Thursday, November 27, 2008

Crazy Mumbai

A good friend of mine is in Mumbai. As expected he was (still is) bloody worried about the situation. Lucky for him he is in a hotel quite a bit off from the madness, but not so lucky cause he is in Mumbai. As we're chatting he was informed that there will some escorts to get them out. So all the stupid jokes about social escorts, we-might-die-tomorrow-shag, what fucks not came out lah. Then this :


shit they've just contacted me to ask me to decide

3:10pm Shook

decide what?

3:10pm Hamsta

now or a few more days

now or a few more days



3:10pm Hamsta

i'm going to attempt to do the evac now bro

wish me luck


fucked! darn tensed!

I'm praying to God for my friend's safe return home.


I know I made stupid jokes about your situation but seriously, it was all for fun and to make u calm and relaxed. Serious!

No more stupid jokes about stray bullet after this ok?

Safe journey bro.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Sungai Kerling - Hardest Ride of my life!

600 metres of elevation, 12kms of hilly trail and half dead when we reached the top.

The way down though.... is SWEET!


Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Batu Dam (Empangan Batu) - Took my breath away

This place is absolutely beautiful. It all started innocently enough all gathered at the main gate and the gang move on ahead and I have to play catchup as I was busy strapping my camera and gear. Once I get going catching up with the boys is all that I focussed on, being left behind on your first time is not a good Idea. As I reached the top of the dam I was breathing heavily, heads down as I'm trying to catch my breath. Once I looked up though the view really took my breath away. It is absolutely beautiful.

As I stood there transfixed by the magnificent view only then I starts to feel the cold air blowing softly, the mist swirling around us and that oh so fresh air. At the end of the ride, 5 leeches and 2 bee stings later, I still couldn't forget the majestic view. Picture perfect moment.

The trail itself is quite interesting and fun. Total of 16+kms, several river crossing and to most riders the super nice 2 kms of downhill from the top. Throughtout the trail the lake will be by your side until you go deeper into the woods.

The first 4-5kms of the trail are largely flat rolling terrain and once you crossed your first major stream only then it gets a bit tough. You will leave the lake at this point and ride roughly 2 kms of uphill. Then you'll be rewarded with roughly 1 kms of downhill towards a cool cool river which is the central point of the trail. Here is where we take our rest before continuing with the huge loop.

Having tasted the "first hand" water from the river you will then have to ride uphill for few hundred metres before the big showdown, 2 kms of fast flowing downhill ride. Busted my front suspension trying to catch up with a guy with Vanilla shocks (good excuse to get a new shocks ehehehe) Its fun and its fast but be careful of the few man made ditches from the maintenance work carried out last 2 weeks. A slight misjudgment might hurl you into the trees. So choose your lines carefully. Unlike Kiara, you'll do fine with a hardtail and you can ride hard and fast throughout the entire 2kms or so of descend.

At the end of this descend you will be back at the first major river you crossed before. That marks the end of the loop of which you will cycle back for some 4-5kms or so.

To me, it was an absolutely wonderful ride. The trail is challenging enough yet not that prohibitive for beginners like me. Highly enjoyable and through it all I just have to remind myself that the view is for real and I'm not dreaming.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Unity - Malaysian Artiste for Unity

I'm just plain lazy nowadays.

Areysha kept pestering me for updates (cause she is the only one who reads apparently :P) but most of the happening stuff are either too personal or something that I have to do some bloody good research on. Unlike Iddy who forver crave for something to poke, flip, dissect, put in some statistical test (or whatever else these researchers do) I'm not like that.

Plus, the fact that only Areysha's the only one reading also makes it redundant innit? Since I told her oredi marh... niasing.

Nowadays I'm darn lazy to update my blog even for a worthy cause like the typhoon and earthquake issue recently. Unlike those days when I really go all out for these stuff and publish what have youse when it comes to channeling donations etc etc. Gosh am I guilty....

This one though is a different. It is something I really really believed in. Plus the fact that it is bloody good music. Check out the videos too. Darn kaw funny I tell you.

Basically it is a project by Malaysian artistes and just about everybody to promote unity in our increasingly fractured Malaysia. There were total of 120 involved in the making of this marvelous venture. With Zero budget too.

This is a fresh change from the govt's initiatives which reeks of propaganda and what have youse (who can forget our 50th Merdeka bash aye?). You can see more and more of such initiative be it in small scale or something as well publicised as this. It is heartwarming to see that such an initiative come from the people itself and there's no need for some massive govt's backed initiative, tax breaks etc.

so do your part, go to the site and spread the word


p/s Yes, there's Maya Karin in there but worry not she didn't sing. Pheew!


Friday, May 16, 2008

Kemensah here I come

So yeah I did my first hash few weeks back and instead of the 23 km as planned, we skip to the short route halfway and did the 14kms instead.

Now, going to Kemensah. Instead of the 100+ cyclist there would be only the 6 of us and instead of having the option to skip to a shorter trail halfway this is a no way back 20kms track.

Good news is that at the end of the 10kms trail there's a wonderful waterfall/river. Yippee!!

Wish me luck


Saturday, March 08, 2008

Election Dilemma

For those who dunno how to go about at the election centre, it was pretty simple really.

First you check ur name and status at the Voters details/confirmation desk. They'll give u your Saluran no/Line no and your Serial no.

Then you accordingly go to the line allocated to you, wait for your turn.

Once you got into the room there will be 3 person there. The first person will ask for your IC and your serial no (if you got them lah). Then s/he will call out your name to be confirmed by the observer.

The 2nd person will then give you the 2 slips, 1 for parliament seat and the other for the State seat.

The 3rd person then will inspect the slips to make sure that the slips are clean from any marks of any kind and once he was satisfied he will mark the slip by punching the no of your line/saluran.

You then bring the 2 slips to the booth and cross the candidate that you want lah. No photos of the candidates though just some logo of the party that they represent.

Then you deposit the slips accordingly to their respective transparent boxes. One each for parliament and state seat.

Voila! Simple lah.

Just 2 issue really.

1. Why on earth we still use 2B pencil? I know la the case of them cancelling the usage of indellible ink but why can't a simple ball pen or gel pen be used? a bit more permanent right?

2. I aspire to be an astronaut! But at my consituency don't have rocket lah. How la to become astronaught like this? Die ler....

Should I go for the libra sign? become a moon man? or just cross that Oakley logo?

fuck lah! darn difficult lah like this. Libra sign so old skool one, where got people use that kind of scale anymore? All use digital scale lah.

That moon thing... aiyoh! How to go to moon if don't have rocket? Somemore, u sure Louis Armstrong land on the moon meh?

As for Oakley? TIU LEYR!! Didn't know that shades company can sponsor political party wan. Niasing. I won't vote for them unless they gave me a Radar shade with them photochromic glasses.

How lah? How Lah? HOW LAH!!!!?????

Fuck it!



Mari lah Mari, kita mengundi!


4th person in my line/"saluran". Was waiting in front of the gate at 7.45 man. Out by 8.10

Hamsta said I'm Kiasu, to me I was just being darn "bersemangat"! or in other words Kiasu lah. ekekekkeke....

Took the photo while waiting for my turn and immediately the guy behind me told his friends to take his picture while he is in that room. He then sheepishly explains to me that it's his first time mengundi. Ahahaha! that's the spirit!

Nothing out of the ordinary as per the usual election thing. The posters, the smiling nice chap from each side giving u some drinks or just plain salam for some last minute campaigning. The free vans or cars ferrying voters as service etc... All the usual thing, that small little touch to win your votes.

Seriously, at these times even if you go to their tent and said "pakcik tak makan pagi lagi lah. Lapar ni." I can assure you that out of thin air there will be some nasi lemak and air mineral for you to savour. Don't believe me? go and try it.


I though notice several changes lah.

There are terminals/pcs with access to the internet on these politcal parties tents to help their members or other plain voters to check their status and which saluran/line they're in. Save people time, less waiting, the happier the voters will be. So that hopefully will swing the votes to your side.

Lots of people printed their status and election details from the SPR website making the Desk for confirmation and checking of status somewhat redundant except for some older generations. Most voters just went straight to their respective lines, like I did and save us whole load of time. One of the SPR kakak even made a remark "Ni yang print print dari internet ni semua orang muda ni." and she looked very pleased. Ya lah, made her job a hell lot easier right???

But then suddenly got this kakak with some error on her "no Siri"/serial no. Poor SPR kakak now have to work and go to the front counter and check the actual serial no and the line no. Heh! So can't really relax lah. ekekekkee...

Another thing I notice is that the independent observer inside the room is a bit more serious this time. When the lady (the one in pink tudung) read out the name/ic/reference no they were really particular. Well, maybe it was still early in the morning and like me they're in their kiasu mood. ekekekek

All in all quite ok lah. Smooth no hassle kinda thing. But the sky is overcast and its gonna rain soon. Expect to see loads of people offering to payung you then. I tell you, their service will be even better than those hotel bellboys! ekekekek


Friday, March 07, 2008

Elections & Mountainbikes

Last weekend I went cycling at FRIM.
Due to the heavy rain the past few days and some irrigation work up the hill, the trek uphill was pretty tough. Mud all over the place, tyres struggling to find grip and on some downhill section you might find some of the mud in your face, or worst your mouth (me lah since not fit and always have to open mouth for that additional air intake)

As usual for MTBers at FRIM, the clearing at the top of the hill with a huge water pipe is where everybody takes a breather before deciding whether to attack the "steroid hill" or take another path downhill towards Sungai Buloh (and the subsequent climb back up of course).

I was alone that day as most of my kakis got some other commitment or the shout out was just a bit too last minute (11.30 the night before actually). So as I arrived there, there was 2 fella talking and I just joined in the chat lah. They we're talking about erecting some flags and hanging some banners and posters. I then relate to them how during my student days I made some pocket money from pasting posters and erecting some flags too.

One of the guy then told me he did it for free, as PAS (the opposition) don't have the money plus also they're from the same neighbourhood and use the same mosque. Much unlike the Ruling Coalition that pay people to do these jobs. So I got a friendly "lecture" related to the elections lah, Islamic state lah, role of mosque lah etc etc you know the whole pas/islamic talk kinda thing.

Then he said to me "Nanti masa undi nanti nak undi apa?".
Which I replied "Oh! Saya teringin nak jadi angkasawan bang. Since tak dapat, saya ingat nak undi Rocket lah!"

He paused for a moment, look at me 1 kind and then said
"ROCCCKEETTT pun takpeee!!!"


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