14 February 2010

CNY 2010: New Year, New Girlfriend?

I knew exactly where I was going to celebrate Chinese New Year this year.
Sandakan. Or Phu Jih Shih Temple to be exact.
Said to be one of the most beautiful temples in the country, I couldn’t imagine myself ushering in the new Lunar Year in any other place in Sandakan than here. Not when it could get so scenic as this.
That was taken at around 5.30 pm. Coming back later at night, it was even more beautiful.
With all the lanterns are on, the temple turns into a sparkling red and yellow – a combination of colors that is so synonym to CNY celebration.
The temple is usually closed for public at 6pm every day.
But for Chinese New Year, public is allowed to come in up until late at night which makes it quite of an opportunity for anybody. The whole temple is glowing with hundreds of luminous lanterns.
Known as the Little Hong Kong with quite a big population of Cantonese, CNY is probably the most celebrated festival in Sandakan.
And this is how they did up the roundabout at the IJM area in Mile 5.

Ahhh well, as for the V Day, I don’t really celebrate. I haven’t been in any relationship for the past three years I've even forgotten how to make the first move on a girl now. LOL! But then, I refused to be a loser. I had to find at least something to celebrate it with. Thanks God, I had this.
Panasonic Lumix LX3!
As most of you might have probably known, my camera was STOLEN on my very last day in Vietnam, together with at least 300 decently taken pictures still inside it (uhuks!).

As how it got stolen, I am still trying to figure that one out. On a day when the whole population of Hanoi seemed to go all out to celebrate the impending New Lunar Year, it was impossible to get totally out of reach from the people around. It could have been easily pick-pocketed.
And it was impossible to stay alert all the time when everybody seemed to be mushy mushy in love while I was there dwelling over how it was going to be another lonely Valentine's Day for me. :-(
Upon returning to Sabah, I promptly bought a new camera so that I wouldn’t be sorry of ever going to Vietnam at all.
It’s like a rebound or something.
Celebrating a new camera is like celebrating a new girlfriend. Or at least, that is what I want to believe.

And there is nothing more perfect for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner than here at Balin Roof Garden Bistro & Bar. After all, it was recently voted the best Bistro & Bar in Sabah Tourism Awards 2009
It offers a stunningly beautiful view of Sandakan Township from atop the roof of Nak Hotel located right in the middle of the town center.  
Ohhh, and I had almost missed the sunset when I got there.
I felt sorry for the waiters and waitresses because the have to come up this ladder every now and then just for the bills or even a glass of water.
It actually goes down to the lower section of the cafe where a more relaxing ambiance is guaranteed to the extend you can crawl your way around on the soft floor matresses.
If you're afraid of windy open air, rest assured. You have the option of descending to this lower section and still maintaining the open air.
Written as Grilled Seafood Shishkebab With Cajun Chips & Salsa on the menu, the outcome was this.
The taste was actually so good I would rather not to brush my teeth for at least a few days so that the tastefulness of it would remain in my mouth for a long long time.
Oh well. Can’t you see it YET? This whole entry is actually trying to tell you nothing more than one thing - that I have a new camera! And I like, I like, I like!

Hehe. Happy Chinese New Year everyone! And Happy Valentine’s Day to those who celebrate it. :-)


Evangeline said...

Ok bah..celebrate CNY saja bah, Valentine's tiada dalam calander pun! haha...

JIPP said...

he he he

kenwooi said...

haha.. celebrating with a new camera is like celebrating with a new girlfriend! i like the phrase! =P

and the lanterns are so nice.. especially at night!


aud said...

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

I love Balin, coolest place to chill in Sdk or maybe even Sabah.

LX3 - I have my eye on this for some time.

JIPP said...

Kenwooi: Thanks. Just playing with my new 'toy'. Hehe.
Audrey: Same to you. Yupp, I remember you did blog about it. I think a lot of Sandakanians don't know about it yet. May b u should buy LX3 too. it's selling like hot cakes in KK. Four other ppl bought it from the shop the same day I did, left the last one the the display for me to buy. :-D

chegu carol said...

happy cny jipp..and v day too.
itu yg hilang gambar bah tu yg paling mahal bah kan jipp.

but anyways, i trust you broken heart is now mended. or at least mended a bit with the new 'girlfriend'... :)

JIPP said...

Thank U Carol. Yupp, I am OK now. mmg sayang tu gambar2 saya ambil on the last day. They should have been the best pictures that I took. I am over it now, I think..

Murphy said...

I'm sorry about your lost camera. but honestly, your new girlfriend is much much more sexier.

ULAI said...

okay lepas nie, maliau pula la ahh bos! gunakan lah 'gf' anda sepenuh-penuhnya. nanti kurang kasih-sayang...kesian dia! hehe!

JIPP said...

Hehe. Thanks Murphy. Yeahh, it has that flimsiness and curve. :-)
Ulai, thought a photographer was joining us? let my new baby rest at home la.. hehe


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