Thursday, October 30, 2008

流浪@My 2 Over-Weaknesses

Suddenly felt like talking about this because I have nothing else that I feel like talking about at the moment...

People always say: Those who are close to you will know you better than you do yourself.

My mom always tell me: "Your greatest weakness is over-confidence."

She has a few ways of saying that: over-confidence, or ego, or look down on other people..

Actually, that's quite true... most of the time, I have absolute confidence on whatever that I do.. This is because whenever I wanna do anything (the serious stuff), I would always make sure that I get as much and as accurate information and data before coming to a conclusion on what need to be said/done.. That is why sometimes, I am very stubborn on my stand and unwilling to budge...

As for the look down on other people thingy, it actually only applies to those "Mind Power"/"Self Building"/similar shit seminar speakers... actually it's not that I look down on them.. I just don't like attending that kind of seminars.. because in my opinion, the shit that they say is things that we already know... what we really need is the will and determination to practice those values.. my reluctance translates to arrogance in my mom's eyes.. it's also probably my over-confidence that caused my stubbornness in refusing to attend talks like that..

I don't think I can, or want to do anything much about this so called 'weakness'...
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Recently, I've just discovered by myself, the hard way, that there's actually another element that's quite 'over' within me: over-enthusiastic..

Over-enthusiasm occurs when I deal with anything that draws my attention, eg: a new drama, a new online game, interesting blogs, NICE FOOD!!... and also with friends....

Let's just talk about 2 of them..

Nice food: Ask my friends/family, if it's shopping for clothes, I have 120% control on what I wanna buy and what I don't wanna buy.. but when it comes to food... negligible control... sometimes, I spend more money on food than my female friends spend on clothes...

Friends: As mentioned in my previous post if u really read, I really care about my friends. When I wanna do things that involve my friends, I will ALWAYS put them in front of me in my considerations. Sometimes, I tend to offer my help/advice too much even when they don't need it that it becomes an annoyance.

This over-enthusiasm sometimes translates to over-sensitivity.. there are times when some little things happen and I get ticked off easily when things go in a different way than I have anticipated.. I've had more than my fair share of cold wars with different groups of friends as a result...

So, basically, I think u will see a fairly more subdued/reserved Ah Leong in the coming days. My job requires me to turn from being reactive to proactive, but outside work, I think I will probably turn vice versa, more often than not... let's see if this will lead to better situations...

Monday, October 27, 2008

流浪@Being Alone Day

Was supposed to post this yesterday, but something held me off...

Had to make my way across to mainland Penang, Jusco Bandar Perda to be exact, to take care of some things on Monday (Deepavali Day)...

The day before, I had actually asked Peggy and How Chen if they wanted to tag along, I also asked Cath if she wants to be my GPS to find Sunway Carnival, and I also asked Shiow Jen for lunch... end up, nothing happened.. and I was on my way alone...

Seeing that this was the situation, I decided that today would be 1 of the Being Alone Day that I would frequently have back when I was in KL...

Let me just tell u abit about what this Being Alone Day is all about...

Well, u see, ever since I set foot back on Malaysian soil last year, I have been living under a huge burden consisting of stress, self-expectation, and study loans... at times, the burden would seem to be too heavy to cope with.. I've actually had a few experiences where I felt almost like collapsing from the weight...

Whenever I find myself almost unable to bear with it, the best thing that I do is look for friends take some time off alone...

I don't mean to say that I'm a secluded retard who don't like friends. I love my friends, and I absolutely care about them, almost as much as my family... but sometimes, there's things that's not so convenient to talk about with friends, if u know what I mean.. so for me personally, taking some time off alone is the most effective way to de-stress and recharge my mental energy...

I've never told anyone about this.. kinda unofficial ritual of mine.. because they'd probably come to the conclusion as what I've mentioned above...

So what do I normally do in a typical Being Alone Day of mine?

I go on a driving rampage...


My definition of a driving rampage is go 160km/h, depressing the accelerator like there's no tomorrow drive on unknown roads, trying to find out new places... I do tend to depress the accelerator more but, due to the limitations of my car, would probably never reach the range of speed high enough for adrenaline rush...


So my driving rampage on Sunday was to look for Sunway Carnival... and what a drive I had! I made 2 wrong turns, 2 terrible wrong turns that I am totally aware of but just missed out on the right junction... I'll illustrate with an edited Google Maps print screen..


Sunway Carnival is at the red spot. Junction 1 was where we come out from Jusco Bandar Perda to the highway. Junction 2 is where I was supposed to turn into, but somehow I missed it and turned in at Junction 3.. Then I made a few u-turns and made it back to the highway, only for me to miss out again and back to Junction 1 =.=

But eventually I found the shopping complex.... mission accomplished lah~

The good thing about being alone is that, I can afford to be spontaneous. I can do whatever I feel like doing in the spur of the moment, for example: catch a movie, eat some good food, or just wandering aimlessly in a shopping complex or a park thinking about nothing...

Thought of watching Eagle Eye, but it was off cinema already, so didn't manage to do that...

So this is the spontaneous thing I did... have a lunch at a fehmes food outlet...

Ice Peach Tea from the outlet

The 3 dips provided here

This is my lunch, woohoo!!

Can u already guess where I had lunch?

MFM = Manhattan Fish Market!! What I ordered was the Flaming Platter for One...

Close up on the prawn

Close up on the fish

Well, to be honest, the food here is not that nice.. at least the fish doesn't taste as fresh.. I prefer the Queensbay outlet more...

The ironic thing that happened on that day is that: I ajak-ed Cath and Shiow Jen unsuccessfully, and I bumped into them in this very Sunway Carnival!

This is a classic example of the norm in my life: things u expect/want to happen, doesn't happen when u expect them to, but they will happen in unexpected manner... I have already decided that today is gonna be my Being Alone Day, and that's when I bump into friends...

But then, it was good as well... *ahem ahem* having been a loyal supporter of cathrane.blogspot.com all the while, checking it out at least a few times daily, I knew can feel that there's something bugging Cath.. and like I mentioned above, I absolutely care for my friends, so I was kinda worried about what she's up to...

But, seeing her hanging out at Starbucks with her.. her.. best friend from high school? Boon Yean? .. it was actually a relief to see that she's taking time to chill.. probably for the same purpose of me having my Being Alone Day...

Shiow Jen.. hehehe, she sms-ed me saying she have to take care of some friends visiting from KL... she probably left out a "boy" word somewhere in the sms... u get what I mean? So I suppose it was totally a logical choice to say no to my ajak-ing to lunch hahahaha!!!

Anyway, good for u girl.. hope ur relationship lasts long long~~

Made it back home to Penang island about 4pm, continued with my Being Alone Day at home..

So what do I do while being alone at home? There's 2 things...

1. Listening to sad songs - kinda soothes amplifies my lonely sentiments. It's probably the same concept with people having excessive alcohol after work.. It doesn't help u at all, but somehow u still wanna do it...

2. Meditate - the ultimate activity to force u to think nothing and clear up your mind. After a 30 minutes session, would surely be able to think more clearly and calmly...

Then we have visitors from KL coming up, so went out for dinner with the bunch of Penang-2007 LJMU-TARCians and officially ended my Being Alone Day session...

Saturday, October 25, 2008

流浪@Windy Night

Just a short update...

Last night, I had another 1st experience here in Penang. For the 1st time in my life, I heard the sound of whirlwinds up close!

I was stuck in my room in 19th floor, and all night, heavy wind was barging in thru the window.. and around 9pm, I had my 1st encounter with the "whheeeeewwwww whhheeewwwwwwww" sound.. it got more and more intense and lasted until at least after I fell asleep at about 1.00am..

Actually, I was quite worried for my friends.. Peggy and How Chen went to their weekly photography class, which was supposed to end about 10.00pm. But they didn't came back home until almost midnight...

Cannas and Cath went to celebrate their colleague's birthday at some posh-sounding restaurant around New World Park in town..

Now, I don't know if this whirlwind phenomenon is common or not in Penang.. the sound sure was exciting and fun to hear, but it felt dangerous too.. I was on 19th floor, and I wasn't sure if things are better or worse down on the ground..

When all of them didn't pick my phone up or replied my SMSes, really got panicked and started to think: "What the fark?? Is something wrong??!"

Luckily, Cannas went online later in the night, and since Cath is following her car, I suppose both of them made it safe back home.. and then Peggy and How Chen came back, they just went to buy some food stuff for their photo shooting trip today..

Panic eased, I continued to enjoy my 1st whirlwind experience for awhile more before going to bed =)

Sunday, October 19, 2008

流浪@Home Cooked Meal

Remember the post I made about my fortunes taking a turn for the better, and finally settling down up north here? Well, the original post was in Chinese, here, and for the potatoes and bananas, u can refer here as well...

Well, Peggy saw this particular phrase [汤水没得喝了] and thought that I wasn't doing her any justice with that blog post, because she did make some soup that I had my share of, so today, I'm going to tell u guys: Peggy is a very good housemate @ cook! I do have soup occasionally while staying with her and How Chen, the phrase 汤水没得喝了 actually just meant that I miss the soup my mom make at home =.=

I'm gonna show u proof...

Wooww~ Nice soup!

It's just that Peggy decided to cook dinner tonight, and I suddenly felt like taking some photos of her works...

The soup was great by the way.. herbal soup with pork, yummy!

Steamed fish!

Contrary to what she kept saying during dinner, the fish was actually quite good! The sauce was abit too flavorful, but it was perfect to go with rice...

Fried vegetables

Nice to see, nice to eat, hehehe :-D

I wanted to take a photo of Peggy at work, but the usually camwhoring her suddenly became cam-shy.. I'm not really sure why is that, but the only photo I could come up with of her at work is this:

Not clear,

Because she keep moving to foil my attempts of taking a decent photo...

So.. there u go, this is what usually happens when Peggy decides to cook, I get to have some good home cooked food :-)

I still miss my mom's soup though...

And.. I promised I would cook for Peggy in return, but that promise has yet to materialize =.=

I'll find an opportunity soon, I promise.... even though my promise is worth nothing in their point of view =.=

Saturday, October 18, 2008

流浪@Destructive Weekend

I've been staying in Penang on a more permanent basis (meaning having my own room and only going back to KL once in 2-3 weeks) for almost 2 months..

Throughout my stay here, I've been on a mission: to reduce weight.

Don't laugh!! You jerks!!! I'm serious!!!!

For the 1st step of my mission, I've been quitting junk food altogether. Pringles, Chipster and Kit-Kat can no longer be found in my vicinity. Instead, I have been taking oats and oat biscuits on a regular basis...

I'm not sure if my weight has reduced or not, but I feel like I'm beginning to get into stride. At least I've been feeling healthier...

However... this weekend has been a destructive weekend on my efforts for the past month and a half... 2 crazy occasions is enough to offset whatever I've done...

Occasion 1: Friday night

I went to a steamboat party at an angmoh's place at Gold Coast Villa. Angmoh's name is Ian, and he's Peggy's counterpart at work. It was supposed to be a gathering for those who went on a Langkawi trip last month. I wasn't part of the trip, but I was invited to join the steamboat party too, because I was lonely...

Anyway, am not going to put photos here or blog in detail about this gathering here, Cath has a quite detailed entry of the gathering here.

Just that, when u have a DIY steamboat (or whatever) party at home, it's common sense that you'll have so much food, you'll eat till you drop and the food is still not finished, and that's what happened =.=

To sum it up, there's lots of food, lots of booze, lots of fun, and lots of cholesterol...

Occasion 2: Saturday (today)

Initially, the plan for the day was to look for a place to have lunch, but due to 1 reason or another, I ended up in Red Box Gurney with Peggy and How Chen.

We sang from 4pm till 7pm, and was then offered to topup another RM10 for their buffet dinner. We duly obliged...

As is the norm with me, I'm not a good food blogger.. The moment I got my food, I gobbled them up in no time. It was when I got myself a round of desserts, How Chen reminded me to take photos for my blog..

Here's my round of desserts

Cakes, pastries, kuih lapis and cookies..

And also ice cream!

A steamboat party night, followed by a buffet dinner night... u tell me, what is there left of whatever weight reduction I had in the past 2 months?

Shit! Have to start all over again =.=

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

October 4 2008 - Pantai Kerachut

It's been n years since I last made a post on trips and travels.. I think I didn't ever since I was done with London... well, here's 1 after such a long time...

I'm going to blog about a place which I think is not really famous, even among Penangites.. Pantai Kerachut @ Taman Negara Pulau Pinang, Teluk Bahang.

This trip happened on the Saturday immediately after the Raya break, 10 of us: 8 from company I, 1 from company M, and 1 jobless, to-be company A personnel (me)...

Let's get on with photos... as usual with travel posts..

We have to queue up to do something before entering

Register our names, that is

Admission is free of charge though, so don't worry...

While waiting for everyone to fill up their respective details,

*3 hot chicks*

Play with bananas

More bananas~

Group photo before entering

[Edit: I forgot to name everyone =.=.. ok based on photo above, from left to right: Cath, me, Cannas, Yi Chong, 小白 Xiao Bai (?? sorry, that's how they call u, so I still donno your name), Chin Onn, Her Hau, Tze Yee, Thian Min.. Bing cameraman, not in the photo, but will appear in later photos don't worry.. Correct names ah? Hehehe]

What do I mean by entering? Well, u see, Taman Negara Pulau Pinang is a national park, and Pantai Kerachut is a beach which is part of this national park. From our entry point, we need to hike in a forest trail for about 2km plus, approximately 1.5 hours at human speed and 30 minutes at alien speed, to reach the beach...

When I say forest trail, I hope u don't expect to see lots of photos taken along the way. We're engineers, not National Geographic crew ~.~!

So, since we're all humans, after 1.5 hours,

We reached this bridge

This bridge is some sort of like.. a signal that we have reached Pantai Kerachut territory.. woohoo!!

On 1 side of the bridge is the sea, on the other side, is something really unique!

Tasik Unik @ Unique Lake

What can be anymore unique than a lake that consists of only sand and mud? Really unique =.=

We've gotta have this at the beach don't we? Sand and water~

So, what's on the agenda for the day?

Food, food and more food!

Food are meant to be eaten played like toys

Wahahaha! Nice eating pose!

I almost forgot about myself.. this is my blog what...

Here's a photo of me~

In between food, some of us played with bubbles..got nice effect, and funny effect as well la.. just see the photos..


We're at the beach, so naturally, the sand became our playground too..

What are we digging?

Have any idea yet? It's should be darn obvious by now

Dig dig dig, sure find someone to bury la~

There's also a shower facility at the beach, and trust me, taking a shower here is quite an out-of-this-world experience...

Female shower

Male shower

Food, bubbles, sand digging, people burying, shower, and it's time to head back to the entry point..

Besides hiking, there's actually another way to get back and forth between the entry point and the beach, and we are going to take this other way to head back..

By boat!

Boat cost RM 100 RM 120 RM I'm-not-sure-not-me-pay-the-boat-guy for 1 way...

Group photo on the boat, courtesy of cameraman Bing

I'll show u 1 very 'wat dat' @ horrendous @ mempersiasuikan @ whatever-u-wanna-say photo of me on the boat...

Nah, hope it doesn't make u vomit ahahahaha XD

Along the boat ride, the driver will give us intro on some rocks which he said is unique, but which I can't make of...

Batu Arnab @ Hobbit Rabbit Rock

Batu Penyu @ Turtle Rock

Batu Saya-sudah-lupa-apa @ I-forgot-is-what Rock

Passed by a jetty with lots of boats too

And finally reached the jetty near the entry point, after about 15 minutes..

Time to get off the boat

After the trip, we still had time to go for a cendol round at... at.... shit what's that place ah? I barely remember it's somewhere near Island Plaza, opposite a quite famous cheap western food outlet inside a residential estate...

Cendol-ing and laksa-ing

Don't have any pics on the cendol, but Bing did capture a nice photo of this...

Ang Dao xxx @ Red Bean Zhap Suet

Forgive me, I really don't know Hokkien, I'm new to Penang remember??

Basically, that's our trip... tiring.... I mean, blogging this out is tiring... haven't blogged with so many photos in a single entry for a long time already... =.=

流浪@Meaningful Weekend

I didn't go back to KL during the Raya holidays, because I was waiting for last weekend to go back, since Dad's birthday is on October 12.

Basically there's nothing much to brag about.. I'm not sure if it's just me, but celebrations for daddy usually seems more of a headache, because we don't know what to buy as present, or how to celebrate.. this problem is especially obvious when you're still a student who gets pocket money from dad..

Doing something too lavish or expensive for dad's birthday, using money from dad, seems quite weird a thing to do..

This year, is the 1st time I celebrate dad's birthday using my own money.. so I decided to bring the family to Dragon-i @ Pavillion KL for a lunch on Saturday.. Dad's birthday was on Sunday, but nobody seems free on Sunday, so just have to forward it by 1 day..

Well, it's not exactly my treat.. Big bro footed like, 60% of the bill, me 40%... and I also paid for some groceries in Mercato later on, so it's probably half-half between us...

U guys know, I don't have a camera, and I'm a lousy food blogger, my sis did take some pics of the food with her new Canon IXUS baby.. so I'll just link her here, and hopefully give her a couple of traffic in the process...

I'm actually back for the weekend for 2 missions.. Mission #1, celebrate dad's birthday, completed..

Mission #2, let's look back to our Liverpool time for a little history lesson..

This is Cath with McVities

It's not like I purposely wanna feature Cath in my blog all the time, it's just that, I can't find any pics of McVities other than this...

Full name for this thing: McVities Caramel Milk Chocolate Digestives, we just call it McVities.. it's also known as 'The Drug' among us..

If u don't get why we call it drug, well drugs are usually associated with addiction, and we don't get addicted to biscuits for the same reason as drugs or cigarettes if u know what I mean, but it's still an addiction nonetheless..

In fact, we love our McVities so much that we buy them in boxes instead of packs!!

To make it simple: WE JUST LOVE OUR MCVITIES!!!

We were so happy when Mercato opened in the Pavillion because this supermarket sells import goodies from overseas, and we thought we could find our 'drug' here... but the only McVities they sell are those Plain digestives and Ginger Nut digestives, which totally taste yucky!! Why don't they sell the chocolate range of McVities here???!!

Basically, I just wanna bring out the point that some of us LJMU-ians really love our McVities caramel chocolate and we would do anything to see them being sold here in Malaysia..

So.. enough of history... the thing is, Cannas discovered that Marks & Spencer (M&S) sells some chocolate digestives in their store in KLCC that taste quite similar to our McVities on 1 of her trips to KL..

So, mission #2 for me, for the weekend, is to head to KLCC and grab more of them... and I didn't disappoint..

Chocolate range digestives from M&S

Made in the UK!!

I bought 3 milk chocolates and 3 dark chocolates.. 1 each for Cath, 1 each for Cannas, and 1 each for me, of course!!

Side story:
While I was calling Cannas and Cath to verify if it is this M&S brand of digestives that we should be after, I think a stranger couple overheard my phone conversations.. and while I was queue-ing up to pay for my loot, I overheard the couple discussing something like: "Ei, that fella said these taste like McVities!!".. They spent no time filling up the basket with these M&S digestives.. I suppose we're not the only ones whose addicted XD

Mission accomplished, headed back to Penang, content...

And FYI, the taste is not 100% alike, but these M&S digestives are really good too!!! (No this post is not an advertorial =.=)

Monday, October 13, 2008

流浪@Where is all the $$Money$$ ???

Am still kinda messed up in my mind right now, and am still not in a state to make any meaningful blog entries.. I figured I'd just do another spur of the moment thingy...

*I did a spur-of-the-moment blog comment last night, kinda backfired, pissed someone off and am really sorry for it, really*


But then, I don't really have the mood and time to make any concerted efforts right now, so please bear with me or just exit without reading further...

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We all Most of us know what is going on with the world economy recently.. For those who don't, there's more than enough write-ups by other people on this topic.. It's some sort of a IN TOPIC globally, in news portals and blogs alike... Maybe I'll link 1 of the more humorous blog entry on this matter, here.

I don't wanna touch about the details, because I'm not an economist, and not quite that knowledgeable in this field yet.. let's just say, everywhere I read, I read about people losing money in everything they invest in (stock markets, mutual funds, real estate, gold and silver, Genting Highlands, Las Vegas)..

And to those d1ckheads who believed the "CRUDE OIL PRICE HITS $130, AND IT WILL CONTINUE TO RISE! INVEST NOW!!" notion, I have 1 thing to say to u:

SERVES U RIGHT U MORON! THAT'S WHAT U SHOULD GET FOR TRYING TO SCREW EVERYTHING UP FOR US!!

People losing money, banks losing money, US companies losing money.. these are facts...

We even get some dude saying: "Malaysia don't rely heavily on US exports, so we are not really affected" or something like that.. which according to my new boss, is a total pile of cow dung...

THIS IS A GLOBAL PROBLEM, NOT US PROBLEM, WE'RE ALL IN THIS SHIT TOGETHER!!

It's just that, I've been thinking, if everyone's losing their money, where has all the money gone to? I mean, they can't be disappearing overnight, can they? I remember reading something from Rich Dad, Poor Dad which sounds like this: When somebody is losing money in the market, that means someone else is making money. The more money the ordinary people lose, the more money the prepared ones make.

So the question now is, who is making all the money that the common people, the banks and the insurance companies lose??

Thursday, October 09, 2008

流浪@Ah Leong at Penang International Airport

I know, I'm supposed to be sound asleep right now, since I slept for like barely 5 hours last night, and I will be driving back to KL tomorrow evening... But for once, I felt the urge to post something recent up in my blog, so...

Here's the reason for me sleeping 5 hours last night: This morning, I became the Ah Mat @ personal driver responsible to ensure Cath doesn't miss her 6.45am flight to KL.

*Negotiating RM10million worth of business*

Looks professional sial XD

She might blog about this as well soon, so I'll leave it to her to talk about the reasons for this flight. For now, let's just say, it's a business trip...

And this is how I got my opportunity to set foot INTO the Penang International Airport, Bayan Lepas, for the 1st time...

The status of International Airport actually sounds quite intimidating, but in reality, in my honest opinion, it's just a very small airport with nothing much to see... so I really have nothing to describe about this airport...

Being Ah Mat for Cath also provides another 1st for me. Since she can claim the expenses from her company wanted to thank me for sending her to the airport and for promising to pick her up when she come back later on in the evening, she decided to treat me to breakfast in the airport..

But like I said, there's really nothing much in this airport, so the obvious choice: McD...

I've always wanted to try out the McD Hotcakes available only for breakfast, since 靓妈 @ Leng Ma highly recommends it...

So just ordered a set of it

Jeng Jeng Jeng, comes with McD Sausage and Hash Brown

The hotcakes were good actually, but I think I poured too much of the syrup on them, so they were too sweet to take by themselves =.=... But I suppose that's the way the hotcakes should be, and we should eat them together with the sausage to balance the sweetness...

Anyway, thanks Cath, for the hotcakes, as well as giving me an excuse opportunity to go inside and check the airport out... hehehehe :-D