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23 December, 2009

Uni-3-disaster week 6 report

Last weekend started as it was meant to be, on Friday for lazy bugs like me. My lovely parents were thinking of stocking up some fresh seafood for the following weeks and so we decided to visit Kuala Selangor. This so-called normal journey turned out special for only one reason, IT RAINED!!!

So this is how it goes. We left our house to have a late lunch there. I was dreaming of having yummy seafood lunch as we drove through the Federal Highway to Klang and exited at Jalan Kapar. From Jalan Kapar, we joined Jalan Meru and drove along that long road when it started to rain very heavily. That was when the trouble started. The rain was so heavy that it almost flooded half of the road. Besides avoiding pot holes and uneven puddles of water, we had difficulty looking at the road signs.

We looked very carefully for landmarks which were "bigger signs", but in the rain, almost everything was blur. So guess what? We missed Kuala Selangor!!! Then my dad thought "nevermine, how about we go a little further, how about Tanjong Karang?". The rain was still as heavy, we drove passed lots of plantations, little shops and wooden kampung houses but NO Tanjung Karang either!!!

At the end, we decided to pump petrol at the nearest Shell and ask the people there for directions to reach Tanjong Karang. Finally, we had lunch after such a weird journey at around 2.30pm.

WARNING*** all photos here were taken with my lousy handphone, so no complains.

It was still pouring when we reached the restaurant

the restaurant was empty because it was so late already

we had a nice fried sotong

this is 豆腐江, taste really like shark's fin with toufu

and lastly, 红皂fish curry

The food was really really nice, but I looked out the shop and thought to myself "how can fishermen catch fish in this kind of weather?". All of us got wet anyway and found ourselves at the fish market just a stone throw away. My parents went with the umbrella while I locked myself in the car since the car only had 2 umbrellas, thats when I found another one, but it was too late already... haiz =(

I was so bored I looked everywhere and found some people moving fish in the rain

When they came back, we were set to go home with almost everything we wanted, except cotton wool for my ever flat pillow. So on the way back home, we looked out for it along the way. As we were driving pass the same road we came from, my dad suddenly asked me to make a U-turn. He just found the "entrance to Kuala Selangor" that we were looking for at the beginning.

these are some of the road side scenes I would like to share but I understand it isn't very nicethere were many shops there selling many different types of seafood, keropok-s and biscuits.

My mom bought some fish balls and decided something that I welcomed very much, STEAMBOAT FOR DINNER!!! So she bought more *steamboat type* food and we continued our search for cotton wool. Along the way, we found our cotton shop which was just around 5 minutes drive from Kuala Selangor town centre.

if you noticed the bottom right hand corner, you would realise that like earlier, I didn't get down the car. After seeing all those colourful pillows and bed linens, we just drove straight home and enjoyed our steamboat without any picture taking.

Actually nothing much happened throughout the week since there was Christmas week. Lucky for me, it was also 冬至 Winter Solstice festival and I gotta eat lots of 汤圆. If you have seen my week 4 report, you should know that the orientation video is on its way to cinemas near you? No la, the teaser trailer is out just 2 weeks before the official release, so please enjoy.

Thats all folks

lalanandaFRY 23/12/09

17 December, 2009

Uni-3-disaster week 5 report

Santa Claus is coming to town..... NOT!

To most people maybe la, but not for me. Not that I'm not Christian or anything, it is just that there is too much deception in this world, especially silly parents who sacrifice their pockets money to buy gifts on behalf of that lucky old fat dude in red. Despite that, good things do come along too. Xmas sale period is the best time to buy stuff. Publicity stunts of hypermarkets and shopping malls really attract customers like me into buying stuff at a cheaper rate in the name of Christmas, so called la!

So I've missed a few weeks again, and I have only collected one reason for last week, IYBCC meeting camp. This camp is ...... something I did out of reluctance. It was just about 3 weeks ago when Chen Yeh asked me to go when I agreed with it, noting that IMU Buddhist Society will be sending 3 representatives including me. "Lucky" things keep coming towards me last week. I was already having a bad day when Chen Yeh informed me that he was ill and couldn't go. That leaves 2 to go and I'm still keen. Still..... knowing that i would have to perform a presentation on behalf of the society.

Just at the last few moments, Sing Ean was also ill and so how? I had to go alone la! 很衰咯! At that time, I was desperate but I couldn't do much. So I fulfilled my promise, I went as a 独行侠... hahaha...

The occasion was at Selayang Buddhist Association, a place in KL that I haven't been for a long long time. I had to travel through LRT and bus to reach there. The LRT system was fine, but bus system at Jalan Tun Razak was a hell of trouble. I was carrying all my clothes and meeting reports in the extreme hot sun at 4.30pm looking for the RapidKL bus at the *supposedly correct* bus station. After waiting for half an hour only I was told by a passerby that the station had moved to Jalan Ipoh.

Then I went to Jalan Ipoh with another friendly guy who was also lost like me. The next hurdle was that I entered the correct bus, RapidKL U3 with a wrong conductor. I wanted to reach Pasar Borong Lama Selayang, but the *smart* conductor told me that it was near a place he named "WARTA". So I followed the bus to WARTA and I went down the bus there. As the bus left, I saw the *Pasar Warta* that he meant, a small supermarket and a small little signage "Pasar Borong Selayang Baru"!!!!! I think that conductor's BM is worst than mine...

So I went to a keropok lekor pondok and asked a friendly mak cik for directions and found out that Jalan 2 was still a 25 minute walk from where I was. Aduhai, what a shitty day! So I walked, passing the Selayang Auto City (smelly with lots of dogs and their manure) and the Pasar Borong Lama. Finally I reached my target, tired and sweaty as ever when the registration girl asked me "你去哪里跑步?" That was how crappy I looked carrying my heavy bag and lots of paper in long cargo pants!!!

some photos of Selayang Auto City and the Pasar Borong Lama

and finally I reached Selayang Buddhist Association

*aura came out from the background although it was already evening*

First day of the camp was essentially a "getting to know each other" time where we started talking during dinner time and had our ice-breaking activities organized by individual universities and colleges till almost midnight. Then the next day was when the whole meeting stuff started. Every society had to report on their workings and problems faced, especially with reference to financial and activities status. Everyone contributed their part very well and I had a great picture of general problems faced with several seniors giving valuable advices based on their previous experiences. The people there were very nice and friendly, and most of all, willing to help each other when facing problems. *Buddhist are the nicest people in the world*. But despite being a lighthearted discussion, concentrating there was a big problem (meetings started at 7.30am & ended at 5.30pm with short lunch break only). So I did consume lots of dried orange peels and sweets (sorry guys!) to keep myself energized.

The red bowl contains the miracle drug, Orange Peel

I returned home on Sunday afternoon just after lunch with a bunch of UTHM Buddhist Society members by bus and LRT as the way I went on Friday. We talked on the bus and on the LRT where they departed for Puduraya to take their bus back to Johor. At that time, I was very sleepy and mentally tired. It was a wonderful experience socializing with so many people from different backgrounds who were willing to share their little advices which could make a difference in the workings of a society.

So that's about all for week 5, week 6 report will be done very soon since it is Christmas holidays

lalanandaFRY 17/12/09

05 December, 2009

Uni-3-disaster week 4 report

"Inside everyone of us, there exists a Dark Side

Most people have rise above it, but some are consumed by it"

Over the last holiday break, I have been watching horror after horror, creepy-to-the-max movies. I realized a very important thing, making people freak out is an ART! I'm not talking about old horror movies like Frankenstein and Dracula. Characters like Michael Myers from the Halloween series, Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13th series, Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street series are the ones with the scariest scenes. These characters are scary not because of their gory way of killing, nor is it their looks. It is our humanity as part of the audience which chills our own spines.

The juniors will be coming in a month time

Videos will be shown in a month time

Hopefully they will be horrified in a month time

Shooting of the orientation video has begun. Scenes, cuts, NGs and editings are still in their primary form (pieces). I'm not allowed to tell much here, but Darkness Is ARound You is a minute scale thriller. That's about all...

So what I've been doing throughout this week are mostly focused on getting myself contaminated with dangerous bacteria. Microbiology is really really interesting. Though we are required to memorize many alien names, life really seem very dangerous after knowing that we are dealing with infectious stuff, which is FUN. Who knows if I get good at this, I may end up making your yogurts, Vitagens and antibiotics. But memorizing names really suck, especially when they are not the usual Ah Beng Ah Lian names we have for humans. Maybe those scientist who named those bacteria and fungi are from some other planets too?