Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Sailing lesson

I had always wanted to learn how to sail . The feeling of being able to move freely assisted by a clean free energy had always enticed me into sailing.I had always imagined myself as pierce brosnan in a role that he played in Thomas Crown Affair - a good looking billionaire with a sense of adventure, minus the good looks and money of course , ha ha. There is a certain charm and persona associated with  sailing and i recently got a chance to experience it .

We were told to meet captain ali in a Marina in pulau indah where he gave an introductory lesson on the basic of sailing . He pre warned us that this is not a leisure trip and we were expected to work on board as only by doing that you learn . 

After around one hour of assembling the main main sail and etc we started our journey . Unfortunately there's not much wind but we manage to cruise slowly from pulau indah to port klang . Along the way , the captain taught us a few basic knot which were essential for sailing . The journey took us 4 hours to pulau indah and all of us took turn manning different function of the yacht . From zero knowledge on sailing we did learn a lot from this trip , enough knowledge to be able to explain to my kids how sailboat works and a bragging right of " been there and done that". 

My Bucket list

Wowww!!! it had been two years since i last updated my blog . Nothing had changed , still passionate about travelling , food and seeking new adventure . Off late , i had created a bucket list and life suddenly become more exciting!!. The adrenalin rush and the feeling of self accomplishment whenever i manage to tick a listing in my bucket list is indescribable . How i wish i could start this earlier but better late than never . 

The list is not static , it kept on expanding from the initial 4 to the present number.Working life had been boring and dull , lucky i have my bucket list to restore back the yin and yang in my life , yyyeeeaaaa!!!!!!.

i'm happy to say that i had done 30% of the item.

Here we go.........

volunteerworks for the needy
volunteerworks at zoo negara
cycling to pd
cycling to penang/taiping
learn scuba diving
kayak *12
kayak in taman negara
diving with sharks
learn how to sail
learn dolphin kick freediving
gunung kinabalu
1.5 km swim
travel to lhasa
trekking in himalaya
visit  pyramid of giza
learn third language
take a long cruise
alaskan king crab
egyptian museum
african safari
fly a single engine aircraft
penang bridge run
perth to sydney train ride
ramadhan in medan
learn to ski
join coral propagation program
ride a helicopter
visit portugal
advanced diving
go to artic circle
travel to canada
ballon ride over bagan
japan okinawa aquarium-jetstar
drive a tank in brisbane
visit niagara falls
diving in pulau layang2
diving great barrier reef
diving whale shark
take a horseriding lesson
driving trans europe
take rescue diver course
take advance diver course
take up uw photography course
diving sipadan
diving LOB
enter photo competition

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Train ride from bangkok to chiang mai

I had travel extensively all over thailand via train previously but unfortunately most of it was done before blogging exist.Previously i do not document my travel and photography was at a minimum as to develop a photo is quite expensive .I really dreaded not documenting my travel as i had forgotted all the fine detail of my travel.
Due to shortage of time i took a morning flight to bangkok straight away went to hualomphong train station to purchase my train ticket to chiang mai . I was told by the attendant that he recommend the 1935hrs  train as it was more comfortable and most of the tourist prefer this train . True enough , 95% of the passengger was mat salleh .
The train ride was smooth and quite relaxing actually . The rocking motion of the train act as a lullaby and i feel as if i'm in a baby crib. The most amazing part of the trip is when the train run alongside fast rapids , i was told by the train conductor that giant mahseer is abundant in this area and it's a popular fishing area for locals.The train traverse vast area of paddy fields,almost hours and hours of paddy field.I was told initially that the train journey will took 13 hours but it end out taking 16 hours.
All in all travelling via train in thailand is very safe and i would recommend it to everybody to try it at least once.
Hualomphong train station
4 hours before reaching chiang mai
sleeper cabin :at night they will convert to sleeping area
chiang mai train station

Monday, May 06, 2013

Restoran Ratha , kari kepala ikan Raub

Good things will only come to people who search for it. Well this is very true for my case when i drove 2 hours to sample the famous Raub fish head curry.Strange enough , i got to know about this place from a blogger friend of mine who is a 'mat salleh' and after googling around this place is actually quite famous .The sultan of pahang frequented this place and it's almost a sure indication that this place must be very special.
We opted the longer route to raub via fraser hill and after 2.5 hours of driving we reach the small town of raub.In comparison Raub is just a small town , as big as sg buloh and you can see the restaurant clearly on your left as you enter the town from bentong direction.
The restaurant is quite small but the abundance of newspaper clippings and photos of VVIP around the shop is a clear indication of something special.
We ordered the fish head curry (around rm 45 ) and true enough it's just out of this world.The gravy is very thick with a strong curry and coconut milk flavour.Everything is in proportion , the amount of spice , coconut , fish flavour and etc. I had been to alot of famous places claiming to serve the best curry but nothing come close to this place.the whole family really enjoy the curry and i could see my family including myself slurping the gravy as it was a chicken soup.I gave a double thumbs up for this place , infact i had already been there twice in a span of 1 month . he he.

Restoran Ratha
No. 82, Jalan Tun Razak,
27600 Raub,
Pahang, Malaysia.
Tel: 09-3561651 / 019- 930 5577

Sunday, May 05, 2013

It's Polling Day

The 13th General election could be term as the mother of all general election.I casted my vote at one of the secondary school in Sg Buloh , the voting process went on smoothly with nil hooligan unlike the previous general election.Hopefully everything went on well and by midnight we should be able to get the results. Jr is very curious and follow me into the polling station .She also insisted to be mark with indelible ink as a proof that she had voted. At home she bragged about how she had voted in the general election to her atok and opah.