Monday, March 31, 2008
她就是一个那么悲情主义的人，她总是特别喜欢看悲情小说和电影 - Sylvia Plath 的 《The Bell Jar》，《Prozac Nation》，《Monster's Ball》等等。最近的她还看了一本叫着《处女们的自杀》（The Virgin Suicides）的书，故事美丽悲情的朴素迷离令她迷惑。但她从不和别人谈起。她认为，别的人都给不到她答案，别的人都不知道她，还有书中那五位主人翁的想法。
她望着书架上的 《Reader's Digest》，要不要看书呢？想想下，其实又不太想看。看了《处女们的自杀》过后，她好像什么书都不太想看一样。今天早上去上班之前，她照了照镜子，感到自己是多么的可恨。三日不看书，面目可憎，大概也是这样的由来吧。
今天决定煮意大利粉 - Linguini。是 Ratatouille 那主人翁的名字吧。哈哈。去年那段开心的日子，好像离她很远。她到厨房把冰橱里的番茄拿出来切。冰橱内的食物很齐全，她刚在周末时添货。
Well, everything up there is plain fiction. Because I'm too bored and stress and nothing to do. So, don't worry!
One question for my readers though. Did the girl really intend to commit suicide? If yes, then why?
Life is a series of Repetitions. After the Election, we're back to the mundane life.
Time to pay your taxes, time to get your focal, time to wish the Mad-Hatters born in March a Happy Birthday. Life and the process of living it just happens again and again and again, year after year, week after week, day after day.
But with a few twists, done together with the one you love, life just starts anew.
Dine in a new place tonight - Teriyaki chicken, Takku Ice Cafe, Nagore RoadAttend a rock concert in the House of God - Juwita Suwito rocks, baby!!
Check out a show house, lie on the furniture and pretend that it's all, all yours - Setia Pearl Island Show Village
Learn a new recipe - Female magazine, March 2008
Get a new (temporary) hairdo
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Maybe this year's increment is not so good, but luckily there's still some little small bits of compensation in the form of good food and fun activities to make us err... not to say happier, but to hate the company less. :P
This quarter we had our project teambuilding at Queensbay Mall. First was a lunch buffet at T.G.I.F.'s and a photohunt inside the mall. Interesting!
I didn't know that there's lunch buffet at T.G.I.F.'s until now. However judging from the food prepared I guess it was not really a lunch buffet, but more like food ordered according to headcounts, specially prepared for us in a buffet style. In short, it's not an "eat all you can" buffet.
On the table were 3 kinds of sauces(tartar sauce, mustard, ketchup), salad, fried fillet with breadcrumbs, macaroni and cheese bites, grilled chicken, buffalo wings, spaghetti and bottomless Coke and ice lemon tea. Btw, I didn't take any photos cos I felt it was embarassing to do so in front of an enormous bunch of colleagues and managers whom I didn't really know.
The food was not unforgettable; a guy colleague said the macaroni and cheese bites was fantastic at first but after the second piece he felt so jelak of it, the grilled chicken tasted like rock, the spaghetti had too much garlic in it and the buffalo wings lacked of its usual springyness. But oh well, it's a free lunch and I'm not complaining! :-)
After we had our fill, we embarked on a very interesting game - photohunt! No camera was required, we were given a list of photos of shop logos (or should I say, partial logos and some vague clues). All we had to was find out the shop name and which level it was on!
Some examples were like the golden half-arch (McDonald's), pieces of chicken tumbling out (KFC), a 'D' (BORDERS), Yamaha logo... just to name a few. You must think it's easy, especially for someone like me who goes to QB Mall every week! But no! There were some very HARD ones, like the background of Starbuck's, cropped part of Taiwan Bull, two black dots which appeared to be Häagen-Dazs, and a bird logo that looked suspiciously like Royal Sporting House logo but was in fact Pos Malaysia. After we scoured the ENTIRE MALL from top to bottom for about 4 rounds (shopping also not so tired!!), we were still left with 4 out of 50 blank.
Verdict: I should go to QB Mall MORE OFTEN.
At the end, we still managed to reap the SECOND PRIZE! Not bad, eh? I remember WM said "if going by kiasu-ness, XW and 'someone else' will get first prize". And lookie who got the first prize! None other than Mr. Non-Kiasu-It-Seems WM! Really black horse! I think I go to QB more often than he goes to toilet!
All-in-all, we had a fun time and I think the teambuilding committee did an excellent job this round!
2nd prize Hamper!! Again, I'm not complaining!!
Monday, March 24, 2008
It'd been a long, long time since I last visited Cameron Highlands. Even after the new highway was built, I hadn't been up there even though the highway is just minutes away from my family home in Ipoh!
I guess my last visit was during my first-year CLS committee gathering about 5 years ago. Yes, that memory is still vivid in everyone's mind because that was the last time I wore a spaghetti strap top to Cameron's and started sneezing and got a fever that night!
Thanks to Teck, Kerch and Sze Min (and dunno who else for organising!), I revisited Cameron Highlands last weekend with a group of new and old faces, mostly consisting of people who had helped out in Sim's election in one way or another.
Day 1 - Saturday
After a hearty dimsum breakfast at Foh San, we made our way up to Cameron's using the Simpang Pulai road. After about 1 and a half hours, we reached Brinchang. We were the first car to reach Brinchang because the others had went on to check-in at the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) lodge deep inside the heart of the BOH tea plantation. The few of us walked about, buying stuff (Hotlink card, hairclips, postcards, etc) and enjoying the cool breeze of the highlands. When the other two cars arrived, CC led us wandering about to the Legendary Foodcourt (传说中的) at Brinchang.
The Legendary Foodcourt (actually its real name is Excellent Food Centre) is located behind the row of shops next to the bus station. There is a variety of food here (chicken chop rice, mixed grill, fried rice, curry laksa etc) which is cheap and tastes okay. Try the mixed grill! It's quite filling... and the chicken chop rice comes with 2 side veges.
Next stop: Cactus Valley 仙人掌花园 (not Cactus Point)
Despite the varying signboards, admission is FOC. Ironically, I didn't buy any cactuses there because 1. I dunno how to choose and 2. Khoon Hau says that putting cactuses on your workdesk is bad for intra-office relationships. Try putting sweets instead!
We headed over to the flowers. Once we saw them, it seemed like everyone was transformed into avid photographers... very professional.
I hope my wedding bouquet looks like that!
Our national pride
Peachy Hawaiian flirty skirt
Sexy... reminds me of 70's Chinese singers
I wish I could grow these from my window
Chrysanthemums... like a painting
I want! I want all of them in my bedroom!
The Valley of the Cactuses
And is a trip to Camerons complete without strawberries?
And when we reached the top, we stopped by for some yummylicious waffles with strawberries topped with vanilla icecream and cream and somemore strawberry jam! It only cost RM5! So cheap, compared to Paddington's House of Pancakes... >.<
After that, we wanted to go buy stuff for our BBQ later that night but it was raining. So we made our way to a new little cafe called Strawberry Moment opposite the Cactus Valley.
The whole place looked very IKEA-ish and of course, you bet it's pricey to eat in such a nice setting. You can get the same stuff served atop Cactus Valley at half the price, but well, if you like to while your time away here, there's magazines...
Yumyum, nice weather, sweet food, dozedoze, zzz... *on lullaby*
After he had a nice rest, we set off to MNS, which is located VERY VERY FAR UP in the Cameron Boh Tea Plantations! It was a very "san ka la" place... and the journey up is definately not for the weak-hearted! How did they find this place? Well apparently CC and Sze Mun went star-gazing with some astronomy society a few weeks ago...
Stairway up to heaven
Once we arrived, we could barely contain our urge to... TAKE... PHOTOS!!!
Our quarters (reminds me of my Ah Ma's house...)
Feel like humming a Jay Chou tune... 晴天/七里香
Dining hall interior... it has a fireplace!!!
For all your shopping needs... if you really need to shop at all
At night, we had a BBQ. It's so nice to have hot BBQ indoors when it's pouring cats and dogs outside! The MNS dining hall was so well-equipped with stoves, pans, pots, eating utensils, tap water, plates, cups and knifes! Thanks to the WONDERFUL & PRETTY chefs Sze Mun, Wai Jhin, Sia Ling and Zhiwei's mommy, we had so much to eat (they really 思想周到 and prepared everything we could eat) -- salad, strawberry fondue, chocolate banana, sambal fish, sambal prawn, honey lime juice, all kinds of dipping sauces for meatballs, etc etc etc! Also special thanks to Kerch's mommy for the yummylicious BBQ chicken wing marinade... and last but not least - not forgetting the entire QC team... wahhaha ^_^
Wei Jhin's BRIGHT IDEA - Lip-smacking Chocolate Banana!
The GREAT duo Teck & Wai Kong for sheltering our dinner from the rain
After our hot baths (kerosene gas water heater, man!!), we huddled again in the dining hall to play mahjong and a NICE SPECIAL game imported all the way from the U.S. - Category Five! The pack of cards belonged to Chen Waan (Yes, we are all BLOGGERS). At first when I was an onlooker, I couldn't understand what was going on (so tired already mind cannot move still wanna play maths game meh...) But once I got into the game, I was hooked!! And both cats that night (special name 淼燊 & Garfield Hau) were the big losers... hahaha...
Day 2 - Sunday
They said to wake up at 7a.m., but I couldn't get up until 8a.m. The very avid photographer Teck had already caught his sunrise photos... hoping he will upload them very soon. When I got up and looked out of the lodge... wow... I felt like bursting out in song... "The hills are alive..."
Looks like a painting... the top of the mountains was covered in fog
Headed over to the dining hall for breakfast - hot 3-in-1 drinks, spaghetti, sandwiches, mushroom soup....
"The hills are alive..."
Where are the sheep?
BOH tea workers
One of our itinerary that trip was to go hiking. Although I'd brought along my hiking clothes, but by the time we finished breakfast around 10, the hot sun was up (the weather totally felt like Pantai Jerejak instead of Cameron's) I deemed it unsuitable for hiking. So half of us went for tea at the white BOH teahouse not far away and half of us still went hiking (again, I am waiting for those photos).
We had finished our hot tea and butter scones with strawberry jam when we received a phone call from 'the others' saying that... they had locked their car key inside the car!!! OMG... really 够力. Somemore, don't forget, we stayed in a very "san ka la" place where there was no mechanic shop around... and furthermore, it was a Sunday! So Nicholas faster asked one of the teashop workers for help (at that time we didn't even know whether he clearly understood us) and transported him over to M.N.S.
The rest of us (left one car now at BOH) continued to chat our time away while waiting for them. Can you believe we actually sat there among the flies (eeu! How disgusting!) for more than 2 hours? Hahaha... Until after 2 hours, the problem was still unsolved. So we went back to M.N.S. to see whether we could help.Car owner
Hero #1 trying to jack open car lock
Fuhh... it is really not easy to become a car thief. Luckily, our tea-workers heroes managed to rescue us... after a longg process of 2 hours! Yesterday, one of my friends who didn't go asked me about this incident. He asked me whether the car owner dropped the key into the BOH Tea Plantation!!! Luckily not!!! If not, we would all be prepared to become like those Bangladeshi/ Indian tea-workers... scouring the trillions and trillions of tea-leaf bushes in the VAST tea farm!
At 3pm, Teck's car left M.N.S. first, because my bus was at 6pm from Ipoh back to Penang. And I barely managed to catch the bus by reaching at 5.49pm!!! What an amazingly MEMORABLE trip to Cameron Highlands... I am sure this trip will be remembered by each and everyone of us 6 years... 60 years... from now.