Tuesday, August 18, 2015

This has got to change!

Tell you what, I've been using this same template since 2009. So now I'm very determined to change this. My skills are of course rusty these days so it will take me some time to do this 

Thus, please bear with all the weird weird changes I will be making because there are going to be a lot of trial ans error going on heeeeee

Sunday, August 16, 2015

From Two to Three~


I predicted I'll be all knocked out and weary tonight. I went back to my hometown over the weekend for Mom's open house on the last day of Eidul Fitr and end up doing all the preparation single-handedly because Mom was constantly busy running around doing errands and big bro was called for duty. Today, I woke up early to clean up the mess from yesterday, cooked lunch because Mom thought it would be wonderful to have Ambuyat with Ucu's family before I go back, prepared for my nephew's Jamuan Hari Raya and lastly drove 2 hours from Menumbok to KK... Fuh! I can't imagine doing this every day haha But I think it will be fine if minus the 2 hours drive...

I think my current hyperactivity has got to do with the coffee I took at 3 pm plus the durian upon my arrival at home (^^") Usually, my energy would have been wrung out of me and I'll just lay down and watch the fan spin on the ceiling~

Anyway, BFF was the last to come last night so we were just chilling around in the living room with cakes and syrup. Our main topic was how we have  immensely changed from our early twenties now that we're turning ehem ehem~ *not going to finish this sentence*

They were recollecting this hang out they had 2 weeks ago while I was in Japan. On Saturday, which was supposed to be the 'main' hang out day, they had to go out quite late because there was some interior designing going on at my friend's house so they had to wait until it was done. Surprisingly, despite going out late, they went back before 10 pm which was impossible during our early 20's. Those days, we were moving from one restaurant to another when the later closes and won't be home until it was about 3 am.

Well, the conversation was sort of stuck in my head today and I was evaluating what have changed every and now then as the day goes by today..

As I was sweeping the kitchen floor this morning, I thought that at this age you start to take your responsibility more seriously than before. In other words, you need not to be told what to do that much anymore, you KNOW what you have to do and you do it. For instance, in the past, I would've delayed the cleanup or just leave it to Mom since I'd done my part which was cooking. But looking at her white hairs; which were not there before and how she gets tired easily than before made me feel obliged that even though I'm drained to my very core, I have the urge to finish everything off and make it easier for her so in what very limited time I had, I just move around, systematically multitasked and delegate some of the easier jobs to my niece and nephew (^^)

And then I noticed that my temperament is somewhat more calm and collected when faced with difficult situations or even people. Recently, I got into some misunderstanding with a person in which  I find it hard to work out because the other party seem to be reluctant to discuss it out. This particular person was giving cold shoulder at one time and suddenly this person will be okay and then cold again and I just can't figure out what was going on. In addition, at the same time I had to handle another person who was, I say was not careful with words.. Yes that's the most polite way I could think of to describe it. Of course, in my point of view, I see that I was not treated fairly. If there was something wrong, it should be discussed and should not be kept quiet and not corrected until things worsened. I'm the type who can handle and appreciate honesty and I think the thing that had caused this discord was flimsy.. Even foolish, yes..

In the past, I would have poured at them a good amount of harsh remarks to their faces. But these days, I realize doing so doesn't give back anything to me except bad reputation. Thus, I only cried in exchange of the bad remarks and then remain silent and calm thereafter hahaha and as a mature adult, you start to recognize which relationship to keep and which one to let go no matter how precious it was to you before especially when you've done your part to mend it.

When it comes to driving, even when you still love speed, you will start to appreciate cruising at medium speed, that's like maximum 90 km/h. And this actually rather justified and sensible in this era with no oil subsidy haha But of course I still can be a daring driver when I have to~

And when it comes to going out, you are more objective. This happens to my cousin and me where previously we need no reason to go out. Like, lets just go out because we have nothing else to do. Nowadays, we just enjoy being at home so much. There must be something important to get or maybe some special food that we crave to get us to start the engine and go somewhere. And this helps me a lot with my financial and of course my travel (^^)

And when it comes to love, even though you are haunted with social ideals where people will start to scare you that you're almost 'there' and there will be risk in pregnancy or your 'saham' will start to drop. Again, you'll still be calm and collected because you know this kind of thing is the work of the Creator who had ordained the person for you and when exactly you will meet him or her, am I right? There is no way to make it happen faster so until the time comes, I will try to be the best version of myself because now I know being married is not merely 'happily ever after' but it is actually 'alam yang memerlukan sabar'. And I don't believe in such thing as "I can never love another person more than him~" hahaha because to me, despite of heart breaks (twice for me), you will eventually learn to love the person who is meant for you and even greater than the love to the ones you have to let go...

And lastly, this evening I decided to get some hair bands, an air freshener and some takoyaki.. And I got home with just that.. Oh yes~ I've become a very sensible shopper with prove hahaha

Selamat Malam~

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Tanzania Part I


Greetings from Istanbul! (^^)/
Yes, I'm writing this in Istanbul. Got some free time to relax my sore feet while waiting for Maghrib prayer so I decided to write a bit about our Tanzania trip on June 2014. Hehe mo setahun bha baru tulis kaaannnn

Anyway, I've written about our preparation in another post. I will make a label for Tanzania later.

So, it all started with a lot of emails between me and the manager. The route actually goes like this

KL-Qatar-Dares Salam-Kilimanjaro Airport

Dares Salam Airport

Actually,  we can reach the Kilimanjaro region by bus which takes around 10 hours with a much cheaper price than flight ticket but due to time constraints,  we opt to take Fastjet which cost us RM 331 return ticket.

To be honest, I didn't know what to expect in Tanzania. Having heard a lot about violence in the continent, I had misleading impression about the people there. When we arrived, most of the people were staring at us and we felt somewhat frightened.  But after a few days, after several encounters of people who can't even tell where we were from when they try to guess where we were from and some have never heard about our country, we then knew that the only reason they were staring was they never see people like us. They stare because  they were just curious. I refused to roll down my window when a walking vendor wanted to talk to us.. I still feel bad about it.. We did chat with him through a very tiny opening of the car window (^^")

Our tour package includes airport pickup so there was a man holding a paper with my name written on it when we arrived. It took more than an hour to get to our hotel but I enjoyed the journey very much. Another thing that surprised me was Tanzania is so green and along the way you can see sunflowers. There were sunflower field everywhere!

Sunflowers~ Sorry la jeep kami laju banget~

We stayed in Panama hotel which is also included in the package. It's very basic but clean and cozy. They had free breakfast where you can choose from the menu. Ada satu lagi yang buat aku rasa bersalah. I was looking at the buffet breakfast and was opening the covers of every pans they placed on the counter before deciding which one to take.  Tiba-tiba tu waitress tanya, "Dirty?"

I was surprised, of course. Lalu aku pon menjawab, "No. Not at all. I was just looking. And not yet decide.."

I don't know if she saw me frowned or anything but it didn't cross my mind at all if the prepared food was dirty. I was just curious how African cuisine will look like (^^")

Anyway, Stephan picked us up that morning at the hotel and we met our cook, Edi. We head for Tarangire National Park that day. It was our second day in Tanzania and masih  sakai2 lagi kan. We saw this guy at the side of the road, bare-skinned, and his face and body was painted with white stripes and dots. Dan aku yang tekejot ni pon bertanya, "What's that?" because I just can't believe what I saw since the jeep was zooming in full speed on the highway. Then Stephan told me, that was a Masai who just got circumcised waiting to become a warrior. And RA and I went 'Ooooooo'

And then there were people walking on the side of the road all the time, even in deserted places where there were no houses, no farms, no grazing field, no crops, no nothing. "Where are these people going? I didn't see any village for the past.. hurm.. perhaps 20 km" Then Stephan explained that these people might have been walking since morning from places many kilometres away from their villages. They prefer to walk and  if it gets too late they might hitch hike. Another 'Ooooooo' from the back seat...

K la nanti ai sambung :p

Sunday, May 31, 2015

\(^^)/ End of Eurotrip Chapter III


Alhamdulillah.. We just finished another Eurotrip and this time we covered the Balkan region.. Currently I'm on transit in Qatar; waiting for our flight to KL.. So the route goes like this...

Istanbul, Turkey -> Athens, Greece -> Thessaloniki, Greece -> Tirana, Albania -> Kotor, Montenegro -> Mostar, Bosnia -> Sarajevo, Bosnia -> Zagreb,Croatia

Dan tercapai suda impian aku pi Bosnia (^^)

Nantila I update.. Sebab banyak drama la kali ni hahaha

I already wrote some posts about Tanzania but yet to be posted because I need my laptop to upload the pics.

One more trip this year and then aku akan meroyan~ meroyan~ meroyan~ T_T

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Short Trip to Cebu, Philippines


I haven't got time for any updates these days. Or sometimes I'll just write half way and stopped because I feel it wasn't good enough. I used to write during the wee hours during my study years; 3 am was my best time to write. But for the past few years, I wouldn't even have the energy to watch anime after work... I sound so old~

Looking at my posts about trips being so close to each other in this blog make it seem like as if I don't work at all haha Recently, I went to Cebu, Philippines for a short break during the long weekends of Labour day and Wesak. The idea was Mr. A's. Text him one morning asking if he has any travel plans for the long weekend and he replied "Tu la.. Macam nak pegi Cebu. Canyoning.." Voila! We got ourselves the tickets and got some other people to tag along. He did all the planning and booking and my role was only to print our boarding passes hehehe sanang hidop ai~

The flight from KK was actually scheduled at 6pm but was delayed for 2 hours so we arrived in Cebu at around 10.30 pm. It was a short flight, only 1 hour 50 minutes so it's really worth the amount we paid for the return ticket; RM 256.

I think, swimming with whale shark is like a must in everybody's itinerary. But I'm not that eager to do this again here. I don't quite like the overcrowded beach. And then the place is so noisy that you can't even hear the sound of waves. Everything was a hassle. Here, they'll take  tourists on a huge row boat that I think could accommodate about 20 people in each trip. Then there will be like 3 to 4 men rowing the boat towards where the whale shark is fed. And as for the divers, we walk into the sea from shore and I don't like that either because it's bad for my knee and the tank is extremely heavy and it felt like my vertebrae was about to collapse hehehe

Despite of all the things I disliked, though, I still think this is one of the most valuable diving experience. Well, I would have preferred an unexpected encounter and that will be even more elating, but this was cool enough.  I didn't expect it to be sooooo huge that I stopped breathing when the first one swam above my head. Mr S was the closest to me and I just sort of tugged his bcd. We are not supposed to stop breathing during scuba diving, you know.

It took me quite some time to get closer to this creature because the size is sooooo intimidating.  The above pic is the closest distance that we got but sadly Mr A mistakenly set the GoPro to camera mode so we only have still pics. But I got a video of myself so close to the whale shark but not as close as this but still good enough (^^)

And after diving, we went to the Tumalog waterfalls to refresh. Well, we were actually somewhat scammed by the dive company where they were suppose to take us for 3 dives but then we only got 1 dive.. But I don't want to talk about it because.. sakitnya tuh di sinih~ pedih~ hehehe

Tumalog is beautiful but again I have problem with the crowd. I didn't take a dip, though, due to personal reasons hahaha but I think it's worth the visit. You'll have to walk down a steep hill to get here, but then if you're worry about going back up, you can actually hire a motorcyclist (like ojek in Indonesia) for 30 peso.

The second activity is actually my most anticipated one. It was funny when my 2 roommates have no idea at all what we will be going through.. They thought we were going canoeing and I think their innocence was very cute

The journey is almost the same like the day before, around 2 to 3 hours drive. And our driver parked the van at a local church, got ourselves geared there and rode motorcycles to the starting point. The best thing is the adrenaline rush starts as early as the starting point where you have to jump off a cliff into the gorge. I guessed it was around at least 4 metres high. I was of course happy to jump!

It was a full day activity.. I don't know how to exactly describe it but it comprise of us jumping off cliffs (the highest would be around 6-7m), swimming in the gorge, swimming through small caves that has tiny white marble-like formations, sliding on slabs, walking on rocks and a short trek in the jungle towards the end of the activity.

The water was crystal clear. See my feet are visible there!

And at the end of it, we were served with the best food feast in the Philippines.  There was this giant grilled squid, sweet and sour fish, grilled fish, fried prawn, sauced prawn, boiled crabs, bananas, watermelon and coke! (Kalo food memang aku ingat berabis...)

And then the spare hours can be used to bath under the waterfall (^^)

We paid 300 peso for the raft. You don't need it if you can walk on water~ It's quite deep underneath the cascade and the force of the water is very strong. I gave up after a few minutes lying face down. At first it felt like a massage but later, it felt like someone was jumping on my back (^^")

I enjoyed it very much!

So for those of you who are interested to do the Canyoning,  the name of the company is  

7107 adventure and tour.

Our safety was their priority, the 2 guides were really friendly, and the food was fantastic. No complaints at all!

Pegi la pegi la pegi la! \(^^)/

Special thanks to Mr A untuk segala galanya hehe
If you read this post lah..

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Laos; Mac 2015!


 Sa bai dee from Laos!!!! (^^)/

As you can guess from my previous post, just right below this one, February and most of March haven't been the best time for me

Many things happened and one particular event even made me reevaluate my future plans and sort of got it all off course. Walaupon ada sedikit rasa mo strangle the confounding factor, but then I must be positive that there must be something good to this...

Anyway, let me tell you a little bit about this trip although we are actually just on our 3rd day 

When I said we are going to spend 8 days in Laos, people were like "What are you going to do there that long?"

Truth is 8 days is not enough unless you just wanna spend it Vientianne and Vieng vang which are less than 6 hours car journey from each other.
We opt to go to the Souhern part of Laos and currently I'm lazing in a small cafe set on the bank of Mekong River. It was raining since sunrise so here we are... 

It took us 16 hours just to get from Vientianne to Pakse. Well we wanted to take the sleeper bus at first but since we were already at the station at 11 am so we decided to take the local bus which was supposed to be a 12 hours journey.

*this part was written in Pakse*

So how did we end up spending 16 hours on the bus? Kamu tengok la tu kobis berapa banyak.. Ada motosikal lagi..
This is the most flexible bus service that I've ever encountered.  They don't only take passengers but do errands as well. We stopped many times along the way to pick up packages and parcels (^^")

And yang paling nda bole blah...Bole ni driver brenti sejam lebih to help out his friend whose bus broke down by the side of the road. Tinggi btol sikap tolong menolong...

We arrived in Pakse around 4am and surprisingly there was this hotel which has no lights on and still opened, as claimed by the driver. I was reluctant at first because the sliding door was neatly shut but when I try to slide it open, it was unlocked!

A guy was sleeping underneath a mosquito net and we woke him up... Paid $8 for a 2 single bed fan room. Showered and dozed off for a bit and hit for the 4000 islands.

Okla... Mau smayang maghrib... Will continue this when I'm free..

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