:: My Point Of View ::

July 30, 2009

sunset in Tanah Lot….

we chose Tanah Lot instead of Jimbaran for sunset view on our 3rd day in Bali. and we definitely didnt regret it at all.

mass of people didnt bother me at all. i could only gawped in awe of the majestic creation of the mighty hand of God…

the rock formation was a unique shape with temple on it known as Pura Tanah Lot which they said during high tide it will look like a floating temple in the middle of the sea. well, it depends on where you stand though. ppl from almost around the world were there.

mass of people didnt bother me at all. i could only wish the picturesque view wouldn’t slip pass my memory and be able to flip through the still images for many years to come…

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temple by the cliff

temple by the cliff

#2

when human and nature blend together.....

when human and nature blend together.....

#3

STUNNING!! it took my breath away... yerr...

STUNNING!! it took my breath away... yerr...

#4

sunset

sunset

#5

silhouettes

silhouettes

then it was getting dark. the sun was almost disolved into the ocean.

#6

edges: a different angle

edges: a different angle

#7

from Bali with love... :-)

from Bali with love... 🙂

The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness. Psalm 24:1

Be blessed, people!

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July 28, 2009

The Popular Farmer

Filed under: Hot & Zesty People,So Peppery Random — lv @ 10:49 pm
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this morning TheGirlFriendV called with one totally unbelievable request that almost make me contemplate shuting down my facebook. but knowing the unlikeliness of that i decided to just gasp and be proud of my achievement :p

TheGirlFriendV: morning, u good?

me: yeah morning, what’s up?

i thought she’s gonna cancel the lunch date again.

TheGirlFriendV: u know what my laptop was attacked by virus and totally screwed and it has to be sent for repair. and the thing now is my Farm Town is producing crops and it’s time for harvest. can u please help me to harvest everything and plow new lands for me? LOG IN to my fb and go to my farm then hire urself to harvest them for me like that you also gonna earn money for working on my farm. u can then hire me to work in ur farm too. it’s a win-win situation. ok?

me: WHAT?! *disbelived with eye balls ready to pop out and fall into the waste basket*

that time, if only she was in front of me instead of her hollow voice on the other end of the line i would shake her up and down and up again and to the right and then left for being so OBSESSED!!!

me: my goodness!! u are sick!! i’m gonna tell ur husband about this!! u are obsessed!!

TheGirlFriendV: *laughed* ya i know! i actually wanted to let them be. but to think of my big land now and the many ‘plants’ that i’ve planted, i really dont want them to go to waste…. pls… i give u my fb password XXXXXXXX.

in my head ‘my friend is crazy!! God help her!!’

me: u are crazy u know that?! so what’s the password again?

TheGirlFriendV: XXXXXXXX. Dont forget to harvest my Barn Buddy and Happy Farm too ok. hehe….

me: ok lah. not to disappoint u, will do that too. really, this is madness….

TheGirlFriendV: thank you. haha!

*hung up*

then she called again.

me: haa… anything u missed?

TheGirlFriendV: *laughed* no. just wanna tell u our lunch is on and i’ll pick u up at 12.30pm.

me: ok. chicken rice.

TheGirlFriendV: see u then.

so i harvested and plowed her ‘farm’. it was my first time spending time on Farm Town. i do have farms but Farm Town wasnt my favourite cos it requires more time.

with that i was ranked as The Popular Farmer on FT!! omg! just by harvesting and plowing lands of a gf’s virtual farm. LOL!!

are u obsessed with fb applications too?! what have becoming to human nowadays? kalau suruh berkebun betul2 tak nak!! dalam fb bukan main banyak kebun siap dengan haiwan2 belaan sekali. hairan!! do it in moderation ok?!

i live to learn and i learn to live with it

have a blessed day, people!

Malam ABBA 2009 – and the award goes to…..

Filed under: Hot & Zesty People,On The ROCK!! — lv @ 6:03 pm
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jeng… jeng… jeng…

hmm… nope i’m not gonna pop that 1st. nyeh.. nyeh.. nyeh….

so they got Grammy Awards in Hollywood, Star Screen Awards in Bollywood, Anugerah Planet Muzik in Msia / Indo / Sg, and recently The SHOUT Awards in Msia, we in Myy got something almost similar – The ABBA Awards 2009! Held in Eastwood Valley on 26/7/2009. Notice how they rhymes? Hollywood, Bollywood and Eastwood?! hence the dress code was ala Eastwood artists like that :p

so what exactly was ABBA Awards all about? No, it doesnt have anything to do with the ABBA group who sang Dancing Queen :p For the very first time our church came out with an idea of way to appreciate its people. It was a very special event to appreciate the dedication of those who serve in the Altar Ministry who have given their time and energy only for the glory of our beloved Father a.k.a ABBA. Lead by the ever brilliant, up-to-date yet serius and a Ps.’ wife, Sis. Dora this ministry has come a long way of being one of the fastest growing and the most happening ministry in the church.

the dinner started with all the early birds posed for a ‘red carpet’ moment. and to add glamour to that everyone has the opportunity to hold the ABBA Award trophy and strike a ‘If I Win The ABBA Award’ pose… haha!! i was there as the amateur photog cos i am ‘the girl with the big camera’ and now…. with a tripod! whee~~ so here goes some of the poses….

even though they didnt get the trophy but the three of them dint go back empty handed. they each received an award. From left: Lina - Anugerah Altar Paling Kuat Ketawa '09, Richard - Anugerah Altar Paling Blur '09, Sis. Helen U. - Anugerah Altar Paling Kuat Nangis '09. haha!!

even though they didnt get the trophy but the three of them dint go back empty handed. they each received an awards. From left: Lina - Anugerah Altar Paling Kuat Ketawa '09, Richard - Anugerah Altar Paling Blur '09, Sis. Helen U. - Anugerah Altar Paling Kuat Nangis '09. haha!!

translation: Lina – The Most Laughaholic Altar Award ’09, Richard – The Most Blur Altar Award ’09, Sis. Helen U. – The Most Crybaby Altar Award ’09

then some more ‘if i win the ABBA Award’ pose…

father & daugter; uncle stephen came with e-fin instead of aunt carol, friends; fergie & nadia.

father & daugter; uncle stephen came with e-fin instead of aunt carol, friends; fergie & nadia.

husband and wife….

left: Pr. Andy & Sis. Dora   right: Bro. Laing & Sis. Helen

left: Pr. Andy & Sis. Dora right: Bro. Laing & Sis. Helen

the coolest family and no doubt the father won The Coolest Altar Award 2009

The Davis! right: Davis and Paran receiving Anugerah Altar Paling Cool 2009

The Davis! right: Davis and Paran receiving Anugerah Altar Paling Cool 2009

more photos of paran prince….

see... he was my rival.... haha!!

see... he was my rival.... haha!!

the ambience…

Jelutong Hall

Jelutong Hall

things amusing… *ran out of idea for caption*

trophies for the winners..... the chandeliers...

trophies for the winners..... the chandeliers...

and since it was a dinner night so it was also about foods…

foods.... glorious foods!!

foods.... glorious foods!!

and more foods!! :p

and more foods!! :p

laughters seem to be all around the hall that night….

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all because of these two promising emcees…. they never fail to crack something funny that u can die for a nano second of laughing…..

Chen Chiew Leong a.k.a Yong and Petrus. Cun!! right: Yong doin his thang after receiving his award. u'll know what  soon.

Chen Chiew Leong a.k.a Yong and Petrus. Cun!! right: Yong doin his thang after receiving his award. u'll know what soon.

and that was why both of them were nominated in this category.

Anugerah Altar Paling Lawak 2009! haha!!

Anugerah Altar Paling Lawak 2009! haha!!


translation: The Funniest Altar Award 2009

and the award went to….

Mr. Petrus Wan!! and that's his expecting wife...

Mr. Petrus Wan!! and that's his expecting wife...

the awards giving started….

above: Yong - Anugerah Penari Lelaki Popular 2009   below: Fiona - Anugerah penari Perempuan Popular 2009

above: Yong - Anugerah Penari Lelaki Popular 2009 below: Fiona - Anugerah penari Perempuan Popular 2009


translation: Yong – The Most Popular Male Dancer 2009 ; Fiona – The Most Popular Female Dancer 2009

above: Diana - Anugerah Koreografer Paling Popular 2009    below: Mac Owen: Anugerah Penari Harapan Paling Popular 2009

above: Diana - Anugerah Koreografer Paling Popular 2009 below: Mac Owen: Anugerah Penari Harapan Paling Popular 2009


translation: Diana – The Most Popular Choreographer 2009 ; Mac Owen – The Most Popular Promising Young Dancer 2009

left: William - Anugerah Pemusik Paling Popular 2009 right: Michael - Anugerah Altar Paling Komited 2009

left: William - Anugerah Pemusik Paling Popular 2009 right: Michael - Anugerah Altar Paling Komited 2009


translation: William – The Most Popular Musician 2009 (He’s a drummer btw), Michael – The Most Commited Altar Award 2009.

left: Mina - Anugerah Back-Up Singer Paling Popular 2009 & Anugerah Lagu Paling Popular   Right: Helen U. - Anugerah Altar Paling Kuat Nangis T_T

left: Mina - Anugerah Back-Up Singer Paling Popular 2009 & Anugerah Lagu Paling Popular Right: Helen U. - Anugerah Altar Paling Kuat Nangis T_T

The awards went on to The Most Popular LCD Controller 2009 and The Most Popular P.A System Controller 2009. Too bad Kelly couldnt make it at last minute 😦 she’s my superior u know and she’s only 17…. T_T Congrates and all the best for ur 1st SPM trials!!

left: Kelly - Anugerah Pengendali LCD Paling Popular 2009  right: Johnnedy - Anugerah Pengendali PA System Paling Popular 2009

left: Kelly - Anugerah Pengendali LCD Paling Popular 2009 right: Johnnedy - Anugerah Pengendali PA System Paling Popular 2009

proud winner of The Most Stylish Female Altar Award 2009 and the Most Serious Altar Award 2009 siapa lagi kalau bukan Sis. Dora?!

proud winner of Anugerah Altar Paling Bergaya Perempuan 2009 and Anugerah Altar Paling Serius siapa lagi kalau bukan Sis. Dora?!


translation: proud winner of The Most Stylish Female Altar Award 2009 and The Most Serious Altar Award, who else can it be other than Sis. Dora?! They suit her the most!

and they looked on….

left: Pr. Willie  The Youth Pr.   right: Emallia The Project Manager of the event. Bravo!

left: Pr. Willie The Youth Pr. right: Emallia The Project Manager of the event. Bravo!

There were games and gift presentations in between but i choose to skip that unless u want this entry to end by tomorrow. but the event below ROCKED it all!!

when non-dancers DANCE….

clockwise: davis with his coolness, pr. andy dunno what move, sis. dora seemed to enjoy herself immensely together with uncle stephen, the couple dance by roland and ezzie

clockwise: davis with his coolness, pr. andy dunno what move, sis. dora seemed to enjoy herself immensely together with uncle stephen, the couple dance by roland and ezzie

and when the dancers SING….

singing without music.... thank God it didnt rain after that... i kid!! :p

singing without music.... thank God it didnt rain after that... i kid!! :p

The show went on by crowning the prince and princess of the night. it’s not just about being a pretty face and the most vouge attires but overall theme and the person as a whole, remember ala ‘Artis Eastwood’??

the prince and princess of the night. Andrias and Alice :-)

the prince and princess of the night. Andrias and Alice 🙂

::EDIT::

some poses by the prince & princess of the night

heeee... so cute....

heeee... so cute....

then the group photos session….

above: the musician group pix (but the most popular one MIA :p)  below: the worship leaders together with the back-up singers

above: the musician group pix (but the most popular one MIA :p) below: the worship leaders together with the back-up singers

experimenting my wide angle lense *grins from ear to ear*

one for the album

one for the album

more random shots… sorry cant help it :p

::EDIT:: i changed the photo just cause :p

the girls enjoying themselves :-)

the girls enjoying themselves 🙂

and now is the time to spill out the beans…. jeng…. jeng…. jeng….

THE ABBA AWARD GOES TO….
*drums and tumpets blare noisily and song We Are The Champion by The Scorpion on*

*gasps*

JOSHUA PAUL!!!

Congrates Josh!! eventhough you werent there in flesh but we knew that you were praying hard to win the categories... haha!!

Congrates Josh!! eventhough you werent there in flesh but we knew that you were praying hard to win the categories... haha!!

He didnt walk away with only one, not two but THREE awards of the night. Another record breaker! Joshua also won Anugerah Worship Leader Paling Popular 2009 (The Most Popular Worship Leader 2009) and Anugerah Altar Paling Bergaya Lelaki 2009 (The Most Stylish Male Altar Award 2009). and he deserved them all the most. Too bad he too couldnt make it to the gala event due to unforseen reasons. He was somewhere else let’s just say on work commitment.

so that’s a wrap about the ABBA night 🙂 again it was not being the most popular or the most talented person but as The Father will reward His children who diligently seeking for Him, we too are able to do so by appreciating the ppl around us. We only hope that this kind of event could inspire others and bring out the Impact Maker within you. It wasnt only for the present but it was a legacy for the next generation and many years to come.

ok, the end.
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no i dunno this girl but i am sure i've seen her face somewhere in the dictionary next to the word NARCISSISTIC

no i dunno this girl but i am sure i've seen her face somewhere in the dictionary next to the word NARCISSISTIC

photo on the right was when she was demonstrating the ‘If I Win The ABBA Award’ pose and ended up only she alone got it. the rest were all ‘skema’ to the max. both photos were taken by Tim who pitied the girl who only stood behind the lense. kekekeke….

‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ Acts 20:35

Be blessed, people

July 26, 2009

Malam ABBA 2009 – and the nominees are…

Filed under: Hot & Zesty People,On The ROCK!! — lv @ 3:54 pm
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psssst!! let’s shift away a little bit from the boring travelogue already.

i am going to this ‘grammy’ awards gala this evening. i just finished with the slideshows of the nominees. Aihh… took longer than i expected 😦 Pls read HERE for the categories. and here are a little peek-a-boo :p

#1

The Most Popular Worship Leader 2009 Award nominees

The Most Popular Worship Leader 2009 Award nominees

#2

The Most Popular Choreographer 2009 Award nominees

The Most Popular Choreographer 2009 Award nominees

#3

The Most Popular Male Dancer 2009 Award nominees

The Most Popular Male Dancer 2009 Award nominees

#4

The Most Popular Young Dancer Achiever Award nominees

The Most Popular Young Dancer Achiever Award nominees

#5

HAHAHA!! The Most Laughoholic Altar Award nominees (so laugh more!)

HAHAHA!! The Most Laughoholic Altar Award nominees (so laugh more!)

#6

The Most Commited Altar Award 2009 nominess

The Most Commited Altar Award 2009 nominess

#7

The Grand Award!!! The ABBA Award 2009 nominees...

The Grand Award!!! The ABBA Award 2009 nominees...

alright, goin to make my hair now. brb!!

btw, nice or not my slideshows layout? blueergh!! dont bother to answer. *minta puji mode*

July 24, 2009

Kuta Beach

was the last place we went during our visit to Bali. Sad, huh!! Whatever it is, Kuta Beach is always busy with ppl even at the wee hour even afternoon. Haiih… i really dont undertand why the non-asians luv the sun so much. Have they ever heard of skin cancer?! hmmm…

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hot but serene

hot but serene

#2

surf boards...

surf boards...

#3

beach stones...

beach stones...

and it just goes to show that wherever we go the relationship between human being is something very beautiful we should always cherised…..

#4 – families

A family vacation is one where you arrive with five bags, four kids and seven I-thought-you-packed-its ~Ivern Ball

A family vacation is one where you arrive with five bags, four kids and seven I-thought-you-packed-its ~Ivern Ball

#5 – friends

a friend loveth at all times..... Prov 17:17

a friend loveth at all times..... Prov 17:17

#6 – couples

a companion shortens the longest walk...

a companion shortens the longest walk...

#7 – single

but it is better to travel alone than with a bad companion...

but it is better to travel alone than with a bad companion...

#8

chess, anyone?

chess, anyone?

#9

training...

training...

#10

waves....

waves....

#11

The entrance to the beach

The entrance to the beach

#12

Poser!! Next!!

Poser!! Next!!

and last but not least we spotted one very famous guy surfing….

#13

see... even Mr. Ronald McDonald surfs in Bali!!

see... even Mr. Ronald McDonald surfs in Bali!!



The rightous shall inherit the land, and dwell in it forever – Psalm 37:29

i live to learn and i learn to live with it

Be blessed, people!!

July 23, 2009

the cilipadi guide to Mystical Bali – Part 2

Filed under: Indonesia,My Escapades — lv @ 5:50 pm
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Let’s continue on with the last part of this ala 101 guide and just get it done fast.

Day 3:
We were still in Ubud. CMee woke up complaining that she didn’t sleep well previous night. Said she heard funny sounds like ‘crickk…..crickk…. crickkk’ the whole night. Hmm…. how come i didnt hear anything? Of course not, i slept like a dead! Whatever! It was a bright morning and we were eager for our next activities of the day. Not until i freaked out when i saw this fella….

freaking monkeys loitering around our hotel roof tops.... and CMee blamed them for her bad night sleep.

freaking monkeys loitering around our hotel roof tops.... and CMee blamed them for her bad night sleep.

Did i mention that there’s a Monkey Forest in Ubud which is only walking distance from where stayed? We asked the local folks what was in store inside but nothing interest us cos all u could see are monkeys which might attack u if u don’t give them banana and wild deers…. what? That’s it?! so we scratched Monkey Forest out of our list. Monkeys?! I’ve seen too many in Uni last time. And not to mention i fight with bunch of monkeys everyday in the office / home. Some more monkeys?! Gah!! And wild deer? Why would i waste Rupiah just to see wild deer??! Takda hasil!

We had our breakfast slowly while ppl-watching. Frankly, the breakfast in the previous inn were better but whatever we finished everything.

our breakfast. they serve lime with every dishes dunno why.

our breakfast. they serve lime with every dishes dunno why.

Top: the open area where we had breakfast    Bottom: View from where i sat during breakfast overlooking the swimming pool. very green, i like!

Top: the open area where we had breakfast Bottom: View from where i sat during breakfast overlooking the swimming pool. very green, i like!

Jeng.. Jeng… this is the most anticipated part (at least by us) The Spa!!! yohooO!! It’s like u cannot claim u’ve been to Bali if u haven’t been to any of the spa. We walked to the spa centre which we’ve made appointment with the day before. There were many spa boutiques around Ubud so choose whichever u prefer but may i suggest you to make a little research and read some reviews beforehand. The one we went was called Zen Spa. KSiong heard about it from reviews in internet. I must commend he did his homework very well! It was good indeed!! 🙂 guess how much?? Rp150,000.00 for one and fourty-five minutes royal treatment!! that was about RM50++ so cheap!! if in Myy, no RM300++ means no spa ok! *teary eyes* Me and CMee requested for the couple room cos we were chatty and didnt want to waste any time for the latest gossips! Haha!! no la, joking. But… we did talk about the latest hot topic about the Manohara girl…. together with our two very chatty masseuses too. hehe…

ZEN SPA.... highly recommended! :-)

ZEN SPA.... highly recommended! 🙂

the only decent photos that can be publish! but the whole process was oh-so relaxing...

the only decent photos that can be publish! but the whole process was relaxing...

Left: the interior inside the spa centre    Right: mucking around after spa dont critic the blurness i just like it cos it's a rare photo of the three of us together.

Left: the interior inside the spa centre Right: mucking around after spa dont critic the blurness i just like it cos it's a rare photo of the three of us together.

Me & CMee did a little shopping at Pasar Ubud before we return to Kuta. Bargain! Bargain! Bargain! Remember to reduce the price to half of its originals ok. While the two of us did that, KSiong went for Babi Guling for the second time by himself. Talk about guys!! We hired a driver cum tour guide to send us back to Kuta. A much much more comfy SUV this time 🙂 we checked into a different hotel this time which i’ve forgotten the name of it. This one was much expensive but lots lots cheaper than the rest on the same street just opposite the beach.

Top: our neigbour's challet     Bottom: our room (expensive but smaller than the one we stayed in Ubud. hisk!)

Top: our neigbour's challet Bottom: our room (expensive but smaller than the one we stayed in Ubud. hisk!)

We had two choices of where to go next and could only choose one due to the time constraint. It was either Tanah Lot or Jimbaran. We decided to go for the former cos most of the local folks had suggested that one to us too. Our guide, Dewa was a gem! He waited for us to finish with our KFC session then drove like a F1 driver to make sure we catch the sunset just in time.

Top: grabbed KFC for our late lunch and their KFC are served with rice, not burger!! haha!!    Bottom: oh-so comfy ride to Tanah Lot :-)

Top: grabbed KFC for our late lunch and their KFC are served with rice, not burger!! haha!! Bottom: oh-so comfy ride to Tanah Lot 🙂

the temple by the cliff - awesome!

the temple by the cliff - awesome!

breathtaking!

breathtaking!

and we can't help to interframed!! hee~~

and we can't help to interframed!! hee~~

We then found out that things in Tanah Lot were a lot cheaper than those in Ubud or Kuta. Me and CMee shopped like there’s no tomorrow :p CMee was crazy! She bought 9 pairs of flipflops at Rp. 10,000.00 for three pairs. so girl friends, get some for ur girl friends or sisters or cousins or ladies colleagues. it’s the perfect gift with fine beads embroideries nicely wrapped in transparent lace-bag. How cute is that?

We panicked for a second when we couldn’t find Dewa when we finished in Tanah Lot. But he has sharp eyes. He saw us and sent us safely back to Kuta. We then went for foot massage where i was so regretted of choosing that particular massage centre cos the whole boutique was filled with that odd and dizzying aroma. It smelt like a bad combination of aromatic fragrance with their offering essence plus smoke came out of it. I don’t know but i just couldn’t stand the smell that i had to cover my face with the mask and to add sarcasm to it with my cardigan covering half of my face and tied it tightly making me looked like a freaking terrorist! Who cares. My life was at stake! KNS!!

The weird-smell foot massage centre *sighs!*

The weird-smell foot massage centre *sighs!*

still bewildered from the smell of the weird fragrance of the foot massage centre.

still bewildered from the smell of the weird fragrance of the foot massage centre.

finally a decent home-like cooking!! we were hungry like wolves this time.

finally a decent home-like cooking!! we were hungry like wolves this time.

I continued wearing my mask to dinner until i had to take it off to eat. Guess who i saw during dinner? KNS = Kenny Sia! Together with his blogger buddies. I recognised two of them, Cindy the first MDG and Cheesie.
That night, we wanted to go to one of the bars but i felt lazy and tired. Furthermore KSiong has to wake up very early the next day cos his flight was very early in the morning.

Again, we went to bed early!

Day 4:
KSiong left early. Me and Cmee slept some more. Realise that we haven’t set foot to the beach? So just for the sake of it, we strolled down the sandy beaches before breakfast. Took some decent photos and that was it! No surfing, no wet clothes 😉

our last breakfast in Bali... boring.... next!

our last breakfast in Bali... boring.... next!

Top: 'Bule' sun-bathing    Bottom: some Mr. Universe Indonesia competition.... haha!! I kid!! It was some kind of life guard training or something like that. Funny to see them ran toward u half naked like that.... hehe...

Top: 'Bule' sun-bathing Bottom: some Mr. Universe Indonesia competition.... haha!! I kid!! It was some kind of life guard training or something like that. Funny to see them ran toward u half naked like that.... hehe...

After checking out, we then started our last minute shopping to the shops nearby and very impromptu stopped at at one tattoo shop to get our temporary tattoos (we both had two prints :p) and corn-rows braided hair (me only).

wanna learn surfing? call that guy!!

wanna learn surfing? call that guy!!

that girl a Malaysian too. having her meni&pedi. we then bumped into each other again at the airport. haha!! we used the same flight back to Msia.

that girl a Malaysian too. having her meni&pedi. we then bumped into each other again at the airport. haha!! we used the same flight back to Msia.

Had lunch at one chinese restaurant. I tried their Hai Nan Chicken Rice. Hmmm…. i still prefer cheng kee’s of Krokop 10, Myy :p

had lunch before continue on with our last minute shopping.

had lunch before continue on with our last minute shopping.

By 6p.m. we were ready to leave Bali….

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Sad point: i got allergies upon reaching home from Bali that The Doctor had to give an injection 😦 and we suspected this is the culprit!!

the hotel poo!! so think twice before u jump into the pool. CMee didnt get itchiness cos she didnt swim.

the hotel poo!! so think twice before u jump into the pool. CMee didnt get itchiness cos she didnt swim.

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Things I didn’t get to do;
1) Sunset in Jimbaran
2) Nusa Dua
3) The Kechak Dance

Notice that i didnt go to any of the night life scene? notice we slept early every night? Heeee…. if u are a party person sorry i am a disappointment to you. i don’t club. I hate the cigarette smoke that sticks on my hair and clothes. Say whatever u like, yes i am living a mundane life like a nerdy meds student. So wat?! Why waste money on such blaring noise and for some maybe a hang over the next day? I prefer my beauty sleep and pray before that… and… more spree :p

but this is the closest i could get to that though….

their local version of Heineken -  BINTANG!!

their local version of Heineken - BINTANG!!

i live to learn and i learn to live with it

Be Blessed, people!!

July 22, 2009

the cilipadi guide to Mystical Bali – Part 1

Filed under: Indonesia,My Escapades — lv @ 4:24 pm
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Heeee…. ok i’ve been playing around with time quite long, huh!! so i guess before i decided to totally toss the idea of posting bali, i might as well do it now. plus, some frens are goin there soon. so Peter *waives* this is for you… treat… treat… LOL!! (but with the bombing goin on and the swine flu pandemic, are u still going?) anyway, i’ve posted most of the photos in my fb but some friends just prefer living in the cave (kidding!) so Jane *waives* this is also for you since u missed the trip…. (aiyo, register fb la…)

The Friends and i have been dying for a budget gateway for eons. God bless Tony for his budget airlines, so like most kiasu Malaysian (or Singaporean) we checked the cheapest return ticket that we could possibly find until we finally got one really cheap deal of RM94.40 return ticket KL-Bali-KL each. wohOO!!! RM10 of luggage handling included ok. BUT… but… the angry part was that since i am in Myy, i had to fly over to KL and that return ticket cost me a total of RM470++… @_@ So now u know flying overseas is cheaper than flying domestic!! KNS!! (so that’s for the my first tips – always check for promotion fare and plan ahead!!)

There were supposed to be four of us but to cut a long story short, Jane was so sick with high fever upon arrival from overseas three days before we were schedule to depart (was suspected of carrying H1N1) so she had to pull off… sigh!! leaving only three of us to continue on with the adventure (konon). So let’s start with the things that you need to pack / bring:
Passport!!
• Currencies, about RM1,000 – RM1,400 (should be more than enough for a 4D3N stay, Budget! Budget! do the currency exchange in Msia)
• Light cool comfy clothing (it is always summer in bali)
• Good walking shoes or sandals
• Slippers for chilling by the beach or pool
• Swim wear / Beach wear (even if u don’t know how to swim, just bring!)
• Sunscreen (very important!)
• Sunglasses or hat or cap (u will need these!!)
• Towel (or you can use the ones from hotel)
• Camera (important too, especially me!!)
• Medication (just in case)
• Book / iPod / PSP (I brought Sony :p)
• Extra bag to pack your shopping (ladies… be smart!)
• Toiletries (Cmee brought hydrating mask…. O_o)
• Universal Adapter (very important! the plugs they use in Indonesia are very different from those we usually use in Msia. Lesson I learned from my previous visit to Jakarta)
• Hygienic Face Mask (H1N1!!)

Additional reminder: if u should / must call family or anyone back home, just buy a temporary prepaid sim card over there. that way would be cheaper. u dont want to pay a month’s bill for a total of one hour (overall for the whole period there) phone call alone like me!! T_T my usual monthly bill doesnt even cost that much! *grumpy*

any universal adpter will do....

any universal adpter will do....



Day 1:

I met up with Cmee in LCCT. KSiong’s went a day earlier due to some reasons (don’t have to be so detail here) so we’re gonna meet him in bali. our flight was delayed by two hours. and the journey took three hours. by the time the two of us reached Denpasar airport it was almost 8p.m. =.=” as instructed by KSiong, we took the BlueBird taxi to our accommodation in Kuta. always take the BlueBird taxi!! we were curious to see our place of the night not until we saw the room!! haha!! it was so unexpected and was really out of our imagination that we were gonna stay in such inn. but, it was a budget holiday so budget it was!! surely be a backpacker’s choice. after registering ourselves we went out and started to hunt for food and we opted for one chinese restaurant called Nan Xiang which was only few steps from the Hard Rock Hotel.

see.. not only us wear this the ladies over there also very protective and kiasi like us :p

see.. not only us wear this the ladies over there also very protective and kiasi like us :p

our humble room

our humble room

things we saw on our way to our 1st dinner in bali. bottom: a surfing school where u also can rent their surfing gears, anyone?

things we saw on our way to our 1st dinner in bali. bottom: a surfing school where u also can rent their surfing gears, anyone?

we were too hungry and too busy pigging out that we forgot to take the photos of the food. but mostly just so-so. Bottom: CMee's manggo pudding. Ok lah!

we were too hungry and too busy pigging out that we forgot to take the photos of the food. but mostly just so-so. Bottom: CMee's manggo pudding. Ok lah!

we slept early that night. too tired!

Day 2:
I woke up very early cos i wanted to look at the inn in broad day light and to take photo of it. we couldn’t really see anything the previous night except for that ‘odd lady’ on the wall. Spooky u know if u look at her at night… eee….. the place was decorated with bamboos hence the name Bamboo Inn, with many antics and wooden / rock statues around. i saw the inn keeper performed some rituals by burning offerings to the statues and put flowers on every of them… errrmm…. basically he put flowers almost everywhere included on KSiong’s rented bike! ohya, our inn cost us only RM40++/ night and shared by the two ladies. So cheap!! and it came with breakfast and the breakfast was very filling too!! not bad aei!!

above: the entrance of the inn    below left: the garden in the middle of the compound    below right: see even KSiong's bike got flower!

above: the entrance of the inn below left: the garden in the middle of the compound below right: see even KSiong's bike got flower!

left: Ksiong's room    right: the ladies'  and also where we had our breakfast (look at the lady on the wall... eeee.... spooky)

left: Ksiong's room right: the ladies' and also where we had our breakfast (look at the lady on the wall... eeee.... spooky)

*haunting sounds on*

*haunting sounds on*

our breakfast prepared heartily by the inn keeper himself

our breakfast prepared heartily by the inn keeper himself

once checked out, we took a taxi to send us to Ubud which was around one and a half hour ride. tiring owh some more the taxi’s air-cond was like broken down!! KNS!! then we found this place for our accommodation for the night called Ubud Inn. We were torn between this one with the one next door for some reasons. The rate was supposed to be USD60/night, but somehow succeeded to negotiate it down to USD50 by pretending to walk away to the next door’s and they had to run after us and surrendered. Whee!! and we paid in Rp. 500,000.00 which was cheaper when converted in RM (cheaper by RM6 only :p). talk about kiamsiap but remember the theme? budget… budget!

Ubud Inn and the compound

Ubud Inn and the compound

our room which was far more spacious than the previous one....

our room which was far more spacious than the previous one....

we rented a jeep for Rp150,000.00/ day. u can opt for motorbikes or bicycles too which were far far cheaper. but since me and Cmee will melt under the sun so Ksiong had to gave in :p

top: our rented jeep    below: the driver :p

top: our rented jeep below: the driver :p

before we start our exploration, we filled our stomach at the infamous eatery place called Babi Guling Ibu Oka…. (to my muslim friends, sorry i just have to put this up :p)

nyum.. nyum... must try... must try... :p

nyum.. nyum... must try... must try... :p

And then a brief visit to an old castle just opposite.

they look like a couple here.... hehe... btw, KSiong is single and he can sing :p the old castle at the back.

they look like a couple here.... hehe... btw, KSiong is single and he can sing :p the old castle at the back.

since we had a jeep we decided to go a bit further. we went up to Kintamani. KSiong the driver, me the map reader (which was totally useless) and CMee the ‘tai-tai’ sitting at the backseats. the journey was around 20 minutes and it got colder by kilometre cos it was a highland. when we reached there we were greeted by a bunch of kids selling postcards…. this is where u have to act very cold cos once u stop, look and hold the postcards, they will pester u around whenever u go even though u already said u don’t want….. don’t be like me… i’m soft-hearted T_T I gave in when the girl keep saying it was for her pocket money to go to school…. aihh… couldn’t stand looking at her sun-burned sad-looking face i gave her Rp10000 for 10 postcards which i then realised i lost them when i unpacked my luggage T_T so Cell *waives*, this is why i didn’t send u postcard. huhuhu….

Mount Batur the gorgeous volcano, at least an achievement :-)

Mount Batur the gorgeous volcano, at least an achievement! 🙂

top: the lake near the volcano, we drove half way down but at some point it got really secluded so we returned back   bottom: we didnt wanna miss a photo with it :p

top: the lake near the volcano, we drove half way down but at some point it got really secluded so we returned back bottom: we didnt wanna miss a photo with it :p

on our way back to Ubud we stopped for a photo session at this breathtaking terrace paddy field. It was the harvesting season that time that’s why u see more yellows 🙂

Top: the awesome paddy field    Bottom: hmm... so not match, next!! but my fav bb-t matched the background perfectly though!!

Top: the awesome paddy field Bottom: hmm... so not match, next!! but my fav bb-t matched the background perfectly though!!

Dusk, we went to another recommended eating place called Bebek Bengil Dirty Duck Diner (BBDDD). The restaurant was highly maintained with expensive deco. I really liked the various settings of the dining area. Since we didn’t do any reservation, we were seated at the furthest end of the restaurant overlooking the paddy field. ok why they name it Dirty Duck Diner? The story goes like this (scroll down if u want to skip this part) the story goes like this…. once upon a time, the owner and staffs were getting ready with the opening of the new restaurant but they have yet to think of a suitable name for it. until one day when they were scratching their heads for the name suddenly a group of ducks with their dirty webbed-feets came in from the nearby paddy field and danced around leaving dirty footprints on their tables and all over the place. with that, the owner came up with the name ‘Dirty Duck Diner’ cos they were their very 1st customers. phew!! wat a story… u can read that in their menu book.

Bebek Bangil Dirty Duck Diner. No it wasnt that dirty after all!! and the duck was like so boney....  served with spicy sauces

Bebek Bangil Dirty Duck Diner. No it wasnt that dirty after all!! and the duck was like so boney.... served with spicy sauces

After dinner we romped around the town in our rugged jeep. we still have an hour before the owner came to collect it. we wanted to go for a foot massage but all massage centre were closing soon and it was only 9.30p.m. so we drove around sight-seeing and ppl-watching.

Top: a place called The Green Room. we thought it was some bar or something but we didnt enter.    Bottom: Ubud town at precicely 8.49p.m most of the shops were closing already....

Top: a place called The Green Room. we thought it was some bar or something but we didnt enter. Bottom: Ubud town at precisely 8.49p.m most of the shops were closing already....

FYI, Ubud town sleeps earlier than Kuta. We went back to the hotel and play ‘monopoly’ a.k.a splitting our bills with millions of Rupiahs. Things we did every end of the day and it was fun (^.^)V

We slept even earlier that night!! haha!!

So that’s a wrap for day 1 and day 2. I actually planned to post up the whole four days activities but i myself am so sleepy while typing this….. zzzzZZZZ….

i live to learn and i learn to live with it

Be blessed, people!

July 19, 2009

chaotic soul

Filed under: Matter Of The Heart — lv @ 7:46 pm

the other night….

starry skies
white waves splashing
lying on the big hard rocks
looking out at the darkness of the ocean faraway

it was serene
i was blessed
i should be grateful

but it was momentary
they still failed to calm the chaotic soul

can’t take the emo phase out of the girl that easily…..

this may not represent that starry night but almost similar..... -tanah lot, bali-

the waves that on that starry night was almost similar to this.... -tanah lot, bali-

July 16, 2009

cakerawala 1.0

Filed under: General,Snippets Of The Piquant Life — lv @ 11:47 pm
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So cakerawala post is back on popular demand!!! (AS IF!!!) Wait… i go faint 1st… vainity overdosed!!!

Ok where was i?? owh… cakerawala… ok, i usually don’t post too much bout what i do when i am away for a job but i make it exceptional this time cos i realised i didnt write properly in the previous post. I was more concerned about my virtual crops that time. Heeee…. :p

I never heard of cakerawala platform before until i saw it in this blog i regularly stalk :p (sorry Ian, at least i leave a comment already) then the boss told me that i was gonna mob there in few days. ok deal. and the best part was this time i wasn’t assigned to do my normal task. yohooOO!! all i need to do was to talk in training so i gotta save alot alot of saliva for it. it was my 1st time to be assigned to a location other than borneo / brn waters some more i nvr been to the north side of the country. excited la tadii… (bluekk!) so to get there i have to take flights miri-kl-kota bahru stayed a night in kota bahru then off to CK-P the next day by chopper. CK-P is a platform situated in the middle of the borderline between msia-thailand hence many of the personnels are Thai. the OIM and the WS are both Thai. and dunno why the OIM really has that Bruce Lee aura…. haha!!

Commercial break: there was this funny sms i received from a crazy colleague of mine haro upon arrival to kota bahru which went like this…

Col: ‘pls don’t wear ur shorts in kemaman’ (HAHAHA!! He tot i was goin to kemaman cos we usually go that side :p and to think of him sending that kind of msg— memang crazysiaokawkaw!!)
Me: ’haha!! i am not in kemaman, i am goin to kelantan’
Col: ‘kenapa kamu ni? what are u doing there? u are suppose to go to Kuantan. Not Kelantan!’ (HAHAHA!!! This one cracked me upside down. Kuantan not Kelantan!! IT RHYMES!!! IT RHYMES!! LOL!)
Me: ‘how many time must i tell u i am not assign to kemaman! ……. (and some other sentence i don’t wanna publish here sorry)’

I wasnt alone though. i was actually engaged by this generous Hg Solution to present only a tiny part of their manual content regarding to what i basically do to keep the mulah coming in. (but if ppl read this blog and they don’t get anything out of it, how?) Hmmm… ok lah… i was inducing awareness about radiation or more specifically TENORM, to the site ppl esp to the O&G industries. and TENORM = Technologically Enhance Naturally Occurred Radioactive Materials full stop. pls pls don’t ask me to explain further. u have to attend the real training for more info. call me. (yerrr… as if!) meanwhile ‘the big piece of the pie’ was conducted by HgS on mercury related and HAZMAT handling. these ppl are expertises and i feel so small standing next to them in term of experience and…… physical :p actually i don’t even know what HAZMAT stands for (cos i skipped the classes everytime :p) until i returned back to the office. i got to know that HAZMAT = Hazardous Materials. Haihh… why am i so dense?!

Hello!!! *waives* WAKE UP!! sorry to make u sleepy… enough with all the technical now (yerr… like so pro like that) i know most of you are blur and contemplating to click on the ‘X’ at the right corner up there. WAIT!! i will let the photos do the talking already….. and all photos were taken with my digicam. i was so regretted that i didnt bring labo along… huhuhu…. and to make it worst, ppl on the platform do carry big ass camera!! 😥

#1

upon arrival to kota bahru right after we landed.

upon arrival to kota bahru right after we landed.

#2

photos taken from a moving taxi. what i saw along the way to the hotel. wah!! i was actually in kelantan! sakai!

photos taken from a moving taxi. what i saw along the way to the hotel. wah!! i was actually in kelantan! sakai!

#3

kota bahru from my room. can u see the traffic?!

kota bahru from my room. can u see the traffic?!

#4

clockwise: our laundry sack, some stern warning at the door... (hehe! very exclusive), me & roommie (for one night only and this was taken early next morning before she went back to shore so i die die oso want to tk a pic with her but my eyes so swollen here), the room (yes, i was tat bored!)

clockwise: our laundry sack, some stern warning at the door... (hehe! very exclusive), me & roommie (for one night only and this was taken early next morning before she went back to shore so i die die oso want to tk a pic with her but my eyes so swollen here), the room (yes, was tat bored!)

#5

very attentive students... they looked so serious here... eee... why like that? the trainers tak garang pun..

very attentive students... they looked so serious here... eee... why like that? the trainers tak garang pun..

#6

haha!! ready to fly to the moon... no la... these are the voulenteers for on site practical of HAZMAT handling. very cute ho...

haha!! ready to fly to the moon... no la... these are the voulenteers for on site practical of HAZMAT handling. very cute ho...

#7

left: a place where they do personnel decon (ohno!! i forgot wat it's called will update once i got the correct info.) right: it was pretty hot and that white suits can never help. semakin lah panas!! but one thing i learned here was how to remove the suits + PPEs in minimum time.... yay!! isk, not that i like to wear the suits oso :p

left: a place where they do personnel decon (ohno!! i forgot wat it's called will update once i got the correct info.) right: it was pretty hot and that white suits can never help. semakin lah panas!! but one thing i learned here was how to remove the suits + PPEs in minimum time.... yay!! isk, not that i like to wear the suits oso :p

#8

they have this garden where they plant all kind of plants even banana tree!! haha!! ohya u can sit there and lepak as u like esp when the LQ gets too cold :-)

they have this garden where they plant all kind of plants even banana tree!! haha!! ohya u can sit there and lepak as u like esp when the LQ gets too cold 🙂

#9

some random shots at the garden... aihh... i so missed labo that time...

some random shots at the garden... aihh... i so missed labo that time...

#10

at the gym. the only time i go to gym is when i am on a platform :p left: dumbells i can never lift :-( right: threadmills where i ran like what! i did shed some kg aei (but not sure due to the exercise or not la)! *skips with joy*

at the gym. the only time i go to gym is when i am on a platform :p left: dumbells i can never lift 😦 right: threadmills where i ran like what! i did shed some kg aei (but not sure due to the exercise or not la)! *skips with joy*

#11

top: tv room for safety briefing and movies (perasan la as if in the cineplax minus the carpet and surrounding sounds) below: where i online and posted my 1st cakerawala entry

top: tv room for safety briefing and movies (perasan la as if in the cineplax minus the carpet and surrounding sounds) below: where i online and posted my 1st cakerawala entry

#12

the kitchen and  where we makan....

the kitchen and where we makan....

#13

they dont alongside and boat transfer but they basketed!! (inside terms :p) this time i ached for labo so very much... aihh...

they dont alongside and boat transfer but they basketed!! (inside terms :p) this time i ached for labo so very much... aihh...

#14

Aahh!! D90 users united!! wOOt!! they brought theirs and i can only see.... i almost teary thinking bout labo ok...

Aahh!! D90 users united!! wOOt!! they brought theirs and i can only see.... i almost teary thinking bout labo ok...

then after four days there we were finally ready to go back onshore…

#15

top: CK-R      bottom: at the helideck. someone took a photo of me inserting the ear plug... aiih... such unflattering sight

top: CK-R bottom: at the helideck. someone took a photo of me inserting the ear plug... aiih... such unflattering sight

and we were finally on dry land….

#16

kota bahru airport... top: some cafeteria at the ground floor which we didnt enter   bottom: in the boarding hall.... kinda lots of foureigners that time.... boleh tahan!

kota bahru airport... top: some cafeteria at the ground floor which we didnt enter bottom: in the boarding hall.... kinda lots of foureigners that time.... boleh tahan!

u know they say waiting is a torture…. IT WAS!!! we had to wait like 6hr++ for our next flight to KL… so we decided to ‘lounge’ at KFC in hope there’s wireless to surf the internet…. and yes they got wireless!! yay!! BUT the power socket wasnt functioning!! wth!! my laptop barely tahan 2 hours ok must use power charger. to make the situation worst, children from day care were all over the place screaming and running like nobody’s business. and suddenly PinkPanther handed me a pair of ear plugs!! noise hazard. haha!! ohya not to mention the seats were like newly painted and still slightly wet and kena a bit to PinkPanther’s and my neck and shirts and hands. y like tat??! =.=” thank God still can be rubbed off. during that gruelling hours all topic of conversation under the sun also almost covered already….. restless, i decided to take take take random photos lah… what can a gal do?!

#17

bottom: pink ipod cover, instead of goin for blue extra mints he opt for 'pink' forest berries flavour mints..... PinkPanther he is!! and look at the glasses and watch and i realised he took off his shoes too..... i worried if we were to wait any longer he's gonna strip himself!!! LOL!! i kid... i kid!!

bottom: pink ipod cover, instead of goin for blue extra mints he opt for 'pink' forst berries flavour mints..... PinkPanther he is!! and look at the glasses and watch and he actually took off his shoes too..... i worried if we were to wait any longer he's gonna strip himself!!! LOL!! i kid... i kid!!

#18

and we spotted this ridiculous advert by KFC.... wat lah!! PinkPanther had that dunno whether he experience the sensation like the advert claimed ler...

and we spotted this ridiculous advert by KFC.... wat lah!! PinkPanther had that dunno whether he experience the sensation like the advert claimed ler...

hehe… u must be wondering who were the ppl i went with i mean the team…. so here it goes… me, PinkPanther and TheBigMan :p Hello you two!! *waives*

#19

top: before the chopper arrive to bring us back to land... take picture 1st!    bottom: TheBigMan so cute here he did a peace sign!! haha!! PinkPanther looks so young and me look like my head had just chopped off or something! KNS!! but nvm lah, i still like this photo, cant look forever good, right? :-)

top: before the chopper arrive to bring us back to land... take picture 1st! bottom: TheBigMan so cute here he did a peace sign!! haha!! PinkPanther looks so young and me look like my head had just chopped off or something! KNS!! but nvm lah, i still like this photo, cant look forever good, right? 🙂

#20

something new with MAS. they are using this biodegradable meal box (read the prints). glad to know they are also goin green now. *thumbs up*

something new with MAS. they are using this biodegradable meal box (read the prints). glad to know they are also goin green now. *thumbs up*

Disclaimer: names are made up to protect the privacy of my kind and sporting characters. especially PinkPanther cos he is low profile like that :p PinkPanther sounds ok, right??!

p/s: hi Wel!!! *waives* i am no cradle snatcher ok!! LOL!!

‘i live to learn and i learn to live with it’

Be blessed, people!!

July 14, 2009

submission to the authorities

something unexpected happened at the workplace today that i do not fancy to recall and rephrase. safe to say that it wasnt a good episode where it almost took away the energy in me cos my easy heart doesnt use to such antics. venting in foul words with misplaced grammar sent pity and ticklish to my bone over the ‘rager’. usually i will vent them in anger and somewhat emo here but this time i decided to turn the leaf around looking at it in a positive way. my time is too valueable to rant about such ridiculous scene. takda hasil!!

after the whole thing, today i finally internalised the meaning of ‘submission to authorities’ even though i nearly toss away my respects toward these kind of ppl out of the window. just like a boomerang it returns back to me simply because i am aware that there are these kind of ppl exist in this world and however we despise them when they are ranked above us we still need to respect them. years ago i might hold grudges so long that i wish silent thought can kill or hope they turn into a fly so that they only eat shit for the rest of their life or sumpahseranah them so that they wont have a descendant forever. but now that i’ve learned what i’ve learned. ppl can change cos homo sapien is indeed a funny thing! and for a commercial break, that’s what Impact Camp did to u :p

today these verses have come to a good use in a form of self-slap! I mean reflection….

Rm 13:1-2 ‘everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgement to themselves’ (Kuang! Kuang! Kuang!)

Heb 13:17 ‘Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, FOR THAT WOULD BE OF NO ADVANTAGE TO YOU’ (alamak!)

so do you have any feud / misunderstanding / disrespect / rebel towards your ‘authorities’? authorities here can be referred as ur country leaders, ur bosses, ur parents, teachers, group leaders, a bus driver….. whoever is in-charge or above u, is established by God. aha! siapa berani lawan? so anyhow we must obey and respect them.

it may be difficult to gulp. i doubt i can but i am assimilating bit by bit…..

can you?

u see this in bali..... crown on top of the rooftops.

u see this in bali..... crown on top of the rooftops.

I live to learn and i learn to live with it

Be blessed, people!

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