Wednesday, December 31, 2008

When 2008+1=2009

Countdown: 5 hours to 2009

Another year will pass us by. May 2009 be a year as good as the previous one. Again, I do not make new year resolutions because I do not fulfill them. I'll see what tomorrow and the days after have installed for me.


Tuesday, December 30, 2008

My very first trip to Langkawi

Langkawi is a beautiful island. Scattered at one point, something which I do not like. But it's truly a haven for a chocolate lover like me. The shops there smelt like chocolates all the time!

26 December 2008

As we were supposed to leave at midnight (27 December), we went to the TNB office earlier (yes, it was the meeting point for everyone).

We could not see a single soul when we reached except for the guard who ended up being our tour guide showing us around the office.

There was this conference hall located at the top floor and I thought of an idea to turn my brother into a guest speaker.

Ladies and gentlemen! Hear me out. I have an announcement to make yada yada....

Then my sis tried to challenge my brother and gave her speech.

It's time to vote for the better speaker!

Soon it was midnight but the bus still had not reached. So I turned on the MP3 while sending messages to friends to kill boredom while waiting for it to arrive. It finally did.

20 minutes later.

27 December 2008

We reached at 5.30 am and I was still so terribly sleepy. My eyes were aching from the lack of sleep. I found that I had reached a very foreign place the moment I stepped down from the bus. Everything looked foreign to me. Then I saw the signboard which said 'KUALA PERLIS'. We then went into the waiting hall and looked around for seats. So we sat there and waited some more. There, I saw a woman breast-feeding her child in public. Who on earth with the right mind would do that? It was such a disgraceful sight!

Soon after that, we were told that our ferry will be the 7 am one so we had ample time to have our breakfast. The nasi lemak that I had that morning was just okay. I missed Ipoh food so much!

When we returned to the waiting hall, we were told that we had to wait for the 8 am ferry. It was only 6.30 am then! I was getting agitated. I was getting tired of waiting but I had no choice. So I got myself comfortable on a seat till I dozed off.

Time flew and soon we were on the ferry to Langkawi.

We then waited at the terminal for our public bus to arrive but something else happened. One of my dad's colleagues' wife collapsed and got into a fit. Then, she was sent to the hospital while the rest of us moved onto the bus to our first destination.

A shop that sells anything that have everything to do with sea cucumbers a.k.a. gamat in Malay.

It's incredible. I tried it with the tip of my finger. It was hot, but it wasn't burning hot.

We were taken to several stops and then at Beras Terbakar, we were alarmed by the news of the sudden demise of the wife of my dad's colleague.

At that moment, I realized how fragile life was. It's not that I do not know that fact, but it made an impact to hear about the demise of someone (be it someone I know or not) so sudden when she was appearing to be all right that morning I saw her at breakfast.

All of us cancelled our plan to go to Makam Mahsuri (Mahsuri's Tomb) and headed to the hospital to pay our respects.

The time finally came for us to check into our most luxurious hotel.

Er, not exactly. As a matter of fact, this is where we stayed...

I shall let the pictures do the talking because it's too disgusting to talk about the room. I don't even want to think about it. Yes, Patricia. I had a 'fantastic' accommodation.

It worked better as a heater.

The worst thing was, it could not be turned on.

Could not receive any channels although it had such huge 'ears'

This was the lobby

Someone got angry because of the atrocious rooms they provide and released his/her anger at the door.

I cannot see the sunrise while staying here.

I added the word 'PANAS' because the air conditioner was really very panas.

I added the word 'MOTEL' too because it does not have the characteristic of a hotel/resort.

28 December 2008

Instead of following the rest of the group to do some sight-seeing, my family planned our very own agenda... SHOPPING!

We headed off to Langkawi Parade (also pronounced as Praed by the locals here).

Then it was lunch time!

Mom ordered this.

Sis' and dad's choice.

We went to Pekan Kuah for the second time (the previous night being the first time) and did more shopping.

I saw this sign in one of the Haji Ismail's shops.

There are a lot of chocolates that we bought but I forgot to snap the pictures of them. Anyway, they look and smell and taste like chocolates so you can imagine how they looked like, right?

So how did we spend time at night in the lousy room? We played cards. Dad taught us a new game (old/childhood game for him and mom) called Ginrummy (a cruel game I should say) which required two decks of cards. It was real fun. Those who want to learn, I shall teach you. =)

29 December 2008

The happiest day of my life. It was a very seldom thing for me to feel so happy leaving during a trip but the accommodation played a big role to make sure my stay is not only memorable but enjoyable as well.

We packed our bags and got ready at the lobby at noon. The bus was supposed to arrive by then but it came only ONE HOUR LATER. No punctuality at all.

We reached the terminal at 1.30 pm and we hunted for food. Most of the food outlets were flooded with people and we wasted so much time looking for somewhere to eat that by the time the food reached us, it was already 1.55 pm (we only had 5 minutes to eat since we were supposed to gather with the rest at 2 pm).

I blurred my face because I hated my expression in this candid. =P

Getting stormy outside.

That pretty sums up my virgin trip to Langkawi. The next time I go there, it would be by plane. No more squeezing my way through the seas of people around at Kuala Perlis.

7 things about me by Alethea

Although I promised to post about the Langkawi trip for the next entry, I feel this is more important to be put up here first. The following is what she thinks of me.

Something random about me:
You like red bean soup. (Do you still like red bean soup? )

Song or movie that I remind her of:
Hunchback of Notredame OST. Heh.

Something that only makes sense to me and her:
I miss IGC and Sunday school and SPM days with you and Jacqulyn, we went to your house remember? Watched our Graduation DVD too!

Her first memory of me:
When we were still in primary school and I still didn't know you personally. I always thought that you looked very clean because you were so fair and had your hair pulled back.

What animal I remind her of:
Turtles! Because you have lots of them at home, not implying anything about your personality.

Something she's always wondered about me:
Am I fairer or are you fairer? HAHA. Mirror mirror on the wall...

Her favourite thing about me:
Your love for animals! Terrapins and dogs, especially! (I can NEVER take care of a pet. EVER. I'm handicapped that way.) You're very kind and helpful too.

Alethea, I am missing you heaps! Although I don't make calls, it does not mean that I have removed you from my keep-in-touch list. Take care and I wish you all the best in your future undertakings. Hugs and kisses to you. XOXO.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

A sneak peek of my trip

It's my second day here in Langkawi. The weather here is not bad so far. At least there is no rain to hinder us from going to other places. Will be heading off to Langkawi Parade soon. Then I can buy more things (maybe a bottle of liqueur??=D)

I've shopped for my all-time favourite (CHOCOLATES!!) last night. I love the prices of every item here as they are so super, duper cheap!

Will be updating more when I return home tomorrow. It'll be an interesting post filled with the ups and downs of my memorable virgin trip here.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Yet another travel

I'll be leaving for Langkawi in about 7 hours' time. Been travelling a lot lately and I want to take a break from trips after this.

Anyway, I have to go back to college on the 5th so that's the end of my holidays. The peculiar thing is, I cannot wait to get back to studying and assignments. I guess I am crazy. I can't believe it that it'll be my third semester already. Wow.

I must treasure the luxurious moments while I can.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Another entry a few hours later

It's Christmas day! And I have nothing better to do so I am going to do the meme that Pui Yee tagged me to do. Here it is.

The Rules :
1. Put your music player on with all your music, then shuffle.
2. Press forward for each question.
3. Use the song title as the answer to the question even if it doesn’t make sense. NO CHEATING!
4. With the answers, give your own comments on how it relates to the questions.


1. How are you feeling today ?
Song : Teardrops On My Guitar by Taylor Swift
(I am not crying. It's Christmas!)

2. Will you get far in life ?
Song : I'm Yours by Jason Mraz
(Doesn't make any sense.)

3. How do your friends see you ?
Song : Aku Lebih Tahu by Mila
(I don't know what they think about me at all.)

4. Will you get married ?
Song : Tercipta Untukku by Ungu
(Aiyo, what kind of answer is this?)

5. What is your best friend’s theme song ?
Song : Love Of My Life by Jim Brickman
(Well, I don't think so.)

6. What is the story of your life ?
Song : That's What I'm Here For by Jim Brickman
(I will have to be here to find out.)

7. What was high school like ?
Song : Ketulusan Hati by Anuar Zain
(What does sincerity got to do with this?)

8. How can you get ahead in life ?
Song : Haruskah by Adam
(Should I get ahead in life? Of course!)

9. What is the best thing about your friends ?
Song : Dunia Batinku by Ella and Spider
(Yes! They are my life!)

10. What is in store for this weekend ?
Song : Picture This by Jim Brickman
(I have no idea.)

11. To describe your grandparents ?
Song : 4 In The Morning by Gwen Stefani
(Lousy answer.)

12. How is your life going ?
Song : Starbright by Jim Brickman
(My life is going well.)

13. What song will they play at your funeral ?
Song : The Gift by Jim Brickman
(I wonder if I was the gift.)

14. How does the world see you ?
Song : Partners In Crime by Jim Brickman
(I am not that rotten, I think.)

15. Will you have a happy life ?
Song : If You Leave Me Now by Peter Cetera
(Does not make sense too.)

16. What do your friends really think of you ?
Song : Dilema by Nora and Vince
(They don't know what to say about me? Haha...)

17. Do people secretly lust after you ?
Song : Bila Terasa Rindu by Dafi
(Funny answer.)

18. How can I make myself happy ?
Song : Hanya Memuji by Shanty and Marcell

19. What should you do with your life ?
Song : What I Have Done by Linkin Park
(I don't know what I have done.)

20. Will you ever have children ?
Song : Destiny by Jim Brickman
(Let's see where destiny leads me to.)

21. What song would you strip to ?
Song : Jujur by Radja
(Frankly speaking, no! I will not strip for any song. Haha..)

22. If a man in a van offered you candy, what would you do ?
Song : Piece Of Me by Britney Spears

23. What does your mum think of you ?
Song : Mungkin Nanti by Peterpan
(Maybe she will tell me later, I suppose.)

24. What is your deep dark secret ?
Song : Jatuh by Adam
(I have a falling secret. Heehee..)

25. What is your mortal enemy’s theme song ?
Song : Cinta Tiga Segi
(I wonder who my mortal enemy is.)

26. What’s your personality like ?
Song : Ayat-ayat Cinta by Rossa
(Another weird answer but I HEART this song!)

27. Which song will be played at your wedding ?
Song : Relaku Pujuk by Spider
(I have no idea why this song pops out.)

I shall not tag anybody, so anyone who have nothing better to do just like me, please feel free to do this.

Quite a fun meme to do. Easy and not brain-wrecking. =)

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Last minute shopping at One Utama, Midvalley and The Curve

I spent my Christmas Eve's eve in KL to do some very last minute shopping. I just came back a few hours ago and ended up not going for candlelight service at church (guilty a little). I had a great time there looking with awe at all the wonderful decoration at the various shopping complexes I have gone to.

The first stop:

I came upon this interesting bed and felt sleepy right after looking at it. I love round beds!

Now that Christmas is here, Panda decided to fall in love with a tree instead.

The next day a.k.a. today, we went to The Curve.

...and it goes round and round and round...

She was posing with her index finger pointing her dimple. So cute!

The Curve has a lot of trees around.

Santa's helpers have turned into grass!! Wahahaha...

Now I am back to celebrate Christmas at my beloved hometown.

By the way, I saw Eve working at Marche. I nearly could not recognise her with her yellow outfit and apron. You look prettier, girl. See you during CNY. Missing you lots!

Before I forget, just want to wish everyone a very: