Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Ding Dong

Ding~ hello uols.
Nothing interesting. My life is as boring and mundane as usual. Pergi kerja redah jem balik kerja redah jem. And ever since transfered to the new team, dah belajar to stay back and work during the weekend. Boring.
Our drilling campaign is just around the corner, so busy mode is at least until June 2011. Rasanyer jadi zombie lah sampai June 2011 nanti.
Kerja-kerja juga but as much as I can, I try to balance my life and most importantly, try to get my 8 hours sleep, drink more water, eat more fruits and vegetables, exercise, swimming and lepak2 with friends, family and husband (with a bit of FB and Farmville too)
I have also been reading a lot these few days. And I plan to cut down my expenses and save more for our future. $$$$$.
Wish me luck!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Travelogue : Kota Kinabalu Day 4 : White Water Rafting at Sg Padas

My Blackberry went dead! That was the reason why no update from me after reaching Tenom. Haha. Okay, let me just wrap up :
1. We took an antique train from Tenom to Pangi passing by Sg Padas. The first time I saw Sg Padas, my impression was "OMG". Sg Padas is a 9km of Grade III and IV rapids. For a first time like us, it was like unbelievable! 
The journey from Tenon to Pangi took around 30 minutes. And while we were enjoying the scene of Sg Padas, someone actually saw a crocodile sunbathing beside the river bank.
"What? A crocodile?" I gulped. "This is suicide" I told my husband.
To summarize, we managed to survive Sg Padas. It was hella fun. No crocodile, still sunbathing I guess. Exhilarating adventure rafting through rapids, they even have names! i.e Headhunter, Cyclone, Cobra Rock, Roller Coaster. We did body rafting too i.e threw ourselves in the river. Yes I am crazy.  And oh, we lost our 2 month old waterproof camera in Sg Padas. So no footprint of Sg Padas, only memories :(
I could not agree more that White Water Rafting we did was the climax of our visit to Sabah. My husband likes it too and I guess this will be our new hobby :D
 That evening, we still had the energy and appetite to go for ikan bakar, on our last night at KK. 
On Day 5, we did our shopping and dropped by Tanjung Aru for a short walk before boarding to KL at around 6PM. Sabah, we will see you again for Sipadan and Mabul and Mount Kinabalu :)

Class I: Easy
Waves small; passages clear; no serious obstacles.
Class II: Medium
Rapids of moderate difficulty with passages clear. Requires experience plus suitable outfit and boat.
Class III: Difficult
Whitewater, waves numerous, high, irregular; rocks; eddies; rapids with passages clear though narrow, requiring expertise in maneuvering; scouting usually needed. Requires good operator and boat.
Class IV: Very difficult
Long rapids; white water, waves high, irregular; dangerous rocks; boiling eddies; best passages difficult to scout; scouting mandatory first time; powerful and precise maneuvering required. Demands expert boatman and excellent boat and good quality equipment.
Class V: Extremely difficult
Exceedingly difficult, white water, long and violent rapids, following each other almost without interruption; riverbed extremely obstructed; big drops; violent current; very steep gradient; close study essential but often difficult. Requires best person, boat, and outfit suited to the situation. All possible precautions must be taken.
Class VI (or U): Dangerous
Effectively unraftable on a safe basis.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Travelogue : Kota Kinabalu Day 4 - Taman Banjaran Crocker - Tenom - Padas

Just a short one. After 3 hours journey passing through Banjaran Crocker, we are now at Tenom and going to take a train to Sg Padas.

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Travelogue : Kota Kinabalu Day 4 - Only in KK

We are otw for our Day 4 adventure i.e white water rafting at Padas. Stop for a while at Ulu Kimanis Papar to refuel and saw this, well I dont know what is this. Penyu ke, kura-kura ke ape, but it is an an aquarium in one of a coffee shop in here. Poor animal.

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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Travelogue : Kota Kinabalu Day 3 - Pulau Sapi and Pulau Manukan

Huahuahua, sorry no update today uols. Siaran tergendala. I forgot to charge my Blackberry and was disconnected for almost 24 hours. But anyway today we went to Pulau Sapi and Pulau Manukan. It was superb :D:D The aftermath - sunburn !! Huwa!!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Travelogue : Kota Kinabalu Day 2 - Air Terjun Kipungit, Poring Hot Spring

We are now at Poring Hot Spring. But the hot spring area is too congested, plus to the fact that I dont really favor hot spring, so we hiked a bit to go to Air Terjun Kipungit. Jungle trekking for about 20 minutes i.e 400m and there it was, the air terjun. I dont feel like dipping because am still full so I just lepak at one of the batu and enjoy the scenary. Came across this pakcik in the photo, I swear, looks like he is naked in the water huahuahua. But after he came out from the water, baru nampak die punya swimming trunk is skin colour. Aiyor pakcik :p

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Travelogue : Kota Kinabalu Day 2 - Baby Snake at Canopy Walk

We are now at Canopy Walk. No camera is allowed in here but I managed to snap few and this baby snake photo. We have not take our lunch yet and the canopy walk exercise is making me to sweat like hell, just like going to the gym. I am so hungry right now. Roar!

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Travelogue : Kota Kinabalu Day 2 - Kinabalu Park

We are at Timpohan Check Point, the start point for climbers to climb Mount Kinabalu. But we are not climbing today. One day maybe :)

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Travelogue : Kota Kinabalu Day 2 - Kinabalu Park and Poring Hot Spring

Our activity for today.

Kinabalu Park & Poring Hot Spring.

Service Inclusive of:-

** Return transfer transportation

** Local lunch

** Entrance fee

** Canopy Walkway fee

** English speaking guide



0730 am -  Depart lodge after breakfast. Proceed to Kinabalu National Park, Malaysia's Natural Heritage site. Journey will take approx. 2 hours passing by villages, paddy  fields along mountainous roads that wind along the Crocker Range.

0930 am - A brief over Nabalu, acollection of native stalls selling fruits, vegetables, local produce and handcrafts. An opportunity to observe the local stalls activities.

1000 am - Arrive at Kinabalu Park, enjoy the cool and refreshing mountain air, if day is clear a majestic view of Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in South East Asia.

1100 am - Proceed for a guided walk along the nature trails with the park naturalist. While walking, listen to the sound of the jungle and observe nature's plants, trees, orchids and butterflies. Kinabalu Park boasts an estimated 4,500 species of plants which includes 1,500 species of orchids, 77 of which are endemic to Kinabalu. The park also supports 289 species of birds and 290 different types of butterflies.

1245 pm -  Depart for lunch at Kinabalu Park Restaurant.

1330 pm - After lunch, depart for another for interesting natural wonder, the Poring Hot Spring located approx. 47 km from Kinabalu Park. Poring Hot Spring, named after the tall bamboo plant that is abundant in that area, is a natural spring where hot sulfurous water emit from the ground.

There are Japanese Baths where visitors can soak themselves and let the invigorating sulfurous water stimulate the body.

Visitors can also try the canopy walkway, where suspension bridges are suspended at the top of the canopy for visitors to walk along the canopy of a tropical jungle.

1600 pm - Depart Poring Hot Spring for Kota Kinabalu.

1730 pm - Arrive Lodge.

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Travelogue : Kota Kinabalu Day 1 - Only in KK

When I travel, I love to observe the place speciality and its uniqueness. So on our way back to the hotel, we came across 'this' at the 7 eleven. Gardenia Cup Cake! This is the first time I saw such cup cake and I guess we don't have this one in Semenanjung. We were actually looking for Gardenia bread for the fishes but all is sold out. I so hope they will love this cup cake huahuahua.

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Travelogue : Kota Kinabalu Day 1 - Wet Evening

We were at Night Market near Kampung Air when it started to rain. And because of the rain, we have to cancel our seafood dinner. Thing is, we did not rent any car because everywhere is within walking distance in KK (but not when it rains :p). We are now stranded at one of the street and the nearest food place we saw was KFC. And here we are, had our dinner and now waiting for the rain to stop. But the rain seems getting more heavier now.
Well anyway, this afternoon after Friday prayers, we toured Pasar Filipino and Pusat Kraftangan, the most famous place in KK for its souvenir like pearls and crystal, and cheap ikan bilis, udang kering, ikan terubuk masin etc. We did not buy any because we plan to do our shopping on our 5th day. The trick in here is that, all prices are marked up quite high. So when you want to bargain, you may go below than 50 percent than the original price. For example, there's this 10 keychain in a bag, the price tag is RM35. Then the girl give the first price at RM28, second price at RM20. Meanwhile, the girl from the other side will give u RM15 :) So, if you are looking for cheap prices, kena jalan-jalan sikit lah ok.
After that we headed to Warisan Square. I love this place. It comprises of shop lots and there were few blocks of them. And there are Padini Concept Store, Charles and Keith, Vincci, Esprit etc. For food - Big Apple Donut, Starbucks etc. The place is quite new and air-conditioned. We toured the place and then headed back to our hotel.
It was quite hot and sunny outside, and guess that was why I was a bit tired from the short jalan-jalan. I ended up sleeping in the hotel for 2 hours. This is so not me, but I guess maybe I was so tired and drained due to PPA and the rush this morning. We bring along our lappy because I know I will need to do my PPA (some office stuff), the due date this coming 6th. Thank god the lappy is also here, it keeps my husband occupied while I enjoy my 2 hours rest.
In most of our holiday, we spent most of the time outside the hotel, exploring the city. But I guess KK is an exemption because this place is very convinient, everything is within reach. But as our guide mention today, rest as much as we can for tomorrow activity. What is for tomorrow? Wait for my update :)

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Travelogue : Kota Kinabalu Day 1 - Arrival

We have safely arrived at KK at around 10am. We were in a rush and nearly missed our flight. The check-in counter has already closed and we checked- in and dropped our bag at the service counter. Then we ran to the boarding gate but alhamdullilah managed to be in the flight. The flight departed 10 minutes early and we were not informed on the change of time at all. I worried the most about our bags, worried that it goes to somewhere else, but syukur, bags safely arrived too. We have not had any meal and decided to have our brunch only in KK, so the 2.5 hours flight was so boring. I slept most of the time.

We were greeted by our agent, they were nice and came with a spacious van for two of us. We checked-in at 11am, rest for a while then headed to the mall for our brunch. Today plan is shopping at Pasar Filipino etc. Currently waiting husband to perform Friday prayers and later will continue our shopping. I suggested for seafood tonight. I cant wait :)

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