Sunday, December 30, 2012

Play with Muxic [ADV]

Invited Angel for Xplay but she had a climb the day before so she had to give her legs some loving and take a much needed break. Everyone else had something to do, I knew the boys wouldn’t really be interested in this and luckily, I met Natalie while shopping so I invited her instead :) 

Xplay is a series of parties that has been twirling around Malaysia, which has seen the movers and shakers in  urban cities like Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Melaka and just recently at Kota Kinabalu. 

I think Xplay has such a futuristic feel to it. Among the entertainment for that night was a laser show which got the overzealous crowd turns mum. Nat and I stood there boggled at all the fancy moves the dude were doing with the laser.

What makes this particular Xplay party a lot more "interesting" then some of the parties is the fact that it was headlined by talented gorgeous young ladies from all over the world on spinners. 

Other than that, BED was packed to the brim! I see Koreans, I hear Japanese, bummed and brushed with mostly locals, the whole place was gyrating to the three ladies’ spin. Those who got their passes from the online registration received a free bottle of Carlsberg to go around with. Nat and I could go on with the night with free flow as well (easily), but neither of us felt the need to :)

Bright lights, beaming music, bull-rushed crowd – Xplay has a life of its own and for those who are interested to be part of the scene next time, register online and squeeze your way in. 

Till then, have a good new year folks!

Jacqueline Rowena @ Jacqkie. 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Xplay at Bed, Kota Kinabalu [ADV]

A couple of weeks ago, someone called me up and asked me whether I wanted to attend "One of the biggest party of the Year". Okay, maybe I exaggerated a little bit. But truth be told, Xplay has been notorious for their huge fancy parties from the ones in Melaka (Mixx), to KL (Aquasonic), to Penang (Room) and now they're concluding the Xplay series and the year of musics and all things young in none other than at the beautiful, Kota Kinabalu.  

I haven't been to parties in ... ages. I mean like the kind of parties where I would need to squeeze myself-in in super tiny dresses and end the night probably all bozzled up or have something all drawn up on my face or something, I don't know -- those sorta awesome parties. 

So after hearing out on what I'd be missing-out on if I had said no, I decided *I should* end the year with a bang. I mean, it has been so good to me. I have been so good to me (did I just said that). So I said yes and here I am sharing with you on what's gonna make this party the biggest one to date. 

What makes this particular Xplay party a lot more "interesting" then some of the parties that have seen the grounds and that have partied with the glitz and the whos of Kota Kinabalu is the fact that the DJs are all smexy as hell bunch of ladies. Yes guys, you may squeal. 

The DJs are from all over the world - some of them are from Italy, Ukraine, Indonesia, Thailand and even from homeland - Malaysia. 

For all you Kota Kinabalu readers of mine, I know some of you are already itching for another night of extreme hedonism so if you're wondering on how to get invited to this year's Xplay party in KK, all you need to do is by signing up online at and get absolutely free invites. When you're done, print out your sign up and flash them your email invite at the entrance and gain free admission. 

There are more special privileges if you're always wondering; constantly be on the lookout for items at when you're at the party. Pictures with the DJ ladies, buckloads of freebies and the "ultimate clubbing experience" all night long await. 

Details of the event: 

Bed, Kota Kinabalu 
22nd December 2012 
8pm onwards 

I'll see you guys there :) 

Jacqueline Rowena @ Jacqkie.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Highlights of 2012

I wonder how 2012 has been for everyone. New revelations, epiphanies, wisdom; among the things to describe how my 2012 has been. Despite my cheery (sometimes absent-minded) image I'm quite a philosopher you see, I dwell in deep thoughts, daydreams, nightmares, whatever you may call it, and will speak so articulately about the things that I'm quite inquisitive or passionate about when asked (or when not).

1) I continued my journey

Some people would save up for new gadgets. Some would save up for books, car accessories, new wardrobe and their little ones' playmates. Whatever they are, we all have our rhyme and reason on what we love to save and spend our money on. That investment or expenditure is (or at least should be) our responsibility and ours alone. For me on the other hand, I would save my money up to see the big and small places of the world, near or far. 

Seeing things the way you've never seen it - Kokol
And this year I did also just that. I love travelling so much because travelling does not only open my eyes to all the things that are worldly different from or similar with us, it stimulates and maximizes all of my senses.  I am both more alert and more relaxed of the situation surrounding me. And to me, that truly is when I feel the most "alive".

The chance of trying out new things in new places in new waters 
The chance of seeing, believing and knowing how fortunate you are and what you can do to improve the world - Philippines 
Always on the lookout for good food, good company - and yes I miss you Panda :)
Listening to new music and really cool people
Losing breaths at all the greatest sights
Meeting new people
Seeing and embracing different beliefs, different (degree) of beliefs, cultures and traditions 

2) Moving forward in my Career

After I quit my job in KL, little did I know that I was going to venture into one of the most competitive industry in Sabah; tourism and hospitality. I was jobless for two measly months, but I was already feeling restless and I wasn't happy. I'm sure like most of you, we choose to work simply because it keeps us occupied and of course, it pays our bills. Essentially, it makes us sane.

I had a sneaky plan of venturing into tourism and hospitality because of my fine love for places and travelling. It was a really tricky sneak-in I know, to be in the other side really, because I knew I would end up serving people should I choose to work in the hospitality industry. I was blessed that I got a job at a 4-star hotel as a PR and within 6 months of working, I was promoted to Senior PR. And God has his own further twist, and the moment I entered the industry, I was flooded with events and was met with so many people that would contribute to more opportunities for me. 

I have grasp the importance of networking and keeping friendships since college. One opportunity led to another. One reference after another. I was called and offered even more to another place and while I believed in loyalty, the idea of being recognised and valued has motivated me to take the offer.

Now I'm in a new great place, with more opportunities at hand provided. I am blessed, this year has provided me tons of opportunities to advance in my career.

3) New Friendships 

Ever since I left KL, I felt the need to restructure my life. I was going to start from scratch, may it be work, friends, lifestyle. I wasn't truly happy in KL either. I didn't get to see my then sick mum to sleep, I didn't get to hear her stories of her days.  Everyday felt like walking on an eggshell trying hard not ever wanting to hear any bad news through a call. I felt that I had been living a very poor quality of life, or at the very least, I didn't felt where I should be.

So coming back to settling down in KK, when I wasn't working, I had joined a lot of groups. A travellers' group, an art's group, another art's group - there were plenty. I was always looking to meet new people, make new friends, do new things, I wanted to do everything!

I thank heavens that I went to these events and to these groups, because of these events, I constantly met new and interesting people in my life, some who turned out to be among my best of friends :)

4) Friends and families starting their own family 

This year has witnessed so many of my loved ones declaring to the world that they're ready to start their own family. Nothing beats being part of the ceremonies and being part of their milestone and seeing how happy they are with their life-changing decisions :)  

Courtesy of Vera Joan Dingle
Courtesy of Ashley Koh
Courtesy of Serena Allysha
5) And last but not least, moving back in with my family 

This was by far the biggest highlight of my life in 2012. I know you'd probably go "whattt, this?? I stay with my family all the timeee". Some of you might already noticed the importance and the significance of my family in my life, you see, when my dad passed away, we had to learn how to protect each other, and ever since then, we have became best of friends.

So yes, it's like moving back in with your best friends. Those who've seen the worst and the best in you, and those who've helped you in your biggest decisions and those who would extend and welcome every other form of happiness in your life with open arms. I am blessed to have such an amazing family. I am blessed to have such amazing best friends.

Here goes - I'm thankful for such a beautiful year. Looking forward to another exciting one! 

Jacqueline Rowena @ Jacqkie.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

A little bit of October and November

Little did I know that after quitting my job in the social media industry about a year ago, I would be venturing into something new and extremely immersive. The hotel industry doesn't sleep and according to a friend the industry is best described by only two things; beauty and busy. Do I agree with this? No, not at all. There are tons of other words that best describe the industry, both good and bad, but I must say these two do cover the majors. Beauty, which I believe she meant encompasses grooming is well known by hoteliers, that if you by for some reason are not "groomed enough" you have not abide to a hotelier's rule. Working in the hospitality and hotel industry means you'd have to constantly "look good" or at least "look groomed", can mean to be glamorous at most times. And busy, well let's just say we do our very best to you keep you warm at night and all of that come from everywhere. And if you're paying for a 5 star service, we too are busting our way for the 5 star offering. 

So many things went through these two months. I think I'm going to be a little lazy for this post and insert funny one or two captions over some pictures only. My friends and I have been trying out salsa just lately. One of us teaches salsa the first Monday of the month at a bar in the city for the past three months now, and we have been having so much fun with it. So so much fun. 

This was from Morris' camera. That's all of us after a couple of hours of a good ol' good salsa session. We were actually sweating around like crazy. Let me introduce you to my friends (if I haven't yet), from left to right that's Mira, Morris, Kimberly (in pink top), Ben, Chris (the teacher), Aaron and Angel (that's hugging me from the back). This is the notorious salsa crowd. Haha. 

Other than that, I realised I have been meeting up with a lot more of my primary school mates, which is awesome beyond words. Some people change, while some remain. The gorgeous Izzati's cousin (a friend since I was seven) married my cousin so besides catching up we were just teasing each other of the fact that Kota  Kinabalu is well, big but yet also so very small. The irony. 

And this my friend is one of my favourite photo from the wedding that I snapped (below). Why, if you have known me enough or known my constant preach about love, kindness and rebut on racism you'd probably have guessed. (no wonder some people call me hippie). 

This is a rare sight of a multi-racial team of flower girls. Love, love, love interracial relationships or weddings. Love, love, love the idea of embracing, appreciating and loving someone who not only is physically different from what you are familiar with your whole life, but also culturally who has a million and one things that would probably be new and unknown to you. The idea of embracing your partner who has everything completely different from what is nurtured and natured as they were growing up from you, is so beautiful. I get all jazzed up whenever I hear these stories. 

Look at the colourful pretty girls :) Love this picture. 

Last week, Morris Aaron Mira Angel and I went to Labuan just cause. It was so much fun, and we even did all the touristy stuff :)  I'm definitely writing more on Labuan that's for sure, I'll include all the intricate details as well on how we go about it, while taking the ferry and so forth. It should be useful for you :) 

Okay, I think I'm running out of things to say, and I'd really rather not post pictures of myself to compensate words, so I'll leave as it is and will write some useful stuff for my what little phantom readers I have. 

Have a good night. 

Jacqueline Rowena @ Jacqkie.