Monday, December 31, 2007

Goodbye VMY 2007 and Welcome Visit Indonesia Year 2008

So how was my 2007?

- Not to spend money on new gadgets, spend more time appreciating what I have in hand.
- Be a healthier person. Take care of my liver, cholesterol level and etc.

- I didn't buy new gadgets at all this year. Except for the PC which I am using now. I spent more time with the family, I think I managed to watch 1-2 Wifeys' movies this year.
- My health? I think I'm doing fine. Well the only medical check-up that I went for is the one for my onboarding to my new job. I'm working there now... so I think I'm healthy enough. Body weight? Hmm... I'll work on that next year lah.

Other achievements:
- Managed to shift to a better paying job.

The thing that I realized not until recently is how much we've travelled in 2007. Lets list them out:

1) Cameron Highlands 18022007
2) Kuantan 30032007
3) Kuala Terengganu & Kota Bharu 28042007
4) Awana Kijal 15062007
5) Port Dickson 28072007
6) Kota Kinabalu & Kundasang 23082007
7) Bandung 06092007
8) Hari Raya Trip back to Alor Star and Penang 14102007
9) Singapore 09122007
10) Penang 28122007

And this is only mentioning the trips that we went together (Wifey, Arianna and I). So basically at the age of 1 plus, Arianna has conquered 2 of the highest mountains in Malaysia, covered all the states in the East Coast (she even went to Kuantan twice), went to 2 overseas country and 2 islands. Not bad at all ... considering that she'll not remember a thing about all these trips in the future. And Wifey and I will have to go through all the trips all over again. Haha.

Holiday goals for 2008:
- Umrah
- At least 1 oversea trip covered by Air Asia.. haha
- Others will come naturally as the year goes by

Personal goal for 2008:
- To buy a gadget! A GPS unit. doesnt matter whether its a standalone unit, a PDA phone unit or a ICE unit.
- Better body weight + health. Do two full medical checkups!
- Love my wife and daughter more and much much more!

Enjoy your new year guys and gals!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Arianna's New Toy

Wanted to get this for her long time ago (since I joined the new job). Managed to get it for her yesterday at Babyland SS2. Costs RM169 - 10%.

Its a value for money buy. Now Arianna only wanna eat in the tricycle.

The tough part is to get her stop playing with it. Everytime we say, "Dah la eh.. kite rest dulu", she say something like, "Belum lagi... tak mahuuu" and last but not least," Ayah tolakkk".


Thursday, December 13, 2007

Christmas Sale in Singapore!

Yeah I managed to drive to another country! Took annual leave on Sunday (sounds crazy huh?), finished work at 7am that Sunday morning (it cant be any crazier than this) and off we (Wifey,Arianna and I) go to Singapore. We reached Pan Pacific Singapore at around 7.30pm. I wont go into much detail on the process of getting into the country where you cant buy or sell chewing gum (but you can chew them), any of you wanna go and need help on the procedures, just give me a call/sms/e-mail/video call etc etc.

So the first night there was spent at Mustafa Center. Something like Mydin in Malaysia.

Great thing about Singapore is that they try to connect all the nearby buildings together. For example for every 3-4 buildings, they'll have a MRT station. So Pan Pacific Hotel is connected to Marina Square which is connected to Suntec Convention Center which is connected to Raffles City which is connected to the City Hall MRT station. So on Monday we went window shopping at Marina Square and half of Suntec. At night we tried to stroll around Raffles City but most of the shops closed early (by 9pm). Since we are already at the MRT station, we went for dinner at Lao Pa Sat. Basically one stop away from City Hall. There's a food court there.

Food wise, we didnt managed to try all the special delicacies of Singapore such as Murtabak Singapore and Sup Tulang, but I managed to get some Sugarcane with lemon drink and the Ayam Penyet.

Tuesday - Arianna's day! Well at least we tried our best to make it her day. We went to Singapore Zoo;recognized as mong the best zoo in the world. My original plan is to travel the Travel and Living way by taking the MRT to a station nearby and continue the journey to the zoo by bus. But since the walk to the MRT station alone will take around 20 minutes or so and I do have a premonition that I'll be doing a lot more of "heavyweight power walking" at the zoo, we decided to take the cab there.

The admission fee is SD16.50 per adult. Child less than 3 years old admits free of charge. You can opt for the tram ride (add in SD5.00) but we didnt since we are so fit... apa la sangat 2 km punya track! I jog 5km daily nowadays.

The zoo trip was worth it. Pity Arianna that we woke her up so early in the morning that she slept half way of the zoo trip. But she managed to watch the Elephant show, the only animal that she was looking forward to see... and giraffe, but she's already asleep when we reached the giraffe section.

This guy greeted us when we first enter the zoo. Amazing that they let this animal roaming around the zoo on top of the trees without any cage jailing them.



Kangaroo feeding. SD5.00 additional per family to feed the kangaroo.
I wonder why Wifey insisted for me to put this picture in the blog. What I see is the staff is giving the kangaroo food to them, and Wifey is looking down to I dunno what, and Arianna is looking at I dunno what.

Kesian Arianna

The focal point of this picture the the pair of shoes that Im wearing!

They somehow made the kangaroo mad.

Last but not least.. the baboons!

Conclusion of the Singapore trip, the stuffs are expensive. My Timberland t-shirt costs RM99 in Malaysia is SD129 over there! People say don't convert the currency when you buy, but it doesnt make sense when the price is higher even comparing dollar to dollar right?

If you are earing your paycheck in Singapore Dollars, then the food is cheap. Starbucks coffee costs SD4-5 per cup. The Ayam Penyet (rice, plain soup and 3 pieces of chicken wings) costs SD4.

Well, maybe we are spoilt with the Bandung trip. But for sure we'll go there again. This time we'll set our mind to enjoy the tourist attraction in Singapore. We have Jurong Bird Park, Sentosa Island, Eye Of Singapore etc etc.

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