Wednesday, April 26, 2006

its heartbreaking when you see someone else living your dreams. as much as you want them to do well, there's still that small part of you that wonders, why him and why not me? (by you, i mean me). ah well. i'll get over it. i'm gonna have to get over it. its not as if i can do anything about it anyway.

khairun 'living my alternative dreams' baharuddin

Thursday, April 20, 2006

goooooood moooooooorniiiiiiing!!!

and what a wonderful morning it is. heheh. AAAAARRSENAAALLLLLL!! yes. its 4.45 in the morning and i just finished watching arsenal took on villareal at highbury. the result? one niiilllll to the arsenal. although it really should've been 3 nil. stupid linespeople. they were so wrong. hahaha. not gonna count my chickens just yet though. its only the first leg. and its at home. so i'll just count my chickens next week.

highlights? obviously the goal by toure. erm, and the squirrel i guess. hahaha. so cute. early in the first half there was this squirrel on the pitch. and it stayed on for a while too. hahaha. the ref stopped the game for a bit. it wasnt that much of a nuisance. but i guess if the players were to step on it, the pitch would get very messy. haha. lets see. what else. hmm. forlan, in my opinion still looks very much like a ponce. and the goalie. barbosa. 4 words. pirates of the carribean!! hahaha. arrr! arsenal controlled most of the match. there were tons of chances. a bit unlucky i guess. oh yeah, 5 minutes of extra time at the end of the match? now i've seen everything.

anyhow. arsenal are currently 5th in the league. behind tottenham. horrorshow, i know, but its true. we do have a game in hand though (we've played 34, they already played 35) but even if we win that, we'd still be behind. so after doing a bit of maths, the best shot we have of finishing fourth to qualify for the champs league through the premier league, is if they lose all of their remaining games and we win all of ours. we play them next matchday. if i had to choose, i'd say that we'd win that match. hahaha. elsewhere, chelsea couldnt celebrate winning the title just yet since united beat tottenham so technically they're still in the race even though they're like 11 points behind. give it up united. its pointless. after only being beaten 3 times in 35 matches, do you actually think they'll lose the last 3? doubt it. save yourselves the trouble.

next up, trip to penang. last time i stopped at the first day of the trip. alrighty then, second day. we got hold of a car. big help. otherwise we wouldve had to take the bus everywhere. that would've been really inconvenient. so many thanks to fahan's uncle n aunt n cousin for lending it to us. it was a honda charade i think. modified. haha. u know, massive exhaust, lowered. kinda cute if you looked at it long an hard. grows on you i guess. anyways, early that thursday morning (okay, maybe not so early), we took the car to the beach. batu feringghi. dunno if i spelt that right. we drove to the ferry terminal and took a ferry across the river and from there we just followed the signs (road signs, not divine related or anything like that), designated driver, una!! thanx dear. she's great at it. drove like she knew her way round. didnt get lost once.

so the first part of the day was spent at the beach. love that salty, fishy smell. we did lots of things. well, the limited number of things that could be done at the beach anyway. we played tag in the sea (tiring), we drew our names on the sand, made hand prints and took pictures of it (will try to get hold of the pictures), we just sat there and had a competition to see who can resist the waves the best. all in all it was fun. first obstacle, however, came when we saw a lizard come up from the sea. gross. we all came up to the beach as fast as we could. but after the lizard left, we went back into the laut. the thing that really made us quit was the sighting of a jellyfish. in a scene straight out of jaws, we came up to the shore running and freaking out, like our very lives depended on getting out of the water. or was it just me? still. we were scared. after that we didnt go back into the water.

so after we were done with the beach. we had lunch and then we went to the spice garden. that was nice. it was like going into the forest minus all the trekking. we just walked on the pavements. saw lots of trees (obviously). and lots of spice plant things. half the things there i didnt know looked like that. get what i mean? highlight of that visit? all of us taking turns to go into the hammock. a bit like jakun la us. but we didnt care. there werent anyone else around. and there was this cool massive swing that could probably fit all five of us but being the law abiding citizens that we were, we only went on it two at a time since that was the limit. yeah, that was cool.

after that we went to georgetown. visited fort cornwallis. that was cool. they had them old school rifles/muskets. you know, the type that you can only fire once at a time and you have to stuff the bullets and the explosive through the muzzle into the barrel using them long sticks. so that was cool. loadsa cannons everywhere. i lost track of the times i went up to a cannon and started chanting 'AAAARSENAAALLL'. people probably thought i was a lunatic. i wouldve been an embarrassment to my parents. haha. anyhow, that place was really cool. there was supposed to be a moat around it but they had to bury it back in god knows when because there was a malaria outbreak. it was cool being there. total time warp. haha.

we didnt stay long there because it was closing. went to masjid kapitan keling (another historical site) for prayers and then went back to batu feringghi in search of dvds. it was real late by the time we got them. fahan got marah-ed at by her uncle for coming back so late. but i guess in a sense it was worth it. we went back using the penang bridge. pretty. liked it lots. an engineering marvel (geeky siot). so that was basically it for the 2nd day. i reckon i'll leave the third day for later.

you guys mustve noticed the skin change. for those of you like kma who were quick, you got to see the green one with the horrid arrangement where my post was way too low. wanted to fix it. couldnt be arsed. couldnt figure out how to change the size of my tagboard (yes, i am very much IT illiterate). so the best way is to change the skin completely. hahaha. didnt really like the green one anyway. reminded me of mouldy mould. so get use to this one folks. because the next change wont be for another long while. oh yeah, i reckon the woman in the pic is kinda cool.

neways, thats all for now folks. dah subuh dah pun. sleep is beckoning. oh yeah. watched supernatural a few nights ago. lets just say its the first tv show, or any show for that matter, that gave me nightmares. highly recommended. its coming on axn in may. yay!! jensen ackles = hot. right then. now i'm really going. stay outta trouble lads and lasses. adios y hasta luego.

khairun 'gooner' baharuddin

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

hey y'all!!!

oohhh....been awhile hasnt it? more than a month definitely. hahaha. no excuses. i've just been doing other stuff. mostly useless, as usual, but they're other stuff nonetheless. so how's everyone? good i hope. me? well, my left ankle hurts after i twisted it when i was wearingmy wedge sandals. it didnt hurt straight away. truth be told i was just glad no one saw it. would've been real embarrassing.

other than that, everything's fine n dandy! on holiday right now, as are most of you. a bit sad that we only get two weeks, but i cant complain too much. some people only got less than a week. results will be out soon. *shudder*. i had a terrible nightmare last night. i dreamt i got an F for my thermodynamics. shock shock horror horror. the thought of it alone sickens me.

anyways, onto something less depressing. lots had happened while i wasnt blogging. the most obvious one was the final exams. three weeks of pure mental torture. started with introduction to flight. i sucked at that. then onto introduction to organizational behaviour. i reckoned i did alright. next it was fluid mechanics. sucked at that too. and then linear algebra. sucked. then engineering materials. sucked. and last, but by no means least, thermodynamics. sucked times ten to the power of infinity squared. if that was possible. wait a sec, this isnt something less depressing. nevermind. wrote a paragraph of it already.

last week i did something fun. barely a year after the trip to langkawi, we all had another trip to penang. gosh that was fun. tiring. but fun. went by train on tuesday night. yes, by train. i know i said i wouldnt but i did. dunno why though. i guess i thought that i would've gotten used to the bright flourescent lights and the swaying from side to side. i thought wrong. didnt sleep the whole night. except maybe for about ten minutes. got to penang eight hours later looking like a raccoon. it wasnt even subuh yet. so we wandered arouond, me, fahan, una, faiz and fana. then after prayers we went and got on the ferry to get to the island. saw the sunrise. breathtaking.

people were busy getting to work. we were busy being awestruck by just about everything. the dock, the ferry, the sea, the sunrise. when we got to the island, we had breakfast and after that we got cracking. first up, komtar. we were still lugging around our bags n stuff coz we couldnt find anywhere suitable to put them. so in the end we had to be contented with leaving them with this dude who runs this luggage-keeping business. not the best idea, but i'd rather not lug the gigantamous backpack around. from komtar we went to ayer hitam. we wanted to go up penang hill formerly known as bukit bendera. we waited for ages and ages for a bus. we even went hiking up the kek lok si temple while we waited. fana was awestruck. even bought a pair of samurai swords. i was tired and stinky by the time we reached the top.

after that, we finally managed to get to bukit bendera. went up the cable car. the coaches were filled with people. the ride up the hill was horrid. we had to stand and the carriage was just filled with people that it was almost sickening. but then when we reached the top, everything seemed worth it. the view overlooking the island was awesome. the air was cleaner too. no trafic congestion or things like that. everything was so peaceful. the only thing i didnt like was the fact that butteflies were every-effin-where. i do wonder where they all came from. they kept following me too. cynical little creatures.

after spending some time there, we went back down and had lunch. then we all went shopping at komtar. nothing much though. and then we took the ferry back to mainland and waited around for a bus so we could get to fahan's gran's place. the bus ride to fahan's gran's place was nothing short of adventurous. its like going on them roller coasters, minus the safety harnesses. it was scary yet exciting. completely unsafe though. but we all got out alive. thats what matters.

after the scary bus ride we arrived at the kampung. and it was a proper kampung too. with sawah and everything. it was dark coz it was night by then. and we had to go past a cemetery. and we found out later that faiz saw this white light coming from the place. i didnt see jack. probably coz i was trying my best not to look at the place.

and so ends the first day. will put the pictures up later. the second part will be put up later as well. best be off now. no arsenal update. they're doing alright. too sleepy to get into details. will do later though.

nyt boys and gurls. stay outta trouble. adios y hasta luego.

khairun 'raccoon' baharuddin