Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Not just travelling but More!

When I first started this blog, my main intention is to keep a travelling journal of all the places I've been to, the planning stages and etc... However, I think it is rather restricted as I don't travel as often as before and I could run out of stuff to write!


Also, with the intermittent sponsored entries, I need to fill up some gaps in between my main entries. I do hope you nice people out there will bear with me as I needed the moolah for my future trips and hope to share more of the interesting places I will be visiting in this blog.


If you are new to this site and find the craps I wrote interesting, I do hope you could link up with me! And if you needed to exchange links, I'll be glad to oblige!


Do come back for more updates yah!

Getting a Visa to Canada

Are you intending to visit Canada? As a Malaysian citizen, we need to first apply a visiting visa from the Canadian Embassy. To get more information before dropping by the immigration office, you should first check out what sort of services are available.

Someone was asking me if I know what is the fees like as I told her my MIL (mother-in-law) just went to Vancouver in the mid of last year. So, if you wanted to find out the exact fees, you can hop over here to take a look.

Some of you may be wondering how long does the visa stays valid? Well, according to my MIL, unlike the American's visa, some lucky dudes may get 10 years but it is different with the Canadian's visa. The approved visa will normally only be valid for a one time use (no multiple entries) which is within the period of 14-30 days only for Malaysians. However, it might differ for other nationalities. Generally, one can stays up to a period of 6 (six) months.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Be in the Merchant Circle

If am running a business, I would very much want the people living around my area to know the existence of my business as everyone can be a potential customer. Therefore, I must get mself listed in any kind of directories available so my business will be more visible. This is why I get myself listed at Merchant Cirle.

Merchant Circle is an online directory of every business owner in the country. Business owners can create a business page and customize it with pictures, blogs, coupons, and newsletters. Besides the listing, they have this specific feature that allows all the business owners to communicate with each other very much like a social network through its forum page. Through the forum, business owners will be able to trade ideas, customers as well as network with each other which in other words, boosting each other networks.

For an example, business owners who are looking for women owned businesses can check out the threads in the forum and get responses from fellow business owners who fits the category and link up with each other to promote and expand their networks.

So, get down to Merchant Circle today and give your business a boost!



Roma Termini (Rome train station)

Our train ride from Milan to Rome was an uneventful one. First of all, the train sucks! Secondly, the entire process was so chaotic (worst when non of us can read/speak Italian) that we are wondering all the time if we boarded the right train. The ticket conductor did not come until like a few hours later. Lastly, my poor PiggyBeng was robbed 1K Euro CASH while we were sleeping in the train! Itelyu, they are one of the smoothest crooks in the world! Though we have a private 'cabin' but the door do not have any lock and can be opened easily.

A view of the rear entrance to the station

A view of the upper lobby inside the station


A view across the street from the rear entrance

Among all the European countries I've been to, Italy is one of the most 'lok-kok' (old in Hokkien). Things are not cheap and most of the people we met on the street has those questionable looks... get what I mean? The only thing I like is their Gelato.... ahhhh... yummy! Also, they have these water stand (looked like a fire hydrant) along the roads where people can just drink directly from it.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Get Your Favourite Number Plates!

Before I got my driver licence I did not think much about anything related to a car. As I will be getting my very own car soon, I want to have all the best on my car! I have always envy those with private number plates and since I can have my own wheels soon, I too want to get a cool number plates!

Now with Northumbria Numbers, everyone can have a personalised car number plates. They have just invested a new website hosted on a dedicated server and running the powerful Microsoft SQL database where visitors are able to interrogate the database to find a personalised car registration to suite their needs. The dedicated server ensures the fastest possible response to the users' enquiry whilst the powerful Structured Query Language enables potential customers to search by name,letters,numbers,car make and so on.

There are also more precise search options to check the difference between a prefix, ageless and new style car registration number. There are also pages listing suggestions for registrations suitable for car type and names. Customers cold also check on number plates that are reduced for clearence.

Established in the county of Northumberland in 1994 Northumbria numbers have more than 12 years of experience in supplying and transferring personalised car registrations. There are more information available so just hop over to Northumbria Numbers to check them out yourself.



SAHM vs FTWM

I was finally tagged here!!!! I got my virgin meme from my so-called blogging sifu! So die-die also must do... must give face mah! :)

Actually this meme is quite tough as I have never have any experience being a FTWM (full time working mom) before. Since the day Darrius was born, I have been a SAHM (stay at home mom). I really couldn't tell the good and bad bewteen the two.

~~~Instructions~~~

Here's how it works:
1. So easy peasy, if you were given a choice, would you be a SAHM or FTWM? Just provide 3 darn good reasons. 2. Include your post link to the list below and Finally, 3. Tag another three mommies
List:1. Immomsdaughter prefers to be a SAHM
2. Angeleyes prefers to be WAHM (pai seh... a bit out of topic)


~~~End of Instructions~~~

1. I like to earn my own keepings but I hate to be ordered around by some unreasonable bosses or superiors. So I shall be my own boss!
2. I like the challenges in completing important projects but I hated the stress and bitching that comes with. Bringing up Darrius is a huge challenge but at least I don't get bitched at!
3. I like to have more 'ME' time doing the things I like but I hated to have to miss out on Darrius's or my future kids' wonder years! *bleah*

To be honest, I think being a WAHM (working at home mom) fits me perfectly! :P I am just too greedy! I wanted the best of both world!!!

I think I should pass this on to mommies who are at the cross road...

1. Vivien Lai
2. KittyCat
3. Giddy Tigers

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Vatican City

During our Europe trip, amongst the most unforgetable experience was our visit to Vatican City. Before this trip, I have no idea that Vatican City is infact a country and the world's smallest too! And the Pope is the only person staying in this little country.

It was a few days after Easter celebration that we arrived in Rome. Hot news about the Pope's poor health were spread over the entire Europe. There were millions if not thousands of people flocking to Vatican City to get a glimpse of Pope John Paul II. Everyone wanted to see him. There were many reporters and news people gathered around the area with their super heavy duty cameras and videos hoping to snap photos of the Pope if he does come out to wave to the people.
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Can you see the bee line on the front of the building?


Initially, we did not know why there were so many people gathered in the Vatican City compound. We even saw a bee line queueing to go inside the building. Of course we were curious so I went over and asked a lady who I assumed is a journalist (she was wearing a badge and carrying a camera) why she is there. Guess what was her answer? "I don't know!" Then she continued... "everyone is hoping to see the Pope and we heard that he might come out to meet the people today".


Snapped a pic before more people come in


Wow! Can get to see the Pope???? I was jumping with joy inside! LOL So, we waited for almost an hour and there were more people coming in to the compound making the whole place look kind of chaotic. PiggyBeng was afraid that accidents might happen so we decided to leave around 5pm. However people are still going in and the queue is getting longer! We still do not have any idea what these people are queueing for...

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Signing up with Godaddy.com

Ok, back to the getting my own domain again... my sifu actually suggested to me to sign up with Godaddy.com and host my site on Blogger.

Currently GoDaddy.com is having some promotions and to sign up for a domain name it will only cost a small amount of $8.95 (with coupon, get $2 off so it is $6.95) each for a one year period! This promo is really enticing and I am quite excited about it. But...but...but... I am just worried that the following years it might cost much more... shall deal with that later.................. *sigh* if I am still blogging away.... :P

I have yet to discuss this over with hubby... but I guess for such an insignificant amount it should be no big deal... after all, I can earn back by writing just one post! :P

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

My Own Domain?

It seems like almost everyone I know are getting their own domain(s) or already moved to one. Why? Well, with own domain(s) especially for those who are doing paid postings, they could get better paying opps. And I don't want to lose out on that ah! Since I am already working so hard, might as well I max it mah!

I have been toying with the idea of signing up for one myself too if this paid posting business is going well. However, I must start all over again by creating a new blog which will be hosted on my domain... I just so dreaded with the thoughts of starting all over again... especially if I want to convert this blog... but there's another way, get a domain and let it sits on Blogspot which is much cheaper than those that comes together with hosting services. If i uses this route, I can export one of my current blog which has not been approved by PPP yet.

Until now I still can't make up my mind as I still have not get my payments yet but well, will continue to really think deep and hard about this and discuss it over with my sifu first... :P

There are always lots of pros and cons so guess we can't really get the best in everything... just have to take the best offer!

Roma (Rome) - Part 1

We took a night train from Milan to Rome which arrived early morning around 6am. It was really cold but we still have to lug our luggage around as the hotel only allow us to check in after 1pm. So, what we did was to leave our luggage with the reception and off we go to all the historical places around Rome. We bought a day pass for a few Euros which allow us to travel the whole day on train with unlimited rides.

Our first destination was of course the famous Colosseum (originally the Flavian Amphitheatre) which is a giant amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome.

Then we moved on to the ruined city further up. Most of the areas were under major renovation at the time we were there so nothing much interesting to capture.

We walked further up and came to Vittorio Emanuele II - Vittoriano - Altare della patria which is a really nice building and is heavily guarded. There were man more buildings and monuments surrounding the area but most of them are 'ruined' and are in renovation works so lots of nets and stuff on the wall so quite unsightly...

Then we took a train and went down to Fontana di Trevi - Trevi-Brunnen. The view of this fountain is magnificent and with great architecture! The water is crystal clear... and cold too! There were so many people surrounding the fountain and make photo taking a challenging job!


Clock wise: Colosseum, Vittorio Emanuele II, the underground train and Fontana di Trevi


A Day of Changs

Today is the 5th day of the 5th month on the Lunar Calendar where Chinese around the world will celebrate Duan Wu Jie (Dumpling Festival or Dragon Boat Festival) by eating bak-chang (rice dumpling).


In history, it is a day to remember the poet Qu Yuan, who was a loyal official in the court of the Chu Kingdom in old China. Other officials told the emperor lies about Qu Yuan and the weak emperor believed the evil officials and asked Qu Yuan to leave his court. However, over the next 20 years, the Chu kingdom got weaker as another kindom took over theChu Kingdom. Qu Yuan was very sad that his beloved country was controlled by another country, the Qin Kingdom and he decided to end his life by jumping into the river. Fishermen who heard that Qu Yuan drowned himself in the river set sail on boats to look for his body. When they could not find it, they threw rice wrapped in bamboo leaves into the river so that the fish in the river would eat the rice instead of his body and play the drum to scare away the fishes. The traditions of dragon boat races and eating rice dumplings on Duan Wu Jie thus began. And this is how Duan Wu Jie comes about and is known as Dragon Boat Festival or Dumpling Festival till today.


I have a surprise visitor coming all the way from KL and she brought me this...



Giant Bak-chang!

A view of the giant bak-chang after peeling off the wrapping of lotus leaf and bamboo leaves


A view of the giant bak-chang after disecting



This is the first time I ate such a gigantic chang! The ingredients in this giant chang consist of glutinous rice, green beans, lotus seeds, Chinese mushroom, salted eggs, dried osyter and abundance of pork belly cubes. Taste yummy too! Thanks to NyonyaPenang for the surprises!


Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Aaarrrrggghhhh!

I've been sitting here the entire night hoping to catch some opps @PPP but every time I refreshed the screen all the opps are gone! Aaaarrgggghhhhh!

Being a non-existent PRer, there are so limited opps available and those that I can grab, I've already written so I am waiting for new opps but opps are scarce these days... especially for a new site like mine... *double sigh*

People are fast too... grabbing every new opps instantly! With my lousy connection, guess I better go hit the sack now.... :(

Monday, June 18, 2007

Touch and Go Switzerland

In our initial intinery, we were supposed to drop by Zurich for about 3 hours from Munich before moving on to our next destination, but our plans went topsy-turvey after we missed our train!

Why did we missed our train? It was the day that they decided to change the time for day light saving! We were caught off guard totally on this one! Even PiggyBeng, who was such a careful person has missed out on this important event! The staff at the hotel did not warn us and there were no news or what so ever to inform us... When we askd them, the said they have been doing this for the past dono how many years so everyone is aware of it... dang! So, the last day of March is when they will move forward by an hour.... will remember this for life!
On that morning, we even tried waking up earlier as we still wanted to explore more of Munich but we were kind of confused when we saw the clock at one of the tower were moved an hour ahead. We still did not think much until we saw the clock at the coffee house when we went back to the hotel for our breakfast. It was a rude shock! :

Luckily we managed to get another train (glad that PiggyBeng did make a contingency plan in case we missed our train) but it was a longer route and will not pass by the places we have wanted to. Just too bad... don't know when we will have the opportunity to return again...

The ride is to be from Munich-Zurich-Milan-Rome so it was a loooooooong ride. When we arrived in Zurich, we have less than an hour so we can't really do much except to check out on our next train.

From Munich, we were still with ICE but their service ends in Zurich and we have to board a different train. We boarded the SBB-CFF train which will bring us to Milan before we have to change to the Italian train service.

View of the train from outside



View of the train from inside

Saturday, June 16, 2007

So Limited!

I should have started on this paid posting thingy earlier so I can take up some really good paying opportunities. Pioneers have their advantages.... I guess.

Things are so pathetic now with only less than 10 opportunities everytime I logged in to PPP to check. And almost half of them I can't take as either they are being reserved or I've written on those topics before. The topics are sooooooo limited as well!

And my blardy network is soooooo slow... even when I do see an opp, by the time I clicked on it, it has already been taken up... sooooooo miserable ah!

To Macau, To Macau!

Though I have been to Hong Kong 3 times but never have I set foot in Macau before which is one of the nearest island to the shopping paradise.

PiggyBeng told me earlier today that he might be going to Macau instead of South Korea next month for business. Then I found out so many bloggers went to Macau recently and it really tempt me to tag along with PiggyBeng!

With our local budget airline flying there, guess there won't be a problem of not getting cheap tickets just worried the taxes are high. Is Macau suitable for toddler?

So, should I hop to Macau next month??? Hehehee...

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Sailed on the River Rhine

With our Eurail tickets, we went on a cruise with Köln-Düsseldorfer German Rhine Line from Koln (Cologne) to Bonn for free. It was a long ride... I think it took us more than three hours to reach Bonn which was down stream. We then took a train to Koblenz and back to Koln.

The ferry actually stopped at a few points to drop off and pick up passengers from both sides of the river. On that day, the weather was quite cold and when the ferry was sailing at full speed, we can feel the strong breeze... we can't stay on the upper deck for too long as it was just too cold...

We took the late morning trip so we had light meal on board... guess what we had??? Ice-cream! The pics on the menu were so tempting that even with a temperature of below 10 degree, I still wallup 3 scoops! :P


The scenery was breathtaking... as it was almost spring so all the tress are still bald and most of the time the skies are cloudy with light shower on and off...

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

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I hats off to you!

You know, after barely one week into doing paid posting I found myself extremely tied up at the PC more than ever before. Before this blog was approved I was trying to get my other blog approve so I try to write as much as possible... much more than my origional blog. However, I still have a great deal of time to blog hop and leaving my 2 sens comments in most sites I visit.

Now with PPP I found I have 80% lesser time than before... it's not that I write that much... I even have put a brake on my initial blog that I wanted to submit to PPP and still can't find the time to visit some of the regular sites I used to visit.

I was really amazed by some other bloggers who can write so many entries a day in so many other blogs and yet still able to blog hop to so many sites! I hats off to you!!!! I think I need to have more than 48hours a day to achieve that!

Link Me Pleaseeeeeeeeee!

I know this is very thick skin of me but like all other bloggers who are into paid postings, I too want to pimp my site!!!! This is really important to me (as this is my only site is approved for PPP) couse my page rank will get me further... like getting more opportunities and writing better paying posts.

Being a new site (currently still rank a big fat ZERO) and maintaining so many other sites (yeah... I have 3 other blogs!) can be quite a handful sometimes and not to mention I have a 18-month toddler bugging me all the time! It's not easy as I need to trade in my zzz time to write and blog hop! I stayed up till almost 4am last night just to catch up!!!

If you are new to this site, please link me to your site and if you want me to link you back, just leave me a comment and I'll do it ASAP! THANKS A BUNCH!!!!

Monday, June 11, 2007

Bungee in Batam

Most of you would think that I'm a nutz... doing all the extreme sport but I tell you, sometimes it's so good to break away from doing the ordinary when we an get a chance!

I dive means I have conquered the depth so my next target was to conquer the height... so I went bungee jumping!

Hanging on the crane above the sea

It was back in 1998, I was the President of my company's Recreation Club. My colleagues wanted something different for our Annual D&D so I planned a 2-day 1-night trip to Batam. Besides having the dinner, I mapped in some really fun activities for that 2 days. We had paint balls fight, slide on the snow in the Snow House and some exciting sea-sports.

Initially I did not plan to do the bungee. I was only keen on doing the parasailing but some of my colleagues went for the jump and it was a spontaneous decision that I decided to jump too! And jump I did!

Receiving my cert from the Jump Master

Travelling on ICE

Among all the train services, the Die Bahn of Germany is one of the best I've ever travelled on. Not to mention that they are one of the best in the world too! I especially like travelling on ICE (Intercity-Express). It travels at the speed of 300km/h which means travelling from one place to another is a jiffy.

At the train station in Koln (Colonge)


The Kissing Trains (connecting of 2 trains)


The Eurail Pass we bought entitled us for 1st class travelling on all train services within Europe. This is one of the best purchases we did and we never regret spending the money....


Front view of 1st class

Back view of 1st class

Look at the beautiful interior.... It's even better than in the plane! The leather seats were sheer comfort! The only things we can't really use is the TV set as most programs are in German!

A pic of the train driver

If we pre-book our seats, we can even get our private room! It comes complete with table too. During one journey, we even saw a private room (a family room) that has 2 kiddy rides in it!

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Auto Baggage Storage Machine

When we were in Germany, there is one thing I really like at their train station - the auto baggage storage machine. I find this is such an ingenious thing to have at the train stations! These storage machines comes in handy when we are waiting for our next train, which could be a few hours away and we could dump our baggages in there and go sight seeing instead... hands free!
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I can't remember how much it cost to leave our baggages there but it's definitely not more than a few Euros for a few hours! We found that many travellers are using these machines as they are really convenient. How nice if we can have these here in Malaysia.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Flying Ryanair

When we were honeymooning in Europe, we purposely made a trip to Norway to visit my uni mate, Maria. The flight cost with most international airlines that flew from Frankfurt to Oslo are quite expensive so we have to think of other alternatives. We have thought of getting there by the ferry through Copperhagen, Denmark but the trip will take a much longer time so we shelved the idea.


Then one day, while we were searching the net, we saw Ryanair (a popular budget airline) was having a 2-day promotion from Frankfurt to Oslo. The return flights only cost us €1.88 per pax excluding taxes. Normal flight will cost at least €39.99 each excluding taxes. The only setback was, we have to board and alight at the budget airline terminals which are quite a distant away from both cities.

To depart, we have to take a bus ride from Frankfurt city to Frankfurt Hahn to board. When we arrived in Oslo, we landed in Oslo Torp and took another bus to the city where Maria came and picked us up from the bus terminal.

My flight with Ryanair was my 3rd experience with a budget airline and it was one of my better experience so far. The planes were very new and clean. I was having nausea and was throwing up quite a bit and the stewardess were quite helpful during the 2 hours plus flight. I was preggy with Darrius then...

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Puppetry of the Penis

When I intended to start this blog, I was rummaging through all my old stuff to see if I could find some good stories/memories to write... which I think could be interesting to be reminded as well.

Sometimes, when I started to think back, I will miss all the good times that I had during my uni days. All the crazy stuff I did and most of all... I missed being young again! As some of you knew, one of my uni buddy was a Norwegian girl and I hung out a lot with her during the first half of my uni time when we first started in the uni.

I was influenced by her in doing a lot of non-Asian stuff and vice-versa for her. So, you can say that we enjoyed each other company very much as we can share so many topics of conversation.
Then one of the day she suggested to me to catch one of the play in town as some of her housemates were very keen to watch the play. Innitially I thought it was just some play like Phamtom of the Opera as she told me it will be in a theater. But, I was soooo wrong! I would have never guess in my entire life to be watching what I watched!

Yeap! We went for the Puppetry of the Penis in Perth! If I am in Malaysia or Singapore, I don't think I will ever get to experience this at all! I would not say the show is excellent (it was a little gross actually) but I think these people are really creative and it takes lots of guts and courages to go on the stage all naked and performing with their genitals!

I bought their book and get Brett to sign on the cover for me with a message for my dear PiggyBeng.... you can imagine the look on PiggyBeng's face when I gave him that book! hahaha

Sunday, June 3, 2007

AOWD @ Redang

A few months after I got my OWD licence, I went to get my AOWD (Advanced Open Water Diver) certification at Pulau Redang, a very beautiful island near to Kuala Terengganu at the north east of Peninsular Malaysia. Pulau Redang is famous among snorklers as well as divers. The water is exceptionally clear even if it's as deep as 60 feets below the sea surface.

There were about 2 bus load of us again but lesser people (40+) as the buses are executive buses which has only 3 seats on each row. Again, we occupied almost the entire resort. There were about 12 of us who are going for the AOW certification. I wanted to get this certification as I will be able to perform deep dives at up to 100 feets as well as night diving.
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A pic with one of the dive group

One of the most memorable experience during this trip was one of the guy actually brought me for shark watching by the beach. It was awesome! He brought me along the coral reefs nearby the beach and we dived half and snorkled half as it was quite shallow. Then when we reached the other site of the rock, we spotted 5 baby reef sharks circling around some corals reefs. My feelings then was like half filled with excitement and half filled with fear... My friend took some underwater pictures of the baby sharks and we swam back to the beach as I was quite afraid that the mother shark will come by to check on her babies.


Another pic with my instructor (bottom left) and some of the other divers

After 4 days we were finally certified as AOW Diver. The trip was filled with lots of fun as well as excitement all around! This time round I was certified under SSI (Scuba School Diver) under Ricky, my ji-sioa (fun and crazy) instructor.


Friday, June 1, 2007

Seeing the World Today!

HELLO EVERYONE!
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A Warm WELCOME to my NEW BLOG!