Friday, December 28, 2007

Kempen Menderma Darah 08

Those returning to UKM should be greeted by these banners around the campus.

Or posters like these

In case you missed it, Bulan Sabit Merah Malaysia (BSMM) Det.88C is organising a blood donation campaign. Details below :

Date : 7 - 11 January 2008
Location : Foyer Kolej Ungku Omar
Time : 9am - 4.30pm

In addition, people from Pusat Sumber Transplan Negara will be there as well. Those who are interested or wanted to find out more about organ donation should visit their booth.

So,spare a little time & head over to UO. Make sure to spread the word as well.

Needless to say, your donation will go a long way in helping those in need & saving lives.

Oh, by the way, please meet our mascot, The Red Blood Cell ; )

Friday, December 21, 2007

Chinese Fear Factor

They say that the Chinese will eat anything with their backs facing the sky. And in Guangzhou, I was able to discover the true extent of that saying.

After all Guangzhou is famous for their Cantonese cuisine & the people over there took their food seriously. Everything must be fresh ( alive & kicking ) before being put on the dining table.

In this particular restaurant that we were brought to, there is this huge live section. The restaurant alone has 4 stories & seats more than 10,000.

Walking through the live section is like visiting Aquaria KLCC, the only difference being you can pick any of the living stuff to have it cook & served on the table.

Such as these large garoupas

Or do you fancy some crabs?

These geli stuff are actually called geoducks. See, reading my blog can be educational too

I dunno what they called these. Look like some water dwelling worms to me.

These are water cockroaches. Needless to say, it is part of the menu as well. Tasty according to my relative but we are too chicken too try it out

If you are desperate for something alcoholic, why not try some wine enhanced with snakes, lizards and other reptiles.

However, the most shocking discovery of all is this....

Yup, live crocodiles in a restaurant. Alive and kicking, destined for the cooking pot.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

4 Days In Hong Kong

After my previous post on Disneyland, you probably knew that I went to HK. But HK is actually 1 of the stop. The whole 10 days of my vacation was spent in Shenzhen-HK-Macau-Guangzhou-Shenzhen ( yup, in that manner ).

Having watched Hong Kong made movies and series since I was y
oung, visiting HK was a bit surreal. Instead of arriving in a strange foreign land, everything here looked & felt curiously familiar.

From the moment we step out of the MTR station at Yau Ma Tei ( our hotel was located there ), we were assaulted with colourful signboards like these. A familiar sight indeed.

Not far from where we were staying is this the Yau Ma Tei police station. I dunno about you but I think I have seen it in more than a few cop movies.

Heck, we actually lived within walking distance from the infamous Temple Street.

Another favorite movie location is surely the HK waterfront overlooking all those tall buildings. This is also the place where you can find hand prints of famous superstars both past and present.

And this statue....

The other side of HK ( the island ), more specifically Central, is more bustling, where all those high end shops are located. Including this gigantic LV store.

If you want to find some gweilos ( for whatever reasons *shrugs* ), just head over to Lan Kwai Fong. You will find so many gweilos drinking, it looked like a Heineken commercial.

We also visited the Big Buddha in Lantau Island. Those who watched Infernal Affairs should be familiar with this place.

But what they didn't show you in the movie is the steps leading up to the Buddha. Damn high you know.

To complete the experience, we had our breakfast in a char chan teng, just like the locals. But instead of the overpriced,Bosco Wong as mascot restaurants that we get back home, the char chan teng outlet here were more humble and unpretentious. And served tasty egg tarts to boot *stomach grumbling*

But the best thing about Hong Kong is very banana friendly. All the signs have an English equivalent translation.

Definitely make life easier for those Chinese character-ly challenged people like me ;)

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Disneyland HK

Remember the time when we were kids & used to bug our parents to bring us to Disneyland? Regardless of your level of irritation, your folks must have been pissed. Because that either means bringing us to America or Japan.

Luckily, now there is one in Hong Kong ; )

As with all other Disney theme parks, their attention to detail is legendary. Everywhere you look, you see Mickey's head.

This is the train that we took to the theme park. Notice their windows?

Walk further & you will see this fountain. If you do not want to enter, just snap a pic here and take the train back.

To proceed further, you need a ticket. Of course not comparing it to Sunway Lagoon's pricing will probably save you from getting a mild stroke.

In front of the Disneyland train station

Once inside, there is this long queue of people waiting just to have a pic with Mickey & Minnie ( including us of course ). Donald Duck and Goofy were there also, but their lines were almost empty. So kesian.

Adrenaline junkies expecting to get their fix here might be disappointed to kno
w that most of the rides here are family friendly & mild.

Like this one

To infinity & beyondI dunno bout you but I expect the castle I always see in pic of Disneyland to be big, like um, a castle. But in reality its real tiny.

Disneyland is all about business as well, so it's filled with stores selling all kinds of merchandise. You feel guilty for not buying them.

Who could resist these cute Stitches?

Since It's Christmas season now, Disneyland is lighted up beautifully at night with snow falling down.
Makes you feel like you are celebrating Christmas in Europe until you notice the fan blowing out soap bubbles on the roof. Kinda took away the magic a little ;)

Heck, they even put on extra lights on the castle making it glow in the darkness.

After the fireworks, it's time to head back to our hotel, to reality. But the whole journey is, in the words of Disney, magical.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

When Newspaper Lies

November 10, a historic day for Malaysia, yet many of us were not able have a clear picture of the events due to the distortion by the mainstream media.

Last Saturday, a rally calling for electoral reforms were organized by BERSIH with more than 10 000 people took to the streets to join the peaceful march. Yes, more than 10 000 people!! Nope, not 4000 as reported by The Star.

One,two,three,um...4000? Really?

The march of the monks in Myanmar created major headlines in our local newspapers but strangely a rally of this magnitude can’t even make the front page of our local daily ( not even the 2nd or 3rd page for that matter )

It’s at page 8 of The Star with no pictures. The television news were no better with the local channels reporting about the success of the police in foiling the rally.

This couldn’t be further from the truth, as the rally successfully hands over the memorandum to the Agong with minimal disturbance.

Is this sponsored by Digi?

Luckily, we can rely on the foreign media to give a truthful account of the event with al Jazeera having a correspondent in Masjid Jamek ,right when they were spraying chemicals on the protesters. The poor journalist was one of the victims as cameras captured FRU spraying water and throwing tear gas to break up the crowd.

Our Info Minister was so furious with the channel, he made a mockery of himself on live TV.

But I must admit though, what he said does have a point, that Malaysia is a democratic country, unlike Myanmar or Pakistan. Because you see, when the monks march in Myanmar, the military junta let the peaceful protest go on for weeks before a crackdown.

But in so called democratic Malaysia, the police set up roadblocks leading to the city to prevent people from gathering. When they managed to evade those, they used water cannons and tear gasses to disperse the crowds before they can even start marching.

Hmm…go figure

Sunday, October 28, 2007

MCR coming to KL!!

My Chemical Romance, the hottest rock band at the moment is coming to KL for a concert!! Yes, the Black Parade has arrived. Confirmed. As reported by The Star a few days ago.

Surely, this had got something to do with the Merdeka celebration. I mean, the organisers were geniuses. They might not know it yet, but this will become an important milestone in our nation's history, yes, even more significant than sending a space tourist to, well, space.

Ok Ok I know I am exaggerating a bit. But you certainly understand my excitement, no? Erm...what do you mean you have never heard of them?

But wait, if a concert by Gwen Stafani managed to drew so much controversies. Imagine what will happen when a band like MCR comes to town. White face make up, black mascara, songs about dying and death. I am sure our moral guardians will be less than pleased.

But a quick check on the date revealed that it will be held on the 9th December. *insert profanities*. More details here

I am still on vacation during that time *sob*

Hopefully, it would be delayed.....*fingers crossed*

Sunday, October 21, 2007

An Epic Victory

Warning : The post below is written in Dota-speak. Please refrain from scrolling if you are allergic to grown men discussing about computer games & prone to eye rolling.

Dota - the best thing since sliced bread

Yesterday night, was my friend's, CK last night in KL before going back to UTM. Therefore, I decided to cook up some impromptu sending off for him. And yes, that usually means we will go and play Dota.

Thus, the 3 of us : me, CK & Kenny went to tbun for some senseless killings.

The 1st game was not worth mentioning. We lost. Again. I think I am starting to get used to that feeling. It's not our fault of course. It's a just something we named : The Curse Of Teoh!

For the 2nd game we randomed :
Magnataur ( me ), Morphling ( Kenny ), Broodmother ( CK ), Spectre & Weaver

The other team got :
Puck, Twin head dragon, Dragon night, Lone druid & Naga

Not too bad right? Me think the same too.

But that was quickly forgotten early into the game. Me & CK was in the same upper lane. Pretty soon, CK was getting rape like an AV star. And I didn't fair any better either. Kenny said that when I manage to get the blink dagger & Battle Fury, we will start owning. Emm..okay

But farming isn't easy when u always got killed. Luckily, Kenny & the weaver managed to get some respectable items. Yet, by the time I had enough money to buy those 2 stuff with my hard earned money, our base look a lot like KLIA.

The upper & middle base were gone. Even the 2 towers guarding the throne were gone. I was losing hope. Fast.

But wait, Kenny & the weaver still insisted we can win. WTF??

Naturally, our opponents started pushing the final lane. With my newly acquired item, I confidently blink into the middle of their heroes, ulti & started whacking. I was killed in no time. My pessimism reached an all time low after that.

But, Kenny & the weaver defended like hell & even managed to kill. Miraculously, our only tower remained intact even after 30 minutes of their pushing. Huh?

At that point I was just playing along. Surely, I do not want to be known as a leaver, right? Then, the turning point came when the weaver gave me another Battle Fury. 2 Battle Furies is like joining skim cepat kaya. Money won't stop flowing.

After I got my heart, we started pushing. Firstly, we destroyed their middle lane. Then their lower lane. When we went up for the final lane, we smelled victory for the 1st time. How ironic.

We won that game against all odds! And in the process, I think we made 5 men quit playing Dota.

After 82 minutes we were spent. I heaved a huge sigh of relief. Then, I started wondering. How the heck did we managed to pulled that off?

I spun around & the answer became obvious.......

Teoh was not around. ^-^

Monday, October 15, 2007

The Big 21

A new blog. A fresh start.
Blogging on Friendster just doesn't cut it for me anymore.
That's why I am starting my new blog, albeit belatedly today. And to kick things off, my 1st post is gonna be about my 21st birthday (What do you expect??)

To those who were unenlightened yet, my birthday falls on last Wednesday ( 10th October, Yup 10-10 better jot that down in your diary now ). This year my birthday gained added significance because I am turning 21. Well, It was suppose to be a very symbolic moment, to certain people at least. To me, it meant that during my next trip to Genting, I won't be spending it in the theme park *wink*

I had an early birthday bash courtesy of my hometown friends on Sunday. And it is the usual bunch, my very close friends : Kenny, Desmond, Teoh, Ong+GF and me with Rachel. We went to a very pleasant restaurant, the San Francisco Pizza for dinner. It is not very often that the few of us get the chance to enjoy our meal together though. Everybody seems so busy nowadays ( Yes, that means you tbun zai ^-^).

We had a simple dinner, ordered 2 large pizzas. It was hardly enough for the all of us. Each of us just man
aged 2 thin slices max ^-^. Not full but still we had a good time. And did I mentioned I got a nice t-shirt from them as well? Seriously dude, those guys have got taste. Just like the birthday boy ( Sorry, Can't help myself )

On Tuesday night, I celebrated with Rachel at Station 1 in Pandan Indah after she finished work. It was very sweet of her to bake a cake for me even though she was tired from work. Before that I receive a nice bag as gift from her. Love that present as well. We enjoyed a hearty Western meal, I had lamb chop, she had steak. Both were surprisingly tasty.

After the main meal, Rachel was still
hungry for some snacks & we ordered some escargot ( Yup. French snails ). Some of you might cringe at that, but it tasted pretty good I must say. The picture below doesn't do any justice to its deliciousness ^-^

Cute little escargots

Please do not try this at home

Lip smackingly good

Later that night 4 of my UKM friends were crazy enough to come find me in Wangsa Maju. They : Dai Lou, Ah Chuan & Ah Muk made the long journey & arrived here past 12am. So, being the gracious & grateful host that I am, I brought them to Steven's Corner. Apparently, the food wasn't that good when compared to Al-fariz according to Ah Muk. That guy is really addicted to Al-fariz stuff. We also ate the cake Rachel made there. It was real tasty & chocolaty, it tasted even better when frozen. After sending Rachel back, the others come to my house for some chatting. Even though Dai Lou is there we didn't gamble though.

To wrap things up, I had a birthday dinner with my family on Wednesday night, this time at a more conventional pizza joint, Pizza Hut. This of course is an annual affair. Well, there is nothing like a simple & cozy dinner to e
nd things.

At the end of this super long post, I must thank all those who celebrated my birthday with me as well as all those well wishers. Appreciate it *sob* My family, my gang here in Wangsa Maju, my friends at my second home, UKM & of course the main organiser, Rachel.

And the vicious cycle continues next year.....

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