Sunday, December 31, 2006

Last day of 2006

Today is the last day of year 2006. I still cannot sign the agreement with contractor to build my house. I just wonder whether I'll be able to do it or not. Contractor has been saying that price of construction materials will increase in 2007. That's what I've been worrying about. As it is, the estimate cost of the construction is already high for me. If it further increase, it will be a burden to me. But I must build this house for my Mom! I'm doing this for her, I hope and pray that I can make her happy, eventhough I could not make it for her much earlier before.

So, I'm closing the year 2006 without achieving my goal to build a house for my Mom. It's frustrating but there is still a hope...

Friday, December 29, 2006

Kuala Lumpur II

Still about Kuala Lumpur. There are many interesting places to visit in Kuala Lumpur. Tallest building in the world - Kuala Lumpur City Centre or KLCC. It also offers many interesting places for shopping too. This morning I went to KLCC after I have gone to HKL (Kuala Lumpur Hospital) for an x-ray (regarding my gum problem). Eventhough it was still early (10:00 am) but there many people shopping already! Marks & Spencer was quite crowded because they are having a sale promotion. Actually every where was quite full with people though it's only Friday.

If you would like to go for sightseeing, there are places like National Museum, National Mosque, Tugu Negara, Orchid Park, Birds Park, Istana Budaya (where theatre and the kind of activities are being performed), KL Tower, Dataran Merdeka, China Town, Jalan Masjid India, Pasar Budaya, Parliament, the heritage Carcosa Sri Negara hotel, and also the latest attraction at Putrajaya.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Kuala Lumpur I

It's been a few days I did not update my blog. It's because I've been trying to learn about maximising the income on AdSense account. Unfortunately, I could not do it. I'm learning alone with no expert to teach me. I'm not a quick learner with this IT things. Never mind that, I'll try again. Never give up. There is still a hope...

Last Friday 22 Dec 2006 I went to KL to see a dentist. To avoid the traffic jam, I just took the LRT from Terminal Putra to Masjid Jamek and walked to the clinic at Cahaya Suria building. The doctor is a specialist for - periodontic. She's so friendly and made me feel so comfortable. I forgot about the pain while she was treating me. Thank you, Dr. Ros!

While walking in KL, I was thinking back in 1981 when I first came to KL. It was different then. When I was standing at Masjid Jamek and looking at the LRT crossing above my head, I thought how much KL has developed. Those days I used to walked from Puduraya to Jalan Tun Perak, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Jalan Masjid India... Those are the places I'm so familiar with. Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad is still there until today. I'm glad that the government is keeping the historic building. Dataran Merdeka also looks very nice now.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Camera and etc

Whenever we go for a holiday, we will need a camera as well. Last time when I went to SiPadan Water Village Resort in Mabul Island, my camera did not work well. It was Canon EOS500. I love that camera. But it was too bad for me at that time. The island is so beautiful and my camera failed to work! I was so frustrated because I could not take many pictures. It was not a digital camera, but it's supposed to be a good camera. After taking some shots (about 15), I could not press the shutter down! My friend, Kak Devi, did not bring a camera because she thought I already have a good camera.

When the boat was reaching the resort jetty, we were both stunned and amazed to see the beautiful island. Wowww... am I going to heaven? The crystal clear water... you can see all the corals and fishes below. There were many starfishes as well, with different colors. And when you entered the water chalet, it looked like there was a picture on the wall. But when I went closer to the "picture", it's actually a window wide open and the picture was actually the view outside the window - really picturesque! Unfortunately I don't have a digital form of the pictures. May be I have to scan the photos so that I can put a few in my blog.

Besides camera, we will need a pair of sunglasses if we go to the beach. Sunglasses is not only for fashion but it is to protect to eyes from the hot sun. Nowadays, there are many type of sunglasses. If you are wearing spectacles with power, you can make your spectacles using photogray lenses - it will become darker under the hot sun - depending on the color that you choose. It can be in brown color, blue or gray - like the one I use.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Feel fresh

After returning from a holiday, it will always make us feel fresh. Or do you feel worst... due to the driving or travelling etc. By right, everybody should feel better after a break, especially a holiday at a nice place. Guess what? I went for a holiday to The Aryani Resort at Terengganu with my Mom and my niece, Along, and there's no other guests during the first two nights there. Wow! That's very luxurious, we have the resort all to ourselves! Everybody in the resort (staff) just attended to us. It's really a royal treatment... we can even have breakfast at the pool side... They have nice coffee and delicious nasi dagang!

People did not go to Aryani during monsoon because they are afraid it might rain all the time and they can't really enjoy their holiday. But we were very lucky, it did not rain at all when we arrive during the first 2 days. On the third day, it just rained for a while... just a drizzling. I took advantage of the special rate during monsoon and enjoy the whole resort for ourselves! You won't always get this kind of opportunity.

The package is 4D/3N which include of breakfast and dinner and one spa treatment ie body scrub and floral bath in the outdoor jacuzzi tub. It worth the money that you have to pay!

Besides travelling, I also enjoy photography. But I never attended a proper photography lesson. I just learn by myself. With the latest technology of automatic cameras, the photos will just turn out well. All the photos in my blog was taken by me - except for the underwater photos from my friend, Renate, from Germany.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Support from friends

Dear Friends!

Thank you very much for your support! Thank you for spending your time to read my blog. Though I'm just learning, I'm glad that there are friends who have put their efforts to look at and read my blog. Thank you Nor, thank you Ezam, thank you Pinas, thank you Puan Askiah! And thank you all who might have read it but did not leave any comments so I didn't know that you have seen my blog.

I'm beginning to enjoy writing at my blog. Though sometimes I don't really have any idea what to write, but when I know that I have friends who are supporting me, then I will continue to write. We can share ideas, knowledge and whatever we can learn through the internet.

Mean while, my boss has gone for a winter holiday in Europe. I'm taking a break too. I'll be away for a holiday with my Mom and my niece, Along, to Aryani Resort from tomorrow. We will be back on Sunday. Hope the weather won't be that bad. I called the resort this afternoon and was informed by the staff that it's not so heavy rain. Anyway, I look forward to see this place again... The Aryani, here I come again!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Visit Malaysia Year 2007

Time flies so fast. Three more weeks, we will be in year 2007. That reminds us for "Visit Malaysia Year 2007". Hopefully this campaign can bring in more tourist to Malaysia. Malaysia is very fortunate to have its multiracial citizen live in harmony in this country. It is safe for tourists to be in Malaysia. Furthermore, it offers many beautiful beaches in beautiful islands all over Malaysia. The hotels and resorts also have many world class standard eg. Tanjong Jara Resort, Pangkor Laut Resort, the newly launched by YTL Hotels, Cameron Highlands Resort. Aaahhh... coincidentally - these three resorts I mentioned here are all belong to YTL Group. One of the companies in Malaysia that build only five star hotels and resorts.

There are also some resorts which are not five star class but it has a class on its own. For example, The Aryani Resort in Terengganu. It is a very unique resort with classical Malay architecture inspired by the Sultan's palace of the ancient days. It blends well in a charming fishing village. Just look at its antique restaurant, Pulau Beach Club. And its outdoor jacuzzi...

Friday, December 8, 2006

Things are getting better

The trying time is getting better. Just like Janda Baik when it's always foggy in the morning... the view is getting clearer as the sun is rising higher. I'm beginning to have a clearer view now as I've received already three quotations for my house. They are all very expensive to me because I'm not a millionaire. I have to choose carefully and make sure that the contractor will complete building the house for me and I have enough money to pay for this construction.

I can't afford for any unnecessary additional cost. Anyway, when our mind is too full with a lot of things, it's better to talk to our good friends. It helps, really. And one thing that you should know if you want to buy a land and construct a house - make sure you make the drawing for your house first. If you have signed the S & P for the land, but your plan/drawing for the house is not ready yet, then you will be in trouble. You will have only 3 months from the date of the S & P to make full payment to the landlord. Then you'll have one month grace period. By right, if we cannot make full payment yet when the first 3 months was due, we will have to pay an interest of 8% per annum to the landlord. Unless the landlord agrees not to charge the interest, then you are lucky!

Wednesday, December 6, 2006

I can move on

Alhamdulillah... thank God finally today I got back my laptop! For a few days I have to sit quietly in the house after I came back from work - no laptop to work on something. Even though I'm not generating any income yet from the internet, but I'm beginning to like my blog. This is my best friend now. At least I can say what I wanted to say here. Whether people out there are reading it or not, it doesn't matter as long as I can pour it out.

These few days were busy days in the office. Anyway, when is not busy? When we work as an employee, what choice do we have? We have to take orders, follow instructions, the boss is always right! When can I fire my boss? How I wish I can be my own boss, work with my own instruction at my own time and place...
Not to stress myself, might as well I talk about something that I like. The best part that I enjoy about my work is when I have to make reservation for holidays - for my boss, or other "VIPs" in the office, sometimes for visitors from our sister companies from all over the world. For those who come from overseas, of course they would like to see the best part of Malaysia. One friend from our HQ, Renate Welker, I have recommended her to go to Mabul Island in Sabah. She and her husband were very happy with their holiday at Mabul Island. She has made a cd and video from all underwater photos they took during the holiday and gave me a copy of the vcd. I really treasure it very much. I can't swim, whatmore to dive. So, I'll never get the chance to see the life of the underwater. I enjoyed the vcd that Renate gave me very much!

Other visitors from our HQ have been to Tanjong Jara Beach Resort, Dungun, Terengganu; Sheraton Langkawi Beach Resort, The Andaman Langkawi, The Datai Langkawi, Casa del Mar Langkawi, Pangkor Island Resort. My boss favourite place is The Datai Langkawi. He'll go to The Datai at least 3 times in a year. I could only dream of going to The Datai...

He has travel extensively for his holidays like the rich and famous people always do. Most of the time must be 5 star hotel. When making his reservation, I could make my virtual holiday through the internet. I like this part of my job. I've seen Amanjiwo and Amankila in Bali. Seetha Palace Hotel in Vientiane, Maison Souvannaphoum Hotel in Luang Prabang. Hotel Kamp in Helsinki. Maria Christina Hotel in Spain. Hotel Vierjahreszeiten Kempinski, Munich. What else... too many to remember. Every year he will have 2 or 3 fantastic holidays. Summer time is a must for him to go back to Europe - he will be in London; Heidelberg, Germany and Condom, France. For this winter holiday (he seldom go to Europe during winter), he will be going to a place where I just heard it for the first when he mentioned it to me - Val d'Isere in France? But he's flying to Geneva airport (on the Swiss side). He's going with his family for a ski trip. How nice! They will be staying at a resort called VIP Chalet.

During my early days of working, when I have to make a flight reservation for one of the expats in my office, I have to book for a ticket to New York. I was told to buy a long haul round the world ticket??? What's that? From KL to Chihua Hua? Wahhh...wahhwahahhhh...! The famous Malaysian Apek would laugh like that!

Thank God, at least I know quite many parts of the world due to the nature of my job to make holiday reservation for bosses. I never like Geography subject in school, but now I enjoy my virtual holidays on the internet.

Always be grateful for what we have!

Saturday, December 2, 2006

Trying time...

I'm so sad, my laptop crashed on last Wednesday night. I can't do anything since then. Now I'm at my sister's place so I use her computer to login into my blog. I wanted to make my 7th post so that I can apply for Google Adsense account.

I also would like to help my friend with her blog so that we can start the Adsense account. Very unfortunate for me that my laptop crashed at this very crucial time for me. I feel like everything is pulling me down... my house plan just completed after long overdue. I need to get the construction agreement signed so that the bank can release my loan ASAP. This matter has been going on for almost 3 months already. Bank cannot process the loan because I haven't got a plan and construction agreement. Hope I can finalize the quotation for the house tomorrow and will be able to sign the construction agreement soonest possible.