My name's Deb, how lovely to meet you! I'm so glad you stopped by...

In November 2008 I made my first sock monkey (yep, that's him alright)....and as they say...the rest is history...

In February 2009, Sock It To Me! was born and my life used to consist of Teza by day (Good afternoon, you're speaking to Chaos Control & Crayon Girl, how may i help?) and monkey business by night.

It was very exciting but I left my home and reality for a crazy journey of enlightenment around Asia. So, here I am soaking up the sights and sounds of sunny Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and working for CLEO, the coolest mag ever. Thanks again for stopping by, sit back, relax and Happy Reading!

xoxo Miss Deb

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Black canvas ballet flats, where art thou?

I'm sitting at Starbucks in Mont Kiara waiting for the boychum. He's got a 'lunch interview' today. It's actually the second interview he's had with this company. He's been pretty darn lucky I reckon, he's been offered numerous jobs and now it's the hard part of deciding where to from here. I hope todays meeting will help him clarify his decision further.

As for me? I signed the contract to my new job yesterday and went and got a new bank account just minutes ago. Wow...it's quite surreal, just think this time next week I'll have something to do everyday. No more waking up late and having the toughest decision of the day be what do I want to eat. Tee hee hee. I'm off to see my parents on Thursday for a week...just figured I should take time off while I still can. Also, I needed a few outfits for work and my mum is my personal tailor. Yes, I know, I am very lucky. We're hoping to have some serious girl time together as dad's going to be away for some of it. So bring on the fabric shopping, tea-drinking, gossiping and soppy movie watching! I love my mum...if I could I'd carry a mini version of her in my pocket everywhere. :)

So why the topic title? You have no idea how hard it's been to get a simple pair of black flats. I know I've got quite specific criteria but I don't think it's unreasonable. I had a pair of black Gallaz flats that had white swiftlets flying down the side....I wore them till the soles were super holey, even then I couldn't really bare parting with them. Sigh...I should have just bought a spare pair. Maybe I'm searching the wrong keywords, I can't even pull up images of what I have in mind. I've looked into Gallaz and Vans, but can you think of any other brands that do cute fabric ballet flats? This is sort of what I had in mind - but maybe not so shiny...

It really has to be casual enough to go with shorts and dressy enough to be paired up with a cute dress. I know you get what I mean...:) Sigh...then I get sidetracked when I find cuties like these...

Gah...and the search continues...:)

Miss Deb

Sunday, September 27, 2009

To commute or not to commute...

So we've spent most of the weekend looking for a new place to stay now that our jobs have narrowed down the options.

This morning we saw a place that i fell in love with almost immediately. It was tastefully furnished, within our price range and had a whole extra room and bathroom that we could rent out if we didn't have friends staying. It was so spacious and the kitchen was nice and big with a nice and big fridge to match...and it had a well-powered washing machine...not to mention the gym and swimming pool downstairs and how could I forget the little spare room/study that could easily be converted into a sewing room! The big question now is whether we are willing, whether I am willing to do an hour long commute everyday on the train. An hour long maximum and that includes me walking to one station and then from another station to my work. It really isn't so bad right?!

The other place we looked at was right in town but slightly out of our price range. It also greatly lacked the homely feel of the first place we saw.

Our alternatives are getting a car so we can live anywhere! Haha...the thing is, KL is the kinda city that isn't very big but someone made a bit of a mess with the roads. So even if you're only planning on going a short distance from A to B you'll probably get through the entire alphabet before actually arriving your destination. If we try and stay someplace closer to my work AND close to a train line, we'll probably be looking at only 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom for our price range! It makes sense to live a little further out right?!

Oh I don't know anymore...this being a grown up business and having to make decisions all the time is really quite a drag! Can someone just tell me what I'm meant to be doing so we can all go home?! :)

Now if someone would just let me live here, we wouldn't even be having this conversation.

Miss Deb

Friday, September 25, 2009

I got the job!!!


Just thought to let you know that all the fingers and toes crossing worked! I got the offer letter today! I start on Wednesday the 7th.

Can you say super stoked?!

Big big hugs for you...

Does this mean the holiday's over?

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Don't do vintage or edgy...

I can now safely report, after scouring the streets and malls of KL that nobody does vintage or edgy clothing. So needless to say they don't have cool workwear in that vein either.

As soon as I get my first paycheck, I'm going to shop til my heart's content ONLINE! First stop, Etsy or maybe even Market Publique, can you recommend any good ones that ship overseas?

Then I'll get to have gorgeous little work/play outfits like this...

Miss Deb

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Take it easy...

Hey sweetpea,
Hope you've had a fab week so far...

Just wanted to share with you my current wallpaper...

I took this in Singapore while we were exploring the botanical gardens.

Isn't she just perfect?

So don't forget to take it easy today...
Let the calm belief that you can handle anything wash over you, because you are perfect just the way you are.

Miss Deb

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Blog endurance...

I salute you, lovely blog ladies for your ability to update the rest of us with such perseverance! It's like no matter how quiet the blog front may be you never give up on the fact that someone somewhere out there is reading and thoroughly enjoying every available online morsel. When I grow up, I want to be just like you.

But for now, I am simply proud that I've actually managed to steal a few minutes to myself to update you on my life. I will just have to prove my endurance in due time, tee hee hee!

So the boychum and I are currently in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. KL is the capital city of Malaysia. Since the last post, we left Miri and headed to Kuching and Kota Kinabalu (all 3 places are located on the island of Borneo). It was sad to say goodbye to my folks in Miri but necessary as we truly felt like we hadn't given the job-hunting a good shot by only applying from afar. Now that we're actually in KL, we can drop in and meet with managers/recruiters like normal people do. Here are some teaser photos of our trip to Kuching, look out for a more in depth post in the near future!

We trekked for 2.2 km in the blazing sun for this view. We had forgotten our togs but this beach was too good to past up on so we jumped in anyway...

The next day we went and visited the Orang Utan Sanctuary...look at this graceful little guy posing for me!

It's not been the easiest that's for sure. A learning experience for all as after a long day of interviews or even just unforgiving visits to recruitment agencies, it is tough to refrain from clawing each others eyes out for the darnest little things. Patience is a virtue right? Some days it is as impossible as a whale flying a plane.

On Friday I had my first job offer. However after a lot of thought I declined. Before I told them my decision I felt the need to justify my choice but once I'd done it the sense of relief that came over me was a sure sign that I'd chosen well. I am a firm believer in observing and noticing the little things. Many people say focusing on tiny details will only drive one insane but I think I'd rather be crazy than mislead. At the end of the day, you've just got to trust your gut and keep an eye out for the signs.

Yesterday I had another job interview with a PR company. I'm trying not to wish for it too hard but I think I want this one. I will only hear back next week but please keep your fingers crossed for me. It's been a while since I've felt this way. Job-hunting can be so de-moralizing but here's hoping I won't be unemployed for much longer. It was kinda funny actually. I had an interview with the big boss and tried my best to 'sell' myself without sounding cocky (I hate that part, can't they just read your CV, I always feel silly saying, 'oh look at me, I can do this and this and this at the same time!' hahaha). Anyhoo, we had a wee chat and he decided to give me an assignment there and then. Essentially I was given half an hour to write an essay about why the Malaysian currency should be re-pegged to the US dollar. Now, even if you've only met me once, you will know that this is not my strongest topic, far from it actually. I love talking about sock monkeys for crying out loud, do you really think I possess vast knowledge about currency? Gah...so I had a think about it and one of the parameters was that this essay/article wouldn't be directed at businessmen but instead the commoner, you're average joe or josephine who is a taxi driver or florist. So, I decided to improvise, I just figured I'd write the reasons that would make someone like me care. Half way through reading it he asked me what sort of papers I did at Uni, I'm not sure if that was a good sign or not. But what I think may be a good sign is the fact that he told me what my salary might be and that he'd have a word with the shareholders before letting me know. So once again, fingers and toes crossed for me okay?!

So what else is go at the mo...oh it's actually a special Malaysian festival today. It's the end of the Ramadhan fasting month and all Malays celebrate Hari Raya where they ask for forgiveness from their friends and family before everyone comes together for a big feed. Ah, the ultimate formula for a good celebration = awesome people and good food. As my family's not Malay we'd normally go and visit our Malay friends that were having open houses. To enlighten you about the term open house - it is to be taken literally. People would have their doors open to everyone and offer tidbits, drinks and sometimes meals to anyone that stops by. This is the sorta of stuff you can expect for Hari Raya:

What you see here is stewed lamb in a curry-ish spicy Malaysian sauce, sticky rice that been roasted over an open fire in a fragrant banana leaf encased in green bamboo, pineapple tarts and chocolate butter cookies. All you have to do is show up and tuck in. Sweet deal huh?
It's essentially the same process during Chinese New Year except it's the Chinese that have open houses and serve different cuisine. Our family used to have an open house during Christmas time but unfortunately all the siblings haven't been back at the same time during festive season so it's a tad tough to organize.

We managed to score some TV series so we've been catching up on Season 1 and 2 of Chuck and my personal favourite, Season 2 of Pushing Daisies. I think it's the most whimsical and beautiful series I've ever laid eyes on.

Sigh...that's probably the most creative thing I've done recently. But I remember reading somewhere that creativity can be found in the littlest of things, the trick is to see the beauty and acknowledge your creativity in noticing it. That often is thanks enough to the person who created it too. Doesn't mean I wouldn't give my left arm to have a sewing machine and some socks around to create and recharge right now though!

Tomorrow's a public holiday so we're hoping to head to Sunway Pyramid. It's actually a shopping mall that's connected to a theme park and water park. I'm in dire need of some proper non-traveller clothes for my potential job anyway...Ah, the sacrifices we have to make huh?!

Well I better go, want to finish processing the last of our Thailand and Cambodia photos so I can post them up here.

It's good to have my laptop back, I will finally have a decent shot at blogger endurance. Please feel free to give me a pat on the back, be that a virtual one, if I manage.

Miss Deb

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

This is where I begin...

I have no idea where to start with posts about our travels. There's a part of me that wants to live in my ideal parallel Deb universe where real time updates are possible. Boo hoo! Now, 2000 photos later I don't know where to start. I can't remember half the photos of ruins and rubble that I took in Cambodia and I've taken more recent photos since then that I feel the need to share first. Gah...so this is where I will start. Randomly in the middle of nowhere...:P

We are currently kicking back in the little town of Miri in East Malaysia but tomorrow we head of for a spur of the moment 10 day trip to Kuching and Kota Kinabalu. We are extremely excited to be roaming again after staying put for almost 2 weeks with the rents. It's an odd feeling for me being back here. This is where I grew up but even from a very young age I knew this wasn't where I belonged. Is it possible to feel so alien in your own backyard? Yep. I've never known why I stood out so much but I think now I don't care anymore that I do. Thanks to my time in Kiwi-land I know that I'm okay just the way I am. Big sigh....boy do I miss home!

Anyhoo, this will have to be a short one. Wanted to share some photos with you and tell you that I'm thinking about you.

Hope alls well with everyone. Special crafty blog lady shout outs:
Helene - love your new preggie dolly! She is beautiful!
Bronwyn - Excited about my piggy ring and hope you're save the kitty cat charity is going strong!
Pixie - your latest floral creation is spectacular!
Sarah - thank you for all the updates...love knowing how the little one is doing and how much loot she's scoring before she's even here! Lucky girl!

Miss Deb
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