Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Have you ever love a Blogger?

(Credits : Photographer Unknown)

Have you ever love a Blogger?
I mean really love someone with your heart & soul.
Love the things he/she wrote, drew or said?
The way the site was designed.
The words that all made up the whole blog.
Quotes you'll never forget.
Everything in the blog was so captivating.
You spent many sleepless nights reading & reading & reading...
Then suddenly you realized later that you actually know this person.
Would you tell this person you've stumbled upon his/her personal blog?
Knowing that the person wouldn't like anyone close to know.
Would you still admit?
Would you?
Well, I admitted and it's one of the most regretful things I've done.
I should've just kept my silence.
I shouldn't have allowed myself falling deep.
So deep that it seems bottomless.
"If I didn't admit reading your blog, would we still be friends?"
"If I didn't love you, would we still be friends? "
Questions like this kept surfacing in my head.
I must be crazy to let myself go through this.
There's so much between us and also so little between us...
What's left now is distance.
Your image to me is blur now.
Your voice to me is like thousands of miles away.
I can't see you or hear you anymore.
Which is also a good thing.
At least for me it is!

This is my story!
I've once loved a Blogger.
Have you?

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Blogger Suprised!

It's really embrassing to admit this but I've just found out this minutes ago!
In my own profile, when I click on "Vinyl Records" for example.
It will bring me to another window with other blogger's profiles containing the interest in the same field...
Wonderful blogger!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Mike Edmonds (Logray the Ewok)

Mike Edmonds (Ewok -Logray)
Birthdate : Unknown

Mr Edmonds is Logray the Ewok from Star Wars Episode IV.
He also appeared in many movies that includes the Dark Crystal (my all time favorite), Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Time Bandits…
Mike is also the puppeteer whom operate the Jabba the Butt's tail in Return of the Jedi.

Yesterday, it was in the mail box!
It's been such a dry spell for me as I've not received any autographs for about 1 month plus...
So when this yellow envelope appears in my mailbox, it's like magic!!!
It's a very well printed official pix picture.
He even personalized my name.
It's GREAT !!!
I'm still staring at the picture now…
It's beautiful!
Thank you very much, Mr Edmonds.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Malaysia - Melaka (Part 2)

After breakfast, we drove to Stadthuys & Christ Church.
Many buildings are painted RED.
Click on the bottom photo for an enlarge view of the map.

Christ Church was built between 1741 and 1753. Orginally replacing a already shattered Portuguese Church. Bricks were shipped from Netherlands. Oldest church in Malaysia.

This is call "Red Square"

Many shops beside the church. Selling lots of interesting local stuffs. Most of which you can also find at the Jonker's walk night market.

This Tang Beng Swee Clock Tower was built in 1886.

Can also enter here to take a path up the hill to St Paul's Church.
The Church was built in 1521 by Portuguese.

Cultural Museum is a replica of sultanate palace. Entrance fee is RM$1.00.But if you wish to visit the Dutch graveyard only, you can pass through without paying.

The Dutch Grave Ground.
First used at in late 17th century.
5 Dutch and 33 british graves are sited here now.

Steps leading to Stadthuys.It is now a historical museum.
Stadthuys was built in 1660, one of the oldest Dutch buildings.
Entrance fee to Museum is RM$5.00.

This is one of the finest museums I've visited.
It's big and houses many historical items.
Very well exhibited.
Highly recommended if you've extra time when visiting Melaka.

I like above two pictures very much.
Big applause for the artist whom drew this.
Don't you find it's so real?What's real and what's drawn.
It's really take some time to figure it out.

Fruit stall at one of the R&R spot.
Our last stop over before reaching Singapore.

While travelling back, I recapped my 2 day trip to Melaka.
At first the only reason for visiting Melaka was wanting to eat Chicken Rice ball, visiting night market and see the dutch grave ground.
I didn't think there was alot to see.
But I was wrong.
We didn't even have time for shopping at some of their big shopping centres.
If you ask me if I would return to this place again.
My answer would be yes.
The people are polite.
Streets are very clean.
Food are good and cheap.
Roads are planted with tress and flowers.
I summarized my trip as "GOOD & FUN."

Melaka, Malaysia
Located South-Western Coast of Peninsular Malaysia facing the Straits of Melaka and between the states of Negeri Sembilan and Johor.
Occupy an area of 1,658 square kilometers, divided into 3 districts (Melaka Tengah, Alor Gajah & Jasin)
144km from Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, 224km from Johor Bahru
Climate / Temperature : 21 - 33 dc
Time Zone : GMT/UTC + 08:00 hour
Currency : Ringgit (RM)
Country Telephone code / Area Code : 60 / 6
Electricity : 220-240V, 50 Hz, UK-style three-pin plugs are use.
Population: 713,000 (2005)
Ethnic Groups : Malay (60.9%), Chinese (26.8%), Indian (6.1%), Others (7.1%)
Languages : Malay, English, Mandarin

Short History of Melaka :Melaka was previously known as Malacca.
Founded by Parameswara in 1396.
Given its strategic location straddling the Straits of Melaka, it thrived as a port-of-call and a centre of entrepot trade with ships and merchants from China, Japan, India, Arab and South Africa…
In 1511, it fell to the hands of the Portuguese, followed by the Dutch in 1641. In 1795, Melaka was given to British. It was returned to the Dutch in 1818 under the treaty of Vienna but was later exchanged by the Brisith for Bangkahulu, Sumatra. From 1826 onwards, the British East India Company along with Singapore and Penang governed it, under the Straits Settlement.
The Dutch left many fine buildings marking their heritage . The Stadthuys for example is today the oldest Dutch building in the Far East.

For Melaka Post Part 1, please click here!

The Neo Counter

Updated Post on 22 May 2008, 4 July 2013

I went to Malaysia, Melaka over the weekend.
So it's about 3 days without loggin in to my site.
When I returned to see my site, the Neo Counter has recorded many visitors from different countries.
Added this Neo Counter on 1st February 2008.
This really amaze me!!! Such a cleverly design widget.
I like it very much.
Sometimes, when I feel alone,
I would look at this counter and feel...not so alone, maybe!
Feeling connected to parts of the world.
And that's also because of all of you who have visited.

Updated : 1st March 2008
Summary of one month visitors record (Feb to March 2008)
894 vistors from 65 countries!Not bad for a start. I'm very happy with it.

Post Updated on 22 May 2008
Today, while I am still struggling posting my star wars collectibles, I noticed my Neo Counter has reached 100 COUNTRIES !
There is a total of 3606 vistors since Feb this year (Approx. 3 months plus)
I would also like to take this opportunity here to THANKs all of you who has visited my blog.
The next crazy thing I just did was to copy down the entire Neo Counter list.

United States - 1557
Singapore - 358
Canada - 223
United Kingdom - 220
Australia - 152
Malaysia - 149
France - 62
Philippines - 59
Germany - 51
India - 49
Netherlands - 40
Indonesia - 36
Hong Kong - 33
Italy - 32
Belgium - 32
Brazil - 30
Sweden - 30
Spain - 27
Portugal - 26
Thailand - 22
Bulgaria - 22
Japan - 21
Poland - 19
Mexico - 19
South Korea - 18
Turkey - 17
Denmark - 17
Hungary - 15

Visitors from each countries : 13

Visitors from each countries : 10

Visitors from each countries : 9
Cezch Republic

Visitors from each countries : 8
Puerto Rico
South Africa

Visitors from each countries : 6
Asia/Pacific Region
New Zealand

Visitors from each countries : 5
Saudi Arabia
Sri Lanka

Visitors from each countries : 4
Brunei Darussalam
United Arab Emirates

Visitors from each countries : 3
Russion Federation

Visitors from each countries : 2
Dominican Republie
Trindad and Tobago

Visitor from each countries : 1
Frmr. Macedonia R.Y.
Northern Mariana Island
Cote D'Ivoire
Costa Rica
Bosnia and Herzegovina
El Salvador
Papua New Guinea

Post Additions on 4 July 2013 :
The counter was stopped. Data showing 160 plus countries all gone now. It's no longer giving free service.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Malaysia - Melaka (Part 1)

Date : 16th & 17th February 2008

Went to Melaka with my parents and 2 friends.
My dad drove his little red Chevrolet Aveo.
I wished he had goten yellow, so I can stick the racing stripes and imagine it is the Transformer "BumbleBee"...
Driving time from Singapore to Melaka is approx. 2hour & 15 minutes at about 100km/h.
Distance from Malaysia-Johor Bahru to Melaka is 224km.
We used the Tuas 2nd link expressway.
It's is more expensive compared to the Woodlands checkpoint.
But the time saved from avoiding traffic jams were all well worth it.

Common sight of these types of tower in Malaysia.
About every half an hour on the expressway, there will be a rest & relax spot.
The restrooms were all very clean. Big and well ventilated.
Some of the R&R spot also have lots of food stalls to fill your stomach.
We only stopped once for about 20 mintues and proceeded with our journey.

The first time we did when we reached was to find a hotel.
We checked into a hotel named "Mimosa" at No. 108, Jalan Bunga Raya for RM$138/per room for a night.
Price includes a complimentary breakfast.
The room & bathroom is clean.
Except that I find the lights too dim and the pillow is a bit dirty and dusty.
There's nothing in the fridge.
Apart from the above, I would say it's a plesant stay.

It's dinnertime!!!
I voted to eat the famous chicken rice ball.
I just love chicken rice.
One of my relative said it's super nice and if you are checking out food on Melaka, you'll wouldn't miss this too. There's a lot of advertisments on this Famosa Chicken Rice Ball.
I personnally find the food ok but it is not that fantastic.
Maybe it's because there are so much advertisements and making the chicken rice looks superb???
The rice ball tastes of chicken and ginger. Nice!
Otah is also reccomend to go along with the meal.
Which is about all...

A typical chinese medication hall near my hotel.
The way they stacked their goods, you really have to admire them.
No support but looks secure enough.
The cups of tea outside their stalls are herbal tea.
Usually have cooling effects for the body.
Can can cure coughs or slight flu.
Tea tastes a bit bitter.
It's good to drink if you've eaten alot of heaty food or fried stuffs.
But before you drink, it is better to ask for the price and it's effects!

The white church is the photo is "St. Francis Xavier's Church."
View of Malacc River.
We continued to Night Market at Jonker Walk.

Sugar coated fresh fruit candies. Many different types of fruits on stick.
It's very sweet.
Take your pick and the auntie would coat the sugar for you.
As it's name sugguest, this probably orginates from Taiwan.
Mine consists of Prune, Green Grape, Tomato, Orange, Red Grape.

I'm now regretting not buying this Pikachu helmet.
Cost about RM$36.00.
Cute, is it ?

Long queeue for deserts.
Must be really nice.
I didn't try it...Arughh, should have!!!

Selling fried carrot cakes.
It's not a stall, table...etc.
He's selling on his motorbike.
All these stuff you see here was stacked up on his motorbike. Mobile Food!

Streets are buzzings with people.
These people are watching some performance on stage. This picture kinda gives the the 1980's feeling. Where a lot of people would gather to watch public perfomance especially on Hungry Ghost Festival.

You might have already noticed.
There are alot of laterns hanging. Red laterns!
Full of chinese new year celebrations moods.
I find this "Hakka" association building unique. I like the way they hung their laterns.

We walked about another 15 minutes from Jonker's Market for supper at this place.
Full of people.
It is call "Satay Celup"
Each stick cost RM$0.50.
Go to the refrigerator and choose the food you like.
If you can't finish in the end, you can return the uncook food.
The food is cheap and fresh.
Only drawback is that the pot is quite dirty.
They will top up satay sauce in the pot.
Not replacing a new one when other customers arrive,
Which means everyone is eating from the same pot at the same table!!!
Forget about the cleaniness, you can then enjoy the food.
It's very very nice.
Slghtly hot but also taste sweet.
Contains lots of crushed peanuts.

On our way back to the hotel, I saw this!
Time was about 12 midnight. The Ferris Wheel was still turning.
Lots of people were there, thought the opposite streets where I'm at, was empty.
Back to the hotel.
Showered, set alarm at 6am and with very full stomach, I fell asleep fast ...

For Melaka Part 2, please click here!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Elmo Update 3

Elmo's private gym.
Aha... Elmo was afraid at first.
Seeing Elmo walking in reverse gear is funny.
I guessed that's how bird reacts when
they are afraid.
Walking backwards, away from danger...
Now, Elmo is loving it.
Everytime I leave it on the floor, you'll see a very quick action bird coming to play.

Elmo's favourite swing.

Infos on Elmo's growth :
Elmo is completely on bird seeds & millets.
He has weaned a couple of weeks ago.
I do recommend other bird keepers to practice "Abundance Weaning" too.
In short, it means to feed the baby bird till they don't want to eat the hand fed milky food anymore.
Personally, I feel this way it the best for the bird.
When I tried to cut the baby feedings, Elmo was screaming mad.
Even though I've put a variety of foods inside Elmo's house.
He wouldn't eat at all.
As if he simply cannot see the food at all.
But when I fed him on milk and his stomach is full bloat.
You'll see a happy bird exploring his surroundings and food.
I prepared the same amount of fed, 20 ml per feeding.
Fed till he don't want to eat anymore.
You'll noticed that as day goes by.(Ensure lots of food & water is available).
The bird intake will be reduced, not by me but by the bird itself.
20ml to 15ml, then it became 10, 8 ml, 5ml...
Elmo WEANED happily !!!

My favourite birds site&forum is listed below: