Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Miracle in March *

 


When B woke me up last Saturday on the afternoon of 8th March, I was still caught up in a deliciously lazy dream. I couldn’t remember what it was about but any thought of spending some time to recollect my thoughts on the dream immediately vanished when B said that a Malaysian Airlines plane was missing and Jun was on board! Smiley

The only Jun I know is B’s friend and schoolmate, a long-time steward with Malaysian Airlines so could it be him B was referring to? In the midst of my drowsiness, I initially took it all as part of a bad dream. It was only ten minutes later, while sipping my first coffee of the day that the full intensity and urgency of the situation dawned upon me. Malaysian Airlines MH370 flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew members (including Junaidi Mohd Kassim) on board had mysteriously vanished!Smiley

Thoughts and prayers for Junaidi and family

We are now into the 5th day of searching for the missing MH370 and the poor passengers and crew aboard the plane. I have been glued to the television since Saturday and all I’m seeing is sheer sadness. The mystery of the missing plane remains just as murky, if not even more and try as we may, we too can’t refrain from coming up with our own theories on what could have possibly happened to MH370.

Where is MH370? Is she hiding somewhere on a LOST island waiting to be discovered? Are the passengers and crew members surviving the best they can just like the courageous survivors of ALIVE (based on true story) did? Times like this, you tend to come up with whatever scenario you can conjure in your head in order to make the pain of seeing the sadness of reality unfold, just a tad more bearable.Smiley

Friends tweet to MAS crew of MH370

Heartbreaking tweet

Today, it is reported that India and Japan have added to the force (currently 12 countries providing assistance) of the current SAR mission of flight MH370, which adds to the comfort of knowing that so many people from all over the world are coming together to provide us with the assistance that we truly appreciate. The mightier the search, the bigger our hope for a thankful miracle.  doa

Truly a devastating time for the entire world particularly the countries affected in this tragedy, tears are a constant companion in my household at the moment. Even my fur-kids are depressed. How can one not well up in tears at witnessing the severity of this tragedy and the added mystery surrounding the bizarre disappearance of MH370? Smiley

Countries in unity for MH370
Keeping the Faith

I am choked with tears every time I see a heartfelt video or read a touching sob story about the 239 people on board and the agony each family is feeling at this no-closure loss. To date, there is still no trace of the missing plane or conclusive evidence suggesting wreckage has been discovered. The entire nation remains in gloom albeit hopeful as we continue to pray, trust and will MH370 to emerge from her hiding place. Smiley

B and friends/schoolmates of Junaidi praying and hoping for a safe return

Keeping the faith; our thoughts, prayers and well-wishes go out to all the families of passengers and crew on MH370, especially to B’s friend Junaidi Mohd Kassim and his family. Please come back MH370. Miracles do happen and right now, the entire nation and the world is waiting with bated breath for you to make that difficult but courageous journey home with that longed for miracle. doa


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I cry ... every time ...


 
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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

MM - Incredible by Celine Dion Ft. Ne-Yo*


I just love this collaboration between Celine Dion and Ne-Yo. Nominated as World’s Best Song at the recent World Music Awards, Incredible boasts such inspiring lyrics; making it a great PMU song, which I am in dire need of at the moment. This song also goes out to my Darling, Happy Music Monday! Smiley

 


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Wednesday, January 08, 2014

MM - Landslide by Fleetwood Mac *


Possibly the saddest most beautiful song ever written, Landslide by Fleetwood Mac is the song I have chosen to kick start my Music Monday segment for 2014. Happy New Year everyone! Smiley

 
 

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

WestCord Art Hotel 3, Amsterdam


When deciding on the best hotel for one of our travel adventures, B and I always have several criteria in mind, which we try to meet as best possible. These include reasonable rates, comfortable rooms with attached bath, strategic location for ease of getting around and the convenience of basic amenities in the vicinity. Any other perks like FREE Wi-Fi, coffee/tea making facilities, a huge bathtub with designer toiletries and the likes are of course additional bonus, which simply adds to our overall hotel stay experience. Smiley

During our Europe trip back in October, B and I stayed in three different hotels; one in Monte-Carlo and two in Amsterdam. All three hotels had their good points but I have to say that out of the three, my favourite hotel was definitely our last stop, the super cool 4-star WestCord Art hotel in Amsterdam! Smiley

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WestCord Art Hotel
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Welcome cow in front of the hotel
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Pool area
 
Last year when we were vacationing in Amsterdam, B and I chose to stay in WestCord Art hotel too, which comprises a 3-star hotel and a 4-star hotel located side by side. Our first stay saw us booked into the 3-star hotel but this year, we decided to check out the 4-star hotel instead. That way, we’d be able to experience two different stays in both hotels and make a which-hotel-is-better comparison! ihikhik

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Entrance
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Welcome to WestCord Art
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Art pieces
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B and I stayed on the 2nd floor
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Business Lounge
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Seating Area
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More Art!

Before blogging about our stay in the beautiful 4-star WestCord Art hotel this year, I’ll be sharing photos of our comfy 3-star WestCord Hotel room from our 2012 Amsterdam Adventure first. This way, you too can view my photos and make your own comparison on which WestCord Art hotel room takes your fancy later.

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Double Room
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Small but cosy
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Reading Corner
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TV & Free Wi-Fi
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Coffee please!
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Automatic Refreshment Center
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Bathroom
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Small bathtub Smiley
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Toiletries
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Closet
 
Until next time, thanks for dropping by and don’t forget to savour the last two days of 2013. What are your plans to ring in 2014 by the way? If a short travel adventure is something you’re considering, you may want to check out Royal Holiday vacation club. I hear they’re offering great year-end travel deals so hurry up and secure your comfy accommodation and happy travelling! Smiley

 
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