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Bali in a few words! Part 1: the Recommendations (a)

Tour guide-cum-driver

Before my Bali trip (end of Aug 2013), I sent out a few requests for tour guiding quotations as well as proposals for itinerary for my 9-day trip.

I believe fixing my itinerary was more challenging because I had not booked any accommodation when I sent out the requests, I just knew I wanted to stay at 3 or 4 different places around the island to save time from travelling to and fro as well as to spend more time at different towns. I listed down places that were of interest to me and requested the tour guides to recommend how I should plan my lodging.

Galung’s quotation came back as the cheapest and he was the only one who patiently answered to my various queries and guided me through my trip planning. So this is factor #1 why I am recommending Galung and crew.

With Galung, before Mt. Batur sunrise hike

With Galung, before Mt. Batur sunrise hike

Factor # 2, Galung speaks decent English and is a fun tour guide to be with. He is also someone who likes to engage logical thinking. He shared many funny stories and the following left the most impression on me (and I don’t know why, haha!)

Story # 1

Galung: *not in exact words* Many people denigrated me on internet by leaving all sorts of inaccurate and malevolent reviews in the forums. One was saying Galung and tour guide B are lousy; tour guide C is the best! If such accusation stands, that means he hired 3 tour guides during his trip to Bali!

*SG and I laughed aloud in the background*

Story # 2

Galung: *also not in exact words* It is my bête noire to see tour guides giving inaccurate information to visitors. There was once I overheard a visitor asking what Balinese gates signify. The tour guide replied, “The gates represent Mount Agung and Mount Abang!” How can that be true? The gates are always symmetrical whereas Mount Agung and Mount Abang do not have same heights!

Balinese gate. Mt Agung and Mt Abang? :p

Balinese gate. Mt Agung and Mt Abang? :p

Galung only accompanied us for first half of our trip. The second half was taken over by Plek. Although being very shy and having inferior English proficiency than Galung, Plek is very helpful and has great sense of photography! :p

Plek took this photo for me! I looked a lot slimmer than in (the cruel) reality!

Plek took this photo for me! I looked a lot slimmer than in (the cruel) reality!

Here come the contact details:-

http://www.balifundriver.com/

info@balifundriver.com

+628123644549

Teja Homestay in Ubud

I stayed in Kuta, Lovina, Ubud and Sanur during my Bali trip. Teja Homestay of Ubud is my favourite lodging and has my stellar rating! I will let the photos do the convincing.

Balinese style, tranquil ambience

Balinese style, tranquil ambiance!

Cordial staff! :)

Cordial staff! 🙂

Cute companion!

Cute companion, Chocky!

Cute guard! :) Its co-workers (different species of birds) are as cute!

Cute guard! 🙂 Its co-workers (different species of birds) are as cute!

spacious, clean porch and  room!

spacious, clean porch and room!

Teja homestay ubud bali

Teja homestay ubud bali

Delicious Balinese breakfast is served

Delicious Balinese breakfast is served

Visit this page to make your booking!

Not to bike around Ubud

I visited Ubud during the peak August month. Not only there is no dedicated bicycle lane, the road width is narrow even for the vehicles (1 lane on each bound only), so it is really not bicycle-friendly!

It was really draining to bike around! We tried to bike to Goa Gajah around 4pm We gave up half way due to the traffic condition :(

It was really draining to bike around! We tried to bike to Goa Gajah around 4pm We gave up half way due to the traffic condition 😦

Not bicycle-friendly...

Not bicycle-friendly…

Nasi campur at Gula Bali, Ubud

Gula Bali offers the cheapest nasi campur we had during our trip in a restaurant setting and not warung! And it’s yummy! 

Nasi campur @ Rp. 35,000

Nasi campur @ Rp. 35,000

A restaurant with nice ambience

A restaurant with nice ambience

There's performance of musical instruments too!

There’s performance of musical instruments too!

It’s the time of the month… Planning is needed maybe?

There were some places that I can’t/chose not to visit (was advised by Galung on religious/cultural grounds not to defy the rule for my own good) because….

At Bajrasandy Monument: Women having menstruation are not allowed to go up to the attic...

At Bajrasandy Monument, Denpasar: Women having menstruation are not allowed to go up to the attic…

Similar rule is practiced at Goa Gajah

Similar rule is practiced at Goa Gajah, Ubud

Galung stated that the advice should be taken for all temples in Bali.

Spa

I only visited 2 spas and Sang Spa stands out (a lot better in fact) of the 2!

Sang Spa! In Ubud

Sang Spa! In Ubud

In Bali, I like it when they put flowers on my ear!

In Bali, I like it when they put flowers on my ear!

At Sang Spa, you get to choose the type of scrub you want!

At Sang Spa, you get to choose the type of scrub and mask you want!

Samples are there to help you make decision :)

Samples are there to help you make decision 🙂

Clean and bright setting!

Clean and bright setting!

Rose petals in spades!

Rose petals in spades!
Reminds me of the scenes in the movie “American Beauty”! 😉

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View from the head rest hole. This small gesture of making it more visually pleasant always makes an impression on me

View from the head rest hole.
This small gesture of making it more visually pleasant always makes an impression on me

To be continued… Stay tuned!

Yogyakarta! Jogjakarta! Day 1: Prambanan to Wonosobo

The trip was great fun: great company and nice tour guide! But if I were to have say in the duration of the trip, I would definitely allocate more days. 4D3N was not enough to explore each place in depth and we were like rushing through only. I am recommending our tour guide who is very friendly! Reach him at +62817757835 or pondoktour@yahoo.com.

Someone said my posts are too wordy! So, it’s photo-feed time!

Tracing our footsteps again!  A = Yogyakarta Airport B = G= Prambanan Temple C = Magelang D =Wonosobo E = Dieng Plateau F = Borobudur H= our hotel in Yogya

Tracing our footsteps again!
A = Yogyakarta Airport, B = G= Prambanan Temple, C = Magelang, D =Wonosobo, E = Dieng Plateau, F = Borobudur, H= our hotel in Yogya

From the distance, I could still recognize Billy! :p *hint: the hairstyle*

From the distance, I could still recognize Billy! :p *hint: the hairstyle*

Upon arrival in Yogya, we were all famished and brought to this warung...

Upon arrival in Yogya, we were all famished and were brought to this restaurant in Prambanan…

... and had the most expensive mie ayam of the trip! Fresh tomato juice's nice! I wonder why it is not made popular in Malaysia

… and had the most expensive mie ayam of the trip! Rp. 22k! Fresh tomato juice’s nice! I wonder why it is not made popular in Malaysia

Originally there were 240 temples in the temple compound

Originally there were 240 temples in the Prambanan temple compound

We had light exercise before entering the temples! :p

We had light exercise before entering the largest Hindu temple site in Indonesia!

“Ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love. Restoring and reconstructing the temple and shrines from the ruins involve "lego" skills!

“Ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love.
Restoring and reconstructing the temple and shrines from the ruins involve “lego” skills!

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LB was the most attentive among us

Carvings narrating the Ramayana story

Carvings depicting the Ramayana story.
I said I will paraphrase the story of Hindu epic in my own words, haha, one day, one day!

We needed to peep into a dark chamber, looking through the holes in our palms did make the object in the dark clearer to be seen! Why?

We needed to peep into a dark chamber, looking through the holes in our palms did make the object in the dark clearer to be seen! Why???

Hahahahaha!

Hahahahaha!

His hair was no longer pointed after wearing helmet! Haha

His hair was no longer pointed after wearing helmet! Haha

Once we were done visiting the Shiva temple, this cute boy dashed towards me and addressed me as "kakak" aloud! I thought he needed help to fix his helmet but no, he just wanted to kacau! :)

Once we were done visiting the Shiva temple, this cute boy dashed towards me and addressed me as “kakak” aloud! I thought he needed help to fix his helmet but no, he just wanted to kacau! 🙂

You think this pose is creative?

You think this pose is creative?

More creativity on its way! :D

More creativity on its way! 😀

Variation!

Variation!
Sophie: Sam! This is creative!

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Sophie: I also want!

It's really easy to sabotage one's solo shot! :p

It’s really easy to sabotage one’s solo shot! :p

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Coming out from the Prambanan temple compound, we read mie ayam = Rp. 7000! Our first Indonesian meal of the trip was overpriced by 3 times! Wth!

En route to Wonosobo, we stopped by this restaurant for dinner

En route to Wonosobo, we stopped by this restaurant in Magelang for dinner

The interior of the restaurant

The interior of the restaurant

Tahu Pojok, really yummy!

Tahu Pojok, really yummy!

Saparella, the Indonesian Sarsi :)

Saparella, the Indonesian Sarsi 🙂

Post-dinner, continued out journey to Wonosobo.  Die die also wanted to watch "一代宗师" on my netbook, haha

Post-dinner, continued our journey to Wonosobo. Die die also wanted to watch “一代宗师” on my netbook, in a moving car! haha

After reaching the home stay at Wonosobo, the gals wanted to cultivate sleeping mood but the guys kept pestering us to play "Politiko" together, a game about winning the Malaysian election!

After reaching the home stay at Wonosobo, the gals wanted to cultivate sleeping mood but the guys kept pestering us to play “Politiko” together, a game about winning the Malaysian election!

End of Day 1! 🙂

Preface | Day 2: Dieng Plateau & Borobudur | Day 3: Yogya city

Yogyakarta! Jogjakarta! – Preface

Keeping in touch is just a buzz away.

The materialization of my Yogya trip was a story about keeping in touch 🙂

The very last time that I had proper interaction (you know, not just “Hi!” and then “Bye!”, but really catch up personally) with Billy was in 2007 when we did some siao stuff in the tunnel. Then we almost did not keep in touch at all after that! Until one day in Apr 2012, I read Billy’s MSN status as “北京有舍好玩?” and I nudged him, “I am at Beijing!” We re-established connection since then.

On 16 May 2012:-

Billy: sam, come Yogyakarta, haha

Me: Bila?

Billy: 19-22 april 2013

Me: with whom?

Billy: SS and one of my hometown lengzai lawyer

Me: hahahaha, need to emphasize leng jai la

Billy: kekeke. Sure need. He is really lengzai mah, no choice, must mention

MeI see see first,if chiang mai tak jadi, i join u guys!!!!

On the next day:-

Me: billy! really shou me play or not? i buy tix to yogja ya

Billy:  sure. come la

I then proceeded to buy my flight tix. Did I say I make decisions fast? Haha!

11 months later, the trip finally took place!

The trip provided a platform to catch up with Billy + SS and get to know 2 new friends: LB and Sophie!

The trip provided a platform to catch up with Billy + SS and get to know 2 new friends: LB and Sophie!
We took 8.2GB worth of photos for our 4D3N trip! Impressive or not? :p

Day 1: Prambanan to Wonosobo | Day 2: Dieng Plateau & Borobudur | Day 3: Yogya city

Indonesia in retrospect – Part 3: On our own adventure! (a)

The following was an email that I wrote to someone who used to be special to me while I was in Indonesia. Narration in the form of an email, that’s a novelty for my blog! :p

Some amendments were made to the writing, also added in photos. Enjoy reading! 🙂

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Dear NK,

Thank God that I’m back to hostel of UI safely! Phew… what a relief!

At the UI Railway Station

At the UI Railway Station

the ticket to experiencing life...

the ticket to experiencing life…

Today, we embraced the suggestion given by Bapak Henki and took the economic class train from Depok to Bogor. Bapak Henki said, “You guys should go experience life!” Zaino, Shahrul and have just reached a consensus that this is going to be our very first and last time travelling by train in Indonesia…

I asked the guys, "Can I climb to the top as well?Them: please don't be a disgrace to our uni... and you are going to fall!

I asked the guys, “Can I climb to the top as well?
Them: please don’t be a disgrace to our uni… and you are going to fall!

Once I boarded the train, adjectives that struck my mind instantly were: dirty, hot, smelly, mental-torturing, and YUCKS! I don’t consider myself as a pampered girl. I am quite proud that I could survive under most of the hard or tough conditions and have quite good adaptability, but the scene in the train was really unpleasant.

My sketch: the layout of the  train interior

My sketch: the layout of the train interior

To increase capacity, the train has only limited seats. There were many people sitting along the corridor with baskets of vegetables, fruits and even CHICKS! “Wow, Sam! Chicks are taking train together with us!” Zaino uttered.

The train was actually crowded enough to make us felt a bit uncomfortable already, but as the train traveled the flow of “mobile market” made the space even more congested. The sellers kept walking around in the train, selling tissues, cold drinks, hair accessories, fruits (apples, mandarin oranges, pears), fried tofu, candy, cigarettes, calendars, photo frames, handkerchiefs, snacks, etc., JUST NAME IT! Almost everything that you can normally find at our night market back home is sold here, in the train!

We didn’t have our breakfast before heading to Bogor. Therefore when the seller who was selling the fried tofu in his DIY trolley, Zaino and I were on the impulse to buy some to feed our growling stomachs. But to my ASTONISHMENT, I saw something that instantly made me lost all my appetite…

The wheels of the trolley had very small diameters only. Which means the tofu located at the lowest layer of basket almost touched the wet ground! With the seller pushing that trolley around....

The wheels of the trolley had very small diameters only. Which means the tofu located at the lowest layer of basket almost touched the wet ground! With the seller pushing that trolley around….

On our way back to Depok, the scene in the train was even more interesting! There were blind people singing around and then begging for money from the passengers. Next, came a lady who placed prayer booklets on the lap of every passenger.  Another lady then stood amid the crowd, reading some prayers aloud and her “colleagues” started to collect money from the passengers.

The entrepreneur in me was inspired: I turned to Kos and Shahrul:-

Me: I know what part time job we could do here in Indonesia. Let’s burn some VCD and CD using the university’s laptop and we come sell in the train!

Shahrul: Sam, it’s easier if we just sell our buttocks…

Me: Hahahahaha! I think I can sell my smiles! Smile at the passenger and ask for 1000, and they can pinch my face for 5000!

While I was enjoying (not really) the scenery along, a broom suddenly hit my foot and I saw a shabby boy and a mother carrying a baby on her back sweeping the floor in the duck walk position and at the same time extending their hands towards me begging for money. Trust me dear that this is indeed a saddening scene!

There was also a lady who put a packet of candy on everybody’s lap (seems like a common marketing strategy): if you want to buy, just pay her or you’ll have to give the candy back. I asked Shahrul, “Can’t we just act dumb? Just take the candy and put inside our bags. When asked, we could say we thought the candy is complimentary!”

Zaino is the most pampered child among us, he said he felt like vomiting being in the train. Nausea was not a problem for me but I felt very MZ in the train because it’s so crowded, no place for me to hold on (I was like practicing my balancing skill along the journey), I was always disturbed by the “mobile market” flow walking up and down in the train. I wanted to take photo in the train actually but the guys stopped me from doing so. They thought it’s not safe to expose my digicam and I might risk being robbed as digicam appears to be such a luxury amid the indigent setting of the train.

Pen off here. Miss you!

With love,

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I felt as though I came out of ivory tower after the ride: I did read about poverty issue in every corner of the world but the train ride experience gave a very REAL projection of it and made me realized my privilege.

I think this was exactly why Bapak Henki urged us to take the train to Bogor: to experience life!

Part 1: campus life – (a), (b) | Part 2: host family | Part 3: adventure – (b)

Indonesia in retrospect – Part 1: Life at Universitas Indonesia (b)

Even though the main objective of the student exchange program was more academically-focus, I reckoned cultural exchange should be a part of it. For this, I attended the activities/programs organized in UI diligently.

Playing hard in UI!

Playing hard in UI!

olimpiade opening-backdrop

One fine day, I came across recruitment notice to represent Faculty of Engineering for track events during Olimpiade, the sports carnival of UI. I sent text messages to the captain, Valent, stating my personal best times for 100m, 200m and 400m running and asked if I’m eligible to run for the faculty. Friends from Malaysia were NOT being supportive, because they said Indonesian are always ace runners for track events in SEA games. I was delighted when Valent finally replied: you are more than qualified!

There was a few proud moments that I was glad that with coach’s guidance, I toiled away to be a better runner:-

On days leading to the event, I jogged to the stadium of UI and did my training there. A guy came approached me one day, asked, “Are you an athlete?” “Oh, I do run for my university in Malaysia! But how can you tell?” “The way you warm up is very professional.” He then introduced himself as the athletic coach for a secondary school nearby and offered some running tips to me.

On the morning of the event, I forced Cos, Zaino and Shahrul to come to stadium and support me and they reluctantly complied (Haha!). Once I reached the stadium, I sat quietly at one corner, waiting for instruction from Valent. Without noticing my presence, the guard of the stadium, who observed my training all the while, asked his peers in Indonesian, “Where is the girl from Malaysia? I watch her run every day. I think she won’t get tired at all!”

While I went for warming up at the field, Cos recorded a video and the narration went like this:-

Selamat pagi semua. Di sana, Sam tengah warming up. Rasa-rasanya lah, maybe tak dapat lari… sebab dah letih warming up. Setengah jam ar, dia warming up…

Fellow supporters!

Fellow supporters!

Around 9.30am, it was the heat run for 200m. I ran all out and the runner-up was at least 15m behind. Valent came to me at finish line, worried, “Sam, please conserve your energy, it’s just heat. You still have to run for many rounds today!” I was wont to running all out during Malaysian Universities Games, else with the fierce competition I couldn’t qualify to finals.

running all out for 100m heat

running all out for 100m heat

Then it came the 100m heat. I kept reminding myself to conserve energy and just have to make sure I finish first or second to qualify to final. But, I clocked 13.8s! That was my best run ever and I almost broke the record of UI.

I kept running and running on the day. After 100m heat, it was followed by 100m semi-final, 100m final and 200m final and 400m relay.

For the last run, I was already dog-tired: at 1.37pm, I was running in the blistering heat and my energy level already reached rock bottom because breakfast taken before 7am couldn’t fuel my run further!

The last run of the day: 4 x 400m. I was running real slow...

The last run of the day: 4 x 400m. I was the first baton and running real slow…

olimpiade-4 x 400m

My supporters (Cos & Shahrul) got worried: Is this 800m run? How come Sam’s running so slow? This is her jogging speed only.

Shahrul's and Cos's view was blocked by the trees and did not know what happened to my run from  250m onwards

Shahrul’s and Cos’s view was blocked by the trees and did not know what happened to my run from 250 m onwards. Cos had great faith in me though, “Sam will sure overtake…. She just doesn’t want to sprint too early…”

I did not fail his expectation!

I did not fail his expectation!

After passing the baton to my team mate, I felt really sick: dehydrated, exhausted and famished!

After passing the baton to my team mate, I felt really sick: dehydrated, exhausted and famished!

I went back with 2 gold (100m and 200m) and 1 silver (4 x 400m) medals that day. Faculty of Engineering bagged 3 gold medals during Olimpiade (from all sport events), 2 were from me!

A proud day! 🙂 But I 乐极生悲, I was sick for a week after the event! Fever and food poisoning!

Athletes representing Faculty of Engineering!

Athletes representing Faculty of Engineering!

Part 1: campus life – (a) | Part 2: host family | Part 3: adventure – (a), (b)

Indonesia in retrospect – Part 1: Life at Universitas Indonesia (a)

at pasca sarjana building universitas indonesia

I was sent to Universitas Indonesia (UI) as exchange student from April 2005 to June 2005. That was my first experience of living abroad. I stayed in dormitory during my whole 5 years studying in KUiTTHO so I was very used to socializing with Muslim friends. But this time, it’s a little bit different: I actually lived with them and even joined their religious occasions and studies.

The exchange program changed me somewhat. This is an example: when I was back to Malaysia, one day I was talking on phone with my Indonesian host mother, Ellen, “Hi, Ibu Ellen! I’m so glad that I’m going to see you in KL! …. Ibu…. Ibu…” My mama was very puzzled, asked, “Why are you calling another woman mom?!”  :p Ibu also means madam and Mrs. in Indonesian 🙂 I was speaking with heavy Indonesian accent when I first came back and some Indonesian vocab integrated into my dictionary forever. 🙂

Starstruck!!!

Nicolas Saputra!!! I was starstruck!!! ♥♥♥

Before visiting Indonesia, I remember watching the Indonesian movie “Ada apa dengan cinta” in the TV room with my Malay friends who stayed in the dormitory. Then I got really smitten with the male lead, Nicolas Saputra in the movie. When I was in UI, one day, I told Gunadi about this and he responded, “Really? You like Nicolas? He’s my housemate! I could arrange for a meet-up” I actually screamed, out of excitement!

at faculty teknik universitas indonesia

Fakultas Teknik=Faculty of Engineering, the faculty which hosted the 5 of us.

study group

study group

Hostel life

Hostel life

We were each assigned a room in the hostel. This was a thoughtful arrangement: we got to mix around with other undergraduates and experience genuine Indonesian campus life. The greatest cultural shock I had when I first checked in to the room: there’s no fan!

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The main objective of the exchange program was for us to gather inputs and refine our final year project and also to foster ongoing collaboration between KUiTTHO and UI. Vice Rector (Academic) (front row, 4th from left) paid us a visit, to audit that we were not playing too hard I supposed! :p

in bus kuning universitas indonesia

Shuttle bus within the campus: To increase capacity, the bus has almost no seats!

hunger strike in universitas indonesia

Hunger strike in the campus, something which we were forbidden to carry out at all back home. I think I would be expelled if I were to do this in university.

with dwi 2

Dwi, the technician from the Geography department=my angel! I learned how to use GIS software from him. Mastery in the software gave me a head start on my final year project.

Part 1: campus life – (b) | Part 2: host family | Part 3: adventure – (a), (b)

Batam Trip – Concluding Remark

I had currency shock during the trip. When I reached Singapore, I was poorer by 2.3 times and my buying power also shrunk… But KG and I remained not long in the state of poverty. I had so much gratification seeing the digits in my account! I possessed $ 7 millions! Was this what we call a caviar-eating lifestyle when we could spend $260,130 just for lunch? In rupiah of course, hehe…

Fuiyo~!!!

Before we went flying aloft, the cute yet friendly tour guide stared at YK and me for quite some time, then she inquired, “Both of you are friends?” I caught no balls but YK already retorted before I could really digest the question properly, “Why? We look alike?” She doubted, “Yea! Are you sure both of you are not siblings (I can remember vividly, she used the phrase of 兄妹oh! Which means YK looked older!! *暗爽*)

Alike meh?

After observing all the photos we snapped, I would say NOPE, I don’t resemble YK in looks BUT I think there is a degree of likeness between me and KF!

Alike la!

As a concluding remark, I enjoyed the companion from the 3 gentlemen very much during the trip. And it’s always my delight to meet Sue Cing and siao gia Ah Lun again, I laughed my heart out until my jaw also almost fell.

Most siao photos of the trip: Pretty feet enhancing the photos

So, when is the next trip la?

Part 1 | Part 2 |

Batam Trip – Part 2

Here comes the delayed Part 2. 

(a) Just a little bit of Introduction

The Batam island in the Riau Islands Province of Indonesia, known for a free trade zone as a part of the Sijori Growth Triangle, is located 20 km (12.5 miles) off the Singapore‘s south coast (about 1 hour free ride). The 415 km² (160 miles²) has a population of 700,000, most of whom are Malays (85%) and Chinese (14%). A few of indigenous Orang Laut tribes still live in the island (Quoted from Wikipedia).

(b) Activities

Click on the link below, (forwarded by Sue) to have a glance on what kind of activities can be done at Batam island. 

http://www.traveldestinee.com/AdventureBatam.htm

Off all, we tried spa + traditional massage, go-carting and parasailing

Jacuzzi session for the guys and sauna session for me. I like the 2nd photo  hehe…

  
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Being the sole cute female for the trip, I was very much being marginalized… Sobbing…

   

Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh up in the sky~!

Only YK and KF went for go-carting; KG and I were the pom-pom boy and gal.

There was one controversy about the massage bed. YK asked me whether or not the massage bed for lady has 3 holes (1 to place the head, and parallel-2 for the uh-hem..) as the bed for guy has 2 holes (1 for the head and 1 for the uh-hem). But I observed there weren’t 2nd and 3rd holes for my bed!

2 holes? 3 holes?

Part 1Part 3 |

Batam Trip – Part 1

I went on a trip to Singapore + Pulau Batam on 26-29 Jan 2007 with the companion of Kar Guan (KG), Yong Khang (YK) and KF (Kah Fei). 

It is too time-consuming and I am too tired to write about all the interesting stuff all at once, so I shall write in parts.

There was one important discovery during the trip!!! Everyone, hold your breath!

*It’s about KG….*

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*Feel so heavy to reveal this…*

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*Erm…..”

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*Actually ho….*

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Actually KG’s a flasher!!!!

KG, please show your mercy… Don’t kill me please…

 Part 2 | Part 3 |


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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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Ich lese….

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The time keeper by Mitch Albom

The art of thinking clearly by Rolf Dobelli

The first phone call from heaven by Mitch Albom

Inferno by Dan Brown

For one more day by Mitch Albom

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

A study in scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

The five people you meet in heaven by Mitch Albom

Have a little faith by Mitch Albom

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

To kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge

Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

A Fresh Start by John Chapman

Inspiring quotes!

If someone prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be patient? If he prayed for courage, does God give him courage, or does he give him opportunities to be courageous? If someone prayed for the family to be closer, do you think God zaps them with warm fuzzy feelings, or does he give them opportunities to love each other? (God in "Evan Almighthy")
“To love another person is to see the face of God.” ― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain
Aggie: "But what about the people who hurt you? Don't you ever want to make them suffer?" Norman Babcock: "Well, yeah, but what good would that do? You think just because there's bad people that there's no good ones either? I thought the same thing for a while. But there's always someone out there for you. Somewhere." - Paranorman
"机遇总是偏爱有准备的人"
“You're only here for a short visit. Don't hurry, don't worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.” by Walter Hagen
Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, wine in the other, body thoroughly used up, body totally worn out and screaming "WOOOHOOOO what a ride!" - by anonymous
When you travel, it’s not like you take a part of each place away with you; rather, it’s as if you leave a part of yourself there, like a part of you forever belongs to that place – the time, the people, and the things you saw; and over time, it gets burned deeper into your soul - by anonymous