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No Resolutions

Goodbye 2008 and welcome 2009. This time of the year is usually meant for looking back at what we have achieved and making new year resolutions. Well, I’m trying a different approach this year. No resolutions for this year. Few months ago, I have been expecting a lot for 2009 but the past 2 months have been dissapointments and let downs for me. Being in the darkness have thought me one thing. No expectations and you won’t be let down. So I’ll embrace this saying instead: “Yesterday is history. Tommorrow is mystery. Today is a gift.”

Happy New Year 2009

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It’s Pharmacist

A houseman and a specialist wrote this in the BHT: famacyst, farmacist. Respectively. I wonder which part of us look like a cyst… Hmm…

Last weekend was a long one due to the public holiday on Monday. Since two of my friends came back from KL so we’ve been discussing of something to do for the next day while hanging out. We’ve been choosing between going Lost World of Tambun to Makan Trip at the ex-mining town. Needless to say, food won over water splashes. Hehe…

On Sunday morning, Kenny went and fetch three of us (me, Bun & Pink) before heading to Kampar. In just about 40 minutes, we reached destination and went straight to the market area. We have no trouble finding the place at all… thanks our walking map called Ngai Bun. ūüôā

The place was full of people. Guess many grabbed the opportunity to get to back to their hometown. We soon found the stall that sells what we were looking for… highly recommended Glutinous Rice. It comes with some char siew and peanuts plus the curry gravy if you feel its too dry. One of its kind. We ordered some other stuffs like Wan Tan Mee and Chee Cheong Fun as well. Ohhh, not to forget the ever delicious Chao Yuen (fried-ball?) as well.

The next destination was a bit tricky because we wanted to find ‘Ham Kok Chai’ stall but we’re not sure where. We were going round the town and ended up back in square one. The stall is actually next to the place we were eating in the morning. Haha… By the time we found it, its already almost 11am and the Ham Kok Chai was sold out. Oh well, till next time then.

We got thirsty so we went and try the FMK Ais Kacang which is situated on the main road. Each bowl cost about RM3 and the portion is slightly more than those in Ipoh. Nothing special about it though… but not bad either.

Next we tried our luck and went to look for waterfall using directions written by some blogger cause there’s actually no road sign to it. The place is called Batu Berangkai Waterfall which we have to go through Kg Batu Berangkai and some aborigine settlement to reach the place. The road is bit narrow and we had trouble getting a spot to park. The water looks cooling and clear enough though we didn’t try it out ourselves except Pink. We just lingered a while and took some pictures before heading back to town.

This time, we tried the laksa from a stall Kam Yew. I shared with Pink because we girls really don’t have that big a room in our tummy. Haha… It tastes great but I prefer Penang Laksa :). Afetr eating, Bun and Kenny we chatting non-stop reminiscing their good old days in school. So stomachs filled, mouth exercise done, scenery viewed… time to go home.

I recommended Taiping as our next Makan Trip when it comes along… but nobody seems to buy it. Hahaha… looks who’s talking? Hmmm… didn’t know Tesco Kampar already operational and the existence of a hotel called Grand Kampar until I passed by it.

My 4th Coral Bay Visit

Every civil worker is required to attend an induction course in order to be confirmed into the government service. After waiting for so long, I finally had the chance to attend it. I’m already going into my third year of service. Before the day to depart comes, there was much worries and despair. The thought of spending 2 weeks in a resort that I’ve been for 3 times and listening hours and hours of lectures was…uuurrgghh… seems so hard to endure.

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† It was all another story upon settling down in Pangkor. It wasn’t so hard to bear after all. True enough that some of the lectures were real agonising but some lecturers are real good in getting¬†our attention. We had some good laughs in class and good team work as well. I still can’t believe¬†that we could use one nail to hold another ten!¬†If lectures were indeed boring, I will just take out my htc to chat and¬†go Facebook as there is free wi-fi in the lecture hall.¬†Everyday, we’ll be looking forward to the evening time. It’s our leisure time where we’re on our own.

¬†¬†¬†¬† Most of the time, we’ll play by the beach. Sometimes we’ll play exciting¬†water games¬†like banana boat, or play¬†volley ball or at times we’ll just walk around the beach. Evenings not spent on the beach will be spent on cycling, jogging, swimming in the¬†resort pool¬†or simply reading a good novel by the balcony.

¬†¬†¬†¬† In those rare occasions that we have our class canceled, we can have more time to ourselves and we can venture out and try the foods outside. At one time that there were so many of us, we actually finished up the cafe’s stock of chicken. They took such a long time to cook up the meals that we danced and enjoyed ourselves while waiting.

¬†¬†¬†¬† Towards the end of the course, we had to concentrate on our studies as there is an exam to take on the last day. There was a mixture of feelings after the exam as it meant that it’s time to go home. Feels glad that induction is finally over but at the same time also feels sad to leave all my new found friends. It was great to meet¬†a bunch of lively people heading the same goal¬†as I but away from¬†working environment. Be sure to keep in touch my friends… ūüôā Oh¬†and last but not least, my best wishes to Wai Keng who hurt herself during the course. Get well soon my friend!

November at a glance

Last week has been a real busy for me. Particularly because my workings days were shorten due to the other functions that I have to/had attend, my colleagues in the same department with me were away as well as the super blur new PRPs that just reported not long ago. There are so many of them that they out numbered those permanent ones in the hospital. Now it seems like too many cooks spoils the broth and I feel like a babysitter taking care of them every step of the way. Hopefully, in time to come, they will ease my workload instead.

My daily work have to be put aside as I have to prepare for the side project which is due on Wednesday. I weren’t around last Wed to Fri so I have to rush to finish it by Tue. Then, I need rushed back to Ipoh to catch a bus the next day to KLIA. Not that I’m flying off to anywhere. Just that it so happened that the place to attend my course is nearby the airport. It’s about updating and upgrading myself on the documentation of my daily work.

Yep, so for 3 days I was stuck in a hotel listening, eating and sleeping (while US got a new president and our very own RPK is released). The food was good. The selection was far more varied compared to other governmental courses that I’ve been to. As for the accommodation… well… not the same as I imagine, but ‘boleh tahan la’. Hehe… I guess the most important is whether I learned something. Although I’ve been to a similar course with similar agenda but this one is actually far better. Haha…. most probably because the latter is actually national level.

Well, in government settings, going for such course meant more work. That’s because I have to relay the same message and information back to my fellow colleagues in my hospital. Sigh… But then again, this will not be possible in short time to come because I need to head to another course soon. This one is actually 2 weeks! Yes, so when I said my workings days were shorten, I meant like 5- 6 days of work for this whole month.

Sounds relaxing but its not. It translates to more work in the future, studying for exam as well as bringing work back home. So for now I need to switch my mind back to my side project (QAP) and prepare for presentation this coming Monday.

There is a new hype in Taiping. It’s called a cinema. I recently had the opportunity to patronised the outlet though it’s already operational since Raya.

I was told that Taiping used to have a few cinemas but it has all been burnt down. (Not sure why there’s so many fire in the ever raining town). So now cinema is back in existence again under the management of Star Screen Cinemas (SSC).

The show I’ve chosen to watch was Bangkok Dangerous (as the title suggest) starring Nicholas Cage. There was a quite a¬† big crowd outside the cinema, so I thought maybe it’s hard to get tickets. But it’s not the case. The crowd was mainly consists of Indians, so I guess maybe their choice would be some Tamil movie on screen. (It’s Diwali after all) Due to some other circumstances, we went in 5 minutes late and the show has already started. Probably there’s not many advertisers.

I did not enjoy the movie much although the main female character is a pharmacist. Hehe… I find that the cinema is not very conducive for watching movies as the seats are very near the screen. From what I saw, there’s only 8 rows of seats. So even those sitting in the middle rows are very much in front. Hopefully this just applies to cinema no. 6 and not the other five as well.

Anyway, the fact that there IS a cinema in Taiping would be a reason enough to be jolly. So the rest is just… erm… of less importance.

My First Nail Art

Yesterday, I did something that I’ve never tried before. While walking in Ipoh Parade, I came across this small shop that offers nail art. They were doing a promotion so decided to go ahead. Since I can’t possibly have it done on my fingers, I had it done on my toes. I chose a conservative colour which I later regretted. The girl that did my nails were barely in their 20s. I guess they just finished their Form 5 and yet they have very good art skills. I can’t imagine myself doing the same thing. The whole process took only about 30 minutes. Will definitely give a go again but I’ll choose a more striking colour next time.

Update 29/10/08 : Barely 2 days and I’ve already chipped two of my nails… so ‘chou lou’. Hehe…