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29/9 – Food-For-Thought of the Day

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said: “My son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all.

One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee replied: “The one you feed.”

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29/9 – Quote of the Day

“When we look at modern men, we have to face the fact that modern men suffer from a kind of poverty of the spirit, which stands in glaring contrast with scientific and technological abundance.

We’ve learned to fly the air as birds, we’ve learned to swim the seas as fish, yet we haven’t learned to walk the Earth as brothers and sisters.” – Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

Tioman Tioman!

So I went to Tioman (my 3rd trip) during the Malaysia Day weekend…16-19 Sep. I was so looking forward to it because I’d be diving again after 2 years of absence. And, of course, the fact that it’s all sand, sea & sun. Ahhhhhh….

The trip was good. We left KL at 9.30am…stopped at Kluang for lunch, and reached Mersing before 3pm. We took the 4pm ferry and reached Tioman at 6pm. It was just nice for sunset, then we had dinner and hanged out a bit for some card games – mahjong & chor tai tee. This was the first time I saw mahjong set on playing cards. Interesting.

The next morning (Fri), it rained until afternoon. I set out for my refresher at 2pm, only went for 1 dive at the house reef because it was already 4.30pm by the time I got out and the sea was very choppy. Gosh, I just realised how much I had forgotten, especially on setting up the BCD. The dive as OK, nothing exceptionally exciting to see but good to practice before going out to the mid-sea again. That night, we lit up the lanterns that we brought from KL…ate our mooncakes…and drank Hoegaarden that they bought from Nazri’s Place, another resort at ABC (Teluk Air Batang), earlier that day. Beers here were cheap coz this is a duty-free island…a bottle of Hoegaarden was only RM8 or 3 for RM20 during Happy Hours. Unfortunately the place we stayed, Panuba Inn Resort, didn’t really sell much alcohol. They only sell Tiger for RM5 per can.

The following day (Sat) was much better. The sky was all clear and sun was scorching hot. I woke up earlier than the rest to go for my dive at 9.15am. The first dive was at Golden Reef. I did a real boo boo during the set up…arggghhh…anyway, I don’t wanna talk about it. So as we went down into the waters, Marten, my divemaster was signalling a turtle sighting…BUT I couldn’t see it because my mask was fogged up. In fact, for the whole dive, I didn’t know if the visibility was bad or due to my mask. Sigh. So before my 2nd dive, I spit into my mask, as suggested by Marten & other divers….we went to Labas…and this time, it was great. I mean, the visibility. At least I didn’t have to keep clearing my mask during the dive. But…alas, no more turtle to see. Sigh.

After my 2nd dive at Labas, we came back to the resort and it was already 3pm. I had a quick lunch and then trekked through a short stretch of jungle to other parts of the island…to join the rest for dinner at Nazri’s Place. The beach in front of Nazri’s had very soft sands and I couldn’t resist a swim in the sea. It was fantastic. I was satisfied. Dinner was good. We had BBQ seafood. Yummy.

The next day  (Sun) we headed back to KL…I reached home around 7pm & dead tired. I don’t think I’ll be going to Tioman again soon…as this is already my 3rd time to the island in the last 4 years. Besides, there are so many other nicer diving sites that I haven’t been to. Anyway, it was a good trip. A break I definitely needed.

Check out some of the photos in the album here – Tioman (16-19 Sep 2010).

21/9: Cartoonised!

My very first cartoonised portrait of me self…and it was for FREE some more! 😀

Butttttttt….errr….she doesn’t look like me lehhhhh….don’t you think so? Sigh….but nevertheless, I’m still happy about it. Now where shall I hang this piece of art??? Hmmmmmm……:P

Fruitful Day Off

Today has been a fruitday day off for me. Took off because I figured I’d be too tired after the Tioman trip to crawl back to work the next day! 😛

Things I managed to do today:

  • Serviced my baby Vios
  • Had lunch with Lai
  • Had my beauty nap (of course!)
  • Went for my dental appointment at Uptown
  • Had tea & toast at Papa Rich @ Uptown while Facebooking & Yahooing with LP & CPL, while waiting for my next appointment
  • Went for my first facial session with Michelle @ Uptown
  • And now, having my dinner at Lammeeya while surfing again, & posting this….with none other than my other baby, Macbook. 😀

So in a nutshell, I managed to fixed my car, teeth & face today! 😛

Tioman photos are still in the editing process. Will be posting them up as soon as I’m done with them. Keep a look out, yar?

Wall Climbing @ Putrajaya

During Merdeka Day, me with Jamie, Steve & the kids went for a different challenge than the usual hike…we went wall climbing at Putrajaya.

The place was at Putrajaya Challenge Park @ Precinct 5. It was quite a big place…but maybe because it was Merdeka Day & many people thought it would be closed, so it was practically empty…and also maybe partly because it was during Ramadhan too. So we had the whole place to ourselves.

The entrance fee is RM6 for adults and RM3 for students. For beginners without any prior training before, you are not allowed to rent the gears (with rope & harness & all)…so you’ll just have to climb the walls that have mattresses below, bare-handedly. You may rent their climbing shoes but I found the shoes were extremely uncomfortable….so we decided to go barefooted too, since we were not allowed to wear normal shoes onto the mattresses. They also conduct climbing classes, which is only 1-time for a full day (5 hours) at RM70 including gears, which I thought was very reasonable.

So, back to the climb, it was really fun! The kids were really good…they managed to climb to the top very quickly & swiftly…just like Spiderman! 😛 Maybe because they’re much lighter…yea yea, of course fitter too…since they play football almost everyday. As for me & Jamie, we complained a lot about the small ‘rocks’ at the bottom because we couldn’t get a good grip on them and they were very painful to our feet. There were few times that I got stuck in the middle and didn’t know whether to go up or down! Up seemed scary but down seemed even scarier! Hahaha. I mean, although there were mattresses below, jumping down still seemed really scary! Anyway after some successful trials later at the children’s climbing room (yeah, that was probably our standard! :P), we went back to the adults’ wall and managed to reach the top…Jamie a few times but me once coz my feet & hands were really painful by then.

Anyway, if you’re interested, you can check it out at the Putrajaya Challenge Park website. Somehow they haven’t been doing much promotion on it, I don’t know why…

Here are some shots taken by Steve…

For the advanced level.

Working hard…and this was just the beginners’ wall.

 

We were so happy & proud of ourselves for reaching the top….ahem…at the children’s wall! Haha.

By the way, both my arms, up to parts below my armpit, have all been aching since! Even driving is…urgghhhhhh….a painful task! 😛

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