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Month: October 2010

Let’s Talk About Experiences

What is the second most valuable thing you can ever had in life guys?



It is experience.

Btw, the first one is your knowledge. Close second is experiences.

As the wise old man in the Count of Monte Cristo film said, “Materials and freedom, people can take from you. But nobody can take away what you know.” (paraphrasing)

Life is Fascinating

Enjoy and appreciate the experiences. What do I mean by experiences?

Still remember your first day at school?

The day when your father/mother walked you to school? The day when they are standing just outside your classroom for at least 30 minutes (some stay for hours and days!) to make sure you don’t cry. Remember that moment? What that makes you feel? Sentimental? 🙂

Still remember the first day you … ?

Still remember the first time you … ?

Kerap kali bila saya berbual dengan orang yang hidupnya dalam “Auto-pilot”, seolah-olah tiada tujuan hidup ataupun orang yang merasakan hidupnya bosan dan tidak bermakna, biasanya mereka ini telah lupa all the “experiences” dalam hidup mereka.

Their memory is limited. Mereka telah lupa kepada kenangan-kenangan yang satu masa dahulu membuat mereka sedih dan gembira. Biasanya hati mereka telah menjadi kenyal.

It’s a waste.

Experiences are what define us, and experiences gave our life meaning.

Remember and cherish all those memories but don’t let that memories overwhelm or make you sad. Just know, if used correctly, experiences can make you stronger.

Example, people often asked me why I always smile. Usually I got this questions when I am in front of my PC. Because for no reason sometimes I will smile or chuckle by myself. My colleagues thought I am reading email or chatting with some hot girls somewhere, but actually I am just reminiscing my past.

It’s easier to go through sticky times when you are armed with wonderful memories to get you going. 🙂

Speaking of experiences, here a video I recorded last week during my visit to Stadium Darul Makmur. My mom asked me to send Ummairah to her Prefectorial Board dinner and while waiting to fetch her back, I reckon it will be nice to go to the Stadium just for the heck of it. To soak in the atmosphere. My last time there if I am not mistaken was when I am in Standard 2 (17 years ago~just saying this make me feel really old!).

It’s quite lively I must say. 🙂


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Vientiane Laos Solo Adventure Report

1. Laos is a very laid-back country. You can say it is the opposite of Vietnam. Even Siem Reap (Cambodia) is not as laid back.

2. Morning market here open at 10 a.m and close at 4 p.m. The same with most of the other shops. It is just 7 p.m yet you feel it’s already midnight!

3. One good thing, motorists here are better than their neighbour in Vietnam. No unnecessary honking.

4. The handicrafts they sell are a little bit disappointing. They haven’t fully develop their tourism industry. Having been to Thailand, Vietnam and China, I can spot a lot of items made there sold as local products from Laos (spotting Vinamilk (a brand of milk in Vietnam) and a shirt with made in Thailand tag, I doubt it’s the other way round).

5. But they definitely made a lot of effort in commercializing their city. They are developing the Mekong river and in the process of erecting a few more temples as tourist attractions. If you go to the countryside where a lot of these temples are located, the statement, there are more monks than tourists might be true. I overheard a local saying to a tourist that if a family member die, they have to become a monk for 7 days. One thing though, monks here are unlike the monks you usually saw in KL. monk here are quite fashionable & young. A few of them wear Ray Ban! (at least the three I saw).

And monks here didn’t just meditate or walk around like we saw in KL. They do chores (I saw some mending the gate) in their orange dress!

6. Coffee is among the popular local produce. But for me Lao Coffee taste so much like Kopi Cap Kapal Api in Malaysia. However step into the many roadside cafe and order a latte, it’s among the best I ever taste. Even better than Starbucks. At least equal to San Francisco Cofee if not better. French influence is pretty dominant around here. So, the pastries are quite awesome and available at a decent price (decent, not cheap).

7. One good thing, local here does not know how to cheat (you still need to bargain though)~ the usual tourists tax that you have to haggle your way out. But no blatant cheating like the trishaw rider in Saigon.

8. Laotian are generally polite although they will not bend over backward just to help you like the Thais.

9. Halal food is a little hard to find, however the city is not that big. You can say it is quite easy to find and accessible (near the Mekong river).

10. After my experience in Phuket, I tried to be more daring and experimental. I rent a scooter (USD 10) and tour the city by myself. As I mention before, the city was not that big so I got to visit all the places I want to go (they are driving at the wrong side of the road~ depending on where you come from. I’m from Malaysia. So adapting to that is quite a thrill… 🙂

(pictures coming)

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