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December 27, 2012

Majlis Pra-Natal 2012 Pupuh Kelabit Kerayan Sarawak

*Just a short blog post* On 25th November, I was invited to attend a pre-Christmas dinner celebration @Parkcity Everly Hotel, Miri. It was a celebration for one of the tribes in Sarawak, which is known as Kelabit-Kerayan.


At first, I thought it will be held in a hall or so. Surprisingly, quite number of tables, just like a wedding dinner.


And the menu...


The opening ceremony was lead by the choir, from the main entrance with candles all the way to the stage, welcomed by Christmas songs.


During the dinner, one of the traditional dances was performed by the kids (junior)...


Then, followed by the teens...


Last but not least, the closing ceremony was filled by the melody from the group of choir.


Merry Christmas!

November 14, 2012

Curtin Open Day 2012 (Sarawak Campus)

Every year, Curtin will not miss one of the most excited events in the campus, which is the Open Day. This year 2012, there was a major shift compared to the previous years (you might want to check out my blog posts for Open Day 2010 and 2011), where more education booths were opened for future student recruitment.


Likewise, the arrival of V.I.Ps were required for the opening ceremony.


Due to my epic laziness, I shall let my photos to do the talking!








That's all! :P Just simply a short blog post! Finally, I'm a Curtin graduate and hopefully will have the chance to attend the future Open Day!

October 19, 2012

What my heartbeats tell me from LUMINE

Lately in Bintang Megamall Miri, I came across a free heart diagnosis booth opened by LUMINE. Since it was free, why don't I give a damn try?


All I have to do is to place my dominant index finger on a machine and keep silent for few seconds. Then, it will generate an almost perfect or I should say perfect results based on my heartbeats.


So what does the graph says? It indicated that I'm overstressed (aiyo currently exam period bah) and I think tooooo much like a thinker (that's my human nature)! Also, there is slight blockage in my artery and I'm asked to exercise more frequent... The fact is that, I didn't ask for the stress and I do admit that I feel lazy to exercise, but I can't stop myself from thinking things around and about me! So call me a thinker! :)

October 10, 2012

Contact me, maybe?

Great news everyone! I've added a "Contact Me" tab... And the words explained everything! You may now contact me for any enquiries and I'll be glad to reply your precious messages!


Lastly, please be serious and provide relevant details, because spammers will not be entertained! Thank you! :)

September 25, 2012

Why Maybank should give me tickets to Legoland

Before I answer to the question WHY, please allow me to clarify the word ‘LEGOLAND’!


By calling myself a Ninja, I believe I could spy explore Legoland easier by hoping around!


(1) Lego is still my game

During the 90’s, gadgets were not as awesome as today. Because of that, kids like me during that era were fortunately exposed to all kinds of toys. Back then, Lego was one of my games to fill my childhood time! Although my childhood and teenage life were over, Lego is still in my soul, especially Bionicle! Click bionicle.lego.com/ for more info about Bionicle!


(2) I want to go!

Who hates theme parks?! Oh my, it will be a big fat lie if I tell you that I hate theme parks, particularly this first international theme park in Malaysia - Legoland! Until now, I can only observe the gargantuan theme park via photos. Man, I would really like to get my Ninja ass out there and make myself feel like a giant in Legoland Malaysia! Can you feel the pain of looking at photos yet you can’t enjoy it? It’s just like your favourite ice-cream is directly in front of you yet you can’t have it! It’s sort of like mental torture!

And and and, since now Legoland is available in Malaysia, this means that I don’t have to fly all the way to western countries to experience it! For more info about Legoland Malaysia, kindly visit http://www.legoland.com.my/!


(3) I need a place for relaxation and celebrations

Just for your info, I will be completing my bachelor degree at the end of October! This means, I need a place for celebration and I still haven’t decided a place yet! In conjunction with this, I believe Legoland would be a great choice!

Hey guess what, December is one of my sister's birthday! Get it? A double celebration at Legoland can be done! Wait a minute, she will be finishing her SPM at that time too! Guess it will be a triple celebration for my family! Hooray!


(4) Maybank is always with me

No matter where I go, the courage TIGER of Maybank is always with me (since Maybank Yippie)! In case you don’t know what the term TIGER stands for, it’s “Teamwork, Integrity, Growth, Excellence & Efficiency and Relationship”! Going to Legoland without it (Maybank debit card) will be useless too! For more info about Maybank and their professional services, kindly visit http://www.maybank2u.com.my!


(5) Challenge myself to Gangnam Style in Legoland!

Now, here's the challenge, if I had the opportunity to win, I will perform Gangnam Style in Legoland and produce a version of Legoland Malaysia Style! A video will be recorded and uploaded too!


Oh dear, I'm getting more excited with the seven themed areas of attractions in Legoland that have more than 40 rides to relish! Once again, to find out more details about Legoland Malaysia, do visit http://www.legoland.com.my/.

September 21, 2012

How to grab AirAsia FREE seats

*Take note: This is not a step-by-step tutorial on how to book an air ticket from AirAsia. Rather, this is a simple guide on how to grab the AirAsia FREE seats or any other related promotions!

From time to time, AirAsia will release promotions that'll excite everyone (most of us, typically Malaysians), which are the zero fares or free seats!

Here's an example of an ad regarding the promotion:


Imagine being able to go to your dream destinations at an attractive and extraordinary low fare, who wouldn't want? Who wouldn't like to book in advance to get lower fare if he needs flying for education or other purposes (students like me, KL - Miri)?

Assuming that you wanna go somewhere for vacation, here are some guidelines that you may know or missed:

(1) Know where you are going

Before you decide on anything, I personally think that deciding the destination is a crucial factor. By knowing where you will or want to be going, you will be able to set and allocate your budget accordingly at a later stage. If the place you'd like to visit is a hotspot, you gotta act fast (before the FREE seats are gone).

Example: I would like to fly to Kota Kinabalu!


(2) Know why you are going there

This may sounded funny, but by asking why, you can know the reasons and then plan your activities ahead. By answering why, indirectly, you may answer the question of "what are you gonna do there"!

Example: Why Kota Kinabalu? Because I would like to go for extreme hiking!

If your reasons do not match with the destination you've decided, then you might consider changing your destination! Like Sipadan for diving, or Penang for local delicacies, etc.


(3) Know who are going with

Whether you are going with your friends or family, the headcount is definitely another important factor to consider. Why? Because, FREE seats are usually limited for a particular flight!

Tips: If possible, try to avoid booking for more than 5 people in the same flight, as this may cause the price to vary. You can try to book for 10 people and compare the price of booking 2 persons on the same flight.


(4) Know when you are going

By knowing whom you are going with, subsequently, you must plan when you are going (no one like clashes). This will be tricky for most of us, may it be you're working or studying. Do check your timetable and calendar. Don't put too much hope in getting low fares during peak seasons like school or public holidays.

Example: You may set your date one week before or after school or public holidays, or perhaps on weekends for a short trip.


(5) Know how long will you be going

Whether you like it or not, the longer the period you spend for your vacation, the higher is the possibility of getting FREE seats for your return ticket. If you're lucky enough, you'll get the same rate for your return ticket if you plan to visit for 1 or 2 days. Or else, try to extend another day or 2. Again, this depends on your destination and budget allocation.


(6) To get priority, sign up a BIG Card today!

Lastly, individuals with BIG Card have the priority to book FREE seats earlier compared to individuals who don’t have. If you have no idea what's a BIG Card, read my another blog post @ 'AirAsia BIG Card'. Hurry! Sign up now @ HERE!

September 13, 2012

I want a cloud free night!

While checking out some cool photos on the net, I came across a kind of photography where I never experienced before - star trails photography! So what is a star trails photography? Simply Google (like what others will suggest you to do) or you may visit "How to Photograph Star Trails: The Ultimate Guide" for better understanding.

So, one of the important factors is to ensure that the sky must be clear! Especially clouds! One night while I was quite free, I stepped out to the garden just to take some fresh air (snatching oxygen with the plant). When I noticed the not-so-clear-but-half-clear sky, I quickly setup my camera to take some photos. This is a result of 20 seconds of exposure at f/8 (weird settings)...


Instead of stacking several hundreds of photos to get star trails effect, I only used ONE photo... Why? Because of the clouds! Uhhh, guess I gotta wait for the correct timing to get a complete star trails photo, or else I think my life would be incomplete! Hah kidding!

Off topic a little while, so whatever you do, always remember, "set your course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship". Good night!

August 12, 2012

Exploring Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

During our 6D5N vacation in Vietnam, we spent most of our time exploring, bargaining, shopping and dinning in Hồ Chí Minh City (HCMC) a.k.a Saigon. This blog is a list of suggested places where you can pay a visit when you are in HCMC, take note, only the city!

(1) Bến Thành Market @ District 1


When you are in HCMC, Bến Thành Market is must visit market, especially shopaholics! I would say this market is the best market for bargaining souvenirs, local handicrafts and áo dài (Vietnamese national costume). If you are pretty good at bargaining, you may bargain up the item to 70% of its original price (still depending on the item and of course, your bargaining skills).


Day time, the market inside the building will open and it will be closed at night. However, the "party" will not end that early, because at night, outside of the market will be opened - night market. There, souvenirs and local cuisine can be found easily! Do have a try!

(2) War Remnants Museum @ District 3


For people who love history, or military equipment, or would like to expose to military equipment, then you must visit the War Remnants Museum! This War Remnants Museum is mainly reflects about the happening events during Vietnam War (American phase).


The entry fee is VND 10,000 (approximately USD 0.50). The War Remnants Museum consists of 3 levels and several divisions, do spend few hours there!

(3) Reunification Palace @ District 1


Reunification Palace, previously known as Independence Palace was once belongs to the South Vietnamese government. Well, we didn't enter, not because not interested, but because we were unwilling to wait the lunch break to over (close during lunch time, same goes to War Remnants Museum)! LOL lame excuse right? Anyway, if you had the chance, just visit it for me, ok?

(4) Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica @ District 1


Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica a.k.a Basilica of Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception is a cathedral and the main church in HCMC. A statue of the Blessed Mother is located outside of the cathedral. Do spend there few minutes if you would like to leave your footprint there, and needless to say, take some photos!

(6) Saigon Central Post Office @ District 1


Next to Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, is the Saigon Central Post Office.


In the post office, you may grab some souvenirs too! Not everything can be found in Bến Thành Market though.

(7) Municipal Theatre @ District 1


In HCMC, there is a opera house, namely Municipal Theatre or well known as Saigon Opera House. From time to time, there will be shows. But it is merely for taking photos during normal days.

(8) Saigon River @ District 1


At night, you may try to dine at I-don't-know-what-to-call, say riverside or maybe Saigon River dinner cruise. There, many boats will be there and public may board the boat for dinner, or cruising for entertainment or relaxation, or anything that I mentioned. Do have a try!


(9) Bình Tây Market @ District 6


Bình Tây Market, can be also known as China Market, is a place which I think not worth going... Because, it is quite a distant from District 1 and also I think not a suitable place for souvenirs, unless you wanna look for a wholesaler to get some bulk of items! Lotsa items can be found there, such as clothes, kitchen appliances, foods etc etc. But like I said, it will be more suitable for those who would like to buy in bulk!

Apart from this list, there are a lot more places that you can visit, just depends whether you are interested or not. Anyway, do check out my other related posts yo!

July 15, 2012

1 day @ My Tho & Ben Tre, Vietnam

One of days during our 6D5N trip to Vietnam, we took a full day tour to My Tho and Ben Tre, which is located nearly at the end of Mekong River.

Map of Mekong tour.

We departed from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) about 8am and it took about 1 and the half hour to reach My Tho. From My Tho, we then took motor boats and sampan to travel to 3 small islands, which are Unicorn Island, Dragon Island and Tortoise Island @ Ben Tre Province.

My mum on most left and my cousin-nephew on most right.

Anyway, each of these islands has its own uniqueness. What I recall is that the first island we landed has a small bee farm and we were given the chance to taste their local honey tea.

Honey tea.

Then, by foot, we headed to next destination on the same island. At there, the local villages welcomed us with some songs while serving us various tropical fruits.

Villages singing some songs.

Instead of walking back out, we took the sampan, then took back the same motor boat as before to the next island, which is Dragon Island.

Sampan (that's their source of income).

At Dragon Island, we visited a coconut candy factory.

Stirring while cooking the coconut.

After dried up, the wrapping process begin.

The coconut candies served in 4 flavours, which are original, chocolate, durian and peanut. Personally, I prefer the chocolate and peanut!

Sample of peanut coconut candy.

After that, we took a speed boat to Tortoise Island and we had lunch there!

Speed boat that used to travel between Dragon and Tortoise Islands.

Elephant ear fish steamed with coconut juice.

Spring roll wrapped with elephant ear fish and some other stuffs like rice noodle.

After lunch, we had an hour break and we were allowed to travel around the island (by foot or bicycle). After break, we head our journey back to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)!

So that's all for now, do check out my other related posts yo!