22 March 2009

As The Wedding Bells Ring........



Today is the happiest day of my friend, Has's life as it's the day she's gonna get married. Me & other Jornam's members are indeed very happy for her. Wishing them a life of a marital bliss.
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To Has & Abg Man : Congratulations! You two lovebirds deserved each other. There's so much love and affection between the both of you and I'm sure you'll enjoy the journey as husband and wife.. and I have no doubt that it will be a great journey for you guys.
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For those who didnt got the chance to attend the wedding, here are some pics. - juz to share the the sweet memories with.

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The pelamin
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Meja Makan Beradab
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Hantaran from Has to her beloved Abg Man
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Hantaran from Abg Man to his darling wife
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.Being to a wedding always makes me wanna get married again. It's a nice feeling being the bride. Seronok !!! Ask Has if you dont believe me......am i not right, Has??
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Aksi manja Zizah ngan pengantin
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Ayunya......I mean, the pengantin la...obviously !!!!

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With Zizah's nieces - they used to be so smalllllllllll........
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Exchanging rings between the bride & the groom
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Tears of happiness after being announced as Abg Man's wife
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Me & Zizah amik berkat dok kat atas pelamin......kot-kot la nanti berjangkit pulak kan!!!
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.After a few attempts & continuous stalkings, I managed to snap this pic of Zizah's anak ikan. I'm sure he would be terrified if he were to bump into me in the future : not this crazy woman againnnnnn !!!!!
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This is for you Zizah....you go girl !!!!

20 March 2009

Are You Going To Finish Strong ?

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Received this video in my e-mail this morning. I was so touched by it.....cant stop my tears from falling. Such an inspirational video.

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The guy in the video is an Australian called Nick Vujicic who was born limbless, missing both arms at shoulder level, and having one small foot with two toes protruding from his left thigh. Being bullied at his school, Nick grew extremely depressed, and by the age of eight, started contemplating suicide. After begging God to grow arms and legs, Nick eventually began to realize that his accomplishments were inspirational to many, and began to thank God he was alive. A key turning point in his life was when his mother showed him a newspaper article about a man dealing with severe disability. This led him to realize he wasn't the only one with major struggles. When he was seventeen, he started to give talks at his prayer group, and eventually started his non-profit organization, Life Without Limbs.

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Hats-off to you Nick ! Am I gonna finish strong? I do hope so !

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16 March 2009

Camping @ Lubuk Semak

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Marsya has been asking me to take her for a camping trip for ages. I just hate going for a camping actually. It's not that I dislike nature that much but the idea of sleeping in a tent (rather than my heavenly comfortable soft bed) does not excite me that much. But then, it's Marsya.....if it's not becoz of her, I wouldnt even think twice.

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So, this morning we packed our things & off we were to Raub. The original plan is to camp @ Jeram Besu which is an increasingly popular place for white water rafting. Jeram Besu is situated approximately 30 km from Raub, Pahang. However, when we reached the place, there are 2 buses of RMC students occupying the area. That leaves us with no choice but to opt for a different location.

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After checking with the locals, we came to know about this place called Lata Jarum which is not very far away from Jeram Besu. There's this camping site by the name of Lubuk Semak at the Lata Jarum waterfalls which is a very tranquil & peaceful place. We were so lucky to have discovered this place as there are no sign of other people here except for us. There's a waterfall nearby & the water is super cold & clear.

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It's a perfect spot for a camping activity with the basic facilities like toilets, parking & they even lit up the area at nite. With a fee of RM 4/person, who would be complaining. We then set up our tents & unpack our things. In no time, myself & Marysa are already in our swimming attire & set for the river. The water is damn cold - it's like swimming in an ice water !

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We thought of having a BBQ that nite but luck is certainly not on our side. It rains the whole night long. So, there's nothing much can be done but to just dozed off. As it is, the place is already so cold......with the rain, you can imagine how cold it has been. Gggrrrrrrr.......

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The next morning, after breakfast we went for a jungle tracking. Each of us have to pay RM10 for this - kira okay la. The so-called jungle is about 5 mins drive from the camping site & we were guided by the owner’s son, Angah. The goal for this jungle tracking is to go find the Rafflesia.

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The whole journey took about 45 minutes of tracking through the jungle & hills. I was so exhausted – which explains my fitness level. There are lots & lots of walking & climbing to deal with. Nevertheless, we enjoyed it very much since there are lots of interesting sightings in terms of plants & animals that were found along the way – plus lots & lots of leeches hungry for our blood !

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Sadly, our mission was somewhat un-accomplished as there’s no more blooming Rafflesia around. All Rafflesia that we found are already rotten up . However, there’s one which is in it’s way to bloom. According to Angah, it’ll be fully bloom in a week’s time. It’s just too bad for us then. How I’d wish I could just stayed there for another week just to see the fully bloomed Rafflesia. It would be one hell of an experience to be able to personally see & touch the biggest flower in the world !

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The rotten Rafflesia

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With the Rafflesia's bud

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Honestly, I should thanked Marsya for pursuing this trip. Suprisingly, I enjoyed it very much & would really like to do it again in the future. The next time I’m gonna stay for 3 days at least. A 2 days 1 nite trip like this is certainly insufficient. Asta la vista !!!

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This where Madu Tualang came from – the one in the yellow circle is the beehive on a Tualang tree

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One of the many leeches found in Lubuk Semak

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A very unique spider web – too bad the spider ran away the moment I tried to snap it’s picture

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This is the Asam Keping – before it’s been dried up

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11 March 2009

Skytrex Adventure

Here we are getting ready for the Skytrex Adventures


It is indeed an adventure – it might not be for other people but for me it is a hell of an adventure. Dunno whose idea it was, but our company is having this activity today. For a person who’s really terrified of height all her life, I never wanna join from the moment they announced about it in the e-mail few weeks ago. But since all my other colleagues insisted me to try it out, so I said, “watta heck ! Just simply go lah !”


The rock-solid Masoneilan team



So, today here I am at the Bukit Cahaya Agricultural Park, Shah Alam. We were then greeted by the Skytrex owner who happened to be a French guy called Julien. He gave us a briefing on the kindof adventures that awaits us there. I could feel the rush of the blood being pumped into my heart just by imagining the activities based on the briefing given.




Gaya mesti gempaq !!


We were first being given some sort of an introduction course at the training track which is about 3 metres high. As expected, I chickened out . I could only pass the wooden planks & that's all. For the next two challenges, which includes the flying fox, I failed.



The only challenge I'm capable of ...hahaha

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It's just too frightening & freaky for me lah. I did try but I just couldnt do it. I'm just too freaked out to jump from the 3 metres high platform even though I know I'll be safe due to all those safety equipments attached to my body. This tutorial course itself I've chickened out, let alone the actual 18 metres high adventures ! It's wayyyyy too adventurous for me ! I could ride my bike in the middle of a buzy traffic @ 100 km/hr speed but to jump from a 3 metres platfrom is complete no-no !





10 March 2009

Flood @ 18th Floor


Who would have thought that an office at the 18th floor could ever got flooded. Well, that's exactly what happened to our office. This morning all of us were shocked the moment we arrived at the office as it was flooded. There are at least 2 - 3 inches of water covering the whole office.



It seems that the water pipe burst and flooded the whole office. Since yesterday was a public holiday, within 3 days it managed to flood the whole office plus a few other offices nearby.


This kindof thing doesnt happenned regularly - it's like once in a lifetime kindof thing. The good thing about it is that we dont have to work today as the e-mail & server are down. An indeed a blessing in disguise. All my life I've been praying for this kindof thing to happen & finally my prayers have been answered. Thank you God !!




08 March 2009

A Refresher Trip To Cameron Highlands - Part 2


On the 2nd day of our trip, we started our day with a visit to the Boh Tea Plantation at Sungai Palas. It was raining quite heavily when on our way but it gets better once we got there - though it still drizzled & didnt completely stop.



We have to walk up to the Tea Center for about 300 metres or so. There are 2 ways up - either follow the road or use the path that cuts through the hills surrounded by greenery of tea bush plants. Since it's still drizzling, we opt for the road as it is less messier & less dangerous too.

The Boh Tea Centre has a very modern setting. The way they built the structure is quite impressive. At the far end, here's this 20 feet over-hanging platform balcony that was purposely set up & made potruding over the hilltop, which gives a very commanding view of the tea plantation. We're so lucky to get the balcony seat despite of the big crowd. Bought a teapot of tea & 2 slices of carrot cake - and sunk ourselves to the breathtaking view of the plantation plus the cool breeze of the fresh air.



On our way back from the Tea Center, we stopped by at the Strawberry Farm. Unfortunately there are not that much of strawberries as it's not yet the season - as explained by the owner. Anyway, didnt fancy strawberry that much - just would like to experince plucking the fruits from the tree as we can only do this in this part of the country.


By the time we finish going around this farm, Marsya gets really hungry already. We then stopped by at this place called Kea Farm where there are lots of small wooden shops which sells vegetables, flowers & food. We apart from having lunch, this is where we bought some vegetables to be brought home.

Marsya is so amazed with the giant yam @ Kea Farm


Just would like to share an unpleasant story about our lunch that day. We had lunch at this restaurant called Esah Corner, which happened to be the only Malay Restaurant in Kea Farm. the owner of this restaurant is one arrogant cow ! She never smile at her customers, cant talk nicely & can even grumble to them. This is the common problem with Malays entrepeneurs - they think they're so good that they dont need to respect or being polite to their customers. Everybody is the restaurant was complaining about this bitch. Even when I talked about this to one of the vegetables trader near the restaurant, they too agreed that that woman really have an attitude problem. The best thing is that these vege traders are Chinese ! Melayu is rather Bodoh than Boleh !!!

The so-called Esah Corner
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This how that %$#@^&* looks like !!




07 March 2009

A Refresher Trip To Cameron Highlands – Part 1

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Since Monday is a public holiday (for Maulidur Rasul), I've decided to join Abang & his friends to Cameron Highlands. It has been 10 years since the last time I’ve been there. I was about 5 – 6 months pregnant (of Marsya) then. Frankly, I cant really remember a thing about the place anymore except for the beautiful flowers & strawberries.



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When we reached Brinchang, it was already mid day. The weather was not that good since it drizzled half of the day. We managed to find ourselves a budget hotel called Tudor Home Inn which offers a family room (1 queen bed & a double decker) for RM 140 per nite – with facilities like water heater, TV with limited Astro channel and Wi-Fi – not that bad for the price I’m paying. Comfortable enuff for the 3 of us – me, Marsya & not forgetting our maid, Mis.

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Since it was a long weekend, a big crowd was expected. Nevertheless, it doesnt stop us from enjoying the place – despite of the rainy days during our two days visit. After checking in, myself & the rest of the gang head straight to Tanah Rata town – just to check out the place. The town is approximately 10 mins from Brinchang town. Marsya didnt wanna come along – she preferred to watch TV….can you believe that? So, Mis had no choice but to stay back with her at the hotel.

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Tanah Rata town is as small as Brinchang however happening places like McDonalds & Coffee Bean are all located here. We stopped by at Uncle Chow’s Kopitiam for our coffee break. Likewise other kopitiam, the menu are pretty much the same.

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After the coffee break, our next destination was the famous Ye Olde Smokehouse. Apparently, whoever visits this Highlands will make it a point to get a picture of themselves with this typically English house. In fact, no trip to Cameron is complete without this obligatory picture! This preserved English house is a hotel + restaurant….an expensive hotel it is – RM450/nite being the cheapest room. Since we’ve just had our coffee earlier, so we omit the tea here. And because we’re not their customer, we are only allowed to take photos outside the building which is good enuff since they did quite a good landscaping job around the area.

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Later in the evening, we went to the must-visit Pasar Malam at Brinchang town, which offers a wide variety of products. You can find almost everything ranging from food to clothing. One main attraction of its night market is of course its food. They have so much of variety that you’ll be spoilt for choice. You can find Cameron Highland local specialties such as sweet potato balls, fried mushrooms, fried lily buds, strawberries and more. My favourite is of course the steamed pearl corn. Physically, it looks different from the normal corn. this particular ones has a white & yellow kernels. The taste? Much, much more sweeter & juicer. It’s something you cant missed if you’re here in Cameron.

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Besides the pearl corn, the following are among other things that you can never found @ any Pasar Malam elsewhere :

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IMG_2267The purple cauliflower

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Buah Cinta - didnt tried this

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Cameron Apple - didnt try this either !



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Fresh Lily Buds - tasty !



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Lots n lots of strawberries