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Thursday, April 20, 2006

Call me Goldie

My mom and brother just branded me as a goldfish. Well, with a memory of a goldfish was more like it. Sí, es verdad....tengo memoria de una pezecita. Every few seconds or so, they have to repeat what they have said to me - they can't blame me. I've just got too much on my mind! The grey sponge is no longer able to suck up any more information fed to it, without having to gag on what's already in there.

Having just moved to a new home less than a week ago (my room's still a complete mess!), I had to get my visa done (thank god it took no more than 3 days), as well as my air tickets (off I go on the 25th!!!), and hostel bookings in Paris. Having limited access to Internet for the moment is not helping either. Thanks to, I didn't have much trouble finding a place to stay in Paris. *phew* And Anette, she's such a darling for letting me stay at her place in Sevilla :D. Also got my airport transfer from Heathrow to Stansted done online too at National Express website. Next I gotta have my train booked from Paris to Toulouse from SNCF. Arrgghh...time's just too short.

Shucks....I have NOT even written to my host mom in Toulouse yet.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Jump, Fly, Sail away!

Last few days had been super duper fun! Spent 3D/2N at Club Med Cherating with my darling TW, and I tried to fill up the time with lots activities available i.e. ADVENTUROUS: archery, flying trapeze (I did it TWICE :D), bungy bounce (I managed a back flip!!!), sailing (I was in-charge of the jib sail, and TW the main sail); CALMING: yoga (imagine doing it in an open space facing the sea!) It was tough to fit in so many things into such a short period. Check out the photos - there are not many though....was busy having fun ;)

The whole village by the way, was filled with lots of French & Japanese. Though none spoke to me in French, there were French conversations almost everywhere...perfect for my listening practice! Lots of wash-eyes opportunities too of course...kekeke...

Food was good too, with great variety...we stuffed ourselves silly....except that for 2 days TW decided to have a FRUITs ONLY diet for lunch (hehe...after I complained about his spare tire, of course). And me? Diet? What diet?? With so much good food? No way! Once, just like a snake who just swallowed a big cow, I hibernated by the sea side after lunch. Of course it was under a swaying palm tree, with sounds of waves racing to the shore, and rustling leaves, while I listened to soft Latin Guitar Moods music on my Zen Vision:M. Though I managed to doze off, I had my pouch clutched tightly....there are lots of straying monkeys around! And I mean real monkeys! :P

bagai pemangkin alam ceria
penggerak pada yang leka.

kerana bayu melambai gembira
berbisik seolah mempelawa
'Menarilah bersama'.

ombak berkejaran ke pinggir
desiran memecah kesunyian
membawa inspirasi.

Irama gitar
bermainan di latar
bagai hanyut ke alam fantasi
resahku larut.

My attempt on the Flying Trapeze!

G.O.: When I count to 3, let go, and you land on your punggung ok???
Me: Ok!!! (still swinging)
G.O.: 3, 2, 1!
(Instead of landing on my butt as instructed, my feet touched the net first, and I bounced back almost landing flat on my face)
G.O.: Hey, where's your punggung??? Tell me, you're not a Malaysian right?
Me: (LOL) I guess my punggung is on my head! :P

(There goes my chance with the cute Trapeze G.O.!)

*G.O. - Gentil Organisateurs or Congenial Hosts. They are in charge of all the activities at Club Med, making the stay an unforgettable one. The job's really cool. Every working day is almost like a holiday. Oooh I am so jealous!!!

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Ops Cicak

The Kem Latihan Negara (KLN) allowed some of the chinese participants to be back for the Qing Ming festival from 1st till 3rd of April. My sister of course, can't wait to take advantage of this holiday to return and stock up on food as well as to bring some extra clothing (it is compulsary for them to wear long sleeves with collar shirts when leaving the dorm). Parents were required to fax in a surat permohonan cuti, and personally come pick their kids from the camp.

In this rescue operation, my dad, mom and I drove up to Kuantan for an overnight stay on Friday, then early Saturday morning, after breakfast, we continued our journey to Kem Semarak in Pekan (45 mins drive). When we arrived, Sean San was already all excited waiting for us near the entrance. She was SOOO DARK!!! Not to our surprise of course, the rest of the Chinese participants were also eagerly waiting for their parents to come fetch them. I believe that the boys must have had a stricter Camp Commander, considering that ALL the boys were queued nicely, "At Ease" in front of the administration office, while the girls were just wandering around. All, with their bags ready to go home. As each one exit the admin office with their parents, you would have probably thought they have just collected the jackpot lottery winnings, with a grin wider than a mile.

On the way home, my sister was non-stop jibbering about the "torture" she had to endure, having to wash her own clothes, sleeping w/o AC, having to wake up at 5 am, having to share baths and toilets, having to walk at least 20 minutes from the dorm to the field for drills every day...the list goes on. If you ask me, it's not that bad, I guess she is finding it a li'l tough because she is the youngest in the family and get to be pampered all the time...Hah! :P But then again, she gets to have 6 meals a day! No wonder she hasn't lost any weight...hehehe...well, she is complaining about the variety of food though. From now until the day she return to the camp, I bet she would be stuffing herself with lots of Bak Kut Teh & Wan Tan Mee.....LOL!