Sunday, October 29, 2006
Friday, October 27, 2006
Hooray! Ari ni last day of the week. Malas sebenarnya nak keja time festive nih. But then again...sebab da lama tak betul-betul cuti, rasanya selagi tak long break tuh, selagi tuh ler sebenarnya keletihan banget mau berterusan nak kerja.
Matilah live on fresh air and sunshine...
Actually while semua orang beraya, aku tak dapat rasa festive air langsung. Bukan apa tapi somehow, things just don't seem...well...semeriah cam Raya-Raya lepas.
The only fun I had was shopping malam Rayakat kawasan Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and Masjid India ngan Fiebie, Gina and Ken.
Bukan shopping apa pun...it just doesn't work.
A million people out on the streets doing last minute shopping doesn't exactly present itself as paradise for a psychotic claustrophobic like me.
Hah...kenapa aa...tahun ni Raya cam orang tak berambus dari KL ngapa aa???
Jalan kalau dulu kosong, leh baring tengah jalan, dua jam baru kena langgar ngan basikal, ni kira walaupun takder ler banyak keta, but still..... cam tak ramai jer balik kampung.
Anyway...malam shopping kat Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, I spotted this monstrosity. Amik ko baju kurung tuk singa Paddle pop beraya. Matilah colours of Rangoli meets Vaanavil. Ni baju Deepa-Raya ke???
Let's get this clear...this is NOT a piece off the wardrobe epartment of Astro, as horrendous as it looks.
Tapi walaupun kelakar nak mampos... siap Ken racun aku nak amik pic (salahkan orang lain padahal camera dah on standby mode), this was even funnier.
Esoknya, si Fiebie mesej awai pagik, apparently dia turun kat kubur nak ziarah and all, nampak makcik ke kakak sorang nih pakai the same exact baju. Apa lagik, si gila tuh pon dok gelak sorang-sorang. Aku gelak nak pecah perot awal pagi dapat SMS tuh, walaupon mata masih melekat tahi mata....
Anyway...that night before, we tried to grab a bite at 3am, terpaksa gi Pelita kat Jalan Ampang.
Matilah katanya, dahler kedai Melayu semua tup, mamak pon tutup?
Camler pekerja meka nih Muslim. Matilah tutup sebab Deepavali sebenarnya...
Anyway, since it was freezing, had to take a leak, so headed for the loo. Strangely enough, while we could make out where the Gents was, we couldn't figure out the sign for the Ladies.
Staring at it berapa lama, si Ken last last dapat tangkap lak....
"Tengok part ada kaler tuh...tuh rambut dia!"
Oooh...macam tengok one of those 'magic eye' paintings (I could never see anything from those).
Anyways, tried to think of something to do, but couldn't come up with anything, so we headed back. And that's basically how I spent the next few days of Raya.
But it was nice cause a lot of friends text and called up to wish me, even though masing-masing tau aku tak celebrate (especially since by hari kedua dah kena keja...keji).
Yang paling besh, kak Anita Sarawak...siap call dua kali (first time masa tuh aku tido mati). Second baru sempat....tapi sebab aku mamai aku iyakan...tanpa ingat apa dia cakap sangat.
Matilah aku...ampun kak Nita.
Zahid balik kampung, Marsha ada ler SMS sekali sebab dia pun...(sibuk nak beraya lak dia - matilah aku)....tapi dalam best tuh...ada gak orang ingat aku dalam balik kampung. Yanie pun mesej nak wish from Sabah....terharu...thanks to everyone who remembered me in the midst of celebrations.
Faizal ada ajak balik Terengganu nak bak jalan-jalan, tapi sebab keja, plus tak larat nak bayangkan mesti dia diserbu (yerlah...dia pun kata lebih 4,000 beraya rumah dia masa calling smalam time dia on the way balik KL sebelum berlepas ke Perlis wat empat hari).
Tapi tima kasih ek Faizal sebab ingatkan aku...nak beli aku kepok....entah bila la sempat passing kat aku. Sorry bebanyak ler tak dapat Raya kat Ganu ek...
Back to Pelita...for the last time, I'm going to say this...mamak food in Malaysia sucks and is getting more suckier. Dahler tambah mahal...tambah recycle kalau tak laku...and tambah kerek pekerja dia semua. Matilah hantar balik ke Tamil Nadu.
Lain laa Fiebie dan Gina yang entah camna kena bil RM12 lebih je walaupun dua orang makan minom banyak siap ngan ayam segala. Matilah Tamil Nadu ajar mengira kureng sikit.
Tapi dalam kami semua makan, si Ken lak minum susu je. Merasalah on diet, jaga badan, besar dan sihat, minum susu (ampun Ken....gurau je...jangan marah!!!)
So that's what my last week has been. Mostly been spending a lot of time watching DVDs (promosi portable baru biasalah).
I'm glad about one thing though. This Raya, I had two special people to occupy my thoughts. Rahsia for one...and someone else new in my life.
And between both of them, that special someone has emerged.
Well...almost. We're going at it for a while to see how things work. I know relationships and all should be a 'go with the flow' thing, but I just don't want to get hurt again, so I'm treading really carefully this time around.
I mean...I'm 30...doesn't mean I won't get burnt again...but I just want to minimise the hurt.
We'll see how things go....
Eh...dah kul 6 petang dah ni. Yeah! Work's over for the week!
Take care ok guys...and selamat beraya the remainder of the weekend, dan kalau nak balik KL, drive safe. Pada yang tersayang tuh, jalan elok elok balik kampung tuh....I'm missing you already.
Monday, October 23, 2006
Ok...sambung posting after all the festive wishes. Continuing from where I left off.
Anyway...let's see, Friday morning aku up and ready for the next interview which was Ronan. Sebenarnya takder ler hyper sangat sebab last aku jumpa Ronan pun dia cam kerek sikit.
That was MTV Asia in Singapore in 2002 or 2003. Tapi aku pikirkan sebab whole day of shopping ahead, so pala tak tension langsung.
Anyway Joyce, Zoe and I headed for the Banyan Tree Hotel. Interview kat tingkat 59. Sebelum tuh meka bak kami jumpa Ronan nak photoshoot ler kat swimming pool.
Very the Mangga. But then sempat ler chat with him a while. He seems ok this time around.
After that went down to the lobby for a cappucino sat, before we were requested nak naik 59th floor for the interview at the Pier 59 restaurant. Cantik siot tempat tuh. The theme, very underwater, blueish hues everywhere. Meja, kerusi and cutlery dia, kaca biru.
I loved the little water bubble tubes and all. Apa lagik, amik pic ler posing kat sana. Member siap posing sakan ngan beads curtain tuh ala Britney punya album cover (berangan tul).
The view was awesome from the 59th floor, and I could see the whole of Bangkok.
Compared to the view of the hotel ,that was nothing. Sibuk amik pic sana sini, tak amik lak pic ngan Ronan ataupun any of him at all. Cam tak kuasa lak.
Still it was one of the best interviews I ever had as he really warmed up. Respect ler.
In fact two topics we talked about which I was really taken into was the concept of old souls (kalao korang ingat aku penah posting entry pasal tuh just before my 30th birthday) and about his family.
Erm...a little bit off the topic, tapi here are my pics masa tu (not of Ronan but of the view.
Abih tuh memang lega after that horrendous interview, sebab this was heaven compared to that ice queen. Relaxed and very natural flow to the conversation.
In fact, bebudak Universal had to cue us to stop sebab Ronan pun da animated gila babas nak chat.
Said our goodbyes and headed down.
Yes..more shopping coming my way.
Singgah lobby, ter'detained' sat as this woman was playing an instrument (tak hingat what you call it) fully decked in a Thai national costume. Layan sat...merdu sangat.Kami pun, atas cadangan aku, gi Prathunam sebab member semua tatau nak gi sana nak beli belah.
Sampai je, semua naik gila (aku naik gila sebab memang tuh shopping heaven bagi aku, and the girls lak gila baju dan beg pelbagai).
Aku pun start about trying to find something to buy and take home.
Yes, after about less than an hour (which was quite long sebab kalau tak sat jer da sampai), we reached there with lots of plans, sebab dalam cab nak rancang nak beli apa.
Forget the sweltering heat and my headache and motion sickness dok dalam cab lama lama panas camtuh. Ko tengok member-member aku dua orang nih.
Biar aircon pelbagai, peluh abih...abih meka punya kertas serap minyak.
Muka dah leh goreng telor da...tension je.
But I suppose in the end it was all worth it.
In Bangkok, aku dari empat hari, sempat posa dua hari...partly because banyak benda occupy my time, memang tak sempat ingat nak makan atau nak berlapar.
Nak isap rokok sana sini lak...tengok cam orang sini tak isap rokok je.
Bersih sangat satu Bangkok skang sebab kempen lawat Bangkok.
So I laid of the fags as well...(in more ways than one).
After I think almost two horus in Prathunam, kat kawasan Baiyoke, we moved to the mall, Indra Mall aku rasa seberang jalan.
Sebab member aku da tak tahan panas, kami putuskan sanggup bayar just a little bit more to shop in comfort.
Air con ada,,,,
So kami jalan-jalan, then menjalar ke bangunan sebelah lak. Kali ni aku hooked on electronics.
Memang pada mulanya rancang nak beli screen LCD tuk DVD player keta aku, but in the end, after some convincing by the salesperson, hard bargaining (dari RM900 ke RM600), and a trip to the ATM (thank God for the Cirrus network)...I became the proud owner of a protable DVD player.
Leh letak sambung kat keta, bak ke mana-mana...ataupun kalau kat rumah, aku hook up to the sound system in my room, pastuh gantung, aku da ada LCD screen to watch movies on.
Depan kedai elektronik tuh, I swear, was the smallest McDonalds restaurant ever. Kecik cam kiosk je.
I think the small signage was the length of the whole restaurant.
Kusi meja dia bersepah around but the outlet itself must have been the smallest I've ever seen (jangan kira kiosk...ni full fledged outlet).
Memasing tukar duit tuk spending sikit sebab da pokai da, and then we decided to grab a tuk tuk nak balik secepat mungkin nak prepare tuk show Ronan belah malam.
Since Friday evening, rush hour nak balik keja, it was definitely the wisest decision...
Tapi mak aih...nyesalnya hidup...
Merasalah di Bangkok masaalah terrorist takde...tapi masaalah TERROR-RIDE ler.
Aku dulu got over my fear of tuk tuks and da naik banyak kali since. Tapi nothing is scarier than a tuk tuk ride in rush hour when the driver nak cepat.
I was praying for my life...berapa kali keta keta semua close enough nak sentuh without even stretching out my arms.
I swear we're talking about a distance of a few inches here. Gila ker haper. And trust me, it is not exactly a nice thing to have a car horn blasting next to you...
Ni gambar dari terror-ride aku! Nothing however could capture the sense of fear and terror masa tuh.
Aku terkejut terdapat banyak jenis dried food products, made from durian!
*Color system: PAL, N3.58, N4.43, and SECAM (Optional)
*Sound system: B/G (5.5M), 1(6.0m), D/K(6.5M)
*High resolution wide view angle (16:9) TFT LCD screen
*Built-in electronic anti-shock circuit
*Built-in Dolby digital 5.1 surround decoder, DTS decode
*Built-in double channel stereo speaker
*With optical output function
*With Audio output/input
*Full system: PAL/NTSC
*Full function infrared remote control
*High capacity rechargeable DVD battery
*AC adapter (AC input:110v-240V; DC output: 14.5V)
*Optional Built-in TV & Game Function
Next day (read a few hours later) woke up just on time....sib baik barang-barang da packing segala.
Dashed to freshen myself and a quick shower, pastuh zoom downstairs and straight to the airport.
Belum apa-apa....nak masuk melalui security kat gate lagik satu hal. Bayangkan, scanner ada tiga bijik. Three counters and yet...this was the scene.
No less than 10 officers, tapi semua sibuk lepak kat one counter with about dua tiga orang je yang actually wat keja.
Dua counter kosong terbiar camtuh saja. I mean...reallly!!! Dahler tengah busy, each flight booked to the brim because it's Deepavali and all. I was just steaming away...and I swear at that moment, they were lucky I couldn't speak more than a few words of Thai, kalau tak memang aku da maki hamun mencarut tak hengat!!!!
Lembab tul meka semua ni...
I guess this is the perfect example of the saying of Tun Mahathir's saying that reflects not only our nation, but also our neighbouring countries.
First world infrastructure, but third world mentality.
I swear masa later sampai KLIA, ada mamat sorang ni...local ler....tapi dia ni cam #$%^&!!!
Leh ludah dalam ashtray masa tunggu taxi. But not before 10 minutes of clearing his throat, bunyi nak cam @#$%^ kompol dan buang kahak.
Terasa kahak kaler rainbow ok!!!
Anyway...the perfect mirror for this is the sight that greeted me immediately after I got down the escalator pas lepas je security mangkuk hayun ni.
Oh well...cam orang kata kan...hujan emas di negeri orang, hujan batu dinegeri sendiri...*sigh*
So I hopped on the plane with all my Thai bought souvenirs, tapi aku rasa nyesal that my trip has ended for now. I mean, seriously...nothing beats being back home.
Yerlah....all that rudeness, uncouth displays of unprofessional behaviour....busy, choked roads, horrible levels of pollution... etc.
I mean....why go all the way to Thailand when I already have all that here where I call home.
Anyways, it was definitely one of my best trips to Bangkok after having gone quite a few times, simply sebab aku ada masa nak betul betul berjalan, and take my own sweet time doing it.
So sempat amik one last pic masa dalam that tunnel, airway thingie to the plane. last call for Bangkok.
Apapun....I'm definitely going on another holiday soon.
Touchdown malam....lega terus. Rushed, got my car....and back to my normal routine. And then spent the next two days sleeping my ass off sebab keletihan teramat.I didn't do much on Monday, except pop into the office, and berbuka puasa with a friend. Tapi...fikiran aku sedikit sebanyak masa tuh melayang sebab Rahsia menjemput aku beraya bersamanya di kampung. Hati mengatakan iya....my brains, which rarely win a fight in this kind of encounter pulled a surprise defeat when it said no.
So called up Rahsia, and said we'll just celebrate in Kuala Lumpur bila dia dah kembali ke ibukota. Tu pun kalao dia ada masa.
Meanwhile, selain Rahsia....hati aku tengah bersoalkan apa kehendak aku sekarang dengan hadirnya seseorang yang ingin berkenalan aku dengan lebih rapat.
Unfortunately for me, I have a feeling that if this one doesn't happen, it's going to be because of external factors and nothing more.
Oh whatever...que sera sera.
Ok ler guys. Aku nak off ni. Be posting about pre-Raya and the first day of Raya punya festivities....merasalah celebrate ngan tidur seharian di rumah.
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Dropped by Internet cafe sat sebab nak check messages. PC sini semua takde USB port, so tak dapat ler nak update blog betul betul.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Anyway, got up feeling hungry as hell.
Klinik ni memang nampaknya sexual related conditions je...siap ada walk in treatment untuk erectile dysfunction.
The first thought that would go through your head time spot je kedai ni must be that you just discovered Datuk M. Daud Kilau punya tailor.
Baiyoke ni memang pusat sequin utama dunia judging by the number of outlets and all peddling such outfits. Merasalah kedai auntie gemuk yang tender ngan establishments kat Las Vegas ok tuk baju baju showgirl, terus kerek tanak turunkan harga dari dulu.