Friday, May 22, 2009

1st message by G1 phone

... otherwise also know as the HTC Touch smart phone. Writing this posting by using the push-slide QWERTY keyboard/pad. Although typing speed would be signoficantly lowered, it's the superior alternative when away from laptop of the bulkier desktop. Sending this posting now... after a long absent from blogging.


Thursday, December 18, 2008

Le parole La Camisa Negra

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Le parole

* If you can't see the lyrics above from Facebook, visit my page for the original posting.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

In case you haven't realized...

... I haven't been blogging for a long time. I figured there isn't much to write about anymore. Moreover, I can hardly find any time to actually sit down and type away about daily events or highlights of the day. Upon wrapping up the last sentence, I am rather convinced that things happened the way they are and that is just life!

Blogging used to be a way of my life. It used to be a way for me to keep my friends in contact; up-to-date with what is happening in my surrounding; to lending an eye to my readers what I see and what I am experiencing as I journey through this path called 'the growing up life'. Well, I am done with that now. I did get into trouble a couple of times with what I have written but that was a long time ago. But this is not the reason why I am stopping now.

78% of my blog's traffic originates from seach engines (mainly Google [surprised?]) looking for "new bliss wallpaper" and a phone number "02072519028". The latter is the phone number of a phony and dodgy company called Executive Advertising (DS-Max -- Direct Selling to the Maximum or DS-Max) in which I was almost scammed. One can argue that 'almost' doesn't count, yeah..., but I don't want to find out definitively as I have got better things to do with my time. Plus, if a job offer can raise suspicions I'd say to you NOT to take the job. As for the new-bliss-wallpaper, I just don't get it with people's obsessions with it. The entire world is looking for it. It is the strangest phenomenon as my statistics showed me.

I am not gonna stop blogging and I don't think I can stop. There's just too much fun. Things have been slowing down and there is not much activities to blog anymore. If you look at my archives, you'll noticed the number of entries from year 2004 till today have decreased dramatically. I write because there is something to write about. I don't bitch. It does look like there isn't much to write about each passing year. This is, after all, the vicissitudes of my life so far. It is helluva roller-coaster ride!

Friday, August 15, 2008

The focus is on the sports, douche-bags

Perhaps the party's decision to order a pretty 9-year-old girl to lip-synch the patriotic singing of another girl deemed insufficiently cute for the opening ceremony can be dismissed as a misguided quest for artistic perfection. Nor the manhandling of journalist by police -- as happened on Wednesday (Aug 13) during a small pro-Tibet demonstration -- an unusual event.

Indeed, it is an not an unusual event after recalling the standards set by Simon Cowell in every seasons of American Idol and X Factor. His attitude towards the not-so-good-looking girls are bluntly offensive and disrespectful even though the girl in question has the voice to make it to the penultimate stage of the contest. However, he certainly does know what a star-quality is made of and there is not even a shadow of doubt that he is able to find and pick up the most sparkling gem of all.

One (or many) of UK's newspapers questioned the party's decision, "Is she too ugly?". The comments were mostly ignorant and completely in breach for blatantly disregarding cultural background that is implicitly tied to the decision.

Words used in association to highlight the news, e.g. fake, scandal, cute girl forced to mime, banned, etc. in my opinion are all over-the-board harsh and unjustified. They were all from UK's newspapers. The person who entitled his/her article "...cute girl forced to mime after China banned..." has to be obtuse, retard, and stupendously ignorant. It was a very difficult CHOICE for Mr. Chen to make.

“The reason why little Peiyi was not chosen to appear was because we wanted to project the right image. The reason was for the national interest,” said Chen Qigang, the renowned contemporary composer and French citizen who directed the music for the opening ceremony.

“The child on camera should be flawless in image, internal feelings and expression. Lin Miaoke is excellent in those aspects but in terms of voice Yang Peiyi is perfect.” Chen is, nevertheless, operating on the same level of professional capacity as our Mr. Nasty Cowell. China has put up a spectacular show for the world to see and in pursuit showed over 3/4 of the world's population that a new economic super powerhouse dawns upon us. There are doubts that London 2012 Opening Ceremony or even hosts of future Olympics opening ceremony can top over what China has done.

Enough said. Team GB has not even gold medals (or just medals per se) to compare with the US, Germany, Italy, or China! However, they surely deserve abundant gold medals binge-drinkings, alcohol intoxication, and the sports of idiocy. This certain groups of British are definitely making a name for the English people -- by tarnishing and marring UK's global image with their undivided love for alcohol. It is understood why even the commentators at BBC for the Olympics are biased and prejudiced towards team China. Again, the focus is on the sports and team GB has even lost to Australia (biggest colony). I can only sigh in disbelieve and thinking 'What a bunch of douche-bag sore-losers.'

Monday, July 28, 2008

Ma Vacance En L'Égypte

"Are you ready to go to Egypt?", HF asked just after we finished packing up.
Without an instance of hessitation, "Yesss!!", I answered with the most expected straight-faced alacrity. She was asking me the most obvious question; one for it is the place I've waited to visit for a very long time, and two, we're already packed up!!

Our recent trip to Messr (actual name for Egypt) was, apart from educational (bleh!), awesome! T'was phenomenal! Definitely extraordinary! My excitement was fueled by preconceptions of what Egypt was – one of the greatest, most complex ancient civilizations to exist on the surface of planet earth – and especially my inability to understand how great structures such as the pyramids on the Plateau of Giza were built. In addition to that, I stood in awe trying to appreciate the massive beauty of the pharaonic temples carved straight out of mountains or rocks, or both. Granites, dolomites, limestones, sedimentary stones, and sand stones were among the thousands of rocks used. There are halls after halls of colonnades (Karnak Temple) the width of up to four arms length, the height of at least 20m still stand erected complete with original (and restored) scenes with hieroglyphs illustrating the chronicles of the glory days of pharaohs. Egypt was one of the world's three most complex civilization to exist.

The city of Cairo is bustling with live, lights, culture, and of course, tourists. We arrived the city past midnight. As our van exited into the cloverleaf's bent, our guide alerted us pointing to the west. Behold, the great pyramids illuminated not too far on the horizon as silhouettes under the glowing moon. It was surely a breath-taking sight, even it was a short glimpse from afar.

We set off the visit the pyramids the next day -- early. Unexpectedly but not surprisingly, the heat outside felt like an oven at 220°C by 8 AM. It was so bright and the glare around was so intense that it was difficult to go about without shade. As for the locals, they use shades to shade themselves from being directly in the sun. They take advantage of shadow casts from walls, buildings, and trees or any inanimate objects that would offer any [open] shelter from the sun. Brilliantly simple!

The height of this ancient civilization peaked with my levels of expectations as well as enthusiasm and excitement. This is the one place I have longed to travel to. We traveled with TravelTalk Tours. We had an excellent tour guide, who goes by the nickname of Yuki, and our group of travelers was made up of young, vibrant, fun-loving, and interesting people. Majority of them are in their 20’s and most of them are Australians – don’t mess with Ozzies! It has been a great and memorable time not just on our part traveling, but also because of the people we traveled with.


No trips are ever safe. If one has been to the city of Naples (Napoli), Italy, one should know that actual incidents there are more likely and real. Throughout Egypt, it is generally safe or safer than that of Naples.

There are, however, some precautions that are noteworthy. As long as you are
  • not an Egyptian;
  • do not live in Egypt;
  • do not ask anyone including police, guards, tourism police, strangers... anybody not belonging to your tour group for any favors nor receive anything from anybody else. Such favors can be as simple as taking photos for you. We (my partner and I) were led into a tiny enclosure in Saqqara thinking it was toilet. Apparently, it was not. It was more like a dead end with a stone to step on. HF got on that stone and crossed her arms on her shoulders. That man took his head-dress off to put on HF. I snapped a photo. We got out, he sent 2 men after us for tips. They followed us for at least a 100m before giving up.

    So don't let your vacation be harassed by unnecessary people. If you're cash-strapped and don't mind being a philanthropist, you will only be stopped when a group of poor people ganged up on your straps and pockets. I'm not against giving money to the poor, but I just don't want any troubles when in foreign land.

    Your tour guide would let you know if 'they' have been tipped. Amount to tip ranges from 10 EGP to 50 EGP. Sometimes it's hard to decline to tip, but you just gotta bite hard and say "La'a" ('No' in Arabic) through your teeth.

    Suncream or sunblock lotion? You had better equip yourself with a good one. If you're fairer skin (as with most Caucasians are), you'll need it. If your darker skin, you won't need as much as our fairer counterpart. Personally, I think the stuffs that's been going on about skin cancer are all fear-mongering and total BS. I'm not asserting that skin cancer as a result of not using sun block is not true.

    Photos (Part I)

    Click to enlarge photoMy photojournal of L'EgyptPosted by Picasa

    Click to enlarge photoSaqqara: Standing on the steps where ancient Egyptian priests ascends to place offerings to their gods.Posted by Picasa

    Click to enlarge photoCamel stop: At long last, the perfect camel for the job!Posted by Picasa

    Click to enlarge photoThe camel ride experience from one side of the Giza desert to the back of Khafre pyramid was an unforgettable one.Posted by Picasa

    Click to enlarge photoYa'alaa! Heading towards the world famous ancient landmark visible from space-- the pyramids of Giza! Posted by Picasa

    Click to enlarge photoLook, camel is smiling too! What a great way to express that they too enjoyed having us! Posted by Picasa

    Click to enlarge photoAnd we kissed; camels are happy for us too!Posted by Picasa

    Click to enlarge photoAnd they kissed, too! We are happy for them! It's what we called a-picture-perfect!Posted by Picasa

    Click to enlarge photoAn outstanding smile from the camels on such a beautiful day in Egypt! Posted by Picasa

    Click to enlarge photoOn the hump.Posted by Picasa

    Click to enlarge photoHF's beast. This time her beast was much more tamed than the previous one in Santorini, Greece.Posted by Picasa

    Click to enlarge photoI have never seen anything like it before; [male] camel's genitalia are on the reverse side. Can't imagine? Dog's peepee pointing towards 'north', camel's towards south. That's the best shot I could get!Posted by Picasa

    Click to enlarge photoWith the beast of the desert, after transporting us from the other side of Giza.Posted by Picasa

    Click to enlarge photoThe base of the pyramid of Khufu, the largest pyramid of all after Cheops and Khafre.

    Each of these base stones weighs at least 5 tons. Stones further away from the ground are lighter but no less than 1 ton each.
    Putting the size of these stones in perspective, I stand at 5'10".Posted by Picasa

    Click to enlarge photoOn the plateau of Giza, with Pyramid of Khufu as backgroundPosted by Picasa

    Click to enlarge photoOn the ground against The Great Sphinx; a body of a beast with a human head.Posted by Picasa

    Click to enlarge photoOn the ground against The Great Sphinx; a body of a beast with a human head.Posted by Picasa

    Click to enlarge photoWith the legendary SphinxPosted by Picasa

    Click to enlarge photoWhat's for lunch in the middle of the desert on Giza plains? You have a choice of KFC or Pizza Hut!!Posted by Picasa

    Click to enlarge photoAll packed up ready to leave Giza (Cairo) for Aswan by trainPosted by Picasa

    Click to enlarge photoAll packed up ready to leave Giza (Cairo) for Aswan by trainPosted by Picasa

    Click to enlarge photoThe El-Giza train stationPosted by Picasa

    Click to enlarge photoWith Qazi, a fellow ambitious travelerPosted by Picasa

    Click to enlarge photoThe room of sleeper train, albeit tiny, provides comfortable rest. Dinner and breakfast served. Meals not very fantastic but if you can stomach it, you'll be kept away from near starvationPosted by Picasa

    Click to enlarge photoArrived Aswan after nearly 15 hours train journey. Our train was delayed 2 hoursPosted by Picasa

    Click to enlarge photoThe sleeping car (train) locomotive. Don't expect high-tech modern looking electric-run train.Posted by Picasa

    Click to enlarge photoThe frescos at the Aswan hotel.Posted by Picasa

    Click to enlarge photoInside the tabernacle of Philae TemplePosted by Picasa

    Click to enlarge photoPrevious conquests in Egypt left their mark on the walls, just as the way ancient Egyptians do with hieroglyphs. Here, the French, Ottomans, Germans, and various parts of Europes left evidences of their visits.Posted by Picasa

    Click to enlarge photoThe papyrus paper making factory, AswanPosted by Picasa

    Click to enlarge photoVolunteered and made my first sheet of papyrus paper. It was a very simple processPosted by Picasa

    We stayed over in 3 cities – Cairo, Aswan, and Luxor. We also spent 2 nights on felucca boat along the Nile. The felucca experience has to be an unforgettable one and it’s only because we did nothing for 3 days 2 nights but just sailing from bank to bank along the river from Aswan to an small island near Daraw (24°23'10.94"N, 32°54'28.76"E). It’s a good size boat but there aren’t any toilet facilities onboard. When you need to go, just let the skipper know and he’ll bank up the felucca so you can bark up a tree/bush to relieve yourself. Nobody had the luxury of privacy offered by being confined within four walls. It was done wide open in the air and it couldn’t get any more ‘nature’ than that. It was back to Paleolithic period.

    The felucca (sailing boat in Arabic) on the outset looks rather basic and simple in design. Its big mast with huge sail is propelled by winds sweeping along the Nile and steered by wooden rudder situated at the back of the boat. Little did we know that the felucca can be rowed without being propelled by winds. The oars, which are at least 20 feet long each, are strapped vertically to the felucca’s mast. After partying and drinking on an island along the Nile one night, the crew rowed us back silently and skillfully back to Daraw (24.39639, 32.927132) from 1AM to 7AM.
    From this point, we visited the crocodile temple in Kom-Ombo, then to Idfu (Edfu), and finally arrived Luxor where we spent another 2 nights. In retrospect, we visited 10 pharaonic temples altogether and some of us, surprisingly, got bored after the 6th or 7th site visits. There could be a number of explanations: 1) It is too hot. From 09:30 to 18:00, temperature averages between 44 and 47 centigrade (we were there in June). You get dehydrated very fast in the heat. 2) Because the majority of us do not understand hieroglyphics, most temples appear to be similar. Therefore, a visit to the next temple, albeit belonging to a different pharaoh, wouldn’t be appreciated as much as the first two or three. The scenes inscribed on the walls of all temples tell a story. Fei and I almost lost interest in another temple visit.
    Nevertheless, my favorite temple visits are Temple of Ramses (Abu Simbel), Karnak (Luxor), Valley of the Kings (Luxor), Temple of Hatshepsut (Valley of Queens, Luxor), and the Kom-Ombo.

    Among the many things we noticed while visiting historical and archeological sites is the presence of white-uniformed guards. They are the AK-47 rifle wielding Tourism & Antiquities Police! I mean, Tourism Police with a big bad-nasty rifle slung over his shoulder?! “Excuse sir, ‘salamoilaikum! Uh, where is the toilet?”, a curious and lost tourist asked. “Don’t mess with me!!”, grabs his rifle, “Think I’m a fool?! Well, think again! Give me 10 Egyptian pounds I’ll tell you”. You pissed in your pants! Too late! It’s crazy to arm these TA Police with big rifles.

    to be continued...

    Photos (Part II)