Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Kuala Lipis

growing up as children of an army officer; constant change of schools, change of houses, change of friends, discipline, spoiling and pampering of course, and very broad perspective and experience of life. all in all, i had 6 schools, one of which i attended with the infamous Siti Nurhaliza at kuala lipis. yup, this city girl used to live in a town which you could drive through in 2 minutes, attended a majestic clifford school, all fresh air and aplenty of oxygen. Mak had wanted to come back to reminisce the past for quite a while now. we decided last weekend was a perfect opportunity to do just that.

going to lipis, we stopped by raub for their famous fish head curry. that was yummy. we had 6 hotels to choose from; we picked centrepoint hotel, but when we arrived, the exterior was too scary looking (god knows how they ranked 1st on tripadvisor), we decided to try 2nd ranking on the list; plaza hotel lipis. the place was clean and ok for the price i guess. only rm120 for a family room. anyways, my family has a way of making a place interesting. we went around the city, lipis now even has a new township, which we went through as well. going through the camp we stayed for 1 year brought back so much good memories with Ayah. Our schools were also still so gorgeous, and we even found the shop we used to go to.

for dinner, of course we went to the rest house on the hilltop for their good that food. still good food there as well. for dessert, since we didn't have much to do, we ended up in karaoke which was fun ;) next day, we realised we've covered everything the day before, so it was just lazing around day for us. on the way back, we dropped by raub for traditional pahang food of tempoyak and sambal hitam. lunch was pretty expensive, but all was delicious, if not really spicy.

we arrived in kl by 3, which just shows how near lipis is, to kl. i dont think we're ever going back, but if we do want to, its so nearby, there wouldn't be any issues.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

France o France

my latest travel was to france, about 3 weeks back..we went to toulouse and marseille, and got a heavy wiff of snow at paris for flight into and out of france..

toulouse is an aerospace city; most of the people here works for airbus and there are many many other aerospace companies are here as well, to support this huge industry. i arrived about 1/2 a day before my CEO did, and i had a great time walking around, hopping in and off the metro (like any european cities, the system is fantastic) i managed to shop few handbags, no magnets were found here, since its not exactly a tourist centre. went to the pont neuf (landmark of toulouse - try google toulouse, and this would be the first thing you see on screen), capitole, canal du midi, st sernin cathedral and found by accident, the galleria lafayette (i like...)

foodwise; not at all a problem, being french, they love cheese so much, i can find cheese pizza, cheese tarts, cheese croissant in every cafes. i naturally love all the bakes in france, so i enjoyed quite a variety of the breads as well. carrefour nearby even has a halal section, so no issues with missing chicken and beef or getting over-whelmed with fish :) and what is france, of course, without chocolates.. i bought almost 20 chocolates and few cheeses to bring back home, and even the french approves of this being the best souvenir coming from france.

then he came, and work was non-stop. journey down south was great, however. we went to marseille for a meeting, but olyn being olyn, i made sure i enjoyed every bit of that as well. it was a 4hours drive down, and we saw beautiful landscape all the way; windmill, browned fileds, snowy patches, old houses and cathedrals, vineyards...all so gorgeous. first view of marseille at the customer's site; hmm...why did he say this was a gorgeous city again?? then when meeting was over, he decided we had plenty of time before night-fall at 5.30pm, so we headed towards sea.

marseille is absolutely breath-taking. its a port city, very old and it managed to retain most of its original beauty. we managed to hop onto the city tour tram, which you can take near the dock. the tour was the heart of the whole experience. we saw the mouth-dropping sunset from the sea side, we went uphill to the famous marseille cathedral or the Cath├ędrale Sainte-Marie-Majeure. up here, you can see the whole of marseille. reminded me of barcelona, without the sagrada familia in the distance. such a densed city with very well maintained old architecture.

after nightfall, his wife decided she wanted to put a footprint into spain. being a good hubby, and an obidient employee (yours truly) we convened, and headed further south into spain, into girona (the nearest city to france) that took another 4 hours. we had supper there of this weird looking but yummy tuna pizza and black squid paella (of course) then headed back home to toulouse, to arrive at 2am. france being france, all shops are closed, even the petrol stations. fuel was enough, but got us into trouble with returning the rented car, since we breached the contracts of returning the car with a full tank, therefore they charged us max..huhu..

all in all, this was yet another fun trip, with of course a not-so-fun side of it (80% of it, since its work work work) but i dont mind at all, coz i got to travel :)

im doing great

my last posting was about how hurt i was about him. just few days after, i found out so many things beyond my comprehension, that had helped me to heal almost instantly. imagine this;

3/12 : he says im his love
6/12 : he asks for a break; coz he had no choice but to get married coz his mother is dying, and he needed to get married to family's choice OR find another hindu girl to get hitched
12/12 : he changes his relationship status 'in a relationship'

sucks huh? again, i take this as a lesson learnt; once a playboy and a liar, always will be, so you should always avoid getting your heart into the situation with these types of people. another lesson learnt is that YM contacts are not trustworthy; you may say that its not applicable to everyone, but it is possible i think to actually put a 90 percentile accuracy to that assumption. yet another lesson learnt is to avoid getting in love with someone who hates his own family.

he's a teacher, very much loved by his students, but definitely not a good guy to get your heart into. good friend? maybe, but who knows right?

me? im doing great now. my heart is yet again tucked by a certain someone :) ill share more when im sure of this.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

heartbreak chapter 3

dear diary,

my heart is hurt again. when people ask me if its not as bad as before, i thought it wasnt, but somehow it is. this time, urs truly got dumped, and reminded to get a grip. get a grip! can anyone ever imagine getting slapped twice in a day like that? i know it was the shortest relationship of mankind; 1 month of dating, 2 months of being a couple, 1 week of love declaration then suddenly the news. i knew i was asking for it when we started this friendship. i think twice of the same song is enough for me to learn to never ask for the same type of trouble in the future.

have i had enough of love? yes n no. i hate to give up, yet first thing that comes to mind when reminded of him, was to never get into one ever again.

this time, the cut is deeper somehow; probably the age factor, probably the ego factor, probably because this time it wasnt me doing d cut, probably because this time, i did too much; i cooked, i drove, i helped so much, i loved his friends, i respected what he does to d kids he loved and taught. i dont know.

i was reminded today of d silver lining. i would love to believe so, n i hope for it soon. i pray for myself, and hope for the prayers of others.

love,
olyn