31 December 2009

Good Bye 2009, Welcome 2010

The year of 2009 has been an eventful one. I had my own list of New Year resolutions earlier this year, and although I haven’t really accomplished everything, I’m quite content with what I have achieved.

One of the most notable ones is probably to have picked up my gear and started travelling – something that I had always wanted to do ever since I watched The Indiana Jones Chronicles as a kid.

There was my European trip..

..and my trip to the neighboring country – Thailand.

More travelling trips are waiting in the year 2010 and I just can’t wait to be back into action again.

2009 had seen me conquer the majestic Mount Kinabalu for the third time.

Unlike the first two climbs when I was closely guarded and restricted by elder people (I was way too young to say NO), I let myself took full charge this time. I spent as much time as possible savoring the beauty of the mountainous views and adamantly took almost half-an hour at the peak.

Used to be a big fan of the reality show Akademi Fantasia ever since Linda Nawuwil and Felix Agus time, I decisively took a flight all the way to KL to attend one of its series of concerts(what was I thinking??).

There were things that I had never planned of doing, but I did. I ran for the Borneo International Marathon 2009 and later the Sepilok Nature Marathon in Sandakan.

I found this one quite of a new thing of interest in my life and I’m planning to do more runs in 2010. After all, I think it really is a good way of motivating myself to exercise regularly and stay healthy.

God has been good to me so far and I’m very thankful for everything He has given to me. Spiritually, I went to do something I had not done for so long time. I took some time to do what I call my spiritual trip to Kaingaran Carmel Retreat Center in Tambunan.

Well, Christianity has always been one of the things that I take very seriously in my life. I might not be a good enough Christian, but I do believe in the Holy Bible. But then, faith is something that needs to be showered every now and then. That’s what I did. I returned home feeling refreshed and spiritually rejuvenated.

Ever since I started working, what was once my best of friends has been left to dust at one corner of my room.

But still, my passion for music has never died. It has always been there and I am gonna start playing again comes 2010. I hope I can even save up some so that I can buy new and errrr, less-outdated instruments. (The latest ones sure cost me a bomb!)

My awareness for health has been taking quite a good turn in the past few years. I turned myself from quite of a smoker to a light smoker and later an occasional smoker. Due to my concerns for diet (say ewwww, but I do have concerns for diet), I do still smoke when I am having drinking sessions.

I tend to eat a lot if I don’t smoke and that’s where the extra pounds will start piling up and that’s gonna start worrying me. Putting it into the list, I’m gonna put a stop to that now. Yupppp, you heard me right. NO MORE CIGARETTES (not a single one?).

Not only that, I’m gonna decrease my alcohol consumption by 70%. No kidding! No more unnecessary drinking sessions.

I’m gonna stick to what I love most – adventurous (outdoor) activities and travelling. Say yes to active and healthy life!

Well, I believe I’ve been smart in 2009 (say ewwww again), but I’m gonna be smarter in 2010. That applies in all aspect of my life. Financially, I am gonna make sure my money goes only to the right causes for the right reasons. No unnecessary spending. No more of this.

And less of this.

Probably just like any other man on earth, I want to be something – A better man. A man who is responsible for his life, the kind of men that wake up early every morning, a man who looks after his family , anything that makes me a good and better person.

Then, there are things that I’d rather keep to myself. :-P
While people have different ways of showing how serious they are about doing their resolution, I have my own way of doing it. And here it is.

I go bald for the first time in my entire life! You see, I MEAN BUSINESS!

Hehe. Happy New Year everyone. And good luck with all the new resolutions of your own.

30 December 2009

Let These Hairy Beasts Live!! - Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre

SEPILOK needs no introduction. Everybody knows or at least has heard of this place. It is one of the biggest names in Malaysian tourism industry. Thousands of visitors come to Sepilok every year, making it one of the most visited places in the country.
So, why do they come here? Simple. Orang utans – our ancestors. Feeling to get back to them one day, I decided to pay them a visit.

24 December 2009

I Love U...... Toilet

How I love Keningau people.

They really know how to appreciate their toilets. Even to this extent.

Flowers don’t just go to girls anymore these days.

18 December 2009


OHH YES! It’s everybody’s favorite time of the year. And it wouldn’t be long before Christmas and I can’t help but feeling the wave of excitement just as anyone else who celebrates it. I love Christmas because it is the time when I can really get my quality time with the family.

And it is probably the only time when I can splurge some money over gifts without regretting about it at all later.

Oh, and Christmas is the time when I get called UNCLE so many times in a day, a stark reminder of how old I am, and still feeling good about it.

I am gonna make sure this year’s Christmas is more hilarious than it was in the past years, just as I had promised to these kids.

And this little niece of mine whose favourite moment of Christmas is the karaoke session.

So, I’ve been trying to think of wishing you guys in the best way possible. After considering about a number of choices, I decided to come up with something quiet unusual. So, may I present to you, my own Christmas video! – it is something I only have the guts of doing during Christmas. Enjoy! :-P

Merry Christmas everyone.

16 December 2009

Sidney Sheldon's Mistress of The Game - Finally in My Hands

I’ve always been into reading ever since I was a kid. I don’t mind digging some money out of my pocket every time I see a book that interests me.

I’ve bought quite a number that I’m actually running out of space in the shelves to stuff any more of them in.

Including this one here that I have been trying to finish reading for months now.

And this one for my whole life.

Of all the books that I’ve bought and read so far, there’s one book whose story is so stuck in my head so much so that there are times when I think I'm living my life based on this book. A book that would surely make it to my list every time I am asked to fill up a form which requires me to put in my favorite books.

Its Master of the Game by Mr. Sydney Sheldon. Look, it's quite tattered now from too much flipping and reading. Being so possessed by the story, I must have read it at least 10 times! No kidding.

It is a story of four generations beginning from a man named Jamie McGregor who at a very early age dared himself to leave his poverty-stricken family in Scotland in search of a better life in South Africa. His journey is chronicled in such an exciting and unpredictable way that I had a good time trying to figure out what it would be next in the story every time I turned to a new page.

The story goes on down to his next generations with the real ‘master’ being Kate Blackwell who parlayed her inheritance into one of the biggest conglomerates in the world. 

I was so in love with the story that Master of The Game was the only book that I had put my trust in by bringing it to go through the agony of flying 13 damn hours to all the way to London.

I was on a domestic Air Asia flight when I happened to read in its in-flight magazine that the sequel to the book called Mistress of The Game is NOW AVAILABLE at Malaysian book stores! My heart leapt in excitement as I never expected there was gonna be any sequel to the book especially now that Mr. Sheldon has passed away (RIP). I actually found myself running from one bookstore to another upon touching down at KKIA. And I almost got fainted in disappointment when I couldn’t find one. The lady at the Times Bookstores of which I am a member of came up with a so creative idea of ordering it from KL through them. I was guaranteed to get hold of the book in 2 MONTHS time! Unfortunately, people like me CAN'T wait that long.

Out of desperation, I sought help from my FB friends. The response was quite overwhelming, and a friend in KL who happened to come back to Sabah for Christmas holiday had been so kind to buy me a copy. Through her kindness, instead of waiting for 2 months, the book reached me in less than 2 weeks. Holla Claire!

OK guys. If you may excuse me, I wanna start with my reading now.

I need my moment.. Would you mind..? Please...?

Thank you.

15 December 2009

Kota Kinabalu Bird SANCTUARY..?

I don’t know if blogging about this place is a good idea. I am not even sure if this place is worth blogging about AT ALL. I had been aware of the existence of this so-called KK Bird Sanctuary ever since I used to drive past the area to my workplace when I was still working in KK. Somehow, I kept postponing my plan to drop by until recently when I decided to... drop by. @v@

The RM 3.00 of entrance fee for local visitors might seem to be just a small change to some people but I couldn’t help but questioning the ‘worthiness’ once I got inside. I mean, why would I have to pay three bucks when the only birds that I could see around were these..?

So, they call it Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre. Seems appealing. I was jumping on my feet with full of anticipation. But it wouldn’t be so for long.

Looking at the plentyful bird images that are drawn just about everywhere along the trail, you might expect to run into hordes of birds once you are inside the area. Well, you better spare your excitement. You might tend to see nothing than something.

My tour buddy went cynical to say that the place could make a better place for the filming location of some porn movie than a bird sanctuary. I couldn’t help but laughing out loud not because it was funny but it seemed quite true. White the scarcity of people around and the windy outdoor atmosphere, I had to agree with him! LOL!

But then, if you’re curious about how it is like being in a real mangrove area, KK Bird Sanctuary may provide you the easiest access to one of them. IT IS a mangrove area. A REAL one.

You gotta bear in mind that mangrove forests are highly inaccessible due to their thorny, wet and mostly dangerous and unsafe elements.
Here in KK Wetland Centre, making a dash across the mangrove area is made so easy with the existence of a network of wooden bridges.

And it is quite perfect for a quick (and green) getaway in the middle of KK City.
But then, you gotta go down to the ground if you want to see more of the mangrove inhabitants. Besides, it provides you with some adventure.
With the need to protect the mangrove forests from further demolished by the rapid urbanization, I gotta give some credits for their reforestation efforts here.
After all, the existence of mangrove forests along the coastal areas that were affected by the deadly 2004 tsunami had actually reduced the impact by a certain extent. It could have been worse. We do need mangrove forests.
Being disappointed by the absence of 'flying' creatures in this little tour of ours, we opted to check out what other things the mangrove forest might offer to us – the crawling ones.

But then, with the intensity of the sunlight, they all seemed to be in the hide. We were disappointed. I had almost believed I saw something inside this but when I tried to peek through it, it instantly shrank out of sight in a fraction of a second. Phew!

Thanks to this info board, at least I could assume what it was.

But not all of the crawling creatures could move as fast.

Errr, what do you call them? Unicorn seashells? I am not sure myself. What I’m sure of is that they are edible (seen them being sold in some open markets before). There were thousands of them lying in the soil so unbothered by my flashing camera.

And of course there are some that DON'T MOVE AT ALL. Ewwwww.

Some wooden tower that seemed to jot out over the whole area had caught my attention. I dared myself to go up to the top level where a breath-taking view of the wetland had got me mesmerized. It suddenly felt OK not to have seen the birds when I got to have their.. eyeview.

And this on the opposite side.
Lush green. Love it!

Bear in mind that it wouldn’t be a good idea to go up to the top level (Level 5) if you are afraid of height. Just look at how small my tour buddy was seen from the top level.
I wouldn’t be surprised if somebody come to this place to errrr, commit suicide. *touch wood.

Being a fully wooden tower (merely nut- bolted here and there), and with the help of the blowing wind at such a high elevation, I could feel it was actually rocking off a bit that I had to get a firm hold on the hand rails. Scary. But fun. No. Scary. But fun. Scary. Fun. Scary scary. Fun fun. Scary. OMG!

Is it really safe..? There was no way of telling. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have bothered to put this up.

Getting safely back to the ground, I had to half-run to return to the base. It was beginning to rain. Well, I did happen to see a bunch of birds, at last.

But then, I couldn't force myself to get excited for them. Not when they are so commonly seen all over KK. :-(

Well, while the KK Bird Sanctuary turned out to be not really a bird sanctuary for me, not like how I had imagined beforehand, what they put on the wall of their office building had still made me smile in amusement.
Well-said. We BORROW the earth from our children. It's not ours. We don't deserve to damage it. 


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