Tuesday, September 2, 2014

TRAVEL TUESDAY: Touluse, France

Hi you guys!

How have you been doing? Me, I'm good alhamdulillah.. So good that I wanna share with ya'll of my recent trip to France a few weeks ago. Basically our trip was mainly to visit the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France.

This trip was organised and sponsored fully by AirAsiaX, Asia's best low-cost airline! I was ecstatic to be receiving the invitation cause I am A BIG FAN of learning how things are made. Back at home I always, always, always watch those TV programmes where they show you how products are manufactured. I've always wondered though, who makes those machines??

And this trip was basically the same but I get to witness how planes were made!

OMG.

So after our two day trip in Paris (read here), we made our journey to The Pink City, Toulouse. It was called Pink City mainly because of the buildings that are vastly seen in pink due to the salmon pinkish soil/bricks they use. And the end result was totally ahhhmaaazing you know!

See it for yourself!



We got ourselves an exclusive tour where we could enter a bit extra more than of the usual public tours. Basically, AirAsiaX is an airline but they don't make airplanes. So they buy their airplanes from Airbus. The concept is the same where:

You = AirAsiaX
Proton (for example) = Airbus

You buy cars, and airlines buy airplanes. Get it? hehe.. So there were a couple of airplane models that airlines can buy and customise to their liking. At Airbus, there's the A380 (a two-storey plane), A350, A340, A330 and A320. And us lucky bloggers managed to visit and see in close up how those vehicles are made.

And below are images from the actual Airbus factory visit.

Yours truly before entering the A330 assembly section.
Waaa can you imagine this is how a plane that you always seem to ride looks like? It is soooo complex okay!
Me standing before an A330 model at the entrance of the assembly building
The A380 ya'lls! I managed to ride the A380 on Emirates when we were transiting from Dubai to Paris
A330 Xcintillating PheoniX fresh from the oven!
Look, it's the Xcintillating PheoniX! AirAsiaX's newest family member
So gorgeous this beast is! (Not me, the plane haha)
Yeap, gotta walk that talk :p
Feeling so honoured to be standing next to the Xcintillating PheoniX Designer / contest winner --Denzel! He must be so damn proud to see his contest submission come to life!
Can we get in alreadyyyy?? 
Us fellow bloggers for this France trip
Love this woman to bits! I was glad that I made a new friend from this trip cause Cindy just knows how to crack me up! Missing those jalan2-navigating moments in Paris, Cindy!
Full house? Nope, this plane is mineeeee...muahaha!
You saw how gorgeous the Xcintillating PheoniX plane was?? Basically AirAsiaX's purchase order from Airbus was complete so they had to bring it back home, duhh, that's what you do when you purchase something, right? We were told by the AirAsiaX representative, Fairuz, that we were to go back in a ferry flight! 


Oh my god, can you imagine our excitement? The only people on board during the ferry flight was us the bloggers and a few AirAsiaX engineers. Of course we had to 'chop' the business class seats! ahahha.. 


All in all I had a SUPER FUN time in France cause I learnt a lot! And I got to enjoy Paris, the place that everybody would love to go. The knowledge I gained from the factory visit was indeed priceless and I know for sure that I'll live on to tell this story to my kids one day. I think you may visit the factory too, but check out the Airbus website for more info on that.

Thank you AirAsiaX and Airbus!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

WARDROBE WEDNESDAY: Hats with Hijab

Salam and happy Wednesday everyone!

Woke up with such good news today! Of course this is about Gaza and all troubles that they are going through. I couldn't believe my eyes when I read online that Israel will ceasefire for a month leaving the Palestinians jumping for joy.

But one thing got to me though: Only a month?

Hmmm..

Despite the happiness surrounding us all today, I believe that we should not stop sending our du'aas and donations. Do not stop boycotting what you think is should. And clearly do not stop supporting the innocent lives of the Palestinians. The plight that they're going through is still continuing circulating the fact that all their domestic privileges are already taken away from them. So yeah..

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On another note, here's a look I forgot to publish last week. I spent my weekend away with my sisters and their children for a quick urban holiday (a term I created for short holidays in KL). It felt nice to actually have the time for the 4 of us, including my 5 nephews and niece.

So basically this is what I wore when we were at the poolside. I didn't go for a swim cause dang it was pretty hot that day. And mainly because we didn't have much time haha.. 


Outfit:
Hat: Stolen from my sister
Scarf: Dian Pelangi
Shirt: Zawara
Skirt: Morgan de Toi
Clutch: from Manila

Hats with hijab? On a hot and sunny day--definitely YES!

Friday, August 22, 2014

FAITH FRIDAY: Of Love and Grief

I've been such a bad blogger!

Em, pardon me, Salams everyone..

Yes I have to admit I have not been blogging for quite a while now.. I felt so guilty you know? But life just got a bit too hectic this past month and I am certainly running out of fingers to do everything all at once.

I miss you guys though.

So I figured on this blessed Friday where our nation is mourning for our loss, I should very well be there with you all in joined hands to stand by each other. I know this post barely will help you or me in any way, but I believe a little friendly chat or sharing session wouldn't hurt anyone, right?

Here's me in my almost all black attire to commemorate this black day for us as a country.
Outfit:
Scarf: Pashmina
Shirt: Mango
Bag: Coach

Even though we were advised to wear black/white today, I decided to add a tinge of blue to my outfit for that instantaneous style factor. I figured I needed this. In spite of our sadness and grieving condition today, I needed a little pick me up.

On another side note, I promise you guys I'll be back writing here in this good 'ol blog of mine. Life just doesn't feel right without it, y'know? :)

Till later beautifuls.. and don't forget to send our prayers to the family of the deceased.

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اللّهُـمَّ إِنِّي أَعْوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الهَـمِّ وَ الْحُـزْنِ، والعًجْـزِ والكَسَلِ والبُخْـلِ والجُـبْنِ، وضَلْـعِ الـدَّيْنِ وغَلَبَـةِ الرِّجال
O Allah, I seek refuge in you from grief and sadness, from weakness and from laziness, 
from miserliness and from cowardice, from being overcome 
by debt and overpowered by men (i.e. others).
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Allah loves you. x

Monday, August 18, 2014

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY: Hello Confidence!

Hey you guys!

The other day my sister came to me and inquired about how should she dress since she just graduated and what not. She got so excited when she was accepted to work at company X. So being the elder sister I am, I decided to give her a few points all based from what I recently saw at Libresse’s Shine On Website! Hahaha.. Such a cheater I am! :p


I mean, why shouldn’t I, right? Cause the sight is packed with info on how to gain professional confidence in the working field, perfect for all you fresh graduates or those looking for some grooming points.

Basically the site covers 5 sections all including:
1.     Dress for Success
2.      Be Interview Ready!
3.     Own The Conversation
4.     Pitch Yourself
5.     Pitch Your Idea


Lemme summarise for you girls if you’re planning on heading to the site.



Dress For Success

Here is where you’ll get tips from bloggers on grooming! Ranging from hair tutorials and beauty makeup tips, I’m sure you’re all covered. You can also interact in this section where you can upload a certain pic of you and have people LIKE and comment on your dressing whether it’s corporate appropriate or not. Just like how you would ask an advice from a friend. Cool, huh?



Be Interview Ready!

This is the most crucial part of scoring you a job! Of course you wouldn’t want to step foot into the interview room being unprepared, right? So I surely suggest you head over to this page to read  up on a few do’s and don’ts, interview checklists and FAQs all revolving around interviews! Again, being an interactive platform for all, you could also share your interview experience with the world and comment on others’ experiences!



Own The Conversation

Sometimes you know the company you’re about to apply for from A-Z, but all else fails when you get nervous inside the interview room and stutter! Here in this page is where you can get some guides on how to avoid that, and also learn a thing or two about body languages where interviewers usually judge you first. Still nervous? Then watch the Body Talk video and get some pointers from there!



Pitch Yourself

Have you heard from seniors, teachers or elder siblings that you should always pitch yourself during interviews! This is totally correct! You should be able to market yourself well during an interview so that the employer will feel tempted to ‘buy’ you. Take this as an icing on the cake after the remarkable results you have on your certificates. You can practice by uploading a video or written entry to receive comments from others on how well you did.


Pitch Your Idea

In some cases, there are a few companies that require you to sit in a group while they hand out a certain task for your group to fulfill. This is where it gets challenging! They’re actually watching you from afar on how well you work in a team, and how you take control or take charge whenever a problem arises. They’re looking for fantastic workers who can deliver ideas and outstanding results. This is where this page comes in handy.



So, are you confident now to face the challenges of a career woman? Good Luck!