The Yat (One) and Only Journey

Monday, 29 May, 2006

Langkawi Trip [Part 2]

Filed under: Travel & Places — Yatz @ 7:04 pm

Here’s where I left off in the previous entry..

Day 1 (Afternoon)

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*The Top Station at Langkawi Cable Car*

*Going up the steep stairs from the Hanging Bridge..It’s damn tiring*

*Going downhill by cable car from the Top Station*

After the Oriental Village and cable car, we headed to the Seven Wells Waterfall..

It’s about 3-5 minutes drive from the Oriental Village to the Seven Wells..It’s about 3pm when we reached the waterfall spot..

Just looking at the steep stairs, I could feel the difficulty in walking up the stairs, plus Hikaru‘s info about it coz he had visited it just merely 3 months ago..

Before we could start off our journey up the stairs, we bumped onto 2 Californian chicks..

While sitting in their Perodua Kancil, Hiew and I had a little chat with them..

Chicks : Are you guys trying to go up there.??

Guys (us) : Yeap..What’s wrong with up there.??

Chicks : Well, it’s a 30 minutes journey up there..And it’s not really a waterfall..Just few small ponds everywhere..

Guys : What the HECK~?!?! 30 minutes up there.?? Are you kidding me.?!

Chicks : Hell no..30 minutes up and another 30 down..It’s not worth it..

Guys : Really.?? Shit..By the way..Where are you girls from.??

Chicks : California..

Guys : Oh California.? That’s great..How’s your trip in Lang-Keh-Wee so far.??

Chicks : Oh..We are having a great time here..How bout you guys.??

Guys : We are from Kuee-Laa-Loom-Pour..It’s our first day in Lang-Keh-Wee..

Chicks : Yea.? We have had been to Kuee-Laa-Loom-Pour before..It’s a nice place..

So that’s roughly what we talked abour that day..Hence, we headed up the stairs..

By the time we were only half-way up the stairs, we still have approximately 230 steps to go..

Total up, it has about 480 steps to get the mid-way of the waterfall..Which means that’s the ‘pond‘ area the Californians were talking about..

Hikaru, Hiew and I already tired to death at the 230 steps..Pushed ourselves to the limit and exceeded our limitations to reach our goal, the pond.!!

Left Deral and Lipau far behind, because they couldn’t take it anymore when it’s only about 100 steps, I think..Hahaha..

Want to get to the stream where the waterfall come from.?? It’s more than 1000 steps up there..It’s approximately equivalent to three Batu Caves..

Anyhow, we reached the destination of 480 steps with our lungs and knees badly damaged, and of course, suffocations..Woo Hoo~!!!

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*The Seven Wells Waterfall (pic courtesy of Hikaru)*

The ‘ponds‘ are everywhere, where they actually formed a stream..

The water is cool and crystal clear..With algae everywhere on the rocks, under the water..Thus made the surface of the rocks kinda slippery..

The rocks made a slide-like surface, where we can slide from top of a steep down to a lower level of pond..

About an hour later, we headed back down hill to where our car was parked..Then off we went off to venture around the place..

On our way out of the forest and snake-like road, we stopped at Pantai Kok..

It’s just another polluted dirty beach like any other places in Malaysia..We had rojak and drinks, then off we went back to our living place, Awana Porto Malai Resort..

It was a tedious journey from Pantai Kok back to the Resort, because all we did was just follow the map and made few wrong directions..

It’s about 5pm when we reached our room..After a hot shower and some nice rest, we went out for dinner at 8pm..Hahaha..Long rest huh..

After some surveys, we decided to have our dinner at Palm View Seafood Restaurant, Jalan Pantai Cenang..

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*The Palm View Seafood Restaurant*

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*We seated inside, air-conditioned*

But it was too cold inside..Everyone shivers and sneezed like there’s no tomorrow..

So we switched table and sit outside..

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*With lots of lightings hanging around outside*

The food was definitely nice, delicious and fulfilling..Costed us RM 20 per pax only..Not bad for crab and duck..

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*The delicious dishes*

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*Clockwise from top-left – Don’t know what vegie, Fried Sotong, Roasted Duck, Hot Plate Japanese Tofu*

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*The nice Fried Soft Shell Crab*

After we had eaten our dinner, that’s about 9.30pm, we walked along the Jalan Pantai Cenang to see whether other restaurants have cheaper and nicer food..

But to no avail, all of the restaurants are about the same..Same menu, same price, same table clothes, etc etc..

The worst is, all shops selling liquor, such as the Underwater World and town area shops all closed at 8pm or so..

Thus, no drink-til-die night for us on the first night..What a waste..Thought of getting a bottle of Martel Cordon Blue for the first night..

Anyway..We still managed to get ourselves some small bottle of gin and vodka drinks..Just a mere 5% alcoholic drink..

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*All Pelicans*

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*L-R – Gin & Lemon, Tropical Fruit, and Ice Lemon Tea*

Then we planned to go to the in-house resort pub, called Ground Zero (I do believe it doesn’t has any connection to the 9/11 tragedy)..

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*Fun Pub.?? I don’t think so*

Waited for about 2 hours for the peak-time at the resort lobby..

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*Resting and busy with mobile games and SMS-es*

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*Alright, it’s my home..Hahaha*

Only did we know that the patrons are not our level of group..And the music.?? SUCKS-TO-THE-MAXXX~!!

Not any Benny Benassi wannabe pub or even a single of trance or techno..It plays stupid remix with A-Go-Go feeling within..Yuck..Not our cup of tea..

In the end..We ended up in bed quite early, coz nothing much to do other than finished up our little bottles in a few gulps..

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*Our room*

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*All ready to go to bed*

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*Finishing the last gulp*

The end of Part 2, which is also the end of Day 1 of our Langkawi trip..

Get ready for more thrills on the Langkawi Trip [Part 3], Day 2..


Thursday, 25 May, 2006

Langkawi Trip – Day 1 [Part 1]

Filed under: Travel & Places — Yatz @ 3:08 pm

I’m back from the Langkawi trip with a bang..WOO HOO~~!! Ok, enough of hiatus..

Before I start, I wrote an entry about Langkawi approximately 3 months ago..It is called Requested : Langkawi Trip Spoiler..Check it out..

Alright..A brief opening on the place we took off, the Puduraya bus station, Kuala Lumpur..

The travel bus was scheduled to take off at 11.30pm on Thursday night, but it only arrived at about 12.10am..

We rushed our time just to catch the bus and this is what we got..’Futch‘ you bus company..

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*The bus is here*

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*Adios KL*

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*The Platform 19*

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*There’s Hiew and Hikaru*

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*Deral and Li Pau*

It’s already Friday ‘morning’, we were on the stupid shuttle bus and headed to no where that I know of, at least I know we are going to Kuala Perlis..Hahaha..

Being carefree, I slept on the bus as soon as it left the town area..At about 3.10am, we stopped-by at a Caltex petrol station at Bukit Gantang (I have no idea where this place is)..

So I’m the first few passengers stepped down the bus and headed to the toilet..

After that, I proceeded to the Caltex sundry shop to buy a bottle of mineral water..

When I was about to pay at the cashier, the bus driver starts the engine and drive away from where it stopped..

To my shock and afraid of being left out, I ran out of the shop with 2 fellow passengers, a Chinese guy and an English man..

We freaked like hell and rushed to the bus and knocked on the stupid door..Alright, follish us..

The bus driver was actually just driving away to a more spacious lane so that it wouldn’t block any vehicle from behind..WTF~

I should have known the bus won’t leave us there..My mind was being affected by the fellow Chinese passenger because he was running like a freak towards the bus (-.-lll *sweat*

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*Here’s Mark and his err..girlfriend or fiancee I guess,??*

Mark is the Englishman who hails from London, chased the bus together with me..Hahaha..If you are reading this..Cheers mate~!!

That incident made me the laughing stock of the night among my friends..WTF~!!

At about 5.20am, we reached Alor Setar and reached our destination, Kuala Perlis at about 6.15am..

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*Kuala Perlis Seaview Hotel at the Kuala Perlis bus station*

That’s all for a funny brief opening before our Langkawi trip begun..

We bought 5 tickets for the 7am ferry, costed us RM 15 per pax..

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*The ferry waiting hall at Kuala Perlis*

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*It’s 7am..Look at the people*

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*Waiting for the doors to open*

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*Us, in the ferry*

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*Hiew hiew..Always with his mobile on his ear*

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*Waiting for the people*

We watched The Rock in the ferry..Ok..It’s not Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson..It’s The Rock – Alcatraz starring Sean Connery and Nicholas Cage..

Roughly an hour later, we reached the jetty of Pulau Langkawi, The Duty Free Island..

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*The ferry, jetty and sea*

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*Here we are..Pulau Bebas Cukai – Duty Free Island (pic courtesy of Hikaru)*

Hotel and car rental agents everywhere outside the jetty, offering services at anytime..Sometimes I doubt their honesty, although I know they are just trying to make some money from the tourism industry..

At the jetty, we rented a Mitsubishi Space Wagon (MPV-style), RM 250 for 3 days (bargain after bargain)..

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*The Mitsubishi Space Wagon..Cool eh*

From the jetty, we passed-by town area, Kuah, then off to countryside to find our living place..

We set off to Awana Resort -with 2 maps in hands- situated at Pantai Cenang, the most secluded resort at Pantai Cenang..

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*Awana Resort’s lobby*

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*What’s with the pillars.??*

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*Registration in-process*

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*The so-called lounge*

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*I’m Mr. Brightside*

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*The Awana Resort..Posing gilerrrr wa cakap luuuu~~!! (pic courtesy of Lipau)*

We settled with a room, pool view, RM 145 per night..So it’s RM 290 divided by 5 person..Quite spacious..Can forcefully shared by 8 person in that room..

Can save a lot from there and have all the fun in just 1 room, although you can still rent 2 rooms where it has a door connected to each other..

*On our long way on the hallway to the room*

Things settled..We drove back to Kuah, the town area to have our branch at about 11.30am..

I’m the DD (dedicated driver) for the whole trip..Nice feeling with my hands on the steering wheel ^^

We ate chicken rice at a shop called Restoran Cahaya Bahagia..It sucks..I guess it isn’t ‘bahagia‘ at all when we were eating there..

Bahagia means happiness/bliss, in case you didn’t know..

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*Looks good.?? NOT~~!!!*

After the un-fulfilling meal, we went sight-seeing at the town area..Then only we decided to go to the Langkawi Cable Car, Oriental Village..

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*Welcome to Oriental Village Langkawi*

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*Nice view eh*

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*It’s so relaxing and eye-catching*

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*The cable car station (those 2 people there are Koreans)*

Beside the cable car station, we got to play with rabbits..And I do mean LOOOOOOTS of rabbits~~!!

They chased me everywhere I go, even without any food for feeding..WAAAARGH~!!! HELP~!!!

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*Rabbits everywhere*

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*See what I mean (pic courtsey of Hikaru)*

*The Rabbits*

After playing with the rabbits, we tried out the cable car..I guess it’s slightly higher than Genting Highlands‘ cable car..Imagine that~

It costs us RM 15 per pax..Shit..All we saw was just money being forked out from our pockets..

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*I see skies of blue*

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*I see trees of green*

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*And I think to myself, what a wonderful world~~ (Louis Armstrong – What a Wonderful World)*

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*The DON’Ts*

On the mountain peak, we got to take pic with the Koreans..

And also, there’s a hanging bridge which resembles the crook bridge that Malaysia proposed to build to connect to Singapore from Johor, that one..

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*Our very own crook bridge*

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*The Hanging Bridge with the clouds of white and blue as the background (pic courtesy of Hikaru)*

On the hanging bridge, we met Ian Wright, the host of don’t know what TV programme..Something about tour and travel or something on Astro..

*On our way downhill to the Hanging Bridge*

*The Hanging Bridge*

It’s kinda windy up there, you know..I mean ‘futch‘-king windy..The bridge is rocking like a hurricane..HELL YEAH~!!

After the visit to the hanging bridge, we went to the Seven Wells (Telaga Tujuh)..

Ok..It’s not about wells, it’s waterfall~!!

I’ll leave that for the next entry coz it’ll take some times for me to write and for you to digest the pics that I posted in this entry..

Til then..See ya..

Thursday, 18 May, 2006

Langkawi..Here I Come..

Filed under: Travel & Places — Yatz @ 7:38 pm

Wednesday, 17 May, 2006

Taynton’s Fish Ball Noodle..

Filed under: Eats — Yatz @ 4:52 pm

I guess many of the diners out there knew about this shop long time ago..

Perhaps I’m kinda late to talk about this shop here..It has already appeared in a number of press recommendation..

It’s the Taynton’s Fish Ball Noodle, Kedai Makanan Jin Man..

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*Kedai Makanan Jin Man*

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*Along the shoplots at Taman Taynton, Cheras*

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*The entrance, the cooking place*

You can see them preparing the noodles at the entrance..It’s quite hard to get a park your car there..

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*The cashier..Pay at the cashier*

Just tell them your table number, and you’ll get to know the hefty price of the food you have eaten..Hahaha..

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*2 shoplots together*

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*The Fried Fish Cake*

I have to say this Fried Fish Cake is absolutely a must..It’s very crispy and the taste of it is so damn nice when u dip it into the chilli sauce..

But it’ll cost you RM 5 per plate, like this..

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*Yummy yum delicious*

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*The Dried Fish Ball Noodle*

The noodle is ok..But the fish balls are very nice..It feels bouncy on every bites of it..

Other than normal mee, mihun, and kuey teow, they served some kinda special dish of theirs, the tang hoon, as in tung fun in Cantonese..

The price of it is above normal price, where my Dried Fish Ball Noodle, big-sized, costs RM 4..
The tang hoon costs slightly more than RM 5..

So if you have only RM 10 left in your wallet, try to avoid this shop..Hahaha..

A plate of Fish Cake = RM 5, Fish Ball Tang Hoon (big) = RM 5.30, and a drink = RM 1.50..The total would be RM 11.80..

When I was eating there, there were 5 patrons checking the bill for their table..

For just 5 person, they spent a massive amount of RM 15 for each of them, totalled up roughly RM 75, in that non-aircond shop..

With RM 75, you can get Pizza, KFC, McD, or whatever it is..

Anyway..This place is recommended if you are looking for a new place to have your lunch at Cheras area, if you haven’t eat in this shop before..

Monday, 15 May, 2006

National Youth Day..

Filed under: Events — Yatz @ 11:57 pm

Today, 15th of May 2006 is the National Youth Day (Hari Belia)..

For some reasons, I joined the National Youth Day celebration at Bukit Jalil Indoor Putra Stadium..

The government splashed lots of money to make this event a success..

Offering free bus rides to big organisations in certain areas, and bring them to the event..

As shown on RTM1, 9.30pm, there were lots of people in the indoor stadium..

And also as expected, mostly Malays who join this kind of events..

However, there were still like, 8% of Chinese and 6% of Indians out of the crowd..Not bad huh..

At about 8.15pm I reached the main entrance of the Indoor Putra Stadium, there were not much people..

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*Malays everywhere snapping pics*

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*The banner, Sambutan Hari & Minggu Belia Negara 2006*

Waited for a while, entered the stadium..So that’s where all the people at..

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*Ok..This is just the beginning*

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*See the yellow chair behind the crowd.?? There’s where the ministers seated*

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*Flags of the states and organisations being swayed left and right*

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*Meal was given free..Nasi kandar with a piece of curry chicken*

Ok..Actually I already taken my dinner at home before I went to the event..But hey, I was hungry again..

So I ate a few spoons of rice, the chicken is damn hard to bite..

Well, as expected..You cannot expected the food to be nice when they are serving for few thousands of attendees..

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*Yeah..That’s the ministers seats*

All of them enjoyed themselves, with Malaysian artiste Liza Hanim on the stage singing her popular tracks..

Then, In-Team, a nasyid group, took their turn on the stage to entertain the crowd..

After their performances, Shamsul Ghau Ghau together with a girl, hosted the event on the stage..

They kept talking about the motto of the event, “Belia Bina Bangsa, Belia Wawasan, Belia Malaysia”, bla bla bla..I couldn’t listen to what they were saying..

As usual like we were in the school days, we hardly listen to the headmaster / principal / teachers give speech..

When there is a sudden silence or a sudden high tone in the voice *like you are talking in angst*, people will tend to follow the situation, cheered or clapped their hands..

So all I can hear was Shamsul Ghau Ghau shouting the name of the states in the Peninsula, and those people who came from their very own states cheered like hell..

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*Now look at the crowd now*

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*Mostly Ah-Bengs of the Malay culture*

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*Yeah, the stadium was fully packed*

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*That’s what i call Belia*

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*Flags everywhere*

The event was under control and out of control, too..

Under control as in nothing rebellious done by the youth towards the host or ministers…

Out of control, as in the youth were rebellious in a particular way, throwing paper planes and glowing sticks from the seats to the crowd down below..

Then there were karaoke of Allaryaham Sudirman‘s song, Hoore Hoore..Most of the Malays were hysterically singing and dancing to the tune *WTF~*

The stupid thing is, the song was being repeated at least 4 times..Luckily not repetitively played in a row..

At about 9pm, an old Mini Cooper were driven into the stadium with a couples of Vespa escorting it *with Mission Impossible theme*..

At 9.10pm, the Prime Minister, Pak Lah with his sidekicks, the ministers, arrived with ‘paluan kompang’..

A routine for Malays when there is big thing..i.e wedding, ceremony, etc etc..

Then the national anthem, ‘Negaraku‘ was played on the PA system to kick off the event, followed by prayers for the Muslims..

At about 9.25pm, Pak Lah gave his speech about the motto, “Belia Bina Bangsa, Belia Wawasan, Belia Malaysia”..

I couldn’t hear a single word from him, blame the lousy PA sound system..

Ok..Perhaps because I’m seated next to stage and was afar from the stage.??

Yet, people still cheered and clapped their hands at certain moments in his speech..I guess they knew the procedure in attending events..

Low-tone, keep quiet..Hi-tone, clap hands..Hi-tone and pause for a moment, cheer and clap hands..Yeah, you got that right..

If I’m not mistaken, Pak Lah showed a WTF-face expression when the crowd cheered to his thoughtful speech..

He must be wondering, how the hell the crowd could listen to him and cheered for him, when he himself couldn’t listen to his voice clearly from the PA system..Hahaha..

So I just acted non-chalant about his speech and play with my mobile phone’s games..

At about 9.50pm, the speech ended..And I proceeded to walk out of the stadium, albeit performances still running on, and headed back home to blog about the event..

Saturday, 13 May, 2006

A Visit To Ikea..

Filed under: Family & Friends, Travel & Places — Yatz @ 11:50 pm

Alright..It’s my first stupid visit to the Ikea with my family..

It was on Friday, the Wesak Day, so it was a public holiday..Quite packed..

All the things are famously known for their hefty prices..Some goods are even up to no good if you buy it..

Though, I have to say some of the goods are worth the price they tagged it, because of the design and perhaps the usefulness of it..

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*The first section of all, the Living Room*

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*If you notice there’s a person on the red sofa..A lady was sleeping on the sofa*

Needless to say, the sofas and couches are damn comfortable and nice to put your butts on..

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*An ideal PC table for me ^^*

Ok..The 3 following pics will be a set of goods comparison of the same price..

All of the 3 items are priced at RM 99..You decide which one to buy..Perhaps none of them are worth it..Hahaha..

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*A 5-storeys bookshelf*

This 5-storeys bookshelf is quite good..Just that the width is just so-so..Not quite wide enough..

Ok, maybe it’ll save some space in your room..

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*A long legged chair*

You can warm your butts on this chair anywhere and everywhere in Ikea..

It’s available everywhere at the foodcourt and many other places..

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*A decorative crystal/glass egg*

This thing here is up to no use, priced at RM 99..Once broken consider stupid for buying it..Hahaha..

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*Nice kitchen*

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*Another ideal PC table cum study table for me*

I just love this table and perhaps the LCD monitor as well..Hahaha..

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*The work section*

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*Nice couch, indeed*

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*A set of shoe case (3 compartments)*

I can’t remember the price of it..It is probably RM 89 or RM 100++..

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*My messy bedroom*

Well yeah..It will be my messy room if I move in to Ikea *grins*..

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*A luxury bedroom for the newly-weds*

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*The shoe rack*

Now I have to say this is 1 creative and innovative design for shoe rack..

With all those thingies to place your shoes, you don’t have to pile up your shoes on one after another or line them up in a long row, if you owned like, 10 pair of shoes.??

This rack can store up to 16 pair of shoes..Difficult to put and take it from the inner rows.?

No worries..With rollers and slides, you can pull it out for better management..

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*With rollers, you can just pull it out easily*

How much does it costs.?? If I’m not mistaken, around RM 450 or something..

Well ok..There are pros, and of course there are cons..

You don’t wish to put your dirty-moisted shoes in the beautiful rack, right.?

Why the heck would I want to place my shoes nicely on those thingies.?? I will just throw my shoes in it and the shoes are starting to pile up on one another..

Anyway..It’s worth it if you are a person of hygiene and neat..No mess in the rack..

1 more thing I have to say is, the hotdog and curry puff sold on the ground floor of the exit of the showroom does tastes good..Hahaha..And the price are reasonable..

*The Punishment Chair~~*

Ok..This chair here looks silly..

At first I thought, “Who the heck are gonna sit on that chair being crushed and pressed like hell on the crotch.?!?!

Then, after a while of recording this video, only I realised that stupid machine is just showing how comfortable and durable the chair is, with that kind of elasticity..

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