Tuesday, August 31, 2010

但是有如果 还是要爱你

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Business Trip again...

Last week, I was given a sudden notice to travel again. My boss came to me on Monday, about 3pm, and said: "Lok, you will be traveling tomorrow morning."
----------
So, with last minute flight/hotel arrangements, I was at the airport the following morning...

The destination was Johor Bahru, but as usual, we would take Silkair to Changi and make the short trip back into Malaysia.

This is not the first time I'm traveling to JB, this is not the first time I'm traveling in RM1000 flights, this is not the first time I'm staying in RM300/night hotels, this is not the first time I...

Ok, I think I should refrain from appearing to be cocky about the cost of my travel... although it's not something to be excited about, being pampered during business trips is one of the perks of working for a big MNC... and I'm sure there's many out there who had much more extravagant experiences that me...

And I wasn't excited, to be honest, there was no motivation to keep track of my whole journey in JPG format, I only snapped some photos during our transit in Singapore...

Touch down @ Changi

The CM audit team

We arrived at Changi 11.20am, our JB transport is going to pick us up 3.00pm at Orchard Road (don't know which genius arranged this =.=")

So, off to Orchard Road we went. All of them had no idea what to explore in Orchard Road, so I brought them to ION. Then we split up.

You know, it was the month of Ramadan, so the berpuasa folks went to do something else, me and another colleague went looking for lunch.

After awhile walking, I look at him, he look at me,

"Wanna eat pork?"
"Want! Want!"

So we ended up here

We were tired and thirsty from the flight and walking,

Some red bean frost to quench the thirst

But let's move on to the main point...

This is the main point

Open it up,

台湾卤肉饭 Taiwan Minced Pork Rice

Woohoo!!! A simple yet glorious 5-star non-halal goodness!!!

Set it up nicely on a small plate

For a balanced diet, we also ordered a vegetable dish,

Claypot Vege with Century Egg

But we just couldn't resist the pork attraction, so...

客家咸猪肉 Hakka Salty Pork

This one doesn't taste very good... not that salty to be honest... but it's pork, so, who cares?
----------
After fulfilling our stomach, there's basically nothing else to do for me. The colleague went off on his own to do some shopping.

Me, there was no sale going on, even if there was, it would not be applicable to me. There was no plan for me to travel anyway, it was end of the month, so... you know... tsk tsk... haih...

So I went to Starbucks to sit down and kill some time, then slowly walk back to our meeting point in front of the Meritus Mandarin hotel...

Youth Olympics is going on in the island

A special sport category in this version of the Games

Then, I wonder if there's any upcoming fashion show,

Saw lots of these along the road

I don't have any photos for the rest of the business trip, don't even wanna talk about it either, so... ciaozz...

Monday, August 16, 2010

Narita Airport @ Japan

I was leaving the US, but I have 1 more place to anticipate before arriving back at Penang...


Instead of Hong Kong, the return flight from LA transit at Japan! At the famous Narita International Airport!


Woohoo!!

And, we have 2 hours to wait here, which is 1 hour more than Hong Kong, and 1 hour is alot of time to look for proof of my being in this Land of the Rising Sun.

Not that I would need to search hard... everything here is signboard-ed in Japanese...


They even have guidebooks on the airport! Must be one helluva big airport...


I didn't take the one in English though, what's the point right? Not like I'm going to venture into the airport for very much, I just want a souvenir, so I took the more local version instead...


I even managed to record part of a Japanese commercial ad, in Japan!




I also managed to snap kawaii Japanese girl sleeping in the waiting area...


No lah, actually I'm not sure if she's Japanese or not, I didn't wake her up to ask :P

And then, I also managed to snap a photo of... erm...


A Japanese uncle checking his luggage!

And also... erm...


Our boarding gate number, 41!

Anyway, 2 hours was up, we got on to our plane, and continued our flight back to Penang...

And that, is the end of my sharing session on my very first (hopefully of many more to come) US business trip...

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Oh Cock!

I wanted to make the last blog post of my US business trip today actually, but something epic-ly Penang happened to me and my SLK just now that I feel warranted my immediate sharing...

You see, I was driving back to my place from dinner, and, if you are familiar with Bayan Lepas/Sungai Ara area, at the T-junction in front of SJK(C) Chong Cheng 崇正学校, or if you are not familiar with the area, at a T-junction, when I was turning left, a Mat Rempit came straight in front of me in the opposite direction.

I've drawn something with Paint for better understanding...

Seeing the picture, you know what I'm trying to illustrate right? It is obvious whose fault it is right?

The cornering path was narrow and bumpy, and there's a gaping hole at the side, so there's basically no where for me to avoid. Having nothing else to do, I just hit the brakes and braced myself for impact.

The end result of the collision was, the Mat Rempit fell off his bike, then he got up, tried to start his bike again, failed, then pushed his bike aside.

I didn't get out of the car, because he's a Mat Rempit and the mosque is just nearby (you know how those racist faggots react when their kind had accidents with pendatang don't you?), once he got out of the way I just continued my way home...

It's when I parked my car safely outside my place and got off that I saw that the crack on my SLK's front bumper got longer by a few inches. Now I definitely need to change the front bumper sometime soon...

The video below sums up my feeling right now...


Sunday, August 08, 2010

Going home.... ZZzzzz

15 days after I set foot in the US, its time to say goodbye...

I made my entry at SFO, I make my exit at LAX, Tom Bradley International Terminal...


One last look at American advertisement boards...


One last patheticly lame camwhore...


One last American McD meal...


Btw, those Chicken Selects are really good! Wonder when Malaysia will have them *rolls eyes*...

Then, it's time to board my flight home...

You know what, Singapore Airlines food is much much better than Emirates food...

At least when they tell you the dish is a cold dish, it is really cold...


They tell you the dish is a hot dish, it really is a hot dish...


Emirates' hot meal means 1 hot bun with a whole tray of cold food... =.="

Another 15 hours worth of flight back to Penang...

Friday, August 06, 2010

Meet up with Sally @ LA

Basically our DIY LA sightseeing ended with just Universal City and Hollywood Boulevard, we barely had enough energy to make it back to the hotel... It was a disappointment not to make it to Disneyland, Santa Monica, Chinatown, Rodeo Drive and Broadway, that'll have to wait till next time.

But it did not mean that our LA adventure was over, because that same night, we met up with a friend of mine, Sally, whom I did not see since I left school, 7 or 8 years ago...

Two pretty ladies

Sally is the one on the left, on the right is her friend Yuli. Sally is an Indonesian Chinese who spent the best part of her secondary school life in my school. We used to be in the same class for a year or two. After we finished our SPM, she moved to the States to continue her studies while I was stuck in TAR College. And please don't say Yuli is more sui than Sally, she gets pretty upset when someone say that to her

They came to our hotel and picked us up. The first stop was dinner at an Indonesian cafe called Simpang Asia. Sally said this cafe was inside LA downtown, but it was a long journey, about 30 minutes, and all I saw in her car was the highway, some trees, then some more highway. So for all I know, she could've been bluffing me and we were actually at some suburb...

There's no authenticity issue with this place though, the cafe is literally filled with Indonesians...


Indonesian food tastes similar to Malaysian food, and the food here tastes great, even though their names either make no sense to me or are difficult for me to remember...

Some dessert - I totally forgot what its called...


Laksa - Please, Malaysians, please do not laugh or scratch your head, remember this is Indonesian cuisine, perhaps laksa means differently in Indonesian language...


Ayam Penyet - I know 1 out of 2 words of this dish, it's a very good and flavorful dish...


Coto Makassar - apparently its a traditional food of Makassar, which is part of the island of Sulawesi.


I was actually intrigued with the name of this dish, so I looked for it in Wikipedia, and there really is an entry for this dish!

[Makanan ini terbuat dari jeroan (isi perut) sapi yang direbus dalam waktu yang lama.]

What the heck is sapi, I thought, so I clicked into the link for this sapi, and...

This is sapi

Erm...... hahahaha.... speechless....

After dinner, Sally brought us to the next stop of the night: dinner again supper.

This time its somewhere in Koreatown of LA, restaurant's called Hodori...


Apparently, K-pop is very hot in the States too, and Sally was under the impression that Malaysia is not the same in this aspect, so she thought that it is not easy for us to get authentic Korean food in Malaysia...


I didn't wanna hurt her by revealing to her that K-pop is much hotter in Malaysia. In fact everything Korean is hot in Malaysia =.=". And honestly, I didn't pay much attention to Korean food when I was in Malaysia either, so its not such a bad idea to go Korean in LA. Except that we already had dinner before we came here.

It is also because of my inexperience with K-food that evil Sally managed to bluff me. She told me these iced water were for us to wash our hands, that's why they serve it in a bowl... >.<

No authenticity problem here too, bloody all of them in here are Koreans, I even felt out of place here..


Here's another picture of the two pretty ladies...


Soon our dishes came...

Soon Tofu - quite an appetizing soup, with tofu and some seafood, and an egg obviously...


Sam Gae Tang - I wonder if Korean language has some loose Cantonese influence. Try to read 参鸡汤 in Cantonese... and this is a killer dish for us, it's got glutinous rice inside the chicken!


Free flow kimchi - same as in Malaysia, probably that's a standard for Korean restaurants around the world...


Some fish dish - couldn't recall the name, but this is the killer dish number 2, super big portion!


Basically, after this, we could barely walk, our bodies were to heavy for any other activities, so we went back to the hotel, then we hugged goodbye said goodbye, and then Sally left with Yuli. They would be driving 1 hour back to where they're staying...

It was emotionally and gastronomically a very fulfilling meet up with Sally. It's already 7 or 8 years, and she hasn't changed one bit! Still look same young, still same sharp tongued, and still same lovable. Great to have you as friend, Sal. Too bad last month when you came to KL, I didn't bring you to KL version of Koreatown :P.