Archive for December, 2007

Ah Lun renounced his bachelorhood – supplementary elaboration

So sorry, this is very much spinning an old yarn…


The following is to supplement Sue’s entry:-


4 siao za bo were fighting for the mattress, since the other one was hard like rock…



While we were making an all-out effort to dash into the bride’s room, someone seemed to curi tulang a lot wo…

Tell me, who’s the one curi-ing tulang? *hint: ^_^v*


This is the legendary moving chair panic:-



Felicia had to make a move first early in the morning after the wedding dinner in Taiping:


Me: Gonna miss you for sure! Remember to invite me to your wedding dinner in Sarawak and make it an all-expenses-paid trip ok? To sponsor the flight + lodging…


Felicia’s bf: I’m not gonna invite you guys… You all are bad friends! You all made Lun drunk badly!

Puke: round 2…

Puke: round 3…


After his full-power performance, KG’s probability of being the next one to get married has been skyrocketed!


Last but not least, tuan-tuan dan puan-puan, here comes the betting table on “who’d be the next one to get married”, version 2007/08. I’ve decided to remove myself from the list, the probability’s almost infinite.


Preparation for Expedition to Mount KK – Bkt Tabur

I’d say:-


Reaching the peak of Gunung Angsi = f (stamina + endurance)

Reaching the peak of Bukit Tabur = f (stamina + abseiling and rock climbing skills)

Rock climbing…



Ah Love told me that Bukit Tabur’s definitely easier to conquer than Gunung Angsi, can reach the peak by just using the toes!

This was totally a HOAX!  I was almost half dead and was basically crawling to reach the peak. Again, I was the last to reach…  but the reward was 3 folds of Gunung Angsi’s!

Hip hip hooray!!!

And look at the scenery!

Other preparation: Gunung Angsi | Gunung Bunga Buah |


If you have someone persistently harping on you for a free treat at a particular place, the best one-off solution would be:

Let him/her eat more than his stomach’s full capacity! Hiak hiak…


His stomach was unwell after the meal

Preparation for Expedition to Mount KK – Gunung Angsi

On Dec 9th, together with my new acquaintances, we set off as early as 4.45am and headed towards Ulu Bendul Recreational Park in Seremban.

Setting off even before the dawn… pergi kerja pun tak serajin ini!

New acquaintances!

I saw I saw a monkey at Ulu Bendul!!

I still made it to the peak, albeit it’s been 2 years since graduation that I did not do any serious exercise at all…

The reward of reaching the peak.

You could easily differentiate between fit and experienced trekkers and people lack of exercise like me when climbing a mountain:-

1) Fit people would stop by and take breathtaking photo, whereas I stopped by and PANTED like mad and felt like suffocating…


Fit people…

S.O.S… Someone, please save me…

2) Fit people always offered help to weak people.


3) Fit people were all spick-and-span after the trekking but you look at me…

It’s only after the trip that I realized I can produce photos like these using my digicam…

Other preparation: Bukit Tabur | Gunung Bunga Buah |

Those were the days! – Part 2

So, the reminiscence continues…

If I were still the strong old Samantha (haha, si beh hao lian! ), what is Gunung Angsi at a mere standing height of 825m only when I had:-

1) Conquered Gunung Api of Mulu National Park

I reached the Pinnacles (1750m) without much torment even though the trail was indeed challenging.


2) Kayak-ed from Sg. Kahang to Endau Rompin

That was 128km of kayaking… Despite the fact that I did suffer a lot for that expedition…

1 of the unforgettable experiences in my life: to eat using the paddle!!!

Those were the days! – Part 1: I was an athlete…

I think if I were to tell my new acquaintances I just made during my hiking trip to Ulu Bendul Recreational Park, that I used to be very fit, they would be disdainfully snorting at this statement… because what they witnessed was how I panted and gasped for breath along the ascent of Gunung Angsi  (gonna blog about the trip soon)


BUT, it’s a rock solid fact that I USED TO BE VERY FIT My level of fitness peaked especially when I was in my 4th year of university study. Ok, or at least I was not this weak last time. Let’s reminisce together, may I present to you, Samantha’s golden age:-

Gaya. Mutu. keunggulan!


The fact that I was born as a mere slightly-above-average runner has never eroded my interest in excelling in athletics. Thank god that I met my couch, En. Shahzan Amir Abdul Rahman in my university. But being a pronounced slack person, it’s only on my 4th year that I really devoted myself, heart and soul for all the hell-like trainings and gym sessions, before that I banyak curi ayam ler…

Gym session: Even at his 60-ies, my couch’s still very well-maintained.

My couch managed to remold my style of running and assisting me in winning medals. It’s quite a flattering experience winning the 1st ever gold medal for my university in Sukan MASUM, an inter-varsities sports event. When I finally started to shine a bit in the sports event in my 4th year, there were athletes who approached me and:-


“Hey! Do you still remember me?”

“Hi! Yea, sure!”

“I heard you improve a lot! Remember we were still struggling to reach the finishing line last year during the final?”




“1 gold medal for KUiTTHO? By whom?”

Hard works paid off!


Being physically fit, I monopolied most of the athletic competitions in my university and even events organized by external parties:

Regular gold medalists for sports carnival.

Seremban Half Marathon: I finished 12th for my category. I ran 11km non-stop that time!

I volunteered myself to represent Faculty of Engineering in their Sports Carnival when I was sent to University of Indonesia as exchange student.

And I did not expect THIS to happen: I almost broke the record of the event and managed to beat my best time also!


BUT, you look at me now! I really feel bad for myself nowadays for my poor stamina and endurance. I joined yoga class 2 weeks ago. I almost fainted at the end of 1st class…   My heart failed to pump sufficient oxygen for my body’s consumption. Malu lah….

Shooting bridal photo – the feel of it

This gown got eliminated…


So it’s about screening hundreds of gowns, selecting my favorite 30+ pieces. Then I had to try them on one by one, eliminating one after one until the best 2 left. This was not easy as I looked good in almost each and every one of them!


The whole process took me 8 hours to complete, 160+ photos had been taken. In order to get the best poses and best angles, I had to:

– twist my neck to its ultimate left and right

– arch my spine to its maximum, AND

– doggedly smile from ear to ear, at the end of the shooting, the smile was like going to be forever plastered on my face…


 Looking forward to see the end product!

the travelling bug is itching me…


I spot you, creativity!

Series #9 Light bulb reuse!

Reflection of the day

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Inside the glass bottle…

“I want to walk tall, believe in myself, have the courage to ask for what I want and need, and live a life that mattered. I want to wake up in the morning with a smile on my face and know that I am loved and that I belonged. I am desperate to feel worthy and I am hungry for the opportunity to live my fullest potential.” - modified from "The Dark Side of the Light Chasers" - Debbie Ford

Under the apple tree…

"If you are not spending all of your waking life in discontent, worry, anxiety, depression, despair, or consumed by other negative states; if you are able to enjoy simple things like listening to the sound of the rain or the wind; if you can see the beauty of clouds moving across the sky or be alone at times without feeling lonely or needing the mental stimulus of entertainment; if you find yourself treating a complete stranger with heartfelt kindness without wanting anything from him or her... it means that a space has opened up, no matter how briefly, in the otherwise incessant stream of thinking that is the human mind." - A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle

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