Archive for October, 2006

Bangkok Day 1

October 31, 2006

Sorry for not posting earlier. I have been feeling tired ever since I got back from my trip. I doubt it’s jetlag though. I keep getting light headed and this morning somehow when I turned my head to the right, I felt this sharp pain down the side of my neck. It still hurts. *pout*

Anyway, after sorting out over 400 pictures (a combination of pictures from my digital camera and cousin’s), here’s Day 1 in Bangkok.

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Arriving in the new airport in Bangkok, my mom and I went through immigration check. I was checking out the new airport, looking around, up and down. Then I noticed there were A LOT of cobwebs on the ceiling. How can that be? It’s a new airport for pete’s sake! I didn’t manage to take any pictures as there was this rule of no phones/cameras during immigration check. Anyhow, I later found out that construction of this new airport started over 30 years ago or so and was halted due to a military coup back then.

After checking-in Indra Regent Hotel, we took a cab to MBK Shopping Center. It’s quite big, 8 storeys of shopping. But I didn’t enjoy MBK so much because the people there were rude. All the websites I read said that bargaining for items can go down to 40-60%. And that’s what we did but the sales people there were really rude and snatched the items we were bargaining for and walked away muttering in Thai.

We were picked up at 6.30pm for dinner. Our first authentic Thai meal! Tom yam soup is a must. There were stirfry veggies, sweet sour pork, spicy callamari, fish and best of all ROASTED PORK!

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It may look scarry, but it was absolutely delicious!

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Even the toilet in the restaurant looks good :D
After a heavy dinner, our tour guide dropped us at the Suan Lum Night Bazaar for some shopping. We had to go back ourselves though. It was so hot and humid at the market but I enjoyed bargaining for things there. People there were a LOT polite compared to MBK. This night bazaar sells a variety of things, from clothes to accessories to food to toys to furniture.

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My cousin Cherie and I camwhoring

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My cousin Stephanie and moi

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Huge ferris wheel on the market ground

I bought a few things at the market. I even found a swimsuit which cost me 600bath, around RM60. Not that cheap but considering they had it in my size and it did make me look somewhat slimmer, it was a good deal for me.

We took a cab back to the hotel around 11pm seeing as we had to be up by 6.30am the next day for breakfast and then the tour.

Back

October 29, 2006

I’m back from my trip and ubber tired.

Lots of pictures. Over 300 I think. Heh

I’ll update after some rest.

Oh, Happy Birthday to my dearest friend, Ah Tze AKA Fiona! =D

The birthday girl and yours truly

Bangkok, here I come!

October 24, 2006

I’m off to Bangkok tomorrow morning! Will be taking the earliest flight to KL to catch the connecting flight to Bangkok.

I’m glad the battery for my digital camera came in time before I leave. I asked Rob to get me the lithium batteries for my Olympus camera and send it over. It costs like RM210 for one here! He got 2 for USD10 or something, but they are generic brands but who cares?! As long as they work. This brand even has more mAh than the one that came with my camera. What’s mAh, you ask? I asked Rob the same question too. Apparently, the higher the mAh, the longer the battery lasts. :D In essence, it means MORE pictures for me to take, but I don’t have enough memory lah. Heh.

I’ve been looking up domestic flights in the US and prices go up and down like a yoyo. Like last night, I checked American Airlines and they had Chicago O’Hare to Atlanta for USD69. I checked again this afternoon and it’s at USD129!!!!!!! *growl* I checked other airlines and they are all roughly the same price! It’s a conspiracy I tell you!!! The airlines are conspiring against Rob and I to make it hard for us to book flights! Oh wait, my New York Laguardia to Chicago Midway is already booked and paid for. Cost like USD79 which isn’t bad. Heh =D I’m flying to Chicago from NY on December 18th to see my honey!!! YAY!!! I can’t wait!!!

USD129 may not seem like a high price in terms of USD but in conversion to MYR, I’m going to be broke before even setting foot in US soil. :( *sigh* I must not give up, must keep searching for the best deals.

Anyway, I better stop rambling. I still need to do some packing. I hate packing last minute. I always end up forgetting something.

I’ll be back on Saturday at midnight which is technically Sunday. Will blog then!

Cheerios~~

TV!!!

October 19, 2006

:D

I got a TV in my room now. *does the snoopy dance*


For those who have heard me complain, you will understand why I’m happy.

For those who don’t know, let me explain. We have a big TV downstairs while my parents have a TV in their room. That means I have to constantly fight for the TV with another habitat in the house. It’s really simple, whoever turns on the TV owns the TV for that time. Most of the shows I want to watch comes on after 10pm. When IT comes home (most of the time after 9.30pm), IT hogs the TV until IT has to go out again OR fall asleep. Usually, it’s either watching DVDs or playing on the PS2, which takes hours most of the time. So that means I can’t watch anything I want.

Anyway I have been complaining to the parents about that and how unfair it is that IT hogs the TV everytime IT is home. Their suggestion is to put a TV in my room and I can watch whatever I want, whenever I want. Unfortunately, my room isn’t exactly a presidential suite. I don’t have space for a TV, at least not a big one. Then, a couple nights ago, I mentioned that I could probably fit a smaller TV in my room. My parents’ old TV (which has no remote so you can imagine how old it is) is left unused in the room downstairs so my dad cleaned and tested it out. It still works!!!

My lil TV sitting next to my fan. See how nice the color is?

Voila! The TV is mine now. I had to move things around to get a perfect spot for the TV. Now I’m happy happy happy. The downside of this is that this TV doesn’t have a remote. So, I can’t do my habitual channel surfing when there is a commercial break on the channel I am watching. Hey, it’s better than nothing!

I was driving behind a police truck of convicts on Tuesday on the way to lunch with my aunt and cousin. I took the liberty to sneak a picture. Two policemen were sitting outside the cell and another two inside the cell. If my eyesight was working, I think there were 5 convicts in there, wearing orange jumpsuits. Heh

Oh, Tuesday night was my last night tutoring devil’s children. I’m feeling quite happy about that. I can watch Grey’s Anatomy on NTV7!!!

5 more days until my escapade! Still haven’t gotten info on the cellphone service. Anyone know?

How some people can be SO stupid

October 15, 2006

I saw smoke on the way to breakfast this morning. My dad was driving and we got closer and closer to the scene. We could tell because traffic was almost at a halt. Why? Because people HAD to slow down and look. It annoys the crap outta me.

The worst part IS some people actually STOPPED their cars, took up half a lane AND looked. Those who wanted to pass had to take part of the opposite direction lane, causing everyone to move slower.

I cannot believe how STUPID and inconsiderate some people can be. There were even cars PARKED along the side of the road, making it hard for the fire truck to reach the burning house. I saw people getting out of their cars, walking to the smoke while the poor fire truck had zigzag its way through traffic.

How would they feel if THEIR house was on fire and a bunch of people stop their cars, taking up one lane of the ONLY road to their house, making it hard for fire trucks to rush to save their home.

IDIOTS! I ABSOLUTELY hate that. Yes, someone’s house is on fire. Either help out, or STAY OUT OF THE WAY.

Needless to say, traffic was SMOOTHLY running a block after the burning house. Where were the police at this time? Well, they were around. I saw them……..

Coming from the opposite direction and was the LAST car in the queue. Now, I have to wonder what the hell they were thinking? USE THE EFFING SIRENS. Let people know there is an EMERGENCY and you need to go through IMMEDIATELY.

Absolutely assinine.

HELP!!

October 14, 2006

OMG My brain hurts so much right now. I’m gonna cry!

I have been going through websites of Thailand’s cellphone service carriers. I’ve found DTAC’s Happy and AIS’s One-2-call but I don’t understand Thai to get the answers I need. *cries*

I keep clicking for the English version but it comes out in Thai and even if there is English, it’s not sufficient information for me. My brain hurts. *pout*

Someone please help me, pretty pretty please?

I need to know:

1) How much is a starter kit?
2) How much is IDD calls to the US and Malaysia?
3) How much is an international SMS?
4) Where do I buy a starter kit? Do I have to go to a specific store?
5) In general, which cellphone carrier is better?

HELLPPPP!!! I’m going to go cry now. *whines*

Proposal rejected

October 14, 2006

Met with the professor again yesterday at Coffee Bean. lol He bought me drink because he was “so impressed and pleased with the work” I did on the proposal. However “almost half of it is irrelavant but I am very happy that you discussed Karl Marx so much”. *sigh* Irrelavant but good? What does that mean?

So I have to re-do it and my presentation will probably be in December before I go off to the States. I’m kind of sad that my proposal was, well, basically rejected seeing as I have to do it again. At the same time, I’m glad I got some positive feedback for the work I did even though it is not entirely relevant in the thesis. I don’t know. I kinda have mixed feelings about it. I’m proud with my Methodology section as it got the thumbs-up, which I totally did not expect.

I guess next week I’ll be back to my daily runs to the library again. I’m still waiting for an email from my professor. He said he’ll give me a list of books to read to help me with my Theorectical Framework chapter because I’m “weakest there”. Joy, more stuff to read. *looks at shelf* Arrrrghhh!

I’m going off to Thailand 10 days. Quite excited because I will be taking lots of pictures, especially in Pattaya where we’ll be taken to Coral Island. But I will miss my Robbie, which brings me to my next question.

Does anyone know which mobile company in Thailand offers the best price for international SMS and IDD calls, specifically to USA? I tried searching online and going through website of mobile carriers but most of them are not in English. Even if they have an English version, they don’t tell me what I wanna know, especially the call charges. I can’t even find how much it is for a starter pack.

I checked my Digi roaming charges and it would KILL me if I made a call to the US or even back home while I am in Bangkok. I just need a prepaid starter pack to make calls and send SMSes for 4 days. Does anyone know where I can get a starter pack? HELP!

Random thought

October 12, 2006

I just suddenly got this urge to write something but I am not sure what to write about exactly. It’s a weird feeling that I get some times, usually once every few months.

Listening to the radio, I let my mind wander. I’m suppose to be working on my school work but I have been distracted ever since I started.

To be honest, I think I know why I’m distracted. I have been feeling “guilty” for a while. I am guilty for not praying to God. I’m not the most religious person and I’m not a church-goer but I do believe in God. I prayed for a soulmate for the longest time and God answered that prayer. Ever since then, I have been praying almost everynight, thanking Him for answering my prayers. That was then.

I have not been praying for a couple months. Somehow I have strayed. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I don’t believe in God. It’s just that I feel guilty. I feel guilty for not praying. I feel guilty for the snotty things I said to God in a rage of fury one night not too long ago.

I said to God: “You don’t listen to me. You don’t care. Why didn’t you help me? What’s the point of me praying to you if you don’t answer? I don’t think you exist”

After that, I stopped praying. I had the attitude of “I don’t need you”. For the past couple months, I didn’t have my “alone time” with God before falling asleep. Slowly, I wanted to start praying and apologize to God. I tried to but I couldn’t. Not because I didn’t want to but because the guilt kept me, well…feeling guilty. I tried praying again, but I stopped myself before I even start because in the back of my head I think to myself “Why would God still want to listen to me after all that I said, after all that I thought of Him?”

I can’t just go “Hey God, I’m sorry for what I said. This is what I need you to do for me etc”. You get the drift, right? At first I thought this was just a phase for me and that eventually this guilt feeling will disappear and I will once again start praying and thanking God for all the things He has given me.

It’s not that I think God won’t forgive. I’m sure He will. It’s not that I think God will hold a grudge on me. I’m sure He won’t. At the same time, I can’t just expect to be forgiven. I can’t just expect to be accepted for my flaws. I don’t have that big of an ego. This is more of a personal “crisis” of guilt in my head, if not, my heart.

So what can a girl do? Not much, I suppose. I guess the only thing that can be done is to forgive myself. It’s easier said than done though. I am my worst enemy.

Well I should get some sleep, I have plans tomorrow as well as a tea meet with my professor. Goodnight~

Today

October 11, 2006

Today is one of those days I feel so much better after pouring my “issues” out to another person’s ear.

Today is one of those days I feel exceptionally thankful I have Rob in my life.

I love you Robbie.

Just lots of pictures

October 9, 2006

After breakfast yesterday, my parents and I went for a car ride seeing as it was quite a nice day out. Wasn’t too warm nor too hazy. It’s interesting the amount of things you can take pictures of when you’re out and about. We stopped at my uncle’s house but he wasn’t in so we let ourselves in. HEHEHE We have a set of keys. =D Sometimes I feel like I’m in a park than a home when I’m at my uncle’s place.

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Pretty flowers – bouganvellias (spelling?)

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Ermmmmm, don’t know the name of this one.

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I love this fountain/waterfall

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Koi fish swimming happily. My favourite is the white one in the middle. It’s so bright, it glows in the water.

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They come up to get their pictures taken. Who am I kidding? They’re going for the food.

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White waterlily in the pond

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A closeup. I love digital zoom :D

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Another closeup

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Pink waterlily

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Okay, this tree caught my attention. I have never seen a tree with pink leaves before. Upon examining closer, it looks like…

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The leaves grow out pink, slowly turns to white and then green. How cool is that?!

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The entrance to the park, I mean the driveway

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Entrance to the main house. Believe me, there is more.

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Lush greens in the garden

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I suggested that these trees be decorated with lights and ornaments for Christmas. Hehehehe

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I so wanted to test drive this baby but no keys to start it up. :( I guess you need a ride like this when your house is over 5 acres.

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Pond where the waterlilies were at.

To conclude, it’s good to be loaded ain’t it?

Wish I had half the money he has…

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Moving on…….

Some changes on the Bangkok trip. Turns out Baiyoke Sky Hotel is full during this time of year so we won’t be staying there. *pout* I was so looking forward to stay in a TALL building and take LOTS of pics. We’re opting for the Indra Regent Hotel for Bangkok (4 star according to my mom but I have a different opinion based on the website :P) and a night’s stay at the Royal Cruise Hotel in Pattaya. OMG It looks so cool! It looks like a cruise ship from the outside and a LOT closer to the beach. :D I guess something good came out of it.

Anyway, I’m meeting with the professor tomorrow so I better go grade those essays and give em back to satan’s children during class tomorrow night. :P

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Latest picture of Leo. I call him the Terrorist. He just looks innocent.

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