Saturday, September 25, 2010

Gloomy Saturday

^It's everywhere!

Some interesting trivia:

The song "Gloomy Sunday", written in 1933 by Hungarians Rezso Seress and Laszlo Javor, was rumoured to be linked to a number of suicide cases in Hungary in 1936, and was allegedly banned in Hungary.

Gloomy Sunday

Sunday is gloomy, my hours are slumberless
Dearest, the shadows I live with are numberless
Little white flowers will never awaken you

Not where the black coach of sorrow has taken you
Angels have no thought of ever returning to you

Would they be angry if I thought of joining you?

Gloomy Sunday

Gloomy is Sunday; with shadows I spend it all
My heart and I have decided to end it all

Soon there'll be candles and prayers that are sad, I know

Death is no dream, for in death I am caressing you

With the last breath of my soul I'll be blessing you

Gloomy Sunday

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Jogging at a Nearby Park

In all desperation to work out my diminishing muscles, I resolved to jogging, which is one of my most disliked work out. No thanks to the absence of swimming pools around the area.

There were no one in the park (kinda scary, I know), so I took the opportunity to snap photos!

And for my resolution to live a healthier lifestyle, I was rewarded with a horrible knee pain after the jog, which is still threatening to come back anytime. That's it. No more jogging for me.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

KLCC Park, or Whatever They Call It

This was actually my second visit here. The first time was in 2002, with a bunch of Pre-U mates. Good times...

Anyways. I tested out my HTC Desire's night shots. Turned out OK, I suppose.

The pics actually looked a lot sharper in my phone. Odd. Usually, they look better on the computer screen. Oh, well.

^Oi, Maxis! Get out of the way!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Cameron Highlands Trip (12 Sep 2010 - 14 Sep 2010)

The first family outing since my return from Singapore. =)

We visited the Boh Tea Centre and Plantation, some strawberry farms, vegetable markets, and night markets, among other places. Dad and Big Bro also went golfing at the newly-revamped Cameron Highlands Golf Club. The typical Cameron Highlands itinerary, basically.

We stayed at one of the resort bungalows, specifically the SPM Resort Bungalow. Nope, no pics on the accommodation. It was the usual standard stuff, very homey and definitely clean, despite the showing signs of old age. Service was also excellent, where we were greeted by the very founder of the SPM company himself on the day of our check-in, complete with a guided tour around the entire bungalow, which included his own private residence. OK, I must explain that the bungalow is so big, it was divided into 4 sections. Each section has up to 4 bedrooms, and the owner actually stays in one of these sections himself, making it his private residence. The other 3 sections are rented out to customers. Despite so many customers sharing one single bungalow, we didn't have any problems with privacy at all, thanks to the design of the bungalow. Each section has its own entrance, you see. Did I mention it also has a thumpin' fast Wifi network? Even my Maxis wireless modem worked wondrously all the way high up in those altitudes. Klang, boo hoo!!!

In short, it was a very pleasant stay, save the icy cold water (water heaters for shower only) and a spider warning.

^Boh Tea Centre Entrance

^Walking down the hill among the tea plants

^^Close-ups of tea plants

^The Robinson Waterfall

^Steamboat for dinner, on BOTH nights

Pst... 中秋节快乐!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Positive SGD15 Becomes Negative RM450

Today, I had my first car accident since my return to Malaysia.

What makes it harder to bear is that it was my fault. I was reversing out of a parking lot at the bank and because it was a one-way street, I failed to watch both sides before reversing. I knew I should and I usually would but today, I was tired so I got lazy, thinking I could escape with just this one time.

Turned out there was a car right behind me making a turn into the lot next to mine. As tempting it is for me to blame bad luck and timing, it all still comes down to my own carelessness, tired or not. It's true, what they say - all it takes is just that one time.

At least the other party was pretty cool about it. I think I am angrier at myself than they were at me. I can't believe I met a car accident, albeit a minor one, within just slightly more than one month since I came back! My parents? Well, they were understanding enough to spare me from any lectures. After all, I paid for the damages myself.

Repair cost paid to the other party: RM450. Probably got cut-throat, but considering the trouble I have caused them and it was my fault, I wasn't exactly in the position to bargain.

Lesson learnt: Never grow complacent when it comes to driving. No matter how tired you are. I promise myself to make the RM450 worth every sen of it by making this incident a constant reminder to be careful whilst behind the wheel.

Sigh... all that for depositing a SGD15 cheque from IRAS...