Monday, May 26, 2008

Taman Pertanian

A couple of weeks ago my sister, Kelly and I decided to go have a look see the very 'famous' Taman Pertanian in Shah Alam. I've been there when I was a little boy but only remember passing by the padi fields...and that is all. Since Kelly's dad would take his morning jobs here every Sunday, we decided to bump into him that day.

As we approached the entrance of the park, there were multiple sign boards that had different names to the park, which was pretty confusing. Once there, there wasn't much amusement to it. It was just a normal park. I remember the crowds of people cramming on the little tar road to see the park when it was newly opened. Here are some pictures taken there.

Some monument
Here is a monument at entrance of the park (where you pay to enter). It's some sort of concrete monument that signifies a tree that bears all fruits. You can see concrete durians and mangosteens here.

Kelly and Suan
Kelly and my sis, Suan pose for the camera. Here is where we waited for the park to open. We had free sausage McMuffins for free courtesy of me!

Heard what the parot said? No. The parot made no noise. The myna bird on the other hand can make motorbike honks!

Myna bird
Just in case you guys don't know what a myna is, this is it. I didn't take this photo.

Horse or pony?
It's like a little zoo here. There are so many animals!

There are porcupines!?

...and a domestic cat...

God knows what this turkey is fussing about!

Lizard. Spotted it when I was taking a picture of myself by the lake.

The most fun thing to do while you're here is to cycle. Once you're tired, the next best thing to do is to take the bus.

There were lots of flowering plants too but I didn't get to take most of them properly. Here are some:

Tiny flowers
Here using macro, my favorite styles of all, I took a bed of fallen mango flowers.

Bunga Raya
If I were 75, there would have been countless pictures of Bunga Raya just like this.

After the whole morning on bike, we resorted to taking the bus and had a final view of the whole park without having to walk. It's really relaxing to just sit back and enjoy the view...

... and some good'ol fashion ice cream!!
Ice Cream
'Ais Krim' served old school style! Yummy!!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Last Day at Work

Towards the last day of work, my colleagues and I planned to have a little feast to celebrate since three of us are leaving the company, Alright I know it's a little late, my job ended 30 April which was almost a month ago, but a post is still one if there's a story to tell.

So one fine Friday, we decided to makan at Italiannies in 1utama. It was my first time there.

Paul, Elvin and Chin
Sunny and James
Here are all the people who were there, including myself of course

There are a handful of Italian food to choose from but most of us had Carbonara. The carbonara there was wonderful. Just look at it!!


Macchiato(that's "maki-ato")

Veggie Pizza
Veggie Pizza

All the food here is scrumptious...but you don't have to take my word for it. Just look at Paul. Pictures indeed tell more than words :D

And for dessert....
Ice Cream Cake!
Ice Cream Cake!

So there we go, all three of us Paul, Elvin and I leaving - Paul is with Public bank now, Elvin is in Maila (Manilla) and the team is now left with James and Sunny and two of our supervisors...sigh. Well, leaving or not leaving, I wish you guys all the best. May the force be with you.

Monday, April 14, 2008

It's Black! It's White! It's Micro Jession!

There are a lot of names to this drink. Some call it Hak Bak, some call it Cham, others just say soya bean cincau (cincau = leong fun = seaweed jelly). Whatever I you we they he she it call(s) it, it's a white colored drink with black jelly strips.

Lunch time. My supervisor Yong, guai lan colleagues James, Paul, Sunny, Elvin and I squeezed ourselves as usual into a car like self-packing sardines and chose Taman Megah as our lunch spot that day. We'd usually go there for the Gu Lou Yok (Old fashioned pork) rice. There, the drinks man would come and greet us and take our orders in English and Hokkien.

"SHAMONE!!" (that's Paul in the background...)

That day, the man's daughter (or so I pressume) came to take our order. I had a sudden craving for soya bean cincau and I didn't know what they call it here so I just said "soya bean cham leong fun" and hoped that it would be 'standard' enough for this area.

"OK, one Micro Jession" said the lady.

I had no idea what she just said. Confused, I turned over to look at James...

"Yala, Michael Jackson mah" he said, that soya bean cincau is called Michael Jackson in this area.

I was dumbfounded.
And since Sunny always gets Michael Jackson and Lambo (Rambo) mixed up:

Soya bean + Cincau = Micro Jession @ Lambo


I finally own a laptop after so many months of waiting. I stated before in my previous post that I was considering only HP Compaq Presario V3700 series and also DELL Inspiron series but ended up buying something else. I've been told that it's not the best deal in town, but I'm loving it anyhow. Call me superficial if you may but I looooove how it feels - so solid!! So berqualiti!!

The Y410

A closer look

So here's the specs:

Lenovo 3000 Y410
Processor: Intel® Core®2 Duo processor T5550 (1.83GHz, 667 MHz, 2MB L2 Cache)
Memory: 2GB DDR2
Hard Disk: 160GB (5400rpm)

Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
Everything else is standard: Bluetooth, Wifi, 6 cell battery, integrated 1.3MP web cam, 3 years extended warranty and insurance.

Everyday since I got my lappie, I can't wait to go home to it. And now I'm waiting to leave the office!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

It's all about PCs

As I sat in front of my desktop PC trying hard to revive him but to no avail, I wondered what it'd be like in 50 years' time when Human-PC bond is much, way much more humane, and also euthanasia were to be legalized for PCs....

Priest: "Dear Lord, we've gathered here today to mourn and witness the 'going' of a breakthrough, a bold processor, a technological legend, and most importantly a friend. Look not at how poorly it performed, but at how it marveled and changed people's life...and who better to remember him than his equally loyal friend..."

Me: "He has been my loyal PC and friend for the pass 5 years *sobs* We've done so, so much together. I'll never forget the good times we had - the downloads, TORRENTS, movies (box office and ohlala!!), mp3s, surfing, and he even helped me in my assignments and projects *sobs sobs* He's so much a part of me that while he has been sick for the pass few months, I couldn't help but feel 'sick' as well. He's in lots misery and suffering. And now, it is an honor for me to end his 'pain' on behalf of him, for him. Rest in peace my friend. *SOBS* " ----Blue screen of death----

"Oh Danny Boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling"

Yes, lets not look back in time but look forward to new oppoturnities. For example, PC fair starts today. And my, where do I start. So many unloved PCs available to your liking - desktops, laptops, palmtops...what's next? Buttops? ( BUTTOPS! not recommended for pregnant or nursing women, As with any buttocks units come in one standard fit-all-buttocks size. Buttock pads not included. BUTTOPS! )

With my PC coming to the end of its product life cycle, I am already eyeing on a couple of laptops. After a while of deciding, this is the list of laptops that I may consider getting:
HP Compaq Presario V3700 series

Dell Inspiron 1420 (Dr Pepper not included)

I just found out that Dell is giving a free upgrade to 3GB of RAM as PC fair promotion..hmm not bad. Well, can't decide now. Will see how things go there and I'll update here (with the new lappie, of course) when I've bought it. So PC fair tomorrow, anyone?

Friday, March 21, 2008

Snapshots: Bee's Eye View

Recently I've been particularly fond of taking really close-up shots of the things I see. Here are just a couple of them, mostly taken in Cameron Highlands.

Strawberry Farm, Cameron Highlands
Sour one!!

Rose Garden
This is the Rose Garden, just a few minutes up the hill from Brinchang.

Rock Moss

Ground Moss
These two photos are really just common moss found in longkangs, only closer.

Ants, Bird of Paradise Flower

These photos were taken in the Rose Garden as well.

I was at my uncle's during Chinese New Year and one evening my cousins were out taking their dogs for a walk in the park when I noticed the sidewalk was covered with all these yellow flowers.

Chocolate with mint crystals
Aunt bought this chocolate-mint from Australia that had this weird mint crystal formation inside the chocolate. To eat it, you have to chew fast and make sure the crystals don't end up in your tongue!

Monday, January 28, 2008

Happy Chinese New Year

First of all, Merry belated Christmas hahahah and Happy New Year. I apologize there are no many updates these days. Reason being I've been busy with work and too tired after work...and my PC is dead so I can't do much editing.

My blog is one year old! What a great year it was..

In the spirit of a great new year, here's a little story of what happened just a couple of days ago. My backpack was stolen while I was away from the car. Nevermind how it happened, what's most saddening is I've got a list of treasure inside:

1. Company laptop
2. Company handphones (all two)
3. Company simcard
4. My passport (lemme say that again...MY FRIGGIN PASSPORT!)
5. My birth certificate (you think this is bad?)
6. All my photocopies of education certificates! (It can't get any worse?)
7. Original certificates. Everything (You have just met the stupidest person in the world)

What a stupid mistake to be so careless. What a stupid thing to put original and photocopies of everything together. And why the hell would I be carrying my passport and birth certificate around? Yea, in that 'great' spirit...I had to look on the bright side of it and be positive about the whole thing!?

So you guys out there who lost your wallet or IC and think you're damn unlucky and damn suay, think again. I've lost my IC before, too.

Have a blessed new year.