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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

My Hong Kong Trip '06 - Part I

From one island to another... finally I'm back in Penang after 4D3N in Hong Kong. In a nutshell, it was a great trip but not quite the best fun I've had in all of my other trips... things too private to tell here.

Well anyhow, I took off by AirAsia (Free Seats!!) at 1510 Thu 14 Sep 2006 from LCCT. Remind me never to sit by the emergency exits again. Those leather seats there are unbendable! Like my dad said, really an "Air Bus" @_@

A seat with a view - after an uncle sat in my place after I returned from the toilet. Blue skies all the way, man! Despite the expectedly horrid weather forecast... :D

Touched down at Macau International Airport (Tampa Island) at 1855 Thu 14 Sep 2006 and took the AP1 bus across Friendship Bridge over to Macau Island.

We were sauntering over to the First Ferry counter at 8.30pm when the ticket seller told me: "小姐,最后一班船了,唔该快点" -_- and my family and I had the run of our lives to get to the ferry in time. *Phew!! And something unbelievable happened - a 3.5 Richter scale EARTHQUAKE while we were at sea. And no of course I wasn't shaken or anything, just felt that the waves were abnormally huge.

Did you know that ICAC stands for Independent Commission Against Corruption? Too bad they don't deal with corrupt merchants next door... we were almost cheated of RM10,000/ HKD20,000 (Yes, your eyes are fine) that night. Still, we bought the RM2,600 worth of Japanese abalone there. Yum yum CNY dinner next year...

The next day was a half-day City Tour given free by the hotel package. After some fabulous Dim Sum, we toured HK Island until 4pm. First we went to Golden Bauhinia Square outside HKCEC outside Wan Chai waterfront. The Golden Bauhinia was given by PRC as a gift to HK to mark the homecoming of HK to Mainland China. Golden Bauhinia 紫荆花 is HK Special Administrative Region's "Region Flower". HK 紫荆花 vs Ipoh 纸巾花? I'm starting to feel that Ipoh has many similarities to HK...

At Wan Chai 湾仔 waterfront. Behind, across Victoria Harbor is Kowloon.

That's the HKCEC. The whole building is in the shape of a bird. The bird's head points towards Mainland China, signifying the return of HK back to China. Look familiar? Nicholas Tse and Jackie Chan slided across the rooftop in New Police Story :D

Here we are, mom and I at The Peak. Oh, halfway at The Peak. I was expecting a cable car ride to the top where we could have some tea under umbrellas like in the movies... and 'ternampak' some HK actors 偷情 there... hehe. Many tall skyscrapers behind there... but I forgot all the names :P Just remember that the tourguide told us one of the buildings had many fires, due to its red glowing night ring design at the top. Then after a fengshui master added a swimming pool at the top, there was not a single fire afterwards. The magic of fengshui... but would you dare to swim at such height?!

Still halfway at The Peak. Why no red taxi or bus pass by behind? TAXI!!! Tourguide pointed out Leon Lai, 李嘉欣 and 关芝琳's apartment. 据说黎明为了追李嘉欣搬去那里住。Who da hell cares about Leon Lai... give me Andy Lau anytime! ;)

Jumbo Restaurant on Water! This is where they shot 食神! 天外飞仙降落的地方。They say it costs a fortune to dine inside (eg Chow Yuen Fatt belanja Tom Cruise dinner). And also I'm wearing the kind of hat that Angelina Jolie wore during her Tomb Raider 2 shoot in the junks. And no, I didn't purposely wear like Tomb Raider... #!$@$%$*%

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Blue sky with rainbow

This morning, Berry rushed into my room and exclaimed "There's a rainbow outside!!"

True enough, as I walked out on the balcony, I could see the rainbow, shooting up in all its glory from the green schoolfield behind my apartment.

What better way (other than Nescafe..) to start my day? ^_^

The Irish say that if you follow a rainbow to the end, you will see a pot of gold left behind by the leprechauns (small people dressed in green from hat to toe). But beware, it might be fool's gold... so you have to catch the leprechaun and trick it into bringing you the real pot of gold.

But how can you follow the rainbow till its very end? If it lands in the sea, then what? Or at Pulau Jerejak, do you take a boat all the way there to find that pot of gold?

Same in life, you'll never know where you're going, and where you'll find yourself at the very end. You might be VSS-ed the next minute, or be blown up to bits while on your holiday at Thailand. Or, you might really get to find your pot of gold before you reach the very end. And of course, the pot of gold might differ to each and everyone. It might be one billion USD, might be realizing your dream to be a pilot, might mean finding your one true love and raising a family.

Still, some people brave themselves on their neverending quest to find that pot of gold... while others just go where the wind blows them. For me, I'm still standing at that balcony, with my gaze following the arch of the rainbow into the wilderness beyond... unsure of which path to take. Maybe, if I just concentrate on following the red, green and violets... it might just lead me to my very own pot of gold someday.

So, what is your pot of gold? :)

"Somewhere over the rainbow Skies are blue And the dreams that you dare to dream Really do come true Some day I'll wish upon a star And wake up where the clouds are far behind me Where troubles melt like lemondrops Away above the chimney tops That's where you'll find me..."