Tuesday, December 09, 2008

New Home!

I've shifted!!

Please bookmark or update your links to
http://www.gabrielsai.com

edited: used a comma instead of a dot in the url...

Monday, December 08, 2008

I need a medic!

Think weekends and public holidays are good? Not if you're sick!
I think sick people can die during sundays and public holidays.

All clinics and medical centres won't be open. Probably the only ones available are family clinics and general hospitals.
Heck, even the National Healthcare Group (NHG) Instutions and Services are closed.

This is the 2nd time I got red eye over the weekend/public holiday. The first time, I went without medication over the weekend and the condition got from bad to worse.
This time, slightly smarter, I went to Guardian to purchase some antiseptic eye drops.

*sigh*
Singapore is a horrible place to be when you're sick. Medication and consultations are super expensive.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Our eyes deceive us

When I was taking the image processing module in my last semester, I learnt that our eyes are actually low pass filters. What this means is that from a far distance, we won't be noticing strong "edges" (e.g. pimples) from a person's face and we'll see people's face as clear and smooth

To put this to experiment, consider this 'optical illusion' I found on the web



When you look at this picture in a closer look you see Albert Einstein.
But, if you stand 5 meters (about 16 feet) distance. It will become Marilyn Monroe ...


So, what happens is, our eyes removes all the 'edges' in the picture; removing the wrinkles, certain parts of the hair, etc. Ah, I may not make any sense but what the heck! Just enjoy the illusion.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Post-Examination Activities

It's about half a week now after my last paper and it seems like it's been ages ago since I finished my examinations. Albeit a short period of time, there's been a considerable amount of stuff that happened (compared to when I was preparing for my papers)

The night after my last paper itself, I went to dine at a fancy French restaurant at Bistro Petit Salut as a post celebration for elaynne's birthday.

It's quite a posh place with a romantic ambience and the food is pretty good there too! We ordered a 3-course set dinner there at $38++ and it consists of an appertizer, main course and dessert. The appetizer is not some fancy soup but a 'real' appetizer.

Bistro Petit Salut (by P3rSeUs)

I ordered the Beef tartare served with mesclun and Parmesan crisp for my appetizer

Beef tartare served with mesclun and Parmesan crisp (by P3rSeUs)

Grilled Sirloin Steak (Medium Rare) for my main course

Grilled Sirloin Steak (Medium Rare) (by P3rSeUs)

and Homemade cheesecake served with sorbet as my dessert
Homemade cheesecake served with sorbet (by P3rSeUs)

Other type of servings that we ordered can be found here

The following day, I went for x'mas shopping with my gf in City Square, JB. Only manage to buy a few gifts there... With the strength of the SGD (at the moment), it's pretty fun to shop in M'sia. hahah.. everything's much cheaper...

In the evening, I met up with wai seng they all at Plaza Singapura for idinner. We ate at Carl's Jr. Then, we headed to Orchard to see the x'mas decorations but it's pretty disappointing this year. Not much things that are worth taking note of.

The Christmas lightings along Orchard Road
X'mas Lights along Orchard Rd

Christmas Tree made from Coke Bottles
Coke Christmas Tree

Light ups outside Shopping Malls
Lightings outside Malls

and a Candy Land..
Candy Land

Apart from that, spent two nights playing Card Games; Bang! and Munchkins... Played till pinples spawn like nobody's business on my face... =/

Oh, and yee weng treated us (me, boon jin, jit-vern and ian) Botak Jones! He told us to order anything we want! I ordered the U-Crazy-What burger! lol.. the Triple Patty Botak Jones burger! Lol.. It's damn filling... Was stuffed after that burger, a chicken wing and a portion of their sausages.

There's also the caroling part... It's damn tiring.. Burned two whole days to learn 10 songs for our performance tomorrow at Takashimaya, inside Bulgari. hahah.. I still can't find shirts to wear. Supposed to be wearing all black.. =/

I guess that's about it so far... Haven't started my FYP yet (the reason why I stayed back in SG). Probably will do it after my caroling performance tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Coffee helps you shit

Coffee has two virtues:  it is wet and warm. (by sharaff)


I just found out that coffee actually helps us shit!!

I tried googling more information about it but couldn't find any concrete scientific reasons behind it.. But there's lots of questions from all over the world asking why coffee makes you shit.

After surfing more on the web.. I realized that coffee ain't so bad after all.. It may even help prolong life!! =/

Harvard School of Public Health researchers looked at coffee drinking and the risk of dying from heart disease, cancer or any other cause. They found that people who drank more coffee were less likely to die during 18 years of follow-up in men, and 24 years of follow-up in women.

from Coffee not a killer - and may protect women: study
and another article states that

Coffee drinking may lower your risk of colon cancer by up to 25 percent because of its ability to help keep you regular.

Two observational studies found that regular coffee intake reduced the risk of developing kidney stones.

People with asthma who drink coffee can have up to 25 percent fewer symptoms because one of the compounds in coffee - theophylline - acts as a bronchodilator.

Other diseases that coffee may help prevent: cirrhosis of the liver, Parkinson’s disease, skin cancer, and gallstones.

from Coffee is no longer a health villain
But whatever it is, it all say that we shouldn't drink coffee excessively but 2-4 cups a day won't be detrimental to our health.

+1 for coffee!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

In the mood of Christmas

~Tis' the season to be jolly~
It's christmas time again...!! and I'm STILL in the midst of my examinations....
I'm running out of fuel and my endurance to study is diminishing every other day.

Can't wait to be home for Christmas.
In the meantime, I decorated my PC to live up to the Xmas Spirit!

This is my current desktop

Christmas Desktop (by P3rSeUs)

and my browser with its homepage

Christmas Browser (by P3rSeUs)

Saturday, November 22, 2008

People Lurks (Plurk!)

I've been constantly plurking for the past few days...
I think it's pretty fun to play with.. Combines a bit of blogging + social networking together..

Basically, you just update your status (publicly or privately) and your friends can see or keep track of what you're doing!
It's nice if a group of friends use it but unfortunately, not many people I know uses plurk.
So, if you're interested to 'play' something new or just have nothing better to do, join Plurk!

No harm registering, and if you don't like it.. Just abandon it and let it rot till death... haha

Plurk Page (by P3rSeUs)

Friday, November 21, 2008

Distractions

It's the midst of examinations and it's this time of 'season', that I'll stay more with the computer and get distracted while I study...

Over the past years, I've been distracted mainly by organizing my song collection, picture collection, play with widgets, desktop icons, online calendars, etc.

So, what did I do this time round?

  • Explored and used a software called Minilyrics where it displays and searches lyrics of songs automatically! Works across multiple multimedia-platforms. Very powerful piece of software.
  • Completed Red Alert 3 for all three factions
  • Explored microblogging websites such as Twitter and Plurk (using them both now, but I think plurk is slightly better of a service)
  • Semi-migrated to Google (where I started using Google Reader, iGoogle and Google Calendar) in case Yahoo! dies off..
  • Facebooked with my form 5 classmates after one of them posted pictures back in form 5 days...

Basically about it.. for the past er.. 3-4 weeks.
Damn, I had exams!!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Things to ponder

I've learned that you cannot make someone love you.
All you can do is be someone who can be loved.
The rest is up to them.
I've learned that no matter how much I care,
some people just don't care back.
And it's not the end of the world.
I've learned that it takes years to build up trust,
and only seconds to destroy it.
I've learned that it's not what you have in your life,
but who you have in your life that counts.
I've learned that you can get by on charm for about fifteen minutes.
After that, you'd better know something.

I've learned that you shouldn't compare yourself
to the best others can do,
but to the best you can do.
I've learned that it's not what happens to people,
It's what they do about it.
I've learned that no matter how thin you slice it,
there are always two sides.
I've learned that you should always leave loved ones with loving words.
It may be the last time you see them.
I've learned that you can keep going
long after you think you can't.

I've learned that heroes are the people who do what has to be done
When it needs to be done
regardless of the consequences.
I've learned that there are people who love you dearly,
but just don't know how to show it.
I've learned that sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry,
but that doesn't five me the right to be cruel.
I've learned that true friendship continues to grow even over the longest distance.
Same goes for true love.
I've learned that just because someone doesn't love you the way you want them to
doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have.

I've learned that no matter how good a friend is,
they're going to hurt you every once in a while
and you must forgive them for that.
I've learned that it isn't always enough to be forgiven by others.
Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.
I've learned that no matter how bad your heart is broken,
the world doesn't stop for your grief.
I've learned that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are,
but we are responsible for who we become.
I've learned that just because two people argue, it doesn't mean that they don't love each other.
And just because they don't argue, it doesn't mean they do.

I've learned that sometimes you have to put the individual
ahead of their actions.
I've learned that two people can look at the exact same thing
and see something totally different.
I've learned that no matter the consequences,
those who are honest with themselves get farther in life.
I've learned taht your life can be changed in a matter of hours
by people who don't even know you.
I've learned that even when you think you have no more to give,
when a friend cries out to you,
you will find the strength to help.

I've learned that writing,
as well as talking,
can ease emotional pains.
I've learned that the people you care most about in life
are taken from you too soon.
I've learned that it's hard to determine where to draw the line between being nice
and not hurting people's feelings and standing up for what you believe.
I've learned to love
and be loved.
I've learned...

Omer B. Washington



Thursday, November 13, 2008

The start of examinations

I just finished my first paper! No more HRM!!!!
The countless hours of reading that OB Book and read ups about the US Presidential Elections and read ups on Blue Ocean Strategy.. It's all over!!!
Although I didn't write very well for that paper, but as long as I pass (or get a B) it's enough for me...

1 down, 5 to go!
Next paper is on Tuesday on Database Systems and the following day is Image Processing which I already SU-ed. Will only study after my database paper.

Then, it's only Software Engineering (worried about that) and finally, Web Application Design and Computer Security.

Have my timetable planned out nicely which day to study what... Only approximately 2 weeks remaining

Friday, November 07, 2008

Poetic Family

Christmas is around the corner and it's time to buy presents for friends and loved ones! It's been a tradition for my family to sit around by the Christmas tree for a gift-exchange session on Christmas day. However, it's been a 'headache' for most cause we have to crack our head with what to buy for each other for Christmas! So, my 2nd sister took the initiative to request for a 'wishlist' from all of us to make life simpler!

So, this 'poetic' thing started from my dad.. When some of us just list what we want, my father posted this in his email


This is what I want for Christmas:-

They are neither too cheap nor expensive,
With them I can climb roof and jog the track,
They provide fun and keep me occupied,
Anything to keep my feet and hands busy are most welcome
But not too much for my brain.

Actual I don't really know what I want
But anything from the heart will be most appreciated,
I still prefer the element of surprise.


And Grace happily 'deciphered' the email with



They are neither too cheap nor expensive, => Good introduction to a riddle
With them I can climb roof and jog the track, => Read between the lines - LADDER and JOGGING SHOES
They provide fun and keep me occupied, => Here, he starts to become clueless of what he wants
Anything to keep my feet and hands busy are most welcome => Resembles tools, DIY, anything interesting to do/fix/put together
But not too much for my brain. => NO BOOKS, PEOPLE!
=> Good use of paragraphing
Actual I don't really know what I want => Being honest, only knows he wants ladder and jogging shoes
But anything from the heart will be most appreciated, => Sweeet
I still prefer the element of surprise.=> Nice ending to riddle...that it remains a riddle!




And this is where it all started......
I continued on with


My Christmas wishlist prepares me for what everyone is but me;
Something comfortable to fit in AND easy to walk in.
Something that teases the brain or meets the eye;
As long as it is handy, it is fine.

But frankly speaking, it doesn't really matter,
Christmas is just once a year.
Memories are already worth to remember,
Just as long as we're together.


To which Alice, my 2nd sister replied with

Ai yo yo, our SAI family
why now all gila with po-e-try
Just tell us what you guys really mean
So that we won't buy gifts that end up in the bin!

Your poems and riddles are all so long
Your gift will be a laugh if we interpret it wrong
If read carefully the wish is actually just one or two
Who to buy them?----cheng, grace, james or choo!

Ha ha. We have a crazy family.
By the way, Pa, can I borrow your Xmas tree?
Confirm we are all chi sin
Sure will freak out poor Yin Sin
Ya, I can get a free Christmas tree
If you'll be so kind to chop one down for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And my brother, James replied with


Why borrow the Christmas Tree?,
When you usually get things for free,
Who says we are crazy,
Actually we are funny,

Just buy things from the list,
So that you will not miss,
Make sure it's a christmas present,
That will make us pleasant.

Hahahahaha......stress,
Until this email is a mess.
Yeah poor Yin Sin,
Sorry if we are chee sin,
You need not to worry,
You'll get use to us slowly.

Chopping of christmas tree is bad,
That will make mother nature sad,
Go get your own tree,
As it may only cost a minimum fee.

All this email is Papa's fault,
Soon this will be a crazy blog,
All this seems fun,
But time is short and I have to run,

Until next time,
I'll update the list of mine.

Where I replied with

All this replies make me laugh,
It'll just make email writing a lil' tough.
I can't wait to be home for Christmas,
Exam stress will make my head burst...

I still have assignments to hand in today,
And my first paper will start next Thursday.
I heard Grace is following yiche to Bali,
At that time, my semester ends - like finally!! =D

And my dad again...

Why borrow a tree that is old
Buy one that can be used over and over
Ask Santa n he will provide one
If you insist, I will provide one.

It is nice to have a change
Just like USA vote for change
Poetry is soul for the body
Keep it up for a funny family.

If list is given straight
Who can guarantee that it will not duplicate
Poetry is from the heart
Guess n buy right will be a delight.

And now everyone is replying in poetry style... lol...
Crazy family of mine... hahaha

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Do you know?

that Mild Fevers are actually "good for your health"?

Fever is part of our bodies' defense mechanism. When we are fighting an infection, our body temperature rises


As our white blood cells increase in number, like an army to fight the germs, they go faster and faster attacking the germs, this causes our bodies to heat up, thus causing the fever or rise in body temperature.

A temperature of 100 to 101 degrees Farenheit is good for the body because it shows that the body is fighting the infection. However, if a fever goes too high, measures must be taken to bring the fever down a bit
quoted from essortment
I finally fell sick and resorted to get medication from NTU's medical centre (which they charged me SGD$20.35 for a cough syrup, lozenges and flu pills).

I wasn't having fever at that time but by the time I came back to hall and took a nap, my fever start kicking in. My gf was with me at that time and instinctively, I told her that I want to brew the trusted "herbal tea" to lower down my body temperature to which my gf objected on. Told me that fever is good... I was like "what?!" and she slowly explained to me how the immune system works while we're having fever... haha.. I wasn't really convinced until she showed me some articles from websites (here)

I'm too hot!

Well, not exactly hot.. I'm just heaty...
Think I've consumed too much chocolates (a few varieties), snacks and coffee (I even mixed chocolates into the coffee) in one day and now, my throat is killing me!! I've been brewing my trusted "Ah Poh Cha" which helps reduces heatiness, fever, etc.!



It's my cure it all when I'm sick... cough, fever, sore throat. (except flu of course, there's still no known cure for it)

If this fails, my next best friend is Fisherman's Friend! The extra strong version.
Fisherman's Friend (by hwayoungjung)

And by any chance the bacteria is insanely strong, well.. I'll have to resort to antibiotics then. =/ Fastest and most efficient way to kill germs; but not so good for your immune system (in general) AND your wallet.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

End of a long week, Beginning of another

It's the end of my final week for my semester! After 'fighting' through CAs, HRM presentations, FYP stuffs, design projects.. It's all over!!! I officially do not have any more classes next week... But it's just a start of another long week...

My following week is filled with 4 deadlines. My FYP Interim Report (can be considered done), my Image Processing CA (still don't know how to do), Design Project (almost done after spending the whole of Saturday doing it), Database Project (in progress)

After all those, it's the start of my examinations week. The first paper being HRM (13 Nov) - 25 MCQ and 2 Case Studies. The case studies will be on Blue Ocean Strategy and high possibility pertaining the leadership qualities of the US presidential election between Obama and McCain.

I can't wait for this semester to be over.... But after that, I'll have to resume my FYP work. When will all this end??

Monday, October 27, 2008

My 23rd Birthday

How time flies... I'm 23 already!! Last thing I remembered, I was 18 and I think 23 y/o ppl are quite old already.. haha..

I celebrated my birthday with my gf a day day earlier cause the day after my birthday, I'll be having CAs and plenty of projects, reports and assignments due the following week. It's gonna be a hectic week.

So, the night before we celebrate, my gf was super stressed out cause she already found the places to eat but don't know how to get there! haha.. She's not very familiar with Singapore and normally relies on me with directions and she wanted to 'surprise' me.. hahah.. but in the end, she consulted me on timing wise and how to go to one location from another.. lol..

We started off with lunch at Swensen's at Marina Square. Initially, she wanted to bring me to the sandwich place where Elaynne was talking about in her blog but because we were there to purchase HSM3's movie tickets, it was quite redundant to walk all the way back to Raffles City and then back again to Marina Square. So... she treated me for lunch where I ordered Almond Lamb Chop and she had Macaroni and Cheese. We also had Apple Crumble for dessert! Yum!

Apple Crumble (by P3rSeUs)

After lunch, we watched High School Musical 3 where I bumped into Jacqueline's family. haha.. her lil' bro is soo cute.. ANyway, the show was alright.. Very delightable show suitable for families.. If you like the first two prequels, then I think you'll like this one as well.

SO.. after movie, we headed towards Tanjung Pagar where she took me to this place called the "Tea Chapter". It's a place where you get to enjoy chinese tea in real authentic Chinese Style!

Tea Chapter (by P3rSeUs)

Tea Chapter (by P3rSeUs)

It's where you sit down on wooden floors with low tables and you can even brew your own tea. The staff will first demonstrate to you proper way of tea-brewing and how to drink it. It's quite similar to wine tasting.. I enjoyed being in that place...

Tea Chapter (by P3rSeUs)

I always wanted to do such a thing; those Japanese Tea House kind.. Now I understand why people can just spend hours just to drink tea.. We played the board games that were offered there; battleship, snap.. haha.. There's also Chinese Chess, Weiqi - that'll be more Chinese style but don't know why didn't play that.

After spending 2 hours in there, we had to leave cause otherwise, we'll be late for dinner. Problem with dinner plans is that, she has no idea where the place is. The restaurant is called "Spizza" along Smith Street and the only clue she has is that, it's somewhere in Chinatown and near Chinatown Point.

So, we explored and walked in circles within Chinatown.. Smith Street was nowhere to be found. Just when we were giving up, she told me that the vicinity has lots of fine cuisine and at that spark of time, I recalled that I've been there before where my sister and her bf took me there for my birthday when I was 1st year. We had Mediterenean Cuisine at that time but I could not recall where that place was.

After venturing around again, aha! I saw a familiar place from a long time ago.. Eventually, we found that place after walking for about 2 hours in Chinatown... hahah
There it is - Spizza! For all her effort, I treated her for dinner where we shared a nice whole original Italian pizza. It was something out of the norm and worth trying out! It's crust is simply crispy and the filling are something different from what we get elsewhere.

Katerina (by P3rSeUs)

We headed back to NTU after that. Just when I thought it was over, she had another surprise for me! She gathered friends from my batch together to celebrate my birthday with me. She tried very hard not to let me know from her constant flow of SMSes. haha...

And her gift to me - a "Magic Box". It contains endless supply of food and snacks. It'll "magically" replenish itself when it's about to go empty. haha.

DSC00768 (by P3rSeUs)

DSC00769 (by P3rSeUs)

Dear, thanks a lot for planning such a wonderful celebration for me. =)

Also, to all my friends who wished me at facebook, phone calls and smses.
Thanks..!

Monday, October 20, 2008

The All New Yahoo! Mail

Just when I was permanently going to shift my calendar to google, I found out that Yahoo! has just recently come out with a new Calendar early this month. It's still at it's very early stage but at least, there is an improvement and a CHANGE since 1998.

It uses the iCal format where you have multiple calendars and it tries to integrate Flickr into it. Maybe this will be a useful feature for me as I will then be able to see what pictures I have taken at any particular time from my Yahoo! Calendar.

Oh well, guess I'll still update and manage BOTH Google and Yahoo! Calendar in the meantime. Apparently, I can integrate both calendars together but it doesn't seem to be working very well. Guess I'll give it a few months to finally decide which one I'll stick to.

If you'd like to change or try the New Yahoo! Calendar, you can do so here.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Migration from Yahoo to Google

I was browsing and surfing around the net yesterday and wanted to try something new.

It started from blogger's "Blogs that I read". I thought of subscribing to those since it kinda looks more 'organized'. From there, there was a link to "Google Reader" and I went there.. and started playing with it. It's basically an RSS reader but a much more organized one. Previously, I was using "My Yahoo" where I organize all my feeds including news and friend's blogs. But after seeing what Google Reader can do, I officially made it my "default" information reader. It's really much more user friendly and faster too!

After that, there was the embedding Google Reader into iGoogle. It's basically the incorporation of Google Search Website and something similar with My Yahoo. I was thinking whether to use it and after much consideration, I decided to replace My Yahoo with iGoogle since whatever I have inside My Yahoo can now be found from Google Reader. It's that good. Much faster than My Yahoo. Probably the only things I miss from My Yahoo is my Yahoo Mailbox Preview and my Yahoo Calendar.

Which leads to the next thing; Calendar. Currently, I organize all my events, birthday reminders, meetings and such in Yahoo Calendar. I started using Yahoo Calendar back in 2004 if I'm not wrong. So, I decided to see what Google Calendar offers and to my amazement, it kinda beats Yahoo Calendar.

Firstly, Google Calendar is able to let you use multiple calendars where you can separated your calendars to categories like "work", "personal", "birthdays", etc and can set different colors for different calendar views.

Google Calendar is also much faster than Yahoo Calendar.

They have intelligent time detection where you can just write "Meeting 7pm tomorrow"

Not only that, Google Calendar is able to send reminders to my Mobile for FREE! How nice of them.

Too bad the only thing that is not letting me migrate fully from Yahoo to Google is that my primary email is still Yahoo. All my emails are sent to Yahoo! and Gmail is er.. well, storage for me. Maybe next time if you want to send email to me, you can send it at gabsch@gmail.com =)
I'll still be able to check that email as I can see my inbox preview inside iGoogle.

Monday, October 13, 2008

23rd Birthday Celebration

My birthday is at the end of the month *coughs*27th*coughs* but it was celebrated earlier with elaynne (link contains her account of the event), wai seng, yi wang, de zien, shaun and yin sin together with zhi sin's birthday.

I was told that it's a birthday celebration for Zhi Sin ONLY and I was to be at Wai Seng's room at 6pm. We're gonna have pizza for dinner, talk and will last until very late.

So, I was there at 6pm to see De Zien sitting at the staircase. So, I joined him there and asked him why isn't he inside. And he told me it's a loong story and better wait for Elaine to fill me in. okayyy.. after a while, Zhi Sin came along. We walked our way towards Wai Seng's room only to be denied entry. Okay.. Fine, I thought. They wanted to forfeit Zhi Sin or something.

Next thing I know, I have to follow Zhi Sin to look for a location sent in Wai Seng's MMS. Okay... I now have to accompany Zhi Sin.. There were props at the location and next thing we knew, they wanted BOTH of us to pose with the props and dance to some music! hahah.. Like hell we would!! especially the dance part.. hahah

So, Zhi Sin was mooned them and I just happily stood there listening to Zhi Sin argue with them.. haha.. Let him do the 'dirty job' negotiating.. =P

Eventually, we "won" the negotiation and collected parcels from Wai Seng and Elaine's mailboxes; our birthday gifts.

Photobucket

We had Munchkins as our gifts!! I got the original Munchkin and Zhi Sin got Munchkin Bites! whahaha.. now we can play munchkins whenever we want.... =D

Munchkin Gifts (by P3rSeUs)

Later, we had marble-cheese cake (the birthday cake), Sarpino's Pasta and Oishin's Pizza!
Familiar? We had pizza from the same place for my birthday the year before... But their pizzas and pastas are nice.... =)

Oishi Pizza (by P3rSeUs)

Sarpino's Seafood Pasta (by P3rSeUs)

We ate till we couldn't fit anymore stuff in our stomach and played Munchkins from 830pm till 330am!! Amazing.. hahah..



Birthday Cake (by P3rSeUs)

Thanks guys for the celebration! Appreciate it.. =)

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Family Trip - Cameron Highlands

This Cameron Trip is one of the very rare COMPLETE FAMILY trip since many years ago. Normally, one or two of my siblings won't be free as they have their own important affairs but not this time. This time, EVERYONE made it back for the family trip! including me! I have to skip my classes cause Singapore only has one-day Raya Holiday. Sucks..

Anyway, this Cameron Trip consists of ALL my nuclear family, my eldest aunty and her daughter, and all my nephews and nieces; except for my eldest nephew as he has to prepare for his SPM Examinations. Coincidentally, all spouses of my siblings were not able to make it; so, it's just US! =)

We rented a bungalow at Tanah Rata at one of the hill's peak.

The bungalow house (by P3rSeUs)

It's a 3-storey bungalow with 3 sections. My family took the furthest one towards the end. The first storey is where the dining table and kitchen is.

The dining table (by P3rSeUs)

The 2nd storey is another living room furnished with Astro and bedrooms for everyone. It consists of one master bedroom, one very big room and lots of locked rooms. haha
The TV area (by P3rSeUs)

This is the multipurpose room where my mum, all my sisters and my nieces/nephews will sleep. Me, my brother and my dad has to sleep on the 3rd storey; where it only has 3 mattresses and a couch
The ladies' room (by P3rSeUs)

So, what places did we go in Cameron Highlands you may ask? Basically, no where!! We just loitered in the house to chill and relax.

These are the only outdoor activities that we have done.

Visiting the Tea Plantation
Tea Plantation (by P3rSeUs)

Rosemary and her daughter, Marielle
Going down the tea plantation (by P3rSeUs)

Tea Time at the tea plantation
Tea Time!

Playing at the playground
Playing catch (by P3rSeUs)

Monkey bars (by P3rSeUs)

Other than that... again, we just chill out!

We laze around the bed...
Rise and Shine (by P3rSeUs)

Play cards
Play cards (by P3rSeUs)

Camwhore
The kids (by P3rSeUs)

Play sparkles
Playing with Sparkles (by P3rSeUs)

Sparkles (by P3rSeUs)

And of course, there are also the 'workers' who do the kitchen chores and feed the youngs. haha

Preparing food (by P3rSeUs)

We had steamboat for one night
Steamboat (by P3rSeUs)

and BBQ for another night!
BBQ (by P3rSeUs)

My sister brought back jumbo size german sausages!! It's sooo gooodd!! especially with mustard. Actually, the sausages shown here are from 3 different countries; Austria (Vienna), Germany and Switzerland
German Sausages (by P3rSeUs)

Grilled Sausages (by P3rSeUs)

Oh, and the weather there? It's bloody cold! It rained everyday throughout our stay. Can even see the clouds outside the house.
Mist (by P3rSeUs)

Clouds outside (by P3rSeUs)


Overall, it's something that's worth skipping all my classes even if it means that I have lots more work to catch up. A truly de-stressing event in the midst of my final year education.

Monday, October 06, 2008

A Worthwhile Break

I was back in Malaysia during the Raya Holidays where I skipped my Thursday and Friday classes. Went to Cameron Highlands with my family and it was a great break!! Shall blog about it when I have the time. But for now, I have lots of catching up to do; almost like I'm one week behind...

Things will get busier now.. I wonder when I can have another break.. From what I can see, most likely after my examinations... No wait.. I still have to do my FYP!! argh!! *sigh*

Friday, September 26, 2008

A special day with a special someone

Although it's not the official day, it's a day to celebrate me and yin sin's 1 year of our relationship. It's not really easy to maintain a relationship with someone. This is by far the longest relationship I'm involved in.

Anyway, we took the opportunity during our recess week and celebrate it a week earlier. Tried to avoid the soon-to-be humongous crowd over the weekend due to the F1 Street Race and odd hours traveling around Singapore is fun! No human traffic. No crowd... =D

So, we left in the morning and headed towards City Hall. I wanted to bring her to the Singapore Flyer but not wanting her know. We walked from City Hall, to Esplanade, across the F1 circuit heading to middle of nowhere but actually, towards the Singapore Flyer. By the time we reached there, I told her that we'll just go in to take a look around and before she even realizes it, I was handing the ticket for the security clearance. lol..

As I was saying, there was no human traffic and both of us got the entire capsule all to ourselves!! That's where I gave her her gift. The view was quite good and there's no human hindrance for the windows!

Singapore Flyer (by P3rSeUs)

Esplanade from high above (by P3rSeUs)

At the top (by P3rSeUs)



We also got a glimpse to some of those luxurious cars in the event of the F1 Night Race

Lamborghini (by P3rSeUs)

F1 cars (by P3rSeUs)

F1 cars (by P3rSeUs)

After that, we had lunch at Carl's Jr (Yin Sin hasn't tried it before) and watched an afternoon movie at Marina Square; Mamma Mia! The songs in the movie are very nice! But I find the storyline so-so.. But the songs are nice.. haha

We shopped for a bit; walked a bit; ate & drank a bit... Then it's off to Ma Maison for dinner! Yin sin loved the place. Service was good and we went at the right time. 30min after we went in, the restaurant is full house!

We had escargots (she never tried it before)

Escargots (by P3rSeUs)

I had Beef with Butter Rice (Beef Stroganoff with Omu Rice)
Beef Stroganoff with Omu Rice (by P3rSeUs)

Yin Sin had some spaghetti that I can't remember the name
Ma Maison (by P3rSeUs)

After dinner, we just strolled around Clarke Quay area and walked all the way back to Raffles Place via Boat Quay. Such a fun and relaxing day... =)