Monday, July 27, 2009

The brothers I never had.

Ever since my 1st year at the university, my friends and I have been gone to many trips around Malaysia. It is like an annual programme for us. For this year, we went to Kemaman, Terengganu. One of our classmates, Healmie aka Burn lives there so we stayed at his house for 3 nights which really saves alot of money than staying at a hotel.Hehe.

Day One.

We went around Kemaman and ate like mad. First we went to Hutan Rekreasi Paya Bakau, watched the mangrove trees there. Then, we went to Pantai Kemasik and watched the scenery there. The place has many big rocks that you can climb and watch the sea with a spectacular view.

After that, we went to the stalls there and ate keropok lekor with coconut water while facing the beach. Also, lemang and serunding that we bought on our way there. Then, we went to Burn's fruit orchard and ate durians that just fell the night before.

Right after that, we went to a stall nearby and ate sata. Sata, for those who dont know, is made of fish paste and grilled on hot fire. If I'm not mistaken it originates from Terengganu.

Then we went to Pantai Mak Nik or as my friend said, Monica Bay. The scene is just like any other beach. But what impressed me the most was the toilet. The toilet is super clean. It is one of the cleanest toilet that I have ever been to and it doesnt cost a bomb like at KLCC. Maybe all toilets in Kemaman are as clean as that, I assume.

During the night, we went to watch fireflies at Sungai Yakyah. That was my first time watching fireflies though I studied near Kuala Selangor which has the Kg. Kuantan fireflies. The fireflies are abundant and some of them even came to me and I got to watch them on my hands. Like the advertisement on the tv, isnt it?Hehe. Then, we got a call that a turtle just landed at Pantai Mak Nik to lay its eggs. So we went there and watched the turtle laying its eggs. There were many tourists too but we were told by the ranger not to take any picture while it was laying its eggs. So no picture to show here. But it was a very unique experience indeed.

Day two.

Day two is the day that was spent entirely at Kuala Terengganu. Before we went to K.T., we went to Hai Peng kopitiam which has the best coffee in Kemaman and some say Malaysia.

For me, the coffee has something unique that you cant simply get at other high end coffee shop like Starbucks and Coffee Bean. You have to try it and you wont be able to forget the taste.

Then, we went to Taman Tamadun Islam which has the Crystal Mosque.

The place also has miniature mosques from all over the world. There are so many mosques there that we had to rent a bike and took two hours to complete the tour there.

I look like Godzilla, right?Hehe.

Then we went to meet Ikin who lives at K.T. The food at Ikin's house is delicious though she didnt cook the mihun goreng tomyam that we diligently ate.Hehe. After that we went to Masjid Terapung, one of the attraction at Kuala Terengganu.

Going for a trip with my friends is indeed an enjoyable experience. We didnt go to Paris, London or New York yet we still had our share of fun. Maybe it was because of the place, maybe it was because of going there with the guys. I was watching Nur Kasih the other day and the two brothers in the drama are playing football together. Suddenly, it strucked me. How does it feel like to have a brother? To play around with a brother and grow up with him. It is not that I dont love my sisters, I do. Maybe I just want to know how it feels like to have a brother. I thank God that I have my friends here who are like my brothers, that at least I can have a bond of brothers between us.

And I never stop thanking God for the brothers that I never had.

From left: Me, Boo, Burn, Ijan.

Friday, July 24, 2009

What do you see in me?

I have a friend,lets call my friend here as K. K here has a partner, named L. K said that L always complains about K, calling names and such. They would be arguing about something day in and day out.

My opinion? K here is not an isolated case. People keep on pointing other people's mistake while arguing and though this is not something that is to be proud about, it happens.

When we are in love, we keep on praising and showering our partner with happiness but when we argue, we dig all the skeletons in the closet and throws them right on the face. Why must we point the mistake that was done and act like there were nothing right that happened between the two souls? We open our eyes to the mistakes and simply shut our senses to whatever good deeds that were done before. Learn to forgive and forget.

If you keep on pointing at other people's mistakes and ignore all the good things that were done by them, then that will be your biggest mistake yet.

Peace, no war.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Puppy love

I was eating out with my family just now. Suddenly, I saw a friend, an old friend. She was eating with her siblings. I never thought to see her again after all these years. We knew each other since we were in primary school. Her name is Suraya and I had a crush on her since then.

She was never my girlfriend but I paraded around the school as if she was. It's just that I was head over heels about her that I told everyone that she's my girlfriend though she never said anything about it. How stupid could I be at that time?Hehe. I was quite possesive too. I was one of the prefects at the school and not a very nice one too. I would bash people and hit them if they ever went against the rule at school. I was never afraid to use my power then. So one day, when I was in Standard 5, I heard that a boy from Standard 4 gave her a love letter. I took the letter from her and I searched for that boy. When I found him, I hit him and we fought. Maybe I thought I was the saviour though I'm not very sure what is there to protect about.Hehe. So eventually, we were sent to the headmistress' room by a teacher. Luckily, as I was a prefect and I made it look like I was doing my job, I was off the hook and that boy got his punishment. I couldnt get any corrupted than that.Hehe.

This crush went on till I was in high school. So one day, I was offered to continue my high school at a residential school. I was happy but I was afraid of not seeing her again. I accepted the offer and on the day that I was supposed to register I was so sad with the thought of leaving her. On the way to the school, I looked outside of the window car and I cried. I cried not because of leaving home but because of her. Few months after that, I got to know that she already had a boyfriend and that boy is my friend. I was so devastated because I thought she betrayed me though I knew she was never my girlfriend.

After high school, she continued her study at England in an engineering course. Just few months ago, I got to know that she was already married to his boyfriend. Which boyfriend, I dont know, but I wish her all the best in her life and that she's happy with her husband.

Maybe some love story is never meant to be pursued.

p/s : Back in the days of mIRC, the craze of that day was having these cool nicknames. Mine was cache237. The number was her birthday number, 23rd July. So I guess maybe I can wish her an early happy birthday. So, happy birthday, Su.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

I just went to Old Trafford.

At first, I have no idea what I should write about as I did not do anything special these couple of days...

Except that I went to watch Manchester United play here in Malaysia!Hahahahaha.

Ok, so I lied, I did not go to Old Trafford to watch MU but I only went to Bukit Jalil. Well, that sure saves alot on the expenses department.Hehe. So here are the pictures from the training day and the match day.

First stop, the great Sir Alex Ferguson.

Here are the pictures from the training day.

Poor Ben Foster here wouldnt have thought that he would let that silly goal in.

Maybe Van der Sar here can give Foster some pointers. Opss, he let in a lobbed ball into the goal.Hehe.

So here are the pictures from the match day.

Nani and Rooney after the second goal.

MU got a corner kick against Malaysia.

The goalkeeper making a save from the corner kick.

Thanking his teammate here for giving him a hand with the corner kick.Hahaha. Hand, goalkeeper? You got it? Oh, what a lame joke.

After all that adrenaline rush, then comes the end.

For me, it was quite an entertaining game. I enjoyed the atmosphere at the stadium though I already went there for numerous times watching so many teams playing at the same stadium. But when it comes to MU, it sure gives you the different vibe that you cant get watching other team playing in front of you. The Malaysia team did not surrender easily and played relentlessly though they knew they were playing against a world class team. For sure, those who came to the stadium went there to watch MU play but they were very supportive and they cheered for both MU and Malaysia. Whenever MU scored a goal, the stadium would be beaming with cheers for them but the same happened when Malaysia scored, so I guess Malaysians are still patriotic though they are wearing MU jerseys.

We are MU fans but nevertheless, we are still Malaysians, and we are proud of it.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Bus and taxi fares are increased and I dont think they deserve it.

I'm a frequent user of public transportation.Ok,at least I was,for around 10 years or more. I started using bus and taxis as long as I could remember. Even when I was in primary school, I was already taught how to go home by bus on my own. Up until now, it is very hard to say that the service provided by them has significantly improved.

And starting next month, there will be an increase for the bus and taxi fare.

What a joke I would say. There has already been an increment for the fares last year,it's just that they don't call it an increase, instead they call it as surcharge. Surcharge is when there is an increase for the petrol price then you can start charging surcharge. The price for petrol has dropped drastically that there is no need for any surcharge at all. They are still charging the surcharge and now, on top of that, there will be about 30% increase for the fares. That is just absurd.

I admit I like to crack jokes. But I guess, there is a bigger joker than me. Quoting from the news,

"Minister in Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Abd Aziz said public transport companies were also expected to improve the level of their service in line with the raise in fares."

Yes, he expects them to improve. How many times have that word been used? Even after all the increment, there are so many cases of drivers speeding, refusing to take passengers, overcharging and so many other things that makes Malaysia notorious for its public transport service. Try to give them 100% increment, they will still behave like they are used to.

Early this year, I went to Kl from Seremban, by bus. The bus from Seremban will always stop at Central Market. When I wanted to get out from the bus, there was this old Chinese man, around 50-60 years old. He was blind and was trying to get out from the bus too so I helped him. As I was helping him, he said that he wanted to get a taxi. So we walked around and asked the taxi drivers in front of CM to drive him to his destination. But all of them refused. Again, we walked around until the bus station next to the LRT and asked the taxi drivers who were sitting there but all of them gave the same answers, they refuse to drive him. Their reason was that they dont want to go through traffic jam. I felt like yelling to them," If you are afraid of traffic jam, then dont be a taxi driver!" But I didnt. What's their problem anyway? The passenger is paying if they are stucked in a traffic jam anyway. So we returned to CM and asked around again. At one point, I was so pissed off that one Malay driver refused and chased us away like we were dogs. Luckily, after that an Indian driver agreed to take the old man to his destination. I was relieved and a bit pissed off by the Malay driver. So I took his car number and tried to report him to LPKP . As I was taking his number down, his driver friend realised this and came to me.

Rude Driver (RD): Hoi, what are you doing?! Are you taking his car number?

Me: No la, I was texting my friend, the one who you refused to take.(though I have no idea who that Chinese man was. I just lied to this RD)

So I walked away and reported about the driver to LPKP. After that, less than one week, LPKP called me and asked me the details about the incident. Well, at least one of the government agency is doing their job efficiently. I have no idea what happened to the driver who I reported about. I just hope he learns his lesson. This is just one of the reason I feel that even with whatever increase made, the public transport here will always be at the same low level.

Luckily, I have my car to go around anywhere now.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

What is there to money and writing?

I just like to write. For me, writing is another form of expressing yourself. Maybe,this is the reason that I made this blog. I have always been shy to talk to other people so for me writing is a form which I can use to communicate. I am not a sweet talker so I was hoping that I can be a sweet writer. Is there such a thing?Oh well, I hope so.

Why do you like to write? When I write, I like to tell stories, to get people to forget other things and concentrate on my stories instead. There are already too many people writing about politics and bashing other people just to get noticed. That is why I write things other than that. Why would you want to read about politics when you can find it in the newspaper and news web portal? Why would you want to write about theories when people can find it in textbooks? Write about life instead, something that make people at ease and forget about their problems.

When I was in my first year at the university,we were given an assignment to write an article. When my work was submitted, my lecturer told my friends that I should be a writer for magazines or newspapers when she had a look at my article. I guess she was impressed but she never told me this personally. Maybe she doesnt want me to get big headed and I guess she is right on that part.

I treat writing as a hobby, but if get paid for it, it never hurts right? I already got a cheque for writing an article that was published in The Star.

Now, my earnings for Nuffnang ads have reached RM50.

To do something that you love and get paid for it, how wonderful can it be? Maybe I am just plain lucky.

So, where is that cash out button?Hmmm...

Friday, July 10, 2009

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim at UNiSEL

I was just a 12 year old boy when Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was detained and charged with ISA. I can still remember till now watching some breaking news about it and everybody seemed to be like in a commotion. I vividly remember it was NTV7 who covered the story first before other station networks started to cover about the detention. Some people call him as a liar while some call him as the one who can change it all.

So when he came to UNiSEL, I did not hesitate to come and watch him speak as I wanted to know what makes him so special that he could be the unifier of 3 parties who have different ideologies. The event was organised by UNiSEL SRC and Anwar Ibrahim Club (AIC) and was attended by many bigshots. Among those who came were YB Azmin Ali, YB Yusmadi, Tuan Haji Mustafa Kamil Ayub and YB Nik Nazmi. Not many universities are even allowed to have DSAI to come into the campus, let alone to talk to so many people. So I guess it was a job well done.

So these are the pictures from that night.

He was also accompanied by Datin Seri Azizah.

He knows how to attract people to listen to him, that is not some skill that can be acquired in an overnight.

I guess he is adored and admired by many people.

No matter whether by the men,

or the women.

Not only that, Datin Seri Azizah also spent some time to greet the students.

They were also accompanied by their two ever-smiling daughters.

Before DSAI came to UNiSEL, there are few quarters who opposed to this as they felt that politics should not be brought into universities. Well, I guess they are too caught up with AUKU it seems. There are already many politicians who came into universities and even schools to give talks, so why should this be any different? For me, we should open up our mind and listen to what people got to say. I have met many politicians in person, from Datuk Seri Najib who came to my school and Tun Abdullah who came to UNiSEL few years ago to meeting with YB Halimah and YB Lo'lo and now DSAI. I read News Straits Times but I also read Malaysikini. I watch TV3 but I also watch Al-Jazeera and Youtube. It all boils down to choices. Don't just stick to one medium and believe whatever it got to say. Open up to many choices and analyze on your own. I have always try to remain apolitical.

Maybe not anymore.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Tanjung Tuan Tranquility

I'm not working right now.And that's a good thing.After 4 tiring years,I should at least get some rest, shouldnt I? So off I went to Port Dickson with my parents as my dad had some course going on there and I just followed them to kill my time ( and because of bored staying at home). We stayed at PNB Ilham Resort which is quite ok la. The price rate for the room is not bad too. When I arrived there, I realized that next to the resort is the Tanjung Tuan Sanctuary where the famous Tanjung Tuan lighthouse is located. What a coincidence, I thought, as I brought my tripod along for that trip.

So the next morning I went up to the hill to get to the lighthouse.

Before you climb the hill, you have to register at the entrance should anything happen and they need to trace you.

Then, the trail. It is quite steep at the beginning but it got better when you are almost at the top. It can be quite tiring, so bring proper shoes before hiking, dont use slippers like I did.huhu

On the way up, you will see a signboard stating that the place is a migrating place for raptors. If you really like birds and want to watch the raptors, head there in March.

When you almost got to the top, dont even think that your climbing has ended. There are stairs there you would still have to climb to get to the lighthouse.

Then, the lighthouse. It's quite big and modern, unlike the one that was built five centuries ago. But visitors are not allowed to go into the lighthouse for security reasons.

Though it was tiring, the view from the top of the hill overlooking the sea is really breath taking. Looking at the endless sea is so amazing.

Staying at the resort : RM300 (though it was paid for by the government)

Toll and gas: RM50 (though it wasnt me who paid)

Drinking water: RM2 (though it was a complimentary drink at the room)

Getting to the top of the hill, drenched in my own sweat and looking at the spectacular view: Priceless.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Cats for adoption.

My family has always been fond of cats. If we were to choose an animal as our mascot,surely we would choose a cat. But now we have too many cats that we are giving some of them away for adoption. If you want to adopt these cats, just email me at azerak01[at} and tell me why you want to adopt the cats and what you are willing to do for them. That is easier than any slogan competition.hehe.

So here are the cats.

First of all, the kittens.

Its fur is black and white.

The second kitten has black and brown fur.

A picture after eating.

The next one is an orange kitten.

Hiding between the plants.

The last kitten is also an orange kitten, but this one has a pointy face.

You can also adopt their mother. Priority will be given to those who want to adopt all the kittens.

You must be able to come to Seremban with your own carrier if you are chosen to adopt the cat(s). I can send them to KL but you have to pay for the toll and gas money.

Happy adoption! :)