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Boo-yah!

Haha. Nothing else better to do. Time passes by so slowly. Sigh. BTW, accidentally found some old pictures taken with the Nikon N75 which my brother bought through Ebay. Scanned it but the quality ain’t that good cause I scanned with low dpi. Anyway, here’s the first one. I think it was taken during the Japan GT Roadshow 07′ outside of Sungai Wang. Only one shot boleh pass, lain failed. Other pictures will be posted up soon. Tara.

Japan GT Queen for year 2007.

Japan GT Queen for year 2007.

Hola. I was blog surfing the other day and happened to visit Chiu Mun’s blog. She posted a result of a test an online test she took. Well, seems fun cause I might get to know myself better. I gave it a try and here’s the results. This result will help readers out there to know me better. xD Most of it are true except some which is not so true. Heh. If you want to give it a try, here’s the link: http://www.helloquizzy.com/tests/are-you-a-jackie-or-a-marilyn-or-someone-

Till next time, tara.

You are a Doris — “I must help others.”

Dorises are warm, concerned, nurturing, and sensitive to other people’s needs.

How to Get Along with Me

  • * Tell me that you appreciate me. Be specific.
  • * Share fun times with me.
  • * Take an interest in my problems, though I will probably try to focus on yours.
  • * Let me know that I am important and special to you.
  • * Be gentle if you decide to criticize me.

In Intimate Relationships

  • * Reassure me that I am interesting to you.
  • * Reassure me often that you love me.
  • * Tell me I’m attractive and that you’re glad to be seen with me.

What I Like About Being a Doris

  • * being able to relate easily to people and to make friends
  • * knowing what people need and being able to make their lives better
  • * being generous, caring, and warm
  • * being sensitive to and perceptive about others’ feelings
  • * being enthusiastic and fun-loving, and having a good sense of humor

What’s Hard About Being a Doris

  • * not being able to say no
  • * having low self-esteem
  • * feeling drained from overdoing for others
  • * not doing things I really like to do for myself for fear of being selfish
  • * criticizing myself for not feeling as loving as I think I should
  • * being upset that others don’t tune in to me as much as I tume in to them
  • * working so hard to be tactful and considerate that I suppress my real feelings

Dorises as Children Often

  • * are very sensitive to disapproval and criticism
  • * try hard to please their parents by being helpful and understanding
  • * are outwardly compliant
  • * are popular or try to be popular with other children
  • * act coy, precocious, or dramatic in order to get attention
  • * are clowns and jokers (the more extroverted Dorises), or quiet and shy (the more introverted Dorises)

Dorises as Parents

  • * are good listeners, love their children unconditionally, and are warm and encouraging (or suffer guilt if they aren’t)
  • * are often playful with their children
  • * wonder: “Am I doing it right?” “Am I giving enough?” “Have I caused irreparable damage?”
  • * can become fiercely protective

Shanghai, Day II.

Morning call was 0600 but I slept until 0645. Quickly washed up and went downstairs for breakfast. Nothing special for breakfast, just ordinary buns, noodles and stuffs. The food which tasted best was eggs. Yea, I said eggs. Much tastier than other food served but I don’t know if those eggs were injected with melamine. O.o Settled with breakfast, we boarded onto the bus and headed to our first destination. First on schedule was Oriental Pearl TV Tower, which is located at Pudong Park, Shanghai. We went up to the top by an elevator which moves at the speed of 7m/s. Inside the elevator, there was a lady attendant reciting the introduction of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower. She sounded more like a robot than human being. Her timing was so perfect, she finished the introduction when we reached the top of the building. The view from the top is nice, where you can see the whole city but if only that day wasn’t hazy. Sigh.

The hazy sky.

The hazy sky.

The ever growing city of Shanghai.

The ever growing city of Shanghai.

Since the view wasn’t nice, we went down after 10 minutes being up there. At the base of the tower, there’s a wax museum which shows Shanghai’s culture during back then until now. Here are some shots of the wax figures inside the wax museum.

Lady on trishaw.

Lady on trishaw.

Photographer in the older days.

Photographer in the older days.

Craftsman.

Craftsman.

A man reading newspaper while waiting at the barbershop.

A man reading newspaper while waiting at the barbershop.

We proceeded to a factory selling miracle cream (I don’t remember the name of the cream), where you can apply to any injuries including burns. However, they did not perform it to us. They just promoted it since most of the tourist have heard of the product they are selling. We were treated to a free foot massage by unprofessional foot massagers. -.-” Who cares, it’s free anyway. Next destination was Zhouzhuang or also known as the ‘Venice of China’ because it’s an ancient water city in the Jiangsu province. It was a 2 hour bus ride to Zhouzhuang, my butt was aching due to the long journey without stop. The ancient water city was beautiful, surrounded by water, plenty on pretty flowers and chilling temperature. The tour guide led us to the old houses, mostly belongs to Yuan, Qing and Ming dynasties. The water lanes and stone bridges attracted me most.

Boat ride.

Boat ride.

A young artist drawing the scenic view.

A young artist drawing the scenic view.

Locals on their boats by the river.

Locals on their boats by the river.

The day was getting dark already even though it was only 1730, it was time for our dinner. We were brought to a restaurant nearby the streets we visited. Over at Zhouzhuang’s ancient water city, it is famous for its Wansan Pig’s leg. The upper pig’s leg is stewed in brown sauce over a slow fire, which makes the meat tender. (This is making me hungry and wanting to visit Zhouzhuang again. xD) The Wansan Pig’s leg can be easily purchased around the area because there are several shops which only sell pig’s leg. Several trays of pig’s leg placed in front of the shop to attract hungry customers. A must try if you happened to visit Zhouzhuang.

For night activity, we were brought to watch the Zhouzhuang’s water city cultural show. An hour of performance which shows the culture and daily life of people in Zhouzhuang. Let’s just move on to the pictures.

The main stage.

The main stage.

Dance of the umbrella.

Dance of the umbrella.

Rice harvesting.

Rice harvesting.

Matchmaker.

Matchmaker.

Matchmaker with servant girls.

Matchmaker with servant girls.

Teh girls. Not teh shemale!

"Teh girls. Not teh shemale!"

The 'Pang Zi' gets the girl. -.-"

The 'Pang Zi' gets the girl. -.-"

The whole performance was pretty interesting, describing the villager’s daily activities throughout the year. Heh. Village girls ain’t bad too. xD Anyway, went back to hotel after the show. We couldn’t go out at night. Not that we were not allowed to but there was nothing near the hotel, not even convenient stores. Sigh. Took my bath and had a good night sleep till the next day.

Kuala Selangor.

30th December 2008

The night before, which is the 29th, we planned to go Kuala Selangor in the morning after doing some research on the place. We planned to visit Taman Alam because of it’s flora and fauna, where you can spot birds migrating due to season change and sometimes otters if you’re lucky enough, and Bukit Melawati for a view of Straits of Malacca from the hill. Without any hesitation, we decided to go there, wake up at 6. Went home after mamak was already around 2am. Kit said he will not be sleeping, so I told him to wake us up. But Kit let us down, so did Brian. xD Anyway, woke up around 12pm on the 30th. Brian sms-ed stupid messages to me, ‘eh, what the duck’. He did not sleep and yet did not wake us up to go. Giving lame excuses like who’s driving. Sigh. It was late already to go there, especially to Taman Alam. We planned and planned and decided. We’ll still go to K.Selangor eventhough there isn’t much time left. At 230pm, I went and fetch them all and headed to K.Selangor. The journey took us around an hour half. Reached there was already 445pm. First, we went to Taman Alam to check out how it was. Entrance fee was RM12 if I’m not wrong. Since it was late, we did not enter instead went to Bukit Melawati which was free. At the top of the hill, there were lotsa silvered leaf-monkey (Presbytis cristata) over there. We managed to take some pictures since we brought along our cameras. I bought some long beans, meant for feeding the monkeys. I took a piece and gave it to a mother with it’s young. Out of a sudden, came a monkey and snatched off my packet of beans from my other hand. I was like.. -.-” These monkeys are surely fast and agile. Forget about that, I just continued taking pictures of the monkeys.

Count the monkeys.

Count the monkeys.

One-eye blind.

One-eye blind.

Come here, my padawan.

Come here, my padawan.

A mother protecting it's young. (actually breastfeeding, seriously.)

A mother protecting it's young. (actually breastfeeding, seriously.)

We got tired of taking pictures. So, we went looking for places to have our dinner. Traveled over to a fisherman’s village, plenty of seafood restaurants and shops selling seafood products. After wasting time ‘chui sui’, we decided to try the ‘Riverview’ Restaurant which was recommended on the internet for first-timers to K.Selangor. Over there, we ordered crab cooked with salty eye yolk, a siakap fish cooked in asam style, deep fried sotongs and lalas, literally. We expected the bill would come up expensive since everything we ordered were seafood, but it only costs us RM91.50, with no government tax nor service surcharge. A fine meal with fine price. Done with dinner, we walked to nearby shops to buy fresh fish balls  and fish crackers.

The start of sunset.

The start of sunset.

Since we were there already, we went to watch fireflies over at Bukit Belimbing. Drove deep inside into kampung area, travel through trunk roads, without street lamps. We reached Bukit Belimbing Firefly Park Resort around 815pm. It was windy that night, we tried purchasing tickets for the boat ride but they say had to wait for the condition to be stable. We thought we won’t be able to sight fireflies, wasting our efforts going there. Then, it was less windy and we were able to go for the ride. The ride lasted 30 minutes and cost RM12 per person. It was a nice experience, watching fireflies along the river but the amount of fireflies was nothing to brag about. It was little and it totally looked like little yellow light bulbs lit on trees. -.-” Anyway, it was okay la since I won’t be going back there anymore. Experience it once is enough. It was 915pm and we headed back home since it was late already, expecting to reach back to KL by 11pm plus. We took the road not taken, wanted a more adventurous ride home. Well, we did, we took the trunk road back to Rawang. It was dark and creepy, no streetlamps for few kilometres. Luckily we followed behind a truck or else we would have got lost. Going all the way till the reaching junctions, we got on to the North South Express or else we’ll be traveling down to Ipoh. xD We exited at Rawang and went back to the city center. Later, met up with Siong Tat and Harrison at Pun San. Went home around 1am since everyone else was tired already.

Another post has ended. Next post would be Shanghai, Day 2 which takes sometime on that. Anyway, to all my viewers out there, just want to wish you guys a Blessed New Year. Till then, tara.

Christmas was like.. a week ago. And now I’m only posting on the event. Anyway, here goes. Wee Kiat hosted a Christmas eve BBQ celebration at his aunt’s place over at Bukit Mandarina. We, PSG, went for the party since we were invited. Baby and I went there much earlier than the rest ( Queenie was earlier than me -.- ) cause we helped Wee Kiat to buy lamb and beef for barbeque. His place was actually easy to find, just that the name of the place was weird. Sounds like the expensive baggage, ‘Mandarina Duck’. Right, while we were transporting food stuffs over to his aunt’s place, I saw Win Loon’s car coming in. I directed him to a parking, acting as a car jockey, giving directions to park. Suddenly the mirror came down and it wasn’t Win Loon driving. I was like.. owhkay~. It was a girl, a little gold highlights on the hair. She said something but I can’t remember cause I was stunned for a moment. I think she did ask me if I know who she was. By looking at her, I thought she was Ping Kee, and I nearly said out Ping Kee’s name. Luckily I hold back my tongue, and off she went. LOL. Then I asked everyone who that girl was. It was actually Win Loon’s second sister. Right, never expected that she’ll drive them there and randomly talked to me. Went back to the kitchen and marinated the mutton and beef, while the others enjoyed socializing at the living room.

When everyone arrived, it was already around 7 plus. Brought all the barbeque utensils and food stuffs to the playground, set up the grill and WK’s brother helped to start up the fire. While waiting for the charcoals to be ready, we played with the swings, see-saw and the slide. As stated at the playground rules, the playground was only meant for kids below the age of 12, and we big size kidults played there. O.o Heh. There was chicken wings, mutton, beef, sausages, meatballs, corns, sweet potatoes and Marie’s kurma chicken ( didn’t tried it cause I didn’t know she brought >.< ) for that night.

Ping Kee, Win Loon, Ji Yang, Kar Kit, Sook Mian and Yip Kent.

From left: Ping Kee, Win Loon, Ji Yang, Kar Kit, Sook Mian and Yip Kent.

Nuggets were finish in less than half an hour.

Nuggets were finish in less than half an hour.

Don't you try to steal my beef without my permission,Kit.

'Don't you try to take my beef without my permission, Kit.'

The girls couldn’t eat much and went back to the house. As usual, left us guys to finish up the food and clean up the mess. I sapu-ed around 10 pieces of chicken wings, 2-3 slices of mutton and 1 small piece of beef. Best thing about it is that, after dividing the costs equally, each one only has to pay around RM12 for the meal. Where is da world can you get such a good meal for such a price? xD After packing up the things, went back to the house for the present exchanging session. Everybody brought a gift and they’ll get an exchanged present randomly. I got a mug with a teddy bear from Wai Mun while baby got a pink hairband but don’t know who gave that. There was a few weird presents such as ‘Gasoline’ food and beverage menu, toilet paper roll without the paper, empty toothpaste and more. I tau la they ask you guys to bring old and used item, tak payah la till empty toothpaste kan? LOL. It was late already, around 1230am, baby had to go home since the parents expect her to balik early. Fetched her home and I went back to the party since the guys did not decide where to go next. Back there, we played cards while others played mahjong.

There was this colourful hat I saw and honestly it looked like those hats usually used by leukemia patients. Heh. We forced got Kar Kit to try it on and I must say, Kar Kit is a pretty good actor. xD Here’s a picture of how he looked like in that hat while receiving a present from the paedophile Santa Kent.

Here ya go, little one. (Picture credited to Harrison)

Here ya go, little one. (Picture credited to Harrison)

It was super late already and the girls have not go home yet which is quite an unusual sight. Queenie had to go back cause it was too late for her, so she requested us to sent her home. We went to the nearby foodcourt ‘118 KK’ for a drink before going home. *fast forwarded* By the time I sent them all home, it was already 5am. Didn’t had the gate control with me that night so had to park the car outside and climb through the gate. Open the door, went upstairs and I saw Kingsley awake, using the laptop. -.-” I should have called him rather than climbing over the gate. LOL. Took my bath and went to bed.

That’s all folks. Got to send my brother’s sputum to Klinik Ampang now. Till then, tara.

*The pictures of barbeque were taken by baby*

Port Dickson.

17th December 2008

I know. It’s been ages already that we went to Port Dickson for holiday but like always, I can never blog on it within the next day or even the week. So.. lazy.. to.. blog. Anyway, the outing was joined by me, Kar Kit, Mun Fai, Siong Tat, Brian, Win Loon, Harrison, Yee Jin, Queenie, Kit Yeng and lastly Soon Chiat, who only joined us for a short while. Got up at 6 that morning, I think it was Harrison who woke me up. He called me but I was half-awake, so I can’t remember what did I babbled to him. Wanted to continue sleeping and call it off, but I can’t be that selfish. Haha. So, took my bath and told Yee Jin to get ready since I was suppose to fetch her. Finish bathing, packed some stuffs, got onto the car. Pickup Yee Jin, headed straight to Pun San to meet with the rest. While waiting at the traffic lights infront of Peng Hwa, I suddenly heard knockings on the window. I thought Yee Jin accidentally knocked on the window but the sound came from the back seat window. I turned around to look and I saw Kent knocking on the window, wanting to get on board. I was shocked to see him, well, shocked because suddenly some person on the road knocking on the window. Sigh. Kent got on, and we went to Pun San. Awhile later, the others reached. We had breakfast there before heading to Port Dickson.

Done with breakfast, it was time to meet up with Harrison. As planned, we met up at Salak South’s Shell petrol station to sort out the tranportion. Since Soon Chiat drove along, there were more than enough spaces for all of us. We left KL around 0830. Got onto Seremban highway, Harrison requested to stop at the petrol station to pump petrol and tyre while others went to the loo. We speeded all the way to Port Dickson. Brian with Proton Waja, Harrison with Proton Wira, Soon Chiat with BMW 3 Series and me with Mitsubishi Storm. Along the highway, we played around, cutting each other and tailgating behind each other’s car. Nearing Port Dickson exit, Brian sped off far ahead. Harrison and Soon Chiat waited for me since Storm wasn’t meant for speeding. Brian was far ahead and could not be seen. We wasn’t sure of the road there and we exited the highway since the signboard was written Port Dickson. Moments later, Kar Kit (who sat Brian’s car) called telling me to exit the highway. I did, but he meant the next exit. Nevermind, we couldn’t U-turn back anyway. It was actually the same just that the exit I took was entering Port Dickson through the main town while Brian enters from the beach site. Finally, we still met up at Avillion’s parking lot. There, Harrison parked his car since we’re able to fit into 2 cars. Since it was still early and wasn’t hungry, Brian suggested to dig for seaworms for fishing later in the evening. With Brian leading the way, we drove along the beach looking for spots to dig for worms. We stopped at this empty beach site, started to dig the ground but the soil weren’t right. There ain’t no worms. -.- The others didn’t even bothered Brian and his worms. They went straight to the seaside. They played and snapped pictures there since the scenery wasn’t that bad.

Win Loon, Kit Yeng, Queenie.

From front to back: Win Loon, Kit Yeng, Queenie.

Soon Chiat, capturing the ocean.

Soon Chiat, capturing the ocean.

Tat, kenapa emo? Kit Yeng tak hirau ko ke? xD

Tat, kenapa emo? Kit Yeng tak hirau ko ke? xD

Kar Kit crushes the sandman's sandballs? O.o

Kar Kit crushes the sandman's sandballs? O.o

Dinner for the night, not.

Dinner for the night, not.

"Wait, Marcus is eavesdropping on us."

KY & YJ: "What's the secret? Tell us." YC: "Wait, Marcus is eavesdropping on us."

Harrison scouts the wide ocean.

Harrison scouts the wide ocean.

"The Sky Above"

"The Sky Above"

Well, for the rest of the journey, I did not take anymore photographs cause I was lazy.

Done with playing around, everyone was hungry and Brian brought us to a local mamak restaurant which he recommended to us. We tried there anyway. Not sure about the rest, but it was pretty pricy for me. Lunch was settled, but the ‘umpans’ for fishing wasn’t on sale yet. So we went swimming at the sea at this beach filled with people, but majority was Malays, hardly can spot Indians or Chineses. We guys played in the sea, swam as far as we could. While the girls were afraid of getting sunburn, they just rested by the beach. It was exhausting since I seldom swim. It was 1500 then, time to get the baits for fishing time. Bought the baits and off to the fishing spot. We fished for few hours but we did not get any fishes. It’s just like Pokemon, where you throw your rod in, and the words came out, “Not even a nibble.” -.- It was getting late already, packed our stuff and headed over to Lukut to have our dinner. Once we finished with dinner, it was time to go back to KL. Reached back there around 2230. And that was our trip to Port Dickson.

Actually there was more trips before this but I was too lazy to blog on it. So if you guys wanna find out what we guy did, just check out my friends’ blog entries. Till the next post, tara.

Shanghai, Day I

Hello..? Harrow..? *coughs* I know it’s been weeks already since I came back from my holiday trip over to Shanghai, China. Back and have been busy going out already. Been going out nearly everyday and I’m starting to get bored of it cause going out too much makes me wallet goes thinner and thinner. Mamak everyday isn’t healthy. See, I know how bad is mamak-ing but I still go every night without fail cause there’s Daily General Meeting at mamak. But I do exercise, well, not really exercise la. Just been climbing waterfalls and going on random trails for the excitement. That’s about it for the past few days, and the previous week, and the week before that too.

Well, since I’m overly bored at the moment waiting to send my parents to the airport, guess I’ll have to push myself to write a blog post or else people will never want to visit this dying site. By the way, I’ll just break the whole trip post into several posts so it’ll be much nicer and neat. Heh. We’ll start of with Day 1.

23rd November, Sunday.

At 0140, my uncle and I boarded on a Malaysia Airlines A330-300. Mid-size aeroplane, nothing special. While on the plane, listened to boring songs and watched Mamma Mia! on the inflight entertainment.  After a 5 hour flight, we reached Pudong International Airport at 0645 local time, well it’s the same time with Malaysia. While on the plane nearing Shanghai, managed to watch sunrise. Sadly, wasn’t sitting by the window so couldn’t get shots of it. When the plane landed, it was gloomy and drizzling. Totally spoils the holiday spirit. Estimated temperature during arrival was around 15°c. Clad with short pants and short sleeves t-shirt. It wasn’t that cold actually. Got our luggages and hitch onto the bus. Supposed to travel on the MagLev but it wasn’t in operation due to the poor weather condition. Headed to the hotel which is located outskirt of the city, where the buildings are old and road conditions aren’t that good.

Gloomy Sunday.

Gloomy Sunday.

Shops below, houses on top.

Shops below, houses on top.

Still, considered good if were to compare with Malaysia. Had breakfast at a nearby shop, pork chop noodles for 7RMB and 10-15 pieces of wantan for 5RMB. Rested till 1230 and it was time for lunch. Two are two kinds of restaurants over there, one’s that are for normal peeps to go and the other one meant for only tourist groups. Obviously, every single restaurant we went to has other tour groups makan-ing together. Anyhow, food over there wasn’t that nice. Maybe it’s because they brought us to cheap government handled restaurants. For every meal, there will always be a bottle of local China beer and a bottle of soft-drinks. Since beer over there is much cheaper than soft drinks, you can actually switch the bottle of soft drink for extra 2 bottles of beer. Nice. =D

Tourist restaurant.

Tourist restaurant.

Our group have 23 peeps, none around my age except the local tour guide. Others are either in their 40’s and above or age from 4-14 years old. 3/4 of them speaks hokkien, which I don’t speak nor understand. I quickly told my uncle that  we have joined the wrong tour. It’s more like a hokkien tour, “Hua Hee Tun”. -.- Back to the trip, headed to a street shopping area called.. Umm.. I can’t remember. Some sort of temple street I think, but meant for tourist to visit and shop. Didn’t bought anything there, just walked and snapped pictures. I wanted to buy Hardgay’s leather cap but does not come along with the HG logo. I gave it a thought but it wasn’t worth it cause if I were to bring back here, I won’t even wear that gay cap out. Oh yes, this is also the place where it’s famous for it’s Shanghai dumplings. Didn’t tried it though cause the queue was pretty long.

Buildings over at the.. some temple street.

Buildings over at the.. some temple street.

Be still.

Be still.

Left that street and went on to Nanjing Road. Just like every tour, they’ll bring you to shopping places and expects you to spend all your money on their goods. Nanjing Road is a famous shopping area, with plenty of branded goods selling here. Fakes won’t be seen much over here. We just walked a part of it cause the total length of Nanjing Road is about 5km. We were there around 1700 and it was starting to  get dark. During winter season, skies over at Shanghai turns dark by 1730 but it appears bright due to the massive lightings placed all over the city.

Night lights at Nanjing Road.

Night lights at Nanjing Road.

We went for dinner after window shopped at Nanjing Road. Next on agenda was a performance called, “Era: Intersection of Time”. It is an acrobatic performance, having actions like rope swinging, several motorcycles inside cage and much more. Funny thing about the show was that their slogan was, ‘Miss it and you miss Shanghai’. Haha. Well,  I did not find it interesting since the performance was about the same as any other acrobatic performance. There isn’t pictures of the performance cause they did not allowed photography of the performance. Back to hotel for a good rest and that’s the end of Day 1.

Globe shaped building outside the "Era" performance.

Globe shaped building outside the "Era" performance.

Ahh. Finally, after writing all these for 2 days, the post on Day 1 has come to an end. Hope to get back to posting the next sequence soon enough. Time to sleep for me. Outing at Port Dickson was fun. 😉 Till then, tara.

P/S: Baby, haven’t seen you for days. Miss ya so much. >.<