29 September 2010

Malaysia's Best Canopy Walkway

Guys... If you think I have told you everything about Sandakan, then you’re as wrong as I was (I tot I did. LOL). There is one place here that seems to be largely ignored by visitors to Sepilok because – oh well, if you asked me where I stayed in Sandakan and I said SEPILOK, what would be the first thing that pops up in your head?
True. Your distant relatives. Sepilok is so much asscociated with Orang Utans people tend to miss anything else.

27 September 2010

Sydney: The OMG Darling Habour

ALL I had for a help was a memory of the google map that I had IN MY MIND and I just kept walking putting my whole trust in my not-so-good sense of direction. 
My walk-trail
Somehow though, it wasn’t long before I arrived at the Darling Harbour and it was just so OHH EMMM GEEE.

24 September 2010

Sydney Powerhouse Museum: The 'Macam-Macam Ada' Museum!

I HAVE JUST REMEMBERED...

I haven’t finished blogging about my trip to the down under yet. SO…….where were we? Ohhh, my last entry was about my trip to the scenic Manly Beach to where I took a cruise across the Sydney Harbour from the beautiful Circular Quay and getting back to the Harbour Square just in time to catch the sunset over the Harbour Bridge! o.O
For those of you who are new to my blog, I’d really want to recommend you to read my previous entries on my solo (and sometimes lonely huhu) tour around Sydney so that reading my next entries would be much more interesting. I can guarantee, once you’ve finished reading all the entries, you’ll feel like buying a return ticket to Sydney right away. Hehe. So….here:

20 September 2010

What Have I Achieved In Life So Far?

Today is my birthday. When I was 10, I couldn't wait to be 20, an age I assumed would grant me freedom, at least from my family. Once I reached 20, then I realized I still couldn't make all the decisions in life. My sources of income still came from my family so they still had most of the power over me. Then I looked forward to being 25. By the time I hit 25, I already had a job and my own sources of income. Still, I was struggling to keep my feet on the solid ground. Then I said to myself, may be I needed to be a 30 to get everything steadily in order in my life. Then I waited to be a 30. It's been 2 years since I hit 30, and I'm still struggling to get things in order.
I remember how the moment we finished our last paper in the SPM examination, we all went out to the soccer field and screamed 'Freedom!' at the top of the lungs and our English teacher-come-hostel warden came up to us and said "YOU WILL NEVER GET FREEDOM IN LIFE. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS FREEDOM". Looking back now, he was right. There is no such thing as freedom in life. Life itself is a process of getting things in order. Life itself is a struggle. It is just the way it is. For now, I'm just trying to live it to the fullest..

19 September 2010

Mahua Waterfall: An Express Access to Nature

OK lahhh, I haven’t blogged anything about places in Sabah for quite awhile now and it doesn’t feel good especially when we’ve just celebrated Malaysia Day a few days ago. It’s like betraying my homeland or something. :-P Oh well, did you know that Sabah is actually gifted with a lot of waterfalls? There are just so many of them that you’d be surprised how you haven’t heard about most of them YET.
 Courtesy picture by Mell  

16 September 2010

Bidding Farewell to Manila

It wouldn't feel good if I didn't blog about my last day in Manila. Our flight back to KK would be sometime around 4 pm. But then, just bear in mind that the journey to Clark Airport alone would take 2 hours or so and the traffic in Manila is just so unpredictable. Putting all the things into consideration, we decided that we’d take the bus that departs from the SM Mega Mall at 12pm (we asked when we first came to Manila).

15 September 2010

Malaysia Day: Finally A Birthday Celebration

So, Malaysia has finally gathered some senses and declared 16 September whose significance to the formation of Malaysia as something to be celebrated by the whole country. 47 years had passed by, 6 Prime Ministers took turn, at least half a dozen of CMs - it is baffling to see what took THEM so long to notice how Malaysia wouldn't be as it is today if not for something that had happened exactly 47 years ago today.
Thanks to the interesting upset that had taken the Malaysian political map by storm, sparked mostly by the recent outcome in the latest General Election, Sabahan leaders seemed to have the federal noses on the other end of the rope – at least for the time being. They finally managed to push, amongst others, 16 September a nationwide public holiday - something that had come quite too late but still better than never.
For all these years, Sabahan people together with Sarawakian were forced to celebrate 31 August to commemorate the Independence Day when they were not even in the picture back in 1957.
Oh well, maybe we can say that we celebrate it for our friends in the Peninsular - in a truly 1 Malaysia spirit.

But then when we celebrate the birthday of a friend more than we celebrate ours and the friend doesn't even celebrate our birthday, there's definitely something wrong somewhere. I mean, it's not fair. They've got a big birthday party; we don't even get a picnic and don’t tell me you don’t get what I mean.
But then, I'd say, 31 August is a day to celebrate by the whole country including Sabah and Sarawak. It is the day when the then Malaya got its hard-earned Independence from the British. Only then the idea of the formation of Malaysia had come about. If they didn't get the independence, the idea of the formation might never come about in the heads of our leaders. Sabah might still be trying to mend all the pieces together and struggling to stand alone in the post-war era. May be.
So, we celebrate 31 August, we celebrate 16 September. 31 August is the birthday of the idea, 16 September is the birthday of formation. Sabah DID NOT JOIN Malaysia, it FORMED Malaysia together with Sarawak & Peninsular and Singapore. We didn't come into the house as an in-law; we built the house together to have equal rights to it. We have every right to use the kitchen, the bathroom, the toilet, the storage room, the fridge, etc. We deserve to have our own room with comfortable bed and mattresses and pillows and comforters and not just a couch to sleep on.
We even deserve the rights to what were agreed upon when we first built the house.  
We call them the basics of the formation.
Let us all celebrate the true birthday of our beloved Malaysia, the day when the country took the shape into how it is today.
Happy Malaysia Day everyone!

09 September 2010

Quaipo Market & Robinson's: Our Last Minute Detour

So problem came when we didn’t know how to go to Quaipo from the Binondo Church. The French guy DID finger point to somewhere but of course we couldn’t just walk our way off based on a less assuring finger point. After so much walking that had drained the energy out of our legs since morning, we simply didn’t want to take the risk of walking another distance only to find out we went to the wrong place.

08 September 2010

Surviving The Most Notorious Part of Manila

There’s this saying that, if you want to ‘read’ a city, go to its markets and that’s exactly what we did on our very last day in Manila. The biggest market in Manila is actually situated in a place called Divisoria. The problem is, it is also known as one of the most notorious areas in Manila.

02 September 2010

Manila : Fort Santiago, China Town and The Green Belt

So, a little bit of walk from the Manila Cathedral is another major attraction in Manila – The Fort Santiago.
And a little bit of entrance fee applies.

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