Sunday, July 26, 2009

Tripping Part 1

"No man needs a vacation so much as the person who has just had one." ~Elbert Hubbard

No kidding Hubbard-jii-san...

A few weeks back, dude's friend from high school came over for a holiday. Dude asked me if I'd like to come along and show him around. And before she could finish her sentence, I'd already packed my bags. Alright, that was a lie. I'd never pack my bags until the hour before I'm supposed to leave for somewhere. But you get the point. How could I possibly say no to a trip right?
So ladies and gents, let the pic spam begin!!

Saturday - 4th July 2009

0900 - Fazuan (aka Dude's bf) picked us up in his shiny new Chevrolet and we were on our way

1300 - Arrived at Riverview/River Garden Hotel
- Unpacked and recharged

1430 - Ate at the famous Hai Peng Kopitiam. Had Banana Toast or something. It was really yummy (>_<) Too hungry to take any pictures. - Took a walk around town

1630 - Fazuan arrived with little sister and we headed to Cherating

1745 - The Fish Incident

Me - Urghh dead fish! Hajar~ Tengok ni ade ikan!!!
Hajar - (Ran towards me and Mike, checked out the fish, and picked it up)
Mike - Awwh bless~ She's putting it back in the sea.
Me - Gross. I wouldn't pick that up. Would you?
Mike - No, not really.
Hajar - (Ran off with the fish)
Me and Mike - ???
Me - Hajar!! Nak buat ape dengan ikan tu? Taruk balik!!!
Hajar - (As she ran off into the distance) Nak bawak balik kasi mak masak~

2000 - Went to Kuala Kemaman with the intention of seeing fireflies. Until it started raining, that is. Opted for dinner instead. Nasi lemak & ikan bakar.

2100 - ish - Rain cleared up. Got on a boat. Saw pretty fireflies. Wish I had a bottle or a jar.

Sometime later that night - The most awesome activity of the day - Tengok Penyu Telor!!

-End of Day 1-

Sunday - 5th July 2009

Early Morning - Headed for Kuala Kemaman to get some keropok. Got to watch them make keropok lekor, plus eat some freshly goreng'ed ones. Oishii zo!!


Later - Stopped by the seaside for a bit to look at flares. Once a pyrophile, always a pyrophile.

A bit after later - Headed home~

So that was how the first 2 days went. The pretty pictures up there are from Mike's camera so credit goes to him. The senget ones were most likely Dude's doing so credit goes to her too I guess. (^^)v

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


You know that saying 'Blood is thicker than water'? Well, I'm not sure what 'thick' means in this case. Maybe they should change it to 'Blood is more viscous than water'. Although that might not be entirely correct. I can't be sure. In fact, I'm not even sure whether you can compare blood and water. Sure they're both fluid but blood is non-Newtonian and doesn't follow all sorts of rules. Sort of like ketchup. Guess we should just stick with 'thick' after all eh?

Anyhow, that old saying just wants to point out that family ties are stronger than others. Which means that the relationship that I have with my big sister, Along (aka Dude) could only be described as the blood that's been put in water with high salt content where osmosis happens and all the water comes out of the blood and into the solution and the blood cells go shrivelly. Yep, that sounds about right.

Our relationship started when I was born. She was only 3 years old. She was a good big sister. She looked out for me in a way only big sisters can. She even raised the alarm when I fell out of a moving car. Apparently she said 'Ma, adik jatuh'.

As you can see from the photo, I've always wanted to be like her when I was younger. I always did what Dude did. I wanted to dress up like her, get my hair done the same way. I'm not sure whether it was because I really adored her, or because I haven't got the imagination to think of something else.

One of my early childhood memories is of me constantly changing the way I address her. When it was just the two of us, I called her 'Kakak' but when my younger sister came along and ruined my 'youngest child' status, I was taught to call her 'Along'. And during the transition period, I remember not being able to make up my mind on what to call her. Since then I've settled on 'Dude'.

Growing up, I didn't feel the need to emulate her every move anymore. But I doubt the feeling of admiration and idolization ever went away. She is my big sister after all. My payung, payung, payung (to the tune of Rihanna's Umbrella, ella, ella). So, after all that, I would just like to say....


May God bless you and grant you a long and eventful life which you can share with me. May you continue to shower us with all your love and generosity and continue memayung me from all evil. \(^_^)/