My 21st Birthday @ Botanica + Co, Bangsar South

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Hosting my own birthday party will be a shocker to those that have known me since I was young, mainly because I HATED birthday parties and I HATE being the center of attention. Almost all of my younger pictures you can see this little girl covering her eyes and face, looking like she could kill someone.

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Anywaayyyyy, being an introvert there’s no surprise that I get very shy being at the front and center with people singing happy birthday to you.

I decided to host my own, small birthday celebration for my 21st. Note the small. I thought of having a big one but then towards the date, I started to overthink a lot and decided to just have a small one.. :’) (The introvert in me is still present)

I had it at Botanica & Co, situated in Bangsar South!

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I got a package deal kinda thing from byblast. All of the decorations on the table including the balloons and flowers are by them. You should check them out! I’ll link their info down below. They will cater to your budget as well!

edit_6Rum & Raisin Milkshake (RM35.00)

edit_7Alfredo Pasta (RM38.00)

edit_8BO+CO Rotisserie Chicken (RM38.00)

edit_9The BO+CO Truffle Fries (RM28.00)

This is one of my favourite, I kept eating them! Definitely would recommend these fries!

edit_10Botanica Beef Stew (RM38.00)

Another of my favourite as well! Would recommend this beef stew too!

edit_11Bianca Funghi (RM35.00)

edit_12The BO+CO Club (RM30.00)

There are also two other things in the menu which I didn’t take pictures of because I got too hungry (heh) which are two pizzas: The Gentleman (RM42.00) and Chicken Tikka (RM33.00).

Overall the food was worth it, decent price and portions are huge! Great ambiance as well 🙂 (Perfect lighting during day time!)

You can check out more pictures on my instagram: @michk_

Thanks to my friends for coming & celebrating with me! Love ya’ll loads ❤

Botanica + Co
Opening hours: 11:30am to 10pm
Address:
G5 Podium,
The Vertical, Bangsar South City,
No.8 Jalan Kerinchi, Bangsar South,
59200 Kuala Lumpur,
Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.

ByBlast – Surprise & Party Planner
Instagram: @byblast
Facebook: bybl4st

You may also like: The Owls Cafe @ One Space, One City USJ

Check out also: 21st Birthday @ The Forum KL, Desa Sri Hartamas 

13 Things Everybody Should Learn When Turning 21

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(thanks to my best friend for this postcard)

So.. I finally turned 21. Woohoo! Officially a legal adult! *pops confetti* Although it’s cool and all that I’m considered an adult already….. I’m soooo not ready to be an adult yet. Can I just be a kid forever?!?!?! *insert crying emoji here*

Since I have lived a total of 21 years, I felt like sharing a few things that I have learned throughout my years of life. Some may be relatable or not – well we all go through different shit in life. These are just a few of the things that I think that everyone.. SHOULD learn or at least… know about it if you haven’t turned 21 yet. If you have, hopefully, you have learned these 13 things.

  1. Make more effort to talk to people
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    One thing’s for sure is that I realize if we make effort to talk or approach people, not only does it strengthen the relationship but you also get to know the person even more. Don’t be afraid to make the first move by striking up a conversation with your friends or strangers, even your relatives.
  2. It’s okay to not be okay
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    If you’re not doing so well, don’t think that you are not allowed to feel this way. Don’t ever think that you have to be okay all the time. Allow yourself to have bad days because there will always be good days ahead. Just have your bad days, and pick yourself up the next day.
  3. Accept what is meant to be and move on
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    The boy you loved so much hurt you? The girl you thought was The One turns out not to be? Didn’t managed to get that job? Stop clinging on to something or someone that isn’t meant to be in your life. Learn to let go, and move on. Don’t dwell on the past, focus on your future and see what it’ll bring you. I know it isn’t easy, but for the sake of your happiness, and everyone else.. you have to. Not everything or everyone is meant to stay or be in your life.
  4. Forgive yourself
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    One thing that I am always guilty of is blaming myself for everything. Please, learn to forgive yourself for the mistakes you did or did not do. Everybody makes mistakes, as long as you learn from them that’s all that matters.
  5. Forgive others
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    Why do you need to cause unnecessary stress in your life by not forgiving others for their mistakes? It may not be even their mistake, but don’t shut them off completely. Forgive them, and forget. Trust me, you will feel much better when you do. It feels so much better to put all the drama behind you than holding on to revenge.
  6. Don’t let fear conquer you
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    If you want to try something, GO AHEAD AND JUST DO IT. Don’t think about the what ifs – JUST DO IT! Don’t let fear overcome you and the things that you want to do. You wanna travel to freaking Africa?! Buy a plane ticket right now! Do whatever the heck you wanna do, as long as it makes you happy.
  7. Love yourself
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    You are a precious little creature. One thing that I have learned is that it is SO important to have self-love. Pamper yourself, do whatever. Love yourself because each and every one of you are worth it, you are a goddamn piece of 1000k carat diamond ok – boy or girl.
  8. It’s okay to not have things figured out yet
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    Really, it is OKAY. There is NO rush to plan your future right away, it takes time to get to where you are and where you want to be. It is FINE if you don’t know your future plans or what you want to do in your life. Baby steps, just go with the flow. You’ll be fine. Life is all about trial and error anyway 🙂
  9. Believe in yourself
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    It is so important to believe in yourself because if you don’t, then who will? Other people can believe in you, but if you don’t then there is no point. In the end, the decisions you have to make will always come back to you. Everything is your choice, so believe in your capabilities. Confidence is the key to everything. Even if you don’t have confidence, fake it. Act like you do because confidence is what creates a great impact on everyone, even yourself.
  10. Always be kind
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    Always, always, always be kind to others. You’ll never know if your simple actions will make that person’s day. When you’re kind to others, in return you will feel good as well.
  11. Surround yourself with positivity
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    Don’t be around people that constantly puts you down, say mean things and make you feel guilty all the time. If that person is always making you upset or hurting you, let them go. Be with people that are constantly lifting you up. You don’t need unnecessary toxic people in your life. There’s just no time for that shit.
  12. Life is short
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    You may have lost someone that you love or someone you know. As each day passes by, you don’t know when will anyone’s deathbed be, even your own. Appreciate every living moment and every single person you know because you’ll never know when will be the last time on Earth. You only live once after all.
  13. Choose happiness
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    Choose happiness. You are in charge of how you feel every day. Even if there are days when you don’t choose happiness, choose it the next day anyway. You are in charge of how you feel every day. It isn’t easy, but it is possible. You can do it.

There’s more, I think… but I don’t want to write too long. Some points might be even the same or related.

Welp, here’s to many more years of… adulthood.

If any of you have anything else that you’ve learned, do share your thoughts! 🙂

x chelle

The Owls Cafe @ One Space, One City USJ

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The cafe called New Chapter by The Owls located in Bukit Jalil recently opened their newest outlet, The Owls Cafe in One Space, One City (subang kids rejoice!).

The cafe is actually in One Space, which is part of One City (don’t get lost just like I did, park at One Space so it’s easier!). Look for The Square, it’s around that area.

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Great ambience & lighting

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menu4menu3menu2menu1The menu (excluding beverages menu).

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We were told by the waiter that there are two waffles named after the owners of the cafe, which are ‘Rebecca’ and ‘David’. We only ordered waffle and fries since we just finished gym (I know, so healthy huh! After gym eat dessert & fried food haha!) and we were about to eat dinner in 1 hour’s time. And as usual, we ordered only water (it’s free) for our drinks 🙂

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Rebecca Waffle (RM18) 
Topped with bananas, strawberries, blueberries and also some coconut, almond flakes. The coconut flakes and maple syrup enhances the taste in my opinion. The earl grey ice cream located in the middle of the waffle blends in nicely. Jake mentioned that this waffle reminds him of an ‘English Waffle’, probably because of the earl grey ice cream hahaha!

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Sea Salt Mixed Fries (RM12)
It is basically a mixture of sweet potato fries (yum!) and regular shoestring fries, with a touch of sea salt. They will ask you for your preference of sauces which are chili, tomato and mayonnaise. We opted for chili and mayonnaise. I really love sweet potato which is why I gave this a try. To me there isn’t anything special about this, but I love sweet potato so I’m still satisfied with it! 😀

I would probably visit this cafe again for the environment and also to try their mains like pasta or their breakfast menu. It’s quite comfy to do work, study or just chit chat with your friends. Plus, during our whole time there they played all the songs I like (Coldplay, Shane Ward, Snow Patrol etc.)!!

Take note though, my sister mentioned that it was quite hot when she visited the cafe in the afternoon the other day. We went there around 5.30pm so it wasn’t hot for us.

The Owls Cafe
Address:
G.01, G.02 & G.03,
Ground Floor The Square @ One City,
Jalan USJ 25/1C,
47650 Subang Jaya.

Opening Hours:
Monday – Sunday: 10am – 10pm

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What is a healthy mind?

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This is just something random that has been lingering in my mind for awhile. The struggle to stay positive, to be happy and have a healthy mind even when life knocks you down. I guess because I came to realize that this is a daily struggle for not only myself but many people as well.

What really is a healthy mind? 

There was a period of time when my mind was not healthy at all. In short, I was not happy. Smiling and laughing took a lot of effort, it all felt fake. For a few years, everyday felt like a struggle to even wake up every morning. It was like I was physically there, but I’m not really there. It took me sometime to get out of that ‘comfort zone’ that I was in. It was a comfort zone to me at that time because I choose to stay in that zone. I keep going back to it, no matter what.

Some of you may or may not have these kind of thoughts before. What am I living for? Is there a reason to live, what IS my reason to live? No one really cares. Why am I not smart enough, or good enough? I’m not capable of doing this and that. I’m below average, or just average. I won’t be able to cope or handle with this and that.

A healthy mind is when you don’t have all these thoughts.

I think we all tend to look down on ourselves at times and compare ourselves with others. We view ourselves as something so small and we lack confidence in ourselves. I believe that everyone has those moments. Sometimes it just comes unexpectedly, especially when something bad happens that impacts you greatly. Maybe it’s the way you were brought up, the environment that you were in that sometimes cause you to feel or think these thoughts. Or it could be because of some bad events that happened before.

One thing’s for sure though, is that everyone has their own purpose in life, and it’s all in your hands. YOU get to choose what you want to live for. YOU have the choice to create your own path in life. Everybody has their own choice on how you want to live your life. Choose the ones that makes you happy, the ones that helps you to become a better person and cause a positive impact in your life.

On a side note, having positive people by your side also influences your life choices and decisions. If you surround yourself with people that help lift you up, you will one day manage to lift yourself up as well.

I used to think that I can’t control what I’m feeling. That it just comes and goes. To an extent, this is true. But you can definitely choose how do you respond to these feelings or thoughts. When it comes, you can choose to either respond negatively… or seek for help from others. It is all about mindset and your willingness to change or control it.

There will be good and bad times in life, but one day eventually you will learn to see the positive sides of even the bad ones. You will be able to believe in yourself and start seeing yourself as a valuable person. You are definitely not alone in this world. I can guarantee you have AT LEAST 1 person (definitely more than 1 though) that cares about you. Sure there will be times when you fall down, so get yo ass back up just like the saying ‘Fall 7 times, get up 8’.

Your life is like a book. There are a few chapters, some chapters are bad and good. One chapter does not define the whole book.

Be the author of your own book.

x chelle

Start blogging again?

Well.. only a few would remember that I used to be a blogger, and a very active one at that. I remember how much I enjoyed blogging about my life, whatever that happened in school I would ALWAYS write down all that has happened in school so I can blog about it later. Sigh.. memories indeed. I stopped blogging after there was a little bit of drama between my readers and I, mainly because I was being a very immature brat…

No surprise there since I was only freaking 13 (or was it 14?) years old. I was like an angry, foul mouth teenager… and I was always called out for that. Ever since then I kinda had this fear of blogging because I worry about what will others think of me.. what will they judge me on.. are my blog posts offending people.. and what not. I thought I would never step foot in the blogging world…

until now…? Maybe. I guess I’ll just see how it goes. I just feel like I should not let fear prevent me from doing the things I love and that I enjoy doing.. although I’m the type that gets bored of something after awhile.. Well, obviously as you grow older your hobbies and interests always tend to change.

But as of now.. I will just go with the flow 🙂

x chelle