Saturday, June 30, 2007
Yes!!! 果然是早起的鸟儿有虫吃！I didn't really plan on buying anything, but...
We got free, roundtrip Firefly tickets to Koh Samui (airport tax RM270+ per pax) and Langkawi (RM80 per pax) at MATTA Fair, Penang!!! Wahahahahahaha... so happy...
Thinking of my legs up in a hammock swaying by the white sandy beaches of Koh Samui now...
My first elephant ride...
Spicy Thai food...
And 4 whole, carefree days with my beloved ones!!!
But first, to the sandy beaches of Langkawi and Pulau Payar first! Wahahahhaha... can't stop smiling ^_^
Friday, June 29, 2007
You bring me lovely hues of
yellow, pink and blue
You like all things
olive green and wooden brown
They make my day glow
even if I'm here without you
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
How do I look? :)
Monday, June 25, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
But little did he know that Pinocchio was not one to be easily challenged.
"Let's see whose hands are up now!"
"Not my sugar-coated nose!"
"Run, run, as fast as you can... the Freddy's comin' to get ya~"
Gingerbread Man managed to escape from the cluctches of woody Pinocchio...
But at last, he ended up in Sujea's coffeecup...
-Photos courtesy of Sujea -
Leonard bought me a Gingerbread Man and Puss-in-Boots the other day at McDonald's.
Gingerbread Man looks bullied and sad all the time.
When you push its buttons, it says,
"Not my gumdrop buttons!"
Puss-in-Boots voice is just plain creepy.
"Fear me if you dare!"
"I gotta go."
But I wanted it cos Leonard looks like it when it does its wide-eyed kitten look.
Pinocchio is not mine, it belongs to someone else.
It reminds me of those scarecrow figures in that Japanese horror flick.
I love my McD toys~
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
It feels so disheartening to know that life can go away in just a snap of a moment.
You might not even think of Death at such a young age
Nor would the word Cancer even come to mind
For you are only 24
It's not even in my place now to ask
For you are already dead
And nothing can be reversed to the way it were before
When I felt so sorrowful,
People asked me, "Were you very close with him?"
I don't understand...
Does proximity determine the volume of tears you shed?
I would have cried for you too...
So yes I knew him,
But just for a little while...
Wafi, with his doe-like eyes and ever-ready smile
One of the few Malay friends that I ever knew
He was in my class in Alpha Group 9
He'd always greet me with that cheerful grin
and remind me Xwei how cute you are!
I never thought that your days on earth would be so few
So here's a tribute to you as angels take you aflight
Short as it may come
But dude forever I will remember that smile on your face
and those memories will never be erased
R.I.P. - Wafi
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Mom's just happy I haven't gone crazy yet!
During my 1 Year @ Intel, I had:
-managed to convert into permanent status;
-released from JPA scholarship bond;
-made many friends and maintained existing relationships;
-owned something at work;
-learnt Unix & wrote a few Perl scripts... hahaha;
-found the most wonderful man in my life;
-crashed into a motorbike;
-cried a little;
-smiled a lot;
-still managed to dilligently update my blog;
-changed a new candybar phone and back to an old clamshell one used by my brother;
-reverted back to my original hairstyle when I first came in to work;
-upped my cholesterol level;
-been hiking up Penang Hill, Bukit Jambul and Pantai Kerachut;
-visited a few cities/countries: HK + Macau, Cambodia, Bangkok
Resolution for the forthcoming year(s), I must:
-ramp up, RAMP UP!!!
-gain more technical expertise and knowledge of project architecture!!!
-be more skillful and clear-headed;
-take on more responsibilities to make sure I'm still around for next-next-focal;
-finish my unfinished paperwork;
-learn to smile more to friends and maintain my friendships;
-be a better daughter and sis;
-buy a new camera phone;
-down my cholesterol level;
-hike more and swim more;
-get a new haircut;
-save up for Down Under trip with my family;
-read more books and magazines;
-finish my drama series;
-finish writing my travel blog!
A little bit here concerning my cholesterol level... I did my BP Lab medical healthcheck the other day and when the results came back, my Total Cholesterol was at an alarming high! Luckily after my medical consultation, the guy told me that the Total Cholesterol numbers didn't really mean anything since they were derived from equations and not measured; but it was important to look at the Triglycerides and LDL numbers, which, fortunately, weren't so alarming afterall. Those, coupled with my Uric Acid levels, were enough for him to send me off with reminders that I should cut down on peanuts, red meat and do more exercise!
Monday, June 11, 2007
Mommy and I in our family car
At Langkawi Jetty: Can you see Eagle Square behind?
Bin and I at the makan place
More Corona, please!
Yachts at Night
Yachts in the Morning
This one is nice
The next morning, we went sightseeing. Since we'd already covered most of the tourist attractions (Eagle Square, Underwater Aquarium, Tun M's museum, Field of Burnt Rice, Mahsuri's Mausoleum, etc...) in our previous visits to the island, we went to see the relatively new Oriental Village at Burau Bay. Originally, we wanted to take the Cable Car Ride but were frightened by the horns and sight of the cable cars swaying gustily in the strong wind. So we took a walk around the Village and took some nice photos. The next time I go, I wanna take the cable car ride!!!
Cablecar Station on Top
At the Oriental Village
Rocks and Greenery
Mom sipping their famous iced latte. Later she found out its secret recipe: just freeze the coffee into ice-cubes and add lotsa milk!
Dad and I at The Loaf. Look at the Tun Baker M logo on the doorpane.
In the afternoon, Mom and Dad decided to take a hike up Seven Wells again. The last time I climbed up, I was 9 years old and it seemed like helluva distance for me then. So, I wasn't really keen on hiking at that moment so the 3 of them went, and I sat around sipping coconut juice waiting for them.
Since it was Christmas Eve, later that night we decided to visit the more classy hotels to get a feel of a beachy Christmas. Most hotels had already decked their halls with boughs of holly, and of course, not forgetting the most important Christmas Tree at the lobby. Our resort was having an open-air Christmas buffet night with waiters and waitresses donning Santa hats and merrily singing while serving food to the guests.
We took a short walk to another nearby resort called The Frangipani Langkawi. The Frangipani has a spacious dining pavillion with Balinese themed whitewashed walls and dark wood that opens up to a beautiful view of the resort's private beach. There was also a dinner going on at the pavillion, but nobody really cared as we went in to visit and join in the lively Christmas cheer. On the stage in front of the swimming pool was a guy singing Christmas carols along to a live band. We climbed up onto the big, decorative boat festooned with colorful Bali lanterns and sat there listening to the beautiful melodies along with other families grouped at their respective dining tables. It was a wonderful night, that joyful Christmas... and the thousands of stars above seemed to be blinking along in unison, all giving praise to the baby Jesus Christ.
The next morning, on Christmas Day, nothing seemed better than to be able to take a peaceful, long walk on the sandy white beaches of Langkawi. Mom and Dad already went hand-in-hand in front, while I trailed along their footsteps far behind, picking up big, live starfish and shellfish that got washed up on the beach and throwing them back into the sea. How I wish I'd brought along my camera to capture all those memories... but I know in my heart that there are still many more beautiful memories to come... :)
I just can't believe guys............. *shakes head*
1. Mushroom Jack - Leonard's order (sized for 2!)
2. Free-flow of Tortillas for Mushroom Jack
3. Combo (Beef+Chicken) Fajitas - my order (sized for 3!)
4. Lamb Shoulder - Bin's order
5. Free-flow of Nachos dipped in Salsa
Fruit juices and soft-drinks are free-flow, service had its pros and cons (Pro-handed umbrella to us to walk out in the rain; Con- not so attentive when asking for refills), food is superb, all-in-all, one-heck of a yummy-licious place to dine out with friends!
The Leo & I
We also caught Ocean's 13 that night. Me and Leonard were trying hard not to fall asleep (I succumbed...) Guess our late-night days are really over...!
On Sunday, I skipped church to go hiking to Pantai Kerachut with Bin, Kelly and Leonard. Kerachut is located at the far end of Batu Ferringhi and is Penang's National Park, I guess, because of turtles landing there. To get to Pantai Kerachut, you can choose to either hike across the forest trail (takes about 1 hour) or take a speedboat there (15 mins). My main motive to go to Kerachut, was, of course, for turtle-sighting. Too bad that when we got to the turtle sanctuary, the latest batch of baby turtles had all hatched and had been released into the sea. Leonard and Kelly had both got their fix of baby turtles a few weeks ago. And Bin saw turtles already during his Pulau Redang trip. Well, as they say, 人生中有遗憾总是美好的。Not to worry, I'm sure I'll still be seeing turtles next year! ;-)
While Kelly and Bin sat under the shade, Leonard and I ran off along the white sands to the rocks at the other end of the beach where I got my toe cut by thorned leaves. Otherwise, it was just so nice, just the both of us, sitting on the rocks beneath the azure blue skies and white cotton clouds listening to the sound of the waves lapping below and looking at little critters scuttling amongst the rocks. I asked Leonard to pose like Simba on Pride Rock and told him I love him as much as there are crabs baking on the rocks while I forced him to tell me he loves me as much as there is sand on the beach... hahaha...
In the waters I also saw the most number of jellyfish that I'd ever seen before... as well as the most absolutely HUMUNGOUS jellyfish ever... it was as big as my head, brownish, and stuck to it underneath were these baby jellyfish like little rockets going to launch from the mothership... so so so yucky!!! And many white ones bobbing around with their 1-metre long tentacle... imagine if those tentacles were to wrap around ur neck, you would itch and boil to death...
Kelly and I at one of the nicely-made bridges at Kerachut National Park.
Bin and I at the hanging bridge
I love this photo!!!
The four of us *smiles*
For lunch, we went to the famous Hainanese chicken rice in Georgetown. We ate lo bak and yau char kwai there too. In the evening, Bin and I went gadget-shopping at Bukit Jambul complex where he bought himself a new SE K550i handphone (cost RM740 for AP), 512MB Sony M2 memory card, Logitech optical mouse and earphones.
Although Bin and I don't talk much, but it's the joy in doing activities together that make us bond so much... Anyways I'm happy that he left with smiles on his face and a brand-new phone. And lotsa thanks to my dear because I know that he's very busy with his work, yet he was willing to spend a great deal of time to bring me and my brother around... I just wanna say I really appreciate it :)