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= A Malaysian Soul =
- Foodie at Heart -
+ World Traveller +


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Global Destinations
Dining in the Dark, KL
Waku Ghin, Singapore
Jaan, Singapore
The Fat Duck, Melbourne
Bo Innovation, Hong Kong
Wafills, Hong Kong
The Great Wall of China

Before I Die
Ultra Music Festival Miami
Tomorrowland Belgium
Electric Daisy Carnival
Defqon 1
Disneyworld Florida
France, Italy, Amsterdam, London, Ibiza
Buy a Modern House
Stay in an Underwater Hotel
Cruise on the Royal Caribbean

Recent Posts
· Eat Sleep Live Repeat
· the day marie invades
· What would you do?
· Never Lose Sight
· Merry Christmas 2014!
· #DWP14 - Djakarta Warehouse Project
· Taiwan Travels : Jiu Fen Old Street & Sky Castle T...
· Taiwan Travels : Shilin Night Market
· Taiwan Travels : Arrival at Taipei
· Taiwan Post Depression


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Eat Sleep Live Repeat
Saturday, April 9, 2016 | Posted by CalvinTCQ ♣ | 0 footsteps ♠

I've migrated to a brand new website. 

Check it out!

the day marie invades
Sunday, February 14, 2016 | Posted by CalvinTCQ ♣ | 0 footsteps ♠

I wonder when you'll see this post.


What would you do?
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 | Posted by CalvinTCQ ♣ | 0 footsteps ♠

What would you do if you weren't afraid?
- Who Moved My Cheese

Never Lose Sight
Saturday, November 21, 2015 | Posted by CalvinTCQ ♣ | 0 footsteps ♠

Never lose sight of what you love - because keeping that will make everything worth it.

In every moment, there's a possibility of a better future. But if you don't believe it, you won't do whats necessary to make it a reality - Tomorrowland

Merry Christmas 2014!
Thursday, December 25, 2014 | Posted by CalvinTCQ ♣ | 0 footsteps ♠

Merry Christmas!! 
Hope everyone's having an amazing time
I'm currently in Hokkaido, Japan celebrating a white Christmas #hehehe
Will be back after New Years.
Till then!

#frommyotherhalf :)

#DWP14 - Djakarta Warehouse Project
Saturday, December 20, 2014 | Posted by CalvinTCQ ♣ | 0 footsteps ♠

On 12th-14th December I went to Jakarta just for the weekend to experience DWP!
Djakarta Warehouse Project
It's the biggest annual rave in Indonesia and I would say the event was world class!
Such high standards.
I was seriously impressed.
I went to this event along with my colleague and his wife, a friend from KL and a friend from Jakarta itself :P

Loved the line up!
Not much trance but hey I actually like all EDM genres (except trap)

I didn't have any more leave when I planned to go to this
So I had to fly straight after work on friday to Jakarta via KL
We pretty much missed out half of Day 1 by the time we arrived :(

We arrived on friday around 11:30pm and we only got into the venue around 1:30am :/


The Mainstage
Such an amazing design
Loooooooved the garuda inspiration
I wish I could go back already 

Steve Angelo was spinning at the mainstage at that time
A while after we went to check out the trance stage

Orjan Nilsen & MarLo
The layout was their second stage was also incredible
I seriously need to go back and experience this all over again right now LOL

We headed back to the mainstage to catch the headliner for Day 1

Skrillex - Intro

I'm not a huge fan of Skrillex but I would say his performance was incredible!

Nearly all of his songs has a customized visual attached to it
It's all seriously interesting cause it's like the most random visuals ever
Most of the visuals goes along the line of violence, aliens, shooting, video games, fire, explosions, emoji and more random stuff 

Even the lion king song and visual came on for a while
It was so funny and amusing
Check out the video I took below!

He brought so much energy to the crowd it was just amazing
What a great end to Day 1 :)


It's Day 2 and we're getting ready for our second EDM fix

During the day we headed to the Grand Indonesia shopping mall grab lunch and to have a look around

Jakarta. Traffic. Is. Horrendous.

It's so bad that I cringe every time I have to take a taxi ride
We wasted time in a 2 hours jam just to get to the mall where the actual time without traffic to get there is only 30 minutes
My god.
But still, I guess it was worth it cause the shopping mall is amazing
One of the best malls I've been to

Nasi Kampung Kambing(?) & some sort of mixed satay (chicken & lamb)
Very interesting.

We also stopped by Jakarta's version of N2 gelato :P

Please do not feed the scientist.

This is a concoction of Avocado & Espresso!
It was sooooooooooooooo yummy
This reminded me of the times I did food hunts in Sydney

It's Day 2 of DWP and we're ready to rave!
Nothing much left to say :P
I'll just end up repeating myself cause I'm gonna say amazing, awesome and incredible again LOL



Above & Beyonddddddddddd!


For the final act, we went to see DVBBS at the Life in Colour Stage
The stage was insanely messy and crazy omg
They shot paint from the stage almost every 3 songs
Nearly everyone got soaked
Don't have a picture or video of the paint shoot but here's a video of a 'lighter in the air moment' :)

Okay that's pretty much my trip to Jakarta for DWP 2014
I had such an amazing weekend
I would do this all over again no doubt
But I'm thinking of tackling different raves around the world :D

I don't have the budget to go to raves in USA or Europe yet
So I'll stick to raves around Asia for the moment
I'm considering UMF Japan soon.
But first, Future Music Festival Asia 2015 here I come!



Taiwan Travels : Jiu Fen Old Street & Sky Castle Teahouse
Sunday, November 9, 2014 | Posted by CalvinTCQ ♣ | 0 footsteps ♠

On the 3rd day of our Taiwan trip, we took a bus to Ruifang District to visit Jiu Fen Old Street which is located up in the mountains
We took a direct bus from Zhongxiao Fuxing, which took about 30 minutes to arrive at the destination

This place is a massive local/tourist attraction in Taiwan cause it's just so cool!
You get that nostalgic feeling while roaming around this place
There's also heaps of shops for your shopping and eating pleasure :)

Let's go in!

The entire street is just filled with rustic shops with wonderful decoration
Exploring this place was really enjoyable

I have no idea what's inside the bottles LOL
Just looked pretty cool and interesting

Yummy fish ballsss!

Our lunch!
Fishball soup is actually quite common and popular in Taiwan
I had fishball soup like twice during the trip

Halfway through the street we saw this shop exclusively sells maneki-neko
(a.k.a beckoning cat, lucky cat, fortune cat)
They had this wall where everyone could write down their wishes if they bought something from their shop

Every single cat has words written on them to promote/enhance various attributes in life
The most common ones are lucky, wealth, health, love

Look at all these cats!
And this is only a small section
The entire shop was filled with maneki-neko's
Really fascinating :O

With this one being the most fascinating LOL
Not sure if that's suppose to be cute or scary
Maybe both

I usually don't buy things like this but this shop was just so amazing I felt like I had to get one :D
I ended up buying one cat that looked really chilled out and represented both money and 'dreams come true'

We continued strolling along the street and we came across this little place called Sky Castle Teahouse!
(What a great name for a teahouse, feels like I'm in a anime movie)

I saw that they were using charcoal to boil their hot water and I thought it looked really cool
(I'm a sucker when it comes to trying new things)
So we decided to chill, relax and sip some tea while being up in the mountains :)

They had a set of guidelines on how to make tea
Our waitress explained the method in Chinese and I just relied on MPY hoping she actually understood everything LOL
(I can't speak nor understand chinese)

According to MPY, they said for every handful of tea it's recommended that we only pour the hot water into the teapot for a certain amount of time before pouring it out into another pot 
This is to avoid over-soaking of the tea leaves
They said the first soak should be about 15 seconds
Then 10 seconds for the second time and 5 seconds for the next 4 times.
This is to ensure that we are able to get the most out of the tea leaves for a maximum of 6 serves

It was super relaxing just sipping tea and nibbling on green tea biscuits
I even zoned out into complete tranquility for a short period of time

I saw this funny looking figurine when I entered the teahouse
I thought it looked really hideous LOL
Reminds me of squidward
But the more I look at it the more I like it

MPY told me that it's actually a cat
And it's actually to represent our table number which was labelled at the bottom

On the right is my adorable mouse ring that I bought for 180TWD = $6 :D
Apparently it's able 'to bring me money from the outside'
#imgonnaberich :P

Our view!
We managed to grab a seat outside and we could enjoy the fresh air as well as the scenery


If I'm not wrong I think we managed to finish about 12 serves of the teapot in 1.5 hours
My bladder was seriously full by then
I have a small bladder so I had to continuously look for a toilet after we were finished LOL

Okay that's all I have for this blogpost!
I had an amazing time in Jiu Fen
It was one of the best place I visited in Taiwan
The Sky Caste Teahouse was also an unforgettable experience
I seriously had the best time :)

Taiwan Travels : Shilin Night Market
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 | Posted by CalvinTCQ ♣ | 0 footsteps ♠

On the night of our first day in Taipei, we visited the famous Shilin Night Market
It's known to be the largest night market in Taipei with over 500 food stalls
Be prepared for a flood of photos :P

There's two ways to get to the night Market
You can either alight from Shilin or Jiantan district with both having nearly equal walking distance to the night market

In the train station on the way to Shilin District
So packedddddd
But the train system in Taiwan is super efficient
At peak hours a train comes nearly every two minutes! #whoa

Nearly every signboard in Taiwan has an english translation written on it
So convinient for english travellers like me :P
The market itself is actually quite a distance away from the train station - about 10 minutes walk

And we're here!
For some reason MPY & I did not have much of an appetite during the whole trip :(
No idea why, maybe we were too tired
I would have liked to try a lot more food than I did

The night market wasn't as huge as I thought, but it's definitely the largest night market I've been to so far
There's so much variety of food omg
I'm sure someone has gone into a food coma from feasting at this night market :P

Most of the food here costs around 20~50 TWD (80 cents~$2) 
Extremely cheap!! 
No reason not to splurge :P 
(Okay you might get fat, but hey, #yolo. LOL)

There's actually one main street in Shilin Night Market where all the hot food stalls are located

Taro ballsssssssssssss!


Strolling, strolling, and we saw this BBQ steak cubes stall
Watching them grill was really mouth-watering
Couldn't resist it so I bought one serve :D

Oh myyyy.

That big fat delicious juicy squid :D
I tried the testers and they tasted amazing.
Didn't buy it cause we were too full by then.
Grr I wish I had bigger stomach.


Some sort of penis hotdog or penis ice cream HAHA
Asian countries seriously sell the funniest things
I didn't but it though!

Temples are everywhere in Taipei.
So much so that there's even a temple right in the middle of the night market

The location of this temple was really random and funny cause it's located right in the middle of the hottest food street in the night market
So the entrance stairs of the temple became like a dining area for everyone
We joined in the fun :P

Below is the mee sua that I was eating :D

Mee sua is quite a popular dish in Taiwan
It was actually the first time trying it
Tasted pretty good!
But ugh, I had a hard time eating that coriander leaf
(I'm not a veggie/herbs person LOL)

After walking through the main street, we continued strolling and we passed by this shop selling oyster omelette #omgahh
Temptation was strong again so we entered and gobbled up another plate of food :P

The oysters tasted amazingly fresh
I wish I could eat like this everyday

We spent approximately 2~3 hours in the night market
So if you plan to visit make sure you allow ample time to explore the whole place!
It's also recommended if you go with an empty stomach (or extremely starving) to be able to sample a huge variety of their offering :D

Shilin Night Market was definitely one of the highlight of my trip
A must go if you're in Taiwan

Taiwan Travels : Arrival at Taipei
Friday, October 31, 2014 | Posted by CalvinTCQ ♣ | 0 footsteps ♠

This is my first official travel diary for Eat Sleep Live Repeat
I went to Taipei, Taiwan for a 5D5N trip with my friend MPY :D

So for the first day, I arrived at the Taiwan Taoyuan Airport at 9am in the morning and of course I just had to snap a photo of something that says welcome to Taiwan

Was suuuuuuuuuper excited by this point!
(and zombiefied, I only had 3 hours of sleep the night before) 

We booked a hotel in Songshan District called Simple+
The hotel itself was excellent!
The only problem was that the location was slightly inconvenient because we needed to always switch train lines to get to our hotel stop.
However, all was forgiven when we enjoyed the perks offered by the hotel :D
Free wifi, free laundry, free gym, breakfast included and unlimited coffee!
Furthermore, the hotel had a minimalist design which I seriously admired.

Wish I could show it through photos!
I didn't take enough photos this trip
I should have spammed taking photos everywhere LOL
I mean I did but I guess it wasn't enough since I'm actually blogging about my trip :l

Anywho, when we arrived the hotel we couldn't check in yet, so we dropped our bags and started to wandered off.
There was a 7-11 right next to our hotel and I've heard good things about the 7-11's in Taiwan!
When I walked in, the first thing I saw was a mini hotpot station.
There's small two seater tables at the side of the shop, so you could actually have a meal here! :O

Their range of items for sale is actually very interesting.
They even have a range of instant meals like rice and noodles that you could just pop in the oven!
Went to look through the drinks section and I saw this bottle of Classical Milk Tea.

25 TWD = 80 Cents!
That is just incredibly cheap
I always regarded 7-11 to be an expensive convenience store

After I bought my trusty drink,
We proceeded to roam blindly in Taipei LOL
I'm not sure why this happened but we ended up going to the visit the Taipei Main Station as we thought there would be things to see there.
Big mistake.
Avoid this place at all costs.

Though there was this small underground alley that has a few unique restaurants.
I seriously lol-ed when I saw this:

PappaRichie + A man with an afro hairdo LOL

For lunch, we went into this tomato themed restaurant and before my eyes is a Tomato Cheese Ramen!
What is this creation o_o

I ordered it and it tasted pretty average tbh.
It just tasted like ramen in a tomato soup.
But yeah no harm trying new things!

Okay that's all for now.
I've been pretty busy and tired with work so I don't have much time to blog about my trip.
But I'll definitely set aside more time for blogging!

Here's a sneak preview of what my next blog post will be about ;)