Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Year 2019 - A New Dawn For Me

Times flies so fast and I am glad to put the difficult days behind now. All humans may have endless of problems just like the waves of the big ocean. They come and go daily but my problem lasted the whole 2018! It was not that I lost my job but I still went to work at my office daily without getting paid. Goodness, it was really so tough and it was a mind over matters thing to endure. My poor wife suffered so much having to 'keep me alive'. I am eternally grateful to her for all her kind support. I have promised myself to bring her to a new place to relax this coming Chinese New Year 2019.

I have made simple resolutions for myself for this new year. I would make better changes to my lifestyle and continue to help the homeless wherever I could. I would eat lesser meat and go on vegan meals as often as I could. I need to spend more time to focus on my Tibetan Buddhist cultivation too.

I received a text message from the DAP Chat Group of my neighbourhood to help deliver newspapers. I responded when I saw hardly anyone could find time to help. This group was active since the time when YB Lim Lip Eng was the MP for my area. I followed that MP around the markets before elections to give out Rocket flyers. We both got earful lashings from many frustrated residents instead. That MP was so tough and put up a brave face to smile at everyone. He narrowly won that elections. During the last elections, that party swapped the candidates and sent YB Hannah Yeoh to represent Segambut area instead. This tough Iron Lady had huge rousing support at all her ceramahs that jammed the streets for miles. Naturally, she had a Big Landslide Win!




It was a surprise morning when I arrived the park nearby home at 7.30am. Our Member of Parliament was already there with her team of working staff. Today she is also our Deputy Minister of Women, Family and Community Development yet she always found time to meet our rakyat everywhere!!!



Our Deputy Minister YB. Hannah Yeoh gave out CNY oranges to all the morning joggers while I gave out all her "Rocket Newspapers".



Goodness! I was the only 5 volunteers from my whole neighbourhood to help distribute the Rocket Newspapers. It was a working Friday morning, so I don't blame my neighbours who have full time jobs.




So many people, both young and old ones came to thank YB. Hannah Yeoh for making the big changes to our previous government. Hundreds of people wanted to take photos and our smiling MP obliged everyone!



I spent 2 solid hours with YB. Hannah Yeoh's entourage and had a good opportunity to hear her speak so well with all the facts & figures in her back hand. She is really very tough and strong minded to convince me that I must render support to help their back room scenes. Together we all can make changes for a better country for everyone & the future generations.


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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Where To Stay In Bangkok? (Updated Photos)

This is not a paid post. 
All comments and opinion are solely mine. 
It is written at my own discretion. 

Hola! Sawasdee Krub. Today is my 3rd day in Bangkok. It has been the best trip with so much new excitement for us. My trip is much spaced out with ample time to catch up with new places to explore and visit my friends and relatives.  It was 5 years ago when my whole family flew to Bangkok for just one night together with both my late parents to attend the funeral of my mother's brother. You can read about how Thai funeral is... HERE.

You can say that this trip would be a mixture of sorts with WORKATION besides catching up with some close Thai celebrity friends and Royalty cousins. Sounds so glamorous! I will share the places we visited and food eaten in next coming posts.

We stayed at a brand new condo named IDEO S93 which was just opened this month. It belongs to my good friend Prute Mumi who is a famous London Trained Hair Stylist who often appeared on Thai TV and socialite news. 



This brand new studio unit is strategically located along the busy and prime Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok.




 The luxury condo comes with a very beautiful lobby that looks better than our St.Regis, Ritz Carlton or Hilton! I am not kidding and you need to see for yourself.


They have many tables with comfy chairs for guests to sit in the lobby.



Further up the lobby, they have big cushions for the guests to laze and relax in their dreams! 




You can enjoy the lovely panoramic view of the city from the 17th. floor studio unit!



The security is good and it is close to all the infrastructure.




It has very relaxing swimming pool and fitness gym with sauna.




The bed is very comfortable with good view beside. The whole area is spacious at 35 sq.m.
The bedroom comes with attached bathroom and a separate living room, dining & kitchen
area which gave me the needed privacy when guests came over to visit.
The whole studio unit is fully air-conditioned.




The well appointed studio comes with a nice bathroom with all your soap and shampoo toiletries.





There is a modern compact kitchen for you to cook simple easy meals or make coffee.




The compact kitchen has a fridge with bottles of clean mineral water, microwave, stove, toaster, kettle, sink and cutlery of plates, glasses and fork/spoons.




You can enjoy a meal with your loved ones.




Look! The biggest bonus is that the whole new condo is conveniently linked to Bang Chak BTS Station which could connect to everywhere in Bangkok which includes the Chatujak Market, Erawan Shrine, Bang Na and Don Muang Airport (2019 completion) You can walk to the Bang Chak BTS Station in less than 100 steps! I have observed that there is no residential property or hotel along the whole stretch of Sukhumvit Road that is so close to the steps leading up to the BTS Station. Seeing is believing!


My designer friend Mumi is renting out his studio unit to bona fide guests for around 2,500 Thai Bahts a night. Write to him now for bookings and tell him that you are my reader. He will definitely give you discount.

Email: prute_w@yahoo.com



This is my good celebrity friend Prute Mumi. 
You can be his friend too!


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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Melaka - Workation Trip

My wife had to go to Melaka as an invited guest by a well known university in that town. So I just followed her again for this "Workation trip" where - Wife at Work, Hubby at Play. At least I could offer to drive her all the way so that she would not be so exhausted and sleepy on the wheels alone. I had lots of annual leave to clear anyway.



We stayed a night at this hotel which is quite new with weird layout. They have different elevators for you to connect from the ground level, car park or to the rooms! It was a bit confusing.




My wife went to work early the next morning while I went ronda-ronda alone along Jonker Street. I am familiar with the antique shops there since 1980s. This time I found this very unique dining set that comes with 8 chairs, all fully studded with Mother of Pearls. It was custom made for a very wealthy Baba Nyonya family around 100 years ago. I looked at my watch and decided to video-call my childhood friend who was sleeping at home in Cayman Islands. He was rudely jolted from his sleep to see my "handsome" face on his phone while I panned my phone towards the antique dining table! Wow!!! Suddenly his eyes lighted up very brightly and he was fully awakened with happy smiles. He asked me to climb under the table to allow him to view the legs of the table and all the carvings from my phone's live-video!! 

That evening I had returned back home to Kuala Lumpur after my wife had finished her event at the university. My friend could not sleep and kept looking at the photos of the table and chairs which i sent him. He texted me that he confirmed buying that table and he immediately wired the money to me on 22nd December! He agreed to buy the antique dining set at the cost of RM45,000.00!



I was very stunned not because my friend had bought that dining set at such expensive price but the comment left by the most famous Feng Shui Master in Singapore on my blog post HERE. If you readers could recall that Master Lynn Yap had left this message for me on the 3rd December! So my friend did wire me almost RM50K on 22nd December, so precisely! You can visit Master Lynn Yap's popular blog HERE. I have been following her post for many years and always trusted her words & predictions. She is always busy with loyal customers around Singapore and overseas especially China. 



The hotel we stayed is connected to the Double Tree Hilton Hotel where they have a Sky Deck in between. It was free for the guests otherwise public would have to pay RM30 per person to enjoy the spectacular view of whole Melaka city. Now there is a promo and the public gets 50% Off!




This is Melaka City with the view of the reclaimed land along the coastal areas. This hotel actually sits on the reclaimed land too! This city will get bigger and bigger over the years to welcome the many thousands of tourists every week.



The whole Jonker Street was full of tourists from China, Singapore and Malaysians like me. They would close the street and convert it to Jonker Walk every Friday, Saturday and Sundays to allow the night market to do roaring business! The sweet candy floss was so huge like a flower and comes with some street dusts too. Muahahahaha



I ate Durian Chendol and bought some durian puffs and pineapple tarts to eat. Burp!


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Monday, December 17, 2018

Kashmir - Where Pretty Ladies On Holiday (Part 2)

This is my second part of my wife's recent trip to Kashmir for a truly relaxing vacation. If you have missed the first part, you may click "Here". This post will be different as I have sought the permission from the beautiful ladies from the "Maharajah of Kashmir's Harem" to share with the world how they went all out to enjoy a real holiday! A real holiday retreat means a place with no shopping malls and crowded touristy places like Tokyo's Uniqlo or HKG Nathan Road's night markets but enjoy the freshest mountain air, tranquil lakes and nature's beauty. I always believe that the higher the place, one gets closer to the heavens!




 1. Kashmir is well known for being the most beautiful place in India for its spectacular view and scenic beauty of nature's paradise!




2. This will be a heavenly place when one wakes up from sleep to be greeted by snow capped mountains and golden autumn's foliage.




3. Their big tranquil lakes certainly added more charm to Kashmir for being a place to rejuvenate our mind, body and souls. A good place to do self reflections too.




4. The above collage of photos will show the interior of the famous Boat Houses. They are luxuriously furnished with portable heaters, bathrooms and a butler in attendance to serve the guests. You will easily be lulled to sleep peacefully like a baby at night as the boat does not rock like a cradle.  The ladies had so much fun inside! Do as the Indians do and the ladies started to do their Indian Belly Dance to prepare for the Maharajah's visit. They happily danced, shook and jumped until the boat started rocking to make waves on the lake. Luckily no tsunami happened. Kekekeke...



 5. It was supposed to be their maiden trip to see the world's best autumn foliage in Kashmir, but the heavens decided something else for them. The weather got colder and colder as my wife texted me. I had warned her earlier that the global temperature has gone cuckoo and their temperature has hinted that it would snow as it gets below 5 degrees Celsius!




 6. Wow! It really rained snow! It was plenty of big drops of snow falling from the skies! Never mind the autumn leaves, the happy ladies went out to celebrate and kissed the snow. It was the most memorable moment for those who had seen actual snow falling from the skies. Everyone loves snow!





 7. The snow is always a happy and pretty sight when they fall and cover all the streets. I have survived in the brutal winters of Pennsylvania and had seen the heaviest and thickest snow piling up to over 8 feet high. I could not open my apartment's iced frozen door and had to climb down from the first floor window to get to college. It was no fun! I wished we could sleep and wait for TV announcement which often reported that snow storms had again closed all schools in the North American states. Those were sweetest memories!





8. When the weather is freezing cold, all the ladies would be too happy and shivering! Nobody wants to fight but to stay close and hug each other! Look at them in the photo!




 9. When we are shivering we need warm gloves of the best quality. Otherwise you can drink hot coffee and warm your hands at any available heaters on the street, Here in Kashmir, this gentle man used the traditional burning flames from his pot.



10. Monkey See, Monkey Do!.... The pretty ladies just followed and warmed their hands. It was good experience to see the local folks lived in the cold climate. Thanks to our sunny Malaysia. 




 11. My darling with her friend.




12. On the boat scene.




 13. The random street photos of the shops..



14. More shops available but no shopping malls in Kashmir.
 



15. Stalls selling vegetable supplies. I believe they are imported from all over India.




16. A fruit juice stall. I see so many crates of yellow lemons! I never drank lemon juice in Winter so I should try soon.



17. My honey with another friend.




18. They serve and sell dried fruits and nuts everywhere. They are my favourite snacks while I am updating my blog. So mahal!



19. A frozen fountain place.




20. The pretty ladies visited the Kashmir University's small campus and happily posed so many photos!




21. The whole gang of beautiful ladies truly enjoyed their trip. See how happy they were and could still jump 100 times! Don't play-play as they are all the Queens of Belly Dance with the strongest hips and legs like a mountain Ox!

A Big Thank You for their permission to share their photos and hopefully the Part 3 of Taj Mahal photos will be posted soon. Stay tuned!




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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Good Greetings From Jakarta

I arrived Jakarta yesterday afternoon together with my wife and 2 close friends. 


While I was waiting to board my plane from KLIA2, I received a surprise email from a silent blogger. I managed to reply to show my appreciation and hope my readers will continue to visit my humble blog.




This is my 6th trip to visit Indonesia and my 3rd to Jakarta. The purpose of my trip is to attend a huge Tibetan Buddhism Praying Session. I look forward to good blessings for a better year 2019.



May the world be a happy & peaceful place for all the people!



Year 2019 - A New Dawn For Me

Times flies so fast and I am glad to put the difficult days behind now. All humans may have endless of problems just like the waves of the ...