm day in Greece is where I'd like to transport myself to right now. Well, Greece hasn't had an easy economy recently but the people there were as welcoming as ever. A MUST VISIT.