Saturday, May 02, 2015

Ten Years Ago

Ten years ago I was only 21 years old. Still stuck studying to earn a degree in the US. I was alone, petrified in an alien surrounding, missing my parents and yearning for Malaysian food. I was high on cheese, in fact I bought a complete cheesecake, one pound or more, only to be consumed within few days. There were days when my diet was just cereals and milk. Only once a week i would satisfy my craving at an indian all you can eat buffet serving halal briyani rice with  relevant meat and veges. Or sometimes we will opt for all you can eat chinese buffet. Or was it this year that i started working as a waiter in a turkish restaurant? The memories i fondly cherish earning money for a living or rather for exploring the US. Or was it because i had to repay someone due to something i have done? Was i a bad boy? Bad boy bad boy what do you wanna do when the cop comes for you. I was lonely because i was yearning to have someone to love other than my familyor friends. I was looking for a lover which seemed far away. Was it this year that i have met someone somewhere when i was with my boys doing the lust triangle exploration? Was it this year that i stalked a girl which were way beyond my league?

Today I am a dad and a husband to a wonderful wife and mother. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Renewing Malaysian Passport 2014

I arrived really early to KL's premier immigration office. At first I thought the immigration office was at the government complexes at Jalan Duta but oh boy was I wrong! The office was nearby Publika (opposite actually), inside the Kementerian Dalam Negeri Complex. Parking was free and i can park anywhere i want unless it has been designated for government officers. 

 When i arrived around 7.20 there were some people waiting outside. About 7.30 am the officer signalled to us to enter the compound. People gushed through the unlocked door. I guessed the door was already unlocked prior to my arrival but people just waited outside. Perhaps they were told so. 
 These are payments for the passport. If you are a disabled, then the passport is free provided that you have an official card to confirm your status. Well, for me, i would have to pay RM 300 for a passport to last for five years. 
 So i got this number, meaning that i was the twelfth person (categorized as regular) (there would be another set of counter to cater for special people like pregnant ladies, old people, people with babies and disabled). 
I came to the immigration office without filling any forms and bringing any photo. As you can see, each counter is equipped with special device to take your photograph. I just brought my IC and my old passport and of course enough cash. My number was called after about 15 minutes. So i went and gave the officer my passport and my IC, then she told me to look at the device (camera) to take my photo. We did several attempts as I was told that my eyes were not looking directly at the camera lense. The whole process took about 10 minutes. Then I was told to wait for my number to be called again. 
My number was called after about twenty minutes. I had to go to the payment counter to make the payment. I got the receipt as follow and was told that my passport will be ready after an hour. 
 And so i went to get something to eat downstair at a nearby cafe. 
The food was OK. Typical malaysian breakfast. After killing some time, about an hour, i went back to the office and noticed that the earlier number had not been called. So i waited for some time while playing with my iPad. Suddenly there was an announcement saying that they are experiencing some problem with the computer system and now that the passport processing will take more than an hour to be completed. So i continue waiting and playing with my iPad.These are the counters where they will be giving out the completed passport. At about 9.45 am, my number was called and they gave me my new passport and asked me to double check all my particulars and then signed at several places including inside the new passport. At about 9.50 am, I am a free man with my new passport. Now i can go travel!

All in all, in took me about 2.5 hours to get my passport done! Well done and keep it up my beloved government officers!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Thirty 8 or 38 restaurant at Grand Hyatt KL

While it cost RM 450 for that small portions at Marini's on 57, comparatively it only cost RM350 for a mouthful of food at the 38 at Grand Hyatt KL. It was my birthday and I was lucky to be treated at such wonderful place. It too has some great view. 
 The appetizer was such a filler to my stomach. 

 Lots of food to finish. 
 When you asked for just water, they will give you this expensive bottle of mineral water, alas i cant recall the price. 

Marini on 57 Kuala Lumpur

It was my fiancee's birthday and i decided to take her to this wonderful place after she took me a grandeous restaurant for my birthday. 

Marini's on 57 lies on the 57th floor of the tower 3 of the Suria KLCC. Yes it is not situated on either of the KLCC twin tower but rather the tower 3 which is accessible from the Suria KLCC shopping centre. The easiest way to get there is by parking your car at KLCC then go the information centre asking for direction. 

If i remembered correctly, you have to get to the 2nd floor by escalator and head to your left and go till the end. You will see a sign somewhat decorated with curtain. There will be some staff of Marini's guarding the entrance and asked whether you have a reservation or not. Luckily, i made a reservation couple days back asking for a window seat for two. She said i would need to spend at least RM 300 to be sitting there. I said yeah it is cool since I know the food is really expensive overthere. 

So we led to the lift which took us straight to level 57. 

The waiters and waitress were super attentive and kind to us. We were seated next to the window as requested. Looking at the menu yes the food were super expensive but the view is just spectacular. 

The juices are RM28 each and the water if you requested will be from a mineral bottle which cost you RM28 as well. Then they will give you bunch of bread for free. We ordered a mushroom soup for entree/appetizer which cost RM98. It is really a small portion for that big bucks. 

I got myself full by eating all the breads dip into the mushroom soup or what they called Catagne. Yup it is Italian, since this is indeed an Italian restaurant. Then came the main dish which we decided to share costing us RM188 for a piece of Gobi fish. 
 Yes it does look small and I felt like the masterchef judges eating this delicate piece of meal. 
Once we were done with the meal we were given two other complimentary items i.e. Few chocolate blocks and couple Crossaint to take home. 
 Can you see blocks of chocolate on top of the wooden piece? 

I did some improvement on the Crossaint by adding my own version of the omelette the next morning. 
All in all, it was a good experience and view was nice to see KL at the 57th floor. 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Happy Belated New Year 2014

Well before I started on 2014, let me recap some of the major milestone just before I ended 2013.

2013 ended with me getting engaged, not to anyone that I have written earlier in this blog, but some that I met just after celebrating Hari Raya Aidil Fitri. It started a week before I met her, by which I added her through a mutual friend in FB. I ended the Istanbul trip without finding a future wife thus I had to act quickly in finding the one that I want to marry. So I put up the best picture that I took during my trip in Istanbul as my FB profile picture to lure any prospective girl to want me as a bf or even husband. Sound kind of desperate I know but the How I Met Your Mother season is ending and Ted almost find the mother, so the pressure is really on me. I really don't wan to revisit any of my old flames, since that did not work in the past, then why would it work now? So I have to start quick and fresh.

So as you guess, I did not work out with HI. Well, to be honest I did not really have any strong feelings towards her but she was OK in every way until I brought my parents to her house during Hari Raya for ziarah raya or open house visit. To our disbelief and towards my suspicions, HI came from a very poor family, her parents are from Indonesia (wow?), directly, meaning that her dad and her mom migrated to Malaysia before settling down in Malaysia and do odd jobs to support their children. They live in a squatted housing (rumah setinggan) made of perhaps used contenna box? Yup the house is really small and a bit crowded for even four people. Nonetheless, they treat us nicely but maybe a bit too nice (as my father put it as if they have known us for ages). There were so many to eat (i think they cooked a whole chicken just for us four people to eat). They even packed up foods to go. We were reluctant at first to bring home perhaps the only food they have for that night but her mother was such a persistent woman.

My parents did not favor me having a more serious relationship with her. So I began to pull away from her, little by little each day. Since I do not really fancy her that much, it was easier for me than for her. She was somehow devastated wanted to know why I was pulling away. I did not tell her much other than maybe we were not meant to be together. Little by little and at last, we finally stop contacting each other.

I did find someone through FB which I thought her profile picture is cute. We chatted every night and I found her to be quite similar to me in terms of how we think about things. Furthermore, she live quite nearby to me, about just 15 mins drive to her place. So decided, after a week of chatting, we should meet on a friday night after work at an Arabic Restaurant near bulatan Kg Pandan. It was 20th of September that I met this girl that shall be known as FHA. She is vogue and gorgeous, has a clear voice and to be quite independent. Somehow she was hinting that she needed someone to accompany her to her friend's wedding in Batu Pahat as she was the rightest bridesmaid. Having nothing to do on the weekends, and due to her charm, I somehow volunteered to be her escort for the weekends to Batu Pahat.

So the second meeting with her is a weekend get away to a place of 3 hours drive south. We started driving after maghrib as she had some work to do at the office. I was glad that she paid for my meals, for gas and tol. I had great times and enjoyed the experience with her. The only fall back I guess is that she is rather short but its ok i guess. She is not too short, in fact she is the same height as Hayden Panettiere.Well, I am glad, I ended year 2013 to be engaged with a wonderful girl as FHA. Today, we have confirmed on a date to get married. Awesome. The day will be the middle of 2014.HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 

Friday, October 04, 2013

My life was Ramadan ago

A name that means My Life shall be called HI. Whom I met during Ramadan. She persuaded me to break fast at UIA and then to do qiyam. Which was good. That night i met her, she was nervous. But we talked. She wont really looked at me but continue cutting pieces of paper for her event next day. Somehow she was too agitated. The morning after qiyam when I had to go I saw that she was about to cry which she later confessed that she cried. That was weird. Because we just met. How could i had such a big impact on her? She said she hate departing from me? Well, again that was weird. 

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Istanbul aku datang, translated using Google Translate without any modification, original post at my other blog.

Long journey . I got to be at the airport at 11:30 pm na . Check-in counters open just about an hour after that. Luckily I already do web check in . Q for web check in is only short , unlike ordinary sangaaat check in. long . Last check in directly in without waste any more time . Ye, 3.30am flight . So I walked back in the bathroom rather quiet airport to waste time . Stomach feels hungry , I finally decided to stop eating at a small shop that sells food tengah2 airport kopitiam . I ordered teh tarik and toast , sempoi . Pay last meal , teh tarik Rs 9 and 9:50 toast . Plus tax and service charge RM21.15 total . Wow indeed expensive . But this rude airport prices , make a straight face , JE pay .

I walked back and forth, and stop eating just now have the time passed . 2.30 I continue to boarding . Gate 34 'm not mistaken , people already started to line up . When I turn up , I failed to read punye boarding pass . Rupa2nya I upgraded to business class by Qatar Airways , said the economy class is full. Thank God, this is also very attractive .

Ok , bisness chair class was enjoyable. In addition to spacious leg room , seat so he can bed , so I can lie down with delicious and a further shock seat back massage function tu no sikit2 . Alright although JAP feel very . He had been good STEWARDESS kind . Yerlaa right class business services . I sat sebelaah uncle from Canada , came to the project kat Malaysia Tasik Kenyir , let him now I do not quite understand slang canada him . So ok la , kitorang not even say much , yer la flight night , masing2 tired.

Flight ni kat transit doha, when out of plane O God it feels warm once , got up stairs je la out , even if casual gitu 6am , air baahang already feel the heat . When you 're down the stairs tu pulak kene bus ride , and sent us to the transit hall, was crowded , many giler people, I could pray there kat dawn , dawn yuk la , do not know why berapaa at dawn exhausted , after all, although new at 6 doha morning hours , days 'm snagat bright and warm.

Memmang many people over the airprot . Reason gate to gate flight to Istanbul this same flight to Jakarta , I realized many people giler Indonesian plane sitting around waiting for them . 'm Kind picnic , that's why they butcher ni je kat floor sitting cross-legged in droves .

After the gate is open , we are waiting for a bus kene . This bus will take us to the plane. Far too la travel in a bus, almost half an hour . Doha airport is very particular area, but not connected with the transit terminal or other terminal , aircraft parking jauh2 hand , so kene la bus ride to get there . So in my heart always say , KLIA airport was far more best. No need to take the bus to the plane and did not feel the direct heat of the outside air .

Reach our airplane stairs on the plane . The reason this time I was not given an upgrade , then I'm with other economic passenger boarding through the back door. Sunguh feel the smallest state seat area and not business class, fairly narrow foot space dahlah fathom why parking was under seat box to coat jacket life park , so my legs are going to be tight x can la forward. Smaller ones so I finally fell asleep several times .

After 4 hours in flight finally came to Istanbul international airport. Reach their imigeren officer , ok je , although xde visa in my passport , I do not need to fill out the form apa2 , for their je kat passport he then key in their tu Something and after my passport stamped . JAP said apa2 already . I have been quite surprised by how easy it is going to get into Turkey this.

After taking luggage on the conveyor belt , I thus follow signs to the metro , pity Istanbul shopping cart machine for damaged , never thought to buy JE pouring one way ticket , so I climb back on the arrival and headed towards the taxi . Travel to the sultan ahmet take half an hour and the taxi uncle 're not fluent in Bahasa Inggeris . So quiet je la me along the way . But when reaching the street jam sultan ahmet tu , tu uncle told so , that I walk up on to the Hagia Sofia, the closer he je . I got down okay , 40.90 meters but when I show for 50 lira , JE rude uncle said xde want to thank you for remaining single , Alright I bior jer la x understand why he even told me so . I got out and headed toward Hagi sofia, far jugak la I think I pulled the bag. Dahla hilly roads . Within 40 minutes of this I just met , that's already berpusing2 reason I take the wrong . Many people also rebuked this turkey going to ask where , but because I read a lot of scam blog2 turkish ni kat , I sort of afraid to laayan diorang . That's the way je , although x reluctant to know where it is .

Check in the hotel is quite easy , because I 'm a reservation through . This person just mintak passport and credit cards . I'm a hotel name Hotel Old City , close to the Hagia Sofia betul2 . In the room I 've got scenery Hagia Sofia are very clear . Now the light is still visible when I write this blog .

'm In the bathroom first , best bathroom because he was quite strong and the shower water also best , lukewarm water . After bathing, sleeping , baring2 bed because you feel very tired and feel like a fever. Nose even delicious raw kid je drain .

Baring2 , slept until the evening . Last prayers were to go down to look around . Still lively despite already 9pm. No event for the korean people to promote their country . End can also buy newspaper kiosk near Istanbul cart . 7 lira card price and he can fill in the number that we want . I'm 20 lira first. How did see tomorrow I use it . Suddenly feel lazy to move on, feet still feel tired , and because I sorang2 way , I feel a little scared to move on, after all this terki friendly people giler , abstinence Jalan2 I saw this , there are going to criticize JE . I 've read lazy catering kat reason other blog2 about meereka scam , fear itself pulak kat hit . He did not want the first day of a scam kene kan dah . So I pound back to the hotel and write to this blog entry .

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Yesterday, the Friday I met NJZ

We were texting a trying to set a date to meet when she got back last week, for a 3-week land-off here in the homeland. Alas, she gave in a date yesterday, for me to meet her for lunch. I took a half day since I won't be advisable to drive all the way to her place in the afternoon and then had to go back to the office. I went for Friday prayer over there. It was a small but a newly built/renovated mosque in the vicinity of a condominium. After the prayer I call her and she told me to park somewhere near the Petron and walked to a bank nearby where she would pick me up. It was then I learnt that she wanted me to meet her parents. Well, I was suddenly having butterfly in my stomach, then she took me to her family office which is nearby to that bank and I was told to sit. She called in her mom and luckily her dad was still at the mosques so I didn't get to meet him. She told me that her parents want to see who her daughter is going out with, whomever it is, not just me, so she told me that this was actually a normal practice. Her mom looked nice, and she asked me few questions like am I on leave or something then reminded me not to spend so much time with her daughter.

So we went out, and as she was about to bring me at a Mamak restaurant, I told her I want to go somewhere else. I said I want to bring her somewhere cooler, air-conditioned. So we walked to my car which was blocked by a truck loading some stuff into the petrol station. I had to give some honking to expedite the process that was going on inside.

We arrived at the malay restaurant ordered fish fried with 3-flavored souce, kangkung belacan and a seafood tom-yam. She was good to me, putting some of the dishes to my plated before hers, and of-course I was touched by the hospitality.

We had so much to talk about, my new office, her PhD, etc but somehow I didn't go about to ask her about marriage and how serious I am. Well, it could be attributed to her plan of working at least a year after finishing her PhD, which she will be rushing to do and thus having little time to think about other things and definitely I did not want to put more stuff into her thinking process. Then I dropped her around 4.

There was so much running in my mind after dropping her off. I need to process the overwhelming situation as whether I want to wait and pursue her or find somebody else. Is it normal for me to be seeing her mom? Well, she said her parents want to see any friend that is bringing her out, so I guessed that was not really a big deal. If I were to wait for her then I would spent more than a year waiting and unmarried. I really want to settle down but of course with someone I really like. She was kind to me, smart and pretty. She have the total package and the family business is really holly, i.e. to do some printing associated with religious knowledge.

She texted me later in the evening thanking me for the lunch and how she would do the same for me once she got to work. But I am thinking, that would be like another year or so. So the fact that she would not be ready at the moment (or at least in the near future) to settle down is really a deal breaker to me.

Today, I woke up to see her texted me at 2.49 am (or is Celcom having some issues delivering the message, I wouldn't know) to tell me that I've lost weight since the last two years, well done?