Thursday, December 8, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
Some Thais are angry at the prolonged disaster and blamed the Red Shirts instead besides their weak government as reported in news. I asked a Thai lady the reasons the Red Shirts were being blamed? She pointed out that the Red Shirts had earlier on collected many bags of their own real blood and smeared them around the city including splashing outside ex-PM Abhisit's house at Sukhumvit area. They said their uttered curse was grossly horrible and had brought this disaster in return, as expected to their folklore beliefs. So better not curse anyone as they might work!
I have been gluing to my Facebook everyday to check on the well being of my Thai friends and relatives. I think most of them were badly hit with extensive damages to their houses. Some of them are so wealthy and left their homes submerged while they retreated to their posh condos instead.
I have stolen all the photos from their FB without their permission to share with you all here.
They taught me that when your legs are submerged in murky waters for too long, your skin will peel besides getting bad sores. Their remedy of prevention is to smear their legs and body with cooking oil before wading across the flood waters!
They hired this gorgeous hunky man to build low walls to barricade! He was so hot that the ladies had to post every inch of his movements all over in their FB!! Polygamy is nothing to the Thais sometimes.
This is the typical scene outside their homes and the water does not move at all. The residents would just measure the depth everyday, cm by cm! If it goes down by 1 cm, they would be jubilant and even celebrate!! That is how low they pin their hopes!
This rich family has abandoned their home as the low walls and sand bags could not save the main door. It has reached their gate posts outside.
My friend who is a Merchant Exporter at the Baiyoke Towers rallied people to help make thousands of life jackets ala Cottage Industry style to distribute out.
A royalty friend showed the photo near his home where the 2 canals from the North meet days before the whole city was flooded as it was not easy to prevent such a big flow of water.
His mini palace could not be spared too but he did not post his home being flooded later probably due to the electricity being cut off eventually, so no facebook.
This is the daily scene in the back lanes Soi around Bangkok where they have to wade across very dirty and blackish water. How on earth could I swim happily inside those murky waters when I was a kid? Call me stupid then! Ha ha...
Millions of sand bags were being made and sold to barricade all the river banks but with little success.
This photo is most popular inside the Thai Facebooks besides those showing monkey carried a dog and pigs riding boats.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
My company was being roped in at the 11th hour to handle the whole A&P for the recent international golf championship which was being sponsored by our leading bank. We had never done any jobs of that size and amount, not mentioning within 3 weeks!!!
Their other supplier was being dismissed at a very last minute and we went in, not realising it was so scary and life threatening to me. I had sleepless nights and often slept in their clubhouse's sofa or inside my car! I had nightmares when I slept thinking that things went awry and wrong. My whole life turned upside down for once and I wished I had died inside my client's office. I lost count the number of times I scolded my boss too as he was an asshole when I needed his support. On average sense, these jobs would require 3 months and not 3 weeks for sane fellas to cope.
I am glad the 3 weeks nightmare had ended and everything ended up happily and well. I had to monitor close to a 100 workers working in our 2 factories producing all the miracle items on time for this international event. The whole set up was mammoth and mind boggling as everything was being custom made within the shortest time. They demanded perfection as everything would be aired live on TV daily across the USA and other countries too.
This is their Main Score Board and it was the SUPER TOUGHEST item to create as it required so much precision and accuracy. So much tempers and abuses were exchanged to get the 3 giant boards up on time!
Take a closer look to see why it was so tough to design and custom make. The clients were pleased with the results and felt they all looked great & fantastic! You might think that they should use an electronics board instead but I found out that it was not suitable for such golf tournaments as they have too many little scores that need to be changed every other seconds. No way one could just type on the computer to update them as it could be messy.
The tournament was officially kicked off on Thursday by our PM Datuk Najib and the finals was being held 4 days later. The huge crowd fans and supporters turned up eagerly at sunrise! The finals ticket was priced at RM200!! Discounts were given to CIMB and PGA members. Who says our economy was bad?
Many celebrities arrived & turned up in Ferraris, Lamborhginis, Bentleys and Cayennes. The above Hong Kong actress looked familiar and alas, I forgot her name. All the big players who flew in from USA and worldwide arrived like hottest stars with media cameras flashing continuosly and blinded my eyes. Everything was perfected to the finest details with Westin Hotel serving their superb F&B throughout the event. I was running between Westin Hotel and Mines for 3 days overseeing their private function set ups too. It was a great eye opener for me to learn many things.
BMW was one of the sponsors and they generously provided their most luxurious fleets to fetch the players and guests daily. It was like a Hollywood scene where all the best and most luxurious came together amongst the Who & Whos!...
I drove on the buggy car everyday checking on the entire 18 holes fairways and passed the affluent million dollar homes lining on the rolling hills that overlook the beautiful lakes, valleys and it was so heavenly! I asked myself where do these filthy rich families get their money and wealth? Why not ME? The number of cars they parked in their huge basement of their homes sent my eyes popping out of sockets!
This is the home of our former PM! It looks vacant with his collection of cars parked outside. I passed there daily for 3 weeks and it looked idle. Where has he gone to? Hello?
They even have special boats to ferry the special guests to watch the players closely from the waters! This is indeed the playground for the Rich & Famous!
I looked at this 6 Star Hotel and felt that it has lost its shine and glory, for reasons unknown to me.
Along the way, I bumped into a Thai comrade who is the TV Star and host for the Sports Channel Of Thailand. You might wonder why I didn't post any photos showing the players teeing off? Well, no one was allowed to click photos when the players needed the fullest concentration. Only media team were allowed to do so but using zoom lenses from far.
When the game finally ended, our handsome King arrived in his special yellow buggy car that was named "ROYAL 1".
Our King presented the championship prize of US$1.3 million to Bo Van Pelt from USA!
This lucky man was leading for the last 2 days before finals and we felt he could win as he was the BEST without doubts! Congratulations to this almost 7 footer player!
My brains and soul are not back into normal mode yet, so need to catch some more sleep!
Friday, September 2, 2011
Let me share with you the correct spelling and pronunciation of this town as many friends often checked with me on its accuracy. It should be spelled as "Ha'adyai" instead of Hatyai. It is pronounced as Hard-Yai. It means Big (Hard) Town (Yai)... Yes, it is Big Town! It was the biggest town in the Souths during the early days when there were no other towns nearby besides their capital city of Bangkok.
They have many arches and street corners displaying their love and respect for their monarch. However, their streets are still congested with motorcycles and tuk-tuk (mini taxis) roaming in notorious manners. Some have not changed in their bad driving manners when they emphasized too much with their daily greetings and polite gestures. How contrasting! Faintz!
I love their street lamps very much which looked so graceful and artistic. I almost got knocked down by a car for staring up at their street lamps for too long! LOL.
There was another GRAND SALE shopping bag in another street with a huge Coca-Cola bottles beside. I thought I saw a similar bottle in Phuket Island too.
Look at how the tuk-tuk driver came up close to our knees! My face turned pale in fright. That idiotic tuk-tuk driver just laughed when I snapped this photo. My knee is the right one.
This is their famous must-visit market which houses all the tiny stalls selling clothes, faked brands and Thai food stuffs! Wear light clothings when you visit that place as it is often humid and crowded where your body will easily rub other bodies! I was often bodily molested by fat old aunties!
Their display of colourful clothes often lured ladies to shop and bargain like zombies. They often ended buying what they don't need. That must be the work of Thai charms!
The hawker food is a tempting fare. Look at their huge friend prawns and crispy chicken wings that go well with their white glutinous rice! Oh Mama, so yummy dei!....
I took the city view from my cousin's hotel room. I am waiting for him to finish his full refurbishing before snapping his new-look HOTEL. I wonder if he will take another 10 years?
Instead of having breakfasts at the hotel, I preferred to walk to the back lane to order take-aways from this stall which catered to a wholesale market's vendors. They sell very cheap drinks and Thai cakes where I could order 2 tall cups of delicious Thai Iced Coffee with chicken rice and Thai cakes. All for less than 50 bahts!!! Seeing is believing - Amazing Thailand!
Sunday, August 28, 2011
It was a joyous celebration for our Tan clans in Singapore over the victory of Uncle Tony. It was a tough fight that he narrowly won the presidential race! We hope to see better progress for the republic. Not too long ago, he slipped into Penang quietly for a vacation with his family and my parents took them to eat ice kacang and char koay teow at the famous former Great World Park. He was still his humble self and enjoyed the simple hawker food.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
On the lighter side, I went to collect some festive hampers yesterday for my tyrant BOSS who spent a total sum of RM2,890.00.
I had a big shock of my life to see one unique hamper! Take a look yourself and tell me if you understood my shock!
Happy Holidays My Dear Bloggers!
Monday, August 22, 2011
I disliked reading my own Facebook lately as I often saw personal or political hatred messages instead which is not good for my mind. It was too disturbing sometimes to know too much without being able to judge its truth. The same goes with some local newspapers which carry biased news. That's why I still welcome bloggers with open arms into my life! They keep me amused, tickled and updated for free!
I have received numerous 'Blog Awards' and I thank them all but I never displayed them at the side of my blog. I felt that it might generate unhappiness and hurt instead when there so many good bloggers out there who deserved the mention instead.
However, I have been lucky to receive little gifts that made my day. It is the thoughts that brightened my day when I received them in the mail. At first, Blogger FoongPC asked the readers to guess the name of the hotel he stayed in Bangkok and it was so tough as there are hundreds of them to pick. Lady luck hit my head and I guessed it correct - Spot On! Bingo! He sent me 2 bottles of toiletries which he got them from the 5 Star - Dusit Thani Hotel where he stayed. So sayang, I never used them until now!
Next the Blogger Wenn went to Europe and decided that I should be one of the lucky recipients for her souvenir. Oh my, she is so clever to courier me something that was so nicely packed. Guess what? It is a nice shiny silver spoon all the way from Lucerne, together with packets of 3-In-1 coffee! I had a really good laugh in my office as I thought I could drink it right away. To be honest, I was not born with a sliver spoon but now I have been given one! That was the rationale and way I looked at this silver spoon! My lucky spoon! Thanks Wenn! Thanks FoongPC!
My lucky silver spoon and scented gels to bring me better luck, happiness and good health!
Finally, I made myself a nice cup of coffee yesterday using my finest antique china set which is almost 100 years old. The new silver spoon stirred my coffee well and the aroma was great! Mmmmn!....
Beneath my coffee table, I have placed a piece of porcelain antique which is over 100 years old. It was made in China during the early Ching Dynasty. Its design carries the motifs of the Dragon & Phoenix flying in a balanced harmony. The length is approximately 13 inches long and weighs 1/2kg.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Goodness No! Being the right hand man, my tyrant boss naturally assigned me a tedious duty that sent me outdoors everyday like his miserable slave. I call him tyrant as he behaves like one. Have you seen any boss who speaks real 'kao' vulgar Cantonese words during the management meetings? Yes, my boss does! Everyone's mothers' and ancestors' private parts will be quoted & verbally molested, making his speech so flowery vulgar! Adoi!
Anyways, I often giggled instead as the meetings were never boring especially when the senior managers often clashed swords verbally and hurled abuses at each other in my boss' presence. That is so typical China Pek style of factory.
Everyday my mobile would be bombarded with calls from potential buyers. They would speak to me in English, Malay, Cantonese, Mandarin and Hokkien dialects. Goodness, those who know me personally would be laughing their asses off! I am a real 'Banana Man' whose speaking ability is better in English and Thai language than any spoken Chinese, not to mention Mandarin!
The photo above shows the huge piece of Star Fruit's orchard land which my boss will be building boutique factories! He hung over 20 banners all over Cheras and my mobile seems to be the hottest favourite number for the businessmen to call. They are so hardworking and could start calling me from 7.00am each day!!! That means they were on the streets to start their working day at sunrise while I was still SNORING asleep!
Whenever they expressed interest, I had to drive to the highest peak in Balakong to show them the site! The interested buyers were so determined that they would happily meet up in the rain, holding umbrellas! Crazy nia boh! My poor car, shoes and pants would be stained & soaked in murky tea water and thick mud! My poor leather shoes! Maybe I should ask boss to buy me new pair of Ferragamo or Jimmy Choo's shoes! Damn him!
This perspective design below is the limited 17 units of boutique factories that is selling like hot cakes in 1 week. It costs RM2.8 million upwards and the ah pek businessmen whom I met gave a me multiple shocks with the CA$H and wealth they have! I am sure our country's economy is still booming! No???
Hey, I am not selling factories in my blogs okay! I am not getting commission either! Just for illustration purposes only.
Monday, August 1, 2011
I must admit that I first heard of the word "BLOGS" from my bestie Lifebook when we were office colleagues on the 42nd Floor of Menara TH Perdana along Jalan Sultan Ismail in 2004. It was an alien word to me then and asked him to show me the blogs online. I replied him that it was for mere busy-bodies to wash dirty linens. LOL..
From late 2004 onwards, I started reading several interesting blogs quietly and the earlier jokers were Legolas, Will I Am, Bedtime Stories, I Am Who I Am , 5 Elements Of My Life , Fable Frog and the earlier blog of Medie007. They never failed to amuse and make me laugh so much. Laughter is my Best Medicine!
I discovered that I have many Grandma Tales and Ghost Encounters to share and my blogging fire promptly just started. Now I am really washing my dirty linens sometimes to entertain my readers. I am just telling the truths, so what? I am thankful to all the bloggers whom I have met up and they have certainly made my life more interesting. All the spats have been really forgiven but not forgotten. LMAO!
Look! My honey presented me with this gift below! Thanks Honey & Muacks!
An iPad 2 with the hope that I will continue to blog often and keep my brains busy. I believe that blogging often may help to prevent Alzheimer's sickness. Do you agree?
I have drafted a simple "Bucket List" here to share. I have managed to achieve a few and plan to find time and $ to accomplish the others. It is tough to save money these days with inflation soaring.
Wishful List Achieved:
1. Lived & Studied in USA.
2. Visited New York's World Trade Centre (before 9/11)
3. Visited Grand Canyons
4. Visited Niagara Falls
5. Visited United Kingdom
6. Skiing in USA and South Korea
7. Climbed Mount Kinabalu
8. Visited The Great Wall Of China
9. Visited Angkor Wat ¬ World's Heritage in Cambodia
10. Winter Boat Race in San Francisco
1. Climb Yellow Mountains in Shanghai
2. Visit "Silk Road" in China
3. Tour All-Europe
4. Tour All-USA & Canada
5. Cycle across Holland and Denmark.
6. Visit New Zealand
7. Visit Jaipur - India
8. Migrate to USA
9. Retire in Penang.
10. Become a Good Chef & Baker.
11. Have meals with Food Guru - Suituapui in Sibu.
To commemorate my 3rd Year Blogging, I have a little guessing game below. The first 3 persons who could correctly guess my blogger gym-buddy below will win my delicious home-made Cup Cakes!! Yes, I will bake them myself and send to you anywhere in Malaysia! So simple! Look at his steel body with ox power packed muscles!
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