Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Flying Back

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One week have flown by just like that, and it is time to fly back home. Right now I'm just trying to soak in the moment before leaving for the airport; reflecting on the events that have happened during my stay here.

I'm really grateful for the opportunity to be here, halfway across the world. I've been saturated with so much, from the inspiring people I've met to watching the American culture that I have been so fascinated with. By the way, Dr Pepper taste HORRIBLE!

Its crazy how unpredictable life is and how it can lead you anywhere. This thought took so much pressure off my shoulders. So much more at a pivotal time of my life right now, one of those many crossroads which could lead off in different directions. The thought of university applications and how it affects my future can be quite daunting occasional. Maybe I'll look back one day and laugh. Heck, I used to think the same way about UPSR.

Amidst the race for prestige it is easy to loose sight of what really matters. I've always thought that prestige could be the means to meeting your ultimate goal, rather than prestige being the ultimate goal.

Ah, just some food for thought. Flying off soon, take care.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Updates from New York

Here I am typing away at three in the morning, planning my day activities which will start in a few hours. New York has been beyond awesome. The four day World Summit Youth Award Conference just finished so now we will have some extra time to explore the city.

It was inspiring meeting all the other WSYA winners. Their projects were really good. My only issue is their age. These people are old mature! Well 'youths' under the definition of the WSYA refers to people under the age of thirty, so the average age of people there was twenty five.

People have been asking me how New York's been so far. Let me share with you this story. Stepped out of the airport on the first day, and this guy came to offer me a ride claiming to be a legitimate cab. He then led me to a normal looking car and quoted pricing from a book and asking me if I wanted a blank cheque or a normal cheque. (I later found out what a blank cheque meant......apparently its famous for businessmen). Its lucky I insisted on him quoting his price before he put our luggage in his trunk, he wanted eighty dollars. Yeah, the very first time I stepped foot in the US, someone tries to con me. Welcome to New York!

Other than that, everything is exactly as pictures in the movies; bagels for breakfast, thin crust pizzas, and rude people. Oh, and I got lost in the subway today which explains me typing this entry right now. I came back an hour ago. Took the wrong train and ended up in Queens! I'll update more on New York when I have more time. Here's some pictures =)

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Lorong Selamat Char Koay Teow, Penang

This place needs no introduction, so many people knows about this place. I remember reading about this shop all over the place; blog, newspaper, etc. The char koay teow was definitely good and you'll know why this auntie is so famous.

The prawns were HUGE and you can feel the crunch of lard in every other bite. Noodles used in Penang are a little different from the ones used in KL. They are not as wide and thinner. And the portions are not huge which leaves you wanting more. Talking about huge prawn, so its the bill! Going at around Rm 6 for a plate of noodles, it is on the expensive side. I doubt people eat here for usual meals on daily basis and most customers there look like they are from out of town.

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

New York, New York

This post has been way over due. Most of you would know already, well I think most of my friends do. I'll be flying off (Yet again! Haha people tend to get the impression that all I do is fly all over the place but I assure you otherwise. It just so happens these are the things I blog about) to New York next friday.

I'll be attending the World Summit Youth Award (http://www.youthaward.org), where a campaign I initiated with a bunch of friends at school won an award in the Go Green category. Basically, they award young people who have used the internet to put the United Nations Millennium Development Goals(MDGs) into action. So we will be heading there for a whole week of tourist-ing and eating networking with other winners, workshops and presenting our ideas during UN MGD Summit where countries would gather to discuss the targets they set on issues such as poverty, education and the environment.

And minus extra expenses they're providing full sponsorship so I'm really thankful for that. I found out about a month ago during my holiday in Singapore. I don't think I've felt more happy before, my tummy was gurgling with joy and I could not sleep the whole night.

I really want to thank God for such an opportunity. I've never set foot on the USA before so going there have always been a far off fantasy. And even in the past year I've had the opportunity to travel to so many places. I've probably traveled more last year than in my lifetime. This comes to shows that God knows your heart desires, and traveling is something that I hold very dear; the idea of scooting off to a foreign place and discovering it bit by bit. I enjoy observing people, culture and theirr food! Yeah it sounds corny but you can definitely taste culture in food, like how the spicy sourish taste of the tom yam makes you think of Thailand.

Oh a little about the campaign we started. Its called the Colour Me Green Campaign (http://www.colourmegreencampaign.com/) which is a call to youths all over Malaysia to start taking environmental action. Our school have been very active in the past year promoting environmental awareness and taking action. The work done by the global debates team was phenomenal and tons of events were organised by the various members of the team. So we thought, we are just one school. What if we had schools all over Malaysia doing stuff like us? This is how the idea came along. Participants will have a set of tasks to complete from implementing environmental policies in their schools to planning and executing an environmental project, sort of like a way to kick start the environmental action scene in their schools.



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The only bummer is that I'll miss house singing! But I have faith that they'll kick some ass this year. Win or not some people are going to leave with sore bums hahah.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

More Coffeeshop Shots @ Penang, Malaysia

First I apologise for not updating as often as usual. School life has been demanding and requires constant attention and time hence the lack of time for putting my thoughts on cyberspace. I'm having Hari Raya break right now oh and Selamat Hari Raya to all you people celebrating.

This post brings us back to Penang, yet again. What to do? My last trip was to Penang and Phuket! Wait recently I went to Melaka with the youth group from church. Great bunch of people to be with, and literally ate through Melaka. Here's how our first night went starting at 9pm(ish). Hokkien mee, fried oyster omelette, leng chee kang, steamed cockles, squid rojak thing, and the grand finale satay celup at Capitol. That was epic! Had so much food.

The punishment for all that gluttony was food poisoning and I was not the only one. I was forced to stay at stuck at the school's medical centre for the whole night the day after I got back. Plus it was the week where we had Prefect's Night. It went well I think. Timing could be better for the 'Mp3 Experiment' where everyone would play their music players and play the same track which would dispense instructions. Then we had the buka puasa with the prefects chatting at every table, showing the school that we're nice people to mingle and talk with the juniors. Night event went well, it was encouraging to hear all the screams and excitement the various performances by the prefects induce. Haha, I got to use this one little trick I saw while of the cruise ship where you have four people sit on chairs arranged next to each other in a square formation, lie down on each other and we'll pull out the chairs from under them one by one until there are no chairs left. By physics principals they will remain lying on each other, stuck in that position.


Lol how did we end up here? Ok back to Penang.

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Another Quaint Cafe: Green House @ Phuket, Thailand

We arrived at Phuket's main town at around ten in the morning. Shops open at a shocking 12 in the afternoon! So we had a good two hours to burn; which was spent wandering along quiet streets watching this little town wake from its slumber. Had breakfast in this pretty colonial styled cafe. Haha, I seem to visit lots of cafes during my holidays.

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