Thursday, 19 July 2018

Weekend Getaway: The Happy 8 Retreat

One thing I learned about myself this year is that I quite like taking road trips. It's a different sort of adventure from travelling to a different country. And like I mentioned in one of my previous posts, there are plenty of hidden gems in Malaysia in terms of glamping, retreats and hideaways.

I haven't been on a road trip/retreat since March so me and my friend decided to go. We found a really cute and affordable retreat.

Actually, one of my goals is to visit as many retreats in Malaysia as possible - no time limits though.

Anyway, the one we went to last weekend was in Ipoh, Perak. It's called The Happy 8 Retreat, which is a 2-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur.

It was basically like a tree-house/bamboo house. So, if you are looking for a quiet place to wind down for the weekend, this place is definitely worth the visit.

How do you feel about glamping and retreats? Let me know in the comments :)

Tuesday, 17 July 2018


Over the weekend, I challenged myself to NOT go on my phone and on social media for 24 hours and guess what?


Now, I know some of you are probably thinking "Gosh. What an easy challenge!" Well, for me, social media dominates most of my waking hours. See, I spend 7-8 hours sleeping and the rest of the day, I'd be blogging, researching, editing, working - basically everything that requires social media apart from having meals and going to the bathroom. 

But I sort of hit the limit last week when I felt like social media was damaging my life a little. That's why I decided to switch off for the weekend and I did that at the worst possible time because I was away on a retreat and I wanted to post pictures on Instagram and Facebook. 

Anyway, I didn't know what to expect because part of me loves social media and another part of me hates it. But anyway, I switched off my phone and here's my little 24-hour journey. 

1st - 3rd hour: 

I was itching to check my messages and emails just to see if there's anything urgent. I was also wondering if I had missed any major celebrity news whatsoever. 

4th - 5th hour:

Upon arriving the little treehouse retreat, I took some pictures on my camera and my phone and I wanted to post pictures badly. But I managed to stay offline and keep myself occupied by enjoying nature. 

6th hour onward:

I felt relieved more than anything else. It felt good not hearing any beeps from my phone. It was peaceful. That's when I realized - it only takes 6 to 7 hours to detach from social media and your phone. Yes, it is definitely possible. 

I do think it's healthy once in a while to take a social media break, detox from the online world and stay off your phone. It makes you see what matters and it makes you appreciate time a little bit more. We're so caught up on who's doing what, who's going where, who's got a bigger house, who's got a better job that we constantly compare our lives to the lives of others, which is the number ONE cause of depression, if you ask me. 

So, if you ever feel like you're stressed out mentally, switch off your phone, exercise, and take some quiet time to yourself. 

Challenge completed! If you didn't know, last month, my challenge was to not drink coffee for a month. (You can read the post here.) If you have any challenges in mind that you are too afraid to try or that you would like me to try, drop them in the comments and I'll document it for you :) Keep it clean, of course 

Here's a vlog from my weekend getaway: 

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

The Rub Bar, KL

Whenever I go on holiday to places like Thailand or Vietnam or Indonesia, I would always dedicate a day or two for a little massage appointment. One, because it is much cheaper as compared to Malaysia. Two, easy access. Three, because I just walk way too much when I'm on holiday.

However, when I'm not on vacation, I will still try to find time to squeeze in a few massage appointments because I'm only human. I sit in front of 4 monitor screens everyday and work on my laptop. And because I've been swimming a lot lately, my body is constantly yearning for a good body massage. 

I do have two regular ones that I go to in KL but I was introduced (invited) to go to this new one called "The Rub Bar", which opened two months ago, so I went over the weekend to try it out. Let me tell you, you will NOT be disappointed. Everything looked so posh and neat, the decor is modern, and the service definitely deserves a 5-star. 

Once I entered the place, I was served with ginger tea (which is one of my favourite teas) and they actually sell homemade soaps which smelled amazing. I definitely felt like I was walking into a grand spa. It was definitely a good hour spent on a Saturday morning and I am 100% going to come back here.

Highly recommended! If you haven't been, you should definitely try it out. They are having some promotions now so head over as soon as you can or as soon as you need to de-stress :)
You won't regret it 

Here's a short video to show you what it looks like: