Friday, November 20, 2009

5 weeks in Bangkok, A weekend in Pattaya

hmmm...when was my last post? looooooong time ago, right? I also didn't manage to check my friends' blog due to tight schedules for my grade promotion as well as a project in Bangkok. I really miss all Mekarians. Hopefully, there will be a reunion anytime soon.

My project in Bangkok was successfully completed for Phase 1. The next phase (GIS) would be in early January 2010. I couldn't see any project assigned to me for 2nd half of November and December. Meaning that, I'm free.... Eagerly waiting for my Europe trip this mid of December :)

However, I'm a kind of person who hate to go to office if there is no job to do...Perhaps, starting next week, I'll try to make myself do something beneficial to the team or even better... to the company.

Talking about Bangkok, it is quite a nice city to live in. Apart from its friendly folks, the cost of living there is much lower than Kuala Lumpur. And sex is an industry in Thailand. It is very easy to get and it iiiiissss very affordable.

If you plan to go to Bangkok, there are something that you should not miss; a grand temple next to Grand Palace (I forgot the name---Wat Phrao??), Floating Market, Chaktuchak Market and Jim Thomson's Thai Silk. Chaktuchak Market is claimed as the biggest market in the world...thousands of shops are there and it is a good place to find souvenir & something for home decoration which are unique and cheap. While Jim Thomson offers you the best quality of Thai Silk, even the Thais agree with that. Jim Thomson is not a Thai but, he contributed a lot in Thai silk industry after World War II. You can easily find his boutique at the airport & grand shopping complex. I went to his main shop at Silom by BTS (Sky Train) which is the only place where you can find the fabric. It is expensive though...if you want to make a standard cutting of Baju Kurung, at least you need 6-7 meters (price range around RM400 (1ply) - RM850 (2ply)). It's not like normal fabric in M'sia - 4 meters are enough for 1 baju kurung. If you want to see how the silk is extracted from boiled cocoon, you can head yourself to Jim Thomson's house/museum.

During the 2nd trip, I spent my weekend in is about 2-hour journey by bus from Bangkok. Pattaya is like Batu Ferringi to me but, it is far more happening. You can have a seat or sun bath next to the beach while enjoying very cheap seafood. There are so many women at the pathway waiting for customers...uhhh, there are not so know...girls in Bangkok are far more sweeter..haha....What I could see, the tourists...mat salleh sume looks like a 2nd-class people...I think the richer ones will go for Koh Samui, Krabi or Phuket. If you like ladyboy-dancing, come to Pattaya (I don't like it but, it was the first question from the tourist info booth). I managed to go to Koh Island (Coral Island) which only costs me RM40 including lunch and I can spend about 5 hours with a very crystal clear water.

I think that's all my post...check my fb for photos.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

I quit!!

This is quite a funny story.

I had a meeting for one small project around 6pm last Tuesday. Then we had a short break. It is a regulation to lock the laptop and also lock the laptop screen whenever you are away from the computer.

What I did? I forgot to Ctl+Alt+Dlt my laptop. When I back to the meeting room, everyone was laughing at me and my manager is sitting in front of my laptop. What happened?

He replied, "I already sent an email to my mailbox saying that you want to quit!"

I no longer want to be part of sis team. I quit!!

That's what will happen if somebody can access your laptop.

This morning I got another email:

Keep working as you have been doing until now...If not, see the email below. I will use against you...jajaja

jajaja ::: Mexican word for hahaha. My manager is a Mexican.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Houston, USA - Some Stories

I suppose to be in Houston for 9 weeks only. But suddenly, there is an extension which causes me to cancel my tour to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Yosmite. Quite disappointing but always there is opportunity cost in life.

Below are some places/activities that I visited/did on weekends:

1) Rodeo @ Reliant Park
It is held on every day of March where Reliant stadium will be fully seated by people from Texas and other states to watch the Bull Riding, Steer Wrestling, Bareback Riding and many more. It's very good! USD16 for the cheapest seat + USD60 return by cab.

2) Houston Museum of Natural Science @ Hermann Park
It's a good museum. This is my first time seeing a place named museum to be very crowded. USD15 for Main Exhibition Halls + USD10 for 3D show + USD30 return by cab

3) NASA Johnson Space Center
There is a 50-min tram tour where you can see closer the NASA building and facilities and got opportunity to enter their real space training center. But, the exhibition hall is quite disappointing. Not many exhibits plus, they are fake. If you wanna come here, don't put too high expectations. But overall, it is a worth visit. USD20 + 20 miles away.
4) Galveston Island
Mmmm...Not much you can do there especially after the big cyclone last year.

5) Houston Zoo @ Hermann Park
It's a very good zoo. The way they display the animals especially at the primates and wild area is something to follow. There is also a quite big park to relax. USD10 + USD40 return by cab (Quite close to the Museum but this time, the taxi driver took a longer route).

6) Basketball Game @ Toyota Center
April is the month of Basketball and Baseball. My friends & I managed to watch a final home game between Houston Rockets (2x NBA Champion) vs a team from New Orleans. It was a great match. Yao Ming (one of the tallest people in the World) from China is in that team. USD25 for the second highest seat @ eBay.

7) BBQ @ Memorial Park
The park is very huge and purposely designed for barbeque area. We held a small BBQ party since we are going home soon (before we know our stay is extended). Plus, no more interesting places to visit.

Mmmm..overall Houston is quite a good city to live in but, it got a problem of public transportation....If you happen to come here, please do not use bus outside the uptown area...It happened to me at Wheeler station (South downtown) when someone insulted my friends and I with a lot of bad statements. We get out from the bus to avoid anything bad happen and the guy loudly shouted, "Yeah, you get out now!"
(i'll add some more soon...wanna pick some lunch) hope soooo...