Saturday, July 31, 2010

That was close...

Bangkok hasn't been the safest place on earth in recent years. With the Red Shirt's protests and the clamp down of it this year, coupled with the burning of few good buildings (like Big C and CentralWorld in the heart of Bangkok city for instance), we haven't been able to pay our trade visit to Thailand for a long while.

Then when the dusts finally settle down, we seized the opportunity to visit Bangkok last week. Well, we used to stay at Pathumwan Princess Hotel, which is great as it's a very nice hotel with beautiful breakfast, and what makes it more lovely is the fact it is connected to MBK mall! Genius.

But, of course, there's always a 'but' - the fare is actually, not quite within our budget.

So we found this new lovely hotel called the Pullman KingPower Hotel. Well, the name is kinda funny and unusual, but it's new and, to be frank, very elegant and beautiful. Right next to the hotel is a nice huge Duty Free Shopping Mall called the KingPower Duty Free Shops, where tourists from overseas can shop for duty free items and collect them at the airport before you depart the country.

Furthermore, the hotel provides free 'tuk tuk' service to fetch its customers to its nearest BTS station, which is the Victory Monument Station. Well, it only takes about 5 mins walk to reach the BTS station, but, the hotel decides to pamper you with alternatives if you're just too lazy to walk.

So here we stay, did our work and enjoy our stay there. There's this road called Rang Nam road, right outside of the hotel, is where my colleague and I loitered the most for the short 3 days visit. We were walking up and down, looking for massage parlours and some nice dinner places, only to find ourselves eating at one of the many 7-Eleven along that road and a superly overpriced massage place which was highly recommended by the concierge... Despite all that, we still think that perhaps, we can make this hotel as our first choice going forward.

Then, the following week, this news startled us

"The grenade blast in the heart of Bangkok early Friday morning was clearly an attempt to discredit the government... the grenade, which was put in a plastic rubbish bag and dropped on a pile of garbage in front of a house in Rang Nam Road opposite the King Power duty-free shopping centre, went off about 1.30am..."

That was close...

Guess it's time for us to find ourselves new hotels to stay in, if, we are going there anytime soon that is...

Friday, July 30, 2010

Some Old Blogs - 一个字


无他, 只因一个字


懒归懒, 但别人一问我, "你最近在干嘛?"










来得快,去的也快. 我说的是珍贵的周末时光.
星期五总会为周末编排节目,但周末一到,却只想当宅男. 只因我



Tuesday, July 27, 2010


Imagine, if there is a regulation in the country requires every single offspring of a politician to be educated in our country only. I.e., the children of all politicians in the country are required, by law, to go to a Malaysian school for their primary till tertiary education, I think, that will solve a lot of the problem that we are facing right now.

First of all, the quality of our public education will have to improve. I mean, I don't think they will want their children to be less competitive right?

Secondly, there will be less likely for them to park their money overseas as there's no "incentive" to buy fancy houses and cars in London nor Australia anymore.

That, in turn, will help to reduce corruption (if there's any that is), and will induce and encourage them to spend within the country. I mean, of course, undoubtedly corruption is bad, but even worst is if they corrupt and the wealth of the nation got channeled out of the country. That's sad.

So, better local education system and standard will raise the Malaysian's quality of life, lesser corruption and better economy as more money being spent domestically, wouldn't it be great for all?

Maybe should employ someone to do the inception on them... Hm...

Sunday, July 25, 2010


Because of the nature of my job, i do travel quite a fair bit, especially within the region of South East Asia (or in short, ASEAN).

I must admit that it is quite tiring to cover so many grounds within short periods of time, but comparing myself with other profession like ... pilot, i consider myself quite lucky.

Interestingly, most of the countries in ASEAN region are, well, cowboy-state, if you may. It is quite an experience to see mega shopping malls in Jakarta co-exist perfectly with the more traditional wet market (or wholesale market, which is commonly refer to as "pasar" in Bahasa Indonesia). With the big fat gap between the rich and the poor, two separate types of trade exist to maintain the balance in the society.

When you talk about Jakarta, undeniably, the first word that pop up in most people's mind is "Traffic Jam". There are just so many vehicles on the road and so many people live in the city itself. There is over 20 million people living in Greater Jakarta region. That, my friend, is just about 6-7 million shy of Malaysia's total population.

20 million people, that's approximately 10% of the country's total population, living in the capital city of the "thousand islands country". Interestingly, somehow, the 10% rule holds for most countries. For instance, there are about 2 million people lives in KL (about 8 million for Greater KL), that's about 10% of Malaysia's total population of 25-27 million people.

With a total population of over 60 million people, Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand, provide homes to approximately 6 million people (12 million if you refer to the Greater Bangkok region).

Enough of biased and skewed statistics. Well, to end this chapter of one of my many lousy blog entries, I would like touch on one of the most interesting destination which my job has brought me to. Myanmar.

It might be surprising to some, but most people mistakenly think that the capital city of Myanmar is Yangon. However, it is not, well, at least since 2006 it's not. Naypyidaw is now the capital city of Myanmar. Why, how, what, where, when? (well i just said, 2006) Well in short, the government has decided that it is in the people's best interests to move its capital to a new vast land far far away, so that the new city with all government offices can be more organized, more well-structured and... better looking maybe. Sounds very much like Putrajaya to me actually.

The infrastructure in Yangon is in the state which will make a person appreciates and feels contented with what we have here in Malaysia. Well, it is a beautiful country with vast resources, and land, but, not very well-managed. It's kinda pity though...

Friday, July 23, 2010














































My Blog

I have been writing blog for like... 5-6 years now. It was at Xanga at first, then i migrated to blogspot, and it stays till now.

The problem with me, or blogging in general, is, it's very hard to be disciplined enough to keep the writing going. After a while when you realized that no one actually read your blogs, you discouraged and not really motivated to blog so often anymore.

Secondly, when you blog too often, the contents get kinda cheesy, too lame or too commercialized.

Until recently, someone whom i got to know for not longer than half a year told me that she finds my blog interesting. I was like "you are referring to my twitter right?" (as a matter of fact, a no more than 160 words micro-blogging tool is naturally more appealing to a lazy dude like me...) and she goes "no, i mean your blog. It's good!"

and that's the main reason why you see this entry here today. It's just an appreciation to everyone of you who have been reading my lousy blog entries all these years and particularly this lame entry itself.

Nonetheless, if possible, you should be able to see more entries going forward...

i think.

Friday, July 09, 2010


Here are some interesting videos about China. Produced by a very talented friend of mine.
Check it out!

Young & Restless: China's Graduate Dilemma from SOOKSTV on Vimeo.

Weekly Update ep. 1 from SOOKSTV on Vimeo.