Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Seriously there is NOTHING here. Please move along. I think I'm going to marry a local girl and buy some land here and then all you're going to get is grief from some grumpy pissed off Chindian.
Monday, April 28, 2008
It's going to be a rushed trip, far from my original plans of frolicking in the Luang Prabang hills and just chilling in some little cafe reading Kinky Friedman. I was so looking forward to visiting the newly discovered Mount Solo ;) But anyway let's see what happens.
Peekaboo has been briefed on work related matters but its kinda weird. I feel like someone who has forgotten something. Something's missing.
Didn't lock the car? Nope.
Soap in ears? Nope.
Little Johnny peeping out of opened zipper? Nop..Back boy! Back! Back I say!!! Whew...
I think its just the feeling of freedom setting in because that gnawing feeling is simply the realisation that there is nothing more on my mind but simply the thought of prepping myself for the next 5 days in a foreign country. The only things I'll be thinking about will probably be:
1. How to get from point A to point B
2. Where is the closest bar.
3. Hope the weather holds up.
4. Where is the closest bar.
5. Where to find a land mine shaped key chain and hope it's close to a bar.
Tomorrow I will head to the airport. The first flight that I will be taking in more than 6 months where work will NOT be on my mind. Somewhere along the way I will probably hum the Chantal Kravaziak version of 'Leaving on a jet plane' as is my habit when travelling. Hmm...think I'll start of the day with a roti canai and teh tarik at 30,000 feet.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Thought I'd share some more pics from Astronomy Picture Of the Day (APOD). Always the best balm to remind me that we are simultaneously insignificant micro organisms on a universal scale but at the same time we live on one helluva gorgeous beautiful planet that we are systematically destroying by the hour.
The picture above was taken from either the space station or a satellite. It was dedicated to the first man in space Yuri Gagarin. Oh yeah, this time around I've included some of the explanations from the team of professors at APOD. And I HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend you enlarge the pics to really appreciate these breathtaking shots.
Night sky from 13,500 ft. (about same height as Kinabalu Mountain!)
Say NO to light pollution!
Explanation: This sky is protected, the first lighting ordinance ever enacted, which restricted searchlight advertisements from sweeping the night skies above Flagstaff, Arizona, USA. Flagstaff now enjoys the status of being the first International Dark Sky City, and maintains a lighting code that limits lights from polluting this majestic nighttime view. The current dark skies over Flagstaff not only enable local astronomers to decode the universe but allow local sky enthusiasts to see and enjoy a tapestry contemplated previously by every human generation. The above image, pointing just east of north, was taken two weeks ago at 3 am from Fort Valley, only 10 kilometers from central Flagstaff. Visible in the above spectacular panorama are the San Francisco Peaks caped by a lenticular cloud. Far in the distance, the plane of the Milky Way Galaxy arcs diagonally from the lower left to the upper right, highlighted by the constellations of Cassiopeia, Cepheus, and Cygnus. On the far right, the North America Nebula is visible just under the very bright star Deneb.
Sunset from the International Space Station
Explanation: Today, the Sun crosses the celestial equator heading north at 0548 UT. Known as the equinox, the geocentric astronomical event marks the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere and autumn in the south. Equinox means equal night and with the Sun on the celestial equator, Earth dwellers will experience nearly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness. Of course, for those in the north, the days will grow longer with the Sun marching higher in the sky as summer approaches. To celebrate the equinox, consider this colorful view of the setting Sun. Recorded last June from the International Space Station, the Sun's limb still peeks above the distant horizon as seen from Earth orbit. Clouds appear in silhouette as the sunlight is reddened by dust in the dense lower atmosphere. Molecules in the more tenuous upper atmosphere are preferentially scattering blue light.
How come we don't get night skies like this?
My future bar WILL be called...
Explanation: NGC 4631 is a big beautiful spiral galaxy seen edge-on (top right) only 25 million light-years away towards the small northern constellation Canes Venatici. This galaxy's slightly distorted wedge shape suggests to some a cosmic herring and to others the popular moniker of The Whale Galaxy. Either way, it is similar in size to our own Milky Way. In this gorgeous color image, the Whale's dark interstellar dust clouds, yellowish core, and young blue star clusters are easy to spot. A companion galaxy, the small elliptical NGC 4627, appears above the Whale Galaxy. At the lower left is another distorted galaxy, the hockey stick-shaped NGC 4656. The distortions and mingling trails of gas detected at other wavelengths suggest that all three galaxies have had close encounters with each other in their past. The Whale Galaxy is also known to have spouted a halo of hot gas glowing in x-rays.
Inter-stellar Cam Whore
Orbiting Astronaut reflects EarthExplanation: Astronaut self-portraits can be particularly interesting. Visible in the above picture, working in from the outer borders, are the edges of the reflecting helmet of a space suit, modules of the International Space Station (ISS), the Earth, the arms of Expedition 15 astronaut Clay Anderson, and the digital camera used to snap the image. This picture was taken during the shuttle orbiter Endeavour's mission to expand the space station last August. The large curvature of the Earth appearing in the visor reflection is not the true curvature of our spherical Earth, but rather an artifact of the curve of the space helmet. Earth's horizon appears only slightly curved when viewed from the height of the ISS -- approximately 400 kilometers. The next space shuttle mission to the space station is currently expected to take place next month and includes the installation of the scientific Columbus Laboratory.
For more magic from APOD go HERE. For more pics from my earlier post go HERE.
Somehow after this the office politician seems less significant..
Friday, April 25, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
World Wrestling Entertainment's Monday Night RAW saw US presidential candidates Hilary Clinton, Barak Obama and John McClaine deliver taped messages during a special 3 hour special screening of Vince McMohan's flagship wrestling TV program in an effort to reach out to America's white collar males.
This was of course followed by an extremely hilarious in a extremely stupid sorta way(depending how many beers you had) when they had Obama and Clinton stand-ins take on each other in the ring to beat the crap out of each other.
Maybe BN candidates should have made appearances at the local Saturday Night Rempit Night Races or on Mambo Jambo nights at Zouk to try to reach out to younger voters? "C'mon Samy, sing it with me! "You to me are every thing, the sweetest vote that I can bring, oh Samy! OOOOH Samy...!"
Go HERE and HERE for more about the WWE and the US Prez candidates.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
The trail is relatively easy except for the river crossings. Relatively leech free on land (depends on weather I guess) but 2 of us picked up the freeloading hitch hikers when crossing the rivers. One for me and 2 for the Mat Salleh. Poor ulu kampong suckers never tasted Guinness fuelled blood before. Hehe!
GavOloon getting rid of his little blood sucking hitchhikers.
A Chiling Waterfall lizard chilling in the sun.
Some Chiling River bug that looks like the bastard love child of a roach and a scorpion chilling in a stream.
Chiling River Rocks! ;)
A balak chilling by the river.
Actually the entire hike up the Chiling River Fish Sanctuary is an experience of it's own. Not just thinking of the waterfall as the sole target of the trip. The river crossings, crossing jungle terrain and then jumping into the pool at the waterfall. The water fall itself is peaceful (depending if there are other groups about and there is much to see. Butterflies flit among overhanging ferns as the spray from the pounding waterfall spread out among the rays of the early morning sun that breaks through the thick canopy of trees above.
Breakfast or lunch in quaint KKB town is also a must. Or if you're familiar with the territory head to Ulu Yam for makan.
The place is open from Tuesday to Sunday.
Open from 8am to 6pm.
Info call - Selangor Fisheries at 03-55190169 or 03-551 90170.
Getting there : Take the scenic trunk road via Batu Caves/Batu Dam/Ulu Yam road or turn off at the Batang Kali exit if you're on the North South Higway and look out for signs to KKB. The hike up to the falls is about 50 minutes to an hour (one way).Go HERE for Google Map reference to Kuala Kubu Baru. After hitting KKB town just keep driving straight ahead and the entrance is about 15 minutes after the dam (depending on your speed la)
On the way back we stopped over at the Sungai Selangor Dam for a quick 'pit stop'. Nice.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
No Indian drama here. This is just officially filing away the last bits of whatever still reminds me of her and to move on. Plus she doesn't read this blog anymore so its easier to write. Although last year I thought she had stopped reading the blog too.
Anyway, I've stopped subconsciously looking over my shoulder to expect seeing her tapping away at her laptop on the dining table.
I've stopped waiting apprehensively for a sharp order for me to turn back to Gilmore Girls whenever I switch on wrestling on TV.
Not sure why I'm doing this but maybe it's just the simple fact that many songs still remind me of her. When they play on the radio or such I'm reminded of her. Not the pour-kerosene-on- myself-and-set-arse-on-fire emotional drama, just a simple memory while the song plays itself out on the radio.
So here goes:
Top 5 Songs that remind me of her:
1. Tears of Jupiter - she hates it now but she would sing it happily in the car whenever it came on the radio then. Always singing it happily. Nice sound that singing.
2. Aerosmith and Bon Jovi - She was a rocker at heart. Nirvana and also the Chili Peppers but she got me hooked on Aerosmith. Bon Jovi's only association with her is only because she had this insane crush on John Bon Jovi and would merajuk big time whenever I called him a skinny no ass pretty boy rocker.
3. If you needed somebody by Bad Company - OK one of those '80's ballads that I'm a sucker for. I used to like this song even way back when but the hook here is that her cousin is the lead singer of the band.
4. Superman by that band, whatsitcalled? 5 For Fighting? Stupid ass name byt anyway, this one is weird. Just that first reaction when she first heard it on the radio. She turned to me at the lyrics and said plaintively " Poor thing he." Chuckled and added, "loser." Yeah, this song pulls me back to that moment. Weirdopallooza man...
5. Soundtrack from One Fine Day - this Clooney/Pfeiffer movie album always seemed to play during the quieter moments in the apartment. Nice one especially at nights.
Then there is still some little fragments of moments in day to day situations that needs some fill-in-the-blank-action. Here goes:
1. When I'd return from any trip overseas the first message when my phone comes back to life would normally be, "You landed yet? Call me k?" Now the first message I get when I land in KLIA or the LCCT is "Welcome Home! Keep in touch with your friends and biz partners. Enjoy Maxis IDD rates..."
2. The inspiration and the predecessor for the Toy Bits posts of this blog - I used to pose some of my action figures on the bed with messages written for her that she would see when she got back from work(after I'd left for an extended trip). Just the standard I miss you but Spidey will take care of you, etc. On the day I get back, I would find a US Navy Seal humping an Army Ranger with a note saying, "Welcome back Moron!" :)
3. ...Um, well, looks like that's it really. No Top 5 moments. Just 2 only. Hmm... interesting.
So that's it.
End of this chapter.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
And the best stroke fest MUST the the Final Fantasy 'collabo'. Now TWO clowns with egos, sitting on the dock of the bay holding each other's dicks in their hands going - "
It reality its probably just the record labels attempts at subliminal marketing. When you're up against all them hot women running around with their bobos in full MTV glory, a gazillion Westlife remakes, and your OWN producers pushing their own albums then you just know you're in trouble, whether you're Neyo or Chris Brown. And holy shit! what is that in the distance gyrating with Timberlake? Its frikkin' Madonna man. Fuk that Ho be back. Better throw in more references to my self in the second single before the old bitch gets her marketing machinery up to speed or heaven help us, she drops another coffee book table on an unsuspecting public.
Yes, competition in the market place has made us desperate to reach out and make sure that clown on the streets remembers us. But. BUT I don't see the rockers, punk rockers, country singers, industrial rockers and even frikkin Celine Dion throwing out their names in song.
Billy Corgan - "I'm the King Pumpkin and all youse rappers are my Munchkins!!!"
John Legend - "You ladies come enjoy Heaven under the Legend..." coupled with some gelek gelek moves he likes to do.
Elvis - "The King gonna make you shake, rattle and roll!!!" - followed by some violent hip thrusts, like he's trying to shake off his balls.
Well it has worked. I wont buy a Sean Kingston album or an Akon T-shirt but I do remember them. It wont change my perception of them but they're there at the back of my mind, somewhere between 'file income tax' and 'trim nose hairs'.
So yeah, yay for subliminal messages...
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
I just got back after spending 5 hours in Hatta Soekarno Airport. Actually I got there 3 hours before my flight which was at about 6pm. After my 1pm meeting my hosts quickly bundled me into one of their cars to send me to the airport as they were afraid I would miss my flight as there is ongoing roadworks along the Priok highway and the normal journey to the airport from Jakarta is taking between 2 to 3 hours instead of the normal one hour. I got there in 45 minutes. AND found out that my flight was now RE-TIMED to 8.15pm.
I start running through the checklist of time killers:
1. Lap top battery time left - 2 hours. Check
2. Outline of 2 proposals to jot down in note pad - less than an hour. Check.
3. Have breakfast/lunch/tea - one hour. Check.
4. Back up Rm9 discount store book of unknown quality - one minute to 2 hours.
Then I stumble on a small foot reflexology booth- maximum 1 hour. Perfect. Check!
As usual the company web mail was acting up so I decided to just walk around the airport and take some pics to satisfy the millions and millions of fans of this compelling blog. layan lah its 2am and i cant sleep...
I've been told I have this thing for shiny light up things. Couldn't fit this into my back pack...
One thing I do miss in moments like this. That someone who I could call or play sms ping-pong when I was stuck in some far flung locale, twiddling my toes waiting for some piece of metal to drop out of the sky to pick me up and wing me back home.
It used to be cool even if I would get the somewhat reprimanding "eh so rich? Dont waste money. I'll wait up for you. Moron : )"
Damn, gotta get me one a those soon!