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UPDATE 9.57am 27th June 2007 - Distressing news. Official reports confirm that is was a murder-suicide. There's too many stories with too much speculation so I'll leave it at that. The question is - What was this quiet, dedicated man going through over the weekend which made him take the life of his family and himself? It was not a crime of rage as bibles were found next to the bodies.
Bart August just broke the news to me this morning. Chris Benoit the WWE Superstar passed away yesterday under tragic and mysterious circumstances. He and his family were found dead at their home when the police arrived when concerned colleagues couldn't reach him when he left the show early to attend to a family emergency.This is not how life is supposed to be. He was the quiet one. The one who would leave the special VIP rooms that we set aside for the World Wrestling Entertainment staff and talent whenever they came over for shows or promotional tours in Asia. He would instead make his way to the coffee house like any other guest and have his breakfast there. This is how i found him - a tough, ripped man, eating his 15 egg whites quietly in a corner at the Hyatt Hotel coffee house in Singapore. I left him alone the first day but had to ask if there was anything wrong at the VIP room. Instead he said he liked the quiet at the coffee house and invited me to have breakfast with him. Those who work with me know that i don't give a fuk for personalities and can spot a fake offer but Chris was genuine and so i did. We talked shop, the business side of wrestling and from then and every breakfast after that. And no, wrestlers are NOT all grunting Neanderthals waiting to rip off the heads off your cat or baby bunnies.
The introduction of servicing a car by lap top spelt the death knell for Ah Seng Motor Workshops all over the world.
It's a pity promotions for motor sports seems still lacking. We've got that 14 year old kid Jazeman that's kicking adult butt in the Formula BMW but the majority of Malaysians don't seem to get caught up or excited with the motor sports culture.
The little ray of sunshine that brought a smile to Bart August and warmed his evil, cynical heart...
The pit walks, grid visits and the Circuit Safari introduced by the organisers are just great to get people to get up close and personal to the teams and the soul of the sport. Yes, it does take some RMs to get that close but it's just forgoing just one night at Asian Heritage Row.
These girls are fantastic! They pose on queue, keep an eye out for anyone who is focusing a camera on them and they will strike a pose for the shutter bug, doesn't matter if you're a professional photographer or a kid with a camera phone. And they have that true to life Japanese girlish cutey action features that make you feel you're in a middle of an episode of Cardcaptor Sakura or if you're a perv, some Hentai action...
I do not know her name so I'll call her Kimiko. Kimiko IS going to be the mother of my children.
Really, she told me herself. When she comes back to KL. Next year. Maybe. And if her GT driver boyfriend doesn't shove an old spoiler up my ass...
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PERFORMANCE PRODUCTION CARS + SEX APPEAL = THE JAPAN GT
Having fun in the sun. The hot, swealtering sun...
No, this is not one of our overworked bus drivers moonlighting in the Japan GT but a brilliant piece of marketing called the Circuit Safari where paying members of the public ride around the track in a bus while the Japan GT race cars zip PAST AND AROUND the bus during their warm up laps! Fukin' awesome. Its RM150 a pop for about 2 rounds and they managed to fill 9 buses.
"See you again next year Malaysia!"
Special thanks to Bart August for scoring me the access pass!
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And below some shots from a religious stand point. From my scarce knowledge of Hindu and Buddhist mythology this looks like a group of Devas (gods) and Asuras (demons) tugging on a huge ass serpent/dragon thing that's curled around a huge ass rock with what might be Vishnu or his Krishna reincarnation doing the God Chill Out Pose.
Don't know if it's intentional but the dude in the middle looks like someone just told him he was NOT getting overtime for having to hold and tug at a giant snake for eternity! Sucker..
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This is the regular place we go to after our Janda Baik hikes and the food IS excellent - the Fresh Sea Food steamed platter is supposedly well known even for people in KL. We stick to the vegetable dishes that are very fresh, the Fish Baked in Salt (in Cantonese its goes something like Snow Mountain Fish thing...), the Braised Pork (or 4 edged or square pork), the kacang botol and the 'mikel" Fish. I have no idea what the flying fish is Mikel but it sort of tasted tuna-ish, maybe mackerel?
Anyway they don't speak English there and my attempts at Malay didn't help much so that is why I'm resorted to ordering in Cantonese. Which is actually quite stupid as I'm sometimes not sure if I've ordered mixed vegetables or tandoori fried horse! Well, anticipation is everything innit???
I just need to go back and verify the prices with someone who speaks proper Cantonese and not some Chindian hybrid of Cantonese/English/Malay or worse some Hokkien fellow attempting Cantonese! Anyway they charged us RM30 for 3 small pieces of lamb, RM18 for a pork dish, RM8 for herbal tea and RM30 for the Mikel Fish. I know sometimes when we go there we're not charged so much but i cant remember as the frequency on average is about every 3-4 months. Its sad if they saw the Irish boys and decided to charge us Tourist prices. Well if anyone wants to verify their prices for me you can find them behind the BP station (sorry, what's the new name after the Bousted re-branding?), about 50 meters before the tunnel that can take you the that French Village thing at Bukit Tinggi(if you're coming from the old Bukit Tinggi town. Or its the second turnoff after the Karak Highway tunnel (after Genting turnoff) and then I think you head towards the sign that says Bukit Tinggi and then you take the tunnel on your right.
I think the little girl who takes our order is the devil. The prices started going up since she came in and some of her recommendations are dodgy - Don't go for the Apollo - it's basically red chili shells and she only recommends the expensive dishes. And she's the one who broke me the news that kacang bottle is off the menu.
The banana orchard at the beginning of the trail.
The Fellowship of Leprechauns set forth to find the elusive Land of Kacang Botol.
The truck trail which can lead all the way to the Ulu Langat area. The mountain bikers have been able to make the journey in about 18 hours.
The kacang botol farm overlooking one of the valleys.
The Mat Salleh boys check out the kacang botol creepers with feigned interest.
Edward, 5 minutes before jumping into the most excellently cold water.
The stream actually used to run over the path on the left. Looks like the force of the rains has created a new stream.
Some red flower. Of course Gavin thought it was the Blood Orchid. Anyway it was interesting that it was growing in the shade among the undergrowth and not in the sunlight contradictorily to its bright colour.
Lalang and ferns creating a scene reminiscent of a couple of yachts at sea. Yeah, I'm so full of shit....
A dragonfly stopping itself from touching the water after seeing Jon stripping off and jumping into the stream...
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