Thursday, July 31, 2008

流浪@Disturbing News

Was browsing Malaysiakini when I came across this article:

Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today ruled out imposing emergency rule if street protests broke out in the event that opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was arrested.

"I don't think we are going down that road; definitely not," Abdullah told Associated Press in an interview today.

So, why is this disturbing?

Well, I have every reason to feel disturbed! After all, this is a statement made by our very own Mr Flip-Flop..

Remember "Will not re-marry", "Will not dissolve parliament" and "Will not increase" ??

Heck sh*t!! I'm looking for a job, and the worst thing that can hit me will be this... emergency rule... oh no... please......

And it's nearing August ey? Remember some ministerial dude mentioning another adjustment in fuel price in August?? Even more sh*t then.......

Please... some company.. I mean, any company in Penang, liberate me before it's too late... sobss :'(

September 18 2007 - Paris Free and Easy (II)

After some window shopping, time to move on...

Metro station near Lafayette

Our destination,

The signboard says it all

Palais-Royal Musee du Louvre @ The Louvre Museum, used to be the royal palace for the French monarchs..

This is by far THE MOST VISITED ART MUSEUM IN THE WORLD...

The museum viewed from Rue de Rivoli

Rue de Rivoli is arguably the most famous street in Paris... erm, make it the 2nd most famous, and is featured in The Da Vinci Code, in the 1st and last chapter of the book...

Ok, to be honest, the reason I know about this museum is because of the book, otherwise, I won't have a clue to what this building is..

The Louvre's plan

The most famous architecture of the museum is located at its courtyards,

The Louvre Pyramid

This pyramid is made of stone bricks glass and metal, commissioned by King Tut Francois Mitterand (France's president in 1984). The designer is Chinese, I M Pei @ Pei Ieoh Ming...

There's a huge controversy surrounding this pyramid, as it was said that the total glass panes used to built this structure is 666. This number is associated with Satan of Dragonball of the Bible and Christianity..

Another photo with the pyramid

Doing a Sleeping Buddha pose

Well, guess I'm doing something pretty controversial too.. doing a Buddhism related pose in a building that sparks controversy for Christians XD

The big pyramid is surrounded by a few triangular ponds, and 3 smaller pyramids, like the 1 in the photo above..

Another view at the pyramid

Won't be going into the museum today, because that is going to be part of the itinery for tomorrow, today will just involve FOC outside sightseeing..

Enough of pyramids, let's move on..

Beside the Louvre museum, is the Jardin des Tuileries @ Tuileries Garden.. we made our way through this garden (I somehow filtered away all the photos related to this garden, sorry-.-") into Place de la Concorde..

There was 1 golden statue standing in the middle of the road near this plaza..

Statue of Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc is a national heroine for France, who supposingly led the French to many victories against the English in the Hundred Years War. And by the way, this Hundred Years War is the reason why French and English are generally still at loggerheads till this day..

The baffling thing is, this statue is erected in some sort of a mini roundabout in the middle of the road, so u can't really get a decent camwhore photo with this statue..

Back to Place de la Concorde...

La Grande Roue, the ferris wheel of Paris is located in this plaza.. it's amazing that I can't find any recent info on this ferris wheel. Most of the sources said that this wheel has been dismantled in 2000 or 2002.. but then... it was still here.. in 2007... -.-"

Peggy? That is umbrella, not telescope -.-"

Oi! I said, that's UMBRELLA! Not guns la! Aduhai -.-"

The ferris wheel is actually not the most famous attraction in the plaza..

This is the most famous attraction

So what is this long piece of thing that looks like dick monument?

This is the Obelisk of Luxor..

So, what is so great about this obelisk thing? Well, this obelisk actually belonged to the Luxor Temple in Egypt, and the French shipped it back to Paris in 1833..

A stitched product of the obelisk

The plaza is directly connected to.. without doubt the most famous street in Paris (which is the reason why Rue de Rivoli is the 2nd most famous)... coming up in the next post...

流浪@Severe Depression

My dad just came into my room and asked THE question...

Well, not exactly the question, is the questions actually.. more or less..

"What is your problem actually? What job are you looking for? It's been 3 months already, why don't u ride cow find horse 骑牛找马?"

The thing is, I'm in KL, and I'm looking for Penang jobs, so how the hell can I 骑牛找马? How do I take 2-3 days leave weekly or fortnightly when I get into a job?

I mean.. that was really 1 of the reason I quit my Shah Alam job.. I quit so that I do not need to take alot of leaves @ try to be responsible to my colleagues @ let them find replacements ASAP.. and if that is the reason for me quitting, that is also the reason why I don't wanna jump into a job for the sake of 骑牛找马...

I can't afford to quit another job so soon again, so I really wanna get into something that I really can hold on to.. eg: 1 of the bigger firms in Penang.. My leaving my 1st job after 4 months, as well as flunking 4 papers in college, have done enough damage to my CV, so I really can't afford to make a wrong step again...

To be honest, I don't really understand it myself.. exactly what went wrong with the interviews I've had? What else do I need to do to convert interviews into job offers?

U see, although I flunked 4 papers in college, I turned over a new leaf and passed them all in the re-sits, and even managed to get 2nd Upper in my LJMU degree top-up..

I quit my current job not because of recklessness, but it was due to lots of consideration. I do not want to leave at a worse time for my colleagues, and I really wanna spend some time concentrating on job hunting and revising my college notes..

It's really quite unlikely to get feedbacks from the interviewers @ managers, because most of the time, it's the HR that calls us for interviews, and they are always reluctant to reveal the managers' contacts.. so I really have no idea what went wrong with the interviews... All I can do is keep trying to improve my performance and studying more...

I keep hearing people say things like "u're a degree holder, should be no problem"... but.. seems like it doesn't apply to me...

Damn I'm really getting depressed.. I need liberation... soon..... sighzz......

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

September 18 2007 - Paris Free and Easy (I)

We will be spending 2 days in Paris *woohoo!!*

Today is the 1st day, according to the itinery, we're supposed to visit the Paris Disneyland today...

Only problem is, the entrance fee is not included in the tour fees, meaning we have to pay for it.. I forgot the exact amount, but it's in the region of 30-50 Euros..

I'm not so interested with Paris Disneyland, because I heard that it's the lousiest of the 4 Disneylands in the world, so to speak.. and I have no intention to part with alot of Euros for a theme park.. and I have every intention to spend 1 extra day exploring Paris at my own leisure..

Actually it's not just me, there's quite a number of us who have the same idea.. we did not want to go to Paris Disneyland, so what?

We struck a deal with Paul: U guys go to Disneyland, we make our own way into Paris city!

That's why, the theme for today is Paris Free and Easy~

Group photo outside our hotel

Armed with a map, and a vague idea of what Paris is, we made our way to the Metro station, which is about 10 minutes walk away from the hotel..

The Metro is like the LRT, rail system inside the city.. only thing is that the Metro is 100% underground, and has many different lines..

Remember I mentioned about French's distaste towards the English language?

Well, we arrived at the station, went to the tickets counter, and tried to buy the day pass.. using English language..

I talked, and talked, and talked, explained and explained, and all the attendant did was keep shaking her head while smiling... wtf man ~.~"

Luckily, Peggy was smart, she used her handphone and took a picture of the price list,

This one

Showed it to the attendant, and pointed the price that we want...

By the way, we bought the 16.30 Euros, Zone 1-2 Day Pass. Zone 3 - 6 is unnecessary, because that's way beyond the city area and non of our business..

3 single journey tickets will cost more than the day pass tickets, so it was an obvious choice to take the Day Pass by the way..

Waiting for the train to arrive

Looking for places to go

We decided to head to the largest public park in Paris..

Forgot which station we got off, but it sure wasn't 1 train.. we have to switch lines a few times, which is quite common here..

Passed by this building on our way to the park..

Theatre de l'Europe @ Odeon

This Odeon theatre is 1 of France's 5 national theatres.. sounds awesome...

Oh ya, I forgot to mention something.. while we were waiting in transit in 1 of the stations, we met 1 Chinese lady who was studying in another part of France and was touring Paris on her own.. she was trying to head to the same place as us, so we let her tag along.. her name is.. Kitty.. I think.. can't really remember.. look for her in the photos yourself :D

Ok, moving on..

At the entrance of the park

The signboard doesn't seem quite right though.. theatre?

Well, I suppose it's because there's a puppet theatre inside this park..

Ok, descriptions time..

This largest public park in Paris is called, Jardin du Luxembourg @ Luxembourg Garden. And just beside the park, is the Palais du Luxembourg @ Luxembourg Palace.

Ok, time for some photos...

Some random photos of the park

There's also lots of trees in this park

I mean, lots of trees

Fontaine de Medicis

This fountain is 1 of the original garden's decoration, built back in 1630..

And here's another fountain..

Fontaine de l'Observatoire

Palais du Luxembourg

This palace is where the French Senate meets.. and I mean IS, not WAS. And well.. the French Senate, is like.. the parliament.. of course, minus the bigfoots and apes as in our country

And the big pond in front of the palace, is known as the Grand Bassin...

Another group photo, with a view of the garden and the palace

I did mention puppet theatre earlier on didn't I? Well, we didn't know back then, so we missed it.. shitzz *sobss*

While we're leaving the garden, we saw a table that resembles a table tennis table..


See?

I have no idea what a table like this is doing in the garden..

And there's another hugely regrettable thing that I didn't know back then... the Saint-Sulpice Church mentioned in Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, it's just down the road! And since I didn't know, we didn't go and check it out! Arghh!!!!!

No point regretting.. We parted ways with Kitty after that, and made our way to our next stop..


Rue de la Chausee d'Antin

Ok, I know, this name doesn't make sense at all, it's actually the name of the street...

What if I say, Galeries Lafayette and Au Printemps is located at this street?


1 of Lafayette's entrance

Still doesn't seem to make sense to many, I suppose..

Ok, then, what if I tell u, the 2 names mentioned above are the names of the 2 most famous high class department store in Paris? Does it make sense now? Hehehe :D

I'll just show u some views inside the Galeries Lafayette..




But, the most unique structure in this department store has gonna be this thing..


The inverse Eiffel Tower!

Well, high class stuff are not something people like us can afford anyway, and since we're getting hungry...


McD is the cheapest food u can get in this area


Yummy~

After the food, time to explore the area around...


Palais Garnier

This building is also known as the Paris Opera.. and it is 1 of the main opera house in Paris *obviously*


Galeries Lafayette view from Boulevard Haussmann

Boulevard Haussmann is the main street running along the area, and it is quite famous too..

Continue in the next post...

Monday, July 28, 2008

流浪@Sexy Legs?

I'm not sure how many votes I can get, but.. everything has a 1st time right? And I wanna prove a point to someone actually..

I'm setting up a poll, at the sidebar, and will leave it for 1 week, and the topic will be regarding the photo below..


Who thinks the legs in the picture is sexy?? Please vote, thanks/terima kasih/谢谢/ありがと~

流浪@Sorry for the lack of updates

Have been getting a few inquiries on what's going on with me lately..

If u have noticed, I have almost stopped my Europe Tour entries in the recent week or 2...

Well, like I said before, I was in the midst of job hunting, and still am at the moment.. the past 2-3 weeks have been hectic, albeit not so productive, for me...

I'm really getting ultra nervous and anxious as time flies by, so I tend to study like there's no tomorrow for any interviews that popped up, so much so that I've almost neglected my blog..

Well, I did come back and check things out once in a while, as well as blog hopping now and then, but doing the posts consumes significantly more time, and time is what I lack right now..

Was trying to upload some photos and come up with a new entry today, but the connection absolutely sucks.. took me 20 minutes to upload 5 photos, and I gave up..

Will try again tomorrow.. I'm almost nearing the end of my Europe Tour posts anyway, there's just Paris and London left... hopefully will let u see more of them soon...

Friday, July 25, 2008

September 17 2007 - Going to Paris

Nothing much in today's itinery, the whole day is just to make our way from Switzerland to Paris..

Breakfast at hotel

Bread and cereals

The breakfast room is nice, but no bacon and ham and sausage and egg means the breakfast still sucks..

Our hotel is near Geneva, which is quite near the borders with France..

Leaving Switzerland, heading into France.. Paris will be our final stop before going back to England..

French highway

Let me tell u 1 thing: French and English have never got on friendly terms ever since the 100 Years War (wiki for the history if u want to) long ago, so.. English speaking people tend to get into communication difficulty in this country..

I got my 1st experience on this in the service area..

I was trying to order the food in the menu, using English

10 minutes later, I was STILL trying to order my food, and all I got from the staff was his head shakes and disgusted smiles..

Have to get Paul to help me out

Paul is a Vietnamese Chinese, but Paris has been his home for about 20 years, so he had no trouble helping me out..

Finally, enjoying food

Here's another indication on how the French distastes English..

All in French!

It says something like: Thank you for your visit, have a nice journey.. Exact word by word, I don't know =.=

It's a 7 hours journey to Paris, almost 1 whole day.. and finally, in the evening, we arrived..

Here's a few photos taken by Bing in the bus..

Paris at peak hours

Paris tram

Ferris Wheel of Paris

Champs Elysees

Chinese dinner again tonight, somewhere near the Louvre..

Village de Chine

Instead of round table, we get long table =.=

The dishes

Group photo after dinner

Everyone is dressing free and easy, since we won't be doing any sightseeing.. after dinner, head straight to our hotel..

Our hotel entrance

Best Western le Saint Maurice, Paris

Best Western has many hotels in the world, even in Krabi.. the hotel we are staying in is 3 star...

Rather uneventful day huh... sleep tonight, tomorrow will be payback time...