Monday, March 27, 2006

Back to Kuantan - Day 3 & 4

10th Mar – The third day in Kuantan. In the morning, we went to the so called “Kemaman kopitiam” in Kuantan. I went to the famous kopitiam in Kemaman before and believe me, their coffee is really good. I thought they brought the coffee to Kuantan town because my dad mentioned to me before that this sort of kopitiam was booming in kuantan. To my curiosity, we went there to find out. It looks almost the same as the one in kemaman, the environment feels also the same but the taste is way far, I repeat, way far difference from the one I taste in kemaman. Not to mention the food/coffee price is almost the same or more expensive than the I’ve tasted in KL. (I think most people have this sort of tendency of jumping into the trend bandwagon. However, those “bandwagon jumper” seems to lack of passion or quality in their business and I don’t think their customer come back for more. The first customer starting to do that will be me.) Anyway, life goes on.

To prove to my gf that the coffee in kemaman is far way better than the one we tasted in Kuantan, I decided to take her there. It just only an hour or two drive to reach there and unfortunately, it didn’t open on Friday. (Can you believe that? People in Kemaman off on Friday. Gee.) Since, we’re there, we just move to our next plan which is the Cherating beach. Nothing much you can see there except tree, sand, sea, kite, cap and couple of people there. (Unfortunately, no nude people sun bathing on the beach. Maybe they’re on the other side of the beach.) Anyway, we took couple of pictures there and heading back to Kuantan.

On our way back, we wanted to stop by the Legend hotel to check out the hotel there for photo session. Just before the turning into the hotel, we saw a guy asking for help with his gf, and his car stranded. Then I went down and talk to the guy just to find out one of their tire is punctured. His didn’t have his tool to remove the wheel, so what I did was just lend him my tire iron (used for removing the wheel) and he was grateful that I’ve helped. I have no idea how my gf took the photo, but it’s kinda funny to see that I’m like dancing beside the guy in the photo. After he had changed his tire and return the tool back to me, I continue my journey into hotel. Due to there nothing much in there, we had a quick stay and we moved on to back to Kuantan.

When we arrived at Kuantan, it was just nice for lunch. We went to the Kuantan famous pan mee. Then later, we went back to the condo to get some shower and rest. After that, we went out again to go the park Taman Gelora. It was Small Park for the people to exercise and do some fishing. Although fishing in the lake was prohibited, people just fish on the nearby beach. Again, photo session and walk around in park with my gf.

We leaved Tamam Gelora around 6pm. As promised, we went to Teluk Cempedak beach again just to take even more photos. Just before the sun set, I called my dad for where we’re going to have our dinner. He decided to bring us for “bah kut teh”. Although the place wasn’t I expected to be the famous one in Kuantan, nevertheless it was still has its own specialty. (Dried or “kon lou” “bah kut teh”). After the dinner, we just went back to our condo and prepared to leave on the next morning.

11th – The last day of our trip. We’ve prepared our stuff and luggage, and leave the condo around 9 in the morning. We went to the cafeteria where it was famous of its curry mee for breakfast. After the breakfast and I have returned the keys to my dad, we went straight back to KL. We arrived in KL around 1 pm and later that day, I got a friend’s wedding dinner to attend. It seems like this vacation is really well spend.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Back to Kuantan – Day 2

9th Mar – The second day of our trip. It was a good weather in the morning. We left the house around 8 and went to a cafeteria to get our breakfast. After we spend around half an hour on our breakfast, we left there around 9 and went straight to the highway again.

It’s been quite a while that I didn’t go back to my hometown. This is because my dad usually come up to KL instead we go back to Kuantan. By the way, all our relatives are in KL except my dad who loves to be in Kuantan due to its weather and his friends there. Furthermore, most of my friend in Kuantan is either I have lost contact with them or they’re now working in KL. :(

Anyway, the first stop we are going to is my mom resting place. It was reside in a temple where it is open to public to come and visit. When we reached there, it was around noon and we accidentally found a lake nearby the temple. I believe it was build just recently because the paint, the structure there all seems quite new. Anyway, after a picture session at the lake and pray for my mom at the temple, we headed to the town for our lunch.

There weren’t many changes in the town except there’s a lot of new building under construction. A view on those building, I can see most of them are shop lot instead of office block. As far as I concern, the population in Kuantan was little, therefore I conclude that the buying power there isn’t high. However, there are already so many shop lots available, plus the shopping plaza and mall. Is building shop lot becoming a trend? Don’t ask me.

After we’ve finished our lunch nearby the Kuantan main market, we went back to my dad’s condo to put down our luggage and rest. Later, we went out again to get dried food which is the famous in Kuantan. They have a lot variety there including fish, squid, shrimp, nuts and beans. After we have done with our purchases, we headed to the beach – Teluk Cempedak. Here they have 24 hours McDonald (Another 24 hours McDonald that I’ve seen was in Genting) and we went there to have our tea time. We took couple of photos there and due to the day was late, we decided to come back tomorrow for more photos.

At night, my dad took us out for dinner at one of the newly open steamboat restaurant in Kuantan. It uses porridge instead of soup for the customer to cook the dishes. One thing I like about the restaurant is environment where it was clean and comfort. The dishes were quite good when served with porridge. This sort of steamboat wasn’t new in KL but I believe it was new for the people in Kuantan. After the dinner and my dad went back to his house for sleep, we stopped by a satay restaurant (Zul’s satay) to take away some satay for supper, while on our way back to the condo. The satay was really good and fortunately my gf like it. We went to sleep around midnight after finished the satay and planned to go to Cherating on tomorrow.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Back to Kuantan – Day 1

I and my gf have planned with my colleague to go Thailand – Koh Sa Mui for vacation couples of month ago. We got the ticket thru a promotion and it’s a bargain with that low price air fare. However, in the end, it turn out that I have mismanaged my financial and I have no choice but to skip this trip with them. (Perhaps I can join on the coming vacation trip which they are currently planning it now :D) Anyway, since I’m not going to Thailand plus I and my gf have already took leave in my company, so we decided to go back to my hometown – Kuantan for vacation. It was a 3 days trip, so I’ll blog it in 3 separate blog.

8th Mar - I woke up early in the morning by my alarm clock. I brushed up, checked and picked up my luggage, heading towards my car and ready to go. Then I was stopped by my uncle telling me that I have a 'stock' to deliver for my father lived in Kuantan. He went back to the kitchen, took out a bucket of Alor Vera and put it at the back seat of my car. Furthermore, he instructed me to put those Alor Vera on standing position because it will be damaged if it was on lying position. After some adjustment, I found that the back seat seat belt comes in very handy for this problem.

After everything all set, I went to pick up my gf and we went to the near by “kopitiam” for breakfast. After the breakfast, we headed straight to the highway to Kuantan. 30 minutes later, we have traveled 1/5 of the distance and my car was going down from a slope. Then suddenly, the whole windscreen just cracked. I didn’t see any flying object coming from the front and I have no idea what happened because it happened so fast. Nevertheless, I have to slow down my car and check my gf condition whether she’s alright. Luckily, no one was hurt and then I asked, ”Should we keep going or head back to KL?”. I know; it’s a stupid question. So, we headed back to KL to fix the windscreen and it turn out it will take quite some time. By the time the windscreen is fixed, it was late and we decided to postpone the trip to tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006


I've written about shoe before (Title: shoe hunting) and this time, it was my neighbour's shoe. :D One day, I saw them hanging on the fence to dry and it reminds me of my childhood. (How I miss those wonderful days, except that i have to wash my own shoe)

Monday, March 06, 2006

I've been tagged

I was tagged by Lydia and here are the statements.

List 5 weird or random things about yourself:
  1. I'm not a basketball player - My height was 183cm (maybe i'll be taller next year), and everybody on first time they know me will ask, "Are you a basketball player at school?"
  2. I talk to non living object or to myself - Strange indeed that I'm still running around in the city where i should be in a sanitarum. Recent line used on talk to non living object: "Wah, 30 cents ah!" after reading the online news and talk to the monitor.
  3. I looked 5 years younger than my real age - I don't know why, every time i ask my new friend to guess my age, they always answer 5 years younger than my real age. When i told them my real age, i was expecting the question "What is your secret?" come after and usually it didn't.
  4. I scored 5 years older than my real age on age thinking test - I forgot where the quiz URL, nevertheless it shows my thinking 5 years older than my real age. Maybe my brain is ageing faster than my physical body. (I heard they have anti ageing cream for facial, skin or body in the market. Do they have anti ageing product for brain?)
  5. I'm not good at remembering names. Due to the brain ageing? Hope not.