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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Sabah Trip (15/8/13 - 24/8/13)

Sabah! Yes, it's Sabah! 
Finally my little dream since primary came true! *yay* I wished to explore Borneo. Though not all, but I had set foot on the lands! Last year was Sarawak, now Sabah. East Malaysia : check. =)

Click if you want to know about my >>> Sarawak Trip <<<

It was a last minute plan. I decided to follow friends of SW to Sabah for my second SBE. We had a total of 3-week holiday including the week of SBE, so we went few days earlier before SBE started. SW had to travel from KL because Pahang had no airport, so I went one day earlier to KL so we could travel together.

- 14 Aug 2013 -

Morning Flight to KL. FireFly plane was soooooo cute! :3  
It's my first time boarding such mini plane. During my previous domestic flights, the planes were bigger in size. Although it's just a 45-minute flight, they provided a muffin, a packet of peanut, soya and orange juice. Hmm, better than I thought.


Got too wasted for the past one week. I thought 3 assignments were all I had and they could only be done during SBE. Well, I thought. It turned out be four assignments and a quiz comprising 30% of finals. Great. I have 24 hours from now to settle BIG assignment or my SBE week will be more hectic than it'd be.

(tired-looking, having to wake up so early)

Time seemed to fly faster as FireFly got hurled through the air. Jay's concert was a months-long anticipation but now the happening was 10 days ago. Now, SBE is just round the corner and I'm flying to Sabah in less than 24 hours.

Had Sushi Tei for lunch with daddy!



Then took airport taxi to IPBA. RM30, reasonable.


Sitting alone in Coffee Bean struggling with BIG while fighting back somnolence. Ugh, August, the most hectic month yet the most memorable one. Well, good things come from hard work and persistence. Don't give up! *determined look*

I'm bringing my JiHyo cap - MAKI. Getting vain the night before :D


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~ Day 1 ~ (15/8/13)

A lil chaos before boarding the plane. Okay, quite chaotic. We moved at 10am but chose a taxi instead of 7-buck bus fare from KL Sentral because of uncertainty.(Can you imagine how far the airport is from Lembah Pantai?) We thought it's changed to KLIA without knowing that LCCT now is known as KLIA2. == Well, taxi fare......RM85. Ouch. *sigh* 算了吧,人生里总有用钱买教训的时候。

After everything was settled, our backs are soaked with sweat. So, every Borneo trip starts with shades in plane. Lol.

The journey was kinda torturing. A guy in mid-40 sitting beside me kept chanting scriptures. Uncle ar, you're in an ambiance similar to that of a library. You are not exactly being polite to other passengers. Then, something I hate the most happened. Children. They kept talking loudly and laughing hysterically the whole journey! I know, they're kids, they don't understand, so forgiven. 

Fortunately, the horrible 2-hour journey was alleviated by a cute Thai-looking steward. He looks like SiWon from SuperJunior! I took a glance at his name tag when he walked by, couldn't catch the name but I'm guessing Iban.

A rainbow accompanying me to Sabah! =D

Soon, we landed in Kota Kinabalu Airport. Hi, Sabah!! Douzo yoroshiku onegaishimasu!

First stop after landing : Tanjung Alu Kopitiam. Met up with Fei Qing, MeiYi, WanWei, her bro and AnnYi. =) Ordered Teh C Special (it's actually normal 3-layer tea but well, it's Borneo, you must have a taste at the famous local folk drink) :D

Song of the day : 温岚 - 夏天的风

We crashed at WW's a few days before going Tenom, where our SBE would take place. WW's mom was a wonderful cook. Our first dinner in Sabah : pork, prawns, broccoli and the highlight, 黄酒鸡汤!(Chicken soup cooked with rice wine) 

(It  looks diluted and all but wait till you try it. Oishii~)

(too eager to eat until I forgot to snap a photo. Hence, the leftover vege)

Aunty's generosity can be felt through portion of rice wine poured into the soup. One bowl down. Mmm mmmm goooooood~ *licking lips* SW got.....not drunk, but extreme redness and burning sensation in her chest. Haha. 

To those alcoholic out there or tuak lovers, it's like the sweetest tuak I've ever drunk. Compared to Sarawak's tuaks, this is women tuak x100000 times mild and sweeter. Probably because some of it has been diluted in soup but it's very thick tho. *yum yum*

Night activity : The Absinthe Pub / 唱歌餐厅. The itineraries were nicely planned by SW's friends so we just tagged along. Its my first time going to pub but it's more like a karaoke place where people sit around small tables with high stools(like those normally seen in pub) and sing publicly and drink. 

Yay, my hubby's song! 

After friends from other IPGs arrived, we ordered a bucket of Carlsberg and a bucket of Budwieser(the kind of teachers' gathering? haha). All of us drink, except SW. She's still trying to recover from the burning sensation she got from the soup. First time trying bottoms up, hmm, not good for stomach. I prefer drinking it sip by sip and enjoy the changing taste. (Shhh. My mom almost never read my blog. xD)

p/s: I'm not alcoholic ok. 

The structure was simple but it's lit with purplish pink light, dim. Kinda romantic. You can't see it through the photo because we used flash.

(look at her face LOL)


Then, we went for supper at New Mui Vui Kopitiam

We tried two types of SuiKao / 锅贴, the famous local dish


and Tuaran Mee(like Penang's Sam Mee but not dried and without gravy) 

It's only our first day meeting but we had fun. Squeezing in about 10 people in an Avanza, passing by police cars was totally thrilling. Haha. The coming days were crazy as well :)






(FeiQing, Fang, SiewWen)

As Cinderella leaves the castle before the clock strikes twelve, we head home as well, marking the end of Day 1. 

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~ Day 2 ~ (16/8/13)

Kuih muih breakfast at home, don't know what it's called


then second round in 路阳兴旺角酒楼, damn luxurious. I like the famous 流沙包, something which is quite rare in Penang. Yummy!


Attraction introduction : Kaya Street, where they hold pasar pagi every Sunday. Tourists' main attraction.

Watched a movie (激战 Unbeatable) in Suria Sabah, then lunch at UpperStar Cafe and Bar. I ordered Cheesy Carozza and Ice Lemon Tea. Got flustered for being scammed but well, 商业手段, illustrations are always for so-called reference only, should have known.

How it looked like in the menu.

I was served this.
(I thought it's waffle and the cheese is almost invisible :/)

 Wanted to try their signature beverage, named UpperStar but there's liqour in it, nobody wanted to share it with me. How could I finish it alone? It comes in a big portion and costs RM16++ Ended up missing the opportunity. =(

跟戴智健SMS会pekchek。都说人在Kota Kinabalu咯,介绍什么Pouring Hot Spring, Pasar Filipina 离KK超远的地方,还叫我去爬Gunung Kinabalu......我炸到。不过很感激努力介绍食物和地点啦,再次致谢。=) 至于ulat sagu, darab, barakas, bambangan...我会努力找 ='(

Forget about the deceitful lunch, we're off to Pulau Sapi!!!! *wheeeeeee* The must-go place in my list : seaaaaaaaaaa! 바닷가아아아아아아!

Clear blue sky, sapphire blue and emerald green water, soft white sand! The scenery is so picturesque like Maldives! I used to think Maldives pictures are edited because I've never been there but now seeing Pulau Sapi, I believe those images you found in Google are just how they are witnessed with naked eyes.

See for yourself!
For those perverts out there, No, the angmo was no naked. Look closer.(I got this question a lot.)

There was a sign stated 'Beware of Stingray'(or jellyfish I forgot).
I was like (@o@) thinking, "Stingrays?! How long will their tails be? How sharp is it gonna be?" Then I turn around, Woooooo, FlyFish!!! Let's go!!!! *jump in excitement*

**Bummer : I have so many pics to upload but my hard drive keep crashing after I transfer all the photos from my memory card. The following days will be plain text without pictures. ='( I will update the minute I got my hard drive repaired. Sorry.

It's RM70 I think, including life jacket and goggle? Not sure, we paid all together with ticket and boat renting and all. A total of RM120 IF I'm not mistaken. First time trying FlyFish and it was so So SO much more stimulating than banana boat! You feel exactly like a flying fish! Thrusting on the surface of water, strong wind accompanied with splashing water landed hard on face and occasional off-gravity lift. One word : AWESOME! Too bad SW didn't get into the boat so no photo of it. =(

Met a bodily-fit, out-going uncle from local and took picture with him. He's radiating summer! He said he go to Pulau Sapi often for scuba diving. I assume he's a professional photographer or something because he's holding a huge paw-like camera, like the one on Doctor Octopus in Harry Potter. He told me to add him in Facebook, Joe Chong(see, uncle, I still remember) but couldn't tell which one is him. There's so many Joe Chong! I love the pic we took together :)

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Bak Kut Teh for dinner at umm...somewhere(forgot). It belongs to FQ relatives so we got to eat for free. @-@ As opposed to KL and Penang Bak Kut Teh where we usually share a big bowl of soup, we got a small bowl of soup each, no free flow. The dinner was a pork feast. 


Since breakfast, we have been eating every two hours. *burp* *walking slower carrying heavy belly* We were too full to go elsewhere plus Pulau Sapi drained much of our strength away so we headed home.

Played with WW's cute puppy(forgot his name). Magically, if you sing, it will sit down and listen quietly. It won't obey if you command 'sit!'. Unique. Hahaha.

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~ Day 3 ~ (17/8/13)

- forgot to write down what happened this day -

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~ Day 4 ~ (18/8/13)

Had avocado as entrée for breakfast. First time eating it raw mixed with condensed milk. Main course would be 鱼杂(I don't know what they call in English). It's like ABC soup + different styles of cooked fish/清汤+鱼肉+鱼丸+腐鱼+炸腐皮. Sounds geli but it's like the kind of dimsum we love, brown and fried, dipped with mayo, except this is eaten with chili. *muack* Yummy!

Had a quick walk in Gaya Street, bought souvenirs and yay, a tee for myself! Then rushes to board Malaysia Express to Tenom. PeiChing and Samson treated us durian puff and WW's mom bought us buns, how thoughtful! Her mom is like Datin Dr. Raja Mazuin, you can easily strike a conversation with her. =) 3-hour journey it will be, so goodnight. zzzZZZ

The bus moved exactly at 12pm and arrived in Tenom at 3pm sharp. Hmm, efficient and reliable. *like* Met MeiJing(their dajie) and her family  after showing us around her house. Outskirts of town, exactly like what I thought. It's like the bigger version of Gopeng, Kedah.


(The rainbow followed me all the way to Tenom! :D)

A news shocked me when MJ said we won't be having any ceiling fan or air condition in our bedroom except a small table fan. @.@ That was OMG to me, I sweat a lot. I'm more afraid of heat than chill. Well, that night, I slept like a pig with blanket covered up to my chin.

Here in Tenom, besides the sky that gets totally dark early, pitch black around 7pm(which is why their markets close around 5pm), the weather is surprisingly chilly at nights. You will not believe how cold it is until you walked into the room. Four mattresses and a small table fan, that's it. Yet, it's even cooler than chalet in Cameron. I even turned on the air conditioner when staying in Cameron chalet. No wonder their electricity bill is RM60+ only despite the big house.  So, go live in Tenom if you want to save electricity and money! XP

Something white is flickering outside the window. It's neither lightning nor camera flash. *shrug* Ahhhhh, I like the weather! It's like experiencing autumn weather in Malaysia. Wheeee! Goodnight.

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~ Day 5 ~ (19/8/13)

First day of SBE. Woke up around 5.45am and it's already bright. Bathed with freezing cold stream water(thanks to IPBA I've got the stamina to resist cold shower), we headed to SJK (C) Chung Hwa Tenom.

Assembly, met with the headmistress and attended briefing together with other teachers. Then, we set foot to our temporary 'office', the library. There's a charming Canadian MBMMBI teacher in his late 30 I guess sitting opposite, exuding a strong western ambiance. He came to school by cycling and threw a smiling face when he passed by. SBE is always boring, so I slept the whole morning in the library. Not a good teacher. Tsk tsk. 

Rojak and soto for lunch after school before heading back to MJ's. Her mom baked vanilla cake and we all got excited. She cooked luxurious food for us(everyday)! We were really really touched, aunty, and your cooking is totally awesome. 

8 of us in total sit around in the living room watching China drama, 花非花雾非雾, which got me addicted to it for the next few weeks. It plays 3 episodes a day and it soon becomes a norm for us to watch and laugh together everyday after dinner. The atmosphere was rather warm, like a big family living together. :3 Later, we went upstairs to our freezing cold 'chalet' and snored.

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~Day 6 ~ (20/8/13)


Spent half the morning sleeping again. Went into Johnny's class, year 4. Their proficiency level is rather mixed, quite extreme on each edge I would say.  The smart are really independent, they would take the initiative to finish the workbook. While the slow learner struggled to follow every word the teacher uttered. Johnny used mother tongues(Malay, Mandarin) as a medium to teach English. One of the boys which I handled was eager to learn but he picked up things slow, which hampered his learning. The class had to move on somehow. When I talked to Johnny, he said they had tried streaming but it made their performance worse. Then, I talked to David, whose class I'd enter on Thursday. 

Sigh, no coverage for U Mobile in Sabah. Missing Facebook. Tech-dependent generation, tsk tsk.

It's a peaceful afternoon, wrote a few hundred words, had dinner, shouted and had fun with everyone. Watched another 3 episodes of drama, then continue watching Korean drama with Xin(MJ's 19-y-o bro). He said I look familiar......T_T 有那么大众脸吗? Oh well, goodnight. 

I'm really glad that I chose to come Sabah and I'm sincerely thankful that God bless me with such wonderful families to say with. I feel blissful and at home even tho I'm far from west. Thank you, aunties and my new friends. =)

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~ Day 7 ~ (21/8/13)

The coming days are more or less the same. Like working at a phone desk waiting for it to ring and be called to duty. This day, I slept through the morning in library, again. 

We eat out together during lunch with new friends from other IPG and went back to school. We had co-curriculum activity that afternoon. The students are exposed to many different sports which I think is (y). Opted for basketball team but we trainees were pretty much useless and the teachers didn't take any initiatives either so we walked around taking pictures.

We interviewed the headmistress for our assignment then head to a far-off Water Dam. She was so kind. She even offerd to bring us to uhhh forgot the name, a place where tourists would usually visit but the plan was called off because not many want to go :/ 

Watched 3-eps drama again then, end of Day 6. We would finish off our dinner quickly so we can done washing all the dishes before the drama started. It's become an addiction to all of us. Haha.

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~ Day 8 ~ (22/8/13)

Everyone wore baju kurung on this day for photoshoot session together with headmistress. Went into David's class again. During recess, we had a treat from headmistress.

[pics]

At night, we went to pasar malam nearby MJ sister's working place and bought murtabak sayur, green kuih melayu(that's what they call it). Then walk back to MJ house which was quite a distance away but it was fun! Took lots of silly pictures. 

[pics]

I greeted back a stranger who yelled 'Hi Amoi!' in a car then was quickly shunned away and told off by MJ and her sister. :( They said it's dangerous and I should ignore them. It was courtesy to reply when people greet you, no? 

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~ Day 9 ~ (23/8/13)

We went to watch FQ teaching Year One, Ms Rozaini's class. They were absolutely adorable and surprisingly obedient. I remembered they once gathered around me and asked about my braces.
I was surrounded by group of children at a corner while their teacher was just standing in front.


     Student A : Teacher, can I ask you a question?
     Me : Yes, sure.
     Student A : Why your teeth blue colour one?
     Student B : Teacher, got grey colour!
     Student C : Teacher, that thing on your teeth...somok lai de?
     Student D : *hearing the havoc, ran to join in* Teacher, say eeeeeeee!
     Student E : where where teacher, I want to see.
     Student F : I also want to see!!
     Me : *giggles*

Looking at those adorable innocent faces, I told myself once again that since I have figured things out I'm not going to do it just because I can anymore. I'm going to strive hard in this profession and make myself proud of the path I chose to venture. I may not have a dream in this aspect, but I'm going to do my best in what I can, with I have. =)
[pics]

It's the last day of SBE and we're not going to see each other anymore. We took photos and bid farewell with huggies. On the way back home, we bought a birthday cake and surprised aunty. After saying goodbye to aunty and families, we took bus back to Kota Kinabalu.

There was heavy jam, SW wasn't feeling well. Rest stop at an unknown place where crocodile, wild boar, 鳖(fresh water soft-shell turtle), monkeys and cock locked in cage. The croc had no tail and it had only limited space to move, suffocating. So cruel. 

Due to heavy jam, WW's mom waited for almost an hour. >< We had dinner together at New Mui Vui Cafe. Uncle ordered 40 锅贴, 10 水饺, Tuaran Mee, Wantan Ho, and salted fish fried rice. @_@ Their salted fish was extremely crispy and extremely salty.

Midnight, aunty surprised us with darab. Finally, darab! Yayy!!!! Thank you aunty! It looks like smaller version of cempedak, smells like nangka and taste like cempedak but with smoother and rather elastic texture. Yummy!! The skin is not that hard and it looks like corals when you pressed it.

[video]
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~ Day 10 ~ (24/8/13)

Had 流沙包, icy darab(we stored leftovers in the refrigerator last night) kolok mee and barli(I like it better with fucuk). Sam and WW dropped AY and us off at airport. Listened to radio together before getting off.

It's about a prank call from DJ acting as an officer telling a person he lost his parcel(a minion figurine he bided online). Damn hilarious! 

The plane is now in the sky, I always fail to count how many layers of cloud has the plane got through(it should be three right?) because I would pull down the binder due to scorching sunlight. Next time, I'll try to remember counting.

Sayonara, Sabah. Thanks for the tolerance, heart-felt warmth, generosity, lessons and wonderful memories. May God bless y'all abundantly! Byeeeee! ;)



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Conclusions from my trip :
- Sabahans have big hearts
- Sabah fruits are hairy and cheap(and seedless : guava)
- Sabah weather is wonderful(Tenom at night)

p/s: Dear Tawau/Siapadan, if I don't get to go Maldives I'll come for you. Don't get too polluted by then k? =)

See ya!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

25 Things To Do Before You Turn 25

Found this on Facebook and decided to keep it in my blog. If you're under 25, make a to-do list and be up to challenge! Give your life more things to be proud of!(of course, safety first) If you're 25 and above, let's see how many have you accomplished. If not all, why not take the dare and try doing the rest? ;)

1. Go to a Music Festival.

See your favorite bands play live; experience the atmosphere, the fashions and the micro-culture of life in a large field with a crowd of people all there to enjoy the experience.

[August 2013, Jay Chou concert in KL. Wheeeeee!]

2. Buy Dinner for Your Parents.

Your parents may have been been funding your life for years, so now you can experience the joy of repaying their kindness, love, and responsibility, and of developing an adult relationship with them. Taking them out for dinner, and picking up the bill, is one of the ways of doing this.

[Not my bro but parents, yeah. Lol.]

3. Travel to Another Continents

Travelling, with the exposure to different climes, cultures, and peoples, broadens the mind, helps develop life skills, and makes for more open attitudes and tolerance. However open-minded you are, there’s nothing like experiencing a different way of life firsthand. It also furnishes you with some great dinner party stories!


[If you're speaking of total different culture and climate, I guess Taiwan and China cannot be counted. Western huh?]

4. Try an Adrenaline Sport.

You could try sky diving, white water rafting or bungee jumping. Pushing your comfort zone and trying something like this may terrify you, but you’ll feel immensely proud of overcoming your fear.

[Is Atan's Leap in Escape Theme park considered bungee jumping? Not really, I know. Okay, I will.......MAYBE will try a real bungee jumping......someday......hopefully before 25.]

5. Spend the Whole Weekend Partying.
Doing an “all weekender” can be more difficult as you get older and have more responsibilities—it’s a great experience to try!


[Hmm, don't really know any friend who party that hard.]

6. Have a Good Conversation with Someone of a Different Faith or Belief to Your Own.

Conversations like this helps us realize we’re not so different to other people, regardless of appearances.


[If you haven't done it, I tell you, it's inspiring. And it makes the two of you closer with the distinction you hold.]

7. Vote.

Have your say on how your home country is run. We really can’t complain if we have the democratic right to express our views, but don’t do so.


[Will be done in 5 years time. Ahh, right at the age of 25. Phew.]

8. Dye Your Hair a Completely Different Color.

Or change your hairstyle. One change that can make you feel like a different person.


[I want to! Never got drunk enough to do it, I mean, never get enough courage! Purplish red, it is.]

9. Go to a Gay / Lesbian Club or Bar.
Or join in with a Pride parade/festival. If you’re gay, you could hang out at a straight bar.


[I'm excited at the thought of it but never want to go alone, of course.]

10. Let Go of a Friendship.

Not all friendships are meant to last forever; some come into our lives and exist for different reasons at different times in our life. Holding on to a relationship that has run its course doesn't do either of you any favors. Quality rather than quantity of friends is the important factor.


[I think at this point of life, everyone must have experienced friendship fading away. It differs only in how tight we hold onto it. Let it go. Set yourself free.]

11. Like Yourself.

The teen years are for exploring who you are, what you like, and how you tick. Now its time to embrace who you are: be proud of the unique self you have become.


[I'm not homosexual or bisexual or antisexual, I think I'm....egosexual. No, it's not true. One thing I couldn't shake off my mind is a dear Indian girlfriend of mine had asked me a few times what would I feel if I'm born an Indian, dark skin and all. I would smiled broadly and answered with a reassuring gesture that I would love the way God made me because He is fair. Then, she would asked again with a doubtful face, "Are you sure?". I might not own something many yearn for, but someone out there might yearn for something I possess. Embrace yourself, because you do not know how lovely you are.]

12. Practice Being Charitable.

Giving is more rewarding than receiving. Consider volunteering at a home for the elderly, or donating a percentage of earnings to a charity that you feel is important. Something as simple as smiling more and being more friendly to the people in your life and strangers that you come across can make a big difference to both you and them.

[Okay, no more excuses. If my ability permits, I will.]

13. Let the Grudge Go.
Holding resentment does more damage to you than anyone else. Let it go. Use your energy for more healthy pursuits.


[I think I have, though I have to keep reminding myself that the explanation you needed to do might be like the explanation you turned away from. Fair enough.] 

14. Go on a Blind Date.
The excitement, the worry, the unknown outcome—who knows what may come of it? A blind date makes for a great story to tell friends, a learning experience and maybe even a great love.


[Honestly, it sounds exciting to me(meeting new people, a new start-over in your circle), if you put away the dangerous liaisons, possible harm, imaginable crime etc.]

15. Exercise.
Your body is not 18 anymore. All bodies age, and the punishment you might have applied to it in your teens and early twenties by excessive studying, partying, and having a chaotic lifestyle will not be so easy to recover from as you get older.


[I will, I have to, I must be consistent with this. No more excuses.]

16. Learn to Cook

Learning to cook, if you haven’t already, can be fun, good for your health, and your bank balance. Trying new recipes and developing a repertoire of easy, simple and healthy meals is a great start.


[Surprisingly, it started last week! Well, I still have my mom handle the hot oil for me.]

17. Learn to “Be”.

The Italians have a great word; “Asolare“. It means spending time in a meaningless but delightful way. Learn to just be, rather than always doing.


[Not sure how it works but I think I've done some ridiculous things that are totally not beneficial at all and I enjoyed it.]

18. Save for Your Retirement.
The earlier we start, the greater the amount for your golden years. It may seem a long way off still, but the retired you will thank you for having started by now.


[At my age now(20), I have to say it never crossed my mind. Will take it into consideration now.]

19. Camp Under the Stars.
Experience the wonder of our world, with just canvas separating you from mother nature. It puts everything back into perspective, especially when life gets clouded by all the trappings and complexities of the modern world.


[Tho it was a forced-to-attend camp, I definitely enjoyed sleeping in flooded and cramped tent(6 in a normal sized tent, we couldn't even lied down faced up. We had to sleep side-ways) and had a lot of fun playing in the woods. Star gazing was a must.]

20. Learn to Balance Your Finances.
Money can be an asset or a burden, but a lot depends on how you manage it. A few skills in the art of balancing your finances can have a big positive impact on your life.


[Well, I'm not an overspender, and I think cutting off 100 bucks from your purse before starting a crazy shopping spree is a good idea. #tipsfromexpert]

21. Wake up Somewhere Unfamiliar.
Enjoy the initial confusion, followed by the delighted feeling of having done something reckless, followed by the reality of “how do I get home?”.


[Does this apply to hangovers only? Never, but would like to try it once. Hehe.]

22. Eat Exotic Food.

This is even better if it has an un-pronounceable name and is experienced in another country!


[Are deer and Taiwan's stinky bean curd considered exotic? But worms are definitely exotic! I even hallucinated it stung me in the mouth but it's impossible because it's dead. Eww. Okay.]

23. Buy a Ridiculously Expensive Item of Clothing.

Then leave it un-worn in the back of the closet. Keep it as an impulse buy; a reward to yourself; a “you deserve it” item you buy but never feel okay to wear but never get rid of because it cost so much.


[Oh yes. Won RM1500 and spent them all in Armani Exchange in 3 hours. Bought only two dresses and a tee for daddy.]

24. Learn to Say No.
Learning to say “no”, is an important skill and one that can dramatically increase the quality of our lives.


[I think I have said that countless times, especially in my rebellious phase.]

25. Learn to Be Alone
Our relationship with ourselves is the most important one of our lives; we won’t spend as much time with anyone else! Learning to enjoy our own company and enjoy being alone is invaluable on so many levels.


[When privacy concerns, I love being alone. Who doesn't? Haha. Learning to be alone is part of growing up.]

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Faux Pas · Hokkien

(I actually posted this in Facebook and it got 100+ likes in a short time. So, I told myself since it's such a success in making others laugh why not post it here. Who knows it might 'benefit' others or put a smile on my face when I scroll back to reminisce. To Penang youngsters or if you're just a beginner in learning Hokkien, you might wanna learn from my lesson.)

As you know, almost all Penang Chinese speak Hokkien. Being a Penangite, my Hokkien was fairly good enough to survive. Well, ever since studying in KL, my Cantonese improved but my Hokkien has gone all the way down the drain. Nowadays, my mom ordered food for me to refrain me from making any more faux pas. What happened? If you understand Hokkien, you might have a good laugh. *sigh*

Incident - Buying newspaper (Just now)

Me : Kong Beng.(name of the newspaper)
The guy handed me lottery paper
Me : mai zua.(don't want the paper)
(The guy sniggered but put away the paper, I walked away acting ignorant)

When I got back to car, I re-demo the scene and my parents had a good laugh. Zua(paper) and zua(arrogant) differ only in pitch. Zua(arrogant) is higher, guess I accidentally ended with a high pitch but usually people don't say "mai zua" so......okay. =_=)

This triggered my memory of Form 2 when I helped mom to order chicken rice with extra white rice. My Hokkien was really bad back then so I slurred the words and spoke in high speed in attempt to get it over with, thinking the adults should understand me anyways.

Me : Uncle, no bao KE pui, ji leh ai KE pui.
(Uncle, two packets of chicken rice, one with extra rice)
Uncle : Lu ai KEI pui, ai si KEH pui?
(You want chicken rice or extra rice?)
Me : Uhhh....cincai la.
(Uhh...anything.)
Uncle : *chuckle* Lu ai bek pui hior?
(You want white rice?)
Me : *blushed* Ah, tiok, bek pui.
(Ah, yes, white rice.)

My mom was laughing tears. If you're in a bad mood somehow, hope this makes you less gloomy. (=v=) One of the things in my holiday to-do list : Brush up your Hokkien!

即将の忆?


老洪,你好。

其实我很想知道,
这些时候...你都快乐吗?
真的真的快乐吗?
可以独立的快乐?

如果有一天,
这里的快乐结束了,
你可以在那里弥补回快乐吗?

快乐什么时候会结束呢?
任何一刻,都有可能是最后一刻。
那...哪一刻,又是最后一刻?

因为不知道,所以我更要把握每一刻的快乐。
能在黑暗中找到光芒的人,才叫厉害!
加油!=)

Monday, November 25, 2013

那些年,你们不知道的周杰伦的事

哈哈,将九把刀的《那些年》和王力宏的《你不知道的事》结合起来,感觉蛮不错的。

周杰伦的歌,你都知道吗?
他所写的每一首,你都听过吗?

从未当艺人写歌给咻比嘟哗起,
到成名后不只为每一年出一张专辑,
还继续帮其它艺人写歌。

要po上来...有心无力。==
整个list酱长!

他写的歌,太多太多。
在未成名时就已写上42首歌曲,
收录在不同的专辑里。

嗯,我只分享一些较好听的吧 =)




《命中注定》

2001年,收录在杨丞琳刚出道的团体《4 in love - 谁怕谁》专辑里。





《你怎么连话都说不清楚》

2001年,周杰伦首次写给蔡依林的歌。
收录在《Lucky Number》专辑里。





《眼泪知道》

2001年,温岚《有点野》专辑。
拍子一打下去就好有feel,温岚是有实力的。





《世界末日》

相信是再熟悉不过,
当初写给咻比嘟哗风靡一时后,自己再唱红。




《热带雨林》

应该都听过吧,喜欢SHE的歌迷朋友都不用说。
听了心情很好的感觉。 =)


*好了,不要停留在2001年,我们前进!*



《布拉格广场》

2003年,周杰伦和蔡依林合唱他写的歌曲,
收录在《蔡依林 - 看我72变》专辑。






《晴天娃娃》

继《不能说的秘密》后,周杰伦写给江语晨的歌。
曲风很好,vocal就差强人意。
没关系,人都有第一次,在加油就好。





《幸福微甜》

写给Super Junior-M的歌,很sweet的感觉,好好听!



目前最新的是周杰伦写给Selina复出后的《梦》



Selina第二波主打歌「夢」邀請周杰倫譜曲,而這也是Selina繼2008年S.H.E《我的電台 FM S.H.E》專輯中的「安靜了」二度和周杰倫合作。



Fast forward 到2013年,周杰伦跑透了世界巡回演唱之余,写了一首歌给方文山微电影《幸福透着光》




由魏如呁演唱的《听见下雨的声音》



-JC-

Sunday, September 8, 2013

19 Things I Want Myself To Know At 19 (Inspired by Mary Schmidt)

p/s : it's 111 days

I'm a December baby, born in 1993 but since my birthday is not over yet I am still officially 19 years old. I'm a typical Degree student living in hostel, miles away from home sweet home, repeating the same old routine of assignment, social networking and uhh snoring? I can't say it's lifeless living in the hostel but it can be pretty weary at times. I personally think it all depends on how you live your life. As for mine, I'm pretty satisfied with the courses I signed up and events I get involve in that constitutes my quite-hectic hostel life.

I know people who go out everyday, be it doing working part time or hanging out with friends. I know people who stay in room 23 hours a day during weekends(the one hour would be the time they wash dishes, bathe and go to loo). I know people who seem to have loads of business to do online facing the laptop 24/7. I also know people who almost never turn on their lappy, put aside the case of typing out assignment, talk on phone for hours and go to gym everyday. Some of them have a hell hectic of life while some have peaceful monotonous life. Not necessarily all of them enjoy their daily routine but they chose to live like this.

So, I've digressed away from the topic. This post is about an article I stumble upon while Facebook-ing and it very well gives me a hit on certain aspects. Honestly, my hostel life is an isolation from current issues and happenings because I don't read newspaper, even online. 99% per cent of my information comes from sharing in Facebook and peers conversation. It's unhealthy, I know. Very very unhealthy. Thus, #2 is like a big tight slap on my left cheek. I promise I will work on that. >< 

Read it! >>>  Schmidt Talk : 25 Things I Want Myself To Know at 25 <<<

To take the gist of it, I'm turning the pre-presentation of consequences into my stimuli to/not to do things. These... are the 19 things I would like the 19-year-old me to know :)
#1 #2 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #11 #12 #13 #14 #15 #16 #18 #19 # 22 #23 #24 #25

As mentioned in #22, blogs are great for reading. You get to view other people's lives and see how others view life from a diverse perspective of yours. As for Mary Schmidt, I just came to know her blog for like half an hour ago and I'm falling in love with her mature, perky thinking already. Go through some of her articles and all of them are about issues closely related to us : relationships, parents, career, time, friendship, nature et cetera which I think is captivating because readers can easily relate themselves to the articles and the way she puts it is simply beautiful.

Speaking of turning 20, being in the age range that starts with the digit 2 does not mean you have to start losing the childish you, being all mature and adult-like. It simply means you have lived two decades and seen things. They ought to be lessons that give you less disappointment in your future walks of life. 


Be you, because you're good at it. ;)

Friday, August 30, 2013

刹那·领悟



不管是哪一阶层人士,哪一背景出世,
哪一种生活关卡,哪一种怡然自得,
大家都各自演绎着不同的精彩。

这证明了互补的不足与妒忌的多余。

只要带着你的根本,不管到哪里,都可以再度开花。

Friday, August 2, 2013

August Trials

When life gives you an N, you tend to dig out all formulas, go through all possible methods and squeeze your brain juice just to figure out the solution. Nonetheless, the N always remain unresolved until the time of happening. That moment of realization that hits like a struck of lightning, 'star-style' or otherwise.

We dread when facing unknowns, yet march towards it with overflowing anticipation and excitement. For fearing unexpected encounter, we predict every possible event and arm ourselves with psychological preparation. But the tension is still there.

No matter how well prepared you think you are, things usually don't turn out the way you wish it'd be. For the heads up, if the ending is meant to be heart breaking, you heart will not be less torn just because it crossed your mind beforehand.

Never ending submission of assignments, crammed deadlines, packed schedule, anticipated happenings, catching up, meeting up, awaited adventure, second phase mental challenge, unexpected exhausting free labor... August Trials.

I never regretted for making my life this semester hectic by signing up this and that, taking part in this and that etc because hostel life is monotonous and dull alright. Hectic life is a life full of happenings, a life full of memories and a life well lived. :)



When people don't appreciate your efforts or life don't reward you the way you deserve, give yourself some credit and grin broadly! :)




Don't give up. \m/,

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A Blessed Night

The blissful moment when your world was closing in and you were about to lose your head, a friend came by your side and lifted you up. That's why friendship has got beautiful quotes. :)

There are moments like this when you are frustrated yet things won't stop bothering. People come to talk to you when you feel like being undisturbed, small annoying trifles trigger your temper and your screw loosens.

You are well aware that the world does not put to a halt at your times of frustration simply because it doesn't give a damn. At the same time, you are well aware of the flame of your rage and you might have to push people out of the way to protect them from getting burn. You end up giving people, if well taken care of, a burn mark. Just then, an ocean wave, enormous yet gentle enough, puts off your flame and gives you fresh air to breathe.

......and there are moments like this when you are so inspired to type it out in your blog so that you can reminisce your blessings in the future BUT you have to stop because you realize you have a 1400-word assignment to be dealt with. *sulk*

I am blessed today, in fact, everyday.
We all are.
We just have to learn how to see it.


May your blessings come to your vision. :)

Sunday, July 28, 2013

How To Get High La La La (Jason Chen promo)

1. Find a place where you are totally alone.
2. Set up your best speaker.
3. Play the video below.

OR

1. Put out a DO NOT DISTURB sign on your door/desk.
2. Put on your best soundproof headset, preferably Dr. Dre Beatsaudio headset.
3. Play the video below.



3:35 took my breath away, then rushed me up high like a strong gush of wind in 4:05 *intoxicated*


I just miss blogging, sharing whatever you think that may inspire/bring joy. Haha. Jason Chen is the one who makes me think ABC(American Born Chinese) who speak Chinese is sexy, probably because of the slightly weird slang and cute intonation. *wondering how Ryan looks like when he speaks Mandarin* Haha. Cuteeeeeeeeeeeeee. Search him up! JASON CHEN.

Another video to simply make you fall head over heels. :)




Music Never Sleeps. Peace. 
Lonely Snowman