2008, The Year That Was

How time flies! I still can’t believe today is the last day of 2008! It was as if I just had the salmon muffin at Coffee bean at One U yesterday!

2008 was quite an eventful year, even if I do sometimes feel the same things keep repeating themselves. Most of the repetitive things are good, so I am not complaining.

2008 is definitely a year of change. For a start, the nation was in shock on March 8 on the outcome of the election. People from all walks of life rejoiced in miracle of humbling the ruling party by denying them 2/3 majority. However, as of today, after 9 months later, you still see squabbles on the main stream media. For all you know, it’s all bullshit. That is why it has been more than a year since the last time I bought newspapers. Let’s hope that things would get better and those people would concentrate on the economy and needs of the people and not, who should rule the country.

The year started with a bang, going on road trips with the best of friends. Then throughout the year, I went on a number of trips both overseas and locals. Well, I am still missing Melbourne for its laid backness and awe stuck beautiful scenery. If God is willing, I have no qualms to visit this place again!

I learned to cook a few dishes and was pleasantly surprised that I actually have flair in cooking. Hehe! Tak tau malu! Just last week, my colleagues asked my mom to make her signature chili dip to go with the BBQ. Since mom was away, my sis and I were put to be in charge of the chili dip. I am glad that colleagues liked it. They even say, the dip we made is so much better compare to the famous chicken rice seller’s in Selayang. Don’t know how true that is! But flattery will get you everywhere.. so I guess in more BBQs to come, probably I would be entrusted to make this signature dip for them.

I find that, I don’t have to waste my time on friends who don’t appreciate friendship or an honest opinion.

What I read on “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch rings true. “When you’re screwing up and nobody says anything to you anymore, that means they’ve given up on you. When you see yourself doing something badly and nobody’s bothering to tell you anymore, that’s a bad place to be. You may not want to hear it, but your critics are often the ones telling you they still love and care for you, and want to make you better.”

So… if I tend to be too naggy at times (Sorry, can’t help it! It’s genetic!), please forgive me, and what the late Mr Pausch (God bless his soul) say is true…I still love and care for you and want to make you better.

Well, tonight, I would be in the company of a few very good people, toasting to the new year. Here, I wish you a very Happy new Year 2009. Hope that this coming year’s economy would not be too hard on you and hope the political parties could just snap out from their childish squabbles to actually pay attention to the country’s needs.

For those who are still single and lonely, I wish you much, much love. For those who are sick, I hope you would find the perseverance and blessings to fight on. For those who lost a loved one, to remember that there are still people around you who love you just the same if not more. For those who are downright broke, I can’t help you because I don’t print money! LOL! Time to get your priorities right and maybe, a good financial planning?

Again, Happy New Year 2009!

A Quiet Weekend

I am in the office right now, enduring the growls of the stomach pleading for fatty food. I ‘ve been having constant cravings for KFC since I read this blog and succumbed to the temptation yesterday night. Also, I have been craving for nasi lemak with kerang and telur goreng sold by the man in ketayap near my house. He has been on long leave since middle of this month because his dad is sick in Pahang. His assistant helped to man the stall last Tuesday, then went missing again since Christmas’ eve. Let’s all pray that his dad would recover soon (not for my sake though! I swear!)

I came to work on Friday and today.. yeah. The office is really quiet. Like Shorthorse pointed out, it’s good to have a holiday when most morons in office are on leave. Does that statement include my boss? LOL! Of course, he’s not a moron!😀

I am not sure what I want to ramble about apart from the Christmas’ eve night was spent half sober. Age is catching up on me. I cannot really drink that much anymore. After 4 glasses of wine and 4 shots of vodka, I called it a night. Feeling heavy on the head and waking up in the morning as if I had been just ran over by a truck and survived. Got a nagging backache now, resulting from sleeping on the floor. I spent the entire Christmas day itself recuperating. No more alcohol next Christmas! Pilot Boy teased, I said the same thing every year.

It was funny to watch video clip made of the many photos we took of how we met -the friendship that lasted some of them many years, for me, just these two years. It was a nice personal touch from the host, I must say. Throw in some extra fluffy pillows, bean bags, perhaps a mattress or two, it would be a perfect party.

The kids have gone to Taiping with the family and sis has prior plans to go outstation for her long lost friend’s wedding. It’s gonna be a quiet weekend for me, my HBO and my internet. Maybe I will go catch Australia or Ip Man this weekend. Eh? How come no more news on Revolutionary Road ah? Aku nak tengok! Also keeping fingers (and toes!) crossed for Muallaf.

Long Holiday

Most of my colleagues are taking long leave till the year end starting from tomorrow. I think I would probably be the only person in office who finished up her leave before mid October! LOL! I even took unpaid leave for the recent trip to Hat Yai. Talk about bad planning…

Anyway, for this long leave, let’s all of us keep in mind of the things to do before going or while we are on long breaks.

1. Have you paid your bills – credit cards, utilities, insurance?
2. If you leave town, ensure all doors and windows are secured and locked. I know if the burglar wanna visit your house, there is no stopping him.. we can just pray hard that it won’t happen or if it unfortunately happens, just hope that he dies a slow and painful death falling from the balcony of the house that he breaks in.
3. Ensure all power sockets are switched off except emergency lights that switch on automatically at night. And don’t go and switch off house alarm pulak. LOL!
4. Go easy on the wine, roast turkey and pie.. we don’t want to over indulge and suffer later. Moderation is the key word here.
5. Switch off and unwind. We all need the quiet year end to reflect what happened throughout the year, count our blessings and appreciate the people around us.
6. Try to put bad things furthest away from our minds (I know this is hard for me, I bear a great deal of grudges but I will try).
7. Shop moderately. We need to brave ourselves for next year’s economy impact. So, don’t expect big, big present from me.
8. Remember to pray a lot for the nation. It’s going to the dogs even if we do.. but I guess there is no harm trying.

If you are a last minute shopper and want to get something for yourselves or your cute girlfriends, you may go to i candy @ 1st Floor, Asian Avenue, Sunway Pyramid for its year end sale! Even new arrivals are on sale! Sale ends 4th January 2009.

Last but not least, here’s wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2009.

May the spirit of Christmas brings you peace, the gladness of Christmas gives you hope, the warmth of Christmas grants you love.

Shopping Frenzy in Hat Yai

I totally forgot that we went to aquarium the previous day. (I only remember the Thai Girl Show vividly ! Lol!) It cost 200 baht for adults entrance per person and kids under 3 years old, get in for free. It was said, this Hat Yai aquarium is much bigger compare to the one in Langkawi. I haven’t been to Langkawi’s one so I don’t know. Anyway, there was nothing much except, there will be a feeding time at 3.30 pm every day. You get to see how sting ray eats! Good place to bring children.

13th December 2008, Saturday

It was the last day being in Hat Yai. So, what is more rewarding than a shopping frenzy? We went to Talak Sot, a market in town which is actually a building with few storeys packed with shops inside. I didn’t notice how many storeys as my eyes were clouded by the goods and wares in the market!

Hat Yai is a good place to pick up imitations – some are not as good as Chiang Mai’s but what the heck. My friends picked up a lot of Hello Kitty bags and make up boxes which are quite cute. We also bought some cashew nuts. It’s about RM26 per kg. If I remember correctly, I bought 1 kg in Chiang Mai for RM32. And also you get to buy lot of other sea produce and bird nest at reasonable prices. And guess what? Instant noodles of famous brands like Pama – the yummy duck and tom yum flavored instant noodles are as cheap as RM15 per box of 30 packets! That is like 50 sen per packet when you have to pay RM4.50 for 5 back in Kuala Lumpur! I could see some jaw dropped now. Haha!

Hotels are quite cheap in Hat Yai. We stayed at Yong Dee Hotel, which is a budget hotel at only RM58 per night per room on twin sharing basis. It’s a bit old but it is clean. The thing I don’t like is the bathroom. It doesn’t have a handle to place the shower and there is no shower curtains.. and the water from the tub flow right out to the hole next to the toilet bowl! But it’s quite clean also lah.. consider satisfactory. What to expect?? RM58 nia! If you prefer more comfort, perhaps you can try staying at Lee Gardens Plaza or Novotel.

I didn’t really have much in mind to buy so I just pick up some t shirts for the kids at home and also, some shorts for myself along with a little knick knacks as souvenirs.

After the short shopping, we went to have our lunch at the Sky Buffet, Lee Gardens Plaza Hotel. Surprisingly, the buffet only costs 149 baht. It was nothing spectacular, but the food is not that bad. And we get to see Hat Yai horizon while having lunch. I think it would be better to have dinner and watch the sunset.

We had bird nest @ 400 baht each bowl. Since it’s considered quite pricey to us, we joked about going to the toilet to ta pao our urine when we wanna go to the loo so we could use it on our plants. Gross!

We went back to Sg. Petani by 8 pm and made our way to Bukit Tambun for a good and cheap seafood . Our host suggested this restaurant called Gee Seng as they are very popular for being cheapest and the most delicious. I thought to myself, I would never eat anymore seafood when I come back to KL! This trip is seafood overload.. It’s like we are in cholesterol heaven!

Before we go back to Kuala Lumpur, we were delighted when our host took us to Cha Zuo restaurant along Jalan Putra, Sg Petani to try out the pandan nasi lemak. It’s green in color.  You may choose normal rice also, to go with the variety of dishes. The modest shop is manned by one Chinese uncle, helped by an Indian lady. Green rice is cooked with pandan, so you get to smell a whiff of pandan as you savour down the delicious nasi lemak! Do try the wan tan mee too! It comes with lard!

Well, hope you guys enjoy reading the Hat Yai posts.

PS. I think some of you may have problems loading pics in this blog.. so I guess I will minimize  loading pictures and probably just give you guys the link.

Tiger? Thai Girl!

This post is 18SX. If you are under 18, please stop reading right now.

12th December 2008, Friday

I remember paying 500 baht – walk-in rate some 6 years ago just for the Aqua show. This time, we paid 650 baht for both Aqua and Thai Girl Show inclusive of a scrumptious 5-course dinner! We had fatty pork with mui choy some more!! Yum! That is dirt cheap.

I was apprehensive about going to the Thai Girl Show as I do not support exploitation of women. I had been to Thailand many times and never once watched a Thai Girl Show. The one in Bangkok is exclusive because it was a fake Thai Girl show. LOL!! Seeing that the group was eager to go and I didn’t want to be stuck in the hotel with the terrible two (kids!), I relented and went with them.

Aqua show was normal lah. You have the Japanese song, the English song, Indian song.. Korean song..etc. There were many beautiful she males dancing and lip synch to music. Their costumes alone were worthwhile to pay 200 baht to watch. They could make any women fumed with envy with their hot and tight bodies!

Be careful when you get out from the concert hall though. Here, they will persuade you to take photos with them and you have to pay them 100 baht just for posing with you! I remember it cost only 20 baht 6 years ago to pose with them! 100 baht is a little too pricey. And they are very smart. They keep the exit glass door open only one side to ensure steady stream of people to pass them instead of a mad stampede. It was funny to think that getting out of the place is like walking on mine field. You just have to avoid the shemales at all costs.. or be ready to tip them 100 baht for taking pictures.

Then, we adjourned to watch Thai Girl Show. The place was some defunct strip club located at some back alley. We were escorted to our seat and waited at the lounge as there was an ongoing session upstairs. As we were waiting, we noticed that there were more women than men who came to watch the show.

While waiting, Yuin got nervous. He kept asking where is our guide? I said he is probably outside. Then, Yuin kept insisting that we should be at all times escorted. I think Yuin chickened out. He asked us, how big are the TIGERS? LOL!!! Yeah right. He’s not as innocent as he wants to portray himself to be. For all you know, he might even enter the “cage” to play with the “tigers”. LOL! He probably wank himself silly  in the hotel after the show.

After the first session spectators came down, we observed their faces. No smile, no amused look, no shock. Everybody looked bored and stoned as if they were grudgingly disturbed from sleep. I guess it must be one of those “fake” Thai Girl show again. When I was in Pattaya, the group of us were duped to watch a “Thai Girl Show” and ended watching some badly choreographed sleazy performance. You can read it here in my old blog. Thai Girl show to me – ping pong, blow pipes, coca cola, cigarettes, blades, gold fish… the list is endless..

We were ushered to this very packed room at the first floor of this building, reeking of smoke and alcohol and huddled to our seats. We were given one drink each. There was a small stage with no curtains in front of us.

The show started with a girl doing some pole dancing and I thought this was it. Another fake Thai Girl show and let out a sigh. The girl then took off her bikini and came down to the audience and started doing lap dancing on some old and lecherous looking uncles. The men were persuaded to give pearl necklaces to the stark naked girl which the manager of the place would later on asked for money from the men. I am not sure how much though.

Just when I thought it would be a long, long night of solely pole dancing, the show started to pump up with another girl in bikini eating fire. Woah! This is getting interesting! Then, I was thinking of the safety issues being here. The room is so crowded and there is only one exit. It would be one hell breaking loose if there were a fire. I put the thought away from my mind.

The show spiced up with a girl came out and pull a string of fire crackers from her vagina and she made the fire cracker pop as the string were pulled out. The smell of the fire cracker powder filled the room. Followed by another pole dancing and lap dancing at the audience… then there was a magician show by this chubby fella. No taking off clothes. Purely a magic show. The audience was pretty impressed judging from the loud applause.

I was surprised that this is actually a semi-pseudo Thai Girl Show. They had all the pointless pole dancing, magic show and snake show.. but also coupled with all the supposedly genuine “Thai Girl Show” – ping pong, blades, etc. It was amusing to see that the girls had to move the sofa up and down according to how they want to use it to “perform”. They even need to switch off the fan at the stage themselves when they were doing the fire eating gig. LOL!!!!

Just when I was getting a little sleepy and bored, suddenly, they placed a drum in front of the stage. After the fire eating, magic show, snake.. I thought they probably would play a band now. I was partly correct. Then a man came out wearing only a cowboy hat and a loin cloth. I told Yuin, “Don’t tell me he’s gonna play the drum with his dick!”

I was right. The blaring music suddenly stopped. There was a deafening silence. Everyone eyes were fixed onto the stage with the man in cowboy hat. The man was holding his penis and playing the drum with it, “Dum! Dum! Dum!” Repeated thrice. Then, he bowed and left the stage hurriedly in total embarrassment. And the crowd applauded! LOL!! Also, I couldn’t believe we actually applauded for a girl masturbating with a giant dildo in public and she curtsied! Yes… curtsied after the act. Omigod.

The show ended with a couple faking it (having sex with clothes on!) on stage along with the “Titanic” tune. Then, all lights were switched on as if the police were raiding the place and the manager of the club shouted in hokkien, “BOH LIAO!” (Means finished). LOL!!!

Gawd. I tell you, if I had missed this Thai Girl show, I would have kicked myself in the ass.

To be continued…

*Seriously, I only realized today that it is actually spelt Thai Girl Show… LOL!

On the contrary to what I’ve said earlier that I do not support “Thai Girl Show” as it’s deemed to be an exploitation of women, I have to admit that, these girls (and guys!) have put up a really good show. They have my utmost respect.