Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
And so, we have reached Day 6, spend in Miri, with our tour guide slash driver, Mei Chen
#18: CHINESE TEMPLE IN MIRI
Our first destination that morning is to the temple, where I put my camera to work, hoping to capture some amazing colours of the temple. But of course, at the temple, I also got pray-pray lar, hoping to do better in my studies.
The trio including moi, the temple and Kuan Yin statue in the background.
A compilation of the numerous photos taken.
#19: PETRONAS CARIGALI
Haha, on our way to somewhere (I forgot where already), Suzane saw this huge Petronas building. So MC stopped the car by the side of the road, and we got out to take photos. Haih…the things we do for photographs.
#20: CURTIN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
If in Kuching, we visited UNIMAS, here in Miri, we visited Curtin University.
This place was actually one of my choices back then, if I did not get Pharmacy. I was planning to do Chemical Engineering here. But luckily, I managed to get the course of my choice. Not that Chemical Engineering is bad, no offense k?
After the long drive to Curtin, we had lunch at a delicious Dim Sum restaurant that was so jam-packed with people. MC really know where to go, haha.
The Dim Sum is really great here, big and delicious. We also had curry laksa and kolo mee here.
Two of my favourite photos taken during lunch. First is our wonderful lunch, second is a tree which was blooming, taken on the way to MC’s car.
#21: PETROLEUM MUSEUMOne of the places that I had a lot of fun is here, in this interactive museum. It is something like Petrosains at KLCC, but on a much smaller scale, and the emphasis is more about petroleum – its history, manufacturing process, applications, etc.
The museum is situated on top of a hill so we got a bird eye’s view of Miri City down below.
I dunno why I looked so shy in the 2nd photo, looks like I am scared of MC only. LOL.
This huge oil tower is named “The Grand Old Lady”. I think it is one of the earliest towers built. The man in blue is MC’s father, who so kindly drove us to the museum because MC was not sure of the directions.
Below the oil tower, there are statues of workers, hard at work. Lol.
At the entrance to the museum. The admission is free, btw.
Many things to look at.
They have lots of cute murals and interactive demostrations.
For once, BB is the driver and I am the passenger.
The two sides of the same mural.
The exhibition of the various products that are petroleum-based. Love how the colours pop here.
Enjoying ourselves but did not bother to read the info on the walls. Haha.
Collage of all the photos taken at the museum. Check out Suzane, the car model wannabe.....
the end is fast approaching…
Our eyes are in front for us to look forward. I won't let myself pondered on the past, surrounding myself with "what ifs." The past is already in the past. And let's keep it there.
New semester resolutions:
- Study harder, especially be more hardworking in reading the notes earlier, not LAST-MINUTE anymore.
- Go to gym more often. Some days I feel so fat and useless.
- Try to be more outspoken. Clinical days are ahead, a bit worried there.
- Try to be nicer to people and control my temper.
Three weeks of messing around at home sweet home...
Four weeks of typist job....
Only 7 more working days and 14 more days back at UKM for my 3rd year (=.=!!)
Friday, June 19, 2009
And so, Day 5 arrives after a good night’s sleep at Ngiik Ling’s house. Kesian Suzane who had to sleep on the floor…so I gave her my blanket…
In the morning, we followed Ngiik Ling’s mother to markets. Yes, markets with a “S”. First stop is a humongous outdoor market, selling all kinds of meat and vegetables here.
I cannot believe that they wrapped up the live chickens with newspapers. No wondered Wei2 told me she was surprised that the chicken meat sold in KL are all slaughtered. I was so surprise to hear her say that. Since I was small, I saw mostly slaughtered chicken for sale in markets. Now I finally understood what she meant.
There were some oddly-shaped pumpkins and er, some kind of veggie as well (shapes just like a wulou, very auspicious I would think)
And then the 2nd market is another gargantuan indoor market. Here, we bought some snacks for our long bus trip to Miri later.
First photo is the City Hall of Sibu. I heard that S.H.E. came here to perform before. Second photo is the kolo mee which costs so cheap. Seriously, the food here is really cheap. Noodles only costs RM2.00. I have not seen that in KL for awhile now.
After breakfast, we packed our bags and left for the bus station, where we were to take our bus journey to Miri, hometown of Mei Chen.
Suzane with our bus. It was a bus that made stops along the journey to Miri, stopping at Bintulu and Batu Niah as well. Second shot taken at Bintulu bus station, one of our stops.
Needless to say, the bus journey is not exactly anything to rave about. It was about a 7-8 hours bus ride, and the bus is a little run-down. And the roads are not exactly smooth-flowing as well.
However, I have been through worst. The 14-hour bus ride to Lang Tengah was really awful. And then my 6-hour bus ride from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap with really really bad dirt roads in Cambodia. Besides, I slept throughout the journey to Miri, so no, it was not that bad for me.
Wild-looking trees in Miri
Once we reached Miri, Mei Chen wasted no time to be our tour guide. After dropping our belongings in her house, she drove us to two beaches.
#15: MIRI BEACH ONE
Okay, actually I knew the name of this beach but since I am only blogging about it now, it has totally slipped my mind. Sorry MC! >.<
Moi enjoying the lovely beach view
Group photo. The number of people has significantly reduced since Kuching. Haha. Because NL did not follow us to Miri.
I LOVE the amazing sunset view in the beach. Too bad I did not have Benjamin’s RM3,000++ SLR camera to shoot this amazing scenery with. Had to depend on my Canon digital camera. Second photo is of people playing kites. It was a warm breezy evening, that day.
Is this not a view worth dying for? It was even more beautiful in real life. The fiery sunset against the rushing waves…
First pic is taken of a gigantic mansion built near the beach. Does it not looked like a fairytale castle in the horizon? It is not very clear because I had to zoomed quite a lot. Second photo is an absolutely beautiful mansion, one of many here in Miri. Not only is the architecture and the enormity of it simply amazing but so is the pinkish blue sky that evening, being the backdrop of the “casa”. Ai Li, I saw so many “GU JUNPYOS” here. If Miri was more “happening” like KL, I would consider being married off to one of these mansion owners here. HAHAHAHA.
#16: MIRI BEACH 2
When we reached the 2nd beach, sunset became even more apparent here as darkness starts to loom over the beach.
Roommates enjoying ourselves in Miri.
Haha. This photo I took of Suzane jumping looked a little eerie. 2nd photo is the lookout pier, with the huge rocks underneath. The sounds of the waves crashing against the rocks can be so wonderfully soothing.
#17: MIRI FAN GARDEN
There are many many gardens here in Miri. This is the first we went to, somewhere near the public library.
It is called Fan Garden because it is shaped like a fan.
Random shots of the garden.
Two seahorses making out in the middle of the pond
But we went to disturb them and then took pictures at another Chinese gate.
The library and me with the “readers”, logo of libraries…
-more in next posts-