Thursday, December 30, 2010

Sipadan Vacations

Sipadan Vacations
Dreaming of a perfect getaway? clear blue sky, aqua blue sea with gigantic corals& colorful fishes, white sandy beach plus cooling sea breeeze? Oh wait, stop dreaming, you dont think you can afford such a heavenly trip, it might poke a hole in your pocket? Come On, which dumbass planted those thoughts in your mind? Let me dispel that notion right here and right now!!
Contrary to popular belief that it's expensive to travel to the East Coast of Malaysia, you only need around Rm500+ and I promise you can make it to Pulau Mabul, Kapalai or even Sipadan which are located in the Celebes Sea in Southern Sabah, a place which has it all!
Just recently, Allister, a friend of mine who's a professional Diver has set up an awesome page, which is clearly as awesome as him, specially to provide information on the world reknowned islands, PADI diving courses details, how to get there and all sorts of other lodgings info. It will surely ease your research if you are planning on your perfect getaway ;)
Just log on to Sipadan Vacations to retrieve all the info you need. On the other hand, Im honored to be selected as one of the the site's contributors or bloggers or members or representatives, uhhm..whatever you name it. This is where you can find out on why a Penangite like me ended up promoting Sipadan. It's just simply amazing *winks*
God, I can't wait to dive Sipadan!!!!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

Finally I've set my feet on the ground of Vietnam, the place reek of history, culture of its kind, and a country with its own tales to tell. Looking back at the bygone days of the country, Vietnam had been thru quite complicated days, heart rending it may seem, but at least now its developing & moving towards modernization.
It only took 2 hours+ to travel from KL to Ho Chi Minh City, but due to the bad weather I spent another extra half an hour hovering in the sky of Saigon before the plane was able to land. The trip was 4D3N, mostly spent in the city's District 1 and I would certtainly say that it's quite an interesting experience! Usually having cultural shock doesn't sound so favorable, but I put an 'exception' clause to the Saigon trip:
1. Being on the road is always like a thrilling roller coaster ride.
2. Traffic is Chaotic and in TOTAL mess. Motorcycles are just uncountable and road users seem to neglect the importance of traffic lights & most basic safety rules.
3. Yet, Drivers are fearless.
4. CHEAP BEERS!
Aahh~~ how i miss those thrilling moments on the road. It's just the whims& fancies of vietnam that we gotta accustomed to.


arriving destination


Contemporary Tan Son Nhat's International Airport
A shot of Saigon city District 1

Don't you just love 'em cables?
as Complicated as me! :D

This was our 1st vietnamese meal which we never thought to be also, the last throughout the whole trip. Maybe the lesson that we got, was Never, ever, act like a smartass in ordering loadsa unknown stuffs, which you dont even know how to eat it the correct way, nor be sure of putting some of the unknwon items into mouth.
we then had vietnamese-food-phobia throughout the whole trip.
But undeniably this beef was tender, juicy, and mouth watering!

1st time drinking lime soda, it's complicated...

General Post Office


That's Uncle Ho Chi Minh

And this is the Saigon's Notre Dame Cathedral
shot combining the Statue of Mary to the church in the background

outside one of the Chinese Restaurants

Beautiful French influenced buildings: Opera House

Many other buildings here were built with a touch of french style, no wonder people here are exceptionally romantic! couples on the street, sipping coffee on the sidewalk taverns and cafes, it's just a lovely realxed scene!




One distinctive story of Vietnam, is the Vietnam War during the 1960s to 1970s. This war lasted for 17 years+, when US initiated the war based on some reasons of eliminating Communists in Indochina. My question is, why was that even US's fucking problem? It was estimated that 3 millions Vietnamese died, of which 2 millions were innocent citizens. Not counting in those who were missing, injured, handicapped/ lives taken by the Agent Orange. Of course, there were many of the US soldiers who weren't willing to sustain the war, and the consequences for the heroes were either being imprisoned, or perhaps death. Vietnam, like any other indochina countries is always a place that touches me deeply, the war and atrocities somehow gave me a unique love for the people and country.

War Remnants Museum




My full homage to Sawada, a Japanese photographer with United press International who received the 1966 Pulitzer Prize for Photography for his combat photography of the Vietnam War during 1965.

It's just like watching movie, soldiers with their sweetheart's picture always with them during war. It gave them strength to move forward to battle in the field, in hope of one day they could see their loved one again.

Another Interesting site, The Tunnels of Cu Chi, where the Viet Cong built during Vietnam War. The tunnels created a unique method of warfare, A Viet Cong could get out of a tunnel fire and then disappear back into the tunnel. They literally slept, cooked, shit, hid & etc in this tunnel. What amazed me is the air ventilation of the tunnel.


Yeap, I think I'm a soldier after this trip :p



In fact, even until today there are still many countries which are still facing the atrocities of wars, famine, or cruel dictatorship. This is a journey worth a million bucks, so much meaning and so many different kinds of people I've seen. I'll be back again for Vietnam.
Visit's Rating: 7.5/10

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The World's largest Dump: North Pacific's Garbage Patch

Wonder what is it made of and where is that Garbae Patch? How it formed? Since when or even how huge is the garbage patch?
The size of the Trash Vortex in the Pacific extends over a very wide area, it is estimated to be the size of Texas state, or some say the whole of France, until now nobody can be sure of the exact size, but certainly and logically speaking, it's growing. Besides, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) reports that 70% of marine litter sinks. So who knows what is also building up on the ocean floor? The trash are mostly made up of plastics and other non-biodegradable items such as fishing nets, plastic bags, bottles, cans, clothings, which had been staying there for years or decades.
How it's formed?How trash makes its way to the garbage patch is pretty straightforward. When a junk gets blown off the beach, it gets caught in the ocean current, which makes its way down the coast toward Central Pacific ocean. The currents are located somewhere in between of Japan, Asia, US and Mexico, these are the currents that make up the North Pacific Gyre. And you've heard of the Pacific Gyre, where it's rotational pattern draws in waste material from across the North Pacific Ocean. Now, we'll do some calculation, multiply that one aforementioned junk by billions of plastic items over years—actually about 70 years, starting after World War II, when plastic were invented and put to mass production(Around 100 million tonnes of plastic are produced each year and 10% of it goes to the ocean). No wonder the trash vortex can be as huge as France from bird's eye view.. don't forget that it's just 30% that we could see, remaining of the refuse sink!
man made tragedy

castaway fishnets snare sea turtles, dolphins, and other animals, Sea creatures and birds mistake trash for food, eat it, and some die; jellyfish get sick; junk washes back to shore.

So now, some of you might think that it's really not your problem or sort? Most people have no clue about their effect on ocean life and eventually back to themselve because they can’t see it. We rely heavily on seafood for protein source, at least 20% of our daily food is from sea. So when the food is polluted, so are we. Heard of many friends of yours allergic to seafood? That's the main cause.
Again, awareness and education are the keys to ocean preservation as well as tackling other environmental issues. If majority of us are still unaware and continue polluting, nobody can ever imagine how dire the consequences would be.
Be a responsible earthling, raise awareness to the world as much as you can.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Unemployed Chocolate Banana Cake

One of those activities I get myself involved during unemployed days.

I know I know, the overflowing chocolate sauce, it's making your saliva drooling, I can see it from far. You can DIY too, just blend whipping cream, tbl-spoon of unsalted butter and 50grams of semi-sweet dark chocolate.
If you feel like baking a similar one, just PM me for the recipe ;)



Currently life is good, leading a healthier and balanced lifestyle of more exercise like jogging& swimming, loads more studying which I reckon I'm doing fine so far, more hanging out with friends & family and of course trying to cut down on beers, instead switching to wines.

more updates on travelling soon ;)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Gemologist on the rise




It's been my ambition to be a gemologist all along. working hard to collect enough dough for the education and stuffs and I'm almost hitting my target soon :3
Anyway, a lot of people has no idea what or who is a Gemologist. Gemology is the science dealing with natural and artificial gems and gemstones. It is considered a geoscience and a branch of mineralogy. So Gemologist is a gemstones professional who identifies and evaluates gems.


Ive Started the Diamond Essential Distance learning provided by Gemological Institute of America (Famously known as GIA) not long ago and am expecting to take up the Diamond gradings as well as the Colored Stones gradings very soon! This feeling is awesome, Im not quite sure how to put it into words but imagining myself able to invovle in something I love, and excel someday gives me the strength to keep on improving myself.

God Bless

Friday, July 23, 2010

Post World Cup

And yeaaap! Spain, once again won the Champion's title, but it's their first Championship in World Cup!.. luckily it's js a month's thingy or else i'll be a real zombie in no time.

Been to Langkawi in between the WC period but I dont think there's anything worth to share. I'll share if I find myself too idle, some day..some time.. However I hav a new inspiration after been to Langkawi, funny it might sound but found myself quite amused with wine knowledge whether is it the wine making or wine tasting. Will I get to know any Sommelier so to get myself some xtra yummy knowledge? hope so :)

Anyway, am going to work in KL for the next few weeks as people need help with VISA applications to UK by Sept. Wish me luck for less troubles& more blessings.

Miss my family :'(

Monday, June 21, 2010

España: Introducing David Villa


This is David Villa from the Spain's National Football team, number 7 striker. Play alongside with Fernando Torres, whom makes a perfect partner to Villa as we could see when they won the Euro Cup 2008. Of course it's all bout the team effort from all the players like Iniesta, Fabregas, Xavi Hernandez, Sergio, Navas just to name a few.
Good luck to them in the upcoming World Cup 2010 matches!
my Jersey is on :D

Friday, June 11, 2010

Not On Our Watch Project


Found this website while reading through news of Aung Sang Suu Kyi: Not On Our Watch
Founders of this organization are:

Don Cheadle
George Clooney
Matt Damon
Brad Pitt
David Pressman
Jerry Weintraub

There are certain world issues that all of us, should take note and response. While we are enjoying the comfortness of life, let's not forget to consider the sufferings of uncountable starving children and Refugees.

The organization focuses global attention and resources towards putting an end to mass atrocities around the world. Drawing upon the powerful voices of artists, activists, and cultural leaders, Not On Our Watch generates lifesaving humanitarian assistance and protection for the vulnerable, marginalized, and displaced. Where governments remain complacent, Not On Our Watch is committed to stopping mass atrocities and giving voice to their victims.

Let the voice be heard.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Ache

Etched with mark, but I know you can deal.
Things aren't like what you imagined. Hate me, you may..
I just can't stand the suffer and torment.
Be happy I hope u may.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Beaconside, Stafford

1st thing before starting my post, the one person that I must express my gratitude:
Mr. Darren Gan Wei Luan. He walked few miles to fetch me from the Stafford train Station, waited me in the train station due to train delays, and it's him, who planned for the sumptuous lunch for my half day stay in Stafford. I did feel like a VIP!
I’ve visited Wei Luan, Kevin Mah, Aun Rern, Cherng Shyue and Yean Heng who are currently studying in Staffordshire U. Somehow I feel really bad because all of them stayed back in Stafford to meet me or else they could have gone to Scotland for holidays. Anyhow, I reckon the bak gua, chino chips, cadbuary’s fingers and kuih bangkit managed to put a smile back to their faces!! XD



my tour guides were all in black
The football pitch which I really love <3
Chef Gan cooking, Lee and Daniel eating Bak Gua
This was the greatest meal ever since I reached UK, I was so tired of sandwiches and breads

Their single sharing room, tidy and well organized, I feel ashame of myself =p

After lunch they accompanied me to the train station by taking bus. Literally the bus is nothing different from Rapid Penang, so don’t expect public transport in UK is more glorious as it is not necessarily the case. We lurked around in Victoria Park which is a very scenic place. No time for Guildhall but hey, I don’t care, my shoes were killing me enuf and I was certainly not in the mood for walkings. Too bad time was insufficient for Stafford Castle..damn I couldnt believe I've never been to any castles in UK... What a waste.

classic Road Signs

Victoria Park


Watching these Mandarin ducks in the river reminds me of I used to have 6 little ducklings which was my 8year-old birthday presents from dad. I let them running wild in my garden and pee n poo everywhere, they stinked! but by the time they grew bigger I didnt dare to slaughter them! Ended up they were all given to a neighbour, damn it was a joke that I was a farmer at 8 =.=



See them ducks& that lil baby, aren't they cute? :3

All black spoilt the scenery

:)

True from my heart, thanks for sending me up to the Railway station, Really appreciate that :)

My 1st class train ticket to London, want a pice of London?
stay tuned!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Cheshire: Crewe Hall

It took around 1hr and half to reach Cheshire from Manchester by Coach. Didn’t stay long in Cheshire due to time constraint, yet it’s simply the most unforgettable experience I ever had. Had a coach tour along the town of Cheshire, I must blame my camera for dying at tht time of the day, luckily I just bought my BBerry, last resort was using the BBcamera to snap those photos…I noe.. It’s sad isn’t it? The last thing a tourist ever wanted is having a dead camera hanging around the neck…


View along the road, remains of snow still on the road
Cheshire's lovely town view
Starting to drop my jaw from this point onwards

Exclaiming Oh My GOD

Wiki: "Crewe Hall is a Jacobean mansion located near Crewe Green, east of Crewe, in Cheshire, England. Described by Nikolaus Pevsner as one of the two finest Jacobean houses in Cheshire, it is listed at grade I. Built in 1615–36 for Sir Randolph Crewe, it was one of the county's largest houses in the 17th century, and was said to have 'brought London into Cheshire'."

apple green compound

A shot with Phil Cook, met him in Malaysia last year, a very genuine& helpful gentleman.
fascinated by the paintings

Into the Dining hall for d most authentic Afternoon tea!

selections of sandwicehs, scones, cakes, tarts and tea

shot with Tepeli



thanks Phil for the shot that put this trip to a full stop
Crewe hall is also famous among footballers and celebrities, Queen Elizabeth ll was also a customer of this Hotel. Well, if a room were given to me free I think I won't stay, although it's sho beautiful, it's CREEPY! XD