Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Miri Escapade - Part 1

I was out of town from 27 ~ 29 June to pay visit to my buddy-cum-ex-colleague, Cal who now resides in Miri. I just needed to take a break from office work and draw some inspiration for my future.

I stayed at the Grand Palace Hotel during my short visit (courtesy of Cal who stays here for an entire month!). On the first night, we didn't do much except chillin' out at Al Fresco Pub which was just a stone throw away from the hotel. The crowd was ok but there's one thing which puzzled me, no one in the pub dances. Hmmm... all they did was drink, chat, flock around the pool table and that's about it. Maybe this is just the way Mirians chill out on a Saturday night.

On the 2nd day, after a simple breakfast at one of the coffee shops, Cal and I went over to a friend's house to help ignite his Skyline. Apparently his Skyline's battery got flat due to some circuitry problem. There I met up with Michael who was my Form 6 ex-classmates at GRSS. Michael is gonna be Cal's new housemate in their new house. Back to Richard's Skyline, Hee-Ho-Hum... we tried and tried and tried but to no avail. Around 11am, we all decided to go for an early lunch at one of the chicken rice shops.

After lunch, we went around town to shop for furniture for their new house. We managed to complete all the shopping by 430pm and Cal decided to bring me to the coastal area at Piasau Camp.

And guess what we stumbled upon...


I really like how the colorful parachute looked with a blue, blue, blue Miri sky :)

An up close shot of the propeller

A paraglider trying to lift his chute to catch the wind

As me and Cal were wandering around there, one of the paragliders (a guy in his 50's) came over and greeted us. He even asked if we wanted to try. Actually deep down in our hearts, we wanted to, but we respectfully declined him. Paiseh mah~.

After a few rounds of test flight around that area, they took off and glided to another part of town via the coastline (which we actually saw later on top of Canada Hill).

Alright, that's all for Part 1 of yours truly's Miri escapade. Stay tuned for Part 2!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Teaser - Miri Escapade

Hi folks, sorry for neglecting my blog for 5 days. And here I am, back and refreshed! Never in my life have I felt more strongly to move away from my shithole.

I paid a visit to my buddy, Cal a visit in oiltown Miri last weekend.

Actually this photo was taken at Miri Airport - before I boarded the plane to come back to Kuching

Updates coming right up!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Sexy Legs

Take a guess, whose leg is this?

Well, it's Kermit the Frog's sexy leg.

Just now after coming back from work, my dad showed me a mighty HUGE (by my own standards la) frog. The first thing that crossed my mind was to get my camera and snap photos of it.

HUGE, no?


This frog is semi blind actually. If you notice from the photo above, what is in place of the eye is just a stump. Poor thing. I wonder how long did it take to learn to catch insect because we learn in our Biology class that we need at least a pair of good eyes to correctly estimate the distance of an object from us. Hmmm.....

Perfect right eye

After a while, I asked my dad, "Hey, how did you catch such a big frog in our lawn?" He looked over to Schumi and I immediately understood. Schumi was the one who caught the frog. Our Shitzu has a weird interest in catching frogs. This is not the first time he has caught a frog, but this is definitely the biggest frog he caught so far. I believe he doesnt mean any harm to the frog, and he just wanna play with the four-webbed-feet creature.

I love this expression by lil Schumi. So kawaii, right?

Monday, June 22, 2009

The Stig - Revealed!

Finally, one of Top Gear UK's best kept secret has been revealed. The Stig, who drives and tests different cars around the Top Gear race track with a superbly consistent time (I read somewhere that his lap to lap variation is as little as 0.2 sec ONLY!), was finally unmasked on Top Gear's premier episode of Season 13. He is none other than the 7-time Formula One world champ, Michael Schumacher himself! I personally think that there are a few persons behind that mysterious white full face helmet and Michael Schumacher's revelation could just be another one of Top Gears publicity stunts.

Check out the following clip for the unveiling of The STIG.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Evening Skies

Why is sunset so beautiful yet it tingles our emotions, especially the sad ones?

It's funny how the color of the sky can actually affect a person's mood. I remember before I went to the university, my dad would constantly remind me not to be alone in the hostel during the evenings. He said it's best to have a company if not a few just to get pass the evening hours. Of course, I didn't think too much about it at that time because staying close with my family all my life, I would say to myself "C'mon, how bad can 'evenings' be?"

But when the time came when I was really alone in my hostel, looking out the window as the sun sets in the west, the emotions came pouring out.

Strange but true... Sunset does magic!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Duel

Natural backlighting

This photo was taken last year when I was still in HsinChu, Taiwan. I was walking around town when I heard cats hissing, and saw this two pussies hissing at each other.

What do you think they are gonna do next?
A. Fight
B. Fornicate
C. None of the above. They hiss and went their separate ways.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Celebrity, Spotted!

Take a guess. Who is this seasoned marathoner celebrity who was spotted along Jalan Song, Kuching at around 1830 on 14 of June?

The first person who guess correctly will get...............................lots of love from yours sincerely.

Breeze Model Search - It's Time to Vote

They have flexed and posed, and now it's time for you all to choose who is the fairest of them all.

Just pick up your phone, and VOTE now!

Quick! Vote now and find out who will be the WINNER for BREEZE MODEL SEARCH Sarawak.

Note: I have voted... :P

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Gundam Odaiba

When I came across this post at DannyChoo's blog, my jaw was literally on the floor.

Photo courtesy of dannychoo.com

WOW! 1/1 scale of a Gundam robot!

Somemore the Japanese built this life-sized, 59-foot tall RX-78-2 Gundam model from the first anime series (1979) guarding the artificial island of Odaiba (お台場) Shiokaze Park over at Tokyo bay. It was constructed to mark the 30th anniversary of Mobile Suit Gundam robot anime franchise and will remain on display for 2-months starting July 2009.

Gundam Odaiba Tokyo in Tokyo by Akiyoshi Odagawa

More photos HERE

Friday, June 12, 2009

Bako National Park - Part 2

Weird mushroom with net?

Huge tree with huge trunk

To our dismay, we were only to see one Proboscis monkey, even so, it was laying lazily on a tree branch having his afternoon nap. Sigh, so much for the hoo-hah to check out the monkey. And there were curious Dutch visitors who posed (yeah, they were actually posing for me) for my photo.

But not all was bad, as we continued walking, we came to out first beach check point. Gosh, given the clear weather blue sky, the sea was in its best color. The water was so clear. Ah... nature's the best!

Check out the waters

A ray of sunlight (will spoil my CMOS sensor, no?)

Hiding under the shade (except Sze Leng who is basking happily under the sun)

Half way through our journey to the Pantai Pandan Kecil, we took a breather at one of the shacks. We took out our food supply and guess what, we had a visitor... jeng jeng jeng...

A wildboar looking for food

It looked quite hostile at first because it ran towards our hut. We were quite worried that it would attack anyone of us should we retaliate. But thank God, some hikers came and when the wild boar heard sounds from behind, it took off into the wild again.

Phew, close call!

We huff and puff cuz the weather, to say it was very hot is an understatement by itself. We just kept our head low and continued our journey. After 1.5 hours of hiking, lo behold...

What is this? Why is the ground like that?

Actually I have no idea how the earth became like this, but one thing I am sure is it took more than millions of years to form it...

The scenery is simply breathtaking

Group photo - Everyone is withered but still managed to smile for this shot!

More stones with spectacular topography

The landmark of Bako - Stone Stack!

This is the first time I have seen it after 3 previous visits to Bako.

More nice views of Bako...

The photo of the day has gotta be this street fighting pose by Gameniac and Wahoo...


It was a wonderful trip overall, and I not only brought back nice memories of Bako but also a nice tan. :P

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Baby Ant Eater

Anyone seen a super-duper-itsy-bitsy-cute baby ant eater?

Check out this video of a new born at a Japanese Zoo.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Bako National Park - Part 1

Was suppose to publish this much earlier but you know la...bz this,bz that....

Recently I have been actively indulging myself in outdoor activities. They just came fast and quick, which resulted to my being more tanned. But being tanned is a good thing, no? Last Saturday, me and my colleagues and friends went to Bako National Park.

At first I thought Bako National Park is located on an island, but from the map above you can see clearly that it's part of Sarawak mainland. :) Drove up to Kampung Bako at around 9am. Reached there after a 30 minutes drive. After registering at the Park's reception counter, we hopped into a speedboat and headed straight to Bako National Park.

from L to R: SzeLeng, Gameniac, Wahoo & Anna

Mind the crocs! There are crocs???

More camwhoring...

Bako is a fishing village

Calm sea and clear sky... the weather couldn't have been better

Boat No.5

A fishing boat returning to the village

Ah... we were greeted by our first boulder. The unique thing about Bako NAtional Park is that it's filled with this arrays of magnificent rocks. If you stand real close to it, you can actually see the lines of on it which gives you some idea how long it took for it to be formed... well, a couple of millions of years I guess.

After we had alighted from the speedboat (which was about 20 mins from the jetty), we headed straight to the information counter to ask for advice from the park ranger regarding the trails to take. Since it was already 10:30am, the ranger suggested that we should take the Teluk Paku (Gulf of Paku) and maybe the Pantai Pandan trails.

Treants from LOTR?

At the start of Teluk Paku trail. Our major objective was to spot some Proboscis monkeys because according to reliable sources, this trail actually leads to where most of the monkeys stay. We walked and walked...

Roots above the earth

Take a break, take a shot!

Stay tune to find out if we did see the femes Proboscis monkeys and the visitor who paid us a surprise visit right in the middle of nowhere...