Monday, August 3, 2015

Lost in China Day 1

This is the dream trip. Something we had planned for 5 years (At least the first idea happened since then, and a few emails had been exchanged with the tour guide). Just like typical graduates, I worked hard, but seldom play hard, especially the last 3 years, it was the most tiring period of my life. So, right after delivered the letter, we resumed the emails, fixed the date, and get the flight.

Tibet, is the destination. one of the most isolated place on earth.

Tibet has one of the most kaopekaobu policy for foreign tourist. Technically governed by China, Tibet requires special permissions and VISA to enter, and with compulsory tour guide service. Because there can be 'sometimes' politically unstable, and the Chinese (From now on, Chinese means China resident) would not want foreigners to see it. (Dumb, we have Internet). The funniest thing is when you apply for China VISA, we can't tell the officer that we are going to Tibet, because they will ask for Tibet VISA; but you need China VISA first, before you apply Tibet VISA. Inception.

So, this is not the place you can just pick up the backpack and go. I wasn't thinking much when I bought the ticket, I just want to escape, I don't care. And lucky to have few companions who are crazy enough to join me.

Located at average 4000m above sea level, Tibet is a plateau that only accessible by train, some domestic flights, and a few brave souls who love driving thousands of kilometers for days from nearby cities. So we just booked AirAsia from KL to Chengdu, and back from Xi'an to KL. Why? Because that is the cheapest combination at that time.

After exchanged more than 140 emails with Dhondup, our tour agency person, everything seems fully prepared. The plan is, we are flying to Chengdu on 15th July, and take the world highest Qinghai Railway to Tibet on 16th July, 40 hours later, we will reach Lhasa, largest city in Tibet. On 26th July, we take flight from Lhasa to Xi'an, and back to Malaysia on 28th July, macam yes.

So, 15th July is the day. Get to airport, to the gate, shown some fuck face by the rude AirAsia lady for being the last one to board, and took off. We didn't even late, just last.

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Everyone knows how often Chinese notoriously get on news, especially on flight. It is true. I had never sit in a plane that noisy and always full of requests "I want beer", "I want this", "I want that". No one gives a shit to safety signal, and people DO SMOKE IN TOILET.

This is little gross, and that might not be from Chinese, but since 90% of the flight are them, so I would be racist for this. Out of sudden, Air Stewardess job don't seems that glamorous at all. Now every time I see Air Asia advertisement, I can image a gross face air stewardess picking up a lady napkin from toilet, because it is not flush-able (I tried).


Now I know why that AirAsia lady at the airport gate show us fuck face, because we look like them.


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Arriving at Chengdu Shuangliu airport at 11pm, deal with hogging taxi driver who willing to fetch us all in one shot, and 5 of us decided to take 2 metered taxis to our guest house, still 2 times cheaper with night rate.

We overnight at an apartment using prebooked Airbnb service, and first thing in the house surprised me --
莎莎!

View and layout of the guest house living hall during day time. Night time will be turned into projector room, everyone watching 《中国好声音》

It was pass twelve when we reached there, dinner was limited. Followed a map drawn by the owner, we had 串烧for dinner. Got to specially ordered 微辣, because the spiciness is just unbearable.
 
王老吉is in fact very popular drink in China, people drink it in any occasion.

So this is day 1. Next day: Shit does happens.




Thursday, October 9, 2014

Insomnia

One of the rare night.

Must be the can of coffee at 3pm. So tired yet the sleepy mood is not kicking in. This is again a long procrastinating night.

Study shows that the more time you spent on Facebook, the more terrible you feel. It might be true, mostly by peer pressure, especially looking what others had achieved, while I am still standing at the same spot. Feel like I am not the master of my life, unable to achieve what I want.

This is the place that I was quite active during my university moment, read back what I wrote, I seems to proceed not much since I stepped out that gate.

Felt into the trap designed by the society, money, capitalism, live the life that society wants you to live, to serve the needs of the power, everything is about profit and value.

So many things want to do, to achieve, yet so little time to do it. Seeing time flies, chances wasted, doing uncertain things, and still try to persuade myself to push a little more, just a little more, and more, just because I believe every time is so close to hit the jackpot, yet still see nothing.

Guess I just need to try get back to sleep.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

After A Year

As I promised last year, I would follow up my new year resolution when another new year came, and it is time now.

These are my 2012 "Resolution"


  1. Run my first startup.
  2. Travel to Tibet, and hike to Himalaya base camp.
  3. Being able to do Toe Fake 20 cones (inline slalom move).
  4. Join a major freestyle slalom competition at overseas.
  5. Gain weight to 55kg. (I find it the hardest challenge)
  6. Skydiving. (See if Groupon provides cheap one or not)
  7. Travel to East Coast Malaysia, include .
  8. Get a MacBook Pro 15. (ouch!)
  9. finish 3 books: In The Plex, Steve Jobs Biography, and one more still pending)
  10. Sponsor a child with WorldVision.

How many had I achieved? Technically, 0. Will elaborate more on this.

Run my first startup
Running a startup is not easy, especially a tech startup. Partners play a very crucial role in the process, and self determination and the guts to take risk comes first. Gave up to start mine, but glad, I joined a mobile game startup, Top Fun Cool Games, published *uncountable* games for Android and iOS. Sushi Friends is our hit game, not sky high, but is our first time taste the juice of success. Still much to learn, much to fail, and finally, great success. Startup is not easy, but I enjoyed it so much, even working on Saturday and Sunday seems so fun, when you see the numbers are growing everyday.

Travel to Tibet
This should be a group resolution with Bobby and Nana, and when one can't make it, mission postponed. A lot researches had been done, flight route, cost, tour guide, and all I need, is time, time, time. Startup is crazy.

20 Toe Fake
Startup is crazy.

Join Slalom Competition
My last competition was Malaysia Slalom Series in June, which participated by Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, and Vietnam. It was Malaysia largest international freestyle slalom competition, thanks to the support from Penang Inline Skating Association. My skills can hardly catch up the young one, and I know it's time for me to focus on what's matter now. I still love slalom, just that, startup is crazy.

Gain weight to 55kg
When I said it was the hardest, I almost achieve it. Current weight is 52kg, and growing. Unfortunately, it is the fat that count, not the muscle. The culprit is lack of sports. Again, startup is crazy.

Skydiving
Let's blame Groupon for not offering a cheap offer! The truth is, I totally ignored this. The arm injury caused me difficult to use strength while lift up my hand, which is very important to control the parachute. Let's see.

Travel to East Coast Malaysia
Startup is crazy.

Get A MacBook Pro 15
Haha, a free MacBook Air 13 from boss, so, mission success or failed?

Finish 3 book
The only moment I read, is in the train, while traveling from Cyberjaya to KL Sentral everyday. Still in the first book, In The Plex. I do enjoy reading the every details of the Search Engine giant, Google, their business strategy, and their ultimate mission to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. But, I would only read while standing. Every sitting moments I got are spent on coding. Yea, coding, in train, with internet access, extra 20 minutes of productivity. Startup is crazy.

Sponsor a child with WorldVision
Regret to say that, I have not done this. In the last hour of 2012, when I reading this blog, this particular task, I immediately entered World Vision website. World Vision US allow us to choose which children to sponsor, so I chosen a boy from Brazil who loves Mathematic (programmers first choice). Sadly World Vision is operate by country, and I was redirected to World Vision Malaysia. Malaysian site is not allow to choose children, and I can only make choices by country. While checking out, credit card failed, and bank debit system offline-ed. I promised to sponsor for a year, tomorrow.

Update: I sponsored a child on 1st of Jan 2013, for a year. So, 1 task completed.


Screw New Year Resolution for 2013, startup to the max. Work hard, play hard.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

I am back, with 2012 Resolutions.

Can’t imagine, the previous post I wrote, is about 1 and 6 months ago. That period was my working life, a lot of up and down, was fucking busy, and glad I grown up a lot in this 16 months of working life. I mentioned ‘was’, as I am in a jobless position, yet it feels so great.

I don’t have a clear 2011 resolutions, which makes me slightly regretted, so I will have 2012 resolutions. hehe.

 

Been asking myself, what’s the purpose of life (yet, until now, I don’t quite able to answer that, by the fact that, everyone dies at the end, LOL), at least when achieved goals, make me feel life is meaningful. It’s a journey, a game, with strategy to win it. While it can be won, it can be lost too, that’s the fun part of it. It’s important to make sure the goal is clear and specific.

 

Here are the resolutions of 2012, in summary, start from most important.

  1. Run my first startup.
  2. Travel to Tibet, and hike to Himalaya base camp.
  3. Being able to do Toe Fake 20 cones (inline slalom move).
  4. Join a major freestyle slalom competition at overseas.
  5. Gain weight to 55kg. (I find it the hardest challenge)
  6. Skydiving. (See if Groupon provides cheap one or not)
  7. Travel to East Coast Malaysia, include .
  8. Get a MacBook Pro 15. (ouch!)
  9. finish 3 books: In The Plex, Steve Jobs Biography, and one more still pending)
  10. Sponsor a child with WorldVision.

 

 

That’s it. Check back 1 year later, and see what I done.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

10 件毕业感言

4年的大学生活已经结束了。虽然有好多的不舍,但生活还是要往前走。

离开了大学生涯,虽然带有一点点伤感,但整体来说,还是蛮开心的~ 因为这段期间认识了好多人,大大小小,明明暗暗,好好坏坏,(大多数都是好人啦)。

4年里学了好多事情,这里不谈课业里学到的,想把自己在4年里学到的道理写出来,有10个,就让那些还在上着大学的朋友分享下:

  1. 钱不是最重要,开心才是关键。但不要搞到自己没钱吃饭。
  2. 对不起不要随便说,说了就要实践它。
  3. 这时间很大可能会遇见生命中的伴侣,请认真地考虑和珍惜她/他。
  4. 课可以旷,但请确定自己有本事旷。
  5. 除了学业外,最好有一项会让自己骄傲的运动。
  6. 不要凡事都怪老师不会教,只要是看你自己要不要学,Google已经很发达了。
  7. 很多时候都是朋友陪我们度过一切,所以要好好珍惜他们。珍惜,其实就是感激。别忘了自己也是好多人的朋友。
  8. 控制好自己的脾气,否则很容易犯下后悔一生的错误。
  9. 在这段时间跌倒,只需要站起来笑一下,然后继续走,没有人会笑你的;如果你坐在地上不肯爬起来,才会被笑。
  10. 不要装可怜来让别人注意,因为没人会每一次都同情你的,遇到问题就要自己去解决,写一大堆和说一大堆,要给谁知道?

每个人都有不同的体验吧,你们在4年里有体会到什么?

其实,我好幸运。

感谢我认识了你,珮如。

Saturday, May 1, 2010

最后一个夏天

在你我他都没意识到的情况下,4年已经来到最后的两个礼拜。

现在已经是五月,考完试后,大学生活就结束了。

我不能说我开心,因为我很害怕失去;

但面对的还要面对,一些事情,是掌控之外的。

你相信距离吗?人和人的距离会因为实际上的距离而疏远吗?

那就要看你肯花多少心思去保持。

毕业后,一大堆的问题会跳出来:PTPTN怎么还?在哪里找工作?什么样的工作?hometown 还是 KL?

不想了,过后才想。

每个人,请加油,就请你去拼命,当最后一回的学生吧。

金莎,《最后一个夏天》,很有毕业难舍气氛的一首歌,请看好歌词,很感动~

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Finally

Finally, I completed my FYP.

FYP is Final Year Project, a term that widely used in MMU, but most local university prefer the term, thesis.

And I believe, most people hate it. (right?)

This project had been started since last year November 2009, duration until April 2010, about 7 months of planning and implementation, which I learned A LOT A LOT A LOT A LOT A LOT x 10000.

Project successfully implemented on time, with most expected features. When I submitted it just now, a sudden feeling of emptiness in my mind. Not because I had nothing to do anymore, but this project already took about 85% of my brain capacity, and I need time to get balance.

Computer was my best friend, my primary language become C#, sometimes woke up at 8am with the whole brain full of codes and algorithm, ish.

I can’t remember the last time what movie I watched… I can’t remember when is the last time I walk in a mall… I can’t remember when I got haircut, I can’t remember when I back hometown…

(actually I do remember, just the time is too long~)

This project, makes me realized that everyone has weakness. I have my weakness, you have your weakness, and I shall not assume everyone has the skill that I have.

To my FYP partner leekian, sorry for some quarrel during this project, I learned my lessons, and thanks for your all kind of support, directly or indirectly, you do did a great job. I did promise will score A for this project, and I can see we really tried our best, thank you to make this project complete on time, the rest is up to the moderator and supervisor. Thanks again to be my partner.

So, FYP completion present came early. I bought a new Seba iGoR skates for myself, and train hard to get to Korea for my first big competition~ (hopefully)

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Congratulation to everyone who completed the FYP on time (and myself). I need to slowly get back my life!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

辛苦

一点都不简单

一点都不容易

我真得好辛苦。。。你看得到吗?

 
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