Wednesday, September 30, 2009

I love food!

Last week, I went down to a restaurant across the river for dinner. The special thing about this restaurant is that it serves some of the most traditional Foo-Chow home-cook dishes which can be found in Sibu. We usually call this places "Sam Bah" which means village in Sibu and the ride there will take around 30 minutes through very dark roads and passing many factories but in the end, it is all worth it because the food there is delicious and considerably cheap (for Sibu standards that is).

First we have, pork fried with plum sauce.


"Ang Jao" deep fried chicken.


Yam soup (Foo Chow style).


"Siew Mai" (meat dumpling)


Fried Cangkuk Manis with egg.


And "Da Tou Xia" (Big Head Prawns) omelet.

This is one of the reasons why I love coming back to my hometown every holiday. Well, anyone interested? Make your way down to Sibu and I will bring you down to the place because I totally forgotten the name of the place. Well, my holiday in Sibu is almost over because I am going back on Sunday. *sigh* Oh well... Hoping for the best... Hmmm... Seem to be forgetting about something.... I wonder what it is.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Red-light district....


Got tricked by the title above? Well, its true in a way, it's not the "Red Light District" like Chow Kit or anything; it was just that that part of town was lit with red lanterns which turned the whole street red for the night. The night before last was the opening ceremony of Sibu's mooncake festival at the Sibu Chinese pagoda.


There were many people that night.

While the Dato-Datins gave their opening speeches, I decided to walk around since the whole place was open to the public and there were many traditional lanterns which were lit and looked beautiful at night.
Old Lanterns

Wooden lanterns.

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Paper lantern...


Loud drums to signal the turning on of the lights and the fireworks.


Fireworks
*Boom boom and sparkle*

I must say I am quite impressed by how many events we have to celebrate the traditional festivals in Sibu, no matter the race and religion. I MISSED THE HARI RAYA BAZAAR! Though the government here sucks (say a lot and do nothing), they love using these celebrations and events to grab people's attention and hopefully get people to vote for them. My only wish is that they do put the money into good use.


The opening ceremony involved lighting up this dragon.

Rawr
Vibrant colours lighting up the town.

After hanging around the Pagoda area for awhile, decided to walk to the Sibu gateway where the lanterns led the people to where when one arrives, they will be greeted by even more lanterns.
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The colours were just so beautiful but the only problem is.... The lanterns are not arranged properly so it looks kind of messy.



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But overall, the colourful lights are delightful (though it made the place look like a red-light distict). But who can blame them? It is still a tradition we uphold but due to the modern Oops, red lanterns or a red lit area becomes something so negative.


Highlight of the festival might be this. The symbol of my hometown.

"I love my country (hometown) but I hate the people running it" AaronC 31/8/09

Friday, September 25, 2009

My love is going to the hospital (again)

Damn, when I thought I can enjoy my holidays this holiday by going out and take photos with my beloved camera, it just broke down (literally) on me unexpectedly and needs to go to the hospital again...


My heart is so broken... Why did this happen to me??

DAMN!!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Gathering with old school mates


I just touched down in Sibu yesterday and tonight, I had a gathering with some of my old school mates. Just in time because they are all leaving for their respective Universities. Some are in Japan (2 actually), one in U.S.A., one in India (JO JO), 2 in U.K. and the rest from K.L. (including me).
Not many photos but it was a memorable night. We started out at this Korean BBQ place near Paramount hotel with some steamboat/BBQ thingy. Chit chatted and catch up on our where-a-bouts while enjoying the "spread"(inside joke). Yes, the place was sort of warm so Ian provided us with cold jokes to chill the place.

The group... All 13 of us.


The girls.

The night progressed and before I knew it, we were on our way to Muhibah for desert and supper. Imagining having just finishing dinner a half hour before and having supper straight after.
At Muhibah, we headed to stall number 5 which according to the rest sells the best "Shui Guo Bing" (literal translation, Fruit Ice or in correct terms Fruity Shaved Ice Desert with jelly) in town. Though we just had our dinner, some ordered some fried snacks. One even ordered a plate of "Kampua" and he even dubbed himself as the "Kampua" King.


"Kampua" King (Ian Eng): "Stay away from my bowl of "Kampua"!!!"

Oh yea, an advice to those who wish to go there to eat the desert because the Aunty at stall 6 (Liasing with stall 5) will ask you why you order food from other stall and not her's and will force you to order a plate of snacks from her; and not in a polite way. But I guess business is bad so she had to do that and maybe she is just cranky because she is old (my speculations that is).

Waited for nearly half an hour for the drink to arrive (Imagine having to make 12 bowls of this and that there were other customers besides us) and when it finally did, everyone was smiling and glad it was finally out. Conversation resumed and I found out that for my batch, there were actually many engineers and lawyers in the making which is a good thing just in case I get sued one day or if I need someone to help calculate the crazy designs to be built. Right?(Just joking guys and gals.)



The verdict... Yep, its one of the best I had in Sibu so far. Not too sweet and plenty of fruits and jellies inside. Anyone can guess how much is one bowl with and without peaches?

Great fun and great memories. Some of whom I haven't met since I finished F5 which was 4 years ago. Nice to be able to meet up with them once again. Too bad they are going back soon. See you in another 4 years or so. Hopefully the SMK Methodist Alumini will plan something in the future. Can't wait to see what everyone has become since leaving school....

Now I suddenly feel very old....
*Wallow in self thoughts*

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

its "Beautiful"



Chorus:
In my shoes, just to see
What its like, to be me
Ill be you, lets trade shoes
Just to see what id be like
To feel your pain, you feel mine
Go inside eachothers minds
Just to see what we'd find
Look at shit through eachothers eyes
Don't let them say you aint beautiful
They can all get fucked just stay true to you
Dont matter saying you aint beautiful
They can all get fucked just stay true to you

Am back in Sibu and enjoying myself on the first day back. Had lunch and had an amazing 3 hours nap; no worries on due dates and idea blocks. All I can think about now is meeting up with friends and chilling with my family. Am so gonna walk around town to look for inspiration for my final project. Friends, Chilling, Family... Who can ask for more? Well, got my condition letter from Melbourne University, Deakin University and University of Tazmania.... And a sudden dejavu hits.. Leaving further and further from home......

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Steamboat at Summers Bandar Sunway, 18/09/09

After all the hard work, it was time to celebrate by hanging out and just having fun. Didn't hang out with the usual gang because most of them went back or already made plans. Well, no matter, we decided to "BUKA PUASA" with Zaki and Najat at Summers. The steamboat place we went to for Darren and Wai Sie's birthday. We reached there right on time to "Buka" and it was Najat who started putting all the food in.
She just couldn't wait.

It was a very simple dinner. Just chilling and hanging out and eating. Me, Gordon, Li Qun, Najat, Zaki and Becca waited and ate for an hour before the rest arrived. They were late due to traffic jam and rain. What a perfect weather for steamboat!

Dinner was great. Plenty of food. Plenty of jokes and chit chats and no leftovers. Finished everything. Yum yum!

For desert, ice-cream and more ice-cream!

After dinner, it was the typical photography session where many pictures were taken; group photos and all.


We had funny pictures....
Plain odd ones.

And normal ones of course.

And this is our group photo. Taken with Daphne's digi-lomo camera.

And of course, the self-interpretation photo. HAHA.

After dinner, headed for Starbucks and chilled there while enjoying the cool night breeze. Didn't order anything but we had a lot of fun just talking and relaxing. Man, going to miss these moments next year when we all go out separate ways. Thanks guys for the wonderful night.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Love... Love... Love....

Well, sort of rummaged through some old photos of the past and found this picture. It was taken by me 2 months before entering architecture schoolback in 2007 and one month before ever starting my first relationship. Ahh.. That sounds interesting right? Well, not going into that.

The first time I ever wrote about this topic was when I was still new at it. After being through it, I have learnt and confirmed that LOVE is indeed blind, LOVE makes you careless, LOVE changes people; basically LOVE did many things. LOVE makes you do crazy things as well. LOVE changes people's personalities and character. It also teaches you that well, sometimes it is pretty short unless you found the one who is really meant to be.

LOVE teaches you to appreciate those around you and to be there for them every step of the way. LOVE makes you do things which you won't normally do for a person. Everything bout LOVE sound so great right? But in reality, LOVE hurts the heart, LOVE breaks the heart and LOVE generates jealousy and many more bad stuff. So in a way LOVE can suck big time.

AND THAT IS WHY,
We have LOVE songs and breakup songs in the world people..
LOVE gives us many things to write about.
Just like this random post.
Happy Holidays! WOhoo.....

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Breathe - Lovely song by Taylor Swift and Colbie Caillat


I see your face in my mind as I drive away
'Cause none of us thought it was gonna end that way
People are people and sometimes we change our minds
But it's killing me to see you go after all this time

Mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm
Mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm

Music starts playin' like the end of a sad movie
It's the kinda ending you don't really wanna see
'Cause it's tragedy and it'll only bring you down
Now I don't know what to be without you around

And we know it's never simple, never easy
Never a clean break, no one here to save me
You're the only thing I know like the back of my hand

And I can't breathe
Without you, but I have to
Breathe
Without you, but I have to

Never wanted this, never want to see you hurt
Every little bump in the road I tried to swerve
People are people and sometimes it doesn't work out
Nothing we say is gonna save us from the fall out

And we know it's never simple, never easy
Never a clean break, no one here to save me
You're the only thing I know like the back of my hand

And I can't breathe
Without you, but I have to
Breathe
Without you, but I have to

It's two a.m., feelin' like I just lost a friend
Hope you know it's not easy, easy for me
It's two a.m., feelin' like I just lost a friend
Hope you know this ain't easy, easy for me

And we know it's never simple, never easy
Never a clean break, no one here to save me, oh

I can't breathe
Without you, but I have to
Breathe
Without you, but I have to
Breathe
Without you, but I have to

I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry
I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry

Sunday, September 13, 2009

What if?

What if everything you own or you love has been taken away from you? How would you feel?
What if one day, you feel that the whole world is against you? What would you do?
What if the only person you have loved cheated on you in the worst possible way?
What if one day, you found out you have cancer?
What if one day, you found out someone you love is dying of cancer?
What if one day, after all the success you have dissapears?
What if one day, you find yourself on the streets beeging for money?
What if one day, you just lost yourself?
What if the world ends today? Now?
What if everything you expect doesn't come through?

What if?

*currently, my mind is spinning with questions which somehow, I still can't find the answers to. Why do I worry so much about things which has not happened? Why am I bottling up such pointless burdens upon myself? Hiding it in the shadows and away from the world. The questions of "what if?". What if these all end here today? That I am no longer here, that I no longer exist. I shall be a mere memory and mere imgage of the past. A deep illusion where once you are in, you can never get out. Running deep in thought, "Yes, I am studying to be an architect now. What next?" How am I going to make it all worth it and not pointless beyond pointless? What am I saying? Dillusions.....

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Hau Yee's 09/09/09 Birthday at Delicious

I am 3 days late for this post, been busy rushing to finish the assignment which was due yesterday. Well, better late than never.

Lets just zoom back to 09/09/09...
-Studio submission for site analysis, precedent studies and site model.
-SIGG designs for ES class was showcased in the Gallery.

Then at 6 P.M., went to pick up the Mentari Gang which consists of Aaron L, Darren, Gordon, Yee Ruh (hope I spelt that right) and Veevian and went down to K.L. Road busy status - still okay though I missed the turn to the Smart tunnel, managed to make my way and arrive at the carpark at 7.

A slight miscommunication and 6 of us ended up in Hau Yee's car to get to Delicious, K.L., somewhere behind KLCC. But we got there.. No problem.


I been to the Delicious at Bangsar Village 2 back in January for Chinese New Year, *click* and the ambient there was great. But this one was better. Love how they used bird cages to make their lamps.



We ordered while we waited for everyone to arrive... Everything on the menu looked so good..


In the end, I ordered the smoked salmon spaghetti. Which tasted great... The saltiness of the smoked salmon compliments well with the full of cheesiness, Carbonara sauce.


L's Spicy crab meat Spaghetti. A fusion of east and west.


Jess's Carbonara Fettuccine.


Sherman's Mascarporne Pesto Chicken.
All were yummy indeed. Too bad I didn't manage to take pictures of the other dishes everyone ordered. Was too busy eating my own.



Just before everyone dug into their food, the waiter and waitress brought out the cake,
-Birthday song sung
-Birthday wish made

-Candle blown out


-Cake cut


and stabbed.


-Present opened


-Happiness achieved (We gave her a camera bag for her D-90, "The Crumpler".)


Then everyone dug into their food.


Everyone was happy. For some, it was triple happiness (Studio done, I.P. Done and good food- triple happiness).
Sherman: Eat my tie Jun Wai....


The guys...


Elaine and Ben making faces for the camera.. Boo! (Elaine, Don't kill me...)


At least one normal picture.


After dinner and cake.. Everyone looks so happy.


Some got bored.... Funny scene...


Chit chatted most of the night...


And then the tree huggers.


The gals...


The Taylor's Gang.....

Went to the movies after dinner. Watched "Imagine That" at KLCC. Slept for 15 minutes during the movie. First time weii... Okay, it was not bad but I was too tired. Quite funny, well, most movies with Eddie Murphy as the main cast always leads to COMEDY! Had a great day but had to rush my Industrial training report for Friday...

Back to Present time....
The interview was great though Tony, the director almost dozed off because I was the last one to be interviewed for the day. It was rushed but at least I got it done. This means more time to relax when I go back to Sibu for the Raya holidays. I can't wait! I MISS HOME!!!

Back to working on I.P. and also E.S.!

My thoughts of the day...
Anyone can tell me what weekends mean? I haven't had one for weeks!