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This time last month…

Remember me mentioning (before my blog became totally silent for about 3 weeks?) about my convocation around the end of last month and the big plans I had in store for the few days that we were there?
Well, I am glad to report (albeit a little late) that Yataa! I did it!
I planned to…

“AT LEAST have a proper farewell with my friends who were still studying/working there…just some “closure”…a proper goodbye…”

The night of my convo, before I left for Sarawak again the following day, I had my chance for a proper farewell…the last dinner you may say. It was kinda like the last contribution for CSS as well…I provided the budget to get all the raw materials needed and they did all the cooking. Hehe. Would have helped out but we were busy stuck in the jam in KL (read point below)…anyways, that night we had quite a “feast”.

There were about 20 of us (including me, my mom and bro)

…and we had BBQ chicken, BBQ sausages, curry chicken, chicken soup (yea2, I know…all chicken), steamed fish, steamed tauhu, mixed veggies, rice (of course) and fruits for dessert.

Oh yes! We also had cake. That was a nice surprise for me and all the rest who were having our convocation then…

And then after dinner, Jen, with Charles as our guide (so as not to get confidently lost like when we tried to go there the previous night after supper with Bong), took us to Uptown Shah Alam. (Bong, I was right. Section 24 not Section 15. Haha…) We were there cos my mom wanted to get an army-patterned sling bag for my kid bro back home. Anyways, for those who don’t know what Uptown Shah Alam is, its like a bigger version of Petaling Street…it’s like a big open air night market (open all night to weehours of tomorrow) where you can find all those el-cheapo imitations of branded goods…”designer” clothes, bag, jeans, perfume, what-you-want-they-sure-have…and if you’re tired going from one kiosk/stall or whatever you call it…there’s also food stalls at the back, Malay food lah.
And of course, here the prices are all “negotiable”…the better you haggle, the better offer you get. The bag my mom wanted to buy cost RM45…my mom haggle till it became RM40…I put on my charms and we got it at RM35. Should’ve tried for RM30…
Anyways, when I explained to Jen that Uptown was “where you can find all those el-cheapo imitations of branded goods”, she questioned the fact that the-people-in-authority actually “provided” the place for all these “piracy” to take place when you-know-and-i-know that the-people-in-authority are all against piracy and supporting original products…Ironic huh? Later, my brilliant bro came up with an answer to Jen’s question…
“It promotes tourism what. What you think tourists come to Malaysia for? Tourists come to Malaysia for the el-cheapo products laa…The original from where they come from damn expensive…and from where they come from, piracy laws are strictly implemented…”
Hahaha…what can I say? Malaysia Boleh maa…

“And I HOPE to be able to go on the Eye on Malaysia…”

Now this, I could never have achieved if it were not for Bong, so…THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU Bong…You’re really one great friend! So lucky to have friend like you…Muaks! =D
That said, let me continue to tell you what an awesome time we had…hehe.
The Eye on Malaysia is basically a giant ferris wheel (though a lot smaller than I’d had expected/ hoped for) located over/above/overlooking the Titiwangsa Lake Gardens in KL (Taman Tasik Titiwangsa). It’s supposed to be like the London Eye but the London Eye is a lot bigger and maybe London City is a definitely lot prettier to look at (compared to KL) from high above ground but since London seems really really far away…Eye on Malaysia is the next best thing. ;p
So after I was finally able to leave campus after the convo, which was around 2pm, we went back to CSS to quickly freshen up, stopped for a late lunch somewhere in Puchong and left for The Eye…
“Why you want to go on The Eye so bad?” Bong asked me when we were on the way there. “I don’t know…I just knew I had to try it AT LEAST once the minute I heard about it…”
So, some busy traffic later, we arrived at Taman Tasik Titiwangsa…the minute we arrived I was so excited!!! WE MADE IT!!! As per the tourists we were (all first-timers to Taman Tasik, including Bong) we took the obligatory tourists-style pics…hehe…

Walking along the lake kinda reminded me of the Kuching Waterfront…maybe they’re gonna have Mata Kuching (Kuching Eye, or if directly translated, Cat’s Eye) for Visit Sarawak campaign eh? Hehe…
So we proceeded to the ticket booth…
Wonder how the Private and VIP Gondolas differ from the “normal” ones…hmmm…
…and managed to get on The Eye just-in-time…(We might have had to wait longer ‘cos some BUSLOADS of school kids arrived just SECONDS after us!)…
Taman Tasik Titiwangsa (taken from inside The Eye)
The view…

Not that breathtaking…Nothing much to see in the KL Skyline…the only rooftops (if I may call them that) I recognized were the KL Tower and KLCC (Petronas Twin Tower)-the one pointed out in the background…
Maybe it’d have been better if it was at night…Next time lah…if ever.
But it was AWESOME still cos I got my wish and to be able to say I have been on the Eye on Malaysia…That’s just cool…Haha!

So, for me, RM15 per person is TOTALLY worth it…for say, half-an-hour or 6 rounds on the Eye on Malaysia…=D
My only regret was that we were caught in the worse jam ever (at least for me) on the way back from KL…and Bong kinda had plans that night so he was late/real late!…That made me feel guilty… =(

“TREAT my MOM to an all-expenses-paid *hopefully* “jalan2” and “makan2”…I want her to see where I’ve been living the past 3 years…I want to make it a memorable “vacation” for her…she could use the break from being a full-time Mom (no house chores, no cooking, no worries)…at least for those few days…”

Yes, I believe Mom enjoyed herself those few days of non-stop shopping, jalan2 and eating out…I managed to bring her and my bro around to most (though not all) of my fave haunts in Shah Alam:

  • Plaza Masalam (lunched at The Chicken Rice Shop, window-shopping at Reject Shop)
  • PKNS (Mom finally found that AVON lipstick she loved so much!)
  • Plaza Alam Sentral (Hot Market is cool!)
  • SACC [Shah Alam City Centre] (window-shopping at F.O.S)
  • Giant Seksyen 13 (the biggest Giant outlet in Shah Alam, clothes-shopping)
  • Tesco (currently the best/cheapest/biggest/nearest hypermarket in Shah Alam, I love the foodcourt and the potato bun here! Oh, and massive clothes-shopping happened here. Hehe.)
  • Seksyen 16 for cheap Chinese food (but only open for lunch)
  • Seksyen 24 aka Uptown Shah Alam.
  • and not in Shah Alam, but Damansara – we went to One Utama (too bad it was already late else we could’ve gone to The Curve too…)

And of course, it goes without saying…the reason why we actually went to Shah Alam:
I am officially not a student anymore…gonna really miss those days…
So, yeah…I HAD A GREAT TIME during my convo-vacation-ing…
Thanks for the memories guys…
Love you all…

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Hiatus much…

This will be brief:
Sorry I’ve not posted anything for like 3 weeks dy…
There are more than a few reasons (which I can hopefully post up soon…)
Mainly being:
1. My convocation weekend
2. My after-convo weekend burn-out
3. My Gawai weekend
4. My after-Gawai aftermath
And currently, as Arch has mentioned, I am nursing an injured foot (not leg)…”Not that serious”…(Certainly hope not!)…but then again, I am wearing a cast and using crutches…so…(-_~)”
Wish me the speediest of recovery people…Keep me in your prayers!

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Time…Come and Gone.

Briefly: I don’t get what this whole issue about Man-U-FIFA-FAM-Malaysia thing is all about…so…*blur*…but I do agree with Bong that “sungguh dalam the irony.” LOL.
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Wow…time sure flies…it already almost the end of May…my birthday was last week and now next week, I’ll be heading to the Peninsular for my convocation…
I’m thankful that it’s not gonna be a solo journey…I would have liked it if the whole family could come up to Shah Alam for my convo (again) but due to budget constraints…I’ll just be me, my mom and my older bro.
Mom will come up to Kch on 22nd and then the three of us will fly to KL on 23rd. We’ll be staying at CSS so that should relieve the finances a bit…but then there’s still expenses I have to plan properly so we don’t exceed the tight budget…Preferably, I will be able to cover all the necessary costs…
I have the feeling that this coming trip will be the last time (in a long while if not never) I’ll be stepping on Peninsular grounds…after almost 3 years studying there, my “home away from home”…this may be the last goodbye…I’m gonna take back all my belongings that are still in my rented place in Shah Alam and when we leave for Kch again on the 27th (my convo on the 26th), I can pretty much predict it is with a heavy heart that I’ll be leaving…
I still remember the first time I went to Peninsular 3 years ago…It was my first time out of Borneo. I was 21…(Wah…so long time ago!)…and it was the first time I flew in an Airbus! Damn big when you’ve only been in a Boeing…so anyways, after arriving in KLIA, my friends and I (all first-time to Sjung one) used airport taxi (van actually since we had lotsa luggage) to go to Shah Alam…first thing we did was got “dumped” in front of Hotel UiTM cos the Uni didn’t provide us with accommodation…lame, I know…and the Hotel FULL some more…so we sat on the steps of the hotel and brainstormed where we’d stay that night…4 girls abandoned in a foreign place…fortunately we had each other’s company…
So we ended up crashing at a friend’s cousin’s place in Shah Alam (that friend also our “batch” but arrived few days earlier) for a few days…then crashed at another friend’s hostel room while waiting for our hostel room application to be approved…alas, they got a room but I didn’t. But 3 of us made a pact earlier on (“All for one, One for all”) so we started looking for a rented house…and we’ve never looked back ever since…
Almost a happy family, we stayed together for 1 and a half years with 3 other “batch”-mates but sometime along the way, some friendships crumbled, some grew stronger…and in the 2nd year, we went our separate ways…two moved out because they couldn’t see eye to eye with the others anymore…I moved out because I had to plan for the coming year. (I was the only one whose course took 2 and a half years. The others were to finish by 2nd year.)
So, my 2nd year…new house, new housemates, 9 of us…and this one just lasted 3 mths…I was really pissed off then when EVERYONE was planning to move out and conveniently FORGOT TO TELL ME!…2 weeks before the move, ONE of them finally told me. I had 2 weeks to find shelter so to speak…I couldn’t stay at that house alone…The rent was freakin expensive! That’s why there were NINE of us…
Desperate, I agreed to move in with 3 of the nine and “let bygones be bygones”…turned out not so bad actually…it was after this “leap of faith” that I really got to know my current housemates as well as “patch things up” with my old housemates (but the misunderstandings didn’t involve me exactly…I just happened to be in the middle of it. LOL)…My 3rd year was the best year I had in Sjung…I got to go to Planet Hollywood, Melaka, Putrajaya, The Curve, made new friends (Bong in particular. LOL.), …but still…so much I’ve yet to do…
Next week, I plan to…
AT LEAST have a proper farewell with my friends who are still studying/working there…just some “closure”…a proper goodbye…
And I HOPE to be able to go on the Eye on Malaysia…that’s NOW or NEVER cos that’ll only be in Taman Tasik Titiwangsa (TTT) – wherever that is – for Visit Malaysia Year 2007…so if you’re in Sjung and you have a car…I may call for a favor…puh-lease….pretty pppplllleeeeaaaasssseeee? *cough*Bong*cough*
TREAT my MOM to an all-expenses-paid *hopefully* “jalan2” and “makan2”…I want her to see where I’ve been living the past 3 years…also, I can never thank her enough for bringing me up to be the person I am now so…it’s the LEAST I could do…I want to make it a memorable “vacation” for her since it’ll just be me, my bro and her…she could use the break from being a full-time Mom (no house chores, no cooking, no worries)…at least for those few days…
And…LET MYSELF GOFREE of commitments, NO work…ALL play…all FUN…so people…be ready to get your hair down…I WANT TO PAINT THE TOWN RED!…or PINK at least…LOL.
*prays* Hope I can accomplish all that in a few days… (^_^) ”
Ready or not, Shah Alam…here I come…