Saturday, February 27, 2010

Updates

I've been really busy lately. Since Sem 5 started, I haven't been able to get proper rest. Well, orientation has been going well. The first 2 days were a bit rocky but by the third day, I see progress and unity among the group members. I'm orientating group 11. They are known as the $mi11ion$. I really do hope that they'll continue to do their best until the end. (More updates later)

On the contrary, I was in Klinik Kesihatan Pedas for 2 days. I'm in the research team which consists of 9 people. I did my work and finished it asap so that I didn't have to come the next day. However, there were some issues which I'm not exactly pleased about. For example, why did I have to go back the next day just to do one survey to help out the other division in the group? It's different if there were to be more. Not only was it a waste of time, but to wake up that early to travel to KK Pedas, wait in the clinic for 2 hours and get a resident to fill up the survey in 10 minutes and come back... well, it's not what I had in mind.

I heard that other groups had to go to their clinics on the second day to wait for 2 hours before coming back although nothing needs to be done. Why do they go then? I suppose it's because if they do not take the bus, then the bus driver would report to the university saying that the students decided not to go and that is when students may or may not get into trouble. Sometimes, people find it hard to believe that a total of 250 surveys can be done in a day. It CAN be done, it's just how you do it. So, this just wastes fuel, time and effort of not only students but also the bus driver himself.

It has just been one week and I am facing some difficulties myself. Not only have I been giving people a hard time, but people have been giving me a hard time too. I guess, it is a vicious cycle. But, you've got to understand that when I give someone a hard time, it is solely on work/studies alone. On the other hand, people are giving me a hard time in friendship issues. Yesterday, while I was looking through the namelist of everyone in my batch, I came to realised that while I may have many friends (knowing people), I don't exactly have a clique (people to hang out with). I did, but now, I no longer do.

Things are complicated. I wouldn't say that I wish they weren't because had it not been like that, I wouldn't have realised a few things about my friends which I never knew. There are a few positive ones and mostly, they are negatives. Whatever comes, comes, right? I'm thankful for I've got friends who have been asking if I'm okay and yeah, I'm alright. I'm fine. I always am. :)

Monday, February 22, 2010

Bangkok: Day 3 (Part 2)

As promised, the pictures from my tour. The trip to the floating market took 1 1/2 hours. O.O It's sooo long.
..We sat in a boat like this one and ride it until the floating market but not into the market itself..
..It was pretty scary as it rocked from right to left and I felt as if the boat was going to turn over at anytime..
..I couldn't be happier after I stepped on ground. The water stinks and it's dirty. It splashes along the ride. Eww. I know..
..The floating market..
..From another angle at the bridge..
..Souveniers..
..So many people selling so many different things but none were my cup of tea..
..A lady preparing kuey teow soup I think..
..Fruits! But it ain't hygienic..
..Spices which ain't that cheap..
..A cameraman who was filming the whole market..
..I spotted this! Do you know what those black dots are? They are FLIES..
..There were many tourists and quite a number took the sampan into the "heart" of the floating market..

I couldn't wait to get out of there. Not only was it hot but it wasn't exactly an enjoyable experience to me.
..Everyone had lunch at some sort of restaurant near the zoo. There was an elephant show but it's not paid for in the package..

After that, we went to the Rose Garden which has more elephants and they perform the same thing every hour or so. There were elephant rides too.
..This huge elephant suddenly came towards the crowd and they were trained to get tips from the tourists using its trunk..
..Somehow I had the feeling that animals aren't meant for shows but people find pleasure in seeing them..
..Next was the cultural show in a big hall..
..There were dances, drum playing etc..
..Besides martial arts using the swords, they also demonstrated the famous muay thai boxing..
..Then, there were more dances..

Our final destination was a gem factory of which a white gold bracelet costs RM40k and above. O.o So, obviously, from the whole trip, it was just sight seeing and getting cheap souvenirs.

If you ask me, I don't think the tour was worth it. But, it is a once in a lifetime experience. I know how it's like and I doubt I'll go for it again. Part of the reason is because while the tourists bring us to many places, they don't exactly pay for our tickets. There are many extra activities that can be done provided we pay it ourselves. It is as if they only bring us to a place and that's it. However, lucky for us, lunch was provided. The cultural show which didn't show much was apparently 500baht. =.=

#21

First day of class starts tomorrow and I'm like a kid who hasn't been to school before. What I mean by that is that I'm nervous and stressed a little about how I'm going to cope with my things. I've been looking at the timetable and sorting the time for orientation and dance practices. I know it's a little crazy in joining these things. So, why did I do it? I believed I would be able to manage my time well and I believed that I can do what I thought was impossible. Now, I doubt myself but I will still believe. Things are going to get rough for the next 15 weeks and I believe I will survive.

Class starts at 8am. It's going to be a long day ahead...!

Friday, February 19, 2010

#20

I'm going back tomorrow! :) Morning flight. My stay has been nice so far. I'll write more when I'm back in M'sia and of course, with more pictures too. I hope I don't bore you readers with the content of this blog. Until then, have a nice day!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Bangkok: Bag slashed =/

I came back pretty late last night. M'sia time: midnight, Bangkok time: 11pm. I visited the night bazaar again. My family and I decided to walk there as there was traffic during that time and since we could walk, why not?

It was a really long walk and thank God because He kept my family and I safe. I believe someone tried to pickpocket my mum's bag.
It is a clean cut and it's a long one indeed. It is a good thing that this bag has got 2 layers and so, nothing was lost. After looking a little deeper, I realised that the second layer was torn too but not big enough to put 2 fingers in. It's probably done with a penknife. I use one myself quite often and that's probably one of the only tools that's commonly used (as we see it in dramas). My mum was in shock for a while after the panic. My dad was panicking as well because he thought everything in the bag was lost. But, thankfully, no.

So, where did it happen? Well, we're not entirely sure. It could be at the night bazaar or it could have been at the overhead bridge as we walked to the night bazaar. The latter is more likely as there are fewer people. Yet, it happened and it's not necessary to keep on focusing on the past. From now on, we're taking extra precautions. I kept a distance a few feets away ahead of my mum and I think this wouldn't have happened had I stayed near her the whole time.

God has been answering my prayers. I'm just really thankful right now. :)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Bangkok: Day 3 (Part 1)

I would like to upload more pictures but I guess I'm saving it for later. I was on a full day tour to a few places like the floating market, Rose Garden which doesn't have any roses but elephants, snake farm of which I didn't go in to watch the show and the Gem factory.

For those of you who have been following my blog, I'm feeling much better now that I'm no longer having gastric. Today, something new hit me and that was diarrhea. I know I should know better about the anti-motilities but there were no pharmacies at places I passed because it's out of town. On top of that, I can't remember the types and drug names. My brother said that the purging will eventually stop. Did it? Well, I guess to a point, it has. 9 times in 1 day is difficult to manage as I had to hang on until the next stop.

I still haven't got the chance to taste the tom yum. I was so tempted to do so during lunch (buffet) but then, I decided not too just in case matters worsen and I wouldn't like that. I sticked to soup. Lucky for me, there's Chinese herb soup, clear soup etc and they become my meals. No more fruits for me. Fruits were yesterday...

Anyway, I've got to call it a night as I've got to get up early. Pictures will come soon! :)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Bangkok: Day 2

I've got acute gastroenteritis. I had headaches and nausea. The nausea was terrible. It was my first time having it that bad. But, I'm all better now because I sticked to my meds and fruits are my main meals. No rice or noodles, no fried and oily stuff because it makes me want to vomit all the time.

I forced myself out to walk down the street. There was a lion dance and some performances by the locals. I didn't get to watch it because I was sitting by the side. My parents went to have a look.
..The locals and some tourists offered their prayers..
..They kept on stacking the flowers which comes with the joss sticks..
..One of the performances..
..Traffic light! ^^ This is one of the most visited traffic lights from me. haha. That's because I've got to pass it to get back to the hotel..
..Me, right outside Central World Mall. Yeap, I'm wearing a cardigan. Yes, it was hot but I was still not feeling so good..
..Had to have brunch because breakfast ain't provided..
..It's interesting how most of the malls either use the coupon system or the card system. All you have to do is give them the card and they'll charge you of which you'll have to pay later..
..What did I have? Only coconut water. I couldn't take anything else..
..Zen is something like Metrojaya or Robinsons in MidValley. Every level displays different items..
..The people here celebrate CNY too but not as lively as it is in M'sia..
..There's more FOOD! But they were too oily and most of the things were fried, if not, barbequed which made me nauseous. So, I didn't get any food from here..
..Yet, I believe if I could, I would have tried everything..
..Okay, maybe not everything because some things have way too much colouring or looks weird..
..Satay!! :) I had something like that on the plane which came with fried rice..
..I have no idea what this guy was making but it looks like glutinous pastry or something, I don't know. The light green colour reminds me of melon flavour. hehe..
..Wanna fight? Think again because there's the Fruit PUNCH and it's fresh! I know, it's lame. haha..
..One look and I knew I didn't want to try this even if I could..
..These looked nice. I've forgotten what they're called in English =.= ..
..Oooh, I loveeee this! But, my mum didn't get it in the end. I don't know why though. Taking this once in a looooong while is okay but not all the time..

After that, I went to PLATINUM MALL.
It reminds me of Bukit Bintang. Things over here are CHEAP because the more you buy, then, you'll probably get to buy it at a wholesaler's price. I would have taken pictures but then, it's not allowed. Even taking pictures in Central Mall wasn't allowed. Things in Central Mall are a bit pricey. But, they offer good services.

Tomorrow's the "tour" day. I hope I don't have to walk around a lot because I thought I was going to get arthritis from all the walking. Plus, I've got to wake up at 5am (Malaysia: 6am). I hope it'll be funn! :)

Monday, February 15, 2010

I am IN Bangkok!

It has been a long time since I last flew to a country for a holiday. The last time I went for a vacation was when I was in Form 4 and that was to Africa. KLIA has changed a lot since then. It was nice to have a look around again. I'm hoping that I would be able to go to Australia some day with my friends or somewhere else. I've never been there before.

Anyway, enough talking, more pictures... (if you're interested) KLIA has a beautiful framework if I may say so. The architecture is amazing and I appreciate it even more now as compared to when I was younger. I took the Aerotrain and got to the other side of the airport. I had a look at a few duty free items especially chocolates!

..Things in here were pretty cool. Malaysian stuff. Some were so cute that I wanted to get it but no point because I don't exactly need it..
..The Aerotrain. It's ORANGE :)..
..Nooodles? or Noodles?..
..Pretty lights..
..Waiting outside the Gate. This was where I was blogging earlier..
..I'm all prepped and I even bumped into Li Ling! I look like a reporter when I carry my camera around. I saw a few others with cameras too but they were Nikons. Mine's a Canon..

..Teddies! I love them!..
..I've got the Window seat :) But the window was kind of dirty..
..Felt like I was in a cotton candy.. Only thing was that it's blue and not pink..
..The sun was shining so brightly and it was sooo hot that I had to close the window cover..
..There was this HUGE plane beside mine after I landed..
..The airport. Nearly everything is blue..

The taxi driver drove super fast. I thought my heart nearly stopped from the tachycardia. O.O

..A heart shape arrangement at the lobby of the hotel I was staying in. After all, it is VALENTINE'S DAY..