Friday, July 30, 2010

Backpacking Again??!!

I have a window of opportunity to go backpacking for 7 days from 12th august to 19th august which is on hari raya ketiga . The proposed route is either to go to Vietnam or LAOS by land from KL . I had done LAOS by land and we are thinking to do the vietnam route . But we are not sure wheter 7 days would be enough .

If my colleague had ask me 4-5 years back would i joined him , then my answer is definitely YES . Now i'm 50-50 wheter to go or not . The main obstacle for me now is not that i'm afraid to face the adventure . I love the adventure and the adrenalin rush of finding your own way in a foreign land , not knowing where you might end up next or the possibility of getting lost along the way . I live my life for that kind of adventure . The real obstacle is not seeing JR for 7 days.I'm not sure if i'm ready for that .

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Ayah !! pinjam RM 10

Nak Pinjam RM 10 , Boleh Tak ?Ceritanye bermula begini .....seorang bapa pulang ke rumah dalam keadaan letih disambut baik olehanaknyayang berusia 7 tahun. Sambil mengangkat briefcase ayahnya, sianak itubertanya kepada ayah.....
Anak: Ayah...ayah.. boleh Amin tanya satu soalan?
Ayah: Hmmm....nak tanya apa?Anak:
Ayah...berapa pendapatan ayah sejam di pejabat?
Ayah: Itu bukan urusan kamu, buat apa sebuk-sebuk nak tanya?Si ayah mula menengking.
Anak: Amin saja nak tahu ayah... Tolonglah beritahu berapa pendapatanayahsejam di pejabat?Si anak mula merayu pada ayahnya.
Ayah: 20 ringgit sejam.. Kenapa nak tahu?Jerkah ayahnya lagi.Anak: Oh..20 ringgit..Amin menundukkan mukanya.
Anak: Ayah.. boleh tak bagi Amin pinjam 10 ringgit dari ayah?Si ayah mula menjadi berang dan berkata, "Oh, itu ke sebabnya kamu tanyapasal pendapatan ayah? Kamu nak buat apa dengan duit tu? Mintak sampai10ringgit? Nak beli mainan lagi?? Ayah penat-penat kerja cari duit,kamusenang-senang nak membazir ya.. Sudah, pergi masuk bilik.. tidur!Dahpukulberapa nih...!!"Si anak itu terdiam dan perlahan-lahan dia kembali kebiliknya.Si ayah duduk di sofa sambil memikirkan mengapa anaknya yang sekecil itumemintaduit sampai 10 ringgit. Kira-kira 2 jam kemudian, ayah kembalitenang dan terfikir kemungkinan besar anaknya benar-benar memerlukanduituntuk keperluan di sekolah kerana anaknya tak pernah meminta wangsebegitubanyak sebelum ini.Dengan perasaan bersalah, si ayah melangkah menuju kebilik anaknya.D ida pati anaknya masih belum tidur."Kamu benar-benarperlukan 10 ringgit?Nah.. ambil ni" Si ayah mengeluarkan sekeping duit kalermerah.Kanak-kanakitu segera bangun dan tersenyum girang."Terima kasih banyaklahayah!"Laludia mengangkat bantalnya dan mengeluarkan sekeping note 10 ringgit yangsudah renyuk terhimpit oleh bantal. Bila ternampak duit itu, siayahkembali berang."Kenapa kamu mintak duit lagi sedangkan kamu dah ada duit sebanyakitu??Dan dari mana kamu dapat duit tu??"Amin tunduk... tak berani diamerenung ayahnya. Sambil menggenggam kemas duit itu, diamenerangkan......"Duit ni Amin kumpul dari belanja sekolah yang ayah bagihari-hari tu.Amin minta lagi 10 ringgit kat ayah sebab Amin tak cukupduit...""Tak cukup duit nak beli apa??"Jerkah ayahnya lagiAyah.... sekarang Amin dah ada 20 ringgit.. Nah..ayah ambil duit ni.Aminnak beli sejam dari masa ayah di pejabat tu. Amin nak ayah balik kerjaawalesok. Amin rindu nak makan malam dengan ayah.."Jelas Amin tanpamemandangwajah ayahnya...
I was ask by one of my colleague on why i did not pursue with my postgraduate study and do my professional certification since the majority of my collegue had done it . The story above is my answer . I normally arrived home from work at 8pm . By 10 pm my daughter usually fall asleep . She wakes up at 8 am only to find her mummy and daddy gone to work. On average i only spent only 2 hours per day with my daughter . This is obviously not enough . I really treasure every minute that i spend with my family and no amount of money could buy the time that i lost with my daughter . I don't care if i didn't get promoted due to lack of professional qualification and etc. The time that i spend with my family is priceless.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Gerbang Malam , Ipoh

Gerbang Malam is a very popular night market in Ipoh selling mostly cheap bundle item . Without Gerbang Malam , Ipoh would definitely be a boring city at night . Gerbang Malam gives you the reason to explore the city at night.The night market is located at Jalan Tahwil Azhar or besides the Bank Simpanan Nasional and open from 7 pm to 2 am.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Update on JR

JR is fastly becoming like her dad , Suka jalan-jalan and cannot duduk diam one . She is feisty and for a one year old she had travel quite a lot also . She had grow up very fast , it seems like yesterday that she used to be that little baby girl that used to sleep in my arm.Time flies in warp speed when you have a baby.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Gunung Lang Recreation Park , Ipoh

view from the jetty
man made waterfalls

boat to the park
glimpse of the park
my wife
my family

the park

Follow my instinct and travel beyond the ridden path and found this place during my recent visit to ipoh. This place was not listed in the perak tourism website nor it was listed in the tourism map commonly found at the hotel lobby although this park was maintained by the state government .Truely this place was an underdog , from my observation there was only one signboard directing you to this place although it was located less than one kilometer from the north south highway exit. When i first arrived , i was nearly fooled by the simplicity of its entry gateway and the first statement that come from my mouth was "tempat ni biasa je ni , macam takde apa sangat ni , malaslah nak singgah" . Lucky i had made that pit stop or else i would never had found this unique place.

Honestly this place got a lot of potential and i could say that it was one of its kind in Malaysia as far as i know.It was very unique due to the fact that the park was located in an enclave of limestone hills and separated by a vast natural lake from its entrance.From the entrance you will only see a small jetty . There was no notice board saying that there is a big park at the other end of the lake and i had initially thought that the jetty was meant for water recreation purposes . The park was slightly hidden from the jetty and the only way to go there was by boat( rm 3 for a two way journey for adult).

The journey will took you approximately 10 minutes across the lake . The view of the limestone hill was awesome . There was nothing much that you can do here rather than strolling around and marvel the natural beauty of this area. Yep there was an ostrich and deer kept in a cage but i felt it was out of place here . The focus should be more on landscape rather than an animal park and you should let loose the deer for more thrill . There a a few traditinal malay house in this park but honestly the house got no soul and plastik . If you want to showcase a traditional malay house at least you should put some effort towards it , a good example on how things should had been done is the KAMPUNG BUDAYA SARAWAK. Again this place got a lot of potential but very little was done to promote this area.
**message to the PERAK state goverment - please wake up and spruce up that place . You got an unpolished gems here .Gunung Lang is indeed unique. Need to put up more sign boards especially at the highway to divert some traffic to this area.
Overall experience - B+

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

On Becoming a millionaire!?

I Guess that everyone had dreamt on becoming a millionaire. When i was a kid i would dreamt on becoming a millionaire.Sometime i would spent hours thinking what it would be like if i could buy anything that you wish in this world. As i grow up , i would then realised that making your first million is not as easy as i would think .
Now 8 years on working , the thought of making my first million slowly dissapear , but not completely though . What i have now compare to what it would be like if i have one million cash??..hmm , looking at my life now i guess that i do not need one million . I have my wife which i love the most and seeing my daughter laugh while playing hide and seek is enough to make me feel like a billionaire . I feel blessed , no amount of money in the world could buy me pure happiness . Some people work their ass up so that they could earn more money which they think would make them happy , it's not a sin to work hard but some people just don't realised that what they are looking for in their life is actually there just besides them.
Happiness is a state of mind , you can't tell a farmer that they are less succesful just because they earn less than you are . They might even led a more meaning life than you are . So you tell me would you feel better if you have one million cash stash away in your bank account???