Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Without Love, Life has no Meaning...

To the warriors of light, there is no such thing as impossible love.
They don’t allow themselves to be intimidated by silence, or by rejection.
They know that – behind the icy mask people wear – there is a heart of fire.
That is why the warriors risk more than others.
They tirelessly seek love – even if this means hearing, many times over, the word ‘no’, returning home defeated, feeling rejected in body and soul.
Warriors don’t allow themselves to be discouraged. Without love, live has no meaning.
~Paolo Coelho~

Without love, life has no meaning...I get that...wise words Paolo. Could not have said it better myself. Some of the simplest truth in life are that which comes from the heart and soul...


Thursday, May 26, 2011

Sydney 2011 - Part II


Well the whole week wasn't spent in the city only (though even if that's what we were limited to, it would be awesome as well ^^). The day after we arrived, we took a day trip/tour of the Blue Mountains - the beautiful mountain range about an hour inland of New South Wales. And you know what? They were actually sort of blue in color I thought hehehe (see the pics yourself and judge, don't take my word for it)...
The views were magnificent! Nature never seizes to amaze me :) We couldn't get enough of the blue skies - so surreal, it was unbelievably breathtaking! Fun fact, back in the days, early settlers thought that if you crossed the blue mountains, you would get to China! Hehehe...I have many other facts floating in my head but I shall not bore you with them :p Okok, last one - convicts sent to Australia were used as labor to carve paths across the blue mountain range - cool huh? (okay, so I think its cool :p)..anyhu, back to the mountains - breathtaking is how I can sum it up! I wonder what the locals who live around there think about the mountains - I mean to wake up with such a view in your backyard! Hehehe oh well, I think too much sometimes. This is what Zoe tells me and I think (I know :p) she is right hehehe :)

We took a cable car ride across the valley. There wasnt much time to actually go down to the valley floor and explore so we settled for the Skywalk. It wasn't bad - it was like a 5min cross with an incredible view of the valley. The cable car had a section where there was glass flooring that allows you to stand on it and see the valley below - cool! We passed the Katoomba Falls as well but sadly I could not get a good shot of the waterfall with the lens that I had on my camera. But Zoe managed a good shot - ironic how a compact digital camera manages to get better shots than my Nikon DSLR hehehe...I guess this means I gotta get a compact digital camera as well :p (I know all you DSLR folks are gonna scream and squirm at that sentence! hehehe :p) The alternative is to get the additional lenses for my DSLR but the thing is, professional lenses to cater for all types of shots will cost a bomb! (they can cost as much as my trip to Sydney! Go figure!)

Okay okay, back to my holiday...so after the Blue mountains we headed to the Featherdale Wildlife Reserve to see the Koalas and Kangaroos!! WooHoo! They are sooo cute and so did not look real at first :p I mean seriously, Zoe stumbled upon the Koala section and called to me to come see, the moment I looked at them on the trees, sleeping, I asked, 'Wait, these guys must be just the display dummy...' they were so still sitting on their perches and sleeping away! I had to concentrate real hard to look out for their breathing before I was convinced they were real! They were so adorable! I didn't manage to really see a Kangaroo (well like the ones I thought larr - big, orange, boxing gloves on their hands hahahaha :p) I saw a lot of Wombats, Wallabies (effing cute wei!!) and a bunch of other kangaroo-like marsupials hehehe...also, hmm, shud I mention this? Oh what the hell - we saw, 2 colorful macaws (or parrots - which ever species larr =\) going at it! It being = mating! Woot! (okay I sound like a perv :p) but it was hillarious max! We stood, watching laughing and took pictures - nature in action, it's good knowledge you know :p hehehe...we managed to catch the feeding of the cute little penguins as well. They were quite chosy for little tykes hehe. And they were each tagged with different colors to differentiate who they are and whom their mates are (penguins mate for life - everybody say 'awwwww...' aren't they just adorable??). Zoe managed to get a short video clip of them feeding - effing cute doesn't even cut it! :)
By the time we finished it was already close to sunset. Did I mention that the sun sets at around 5.20pm during early winter in Sydney. We got a shock (okay la not so larr) the 1st day we came. We were shopping away and by the time we came out it was dark and we kinduh stopped and looked at each other coz we thought were in the department store for just a short while hahaha...so we headed back towards the city after looking at the cute animals. And by the time we reached the hotel it was already 6.30pm and we had to rush to freshen up a little as we were supposed to meet up with a few of Zoe's friends for dinner at 7pm. And so being the efficient people (cheh wah...hehe) that we are, we managed to make it to Chinatown (which was a less than 5min walk from our hotel) with ample time. We had dinner at this Chinese skewer plc called Crazy Wings at Dixon St. where we had the yummiest lamb skewers ever! (so yummy that for 2 nites subsequent to that, we stopped and bought back just those skewers for some late night binging - oh yes we did!hahas). For dessert, we took a short walk towards Lindt Cafe (you read right ppl! Lindt the chocolatier has a cafe of their own!) located by Darling Harbor. We had yummy, hot chocolates and macaroons and just sat chatting away through the night...
To be continued...


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Sydney 2011 - Part I

One week is not enough of time for a vacation...just got back from Sydney yesterday and straight plunged myself into work (yes ppl, i am at work! T_T) sad as it sounds but reality is as such where u literally cannot have the cake and eat it as well. That is if you are "privilegedly-challenged" (hehehe new word created :p)

1 whole week in Sydney - let's see...how did I find the city? Hmm honestly, aesthetically, it's not all that at all. Yeah true, I should have known going in that Sydney is a metropolitan city at its most but I guess when visiting a brand new place, you will no doubt have all the expectations built up. But no regrets though!

The city is beautiful in its own sense - the many skyscrapers lined up beside one another, the sky above blue (as blue as can be ;)) dotted with clouds (sometimes the clouds looked smeared or spread as if God took his butter knife and played with them hehe - true story!), the amazing amazing amazing harbor views, seagulls and parakeets flying about, the chilled wind blowing from time to time, and the great food that the city has to offer etc etc etc...and at night, the city lights up and its as if you are looking at a TV ad! Modern cities have their aesthetics too I guess :)


We arrived in the morning in Sydney - I still remember the time - 10.20AM. Anticipating very cold weather, it being winter and from what friends had warned us, we bundled ourselves with jackets and scarfs only to realize soon enough that it was sunny and hot in Sydney. Not as hot (and not humid at all lorr) as Malaysia but it was still bearable being in a t-shirt - seriously it was, no joke...so by the time we got our bags, checked out and got to our hotel, it was close to 12pm already. We settled in, took a shower and went out to grab lunch. Our first meal in Sydney was Thai food and it was surprisingly very thai-ish i.e. flavorful and spicy! hehehe...

We headed towards the Sydney Harbor Bridge after to have a walk around. Arriving at the harbor and seeing the view for the 1st time (for me lar...Zoe has been there before already), it was like all the pictures u see on postcards and movies. Jakun right me :p don't care! pffftt!

Took pictures and then headed to the Rocks - it's a strip of quaint shops, cafes, pubs and so on just a street behind the harbor...Zoe wanted to take me to this little patisserie that she fell in love with the last time she was here. And you know what? I fell in love with it too! It's this cute little out of the way place that sells some of the most amazing pastries, cakes, tarts! And oh God they were yummy! So we sat there, sipping on coffee (that would be me :p) and enjoying tea time as we let the time pass. It was a good way to catch our breaths after a long flight that morning...

After prying ourselves from the seats (that tough coz it was just so nice to sit and watch the world go by...), we walked (and shopped) around the area before deciding to head back to the hotel. We reached the hotel around 6 plus in the evening...tired from the travelling we did coming over to Australia, dinner was just McDonald's that evening in the comfort of our room - watching Masterchef :) Zoe went to bed real early - about 9PM Sydney time and I was asleep not long after as well...haha blueekss...hey it's a vacation. So I'm allowed to go to bed friggin' early okayss...hehe ^^
To be continued....


Down in the Dumps...

I'll get through this though...there is no way but forward...

I can relate to Glee's 'Get It Right' sung by Lea Michele (Rachel Berry) - sometimes life isn't fair and I have to accept the fact that sometimes, even though when you have given your everything and even when you mean good - things just crumble around you...and even when you try it again and again, the world will just not understand...so I will just have to buck up and accept the fact - that this is not fated for me...that this life is not meant for me...

What have I done?
I wish I could run,
Away from this ship going under
Just trying to help
Hurt everyone else
Now I feel the weight of the world is on my shoulders

What can you do when your good isn't good enough
And all that you touch tumbles down?
'Cause my best intentions
Keep making a mess of things,
I just wanna fix it somehow
But how many times will it take?
Oh, how many times will it take for me to get it right, to get it right?

Can i start again, with my fate shaken?
'Cause I can't go back and undo this
I just have to stay and face mistakes,
But if I get stronger and wiser, I'll get through this

What can you do when you're good isn't good enough?
And all that you touch tumbles down?
But how many times will it take?
Oh, how many times will it take for me to get it right?

So I throw up my fists, throw a punch in the air,
And accept the truth that sometimes life isn't fair!
Yeah, I'll send down a wish and I'll send up a prayer
And then finally someone will see how much I care

What can you do when you're good isn't good enough?
And all that you touch tumbles down?
'Cause my best intentions keep making a mess of things,
I just wanna fix it somehow
But how many times will it take?
Oh, how many times will it take for me to get it right?


PS : Feeling very emo...can't figure out why though...

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Of Computer Games & Head Busting Aches...

The Sims 3 gave me a blasting headache which is pounding the shit out of me. I literally feel like slamming my head against the wall coz I think that that would be a salvation at the moment (yes it hurts that bad!!!)....but oddly I do wanna continue playing it but...I can't....


The pounding is friggin annoying!! The cup of coffee I'm having is helping though (only a little but better than nothing I guess...sigh...)...oh gosh oh golly....I need medication - I need to go and see a doctor about these headaches. Yeah I've been saying this for years (yeaps, years - not a typo ppl =\) but I have not moved my butt on this - lazy? Probably.....I think I'm also a little bit afraid...

Life is fragile...


PS : I'm off to Sydney in less than 2 days! WooHoo!! ;)
PS2 : Not sure if I have enough warm clothes - hope I can stand the cold =\

Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Simplest Things...

...the simplest things are most complex to comprehend and at times commands every inch of your soul...

Sometimes we go above and beyond,
For that special someone,
For reasons that does not exist,
But simply because you just want to...


PS : I stumbled onto this pic and think it's soooo adorable!!
PS2 : RAWRRRR!!! hehehe ;)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

I Don't Know What to Do...

...waking up is hard to do, sleeping is impossible to, everything reminds me of you...

I don't know what to do...

But that is an excuse that is irrelevant. Because when it comes to a choice, you will have to make it. It doesn't matter if you do not know what to do or if your scared or just plain lazy - a choice will be made because life/time doesn't stop for anyone. Yeah, we've heard this phrase so so many times but we take it for granted. If only life were like the ever changing scenery's outside a moving train's window. Yes, yes, theoretically, it is just like that (pffft!!) What I meant was, if only it were MORE OBVIOUS that way - where you actually see the moments fleeting in front of you. Maybe then we will appreciate life better...

Sigh, I don't know why I'm rambling on about this. I guess, it's because I know I have tough decisions to make and to be honest I have been procrastinating in making them. For me, it's more of being afraid of the consequences rather than not knowing what to chose...but I can't push it away forever. Like I mentioned, time will catch up and in the end a decision would be made. So I have to decide if I want the decision to be made for me or do I want to make sure that I make it for myself.

PS : Can someone tell me how do I stop living in the clouds?...
PS2 : 1 week to go....^^


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Sometimes Waiting is Okay...

Do you believe in fate and destiny?

Are they set paths? Or do we really have control over how we want our lives to turn out? Me, I believe it's a bit of both ;)

There are certain things that we can change (if you want to) - some things just needs a little push and a little self belief I guess and it will somehow turn out your way...but then there those things that are just the way they are...no matter how much you try to change it, somehow or rather it will end up they way that it is (annoying little buggers hahas :p)

It's funny how an unexpected event now, could turn out to be something that was just oh so right down the line...what I'm trying to say is that, what you may not agree with today could be the best thing to have had happened to you in the morrow (I can vouch for this - honest to God!)

I believe in fate and destiny. I really do. Maybe it's the hopeless romantic in me or maybe I'm just someone who believes in hope - that if you want to, you can hold on to hope, even if it's a fool's hope, because there will come a day when you will cross paths with fate and destiny and you will then smile because your perseverance - your wait, was worth it ;)


PS : I'm chasing after my fate and destiny and loving the feel of the rush of wind across my face...