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.
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