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white water rafting @padas river January 24, 2008

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5th january 2008 – a few of us took a coach from kota kinabalu to beaufort’s train station to catch a train ride to padas.


beaufort train station 


 ivy, georgina & chai hoong – applying sunblock


boy – courting danger

 the train’s older than me, really…
 waited a good long while before the train started choo-chooing off
 one last shot at selling her limau

 chai hoong & half of moi

me & my fave t-shirt *picture taken by sham


 * picture taken by sham

 padas river

can u spot us?




i was in neon pink… can’t possibly miss me, can you?


it was a good experience… i love sabah >.< 


January 14, 2008

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1st January 2008 – stopover at tuaran for brunch, en route to kota belud…

my kind of cat…

uncle acted nonchalant when passing by, but curiosity got hold of him and he turned back after he thought he was at a safe distance. BAH! caught on zoom lens…

tuaran town

we drove into a bajau village @kota belud…

we arrived back in kota kinabalu around dinner time, and went to gaya sports centre for seafood dinner

gaya christmas celebration 2007 January 10, 2008

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21st december 2007 – gaya christmas celebration @lintasan deasoka.

eugene carrying the tables in order to set up d’stream’s stall


there were poster display, video/slideshow presentation, sale of christmas eve dinner tickets, as well as floorball demonstration.

 also, d’stream member – vivien, was there manning her stall


all kinds of things were on sale… fragrance jelly ball, anyone?
 or luminous tube?
 the stage
nativity scene
 floorball demontration by the nomad team, led by captain shawn
crowd puller

 fireworks display

times of refreshing January 8, 2008

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19th december 2007 – margaret & i stole away to kundasang (1.5 hour ride from kota kinabalu) for a 3day/2night break.

the junks we thought we would NEED

after checking in to fairy garden resort, we drove over to kinabalu pine resort for a look-see. we found a spot where margaret spent time reading while i re-wrote my journal… and drank & snacked away. * margaret insisted that i put a note here to specify that she did NOT drink a single drop of beer.

steamboat for dinner
 it was c-o-o-o-o-l-d!
 complete disarray, and it was only day 1
 lihing (local rice wine) for sale
the next morning, we visited the kinabalu national park
 again, we did more reading… and journaling
later in the afternoon, we visited the newly upgraded kundasang war memorial. i’m amazed at the transformation.
 it was well-maintained
 the borneo garden features a lot of orchids
the english garden is filled with roses
 this is the contemplation pool, in remembrance of the hundreds who would never get to return home to see their family members again.
following that, we took the opportunity to walk around the nearby market
colourful chrysanthemums for sale
 local honey
this was where margaret bought some chicken wings
 last stop of day 2, we dropped by a hotel (formerly known as perkasa hotel) for a visit. alas, it was raining heavily, so we did not manage to walk around

on our final day in kundasang, we were feeling pretty adventurous. so, abandoning our vehicle, we decided to walk approximately 30mins to our favourite hang out in kundasang…
…TA-DAH! i do not know the name of the coffee shop (located right opposite the kinabalu national park) but they sure serve fantastic toast and sandwiches. must try!
one of the more interesting things i found along the way. heeheheheh… siapa punya celana?
 this dog was totally loyal. he followed us all the way to the coffee shop.
 after checking out of our resort, we drove to pekan nabalu, where we again stopped for a drink and to do some more reading.
kayu tas for sale! a kadazan man told us that it is pantang (prohibited for superstitious reasoning) to use this stick to hit any living being.
opps, abrupt end. well, i enjoyed this trip in that it was truly relaxing. a time of refreshing indeed.

happy new year 2008 January 1, 2008

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1. What did you do in 2007 that you’d never done before?
work as a nurse in malaysia
tried buah bambangan, tuhal
been to more funerals in 2007 than in my entire life
wore saree (thanks to dr chitra)
wore coloured contact lenses (thanks to mel c)

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
i didn’t make any last year, and i haven’t make any this year… yet.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
karen, my sister

shirley, my ex-cell group member

4. Did anyone close to you die?
fortunately, thankfully, no

5. What countries did you visit?

6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?
love, joy, peace… seriously

7. What dates from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
3rd january 2007 – first time working as a nurse in malaysia. also signifying a change, a transition.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
going through 2007 in one piece

9. What was your biggest failure?
no failures, just lessons learnt

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
minor burn with permanent scar on my left lower limb, thanks to ac beauty lane

11. What was the best thing you bought?
a dslr camera & lens

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
aunty vui tze, for her lovingkindness

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

14. Where did most of your money go?
a dslr camera, trips to sipadan/thailand, multiple cups of coffee @ various cafes, dive gears

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
meeting up with melissa chong, grace kong, maya oh, nancy thien…

16. What song will always remind you of 2007?
“how can i keep from singing Your praise”

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?
a little happier, fatter by a few kgs, richer by a few ringgits

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
soaking up sun at the beach

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
thinking negatively
spending time on facebook

20. How did you spend Christmas?
church & family

21. Did you fall in love in 2007?
with gus

22. What was your favorite TV program?

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

24. What was the best book you read?
“the final quest” by rick joyner… scared the hell out of me… literally

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
besides singing in the car?

26. What did you want and get?
a dslr camera, dive fins/bag
closer ties with family members & cousins

27. What did you want and not get?
an apartment

28. What was your favorite film this year?
all free, downloaded films

29. What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?
i spent time with 2 close friends and sulked (silly me)… i was 31

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
what has been done cannot be undone

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?
totally unfashionable

32. What kept you sane?
God… and aunty vui tze… and close friends

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
homer simpsons

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
no interest in politics, sadly

35. Who did you miss?

36. Who was the best new person you met?

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007.
the mind is a powerful thing
don’t ever get involve in office politics… never… ever