Sunday, 28 January 2007

Tasik Lama

How can I say I have been to Tasik Lama if I do not post photos of the tasik itself? Here's two...
Sorry, they are both HDR.

Walls are for climbing...

The last time I went to Tasik Lama was more than 20 years ago, during my more youthful year. The sharp shooters were informed that there is going to be a rock climbing session today (the lady in red was our informer and you should see her climb. She made it look so easy) and we braved the unpredictable weather to try to capture what we can... This group of young people are really enthusiastic about their hobby and we cannot just let them do it without sharing their passion to visitors to our site. These are just some of the photos, some taken by myself suspended from a rope a few metres above ground level. Enjoy...

The photo of the young climber was taken by SkipperZack. Yes, that's him with the thumbs up!

And here's me taken by SkipperZack. How high did you say it was? I don't mind doing it again.

Friday, 26 January 2007

Thursday, 25 January 2007

I've been tagged

I've been tagged by the EmmaGoodEggs. What? 70 questions? Well, I'll try anyway.

1) Are your parents married or divorced?

Happily married, up to date its 48 yrs. Pray for them to prevail. Ups and downs, well that's life as P.Ramlee said "sedangkan lidah lagi tergigit"

2) Are you a vegetarian?

Do I have to?

3) Do you believe in Heaven?


4) Have you ever come close to dying?

When I encounter something difficult, the natural reaction is "Mati eh, cana kan buat nie..." (I'm dead man, how to do this?)

5) What jewellery do you wear 24/7?

Must be my watch, not sure why I still have it on when I'm sleeping.

6) Favourite time of day?

During my prayers.

7) Do you eat the stems of broccoli?

Yes, isn't that more tasty than the other parts?

8) Do you wear makeup?

Never tried to.

9) Ever have plastic surgery?

Everything's perfect, why do I need one?

10) Do you colour your hair?

No, brownish black is beautiful.

11) What do you wear to bed?

T-shirt & shorts.

12) Have you ever done anything illegal?

Now, let's try to recall? None maybe (self denial!)

13) Can you roll your tongue?

Yes, but why should I do that? It makes talking difficult.

14) Do you tweeze your eyebrows?

Yes, sometimes.

15) What kind of sneakers?

Nike, which I bought more than 5 yrs ago. Where's the deodorant? It stinks when I take it off.

16) Do you believe in abortions?

No, unless its a danger to both mother and child.

17) What is your hair color?

Some say brown, some say black, so it must be brownish black.

18) Future child’s name?

Unless I marry another one, will not have another child coz my wife is sterilised. (Better not say that to my wife (the marry another one part) otherwise I may have lonely nights!)

19) Do you snore?

Sometimes I was waken by a dream that someone is snoring so loud. When I woke up it was quite, so it must be me who was snoring.

20) If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be?

Anywhere worth taking photos.

21) Do you sleep with a stuffed animal?

No, I like pillows better.

22) If you won the lottery, what would you do first?

Think of what to do first.

23) Gold or Silver?

None of the above.

24) Hamburger or hot dog?

None of the above.

25) If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Chicken kurma.

26) City, beach or country?

Country coz I'm afraid of the wave.

27) What was the last thing you touched?

My laptop

28) Where did you eat last?

In my kitchen (How dare I turn down my wife's cooking?)

29) When’s the last time you cried?

Can't remember coz too much of it. (I'm an emotional & sensitive person. Anything touching will make me cry) Now I remember, it's when I tore my back muscle ligament on Monday evening coz it reallyyyyyyyy hurts.

30) Do you read blogs?

According to the symptoms posted by AnakBrunei, I'm a blog addict.

31) Would you ever go out dressed like the opposite sex?

No, never in my life.

32) Ever been involved with the police?

Hahaha, they chased after me when I was in Oman coz I drove faster than them. (and also if you read my answer to Q53)

33) What’s your favourite shampoo conditioner and soap?

H&S Antidandruff - cannot live without it & Protex

34) Do you talk in your sleep?

Don't know coz I must be sleeping then.

35) Ocean or pool?

Pool, no waves right?

38) Window seat or aisle?

Window seat - photography opportunity abundant.

39) Ever met anyone famous?

Is His Majesty famous? He is the most famous for me.

40) Do you feel that you’ve had a truly successful life?

Maybe I'm too ambitious.

41) Do you twirl your spaghetti or cut it?

Twirl and slurpppp.

42) Ricki Lake or Oprah Winfrey?

Oprah I know, Ricki who?

43) Basketball or Football?

Football. No, none of the above anymore.

44) How long do your showers last?

Did I say half an hour? That's the time I think of my work as well.

45) Automatic or do you drive a stick?


46) Cake or ice cream?

Ice cream especially vanilla/chocolate. Is that how I gain weight? No lah.

47) Are you self-conscious?

Very very much.

48) Have you ever drank so much you threw up?

Never, unless the drink itself is... (I'm talking non-alcoholic here.)

49) Have you ever given money to a beggar?


50) Have you been in love?

I wonder how I met my wife, but there must be a thousand other times I did as well. I can easily fall in love. If you don't believe me, give it a try.

51) Where do you wish you were?

Anywhere beautiful to be photographed.

52) Are you wearing socks?

Only when I wear shoes.

53) Have you ever ridden in an ambulance?

Yes, in Dubai, when I collapsed in the RBA flight to London. That was really an experience, to be warded in a Dubai hospital, handcuffed to the bed, with a police guard full time. He even followed me to the loo. (I was informed that some people pretend to be ill, was taken to hospital, escaped and absconded.)

54) Can you tango?

What's that? A kind of animal?

55) Last gift you received?

A hummer and mercs (both model cars)

56) Last sport you played?

Football in September 2002 coz that's when I ruptured my archilles tendon and cannot walk properly till today.

57) Things you spend a lot of money on?

Camera (lenses & accessories) my wife, children... (in that order?)

58) Where do you live?

Qasrul Amani

59) Where were you born?

Jalan Gertak, Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia.

60) Last wedding attended?

My niece Ervinna

63) Most hated food?

I love them too much too hate them

64) What’s your least favourite food?

Anything too hot too handle

65) Can you sing?

Not in public

66) Last person you instant messaged?


67) Last place you went on holiday?


68) Favourite regular drink?

Nescafe 3-in-1.

69) Tag 3 friends:

1. AnakBrunei
2. Bruneian
3. Puzian

70) Current Song?

Aku Ada Kerna Kau Ada

Thanks to the EmmaGoodEggs, for the tag.

Wednesday, 24 January 2007


Congrats to my niece, Siti, on your engagement. First phase done, a few more to go...but someone had prepared years ago what to ask from the future bridegroom.
It's either this one
or this one...
Hahaha, whoever had come up with these ideas, really made us laugh our heads off.

What the heck happened?

taken the painkiller but can still feel the pain,
cannot sleep so I photog.

Tuesday, 23 January 2007

KB Town from Rasau Bridge

The doctor had given me 2 days sick leave coz he said I've torn some ligament in my back muscle. Still cannot believe how it happened. I was kneeling on the floor assembling my computer table yesterday evening. I was about to stand up to fetch another item for the table when I felt as if my back muscle was stretched and all of a sudden I cannot move and my whole body was shaking with pain. I didn't immediately go to the hospital coz I thought it would go away in the morning but was kept awake most of the night. I'm now on ibuprofen to help kill the pain.

The photos above were taken Monday morning from the Rasau Bridge. Have to pay B$6 for the toll to get to the bridge and Sungai Teraban, but it's worth it.

Sunday, 21 January 2007

The Museums

1st time I've seen the two musuems from the river. The one on top of the Hill is the National Museum (see write-up by Metallichick here) and the one with the red roof near the river is the MalayTechnology Museum (see write up and photos by Bruneian here) The building with the green roof is an exhibit of a navy ship, which sad to say, is visibly not well maintained. If we're going for Visit Brunei 2008, maybe this is one place (amongst a lot more) that needs sprucing up.

a house with many colours

This house is a blend of different colours on different sidesdark and light blue wall on its leftlight blue fence, black and gold coloured grills and yellowish railings in front
and pink, blue and green walls on the right. Don't forget the white and blue roof as well.

Work in progress

According to our guide, they start by hand digging into the river bed, then concrete the foundation before erecting the steel/iron rods. Using a big plastic tube (pvc?) as the casing, they then pour concrete into the casing.

Merambat... the sequence

It looked so easy for someone who had mastered the skill.