Saturday, July 4, 2015
Whilst being abroad, you gotta go and do something that you don't normally do in your country. Something that's unnecessary yet touristy to fulfill the necessities while being abroad. One of the things i love to do was going on a visit to the zoo. So, i met this one guy somewhere who happens to be a tour guide. What do you do once you know someone who knows places and be able to bring to these places for free. Well before i tell you this, i might omit some information as its unnecessary for you to know.
The day started at 9am as he picked me up from my place to go to a place called 'Mae Rim'. It is a place where you can find anything from Zoo to ATV and even farms. Our first agenda was to go to the Tiger Kingdom. This was my first priority as I fell in love looking at baby tigers in the ad at the back of the Song Teaw. Upon arrival, i glanced to the prices of different sizes of tigers available, and the most expensive one was the small tigers, which costs around 600+ baht. I immediately chose that as the bigger ones look scary to take pics with, although they are in deep sleep. I was so lucky that day as there were not much people or i was freakishly early so the queue was really quick. As I entered the gate, I was filled with excitement. I was ushered to the baby tigers cage, and were asked to take off my shoes and wash my hands. Once I'm done, I was asked to read some instruction of the Do's and Dont's when being inside the cage. I wasn't really reading as I saw some of the tigers were already running around playing with joy. I was more excited than I was. The tigers were so cute and was very active..well, some of them are. It was a magical moment. The keeper even made my experience fun as he joked and scared me while I was in the cage. I was expecting to hear some roar, but it was more of a tskk and grrr... ha-ha! Cute description, Shafiee! I was given an hour to be in that pen. Oh, I also bought some pictures from them, which you can see as follows;
The next one was snake farm, i wasn't much of a fan, but I was loving the snow. It was more audience involvement than I thought it would be. I was so scary I almost peed myself when that guy came up to me and wanted to put the snakes into my pants. I kept a brave face and slowly pushing his hands away from me as everyone watches me in anticipation. I was going to scream, but then again, I prefer to be more compose than that one girl who ran around the audience crying for help ha-ha! It was interesting.
The other show i was entertained with was the one at the Monkey training school. It was more of a hands-on than just sitting there and watch. The monkeys did everything you could imagine of, from picking a number you want to riding a bicycle and even, giving that Sawadeekap hand gestures. It was the cutest thing ever. I was really happy to take some pictures of/with them.
Another place i visited was the Elephant camp. By this time my gout on my left leg was acting up but i had to suck it up as i am going to enjoy the moments and not be a bitch about it. We did everything from feeding the elephants to watching an amazingly funny show and also to watching them poop while taking a bath. I was more amazed by how big and green their poops are and and ....how splashier when they peed. It was like waterfall. Damn! When feeding the elephants, i had the chance to take some pictures with them and oh how they sucked my face was not the action i imagined i was getting. But it was after all the only action i got in Chiang Mai haha.
The Strawberry farm was not as exciting as summer hits Chiang Mai so i didn't see much of the strawberries and everything was almost dried up. Nevertheless, it was pretty. But the orchid garden was much more prettier as you can be big orchids everywhere and butterflies. Oh such a romantic place...i have to say it was very movie-like place. I let u be the judge of that..
All you need is a map and a camera
Hello!! I am updating this blog with my long (nearly two months) overdue stories from Thailand. Breathing in the Bruneian air makes me reminisce the moments i had with Jastina whilst in Chiang Mai. There was this one time where we were so stressed with our school work and decided to just go out and enjoy the 'summer' breeze as we decided to roam around town and explore the interesting cultural capital of Chiang Mai. Question is, when you're bored out of your mind, what would you do to have fun? You go to a park! Wow. interesting, PE! Haha. We arrived there around noon and decided to stroll in this gorgeous park named Suan Buak Haad Park. As we walked in, we saw people, mostly tourists, laying on the green grass and enjoying the sun. Some had picnic, some buried themselves with their non-fiction books and some played hoolla hoops while others just stare into space, breathing in and out, indulging every inch of scenery of the gorgeous park. After strolling down the path, we decided to sit at a bench near the pool, eyeing on cuties nearby. Grindr was on for obvious reasons; on for the look out.
Not long after or should i say, after feeling sweats dripping down my back, I suggested to walk and wander in the small streets to look for some historic monuments. Five minutes later, we found ourselves in this Indie coffee shop that serves iced coffee and most importantly, air-conditioned. I couldn't say NO to that. I opened my map and browsed through the tiny lines of roads to mark our way out from the small streets - we managed to find some interesting places to go along the way- but mostly are temples. Fortunately, i remember this particular temple as recommended by Trip Advisor as it listed #1 of places to visit in Chiang Mai. It is located near the Tha Phae gate and i promise you, the place was picturesque. Before reaching to that place, we went to different ones to check just in case, we didn't miss any. The architecture was detailed and full with stories. I don't know what exactly but it was like telling a story to its visitors as colours filled in the voids.
It was funny when we found ourselves at the streets of prison rehabilitation centre, or was it, mental institutions. We laughed our asses off when we saw a couple of orange-coloured coveralls. After passing that place, we then found ourselves at the Three Kings monument. I thought to myself, ' wow i cant believe we walked that far and how the hell putting those institutions or centre at the center of the city. lol. It was funny, nonetheless. As of now, i am dripping wet - my hair was shiny and brilliantly combed back just like the Gatsby, so to speak.
Friday, July 3, 2015
Happy Birthday Nazurah Bahe
Good morning, readers.
Today marks a special day for a special someone who I like to write a post on; a girl with such a bright smile and a quirky attitude, as I can’t celebrate her birthday in Hanoi this year. I wish you a magical day that is profoundly happy and richly blessed. I appreciate the special and unique role you play in my life – long may you continue to do so. Please know that you are admired and loved by your family, and as a special and caring friend to many. I would also like to acknowledge how you are always there for me when I needed you – through times of adversity and throughout the celebrations in our lives. Your strength, your caring and your support continues to brighten not just my day but others too in so many wonderful ways- unfailingly, uncompromisingly and unyieldingly. With that, I end this post with an 'I love you!!' and a short clip specially made for you..
Happy birthday, my friend!
P/S: I'm sorry this video is not professionally made but I know you'll love it!!! I would also like to thank those who participate in this surprise. XX
Friday, April 17, 2015
Chiang Mai City
New destination, new people and a new story to tell, but question is, How shall i tell my story. A story that is filled with amazing people, extraordinary experience, beautiful scenery, memorable moments and of course, funny encounters with lots of lady boys. These four months have been filled with adjusting myself to the environment to the workloads i faced in Chiang Mai University, and everything in between. Before embarking on my so-called wild nights to Chiang Mai, I thought to myself, "I am so going to party it up!!" Upon arrival, it hit me - it wasn't close to what i have imagined. First off, Chiang Mai is a laid back yet charming cultural capital of Thailand that is famous for its sightseeing, adventure, mountainous view and good food. Or in my best of words, quaint.
I embarked my journey to Chiang Mai on the 13th January where i had a 4-hour layover at Bangkok. Since i have never been to Bangkok before, I decided to stay inside Suvarbhumni AIrport and browsed through the stores. To be honest, i was quite dissappointed with all the hassle my friends told me - there wasn't much to look at. I then decided to take a quick nap while Jas was on alert for our next flight. It was scorching hot and the heat was getting on my nerve. We reached Chiang Mai at approximately 7pm where we were gracefully welcomed by a bubbly woman named P.Eve. She was our coordinator (or supervisor...i still have no idea who she really is..really) during our stay in Chiang Mai. She arranged our accommodation that is so close to the back gate of the university. Jastina got the 3rd floor while I got the 5th floor - a much bigger room with a huge balcony, overlookimg the infamous Doi Suthep. Apart from that, she also took care of our modules (namely, Introduction to Southeast Asia, Globalization, Migration and, Religion and Social Change - what the hell was I thinking?!). I have to say she was very helpful to us. I couldn't thank her enough with the hard work she put into and how well she handled two spoiled brats from Brunei. Haha!
Our first day of school was a bitch as we needed to wake up early in the morning to attend some classes. On our way to our faculty, we were amazed how huge CMU was and the only way to get to our faculty was by using this cute white buggy. As we reached at our destination, we were bewildered by how old the building was - compared to the others. Although the amenities wasn't as new as i thought it would be, it was nice - a cute coffee shop can be found near the classes, self proclaimed smoking area at the car park, lots of picturesque places nearby and air-conditioned classrooms. So, there needn't much to complain. During the first month of school, we always arrived to class late as the buggy we took made a lots of pit-stop and the fact that I am not a morning person. When there is no buggy that day, we didn't want to sweat ourselves so we went back home and went back to sleep. I shouldn't tell you this but it was part of my experience in CMU. I was just starting to adjust myself to the environment here.
Oh, i almost forgot that we were always the centre of attention - that moment when there's literally spotlight on you, everyone's looking and waiting anticipatedly for our answers. Of course, they want to know about Brunei but to be honest, i too don't know what to say about Brunei. I feel pity for that girl from China who always take the fall when we're not there haha. Blessed that child. With that being said, some of the typical obvious statements i hear were "Where is Brunei?", "We don't know much about it..tell us what do they have there?" or even "Oh...Brunei is a rich country!" We always resort to some random answers that always got us away with anything...i remember vividly that one lecturer thought Bhutan is the same country as Brunei. Lol. But we did clarify some real answers like "Brunei is boring.." or "Brunei's dead by 10..ghost town!" Haha. Just kidding.
Whilst being abroad, you always have that sense of abandonment by your friends back home, that's why, you need to go out and look for them. I am always being label as shy and a quiet one in class but a couple of friends came into my life and introduced themselves to me and letting me see them in a different light. it made me more relaxed. I have found some that have made me feel accepted especially Niino who first approached me and giving me survival tips in CMU. You couldn't imagine her being so nice to me as she have this exotic bitchy rest face (that i totally adore). Apart from her, there's E Lin and the pals who brought us a night out in the city. It was funny group that made us fit in real nice. Theres also Nimfon, Tanniti, Sai Long, that funny preppy long haired guy name i keep forgetting and others. Funny thing is about CMU is that there was no campus tour, ice breaking session and all those sorts that I faced in Hanoi, FPT University. I believe it would be nice for the next batch to have so that we get to familiarize with everything before starting the course.
Turning to our experience outside campus was a funny one where we discovered Maya Mall was just near to our apartment, we decided to walk all the way -crossing bridges, roads under a hot sun. It didn't stop there as it shocked us to the core as we stood up before watching a movie at a cinema to a national anthem. Furthermore, I have also tried some exotic fried food and ate scorpions, worms, crickets and some other insects. I have fell in love with the food here, especially at my favorite places like Jazz Me, Something to eat before you die, Why Not?, Volcano and of course, the endless cheap on the go food at 7/11.
However, I am quite disappointed with myself for not learning Thai language but all i can say is Sawaadeekap (Hello!), Kap Kun Kap (Thank you!), Sub bu ri dai mai? (Can I smoke?), Pikkap, toi dai ka? (How much is this?) and some funny ones like Kuai Ya Yaw (you just have to figure out yourself haha). Its sad to say that these are the only words I know.
But what i absolutely love about Thailand is that i don't have to dress up. Because even when you dress up, you need Song Teaw (that red pick up truck they call taxi) to get around town.
Monday, April 6, 2015
that last vietnam post
Hello readers. Its been a while since i last wrote a post on my adventure. I was busy enjoying life and adjusting to new environment. Before i tell you where i am at the moment, i will wrap up my Vietnam Adventure that has been collecting dust for its long overdue ending. I would like to apologize to my readers (if there is even any? haha!) for not writing. I have my reasons i.e after getting back to Brunei, i have been spending my time indulging some good Bruneian foods that have been on my list for about 3 months. Also,i was busy doing some necessities for my Student Exchange Programme in my next assigned destination. I only have 10 days to get my shit together. I didn't even waste my time while i was in Brunei. It was like I wake up, go eat, spent time with as many people as i can, family and friends included, and sleep at my comfortable squishy old bed.
The end of my Vietnam adventure went surprisingly sad. I remember saying this in the beginning of my Community Outreach Program; i cant wait to go home!! But when i do , i started to miss Vietnam, Hanoi to be specific. It wasn't always the place i miss but its the moments i shared with some amazing people. How 5 months turned strangers into friends. I will definitely cherish those moments.
I couldn't thank enough to those who made my stay in Hanoi fun and a memorable one. BUT what i can say is "Càm Òn, bán tôi".
Here are the last few days of memories before i went to back to Brunei Darussalam. Hope you all enjoy looking at these funny pictures.
P/s: it is not in order.
Vietnam was never dull when u end it with the people you love. That's for sure.